Bahraini royal, top AFC candidate, denies persecuting players

Sheikh Salman

Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a Bahraini royal and head of the country's football association, made the comments after Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) said players were tortured and abused during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 5:01am

Nobel peace prize winner's harsh sentence demeans Beijing

The deprivations of a jail sentence are not limited to the prisoner. Families also pay the price, emotionally and materially, especially for the sins of the father, if he is the breadwinner. Sadly, society can turn the screw with prejudice and discrimination. But extrajudicial retribution directed at the spouse of a prisoner takes it to another level that makes a villain of the state, too.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am 4 comments


New subject is unnecessary

The Hong Kong government has decided to introduce national education into the curriculum as a required course. Many parents and teachers oppose the move.

They say the subject portrays the mainland's political system in an overly favourable manner.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm


Parents shouldn't pay for good grades

Parents should never pay their children in exchange for good grades at school.

Some parents nowadays give money to their children when they pass their exams with flying colours. The parents see this as an effective way to encourage good behaviour.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am


Hey, World Water Day is tomorrow

Let me introduce World Water Day to you all. Unlike Earth Hour in which we switch off our lights on March 31, World Water Day seems to be less well-known.

The event was started by the United Nations in 1993 and is held on March 22 every year.

21 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Bullying remains a serious problem

Bullying can take several shapes and forms. They can be both physical and psychological.

Both kinds of bullying can greatly affect the psychological health of teenagers and have a negative effect on their daily lives. So what should victims do when they are being bullied?

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Bullied gay teens won't ask for help

Eight out of 10 gay people realise their sexual orientation between the ages of 11 and 15, a survey has revealed.

The Boys' and Girls' Club Association, which is conducting a study on the emotional and psychological condition of young gay people with Chinese University academics, warned yesterday that gay people were vulnerable to bullying at school.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


The healing powers of music

Songs are much more than entertainment. Listening to songs makes me feel happier. I think some lyrics can really influence our emotions and feelings.

Studies have shown that music can help relieve pain and treat children with learning and mental disabilities.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Refugees' plight brings home the need for peace

Take the final 'e' away from 'refugee' and a 'refuge' is made. Perhaps it is creating this refuge that is the goal of humanitarian work - to provide care, to reduce risks, to protect people's basic rights.

20 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Many students just stop communicating

20 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Bullying is unacceptable

School violence is a growing problem in Hong Kong. Recently, a boy was severely beaten up by his classmates, and some of the onlookers were laughing. It is intolerable for someone to derive pleasure from others' pain.

20 Apr 2010 - 12:00am


Technology is not all good

Although e-books are popular among some readers, most schools in Hong Kong still use traditional books. There are several reasons why we should continue to use traditional books.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


If you book public facilities, use them

Many people book public facilities online but then don't use them. This seems an unnecessary waste to me.

I think the government could do more about this.

Firstly, there should be penalties for anyone who makes unused bookings.

22 Jun 2009 - 12:00am


Don't gossip

Many teenage girls like to gossip with their friends. Even I do this sometimes, but I have realised that talking about others and revealing their secrets is as bad as bullying.

Both gossiping and bullying can hurt others' feelings and destroy relationships.

When we make new friends, we should not say bad things about our old friends.

1 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Stamp out bullying

Definition of bullying

Bullying is a terrible thing and it can rear its ugly head in many shapes and forms. Read this letter from a teenager to the Help Me! page of a teen magazine.

Dear Help Me!

7 Apr 2009 - 12:00am