Their early days there were rough. They had no language skills in either Tagalog or English, and Xu says the authorities frequently shut down businesses in Chinatown, partly because many were evading taxes. He found himself in a police station on more than one occasion. "I would get in there and everyone arrested would be Chinese. I was scared. I was so young at the time," he says. Now the owner of a range of businesses offering services from rice imports to printing, Xu believes Chinese immigrants must adjust and integrate into the local culture, which he says includes small but significant idiosyncrasies such as the tendency for Filipinos to dislike Chinese bosses disciplining staff in front of other workers. He does not see a great deal of anti-Chinese sentiment outside of a small group of Filipinos he believes are seeking to incite hatred. Fellow immigrant Ken Hong, 43 and also from Fujian, has done almost every job imaginable since he arrived in Manila nine years ago. He went … [Read more...] about Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?
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BUENOS AIRES: Opponents of Argentina's President Mauricio Macri launched a 24-hour strike on Wednesday (May 29) to protest the government's inability to reduce inflation that has reached 55 per cent over the past year.The strike has paralysed public transport while all flights to and from the country's airports were canceled. Banks, schools and universities remained closed.Hospitals were only attending to emergencies while many shops kept their shutters down due to the lack of buses and trains to bring employees to work.The strike came after a partial job action in late April when tens of thousands of Argentines demonstrated, and transport services and businesses were also affected.Macri's popularity has fallen months before elections later this year, when he hopes to win a second term.In an effort to reduce the state deficit, his government last year launched an austerity plan that has cut services to low-income Argentines in exchange for a US$56 billion loan from the … [Read more...] about General strike against inflation paralyses Argentina
MANILA, Philippines — Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña has retained his spot as the highest paid member of President Duterte’s Cabinet, a report by the Commission on Audit (COA) showed. Based on the COA’s “Report on Salaries and Allowances” or ROSA of government officials for 2018, Dela Peña received P4.138 million, consisting of P2.378 million as basic salary, P24,000 as additional compensation and honorarium, P888,768 in allowances, P496,463 in bonuses, P336,000 as discretionary funds and for miscellaneous expenses, and an additional P14,432 from “prior years’ adjustment.” Dela Peña also topped the ROSA list for 2017 with total pay of P3.292 million. The 2018 ROSA list includes 8,625 officials from 989 national government agencies (NGAs), government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), state universities and colleges (SUCs) and water districts. Excluded from the report were elected government … [Read more...] about DOST chief remains highest paid Cabinet secretary
By Jennifer Smith WSJ Kimberly Chin WSJ Mon., May 13, 2019 Amazon.com Inc. will pay its employees to quit and will help them start their own local package-delivery businesses, as the e-commerce giant competes for delivery drivers in the tightest U.S. labor market in 50 years. Transportation operators, from long-haul truckers to retail chains like Walmart Inc. to startups such as Deliv, are increasingly competing for people to help them carry the millions of packages that are moving each day around the country. Demand for so-called last-mile delivery is booming as more Americans shop online. Amazon has been expanding its own logistics and delivery operations, although it still relies heavily on the U.S. Postal Service and others to carry most of its orders to people’s homes. In an effort to handle more of those packages itself, the company announced a program last June that invited entrepreneurs to form local delivery operations with dozens of drivers in … [Read more...] about Amazon to help employees start their own delivery business
MANILA, Philippines — Tomorrow’s midterm polls, where a total of 18,072 elective seats are up for grabs, including 12 slots for senator and 61 for party-list representatives, feature many “firsts,” including a record number of voters. This election marks the longest voting hours the country will have so far. It will run for 12 hours – from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In the 2016 polls, voting was from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This was after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) decided to increase the number of voters assigned to clustered polling precincts – from 800 to 1,000 voters. Comelec deputy director for project management Teopisto Elnas Jr. said they had to make the adjustment because of the 92,000 vote counting machines (VCMs) used in the 2016 elections, only 85,000 were dispatched to polling precincts this year. Elnas said the rest would be used as contingency units in case any of the VCMs malfunction. He said the poll body … [Read more...] about An election of many firsts