Talking points

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 September, 2011, 12:00am


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

Entertainers ring in return of racing at Happy Valley

All roads lead to Happy Valley tonight for the track's first meeting of the new season. The beer garden will be one of the hottest spots in town, and to mark the opening, a line-up of entertainers, models and racing specialists will get the season off to a roaring start. Models will mingle with the crowd to keep the good times rolling with fun games. Celebrating the return of Happy Wednesdays, fans will have the chance to win nearly 200 prizes. And, of course, there's always the chance of winning a million on the horses.

Divided African Union to discuss Libya in Pretoria

The African Union's panel on Libya meets in Pretoria to discuss the latest developments in the north African state, a South African official said. The committee includes leaders of Uganda, Mauritania, Mali and Congo-Brazzaville. The African Union has sought in vain to mediate between Libya's ousted leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the leaders of the uprising against him, who have rejected the continental bloc's proposals. South Africa has not recognised the National Transitional Council, which now controls most of Libya's territory.

Ethnic minorities convene for national games

The Ninth National Games for Ethnic Minorities open tomorrow in Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou. More than 20,000 athletes and guests will attend a gala opening lasting eight hours. A variety of performances will be presented by more than 50 ethnic groups. Guizhou has the second-largest number of ethnic groups in China's provinces and regions; Yunnan province has the largest number.

Republicans hope to win Weiner's district

Voting ends in New York, where Republicans hope to score an upset victory in a Democratic stronghold previously held by Anthony Weiner, who resigned from the US House of Representatives amid a Twitter sex scandal. The special election pits Democrat David Weprin, a member of the state assembly from a well-connected political family, against Republican Bob Turner, a retired media executive who won 40 per cent of votes last year in an unsuccessful bid to unseat Weiner.

Davos summer forum opens in Dalian

Premier Wen Jiabao addresses the opening ceremony of the 2011 Summer Davos economic forum in the northern port city Dalian. The theme of this year's meeting, which runs until Friday, is 'Mastering quality growth'. About 1,500 participants from 90 countries and regions are expected to discuss pursuing new frontiers of growth, shaping future business models and policies, embracing disruptive innovation and sustaining a creative and entrepreneurial culture.