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  1. Updates on Miss Universe news before the actual Miss Universe 2018 event to be held tentatively in Macau at the end of the year. Let's discuss the winners of each national pageant, scandals, news and anything that is new to the Miss Universe Organization under IMG management.
  2. How time flies. It has been 10 years since the Death of Diana. I remember I cried when news of her death was aired on TV (luckily I was at home). :oops: Prince William & Prince Harry is marking the 10th anniversary of their mother's death with an event to celebrate her life. The concert for Diana on 1st July 2007, which would have been Diana's 46th birthday, will feature performances by the likes of Duran Duran, James Morrison, Sir Elton John, Fergie and many more... Star World (Channel 18) is airing the whole 6 hours, from 10.00 am - 4.00 pm on 2nd July 2007 (today). For those who wants to read more about Diana (click here).
  3. Anyone saw the trailer - cannot tahan that Wong Lx Lxx - so pretenious when the other male judge was "singing praise" of her.....one moment she twitch her mouth, one moment she giggles and laughs....Wah Piang - Mr Wu really Eye "da" stamp......
  4. Pervert tells food delivery guy to have sex with him for 200 yuan or he’ll leave a bad review However, the creep ended up getting more food delivery guys than he bargained for by Stephanie Kwok August 2, 2018 in News Outrage has erupted online over a video starring a man who allegedly threatened a food delivery guy, saying that if he did not have sex with him for 200 yuan, he would leave a bad review online. After placing an order in the Jiangxi capital of Nanchang, the creep sent several harassing text messages to the food delivery guy, insisting that after he brings the food over he should also stay the night. Despite the delivery guy’s obvious lack of interest in such an arrangement, the man goes on to sweeten the offer, promising a five-star review on top of 200 yuan. Yet again, the delivery guy turns him down, causing the man to threaten that if he does not give in, he will leave a negative review instead. After the delivery guy informed his boss about the awkward exchange, the outraged boss decided to take matters into his own hands. When the delivery guy arrived at the man’s apartment with the food, the boss stormed in as well, accompanied by several other coworkers. “We thought one person couldn’t satisfy you, so we all came here,” he shouts in video of the confrontation posted onto Weibo. In the video, the man is seen sitting on his bed without a shirt. Baffled by how a troop of delivery guys suddenly got into his room, he asks them to leave. Instead, the boss continues to insult him. “You are a pervert… you think food delivery men are easy to bully?” When the man simply ignores him and stares away, the boss adds, “You go and try to leave a bad review. I’ll break your leg.”
  5. TWO BURGLARS SODOMIZED FOR FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT AFTER BREAKING INTO THE HOUSE OF NOTORIOUS GAY RAPIST Two burglars got more than they bargained for recently after picking the wrong house to break into. Garfield Morgan, 54, and his 36 year old accomplice friend Kim Gorton are both career burglars, having stolen from hundreds of homes in their lives. But it’s unlikely they’ll go back to crime after the nasty episode they experienced in the home of one Florida man… Harry Harrington is 6’7″ and weighs over 300lbs. It’s pure muscle. He’s a notorious gay s*x predator who has served time in jail for numerous sexual assaults. An aggressive and predatory offender, he’s not the kind of man you want to annoy. But that’s just what Morgan and Gorton did that fateful night. Harrington, known as ‘The Wolfman‘, easily overpowered the men, tied them up and assaulted them for five full days. Police only intervened after a neighbor heard the men’s cries for help and called them. As you can see from their mug shots below, the men were extremely traumatized by their ordeal. What they went through is inexcusable, but many online commentators are saying that they deserved some kind of retribution for their crimes. Though we tend to think that a spell in prison is probably more fair. Five days of being raped by a man mountain is a bit much, isn’t it? “They broke in my front door, so I broke in their back doors!” The Wolfman is said to told police on his arrest. The men face burglary charges, while Harrington is looking at another stretch inside for his actions.
