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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Hong Kong guest-house owners say new licensing rules will run them out of business

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 02:20pm by Amy Nip

    ... going up, and they have a big demand for accommodation. Occupancy rates for hotel and guest-house rooms have always exceeded 80 per cent," Tai Lei-na, owner of Ah Shan Hostel in Mong Kok, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1590847/operators-guest-houses-say-planned-new-licensing-rules-will-run-them
  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Fewer prisoners ending up back in jail, thanks to increased help

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 04:56am by Lana Lam

    ... per cent since 2000. The recidivism rate fell from 39.9 per cent in 2000 to 31 per cent in 2010. A Correctional Services Department (CSD) spokeswoman said the downward trend could be attributed to better rehabilitation programmes and improved attitudes from ex-offenders. However, comparing Hong Kong's rates to other jurisdictions' was misleading, she said, as the method ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586878/fewer-prisoners-ending-back-jail-thanks-increased-help
  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Disabled groups defying the odds to dance to a different tune

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... rate of disabled people is still [high] … More can still be done," he said. The four groups' performances- part of the Gala Extraordinary Stage of Ability, which includes a drama ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1589490/disabled-groups-defying-odds-dance-different-tune
  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Number of prisoners in Hong Kong hits record low

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 04:56am by Lana Lam

    ... Centre for Prison Studies in Britain, Hong Kong ranks 125th in terms of its prison population rate, with 123 people per 100,000. With fewer prisoners, the average occupancy rate of correctional ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586883/prison-population-hits-record-low-theyre-spending-more-time-remand
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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