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The development of premium healthcare in the Mainland


The quality of healthcare in Mainland cities is a concern for Hongkongers who have headed north to pursue a career. Although premium healthcare covered by corporate health insurance has so far satisfied the needs of high earners in first-tier cities, whether the average person can also benefit from first-rate care services will be a subject that arouses the interest of the younger generation.

Opening doors to employment for ethnic minority women


In Hong Kong, for certain ethnic groups, the proportion of working women is low. Although some of them wish to work, their culture may expect them to stay indoors and look after children. In the Policy Address, the Government has announced plans to provide extra training and incentive payments to home-based child carers. Can it open up employment opportunities for such ethnic minority women?

Planning smart cities from the ground up


Constrained by existing infrastructure, introducing high-tech elements that can make people’s lives better into an established community is challenging. Conversely, a smart city that has been conceptualised from the outset offers much greater possibilities. A smart neighbourhood pilot project to be carried out in Toronto can illustrate the potential of planning from the ground up.

True or false? Does fact-checking work?


The difficulty of validating online information has resulted in a yearning for authority and the rise of third-party fact-checking agencies. However, in an era of information bombardment, whether such agencies can make a difference remains a question.

Luring global talent with internship programmes


Traditionally, one of the purposes of an internship is to provide opportunities for talent to gain experience. However, in view of manpower shortage, many overseas companies and governments have introduced student internship programmes to compete for global talent. This article may provide insights into recruitment strategies amid talent war.

Mapping out a 20-minute social neighbourhood to create a livable New Territories


The development plans for brownfield sites and privately owned agricultural land highlighted in the newly released Policy Address will surely make the New Territories home to even more people, where over half of the local population resides. To make this region more livable, the concept of ‘20-minute social neighbourhood’ should be incorporated into the city’s planning standards and guidelines, allowing citizens to take a stroll and enjoy different communal facilities and services, and immerse themselves in the unique culture and natural settings that surround them.

How to support colleagues with mental health issues?


Busy Hongkongers adopt different approaches to coping with stress at work. Some talk with families and friends, while others listen to music or exercise. Nevertheless, can they handle colleagues who are in a state of nervous tension, or who display anxiety and depression symptoms? 

Finding the perfect stage for buskers


Following the abolition of the Mong Kok pedestrian precinct, many buskers moved their stages to other districts. With a view to preventing the chaos in Mong Kok from happening in other areas, there have been calls for a licensing scheme. However, introducing any sifting systems will likely be criticised for jeopardising the nature of street performance. How should the society treat street performers if we would like to get the best of both worlds?

The possibility of introducing balanced calendar into Hong Kong schools


November is a long month for Hong Kong students, considering that usually there is no specific general holiday in this month. Will students accept the proposal of shortening their summer break, in exchange for extra holidays during this period of time? For parents who need to take care of their children and arrange activities for them, is the suggestion a good deal?