Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 April, 2013, 1:58am


Legco panel discusses handling of glass bottles

The Legislative Council's panel on environmental affairs meets to discuss the public consultation on a producer-responsibility scheme for glass drink bottles. Different interested groups, including from the catering sector and those with environmental concerns, will attend the meeting to express their views.


Manchester United closes in on goal

With a 13-point lead over second-place Manchester City, Manchester United could move within three points of the Premier League title if they beat Aston Villa today, or could even walk away with the title if the weekend's results have gone their way. Villa travels to Old Trafford buoyed by a run of form in which they have taken 10 points from a possible 15 and knowing that a surprise victory would have huge ramifications at the bottom of the table. If the visitors win, both Reading and Queens Park Rangers would be relegated and third-bottom Wigan Athletic would be cut six points adrift of safety.


Bail hearing for poisoned-letter accused

An Elvis Presley impersonator from Mississippi charged with threatening President Barack Obama and a US senator by mailing them letters containing the deadly chemical ricin will remain in custody at least until today when the judge will consider whether to release him on bail. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, faces charges of using the mail to convey threats to people including Obama. If found guilty he faces 15 years in jail and US$500,000 in fines. Curtis has not entered a plea in his initial court appearances. Envelopes addressed to Obama and Senator Roger Wicker were intercepted on April 16. The FBI and Secret Service determined they contained ricin, which has no antidote.


Cathay briefing on making most of cheap fares

Cathay Pacific gives a briefing on its "fanfares" promotion, in which the airline's latest round of cheap fares is listed every Tuesday morning. The briefing will answer questions such as how many tickets will be offered each week and how to apply for them.


Israel, Turkey meet over deadly raid on flotilla

Israeli and Turkish officials meet for talks on compensation for a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. But demands by families of the Turks killed in the May 2010 assault by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara look set to complicate the high-stakes negotiations. After refusing Ankara's demand for a formal apology, Israel last month finally made the gesture at the urging of US President Barack Obama. But for full restoration of ties and its ambassador to Israel, Ankara insists Israel pay compensation for the raid victims and lift its restrictions on Gaza. Israel imposed its blockade on Gaza in 2006 after Gaza militants seized an Israeli soldier, who was eventually freed in 2011 in a trade for 1,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.