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ROBBER KILLED FILIPINO EMPLOYEE AT A LAS VEGAS WALGREENS 

PHOTO: THE VICTIM: Antonino Isnit, 58 LAS VEGAS, NEVADA,  A Filipino worker at a Walgreens was shot and killed during a robbery allegedly committed by a former coworker on Friday morning, December 26, a police report disclosed. Police say the alleged robber, Jin Ackerman, 25, worked with the victim, Antonino Isnit, 58, three years ago at the Walgreens on 8500 W. Cheyenne Ave., near Rampart Boulevard. A SWAT team served a search warrant and arrested Ackerman on Friday. Ackerman is accused of robbing the location and fatally shooting Isnit, according to the Las Vegas Sun. READ MORE...

ALSO: Wreckage, bodies reveal AirAsia jet’s fate days after it disappeared

DEC 31 ---PHOTO: Commander of Indonesian Air Force 1st Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto, center, shows the airplane parts and a suitcase found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, during a press conference at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday, painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea and was lost to searchers for more than two days. AP PHOTO/DEWI NURCAHYANI PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia—Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: OFW lost wife, child in ill-fated flight

PHOTO: Facebook photo shows the wife and daughter of Filipino Alejandro Santiago. MANILA, Philippines - Filipino Alejandro Santiago’s Indonesian wife and daughter were among the 160 passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore last Sunday. Interviewed over radio dzBB, Singapore-based Santiago said he and his brother-in-law flew to Indonesia to coordinate with authorities about the fate of his wife Romlah Siti and daughter Jasmine Rose Ann Santiago after being informed that the plane had crashed. “I am here in Surabaya where my DNA is being taken to help identify my wife and daughter from among the bodies so far retrieved,” he said. “This is all I can do to help get them identified.”  In a text message, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose said they were awaiting confirmation of Santiago’s wife and daughter from the Philippine embassy in Jakarta. “We are still trying to get our post to confirm that report,” he said. Santiago said he had given Indonesian authorities documents, photographs, IDs and dental records to help in the process of identification. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: 36 killed on New Year's eve revelry as shower of fake dollar bills triggers deadly stampede in China's capital 

PHOTO: DEADLY STAMPEDE IN SHANGHAI ON NEW YEAR'S EVE --Shanghai — A stampede killed at least 36 people during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai believed caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the city’s famous Bund waterfront district. This is reportedly the worst disaster to hit one of China’s showcase cities in recent years. The trigger for the stampede in Chen Yi Square has still to be confirmed, but state media and witnesses said the incident was at least partly caused when people tried picking up fake money.china A Shanghai government statement said another 47 people received hospital treatment, including 13 who were seriously injured in the incident that occurred half an hour before midnight. Seven of the injured had left hospital by Thursday afternoon. Chen Yi Square is an avenue lined with art deco buildings from the 1920s and 1930s when Shanghai was home to international banks and trading houses. The area is often jammed with spectators for major events. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Families seek answers after 36 die in Shanghai New Year's Eve stampede 

SHANGHAI – People unable to contact friends and relatives streamed into hospitals Thursday, anxious for information after a stampede during New Year's celebrations in Shanghai's historic waterfront area killed 36 people in the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in recent years. The Shanghai government said 47 others received hospital treatment, including 13 who were seriously injured, after the chaos about a half-hour before midnight. Seven of the injured people had left hospitals by Thursday afternoon. The deaths and injuries occurred at Chen Yi Square in Shanghai's popular riverfront Bund area, an avenue lined with art deco buildings from the 1920s and 1930s when Shanghai was home to international banks and trading houses. The area is often jammed with people during major events. READ FULL REPORT...

ALSO: In New York City street revelers welcome 2015 

NEW YORK: Millions of revelers took to the streets around the world from Sydney to New York to usher in 2015 on Thursday, but celebrations turned to tragedy in China, where 35 people were killed in a stampede in central Shanghai. As many as a million partygoers braved frigid temperatures and poured into New York’s Times Square for America’s annual New Year party that this year featured pop sensation Taylor Swift.Merrymakers in the Big Apple braved frigid weather wearing traditional festive top hats, kissing and snapping selfies as a giant illuminated crystal ball slid down a pole, touching ground at precisely the stroke of midnight. As Times Square erupted in cheers and confetti, the rest of the globe celebrated with spectacular fireworks displays in cities from Sydney to Moscow. READ MORE ......

