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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    China now reaching the same levels of inequality as Johannesburg

    Posted Dec 11th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... social democracies of Scandinavia, all of which score around 25. In contrast, any number above 40 is regarded as moving into territory where inequality is likely to become a pressing political ... levels of inequality as Jo'burg The Johannesburg suburb of Sandton is a real eye-opener. Known among property agents as "Africa's richest square mile", Sandton is the office ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Inequalities erode foundations of Asia's growth

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by JUZHONG ZHUANG

    ... Juzhong Zhuang Juzhong Zhuang says Asia must work harder to equalise opportunities Inequalities are erodingthe foundations of growth Developing Asia's impressive growth continues, but faces a new challenge- rising inequality. Over the past few decades, the region has lifted people out of poverty at an unprecedented rate. But more recent experience contrasts ...

  3. News - China

    Chinese dictionary's 100 new entries offer words for 'pollution' and nation's 'uncouth, newly rich'

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 05:23pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... on 'tuhao' for 'rich who are lacking in correct values' A new Chinese dictionary backed by the national language regulator offers a glimpse into the social and environmental concerns ... China has enjoyed a decades-long economic boom, but at the same time inequality has widened, and a small elite have become extremely wealthy. The dictionary was compiled in the 1990s and first ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Pro bono legal work can help advance social justice in Hong Kong

    Posted May 23rd 2014, 03:15am by EDWIN REKOSH AND TZE-WEI NG

    ... in legal needs. It also addresses a broader spectrum of needs than those covered by legal aid: it can serve a broader social purpose by supporting the work of non-governmental organisations, thus ... 7,000 registered charities, and has seen a doubling of social enterprises since 2007. All these NGOs contribute to making Hong Kong more diverse and fair, and pro bono assistance could help make ...

  5. Look beyond pay to reduce inequality

    Posted Jun 06th 2010, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring The level of the minimum wage is important, but more as a matter of human dignity than as a key means of reducing the shocking level of income inequality. In most ... busy. So let us look at means other than a minimum wage to reduce inequality. In no particular order of importance: Address the issue of the 150-a-day new one-way permit holders. ...

  6. Elite schools perpetuate inequalities

    Posted Jul 30th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of his parents. My guess is that Hong Kong provides an even higher correlation. Talk about social and income inequalities in our society! And that is the secret of success of the so-called elite ...

  7. MBAs are making a difference as social entrepreneurs

    Posted Apr 10th 2014, 12:46pm by Donna Lin Niles

    ... But not every student takes the additional step of launching a post-graduate career solely focused on improving their environment through a socially focused organisation. A burgeoning trend among MBAs is low-cost, high-impact social ventures, dedicating their professional skillsets and experiences to turning an intangible profit. For some, the return on an emotional investment can be fulfilling, ...

  8. Party plenum to focus on income inequality

    Posted Oct 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Gini coefficient- a measure of inequality in income distribution- is believed to have reached 0.45, a level considered to be the threshold for social unrest. Government figures show urban ... Kristine Kwok Social security net for farmers and medicare subsidies likely A plan to narrow the mainland's widening income gap will top the agenda when the Communist Party's ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Unlike Hong Kong, Singapore is prioritising social equality

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 01:42pm by WOO JUN JIE

    ... Woo Jun Jie Woo Jun Jie says one is focusing on competitiveness while the other is prioritising social equality Similarities aside, Hong Kong and Singapore have different policy agendas ... Singaporeans have of late been lamenting the rising inequality that has come with the city state's economic success. The government has correspondingly begun shifting its policy focus ...

  10. Failure to publish Gini figure hides Swazi level of inequality

    Posted Jan 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... are not familiar with it, the Gini co-efficient is considered the standard measure of income inequality. The formula for calculating it is truly frightening, with lots of brackets, Greek and Roman letters, both big and small, and a generous helping of superscripts and subscripts. Happily, however, the concept behind it is simple enough. The Gini co-efficient measures a country's inequality ...




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