40 car buyers look for missing dealer in showroom showdown: 'This is worse than Jover Chew'

IRATE: Angry customers turned up at Volks Auto yesterday afternoon to demand their money back.
IRATE: Mr Kenny Lim confronting a security guard who wanted the group to pay the parking fees. 

An angry crowd of around 30 customers gathered outside a car dealership in MacPherson Road yesterday afternoon to demand their money back.

They believe they had been conned of their downpayments for their new cars - between $20,000 and $40,000 each - by the director of Volks Auto, a parallel importer.

Said Mr Kenny Lim, 36, who paid a $37,000 deposit for a Honda Vezel S meant as a gift for his father: "I almost wanted to smash the glass down to get in."

At $108,000, including a certificate of entitlement for the car, it was a bargain.

The same car usually went for $130,000 at other parallel importers.

Said another angry buyer: "Jover Chew is nothing compared to this."

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Police storm Sydney cafe, more hostages seen running out

UPDATE: Police say the hostage crisis is over

The New South Wales police have put out a Tweet saying the Sydney siege is over.


There are unconfirmed reports that two people are dead and three people are seriously injured.

Police have stormed Lindt cafe in Sydney's central business district and there has been gunfire, local media reported on Twitter.


This comes shortly after six more hostages were seen running out of the cafe.


According to 7 News Sydney, there were a total of 21 hostages.


A woman has been carried out a stretcher.


The situation is still unfolding. 

Who's the gunman in the hostage crisis in Sydney? Radical cleric Man Haron Monis

Police outside Lindt cafe in the central business district of Sydney.

Who is Man Haron Monis, the man who has taken people hostage at Lindt cafe in Sydney's central business district?

He is an Iranian refugee who has been living in Australia since 1996, a self-styled Sheik, a radical Muslim cleric and a lawbreaker.


He is not unknown in the country, having previously made headlines for sending hate mail to families of dead Australian soldiers.

For that, he was sentenced in September last year to 300 hours of community service and placed on a two-year good behaviour bond, reported 9 News.

He was charged two months later with being an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

And that's not all. He is currently out on bail after being charged earlier this year with sexually assaulting seven women.

ABC quoted his former lawyer, Mr Manny Conditsis, who said the man was an isolated figure.

"His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness," he said.

Sources: ABC, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 News

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Ugandan maid jailed for slapping, kicking, sitting on 18-month-old toddler

Jolly Tumuhiirwe, 22, was jailed for four years on Dec 15 for abusing a toddler.

(Warning: The video contains graphic content.) 

A Ugandan maid was jailed for four years on Monday for abusing a toddler in a case that shocked the country after a graphic video (above) of the assault was made public.

The 22-year-old maid, Jolly Tumuhiirwe, originally pleaded guilty last week to torture.

But the charge was later reduced to abuse, to which she also pleaded guilty to on Friday.

Chief Magistrate Lillian Buchan told Tumuhiirwe she had committed an “unjustifiable and inexcusable” crime.

She gave her a four-year sentence due to the “ruthlessness exhibited” on an “innocent, helpless child”.

Hidden camera

Worried parents, who installed a hidden camera to film the situation when they were at work, were shocked to see the footage showing the maid throwing their 18-month-old daughter to the floor.

Tumuhiirwe is seen trying to force feed the child, before slapping her hard.

After the girl vomits, the maid throws her face down on to a hard floor, then hits her with a torch on the bottom.

She kicks the child’s face and stomach before putting her entire weight on the girl’s back, and then drags her out of the room, apparently unconscious.

The child was left bruised and shaken by the incident.

The video has been seen or shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media.

Tumuhiirwe remained emotionless as her sentence was handed down in a court in Kampala.

Source: AFP

Van Gaal: In-form United 'forcing luck'

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal takes his seat before his side's match against Liverpool on Sunday, Dec 14.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal felt that his side’s 3-0 Premier League victory over Liverpool proved that his methods are beginning to take effect at Old Trafford.

Sunday’s win, secured by goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, was United’s sixth in a row and galvanised their grip on third place in the table, but there were rough edges to the hosts’ display.

Liverpool created a host of chances, with David de Gea earning the man-of-the-match award for a series of spectacular saves, while Mata’s goal should have been ruled out for offside.

It had been a similar story last Monday when United won 2-1 at Southampton despite registering only three attempts at goal.

But van Gaal believes that United are now a different team to the one that slithered to a seventh-place finish last season following their travails under his hapless predecessor, David Moyes.

Asked for the secret to United’s current form, he said at the post-match press conference: "Because we have a way of playing that always takes into account the qualities of the opponent.

"It’s not for nothing that we scored the way we have scored today. You need luck, but you can force the luck, and we are forcing the luck now. That was not the case at the start."

Miserable few days

The defeat completed a miserable few days for Liverpool, who were knocked out of the Champions League by Basel last Tuesday and now trail United by 10 points.

Manager Brendan Rodgers admitted that his squad had lost some of the team spirit that saw them come within a whisker of pipping Manchester City to the title last season.

"For me, the whole scenario is about looking to build a team again,” said the Northern Irishman.

"We had a team that was growing for a couple of years that has changed now, the squad and injuries and whatnot.

