US Presidential Election 2012

Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 1:33am

Figures that could alter US election

The most anticipated economic figures still to be released before the United States presidential election are out tonight: October's unemployment data. The figures are expected to draw close scrutiny after an unexpected fall in September's unemployment rate to 7.8 per cent - the lowest since Barack Obama took office - prompted accusations from leading business figures that the data had been massaged to help the president's re-election campaign. With the presidential election just days away, the jobless figures could factor into people's voting intentions.


Cathay heads back to the Big Apple

Cathay Pacific flights from Hong Kong to John F. Kennedy Airport resume following the disruption of Hurricane Sandy, according to an airline statement. Cathay cautioned travellers to expect "considerable damage" and limited services at the airport. The huge storm, which wreaked havoc along the US east coast, resulted in the cancellation of 12,000 flights.


First bite of the mini Apple

Less than two weeks after its very existence became known to the general public, the iPad mini is being launched in Hong Kong. The world's biggest technology company introduces its compact version of the Apple iPad in some 34 markets today. It will also release the fourth-generation iPad, which was unveiled last month.


Hopes for early heat as temperatures plummet

Some mainland cities are hoping their public heating systems may be turned on ahead of schedule after the China Meteorological Administration gives its monthly report in Beijing today. China has been suffering from a series of cold fronts that have brought temperatures down by up to 14 degrees. Temperatures in the capital are expected to fall below zero next week.


Carrie Lam tackles leadership change

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying may want to take a few notes as Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor delivers a lecture entitled "Leadership - Change and Innovation" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Lam, who graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1980 with a degree in social science, has been invited to speak as part of a programme at Shaw College designed to broaden students' experience.


Debate resumes on finance committee rules

Lawmakers resume debate on the Beijing-loyalist camp's attempt to tighten the finance committee's procedures to prevent filibustering. Ip Kwok-him, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, proposed that members should be allowed to table just one motion per debate without prior notice. His suggestion followed last summer's marathon filibustering tactics by radical lawmakers. However, finance committee members will first have to vote on rules for tabling motions to amend procedures.