Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 September, 2011, 12:00am


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

Young Hongkongers take to the rugby pitch

Rugby World Cup fever hits Hong Kong in earnest as hundreds of youngsters scrum down for the Te Aka Aorere Mini-Rugby Tournament at Kings Park sports ground. Rugby is going through something of a renaissance in the city after the recent announcement that troubled new town Tin Shui Wai is to get its own pitch.

All eyes on 'psychic' sheep after All Blacks pick

All eyes will be on the future prognostications of a rugby-mad sheep touted as the world's latest animal psychic. Sonny Wool successfully picked the All Blacks to win their opening Rugby World Cup match against Tonga yesterday, in New Zealand's answer to the late, great Paul the Octopus. Named after All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams, the sheep chose to munch on hay under a New Zealand flag rather than another container with the flag of Tonga, delighting a small crowd of onlookers in Wellington. 'It sniffed around Tonga and then it walked to New Zealand, with a bit of coaxing from the crowd,' an onlooker said. 'It would have been in the oven if it chose Tonga, so it chose wisely,' he joked. Now Sonny Wool will hope to follow in the multiple footsteps of the world-renowned Paul, who correctly tipped the result of eight matches at last year's soccer World Cup in South Africa.

French minister in Australia for security talks

French Foreign Minister Alan Juppe heads to Australia for talks with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on international security, nuclear safety, the G20 summit and other issues. His two-day trip to Sydney and Canberra will also be the highest-level visit by a French government official to that side of the Tasman Sea in nearly three decades.

Lhasa half-marathon puts runners on top of world

Nearly 5,000 runners compete at an altitude of some 3,000 metres in Tibet's regional capital, Lhasa. The international half-marathon starts from Potala Square, passing along Norbublingka, Sera Monastery, Barkor Street and ends at Horse Track. Would-be participants who think the 21-kilometre route might be too much for them could opt for the five-kilometre mini-marathon race.

Teachers' Day comes amid push to improve schools

The mainland commemorates Teachers' Day. Last month, Premier Wen Jiabao vowed to increase investment in rural education and to improve the welfare of rural students, including providing financial subsidies for schools in less developed central and western provinces. He also pledged to expand boarding schools for migrant children and improve the welfare of nine million impoverished rural teachers.

Deadline for Gaddafi loyalists to surrender towns

The deadline set by the National Transitional Council of Libya for towns still loyal to Muammar Gaddafi to surrender arrives. But Bani Walid, where a number of former regime officials are believed to be holed up, appeared to be in no mood to capitulate last night, firing barrages of rockets at surrounding forces.