Talking points

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 May, 2012, 12:00am


Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Legco panel discusses creation of culture bureau

Legco's home affairs panel discusses the creation of a culture bureau, part of chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying's proposed restructuring plan for the government after he takes office on July 1. The pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong has reportedly objected to the appointment of Institute of Contemporary Culture chief executive Ada Wong Ying-kay as culture minister, and opposition is now growing to the appointment of Undersecretary for Home Affairs Florence Hui Hiu-fai (left).

Psychiatrists report on drug abuse

The Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists briefs on a report on drug abuse in the city, part of a wider survey of 'mental health morbidity' in 2010. The report says almost half the city's drug users are in the 16-34 age group and half of all drug users say they use more than one drug. The most commonly used drugs are cannabis, ketamine, Ecstasy and methamphetamine. Young, unemployed males are most likely to misuse drugs, according to the college.

Tokyo Skytree opens to the public

The Tokyo Skytree - the world's second-tallest building, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and its tallest free-standing tower - celebrates its grand opening. The 634-metre broadcast tower (left), developed by the Tobu Railway Company, is located in a residential part of Tokyo's Sumida ward and is expected to attract some 200,000 visitors on holidays each year. Local media report its neighbours are concerned about illegal parking, litter and ill-mannered visitors.

Macau forum updates on gambling - and cheating

The Venetian-Macao casino hosts a three-day conference focusing on the international gambling industry. According to the organisers, Global Gaming Expo Asia, or G2E, will attract more than 5,000 visitors from around the world, including 120 exhibitors from 20 countries. The event will provide delegates 'with access to the tools and knowledge needed to compete in the gaming market on a global scale,' organisers say. Among highlights are examples of the latest surveillance equipment, and demonstrations of the latest methods of cheating attempted by punters.

Mauritius hotel workers go on trial for murder

Two hotel employees accused of murdering the daughter of one of Ireland's leading sports personalities while she was on her honeymoon on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius go on trial in Port Louis. Avinash Treebhowoon, 29, and Sandip Mooneea, 41, are accused of strangling Michaela McAreavey, daughter of Tyrone Gaelic football boss Mickey Harte, after she stumbled on a burglary in her hotel room in January last year.

We can save world's sharks, scientists tell lawmakers

Professor Yvonne Sadovy of the University of Hong Kong's School of Biological Sciences will present legislators with a petition signed by 41 scientists urging the government to take action to protect the world's declining shark populations, and 'countering recent misinformation alleging the shark fin trade is sustainable'. Sadovy believes that ending demand for the delicacy in Hong Kong will curb the taste for it globally.