Shanmugam asks police to investigate attack on madrasah students
The police are investigating a case of three students of a madrasah being attacked.
The attack is understood to have taken place in a public place yesterday.
The motives for the attack are not clear, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said in a Facebook post.
He had asked the police to investigate the matter, he said in the post late last night.
"We will get to the bottom of it and ensure that justice is done," Mr Shanmugam wrote.
Two days ago, during a dialogue with 60 students from the six madrasahs here, Mr Shanmugam warned against letting Islamophobia develop in Singapore.
The Madrasah Al-Ma'arif Al-Islamiah said in an earlier Facebook post that the affected students had been counselled and parents had been contacted.
"We seek your support... so that this case can be resolved quickly and dealt with justly, to ensure our students' safety," it said.
Model-DJ Tenashar and boyfriend arrested for drug offences
Model-DJ Tenashar repeatedly denies she and boyfriend Thorsten Nolte are wanted by CNB. Instead, she asks: Are you sure this is not an April Fool's Joke?
Well known local model-club DJ Tenashar and her boyfriend, Mr Thorsten Nolte, are wanted by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) for failing to report back after they were arrested for drug-related offences last October.
The New Paper received an anonymous tip-off earlier this week that the couple were on the run over drug-related offences in Singapore.
TNP then contacted CNB for confirmation by providing Tenashar's real name - Ms Debbie Valerie Long - and that of Mr Nolte.
A spokesman replied in an e-mail on Thursday evening that a 31-year-old female Singaporean and a 42-year-old male foreigner were arrested for drug-related offences in October last year.
The spokesman added that they were later released on bail pending further investigation.
He said: "As they failed to report back to CNB as required under their bail conditions, CNB has issued a gazette for their arrests."
A gazette of arrest is a notification to all Home Team officers to arrest or trace the whereabouts of a person, criminal lawyer Louis Joseph told TNP. He said a gazette is usually issued after or simultaneously with a warrant of arrest.
If the suspects were deemed to have breached their bail conditions, the bailors would be required to show cause before a judge in court.
When contacted through e-mail yesterday, Tenashar denied that she and Mr Nolte were in trouble with the law. Asked if there was any truth to the drug allegations, she said: "There is no truth in this, the ages are wrong as well. Whoever made these allegations is clearly looking to stir some gossip and slander us."
When TNP sent her a subsequent e-mail to confirm her denial, she said: "Yes, I deny all allegations made. Are you sure this is not an April Fool's joke?"
She did not reply to other questions, such as her age and birthday, and whether she was in Singapore or overseas.
Tenashar has two Facebook accounts, one using her real name and the other, her stage name.
On the former, she lists her birthday as Aug 3, 1990. The latter does not mention her age or birthday.
In media interviews, she has always given her age as "in her 20s".
Mr Nolte's last known reported job was as the CEO of a digital marketing agency. An online search with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority on Thursday showed that Mr Nolte was still listed as a director for digital marketing firm Upfront.
Tenashar told TNP last year that she had been dating Mr Nolte, who was then separated from his wife, radio DJ Jamie Yeo, since February last year.
This was shortly after Ms Yeo told lifestyle magazine 8 Days that she was divorcing Mr Nolte, whom she had married in 2010.
The divorce has since been finalised. Mr Nolte and Ms Yeo, 39, have joint custody of their five-year-old daughter, Alysia.
When TNP asked Ms Yeo over the phone yesterday if she was aware of the drug allegations against her ex-husband and Tenashar, she did not sound surprised and said she had known about the allegations for about three months.
Declining to elaborate, she added: "I prefer not to talk about it because of our daughter, who hasn't seen him in four months.
"He does contact her via Whats-App. My lawyers and I are trying to figure out what to do. It's quite public that he has been away. I don't know why and where."
"My daughter and I are doing fine and we are happy," she said.
When TNP e-mailed Tenashar about a story earlier last month, she replied that she had suffered a concussion after a snowboarding accident. Her Facebook page showed that she had been snowboarding in the Japanese ski resort of Niseko.
Both her Facebook accounts are still active. Her last public post on the Debbie Valerie Long account was on March 11, when she mentioned her accident and posted a picture of the medical report. Her last post on the Tenashar page was less than a day ago. It featured the line "I'm a Bad Girl" and a picture of her.
When TNP visited Mr Nolte's unit at The Quayside condominium in Robertson Quay, a security officer said he had moved out last October. His mobile number is no longer in use.
- Additional reporting by Ronald Loh
There is no truth in this, the ages are wrong as well. Whoever made these allegations is clearly looking to stir some gossip and slander us.
As they failed to report back to CNB as required under their bail conditions, CNB has issued a gazette for their arrests.
- CNB spokesman
I prefer not to talk about it because of our daughter, who hasn't seen him in four months.
- Radio DJ Jamie Yeo, on her ex-husband Thorsten Nolte. She said she had known about the allegations for about three months
Manager: she's on 3-month break to focus on personal life
The sexy model-club DJ is infamous for her provocative image and has no qualms about flaunting her ample assets in skimpy outfits.
