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Actress in local Malay movie on hijab-wearing wrestler did most of the stunts herself

TOUGHIE: Izyan Mellyna Ishak did all the stunts except for a moonsault for the movie Banting.
TOUGHIE: Izyan Mellyna Ishak did all the stunts except for a moonsault for the movie Banting (above).

At 1.6m tall and weighing only 45kg, Suria actress Izyan Mellyna Ishak may be petite.

But this tough girl can fight.

Be afraid - even her own husband is.

After watching Banting, in which Izyan takes on a lead role as an aspiring professional wrestler, he turned to her and said: "I better be careful now".

In the new sports comedy, a hijab-wearing Yasmin goes behind her mother's (played by Mastura Ahmad) back to challenge conventions and realise her wrestling dreams.

The heartwarming movie, which opens in cinemas here today, also stars Fauzie Laily as her good friend Zaidy, Jimmy Taenaka as her alcoholic has-been coach and Osman Zailani as her grandfather.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 31.

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Divorce at 18 made me stronger, says America’s Next Top Model winner

SHE’S IN TOWN: Jourdan Miller is here for Digital Fashion Week Singapore.

She is famously known as the girl who got married and divorced at 18.

America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) Cycle 20 winner Jourdan Miller made no secret of her alleged abusive relationship on the show last year.

Shortly after she bagged the coveted top prize in the US reality modelling series, she revealed that her ex-husband wrote her a surprise apology letter.

Miller, 21, who is in town for Singapore Digital Fashion Week 2014, told The New Paper: “He wrote me a long letter to apologise for everything.”

The 1.8m-tall beauty said she has no regrets and is now “1,000 per cent happy”.

The reason? 

She is now happily married to a “handsome, manly and supportive” man.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 31.

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Are Topshop UK's mannequins too skinny?

A photo tweeted by a shopper posing next to a mannequin in a Topshop in the UK has spurred discussion about whether the retailer's mannequins are promoting unhealthy body image.

We've heard about models criticised for being too skinny, but ... mannequins? 

That's the controversy that UK fashion brand Topshop is dealing with, after a shopper tweeted a photo of her friend next to a mannequin at one of their stores. 

University student Becky Hopper took a photo of her friend Georgia, who she says is between a UK size eight to ten, standing next to the mannequin at the Topshop store in Hull in the UK on Oct 28.

The photo shows how skinny the mannequin's legs are, compared to Hopper's friend. 

Hopper added the hashtags #poorbodyimage and #irresponsible to her tweet, which has since been retweeted almost 6,000 times. 

 

 

Responsible?

"I was shocked. I’d never seen one so skinny before," Hopper told The Independent. 

"First of all I think people deserve some kind of response. They should look at the mannequins because they are not the best portrayal of women's bodies.

"It is fine for us because we're relatively body confident but many teenage girls really struggle."

Topshop UK has not contacted the girls, or responded to requests for comment.

Abuse

But not everyone has agreed with the girls.

Hopper said she and her friend have received abuse online for "skinny shaming", while her friend has been called "obese" by some netizens. 

Some have also come to Topshop's defence:

 

 

 

 

 

Sources: Twitter, The Independent

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out as gay

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook publicly came out as gay in an article he wrote in Bloomberg Businessweek, published today (Oct 30). 

Cook, 53, joined Apple in March 1998 as senior vice president of worldwide operations.

Before he succeeded the late Steve Jobs as Apple's CEO in Aug 2011, Cook served as the tech giant's chief operating officer. 

"It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple."

Tim Cook

Cook has never previously acknowledged his sexual orientation.

“So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay,” wrote Cook in the article.

Source: Reuters, Bloomberg Businessweek, Nike Investors

Tags: Apple and Tim COok

Serial burglar targeting condo units in Bedok area arrested

The suspect was found in possession of a ski mask, a face mask, two screwdrivers, torchlight, a pair of gloves and caps
The suspect was found in possession of a ski mask, a face mask, two screwdrivers, torchlight, a pair of gloves and caps

Police have arrested a 43-year-old man who is believed to be involved in a series of break-ins at condominiums located along Bedok Reservoir Road.

Since March this year, multiple break-ins were reported at condominiums located along Bedok Reservoir Road.

In some cases, the suspect was believed to have gained access to the units by forcing open the sliding door and tampering with the kitchen windows, the police said in a press release.

