Month: February 2019
the first being the Xihe Qiqiao Cultural Festival, and it proved to be highly popular with tourists.
Soon, she began to take orders, and then recruited locals to work for her.
“As my life improves, I want to help others
to make better lives for themselves through their embroidery,” says Zhang.
In 2015, with the help of her family, she built a house to be used as a work site and named it Qiqiao Workshop.
At first, she recruited a dozen members. After that the num
ber has kept growing as the factory developed into an infl
uential embroidery organization, the Qiqiao Workshop Association.
By last year, it had 179 women as members, 30 of w
hom were from registered poverty-stricken households. It h
ad reached a turnover of 1 million yuan by last year, and members earned 4,000 yuan on average.
not adjusted for more than one year, while 54 percent said their salary was cut due to shrinking bonuses.
Nearly 54 percent of those surveyed said they were unable to strike a balance bet
ween family and career due to low salary, according to the survey.
The survey was based on questionnaires completed by 1,064 employees aged 20 and above from Jan 24 to Feb 11.
According to the island’s statistical agency, the real average monthly salary of employees in Taiwan’s industrial and ser
vice sectors was NT$38,235 ($1,243) in 2018, which is below the average monthly salary of NT$38,398 in 2001.
Employees in the telecommunications sector earn the most on the
island, with an average monthly salary of NT$100,791, followed by those working in
the industries of banking, electricity and gas supply and air transport, the agency said.
Legal professionals from Hong Kong and Macao will be allowed to work as arbitrators in Nansha district of Guangz
hou as part of an effort by Guangdong province to strengthen cooperation with the two special administrative regions.
Nansha lies within the Guangdong Pilot Free Trade Zone.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has approved the introduction of the legal professionals, who
will work at the Court of Arbitration for Labor and Personnel Disputes to settle competing claims.
Sources at the court said the Hong Kong-and Macao-based arbitrators will be signific
ant in promoting the business environment of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
“It will help provide high-quality, efficient and fast legal services for busine
sses, especially those whose investors include companies from Hong Kong and Macao,” the court said on Tuesday.
According to the development plan outline for the Greater Bay Area, which was unveiled on Mond
ay, Nansha district will develop into a pilot zone for closer overall cooperation in exchanges of h
uman resources, goods, materials, funds and information between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao.
The court said the first group of labor arbitrators from Hong Kong and Macao will be appointed in late 2019.
give full play to its advantages and seek complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation on inn
ovation and technology in the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Ba
y Area, an official of the HKSAR government said in a recent interview with Xinhua.
The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area aims at building a globally influenti
al international innovation and technology hub, and Hong Kong’s role should be “capitalizing its
strengths to serve the country’s needs,” the HKSAR government’s Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nic
holas Yang said Tuesday, one day after China unveiled an outline development plan for the Greater Bay Area.
To build an international innovation and technology hub, Hong Kong has multiple advantages due to its world-class uni
versities, high international recognition and relatively low financing cost, according to Yang.
Home to four of the world‘s top 100 universities, Hong Kong i
s well recognized for its basic scientific research, he said, adding that the newly un
veiled outline development plan may encourage other elite universities around the globe to upgrade cooperation w
rnight flight hung heavily on himPence could have been better
prepared, had his spe
ech writer more carefully gauged his audience before the vice president stood behind the teleprompter.
A hint at why came the day before, when Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Speaker
of the House of Representatives, was introd
uced to delegates to rapturous applause. That should have been a signal to Pence: he was among allies, not friends.
Pence, clearly hoping for the same warm reception, was instead met with a
silent pause when he said he was bringing with him a greeting from Trump.
Pence’s pitch was as Trump enforcer, hectoring the gathered NATO allies for underspending
and admonishing allies — the UK, Germany and France — for refusing to
follow the US out of the Iran nuclear deal.
He hadn’t come to make friends and he didn’t.
Joe Biden, who says he has yet to decide if he’ll challenge Trump in 2020, sold himself as the antithesis to Pence and his boss.
”The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees on the border.”
Hof Hotel resounded to bays for Trump’s departure. It wasn’t about him, but his specter hung over it.
Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft and Robert O. Work, deputy secret
ary of defense under President Obama, gave an electrifying insight to Artificial Intelligence.
”AI is everything,” Smith warned, a game changer like electricity. He described the present as a “Sputnik moment.”
The former Defense Department official said the “this is the hardest tech challenge the US has ever faced.”
Both Smith and Work painted a picture of China chasing, catching and passing the US in this key area. They des
cribed AI as an enabler for autocracies like Russia and China and a potential threat for democracies.
In Work’s words, “AI gives tyranny new tools it never had before and makes it more powerful than it has ever been before.”
No one said it in the room, there was a laser like focus on the intellect and experience of these two m
en, but at the back of everyone’s minds must have been thoughts of Trump’s warmth for Presidents Putin and Xi.
Every moment they get cut slack by Trump is more machine code, jacking up their AI prog
rams back home. “We are entering a period intense technological competition,” said Work.
In the next war, he predicted, it will be “our AI against their AI, and the side with the best AI wins.”
But as much as moments like this came as sobering jabs to the solar plexus, MSC 2019 also held out hope of a world after Trump.
a statement saying he had met with Gulf leaders to discuss their common interest in “war wit
h Iran.” On Thursday, Netanyahu added his own criticism of Europe, noting that the US had pulled out of
the Iran deal and added sanctions. “The Europeans should join this effort rather than try to circumvent it,” he said.
Pence’s remarks — both about Europe and advocating for an aggress
ive stance against Iran — are likely to become yet another irritant between the US and Eu
rope, already at odds over the Iran nuclear deal, trade, the Paris climate agreement as well as President Donald Tr
ump’s attacks on the European Union and NATO, his support for populists and for Britain’s exit from the EU.
Allies such as France and Germany declined to send senior officials to the ministerial, whi
ch was initially supposed to focus on Iran and then was broadened to cover Yemen, Syria and attempts to re
solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, partly in response to European objections.
Even the ministerial’s location — Poland — is potential salt in the wound.
Warsaw has pulled at the fabric of the European Union as it has pursued a series of anti-democratic steps, silencing inde
pendent media, politicizing security services and undermining the judicial system. Yet Pence and other US officials lavi
shed praise on their Polish hosts, while the vice president used his remarks there to paint Western Europe as an isolated outlier.