ALSO IN MANILA: Chris Brown cancels New Year’s Eve appearance in PH

PHOTO: Chris Brown STAR/File photo MANILA, Philippines - American artist Chris Brown pulled out from his scheduled performance in the country on Wednesday. Brown was supposed to be the main act of a New Year’s Eve countdown at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, along with local artists Bamboo, KZ Tandingan, Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion. EARLIER REPORT Chris Brown leads New Year countdown at Philippine Arena (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 16, 2014 - 12:00am 22 411 googleplus1 0 MANILA, Philippines - Experience music and revelry in epic proportions to usher in the New Year. International R&B star Chris Brown, along with Bamboo, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion, KZ Tandingan, Morisette and Japan’s Tempura Kidz are the top-billing artists set to perform at The 2015 Philippine Countdown New Year’s Eve Concert. On Dec. 31, the massive gates of the world’s largest indoor stadium, the Philippine Arena, will be opened to ticketholders who will get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of welcoming 2015 with a celebrated mix of OPM bands and world-class artists. Also recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest mixed-use indoor theater, the Philippine Arena also houses within its vast compound the Philippine Sports Stadium READ FULL REPORTS...


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Robber kills Filipino employee at a Las Vegas Walgreens


THE VICTIM: Antonino Isnit, 58

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, JANUARY 5, 2015 (INQUIRER)  A Filipino worker at a Walgreens was shot and killed during a robbery allegedly committed by a former coworker on Friday morning, December 26, a police report disclosed.

Police say the alleged robber, Jin Ackerman, 25, worked with the victim, Antonino Isnit, 58, three years ago at the Walgreens on 8500 W. Cheyenne Ave., near Rampart Boulevard. A SWAT team served a search warrant and arrested Ackerman on Friday.

Ackerman is accused of robbing the location and fatally shooting Isnit, according to the Las Vegas Sun.


Suspected killer, Jin Ackerman.

Ackerman allegedly entered the Cheyenne location about 4 a.m. Friday and robbed the store of $5,000 to $7,000 in cash. He held another employee and Isnit at gunpoint. The suspect allegedly pointed his gun at Isnit, telling him, “Sorry, Tony, but you know me,” according to the police report.

The suspect fired multiple times at Isnit and instructed the female employee to sit on the floor. He fled the scene. Police dispatched to the scene found 11 shell casings near Isnit’s body.

Police said witnesses also identified Ackerman as the person who robbed a Walgreens in the 9400 block of West Desert Inn Boulevard, near South Fort Apache Road, two days earlier.


FROM THE INQUIRER

Wreckage, bodies reveal AirAsia jet’s fate days after it disappeared Associated Press 1:20 AM | Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


Commander of Indonesian Air Force 1st Operational Command Rear Marshall Dwi Putranto, center, shows the airplane parts and a suitcase found floating on the water near the site where AirAsia Flight 8501 disappeared, during a press conference at the airbase in Pangkalan Bun, Central Borneo, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday, painfully ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea and was lost to searchers for more than two days. AP PHOTO/DEWI NURCAHYANI

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia—Family members of those aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 collapsed in agony Tuesday as images of debris and a bloated body flashed across Indonesian television screens, proof that the plane crashed into the sea two days earlier with 162 people on board.

The low-cost carrier vanished Sunday halfway through a two-hour flight between Surabaya, Indonesia; and Singapore after encountering storm clouds, sparking an international hunt with dozens of planes, ships and helicopters.

On the third day of searching, the first signs of the jet were found in shallow, aqua waters only about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the plane’s last known coordinates: A life jacket, an emergency exit door. Parts of the jetliner’s interior, including an oxygen tank, were brought to the nearest town, Pangkalan Bun. Another find included a bright blue plastic suitcase, completely unscratched.

“I know the plane has crashed, but I cannot believe my brother and his family are dead,” said Ifan Joko, who lost seven relatives, three of them children, as they traveled to Singapore to ring in the New Year. “… We still pray they are alive.”

First Adm. Sigit Setiayanta, Naval Aviation Center commander at Surabaya Air Force base, told reporters six corpses were spotted about 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Central Kalimantan province.

Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief said, however, that just three bodies had been recovered so far, after another official said 40 had been found.

“Today we evacuated three bodies and they are now in the warship Bung Tomo,” Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference in Jakarta, adding that they were two females and one male.

Navy spokesman Manahan Simorangkir told AFP earlier that according to naval radio a warship had recovered more than 40 bodies from the sea. But he later said that report was a miscommunication by his staff.

