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The former British crown colony located off the southeast coast of China, comprised of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and New Territories. The three sites were ceded to the British by the Chinese respectively in 1841, 1860, and 1898. Hong Kong reverted to China in July 1997. The name represents the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese xianggang, fragrant port, from xiang, perfume and gang, port or harbor, with reference to its currents sweetened by fresh water from a river west of it.
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Dear all,
I am Dr. Candice Chi-Hang Cheung (https://sites.google.com/site/candicechcheung/home), a researcher in clinical linguistics, with a specific focus on autism spectrum disorders, developmental language disorders, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) linguistics. I currently serve as Coordinator for Chinese – Autism – Theory at the Cyprus Acquisition Team (CAT) Lab at the University of Cyprus.
I'd like to open a discussion about the misconduct of my former affiliation - the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/people/academic-staff/). The misconduct is listed below:
1) The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) (https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/people/academic-staff/) has "stolen" my General Research Fund titled "Relations between theory of mind, mental state terms, and presuppositions in Cantonese-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorders" (https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/cergprod/scrrm00542.jsp?proj_id=15608318&old_proj_id=null&proj_title=&isname=Peng&ioname=&institution=&subject=&pages=2&year=&theSubmit=15608318) after my resignation in January 2021. PENG Gang (https://research.polyu.edu.hk/en/persons/gang-peng; https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gang-Peng-4) was not even a Co-I of my project (see: https://sites.google.com/site/candicechcheung/projects). As such, he has no involvement in my own project and is unable to produce any research outputs under my grant. The University Grants Committee (https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/ugc/index.html) discourages change of PI due to the fact that the new PI always lacks the expertise to complete the project. This is exactly the case here - PENG Gang knows absolutely nothing about my own project and won't be able to produce any research outputs under my grant. Use of my own data for publishing is illegal according to the existing publishing laws. I've requested for withdrawal of the grant after my resignation and I have record of it. PolyU has stopped me from withdrawing my own grant, which violates the UGC regulation. PENG Gang is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese and he doesn't speak Cantonese. He has no track record or service to the autistic community in Hong Kong.
2) PolyU has secretly archived my life work (a total of 72 research outputs) after my resignation in January 2021 (https://research.polyu.edu.hk/en/publications/?search=Candice+Cheung&originalSearch=Candice+Cheung&pageSize=50&ordering=rating&descending=true&showAdvanced=false&allConcepts=true&inferConcepts=true&searchBy=RelatedConcepts&format=) without my permission. They include publications I've produced when I was not working at PolyU. Universities shouldn't be allowed to secretly archive former colleagues' life work. I urge PolyU to delete my publications - they are my intellectual properties and are not "assets" of PolyU.
3) PENG Gang has refused to invite me to my former PhD student Yicheng Rong's (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Yicheng-Rong) thesis committee. I was the chief supervisor of Yicheng Rong's PhD thesis before my resignation. PENG Gang was only the co-supervisor before my resignation. I've been providing training to Yicheng Rong, including using my own money to help her study of standardized tests needed for autism research - I've recruited Yicheng Rong from Shanghai Jiao Tong University through my old friend XU Zheng (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zheng-Xu-3).
I’d appreciate it if you could kindly spread the word so that academics could be aware of the misconduct of the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (https://www.polyu.edu.hk/cbs/people/academic-staff/). I also hope that those who serve on the University Grants Committee (https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/ugc/index.html) should make a record about the “stolen” GRF (https://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/cergprod/scrrm00542.jsp?proj_id=15608318&old_proj_id=null&proj_title=&isname=Peng&ioname=&institution=&subject=&pages=2&year=&theSubmit=15608318) and should consider to blacklist PENG Gang for future grants applications.
