pacquiao, algieri ready for ‘clash in cotai’ fri 21.11.2014 ‘this is my city:’ creative festival returns to town allan zeman on occupy central and henry tang Cultural Association +853 is launching the 8th edition of ‘This Is My City – The Creative Festival,’ which kicks off this Sunday In an exclusive interview with the Times, Zeman spoke about the Occupy Central movement and political reform P6 P6 1 P11 FRI. 21 Nov 2014 T. 19º/ 25º C H. 60/ 90% N.º 2196 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’ ” Round-the-clock border operational from Dec 18 WORLD BRIEFS CHINA Six nurses and a janitor were killed yesterday in a knife attack blamed on another employee at a military hospital and resort in a northeastern coastal town favored by the country’s Communist Party elite, police said. A 27-year-old employee was detained following the early morning attack at the Beidaihe Sanatorium. The location of the attack was likely to draw particular scrutiny from the Chinese public because Beidaihe is home to numerous guesthouses used by China’s leaders during the summer to vacation and hold informal meetings on government work. P5 renato marques ap photo CHINA Police have arrested 39 people as they broke up a telephone scam ring in southern China that tricked Malaysians into wiring them money, state media reported yesterday. Police also confiscated ill-gotten and other funds worth more than 60 million yuan (USD10 million) in southern Guangdong province, according to the official Xinhua News Agency, which cited an unnamed police spokesman in Zhuhai city. It said the ring was led by two Taiwanese men and most of the other members were Chinese Malaysians. SRI LANKAN President Mahinda Rajapaksa calls early elections to seek a third term in office amid growing criticism of his wide-ranging powers. The move, two years before his current term expires, is seen as an attempt by Rajapaksa to prevent an expected loss of public support if an election were held according to schedule. More on backpage Casino Crash Daiwa sees 7 pct decline in 2015 revenues P2 MDT REPORT INSIDE MACAU 澳聞 China Daily highlights MSAR ahead of anniversary The Macau Special Administrative Region’s 15th anniversary was highlighted this week in the China Daily, the central government’s English-language mouthpiece newspaper. Aspects of the region’s livelihood are detailed in the publication’s middle pages. The article features no less than 16 pictures that are included in a photography album about Macau that was launched yesterday. The album is referenced on the front page, depicting its editors along with the region’s first CE, Edmund Ho. CCM to stage Children’s Choir concert The Macau Cultural Centre (CCM) is taking the Children’s Choir to the stage for its 10th annual concert on December 14. After weekly rehearsals throughout the year, 50 young singers will deliver a warm and sweet afternoon of music to an audience at the CCM’s Small Auditorium. Besides performing a lineup that mixes a series of familiar folk songs with international pieces from countries as diverse as Brazil and Russia, the young members will share their memories and experiences gained during the year. Admission is free. Tickets will be distributed at the CCM and Macau Ticketing Network starting today. Nobel laureate Robert Engle speaks at UM World-renowned economist and Nobel laureate in economics, Robert F. Engle, will be giving a lecture at the University of Macau (UM) next Tuesday. The professor will give a talk on “Prospects for Global Financial Stability,” sharing his thoughts on the future of global finance. He will also be discussing a method to estimate how much capital a financial firm would need to raise if another financial crisis occurs, the university said in a press release. Professor Engle was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2003. Simulation of EU decision-making A simulation of EU decision-making and politics is taking place this weekend at the University of Macau (UM), bringing together 56 undergraduate and Master’s students who will represent the EU’s 28 member states. Launched by Macau’s European Union Academic Program (EUAP), the Macau Model European Union, which is being held on Saturday and Sunday, aims to broaden students’ international horizons and enhance their knowledge of the EU’s institutions, organizers said in a press release. 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 Casino Crash Daiwa sees 7 pct decline in 2015 gaming revenues Robert Carroll, Hong Kong D aiwa Securities gaming analyst Jamie Soo predicts that Macau’s Gross Gaming Revenue will decline by 7 pct next year, foreseeing a decline in all three gaming segments. For VIP play, “prevailing segment weakness will be the norm in 2015, largely affected by junket liquidity issues, China’s anti-corruption drive, plus transit visa restrictions. For the 'Premium Mass' segment, largely it’s the same negative vibes as VIP; looking at reduced frequency of visits and also a decline in spend. Soo said that it’s “a worrisome trend” that at the bottom gaming tier, 'Grind Mass,' there will be a “structural shift to lower-spending tourists; a divergence between record-high rising tourist arrivals and falling mass revenue growth. “For us, given the October numbers we saw in Golden Week, it’s especially telling; negative 8 pct decline in gambling revenue with a 17 pct growth in tourists booked,” Soo said during the Daiwa Investment Conference 2014 press briefing on Wednesday in Hong Kong. Daiwa forecasts a decline in mass sector GGR growth from 17 pct to 7 pct for the last quarter of 2014 and more negative growth in VIP and overall play; from –19 pct to -30 pct and –7 pct to -17 pct. Soo forecasts upward trends through 2015 bloomberg 2 21.11.2014 fri Pedestrians cross an intersection in front of the Casino Grand Lisboa, operated by SJM to 2016 with both the latter segments climbing out of negative growth, 2015 seeing overall GGR growth back to the 2014 Q4 level, with the mass sector up from 7 pct to 11 pct and VIP sector up from -30 pct to -19 pct. He expects 2016 to see those figures rise to overall from -7 pct to 5 pct with the mass segment rising from 11 pct to 12 pct, while VIP is expected to recover from -19 pct to 0 pct growth. For Soo it’s the end of the era of gaming-driven growth. “The build-it-and-they-willcome mantra is no longer a valid investment thesis, and operators with new property openings are likely to see downside risks, particularly in execution which will be ne- gatively impacted. In terms of sector pressures we should see wage inflation, declining table yields, pre-opening hiring and increased competition. These cost pressures will be going forth into 2015; not only a decline in revenue, but an increase in costs.” Daiwa stock picks for Macau gaming are SJM and MGM because “they are opening in 2016 and 2017, shielding them from the pre-hiring and staff costs increases we’re expecting in 2015,” said Soo. In terms of China’s prospects, the heavyweight Japanese investment firm’s senior economist in Hong Kong, Kevin Lai, warned that he predicts 6.9 pct growth in the economy as long as the Fed funds don’t dry up, and that interest rates of 1 pct or 2 pct would be manageable. He also expressed concern about the years of massive liquidity inflows (USD1 trillion since Quantitative Easing 1), via carry trade, and disguised FDI which if reversed, as has begun, could see increasing capital outflow, magnified by the multiplier effect as the inflows were. Daiwa expects a negative balance of payment for China in 2015, down from a decade of hundreds of millions of US$ surplus (excepting 2012). However, there are investment bright spots on the mainland for 2015 in mobile Internet and e-commerce, according to Daiwa’s, senior Internet analyst for Hong Kong, John Choi. He predicts many rural users will leapfrog to smartphone use with industry leaders Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu, who are “well-positioned with various monetization initiatives, heavily investing to promote their online/ offline integration.” Choi also predicts another surge in e-commerce growth, after a doubling in the past three years. Again Baidu and Tencent, as well as online discount company Vipshop, are set to benefit from still low online e-commerce usage and “big willing-to-spend consumer base, emanating from lower-tier cities, the next growth engine for the sector, according to Choi. EDUCATION 2 Macau universities rank on China’s top 100 T he Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University released the 2014 Ranking of Top Universities in Greater China (otherwise known as RTUGC), in which the University of Macau is ranked in 54th place and the Macau University of Science and Technology placed 57th. According to a statement issued by MUST’s public relations office, the overall distribution of the ranking’s top 100 universities includes 64 insti- tutions from mainland China, 27 from Taiwan, seven from Hong Kong, and two from Macau. 