Romney gets in the ring with Holyfield

One is a former world boxing champion, the other a former presidential candidate.

And for two rounds Evander Holyfield used Mitt Romney as a punching bag on Friday at Rail Event Center in Salt Lake.

But rather than a real fight, which given the difference in body shape and fitness Holyfield would have no contest in, this boxing bout was all in the name of  charity.

The 68-year-old Romney and the 52-year-old Holyfield squared off in the lighthearted spectacle that raised $1 million for Charity Vision, an organization that provides eye operations.

The fight didn’t have the hype of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao mega showdown but it did reach its goal of raising enough money to enable thousands of blind people to see again.

“Tonight @CharityVision raised $1 million which will help 40,000 people have their sight restored,” Romney tweeted after the fight.

Romney entered the ring wearing a red silk robe and red boxing trunks to Gloria Gaynor's not-that-threatening disco anthem I Will Survive.

Romney used the moniker Stormin’ Mormon, weighed in the day before at 81kg  while The Real Deal Holyfield had an 27kg advantage.

Romney was joined initially in the ring by his wife, Ann, who has been active with her own charitable activities, including raising funds for multiple sclerosis, a disease which she has lived with for over 15 years.

The 2012 presidential nominee spent most of his time trying to duck the light punches coming from Holyfield.

Soon the running came to a stop. Romney’s corner threw in the towel after the second round but not before Holyfield had stumbled to the canvas earlier in the bout. But that was his only stumble.

“He’s the oldest person I have ever fought,” Holyfield told CNN.

Many people wondered what Romney was doing getting into the ring with Holyfield, who once had a piece of his ear bitten off by Mike Tyson.

Romney said at times politics can be more cutthroat than boxing.

“The good news is that Evander Holyfield always hits above the belt, and sometimes in politics that isn’t the way things are done,” Romney told CNN.

Source: AFP

Americans turn to diarrhoea medicine to cure hangovers

An American diarrhea medicine has proven popular amongst adults for its hangover curing abilities.

Everyone has their own cure for the morning after the night before.

Be it "hair of the dog", a greasy breakfast or that old standby, black coffee.

In the US, Americans desperate to cure their hangovers are turning to children's diarrhoea medicine.

The medicine, Pedialyte, has been hailed as an effective cure.

The brand was previously a steady seller. But since 2012, sales increased by 57 per cent.

Originally targeted at children, Pedialyte is supposed to replenish vital minerals and fluids lost after a bout of diarrhea.

Adults looking for that magical hangover cure have repurposed the medicine.

They take it the morning after a night of boozing to rid themselves of the lingering headaches and nausea.

And the company behind themedicine has latched on to take advantage of this new, unexpected market.

Adverts now sell a powdered version primarily as a hangover cure.



In one such ad, Pedialyte was included in a list of must-haves for music festivals to ease them from the suffering the next morning.

In another ad, the medicine is recommended to those who want to get in time for an early appointment after a late night.


It even has its own celebrity fans.

Super stars like Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams have endorsed it as a hangover cure.

In fact, it is so important to Pharrell that he has it included in his rider, 



The perfect rider...candy, Pedialyte and Carl Sagan.

A photo posted by Pharrell Williams (@pharrell) on


But some scientists are far from convinced and say that there is not guaranteed cure to an alcohol-inflicted head.

Professor Stansley Goldfarb of Perelman School of Medicine, Pennsylvania told Slate that hangovers are cause by alcohol byproducts in the body

“There’s nothing you can do to remove (these) byproducts. They have to be metabolized by your liver, which takes time."

Prof Goldfarb's best cure?

"There’s no evidence that anything is better than waiting.”


Source: The Independent, Slate


One Direction talk about Zayn Malik on talkshow

One Direction play dodgeball with James Corden.

Last week it looked to be a case of handbags at 20 paces as Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik entered a Twitter spat.

But could they be friends again? Was it a storm in a teacup?

Tomlinson said in an interview with late night talk show host James Corden that the pair have worked things out after their public feud.

Last week, Tomlinson had a few choice words for Naughty Boy, who is reportedly working with Malik.

Malik then jumped in and told Tomlinson to stop making "bitchy" comments.

When Corden asked Tomlinson about the feud that quickly had fans lambasting Malik for his comments, Tomlinson said:

"I've never been very good at biting my tongue, maybe I get it off my mum. It's just one of those things. Twitter's great for connecting with the fans but also if you feel like saying something you probably shouldn't, it's also good for that as well. Or bad in this case."



Tomlinson added that he has since spoken to Malik and "it's all good in the hood".

Liam Payne also told Corden, host of the Late Late Show about how they reacted to Malik's news of his departure.

He said: "At first we were a little bit angry. We were surprised, but I think we all knew the general vibe that Zayn was feeling.

"There were certain parts of this job that Zayn loved and certain parts of the job that he didn't." 

Payne added: "If you don't like your job, you've got to follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go. There's no argument with that." 

