S'porean found dead in JB hotel

The dead man was found in a hotel at Jalan Wong Ah Fook.

A Singaporean man was found dead in a Johor Baru hotel on Tuesday (July 1) afternoon.

Mr Lee Chiang Yong, 62, was found unconscious by Ocean Hotel staff at 1.37pm, a Malaysian source told The New Paper.

The New Paper understands that the man was found by a housekeeper who was going to clean the room in the hotel at Jalan Wong Ah Fook. 

Mr Lee's body has been taken to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital where a post-mortem will be conducted. 
 

One-armed cyclist fined for having just one handbrake

Mr Bogdan Ionescu was reimbursed the money and “police apologised to him” three months after the incident. File photo: AFP

German police apologised on Tuesday (July 1) to a one-armed man who was fined 25 euros (S$42) for having only a single handbrake on his bicycle, not two as required by law.

The man, theatre employee Mr Bogdan Ionescu, was reimbursed the money and “police apologised to him” three months after the incident, a Cologne police spokesman told AFP.

A local newspaper had reported on the case of the over-zealous police officer who fined Mr Ionescu for lacking a right-hand front wheel brake even though the man is missing his right arm.

Mr Ionescu, who had complained to local police about the fine and claimed discrimination, told local newspaper the Koelner Stadt-Anzeiger: “This is great news, I am very pleased."

Source: AFP

Liverpool sign £25m Lallana

Adam Lallana holds a Liverpool jersey after signing for Reds from Southampton.
Adam Lallana holds a Liverpool jersey after signing for Reds from Southampton.

Liverpool have signed Southampton captain Adam Lallana on a five-year contract.

While no fee was mentioned by either club, the England midfielder, who was on national duty at the World Cup in Brazil, reportedly cost the Reds £25 million ($53.4m).

The playmaker arrives at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers' second confirmed signing for the new season after former Saints' teammate Rickie Lambert.

Lallana will don the No.20 shirt.

Liverpool also have an agreement in place with Bayer Leverkusen for the signing of defensive midfielder Emre Can.

Fits right in

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Rodgers, who guided Liverpool to second in the English Premier League last season, said: "We are delighted to have secured the services of one of the Premier League's top talents in signing Adam Lallana.

"He is an exceptional young man and someone who has a love for the game - and, most importantly, a desire to progress and improve.

"Adam is motivated by being the best he can be and being part of something special. We believe he fits right in with what we are trying to do at Liverpool."

New boy Lallana added: "I'm so excited for the next chapter of my career, coming to a special club like Liverpool. I'm quite humbled and I just can't wait to get started.

"I hope I can add something to the team and hopefully we can win trophies while I'm here, because that's why I'm here - for success."

Changes

The sale of Lallana continues a summer of massive change at Southampton, who have recently installed Ronald Koeman as their new manager.

Former boss Mauricio Pochettino left to join Tottenham while left-back Luke Shaw was sold to Manchester United.

Source: Liverpool FC official website, AFP

Here's a cool app for single-handed selfies

A new app by a Swedish tech start-up called GoCam allows users to trigger photos and videos using hand gestures.
A new app by a Swedish tech start-up called GoCam allows users to trigger photos and videos using hand gestures.

Tired of awkward two-handed selfies? 

A Swedish tech company has created an app that lets you take a self-portrait using hand gestures, reported Daily Mail. 

Touting it "touchless technology", Crunchfish's free GoCam app allows users to close and open their palms to launch a self-timer for photo or video-taking. 

Those with long arms need not worry as Crunchfish claims gestures can be read up to 3m away.

Said chief executive Joakim Nydemark: "Even though a number of handset vendors globally are integrating our touchless software for different features into their devices, we wanted to develop GoCam in order to show the capabilities of gesture interaction also in the iOS environment."

The only catch?

The app is only available in Sweden and Australia on Apple devices for now, reported ITV.

Watch the video introduction to the app here

Sources, Daily Mail, ITV

S'porean convicted in sex-for-match-fixing case

Ding could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $300,000 for bribing a Lebanese referee and two assistant referees. Photo:

Singaporean businessman Eric Ding Si Yang, 32, was found guilty of corruption on Tuesday (July 1) after a judge ruled that he offered three Lebanese referees free services of prostitutes in return for rigging future matches. 

Ding could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $300,000 for bribing referee Ali Sabbagh, 35 and assistant referees Ali Eid, 34, and Abdallah Taleb, 38.

He will be sentenced on July 22, AFP reported.

District Judge Toh Yung Cheong said in a written judgement the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Ding offered the Lebanese trio free sexual services to “induce the three of them to agree to getting involved in match-fixing”. 

“The ultimate objective was to get the match officials to make decisions on the pitch that were incorrect in order to benefit the match-fixers,” Judge Toh said.

The three Lebanese were arrested in the early hours of April 3 last year for accepting sexual favours in exchange for agreeing to fix an unspecified football match.

Pleaded guilty

They had been scheduled to officiate at an Asian Football Confederation Cup match between Singapore-based club Tampines Rovers and India’s East Bengal but were pulled out after their detention.

All three subsequently pleaded guilty.

Sabbagh was jailed for six months while Ali Eid and Abdallah Taleb served three-month sentences. 

Ding, who had refused to testify during the trial, is out on bail.

Source: AFP

She finds long-lost wedding ring in her dog's puke

A dog coughed up her owner's wedding that had been lost for six years.

A woman found the wedding ring she lost five years ago in a most startling way.

Her dog, Tucker, ​got sick eating a Popsicle, including the stick, and threw up the ring two days later, reported US media.

