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  1. 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 ...

  2. HK's population 'unsustainable'

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... The government should adopt a mixed approach- increasing the fertility rate, encouraging immigration and maintaining a stable, short-term labour force such as domestic helpers, demographer Antonio Golini said. 'The more rapid the decline in the fertility rate, the more rapid and intense the ageing of the population,' Professor Golini said. The University of Rome demographer was invited ...

  3. Paternity leave proposed as way to boost birth rate

    Posted Mar 22nd 2007, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong Paternity leave for civil servants and discounted tickets for family activities are among recommendations proposed by an advisory body on ways to boost the fertility rate ... to the government before June, would focus on four areas: the declining fertility rate, manpower, ageing population and quality of life. Group sources said the government would be asked to take the leading ...

  4. Business - Money - MR. SHANGKONG

    Hong Kong should not be a dumping ground for middling IPOs

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 05:59am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Possible end to policy requiring mainland firms seeking funds in city to seek approval may result in a flood of listings by second-rate firms HK should not be a dumping ground for middling IPOs "As long as you can meet the listing requirements of the Hong Kong stock exchange, you should definitely go there." That was the clear message from one ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - INVESTMENT

    Mainlanders use ‘free money’ from Hong Kong banks to earn higher returns at home

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 09:34am by KEIRA HUANG; GEORGE CHEN

    ... Keira Huang and George Chen Illegal methods employed to move low-interest tax loans to the mainland to take advantage of wealth management products' higher rates HK tax loans paying ... the big gap in interest rates between Hong Kong, which has a market-based banking system, and the mainland, where the central bank tightly controls loan and deposit rates, it’s no surprise ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Sport - Hong Kong - CRICKET

    Tense time as Hong Kong face Papua New Guinea in crunch qualifier

    Posted Jan 29th 2014, 10:25pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... still have a chance of claiming one of the two spots available for the main event in 2015. To do this they have to beat PNG and boost their net run rate (+0.312) above that of UAE (+0.742) ...

  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    If demography is destiny, HK's home prices foretell an evil fate

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... workers. That leaves just the traditional way to increase the size of the future labour force. Worried by one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, Singapore's government has long tried to rouse its citizens to procreate more. Hong Kong's fertility rate is even lower. Yet any official campaign to encourage people to have more babies is likely to fail dismally. The reason ...




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