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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    No quarter given to match officials in the line of fire

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai Unlike the unyielding support keepers get if they fail to do their job, those with the whistle are maligned for every mistake on the pitch No quarter given to match officials in the line of fire Goalkeepers have it tough being in the line of fire. In addition to fending off goal-bound shots within the field of play, they have to fend off pot shots from outside, too. Joe ...

  2. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Blaming ills of the Hong Kong league on match officials is misguided

    Posted Oct 04th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai Sun Hei president Chow Man-leung needs to look in his own backyard for answers on problems in our city's domestic games Blaming officials for woes in HK league totally ... and figure out who is truly responsible for their basic and amateurish errors on the pitch William Lai There are many factors contributing to the decline over the past two decades. However, to blame ...

  3. Magazines - 48hrs - WANT

    On our radar: Gram and Carin Wester put the boot in

    Posted Sep 26th 2013, 12:00am by ZOE LAI

    ... Zoe Lai Compiled by Zoe Lai   Swedish-based label Gram have collaborated with fashion designer Carin Wester to create a collection of sophisticated footwear. Named after its weight in grams, the 470g Burgundy Leather Navy Nylons (HK$1,850) offers the perfect balance between comfort and style. Available at Squarestreet, 15 Square Street, Sheung Wan.     ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Players talk too much

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai Despite what we see most weeks on our TV screens, nobody has ever had the right to question decisions by the match referees Players and officials talk way too much Players have never had the right to challenge referees' decisions but increasingly we are seeing too many players having too many words with too many match officials. Players, captains and coaches ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Praise parents for supporting their child in transition to university life

    Posted Sep 18th 2013, 12:00am by AMY LAI

    ... Amy Lai Amy Lai says universities should seek to ease anxieties as children transition to a new life Let go of negative ideas about caring parents Joseph Sung Jao-yiu, the vice-chancellor ... Kong's universities keep producing successful graduates, perhaps the media should turn their attention elsewhere. Amy Lai, a lawyer who was educated at Cambridge and Boston, has written ...

  6. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Naming and shaming Premier League players will curb scourge of cheating

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai FA must use retrospective video evidence to rid this appalling dishonesty from the game Name and shame players to curb scourge of diving All players are cheats. Some are born cheats, some achieve greatness in cheating and some have this dreadful affliction thrust upon them. The definition of cheating is "to act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain ...

  7. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Authorities must make clear to LGBT players that football is for all

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai As long as awareness and clarity are lacking at the highest levels, LGBT community will be unable to enjoy the game they love HKFA must make it clear that football is for everyone By the law of averages, there should be many more gay players on the soccer scene than there apparently are at present. How many gay players, in either the men's or women's game, ...

  8. Magazines - 48hrs - WANT

    On the radar: Book-inspired purses

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 12:00am by ZOE LAI

    ... Zoe Lai Compiled by Zoe Lai       Show off your style and wit with one of French designer Olympia Le-Tan's hand-embroidered clutches, inspired by famous book covers. The Mystery of Magnolia Beach clutch features a glossy gold frame and poplin lining. Available at Net-a-Porter.com 48hours@scmp.com     ...

  9. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    A balance between tit and tat

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai The physical elements of the game vary widely, depending on the culture of the competition in which players develop A matter of balance between tit and tat Soccer, like rugby, hockey and basketball, is a contact sport where physical interaction between players is accepted as part of normal play. There has to be an element of give and take, or tit for tat. The trouble ...

  10. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Level the playing field in Hong Kong for foreigners who want to qualify as soccer coaches

    Posted Aug 30th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai Since city has two official languages, why the HKFA provides courses and programmes only in Chinese is puzzling Level the playing field in coaching It seems Brazilian Cristiano Cordeiro finds the lure of Hong Kong irresistible. Having spent 14 years as a professional player in Hong Kong's top flight between 1998 and 2012, the two-time Hong Kong Footballer of the Year ...




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