Rural classroom gets new desks as Macheng government reacts to outcry

One of the pictures that sparked the public backlash. Photo: AFP

Hubei teacher Zhong Fuhai was stunned recently when new desks and benches were delivered to his shabby, one-classroom school in Macheng's Shunhe township.

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 3:58am

Bell rings for retail spree

Kokoon Beds and Bedding for Kids stocks furniture made of pine from sustainable forests in Europe.

It's that time again, when parents are scrambling to stock up on clothing, gear and furniture to see their children through another school year. Help is at hand at Horizon Plaza, where several stores specialise in everything from children's desks and accessories to shoes and sheets.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:06am

Quirky emporium still thriving

The one-of-a-kind finds include rugs.

As one of Horizon Plaza's original tenants, Shambala's Andy Robbins believes his eclectic emporium helped put the shopping centre on the map. Shambala opened its doors in the pioneer days of 1996 when Horizon Plaza was largely empty or still being used for warehousing.

7 Sep 2012 - 11:04am

Illegal cubicle flats closed after court order issued

Three levels of subdivided flats in a former factory building in Tai Kok Tsui were shut down yesterday after a court ordered their closure - the first time such an order has been granted on a building illegally used for homes.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

When you're on an expedition, nature hasn't read the script, the ocean hasn't read the script

Film director James Cameron, who will try to dive to the deepest place on earth

We need to remain sober-minded ... unwaveringly keep to the socialist path of political development with Chinese characteristics

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Desk jobs

Desks often appear to be an afterthought in homes, a surface selected to blend in with its surroundings and then thrown into the corner of the guest room. But if you're among the people who spend a significant amount of time working from home, you no longer need to sacrifice style for convenience.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Owners ignore orders to fix flats

The Building Department said it would start prosecuting owners of units in the Ma Tau Wai tenement block that was swept by a deadly fire in June, saying they had failed to remove illegal structures as ordered.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cool minimalist living ... includes free satire

A YouTube video depicting the cramped conditions of subdivided flats in Sham Shui Po and parodying a high-end development has gone viral in Hong Kong, attracting more than 170,000 views in a fortnight.

The satirical six-minute video called King's Cube was produced and directed by Chinese University of Hong Kong graduate Joe Yiu as part of her final fine arts masters project.

8 May 2015 - 10:49am

Art of sitting pretty lucky

Good interpersonal relationships with your colleagues will result in a conducive environment in which everyone feels a part of the team.

Conflicts between officemates not only contribute to a stressful workplace but may also lead to downsizing or even shutdown of the department.

To prevent discord, you need to consider certain fung shui factors.

23 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

How to avoid being 'stabbed'

Last week, we explored fung shui strategies that could help ensure a smooth start to a new job. But what if you are the newcomer's manager or colleague? What do you do to promote harmonious relationships ahead?

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Hot desks change the office rules

The age of the 'hot desk' has dawned, with the increasing use of virtual offices and on-demand workplaces, as more people work on the move or from home.

With office space in central business districts at a premium, more companies will be looking at 'hot desking' at their own premises or in serviced offices if trends in the United States catch on.

28 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Hi-tech fitness equipment and gadgets on display at fair

Interest in sports and fitness has grown with the excitement generated from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and next month's Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Sports Source Asia 2010 is an ideal trading platform for suppliers and buyers. Its 4th edition will run from tomorrow until October 29.

26 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Storage firms ease cramped city life

Hong Kong homes are notoriously small and the size is often at odds with the occupants' love of shopping.

Cramped living conditions may be the norm but this can cause complications when it comes time to moving or renovation.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Turn the tables

Units that consist of a desk, drawers and shelves are commonly placed in children's bedrooms to encourage them to study. However, when these units are placed up against a wall or window, children will find it hard to focus, due to various fung shui factors.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Modern designs can jazz up offices

With space at a premium in most Hong Kong offices, the right decor can make a world of aesthetic and productive difference in an otherwise crammed space.

For example, a frosted glass door conceals clutter while permitting light to enter the office. Office desks are also cluttered with computers, phones, stationery, files and documents.

16 Aug 2010 - 12:00am