  6. Shin Min Daily News 新明日报 Man molest man! A middle aged man was charged for hiding in a male's toilet and subsequently molesting a 29 year old man. The molested 29yo man was using the toilet at HDB Hub Toa Payoh when he met the molester. The molester not only watched him from the opposite cubicle, and also molested his legs by touching them through the gap below the partition. The 29 year old man was shocked and ran out of the toilet immediately. This molest case occurred in 19 Nov 2004, at around 6:30pm at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. The molester was a 44 year old man named Hong Ya Sai. He is a computer promoter. He was charged this morning in court. Hong Ya Sai was wearing a blue T-Shirt and was medium built. He faced a charge for molestation and another for peeping. He is out on bail of S$12,000. The case will be adjoured to 24 Oct 2005. According to the courts, the molestation happened at the 3rd level toilet of Toa Payoh HDB Hub.
  7. Hi all, Starting new thread to share stories/pictures/videos of hazing, initiation, birthday sabo, forced stripping. Thanks.
  8. Hi everyone. It came as a huge shock to my partner and me about his passing. We have been going to Paul to handle our back and joint pains for close to 20 years as individuals and as a couple. Sometime in November this year, after a session at his home he asked us to help him buy some off the rack medication that was way cheaper in Bangkok because we travel to Bangkok a lot for work. We wanted to go for a massage on Nov 22 before our Bangkok trip and WhatsApp him, double grey ticks. Assumed that he was away in Hatyai as he did mention about a trip there soon. After returning from our Bangkok trip around Dec 8, we called and WhatsApp him but could not get through and his WA showed double grey ticks for days and we just assumed that he was still in Hatyai or busy. Became busy towards Christmas and did not try making contact till Dec 31. Single grey tick, tried calling and the line seem to have been disconnected. Only found out later that day from my uncle who is a member here that there was a post that he had passed away from a heart attack. I tried looking for that post but can't find it. Paul had given us 1000THB to buy 10 boxes of this medication that is linked to the stomach and can be bought off the rack. If you know who he has bought it for or that person is you please please PM me and let me know what is the name of the medication and what brand. We had help Paul buy 1 box (10 x 10 Tablets) sometime in Sep this 2017 so, chances are if you are the person that he bought it for you will know the info needed. Please help to share this post around and if there are no genuine responses by Sunday, Jan 7 we would donate it to a charity or a needy person/people of our choice in his name. Dear Mods. Thank You for your help as well. HornyPony
  9. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/5-arrested-during-police-raids-on-massage-establishments-10120254 SINGAPORE: Five women, aged between 32 and 43, have been arrested in a series of raids on massage parlours, the police said in a news release on Monday (Apr 9). The police said they conducted enforcement operations at 27 massage establishments located along Tanjong Pagar, Jalan Klapa, Kitchener Road, Coleman Street, North Bridge Road and Telok Blangah Crescent between Apr 3 and Apr 6. Thirteen outlets were found to be operating without a valid licence, while two licensed operators were found to have contravened licensing conditions. Investigations are currently ongoing. If found guilty, the operators of the unlicensed parlours will face enhanced penalties under the new Massage Establishments Act. If convicted, first time offenders will be sentenced to a fine of up to S$10,000, or imprisonment of up to two years, or both. The police said that they will also take action against landlords who knowingly lease their premises to unlicensed massage establishment operators. The police will notify the landlord when their tenant has been charged in court for operating an unlicensed outlet. After the conviction of the tenant, the landlord must require the tenant to hand over possession of the premises within a month. Landlords who fail to do so will be liable upon conviction to a fine of up to S$10,000, or imprisonment of up to two years, or both. Source: CNA/zl
  10. Wow Football coach, 28, gets 26 years' jail, caning for sexually assaulting seven boys http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/football-coach-gets-26-years-jail-caning-for-sexually-assaulting-seven-boys
  11. this looks like some Sg bengs sabo-ing a buddy (perhaps birthday) by JO-ing him. http://video2.xtube.com/watch.php?v_user_id=hariko&idx=7&v=jGPLW-G739-&cl=lE2Jp-G739-&from=&ver=3&ccaa=1&qid=&qidx=&qnum=&preview_flag=
  12. oysteregg88

    Uncle Paul Massage

    Dear Friends of masseur Uncle Paul, i would like inform you that he has passed away peacefully on 12/11/2017, his wake is held at Blk 80 Bedok North Road, funeral is on 16/11/2017.
