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Census figures a warning Hong Kong must invest in its future workers

The latest figures from the 2011 Census figures confirm the two most important population issues in Hong Kong, namely a shrinking working population and an ever increasing number of older adults.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 4:20am 1 comment

Child mortality halves in 20 years, but persists in Africa and South Asia

The global mortality rate for young children has been nearly halved in the past two decades, but Africa and South Asia have not kept pace, the United Nations said yesterday.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Asia must heed warning of recent floods

Are Asia's recent floods the result of bad luck, bad weather or bad design? Manila was left paralysed, with a third of the city under water and thousands evacuated from their homes. A few weeks earlier, the worst floods to hit Beijing in decades killed 77 people and affected nearly one million others. A year ago, Thailand's floods caused the deaths of more than 600 people.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:53am

Aid agency denies abuse of homeless Yemeni man in Hong Kong

The local branch of an international aid agency has come under fire after a homeless Yemeni man with refugee status in Hong Kong claimed he was abused by one of its officials.

According to Mareai Ahmed Hamood Qasem, a representative of the International Social Service in Hong Kong (ISSHK) told him: "We cannot help you. Go and sleep in the McDonald's."

19 Aug 2012 - 9:50am

Birth ban will leave HK with fewer workers

A ban on mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong will leave the city with fewer workers to take care of a rapidly ageing population in future, the latest projections from the Census and Statistics Department show.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:42pm

Lasting longevity needs clean air

Few facts could be as comforting to a population as knowing that it is at the top of the longevity rankings. Hong Kong women have overtaken Japanese to have the world's longest life expectancy, 86.7 years, while men are likely to live to 78.4 years, just 1.8 years below the title-holders for the gender, the Swiss.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'One child' cruel and unnecessary

China's one-child policy has long been a cruel and unusual punishment of a nation, and of some families in particular. But it has achieved nothing that could not have been done without coercion and its likely abandonment in the not-too-distant future will do little or nothing to raise the nation's languishing fertility rate.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Scrapping the one-child policy won't boost China's birth rate

Beijing's one-child policy is abhorrent. But its critics are guilty of gross exaggeration. Despite what they claim, the effect of the one-child policy on China's population and economy has been small.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Academics join call for an end to one-child policy

Three researchers from a top government think tank are calling for an end to the controversial one-child policy - underscoring a growing consensus in the government to revamp the mainland's family-planning policies.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Young adults shun marriage

Nearly half of the city's young adults have no desire to raise a family, says the Family Planning Association.

In its latest Youth Sexuality Study, which is carried out in Hong Kong every five years, the association found that 45 per cent of male respondents and 39 per cent of females were either unsure, or had made a firm decision not to have children.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am