What's Next: January 08, 2016

US President Barack Obama wiping a tear as he speaks on gun violence at the White House on Jan 5.
US President Barack Obama wiping a tear as he speaks on gun violence at the White House on Jan 5.PHOTO: AFP

Obama to hold town hall meet on guns

United States President Barack Obama will join CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for a one-hour town hall discussion on gun control at George Mason University in Virginia at 9am Singapore time today. Mr Obama will also take questions from the audience on the issue. The event coincides with the 5th anniversary of the Tucson, Arizona, shooting, in which six people were killed and 13 wounded.

Rejuvenation of Chinatown centre

The rich history of Chinatown - its evolution from Chinese migrant settlement to vibrant heritage district - is captured in the Chinatown Heritage Centre. In 2014, work began to rejuvenate and update the centre. The details of this rejuvenation work will be announced this morning. Among the updates is a more in-depth collection of personal stories from the Chinatown community.

Key US jobs data out today

The United States Labour Department will release its non-farm payroll report today, which includes public and private sector employment - the first jobs report since the Fed Reserve's decision to raise the interest rate. Economists expect the private payroll to stand at 195,000 jobs in December, down from 197,000 the month before, while the total non-farm employment is also expected to be down to 200,000.

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