Rescue workers were lowered on ropes from a hovering helicopter to retrieve bodies. Efforts were hindered by 2-meter-high (6-foot) waves and strong winds, National Search and Rescue Director SB Supriyadi said, but the first body was later picked up by a navy ship. Officials said as many as six others followed, but they disagreed about the exact number.

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n this image taken from video released by TV One, a rescuer is lowered on rope from a hovering helicopter near a body in Java Sea waters, Indonesia Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Indonesian officials on Tuesday spotted six bodies from the AirAsia flight that disappeared two days earlier, and recovered three of them, in a painful end to the aviation mystery off the coast of Borneo island. (AP Photo/TV One via AP Video) TV OUT

Supriyadi was on the aircraft and saw what appeared to be more wreckage under the water, which was clear and a relatively shallow 20 to 30 meters (65 to 100 feet).

Spasm of pain

Television coverage of the discovery sent a spasm of pain through the room at the Surabaya airport where relatives were waiting for news, especially as it showed a half-naked man floating in the water, a shirt partially covering his head.

Many screamed and wailed uncontrollably, breaking down into tears while they squeezed each other. One middle-aged man collapsed and had to be carried out on a stretcher.

Their horror at the news was captured by cameras on the other side of windows into the waiting room. To grant traumatized family members privacy, officials blacked out the glass later Tuesday evening.

Around 125 family members were planning to travel to Pangkalan Bun on Wednesday to start identifying their loved ones. Body bags and coffins have been prepared at hospitals there, while dozens of elite military divers will join the massive search. They are desperate to scour the water ahead of approaching rough weather.

The crash caps an astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia, and Malaysia in particular. Malaysia-based AirAsia’s loss comes on top of the still-unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard, and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July over Ukraine, which killed all 298 passengers and crew.

Nearly all the passengers and crew were Indonesians, who are frequent visitors to Singapore, particularly on holidays.

Haidar Fauzie, 60, said his youngest child and only daughter, Khairunnisa Haidar, was a stewardess who had worked with AirAsia for two years.

On learning about the crash, he struggled to console his grieving wife. They last saw their child six weeks ago, when she returned home on holiday.

“From the start, we already knew the risks associated with being a stewardess,” said Fauzie. “She is beautiful and smart. It has always been her dream to fly. We couldn’t have stopped her.”

‘Filled with sadness’

Before flying to Surabaya to pay his respects to the families, AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted, “My heart is filled with sadness for all the families involved in QZ 8501. On behalf of AirAsia my condolences to all. Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

Fernandes, the founder and the face of AirAsia, and a constant presence in Indonesia since the tragedy started unfolding, said he planned to travel to the recovery site on Wednesday.

“I have apologized profusely for what they are going through,” he said of his contact with relatives. “I am the leader of this company, and I have to take responsibility. That is why I’m here. I’m not running away from my obligations.”

 
In this image taken from video released by TV One, a rescuer is lowered on rope from a hovering helicopter near a body in Java Sea waters, Indonesia Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. Indonesian officials on Tuesday spotted six bodies from the AirAsia flight that disappeared two days earlier, and recovered three of them, in a painful end to the aviation mystery off the coast of Borneo island.
(AP Photo/TV One via AP Video) TV OUT

It is not clear what brought the plane down.

The last communication indicated the pilots were worried about bad weather. They sought permission to climb above threatening clouds, but were denied due to heavy air traffic. Four minutes later, the jet disappeared from the radar without issuing a distress signal.

The plane’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders, or black boxes, have yet to be recovered. Scott Hamilton, managing director of aviation consultancy Leeham Co., said in a post on his website that autopsies may provide some of the earliest clues about what happened.

“If death was due to blunt force trauma, this could suggest passengers were alive upon impact with the water,” he wrote. “If death came from other circumstances, this could suggest an explosive decompression and in-flight break-up occurred.”

Several countries rushed to Indonesia to help with search and recovery efforts.

The United States said it was sending the USS Sampson destroyer, joining at least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters in the search for the jet, said Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo.

A Chinese frigate also was on the way, while Singapore said it was sending two underwater beacon detectors to try to detect pings from the plane’s all-important cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Malaysia, Australia and Thailand also are involved in the search.–With AFP


FROM PHILSTAR

OFW lost wife, child in ill-fated flight By Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 1, 2015 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Facebook photo shows the wife and daughter of Filipino Alejandro Santiago.

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino Alejandro Santiago’s Indonesian wife and daughter were among the 160 passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Indonesia to Singapore last Sunday.

