Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Feb 19, 2016

Members of the Christ Church Secondary School Outdoor Activity Club finishing a run.
Members of the Christ Church Secondary School Outdoor Activity Club finishing a run.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, Feb 19, and which we think you'd be interested in.

It appears on weekdays, available by 7am. 

Rep with Steps movement gaining traction

Rep with Steps, a school-based challenge for secondary schools and junior colleges picks up momentum. Over 20,000 students are involved in the drive to get students to sit less and move more.  This social movement of taking steps for physical and mental health is of an unprecedented scale, attracting over 156,000 participants from the community and schools. 

Asean +3 Macroeconomic Research Office to hold opening ceremony

The Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office will be holding its opening ceremony to mark its successful transition to an international organisation. - MARISSA LEE

Cameron aiming for deal with EU


British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a bilateral meeting ahead of the European Union leaders summit. PHOTO: REUTERS

On his ideal timing, British Premier David Cameron will be able to announce an accord Friday (Feb 19) over Britain’s terms of membership in the European Union, at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels with other leaders of the 28-nation bloc. Mr Cameron will then fly back to London and chair a Cabinet meeting to secure the support of as many of his ministers as possible.

However, if talks break down,  the summit could stretch into Saturday (Feb 20). Cameron is keen to end the week in Brussels with a deal that he can hail as a victory and then start campaigning to keep Britain inside the EU before a referendum most officials expect will be held in late June.