ipm gets largest share of old um campus P3 scholars call for betterment of migrants’ living conditions zhuhai exhibition center ‘complements’ macau ‘There are normally around 8 to 10 – and sometimes even more – migrants staying in small, old flats,’ scholar and activist Cecilia Ho told the Times The Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Centre has recently commenced a longawaited trial run P5 SHOP FIRE P6 MDT REPORT MON. 17 Nov 2014 T. 18º/ 23º C H. 50/ 85% N.º 2192 Blackberry email service powered by CTM MOP 5.00 HKD 7.50 Founder & Publisher Kowie Geldenhuys Editor-in-Chief Paulo Coutinho WORLD BRIEFS Exchanges & Clearing said it conducted a successful final test of systems before the start of a stock link with Shanghai today. The Shanghai exchange also conducted a trial this weekend, Hong Kong’s bourse said in a statement on its website Saturday. 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More on backpage With articles republished from The Hong Kong ‘petit entrepreneurs’ F1 Schwarzenegger, Stallone back in town, major US film on the way P6,7 MDT EXCLUSIVE MACAU 2 17.11.2014 mon th Anniversary 澳聞 Leather craftsman calls for gov’t help on brand promotion Brook Yang T he feeling of starting from scratch is about confronting difficulties,” said Mr Andrew Lo, who launched Macau’s first leather crafts workshop and brand of hand-made leather bags. “Many people have the creativity [to do a job like this]. If we can cultivate an atmosphere for people to learn and make their own designs in Macau, we can help more people produce and sell their designs,” said Mr Lo, who had nearly 400 people come to his business, named the Leathership Workshop, in the past year. The craftsman has been organizing workshops for about Before there were old craftsmen for leather shoes, but not for bags, and now they’ve retired from the sector Mr Lo three years, targeting people who want to learn the art of making a leather wallet or bag. It started with five students; since then, two more similar workshops have appeared in Macau. “As far as I know, I’m the first professional leather bag maker in Macau. Before there were old craftsmen for leather shoes, but not for bags, and now they’ve retired from the sector,” explained Mr Lo. The craftsman spent nearly five years learning in mainland China, HK and Taiwan. “Before there was nobody who taught leather crafts here. I thought Macau could develop in this sector,” he added. “When we first started the workshop, there were no leathers, materials and tools [available] in Macau. We went to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan to collect all that.” Mr Lo and his partner also launched two original brands for hand-made leather products, displaying items in the workshop for sale. Several new designs will be put into mass production each season. “It’s very hard to [navigate the] cultural and creative industry, especially for [manufacturing] products. The government must help this sector,” he stressed. “What the sector needs most is the government’s initiative in helping to promote the original brands to overseas customers.” Besides the lack of promotion, the craftsman explained that the difficulties for operating the workshop and its own brands also come from a limited de- Law scholars say ‘second system’ needs further building Brook Yang S cholars from Macau’s law schools and research institutions have praised the current government’s administrative accomplishments over the past five years, and suggested a further construction of systems in accordance with the Basic Law. A symposium held last week by the One Country Two System Resear- ch Center of the Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) debated the recently released government work report. Nearly twenty professors and scholars exchanged their opinions on the administration’s performance and the challenges that face Macau, as well as the Work Report itself. Wang Yu, from the symposium host institute, took the stance that, “only building the sys- 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 tems can ensure Macau’s lasting peace and stability.” “System construction is the main problem that’s been facing the MSAR government in its implementation of the ‘one country, two Systems’ model and ‘Macau People Govern Macau’ policies,” he stated. “The current government has been fully aware of the importance and urgency of this issue, and has made considerable progress on building systems,” stressed the scholar. “However, there are areas where the system construction is blank, lagging behind, and lacking efficacy.” According to Prof Wang, some systems that are mentioned in the Basic Law have been absent in the administration, such as a nongovernmental municipal body. mand within the local market and the expense of high rents. “The Cultural Bureau has supported us a lot, taking us to trade fairs every year. It’s easy to apply for the creative industries’ fund. But [subsidising] is not enough help, ” he said, “they could make promotional videos and advertisements for us, even contact the overseas buyers.” Furthermore, Mr Lo suggested that the government should set up a cultural and creative industry zone where venues are rented by the government for local creative brands. “Being located near the Albergue SCM doesn’t help the shop attract many customers; when the evening starts, there’s nobody around” he said. “Most of the tourists that come here are only taking photos. ” “If the government reserves this area as a pedestrian zone for creative industries into which vehicles are not allow to enter, and also provides financial aid for the area’s small creative businesses, it can generate a cascade effect and attract more tourists and customers to the zone.” From merely teaching people the craft, the Leathership Workshop has grown into a platform where Mr Lo collaborates with two local artists on new designs. Today, many have seen the appeal of the workshops, and local department stores and boutique shops have also added its branded products to their shelves, leading to total sales of some 4,000 items per month. The scholar also argued that some existing systems inherited from the pre-handover period are not in line with the spirit of the Basic Law, and should be modified promptly. Furthermore, several academics indicated that although some current systems are established in accordance with the Basic Law, they have been ineffective. “Inadequate consultations in major decision-making processes have occurred from time to time; sometimes there are serious administrative omissions whilst administrative inefficiency is also a prominent issue; the ac- 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. 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IPM professor Yang Yunzhong also suggested that, “the government needs to prevent the negative effects emerging from the rise of residents’ democratic awareness.” A Macau Times Publications Ltd Publication Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Kowie Geldenhuys [email protected] Secretary Juliana Cheang [email protected] Address Av. da Praia Grande, 599, Edif. Comercial Rodrigues, 12 Floor C, MACAU SAR Telephones: +853 287 160 81/2 Fax: +853 287 160 84 Advertisement [email protected] For subscription and general issues: [email protected] | Printed at Welfare Printing Ltd send newsworthy information and press releases to: [email protected] website: www.macaudailytimes.com.mo ISSN 2305-4271 mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 澳聞 IPM gets largest share of old UM capus renato marques T he University of Macau’s old campus will be allocated to four tertiary education institutions and three government departments, the Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES) announced on Friday. The biggest share will be granted to the Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM), while the City University of Macau is the only private institution being allocated one part of the old campus, TDM News reported. The director of the Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES), Sou Chio Fai, said that three academic buildings and two dorms would be allocated to IPM. The original dormitory building, comprising a 23,000 square meter space, will be allocated to the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT). He added that the University of Macau, which now operates in Hengqin Island, would keep the library and a study center comprising 21,000 square meters. The largest area will be allocated to IPM in a total of 38,000 square meters. IPM president Li Xiangyu said that they are glad they can finally stop renting classrooms and dormitories in different buildings around town. It was also announced that the City University of Macau would be given eight buildings totalling 37,000 square meters. The government will require rent from City U, since it is a private university, but they have not disclosed the amount. Sou Chio Fai said that the campus sports complex would be allocated to the Macau Sports Development Board, which they hope will work to enhance relevant facilities and allow residents, civic organizations and other tertiary edu- Entrance to the UM old campus in Taipa cation institutions to use it. Another building will be dedicated to Public Administration and training programs for civil servants. Some of the parking areas will be alloca- renato marques avid Chow Kam Fai said that he plans to construct a convention and exhibition centre, catering to locals, in Fisherman’s Wharf, a subsidiary of Macau Legend Development. The co-chairman and CEO of the Hong Kong-listed company also claimed that news has been positive regarding Macau’s application for the administrative rights of its water territory. Mr Chow spoke to the media on Saturday, on the sidelines of a ceremony to mark the construction completion of the Harbourview Hotel and the first stage of the yacht pier, 3 after the announcement that the allocation of the UM old campus was not transparent enough. The government also failed to disclose not only the degree of urgency but also the basis of the decisions the City University faces. The Chinese Educators’ Association of Macau also said that the administration should respond to the public. It suggested that the authorities should consider the needs of non-tertiary education institutions as well. Kwan Tsui Hang says that the allocation of the UM old campus is not transparent enough ted to the Transport Bureau, and some will be opened for the public. One building and one dormitory have not been allocated yet. The government said it would not disclose any Fisherman’s Wharf to build exhibition center ‘for locals’ D MACAU Fisherman’s Wharf further information on these two buildings. The way the old UM campus has been allocated has drawn public criticism. Lawmaker Kwan Tsui Hang said the day GAES later released a statement, stressing that the government is lawfully allocating the old UM