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  1. News - Hong Kong - POPULATION

    Baby bonus to boost Hong Kong birth rate to be proposed in consultation

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Steering committee set to launch consultation on ageing population crisis will raise idea of cash handouts to couples who have children Baby bonus proposal to boost birth rate Cash handouts to couples who have children and tax rebates for family-friendly bosses could be on the agenda as Hong Kong looks to solve the problem of its ageing population. ...

  2. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore’s Lee says not to blame for low birth rate

    Posted Aug 06th 2013, 05:09pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Singapore Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew has denied his policies were to blame for the city’s low birth rate and said financial handouts for young couples ... in 2004. Singapore’s birth rate has languished at low levels for decades, forcing the government to open the country to foreigners, who now comprise a third of the population. The foreign influx, ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The explosive impact of falling birth rates

    Posted Jul 18th 2013, 12:00am by MICHAEL TEITELBAUM, JAY WINTER

    ... shocked- to know that, over the past three decades, fertility rates have plummeted in many parts of the world, including China, Japan and even significant regions of India. These Asian giants have ... these trends and the demographic, political and economic consequences. Low fertility rates are by no means universal: high fertility persists in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of the Middle East, ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - POPULATION

    Hong Kong fails in attempt to halt 20-year slide in birth rate

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... in attempt to halt 20-year slide in birth rate Researchers about to launch Hong Kong's largest demographic survey say attempts to halt the 20-year decline in the city's birth rate have proved ineffective. And they suggested alternative policies could have increased the birth rate by nearly a third. The team at the University of Hong Kong will begin a five-year study after ...

  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Appalling birth conditions in poor nations spur two women into action

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 08:53pm by VIVIAN CHIU

    ... Vivian Chiu life@scmp.com Appalling birth conditions in poorer nations inspired two women to take action, writes Vivian Chiu Maternally grateful Alicia Wieser and Samar Shaheryar never met ... a line of clothing, to generate money to help mothers and infants in developing countries. With each purchase of an ethically produced baby outfit, the pair give something back: a birthing kit ...

  6. News - China - HEALTH

    Nearly one in two Chinese mothers chose to give birth by caesarean

    Posted Nov 14th 2013, 04:33am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Three decades ago, caesarean sections were rare; nearly half of today's mums have them Turning away from natural birth Wu Xi recalled her ... ago to 46 per cent in 2010- the highest rate globally. The World Health Organisation recommends the rate should not be higher than 10 per cent to 15 per cent. A 2011 report in the WHO Bulletin ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - YANGTZE BRIEFING

    Shanghai Free-Trade Zone struggles through birth

    Posted Nov 09th 2013, 04:48am by Daniel Ren

    ... through birth Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong has been busy talking up the advantages his city can offer multinational companies as he seeks to build momentum for its free-trade zone. But delivering ... pay about 30 per cent income tax, nearly double the rate in Hong Kong. But state tax authorities killed Shanghai's plan. Yang's massive project faces other problems, including ...

  8. Magazines - Post Magazine

    Birth control

    Posted Sep 22nd 2013, 12:00am by NEW SCIENTSIS

    ... although he concedes that it isn't totally clear what the link between suicide rate and birth order might be. Psychologist Catherine Salmon, at the University of Redlands, in the United ... But a decline in fertility rates worldwide means that the proportion of people who are firstborn children is rising, making it more important to understand what impact birth order may have. It may ...

  9. News - World

    Vienna shows off panda cub after rare natural birth

    Posted Aug 17th 2013, 10:58am by Reuters in Vienna

    ... Reuters in Vienna Weighing in at 100 grams, pink-skinned and covered in white fur, Vienna’s newest panda clung to its mother after a highly rare natural birth. Pictures showed ... the mother and child, and still haven’t been able to work out its gender. “Although we are of course very happy, we must remain realistic. The mortality rate for Giant Pandas is around 40 per cent ...

  10. News - Asia - PHILIPPINES

    Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

    Posted Jul 09th 2013, 05:30pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, ... helped steer through parliament late last year. It is the last legal recourse for the Church, which for more than a decade led resistance to birth control legislation in the mainly Catholic ...




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