22 January, 2014

Things In 2014


Woman kidnapped in Singapore, released unharmed, kidnappers caught
Thailand declares 60-day emergency after 2 months of protests
Malaysian woman drives Malaysian car through Singapore checkpoint and into Ministry of Foreign Affairs' compound, slipping through 2 security checks simply by tailgating
Train delays on 11, 16 and 20 January, the one on the 20th being a serious delay of more than one hour during the morning peak period
British expat Anton Casey calls people taking public transport "poor people", reviled online, apologises, driven overseas, loses his job
2 men fight on MRT train, arrested
80 million credit card details from 3 companies in South Korea leaked, including salary and CC numbers
Bird flu spreads in China and other countries


Drought; driest month in Singapore in 145 years
Massive protests in Ukraine, Venezuela and Turkey
Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 vanishes after taking off from Kuala Lumpur airport for Beijing. No signs of trouble or distress. No wreckage found after more than one week.


Protests in Ukraine drive out president, Russia sends forces in, polls held, claim more than 90% support joining Russia


Elections in India and Indonesia
Heartbleed online account password vulnerability revealed
South Korean ferry carrying 470 capsizes, more than 200 missing, at least 9 dead
More than 200 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria by Boko Haram


Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra ousted. Military declares martial law.
Thai military martial law becomes coup
4 killed, 21 injured in knife attack on Taiwan subway train
eBay hacked, 100+million accounts compromised
Attack in Xinjiang, at least 31 killed


World Cup
National Library Board, Singapore, pulls 2 children's books from its libraries that "don't promote family values". In other words, the books do not depict the 1-male 1-female cisgender parent families. In simplest words, the books are about stories where homosexuality is ok.
NLB reverses and moves the books to adult section instead
MH370 still a mystery. Nothing new found, only dead ends.
17 July - Malaysian Airlines MH17 shot down over Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile. 293 lives on board lost.
23 July - TransAsia Airways GE222 crashes on landing in Taiwan during a storm, killing 48.
23 July - Air Algerie flight 5017 crashes during flight, killing all 118 on board.
MH136 stops takeoff to avoid crashing into an incoming flight
Gas explosions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, killing 30


Michael Brown is shot dead by a police officer, leading to riots in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.
Ebola outbreak
Terrorist (?) Islamic group ISIS becomes more powerful, said to be beheading Christians and U.S. journalist John Foley
People dump ice water on their head for ALS (comment - is ALS really the best thing to focus on?)
Death of Robin Williams, possibly suicide due to depression
ACS(I) charters 5 MRT trains to take 3000 students to rugby finals. People surprised that MRT trains can be chartered. LTA comments on SMRT chartering trains, but takes no further action.
Revealing pictures of many celebrities leaked, cloud photo sharing blamed and denied.
Joan Rivers dies.


Hong Kong university students boycott classes for greater democracy


Hong Kong protests grow
Ebola spreads to the U.S. and Spain
Grenade explosion in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hwa Chong Institution student Agatha Tan pens letter concerning compulsory sex education / relationship workshop run by Focus On The Family, a Christian charity. She is backed up by many people. Program to stop by end of this year.
Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide, sentenced to 5 years in prison.


Philae lands on comet after more than 10 years, approximately between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Sim Lim Square's shady handphone selling tactics exposed, started by the shop Mobile Air owned by Jover Chew. Legality of paying large sums in coins to cause trouble raised.
Renewed protests and looting in Ferguson and other regions as police officer Darren Wilson is cleared of charges.
Police officer in Cleveland fatally shoots a 12 year old armed with a pellet gun.
Heather Cho, senior vice-president at Korean Air, also eldest daughter of chairman Cho Yang Ho, is served macadamias in a bag, on a flight from JFK to Incheon. Unhappy, she forces the flight to return to the terminal from the runway to eject the attendant. Reviled online. Father apologises.


Gunman holds more than a dozen people hostage in a Lindt cafe in Martin Place, Sydney, Australia. 2 people are killed, as well as the gunman.

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