School of frock: Emmy awards edition

Hollywood’s small-screen stars, who usually play it safe at the annual Emmy Awards red carpet, present more hits than misses this year

Kristen Bell.


Gown: Zuhair Murad

Who wouldn't have major love for something so bloomin' beautiful? There's drama, romance and so much garden nymph fabulousness going on, she's the undisputed belle of the ball.

Ratings: A-


Gown: Schiaparelli

Fake tan fail aside, Danes is still a golden girl in this dazzling show-stopper that makes her look like, quite appropriately, a walking Emmy. These days, if you can't win one, just dress like one.

Ratings: B+


Gown: Zac Posen

Clutch: Rauwolf

Shoes: Casadei

It's not easy to stand out amid all the look-at-me gowns, but this perfect, modern, wintry dress holds its own. Great combination of texture and sheerness, great fit, great silhouette.

Ratings: B


Gown: Georges Chakra

The E! host isn't usually a red carpet favourite but, by now, everyone knows I'm a sucker for delicate, embroidered, tulle, princess dresses. And if they are rendered in pale pink and come with a matching cape-train, I'm sold.

Ratings: B-


Dress: Christian Siriano

Here's proof that post-partum sleep deprivation causes new mums to make really bizarre decisions. I hate to knock someone who just gave birth two months ago but Chlumsky basically covers up her baby belly by grabbing her bedding, quilt cover, pillow case and maybe even her placenta. I hope she was at least comfortable the whole time.

Ratings: F



She is a sexy Bollywood goddess who should never stoop to the level of basic, baggy, almost monastic LBDs that suck the life out of her. Chopra's way better than that and, thankfully, reverts to siren mode at the Emmys in a sizzling, red-hot number. The world can breathe easy again.

Premiere of Hands Of Stone in New York City, Aug 22


Shoes: Louis Vuitton

68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, Sept 18

Gown: Jason Wu



Emmy of little surprise

Host Jimmy Kimmel didn't seem to have trouble predicting winners

ABSENT: (From left) Host Jimmy Kimmel interrupting actors Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly to accept the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award on behalf of Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey.

Jimmy Kimmel certainly lived up to his reputation of being one of the best in the business.

The US host of late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! returned for a second time to preside over the 68th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (US time) - and he was sharper than ever.

As expected, Game Of Thrones, Veep, and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story won top honours. (See report at right.)

And Kimmel, 48, helped keep the three-hour telecast light and tight.

Here are some of his buzz-worthy moments.

WINNER: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus with the trophies for her Best Actress In A Comedy Series title and Outstanding Comedy Series award for Veep. PHOTO: AFP


While Kimmel impressively hitched a ride on a fire-breathing dragon with Game Of Thrones' Daenerys Targaryen, the coolest part of the opening sketch was when he unleashed his inner Wham!, singing Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go with fellow talk show host James Corden.

Kimmel also poked fun at the industry, saying: "Here in Hollywood, the only thing we love more than diversity is congratulating ourselves for our diversity."




Kimmel was uncannily spot-on when it came to predicting winners.

He handed Jeffrey Tambor an Emmy during his opening monologue before making his way to the stage, saying "that will save 22 minutes" from the show.

Tambor bagged the Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series title.

Kimmel also said Sarah Paulson would win Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie because she turned up with celebrity lawyer Marcia Clark.

In The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Paulson played Clark, the head prosecutor who lost in the O.J. Simpson murder trial which the show was based on.

"Everyone in L.A. knows, if you want to win, sit next to Marcia Clark," Kimmel teased with irony. But he turned out to be right.

He also poked fun at Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey.

The veteran UK actress has been nominated for Emmy's best supporting actress five times since the series premiered in 2010 - she won in 2011 and 2012 - and she had never once showed up at the Emmys.

"If we call your name and you're not here to accept, the Emmy goes to the next name on the list. It's called the 'Maggie Smith rule'," said Kimmel in his opening monologue.

When Smith was announced the winner, Kimmel interrupted and accepted the trophy on her behalf, saying that it would go to the "lost and found section".


Kimmel roasted the UK producer who created reality TV show The Apprentice, US presidential hopeful Donald Trump's claim to TV fame.

"Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don't have to watch reality shows because we're living in one. If Trump builds that wall, the first person we throw over is Burnett," said Kimmel.

"Who do you have lined up to fill in the spot on the Supreme Court? Miley Cyrus or CeeLo?"

Burnett had the last laugh as his reality TV singing show The Voice won Outstanding Reality Competition Program.

He got back at Kimmel during his acceptance speech by inviting viewers to watch the new season of The Voice for new judges Cyrus and Alicia Keys ("Your next Supreme Court Justices").

Actor Matt Damon (L) jokes around with show host Jimmy Kimmel at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. PHOTO: REUTERS

Kimmel also got a taste of his own medicine when his long-time "nemesis", US actor Matt Damon, came on stage to gloat over Kimmel's loss to John Oliver, who won the Emmy for Variety Talk Series.

