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  1. So in another thread we talked about Singapore's goal to qualify for the World Cup 2034. Is this how we intend to qualify for the World Cup? Also, what does this mean for Singapore as part of the five nation host? - All five nation auto qualify - Combined team to represent Asean - Five teams fight against each other and the winner will represent Asean 🥇
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    2019 MCF Revamp!

    Noted on your feedback. Also, we are fine-tuning on the search function to simplify it and hopefully make it a little more user friendly.
  3. Two suspected drug offenders have been arrested for the possession of a loaded pistol, which was found by police and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) officers. In a press conference on Wednesday (Oct 9), CNB and police said they have arrested two men, aged 24 and 25, in a joint operation held on Tuesday and Wednesday. Superintendent Aaron Tang, CNB's director of intelligence division, said the agency had acted on information that the two suspects were involved in "illicit drug activities" and were in possession of firearms. The police were called in for assistance, and officers from both agencies arrested the 24 year-old in the vicinity of Jurong West Street 72 on Tuesday. The pistol, which was loaded with four bullets, was found in his unit along with four spare bullets, said the police and CNB. The second man was arrested at about 2.25am on Wednesday in Woodlands Street 13 after further investigations revealed that he knowingly remained in the company of the first man, despite being aware of the firearm. No drugs were found on the two, and results of their urine analysis are pending. Superintendent Daniel Wong, deputy head of the special investigation services in the Criminal Investigation Department, said there is nothing to indicate the gun has been fired in Singapore. Both suspects are Singaporeans and are acquaintances, he added. The authorities declined comment on the origins of the firearm - believed to be a Seahawk pistol - or what its intended purpose was. This is understood to be the first case since 2009 involving the illegal possession of firearms. The two men will be charged in court on Thursday. Investigations are ongoing. If found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm, both suspects could be jailed for at least five years and given at least six strokes of the cane.
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    2019 MCF Revamp!

    Spoiler function is back! Icon with the 'eye'. @Ender
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    Barack & Michelle Obama to speak at Expo this Dec

    Rather pay for his cheapest ticket than to go for any Kpop concerts. Seating doesn't matter since we only need to listen.
  6. Mr Obama will present his first public business event in Singapore, speaking on his time as a US President and his thoughts on leadership in the world, according to The Growth Faculty website. He will speak at the Singapore EXPO on Dec 16, 2019, from 11.30am to 1pm. The event will also feature a panel discussion with "high level Singapore leaders", the release said. Tickets for members of The Growth Faculty range from to S$295 to S$1,195, and non-members can purchase tickets for S$345 to S$1,295. Mrs Obama will share experiences from her personal memoir, Becoming, where she will reflect on private and public moments that have shaped her life, and highlights from her time as the First Lady. Her event will take place at the Singapore EXPO on Dec 14, 2019, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Tickets for members of The Growth Faculty are from S$295 to S$795, and non-members can purchase tickets for S$345 to S$895.
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    NUS GIRL takes her perpetrator to task

    Anything regarding Siow Kai Yuan please go to the following thread. He deserves all the attention he's asked for.
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    Aug 2019 - Most Worthy Thread of the Mth (Mod's Choice)

