Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Jan 4, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her husband and former President Bill Clinton share a moment on stage on Nov 15, 2015.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and her husband and former President Bill Clinton share a moment on stage on Nov 15, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

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

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Former US president Clinton to campaign for wife Hillary

Former US president Bill Clinton (left) and Hillary Clinton take the stage at the Central Iowa Democrats Fall Barbecue in Ames, Iowa on Nov 15, 2015.
Former US president Bill Clinton (left) and Hillary Clinton take the stage at the Central Iowa Democrats Fall Barbecue in Ames, Iowa on Nov 15, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Former US President Bill Clinton will hit the campaign trail today (Jan 4) for his wife Hillary – his first appearance on the stump for her bid in November's presidential election. Mr Clinton is scheduled to visit New Hampshire, where he will hold a rally at a community college and appear at another event later today in support of his wife, who leads polls for the Democratic nomination. The 69-year-old's involvement came as polls show Mrs Clinton’s main Democratic rival Bernie Sanders enjoying strong support in New Hampshire, an early-voting state, and as Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump steps up on attacks on both Clintons.

Back to School


Students at Angsana Primary School on Jan 2, 2015. ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

It’s back to school in Singapore today (Jan 4), and students will be attending their first day of school or returning to their lessons after the recent break.

Schools are going all out to make their pupils feel at home, with student buddies and a range of orientation activities.

At Unity Primary School, for instance, they will be greeted by mascots and given treats, to ease any anxiety. - CALVIN YANG

Purchasing Managers' Index out today (Jan 4)


A worker in a medical clean room environment at Univac Precision Engineering at its manufacturing plant in Woodlands. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Nikkei Singapore Purchasing Managers’ Index for December will be released today (Jan 4). The gauge, which tracks output and new orders made by local firms, will likely continue to show a mixed reading. Last month, the PMI reached a nine-month high as new export business in November went up at the fastest rate in more than two years. However, overall demand remained relatively subdued and firms continued to cut staff numbers.