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Radio DJ: I bawled when I read mum's secret letter
Ten years after Lush 99.5FM DJ Rosalyn Lee lost her mother to cancer, she heard again from her a month ago.
It was in the form of a secret letter written by Madam Lee Kim Geok in 1999, in which she revealed her inner-most feelings and regrets, such as her inability to provide her children with a proper home and better life.
Lee, 35, found out the letter, which was discovered by her younger brother, was written on her 20th birthday and not meant for her eyes.
"It came as a shock because we had lived all our lives in this one bedroom with no money and we had accepted it. She didn't put us in that situation. I wish I could have taken the guilt away from her," said Lee
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Couple hit $3 million jackpot at Vegas slot machine that hasn't paid out in 20 years
The most popular slot machine "Lions Share" at MGM Grand Las Vegas has finally paid off, reports News3
Walter and Linda Misco of Chester, New Hampshire, were playing the one-armed bandit on Friday night when three long-awaited green emblems lined up horizontally on the jackpot centre pay line.
The lucky grandparents had been playing about five minutes and putting $3 in for each pull when they hit the US$2.4 million (S$3 million) jackpot.
The couple told reporters the winnings would help put their five grandchildren through college.
They said they may also buy a new car.
“MGM Grand is delighted to award this historic jackpot to the lucky winner of the "Lion’s Share," and we couldn’t be happier for the winners and their family and friends,” said Scott Sibella, president and chief operating officer of MGM Grand in a press release.
“This monumental event is another great example of why MGM Grand is the Entertainment Authority, and our goal of providing every guest with the ultimate Las Vegas experience.”
The casino also said the machine was known for refusing to yield its top jackpot for over 20 years.
Source: News3, MGM
China to relocate 5,000 people to protect 2,000 endangered birds
More than 5,000 people are to be relocated in northeast China to protect a colony of red-crowned crane, a species with a population of only 2,000 in the world.
The red-crowned crane is an important symbol in Chinese mythology, representing longevity and immortality.
A common image in Chinese art is a hermit or reclusive scholar who cultivates bamboo and looks after cranes.
Zhalong National Nature Reserve in Heilongjiang Province, covering 210,000 hectares, is China’s largest artificial breeding centre for the cranes and home to about 20 percent of the population. Local people mainly live by fishing or by selling reeds.
A photographer stretching out his arm as he takes pictures of a red-crowned crane in Zhalong Nature Reserve, in Heilongjiang province, Aug 11, 2014 as hundreds of others look on. Photo: Reuters
“Several decades ago, the water was clean. Fish and avifauna abounded. We were not worried about our lives,” said Jia Huifang from Zhalong in west Heilongjiang.
“But now the water level has dropped and the fish are gone. Making a living is harder than before.”
Human activity seriously affects the birds. The environment is deteriorating and people are taking away the cranes’ food. In March 2005, fire broke out when farmers were reclaiming land, and destroyed much of the local marshy grassland. Fortunately it did not kill any birds.
Only solution is to move residents
According to Wang Wenfeng, a manager at the reserve, the only way to stop the deterioration of environment is to move the villagers out; all 5,396 of them.
Over 160 million yuan (S$32.5 million) of public money has been invested in the scheme and the search is on for land where the villagers can be resettled.
The first batch are due to be relocated before the winter of 2015. It is not known when will the last batch be moved out.
Most villagers support the scheme, but are worried.
“Our children need schools and our parents need hospitals; that is why we want to move,” Jia said. “But what shall we live on if we leave this land?”
New businesses - spas and birdwatching tours
The local government solution is tourism: birdwatching and a spa.
Guan Zhixin, Party chief with Halawusu Village, told Xinhua that 4.16 hectares of land have been allocated for more than 900 evacuees.
“In three years we are to build up a spa town which will provide 700 plus job opportunities,” he said. - Reuters
Cliff Richard returns to UK for police interview, denies sex crime allegations
British police interviewed veteran singer Cliff Richard, one of the country’s most successful entertainers, on Saturday in connection with an alleged historic sex crime, his spokesman said.
Richard, a household name in Britain since the 1950s through hits such as “Living Doll” and “Devil Woman", met officers voluntarily and was interviewed under caution but not arrested or charged upon his return to the UK for the interview.
The interview came after his luxury apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, southern England, was last week searched by police over “an allegation of a sexual nature” involving a boy under 16 dating back to the 1980s.
Richard was at his Portugal home during the search.
British media have reported that it relates to an alleged incident at a rally by US preacher Billy Graham in Sheffield, northern England, in 1985.
The 73-year-old strongly denies any wrongdoing.
After Richard was interviewed, his spokesman said: “He co-operated fully with officers and answered the questions put to him.
“Other than restating that this allegation is completely false and that he will continue to co-operate fully with the police, it would not be appropriate for Sir Cliff to say anything further at this time.”
The probe is not connected to Operation Yewtree, the investigation launched by Scotland Yard into abuse by the late BBC television and radio presenter Jimmy Savile and a string of other ageing celebrities.
Known for his clean-living, Christian lifestyle, Richard was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1995 and performed at a concert marking 60 years of her reign in 2012.
His fans have rallied around him since the police search, buying copies of one of his singles, “I Still Believe in You", in a bid to get it into this week’s Top 40 list of best-sellers.
Police say their investigation is in its early stages. - AFP