campus. It said that the decision is being made in accordance with the requirements of relevant education institutions and public departments, and has been agreed and approved by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, as well as the Chief Executive. The secretary of the Council of the City University, Chan Chon Pat, also explained to TDM that the university currently has classrooms in several commercial buildings around town and needs more space for development. He believes that the government has made the right decision and revealed that the university is still discussing the rent with the government. which is part of the project to revamp Fisherman’s Wharf. He said that they would strive to submit the convention and exhibition centre’s blueprint to the government within the year. “I will hope that the government can, in collaboration with the Science Centre, have an independent convention and exhibition centre at that area for locals. There will not be any casinos [in the area]. [The convention and exhibition centre] will be an independent building instead of [being located] inside a hotel. Only through this can the atmosphere of the [convention and exhibition] industry be brought out,” he said. The CEO also said that he would like to promote the individual travel scheme for yachts with the yacht pier, and clai- med that the Chinese central government will be working with the MSAR authorities regarding Macau’s water territorial administrative rights. “Now I have received the news that, as soon as it can be, the central government will collaborate [with Macau],” he said. David Chow revealed that future plans for the yacht pier include the construction of a breakwater and an extension of the pier area. The facility is expected to house up to 400 yachts upon completion. Other items in the revitalization project include another two hotels, a dinosaur museum and an opera house. David Chow said that he also hopes to include more tourism elements in Fisherman’s Wharf, in order to attract more tourists. JPL 4 ADVERTISEMENT 17.11.2014 mon th Anniversary 廣告 mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 澳聞 MACAU 5 SHOP FIRE Scholars call for improvements in migrant workers’ living conditions Catarina Pinto F our Southeast Asian migrants died in a fire that broke out last week at a small local boutique, in an attic above the shop. It remains unclear how many people lived in the attic. Professor Cecilia Ho, from the Macau Polytechnic Institute’s social work department, says that the living conditions of migrant domestic helpers are worsening. “There are normally around 8 to 10 – and sometimes even more – migrants staying in small, old flats, just with two bedrooms and one living room, around 400 to 500 feet,” she told The Times. Cecilia Ho stressed that living conditions have worsened, since most employers hiring domestic workers only provide them with the minimum accommodation allowance of MOP500. “It is very difficult to find a place with good conditions to live in [with] only MOP500 a month,” she said. The IPM scholar has urged the government to demand an increase of the minimum accommodation allowance. “Apart from rent, [the general cost of living] is becoming very high and their salaries have not been adjusted accordingly (…) the salary for Southeast Asian domestic workers is usually less than that granted to mainland domestic helpers,” the scholar added. Cecilia Ho said that migrant workers usually get MOP2,500 per month plus MOP500 for accommodation. “This is a kind of racial discrimination and the Macau government has not been acting according to the Internal Labor Convention C189 – to There are normally around 8 to 10 – and sometimes even more – migrants staying in small, old flats Cecilia Ho There’s a high number of casualties when there’s a fire, because emergency exits or even simple exits are closed Vizeu Pinheiro The shop where the fatal accident occurred is guarded by police officers ensure that domestic work is as a decent job, which deserves the same status of any other employment sector,” she stressed. The IPM professor thinks the Labor Affairs Bureau and the Human Resources Office should bear the responsibility of monitoring and ensuring that migrant workers are provided with basic living conditions in Macau. She questioned whether the employers of the four deceased migrants should take legal responsibility. “We should discuss this and request that both employers and employees know their rights,” Ms Ho added. The professor also said that the government should revise current legislation, stipulating that employers acquire insurance covering medical care or any work-related accidents that might occur. Ms Ho recalled that domestic helpers in Macau are permitted to live outside their employers’ homes, which Hong Kong law does not allow. Although it helps them maintain their own private life without having to be on duty 24-7, it also raises other problems: “The allowance provided by the employer is not enough to fully cover accommodation, nor does it include benefits such as paid electricity, food, and other perks usually provided to those who live with their employers.” The shop, located on Rua do Tarrafeiro, caught fire in the early hours of Wednesday last week. Two Indonesians (one man and a woman) and two Filipino nationals (male and female) were trapped inside and died. The Indonesian woman was a 34-year-old widow and leaves behind a nine-yearold son. Police authorities said in a press conference last week that there is no evidence to suggest it was a criminal act. The leader of Peduli Indonesian Migrant Concern Group, Cindry Purnasari, told TDM News that the group wants authorities to explain why the victims were unable to escape from the fire. Police said the victims were found in the attic. It might indicate that the fire broke out within the shop area, leaving the migrant workers stranded upstairs. Ms Ho believes this is not a unique case. “I think there are many other similar cases, but not as fatal as this one. Fire incidents do happen, and migrant workers might not have enough knowledge of how to escape and [find] a safe place,” she stated. Furthermore, Ms Ho recalled that this type of incident affects not only migrants, but also other citizens, depending on the building’s fire safety equipment, such as fire alarms or extinguishers. Architect Francisco Vizeu Pinheiro, who teaches at the University of Saint Joseph, acknowledged that not all buildings comply with the appropriate fire safety measures. “It’s something we see often in Macau: there’s a high number of casualties when there’s a fire, because emergency exits or even simple exits are closed.” He added that there are several buildings in the city where emergency exits have been locked. “It’s against the law. But if there are no inspections or further control over [safety measures], the law becomes ineffective,” he stressed. Macau faces particular challenges on fire safety measures, especially in historic neighborhoods with older buildings, he said. These include bad management of emergency exits, as well as a lack of fire drills that could help residents be better prepared to act throughout fire incidents. “If there were more fire drills, people would know better what [to] do and how to proceed in case of a fire. They would not be caught so off guard,” he suggested. Mr Pinheiro added that fire drills should be mandatory in residential buildings, shops, and restaurants. However, it affects more modern construction as well as older buildings. “We have really tall buildings that do not meet some of the safety requirements,” he acknowledged. He suggests that Macau could adopt similar measures as Singapore, particularly in old neighborhoods. “It’s called retro-fitting. Instead of demolishing buildings, which can get more expensive, they adapt them, perfecting security conditions.” Another possible solution, he said, is related to the community itself. Mr Pinheiro believes Macau’s community should be more involved in launching and ensuring safety measures. He concluded by saying that, “what Macau needs is a city hall and parish councils that could work on these issues. The community needs to come together, like they do in Japan, to work on the safety measures for each neighborhood, instead of relying only on the government.” further inspections needed Regulations on fire safety measures are crucial but insufficient, said architect Francisco Vizeu Pinheiro, from the University of Saint Joseph. The scholar believes that there’s a need to ensure shop owners and building management comply with safety rules, and that more fire inspections should be conducted. “Legislation is im- portant. But inspections play an essential role, because when you’re building or trying to open a shop, you get licensed based on meeting certain safety requirements. But after that license is granted, changes might have been made and authorities need to conduct further inspections, ensuring that they still meet those requirements,” he stressed. 6 MACAU 17.11.2014 mon th Anniversary 澳聞 New Zhuhai exhibition centre ‘complements’ Macau João Pedro Lau, Zhuhai A fter almost four years of construction, the Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Center (Zhuhai CEC), developed by the state-owned Zhuhai enterprise Huafa Group, has recently commenced a long-awaited trial run, on October 30. It has already hosted several exhibitions and conventions since September. Zhuhai CEC is located at the Wanzai section of the Shizimen Central Business District in Zhuhai. It is very close to the Wanzai Port and is only 10 minutes away from Gongbei Port by car. In fact, it is clearly visible from the Macau side, especially in the southwestern parts, such as Sai Van and the area near the Macau Tower. The venue occupies 269,000 square meters with a total investment input of RMB6.9 billion. It is a collection of exhibition and convention facilities, an opera theater, concert hall and hotels, and can host different types of events including banquets, concerts and carnivals. In a media tour yesterday, Doris Wan, the public relations executive of Zhuhai CEC, said that the establishment of the center has ended Zhuhai’s long-term drought of professional exhibition venues. The fact that the Zhuhai CEC houses several different facilities, Ms Wan suggested, is very rare in southern China as well. Despite the fact that the center is in close proximity to Macau and has strengthened Zhuhai’s competitiveness in terms of hosting meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition (MICE) events, Doris Wan still believes that the two cities are not in competition, but in a complementary relationship, in which both parties will be able to supplement each other. “After all, Macau is limited in terms of the venues and human resources [for MICE],” she said. The exhibition and convention facilities, opera theater and concert hall have already opened. The