Junk from one flat fills five large trash containers

FILLED: (Above) Mr Tony Seah’s living room, kitchen and toilet before the clean-up.
FILLED: (Above) Mr Tony Seah’s living room, kitchen and toilet before the clean-up.
FILLED: (Above) Mr Tony Seah’s living room, kitchen and toilet before the clean-up.
DUMPING: Dr Koh Poh Koon (top) led a team of volunteers to clean up Mr Tony Seah’s flat.
DUMPING: Dr Koh Poh Koon led a team of volunteers to clean up Mr Tony Seah's flat.

It took 14 people nearly 10 hours to clear the junk from a four-room flat.

The rubbish filled five large trash containers.

The four-room flat was packed to the brim with so much junk that the owner had to climb over items just to get to the kitchen.

One volunteer said plastic food containers were stacked so high they almost reached the ceiling.

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Tags: junk, flat and hoard

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Simona Halep upsets Serena Williams 6-0, 6-2 at WTA finals in Singapore

Serena Williams of the US reacts during her match against Simona Halep of Romania at the Womens Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin in Singapore on October 22, 2014.
Serena Williams of the US reacts during her match against Simona Halep of Romania at the Womens Tennis Association (WTA) finals round robin in Singapore on Oct 22, 2014.

World number one Serena Williams suffered one of the heaviest defeats of her long and illustrious career as she was humbled 6-0 6-2 by Romanian Simona Halep at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.

The 18-times grand slam winner won only nine points in the opening set as her game deserted her in alarming fashion.

The double defending champion, who was on a 16-match winning streak in the event, served seven double faults and struggled for any rhythm with her groundstrokes as the world number four claimed a famous first win over the 33-year-old American.

: Simona Halep of Romania acknowledges the crowd after defeating Serena Williams of the U.S. during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 22, 2014.

Simona Halep acknowledges the crowd after defeating Serena Williams during their WTA Finals singles tennis match at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Oct 22, 2014.  Photo: Reuters

Williams tweeted soon after the match: In summary Simona Halep played great. Good job and Good luck.


The American can still make it through to the semi-finals of the season ending event but she will need to beat Canadian Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday. - Reuters


Video: Cute dog tries its darndest to get bread roll

If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

That's how hard this cute dog worked to get a bread roll. (We counted 14 attempts.)




The video was uploaded earlier this week on Animals Australia's Facebook page.

We're not sure what's funnier: That it keeps checking to see if the coast is clear or that its ears swish around with every attempt.

We're just happy that all that effort was not for naught.

Tags: dog, jump and cute animals

Myanmar migrants retract British tourist murders confession

Mr Tun Tun Htike (left) and Madam May Thein, parents of Win Zaw Htun, one of two Myanmar workers accused of killing British tourists, crying while speaking to reporters after arriving in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists on a Thai island have retracted their confessions and alleged they were tortured, lawyers said on Wednesday.

Zaw Lin and Win Zaw Tun were charged on Oct 5 with the murder of Mr David Miller, 24, and the rape and murder of Ms Hannah Witheridge, 23.

The tourists’ battered bodies were found on the island of Koh Tao last month.

The retractions are the latest blow for Thai police who have come under widespread criticism for bungling the murder investigation amid accusations the migrants were being framed for the brutal crime.

The lead lawyer for the pair, Mr Surapong Kongchantuk​, said: "The suspects said they did not kill them, they were not involved in the incident, and they were physically abused."

Evidence from forensic tests

Thai authorities have strongly denied using the pair as scapegoats, insisting the case is built on solid evidence.

Thai national police chief Somyot Poompanmoung said earlier this month: "DNA test results (from the two men) confirmed that the same DNA was found in the body of the (female) victim."

On Wednesday, prosecutors confirmed they had received a letter from the defence team in which the pair withdrew their confession and laid out allegations of torture.

Prosecution lawyer Paiboon Archavanuntakun said: "It doesn’t matter if they confessed or denied it because the court will consider evidence from forensic tests."

Last week, Thai authorities agreed to allow British police to observe the investigation after the UK expressed concerns and offered to help with the probe.

The parents of the migrant workers were expected to travel to Koh Samui prison on Wednesday to visit their detained sons, Mr Surapong said.

Source: AFP

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Thai police charge Myanmar men with murder of British tourists

Watch as 'twister' sends debris swirling through Malaysian skies

Screengrab from YouTube.

