The organizers of the Macau Shopping Festival 2014 hope to achieve double-digit growth in revenue xi wins support for asiapacific trade proposal hk gov’t rejects talks after court rules against protest macau shopping festival organizers bet on growth P4 Leaders of Asia-Pacific economies agreed yesterday to begin work toward possible adoption of a Chinese-backed free-trade pact P12 P13 WED. 12 Nov 2014 T. 19º/ 24º C H. 60/ 90% N.º 2189 Blackberry email service powered by CTM MOP 5.00 HKD 7.50 Founder & Publisher Kowie Geldenhuys Editor-in-Chief Paulo Coutinho “ THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ ” ap photo WORLD BRIEFS Pay for civil servants set to rise by 6.8 pct in January CHINA Barack Obama opened two days of talks yesterday with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a sprawling garden compound next to the Forbidden City, telling the Chinese leader he wants to take the relationship “to a new level.” Obama said he hoped for productive, candid talks of the kind they held last year at the Sunnylands estate in California, where the two leaders aimed to forge a close personal bond during hours of meetings and a long stroll through its manicured gardens. P2,3 2015 Budget ZHUHAI Aviation Fair Jets should be viewed as ‘a business tool’ P4 mdt report INDIA Eight Indian women have died and 20 others are in critical condition after undergoing sterilization surgeries in a free government-run program to help slow the country’s population growth. A total of 83 women, all poor villagers under the age of 32, had the operations in a hospital outside Bilaspur city in the central state of Chhattisgarh, officials said. More on p15 More on backpage ad GP SUPPLEMENT INSIDE MDT interviews Max Verstappen, the youngest F1 driver in history MACAU th Anniversary 澳聞 2015 budget policies bloomberg 2 12.11.2014 wed Civil servants’ pay set to Catarina Pinto M GAMING Galaxy rises to a week high after posting Q3 revenue G alaxy Entertainment Group Ltd., controlled by billionaire Lui Che Woo, climbed to the highest level in a week after posting third-quarter revenue that showed resilience in its high-stakes gambling business. Galaxy rose 2.5 percent to close at HKD52.35 in Hong Kong, a price it last reached Nov. 4. The benchmark Hang Seng Index gained 0.3 percent. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization rose 1 percent to HK$3.3 billion (USD426 million), Hong Kong-based Galaxy said in a stock exchange statement yesterday. That compares with the HK$3.32 billion average of six analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Galaxy drew more players from both the high-end and the mass-market segments of the industry even as its competitors such as SJM Holdings Ltd. and Wynn Macau Ltd. saw VIP traffic drop off. Macau casino revenue fell for the fifth-straight month in October amid an overall economic slowdown and President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption. “What stood out is that their VIP business tends to be outperforming the market,” said Michael Ting, a Hong Kong-based analyst at CIMB Securities Ltd. “Galaxy’s relationships with the junkets are quite strong.” Galaxy revenue climbed 6 percent to HK$17.3 billion in the third quarter, with sales from the mass market increasing 12 percent year on year and that of high-stakes gamblers climbing 5 percent. At Galaxy Macau, its main casino in the city, gambling revenue in both ends of the market rose 12 percent year on year. Sales from high rollers fell 13 percent from the previous quarter with mass-market sales up 2 percent. The company’s stock has fallen 25 percent this year, compared with a 2.2 percent gain for the city’s Hang Seng Index. Casino revenue in Macau dropped 23 percent to 28 billion patacas ($3.5 billion) in October, Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said this month. That was the biggest decline since the city started collecting monthly records in 2005. Casino revenue growth among mass-market gamblers could drop to zero or worse from now until March 2015, Praveen K. Choudhary, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, wrote in a report this “2014 is probably not going to be a good year for gaming, but stocks tend to re-rate when new capacity opens, and Galaxy will be the first one to open with Galaxy phase 2 in 2015,” Ting from CIMB said. Galaxy is his top pick for the industry for 2015, he said. Galaxy plans to add as many as 500 gambling tables and 1,300 hotel rooms in the second phase of its Galaxy Macau resort. The expansion, which will cost about HK$20 billion to build, is on schedule for completion by the middle of next year, the casino operator said yesterday. Galaxy has approval to build as much as 2 million square meters (21.5 million square feet) of gross floor area on Macau’s Cotai Strip, the most among the city’s six licensed casino operators. It plans to quadruple the size of the Galaxy Macau by 2018. Lui has an estimated net worth of $14.8 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Bloomberg 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 acau’s civil servants will benefit from a 6.8 percent salary rise in January, the Chief Executive has revealed. Attending yesterday’s Legislative Assembly plenary meeting to introduce budget policies for next year, Chui Sai On said that the pay for civil servants is set to increase from MOP74 to MOP79. Upon hearing the Civil Servants’ Salary Assessment Commission, which has proposed a raise in civil servants’ income, the government decided to introduce a new pay scale of MOP79, and will soon be tabling a bill to the Legislative Assembly. The suggested wage increase surpasses the latest inflation figures set at around 6 percent. In a press conference held after yesterday’s AL plenary session, Chui said that he would like to see the private sector applying a wage increase that can help residents deal with the inflation rate, too. Lawmaker and president of the Macau Civil Servants Association (ATFPM), José Pereira Coutinho, welcomed the wage increase, although stressing he was not surprised. “We had already requested a salary increase for civil servants, taking into account inflation, the increase on es- sential goods’ prices, and estimations for the coming months,” he told reporters, adding that they had asked for the pay scale to be set at MOP80. “It doesn’t surprise us that they adjusted the salary. But we will be asking for a gradual wage increase, so that employees with lower incomes are granted a higher wage,” he revealed. The CE also confirmed yesterday that the cash handout policy will remain unchanged in 2015. Permanent residents will be granted MOP9,000, while temporary residents will be awarded MOP5,400 – the same amount they received this year. A MOP7,000 subsidy for elderly residents is also set to continue being granted in 2015. The Chief Executive told a The decline was expected and the global economic outlook could play a role in gaming revenue drops Chui Sai On press conference that he hopes Macau residents understand why the government is not increasing the cash handout, as has happened in previous years. He recalled that the government has launched a series of measures to share revenues from the gaming industry with residents. Asked to comment on a fifth consecutive drop in gaming revenue this month, Chui Sai REACTIONS Sonia Chan ‘rewarded’ for hand Catarina Pinto L awmaker José Pereira Coutinho believes that Sonia Chan Hoi Fan, currently serving as coordinator of the Office for Personal Data Protection (GPDP), will be appointed Secretary for Administration and Justice as a “reward” for handling procedures related to the referendum on universal suffrage that led to the detention of pro-democracy activists. The newspaper “Ou Mun” released a possible list of the five new secretaries chosen by Chief Executive Chui Sai On for his second term. Sonia Chan Hoi Fan is reported to take 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] Florinda Chan’s office, while businessman and member of the Executive Council, Lionel Leong, is likely to replace Francis Tam as Secretary for Economy and Finance. The c urrent director of the Judiciary Police is due to be appointed Secretary for Security and Raimundo do Rosário, currently heading Macau’s representative office in Brussels, is likely to replace Lau Si Io as Secretary for Transport and Public Works. Finally, Alexis Tam, serving as the government’s spokesperson, will be the new Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture. However, Chui Sai On is yet to make an official announcement and confirm the next 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 wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 澳聞 rise by 6.8 pct in January On said that Macau’s gaming industry saw a long-term exponential growth and now it’s time for a re-adjustment. “The decline was expected and the global economic outlook could play a role in gaming revenue drops,” he said. The Chief Executive stressed that there are two other strong elements boosting Macau’s economy, namely the non-gaming segment and tourist arrivals, which have been on the rise. He said that while discussing a revision of current gaming concession contracts next year, the government will be advocating for a balance between gaming and non-gaming sectors. Chui Sai On said that the government has been cautious in preparing the budget for next year, which is likely to be set at over MOP150 billion. A policy launched last year reimbursing 60 percent of the income tax paid by residents will also be maintained next year. Tax referring to 2013 will be reimbursed in 2015, while tax paid in 2014 will be reimbursed in 2016. Due to measures for the exemption and reduction of duties and taxes, the au- Gov’t promotes democracy, says Chui T he Chief Executive has promised to maintain an open policy, listening to all citizens’ opinions, even when they’re divergent. “Macau, as a place under rule of law, and a place promoting democracy… we will always listen to the population’s [opinions],” he said. Chui Sai On stressed that there is a need to develop democracy in a gradual manner. “But we cannot take any actions that go against current rules,” he added. He understands that within a society, people hold different expectations and views. “We have been organizing the AL elections and CE elections. There are people who criticize, but that’s normal. We have to respect citizen’s opinions and we’re always open to hearing different political views or criticism,” he assured. Chui concluded by saying that any electoral reform is always in the central government’s hands. photo archive ling referendum case, says Coutinho Pereira Coutinho top government officials’ names. In a press conference held yesterday, he said that there are procedures to be followed, and he’s still waiting for Beijing’s approval. Last August, GPDP issued an order requesting for referendum organizers to stop collecting residents’ personal data, as they were allegedly violating the Personal Data Protection Act. Jason Chao, who was accused of aggravated disobedience, and four other referendum volunteers were detained. José Pereira Coutinho hinted that this is no coincidence, and criticized the Chief Executive’s criteria to choose Sonia Chan Hoi Fan. “We don’t understand how a coordinator of a cabinet managed to make such a progression on [her] career ladder. It really seems as a reward for using data protection legislation [to stop] the unofficial referendum. I think this was a reward for this lady,” he told reporters on the sidelines of yesterday’s Legislative Assembly plenary meeting. Nevertheless, Coutinho welcomed changes on the government’s team. “I think he [made a change] based on the argument that some of these officials have been in office for 15 years. MACAU 3 thority will no longer receive tax revenues worth