Mar 25

China Watch Blog reports that team LISANew capital acquired in 2013 enables the company not only to carry on the AKOYA program towards LSA certification, but also to develop itself internationally.

The company, its headquarters, its team, its beliefs and projects remain located in the heart of the French Alps in Savoie; just like its activities of design, assembly and marketing airplanes, as well as services and products related to mobility. What expands is our commercial presence.

Besides the fresh momentum, this new partnership with our investors opens the doors of a market with unique potential for LISA. During the last year, we had the opportunity to introduce the AKOYA to several Chinese of varied aviation backgrounds, including professionals and aviation enthusiasts. Although general aviation is currently far from liberalization, there is little doubt that many AKOYAs will fly in the Asian skies in the coming years. China is driven by an astounding desire to develop light aviation in its territory, and the actions recently launched by the government to open the airspace show that a very promising market is about to bloom.

With this in mind, LISA decided to open its first sales office in Chengdu, in the Sichuan Province in Western China. The objectives are, on one hand to welcome customers wishing to obtain additional information about the AKOYA and to increase our international influence, and on the other hand to better understand the light aircraft certification requirements in China.

This presents us with the opportunity to participate in the creation of a favorable environment necessary to develop light sport aviation. Except for airlines, aviation is in its infancy; all the infrastructure, services (airfields, maintenance centers, flying schools and other related services) are yet to be created.

Yao ZHANG has been instrumental in connecting LISA with China and the creation of this office. An aviation enthusiast, Yao was a member of the national Chinese scale-model team and is a glider pilot. He at first considered becoming an aeronautical engineer but later decided to come to France in 2006 where he received his diplomas from SciencesPo Paris (Paris Institute of Political Studies) and from l’école des Hautes Etudes des Sciences Sociales (School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences), two very prestigious French schools. In 2012, he launched consultancy activities in China at the benefit of relations between French and Chinese SMEs, mainly in innovation and sustainable development.

On his first meeting with LISA, Yao was seduced by the company, its airplane, its projects, and its team. “Taking part in LISA’s development is a true pride because it gathers my passions for aviation and new technologies and my entrepreneurial desire while combining French and Chinese culture that are both close to my heart.”

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
Sep 19

China Watch Blog has learnt that a new law is set to take effect in October that aims to clean up Shanghai’s tourism industry by forcing out illegal operators.

Shanghai TV Tower

The move also aims to end price irregularities and arbitrary route changes, and to ensure that consumers aren’t forced to shell out more than the upfront costs they signed up for.

Travel agencies and tour guides will face fines or have their license revoked if they are found in violation of the law.

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
Aug 15

China Watch Blog has learnt that Shenzhen traffic police are offering rewards to encourage the public to report drivers or businesses who illegally sell license points from clean licenses to traffic violators in order to profit.

Shenzhen Daily News reported that residents can call 8446-9054 to report violations. If clues lead to the administration detaining drivers involved in the buying and selling of license points, whistle-blowers could receive a 300 yuan (US$50) reward for each person detained.

The reward will go up to 500 yuan per person if clues lead to the arrest of the owners of illegal point-selling businesses. For violators that are successfully prosecuted, the reward will be raised again to 1,000 yuan per person, police said yesterday.

According to law, point-selling businesses could be charged with criminal offenses if found guilty.

Individuals involved in the buying and selling of license points could be detained for up to 15 days. If the point sellers use fake IDs, or fake driver or vehicle licenses, they will be fined 5,000 yuan and have 12 penalty points added to their licenses.

By July this year, 33 suspects in nine cases had been criminally charged and seven of them had been sentenced to jail, according to police.

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
Jul 26

China Watch Blog reports fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden’s hopes of leaving Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for the first time in a month on Wednesday were dashed when he failed to secure permission from Russia to leave.

Fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden’s hopes of leaving Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for the first time in a month on Wednesday were dashed when he failed to secure permission from Russia to leave.

An airport source said Snowden, who is wanted by the United States on espionage charges for revealing details of government intelligence programmes, was handed documents by his lawyer that were expected to include a pass to leave the transit area.

However, Snowden did not go through passport control and lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who is helping him with his request for temporary asylum in Russia until he can reach a country that will shelter him, said the American did not have the pass he needed.

It was not clear whether there had been last-minute political intervention or a hitch, or whether the pass had never been in his possession.

Kucherena said he hoped Snowden’s status would be resolved soon. “I must say he is of course anxious about it and I hope that this situation will be resolved in the nearest future,” Kucherena said at Sheremetyevo.

“This is the first time Russia is facing such a situation, and this issue of course requires time for the immigration workers.”

