Formula One: Teen Verstappen’s debut goes up in smoke

Max Verstappen walking towards his pit to start the first practice session at the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Friday.
Max Verstappen walking towards his pit to start the first practice session at the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Friday.

Teenager Max Verstappen became the youngest Formula One participant on Friday, but his record outing went up in smoke as he was forced to halt his misfiring Toro Rosso.

As Nico Rosberg topped first free practice ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Verstappen managed 21 laps of the Suzuka circuit before having to pull over as smoke gushed from his car.

“I have a problem in the engine, it’s not pulling any more,” the Dutchman, who will replace Jean-Eric Vergne next season, radioed to his team as he hit trouble.

“I have smoke out of the engine. What should I do?”

It was a rude introduction to Formula One for the Dutch 17-year-old, who is the son of ex-F1 driver Jos.

The teenager's entry in the sport has sparked much debate.

Meanwhile Rosberg lapped 0.151 seconds ahead of Britain’s Hamilton, who leads the German by just three points in the championship standings with five races left, as Mercedes once again dominated.

Max Verstappen during the first practice session in Suzuka on Friday.

Max Verstappen during the first practice session in Suzuka on Friday

Source: AFP 

M'sia student aborts foetus, hides it in dormitory

A 21-year-old student took pills to abort her baby and hid the foetus' body in her dormitory.

A 21-year-old student took pills to abort her baby and hid the foetus in her dormitory.

It was found in a plastic bag in a laundry basket by a schoolmate and a dormitory warden.

The incident happened on Monday at a private higher learning institution in Puchong, Selangor.

A police source said the student initially told her schoolmate she had a mild stomach ache. The student was later rushed to hospital.

"The college mate was informed by the nurse that her friend just had an abortion," said the source.

Looked through friend's messages

The friend looked through the student’s mobile phone and found an exchange of messages between the student and her boyfriend explaining that she had aborted the baby and placed it inside a plastic bag.

The police source said: "The student’s friend rushed back to the dormitory and found a black plastic bag containing the foetus inside a laundry basket."

The hostel management then lodged a police report.

"Based on initial investigation, four tablets of celecoxib were believed to have been used to abort the baby," said the source.

Celecoxib pills are used to treat arthritis and menstrual cramps, but more woman are abusing the drug to terminate unplanned pregnancies, reported Harian Metro.

Source: The Star

Village council tells woman who was raped to accept $410 and drop the case

A village council in India urged the family of a young woman who had been raped at gunpoint to accept Rs20,000 (S$410) and bury the past.

A village council in India urged the family of a young woman who had been raped at gunpoint to accept Rs20,000 (S$410) and bury the past, reported Tamil Nesan.

The rape happened in Bareilly​, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh a fortnight ago when the woman was delivering lunch to her father who was working in the fields.

The 20-year-old woman was waylaid by a man who took her to a deserted spot and raped her at gunpoint.

Inaction of police

Police initially refused to accept the complaint against the man as he belongs to an influential family.

The authorities also turned down a request from the woman’s family to conduct a medical examination.

The council's decision and the inaction of the police caused an uproar from local residents, who are now demanding that action be taken against the council.

Source: The Star

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The Rock confirms he'll put on red trunks for Baywatch movie

Actor Dwayne Johnson has been "loosely attached" to a forthcoming big screen adaptation of TV show Baywatch.

Yes, a Baywatch movie is imminent. 

And Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has confirmed he'll be in it, cheekily promising he will, indeed, don red swimming trunks, and that the movie will be "rated R". 

The Hollywood Reporter initially said the 42-year-old was "loosely attached" to the project

The project has been in the works for years, with an early script revolving around shark attacks and a drug smuggling operation. 

While Johnson is more than physically qualified for lifeguard duty in Speedos (see: Hercules, The Scorpion King, The Mummy Returns), the casting choice was puzzling to some: 






Others think it's genius:





But the real question is: Will David Hasselhoff make an appearance?


Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter

M'sian man beats up wife who ran away with lover after 10 days of marriage

Nurhaqiqi Nur Salam, 23, was fined RM400 (S$156) for causing serious injuries to his wife and her lover.

His wife ran away with another man just 10 days after they got married.

Nurhaqiqi Nur Salam, 23, was so enraged by his wife's actions that he sought her and her lover out and beat them up.

The incident happened on Monday at around 11pm in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.

The unemployed husband brought his younger brother Abdur Rahman, 21,​ to a house in Jalan Desa Rejang​. 

There, the siblings punched and beat up Ms Nur Amira Roslan, 23, and Mr Mohamad Hasbullah Mohamad Kamal, 25.

Serious injuries

On Thursday, the brothers pleaded guilty to causing serious injuries to Ms Nur Amira and Mr Mohamad Hasbullah.

Nurhaqiqi said in court: "I tried to contact my wife but to no avail. After asking around, my friends told me where she was."

Magistrate Nurul’Ain Abdul Rahim fined Nurhaqiqi RM400 (S$156), in default four months’ jail. 

