Talking points

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 2011, 12:00am


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

'Strayed' candidate Tang to meet public

Facing the public for the first time since his admission of marital infidelity, chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen visits Youth College in Kwai Fong, a vocational school for youths. In an apparent start to his election campaign, Tang is heading to Youth College to show his concern for the well-being of youngsters, his publicity team said. But he will undoubtedly face questions about the infidelity he owned up to on Tuesday.

UN Security Council takes up Palestine bid

The UN Security Council is moving ahead with its review of the Palestinian bid for UN membership, with experts on the council committee meeting to discuss the Palestinian application for the first time today. The gathering comes as Mideast mediators prepare a fresh attempt to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. The action follows Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas' application on September 23 to become the 194th member of the United Nations, a move strongly opposed by Israel and the United States, which has threatened to veto it.

Qantas workers go on strike again

Another round of strikes by ground workers and engineers will force it to cancel or delay dozens more flights, Qantas Airways says. The flagship Australian carrier says 17 flights will be cancelled today and 29 flights delayed by up to an hour because of strikes by the Transport Workers' Union and the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association. The unions have held a series of strikes in recent weeks, as they fight the airline over pay and work conditions. Qantas says more than 35,000 passengers have been affected by the unions' industrial action over the past month.

Talks aim to increase mainlanders' visits to Taiwan

The mainland and Taiwan tourism authorities will discuss expanding the number of mainland cities eligible for solo tourists to Taiwan. The Economic Daily News, based in Taiwan, said the two sides would resume meeting soon after the mainland's National Day 'golden week' holiday, which ends today. Taipei is proposing to extend the scheme to residents of Nanjing , Tianjin , Chongqing and Hangzhou . Although the response from mainland solo tourists has been improving since the visits began more than three months ago, Taiwan is getting an estimated 250 solo tourists per day, only half of the daily quota.

US jobless data unlikely to bring good news

US unemployment data for September due later today is expected to show the weak economic recovery is taking its toll on the jobless market. In August, it showed a slight fall to 9.1 per cent, but unemployment refuses to drop beneath 9 per cent. The endurance of high unemployment is posing political problems for President Barack Obama and fuelling Wall Street protests.