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  1. News - China - POPULATION

    One-child policy helped nation, leaders say, but others point to families' suffering

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 04:07am by Reuters

    ... of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden on a rapidly ageing population. Experts also say the mainland urgently needs a baby boom to help replenish its workforce. ...

  2. News - World - IRAN

    Iran’s plunging birth rate causes serious concerns for economic future

    Posted Mar 12th 2014, 09:56pm by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg In one generation, Iran has been hit by one of the most rapid declines in fertility ever recorded Plunging birth rate triggers concernsfor nation's future Qassem Ali-Loui ... in fertility. Iran risks going prematurely grey, blighting the future of an economy pummeled for almost a decade by international sanctions and undermining its regional ambitions. Births in Iran dropped ...

  3. 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? ...

  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. Business - Economy - MONETARY POLICY

    South Korea cuts interest rates for second time in three months

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 12:35pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Seoul Bank of Korea cuts rates, signals easing not done South Korea's central bank slashed its policy interest rate for the second time in three months to match its record ... also matching market expectations, but said South Korea had no imminent risk of falling into deflation. The Bank of Korea's monetary policy committee cut the seven-day base rate by 25 ...

  6. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Oil demand to grow at slowest rate in 5 years

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 05:19am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in London International Energy Agency says weakening economic growth will hit demand as a glut of crude sees prices plunge to a four-year low Oil demand to grow at slowest rate in 5 years Oil demand will expand at the slowest pace since 2009 this year as global economic growth weakens, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. It also cut its estimates for 2015. Oil ...

  7. Lifestyle - Books

    Bookies rate the Man Booker's six shortlisted novels

    Posted Oct 11th 2014, 10:52pm by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd looks at the bookies' odds for the six novels on the Man Booker shortlist and puts his money down In for a penny,in for a pound This year welcomed an all-new Technicolor (as opposed to Technicolour) Man Booker Prize: for the first time, Am ...

  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan birthrate drops 2.7 per cent in first half of year to fewer than 500,000 babies

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:48pm

    ... in their lifetimes. Demographers say the fertility rate needs to reach 2.1 just to replace deaths and keep populations constant. The effects on economies, personal wealth and living standards are far reaching, with experts saying the low birth rate could halt economic growth, cause salaries to fall and put a drain on the economy as nations struggle to care for elderly populations. Additional ...

  9. News - World - ARCHAEOLOGY

    Archaeologist Ivan Sprajc braves jungle to find lost Mayan cities

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 09:46pm by GDN

    ... as 13 metres. Lagunita, the second site, has an impressive monster mouth facade on one of the buildings, representing an earth god related with fertility. The site had already been located ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Inspectors check in first so you can have a nice stay

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 06:07am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip amy.nip@scmp.com Behind the prestige of four- or five-star hotels is often lots of wrangling over how to rate them Inspectors check in first so you can have a nice stay Rating hotels is a complicated and controversial business, says a professor who used to rate the city's top hotels for a guidebook. "We spend three days in each hotel, and there are 500 items ...




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