Archive for August, 2011

Food safety centre still being prepared

Saturday, August 20, 2011
Issue 1389, Page 3
Word count: 603
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) said it “has been” working on the establishment of a food safety centre and the formulation of related laws and regulations over the past three years, but gave no timeframe of when the centre would open. … continue reading this entry.

Aging population: The rise of elderly living alone

Friday, August 19, 2011
Issue 1388, Page 2 – 4
Word count: 2742
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung & Vítor Quintã

Macau has the second best demographic profile in the world, as the working age population is far greater than dependents, but this profile might change dramatically in coming years, as the rapidly aging population will place a greater burden on future generations.

At the end of 2010 there were about 44,200 elderly people living in Macau, accounting for eight percent of the total population, but there are currently just 19 elderly homes operating in the territory, with only 1,330 openings, that can accommodate not more than three percent of all elderly residents.

Most are left with the option of sharing a home with their families or living on their own, benefiting from the government’s social housing scheme. But that is not an easy option, some elderly residents tell the Macau Daily Times. … continue reading this entry.

Old people are lonely: volunteers

Friday, August 19, 2011
Issue 1388, Page 4
Word count: 652
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung & Vítor Quintã

“Elderly people need more love,” says Tang In, a volunteer at the Holy House of Mercy’s elderly home.

“It’s difficult to wait for the government’s help. Everyone is happy with the cash handouts but it’s more important to build temporary accommodation facilities for the elderly,” she tells the MDTimes. … continue reading this entry.

Two opportunities to choose affordable units

Thursday, August 18, 2011
Issue 1387, Page 2
Word count: 511
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Housing Bureau (IH) stressed that each successful applicant for affordable housing will only be permitted one opportunity to pass on a unit allocation, no matter how many waiting lists they are listed on, under the new law. … continue reading this entry.

Few abusers punished for domestic violence

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Issue 1386, Page 2
Word count: 644
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

In spite of the majority of domestic violence victims at the Lai Yuen shelter reporting their abuse to police in the hopes of seeking justice, a majority of abusers were not successfully prosecuted due to a number of limitations. … continue reading this entry.

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