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] “MUST takes a great leap from the 72nd in 2013 to the 57th this year, making it the youngest and fastestdeveloping university across the two straits and four regions,” the statement reads. The president of MUST, Chair Prof. Liu Liang, noted that the higher MUST ranking this year reflects “the University’s development strategy of placing dual emphasis on both teaching and research.” A Macau Times Publications Ltd Publication Administrator and Chief Executive Officer Kowie Geldenhuys [email protected] Secretary Juliana Cheang [email protected] Address Av. da Praia Grande, 599, Edif. Comercial Rodrigues, 12 Floor C, MACAU SAR Telephones: +853 287 160 81/2 Fax: +853 287 160 84 Advertisement [email protected] For subscription and general issues: [email protected] | Printed at Welfare Printing Ltd send newsworthy information and press releases to: [email protected] website: www.macaudailytimes.com.mo ISSN 2305-4271 fri 21.11.2014 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 3 4 ADVERTISEMENT 21.11.2014 fri 廣告 fri 21.11.2014 澳聞 Alexis Tam (DSAT) director, Wong Wan, said at the announcement that some 200 bus shifts will be added to the routes every day. “The new border-crossing policy will alleviate pressure on the city’s overall transportation; it can significantly divide the passenger flow in the morning rush hour,” he stressed. “Currently there are 19 bus routes that pass by the Barrier Gate. All of them will extend service hours in accordance with the border-crossing hours,” said Wong. “The routes that departed before 7am will move up to 5.45 a.m., and those closing off at 12.30 p.m. will be postponed to 1.15 a.m.” Wong said that the 19 bus routes have basically covered xinhua T The new bordercrossing policy will alleviate pressure on the city’s overall transportation stated. “Our goal is to achieve 24-hour border crossing at the Border Gate.” According to Tam, the opening up of the Ilha Verde checkpoint to the public will only be temporary. Once the nearby Guangdong-Macau New Border is completed it will be put into operation around the clock. “In order to avoid disturbing the Ilha Verde neighborhood, the Industrial Zone Border Checkpoint will not be open to tourists; the new policy doesn’t apply to private cars or passenger cars either, but only to pedestrians,” he added, ex- plaining that the checkpoint is currently open 24 hours to only those who hold a pass into the Industrial Zone. The spokesperson further clarified that the 24-hour border crossing at the Cotai Frontier Post will be applied to both travellers and passenger cars, while the border-checking hours for goods vehicles will remain the same. Similarly, the cargo clearance at the Barrier Gate will also remain at current opening hours. To supplement the new policy, some bus routes will be adjusted and extend their service hours. The Transport Bureau the entire scope of the city, yet to facilitate the 24-hour border crossing, Route 25 and Route N3 will extend their bus stops to the Cotai Frontier Post, and all the current routes that pass by the Post will extend their service to the whole day. At the press conference, the Public Security Police (PSP) deputy-director, Mui San Meng, also said that the numbers of border-checking channels, as well as personnel, would be increased accordingly. “In fact, a 24-hour operational checkpoint will need much more space, facilities and personnel, we have submitted a proposal to the government for expanding the Cotai Frontier Post,” he added. realtor predicts price cuts in macau rentals the implementation of the 24-hour border crossing between Macau and Zhuhai will be a stimulus to Macau’s real estate market and the tourism industry, especially for the property rental and retail sectors. As the new policy facilitates local residents and non-local workers to rent and purchase properties in Zhuhai, the rental prices for apartments in Macau may drop by 10 to 15 percent, predicted Midland Macau’s CEO, Mr Ronald Cheung. “The biggest impact will be on the rental prices, as 70 to 80 percent of local residents own a flat and most of the tenants are non-resident workers,” he explained. “On the other hand, rental prices of commercial units will rise slightly, as the shops and restaurants can hire workers for night shifts and extend their business hours until 2 to 5 am.” Mr Wu Keng Kuon, president of the Travel Industry Council of Macau, also told the Times that the extended border-crossing will be beneficial to the local economy, but won’t affect the guest volume for Macau’s hotels. MTPA welcomes ‘massive public approval’ of new taxi regulations New top officials to be announced next week T T he Macau Taxi Passengers Association (MTPA) said it is delighted at the Transport Bureau’s announcement yesterday that 97 percent of respondents to a public consultation voted in favor of introducing undercover inspectors in Macau’s taxi industry. MTPA said in a press release that it welcomes the result of a public consultation launched by the Macau government upon revising taxi regulations. MTPA’s president, Andrew W Scott, stated that “it is just plain common sense.” “With so many malicious, scamming, violent and aggressive taxi drivers on Macau’s roads, the government has a responsibility to protect both citizens and Macau visi- 5 24-hour border crossing operational from Dec 18 Brook Yang he long-awaited 24hour border crossing between Macau and Zhuhai will become reality in the early hours of December 18, the government spokesperson Alexis Tam announced yesterday. From Dec 18, the Lotus Bridge Cotai Frontier Post (connected to Hengqin) will be operating around the clock. Meanwhile, the operation hours of the Border Gate (connected to Gongbei) will be extended by an hour before and after. The border checkpoint will open at 6 am and close at 1 am. Additionally, late night crossings though the Cross-Border Industrial Zone Border Checkpoint (located in Ilha Verde) will be open to Macau residents, non-resident workers and students between midnight and 7am the next morning. “This good news is one of the preferential policies from the Central Government for the 15th anniversary of Macau’s handover. We’ve strived to achieve this since three years ago [when] the Guangdong-Macau Cooperation Framework Agreement was signed,” Tam MACAU tors,” he added. Mr Scott believes that undercover enforcement agents “are a great idea, as are higher fines, license suspension and cancellation for lawbreakers (…)” An increase on taxi fares is also a positive change, MTPA believes. “We are also happy to see the proposed increase in taxi fares, but actually think the increase is not enough,” said Mr Scott, adding that Macau needs even higher fares “to combat the terribly unethical practice of ‘fishing,’ but only if the Transport Bureau, the police and the government all commit themselves to effective enforcement of taxi regulations.” Mr Scott acknowledged that over 20,000 people responding to the public consultation is “an amazing number.” “Clearly this issue has touched a raw nerve with the people of Macau,” he stressed. An MTPA petition on the same issue has also garnered people’s attention, since they now have over 2,300 genuine and verified signatures. The petition’s deadline has been set at November 30. Mr Scott remarked that he was happy to hear DSAT acknowledging that the current taxi situation “is chaotic.” “A quick trip to watch the videos on our Facebook group will certainly confirm that,” he recalled. The Macau Taxi Passengers Association operates the Macau Taxi Driver Shame Facebook group, which has reached over 4,300 members. CP op officials set to take high office for the upcoming MSAR government term will be announced approximately next week, said government spokesperson Alexis Tam in response to the Times’ inquiry. “I believe it’ll be very soon to announce the result. This is only a matter of procedure. There isn’t any controversy [over the candidates],” he stated. “The Chief Executive (CE) has worked a lot on that and the Central Government is aware of it.” According to a rumored list of the new principal officials that has been circulated on the Internet, Alexis Tam, who currently serves as the Chief of the CE Office, is the candidate for Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture. When asked about such speculation, Tam responded, “I thank everyone for their attention to me. For me and other civil servants, no matter what position it is, it will be the same. We are very eager to ser- Alexis Tam ve the general public.” Although the rumored list showed a total replacement of all top officials, Tam stressed that “there will be absolutely no problem for the handover of positions.” 6 MACAU 21.11.2014 fri 澳聞 Pacquiao, Algieri ready for ‘Clash in Cotai’ Brook Yang T he Pacquiao vs. Algieri matchup, which will be featured in this Sunday’s Clash in Cotai II boxing event, “has captured the world’s imagination,” said Top Rank founder and CEO Bob Arum. “You cannot find two better stories in boxing, much less sports, than what we are presenting on Sunday. And I think it is only fitting that the Venetian Macao, which has become one of boxing’s biggest international stages, hosts this world championship event,” stated Arum at the pre-fight press conference held on Wednesday evening. As the undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri put it, “the talking is done, the hard training is done.” It’s time for the bout. The 30-year old New Yorker will face off against “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs), the sole eight-division world champion in boxing, for his WBO welterweight title. “All I can say is: it’s all set. We did our best in training,” said Pacquiao. “My team (…) we remember and we see the battles of the old days when I was young - the speed, the power and the determination, and the aggressiveness is there – it’s back, so I’m very exci- ted for Sunday for this fight. ” On Sunday morning, the Cotai Arena will also see Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) defend his WBO featherweight title for the first time, against the number one contender Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (51-1, 33 KOs) of Thailand. Moreover, Jessie Vargas (25-0, 9 KOs) of Las Vegas will defend his WBA super lightweight title against former world champion Antonio DeMarco (31-3-1, 23 KOs) of Mexico. On the main card, China’s boxing icon Zou Shiming (50, 1 KO) will battle Thai boxer Kwanpichit Onesongchaigym (27-0-2, 12 KOs) in a 12-round WBO flyweight world title elimination bout. “I just realized I’m fighting so- ‘This is my city:’ Creative Festival returns to town C ultural Association +853 is bringing to town the 8th edition of ‘This Is My City – The Creative Festival,’ which kicks off this Sunday. Running until November 28, the event includes a 3D printing workshop, conferences, an exhibition, film