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The legal disputes triggered by business activities in the outer space

2020-03-30

There is an increasing number of private companies expanding their business activities from Earth into space, such as space travel, manufacturing rockets and spaceships and establishing satellite internet networks. However, as no country can appropriate and claim sovereignty over the outer space, how should the international space law be designed to maintain order and protect people’s right in space?


Lessons from coronavirus outbreak: Challenges of working from home

2020-03-27

The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global pandemic. Governments around the world have to be well prepared for a tough battle ahead. A large number of employees have already been advised to work from home. What are the challenges they are facing? How could they adapt to this operating model?


Is there a gender gap in practising environmental protection?

2020-03-23

Environmental protection is a shared responsibility. However, a survey found that the proportion of women practising environmentally friendly behaviour is generally higher than that of men. Some studies suggest that the difference reflects gender stereotypes in family roles and the threat of gender identity. What is the rationale behind those studies? What is the best strategy to promote environmental protection if such argument is established?


Taiwan community housing policy: A lesson for Hong Kong

2020-03-20

To improve the living environment of the disadvantaged awaiting for public rental housing, some welfare NGOs and social enterprises in Hong Kong have launched the transitional community housing programmes. They renovate idle residential units in the market and sublet them to the disadvantaged at affordable rent. A similar policy has been implemented in Taiwan, in which the transitional housing project is operated by professional real estate agencies. How can Hong Kong be inspired by their experiences?


Lessons from coronavirus outbreak: Implications of working from home for enterprises

2020-03-19

As the deadly coronavirus continues its global spread, a large number of enterprises need to arrange employees to work from home to help prevent the virus from spreading. Overseas media claimed that the situation has triggered ‘the world's biggest work-from-home experiment’. This ‘experiment’ could have implications for business operating model in the future.


Spend smart. Raise awareness of the rule of law via multiple media channels

2020-03-18

About $450 million is reserved in the latest Hong Kong Budget for the Department of Justice to implement the “Vision 2030 for Rule of Law” project. It aims to strengthen our community’s understanding of the concept of the rule of law and its implementation. To make good use of the funding, multiple media channels should be considered to help implement the objective effectively.


Should school-based physical education (PE) be reformed to move HK teens?

2020-03-16

The amount of daily physical activity of Hong Kong teenagers is below WHO’s standard. Also, the average curriculum time of PE is even lower than the global average. Does Hong Kong need a reform in PE to encourage students to have more physical activities and assist them to develop a habit of regular exercise?


Provide a springboard to foster ‘Post-50’ joining the labour market
Cultivate a positive work environment attracting new blood

2020-03-12

The study has reviewed the changes of Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) from 1998 to 2018 and analysed the relationship between the LFPR and the demographic characteristics, with a focus on exploring LFPR of persons aged 50 or above (Post-50) and their impacts on the labour market. The Centre hopes the findings help lay a groundwork for different stakeholders to unleash the potential of local workforce, and to plan ahead for manpower planning strategies in promoting Post-50 employment.


The 'glass cliff' puts women in power during crises

2020-03-11

Under the economic downturn and the outbreak of novel coronavirus, lots of local enterprises are facing adverse circumstances. A research pointed out that women are more likely to be promoted to positions of organisational leadership during periods of crisis. However, it is also more likely to make them fail, putting them in a precarious position called 'glass cliff'.


Is Dopamine Fasting a way to reset your mind?

2020-03-09

Dopamine Fasting is becoming a trend in Silicon Valley. It is claimed that intermittently cutting off all the stimuli can help isolate addictive behaviours caused by dopamine release and improve the ability to focus. Is it really working?