Business Questions Information Answers http://businessqia.com All things about business Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:50:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Great Barrier Reef valued at $56bn as report warns it’s ‘too big to fail’ http://businessqia.com/great-barrier-reef-valued-at-56bn-as-report-warns-its-too-big-to-fail/ Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:48:28 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7344 Deloitte Access Economics report says reef underpins 64,000 jobs and contributes $6.4bn to economy each year A new report has valued the Great Barrier Reef at $56bn and warns of vast economic consequences for Australia unless more is done to protect it. The Deloitte Access Economics report says Adanis new mega coalmine in Queensland, which […]

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Deloitte Access Economics report says reef underpins 64,000 jobs and contributes $6.4bn to economy each year

A new report has valued the Great Barrier Reef at $56bn and warns of vast economic consequences for Australia unless more is done to protect it.

The Deloitte Access Economics report says the world heritage-listed reef underpins 64,000 direct and indirect jobs, and contributes $6.4bn to the national economy each year.

But without ramped-up protection efforts, it warns much of that could be at risk as the reef suffers from repeated mass coral bleaching events, poor water quality and climate change.

The reef is critical to supporting economic activity and jobs in Australia, says the report, prepared for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The livelihoods and businesses it supports across Australia far exceeds the numbers supported by many industries we would consider too big to fail.

Of the 64,000 jobs linked to the reef, 39,000 are direct jobs making the reef a bigger employer than the likes of Telstra, the Qantas Group, National Australia Bank and the oil and gas extraction industry.

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Five ways politicians can win over young voters – BBC News http://businessqia.com/five-ways-politicians-can-win-over-young-voters-bbc-news/ Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:32:59 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7341 And what’s more, this section of the electorate is now “anyone’s to play for”, Caroline Macfarland, director of think tank Common Vision, says. Breaking down the boundaries to politicians Image copyright Reuters “These are people who aren’t concerned with immigration, but are worried about the environment,” says Dr Sloam. “The environment wasn’t even an issue […]

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Jeremy Corbyn continued his drive to appeal to young people with a visit to Glastonbury this weekend. But how can politicians get more young people to support them at the ballot box?

Turnout amongst 18-24 year olds rose from 43% in 2015 to 54% in the latest general election and most of them voted Labour, latest polling data shows.

It’s a “wake up call”, or a “tipping point” – says Dr James Sloam, co-director of Centre for European Politics at Royal Holloway University.

He says the increase in the youth vote has got to effect the agenda.

“What we know is that once people vote, they tend to vote for the same party again. Politicians cannot ignore young people on a permanent basis.”

And what’s more, this section of the electorate is now “anyone’s to play for”, Caroline Macfarland, director of think tank Common Vision, says.

Breaking down the boundaries to politicians

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Young people in the UK are as interested in politics as elsewhere – volunteering and being involved in community engagement projects – they are just spoken to less by politicians, Dr Sloam says.

He believes a centralised Westminster government and a break down of local government, also contribute to this lack of conversation.

Ms Macfarland agrees: “Millennials are more likely to sign a petition, attend a protest and join a campaign on a singular issue.

“Young people expect transparency and are less interested in political structures. These structures need to change and be more responsive to public sentiment.”

In other words, this generation is unlikely to write a letter to their MP, or even email one, but they will still expect to see a reaction from government on issues that matter to them.

If they want to see change, they do it themselves – whether it’s boycotting a brand or buying a different food, Ms Macfarland says.

Politicians are no longer the fixers or doers, they are the enablers, she adds.

Less focus on immigration, more talk about climate change

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“These are people who aren’t concerned with immigration, but are worried about the environment,” says Dr Sloam.

“The environment wasn’t even an issue in this election. Here, young people can have more influence in the debate.”

Dr Avril Keating, director for the Centre for Global Youth at the UCL-Institute of Education agrees: “Younger people tend to be more supportive of multiculturalism and inclusion.”

Common Vision has put together a Millennial Manifesto for generation Y – that’s those now aged between 18 and 35 – that it argues has a more “everyday” political agenda than generations before.