It is no wonder that she became the first Singaporean to be featured on the cover of Playboy Thailand magazine in October 2013.
That same month, the former FHM Singapore cover girl also became the first Singaporean to make DJ Mag's list of Top 100 DJs, snagging the No. 87 spot.
She was the only solo female DJ to make the list that year.
This came soon after she was slammed by netizens for filming a video of herself in the open when Typhoon Usagi devastated Hong Kong.
A Facebook user called her a "crazy, risky, and foolish girl" for filming the reckless clip.
That is not her only controversial action.
The former resident DJ at Avalon, who kick-started her career in 2009, was also slammed for starring in a viral employment agency's publicity video in 2012 in which she asks a former massage uncle to give her a rubdown.
As if to prove that there is no such thing as bad publicity, the attention helped her career to flourish.
Last year, she became the second home-grown talent to be signed to Universal Music Singapore, after singer-songwriter Gentle Bones.
Her personal life also made the news when it was revealed that she was dating British-born digital marketing agency CEO Thorsten Nolte last year.
Tenashar told The New Paper last year after six weeks of dating Mr Nolte: "We clicked immediately, and we are very compatible, like two peas in a pod.
"We are both smart and successful. I like that we are equals. We have a lot of fun when we are together. We are extremely in love."
In an e-mail exchange on Thursday, Tenashar's management said she was taking a three-month break to focus on her personal life and winter sports. It said the snowboarding crash in Japan had knocked her unconscious.
"When she woke up, she didn't know where she was or how she got there.
"She was rushed to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a concussion and instructed to take a rest from snowboarding for a month and recover from the brain trauma."
Her management added that Tenashar will be making music again soon. "Producing in studio gives her headaches now, so she'll only start making music again once she's fully recovered."
It said she had lined up shows in Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore, and will also perform at Daydream Festival in Belgium and Ultra Music Festival in Croatia.
On her website, Tenashar.com, her last tour date listing was Dec 18 last year.
Singapore has the best bar in Asia
Singapore's 28 HongKong Street was named the best bar in Asia in the inaugural Asia's 50 Best Bars Awards.
The list was published by Drinks International, which also puts out the annual World's 50 Best Bars Awards in October.
Singapore and Hong Kong each had nine bars on the list, while Tokyo had eight bars.
Bars in Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines and Indonesia also made the cut.
More than 150 industry experts from Asia voted to determine the list.
Find out which Singapore bars made the cut.
Rank / Bar / Location
1 / 28 Hong Kong Street / Singapore
2 / Speak Low / Shanghai
3 / High Five / Tokyo
4 / Lobster Bar & Grill / Hong Kong
5 / Manhattan Bar / Singapore
6 / Quinary / Hong Kong
7 / Operation Dagger / Singapore
8 / Jigger & Pony / Singapore
9 / The Union Trading Co / Shanghai
10 / Omakase + Appreciate / Kuala Lumpur
11 / Alice / Seoul
12 / Tippling Club / Singapore
13 / D.Bespoke / Singapore
14 / ABV / Manila
15 / Alchemy Bar / Taipei
16 / The Curator / Manila
17 / Vesper Bar / Bangkok
18 / Janes & Hooch / Beijing
19 / The Pontiac / Hong Kong
20 / WooTaipei / Taipei
21 / Benfiddich / Tokyo
22 / Gibson Cocktail Bar / Singapore
23 / TCRC / Tainan
24 / Charles H / Seoul
25 / Le Chamber / Seoul
26 / Q&A / Bangkok
27 / Teens of Thailand / Bangkok
28 / Royal Bar, Palace Hotel / Tokyo
29 / Honi Honi / Hong Kong
30 / Trench / Tokyo
31 / Stockton / Hong Kong
32 / Loewy / Jakarta
33 / Star Bar / Tokyo
34 / Bamboo Bar / Bangkok
35 / Union Brasserie, Bakery & Bar / Jakarta
36 / The Bar code name Mixology / Tokyo
37 / Bar Orchard / Tokyo
38 / Mixology Laboratory / Tokyo
39 / Zuma / Hong Kong
40 / Ounce / Taipei
41 / Maggie Choo's / Bangkok
42 / Constellation 1 / Shanghai
43 / Anti:Dote / Singapore
44 / Origin / Hong Kong
45 / The Envoy / Hong Kong
46 / R&D Cocktail Lab / Taipei
47 / Mahalo Tiki Lounge / Hong Kong
48 / Sugarhall / Singapore
49 / D.still / Seoul
50 / Hyde & Seek / Bangkok
5 managers whose reigns were shorter than Gary Neville's
Just 120 days.
That's how long it took for Valencia to end their experiment with Gary Neville as their head coach.
After taking on his first managerial job on a five-month contract on Dec 2 last year, the former Manchester United defender oversaw the La Liga side for 28 matches where he chalked up a record of 10 wins, seven draws and 11 losses.
