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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLICY

    Absence of Paul Chan and Gregory So diminishes population policy panel

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Social service head says the development and commerce chiefs must be part of the committee Key absences cast doubt on value of population panel The absence of two ministers from a panel that will advise on population issues has raised doubts about whether the administration will lend its full support to the policymaking process. Twenty-two official ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - POPULATION POLICY

    New panel open to radical ideas to solve Hong Kong's population worries

    Posted Dec 10th 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Members of a new steering committee tasked with solving HK's population problems say all ideas, even controversial ones, are on the table Old problem, new ... population and declining birth rate. The government's determination to resolve these problems rarely makes headlines, but a newly appointed group of government advisers is planning to change ...

  3. News - World - MIDDLE EAST

    Genetic testing and IVF boost population of Israel's Samaritans

    Posted Dec 12th 2012, 12:00am by McClatchy-Tribune

    ... their way back, Samaritans began having large families of eight to 10 children, and the frequency of first-cousin marriages doubled, Bonne-Tamir found. As the population grew, so did the health ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Seven population trends that hold the key to good public policies

    Posted Dec 17th 2012, 12:00am by JOSEPH CHAMIE

    ... Joseph Chamie Joseph Chamie offers seven population trends that cannot be dismissed Demographics provide the key to effective public policies While governments and institutions grapple ... the world's population is growing at 1.1 per cent annually, or 78 million people, half the peak level of 2.1 per cent in the late 1960s. Although the world's growth rate is continuing to slow due ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Planning for an ageing population means no blanket payouts for elderly

    Posted Oct 21st 2012, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring Philip Bowring says that non-means-tested subsidies for the elderly will squander resources that should be better used to address Hong Kong's long-term population ... The nearly 50 per cent of the population who were never able to buy a flat have seen their savings eroded by the interest rates on deposits that in most years fell below inflation. Owners of property ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Increase population density in NT new towns, surveyors say

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com Density of homes in planned NT communities should be increased to help ease city’s shortage of affordable housing, says surveyors institute Call to boost new towns' populations The population of three proposed new towns in the northeastern New Territories should be boosted by up to 40 per cent, the Institute of Surveyors said. ...

  7. News - World - US MILITARY

    US drone attacks in Pakistan terrorising civilian population

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Civilians scared to gather in groups out in open for any reason due to US campaign, report says Pakistanis living in total fear of drone strikes The US campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong must act now to create a comprehensive population policy

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The latest population projections from the Census and Statistics Department put into sharp focus challenges for Hong Kong that we are well aware of but have done little to address. Society ... the population policy task force by turning it into the Steering Committee on Population Policy in 2007 with the chief secretary in charge, but promised progress reports were never delivered. Despite ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - DEVELOPMENT

    Cut in HK's projected population leads to land bank rethink

    Posted Aug 20th 2012, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... bank rethink inpopulation slowdown A drastic reduction in the city's projected population has led to calls for the government to scale back plans for more land reclamation and overhaul its ... and reclamation outside Victoria Harbour, proved controversial. The plans were based on a projected population in 30 years of 8.89 million, a figure put forward by the Census and Statistics Department two ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    Public hospitals struggle to cope with ageing population

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... minutes. It is obvious that, with an ageing population, our public health system is under enormous pressure. We do not have sufficient staff to deal with the number of patients and some measures ...




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