Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 27 September, 2011, 12:00am

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

Ruling on appeal over HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

The Court of Appeal rules on the government's appeal against a judicial review on the environmental impact assessment report of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. Not limited to the bridge, the ruling will also have significant bearings on the fate of other major infrastructure projects temporarily held up pending the ruling. One of the focuses will be whether the environmental footprints of a development should be separately assessed and presented in the environmental impact assessment report.

Philippines battens down for Typhoon Nesat

All ferries and fishing boats in the Philippines' central provinces stand idle as Typhoon Nesat is expected to make landfall. Typhoon alerts are in force in nearly all provinces of the country's main island, Luzon. More than 100,000 people in Albay province were ordered to move to safer areas, while flights to Bicol were suspended.

Australian airports warn of disruption from strikes

International travellers are being warned to expect delays at Australia's airports this week due to strike action by customs and border security staff over failed contract talks. The action is to comprise one- and two-hour walk-outs and partial work bans at various locations including airports, container screening sites and international mail operations. It is the second time in as many weeks that Australia's airports will be hit by strike action.

Obama tries to reclaim liberals on west coast trip

US President Barack Obama is trying out his newly combative message on the liberal west coast, aiming to re-energise Democratic voters who have grown increasingly disenchanted with him. The three-day trip, mostly fund-raising events from Seattle to Hollywood and San Diego, offers Obama (pictured arriving in San Jose on Sunday) the chance to try to reassure some of his most liberal and deep-pocketed supporters as next year's presidential campaign revs up. The summer's nasty debate over raising the government's borrowing limit turned off voters, and many liberals bemoan the deal.

On both sides of Atlantic, eyes are on the economy

In the United States, consumer confidence figures are expected to show a slight pickup to 46.5 in September, from 44.5 in August, although high unemployment in the world's biggest economy is expected to act as a brake on consumer spending in the medium term. In Europe, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision starts a two-day meeting to consider changes to capital surcharges on the biggest banks. The Basel group is expected to weigh criticisms from banks that the proposals may impede economic recovery.

Saudi Arabia's pavilion for Shanghai Expo to reopen

The Shanghai Expo ended almost a year ago, but the Saudi pavilion reopens tomorrow, and will be open into the evenings for the National Day holiday. The boat-shaped pavilion was one of the most popular at the Expo.