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Police form a line in the street under a holiday sign, gunshots were heard and bottles were thrown as anger rippled through a crowd outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after authorities announced that a grand jury voted not to indict a white officer in the August shooting death of an unarmed black teen.
A business burns during rioting on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri since August 9. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images
Demonstrators raise their hands in front of police officers as they block an intersection during a rally after a grand jury decided not to indict white police officer in Ferguson shooting.

Violence flared again in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday (Tuesday Singapore time), with gunshots heard and tear gas fired, after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.

Angry crowds took to the streets around the Ferguson police department after the grand jury determined there was no probable cause to charge officer Darren Wilson with any crime for the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. 

St Louis police reported heavy automatic gunfire late on Monday in the area near where Brown was shot and killed on Aug. 9.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions for the city.

Storefront windows were smashed near the Ferguson Police Department, and at least one police cruiser and another vehicle on the street were set on fire.

Gunshots were heard and police responded with volleys of tear gas and flash-bang canisters.

Ahead of the news, a crowd of several hundred people had gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department, and many began to scream angrily as word of the grand jury’s decision spread.

“Murderers, you’re nothing but murderers,” one woman shouted through a megaphone at officers clad in riot gear.

A group of protesters briefly mobbed a police car, throwing rocks and knocking out its windows, prompting a group of officers clad in riot gear to advance. Sounds of gunshots briefly caused police to take cover behind their vehicles. A Walgreens drugstore was set alight.

“They need to understand that when you put your son in the ground, that’s a pain that you can never overcome,” said Paulette Wilkes, a 40-year-old teacher’s assistant.

“People are trying to process it. I think once they process it they will continue to burn and loot because they’re angry.”

Photo: AFP

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called up the National Guard ahead of the announcement to protect against the kind of rioting that flared in the weeks 

The grand jury, with nine white and three black members, began meeting in late August and heard evidence that included witnesses called by the prosecution as well as a private pathologist hired by the Brown family to review the shooting.

Nine jurors needed to agree to bring charges.

McCulloch declined to say if the jury’s decision was unanimous, noting that grand jury proceedings are completely secret and that only the jury members themselves know the details of the proceedings.

A federal probe into the shooting is continuing, and US Attorney General Eric Holder emphasised in a statement that the Justice Department investigators had not yet reached any conclusions.

“Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now.

"Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the evidence,” he said.

Related reportPolice officer will face no charges in the unarmed teen Michael Brown's shooting, which sparked weeks of riots

Source: Reuters, Twitter

Tags: ferguson, police and riots

KL man hits wife after she finds sex videos of him and other women while cleaning house

A man from Kuala Lumpur beat up his wife when she discovered sex videos featuring him and other women.

The 24-year-old wife was cleaning up the house when she stumbled upon a folder in her husband’s computer, China Press reported.

She was shocked to see videos of her husband having sex with other women.

When she confronted him, he scolded her for being a “busybody”.

He then slapped her repeatedly until her lips bled and left their house.

The wife, who was afraid of further assaults, lodged a police report.

Source: The Star

Video: Zoe Tay supports today's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Zoe Tay

Today (Nov 25) is the International Day to End Violence Against Women and people around the world are doing their part in the campaign.

In Singapore, actress Zoe Tay is appearing in a TV campaign to support the Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) run by The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) 

“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” Zoe Tay tells viewers. 

“But no one should have to suffer in silence.” 



The videos also give viewers information about the services offered by SACC, Singapore’s only specialist service for women who have faced sexual assault, Aware said in a press release.

Expanding on Aware’s previous Sexual Assault Befrienders Service, SACC features a drop-in centre with an on-site social worker who can assist clients immediately, (open Mon-Fri, 10am to
7pm), a helpline (6779 0282, Mon-Fri, 10am to midnight) and email support (

The SACC website ( provides up-to-date information about sexual assault for those who prefer to find out more in the privacy of their own web browser.

