Typhoon threatens to disrupt Japanese F1 Grand Prix this Sunday

McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain gives a television interview in the rain at the Suzuka circuit in Suzuka.
McLaren Formula One driver Button of Britain gives a television interview in the rain at the Suzuka circuit in Suzuka.

A typhoon off the coast of Japan could threaten the Formula One Grand Prix, scheduled to take place at the Suzuka circuit this Sunday.

Typhoon Phanfone, classed a category four storm, is lurking south of Japan over the western Pacific Ocean on Thursday, forecaster UBIMET said.

It was forecast to move north-west on Friday, packing maximum average winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour.

Although the storm is expected to pass south of Suzuka come Sunday, rain from the typhoon’s northern edge could still drench the circuit on race morning.

“There are still big uncertainties for the storm track in the coming days,” UBIMET said in a statement.

“The current forecast track for typhoon Phanfone keeps the eye of the storm to the southeast of Japan on Sunday but with associated rainbands extending north toward Suzuka during the morning.

“Once it starts, the rain is likely to be prolonged and become increasingly heavy.

“At this time, nothing too severe is expected before Monday,” the agency said.

Suzuka has experienced extreme weather in the past.

Photos: Reuters

Saturday qualifying was postponed to Sunday morning in 2004 and 2010 because of excessive rain, with team mechanics famously racing paper boats down the pit-lane in the latter event.

At the moment, it is unclear if the race will be brought forward.

But it is unlikely to be delayed if Sunday becomes a no-go as there is just a week’s gap to the maiden Russian Grand Prix in Sochi - the next race on the calendar. - Reuters

Fire at Jurong warehouse this morning: 60 SCDF officers put out blaze

Early morning fire at Jurong West warehouse.
About 60 firefighters put out the fire, about the size of a football field, that raged at a Jurong West warehouse early this morning.
About 60 firefighters put out the fire, about the size of a football field, that raged at a Jurong West warehouse early this morning.

A warehouse in Jurong West caught fire in the early morning.

When SCDF officers arrived at 6 Fan Yoong Road at about 3am, the warehouse dealing with plastic materials was ablaze.

The fire was roughly the size of a football field.

About 60 firefighters used 12 water jets, five fire engines, three Red Rhinos, nine supporting vehicles, an ambulance and​ an unmanned firefighting machine to put out the flames at around 7am.

Four workers had evacuated from the premises prior to SCDF’s arrival.

No injuries were reported.


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Champions League: Crowd troubles prompt UEFA disciplinary probes

Galatasaray supporters light flares in the crowd during the UEFA Champions League game.

Arsenal, Basel and Borussia Dortmund won their respective Champions League games on Thursday (Oct 2) but they landed in some crowd-control trouble - with UEFA announcing it is opening disciplinary proceedings against them.

Arsenal's game at the Emirates stadium saw UEFA also opening proceedings against their opponents Galatasaray.

Arsenal were charged for “insufficient organisation” as the Group D match was briefly halted. Their visitors were charged for “crowd disturbances, setting-off and throwing of fireworks”

In case you were wondering, the scenes at the Emirates stadium looked like this:

Well the @tony_gooner has a point...

FC Basel will also be probed by UEFA’s disciplinary committee after fans threw “missiles” onto the pitch during their 1-0 home win over Liverpool.

The Swiss champions were ordered to play their Europa League quarter-final at home to Valencia behind closed doors last season, after their fans caused trouble in a match at Salzburg.

Borussia Dortmund were also charged due to crowd disturbances, including the setting-off and throwing of fireworks, during their 3-0 win at Anderlecht on the same day..

Puts a slight dampner on the celebrations, doesn't it?

Sources: Reuters, Twitter

Adam Sandler signs four-film deal with Netflix

Comedian Adam Sandler has signed a deal to star in and produce four films that will be shown exclusively on the video-streaming service.
Comedian Adam Sandler has signed a deal to star in and produce four films that will be shown exclusively on the video-streaming service.

