Month: September 2017

HK Domestic Workers Warned on Engaging in MLM Business

HK Domestic Workers Warned on Engaging in MLM Business

Hong Kong
Foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong who engage in multi-level marketing — physically or online — may have violated their conditions of stay. The warning has been issued separately by Hong Kong’s Immigration Department and Philippine Labor Attache Jalilo dela Torre. “Multi-level marketing companies may be legal in the Philippines, but OFWs may be breaching their visa conditions if they engage in remunerative work (for pay) other than what is in their contracts,” Dela Torre said in a forum co-organized by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Bulacan Chapter and Global Alliance on September 3. Multi-level is a strategy that some direct sales companies use to encourage their existing distributors to recruit new distributors by paying the existing distributors a percentage of their
Hong Kong Districts With Lowest, Highest Domestic Helper Pay

Hong Kong Districts With Lowest, Highest Domestic Helper Pay

Hong Kong
Domestic helpers moving to new employers in Hong Kong might want to avoid certain districts especially if they’re looking to maintain or improve their wage levels, based on results of an analysis by HelperChoice. The online platform that helps connect employers and helpers at no cost to the latter had analyzed more than 3,000 job postings between January and August this year. Its findings indicated that employers based in Siu Sai Wan, located further east of Chai Wan in Hong Kong island’s northeast side pay the lowest salary, with an average rate of HK$4,315, to domestic helpers. While such average wage rate is still above (by HK$5) the minimum wage imposed by Hong Kong’s Labor Department, all the other districts have higher rates, making Siu Sai Wan the least desirable district for
14 Rights of Every Hong Kong Domestic Helper Should Remember Before Signing New Contract

14 Rights of Every Hong Kong Domestic Helper Should Remember Before Signing New Contract

Hong Kong
Under the Standard Employment Contract for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong, they are accorded with rights and protection under the law. So before signing the contract and start employment in Hong Kong as a foreign domestic worker, these are the things one should remember. 1. Every foreign domestic helper employed in Hong Kong is entitled to the following compensation / benefits: Minimum wage of HK$4,310 (Clause 5(a) of the contract) Food allowance if employer chooses not to provide food (Clause 5(b)) Free accommodation, whether within employer’s home or outside quarters (Clause 5(b)) Free air trip from country of origin to Hong Kong and back (Clause 7(a)) Free medical treatment, medical consultation, maintenance in hospital and emergency dental treatment (Clause 9
Kin of Filipino Helper Crushed To Death by Falling Cabinet in HK Sues Her Employers

Kin of Filipino Helper Crushed To Death by Falling Cabinet in HK Sues Her Employers

Hong Kong
The family of a Filipino domestic helper who died in her sleep after being crushed by a heavy wooden cabinet almost three years ago in Hong Kong is suing her employers for an undiscloed sum in damages. The fatal accident which claimed the life of Raquel Espinar Fortes, 45, took place at a The Metropolis in Tseung Kwan O on October 3, 2014. According to South China Morning Post, the cabinet had been fixed to a wall, directly above Espinar Raquel Fortes’ bed, before it fell and struck her on the head. Police were called after the five-year-old boy sleeping beside the helper escaped injury and ran to the next room to tell his father. Fortes taken unconscious to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where she was certified dead. Her lawyers, who also are acting for her family, filed a writ to
China says it wants closer ties with Singapore, but Taiwan may be a sticking point

China says it wants closer ties with Singapore, but Taiwan may be a sticking point

Japan
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping on Sept. 20 before a meeting at The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing. Xi welcomed Lee to Beijing as the two sides seek to patch up relations following months of tensions over China's claims in the South China Sea and relations with the U.S. | AP BEIJING – China wants to improve its military relationship with Singapore, but is resolutely opposed to any country having defense ties with self-ruled Taiwan, China’s Defence Ministry said on Thursday, obliquely criticizing Singapore’s Taiwan links. China is suspicious of the city state’s good military relations both with the United States and Taiwan, claimed by China as its own. Singaporean troops train in Taiwan, despite a lack of formal di
Japan’s domestic auto output rises 6% on year in August

