What's Next: March 02, 2017

Polling station manager Teresa McCurdy carries a ballot box, ahead of the ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, on the island of Rathlin off the coast of Northern Ireland, on Mar 1, 2017.
Polling station manager Teresa McCurdy carries a ballot box, ahead of the ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly elections, on the island of Rathlin off the coast of Northern Ireland, on Mar 1, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Northern Ireland goes to the polls

Northern Ireland holds snap elections today in a bid to resolve a political crisis precipitated by Brexit as bad blood and allegations of corruption threaten to rock a delicate peace in the province. The election was triggered after tensions boiled over in January, when Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of the Sinn Fein party quit, saying he could no longer work with First Minister Arlene Foster from the rival Democratic Unionist Party.


Exhibition of prize-winning photos

The World Press Photo exhibition returns to Singapore at the National Museum this month. Presented by The Straits Times, it showcases 145 prize-winning photographs that captured the most powerful, poignant and sometimes provocative news images from around the world. The 2016 global contest drew more than 82,000 submissions from 5,775 photographers across 128 countries. The exhibition is being launched today.


February's PMI out today

Last month's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), an early indicator of manufacturing activity, is scheduled for release today, and economists are hoping for more of the same following a good January, when factory activity rose for the fifth straight month.

The PMI posted a reading of 51 in January, up from December's 50.6 reading. A reading below 50 indicates contraction, while one above 50 points indicates growth.

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