Zhuhai CEC exhibition centre has a net exhibiting area of 30,000 square meters that can be divided into six exhibition halls, housing a total of 1,600 exhibition booths. Huafa also invited the managing company of the China National Convention Centre to co-manage the facility. Ms Wan said that Zhuhai CEC would mainly focus on hosting feature and professional exhibitions. The Zhuhai CEC convention centre is also co-managed by Huafa and the National Convention Centre’s managing company. It includes a 4,500 square meter grand convention hall, a 2,000 square meter multifunction hall, a 1,200-seat opera theater and an 800-seat concert hall. The facilities are capable of receiving a total of nearly 10,000 people. Doris Wan especially mentioned that the convention hall is also suitable for wedding banquets. “We want to smash Zhuhai people’s perception that convention centers are not for wedding banquets,” she said. Ms Wan pointed out that the Zhuhai CEC has its own kitchen capable of catering for roundtable banquets of up to 6,000 pax. This, she said, also sets Zhuhai CEC apart from other similar venues in Guangdong province. The accommodation facilities in the Zhuhai CEC – the Zhuhai Huafa Sheraton Hotel, the St Regis Zhuhai Hotel and the Zhuhai Huafa Apartment – are still under construction, with the Huafa Sheraton Hotel set to open in December. With a total floor area of 66,000 square meters, the Zhuhai Huafa Sheraton will provide 550 hotel rooms and suites. As for the St Regis Zhuhai Hotel, it will occupy the 37th to the 65th floor of the Zhuhai International Business Centre Building and is expected to provide 250 rooms. Standing at over 300 meters tall, it will be the tallest building in both Zhuhai and Macau upon completion. It is predicted that the construction will reach 200 meters at the end of this year, and the building will open in 2016. Stallone and Sch Schwarzenegger and Stallone pictured during their previous visit to Macau Paulo Barbosa S ylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are two of the celebrities returning to town to attend Sunday’s Pacquiao–Algieri fight at the Venetian Cotai Arena. As the Times predicted last week, both movie stars are on the list of fight attendees, Sands China corporate vice-president Scott J. Messinger confirmed in an exclusive interview. “Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, and I paraphrase from Arnie himself, he ‘will be back.’ He will be here, Sly will be here, Sly’s brother Frank Stallone is going to be joining us. Again, much like we had last year [at the Clash in Cotai event], you will see an unbelievable array of Western stars, Asian stars, from music, motion pictures, TV.” The blockbuster film’s iconic lead actors are returning to Macau after August’s visit, when they participated in the The Expendables 3 VIP screening and attended the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) event, both included in The Venetian’s 7th anniversary celebration. According to Mr Messinger, the planning and preparation for the Clash in Cotai II has been going on for months, “almost akin to one of our property openings.” Interviewed by the Times, he said that the planning stage “requires a cross-departmental group ranging from operations, pu- blic relations, marketing, advertising, conventions and exhibitions group, hotel operations, arena staff… So it’s a very large group that comes together to [pull] something like this off because at Sands China we are committed to bringing the world’s best entertainment to our fellow citizens here in Macau and also to our visitors.” Other celebrities in attendance at the Cotai Arena include Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, the MMA star Other celebs that will also be in attendance at the Cotai Arena include Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee, MMA star Cung Lee, actor Stephen Baldwin, former Pussycat Dolls star Melody Thornton, and US rapper Ja Rule mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 澳聞 MACAU 7 paulo barbosa warzenegger back in town this weekend Sands China’s corporate vice-president Scott J. Messinger Cung Lee, actor Stephen Baldwin, former Pussycat Dolls star Melody Thornton and US rapper Ja Rule. At Manny Pacquiao’s request, Season 11 “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez will sing the Philippine national anthem before the fight. “And more and more names are being hinted at everyday (…) Hong Kong and Macau tend to be late ticket-buying markets and people are now the story of kk ng, the macau kid Scott J. Messinger thinks that one of the best aspects of the cooperation between Sands China and Top Rank for the past 18 months “is the story of KK Ng.” Dubbed the Macau Kid by Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum, the local fighter was on the first Clash in Cotai card a year ago in his first-ever professional fight. “Here is a young man who has dedicated himself to his craft, he is undefeated in his pro-career, he has not only gained prominence in Macau and Hong Kong; he has also travelled with us to mainland China,” says Mr Messinger. “We generally don’t talk about this, but we invest upwards of seven figures of US [dollars] in advertising, promoting and marketing for our fights, this particular fight, and KK is in all of that advertising,” he adds. waking up to the fact that this is going to be another runaway success,” Mr Messinger said, adding that he expects “another sell-out crowd” at the Cotai Arena. “We seek to engage with the best possible partners to do this and in the world of boxing there’s no one better than Top Rank. In all my conversations with Bob Arum, he is the first to say that is not simply about boxing, it’s also about entertainment, so we are very determined to giving a total package and program people can’t experience anywhere else. Sure, it’s possible to watch it on TV, but there’s nothing like watching it live and in person,” Sands China’s corporate vice-president stated. Asked whether the celebrities coming to town this weekend will participate in activities included in the fight week, he said that, “it’s too early to disclose things before we have everything finalized, but the celebrities obviously will be supporting the fight on social media and various things. We are also going to try to have them attend many of our events.” The fact that the bout will be produced and distributed live in the United States by HBO Pay-Per-View is one of the factors attracting celebrities, the top executive acknowledges. More than the airtime, however, they are drawn to a certain type of event, he says: “They [celebs] want to be associated with world class events that are going to generate a lot of interest and notoriety. But it’s not just anything, I can claim that something is going to be broadcast and… [they will not be interested in it]. It’s the type of event and the association with folks like Top Rank and Bob Arum. His reputation in the business is such that people want to be associated with that event and frankly the ethos of Sands China is that we don’t do things halfway. If Sands China is going to do an event we do it all the way.” Mr Messinger draws a parallel with the glamour of boxing events in Las Vegas: “Last year people asked if we are competing with Las Vegas for boxing. There are great sporting events done there, but we are bringing here our own take on the glitz, the glamour and the excitement that surrounds big time world title boxing events. That includes the big time entertainers that go along with it. The celebrities want to be there to see and be seen. What sets it apart here are our fans. We have to continuously open doors earlier and earlier for each of our events, because unlike in the US, where the crowd only starts getting there when the main events start, you know, the last four fights, our fans are here right from doors, they want to be here for all nine fights. We are now thinking of ways to provide them with a little bit of entertainment in the hour and a half run up to when the fights start.” Not even the fact that the event kicks off early in the morning (the doors are expected to open 5am) – due to the fact that it is being broadcast live to the US – deters fans. “It [the early morning fights] certainly wasn’t an issue for Clash [in Cotai] I. To be honest with you we were a bit concerned about that, it’s to accommodate the US audience, but we had no problems,” Scott Messinger says. “It was an extraordinary event last year, amongst so many notable extraordinary events, and we have every expectation that Clash II will exceed that. It’s a very strong card from top to bottom,” the top executive notes, adding that they help raising Sands China brand and the fame of Macau as a mustgo destination: “These kinds of events have a global audience, but will be seen by up to as much as 65/70 million people in mainland China live. It’s instant positive proof that something is going on in Macau that suggests this is an We are in the home stretch. The planning and preparation for the Clash in Cotai II has been going on for months and months, it’s almost akin to one of our property openings Scott J. Messinger amazing destination for leisure and business travelling, because you are seeing the diversity of the product offering.” major film project in macau A major film project is going to be made in Macau, Scott J. Messinger revealed to the Times. He said that the name of the project can’t be disclosed until a formal announcement is made. “As more and more people are becoming aware of Macau and what we are doing here, it has led directly to a major film project that we are going to undertake here for a US company,” Mr Messinger stated. Stressing that Sands China has been doing a lot of film-related projects and events, including Bollywood ones also, the company’s corporate vice-president said that they are, “getting more and more interest from US companies.” 