screenings and a music concert. Organizers have highlighted the screening of “The Tricycle Thief,” by Macau-based director Maxim Bessmertny, which takes place on November 28, at 7:30pm. The film recently aired at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014, organizers said in a press release. The short-film screening will be followed by a concert from Portuguese musician “The Legendary Tigerman.” A workshop titled “Make Your Own 3D Printer” takes place Sunday and Monday at the Macau Science Center, returning on November 24 and 25. Creative residencies, a retrospective exhibition meone who looks like Manny,” Zou joked, “I’ve always wanted to fight the best fighters in the world. Manny Pacquiao is the very best in the world and now I am facing his lookalike.” The press conference also unveiled several promising boxers besides the star headliners. “We are certain this event will be shining a global spotlight on Macau, and that Group concerned over lack of clarity on domestic violence definition T Paulo Furtado, aka “The Legendary Tigerman” and a 3D Printing Showcase will be held at the Macau Design Center on November 27. A music concert by “The Legendary Tigerman” is scheduled for November 28 at the Albergue SCM, followed by an after party at the Macau Live Music Association. “The Legendary Tigerman” is Paulo Furtado, a musician playing blues in a one-man band show. The event is intended to pro- mote culture in Macau, with a focus on four key concepts: creativity, innovation, urban culture and technology. The event covers four different areas, such as educational sessions, exhibitions, performances and creative residencies. The Cultural Association +853 was established in 2007 and has been organizing and promoting “This is my City” ever since. The event is produced by Lines Lab. it provides a platform for some of Asia’s rising boxing stars to further develop their professional careers,” stated Sands China president Edward Tracy. On the undercard, local favorite Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (14-0, 9KOs) and “The Macao Kid” Ng Kuok Kun (50, 2 KOs) will fight in eightround and six-round bouts respectively. he Macau Anti-Domestic Violence Coalition Group has stated its concern over the lack of a clear definition on domestic violence, Radio Macau reported. The Legal Affairs Bureau (DSAJ) issued a statement this week stating that they have not agreed on a definition of domestic violence yet, although they are currently drafting the Domestic Violence Bill. Melody Lu, a spokesperson for the Coalition Group, said that they are worried and confused by DSAJ’s recent statement, as the department is considering whether to give greater consideration to the victim in cases of domestic violence. Ms Lu said the group does not wish to jump to conclusions in interpreting DSAJ’s statements. Still, she acknowledged that by saying cases “resulting in a lighter effect,” the government mi- ght be returning to a previous idea of differentiating between so-called “serious” and “minor” domestic violence offenses. Early this year, the authorities were pondering listing domestic violence as a public crime only when there is evidence of “repeated violence.” “We are concerned that the expression ‘not too serious’ could ultimately represent what the government was seeking [to implement] before: to differentiate the serious offenses from minor offenses (…) this is something new for us. We are still waiting for an official version of the drafted bill to see, in legal terms, what this means. Because at the moment it’s not too clear.” Lu said. DSAJ has previously said that it hopes the Domestic Violence Bill will be tabled at the Legislative Assembly by the end of this year. fri 21.11.2014 廣告 ADVERTISEMENT 7 8 business 21.11.2014 fri 分析 Real Estate Matters The Best Places to Live in Macau Part 3 This series originally ran in early 2013 and has been updated into a 4 part article PROJECT POKER Juliet Risdon is a Director of JML Property and a property investor. Having established the company in 1994, JML Property offers Investment Property & Homes. It specializes in managing properties for owners and investors, and providing attractive and comfortable homes for tenants. www.JMLProperty.com [email protected] Welcome back to the third part of this article on the most popular places to live in Macau for expatriates. We are often asked by people new to hunting for a home in Macau “Where is the best place to live?”. Last week we highlighted Nova City, Ocean Gardens, Supreme Flower City and Pearl on the Lough all situated in Taipa. This week we will take a look at the historic and quaint areas of Old Taipa, St Paul’s in Macau and Houston Court in Coloane Village. We also touch on areas that are new and developing. Remember there will always be pros and cons in any property and location, so you need to know what is essential for you and what is desirable to make it a good choice for you. Old Taipa – Va Nam, Va Fat, Nam Long Area: Old Taipa, low-rise residential buildings that are quaint and historic. The area is under going some renovations. Amenities: Walking distance to restaurants, shops, banks, medical care, cafes. Bus Stops ad Juliet Risdon are walking distance. All the convenience of Taipa on the doorstep. Building facilities: Usually none and stairs rather than lift and this is reflected in the reasonable rental prices. Property Features: Characterful open living area apartments and Studios. Offers the opportunity to live among the local community. Rental Prices: Budget / Mid-range St Pauls Ruins, Macau Area: Macau, near to St Malo Square. Amenities: Walking distance to Ruins of St Pauls, local furniture shops, fast food restaurants, museum, banks, high street shops and main Post Office. Tourist shops and facilities are also nearby. Building facilities: None but this is reflected in the relatively reasonable rental prices. Stairs rather than lifts are a feature in these older buildings. Property Features: Characterful open living area apartments often recently renovated. Rental Prices: Budget Coloane Village - Houston Court Area: Old Village Coloane, pretty and historic. Low-rise – only three stories high. Amenities: Walking distance to restaurants, local grocers, banks, medical center, Post Office and bakeries. Bus Stops are walking distance. Local walks and beaches are also easily accessed. Building facilities: None but this is reflected in the relatively reasonable rental prices. There is a roof terrace for the use of the residents. Property Features: Characterful open living area apartments. Rental Prices: Budget / Mid-range In the remaining article we look at the final three most popular areas for expatriates in a mix of locations in Taipa and the Macau Peninsula. If you would like further information on these properties or a copy of the information mailed to you in pdf format, please e-mail me at [email protected]y.com and we will be happy to send you the information. by Bryan Huang Taking a break without taking a break Not long ago I won a couple of small mixed game tournaments. One came at a PokerStars series in Australia where I won a mixed games side event, and soon after I won another tournament in the Philippines that combined pot-limit Omaha/pot-limit hold'em. It was certainly satisfying to win those events, but a lot of fun as well just to play something other than no-limit hold'em. I've come around to believe it is important for a lot of reasons for NLHE players to try out other games, if only to stimulate your brain a little by the effort of learning a new game and broaden your knowledge of various aspects of poker, generally speaking. I've been playing mixed games for about two-and-a-half years now. I think it started when I was getting frustrated with a NLHE session one day. I knew a little about PLO and started playing that, then moved over to the 8-game mix on Stars. A couple of months in I took a liking to 2-7 triple draw and started playing that more, then moved on to razz. Now I'm routinely adding in sessions of mixed games anytime I get a little bored with NLHE, which can happen when you play a lot. It becomes a nice way to take a "break" (in a way) while still playing poker. Instead of just turning off my brain entirely with other computer games or watching TV, I'm still thinking about poker although in a different way. Then when I go back to NLHE I always feel fresh and my passion for playing has returned. During the WSOP last summer, I didn't play too many side events although I made it a point to play the mixed game tournaments. Even though I didn't do too well in them, I got a lot out of the experience and I think those events have a lot of value because a lot of amateurs play them without really knowing how to play all of the games. It benefits you to learn other games, too, because you never know when you might find yourself being invited to play a really good razz game or really good triple draw game. If you aren't already versed in those variants, you won't be able to take advantage. I remember once I was in the Philippines and there were all of these huge Badugi games with high stakes -- no-fold, pot-limit, triple draw Badugi games. When I looked at those games I wished I'd learned how to play Badugi a lot earlier, because they provided such a good opportunity! I wasn't really ready to play in them then, and so didn't jump in. But that's an obvious benefit from learning all the games, being able to take advantage when those games come around. PokerStars has such a wide selection of games, and even though I haven't really gotten into the newer ones like 5-card PLO there is still a huge variety to choose from for those looking for something different. I definitely recommend to those who play heavy schedules full of NLHE to take these "breaks" with other games, as they can do a lot to keep you excited and interested in playing while also helping you learn more as you go. fri 21.11.2014 分析 9 