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  1. Australian reaction hurts global war on drugs

    Posted Jun 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to shrink HK population', May 30). Decline of fertility is common in developed and developing countries. Increasing life expectancy is positively correlated with declining fertility rates which ... countries have a total fertility rate below the replacement level (2.1 per woman). About 51 countries have implemented measures to try to increase fertility. The aim is to achieve a stable society ...

  2. Story of civilisation a casualty of war

    Posted Jan 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... the Hanging Gardens, and the tower of Babel, mentioned in Christian and Jewish scriptures. Unknown numbers of other ruins pockmark Iraq, especially in the fertile crescent of ancient Mesopotamia ...

  3. Skewed gender ratio leaves mainland men out in the cold

    Posted Jun 16th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Dr Hesketh said demographers had predicted that if a two-child limit was strictly controlled, the fertility rate would be 1.7, the current rate. This was because a growing number of families, ... anyway is the question,' Dr Hesketh said, adding the fertility rate was already falling in the 10 years before the policy was adopted. The focus groups of 200 men and women aged between 20 ...

  4. Poem about being human

    Posted Jun 09th 2004, 12:00am by Philip Leetch

    ... PHILIP LEETCH 1. Human history has been packed into just a few thousand years. Maybe that is why we have made so many mistakes. A lot of the things that we take for granted such as cities, governments and reading and writing first developed in Mesopotamia ...

  5. Beijing raises rates again to fight inflation

    Posted Feb 09th 2011, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng Beijing has raised interest rates for the third time in four months, as it steps up efforts to tame food-led inflationary pressure and curb accelerating loan growth. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) yesterday evening raised the benchmark one-year lending rate by 0.25 percentage point to 6.06 per cent from 5.81 per cent, effective today. The one-year deposit rate ...

  6. Age of unreason

    Posted Sep 09th 2009, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... crisis is a birth rate that is only half the replacement level (if those to mainland mothers without right of abode are excluded). Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may want us all to follow his Catholic Church and stop using condoms. A better solution to the fertility drought would be, as France and Scandinavia have found, to reduce the cost of having children, through direct ...

  7. Shenzhen plans sharp increase in water rates

    Posted Jan 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Shenzhen will raise water prices in a bid to ease shortages, with households facing a rise of 30 per cent and businesses more than 60 per cent if the proposal is approved this month. The increase is bound to face strong opposition in the city, ...

  8. High price to pay for not planning for the future

    Posted Jan 11th 2009, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... they want for long-term retirement,' he said, referring to the Mandatory Provident Fund set up by the government in 2000. Hong Kong has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world ... to HK$1,000 per month. But that's hardly enough, given that interest rates have been falling steadily as a result of serial rate cuts to revive the economy. The near-zero-interest-rate regime has ...

  9. Unemployment rate hits 13-month high

    Posted Dec 19th 2008, 12:00am by Dennis Eng, Paggie Leung

    ... October last year, and the number of jobs available dropped more than one-fifth as the government warned of further economic strife. November's jobless rate rose 0.3 percentage points from ... of continued upward pressure on the unemployment rate, especially after May or June, as fresh graduates sought work. A government spokesman said the slowdown in domestic business and external trade ...

  10. Cuts in interest rate, reserve ratio won't boost market, analysts say

    Posted Oct 15th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Fulton Mak Another two-pronged reduction in interest rates and bank reserve ratios by the People's Bank of China this month was unlikely to turn sentiment around in the mainland's sluggish property market, analysts say. The central bank cut the lending rate by another 0.27 percentage point to 6.93 per cent starting last Thursday and the required reserve ratio ...




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