PICTURES: Doraemon, Ultraman and anime characters pose on Tokyo film fest red carpet

A character from Japanese manga Attack on Titan poses on the red carpet for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival opening ceremony in Tokyo on October 23, 2014.

Doraemon and other anime characters strutted their stuff on the red carpet on Thursday at the new-look Tokyo film festival that will focus on Japan’s love of animation.

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, which runs from Oct 23 to 31, will hold special events alongside the main festival, including a “cosplay summit” and a Japanese food fair aimed at promoting Japan’s cultural and content industries.

Attack on Titan



Ultraman (Ultramen?)


PHOTOS: AFP, Reuters

Source: Reuters

Privacy breach? Woman sues after photo of her gouging out own eyes goes viral

A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet.
A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital took a photo of a woman who gouged out her own eyes with pencils, and the patient sued the hospital and its administrators after the picture went viral on the Internet.

The woman had gouged out her own eyes with pencils.

A nurse at a Los Angeles hospital saw the horrifying sight and took a photo. Somehow, the picture went viral on the Internet.

Now, the patient has sued the hospital and its administrators.

The unnamed plaintiff was treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in 2012 after she tried to commit suicide. Her lawyer, Douglas Johnson, said she was rushed to the hospital.

The unidentified nurse took the photograph of the patient with the "intact pencils sticking out of her eyes," then shared the unauthorised picture with another person, who passed the image to Joshua Shivers.

Shivers, in turn, used his mother's computer to post the image to a "shock" website, the suit stated, adding that the photo has since been viewed more than 192,000 times.

The specific website to which it was posted was not disclosed.


"Everybody knows that as soon as someone gets their hands on something like this, it goes viral and the harm is done," said Douglas, who specialises in privacy cases.

Prior to filing the lawsuit, he had asked the medical center and administrators to take the picture down from the Web.

They held copyright over the photo, since it was taken in their facility.

The lawsuit also named Joshua Shivers and his mother, Linda, as defendants. They could not be reached for comment.

Back on track

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court  on Monday, said the woman was blinded.

She has since received psychiatric help, learned to read Braille and "gotten her life back on track" by enrolling in college.

But she fell into depression since the photo spread online, the lawsuit stated.

The legal action did not specify how much the woman is seeking in damages. - Reuters

Tags: gouged, eyes, pencils and america

Watch: Air NZ's epic safety video has hobbits, elves and, of course, the One Ring

What do you get when you mix Middle-earth with airline safety? Only the most epic safety video ever.

Air New Zealand, the official airline of Middle-earth, posted a safety video featuring Elijah Wood, Sir Peter Jackson and Sylvester McCoy on YouTube on Wednesday.

It presents the ho-hum, sleep-inducing pre take-off instructions in a totally bizarre, nonsensical manner.

Don't get us wrong, we love it.

Learn how to put on your seatbelt from a man riding a horse. 

Learn not to panic from an orc with an oxygen mask.

Learn how to inflate your life jacket from a man who went bungee jumping​ to retrieve the One Ring.

Learn where the nearest exits are from men with flaming torches.

In short, this video is crazy. 

It makes even the annoying "brace brace" instructions sound like music to our ears.

This is one safety video we definitely wouldn't sleep through.

The video was made to celebrate the final film in The Hobbit trilogy - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which is due to be released at the end of the year.

Watch the movie's teaser trailer below.

Even Owen approves: Lamela scores a stunner as Spurs hit 5 past Greeks

Take a bow, Erik Lamela.

Tottenham Hotspur emphatically defeated Greek side Asteras Tripolis on 5-1 in Friday morning's (Oct 24) Europa League tie.

All talk on social media, however, revolved around Erik Lamela's 'rabona' goal, where he wrappedg his left boot round the back of his right leg 20 metres out and blasted the ball into the top corner.

The feat was so impressive that the applause (and disbelief) flowed immediately after the goal was scored.

You know it's a good goal when your teammates' first reaction is to hold their heads in disbelief.



Even Owen gave his stamp of approval. 

We bet he has seen it a couple more times after that.

 We're not 100 per cent sure but we think he likes Lamela's goal.

And of course, we have to introduce the star of the show: That jaw-dropping 'rabona' goal from outside the penalty box.



Guess what? He scored again, this time with a less spectacular but equally impressive volley.

In between, Harry Kane natted a hat-trick. 