Interviewed over radio dzBB, Singapore-based Santiago said he and his brother-in-law flew to Indonesia to coordinate with authorities about the fate of his wife Romlah Siti and daughter Jasmine Rose Ann Santiago after being informed that the plane had crashed.

“I am here in Surabaya where my DNA is being taken to help identify my wife and daughter from among the bodies so far retrieved,” he said. “This is all I can do to help get them identified.”

In a text message, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose said they were awaiting confirmation of Santiago’s wife and daughter from the Philippine embassy in Jakarta.

“We are still trying to get our post to confirm that report,” he said.

Santiago said he had given Indonesian authorities documents, photographs, IDs and dental records to help in the process of identification.

“I cannot accept what had happened up to now,” he said in Filipino.

Santiago said he asked his wife to take a vacation in Rome with their older child, and they decided not to bring their two-year-old adopted child.

“The last time I talked to my wife was last Saturday night, on the eve of their departure,” he said. “We did not talk long because I do not want to keep them awake on the eve of their departure, they might be late for the next early morning flight.”

Santiago was waiting at the AirAsia Center after the victims’ families were told that the retrieved bodies were taken to the nearest hospital.

Santiago remains hopeful that his wife and daughter survived the plane crash.

Indonesian rescuers searching for the missing plane had pulled bodies and wreckage from the sea off the coast of Borneo on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday night 40 bodies had been recovered, the Indonesian Navy said.

AirAsia flight QZ8501, an Airbus A320-200, lost contact with air traffic control early on Sunday during bad weather on a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.


FROM THE MANILA BULLETIN

36 killed as shower of fake bills triggers stampede by Reuters and AP January 2, 2015 (updated) Share this:


DEADLY STAMPEDE IN SHANGHAI ON NEW YEAR'S EVE

Shanghai — A stampede killed at least 36 people during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai believed caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the city’s famous Bund waterfront district.

This is reportedly the worst disaster to hit one of China’s showcase cities in recent years.

The trigger for the stampede in Chen Yi Square has still to be confirmed, but state media and witnesses said the incident was at least partly caused when people tried picking up fake money.china

A Shanghai government statement said another 47 people received hospital treatment, including 13 who were seriously injured in the incident that occurred half an hour before midnight. Seven of the injured had left hospital by Thursday afternoon.

Chen Yi Square is an avenue lined with art deco buildings from the 1920s and 1930s when Shanghai was home to international banks and trading houses. The area is often jammed with spectators for major events.

The microblog of the People’s Daily, which is run by the ruling Communist Party, said that the injured included 3 Taiwanese and one Malaysian, and that some of the dead and injured were aged between 16 and 36.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted an unnamed witness as saying people had scrambled for coupons that looked like dollar bills that were being thrown out of a third-floor window. It said the cause of the stampede was still under investigation.

A man who brought one of the injured to a local hospital for treatment said fake money had been thrown down from a bar above the street as part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations. People rushed to pick up the money, triggering the stampede, said the man, who gave his family name as Wu.

Cui Tingting, 27, said she had picked up some of the bank notes but had thrown them away when she realised they were fake.

“It’s too cruel. People in front of us had already fallen to the floor, and others were stepping all over them,” she said.

State television cited others as saying the fake bills came fluttering down “like snow”, but that it was too early to blame the stampede on that.

Pictures posted online showed the slips of paper were a similar size, shape and color as US currency, but emblazoned with the logo of M18, a nightclub in the building, and stamped “New Year 2015.”

The glass doors to the bar, whose name appeared on the fake bills, was locked at midday on Thursday, though signs of the previous night’s party could be seen with debris strewn on the floor.

Overcrowded

Steps lead down from the square to a road across from several buildings.

“We were down the stairs and wanted to move up and those who were upstairs wanted to move down, so we were pushed down by the people coming from upstairs,” an injured man told Shanghai TV. “All those trying to move up fell down on the stairs.”

Another witness, who gave his family name as Wei, said there also had been a problem away from the area where the fake bills were thrown, with people trying to get on to a raised platform overlooking the river.

Xinhua news agency said that people had been trampled on after falling down on the steps up to the platform.

“We were caught in the middle and saw some girls falling while screaming. Then people started to fall down, row by row,” a witness surnamed Yin told Xinhua.

A saleswoman in her 20s, who refused to give her name, said she had been celebrating with three friends. “I heard people screaming, someone fell, people shouted ‘don’t rush,’” she said, adding she could not reach one of her friends. “There were so many people and I couldn’t stand properly.”