Abdur Rahman, a maintenance worker, was fined RM300, in default three months' jail.

The magistrate advised the brothers not to get physically aggressive but to do things according to the law.

"Look where you have ended up after beating up people," she said.

Source: The Star

EPL Spotlight: All eyes on offence

Attacking players dominate the big questions ahead of this weekend of EPL action before the international break. Can Danny Welbeck continue his hot streak? Will Mario Balotelli finally break his Premier League drought? Can Juan Mata make the best of the chance that was giftwrapped for him? This week's EPL Spotlight falls on...

Danny Welbeck's first big test as a Gunner beckons with a visit to Chelsea looming.
Danny Welbeck's first big test as a Gunner beckons with a visit to Chelsea looming.

Alan Pardew
Before we get to the main bits, let's get the most obvious one out of the way, eh? Pressure's still on and spiking...

Danny Welbeck
It looks like getting the central role he has been craving is starting to reap rewards for Welbeck. However, his hat-trick heroics from mid-week must now be cast aside for his second London derby in as many weeks as Arsenal prepare to take on Chelsea in the big match of the weekend. The Gunners have a poor track record against the Blues - they've won just two out of their last 10 Premier League meetings - and the ex-Manchester United man has a good opportunity to win over some of his detractors with a good performance. Scoring a goal or two won't hurt either.

Diego Costa
After starting against Sporting Lisbon in mid-week, can those twangy hamstrings of his hold up?

Manchester United
Losing to Everton at this stage of the season will certainly not cost Louis van Gaal his job. However, the Dutchman can ill-afford a similar outcome as his predecessor did last season if United are to get on from their rotten start to the season and find some form. With Everton still coming to grips with handling mid-week European football again, the Red Devils have an excellent opportunity to capitalise on their opponents' European hangover following a gruelling Europa League trip to Russia.

Juan Mata
Probably muttered "Mucho gracias, el capitan" under his breath when Wayne Rooney's brainless challenge on Stewart Downing earned him a three-match. As the player sacrificed to make way for Radamel Falcao since the Colombian's arrival, Mata now has the prime opportunity to reclaim his spot in the Manchester United line-up. With his future strangely uncertain so quickly after his then club record move to Old Trafford, the Spaniard must grasp his chance with both hands to prove he has the stomach for a fight.

Tim Howard
It seems like a long, long time ago since Howard was unofficially declared the United States' secretary of defence during an impressive World Cup. The Everton goalkeeper's EPL stats make for worrying reading - he's conceded a league-worst 14 goals while having made just 15 saves in comparison. While the paucity of goalkeeping options at Everton might mean that Howard is safe from being axed like Sylvain Distin was at last week's Merseyside derby, the American has the daunting task of arresting his slide at his former stomping ground Old Trafford - against the likes of Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Angel di Maria no less. Good luck, buddy.

Brendan Rodgers
On paper, West Bromwich Albion coming to Anfield should be an easy assignment for Liverpool. Alas, such things are hard to tell with the Reds these days. This is surely not the start Brendan Rodgers had envisioned after tasting the thrill of a solid title challenge last season. While Liverpool were expected to feel the loss of Luis Suarez when the serial muncher departed for Barcelona, few would have imagined the clamour that has developed for the injured Daniel Sturridge. Even with Raheem Sterling still in the team, the Reds are barely scraping by. While this isn't an entirely fair comparison to make because of the one-point margin that separates them, Liverpool are seven places lower on the league table than Manchester United, whose disastrous start to the season has been well-documented. After a disappointing defeat to Basel in the Champions League, Rodgers must achieve a result against an improving West Brom side in a tricky-looking tie.


Mario Balotelli
Even though the stats include his days at Manchester City, the photo in the above tweet says it all. Time to stop LOL-ing at your rivals and start scoring, Mario.


After shoving all the nasty things people have been saying about their summer clear-out, now it's time to see if the Saints have the cojones to continue riding high with the big boys. A test against Tottenham should give a decent indicator if Southampton are European contenders or mid-table pretenders.

Mauricio Pochettino
Your in-form ex-team that has not been missing you is coming round for a visit while your own team hasn't exactly been flying of late. The pressure's on, Mauricio.

Phone thief bashed to death in M'sia by passers-by

A man was bashed to death by passers-by last week after he stole a mobile phone from a lorry driver.

A man was bashed to death by passers-by last week after he stole a mobile phone from a lorry driver.

Unemployed man Ooi Sim Guan, 38, stopped a lorry in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia ​on Sept 26 and hitched a ride. He was dropped off a kilometre away.

The lorry driver discovered his mobile phone was missing from his vehicle’s dashboard and suspected that Ooi had stolen it.

The driver turned his vehicle around and went to look for Ooi.

Died of injuries

An argument ensued between the two. Several passers-by got involved and attacked Ooi.

Ooi was taken to hospital and died of his injuries three days later.

The lorry driver has been detained by police. 

