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  1. Baby boom or bust?

    Posted Mar 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's population will not be sustainable, says one Italian expert, if the city relies on immigrants without persuading families here to have more children. Should more be done to increase the fertility rate? ...

  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Australia's July jobless rate soars to 12-year high

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia's jobless rate soars to 12-year high Australia's jobless rate jumped to a 12-year high of 6.4 per cent last month in what could be a major blow to consumer confidence, knocking the Australian dollar lower as markets priced in a greater chance that interest rates could be cut. The leap was a surprise as analysts had expected it to stay ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance

    ECB keeps interest rates at record-low as Ukraine casts cloud over Europe

    Posted Aug 08th 2014, 04:28am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Frankfurt and London As conflict in Ukraine threatens to hit, central bank leaves borrowing costs unchanged ECB keeps key interest rate at record low The European Central Bank held borrowing rates as it pinned its hopes on lending measures to bolster a struggling euro-zone economy facing further damage from the Ukraine conflict. The ECB left its main refinancing rate ...

  4. HK government is not doing enough about falling birth rate

    Posted Sep 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Over the last two decades, fewer Hong Kong women have been getting married and fertility rates have dropped considerably. The effect of the recent slight increase in births among females aged between 35 and 39 is a temporary phenomenon and the effect on the overall fertility rate is limited. It has been shown that in order to have the most significant impact on fertility, women ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - AUDITING

    Mainland authorities to conduct audit of local government land sales

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 10:58am by Jeanny Yu

    ... auction system that were fertile breeding grounds for corruption, it said. For example, it would look at whether city land bureaus had approved land development rights illegally and also check ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. News - Asia - SURROGACY

    Interpol probes Hong Kong-based Japanese who fathered 16 surrogate babies

    Posted Aug 23rd 2014, 01:09am by AP

    ... whereabouts are unknown. Kokiat said Shigeta hired 11 Thai surrogate mothers to carry his children, including four sets of twins. The biological mothers were unknown. The founder of a fertility clinic ...

  8. Business - Economy - MONETARY POLICY

    Ringgit is best carry bet amid rate rise outlook

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 03:12am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg Interest-rate swaps have advanced to 3.7pc since Bank Negara Malaysia became Southeast Asia's first central bank to tighten policy this year Ringgit is best carry bet as rates tighten The odds that Malaysia's central bank will increase borrowing costs at least once more this year are providing Asia's best carry-trade returns in the ringgit. Trades ...

  9. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Australia's RBA keeps steady course on rates

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 03:12am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia's central bank keeps rates at 2.5pc and signals more of the same as mining boom cools RBA's steady course set to continue Australia's central bank kept interest rates at record lows yesterday to mark a full year without a change, and its "masterly inaction" looks likely to last for some time yet as the economy copes ...

  10. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    Thousands of Hongkongers join sex club to fulfil their X-rated fantasies

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 09:16am by Bernice Chan

    ... Bernice Chan bernice.chan@scmp.com Sexually adventurous Hongkongers can join a club to fulfil their X-rated fantasies, but membership rules are strict Let's tryst again Love's ... activity can be heard in background, Peter says he hasn't told any of his friends about his X-rated hobby. "I'm not afraid of what they will think of me, but more that perhaps ...




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