Selling at Sungei Road Flea Market helped put my two kids through uni

From peddling wares to putting their children through university to selling knick-knacks to supplement their income, the traders of Thieves Market will wrap-up their chapter when Sungei Road closes in 2017

Mr Low Boon Chiang

With his income from his trading at Sungei Road, supplemented by his wife's income from various odd jobs, Mr Low Boon Chiang helped to fund his two children through local university.

The 67-year-old has been peddling his wares at the Sungei Road flea market for the past 47 years and has seen the changes at the place over the years.

Sungei Road flea market will be closed in 2017 to make way for Sungei Road MRT. It is not confirmed if the flea market will close completely or relocate.

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Brawls mar Milk Cup game between N. Ireland and Mexico

Players from Mexico and Northern Ireland engage in a mass brawl during their Milk Cup match at the Coleraine Showgrounds in Northern Ireland.
Players from Mexico and Northern Ireland engage in a mass brawl during their Milk Cup match at the Coleraine Showgrounds in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland and Mexico's Milk Cup Elite game ended in disgrace when brawls forced the match at the Coleraine Showgrounds in Northern Ireland to be abandoned.

The Under-20 teams came to blows in the second half of the youth tournament match, which the hosts eventually won 2-1.

In the first incident, one Mexican player could be seen aiming a kick at the head of a Northern Irish player as he lay on the ground.

Referee Tim Marshall red carded Mexico's Raul Monala Gudino and Carlos Arreola as well as Northern Ireland's Robbie McDaid.

Early end

The second brawl took place towards the end of regular time, resulting in Mexican Kevin Gutierrez becoming the fourth player to be sent off while Marshall opted to end the game early.

Northern Ireland manager Stephen Craigan told the BBC that he was "disgusted" by what had happened and suggested that Mexico be barred from the competition.

Both teams were involved in ugly scenes during last year's tournament, which saw Mexican Rodrigo Gonzalez receive his marching orders for a shove while Arreloa escaped a certain red card for punching Cameron McGheehan.



Sources: BBC, Mail Online

Near miss for woman after axe smashes through windscreen

A woman survived a brush with death after an axe flew off the back of a lorry into the windscreen of the car behind it.
A woman survived a brush with death after an axe flew off the back of a lorry into the windscreen of the car behind it.

A woman passenger had a brush with death after an axe crashed through the windscreen of the car she was in.

The car was trailing behind a landscaper's lorry on Route 95 of the Topsfield, Massachusetts portion of the Interstate highway in the US when the unsecured axe flew off the back of the leading vehicle.

Even though the blade broke through the passenger's side of the windscreen, it came to rest on the dashboard with the handle sticking out.

While the woman was rattled by the incident, she escaped unscathed.

The truck driver was fined US$200 ($250) for failing to secure his cargo.

Sources: Massachusetts State Police Facebook page, BBC, ABC News

Sierra Leone buries ‘hero’ Ebola medic

Dr Sheik Umar Khan is credited with saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola victims
Dr Umar Khan is credited with saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola victims.

Sierra Leone on Thursday buried a doctor it hailed as a “national hero” for saving the lives of more than 100 Ebola patients before succumbing himself to the disease.

Dr Umar Khan, 43, the west African nation’s sole virologist, was at the forefront of his country’s fight against the epidemic, which has seen more than 700 deaths in Sierra Leone and its west African neighbours.

He was laid to rest in the eastern town of Kenema, where he had spent much of his working life, in a Muslim ceremony attended by family, friends, local dignitaries, aid workers and health officials.

“He was committed and dedicated in the quest to save the lives of his compatriots,” Health Minister Miatta Kargbo told the mourners.

“For the short time we interacted, he constantly described Ebola as a war that all Sierra Leoneans should join to fight against or otherwise it would be devastating.”

Local media in Kenema described a “grief-laden” atmosphere weighing heavily on the town, with offices closed and markets empty.

National hero

President Ernest Koroma declared Khan a “national hero” following the medic’s death on Tuesday, and named a research centre in Kenema in his memory.

“The late doctor saved the lives of more than 100 patients before succumbing to the deadly ebola disease himself,” Mr Koroma said in a statement ahead of the funeral, which he did not attend.

Source: AFP


Blasts as experts finally reach MH17 crash site in Ukraine

Service men of the maritime security of the State Border Service of Ukraine prepare to patrol the Tahanroz'ka gulf of the sea of Azov, off the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, on Thursday.

Explosions rang out near the crash site of downed flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine on Thursday as international investigators arrived for the first time in nearly a week.

This comes after Kiev announced a surprise one-day halt to its offensive against rebels.

A small team of Dutch and Australian experts accompanied by international monitors reached the vast site of the doomed Malaysia Airlines jet after days of fierce fighting between government forces and rebels had stopped them reaching the area.

The Dutch justice ministry said the team was so far only a “reconnaissance” mission but would hopefully pave the way for more experts to visit soon.

But in a sign of the continuing insecurity, an AFP team following some minutes behind the convoy heard loud blasts just a few kilometres away from the site and saw black smoke rising from a village close to where some of the plane wreckage is lying.

Ukraine’s military had earlier announced a “day of quiet” across the entire east after a plea from UN chief Ban Ki Moon to halt fighting in the area of the crash.