In Washington, the White House said it was seeking clarification of Snowden’s status, the State Department made clear that allowing him to leave the airport would be “deeply disappointing” and Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the situation.

“The secretary spoke with Foreign Minister Lavrov this morning,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “He reiterated our belief … that Mr. Snowden needs to be returned to the United States where he will have a fair trial.”

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
May 29

China Watch Blog reports that three men have been sentenced to jail by a Polish court for stealing a vehicle that was being used to transport corpses.

According to Odd News, the three were found guilty of stealing the vehicle from a suburb in Berlin, Germany in October. The 12 bodies, in their coffins, were discovered, a week later, in a wooded area near Poznan, Poland.

The three men, aged between 23 and 27, contested the verdict, saying that they had been hired to transport cars across the border without knowing they were moving stolen vehicles. They received between two and four years in prison each.

The verdicts all related to the auto theft and were in line with the sentencing request made by prosecutors. There were no charges related to disturbing bodies.

Additionally, each man has been ordered to compensate the funeral home with 16,000 zloty ($6,096). They have a week to appeal.

The disappearance of the corpse-filled vehicle hit headlines in both Germany and Poland last year, as relatives of the deceased worried about the final disposition of their loves ones’ remains. The search stretched to the Lithuanian border.

A search was still on for the alleged ringleader of the group. Another accomplice, who pleaded guilty, was already serving an 11-month sentence.

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
May 22

China Watch Blog has learnt that An emergency door of Sriwijaya Air flight number SJ 039 broke off as passengers were boarding at Raja Haji Fisabilillah airport in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, on Tuesday, the Jakarta Post reported.

The aircraft, scheduled to depart for Soekarno-Hatta airport, Jakarta, at 7 a.m. local time, had to delay take off until the damaged door was replaced.

“Shortly after I took my seat, an emergency exit door in the right side of the aircraft suddenly detached and the emergency chute also opened,” one of the passengers told Antara news agency.

Tanjungpinang-branch Sriwijaya Air manager Gusmansyah said the aircraft was actually in good condition.

“If the emergency equipment does not function, an aircraft is not allowed to fly,” said Gusmansyah.

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
May 15

China Watch Blog has learnt that Indonesia’s railway company has decided to scrap women-only trains less than a year after they were introduced.

State railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia launched seven brightly painted trains in October to provide safety and comfort for women following reports of sexual harassment in mixed-gender commuter cars linking Jakarta to outlying areas.

But the trains are largely empty outside rush hour while regular ones are always packed, company spokeswoman Eva Chairunnisa said.

“To increase capacity, we decided to convert the women-only trains into regular ones,” Chairunnisa said.

“The ladies’ trains are full during rush hour, but regular trains are even more packed,” she added.

The spokeswoman said the company planned to add 180 more cars this year and that trains for women only might be introduced again when capacity allowed.

Lack of space has forced many commuters to ride on the rooftops of trains, exposing them to dangers including falling and electrocution.

The railway company has tried various tricks to deter roof riding, including spraying them with paint and hanging concrete balls above train tracks, but they were largely unsuccessful.

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
May 10

China Watch Blog has learnt that French logistics student Pauline Bourderiou is about to sit her final examinations, helped on her way by a four-month internship at Impatex Freight Software, the UK’s leading freight and Customs software supplier.

During her stay with Impatex, Pauline has worked behind the scenes on the company’s 24/7 Help Desk to learn about the company’s software and the UK Customs system. She also translated Impatex’s Integrated Customs for Europe (ICE) and NetFreight software screens into French. In her final two months, she assisted in finding a French distributor for NetFreight, and also represented the company on its stand at a trade exhibition.

Pauline’s placement was arranged by Wiltshire College, where she has been studying in the UK; they publicised the availability of French interns through BIFA’s member newsletter. Wiltshire College operates an exchange scheme with IUT Laval, Pauline’s local business college close to her home near Le Mans, France.

In June, Pauline will sit her examinations for the “Licence Gestionnaire Import-Export” – equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Import and Export; she will also receive an HNC in Business. In April, she sat and passed the Cambridge University Certificate in Business English.

To date, Pauline has spent two years studying international trade, with work placements in Spain and France that involved translation, organising and attending overseas exhibitions, identifying potential international distributors, supply chain analysis and accounting.

Says Pauline: “My last work placement in a logistics department in France, gave me the desire to follow my study in Import-export. For me, logistics is a really interesting sector because the aim is to coordinate all activities in the areas of procurement, production, handling, packaging, packing, storage, distribution and delivery.

