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  1. News - World - ISLAMIC MILITANCY

    Syrian military aircraft crashes into Islamic State's de facto capital, Raqqa

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 04:52am by AP

    ... controls a proto-state that stretches from northern Syria across much of northern and western Iraq. Raqqa, an ancient city on the Euphrates River with a pre-war population of 500,000, serves ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1594282/syrian-military-aircraft-crashes-islamic-states-de-facto-capital-raqqa
  2. Lifestyle - Interiors & Living - ARCHITECTURE

    Vertical gardens breathe new life into densely populated Asian cities

    Posted Oct 23rd 2013, 04:13am by Peta Tomlinson

    ... a prototype, and thus began the greening of some of the most densely populated urban areas on earth. Since his original design was unveiled at the Museum of Science and Industry in Paris in 1988, ... It is important for designers and planners to be thinking about that." To house populations without consuming agricultural land, cities need to become more dense, Hassell said. WOHA's signature ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/interiors-living/article/1337426/vertical-gardens-breathe-new-life-densely-populated-asian
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Lack of school support for China's migrant children a crying shame

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 03:17pm by LIJIA ZHANG

    ... by a fellow migrant was shut down by the authorities who said it lacked safety measures. My neighbourhood in Jiuxianqiao village is populated by migrant workers. In recent months, the Mas visited ... of them. China's hukou or family registry system, introduced by Mao Zedong in the 1950s as a way to control the flow of population, divides China into a rural and urban population ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1593106/lack-school-support-chinas-migrant-children-crying-shame
  4. Business - Economy

    Party like it's 2007 again? Don't hold your breath

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 01:30pm by DAVID DODWELL

    ... David Dodwell The loss of China's low-cost deflationary effect and rapidly ageing populations will ensure that there will be no return to the pre-crisis party of 2008 Our bleak future ... on Japan. Apparently by 2035, Japan's population will have fallen from the present 120-odd million to about 100 million. Of that 100 million, 45 per cent will be over 65, and an astonishing 25 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1457671/party-its-2007-again-dont-hold-your-breath
  5. News - World - MIGRATION

    South Sudan backtracks over ban on foreign workers after protests

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:32pm by AFP

    ... of the population can read and write. UN aid chief in South Sudan Toby Lanzer repeated warnings that only an end to the war and an increase in aid efforts could avert a famine. He said: "Let me ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595444/south-sudan-backtracks-over-ban-foreign-workers-after-protests
  6. News - Asia - NEW ZEALAND

    'Ecstatic' New Zealand PM John Key declares election victory

    Posted Sep 20th 2014, 06:58pm by AFP

    ... to retain power. Policies largely took a back seat in the campaign to allegations of smear campaigns, along with accusations Key's administration allowed mass spying on the population ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1596845/new-zealand-prime-ministers-national-party-takes-early-lead-general
  7. Business - Companies - ACQUISITIONS

    Bupa eyes Hong Kong's ageing population with purchase of Fortis unit Quality

    Posted Oct 16th 2013, 12:00am by Ray Chan

    ... HK's ageing population with deal Health-care provider Bupa's purchase of Hong Kong's largest private health-care chain, Quality HealthCare Medical Services, paves the way for the British firm to profit from rising demand for clinical services as the city's population rapidly ages. The US$355 million deal, announced yesterday, is being financed by Bupa's internal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1332623/bupa-eyes-hong-kongs-ageing-population-purchase-fortis-unit
  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education - RACISM

    Racial stereotyping in Hong Kong's textbooks undermines harmony

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 05:17pm by Bernice Chan

    ... significant immigrant or expatriate populations; some, like Singapore, celebrate the diverse races that make up its population. But Grundy says he has found Hong Kong, where 95 per cent of residents ... textbooks fail to depict the multi-ethnic composition of Hong Kong, working as if the entire population were Chinese, with other ethnicities typically portrayed as outsiders who are not actively ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1595406/textbooks-fail-promote-racial-harmony
  9. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Changing tides could shift focus from China to Africa

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:33am by JUNE SUN

    ... June Sun june.sun@scmp.com Ageing population in China may see Sub-Saharan region's labour force become highly competitive Changing tides could shift focus to Africa Shifting ... population much sooner than previously expected, an HSBC report said, warning that if nothing was done to offset the changes, it could shave 0.6 per cent off annual gross domestic product growth ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1580413/changing-tides-could-shift-focus-china-africa
  10. Business - Comment - THE VIEW

    Building blocks needed in Hong Kong's political development

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 02:59pm by Richard Wong

    ... government, a free enterprise economy, civil liberties, and the rule of law would inevitably be overwhelmed by populism, through the development of democracy. This narrative sees democracy ... Populism in this argument would contribute to a growing redistributive and regulatory state and, eventually, to curtailments on economic and civic liberties, and thus would erode the commitment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1593825/building-blocks-needed-hks-political-development

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