City in loudest scream bid
Hong Kong is poised to break the Guinness World Records' loudest scream title next Sunday, with 1,000 participants. The group will include triathletes and choir members seeking to quash the 128.8 decibels record set in Britain in 2001. They have been practising meowing to increase their range. A Guinness judge will attend the International Trade and Exhibition Centre.
Exam paper language row
A row is brewing over the liberal studies papers in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination for 2012 after the government decided to scrap bilingual papers. Candidates will have to choose between English or Chinese - a move schools said was unfair to some students. The Education Bureau's website referred to the 'fine-tuning' of mother-tongue education under which schools can decide the medium of instruction according to students' abilities.
Poor demand internet subsidies
About 70 parents and children petitioned government offices in Central yesterday to demand HK$200 million be set aside to subsidise internet access. They said the internet was now indispensable for learning and communication but it was beyond their means.
Woman hurt by falling bricks
A woman, 53, was injured when bricks fell from a crane at the corner of Yu Chau and Pei Ho streets in Sham Shui Po. She was treated at Caritas Medical Centre.