Teacher manhandled, intimidated for banning sale of nasi lemak at M'sia school

Three men were upset with a 30-year-old teacher for barring one of them from selling the popular dish to students at Malacca High School.

A fight over the sale of nasi lemak at a school in Malaysia ended with two men in police lock-up.

Three men were upset with a 30-year-old teacher for barring one of them from selling the popular dish to students at Malacca High School since last week.

The teacher had said that it was against school regulations.

The trio decided to confront the teacher on Monday. They barged into the teacher's quarters within the school at 11.20pm.

Manhandling, intimidating 

State deputy CID chief superintendent​ P.R. Gunarajan said on Wednesday that all three acted aggressively towards the teacher, with one of them even manhandling and intimidating him.

He said: "They then attempted to drag the teacher out of the school compound in their bid to settle the nasi lemak issue.

"But the terrified teacher managed to free himself and rushed to the warden’s office, where he quickly locked himself in and called the police."

Flee the scene

The trio stood outside and screamed for the teacher to come out and face them.

Police arrived at the school at 11.40pm and arrested two men, aged 21 and 25. 

The three man managed to flee the scene.

The teacher later lodged a police report.

"The two have been remanded and we are looking for the third man," said Supt​ Gunarajan.

Source: The Star

Japan volcano dead found crushed between boulders: report

Firefighters carrying a hiker during rescue operations near the peak of Mount Ontake,

Rescuers searching the volcano that erupted without warning in Japan found dead hikers wedged between huge rocks and people half buried in ash, it emerged on Thursday.

At least 47 people are now known to have died in Japan’s worst volcanic disaster in nearly 90 years.

But up to 24 are still missing, with fears some could be entombed in the thick, sticky ash that has coated the peak since Saturday’s eruption.

Heavy rain forced police, troops and firefighters to abandon their search of Mount Ontake on Thursday.

The 3,067m mountain is still billowing steam and toxic gas.

Police rescuers found ash 40 to 50cm deep at a shrine on the peak when they first arrived, with some of those killed found collapsed and half-buried, the Mainichi newspaper reported.

Jagged boulders

Five bodies were stuck in between jagged boulders up to three metres across.

Emergency workers had to smash using specialist rock-breaking tools to free them, the paper said.

Another rescuer told the Nikkan Sports daily that moving around on the bed of ash was difficult because of the way it had mixed with steam. 

“It sticks like damp concrete,” he said.

Source: AFP

US hunts contacts of seriously ill Ebola patient

A sign  near the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola  patient was staying.
A sign near the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola patient was staying.

US health officials scoured the Dallas area on Wednesday for people – including schoolchildren – who came in contact with a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola.

More people may have been exposed to the contagious man after he first sought treatment on Sept 25.

It is because an apparent miscommunication among staff resulted in his release back into the community for several days, Texas hospital officials admitted.

Ebola is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, and can only be transmitted when a patient is showing symptoms like fever, aches, bleeding, vomiting or diarrhoea.

The man — the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil — flew from Liberia, the hardest-hit nation in West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak, and arrived in Texas  on Sept 20 to visit family.

He fell ill on Sept 24.

Sent home

He went to the hospital the next day but was sent home because the medical team “felt clinically it was a low-grade common viral disease,” said Mark Lester, executive vice-president of Texas Health Resources. 

Mr Lester added: “He volunteered that he had travelled from Africa in response to the nurse operating the checklist and asking that question.” 

 A private security guard patrols area near the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola virus patient was staying.

A private security guard patrolling the area near the Ivy Apartments, where the confirmed Ebola virus patient was staying.  

The patient is currently in serious but stable condition.

He came in contact with five schoolchildren before he returned via ambulance to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Sept 28, and was placed in strict isolation.

Source: AFP

 

Ben Affleck gets into dark mind-set for new thriller 'Gone Girl'

Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a charming writer in New York who loses his job and returns to his recession-hit hometown in Missouri, with his beautiful wife in tow in the new movie Gone Girl.
Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a charming writer in New York who loses his job and returns to his recession-hit hometown in Missouri, with his beautiful wife in tow in the new movie Gone Girl.

Ben Affleck is not interested in playing nice guys and would rather choose an interesting, complicated character over a likeable one.

That's what drew him to Gone Girl, a dark thriller about marriage, intimacy and the roles that people play.

The chance to work with Academy Award nominee David Fincher, who directed the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel, was another draw.

The movie opens in U.S. theaters on Friday.

The 42-year-old actor plays Nick Dunne, a charming writer in New York who loses his job and returns to his recession-hit hometown in Missouri with wife in tow.

When Amy, played by British actress Rosamund Pike, goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect and centre of a media circus.

Some critics have called it the best performance yet by Affleck, who has won Oscars as producer of best picture Argo and screenwriter of Good Will Hunting.

"It's about role playing. It's about what women ask of men and men ask of women, and in the way we kind of show one another half of ourselves and not the whole self," Affleck said in an interview.

"He feels like he is unfulfilled and he is being asked to do more than he should, and he is frustrated and he resents his wife. She resents him," he added.

"It was trying to get into that mind-set of recrimination and resentment, which was dark and tough and ugly."

No one is quite who they seem to be in the film, which shuffles back and forth in time and is told from both Nick's and Amy's perspectives.

"It's the way she slots into this world and what she and Nick, as a unit, say about marriage and narcissism and knowing each other and intimacy," Pike, the 35-year-old actress said about her character.

The actress has won praise for her performance, which the Los Angeles Times said "defies expectations at every turn" and New York Magazine described as "a study in acting."

"The story of Gone Girl, in a way, is a story about story telling," said Flynn. "The stories we tell each other. The stories we created when we created our own personas that we are giving the world." - Reuters

Some companies are offering new staff a paid vacation... before they start work

Some companies are offering paid vacation to new employees... before they even start work.
Some companies are offering paid vacation to new employees... before they even start work.

Imagine landing an awesome new job. Then the boss tells you: "Okay, take two weeks of paid vacation before you start."

Sounds unbelievable, right?

But it's true. Jason Freedman, co-founder and CEO of 42 floors, a San Francisco-based commercial real estate search engine, did just that.

Freedman decided on the perk after an applicant for a job at the company was left frustrated and exhausted at their previous job.

So he suggested the new hire take a couple of weeks off.

Freedman said: "We called it a pre-cation. It was only a couple of weeks, but he just came in so refreshed and energised, it was amazing."

Since then, he has been offering pre-cations to all new hires. "The day they get their offer letter, it's kind of like Christmas morning, in that they have a new job and they've already thought through the vacation they're about to go on."

Time to recharge

Another company, Atlassian, an enterprise software company, offers the same thing. In fact, they also give their employees unlimited vacation days.

Every new employee gets a travel voucher. They're encouraged to take a trip before they start work.

The company's chief people officer said: "We want people to bring their best every day, and we want them here for the long haul.

"Changing jobs is an important shift and we want to give people time to recharge, spend some time with family. Because once you start a new job, you kind of jump all in."

Let's hope some Singaporean companies start this policy too!

Source: Slate

 

 

 

Doc accused of drugging and molesting fellow male doctor

Doctor accused of drugging and molesting a fellow male doctor last year had allegedly given him Dormicum pills.

A male doctor has been accused of drugging and molesting a fellow male doctor last year.

Tan Kok Leong, 49, was charged in court today with two counts of administering a stupefying drug with the intention to commit molestation and three counts of outrage of modesty.

He allegedly molested his 31-year-old victim at Life Source Medical Centre on the 10th storey of Novena Medical Centre at Sinaran Drive, near Thomson Road on June 6 last year.

On July 5, he allegedly administered Dormicum to the man.

Tan is also accused of molesting him at the nearby Oasia Hotel that day.

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

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Tags: doctor, molest and dormicum

Laneway Festival just released its lineup and there's something for everyone!

The 2015 Laneway Festival line-up features a list of stellar, diverse acts.
The 2015 Laneway Festival line-up features a list of stellar, diverse acts.

Laneway Festival, the biggest music festival in Singapore, just released its line-up. Call us biased, but it sounds like the best line-up the festival has come up with yet.

