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  1. News - China Insider - INTERNET FREEDOM

    Two million 'internet opinion analysts' employed to monitor China's vast online population

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 03:32pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Government employees trawl through blogs and social media to dissect public opinion Some two million people are employed by the Chinese government at all levels, as well as businesses, to monitor public opinion on ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - MACROSCOPE

    Can the BRICS lead?

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 10:46am by PATRICK LOW

    ... of the world's population and almost a fifth of global gross domestic product. But it has yet to demonstrate collective global leadership, and in a world sorely lacking in that commodity, ... is Indonesia, Nigeria, Vietnam or Turkey not at the BRICS table? Each of these countries faces development challenges, is more populous and either richer or poorer than at least one of the BRICS ...

  3. Business - Economy - THE VIEW

    Way to help Hong Kong's elderly poor

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:05am by Richard Wong

    ... households. Because only half of the city's working population pays payroll taxes, that would mean about half of the middle class would contribute nil or a minimal amount in order to receive ... of elderly working population is expected to continue to worsen until 2060, then flatten, according to United Nations projections. Second, the monthly sums paid out are adjusted only for cost ...

  4. News - China - WEALTH

    The ultra-rich list: Number of billionaires in China and Hong Kong increasing

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 01:55pm by Alice Yan

    ... or individual net worth. The report said: "Asia saw strong growth in terms of the size of its billionaire population and total billionaire wealth, and 30 per cent of the net increase in global ...

  5. News - World - DISEASE

    Sierra Leone starts three-day shutdown to contain spread of Ebola disease

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 10:22pm by AFP

    ... Security Council declared the outbreak a threat to world peace. Most of Sierra Leone's population of six million were confined to their homes from midnight, with only essential workers ... But Sierra Leonean President Ernest Koroma said that if the population were to heed the volunteers' advice, "the campaign will greatly help to reverse the increasing trend of the disease ...

  6. Business - China Business - CARE SERVICES

    Foreign retirement home operators eye China's ageing population

    Posted Oct 03rd 2013, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Overseas operators are lured by the mainland's ageing population but are trying to work out an ideal business model amid vague guidelines Foreign firms ... The country's ageing population is expected to reach 34 per cent of the total by 2050, making this an attractive business segment. The central government's guidelines issued last month also ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Family ties can only take a leader so far

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:20am by SCMP Editorial

    ... with the type of political system, level of economic development or culture and ethnic composition of a population. Dictatorships and democracies alike the world over have made public office a family ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion - THE VIEW

    Health care could account for almost a third of Hong Kong GDP by end of century

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 03:19pm by Richard Wong

    ... factors determine spending on health care: the size of the population, the proportion of elderly people in the population, the average income per person, and the cost of health-care services. ... and manufacturing in 1981 made up 31.8 per cent. Let me explain how I obtained my projections. Consider the effects of demography (changes in population numbers and ageing). The Hospital Authority's ...

  9. News - World - NATURE

    Pangolins headed for extinction, in part due to booming Asian demand

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:07pm by Reuters

    ... Conservationists say the boom is due to declining wild populations in Asia as well as high numbers of Chinese workers in Africa's remote interior. The example of Africa's elephants, whose numbers ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asia's population successes bring new challenges

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 12:00am by NOELEEN HEYZER, BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN

    ... Noeleen Heyzer and Babatunde Osotimehin Noeleen Heyzer and Babatunde Osotimehin say region faces ageing crisis Asia's population successes bring their own challenges Half a century ago, the world was warned of the imminent explosion of "the population bomb". There were fears that humanity would suffer mass starvation and that societies would plunge into turmoil- ...




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