universal suffrage discussed at um’s hengqin campus grand prix ticket sales beat fri 07.11.2014 expectations Macau Grand Prix Committee coordinator Costa Antunes revealed that this year’s sales of Grand Prix tickets have exceeded expectations P2 beijing wants apec to push regional trade pact The two-day meeting of 21 countries 1 is the first major international gathering in China since Xi Jinping came to power P3 P11 FRI. 07 Nov 2014 T. 21º/ 24º C H. 65/ 95% N.º 2186 Blackberry email service powered by CTM MOP 5.00 HKD 7.50 Founder & Publisher Kowie Geldenhuys Editor-in-Chief Paulo Coutinho WORLD BRIEFS CHINA Officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other highlevel visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog says in a report that cast doubt over Beijing’s efforts to stamp out the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa. More on p10 renato marques “ THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ ” Gov’t wants later pension withdrawals, rules unchanged P3 AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that he remains determined to secure a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to demand full cooperation in the investigation into the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. MYANMAR The body of a freelance journalist shot by Myanmar’s army show signs that he was tortured before he died, his wife said Thursday. Ma Thandar said the body, which was exhumed Wednesday, had a broken skull, broken jaw and two penetration marks on the chest. More on p12 Burkina Faso Opposition leaders and members of civil society met yesterday in Burkina Faso to establish ground rules for a transitional government and what they expect from its leader. NEW ZEALAND The drummer for rock band AC/DC yesterday was accused of trying to arrange two killings. Phil Rudd made a brief appearance at the Tauranga District Court in his adopted home of New Zealand and was charged with attempting to procure murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years. More on p12 More on backpage Clashes in HK for the first time in more than two weeks P11 OCCUPY CENTRAL INSIDE MACAU 2 07.11.2014 fri 澳聞 Grand Prix ticket sales beat expectation João Pedro Lau M acau Grand Prix Committee coordinator Costa Antunes revealed that this year’s sale of Grand Prix tickets has exceeded expectations, with tickets for the main stand already sold out. The organizer of the 61st Macau Grand Prix has also predicted that the event will attract more people to Macau this year. Mr Costa Antunes said that the earnings from ticket sales this year are already 20 percent higher than two years ago. However, he still cannot provide a final figure, since sales are ongoing. “We have already reached the limit at the main stand. [But] there are more tickets to sell. We have a few [for the stand] at the Lisboa corner and some at the Reservoir,” he said. The GP coordinator spoke to the media on the sidelines of a joint-department press conference held yesterday to outline the traffic arrangements related to the event. The Transport Bureau (DSAT) deputy director Chiang Ngoc Vai said that this year’s traffic conditions during the Grand Prix period, from November 1316, would be even more challenging than in 2013. The Macau government has also sped up the road works on major arteries, and will suspend some of them during the GP period. “During the Macau GP, some of the major traffic arteries in Macau will be temporarily closed. The major traffic flow from the northern districts to the central and the southern districts will concentrate at the area near Avenida do Coronel Mesquita, Avenida de Horta e Costa, Avenida do Ouvidor Arriaga, Rua de Francisco Xavier Pereira and Avenida de Sidónio Pais. Given that the amount of vehicles in Macau has exceeded 236,000, it can be anticipated that the relevant avenues will be overloaded. The traffic will be even more challenging than last year,” he said. Moreover, Mr Chiang said that the government has already hastened the progress of road works on major traffic arteries. “There are approximately 16 road projects [in progress] that involve major roads. They include those at Rua de Francisco Xavier Pereira, Avenida de Sidónio Pais, Avenida da Praia Grande, Avenida do Almirante Lacerda, etc. We estimate that Residents complain GP stand obstructing jogging path these projects can be finished before November 10 when the GP begins,” he said. As for projects that cannot be completed before November 10, which could considerably impact traffic, the administration has decided to suspend them and allow traffic to briefly resume during the GP period. Chiang Ngoc Vai also reiterated that the traffic conditions during the GP period depend on the residents. “The fact is, if more people choose to drive [during the GP], the traffic conditions will be even more challenging. If more people opted for walking or taking public transportation, the pressure on the road will then be eased,” he said. Meanwhile, Costa Antunes said that, over the four racing days, the racetrack will close at 3 a.m. until all races of the day have been completed. He has reminded residents to pay attention to the Committee’s roadclosing schedules, published in newspapers, as well as the reports of local radio and television stations. Mr Costa Antunes expects the removal of GP safety barriers to finish on November 27. bloomberg Cross Border Industrial Zone used for trafficking T S ome residents have voiced their dissatisfaction regarding the Grand Prix stand next to the NAPE reservoir, pointing out that the stand has cut off the jogging path surrounding the reservoir and is causing inconvenience. Lam U Tou, a member of the go- vernment’s Central District Advisory Committee for Community Services, said that he has already written to the Grand Prix Committee. But the Committee only replied that there is insufficient space for the public to pass through the stand during its construction and on racing days. www.macaudailytimes.com.mo MDT’s Website has logged over 82 million page views since January 1st, 2012 up to today. Thank You! Like us? facebook.com/mdtimes The GP Committee coordinator Costa Antunes told the Times that it is difficult to alter the design of the stand so that the jogging path can remain open. “Because [for] this to change, we need to spend a lot of money… We can do it, but it is going to cost a lot”, he said. Director and Editor-in-Chief_Paulo Coutinho [email protected] Managing Editor_Paulo Barbosa [email protected] Contributing Editors_Eric Sautedé, Leanda Lee, Severo Portela China & foreign editor_Vanessa Moore [email protected] Design Editor_João Jorge Magalhães [email protected] | Newsroom and Contributors_Albano Martins, António Espadinha Soares, Brook Yang, Catarina Pinto, Cyril Law, Emilie Tran, Grace Yu, Irene Sam, Jacky I.F. Cheong, Jenny Philips, João Pedro Lau, Joseph Cheung, Juliet Risdon, Keith Ip, Renato Marques (photographer), Richard Whitfield, Robert Carroll (Hong Kong correspondent), Rodrigo de Matos (cartoonist), Ruan Du Toit Bester, Sandra Norte (designer), Sum Choi, Viviana Seguí | Associate Contributors_JML Property, MacauHR, MdME Lawyers, PokerStars | News agencies_ Associated Press, Bloomberg, Lusa News Agency, MacauHub, MacauNews, Xinhua | Secretary_Yang Dongxiao [email protected] he Judiciary Police (PJ) has detained a man for allegedly trafficking drugs into Macau through the Zhuhai Macau Cross Border Industrial Zone. This is the first time the authorities have handled a drug trafficking case in which the drugs were brought into Macau through the zone. Police information suggested that the authorities had received a tip-off regarding drug trafficking into Macau from the Industrial Zone. PJ officers then intercepted the 22-year-old suspect at Horta e Costa and found around 40 grams of drugs both on his person and in his apartment, including cocaine and cannabis. It is estimated that the drugs were worth around MOP85,000. Authorities also found the document the man used to cross the border at the Industrial Zone. The authorities are investigating the origins of the document. They believe that the suspect has been dealing for more than two months, mainly targeting nightclub patrons. A Macau Times Publications Ltd Publication Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Kowie Geldenhuys [email protected] Secretary Juliana Cheang [email protected] Address Av. da Praia Grande, 599, Edif. Comercial Rodrigues, 12 Floor C, MACAU SAR Telephones: +853 287 160 81/2 Fax: +853 287 160 84 Advertisement [email protected] For subscription and general issues: [email protected] | Printed at Welfare Printing Ltd send newsworthy information and press releases to: [email protected] website: www.macaudailytimes.com.mo ISSN 2305-4271 fri 07.11.2014 澳聞 MACAU 3 SOCIAL SECURITY Brook Yang T he government plans to implement measures that encourage residents to postpone claiming their pension until reaching the eligible age of 65. Currently, over 57 percent of beneficiaries choose to withdraw their pension before they turn 60. According to the Social Security Fund (FSS), about 40 percent of recipients who have withdrawn their pension in advance also have jobs. In response, it will retain the current scheme for early pension withdrawals, but suggests raising the default retirement age of 65. The FSS released a Towers Watson report yesterday that examines Macau’s advance pension issuance scheme. The report suggested that it would be fairer to lower the percentages of payment for early withdrawals, whereas the FSS has João Pedro lau Y esterday, the New Macau Association hosted a “New Macau Forum” on campus at the University of Macau Hengqin, to discuss the influence of Hong Kong’s Occupy movement on Macau, as well as future MSAR constitutional reform. The organizer also invited Frank Chio, a member of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, to explain the current situation in the neighboring SAR. One of the forum guests, lawmaker Ng Kuok Cheong, said that the central government has already allowed Macau to elect the Chief Executive by universal suffrage after 2014 without the need to change or amend the Basic Law. However, it is the vested interests in Macau, or what he described “the provincial tycoons”, who renato marques Gov’t wants later pension withdrawals decided to maintain the current percentages at the present stage. The current scheme stipulates that eligible elderly persons can receive a full pension from the age of 65. It also allows the beneficiaries to withdraw their pension from the age of 60, but with a deduction based on the age at which they apply. However, the deduction will be exempted once the beneficiaries reach the age of 80. “Macau’s early-withdrawal pension scheme is very special and offers more favorable treatment,” said Towers Watson actuary Ms Yvonne Sin, when presenting the report’s results. “From an actuarial perspective, the scheme is rather a generous arrangement.” According to Ms Sin, the payment percentage adopted in Macau’s scheme doesn’t consider the