Navy NSF killed in SUV crash near naval base
NSF dies after his car crashes into tree at Changi Coast Road
It is every parent's worst nightmare.
And Madam Grace Tham was forced to live it yesterday morning when she arrived at Changi Coast Road at about 11am to identify the body of her son, who was killed in a horrific road accident.
Mr Yukio Matsuo , a 21-year-old full-time national serviceman, was behind the wheel of a five-seater SUV when it went out of control and smashed head-on into a tree around 6.30am.
The New Paper understands that he was an engineering technician in the Navy.
A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said the car's five passengers were injured in the accident.
The SCDF dispatched a fire engine, a Red Rhino, five ambulances and two support vehicles to the scene after it was alerted to the accident, which occurred near the Changi Airbase and Changi Naval Base, at 6.35am.
The impact was so great that Mr Matsuo was trapped inside the wreckage after the crash.
The spokesman said: "The driver was trapped in the car. He was extricated using hydraulic rescue tools (and) was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene."
The injured passengers, believed to be male Navy regulars in their 20s to 30s, were taken to Changi General Hospital. Two of them were unconscious.
When Madam Tham and her Japanese husband, Mr Hiroyuki Matsuo, walked up to the blue tent covering their son's body, police personnel opened it.
The sight made Madam Tham go limp and she wailed in anguish while clinging to her husband for support.
The younger Mr Matsuo's Facebook profile said he studied at St. Joseph's Institution before enrolling at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where he studied marine and offshore technology.
His parents own Matsuo Sushi Restaurant at Goldhill Plaza and the family lives in a condominium in the Holland Village area.
When Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao visited the family home yesterday, Madam Tham and a domestic helper, who is believed to have worked for the family for nine years, were crying on the couch.
Also present were her husband, who was originally from Hokkaido, Japan, and other family members. The parents declined to be interviewed.
But the domestic helper told Wanbao that the younger Mr Matsuo was gentle and quiet, and enjoyed spending time at home with his family.
"When he went out last night with his friends, I did not expect to hear bad news this morning," Wanbao quoted her as saying.
She also revealed that the car he was driving belongs to his mother.
The paper also said that his younger sister is flying home from Japan, where she is studying.
The police said they were informed of the accident at 6.32am and are investigating it.
NUS student dunking video was last straw
NUS 'deeply disappointed' by latest infringement, suspends all student-led freshman activities
They were warned not to conduct inappropriate activities for freshmen but did so anyway.
Now, because of a handful of undergraduates, all student-organised freshman activities have been suspended at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
The activities suspended include Orientation Week, also known as O Week, a five-day event that was scheduled to happen next week.
It was to be the final orientation camp before the school semester begins.
The unexpected measure follows the controversy over how some of the games at the orientation camps had become sexualised.
The last straw appears to be a video that surfaced yesterday, showing students conducting dunking and ragging activities at Sheares Hall on Wednesday.
In the video, four students can be seen grabbing a limb of another student and dunking him into a body of water repeatedly while singing.
This was also carried out on a female student.
Another segment of the video then showed topless male students crawling on the floor while chanting obscenities.
NUS has since confirmed the video.
In a strongly-worded statement to the media yesterday, a spokesman for NUS said such activities were not condoned but were still carried out despite previous instructions on the matter.
"We are deeply disappointed that some of our students have flouted the rules and behaved in an unacceptable manner in organising freshmen activities," she said.
"Dunking or any other form of ragging is strictly banned under the university's guidelines for student activities.
"The university takes a very serious view of this breach and is currently conducting an investigation."
The spokesman added that all student-organised team-building activities for freshmen have been suspended until further notice.
The New Paper understands that ongoing camps were stopped halfway because of the suspension, and the participants were told to go home.
The suspension and video come in the wake of current investigations of the union camp and arts camp at NUS.
On Tuesday, TNP reported that orientation games at some of these camps had become sexualised.
In the report, one freshman told TNP that she was asked whose bodily fluids she would drink, while another watched her peers re-enact an incestuous rape scene as part of a forfeit.
Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung also put up a post on Facebook on Wednesday evening, condemning the sexualised activities at NUS' orientation camps as "reprehensible".
Yesterday, the NUS spokesman said that those responsible will be brought before the university's board of discipline.
"The instances of unacceptable behaviour and activities that have surfaced this week play no part in a university education," the spokesman said.
"The university is conducting thorough investigations into these unacceptable as well as unauthorised activities."
However, some activities for the freshmen are to continue.
The spokesman said: "The freshmen inauguration ceremonies, welcome receptions by deans, heads of department and masters, as well as faculty and department briefings, will continue as scheduled.
"The Nussu Rag and Flag activities, which raise funds for 22 Singapore charities, will continue."
NUS undergrad Janella Ooi, 21, is a committee member of one of the events that was affected by the suspension.
She said they had spent about half a year planning the event and a lot of their own money.
"We are really sad because our juniors put in a lot of effort and now it is completely undone," she said.
"But personally, I understand (the decision to suspend activities), and I was extremely appalled by the forfeit that promoted rape culture."
She added that Orientation Week was to be a time for freshmen to get used to university life, but that opportunity has now been taken away.
She said: "I feel that NUS could perhaps have some official who could oversee the activities to ensure that these rules are adhered to strictly."
Miss Hui Yan, 26, a marketing executive and NUS alumna, said she was previously a camp facilitator and feels that the rest of the school is being punished for the actions of just a few.
"It is an incredibly superficial and shortsighted move on the school's part, thinking that removing a one-week event will solve deep-rooted issues of sexual harassment and misogyny once and for all," she said.
"Careful planning has gone into the logistics in terms of ensuring overall safety and modesty at most of the camps.
"And organisers will feel frustration and betrayal by the school authorities for seeking a short-term solution instead of formulating a proper resolution in view of the amount of time (that has) gone into planning."
Tough art to follow
Singaporean detained under ISA for promoting ISIS
A Singaporean man who spread extremist views via social media has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for two years.
The Ministry of Home Affairs said that it had arrested and detained Zulfikar Mohamad Shariff in July for his "efforts to undermine Singapore's constitutional democracy".
The 44-year-old, who is an open supporter of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), used Facebook to promote the terrorist group and spread his idea of replacing the democratic nation-state system with an Islamic caliphate under Syariah law - through violent means, if necessary.
While residing in Australia, he set up the Al-Makhazin group on Facebook in 2013 as well as other similar pages to spread his message and counter Western media.
Zulfikar also admitted to creating the Al-Makhazin Singapore page, which he intended to use as a cover to agitate Muslims in Singapore towards ousting the democratic system and establishing an Isamic state here.
According to the MHA, Zulkifar's actions have contributed to the radicalisation of at least two other Singaporean men.
MHA said in a statement: "In view of the high level of the terrorism threat that Singapore currently faces, and the global terrorism threat posed by ISIS, Zulfikar's promotion of violence and ISIS and his radicalising influence pose a security threat to Singapore."
"He believes in the use of violence to overthrow the democratic system of government, and the imposition of an Islamic caliphate.
"He continues to support ISIS, and wants Singaporeans to do the same. The Government takes a very serious view of efforts to undermine Singapore's constitutional democracy, and will take firm and decisive action against any person who engages in such activities."
In the same statement, the MHA also said that it had issued restriction orders against 33-year-old businessman Mohamed Saiddhin Abdullah and an unnamed 17-year-old male.
It has also re-detained Fadil Abdul Hamid, 27, who was previously detained under the ISA from 2010 to 2012.
Big weekend for readers
Whether you like short stories, mighty tomes of something with plenty of pictures, it is a big weekend for all book lovers.
The inaugural National Reading Day kicks off on Saturday as part of the National Reading Movement, a five-year campaign by the National Library Board (NLB) to encourage reading.
As part of the event, NLB has organised many activities for people of all ages at its libraries.
In short, yes, it's officially cool to be a bookworm.
Even our ministers have been gearing up for it by sharing their reads earlier this week.
For example, it was revealed some of the books that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently read include My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit and Operation Thunderbolt by Saul David.
