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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 July, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 July, 2010, 12:00am

Let's stop compensated dating

Young girls getting involved in compensated dating is a serious problem. It is not only a social problem, but also a moral issue. It is probably related to other problems, which makes it complex.

One survey found that one in three Hong Kong teenagers would consider selling sex as the trend of compensated dating sweeps the city. But why? I think there are several possible causes.

It's likely girls who do this lack love and care from others, and desire to have relationship with boys to gain a sense of security. Whether they know the boys well or not is not important to them.

On the other hand, the media over-emphasises the importance of brand names. This leads young women to turn to earn 'easy money' from compensated dating.

The fact is what they are doing is dangerous. Parents, please spend more time with your girls, communicate with them and understand how they feel. Show your love and support.

Teachers, please put more effort into educating young people. Teach them virtues. And media, stop over-emphasising brand products. Social workers, we appreciate your hard work. Please continue to do your best.

Gladys Chan, St Paul's Secondary School

The case against GM food products

The eggplant, one of the main ingredients in Indians' meals, is challenged by climate change and overpopulation. Some scientists have suggested introducing genetically modified eggplants to solve the problem. But the Indian government banned GM eggplant - for several reasons.

It is still uncertain how safe GM food is to eat. What's more, we do not know the side-effects of killing all the pests that get in the way of farming. Some people in India do not trust GM food for these reasons.

In my opinion, GM food should not be introduced. It is not natural and it may even make the global problems we are facing worse.

If GM food has to be introduced, I strongly recommend the food be clearly labelled to give consumers more information.

Harry Tsang Ho-yin, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Tuen Mun)

Seize the chance to be creative

China is often blamed for stifling students' creativity. But even though Hong Kong is Chinese, that's not the case here. Take the Lunar New Year markets around the city every year. They provide great opportunities for students to try to set up a business and create products.

But it is not as easy to do as it might be.

The main obstacle is costs, with rent for stalls doubling and the yuan appreciating. This forces students to work with reduced budgets.

Take for example Salesian English School students who ran a stall at Victoria Park. They originally wanted to introduce three new gift designs this year, but only produced one due to budget constraints.

I think this shows that no matter how many good ideas we have, budget has to come first in business. But rather than feeling defeated, I think we have to see budget constraints as an encouragement to be even more creative.

Most students who decide to open a stall go for dry goods. Competition for these products is intense because dry goods being sold in the markets are similar - for example, cushions, accessories and so on.

If you want to stand out from the crowd, your products need to be unique.

Think handmade products and products that make interesting use of technology. We have the opportunity to be creative. Take it.

Kuddo Wong, Methodist College

Low-emission zones need careful study

I think the government is right to delay setting up low-emission zones. For a start, we only have 160 buses that meet the standard - Euro 4 and above. It is true that the Environmental Protection Department has proposed looking at an option of fitting Euro 2 and Euro 3 buses with filters that could meet Euro 4 emission standards. But this cannot be done overnight.

The government needs time to take into account overseas experience and local conditions.

We also need to study whether bus companies can provide effective services and ensure the road traffic and air pollution in other districts is not affected.

Cheung Wing-lam, CCC Heep Woh College