What's Next: December 7, 2016

US President Barack Obama speaks about counter-terrorism during his visit to MacDill Air Force Base, home to US Central Command and US Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Florida, US on Dec 6, 2016.
US President Barack Obama speaks about counter-terrorism during his visit to MacDill Air Force Base, home to US Central Command and US Special Operations Command, in Tampa, Florida, US on Dec 6, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Obama's last major speech on security

United States President Barack Obama will deliver his final major speech on national security as President at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, today. He is expected to make the case that his counter-terrorism policies have helped protect Americans from evolving international threats.

NTU launching marine research lab

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is launching a maritime research laboratory today that will develop eco-friendly technologies for the marine and offshore industry. The lab has the region's first dual-fuel marine engine, which will allow researchers to look at how to retrofit ships to operate using dual-fuel types, with one being clean fuel. This is cheaper than the complete overhaul needed for a ship to operate entirely on clean fuel.

Australia's Q3 growth data out today

Australia's third-quarter economic growth figures will be released today.

Economists expect the data to show that the economy either barely grew or went backwards, on the back of sliding business investment and a lacklustre outlook.

Still, policymakers have been sounding more optimistic on the outlook amid higher prices for key commodity exports.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next'. Print Edition | Subscribe