Railways are a long-term investment

I refer to the article ('Battle to bring rail line's price below HK$60b', September 17), concerning the cost of the proposed express rail line to Guangzhou.

Friday, 25 September, 2009, 12:00am

Paternity leave would be 'costly for businesses'

A law introducing paid paternity leave would create difficulties in Hong Kong, such as adding to the operating costs of small and medium-sized enterprises, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said yesterday.

22 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

We salute you, Dad, today on Father's Day

Fathers who have worked hard over the past year should wake up today thinking the world owes them something - and they would deserve it. There are roughly three categories of fathers.

21 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

It's not a job, it's caring, says foster mum

In July 2007, when a neighbour asked Peng Lianqi , 45, and her husband whether they wanted to become foster parents to a boy with brain and spinal problems, it took them only a few days to decide they would. Six months later she took in another boy with harelip from the same foreign-funded foster home, which sponsors orphans for surgery and provides post-surgical care until adoption.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Basic necessities for newborns

According to Toys LiFung (Asia), operator of Toys 'R' Us, the basic needs of a newborn can be covered in six categories and includes bath and toilet training, feeding, health and safety, nursery, on the go, and toys and activity.

30 May 2009 - 12:00am

Reis seeks stand-in mum

Former beauty queen Michele Reis prefers to hire a surrogate mother to give birth to her child.

Reis, 38, who married shipping heir Julian Hui Chun-hang last November, said she had no plans to deliver a baby herself, but would be happy to hire someone to do the job for her.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Mothers in alms

Could Hong Kong's Jamie Oliver be found among the housewives of Tin Shui Wai? Impoverished new town estates aren't usually known as crucibles of culinary flair, but a neighbourhood scheme may uncover hidden talent.

5 May 2009 - 12:00am

Love Marriage

Love Marriage

by V.V. Ganeshananthan

Phoenix, HK$104

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Job-creation policy is neglecting needs of women, says lawmaker

Jobs top the list of concerns for local women today - International Women's Day.

Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan said the government had not done enough to address women's employment difficulties.

8 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

More families seek help amid downturn

Demand for temporary care of children may increase slightly, while that for counselling has shot up as families affected by the economic downturn seek help to sort through their problems.

Director of Social Welfare Stephen Fisher said overall demand for foster care remained steady, but warned of an increase in the need for short-term care, which lasts six weeks.

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Vox Pop

It is common practice in Hong Kong for pregnant staff members to get 10 weeks of paid maternity. Employees can take six weeks of leave before giving birth and four weeks after, or they can take four weeks off before giving birth and six weeks after. It takes time to adjust to having a new child in the family, and it can be difficult for women to handle the various chores on their own.

6 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Haven for distressed women helps them find their feet

Small charity provides accommodation and counselling

Jane, not her real name, is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

She was a carefree 26-year-old living in Manila when a South Asian man from Hong Kong began sizing her up for possible marriage, after being introduced by her aunt.

18 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Only one in six children resent being sent to after-school day care

Sending children to after-school day care may not be as big an issue as some working parents may fear, a recent survey by the Boys' and Girls' Club Association of Hong Kong has indicated.

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Family carers can help meet challenge of ageing population

Like the rest of the world, Hong Kong is facing the challenge of an ageing population. By 2036, 26.4 per cent of our population will be aged 65 or above.

8 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

How to give your baby the best nipple tipple

Maggie Holmes, of La Leche League Hong Kong, has the following advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies and beat the bottle:

Get informed about breastfeeding before you have your baby. Find out about breastfeeding support groups or do some online research.

Choose a hospital that will allow you to room-in with your baby.

13 Oct 2008 - 12:00am