A man who would give only his surname, Li, said he had identified the body of his wife’s cousin among the dead at the hospital. The victim had gone out to celebrate the New Year on the Bund and his wife was on her way from Anhui province in the east, said Li.

Xia Shujie, vice president of Shanghai No. 1 People’s Hospital, told media that some of the people brought to them were suffering from serious suffocation.

Photographs on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, showed densely packed crowds of revellers along the Bund. Some photographs showed rescue workers trying to resuscitate victims lying on the pavement while ambulances waited nearby. (With a report from AFP)


FROM FOX WORLD NEWS

Families seek answers after 36 die in Shanghai New Year's Eve stampede Published January 01, 2015FoxNews.com Facebook837 Twitter1400 Email Print

SHANGHAI – People unable to contact friends and relatives streamed into hospitals Thursday, anxious for information after a stampede during New Year's celebrations in Shanghai's historic waterfront area killed 36 people in the worst disaster to hit one of China's showcase cities in recent years.

The Shanghai government said 47 others received hospital treatment, including 13 who were seriously injured, after the chaos about a half-hour before midnight. Seven of the injured people had left hospitals by Thursday afternoon.

The Shanghai government information office said one Taiwanese was among the dead, and two Taiwanese and one Malaysian were among the injured.

The deaths and injuries occurred at Chen Yi Square in Shanghai's popular riverfront Bund area, an avenue lined with art deco buildings from the 1920s and 1930s when Shanghai was home to international banks and trading houses.

The area is often jammed with people during major events.

Andrew Jordan Shainker, a 28-year-old American who said he watched the disaster unfold from a restaurant, told The Wall Street Journal, "It was utter chaos."

At one of the hospitals where the injured were being treated, police brought out photos of unidentified dead victims, causing dozens of waiting relatives to crowd around. Not everyone could see, and young women who looked at the photos broke into tears when they recognized someone.

A saleswoman in her 20s, who declined to give her name, said she had been celebrating with three friends. "I heard people screaming, someone fell, people shouted `don't rush,"' she said. "There were so many people and I couldn't stand properly." She added that she still could not contact one of her friends.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted a woman with the surname Yin who was caught with her 12-year-old son in the middle of crowds of people pushing to go up and down steps leading from the square.

"Then people started to fall down, row by row," Yin said. When her son was finally brought to safety, he had shoe prints over his clothes, "his forehead was bruised, he had two deep creased scars on his neck, and his mouth and nose were bleeding," she said.

Xia Shujie, vice president of Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital, told reporters that some of the victims had been suffocated.

At the hospital, which was guarded by police, a man who would give only his surname, Li, said he had identified his wife's cousin among the dead.

Relatives desperately seeking information earlier tried to push past hospital guards, who used a bench to hold them back. Police later allowed family members into the hospital.

CCTV America, the U.S. version of state broadcaster China Central Television, posted a video of Shanghai streets after the stampede showing piles of discarded shoes amid the debris.

One photo from the scene shared by Xinhua showed at least one person doing chest compressions on a shirtless man while several other people lay on the ground nearby, amid debris. Another photo showed the area ringed by police.

On Thursday morning, dozens of police officers were in the area and tourists continued to wander by the square, a small patch of grass dominated by a statue of Chen Yi, the city's first Communist mayor.

Steps lead down from the square to a road across from several buildings.

"We were down the stairs and wanted to move up and those who were upstairs wanted to move down, so we were pushed down by the people coming from upstairs," an injured man told Shanghai TV. "All those trying to move up fell down on the stairs."

Xinhua quoted witness Wu Tao as saying some people had scrambled for coupons that looked like dollar bills bearing the name of a bar that were being thrown out of a third-floor window. But police dismissed speculation that the coupons had triggered the stampede, saying they were thrown after the tragedy. The cause of the stampede was still under investigation.

Last week, the English-language Shanghai Daily reported that the annual New Year's Eve countdown on the Bund that normally attracts about 300,000 people had been canceled, apparently because of crowd control issues. The report said a "toned-down" version of the event would be held instead but that it would not be open to the public.

The stampede appeared to be near that area. The city apparently did not expect that so many people would assemble there and was not adequately prepared.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Street revelers welcome 2015 January 1, 2015 10:24 pm


Thousands thronged the streets of New York to see in the new year

NEW YORK: Millions of revelers took to the streets around the world from Sydney to New York to usher in 2015 on Thursday, but celebrations turned to tragedy in China, where 35 people were killed in a stampede in central Shanghai.

