Domestic helpers in China, Celine Tam’s ‘golden buzzer’ and Finnish teaching methods: Five Hong Kong stories you may have missed this week

A selection of some of our most-read stories in the last seven days

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 August, 2017, 7:03am
UPDATED : Sunday, 06 August, 2017, 7:03am

Could Hong Kong lose its domestic helpers to higher wages in China?

What’s the story: The Philippine Star newspaper reported earlier this week that mainland China was to open up its labour market to Filipino helpers in five major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai

Why it matters: The initial report suggested that helpers would be paid 100,000 pesos (HK$15,500) a month, almost four times the statutory minimum wage for domestic workers in Hong Kong, which is HK$4,310 a month, though a top Philippine labour official later dismissed this. Advocacy groups suggested Filipinos would still prefer Hong Kong where they would feel they had better protection under the law.

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Philippine official moves to quash reports mainland China will offer domestic workers salaries three times higher than Hong Kong’s

Classes in a forest: What Hong Kong teachers could learn from Finland

What’s the story: More details emerge about a scheme announced in this year’s policy address that will see a total of 150 secondary school teachers benefit from a three-year unique learning experience in Finland or Australia.

Why it matters: Finland’s education system has long been respected as one of the top-ranking systems in the world, despite having lesser assessments and more unorthodox teaching methods. Maybe teachers can pick up some methods to ease the burden on Hong Kong’s stressed and depressed pupils

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Counting stones in the forest or art lessons with leaves: What Hong Kong teachers could learn from three years in Finland

Nine-year-old singing sensation Celine Tam advances to live show stage of America’s Got Talent

What’s the story: Pint-sized Hong Kong singer Celine Tam Tsz-kwan will be heading to the next stage of America’s Got Talent after adding a popular US actress to her growing list of fans

Why it matters: Look at the joy in her face. That’s why.

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Hong Kong singing sensation Celine Tam, 9, advances to live show stage of America’s Got Talent

New investor urges Swire to lead Cathay Pacific out of ‘hard times’

What’s the story: Cathay Pacific Airways’ new investor called for the airline’s biggest shareholder, Swire Pacific, to “lead” the loss-making company out of “hard times”.

Why it matters: Cathay Pacific has struggled financially and against fierce competition, losing HK$575 million last year and cutting 600 jobs as part of its plan to return to profitability.

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New Cathay Pacific investor Kingboard urges shareholder Swire to lead airline out of ‘hard times’

Hong Kong scientist helps find missing gene key to liver cancer

What’s the story: Liver cancer patients could be given more effective drugs in future after an international study involving a Hong Kong scientist discovered how a missing gene plays a key factor in the development of the disease.

Why it matters: More than 80 per cent of cases of liver cancer are in Asia and it is the third deadliest cancer in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong scientist helps find missing gene key to liver cancer