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  1. Fertility rights

    Posted Jan 07th 2004, 12:00am by Andrew Dembina

    ... comes from personal experience holds true, then Crystal Kwok Kam-yan's Fertility Goddess could be a winner. 'I recently had my second kid but had trouble conceiving,' writer-director Kwok says after rehearsals for her show. 'After the baby was born, I thought the issues around fertility in Hong Kong would make a great story. Especially as Hong Kong was recently ...

  2. Fertile times for black market finance

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... with the returns offered by banks. The annual rate of growth in individual deposits in the banks has been falling every month this year, from 20.5 per cent in January to 15.3 per cent in August, ... lent 12 billion yuan less in the first seven months than in the same period last year. As a result, interest rates on the black market have doubled from the levels of last year, to 20 to 25 per ...

  3. Hong Kong's greatest family crisis

    Posted May 31st 2004, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... The statistic is fertility. Last year, Hong Kong's Total Fertility Rates (TFR) fell to the lowest-ever level- 0.925. (TFR is the predicted number of births per woman, extrapolating from the latest ... the decline in actual births has been even more striking than the fertility rates. Last year, there were just 46,200 births compared with 63,300 in 1996. All this has huge implications for schools, ...

  4. Family matters

    Posted May 31st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong has the lowest fertility rate in the world, with the number of births falling dramatically over the past eight years. Is enough being done to plan for social and job problems this may create? Share your views: write to us ...

  5. Plucky triplets are the centre of attention

    Posted May 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Peter Michael

    ... The mortality rate is frightening and it is especially terrifying when you stop to think of all the risks involved. 'We still know everything is touch and go. We try not to allow ourselves to get ...

  6. Soaring abortion rate fuels heated debate

    Posted Aug 15th 2004, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... The issue is also linked to Hong Kong's rapidly declining birth and fertility rates and ageing population, trends the government are trying to reverse through its sustainable development ... show that freedom of choice has led to higher abortion rates, which have impacted on fertility figures. Other factors were marriage postponement, women choosing to remain single ...

  7. Meow! Science sinks its claws into catty comments

    Posted Feb 21st 2004, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... of other women's looks at the most fertile point in their monthly cycle, but tend to be more generous at other times. This easily translates into catty comments in a nightclub washroom about ... obvious hypothesis, says Dr Fisher, is that such snide remarks are weapons in the fight to snare the man they want, so it is natural that sexual competition is most intense when fertility peaks. ...

  8. Doctors call for more sperm donors

    Posted Oct 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of five authorised by the Ministry of Health nationwide, has only signed up 700 donors since its establishment early last year. Married couples have been seeking help at the rate of more than 50 ...

  9. Soaring crime rate dims Shenzhen's lustre

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... As Hong Kong digests the news that its crime rate has reached an eight-year high, we should spare a thought for officials just across the border in Shenzhen. They are battling a rather ... of a crime wave that is threatening to spiral out of control. According to official statistics, the crime rate surged 57 per cent in Shenzhen last year, with more than 100,000 offences recorded. Most ...

  10. House of horrors

    Posted Feb 24th 2004, 12:00am by David Watkins

    ... monitors cancer incidence and mortality rates based on data collected locally. 'They disrupt pathways, so that cells may then develop an altered response to oestrogen,' he adds. Have our ... is still controversial and subject to further investigation,' says spokeswoman Michelle Chak. 'Sperm count by itself is not the only factor affecting fertility, which depends on a wide ...




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