Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, July 1, 2016

The facade of Ren Ci Community Hospital at Irrawaddy Road.
The facade of Ren Ci Community Hospital at Irrawaddy Road.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, July 1, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Ren Ci launches photo exhibition at Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Ren Ci Hospital will launch an inaugural photo exhibition at Tan Tock Seng Hospital today (July 1). The photos were a result of a collaboration with @instaSG, a community group of Singapore Instagramers.

Members of the @instaSG had visited the Ren Ci Nursing Home in Moulmein and taught residents there the basics of capturing moments through the lens.

After the launch today, the photo showcase will move to Square 2 mall in Novena and Ren Ci Community Hospital in Irrawaddy Road.

Release of Q2 flash estimates for private homes and HDB resale flats


An aerial view of private residences and HDB flats on Aug 13, 2014. PHOTO: ST FILE

Flash estimates for prices of private homes and Housing Board resale flats in the second quarter are due out today (July 1).

Experts tip a slower rate of decline for private housing due to strong sales in the core central region of late, while HDB resale prices should continue to stabilise.

Political rally to mark 19th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China


Anti-Chinese government protesters march through the city in Hong Kong, on June 18, 2016, to defend their freedom and to support Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing Kee. PHOTO: EPA

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Hong Kong today (July 1) for a political rally marking the 19th anniversary of the territory’s handover by Britain to China.

The annual event is seen as a barometer of public discontent after a Hong Kong bookseller, known for selling gossipy titles about Beijing politicians, claimed he was kept in a cell, blindfolded and interrogated by Chinese agents.

China releases manufacturing PMI for June


Workers walk out of a factory building near stacks of steel bars at Shanxi Zhongsheng Iron and Steel in Fenyang, Shanxi province, on April 28, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

China will release its official manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) today (July 1) even as more recent data showed growth in the world's second largest economy remained fragile.

Economists say growth in the manufacturing sector likely stalled in June, adding to expectations that Beijing will have to roll out more stimulus to boost the sluggish economy.

The official manufacturing PMI was 50.1 in May and is expected to fall right on the 50 mark that separates expansion activity from contraction.