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  1. Our chief executive candidates show a poverty of imagination

    Posted Feb 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a depressing poverty of imagination and a complete lack of detail. Henry Tang's reply bore the stamp of typical non-committal civil service blather: 'Within the limits of our traditional ...

  2. Beijing doubles threshold for rural poverty

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com The central government is raising the rural poverty line. The threshold will nearly double as part of efforts to eradicate poverty in the next decade, in a move that also reflects the country's rising wealth and the erosion of consumer purchasing power. The definition of rural poverty will cover people with annual per capita incomes ...

  3. Poverty of ideas is frittering away HK's immense wealth

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jake van der Kamp jake.vanderkamp@scmp.com Hong Kong's fiscal reserves are massive. How much is truly necessary and what innovative ideas do you have for the excess reserves? Question to chief executive candidates, Monday, February 27 I want my kick ...

  4. Most CSSA recipients can't afford basic necessities

    Posted Jun 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the council's business director. '[Welfare] only keeps them from starving, but it's not helping them escape poverty.' The report indicted run-down private housing flats: 75 per cent ...

  5. Financing the future

    Posted Apr 20th 2008, 12:00am by Amanda Lee

    ... Amanda Lee Philanthropists are looking at less conventional ways of giving Many philanthropists are moving away from just writing a cheque as the only way to donate, according to Tony Ferris, UBS executive director and head of philanthropy services for As ...

  6. Should we give money to people begging on the street?

    Posted Feb 06th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Wu, Esther Pang

    ... Dennis Wu, Esther Pang Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week... Dennis Wu, 19, St Joseph's College In this cosmopolitan city, beggars are surprisingly easy to find. They are a nuisance to pedestrians who walk away looking disguste ...

  7. Bold plan to ease rural poverty unveiled

    Posted Feb 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing Increased spending aimed at easing grievances, narrowing income gap The mainland has unveiled a bold plan to increase government spending to narrow the widening urban-rural gap and assuage the simmering grievances of the unprivileg ...

  8. Boom won't end poverty, UN warns

    Posted Jun 12th 2004, 12:00am by Ray Cheung

    ... Ray Cheung Booming economic growth is no longer the best way to lift people out of poverty on the mainland, a senior United Nations official has warned. UN resident co-ordinator in China, ... policies often become subsidies for the elite and in many cases make the situation worse for those trapped in poverty,' Dr Malik said. 'To resolve these problems, China's development ...

  9. 23pc of HK households fall into the poverty trap

    Posted Aug 25th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... The wealth gap in Hong Kong is widening, with the number of families living below the poverty line increasing sharply since the handover. Latest government statistics show that 604,000, ... six years ago to the present figure of 145,100. According to international standards, the poverty line should be set at half the median household income. The number of families with less than ...

  10. Tycoon's burgeoning empire feeds off Mexico's poverty

    Posted Mar 17th 2007, 12:00am by Jacqui Goddard

    ... to the 40 per cent of the population who live in abject poverty. 'In Hong Kong, perhaps, or even Finland, Slim would be heralded as a striving champion of capitalism, a self-made billionaire ... in terms of his giving to benign causes. However, it's the kind of stranglehold that he and his compadres have on the economy that is a major factor in the egregious poverty of the Mexican ...




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