 Twister-like winds blew into Pandamaran at Port Klang in Selangor, sucking up metal roofs and uprooting trees.

The weather phenomenon, which whirled the debris in circular fashion, started around 2.30pm Tuesday, after a massive thunderstorm, reported The Star.

Shortly after, video recordings of the "twister" wreaking havoc through the area began circulating over WhatsApp and other social media channels.

There were at least two different videos showing debris from the roofs of houses and other residential buildings being picked up by the swirling column of wind. 

One in particular shows images of swirling masses of dust and debris captured from inside a house while a voice can be heard shouting prayers in the background. (You can watch this above.)

Some people tweeted on the aftermath.

South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Kamarul Zaman Mamat said the "twister" stopped around 3.10pm and no injuries were reported.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department, in a statement, said the storm was caused by the high level of moisture in the air, the concentration of low-level winds coupled with the unstable atmosphere, which formed a large storm cloud.

Source: The Star

She almost lost her house over $120 tax bill

Liu with her four-year-old daughter. Screengrab WSBTV

A Georgia woman and her young daughter almost lost their home over US$95 ($120) in taxes that went unpaid due to her city’s own mistake.

When Liu Xiu Hua bought her 2-room condo in Norcross, Georgia, back in 2011, she paid for it in cash, reported Georgia media.

Screengrab from WSBTV

Although records show Liu has paid her city and county taxes every year except for that first year she bought the condo, she has a good excuse: the city never actually delivered a notice of unpaid taxes to her home.

City officials themselves never picked up on the problem either, despite the fact that the notices sent to Lui kept being returned to sender, reported the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The problem?

The warnings were mailed without Liu’s name or address posted on the letters.

“No street, no name. How can I receive the letter?” Liu asked local WSBTV, which first reported on the incident.

Liu added that she didn’t even know there was a problem until she received a letter stating the condo was sold at an auction last week. She was shocked to find out that was given until Nov 25 to move out. 

Following Western convention, her name appears as Xiu Hua Liu so that the surname appears in the end. Screengrab from WSBTV

“Where are we going to go? I have nowhere. This is my house. Why do I need to move out?” - Liu Xiu Hua, when told she had to move out after her house was auctioned off without her knowledge

Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith told Atlanta Journal Constitution that the city made mistakes and worked to find a solution to the problem, which was compounded because the condo had been sold to another individual.

Liu was frustrated with the situation, saying she and her daughter have nowhere else to go if they lose their home.

“Someone can rob your house, rob your property? This is not American style, right?” she said.

Today (Oct 22),  she finally got the good news. 

She just has to pay a US$300 late fee to keep her home. 

Source WSB-TV2, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tags: house, sold, auction and late tax

Wife admits ordering killing of Briton in Bali: police

Security guards standing at the front gate of Emerald villas in Sanur on Bali island on Wednesday.

The British man found dead on Bali with his throat slashed was killed on instructions from his Indonesian wife, police said on Wednesday.

Julaikah Noor Ellis admitted ordering the killing of her husband, Robert Ellis, whose body was found dumped in a ditch on Tuesday, the authorities said.

Money is suspected to be one of the motives for the murder.

Mr Ellis, 60, who was also an Australian passport holder, had lived on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for several years.

Problems between the couple

Residents found his decomposing body early on Tuesday next to a paddy field, wrapped up in plastic and blankets.

His wife reported him missing soon after his body was found.

She was later detained by police and named a suspect in the case.

Detective Wisnu Wardana said: "Our suspicion towards the wife of the victim was first aroused when some of the victim’s friends said there have been problems between the couple for a while."

“After talking to her slowly and kindly for a while, she finally admitted it.”

Maid's boyfriend had a hand in it

The boyfriend of one of Julaikah's maids had carried out the killing, police said.

The maid admitted the murder took place in the kitchen between Sunday evening and Monday morning, authorities said.

Julaikah told police she was in her room at the time of the killing, said the detective.

The wife, two maids and the boyfriend are in police custody.

Four friends of the alleged murderer suspected of involvement are being pursued by police.

Dual national

Mr Ellis had been living in a villa in Sanur, and his body was found in a village to the north of the tourist area, far from any houses.

He was originally from Britain but had been living in Australia for a long time before moving to Bali.

Source: AFP

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Dead Brit man found tied up in ditch in Bali with throat slashed