Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 June, 2012, 12:00am


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

Dragon boats take to the water across Hong Kong

The annual Dragon Boat festival, also known as the Tuen Ng festival, draws thousands of participants and supporters to events all over Hong Kong. Races take place off Stanley, Tuen Mun, the Sai Kung waterfront and Tai Po Waterfront Park and on Castle Peak Bay and the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin. Participants train in earnest for the competition for months beforehand. Sitting two abreast, with a steersman at the back and a drummer at the front, 20 to 22 paddlers power the boats, with their elaborately carved and painted dragon heads and tails, to the finish line, urged on by the pounding drums and roar of the crowds.

Shanghai dialect gets weekly airing on current affairs

The Shanghai Media Group launches the city's first current affairs TV programme in the Shanghai dialect. The weekly News Workshop features a news digest, current affairs discussion and a segment testing viewers' knowledge of Shanghai slang. Putonghua has long been the official spoken language on the mainland, but the role and preservation of dialects, including Cantonese, continues to generate heated public debate.

PNG goes to the polls with duelling prime ministers

Voters in Papua New Guinea go to the polls in elections seen as a watershed moment for a struggling Pacific nation mired in political crisis as it sits on the brink of a monumental resources boom. Governance of Papua New Guinea, criticised by Australian diplomats in leaked cables as a 'totally dysfunctional blob' before the last elections in 2007, is even more chaotic in the lead-up to this year's vote, with two men claiming to be prime minister. The nation's first leader, Michael Somare (left), has been locked in a power struggle with former cabinet colleague Peter O'Neill, after a Supreme Court ruling last year found O'Neill's rise illegal.

Hong Kong announces Paralympics team

Officials announce the members of Hong Kong's team for the London Paralympics at a news conference in Diamond Hill. Team members will also speak of their experiences preparing for the Games, which will be held from August 29 to September 9. At the previous Paralympics, in Beijing, Hong Kong won five gold, three silver and three bronze medals, compared with none won by the team that went to the Olympics.

King Yin Lei mansion open for free guided tours

Free guided tours of King Yin Lei mansion, at 45 Stubbs Road, Mid-Levels, take place tomorrow, jointly organised by the Commissioner for Heritage's Office and the Antiquities and Monuments Office. The 1930s mansion was vandalised in 2007, reducing its conservation value in an act of destruction that inflamed public opinion and forced the government to intervene by offering the owner a land swap. An open day last year drew more than 1,600 visitors to view the building, whose Chinese Renaissance style blends local design tradition with modern construction techniques.