SINGAPORE: At least three busloads of police officers in riot gear responded to a riot that broke out along Race Course Road around 10pm on Sunday night.
The mob believed to be made up mainly of foreign workers apparently attacked an ambulance and a traffic police highway patrol car responding to an accident earlier in the vicinity.
The Singapore's Straits Times understands that a Bangladeshi worker was hit by a bus earlier and first responders were believed to be attending to the victim when the riot started.
At least two vehicles were set on fire. According to preliminary reports from the ground, one of the vehicles on fire is an ambulance on fire. Also a few police cars were overturned and one was set on fire.
There were at least two explosions at the scene involving these vehicles.
Police have cordoned the entire Race Course Road as they try to contain the situation.
A section of the shops along Buffalo Road have been ordered to shutter.
Firefighters are at the scene putting out the flames that had engulfed two vehicles believed to be an SCDF ambulance and a police patrol car.
There are at least four police patrol cars which were overturned along the road. One minibus which appeared to have collided with a civilian vehicle is further down Buffalo Road.
All the rioters appear to have dispersed but riot police can be seen combing the area. The crowds who were earlier cheering the police are still milling around.
Residents in the area described the scene as "havoc". One resident said at one point he saw about 200 men surround the minibus that was involved in the accident. Police have arrested 27 suspects from South Asia in connection with
Of all great nations in the world, it is indeed an
ironic when USA the land of beauty, seemingly chosen to face the wrath of
numerous disasters that Mother Nature has to offer.
It began with Hurricanes, typhoons, floods,
bushfire and now the devastating giant ice storm.
It is reported that a huge ice storm has descended
across the U.S. today leaving much of the country battling treacherous
Winter storm Cleon delivered heavy snow to the
Rockies and upper Midwest.
From Thursday into Friday, the southern Plains and
the Ohio Valley will be the worst hit by snow and ice.
Icy blasts are making road conditions treacherous
for drivers across western regions of the U.S. Hundreds
of thousands of Americans have been warned that they could be left without
power and heat for up to two weeks as a bitter winter storm blasts the South
and Midwest with ice and snow.
were stranded at airports yesterday, as thousands of flights had to be
canceled, and those traveling by road were faced with dangerous icy conditions.
least 11 people have been killed in the ice storms, including four in San
Francisco who died from hypothermia. The deaths have been connected to weather
across the U.S. - from California to Indiana.
According to the National Weather Service in Riverton, Wyoming, temperatures
dipped as low as 37 degrees below zero on Wednesday
As the jet stream hunkered to the south on
Wednesday, it promised a week of temperatures that could dip to minus 20 or
worse in the northern midsection of the country, forcing much of the rest of
the nation to deal with unexpectedly cool temperatures.
In Minnesota, the cold has forced Salvation Army
bell ringers inside and canceled holiday parties, while dense, cold air sunk
into Rocky Mountain valleys and kept some lower elevations freezing in the
The dip in the jet stream is allowing Arctic air to
plunge deeper into the United States.
BREAKING THE ICE: STORM
BRINGS RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE COUNTRY
A record low of minus 13 on Wednesday trumped the old record of 5 degrees
below zero set in 2008. Thursday's low of 14 degrees below zero was one
degree shy of tying the daily record
A temperature of minus 17 on Wednesday crushed the old record of 5 degrees
Great Falls, Montana:
Record low of 23 degrees below zero on Wednesday topped the old record of
On Wednesday, a record low of minus 22 beat the old record of 11 degrees
below in 1972
The state felt a record low of minus 18 on Wednesday
Brazil hosting the World Cup next year, officials fear an explosion in child
prostitution as sex workers migrate to big cities and pimps recruit more
underage prostitutes to meet the demand from local and foreign soccer fans.
worried sexual exploitation will increase in the host cities and around them,”
said Joseleno Vieira dos Santos, who coordinates a national program to fight
the sexual exploitation of children at Brazil’s Human Rights Secretariat.
trying to coordinate efforts as much as we can with state and city governments
to understand the scope of the problem.” Child prostitution is driven mostly by
local demand in Brazil, with more than 75 per cent of clients coming from the
same or nearby states as their victims, according to estimates from the
secretariat. Sex tourism targeting children is active in larger cities along
the coast and increases at times of big events such as Carnival or New Year’s
won’t be different with the World Cup, and authorities face a big challenge as
sex workers of all ages, and the people who control them, look to cash in.
The Minas Gerais State
Association of Prostitutes, an organisation that represents sex workers in one
of Brazil’s largest states, is even offering free English lessons to
prostitutes in Belo Horizonte, another World Cup host city.
There’ll be a lot more
people circulating in this area during the games for sure and the city will be
full of tourists, said Giovana, a 19-year-old transvestite working a corner
near Fortaleza’s Castelão stadium.
“I know there’ll be
more work for everybody — women, girls, everybody.” BIG BUCKS The World Cup
tournament is expected to attract 600,000 foreign visitors to Brazil and they
will spend an estimated 25 billion reais ($11 billion) while travelling in the
country, said the Brazilian tourism board, Embratur.
