MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines, Oct 14, 2015

Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung will be speaking at a two-day higher education conference organised by MOE and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) later today.
Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung will be speaking at a two-day higher education conference organised by MOE and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) later today. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

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Ong Ye Kung to speak at higher education conference

Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung will deliver the opening address at a two-day higher education conference that kicks off today. Mr Ong will speak about the driving forces influencing the development of higher education, and how Singapore is approaching the dual objectives of serving national objectives and meeting the aspirations of individuals. He will also talk about Singapore’s vision for SkillsFuture. The conference is organised by the Education Ministry and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). - SANDRA DAVIE

Entreprenuers of the Year to receive accolades at awards ceremony


(Clockwise from top left) Fullerton Healthcare Group CEO Michael Tan, Garena CEO Forrest Li, Sing Lun Holdings CEO Mark Lee and Neo Group CEO Neo Kah Kiat won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award this year. PHOTOS: FULLERTON HEALTHCARE, ALICIA CHAN, BUSINESS TIMES, MARK CHEONG

Mr Chan Chun Sing, secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, will speak at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 awards gala tonight. The overall winner will represent Singapore at the World Entrepreneur of the Year award in Monte Carlo next year. - WONG WEI HAN

China to release September inflation numbers


A woman carries shopping bags as she walks past a mall in Beijing on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

China will today release figures for its September inflation, a basket that reflects new spending patterns and economic development in the country. New figures, to be released by the National Bureau of Statistics, will enable experts to gauge consumer sentiment amid less than satisfactory economic data in recent months, as the world's second-largest economy shows signs of a slowdown sparking concerns whether it might miss its 7 per cent growth target this year. 

Clinton to face Sanders, three other Democrat challenges in first debate


Democratic Party presidential candidates Bernie Sanders (left) and Hillary Clinton will be facing each other and three other challengers in the first Democratic debate. PHOTO: REUTERS

Heavyweight White House contender Hillary Clinton will confront her chief Democratic rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, and three other challengers in the first Democratic debate of the 2016 primary at 8.30am on Wednesday, Singapore time. Mrs Clinton will take centre stage at the debate in Las Vegas with a national lead over Mr Sanders in polls, but she trails the latter by nearly 10 points in New Hampshire and holds only a modest lead in Iowa, both key early-voting states.

Mrs Clinton will likely face questions about her use of a private e-mail account and server while Secretary of State, an issue that has dogged her for months even as Mr Sanders, a rumpled, self-declared democratic socialist has drawn huge campaign crowds.