A bus driver has been jailed for life after killing his wife during an "intense rage" during the first UK coronavirus lockdown. Hussein Egal, 66, battered 57-year-old Maryan Ismail to death with a hammer, meat cleaver, table leg, pots and pans and a ladder. On Friday, Judge Mark Lucraft QC jailed Egal for life with a minimum term of 22 years. He said Ms Ismail had suffered a "sustained and vicious attack". Ms Ismail's mutilated body was found covered with a blanket at her flat in Edmonton, north London, on 6 April last year. Advertisement The school cleaner suffered 70 injuries to her body, with the most severe to her head and chest, the court heard. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: First travellers released from hotel quarantine - 'It was horrible' COVID-19: People in their 40s first for phase two of vaccine rollout - no priority for teachers and police COVID news live: latest UK updates as priority list in vaccine rollout … [Read more...] about Bus driver jailed for life after battering wife to death during first coronavirus lockdown
Opening with the adorable Reyn Doi’s Yoyo lip-syncing on a bicycle to Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb’s Guilty before events quickly take one outlandish turn, audiences are very quickly thrust into Barb and Star’s Go to Vista Del Mar’s unique tone. The film, penned by Bridesmaids scribes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, stars the two screenwriters as the single titular best friends Barb and Star. When both are laid off from their jobs at a furniture store and expelled from their inane Talking Club of friends, Star suggests that the gleefully optimistic pair head on a dream holiday to Vista Del Mar, Florida. Once the pair arrive, however, they find wacky adventures occur, mostly instigated by the lovelorn Edgar ( Jamie Dornan ), who is in the town on a villainous mission for the vengeful and maniacal ‘genius’ Sharon Gordon Fisherman (also played by Wiig). As romance blossoms among the players, outlandish schemes and desires come to light, and events soon build to one … [Read more...] about Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar review: Kristen Wiig and Jamie Dornan in ‘barmy’ comedy
Golden Globes this Sunday (February 28) will kick off 2021's awards season in a hybrid manner, with some celebrities walking down the red carpet while others joining in through webcams and the safety of their homes. Keeping the pandemic in mind, the Golden Globes this year will be taking place on two coasts for the first time. Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be returning for the fourth time to host the awards show. While Tina Fey will host from New York, Poehler will be joining from Beverly Hills, California. According to reports, the award presenters will be seen on both stages but the winners will appear virtually from all across the world. Celebrities presenting at Golden Globes include Michael Douglas, his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Sterling K Brown, Susan Kelechi Watson, Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo and Joaquin Phoenix. Kristen Wiig, Renee Zellweger, Annie Mumolo, Kenan Thompson, Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Anderson, Kate … [Read more...] about Golden Globes 2021: Where And When To Catch The First Awards Of The Season
SINGAPORE: My friends and I recently went on a “JB” trip. Before you get all riled up, we did not sneak across the causeway for a day of gallivanting in the middle of the pandemic. “JB” is our little acronym for “just binging”. Though you are right to guess that it was inspired by the spirit of our pre-COVID Johor Bahru (JB) trips. For the recent “localised” JB trip though, the five of us climbed into my friend’s mini-van and ate our way through hawker stalls and ice cream cafes in Singapore, ending our day-long food marathon with late-night lok-lok - skewers popular in Malaysia - and barbecue. READ: Commentary: Fresh COVID-19 restrictions are turning Chinese New Year into a social landmine for families Then, sweaty and smelling of barbecue grease, we sauntered into a small massage joint at 11pm to seal in the flavours of the trip with a good rubdown with cheap massage oil. As enjoyable as the day gallivanting around town was, it just wasn’t quite a trip to JB – … [Read more...] about Commentary: Of all places, Singaporeans miss that trip to JB most – and not just because of the food
SINGAPORE: Cars have long been part of the Singapore dream. In a small country measuring about 50km from east to west, many spend an inordinate amount of their disposable incomes on private automobiles. So integral have this been to our idea of success and upward mobility, it even became part of a widely known acronym – the five Cs of cash, credit card, car, condominium and country club membership. Even stratospheric Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices pushing car costs to more than five times higher than Australia, China and the United States has done little to dull demand. Neither has the increasingly undeniable climate conversation made a notable dent. READ: Commentary: Air-conditioning – the unspoken energy guzzler in Singapore Today, there are nearly 1 million vehicles for our 5.8 million population. With one in six Singaporeans owning a vehicle, traffic jams had been daily affairs. That was until early this year, when some of the most congested … [Read more...] about Commentary: Will COVID-19 dim Singapore’s love affair with cars?