MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Nov 27, 2015

The late theatre pioneer Kuo Pao Kun is one of the featured personalities in Not Born In Singapore.
The late theatre pioneer Kuo Pao Kun is one of the featured personalities in Not Born In Singapore.PHOTO: THE THEATRE PRACTICE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday, Nov 26, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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50 PERSONALITIES WHO SHAPED THE NATION

Today (Nov 27) will see the launch of Not Born In Singapore: Fifty Personalities Who Shaped the Nation.

This book profiles 50 individuals who were not born in the Republic but have made their mark in the fields of the economy, science and medicine, education and society, the arts and sports. Their efforts have helped to place Singapore on the global map of success. Among the personalities in the book are: Aleksandar Duric, Kuo Pao Kun, Brother Joseph McNally and Captain Muhammad Jalaluddin Sayeed. The launch will be held at  Oei Tiong Ham Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus). 

FINANCIAL STABILITY REVIEW OUT TODAY


Facade of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) building. ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHANG

The Monetary Authority of Singapore will release today (Nov 27) its annual Financial Stability Review, which assesses risks and vulnerabilities that stem from changes in Singapore and the global economy. - YASMINE YAHYA

SINGAPORE PRODUCTIVITY AWARDS 2015 WINNERS TO SHARE SUCCESS STORIES


Winners of the Singapore Productivity Awards 2015 will share their success stories. PHOTO: PRODUCTIVITY AWARD

Winners of the Singapore Productivity Awards 2015 will share their success stories and experience in promoting a strong productivity culture today (Nov 27).  - JEREMY KOH

BLACK FRIDAY TODAY


An employee unpacks Black Friday sales merchandise in an aisle at a Wal-Mart store in Chicago, Illinois. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Millions of Americans are expected to hit the malls today (Nov 27), known as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving which is traditionally the peak of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers rang up US$51 billion (S$71.8 billion) on last year's Black Friday alone. While this was down from a peak of almost US$60 billion in 2012 - a sign of sales fatigue with consumers being enticed with deep discounts weeks before Thanksgiving and year-round deals - hopes are high that the drop in energy prices this year plus solid job growth will bring in better numbers this year.