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SUNGEI ROAD STORIES

18 years of experience

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This used to be his playground

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Selling at Sungei Road Flea Market helped put my two kids through uni

From peddling wares to putting their children through university to selling knick-knacks to supplement their income, the traders of Thieves Market will wrap-up their chapter when Sungei Road closes in 2017

Mr Low Boon Chiang

With his income from his trading at Sungei Road, supplemented by his wife's income from various odd jobs, Mr Low Boon Chiang helped to fund his two children through local university.

The 67-year-old has been peddling his wares at the Sungei Road flea market for the past 47 years and has seen the changes at the place over the years.

Sungei Road flea market will be closed in 2017 to make way for Sungei Road MRT. It is not confirmed if the flea market will close completely or relocate.

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Brawls mar Milk Cup game between N. Ireland and Mexico

Players from Mexico and Northern Ireland engage in a mass brawl during their Milk Cup match at the Coleraine Showgrounds in Northern Ireland.
Players from Mexico and Northern Ireland engage in a mass brawl during their Milk Cup match at the Coleraine Showgrounds in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland and Mexico's Milk Cup Elite game ended in disgrace when brawls forced the match at the Coleraine Showgrounds in Northern Ireland to be abandoned.

The Under-20 teams came to blows in the second half of the youth tournament match, which the hosts eventually won 2-1.

In the first incident, one Mexican player could be seen aiming a kick at the head of a Northern Irish player as he lay on the ground.

Referee Tim Marshall red carded Mexico's Raul Monala Gudino and Carlos Arreola as well as Northern Ireland's Robbie McDaid.

Early end

The second brawl took place towards the end of regular time, resulting in Mexican Kevin Gutierrez becoming the fourth player to be sent off while Marshall opted to end the game early.

Northern Ireland manager Stephen Craigan told the BBC that he was "disgusted" by what had happened and suggested that Mexico be barred from the competition.

Both teams were involved in ugly scenes during last year's tournament, which saw Mexican Rodrigo Gonzalez receive his marching orders for a shove while Arreloa escaped a certain red card for punching Cameron McGheehan.

 

 

Sources: BBC, Mail Online

Near miss for woman after axe smashes through windscreen

A woman survived a brush with death after an axe flew off the back of a lorry into the windscreen of the car behind it.
A woman survived a brush with death after an axe flew off the back of a lorry into the windscreen of the car behind it.

A woman passenger had a brush with death after an axe crashed through the windscreen of the car she was in.

The car was trailing behind a landscaper's lorry on Route 95 of the Topsfield, Massachusetts portion of the Interstate highway in the US when the unsecured axe flew off the back of the leading vehicle.

Even though the blade broke through the passenger's side of the windscreen, it came to rest on the dashboard with the handle sticking out.

While the woman was rattled by the incident, she escaped unscathed.

The truck driver was fined US$200 ($250) for failing to secure his cargo.

Sources: Massachusetts State Police Facebook page, BBC, ABC News

Sierra Leone buries ‘hero’ Ebola medic

Dr Sheik Umar Khan is credited with saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola victims
Dr Umar Khan is credited with saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola victims.

Sierra Leone on Thursday buried a doctor it hailed as a “national hero” for saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola patients before succumbing himself to the disease.

Dr Umar Khan, 43, the west African nation’s sole virologist, was at the forefront of his country’s fight against the epidemic, which has seen more than 700 deaths in Sierra Leone and its west African neighbours.

He was laid to rest in the eastern town of Kenema, where he had spent much of his working life, in a Muslim ceremony attended by family, friends, local dignitaries, aid workers and health officials.

“He was committed and dedicated in the quest to save the lives of his compatriots,” Health Minister Miatta Kargbo told the mourners.

“For the short time we interacted, he constantly described Ebola as a war that all Sierra Leoneans should join to fight against or otherwise it would be devastating.”

Local media in Kenema described a “grief-laden” atmosphere weighing heavily on the town, with offices closed and markets empty.

National hero

President Ernest Koroma declared Khan a “national hero” following the medic’s death on Tuesday, and named a research centre in Kenema in his memory.

“The late doctor saved the lives of more than 100 patients before succumbing to the deadly ebola disease himself,” Mr Koroma said in a statement ahead of the funeral, which he did not attend.

Source: AFP

 

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