Looking at the environment – it suggests a policy which isn’t just about how much energy we use, but how we think about these resources too.

One way of doing this would be through so-called “bottom-up” supply models – where citizens could be involved in renewable energy generation on a local level.

A housing model for ‘generation rent’

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Dr Keating argues that ultimately young people want the same things as everyone else; good wages and the prospect of owning a house.

Consecutive governments have promised to build ‘X’ amount of homes, with the debate focused on “supply and demand” or “buy or rent”.

But young people tend to be less binary according to Ms Macfarland.

The Millennial manifesto points to examples of self-build, community housing and co-living models – where people share spaces and facilities – which are already happening in the UK and abroad.

In Germany – where almost half of Germany’s first-time voters back Chancellor Angela Merkel – housing problems are similar to those in the UK.

But their government has invested in greater rental regulation, where rents are only increased if improvements are made, tenants have long term agreements and are able to save money in a different way to paying a mortgage.

“Germany looks 10-20 years in the future with its policy,” Dr Sloam says, but he admits these types of policy are costly.

It is this long term thinking that could be the real “win” for policy makers though, according to Ms Macfarland

“Look beyond the five-year term – policy makers would instead be appealing to voters with five decades ahead of them,” she said.

A new rule-book for a new way of work

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This is the generation that has born the brunt of the financial crisis with uncertainty, unemployment and wage freezes being a staple of their adult life.

Young people experienced the tightest pay squeeze in the wake of the financial crisis – with real pay falling by 13%, according to the Resolution Foundation.

While a lot of people have heard the “gig” economy being discussed, the debate has had a negative focus on the challenges around workers rights, rather than the opportunity the market offers.

In the gig economy – instead of a regular wage, workers get paid for the “gigs” they do, such as a food delivery or a car journey. In the UK it’s estimated that five million people are employed in this way.

Employment law needs to be brought up to date to protect this flexible and dynamic labour market, but also offer security, policy analyst Laura Gardiner from the Resolution Foundation says.

What is the ‘gig’ economy?

Meanwhile the Millennial Manifesto points to personal development and work life balance, which it says are seen as more important than financial reward – and so a focus on workplace conditions and flexibility is as important as a focus on pay.

Current policy has punished the under 25s – who don’t get minimum wage, by treating them like they are not adults, Dr Keating says.

Hi-tech know-how

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Surveillance, misuse of data, privacy and hacking are all issues that Dr Huw Davies of the Oxford Internet Institute believes young voters of the future will be concerned about.

“Young people are already participating in the digital economy off their own backs,” he says.

“They are recognising their future could be in a gig economy with a collection of jobs as opposed to one role.”

With a new computer science curriculum already in the education system, pupils are learning about encryption and data provenance.

It’s only a matter of time Dr Davies argues, before people become aware of how ignorant governments have previously been on these issues.

Politicians won’t get away with saying “backdoor encryption” then, Dr Davies says.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk

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South Korea’s new presidential pooches, and why they matter http://businessqia.com/south-koreas-new-presidential-pooches-and-why-they-matter/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 07:47:45 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7338 (CNN)When South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in took up residency in the Blue House last month, his choice of pets raised some eyebrows. The mere image and civil act of Korea’s new president showing compassion for abandoned and abused rescue animals will be both positive and powerful. South Korea is a modern country, but its […]

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(CNN)When South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in took up residency in the Blue House last month, his choice of pets raised some eyebrows.

Unlike his predecessor, he didn’t exclusively go for pure-bred white Jindo dogs renowned for their devout loyalty and stoic beauty. Instead he chose a rescue dog and cat (named Tory and Jjing-Jjing) — a move hailed by animal rights activists.
The mere image and civil act of Korea’s new president showing compassion for abandoned and abused rescue animals will be both positive and powerful. South Korea is a modern country, but its progress when it comes to animal welfare lags behind its rapid economic development.
    “Tory, by conventional standards, is an ugly dog covered in black hair. I will adopt him as ‘first dog’ in the belief that both humans and animals have the right to be free from prejudice and discrimination,” stated Moon, shortly after being elected.
    Many Koreans consider mixed-breed dogs and cats to be “impure,” and many still view animals of all kinds, including dogs and cats, to be “unclean” or “dirty.”
    The few prized dogs that do exist in South Korea are typically light or white-colored purebreds — an antiquated notion of purity and cleanliness.