over MOP2.135 million. Asked about opinions that have reached his campaign office in August, and whose results were released early this week, Chui said he understands that traffic, housing and healthcare are among Macau’s citizens’ greatest concerns. He stressed that these are the three main areas in which the government is focusing on. During yesterday’s Legislative Assembly plenary meeting, the Chief Executive reviewed the government’s performance so far this year. He stressed that Macau’s administration has provided long-term and efficient mechanisms addressing social security matters, as well as ensuring a long-term plan for housing. The CE declared that the authority is committed to supporting local small and medium-sized enterprises and that adequate training opportunities have been provided to residents. Yet again, Macau’s leader insisted that the current policy allowing only residents to take up positions as casino dealers remains. Giving priority to public transportation was one of the measures adopted, but the Chief Executive acknowledged that there is a gap between the new public transportation scheme and citizens’ expectations. He gave assurances that they’ve sped up the construction of the LRT system and taken measures to improve public bus services, too. I think this is the right approach. Because the Basic Law says that each CE is only entitled to serve for two terms, while other top officials may remain in office for 10 years. So I think the change is good,” he added. On the contrary, lawmaker Melinda Chan thinks Sonia Chan’s possible promotion is not connected to the unofficial referendum case. She did not comment further and seemed confused about what referendum reporters were referring to. She recalled that the five new secretaries have all been working as civil servants. “This is good for government workers (…) this also shows that government employees are being promoted. Also some have legal knowledge and I think this is good for Macau,” she said. Lawmaker Chan Chak Mo sees government changes positively. Asked about Lionel Leong’s suitability for the Secretary for Economy and Finance post, he said that “he’s a businessman like Mr Francis Tam” and “he’s capable of analyzing what’s happening within the business community in Macau.” He added that Mr Leong has also worked with the mainland Chinese government for quite some time, and “he would be a good link with mainland China.” Chan Chak Mo concluded by saying that “a change [in the government] is good, because if people stay in the same post for too long, they might take things for granted, so to speak.” 4 MACAU 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 澳聞 Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition xinhua Jets should be viewed as ‘a business tool’ João Pedro Lau, Zhuhai M ore than 700 businesses and 130 aircraft from 41 countries and regions took part in the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, which officially opened yesterday and runs until November 16 in Zhuhai. The airshow showcases different types of military and civil aircraft and other aviation equipment and services. A series of flight performances, seminars, press conferences and signing ceremonies have also been scheduled throughout the six-day event. The Times spoke to several exhibitors about the aviation market in China and the effect of the economic slowdown upon the world’s second largest economy. All of them believe that the slowdown is not going to have a significant impact on the Chinese aviation market. Mr Michael Han, regional vice president of sales in Greater China for the Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier Business Aircraft, said that although growth of the Chinese economy is moderating, annual growth of seven percentage points is still impressive compared to mature markets such as the United States and Europe. “We have faith in the Chinese leadership to maintain economic growth. So, seven percent will be a sustainable and stable growth rate and this sets the foundation for the China business aviation and business jet market,” he said. Bombardier is one of the major manufacturers of business jets. There are currently six Bombardier jets in service in Macau, most of them owned by private individuals. When it comes to the impact of China’s austerity measures on the country’s busi- T he organizers of the Macau Shopping Festival 2014 hope to achieve double-digit growth in the revenue to be generated during the event this year. The festival, which is in its fourth year, will take place between December 3 and 31. Vincent Tung, general director of the Macau Shopping Festival 2014 organizing committee said on the sidelines of the festival’s opening ceremony at City of Dreams that total spending on the event A Xinzhou-700 model is seen ahead at the International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai ness jet market, Mr Han argued that they should be considered as business tools instead of luxury products. “Business jets should not be promoted as a luxurious product. In the mature markets, it has always been considered as a business tool, a business tool that can help executives and families to improve their travel efficiency by providing the flexibility to schedule trips, as well as to offer comfort and privacy,” he said. Mr Han added that Bombardier has a very strong forecast of 950 business jets to be delivered into China, which also include Macau, between 2014 and 2023 by all jet manufacturers. “Out of those 950 jets, a majority of the aircraft will be the middle sized or the large category private jets. The total value of these 950 aircraft is USD30.9 billion,” he said. Meanwhile, in a press conference yesterday, the president of Airbus China, Eric Chen, acknowledged that the Chinese economic slowdown has impac- ted the development of the civil aviation industry. However, just like Mr Han, Mr Chen believes that a growth rate of six or seven percent is still impressive. Airbus predicts that the annual passenger flow in China will reach 700 million in 2020 before it hits 1.3 billion in 2030. He also believes that there is a huge potential in the Chinese market. “I can feel very clearly that by 2020, the current fleet [in China] is going to be doubled to reach… about 4,000 airplanes in total… So there is no reason not to be optimistic about the prospectives,” he said. The president then suggested that the key is to address the critical issues in the Chinese aviation environment including congestion, the shortage of pilots and infrastructure improvement. “If we have sound solutions to these critical issues, then the growth will be sustainable, healthy and continued to be in the right track,” he said. Furthermore, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has released the fifth COMAC Market Forecast Report during the airshow. It indicated that over the next 20 years, the Chinese market will need 5,541 trunk and regional jets. The revenue passenger kilometres will also increase at an average annual rate of 6.8 pct in China in the coming two decades, which is higher than the global average of 4.8 pct. The size of the Chinese passenger fleet will also expand rapidly, with its share in the global market rising from the current 11 pct to 17 pct in year 2033, reaching 6,827. As for the number of new aircraft delivered, the report predicts that 5,541 new aircraft will be delivered in the Chinese market in the next 20 years, valued at USD674 billion, with single -aisle jets account for nearly two thirds of the total. It also suggested that the emerging market, represented by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), as well as the global low-cost airlines, will be the major propellers for the growth of single-aisle jets. airshow serves as a platform for exhibitors Airbus China president Eric Chen said that they highly valued their presence at the airshow, which provided them with the opportunity to better understand the market. This is the 10th time Airbus China joined the air show. He believes that the event is also a platform for communication and contact, and to showcase their products. On the other hand, Evan McCorry, the vice president of international sales and marketing from Canadian aircraft manufacturer Viking Air said that the main purpose of participating in the airshow is to create awareness of their aircraft and to show that they believe in the future of China. Macau Shopping Festival hopes for double-digit revenue growth this year by the organizing committee and all other participants has exceeded MOP30 million. He said that in previous years, the event has achieved an annual growth of 20 to 30 pct in terms of revenue. “We hope that this year we can have double-digit growth. As you know, gaming re- venue has been falling in the previous four to five months. We can see that when there is less gambling, consumption also drops, especially for high-end products. We hope that with more people coming [to Macau], it can help consumption in the city,” he said. When it comes to the special features of the Macau Shopping Festival, Mr Tung believes that one of them is the lucky draw upon arrival. It allows tourists to take part in an instant lucky draw at four main ports of entry in Macau, including the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal, Macau International Airport and the Border Gate. Travellers can participate in the lucky draw by presenting valid ferry or air tickets or immigration stamps to the lucky draw counters at the locations. “We have studied the shopping festivals in other countries and regions and found that they don’t have this type of lucky draw. We think that this is a special feature of Macau as a gaming city,” he said. Meanwhile, the president of the organizing committee, Ms Terry Sio, indicated that they have invited a lot of big retailers to join the festival this year. “We hope that upon arrival, travellers can instantly feel that Macau has an atmosphere of shopping so that they will think that it is also a shoppers’ paradise. This is what we want to achieve the most,” she said. JPL wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 5 6 ADVERTISEMENT 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 廣告 wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 7 8 ADVERTISEMENT 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 廣告 wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 9 10 MACAU 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 澳聞 MUSIC GASTRONOMY Festival bands rock town for a decade As usual, many local bands will take part in the 10th edition of HUSH!! João Pedro Lau L ocal and overseas bands are going to hit the stage and intend to deliver their audience a memorable live band show at the 10th edition of HUSH!!, the local outdoor rock festival, that will take place on November 22 from 1:30 p.m. at the Macau Cultural Centre’s Art Plaza. Organized by the Macau Cultural Centre, the event is mainly for showcasing local bands and providing them with a platform to present their work. The show had a humble beginning, with only a turnout of 2,000 people in the first few years. However, with growing popularity and an increasingly diversified audience, attendance reached almost 8,000 last year. During a meet-the-press session this week, several local bands that will take part in this year’s festival shared their feelings and opinions about the event. Among the nine local bands is L.A.V.Y., whose bassist Angelo said that it would be great ad if the show could be more than a single-day event. “I think [making it a multiple-day event] could provide different types of bands with the opportunity to perform. At the moment you only have a limited performing time and limited number of bands in one day, but if there is more time, the number of participants could increase,” he said. Another live band is