beneficiaries’ chances of survival; it assumes that the beneficiaries will inevitably live until they are 80. “Based on a more reasonable actuarial assumption, beneficiaries who apply to withdraw their pension at the age of 60 should receive 72 percent of the full amount, which is a lower percentage than the 75% under the current system,” she added. In response, the president of FSS’s administrative committee, Ip Peng Kin, said that it New Macau claims vested interests obstructing universal suffrage are preventing it from happening. Ng Kuok Cheong claimed that the decision by, and explanation from, the central government has alrea- dy indicated that Macau can elect its Chief Executive “if necessary” after 2014 HKFS representative calls for contemplation on democracy H is hard to accurately quantify factors such as the beneficiaries’ chances of survival; if adopting the calculation method suggested in the report, the FSS will need to consult actuaries regularly to update the indicators. “The government belives that at the present stage, maintaining the current percentages is more feasible and more conductive to the public, as that can maintain the system’s stability and avoid confusing the residents,” he stated. The president also said that the government is inclined to increase the participants and their employers’ contribution to the central provident fund, which is in accordance with the actuarial report. In addition, he acknowledged the necessity of establishing an adjustment mechanism for the pension system, introducing multiple indicators such as the inflation rate. ong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) member Frank Chio, a Macau resident, spoke to the media on the sidelines of yesterday’s forum. He said that it will take a long time before a civil disobedience movement like the Occupy movement in Hong Kong takes place in Macau. He also believes that Macau residents need to fur- ther discuss what their ideal form of society is and their needs of democracy and human rights. He also acknowledged that while some Macau residents are interested in learning about the HK Occupy movement, many of them do not agree with the civil disobedience movement. Therefore, he suggested that there should be more pro- motion or discussion on civil disobedience and the reason why some Hong Kong residents would adopt this measure to fight for democracy. As for when HKFS will announce a retreat, Frank Chio reckoned that without sufficient reason given to the protestors on the streets, it is very difficult for organizers to convince them to leave. without needing to amend the Basic Law. He also claimed that since the Basic Law does not state that there has to be a nomination committee to nominate candidates in a CE election, he thinks that public nomination does not violate the Basic Law either. The lawmaker then pointed out that even Chui Sai On’s 2014 election platform indicates that he will be progressively advancing the development of democracy in Macau in accordance with the Basic Law. “Therefore, we are telling Macau residents that, first, we are not in conflict with the central government. Second, we are not even in conflict with Chui Sai On. Third, [universal suffrage] does not go against the decision of the National People’s Congress,” he said. In fact, he believes that the biggest obstacle in the path towards universal suffrage is the vested interests in Macau. “Those ‘provincial tycoons’ refused to relinquish their privilege and interests and accept universal suffrage… I hope that we can convince the tycoons and convince the residents to prevent the tycoons from blocking our path,” he said. Another guest, social commentator and TDM radio guest host Choi Chi U, reckoned that Macau people only focus on issues of livelihood without realizing that the root of their problems is in fact politics. “In many cases, you can see that Macau people put priority on livelihood issues. We criticize everything everyday and have lots of complaints to the government about our well-being. But we are not used to and do not realize that the root of livelihood issues is politics,” he said. Moreover, Mr Choi suggested that the Occupy movement in Hong Kong has awoken some residents in Macau. “More and more young people and family of mine enquire about the reasons that motivate people to sleep on the streets for forty days. More young people have begun to reflect on the issue,” he said. “The crux is how to awaken more Macau residents in order to see the future of constitutional reform in Macau,” he said. 4 MACAU 07.11.2014 fri 澳聞 UM to confer five honorary doctorates The University of Macau (UM) will be conferring honorary doctorates on five individuals who the university believes have accomplished outstanding achievements and made significant contributions to social development and education. The conferral ceremony will take place on December 6 at 11 a.m. in UM’s University Hall. The five individuals chosen by UM this year include three Nobel Prize winners, namely Prof Robert C Merton, Prof Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, and Prof Mo Yan, as well as two distinguished individuals in the field of civil engineering, Prof Lee Chack Fan and Ir Siu Yin Wai. Manson Fok wins Gusi Peace Prize The Gusi Peach Prize Foundation based in the Philippines has recognized the contributions of a laureate from Macau this year, noting his efforts in medical and healthcare projects including the Sino-Luso International Medical Forums he launched in Macau in 2011.The laureate, Manson Fok, has served as the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST). Based on his medical charitable work, his scientific research and his healthcare projects, Mr Fok was chosen as the sole representative of China in the field of Medicine, Healthcare, Enterprise and Humanitarianism. Acclaimed as “Asia’s Nobel Peace Prize,” the Gusi Prize was inaugurated in honor of Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a World War II guerrilla who fought against the Japanese’ invasion and later became a politician and human rights champion. The Gusi laureates will be given their awards in Manila on the Philippines’ “Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day” on November 26. Among these laureates are former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa. ad Local singers write boxing-themed song N o matter what profession you're in, life is like an arena where we should persist till the end,” said local singer Josie Ho when introducing a new inspirational song written and produced by local musicians in Macau. Titled “Get Ready,” the original song features a determined boxer who throws away all distractions and fears to face a tough bout in the arena. Accordingly, local boxer “The Macau Kid” KK Ng and his fellow boxing enthusiasts star in the song’s music video. “It’s an inspirational, upbeat song that uses boxing as its theme and will be performed live when KK marches into the Cotai Arena on November 23’s boxing event. But it’s not simply a theme song for KK, instead, we want to encourage young people no matter what they do,” introduced Josie along with her two peers, Hyper Lo and AJ. “We ourselves might not know how far our limits are, but in fact everyone’s got great potential. Therefore we should believe in ourselves and move forward,” explained the song’s lyricist AJ. From left, Hyper Lo, Josie Ho and AJ “Many people have said negative things to us and some musicians have given up. At present, there are about a dozen Macau singers who still remain committed to doing music,” added full-time musician Hyper Lo. “Difficult or not, it depends a great deal on where your interests lie; when you have great interest in something, these [restrictions] will no longer be big problems for you,” he stressed. Except for Hyper, the other two singers perform in their spare time while working full-time at Sands China. They explained that the song’s theme was a consequence of the company hosting a number of boxing events. “We thought that the theme of boxing could be a good inspirational concept,” she said, adding that the entire production of the song was sponsored by Sands China. “The MV was filmed by our [Sands’] in-house crew; everyone has been very busy these days, but they still showed us great support.” The song’s composer Hyper told the media that there hasn’t been a gaming corporate in Macau that had sponsored local music before; moreover, there hasn’t been a local MV production that has been on “such a large scale with the number of participants reaching nearly a hundred.” “This is a great encouragement for us. Besides, the sponsor set no limits in our song writing and composing; it’s 100 percent our creation,” he stressed. “Maybe later other gaming corporates will start sponsoring local musicians too. That’s what we’d like to see happening.” BY fri 07.11.2014 澳聞 MACAU 5 DSAT explains how to use new ‘dial-a-cab’ service ollowing the expiration of the Vang Iek Radio Taxi concession contract at midnight, the Transport Bureau (DSAT) deputy director Chiang Ngoc Vai reminded the public that they will now have to call the two black taxi hotlines for the “dial-a-cab” service. “We called on people to pay attention to several phone numbers. The first are the two dial-acab numbers of the two black taxi associations. They are 2893 9939 and 2828 3283. As for those who need barrier-free taxis, they can call 2852 7101 or 6669 3405 if they want to go to the hospitals or public clinics. If they want pointto-point transportation, they can call 2840 3315,” Mr Chiang said on the sidelines of the GP jointdepartment press conference. Moreover, the deputy director vowed to step up the study of all public opinions collected in relation to taxi regulation. The authorities will also adjust the conditions of future special concession and provide a good operational environment for the future concessionaire. When questioned about the government’s failure to provide a long-term solution to the yellow cab issue, despite being aware of the problem for a long time, Chiang Ngoc Vai reiterated that they have kept in close contact with Vang Iek. Officials also know there is a considerable demand for dial-a-cab services in society. As a result, they want to resolve the issue through contract renewal, and by creating better operational conditions for the concessionaire. “We have asked [Vang Iek] to submit their demands multiple times. We only received the demands at the end of September. This means that we have to consult on how the [addi- renato marques F COURTS Man sentenced for subletting flat to other illegal immigrants A mainland man who was staying illegally in Macau has been sentenced to three years and six months in jail for subletting an apartment to four other illegal immigrants. The case dates back to March 2007, when his wife rented an apartment in Macau. The man, however, was deported to mainland China in May 2007, and was prohibited from entering Macau again for two years. Regardless of the Macau authorities’ order, he traveled from Zhuhai to Macau