    Ten days to be adopted

    Such views have had negative ripple effects when it comes to the conditions surrounding abandoned and homeless animals in South Korea.
    In 2015, nearly 800,000 animals were abandoned — down from 2010, when the figure reached nearly one million. Under the Animal Protection Act, abandoned animals only have ten days until they must be adopted, or they must bekilled humanely.
    In 2015, over 42% of shelter animals died or were euthanized, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (MAFRA).
    According to the Korea Consumer Agency, only 5.2% were adopted from shelters. Most dogs are sourced from breeders, because pets from shelters are considered unhygienic.
    Meanwhile, although the concept of “zero kill” shelters, along with spay and neuter programs to help drive down euthanization rates, is emerging in other regions, the concept has yet to take a strong foothold in South Korea.
    South Korea has also received wide criticism, domestically and internationally, for its dog meat industry. Admittedly, the sector is declining, with the younger generation of South Koreans increasingly spurning the practice.
    Still, government subsidies and training programs to help transition businesses out of the industry would be highly beneficial for both humans and animals alike in this area.

    Stronger laws

    While the previous administration did focus on pets as a proclaimed initiative, it was a focus on the pet sector as a potential new economic sector through further deregulation, not a policy focus on improving animal welfare.
    In fact, deregulation of the pet and animal industry — which is relatively lightly regulated already — would arguably have led to much worse conditions in terms of pet and animal welfare.
    What is needed now are stronger and more modernized laws and enforcement mechanisms to truly protect animal welfare in South Korea.
    This can include government support for animal shelters, education awareness programs, funding for spay and neuter programs, and business subsidies to shift out of the dog meat industry.
    Such measures — helping both animals and humans alike — will help put South Korea on a greater par with animal welfare programs in the US and Europe.
    An opportunity also exists for South Korea, under Moon’s leadership, to be the first nation in the region to pass an animal sentient law, to better protect against puppy mills and other nefarious industries that commit acts of animal cruelty, which much like in Canada and New Zealand, would recognize that “animals are not things, they are sentient beings and have biological needs.”
    Mahatma Gandhi famously proclaimed, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    President Moon, a vocal animal advocate, now has the opportunity to follow his words with action in the form of passing animal welfare policies.
    A great nation must not be defined as merely being a rich nation, but a compassionate nation.

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    Marketing Ideas For Small Business http://businessqia.com/marketing-ideas-for-small-business/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:27:24 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=6116 Onvizi offer some information and marketing ideas for small business owners. Having a good online presence and visibility matters because in this modern internet era, this is where clients and customers are looking for YOUR products and services. Don't let your competition win, make sure you are the first number they call. Contact us today […]

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    Russian hackers ‘traded stolen passwords of British MPs and public servants’ http://businessqia.com/russian-hackers-traded-stolen-passwords-of-british-mps-and-public-servants/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:46:55 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7334 Credentials of officials including MPs, diplomats and senior police officers reportedly sold on Russian websites after 2012 attack on LinkedIn Passwords belonging to British politicians, diplomats and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers, it has been reported. Security credentials said to have belonged to tens of thousands of government officials, including 1,000 […]

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    Credentials of officials including MPs, diplomats and senior police officers reportedly sold on Russian websites after 2012 attack on LinkedIn

    Passwords belonging to British politicians, diplomats and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers, it has been reported.

    Security credentials said to have belonged to tens of thousands of government officials, including 1,000 British MPs and parliamentary staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff, were in the troves sold or swapped on Russian-speaking hacking sites.