This weekend also sees the highly-anticipated release of the latest Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child .
Ready to read? We tell you how you can jump on the bookwagon.
FOR COMIC BOOK ENTHUSIASTS
Find out how your favourite comic characters went from pulp paper in the 30s to modern day pop culture icons.
80 Years of Saving the World: The Superhero's Journey from 1936-2016
Activity Room, Yishun Public Library, Jul 30, 1pm - 2pm
Get crafty with your family by learning how to make origami models in 10 minutes. Of course you can also borrow some books on origami to fold your own projects at home.
Activity Room, Bishan Public Library, Jul 30, 11am-12pm
FOR WAYANG KULIT FANS
Find out more about traditional shadow puppetry through stories about the art form.
Experience Wayang Kulit!
Open Stage, Cheng San Public Library, Jul 30, 3.30-4.30pm
FOR THE JETSETTERS
You might just discover your new favourite sci-fi thriller or chicklit 30,000 feet in the air.
Starting tomorrow (Jul 30), passengers on some Jetstar Asia flights might find an inflight entertainment alternative in the form of books in the seat pockets in front of them.
These books are part of Jetstar's new Big Book Swap initiative which allows passengers to pick up free books from trolleys at the departure gates of selected Jetstar flights at Changi Airport Terminal 1.
You can then leave it in the seat pocket of your next Jetstar flight after completing the book.
And if you want to share the love, you can also contribute books by obtaining a sticker from a cabin crew member, pasting it at the back of those books and leaving it in the seat pocket of your next Jetstar flight.
Jetstar's Big Book Swap ends on Aug 31.
BONUS: FOR POTTERHEADS
July 30 shouldn't be the only time to embrace the habit of reading.
The week closes with a treat especially for Potterheads on Sunday (Jul 31).
Be sure to don your robes, grab your wands and join the festivities at some local bookstores here which are set for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at 7.01am.
The script of the West End play of the same name follows Harry Potter, now father-of-three and an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, and shines the spotlight on his son Albus, who struggles with his family legacy.
Fans can lay their hands on the books at several book stores including Kinokuniya and Popular, which have lined up some magical activities to celebrate the release.
At Kinokuniya's Ngee Ann City branch, for example, fans can sit through a Sorting Hat ceremony, be treated to Harry Potter-inspired tartlets by Paul Singapore and show off their wizarding best in a cosplay competition.
Meanwhile, Popular's Bras Basah Complex outlet will be transformed into the Great Hall, complete with Butterbeer cauldrons, treacle tarts and the Golden Snitch.
BOOK-RELATED INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW
This independent bookstore, which specialises in fiction and literature, also offers pretty and unique literary-related gems like tote bags and notebooks.
This graphic design studio is a big supporter of the literary scene here and has produced numerous outstanding book and publication designs.
The name says it all. Ladies, you're welcome.
This is the independent publisher behind Sonny Liew's bestselling book The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which also won this year's Singapore Literature Prize for English fiction
There is a growing movement of book bloggers from around the world who take pictures of their books in arty (or even artistic) settings.
Primarily using Instagram as the primary method of display, the trend has become known as having a bookstagram.
Last but not least, we give credit where credit is due.
For most of us, our local libraries are places where we borrowed our first books and decades since then, they continue to work hard to foster a love and appreciation for reading.
NUS suspends all student-organised freshman activities
All student-organised freshmen activities have been suspended at the National University of Singapore (NUS).
This follows a video that surfaced today (July 29) showing the dunking and ragging activities that were conducted at Sheares Hall on Wednesday (July 27).
A statement said that the University is "deeply disappointed" in the students who carried out the activities despite earlier instructions not to.
"With immediate effect, all student-organised team-building activities for freshmen at NUS (such as orientation camps, and freshmen activities in Halls, Residential Colleges, etc) are suspended until further notice," said a spokesman.
The statement added that those responsible for "unacceptable freshmen activities" as well as "unauthorised freshmen activities" will be brought before the University's Board of Discipline.
"The instances of unacceptable behaviour and activities that have surfaced this week play no part in a university education."
