Talking points

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 March, 2012, 12:00am


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

Health official reports on HIV/Aids

Dr Wong Ka-hing (left), of the Department of Health's Centre for Health Protection, conducts a briefing at the Red Ribbon Centre in Wong Tai Sin on the prevalence of HIV/Aids in the city last year. The centre opened in the Wang Tau Hom Jockey Club Clinic in 1996 and serves as an information and resource centre. In a briefing for World Aids Day on December 1 last year, Wong said the 113 new HIV cases in the city in the July-September quarter was the highest number since the same period in 2009, when there were 123 cases. Wong said he expected last year's new cases to exceed 2010's figure of 389.

British PM starts two-day visit to Washington

Britain's famed 'special relationship' with the United States is on display as Prime Minister David Cameron starts a two-day visit to Washington. Today, he and President Barack Obama will watch a men's college basketball game and tomorrow Obama will host a state dinner for Cameron at the White House. Topics up for discussion, according to British press reports, include Afghanistan, the Middle East and Iran, as well as the coming Nato and G8 summits, and global economic stability and growth.

Museum showcases 160 years of Hong Kong money

The Museum of History in Tsim Sha Tsui hosts a briefing on its exhibition 'Hong Kong Currency', which opens tomorrow and runs until mid-June. It includes about 700 exhibits featuring the city's coinage and notes from the past 160 years. 'While intricately related to Hong Kong people's everyday lives, the exhibits also reflect how the purchasing power of the local currency has changed over the years,' according to the museum.

Fed reviews rates as US employment improves

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is in the spotlight again as the Fed reviews rates amid signs that the world's biggest economy is emerging from its torpor. Unemployment data on Friday showed the jobless rate stayed at 8.3 per cent, but 227,000 new jobs were created, the first time since early last year that payrolls have grown by more than 200,000 jobs a month.

Curtain falls on CPPCC annual session

The nation's top political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, ends its 10-day annual session. So far delegates have made proposals ranging from the legalisation of underground banks, to abolition of a law making it illegal to have sex with prostitutes under the age 14. It remains to be seen how many of the proposals will be adopted by the central government.

Adelson's bet on Gingrich still in play

A crucial day for Newt Gingrich - the preferred candidate of Macau and Las Vegas gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson - as he fights to stay in the race for the Republican nomination to stand against US President Barack Obama, with his hopes pinned on winning primaries in the conservative states of Alabama and Mississippi. Surveys in both states have shown Gingrich (left) edging ahead of Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, thanks at least in part to a reported US$100 million from Adelson. Meanwhile, Santorum will be hoping to knock Gingrich out, leaving him as Romney's sole challenger.