  13. cute chicken rice seller (from side profile). anyone seen him in person? http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/viewPost1149.aspx
  14. Singapore court rejects bid by gay man to adopt child he fathered through surrogacy K.C. Vijayan Senior Law Correspondent SINGAPORE - A gay Singaporean man travelled to the United States and paid US$200,000 to father a boy through surrogacy arrangements. A district judge has rejected his bid to adopt the child - now four years old - whom he brought back with him to Singapore. The Adoption of Children Act "did not envisage the specific situation this case presents", the court said. The Singaporean man, a doctor, has been in a gay relationship with a partner here for 13 years. They approached the Ministry of Social and Family Development to inquire about the possibility of adopting a child, but were told that the ministry was unlikely to recommend adoption of children by a homosexual couple. The man then travelled to the US where his sperm was used to impregnate the egg of an anonymous donor, using in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures. The embryo was then transplanted into the womb of another woman, who offered to carry it to term for US$200,000. As the biological father of the child, the Singaporean was allowed to bring the child back here to live with him. He started adoption proceedings to "legitimise his relationship with the child", the court heard. His application has been turned down by District Judge Shobha Nair. In judgment grounds released on Tuesday (Dec 26), she pointed out that as a doctor, the man was fully aware that Singapore does not condone surrogacy - in which a woman agrees to carry to term a child who is not her own, usually for a fee. Also, the use of IVF is confined to married couples, under Singapore law. Having carried out the procedure in the US, the man now wanted Singapore courts to sanction the adoption by pointing to the "welfare of the child" principle, the judge said. She said the applicant, being a doctor, was "acutely aware that the medical procedures undertaken to have a child of his own would not have been possible in Singapore". "He cannot then come to the courts of the very same jurisdiction to have the acts condoned." The applicant's lawyers Koh Tien Hua, Ivan Cheong and Shaun Ho denied that he was seeking to adopt the child so as to form a lawfully recognised family unit with his partner - in effect a gay family. Judge Nair was not swayed by the arguments. "This application is in reality an attempt to obtain a desired result - that is, formalising the parent-child relationship in order to obtain certain benefits such as citizenship rights, by walking through the back door of the system when the front door was firmly shut." Then, there was the issue of a large sum of money being paid to the surrogate mother. "The very idea of a biological father seeking to adopt a child after paying a surrogate mother a sum of US$200,000 to carry his child to term reflects the very thing the Adoption Act seeks to prevent - the use of money to encourage the movement of life from one hand to another," said Judge Nair. The welfare of the child was not the issue either in this case, as he would continue to get a roof over his head, food on his table and a good support system - with or without an adoption order. "The applicant is the only parent he knows. The child will continue to be in his care," the judge said. The applicant also retained his rights to the child as the biological father, said Judge Nair. And the only argument supporting the issue of the child's welfare was that he might obtain Singapore citizenship if the adoption went through. "There is no evidence, however, that he will in fact obtain citizenship," the judge said. She added: "The immigration authorities act independently and will issue (their) own decision on the matter." Judge Nair also pointed out that the child was not stateless. He was an American citizen. In any case, she said, "this court cannot by an adoption order enable Singapore citizenship". Nor was she inclined to allow the application on the grounds that the applicant may have to move overseas, if his child was not granted Singapore citizenship. "The reason for the birth of the child in the US was precisely because it was not possible in Singapore," she said. The judge added that an adoption order in this case would serve no purpose other than to ensure that the interests of the adult are not compromised. "It does not further the interest of the four-year-old child. A four-year-old child will thrive anywhere in the hands of loving people." The judge also made it clear that the court was not ruling on what a family unit ought to be like or on what acceptable patterns of behaviour were. "This court is obligated to interpret the law and not make it. The law mirrors the morality and wishes of the majority of Singaporeans... this case has very little to do with the propriety and/or effectiveness of same-gender parenting."