Comedian and actor Adam Sandler has signed a deal to star in and produce four films that will be shown exclusively on video-streaming service Netflix.

The deal moves Netflix, which produces the Emmy-winning political thriller House of Cards and the comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black, further into original programming.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said in a statement. "(Sabdler's) appeal spans across viewers of all ages - everybody had a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line - not just in the U.S. but all over the world." 

Photos: Reuters

The four feature films from Sandler's company, Happy Madison Productions, will be shown in nearly 50 countries where Netflix is available.

Brooklyn-born Sandler, 48, started his career as a stand-up comedian before joining the NBC comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live.

His films include Big Daddy, The Wedding Singer, Grown Ups and this year's Men, Women & Children, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. - Reuters

S'pore police question some foreign nationals after candlelight vigil supporting HK protests

Several hundred people gathered at Singapore’s Hong Lim Park on 1 October 2014 in a show of support for demonstrators in Hong Kong protesting against election restrictions.
Several hundred people gathered at Singapore’s Hong Lim Park on 1 October 2014 in a show of support for demonstrators in Hong Kong protesting against election restrictions.

Singapore police have questioned several foreign nationals over their participation in a candlelit vigil on Wednesday evening.

The event was held in support of demonstrators protesting against election restrictions in Hong Kong.

"Police confirm that several foreigners are currently assisting with investigations into offences under the Public Order Act," a statement said.

No arrests have been made.

The vigil at Speakers' Corner drew more than 200 people.

Foreign nationals 'have to abide by our laws'

The police reiterated that only Singapore citizens and permanent residents are allowed to take part in protests in the area without police permits.

"While foreigners are allowed to work or live here, they have to abide by our laws," the police said.

"They should not import their domestic issues from their countries into Singapore and conduct activities which can disturb public order."

The  hour-long event was organised by Jolovan Wham and Rachel Zeng.

Participants kicked off by singing Hong Kong rock band Beyond's song Under a Vast Sky, which has become the protest's unofficial anthem.

They also wrote messages of solidarity for the people fighting for democracy in Hong Kong and lit candles as they sang along to other songs.

Photo: Terry Xu

On the event's Facebook page, organisers put up a link to the rules and regulations pertaining to the use of Hong Lim Park.

Foreigners and permanent residents were also reminded to apply for a permit.

The organisers also added on the page: "If you don't have a permit, you can come and 'observe'. Observing a protest or a demonstration is legal."

Mr Wham had told the Straits Times that he was not in touch with the foreigners who were questioned by the police and did not know who they were.

He also said that he had not been questioned by the police.

Sources: AFP, Straits Times, Facebook

Europa League round-up: Eto'o saves Everton while Demba Ba denies Tottenham a win

Samuel Eto'o rescues draw for the Toffees.

Samuel Eto’o popped up with just eight minutes remaining to hand Everton a precious point in Thursday's 1-1 draw with FC Krasnodar.

Cameroonian striker Eto’o cancelled out Krasnodar's Brazilian forward Ari's opener to earn Roberto Martinez’s men some reward from their journey - of almost two and a half thousand miles - to southern Russia.

Ari celebrating his opener for the Russian club. Photo: AFP

Brazilian Ari put Krasnodar ahead two minutes before the break, finishing past Tim Howard after Phil Jagielka had inadvertently helped an Odil Ahmedov ball into his path.

It could have been all over for Everton in the 66th minute when another Brazilian Wanderson, just on as a substitute, weaved his way through in the box and hit the bar from eight yards out. 

The visitors rode their luck and veteran Eto’o brought them level with time running out. 

Eto’o, familiar with Russia from his two-year spell with Anzhi Makhachkala, played the ball out to Leighton Baines on the right before continuing his run and connecting with the full-back’s cross from the edge of the six-yard box. 

The result leaves the Toffees with four points from two matches in Group H after their 4-1 thumping of Wolfsburg a fortnight ago.

They next face Lille who drew with Wolfburg 1-1 in Germany on the same night.

Toffees showed incredible character

“I am pleased because I thought Krasnodar played very well,” Martinez told ITV.