8 BUSINESS th Anniversary 分析 ‘Haunted apartments’ go for cheap in Hong Kong Michelle Yun bloomberg T here’s a grim phenomenon in Hong Kong’s real estate market: discounts of as much as 50 percent for home-seekers willing to live in an apartment where a murder has occurred. Unnatural deaths typically result in rental discounts of 10 percent to 20 percent and can be more than double that for sinister killings, according to Sammy Po, head of the residential department of realtor Midland Holdings Ltd. Chinese believe such places, known as “hung jaak,” the Cantonese term for “haunted apartments,” are unlucky, he said. “The Chinese really do care” about living in these places, Po said. The rent for a Wan Chai district apartment where police found two women’s bodies on Nov. 1, HK$29,000 (USD3,740) a month at the time of the murders, will probably drop by half when it’s released from being a crime scene, cleaned and rented again, according to a director of the company that owns the unit, who didn’t want his name or firm identified because he isn’t permitted to speak publicly. The sales value of the unit in the luxury J Residence would decline from HK$9 million to HK$6 million if it were sold immediately, the person said. Hong Kong had almost 190 sites where an unnatural death took place, including murders and suicides, this year, according to a database compiled by Squarefoot.com.hk. Squarefoot lists the date of the incident, the address, the district and a brief description of the death. Among recent listings were an apartment where an 18-year-old male student slipped a plastic bag over his head last month and jumped 17.11.2014 mon Unnatural deaths typically result in rental discounts of 10 to 20 percent to his death; one where a middle-aged couple, plagued by financial troubles, committed suicide by inhaling burning coal smoke; and another where a mother was hacked to death by a mentally unstable neighbor while protecting her two daughters. Hong Kong is certainly not the only place where home- seekers can be wary of a residence marred by tragedy. Nevertheless, in a comparably high-demand market like New York City, the stigma is less marked, according to Jonathan Miller, president of real estate appraiser Miller Samuel Inc. in Manhattan. Where sales inventory in the city is scarce and rents are near records, a crime or other negative event wouldn’t have much effect on price, he said. In the U.K., a particularly notorious crime can cause a home to become unsalable, requiring it to be knocked down and rebuilt, said Richard Sexton, a director at e.surv, the country’s largest provider of residential property valua- tions. “Equally, if it’s a folklore situation, the U.K. can be different,” he said. “The house with the friendly ghosts can sometimes be marketed that way as a positive.” Hong Kong property agents aren’t required by law to disclose if a death occurred in a unit, but they should provide information when asked under the industry’s code of ethics, according to the Estate Agents Authority, a government agency. Potential tenants or buyers should ask whether a suicide or homicide took place because there’s no legal definition of a “haunted property,” the agency said in an e-mailed response. Hong Kong is otherwise Asia’s priciest real estate market. Private residential rents hit a record high in August, reaching almost HK$25 a square foot, or HK$12,500 for a 500-square-foot apartment, according to Midland. Residential sales prices, which have more than doubled since the start of 2009, hit a record last month despite government measures to curb demand. The city is the world’s mostexpensive after London for multinational companies to base staff because of its real estate, according to property brokerage Savills Plc. C S Group, a Hong Kong property-services firm, is auctioning a 550-square-foot “hung jaak” on Nov. 18 with a starting price of HK$3.18 million ($410,120), according to its website. An apartment of the same size in the same complex sold last month for almost 27 percent more, or HK$4.33 million, according to data from Midland. “The demand is there, whether from investors seeking rent or for self use,” said Alger Cheng, general manager of the group’s auction department. First-time homebuyers are also drawn to these cheaper properties, Midland’s Po said. Expatriates tend to be less concerned with living in “haunted apartments,” said Asif Ghafoor, founder of property-listing website Spacious.hk. For them, “location is by far the most important thing,” he said. Bloomberg corporate bits first macau bath & body works store in opens at venetian Regional fashion and beauty retailer, Valiram Group on Friday announced the opening of its first Bath & Body Works store in China at the Shoppes at the Venetian. Bath & Body Works, a North American brand, offers a variety of fragrances from body to home, and is America’s favorite fragrance brand. The brand operates almost 1,600 stores in the United States and has over 100 stores internationally. The 1,400 square feet store at The Venetian marks the first Bath & Body Works store in Greater China. “We’re excited about bringing this exciting brand to Macau and to the rest of Asia Pacific. The Bath & Body Works brand is strong and well-recognized in the U.S. and all over the world for its devotion to creating a fun yet pampering experience for everyone. The Valiram Group chose The Shoppes at The Venetian for its exceptional location with international brands and its unparalleled standing as a destination mall in Macau. We celebrate our first store opening here with great expectations, and look forward to our future expansion into Hong Kong and China”, said Mr Mukesh Valiram, Executive Director, Valiram Group. truffle season begins at sheraton macao hotel Truffles are back in season at the Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central. Chef Gaetano Palumbo, Executive Sous Chef of Sheraton Macao Hotel’s signature Italian restaurant, Bene, has designed two dinner menus featuring the Périgord black truffle and the Alba white truffle starting from Friday. The Périgord black truffle heralds from the southwestern region of France and is best known for its earthy flavor and subtle aroma. First on the menu is a slow cooked egg with taleggio cheese, winter wild mushrooms and black truffle, followed by a carnaroli rice with pigeon, chestnut, coffee and black truffle. The main entrée is a venison fillet medallion with chanterelle mushrooms and black truffle. And for dessert, a Piedmont gianduia parfait with hazelnut and black truffle. A special a la carte menu featuring the Alba white truffle from Piedmont, Italy has also been designed. Diners can choose from the scallop, chestnut, pancetta ham and white truffle alba; carnaroli rice, Jerusalem artichoke and white truffle alba or a lamb loin with potato parmesan cheese sauce and white truffle alba. Also on the menu is a dessert of warm chocolate cake with honey and white truffle ice cream. mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 9 10 CHINA 17.11.2014 mon th Anniversary 中國 ap photo Gov’t wants Uighur refugees back from Thailand M Hong Kong Federation of Students leader Alex Chow, center, committee members Nathan Law, left, and Eason Chung pose for photographers before attempting to travel to Beijing, at Hong Kong International Airport Hong Kong Student protesters denied permit to go to Beijing Helene Franchineau and Annie Ho T hree Hong Kong students who have led protests for greater democracy in the former British colony were denied in their attempt Saturday to go to Beijing to meet with top Chinese officials. Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Eason Chung — members of a student group that played a main role in organizing massive street protests that started nearly two months ago — arrived at the Hong Kong airport greeted by dozens of wellwishers holding up yellow umbrellas. But they were denied boarding passes for a Cathay Pacific flight when they were told their documents that would allow them to travel to Beijing were invalid. “The Cathay Pacific has confirmed ... that the (students) got their return-home cards cancelled by the mainland authority, so they cannot get the required certificates to get onto the plane,” said Yvonne Leung, general secretary of Hong Kong Federation of Students. In a news conference hours later, the student leaders said annulling their travel documents is an unreasonable move that deprives them of their rights to enter the country’s territory. “It symbolizes that Hong Kong people’s right to determine their destiny will be taken away in the future,” Chow said. Carrie Lam, chief secretary for the Hong Kong administration, said that it was unnecessary for the students to petition Beijing and that the central leadership of the ruling Communist Party “is fully aware of the different appeals.” Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong are routinely denied entry to the mainland, and Beijing in the past has confiscated or refused to renew the travel permits commonly known as return-home cards for a number of Hong Kong activists. Chow and his deputies had planned to go to China’s legislature upon arrival to seek talks with Premier Li Keqiang and others. A fourth traveler, Jeffrey Tsang, a former member of the student group, tried to board the Cathay Pacific flight separately but his travel permit was not valid. The protesters oppose Beijing’s decision that a panel will screen candidates for the inaugural 2017 election for Hong Kong’s top official. Chinese authorities have declared the gatherings illegal. An editorial in the Saturday edition of the party-run Global Times said the students would not get their meeting and their travel plans were merely a show for sympathy. “These activists may be too naive,” the editorial reads. “Do they really know who they are and whom they can represent? How can they meet whomever they want in Beijing?” “Tycoons were allowed to go to Beijing before,” Chow said at a press briefing Saturday night broadcast live on Hong Kong TV stations. “Why would they be scared of just three student[s]?” Joshua Wong, the leader of the Scholarism protest group, said Saturday’s event “further damages confidence in one country, two systems.” The government has closed the door for dialogue, he said. AP/Bloomberg judge’s ruling authorizes bailiffs to clear mong kok Hong Police Commissioner Andrew Tsang said Saturday his force will help clear protest sites that have blocked main roads and disrupted the city for more than seven weeks after a judge dismissed demonstrators’ appeals against orders to remove them. The street occupations are illegal and protesters should not interfere when the removal of blockades begins, he said in a press briefing broadcast live on Cable TV Hong Kong. He didn’t say when that would be. High Court Chief Judge Andrew Cheung Kuinung’s ruling means bailiffs can remove obstructions at two protest sites in Mong Kok on the north side of Victoria Harbour. An injunction was also granted against protesters in Admiralty, where the city’s government headquarters are located. Under the injunctions, police are authorized to assist in the clearing and arrest anyone who interferes. The ruling risks reigniting violent clashes between police and protesters as government talks with student leaders are stalled and China refuses to give in to demands for free elections in the city in 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed support for Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying while hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Beijing. The protest movement that has occupied Hong Kong’s streets since September is losing momentum amid dissent among its leaders and dwindling crowds. Chief Secretary Carrie Lam has ruled out more talks with the students. The Mong Kok injunctions were brought by taxi and bus drivers who said that their business has been impaired by the blockage of key roads by the