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  • Sep 18, 2014
  • Updated: 11:17pm


Party like it's 2007 again? Don't hold your breath

Five years after the global financial crash, it is perhaps not surprising that so many regional bosses (and economists, who should know better) are clawing for evidence that recovery is close at hand.

Wednesday, 26 March, 2014, 11:57pm

Future fund could create 'white elephants', lawmaker warns Tsang

Lawmakers have questioned the use of a “future fund” for infrastructure projects – as outlined in John Tsang Chun-wah’s budget speech yesterday – with one fearing it could be used to create “white elephants”.

27 Feb 2014 - 5:13pm 1 comment

The old-age crisis facing China

A country's population is its fate, 19th century philosopher Auguste Comte observed. He was referring to his post-revolutionary France, but he could well have been offering sage advice to Chinese authorities. By focusing on the economy, they have transformed the nation, pulling hundreds of millions out of poverty and creating spectacular growth and wealth. All that could be in danger, though, unless greater attention is paid to its fast-rising numbers of old people.

9 Jun 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment

Underdiagnosis of hypertension reveals bigger health system gap in China, experts say

Xiao Mingying, 64, a retired worker in Shanghai, is among the 100 million old people on the mainland who have high blood pressure.

2 Jun 2013 - 1:25pm 1 comment

Husband dies after mentally ill wife fails to get help

The man, who slipped in the bathroom and hit his head, died from blood loss, officers believe. His 77-year-old wife had not drunk or eaten anything for the two days when police found her.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:22am

Give elderly offenders a chance

The Civic Exchange think tank reported last month that far more elderly people are getting into trouble with the police. Between 1991 and 2011, there was a sixfold increase in arrests of women over the age of 60, and a threefold increase in arrests of men of that age. This situation is alarming, and the criminal justice system must decide how best to respond.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am

Glitch delays old-age allowance payments to elderly

A problem in government computer records may mean some elderly residents eligible for the new old-age allowance will not receive the money next week as promised. Meanwhile, thousands of people who received letters saying they could get the HK$2,200 handout have replied that they are no longer eligible.

30 Mar 2013 - 4:34am

Letters to the Editor, March 29, 2013

How sad that police chief superintendent Eddie Wong Kwok-wai, of the police public relations branch, should think it a fruitful use of police time to chase otherwise law-abiding citizens who ride electric bicycles ("Police cracking down on illegal bikes, tricycles", March 23).

29 Mar 2013 - 5:02am 2 comments

Elderly need more protection

Like financial hardship, abuse of the elderly is a serious problem that needs to be tackled.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Elderly forced to queue at 2am for dental care, concern group claims

It's a long and painful wait and they don't get much sleep, but elderly people still queue up in the early hours of the morning at one of the few government dental clinics in the city.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am 6 comments