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  1. 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
  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Youngsters most disillusioned with governance and rule of law

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 07:41pm by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... and June were asked to rate the government's performance on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the top mark and five a pass. About 58 per cent gave a mark below 5, with about 20 per cent ... base of 100. Respondents rated their mental health as better- up by about 10 per cent- and perceived a drop in youth crime. Their views of economic conditions, participation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548854/youngsters-most-disillusioned-governance-and-rule-law
  3. 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
  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Crunch time for new pension plan, says Professor Nelson Chow

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by LO WEI

    ... bringing in a universal pension. The proposed schemes, to be unveiled in a report submitted to the government today, are based on official projections for the city's rate of ageing, inflation, ... universal scheme, in which all Hongkongers would be eligible for a flat-rate monthly pension from the age of 65. Chow previously suggested those with assets over HK$10 million and civil servants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1543209/crunch-time-new-pension-plan-says-professor-nelson-chow
  5. 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

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

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

    Cardboard cops retired from Hong Kong's roads (they just weren't cut out for the job)

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 05:28am by Simon Parry

    ... traffic black spots in the New Territories have been quietly retired after they were found to have had no impact on accident rates. The replica traffic policemen- aluminium alloy and cardboard ... ignore them. The union suggested police put more real officers on duty instead relying on such a gimmick to tackle rising accident rates on the city's busy highways. A police spokeswoman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1532995/cardboard-traffic-cops-prove-theyre-just-not-cut-out-job
  7. News - World - SOCIETY

    Financial meltdown in 2007 blamed for 13,000 suicides in North America and Europe

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 09:19pm by MCT

    ... on Wednesday in the British Journal of Psychiatry, reveals that in the US, the suicide rate was rising even before the subprime loan crisis sent global financial markets into a tailspin. But data from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention show the rate accelerated by 4.8 per cent after the meltdown, resulting in 4,750 "excess suicides" between 2007 and 2010. In Europe, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1530990/financial-meltdown-2007-blamed-13000-suicides-north-america-and-europe
  8. News - Asia - SOCIETY

    Are you addicted to your smartphone? You may need professional help...

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 06:01am by AFP

    ... of the world's highest smartphone penetration rates, according to a 2013 report by media monitoring firm Nielsen. Some 87 per cent of Singapore's 5.4 million population own smartphones. A similar percentage of Hong Kong's population also owns smartphones. In the United States, where there are similar concerns about the impact of smartphones on society, a 65 per cent penetration rate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1533017/psychiatrists-singapore-launch-effort-have-smartphone-addiction-recognised
  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Chinese students in Hong Kong unhappier than South Asian classmates: study

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 06:47pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com Survey indicates link between neglect of spiritual health and dissatisfaction with life, says education institute Chinese students in Hong Kong are more dissatisfied with their everyday lives and rate their spiritual happiness lower than their South Asian classmates, a new study has found. A survey of 15,000 students from 28 secondary schools across ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1529329/chinese-students-hong-kong-unhappier-south-asian-classmates-study
  10. News - World - SOCIETY

    Internet destroying our relationships, says author of Men are from Mars

    Posted Jun 05th 2014, 09:41pm by AFP

    ... for rising divorce rates. "The reason why there's so much divorce is that feminism promotes independence in women," he said. "I'm very happy for women to find greater ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1526083/internet-destroying-our-relationships-says-author-men-are-mars

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