students. ore than 200 refugees detained in Thailand earlier this year are believed to be Chinese Uighurs and should be repatriated, a Chinese consul said, dismissing concerns they will be mistreated. The refugees’ claim to be Turkish cannot be confirmed and they refuse to cooperate with Chinese authorities on proper identification, said Qin Jian, the consul in Songkhla. “They have been uncooperative and refused to communicate at all,” Qin said. The refuges are likely fearful of being mistreated in China if they are returned, although Qin said such concerns are unwarranted. “If they do not have criminal records back in China, there will be no prosecution,” the consul said. Tensions between minority Uighurs and the majority Han Chinese have left about 400 people dead in the past 20 months. Beijing has blamed the violence on terrorism, separatism and extreme religion and has harshly cracked down in the Uighurs’ far northwestern home region. But human rights groups say the heavy-handedness is further alienating the Uighurs. In March, Thai immigration officers rescued 220 men, women and children held by presumed human traffickers at a remote camp. Qin said there has been no confirmation of their Turkish identity after staff from the Turkish embassy met with the group. Dozens of men have been identified as Chinese Uighurs and the others in the group are believed to be based on their physical features, habits and customs, Qin said. He declined to elaborate. The Washington-based Uyghur American Association has called upon the Thai government not to return them to China but allow them access to the United Nations’ refugee agency for asylum requests. “Uighurs have been forcibly returned into the hands of their persecutors in the past with dire results,” said Alim Seytoff, president of the association in a statement. Seytoff said China’s economic and political leverage with other governments leaves genuine refugees unprotected and that the increasing numbers of Uighur refugees is an indication of Beijing’s repression of the Muslim minority. Thai officials have said their investigation is not yet complete. AP mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 亞太版 G-20 Summit Kristen Gellineau, Brisbane Leaders agree on USD2 trillion boost to growth ap photo U British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia 11 And experts warned that the countries would need to comply with every one of the 800 measures to achieve the 2.1 percent target, a virtually impossible task, given the difficulties they will inevitably face in pushing some of the policies through in their home countries. “There are two questions: whether the specifics are credible and whether the political backing by leaders is convincing,” said Thomas Bernes, an analyst with the Center for International Governance Innovation, a Canadian-based think-thank. Abbott said the group had been most productive on the issue of trade, calling it the “key driver of growth.” The leaders adopted reforms to streamline customs procedures and reduce regulatory burdens. Despite Australia’s push to keep the summit focused on the economy, the meeting was largely overshadowed by tensions between Putin and Western leaders over the escalating conflict in Ukraine, where Moscow is supporting pro-Russian rebels in the country’s east. AP Putin leaves G-20 early as Ukraine dominates talks Ilya Arkhipov and Thomas Penny P resident Vladimir Putin left the Group of 20 summit in Australia early so he can sleep on the long flight home, as fellow leaders berated Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and warned of possible further sanctions. Putin, who was told by European leaders to stop arming rebels, said before jetting off from Brisbane he needed 4 to 5 hours of sleep so he could get to work early this morning. “We have to fly from here to Vladivostok 9 hours and then from Vladivostok to Moscow, another 9 hours,” Putin told reporters in Brisbane. “There are no other considerations.” The crisis in Ukraine has overshadowed the G-20 summit, and European foreign ministers meeting today in Brussels will discuss expanding the list of individuals targeted by sanctions, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke with Putin for almost four hours during a late night meeting. Russia, which occupied and annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March, has repeatedly denied that it’s sending its armed forces into Ukraine or aiding the separatists. U.S. President Barack Obama, who met with European leaders on the sidelines of the summit to discuss the crisis, said Russia had the “opportunity to take a different path” on Ukraine or face continued isolation. “This is going to be a test of the stamina and a test of the political will of the United States and the countries of the European Union,” U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters. “Russia needs to know that there’s a real unity of purpose between America and the ap photo nder pressure to jolt the lethargic world economy back to life, leaders of G-20 nations yesterday finalized a plan to boost global GDP by more than USD2 trillion over five years. The fanfare, however, was overshadowed by tensions between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Western leaders. The communiqué from the Brisbane summit of Group of 20 wealthy and emerging nations revealed that the plan for jumpstarting growth includes investing in infrastructure, increasing trade and the creation of a global infrastructure hub that would help match potential investors with projects. Leaders also aim to reduce the gap between male and female participation in the workforce by 25 percent by 2025, saying that would put 100 million more women in employment and reduce poverty. Speaking at the end of the summit, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott said countries will hold each other to account by monitoring implementation of their commitments to boost growth. The G-20, criticized in recent years as being all talk and no action, was urged to deliver measurable results this year. Perhaps in response, the group said the International Monetary Fund and OECD will also play a role in monitoring progress and estimating the economic benefits of the growth plan. IMF managing director Christine Lagarde dismissed concerns that countries might fudge their growth figures, saying that while the monitoring isn’t scientific, it’s a thorough and detailed process. “We’ll make sure they keep their feet to the fire,” she said. The G-20 communiqué says if the $2 trillion initiative is fully implemented, it will lift global GDP by 2.1 percent above expected levels by 2018 and create millions of jobs. Abbott said countries agreed on more than 800 new measures to spur the global economy, which the IMF describes as facing a “new mediocre.” “People right around the world are going to be better off,” he said. But the G-20, which represents around 85 percent of the global economy, faces an uphill struggle to implement its plan after international agencies downgraded their global growth forecasts in recent months. Growth in China and Japan has weakened and Europe is teetering on the brink of another recession. ASIA-PACIFIC Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott and President of Russia Vladimir Putin hold koalas during a photo opportunity on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine Canadian PM Stephen Harper to Vladimir Putin European Union in making sure that we don’t have a permanent frozen conflict on the continent of Europe.” Putin told reporters he thought he and his fellow leaders now better understood each other on Ukraine after one -on-one talks on the issue. The crisis is the worst standoff between Russia and its former Cold War foes since the Iron Curtain fell 25 years ago. Putin received a blunt message when he approached Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a handshake during the Brisbane summit on Saturday. “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine,” Harper told Putin, the prime minister’s spokesman Jason MacDonald said in an e-mail. Putin told Harper that would be impossible because Russian troops aren’t there, the president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said. G-20 host Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was happy to treat his guest with “respect and courtesy” and posed with Putin for photographs as they each cuddled a koala. Nevertheless, when Abbott addressed leaders at the summit’s opening Saturday, Putin was seated at the other end of the room - a far cry from his central position at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing last week, where the Russian leader and Obama flanked Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Bloomberg 12 ASIA-PACIFIC 17.11.2014 mon th Anniversary 亞太版 G-20 Summit Julie Pace, White House Correspondent, Brisbane ap photo US, Japan, Australia agree to deepen security ties E yeing Chinese assertiveness, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed yesterday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific. The meeting, the first since 2007 among leaders of the three allies, risked antagonizing Beijing after a week when Obama reached a surprising level of consensus with Chinese President Xi Jinping on climate change and trade, and Japan and China took steps to improve their relationship. China has viewed Obama’s efforts to deepen alliances with other countries in the region, particularly on security issues, as an attempt to counter Beijing’s rise. ad U.S. President Barack Obama, left, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shake hands at the start of their meeting at the G20 Summit in Brisbane In a joint statement following the meeting, the three leaders said they had agreed to “dee- pen the already strong security and defense cooperation” between their countries. They also agreed to work on boosting “maritime security capacity building” in a region rife with disputes between China and its neighbors over claims to waters and islands. However, there were no announcements on specific military exercises or new troop deployments within the region. White House officials insisted that the three-way talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 economic summit were not meant to send a message to China. But in advance of Obama’s meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Japan’s Shinzo Abe, the president pressed China to “adhere to the same rules as other nations — whether in trade or on the seas.” “By virtue of its size and its remarkable growth, China will inevitably play a critical role in the future of this region,” Obama said Saturday in a speech at the University of Queensland. “And the question is, what kind of role will it play?” An Obama administration official said the three-way meeting had been in the works for a year. Beyond military cooperation, the leaders also discussed the U.S.