Kesha's comeback after accusing producer of rape

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Kesha performs alongside Zedd at Coachella

Fans of Kesha have not had the chance to see her perform live on stage for the last four months, after her legal battle with her former producer, Dr Luke, was brought to media attention.

But the 29-year-old made a guest appearance on the second day of the music festival Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in California on Saturday (April 16) night.

Kesha joined EDM producer Zedd for a rendition of True Colours, the titular track off his latest album, in front of thousands of festival-goers.

The collaboration had been discussed ever since he tweeted his support for Kesha back in February, expressing his interest to work with her.

Kesha was not the only surprise guest Zedd brought on stage during his set.

He was also joined by musician Aloe Blacc and the lead singer of US indie-pop quartet Echosmith, Sydney Sierota, both of whom he collaborated with on True Colours.

While Kesha did not address the crowd during her four minute-long performance, her appearance gave her fans, who have been voicing their support for her throughout the ordeal with her law suit, hope that she would be back in action soon.

Kesha had filed a law suit against Dr Luke in October 2014, claiming her producer assaulted, raped and drugged her while they were working together from 2005 to 2014.

Earlier this month, New York Judge Shirley Kornreich dismissed her suit, stating that no facts have been presented to support her claims against Dr Luke.

The judge said about Kesha’s allegations: “Her claims of insults about her value as an artist, her looks, and her weight are insufficient to constitute ‘extreme, outrageous conduct intolerable in civil society'."

Kesha’s next performance is set for May at Dylan Fest, a two-night all-star tribute event held in Nashville, Tennessee, in celebration of legendary singer Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday.

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Woman tries to bribe cop with $10,000

A woman has been arrested after attempting to bribe a police officer to avoid being arrested.

The 42-year-old woman had offered Assistant Superintendent Chan Wai Hoong $10,000 to release her during an enforcement operation last Thursday (April 14).

ASP Chan and his team made checks on the woman in Middle Road.

The woman, suspected of participating in vice activities under the Women's Charter, repeatedly offered ASP Chan the sum of money as a bribe to release her.

The officer rejected the bribe and arrested her.

The case has been forwarded to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Anyone who attempts to bribe a police officer can be jailed up to five years and fined up to $100,000.

Loss spurs her to work harder

Ya Hui.

Disappointment.

That was what Channel 8 actress Ya Hui was dealing with when she did not clinch a coveted spot in this year's Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes category.

She had already seen it coming when she failed to rank among the top-10 female artists in some weeks, based on weekly consolidated fan votes on Mediacorp's Toggle website.

But she could not help feeling upset when she was omitted from the list featuring the likes of Rebecca Lim, Felicia Chin, Joanne Peh, Belinda Lee and first-timer Jayley Woo, especially since she was expected to make the list on the strength of her breakout role in long-form drama 118, for which she also scored a Best Actress nomination.

DISAPPOINTED

The 28-year-old told TNP: "I would be bluffing if I said I wasn't disappointed. My fans have been working so hard, I'm sure they are heartbroken. I was slightly emotional because who wouldn't want to be in the Top 10? It's tough, even after nine years in the industry. Those in the top-10 have a lot of determination and perseverance."

A bevy of beautiful ladies at the red carpet of Star Awards 2016. From left, actresses Pan Lingling, Julie Tan, Paige Chua, Ya Hui, and Felicia Chin. PHOTO: GAVIN FOO / TNP

Added Ya Hui, who bagged her first Top 10 award in 2014: "I think it would have been nice if both (my good friend) Paige Chua and I receive the award together. We've never been on stage together so I hope it happens in 2017."

Chua was also surprisingly left out of this year's Top 10, after winning in 2012 and 2015.

"I wonder how long it would take for me to clinch the All-Time Favourite Artiste. I have so much respect for Rui En and Qi Yuwu (who received that award at Show 1)," mused Ya Hui, who felt that her loss has spurred her on to work even harder in future to prove her worth.

"I want to prove people wrong by focusing on acting and giving it my all. I hope in future they can see that I put my heart and soul into this. I'm going to convert this disappointment into a greater source of energy for a better performance," she said.

She had fun with 'Spock' look

Rebecca Lim.