As many as a million partygoers braved frigid temperatures and poured into New York’s Times Square for America’s annual New Year party that this year featured pop sensation Taylor Swift.

Merrymakers in the Big Apple braved frigid weather wearing traditional festive top hats, kissing and snapping selfies as a giant illuminated crystal ball slid down a pole, touching ground at precisely the stroke of midnight.

As Times Square erupted in cheers and confetti, the rest of the globe celebrated with spectacular fireworks displays in cities from Sydney to Moscow.

But chaos broke out in China’s financial hub as people packed the Bund district to welcome the New Year.

In addition to the dead, 42 people were injured in the crush, which happened shortly before midnight, Shanghai’s government said in a statement, adding that the incident was under investigation.
It was a tragic note on a night filled with hopes for a more peaceful year than 2014.

The optimism was demonstrated in Australia, where an estimated one million people flocked to a massive fireworks display in Sydney Harbor, defying terrorist fears days after a deadly siege.

“We are celebrating that we are a multicultural, harmonious community but we will be thinking about what happened,” Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in reference to the deadly standoff when an Iranian-born gunman took 17 hostages in a cafe.

In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands of people crowded the city’s promenades to watch an eight-minute pyrotechnic display after a year in which busy thoroughfares were paralyzed for months by pro-democracy protests.

“I think a more peaceful year would be good for everybody,” said Louis Ho, 65.

Europe’s celebrations kicked off in Moscow, where red and green fireworks lit up the sky over St. Basil’s Cathedral, bringing “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd braving sub-zero conditions.

President Vladimir Putin sent a greeting to his US counterpart Barack Obama, saying they had a mutual responsibility to ensure world peace after a year that has seen relations between Russia and the West sink to their worst point since the Cold War.

Dubai celebrated the new year with a light and sound extravaganza at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, which was lit up with different-colored panels as the clock counted down to 2015.

London was the latest major European city to welcome the New Year, its skyline illuminated by a thunderous firework display in front of over 100,000 ticket holders gathered on the banks of the River Thames.
AFP


FROM PHILSTAR

Chris Brown cancels New Year’s Eve appearance in PH By Chuck Smith (Associated Press) | Updated December 31, 2014 - 9:55pm 13 1169 googleplus1


Chris Brown
STAR/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - American artist Chris Brown pulled out from his scheduled performance in the country on Wednesday.

Brown was supposed to be the main act of a New Year’s Eve countdown at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, along with local artists Bamboo, KZ Tandingan, Enrique Gil and Sam Concepcion.

EARLIER REPORT

Chris Brown leads New Year countdown at Philippine Arena (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 16, 2014 - 12:00am 22 411 googleplus1 0

Chris Brown

MANILA, Philippines - Experience music and revelry in epic proportions to usher in the New Year. International R&B star Chris Brown, along with Bamboo, Enrique Gil, Sam Concepcion, KZ Tandingan, Morisette and Japan’s Tempura Kidz are the top-billing artists set to perform at The 2015 Philippine Countdown New Year’s Eve Concert. On Dec. 31, the massive gates of the world’s largest indoor stadium, the Philippine Arena, will be opened to ticketholders who will get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of welcoming 2015 with a celebrated mix of OPM bands and world-class artists.

Also recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest mixed-use indoor theater, the Philippine Arena also houses within its vast compound the Philippine Sports Stadium.

Thus, ticketholders not only get to witness one big concert, but can also watch a stellar line-up of OPM bands, featuring Parokya Ni Edgar, Kjwan, Rico Blanco, Updharma Down, Callalily, Sponge Cola, Itchyworms, Sandwich, Imago, 6Cycle Mind, Mayonnaise, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal and Silent Sanctuary. Ticketholders get to choose and move from one concert event venue to the other, as these set performances will happen simultaneously.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. But wait, don’t come on time, be there a day before. Yes, you read it right! Your ticket is valid for a two-day event. On Dec. 30, bring the whole family to enjoy carnival rides, the bazaar, giant inflatables for kids, street parades, magic shows, plus musical treats from Willie Nepomuceno, Hajji Alejandro,

Rey Valera, Juan Rodrigo, Coritha, Lolita Carbon with Asin, The Voice Kids finalists, FBC Rebirth, Music Making Company and Shamrock.

The Philippine Arena is located at Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan. Tickets to The 2015 Philippine Countdown New Year’s Eve Concert is now available at Ticketnet. Get your tickets online at www.ticketnet.com.ph or at Tickenet outlets. For details, you may also call the Ticketnet Hotline at 911-5555.


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