Maggie's bears

The first teddy

Our love affair with cuddly toys began more than a century ago in a little town in Germany. In 1903, a toy maker named Margarete Steiff showed buyers at the Leipzig Toy Fair a cute stuffed bear she had made.

Tuesday, 22 February, 2011, 12:00am


Some associate degree holders perform ably

I am working in Hong Kong for six months with City University on behalf of Sheffield Hallam University in Britain.

I was interested to read the condemnation of associate degree holders by Michael Tien Puk-sun ('Second Grade', February 7).

19 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Breastfeeding creates close bond that boosts baby's overall health

I agree with your editorial ('More must be done to promote breastfeeding', February 7). Not only is this important in order to reduce childhood illnesses but also to address the problem of 'dangerously overweight' people ('Tsunami of obesity', February 5), a problem from which Hong Kong has not been spared.

11 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

More must be done to promote breastfeeding

It is a shame that infant milk formula is viewed as an essential food product in Hong Kong - but for some people here, it is. They want the government to ensure supplies by taking measures against the mainland shoppers and traders they blame for shortages. They have suggested bans, taxes and proof of citizenship as solutions. The anger and frustration is understandable; but it is misplaced.

7 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Should teenagers be legally obliged to take care of their parents?

Jessica Leung, 16, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Children know nothing about society's rules before they grow up. It is up to parents to teach their children how to behave properly and to become productive members of the community.

26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

7 in 10 mothers use infant formula

Seven in 10 mothers choose formula powder instead of breast-feeding their babies, and many are unclear about the long-term impact of early nutrition, a survey found.

Only 30 per cent of the 504 mothers with children under three would feed them breast milk, the Chinese University poll discovered.

17 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Pushing a new school of thought

Parents of a troupe of trombonists may be glad not to have been in the room to hear the first sliding rasps blared out by anyone new to the instrument. It's more likely, however, that the sight will bring a warmth familiar to parents everywhere.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Lesson in interaction

Elle Kwan first took her daughter Reia to a playgroup in Tin Hau when she was nine months old. 'Where we lived, she wasn't interacting with younger kids,' Kwan says. 'I also think there is this pressure in Hong Kong to do lots of stuff with your children because of the whole school system here.'

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Watch on milk powder products sold online

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Definitely not for those who love the Barbie doll

Linda Rick, the doll designer behind the Precious Moments and The Doll Maker collections, who produces more than 400 different dolls every year, didn't have a Barbie doll until she was 20 years old.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Word skills key to learning Chinese

29 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

US recalls mainland-made baby strollers

22 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Bishop must come clean on details of any abuse

The Catholic Church has a reputation for sometimes putting image ahead of the interests of its flock. Decades of sexual abuse by predatory priests have been covered up on all continents, solidifying a belief that the church considers itself above civil law.

20 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

How the marks add up

How the scores are calculated in the discretionary round of Primary One admission, for which half of a school's places are set aside.

Children get points for one of the following five factors:

Either parent works full time at the school, or its affiliated kindergarten or secondary section (20 points)

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Baby's body found in building sewage pipe

More than 50 police, with two tracker dogs, were last night conducting door-to-door inquiries in a block of flats in North Point after the body of a newborn boy was found in a sewage pipe.

Crime squad officers believe the baby was flushed down a toilet in one of the flats in the 25-storey building at Provident Garden in Wharf Road.

8 Sep 2010 - 12:00am