• <span style=color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16.2000007629395px;>TINSLEY GREEN, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: A player takes a shot in the British and World Marble Championships on April 6, 2012 in Tinsley Green, England. On Good Friday every year, contestants from all over the world gather at The Greyhound pub in Tinsley Green, Sussex to take part in the Championships. The game is played between two teams of six players in a ring with a diameter of six feet. The object of the game is to knock 25 out of 49 'target marbles' out of the ring using 'tolley' marbles before the opposing team. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)</span>

    You’re just about to go to bed, but you hear the sound of marbles bouncing coming from the unit above you.

    The last time you checked, the neighbour upstairs doesn’t play with marbles. Or worse still, the unit upstairs is empty.

    Urban legends suggest that it could be a “Toyol” at work. For those unfamiliar with the Malay ghost, it’s been said that the toyol takes the form of a small child and believed to have a weakness for marbles.

    Fortunately, a post on Monday on the Punggol Waterway’s website - which seems to be created by residents living in the area - debunked the idea of the supernatural imp dropping marbles in the middle of the night.

    Here are some possible reasons:

    1. Change in pressure in toilet pipes

    According to Answers.com, the sound could be created by the change in pressure in toilet pipes. This causes a vibration in the pipes and creates the sound of marbles dropping.

    2. Water bubbles in sanitary pipes

    A sudden change in water flow mixed with soapy bubbles will create

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    Pick-up artist' Blanc banned from Singapore


    Pick-Up Artist Julien Blanc To Be Denied VisaPick-Up Artist Julien Blanc To Be Denied Visa

    Singapore on Wednesday banned US-based "pick-up artist" Julien Blanc from entering the country to conduct seminars after over 8,000 people signed a petition accusing him of legitimising "sexual assault and predation".

    The move by the Southeast Asian city-state follows a similar ban by Britain last week.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/pick-artist-blanc-banned-singapore-054009251.html?linkId=10752251

    Khairy wants clarification from Spore for barring Msian supporters

    Khairy Jamaluddin wants explanation from Singaporean authoritiesKhairy Jamaluddin wants explanation from Singaporean authorities

    Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is upset with the Singapore authorities for allegedly barring Malaysian football fans from entering the country to watch Malaysia’s AFF Suzuki Cup 2014 match against Myanmar at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Sunday.

    Khairy also questioned the presence of a large number of Myanmar fans who had also brought along a huge flag of the country into the stadium.

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    Singapore economy to grow 3.0 percent in 2014: govt

    Office workers sit along the quay at Raffles Place financial district in Singapore on January 14, 2014Office workers sit along the quay at Raffles Place financial district in Singapore on January 14, 2014

    Singapore's economy is expected to slow to growth of 3.0 percent this year as a global deterioration hits the city-state's crucial trade outlook, the government said on Tuesday.

    Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 3.3 percent year-on-year in the nine months to September, but is likely to ease in the final quarter "in line with a projected slowdown in the global economy", the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a statement.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-economy-grow-3-0-percent-2014-govt-045303638--finance.html

    Singapore's GIC to invest in Indonesian real estate

    Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has bought a stake in Brazilian online sports goods retailer Netshoes.Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has bought a stake in Brazilian online sports goods retailer Netshoes.

    Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC and Rajawali Group will jointly invest $500 million in Indonesian real estate with a focus on projects in fast-growing Jakarta, both firms said on Tuesday.

    The joint venture would involve the development of office, retail, residential as well as mixed-used projects in

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  • People walking in Singapore. (AFP file photo)People walking in Singapore. (AFP file photo)

    Daniel Wong is a learning and teen expert, and is also the best-selling author of "The Happy Student". He offers 1-to-1 programmes to help students attain exam excellence while also finding happiness and fulfillment, and to empower parents to motivate their unmotivated teenagersDownload his FREE e-book, “16 Keys To Motivating Your Teenager. The views expressed are his own.

    “I don’t want you hanging out with those friends. They’re a bad influence.”

    If you’re a parent, you might have said this to your children before.

    Those friends you were referring to were probably disrespectful, mischievous, unmotivated – or all of the above. So it’s natural that you didn’t want your children spending time with them.

    You know how deeply friends can affect the course of your life, so you feared that your children would jeopardise their future.

    An important question for parents to ask

    Of course, you don’t want your children hanging out with bad company. But I’d like to ask you this important

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    Cleveland boy with pellet gun dies after police shoot him
    Police in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playgroundPolice in the US city of Cleveland shot and killed a 12-year-old African American boy waving around what turned out to be a toy gun at a playground

    A 12-year-old boy who was shot by police after he brandished a pellet gun at a Cleveland recreation center died on Sunday from his injuries, officials said.

    The boy was identified as Tamir E. Rice, 12, of Cleveland by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner.

