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  1. News - World - RELATIONSHIPS

    Marriage rates across much of Europe fall to record lows

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 04:32am by The Guardian

    ... The Guardian Europeans falling out of love with marriage Marriage rates have fallen dramatically in major European countries over the past decade as austerity, generational crisis ... number since the first world war. Numbers have fallen by 24 per cent in the past decade and halved since 1965. Preliminary data indicated that the rate of marriages in Italy last year was 3.3 per ...

  2. Business - Economy

    Xi Jinping comfortable with lower growth rate for China's economy

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 01:39am by Victoria Ruan and Chim Sau-wai

    ... cent Xi comfortable with lower growth rate President Xi Jinping believes a slight slowdown in economic growth would be acceptable, Li Yang, a deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Social ... the mainland's economic growth rate eased to 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, a sharp contrast to growth rates that peaked at more than 10 per cent in the past decade. Beijing has said it is targeting ...

  3. Fertility rights

    Posted Jan 07th 2004, 12:00am by Andrew Dembina

    ... comes from personal experience holds true, then Crystal Kwok Kam-yan's Fertility Goddess could be a winner. 'I recently had my second kid but had trouble conceiving,' writer-director Kwok says after rehearsals for her show. 'After the baby was born, I thought the issues around fertility in Hong Kong would make a great story. Especially as Hong Kong was recently ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Beijing signals slowing interest rate liberalisation, analysts say

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:35am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com Analysts say Cabinet wants to lower financing costs by slowing down interest rate reform Beijing signals slowing interest rate ... of interest rate liberalisation. Some of the steps which come in the form of administrative orders and seek to shift the burden on banks would not help much in lowering borrowing costs, analysts said. ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance

    New Zealand central bank puts rates on hold after run of increases

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:35am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Wellington Reserve Bank raises key interest rate to3.5 per cent, spurring fall in NZ dollar NZ rates seen on hold after latest rise New Zealand's central bank lifted its official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.5 per cent as expected yesterday, but then suspended its rapid-fire run of interest rate rises to study their impact on the economy. It was the Reserve ...

  6. Business - Economy

    Turkey's interest rate policy a lesson in how not to prepare for worst

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:29am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... and is emerging as a case study on how not to prepare for the possibility of a sharp deterioration in sentiment once US interest rates finally begin to rise- probably in the middle of next year but possibly sooner. On July 17, Turkey's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points to 8.25 per cent despite persistently high inflation that stood at 9.2 per cent in June. ...

  7. Fertility clinics see doubling of client load

    Posted May 14th 2007, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... To meet the demand, the association opened a new clinic in Tsuen Wan in March. Fertility problems can be caused by a number of factors. For example, a husband may have a low sperm count ... that the increasing demand for fertility services was linked to people marrying later in life. 'We respect people's choice on whether to have babies or not. We don't blindly encourage people ...

  8. Fertile imagination

    Posted Aug 26th 2003, 12:00am by Sonia Kolesnikov

    ... will not help), couples can learn over a weekend to 'manage' their fertility, as well as get an introduction to touch-therapy techniques and 'hormonal wellness'. (The seminar ... below 40 wanted sex more than six times a month. The result is a sharply falling birth rate, threatening to plummet this year to a 26-year low. But, critics of Dr Wei's schemes point out, ...

  9. News - China

    Fertile ground for labour activism

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 03:30am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau in Guangzhou mimi.lau@scmp.com Yue Yuen strike shows growing role of workers' rights centres in Pearl River Delta factory disputes Fertile ground for labour activism When thousands of factory workers at plants that make Nike and Adidas shoes laid down their tools and walked out on April 14, Zeng Feiyang realised there was no time to waste. Zeng, director ...

  10. Fertile captive pandas deliver in record-breaking year

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

    ... of successful births has risen steadily since scientists first started, back in the 1960s. The survival rate reached 100 per cent in Sichuan consecutively from 2000 to 2005. Scientists here ...




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