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  1. Paternity leave can improve employee loyalty while helping to increase birth rate

    Posted Aug 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... There have been calls for statutory paternity leave to be introduced in Hong Kong. This is partly because the birth rate in the city is falling and there are demands to provide more ... It is obvious that legislation is needed if the government wants to take steps to ensure the welfare of couples wishing to start a family and help, in some small way, to increase the birth rate ...

  2. Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

    Posted Jul 13th 2012, 12:00am

    ... boom. Now, however, academics are beginning to worry that the policy has been too effective at suppressing China's birth rate. Unless people are allowed to have more babies soon, they warn ... to just 1.6, well below the 2.1 rate needed to maintain population numbers. But as the first chart shows, the big fall in China's birth rate took place in the mid-1970s, before the imposition ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Teachers to retire early as secondary intake shrinks

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Drop in birth rate means fewer children to teach; profession calls for smaller classes Teachers set to retire early as pupil numbers fall About 700 ... in the coming weeks to finance the scheme, although officials have not revealed how much it will cost. Because of a drop in the birth rate 12 years ago, the next intake for secondary schools is expected ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The Philippines takes a stand for birth control

    Posted Dec 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... SCMP Editorial Taking a stand for birth control The needs of the Philippine people are many, including decent education, health care and jobs. But overpopulation helps keep them ensnared in a poverty trap. Family planning, contraception and sex education would improve their prospects of escaping it, not to mention the benefits to women's health amid an unacceptable rate ...

  5. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Philippines seeks unity after birth-control law

    Posted Dec 30th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Philippines seeks unity after birth-control law President Benigno Aquino's government yesterday called for reconciliation after a "divisive" birth control act was signed into law despite bitter opposition from the influential Catholic Church. Aquino signed the law on December 21 but his administration announced it yesterday because ...

  6. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Bishops pledge to continue Philippine birth control fight

    Posted Dec 18th 2012, 05:24pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila Philippine Catholic Church leaders vowed on Tuesday to overturn a birth control bill after lawmakers passed landmark legislation to make sex education and birth control more widely available. The Senate and the House of Representatives approved the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill late on Monday, putting it on course to be signed into law ...

  7. Birth tourism ban makes a nonsense of government plans

    Posted Apr 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to look wildly inaccurate. The government's population forecast is based on an average birth rate between now and 2039 of 93,000 babies a year- close to last year's 95,000 births- coupled with average net immigration of 29,000. Yet Hong Kong's birth rate only amounted to 95,000 last year because of the 37,000 or so babies born in the city to mainland birth tourists ...

  8. Premature birth report 'optimistic'

    Posted May 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to be closer to 10 per cent. 'The premature birth rate on the mainland has been rising steadily over the past two decades, the same trend as around the world, thanks to older women having babies, ... on premature births, a leading neonatal care expert says. Dr Chen Chao, director of the neonatology department at Fudan University's Children's Hospital, also questioned whether ...

  9. Emergency births triple for mainland mothers

    Posted Jan 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... at 34,400. Dr Cheung Tak-hong, spokesman for the Obstetrics Concern Group, said: 'There were 40 emergency births in November at the Prince of Wales Hospital. At this rate, the cases ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com The number of emergency births in the city involving pregnant mainlanders who slipped through border checks almost tripled last year. The growing number ...

  10. Banning private birth tourism will only damage Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... population to climb by almost 2 million over the next three decades, to reach 8.9 million by 2039. But its projections assume an average birth rate of 93,000 a year, just short of last year's ... Leung Chun-ying wants to ban mainland mothers from giving birth in Hong Kong's private hospitals. He really hasn't thought this one through. On Monday, the incoming chief ...




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