Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Sept 5, 2016

An elderly couple walk past campaign banners during the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong on Sept 4, 2016.
An elderly couple walk past campaign banners during the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong on Sept 4, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, Sept 5, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Hong Kong Legislative Council election results out today

Hong Kong will learn the results of its Legislative Council election early today (Sept 5) after polls closed at 10.30pm the night before, in a vote that will test the appeal of a young generation of anti-China activists amid their calls for independence from China. Most established pro-democracy politicians in the law-making body do not support the the notion of independence, which until recently had been taboo in the city. But there is concern that gains for the young activists would split the vote for the democracy camp, further playing into the hands of the pro-Beijing camp, amid fears that China is tightening its grip on the city.

Sentosa gives back

Sentosa Gives 2016 opens today (Sept 5). It is Sentosa Development Corporation's annual community giving initiative. This year, it is set to benefit 3,000 members of the community. The first of the activities is the Sentosa Experience, where close to 1,500 beneficiaries from 31 voluntary welfare organisations will get to enjoy a fun day out on the resort island. Also, 139 secondary school students will get the opportunity to preview a career in the tourism and leisure industry as they undertake a day of job-shadowing on The State of Fun.

Release of macroeconomic indicators for China, Japan


 Pedestrians are reflected on an electronic stock quotation board in the window of a securities company in Tokyo on June 8, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Leading macroeconomic indicators from China and Japan, relating to their service economies last month, will be released today (Sept 5). In Tokyo, the Japan Nikkei services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) is expected to be out at 8.30am, with China Caixin services PMI index to follow about an hour later. In China, the service sector is now the country’s main driver of growth, given the slowdown in demand for manufactured goods globally.