Plug in and drive on Plug in and drive on

Plug in and drive on

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Vehicle emissions are one of the major causes of air pollution in Hong Kong and the government has been promoting the use of electric vehicles as a way to tackle the problem. But despite its efforts, the response from drivers has been disappointing. Apart from the relatively higher cost of electric cars, motorists tell Varsity the lack of quick chargers is one of the reasons there are so few zero-emissions cars on our roads.

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Finding the Spotlight Finding the Spotlight

Finding the Spotlight

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Mention musicals and most people will think of productions from New York’s Broadway or London’s West End. But a group of dedicated performers, writers, producers and musicians are working hard to put on local musicals performed in Cantonese. It’s an uphill struggle, but they tell Varsity it is well worth the effort.

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Walking in the City Walking in the City

Walking in the City

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Being caught in rush hour traffic in Central is no joke, and if you are a pedestrian, breathing the exhaust filled air is bad for your health. A group of researchers and scholars say there is another way – that we can create a Central free of cars, a walkable Central. Varsity learns more.

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Raising Hope – The Future of Dolphins Raising Hope – The Future of Dolphins

Raising Hope – The Future of Dolphins

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The plight of an injured dolphin, later named Hope, in waters off Lantau island drew public attention to the dangers facing the Chinese White Dolphins around Hong Kong. Hope’s eventual death led to calls for a protocol on dealing with the rescue of injured sea mammals in Hong Kong waters, and for greater monitoring of local dolphin watching tours.

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April 2015 - Reimagining Public Space

April 2015 – Reimagining Public Space

April 2015 – Reimagining Public Space

With its skyscrapers and dense urban neighbourhoods, Hong Kong can seem claustrophobic at times – the only places people can gather to spend their leisure time or socialise tend to either require consumption or are overly restrictive. In this issue of Periscope, Varsity takes a look at how we conceive of and use public space in our city.

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Apr 13, 2015 16:55

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Invisible Disability

Invisible Disability

End stage renal disease (ESRD) patients need frequent dialysis treatment frequently to stay alive. This makes it hard for them to find jobs to pay for the costly treatment. Disability Allowance could help to ease their financial burden but the ambiguous terms in the application mean many doctors do not consider ESRD patients as eligible for the allowance.

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Apr 13, 2015 21:10

People

Dr Au Yiu-kai – Always On Call

Dr Au Yiu-kai – Always On Call

Doctor Au Yiu-kai has braved Taliban attacks and Israeli airstrikes during this time as a volunteer physician in conflict and disaster areas across the world. None of these dangers has discouraged him from serving the sick and wounded. But here the head of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP) volunteers’ medical team, he tells Varsity about his heartbreak over Hong Kong.

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Apr 13, 2015 21:08

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The Changing Taste of Tai O Shrimp Paste

The Changing Taste of Tai O Shrimp Paste

Thanks to its rich natural resources and access to quality shrimps, Tai O has been renowned for its scrumptious shrimp paste. But the ban on trawling has shifted the production line to the Mainland. Varsity asks long-established brands how they see the future of their businesses.

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Apr 13, 2015 21:06

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Plug in and drive on

Plug in and drive on

Vehicle emissions are one of the major causes of air pollution in Hong Kong and the government has been promoting the use of electric vehicles as a way to tackle the problem. But despite its efforts, the response from drivers has been disappointing. Apart from the relatively higher cost of electric cars, motorists tell Varsity the lack of quick chargers is one of the reasons there are so few zero-emissions cars on our roads.

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Finding the Spotlight

Finding the Spotlight

Mention musicals and most people will think of productions from New York’s Broadway or London’s West End. But a group of dedicated performers, writers, producers and musicians are working hard to put on local musicals performed in Cantonese. It’s an uphill struggle, but they tell Varsity it is well worth the effort.

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Walking in the City

Walking in the City

Being caught in rush hour traffic in Central is no joke, and if you are a pedestrian, breathing the exhaust filled air is bad for your health. A group of researchers and scholars say there is another way – that we can create a Central free of cars, a walkable Central. Varsity learns more.

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Raising Hope – The Future of Dolphins

Raising Hope – The Future of Dolphins

The plight of an injured dolphin, later named Hope, in waters off Lantau island drew public attention to the dangers facing the Chinese White Dolphins around Hong Kong. Hope’s eventual death led to calls for a protocol on dealing with the rescue of injured sea mammals in Hong Kong waters, and for greater monitoring of local dolphin watching tours.

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Local apps developers seek to protect innovations

Local apps developers seek to protect innovations

New apps appear on the market for consumers to download onto their mobile devices every day. But for the developers who spend their time and efforts to create them, there is little in the way of intellectual property protection. Varsity speaks to some of the innovators who say that being ripped off is simply a sad reality.

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A Hong Kong Natural Treasure

A Hong Kong Natural Treasure

The Hong Kong Global Geopark of China is part of the Global Geoparks Network. It will undergo its first midterm assessment by the UNESCO this July. Varsity meets the professionals and people who work at the Geopark to see whether it will keep its place on the list.

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Reimagining Public Space – Editor’s Note

Reimagining Public Space – Editor’s Note

Public space is a crucial element of a city’s liveability. In crowded Hong Kong, where land is maximised for commercial and residential use, the importance of public space has been diminished. In this issue, we take a closer look at citizens’ access to and rights in using public space. As the government imposes more restrictions […]

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Invisible Disability

Invisible Disability

End stage renal disease (ESRD) patients need frequent dialysis treatment frequently to stay alive. This makes it hard for them to find jobs to pay for the costly treatment. Disability Allowance could help to ease their financial burden but the ambiguous terms in the application mean many doctors do not consider ESRD patients as eligible for the allowance.

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The Return of the Non-natives

The Return of the Non-natives

With an ageing population, Hong Kong faces a shrinking workforce. The government’s latest initiative to boost the workforce and expand the pool of talent is to appeal to the children of Hongkongers who have emigrated overseas. But does the city have what it takes to attract these second generation overseas Hongkongers, or would they prefer competitor cities like Singapore?

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Misfits Makes Good

Misfits Makes Good

There is a common misunderstanding in Hong Kong that autistic people are either severely intellectually disabled or are geniuses with special talents. Either way, they tend to be labeled as freaks. However, high functioning autistic people are embraced by employers due to their loyalty, methodical approach and sensitivity to numbers.

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