Why Oceans, who has experience performing overseas. Its members think that HUSH!! faces more restrictions compared to similar events in nearby regions. “There are many restrictions on HUSH!! because it takes place in the city. The noise issue alone has led to the event, which could be held for multiple days, being grouped into one day,” the band’s guitarist Tommy Chu said. He also recommended that the organizer include more elements so that people would have more reasons to stay there longer. “[Instead of letting the audience] stand in front of the stage for several hours… with nowhere else to go, maybe there could be some booths they could visit that are related to the arts and creations in Macau, which would allow other local artists to join as well,” he said. While most of the bands are mainly performing in Chinese, the recently founded Joao Gomes e Banda is going to bring a fusion of traditional Portuguese music and rock to the audience. The group’s lead vocalist and guitarist, João Gomes, said that it is the music itself instead of the language that matters. He said that while playing last year in China, his band was greatly accepted by the audience despite the fact that they probably did not understand the lyrics. “As long as they accept the music, we will be fine,” he said. Apart from the local bands, there will also be groups from Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, Okinawa and Taipei joining the event, which has free admission. More information can be found on the Cultural Centre website. Improved menus to attract gourmet food aficionados C opa Steakhouse and Golden Court, two of Sands Macao’s restaurants, have recently introduced new gourmet menus to grab food enthusiasts’ attention. Copa Steakhouse remains faithful to a truly American gastronomical tradition, while Golden Court focuses on serving mainly Chinese customers looking for Sichuan-style dishes. Behind the preparation of new Copa Steakhouse dishes is Venezuelan chef Luis Silva. In a food tasting session yesterday, he revealed that the new menu is now more faithful to the American tradition. “We are trying to keep the essence of a steakhouse,” he assured, adding that they have added a “Wagyu Beef Burger with Cheddar Cheese and Smoked Bacon” to the menu for the first time. Changes were also introduced to the menu’s Portuguese section, with the team adding “Pork Marinated in Wine and Garnished with Clams”, since it “is a good sell.” “It’s a hearty dish and so we’ve decided to include it again,” he added. Traditional American fruit crumble is another highlight of the new Copa Steakhouse menu. Although usually prepared with seasonal fruit, it’s time for the “Blueberry Crumble with Vanilla Whipped Cream”. “Americans usually eat it when they’re dining together with friends or family. It’s food to share and enjoy together,” the chef said, adding that it is “a deep crumble” which can be prepared with different types of fruit, from blueberries to mango. Copa Steakhouse was voted one of Hong Kong Tatler magazine’s Best Restaurants of 2014, and it received the award of excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine this year, as well as the Best Western F&B award during the 2014 Hurun Presidential Awards, Sands said in a press release. The Cantonese-inspired Golden Court is located right next to Copa Steakhouse. The latest additions to the menu include Fired Angus Beef and Goose Liver, Sautéed Clams with Black Bean, or Shrimp Fried Rice with Sichuan Chili. Golden Court’s Chef de Cuisine, Kan Kai Wing, said that they’ve added new dishes to the menu, as more guests want to taste spicy Chinese food. The Angus beef and goose liver is mixed with Sichuan chili, peanuts and garlic, to offer guests a taste of Sichuan-style gastronomy. “The menu is targeting mainland China visitors, and we try to adapt it as much as we can to their taste,” he told reporters. The restaurant has just been renovated and has a total of 18 live seafood tanks, from which customers can easily choose. The restaurant was also listed in this year’s edition of the Hong Kong Tatler Best Restaurants Guide. Prices of dishes mentioned range from MOP58 (blueberry crumble) to MOP338 (for the Fired Angus Beef and Goose Liver). CP wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 分析 A 11 Alibaba goes global, Singles Day sales top USD5.9b bloomberg libaba Group Holding Ltd. turned an obscure Chinese holiday into the country’s biggest shopping event. Now it’s aiming to take the success of Singles’ Day global by tapping foreign brands, including Calvin Klein and Blue Nile Inc. Those companies, along with Costco Wholesale Corp., Origins Natural Resources Inc. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc., were participating in yesterday’s event for the first time. Alibaba said it sold more than 36.2 billion yuan (USD5.9 billion) of merchandise within 14 hours of the promotion kicking off, eclipsing last year’s record. Alibaba, which less than two months ago completed the biggest initial public offering ever, is using 27,000 labels to attract international merchants and consumers for a promotion with almost triple the sales of Cyber Monday. The company will offer steep discounts on Tmall and its other websites to entice shoppers, who may spend more than 50 billion yuan, according to an estimate by consultant OgilvyOne Shanghai. “November 11 is a key milestone for Alibaba,” said Allen Xu, the consultant’s managing director. “The company used the festival to build its dominance as an e-commerce player linking businesses to consumers in China. With the IPO of Alibaba, the company has the ambition to make this brand go global.” Merchandise sold was 36.2 billion yuan as of 1:31 p.m. Beijing time, Alibaba said in a post on its Twitter Inc. account. That is more than the $5.29 billion of U.S. online sales from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday in 2013, the company said. Singles’ Day, a Chinese twist on Valentine’s Day, was invented by students in the 1990s, according to the Communist Par- BUSINESS ty-owned People’s Daily. When written numerically, the date is reminiscent of “bare branches,” the Chinese expression for bachelors and spinsters. Alibaba’s Tmall began marketing Nov. 11 as its biggest sales event in 2009, rivals jumped on board, and the day turned from an opportunity to seek out a partner - or celebra- November 11 is a key milestone for Alibaba Allen Xu consultant, OgilvyOne Shanghai. te singledom - into an online shopping bonanza. Merchants on Tmall are encouraged to offer pre-orders this year to ease Internet traffic on Singles’ Day and also guarantee their ability to buy goods, said Brian Lee, who oversees distribution in China of Elle handbags and purses. Elle was expecting to sell 27,000 items yesterday, compared with an average of 200 items per day. About 20 percent of that can be pre-ordered if customers pay a 15 percent deposit. Xiaomi Corp., China’s biggest smartphone vendor, sold 720,000 Mi phones worth 1 billion yuan in 12 hours, Vice President Hugo Barra said in a Twitter post yesterday. Building Singles’ Day into an international event could be the next test for Alibaba’s momentum. Still, the company isn’t expecting a significant contribution from global sales this year, Chief Operating Officer Daniel Zhang said Monday at a press briefing in Hangzhou. “We try to create a real global consumer day,” Zhang said. “The numbers could be quite small, because we are in the beginning stage.” Outside of mainland China, Alibaba’s sales promotion has been most popular in Hong Kong, followed by the U.S and Taiwan, according to data released by the company yesterday. Shopping from mobile devices will be 45 percent to 50 percent this year, Steve Wang, Alibaba’s Tmall President, said at a press conference in Hangzhou yesterday. Alibaba raised a record $25 billion in September’s IPO after it increased the amount of stock it was selling and the price of shares. Since its Sept. 19 debut, the stock has surged 75 percent in New York, and the company has posted quarterly earnings that beat analysts’ estimates. “Alibaba will continue to be the dominant player in China,” Xu said. Replicating that success overseas “would require all parts of the e-commerce engine to work in sync.” Merchants offer discounts on Singles’ Day of at least 50 percent so they can participate and drive sales through Tmall as well as other Alibaba platforms, including AliExpress and Taobao Marketplace. Others participating on Tmall for the first time include Kenneth Cole and Unilever Plc. While Tmall connects brands with consumers inside China, AliExpress is the company’s platform focusing on international customers. Alibaba’s push to become more international has been underpinned by deals, with the company announcing more than $16 billion worth of acquisitions since 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Alibaba had about $18 billion of cash in hand as of September, and Vice Chairman Joe Tsai said it would continue investing in companies that help gain ecommerce users and bring longterm value. Bloomberg corporate bits successfully The Fourth China (Macau) International Automobile Exposition was held at The Venetian’s Cotai Expo from November 7-9. This year’s event was co-hosted by the Macau Convention & Exhibition Association, Nam Kwong (Group) Company Limited and China National Machinery Industry Corporation, organized by Nam Kwong (Group) International Convention and Exhibition, China National Automotive Industry International Corporation and Macau-based Prime Marketing & Promotional Services, and co-orga- nized by China Europe Association for Economic and Technical Cooperation, Macau Motor Traders Association and Automobile General Association Macau-China. The 62,000 sq. m exhibition brought together over 90 major automobile brands from 15 countries and regions around the world with more than 400 vehicles on display. Over 30 high-end summits and events were hosted concurrently. According to a press release, “the expo attracted 165,000 visitors and over 200 media representatives from around the world.” ford starts production of new aluminum f-150 It’s Ford Motor Co.’s biggest bet in decades: an aluminumsided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown. Ford was scheduled to start production of the 2015 F-150 yesterday at its Dearborn Truck Plant, four miles from the company’s headquarters. It will arrive at U.S. dealerships next month. Ford thinks a truck that is lighter and more fuel efficient, but even more capable, will win buyers while its competitors struggle to catch up. Aluminum — which is lighter than steel but just as strong — isn’t new to the auto industry, but this is the first time it will cover the entire body of such a highvolume vehicle. Ford made ap photo 4th macau auto show ends 647,697 F-150 pickups at its two U.S. plants last year; that’s one every 49 seconds. CEO Mark Fields told the AP he is confident Ford made the right decision. The new truck has been through 10 million miles of testing, which is more than any other vehicle in Ford’s history, he says. “Were we recognizing that it was a risk? Sure,” Fields says. “But it was a very calculated and informed risk that gave us the confidence that we were going to get this done.” google, ceo donate to ebola fight Google is launching a campaign to help fight Ebola by contributing USD2 for every dollar people donate to a slew of nonprofits such as Save the Children and the Doctors Without Borders. In addition, the company is also giving $10 million to support nonprofits as they work to contain the disease, which has killed nearly 5,000 people so far. Separately, Google Inc. CEO Larry Page’s Family Foundation is donating another $15 million. Google has set aside $5 million for its matching donation, which means the public will have to donate $2.5 million