Safeguards for leisure centre cancellationsThursday, 10 February, 2011, 12:00am
They say the best way to learn a language is to use it in practical ways, and Towngas volunteers are proving the point. Since 2006, they have been running a 'cooking for fun' programme which gives youngsters basic instruction in English through games and conversation, and then lets them try their hand at simple recipes that use the new vocabulary.18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
Arun Bhardwaj has more than 20 years' experience in sales, marketing and business development in Asia. Now vice-president of emerging business for Starbucks Coffee Asia-Pacific, he is primarily responsible for developing strategic plans for new international business partnerships and tracking down investment opportunities.18 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
No more animal experiments
Experiments involving animals should definitely not be allowed. It's ridiculous. Even if we are a 'superior' species, animals are clearly not that much worse.15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
I refer to the articles and letters in these columns which have discussed whether the last day of Ramadan should be declared a public holiday in Hong Kong.
Well, should it be? And if it is, who will be next, and who next after that?
With a little collective effort we could probably come up with a valid reason for a public holiday on most days of the year.5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am
There you are, driving along in the middle of a typhoon with the black rainstorm warning in effect, rain beating against the windscreen, plumes of water splashing up from every passing vehicle and a voice comes on the radio ... 'Here is a message from the Road Safety Council. The road surface is wet ...'24 Aug 2010 - 12:00am
Democratic reform package must be passed
With 40 of the 70 Legislative Council seats backed by a popular mandate, the revised package of political reforms is a key advancement in democratic development. It will shift the balance of the legislature away from special interests and towards popular opinion.23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am
The summer holidays are approaching and many of you are looking for either internships or summer jobs. But with every job comes the dreaded interview. It may look intimidating, but there are techniques to improve your chances of landing that dream position. The key is to be prepared, so follow this guide.
Before the interview2 Jun 2010 - 12:00am
Getting around poses a problem
I am writing in response to the article 'Do more for the disabled, officials urged' (South China Morning Post, May 10). The anti-discrimination watchdog has criticised the government for not providing proper facilities for the disabled.31 May 2010 - 12:00am
HK needs green laws, parking for bicycles
More than 50 per cent of Danes cycle to work but, in my Tung Chung estate, there is not even provision made for parking a bicycle. Flat owners, many of whom are simply speculators, claim that it would make the estate untidy and lower their property values.22 May 2010 - 12:00am
'Short words are best and old words best of all'
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) - English statesman and writer
Here are a few short nouns that Winston Churchill might have liked. What do they mean?
1 a short cut
a. a type of hair style popular in the Navy19 May 2010 - 12:00am
Treasure every second you have
Things in life happen unexpectedly. Who in Hong Kong would expect their home to collapse?
The collapse of the To Kwa Wan tenement block last month even made the headlines overseas. The accident did not occur in some rural village, but in a modern city and an international financial centre.19 Feb 2010 - 12:00am
I recently found out that my sister really needs a card holder and a file. So I intend to buy them for her without waiting for her next birthday because it would be too late then.
If you really care about a person, you should know what they want and need. It is not necessary to wait until someone's birthday to send them presents.24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
It is often said that good writers never make any money. I have never met a successful writer, so I don't know if this is a universally held view. But all the writers I do know, who are all poor, assure me that this is the case.13 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
Mind your language
The TVB show Sunday Report has recently been examining new phrases which are becoming popular on the internet.
Young people like to use these informal terms. This may be because older people don't recognise them, so the phrases set them apart.
I use these trendy words, but I realise there are two major problems with doing so.21 May 2009 - 12:00am