AirAsia to launch Southeast Asian air pass Eileen Ng, Kuala Lumpur The AirAsia ASEAN Pass will allow travelers to fly to 10 different destinations in Southeast Asia in one month bloomberg B udget carrier AirAsia said yesterday it will launch a regional air pass next year to increase revenue and boost tourism in Southeast Asia, taking competition in low-cost air travel to a more intense level. Chief Executive Tony Fernandes said the AirAsia ASEAN Pass will allow travelers to fly to 10 different destinations in Southeast Asia in one month for 499 ringgit (USD148), excluding airport taxes. He said it will be the “catalyst” for increased air travel within Southeast Asia and also lure foreign tourists. The pass will be sold from Jan. 15 and further details will be announced at the time, officials said. AirAsia, which has dominated cheap travel in the region for years, faces rising competition from the proliferation of discounts airlines in Asia, the world’s biggest and fastest growing air travel market. Air travel in Asia is expected to grow 6.7 percent annually in the next 20 years, from 780 million passengers in 2010 to some 2.2 billion by 2030. Budget aviation now has a quarter of the air travel market in Asia, and growing. More and more airlines are scrambling to get into the lowcost market, betting on rising business incomes in Asia and more open skies after 2015 when the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, aim to create a common economic community. AirAsia on Wednesday reported an 85 percent fall in its net profit to 5.4 million ringgit ($1.6 million) for the quarter through September, citing higher operating and finance costs. Its long-haul arm, AirAsia X, posted a net loss of 210.9 million ringgit ($63 million) for the same period, its fourth straight quarterly loss. AirAsia X has announced it will delay delivery of new aircraft in the next three years and cut fligh- ts to Australia. Fernandes said AirAsia X was hit by slumping demand in China and Australia after two major disasters involving Malaysia Airlines planes. It was also hurt as the national carrier lowered fares to boost sales after the tragedies, he said. In March, Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared with 239 people on board. A search is ongoing in the southern Indian Ocean where it is presumed to have crashed, though no trace has been found. In July, 298 people were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine. Fernandes voiced confidence that the airline will return to profitability next year. He said lower jet fuel prices as well as a rebound in demand will boost revenue. AP ad 10 CHINA 21.11.2014 fri 中國 ap photo Panel predicts Beijing will keep confronting US Matthew Pennington, Washington T ensions between the U.S. and China have deepened during the rule of China’s president, Xi Jinping, and the risk of an inadvertent military clash in the Asia-Pacific is growing, a congressional advisory panel said yesterday. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission criticizes “unsafe, unprofessional and aggressive” behavior by Chinese military personnel in the past year as the rising power has intimidated its neighbors and challenged decades of American pre -eminence in the Asia-Pacific. The commission’s annual report was drafted before President Barack Obama visited Beijing last week and agreed with Xi to improve military cooperation to help reduce the risk of a confrontation. Obama’s trip also yielded a breakthrough deal with Xi on combating climate change, seen as sign that despite their strategic rivalry and differences over human rights, the two governments can cooperate. But since Xi came to power two years ago, the panel notes U.S.-China relations have been increasingly strained by China’s territorial ambitions in the East and South China Sea, where it has disputes with nations including U.S. allies Japan and the Philippines. “It is becoming clear that President Xi’s government is willing to cause a much higher level of tension in the bilateral relationship than past administrations have. Unfortunately, China’s pursuit of a more confrontational relationship with the United States likely will persist,” the commission says. Commission Chairman Dennis Shea said that conclusion still held, despite Obama’s upbeat visit to Beijing. Shea said the trip improved the atmospherics between the U.S. and China, but fundamental problems remain. He cited continuing Chinese state-sponsored cyberespionage; an increasingly hostile environment for U.S. business in China; and Chinese military modernization aimed at least in part at countering the U.S. military in the Pacific. The commission advises Congress on the national security implications of the relationship between the two world powers. It doesn’t set policy, and Beijing is typically very critical of its findings. The report says the potential for “security miscalculation” in the region is rising, and that as China increases its military spending by double-digit percentages year after year, the balance of power is drifting away from the U.S. and its allies. AP U.S. President Barack Obama, left, walks past Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony for the APEC summit Nick Perry, Wellington Kelvin Chan Business Writer, Hong Kong C hinese President Xi Jinping said yesterday that China’s trade deal with Australia won’t hurt neighboring New Zealand because demand from the world’s No. 2 economy remains strong. Xi spoke to media as he swung through New Zealand at the end of a month of courting international leaders. He went so far as to write an open letter to New Zealanders, describing their country as a “shining pearl” on the Pacific Ocean. China and Australia signed a preliminary free-trade deal earlier this week. Xi said people have been asking him if that will have a negative impact on New Zealand, which signed a free trade agreement with China in 2008. “China has 1.3 billion people and our market is huge,” he said. New Zealand’s dairy products and other exports including wool, beef and seafood remain very popular in China, Xi said. “So worries that New Zealand does not have a market for its products in China are totally unnecessary,” he said. “On the contrary, possibly New Zealand will have to worry about the fact that there is more Chine- M Chinese President Xi Jinping, front left, receives a traditional Maori greeting called hongi, from Kaumatua (Maori tribal elder) Lewis Moeau during his state welcome ceremony at Government House in Wellington se demand than you can possibly supply.” Xi’s comments drew laughter and were among the less scripted moments of his carefully orchestrated visit. Earlier, Xi had been greeted with an indigenous Maori welcome at Government House. His motorcade, featuring the distinctive Red Flag limousine, drove past both supporters and protesters, some of whom held signs of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, which is banned in China. Trade between New Zealand and China has grown rapidly since the 2008 agreement which was China’s first free trade pact with a developed nation. China recently displaced Australia as New Zealand’s largest trading partner. Some New Zealanders have become concerned about the growing level of Chinese investment in their country. Prime Minister John Key said yesterday he believes it benefits both countries. “My view is we’ve got a lot of room to move yet before we would get anywhere near feeling uncomfortable,” he said. This month, Xi hosted international leaders at the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing and attended the G-20 summit in Australia. AP anufacturing activity in China fell to a sixmonth low in November, reflecting sluggishness in the world No. 2 economy and weakness abroad, according to an early survey of factory conditions released yesterday. HSBC’s preliminary purchasing managers’ index fell to 50.0 this month from 50.4 in October. The index uses a 100-point scale on which numbers below 50 indicate contraction while numbers above show expansion. The latest reading indicates there’s no change in overall conditions from the previous month. It’s the latest sign that China’s economy continues to struggle after growth in the third quarter slowed to a five-year low of 7.3 percent. China’s slowdown also compounds challenges faced by the global economy as it struggles to mount a convincing recovery. Factory output declined for the first time in half a year, falling to a seven-month low, according to the HSBC report, compiled with Markit. The new export orders subindex also slipped into contraction for the first time since May, indicating slack demand from customers in overseas markets. “Weak price pressures and bloomberg Mainland factory activity at 6-month low ap photo Xi: Sino-Australian trade deal won’t hurt New Zealand Employees stand near machinery used for smartphone manufacturing in Shenzhen, China low capacity utilization point to insufficient demand in the economy,” Chief China Economist Qu Hongbin said. “Furthermore, we still see uncertainties in the months ahead from the property market and on the export front.” The survey comes days after an official report showed that property prices softened in October in all but one of 70 cities tracked across China, falling 2.6 percent overall. Real estate had been a prime driver of China’s blistering economic growth in previous years but recent weakness in prices suggests economic growth will continue to slip. Part of the fall in prices is due to government measures to prevent a property bubble and keep housing affordable. AP fri 21.11.2014 中國 CHINA 11 Hong Kong Vinicy Chan M ost Hong Kong people have grown weary of pro-democracy protests that have sparked clashes with police and disrupted the city for almost two months, and want the government to take action to end them, a poll showed. About 68 percent of 513 respondents said the government should clear the protesters immediately, according