PHOTO: YOUTUBE/TISG NEWS
The NUS statement in full:
The University has received recent information that there have been instances of unauthorised and unsupervised freshmen activities despite the University's earlier instructions on this matter. We are deeply disappointed that some of our students have flouted the rules and behaved in an unacceptable manner in organising freshmen activities.
The unauthorised activity featured in the video that is circulating online was a residential activity that took place in Sheares Hall on 27 July 2016. Dunking or any other form of ragging is strictly banned under the university's guidelines for student activities. The University takes a very serious view of this breach, and is currently conducting an investigation.
With immediate effect, all student-organised team-building activities for freshmen at NUS (such as orientation camps, and freshmen activities in Halls, Residential Colleges, etc) are suspended until further notice. Those responsible for unacceptable freshmen activities as well as unauthorised freshmen activities will be brought before the University's Board of Discipline.
The Freshmen Inauguration Ceremonies, Welcome Receptions by Deans, Heads of Department and Masters, as well as Faculty and Department briefings, will continue as scheduled. The NUSSU Rag and Flag activities, which raise funds for 22 Singapore charities, will continue.
Freshmen orientation activities at NUS serve to welcome and introduce our freshmen to the university community. The University expects that orientation activities are carried out in ways that are fully respectful of the dignity of all those participating. Our students, particularly freshmen, must feel safe and secure at all times during orientation. The instances of unacceptable behaviour and activities that have surfaced this week play no part in a university education.
The University is conducting thorough investigations into these unacceptable as well as unauthorised activities.
Gotta catch 'em all: A beginner's guide to Pokemon Go
As the Pokémon Go phenomenon sweeps the globe, we eagerly await the game-changing app to be made available in Singapore. We arm you with a beginner’s guide to becoming a Pokémon Master
PICK YOUR STARTERS
Your first step to becoming a Pokémon Master is to pick your starter Pokémon. You are given three options, the grass-type Bulbasaur, fire-type Charmander and water-type Squirtle — each with its own appeal. Series mascot Pikachu is also available as a starter through a secret method.
Finding Pokémon is a walk in the park — sometimes literally. Simply walk around your neighbourhood with the app open, and different types of Pokémon will appear at different locations. For example, water-type Pokémon will appear more frequently around bodies of water — such as a reservoir.
Once you find the Pokémon of your liking, it’s time to catch it. Click on the Pokémon and a capture screen will appear. All you have to do is ‘flick’ the Poké Ball at it. Aim and precision matters. Sometimes it takes more than a few Poké Balls for a successful capture.
STOPPING BY POKÉSTOPS
Besides finding Pokémon on the map, you will see many markers which are usually located at areas of interest. By checking in to these PokéStops, you will be rewarded with items such as Poké Balls, Potions, and even Pokémon Eggs. PokéStops refresh every five to 10 minutes.
When you reach Level Five , you can pledge allegiance to one of three teams — Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue) and Team Valour (red). This is the team that you will represent in gym battles, so make the decision count
Pokémon Gyms are located at random locations. Gyms are team-based and you can challenge gyms belonging to any opposing team. Gym battles consist of one-on-one battles until the gym runs out of defending Pokémons. Once defeated, your team will take over the gym as the defenders.
Some Pokémon have three stages of evolution. You will receive three candies each time you catch a particular species. For example, if you catch a Pikachu, you get three Pikachu candies. The number of candies required for each Pokémon’s evolution is different. For example, Pikachu requires 50 Pikachu candies to evolve into Raichu. A Squirtle requires 25 Squirtle candies to evolve into Wartortle and a further 100 candies to evolve into Blastoise.
The Pokémon trainer is your avatar in the game. The gender, outfit and accessories are customisable.
The main Pokémon capturing device used in the game. There are also other versions of Poké Balls, such as the Great Ball and Ultra Ball with higher catch rates.
The fire lizard Pokémon is a fan favourite. Standing on two feet with a small flame on its tail, Charmander attacks by spewing small flames from its mouth. It evolves into Charmeleon and finally into Charizard.
This water Pokémon is a turtle-like bipedal which shoots jets of water. When threatened, it will hide in its hard shell. It evolves into Wartortle and finally into Blastoise.
