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THE first Football Association Singapore (FAS) elections is turning out to be quite the drama. The two teams vying for control of the association are Mr Bill Ng’s Game Changers and Mr Lim Kia Tong’s Team LKT. Things got spicy when Mr Ng crowed about a $500,000 donation to the Asean Football Federation via the FAS. This led to questions about propriety, $36.8 million in jackpot revenue made by minnows Tiong Bahru FC (which eclipsed the FAS annual budget), links made between him and former FAS political-appointee President Zainudin Nordin, and police raids on his clubs and the FAS offices. Former FAS council members on Team LKT said they were unaware of the $500,000 donation to Asean Football Federation’s (AFF). The FAS election is still going to happen tomorrow, Apr 29. Anyway, good luck, Singapore football! Let’s keep the game clean.

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Read other pieces here:

  1. Former FAS council members unaware of donation, no oversight on gaming at clubhouses
  2. FAS saga: Fruit machines and the root of all evil
  3. Football saga: Six points of contention
  4. Hat-trick of raids at football clubs, investigations at FAS
  5. Speak up Mr Zainudin!

 

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GOVERNMENT officers will not be grouped merely by their educational qualifications from now on. This means that so long as poly diploma holders are competent and well-fit with relevant skills and work experience, they can compete fairly with degree graduates in job applications or career advancement.

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by Natassya Diana

YOU think you’re catching cute furry creatures when in fact, you could be hunted by robbers. The popularity of the Pokemon Go mobile game has inspired four robbers to trap their victims using the app’s geolocation feature by luring them into isolated areas. The four robbers from the state of Missouri in the United States were caught by the police this week. They were aged 16 to 18.

Using “Augmented Reality”, the app places the creatures in real locations and encourages players to roam around outside in order to catch them. The game is now ranked among the most-downloaded and top-grossing smartphone apps in just a few days after its release, which boosted the market value of Nintendo Co. by around $12.1 billion

 

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by Natassya Siregar 

Some might feel anxious when they first caught a whiff of the burning smell earlier this month. But before we speculate over another episode of forest fires in neighboring countries, some experts said that the smell was probably caused by local burning

 

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by Natassya Siregar

WHO could forget Han Hui Hui, the 24-year-old blogger who shot to fame for shooting down the Central Provident Fund (CPF) as a G conspiracy to hoard our hard-earned money. She’s back in the news, facing charges for disrupting a community event in a demonstration in 2014, and for organising a demonstration without approval. Read about her case, which went to trial last week here, and here.

Then, there’s Joshua Wong, a young activist facing his own trial in Hong Kong. The student leader has been accused of leading a protest in 2014 against a White Paper released the same year that said China has “comprehensive jurisdiction” over the former British colony. Along with three other activists, Wong was charged with police obstruction after he was seen burning copies of the White Paper during the protest.

 

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by Sean Chong

Void Deck Railings (SIM)
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THREE railings have been put up in the void deck at Block 143 Mei Ling Street, each measuring 3.5m long. Apparently, they were put up because residents had complained about soccer games being played there – which were not only noisy, but led to “dirty walls and damaged light fittings”. Similar barricades can also be found at a handful of other void decks in Singapore, but it made us wonder: Sure, it might stop people from playing football – but what about other sports?

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by Sean Chong
THE plan to construct the eighth Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line in Singapore stretching 50km long, the Cross Island Line (CRL), was announced in early 2013. Nature groups have raised concerns because the proposed alignment of the CRL entails 2km of the entire route cutting directly through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR). The depth below ground is approximately 40m deep.
The alternative route, according to Land Transport Authority (LTA), would involve the CRL skirting around the nature reserve with an additional alignment of 9km. This would incur an extra cost of $2 billion. However, according to industry experts, this $2 billion is possibly only a fraction of the total cost.
Should we pursue development at the expense of environmental conservation? Do the benefits really outweigh the cost?

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The proposed cross island line is going to cut through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, potentially damaging Singapore's last patch of forest. The 2,000 hectares forest is home to many endangered floras and faunas, among which are the Banded Leaf Monkey, the Sunda Pangolin, and the Mousedeer.While LTA said by making the line cutting through the nature reserve would reduce about 4 minutes of the travelling time, debate aroused on the significance of placing the line over uninhabited area rather than on the more bustling area which has no MRT line yet, such as Balestier.

by Natassya Diana

Nature reserve park in the shape of angry mouse deer

The proposed route for Singapore’s Cross Island MRT Line is going to cut through the Central Catchment Area, and construction may potentially damage Singapore’s largest nature reserve. The 2,000 hectares forest is home to many endangered species of flora and fauna, including the Banded Leaf Monkey, Sunda Pangolin, and Mousedeer.
While there has been much debate over the ecological impact of the proposed route, another argument has developed for an alternative route: The route should be diverted to service populated areas which are not currently covered by the MRT network, such as Balestier, rather than cut across uninhabited land.

 

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Happy lunar new year 2016! Say good bye to the Goat year and let's walk along the new year ahead of us. TMG wish our reader good health, good luck, and lasting prosperity in this Monkey year.

by Natassya Diana

Happy Lunar New Year 2016! Say goodbye to the Goat year – and a big hello to the probably-more-fun year of the monkey. TMG wishes all of our readers good health, good luck, and lasting prosperity in this monkey year!

Happy lunar new year 2016! Say good bye to the Goat year and let's walk along the new year ahead of us. TMG wish our reader good health, good luck, and lasting prosperity in this Monkey year.

 

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