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  1. One-child policy may end in five provinces

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... force in the next decade. 'They are still worried that more people will drive up the unemployment rate in the future,' Ye said. Lu Jiehua, a Beijing-based population expert, said he ...

  2. Graphic guide holds your hand day by day while you wait for the baby

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Katie McGregor healthpost@scmp.com BabyCentre My Pregnancy Today Free Rating 9/10 On the 14th week of my pretend pregnancy for the sake of this review, this app tells me what to expect in my second-trimester prenatal visit and reminds me to take a belly photo. There's also a fascinating yet startling animated 3-D video of how a baby grows either into a boy or a girl. ...

  3. Ending one-child policy won't solve Guangdong's problems

    Posted Jul 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... needed to maintain the population in the absence of immigration. This decline in the fertility rate is usually blamed on the central government's one-child policy, which threatens couples ... they have the lowest fertility rates in the entire world, averaging just 1.1 children per woman last year, according to the CIA World Factbook. That's below even Guangdong's limp fertility ...

  4. Beijing must review population policies

    Posted May 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The mainland's economy continues to surge forward at impressive rates. Income levels and living standards are rising in tandem, translating into better lives for millions of people. ... the numbers revealed in the 10-yearly population survey- alarming would be a more appropriate word. It shows that the birth rate is far too low, society is ageing overly fast, there is too big ...

  5. On Canaan's Side

    Posted Aug 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... James Kidd On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Barry Faber and Faber (audiobook) With the Man Booker longlist recently announced, I thought I would look at three of the more interesting titles. First up, Sebastian Barry's On Canaan's Side. It is ...

  6. 7 billion and counting

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... and one-fifth of the level in 1970. The figures also implied the total fertility rate- the average number of children a woman can expect to have in her lifetime- has further shrunk to 1.4 from 1.82 a decade ago, well below the level of about 2.1 that allows the population to replace itself. In 1970, when the government began looking into controlling population growth, the fertility rate ...

  7. Ageing Hong Kong is coming up short

    Posted Oct 31st 2011, 12:00am

    ... and London. Four years on, Hong Kong's population stands at 7.1 million and the city is struggling to cope with both an ageing population and low fertility rate. University of Hong Kong ... by 2030. Hong Kong's fertility rate is among the lowest in the world, dropping to a historic low of 0.9 births per woman in 2003. Despite a rebound to 1.1 in 2010, it is still far below ...

  8. Fertiliser firm sees strong growth

    Posted Oct 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sophie Yu sophie.yu@scmp.com China XLX Fertiliser's net profit grew more than threefold in the third quarter to 102.9 million yuan (HK$125.5 million) while revenue rose a year-on-year 41 per cent to 1.09 billion yuan, in a strong performance fuelled ...

  9. Women turn to herbalists for help

    Posted Jun 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Yuk-hang yukhang.ng@scmp.com A growing number of middle-aged women are turning to acupuncture and Chinese medicine as an alternative to Western fertility treatment. Although herbalists ... one of the city's few Chinese medicine practitioners specialising in fertility. 'They get married after 35 and spend some years trying to get pregnant naturally. It doesn't ...

  10. Lai See

    Posted Jan 26th 2011, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... popular opposition. It should be called 'Donald's Folly'. A fertile topic of conversation The current interest surrounding Stanley Ho Hung-sun, his family and the allocation of his assets reminds us of the size of his family which, at one time, comprised four wives and 17 children. This puts him, or rather his wives, well above Macau's fertility rate, which averages ...




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