News Presentation KC Wong (Hong Kong) Ida Ho (Asia) Lydia Tsui (International) Hong Kong Minimum wage The level of minimum wage is set to be HK$28/hour November 8, to be implemented May 1, 2011. It is said that some 314,000 workers may benefit from the minimum wage, mostly from property mgt, retailing and catering; However, some 40,000 jobs will be cut down, 190,000 workers will cut work hours, to save cost Hong Kong Minimum wage Will the legislation on minimum wage help the working poor? There is some 1 million poor people in HK… Is it good for the economy of Hong Kong? Economy in HK is not that FREE as before Will there some business to find ―legal‖ ways to cut down their cost Hong Kong Abuse of power by police • The Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) released the 2009/10 Report Nov 10 • It endorsed the findings of 3,025 complaint cases investigated, involving 5,055 allegations, an increase of 17.6% and 11.8% respectively over 2008. • The most common allegations were Neglect of Duty (with 1,997 counts in 2009), Misconduct/Improper Manner/Offensive Language (1,935 counts), and Assault (436 counts). The 3 make up of 86% of the 500 cases • There is a case that a man was wrongly sentenced for 342 days, with a sentence of 18 months Hong Kong Abuse of power by police • Number of complaints is increasing, why? Simply out of the culture of complaint? • With number protests with pubic interest is increasing, will police turn to be a tool to suppress it? • With the HK Human Rights Monitor file a submission to LegCo Security Panel on Police's handling of public meetings and public processions, and prosecution of assault on Police officers, Nov 11. Will police turn to be a political organ? How to monitor it? Hong Kong Asian Games ● The Asian Games Provisional Bid Committee (AGPBC) said Nov 9 to cut down the cost of hosting a possible 2023 Asian Games from the original estimate of about ($13.7 to 14.5 billion), to less than $6 billion, by scale back the original plan to upgrade 3 proposed indoor sports centers ● Legislators complaint that the dramatic cut on the estimates reflected that the original proposal was immature. ● The deadline of consultation (if the HK government to bid for the 2023 Games) will be Dec 1. Hong Kong Asian Games Will holding the Asian Games good to the development of sports in HK, as proposed by the committee? Is the scale back – which means cutting down half of the budget – reflects a poor need assessment, as well as a poor financial budget in the planning process? Does cutting the budget to half means that the government had already decide to bid for the games? Cutting the budget is to lower the opposition? Rich family remembers Hong Kong servants sister ● The family of a late banker, Wu Jie Yee, donated 20 million HK dollars to a local university for the research on cancer. ● The research center, is named after the family’s servants, the late Ms. Shum Yiu Foon and Ms. Shum Bik Chuen. Both of them worked as helpers of the Wu family, and died of cancer. ● At the time of Japanese occupation to HK, the sisters protected the kids from harassment. Rich family remembers Hong Kong servants sister At a time when people are talking about ―angry at the rich‖, for the rich people are too mean to earn the most and ignoring the poor, the case of Wu is a good example for the rich. What is the interaction with the family members and their servants? Aung San Suu Kyi Released Asia ? ● 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest term expires on Sat. It was reported that she has been released by the Myanmar military government but no confirmation yet. She has been detained for 15 years in the past 21 years. ● 65 year old Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of General Aung San who led Myanmar to the brink of independence from British rule before his assassination in 1947 when Suu Kyi was only 3 years old. Her presence in Myanmar was a constant source of tension for the military government and the government would love to see her go. A genuine iron lady, she refused to go into exile to visit her caner bed ridden British husband and her two sons. Failed to see her husband before he died. She insisted to stay with her people, at the expense of her own freedom, to fight for freedom against the military government. ● Myanmar government is one of the most totalitarian governments which has ruled Myanmar for 48 years. Aung San Suu Kyi Released Asia ? Check if she has been released. Senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) she leads can be a valuable source. What is the impact of her release. Will she revive the democratic movement in her homeland. That may mean more bloodsheds to come when the country is still under military rule. If the military government decided to detain her longer, will create another wave of anti- government activities. Our correspondent will watch. APEC(ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION) SUMMIT MEETING IN Asia YOKOHAMA COMMENCES ● US President Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Yokohama, Japan for the APEC summit meeting held 13,14 Nov. ● Following the G20 meeting in Seoul, this is the second time in a week world leaders gather after The United States announced $600 billion QE2 measure to help restart US economy. Asian countries have voiced out their reservation towards US economic policy for fear of inflation flying even higher. ● President Hu Jintao made a speech in Seoul hinted the US should be more responsible. It may also be a chance for the Chinese and Japanese leaders to talk on the Diaoyudao issue. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said whether they can meet was really up the the Chinese side. APEC(ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC COOPERATION) SUMMIT MEETING IN Asia YOKOHAMA COMMENCES In the G20, major economies refused to support a US initiative to pressurize a Chinese currency rise. Chinese President Hu Jintao will give a key note speech in the opening of the summit on Sat morning. For sure he will express China's position on the world economy. There will be a presser in the morning. It is not know if US president Obama will appear. If he does, will be an opportunity for journalist to find out his position on US economic policy. If Chinese and Japanese leaders meet, response from academics of Sino-Japan relationship. Zhao Lianhai stage huger strike Asia indefinitely ● Chinese milk rights activist Zhao Lianhai was sentence for two and a half year on wed for guilty of "inciting social disorder". ● After visiting him in jail on Fri, his lawyer Pengjian said Zhao was determined to put on a hunger strike indefinitely. Zhao refused to take the lawyer's advice to give up hunger strike and said his son would understand the reason of the struggle was for social justice when he grows up. ● Lawyer said that might mean forced feeding when it becomes necessary. Zhao's wife Li said it was just too cruel. Zhao Lianhai stage huger strike Asia indefinitely Our reporter in Beijing will visit Mrs. Zhao to do a feature on their lives without a breadwinner for over a year while their 5 year old son was suffering from kidney failure—a disease caused by drinking tainted San Lu Milk. Possible reaction from rights activists in Beijing on the impact of Zhao's long jail term. Would that be a signal to warn others not to create instabilities for the government. Some 'left wing' politicians in Hong Kong also said the jail term was not fair long . Ask what they plan to do. Will they submit a letter to the Chinese Government or The National People's Congress to reflect how Hong Kong people feel on this matter. Interview doctors to check the possible damage of prolonged hunger strike and the damage of forced feeding. Japan Costal Guards Search for Rest of Asia the Chinese Crew of A Cargo Ship ● Five of the 25 mainland Chinese crew were rescued after a Chinese cargo ship sunk off a Southern Japan island. Two were certified dead. The Panama-registered cargo ship Nasco Diamond lost contact early Wednesday on open seas, about 340 kilometers south of Japan's southern island Iriomote. The survivors aged from 22 -25 said the cargo ship capsized after water gushed into the ship for unknown reasons. Japan Costal Guards Search for Rest of Asia the Chinese Crew of A Cargo Ship Keep an eye on the search and rescue operation. Our correspondent in Japan will try to visit the survivors to find out what happened to the cargo ship. Find out where they were from. A lot of Chinese crew come form the same area to make a living. One of the most possible location may be Fujian, a coastal province south of China. Male have a tradition of working as crew members or fishermen. Can do a feature on this tradition. International G20 or G2? ● Leaders from the nations with the 20 largest economies gathered in Seoul to discuss how to stabilize and grow the world’s economy. ● Currency stability was top on the agenda as U.S. Federal Reserve recently created liquidity to devalue the dollar. ● Washington blames Beijing’s currency policy of giving an unfair advantage for its exports while Beijing calls on U.S. to face its own problem rather than casting blames on others. ● The summit wrapped up on Friday with a non- binding agreement to avoid competitive devaluation of currencies and come up with guidelines to tackle trade imbalances which affects world growth. International G20 or G2? ● US tried to pressure China to rise Yuan but was not backed by other countries, including its European allies. Is America losing its influence on the global economy? ● As the world’s economy is increasingly dominated by US and China, some economists argue that G20 is actually becoming a G2 summit. Is G20 still effective? ● Asian countries and the developing world play an important role in the tension between US and China. What stance will they take and how will it affect the region’s stability? Iraqi new government falling International apart? ● After eight-months of political deadlock, Iraqi leaders have finally reached a power-sharing agreement that is expected to create a new government. ● Politicians reached consensus for Nuri al-Maliki to be remained as Prime Minister and to create a powerful new office that is expected to be headed by his rival Ayad Allawi. ● The three major governmental positions will be filled by the country's largest ethnic groups - the Shiites, the Kurds and the Sunni Arabs. ● But Allawi-supporters walked out of the parliament, casting doubts on the effectiveness of the new government. Iraqi new government falling International apart? ● How will the walk-out affect the new government and will it fall apart? ● PM Maliki is closely tied to Iran. What role will Iran play in the new government? ● Has the livelihood of normal Iraqi citizens been affected with the new government? What is their expectation of this new government? Russian spy ring revealer International revealed ● In the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, 10 Russian spies were arrested in the U.S. and sent back home last June. ● A newspaper in Moscow named a colonel in Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service as the U.S. source. ● Both the colonel’s daughter and son have fled to the U.S. while Russian lawmakers urge a commission to investigate the leak. Russian spy ring revealer International revealed ● Who is this colonel? Why did he provide information to the U.S.? ● Russian President Medvedev confirmed the report and said that he knew about it from day one. But the White House hasn’t made any comments. Will the US government make any response? Who leaked the story to the newspaper? Medvedev? ● Rumor says that a death threat has been issued to this colonel. But some former Kremlin officials say that operations like these were no longer carried out. So will Russia reiterate? How safe is the Russian defector? International The Queen joins Facebook ● The Queen has set up an official presence on Facebook on Monday, when a British Monarchy page launches on the social networking site. ● Buckingham Palace says it is not a personal profile page, but users can "like" the service and receive updates on their news feed. ● A British Monarchy Twitter feed and a YouTube channel are also available. International The Queen joins Facebook ● Within minutes that the site was launched, anti- monarchist posed abusive messages about the Royal Family or called for abolishing the monarchy. Given the unfiltered nature of the social media, how the site will be managed? What is the Royal social media strategies? ● Besides sending out news feed to subscribers, will the Queen use the site to communicate with her loyal subjects? ● The Queen is said to surf the web and send emails, so does her Royal Highness visit her Facebook page? How tech savvy is the Royal Family? ● What implication does it have to the social media?