In the US 

For the first time ever, both the iconic Empire State Building and United Nations Headquarters in New York were bathed in orange light on Monday night in celebration of UN- Women’s “Orange YOUR Neighborhood” campaign ahead of the International Day to End Violence Against Women.

“Together, we must end this global disgrace,” UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said at a special pre-lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building on Monday morning.

“It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle.” UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon​


The secretary-general attended the ceremony in midtown New York where he was joined by American actress Teri Hatcher, his wife Yoo Soon-taek, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for a ceremony to “flip the switch” ahead of the Empire State Building’s illumination Monday night.


“Orange YOUR Neighborhood” is part of the secretary-general’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women, which runs between Nov 25 and Dec 10.

The hashtags #Orangeurhood and #16days are being used to raise awareness on social media.

To raise awareness and trigger action to end the global scourge of violence against women and girls, the UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25.

One in three woman have experienced physical or sexual violence

Sobering numbers show that one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner; about 120 million girls have been forced into intercourse or other sexual acts at some point in their lives; and 133 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation.

Ending violence against women is one of UN Women’s key priorities, with myriad programs to address the pandemic globally.

N Women also coordinates the UN secretary-general’s UNiTE campaign, supports widespread social mobilization through its Say NO – UNiTE social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter, and manages the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women.

Despite recent progress, violence continues to plague one billion women worldwide.

According to UN- Women, among all women killed in 2012, nearly half died at the hands of a partner or family member. And far too often, crimes go unpunished and perpetrators walk free.

This year alone, more than 200 girls have been kidnapped in Nigeria, and we have seen graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during the conflict there, Ban said.

And in the United States, there have been high-profile cases of sexual violence involving sports teams and on university campuses.

And many other cases go unreported and unpunished, Ban added.

“This is outrageous, and it must stop,” the secretary-general declared, calling for an end to the “mindsets and traditions that encourage, ignore or tolerate violence.”

The campaign to end violence against women calls on everyone around the world to display the color orange to symbolize their commitment and hope for a safe future for all women.

People will tie orange ribbons on landmarks. Marchers dressed in orange will raise awareness and discuss community-wide solutions.

“We need this eye-catching color everywhere so that the message is loud and clear: we all need to work together to stop violence against women and girls right now,” said Mlambo-Ngcuka in an earlier press release.

Source: Aware, Xinhua, Twitter

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Police officer will face no charges in the unarmed teen Michael Brown's shooting, which sparked weeks of riots

Protesters listen to the grand jury's announcement that officer Darren Wilson will face no charges in the shooting of Michael Brown outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson.

The policeman whose killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri in August that sparked weeks of riots will not face charges, said the county prosecutor Bob McCulloch (below).

McCulloch told reporters the evidence presented to the grand jury had suggested the policeman Darren Wilson had shot as a legitimate act of self-defense during a tussle that broke out as he was responding to a robbery.

He said “an altercation” had broken out as Wilson was sitting in his patrol car and Brown was standing at the window.

“During the altercation, two shots were fired by Officer Wilson while still inside the vehicle,” McCulloch said.

“Mr Brown ran east... and Officer Wilson gave chase,” he said.

“Mr Brown stopped and turned back toward Officer Wilson.

“Officer Wilson also stopped. Michael Brown moved toward Officer Wilson. Several more shots were fired by the officer and Michael Brown was fatally wounded.”

Protesters have gathered in Ferguson

A crowd of several hundred protesters gathered in front of the police station in Ferguson where Officer Darren Wilson was based chanting: “Hey, hey, ho, ho! These killer cops have got to go.”

Brown’s devastated mother was hugged by supporters.

The family of Michael Brown expressed disappointment at the grand jury's decision but have requested for people to protest peacefully.

Reuters reported at 11.28am (Singapore time) that  gunshots were heard and bottles were thrown as anger rippled through a crowd outside the Ferguson Police Department.

