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  1. News - China - CORRUPTION

    How rural spending programmes became the growth area for graft

    Posted Oct 25th 2014, 03:48am by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com Rural funds fertile ground for graft Public funds allocated to agriculture projects have become a "growth area" for corruption as China has invested heavily in rural regions over the past decade, recent anti-corruption investigations have found. Some 6,000 cases of rural spending fraud, totalling more than 2 billion yuan (HK$2.5 billion)- were ...

  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    US labour strength spurs hopes for early rate rise

    Posted Oct 04th 2014, 04:46am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington US labour strength spurs talk of early rate rise Employers in the United States stepped up hiring last month and the jobless rate fell to a six-year low, which could bolster bets on a Federal Reserve interest rate rise in mid-2015 or even earlier. Yesterday's report on hiring is the most significant gauge of the economy's health ahead of the November ...

  3. News - World - SCIENCE

    Britain’s fertility regulator says creating embryos from three people’s DNA ‘not unsafe’

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 09:27pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in London Panel backs 'and three make baby' technique Britain's fertility regulator says controversial techniques to create embryos from the DNA of three people "do not appear to be unsafe", even though no one has ever received the treatment. The conclusion is largely based on lab tests and some animal experiments and the regulator wants ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong power companies should be made to play by 'polluter pays' rule

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 03:53pm by SARAH KEUNG

    ... electricity bills. This is how it works. The scheme of control agreements allow CLP Power and HK Electric to set tariffs and meet their "permitted rate of return". Originally, that rate was designed to regulate the companies' profits, but it has mutated into a guaranteed fixed rate of return for them. It is linked to the companies' fixed assets- that is, the more fixed ...

  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Food scare hurts Taiwan growth

    Posted Nov 01st 2014, 04:54am by Bloomberg

    ... dollar in the past three months on speculation that the United States Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates next year, sapping demand for emerging-market assets. Taiwan's central bank has kept its benchmark rate at 1.875 per cent since mid-2011. The statistics bureau has said it will compile GDP data based on the United Nations system of national accounts starting ...

  6. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Sales of new homes in US jump 0.2pc to 6-year high

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 05:28am by Reuters

    ... to August's sales pace indicated the housing recovery remains tentative. The Department of Commerce said sales rose 0.2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units, the highest ... stalled in the second half of last year as mortgage rates soared. With the 30-year fixed mortgage rate falling last week to its lowest level since June last year, sales could pick up. Mortgage ...

  7. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Baby Jennalyn becomes 100,000,000th Philippine citizen (and sleeps through celebrations)

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 02:35pm by AFP

    ... services to the poorest families while also lowering the average number of children that fertile women would bear in their lifetimes. "We'd like to push the fertility rate down to two ...

  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Is cow's milk as good for us as we thought? Study suggests not

    Posted Oct 29th 2014, 09:49pm by AFP

    ... Karl Michaelsson of Uppsala University. For men, the difference in death rate was less pronounced, but there was no difference in fracture rates. The team found that fermented milk products such as cheese or yoghurt were associated with lower mortality and fracture rates, particularly in women. One reason, the authors speculated, was that milk, but not cheese, was high in D-galactose, ...

  9. Business - Money - DEBT

    China's corporate bond market bounces back as costs fall

    Posted Nov 01st 2014, 05:21am by Bloomberg

    ... to it by rating companies. Financing costs for the mainland's riskiest borrowers are dropping after Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology, the only company to have defaulted on onshore notes, got funds to repay investors from a state-backed asset manager last month. The extra yield on five-year bonds with AA-minus ratings, which Haitong Securities says are equivalent ...

  10. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH BITES

    Health bites: cool indoor temperatures stimulate the growth of healthy brown fat

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 09:41am by Jeanette Wang

    ... The therapy reduced their risk of death alone by 55 per cent. Those benefits far outstripped rates of effectiveness for men, whose risk of heart failure or death declined by only 26 per cent with CRT, ... "Metabolism is affected by cyclical rhythms within the body that relate to sleeping, waking and light exposure."   Fertility troubles linked to psychiatric disorders in children Children born ...




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