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  1. Employers urged to value older staff

    Posted Jun 10th 2006, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... 'It's about changing people's behaviour as a result of economic demand,' Dr Bombaci said. He stressed that Hong Kong's fertility rate of less than one child per couple was likely to persist over the next few decades, with no short-term solution in sight. According to government data, Hong Kong's fertility rate fell to 0.93 children per couple in 2004, handing the city ...

  2. Kidding the system

    Posted Jul 09th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... reproductive-health centre. It's late on a Friday afternoon and the director of the mainland's leading fertility clinic, still wearing her round, light-blue surgical hat, has had a busy week ... to outwit the country's tough population policies by taking a cheap and widely available fertility drug. Designed for women with ovulation problems, the drug- clomifene citrate- is approved ...

  3. Bad air could mean no heir

    Posted Apr 10th 2006, 12:00am by Suzanne Harrison

    ... involving 150 infertile couples undergoing IVF, and 26 fertile couples. Researchers linked high levels of mercury in the bloodstream with infertility in men and women. Sharks and other deep-sea fish ... rate climbed from 3 per cent- among the lowest in the world- to 12.5 per cent, close to the 15-20 per cent range in developed countries. 'China's infertility rates will continue ...

  4. Drastic action needed to raise the birth rate

    Posted May 07th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Few trends raise as many questions about the future shape of society as a falling birth rate and an ageing population. How will a declining number of working-age people meet the cost ... Kong's birth rate last year was 0.9 per woman, compared with nearly three per woman in 1980- far short of the 2.1 needed to keep the population level. We have relied on immigration from ...

  5. Let mainland couples revive HK's birth rate

    Posted Aug 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong's falling birth rate has a growing number of people worried- and rightly so. The fewer babies born, the more our population ages; and if the trend continues unabated, our ... to reverse their low birth rates. Our government is no less concerned- a senior official called last month for mainland-born children of Hong Kong parents to come here to improve our population ...

  6. A workable solution for women

    Posted Jul 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Kitty Poon

    ... Kong's ageing population is caused, partly at least, by the low fertility rate- which reached 0.96 children per woman last year. I hear from female friends and colleagues that long working hours ... disproportionately. This sets Hong Kong apart from Sweden, where 76 per cent of women stay in the job market- yet the fertility rate remains an impressive 1.7 per woman. The most effective way to raise ...

  7. No let-up on birth controls, says chief

    Posted Mar 22nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 30 years to almost achieve what developed countries have done with population-control targets in 100 years. I have to say our work is commendable.' China's birth rate fell from 5.83 children per couple in early 1970s to 2.1 children in 1990 and is now 1.8. Despite the falling birth rate, Mr Zhang said the policy needed to be upheld because China was facing a fourth birth peak, ...

  8. Pap smears cut cervical cancer rates

    Posted Apr 27th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... vaginal bleeding between periods, during or after sex or any time after menopause. If detected early, the disease is curable and can even be treated without impairing fertility. Most ... success in cervical cancer campaigns. Since their introduction half a century ago in the United States, Pap smears are believed to have reduced the cervical cancer death rate by about 70 per cent, ...

  9. Fertile recruiting ground

    Posted Jun 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Triads have been recruiting members of South Asian minorities in the Yau Ma Tei district, increasing the risk of more crime and violence in the troubled area, a district council head said yesterday. The area had become home to a growing number of minoriti ...

  10. A shortfall of political courage

    Posted Aug 16th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... for solutions. Take the matter of statistics. Before the end of every year, China announces its economic growth rate for that year. This does not strengthen one's confidence in mainland figures. ... on Beijing's best guess about how much the provinces have inflated their figures. For the first half of this year, all mainland provinces reported double-digit growth, with an average growth rate of 12 ...




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