Letters to the Editor, May 5, 2013

Zhang Dejiang feels Hong Kong is losing its edge. Photo: Xinhua

I read with interest what Zhang Dejiang, No 3 on the Communist Party's seven-man Politburo Standing Committee, said to the Business and Professionals Alliance delegation in Beijing on April 27. Wang said, "Hong Kong's competitive edge is weakening and will fade away if the city does not put its focus on economic development."

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 2:51am 1 comment

Scientists say reviving extinct species is possible, but question its ethics

Extinct species may one day be cloned from preserved tissues, such as this dodo bone. Photo: AFP

Woolly mammoths stomp through the Siberian tundra as the giant moa strides the forest floor of New Zealand and Tasmania's dog-like "tigers" stalk their prey under the cover of night.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:58am

Project 119 addsup, or does it?

Remember Project 119, the magic number of achievable medal wins calculated by China's science-minded sports chiefs as they prepared for the country's moment in the Olympic sun in 2008? It was a scheme drawn up by the General Administration for Sports (GAS) and sought to widen Team China's medal-winning disciplines.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Twist of faith

When the University of Hong Kong released the results of a study into the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating depression recently, it wasn't the fact that 19.4 per cent of patients reported an improvement in their symptoms that was surprising.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Animal rights and wrongs

Pamela Barton visited the Chek Lap Kok airport site in 1997 expecting to round up stray dogs reported to be roaming the area. She found more than she bargained for. At the bottom of the soup that construction workers had for lunch that day, Barton and inspectors from Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discovered several dog teeth.

9 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Sleeping beauty

A range of natural and non-invasive copper-infused products known as Bedtox could offer another chance for those who have grown disenchanted with the usual selection of anti-ageing or skin-enhancer creams, lotions and serums.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Guilty by association

Shaoxing's serene waterfront offers a fine view of the Qiantang River and outwards to sea. But visitors to the coastal city in Zhejiang province for the recent National Swimming Championships - which decided the final make-up of the Olympic squad - were probably unaware of the storm about to strike the mainland's sports cheats.

20 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Should parents be able to have designer babies?

Each week our two teenagers debate a hot topic. This week ...

Dennis Wu, 17, St Joseph's College

Should parents be allowed to genetically modify their babies?

This is an intriguing question that has sparked furious debate.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

All doctors must follow rules on drug use, minister warns

Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok has urged doctors to comply with the Code of Practice in prescribing drugs after slimming pills containing a dangerous drug were found in a doctor's clinic at a well-known beauty chain in Central.

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Doctor tracks down the drug cheats in sport

When did you offer to join the anti-doping programme?

I first read about doping in 1988 when Ben Johnson was stripped of his 100-metre Olympic gold medal for using anabolic steroids. As a trained doctor, I soon found myself obsessed with the topic.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Anti-doping drive to go on past 2008

China will extend its recently announced five-month anti-doping sweep into next year's Olympics Games and beyond, a top official said.

Yan Jiangying, vice-director of the administration's policy and regulation department, said yesterday the crackdown would be extended to make a drug-free, level playing field a regular feature of the mainland's and the world's sports scene.

9 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

On the hunt for dopers like never before

Against Beijing's upwardly mobile skyline, the newly finished three-storey building sitting 2km to the south of the awe-inspiring 'Bird's Nest' National Stadium doesn't inspire much imagination for passers-by.

But in Zhao Jian's eyes, the unassuming red-bricked block marks an exciting milestone in his career.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Time to get tough on drug cheats, says Wong

Hong Kong's world champion Wong Kam-po has called for stiffer sanctions for riders who fail doping tests.

Speaking on the eve of the second Tour of Hong Kong Shanghai, Wong, who will spearhead the six-man SAR team after racing for a French team last year, said he was disappointed to read about the spate of doping cases in the Tour de France.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

A dip in the gene pool

Consider for a moment the implications of a deaf couple who want to have a deaf child. Sharon Duchesneau and Candy McCullough never considered deafness a disability but saw it rather as a cultural identity. They wanted their child to share their language, orientation and world. They sought a sperm donor with five generations of deafness in his family and their wish was granted.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Foreign hunt auction off after outcry

But advocates of scheme argue shooting would motivate people to protect animals

A controversial auction that would have allowed foreign hunters to bag wild animals, including some protected species, has been indefinitely postponed after a public outcry, state media said yesterday.

12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am