Teacher earns less than HK$4,500 'with dignity'

One might be surprised to read a job advertisement offering HK$4,500 for a principal teacher's post, and even more surprised to discover that someone working as an acting principal is being paid less than that.

Tuesday, 3 February, 2009, 12:00am

Powders and potions

On Negros Island, in the central Philippines, tears glisten on Honorato's cheeks in the early morning sunshine. The nine-year-old is trying to speak but sobs stuck in his throat block the words. The whitewashed buildings at the Progresso TB Care Recovery Shelter, near Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental province, intensify the sunlight and make Honorato close his eyes.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Applications for Primary One places open

Kindergarten children can apply for government or subsidised Primary One school places through the central allocation system at designated centres today and tomorrow. Under the system, the city is divided into 36 school nets. Parents can choose up to three schools outside the school net they live in, others must be within it.

17 Jan 2009 - 12:00am


How do I teach my child to cope with naughty children in her class? There is one boy in her kindergarten class who pulls her hair at playtime, tries to take her hair clips and is a general nuisance. She says he is also naughty in class and never listens to the teacher. He seems to pinpoint her as someone to annoy and chooses to sit next to her at story time and bother her.

17 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Rule bans minors in Guangdong from staying out all night

Minors in Guangdong will not be allowed to stay out all night without permission starting on Thursday, under a new rule legal experts say is likely to be unenforceable.

30 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

Tsang Yiu-keung may be in his 30s, but he is driven by a passion for a pastime most people give up after childhood - building with Lego. He and like-minded enthusiasts believe Lego is a creative tool that can be used to produce artistic marvels for public exhibition

18 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Style meter


Nude-coloured accessories

Chic and they go with everything.

Flats in the evening

Way cooler than those seven-inch heels.

Slim black trousers

Replacing skinny jeans everywhere.

Animal print scarves

Our latest obsession. Plus they're less expensive than buying designer dresses.

30 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


What do you think of the revised Mega Tower project?

I understand that Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor denied that the scaling back of the Mega Tower project in Wan Chai was due to governmental pressure.

Mrs Lam is being too modest in ascribing her mediation role between the public outcry and the developer's ambitions.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Classroom battle of the sexes

In the debate over whether girls learn in different ways, the answer may not be as simple as neuroscience would have us believe

Thanks to modern neuroscience, few doubt boys and girls learn differently. These differences are most obvious in early childhood when the brain's left hemisphere, an area central to language and communication, matures faster in girls than in boys.

24 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Should free baby formula be given out in hospitals?

Free baby formula should not be given out in hospitals for one reason only - it discourages breastfeeding.

21 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Breast behaviour

When Amy Chan gave birth to her daughter at a government hospital in February, the maternity ward was covered in posters proclaiming 'breast is best'. It was encouraging and indicated that she would get the right help to breastfeed her baby.

13 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

How to give your baby the best nipple tipple

Maggie Holmes, of La Leche League Hong Kong, has the following advice for women who want to breastfeed their babies and beat the bottle:

Get informed about breastfeeding before you have your baby. Find out about breastfeeding support groups or do some online research.

Choose a hospital that will allow you to room-in with your baby.

13 Oct 2008 - 12:00am


Chief executive must act to curb widespread use of formula milk

Regarding the tainted milk scandal, Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen reassured Hongkongers that he would not spare any resources to make sure our babies are healthy.

Here are some thoughts on what he could do:

28 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

All in the family

At the stroke of six every Friday evening, Clarie Cheng leaves her office in Quarry Bay and travels 90 minutes to collect her infant son from her parents' house in Fanling where he lives during the week.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Mothers return to nature for milk

Breastfeeding back despite obstacles

A lack of nursing skills, breastfeeding rooms, and public awareness are among the scores of reasons mainland mothers have abandoned breastfeeding over the years, but the melamine milk scandal is one factor forcing many to reconsider.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am