Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 1:27am

Kai Tak cruise terminal opens

The Kai Tak cruise terminal opens its doors and welcomes its first "guest" - the 5,000-berth Mariner of the Seas. The HK$8.2 billion terminal has struggled with a leaking roof in recent weeks and business is expected to be slow in the early months of operation. The government and Tourism Board say they are working together to tackle the problems.


Legco chief visits British parliament

Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing meets his closest equivalent in Britain, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, to exchange views on various matters. Tsang will also take the opportunity to observe prime minister's questions, the weekly duel between British leader David Cameron and leader of the opposition Ed Miliband.


Dragon Boat fun across the nation

China celebrates the Dragon Boat festival, one of the nation's most colourful public holidays. Nine dragon boat races will be held across Hong Kong, with the Sun Life International Dragon Boat Championships in Stanley among the most popular. Participants train for the competition for months beforehand. Sitting two abreast, with a steersman at the back and a drummer at the front, 20 to 22 paddlers power the elaborately decorated boats.


'Whitey' Bulger goes on trial

The Boston trial of notorious gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, recaptured in 2011, is due to begin. Bulger, who denies all charges, is accused of murder, racketeering and extortion from his days as head of the city's "Winter Hill" crime gang in the 1970s and 1980s. He was arrested in California in 2011 after spending 16 years on the run. The trial is expected to take four months.


Aquino speaks on Independence Day

The Philippines marks its Independence Day - with workers having a double reason to celebrate. President Philippine Aquino has declared the day an official public holiday, meaning those who have to toil will receive overtime pay. Aquino will be among those at work, delivering his Independence Day speech to the nation, in which he is expected to discuss several topical issues.


India launches navigation satellite

India launches its first navigational satellite, which will provide terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation services and help in disaster and fleet management. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1A will be launched by a home-grown rocket, PSLV-C22 XL from Sriharikota, Andrapradesh. India's space agency is planning a further three rocket launches for the remainder of this year, including its first mission to Mars.