TALKING POINTS

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Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 May, 2015, 9:46am

Romanians head for the polls

Romania votes in parliamentary elections tomorrow, with the ruling centre-left coalition poised for victory after months of bitter feuding with its arch-rival, President Traian Basescu. It will be Romania's first national vote since a failed attempt by the ruling Social-Liberal Union party in summer to unseat centre-right Basescu - a move that drew sharp rebukes from the European Union and the United States.

 

Rally celebrates 25 years of Hamas

Palestinian group Hamas celebrates its 25th anniversary with a mass rally attended by its supreme leader, Khaled Meshaal. The landmark visit by Meshaal, who has been in exile from the Palestinian territories for 45 years, comes two weeks after the bloodiest round of Israel-Gaza fighting in four years. It may also signal a rapprochement between the internal and external leaderships of Hamas, and a chance for reconciliation with rival West Bank-based faction Fatah.

 

Second public hearing on hospital land grants

The Legislative Council's Public Accounts Committee holds the second public hearing on the Director of Audit's report on land grants for private hospital development. A total of 10 government officials, including Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man and Development Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po, have been invited to appear before the committee to respond to points raised in the report and answer questions.

 

China figures provide clues on recovery

The National Bureau of Statistics is scheduled to release China's November economic data on Sunday. The indicators, including the consumer price index, the producer price index, fixed asset investment, retail sales and industrial output, will offer new clues on the nation's economic recovery and inflation prospects.

 

Top colts go under the hammer

Seventeen lots go under the hammer at the Hong Kong International Sale at Sha Tin. Three eye-catching colts, lots 11 (by High Chaparral-Golden Gamble), 14 (by Encosta De Lago-Sharp - bought for HK$4 million at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale) and 16 (by Rock Hard Ten-Bayou Jazz) will attract the big-spending owners. Jockey Club international executive manager Mark Richards expects a top price of HK$7 million for one of the colts. The club buys yearlings around the world, educates them overseas and brings them to Hong Kong, "ready to run", for auction on the eve of the Longines International Races.

 

Five new members for Labour Advisory Board

Unions elect five employee representatives to the Labour Advisory Board at the Cultural Centre. The Labour Advisory Board is a non-statutory body that advises the Commissioner for Labour on labour matters, including legislation. It has 12 unofficial members, six representing employers and six representing employees.