Talking points

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

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 July, 2013, 3:36am


Due date arrives for royal baby

The world's media focuses its cameras on London as the reported due-date arrives for the year's most high-profile baby. At birth, the child of Prince William and his wife Kate will immediately be third in line to the throne of the United Kingdom and 15 other independent sovereign states. The world's media has been camped outside St Mary's Hospital in London for days, although the fact the prince plans to spend the weekend playing polo may be a sign that birth is not imminent.


Lawmaker sings to cheer diploma students

Lawmaker Lo Wai-kwok swaps the Legislative Council for the world of Canto-pop as he sings musical hits in an attempt to boost the morale of students nervously awaiting their Diploma of Secondary Education exam results. He sings at Wishing Tree Plaza in Tai Po tonight, while the Federation of Youth Groups strikes a more serious note with the opening of a counselling hotline tomorrow ahead of Monday's release of the results.


English soccer maestros hit Asia

The stars of English soccer begin their tours of Asia ahead of the new Premier League season. Manchester United take on a Thai Premier League All-Stars team in Bangkok today, while Arsenal take on the Indonesian national team in Jakarta. The game in Bangkok will be United's first without Alex Ferguson in the dugout for more than two decades. New boss David Moyes brings his United team to Hong Kong to play Kitchee on July 29.


Bhutan votes in new parliament

One of the world's newest and smallest democracies goes to the polls, as run-off elections take place for Bhutan's parliament. The Himalayan kingdom's 400,000 voters gave the royalist Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party 45 per cent of the vote in the first round of polls in May, though the party is unlikely to enjoy the kind of landslide victory it achieved at the country's first general election in 2008.


Myanmar's leader visits Europe

Myanmar's President Thein Sein continues his efforts to build up the nation's diplomatic links abroad as he leaves for a four-day trip to Britain and France. It's Thein Sein's second visit to Europe this year as he seeks support for the lifting of international sanctions that have held back the country's development. Thein Sein also visited Washington in May for talks with US President Barack Obama.


Hong Kong trio join Mongol Rally

A team of Hongkongers sets off on a gruelling 16,000 kilometre race that will take them across some of the world's most gruelling terrain. Teacher Natalie Chan, University of Hong Kong medical student Aaron Chan and Chinese University law student Jonathan Ma are relishing the challenge of the Mongol Rally, which starts in Britain today. As well as enjoying the fun of the rally, they are raising money for green group Cool Earth.