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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Maid employment agency run by US sex offender under investigation in Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 12:17pm by Phila Siu

    ... agency run by U.S. sex offender An employment agency run by a US-registered sex offender and former fugitive who says he can arrange for foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong to work as hotel maids in Las Vegas has come under investigation by the Hong Kong government. The Labour Department says it has received a complaint against the agency, which is run by Steve Austin Conway- also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1529155/maid-agency-run-us-sex-offender-investigation-hong-kong-steve-austin-conway
  2. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Alias hid fugitive past of American linked to agency at centre of probe

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 12:51pm by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Ex-fugitive using alias on website The American boss of a maid employment agency that is under government scrutiny has admitted he goes by two names. On his ... Association of America Limited, which is registered in Hong Kong as an employment agency supervised by the Labour Department. He is the same person the US State Department calls Bagley. "US ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1529176/alias-hid-fugitive-past-american-linked-agency-centre-probe
  3. 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 ...

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

    Chasing riches led China down the path of corruption, say party elders' children

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:08am by Andrea Chen

    ... Xiaoping's famous remark in the mid-1980s that China should reform its planned economy and "let some people get rich first". Ye Xiangzhen, the second daughter of the late marshal Ye Jianying, shared Dong's sentiments. "Rampant corruption does not happen overnight," she said. "The reason that there are corrupt officials was that China neglected moral ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1586874/chasing-riches-led-china-down-path-corruption-say-party-elders-children
  5. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Tai O is losing its taste for century-old shrimp paste flavour

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 04:35am by FANNY FUNG

    ... To survive under the new law, Cheng moved his production line to the Guangdong cities of Yangjiang and Taishan, leaving only the final processing steps for himself and his wife at the family's ... because of Hong Kong's privileged position in trade compared with China in the 1950s to 1970s. In response to demand, Tai O shrimp paste makers started to export their product to London ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1593980/tai-o-losing-its-taste-century-old-shrimp-paste-flavour
  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Fishing heritage may be the one that got away

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 06:29am by Vivienne Chow

    ... It is a vital survival skill for him when he goes fishing in the deep waters of the South China Sea. The weather, strength and direction of the wind, as well as the currents, lead him to the fish. ... in the South China Sea for generations. Originally from the Man Shan Islands in the Pearl River Delta, his great grandfather moved the family to Cheung Chau. As a child, Lai spent a lot of time at sea, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1592493/fishing-heritage-may-be-one-got-away
  7. 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

    ... to their families back home. Lestari sends HK$1,500 to her family in Indonesia every month. She then pays HK$600 for food, HK$500 for transport, and HK$300 for toiletries. Last month, agencies supplying ... than in Hong Kong. Maids from Bangladesh and Myanmar, brought to the city to boost a shrinking workforce, were returning home months after arriving, agencies said. A Labour Department spokesman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588860/were-not-cheap-labour-says-maids-group
  8. Lifestyle - Technology - SOCIETY

    Body upgrades nearing reality, but only for the rich, 'Sapiens' author says

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 04:18am by GUARDIAN

    ... The Guardian 'Sapiens' author says access to physical and mental enhancements to widen rich-poor gap Body upgrades nearing reality Through the power of technology, humans are set to upgrade ourselves and surmount evolution. Ultimately, we can become entirely new beings that set the stage for a post-human future. The scenario has played out in science fiction, but the prospect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1591777/body-upgrades-nearing-reality-only-rich-sapiens-author-says
  9. 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

    ... rise with modernisation. What happened in China is a good example,” she said. Li said rural people were less tolerant of divorce, which was often seen as a scandal. Many women were forced ... these days were also more likely to be able to support themselves rather than having to depend on their husbands. But Li said that even given the rate at which marriages were dissolving in China ...

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

    New tax of up to 2.5pc proposed to fund HK$3,000 a month pension for all Hongkongers

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 07:07pm by Phila Siu, Shirley Zhao and Emily Tsang

    ... be more sustainable. New People's Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee said the best option would be one under which the government met the expense, without needing to adjust the tax ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577784/study-recommends-monthly-hk3000-pension-tackle-elderly-poverty-crisis

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