  15. Jail for man who filmed 10 others urinating in Nanyang Polytechnic toilet PUBLISHED 2 HOURS AGO FACEBOOK14TWITTERWHATSAPPEMAIL Shaffiq Idris Alkhatib SINGAPORE - An IT consultant was jailed for six weeks on Wednesday (Nov 8) after recording explicit videos of about 10 men urinating in a Nanyang Polytechnic toilet. Kwan Jia Hong, who worked elsewhere, pleaded guilty to two counts of making obscene videos and one count of being in possession of four obscene films. Five other charges for similar offences were considered during sentencing. According to the 34-year-old man, he had gone to the polytechnic in Ang Mo Kio at around 11am on July 14 last year as he wanted to do his own work, and the polytechnic offered free parking. About three hours later, he decided to record videos of unsuspecting men using the toilet and went to a restroom on the first storey. Deputy Public Prosecutor Sruthi Boppana said Kwan then used his mobile phone to record videos of five men urinating. ADVERTISING She added: "The accused's modus operandi was to follow the subjects to the urinal, and stand at the urinal beside them. He would turn on the video-recording function on his handphone, hold it with one hand, and position the camera lens towards the subject's lower body." He would then leave the toilet and wait for another man to enter before repeating the process. One of the victims, who was an 18-year-old student of the poly, decided to keep an eye on Kwan after the teenager found the IT consultant acting suspiciously. Between 2.10pm and 3.35pm, Kwan managed to record videos of about 10 men using the toilet in the polytechnic. DPP Sruthi said this was not the first time Kwan had gone to a public toilet to record such films. However, court papers did not mention the outcome of these earlier incidents. The 18-year-old student finally decided to confront Kwan and asked to check his mobile phone. The teenager alerted the police when Kwan refused to hand it over. Officers arrived at around 5pm and seized the device. "Further investigations revealed that the accused felt aroused when looking at (his victims' private parts). He would replay the videos that he recorded and view them a few times before deleting them," said DPP Sruthi. For each count of making an obscene film, Kwan could have been jailed for up to two years and fined up to $40,000.
  16. Will Apple products fare more better now after Tim Cook has publicly admitted his sexual orientation?
  17. Guest

    B&b Just Outside Kl

    Introduction Enjoy a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. Only a 45 min drive and you will be in an oasis of calm. The fresh air and greenery will recharge you, mind, body and soul. At Taman Sari, we offer a unique retreat experience with bed and breakfast for those who love open air, gardens and a natural environment with a breathtaking view. Located close to a village where time has almost stood still with the surrounding area having a lot to offer. Sample local cuisine in the village or go exploring the rivers and waterfalls that are famous with city folk during the weekend. You could also be involved in other activities that are offered nearby such as jungle trekking, animal farm, horse riding, local handicraft and many more. Facility We are situated on an acre of hillside garden, overlooking forest reserve. There is a parking area at the main entrance. As you walk up to the main house you will be greeted with a serene tropical setting with a vast collection of plants and statues. This private residence has been featured in both local magazines and television. The main house acts as the reception area, build from recycle wood in the design of a traditional Malay house. Complete with both indoor and outdoor dining area where guest will have dinner if they choose to dine with us. We Offer privacy and exclusivity thus we only have one unit available. This we call “The Bothy” independent and away from the main house. There is a breakfast area with facilities to make toast, coffee and tea. We do not provide cooking facilities. The bedroom has only 3 walls, with the forth side open to take in the view of the sunrise. But in case its bit bright, we do have chick blinds to bring down to