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  1. Tang keeps silent on poverty body's future

    Posted May 04th 2007, 12:00am by Audrey Parwani

    ... Audrey Parwani Speculation is mounting over whether the Commission on Poverty will be disbanded under the next government, but chairman Henry Tang Ying-yen stopped short of confirming ... and recommended the way forward. The paper recommends that the newly announced bureau oversee poverty alleviation issues that are currently tackled by the commission. But Mr Tang avoided confirming ...

  2. In need

    Posted May 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Should the Commission on Poverty be disbanded after its final report next month, or should it be given an extra two years to follow through on proposed measures, as members have suggested? Write to us. ...

  3. Poverty panel seeks more time to see ideas through

    Posted May 07th 2007, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung The top-level panel set up to tackle poverty should have its tenure extended for at least two more years so that it can follow through on measures proposed, members have suggested. The Commission on Poverty is to be disbanded after it submits a final report to the government next month. The commission, one of Tung Chee-hwa's final initiatives before he stepped ...

  4. Children living in poverty also emotionally deprived: survey

    Posted Oct 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But Child welfare advocates have called for an all-encompassing approach to help poverty-stricken children after a study found nearly 80 per cent of them lack support from their families or the emotional or social means to develop. The survey, conducted in late September, interviewed 421 children whose families live in poverty and measured their deprivation through nine ...

  5. Boom times mask a growing wealth divide

    Posted Oct 08th 2007, 12:00am by Petti Fong

    ... over issues like poverty and homelessness and transport. House values rise, but the numbers of people who can't afford homes have also gone up. Roads are promised for cars to meet ... not everyone is fuelled up by the optimism in the economy. Immigrants have high poverty rates compared with non-immigrant residents despite many having higher levels of education. Recent immigrant ...

  6. Call to revive poverty commission rejected

    Posted Nov 01st 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee The labour and welfare minister has declined to re-establish the commission on poverty, even though legislators passed a motion urging the government to do so. The motion, moved by legislator Frederick Fung Kin-kee, urged the government to come up with more comprehensive policies on poverty alleviation by re-establishing the commission, which was disbanded ...

  7. Crude slum houses to be gone 'in three years'

    Posted Sep 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Alice Yan The central government has vowed to get rid of all 'tin-and-timber houses'- common in slums- in three years in an effort to clean up mainland cities. Vice-minister of Construction Qi Ji told a meeting last week in Liaoning that Beijing ...

  8. Homeless team regain dignity as they eye World Cup title

    Posted Jul 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... David Shieh John Fat is not an understated man. The 38-year-old Hong Kong native loses his temper easily. He sports a flashy metal stud in his ear and regales with stories of the millions he made in business and his life as a high-roller in casinos from M ...

  9. Hard cash is king for drug-fuelled beggars

    Posted Apr 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tim Bryan London Terry says he doesn't do drugs. 'It's a mug's game,' he says. He looks almost grey in complexion, squatting by an ATM in Soho Square, a prime spot rumoured to be run by drug gangs that take the money collected in ...

  10. Rural areas still feeling pinch from poverty

    Posted Oct 18th 2007, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... population live in absolute poverty or survive on a meagre income. The report, released to coincide with World Anti-Poverty Day, also revealed that 13.7 per cent of the rural population in the western region, where development has long lagged behind other areas, faced such a plight. A total of 21.4 million people were living in absolute poverty last year, on earnings of less than ...




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