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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 - China - POVERTY

    More than 82 million in poverty in China: official

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 02:16pm by AFP

    ... it the world’s second-largest economy. China’s official poverty standard is an annual income of 2,300 yuan (HK$2,900), close to the long-used benchmark of $1 a day. More than 82 million people were living on less than that at the end of last year, senior government development official Zheng Wenkai told reporters. The World Bank’s own definition of poverty is $1.25 a day, and Zheng said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1616956/more-82-million-poverty-china-official
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. News - China - POLITICS

    Old photos and essays published to cement Xi Jinping's power

    Posted Oct 26th 2014, 06:03am by Alice Yan

    ... with the rest of a book of republished essays on poverty by the president, in a move an academic says is designed to cement Xi's authority within the party. The photographs were taken between 1988 ... essays and lectures called Eradicating Poverty. The book- whose topics include fighting graft, understanding the masses, the responsibilities of government leaders, as well as agriculture ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1624758/old-photos-and-essays-published-cement-xi-jinpings-power
  7. 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
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The absurd reality of hungry Hongkongers in a food paradise

    Posted Oct 17th 2014, 04:55am by MAYLING CHAN

    ... of donors and NGOs, there is the hope of eradicating poverty Hunger gains Celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay have both recently opened restaurants in Hong Kong. Price, however, doesn’t ... with HK$20. Currently, there are about a million people locally who live below the official poverty line, which is defined as half of the median monthly household income of all domestic households ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1618079/absurd-reality-hungry-hongkongers-food-paradise
  9. 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
  10. 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

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