"But we’re having to recapture the team ethos again and that’s something we’re looking to build towards."

Source: AFP

Drug lords were 'living like kings' in prison 'villas' with strip bars, sex dolls, say Philippines police

File photo of inner gates of Bilibid, Philippines’ biggest jail.

Jailed drug lords in the Philippines have been "living like kings" in secret luxury prison cells with strip bars and sex dolls, the country's justice secretary said.

Police made this stunning discovery when they raided Philippines’ biggest jail on Monday.

Police commandos in full battle armour and tracker dogs swooped down on the infamously crowded and corrupt Bilibid prison complex before dawn to verify reports that drug rings were operated from behind bars.

Police also found 1.4 million pesos (S$41,000) in cash, a jacuzzi and methamphetamines​ (also know as Ice) across 20 air-conditioned “villas", Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said.

"They are here to serve jail time but instead, they’re living like kings," she said.

She added that jail officials who conspired with the inmates face "outright dismissal".

Not your typical prison cell

A room in one of the villas had a fully-inflated sex doll sprawled on the bed. An adjacent room was equipped with an elevated platform, strobe lights and a mirror ball, police said.

Police said the platform was for strippers who were smuggled into the jail compound. A bright blue bra with feathers was hanging beside the stage.

Another area had a small concert stage equipped with a flat screen television, a drum set, guitars and keyboards.

A safe in one of the rooms contained Rolex and Patek Philippe watches, Louis Vuitton wallets and stacks of dollar bills, police said.

Bathroom floors and walls were covered in marble tiles, showers with hot water were encased in glass and a bathtub had a flat screen television attached to it.

One room was stocked with expensive whisky.

Not the first incident

Bilibid, on the outskirts of Manila, was built for 8,900 inmates, but currently houses 23,000.

The luxury villas, for drugs lords, gang leaders and other powerful inmates, were scattered around the sprawling 500ha compound

Cases of rich inmates bribing prison authorities and building small houses, or simply leaving the jail, have emerged repeatedly over the years.

The practice highlights corruption in government and the wide divide between rich and poor as the rest of the prisoners, mostly petty criminals, are crammed in squalid cells.

Source: AFP

One of the waitresses who escaped Sydney cafe is a sportswoman

Ms Elly Chen running towards police from the cafe on Monday.
Ms Elly Chen running towards police from the cafe on Monday.

One of the five hostages to have fled the Lindt cafe siege is a Sydney university student and talented sportswoman, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Ms Elly Chen is one of the two female workers to flee from the cafe at about 5pm Sydney time (2pm, Singapore time) on Monday.

According to Ms Chen’s Facebook page, she has been a student of the University of New South Wales since 2011.

Her LinkedIn profile lists her as studying for a Bachelor of Commerce in Actuarial Science and Finance. 

It says she was a national swimming representative and a state tennis representative.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Man City to face Barcelona in Champions League round of 16

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were drawn on Monday against Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City tackle Barcelona in two blockbuster Champions League last 16 ties.

Holders Real Madrid were given a palatable pairing against German side Schalke 04, and last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid come up against Bayer Leverkusen.

Arsenal, finalists in 2006, face Monaco, Italian champions Juventus will have to overcome Borussia Dortmund, and German giants Bayern Munich, who beat Borussia in the 2013 final, play Shakhtar Donetsk.

Swiss outfit Basel’s reward for knocking out Liverpool at the group stage was a match-up with two-time winners Porto.

The last 16 first leg games are scheduled for Feb 17-18 and Feb 24-25, with the second legs on Mar 10-11 and Mar 17-18.

The final for Europe’s elite club competition will take place in Berlin’s Olympic stadium next June.

Source: AFP


PSG vs Chelsea

Man City vs Barcelona

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Juventus vs Dortmund

Schalke vs Real Madrid

Shakhtar vs Bayern Munich

Arsenal vs Monaco

Basel vs Porto


48 HIV patients told to leave Thai village because their presence is affecting business

The red ribbon, a symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.

A charity housing 48 HIV positive patients in a village in Chon Buri, Thailand, has been voted to move out according to NGO officials on Monday (Dec 15).

Village heads told The Glory Hut Foundation to leave because the presence of HIV patients were affecting businesses and land value. 

Based on the foundation's Facebook page, the residents of Lang Nern community voted 131 to 30 in favour of a decision to expel the patients and the foundation's staff.

"They are asking us to leave despite the fact that we donate our excess goods and teach their children English," said Chanchanok Khamtong, a spokesman for the foundation.

The foundation has been told to vacate the premises within six months, according to a page posting on Facebook. 

Lack of funds

But Ms Chanchanok said the charity does not have the funds to move out of its rented building.

"We're not disturbing the villagers. We just want to help care for their patients," Bangkok Post quoted her as saying.

Chon Buri municipality officials said that they are looking for alternate accommodation for the foundation.

Wichien Weruwan, chairman of the community, said that that there was no hatred towards HIV patients but rather, there were feelings in the community which made any chance of living together, futile.   

One particular problem was people who offer rooms for rents. 

Mr Wichien said that potential tenants had shunned the community.

Source: Bangkok Post