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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    14 years to buy a flat: Quality of life in Hong Kong going down, shows survey

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:13am by BRIAN YAP

    ... freedom also reached its lowest point last year with a score of 4.69, the highest single drop from the median index rate of 4.85 since 2002. The overall score for the index, based on three ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1573019/14-years-save-flat-just-dont-eat
  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Sad city: More than half of Hongkongers under 40 say they are unhappy

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by Staff Reporter

    ... they are not happy, a survey of 10 regions in Asia has found. On a self-rated scale of one to 10- with 10 being the top happiness level- some 52 per cent of locals gave a score of six or below. A score ... them happy, the rate is the lowest in Hong Kong and Macau where only 1 per cent of youths say that what the government does make them happy. Ho Lok-sang, a Lingnan University academic and core ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570790/hong-kong-youth-third-most-unhappy-10-region-survey
  3. Lifestyle - Books - SOCIETY

    Book review: Japan: The Paradox of Harmony, by Keiko Hirata and Mark Warschauer

    Posted Jun 29th 2014, 03:43pm by Julian Ryall

    ... a "perilously low birth rate and a society closed to immigrants, and what do you get? An old and tired nation." But until recently, Japan was so different. This was the nation that recovered from ... as in this book. As someone who lives in Japan and has the deepest respect for many of its traditional attributes- loyalty, an ethos of hard work, respect for others, a low crime rate- I find this book ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/books/article/1541652/book-review-japan-paradox-harmony-keiko-hirata-and-mark-warschauer
  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Father who allegedly left learning disabled son, 11, in Singapore could face extradition

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 06:21pm by Clifford Lo

    ... father and gave birth to a daughter three years ago. He recently left a boarding school for children with special needs to return home for the summer holidays. Police sources said the initial ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563515/father-who-allegedly-left-learning-disabled-son-11-singapore-could
  5. News - China - SOCIETY

    Heartbreaking news: China’s divorce rate jumps 13pc as more choose to untie the knot

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 01:36pm by WU NAN

    ... Wu Nan nan.wu@scmp.com About 3.5 million couples filed for divorce last year, with a fifth taking their case to the courts The mainland’s divorce rate has risen by almost 13 per cent, ... the divorce rate on the mainland – which has been steadily rising over the past decade – had gone up 12.8 per cent last year compared with 2012. Data from the bulletin showed that civil affairs ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1535515/heartbreaking-news-nations-divorce-rate-rises-13-cent
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Dedicated paediatrician keeps Hong Kong’s infant mortality rate low

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 04:34pm by Olivia Rosenman

    ... gestation for caesarean operations from 37 to 38 weeks. The change brought a significant reduction in both the rate of birth complications and respiratory illness. Most Hong Kong hospitals quickly ... says. His efforts have contributed to the fact that Hong Kong has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. He has achieved many other things as well. At the age of 30, Leung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1315980/dedicated-paediatrician-keeps-hong-kongs-infant-mortality-rate-low
  7. News - World - SOCIETY

    Everyday Sexism website a global hit, much to British founder Laura Bates' surprise

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 09:26pm by AP

    ... me, I've never talked to anyone about this'." Those conversations triggered the birth of the Everyday Sexism project, a website that Bates set up for women to share ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557017/everyday-sexism-website-global-hit-much-british-founder-laura-bates
  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Elderly get help to prevent suicides

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by VICTORIA ANN DUTHIE

    ... of suicide. The hotline receives at least 100 calls a day. Suicide rates among Hong Kong's elderly rose sharply last year, with a 61.3 per cent increase in the 60 to 69 age group. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560646/elderly-get-help-prevent-suicides
  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    40pc of Hongkongers have considered retiring abroad for financial reasons

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:57am by Olga Wong

    ... Financial Group. Researchers polled 508 people aged 20 to 55 in April on their attitude to retirement. Respondents gave an average rating of 5.5 out of 10 to the question of whether they were confident their life would be satisfactory in retirement. That was down from a rating of 6.1 two years ago. And 40 per cent said they had considered retiring elsewhere. Of those, 27 per cent would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557039/40pc-hongkongers-would-consider-retiring-elsewhere-survey-finds
  10. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Plan for flat-rate monthly pension for all over-65s is proposed

    Posted May 27th 2014, 04:22am by NG KANG-CHUNG, Johnny Tam

    ... Ng Kang-chung and Johnny Tam Higher taxes may be needed for proposal that would replace old-age allowances, but not CSSA Plan for flat-rate monthly pensions for all over-65s Everyone would be entitled to a flat-rate monthly pension from the age of 65 under an option being considered by an expert commissioned to lead a year-long government study of retirement proposals. The proposed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519826/flat-rate-monthly-pensions-all-over-65s-proposed

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