和新上任的創新及科技局局長薛永恒認識已有20多年，他一向以實幹見稱，任職機電工程署署長時，推出了一個創科網上配對平台（E&M InnoPortal），專門為政府和公營機構對新科技需求配對大學及初創企業的創科項目，該署同時更為機電項目做成效驗證，推動研發成果落地，令人印象深刻。 繼續閱讀
The Legislative Council’s Establishment Subcommittee Meeting held in January discussed the Development Bureau’s request for additional staff to oversee the promotion of the common spatial data infrastructure (CSDl). The participating councillors have prepared well for the meeting and raised very specific questions. One pointed out that the data should be connected to the geographic location, so that different information related to the same location can be connected for the convenience of research and development of applications.
The first global COVID-19 dashboard by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) of the United States has received enthusiastic response around the world. The dashboard attracts an average of 1.2 billion views per day. It is an exemplar of the benefits of open data – and how quickly it can be deployed to good effect when the will is there. Hong Kong cannot use the COVID-19 crisis or other pettier considerations stand in its way to securing the obvious benefits of open data. 繼續閱讀
We don’t know when the Covid-19 pandemic will end, but many experts are asking us to be prepared for a long lasting war. David Ho, the world’s famous AIDS researcher who is currently developing a treatment for Covid-19, confessed that the virus would be troubling us for longer than envisaged, just like the widespread of smallpox in the past which took 20 years for humans to completely wipe it out.
Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus. According to the figures from the mainland China, the mortality rate at the age of 50 or above reaches 1.3% while the death rate at the age of 80 or above reaches 14.8%, more than 10 times. That may explain the reason why Italy has the highest mortality rate under the current pandemic that 23% of its citizens are over 65 years old. 繼續閱讀
The Covid-19 mortality rate in Italy is over 12 per cent, the world’s highest, partly due to its rapidly ageing population, with 23 per cent of citizens aged 65 or older. Yet Japan, the world’s No. 1 ageing country, has a Covid-19 mortality rate of only over 2 per cent. The reason may be that the countries allocate treatment resources differently. 繼續閱讀
Food of the future
We have enjoyed the convenience brought by the globalisation of food and grain. Almost all of Hong Kong’s foods are imported. More than half of its rice is from Thailand, while Vietnam supplies 25 percent. As for pork, since the outbreak of African Swine Fever last year, Hong Kong has imported more frozen meat from Brazil, Thailand, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States, and France, instead of live pigs from the mainland. 繼續閱讀