Little Auni now has grilles to protect her

Contractor installs window grilles free for family whose toddler almost fell from balcony. He says...

Naureh Fitria Auni
HELPFUL: Mr Woo's workers installed grilles for the family's flat yesterday for free.
HELPFUL: Mr Woo's workers installed grilles for the family's flat yesterday for free.
HELPFUL: Mr Muhammad Fazlee Abdul Aziz, carrying Naureh Fitria Auni, and renovations contractor Toni Woo, carrying Naureh's older sister.

When Mr Toni Woo, 41, watched the video clip of a toddler dangling precariously two storeys above the ground with her head stuck between a pole and the balcony, he felt he had to help make sure the incident did not happen again.

The renovations contractor found out the family could not afford to install grilles in the flat so he decided to do it for them for free.

The father of three young children told The New Paper: "It's every parent's worst nightmare... It could have been my own child in the video."

On Thursday, Mr Woo and two workers went to the family's three-room flat in Jurong East to install the window grilles.

His kind gesture touched the toddler's parents, with the mother saying she could finally have a peaceful night's sleep since the incident.

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WATCH: Baseball bat flies from player's hands, hits fan in face

Chicago Cubs rookie Addison Russell loses control of his bat during the seventh inning of their match against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chicago Cubs rookie Addison Russell loses control of his bat during the seventh inning of their match against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

An unlucky fan got batted out by a stray baseball bat while watching the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 at Wrigley Field.

Cubs rookie Addison Russell — who was making his debut for the club — lost control of his bat while trying to connect with a fastball in the seventh inning.

The bat hurtled into the stands and struck a fan in the face.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the supporter suffered "wounds" but was conscious and able to communicate after he was hit.

He was given first aid, then transported on an ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Russell said the bat "just slipped", adding that he felt really bad about the incident.

He told Major League Baseball’s website: "I saw it connect with his face.

"I saw the dude’s glasses fly, and it just wasn’t pretty. I feel really bad.

"Words can’t describe how bad I feel."

The 21-year-old added that he is willing to give the injured fan a signed bat, if he is over the trauma of being batted out.

Source: Mail Online

Teenage girl pushed off bus in India after alleged groping

File picture of activists from various women's rights organisations and children in India staging a silent demonstration against sexual assault and rapes on women this month
File picture of activists from various women's rights organisations and children in India staging a silent demonstration against sexual assault and rapes on women this month

A 16-year-old Indian girl who was allegedly molested on a bus by the conductor and then pushed off while it was moving has died of her injuries, reports said on Thursday (April 30).

Police said the girl was travelling with her mother on the bus in northern Punjab state on Wednesday when the conductor, a cleaner and a passenger harassed and groped them, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

“Later on they were pushed and thrown outside the moving bus by the accused,” the police superintendent of Moga district H S Pannu told PTI.

The news agency said the conductor and cleaner had been arrested and a search was on for the third suspect.

Television footage showed the heavily-bandaged mother recuperating in hospital while protesters gathered outside demanding action against the bus operators.

“They kept abusing us. Nobody stopped the bus. They threw me and my daughter out of the bus,” the mother told NDTV news network from her hospital bed.

The incident is the latest in a string of attacks on women to have sparked anger in the country and was reminiscent of the gang rape of a physiotherapy student on a bus in New Delhi in 2012.

The 23-year-old died from injuries sustained during the attack, triggering a furious debate on sex crimes and weeks of angry street protests across the country.

Source: AFP

WATCH: Manny Pacquiao focused in training ahead of the big fight

Manny Pacquiao has his eyes firmly set on his big fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Manny Pacquiao has his eyes firmly set on his big fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Manny Pacquiao is set to square off with Floyd Mayweather in a bout that has been billed as the fight of he century.

And the Pac-man clearly has his eye on the prize, if Nike's recent documentary on him is anything to go by.

During the nearly three-minute-long video, the Filipino fighter gave some insight into his mental state as he prepares for his showdown on Sunday morning (Singapore time) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

"Preparing physically, spiritually and mentally - it will assure victory," said Pacquiao.

"When you're focused, you don't have to worry about, 'Oh, what am I gonna do? Maybe I'm not ready,' but you have peace of mind and you're ready to fight.

