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IDA to announce government sector innovations, other strategic developments
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore is holding a briefing today on strategic infocomm developments. IDA will cover the latest innovations in the government sector to improve service delivery, as well as smart solutions that are being used to benefit citizens. - IRENE THAM
New experience on revamped Battlestar Galactica ride
After being closed for more than a year for repairs and upgrading, the jewel attraction of Universal Studios Singapore (USS) opens today. The Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cylon ride features the world's tallest dueling roller coasters. The ride has been fitted with new two-seater ride vehicles which USS says will give each rider a more intimate and personal ride experience. - CHERYL FAITH WEE
British parliament reconvenes after Cameron's election win
The British government’s new legislative programme, including a referendum bill on leaving the European Union, will be announced by Queen Elizabeth II today as Parliament gets down to business after the Conservatives’ election win. The Queen will leave Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage to make her way to the Houses of Parliament to mark the ceremonial opening of parliament.
Prime Minister David Cameron, whose policies critics say often favour the wealthy, said this was a “one nation” government whose first Queen’s Speech would help Britons in “every city, every community and every home”. He has signalled the referendum could be held as soon as 2016, and is embarking on a whistlestop tour of European capitals this week for talks on the reforms he is seeking on issues like immigration before the vote.
Greece, Brussels Group to hold talks
A new round of talks between Greece and the so-called Brussels Group – the trio of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank and European Commission lenders – was scheduled to start yesterday but was postponed till today for “technical reasons". Greece and its Europeans creditors have been seeking to play down fears that Athens would default on a payment to the IMF next week. Officials said euro zone deputy finance ministers will hold a teleconference tomorrow to follow up on the negotiations, though there is no expectation of a deal by then.
Fall in US stocks could affect Asian markets
Asian shares including the Singapore market could face a turmoil this morning after US stocks dropped the most in two weeks in late-morning trading in New York, while the US dollar jumped.
US stocks fell following data that showed US housing to manufacturing figures were stronger than expected, boosting the case for higher interest rates.
Global markets have been watching out closely when the American economy, the world's biggest, would raise its rates. - REME AHMAD
NBA: LeBron, Cavs look to sweep series against Hawks
Game 4 of the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference Finals takes place. LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers, who have a 3-0 lead over the Atlanta Hawks, will attempt to close out the best-of-seven series.