by boat later that month, entering the territory illegally. Once in the city, and living with his wife in a rented flat, they sublet the property to four illegal immigrants. In October 2007, Public Security Police Force agents uncovered the crime. tional] fee will impact society and the acceptability among residents (…) Since we could not reach a compromise with Vang Iek over the issue, we decided not to renew the contract,” he explained. The deputy director also indicated that DSAT has already notified the Public Security Police regarding the expiration of the yellow cab concession. DSAT inspectors will monitor the streets of Macau after midnight. He said that while it is legal for the yellow cabs to run after the concession’s expiry, they will be in violation of the law if they take passengers. JPL In 2012, the suspect was sentenced to five years in prison for an illegal re-entry into the territory. He was also sentenced to an effective penalty of three years and nine months in jail over four illegal sublettingrelated crimes. He filed an appeal with the Court of Second Instance (TSI) arguing that he had been tried twice for illegally overstaying, and the overall penalty applied was too heavy. The Court recognized that there was a need to adjust his penalty and took into consideration only one crime of illegal entry into the territory. TSI has now sentenced the individual to three years and six months in jail. CP ad business Leak shows scale of Luxembourg’s sweet tax deals Documents leaked to a group of investigative reporters allegedly show that scores of major multinational companies have sweet deals with the government of Luxembourg that help them avoid taxes in others nations. Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, hastily arranged a press conference yesterday to address the allegations of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which said it pored through some 28,000 pages of confidential documents and said some 340 businesses could be linked to the Grand Duchy for special tax deals. The European Union has already broadened its crackdown on multinationals’ tax avoidance schemes, with a probe against Amazon’s practices launched last month. The ICIJ allegations now add many more highprofile names, including FedEx, Pepsi and IKEA. Tesla sets delivery record, but losses mount Electric car maker Tesla Motors beat Wall Street’s expectations and set a record for deliveries of its Model S sedan in the third quarter, delighting investors even as its losses doubled from a year ago. Tesla said Wednesday it delivered 7,785 cars during the JulySeptember period. That was slightly below its guidance of 7,800 but up 41.5 percent from the same quarter a year ago. The company’s net loss widened toUSD$74.7 million for the quarter, or 60 cents per share, which was almost double its loss from a year ago. The company blamed increased research and development costs for both the Model X SUV, which is due to go on sale next year, as well as its new all-wheel-drive system. Tesla also cited the expense of adding stores in Asia and building more charging stations. The company now has 124 Supercharger stations in the U.S., 82 in Europe and 23 in China. That’s up from 81 worldwide at the beginning of this year. It recently introduced the Model S in Hong Kong and Japan and plans to introduce it in Australia by the end of this year. 分析 Lenovo slumps after projecting China ‘hypergrowth’ to end L enovo Group Ltd. slumped the most in nine months after reporting slower sales and projecting the end of “hypergrowth” in the Chinese smartphone market. The stock dropped 5.1 percent to HK$10.78 in Hong Kong, the biggest decline since Feb. 4. Revenue rose 7.2 percent in the three months ended September, the smallest increase since the quarter ending March 2013 and missing analysts’ estimates. Chief Executive Officer Yang Yuanqing has expanded in computer servers and mobile phones, including the USD2.91 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility, to help combat a shrinking personal computer market. Growth in China is slowing amid increased competition from local smartphone producers, including Xiaomi Corp., which rose to become the thirdbiggest global vendor in the quarter ending in September. “The industry is changing from in the past, when China grew much faster than the rest of the world,” Yang said in an interview. “China will not see further hypergrowth.” Sales in the quarter were $10.5 billion, compared with the $11.3 billion average of 16 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Second-quarter net income rose 19 percent to $262.1 million, beating the $259.8 million average of 12 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg, as Yang took bloomberg 6 07.11.2014 fri advantage of Lenovo’s expanding scale to boost profit at more than twice the pace of sales. “Seems like a very good cost control even in the face of weaker revenues,” Alberto Moel, a Hong Kong-based analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., said in an e-mail yesterday. “The company is focusing on margin expansion, which they achieved well.” Lenovo also said Jerry Yang, the co-founder of Yahoo! Inc., will become a director of the company, which has headquarters in Beijing and Morrisville, North Carolina. Lenovo, Xiaomi and other Chinese producers have packed high-end features into cheaper smartphones to drive growth in their home market, the world’s biggest. Growth is slowing as the domestic market matures and consumer preferences shift, Yang said. Still, Yang said he isn’t worried that Lenovo is stuck in a period of slowing growth with just-completed IBM and Motorola deals to provide a boost to sales. Lenovo boosted global smartphone shipments by 38 percent in the quarter to 16.9 million units, ranking it fourth behind Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi, researcher IDC said Oct. 29. The figures didn’t include sales of Motorola devices. The addition of Motorola, which was completed after the end of the quarter, would have lifted Lenovo to third place, according to IDC figures. Even in the traditional PC business, Lenovo can continue to take advantage of industry consolidation to expand sales, Yang said in the interview. While industrywide global PC shipments fell 0.5 percent in the three months that ended in September, Lenovo posted an 11.4 percent increase, researcher Gartner Inc. reported last month. Lenovo’s share of the market expanded to 19.8 percent from 17.7 percent a year earlier. HewlettPackard Co. was in second place with 17.9 percent, up from 17.1 percent. Lenovo could expand its PC market share to 30 percent, Yang said without supplying a time frame. “In the PC business, we still have the opportunity to grow the top line by growing market share,” Yang said. “The industry will further consolidate. Less players can stay, maybe four or five. Definitely, Lenovo will be the winner in this industry.” Bloomberg corporate bits macau eco trailhiker 2014 tomorrow The fifth edition of Sands China Macau Eco TrailHiker 2014 will take place this Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Cotai Expo Hall F at The Venetian Macao. Over 1,800 participants in 450 teams are enrolled and more than 250 volunteers will assist at the start/ finish line, water stations as well as check points. Sands China Macau Eco TrailHiker 2014 is a large-scale group -hiking challenge event in Macau. Organized by Macau TrailHiker Ltd., the event has been title-sponsored by Sands China Ltd. for four years and is supported by the Macau Sport Development Board (MSDB) and the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO). Participants are required to build up team spirit and challenge themselves in two race categories: 30km Corporate Challenge and 10km Fun and Family Course. With a theme of “Exploring the Greener Side of Macau with You,” the race starts at Cotai Expo Hall F at The Venetian Macao and runs along different natural trails in Coloane, exploring the greener side of Macau. All net entry fees will be donated to charity organizations: Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macao (ARTM) and Clean The World. mgm’s aux beaux arts tempts with white truffle menu For the season of white truffles, Chef de Cuisine Elie Khalife and his team at MGM Macau’s Aux Beaux Arts, have crafted a luxurious menu featuring classic dishes highlighting the precious ingredient, available between November 6 and November 30. Crowned as the “White Diamonds” of the culinary world, white truffles are highly treasured for their intense musky, earthy aroma. They are harvested in the densest parts of the forests in Alba, Italy, and are harvested only one season each year, making them a rare ingredient. At Aux Beaux Arts, epicureans can choose from an a la carte menu, in which all dishes are specially prepared with two grams of freshly shaved Alba white truffles. Additional white truffles can be shaved tableside onto all dishes included on the menu. sands macao and the venetian macao each named 'best meeting hotel' Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao have each been recognized as Best Meeting Hotel in the 2014-2015 City Traveler Best Hotel Awards. These latest accolades continue to demonstrate the success of the two hotels’ long-term commitment to providing premium facilities and the highest levels of service excellence to business and leisure travellers. “We are very pleased that both Sands Macao and The Venetian Macao have been recognized by City Traveler as outstanding meeting destinations,” said Gunther Hatt, Executive Vice President of Operations of Sands China Ltd. “With our world-class venues and meeting facilities, we are proud to provide hassle-free services and solutions for event planners. We will continue to strive to exceed our guests’ expectations at every level and to deliver unforgettable experiences for all our visitors.” fri 07.11.2014 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 7 8 business 07.11.2014 fri 分析 Real Estate Matters The Best Places to Live in Macau Part 1 This series originally ran in early 2013 and has been updated into a 4 part article PROJECT POKER by Christian de León Juliet Risdon is a Director of JML Property and a property investor. Having established the company in 1994, JML Property offers Investment Property & Homes. It specializes in managing properties for owners and investors, and providing attractive and comfortable homes for tenants. www.JMLProperty.com [email protected] We are often asked by people new to hunting for a home in Macau, “Where is the best place to live?” The answer to this of course depends largely on your personal perspective and circumstances. There is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this question. Over the next four weeks we can share with you the 12 most popular places to live in Macau for expatriates. Asking and answering some of the important questions below may help to narrow your focus before you start your property search; What kind of area do I want to live in? What do I need to be near to? What