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  1. Comment - Letters

    Hong Kong must first tackle present problems before looking to future

    Posted Nov 10th 2013, 04:31am by LETTERS

    ... Society must deal with stark present before looking to the future Government initiatives to tackle the issues of the ageing population and low birth rate in Hong Kong are long overdue. ... for many more. Most developed countries will see their population ageing and birth rates declining, often when their people are living very well, regardless of economic wealth measures. ...

  2. Centres to close as births fall

    Posted Apr 18th 2004, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... Felix Chan Health chiefs are preparing to shut down under-utilised maternal- and child-health centres because of falling birth rates in Hong Kong. In a paper submitted to the Legislative ... a year to fewer than 1.2 million, the document said. 'The past few years saw a further drop in the birth rate, causing a further reduction to the centres, including those already running ...

  3. Making babies for profit

    Posted Jan 31st 2007, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... Yanagisawa spent the weekend making abject apologies, and the debate about the plunging Japanese birth rate moved on. But he wasn't just rude; he was also wrong. Governments can affect the birth ... it is a veritable baby boom, but even within Europe the French birth rate is exceeded only by the Irish. Japan and France had roughly similar demographic trends after the second world war. First came ...

  4. Census may spur rethink on birth control

    Posted Feb 06th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or adjust the current policy unless the sixth census poll shows the birth rate has dropped much more than they thought.' Since 1980, the mainland has implemented strict birth-control measures ... the country's birth rate from 5.8 children per couple in 1970 to 1.8 now. However, the policy has increasingly been questioned by academics as its many social and economic side effects, including ...

  5. Family planners switch from contraception to conception

    Posted Aug 27th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Amid a falling birth rate, couples are now being told not to leave it too long to have children The Family Planning Association, which once told parents 'two is enough', has ... for couples, has been widely promoted. The reason behind the association's change of focus is not hard to find, as Hong Kong now has one of the lowest birth rates in the world. According ...

  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 ...

  7. Leung pledges baby tax breaks

    Posted Jan 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... measures are put in place, they will open the door to more generous policies in future to boost birth rates,' he added. The problem of an ageing population- the result of higher life expectancy and a low birth rate- is a concern for Hong Kong. The birth rate dropped significantly from 35 per 1,000 population in 1961 to 7 per 1,000 in 2003. It rose to 11 per 1,000 in 2009, partly ...

  8. Financial fears fuel resistance to having more children

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui As schools struggle with the declining birth rate, a new study reveals Hongkongers are willing to have more than one child but are held back by a lack of confidence ... which had the lowest birth rate in the world in 2003- 0.94 children per women of child-bearing age. 'The survey shows people really want to have more children, but the current birth rate ...

  9. Should China abandon its one-child policy?

    Posted Mar 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the mainland's modernisation drive, said the first step towards boosting the country's economy was to control the birth rate. A lower birth rate has helped millions of poor people achieve a better quality of life. The government is also better able to allocate limited resources and support individuals. With a higher birth rate, resources- including health care- would be stretched ...

  10. Son may pay the price for teachers' burden

    Posted Mar 11th 2004, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... given the declining birth rate. The education budget would make it difficult for small-class teaching, which can help absorb surplus teachers caused by the falling birth rate. 'Either one ... College in Tai Po. Connie Ho Wing-so, his wife, works for a special school in Tuen Mun. A serious decline in birth rates has hit both districts. The Education and Manpower Bureau is expecting 400 ...




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