provide a shadow effect. The bathroom is semi open air, with hot and cold water. There is also an outdoor dining area if you like to have your breakfast in the garden. The compound of the house is surrounded with a fence and we have chicken running around to gives a village effect. There are plenty of other areas that guest can use around the garden to relax and enjoy the environment. We can also provide a place for a small reception or a private party. Just ask, what other arrangement can be made. Garden The main attraction of Taman Sari is the garden. You will find a vast collection of plants that have been collected over the last 12 years. Most of the plant here are heliconia, ginger and costus. We keep our own chicken for the eggs, so you can be sure that you can get fresh kampong eggs to take home with you. Some of the chickens were rescued from a slaughter house and some we hatched our self. We also have other exotic birds, but you will have to come and look for yourself. There are 3 ponds all with natural running water, stocked with Koi and other small fish. The water is piped from a natural source, it’s fresh and cool and we also use it throughout the house. However we provide mineral water for drinking. Getting There We are located at Batu 18 Hulu Langat, with easy access from Ampang or Cheras. Roughly it will take about 45 min drive form city centre (KLCC area or Bukit Bintang) Upon confirmation of the booking, full direction will be given. Check In Check in 3:00pm Check out 1:00pm Light refreshments will be served upon arrival. Rates include for bed and breakfast for 2. Clean sheet and towels will be provided. Dinner will be charge separately. However, guests are to arrange this prior to arrival. All payment is in Ringgit Malaysia. Room charges to be paid during check in including for meal if requested. We only accept cash payment. Rates Monday – Thursday RM250.00* Friday – Sunday RM350.00* Public Holiday RM350.00* *All rates are per night for 2 people. Contact Us For enquiry or booking contact us at- Tel: +6019 271 4299 (Affa) Email: tamansarimalaysia@gmail.com Web: www.tamansarimalaysia.wordpress.com Facebook: facebook/page/Taman Sari B&B
  18. News World Americas Louisiana floods destroy home of Christian leader who says God sends natural disasters to punish gay people He has also claimed that paedophilia is a 'homosexual problem' Kate Nelson Thursday 18 August 2016 191 comments 0 Tony Perkins and his family had to flee in a canoe Getty A flood has destroyed the home of a Christian lobbyist who preached that God sends natural disasters to punish gays. President of the controversial Christian group Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, described a deluge of “near biblical proportions” hitting his Louisiana home. During a broadcast on the group’s radio station, he told how he and his family had fled in a canoe. 20,000 rescued from record-breaking floods in Louisiana READ MORE Iraq's only openly gay activist on how he's fighting to make his country safer Gay man abstains from sex for a year so he can donate blood Sainsbury's kiss-in: LGBT activists protest at supermarket in support of humilated gay couple “This is a flood, I would have to say, of near biblical proportions,” he said. The family had to set up home in a RV motor home. Mr Perkins has a long and well-documented history of disparaging gay people. Writing on the FRC website, he said: “While activists like to claim that pedophilia [sic] is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.” He has also claimed homosexuality is incompatible with evolution and has likened it to a drug or alcohol addiction. He added: "The most important thing that Christians can offer to homosexuals is hope - hope that their sins, just like the sins of anyone else, can be forgiven and their lives transformed.” Mr Perkins said he has been forced to live off “God’s provisions” following the flood. READ MORE God hates haters: Anti-gay protest nipped in the wallet
  19. hannibalism

    Serial Podcast

    recently listened to the podcast 'serial' (http://serialpodcast.org/), which was aired last year. was hooked immediately and binge-listened to the entire 12 eps. anyone else following the podcast?