Sincerely,
Candice Chi-Hang Cheung
Coordinator for Chinese – Autism – Theory
Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Communication
Full Member of International Society for Autism Research (INSAR)
Life member of Linguistic Society of America
Life member of International Association of Chinese Linguistics
Life member of Linguistic Society of Hong Kong
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This is my grant proposal for General Research Fund (GRF) titled "Relations between theory of mind, mental state terms, and presuppositions in Cantonese-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorders" awarded to me by the University Grants Committee (https://www.ugc.edu.hk/eng/ugc/index.html). It shows that PENG Gang is not a Co-I of my project before my resignation in January 2021. This is because PENG Gang has no knowledge in my own project and lacks the expertise to have any potential contribution to my project. I've been working with non-profit organization LoveXpress (https://lovexpress.org/en/) (see attached grant proposal) for recruitment of autistic children for my studies in autism research. My track record in autism record is listed below:
General Research Fund 2019-21Project Title: Relations between theory of mind, mental state terms, and presuppositions in Cantonese-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorders Principal Investigator: Candice Chi-Hang Cheung Co-Investigators: Heeju Hwang (HKU), Man Tak Leung (PolyU), and Tempo Po Yi Tang (PolyU)
Departmental General Research Fund 2019-21Project Title: Relations between mental terms and theory of mind in Mandarin-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorders Principal Investigator: Candice Chi-Hang Cheung Co-Investigators: Shasha An (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies), Man Tak Leung (PolyU), Gang Peng (PolyU), Tempo Po Yi Tang (PolyU), and Luodi Yu (South China Normal University)
Departmental General Research Fund 2018-20Project Title: The sequence of steps in theory of mind development for Cantonese-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorder Principal Investigator: Candice Chi-Hang Cheung Co-Investigators: Heeju Hwang (HKU) and Man Tak Leung (PolyU)
Central Research Grant 2018-19Project Title: Comprehension of figurative language in Cantonese-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorders Principal Investigator: Candice Chi-Hang Cheung Co-Investigators: Heeju Hwang (HKU) and Man Tak Leung (PolyU)
Central Research Grant 2017-18Project Title: Development of mental state verbs and presuppositions in Cantonese-speaking children with and without autism spectrum disorders Principal Investigator: Candice Chi-Hang Cheung Co-Investigators: Richard K. Larson (Stony Brook University), Man Tak Leung (PolyU), and Stephen Politzer-Ahles (PolyU)
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As Penncentury stopped providing its dry powder insufflator, it is hard to find an appropriate device for aerosol animal study.
We are also not willing to buy one from Hong Kong with more than 2000 dollers.
I have been looking for other alternatives for a long time. Does anyone have any suggestion?
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It might help you, and I hope this answer reaches you in time!
Best wishes
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I am publishing this thesis to mark its 30th Year Anniversary, written in 1993. This is a useful time capsule from which one can better grasp the complexities and nuances of the current emergent World Order.
I wrote:
Come 1997 maps will be literally redrawn, incorporating HK into the mainland boundaries. HK will face pressures that work against its acquired linguistic/ geopolitical identity. The representational practices which contributed to that stability will become destabilised.
In the meantime this process is further mediated through growing economic and cultural links across the borders. Despite the growing economic and cultural links, however, HK will still maintain its separate identity from the mainland... When the maps are redrawn, various representational practices will find much difficulty in asserting HK as a distinct from the PRC...
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I should add, at the heart of One Country, Two Systems is a linguistic conflict between Cantonese and Mandarin. By 2047, the shift from Shanghai to Hongkong and back to Shanghai will come in full circle. Best encapsulating this transition is Run Run Shaw who transplanted Chinese cinema from Shanghai to HongKong. Cantonese cinema grew as a way to distinguish itself from Mandarin Taiwanese Cinema, especially with the latter's onslaught in 1970s. Cantonese pop culture reached its zenith in the mid 80s and 90s. TVB, Run Run Shaw's creation, has been at the heart of cultivating HK pop culture whose tenacles extended throughout Southeast Asia in the heydays of VHS rentals. Since then, South Korea has overtaken Hongkong in its pre-eminent position in Asia.
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Dear researchers,
I am a coordinator of an international research project investigating the impact of remote and hybrid work on employees' wellbeing, retention, and knowledge transfer. Currently, we want to proceed with data collection in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore (we have prepared the survey in Chinese traditional). However, this is rather complicated for my team (even partners from HK and Taiwan) to find relevant data collection sources (websites/companies/Universities) that could help in getting the right respondents. I posted a batch on Amazon MTurk, but gather only a few relevant answers.... Could you share any ideas or contacts with companies/websites helping in data collection in mentioned countries?