The championship as a
whole could inject 113 billion reais into the Brazilian economy by 2014, FIFA
has said, citing an Ernst & Young report.
For its part, Brazil’s
government will have spent 33 billion reais on stadiums, transport and other
infrastructure by the time the tournament kicks off, plus $10 million on
In contrast, very
little is being spent on fighting the sexual exploitation of minors,
Despite more than a
decade of government vows to eradicate child prostitution, the number of child
sex workers in Brazil stood at around half a million in 2012, according to the
National Forum for the Prevention of Child Labor, a network of non-profit
MEDAN, Sumatra, Indonesia - A group of extremists belonging to the Islamic
Defenders Front (FPI) attacked and disrupted the Sunday services of the Tandemn Huria
Kristen Batak Protestant ( Hkbp ) community in the city of Binjai , the
Indonesian province of North Sumatra .
Hundreds of faithful of the local
Christian community had to abandon their church official service and
close traditional weekend services early because of the threats made by the
fundamentalists. The faithful returned to their homes, escorted by police in
riot gear.Eyewitnesses reported that the assault yesterday morning against the Protestant
Christian community was led by hundreds of FPI members, supported by some local
Islamist groups . The assailants shouted loudly that the "church" is
not legal , the authorities in the area, according to the extremists , have not
take any decision on the legitimacy of any " activities of worship "
in the building .
The Islamists attack comes in conjunction with the decision by local
authorities, who must determine whether the place of Christian worship is or is
not valid. The case is still pending and the surprise extremist attack could be
aimed at putting pressure on judge.
Nasir Ahmad , FPI coordinator, said that the interruption of the Hkbp function
had the "support " of the political authorities, as previously
insured during a special meeting on 27 November 2013. During the meeting they
discussed the issue with the leaders of Binjai . The Islamists claim that the
"church" is not legal , because the case " is still pending in
court " and has not received the approval of the local population .
Zainnudin Purba, an MP for Binjai , points the finger at the local
administration which has been unable to make a decision on the matter for more
than five years.
Indonesia is the most populous Muslim nation in the world (86 % profess Islam)
and, while maintaining the constitutional principle of basic personal freedoms
(including religious) , it is increasingly becoming a theater of violence and
abuse against minorities . Christians make up 5.7% of the population; Catholics
just over 3 %, 1.8 % are Hindu and 3.4% of other religions. The province of
Aceh applies Islamic law and many other areas are becoming more radical and
extreme the application of the Muslim religion in the lives of citizens.
In this context, the FPI has played a leading role in a broad campaign of
'Isolationist'. In a number of places, its members have used violence to impose
Sharia-inspired rules and regulations, such as a ban on alcoholic beverages and
the prohibition of certain sexual mores. The group, which is opposed by most Indonesians has also been accused of blocking church construction, using violence to
achieve this goal. Since 2000, it has also been blamed in connection with a
series of terror attacks that targeted the US Embassy as well as bars,
nightclubs, and private clubs, especially during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month
of fasting and prayer.
An estimated 250,000 people in besieged communities in Syria remain beyond the reach of aid, the UN, humanitarian chief has said in a closed-door Security Council briefing that one member called "chilling."
Deep divisions in the council have kept it from taking more action on the civil war that activists say has killed more than 120,000 people.
Valerie Amos' task has been to tell the world body about the worsening conditions for millions of civilians in Syria, and how difficult it is to reach them.
Amos was able to report "modest progress" in such basics as getting 50 more long-demanded visas for aid workers and opening three humanitarian hubs inside Syria, "only two of which are helpful to us.
But "we have not seen any progress'' in the major issues of protecting civilians and demilitarising schools and hospitals, Amos said.
Last month, she told the council that the number of Syrians in need of humanitarian assistance has risen dramatically to 9.3 million people, up from 6.8 million in June.
Against those numbers, she said the Syrian government approved nine aid convoys last month, up from the usual three.
"This is still far too few to meet the needs of millions of people," Amos said.
Sabah lies on the northern part of Borneo, has been named one of TripAdvisor travellers'
choice destinations on the rise.
The Malaysian destination, which is
known for its beaches, tropical rainforests and Mount Kinabalu, took 6th spot
on the travel review site's Asian list.
The recent awards, announced on
Tuesday, highlight 54 spots globally that have seen the greatest increase in
positive traveller feedback and traveller interest, year-over-year, TripAdvisor
World No. 1 upcoming destination is
Havana in Cuba; whilst the only Asian destinations to make the world's top 10
are Kathmandu in Nepal, Sapporo in Japan and Hanoi in Vietnam - which also rank
top 3 in the Asian list.
Other Asian destinations that
travellers can watch out for include Siam Reap in Cambodia, Hua Hin in Thailand
and Sanur in Indonesia.
Travellers looking for inspiration
for 2014 travel plans can check out this list of destinations that are on the