to reach the maximum amount. This money will go to the donor-advised fund Network for Good, which will then distribute it to “four nonprofits doing critical work in West Africa,” Google said, adding that the company will cover processing fees so that all of the money donated will go to the groups. CHINA th Anniversary 中國 Ken Moritsugu, Tokyo W hat happens next in Japan-China relations depends not only on what they do, but also on what they don’t do. A tentative, some would say grudging, first meeting between their leaders on Monday raised hopes of a gradual improvement in ties, but any misstep on two fundamental issues could send the relationship back into deep freeze. China wants Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to refrain from visiting a shrine that honors Japan’s war dead, including convicted war criminals. He did so last December, on the first anniversary of taking office, and a repeat visit would infuriate China after President Xi Jinping acquiesced to a meeting with Abe during an AsiaPacific summit in Beijing. Considering Abe’s “less-thanglorious track record,” the official China Daily newspaper said in an editorial yesterday, pleasant-sounding rhetoric needs to be followed up by action for the thaw to take hold. Action, in this case, is as much about what China wants Abe not to do. Japan is hoping the detente will lead to at least one concrete step, the establishment of a hotline to manage any incidents at sea or in airspace over islands that both countries claim, to prevent them from developing into a serious crisis or clash. Japan’s nationalization of the islands in 2012 infuriated Beijing. Chinese ships regularly sail into the waters around the islands, challenging Japan’s sovereignty, and are chased away by Japanese coast guard vessels. In his 30-minute meeting with Sino-Japanese ties still fragile after leaders meet ap photo 12 12.11.2014 wed Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and China’s President Xi Jinping, right, shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the APEC summit Xi, Abe proposed an early launch of a maritime crisis mechanism, including the hotline and other measures, Japanese Defense Minister Akinori Eto told reporters yesterday. Xi responded favorably, saying the two countries already have a basic agreement and should work out the details, Eto said. The Japanese defense minister said he wants to start work on the mechanism as soon as possible, and “the ball is in their court.” Analysts said they believe the mechanism, which has been under discussion for years, could become a reality. “The commitment to a maritime crisis management hotline is actually symbolically the most important, as well as the key practical outcome,” said Corey Wallace, a maritime security expert at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Economically, the leaders’ meeting was welcomed by Sadayuki Sakakibara, the chairman of the Japan Business Federation, known as Keidanren. He noted that political and diplomatic ties impact economic relations too. But no substantive progress was made on the larger issue of the territorial dispute itself, involving a group of small, uninhabited islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Former Japanese diplomat Kazuhiko Togo said until that situation is resolved, “the fundamental instability and fundamental fragility of our relationship continues. So that has to be remedied, but how and when, nobody can tell.” Xi, who hosted Abe and other world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, looked unhappy to be shaking hands with Abe before their meeting, but Japanese analysts didn’t portray it as a snub. Rather, they said Xi probably had to play to his domestic audience. Japan is happy that the two leaders met, under any circumstances, even if no real headway was made on the territorial dispute. Both sides realize that the meeting was a small first step. “China is not the easiest neighbor to get along with,” a front-page column in Japan’s left-leaning Asahi newspaper said yesterday. “But it is a fact that we are neighbors, and since neither country can relocate, the only thing we can do is thaw the frozen water in the well if we want to drink from it. Could any cracking of the ice be heard at the Abe-Xi summit?” AP Hong Kong H ong Kong’s government has ruled out talks with pro-democracy protesters, and is preparing to enforce a court ruling to clear the streets, the city’s No. 2 official said. Student leaders made “unrealistic” demands in the first round of talks last month, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam told reporters yesterday. There’s no need for protest leaders to seek direct talks with Chinese officials in Beijing, she said. Lam’s comments indicate a firmer stance by the government after a court on Monday upheld injunctions against some protest sites, potentially setting the stage for renewed efforts to forcibly clear the streets. Hong bloomberg Gov’t rejects talks after court rules against protest Pedestrians and demonstrators walk past tents outside the Central Government Offices in the Admiralty district Kong’s pro-democracy protesters are facing increased pressure to end demonstrations now in their seventh week, amid signs of dissent within their ranks and a poll suggesting waning public support. “Student leaders didn’t show sincerity after the first talks and they hardened their stance,” Lam said. “I think there’s no room for negotiation for the time being.” The city’s High Court on Monday ruled that bailiffs are allowed to take measures to remove obstructions in parts of Mong Kok and outside Citic Tower in the Admiralty district. The police were directed to assist the bailiffs and to arrest anybody who interferes with the removal of the barricades. The police may be prepared to act as soon as Nov. 13, Radio Television Hong Kong reported yesterday, citing unidentified people. Officers have been asked to cancel holidays, RTHK said. The demonstrations were sparked by China’s decision to control the nomination process for the city’s first leadership election in 2017. Tung Chee-hwa, who was chief executive of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2005, said on Monday the government won’t tolerate the demonstrations for long. A poll commissioned by Ming Pao newspaper released Monday showed 70 percent of the respondents wanted the street occupation to end. While support for the protesters dipped, Leung’s popularity has improved. The support rating for him rose to 40.4 marks from a record low, in a survey conducted between Oct. 31 and Nov. 5 by the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme. The police in October successfully cleared some make-shift barricades in the city’s central business district, while attempts to remove them in Mong Kok, a popular shopping area, have failed. Protesters continue to occupy a main roadway on the edge of Central, causing daily traffic disruptions in one of Asia’s biggest financial centers. Two applications for injunctions were filed by an association of taxi drivers and a minibus company in the Mong Kok district. A third was filed by a property company controlled by Citic Ltd. at the main protest site in Admiralty. The justice secretary may start criminal contempt procedures against people who attempt to interfere with bailiffs enforcing the injunctions, the Department of Justice said on Monday. Bloomberg wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary Putin’s gallantry causes controversy Didi Tang, Beijing I t was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive. Worse still were off-color jokes that began to circulate about the real intentions of the divorced Russian president — a heartthrob among many Chinese women for his macho, manof-action image. That was too much for the Chinese authorities. The incident at a performance linked to this week’s AsiaPacific summit originally was broadcast on state broadcaster CCTV and spread online as a forwarded video. But it was soon scrubbed clean from the Chinese Internet, reflecting the intense control authorities exert over any material about top leaders while also pointing to cultural differences over what’s considered acceptable behavior in public. “China is traditionally conservative on public interaction between unrelated men and women, and the public show of consideration by Putin may provide fodder for jokes, which the big boss probably does not like,” said Beijing-based historian and independent commentator ap photo In the video, Peng stood up, politely accepted the gray shawl or blanket offered by Putin, and thanked him with a slight bow Zhang Lifan. Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, was once a popular folk singer more famous than her husband, and in contrast to her predecessors she has taken on a much more public role, prominently joining her husband on trips abroad as part of China’s soft power push to seek global status commensurate with its economic might. Propaganda officials have built the image of Xi and his wife as a loving couple. Photos of Xi shielding his wife from rain on a state visit, picking flowers for her, or simply holding her hand have circulated widely on China’s social media, prompting much oohing and aahing. “When the president personally held up the umbrella for the madam, it complies with the international norm of respecting women,” blogger Luo Qingxue wrote on the news site for the party-run newspaper People’s Daily last year after Xi was seen holding an umbrella over himself and Peng on a state visit to Trinidad and Tobago. But Putin messed up the script Monday night while Xi chatted with the American president. In the video, Peng stood up, politely accepted the gray shawl or blanket offered by Putin, and thanked him with a slight bow. But she soon slipped it off and put on a black coat offered by her own attendant. It spawned a flurry of commentary on China’s social media before censors began removing any mention of the incident. Li Xin, director of Russian and central Asian studies at the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, said Putin was just being a proper Russian and did nothing out-of-line diplomatically. “It’s a tradition in Russia for a man of dignity to respect ladies on public occasions, and in a cold country like Russia, it is very normal that a gentleman should help ladies take on and off their coats,” Li said. “But the Chinese may not be accustomed to that.” AP CHINA 13 ap photo 中國 U.S. President Barack Obama, left, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, arrive at the APEC Summit plenary session at the International Convention Center, Yanqi Xi wins support for Asia Pacific trade proposal Joe McDonald and Youkyung Lee Business Writers, Huairou L eaders of Asia-Pacific economies agreed yesterday to begin work toward possible adoption of a Chinese -backed free-trade pact, giving Beijing a victory in its push for a bigger role in managing global commerce. In a joint statement after a two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, the leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and Russia’s Vladimir Putin agreed to take a first step by launching a two-year study of the initiative. “This is a historic step in the direction of an Asia-Pacific free trade area,” said Chinese President Xi Jinping at a news conference. China is promoting the proposed Free-Trade Area of the Asia Pacific despite U.S. pressure to wrap up other trade negotiations. Analysts see it as a response to a U.S.-led initiative, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which includes 12 countries but excludes China. The APEC leaders also promised to work more closely to combat official corruption. That is a special concern for Beijing, which is stepping up efforts to pursue officials who flee abroad with stolen public money. Beijing has launched a series of trade and finance initiatives in pursuit of a bigger role in U.S.