Two Singaporeans killed in Kuala Lumpur crash

Two Singaporeans - identified as Kwek Kon Chun and Franco Toh - were killed in an accident on the KL-Seremban Expressway in the early hours of Sunday morning (Nov 9).

Two Singaporeans were killed after they lost control of their Porsche 911 Turbo, which crashed into the road divider of the KL-Seremban Expressway early this morning (Nov 9).

Traffic police identified the pair as race car driver Kwek Kon Chun, 35, and photographer Franco Toh, 43.

Kwek was a co-owner of the Neverland Group, which runs a stable of clubs in Singapore. 

 

 

 

They were travelling along KM3.8 of the highway at about 2.30am Sunday when Kwek lost control of the vehicle.

“The car spun out of control and crashed into the metal road divider,” said Kuala Lumpur Staff Officer for Traffic Investigation and Regulation Deputy Supt Markandan Subramaniam.

He said that a 20m steel rail from the divider impaled into the car through the driver’s side, pinning Kwek and Toh inside.

KL Fire and Rescue Department operations chief Azizan Ismail said five officers had to cut through the twisted wreck to extract the bodies.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene at about 3.30am.

DSP Markandan said the two had come from an event in Sepang and were driving towards the city centre.

Their bodies have been brought to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a post-mortem.

Source: The Star Online

Big Bang Theory to get Lego version

A campaign to get key characters from sitcom The Big Bang Theory immortalised in Lego has been approved and will go into production soon.

How did this not happen sooner?

The lovable nerds of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory will be immortalised as Lego figurines, after an online campaign got over 10,000 supporters, reports Entertainment Weekly. 

Not only will the set come with Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, and other main characters, but, according to the campaign page, it will also be "filled with geeky details accurate to the show including Sheldon's board, Green Lantern lantern, Rubik's cube tissue box, DNA model, mini LEGO Death Star and more!"

The Lego fans behind the idea - Alatariel and GlenBricker - even let supporters vote for which shirt they wanted Lego Sheldon to wear. 


PHOTOS: Lego.com / Alatariel's Atelier

A poll on Alatariel's blog shows The Flash T-shirt to be the most popular option. 

No word yet on when the set will be ready for purchase, but you can check for updates on Alatariel's blog. 

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Alatariel's Atelier

Moyes set for return? Former Man United boss linked with La Liga job

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is said to have agreed to take the reigns of La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad, according to a report in Spain.
Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is said to have agreed to take the reigns of La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad, according to a report in Spain.

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes could be set for a return to football management after a Spanish newspaper reported that he is on the verge of taking charge at struggling Real Sociedad.

The Basque side parted company with manager Jagoba Arrasate last Sunday following a string of poor results that leaves them second from bottom on the La Liga table after 10 games.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Moyes has reached an agreement with Sociedad president Jokin Apperibay to be the club's new manager on a three-year deal.

If true, it will be the first job Moyes has had since April when he was sacked 10 months after he was named as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United, who finished in a dismal seventh place last season.

The club is not expected to make any announcement on the matter until after their league match against Atletico Madrid on Monday morning (Nov 10, Singapore time).

Sociedad have previously hired British managers in John Toshack and current Wales boss Chris Coleman.

Source: AS (in Spanish) via Mail Online

Indian plane hits stray buffalo during take-off

An Indian airliner crashed into a stray buffalo during take-off from the western city of Surat although no passengers or crew were hurt, the plane’s operator, SpiceJet Ltd, said on Friday (Nov 7).

The airline was forced to ground the Boeing 737 which suffered “substantial damages”, it said.

SpiceJet said the buffalo, which was killed in the accident on Thursday evening, was “essentially invisible” against a dark background.

Passengers on the Delhi-bound aircraft were transferred on to another plane, SpiceJet said.

“Stray animals are a growing menace in some airports,” SpiceJet said in a statement.

“This incident has affected our regular operations and hence SpiceJet flights from Surat will now be suspended after this incident.”

Poorly maintained fences at some Indian airports mean animals can stray onto runways.

- Reuters

J Lo's bum strikes again - singer says she needs 'virgin toilets' for Las Vegas shows

Jennifer Lopez is reportedly asking for "virgin toilets" for her rumoured Las Vegas residency.

So this is how you maintain a derriere insured for (an alleged) billion dollars. 

Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, 45, is reportedly asking for "virgin toilets" - brand new, untouched by other behinds - backstage at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, where she is rumoured to be signing on for a one- or two-year residency. 

According to UK tabloid Heat, the 45-year-old is really embodying the label "diva" by asking for all-white dressing rooms, as well as three penthouse suites, with on-call butlers who also only wear white

What?!

Other demands include a chef who can make awesome apple pie (Lopez likes the smell of the dessert), and a playground in one of the penthouse suites for her twins Max and Emme. 

Rumours of the Las Vegas residency started circulating in October, according to Huffington Post, but they have yet to be confirmed by Lopez, who is currently filming Season 14 of American Idol.

Sources: Heat, via Independent.ie, Huffington Post

 

Tags: Jennifer Lopez and diva

Ben Affleck accidentally reveals that Matt Damon will be in new Bourne movie

While at an event for their TV show Project Greenlight recently, actor-director Ben Affleck accidentally revealed his collaborator and good friend Matt Damon would star in a new Bourne film.

Everyone - let's thank Ben Affleck for his inability to keep a secret. 

The actor-director was at an event for his reality show Project Greenlight with collaborator and good friend Matt Damon recently when he let slip the fact that Damon is returning to the Bourne series with a new film. 

Affleck, 42, was joking about the state of his physical fitness with E! News when he accidentally revealed the news.

"Well, (Damon's) going to be doing a Bourne movie next fall when I've just completely lost any semblance of physical fitness. So…." he said. 


PHOTO: UIP

Damon, 44, later confirmed the news to E!, revealing that The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass will return as director. 

On IMDB, the project is being called The Bourne Betrayal, with a tentative release date of July 15, 2016. 

This will be good news for fans of the original Bourne trilogy starring Damon, after mixed reviews and moderate box office takings for the fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner.

Source: E! News, IMDB 

Aguero rescues a point for City against QPR

Sergio Aguero fires home the equaliser for Manchester City against QPR.
Sergio Aguero fires home the equaliser for Manchester City against QPR.

QPR 2
(Charlie Austin 21, Martin Demichelis 76-og)

MAN CITY 2
(Sergio Aguero 32, 83)

Sergio Aguero was Manchester City's hero yet again after the striker equalised twice to salvage a point against Queens Park Rangers in a 2-2 English Premier League draw on Sunday morning (Singapore time) at Loftus Road.

Harry Redknapp's side took the lead on 21 minutes after Charlie Austin rifled a low shot past Joe Hart.

It was a third time lucky for Austin, who had a header chalked off for offside before a second strike was ruled out when Hart kicked the ball twice in the lead up.

Aguero then demonstrated his class when he controlled a long pass from Eliaquim Mangala to strike home his first goal after 32 minutes, although he received the benefit of the doubt from referee Mike Dean over a suspected handball.

The reigning champions found themselves behind again after 76 minutes when City defender Martin Demichelis diverted a whipped cross from Austin into the back of his own net.

However, the irresistible Aguero rescued a draw for the Citizens seven minutes after showing great skill to control a long pass from Yaya Toure to jink past QPR goalkeeper Robert Green and fire home.

Not thinking of Chelsea

While the result ultimately saw City fall eight points behind league leaders Chelsea despite Aguero's heroics, manager Manuel Pellegrini claims Jose Mourinho's side is not on his mind.

The Chilean, who had admitted that his side were experiencing a confidence crisis ahead of the match, said: "I'm not thinking about Chelsea. I'm thinking about my team. We have 27 games more and the championship is very long.

"For the moment, it's difficult to say it was two points lost because we came less than 72 hours (after Wednesday's Champions League match), (in a) very difficult moment.

"The way the game was during the 90 minutes, we deserved at least a draw. We had more chances to score.

"Of course I wanted the three points, but if you can't win it, it's better not to lose."

Important Aguero

Pellegrini also admitted that while Aguero was City's standout performer with 12 EPL goals this season, his team needs to step up to the same level.

He said: "In this moment he's a very important player for us.

"He needs the whole performance of the team to grow again as we normally play. A lot of offensive play.

"I am sure this will happen after the international break."

Source: PA Sport

Lee Chong Wei vows to clear his name after failed drug tests

Malaysian badminton star Lee Chong Wei has broken his silence over the failed drug tests that may get him suspended, saying he "never cheated".