    Rice was shot in the abdomen by a city officer at a playground on the city's west side on Saturday, said Timothy Kucharski, an attorney for the boy's family.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/twelve-old-cleveland-boy-dies-being-shot-police-191153566.html

    British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders
    British banker Rurik Jutting (L), charged with the grisly murders of two women, sits in a prison van as he arrives at the eastern court in Hong Kong on November 24, 2014British banker Rurik Jutting (L), charged with the grisly murders of two women, sits in a prison van as he arrives at the eastern court in Hong Kong on November 24, 2014

    A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women was Monday ruled fit to stand trial, but the case was delayed seven months for analysis of forensic evidence found with the victims' mutilated bodies in his Hong Kong apartment.

    Magistrate Bina Chainrai said Rurik Jutting, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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  • What do you think of the UOB Painting of the Year for Singapore?

    Twitter screengrab of UOB's Painting of the Year Singapore.&nbsp;Twitter screengrab of UOB's Painting of the Year Singapore. 

    "Painting of the year is a freaking solar panel...," said Facebook user Jeff Chen.

     

    "Did someone remove the painting? All I see is what looks like my school blackboard...," says a Lucy Fernandez. 

     

    After United Overseas Bank announced their Painting of the Year (Singapore) winner on Thursday, many online citizens seemed baffled by the piece. 

     

    According to Channel NewsAsia, Singapore-based Korean artist Om Mee Ai was behind the artwork, which is made using oil on canvas, consisting of "57 layers of colour" although it appears like a big black square. 

     

    The winner walked away with S$32,000. Other artists Antonius Subiyanto from Indonesia and Singaporean 17-year-old Lee Jia Zhen also won awards for Southeast Asian Painting of the Year and emerging artist category, respectively. 

     

    Subiyanto walked away with S$45,500.

     

    However, all eyes were on the Singapore grand winner's piece as many netizens did not appear satisfied with the work.

     

    Twitter use

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  • Video of self-taught ‘Pop and Lock’ hip hop prodigy goes viral

    Eleven-year-old Adilyn Malcolm has never had a single dance lesson, yet her first YouTube video showing her dancing to dubstep has gotten over five million views.

    Adi is unfazed by her viral rise to fame and now hopes to be able to dance herself into a spot on season 10 of America’s Got Talent.

    In this video audition Adi explains how she found her talent for dancing through a school project where she chose to research Michael Jackson. Through YouTube tutorials Adi was able to teach herself how to pop, lock and illusion.
     

  • Most parents know that disciplining kids is no easy task. And it doesn't get any easier when your kids are adorable, too adorable to scold. In a new viral video, a father discovers his two sons covered in paint. Dad starts to reprimand the tikes in the usual manner saying, "Who's idea was this? Did you think this was a good idea?"
     
    Then the wheels come off, and dad can't keep a straight face and breaks out in laughter. One of the boys appropriately asks, "What is funny?" Dad can't keep it together, especially after the boys ask if they have paint in their hair.  
     
    The video was uploaded to YouTube on Monday, where it has been viewed more than 3.5 million times so far! Hey dad, at least they are already in the shower for easy cleaning.  

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  • Plastic surgeon offers ‘Insta-breast’ express boob job service

    Been considering breast implants but not sure about it? Perhaps you want to trial out how you'd look with larger breasts for just a day?

    American plastic surgeon Dr Norman Rowe has developed a less invasive procedure that takes about half an hour and only lasts 24 hours - using salt water.

    He calls the express boob job “Insta-breast”. 

    Dr Rowe injects sterile saline solution in to the breast from a point near the nipple until it reaches the right size. Speaking on Australia’s Sunrise programme, Dr Rowe said, “To put it in perspective, it's equivalent to a large bottle of water."

    The saline is just absorbed over the 24 hour period and is eventually urinated out of the body.

    "There is a small risk for getting infection but I haven't seen that yet. I don't see too much of a downside... I find that most of the patients are very pleased and they get a feel of what implants would look and feel like," Dr Rowe said.
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    Police: Gunman killed after shooting at FSU


    A gunman opened fire at a major university in Florida early Thursday, leaving three people injured, before officers killed the shooter,  police saidA gunman opened fire at a major university in Florida early Thursday, leaving three people injured, before officers killed the shooter,  police said

    Florida State University police fatally shot a gunman at the campus library early Thursday in a shooting that left three others wounded as hundreds studying inside the library fled or took cover in panic.

    Officers confronted the gunman and ordered him to drop his weapon, but he fired one shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said.

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    Chart of the Day: Private home leasing up 15.2% in 3Q as expats swarm to Singapore

      

    Even amid escalating costs.

    Unlike the sluggish residential sales market, the leasing market was buoyant in the third quarter of 2014.

    According to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), leasing volume of private residential properties reached a new record of 17,775 cases, registering a quarterly increase of 15.2% or an

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