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  1. We are saddened to have cancelled our annual Stride for a Cure walk in Tai Tam Park on Sunday, December 8. In view of the uncertainty around the upcoming event this Sunday, we need to put the safety of our participants, volunteers and staff before everything else.It is a very special occasion for our cancer survivors and supporters. With more than 2,000 people gathering together for a great cause: to raise funds for a cure for cancer. Many have walked every year for 24 years.Rugby community…
  2. The UN Climate Change Conference COP25 started this week in Madrid. While some might find it tiring to be constantly reminded about the looming threat of climate change, the reality is that climate change is real and accelerating.We passed 1 degree Celsius of warming in 2015 and are likely to reach 2 degrees by 2050, at the current pace. These numbers may not sound like a lot, but bear in mind how a couple of degrees’ difference in body temperature would mean the start of a fever.For the Earth,…
  3. The Joint Office for Investigation of Water Seepage Complaints, set up by the Buildings Department and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, has long been criticised for its ineffectiveness in handling water seepage complaints.In its defence, the joint office has cited rapidly increasing case numbers, resource constraints and the high burden of proof under criminal procedures in taking enforcement action.I shall share my personal experience in the hope of improving the operation of the…
  4. In a few short months, the beautiful and peaceful city of Hong Kong has been turned into a battleground, its young students into urban guerillas, its respected police force into a beleaguered organisation. Different sectors of its society have gone from living peacefully together to hating each other. The economy has entered into recession and hundreds of shops and restaurants have closed down.The government must accept responsibility for such a state of affairs, which result from their…
  5. Before the 2019 district council elections in Hong Kong, Beijing had been portraying the unrest in the semi-autonomous city as a public order problem, a chaotic situation caused by a “small group of rioters” and incited by foreign anti-China forces. But, for three reasons, it is now no longer possible, nor meaningful, to gloss over the true political nature of the current situation.First, the landslide victory for the pro-democracy camp is proof that those who have a different vision from…
  6. Students have a right to be idiots and to change their mind over the years. A good friend of mine in Orlando (originally from Spain) is not embarrassed to say that he was an enthusiastic communist when he was young – and that he is a vehement supporter of Trump today.I have less tolerance for the administrators and teaching staff at our educational institutions. They are reasonably highly paid: Hong Kong spends nearly HK$35 million a day on education. But have they done their job in guiding…
  7. L. K. Cheah (“Why did voters support rioting and violence?”, November 29), despite apparently living in Toronto, seems to be in possession of election statistics that are not readily available in Hong Kong.While the violence has been stupid and sometimes downright evil, it has been committed by a small percentage of the population, perhaps with support from others, whose votes, even had they all voted, would not have been anywhere near enough to result in the overwhelming success of the pro…
  8. It is worrying to learn that the government is withdrawing its funding request for building medical teaching facilities at the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University, and for allied health services training facilities at Polytechnic University (“Lawmakers put politics above needs of society”, December 3).One of the reasons for the withdrawals is said to be objection from pro-establishment lawmakers. Legislator Ann Chiang Lai-wan even commented that there were already too many…
  9. In October, Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing spoke of plans to phase out all fossil fuel vehicles over the next 10 to 20 years and switch to electric modes of commercial and public transport to improve air quality. This is a welcome prospect, but what are the likely hurdles to successful implementation?The main challenge would be the charging stations in Hong Kong, which are grossly inadequate. Second, chargers are in poor condition. Third, the financial incentives…
  10. The civil unrest in Hong Kong is about to enter its seventh month, after a lull that was all too brief. The lives of residents have been severely affected, and we have witnessed acts of violence, serious damage to public and private property, and even threats to life. Neither side is prepared to stand down, and the rhetoric has only become more extreme.While the government has already withdrawn the controversial bill that sparked the whole movement, it has not made further concessions to defuse…