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  1. Business - Economy - UNITED STATES

    US beats forecasts with 3.5pc economic growth

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 06:04am by Reuters

    ... at a 3.5 per cent annual rate, the Commerce Department said, beating economists' expectations for a 3 per cent rise. While the pace of growth in business investment, housing and consumer ... a 7.2 per cent rate. Economists had expected a second straight quarter of double-digit growth. "There is no doubt that business investment activity has picked up over the last quarters, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1628530/us-beats-forecasts-35pc-economic-growth
  2. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Shek Kwu Chau incinerator smells even before it starts

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 06:04am by Howard Winn

    ... money was HK$11.38 billion. At this rate, the incinerator is going to more than double its original estimate. The other curiosity is that normally economies of scale lead to a lower cost per tonne of waste processed. The cost per tonne for the Hong Kong incinerator is HK$4.25 million at a rate of 3,000 tonnes per day. Au compared it to Denmark's 1,100-tonne-per-day incinerator, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1628505/shek-kwu-chau-incinerator-smells-even-it-starts
  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Earnings growth in Chinese industrial sector slows further

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 01:22pm by Eric Ng

    ... in August in official figures that highlight a sharp drop from the double-digit growth rate that closed the first half. The mainland's industrial firms posted a combined profit of 563.4 billion ... on earnings. A year-on-year fall of 0.6 per cent in August came after growth rates of 13.5 per cent in July and 17.9 per cent in June. Rates of between 8.9 per cent and 10.7 per cent growth were posted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1626613/earnings-growth-chinese-industrial-sector-slows-further
  4. Business - Economy - OUTLOOK

    Fitch rules out ratings impact on Hong Kong

    Posted Sep 29th 2014, 11:31am by Sandy Li

    ... Sandy Li sandy.li@scmp.com Fitch Ratings says the Occupy Central movement that spilled over from the weekend does not significantly affect Hong Kong’s ratings. “The events of the past 24 hours don’t significantly affect Hong Kong’s ratings. Fitch was aware of the planned Occupy protests when we affirmed Hong Kong at ‘AA-plus’ with stable outlook on September 15. We don’t expect ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1603821/fitch-rules-out-ratings-impact-hong-kong
  5. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture

    CD reviews: You're Dead! by Flying Lotus; Hozier by Hozier; Wonder Where We Land by SBTRKT

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 11:54pm by MADELINE GRESSEL

    ... Madeline Gressel Flying Lotus You’re Dead! Warp Every new musical form begins with a period of great fertility and innovation. Inevitably, it settles, petrifying into a distinctive but limited set of rules to be played with ad infinitum. Jazz is no exception, but perhaps more than other genres it has become the property and the playground of a small, interested elite, abdicating ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/article/1618457/cd-reviews-youre-dead-flying-lotus-hozier-hozier-wonder-where
  6. Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... They are certainly right that China's fertility rate is low. In the late 1960s, the average woman could expect to bear six children over the course of her lifetime. By 2010, that number had plunged ... of Beijing's draconian family planning laws. What's more, in the 10 years following the policy's introduction, the fertility rate barely changed. As a result, it is clear that those who blame ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1006665/scrapping-one-child-policy-wont-boost-chinas-birth-rate
  7. News - China Digest

    The Post's daily China news round-up- October 27, 2014

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 08:49am

    ... professor who does not speak English |Source: Seagull Journal & References Interest rates too low, house prices too high? Blame Chinese wedding planners |Source: The Guardian Fiction: Beige ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-digest/digest/1625639/posts-daily-china-news-round-october-27-2014
  8. News - World - SOCIETY

    Australian study finds that musicians die earlier than general population

    Posted Oct 28th 2014, 10:28pm by AFP

    ... artists over the seven decades, with her research covering genres, from jazz to Christian pop to punk. The psychology and music professor found that pop stars' accidental-death rates were between five and 10 times greater than the general US population, while suicide rates were between two and seven times higher. Homicide rates were up to eight times greater than the wider ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1626967/australian-study-finds-musicians-die-earlier-general-population
  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Rule of law more important to Hongkongers than democracy: poll

    Posted Oct 31st 2014, 04:33am by Ng Kang Chung

    ... of respondents rated "social harmony" the most important direction of social development, followed by "economic development" at 22.6 per cent. Only 17.8 per cent chose "democracy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1628474/rule-law-more-important-hongkongers-democracy-poll
  10. Business - Economy

    Weak inflation worries US central bankers

    Posted Oct 27th 2014, 05:19am by Reuters

    ... That uncertainty has become the Fed's chief concern in recent weeks, likely to shape upcoming policy statements and delay even further the moment when interest rates, pinned near zero for almost six years, will start rising again. Investors have already pushed expectations for an initial rate hike back several months to late next year because of a dimmed global outlook. The Fed is expected ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1625422/weak-inflation-worries-us-central-bankers

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