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An alternative conservation concept: Sensory heritage


A law proposition was presented in France to put forward the concept of sensory heritage, emphasising the inclusion of animals’ sound and smell into the scope of conservation. This analysis will introduce the thinking behind the advocates and discuss how the concept can be put into practice.

Sports development amid coronavirus pandemic


Under the continuing coronavirus pandemic, sports development in Hong Kong have almost come to a halt from elite to public levels. The epidemic is likely to last for a long period of time. Under the new normal, how should Hong Kong’s sports policies move forward?

Trans female in sports: Do they have an unfair advantage?


Amid growing concerns over the transgender equality, international sports organisations have been reviewing the gender identification policies. Some countries have gradually allowed transgender athletes to participate in school competitions based on their ‘gender identity’. However, critics complain that it is unfair to allow trans female athletes competing in female sports with male physical advantages. What can the local sports community learn from the controversy?

Dubious wellness claims on video streaming platforms


Some overseas video streaming platforms have produced wellness show introducing various therapies which are alleged to be effective for healing body and mind. However, some video contents were criticised for lacking scientific evidence and misleading audience to make profits. How is the handling of the problem different from regulating traditional TV programmes?

Can Hong Kong comic industry benefit from Korean webtoon’s global development?


There are still many cartoonists devoting their energies to comic creation in Hong Kong. However, some believed that the glorious time of local comic industry is over. On the contrary, online comics in South Korea (also known as webtoon) is gaining popularity in Asia and around the world in recent years. What are the reasons behind the boom? Can South Korea’s webtoon platforms be a springboard for Hong Kong’s comic industry to go international?

Eliminating time and location constraints in fitness industry


Fitness industry is flourishing in the global market. In Hong Kong, the number of fitness centres has significantly grown in recent years, and some of them even provide 24-hour service. In addition, the introduction of online platforms can help members make class reservation of multiple fitness centres in one go. How have these trends changed the fitness industry?

Can drug tests catch gene-edited athletes?


The use of banned drugs by athletes is rife in sports. Although international sports organisations have been actively contributing to the fight against doping, the development of biotechnology has theoretically made it possible for athletes to enhance performance by applying gene-editing technology. Can the current screening mechanism cope with this kind of hidden cheating?

Providing youth friendly parks in Hong Kong


It is not uncommon to find park facilities and physical environment tailor-made for children and the elderly in Hong Kong. Would this kind of thoughtful design make some young people feel left out? The Government suggests modifying a large number of public play spaces in its latest Policy Address, and thus it may take this opportunity to offer customised design that meets young people’s needs.

Subscription fatigue: A hurdle facing the booming subscription economy?


A growing number of businesses has switched to a subscription model, providing products or services to consumers in the form of charging regularly, instead of one-time transactions. However, some subscription model markets like video streaming services have been fragmented, causing consumers to be frustrated by thousands of choices and even suffer from ‘subscription fatigue’. What is ‘subscription fatigue’? Is there any way to combat it?