-led campaign to defeat Islamic State militants in the Middle East, combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, and stop Russia’s destabilizing actions in Ukraine. Australia was Obama’s last stop on a weeklong trip that began in China and Myanmar. He arrived politically weakened at home by the Democratic Party’s election defeats Nov. 4. The president has tried to show the region’s leaders that he retained the ability to deliver on promises to deepen U.S. engagement in Asia and the Pacific, an effort he sees as a central part of his foreign policy. “There are times when people have been skeptical of this rebalance, they’re wondering whether America has the staying power to sustain it,” Obama said. “I’m here to say that American leadership in the Asia Pacific will always be a fundamental focus of my foreign policy.” AP mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 分析 WORLD 13 Ukraine Mstyslav Chernov and Peter Lepnard, Hrabove New video evidence of MH17 downing obtained ap photo F our months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtained video that shows how close the burning passenger jet came to hitting village homes and suggests that residents first assumed it was a Ukrainian military plane that had been struck. The amateur footage, filmed by a resident of Hrabove, shows people reacting in alarm as wreckage blazes only a few meters away from their homes on the afternoon of July 17. The video is perhaps the first taken immediately after the plane came down. The ultimate cause of the MH17 disaster is the subject of major diplomatic disputes. Ukraine and Western governments say Russia-backed separatist fighters fired the rockets that felled the plane, while staterun television in Moscow over the weekend produced evidence it claims places blame with Ukraine’s air force. All 298 people aboard the Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were killed when it was shot down over a rebel-held area. Charred remains of the aircraft are scattered around fields over an area of 20 square kilometers. Workers yesterday began collecting debris from the crash site, under the supervision of Dutch investigators and officials from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Euro- In these images made from amateur video taken on July 17, 2014 and obtained by The Associated Press, the burning wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is seen near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine pe. The recovered fragments will be loaded onto trains and taken to the government-controlled eastern city of Kharkiv. The investigation into what happened to MH17 is being conducted there and in the Netherlands. The recovery operations have been delayed amid continued fighting between government troops and separatist fighters. A truce was agreed in September, but hostilities have raged on nonetheless. In the video obtained yesterday by AP, residents of the village of Hrabove can be heard asking about the whereabouts of the pilot. This is significant because multiple Ukrainian military planes had been shot down by this time, and their pilots and crew regularly taken prisoner by rebel forces. Three days before the MH17 was brought down, rebels claimed responsibility for shooting down an Antonov-24 military transport plane. The downing of MH17 stunned Ukrainian defense officials. They argued that the aircraft must have been targeted by Russian fighter jets, as it was flying at an altitude of 6,500 meters, far beyond the reach of the Igla portable surface-to-air missiles then being used by rebel fighters. The plane was flying at 10,000 meters when it was hit. On the day after the Antonov-24 was downed, the Moscowbased LifeNews television channel broadcast the questioning by rebels of a man identified as the Ukrainian plane’s pilot. The afternoon that MH17 was brought down, LifeNews repor- ap photo Netherlands ted unnamed rebel sources as saying another Ukrainian transport plane had been downed. Other pro-Kremlin media issued similar reports. They quickly dropped that account as it became evident that a civilian aircraft had in fact been brought down. The reaction of villagers in the new video suggests their immediate assessment too was that another Ukrainian plane had been struck. One person can be heard to say: “And where is the pilot?” Another person answers: “Who the hell knows?” In another exchange, a person is heard questioning whether more than one plane had crashed, since there was so much debris. People around him quickly correct him to say only one aircraft had come down. The account favored by most Western government is that the plane was brought down by an SA-11 missile launcher — also known as a Buk —fired by rebels. U.S. government officials have said the Russians might have provided technical help to the rebels to operate the system. The separatists have denied any involvement in shooting down the plane. AP ‘Black Pete’ stirs racial controversy Mike Corder and Raf Casert P olice arrested 90 protesters Saturday as a traditional Dutch celebration of the arrival of Saint Nicholas was disturbed by demonstrators who say his faithful sidekick, “Black Pete,” is a racist caricature, and by supporters of the popular children’s figure. In some of the worst scenes of unrest in the increasingly acrimonious debate about Black Pete, opponents scuffled with police on the historic market place of the central city of Gouda as thousands of children welcomed Saint Nicholas nearby. Prosecution office spokesman Wouter Bos said 60 anti-Black Pete activists were arrested for demonstrating away from a location set aside for protesters and were each fined 220 euros (USD275). Another 30, both supporters and opponents of Black Pete, were arrested for disturbing public order, Bos told The Associated Press. Video from Gouda showed scuffles breaking out in its historic downtown while children’s songs played in the background. Protesters were detained by police as children watched. “Deeply, deeply sad,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told broadcaster NOS. “Everybody can debate one another, we can endlessly discuss the color of Black Pete, but we should not disturb a children’s party in this way.” The Dutch cheese capital of Gouda came up with a strategy for reconciliation as Saint Nicholas arrived Saturday. Black Petes walked side-by-si- de with yellow-colored “Cheese Petes,” a nod to the city’s most famous products but also a concession to critics of Black Pete. In another sign of changing times, the daily Dutch children’s television report on Saint Nicholas’ travels also featured White Petes on Thursday night. The vast majority of people in Gouda were parents and their young children — many dressed as Black Pete — who braved cold and wet conditions to watch as Saint Nicholas arrived and rode through the town on a white horse to the market square. Across Belgium and the Netherlands, celebrations in which Saint Nicholas rolls into town surrounded by a host of “Black Petes” have come under increasing pressure year by year from complain- ts about racism. Pete is usually played by a white person who paints his face pitch black, dons a frizzy wig and gives himself bright red lips — stereotypes that disappeared from most countries decades ago. The Belgian town of Sint-Niklaas, with a church and statue honoring the saint, has long been one of the focal points of the celebrations that spread across the Netherlands and Belgium at this time of year. A grand entrance yesterday was expected to bring tens of thousands of children flocking to the “home of the saint.” Yet even in this bastion of saintly tradition, questions are starting to be asked about Black Pete. Last year, more than 2 million people endorsed a Facebook petition to keep Black Pete’s image unchanged. That’s near- Black Petes walk side-by-side with yellow-colored “Cheese Petes”, right, and “cookie Petes,” left, in the historic town of Gouda ly one-eighth of the entire Dutch population, indicating the depth of emotion over the issue. But Van Bellingen insists democracy is not about numbers alone. “It is about the will of the majority and the rights of the minority,” he said. “As a majority you have to be sensitive and show empathy for things that are hurtful to a minority.” He says it’s time to get rid of Black Pete. AP 14 ADVERTISEMENT 17.11.2014 mon th Anniversary 廣告 mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 分析 15 Islamic State Terrorism Diaa Hadid, Beirut Graphic video claims US aid worker beheaded ap photo T he Islamic State group released a graphic video yesterday in which a black-clad militant claims to have beheaded U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, who was captured last year. The militant was standing over a severed head, but it was not immediately possible to confirm that Kassig, 26, was pictured in the video. Family representatives were not immediately available for comment. The video, which was posted on websites used by the group in the past, appeared to be the latest in a series of grisly messages to the U.S. warning of further brutality if it does not abandon its air campaign in Iraq and Syria. “This is Peter Edward Kassig, a U.S. citizen, of your country; Peter who fought against the Muslims in Iraq, while serving as a soldier,” the militant says near the end of the nearly 16-minute video. He speaks in an audible British accent despite his voice being distorted to make it more difficult to identify him. The video also shows what appears to be the mass beheading of several Syrian soldiers captured by the group. The militants warn that U.S. soldiers will meet a similar fate. WORLD This undated file photo provided by the Kassig Family shows Peter Kassig standing in front of a truck filled with supplies for Syrian refugees Kassig, a U.S. Army Ranger, was providing medical aid to Syrians fleeing the country’s civil war when he was captured inside Syria on Oct. 1, 2013. His friends say he converted to Islam in captivity and took the first name Abdul-Rahman. The video identifies the militant’s location as Dabiq, a small town in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, near the Turkish border. Previous videos have shown the beheading of two American journalists and two British aid workers. The latest video did not show the person identified as Kassig being beheaded. Kassig formed the aid organization Special Emergency Res- ponse and Assistance, or SERA, in Turkey to provide aid and assistance to Syrian refugees. He began delivering food and medical supplies to Syrian refugee camps in 2012 and is also a trained medical assistant who provided trauma care to injured Syrian civilians and helped train 150 civilians in providing medical aid. The militant Islamic State group has beheaded and shot dead hundreds of captives mainly Syrian and Iraqi soldiers - during its sweep across the two countries, and has celebrated mass killings in a series of slickly produced but extremely graphic videos. The group has declared an Islamic caliphate in the areas under its control in Syria and Iraq, which it governs according to a harsh version of Shariah law. The U.S. began launching air strikes in Iraq and Syria earlier this year in a bid to halt the group’s rapid advance and eventually degrade and destroy it. 