Hong Kong Sevens

Talking points

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 March, 2012, 12:00am

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

Santorum win expected in Louisiana

Despite Mitt Romney's big delegate lead and increasing support among the Republican establishment, Rick Santorum (left), a former Pennsylvania senator, is likely to capture a victory today in Louisiana, a Deep South state like Mississippi and Alabama, which he won this month. While Romney is working to consolidate support behind him after a convincing win at the Illinois primary on Tuesday, his aides recognise the race is not yet won and foresee more weeks of battles. If Santorum wins Louisiana, the two rivals will face a potentially pivotal contest in Wisconsin on April 3. On April 24, the map favours Romney as several northeastern states vote.

Obama tours DMZ before Seoul summit

US President Barack Obama will arrive in South Korea and visit the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) on the tense border before a nuclear security summit in Seoul. He will meet South Korean President Lee Myung-bak after the DMZ visit, with the focus of their conversation likely to be North Korea.

Sevens party offers booze, costumes ... and rugby

Apart from the booze and the costumes there will be some rugby played at the Hong Kong Sevens today. World Series leaders New Zealand are favourites to retain their crown but face a tough pool including South Africa and Wales. New Zealand, still basking in their World Cup triumph in the 15-a-side game in October, top the HSBC Sevens World Series and are seeking their 11th triumph at the world's most high-profile sevens event. The Kiwis will also have to fend off Fiji, who have won a record 12 times here - including two World Cup wins.

Annan to discuss Syria with Moscow and Beijing

UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan will travel this weekend to Moscow and Beijing to discuss the crisis in Syria, his spokesman said. And a team returned from Damascus after 'three days of intensive talks' on halting the violence. Annan will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev. His Beijing schedule has not been confirmed.

Actors set the scene at art show

Horizonte actors will offer free tours of an architectural art installation today. They promise a lively look at the ArtAlive@Park exhibition at Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront Podium Garden by University of Hong Kong students to explore how art can be incorporated into a public space. The tours will run at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm. Tours will also be offered on April 14 and 21, and May 19. The HKU show runs until the end of May, with Chinese University students exhibiting at Tai Po Waterfront Park from July to September and City University students at Stanley Promenade from November to January.

Financial reform on the agenda

China Securities Regulatory Commission chairman Guo Shuqing (left) and top officials from the finance, housing and commerce ministries will speak tomorrow on financial reform and the challenges of upgrading the country's manufacturing sector at a one-day forum hosted by the Lingnan College of Sun Yat-sen University.