Talking points

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2012, 12:00am

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

Canto-pop legend serenades alma mater

Samuel Hui Koon-kit (pictured in his student days), also known as the 'God of Canto-pop', returns to Hong Kong University - for the first time since he graduated in 1971 - to perform as part of centennial celebrations at Sun Yat-sen Place on the university's Pok Fu Lam campus. Hui, who has composed a song for the 100th anniversary, will also share his views on Hong Kong culture and recall his student days.

Lawmakers debate move against power companies

Lawmakers will decide whether to invoke their power to obtain from the government documents relating to the tariff increases imposed by the city's two power utilities. However, whether they can find enough support for the motion is uncertain after the two companies voluntarily tabled 50 pages of confidential data regarding their capital expenditure at a closed meeting yesterday of the Legislative Council's economic development panel.

Longjiang pollution likely focus of ministry briefing

The Ministry of Health holds its regular news conference in Beijing this morning. A key topic is likely to be the recent public health crisis in Guangxi as a result of cadmium pollution in the water supply of Liuzhou, the province's second-largest city, with more than 3.5 million residents. Official media have reported that the water from the Longjiang (left) is now safe to drink because the poison has been diluted and neutralised, but many environmentalists doubt the assurances.

Wenzhou to broadcast congress Q & A online

Wenzhou opens its 11th party congress. During the four-day congress, party representatives will be able to question city leaders about their policies in a consultation session that will be broadcast live online. The city government said it hoped this would help improve the transparency of the session. The affluent city has been hit by a number of underground banking scandals and entrepreneurs fleeing without repaying debts.

Report shows which way the wind is blowing

Vestas Wind Systems, the world's biggest maker of wind turbines, is due to report full-year orders data amid increasing competition in the renewable energy sector. Earlier this month China National Offshore Oil Corporation agreed to pump US$300 million into a Tianjin-based joint venture with the Spanish company Isofoton, which makes solar panels, a sign that it is taking the renewable energy sector increasingly seriously. Mainland wind power and solar firms are making increasing inroads into the sector globally.

Bernanke speech to be scrutinised for clues

US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke (left) makes a speech tonight that will be scrutinised for details of a return to so-called quantitative easing. The US central bank printed money and bought US$2.3 trillion of Treasury and mortgage-related bonds between 2008 and June last year to support the economy in two rounds of quantitative easing. Bernanke said last month that he is considering another set of purchases.