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The unnamed seal first stranded herself in Sand Hook, New Jersey’s northernmost ocean beach before being helped back into the water by rescuers. But she kept coming back ashore, over and over again, a few kilometers south each time. Each time, animal rescue groups shooed it back into the water or treated it for illness or injury. When people started petting it on a beach on Sept. 5, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center removed it from the ocean permanently because it had become too acclimated to humans. The stranding center notified federal wildlife officials, who found a home for it at the Detroit Zoo. The 45-kilogram seal left yesterday for the zoo, which will have a contest to name it. this day in history interstellar_ 2.30, 5.30, 8.30 pm Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain Language: English (Chinese) Duration: 169min More than 60 people have been killed after an attack on a group of foreign tourists visiting a temple in southern Egypt. The tourists’ bus was fired on as they visited the temple of Hatshepsut, one of the main attractions in the town of Luxor in southern Egypt. An Egyptian police spokesman said most of the dead were Swiss and Japanese tourists. The spokesman said the six gunmen were killed in an ensuing two-hour gun battle with police. According to initial figures released by Egypt’s interior ministry, 57 tourists, a local guide and two policemen died in the attack. Other reports say the number of people who have been killed could rise to 75 with up to 85 people injured. An Islamic extremist group, the outlawed alGamaa al-Islamiya, is reported to have said it carried out the attack. It came as 65 alleged members of the Islamic group went on trial in Cairo accused of conspiracy to murder. Islamic militants have targeted tourists since beginning a campaign in 1992 to topple the government of Hosni Mubarak and set up a strict Islamic state. Two months ago, nine Germans and an Egyptian driver were killed when gunmen opened fire on a bus in Cairo. Two men have since been sentenced to death for the shootings. Luxor, about 500 km south of Cairo, is visited by about two million tourists a year. It has not previously been attacked by militants who have strongholds in other parts of southern Egypt. In the past five years, attacks by militants have seen 34 foreign tourists killed and cost a total of more than a thousand lives. Courtesy BBC News In context The final number of people known to have died in the Luxor attack was 68. It devastated the tourism industry and the Egyptian economy. The Egyptian authorities said they believed it was carried out by members of the Egyptian Islamic extremist group alGamaa al-Islamiya and financed by Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network. Several people were arrested for the attack but none stood trial. Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya declared a cease-fire in 1999 after the government agreed a prisoner amnesty. mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 資訊／娛樂 Taurus Mar. 21-Apr. 19 April 20-May 20 Selfishness works against you today — so the self-interested thing to do is to take care of others! That might feel weird at first, but you should start to see how it works to your advantage soon. Your health could use a tune-up, so see if you can get your friends or colleagues to offer advice. A slight dietary change or a new commitment to the gym could be all it takes to give you more energy! Gemini Cancer May 21-Jun. 21 Jun. 22-Jul. 22 Good energy is still flowing through you today, and it’s keeping your smile bright and your surroundings fun. It may not always be a party around you, but it sure does feel good! You need to stay active today — no matter how you feel on the inside! It’s one of those days when you’re better off dealing with people as they really are instead of how you want them to be. Leo Virgo Jul. 23-Aug. 22 Aug. 23-Sept. 22 Speak from the heart or keep your mouth shut today — there’s no inbetween! Bending emotional truths is sure to come back to bite you hard, and there’s just no need to cause problems like that. Your business partner or sweetheart has a proposition for you — and it is likely to cost you. The good news is that you’re in it together, sharing risk as well as reward. Go for it! Libra 17 The Born Loser by Chip Sansom YOUR STARS Aries INFOTAINMENT SUDOKU Weather Easy Sep.23-Oct. 22 Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 Sometimes you have to move backward in order to make real progress, and today is one of those days. It may feel weird giving in to a rival, but you know that the longterm game is all yours. Sagittarius Capricorn Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Dec. 22-Jan. 19 You’ve got to think hard about what you really want today — otherwise, you’re not likely to be ready when people come asking you. Make your hopes and wishes known to yourself first of all. Your cultural needs are stronger than ever right now, so make sure that you’re meeting them by any means necessary. You should find that your energy levels start to climb back up soon. Aquarius Pisces Jan. 20-Feb. 18 Feb.19-Mar. 20 It’s time for you to really show that you can step up and take care of business — it’s time to connect. Someone needs to come closer, and you have to make that all-important first step. It’s time to forgive and forget. It may be an insult, a debt or something that’s haunted you for years, but you have the capacity to let it go if you really want to. Resolve to get on with your life! Medium Hard 0 11 clear Harbin -9 1 haze/clear Tianjin 2 11 clear Urumqi -3 4 clear Xi’an 2 12 clear/cloudy Lhasa -2 16 clear/cloudy Chengdu 10 12 shower Chongqing 12 14 drizzle Kunming 8 14 drizzle Nanjing 6 14 cloudy/clear Shanghai 10 16 cloudy Wuhan 7 17 cloudy Hangzhou 9 15 cloudy Taipei 20 22 moderate rain Guangzhou 15 23 clear 19 23 cloudy Moscow -8 -4 flurry Frankfurt 4 9 drizzle Paris 7 9 drizzle London 7 10 drizzle/moderate rain New York 2 6 overcast/moderate rain Condition world Crossword puzzles provided by BestCrosswords.com Down: 1- Satirist Mort; 2- “The Time Machine” people; 3- It’s over your head; 4- Try; 5- One who feels bad; 6- “Dilbert” intern; 7Japanese rice wine; 8- Speak; 9- Pert. to the Friday’s solution management of public wealth; 10- Closer; 11- Singer Vikki; 12- Yes ___?; 13- Killed; 21- “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” author; 23Liturgical vestment; 25- Ignited again; 26Mortise insert; 27- Alamogordo’s county; 28Gives a 9.8, say; 30- For want of ___...; 31Chili con ___; 32- Strange and mysterious; 34- Distrust; 35- Nav. officer; 38- Pants; 42Some digits; 43- Deserter; 45- Cultural; 46___ alai; 47- Shuts; 50- Highway; 51- Word that can precede war, biotic and climax; 52- Limos, hatchbacks, and coupes; 53- ___ colada; 54- Breather; 55- “Othello” villain; 56Minn. neighbor; 57- Eight furlongs; 60- Tear; Beijing Hong Kong Crosswords Across: 1- Antitoxins; 5- Dated; 10- Sgts., e.g.; 14- Tons; 15- Son of Abraham; 16- ____ Grey, tea type; 17- Shout in derision; 18- Capital of Japan; 19- “Judith” composer; 20- Simulating real life; 22- Of little width; 24- “The Simpsons” bartender; 25- Acting part; 26- Apathy; 29- Hug; 33- Les ___-Unis; 34- Sandwich shop; 36- Scot’s refusal; 37- Safety device; 38- Medicine; 39- Part of ETA; 40Mine find; 41- Corrosion; 42- Singer Lopez; 44- Rhinoplasty; 47- Small valley; 48Tense; 49- Author Deighton; 50- Stem; 53- Unpoetic characteristic; 58- ___ even keel; 59- Great Lakes tribesmen; 61- Dry watercourse; 62- Longfellow’s bell town; 63- Wash lightly; 64- I’ve Got ___ in Kalamazoo; 65- It may be compact; 66- Tiffs; 67- Symbol of slavery; Max China Easy+ Scorpio You can’t help playing silly little games with people today — it’s like you’re a flirt machine! See if you can get your people to stick by you as you impress others and make hearts flutter. Min 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 18 ADVERTISEMENT 17.11.2014 mon th Anniversary 廣告 mon 17.11.2014 th Anniversary 體育 SPORTS 19 Rio Games need more volunteers; deadline extended ap photo would not be extended. “We just don’t want people to miss out.” Volunteers perform a range of jobs like greeting fans and escorting athletes. They must pay their own lodging and transportation to the host city. They get transportation to venues and meals on the days they work, some training, uniforms and no pay. Fontes has she expects nonBrazilians to make up about 5 percent of the final 70,000. Organizers say candidates have a wide range of experience, ranging from young students to some holding advanced university degrees. Many of the medical staff at the Olympics will be volunteers. “We are very happy that such a wide range of people have re- pele leaves brazil hospital after surgery O rganizers of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro are struggling to find enough unpaid volunteers and have extended the registration period for another month. In a country that is divided starkly between rich and poor, many cannot afford to work for free. There is little tradition in Brazil of volunteering or philanthropy. Organizers said Friday that 170,000 people had registered ahead of an initial Nov. 15 deadline — which has now been extended to Dec. 15. The goal is 300,000 applicants, from which 70,000 will be picked. Flavia Fontes, who manages the volunteers’ program, said registrations had picked up in the last few weeks. “It is clear that there are still many interested people who have yet to register, so we have decided to extend the registration,” she said. “This really is the last chance.” Fontes said there was no problem finding volunteers, and she said the Dec. 15 deadline ap photo This Aug. 19, 2012, file photo shows the newly arrived Olympic flag in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro Stephen Wade, Rio de Janeiro gistered for the program,” Fontes said. She said some people have declined to register, fearing too many have already signed up. Olympic volunteers save their local organizing committees tens of millions of dollars. The International Olympic Committee conducted a study of the 2000 Olympics and found volunteers were worth about USD60 million. Sydney used only 40,000 volunteers. The operating budget for the Rio Games is $3 billion, which is the cost of running the games themselves. Overall, Rio is spending about $20 billion — a mix of public and private money — to build sporting and urban infrastructure to prepare the South American city. AP A Brazilian hospital says Pele has