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Daily Archives: November 13, 2008

Government to set up

Image    by Sara Farr
Social enterprises: a sort of a “back-up”  plan to ensure the unemployment rate  doesn’t  fall  through  the  roof.  This  is  how Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah  plans to save the SAR from a possible down- side to the fnancial turmoil.

Should things go awry in Macau due to the global fnancial crisis, newly unemployed lo- cals can  join one of  these social enterprises  the government is setting up and get further  training in case new job opportunities arise.  These  social  enterprises  are  a  form  of  institutions, where unemployed locals register  their names. Should a job opportunity arise,  the worker is called on to take up the job. This  job can range from anything like cleaning or  security to housekeeping. It doesn’t mean it  will be a permanent job, but a temporary job  which will last as long as “needed.”  Ho said yesterday  in his question and answer  session  with  lawmakers  at  Assembly  that the government is determined to cut the  number of imported labourers. In response to Leong On Kei, who expressed  her concern over mass-dismissals should the  economy take a wrong turn due to the global  fnancial  crises,  Ho  said  regardless  of  the  gaming concessionaire, the gaming sector is  likely to face diffcult times ahead.  “I  don’t  foresee  that  there will  be  a mass  dismissal, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a salary cut and increase in the number of holidays for workers,” Ho said, adding  that the government was also ready to create  new jobs.  Although  the  government  is  ready  to  restrict  quotas  on  imported  labour,  so  far  it  does  not  plan  on  doing  so  for  local  small  and medium  sized  enterprises  (SMEs),  but  will  however  “control  the  overall  situation,  which will ultimately affect SMEs.”  “The  problem  of  the  shortage  of  human  resources  will  be  considered  next  year…  I  don’t know when restrictions will be lifted, it  all depends on the [fnancial] situation next  year,” the Chief said, adding that the government would be creating social enterprises to look into the issues SMEs face.  “That’s the next step to take,” he said.  Later, in response to lawmaker Kwan Tsui  Hang, Ho said the government is determined  to cut down on  the number of  imported  labourers  and  the  Secretary  for  Security  and  the  Labour  Affairs  Bureau  (DSAL)  is  currently discussing the issue.  However,  should  locals  in  the  gaming  in-
dustry lose their jobs due to the global fnancial crises, this is where the social enterprises  come in.  These  enterprises will  be  fnanced  by  the
government,  and  “those who  are  fred will  be able to register with the social enterprises  where  they  will  get  [further]  professional  training.”
“The  government doesn’t plan  on making  a proft out of these [social] enterprises,” Ho  said. However, he gave the example of major  hotel groups in Macau who might need extra  staff  for housekeeping or  to  “move  a heavy  mattress.”  The idea of social enterprises seemed to be well received by lawmakers who were somewhat  left assured  locals would get preferential  treatment when  it  came  to  being  hired  over a non-local worker.  “Our generation,” Ho said,  “has a very  innovative mentality.”  A  detailed  look  into  what  next  year  has  in store  for each of  the fve secretaries’ areas –  security,  justice  and  administration,  economy and fnance, culture and social affairs and public works and transport – will  be discussed  for 10 hours each  throughout  two  Assembly  sessions  starting  Monday  next week. 

Football: Ferguson won’t ditch his League Cup reserves

by Graham Chase*

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson vowed to keep faith with his fringe players in the League Cup quarter-finals after Carlos Tevez's penalty sealed a 1-0 fourth round victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Tevez, making a rare first-team start this season, claimed only his second goal of the campaign after converting from the spot following Peter Ramage's foul on 17-year-old substitute Danny Welbeck at Old Trafford.
Ferguson made eight changes to his starting line-up against the Championship outfit and, although youngsters such as Rodrigo Possebon, Darron Gibson and Jonny Evans struggled to make an impression against the west London club, the United boss insists that he will stick with his policy of shuffling his squad – regardless of who United draw in the last eight.
Ferguson said: "The ones who will need the game will definitely be involved in the next round, no matter who we are drawn against. "The attitude of the players was very good against QPR, though, and I am pleased to go through.
"The patience in their game was good, as was the speed of the football. QPR haven't lost a lot of goals recently, so it was always going to be difficult."
QPR, sitting comfortably in seventh spot in the Championship, frustrated United for long periods.
Ferguson's team improved slightly after half-time and Rafael Da Silva skipped past two Rangers players and slipped the ball to Park Ji-Sung, whose drilled effort from 15 yards beat Radek Cerny but bounced away off the post.
Tevez found some space shortly after when Park blocked Damion Stewart but Cerny managed to tip the Argentinian's effort from 12 yards over the bar.
Just after the hour, United stretched the visitors once again when Tevez found Anderson on the left but the Brazilian's low strike was blocked by Cerny.
The breakthrough arrived in the 76th minute when Nani slipped through for Welbeck and the substitute's run was ended by Ramage's trip six yards out.
And from the resulting penalty, Tevez sent Cerny the wrong way to give United the lead at last.
Ferguson admitted that his team's failure to convert their chances is becoming a regular occurrence.
He said: "We are used to teams coming here and being hard to break down now. It was just a matter of opening them up and taking the first chance.
"That was difficult. We created a lot of chances, but at the moment they are just not going in for us. That will come, though.
"Danny Welbeck is an exceptionally talented young lad, but he has been out for quite a while with a groin injury so he wasn't quite ready for the full game. But he came on and he has made a difference with the penalty.
"There was some relief when we finally made the breakthrough because, as the game wears on, it only takes a second to score a goal and QPR, with their massive support, were always going to give it a go at some point."
QPR, owned by the hugely wealthy trio of Flavio Briatore, Bernie Ecclestone and Indian tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, spent much of the game holding out, but they almost took the game into extra-time when substitute Samuel Di Camine missed a golden chance in stoppage time.
Caretaker-manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "I thought we might have nicked a draw there. We went a little bit cavalier towards the end, but it was a risk worth taking.
"It would have been a fairytale, but they are the breaks and if it had gone in we would have had another thirty minutes, which might have been tough, but we would have liked to sneak it in."