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Study shows deep-rooted social problems in Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
A new study charting Hong Kong's social and economic development suggests that the territory has stopped progressing, and may even have gone backwards. The Council of Social Service updates its "Social Development Index" every two years, and takes objective indicators from various sectors such as health, safety, education, housing, and crime to paint an overall picture of how well society is doing. But its figure for 2016 is one point down from its reading for 2014, mainly because of the housing shortage, as well as higher youth unemployment and suicide rates. It's the first time since the index was launched in 2000 that the reading has gone down. The council's business director Anthony Wong told Jim Gould that this shows the territory is facing deep-rooted social problems:
Problem of ageing lifts very serious: lawmaker  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam has promised financial support to flat owners to upgrade lifts in old buildings, following a spate of lift accidents. DAB lawmaker Gary Chan called for a HK$2 billion fund, saying statistics show more than half of the 65,000 lifts in Hong Kong are over 20 years old. At a question-and-answer session in Legco, Lam said the administration was willing to introduce a lift improvement programme, although she didn't specify how much money the government would contribute. Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting told Annemarie Evans that the problem of ageing lifts was very serious:
Clergyman refuses to resign  Listenfacebook
The most senior Roman Catholic priest to be convicted of covering up child sexual abuse has announced he will step aside from his official duties, but won’t resign. Philip Wilson, the Archbishop of Adelaide in Australia, was accused of concealing abuse in the 1970s by notorious paedophile priest Jim Fletcher in New South Wales state by failing to report the allegations. He denied the charges but was found guilty by a Newcastle court this week of concealing a serious indictable offence of another person. He will be sentenced at a later date and faces up to two years in jail. RTHK’s Australia correspondent Gerry Gannon spoke to Annemarie Evans about the case: