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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Cut in minimum working hours to give more families low-income benefits

    Posted May 24th 2014, 03:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com More families to qualify for low-income benefits The minimum working hours to qualify for a low-income family subsidy are to be lowered by 16 hours ... employment, is due to start next year. Those working 192 to 144 hours will receive HK$600 while those with children will get an extra HK$800 or HK$400 per child according to their working hours. Under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519091/cut-minimum-working-hours-give-more-families-low-income-benefits
  2. 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

    ... the same hourly pay and work eight hours a day only … so the Hong Kong government is lying when they say it cannot be done," Villanueva said. Hong Kong law requires helpers to live and work ... be adjusted. As to why the city's hourly HK$30 minimum wage did not cover the helpers, he said the government considered the helpers' distinctive work pattern: that they work and reside ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588860/were-not-cheap-labour-says-maids-group
  3. 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

    ... O. Now, only two remain," said Cheng Kai-keung, 59, who started working in his family's factory as a child. Even as the craft disappears from fishing communities across the city, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1593980/tai-o-losing-its-taste-century-old-shrimp-paste-flavour
  4. 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

    ... guest houses after concerns were raised about the safety and standards of such accommodation.   ...

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

    Fishing heritage may be the one that got away

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

    ... "The income is very unstable. Fishermen are very practical. We just want to make a living," Cheng says. Some fishermen now work from small boats and fish near the shore with gill nets, he ...

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

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

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

    ... to information. Work is ongoing into BCIs that connect many brains at once. Western history has made many researchers flinch at studies into the genetic basis of intelligence, but the Beijing Genomics ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1591777/body-upgrades-nearing-reality-only-rich-sapiens-author-says
  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Donor's plea to submit to a little pain to save a life

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:02am by Annemarie Evans and Susanna Kemp

    ... dying of a blood disease, and getting that message out there may just increase their odds of survival. Sou, 52, works at the airport's Superterminal 1- the single largest cargo terminal ... out the recipient was an eight-year-old girl. "I was admitted to the Prince of Wales Hospital one day before the operation," recalls Sou. He was anaesthetised for the two hours ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586059/donors-plea-submit-little-pain-save-life
  8. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Policing career is a dream come true

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:12am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... do," he said. "I hope to set an example for them that they would not be restricted to low-paying jobs if they work hard." He started work in April after finishing his training. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588898/policing-career-dream-come-true
  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Number of prisoners in Hong Kong hits record low

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

    ... they can get jobs on the mainland," Bacon-Shone said. "There used to be large numbers of women who would come here to work as prostitutes … and get arrested, but it's not attractive ...

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

    Fewer prisoners ending up back in jail, thanks to increased help

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

    ... to build better models for predicting who will reoffend," he said, adding that he would also like to work with the government on creating a benchmark to compare jurisdictions. He recently met ... difficult." Since then, the government has worked to improve the system, he said. "As far as schools and employers are concerned, I know the CSD and Social Welfare Department have done a much ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586878/fewer-prisoners-ending-back-jail-thanks-increased-help

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