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  1. News - Hong Kong - Budget 2014-15

    John Tsang criticised for not raising child tax allowance to promote births

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 04:51am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com Tsang criticised for not raising child allowance amid population's ageing While much of yesterday's budget was aimed at addressing problems associated with the city's ageing population, critics said it did little to address one of the root causes- the low birth rate. While Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah handed out more than ...

  2. Premature birth rate hits 10pc on mainland

    Posted Apr 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the neonatology department at Fudan University's Children's Hospital. The premature birth rate was 7.5 per cent in 2002, and it rose to 8.3 per cent in 2005, according to domestic media reports, which cited a nationwide survey. 'There hasn't been a large scale investigation in this area since 2005, but most of us doctors think that the premature birth rate would be about 10 ...

  3. Married teens top birth rate statistics

    Posted Nov 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Married teenagers have the highest birth rate of any female age groups, new government statistics show. For every 1,000 married women aged 15 to 19 in 2006- the latest figures available- 668 became mothers. This was an increase from 342 in 1986 and 521 in 2001. The latest birth rate among married teens was the highest across all age groups. Among every 1,000 married women ...

  4. Magazines - 48hrs - SEE/HEAR

    Film review: Saving Mr Banks recounts the birth of Mary Poppins

    Posted Jan 22nd 2014, 11:05pm by Richard James Havis

    ... Richard James Havis Richard James Havis Loose in translation SAVING MR BANKS Starring: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell Director: John Lee Hancock Category: IIA Rating: 3/5   Light ... in the right places; in the places they are left alone, there is a lot of genial banter about snooty Brits (they don't know she's really Australian by birth) and crass Americans, to provide ...

  5. Economic fears rise as Taiwan's birth rate declines

    Posted Jun 10th 2010, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... drastically declining birth rate. 'If this condition does not change, Taiwan will be destroyed naturally without even needing an enemy,' said Sun Te-hsiung, former chairman of the Population Association of Taiwan. Sun's warning echoes growing concerns about the economic and social consequences of a low birth rate in Taiwan. With the number of newborns at just 191,310 last year, down ...

  6. Business - Economy - SHIPPING

    Asian bulk capesize rates seen falling as ships exceed new cargo volumes

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:31am by Reuters

    ... bulk capesize rates Rates for capesize bulk carriers on key Asian routes will continue to fall next week as the number of ships available for charter outpaces the volume of new cargoes, brokers ... estimated there would be around 90 capesize vessels available for charter by the end of this week. "There will be a gradual slide in rates. The market will continue to soften, although owners ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance

    South Korea holds key bank rate as strong won threatens growth

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:31am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Seoul South Korea holds key rate as growth threatened The Bank of Korea left its key rate unchanged as governor Lee Ju-yeol seeks to spur an economy that Finance Minister nominee Choi Kyung-hwan warned faces increasing downside risks. The central bank held the seven-day repurchase rate at 2.5 per cent for a 14th consecutive month, it said in a statement in Seoul ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...




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