facilities do I want in my building? What requirements do I have from my property? What will my budget get me? Remember there will always be pros and cons in any property and location, so it is good to know what is important to you and what are the most desirable features that you are looking for. As everybody has different needs, Once in a lifetime Juliet Risdon these are in no particular order: 1- Manhattan, Taipa Area: Taipa, edge of Old Taipa, residential. Amenities: Good for walking to the supermarket, banks, health care, on the main bus route with Bus Stops right outside, schools are easily accessible, as are local bars and restaurants. Building facilities: Swimming Pool, Cinema Room, Spa Room, large and well equipped Gym, Games Room, BBQ Area, Children’s Play area. Concierge. Car Parking Spaces available. Property Features: Dark wood flooring and woodwork, some good views, small fitted kitchens with ovens as standard, reverse cycle air-conditioning. Rental Prices: High End 2- Hellene Gardens, Coloane Area: Hac Sa, near the beach, residential near the countryside and walking trails. Amenities: Short walk to local bar, Bus Stop, Public Swimming Pool, trail walks and the beach. Also Children’s parks, BBQ Area on the beach and family orientated. Building facilities: Swimming Pool, Car Parking Spaces available Property Features: Spacious, with good kitchen area. Light and airy spaces. Rental Prices: Mid Range 3- One Central, Macau Area: Central City Area Amenities: Near to Casino’s and high-end stores, hotels and their facilities. Building facilities: Gym, pool, rock climbing wall, concierge and security. Car Parking available. Property Features: Light apartments, high-end modern kitchens and bathrooms. Great views from feature windows. Reverse cycle airconditioning. Rental Prices: High End In next week’s article we look at 3 more of the most popular properties for expatriates. Nova City, Ocean Gardens and Supreme Flower City in Taipa. If you would like further information on these properties or a copy of the information mailed to you in pdf format, please e-mail me at [email protected] and we will be happy to send it to you. The LAPT Brazil was a fantastic event. I had never experienced a tournament like this in Latin America and it broke the records for most entries and largest prize pool ever on the LAPT. It's incredible to see poker growing and thriving in a country as huge as Brazil--nowhere else in Latin America can compare by half. I say this all despite the horrible end to my Main Event. With the field down to about 300 from 1,150 players, I had an 85% chance to bring an 80 bigblind stack back for Day 2, but it didn't work out that way. I opened under the gun with A♠T♠ and got three callers. The T-5-2 rainbow flop gave me top pair and I made a 4,500 continuation bet. One guy raised to 11,000, and the action folded back to me. I didn't have much of an image on him because he hadn't been playing hands, but he only had another 15,000 behind. I put him all-in, and he called with ace-king. I was a big favorite, but a king came on the river and that was it for me. Had I won that pot I would have been in a really good position, but instead I was out and spent the next few days playing in some of the remaining side events. Still, those events had really huge fields and prize pools too, so not all was lost. I decided to spend the rest of June in Brazil to experience the World Cup and forget about poker for a little while. I had to skip the World Series to do it, but the WSOP will always be there, every year. I have a huge bag packed and a bunch of tickets and plans to travel a little bit around Brazil with my girlfriend after the football ends. I'm actually not the biggest football fan--I prefer American football-but going to the World Cup in Brazil in a year where Mexico and Brazil get to play each other was a once in a lifetime experience. I love poker, but I'm at the point where I'm committed to being happy and living a more balanced life. Poker doesn't work for me when that's all I'm doing, and now I divide my time more evenly between poker, business, family, and friends. That vacation is a big part of that balance, especially because I'm hoping to play more EPT events this year. Usually I play one per season because of the LAPT schedule and my business commitments in Mexico, but next year I want to play as many EPTs as possible. So, I've been to some amazing places, including an island off the northern coast called Fernando de Noronha. It's paradise, all white sand and blue ocean. I'm traveled a bit around Rio and checked out some little towns along the beach. No matter that Mexico lost, it was a great, once in a lifetime experience. ad fri 07.11.2014 published in partnership with macauhub.com.mo Mozambique Second bridge in Tete to be inaugurated 中葡論壇 9 Digital television in Sao Tome and Principe launches next year T he new bridge over the Zambezi River, which connects the Mozambican city of Tete to the Moatize district, will be inaugurated on 12 November, a source from the provincial government of Tete told daily newspaper Notícias. The new bridge in Tete, which is 715 meters long and a total of 14.8 meters wide, is located about five kilometers downstream of the Samora Machel Bridge. The work, which is part of the “New Tete Bridge and Roads” concession was designed to carry the heavy vehicles that currently pass over the Samora Machel Bridge that, from February 2015 will be reserved for light vehicles and motorcycles. The initial budget for the project was 105.26 million euros, which includes the renewal of about 260 kilometers of roads linking the city of Tete to the border with Zimbabwe, on the way to Harare, and with Malawi, to Blantyre. The project was undertaken by a consortium of three Portuguese companies – Mota-Engil Engenharia e Construções, which lead the consortium, Soares da Costa Construções and Opway. MDT/Macauhub Forum TVS has a single channel and broadcasts for about nine hours per day T he project to switch the signal of Sao Tome and Principe’s public television channel (TVS) from analogue to digital will be finished in June 2015 and will cost over USD7 million, the Director of TVS said Wednesday in Sao Tome. Frederico Umbelina noted that the project had the technical support of the General Regulatory Authority (Ager), the telecommunications regulator in the archipelago and funding from the World Bank and Turkey. The director of the public television channel said the project, developed in part- nership with Spanish consultants and the University of Minho in Portugal, would require restoration of the physical and technical facilities of the archipelago’s only television station. He said that one of the objectives was to increase the number of domestic TV chan- nels and create an international channel for Sao Tome nationals living abroad, especially in Portugal, England, France, Angola, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the USA. According to Umbelina the project, which will be completed by June 2015, will also include the reformulation of the TV stations operational model and large investments in both equipment and technical training for staff. TVS, or Televisão São-Tomense, has a single channel and broadcasts for about nine hours per day. MDT/Macauhub ad 10 CHINA 07.11.2014 fri 中國 Tanzania ivory smuggled on Xi state visit Didi Tang, Beijing hinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog said in a report yesterday that cast doubt over Beijing’s efforts to stamp out the illegal trade that has led to rampant elephant poaching throughout Africa. China is the world’s largest importer of smuggled tusks, and Tanzania is the largest source of poached ivory, the London -based Environmental Investigation Agency said. Poaching in Tanzania alone has killed half of the country’s elephants in the past five years, the group said in the report. It said that Chinese-led criminal gangs conspired with corrupt Tanzanian officials to traffic huge amounts of ivory, some of which was loaded in diplomatic bags on Xi’s plane during a presidential visit in March 2013. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the report. Spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily briefing that China has “consistently” opposed poaching and has sought to crack down on ivory smuggling. “The report is false and we are displeased with it,” Hong said. Meng Xianlin, director general of the Endangered Species Import and Export Management Office of China, said he has never heard of involvement of Chinese delegations in ivory trade. “I don’t think there’s hard evidence, and I have not seen such cases,” Meng said. “Allegations without evidence are not believable, and I don’t think it is appropriate for (EIA) to come up with this mess.” He said that the EIA has been “unfriendly to China for quite ap photo C In this June 21, 2013 file photo, workers prepare seized elephant tusks to be crushed by a backhoe during a destruction ceremony Thousands of kilograms of ivory was sent to China in diplomatic bags on the presidential plane some time,” calling the allegations irresponsible. The illicit trade began to explode in China in 2008, when Beijing was permitted to purchase 62 tons of ivory under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species. The purchase was presented as a way to keep alive China’s traditional artisan ivory carving industry. A state-owned enterprise was authorized to sell the legal ivory to about 200 licensed factories and vendors. But, after legal pieces started showing up in shops, ivory soon became a status symbol in China. Carved ivory has historically been highly prized in China, and its scarcity has turned it into an investment choice akin to gold and silver. Critics say the legal stockpile of ivory has provided a convenient cover for a thriving black market in recent years. The country’s licensing system is flawed and enforcement is lax, said Grace Ge Gabriel, Asian regional director for International Fund for Animal Welfare. On top of that, the ivory-buying public in China is largely unaware that the global ivory trade is banned and that elephants must be killed in order to obtain tusks. Many are simply indifferent to the animal plight on a distant continent, she said. In its report, EIA said its investigators learned as early as 2006 that some staff members Zhang Weiqun, Anqui F ar from the Ebola hot zone, the sewing and gluing machines at a factory in China have been whirring more than usual to produce crucial yellow suits that protect the front-line medics more than 11,000 kilometers away in West Africa. The Weifang Lakeland Safety Products factory in eastern Shandong province’s Anqui city has 100 workers assembling the now-familiar plastic suits at a rate of about 6,000 per day. The factory plans ap photo Mainland factory whirs overtime to make Ebola suits A Chinese worker manufactures protection suits at a factory of U.S. based Lakeland Industries in Anqiu city in Shandong Province to double its capacity by January. Each is carefully put to- gether