October 3rd, 2011
04:35 PM GMT
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Being the boss can be the best. You can choose your own direction without anyone else telling you what to do.

It does however bring its own challenges, especially when it comes to separating your home life from your work life.

And when you add children into the mix more challenges arise.

Sarah Curran, CEO of my-wardrobe.com, has been out of the office for a while on a summer break.

She says it's difficult to make her company appreciate that she also has a son.

Now that school holidays are over, for Sarah, it's back to work.

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October 3rd, 2011
01:16 PM GMT
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Hong Kong, China (CNN) – On the first day of a new week, new month and new financial quarter, we woke to some promising data indicating a better business mood in Japan and higher factory growth in China.

But we also woke to huge falls across regional Asia markets. Greece’s admission it would now miss its deficit targets for both this year and 2012 spurred that sputter. Adding fuel to the fire of potential contagion fears, investors are concerned that the eurozone doesn’t have the will to throw in enough money to stabilize Greece.

First to the good news (which is all relative by the way)…

October 3rd, 2011
04:17 AM GMT
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(CNN) – Optimists outnumber pessimists in a closely watched quarterly survey of business conditions by Japanese business leaders.

The Tankan Survey by the Bank of Japan showed the sentiment of large manufacturers for July to September improved to 2 from minus-9 in the June quarterly survey, which was released in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. That was slightly lower than the forecasted 3 by economists surveyed by Dow Jones.

Still, sentiment has yet to recover to pre-quake levels, notes Bloomberg. The Tankan survey in March had a reading of 6 (the survey of 2,355 large enterprises is derived by subtracting positive outlook from negative; a positive figure indicates optimists outnumber pessimists).

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October 3rd, 2011
04:12 AM GMT
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Hong Kong (CNN) – An estimated 292,000 foreign maids live and work in this metropolis of more than 7 million people.  Most hail from the Philippines or Indonesia, work long six-day weeks from Monday to Saturday and many retire each night to the cramped rooms allotted to them in their own employers’ homes.

But on Sundays they break free.

On their one day off, and having few, cheap places to socialize in this dense urban jungle, they flock to the open and free spaces of Hong Kong’s downtown Central district – its parks, sidewalks and benches – and set up camp for the day. FULL POST

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