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The non-negligible risk of living alone

2021-10-11

The pandemic has precipitated the hidden economic, physical and mental health crisis among grassroots who live alone. What’s more, the recent wave of mass migrations seemed to have led to the creation of a large number of singleton elders lacking support from their immediate family. The society should take prompt action to prevent the problem of social isolation from deteriorating.


Selfless but neglected: Children who look after family members

2021-08-09

Although people are more and more conscious of supporting family carers in recent years, the focus has been on the situation of ‘seniors caring for seniors’. In fact, there are a number of children and adolescents known as ‘minor caregivers’ having to provide home care to their family members with chronic diseases or disabilities and do all the housework. However, these ‘young carers’ will neither talk to others nor seek help, which makes them invisible in the society. How should we identify and support these young carers?


Should employees transfer MPF assets to the first fund with a dividend feature?

2020-12-14

The market fluctuation this year may cause employees to worry about their Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) account balance. An MPF approved trustee has recently launched the first fund with a regular dividend distribution feature. What factors should employees consider when determining whether this option should be included in their MPF investment portfolio? What measures should the Government take to strengthen retirement protection to alleviate poverty among the elderly?


To wear or not to wear? It’s women’s choice

2020-08-03

Inspired by feminism, there is an increasing trend of ‘bralessness’ among many women. Even for those who wear bras, they hold a new attitude in making choices. This phenomenon has changed public perception of women and brought challenges to the business of the underwear industry.


Lessons from #BlackLivesMatter: A CEO Prepares

2020-07-24

The death of George Floyd due to police brutality has sparked management of many large corporations in the United States (U.S.) to speak out against racial discrimination and even donate money to pro-black organisations in their own names. Society nowadays expects business leaders to take stands on political and social issues which are unrelated to their companies’ businesses. How should the leaders respond to this expectation?


Fitness beyond Instagram

2020-07-15

Sharing photos and videos of healthy eating and exercise on social media has tied in some people’s everyday lives. This habit has turned the influential ones into key opinion leaders (KOLs). Whilst some of their followers benefit from their sharing, others are found taking diet and exercise to an extreme, which is counterproductive to achieve their fitness goals, or even worse, may develop into mental illnesses. How do social media platforms shape this phenomenon?


Well-being of animals in zoos and aquariums affected by coronavirus outbreak

2020-07-06

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a lot of zoos and aquariums around the globe have temporarily closed and suffered financial difficulties, arousing concern about the well-being of captive animals in these facilities. In Hong Kong, some leisure farms which allow human-animal interactions have become popular in recent years. How should they prevent the cross transmission of coronavirus?


How to protect outdoor workers from extremely hot weather?

2020-06-29

Over the past two decades, Hong Kong has experienced extreme heat more frequently, which in turn exposed outdoor workers to an increasing risk of heat exhaustion. Can the existing labour regulations fully protect the rights of these workers?


Can Hong Kong take inspiration from #BlackLivesMatter in promoting racial harmony?

2020-06-26

George Floyd, an African American, died after a police officer pressed a knee to his neck during an arrest. The tragic death has sparked a wave of demonstrations against racism and police brutality in some countries. A series of incidents shows that prolonged social unrests may occur if racial conflicts are not effectively resolved. Hong Kong is a home for hundreds of thousands of ethnic minorities. However, some of them are being discriminated because of their race. What should we do to create an inclusive environment?


Is urban cycling feasible in Hong Kong?

2020-06-08

Some cities encourage people to use bicycle as an alternative to public transport after the coronavirus outbreak. Although there are many cyclists in Hong Kong, their right to use the road remains controversial among the public. Can cycling become a means of transportation in Hong Kong?