What's Next: July 31, 2015

Students at Crest Secondary School attending lessons inside a classroom modelled after a Home-Fix DIY store for their retail services module.
Students at Crest Secondary School attending lessons inside a classroom modelled after a Home-Fix DIY store for their retail services module. PHOTO: ST FILE

School for Normal (Tech) course opens

Crest Secondary, which took in its first batch of Normal (Technical) students in 2013, will be officially opened by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat today. The school in Jurong East, which takes in only students in the Normal (Technical) course, is one of four specialised schools in Singapore catering to low-ability students. Apart from literacy and numeracy skills, the students will also learn vocational skills such as hospitality and retail servicing.

TPP talks set to wrap up today

The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are set to wrap up today, after four days of meetings in Hawaii this week.

While ministers from Pacific Rim nations are hoping to finalise the ambitious free trade deal, which aims to cut tariffs and set common standards on issues such as environmental standards, there are some major sticking points, such as the dairy trade and intellectual property rights.

Q2 results for OCBC and UOB

OCBC Bank and United Overseas Bank will release their second quarter financial statements today.

Analysts will be scrutinising their results to see how they compare against DBS Group Holdings, Singapore's biggest bank, which reported on Monday strong earnings growth. Its net profit for the three months to June 30 rose 15 per cent to $1.12 billion on the back of a 12 per cent jump in net interest income .

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