    Hi all, Here's the winner for the Aug 2019 Most Worthy Thread of the Month! Congrats to @Adrianli for your extensive updates on your road trip from Singapore to Bangkok! Please PM me your name, mobile number & email address for prize collection details. Congrats & thank you!
  9. Here are six things to know about one of Singapore's most famous icons: 1. A HOMAGE TO MYTHS With a lion's head and a fish's body, the Merlion was designed in 1964 by British zoologist Alec Fraser-Brunner to be the logo of the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board, which is now the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). The fish is supposed to allude to the country's beginnings as a "fishing village" - a narrative since debunked by historical records which show Singapore was a thriving harbour as early as the 14th century. The lion is a reference to Sang Nila Utama, the Srivijaya prince who claimed he named the island Singapura, or "lion city" in Sanskrit, after spotting the animal. Lions, however, have never been native to this region. 2. THE ORIGINAL STATUE WAS AT THE SINGAPORE RIVER The original statue of the creature, at the mouth of the Singapore River, was made by sculptor Lim Nang Seng and unveiled by the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in 1972. It was designed by Mr Kwan Sai Kheong, the late ambassador to the Philippines and former vice-chancellor of the University of Singapore, now the National University of Singapore. The view of the Merlion was obstructed when the Esplanade Bridge was built in 1997, so the statue moved 120m away from its original position in 2002. At 8m tall and weighing 70 tonnes, the creature now stands at Merlion Park, overlooking the Marina Bay. The statue is not alone. Its cub, which is a quarter of the original's height and has porcelain plates and bowls included in its design, sits some distance behind it. It also accompanied the larger statue when it was previously at the Singapore River. The main Merlion was closed to the public due to restoration works from February to May this year. 3. THERE ARE SEVEN MERLIONS IN SINGAPORE There are a total of seven Merlions in Singapore, including the Sentosa Merlion and the two statues at Merlion Park. Two of the other four statues, at 3m tall, are at the peak of Mount Faber and the STB headquarters near Grange Road. The remaining two Merlions are a pair in the heartland, in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. Flanking the entrance of a carpark that leads to Blocks 216 to 222, the creatures were built in 1998 for $30,000 by the Ang Mo Kio Residential Committee. 4. SENTOSA MERLION WAS BUILT IN 1995 Designed by Australian sculptor James Martin and constructed in 1995, the $8 million statue in Sentosa is the tallest Merlion here. Visitors pay $6.20 to $18 to enter the 37m-tall Merlion , which houses exhibits such as a 3D-animated story of how Sang Nila Utama discovered Singapore. They can also enjoy views of the city skyline and Sentosa by looking out from the Merlion's head or mouth. 5. SLEEPING WITH THE MERLION In 2011, Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi designed a pop-up hotel, which featured the original statue enclosed in a luxury suite. It was fully booked within an hour of being open for reservations. The month-long art installation, commissioned for the Singapore Biennale, was situated next to the Fullerton Hotel. 6. GUEST APPEARANCES OVERSEAS Besides being one of Singapore's national icons, the Merlion is popular overseas, with some countries replicating the mythical creature. In Hakodate, a statue of the Merlion stands as a symbol of friendship between Hokkaido's third-largest city and Singapore. At 8.6m, it is exactly the same height as the original statue here. It was erected in 1989, with the blessing of the STB's predecessor, at the Nanaehama beach as a guardian deity for navigation safety, watching over ships that travel to the port of Hakodate. There is also a Merlion at the Nambo Paradise Botanical Gardens in Tateyama, Chiba, to show its association with the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The creature also seems to be popular among the Japanese. In a Facebook post in 2016, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shared how he came across Singapore's tourism icon at a kimono shop in Karuizawa, a resort town near Nagano. The shop owner told him that he had purchased the shoulder-height statue some 35 years ago after enjoying a visit to Singapore.
  10. This makes me quite sad. Removing one of the most iconic Merlion in Singapore to boost tourism at a budget of $90 million dollars? Shouldn't the Merlion be incorporated into future plans instead? Bring your kids to see the Merlion one last time because in SG, nothing lasts forever. Sentosa is just another tourist trap now.
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    2019 MCF Revamp!

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    2019 MCF Revamp!

    New thread for latest news. Cos if it's inside an old thread, most people will just assume it's a continuation and not click into it. With how social media works these days, people want news fast. And old threads spanning years back but with a latest news will not gain eyeballs. The current mods have all been briefed on this and will not give warnings for legit reasons to start a new thread. I would say, when in doubt, just create a new thread. We will merge it if it's a repeat. And with the search function down now, you will not be penalized for starting a new thread. 😀
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    2019 MCF Revamp!

    Don't sweat over the small things! Take a break. We understand it can be a little frustrating during this upgrade in progress. Listen to Pusheen's advice. 💟
  14. Her other appearances will be reduced to flashbacks. Even as a 'ghost' tonight lol.