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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

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Guest house operators attack proposal to ban them from offering rooms in residential blocks, but flat owners welcome the plan Tighter hostel rules 'may hit tourism' Proposed changes to hostel licensing laws threaten the survival of Hong Kong's guest houses and will affect tourism in the city, guest-house operators say. In a special meeting ...

    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

    New venture, Light Be, helps needy find a room of their own- for cheap

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... Cheung Chi-fai chifai.cheung@scmp.com A new firm is linking property owners with a social mission to the poor who need housing Venture helps the needy find a room of their own A new social venture has come up with an innovative solution to address the housing needs of the city's underprivileged- by meeting them with private resources. Recently-formed Light Be (Social Realty) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1155695/new-venture-light-be-helps-needy-find-room-their-own-cheap
  3. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Hong Kong's domestic helpers 'should be paid HK$4,500 a month'

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:12am by Phila Siu

    ... said the department would take into account all factors, including "the relevant income movement, price change and labour-market situation" before deciding how the wage should ... at the employer's house and are spared the cost of commuting. The helpers also receive benefits such as free food, medical care and accommodation, the spokesman said. In January, Secretary for Labour ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588860/were-not-cheap-labour-says-maids-group
  4. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Planning to have a baby in Hong Kong? That'll cost you HK$5.5m

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 04:03am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... as it launched its online child cost calculator yesterday. Education, clothing, food, transport, holidays, entertainment, health, insurance, housing and domestic helpers can all be inputted into the calculator. The HK$5.5 million price tag includes private nursery and kindergarten, Direct Subsidy Scheme schools and regular short- and long-haul trips. It works out at around HK$20,826 per month. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1583164/planning-baby-thatll-be-hk55m
  5. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    'Living dictionary' keeps family history, culture and language alive

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:02am by ANNEMARIE EVANS

    ... house into a museum with many implements used for both food and farming. He enjoys showing schoolchildren the traditional way of life and the crops that are still grown in front of the village ... at the age of 15 and then started work as a messenger in Central," says Hau, 62, in his house in Yin Kong village as his elderly mother makes a pot of tea. "The Hau family is one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586060/living-dictionary-keeps-family-history-culture-and-language-alive
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Number of prisoners in Hong Kong hits record low

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

    ... facilities was about 80 per cent last year. The department said no facility was facing long-term overcrowding. Siu Lam Psychiatric Centre and Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre- which houses both convicts ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586883/prison-population-hits-record-low-theyre-spending-more-time-remand
  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Unable to speak, cerebral palsy youth finds a voice through photography

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 03:55am by SARAH KARACS

    ... but it takes a lot of effort and he gets frustrated." Kwok is the youngest son of a construction worker and his wife who live in a public housing estate in Sai Kung. Until he was 12 years old, his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1585281/unable-speak-cerebral-palsy-youth-finds-voice-through-photography
  8. 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

    ... This is indicated by the Chinese University's latest quality of life index, released yesterday. The index lists the housing affordability ratio for last year at minus 4.91, down from minus 3.49 ... [on the streets] for 14 years to save enough money for a flat." The housing affordability ratio first plunged into negative territory in 2010, at minus 0.85. Public perception of press ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1573019/14-years-save-flat-just-dont-eat
  9. 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

    ... member of pro-government group Silent Majority, who oversaw the survey, said that some social policies such as construction of public housing takes time before the public can feel the effect, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570790/hong-kong-youth-third-most-unhappy-10-region-survey
  10. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Women's Commission has become about 'cocktails and receptions', blasts Anson Chan

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 05:44am by Christy Choi

    ... is to advise government bureaus and departments on ways to rid themselves of sexist policies, such as the small- house policy which grants all male indigenous villagers land rights, to conduct research ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570256/anson-chan-says-womens-commission-isnt-advancing-lot-hong-kong-women

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