Raising Singapore’s football standards

We had youth teams before. Not too long ago...

NFA U-16? vs Tanjong Pagar United. I don’t remember what youth tournament this was, probably the COE Challenge Cup.

So one of my Facebook friends shared this blog post on how to improve Singapore’s football standards written on June 27th 2015. I’d wanted to reply on July 1st 2015, but I clearly got distracted and left this as a draft for the longest time.

In case the writer, Darren C, still believes the same things, here are my responses: Keep the S.League; forget the ASL; and focus on the local first.

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Embedding subtitles in videos

A friend of mine asked on Facebook if it were possible to add subtitles into a video, and I felt VLC would be the best tool for this. But I didn’t know quite how it should be done. So I looked for a short video I had downloaded that would be nice to test this with, and tried it out… Continue reading

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MOU development goals: missed?

Nobody bothered or wanted to fix this

Since 2013: LionsXII are not the Young Lions are not the Courts Young Lions are not Singapore

When I first heard of the MOU signed by our FA and the Malaysian FA in 2011 in the name of development, I was a little cautious. Then I complained about our our fixation on the Malaysia Cup and how doing well there might not correspond with success on a greater stage.

Under their first head coach V. Sundramoorthy, the LionsXII won the Malaysian Super League (MSL) in 2013, and enjoyed successful runs in the Malaysia Cup. Their home stadium, Jalan Besar, was inhospitable for visiting teams, and the King George Stand — specially built for this club — sparked many a cheer thanks to the likes of the raucous ExcluSinga.

While the LionsXII grew from strength to strength, the Singapore side notched their names on the AFF Suzuki Cup for a record fourth time, beating Thailand 3-2 on aggregate in the final. It would be a fitting farewell to the then national coach Radojko Avramovic.

So maybe I was proven wrong. So maybe the LionsXII weren’t such a bad thing after all? (Never mind that when V. Sundramoorthy took over as caretaker national coach, we lost comprehensively to Jordan.) Continue reading

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Ping

Just realised my last post was at the beginning of the season with Cottbus 3-1 win at Osnabrück.

Now VfL have thrown away a 2-0 lead at the start of the second phase to gift Energie Cottbus a 2-2 draw, and the year is almost over.

Time is running out if I’m to put something up at Interspeech 2015, Dresden… 20 March 2015 is the deadline. Just reminding myself out here. And given that the bulk of January will be gone, time is indeed tight.

Tick tock.

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Cottbus sweep Osnabrueck aside 3-1

Had some help from Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung and Goal.com Tanzania (oddly enough) as I wrote this practice piece for VfL’s opening-day home loss to Energie Cottbus. Comments always appreciated. Continue reading

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Much-needed pit stop

It’s been a comfortable off day for me from ICT, probably enough of a recharge to get back to work in good form. There’s a lot of work waiting, and the range of projects approaching will be quite the challenge. Even though they are essentially the same main projects I was working on before this enforced break, having been away for two weeks means they will be as good as completely new tasks.

I should probably get to sleep soon; I haven’t felt this rested in a long time and I don’t think I want to lose it.

Oh, and by the way, I’ll be manning comms for @hellofrmsg next weekend. So excited 🙂

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We are all Anton Casey

To be honest, I didn’t really pay attention to the whole scandal till way after the “WANKER Special” photo made its rounds on Twitter. And then I maybe only looked at it once or twice or listened while people were making loud noises about “the bloody ang moh”. So he has been fired from his firm, and won himself even more attention over several pages in the Straits Times: 2,3 and 35 (screenshot of the digital version featured below.)

But why are we “all” Anton Casey? Every now and then, we let slip a remark that is utterly insensitive to another group of people. Sometimes we mean it, sometimes it’s just a poorly-considered knee-jerk reaction. Either way, we may have to regret it later on.

But we should really be reflecting as well.

St. Anton paid the price so that we may all learn to be tolerant of every expat

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Sports Desk 1, Singapore 0

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SINGAPORE – Readers of the most respected English broadsheet on the island might have been forgiven for not knowing which country they were in had they begun reading it from the back page, which is the front page as far as sports fanatics are concerned. Continue reading

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Bowling again

I went bowling with some other staff from I2R, my second time in two weeks and considerably more affordable than my solo trip to the West Coast Recreation Centre. This was to the SuperBowl in SAFRA Mt Faber. I enjoyed most of the 8 games we squeezed into the 2.5 hours. I should really get more practice… but it’s expensive.

Ah well, as long as I indulge sparingly it won’t strike my bank account too hard.

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Poking away at the XLSX

Hope to be able to write my own filter that can handle Excel files in different programming languages. I will be updating information here as I find it (and have time to document…)

As always, StackOverflow has already got something interesting and there is a link to some sort of reference site which seems to require a login. So … yeah, more open, but not quite.

Points I have already found out from a simple table of data: Continue reading

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