Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...
Right-of-abode judgment due
The Court of Final Appeal will deliver judgment on the controversial right-of-abode dispute involving domestic helpers and children born to mainlanders in Hong Kong. The top court will decide whether helpers have the right to apply for a permanent identity card after living in Hong Kong for seven years. It has also been asked to consider a government request to ask the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to clarify its 1999 interpretation of Article 24 on right-of-abode conditions in the Basic Law.
EU executives in Tokyo summit
European Union President Herman van Rompuy and European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso will visit Tokyo for a one-day summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They are expected to reach a final accord that will see the launch of long-awaited talks to liberalise trade and remove barriers on services and investment. EU trade ministers agreed in November to launch free-trade talks with Tokyo, while pledging to safeguard Europe's struggling carmakers.
Lawmakers to discuss infant milk limit
Legislators will discuss the government restriction imposed on travellers of taking no more than two tins of infant milk formula and the repercussions that followed when it took effect on March 1. The rule has agitated mainlanders and put pressure on the government to give a timeframe on such a limit, or a sunset clause. In the meeting, officials will answer questions from members of the Legislative Council's Subcommittee on Import and Export (General) (Amendment) Regulation 2013.
Carson Yeung's lawyers back in court
Lawyers representing Carson Yeung Ka-sing, owner of the English soccer club Birmingham City, on money-laundering charges involving more than HK$700 million are expected back in District Court for a pre-trial hearing after he was given four extra months to prepare his defence. When the prosecution opposed an application for adjournment, lawyer Joseph Tse SC said the stance had the "hallmarks of oppressive prosecution". Tse said the legal team needed more time to gather evidence to show that even though Yeung began his career as a humble hairdresser, he had become wealthy and successful well before 2001, the year the alleged offences began. The trial has been adjourned to April 29.
Sinopec set to elaborate on earnings report
China Petroleum and Chemical Corp (Sinopec Corp) will host a post-results press briefing at 3.30pm in the Grand Hyatt after yesterday's 12.8 per cent fall in 2012 net profit announcement. The decline was due to a drop in revenues from its upstream and chemicals businesses, it said. Asia's largest refiner and China's second largest oil and gas firm's net profit fell to 63.88 billion yuan (HK$78.95 billion) from 73.22 billion in 2011, under international accounting standards.