    The majority of the passwords are said to have been compromised in a 2012 hacking raid on the business social network LinkedIn, in which millions of users details were stolen.

    The National Crime and Security Centre (NCSC) confirmed that its cyber security advice has been highlighted to departments in light of the discovery by the Times.

    In the wake of the LinkedIn attack users were advised to change their passwords on the site and any other accounts that used the same credentials.

    The warning was repeated in 2016 when it emerged the compromised passwords were being sold by criminal gangs.

    A government spokesman said it was a historical incident.

    When it took place, LinkedIn gave advice that people should change their passwords, he said. Anybody who is no longer using the password will not have had their account breached.

    Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us

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    New Business Ideas | Private Jet Charter Brokerage http://businessqia.com/new-business-ideas-private-jet-charter-brokerage/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:22:26 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=6418 New Business Ideas – Looking for an easy-to-start business that can turn a huge profit in a very short time? As an independent private jet charter broker you can make solid income, right from your home, matching clients with charter aircraft operators for a commission. It’s a very easy business to start, requiring no special […]

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    New Business Ideas – Looking for an easy-to-start business that can turn a huge profit in a very short time? As an independent private jet charter broker you can make solid income, right from your home, matching clients with charter aircraft operators for a commission.

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    History of West Coast Expressway – Business News http://businessqia.com/history-of-west-coast-expressway-business-news/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:30:14 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7330 SHAH ALAM: Even as it is being constructed today, the much talked West Coast Expressway (WCE) already has a long history behind it. In the past 20 or so years, the WCE project had gone through various phases – being shelved and later being revived again – but with muted developments moving forward. Its alignment, […]

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    SHAH ALAM: Even as it is being constructed today, the much talked West Coast Expressway (WCE) already has a long history behind it.

    In the past 20 or so years, the WCE project had gone through various phases – being shelved and later being revived again – but with muted developments moving forward.

    Its alignment, which is the second longest in Peninsular Malaysia, was mooted then in 1995 by Tan Sri Chan Ah Chye who established Konsortium LPB Sdn Bhd (KLPB).

    KLPB, which is today known as West Coast Expressway Sdn Bhd was the promoter of this highway project.

    The WCE was awarded to KLPB first back in 1996 but later had to be shelved due to the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997.

    After a number of years without any developments on this front, the project was revived again after an announcement in Oct 2002.

    It was envisaged to be complete in 2005 then by KLPB but the entire project had ran into even further delays due to funding issues and potential shareholder changes.

    The remaining 40% in KLPB was originally held equally by the state governments of Selangor and Perak but both governments had sold their interests in the company.

    After further discussions and wrapping things up, the deal for the highway was finally finalised and sealed at end-2011 with government giving its official okay in the beginning of 2012.

    The construction works for the highway finally began in 2014 at a finalised cost of RM5.04bil with land acquisition costs at RM980mil.

    The concession period, which was initially at 38 years when it was first mooted, is now at 50 years with an option to extend by another 10 years.

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    http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/10/24/history-of-west-coast-expressway/

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    Bloomberg Urges Americans To Stop Resisting Trump And Focus On 2020 Instead http://businessqia.com/bloomberg-urges-americans-to-stop-resisting-trump-and-focus-on-2020-instead/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:45:17 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7326 During an appearance on Wednesdays The View, Bloomberg, who once called Trump a con and dangerous demagogue, urged Americans to get behind Trump and suggested that the presidents opponents should focus less on resistance and more on the next presidential election. Bloomberg also explained that, although he did not vote for Trump, he wanted to […]

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    Michael Bloomberg may have said some disparaging thingsabout Donald Trump before he was elected president, but the former New York City mayor appears to have softened his approach now that Trump is in the White House.

    During an appearance on Wednesdays The View, Bloomberg, who once called Trump a con and dangerous demagogue, urged Americans to get behind Trump and suggested that the presidents opponents should focus less on resistance and more on the next presidential election.

    Lets just all hope that Donald Trump is a good president of the United States, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist said. Hes our president, and we need this country to be run well.

