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Land Sharing Pilot Scheme: Three points need to pay attention to


The Government has proposed the ‘Land Sharing Pilot Scheme’ (LSPS) to unlock the potential of large-scale private agricultural land in the New Territories. Yet, there are a few salient points to consider in response to the society’s needs and aspirations.

Introducing ‘time bank’ to set primary healthcare services on ground


To promote public health through primary healthcare services, it is essential to establish a comprehensive service network. It not only requires a close cooperation between the Government, medical professionals and non-governmental organisations, but also the intangible power of community. A ‘time bank’ can be set up by engaging people in the neighborhood to build a supportive network.

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?

Establishing a new statutory body to enhance regulatory standard of primary healthcare


In recent years, the Government has vigorously promoted primary healthcare (PHC) services with the emphasis on cross-disciplinary and cross-group collaboration. However, PHC services which are provided by different healthcare professionals, can hardly be standardised. The Centre proposes to establish a statutory ‘PHC Authority’ which aims at upgrading the regulatory standard of local PHC services.

Allowing subsidised sale flats owners to pay land premium by instalments


Presently, subsidised sale flat (SSF) owners cannot sell their units freely unless full land premium is paid. However, considering the huge amount of the land premium, SSF owners can hardly pay the lump sum in one go. To tackle such issue, the Government should allow certain flexibility for SSF owners to pay the land premium by instalments. They can decide the repayment schedule and amount based on the market condition. In addition, setting a ceiling on the repayment is important for helping owners to plan ahead.

Hong Kong should get rid of the blind spots in healthcare services reviews


Healthcare institutions always pursue blindly numerical target of patients served in primary healthcare to the neglect of the importance of service quality, e.g. whether the patients have improved their conditions and their satisfaction with the services. Therefore, the society needs a comprehensive assessment framework to ensure both quality and quantity are taken into consideration. This analysis discusses how to effectively evaluate the quality and quantity of primary healthcare services.

Ways to combat cruel animal husbandry


The New York City Council passed the legislation in prohibiting the sale of foie gras to combat cruelty in the meat industry. Indeed, some parties believe that certification program could be a cure on animal welfare. How the standards of certification protect the welfare of livestock, as well as the additional production cost and monitoring of compliance with standards, will become the key factors in solving the issue.

Should we give up the public payphone service in Hong Kong?


The Communications Authority decided to embark on a review of the number of public payphones two years ago. The review is expected to be completed before the end of 2019. The society has different opinions on leaving or keeping the public payphone kiosks, but beside these two-prospective, we still have other choices.

Kidfluencers are coming to town. Are we ready?


The culture of internet celebrity has been flourishing, initiating kids’ dreams of becoming stars. However, the online world is full of perils including harassment, negative reviews and threats from criminals. Are children equipped to deal with it?