The result seemed almost insignificant compared to the sheer technical brilliance from the Argentine’s moment of magic.

It was a rare glimpse of the talent that Tottenham fans had heard so much about but not seen much of since his club-record 30 million-pound (S$61.4 million) move from AS Roma last year.

“I have seen Erik do that in training – he has that in his locker,” said Kane, who himself had an eventful evening.

“I quite fancied myself in goal but when I saw the free kick wobbling towards me I wasn’t too happy,” the striker told ITV Sport.

The result breathed life into Tottenham’s Europa League campaign, giving them five points from three games.

Spurs are level at the top of Group C with Besiktas, who crushed Partizan Belgrade 4-0, their heaviest home defeat in European competition.

Sources: Reuters, Twitter, Vine

New York doctor tests positive for Ebola virus

Dr Craig Spencer

Dr Craig Spencer is New York City's first diagnosed Ebola case.

He suffered from the symptoms — a 103-degree fever and nausea — and was rushed to Bellevue Hospital yesterday, Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center said.

The 33-year-old was in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders. 

He returned from West Africa last Friday (Oct 17) and has not been back to his hospital job or seen patients.

The New York Times said he has since been placed in isolation. Healthcare workers are tracing anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days

 A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test.


New York Post reported that hazardous materials specialists had sealed off the doctor's fifth-floor apartment around noon yesterday. 

Cops blocked off West 147th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam after he was taken to the hospital, witness Oscar Nunez said.

Another witness saw a person wrapped in blankets “like a mummy” being lifted from a wheelchair to a stretcher that was placed inside an ambulance.

The case highlights challenges faced in containing the virus, especially in crowded cities.

It emerged that the doctor had travelled from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the subway on Wednesday night, when he went to a bowling alley and then took a taxi home - sparking concerns about his health while out in public.

A person infected with Ebola cannot spread the disease until they begin to display symptoms, and it cannot be spread through the air.

As the person becomes sicker, the viral load in the body builds, and they become more and more contagious.

Sources: New York Times, AFP, New York Post, LinkedIn, YouTube

Tags: Ebola, doctor and new york

Williams bounces back to trounce Bouchard

Serena Williams.
“Yeah, I tweeted that before I knew the entrance was so grand! Then, the first time I walked out I was like: ‘This is actually like the Hunger Games. I was right. We’re just walking out, one person left standing, one walking to our death... It was intense.” - Bouchard (above), on the pyrotechnics during the player entrances, which reminded her of her joke tweet comparing the WTA Finals to The Hunger Games

It was as if she had a point to prove.

After suffering her worst defeat in 16 years against Simona Halep on Wednesday, world No. 1 Serena Williams was back to her rip-roaring best last night, routing a hapless Eugenie Bouchard 6-1, 6-1 in their Red Group round-robin match at the BNP Paribas Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last night.

The 33-year-old reigning champion finished her group challenge with a 2-1 win/loss record, but she could still miss out on the semi-finals tomorrow, based on today’s results, although Williams insisted there will be no nail-biting on her part.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 24.

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Tags: williams and WTA finals

No apologies for Stomp’s honesty

Singapore poly team win advertising challenge

WINNERS: Mr Muhammad Izzul Islam and Miss Francesca Fernandez receiving the top prize on behalf of their team during the prize presentation ceremony.
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Woman whacks child with umbrella on train

VICIOUS ATTACK: An 11-second video of the beating was posted on citizen journalism portal Stomp.
VICIOUS ATTACK: An 11-second video of the beating was posted on citizen journalism portal Stomp.
VICIOUS ATTACK: An 11-second video of the beating was posted on citizen journalism portal Stomp.

Train passengers looked on in horror as a woman viciously whacked a boy with an umbrella between Tampines and Tanah Merah stations on Wednesday evening.

A student, who wanted to be known as Lulu, 17, said the boy, who was crouching, screamed in pain as the blows landed on his body.

She told The New Paper: "The woman, who was in her 60s, beat him all over the body with the umbrella until the handle broke."

A father stepped in to stop the attack but the woman remained defiant.

An 11-second video of the beating was posted on citizen journalism portal Stomp. It shows the woman gripping the metre-long umbrella with both hands and swinging it at the boy.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 24.

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Tags: whacked, umbrella and boy

Experts: Punitive punishments may cause more harm

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Lawyers: Woman could be charged with causing hurt

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