    Bloomberg also explained that, although he did not vote for Trump, he wanted to avoid repeating themistakethat he says Sen. Mitch McConnell made as minority leader in President Barack Obamas administration. In 2010,McConnell told The National Journal that the single most important thing for Republicans to achieve would be to makeObama a one-term president.

    I thought, thats our country. Thats my kids and my grandkids, Bloomberg said of McConnell on Wednesday.We have to make it work. You have an election, whoever wins, then we have to get behind and work.

    Bloomberg, who publiclyendorsedDemocratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, said that those who dont agree with the Trump administration should direct their energy toward electing new officials in 2020.

    He illustrated his point by comparing America with other countries where, according to Bloomberg, people will try to tear down the government and have a revolution if they lose an election.

    We should sit back and say, OK, four years from now, how do I get my person, my man or my woman, elected? he suggested, which elicited cheers from the audience.

    But when asked by host Joy Behar about the strong resistance from people pushing back against Trumps policies, Bloomberg defended their right to protest and encouraged people to speak out against the administration.

    If you disagree, you should go out there. You can protest. You can elect other officials,write letters, make phone calls, he said. But in the end, the public has spoken, whether you like the results or not.

    But then Bloomberg jabbed at Trump, joking that he may have won the election with a little help from the Russians.

    The former mayors message to support the president stands out amid Bloombergs ongoing criticisms of the president while promoting his book, co-written with environmentalist Carl Pope,Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.

    In a CNN interview Tuesday, Bloomberg advised Trump whom he called a very nice guy who is unfit for the presidency to stop tweeting and focus on running the government. He also called the presidents denial of climate change embarrassing.

    Watch Bloombergs full interview onThe View in the clip above.

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    Nationwide Express proposes merger with Airpak – Business News http://businessqia.com/nationwide-express-proposes-merger-with-airpak-business-news/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:33:14 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7323 KUALA LUMPUR: Nationwide Express Courier Services Bhd plans to merge its courier business with that of Airpak Express (M) Sdn Bhd to capitalise on the rapid growth in demand for e-commerce and online business activities. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Nationwide said it had signed a conditional agreement with Ong Eng Lee and Lim […]

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    KUALA LUMPUR: Nationwide Express Courier Services Bhd plans to merge its courier business with that of Airpak Express (M) Sdn Bhd to capitalise on the rapid growth in demand for e-commerce and online business activities.

    In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Nationwide said it had signed a conditional agreement with Ong Eng Lee and Lim Kew Wan to acquire 100% in Airpak for RM33.16mil.

    Of the sum, RM30mil will be satisfied in cash and the rest through the issuance of new shares in Nationwide’s new investment holding company Nationwide Express Holdings Bhd (NEHB) that would give the vendors a 5% stake in NEHB’s paid-up capital. (NEHB will assume the listing status of Nationwide Express Courier Services.)

    The Airpak group has a network of 58 service points throughout Malaysia. Other than domestic courier activities, Airpak through its international network also facilitates and services the Malaysian market with international inbound deliveries with its focus on the growing e-commerce logistics business.

    “With the growing number of new online market places, the proposed acquisition is timely for the company to build its capabilities and capacities in the business-to-consumer segment and thereby, enhance revenue growth from the e-commerce last mile delivery services,” Nationwide said.

    The company would also leverage on Airpak’s strength in the business-to-business segment and its vast distribution network to streamline and rationalise resources within the Nationwide and Airpak groups, it said.

    These are in addition to the potential cost savings, improved business efficiencies and economies of scale to be achieved across group-wide operations.

    One of the vendors, Ong, gave a profit guarantee that Airpak and its subsidiary would make a profit after-tax of RM5mil for each of the financial years ending July 31, 2017, and July 31, 2018.

    Among the conditions precedent is the completion of Nationwide’s internal reorganisation exercise whereby the listing status of Nationwide Express Courier Services will be assumed by NEHB. The creation of a separate listed entity will enable the group to achieve ease and flexibility in the expansion to new business segments as and when opportunities arise.

