Dennis Chong

The young generation of workers describe themselves as lazy and self-centred, but companies need to adapt to suit this new workforce rather than the other way round if they want to survive, a business expert said yesterday.

Real gross domestic product rose only 0.2 per cent on a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter basis, down from 1.4 per cent in the last three months of 2012. Year on year, output in the first quarter rose 2.8 per cent, beating market estimates.

District Judge Wong Hing-chun wrote in a 24-page judgment that George Tam Siu-ping, principal of the Hong Kong Wah Yan College had breached a commandment and must "face his God and conscience for speaking evil falsely of his neighbour".


Fees for new students entering the English Schools Foundation from 2016 could be more than 20 per cent higher as the government phases out its decades-old subsidy for the foundation. The change is the result of drawn-out negotiations between the Education Bureau and the ESF, which officials have described as a "colonial legacy".

Some 66 per cent of the nearly 200 dockers polled in the past two days back the 9.8 per cent offer, which was made on Friday night, the Federation of Hong Kong and Kowloon Labour Unions said.

Tens of thousands flocked for a glimpse of the yellow inflatable sculpture over the weekend, but it has prompted ridicule among some internet users, and one even posted a video of it exploding, raising fears somebody could try to damage it.


Hong Kong collected record-breaking tax revenue of HK$242.2 billion for the 2012/13 fiscal year, thanks to healthy growth in company earnings.

Textbook prices are expected to rise by 3.3 per cent despite officials' efforts to stop the much-criticised bundling of textbooks and teaching materials that has increased the burden of cost for parents.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday he was "serious" about allegations against former chief graft-buster Timothy Tong Hin-ming, but any decision on what to do would await the outcome of an internal investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Offers from multinational investment banks were down about 30 per cent so far this year, the university's director of careers and placement, Herman Chan Ping-kong, said as he released results of the survey on the career development of 3,500 graduates.

Hong Kong's shortage of university places could turn into a glut in three years as student numbers fall and competition from private institutions increases. In the 2013-2014 academic year there will be 22,000 places available at public and private universities for the 27,000 secondary school pupils likely to meet the minimum entry requirement to study for a degree.

From telling offensive, sexrelated jokes to offering privileges in exchange for unethical deeds, schools were no different from commercial entities in terms of the problem's prevalence, commission policy and research committee convenor Tse said.

"Monster" parents in Hong Kong are turning out a generation of spoiled brats who have an inflated view of their abilities and may resort to aggression to get ahead, a City University study warns.

Gigi Chao and her father may have different opinions about how she lives her life, but that did not deter them from enjoying a night at the theatre under the same roof last night.

Hong Kong will soon welcome an influx of domestic helpers from Bangladesh to alleviate the city's labour shortage. An agency that is helping train domestic workers from Bangladesh said the city was attracting "good" interest, while the Bangladeshi consul general in Hong Kong confirmed some 4,000 people had registered their interest in working in Hong Kong.

Government auditors rapped some kindergartens for imposing high miscellaneous fees on pupils and failing to retain teachers even as they enjoyed large rental subsidies for their premises. The Director of Audit's latest report studied 740 kindergartens on the government's voucher scheme under which parents received fee subsidies. The scheme was set up to help less well-off families and also to provide schools with the means for professional development.

Three vacant school premises will be turned into international classrooms to create 1,700 places, the government said yesterday. This follows criticism from business chambers and other observers that a lack of school places for expatriate children is harming the city's reputation as an international commerce hub.

Nord Anglia Education, which yesterday was granted the right to run an international school on government land, will contribute to the community through training of local teachers and offer a teacher-to-pupil ratio that is "among the lowest" in the sector.

Candidates faced a political challenge in the latest liberal studies exams, when they were asked to give their views on the impact of filibuster campaigns in the Legislative Council and the reasons for Hongkongers to fight for democracy in China.

Hong Kong's universities must create a truly international student and faculty mix if they are to stand out among competitors in the region, a British education expert has said.

The District Court appearance of George Tam Siu-ping - who is due to retire as principal of the 93-year-old Wah Yan College after about 17 years - proved a school scandal significant enough to draw former pupils to the public gallery.

The saying "without good fences, there cannot be good neighbours" might not seem appropriate for a family with 90 members living on the same property. But it fits the Harilela family who, according to patriarch Hari, "maintain a kind of privacy and harmony" in their home - a 25,000 square foot complex in Kowloon Tong.