Like Felicia Chin, fellow actress Rebecca Lim also received her fair share of flak for her unusual wardrobe choice at Star Awards Show 1.

Lim's all-black, long-sleeved couture get-up was from Beirut fashion label Ashi Studio. It comprised a sculptural high-low lampshade skirt, matching thigh-high lace boots and severe blunt-cut bangs that did not sit well with many who felt the edgy imaging was out of character.

Some netizens even went so far as to compare her to Spock from US sci-fi TV series Star Trek.

Lim, who was also one of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes on Sunday, has always sported a softer, feminine image at past Star Awards ceremonies.

But the 29-year-old local actress was not bothered by the criticism, saying she had fun experimenting and stepping out of the box this year.

She told TNP over the phone: "I usually leave it up to my team because I am not the most stylish of people and need their help to make me look good. Most of my looks are mainly feminine so this is something different, a little less 'Rebecca' style.

"Edgy is not something that you would typically use to describe me, but it all worked out because I had fun. I liked it. It was more daring yet at the same time conservative because I was all covered up."

'STATEMENT' PIECE

Lim only tried on the dress the day before the show and had opted to go with it as her first choice.

Her Ashi Studio piece is the only one in the world and was flown in from London.

"The other outfit had a high slit down the front and I was a little worried about that," she said.

Calling her chosen dress a "statement" piece, Lim said her hairstyle completed the look.

"It was a clip-on fringe and I thought it was an interesting look. The last time I sported bangs was two years ago. People are also used to seeing me with my hair down," she said.

She said she received compliments from many of her colleagues, who said she looked younger and "like a doll".

And while others might not agree, Lim did not let it bother her.

"I have learnt not to read all the comments online. Still, they have the right to opinions on what they think is beautiful and glamorous. But I felt very comfortable in it and I was very happy with the look," she said.


Edgy is not something that you would typically use to describe me, but it all worked out because I had fun. I liked it. It was more daring yet at the same time conservative because I was all covered up.

- Rebecca Lim on her outfit

Felicia Chin's first reaction to'that' dress? 'Oh my God, I look naked'

Felicia Chin decided to give 
controversial $11,000 dress a go at 
Star Awards after encouragement from stylist

Nude dress by Adelaide-based designer Paolo Sebastian.
Nude dress by Adelaide-based designer Paolo Sebastian.
AFTER: Felicia Chin changed into a strapless black bustier gown (above) after the red carpet.

When it came to Felicia Chin's risque red carpet outfit at Star Awards 2016 Show 1 on Sunday, nobody quite knew where to look.

As the slender Channel 8 actress paraded in her bold see-through nude dress by Adelaide-based designer Paolo Sebastian, TV viewers were probably grateful for the strategically-placed bird motifs and floral embroidery that covered her lady bits.

Netizens were quick to take to Twitter to express their disdain, calling her choice "ugly" and "horrendous".

Others, however, couldn't help but scrutinise the illusion of nudity.

Was she wearing nipple pasties? A flesh-coloured thong? Or did she - gasp - go commando?

It was probably one of the most provocative and talked-about looks ever seen at the annual local TV awards ceremony to date.

And while chances of an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction seemed scarily high for Chin, the 31-year-old - who was one of this year's Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes - managed to escape unscathed.

Her long-time stylist Martin Wong told The New Paper yesterday: "There was no Hollywood tape involved. No alteration was needed too. The key to an outfit like this was getting the right undergarment, so we flew in a corset bodysuit from Italy which cost $900. We had to make sure that it suited the cut of the dress and her skin colour."

Mr Wong, 32, picked the daring gown for Chin because he wanted one that gave off a "fun, young and elegant" vibe.

It was always their first choice, too.

UNCONVENTIONAL

A gold gown which ended up not fitting Chin, as she had lost weight filming in Malaysia, was the back-up.

Mr Wong said: "She has tried everything (for other award ceremonies) prior to this - other unconventional choices included a bra top and a graffiti skirt, as well as a short gown - so I wanted something different. This made her stand out, plus it suits her fun and bubbly personality."

Chin herself had reservations when she first saw the eye-popping $11,000 dress during the fitting two weeks ago.

