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The Media and the "Demon Cop"; Dangers of Pulsed Light Beauty Treatment; Can Hong Kong Attract Overseas Office Workers?; Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (31 Mar 2006)


The fatal shoot-out between three policemen in the early hours of March 17th has been the focus of intense media speculation. The police gave two press conferences. That wasn't enough to stop local media organizations from augmenting their reports with information from undisclosed sources, and christening one of those involved a "demon cop". Intense Pulsed Light, or IPL, brings some hope to pursuers of eternal youth, but it can also cause serious skin injuries. Last year, the Consumer Council received 59 complaints about the process. Most incidents happened in beauty parlours. To protect public safety, the Department of Health is considering an examination-based accreditation system for IPL operators. There seem to be more and more stories about people planning to leave Hong Kong because of the air pollution. And understandably the perceived risk of being unable to breathe puts some people off working here. But it's not the only factor that affects Hong Kong's attractiveness as a work place. With us in the studio is Lee Quane of ECA International, which – on Monday – is set to release its new ranking of the best, and worst, cities to work in. Hong Kong is losing ground. Finally, those who do decide to work in this part of the world could find their path smoothed by knowledge of the Chinese language. Responding to the country's increasing economic clout, some schools in the West are adding it to the curriculum. In Hong Kong's own schools, some students for whom Chinese is not the first language are facing learning problems.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, March 31, 2006
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