Muslim funeral homes in Australia refuse to take body of man behind Sydney siege
Man Haron Monis is dead, and no one wants to claim him.
Muslim funeral homes in Australia have declined to accept the body of the man behind the Sydney siege.
Monis' body is due to be released before Christmas after an autopsy is complete.
But so far, no one has come forward to claim his body, not even his partner Amirah Droudis.
Throw him in the sea
The Daily Telegraph reported Mr Amin Sayed, a funeral director with the Lebanese Muslim Association, as saying: "Nobody’s going to do his funeral. No Muslim funeral home will accept him. They can throw him in the bloody sea."
He added: "Anyone who does harm to Australians, we don’t want him. This is not a human, this is an animal. He killed innocent people … even if you paid us A$3 million (S$3.2m) we would not do his funeral."
Monis, 50, took more than a dozen people hostage in a cafe in Sydney's central business district earlier this week.
The 16-hour siege ended with the death of two hostages, Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, as well as Iranian-born Monis.
Monis, who has been living in Australia since 1996, is a self-styled Sheik, a radical Muslim cleric and a serial lawbreaker.
The Independent reported that other Muslim funeral homes have also distanced themselves from Monis.
9 News reported a spokesman for the Department of Justice as saying: "Once this (the autopsy) is completed, a burial order will be made releasing the body to the next of kin.
"If no one comes forward to claim his body, a destitute burial will be organised through NSW (New South Wales) Health."
Sources: The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, 9 News
New Zealand couple nearly dies after getting trapped in keyless car for 13 hours
They sounded their horns repeatedly and even tried smashing the window with a car jack.
But it didn't work for New Zealand couple Mrs Mollieanna Smith, 65, and Mr Brian Smith, 68 who were trapped in their new "keyless" car for 13 hours, according to a report from Otago Daily Times.
After getting into their new Mazda 3 hatchback to go catch some fireworks, the couple realised that they forgot to bring their car's electronic transponder and feared that they were trapped for good.
The couple frantically sounded their horns to alert passers-by but their attempts were drowned out by the loud fireworks.
They also tried smashing the window with a car jack only to find out that the car's window was shatter-proof.
The incident happened last month in the South Island district of Alexandra.
They were found 13 hours later with Mrs Smith unconscious and her husband gasping for air.
Paramedics said that the couple would have been dead if they were found 30 minutes later.
Apparently, all it took was to locate the manual lock found on the door handle of most vehicles to unlock the car's door.
"Once I found out how simple it was to unlock it I kicked myself that I did not find the way out ..." said Mr Smith.
Mr Smith's wife spent three days recuperating in a hospital.
Source: News.com.au, Happy place
Has your number of Instagram followers fallen? Don't panic. Fake followers have been purged
Warning. The purge has happened.
If you woke up to find that your number of Instagram followers has plummeted, don't panic.
The photo-sharing site has pulled the plug on deactivated spam accounts and accounts that violated service guidelines.
Goodbye, fake followers. Au revoir, spambots.
Not everyone is happy with the clean-up.
Rapper Ma$e deleted his account after most of his followers vanished – from 1.6 million followers to around 270,000.
Think that's bad? A little-known user called chiragchirag78 had three million followers before the purge. It dropped to a measly eight. That account has since been deleted.
It isn't just lesser-known celebs that are bleeding numbers – Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Selena Gomez have each lost at least a million followers. The only difference? They aren't crying about it.
The top 5 remained the top 5 after the purge, though Bieber's standing slipped a bit.
- instagram (Lost 18.9 million followers) – From 64.1 million to 45.3 million
- kimkardashian (Lost 1.3 million followers) – From 23.5 million to 22.2 million
- beyonce (Lost 831, 000 followers) – From 22.2 million to 21.4 million
- justinbieber (Lost 3.5 million followers) – From 23.8 million to 20.3 million
- arianagrande (Lost 1.5 million followers) – From 21.7 million to 20.2 million
Here are the 5 biggest losers (by drop in numbers).
- instagram (Lost 18.9 million followers)
- chiragchirag78 (Lost 3.7 million followers)
- justinbieber (Lost 3.5 million followers)
- camposwell (Lost 3.3 million followers)
- akon (Lost 2.5 million followers)
Here are the 5 biggest losers (by per cent).
- chiragchirag78 (99.9998% lost) – From 3.7 million to 8
- camposwell (59.6% lost) – From 5.5 million to 2.2 million
- akon (56.2% lost) – From 4.4 million to 1.9 million
- kinggoldchains (37.4% lost) – From 5.7 million to 3.6 million
- instagram (29.4% lost) – From 64.1 million to 45.3 million
(Note: Numbers may not add up due to rounding.)
To find out how many followers other stars lost, check out this list compiled by web developer Zach Allia.
Our local celebrities aren't taking the purge too badly.
Man spends S$197,000 in cosmetic surgeries to look like Kim Kardashian
A man underwent over 50 lip procedures and receives regular botox injections for one goal - to look like American TV personality Kim Kardashian.
Speaking to The Sun, Jordan James Parke, 23, said: "I love everything about Kim.