"When she tried it, she went, 'Oh my God, I look naked. I don't dare to wear this'," Mr Wong recalled.

"But I encouraged her to try it anyway. Besides, she received plenty of compliments for it (during the fitting). That was when she decided to give it a go," he added.

In a Shin Min Daily News report yesterday, Chin said: "I really like the outfit but when the spotlight shone on me, I got a shock and didn't know how my mum would react.

"I think your outfit displays your attitude. Maybe I won't wear something similar next year."

We were unable to reach Chin for a comment as she is filming upcoming Channel 8 drama Legal Eagles in Kuala Lumpur.

After the red carpet, Chin changed into a less revealing and more conventional strapless black bustier gown so that she was "comfortable" and "did not have to worry about how she would sit", according to Mr Wong.

Asked if viewers should be mentally prepared for another shocker this Sunday at Show 2, he said with a laugh: "I'm not sure if I can outdo myself!

"It will be something comfortable... something sexy, feminine and still elegant," he said.

Naysayers might have plenty to say about his Show 1 pick for Chin, but Mr Wong remains unfazed.

"I think it boils down to personal taste so to each his own. I think she looked like a million dollars," he said.


I really like the outfit but when the spotlight shone on me, I got a shock and didn't know how my mum would react.

- Felicia Chin on her see-through nude dress by Adelaide-based designer Paolo Sebastian

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Man's death from flash fire ruled 'tragic misadventure'

Foul play ruled out in death of man who suffered severe burns while lighting aromatherapy diffusers

MOVING ON: Mr Mohammad Rizalludin Hassan died while trying to light two aromatherapy diffusers in his bathroom last October. His widow, Madam Nurul Asyikin Norman (left), and mother (right) were in court yesterday.
MOVING ON: Mr Mohammad Rizalludin Hassan (above) died while trying to light two aromatherapy diffusers in his bathroom last October. His widow, Madam Nurul Asyikin Norman, and mother were in court yesterday.
The New Paper, April 1.

It has been about six months since their father, Mr Mohammad Rizalludin Hassan, died from a flash fire while he was lighting two aromatherapy diffusers at home.

Though his four children have been told what happened to him, they are still asking for their father, said his widow, Madam Nurul Asyikin Norman, yesterday.

"They still look for their father. My four-year-old son looks for him," she told The New Paper.

She was speaking to reporters after State Coroner Marvin Bay ruled out foul play and suicide in his findings into Mr Rizalludin's death.

BATHROOM

The 34-year-old IT engineer was trying to light two Avita Aromatherapy Diffusers in the master bedroom's bathroom at about 9.30pm last Oct 13.

Madam Nurul had bought the diffusers and 12 litres of aromatic oils from Shiang's International, a network marketing company which manages the Avita brand, in 2014 and last year.

She and her mother, who were in the master bedroom, heard a loud explosion coming from the bathroom.

 

Mr Rizalludin then ran out engulfed in flames. The women smothered the flames with blankets before calling for an ambulance.

Mr Rizalludin, who had second-degree burns on 80 per cent of his body, was taken to the National University Hospital and transferred to the Singapore General Hospital's burns unit the next day. He underwent skin and bone grafts, among other procedures, but died in hospital on Oct 22.

Before Mr Bay delivered his findings yesterday, Mr Chok Wai Chen, the operations manager of Shiang's International, testified that the company had reminded its customers of the safety protocols and invited them to take a safety refresher course. 

Mr Bay said the flash fire could have been caused by the open flame igniting the vapours evaporating from the fluid in the essential oil refill bottle.

The temperature at which the fluid gives off sufficient vapour that can be ignited was determined to be about 16 deg C.

He advised users to avoid leaving the essential oil refill container uncapped for long and to avoid refilling the diffusers in confined or unventilated spaces where the vapours could build up.

The refill containers should also be kept at a "significant distance" from an ignited diffuser or open flame, he added.

Mr Bay ruled that Mr Rizalludin's death was a tragic misadventure and expressed his condolences to Mr Rizalludin's family, including his mother, Madam Nurul and her two daughters, who were present in court.

Mr Rizalludin's mother could be seen sobbing during the inquiry, and Madam Nurul and her mother were also seen tearing.

