Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Oct 20, 2016

Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung will give they keynote speech at the Straits Times Future Economy Forum today (Oct 20).
Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung will give they keynote speech at the Straits Times Future Economy Forum today (Oct 20).PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Thursday (Oct 20) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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ST forum on Singapore's future

The question of what Singapore will look like 20 years from now is the topic of discussion at a forum today (Oct 20).

Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung will be weighing in with his thoughts at The Straits Times Future Economy Forum. He will also speak on jobs, skills and opportunities in a future economy that will see the rise of robots and ever-evolving digital developments. 

Clinton and Trump's final debate


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will face-off for their final US presidential debate today (9am, Singapore time). PHOTO: AFP

The final US presidential debate will take place today (Oct 20) at 9am Singapore time with Democrat Hillary Clinton and her rival Donald Trump looking to shore up their chances with less than three weeks to go before Americans go to the polls.

Moderated by Fox News journalist Chris Wallace, the 90-minute encounter will take place at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, with millions of television viewers expected to tune in.

Mr Trump, who has been trailing Mrs Clinton at the polls and facing allegations of sexual misconduct, will have to avoid mudslinging attacks on Mrs Clinton and stay focused on the issues. For her part, Mrs Clinton will have to remain calm and address lingering concerns related to her email scandal to maintain her lead.

The candidates will address topics such as immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign flashpoints and their fitness to be president during the debate.

European Central bank to hold policy meeting


The European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. PHOTO: REUTERS

The European Central Bank holds its policy decision meeting today (Oct 20), but investors will remain more focused on the subsequent press conference by President Mario Draghi, to see whether he gives any indications that the central bank will begin tapering its bond purchase program.

The ECB may discuss technical changes to its asset-buying scheme but a decision could be deferred until December when the bank will also decide whether to extend the scheme beyond March, analysts say.