"She’s the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her."
Television personality Kim Kardashian. PHOTO: Reuters
Having spent US$150,000 (S$197,000) on cosmetic surgery, the British makeup artist added: "I’m addicted to lip-fillers. The bigger, the better. I’ve never felt better about myself. I laugh when people try to insult me by telling me I look plastic or fake. Do they think I’m going for the natural look? If I was, I’d ask for my money back."
Mr Parke who keeps his social media accounts private, remains optimistic over the mixed reactions he has received for his look.
"I love all the attention and the stares I get in the street. I welcome the hate – it just means more attention. And if anything, it just spurs me on to get more work done."
Source: The Huffington Post, People magazine
Mother and daughter stabbed after intruder breaks into house in M'sia
A mother and her daughter are in serious condition after being stabbed in their home in Kedah, Malaysia on Thursday (Dec 18).
The incident happened at about 4am when the woman's daughter, Nur Amira Ashaari, 22, woke up after a man barged into her room from the back door.
Her cousin Aldi Ruslan, 25, said the intruder grabbed Miss Nur Amira by the neck and told her to be quiet.
"However, she screamed and was then stabbed by the man," he said.
Miss Nur Amira's mother, Ms Adriana Ahmad Kamil, 45, rushed to help her daughter after hearing her screams and was also attacked.
The burglar ran off soon after leaving both the mother and child bleeding profusely.
Despite her injuries, Miss Nur Amira went to look for her neighbour for help.
"When I went out, I saw Nur Amira drenched in blood," said neighbour Cheng Kok Peng who heard someone calling out for help at his gate.
He then alerted the police.
Both victims have been sent to hospital.
Miss Nur Amira sustained injuries to her chest and left hand while her mother, who was stabbed in the abdomen, remains in critical condition.
Source: The Star Online
S'pore holiday gone wrong? Actress Cynthia Koh complains of bed bugs during hotel stay
UPDATE: Cynthia Koh's reply added
On Dec 9, MediaCorp actress Cynthia Koh posted a picture on Instagram, stating that she was on a "paycation" at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore.
It all seemed good at first...
However six days later, the 40-year-old actress claimed that she had received bed bug bites and was unhappy with the staff's handling of the incident.
She posted a picture of her arms covered in alleged bed bug bites.
And she posted the reply she got from the hotel, which she described as "such a bad reply"
Finally on Thursday (Dec 18) Koh shared with her Instagram followers that the hotel had offered to cover her medical bills and offered her a complimentary stay. She said that it was a gesture she greatly appreciated.
We wonder when she will use her complimentary nights.
Koh told The New Paper: "To all my friends, long-time fans, followers. A big thank you for your love, care and concern over the recent episode.
"2015 is coming ... And I would like to put all my energy and focus on the greater things that is awaiting for us all in the brand new year. More paycations, staycations, travels and holidays...... #travelforaliving #traveling #singapore #jetsetter."
6 last-minute DIY gift ideas if you haven't done your Christmas shopping
If you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet, I'm sorry to break it to you but you are officially a last-minute shopper.
But don't panic just yet, we are here to help.
Here are some last minute DIY gift ideas from Pinterest that you can consider making for your loved ones.
1. DIY Scrabble coasters
For the scrabble afficionado, this would be perfect. Simply get old scrabble tiles and glue them onto thick, cork material and spray sealant to make sure drink spills don't ruin the coaster.
2. Lace-patterned notebook
All you need is some lace, fabric spray, and a simple notebook. Just place the lace over the notebook and spray over the lace evenly. Remove it, and voila - you've got a pretty notebook.
3. DIY Mugs
It's the thought that counts right? Simply buy cheap mugs from stores like Daiso and doodle away with a sharpie.
4. Sweet orange sugar scrub
This is what you will need: bowl and spatula, canning funnel, measuring cups, air-tight jars, 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup grapeseed oil, 10 drops sweet orange essential oil, and some food colouring in yellow and red.
First, you stir the sugar before adding the grapeseed oil. Then you slowly add in the sweet orange essential oil. After that, add the food colouring.
5. Unique friendship bracelets
6. DIY Chunky necklace
You would need some washers and jump rings - both of which are most likely available at the nearest hardware store. An old chain and nail polish in your preferred colour will round up the items you need to make this trendy necklace.
Jackie Chan laments not saving cinematographer who drowned
Jackie Chan feels guilty and full of remorse for failing to rescue a cinematographer who died on the set of his new film, Skiptrace.
He jumped into the sea in an attempt to rescue the cinematographer but his efforts proved to be futile.
Chan's body was later found and transported to North Lantau Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
“Yesterday we were still together. Pain! How could I be so incompetent, I didn’t save you! My brother, go in peace.” - Jackie Chan, on his Weibo account
Tenky Tin Kai-man, chairman of the Movie Production Executives Association, said: "We had a discussion of whether we should revamp our safety guidelines earlier this year, but this accident happened before our revamp."
Chan was a 20-year veteran in the film industry and was the main breadwinner of the family.
Tin said that his association is now raising funds for Chan's family.
Source: South China Morning Post, Hollywood Reporter