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EU summit aims to rescue ’lost generation’

Greek protestors demonstrate against government job cuts on Wednesday in Athens. EU leaders in Brussels are holding a two-day summit on Thursday to tackle surging youth unemployment. Photo: AFP

EU leaders begin a two-day summit on Thursday aiming to put the worst of the euro zone crisis behind them with an action plan to tackle youth unemployment now hitting one out of four European youngsters.

Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 2:43pm

Ingredients of violence still a risk at junior soccer tournaments

The video clip showing a 10-year-old boy kicked his opponent in the face.

It has been a year since Hong Kong's infamous head-kick incident when a 10-year-old boy kicked his opponent in the face. Its YouTube video went viral - amassing around two and a half million views - and generated a huge amount of interest and concern globally. But locally, has organised youth soccer improved?

26 Apr 2013 - 3:38am

Personal best: Organised youth sport - then and now

Don't kill the thrill of taking part

As I watched a 10-year-old boy come off the rugby field in tears, I couldn't help reflect how children's sport had changed since I was a child. The entire pitch was lined with parents, some clapping and cheering, and others pacing up and down screaming until red in the face. Perhaps it's middle-aged parents living out their sporting dreams.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am 2 comments

Help Hong Kong's hidden youths come out of their shell

Help Hong Kong's hidden youths come out of their shell

The recent murder cases involving Hong Kong youths have undoubtedly left people shaken and caused many to question just what has gone wrong with our society. Discussions have primarily been about the "hidden youths" in Hong Kong. Typically, they have poor social skills but are very active in the cyber world. Although the murder cases are certainly extreme, the underlying issues must be taken seriously.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 4 comments

Darker dangers ignored in Hong Kong's youth drug abuse figures

Darker dangers ignored in Hong Kong's youth drug abuse figures

Last week, Narcotics Commissioner Erika Hui Lam Yin-ming relayed the results from the Central Registry of Drug Abuse survey of local and international school students. Rather predictably, the number of reported and new drug users aged under 21 last year dropped by 20 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively, in comparison to 2011.

28 Mar 2013 - 8:49am

Helping parents curb teen drug abuse

John McEnroe leaps with children to promote Life Education Activity Programme. Photo: C.Y. Yu

Life Education Activity Programme (LEAP) wholly endorses the statement by Winnie Kwan in advocating that education is the key to ensuring that more young people are fully aware of the dangers involved in drug abuse.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

One third of young mentally ill stuck in cycle of home-idling

More than one-third of mentally-disturbed young people are trapped in a cycle of idling at home, with nearly a quarter of these suffering from internet addiction, researchers claim.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am

Former Hong Kong skipper Stuart Krohn leads US kids on education mission

Leodes Van Buren, Stuart Krohn, Jabari Fernandes, Cameron Griffin and Nia Toliver at the Sevens. Photo: SMP Picture

Stuart Krohn was pleased to be back on his "home" turf this weekend. And while the Sevens is a chance to revive friendships and renew vows over the love, honour and worship of rugby, for Krohn it has a far deeper meaning.

24 Mar 2013 - 8:47am

Saved by the game

Yuen coaches new national players and girl's sides. Photo: SMP

As Hong Kong head coach Dai Rees tells it, "There is no off season in Hong Kong, rugby is a 365-day-a-year commitment."

24 Mar 2013 - 8:47am

Teen drinkers to be targeted at Hong Kong Sevens

Chung Tang, executive director of Kely Support Group

Hong Kong Sevens organisers are once again working with a leading youth charity to combat teenage binge drinking at the event, after the success of last year's initial project.

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union and the Kely Support Group will stress the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption to young fans at the tournament, which starts on Friday at the Hong Kong Stadium.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

Youth fear losing the city's culture

Two out of five of the city's people born in the 1990s want economic but not cultural integration with the mainland, a survey has found.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am

Suicide prevention starts with stronger community bonds

Suicide prevention starts with stronger community bonds

Suicide is still a sensitive topic in Asian countries. Since 1997, Hong Kong has experienced one of the most drastic changes in suicide rates. From a rate of 12.5 per 100,000 in 1997, it hit a historical high of 18.6 in 2003, an almost 50 per cent increase in a seven-year period.

1 Nov 2012 - 2:58am

On Second Thought: Government ignores protest movement at its peril

In his election campaign, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying bandied about his election motto of "change in stability".

At the time, he could hardly have imagined this proposition would be severely tested in a crisis so soon.

That crisis is the prolonged protest against the national education scheme, fuelled by anger over a perceived attempt to brainwash school pupils.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:06am

Students launch Occupy camp against controversial national education lessons

Student activists plan to camp outside the government's headquarters in Admiralty to pressure the authorities into scrapping national education lessons.

Members of Scholarism, a group of primary and secondary school students, say their "Occupy Tamar" campaign will be an ultimatum to the government. Tamar is the name of the former naval base on which the headquarters has been built.

30 Aug 2012 - 3:36am

False start for national education

Hong Kong parents do not often take to the streets to protest unless there are compelling reasons to do so. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people braved scorching heat and brought along toddlers and babies in pushchairs to protest against the compulsory national education programme. The controversy has quickly turned into an election issue in the September polls.

27 Aug 2012 - 9:15pm

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