  20. Who is excited for this year launch XD...
  21. India’s Supreme Court To Revisit Homosexuality Ruling Next Week A panel of judges will consider reversing a decision issued in December 2013 that reinstated the country’s colonial-era sodomy law, a source tells BuzzFeed News. posted on Jan. 28, 2016, at 12:57 p.m. J. Lester Feder BuzzFeed News World Correspondent Gayaxaly / Via orinam.net WASHINGTON — India’s Supreme Court has scheduled a new hearing in the challenge to the country’s law criminalizing homosexuality, a member of the legal team challenging the law confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Thursday. The lawyer, who declined to comment on the record for this story, said the team had been notified by the court’s registrar the hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2. This new hearing is on what is known as a “curative petition,” a motion to reconsider a Supreme Court judgment that has already been issued. A panel of judges will consider reversing the decision issued in December 2013 that reinstated the country’s colonial-era sodomy law — known as Section 377 — which had been suspended for four years following a 2009 lower court ruling. This curative petition is the final appeal available to have the 2013 ruling reversed. Nearly 600 people were reportedly arrested under the provision in the year after it came back into effect, according to statistics from India’s Home Ministry, though LGBT activists have been concerned the law would primarily serve as a pretense for police harassment or extortion. Though a previous motion to reverse the 2013 ruling was unsuccessful, LGBT activists were hopeful that a strong ruling supporting transgender rights issued the following year could provide a basis for revisiting the question. The judges in that case did not comment directly on the 2013 ruling, but they wrote, “Discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation or gender identity, therefore, impairs equality before law and equal protection of law. http://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/indias-supreme-court-to-revisit-homosexuality-ruling-next-we
  22. http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/weekend-drug-parties-here-organised-through-dating-apps Excerpt from Today: Other drug abusers have also adapted their purchase process to evade detection. Instead of making a call or sending an SMS to a dealer, some have turned to messaging platforms such as Telegram for its “secret chat” function, which allows users to preset a time for messages to self-destruct. Sometimes, private hire drivers are the runners, said former drug abuser Matthew Poh, 46, who served a one-year sentence for drug consumption. He had briefly dealt drugs with a group of four other friends, all of whom were later rounded up by the police. They are now serving their sentences: Two of them for 17 years, one for 12 years and one receiving the death penalty. “(The drivers’) job requires them to move from one place to another. There is no better complementing job out there (for drug deliveries),” Poh said, adding that making two or three deliveries could net these drivers an extra S$1,000 a week. When contacted, Uber said it “absolutely” does not condone such illegal activities. “This would be considered a clear violation of Uber’s community guidelines and is grounds for account deactivation. At any time, we also stand ready to cooperate with law enforcement authorities with their investigation,” a spokesperson added. Meanwhile, ride-hailing app Grab told TODAY illegal substances “are not permitted” in drivers’ vehicles. “This is against the law and (is) a serious violation of Grab’s code of conduct for driver-partner which will result in termination of access to the Grab platform,” its spokesperson said. (End Of Excerpt)
  23. http://www.sinchew.com.my/node/1638969/【暖势力】毫无“预警”随时睡着.猛男运动克服嗜睡症 【暖势力】毫无“预警”随时睡着.猛男运动克服嗜睡症 从小患嗜睡症却被毫不知情近20年,猛男靠运动健身克服病症,如今还设立自己的健身房。 陈峏升想通过比赛分享自己患嗜睡症的故事,及如何靠运动健身克服病情。 (新加坡30日讯)从小患嗜睡症却被毫不知情近20年,猛男靠运动健身克服病症,如今还设立自己的健身房。 《新明日报》报道,陈峏升是新加坡今年“猎美男”(Manhunt)比赛的20名决赛者之一,他当兵时被诊断患上嗜睡症(narcolepsy),这种罕见的睡眠障碍症经常使患者毫无“预警”随时随地倒地就睡。 陈峏升说:“念书的时候,我经常感到困惑,时时刻刻都感觉很累,甚至有抑郁的症状。“小学同学把我当笑柄,老师和父母亲也都放弃教训我,大家把我当成班上最懒惰的学生,情况直到理工学院毕业后都没有改善。” 入伍后,陈峏升被派到军中的心理卫生中心服役,他说:“军医是一名心理医生,他观察到我不对劲,于是安排我做检查,结果被诊断患上嗜睡症。” 但医生测试病人多快进入熟睡阶段时,陈峏升说:“结果发现我几秒钟就进入快速动眼(REM)睡眠期,正常人须要好几个小时。” 陈峏升开始吃药避免自己倒地就睡,但药物的作用有限,每次只能保持清醒三四小时,还会产生浑身震动,没胃口和感觉隐隐作呕的副作用。 为了不依赖药物,陈峏升转而依靠运动克服病症,他说:“只要我保持活跃就不容易睡着,但偶尔还是会发作,特别是在进行静态活动如开会时。” 文章来源: 星洲日报.2017.04.30
