What's Next: July 29, 2015

22 young men and women will be given a symbolic send-off today at the Institute of Technical Education's headquarters.
22 young men and women will be given a symbolic send-off today at the Institute of Technical Education's headquarters. PHOTO: ST FILE

Team send-off for 'Olympics of Skills'

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat will be presenting the national flag to a Singapore team who will test their skills in areas such as beauty therapy and healthcare at the international WorldSkills contest next month.

The 22 young men and women will be given a symbolic send-off today at the Institute of Technical Education's headquarters.

The competition, touted as the "Olympics of Skills", will be held in Brazil from Aug 11 to 16.


Turkish President visiting China

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on a two-day trip to China starting today.

This is his first official state visit since he took office last year.

Despite recent widespread Turkish anger over China's treatment of Xinjiang Uighurs, he is expected to sidestep the issue. He said yesterday that Turkey is open to an improved offer from its preferred bidder China in a long-range missile defence system tender.


SGX releases full-year results today

The Singapore Exchange releases its full-year financial statements today. The results will be keenly watched by investors as the exchange has been ceding ground in the securities market, even as it grew a very profitable derivatives business under former chief executive Magnus Bocker. Investors and analysts will be eager to hear what new CEO Loh Boon Chye, who assumed the role on July 14, has to say about his plans for the bourse.

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