“I look in the paper towel and here is my wedding ring,” Tucker’s owner, Lois Matykowski, told WTVR.

“I kid you not. My wedding ring was in Tucker’s puke.”

The 10-year-old Rottweiler mix adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society, is known as the “food burglar” in the house for grabbing food items, reported ABC News.

“I was devastated,” Ms Matykowski​ recalled on losing the ring.

“How do you replace something like that? Not only the value of the ring but just the emotional ties too.”

Her veterinarian said it was likely the Popsicle stick dislodged the ring inside Tucker’s stomach.

Sources: WTVR, ABC News 

70,000 model hopefuls tag #CastMeMarc

One of the models that were cast from Marc by Marc Jacob's Instagram campaign, which drew some 70,000 entries from fans over the world.
One of the models that were cast from Marc by Marc Jacob's Instagram campaign, which drew some 70,000 entries from fans over the world.
One of the models that were cast from Marc by Marc Jacob's Instagram campaign, which drew some 70,000 entries from fans over the world.
One of the models that were cast from Marc by Marc Jacob's Instagram campaign, which drew some 70,000 entries from fans over the world.

Instead of using famous faces, Marc by Marc Jacobs went crowdsourcing on social media for models.

The fashion line received some 70,000 entries under the hashtag #CastMeMarc on Instagram, reported Daily Mail.

Fans also tagged themselves on Twitter for the fall collection campaign, which took place for a week in April.

“It seemed like a great idea to me, as casting through Instagram seemed cool, current and strong,” said head designer Marc Jacobs. 

“We wanted the ads to shout with youth and energy…to be fresh and reclaim the spirit that the collection had when we first conceived of it - to be another collection, not a second line.” 

Nine finalists

Thirty hopefuls were flown to New York from around the world, including South Korea, Russia and Australia.

But only nine made the final cut and were photographed by David Sims in early May, according to Women's Wear Daily (WWD).

“(With) David Sims (doing the) portraits, Peter Miles (the) layouts, the credibility of the cast and the approach to casting the ads transmit a current social lifestyle that doesn’t play into other clichés.…And totally feels like our company - a cast of colorful and dynamic characters,” Mr Jacobs added. 

The campaign will break in the August issue of Teen Vogue, said WWD. 

Sources: Daily Mail, Women's Wear Daily

Raped journalist's best-selling memoirs to be adapted into Hollywood film

Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout's best-selling memoir A House In The Sky is set to be adapted into a Hollywood film. She will be portrayed by Rooney Mara.
Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout's best-selling memoir A House In The Sky is set to be adapted into a Hollywood film. She will be portrayed by Rooney Mara.
Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara will act and produce the movie by film company Annapurna Pictures.
Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara will act and produce the movie by film company Annapurna Pictures.

She was raped and abused for 15 months after being kidnapped by Somali fundamentalists.

But Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout said she has forgiven her captors in her best-selling book, The House In The Sky, which is set to be adapted as a Hollywood film starring Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara, reported Daily Mail. 

Ms Amanda Lindhout and her best-selling book, A House In The Sky.

She said: "It’s pretty clear my captors were products of war and certainly had been shaped by that.

"They’re human beings with painful stories of their own. It doesn’t make them innocent by any means, but they’re products of a culture of violence."

Ms Lindhout, 33, and her ex-boyfriend Aussie photographer Nigel Brennan were doing a story on displaced people outside Mogadishu​ in 2008. 

They were captured by armed men hoping to exchange their release for ransom money, reported CBC News.

Constant abuse

Said Ms Lindhout: "The reality of my experience was very violent.

"It was difficult to get through a day, and I didn’t know when, or if, it would end.

"It was almost constant abuse."

The pair was released in November 2009 when a private negotiator was paid about US$600,000 (S$748,000) to transfer the amount to the kidnappers. 

Ms Lindhout even received a Facebook message from one of her captors that praised her for her work in Somalia, said Daily Mail.

She said: "The fact that they know about the work I’m doing now … that I have chosen compassion, that they could see that they didn’t break me — that’s the best justice I could have," she said.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBC News

Dad and girl, 3, groove to Let It Go

An adorable new home video shows a three-year-old girl and her stepfather singing to the popular Frozen animated movie soundtrack, Let It Go.

Blakely Pittman from Dallas, Texas, is seen sitting at the back of a car enthusiastically singing the lyrics while her dad, William Bonney, joins from the driver's seat.

Mr Bonney also claps his hands and grooves from side-to-side with his stepdaughter mirroring from behind.

To date, the clip has been watched more than 4.8 million times since it was uploaded to YouTube on June 23.

Blakely's mother, Britny Pittman, who filmed the clip, said that she recently asked her daughter to sing again and got the response "talk to my agent".

Mr Bonney, who works as a radio DJ, says that he's been shocked by how much attention the video has generated.

Source: YouTube

Tags: Frozen, Disney, video, groove and girl

Man wears pants without hands in 30 seconds

Mr Xiao Zhiwei getting ready to twist and stretch into his pants - without using his hands.
Mr Xiao Zhiwei getting ready to twist and stretch into his pants - without using his hands.

Some of us have difficulty balancing while wearing pants. 

But a Chinese man has figured out a solution - by dancing it on. 

Mr Xiao Zhiwei twisted and lunged a well-choreographed routine to stadium hit, The Final Countdown by Europe, while his skinny slacks inched upwards with each move, said Mail Online. 

At the end of the video Mr Xiao issued a challenge - "Wearing pants without hands - can you do it?"

The video has had nearly four million views since it was uploaded last Saturday. 

See if you are up to Mr Xiao's challenge here

Sources: Mail Online, YouTube

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