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GDP growth rate in second quarter still decent: economist  Listenfacebook
The government says there are signs that the local economy moderated towards the end of June -- amid escalating trade tensions between the United States and China. This came as the SAR posted worse-than-expected quarterly GDP figures. In the second quarter, the economy grew 3.5 percent year-on-year -- missing market forecast of a 4.2 percent increase. First-quarter GDP growth stood at 4.6 percent. And the government has maintained the annual growth forecast for the entire year at between three and four percent. Greater China Economist, Michelle Lam, from Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking, told Ben Tse that the 3.5 percent growth in the second quarter was still quite decent:
New measures for domestic helpers a welcome development: Eman Villanueva   Listenfacebook
The Labour Department has proposed publishing three separate black lists of employment agencies to help prevent foreign domestic helpers and employers from falling prey to unscrupulous practices. The three lists will contain the names of employment agencies that have been convicted of overcharging or illegal operation in the past two years, had their licence revoked or refused renewal, and have received written warnings in the past year. Their names will be published on the Labour Department's website. The department said the proposal will help raise the service standard of the industry, and it will seek public views on the proposal until early next month. Eman Villanueva of the Asian-Migrants Coordinating Body told Annemarie Evans that the new measures were a welcome development:
Southern France hit by heavy floods  Listenfacebook
Heavy floods have forced the evacuation of 1,600 people - most of them campers - in southern France. The worst-hit areas were Gard, Ardeche and Drome. More than 400 firefighters and police, as well as four helicopters, have been deployed. The storms which caused the floods came after a period of unusually hot weather in southern France and much of Europe. RTHK’s UK correspondent, Gavin Grey, spoke to Annemarie Evans: