Taylor Swift silences critics by donating proceeds of single to New York Public School

Taylor Swift is donating the proceeds from her sale of single Welcome to New York to the city's public schools.
Taylor Swift is donating the proceeds from her sale of single Welcome to New York to the city's public schools.

In what could be considered a move to silence her critics, Taylor Swift is donating the proceeds from the sales of her single Welcome to New York to the city's public schools.

When the single was first released, native New Yorkers criticised her overly-glossy description of New York. 







Things heated up when the global pop star was named the Global Welcome Ambassador of New York City by the tourism department.

Many New Yorkers asked why Swift was named the ambassador of a city she had only moved to earlier this year.

But hopefully this move will pacify Swift's critics.

And if it doesn't, she will just learn to shake it off.

Besides her new album is projected to sell 1 million copies in its first week - a feat that no artist has achieved this year.

So, she really doesn't have to worry about the haters.

Source: Time



Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer syncs perfectly with My Heart Will Go On

How coincidental is that? From scene to scene, the latest Avengers trailer syncs perfectly with Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On.

When you think of Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On, you would more than likely link the award-winning hit single to 1997 disaster film Titanic.

And nobody can fault you for that, but that might just change after you watch this spoof.

A Vimeo user known as Martin Revelation Films posted Marvel's latest trailer, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and creatively synced the video to the audio of Celine Dion's hit single.

As it turns out, it fits perfectly. 

The spoof, which has been titled Avengers: My Ultron Will Go On, depicts to audio (from start to finish) syncing perfectly in the trailer's many switches from scene to scene.

All the way from the mellow start to the dramatic ending of the song. 

Here's what we mean. 

Remember the last part where she drags the word 'on'? This appears on the trailer.

PHOTO: Screengrab from Marvel

Following that long-held 'on', remember how she hums just before the love song ends?

This appears at exactly that point too.

PHOTO: Screengrab from Marvel

Dont believe us? Check out the Vimeo video here:


Source: Vimeo​

Norwegian flight delayed five hours - over mouse hunt in cockpit

Norwegian Air Shuttle, already plagued by costly flight delays on its long-haul routes, was forced to delay a flight to New York by five hours on Tuesday because of a hunt for a mouse in the cockpit.
Norwegian Air Shuttle, already plagued by costly flight delays on its long-haul routes, was forced to delay a flight to New York by five hours on Tuesday because of a hunt for a mouse in the cockpit.

Norwegian Air Shuttle, already plagued by costly flight delays on its long-haul routes, was forced to delay a flight to New York by five hours on Tuesday.

The reason? There was a mouse in the cockpit.

"The pilots discovered a mouse on flight deck," spokeswoman Charlotte Holmbergh said on Wednesday. "We had to make sure that no cables or wires had been chewed.

"This does not happen very often, but it does happen from time to time.”

The airline became the only European budget carrier last year to fly long-haul routes but a string of technical troubles with its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners delayed many of its flights, leaving passengers stranded at airports from Bangkok to Florida.

The airline has since improved its reliability.

But since it runs its Dreamliners 18 hours a day (five to six hours more than traditional carriers), even small delays can cause significant schedule disruptions.

"At least the mouse was caught," Holmbergh added. - Reuters

Tags: flight, delay, mouse and cockpit

Lost and found: Hunt for autistic boy's blanket goes viral with #FindSimba hashtag

A hunt for an autistic boy's lost blanket turned viral.
A hunt for an autistic boy's lost blanket turned viral.

He lost his Simba blanket while his family was out in Liverpool city.

So the three-year-old autistic boy was unable to sleep.

His parents, also unable to sleep, sent out a plea on the internet asking people to return the blanket if anyone found it, Metro reported.

That's how the search for little Jake Thomson's comfort blanket went viral - with netizens using the hashtag #FindSimbas.





His mother Carolyn told local reporters that the boy went everywhere with his Simba blanket.

His parents offered him an identical Simba blanket but the discerning little guy could tell the difference between the two - just by smelling it.

"When he’s not happy, he sniffs Simba and rubs it on his face,"  said Carolyn. "He’ll pick up the other blanket but as soon as his sniffs it, he throws it away – he knows it’s not the same one because of his heightened senses."

Jake is awaiting final diagnosis for autism. He has already been diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 1 – a, which is a genetic condition that causes tumours to grow along his nerves.

Thankfully, the blanket has since been found.

Offline help

But it wasn't the Internet that helped.

Instead, Jake's desperate parents called the shops to try their luck. Thankfully, one of the retailer found the blanket.

Now that little Jake is reunited with Simba, he is not letting it out of his sight.

His mum said: "He looks like a totally different child."

Sources: Mirror Online, Metro

Tags: Simba, viral and blanket

League Cup: Tottenham ease through while Southampton survive a scare

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane on target. Here, he celebrates after scoring a goal against Brighton Hove Albion during their English League Cup soccer match at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur 2  Brighton & Hove Albion 0

At White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur eased through to the quarter-finals with a routine 2-0 win against Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.

They dominated possession but failed to take the lead until the 54th minute when Erik Lamela danced into the area before dispatching a neat finish.

Harry Kane converted Roberto Soldado’s parried shot for a deserved second.

Southampton 3 Stoke City 2

Meanwhile, Graziano Pelle scored twice as in-form Southampton let slip a 2-0 goal before advancing to the last eight with a thrilling victory against Stoke City.

Southampton’s top scorer Pelle has been a revelation since his close-season move from Dutch side Feyenoord and the imposing Italian forward gave the visitors the lead with a superb goal.



The 29-year-old was afforded too much space by the Stoke defence and was able to curl in a sublime strike.

On the half hour Southampton doubled their lead with Shane Long sweeping home his first goal for the club at the end of another flowing attack.

Stoke pulled a goal back through Steven N’Zonzi’s low strike early in the second half and restored parity through Mame Biram Diouf in the 82nd minute.

As extra time beckoned Pelle bundled home his ninth Southampton goal of the season, and the game's winning goal in the 88th minute just moments after Stoke had been reduced to 10 men after Peter Crouch’s red card.



Related report: League Cup: Balotelli finally scores to spark late Liverpool comeback against Swansea
                           League Cup: Holders Manchester City kicked out by a buoyant Newcastle
                           League Cup: Chelsea made to sweat while West Brom knocked out by Bournemouth 



Source: Reuters, AFP, Twitter

Dares, performances and more as local celebs prep for #PSC2014

Local stars Joanne Peh and Gurmit Singh are set to host this year's President Star Charity on Sunday (Nov 2).

It's that time of the year where local celebs are set to take centre stage at the President Star Charity, an annual event where citizens and local personalities both donate to different charities.

These stars, who have posted pictures on various social media sites leaving hints as to what they are set to do on the show, have been spending time prepping for the event on Sunday (Nov 2) at 7.30pm on Channel 5.

It was announced that the show will be hosted by actor Gurmit Singh and actress Joanne Peh.


Attending the President's Star Charity (PSC) press conference.

A photo posted by Joanne Peh (@joannepeh) on


Another aspect of the show which has got fans excited is that Channel 8 star Pierre Png is set to participate in a special lip-syncing challenge.

On top of that, actresses Julie Tan, Jayley Woo, Seraph Sun and Bonnie Loo will battle it out in a dance-off against an all-male team comprising Gurmit Singh, Ian Fang, James Seah and local jock Joakim Gomez.


Even Shaun Jansen and Tay Ping Hui have got something up their sleeves.



Also, The Sam Willows are collaborating with visually-impaired violinist Sophie Soon in their original song For Love.


I'm obviously the best violinist here. @josh_wei x @sophie_thefirst #PresidentsStarCharity #PSC2014

A video posted by Benjamin Kheng (@benjaminkheng) on


Source: Instagram

League Cup: Holders Manchester City kicked out by a buoyant Newcastle

Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko (3rd R) celebrates his goal against Manchester City with team mates during their English League Cup fourth round soccer match at the Etihad Stadium.
Newcastle United fans celebrate their team's second goal against Manchester City during their English League Cup.

Newcastle United visited fresh misery upon faltering Manchester City with an impressive 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday that dumped the holders out of the League Cup.

Teenage forward Rolando Aarons put Alan Pardew’s side ahead in the sixth minute and substitute Moussa Sissoko added a superb solo goal 14 minutes from time to send Newcastle into the quarter-finals.

“We are buzzing in the dressing room. It has given the club a massive lift. It’s been a great week,” Aarons told Sky Sports.

“We didn’t play well enough. We conceded two easy goals and didn’t take our chances to score," City manager Manuel Pellegrini told Sky Sports



Premier League champions City, have now gone three games without victory in all competitions ahead of Sunday’s derby with Manchester United.

Newcastle, meanwhile, appear to have put their difficult start to the season behind them, having now won their last three matches.

Ryan Taylor was making his first Newcastle appearance after injury since August 2012 after a long-term knee problem, robbed City's Fernandinho to create the move that saw 18-year-old Aarons run through and slot the ball between Willy Caballero’s legs from a narrow angle on the right. 

City received a further blow three minutes later when David Silva was forced off after appearing to injure his left knee in an early tangle with Taylor.

Newcastle substitute, Sissoko, delivered the killer blow, when he skilfully dragged the ball away from Fernandinho and then burst past Bacary Sagna before coolly stabbing the ball home.

Taylor completed a memorable return by blocking on the line from Edin Dzeko in the 85th minute, as Newcastle secured a first ever win at the Etihad and sent the holders crashing out.


Related report: League Cup: Tottenham ease through while Southampton survive a scare 
                           League Cup: Balotelli finally scores to spark late Liverpool comeback against Swansea
                           League Cup: Chelsea made to sweat while West Brom knocked out by Bournemouth 


Source: AFP, Reuters, Vine. 


Police arrest 4 for suspected loanshark activities

Four people were arrested for suspected loanshark activities and will be charged today.

Police arrested four people for suspected involvement in loanshark activities on  Oct 28 (Tue).

The two men and two women were aged between 22 and 40.

They were nabbed around North Bridge Road, Lower Kent Ridge Road and Woodlands Square.

Officers from Choa Chu Kang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) and Woodlands East NPC were instrumental in the four separate cases.

The four suspects will be charged in court today (Oct 30).

Under the Moneylenders Act 2010 (Revised Edition), first time offenders may be fined from $30,000 to $300,000, jailed up to four years and caned up to six strokes.

M'sian mum pays surprise visit to babysitter, makes shocking find

A Penang mother was shocked to see her son, 3, bound and lying on the floor in the babysitter's house.

She has been sending her son to the babysitter since June last year.

But he was always hungry when she picked him up.

Sensing something amiss, the factory worker-mother decided to pay a surprise visit to the babysitter's house in north Penang.

What she saw shocked her: The three-year-old was lying on the floor with his hands and feet bound, The Star reported.

Seberang Perai Utara police chief ACP Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said: "The woman... sent her son to the babysitter at 5.30am on Tuesday (Oct 28), and made a surprise visit about five hours later."

All tied up

"She found her son with his hands and feet bound and lying on the floor. At that time, only the babysitter's 11-year-old son was at home." - Seberang Perai Utara police chief ACP Abdul Rahman Ibrahim​


An examination showed that the boy was not injured, he added.

The police have arrested a 39-year-old woman to aid investigations.

The woman claimed that the boy was tied up because he was naughty, he said.

Sources: Bernama, Star Online

Serena will be back to star for Singapore Slammers in December

Last week, she enthralled fans and emerged victorious at the elite season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

From Dec 2 to 4, tennis fans can expect something similar when Serena Williams returns for the Singapore leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) at the Indoor Stadium.

The world No. 1 will represent the "home" team Singapore Slammers, alongside tennis greats Andre Agassi and Patrick Rafter, and also current players like Daniela Hantuchova and Lleyton Hewitt.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to Singapore and playing for the Singapore Slammers. I hope you'll be able to come out and enjoy a new format of tennis," said Williams.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 30.

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