Lamma Island

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am

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Soldiers go on trial for kidnapping

Two soldiers are expected to appear in court in Jos, Nigeria, charged with the kidnapping of the father of Chelsea footballer John Obi Mikel (left) in August. Michael Obi was freed and five suspects arrested in Kano, more than 320 kilometres from Jos, the day after Mikel appealed via international media for his father's release. During the time of his father's abduction, Mikel continued playing for Chelsea, earning praise from manager Andre Villas-Boas for his 'amazing mental toughness'.

Immigration chief briefs media on difficult issues

Immigration chief Eric Chan Kwok-ki holds an annual media briefing to review his department's work last year and discuss its plans for the year ahead. Chan, the new director immigration, is expected to address such controversial issues as the right of abode for domestic helpers and the surge in the number of mainland women rushing to give birth in Hong Kong, as well as the department's staffing problems.

Progress report on Lamma's sewerage upgrade

The Drainage Services Department holds a briefing on the sewage collection and treatment project on Lamma Island. Under the project, village sewerage systems, sewage treatment works and pumping stations are being built in Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan to treat sewage before it is discharged into the sea. The new facilities will replace the island's existing, primitive soak-away method and significantly improve the quality of the water surrounding Lamma.

Russian tycoons' London court hearings wind up

Hearings in the trial of former Kremlin insider Boris Berezovsky's US$6 billion lawsuit against rival tycoon and one-time ally Roman Abramovich are expected to conclude in London. Berezovsky, 65, says Abramovich intimidated him into selling his stake in oil firm Sibneft - the crown jewel of his business empire - at a knockdown price. Abramovich, 45, denies Berezovsky (left) ever had an interest in the firm.

Ministry discusses mainland's ageing population

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security briefs the media in Beijing on its operations in the previous quarter. Demographic statistics announced this week have sharpened the focus on the challenges of the mainland's ageing society, which include deciding who will pay for pensioners' welfare. The National Bureau of Statistics said the workforce's share of the total population last year dropped for the first time in a decade, down by 0.1 percentage point from 2010 to 74.4 per cent.

Nato chief visits Baltic states

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (left) visits Estonia and Latvia for two days for meetings with government leaders. Speaking on the eve of his trip, Rassmussen said the question of a permanent airspace presence for Nato in the Baltics would be decided before the alliance's summit in Chicago in May. The present airspace policing missions are due to expire in 2014. The governments of the Baltic states, which border Russia, recently decided to increase funding for supporting the staging of fighters in their territories.