Badminton world number one Lee Chong Wei has said he “never cheated” and will fight to clear his name, as he finally broke his silence on positive drugs tests that have shocked the sport.

Reports that the Malaysian star tested positive for the banned anti-inflammatory dexamethasone at the world championships in Copenhagen in August have been circulating for weeks, although officials refused to identify Lee.

But the shuttler wrote on Twitter late Saturday that he hoped to clear his name, posting a link to an interview in which he describes himself as “devastated” by the allegations.

“Thank u for having faith in me. I never cheated nor will I ever rely on banned substances,” the 32-year-old wrote in the Twitter post.

“There are so many unanswered questions, and I hope to clear my name soon.”

 

 

 

In the interview, he tells friend and sports blogger Satwant Singh Dhaliwal: “I saw my entire life flash by me, the whole last 15 years just going up in smoke. I was devastated and just did not know what to do.

“I have never cheated not even made any attempt to cheat thus this was like a bolt of lightning, destroying everything I had worked so hard for.”

Fans have been shocked by the allegations against Lee, a hero in Malaysia who is known for his humility and diligence.

The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) said Saturday the shuttler had been temporarily suspended after a second test on his urine sample – conducted in Norway this week and witnessed by Lee – came back positive, like the first test.

Lee – who is facing a suspension of up to two years, which could mean the end of his career – is now awaiting a hearing by the Badminton World Federation.

No date has been set as yet.

- AFP


Related report:

M'sian media confirm badminton star Lee Chong Wei's sample tests positive for steroid meds

7 Singapore-made apps you should check out

1. PiggyAlarm the Alarm Clock

Developer: Hwee Boon Yar

Cost: FREE

All in the name of self-improvement, PiggyAlarm is an alarm clock that helps you record the number of times you have snoozed, forcing you to really evaluate how much time you actually take to get out of bed. 

Download for iOS here

2. Ear Worthy

Developer: Ixora Studios Pte Ltd

Cost: S$1.28

Ear Worthy is an extensive ear training app with that trains users on a comprehensive variety of musical listening and identification skills. 

Download for iOS here, and for Android here.

3. LoveByte - for Couples in Love 

Developer: LoveByte Pte Ltd

Cost: FREE

LoveByte is an app customised to the needs of couples to communicate, share and remember precious moments within a private space. 

Download for iOS here, and for Android here.

4. Paktor

​Developer: Paktor Pte Ltd

Cost: FREE

Paktor is a social or dating app that allows you to connect with people nearby in anonymity until the person you like, likes you back. 

Download for iOS here, and for Android here.

​5. oneSafe

​Developer: Lunabee Pte Ltd

Cost: S$12.98

Described as "Fort Knox in your pocket", oneSafe allows you to store confidential information such as credit card numbers under impregnable security. 

Download for iOS here, and for Android here.

​6. Qlubbr - Discover Nightlife

Developer: Qlubbr LLP

Cost: FREE

Qlubbr allows users to uncover nightlife events and connect with friends. 

Download for iOS here, and for Android here.

7. PSLE English Grammar and Vocabulary - Ripple Education

Ripple Education Pte Ltd

Cost: $3.98

This app contains 288 different mutiple choice questions that trains students to be prepared for the PSLE English Language (grammar and vocabulary) exam.

Download for iOS here.

You can browse through more apps that are made in Singapore at www.appsinsg.com 

Source: AppsinSG

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Stange confident of beating Thailand in Suzuki Cup opener

Stange shrugs off another loss as he eyes winning start in Suzuki Cup defence

IMPROVEMENT: Baihakki Khaizan (in blue) giving a spirited display as Singapore's captain.
"The first 67 minutes (against Bahrain) were probably the best the team have performed this year." - Singapore national coach Bernd Stange (above)

With no wins in three straight international matches, one would expect any national coach to press the panic button.

But Singapore’s Bernd Stange remained buoyant yesterday morning (Singapore time) despite the Lions’ 0-2 loss to Bahrain in an international friendly in Riffa.

The 66-year-old German told Lim Say Heng yesterday: “We were up against a team (Bahrain) who are right up there with the likes of Oman, Jordan and Iraq, but the first 67 minutes were probably the best the team have performed this year.”

On the AFF Suzuki Cup of which co-hosts Singapore are the defending champions, Stange is “very, very optimistic” the team will be ready to beat Thailand in the opening Group B match on Nov 23 at the National Stadium.

Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 9.

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