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Do not begrudge giving our young offenders a second chance

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Paul Yip

Paul Yip’s visit to a correctional services centre for Hong Kong youth brings home the need to tap their evident skills and talent for the greater good, so they remain useful members of society.

I recently visited the Cape Collinson training centre for young offenders with other members of my department at the University of Hong Kong. Our aim was to explore collaborative work with the Correctional Services Department, to better understand and improve the rehabilitation service provided for these youth.  Read More

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On Second Thought: Long-term investment in human capital and boosting quality of life vital to Hong Kong’s survival

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Paul Yip

The city must provide accommodation for those who are ineligible for public housing and ensure that it retains talented people

Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah offered a HK$38.8 billion package of sweeteners in his ninth budget. At the same time, Hong Kong is anticipating slower economic growth of between 1 and 2 per cent and challenges arising from the effects of fewer tourists and exports. This will be further complicated in the near future by rapid ageing and a reduction in the size of the workforce. Read More

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When will Hong Kong realise that its exam-focused culture is failing our children?

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Paul Yip

Paul Yip says the problems with the Territory-wide System Assessment are just one small part of a bigger problem: the local education system’s misguided mentality that learning is best through rigorous testing and packed curriculums

There is a strong desire to scrap the Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA) for Primary Three children (aged 9), with critics of the exam claiming that the extensive drills and practice are counterproductive in nurturing young minds. The government seems to accept the recommendation from a working group that 90 per cent of primary school pupils could be exempted from taking it this year.

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香港人口發展反思

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張筱蘭  |  葉兆輝

在過去300多年裏,世界人口增加超過10倍,由1700年不足7億人至今天已達70億人。世界人口急劇增加,緣於十八世紀後期人口死亡率逐漸下降與生育率上升。

馬爾薩斯(Malthus)的第一版《人口原理》(1798)正正是這個時期推出,人口問題亦是當時社會討論的焦點之一。根據他的人口理論,控制人口增長有兩種基本抑制:預防性抑制與現實性抑制。前者在現代西方國家透過限制婚姻以控制生育和人口增長;後者則在非現代西方國家因人口無節制地增長以致貧窮和死亡率上升。要利用預防性抑制來控制人口增長,教育、家庭計劃和避孕技術絕對扮演了重要角色。

現代社會的大部分家庭均有意識地計算生育孩子的成本和效益,評估客觀因素如社會環境、居住地是否有足夠影響力的友善家庭政策,從而決定是否(或推遲)結婚和生育,這些因素同樣直接影響香港的人口發展。

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葉兆輝:施政報告 —「智慧城市」需全面發展

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葉兆輝

最新的施政報告將「創新及科技」擺作重頭戲,提出建設「智慧城市」。香港信息科技的基礎設施發達,互聯網覆蓋率近80%,手機更是平均每人有兩部,具備發展「智慧城市」的硬件基礎。香港人生活節奏快,追求高效,喜歡新產品,對「智慧城市」有需求。而「智慧城市」的發展有助於減少人力成本,對於人口不斷老化的香港來講,有利於維持社會的持續高效運作。因此建設「智慧城市」是適應時勢的選擇。

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workplace injury

Hong Kong’s outdated approach to injury management is not working

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Paul Yip & Nancy Chau

The city has a compensation-focused approach to workplace injuries, and employees would be better served by rehabilitation and a timely return to work

Each year in Hong Kong, there are about 55,000 cases of workplace accidents or work-related diseases, resulting in some 200 deaths. In a working population of about 3.9 million, this means a fatality rate of 5.2 deaths per 10,000 workers, which is higher than that observed in Singapore (2.1) or Australia (1.7).

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以受傷工人為本 清除重返工作的障礙  

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郭志良  |   葉兆輝

工作意外和職業病每年導致本港近200 宗致命及5.5 萬宗受傷個案。近數十年來,在有效處理工傷並防止傷患惡化為長期傷殘的問題上,以早期綜合治療為中心的工傷康復理念在國際間被譽為最有效方案,可是這種方案在香港卻一直未能普及。我們剛剛完成了一研究項目——從社會角度看香港僱員補償保險體制,從而了解工傷康復理念在香港發展緩慢的原因,及工人在康復過程中遇到的障礙。

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