What's Next: May 13, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, on March 22, 2016.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, on March 22, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

Trudeau to survey wildfire damage

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit fire-scarred Fort McMurray today to survey the damage after a devastating wildfire ravaged the city, forcing the evacuation of 88,000 people. Mr Trudeau had indicated that he wanted firefighters and other emergency responders to do their work before he travelled to the city, for fear that going too soon would hinder their efforts.

Launch of cyber-security lab

A new laboratory with a focus on cyber security will be launched today by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information. It is a joint effort by ST Electronics and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. The facility is the first corporate lab under a government scheme that supports the setting up of key laboratories here through public-private partnerships.

Strong US retail sales data expected

The United States Commerce Department is set to release retail sales data today, with analysts expecting strong April data on the back of growing auto demand after a lacklustre first quarter. Auto sales - an early indicator of consumer spending - bounced back last month, which should provide a boost to overall sales numbers, analysts said. Consumer spending has been the main engine of growth in the US for the past few years.

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