to a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong Nov. 17-18. Public support for the demonstrations, which at their peak saw tens of thousands of people in the streets, is waning after crowds dwindled, attempts to negotiate with the government failed and the movement’s leaders failed to agree on strategy. The protests, the most disruptive since China resumed sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, were sparked by Beijing’s decision to screen candidates through a committee for the city’s leadership election in 2017. Hong Kong police will help clear protest sites in the Mong Kok district as soon as preparations are complete, Police Chief Superintendent Hui Chun-tak bloomberg Most people want pro-democracy protests to end now Police officers stand near a barricade at the intersection of Nathan Road and Argyle Street in Mong Kok said at a press briefing Wednesday. Police will take “resolute action” against anyone interfering with bailiffs, and will not tolerate any violence, Hui said. Mong Kok was the scene of some of the fiercest clashes during the protests for free elections. A small group of protesters smashed through a glass door of the Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district early Wednesday, using metal barricades and concrete blocks. Police used pepper spray to repel other people who charged at them. Protest leaders and prodemocracy lawmakers condemned the break-in. The clash is another sign the movement is splintering, with pro-democracy lawmakers and student leaders unable to restrain the demonstrators. “The use of violence is definitely against the umbrella movement’s emphasis as that of using peaceful, non-violent means to fight for full democracy,” Alan Leong, leader of the pro-democracy Civic Party, said Wednesday in a briefing with other legislators. “It seriously undermines” the movement. Tam Yiu Chung, Chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, a pro-establishment party, said in a separate briefing the break-in shows the movement is “totally bankrupt” and the “warped thinking” they don’t have to obey the law. Hong Kong has assured investors the city can withstand the protests, said K.C. Chan, secretary for financial services. “International investors have voiced some concerns,” Chan said on Bloomberg TV. “We have been explaining to international investors that what’s going on here is definitely an incident that the Hong Kong government has every means to deal with.” Bloomberg MDT Interview | Allan Zeman on Occupy Central ‘I wanted to experience it. It was impressive’ MDT - It’s seems you’ve been working overtime on meeting a lot of members of the nominating committee to sound them out about Occupy Central. How many people have you been talking to? Allan Zeman - A lot, a lot. um Robert Carroll, Hong Kong H ong Kong’s restaurant and resort tycoon, Allan Zeman, best known as the father of Lan Kwai Fong (he stills owns most of it and has two more LKFs in China) is also a board member of Wynn Macau. In an interview with the Times, he spoke about the Occupy Central movement and political reform. Surprisingly the pro-Beijing businessman - he’s a CCCP member - went to see Occupy Central for himself and was impressed, though he has always maintained that the students have made their point and should go home to allow businesses to operate as usual. A strong supporter of failed CE candidate Hen- Allan Zeman ry Tang, Zeman also revealed to MDT why, in his view, Beijing switched support to CY Leung so late in the campaign. It seems that it wasn’t the scandals or Tang’s declining popularity as many believed. MDT - You said that Occupy Central had some people on the nominating committee changing their minds about this? AZ - I went to Admiralty. I spent four hours there. It was impressive because I just wanted to experience it for myself exactly. I don’t just like to listen to the media [and] watching on TV. Watching on TV I was out of town. You had a lot of reporters - international reporters – [for the] first time here talking about tanks [coming in] who have no idea, and [it] gives the wrong impression around the world. And that to me was something that was really a problem. I went down there because I wanted to experience it for myself. It was impressive. MDT - The nominating committee has come under fire because it’s subject to external influence from pro-Beijing groups. AZ - What I would say is when you are in that booth as part of that nominating committee, it’s you and the paper. No one knows who you are going to vote for, so if I want to vote for Long Hair [democratic legislator Leung Kwokhung] nobody’s going to know. MDT - It’s a totally secret ballot? AZ - It’s a totally secret ballot - same as the US, same as everywhere else. MDT - But the day before CY Leung was elected I interviewed Tam Yiu-chung. He confirmed a newspaper report saying that a decision to back CY was only taken the night before the last day of campaigning, and after, there was uniform voting (60 votes) by a pro-China Federation of trade Unions for CY. Do you remember? You must have followed it? AZ - Yes I remember. I was going with Henry Tang at that time in the debate. Henry had given way secrets that had upset a lot of people in China and talked about things that he shouldn’t have. 12 ASIA-PACIFIC 21.11.2014 fri 亞太版 Japan South Korea Mari Yamaguchi, Tokyo J apanese police were looking for traces of poison in the home of a woman arrested on suspicion of killing her husband, one of six men who have died while in a relationship with her over the past 20 years. Police say they suspect insurance claims or inheritance money could be the motive for the killings. Chisako Kakehi, 67, was arrested Wednesday in Kyoto prefecture after cyanide was found in the body of her 75-year-old husband, a senior official at the investigative department told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Kyoto. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the pending investigation. Kakehi has denied involvement in the deaths and has not been formally charged. Her latest marriage lasted one month before her husband died in December. ad ap photo Police comb suspected ‘black widow’ killer’s home Chisako Kakehi is surrounded by reporters in Sakai, western Japan Cyanide had also been found in the blood of a 71-year-old partner who fell while riding a bike in 2012, officials said. His death was initially attributed to a heart disease. Kakehi had reportedly married three times and had relationships with three other men over the past two decades. All had died within a few years of marrying or starting relationships with her. All the deaths occurred in the western Japan area, including Kyoto and Osaka. Yesterday, police raided her apartment in Osaka following searches at her home in Muko city, and confiscated capsules and wafers to wrap powdered medicine as possible evidence, reports said. Kakehi caught the attention of authorities after she called an ambulance to rush her latest husband to a hospital, saying he suddenly collapsed at home. An autopsy found cyanide in his blood, and investigators eventually ruled out a suicide, leading to Kakehi’s arrest. She was being questioned by the prefectural prosecutor before a decision is made whether to press charges. AP Ferry firm head gets 10 years in jail over sinking A South Korean court sentenced the head of a ferry operator to 10 years in prison yesterday over an April ship sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly teenage students. Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd, also received a 2 million won (USD1,800) fine for failing to stop the improper storage and overloaded cargo on the ship that judges ruled contributed to the sinking, the Gwangju District Court said in a statement. Four other Chonghaejin officials were sentenced to three to six years in prison on similar charges, and two other company employees got suspended prison sentences, according to a court verdict. An official from the Korea Shipping Association, which oversees safety issues of ships, was sentenced to three years in prison for allowing the ferry to leave a port near Seoul without checking its cargo and storage, the verdict said. Two employees at a private company that loaded the ship both received a two-year prison term, it said. More than seven months after the ferry Sewol sank on its way to a southern resort island, the country is still grappling with the aftermath of the disaster that exposed serious shortcomings in public safety and sparked fierce political wrangling. Officials blame crew members’ negligence, overloaded cargo, improper storage, unprofessional rescue works and corruption by the ship’s owners for the incident. The Gwangju court last week sentenced the 15 navigational crew members from five to 36 years in prison. Divers recovered 295 bodies from the wreckage before the government stopped underwater searches last week. Nine victims remain missing. AP fri 21.11.2014 亞太版 ASIA-PACIFIC North Korea Hyung-jin Kim, Seoul N orth Korea threatened yesterday to bolster its war capability and conduct a fourth nuclear test to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility that led to the approval of a landmark U.N. resolution on its human rights violations. A U.N. committee on Tuesday adopted the resolution urging the Security Council to refer the North’s rights situation to the International Criminal Court. It’s the first time a U.N. resolution included the idea that the North’s absolute leader Kim Jong Un could be targeted by prosecutors. Before the U.N. vote, a North Korean envoy threatened a nuclear test. Yesterday, Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry called the resolution’s approval a “grave political provo- ap photo Pyongyang threatens nuclear test after landmark UN human rights resolution Choe Myong Nam, second from left, North Korea’s official in charge of U.N. affairs and human rights, and other delegates watch