1. NEW US LAW, VIOLENCE WILL HARM ECONOMY – CARRIE LAM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said that clashes between protesters and police last weekend have dampened her hopes that a recent lull in the violence would allow the territory’s economy to recover.
She told reporters after a weekly meeting with advisers that the government will soon launch a fourth round of measures to support business, protect jobs and offer economic relief.
In view of six months of protests which has already weaken the economy, Lam said a new U.S. law to defend human rights in Hong Kong will have an economic impact, undermining confidence and creating an uncertain business environment.
Signed into law by President Donald Trump last week, the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act requires an annual review of a favorable trading status that the U.S. grants to the city.
2. NEW ZEALAND NEWSPAPER PUBLISHES CARTOON MOCKING SAMOA MEASLES CRISIS
A New Zealand newspaper has caused outrage for publishing a cartoon that made light of the measles crisis engulfing Samoa, which has killed 55 people so far, most of them children under the age of four.
The Otago Daily Times issued an apology on Tuesday afternoon, saying the content and timing of the cartoon were insensitive, and they apologise without reservation for publishing it.
Samoa has been gripped by a devastating measles outbreak over the past six weeks. There have been almost 4,000 confirmed cases in a country of just 200,000 people.
3. JAPAN ACTIVISTS PUSH TO HALT SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF JOB-SEEKING STUDENTS
Japanese activists yesterday called for drastic steps by the government, companies and universities to stamp out sexual harassment of job-hunting students, a problem they said lurks in the shadows because victims fear of speaking out.
Although the labour ministry drafted guidelines in October to prevent power harassment in workplaces, it said only that such measures were “desirable” for students and other non-employees.
Members of Safe Campus Youth Network (SAY) said many feel too vulnerable to denounce harassment and cause victims to suffer in silence and offenders are not punished