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Bill on tribunal for neighbours' disputes

Neighbourly disputes.

The Law Ministry is inviting members of the public to share their views on a draft Bill that will introduce tribunals to resolve community disputes quickly and affordably.

They can give their feedback till Nov 30.

The proposed tribunals will serve as an adjudication mechanism of last resort, if other means of intervention fail.

The pre-hearing processes for such tribunals will be kept to a minimum so that hearings can be fixed quickly.

No lawyers, unless...

The hearings will involve a judge, but there will be no lawyers unless both parties agree to it and the tribunal permits it.

Extreme cases of community disputes often result in costly and time-consuming civil or criminal court cases now.

Such cases are likely to permanently damage relations among neighbours and negatively affect the sense of community in the neighbourhood, the ministry said.

A public consultation earlier this year had shown that a majority of respondents supported having such a tribunal as a last resort.

Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 11.

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S'poreans more upbeat on jobs

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Husband says: 'I live day-to-day'

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Man dumps wife to cope alone with 10 children

SEPARATE LIVES: Madam Rafeah Abdul Kadir's children share whatever they get, like this bowl of fish crackers.
SEPARATE LIVES: Their father Mr Mazlan Abdul (above, in green), photographed here dancing at a club, left the family two years ago.

A single mother and her 10 children are struggling to survive after their father left them for another woman two years ago.

Over the past year, debt collectors - both legal and illegal - have gone to Madam Rafeah Abdul Kadir's three-room flat in Hougang to look for her estranged husband, Mr Mazlan Abdul, 37.

An arrest warrant was also issued for Mr Mazlan after he defaulted on maintenance payments since April this year.

Meanwhile, he can be seen on Facebook posing for selfies with his girlfriend and dancing with her in a Bollywood club.

Said an upset Madam Rafeah: "He goes out with his parents and girlfriend to eat at nice places. He's clearly having a good time. What about his children? What are they supposed to eat?"

Read the full report in our print edition on Nov 11.

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MTV EMAs 2014: Red carpet hits and misses

US pop star Ariana Grande on stage at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2014.

It was a night of not just crazy antics but crazy outfits too at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2014 on Sunday (Nov 9).

We rank the best and the worst ...


When in Rome, do as Romans do.
I can’t fault the US singer-record producer and Baywatch star for authenticity — and enthusiasm — in their kilts.
But Redfoo was clearly overly excited.
He was more than happy to hike up his kilt briefly and flash all those present.
Sorry, I did not really want a peek of your tighty-whities.
My eyes!
Hasselhoff also could not resist hamming it up for the cameras, revealing a glimpse of post-Baywatch thigh.
Rating: C, for no decen-C


Hey Kiesza, Big Bird called — he wants his party outfit back.
The colours are great and stood out dramatically from the boring sea of blues and blacks.
But this bold, feathered look has a better place elsewhere — tribal party, maybe?
Rating: B


No cat ears?
No high ponytail?
No bodysuit-and-boots combo?
Grande looks polished and elegant this in cleavage-baring black number.
Rating: A


Look who brought the dated prom get-up back from the dead.
Usually impeccably stylish, the English star’s matronly choice this time is rather puzzling.
Rating: B


I have a question — did she brave a storm to arrive at the red carpet?
The Jimmy Neutron hair eclipses an otherwise great choice of outfit.
(checked)(checked)(checked)(checked)(checked)(checked)(checked)(checked)The sparkly blazer — yes!
Those gorgeous pair of heels — yes!
That hair, though...
Rating: B


Photos: AFP, Reuters

The simple white mini dress gave this English model the extra sass she needed with a daring plunging neckline.
I love that it is sexy yet far from trashy.
Rating: A

Alexis Sanchez teased by Wayne Routledge following Arsenal loss

Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez reacts during a UEFA Champions League group stage football match at the Constant Vanden Stock stadium.

Don't count your chickens before they hatch.

On Saturday (Nov 8), Arsenal's star man Alexis Sanchez attempted to tell the future by tweeting that Arsenal were assured victory against Welsh side Swansea.

As confident off the pitch as he is on it, he tweeted: "Going to sleep! Tomorrow those 3 points are coming to London!!! #Gunners". 

But he had to bite his thumb when Swansea overcame a one goal deficit to nick the victory from Arsenal 2-1.  

Taking the opportunity to mock Arsenal's result, Swansea winger Wayne Routledge wrote: "Ermmmmmm..." in response. 


Source: Metro

WATCH: Venezuelan crowned transgender beauty queen in Miss International Queen 2014

Isabella Santiago of Venezuela waves after she was crowned Miss International Queen in Pattaya.
Isabella Santiago of Venezuela waves after she was crowned Miss International Queen in Pattaya.

A 22-year-old Venezuelan was crowned Miss International Queen on Friday night at a beauty contest that bills itself as the world’s largest and promotes the rights of transsexuals and transvestites.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 contestants from 18 countries to win the title and prize money of US$12,500 (S$16,100) at a glittering pageant in the Thai resort town of Pattaya. The winner of the 2014 contest can also opt for free cosmetic surgery.

1st runner-up Nitsa Katrahong from Thailand, winner Isabelle Santiago, and 2nd runner-up Piyada Inthavong from Laos posing for a photo after Santiago won.

Santiago, who wore a shimmery white evening gown, laughed and said “Sleep!” when asked about her plans after the win.

“When on stage, she is so elegant and that’s why the judges' decision was unanimous,” said Seri Wongmontha, one of the pageant’s judges.

The contest, in its tenth year, was held at the Tiffany’s nightclub, famous for its transvestite cabaret.

Like other beauty pageants, contestants for Miss International Queen paraded in their national costumes, evening gowns and swimsuits.

Venezuela's Isabella Santiago national costume for the Miss International Queen 2014.

Philippines' Maria Venus Gomez national costume for the Miss International Queen 2014.

Photos: Facebook, Instagram

Miss USA Samira Sitara (above) told Reuters TV that participating in the contest was a “dream come true”, and this was the first time she was coming out publicly after being encouraged by friends. “You know what, this is life and you can’t run away from the past. I can’t hide it anymore,” she said.

- Reuters

Police arrest snatch thief who took bag of 82-year-old woman

A snatch thief who grabbed the handbag of an elderly woman was arrested within 30 minutes of committing the crime.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at a block of flats at Holland Drive.

A 82-year-old woman was walking along a common corridor at around 2.50pm when a man snatched her handbag and fled.

The elderly woman went home and sought her husband's help, stated a police press release on Sunday.

He called the police and gave them a description of the suspect.

Valuable description of suspect

Police managed to get a photo of the suspect from closed-circuit television cameras in the area.

Officers combed the vicinity and spotted the 51-year-old man at Holland Drive.

They arrested him and seized the woman's handbag and other belongings.

The man was charged in court on Monday for snatch theft.

If found guilty, he can jailed for up to seven years and caned.