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Please can you give me the link of Kantar company.
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Such as Hong Kong controversial problem as supplying public housing , we don't having a solution to accelerate the private or public housing in the moment.Majority of Hong Kong resident are feeling that we don't have ability to handle private house price as the further,but the public housing construction quite backward such as a snail.
As a quantity surveyor, any solution to rectify this problem to dual with living problems in Hong Kong?
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BIM allows all parties in a construction project to access and upload data immediately. BIM also makes lifecycle data available at an earlier stage in the project, which in turn affects the materials, build and cost predictions used'
The surveying industry has seen significant growth in the use of drone-related technology. This increased mobility and automation not only saves time during the actual inspection but also allows the surveyor to collect several high-resolution images of these locations for future reference
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In the light of increasing hostility between China and the US, as well as, an unprecedented expansion of the US money supply, it seems more likely than ever that the end of the HKD peg to the USD is just a matter of time.
If that was to happen what would be the new foreign exchange arrangements in Hong Kong e.g., a peg to the Chinese yuan?
Let me know your thoughts: anecdotal/empirical evidence, educated guesses, and even wild speculations are all welcomed.
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Dear Rubén Corvalán thank you for your interesting perspective on this topic. I agree that it seems unlikely to happen, but we have witnessed so many unthinkable changes during the last 50 years that it is not impossible either.
Interestingly, while HKD is pegged to USD, Macanese Pataca (MOP) is pegged to HKD.
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Research topic: Effectiveness of Individual Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy in Alleviating Depressive Symptomatology in Emerging Adult with Major Depressive Disorder in Hong Kong: A Single Case Study
Number of subjects in the study: 1
Independent variable: Time (pre-intervention, post-intervention, 3 month follow-up)
Dependent variable: PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire-9) score
Question: what type of statistical analysis should I use to measure mean differences between three-time points in 1 subject?
Thanks much in advance!!
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With a single case study, the problem is not what happened to the case, but what might have happened if you had not intervened. Psychological symptoms tend to fluctuate over time, and this leads to an important problem for research without a control group, regardless of sample size.
People tend to seek help at a particularly severe point in their problem. Consequently, if you measure severity at a subsequent time point, it will most likely be less severe simply due to the fluctuating nature of the symptoms. A treatment trial 'starts the clock running' for many participants at a moment when symptoms were unusually bad. Consequently, you need to be able to compare the observed change in symptoms with the naturally-occurring fluctuations over the same time period.
So the problem is not statistical – you can, as David Eugene Booth says, just subtract the scores. It's interpretational. What would have happened if you had not intervened? And there, I'm afraid, you can only speculate.
It should be noted that sometimes you don't need a control group. When the first trials of defibrillation were carried out, they did not have a control because people who developed ventricular fibrillation simply dropped dead. So the control outcome was already known.
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It's 99 days since the first case of COVID-19 in Hong Kong, and we are welcoming the 5th days of 0 new cases of COVID-19 following a week of <10 cases per day.
How should we define the end of a local endemic?
How long should the latent period be defined?
When is it safe to resume social activities?
Should territory wide screening of asymptomatic people be done before declaring the end of endemic?
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The SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) coronavirus pandemic is a global epidemic. On a global scale, the state of the pandemic in March 2020 was announced by the World Health Organization. Therefore, this organization could declare the end of the pandemic. On the other hand, the end of the epidemic on a regional, national or local scale can be announced by national central institutions of the health care system, including the ministries of health, in agreement with the government. In order to be able to declare the end of the epidemic on a national, regional or local scale, it is necessary to have a relatively large decrease in the number of new coronavirus infections, a decrease in the number of people seriously ill with Covid-19 disease and deaths caused by this disease. The decrease in Coronavirus infections and in sick people should be sustained in a longer period, i.e. min. several months, taking into account the periods of possible occurrence of subsequent epidemic waves caused by new variants of the Coronavirus and occurring in other regions of the world. In addition, an important factor that may be taken into account in the event of declaring the end of a pandemic on a global scale or an epidemic on a regional scale will be the level of vaccination of citizens with highly effective vaccines against Coronavirus and the level of social, collective immunity of the society achieved thanks to these vaccines.
