Formula 'not cause of breasts on babies'

The baby formula produced by a mainland company had not caused three girls in Hubei to grow breasts, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday.

Monday, 16 August, 2010, 12:00am

Education comes at a high price - even at two and a half years old

Tian Ying is a 33-year-old mother in Beijing with two sons. In the last three months, she endured an ordeal she had never been through - applying to get her 2 1/2-year-old son into a kindergarten.

That's right, a kindergarten. Tian said the process was even crueller than the college entrance examination she took 16 years ago.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


Breastfeeding is a matter of public health

Many mothers in Hong Kong are sceptical about breastfeeding for a number of reasons ('Breastfeeding on the rise but still below international norms', July 21).

30 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Other International Schools

The Harbour School

2/F, Kennedy Town Centre, 23 Belcher's Street, Kennedy Town. Tel: 2816 5222, E-mail:, Website:

12 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Fun and games for all ages

Learning Journey Marble Mania

Dual marble tracks, an electronic sound chamber and a spiral track channel are just a few of the features of this set. Sure to keep your 'young architect' busy creating exciting objects. HK$499.90, from Toys 'R' Us

V Motion Learning System

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

Children's safety top priority for leaders

The leadership in Beijing has listed school safety as a 'crucial political task' after a series of attacks on pupils that prompted nationwide concern, with the security tsar hosting a high-level meeting yesterday to discuss preventive measures.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

Support 'lacking' for special needs pupils

A study by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong found that government support services for kindergarten children with special learning needs are severely lacking. Respondents complained of insufficient resources for such children and of unclear government policies in arranging support services for them.

13 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Government support is needed for mothers to breastfeed

It was sad to read the report ('Mothers scramble for baby formula', April 3), especially when a number of the products mentioned were what are known as follow-on formulas.

The World Health Organisation categorically says that 'providing infants with specially formulated milks [so-called follow-up milks] is not necessary'.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

TV show seeks strict homes for troubled teens

The producers of a highly rated British television programme that sends troubled teens to live with families abroad are looking for a Hong Kong family to participate in the show's third season.

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Toys 'R' Us chief positive over sales this year

If Christmas was the breeding season for the electronic hamsters known as Zhu Zhu pets, this year expect to see an explosion in the population of the Guangdong-made rodents.

25 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Cartoon is a profitable diversion

Diversification is the key to survival for small and medium-sized toy companies. Families continue to tighten their belts and the toy business has become 'competitive and challenging'. These days, toy buyers are spending every dollar wisely, says Lenny Patsiner, consulting director of Good Link International.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Events Guide


2.30pm-3.30pm (Oasis Area, Hall 1) Toys and Stationery Product Demo and Launch Pad

3.30pm-5pm (Room S426-7) Seminar on 'Safety Requirements of Infant and Children Products'

Speakers John Ng, senior manager of Hardlines Laboratory, Intertek; Vienna Chow, senior technical manager of Textile and Footwear, Intertek


11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Perfect playground for products

Visitors to the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair are guaranteed a fun-filled time. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai has been transformed into a massive playground.

Exhibitors from around the world will showcase their products that range from educational, electronic and battery-operated toys and games to outdoor, sporting and hobby goods.

11 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 What does the term 'dual-kinder kids' refer to?

a. children who apply for a place at two kindergartens

b. children who spend six years in two kindergartens

c. children who attend one kindergarten in the morning and another in the afternoon

17 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Sindy calls a travel agent

Sindy and a couple of her friends have decided to go to Italy for a holiday, if they can find cheap accommodation. Sindy calls EuroBag, a travel agency that specialises in trips to Europe. She speaks to Cathy. Listen to the dialogue and answer the questions.

Question 1

Where does Sindy work?

a. in a bank

b. we are not told

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am