He also had a message for Malik: “We wish him the best of luck with whatever he gets up to.”

And well, if they were still angry about Malik's departure, they could have used it when they played a game of Dodgeball against professionals.



In a hilarious clip, Corden and the boys show that they should definitely keep their day jobs.

Corden looks like he could seriously be the fifth member of One Direction here. He evenly coyly brought up the proposal during the interview.

Unfortunately, Harry has firmly said "no" to Corden.

On a less serious topic, the One Direction boys chatted about various topics including a sleazy song and life on the road to Corden in an amusing interview. 




Source: YouTube



Corrective training for being nudist and thief

A man who went on a six-month crime spree, which included theft and appearing nude in public, was sentenced to six years' corrective training on Thursday.

Last September, Loh Tzu Chye, 35, was spotted running towards Block 333, Kreta Ayer Road, at 1.45am, wearing only an orange G-string. Under the law, appearing nude includes being dressed in a way which offends public decency or order.

The police officer who spotted Loh gave chase and grabbed hold of him.

But Loh escaped after threatening him with a knife.

On another occasion last June, Loh was walking past a unit on the fifth floor of Block 197, Bishan Street 13, when he saw a cellphone on top of a drawer next to the window facing the common corridor.

Loh pushed the sliding door open and stole the iPhone 5S.

In all, Loh was convicted of four charges, with another eight taken into consideration.

Couple tie the knot where they first met – on a plane

They met on board a Turkish Airlines flight from Turkey to Mongolia in May last year.

His seat was 5B. Hers was 5C.

During the plane ride, Serbian actress Vjera Mujovic and Stefan Preis, a doctor from Germany, clicked.

They fell in love and got married a year later on May 6 onboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Serbia to Turkey.

Watch their sweet love story below:


Detective hunted down cop killer the old-fashioned way

Three individuals, whose stories are featured in the book Living The Singapore Story: Celebrating Our 50 Years 1965-2015, tell GAO WENXIN ( what life was like in the early years of independence

"We made friends with many criminals, bargirls, in order to gain their trust." - Former police detective Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan (above)

He hunted down cop killer the 'old-fashioned way'

Singapore may have low crime rates now but in the 60s and 70s, things weren't quite the same.

Former police detective Abd Rahman Khan Gulap Khan, 65, told The New Paper about a colleague who was killed by a gunman while investigating a minor traffic accident in July 1973.

Detective Ong Poh Heng, 28, was resolving an argument between a car driver and a bus driver when he was shot.

Since detectives wore plain clothes and carried only short-barrel revolvers that were easy to conceal, Detective Ong had to identify himself as a police officer.

When he did this, the armed criminal fired two shots at Detective Ong's chest and escaped with his Smith & Wesson revolver.

"In those days, criminals and robbers would often carry guns stolen from police officers. They would not hesitate to kill a cop," said Mr Rahman.

From the 1960s to 1980s, there were at least nine reported cases of police officers being shot dead.

Mr Rahman, who was a detective in the Rural West Division (now Jurong Police Division), worked with other detectives to establish the identity of the gunman, whom they nicknamed the Cop Killer.

Police then did not have the technology to collect evidence by using methods like conducting DNA analysis, so they solved the case the old-fashioned way - with a lot of legwork.

"We made friends with criminals, bargirls, in order to gain their trust," said Mr Rahman.

The detectives asked their informants in the "underworld" who they thought was the likely suspect.

One of them gave the police a lead, saying that one of the most confrontational thugs was a 20-year-old man called Botak (Malay for bald).

This was a breakthrough for Mr Rahman, as he knew the parents of Botak, whose real name was Hoo How Seng.

They lived near Mr Rahman's grandmother in Johor. So he visited her and dropped by Botak's family home and asked after him.


Mr Rahman got a breakthrough when they told him Botak had moved to Singapore. They even gave him a photo of Botak as they wanted Mr Rahman to be able to recognise him.

The detective then got Hoo's address from the Malaysian immigration office.

Armed with the new information, six detectives planned to ambush Hoo at his residence in Cavenagh Road, only a short distance from the Istana.

Since he was armed, Mr Rahman said the police lured him out by making a phonecall to tip off his live-in girlfriend, Jenny, a cabaret girl.

He said: "We told her in Cantonese that they should escape, because the police were coming."

As Hoo escaped down the staircase, one of the detectives subdued him while Mr Rahman held on to his revolver.

Hoo still managed to fire three shots, triggering a shoot-out.

The first two bullets burned Mr Rahman's palm and the third grazed his stomach.

But the detectives eventually shot Botak in the head and he died 13 minutes later.

Mr Rahman spent 35 years in the police force, and although he is now working as a Security Operations Manager at the National University of Singapore, he still keeps his police contacts to contribute his experience when it is needed.

Looking back, being shot by the Cop Killer was not the most painful moment for Mr Rahman: "The three tetanus jabs they gave me in the hospital were much worse. I could not sleep on my buttocks for days."

Read the full report in The New Paper on Saturday (May 16).

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