New Apple iPhone models go on sale
The latest iPhone models officially go on sale in Hong Kong and on the mainland today with Apple releasing its iPhone 5s and the lower-priced iPhone 5c. Operators say pre-registration response was enthusiastic but local Apple fans were not too impressed with the price. The 5c costs HK$4,688 while the 5s is priced from HK$5,588. On the mainland's online Apple Store, prices for the 5c start at 4,488 yuan (HK$5,680) while those for the 5s start from 5,288 yuan.
Cruise Holiday Expo at Kai Tak terminal
The city's first Cruise Holiday Expo, featuring 17 cruise brands and 30 travel agencies, is being staged at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. It's open for industry members today, and then for the public over the weekend. It is organised by the Travel Industry Council, Tourism Commission and Tourism Board. Expo exhibitors will offer special deals for cruise lovers and seminars will be held on-site. A lucky draw will be held on Sunday offering prizes that include cruise tours.
Keynote address by Suu Kyi
Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will give a keynote address entitled "Myanmar in transition" during the second Singapore Summit, which kicks off today. The conference will look at the implications of political, economic and technological changes on Asian growth markets and supply chains. Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will provide the opening speech for the two-day event.
Singapore Grand Prix … and entertainment
It's more than just world-class motor racing at Formula One's Singapore Grand Prix this weekend. International performers will also strut their stuff within the Marina Bay street circuit. Stars on show include pop diva Rihanna, American rock band The Killers, Welsh singer Tom Jones and Bob Geldof. The closing concert on Monday will headline pop singer Justin Bieber.
San Sebastian Film Festival
One of the more important movie festivals, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, is being staged in Spain. The event has been going since 1953 and its grand honour is the Golden Seashell for best film of the festival. It also doles out the Donostia Award as an honorary award to deserving film personalities. This year, the Donostia will go to Australian actor and producer Hugh Jackman and Spanish actress Carmen Maura.
Kiwis poised for America's Cup victory
Going into today's racing, Dean Barker and the rest of his Emirates Team New Zealand crew needed just one more win to take the oldest trophy in international sport - sailing's America's Cup, affectionately known as the "Auld Mug". With the Kiwis holding an 8-1 lead, it was not looking good for the defenders, Oracle Team USA, bankrolled by software tycoon Larry Ellison of Oracle.