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Cheng Yu-tung pioneered large-scale development  Listenfacebook
The founder of New World Development, Cheng Yu-tung, died on Thursday night. He was 91. The billionaire has rarely been seen in public in recent years, amid reports that he was seriously ill. Peter Churchouse, a veteran property analyst and founder of Portwood Capital, said Hong Kong had lost a business giant who was one of the first to explore large-scale development in the mainland. He also told Richard Pyne that he doesn’t see any leadership problem because transition to a second-generation at many of Hong Kong’s big property developers had been smooth.
Consensus on minimum wage remains out of reach  Listenfacebook
Tough talks between representatives of workers and employers ended without a consensus on whether to raise the city’s minimum wage of HK$32.50. The meeting on Friday was supposed to be the final meeting of the Minimum Wage Commission, but the gulf between the two sides remains extremely wide. The Chief Executive of the Confederation of Trade Unions, Mung Siu-tat, told Richard Pyne that workers were calling for the minimum wage to be adjusted to HK$40 an hour, to support the basic living needs of grassroots families.
Kindergartens must serve ethnic minority children better, says HK Unison  Listenfacebook
The ethnic minority advocacy group Hong Kong Unison says the Education Bureau needs to listen to the views of ethnic minority parents, who are worried that some kindergartens are failing their children. The group said parents had told them that some kindergartens would not admit ethnic minority children, or would teach them a lower level of Chinese – which would affect their future schooling. The group’s executive director, Phyllis Cheung, told Todd Harding about the problems.
Jailing of corrupt party officials a signal ahead of plenum, says expert  Listenfacebook
Two former high-flying Communist Party officials have been jailed for corruption and
bribe-taking – the latest targets of President Xi Jinping's crackdown on graft. Former Guangzhou party boss Wan Qinglang was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Wang Min, a former Jinan Communist Party secretary was jailed for 12 years. Chinese University Professor Willy Lam says sentences are significant ahead of the Communist Party Central Committee’s Sixth Plenary Session.