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Geylang murder trial: Bloodied woman said someone tried to kill her, says witness

WHERE IT HAPPENED: The lift landing where Miss Ummul was said to have staggered out to escape her assailant.
VICTIM: Miss Ummul Qurratu 'Ain Abdul Rahman.
Paramedic Low Pey Yun.
Paramedic Zohri Anwar.

The married couple were waiting for the hotel lift when they saw a young woman staggering towards them.

She was naked and covered in blood. When they asked her if she was all right, all she said was: "Can you help me?"

Mr Mohamed Firdaus Kamsani and his wife, Madam Farizah Abdul Aziz, testified in the High Court on yesterday against Giselle Shi Jia Wei, 25, who is on trial for the attempted murder of her former girlfriend, Miss Ummul Qurratu 'Ain Abdul Rahman, by stabbing her twice in the chest on July 22, 2012.

Madam Farizah testified: "She told me someone had tried to kill her."

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Rodgers not worried by FFP probe

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is not concerned by a potential probe into the club's finances over financial fair play breaches.

According to PA Sport, the Reds - along with Inter Milan, Monaco and Roma - are set to be investigated by Uefa for possible violations.

The four clubs, who have all recently made a return to continental competitions, have all submitted their accounts to the European football governing body and Rodgers believes the English Premier League club have nothing to fear.

The Liverpool boss said: "It's obviously something that will be dealt with by the directors. It's something we're comfortable with because we're great advocates of financial fair play. It's ongoing with the club."

Falling foul of Uefa's FFP regulations will be something Liverpool will want to avoid at all cost.

Their EPL rivals Manchester City and French side Paris Saint-Germain were hit with heavy fines for breaching the rules last season, with the cash set to be spread equally among their European rivals in the Champions League and Europa League.

Sources: PA Sport, AFP

Samsung burns Apple over #bendgate

Samsung takes a snipe at Apple on Twitter.
Samsung takes a snipe at Apple on Twitter.

Samsung sure does love trolling Apple.

In the wake of the iPhone 6 Plus #bendgate comes a stunningly snarky but pretty clever snipe from the South Korean electronics maker to promote the curve-edged Galaxy Note Edge on Twitter.




It could've been a lot worse though, as Twitter user GhostwritaMusic came up with a mock-up ad that cranks the snark up... at least a thousand notches.

Source: Twitter via UPROXX

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Female UAE pilot ‘leads strikes’ on jihadists

A picture made available by UAE's official news agency WAM on Sept 25 shows Major Mariam al-Mansouri gesturing as she sits in the cockpit of a F-16 fighter jet.

A female pilot has led United Arab Emirates (UAE) air strikes that targeted Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) jihadists in Syria.

Major Mariam al-Mansouri, 35, “led the squadron” of UAE fighter jets that participated in raids on Tuesday against the extremists, an Emirati source familiar with the matter said.

The source said a “coalition Western officer was surprised when she called in to refuel from aerial tanker”.

The UAE did not confirm officially that a woman was among the pilots that conducted the raids.

 Major Mariam  checking a F-16 fighter jet before a sortie.

 Major Mariam  checking a F-16 fighter jet before a sortie. 

Major Mansouri is reportedly the UAE’s first female jet fighter pilot.

She graduated from Abu Dhabi’s Khalifa bin Zayed Air College in 2007 and is veteran pilot of F-16 warplanes.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia released photographs on Wednesday of eight airmen it said were involved in Tuesday’s US-led operations.

The Saudi press claimed that one of the pilots was a son of Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

Major Mansouri’s participation in the raid stirred a debate on social media, with supporters posting her picture on Twitter and commending her service, AFP reported.

“She is taking part in crushing the dens of Daesh,” wrote one woman on Twitter, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Major Mariam al-Mansouri (right) with some of her fellow pilots at an air force base.

Major Mariam al-Mansouri (right) with some of her fellow pilots at an air force base. 

But angry Islamist sympathisers denounced what they said was Major Mansouri’s “criminal” act. 

In a past interview with Abu Dhabi television, she spoke of equality between men and women.

“Men and women have the right to practice any profession, with dedication and determination... to reach the highest positions possible to serve this homeland,” she said. 

Source: AFP




M'sia man fights off intruders who were trying to rape his wife

File photo. A husband saved his wife from being raped in their home by attacking the intruders.

A husband saved his wife from being raped by kicking two intruders repeatedly.

The man had been in a different part of the house from his wife when he heard her shouting at about 7am.

"Suddenly, I heard my wife shouting for help. When I rushed to the living room, both intruders were already naked and one of them was pinning my wife down," he said.

"I instinctively kicked both of them as hard as I could."


The man in his 50s, who wanted to be known only as Ahmad, said the intruders were two men between the ages of 20 and 40.