-dominated economic and security organizations to reflect Beijing’s status as the world’s second-biggest economy. APEC was the first major in- The Asia Pacific trade pact marks the first time Beijing has played a leading role in a multinational trade agreement ternational gathering in China since Xi took power and gave Beijing a platform to lobby for a bigger leadership role. On the eve of the summit, Beijing announced a free-trade agreement with South Korea. Also Monday, regulators approved a plan to open Chinese stock markets wider to foreign investors by linking exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai. That followed the weekend announcement of a USD40 billion Chinese-financed fund to improve trade links between Asian economies. Earlier this year, Beijing launched a regional development bank with 20 other governments. In May, Xi called for a new Asian structure for security cooperation based on a group that includes Russia and Iran but excludes the United States. China says its motives are benign, but its growing economic weight as the top trading partner for most of its neighbors from South Korea to Australia could erode U.S. influence. Yesterday’s meeting took place under elaborate security at a government conference center in wooded hills north of the Chinese capital. In an effort to appear more open, organizers took the unusual step of allowing access from the press center to websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube that usually are blocked by China’s extensive Internet filters. The Asia-Pacific trade pact was first proposed by an APEC business panel but China took the lead in promoting it. It marks the first time Beijing has played a leading role in a multinational trade agreement. “(The U.S.-led) TPP is being used to push aside China and to weaken China’s economic core status,” said Wu Xinbo, director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. Promoting its own initiative “will give China a bigger right to speak in the Asia-Pacific — to have a new status.” Obama said Monday the United States “welcomes the rise” of a prosperous, peaceful and stable China. Still, American officials chafe at Beijing’s insistence on promoting the Free-Trade Area of the Asia Pacific. It is a logical response to being excluded from the TPP, said Li Wei, an economist at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing. “If the U.S. doesn’t want China to join the TPP, then China can form its own trade groups,” said Li. AP 14 ASIA-PACIFIC 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 亞太版 South Korea Hyung-Jin Kim, Seoul T he captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, leaving more than 300 people — mostly schoolchildren — dead and shocking South Korea, was given a 36-year prison sentence yesterday for negligence and abandoning his passengers. The highly anticipated verdict came amid continuing grief and finger-pointing over one of the worst disasters in South Korean history. Family members of the victims, most of whom were teenagers, immediately criticized the sentence for Capt. Lee Joon-seok and other crew members as too lenient, some weeping and shouting during the court proceedings. “Do you know how many children are dead?” one relative said, according to a defense lawyer. The Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea acquitted Lee of a homicide charge because it was difficult to believe that he knew his actions would cause such a huge number of deaths, according to a court statement. It said that Lee had issued an evacuation order. The widely vilified Lee could have received a death sentence for the homicide charge. South Korea hasn’t executed anyone since late 1997, though its courts occasionally issue the punishment. Lee has apologized for abandoning the passengers, but said he didn’t know his actions would lead to so many deaths. The court sentenced the ship’s chief engineer to 30 years in prison and 13 others to up to 20 years in prison, the statement said. The engineer, Park Ki-ho, was convicted of the homicide char- bloomberg Ferry captain gets 36 years in prison Lee Joon Seok, the captain of the sunken S. Korea ferry Sewol arrives at the Gwangju District Court ge because he abandoned two injured colleagues, escaped the ferry and failed to tell rescuers about them, even though he knew they would die without help, the court statement said. The court, however, cleared two other crew members of homicide charges for the same reasoning used to acquit the captain of homicide, the statement said. Those crew members got 15 and 20 years in prison, it said. Prosecutors and the crew members have one week to appeal, according to the court. The 15 crew members tasked with navigating the ferry Sewol have faced scathing public criticism because they escaped the sinking ship while many of their passengers were still trapped inside. A total of 476 people were aboard the ship and only 172 were rescued. Most of the dead were teenage students traveling to a resort island on a school trip. Nearly seven months after the sinking, 295 bodies have been recovered but nine are still missing. South Korean officials said yesterday they’ve ended searches for the missing because there was only a remote chance of finding more bodies while worries have grown over the safety of divers. Two civilian divers have died after falling unconscious during searches. “As our loved ones remain trapped in the cold waters, this decision is unbearably painful for us. But we requested that the search operations be stopped” because of safety concerns, Min Dong-im, 36, the wife of a missing teacher, tearfully said at a televised news conference. Prosecutors have accused the crew members of tacitly colluding to abandon the ship even though they knew that passengers would be trapped and killed after it sank. The defense in the trial has denied any collusion among the crew members, saying they were confused, injured and panicked. Many student survivors have said they were repeatedly ordered over a loudspeaker to stay on the sinking ship and that they didn’t remember any evacuation order being given befo- re they helped each other flee the vessel. Lee has said he issued an evacuation order for passengers. But he initially told reporters days after his arrest that he withheld the evacuation order because rescuers had yet to arrive and he feared for the passengers’ safety in the cold, swift waters. The sinking has prompted widespread grief and a rare bout of soul-searching about lax safety practices. Authorities blamed overloaded cargo, improper storage, untimely recuse efforts and corruption by the ship’s owners that prevented enough spending on safety, along with the crew members’ behavior, for the sinking. AP Pakistan Asim Tanveer, Multan A head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway in southern Pakistan killed 58 people yesterday, police said. The collision ignited a fuel fire, and a rescuer later described how he carried out a survivor, a four-year-old girl, from the burning bus. The cause of the accident near Khairpur district in Sindh province was most likely heavy fog, said police official Ghulam Jhokhio. ap photo 58 dead in head-on highway collision The bus, carrying about 70 people, had left Swat Valley and was en route to the southern port city of Karachi when it collided head-on with the truck, Jhokhio said. The bus quickly caught fire after its fuel tank exploded, he added. The fatalities included 21 women and 19 children, all below the age of 14, said local hospital official Jafar Soomro and warned the death toll was likely to rise. Fifteen people were injured and in hospital, several of them in critical condition, he said. Private Pakistani TV channels broadcast in live footage from the scene, showing rescue workers carrying he victims and policemen clearing the road. Rescue officer Mohammad Ata described the inferno to Dunya TV as he held a little girl in his arms, and recounted how he pulled her out of the burning bus. “She was sitting all calm in a seat when I got into the bus on fire,” Ata said. Deadly accidents are common on roads across Pakistan due to bad road infrastructure and rampant disregard of traffic laws. Over 9,000 road accidents are reported to the police every year, killing on average around 5,000 people, according to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. A Sindh provincial minister, Siraj Durrrani, decried the tragedy and said the government badly needs to improve the infrastructure to avoid such horrific accidents. AP wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 亞太版 ASIA-PACIFIC India Unni Krishnan E ight women died of infection and 68 others are hospitalized following sterilization surgery as part of a government -sponsored campaign in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, a state medical official said. The women became infected after doctors at a private hospital conducted 83 surgeries over about six hours on Nov. 8, Amar Singh Thakur, chief health officer for Bilaspur district, said by phone. The eight died Monday while as many as five are in critical condition, he said. “The deaths were due to infection causing septic shock,” Thakur said. “We are investigating but it is too early to say that it was due to sterilization.” State governments routinely carry out one-day sterilization drives for family planning in the world’s second-most populous country. India has the world’s third-highest female sterilization rate after the Domini- bloomberg Eight women dead after mass sterilization goes awry A woman who recently delivered a baby lies on a bed at a hospital in Shivpuri, in central Madhya Pradesh can Republic and Puerto Rico among more than 180 countries tracked by the United Nations. “This is an exceptional case which unfortunately happens once every four or five years,” said Abhijeet Phatak, medical program specialist with International Planned Parenthood in New Delhi. “The fault lies with the person who did not disinfect the equipment on a day when 80 or 90 women are being ste- rilized. But also the strategy of having one-day camps for sterilization is to blame and should be reconsidered.” While cash incentives are offered to couples who stay childless until prescribed ages or opt for contraceptives, the use of numerical targets has contributed to a “coercive environment for several decades,” Human Rights Watch said in a 2012 report. Although the fe- deral government has announced a “target-free” approach to family planning, district health workers are threatened with salary cuts or dismissals if local targets aren’t met, according to the report. India’s National Family Health Survey in 2005-2006 showed that about 37 percent of married women have been sterilized while only 1 percent of men have had a vasectomy. 