Pensions postponed as party eyes increase in retirement age

An elderly man begs for money from visitors at a park in Chongqing, Sichuan province. Photo: AP

Workers in the mainland who want to stay in their jobs longer may be disappointed as a senior party spokesman said the retirement age would be advanced up to a year later as part of an experiment to deal with the country’s increasingly aged population.

Thursday, 21 November, 2013, 1:50pm

Celebrity Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to retire

Hadfield performs David Bowie's Space Oddity. Photo: EPA

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has announced his retirement after a five-month mission to space that captivated the world with his Twitter microblog.

"It has been an incredible adventure," Hadfield, 53, said of his 35 years of service as a cold war fighter pilot and astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency.

11 Jun 2013 - 9:23pm

Retirement policy needs careful thought

With life expectancy among the world's longest, Hong Kong's compulsory retirement age regardless of personal preference and health seems to be a waste of human resources. Photo: Nora Tam

In an ideal world, the question of when to retire should be a personal choice. Arguably, there is no justification to retire at a certain age. Alternatively, employees can opt for an early exit at any time, as long as money is not an issue.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am

Little fanfare as Beckham puts full stop on career

David Beckham on the bench

For David Beckham the soccer player, this really was the very end. Now begins the rest of his already very famous life.

28 May 2013 - 4:49am

Letters to the Editor, May 22, 2013

Angelina Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy. Photo: AP

Hong Kong is currently going through a period of realisation that, because a greater proportion of its inhabitants are in the "senior" category, something needs to be done about the retirement age.

27 May 2013 - 10:14am

Tearful David Beckham ends his career with PSG title

A tearful David Beckham plays his final match. Photo: Reuters

With Beatles music ringing in his ears and tears in his eyes, David Beckham admitted that his starring role in Paris Saint-Germain's French title party was the last chapter of his colourful career.

20 May 2013 - 9:01am

Tearful David Beckham bids farewell to Paris and career

David Beckham waves after his final home appearance for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday before heading into retirement. Photo: AFP

The 38-year-old former England captain, one of the most high-profile players to shuffle between football and celebrity, made his final home appearance for the Ligue 1 champions on Saturday before heading into retirement.

19 May 2013 - 9:25pm 1 comment

Chinese 'more confident about retirement than Europeans'

Chinese are confident about their health in old age. Photo: Xinhua

A "squeezed generation" of middle-aged Europeans are convinced they are going to be poorer in retirement than their parents, according to a global survey that found the Chinese the most confident about their future and the French, Germans and Spanish the most pessimistic.

19 May 2013 - 7:09am

Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes to retire again, this time 'for good'

Paul Scholes' career at Manchester United has spanned 19 years and 716 appearances. Photo: Reuters

The long-serving midfielder broke the news just days after veteran United manager Alex Ferguson said he would be standing down at the end of the season.

12 May 2013 - 12:35pm

Alex Ferguson took the long view

The statue of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson stands in front of the stadium at Old Trafford in Manchester. Photo: AFP

In a profession where fame is fleeting and job security fickle, Alex Ferguson is a singular exception. The fact that most readers will know who we are talking about without prompting is testament to that. This may be due partly to the global media coverage of his retirement after 27 years as manager of Manchester United, the world's most famous football club.

11 May 2013 - 2:35am

Will the game be the same without gruff Glaswegian?

Alex Ferguson's statue at Old Trafford, as permanent as his achievements. Photo: AP

Where were you when Alex Ferguson resigned? On Facebook? Riding the MTR? Checking your portfolio? Ironing your socks?

The older generation can supposedly remember where they were when JFK was assassinated in 1963 (Fergie once revealed he kept a copy of JFK's autopsy report by his bed).

11 May 2013 - 4:51am

Fergie's final whistle echoes in China

Alex Ferguson is applauded onto the Old Trafford pitch when he celebrated 25 years as United manager on November 5, 2011. Photo: AFP

Millions of Manchester United fans in Hong Kong and on the mainland were last night trying to come to terms with manager Alex Ferguson's retirement.

9 May 2013 - 8:49am

Shock and respect as Alex Ferguson calls full-time

Alex Ferguson celebrates after the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. Photo: EPA

British Prime Minister David Cameron and world football chief Sepp Blatter led the tributes yesterday after Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson announced he was standing down at the end of the season.

9 May 2013 - 4:53am

Simply the best

Simply the best

Alex Ferguson's successor as Manchester United manager will be reminded of the gargantuan size of the task facing him every time he looks across the Old Trafford pitch at the giant stand that bears the Scot's name.

9 May 2013 - 4:52am

Ferguson's farewell in full

Alex Ferguson

"The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly. It is the right time.

9 May 2013 - 3:48am