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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. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    200,000 households trapped below energy poverty line

    Posted Dec 21st 2012, 12:00am by Johnny Tam

    ... of his monthly income. Campaign group World Green Organisation said Yip was only one of many Hongkongers living "under the energy poverty line"- an international standard defined ... the Census and Statistics Department's 2011 census, the group estimated that over 210,000 households were living under the energy poverty line, on a monthly income of less than HK$4,000. Yu said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1109318/200000-households-trapped-below-energy-poverty-line
  8. 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
  9. News - Hong Kong - POVERTY

    Reform of CSSA welfare payments urged to bring people out of poverty

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Critics say CSSA system is outdated and offers those in poverty too little Welfare reform to ease poverty urged After setting Hong Kong's first poverty line, the government is under renewed pressure to reform the social security net, which critics say is outdated. About 235,600 people receiving the Comprehensive Social Security Allowance ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1326054/reform-cssa-welfare-payments-urged-bring-people-out-poverty
  10. News - Hong Kong - WELFARE

    1.3 million Hongkongers live in poverty, government says, but offers no solution

    Posted Sep 28th 2013, 05:03pm by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com C.Y. 'not afraid to take tough decisions' after government recognises poverty levels for the first time, but no new initiatives announced 1.3 m HongKongers below poverty line Hong Kong- one of the wealthiest places in the world- has acknowledged for the first time that it has a sizeable poverty problem by declaring that 1.31 million of its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1319984/hong-kong-draws-poverty-line-13-million-living-below-it

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