President Barack Obama urged calm Monday on live TV as violent protests broke out on the streets of Ferguson after the grand jury decision. 

“I join Michael (Brown)’s parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully,” Obama told reporters.

“I also appeal to the law enforcement officials in Ferguson and the region to show care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur.”

Source: AFP, Reuters

Related links: Ferguson police chief apologises to parents of Mike Brown

Protesters on the streets after police shot another black teen in US city of St Louis




Texting too much can be a pain in the neck... literally

Fresh research found that constant texting can lead to permanent damage of the spine.

If you thought those newly-introduced double blue ticks on Whatsapp were a pain in the neck, we bring you more bad news.

New research carried out by an American doctor has highlighted that "text neck" could possibly lead to permanent damage.

The surgeon behind the paper, Dr Kenneth Hansraj, said that the posture that people adopt as they use their phones increases the pressure on the neck.

This can lead to early wear-and-tear on the spine, degeneration and even a need for surgery.

Dr Hansraj said that the weight on our necks increases as we angle our heads down to look at our phones. It is akin to carrying an eight-year-old around your neck several hours per day. 

Smartphone users now spend an average of two to four hours a day looking down at their phone. The research says that "this results in 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stresses seen about the cervical spine."

Dr Hansraj said: "It is an epidemic, or at least, it's very common.

"Just look around you, everyone has their heads down," he told The Washington Post. 

He also said: "The problem is really profound in young people. With this excessive stress in the neck, we might start seeing young people needing spine care. I would like to see parents showing more guidance."

So what can you do if you are constantly texting?

Sammy Margon, from the UK's Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, advises people to use voice recognition and make phone calls instead.

Taking regular breaks from texting is also advised.

Source: The Guardian, Washington Post 



China considers tougher tobacco controls

A "No Smoking" sign is displayed in a restaurant in central Beijing.

China, the world’s biggest tobacco market, is considering a draft regulation that would ban indoor smoking, limit outdoor smoking and end tobacco advertising, the state-run Xinhua news agency has reported.

The draft, published by the legislative affairs office of the State Council, or cabinet, and open for public consultation, included plans to curtail smoking scenes in films and TV shows, Xinhua said in a report published late on Monday (Nov 24). 

China faces a smoking-related health crisis, with more than 300 million smokers and hundreds of millions more exposed to second-hand smoke each year.

However, cigarettes are part of China’s social fabric and advocates of tougher smoking regulations have faced difficulty pushing through controls.

The government’s heavy dependence on tobacco taxes has been a major impediment to anti-smoking efforts.

Last year, the tobacco industry contributed more than 816 billion yuan (S$172.9 billion) to government coffers, an annual rise of nearly 14 percent.

Sources told Reuters in September that intense lobbying by the powerful state tobacco monopoly had resulted in the weakening of controversial legislation that had meant to introduce a complete advertising ban.

The draft regulation would ban indoor smoking in public places and outdoor spaces in kindergartens, schools, colleges, women’s and children’s hospitals and in fitness venues, Xinhua said.

The draft also prohibits selling cigarettes to minors through vending machines.

It urged civil servants, teachers and medical staff to take the lead in tobacco control, saying teachers and medical workers would not be allowed to smoke in front of students or patients.

Source: Reuters

Tags: China, smoking and tobacco

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JLo wows with hot dress, hot dance at American Music Awards

SAUCY: Jennifer Lopez (right) and Iggy Azalea worked the crowd with a sexy routine.

Singer actress Jennifer Lopez lit up the American Music Awards on Monday morning (Singapore time) in Los Angeles with her jaw-dropping pink silk criss-cross cut-out halter dress — which showed off her abs.

The pop diva later teamed up with Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea to deliver an ultra-sexy performance of the song Booty, which included some spanking between the two.

Other acts who wowed with their performances included Taylor Swift, One Direction and Fergie. 

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