What's Next: Feb 1, 2016

President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Jan 21, 2016.
President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Jan 21, 2016.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Booklet of meaningful messages

Fifty meaningful messages, including that of a student showing support for those who lost loved ones on Mount Kinabalu during an earthquake, have been compiled into a booklet by community self-help group Yayasan Mendaki. The messages in the booklet are the culmination of the group's Postcard Stories project. The compilation will be launched today at Wisma Mendaki.


WHO holding Zika emergency meeting

The World Health Organisation (WHO), stung by criticism that it reacted too slowly to West Africa's Ebola epidemic, will convene an Emergency Committee today to address the spread of the mysterious virus causing the Zika disease, as health experts warned that an outbreak is ballooning at an "extremely alarming" rate. Zika is now present in 23 countries and territories in the Americas.


Draghi to speak on ECB's action plan

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi will speak today at the Plenary Debate of the European Parliament on the ECB annual report. Mr Draghi recently signalled that the central bank may need to bolster its already unprecedented stimulus as soon as next month. This prospect is more likely now following Friday's decision by the Bank of Japan to cut a benchmark interest rate to below zero.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 01, 2016, with the headline 'What's Next: Feb 1, 2016'. Print Edition | Subscribe