by people and machines so that it is completely sealed, because any gap could allow exposure to a deadly illness. Each seam is sewn and then of the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania were major buyers of illegal ivory. It said Chinese government officials and businesspeople in the entourage during Xi’s 2013 state visit used the opportunity to buy such a large amount of ivory that local prices doubled. Two traders claimed that Chinese buyers, two weeks before the visit, began purchasing thousands of kilograms of ivory, which was later sent to China in diplomatic bags on the presidential plane, the EIA report said. It said that in December 2013, one dealer boasted of having sold USD50,000 worth of ivory to Chinese navy personnel on an official visit in Tanzania’s port city of Dar es Salaam. It said a Chinese national was caught trying to enter the port with 81 illegal tusks intended for two Chinese naval officers. In China, authorities have campaigned against illegal ivory. Six tons of illegal ivory was pulverized earlier this year in the southern city of Dongguan, and Chinese courts have stepped up prosecutions of illegal ivory trade. But animal rights and environmental protection advocates have called on China to ban the ivory trade altogether. “We are already seeing the detrimental effect to allow a little bit of the ivory trade. We know that does not work,” Ge Gabriel of IFAW said. “We certainly hope any country that has a domestic ivory market should shut it down.” AP reinforced with a glue strip. “The double zipper design allows you to open the suit from the bottom when you need to take something from inside the suit,” factory general manager Wang Ximin told a visitor. “We put an adhesive strip along the front flap in order to better seal off the front to make sure contamination is not able to penetrate.” “You can spread your legs and squat down easily in the suit. It feels very comfortable to wear,” he said. “Very comfortable.” The ChemMAX and MicroMAX protective suits, made of polyethylene and polypropylene, are produced for the U.S.-based Lakeland Industries, a main supplier of suits in the Ebola outbreak. Wang said current production already is about 30 to 40 percent above the same period last year, and that the production will double again by January. Demand has soared, not only for use in Africa, but from medical facilities in the United States and Europe. “We are very proud that the protective suits we manufacture can be used by those who are fighting against Ebola,” he said. Nearly 5,000 people have died of the disease, and an additional 13,676 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of infection had been reported in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. AP fri 07.11.2014 中國 Beijing wants APEC to push regional trade pact Joe McDonald Business Writer, Beijing C hina plans to use a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders to promote a regional trade initiative at a time when progress on a rival U.S.-led trade deal has stalled, injecting a note of rivalry into an annual summit that aims for consensus. The two-day meeting of 21 countries including the United States, Japan and South Korea is the first major international gathering in China since President Xi Jinping came to power. Starting Monday, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting gives China, the world’s second-largest economy, a platform to assert itself as a regional leader. The proposal promoted by China, the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific, is part of an agenda that also includes talks on cooperation in environmental protection, energy efficiency and urbanization. “We will reach important consensus” on the launch of the free trade process, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi at a news conference ahead of the gathering. China’s campaign for the initiative comes as Beijing tries to claim a bigger role in U.S.-dominated global trade, security and financial structures. Last month, China and 20 other Asian nations launched a bank to pay for roads and other infrastructure, despite U.S. objections it is an unneeded rival to the World Bank. Beijing is providing most of the USD50 billion in startup capital. In May, Xi called for the creation of a new Asian structure ro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong early yesterday for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations. The skirmishes lasted for about four hours in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, the most turbulent of three protest sites that have snarled swaths of the city. Police said they attempted to arrest a man who was shining his cellphone light into officers’ by the nose by the U.S.,” said Bo. “The more they have in hand, the better their negotiating ability will be. Then people will want to join China, instead Beijing worries Washington is pursuing a ‘strategy of containment’ against China and sees a China-led trade pact as a way to gain influence ment” against China and sees a China-led trade pact as a way to gain influence, said Chen Bo, a trade specialist at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. “China doesn’t want to be led of China joining other countries.” China is the top trading partner for most countries in the region, from Australia to South Korea. Such countries want to promote commercial ties but are uneasy about Beijing’s strategic ambitions, especially at a time when it is embroiled in territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea and with Vietnam and other Southeast Asian neighbors in the South China Sea. The United States and some other governments believe China’s trade initiative is at too early a stage to take up at APEC and will be a distraction, said New Zealand’s trade minister, Tim Groser. But he said the proposal is the “big, sexy, formal centerpiece” of next week’s meeting. “China is the host, and a great power, and so we have to find something that’s acceptable to China as well as the U.S.,” said Groser in an interview. Washington is promoting Hong Kong Democracy protesters clash with police eyes, and demonstrators responded by surging at police lines. The two sides ended up in a tense standoff, with several protesters taunting police. At about 2:30 a.m., protesters charged again at police lines and flooded into a street. Officers responded with pepper spray and pushed the crowd back into their camp. Police said they arrested three people in the confrontations, which left at least one protester bleeding from the head. Several demonstrators arrived in Mong Kok wearing masks with the grinning likeness of Guy Fawkes, a co-conspirator in a plot to blow up the English Parliament building in 1605. Young protesters worldwide have taken up wearing the mask at demonstrations since it was featured in the 2006 film “V for Vendetta.” Thousands of people remain camped out on Hong Kong’s streets demanding open nominations in elections for the city’s leader. The protests erupted in late September after Beijing ruled that a China-friendly committee would screen the candidates. AP 11 the Trans-Pacific Partnership in talks with 12 Asian-Pacific countries including Japan, Canada, Australia and Mexico. Few details have been released, but promoters say it would cut tariffs, open up trade in farm goods, strengthen protection of intellectual property and set standards for state-owned industries. For now, the talks exclude China, despite its status as the world’s biggest exporter. Governments involved in the U.S.-led trade pact plan to meet to discuss it during APEC, according to Groser. The agreement was proposed by Chile, New Zealand and Singapore in 2002 but Washington has taken the lead in promoting it since joining the talks in 2008. The governments missed a 2012 deadline and negotiations have stalled over objections to its proposed sweeping changes. Analysts say members of the U.S.-led agreement might favor each other’s goods, hurting China if it fails to join. A Washington think tank, the Petersen Institute for International Economics, says that might cost China up to USD100 billion in lost potential sales. The deal being pushed by China would include Southeast Asian nations, Japan and South Korea. It is meant to create a free-trade zone and resolve conflicts among overlapping trade agreements between pairs of countries. Li Kui Wai, an economist at the City University of Hong Kong, said Asian governments are reluctant to declare support publicly for either of the Chinaor U.S.-led initiatives. “Siding with one would mean upsetting the other,” he said. In May, APEC trade ministers agreed to form a panel led by Beijing and Washington to “kick off and advance the process” of the Chinese trade pact. They withheld support for more ambitious proposals, including a timeline calling for the agreement to take effect in 2025. AP ap photo P for security cooperation based on a 24-nation group that excludes the United States. Beijing worries Washington is pursuing a “strategy of contain- CHINA A pro-democracy protester walks on a main road in the occupied area of the Causeway Bay district 12 ASIA-PACIFIC 07.11.2014 fri 亞太版 New Zealand Nick Perry, Wellington T he 60-year-old drummer for Australian rock band AC/DC whose hits include “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was accused yesterday of trying to arrange two killings as well as possession of drugs. Phil Rudd made a brief appearance at the Tauranga District Court in his adopted home of New Zealand and was charged with attempting to “procure murder,” which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years. He was released on bail. One of the conditions is that he must not have any contact with anyone involved in the alleged plot. The Bay of Plenty Times newspaper reported that the Australian-born Rudd was accused of trying to hire a hit man to carry out the two killings. Police raided Rudd’s home yesterday morning, according to the paper, and held him in custody until his court appearance. A judge suppressed the names of the intended victims and the would-be hit man in the alleged plot, the newspaper said. The court declined to release further details about the case. Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey said he was still getting up to speed on the case and had no comment. Mabey said he was out of town attending a trial ap photo AC/DC drummer accused of trying to arrange deaths Phil Rudd, the drummer for rock band AC/DC, leaves a court house in Tauranga when he first heard about the charges. A publicist for the band could not be immediately reached for comment. The Australian-born drummer has also been charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. Court staff said Rudd was due to make a second appearance Nov. 27, although that date could change. He has yet to enter a plea. AC/DC was due to release the “Rock or Bust” album next month and had planned a wor- ld tour next year. It was unclear whether yesterday’s events would affect those plans. Rudd and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 in Cleveland. It calls them one of the best-loved and hardest -rocking bands in the world. “Featuring guitarist Angus Young as their visual symbol and musical firebrand, they grew from humble origins in Australia to become an arenafilling phenomenon with worldwide popularity. They did so without gimmickry, except for Angus’s schoolboy uniform, which became mandatory stage attire,” said the Hall of Fame’s biography. According to the biography, Rudd first joined AC/DC in 1974, the year after it was started. Other reports indicate he left the band in 1983 but rejoined again in 1994. The Bay of Plenty Times reported that Rudd first moved to New Zealand in 1983, during the period when he had left the band, and in 2011 bought a Tauranga restaurant he named Phil’s Place. The restaurant’s website says it represents Rudd’s long-held vision to “offer you fresh local food at affordable prices delivered by warm and friendly staff.” AC/DC’s albums include “Highway to Hell,” ‘’Back in Black,” and “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Even the U.S. military has used the band’s music for martial purposes. In 2004, U.S. troops blasted AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” and other rock music full volume in Fallujah, Iraq, hoping to grate on the nerves of Sunni Muslim gunmen. In recent years, AC/DC became known as one of the few acts that refused to allow its music to be released digitally on iTunes. It relented in late 2012. This year, the band announced that founding member Malcolm Young, brother of Angus, was leaving due to unspecified health reasons. AP Myanmar T he body of a freelance journalist shot by Myanmar’s army showed signs that he was tortured before he died, his wife said yesterday. Ma Thandar said the body, which was exhumed Wednesday, had a broken skull, broken jaw and two penetration marks on the chest. Myanmar started moving from a half-century of dictatorship to democracy three years ago, but the investigation into Aung Kyaw Naing’s death adds to questions about how much the military has changed. The reporter, also known as Ko Par Gyi, was detained by the military while covering clashes between the army and ethnic Karen rebels in Mon state in September. After his wife raised questions, the military said last week they shot him dead Oct. 4 as he tried to reach for a soldier’s gun during an attempted escape. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the military and media are increasingly at loggerheads over the reporting of security-related information perceived as sensitive. Four journalists and the chief executive officer of the local Unity newspaper have been sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor this year for reporting on a secretive military installation in the country’s central Magwe Division. Their sentences were later reduced to seven years each. At least nine other journalists have been senten- ap photo Wife says signs of torture on slain reporter’s body In this Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Min Ko Naing, right on vehicle, a leader of Myanmar Prominent 88 Generation Students Group, speaks as activists hold placards during a protest against the killing of a freelance journalist, outside the city hall in Yangon ced to prison this year, according to CPJ. Thandar, who is a prominent activist in Myanmar, said she, other activists and nearly 100 soldiers, police and government officials were present when the body was exhumed in Kyaikmaraw township, Mon state in southeastern Myanmar. “I could not see the gunshot wound, but his face was not immediately recognizable because his jaws and tooth were broken and smashed, whi- ch were indicative of torture,” Thandar said. She said the body was taken to the hospital for further examination, but the initial marks showed the broken skull and two small penetration marks that looked to have been caused by a sharp object and not by gunshots. Several ribs and an ankle also appeared to have been broken, she said. Thandar said that forensic doctors yesterday showed her X-rays of the body and said preliminary findings showed five gunshot wounds on his body, but she remained convinced that he was tortured and skeptical of the official findings. It was not known when a full autopsy report would be available. AP fri 07.11.2014 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 13 13 14 ADVERTISEMENT 07.11.2014 fri 廣告 fri 07.11.2014 分析 Obama immigration vow clashes with Republicans ap photo P President Barack Obama holds up a pen during a news conference in the East Room of the White House tions with Obama. The two lawmakers wrote an opinion article on the Wall Street Journal’s website last night saying they’d work to repeal Obama’s health-care law and revive measures on jobs and the economy that weren’t Israeli War Crimes ICC: No prosecution on storming of Gaza aid boat Mike Corder, The Hague I sraeli forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza in 2010, but the possible crimes are not grave enough to merit a prosecution at the International Criminal Court, the court’s prosecutor said yesterday. “Following a thorough legal and factual analysis of the information available, I have concluded that there is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court were committed on one of the vessels, the Mavi Marmara, when Israeli Defense Forces intercepted the ‘Gaza Freedom Flotilla’ on 31 May 2010,” Bensouda said in a statement. However Bensouda 15 USA Richard Rubin, Kathleen Hunter and Mike Dorning resident Barack Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell promised Americans yesterday they’d search for common ground, then fired the opening salvos of a new battle over immigration. The usually serious McConnell laughed, cracked smiles and joked as he met with reporters in Louisville, Kentucky, relating an invitation Obama sent for lunch at the White House and pledging an end to partisan gridlock. Yet he said Obama’s plans to take executive action on immigration, if Congress doesn’t act, would amount to “waving a red flag in front of a bull” Though the Nov. 4 election results shifted control of the Senate from Democrats to Republicans, it did little to change the underlying balance of power in Washington’s divided government, in which each party essentially has had veto power over any major undertaking for four years now. McConnell joined with House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, to outline an agenda that includes items sure to lead to confronta- WORLD said that any cases relating to the storming “would not be of sufficient gravity to justify further action by the ICC.” Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. Bensouda opened a preliminary investigation last year after the tiny African state of Comoros — which is a member of the court — filed a complaint about the boarding of the ship which was flying under a Comoros flag. A Turkish lawyer representing Comoros vowed not to give up the case. “This is a moral struggle that we’re pursuing by ourselves. It’s a legal struggle; a struggle in the name of humanity. This struggle isn’t over,” said attorney Ramazan Ariturk. “We will object to a higher court at the International Criminal Court and we believe without a doubt that we will prevail.” In a 61-page report, prosecutors conclude that “there is a reasonable basis to believe” that Israeli forces may have committed the crimes of willful killing, willfully causing serious injury and committing outrages upon personal dignity. The report said that the findings were based on “information available at this stage” and that ICC prosecutors did not collect the evidence. A U.N. report in July 2011 found that the raid was justified, but that Israel used excessive force. AP approved by the Senate under the Democrats’ control. A subdued Obama said at a White House news conferen- ce yesterday that he is “not mopey” about the Republican sweep in the midterm elections. He then brushed aside McConnell’s warning on an immigration order, repeating a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting the law. “What I’m not going to do is just wait,” he said. As for Republicans who might be “angered or frustrated,” he added, “those are folks, I just have to say, who are also deeply opposed to immigration reform in any form.” Obama and McConnell offered words of conciliation without giving ground on their basic political positions. There were no signs of changes to come in party leadership when the next Congress is seated in January and the occupant of the White House remains the same. Bloomberg Ebola West African countries to get USD450 million in financing Edith M. Lederer, United Nations A new private sector initiative announced Wednesday will provide at least USD450 million in commercial financing to the three West African countries hardest hit by Ebola to promote trade, investment and employment. The International Finance Corporation, which is part of the World Bank Group, announced that the package will include $250 million in rapid response projects and at least $200 million in investment projects to support the economic recovery of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea after the Ebola outbreak is controlled. The announcement coincides with the U.N. Development Program’s release of a study on the socio-economic impact of the outbreak, which found that the governments of the three countries need $328 million to be able to function at pre-crisis levels. The study said the shortfalls are caused by increased spending to tackle Ebola and the slowdown of economic activity in fields such as tourism, mining and trade. “Ebola is a humanitarian crisis first and foremost, but it’s also an economic disaster for Guinea, Liberia and Sier- ra Leone,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement. “That’s why in addition to our emergency aid, we will do all we can to help support the private sector in these countries to build back their business.” IFC, the largest global development institution that focuses exclusively on the private sector, said its initiative includes a $75 million Ebola Emergency Liquidity Facility to fund critical imports for the Ebola-affected countries, including energy, food and agricultural commodities and manufactured goods. The UNDP study found that because of Ebola, government expenses have risen about 30 percent in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and fiscal deficits in the three countries are rising. In addition, Liberia has sacrificed $20 million worth of infrastructure improvements and Sierra Leone has sacrificed $16 million worth since the beginning of the crisis, it said. The financial constraints have forced the three countries to resort to domestic and international borrowing, and they have already taken financial packages from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, UNDP said. AP 16 INFOTAINMENT TV canal macau Friday 13:00 TDM News (Repeated) 13:30 News (RTPi) Delayed Broadcast 14:30 RTPi Live 18:10 Brazil Avenue (Repeated) 19:00 TDM Talk Show (Repeated) 