15 About 230,000 women between the ages of 15 to 49 and men aged 15 to 54 were interviewed throughout India. About 29 percent of Chinese women surveyed around the same time had been sterilized compared with 4.5 percent men, according to UN data. The vasectomy rate compares with about 24 percent in Canada and 11 percent in the United States. India’s population policy, formulated in 2000, called for more vasectomies, which have been found to be medically safer. It also offers 500 rupees (USD8) to women who have their first child after the age of 19, up to 5,000 rupees as health insurance for those who live in poverty and have chosen to be sterilized with no more than two living children, and accident insurance cover for the individual undergoing the surgery. About half of Indian women marry before the legal age of 18 and around 33 percent of births occur at intervals of less than 24 months, contributing to a high infant mortality rate, according to the policy document. Indians have more children as “insurance” against these deaths and a preference for boys leads to malnourished girls and women, the report showed. India was the first country in the world to start a family planning program, which began in 1952. Bloomberg ad 16 ADVERTISEMENT 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 廣告 wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 分析 Palestinian demonstrator killed in new West Bank clashes ap photo I Israeli riot police officers arrest an Israeli Arab protester during a protest in the Arab village of Kfar Kana, northern Israel Nigeria ap photo Suicide bomber kills 48 students Boys are treated at the General hospital in Potiskum, Nigeria following a suicide bomb attack isguised in a school uniform, a suicide bomber set off explosives hidden in a backpack during an assembly Monday at a high school in northern Nigeria, killing at least 48 students and wounding 79 others. It was the latest attack by suspected Boko Haram militants who kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls earlier this year. Soldiers rushed to the grisly scene, spattered with body parts, but were chased away by a stonethrowing crowd angry at the military’s inability to halt a 5-year-old Islamic insurgency that has targeted schools and killed thousands. The Islamic militants — whose name means “Western education is sinful” in the local Hausa language — have intensified the tempo and deadliness of attacks since the government announced last month that the group had agreed to a cease-fire and that the schoolgirls would be released imminently. Boko Haram’s leader has denied any cease-fire deal and the girls have not been set free. Monday’s bombing came one week after a suicide attack in Potiskum, the capital of Yobe state, killed 30 people taking part in a religious procession by moderate Muslims. Some 2,000 students had gathered for a weekly assembly at the Government Technical Science College when the explosion ripped through the school hall, survivors said. “We were waiting for the principal to address us, around 7:30 a.m., when we heard a deafening sound and I was blown off my feet. People started screaming and running. I saw blood all over my body,” 17-year -old student Musa Ibrahim Yahaya said from his hospital bed, where he was being treated for head wounds. Survivors said the bomber hid the explosives in a type of backpack popular with students. Months ago Nigeria’s military reported finding a bomb factory where explosives were being sewn into backpacks in the northern city of Kano. Hospital records showed 48 bodies and many body parts were brought to the morgue. Seventy-nine students were admitted, many with serious injuries that may require amputations, health workers said. The hospital was so overcrowded that some patients were crammed two to a bed. The victims all appeared to be between the ages of 11 and 20, a morgue attendant said. AP three people at a bus stop next to a West Bank settlement, killing a 25-year-old Israeli woman and wounding two others. The new spate of violence comes amid rising tensions spawned by conflicting claims to a Jerusalem holy site and the aftermath of this summer’s bloody Gaza war, in which more than 2,100 Palestinians and 70 Israelis were killed. Palestinians in east Jerusalem have been staging violent protests, alleging that Jewish zealots are secretly trying to gain control of the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Complicating the situation, tensions also spiked following the killing of an Israeli Arab by a policeman in the northern Israeli town of Kfar Kana on Saturday. AP USA Slow-moving lava sets house ablaze in Hawaii town Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Honolulu A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday (yesterday in Macau) in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months. The molten rock hit the house just before noon, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The home’s renters already had left the residence in Pahoa, the largest town in Big Island’s isolated and mostly agricultural Puna district. Earlier in the day, lava burned down a small corrugated steel storage shed on the property, Oliveira said. The lava from Kilauea volcano emerged from a vent in June and entered Pahoa Oct. 26, when it crossed a country road at the edge of town. Since then, it has smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a garden shed. It also burned tires, some metal materials and mostly vegetation in its path. Firefighters will basically let a structure burn, but they will fight any wildfires that spread or threaten other structures, Oliveira said. The county estimates the value of the home at about USD200,000, Oliveira said. Oliveira said officials would make arrangements for homeowners to watch ap photo sraeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian demonstrator in clashes in the West Bank yesterday as Israel tightened security following a pair of Palestinian attacks that took two Israeli lives the day before. Yesterday’s clashes erupted near the city of Hebron where about 150 Palestinian demonstrators were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, the army said. The soldiers’ attempts to disperse the crowd using tear gas and rubber bullets failed, prompting the troops to open fire, the military said. The Palestinian man was seriously wounded and died of gunshots, said hospital officials in the West Bank. Palestinian hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media, said the man died of gunshot wounds. They had no information on his identity. The shooting happened a day after a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Nablus stabbed and killed a 20-year-old Israeli soldier at a crowded Tel Aviv train station and another Palestinian assailant stabbed D 17 Israel Peter Enav, Jerusalem Adamu Adamu and Michelle Faul, Potiskum WORLD Lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano burns a residential structure any homes burn as a means of closure and to document the destruction for insurance purposes. The leading edge of the molten rock had stalled Oct. 30, but lava was breaking away at several spots upslope. The leading edge remained about 150 meters from Pahoa Village Road, the main street that goes through downtown. Crews have been working on alternate routes to be used when lava hits a major highway in a lifeline for the Puna district. Many residents have evacuated or are ready to leave if necessary. Imelda Raras lives on the other end of Apaa Street from where the lava burned its first house. She and her family have put a lot of their belongings in storage and are ready to go to a friend’s home if the lava gets close. AP 18 ADVERTISEMENT 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 廣告 wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 分析 19 Mexico Eric Martin Protests over likely massacre blockade Acapulco airport ap photo I ndignation over the apparent killings of 43 college students, blamed on a drug gang working with police and a mayor, led demonstrators to take to the streets and block the airport in the resort city of Acapulco. Protesters armed with machetes were confronted by Federal Police with shields who briefly stopped their advance before allowing them to block roads to the airport for hours before withdrawing, according to Milenio TV. Energy ministers from 15 nations were set to begin a conference in the Pacific resort city yesterday. Protests in Mexico City escalated over the weekend, with masked demonstrators using Molotov bombs to set fire to the main doors of the National Palace that houses Mexico’s Finance Ministry and one of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s offices. After focusing on the economy since his 2012 election, Pena Nieto must make citizens feel safe in a nation where organized crime controls large areas and sometimes works with corrupt officials, analyst Alejandro Schtulmann said. WORLD Masked students block access to the Acapulco airport, where a sign reads in Spanish “Smile you were in Acapulco,” as they protest the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero “The country cannot progress only on economic reform of energy and telecommunications if you don’t address fundamentals like the rule of law and public security,” Schtulmann, president and head of research at Mexico City-based political risk consulting firm EMPRA, said in a telephone interview. “I don’t see any development on the horizon that is suddenly going to make this disappear.” Fifteen people were detained after the weekend attack on the National Palace and released without being charged, according to Reforma newspaper. The attack followed a march by 3,000 people from the attorney general’s office to the capital’s main square, where protesters shouted “Pena out,” according to El Universal newspaper. Drug-related violence has left more than 70,000 dead or missing since 2006, according to Milenio newspaper. Central bank Governor Agustin Carstens said in an interview last month that drug violence is hurting growth, citing monthly Banco de Mexico analyst surveys showing public-security problems as the top obstacle to expansion. Citizen discontent is growing after Attorney General Jesus Murillo said on Nov. 7 that the students were probably killed after being kidnapped by police in the southern city of Iguala, Guerrero, to stop them from disrupting an event featuring the mayor’s wife. DNA tests are being conducted on burned human remains found stuffed in garbage bags in a river, Murillo said. The investigation into the missing students, who were protesting an education overhaul approved last year, has turned up at least nine mass graves and evidence of collusion between the Guerreros Unidos cartel and local officials in Iguala, a city of more than 100,000 people less than three hours’ drive from Mexico City. The disappearances on Sept. 26-27 followed shootings in Iguala that left six people dead. The government’s response to the Iguala incident will help determine whether the protests continue, said Sergio Luna, the chief Mexico economist at Citigroup Inc.’s Banamex unit. “The delicate issue here is the radicalization of the protests,” Luna said in a phone interview from Mexico City. “If we want to enter into the modern world we need not only economic reforms, we also need reforms in politics and justice.” Bloomberg ad 20 INFOTAINMENT what’s ON ... 14th Macau Food Festival Time: 5pm-11pm (Mondays to Thursdays) 3pm-midnight (Fridays to Sundays) Until: November 23, 2014 Venue: Sai Van Lake Square Admission: Free Enquires: (853) 2857 5756 Time & Routes of free shuttle bus (3 routes): 5pm-11:30pm (Mondays to Thursdays) 3pm-12:30 midnight (Fridays to Sundays) Return service to Sai Van Lake Square and Macau Luso Bank (Av. Dr. Mario Soares), OCBC Weng Hang Bank (32, Est. 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Da Entena Admission: Free Enquiries: (853) 2833 7676 or 8988 4000 The Times of Typhoons – Exhibition of Macau’s Archival Materials Time: 10am-6pm (Closed on Mondays and public holidays) Until: December 7, 2014 Venue: Historical Archives of Macau Admission: Free Enquiries: (853) 2859 2919 Offbeat James Earl Jones happy to receive Voice Icon Award Darth Vader, Mufasa, and even the tagline for a certain 24-hour news network helped made James Earl Jones one of the most recognizable voices on the planet and soon the recipient of the first Voice Icon Award. But according to the actor, there was a period when he didn’t do much speaking. As a child he suffered from a severe stutter, and went through a period where he refused to speak at all. “I once did not speak. I was mute. When I finally did speak, though, I spoke as an adult,” Jones said of the transformation. Once speaking, Jones attributes his teacher for providing valuable advice that would carry him throughout his long career. “I was 16 or 17, and my teacher said, ‘You remember yourself speaking as a child, you’re now hearing yourself as an adult, don’t get impressed with it. Don’t listen to it, because you can fall in love with the melodious of it. If you listen to it, then nobody else will,’” he said. That advice paid off as the Tony-winning and Oscar-nominated actor will be the initial recipient of the Voice Icon Award from the first-ever Voice Arts Awards on Sunday. 