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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 ...

  2. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Manila's dark face of grinding poverty

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Families eke out a life of sorts in charcoal field, far from glittering towers that now mark Manila The dark face of grinding poverty A sinewy man covered in thick soot stands in a grey cloud of smoke, watching over a slow-burning pile of wood that sustains his life but may also eventually kill him. Nearby, emaciated children with their bones visible ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Offshore tax havens like Hong Kong contribute to poverty, says ActionAid

    Posted May 14th 2013, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... to poverty' The widespread use of offshore tax havens such as Hong Kong by nearly all 100 of the largest British-listed companies, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, may contribute to world poverty and raise the risk of tax evasion, says British charity ActionAid. It found 36 per cent of HSBC's 1,527 subsidiaries are based in tax havens, including 91 HSBC subsidiaries in Hong ...

  4. News - World - BULGARIA

    Bulgarian authorities seize 350,000 illegal ballot papers ahead of polls

    Posted May 12th 2013, 12:55pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sofia Socialist party leader points finger at the conservative former premier Boyko Borisov Illegal ballot papers seized ahead of polls Bulgarian authorities said they had seized 350,000 illegal ballot papers ahead of yesterday ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Market that enriches landlords is impoverishing wider economy

    Posted May 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Bernard Chan sees a need to rethink many calculations of profit and loss Market that enriches landlords impoverishes wider economy On a street in Soho, there's an old-style family-owned grocery store. It has wooden barrels of rice on the ...

  6. News - China - POVERTY

    Distant dreams of a better life for the working poor of Qingbao village

    Posted May 03rd 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... in the family has a job and it looks like their poverty will linger, with their half-hectare hillside farmland too poor to grow crops of any worth. "We just grow some potatoes, corn and vegetables ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking Points

    Posted May 02nd 2013, 12:00am

    ... they will continue speaking to them unless the government changes its mind. A total of 710 amendments to the bill are to be debated.   Commission on Poverty meets The government body charged with tackling the city's poverty problems meets for the third time. The Commission on Poverty was revived by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying under the leadership of Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor ...

  8. News - China - POVERTY

    Hubei pig farmer considered one of the 'better off' but still left penniless

    Posted May 02nd 2013, 12:00am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo in Enshi, Hubei province Despite finally hitting on a money maker, Fu Maoyan worries about his children's education and where he can borrow to expand pig farm Even 'better off' farmer is penniless Fu Maoyan and his wife have been ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - LABOUR

    Minimum wage has had minimum effect for working families, Oxfam says

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by JOLIE HO

    ... Jolie Ho jolie.ho@scmp.com Oxfam report says the wage floor has failed to lift working families out of poverty, as the city gets ready for HK$2 increase to HK$30 tomorrow Minimum wage, minimum effect The minimum wage has failed to lift working families out of poverty, according to an Oxfam report. Based on figures from the Census and Statistics Department, the report said ...

  10. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    Pyongyang glitters but most of North Korea still dark

    Posted Apr 28th 2013, 03:12pm by Associated Press

    ... comes from the garden outside. But not everyone lives in such relative comfort as the Kims, whose home government officials are willing to show off. There are stark signs of poverty across ... the world' Life in the North Korean countryside would be familiar to South Koreans old enough to recall the poverty in their nation just after the Korean War. Indeed, into the 1970s, North Korea ...




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