Besides FKA Twigs, Banks and Chet Faker, there's also a solid group of up-and-coming artistes (including quality local and regional acts) who are already making a splash in the music industry.

With the number of diverse acts heading this way, there is sure to be something for everyone.

We break it down for you.

1. Headbanging rock fans, get your tresses (and some Panadol) ready because there are options ahead.

Royal Blood

 

Eagulls

 

Pond

 

2. Check them out if the idea of lying on the grass and getting your tan on while listening to bands jam = pure bliss.

Mac Demarco

 

Courtney Barnett

 

 Angus & Julia Stone

 

Hanging up the moon

 

3. Bringing your dancing shoes along? These acts will make sure you show off those moves.

Future Islands

 

Jungle

 

Enterprise

 

 

Rustie

 

 

4. If you're a fan of a perfectly bearded hipster with a great voice and better songs, Chet Faker is your man.

 

5. Some of this year's most critically acclaimed acts are female, and we're lucky to have many perform on the same stage at Laneway.

FKA Twigs

 

 

Banks

 

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St Vincent

 

Little Dragon

 

6. If you're heartbroken, Lykke Li will sing those sorrows away.

 

Tickets are available now at singapore.lanewayfestival.com

Source: Laneway Festival

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have a new baby girl!

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcomed their first child on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcomed their first child on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Well it's about time that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher ​hold their precious baby girl!

According to TMZ, they welcomed their first child on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, where celebrities go to give birth.

They have yet to announce any details, as expected as they've pretty much stayed quiet about the entire pregnancy except for a few instances.

Mila was pretty candid with her Marie Claire interview in July about giving birth.

"Two people are allowed in my delivery room. My doctor and my significant other," she said.

"And he (Kutcher) is staying above the action. He'll be head to head. Unless he wants to risk his life and see. But I wouldn't if I were him.

"I highly doubt he wants to see that being ripped apart and shredded. Because it will be shredded. It's just a matter of how badly."


Photos: YouTube

The couple who first met on the popular That '70s Show stated simply that they just wanted good children.

"Both of us just want to have well-behaved, honest, nice children who people meet and say, 'That's a good kid.'"

Watch her interview with Ellen DeGeneres on how Kutcher treated her during her pregnancy.

Sources: TMZ, Huffington Post

S'pore woman pleads guilty to attempted culpable homicide of ex-girlfriend at Geylang hotel

Gisele Shi was sentenced to four years in jail for attempted murder of her ex-girlfriend Ummul Qurratu ’Ain Abdul Rahman.

Giselle Shi Jia Wei, 25, who had been accused of the attempted murder of her former girlfriend, on Thursday pleaded guilty to the amended charge of attempted culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

She broke down in court as she did so.

Her mitigation will be heard next Friday.

She had stabbed Miss Ummul Qurratu ’Ain Abdul Rahman, 22, twice on July 22, 2012 at a Geylang hotel.

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

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Taufik Batisah's #awakkatmane: The hashtag that became a song

Taufik Batisah recently launched his new album "Fique" .

So the post that sparked a thousand parodies has now spawned a full-length song.

Taufik Batisah performed his newest song #awakkatmane during the final of the singing competition SG Mania on Tuesday (Sept 30) and from reactions online its clear that his fans approved of the upbeat song.

 

 

 

 

How did the song come about though?

Well believe it or not, inspiration came from his fans, the Fiknatics.

He uploaded an Instagram video while he was on his way to meet some of his fans to break fast during Ramadan where he jokingly asked his fans where there. 

His fans then came up with funny parodies using the hashtag #awakkatemane (slang for "Where are you?")

 

It went viral and as they say, the rest is history.

He first debuted the song #awakkatmane at a performance at Causeway Point on Sept 28 as part of the launch of his album "Fique".

Taufik then performed the song Wednesday (on Oct 1) during the two-hour finale of SG Mania, a new singing competition held on Suria featuring winners of past singing competitions as contestants. 

Iskandar Ismail better known Eiss, emerged as the winner with 40.34 per cent of the votes after eight weeks of competition, reported Berita Harian. 

Source: Twitter, Instagram, Berita Harian

Related report:  Taufik Batisah video sparks hilarious parodies

 

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