“They started with a lot of energy but I am very pleased with the manner we stayed in the game. We showed incredible character.”

Martinez has promised to put all his resources into trying to win the Europa League, although he still made five changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Liverpool in last weekend’s Merseyside derby.

Eto’o, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady, Christian Atsu and Leon Osman were all handed starts for the meeting with Krasnodar, who started their very first European campaign in the second qualifying round in mid-July. 

Spurs draw

Harry Kane's goal was not enough tp win the game. Photo: Reuters

Tottenham were ahead against Besiktas thanks to Harry Kane’s 27th-minute strike at White Hart Lane. 

But the Turks grabbed a deserved point one minute from time, when former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba converted a penalty awarded after Vlad Chiriches had handled. 

Demba Ba leveling the game with a penalty. Photo: AFP

Elsewhere, Napoli won 2-0 at Slovan Bratislava in Group I thanks to goals from Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain, while fellow Serie A side Fiorentina beat Dinamo Minsk 3-0 in Belarus.

Source: AFP

Prince William takes legal action to stop baby George's 'stalkers'

Prince William and his wife Kate have sent a legal warning letter to a photographer trying to take pictures of their son Prince George and his nanny, a spokesman said on Oct 2. The photographer may have been carrying out "surveillance" of the prince's daily routines.

At the age of one, baby George has not one but two 'stalkers'.

And his parents have started legal action to stop their royal baby from being hounded by the paparazzi.

Prince William sent legal letters to two freelance photographers who work for the same agency, whom he believes have been pursuing his son during walks in London parks with the nanny.

Final straw

Insiders say there have also been a number of “clear privacy breaches” involving Prince George in recent weeks, including several near his home at Kensington Palace, London Evening Standard reported yesterday (Oct 2).

The final straw came last week when a photographer apparently tried to take pictures of the young prince in Battersea Park.

There was also an episode when a photographer was told to move on by police after being spotted waiting outside Buckingham Palace, where the prince is occasionally taken for a swim in the palace pool.

A spokesman for the couple said: "The Duke and Duchess have taken legal steps to ask that an individual ceases harassing and following both Prince George and his nanny as they go about their ordinary daily lives.

"An incident last week... is reason to suspect that the individual may have been placing Prince George under surveillance and monitoring his daily routines for a period of time."

The London Evening Standard quoted a source saying: “Just like any parent, the Duke and Duchess want Prince George to have the freedom to safely experience normal childhood activities, like going to the park and playing with other children, without the threat of harassment or being placed under surveillance.

Warned several times

It is understood that  protection officers have spoken to the individual about his behaviour towards members of the Royal Family on previous occasions over a number of years.

It is not the first time the couple, who are expecting their second child, have had concerns about privacy, Daily Mail said.

Earlier this year, a German tabloid Bild published a photograph showing Kate's bottom, when a gust of wind blew up her dress as she walked with William during their tour of Australia.

French magazine Closer sparked anger by printing topless images of Kate, 32, while she was sunbathing on a private holiday with William, 31, in September 2012.

Sources: Daily Mail, London Evening Standard


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Create a 24-page comic book in 24 hours

Artists KELVIN CHAN, BILLY KER and ANGELINE CHONG tell you all about it

What: Singapore 24-Hour Comics Day 2014

When: Noon, Saturday, Oct 4 to noon, Sunday, Oct 5

Where: LaSalle College of the Arts

Registration:By 9pm tonight on www.singaporecomics.com/24hourcomicsday

The challenge: Create a complete 24-page comic book in 24 continuous hours.

This creative exercise was started by two artists in 1990, and the first 24-Hour Comics Day was organised in 2004.

It is now an institution with artists taking on the challenge in their studios or events across the globe.

The first Singapore 24-Hour Comics Day was held in 2010. This year's event will be held at LaSalle College of the Arts from noon on Saturday.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 3.

Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop

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Vettel denies exit talk

German says 'it's not in his head' to leave Red Bull but Alonso refuses to rule out quitting Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel.
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