"If you're not well-prepared for the fight, only your mind can think about it but your body can't respond.

"You need to go through the hard work before you get the crown."

Even though he's 36, Pacquiao still showed his intensity in training - whether it is conditioning exercises or sparring.

Mayweather, you've been warned.


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Former Colombian striker now a wanted man

Freddy Rincon (right) in action during the "Game for Peace" to support Colombia's ongoing peace process, in Bogota, early last month
Freddy Rincon (right) in action during the "Game for Peace" to support Colombia's ongoing peace process, in Bogota, early last month.

At the height of his football career, Colombia’s Freddy Rincon was sought after by football clubs like Brazilian powerhouse Corinthians and Real Madrid.

Now, at the age of 48, his pursuers are of a different variety — Interpol.

The international police said on Wednesday that Rincon, who played in three World Cup finals in the 1990s, is wanted for questioning about drug crimes in Panama.

The former striker, who also had a stint with Real Madrid, is allegedly involved in money-laundering and criminal conspiracy relating to drugs.

Colombian media reported that Rincon, who captained Corinthians to their first World Club Cup title in 2000, has business and property interests in Panama bought in partnership with Colombian drug lord Pablo Rayo Montano.

Prosecutors in Panama say Rincon served as a front man for a Panama-based firm used by Colombian drug dealers to launder money.

Rincon has said in the past that the money he invested in the business was his and denied any links to drug trafficking.

He said the allegations were refuted back in 2007 when he was held for investigation for more than four months in Brazil.

Rincon, most famous for scoring a goal against Germany in the 1990 World Cup finals, told Colombian weekly Semana: "Panama has no evidence against me, and that's why Brazil archived the case against me. Colombia should do the same."

Source: Reuters

Get smart: Samsung gets edge over Apple

Samsung beats Apple

In the ongoing battle between Android and Apple products, Samsung has retaken the lead in the global smartphone market.

Research group IDC said Samsung sold 82.4 million smartphones in the first three months of the year, for a 24.5 per cent market share.

Even though the number sold was down 7 per cent from a year ago, it outpaced Apple as iPhone sales were down slightly from the final quarter of 2014.

Apple sold 61.2 million iPhones in early 2015 for an 18.2 per cent market share.

Some of the factors that led to these numbers were Samsung launching its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones in April, while iPhone sales dipped compared with its stronger sales over the Christmas period.

In the fourth quarter, several surveys had  Apple and Samsung virtually tied with around 20 per cent of the market each.

An IDC spokesman said: “Samsung’s shipments, given that the S6 was not launched into the market for the full quarter, were driven by large volumes into emerging markets and steady demand for its mid-range and lower-priced smartphones.”

Chinese make Lenovo was third thanks to completing its acquisition of Motorola from Google. Its 5.6 per cent market share placed it ahead of fellow Chinese group Huawei, with 5.0 per cent, and South Korea’s LG at 4.6 per cent.

IDC said the overall global smartphone market grew 16.7 per cent from a year earlier, with total shipments of 337 million units.

A similar report by Strategy Analytics said the figures show Apple is a “star” performer because it posted strong sales compared with the same period last year.

“Apple soared 40 per cent annually... Apple’s new iPhone 6 portfolio is flying off the shelves in China and the United States, its two biggest markets,” said a spokesman.

Microsoft meanwhile struggled as it took over the Nokia brand of mobile phones, once the world’s biggest.

Figures for Microsoft smartphone sales were not included in the two surveys but the company said it sold 8.6 million Lumia handsets in the quarter, only about half of Huawei's total.

In the broader market, “Microsoft’s 8 per cent global mobile phone market share is sitting near an all-time low,” said Ken Hyers at Strategy Analytics.

“Microsoft continues to lose ground in feature phones, while its Lumia smartphone portfolio is in a holding pattern awaiting the launch of new Windows 10 software later this year.”

Juniper Research said it expects Samsung’s performance to improve in the coming months because “the S6 and the S6 Edge have had a better reception than the S5.”

Juniper said BlackBerry lost further ground, delivering just 1.5 million handsets in the quarter.

Source: AFP

Family finds pirate treasure in grandfather's attic

A family in Tampa, Florida discovered a box containing pirate's treasure while clearing out their grandfather's attic.
A family in Tampa, Florida discovered a box containing pirate's treasure while clearing out their grandfather's attic.

