PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 July, 2011, 12:00am


We need more sports facilities

I am concerned about the shortage of sport facilities in Hong Kong.

A recent study shows that nearly one in five Hongkongers are obese, partly because of a lack of exercise. But even if many of these people chose to take part in sports, it would be difficult to find sports facilities for all of them.

Many groups abuse the privilege of being given priority bookings at venues. Often group members fail to turn up at the venues. This is a waste of resources.

Individuals are unable to book their preferred venues even if they log into the booking websites early in the morning. This is unfair and unjust.

To improve Hongkongers' health, fair access to public sports venues and the construction of more sports facilities are crucial.

Catherine Chan,YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College

Remember that nothing is perfect Who doesn't like hearing the word 'perfect'? Everyone tries their best to make everything perfect.

However, we should remember that nothing is perfect. To me, perfection is imperfection. Life seems to have many mistakes and regrets, so why don't we just enjoy it? Enjoy the imperfection, and learn from it. Perhaps what we need to do is keep trying our best, rather than worrying about whether things are perfect.


Workers should stay home if they are sick

It is surprising to hear that more than 80 per cent of workers still go to work even though they have the flu, according to a University of Hong Kong survey. As we all know, flu is an infectious disease and it can spread to others when a person coughs or sneezes.

We can have the virus and not show any symptoms for up to a week. By the time we discover that we are ill, the virus may have already spread to others.

Therefore, we should wear masks when we suffer from the flu to stop any further transmission of the disease.

Going to work when you are sick increases the possibility that the flu will spread.

To deal with this problem, companies should provide sick workers with job security and ask other employees to share the workload. As a result, workers will face less pressure and feel they can take a day or two off when they are sick.

Ken Ling, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Kwai Chung)

Boosting girls' self-esteem is vital

What makes some girls have low self-esteem, and how can they boost their confidence?

I feel better when I achieve good academic results. This motivates me and makes me work even harder.

My parents will praise me and be proud of me.

For many girls, though, physical appearance is more important than academic performance.

However, parents are more concerned about academic achievements, which places great pressure on children.

There are many activities which may help enhance girls' self-esteem.

Teenage girls could be encouraged to help the elderly because this will make them feel more confident.

Schools and government departments could organise events such as singing contests to let girls show some of their talents.

Parents should encourage them to join self-development courses. They should also allow girls to choose their own extra-curricular activities.

Christie Lam Man-ting, Pooi To Middle School

Finding your own moral fibre

Everyone has their own definition of moral fibre - the inner strength to do what you believe is right in a difficult situation. When I was young, I thought moral fibre meant telling the truth at all times, helping others, and doing charity work and other kind acts.

I see it differently now.

To me, moral fibre is finding something you really care about, something which is a lot more important than anything else in the world. When you find it, you will do everything to protect it. You fight for it, you risk everything for it. That, I think, is the right spirit.

Chan Pak-hei, POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School