Zouk will stay at Jiak Kim Street for one more year

The authorities have granted a one-year extension on Zouk's current lease at Jiak Kim Street. If Zouk is able to secure a new location by June 2015, they will be granted a final extension of three years.
The authorities have granted a one-year extension on Zouk's current lease at Jiak Kim Street. If Zouk is able to secure a new location by June 2015, they will be granted a final extension of three years.

​Singaporean clubbers can breathe a sigh of relief. Zouk is here to stay - for at least one more year.

The authorities announced on Thursday that the iconic club will be allowed a year-long extension on its lease at Jiak Kim Street that ends at the end of this year.

If Zouk is able to secure an alternative location by June next year, they will be given a final extension up to Dec 31 2017 to "complete its location", said the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in a joint statement.

"An extension of up to 2017 will give Zouk sufficient time to undertake renovations or to plan and construct a new structure to house the club at the new site, and relocate thereafter," said the authorities.

It also acknowledge in the statement Zouk's contribution to the "strengthening of Singapore's reputation in the international entertainment scene".

But it noted that the concerns faced by neighbours, who have complained about the littering and noise polution in the area.

Singaporeans will definitely have another reason to party this weekend following this good news, given their support for the clubbing hotspot.

SaveZouk, an online campaign that was launched in June, has since amassed more than 40,000 signatures in two months.​

Source: URA

Tags: zouk and SaveZouk

Shooter Teh Xiu Yi wins Singapore's second medal at the YOG

National Shooter Teh Xiu Yi has won Singapore's second medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

18-year-old Teh Xiu Yi has done Singapore proud by winning Singapore's second medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on Thursday (Aug 21)

Teaming up with Egypt's Ahmed Mohamed, the pair won the silver medal in the 10m air pistol event, 

 

 

They lost out in the finals 5-10 to Bulgaria's Lidia Nencheva and Uzbekistan's Vladimir Svechnikov  at the Fangshan shooting hall reported The Straits Times. 

This medal of course comes right after fellow shooter Martina Lindsay Veloso won the silver at the individual 10m air rifle event.

Congratulations once again to Teh Xiu Yi!

 

Parents of beheaded journalist: He was a martyr for freedom

The parents of beheaded journalist, James Foley, speaking to reporters where they spoke of their son's passion for journalism.
The parents of beheaded journalist, James Foley, speaking to reporters where they spoke of their son's passion for journalism.

The video of a journalist being beheaded by the Islamic State (ISIS) shocked the world after it appeared online on Tuesday.

But none were more shocked than the parents of James Foley, 40, who had been missing since he was seized in Syria in November 2012.

Foley's father, John told reporters outside their New Hampshire home: "It haunts me, how much pain he was in and how cruel this method of execution is as opposed to so many others." 

He choked back tears as he said: "It's inhuman. It testifies to his courage. He was courageous to the end."

Foley's parents also chose to remember their son as a brave man, who was extremely passionate about his job.

The freelance journalist went back to school at the age of 35 to complete a degree in journalism.

Following that, he reported in Libya, where he was kidnapped for 44 days before he was released.

His mother Diane said: "James felt compelled to bear witness to people in conflict.

"He died for that compassion and love," she added.

His father said about his son: "We believe he was a martyr - a martyr for freedom."

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama said the world was appalled by the merciless execution.

"No just god would stand for what they did yesterday," he said.

Tags: james foley and ISIS

Giant grouper eats shark

Shark becomes bait. In one massive gulp.

It is often said that sharks are the top predators in the ocean, but apparently no one told that little fact to this grouper.

A YouTube video was uploaded by user Gimbb14 showing a blacktip shark being reeled in by a fisherman when his catch suddenly became the grouper's lunch.

The incident happened off the coast of Florida in early August.  

Granted the shark looks pretty small in comparison to the grouper, it is still quite amazing to see the hunter become the hunted in one literal bite.

Source: Metro, YouTube. 

Tags: shark, fish, nature and bizarre

People tattoo Pope's face on their bodies for scavenger hunt game

People from all over the world have tattooed the image of Pope Francis on their bodies to score points in a scavenger hunt game.
People from all over the world have tattooed the image of Pope Francis on their bodies to score points in a scavenger hunt game.

How far would you go to win a game?

Some people had the image of Pope Francis permanently tattooed on themselves to win some points at a scavenger hunt game.

Created by actor Misha Collins,s known for his role in TV show Supernatural, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (Gishwhes) has teams from all over the world trying to complete as many of Collins' challenges as possible.

This year's list of tasks include a video of your grandparents mud-wrestling (61 points) and filing a Freedom of Information Act request for any available government files on your parents (19 points).

How many points was the tattoo of the pope worth? 64 points.

Clearly people thought it was well worth the points because a handful actually got tattoos of the popular pope. 

Check them out below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Daily Dot

Man dies in rock climbing accident hours after proposing to girlfriend

The late Brad Parker (Right) seen here with Jainee Dial. The avid rock climber fell to his death right after proposing to his girlfriend Jainee DIal.

A veteran rock climber died while rock climbing on a ridge in Yosemite National Park in California, just hours after proposing to his girlfriend.

Brad Parker, 36, had proposed to girlfriend Jainee Dial last Saturday (Aug 16) after the pair had completed a hike to the top of a hill called Cathedral Peak, reported The Press Democrat. 

His father Bill Parker said that his son told him that his girlfriend accepting his proposal had been the best day of his life. 