  24. Arrested exec shared drugs in F&P flat 18 June 2006 By ADAM DUDDING Graham Ball, the former Fisher and Paykel executive arrested in a Singapore drugs bust, was sharing drugs at a flat paid for by F&P when police swooped, say charge sheets released to the Sunday Star-Times by the Singapore courts. Ball, 45, and local man Lim Kim Hui, who is in his late 20s, were charged with trafficking, consumption and other drug charges after police found 2.25g of methamphetamine and 1.19g of ketamine in Ball's company flat. Urine samples from the men tested positive for drugs. Ball has continued to live at the flat since he was released on bail a week after his March 31 arrest, but a Fisher and Paykel spokesman in New Zealand said he would leave the flat when its lease expired in a few days. Ball's lawyer, Harbajan Singh, said the company fired Ball from his post as Singapore general manager soon after his arrest. He said Ball had "lost everything". "He was earning good money, he was number one running operations here. It's hit him very bad." Ball's $S100,000 ($102,000) bail was paid by his brother, who flew to Singapore after being told of the arrest by the New Zealand government. The two trafficking charges against Ball, each carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and 15 strokes of the cane, have since been replaced with possession charges in a plea bargain arranged by Singh. Singh said Ball, who is originally from Te Puke, in the Bay of Plenty, was likely to face a sentence of about nine months in prison plus fines. He will next appear in court on June 29. News of the arrest came as Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, arrived in New Zealand for an official five-day visit. Prime Minister Helen Clark yesterday refused to comment on Ball because his case is before the courts. She would not say if she would raise the matter with her Singaporean counterpart during his visit. A Fisher and Paykel spokesman in New Zealand said the company was "shocked" when Ball was charged, but he declined to comment on whether its reputation in Singapore had suffered as a result
  25. Like most boys his age, Samuel Lim Hong Xiang, 13, loves music, enjoys sports like badminton and spends hours on the computer, surfing the Internet and playing games.But unlike other teenagers, Samuel has never tasted food. For almost his entire life, he has been breathing and feeding through tubes inserted into his body.He was three months old when his family’s then 17-year-old Indonesian maid Sumiyem poured sulfuric acid down his throat. She was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2000. The horrific attack left the infant with terrible scars, and also severely damaged his tongue, throat and vocal chords. His upper airway was completely blocked.“Nobody expected him to live,” recalled his father, Lim Boon Keong, 41. “The surgeons said they would try their best. The rest would depend on him.”Amazingly, baby Samuel pulled through.Samuel with his mother, Tan Poh Ling. Straits Time Photo/Dios Vincoy Jr. Photo taken from the jakartaglobe.com websiteSamuel with his mother, Tan Poh Ling. Straits Time Photo/Dios Vincoy Jr. Photo taken from the jakartaglobe.com website“It’s a miracle that he survived. Doctors later told me that he is a very special child. The pain that my wife and I went through was indescribable,” said Lim.But ask Samuel today and he describes his life as if everything is pretty normal.What is different about him is that he depends on the tracheotomy tube to breathe. It is inserted in the front of his neck and into his windpipe.He also relies on a gastronomy tube inserted into his stomach for feeding.He told The Sunday Times he got through the Primary School Leaving Examination last year with a score of 219 and is in Secondary 1 at Yuan Ching Secondary School, in Taman Jurong.“When I am in school, I go to the pantry for my meals,” said Samuel, covering the opening of his tracheotomy tube with his chin to make his speech clearer.