Hotline set up to help troubled youngsters

A hotline has been set up for children to help them release stress from unhappy situations after a charity group found more than 50 per cent of children felt depressed due to family disputes.

Thursday, 5 April, 2007, 12:00am

Brisk Net trade for English exam spots

Reflecting the mania for English-language qualifications, South Korean students have been paying hundreds of dollars for an opportunity to take a proficiency test before it is changed.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Weak pupils were kept out of competency test

The Examination Authority is investigating a primary school for withholding pupils with poor academic results from taking an assessment test.

Speaking on RTHK radio last night, principal Tse Woon-yam of the Islamic Primary School in Tuen Mun admitted 21 primary pupils had been taken to the library instead of taking the Basic Competency Assessment (BCA) on July 4 and 5.

30 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Actress speaks out in debut album

Lindsay Lohan, best known for her recent role in Disney's Freaky Friday and high-school comedy Mean Girls, has released her debut album, Speak. In this pop-rock album, Lohan mixes up the beat, unleashes emotions, and shares her feelings about life, love and fame in a raspy voice backed by hum-along tunes.

6 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan



30 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Volunteers can make a difference

The Samaritans are a suicide prevention hotline with volunteers from all walks of life.

We are here to give emotional support to those who are feeling depressed, lonely, or suicidal. Our business is to listen 24 hours a day. We have been doing this continuously since 1973.

3 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Oral section of the benchmark test 'insult to expat teachers'

SCMP, March 7, 2001: The Education Department has been accused of wasting taxpayers' money and insulting expatriate teachers by forcing them to sit the oral section of the English-language benchmark assessment test.

12 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Samaritans volunteers can really make a difference

Every Chinese New Year we receive calls from people who are lonely, depressed or facing crises in their lives that they cannot share with their families or friends.

The Samaritans run a suicide prevention hotline so that people feeling like this can, at any time of the day or night, find a friendly voice and a willing ear.

9 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Phone hotline offers words of comfort

Caritas organised a telephone counselling hotline to help Primary Six pupils and their parents get help over the allocation of Form One places.

It recruits volunteers in early June and I volunteer to help out every year.

3 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Students speak up for fistful of dollars

The chance to earn 'English speaking dollars' (ESDs) gave students a big incentive to speak up at Clementi Secondary School's English speaking day.

All students were given 600 ESDs at the start of the day to take part in the games and activities especially set up for the event. Most activities cost 100 ESDs and players could win 200 or more back.

28 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Undergraduates face testing time

BAPTIST University students must pass an English test in order to graduate in a policy introduced amid concern over local graduates' falling language standard.

Vice-chancellor of the university, Dr Daniel Tse Chi-wai, said yesterday the new policy was to ensure university graduates possessed a certain level of language proficiency.

25 May 1995 - 12:00am

He may be an ape, but he looks better in a suit

YOU'VE had Sex (the book, that is). Now it is time for X.

An enterprising Hongkong company is selling a book of photographs of unclad Oriental men.

X, marketed by Adam's Pride Productions, is going for the same style of over-the-top hype as the Madonna book.

22 Apr 1993 - 12:00am