Scholars offer to work together on counting rally turnouts

Paul Yip prizes accuracy

An attempt to put a definitive figure on the number of protesters in the July 1 rally has been proposed by two statistics experts - but they have accused march organisers of snubbing them.

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 4:14am

Still no fix for crowd-count conundrum

You would think that technology would have provided a way by now to get crowd counts and avoid the political fights over participation in the city's big annual rallies, like today's protest march.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Don't blame me for low rally figures'

Counting the number of July 1 marchers is difficult for those who want to do it right because, as statistics expert Paul Yip Siu-fai puts it, whatever he announces, everyone says it's wrong.

The University of Hong Kong social work professor said he had thought seriously about not counting this year's marchers.

28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

The human cost of high house prices

Thanks to 'unattainable' home prices and a 'toothless government', Ronny Ching Wing-lok, a 28-year-old salesman who wishes to marry his girlfriend, says he does not have much hope of moving out of his subdivided home and affording a bigger, warmer home any time soon.

8 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Voice problems plague 1 in 3 secondary teachers

About a third of the city's secondary school teachers have voice problems, a survey has found.

The poll by the Hong Kong Association of Speech Therapists found a direct correlation between class size and vocal cord irritation or damage among teachers.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

No picnic for students at PLA summer camp

Sixteen-year-old Wong Hiu-shuen thought she needed a change when she realised she was taking things like clean clothes and wholesome food for granted.

That was when she plucked up the courage to take part in the 'life-changing' military summer camp with the People's Liberation Army, which was jointly organised by the Education Bureau.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am