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  1. Mainland mums push birth rate to highest in decade

    Posted Feb 04th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Heron, Quinton Chan

    ... Quinton Chan and Liz Heron A 14pc leap in babies born last year alone will not solve problem of ageing population, expert says Hong Kong's birth rate has jumped to its highest level ... paper on population policy, said the higher birth rate would continue for some time with a continuing influx of mainland mothers and a booming economy. He also predicted that more babies would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/580786/mainland-mums-push-birth-rate-highest-decade
  2. Paternity leave proposed as way to boost birth rate

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Paternity leave for civil servants and discounted tickets for family activities are among recommendations proposed by an advisory body on ways to boost the fertility rate ... to the government before June, would focus on four areas: the declining fertility rate, manpower, ageing population and quality of life. Group sources said the government would be asked to take the leading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/586004/paternity-leave-proposed-way-boost-birth-rate
  3. Birth fee may drop for wives of HK men

    Posted Apr 17th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee, Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... it acceptable that this new policy caused the wives to undergo abortions. It should not be suggested that because of this new policy there is no place for them to give birth.' The authority's director of cluster services, Allen Cheung Wai-lun, said that in the first nine weeks of the new policy until April 4, 1,190 births by mainland women were reported, a daily average of 18.9 compared ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/589213/birth-fee-may-drop-wives-hk-men
  4. Rise in birth defects prompts alert

    Posted Oct 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui Scientists have urged couples to have premarital check-ups and regular fetus tests during pregnancy, as the rate of birth defects on the mainland has soared. The national rate rose from 104.9 per 10,000 births in 2001 to 145.5 per 10,000 last year, representing a 38.7 per cent jump, according to Jiang Fan, deputy director of the National Population and Family ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/613745/rise-birth-defects-prompts-alert
  5. Africa's population bomb

    Posted Mar 15th 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... gone away in large parts of the world, in the sense that most developed countries now have birth rates well below replacement level (2.1 children per woman): the global average, including ... Uganda, Somalia, Congo, Angola and Burundi have all been devastated by chronic, many-sided civil wars, and all seven appear on the top-10 birth-rate list. Rwanda, Ethiopia and Mozambique, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/585088/africas-population-bomb
  6. Tax breaks pledged to encourage more births

    Posted Feb 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... but he did not give details. In February 2005, when he was still chief secretary, Mr Tsang called on couples to have at least three children to help halt the sliding birth rate. Paul Yip Siu-fai, a member of the Sustainable Development Council's support group on population policy, said the financial incentives should help slow the decline in the birth rate. Mr Tsang reopened the debate ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/580664/tax-breaks-pledged-encourage-more-births
  7. Monkeys breeding faster than ever, despite feeding ban, birth control

    Posted Jan 07th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... the vaccine's effect on the macaques birth rate over the next two breeding seasons. A review is planned for 2009 to consider whether the programme should be extended to the entire female population. ... monitors the number of macaques regularly and calculates the present growth rate at 5.5 per cent to 7.8 per cent. The macaques live in country parks at Kam Shan, Tai Po, Lion's Rock ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/577771/monkeys-breeding-faster-ever-despite-feeding-ban-birth-control
  8. Non-emergency services cut as hospitals expect peak in births

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

    ... to the mainlanders, otherwise it can be more dangerous if they try to be admitted through the emergency room. We will further review the policy and the rates later this year.' Baby boom Births in public ... Lilian Goh Public hospitals have cut down on some non-emergency gynaecological operations as the number of births is expected to peak this week. Beatrice Cheng, the Hospital ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615527/non-emergency-services-cut-hospitals-expect-peak-births
  9. Mainland births in HK still rising

    Posted Nov 08th 2007, 12:00am by Lilian Goh

    ... birth rate. ... Lilian Goh 17pc more couples cross border for births despite curbs, fee rise The number of mainland mothers giving birth in Hong Kong is still rising despite the introduction early ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/614749/mainland-births-hk-still-rising
  10. In Brief

    Posted Mar 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Call for more family aid to help raise birth rate Government advisers say more action is needed to help families to stop Hong Kong's birth rate falling further. They stressed the importance of providing a family-friendly working environment and promoting community-based child care. The advisers, members of the committee on social development and quality of life under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/583373/brief

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