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  • Dec 28, 2014
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Chief executive declares his priorities for helping an overcrowded city

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday laid out ambitious plans in his maiden policy address to boost land supply and address the city's acute housing problems.

Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 8:56am

Tiny toilets to get bigger as residents complain of elbow room when spending a penny

Lawmaker Michael Tien tests for himself a cramped bathroom in a flat in Po Tin Estate, Tuen Mun, yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

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.

15 Jan 2014 - 9:50am 1 comment

Manila's dark face of grinding poverty

A soot-covered father and his son take a break at an unregulated charcoal factory in a Manila slum. Photo: AFP

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 through their skin bet over a game of dice using charcoal instead of money.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:40am

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

Chancellor George Osborne says fighting tax avoidance is priority.

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.

14 May 2013 - 4:26am 2 comments

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

Sergey Stanishev. Photo: AFP

Bulgarian authorities said they had seized 350,000 illegal ballot papers ahead of yesterday's elections, an allegation which sparked opposition accusations of fraud against the former ruling party of Boyko Borisov.

13 May 2013 - 5:06am

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

Long Yongquan's family home at Qingbao village, an impoverished region in the southwest of Hubei province. Photo: Simon Song

After working for more than 20 years as a coal miner in northern China, 40-year-old Long Yongquan has decided to stay at home - a traditional timber cabin and a leaking cement bungalow in the mountains of Hubei's Enshi autonomous prefecture - with his grandfather, father and mentally disabled elder brother.

3 May 2013 - 6:28am

Market that enriches landlords is impoverishing wider economy

An elderly low-income earner pushes a trolley with cardboard bundles for recycling past a luxury designer boutique in Hong Kong's Central district, Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

On a street in Soho, there's an old-style family-owned grocery store. It has wooden barrels of rice on the floor and bottles of soy sauce on the shelves. It is left over from the days before the neighbourhood became a trendy dining area. The owners could make maybe HK$100,000 a month just by renting it out, yet they carry on opening the shop and working every day.

3 May 2013 - 3:41am

Talking Points

Budget filibuster efforts resume

Budget filibuster efforts resume

2 May 2013 - 1:23am

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

Fu Maoyan and his wife, Yang Fang, have been visited twice by Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Simon Song

Fu Maoyan and his wife have been busy building a storehouse for pig feed beside their three pigsties.

The more than 80 pigs they raise and their pig feed business have made them better off than most households in Qingbao village in Hubei's mountainous Enshi autonomous prefecture.

2 May 2013 - 7:09am

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

Members of People's Alliance for Minimum Wage call for a raise in September. Photo: Felix Wong

Based on figures from the Census and Statistics Department, the report said that in the fourth quarter of last year, over 170,000 families who were being supported by at least one working person were living in poverty. These families had a monthly income that was less than half the median average among other families of the same size.

30 Apr 2013 - 7:40am

Pyongyang glitters but most of North Korea still dark

Pyongyang commuters ride on a trolleybus as it passes propaganda posters. Photo: AP

Inside Pyongyang supermarkets where shopgirls wear faux French designer labels, people with money can buy Italian wine, Swiss chocolates, kiwifruit imported from New Zealand and fresh-baked croissants.

28 Apr 2013 - 3:12pm

World Bank and IMF join forces to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030

Refugee children play on an old plane that crashed at the Yida camp in South Sudan. Most of the world's extreme poverty cases are concentrated in Africa. Photo: Reuters

Kim, a US physician and global health activist who became head of the Bank last July, announced two weeks ago the plan to eradicate extreme poverty - defined as living on less than US$1.25 a day - to 3 per cent or less of the world by 2030.

22 Apr 2013 - 5:48am

Murder, suicide, disease surges under Greek austerity

A homeless man sleeps outside the headquarters of the Bank of Greece in Athens

When Greece's economy took a plunge, murders and disease rates soared, according to a study that suggests the impact of the European nation's austerity cuts may be worse than expected. Suicide and murder rates climbed from 2007 to 2009, particularly among men, and unusual outbreaks of malaria, West Nile virus and HIV took clinicians by surprise, according to the findings published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday.

20 Apr 2013 - 3:27am

Rising costs in Hong Kong plunge 1 in 5 poor into despair

The biggest worry for low-income people with anxiety is the rising cost of food. Photo: May Tse

One in five people on low incomes in Hong Kong suffer from excessive anxiety because of inflation, and it's likely to get worse as prices climb. The rate is three times that of those on high incomes, according to a study of 5,000 people by the Mood Disorders Centre of Chinese University. A telephone poll was conducted in the last quarter of 2011 but held for a year to monitor inflation trends. It found a close link between inflation and mental health.

15 Apr 2013 - 7:17am 4 comments

Give elderly offenders a chance

The merciful treatment of elderly offenders is not a sign of weakness, but a recognition that a more humane approach is in the wider interests of criminal justice. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Civic Exchange think tank reported last month that far more elderly people are getting into trouble with the police. Between 1991 and 2011, there was a sixfold increase in arrests of women over the age of 60, and a threefold increase in arrests of men of that age. This situation is alarming, and the criminal justice system must decide how best to respond.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am