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 資訊／娛樂 TV canal macau 13:00 TDM News (Repeated) 13:30 News (RTPi) Delayed Broadcast 14:30 RTPi Live 18:10 Brazil Avenue (Repeated) 19:00 TDM Interview (Repeated) 19:40 Soap Opera 20:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report 21:00 Montra do Lilau 21:45 Cougar Town S4 22:10 Brazil Avenue 23:00 TDM News 23:30 Documentaries 00:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report (Repeated) cinema cineteatro 6 Nov -12 Nov 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 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 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 this day in history 1980 Saturn’s rings caught on film The Voyager 1 space probe has reached the ringed planet, Saturn and sent back the first vivid photographs of the planet. Scientists have been delighted and overwhelmed by the stream of data that has flooded back from the planet 950 million miles (1530 million km) away from Earth. Voyager 1, launched in 1977, passed within 77,000 miles (124,000 km) of the clouds which surround Saturn. It was just 12 miles (19 km) off course after its epic journey. The photographs show bands of yellow and orange clouds circling the planet at several hundred miles an hour. The probe took a close look at the spectacular rings which surround Saturn, and discovered them to be more complex than Earth-based telescopes had suggested. Scientists have counted more than 100 separate rings, instead of the six broad bands visible from Earth. Dr Bradford Smith, leader of the Voyager photo-interpretation team, said: “The mystery of the rings, the structure and the mechanism that governs the structure, keeps getting deeper and deeper.” Voyager has already sent back data leading to some ground-breaking discoveries, including a 15th moon and a scan of Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons. It is the only moon in the Solar System big enough to hold on to an atmosphere, mainly because of its size - it is bigger than the planet Mercury. Scientists say Titan bears a close chemical resemblance to the Earth when life began on our planet about 4,000 million years ago. Tomorrow Voyager will continue past Saturn, visiting several of the smaller moons on the way. Voyager 1, along with its sister craft, Voyager 2, have already sent back revolutionary new images of Saturn’s sister planet, Jupiter. The missions were only possible because of an event which occurs about every 175 years - when the outer planets of the Solar System came into an alignment which allowed a spacecraft to travel to each in turn. The two probes are each carrying a time capsule containing images, natural sounds and music from Earth in case they should encounter extra-terrestrials during their journey into outer space. Voyager 2, is due to reach Saturn in August next year. Courtesy BBC News In context Voyager 2 flew by Saturn in August 1981. Nasa scientists extended the Voyager missions, sending Voyager 2 to the next planets in the Solar System - Uranus and Neptune. The probe passed Uranus in January 1986, and Neptune in August 1989. Voyager 1 continued towards deep space. In 1998 it became the most distant man-made object in the universe, and in 2003 reached the edge of the Solar System. It is expected to reach the heliopause - where the sun’s influence ends - in 2013. The probes’ power sources will run out in 2020, but they will carry on travelling into interstellar space. Voyager 2 is expected to pass four light years from Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, about 290,000 years from now. It is expected that both probes will outlive the Earth itself. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, a joint project between Nasa, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency, arrived at Saturn in July 2004. It will spend four years in orbit around the planet. In January 2005, the Huygens probe landed on Titan. It sent back scientific data and extraordinary pictures of the surface. The moon was revealed to be locked in a deep freeze, with temperatures as low as -179 degrees C, and criss-crossed by rivers of liquid methane. wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary 資訊／娛樂 Taurus Mar. 21-Apr. 19 April 20-May 20 You’re getting mixed signals from the universe that are kind of driving you crazy — but all you can do is wait. Things are sure to make more sense soon, but you’ve got to ride out this short phase first. Your intense side is showing, and you may find that you need to deal with something that’s harder than it should be. The good news is that this phase leads to some serious insights! Gemini Cancer May 21-Jun. 21 Jun. 22-Jul. 22 You should look to others for inspiration today — and try to help them with whatever they need. Your good energy is perfect for volunteering and leading the community in service. You are feeling quite indecisive now, so make sure that you’re not on the precipice of any big, life-changing events. If you are, get help from a wise friend or family member before venturing forth. Leo Virgo Jul. 23-Aug. 22 Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Take two or three looks before passing judgment today — you’ve got to make sure that you’re certain before pulling the trigger. The good news is that you are sure to know when you’re ready. Your interest in learning is heightened today, and that means that it’s time to dig into one of those mysteries that has been bugging you for ages. Where do lost socks go? Why are you drawn to your friends? Libra SUDOKU Weather Easy Sep.23-Oct. 22 Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 Your intensity is both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes it draws people to you (like now), while at other times it keeps people at arm’s length. Embrace it now — it’s working for you! Capricorn Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Do you remember your dreams? Even if you can never quite hold on to them when you wake up, they are still working their magic on you — especially on a day like today. A big clue comes to you just in time. A good friend comes to you fairly early in the day with some news, or possibly a request. Pay attention and help them out with whatever they need — this is the start of a big adventure for you! Aquarius Pisces Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Feb.19-Mar. 20 Try to focus on your working life today — it’s easier than ever to get what you need! Things are looking up for you, but you’ve got to make sure that you’re pushing yourself as hard as you can. You may feel like people are taking advantage of you — but it’s actually something sweeter. You are helping them without their having to ask, so you get twice the karma for each action! 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Your energy is just right for making deals, getting good bargains and negotiating with practically anyone. Sagittarius 21 The Born Loser by Chip Sansom YOUR STARS Aries INFOTAINMENT Useful telephone numbers Emergency calls 999 Taxi (Yellow) 28 519 519 Fire department 28 572 222 Taxi (Black) 28 939 939 PJ (Open line) 993 Water Supply – Report 1990 992 PJ (Picket) 28 557 775 Telephone – Report 1000 PSP 28 573 333 Electricity – Report 28 339 922 Customs 28 559 944 Macau Daily Times 28 716 081 S. 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 22 ADVERTISEMENT 12.11.2014 wed th Anniversary 廣告 wed 12.11.2014 th Anniversary Poker 3 players out of World Series Kimberley Pierceall, Las Vegas D an Sindelar of Nebraska needed a jack of spades. He got the spade, but the queen instead, making him the third player eliminated from the World Series of Poker main event final yesterday. Sindelar went all-in with a pair of jacks that couldn’t eventually outdo a lucky ace revealed in the common cards that shifted the odds in favor of the game’s chip-leader Jorryt van Hoof instead. Sindelar still walked away with USD1.2 million in prize money. “It was a tough four-hour stretch for me,” he said. “I just tried not to put too much pressure on myself. I know the stakes going in.” He might buy a house with his new winnings. Sindelar grew up in a small Nebraska town of about 600 people called Howells Village. When Sindelar was a secondgrader in a Catholic school in Nebraska, his mother, Pat, said she got a call from his teacher saying he and his buddies had been playing cards during recess — for money. “It’s the pastime of a small town,” Pat said. He was at the University of Nebraska when he started playing online poker, leaving before graduating to move to Vegas and make a living from it. Just before Sindelar was eliminated, the event lost easily its loudest and largest cheering section when Brazilian Bruno Politano lost to Felix Stephensen, 24, who had a winning pair of sevens. The Brazilian came in to the night with the lowest chip count but managed to stay in the game more than two hours after the first player was eliminated. “For me, eighth place is not a sad moment,” Politano said. It’s not about the cards, he said after. “It’s a feeling. My friends, my family, everyone is here. I’m really enjoying this moment.” He vowed to return to the table somebody. He could hardly hear the questions with his fan base continuing to chant. “It’s the best moment in my life, of course, because I have 150 guys here screaming for me.” Politano said he doesn’t play poker for the money, “I play poker for this,” he said, splaying his arms toward his fans dressed in Brazilian yellow and green who, once again, cheered. The no-limit Texas Hold ‘em match was taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday and Tuesday. The six remaining players battled for a $10 million top prize. SPORTS Dan Sindelar, right, embraces Mark Newhouse after Newhouse was knocked out of the World Series of Poker Final Table Each player outlasted about 6,700 other players last June and July who paid $10,000 each for the chance to win. The “November Nine,” as they’re called, returned Monday night after a four-month break. At the table, some wore sunglasses and what’s become the go-to poker uniform of hooded sweatshirts. One wore a lucky hat, the same one he wore in July when he won one of the nine seats at the final table. Another advertised a musician’s album on iTunes on his T-shirt. They are among the World Series of Poker’s youngest and greenest players in recent history, with none having won a main event title before. Not a one of them has a gold bracelet, the signature award for the top winner in any of the individual World Series of Poker events. The player who wins will get one in addition to the $10 million pot of winnings. One player, Billy Pappaconstantinou, is a foosball champion who had never competed in the World Series of Poker. The rest of the table was made up of poker players from all over the world — none older than 32. The average age is 28, not as young as in 2010 but even that year, the oldest player was 37. The main event, culminating this week, is just one World Series of Poker event but certainly the most watched. The overall tournament spans seven weeks in June and July and has attracted close to 80,000 people who played (and paid with hefty buy-ins) to win in 65 events. The World Series of Poker of today is a far cry from its original incarnation in 1970. That’s when Benny Binion set up a single table at his Horseshoe Casino