Jason Hak tees off as a pro in Hong Kong Open Hong Kong golfer Jason Hak Shun-yat is hoping to earn his first big pay cheque as a professional today as the Hong Kong Open gets under way. Hak, 19, who made the cut for the tournament three times when he appeared as an amateur, has said he is looking forward to what he hopes will be a momentous week at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling. He made history at the age of 14 by becoming the youngest player to make the cut in a European Tour event, on his debut. Plans for pension, elderly care reform disclosed Civil Affairs Minister Li Liguo and vice-ministers Jiang Li and Dou Yupei will hold a press conference in Beijing today on how to implement reforms in areas including social welfare, old age pensions and regulations on social organisations. The Communist Party said in a resolution after its third plenum last month that it would improve the pension system and elderly care as well as giving more room for social organisations to operate. Pacquiao squares up for court fight in tax case The Philippines' court of tax appeals is to hear the Bureau of Internal Revenue's US$50 million claim against boxing hero Manny Pacquiao. The legal fight between the taxman and one of history's greatest boxers has stunned Pacquiao's army of fans in the Philippines, coming just days after his comeback victory in the ring was widely seen as a moment of hope and joy in the aftermath of the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Haiyan. England look for revenge in Ashes showdown The second Ashes Test between England and Australia gets under way at the Adelaide Oval - which has just undergone a major refurbishment - with England pushing to avenge their defeat in the series opener. Andy Flower's team suffered the worst possible start to the series with a 381-run defeat at the Gabba that put Australia 1-0 up in the series. If the match goes to a fifth day, it is scheduled to conclude on Monday. Banksy's 'Flower Girl' up for grabs in the US A mural created by renowned street artist Banksy in 2008 goes up for auction in the United States. Known as Flower Girl, the piece was originally painted on the wall of a Hollywood petrol station and is the first work by the British artist to go under the hammer in the US. The artwork is expected to fetch US$150,000. Banksy's street art is recognisable for his stencil work and recurring characters, which include rats and monkeys. Countdown to Nobel Prize ceremonies begins The annual Nobel Week, featuring lectures by laureates, begins in Stockholm. The week culminates in ceremonies on Tuesday in Stockholm and Oslo to present this year's Nobel Prizes, and banquets in both cities. Oslo hosts the ceremony for the peace prize, won by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.