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  1. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Tiny toilets to get bigger as residents complain of elbow room when spending a penny

    Posted Jan 14th 2014, 05:32pm

    ... Carol Cheung carol.cheung@scmp.com Bathrooms with barely any elbow space will extend by 30 per cent under a government proposal to bring some relief to residents on a public housing estate in Tuen Mun, lawmakers have heard. Works on the Po Tin Estate bath ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1405457/bigger-bathrooms-help-tuen-mun-residents-breathe-more-easily
  2. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Give more elderly Hongkongers social security benefits to reduce poverty: study

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by VICTORIA ANN DUTHIE

    ... Victoria Ann Duthie victoria.duthie@scmp.com To reduce poverty among older people, new research suggests the most effective approach would be letting more into the existing system Expand ... But it would lower the poverty rate for Hong Kong's elderly to 19 per cent by 2041 from the current 23 per cent, said Professor Chou Kee-lee. Chou, head of the institute's Department of Asian ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576264/expand-existing-social-security-reduce-old-age-poverty-study-says
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Apec must prioritise poverty alleviation for its 'forgotten billion'

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 04:30am by GLOBAL POVERTY PROJECT

    ... Michael Sheldrick and William Cuming Michael Sheldrick and William Cuming say forum has to remain relevant to needs of its people Apec must put poverty alleviation for 'forgotten ... them still live in rural areas, many in extreme poverty. And yet, development issues affecting Apec's "forgotten billion" have received little to no substantive attention at many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1574298/apec-must-prioritise-poverty-alleviation-its-forgotten
  4. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    Cash subsidies go only so far in reducing poverty in Hong Kong

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:22am by Richard Wong

    ... Richard Wong The plight of the poor in Hong Kong needs to be addressed, but we must recognise that cash subsidies only go so far in alleviating the problem Poverty track Tackling poverty ... and enhance the capacity of the poor to become productive. Second is how to tackle the direct consequences of poverty. A poor person can only afford a low level of consumption. Giving him or her ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1557146/cash-subsidies-go-only-so-far-reducing-poverty
  5. News - World

    Ferguson protests highlight growing US suburban underclass

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 12:24am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg Violence highlights suburban poor A week of violence and protests in a town outside St Louis are highlighting how poverty is growing most quickly on the outskirts of America's cities, as suburbs have become home to a majority of the nation's poor. In Ferguson, Missouri, a community of 21,000 where the poverty rate has doubled since 2000, the dynamic has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1576249/ferguson-protests-highlight-growing-us-suburban-underclass
  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    ‘Amerasian’ children of war face poverty and stigma in Philippines

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 10:39pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Angeles Those fathered by American soldiers experience a lonely cycle of hardship and marginalisation without parents Children of war face poverty and stigma When ... down in 1992. My heart broke. I resigned my fate to never finding my father BEIRUT CALAGUAS, AN ‘AMERASIAN’ Like so many others, Calaguas has endured a life of discrimination and poverty, while ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1541236/amerasian-children-war-face-poverty-and-stigma-philippines
  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Poverty line set too low for people living alone: Oxfam

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 06:46pm by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Call to review minimum wage after study finds basic cost of living for one-member households is double the estimate of official poverty line Above the poverty line, still in poverty The government has drawn its poverty line for adults living alone at just half their actual cost of living, a leading charity says. Oxfam Hong Kong calculated the basic monthly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1534810/oxfam-calls-minimum-wage-be-raised-hk35-hour
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Reduce poverty to end families' reliance on child labour

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by SALLY KO

    ... the problem will persist. Poverty plays a key role in driving children to work. In fact, some poor children are actually grateful for the work because it keeps them fed. The latest ILO figures ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1530208/reduce-poverty-end-families-reliance-child-labour
  9. News - World - POVERTY

    UN replaces millennium poverty plan with sustainable development goals

    Posted May 26th 2014, 10:32pm by NYT

    ... poverty and global child mortality rates have been halved from their 1990 levels, but progress has been uneven between regions and countries, especially in health and education. In some parts ... think tank. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals, which focused on straightforward objectives such as alleviating extreme poverty, guaranteeing access to primary education and reducing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1519447/un-replaces-millennium-poverty-plan-sustainable-development-goals
  10. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    China should get Nobel Peace Prize for poverty relief success: Norway's richest man

    Posted May 09th 2014, 02:55pm by Andrea Chen

    ... Andrea Chen Andrea.chen@scmp.com China deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for successfully lifting nearly one fifth of the world population out of poverty, Norway’s richest man told a local ... of poverty”, an achievement “that qualifies for the Nobel Peace Prize”. “China is constantly evolving and is about to become the world’s economic superpower,” he was quoted by the paper as saying ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1508253/china-and-norway-continue-play-peace-prize-politics-dalai-lama-snubbed

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