Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Nov 3, 2016

Britain's Princess Anne will be in Singapore today for a visit in support of two charities.
Britain's Princess Anne will be in Singapore today for a visit in support of two charities.PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday (Nov 3) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Princess Anne visiting Singapore

Britain’s Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, will be in Singapore today (Nov 3) in support of two charities: The Mission to Seafarers Singapore (MTSS) and Riding for the Disabled Association of Singapore. She will be visiting Jurong Port’s drop-in centre for seafarers. Established in 1924, the MTSS helps seafarers passing through Singapore’s ports who are in need.

Review of HK lawmakers’ oath-taking


Newly-elected pro-independence lawmakers, Baggio Leung (centre) and Yau Wai Ching speak to the press outside the High Court in Hong Kong on Oct 18, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

A judicial review of whether two Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers, Ms Yau Wai Ching and Mr Sixtus Baggio Leung, should be allowed to retake their oaths will begin today (Nov 3). The two previously had their oath invalidated at the swearing-in ceremony on Oct 12 after they used words insulting to China and displayed a banner that read “Hong Kong Is Not China”. In dramatic scenes on Wednesday, the pair barged their way into the Hong Kong Legislative Council chamber in an attempt to read their swearing-in oaths, wrestling with security staff before they were thrown out. Their oaths on Wednesday were invalidated by the Legco president, who said he was standing by his earlier decision not to swear them in before the judicial review is heard. 

BOE to announce decision on interest rates


The Bank of England in London. PHOTO: AFP

The Bank of England will announce its decision on interest rates today (Nov 3), with most economists expecting no change in policy.
They reckon the central bank will keep its benchmark steady at 0.25 per cent, taking into account the performance of Britain’s economy since the Brexit referendum in June. While economic growth has been better than expected, the pound’s plunge has started to stoke inflation. 

SIA to release Q2 results


A Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane parked on the tarmac at Changi Airport Terminal 3. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore Airlines will unveil its second quarter financial results today (Nov 3). - KARAMJIT KAUR

Genting to release Q3 results


The casino entrance of Resorts World Sentosa. PHOTO: ST FILE

Genting Singapore will announce its third quarter financial results today (Nov 3). - LEE XIN EN