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  1. Record number of people living under poverty line

    Posted Sep 28th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu The number of people living under the poverty line in the first half of the year reached a record high of 1.23 million, with the elderly and teenagers hit hard, a study showed. ... to be the most seriously poverty-stricken, with 32.1 per cent, or 270,000, living below the poverty line. The council expressed concern about poverty among young people between the ages of 15 and 24. ...

  2. One in 10 Hongkongers caught in the poverty trap, study finds

    Posted Nov 04th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... income and employment earnings, and the unemployment rate. Hong Kong has no official poverty line, and Ho Hei-wah, a member of the commission and director of the Society for Community ... Agnes Lam One in 10 Hongkongers lived in poverty last year according to criteria put forward by the former commission on poverty, although one person involved in the study said the true ...

  3. A minimum wage must tackle poverty

    Posted Oct 19th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... below the poverty line. Based on household size, this is defined as HK$4,023 for one person, HK$7,000 for two, HK$8,750 for three and HK$11,850 for families of four people and above. Thousands ... non-governmental groups contend more than 1.3 million - 19 per cent of the population - live in poverty. The World Bank's definition of poverty is living on less than US$1 a day. This cannot apply ...

  4. This week's question: What single item would you bring if you were to start a new life of poverty under a bridge? Batteries and chargers are included

    Posted Oct 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... College A spray can, for the obvious reason: to paint graffiti. Living in poverty is never easy - the experience would no doubt spawn a lot of anger and anguish. Graffiti provides a way to channel ... that companies employ street artists to paint commercials. Surely a good piece of work would earn me a dollar or two. Scarlett Ho, 16, St Paul's Convent School To embrace living in poverty, I would ...

  5. Unemployment is the greatest cause of poverty in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Your editorial ('A minimum wage must tackle poverty', October 19) opined, without evidence, that the 61.3 per cent collapse in the number of US dollar millionaires in Hong Kong made it 'safe to assume' that tens of thousands of Hong Kong families have fallen into poverty since 2007. You referred to the (allegedly) widening wealth gap, by citing the Gini ...

  6. Can we end poverty if it can't even be defined?

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... stands out head and shoulders above all others: to end poverty. There are about 800 million people living in poverty, a large number but not an overwhelming number when one considers how fast the world's population has grown in the last 50 years and how most of those have found a way through life without falling into poverty. Yet poverty is as misunderstood as any subject can be. We ...

  7. Poverty likely to worsen, bureau report warns

    Posted Sep 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Poverty is set to worsen despite some slight improvements in the past few years, the government has warned. A Labour and Welfare Bureau document says the global financial crisis will place families on low incomes in a difficult position. The document, distributed to legislators, provides an outline of the movements of poverty indicators for 2006-08. It says ...

  8. Millions of needy mainlanders to share 9b yuan holiday handout

    Posted Jan 10th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the poverty line would get the money before the holiday, which starts on January 26. 'We have to act quickly and effectively... to make sure people get the subsidies before the Lunar New ... the Communist Party before 1949 or made a special contribution to the country but are still living in poverty will receive 180 yuan each. The details followed a statement from the ministry ...

  9. Poverty: you can't afford to ignore it any longer

    Posted Apr 19th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Alanson

    ... faces? Is it abstinence-only education? Is it gay marriage? No, it's poverty. Economic issues are a big deal to me, but only in the sense that I'm not sure I can afford to fly business ... of hunger and poverty every day. And that's before you look at issues like access to health care, education, shelter, freedom from violence and so on. Poverty is a massive social issue. ...

  10. Poverty of learning killed slumdog spirit

    Posted Mar 13th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Yeung

    ... Philip Yeung The film Slumdog Millionaire hit me like a chunk of falling concrete. What struck me was not the stinking poverty or the brutish existence, but the vital energy of the street children- who survive through cunning and quick thinking. Now, pan away to a low-banding local school. It is populated by zombie students desperate to escape its unending tedium. The Mumbai urchins ...




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