“I am afraid people can’t understand me. So I don’t like to speak.”His mother, Tan Poh Ling, 41, piped in: “That makes him a good listener and earns him many friendships too.”When he was seven, Samuel started piano lessons. In Primary 4, he learned to play the guzheng, the Chinese zither.Lim said: “We wanted him to be able to use music to express his feelings when he got older.”Samuel’s love for music grew and his talent has been recognized by Club Rainbow, which gave him a talent development fund grant for the fourth time this year.“I have passed my Grade Three practical piano exams and Grade Five for theory,” said Samuel softly. “I don’t like to speak, I like to play the piano. Now I play the piano daily and the guzheng twice a week.”His passion for music and opportunities to perform on stage helped to develop his self-esteem and he has grown to be a cheerful boy, said his parents.The couple, former engineers, work in Lim’s family hardware business, which gives them the flexibility they need to care for Samuel and their younger children, son You Jun, 10, and daughter Yong Zhen, seven.“Samuel is always surprising me with what he does,” said Lim. “Just the other day, he told me that he signed up for the hip hop dance class as part of his physical education program. That’s him, never afraid to try new things.”Samuel walks and runs like a typical teenager. On weekends, the family plays badminton together.When Samuel was younger, he would go with the family on outings to McDonald’s, even though he could not eat. He has never complained or asked to eat, said his mother.Samuel said: “I just find food disgusting.”His birthdays used to be at a Swensen’s restaurant, complete with an ice cream cake. But as he grew older, he told his parents he preferred not to have such celebrations.Tan recalled how Samuel would attract a lot of attention in public, and she would find herself fighting back tears when strangers asked about his condition.But she and her husband wanted their special son to have as normal a childhood as possible and did not believe that he should be kept at home, away from stares.“We wanted it to be easy for him to grow up, so we did not see the point in hiding him at home,” she said.“We took him to swim at public pools and we taught him to take care of himself and not let water get into his tracheotomy tube. We would find a quiet corner in public to feed him.”Lim said: “Now that he is older, he has no problems feeding himself in public when he goes out with his friends.”Samuel’s school principal, Saraspathy Menon, told The Sunday Times that her staff help to make sure Samuel takes his meals punctually, at three-hour intervals, in the privacy of the staff pantry.“In class, he is just like everyone else and he has been participating in most activities,” she said.“Samuel is a pleasant and friendly boy who interacts with classmates and teachers actively through non-verbal communication such as gesturing, writing and Facebook posts.”She added: “Samuel is a remarkable child. He has a smile for everyone and he has never complained about the challenges that he is grappling with.“He exemplifies resilience and courage and all of us in Yuan Ching Secondary School have much to learn from him.”What lies ahead for Samuel?Associate Professor Daniel Goh, head of the pediatric department at the National University Hospital, has been seeing Samuel since the day of the acid attack and monitoring his progress.He said that later this year a team of pediatric surgeons will attempt to reconstruct Samuel’s gullet, and another team will re-evaluate his upper airway for possible reconstructive surgery later.“It is hoped that he may ultimately be able to breathe and eat without the tubes. The reconstruction will likely be complicated and may require many staged operations,” he saidDescribing Samuel’s condition as unique, he said: “The circumstances under which the injury occurred as well as the extent and severity of the damage are certainly not something we have seen before.“What’s also special is Samuel himself, and his parents. Samuel has been a very brave young man who has overcome the odds and not only survived the initial ordeal but also lived to lead a good and fruitful life.“His parents are also fantastic in supporting him through the years and have loved and cared for him very well. Despite his injuries, Samuel has grown up to be a well-adjusted, polite and delightful young man.”Posted on October 22nd 2012 by Office in ASTI news
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