Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Oct 19, 2016

The Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition begins on Oct 18, 2016.
The Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition begins on Oct 18, 2016.ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Wednesday (Oct 19) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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World's transport experts in Singapore

Transport officials and professionals from around the world have gathered in the Republic for the Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition, which begins on Wednesday (Oct 19).

The event will cover issues related to urban transportation, ranging from how to improve service for commuters, to safety, future mobility and green and sustainable transport systems. - ZHAKI ABDULLAH

Focus on tech at Frankfurt Book Fair

Bookseller Anne Christmann fills shelves with books at the Ullstein-Verlag stall in preparation for the Frankfurt Book Fair on Oct 18, 2016. PHOTO:  EPA

The world’s largest publishing event, the Frankfurt Book Fair, opens Wednesday (Oct 19) with organisers expected to highlight an array of new art and technology gadgets in addition to the showcase of literary works that the trade fair is traditionally known for.

Visitors to the fair will be able to try on virtual reality goggles, visit an interactive classroom and discover 3D-printed art, in addition to checking out new books, as publishers and the creative industries look to tap on new digital technologies to boost their revenues. Some 275,000 visitors are expected to visit the event over the five days that it will run. 

SGX financial results

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) sign. ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is reporting its first-quarter financial results on Wednesday (Oct 19) after the market closes.

Weak market sentiment has persisted over the latest quarter, and investors will be waiting to see how SGX fared. Last quarter, the bourse operator said revenue for the three months ended June 30 slipped 8 per cent year-on-year to $198.1 million.

That pushed net profit down 20.1 per cent to $76.8 million for the period.