Damon is a recurring gag on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he keeps getting rejected as a guest.

"It makes a lot of sense, but you must be really bummed out," said Damon.

"This is so humiliating. You lost, and now you've got to stand out here for the rest of the night when you probably just want to go home and curl up and cry."


Outstanding Drama Series

Game Of Thrones

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Outstanding Comedy Series


Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

Louie Anderson, Baskets

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Limited Series

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Television Movie

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie

Regina King, American Crime

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

The Voice

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Is nasi goreng from Singapore?

Ex-England football star's photo of nasi goreng sparks debate over the origins of the ubiquitous fried rice

As our eyes were fixed on the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix over the weekend, some Indonesian netizens were fixated on a peculiar topic - the origins of nasi goreng.

The question was raised after former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted a photo of himself eating fried rice in his hotel room on Saturday with the caption: "Nasi goreng lunch... Keeping it local in #Singapore."

This did not sit well with some Indonesian netizens, who claimed the dish as their own.

Ferdinand, 37, who was in town for the Singapore Grand Prix, clarified yesterday that by "local", he was referring to South-east Asia.


The whole debate then begs the question: Does it matter where a dish comes from?

On this matter, food critics seem to agree: It does not matter.

Mr Adam Shah, 33, who runs The Halal Food Blog, told The New Paper: "Each country has its own version of nasi goreng, it's very hard to pinpoint where it came from originally."

With the many types of fried rice around the region, TNP breaks down the differences between the more popular ones in Singapore.


RICE TO THE OCCASION: Indonesian- style fried rice at Warung Surabaya in Lucky Plaza. PHOTO COURTESY OF BUDIMAN LEO

"It is sweeter, has bolder flavour and is drenched in soy sauce", said owner of Warung Surabaya, Mr Budiman Leo, 34.

The eatery at Lucky Plaza sells one type of fried rice, Nasi Goreng Ayam (chicken fried rice) for $7.50.

Mr KF Seetoh, founder of Makansutra, said Indonesian-style fried rice tends to contain lamb.



Unlike the sweeter Indonesian-style fried rice, Chinese-style fried rice is saltier and typically contains lard.

Mr Benjamin Aw, 27, a vegetarian stall owner at Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre who sells three types of Chinese-style fried rice, said it focuses more on creating "wok hei", or the "essence" created by stir-frying food over high heat.

Tang Tea House, which runs three outlets, said the Chinese-style fried rice is generally less spicy.

Its spokesman said: "While Indonesian-style fried rice, like Kampong Fried Rice, is spicier and more charred, the Chinese-style fried rice, such as the Yangzhou Fried Rice, is generally not spicy."

Tang Tea House sells more than seven fried rice dishes, which are all halal.



This style of fried rice is known for its dark red colour.

"They are redder and peppered with ikan bilis (anchovies)," said Mr Shah.

Al-Azhar Eating Restaurant manager, who wanted to be known as Mr Samsudin, 49, said the redness is likely to be derived from the tomato paste they used.

Mutton and minced meat are commonly found in this style of fried rice, added Mr Samsudin.

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HELP: A middle-aged man comforts an 18-year-old food delivery rider as he lies on the ground in pain after he was involved in a three-vehicle accident.

When she heard a loud crash, a coffeeshop assistant turned around and saw a motorcyclist lying on the road.

His motorcycle lay on its side about 10m away from a white car believed to have been involved in the accident in Little India yesterday.

Ms Yi Da, 28, told Shin Min Daily News that the biker was bleeding from his legs.

The police later said the collision at Dickson Road, near the junction of Perak Road, involved a motorcycle and two cars soon after 11am.

Another witness told The New Paper that he could see a bone sticking out of the victim's bleeding left foot.

Giving his name only as Mr Lu, he said in Malay: "There were about 50 people watching, but most moved away after they saw the rider's leg injuries."

Mr Lu, 65, who is in the karung guni trade, said only a man then went to comfort the biker before the paramedics arrived, while some passers-by helped to guide traffic and warn motorists about the accident.

"The rider was wailing in pain. All the man could do was to tell him not to move and assure him that help was on the way," said Mr Lu.

While he did not know the identity of the Good Samaritan, he said he had occasionally seen the middle-aged man at a nearby coffee shop.

The man was photographed standing beside the motorcyclist, believed to be a food delivery rider from Deliveroo.


From the photos, it could be seen that the biker was not wearing a riding jacket or boots.

"The rider's big food delivery bag was at the side of the road nearby. I saw he had other injuries on his body. His bloodied slippers are still here," Mr Lu said.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman told TNP that an ambulance took the 18-year-old rider to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

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He had thoughts of suicide, murder

The brothers quarrelled and fought over the most trivial things, according to Ng Yao Wei's psychiatric report.

Since he was in secondary school, he had not been able to get along with his older brother, Mr Ng Yao Cheng.

