Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 02 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 02 June, 2012, 12:00am


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

C.Y. Leung embarks on tour of troubled waters

Chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying takes a boat trip to inspect the development of the West Kowloon waterfront areas and sea pollution levels. The event is organised by the Kowloon West New Dynamic political party, which has urged the incoming government to keep a close eye on the development of waterfront areas.

Results out for Primary One school allocations

Parents of pupils about to enter Primary One will be shedding tears of joy or disappointment as they find out whether their child has been allocated their preferred school. The Education Bureau said on Thursday 24,352 children had taken part in the Central Allocation for Primary One Admission system, of whom 17,701 had been allocated one of their first three choices. Each year the system sees fierce competition for places at popular schools.

Ministers discuss 15th anniversary of handover

Commercial Radio interviews Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Professor Chan Ka-keung and Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor about the coming 15th anniversary of the handover and the city's future.

Queen kicks off celebrations at Epsom Derby

Britons begin a four-day celebration of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's reign. The monarch will observe her diamond jubilee weekend by attending the Derby, the leading race of the English flat-racing season, at the Epsom Downs course south of London. Later festivities include the Queen leading a flotilla of 1,000 boats along the river Thames tomorrow, and a concert at Buckingham Palace on Monday whose performers include Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Stevie Wonder. Thousands of beacons are also due to be lit around the world in Commonwealth countries. Events conclude on Tuesday with a national service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, with the royal family later travelling from Westminster to Buckingham Palace by carriage along a processional route.

Egyptian court delivers Mubarak verdict

Guilty or not, Hosni Mubarak's verdict on charges of complicity in killing 900 protesters during the uprising that drove him from power last year will deepen Egypt's polarisation. The 84-year-old Mubarak, the first Arab leader to be tried by his own people, could face the death penalty. The verdict, expected today, comes just days after electoral officials announced that Mubarak's last prime minister and one-time protege, Ahmed Shafiq, is one of two candidates in a presidential run-off scheduled for June 16-17.

Euro 2012 assurances on eve of Russia-EU summit

The two-day 29th Russia-EU summit starts in St Petersburg tomorrow, with the European side led by European Council President Herman van Rompuy (left) and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Russian media reports say Van Rompuy has assured his hosts that the European Union does not intend to boycott the Euro 2012 soccer championship in neighbouring Poland and Ukraine, which starts on Friday. 'The EU and the European financial institutions that we support have done quite a lot to help with the preparations,' Interfax quoted him as saying.