Blocking probe

Kiev — which has continually blamed rebels controlling the site for blocking the probe — warned however that insurgents had continued shelling its troops positions around the region. 

Meanwhile, on a visit to the Netherlands, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appealed for an “immediate cessation in and around the crash site by both Ukraine and separatist forces”.

Source: AFP


Ex-Man United starlet charged with assaulting two women

West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged for allegedly assaulting two women in Manchester.
West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison has been charged for allegedly assaulting two women in Manchester.

West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison will be held in custody for allegedly assaulting two women in Manchester.

The 21-year-old appeared before the Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Thursday where he was charged with punching and slapping ex-girlfriend Reah Mansoor, 19, and her mother Parveen Mansoor, 39.

The incident occurred early on Sunday morning.

Denied bail

Morrison was denied bail and is due to appear in court on Aug 7.

A Greater Manchester police spokesman said: "At about 3.20am on Sunday police were called to an address on Alexandra Road, Peel Green, Salford, following reports a 19-year-old woman and a 39-year-old woman had been assaulted.

"Officers attended and established the young woman had also been assaulted outside a bar in Manchester city centre earlier that evening and a 21-year-old man was subsequently arrested at a later date."

Troubled teen

A youth product of Manchester United's famed academy, Morrison was tipped to break into the Red Devils' senior team.

But former manager Sir Alex Ferguson lost patience with him because of his off-field troubles and sold him to West Ham for £650,000 ($1.37m) in 2012.

Sources: AFP, BBC

Gerrard: Suarez too good for Arsenal

Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez shared the English Premier League March 2014 Player of the Month Award.
Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez shared the English Premier League March 2014 Player of the Month Award.

Steven Gerrard has claimed that former teammate Luis Suarez was too good to join Arsenal last summer.

While Suarez has since left Anfield to join Barcelona, Gerrard advised the Uruguayan to shun interest from the Gunners, who triggered a release clause in his contract, last summer.

Several British newspapers reported the Liverpool skipper saying: "Last summer, when Luis was out in the cold, I told him, 'Don't go to Arsenal'. With all due respect to them, I told him he was too good for Arsenal.

"Luis' dream, from the first day he came to us, was to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona. I said, 'If you score 30 goals for us and win the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year, they will come back for you.'

"You can't begrudge him his dream, leaving for Barca, but I'd have been disappointed if he had left for Arsenal."

Gerrard can now expect a particularly hostile reception at the Emirates when the Reds visit Arsenal on April 4.

Source: PA Sport

Would you pay $700 to give your butt a facial?

A Salon group has seen a 200 per cent rise in enquiries for "bacial treatments", a facial for one's bottom, over the last few months. In the $700 treatment, a patron's bottom gets a massage, cleansed, lasered and finally, a blueberry skin mask.

Yes, it has indeed been tried and tested...and they're calling it a "bacial."

A Mail Online reporter wrote about her experience of getting a £330 ($700) facial for her bum. 

According to Miss Kim Carillo, she "lay on a bed and tried to relax as (her) therapist massaged tea tree cleanser into (her) skin, before wiping toner across (her) cheeks".

Screen grab of the Mail Online reporter getting a "bacial"  

It might sound like the strangest treatment any one could come up with but it's apparently this season's hottest beauty therapy, according to a London salon group.

It said it has seen an astounding 200 per cent spike in enquiries for the treatment. 

Miss Carillo said celebs Cheryl Cole, Kelly Brook and Lady Gaga reportedly started the trend for "belfies", a self-portrait of one's posterior, and posted on social media.

According to the report, Esther Fieldgrass, CEO of EF Medispa, said: "Many of those undergoing the bum facials said they were motivated by seeing celebrities' perfect behinds on Twitter or Instagram". 

She added: "One of the most common complaints is a spotty bottom. While a lot of people are affected by this problem, it's terribly embarrassing for sufferers, especially now it's swimsuit season..."

So would you pay $700 for a bacial? 

Source: Mail Online


Cruz faces backlash after open letter on Gaza conflict

Leading Spanish film stars Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar and Javier Bardem are the latest celebrities to go public with their views on the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

Spanish celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Pedro Almodovar and Javier Bardem, along with other Spaniard directors and musicians, have gone public with their views on the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

They penned an open letter to Spanish media, Mail Online reported.

The letter "condemns Israel's bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population", which has now claimed about 1,300 lives, the reported stated.

Cruz's intent may have been good, but she is facing a backlash especially after she accused Israel of "state terrorism".

In a message on Thursday from her representative to USA Today, Cruz said she did not want to be "misunderstood on this important subject".

"I'm not an expert on the situation and I'm aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza.

"I am hopeful all parties can agree to a ceasefire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace... I believe in a civilization that can be capable of bringing the courage to have a world where humans can live side by side."

 Penelope Cruz and her husband Javier Bardem.

In the letter published by Spanish news service Europa Press, the celebrities said: "Palestinians' homes are being destroyed, they are being denied water, electricity, free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing."

The letter also spoke of the detrimental "physical, moral, psychological" effects that the situation is having on the people of Gaza, and also called for an end to the Israeli blockade.

Sources: USA Today, Mail Online

Photos: AFP and Twitter