PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 November, 2010, 12:00am

Breaking the technology barrier

The iPad has changed the way my parents think about technology. Apple's latest device has made it easier for my parents to access the internet.

In the past, my parents used to say surfing the Web is too complicated. But the iPad is like a laptop computer and very user-friendly. My mum can now easily follow her favourite TV dramas online.

My dad is also a big fan of the iPad, and enjoys viewing our family photos in its digital album.

We find sitting in front of a computer so boring now. Surfing the Web with the iPad is a delightful experience.

Yeung Yin

Meal breaks should not be cancelled

Cafe de Coral has dropped plans to cancel paid meal breaks for its workers. The fast-food chain originally planned to raise the hourly wage of workers while at the same time cancelling the paid meal breaks.

I think labour unions should continue to fight for paid meal breaks because restaurant workers get low salaries. I agree that providing paid meal breaks increases costs, but we should not ignore the long-term benefits of implementing the policy.

Staff morale will improve and workers will do a better job. This will benefit the customers who will be treated well and may want to return.

With more customers, profits will increase and the reputation of the eateries will be enhanced.

This will have a knock-on effect, with fast-food chains which do not provide paid meal breaks for its workers rethinking its policy.

I worked at KFC during the summer holiday. It was a great experience, but the meal breaks were too short. I could only have 15 minutes for my breakfast, lunch or dinner. There was no time to relax. I had to eat very fast and that is not good for our health.

Workers at fast-food chains should be well-treated. Providing paid meal breaks has a lot of advantages.

It is a win-win policy - for both the company and its staff.

Jimmy Lai, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

Forget about Games, help the needy

I read the article 'Guangzhou success changing minds on HK host bid' (South China Morning Post, November 18) with great interest.

The writer says Hongkongers are giving a more positive response to the city's bid to host the 2023 Asian Games after outstanding performances by the locals in Guangzhou. Also, Hongkongers are impressed by Guangzhou's success in hosting the Asian Games which ended on Saturday.

I don't think Hong Kong is still ready to host the regional sporting showpiece.

By hosting the Games, Hong Kong could raise its international profile, promote sports development and boost the economy.

But the event will cost billions of dollars and I think we should use the money in a more meaningful way.

Hong Kong has hundreds of poor families and I think they deserve our support. Let's forget about hosting the Games and help lift the living standards of low-income groups.

Tracy Yuen Chui-yu

Laws needed for decorative lenses

I am writing in response to the article 'Regulations eyed for cosmetic contact lenses' (South China Morning Post, November 28).

The Food and Health Bureau is considering introducing regulations for decorative contact lenses. This is because of a rise in the number of wearers of contact lenses seeking medical treatment.

At present, decorative lenses are considered commercial products instead of medical equipment, unlike regular contact lenses.

Decorative contact lenses could cause serious eye infections or enlarge or change the colour of the iris, optometrists have warned.

They say that improperly wearing the lenses could lead to blindness.

What's more, the number of people who sought eye treatment increased from 80 in 2008 to 146 in the past year.

Nowadays, some decorative contact lenses are sold without any professional advice and could be as cheap as HK$60 a pair.

I believe there should be regulations to cover all types of lenses, including decorative ones, because people's health comes first.

Yeung Tsz-wing