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  1. City's declining birth rate a good indication of population stress

    Posted Oct 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A number of people have called for a higher birth rate in Hong Kong. With all due respect, this is possibly the last thing Hong Kong needs. Instead of intoning the phrase 'replacement ... To make 6.9 million the arbitrary replacement level simply because it is the current number is ill-conceived. One cannot attribute the low birth rate solely to employers' influence ...

  2. 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 ... Indeed, many nations share these concerns, as was illustrated by the letter from the Singaporean prime minister's press secretary ('Many nations worried over birth rates', August ...

  3. Drop in secondary school entries reflects sharp decline in birth rate

    Posted Jul 08th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... is the first steep drop in secondary enrolments that is expected to continue for the next seven years due to a sharp decrease in the birth rate. Across the city, 71,846 Primary Six students were ... for places, but we cannot determine that is the only reason,' she said. The birth rate in Hong Kong fell from 63,300 in 1996- when most students about to enter Form One were born- to a low ...

  4. City sees the most births in 13 years

    Posted Feb 15th 2008, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... increase. The birth rate has been declining overall since 1981, when the number of births stood at 86,751. The number of births was just 52,977 in 1998, an 18-year low, when the city was hit ... Fox Yi Hu The number of births in Hong Kong hit a 13-year high last year, with 69,600 babies born to residents and non-residents. The population was 6.96 million at the end of last year, ...

  5. Officials who broke birth law fired

    Posted Jan 17th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with National Population and Family Planning Commission head Zhang Weiqing crediting it with reducing the nation's population by 400 million. The national birth rate fell 0.73 per cent between 2001 ... in February for failing to control the population growth and curb widespread illegal births. Illegal births, including in officials' families, were common in the area as people believed ...

  6. Thousands rush to get married or give birth on auspicious day

    Posted Aug 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivian Wu and Lilian Zhang As tens of thousands of couples rushed to tie the knot on yesterday's lucky date, many others were celebrating the births of their 'Olympic ... and 2,300 in Hangzhou- many times the usual rate. Many smaller cities, such as Hefei in Anhui province, Taiyuan in Shanxi, and Wenzhou in Zhejiang, organised group weddings. To meet ...

  7. A Guangzhou gynaecologist helps HIV-positive women give birth to normal, healthy babies

    Posted Nov 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Fiona Tam

    ... turned down by many hospitals in Guangzhou before appealing to the city's health bureau for help. She finally gave birth to a strong, healthy baby after effective medical intervention. HIV ... attention to HIV-positive expectant mothers and tried to stop mother-to-child transmission through medical intervention. Statistics show that the mother-to-child transmission rate can be cut from ...

  8. More mainlanders paying maternity bills

    Posted Feb 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong Women from outside Hong Kong who have babies in the city are settling their hospital bills at a higher rate, as the number of mainland mothers giving birth in public hospitals has fallen almost a third. New figures from the Hospital Authority show the settlement rate of obstetric bills by mainland mothers rose from 86.7 per cent from February to December in 2006 ...

  9. Profiles in Folly

    Posted Jul 20th 2008, 12:00am by Edward Peters

    ... neither of these tragedies; even the Holocaust rates only a brief aside. Each of his cited follies is served in a few pages, concluding with a summary of what went wrong. The sense of glibness ...

  10. A dirty day's pay

    Posted Dec 04th 2008, 12:00am by Daniel Pepper

    ... Poverty rates there are some of the worst in the country, and people are content to get any work at all. Social audits are rare, so corrupt officials can get away with ignoring the law. ...




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