Nation remembers the Sichuan earthquake
China tomorrow commemorates the fifth anniversary of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The magnitude-7.9 quake, which rocked the country just months before Beijing hosted the Olympic Games, was the most powerful to hit the country since 1949. Official figures say it killed 87,449 people, of whom some 5,335 were children, many of them studying in poorly built schools.
Fans flock to FA Cup finals
Kitchee take on Pegasus in the Hong Kong FA Cup final. For Kitchee, the defending champions, it's a chance to grab a final piece of silverware for coach Josep Gombau, who will leave at the end of the season to take charge of Australian side Adelaide United. Another cup win would cap a successful season for Gombau and Kitchee, who finished second in the league behind South China. Meanwhile England's FA Cup final pits Manchester City against Wigan Athletic.
HK$800m of yachts star at show
The region's largest annual mega marine event, the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, opens today at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club in Tuen Mun. Now in its 16th year, the show features 70 exhibitors and about 80 boats, with a total value of some HK$800 million. Featured yachts include the 110ft Aycer 110, the Sunseeker Predator 92 worth HK$63 million, the Taiwan-built Horizon E70E and the luxurious Dyna55.
Pakistan votes in national poll
Pakistan goes to the polls today in nationwide parliamentary elections that are expected to mark an unprecedented transfer of power from one civilian government to another. Recent polls indicate no party will get more than 50 per cent of the vote. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is expected to win more seats than the Peoples Party of President Asif Ali Zardari, with a group led by former cricket star Imran Khan gunning for an upset.
Plans for Maritime Day revealed
Vice-minister of transport He Jianzhong reveals the first details of plans for this year's National Maritime Day events. The government sets aside July 11 - the day Ming dynasty navigator Zheng He set off on his famous expedition through Southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East some 600 years ago - to promote public awareness of maritime affairs.
Tycoon Branson turns air hostess
Passengers on an AirAsia flight from Perth to Kuala Lumpur encounter a familiar face in an extremely unfamiliar role tomorrow. Virgin boss Richard Branson will shave his legs and work as a stewardess for the flight after losing a bet with AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes over their respective Formula One teams. The British tycoon, never shy about publicity, will even don make-up for the flight, which will raise cash for charity.