and invited players who ultimately voted on a winner at the end. AP Cricket akistan left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar claimed two early wickets as New Zealand staggered to 81-3 chasing at lunch on the third day of the first test yesterday in Abu Dhabi. Babar (2-37), who took 14 wickets in Pakistan’s 2-0 test-series victory against Australia, had captain Brendon McCullum (18) and Ross Taylor (0) caught close to the wicket after New Zealand resumed on the overnight score of 15-0. Pakistan amassed 566-3 before declaring its first innings late on the second day and New Zealand still trails by 485 runs. Tom Latham escaped two close catches and ap photo Babar’s pair reduces New Zealand to 81-3 P 23 ap photo 體育 was batting on 42 while Corey Anderson was not out on 13 at the break. Paceman Rahat Ali was rewarded for a brilliant spell of five maiden overs when Kane Williamson (3) rolled a yorker back onto his stumps. New Zealand, playing a test match for the first time on the slow United Arab Emirates wickets, struggled equally against spin and fast bowling as Pakistan allowed only 66 runs in the first session. McCullum survived two strong lbw appeals against fast bowler Imran Khan before Younis Khan took a fine, low catch when the New Zealand skipper pushed hard at Babar’s sharp turning delivery. In the next over, Williamson managed to dig out Ali’s delivery only to see the ball hitting the back of the bat and rolling back onto the stumps. New Zealand’s most experienced batsman, Ross Taylor, recovering from a right calf injury, never looked at ease against Babar before offering a tame catch to Asad Shafiq at close-in gully as New Zealand slipped to 47-3. Pakistan missed two tough chances in an otherwise dominating first session. Azhar Ali couldn’t take a reflex catch at forward short-leg before Tom Latham had added a run to his overnight 5. Then when Latham was on 32, Sarfraz Ahmed missed a thick edge off Mohammad Hafeez’s offspin. AP Vanessa-Mae banned over fixed BUZZ Olympic qualifiers Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae was banned from competitive skiing for four years yesterday for taking part in races that were fixed to allow her to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The findings by the International Ski Federation exposed as a sham what many fans thought was a feel-good celebrity Olympic story. opinion Vanessa Moore ap photo Artifacts FIS also banned five officials from Slovenia and Italy for between one and two years for their role in the scandal. “Those who have been sanctioned have been sanctioned for good reason,” FIS President Gian Franco Kasper told The Associated Press. “At first we were laughing when we heard it. But then we realized it’s quite a serious thing.” Station Air quality Roadside 70-100 Moderate High Density 65-95 Residental Moderate Area Ambient 65-95 Moderate WORLD BRIEFS The Sushi Senkaku paradox For all those fans of American TV shows out there, just in case you were thinking it, yes I do realise that the title of this column probably sounds like it came from an episode of “The Big Bang Theory”. Although I’m not considering a career change to sitcom scriptwriting any time soon, the choice was somewhat serendipitous as the subject matter that’s been plaguing me recently is one I’m sure braniac scientist Sheldon Cooper would more sympathise with. And it starts with food. I don’t know if it’s just me, but like Sheldon I eat a lot of takeaway. Contemplating my next meal choice the other day I realised that Macau seems to have an abnormally large choice of Japanese restaurants. Look on any street corner and you’ll see a plethora of them. And it’s not just a local phenomenon – over the border in the mainland too it seems like second to Chinese, Japanese is the most common “foreign” food option. China’s sushi obsession isn’t just a figment of my imagination either. This month, for foodies like me, the annual Macau food festival currently on at Sai Van Lake Square guarantees the chance to indulge in even more Japanese titbit scoffing. Reflecting the city’s love of all things sushi, ramen and yakitori, the highlight of this year’s November food fiesta is a Japanese cuisine village featuring delicacies from the Kansai region. But what’s so puzzling about all that I hear you ask? Well it’s no secret that historically there’s no love lost between Beijing and Tokyo following Japan’s WW2 invasion of China. But Tokyo’s decision just over two years ago to nationalise the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands claimed by both countries in an on-going territorial dispute culminated in mass boycotting and looting of Japanese businesses on the mainland. And this animosity even stretched all the way to Macau’s stomachs. Due to simmering Sino-Japanese political tensions at the time, the Macau food festival’s organizing committee even went so far as to cancel the Japanese village planned for the 2012 edition. In the last few years relations have seemingly deteriorated and little has been done by either side to quell the flames of rancour. The Communist party has benefitted politically by exploiting a mix of history and nationalism to fuel domestic anti-Japanese sentiment. Beijing further stoked tensions last year by declaring an air defence zone over the East China Sea, while Japanese PM Shinzo Abe likewise infuriated China when he visited Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine honouring Japan’s war dead. Yet this week on the diplomatic stage there was somewhat of a Sino-Japanese rapprochement at the APEC summit in Beijing. Whether Xi Jinping would use the occasion to meet with Abe fuelled much speculation more than two years after Beijing froze relations. The uncomfortably frosty handshake that took place between both leaders on Monday raised hopes that the feuding neighbours can go some way to reducing current levels of animosity. While the meeting is no panacea and clearly the Diaoyu/Senkaku issue won’t be resolved anytime soon, Abe still said the countries had made a “first step” toward reconciliation. Whether this will bear any political fruit remains yet to be seen though. Notwithstanding all the Japan-bashing of late, from my untrained observations one thing’s for certain. Despite what the politicians say, the long-standing Sino-Japanese enmity definitely doesn’t extend to the stomach. Reflecting on my usual dinnertime sushi takeaway, handshakes aside, perhaps Xi and Abe should sit down to a deluxe yakitori banquet and a spot of sake to really get things going. After all, diplomacy’s one thing, but dinner’s quite another. source: dsmg THE PAKISTAN A head-on collision between a passenger bus and a truck on a highway in southern Pakistan killed 58 people, police say. The collision ignited a fuel fire. The bus, with about 70 people, had left Swat Valley and was en route to the southern port city of Karachi when it collided head-on with the truck near Khairpur district in Sindh province. More on p14 PAKISTAN Two bombings and a militant attack on a checkpoint in Pakistan kill six people, officials say. The deadliest attack struck the security checkpoint in the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, killing three paramilitary soldiers. Wei Seng Phua Paul Phua case Gov’t defends elaborate FBI repairman ruse Alicia A. Caldwell, Washington A n elaborate FBI ruse to shut off the Internet in three luxury Las Vegas suites and then send undercover agents into the rooms to fix the problem was a legitimate law enforcement practice, an assistant U.S. attorney wrote in a court filing defending the practice. The filing was in response to a defense motion to throw out evidence in an illegal gambling case against eight Asian gamblers, who contended the ruse circumvented their right to keep law enforcement officers out of their suites. The response from U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden and two other government lawyers was filed earlier this week in federal court in Las Vegas. Defense lawyers said in their motion that Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Frayn, the prosecutor in the case, advised the FBI not to go through with the ruse because it would be “a consent issue.” The defense said that conversation was recorded by a Caesars Palace security employee. In its filing, the government did not address the defense contention that she advised against it. “Law enforcement has long been permitted to obtain consent by posing as a confederate, business associate, or service provider. In fact, the government uses ruses every day in its undercover operations,” the prosecutors wrote in defense of the FBI operation. They added the ruse would only have been illegal if the government left the defendants with no In fact, the government uses ruses every day in its undercover operations Prosecutors choice but to let the undercover agents into their suites. According to the criminal complaint, the eight men came to the attention of authorities in June after they requested “an unusually large amount of electronics equipment and technical support.” An electrical engineer employee advised hotel security personnel that the equipment “appeared to be set up for an illegal gambling operation.” The prosecutors wrote that the FBI had reasonable suspicion to go into the rooms after being alerted by the state gaming control board about the hotel staff concerns. Over two days in July, FBI agents worked with a computer contractor and the state’s gaming control board to shut off the Internet at different times and at one point delivered a laptop computer to try to see what was happening, according to court filings. Investigators eventually gained access after they turned off the Internet connection to two suites, impersonated repair technicians and recorded video inside. Authorities later used the videos to obtain a warrant to arrest the men. The gamblers, including 50-year-old Wei Seng Phua, a suspected member of the Chinese organized crime group 14k Triad, his son and six other men, were arrested in July. All eight face charges of transmission of wagering information, operating an illegal gambling business and aiding and abetting. Defense lawyer Thomas Goldstein said they all deny wrongdoing. AP IRAQI soldiers battling the Islamic State group recaptured the heart and outlying districts of the town of Beiji, home to the country’s largest oil refinery, state television and a provincial governor said yesterday. Retaking Beiji, 250 km north of Baghdad, could allow Iraqi forces a base to attack neighboring Tikrit, taken by the extremists after their lightning advance this summer. NETHERLANDS Schoolchildren silently placed flowers next to 298 candles — one for each victim of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — at a somber Dutch commemoration Monday of the air disaster that shook the nation nearly four months ago. The nationally televised event in Amsterdam highlighted the ongoing grief, disbelief and anger of the families and friends of those killed when the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was downed July 17 over conflict-hit eastern Ukraine. GERMANY The final countdown is approaching for one of the most audacious space adventures ever attempted. In less than 24 hours, the European Space Agency will try to land a robot on a comet. The maneuver marks the climax of the unmanned Rosetta probe’s decade-long journey to study comet 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko. USA An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation’s biggest city was scheduled to be released yesterday from a hospital after beating the virus. USA President Barack Obama embraces a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering U.S. cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.
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