the recorded votes on a draft proposal during a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly human rights committee cation,” saying it was orchestrated by the U.S. though it was drafted by the European Union and Japan. An unidentified ministry spokesman told state media that the North’s war deterrence will be strengthened in an “unlimited manner” to cope with U.S. hostility, which is “compelling us not to refrain from conducting a new nuclear test any longer.” His comments on the nuclear test were near identical to what Choe Myong Nam, a foreign ministry adviser for U.N. and human rights issues, said at the U.N. The North has used similar rhetoric previously when there has been increased tension with other countries. Analysts say it’s unlikely the North will follow through on its threats to conduct a nuclear test because that would invite further international condemnation and derail efforts to attract foreign investment and aid to revive its moribund economy. China and Russia, which hold veto power on the Security Council, will not let the council refer the North’s rights situation to the criminal court, but North Korea also knows the two countries do not want another nuclear test by Pyongyang, said Lim Eul Chul, a 13 13 North Korea expert at South Korea’s Kyungnam University. China and Russia voted against the non-binding resolution, which goes to the General Assembly for a vote in the coming weeks. North Korea, however, often confounds outside analysts’ predictions and doesn’t always act according to a set pattern. Two deadly attacks blamed on Pyongyang that killed 50 South Koreans in 2010 were a surprise because they came amid relatively easing tensions with the U.S. and South Korea. The U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said Wednesday the North may be restarting a plant that can reprocess nuclear fuel into weaponsgrade plutonium for the first time in six years. The finding is based on analysis of recent commercial satellite imagery at the North’s main nuclear facility. North Korea conducted an atomic bomb test in 2006, 2009 and 2013, each time inviting international sanctions. A fourth test would mark another defiant response to U.S.-led international pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program, because that could put the country a step closer to the goal of producing warheads small enough to mount on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. AP ad 14 ADVERTISEMENT 21.11.2014 fri 廣告 fri 21.11.2014 Ken Dilanian, Intelligence Writer, Washington D issenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared them. But after an internal debate that has not been previously reported, NSA leaders, White House officials and key lawmakers opted to continue the collection and storage of American calling records, a domestic surveillance program without parallel in the agency’s recent history. The warnings proved prophetic last year after the calling records program was made public in the first and most significant leak by Edward Snowden, a former NSA systems administrator who cited the government’s deception about the program as one of his chief motivations for turning over classified documents to journalists. Many Americans were shocked and dismayed to learn that an intelligence agency collects and stores all their landline calling records. In response, President Barack Obama is now trying to stop the NSA collection but preserve the agency’s ability to search the records in the hands of the telephone companies— an arrangement similar to the one the administration quietly rejected in 2009. But his plan, drawing opposition from most Republicans, fell two votes short of advancing in the Senate on Tuesday. The legislation would have ended the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records, instead requiring the agency to obtain a court order each time it wanted to analyze the records in terrorism cases, and query records held by the telephone companies. In many cases the companies store the records for 18 months. A now-retired NSA senior executive, who was a longtime code-breaker who rose to top management, had just learned in 2009 about the top secret program that was created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He says he argued to then-NSA Director Keith Alexander that storing the calling records of nearly every American fundamentally changed the character of the agency, which is supposed to eavesdrop on foreigners, not Americans. Alexander politely disagreed, the former official told The WORLD 15 ap photo 分析 Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks in Moscow Government surveillance Before Snowden leak, some in NSA warned of a backlash Associated Press. The former official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because he didn’t have permission to discuss a classified matter, said he knows of no evidence the program was used for anything other than hunting for terrorism plots in the U.S. But he said he and others made the case that the collection of American records in bulk crossed a line that had been sacrosanct. He said he also warned of a scandal if it should be disclosed that the NSA was storing records of private calls by Americans — to psychiatrists, lovers and suicide hotlines, among other contacts. Alexander, who led the NSA from 2005 until he retired last year, did not dispute the former official’s account, though he said he disagreed that the program was improper. “An individual did bring us these questions, and he had some great points,” Alexander told the AP. “I asked the technical folks, including him, to look at it.” By 2009, several former officials said, concern about the “215 program,” so-called for the authorizing provision of the USA Patriot Act, had grown inside NSA’s Fort Meade, Maryland, headquarters to the point that the program’s intelligence value was being questioned. That was partly true because, for technical and other reasons, the NSA was Justice Department, Congress and the White House, newly occupied by President Barack Obama. But the government ultimately decided against changing what most officials still view as a necessary bulwark against domestic terror plots, Alexander and other former officials After an internal debate that has not been previously reported, NSA leaders opted to continue the collection and storage of American calling records not capturing most mobile calling records, which were an increasing share of the domestic calling universe, the former officials said. The dissent prompted NSA leaders to examine whether the agency could stop gathering and storing domestic landline calling records and instead access the records as needed from the telephone companies, Alexander said. The NSA consulted with the said. The program collects and stores so-called metadata on every landline phone call made in America — the phone number called from, the phone number called and the duration of the call. Some estimates have estimated the program collects records on up to 3 billion calls a day. In 2006, the program came under the supervision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The agency, which continues to obtain the records from telephone companies under a court order, says it searches them only for connections to phone numbers suspected of association with overseas terror groups. Under a process known as “contact chaining,” analysts examine the numbers that had been in contact with the “dirty number” and then the numbers in contact with those. Sometimes the circle is expanded to a “third hop” — a process that could include analysis of millions of American phone calls. Only 30 intelligence employees are permitted to access the database, officials have said, and it is done about 300 times a year. Current and former intelligence officials disagree about whether the phone record searching has been important in stopping terror attacks. The U.S. has been able to point to a single terrorism case that came to light exclusively through a domestic phone records match — that of an Anaheim, California, cab driver who was sentenced earlier this year to six years in prison for sending money to Somalia’s al-Qaida affiliate. AP 16 INFOTAINMENT TV canal macau Friday 13:00 TDM News (Repeated) 13:30 News (RTPi) Delayed Broadcast 14:30 RTPi Live 18:10 Brazil Avenue (Repeated) 19:00 TDM Talk Show (Repeated) 19:30 Soap Opera 20:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report 21:20 Revenge S1 22:10 Brazil Avenue 23:00 TDM News 23:30 Europa League Highlights 23:45 Portuguese Movie 01:35 Main News, Financial & Weather Report (Repeated) Saturday 11:20 Kung Fu Masters of the Zodiac 11:40 Conch Bay 12:30 Cooking 13:00 TDM News (Repeated) 13:30 News (RTPi) Delayed Broadcast 14:30 Zig Zag 15:45 Soap Opera 19:00 Contest 19:50 Miscellaneous 21:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report 21:00 Drama 23:00 TDM News 23:30 Variety 00:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report (Repeated) 21.11.2014 fri 資訊／娛樂 cinema cineteatro 20 Nov -26 Nov The hunger games: mockinjay - part 1_ room 1 2.30, 4.45, 7.15, 9.30 pm Director: Francis Lawrence Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Language: English (Chinese) Duration: 123min don’t go breaking my heart 2_ room 2 4.30, 7.30, 9.30 pm Director: Johnnie To Starring: Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung, Gao Yuanyuan Language: Cantonese (English and Chinese) Duration: 115min Sunday 11:00 Sunday Mass 12:00 Miscellaneous 13:00 TDM News (Repeated) 13:30 News (RTPi) Delayed Broadcast 14:30 Zig Zag 16:00 Comedy 16:30 Miscellaneous 18:40 Contest 19:40 Comedy 20:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report 21:00 Non-Daily Portuguese News 21:50 News 22:05 Fracking - The New Energy Rush 23:00 TDM News 23:30 Miscellaneous 00:30 Main News, Financial & Weather Report (Repeated) offbeat Cuban couple keeps rodents called hutias as pets Some people keep guinea pigs or hamsters as