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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 July, 2012, 12:00am
 

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

PLA welcomes visitors to Stonecutters Island

The People's Liberation Army welcomes members of the public to its Ngong Shuen Chau barracks on Stonecutters Island. Open days are an eye-opener for the soldiers, too. When based in Hong Kong, the 6,000 PLA soldiers, sailors and airmen are confined to the 18 PLA barracks scattered across the city. The PLA says it tries to keep the troops isolated from Hongkongers to prevent their military spirit from becoming contaminated by the city's capitalist lifestyle.

Health officials focus on hepatitis

To mark the World Health Organisation's World Hepatitis Day, officials in cities across the mainland are holding an education campaign to promote the prevention and treatment of the disease, which has more than 100 million carriers on the mainland, a high prevalence that has been blamed on poor awareness.

Regina Ip's party launches Legco election drive

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee (left) and her New People's Party kick off their campaign for the September 9 Legislative Council elections, on Golden Bauhinia Square. A survey conducted this month by the University of Hong Kong's public opinion programme suggests Ip has some work to do. It found that she suffered the biggest drop in rating of lawmakers since a similar survey three months ago - of 6.6 points, to 51.9 points. Top of the poll was Civic Party lawmaker Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, on 57.2 points.

Romney tests mettle with visit to Israel

US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits Israel on a trip seen as an opportunity for him to bolster his image as a leader capable of dealing with one of the thorniest regions of the globe. According to the Los Angeles Times: 'If there's anything that inhabitants of the Promised Land are familiar with, it's the quadrennial promises of American presidential candidates who show up to affirm the 'unbreakable' bond between Israel and the United States.'

Latest trends in breastfeeding

Ahead of World Breastfeeding Week, which starts on Wednesday, Hong Kong health organisations hold a news conference to introduce a study on the latest trends in breastfeeding. The week - with the theme 'Understanding the past, understanding the future' - is co-organised by the Department of Health, the Hospital Authority and Unicef. The Department of Health has found that the breastfeeding rate has increased from 50 per cent of babies born in 1997 to 77 per cent of babies born in 2010.

Offer of talks on national education

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim has offered to meet the Parents' Concern Group on National Education today to discuss their objections to the curriculum - on condition that people from a government-appointed education body also attend. Group convenor Eva Chan Sik-chee has said they will refuse to attend if the meeting involves any officials other than Ng.

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