Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Aug 25, 2016

The Alexandra Health Forum will cover topics such as improving health and preventing diseases through a person's lifestyle and a tailored diet.
The Alexandra Health Forum will cover topics such as improving health and preventing diseases through a person's lifestyle and a tailored diet.ST PHOTO: AZMI ATHNI

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Aug 25, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Forum on healthcare challenges starts today

A forum that looks into new models to address current and future healthcare challenges starts today (Aug 25). The three-day Alexandra Health Forum, held with the Alexandra Health Nursing Fest, will cover topics such as improving health and preventing diseases through a person's lifestyle and a tailored diet. 

Other issues covered include matching the medical curriculum with public needs and expectations.

Burkini ban hearing in France today


A Moroccan woman wearing a "burkini" (left), a full-body swimsuit designed for Muslim women, walking on a beach in Morocco on Aug 17, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

A ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit by several French towns will go before France’s highest administrative court today (Aug 25).

One of the world’s most secular countries, France strongly separates religion and public life, and overt religious symbols or clothing are considered incompatible with French values. 

CPFIS-included funds performance released today

Thomson Reuters Lipper will unveil today (Aug 25) the performance of Central Provident Fund Investment Scheme (CPFIS)-included funds for the second quarter ended June 30. 

The CPFIS has come under the spotlight recently, with an advisory panel recommending that the Government review the scheme to better target it at knowledgeable investors who have the financial expertise and time to manage investments on their own.