His wife is also in her 50s.

Mr Ahmad's neighbours heard the commotion and rushed over to help. They managed to catch one of the intruders.

The man who escaped was later tracked down by police.

Mr Ahmad, who lives in Gombak, Selangor, said the two suspects are his neighbours, but that he did not speak with them.

Source: The Star

Spotted: Kristen Stewart having beers in Katong

Yes, Kristen Stewart was spending her Thursday (Sept 25) night at a bar in Katong.

Kristen Stewart was spotted at a bar in Katong.

A passer-by spotted the actress and excitedly snapped two pictures of the star while she was chatting to several guys.

K-Stew was chillin' at a bar in Katong on Thursday (Sept 25) night. PHOTO: TNP reader

The 24-year-old actress had dinner and drinks at the gastrobar, which prides itself on its Eurasian and Peranakan fare.

Stewart is in Singapore filming sci-fi romantic drama Equals which also stars Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, and Jacki Weaver.

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Man steals woman's phone after sex because she was too ugly

A man stole a woman's phone to pay for the hotel bill as he felt the sex had not been worth his while.

A man stole the phone of a woman he had a one-night stand with to pay for the hotel room stay as he felt she was too ugly for him.

The 24-year-old man, known only as Guo, befriended the woman via messaging application WeChat.

The pair later agreed to a one-night stand​ at a hotel which charged 200 yuan​ ($40) for a room.

Guo decided to steal the woman's iPhone 5S after feeling that the sex had not been worth his while.

The shoe factory supervisor from Fujian, China, who earns about 6,000 yuan a month,​ was arrested for theft.

Source: The Star

Did Malaga's Weligton really chokeslam Messi?

Malaga defender Weligton (right) grabs Lionel Messi during an argument.
Malaga defender Weligton (right) grabs Lionel Messi during an argument.

Thursday morning's (Singapore time) goalless draw between Barcelona and Malaga was, by most accounts, an uneventful affair.


Having just won Barca a corner towards the end of the match, a presumably frustrated Lionel Messi allegedly called Malaga defender a "son of a b***h".

Needless to say, the Brazilian was not impressed, sparking off a controversial flashpoint.

You can see the incident for yourself here:


It's certainly a shocking incident, but what perplexes me is how the incident has been reported.


The headline on the Mail Online's story said that Weligton grabbed Messi "by throat and throws him to ground" while a quick search on YouTube for the incident will yield several clips describing it as a "horror" foul.

In fact, the Mail went as far as to say that Weligton "strangled" Messi in their summary for the match report.

I'm not defending Weligton - in fact, I think referee Alejandro Hernandez was being extremely lenient for only showing him a yellow card instead of a straight red - but just look at the video again.

The centre-back clearly wraps his hand around Messi's cheeks before shoving him to the ground. Not this:

...although I'll admit I was hoping for something resembling a chokeslam. Who doesn't like a bit of drama with their football?

In fact, the way Weligton grabs Messi reminds me of a brother telling his sibling to shut up and stop calling him names before pushing him to the ground in frustration.

Maybe that's why Hernandez gave a yellow card instead of a red - the bickering duo might have reminded him of his kids fighting at home, prompting the official to approach the incident without reaching for the overkill button...

Sources: Mail Online, YouTube

Related report: Barca held to goalless draw by Malaga

Cyprus cruise liner helps rescue 300 refugees

A handout image released by the Cyprus Defence Ministry on Sept 24 shows a large fishing trawler overloaded with people in the Mediterranean Sea.
A handout image released by the Cyprus Defence Ministry on Sept 24 shows a large fishing trawler overloaded with people in the Mediterranean Sea.

A cruise liner was diverted off Cyprus on Thursday to rescue about 300 people thought to be Syrian refugees.

Their trawler ran into trouble in rough seas.

The trawler, crammed with mainly women and children, had sent out “a radio distress signal” at 6.25 am (11.25am, Singapore time) when it was about 50 nautical miles southwest of the tourist hub of Paphos, the Cypriot government said.

The government said in a statement that the ship probably “came from Syria with civilian refugees”.

Aerial photographs released by the ministry showed a large fishing trawler overloaded with people in heavy seas.

Based on marine traffic data, two vessels were diverted to the distressed boat: the 157m Cypriot cruise ship the Salamis Filoxenia and the Maltese-flagged tanker the Minerva Joy.

Medical supplies

The Salamis Filoxenia had been en route from the Greek island of Syros to the Cypriot port of Limassol at the time it received a call to assist in the rescue operation, according to the data.

Its operator said later that the cruise liner’s crew was taking on board those from the stricken trawler.

The staff were providing medical supplies, food and water and blankets, Salamis Cruise Lines managing director Kikis Vasiliou told the radio.

Source: AFP