500 'rats' set to strip and scurry for charity The four-year-old Central Rat Race organised by Hongkong Land has evolved from an in-house sports day for Jardine Matheson into a carnival in the central business district. More than 500 runners will take part in the contest tomorrow morning. About 55 participating organisations have enrolled, thanks to a 60 per cent cut in sign-up fees to HK$20,000, all of which is donated to mental health charity Mindset, which is sponsored by Jardines. And the event has been tweaked to reflect the turbulent economic environment of the past year or so. Participants start off on Chater Road with foggy glasses, which symbolise the uncertain outlook. Then they have to undergo the 'asset-stripper' - probably the less said about this, the better. After that, it's the greasy pole, or slippery slope, leg in Prince's Building. You probably get the general idea. The event is intended to challenge participants to show the sort of skills needed to survive the corporate rat race and walk away with the biggest hunk of cheddar. This year, Jardines has invited 16 executives, including CB Richard Ellis managing director Craig Schute, Jones Lang LaSalle international director Gavin Morgan and Aedas managing director Kyran Sze, to take part along with Jardines managing director Anthony Nightingale. In the past three years, the sprawling conglomerate and its subsidiaries have claimed most of the awards, but things may change this year, now that more corporates are taking part and the field is more open. All in a day's work Wynn Macau vice-chairman Allan Zeman raised a glass of champagne yesterday in the stock exchange lobby to toast the casino's Hong Kong listing and mused about his time behind bars - so to speak. Zeman spent yesterday afternoon visiting the correction centre in Lamma in his capacity as a justice of the peace before returning to town to chair a public consultation session for the West Kowloon Cultural District in the evening. That didn't leave Zeman much time to celebrate the listing, but we hear a party for bankers and lawyers will be held at Wynn Macau on Monday. Big Brother watching Now more than ever, companies are trying to squeeze every last penny out of employees. And if there's one thing bosses hate, it's office drones pretending to work when they're really booking their next holiday or shopping online for a new DVD player - or looking for a new job. Now Cisco has the answer. According to Agence France-Presse, Cisco IronPort Web Usage Controls promises to identify as much as 90 per cent of 'egregious' content that has escaped detection by business information technology managers and security applications because of its stealthy nature on the internet. 'The Dark Web is about corporate users' inability to see how workers are using the Web,' Cisco product line manager Kevin Kennedy told the news agency. 'It is that dark, dynamic and churning part of the Web that has created the problem for business.' You have been warned. Double Nobel bonanza Nobel prizes have a hefty cash component - especially if you're a writer, like Herta Mueller, the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Her prize included a 10 million krona (HK$9 million) cash component, but Bloomberg also reported yesterday that books by Mueller soared on Amazon.com's best-seller list. The Land of Green Plums rocketed to seventh place from 78,325th on Thursday. It goes without saying the autobiography of Hong Kong's first Nobel laureate, Charles Kao Kuen (above), was sold out in town within 24 hours after he became one of the three winners of the top international honour in physics.