Best regards,
Dariusz Prokopowicz
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Hello everyone,
I'm currently a PhD student working on biometrics. I tried to download the following databases:
1. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Palmprint database.
2. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) Multispectral Palmprint database.
I have filled out and submitted the requested informations and contacted the emails provided on the web site but I haven't received a response neither the information needed to access the database.
I highly appreciate your help or advice to obtain the information needed in order to pursue my studies.
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I am currently searching for the "PolyU Palmprint Database", too, but when I try to access the URL OP posted, all I get is a "403 Forbidden" response. Any ideas where else I could find this database?
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I'm doing a research on macroeconomics of Hong Kong, but i can't search quarterly real interest rate data
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If you do not find it, the annual data can be converted into quarterly using the Eviews program
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The novel coronavirus may suppress key immune cells, study finds
From CNN's Maggie Fox, 7 August
Covid-19 appears to suppress the function of important immune system cells, preventing the body from fighting off the infection, researchers in Hong Kong reported Thursday.
The team at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) said their findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal Immunity, indicate that boosting immune response with certain drugs might help patients recover better. It’s an approach already being tested by several groups.
The researchers looked at the blood of 41 patients treated for coronavirus in Hong Kong early in the pandemic, and compared their immune function to that of healthy volunteers.
Immune system cells known as dendritic cells, along with T-cells and natural killer cells in patients with Covid-19 all appeared to be suppressed. All these cells are part of the body’s response to an infection.
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That is more alarming and also may lead to cytokine storm leading to self destruction of body cells... And ultimately death of the person
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Hi, I have a special interested in Scale-worms polychaetes. I do have some specimens of Harmothoe sampled in Brazil that matches with Muir's decription of H. minuta from Hong Kong. So I wonder if you will also revise the scale worms as well? It would be great to have a detailed redescription some scale worms from Honk Kong region.
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I am trying to download Sentinel-2 data of year 2018 over Hong Kong and the Pearl River Estuary. But as 2018 data is offline I am neither able to download it using python batch processing script nor using GUI.
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you can download sentinel images which are offline after ordering.
firstly, visit the web page https://scihub.copernicus.eu/dhus/#/home and sign up.
After that, select area of interest and sensing dates.
If the images you are looking for, are offline you can add them to your cart. after a while there will be available to download. On the other hand at first you order the images, and after some hours they will be ready to download.
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Housing is currently one of the burning social issues in Hong Kong. There is a very urgent need for the provision of large area of suitable lands for residential housing and other supporting infrastructures. Reclamation is considered one of the important and effective measures to resolve this land shortage.
People are concerning about the environment problems brought by reclamation. You see, with this great plenty of construction materials pouring into ocean, many particles will transport along the waves and currents, as well as pollutants dissolved in seawater. This process will reduce water quality and even ruin the ocean ecosystem.
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Dear Mr Bayan H and Mrs Chang He
Thanks you for your information
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Dear All,
I am now running a continuous aerobic MBBR system treating synthetic wastewater of TKN ~40 ppm and NH3-N ~30 ppm. Now I can acheive effluent NH3-N of <5 ppm at an HRT of ~1.5 days. However, to my surprise, NO2-N accumulates in the system (>23 ppm) with only low levels of NO3-N (~6 ppm). The pH is 7.5-8.0 and the DO is always >7 ppm. Can anyone help me to suggest some reasons behinds and some solutions to enhance the NOB activity?
Thank you very much!
Dennis Tang
Hong Kong, China
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Due to a bit outdated classical view nitrification is performed in 2 steps by 2 microorganisms. Modern data proved that some nitrifiers may perform both steps within 1 microorganisms. However, in this case both steps sometimes are not tightly coupled and sometimes significant part of nitrite is released into the medium and then later is oxidised to nitrate . That is my personal observation during cultivation the COMAMOX culture.
Thus, in your case 2 processes are incoupled. That could be that you lack nitrite-oxidising organisms.
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Dear Sir/Mdm,
It gives me great pleasure to inform you that the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics International Conference (MAALIC) 2018 will be held at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 3rd to 4thDecember 2018. The theme of the conference is Applied Linguistics and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Language, Communication and the Professions. 
