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Janice Mook: Between a vaccine and a tough place
Diocesan Girls School
Currently, the government only allows students 12 and older to be vaccinated. But as an athlete, I have concerns that these regulations lead to the cancellation of competitions if too many students are unable to participate.
This is my final year of secondary school and a lot of athletes like me will be devastated if we can’t compete this year as a lot of competitions have been canceled in the past two years. These events give us a chance to demonstrate our hard work and create lifelong memories.
The government should review the minimum age for vaccines. If this is not possible, I hope that they arrange the events by age. For example, fully vaccinated people aged 12 and over can compete separately from younger athletes.
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Maggie Yeung: No more online shopping
Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
With many people staying at home during the pandemic, online shopping is on the rise. While online shopping is supposed to make our lives better, it has more effects than benefits.
Shopping online produces more waste than shopping in stores. I bought a book online and found it wrapped in three layers of bubble wrap in a large box. These materials were not recyclable.
Online shopping can also be unfair to customers. When shopping in real life, you can try the clothes on and put them back on the stand. But shopping online is a lot harder to come back and get your money back. I once bought a yellow t-shirt online just to get a blue one that was too small.
We have to weigh the benefits of technology against the shortcomings it brings.
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Genevieve Moore: We need high-quality freedom
Independent Schools Foundation Academy
From tiny apartments to uninviting outdoor spaces, we often struggle to find space to work out and relax in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately, the city’s public spaces continue to dwindle. For example, the Lockhart Road Playground in Wan Chai is threatened after the Department of Waterways proposed moving a freshwater pumping station to the playground.
However, this would mean that the playground would be closed for several years. Existing ground-level playgrounds may need to be relocated to rooftop podiums and underground areas, making it difficult for carers to supervise children.
This shows a bigger struggle for quality space in the city. A balance has to be found between recreational areas and the necessary infrastructure.
Open spaces like this playground in Tsuen Wan are important for everyone, especially children. Photo: Design Trust
Jason Wong Tsz-san: Business can’t live on technology alone
Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran College
There are many advantages to doing business without staff. The fast e-payment systems save time and reduce business expenses for employee salaries. Covid-19 has the added benefit of fewer human interactions, which limits the spread of the virus.
But I still have security and privacy concerns. When entering a store with no staff, customers must download an app that asks for personal information such as a credit card number and a facial recognition photo to keep track of the customers’ actions. The security of facial recognition software has yet to be confirmed, and sharing personal information can be dangerous.
All in all, empty stores are trending for good reason. However, governments should be aware of potential violations of privacy or security.
A shopper in Tokyo, Japan uses her mobile phone to check out an unmanned checkout in a supermarket. Photo: Reuters
Natalie Tam: Hong Kong’s garbage problem
Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
I am writing in response to the waste charging system recently passed by the Legislative Council after many years.
I agree that as Hong Kong residents we produce too much rubbish. Not many people feel the urge to be environmentally friendly. For example, when buying beverages made from recyclable materials, people tend to throw them in the trash rather than recycle them just because it’s more convenient. As a result, our landfills are filling up.
Although the importance of recycling has been taught in schools for many years, it does little to improve the subject. Thus, the implementation of this new scheme is a great way to solve this serious problem.
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Kwan Wing-sum: Chase your dreams
HRH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School
I recently spoke to a 17-year-old Hong Kong actress named Chan Po-kei.
She talked about her struggles as she chased her dream of acting. As a child, she lacked confidence and didn’t have many friends. She wanted to prove that she had the ability to pursue an acting career despite the fact that they made fun of her.
When Chan filmed a shooting scene for Chasing the Dragon, Chan felt pressured. There was only one shirt she could wear on the scene, and since her character was covered in blood after the shot, Chan had to do it in one take. But it prevailed and was successful.
“If something interests you, do it … Don’t compare yourself to others because there is always someone who is better,” she said. “Just do your best.”