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  1. The vulnerable end of dealing in drugs

    Posted Dec 09th 2007, 12:00am by Kandy Wong

    ... than investors in drugs and biotech companies. In 2004, when the world worried about an outbreak of avian influenza, Beijing encouraged companies to create drugs to treat bird flu, assuring ... 'Thank God there has been no huge outbreak of bird flu,' Pang Ming, head of the international division of Nanjing-based Simcere Pharmaceutical Group, says. 'But I have already poured ...

  2. Worries over bird flu and rate rises sour sentiment

    Posted Mar 08th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stocks fell yesterday as worries over further interest rate rises combined with increasing concerns over an outbreak of bird flu took the limelight away from HSBC's record-breaking results. The Hang Seng Index finished 209.47 points, or 1.32 per cent, lower at 15,602.36, marking the biggest single-day decline for a month. HSBC, which at one stage rose to US$87.11 per American ...

  3. Bird flu a sniffle to Thai stocks

    Posted Feb 15th 2004, 12:00am by Chris Oliver

    ... Chris Oliver Thailand's bird flu outbreak may have an upside: it provides investors an ideal entry point to one of Southeast Asia's hottest economies, according to research from brokerage Harris Fraser. Barring the disease morphing into a more deadly variant spread by human-to-human transmission, the impact of the bird flu virus is not likely to strike down the healthy Thai ...

  4. HKMA prepares for bird-flu virus

    Posted Jun 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan The Hong Kong Monetary Authority says it has taken a number of initiatives to ensure the banking sector's preparedness in the event of a bird flu outbreak. A secure and effective communications network between banks has been set up while an industry task force has been established to see that lenders have good business continuity plans in place. 'The ...

  5. The Cost of beating bird flu

    Posted Jul 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the 1,200 industry workers $329 million to be paid to 806 wet market retailers Recurrent cost of bird flu surveillance and inspection: $35 million a year Total cost of culling and payments after bird flu outbreaks: $227.8 million $104 million to cull 1.54 million poultry in December 1997 $98.7 million to kill 1.37 million poultry in June 2001 $25.1 million to cull 919,000 poultry ...

  6. Climate change, bird flu raise valuation hurdles as Bosideng comes to market

    Posted Sep 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Andy Chen

    ... could seriously hurt sales, as the principal raw material for Bosideng's products, feathers, came from birds, such as geese. Bosideng said it intended to diversify its apparel business ...

  7. Last squawk?

    Posted Jun 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government has proposed spending HK$1 billion to buy out the licences of chicken farmers and live-chicken traders to reduce the threat of bird flu. Do you agree with the offer? Tell us your views. Write to us ...

  8. Firms unprepared for outbreak

    Posted Mar 29th 2006, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Fewer than half of Hong Kong's private employers have contingency plans for a bird flu outbreak, workers say. In Taiwan and Singapore, only one in four are prepared. Market ... for bird flu, compared to 27 per cent in Taiwan and 25 per cent in Singapore. 'It is quite shocking to learn that [the number of companies ready to deal with an outbreak] is still below ...

  9. Deadline for chicken licence buyout

    Posted Sep 24th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Today is the deadline for live-chicken retailers and wholesalers to hand over their licences under a government buyout. At least 80 per cent are expected to surrender their licences. The earlier 85 per cent threshold for the plan to proceed has been dropped. Under the HK$1.23 billion scheme, introduced to cut the risk of bird flu, stallholders surrendering ...

  10. Shanghai hotels put safety first on agenda

    Posted Mar 31st 2006, 12:00am by Marc Tessier

    ... Marc Tessier UPSCALE HOTELS IN Shanghai catering to business travellers are taking the bird flu threat seriously. They are closely monitoring developments, enforcing strict requirements on employee hygiene and buying poultry products only from certified producers. Some hotels have even set up contingency plans for a bird flu outbreak in the city and, if necessary, for a pandemic. ...




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