Clockenflap Music Festival

Talking Points

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

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 December, 2012, 2:41am


'Broken Tooth' out of prison

"Broken Tooth" Wan Kuok-koi, a notorious former triad leader, is set to walk free from prison in Macau after serving almost 14 years behind bars for organised crime offences. Macau and mainland officials are said to fear that Wan could stage a return to the high-roller casino business, where he wreaked havoc in the 1990s. At the time, gangland turf wars had broken out amid uncertainty over the city's return to Chinese sovereignty.


Protests on both sides in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood and hardline Salafi parties hold protests across Egypt in support of under-fire President Mohammed Mursi, who is facing a wave of unrest over a decree that expanded his powers. Meanwhile, liberals are expected to stage further protests after a panel drafting the nation's new constitution put forward proposals that opponents say restrict freedom of speech, religious rights and women's rights.


Ex-lawmakers tipped for Civic Party posts

The Civic Party holds its annual conference, with two ousted lawmakers expected to take on top jobs. Audrey Eu Yuet-mee is likely to become party chairwoman, while Tanya Chan becomes vice-chairwoman for external affairs. Alan Leong Kah-kit is expected to seek a new term as party leader after helping it garner more votes in geographic constituencies than any other in the pan-democratic camp in the recent Legco vote.


Taiwanese minister speaks at HKU

Taiwanese Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai gives a speech at the University of Hong Kong, her former employer. Lung, who took office earlier this year upon the creation of the ministry, will speak on the subject of "My Hong Kong, My Taiwan", reflecting on the nine years she spent living and working in the city.


Scream give Clockenflap a shout

British rock veterans Primal Scream top the bill on the first day of Hong Kong's biggest alternative music and arts festival, Clockenflap. As many as 25,000 people are expected to head to the future West Kowloon Cultural District to catch a host of local and international indie acts, with another British indie group, The Klaxons, and American hip hop survivors De La Soul playing tomorrow.


New Mexican leader takes office

Enrique Pena Nieto takes office as president of Mexico, marking a return to office for the nation's traditional ruling party, the Institutional Revolutionary Party. The IRP had ruled Mexico for 71 years before defeat in the presidential poll in 2000, but voters in July put their faith in Nieto to tackle the country's myriad problems, not least the violent turf battles between warring drug gangs.