“I was really pleased to do my work placement at Impatex; there is a really good atmosphere at work and everybody has been very welcoming when I arrived. This work placement gave me more knowledge about export and import documents, and how the UK trades with other countries using its software to prepare and manage their exports and imports. I learned how Customs works in England; it is quite unique, and different than French Customs.”

Pauline has her sights set firmly on a career in logistics; and although she favours a French company in the wine or foods sector, she is not against working in other countries or businesses: “I love travelling : it is the reason why I chose to study International trade. I would like to work as an export sales manager, because I really enjoy the contact with customers and it is a really important place within the logistics process.”

Adds Impatex MD Peter Day: “It has been a real pleasure helping Pauline with her studies, and she has also been a tremendous assistance to our business. We wish her very well for the future: she will be a real credit to whoever is lucky enough to employ her.”

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
May 06

China Watch Blog has learnt that Turkey’s national airline has barred female flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, striking a nerve among secular Turks worried the country is becoming more Islamic.

Turkish Airlines turning more Islamic

Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-biggest carrier, said the ban was aimed at keeping crews “artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones”, as a natural look improved communication with passengers.

“As a consequence of our current cabin uniforms not including red, dark pink, et cetera, the use of lipstick and nail polish in these colours by our cabin crew impairs visual integrity,” the statement said.

Turkish Airlines declined a request for comment.

The guideline follows other restrictions on employees’ appearance and on serving alcohol. Critics say they reflect the influence of the government’s conservative religious values at the fast-growing state-run airline.

“This new guideline is totally down to Turkish Airlines management’s desire to shape the company to fit its own political and ideological stance,” Atilay Aycin, president of the airline’s Hava-Is union, told Reuters.

“No one can deny that Turkey has become a more conservative, religious country.”

Turkey is 99 percent Muslim but the NATO state and European Union candidate has a secular constitution.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party, which traces its roots to a banned Islamic party, has relaxed the state’s control over the expression of religion, such as once-strict limits imposed on wearing the Islamic headscarf.

Such restrictions were aimed at reining in Islamism and improving women’s rights, but effectively prevented many devout women from studying at university or taking government jobs.

Turkish Airlines scrapped its own ban on the headscarf more than a year ago, and covered women now work at check-in counters and at other positions in the company, Aycin said.

Other Turkish carriers also have guidelines on the appearance of cabin personnel.

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:
May 01

China Watch Blog has learnt that the Secretary for Transport, Anthony Cheung, has promised to lead a thorough review of the Marine Department, that’s been blamed for ‘serious systemic failings’ that contributed to the Lamma ferry disaster last October, but not many people believe this statement.

An inquiry into the tragedy found the department had not enforced regulations on the provision of life-jackets, and had repeatedly failed to spot problems with the Lamma Four vessel, which sank following a collision last October, killing 39 people.

The Transport chief admitted to an RTHK programme that numerous mistakes had been committed by the authorities, and if these “very unfortunate” errors had not been made, the tragedy may not have happened.

But on whether the the Director of Marine, Francis Liu, should pay for these mistakes with his job, Cheung said he couldn’t say at this point, noting that any civil servants who are guilty of breaching regulations would face the appropriate punishment under civil service regulations.

Usually, the government makes statements as if it is going to take stringent action in such cases, but at the end of the day, it seldom blames anyone and everything is swept under the carpet. Outwardly, there will be string of transfers and then everything will be forgotten. That is how the civil service works.

Cheung also said the government has decided that the entire Marine Department needs comprehensive reforms, and he’ll head a new three-man steering committee to look into all aspects of vessel safety, including the issuing of licences.

The department itself will conduct its own internal review, headed by a senior civil servant.

He promised that his bureau will closely monitor the progress of the internal review, and the department will not be left to scrutinise its own failings by itself.

If you think China Watch Blog's information is useful, click on cup of coffee on left hand side and make a small contribution via PayPal

Tagged with:

Archives

April 2014
S M T W T F S
« Mar    
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  
Custom Search

Other Links

Free Web Directory Including Breaking News Resources, Offer automatic, instant and free directory submissions. Free web directory Directory Free
gardening supplies Shop online at the gardenerscentre for a wide selection of garden and gardening supplies and products at low internet prices and fast home delivery service - gardenerscentre.eu
Media Directory. We are listed under Media Organizations category Newsmedia Directory Hong Kong Directory

Hong Kong Directory - A directory of Hong Kong based and themed web sites

Meta

  • Partner links

  • Rss Feed Tweeter button Facebook button Technorati button Reddit button Myspace button Linkedin button Webonews button Delicious button Digg button Flickr button Stumbleupon button Newsvine button Youtube button
    http://www.wikio.com