Issue: March 22, 2006   (Archive)
Friday, October 9, 2015   

Tutoring business passes as schooling fails
How much can one make as a private tutor? Beacon Education has just filed for an IPO on the main board of HKEx. The prospectus shows that one of its star teachers, YY Lam, who began his career in private tutoring four years ago, has contributed more than HK$100 million a year to Beacon Education since 2013.

Media life captured under Umbrella
University assistant professor Kaman Lee Ka- man and HKTV news controller Earnest Li Chi-kin have produced a documentary on journalists who covered the Umbrella Movement.

MTR action strikes the wrong chord
Have you ever seen MTR staff intercept parallel goods traders? I have never seen it even though I often see parallel goods traders carrying oversized luggage. Do you often see students carrying oversized musical instruments on the MTR? I seldom see students carrying oversized musical instruments on MTR trains. So why are MTR attendants only picking on students with oversized musical instruments and preventing them from traveling on the MTR? Why are the attendants not picking on parallel goods traders or mainland tourists with large suitcases? Students carry oversized musical instruments on the MTR only when they have to go for music lessons. Parallel goods traders with oversized luggage are smuggling goods across the border several times a day. They are breaking mainland law.

Busy doctor who relaxes doing the dishes
I asked Davy Chan Yat-ming about his work as a doctor. He said it would be more interesting to talk about his "part-time job" as an officer of the Auxiliary Medical Service.

New `wave' on poll horizon
Campaigning for the district council elections will start shortly and competition is intense within both the pan-democrat and the pro- establishment camps.

Why love is in the air on Double Seventh
Legend has it that the official Chinese Valentine's Day also called the Qixi Festival or Qiqiao Festival celebrates the love story of the cowhand and weaver maid in Chinese mythology.

Investor yearns for more yen
The United States decided not to raise interest rates in September, but the Hong Kong property market remains jittery.

Spilling the beans on lousy English
Billy Fung Jing-en is the president of the Hong Kong University's student union. He is also a member of the HKU Council, which makes important decisions regarding the university. But is his English not up to scratch? Leonie Ki Man-fung, who is also a member of the HKU Council, said Fung Jing-en's English is so below par that he is not able to fully understand what is being discussed during HKU Council meetings. Most council members are Chinese but meetings are in English because several members, including Vice-Chancellor Peter Mathieson, do not understand Cantonese. Fung Jing-en spilled the beans on the reasons members gave when the council voted against appointing Johannes Chan Man-mun as pro- vice-chancellor during a confidential meeting.

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