19:30 Soap Opera 20:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report 21:20 Revenge S1 22:10 Brazil Avenue 23:00 TDM News 23:30 Europa League Highlights 23:45 Portuguese Movie 01:35 Main News, Financial & Weather Report (Repeated) Saturday 11:20 Kung Fu Masters of the Zodiac 11:40 Conch Bay 12:30 Cooking 13:00 TDM News (Repeated) 13:30 News (RTPi) Delayed Broadcast 14:30 Zig Zag 15:45 Soap Opera 19:00 Contest 19:50 Miscellaneous 21:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report 21:00 Drama 23:00 TDM News 23:30 Variety 00:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report (Repeated) 07.11.2014 fri 資訊／娛樂 cinema cineteatro 6 Nov -12 Nov 2000 Hillary Clinton is first First Lady in Senate interstellar_ room 1 2.30, 6.00, 9.00 pm Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain Language: English (Chinese) Duration: 169min kung fu jungle_ room 2 2.15, 4.05, 7.55, 9.30 pm Director: Teddy Chen Starring: Donnie Yen, Charlie Young, Wang Bao-qiang Language: English (Chinese) Duration: 100min Sunday 11:00 Sunday Mass 12:00 Miscellaneous 13:00 TDM News (Repeated) 13:30 News (RTPi) Delayed Broadcast 14:30 Zig Zag 16:00 Comedy 16:30 Miscellaneous 18:40 Contest 19:40 Comedy 20:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report 21:00 Non-Daily Portuguese News 21:50 News 22:10 The Coffee Trail with Simon Reeve 23:00 TDM News 23:30 Miscellaneous 00:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report (Repeated) don’t go breaking my heart 2_ room 2 7.45 pm Director: Johnnie To Starring: Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung, Gao Yuanyuan Language: Cantonese (English and Chinese) Duration: 115min offbeat Dutch to public: Don't pee on the royal palace If you're caught short on Amsterdam's historic Dam Square, the Dutch government has a message for you: Don't pee on the palace. The Dutch royal family uses the stately Royal Palace in downtown Amsterdam as a working palace, not a residence. But the building's dark arches provide a favored spot for urination, often at night, out of sight of police who regularly patrol the palace vicinity. After a multimillion-euro renovation ended in late 2011, people began urinating against the palace's sandstone facade. That prompted authorities to put up a fence. But the Interior Ministry called the fence "unworthy" of the historic location. It is now installing lights and movement sensors to deter people from relieving themselves. The government also warned that peeing in public is punishable by a 140-euro (USD175) fine. If those measures don't work, authorities are considering installing a urinal near the palace that rises out of the ground at night and sinks back below the sidewalk during the day. Other possible moves include a raised set of steps featuring a "pop-up" fence or fine mesh screens to block off access to the arches after dark. this day in history gangster pay day_ room 3 2.15 4.00, 7.45, 9.30 pm Director: Lee Po Cheung Starring: Anthony Wong, Charlene Choi, Wong Yau Nam Language: Cantonese (English and Chinese) Duration: 134min ouija_ room 3 7.30 pm Director: Stiles White Starring: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff Language: English (Chinese) Duration: 89min macau tower 6 Nov - 26 Nov interstellar_ 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain Language: English (Chinese) Duration: 169min Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of the president, has won a seat for the Democrats in the Senate to become the only First Lady to win elective office in US history. Votes are still being counted but exit polls show she has a clear majority over Republican rival Rick Lazio in the state of New York. The Clinton family voted near their home in Chappaqua, north of the city, with the president telling reporters, “You can’t put me down as ‘undecided’!” Mrs Clinton made her victory speech in Manhattan, flanked by husband Bill, her daughter Chelsea, outgoing Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Moybihan and incumbent senator Chuck Schumer. She told cheering supporters: “Today we voted as Democrats and Republicans, tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers.” Mr Lazio only entered the race in May after charismatic New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani pulled out to fight prostate cancer. During an acrimonous campaign he emphasised his strong connections to New York, while Hillary defied accusations she was a carpetbagger and appealed to Democrats in New York City, black, Hispanic, Jewish and women voters - and won through. Mrs Clinton has also shown her tenacity in the face of the president’s much publicised extra marital affairs. In 1992, when Gennifer Flowers revealed that she had had an affair with him (which he admitted to only years later and then claimed it was confined to one encounter), she uttered the famous words on the CBS 60 Minutes programme: “I’m not sitting here as some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette. I’m sitting here because I love him.” She later had to apologise to the country singer Tammy Wynette who wrote and sang “Stand by Your Man” but was not the character in it - but Mrs Clinton had successfully made her point to the American public. Then in January 1998 the story about the president’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky broke which Bill Clinton strenuously denied. Mrs Clinton was defiant once more, declaring in an interview with the NBC Today show that it was all inspired by “this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president”. She had a difficult moment later that year when her husband admitted to having had a relationship with Miss Lewinsky, and TV viewers watched them walking across the White House lawn - Chelsea between them - to the helicopter waiting to take them on holiday. All that is in the past and now - as her husband prepares to leave office at the end of his second term - Hillary Clinton’s supporters are even talking of her running for the top job herself. Courtesy BBC News In context At a news conference the following day Hillary Clinton ruled herself out of the 2004 presidential election to serve her full term as New York senator. Her husband left office in January 2001. In her best-selling autobiography Living History published in 2003 Mrs Clinton said the two hardest decisions of her life were “to stay married to Bill and to run for the Senate from New York”. New York votes again in 2006, and Mrs Clinton is tipped for a landslide victory. She is also one of the leading contenders to for the 2008 presidential elections. fri 07.11.2014 資訊／娛樂 Taurus Mar. 21-Apr. 19 April 20-May 20 Today is an active day — and you’ve got the right kind of energy to really make it special! Things are going your way, and you can barrel right over anyone who thinks they can impede your progress. Take your time when making decisions today — there’s not as much pressure as you think there is! Try to consider all your options and make sure that you’re not pursuing a dead end. Gemini Cancer May 21-Jun. 21 Jun. 22-Jul. 22 You’ve got to make your hopes clear to those around you — otherwise, they are sure to get confused. Fortunately, your energy is just right for communicating basic info like that, and they are ready to hear it. You are unhappy with an authority figure who is trying to direct your behavior, but there’s no way out of this without some serious friction. If you’re okay with that, go ahead and struggle. Leo Virgo Jul. 23-Aug. 22 Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Someone new pops into your life and makes you think about things differently. That doesn’t have to be a major life-changer, but if you’re ready for one, it could be just what you need! You don’t back down today — which could be a good or a bad thing, depending on who’s pushing you. It could lead to a new romance or a reprimand at work, but you should still be glad you did it. Libra Scorpio Sep.23-Oct. 22 Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 Business relationships are vital right now. That could mean reaching out to contacts to get new job possibilities, or it could mean buttering up a potential new client. You can do it! Start a new fitness or diet regime today — but check with your doctor if it’s too far from the mainstream. You are health-minded for sure, and can make great progress, but like everyone, you need advice. Sagittarius 17 The Born Loser by Chip Sansom YOUR STARS Aries INFOTAINMENT Capricorn Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Your energy is strong and direct today, so make the most of it! You should be able to start new projects, convince others of your positions and take care of your people without breaking a sweat. You may be a bit more worried than usual today, and that could result in some hard times with your partner at home or at work. Try not to inflict too much of your own doubt on them just yet. Aquarius Pisces Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Feb.19-Mar. 20 Your assistance is invaluable today, and someone close is sure to let you know how they feel about it. See if you can reach out broadly and help a group or community in need — maybe the world! You find something you’d lost — or maybe you hid it? You don’t remember, but it’s so cleverly squirreled away that it may feel as if someone had tried to keep it from you. Live and learn. 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J. Hospital 28 313 731 Kiang Wu Hospital 28 371 333 Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) 28326 300 IACM 28 387 333 Tourism 28 333 000 Airport 59 888 88 ad 18 ADVERTISEMENT 07.11.2014 fri 廣告 fri 07.11.2014 體育 19 Ex-NFL cheerleader charged with sex with teen Randall Chase, Georgetown, Del. A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and the estranged wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive was arraigned yesterday in Delaware on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old boy who attends school with at least one of her children. A grand jury indicted Molly Shattuck, 47, on Monday on two counts of third-degree rape, four counts of unlawful sexual contact and three counts of providing alcohol to minors, Delaware State Police Sgt. Paul Shavack said. She was released on USD84,000 bond after an arraignment. Defense attorney Eugene Maurer said Shattuck has pleaded not guilty. Her next court appearance will be at a Dec. 15 case review. “Like anybody who would be charged with an offense of this nature, she’s quite distraught and dealing with it the best she can,” Maurer added. “Obviously, she’s very upset about it.” On Sept. 26, a 15-year-old boy told police that Shattuck began an inappropriate relationship with him near Baltimore and that it culminated with sexual activity at a vacation rental home in August, Shavack said. Police executed a search warrant on Shattuck’s home Oct. 1 and seized items. Shavack declined to specify what they were. The indictment alleges that Shattuck provided alcohol to three boys under the legal age for drinking on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31. It