Thieves try to steal $1.1m worth of diamonds at Hong Kong gem fair

A vendor checking a display prior to the opening of the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem fair.

Five people were arrested this week for trying to steal gems worth US$880,000 (S$1.1 million) at a jewellery fair in Hong Kong, police said on Thursday.

The spate of attempted thefts at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair, which opened Monday, may have been the work of a gang from China, local media reported.

One of the arrests happened on Wednesday when a 41-year-old man posing as a buyer tried to switch a five-carat stone worth HK$3 million (S$490,000) with a fake, the South China Morning Post reported.

When he was challenged by a staff member, he dropped the real diamond and was arrested by police, the newspaper reported.

Trained to commit such crimes

A police spokesman said: "All the arrested persons were from China although we still don’t know whether they were working together."

The South China Morning Post said police were looking into whether the men were from the same gang.

"We believe they are trained to commit such crimes before coming to Hong Kong to steal," the paper quoted a police officer as saying.

The fair is taking place at two places in Hong Kong with 3,600 exhibitors from 48 countries, according to the event website.

Source: AFP

Elderly woman dies in Lorong Ah Soo accident

The junction of Lorong Ah Soo and Hougang Ave 1.

A woman in her 70s died this morning after the car she was in was involved in a collision with a bus at the junction of Lorong Ah Soo and Hougang Avenue 1.

Two men, aged 19 and 21, who were also in the car were injured and sent to Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The 19-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat, had to be extricated by the Singapore Civil Defence Force using hydraulic tools.

The police are investigating.

The hottest thing at the Asian Games? Condoms

The Asian Games mascots posing at the Athletes' Village in Incheon, South Korea.

Athletes are snapping up thousands of free condoms being given out at the Asian Games, organisers said Thursday.

“We’ve been handing out condoms over the past three days but their daily ration of 5,000 runs out quickly every day,” Choi Hyeung Dae, a games organising committee official told AFP.

“But this does not mean that athletes have already been engaged in bed-hopping. I think most of them just want to keep them as souvenirs", he said.

The condoms are in yellow, opaque wrappers with the games emblem emblazoned on them and some athletes may believe they are badges or other mementos, he added. 

100,000 condoms to be handed out

The Incheon Asian Games, with about 10,000 athletes from 45 countries taking part, start on Friday.

Choi said organisers expect to hand out about 100,000 condoms up until October 3, the day before the event closes.

Condoms are regularly handed out to athletes at major sporting events.

About 8,500 condoms were given when Seoul hosted the 1988 Olympics.

The number rose to 50,000 at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and 150,000 at the 2012 London Olympics.

Source: AFP

Mexico wants Miley Cyrus to be fined for letting dancer spank her with Mexican flag

Miley Cyrus' antics during her Bangerz tour performance in Mexico might get her fined.
Miley Cyrus' antics during her Bangerz tour performance in Mexico might get her fined.

Mexican state legislature has asked the country's federal government to fine singer Miley Cyrus after one of her dancers spanked Cyrus's backside with a Mexican flag as she "twerked" during an Independence Day performance.

Cyrus, 21, has grabbed headlines for her admitted drug use, sexually suggestive dancing and wearing as little as a pair of boots in a music video.

She was performing in Monterrey in the northern state of Nuevo Leon.

Local lawmaker Francisco Trevino said that the Nuevo Leon state legislature had approved a warrant for the Interior Ministry to enforce the law on use of the flag.

She or her team could be fined up to the equivalent of around US$1,200 (S$1,520) or be detained for 36 hours, Trevino said.

Mexican authorities are often sensitive toward signs of disrespect for national symbols. In 2008, singer Paulina Rubio was fined for posing without clothes but wrapped in the country's flag. - Reuters

Twitter account for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes' baby girl?

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes had their first baby girl last Friday according to US Weekly. Though we know nothing else (except that maybe this child might just be the most gorgeous person in the future), someone has taken it upon themselves to do something
Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes had their first baby girl last Friday and there's already been a Twitter parody account created on behalf of the baby.

Talk about one of the cutest Twitter accounts ever created!

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes had their first baby girl last Friday according to US Weekly.

Though we know nothing else (except that maybe this child might just be the most gorgeous person in the future), someone has taken it upon themselves to do something for the baby.

It's been less than a week and there's already a parody account created on Twitter on behalf of the baby. That account has started to get pretty popular due to its funny and adorable tweets.

Here are some of our favourites:

Who knows, the gorgeous couple might actually end up starting a real account up once they get into the groove of being parents.

Hopefully we get to see a picture of their baby girl soon.

Sources: Twitter, US Magazine, News AU

 

Terror group ISIS posts video reply after Obama vows to degrade and destroy it

Latest ISIS video shows plenty of slow-motion explosions and flames are shown engulfing American troops.

At first glance, the trailer plays like an action film.

Tanks and troops come under fire. The imagery is ominous.

