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  1. Ignorance of fertility problems costing HK

    Posted Nov 17th 2005, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... of the world- which could have a bearing on the fertility rate. 'This is going on across the world but Hong Kong has really become a model for the 21st century,' Mr Dychtwald said. 'If ... in fertility. But he said Hong Kong was better placed than other countries with low birth rates, such as Japan, because there was a ready supply of immigrants from China on the doorstep. ...

  2. Fertile captive pandas deliver in record-breaking year

    Posted Dec 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of successful births has risen steadily since scientists first started, back in the 1960s. The survival rate reached 100 per cent in Sichuan consecutively from 2000 to 2005. Scientists here ...

  3. Fertility pills blamed for increase in twin births

    Posted Jan 28th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... raising concerns that couples might be resorting to fertility pills to exploit a loophole in the one-child policy. A neonatal clinic director at Guangzhou's Gynaecological and Paediatric ... the figure made up 2 to 3 per cent of all deliveries at the hospital. The normal rate for twins is one in 89 births, or 1.12 per cent. The higher incidence of twins was probably due to women taking ...

  4. Barren rock's fertile economy has no need of Donald's baby-booster

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... Jake van der Kamp I UNDERSTAND CHIEF Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's concerns about population trends. Hong Kong now has the world's lowest fertility rate and, as the chart shows, natural increase (births over deaths) now adds only about 10,000 people a year to our population. This is very low. I also think it very much the government's job to take account ...

  5. Three-child policy

    Posted Feb 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The government wants Hong Kong couples to have three children in an attempt to halt the sliding birth rate, and may offer tax cuts among incentives. What do you think of these measures to lift the fertility rate? Share your views: write to us ...

  6. Boosting the birth rate critical for HK's future

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of lights' a thing or two about persuading women to have babies. Its fertility rate is 1.9 per woman, one of the highest in Europe but still under the 2.07 needed to avoid natural population decline. ... fertility rates is making sure that women can both have children and work, because 'if we force them to choose between working or being mothers they will choose work'. One working mother ...

  7. Ambitious plan to quench the Dead Sea's terminal thirst

    Posted Jul 04th 2005, 12:00am by Steven Knipp

    ... which runs from Syria in the north to Kenya in the south. In ancient times, the Jordan Valley was renowned as perhaps one of the Middle East's most fertile oases. It became home to one ... At the rate we are going we are losing a very beautiful and important place.' ...

  8. Early sex in a relationship 'blinds couples'

    Posted May 24th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... to have sex until much later.' She said divorce rates were rising worldwide partly because societies were becoming increasingly commercialised and there was more economic freedom for women. ...

  9. We won't push birth rate: health chief

    Posted Feb 24th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... and population taskforce head, said 'we have to come up with some ideas' about how to increase the fertility rate. Mr Tsang on Monday urged couples to have at least three children to help ... Mary Ann Benitez Hong Kong is not Singapore, the health chief insisted yesterday when asked if the government would adopt a Lion City-style tax-incentive package to boost the birth rate ...

  10. Go forth and multiply

    Posted Apr 15th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... drought. Historically low birth rates mean that there will be fewer and fewer children around in future. Playgrounds will stand empty. Large family homes will be abandoned in favour of townhouses and apartments. Schools will be converted to other uses. It may sound like scaremongering, but the figures tend to bear out the gloomy prognosis. Australia's birth rate has fallen to 1.75 children ...




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