A 23-year-old man, who allegedly joined several others in bashing up Ooi, turned himself in on Wednesday, police said. He has been remanded as well.

Source: The Star

M'sia teen buries mum’s jewellery, then claims apartment was robbed

A 16-year-old girl hid her mother's jewellery before telling police that two people armed with knives had stormed their apartment and robbed them.

A 16-year-old girl buried her mother's jewellery and lied to police that they had been robbed.

Malaysia police suspected something was amiss when the teen claimed the robbers also took RM20,000 (S$7,800) from her.

She was arrested on Wednesday.

The teen's 51-year-old mother had made a police report on Tuesday after finding that her jewellery was missing from their apartment.

Armed with knives

Kajang Assistant Commissioner​ Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said the girl claimed that two people armed with knives stormed their unit at about 3.30pm.

"She claimed that the two forced her to tell them where her mother kept her jewellery. She claimed that the robbers took RM20,000 in cash and RM20,000 in jewellery and valuables."

"We suspected something amiss over the amount of cash kept at home," he said on Thursday.

Police interrogated the girl, who eventually confessed that she had buried the jewellery in the apartment compound.

The girl, who has a history of running away from home, has been remanded.

Source: The Star

WATCH: Woman driver in Croatia jumps a raised bridge, fined $51

The yellow car (pictured) jumping a raised bridge in Croatia.

How late was this woman for her appointment?

We're asking because she ignored the fact that the bridge was raised and drove her yellow Peugeot over the divide on Monday morning (Sept 29).

Somehow, she literally bridged the 2.5m-high gap and emerged unscathed - in the seaside town of Tisno, Croatia.

The unidentified woman, 58, had run a red light and ignored the bridge warden, who was frantically signalling her to stop, BBC News reported.

Blinded by the sun

Local news paper Sibenkin quoted a witness, who estimated the driver's speed was about 80km/h "There was a terrible noise and all the airbags opened by the force of the crash."

The unnamed driver reportedly told police she did not see the red light because she was blinded by the sun.

Croatia Week said police fined her 32 euros (S$51.45) for the James Bondesque stunt.

The bridge, which connects the island of Murter with Tisno, is raised twice daily, at 9am and 5pm, so boats can pass through the canal.

Sources: BBC, YouTube, Sibenkin, Croatia Week

Not cattle class: Indonesian families celebrating Eid Festival snap up $31k luxury cows in showrooms

This picture taken on September 30, 2014 shows livestock displayed at a "cow showroom" ahead ofthe Eid Al-Adha festival in Depok.

Every year just before the Muslim feast of sacrifice, showrooms replace their cars for big cows that can cost up to US$25,000 (S$31,824) each.

Then, they try to lure wealthy people who are keen to buy the luxury cattle to celebrate the festival. 

Similar to girls trying to sell cars, women selling the prime livestock are clad in tight outfits. They also don heavy make-up as they accompany customers browsing for 'luxury' cows that will be slaughtered for the Muslim Eid festival, which falls on Sunday.

At the festival, Muslims with the financial means are obliged to buy an animal to be ritually sacrificed - in honour of the Prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son on the order of God.

"(These cows) are the Lexus and Mercedes of the cattle world," said salesgirl Desnia Yoshie, as she clutches a Samsung table displaying an online catalogue with details of the animals for sale.

Wealthy elite splurge on faith to outdo each other

These showrooms even have names.

An example? The Mall of Sacrificial Animals, which is situated on the outskirts of Jakarta.

The wealthy elite seems eager to outdo each other. In a show of how willing they are to spend on their faith, items from pricey religious offerings at major festivals to designer headscarves for women are fair game.

Many of the cows on offer cost from $1,000 to $1,600, but top-of-the range beasts – the Santa Gertrudis and Brahman cross breeds – sell for as much as $25,000.

The cows are from Australian stock – Australian cattle is sought after in Indonesia – and weigh up to 1.7 tonnes, about the same as a Ferrari 550 sports car.


The showroom attracts the elite, from government ministers to wealthy Indonesians who come back from overseas for Eid, according to owner Ramdoni Hussainor. He said that this year he has so far sold 5,000 cows, up from 4,750 in 2013.

Showrooms switch from selling cars to cows a month before Eid

For wealthy Indonesians used to shopping in the comfort of glitzy malls, the showroom also offers a clean, organised environment to buy cattle. It's a contrast to the many sellers who set up shop on roadsides ahead of Eid.

“Their economic status improves but at the same time they do not want to let go of their religious identity,” Noorhaidi Hasan, a lecturer on Islam and politics at the Islamic University of Sunan Kalidjaga in Yogyakarta on Java island, told AFP.

“If others buy a two-million rupiah ($165) goat, it’s not a problem for them to buy one costing three to four million.”

As for the showroom’s staff, switching from selling cars to cows for a month each year is a unique experience – but not one that is always pleasant.

“I smell like cow and have to shampoo my hair three times every day. I have told my boss that he owes us all a visit to the spa after Eid,” joked salesgirl Yoshie.

Source: AFP