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Brain tumours did not stop them from PSLE

Two girls who had surgery for brain tumours talk about dealing with the challenges of their condition and preparing for the PSLE after getting their results yesterday

Above: With her parents, Mr Astro Chang and Madam Jackie Lee.

To most 12-year-olds, the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) this year might have been the biggest challenge in their lives.

But for Celeste Chang, taking the exam was not as great a feat compared to what she had to go through since 2010 when she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumour.

After the operation to remove the tumour, Celeste had to go through radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

She suffered from memory lapses and has difficulty grasping concepts.

Not only that, her growth is stagnated and has to be on medication for the rest of her life.

Her mother, Madam Jackie Lee, 44, a housewife, said: “Few people could understand what Celeste was going through. You think that when you’re in a crisis, people will rally around you, but sadly, that wasn’t the case. Some friends and colleagues just disappeared.”

Celeste’s father, Mr Astro Chang, 46, who is currently unemployed, added: “We learned to appreciate life. I used to chase after things like a bigger house and a bigger car, but now, I worry about different things.”

For Celeste, despite struggling with her studies, she passed her PSLE, scoring two As and two Cs.

She said: “To the other children and people who may be experiencing what I have gone through, don’t lose hope and make the best of your life.”

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'I don't want to be a burden to my mother'

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Gareth Bale gives up his fast cars for the sake of his hamstrings

Flying Welsh winger Gareth Bale has ditched flashy cars in an attempt to keep his career going at full throttle.

The Real Madrid star has given a £30,000-a-year (S$63,652) car-hire scheme the boot because, apparently, low-slung Lamborghinis play havoc with his hamstrings.

He signed up to the scheme so that he did not have to upkeep a car of his own in Britain, when he makes trips back from Spain.

A source told the Sun: “The Lamborghinis are the worst — lots of footballers find that.

"There’s plenty of time to race around in one when he’s retired so he’s had to reluctantly pull out of the scheme.”

And fans on Twitter were quick to make fun of the Wales star – subject of interest from Manchester United, which is sponsored by US car giant Chevrolet.

One person joked: “Nowhere near as good as the Chevrolet you’ll get when you sign for United.”

Another added: “Come to Utd lad you can have a spin in my brothers 1.2 Nova you’ll love it.”

Bale is not the first player to give up luxury cars to avoid injuries.

Fellow countryman and former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs ditched his own flashy rides after similar problems during his playing career.

Source: Sun Online


Girl, 8, youngest to be diagnosed with breast cancer

The Turner family is no stranger to battling cancer.

Mr Troy Turner was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer, in 2008. He underwent chemotherapy, but the disease came back in 2011.

His wife, Annette Turner, had cervical cancer, but is now free of the disease.

Through it all, the couple remained strong. Then, last week, their second daughter, eight-year-old Chrissy, was diagnosed with cancer.

"It was such a shock," said Mrs Turner, who lives in Centerville, Utah. "No child should have to go through cancer."

She said: "I broke down. It's a struggle every day worrying about my family, about my husband and now my baby girl."

Chrissy has a rare form of breast cancer called Secretory Breast Carcinoma.

The disease is so rare that it affects only one in a million people, according to Mrs Turner.

Next month, Chrissy will be undergoing a mastectomy.

A family friend said the Turners filed for bankruptcy in July 2013 due to the bills racked up from Mr Turner's treatment.

Friends of the family have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Chrissy's operation.

So far, they have raised more than US$20,000 (S$28,000), about a fifth of their target of $100,000.



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Said Mrs Turner: "We're just going to keep fighting.

"Doing everything we can to smile every day and laugh every day and carry our head high and do our best to overcome this."

Chrissy said in an ABC TV interview: ""I was scared to figure out what it was.

"But I knew I could fight it off and I hope that I can fight it off."

Sources: The Guardian, Good4Utah, GoFundMe, People, Metro, Huffington Post

New Captain America movie trailer asks you to choose sides

Captain America: Civil War trailer pits heroes against heroes

It is friends against friends, heroes against heroes and Avengers against Avengers.

The trailer for Captain America: Civil is out, and it looks to be filled with emotional tussles and over-the-top action sequences.

This is marketed as Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) third solo outing but judging from the trailer, it can also be Avengers 2.5 considering how many superheroes directors Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) have packed into the film.

There's Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and War Machine (Don Cheadle).

We also have the first appearance of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and not forgetting that Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is supposed to make an appearance too. Then there's also Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Vision (Paul Bettany).

As teased during Ant-Man’s post-credits, the story picks up with the Cap and Falcon interrogating the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who's now a fugitive.

The plot revolves around Cap trying to protect his childhood friend, while Iron Man takes the government side led by General Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross (William Hurt). Thus the rift between friends, and fights between the heroes.

So how does the new villain Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) come into the picture? I guess we'll have to wait for the new trailer or next May to find out.

0:51 General "Thunderbolt Ross" is the new government watchdog. His presence connects Edward Norton's The Incredible Hulk (2008) to the new Marvel flicks.

1:51 Meet the Black Panther.

2:04 War Machine is down. Or is he out?

2:13 Iron Man takes on both Cap and the Winter Soldier.

Movie Review: Victor Frankenstein (PG)

James McAvoy must have waited his whole career to play a mad scientist.

We can tell because he's relishing the experience throughout the movie.

One moment, he's an obsessive-compulsive medical student and the next, a terrifying egomaniac who thinks he can play God.

McAvoy is great fun to watch as the titular character, as is Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Frankenstein's assistant Igor.

Victor Frankenstein has a Sherlock-esque flavour to it, as it was helmed by Paul McGuigan, director of the hit TV show.

The action and dialogue come thick and fast, resulting in a movie both horrific and humorous.

Even though you know how the story goes (mad scientist creates monster out of dead body parts, with horrifying consequences), there are some great twists in this version.

Who would've thought that we'd ever see a zombie monkey?

Ratings: 4/5

Movie Review: Creed (PG13)

Sylvester Stallone has found a worthy successor in Michael B Jordan.

There are many nostalgic moments that Rocky fans will appreciate, such as the training montages.

That said, Creed is not a Rocky sequel.

The Italian Stallion (Stallone) comes out of retirement to train rival-turned-best-friend Apollo Creed's illegitimate son, Adonis (Jordan), who has some anger and daddy issues from growing up in a juvenile home.

Much like a young Rocky, Adonis is given a rare chance to fight for a world title. And it is this underdog theme, corny as it may seem, that resonates.

Creed works because their relationship feels real and powerful. There are equal parts drama and action, and the right dose of humour, largely courtesy of Stallone.

While a little unsteady at first, Creed soars midway and the final act is a knockout. 

Ratings: 4/5

Court of Appeal: Alleged kelong king should be freed

Alleged kelong king, businessman Dan Tan Seet Eng, was ordered to be released from detention by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Nov 25, 2015).

Alleged kelong king, Tan Seet Eng, 51, also known as Dan Tan, was ordered to be released from detention by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Nov 25, 2015).

Since October 2013, the businessman had been detained under the Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, which allows for detention without trial.

In the court's judgment, Chief Justice (CJ) Sundaresh Menon said that Mr Tan's detention was unlawful.

He also said that the grounds given by the detention set out few connections with Singapore.

These are based on Mr Tan's running of the syndicate from Singapore and his recruitment of runners here, said CJ Menon.

He added: "While...these acts are reprehensible, and should not be condoned, there is nothing to suggest whether (or how) these activities could be thought to have a bearing on the public safety, peace and good order within Singapore."

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