This bulb Pokémon is listed as 001 in the Pokédex. As it grows, so does the bulb on its back, eventually blooming when it evolves into Ivysaur and later on, Venusaur
The electric mouse Pokémon is the series mascot, and arguably the most recognisable Pokémon. The red circles on its cheeks are pouches that store electricity. Pikachu evolves into Raichu.
• This year is Pokémon’s 20th anniversary . The games Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green were launched in 1996.
• Pokémon is a contraction of the term Pocket Monster. It was created by Satoshi Tajiri and was based on his childhood interest in insect collecting.
• There are a total of 722 Pokémons in the main series’ games. Only the 151 first generation Pokémon are available in Pokémon Go at the moment.
• There are a total of six generations of Pokémon game franchise. The seventh generation of games, titled Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, are set to be released in November.
THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER HIT
John Hanke, 49, seems to have a habit of breaking the Internet.
As chief executive of Niantic, his current server-abuser is Pokémon Go, jointly-developed with Nintendo.
Before the location-based pocket monsters phenomenon, he was responsible for Google Earth.
In 2005, Hanke oversaw the development and execution of Google Earth, Google Maps and Google Street View.
He had been with the search giant for more than a decade after the acquisition of his previous company, Keyhole — which specialised in geospatial data visualisation applications.
At Google, Hanke started Niantic Labs to explore the overlap between mobile apps and location-based entertainment.
In 2011, Niantic launched Ingress, a storydriven, augmented reality multiplayer game that required players to interact at physical locations around the world.
This could be seen as the egg that evolved into Pokémon Go.
The concept for Pokémon Go was truly sparked with the 2014 April Fool’s collaboration between Nintendo and Google — Pokémon Challenge.
Google Maps users could find various Pokémon around the globe from the comfort of their homes.
The response was so great that soon after, Hanke struck a deal with Nintendo to take the concept to the next level.
For this, Hanke’s motivation was for an app to get people out of their homes to interact more with others and do more exercise.
With 75 million downloads to date in 38 countries, it looks like a case of mission accomplished.
Pokémon Go is being called the biggest mobile game in US history.
Two women charged with murder
They are accused of killing their domestic worker from Myanmar
Two women were charged with murder yesterday.
Gaiyathiri Murugayan, 36, and Prema S. Naraynasamy, 58, are accused of murdering Ms Piang Ngaih Don at their Bishan flat sometime between Monday and Tuesday.
Neighbours said Ms Piang, 24, was a domestic worker from Myanmar who had started working for the family about a year ago.
She was found motionless in the ninth-storey flat at Block 145, Bishan Street 11, by the police, who were alerted at about 11am on Tuesday.
Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.
A resident on the 10th storey, Madam Jenny Wu, 62, said she rarely saw Ms Piang.
The resident, who has been living at the block for the last 30 years, told The New Paper last night that she did not "notice or hear anything strange" during the night before the dead woman's body was found.
She only realised that something was amiss when she saw police officers outside the accused women's flat on Tuesday afternoon.
She said: "I only learnt of (Ms Piang's) death when I read the Chinese newspaper. It was shocking news for the residents here."
TNP understands that there were six adults - including Ms Piang and a Chinese couple who had rented a room - living in the ninth-storey unit.
There were also two children in the flat, neighbours said.
Another 10th-storey neighbour said Ms Piang looked skinny when he last saw her five days ago.
The man, 62, who declined to be named, told TNP he last saw Ms Piang hanging towels on railings on the ninth and 10th storeys.
He added: "She wore a face mask and would always say 'sorry, sir' whenever I walked past her as she was hanging the laundry.
"But I honestly did not mind because she was polite."
When TNP visited the Bishan flat yesterday, there was nobody at home.
There were towels securely fastened with clothes pegs on the railings nearby.
The two accused will be back in court on Thursday.
If found guilty, they face the death penalty.
"I only learnt of (Ms Piang's) death when I read the Chinese newspaper. It was shocking news for the residents here."
- Madam Jenny Wu, a resident of the same block