pets. But in Cuba, where a larger, more exotic rodent runs wild, Ana Pedraza and her husband prefer the hutia. With a rope-like tail and long front teeth, the hutia looks like a giant rat, only cuter, some would say. They live in Cuba and other Caribbean islands where they are sometimes hunted for food. But Pedraza and her husband Rafael Lopez say they only want to want to protect and take care of the animals, which measure about 30 centimeters long, with the largest ones weighing in bigger than a small dog. The couple began collecting hutias about five years ago when they found one languishing on a roadside and named her Congui. They found her a mate and now have more than a half-dozen hutias in their home about 40 kilometers east of the capital, Havana. Congui and her brood like to drink sweetened coffee and munch on crackers and vegetables. Her son Pancho enjoys an occasional nip of rum. this day in history the snow white murder case_ room 2 7.45 pm Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura Starring: Mao Inoue, Go Ayano, Nobuaki Kaneko Language: Cantonese (English and Chinese) Duration: 126min before i go to sleep_ room 3 2.30, 4.30, 7.30, 9.30 pm Director: Rowan Joffe Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong Language: English (Chinese) Duration: 92min 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 1995 Balkan leaders agree to peace A peace settlement for war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina has been brokered in the United States. US President Bill Clinton announced the deal after 21 days of seemingly deadlocked negotiation at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. The plan, known as the Dayton Accord, has been agreed between the Bosnian, Serb and Croat leaders and will be enforced by 60,000 Nato troops, who will begin to arrive in the country during the next few days. If a success, the settlement could end the most brutal conflict in Europe since the Second World War, which has resulted in the deaths of 200,000 people - mostly civilians - and left two million homeless. Under the agreement Bosnia will remain a single state, but most power will be devolved to two new territories - a Muslim-Croat federation and a Bosnian-Serb republic. A central authority controlling foreign, trade and monetary policy will operate from a united capital in Sarajevo. President Clinton said the deal would allow the Bosnian people to move from the horror of war to the promise of peace. And US Secretary of State Warren Christopher praised the accord - which is scheduled to be officially signed in December - as a “victory for all of us”. But splits have begun to appear in the fragile treaty almost as soon as it had been initialled by the leaders. Serb delegation member Momcilo Krajisnik called it a big mistake. “Our delegation did not accept this plan, nor did sign it, nor will it sign the maps or the plan itself,” he said. But Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic said the deal was a good beginning. “To my people I say - this may not be a just peace, but it is more just than the continuation of war,” he said. Courtesy BBC News In context The Dayton Accord was signed by the presidents of Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia on 14 December 1995. The agreement managed to impose a lasting - if uneasy - peace in the region. Real stability was only achieved when the political landscape changed and the war leaders went. Franjo Tudjman died in 1999, Alija Izetbegovic stepped down in 2001 and Slobodan Milosevic was put on trial at The Hague a year later for war crimes. He died in his cell in March 2006. 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It’s far too easy to get caught up in the moment today, especially when weird news strikes at the worst possible time. Leo Virgo Jul. 23-Aug. 22 Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You have racked up a big achievement today — so make the most of it! See if you can get yourself to shake things up in a new way and try your best to move forward with your plans. Your need to help others is a driving force today — make sure that you indulge it, or you may find yourself overwhelmed by emotions! It’s one of those days that feels more important than the rest. Libra Sep.23-Oct. 22 Oct. 23 - Nov. 21 You’re facing a more serious challenge today — so step up and look it in the face! Your energy may feel a bit spent, but you can tell that you’re in the right place mentally to handle this. Capricorn Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Your social energy is a potent force today, and it should help you spread the word to anyone nearby. Make the most of this boost by making a romantic move or trying to get a new job. People are on your case today about all sorts of things that just shouldn’t be your problem. That’s not to say that you can ignore them, simply that you should give them no more than you can afford. Aquarius SUDOKU Easy Weather Medium Hard Feb.19-Mar. 20 Events are afoot that are sure to shake up your life in a deep, likely positive, way. Don’t forget to stop to take it all in — just stay present in the moment and soak it all up. This should make for a great story! Let other people deal with their own drama — you’ve got better things to do! See if you can just indulge your colleagues and friends without actively involving yourself in their craziness. 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Fortunately, lots of people feel the same way right now, so get out there and mix it up! Sagittarius 17 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 18 ADVERTISEMENT 21.11.2014 fri 廣告 fri 21.11.2014 體育 Baseball Stanton signs record USD325 million deal ap photo G Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton the necessary financial commitment to field a contender. The Marlins hadn’t held a celebratory news conference on such a scale since their last spending spree, just before their ballpark opened in 2012. They went 6993, leading to a payroll purge. Their average attendance of 21,386 was 28th among the 30 major league teams. Stanton’s contract tops the $292 million, 10-year agreement Miguel Cabrera agreed to with Detroit in March. He receives the first 13-year guaranteed deal in MLB history, topping an April 2012 agreement between Cincinnati and Joey Votto that assured the first baseman of $251.5 million over 12 years. “It’s an exciting day for Miami, my fans, our fans,” Stanton said. Stanton, who turned 25 on Nov. 8, is perhaps the game’s most feared slugger. He has 154 homers, including a National League-leading 37 this year. The two-time All-Star right fielder recently won the NL Hank Aaron Award, and was voted the NL’s outstanding player in balloting by his fellow major leaguers. He won a Silver Slugger Award and finished second to Clayton Kershaw in NL MVP voting. “He wants to be the man, and he’s good enough to assume that mantle,” Marlins president David Samson said. Stanton’s season ended on Sept. 11 when he was hit in the face by a pitch and suffered fractures in his face and other injuries. Despite missing the final 17 games, he led the NL in homers and slugging for the Marlins, who went 77-85 but ended a three-year streak of last-place finishes in the NL East. The Marlins have said they’re not concerned the injuries will have lingering effects. While Kevin Brown was the first player to break the $100 million barrier in 1998 and Alex Rodriguez became the first to top $200 million just two years later, it took 14 more years to produce baseball’s first $300 million man. AP 19 19 Formula 1 4-time champion Vettel replaces Alonso at Ferrari ap photo Steven Wine, Miami iancarlo Stanton signed his record USD325 million, 13year contract with the Miami Marlins at a news conference formally announcing the deal yesterday. Stanton signed the deal while sitting next to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. The attendancechallenged franchise drew nearly 100 members of the media for the occasion. The contract is the most lucrative ever for an American athlete, and the longest in Major League Baseball history. It includes a no-trade clause, and Stanton can opt out after six years and $107 million. “We’re here to celebrate a landmark agreement, not only for the Marlins organization but for our entire community,” Loria said. Stanton said the deal points the Marlins in a winning direction. “This is one building block toward a better future and a new way of life down here in Miami,” he said. “I’m glad to be here for my foreseeable future.” Stanton wasn’t due to become eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, and signing the outfielder to a long-term agreement was considered a long shot. The Marlins haven’t reached the playoffs since 2003, and Stanton was skeptical about Loria making SPORTS Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso In a widely expected shakeup, four-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel will replace two-time champion Fernando Alonso at Ferrari next season. The 27-year-old German will be leaving Red Bull for the Italian team on a three-year deal, Ferrari said yesterday. “The dream of a lifetime has come true. When I was a kid, Michael Schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol and now it’s an incredible honor to finally get the chance to drive a Ferrari,” Vettel said. “I am extremely motivated to help the team get back to the top.” Alonso, a 33-year-old Spaniard who won his two titles with Renault in 2005 and ‘06, had said earlier this season that his future was elsewhere. His destination remains unclear, but he is expected to join McLaren. ad De Niro ends assessment fight BUZZ with upstate NY town Air quality fri Station21.11.2014 THE Kapok Eric Sautedé Moaners When I voiced concern in my columns last February that Ho Iat Seng, the newly sworn-in president of the Legislative Assembly, was openly deploring the lack of “legal training” of legislators and thus