been discharged after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones. A statement from the Albert Einstein hospital said that the retired football player left on Saturday. It offered no other information. The 74-year-old Pele was hospitalized Wednesday evening after canceling his appearance at an event at the Pele Museum in the coastal city of Santos because of stomach pain. He is widely regarded to be among the greatest football players of all time. Football | Euro qualifiers Greece suspends Ranieri after Faeroe Island loss G reece’s Football Association has suspended national team coach Claudio Ranieri indefinitely after losing 1-0 at home to the Faeroe Islands in a European Championship qualifier. An association statement issued at midni- ght Saturday said youth coach Costas Tsanas had been named interim manager for a friendly on Tuesday against Serbia on the island of Crete. The statement gave no reason why Ranieri was suspended and not fired, though the action was widely seen as the result of an unresolved contract termination dispute. Ranieri, 63, a former coach at Chelsea and lea- ding Italian clubs, took over from national team coach Fernando Santos after Greece reached the second round of the World Cup in Brazil. But the national team slumped to three straight home defeats in Group F of the Euro qualifiers. AP ad THE Zimbabwe’s vice president linked BUZZ to plot Christopher Flavelle Don’t just trust China on climate, verify I wrote Wednesday that last week’s agreement between the U.S. and China to reduce carbon emissions was a smart move - not least because it pressures congressional Republicans not to block President Barack Obama’s proposed rules on power plant emissions, without which the U.S. can’t uphold its side of the deal. In response, I got a flood of e-mails from readers, most of whom made the same arguments: that the U.S. is foolish to assume China will keep its commitments; and because China only agreed to begin reducing its emissions by 2030, it doesn’t need to change course until then - leaving the U.S. to make its own reductions for nothing. Many of those same readers also insisted that climate change is a hoax, so it’s unclear how many of them would support any emissions agreement, regardless of the conditions it sets. But their arguments raise valid questions: What reason is there to think that China will honor its pledge - and will we even know, before 2030, whether it intends to? I put those questions to the White House, which responded with a few points. (The administration insisted that because the people I talked to were policy staff and not spokespeople, I not identify them by name or quote them directly.) First, for China’s emissions to level off by 2030, it’s going to have to start moving right away. Those emissions are growing at about 5 percent a year; avoiding severe economic disruption means that before those numbers can level off, they need to slow down, and huge levels of new renewable-energy capacity needs to come online. So the argument that China can do nothing until just before 2030, while still claiming to be honoring its commitment, is incorrect. Second, there are a number of milestones over the next year that will test China’s pledge. Those include: - The government’s next five-year plan for its economy, for 2015-2020, which will need to lay out how China intends to meet its commitment on emissions. - China’s report under the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will show its emissions by sector. - China’s commitments at the UN climate summit in Paris, which should include more details on the targets announced this week. If any of those reports or commitments don’t reflect the reductions China pledged this week, and the steps needed to reach them, it’ll be a signal that the country isn’t serious about the deal. Third, there’s no need to take China’s word for the changes it’s making to its energy sector. The White House staff I spoke with pointed out that it’s not hard to count the new nuclear power plants China builds -- or new wind turbines, or new large- scale solar power installations. If construction doesn’t ramp up soon, it means China isn’t keeping its pledge. So the U.S. will know whether China is honoring its agreement - not in a decade, or even in a few years, but arguably within the next few months. And if it looks like China’s reneging, the Obama administration or its successor can decide whether, and how, to change U.S. policy in response. The administration staff I spoke with expressed strong doubts that China will undercut this deal. If that calculation is wrong, we’ll find out, and quickly. Bloomberg Chileans design a ‘bike that can’t be stolen’ Luis Andres Henao, Santiago I t’s a bicyclist’s dream: a bike that can’t be stolen. The “Yerka,” a prototype designed by three young Chilean engineering students, is the latest entry in a recent trend of bikes that can be locked using some of their own parts. They include Brooklyn-based “Seatylock,” which uses its saddle seat as a lock, and Seattle-based “Denny,” which is locked with its detachable handlebars. But the inventors of the Yerka have made a twist in that approach. The bike’s lower frame opens up into two arms that are then connected to the seat post and locked to a post, so thieves would have to destroy a Yerka to get it unlocked, leaving it valueless. “That’s why our motto is ‘a bike that gets stolen is no longer a bike.’ What we have here is truly an unstealable bike,” said Cristobal Cabello, who came up with the design during a college engineering class with childhood friends Andres Roi Eggers and Juan Jose Monsalve. In Chile and elsewhere in Latin America, the spread of designated cycling lanes, storage racks and bike share programs are encouraging commuters to switch from cars to bikes, which are cheaper and environmentally friendly. Cristobal Galban, who A rider pedals on a bike trail next to the “Yerka Project,” a prototype design for an “unstealable bike” in Santiago holds a doctorate in naval and environmental engineering and is director of the sustainability research center at Santiago’s Andres Bello University, said a study by his team in 2013 found that “the use of bikes has doubled among Chileans” in five years. “The main problem in Chile and elsewhere are the robberies, so the Yerka could help solve this,” said Galban, whose own bike was recently stolen. Tony Hadland, co-author with Hans-Erhard Lessing of “Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History,” called the Chileans’ design “very clever.” There have been relatively few attempts to incorporate anti-theft precautions into bicycle design, the British writer said. Leaving aside the familiar shackle locks and chains with locks, most anti-theft accessories have been bolt-on devices, he said. The latter usually involve a piece that passes between the spokes to stop the wheel rotating, but they can still be easily picked open by a thief, he said. “The most effective strategy commonly used in London today is to take the bike into the office with you,” Hadland said. “The Brompton folding bicycle, now almost an icon of London, is so compact and so easy and reliable to fold that many cycling commuters take their Bromptons into the office.” “Other anti-theft strategies involve using a bike that looks so unattractive that nobody will want to steal it,” he said. The young Chilean engineers said they began experimenting with their idea after Roi’s bicycle was stolen. First they built a PVC model, then constructed a working prototype. Now, while waiting for the patent to be approved and carrying out more tests on the bike’s resistance to thieves, the team plans to launch a crowd funding campaign seeking to raise funds. They’re also looking for a partner who can invest USD300,000 needed to produce a first batch of 1,000 bikes that they hope will be sold by mid-2015. AP The decisive moment Xinhua/Mao Siqian A visitor yesterday experiences a 3D fitting mirror at the 16th China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) in Shenzhen. Over 3,000 exhibitors from over 50 countries and regions took part in the event Air quality Roadside 70-100 Moderate source: dsmg High Density 70-100 Residental Moderate Area Ambient 70-100 Moderate WORLD BRIEFS MALI For many months, Mali had been spared the Ebola outbreak despite the fact the country shared a porous border with Guinea. Now there are least three deaths in Mali believed linked to one cluster, and a fourth victim may stem from another chain of infection. TUNISIA Campaign posters and banners for upcoming presidential elections are sprouting on the walls of Tunisia’s cities and towns, covering over the flaking posters from the parliamentary elections two weeks ago. The presidential campaign, featuring 27 competitors, kicked off last weekend. It’s the first time since Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 that they will choose their head of state through universal suffrage. USA A surgeon who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in the United States for treatment. Dr. Martin Salia landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha on Saturday afternoon and will be transported to the city’s Nebraska Medical Center. ap photo World Views pired against Mugabe are false. Rugare Gumbo, the ousted spokesman, was identified in The Sunday Mail as a plotter against Mugabe, who has been in power since independence in 1980. The Sunday Mail cited a voice recording and reported comments as evidence of the alleged plot but it did not attribute the information to security officials or other sources. AP ap photo opinion Zimbabwe’s vice president, once seen as a possible successor to President Robert Mugabe, has been linked to an alleged plot to assassinate the 90-year-old leader, a state-run newspaper reported yesterday. An ally of Vice President Joice Mujuru who was recently ousted from his post as ruling party spokesman said the allegations that he cons- Station GERMANY The pioneering lander Philae completed its primary mission of exploring the comet’s surface and returned plenty of data before depleted batteries forced it to go silent, the European Space Agency said Saturday. The lander has performed a series of scientific tests and sent reams of data, including photos, back to Earth. Philae was lifted on Friday by about 4 cm and rotated about 35 degrees in an effort to pull it out of a shadow so that solar panels could recharge the depleted batteries, ESA’s blog said. BRAZIL A jury in northeastern Brazil delivers sentences of 20-23 years in prison for three people convicted of killing two women, eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries, a court official says. Authorities said the trio used the victims’ flesh to make thick “empada” pastries, which were eaten by them and a child who lived with them. The pastries were also sold to some neighbors.
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