This conference provides an opportunity to explore how language and communication in a multiplicity of languages and settings is vital in achieving these universal sustainable development goals.It also aims to provide a platform for the sharing of ideas and to promote research collaboration between applied linguists and the working professionals.
Our two Keynote Speakers are: 
  • Prof. Tan Sri Dato Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, Rector, International Islamic University Malaysia and Senior Advisor, Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya 
  • Prof. Vijay Bhatia, Visiting Professor, Hellenic American University Athens (Greece) and Adjunct Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Please find more information @ https://maal.org.my/maalic-2018/
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Dear sir, could you please do us a favor and distribute this to your friends and students?
Many thanks in advance.
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Aulacid from Hong Kong posted on Facebook. Can you id it? Cheers, John
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It looks Pristaulacus comptipennis, although there are some similar species occurring in Hong Kong, partly undescribed. I suggest to refer to this specimen as Pristaulacus cfr comptipennis Enderlein
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I am currently searching about Hong Kong country park, with regards to its cultural value and residents & tourists engagement. Does anybody have information about that? I would be very delighted to talk with you about that.
Many thanks!
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I work on the theme of tourism and cultural heritage, maybe in that I could contribute to your research
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Pretty straitforward as stated in the title.
I would like to mail DNA sample from Hong Kong to US for sequencing because the price of sequencing provider at US is much cheaper than the local ones.
Relavent experience on international DNA sample mailing are also welcomed.
XY
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Hi Yu XIa, 
We use dry ice for shipping the DNA/RNA samples (especially for metagenomic or metatranscriptomic work). 
Even with Fedex it takes some time 72 hrs.  So you need at least 10 lbs of dry ice. 
I hope it helps 
Cheers
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If the western building on government hill is being demolished, will there be impacts on the identity of Hong Kong?
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It might be informative to look at Singapore where the government has consistently torn down important buildings. Among them, the National Theatre (1974), the National Library (2000s?), and the National Stadium. The clearing of Bukit Brown cemetery is another big case. Also related is the neutralisation of the Nanyang University campus so that though some buildings remain, there is hardly hint of the historical significance it once held. You might also wish to find out if the removal of the pair of lion statues marking Merdeka Bridge (Independence Bridge, very political) so that hardly any Singaporeans can now point out the bridge from the roads around it. 
The impact on Singapore identity is hard to assess, but I am guessing that there is as much erosion as there is a triggering of emotions against the government's moves.
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The commission on Poverty (CoP) in Hong Kong just set up the first official poverty line in Hong Kong as 50% of the median household income of different household sizes. The raw poverty line rate is estimated without any Government intervention like income protection, old age allowance. Another poverty rate is estimated after the intervention. However, there is a debate inside CoP that should we include and calculate the income transfer impacts of the Government social service like public housing, health care and education as Government's intervention on poverty alleviation. In Hong Kong health care and education provision are universal and public housing is selective.
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Usually you do not include the impacts of Government social services. Only direct income payments are defined as public intervention. It could be interesting to include the value of public housing but you will loose the possibility of any international comparisons in terms of poverty reduction policies.
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Is Hong Kong's new government complex a must, when the old government hill is functioning well? If it is to display a new democracy under the People's Republic of China, can the new building achieve this?
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I don't know much about the politics and governance of Hong kong. But I think, some basic rules or governance are same everywhere.
In India, in Tamil Nadu state, in 2010, the government decided to build a new complex for assembly (the house of elected people for the state is called as assembly, like parliament for the country) and various departments.
The two multistory complexes together spreads into an area of 1,50,000 sq.m. and at a cost of 10,920 million INR (178 million USD @ today's rate). - (There figures are different in different reports, but to understand the volume, exact figure is not really significant.)
Months later, in the public election, opposition came into power and one of the first decision was to abandon the new complex and go back to the old building.
I am not going to the logic, justifications for having a new building or the reasons and clarifications of abandoning it. But the questions remains. Who answers for this huge expenditure that too when nearly or above 1/3 of the nation's population is below poverty line.
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I want to dry my hydrogel samples into aerogel with supercritical CO2 or ethanol. There is no autoclave in my lab. Is there anyone in Hong Kong willing to kindly help me?
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Anybody can give me a hand?