CY's backers take to the streets
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying gets a boost tomorrow when his backers march from Victoria Park to government headquarters in Admiralty in a display of support. The organiser, the internet-based group Caring Hong Kong Power, has asked participants to wear white - after anti-Leung campaigners adopted black as their colour. The march takes place two days before a pair of anti-Leung marches on New Year's Day.
Simple funeral for euthanasia advocate
A simple funeral will be held today in Hung Hom for quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun, who died suddenly this month. The funeral will be followed by a memorial service organised by friends of Tang. Tang, known to many as Ah Bun, became a well-known figure in 2003 when he made a high-profile plea for euthanasia to be legalised. In 2007, Tang wrote the autobiographical I Want Euthanasia, in which he argued for the right to die in peace and with dignity.
Forum looks at economic outlook
A forum in Beijing on China's economic outlook will get an insight into the nation's fiscal affairs from Liu He, deputy director of the central leading group on financial and economic affairs. China's economy has strengthened in the fourth quarter, following seven straight quarters of slower growth, thanks to new pro-growth policies introduced by the government in recent months, including approval for US$157 billion worth of infrastructure projects.
Tennis stars head to Shenzhen
Stars from the world of women's tennis line up for the WTA Shenzhen Open. Chinese star Li Na is likely to be the biggest attraction for the local fans and will play her first-round match tomorrow or Monday. She will first play an exhibition contest against Victoria Azarenka in Thailand today. Other names to look out for include Marion Bartoli, Jelena Jankovic and 42-year-old Japanese star Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Philharmonic offers Viennese sounds
Music lovers get a taste of Vienna, when the Hong Kong Philharmonic presents A Viennese New Year. The concerts, which take place tomorrow and on Monday at the Cultural Centre, feature waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss II, Robert Stolz, Hans Christian Lumbye, Johannes Brahms and Jacques Offenbach, conducted by David Angus.
Kim Jong-un marks first year in charge
North Korea marks the first anniversary of Kim Jong-un's rise to power in Pyongyang. Kim, believed to be in his late 20s, took over on the death of his father, Kim Jong-il. Kim was able to mark the anniversary by celebrating the nation's first successful rocket launch - but the bold move has increased concerns about the hermit state's direction under its third-generation leader.