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  1. Soccer gives homeless men a new goal

    Posted Feb 21st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok They may have spent most of their lives looking for shelter and jobs, but when they are on the soccer pitch they feel at home. After sleeping on the streets for 20 years, striker Choi Yu-kwong said the revival of his childhood passion for th ...

  2. East-west wealth gap now a chasm

    Posted May 26th 2005, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing 16pc of mainlanders are still living under the poverty line despite massive drive to increase affluence, forum told The income gap between the affluent east coast ... from 13.8 to 13.2. Last year, Premier Wen Jiabao promised to lift 30 million mainlanders out of extreme poverty within 10 years. In this year's budget, the government earmarked 15 billion ...

  3. A taste of hunger

    Posted Mar 25th 2005, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... but they were hard facts. After this camp, I gained a much better understanding of people who live in poverty.' Queenie Au Ching-man, 15, said she joined the famine camp for the second time because ...

  4. Ending poverty may stem tide of terrorism

    Posted Jul 10th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... poverty in Africa. They agreed to more than double aid to Africa to US$50 billion a year by 2010. The message of hope here is that the pledge is a measure that can help eliminate conditions for terrorism. Extreme poverty breeds despair and alienation among tens of millions with slim hope of a better life. As such it provides a fertile recruiting ground for the shadowy figures behind global ...

  5. Clear targets needed to address poverty, says welfare head

    Posted Mar 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Dikky Sinn The government should take the lead to mobilise the community and build consensus on how to alleviate poverty, a veteran social worker said yesterday. Hong Kong Council of Social Service chief executive Christine Fang Meng-sang said the government was aware there were poverty problems, but did not know how to tackle them. 'It's true the Hong Kong SAR ...

  6. Anti-poverty pledge must translate into action, warns expert

    Posted Oct 19th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Kristine Kwok China's poverty rate may stop shrinking after dropping from 30.7 per cent in 1978 to 2.8 per cent last year, according to an expert with a government-backed think-tank. Reporting on the nation's achievements in poverty alleviation since the economy was opened up, Gu Xiulian, a vice-chairwoman of the National People's Congress, said 26.1 million ...

  7. Anger at $4.5m pay for poverty fighters

    Posted Apr 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Lawmakers say a government proposal to spend $4.58 million a year to create two directorate-grade posts for the Commission on Poverty would waste money that should be used ... of the poor and make policy recommendations to ease poverty and promote self-reliance. It has held only two meetings so far and has yet to map out ways to alleviate poverty. The two directorate-grade ...

  8. $10m child poverty fight called a waste

    Posted Mar 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Lawmakers say new programme offers no solutions Lawmakers accused the Hong Kong government yesterday of wasting $10 million on a programme to combat child poverty, which ... solutions. The criticism of the programme- part of the anti-poverty policy announced by then-chief executive Tung Chee-hwa in his last policy address in January- came at a meeting of a Legislative ...

  9. Poverty in your face

    Posted Feb 16th 2005, 12:00am by Claude Adams

    ... at home comes harder. Writer James Baldwin, raised in Harlem, once said: 'Anybody who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.' It will soon get ... to be translated into a new law. Aggressive poverty is human nature. You do not have to be a Marxist-Leninist to believe that the distribution of wealth is unfair. So, within the law and within reason, ...

  10. Poverty forcing youngsters to work

    Posted Nov 21st 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... children to live a 'third-class life'. 'Our Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen and his combat poverty committee should feel ashamed of allowing this to happen. They have not done ... in poverty had to work and it projected that there were 1,865 child workers, most of whom collected paper cardboards and aluminium cans. Some have to help their parents to do cleaning work, ...




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