Then the logo reads: "Flames of War -- fighting has just begun."

It is the latest video that terror group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (or ISIS) posted - in reply to President Barack Obama's declaration that the U.S. objective in expanded air strikes would be to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" it.

The video, released on Tuesday, ends with the text “coming soon”.

Beheadings

It appears to have been released hours after General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said to the Senate Armed Services Committee that if current Iraq strategy is not sufficient he could recommend deploying US soldiers, The Independent newspaper reported.

The film is one of a series released by Isis, including footage showing the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.

The group has also released propaganda videos aimed at persuading people from the West to join fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Sources: CNN, Independent, YouTube/ New York Times

Tags: ISIS, terror and video

GALLERY: Hundreds forced to flee as raging wildfires continue in California

A firefighter monitors a backfire as he battles the King Fire on September 17, 2014 in Fresh Pond, California.
A firefighter monitors a backfire as he battles the King Fire on September 17, 2014 in Fresh Pond, California.

On Monday, a wildfire some 140 miles northeast of San Francisco more than doubled in size, to 8,600 acres, forcing the evacuation of some 250 homes, firefighters said.

More than 1,000 firefighters were battling the 8,600-acre blaze in dense forest and steep terrain in El Dorado County.

By that same evening, the fire was threatening some 500 homes, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

Temperatures in central California rose to nearly 104 degree Fahrenheit (40 Celsius) over the weekend, as part of a heatwave.

California often faces powerful fires in the summer and fall.

The extreme drought in recent months has increased the risk of more blazes breaking out this year.


Photos: AFP, Reuters

Sources: AFP, Reuters, Sacramento Bee

 

Tags: fire, california and drought

WATCH research team find forgotten reservoir in S'pore

Research team stumbled on 'forgotten reservoir" while studying old maps of Singapore.

They were simply researching the island's history.

While studying old maps, a group of National Heritage Board (NHB) researchers stumbled upon a "forgotten reservoir" tucked off Telok Blangah Road.

And here's more details, for the history buffs:

 But it was later abandoned, the NHB website said, and vanished from contemporary maps of Singapore in the 1980s — until now.

Subsequently, maps dating to the Japanese Occupation marked the water body as a swimming pool, Today reported.

Check it out!

Sources: YouTube, NHB website

GALLERY: Taylor Swift leads People Magazine's best-dressed list

Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine's best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday.
Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine's best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday.

Pop star Taylor Swift, who has adopted a sexier look on red carpets, was named People magazine's best-dressed celebrity of the year on Wednesday.

Swift led the annual unranked list of the top 10 best-dressed celebrity style icons that also included Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o, singers Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna and actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson.

Rising starlets Chloe Grace Moretz and Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka tied for a spot on the list, rounding out the 11 honourees.

Swift, 24, opted for figure-hugging ball gowns, cropped tops with skirts, sequined mini dresses and most recently at the MTV Video Music Awards, a derriere-skimming Mary Katrantzou alphabet romper that she told the magazine "was a risk."

The singer described her own style as "feminine, leggy and ever-changing."

Scandal actress Kerry Washington was named world's best dressed woman last year, but she did not feature in this year's list.

People also named its best-dressed celebrity couples, which include singer John Legend and model wife Chrissy Teigen, country music couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and late night talk show host Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe.

Here's the full list of the top 11 best-dressed of the year:

Taylor Swift

Blake Lively

Diane Kruger

Jennifer Lopez

Emma Stone

Lupita Nyong'o

Jessica Alba

Rihanna

Emma Watson

Chloe Grace Moretz

Kiernan Shipka


Photos: Reuters. AFP, Facebook

Sources: Reuters, People's Magazine

MAS: Block website, spoof report on 'emergency landing' not funny

This picture taken on September 9, 2014 shows an advertising banner for Malaysia Airlines at Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has urged authorities to block a parody website.

The reason: The website www.worldnewsdailyreport.com had published a satirical article on Monday (Sept 15) that one of the carrier’s planes was forced to make an emergency landing after flying over an Icelandic volcano.

The Malay Mail reported that the national carrier, which suffered two plane crashes this year, derided the article as “irresponsible”.

“Given recent tragedies, and despite the suffering of all, we believe that such stories only serve one purpose, that is to fuel conjecture, misunderstanding and instill fear amongst the travelling public,” MAS said in a statement.

The airline said it did not fly to New York or any US destinations from Europe - the article  titled “Malaysia Airline flight forced into emergency landing after flying over Icelandic volcano” claimed that Flight MH131 was flying from Paris to New York with 171 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

World News Daily Report is a political satire web publication.

It states on its website that all its news articles are “fiction” and “presumably fake news”.

The website carries satirical articles like “Scotland: Nessie sighting brings surge of enthusiasm in favor of Scottish independence” and “Husband tricks mother-in-law into pool full of piranhas".

Sources: Malay Mail, World News Daily Report

Tags: MAS, spoof, emergency and ban

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