Unfortunately, the best day of his life turned out to be the last day of his life when he went off alone to climb a nearby ridge later that same afternoon. 

According to local park rangers, other climbers saw Parker fall to his death at about 5.45 pm.

Climbing alone

He was apparently climbing alone and without the help of any ropes on the ridge. 

Longtime friend Jerry Dodrill, who would often act as Parker's photographer during his climbs, said that he has seen Parker easily complete that climb on numerous other occasions.

"I have no idea what happened on that climb. It blows me away thinking about what happened," Dodrill said.

His family has planned a hike to the place where he was killed as a form of memorial.

"It's the only closure we're able to get," the elder Parker said.

Source: The Press Democrat

Tags: Climbing

Judge: Shakira's Loca rips off Dominican artist's song

A federal judge has found that a hit 2010 song by Colombian pop star Shakira copied a Dominican songwriter’s work.
A federal judge has found that a hit 2010 song by Colombian pop star Shakira copied a Dominican songwriter’s work.

A federal judge has found that Loca, a hit 2010 song, by Colombian pop star Shakira copied a Dominican songwriter’s work.

A US district judge said on Tuesday that Shakira’s Spanish-language single Loca infringed on the work of Ramon Arias Vasquez, who wrote Loca con su Tiguere in the late 1990s.

Hellerstein dismissed claims that Shakira's English version of the track infringed, citing a lack of evidence. 

The ruling is a victory for the plaintiff, Mayimba Music, which holds the rights to Arias's work.They also sued Sony Corp of America and several other Sony units in 2012.

The judge found Sony/ATV Latin and Sony/ATV Discos, for distributing Shakira’s song.

 

 

An attorney for Sony declined to comment. An attorney for Mayimba could not immediately be reached.

Shakira reached the top of the Latin Billboard charts with Loca, reportedly selling more than five million copies of the single worldwide.

Hellerstein said Shakira's single was based on a 2007 song by Dominican rapper Eduard Edwin Bello Pou, better known as El Cata, which also copied Arias and was distributed by Sony.

The ruling said Arias's song, and the subsequent copies, revolve around a love triangle in which the singers are poor and the opposing suitors are rich, a theme expressed in Arias's title. Shakira's version uses the word "tigre" (tiger) instead of "tiguere," which is Dominican slang, but Hellerstein said the meaning was the same.

The next phase of the case will determine Mayimba's damages and a permanent injunction requested by the company against Sony. - Reuters

Tags: song, shakira and suit

Kid asks former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher: Were you ever bitten by Suarez?

A young fan asked Jamie Carragher if he was ever bitten by former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez.
A young fan asked Jamie Carragher if he was ever bitten by former Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez.

Ah, kids say the darndest things.

If you're wondering if Luis Suarez has a biting problem off camera as well, you're not the only one.

Suarez, who was recently sold to Barcelona, was suspended during the World Cup for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.That was the third time he bit someone during a game.

One eager young fan had the guts at a signing session to ask Suarez' former Liverpool teammate, Jamie Carragher: "Were you ever bitten by Luis Suarez?"

Carragher's response? A very hearty laughter. So is that a yes or a no?

And since the weekend is almost here, here's another kid that will make your day.

A father does the "I'm going to steal your nose" trick to his son, who actually believes it. His reaction? Priceless.

 

 

Source: USA Today

 

Crystal Palace withdraws offer to Malky Mackay after receiving Vincent Tan's dossier

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan watches from the stands. He has apparently sent in a dossier questioning the conduct of former Cardiff manager, Malky Mackay.

Widely expected to become Crystal Palace's new manager, Malky Mackay's future is now uncertain.

Mackay's plans were scuppered after Vincent Tan, the owner of Cardiff, handed a dossier to the Football Association (FA) that questioned his conduct during Mackay's reign at Cardiff.

Tan, who is a Malaysian tycoon, questioned the amount of fees, commission and role of agents in several transfers during his time at Cardiff, reported the Mirror.

According to the Mirror the dossier also contains evidence which shows that Mackay sent e-mails and text messages that were racist, sexist and homophobic.

The Mirror reported that FA had no official comments but added that they would be investigating Tan's claims. 

Mackay meanwhile has strenuously denied any wrongdoing.

Turbulent history

Mackay and Tan had a turbulent history after Mackay's acrimonious departure from Cardiff last December.

Mackay had initiated a £7.5million (S$15.5 million) legal claim against the club but dropped it after reaching a settlement with Tan. 

The settlement involved him apologising "without reservation" to Tan.

According to the Mirror, former Spurs manager Tim Sherwood is now the leading contender for the Crystal Palace job.

Source: Mirror Online

WATCH: This endearing version of Happy is in Sign Language

Another endearing rendition of Pharrell's Happy has surfaced and this latest one is courtesy of the kids at Camp Mark Seven's Deaf Film Camp.

There have been many remakes of Pharrell's Billboard No. 1 single, but we have to say that this one makes us happiest.

The kids of Camp Mark Seven, which is located in upstate New York, have created a totally cute version of Pharrell's Happy in sign language, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

The camp is said to offer film-making instruction to deaf and hard-of-hearing youths.

Check out seven of the cutest scenes from the video: 

"Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth."

"Because I'm Happy."

"I should probably warn you, I'll be just fine."

"Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof."

"Clap along if you feel like that's what you want to do."

"Clap along if you know what happiness is to you"

"Because I'm happy."

If this cute little video with a bunch of talent people doesn't make you smile then I don't know what will. 

Sources: YouTube and The Hollywood Reporter

Photos: YouTube

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