MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Dec 4, 2015

The Rohingya refugees fleeing their homeland by boat in search of a new home.
The Rohingya refugees fleeing their homeland by boat in search of a new home.PHOTO: MEDIACORP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, Dec 4, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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THAILAND TO HOST MEETING TO ADDRESS "BOAT PEOPLE CRISIS"

Thailand will host a regional meeting today (Dec 4) seeking solutions to address South-east Asia's "boat people" crisis. A crackdown by Thai police on human trafficking gangs brought the crisis to light earlier this year, with hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea or dying in jungle camps.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has called on countries in the region to treat migrants landing on their shores humanely and avoid a repeat of the tragedy.   

US BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS TO RELEASE NONFARM PAYROLL DATA TODAY (DEC 4)


Job seekers meeting with recruiters during the HireLive Career Fair on Nov 12, 2015 in San Francisco, California. PHOTO: AFP

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will release nonfarm payroll employment data for November today (Dec 4) – the last major data before the Federal Reserve holds its two-day policy meeting from Dec 15.

The data heavily affects the dollar, bond market and stock market. Analysts are expecting  robust figures for the month, which  would support the expected increase in interest rates by the Fed –  its first in nearly a decade. 

OPEC TO MEET IN VIENNA TODAY 


Fuel storage tanks stand at a PT Pertamina facility in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, Nov 30, 2015. PHOTO: BLOOOMBERG

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) will meet in Vienna today (Dec 4). Cash-strapped Opec nations from Venezuela to Iran are piling pressure on Saudi Arabia to reduce oil output, but the group’s biggest producer insists it will only do so if countries outside the organisation join in. As OPEC’s de facto leader, Saudi Arabia may propose an eventual group production cut of 1 million barrels a day that may take effect in 2016, reports said. 

CHILDAID CONCERT TONIGHT


Full dress rehearsal of the ChildAid concert at the Grand Theatre in Marina Bay Sands. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

ChildAid, one of Singapore’s biggest annual children charity concerts, opens at Marina Bay Sands on Friday night (Dec 4).

The 90-minute concert, now in its 11th run, features young talents from Singapore and the region performing in support of two charities - The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund and The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.

The event will be attended by President Tony Tan Keng Yam. - EUNICE QUEK