As children, Mike and Maria Lopez heard stories about their great grandfather Ernesto, who was said to have found the treasure of Florida's legendary pirate, Jose Gaspar.

But unlike other childhood stories, it seems like their grandfather was telling them the truth all along.

When Maria decided to clear out her grandfather's attic, she found a box.

It wasn't just any old box, however, as it contained an ancient map of Florida's Hillsborough River area, some old coins, a family photograph and a severed human hand.

Maria shared her discovery with her brother before the two siblings approached several antique stores in the Tampa area, which verified the items, saying they were "gruesome and authentic".

Mike said: "Once Maria said she found a hand in a box, I was totally blown away.

"Maybe my great grandparents were pirates."

According to USA Today, the coins are said to be from 18th Century Spain and Portugal while the ring found on the hand also comes from the same era.

The owner of the hand is a mystery, although the Lopez siblings suspect that it was once attached to the arm of none other than Gaspar himself.

While Maria admitted in an e-mail interview that there's no way to know if the box was an elaborate pirate hoax by her great grandfather or the real deal, the box and its contents look set to stay in the Lopez household.

Mike said: "We are not sure what we're going to do with it.

"Possibly keep it forever. It's part of our family now."

Sources: WTVY via USA Today

Sezairi surprises girlfriend with proposal on set of 1965

Sezari surprised him girlfriend of six years, Syaza Qistina Tan, by proposing to her on the set of the movie 1965. Here, they are seen posing in an Instagrm pictures shared in February.

On the last day of filming for his role as "Adi" in the upcoming movie "1965", Mohamad Sezairi Sezali, better known as Sezairi, had something special up his sleeves.

With the help of his on-screen mother, played by Deanna Yusoff, and the filming crew, he put tears of joy in the eyes of his girlfriend, Syaza Qistina Tan, by asking her to marry him.

While still in character, Sezairi suddenly led his "mother" off-screen to show her the girl who he had been dating for six years.

He then went on his knees and proposed to her.

Although the YouTube video was only uploaded on Wednesday (April 29), they had announced their engagement in February.

 

 

6 years in the making. Meet my fiancée.

A photo posted by SEZAIRI (@sezairi) on

 

Congratulations Sezairi! 

 

US waitress gets $3,000 tip from kind customer

His bill at the restaurant came up to US$43.50 (S$57.50).

But his tip was 70 times that - $3,000.

A regular customer at a restaurant in New York City left the struggling waitress that huge sum as well as a handwritten note on the back of the receipt.

He wrote: "My teacher in middle school had such a difficult experience a few years ago which has sparked me to do this.

"Thank you for being around for all of my shows off and on Broadway. I hope that one day someone gives as much love and happiness into the world as you do."

ABC News in the US interviewed the generous tipper, who wanted to be known only as Mike.

“This woman had been serving us for almost a year now. She’s a lovely individual, and she talked about how she was served an eviction notice last month,” Mike said.

"She really needed it and has been so happy since then, so I feel I did the right thing."

Mike's generosity was part of the ReesSpecht Life foundation, a pay-it-forward movement started by teacher Ray Specht after the tragic death of his 22-month-old son.

Mike asked the waitress to visit theReesSpecht website and also asked that she did not "let 'Pay it Forward' end with you".

"I just had also been constantly thinking about for quite some time my teacher's project and this foundation, and I thought it was an appropriate time," Mike said.

"She said she was going to devote herself to the foundation and continue to pay it forward."

Mike says that the tip was a great way to honor his former teacher, who started the foundation.

"I met Mr. Specht in eighth grade -- I was his science student - and he's an incredible human being. To see something so horrible happen to him... it doesn't surprise me that he would start a foundation out of something so horrible that would just continue to keep good around and to keep wonderful things going," Mike said.

"It was heart-wrenching for me to see it happen. I had been trying to pay it forward and this was just a big opportunity for me to be able to honour someone that's so wonderful."

The big tip of $3000 might not last long in the exorbitant Manhattan rental market, but the lucky waitress has vowed to keep the charitable vibes flowing.

Mike said the waitress has said she was "going to devote herself to the foundation and continue to pay it forward".

Source: ABC News

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