    The proposed internal reorganisation is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

    Nationwide’s proposed acquisition of Airpak, meanwhile, is forecast to be completed by the first quarter of next year.

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    http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/11/08/nationwide-express-proposes-merger-with-airpak/

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    Ivanka Trump shoes slated for production at China factory despite brand’s denial http://businessqia.com/ivanka-trump-shoes-slated-for-production-at-china-factory-despite-brands-denial/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:31:28 +0000 http://businessqia.com/?p=7320 After three Chinese activists were arrested investigating a factory where Trumps shoes were made, her brand claimed none were produced after March When three activists investigating labour abuses at US state department did call for the activists to be released. Chinas foreign ministry quickly rebuffed the US, saying, other countries have no right to interfere. […]

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    After three Chinese activists were arrested investigating a factory where Trumps shoes were made, her brand claimed none were produced after March

    When three activists investigating labour abuses at a factory that makes Ivanka Trump shoes in China were arrested, the brand stayed silent for a week and then attempted to distance itself from the controversy by saying it had been months since its products were manufactured there.

    But production tables reviewed by the Guardian contradict public statements made by the brand owned by Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the US president, Donald Trump. They show that Ivanka Trump shoes were still scheduled to be made at the factory two months after the brand said they had stopped.

    The case highlights the pitfalls of having a president and his relatives in the White House while maintaining business interests around the world. Trump herself has remained silent on the case but the US state department did call for the activists to be released.

    Chinas foreign ministry quickly rebuffed the US, saying, other countries have no right to interfere. The men, Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng, have been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of eavesdropping and secret photography equipment after they went undercover in factories making products for international fashion brands.

    In the wake of the arrests, Huas wife has been interrogated by police and his lawyer has been told by the authorities not to speak to the media.

    After the three men were arrested, the brand waited a week before releasing its only public statement, defending working standards and saying: Ivanka Trump brand products have not been produced at the factory in question since March.

    But a 14 April production table from the factory in Ganzhou in southeast China show nearly 1,000 shoes were slated to be manufactured between 23 and 25 May. The order was set to be delivered by 30 May. Material for clothing and shoes is typically ordered months in advance.

    In response to questions from the Guardian, Ivanka Trumps brand did not refute the information contained in the production tables.

    Ivanka Trump HQ is committed to only working with licensees who maintain internationally recognised labor standards across their supply chains, Abigail Klem, president of Ivanka Trump, said in a statement. Our licensees and their manufacturers, subcontractors and suppliers must comply with all applicable local and international labor laws, and the legal and ethical practices set forth in our vendor code of conduct.

    Klem did not respond to questions about previous statements contradicted by factory productions tables. She also declined to respond to questions about how the brand ensures standards are maintained or about the fate of the three arrested labour activists.

    Marc Fisher, the company that licenses the Ivanka Trump brand to make shoes, declined to comment. The factory in Ganzhou, owned by Huajian Group, also declined to comment on the production timetables or arrested activists.

    Ivanka Trump no longer leads the business that bears her name, turning over day to day operations to Kelm, but the first daughter maintains an ownership stake.

    The three detained activists, who worked for New York-based NGO China Labor Watch, were preparing to release a report that showed a host a labor violations at the factory, which also makes shoes for brands such as Coach, Karl Lagerfeld and Kendall + Kylie.

    Those abuses include paying below Chinas legal minimum wage, managers verbally abusing workers and violations of womens rights.

    The arrests were the first for China Labor Watch in its 17 years of investigating labour conditions in factories across China, including companies like Apple and Samsung.

    But the Chinese government has launched a wide-ranging crackdown on civil society since Xi Jinping came to power in 2012, and foreign NGOs have also come under increased scrutiny. A new law requires them to register with police and find local NGOs as partners, with many Chinese organisations wary over political repercussions.

    The three arrested activists ties to the New York-based NGO may now complicate their cases. Police have accused the men of giving information to foreign organisations with the goal of receiving payment, according to local news reports.

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