MORNING MINUTES: What will make headlines today, Feb 27, 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.

50-day run for Singapore's 50th birthday

The Institute of Technical Education and voluntary group Heartware Network will be marking Singapore's 50th birthday through a 50-day running event.

The event, which will start on April 16, will end at the Southeast Asian Games Torch Light-up Ceremony at the Sports Hub on June 5. - CALVIN YANG

Accreditation scheme for jewellers

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The Consumers Association of Singapore and the Singapore Jewellers Association will be jointly developing a voluntary accreditation scheme for the jewellery industry.

The two associations will sign a memorandum of understanding today. - JESSICA LIM

Britain's Prince William in Japan

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Britain's Prince William, who arrived in Tokyo yesterday, is expected to attend today a trade fair for British products in Tokyo and visit Commonwealth war graves in Yokohama, south of the capital.

His four-day trip is reported to be at the request of the British government and is aimed at strengthening bilateral economic and cultural ties.

On the weekend, he will visit areas in northern Japan that were hit by the March 2011 quake and tsunami disaster, and also meet local residents in affected townships. He leaves on Sunday for a visit to China. - KWAN WENG KIN

Germany to vote on Greek bailout extension

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German parliament will go to the vote today to decide the fate of Greece's bailout programme. As suggested by a test vote yesterday, Chancellor Angela Merkel's dominant coalition should easily prevail in the 631-seat chamber, giving green light to a four-month extension of Greece's financial lifeline. But the number of lawmakers sceptical about Athens' commitment is on the rise. Failure to win parliamentary approval for the extension would risk halting the flow of aid to Greece. - JASON OU

Companies to release full-year results ahead of Sunday deadline

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A slew of companies will release their full year results today - the last trading day ahead of a Sunday deadline. They include ST Engineering, Venture Corp, Hyflux, Golden Agri Resources, Sinar Mas Land, Yangzijiang Shipbuilding and Hong Leong Asia. - MICHELLE LEE

Best Employers survey results to be announced

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Aon Hewitt will be releasing the results of their Best Employers - Singapore 2015 survey. Some of the insights expected from this year's survey range from declining engagement levels of employees and leaders to shifting focus from people to productivity among employers. For the first time, the survey has also included a separate section on SMEs. - RACHAEL BOON

Easy start for LionsXII in Malaysian FA Cup

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The LionsXII kick off their Malaysian FA Cup campaign against third-tier side Kedah United tomorrow. Dealt with an easy draw, which will see the team meet top-tier opponents only in the quarter-finals, find out how coach Fandi Ahmad is planning for a good Cup run. - CHUA SIANG YEE

Reds looking to extend this year's unbeaten run against Man City

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Liverpool - the only unbeaten team in the English Premier League this year - take on defending champions Manchester City on Sunday. Look out for the preview of this tantalising clash between last season's top two sides. - RICHARD JOLLY

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