‘We drove more than 2000 km from Beijing to Shenzhen and handed out over 10,000 questionnaires along the way,’ said Wei Wei, director of the Chinese labour NGO Little Bird, after a month-long roadtrip interviewing construction workers. That was three years ago. They had thousands of answers, confirming that, in construction, wages were withheld for months. Most workers didn’t receive monthly, or even half-yearly, payments and simply hoped to get paid by the end of the year, even though, by law, wages should be paid monthly. Since Little Bird was founded, nearly 20 years ago, its telephone hotline has helped more than 50,000 migrant workers, half of them employed in construction. But according to Wei Wei, the situation hasn’t improved much. Hundreds of thousands of workers aren’t paid in keeping with their proper wages, if they are paid at all. Half of all construction workers have been deprived of proper payment at least once in their lives, according to … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year, but where’s the money?
Liverpool’s Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in Europe, has always been a colourful and vibrant part of our city but never more than at Chinese New Year. Dating back to the mid-19th century when the first Chinese seamen arrived here and made Liverpool their home and the base for their family businesses, Chinatown still thrives around Nelson Street, Duke Street and Berry Street. With its beautifully crafted traditional Chinese arch, standing an imposing 15ft high, the area is not only home to the Chinese community but attracts many thousands of tourists each year. IN PICTURES: Liverpool celebrating Chinese New Year through the years View gallery Traditionally most visitors arrive, from in and outside the city, for the Chinese New Year celebrations when the streets are bustling with market stalls. Crowds follow the spectacular lion, dragon and unicorn street parades then gather for an ear-splitting firecracker display. Read More Chinese New Year 2018 This … [Read more...] about How Liverpool has celebrated Chinese New Year through the decades
0 Post a comment Friday, 5 January 2018 - Athletics MISSING some key players, Farnham Runners had to settle for lower scores than in the first three rounds of the Southern Cross-Country League. The fourth race was hosted by Hart Road Runners at Lord Wandsworth College and entrants were prepared for mud and deep puddles after the snow and rain of the previous week. The Farnham ladies came ninth and the men tenth out of the 24 clubs, giving them joint tenth place overall. They still lie fifth on aggregate after the fourth of six matches.The two-lap course of five miles had only one dry section and that was up a steep hill. For the finale, there was a gruelling ascent up two fields of clay that stuck to shoes, making them heavier and heavier, so a huge effort was required to reach the finish line.But runners of all standards turned out in their hundreds for the New Year’s Eve mud-fest, followed by a convivial lunch.A trio of newcomers headed the Farnham men’s contingent. … [Read more...] about Farnham Runners up for New Year’s Eve mud-fest
Former TOWIE star will not be taking it easy after the festive period By Megan Nisbet Friday, January 01, 2016 AMY Childs has revealed her "hardcore" health and fitness plans for January. The former TOWIE star told OK! Online exclusively that her New Year's resolutions are all about toning up and eating better. Amy Childs will be hitting it hardcore in January[OK! Online] Speaking to OK! Online, she said: "I'm going to hit it hardcore. "I'm very much into my fitness anyway, but for me tone up and go to the gym more. "I've got a personal trainer, I go [to the gym] about 2 to 3 times at the moment, in January I'll be looking to go 4 to 5 times, and the diet as well." The reality TV star also revealed why this Christmas will be different to last year. Amy Childs - Through The Years Tuesday, … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Watch as Amy Childs reveals ‘hardcore’ New Year’s resolutions
Boris Johnson is planning a spectacular free New Year's Eve party for 80,000 Londoners in the Olympic stadium seven months before the Games begin. A giant fireworks display will light up the East End and top music acts will play in the arena on 31 December 2011 to herald the beginning of Olympic year. Plans for the event are taking shape as David Higgins, the Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive, becomes confident construction work will be completed in time to open the park to the public well before the Games. City Hall stressed the Olympic party would not repeat the fiasco of the East End's last big New Year's Eve bash, at the Millennium Dome in 1999, when massed ranks of VIPs attended and thousands of ticketholders were forced to queue outside. Acts taking to the stage in the 80,000-capacity stadium may include Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Hackney-born Leona Lewis, in a reunion for the song Whole Lotta Love. They performed it at Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium last … [Read more...] about 2012 stadium to host New Year fireworks spectacular