MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Feb 11, 2015

Good morning. Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break today and which we think you'd be interested in. It appears on weekdays, available by 7am.

Details of Chingay SG50 night fiesta

Details about the Chingay SG50 night fiesta will be revealed later today. In addition to the usual Chingay Parade on Feb 27 and 28, part of Orchard Road from ION to Ngee Ann City will be closed for a special national mega street party on March 1. The People's Association will give details on what party programmes have been planned for the event. - MELISSA LIN

ComfortDelGro's fourth quarter and full year results

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ComfortDelGro Corp will release its fourth quarter and full year results this evening. Analyts expect the transportation group will report sparkling results, buoyed by the performance of a key unit. Subsidiary SBS Transit yesterday reported a 27.8 per cent gain in net earnings on the back of a 12.2 per cent rise in revenue to $951 million for the year ended Dec 31. This was fuelled by ridership growth, higher fares, better rental from retail space and higher advertising sales. - DENNIS CHAN

Theatre Company from Philippines to introduce Singapura: The Musical

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The local arts scene is revving up with preparations for SG50, and 4th Wall Theatre Company from the Philippines is jumping on the bandwagon. Later today, the theatre company will hold a press conference to introduce its much-anticipated show Singapura: The Musical, which looks at the years leading up to Singapore's independence in 1965. The company will unveil its international cast together with a preview of some of the musical's numbers. Composer Ed Gatchalian, director Greg Ganakas and writer Joel Trinidad from the creative team will talk about the show, which has set its sights on Broadway. - CORRIE TAN

Greece to defuse tensions with creditors

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Greece will today propose a detailed compromise plan at an emergency meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels, with a view to clinching an austerity-free reform deal to run from Sept 1.

A source said the plan would let both Greece and its creditors save face after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' defiant rhetoric on Sunday heightened tension in the euro zone. - JASON OU

Drugs in sport

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Travis Tygart, the head of the US Anti-Doping Agency and the man who brought down Lance Armstrong, takes aim at Asia. The continent has been shrouded in controversy with the recent slew of high-profile doping scandals. Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei has been provisionally suspended from the sport while he awaits his hearing while Olympic swimming champions Sun Yang of China and Park Tae Hwan of South Korea have both failed dope tests recently. - JONATHAN WONG


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World No. 1 Lydia Ko has already achieved one of her life's goals at the age of 17. Earlier this month, the South Korean-born New Zealander took over the top spot in the women's world rankings, becoming the youngest golfer, male or female, to achieve that feat. Next on Ko's list will be the elite March 5-8 HSBC Women's Champions tournament before she sets her sights on a maiden Major victory with April's ANA Inspiration. - JONATHAN WONG


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Great Eastern renews its S-League co-title sponsorship, ahead of the league's 20th season. The company explains why it is standing by the S-League, which was heavily criticised following its age-restriction policy, which has since been scrapped. S-League CEO Lim Chin also gives his take on how the local football league can withstand competition from the LionsXII, who are led by local legend Fandi Ahmad in the Malaysian Super League. - CHUA SIANG YEE

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