Japan’s domestic auto output rises 6% on year in August

Japan
The combined domestic production of eight major Japanese automakers in August rose 6.0 percent from a year earlier to 658,876 vehicles, as six companies increasing their output to meet robust sales in new models, data showed Thursday. Daihatsu Motor Co. saw solid sales in new models of mini cars, boosting its domestic production to 63,460 units, the highest for the month and up 22.1 percent from a year before. Nissan Motor Co., the country’s second-largest carmaker by volume, also said its domestic output jumped 26.6 percent to 79,300 vehicles after starting the production of sport utility vehicles for North America. Good consumer response to the Delica D:5 minivan improved Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s domestic output, which surged 27.5 percent to 40,114 vehicles. However, Toyota
Tokyo study may have found oldest evidence of life on Earth, with fossil dating back 3.95 billion years

Tokyo study may have found oldest evidence of life on Earth, with fossil dating back 3.95 billion years

Japan
Fossil evidence, grains of graphite and forms of carbon are seen within ancient rocks in this photo. The researcher who made the find claims it is the oldest fossil evidence for life. | TSUYOSHI KOMIYA / VIA KYODO PARIS – Rudimentary life may have existed on Earth 3.95 billion years ago at a time when our infant planet was being bombarded by comets and had hardly any oxygen, researchers said Wednesday. A team presented what they say is the oldest-known fossil evidence for life on the Blue Planet — grains of graphite, a form of carbon, wedged into ancient sedimentary rocks in Labrador, Canada. The previous most ancient life traces were reported in March, from a site in Quebec estimated at between 3.8 billion and 4.3 billion years old, though an author of the new study called that d
‘Flying doctors’ unveil special aircraft that can reach disaster areas in Japan and nearby countries

‘Flying doctors’ unveil special aircraft that can reach disaster areas in Japan and nearby countries

Japan
Members of a team of 'flying doctors,' which provides emergency relief in disaster zones, attend a ceremony at Saga airport on Thursday where a special aircraft was unveiled. | KYODO SAGA – A team of “flying doctors” providing emergency care in disaster areas showed off its specially adapted aircraft on Thursday at Saga airport. The team, made up of doctors from Saga University Hospital and pilots, is on standby around the clock, according to the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Japan, the operator of the unit. The group had its start in late August following a series of natural disasters in and around Japan. A private medical team which can simultaneously offer both medical assistance and disaster relief by air is rare around the world, the team said. The aircraft
Democratic Party effectively disbands, throwing support behind Koike’s party for Lower House poll

Democratic Party effectively disbands, throwing support behind Koike’s party for Lower House poll

Japan
In a dramatic move sure to change the landscape of the nation’s politics, the center-left Democratic Party decided Thursday to effectively disband its Lower House caucus and join Kibo no To (Party of Hope), a new conservative party led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike. The effective sudden death of the nation’s largest opposition force could turn the Oct. 22 Lower House election into a two-way race between conservative forces: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and Kibo no To. Public support for the DP has been dwindling for months, and the party was widely predicted to suffer a crushing defeat in the upcoming vote. The proposal to shift allegiance to Koike’s movement, made by party president Seiji Maehara, was unanimously approved at a general meeting of DP lawmak
Top Reasons You Can Get Deported From Canada

Top Reasons You Can Get Deported From Canada

Canada
No migrant under no circumstances wants to be deported to his native country, least of all when he’s in Canada, the most sought-after dream country to work for millions of people. However, every immigration destination has the right to deport foreign nationals. Canada is no exception to the privilege and responsibility. Only Canadian citizens have the full protection of the government against banishment from the Canadian nation. Individuals who have been previously deported from Canada is permanently barred from re-entering the Country. Canada is idealistic in state and provides lots of opportunities that help allow possible opportunities for prosperity and improvement, giving it the popular nickname ‘Land of Opportunity’. But just because it is almost always shown in good light
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