Ng claimed to his psychiatrist that Mr Ng often derided him by calling him stupid on account of his education at ITE MacPherson.

Ng went on to study business and information technology at Singapore Polytechnic and graduated in the top 10 per cent of his cohort.

He also said his brother would react badly when he used his computer in their shared bedroom at night, complaining that Ng disturbed his sleep.

In retaliation, Mr Ng would deliberately draw the curtains and switch on the hairdryer in the morning to interrupt his brother's sleep.

Mr Ng also allegedly slammed the door on his brother's pet dog.

Ng, however, would bottle up the anger as his parents' advice was to ignore or tolerate his brother's behaviour.


Ng visited the Institute of Mental Health on Nov 25, 2014, and told a psychiatrist he had felt depressed for a few years.

He also said he had unhealthy thoughts such as committing suicide or murdering a classmate whom he was unhappy with.

The day before the incident, Mr Ng had shouted at Ng and his two friends, saying they were making too much noise.

Their father chided Mr Ng for his behaviour, which led to another heated argument between the brothers.

During this quarrel, Mr Ng allegedly said: "You go on like this, I will kill you."

This alleged threat prompted Ng to place a knife under his pillow. He said: "This time the death threat was more real... The way he said it seemed more real."

He claimed that if his brother, who was bigger than him, wanted to fight again, he could use the knife to scare him off.

The psychiatric report also contained accounts of Ng's friends, who described him as a quiet and gentle individual who had not shown any impulsive or violent tendencies.

Tags: Court, Crime and jail

Man jailed 7 years for fatally stabbing brother 22 times

The siblings regularly quarrelled over trivial matters and couldn't see eye to eye

BROTHERS: Ng Yao Wei (above, right) stabbed his brother Ng Yao Cheng (left) 22 times, including seven times in the neck.

Since he was 12, he and an older brother hated each other's guts.

They shared a room but often quarrelled with each other.

Things came to a terrible end on April 13 last year when Ng Yao Wei, now 23, brutally stabbed his brother, Mr Ng Yao Cheng, 26, to death.

Ng stabbed him 22 times, including seven times in the neck.

As his brother lay bleeding and dying in their Choa Chu Kang condominium bedroom, Ng called the police to report his crime.

Police at the Choa Chu Kang condominium on April 13 last year. PHOTO: WANBAO FILE PHOTO

BROTHERS: Investigators at the condominium where the Ngs live. PHOTO: WANBAO FILE PHOTO

Yesterday, the former Singapore Polytechnic student was jailed seven years for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Ng was found to have been suffering from a major depressive disorder that substantially diminished his mental responsibility.

Court papers said he and his brother regularly quarrelled over trivial matters. 

A day before the incident,Ng had two friends over. The trio were playing computer games in the living room when the older brother shouted at them for making too much noise.

Ng retorted by calling his brother a dog in Mandarin.

His brother strode aggressively towards him and the two almost came to blows had it not been for their father intervening and coaxing the older brother to return to his room.

Feeling humiliated, Ng confronted his brother in their bedroom the next day at about 10.50pm.

They argued before Mr Ng lunged at his younger brother.

Ng dodged and reached for a kitchen knife with a 20cm blade that he had hidden under his pillow the previous night.

Ng repeatedly stabbed his brother's upper body and neck.

On hearing the commotion, their mother, Madam Gan Chai Min, 55, and maid rushed into the room. They saw Mr Ng lying on the bed and bleeding from the neck.

Madam Gan tried to stop the bleeding by pressing a towel to her son's neck wounds.

The maid also took the knife from Ng, who left the bedroom to call the police.

A paramedic pronounced Mr Ng dead at the scene at 11.15pm.

The autopsy report said he had suffered 43 injuries, including 22 stab wounds of which three were serious enough to cause death.

Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Ma Hanfeng called for a jail term of between seven and 10 years.

Citing the need to protect the public and for rehabilitation, he said Ng would require treatment for his mental illness and continued observation for about seven years.

DPP Ma added that if Ng were released before the completion of his rehabilitation, he could relapse and spark off another tragic episode.


Defence counsel Josephus Tan said in mitigation the dispute between the brothers had started since Ng was 12.

Mr Tan added that his client had been bullied by his brother over many years. Mr Ng, according to their parents, was hot-tempered.

The lawyer also said that Ng had sought help, on his own, at the Institute Of Mental Health five months before the incident and that he was found to have low risk of re-offending.

Yesterday's hearing was attended by about 30 of Ng's family members and friends, including his 87-year-old grandmother, parents and 30-year-old brother.

The grandmother was overheard telling Ng, who appeared calm throughout, to take care of himself in prison.

She and his father were seen sobbing before they left the courtroom.

The family declined to speak to the media.

For culpable homicide not amounting to murder, Ng could have been jailed for life, or up to 20 years, with a fine and caning.

Tags: Court, Crime and jail

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