In other cases, the suspect was believed to have taken advantage of unlocked doors and metal grill gates to gain entry.

Valuables such as cash, electronic gadgets, jewellery and branded handbags were stolen.

Following reports, officers from Bedok Police Division conducted extensive enquires and intensified patrols in the area.

Other items seized from him include electronic gadgets, branded bags and accessories.

Other items seized from him include electronic gadgets, branded bags and accessories. 

Their efforts paid off when they managed to establish the identity of the suspect and arrested him at vicinity of Bedok North Road on Wednesday (Oct 29).

The suspect was found in possession of a ski mask, a face mask, two screwdrivers, torchlight, a pair of gloves and caps.

Other items seized from him include electronic gadgets, branded bags and accessories. 

The suspect will be charged in court on Friday (Oct 31) for Housebreaking and Theft by Night under Section 457 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

The offence carries a jail term of between two to 14 years.

The police also seized electronic goods from the suspect


Police reminder to public
a) Ensure that all doors, windows and other openings are well secured with good quality grilles and close-shackled padlocks;
b) Secure all doors and windows before retiring to bed or when leaving your house unattended, even for a short while;
c) Install a burglar alarm, sensor light and/or close circuit surveillance camera to cover the access points into your premises. Ensure that they are tested periodically and in good working condition;
d) Keep large sums of cash in banks and expensive jewellery in a safe deposit box; and
e) If you are going on a vacation, you should also:
i. entrust family members or neighbours to conduct regular visits to your home while you are away;
ii. make arrangements to suspend your newspaper subscriptions as uncollected newspapers are tell-tale signs that a house is not occupied; and
iii. inform your Neighbourhood Police Centre of your absence.

Two robbers killed in Sabah shootout

Gunshots were heard near a hypermarket in Penampang Baru, Sabah.

Two armed robbers were shot dead while a woman was arrested in a shootout near a hypermarket in Penampang Baru, Sabah.

The two robbers were believed to be responsible for a spate of robberies around the state capital Kota Kinabalu and Penampang.

The incident occurred at about 4.10pm on Thursday (Oct 30), when police tried to stop the robbers from pulling off a robbery.

The Star reported that the police had tailed the men before stopping them in front of some shophouses.

Several witnesses claimed to have heard gunshots and said people were seen fleeing in all directions.

Police immediately cordoned off the area and told shophouse owners in the area to shut their premises.

Police arrived in 10 minutes

Mr Ah Choong, a witness, said: "I was in a coffee shop nearby at the time and we could hear motorcycles, some cars in the area before some police vehicles arrived within 10 minutes.

"But when a shop owner tried opening the premises he was told not to."

Police were seen telling photographers to delete photographs of the incident. 

Investigations are still ongoing. 

Source: New Straits Times Online, The Star

 

 

Billionaire couple's $12m gift to Yale stirs debate in China

SOHO China Chairman Pan Shiyi (in front) with his staff and guests at an inauguration ceremony to mark the opening of Wangjing SOHO, in Beijing, last month.
SOHO China Chairman Pan Shiyi (in front) with his staff and guests at an inauguration ceremony to mark the opening of Wangjing SOHO, in Beijing, last month.

A Chinese billionaire couple’s US$10 million (S$12 million) gift to Yale University sparked controversy among the country’s Internet users on Thursday (Oct 30).

Some have argued that the money would be better spent on schools in China.

The endowment marks the latest gift to a prestigious US university by Mr Pan Shiyi and Ms Zhang Xin, the husband-and-wife duo behind real estate giant SOHO China.

In July, the couple gave Harvard University US$15 million in the first stage of a US$100 million programme that Pan and Zhang say will fund disadvantaged Chinese students at top institutions across the globe.

The reaction online was largely negative, with some users criticising the couple for not giving the money to Chinese domestic institutions.

“They’re rushing to give money to foreigners, but what about all the poor children in China’s mountainous areas?” one user wrote on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.

'Entrance ticket'

“Isn’t Pan just buying an ‘entrance ticket’ for his son to attend an elite university abroad?” another user asked.

Others defended the couple.

“The same patriotic commentators who are yelling that this is ‘the people’s money’ are actually making no contribution of their own to society,” one Sina Weibo user wrote.

Mr Pan is not only one of China’s wealthiest people but also one of the country’s most-celebrated “Big V” bloggers, with more than 17 million followers on Sina Weibo, at times drawing attention from the authorities.

Source: AFP

 

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