MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Dec 9, 2015

People browsing in the LLiBrary, located at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Paya Lebar, which caters for working adults undergoing vocational training.
People browsing in the LLiBrary, located at the Lifelong Learning Institute in Paya Lebar, which caters for working adults undergoing vocational training.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday, Dec 9, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

WDA hosting three-day work and learning conference

Researchers and professionals from  the world over gather from Wednesday (Dec 9) for a robust exchange of new ideas and approaches in the field of work and learning at the 9th International Conference for Researching Work And Learning.

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) is hosting the three-day conference, which will be held at the School of the Arts Singapore.

In addition to enhancing the learning and quality of teaching adult learners, WDA and SIM University will  sign an agreement  to work together on research and exchange of knowledge on workforce development and lifelong learning.

Indonesians go to the polls for regional elections


Indonesia's President Joko Widodo speaking at a Cabinet meeting in Jakarta on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Indonesia holds elections on Wednesday (Dec 9) to pick local leaders with the power to speed up or stall President Joko Widodo's growth-through-infrastructure agenda. The polls also mark another step in the democratic progress of the world's third-largest democracy, after its first nationwide vote in 1999 and first direct elections for leaders in 2004.

Results will be announced from Thursday until Dec 19, with districts first, followed by regions and provinces.

China's inflation data out today


A woman shops at a supermarket in Hangzhou in China's Zhejiang province on Nov 10, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

More Chinese economic data will be released on Wednesday (Dec 9), as investors study signs of where the world's second-biggest economy is headed.

On Wednesday, Chinese inflation data will be out and experts are expecting a slight increase in prices for last month.

If prices rise less than expected, it could mean economic activity is dropping off, sending off more warning signals about the strength of the Chinese economy.