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  1. A Polish wedding turns into a wake

    Posted Jun 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a single meek Pole with a half-mast tie and crumpled suit to express the fatalistic acceptance of a nation. But Franciszek Smuda's men and his 12th man- the awe-inducing vocal supporters- were ... with Peter Simpson Half of the happy couple's relatives had slipped away from a wedding reception to crash the small Warsaw bar to cheer on Polska. 'Wszystko jest mozliwe,' ...

  2. Half young smokers depressed, study finds

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Nearly half of all young smokers suffer depression- making counselling vital as they find it tougher to quit, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of Hong Kong's school of public health say many people with depression take up smoking because of the short-term excitement nicotine gives them, while others become depressed after taking up ...

  3. Safety net inadequate, half in survey say

    Posted Nov 15th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau More than half of residents believe that social welfare does not cover basic needs, a survey by the Liberal Party has found. Of the 1,115 people aged 18 or older interviewed by phone, 51.5 per cent said the safety net was insufficient to meet the basic needs of people like the elderly and new arrivals from the mainland. Of these, 90 per cent said an extra HK$500 a month ...

  4. Half-tonne of cocaine seized in 6 months

    Posted Aug 05th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Phyllis Tsang Police seized almost half a tonne of cocaine in the first half of this year, 13 times more than was seized during the same period last year, officials said yesterday ... in the first six months of this year, compared with 38kg seized in the first half of 2009. Hong Kong police director of crime and security Xavier Tang Kam-moon said the huge increase in cocaine seized ...

  5. Half of pupils think sex remains taboo topic at school, survey finds

    Posted Jul 12th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Just over half of the pupils polled in a survey said sex was still a taboo topic at school despite an increase in sex education classes in recent years. The Kowloon City ... that teachers were conservative. Nearly half of the teenagers polled said sex education classes could be more informative as boys who had dating experience tended to feel they lacked knowledge of sex. ...

  6. Protesters demand half price for disabled

    Posted Dec 07th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam About 50 representatives of more than 40 concern groups marched from the Mei Foo bus terminal to the headquarters of Kowloon Motor Bus in Lai Chi Kok at about noon yesterday to demand that the company introduce discounted fares for people with disabilities. The demonstrators made paper cranes to symbolise their wish for half-priced bus fares. All public transport ...

  7. Minimum wage could see half of maids sacked

    Posted Oct 12th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Half of the employers of foreign domestic helpers would sack them if maids were covered by statutory minimum wage laws, a survey has found. The Liberal Party interviewed 560 employers of foreign domestic helpers from August 22 to September 1. Fifty-three per cent said they would sack their workers if they had to pay them a minimum of HK$4,800 a month, as proposed ...

  8. Violence plagues half of homosexuals, poll finds

    Posted Jun 17th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip Nearly half of the respondents in a poll on same-sex couples are victims of physical assault or sexual coercion by their partners, Chinese University has found. Partners in a homosexual relationship suffered a much higher level of violence than their heterosexual counterparts, associate professor Winnie Mak Wing-sze of the psychology department said. The university polled ...

  9. Half-fare travel on MTR for the disabled possible by end of year

    Posted May 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam About 11,000 disabled commuters may be able to enjoy half fares on the city's railways before the end of this year after fighting for the cause for nearly a decade. ... half-fare concession to disabled commuters. The government and the Equal Opportunities Commission welcomed the MTR Corporation's plan. ...

  10. Cash subsidy for spectacles cut by half

    Posted Apr 09th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong The Social Welfare Department has halved the amount that officers can give people who apply for subsidies for glasses after the Ombudsman said they lacked common sense in handling such special grants. Director of Social Welfare Stephen Fisher ...




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