PMI data on Asian markets out today
Global financial information provider Markit will release the latest purchasing managers' index (PMI) data on some Asian markets today. They include China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. As PMI is a leading indicator, the numbers will be keenly watched by economists for signs of where the Asian economy is headed.
Japan to resume whaling missions
Japan said it will dispatch a whaling fleet to the Antarctic today after a one-year suspension, defying international criticism and a United Nations legal ruling that the "research" expedition is a commercial hunt in disguise. Conservation group Sea Shepherd Australia said it would use its own ship to follow the mission, which Japan's Fisheries Agency said in a statement yesterday would aim to kill a total of 333 minke whales.
Educating the public on World Aids Day
Some HIV patients here say that when others learn of their condition, they are afraid to eat with them. In line with World Aids Day today, Tan Tock Seng Hospital is organising a public education event - "I have HIV. Will you eat with me?" - which aims to lessen the stigma of HIV and correct misconceptions. For instance, it is safe to share meals with someone who has HIV. There will be an exhibition showcasing patients' stories and volunteer performances.