charges that she had sexual contact with one boy on or about Aug. 31, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. In Delaware, third-degree rape applies to several instances, including when an older person has sex with an underage person. It is a Class B felony, punishable by two to 25 years in prison. In a letter sent this week to parents, the headmaster of the school the teen attends — the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland — wrote he became aware of “inappropriate behavior by a current parent” and a student on Sept. 24 and reported the allegations to police. Shattuck’s website says she has three children, including a 15-yearold son. Shattuck is separated from Mayo Shattuck, 60, the former CEO of Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Nuclear Group and the current chairman of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., also an energy provider. Exelon, which has electric and gas utilities in Maryland, Illinois, and Pennsylva- ap photo ad SPORTS Molly Shattuck nia, now owns Constellation. According to online Maryland court records, Molly and Mayo Shattuck filed for divorce Sept. 29 in Baltimore County. The Baltimore Sun reported in March that the couple had separated, although Molly Shattuck demurred to the newspaper about when the breakup occurred, saying, “It’s been awhile.” In 2005, Molly Shattuck became the oldest NFL cheerleader in history up to that time when the Baltimore Ravens selected her for the squad on her first tryout. She cheered for two years and was a part-time coach for six more years. Shattuck also is a fitness consultant and advocate, and published a book in February called “Vibrant Living.” Her website, which is now in “maintenance mode,” says she has developed a 21-day plan for health and improved living. A cached version of her biography on the site says she is an ambassador for the American Diabetes Association and works with the American Heart Association. She’s a trustee of the United Way of Central Maryland, and a member of boards for the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the National Children’s Museum. In 2008, Shattuck appeared on an episode of the ABC-TV reality show “Secret Millionaire” and gave away USD190,000 to people helping the poor. AP Almada dance troupe draws BUZZ thousands on China tour Air quality fri Station07.11.2014 THE opinion Kapok An unprecedented 6,000 people in all attended four shows staged so far in China by the Companhia de Dança de Almada, one of Portugal’s handful of professional dance troupes, its director, Maria Franco, told Lusa this week. “We have never performed in spaces with so many people,” Franco said. “We’re very pleased with the reception, although audiences here are restrained in their applause.” Eight dancers from the company, which is based in Almada, across the River Tagus from Lisbon, last Friday began a two-week tour of China organized by a local promoter who had seen the dancers’ work on the internet and decided to invite them. The tour began in Hangzhou with one show attended by 3,000 people and another with 2,000. The dancers then flew on to Shanghai, where they have four shows scheduled. The tour ends in Beijing on 16 November. The company has never been to China but has toured in a dozen countries, from Brazil to Poland. Roadside 70-100 Moderate High Density 65-95 Residental Moderate Area source: dsmg 20 Ambient 65-95 Moderate Eric Sautedé The disappearance of the yellow taxis in Macao is saddening. First, because they had become a customary fixture of our daily lives: the Official Gazette reminds us rather aridly that the license awarded to their operator, the Vang Iek Group, dates back to 1989, and a quick look at the Group’s website indicates that Vang Iek itself was established in 1935— a sign that the virtues of family business is not an assurance of sustainability in the new Macao. Second because, as Andrew Scott, the vocal founder of the Facebook group Macau Taxi Driver Shame, puts it, they were the “shining light” of the industry, while the “black taxis” are perceived as “being the problem.” This leaves us with a feeling of injustice. Third and finally, because the Transport Department (DSAT) appears to have performed, once again, below average when it comes to both its regulatory and tangible capacities—and here I am not even talking about style and disclosure skills. Some might argue that they had it coming. At least 90% of their 100 taxis were supposed to be on call, but they ended up with only a fraction of the fleet actually on call. When the operator was told that the license would be renewed for another year, on condition that 80% of the taxis would satisfy that initial requirement, it failed to do so; and then the license was renewed for only 9 months, provided that 60% of the taxis would be on call. Vang Iek ultimately had to announce themselves that they would cease operations on November 6th, since the scheme was simply not viable—after all this is a company, not a charity. And Vang Iek’s management team noticeably pointed its finger to the lack of support and responsiveness of the DSAT. Sure, regulations and tender-biding commitments have to be respected, but then the overall context changed — and fast — so operating conditions should have adapted just as swiftly. What are the main problems with taxis? The total number—too scarce—and the pricing—insufficient, thus encouraging malpractice, overcharging and abuse in general. This was clearly highlighted in the 2011 General Policy on Traffic and Land Transportation in Macao (2010-2020) - and what has the DSAT done since then? Not much regarding the taxis, and in fact the success of the Macau Taxi Driver Shame group (created in June 2014 and already counting more than 4,500 supporters) is an indication that the situation has worsened dramatically. I am myself not a big fan of this kind of group because - despite its claim that it is also “rewarding” the well behaved - it is designed to humiliate and discriminate against part of the community, making it very divisive and a trigger for equally acrimonious counter-strategies from those ‘shamed’. It creates a cycle of distrust and, although it allows disgruntled users to vent out their repressed resentment, ultimately it addresses the symptoms and not the ailment. Yet it still has its virtues, since its byproduct, the Macau Taxi Passengers Association (MTPA) - also headed by Andrew Scott - has submitted several recommendations to the DSAT in September in the framework of the consultation on the revision of the law on taxis—dating back to 1999, mind you. Both the MTPA and DSAT propose comprehensive and far-reaching amendments regarding licensing, training, pricing, and monitoring (including punitive measures with much more significant fines and even the suspension and cancellation of licenses for non-complying drivers), but then where has the necessary holistic approach to public transportation as articulated by the 2011 plan gone? Is there any indication of the identity and motivations of clients, or the detailed breakdown of itineraries in today’s Macao? The MTPA’s document relies on a rough estimate of operating costs of taxis—admittedly not in line with the ones of the Macau Taxi Driver Mutual Association—and a skimpy survey of only 172 respondents on “satisfaction”; whereas the DSAT’s 2014 consultation document is still in the infancy of proposing a “global study and scientific analysis” of the problem—again, what have they done since 2011? On average, both Singapore and Hong Kong have 8 taxis per km of road, while Macao has 4.4, so my bet is that we only need to double the existing fleet of 1,380 taxis. Then service and conditions of operation are the real concerns, and for this to be solved, all stakeholders have to be involved if the whole community is to benefit in the end. Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata dies Among his children, reports suggest, were various members of the popular Gypsy Kings group I conic flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who sold nearly 100 million records worldwide, has died in southern France. He was 93. His great nephew, Ricao Bissiere, confirmed his death to The Associated Press, calling him a “great guitarist and a beautiful man who opened the doors for gypsy music.” Bissiere said the musician died in a retirement home early Wednesday. Born Ricardo Baliardo in southern France in 1921, de Plata changed to his recording name — meaning “little hands of silver” in Spanish — after mastering the guitar. As a rising star, he frequented cafes on the French Riviera and associated with celebrities including actress Brigitte Bardot and the artists Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. He sealed his international reputation after playing New York’s Carnegie Hall in the 1960s. He had dozens of offspring, and once admitted he could not say for sure how many children he had. Among his children, reports suggest, were various members of the popular Gypsy Kings group. His talent continued to inspire generations of guitarists long after his celebrity had waned. Nonetheless he died a poor man, having spent much of his earnings on his extensive family, French media report. His daughter Francoise said he died in a retirement home, with family members at his bedside. In 2011 he described his main passions in life as “music and women” and said “I played with my heart, and I’ve always lived from one day to the next”. MDT/Agencies times square by rodrigo WORLD BRIEFS NEW ZEALAND The owners of a New Zealand coal mine where the bodies of 29 workers remain entombed after a methanefueled explosion four years ago said yesterday they won’t go back into the mine because it remains too dangerous. The announcement by stateowned company Solid Energy dashed the hopes of those who had sought to recover the remains of their loved ones from the Pike River mine, located on the South Island. ap photo Red card for yellow cabs Music AFGHANISTAN The head of NATO pays an unannounced visit to Kabul, where he vows that the Western alliance will continue supporting the country after foreign combat troops withdraw at the end of the year. “We are ending the combat mission and are starting a new chapter in which the future of Afghanistan is in the hands if the Afghan people,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said. ISRAELI forces may have committed war crimes when they stormed an aid flotilla boat heading to Gaza in 2010, but the possible crimes are not grave enough to merit a prosecution at the International Criminal Court, the court’s prosecutor said yesterday. More on p15 USA-MYANMAR A group of U.S. lawmakers is telling President Barack Obama to pressure Myanmar’s government to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president. USA Space tourism company Virgin Galactic that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocketpowered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO said Wednesday.
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