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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

    ... a night," he said. "Many of them are mainlanders in the direct marketing trade, and they are smoking all the time. The building's residents are worried about how these people dispose ...

    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

    Crunch time for new pension plan, says Professor Nelson Chow

    Posted Jun 30th 2014, 05:06am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Crunch time for new pension plan, says researcher Hongkongers must decide now whether they are prepared to pay for a new retirement plan, an expert appointed ... size of the working population and salary growth in the next 30 years. The new scheme would replace the existing old-age allowance and old-age living allowance. Chow said yesterday that now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1543209/crunch-time-new-pension-plan-says-professor-nelson-chow
  3. 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

    ... for employers to bear. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who chairs the commission, said it needed more time to study the report. Lam said she "could not commit the commission to any timetable for the time being except to assure you that the commission will … convene another meeting in due course". Federation of Hong Kong Industries chairman Stanley Lau Chin-ho said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1577784/study-recommends-monthly-hk3000-pension-tackle-elderly-poverty-crisis
  4. 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 ... the grinding time and made the mixture smoother." Traditional skills and constant adaptation to changes in society have sustained the business until now. But Cheng is pessimistic about its future. ...

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

    Fishing heritage may be the one that got away

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

    ... 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, ... a mainland licence, you get the subsidies." For some local fishermen, all the new rules and restrictions have made life at sea unsustainable. Many have given up on the industry. A few years ago, ...

    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

    ... 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
  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Number of prisoners in Hong Kong hits record low

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

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com There are fewer than 9,000 people behind bars now but suspects are spending more time on remand, and officials can't pinpoint why Number of prisoners in HK ... time, suspects are spending significantly more time on remand compared with three years ago. In 2008, the average time a person spent in remand was 60 days. This jumped to 80 days in 2010, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1586883/prison-population-hits-record-low-theyre-spending-more-time-remand
  8. 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

    ... at the time. "The shortage of helpers will get worse because Hong Kong is no longer a competitive place to work. A lot of Filipinos who are already in Hong Kong, a significant number, have moved ...

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

    Disabled groups defying the odds to dance to a different tune

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... on Saturday. He now teaches music at the secondary school he graduated from- a rare opportunity, he said, because disabled people have a hard time finding jobs in Thailand. He also writes Braille music ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1589490/disabled-groups-defying-odds-dance-different-tune
  10. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Policing career is a dream come true

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

    ... by officers from time to time. By the end of this month, two more South Asian recruits are expected to complete their training and join the force. More non-ethnic Chinese joining the force should help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588898/policing-career-dream-come-true

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