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  1. Comment - Letters

    Elderly need more protection

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... More social workers needed to curb rise in elderly abuse cases The report, "Elderly women turn to crime" (March 8), raises concerns for the elderly in Hong Kong. Like financial hardship, abuse of the elderly is a serious problem that needs to be tackled. Volunteers at the Elder Ring, a hotline service operated by the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association for elderly ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Falling crime rate a Hong Kong success to celebrate

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Bernard Chan hails statistics that show the city is remarkably safe Hong Kong's falling crime rate asuccess to celebrate Last week, US president Barack Obama visited Chicago to discuss gun crime. There were 443 murders by firearms in tha ...

  3. News - China - SOCIETY

    China authorities pushing happiness amid rising discontent

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... is coming to a town near you With dissatisfaction growing over corruption, inequality, food safety and numerous other social problems, mainland authorities are shifting their focus from economics ... promising to improve the city's employment, income, public safety and heath care, as well as reducing pollution. The programme has been a rousing success, if you believe the government's ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Suicide prevention starts with stronger community bonds

    Posted Nov 01st 2012, 12:00am by Paul Yip

    ... Paul Yip Paul Yip attributes the fall in suicide numbers in Hong Kong to the joint effort by different sectors of the community to reach out to those at risk, including the vulnerable elderly and youths Safety network Suicide is still a sensitive topic in Asian countries. Since 1997, Hong Kong has experienced one of the most drastic changes in suicide rates. From a rate of 12.5 ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Poverty commission must make most vulnerable their priority

    Posted Oct 24th 2012, 12:00am by Stephen Fisher

    ... their income to allow them to stay out of the social security safety net. Third, we should help women in poverty. Women in poverty far outnumber men. Poverty alleviation should really start ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Pensions need a longer view

    Posted Oct 22nd 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... for the elderly, the problem of inadequate retirement savings and the lack of a decent safety net needs to be addressed to avoid a crisis. The proposal by government advisers for an official poverty line ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    700,000 slip through Hong Kong's welfare net

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... OF CITY'S POOREST PEOPLE SLIP THROUGH NET About 700,000 people living in poverty in Hong Kong are slipping through the social welfare safety net. According to welfare department figures, ... of dignity, hoping to support themselves in a city where it was increasingly hard to live, with soaring property prices and inflation. "There needs to be a range of social safety nets before ...

  8. News - Asia

    Briefs, September 14, 2012

    Posted Sep 14th 2012, 12:00am by AGENCIES

    ... and basic safety rules weren't followed. Police are also investigating government officials who failed to enforce fire safety regulations. AP Road workers gunned down by bike gang QUETTA- Nine ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Commissioner will give children a voice

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Why Hong Kong must have commissioner for children Every day, thousands of children in Hong Kong wake up to a day with more challenges than we can expect them to bear. Although Hong Kong is a relatively wealthy society, too many children fall outside the safety net. Even in a complex and modern society, services to children will be fragmented and poorly co-ordinated and less effective ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Firefighters not really behind plan for 51-hour week, union survey shows

    Posted Sep 06th 2012, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... by any reduction in working hours," he said. Chan gave his assurance that the proposal would not affect the level of service that the department provided or the safety of firefighters.   ...




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