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The weather TODAY: Occasionally windy with passing showers in the  late morning and afternoon mainly over most areas.  High tide 9.01 am 2.5m  11.07 pm 2.3m   Sunrise 7.17 am Sunset 7.20 pm   Moonrise  4.29 am  Moonset  4.48 pm   PSI: 34 (good) Temp: 22-30 degrees Celsius   


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    Get For Me: Dough Figurine Making

     Mdm Wang Yan is an expert in the artistry of dough figurine sculpting. She is from China. Since 1969, she has been a seasoned instructor, designer and artist at the Beijing Technology and Art Research Institute of China. Her name is listed in the China Contemporary Renowned Artist Book of Records.

     In 1996, she co-founded the Yanzi Art Centre in Singapore to facilitate the teaching of dough figurine art and other traditional Chinese crafts. Mdm Wang has also been invited to teach and demonstrate at schools, junior colleges, National Heritage Board and other commercial entities.

     Since November 1996, she has been appearing on Television Singapore's Afternoon Leisure Hour, Good Morning Singapore, and City Beat programmes to demonstrate dough figurine art.

     She runs the following courses:

     Elementary dough figurine class     Total 8 lessons: 12 hours for S$200

     Traditional Chinese paper cutting     Total 8 lessons: 12 hours for S$200

     School & organisation workshop     Session of 1˝ hours @ S$6 per student per session or S$10 per adult per session.  Inclusive of materials. Minimum 30 persons. Activities qualify under the Edusave programme.

     Address:  Yanzi Art Centre Pte Ltd

                        133 New Bridge Road #03-52 Chinatown Point Singapore 059413

     Tel: (65) 438 1230  Fax: (65) 534 1123  Pager: (65) 9805 1138


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NATIONAL SERVICE: Central Manpower Base (CMPB)  National service registration starts on Monday 31 Jan 2000 for all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs) born on or between 14 Jun 1982 and 12 Sep 1982, and ends on 10 Mar 2000. 

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Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000

By Gretchen Liu

Price: S$61.70  (excludes shipping)

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The road shown on the front cover was Holloway Lane. It has recently gone the way of the Dodo and in its place is an open ground awaiting redevelopment. In the background is St Joseph's Church in Queen's Street.

The picture of the front cover of the book has been posted here with the kind permission of the publisher, Editions Didier Millet Singapore.

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News Flash        

Today Wednesday 2 Feb  2000

In Singapore

Clob: Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) slams KLSE account of talks. SGX did not endorse Effective plan but had no objections to including it as part of a comprehensive solution.

The number of Hepatitis B cases here has more than doubled over a four-year period, from 91 in 1994 to 205 in 1998. Hepatitis B is a serious viral infection that could lead to liver cancer.More sexual contact among people in their 20s and 30s could be one reason, says Dr Oon Chong Jin, a specialist in private practice.

Hello Kitty lovers- there's no need to queue  overnight tonight to buy these toys at McDonald's. McDonald's said yesterday that customers buying the latest soft-toy pair in Chinese wedding costume will get vouchers at all its outlets from tomorrow till 19 Feb. They can use these vouchers to redeem the toys in July. They need not rush as McDonald's will order as many toys as they need, it added.


Jakarta: Wiranto fights back; he will not resign before meeting Gus Dur to defend himself against panel which, he says, ignored his evidence.

London: Two psychologically disturbed men each paid to have a healthy leg amputated at their own request, even though nothing was physcially wrong with them, a private hospital in Scotland has revealed.

Around the world

Washngton: The US economy has written a new record of an unbroken path of 107 months of growth-the longest ever in American history. The current expansion began in March 1991.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.


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Raymond Han

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