questioning their ability to grasp public policy issues, and that Chan Chak Mo, the president of the second permanent commission of the same Assembly, was caught saying legislators should refrain from drafting “projects” of law and exclusively let the government make law “proposals”, I did so in pointing out that these two respectable figures of our community had basically decided on their own to interpret the Basic Law and let go of a key component of the legislators’ power, that is precisely to initiate legislation, as stipulated in article 75 of the Basic Law. The right of initiative held by legislators is indeed true power and constitutes one of the few “actual” prerogatives that mitigates the derogatory judgment that the Macao legislature is nothing but a “rubber stamp” assembly—toothless and, above all, indefectible, as a whole, in its support to the executive. Power as it allows at minima to elevate the gravitas of the debate and help clarify the stand of each and every stakeholder: a good example of that is the Law on the Fundamental Rights to form Trade Unions that has been pushed by José Pereira Coutinho several times and got defeated (again) in April by just 14 votes to 9. Power as it forces the government to change its order of priority when it comes to policy-making: again, I believe that it is Coutinho’s continuous drive to have an Animal Protection Law that ultimately forced the municipal affairs administration (IACM) to come up with a law that was unanimously introduced in the first reading last month, whereas the IACM had been “promising” that law for more than a decade. And finally, the capacity to “make” a law and not only to vote on or amend it epitomizes the essence of the “legislative power” of that branch of government: the Law on the Protection of Private Data, which was considered up to this summer one of the most advanced pieces of legislation when it comes to the protection of citizens’ rights, was indeed introduced in 2005 by a collective of 8 legislators, including 3 directly elected ones. If this right to properly raise awareness, set the agenda of policy-making and legislate is forfeited, what is left then? Mere complaints that the government is not fast or good enough? If Melinda Chan champions the rights of the children so much, why doesn’t she come up with a piece of legislation herself? There are plenty of legal advisors in town to help her out—both in Portuguese and Chinese, and outside or inside the Assembly. But the problem is precisely that most of the businessmenturned politicians conceive their role as having somewhat to do with populist brawling and badly acted moaning. How can one otherwise explain the high-pitched whining of Mak Soi Kun regarding the noise disturbance generated by the Grand Prix whereas the Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Noise had already been voted in August, including favorably by himself? What credit can we give to legislators’ complaints about the level of execution of the government’s budget in November when the second permanent commission never found the time to review the mid-year report provided by the government in August? One of my friends who owns a pretty big business in China has the following slogan plastered on all the walls of his factory: “Winners find solutions, losers only find excuses.” No chance of losing when the game is not opened to competition. And mind you, legislators cannot really propose laws on every single topic and issue: public expenditure, political structure or the operation of the government are expressly (and safely) out of bound. Legislators Ng Kuok Cheong and Au Kam San had thus to propose a mere debate on political reform and the implementation of universal suffrage in Macao. Expectedly, the proposal was vetoed by 27 legislators out of 33: when concerns get crucial and opinions become power, silence is then golden. behalf had been battling the 40-hectare property's $6 million assessment, resulting in a lengthy court case. De Niro has agreed to discontinue his appeal of the case, which the town won in June. The trust argued the property was worth $4 million. The Times reports De Niro's estate includes two guesthouses, a barn converted into a recreation center, a swimming pool, a boxing ring and film production suites. ‘Booze Traveler’ host explores how world drinks Jack Maxwell, left, helps deliver the popular fermented beverage boza in Istanbul William J. Kole, Boston J ack Maxwell drinks for a living. From moss schnapps in Iceland to gut-busting raki in Turkey and homebrew in the Himalayas, he’s learned the hard way that tippler’s truism: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” Maxwell says shining shoes as a kid in the barrooms of South Boston helped prepare him to host “Booze Traveler,” which debuts this month on the Travel Channel. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, the Los Angeles-based actor said his early years in the neighborhood known as Southie — where convicted gangster James “Whitey” Bulger once reigned — showed him what cocktails can teach about a culture. “That’s where I learned about alcohol’s magic socializing effect,” said Maxwell, who has appeared in “24,” ‘’Lost” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” ‘’People would re- gale me with tales. Everyone was so social and nice to each other.” Part travelogue, part drinking diary, “Booze Traveler” takes viewers with Maxwell as he travels to Louisiana, Tennessee and 13 foreign countries, including Armenia, Belize, Lithuania, Mongolia and Nepal. Each hour-long episode is a quest to distill the essence of a place through its beers, wines and spirits — a lighthearted look at the world through the lens of a glass. “Every society in history has come up with some form of alcohol to celebrate, to mourn, to take the edge off a long day,” he said. The series premiere, which airs Nov. 24, puts Maxwell in mostly Muslim Turkey. As the 4 p.m. call to prayer rings out in Istanbul, he jokes: “If I were back home in Boston, I’d be sitting down at the bar for happy hour.” Many Turks are teetotalers, but Maxwell takes it as a challenge to uncover the local libations. He samples raki, a powerful drink made of twice-distilled grapes flavored with anise, and harvests poppies with women who use them in a potent drink. “We thought we’d have to find a secret speakeasy and a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy,” he said. “But it was hiding in plain sight.” As he drinks his way around the world, Maxwell comes off as something of a daredevil — comparisons to bad-boy TV gourmand Anthony Bourdain are inevitable. He’d have to be fearless to stomach the more bizarre beverages he samples: vodka distilled from camel’s milk in Mongolia, and “spit beer” brewed with saliva by a tribe in the Amazon jungle. “The chief himself put his hat on me — his crown — and he taught me how to spit poison darts. They cooked piranha for me,” Maxwell said. “Who am I to say no? I’m just a kid from the Southie projects.” Jaw-dropping scenery served as a backdrop for many of Maxwell’s adventures. In South Africa, he awoke to zebra, impala and giraffes grazing on the sun-dappled savannah, and he says it was the perfect hangover cure. “Sitting down and drinking with someone, I realized it’s a much smaller world than what I thought,” he said. “We have much more in common than we do differences.” AP times square by rodrigo Roadside source: dsmg opinion Actor Robert De Niro says he'll reimburse a town nearly USD130,000 in legal fees it spent defending its assessment of the actor's upstate New York property. The settlement involves the Hudson Valley town of Gardiner, north of New York City. The agreement was first reported earlier this week by The New York Times. The trust that owns the compound on De Niro's ap photo 20 70-100 Moderate High Density 65-95 Residental Moderate Area Ambient 65-95 Moderate WORLD BRIEFS THAILAND Police detain three students at the opening of the latest “Hunger Games” movie in Thailand, where opponents of May’s military coup have adopted the film’s three-finger salute as a sign of defiance. The military-imposed government has banned the gesture, which symbolizes rebellion against totalitarian rule in the film series. One cinema chain in Thailand’s capital canceled all screenings of the movie ahead of its opening yesterday after a student group planned an anti-coup protest outside one of its theaters. INDIA Indian police arrest a controversial religious leader at his sprawling ashram in the northern part of the country, ending a days-long standoff in which six people died and hundreds were injured. PHILIPPINES A court convicts nine people of graft over a 1996 nightclub fire that killed 162 people, mostly students celebrating the end of the school year. The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court convicted seven former city engineering officials of suburban Quezon City and two operators of the Ozone disco and handed out sentences of up to 10 years. USA NBC scraps a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show,” moves that came a day after another woman came forward claiming that the once-beloved comic had sexually assaulted her. The NBC sitcom and “Cosby Show” reruns joined a Netflix Cosby standup comedy special, which was indefinitely postponed, as mounting evidence of Cosby’s faltering career. USA-IRAN U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was to travel to Vienna yesterday to join high-level nuclear negotiations with Iran as a deadline for an agreement looms. With Monday’s deadline for a deal approaching, Kerry has embarked on a frenzy of highstakes diplomacy. ISRAELI police yesterday handed home demolition notices to families of four Palestinian attackers from east Jerusalem, including two assailants who killed five people in a synagogue attack earlier this week, according to relatives and Palestinian officials.
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