After the hearing, Madam Nurul, 34, a primary school teacher, told TNP that she, her son and three daughters - aged from one to nine - are getting by with strong support from her relatives, friends and even members of the public.

The inquiry has been tough on the family because it brought back the horrors of what happened, she said.

"It's like reliving all those images," she said, referring to her seeing her husband engulfed in flames that fateful night.

"My husband was very much well loved by our family. We will try to recover."


It's like reliving all those images. My husband was very much well loved by our family. We will try to recover.

- Madam Nurul Asyikin Norman on the inquiry

Bring football back to the National Stadium, says Leonard Thomas

After hosting a rousing rugby weekend, the National Stadium needs to show off our national sport

GRAND STAGE: The National Stadium, where the popular Rugby Sevens (above) was held, has yet to host the Singapore Lions since 2014. 


So many world-class athletes were on show at the National Stadium over the weekend, powerful, skilful speed merchants with a remarkable ability to sidestep opponents, throw body feints, release teammates with a slick dummy or a slickly timed pass and simply ram through defences.

They starred in front of around 30,000 fans at the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens.

Schoolboy rugby players aged between 12 and 14 from Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Raffles Institution also showed off their game in the grand arena in the World First Singapore Schools Under-14 Sevens Series.

As I soaked in the crackling atmosphere and watched the likes of South Africa, Fiji and Kenya impress out on the turf, I wondered if football, our national sport, would ever hit the same heights at the National Stadium.

I've made the call previously, and I stress again, Singapore football must make the National Stadium its home.

It has taken to the stage only sporadically since the stadium's first game in June 2014 when Juventus dazzled a Singapore Selection side, the Lions have not played there yet this year and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has to act now to end that embarrassing sequence.

The country's football administrators must not take the easy option and rely on the cheaper alternative that is the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Current football chief Zainudin Nordin and his team cannot simply leave it to the new president and management committee because the election will be held in the second half of the year and by then, it will be too late to negotiate for matches in 2016.

The FAS must accept that the cost to stage matches at the National Stadium will be much higher because the arena is a big stage able to seat 55,000 fans.

After so many internationals and LionsXII games there over the years, the arena at Jalan Besar has hardly formed a bond with fans and, with a capacity of 6,000, it is too small.

Regular S.League games and age-group matches belong there, the Lions need to go back and roam in Kallang.

The FAS has known for some time that it would have to replace Bernd Stange and a top-quality national coach needs to be hired quickly to work with the national players and whip them into shape.

PLAN

The FAS must find sponsors and put together a unique blueprint for the Singapore national team to play at the National Stadium regularly.

Borrow from the rugby copybook and organise an event-filled build-up days before the main event, music, host sideshows, hire a rock band, offer discounted tickets and hold a schools' final as a curtain-raiser.

In February last year, the FAS signed a $25-million, six-year deal with international sports media rights company MP & Silva that covers the rights to the national and age-group teams, sponsorship rights and international events for the Lions and national age-group sides.

There was nothing to show for it until the announcement earlier this month of the inaugural Nations Cup, a regional Under-21 tournament featuring hosts Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore which will be held in Malacca from June 3 to 5.

The deal still has yet to bear any fruit on home soil, after MP & Silva's proposed four-team Merlion Cup tournament for early this year fell through because of the cost of hiring the National Stadium.

Of course, operator Sports Hub Pte Ltd has to make money, but the consortium's management should also be willing to negotiate a favourable fee for all parties because football is the only sport in Singapore that can deliver a capacity crowd of 55,000 at the National Stadium.

SUPPORT

Sport Singapore must play an active role here and help the FAS pull this off.

On May 10, Tampines Rovers will entertain Selangor in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Group E clash under the floodlights of the National Stadium.

Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandra must be applauded for making his idea come true and his tactic of marketing it as a Singapore-Malaysia clash is smart, considering Selangor's special standing in our country's football history.

I have no doubt the FAS, Sports Hub and Sport Singapore came together and help Krishna realise his ambition.

Surely they can do so again for the country's national sport that draws on fans from all corners of the island, of any hue and creed.

Crack the formula and the modern Kallang facility has the potential to become Singapore's football amphitheatre.

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