With the threat of relegation looming over the Mestalla, club owner Peter Lim opted to part ways with Neville on Wednesday (March 30).
While Neville's foray into football management might seem brief, the 41-year-old former Sky Sports pundit enjoyed a considerable amount of time in the hotseat - especially compared to these guys:
When Torquay United were dropped out of the English league into the Conference, the Gulls turned to former boss Leroy Rosenior to replace Keith Curle.
But soon after the former striker put pen to paper, the club was taken over by a local consortium.
With the new owners wanting their own man in, Rosenior's reported 10 minutes as Torquay saw him pick up the unwanted record of having the shortest managerial reign in football.
JOSE ANTONIO CAMACHO
No list about managerial changes would be complete without something from Real Madrid.
In 1998, former Los Blancos left-back Jose Antonio Camacho was picked to replace Jupp Heynckes, who was sacked despite winning the Champions League.
But the combative Spaniard lasted just 22 days in the job and left after disagreements with the board.
While Camacho would return to the Bernabeu years later in 2004, he only lasted 93 days longer after a disastrous spell of results.
LUIGI DEL NERI
Being sacked as a manager without taking charge of a single game must feel pretty rotten, but going through that process twice?
That's something veteran Italian coach Luigi del Neri has experienced during his long career in management.
After guiding Ternana to Serie B with consecutive promotions, del Neri earned a moved to Empoli in 1998 before a difference in opinion over tactics saw him sacked in August that year without managing a single game.
Six years later, he must have felt a sense a deja vu when he was hired by Porto to replace Chelsea-bound Jose Mourinho in 2004.
Just over two months later, the Italian was out of a job due to "personal reasons".
He might have been one of English football's greatest managers for propelling Nottingham Forest to two European Cup triumphs, but Brian Clough's rise in the 1970s seems all the more incredible after his spectacular failure at Leeds United before his arrival at the City Ground.
Even as he arrived at Elland Road to take over from Don Revie in 1974, the legendary manager was up against it with his dressing room against him.
Reason: The negative comments he had made about them and the club at his previous job with Derby County.
After a tumultuous 44 days, Clough was ousted from his post - paving his way to Forest.
Clough's Leeds tenure later inspired the film The Damned United.
A legend with Auxerre after managing the French club for more than 40 years, Guy Roux was looking for one last hurrah in June 2007 when he came out of retirement to take charge of Lens.
It didn't go so well for the man who developed talents like Eric Cantona, Philippe Mexes and Laurent Blanc.
While he won one match in the now-defunct Intertoto Cup, Roux took charge of the four Ligue 1 matches without a win before calling it quits again.
WATCH: Enthusiastic England fan does belly dance at Wembley
England might have lost 1-2 to Holland in a friendly on Tuesday but it seemed like as least one England fan didn’t care.
On the steps of Wembley, he was clearly enjoying himself, singing on his own and even coming up with a new chant for England manager Roy Hodgson.
Twitter user Stuart Hare didn’t sound too impressed with the singing, and especially with the gigantic belly jiggling about.
Watch the GIF to see for yourself.
SOURCE: TWITTER / @STUEYDUDE85
Source: Talking Baws
Eboue banned for owing agent money
Defender Emmanuel Eboue is set to have his contract with Sunderland cancelled after Fifa imposed a one-year ban on the Ivorian for failing to pay his former agent, the Premier League club said on its website (www.safc.com).
The 32-year-old, who joined Sunderland until the end of the season on March 9, has yet to play for the club and has not featured for his country since 2013 after he lost his place to Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier.
Sunderland also said Eboue did not make the club aware of the matter and had given the former Arsenal player two weeks to appeal the decision.
The Guardian reported that Eboue owes the agent about one million euros (S$1.5 million),
Fifa said the Ivorian’s ban would be lifted if he paid the outstanding amount to the agent, who was named as Sebastien Boisseau.
Eboue was ordered to pay the amount by Fifa’s Players’ Status Committee in July 2013, a decision taken on the basis of the players’ agents rules which were in force at the time.
Eboue was fined 30,000 Swiss francs (S$42,105) in September 2014 for failing to comply with the decision and given four months to settle the debt, Fifa said.
Man arrested after 14-hour Ang Mo Kio stand-off
A man at Block 508, Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, who apparently threatened to burn down his unit was arrested after a 14-hour standoff with police on Friday morning (Apr 1).
He had been holed up in his flat, with a woman, since Thursday night.
Residents told The New Paper they were evacuated at around 8pm last night when the police told them a gas leak had occurred.
Officers from the police's Special Tactics and Rescue, Special Operations Command, and police negotiators were activated along with personnel from the Singapore Civil Defence Force.
Madam Juneda Satham, 50, who lives in the block, said residents had to sleep in the community centre nearby.
MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Mr Ang Hin Kee, who had been there since 9pm last night, said the suspect had visited him at his meet-the-people session about two months ago and had asked for financial help.
Mr Ang added the middle-aged man always came alone, and had been unemployed then.
A police statement said that Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) had been conducting investigations at the block, when the suspect refused to open the door to them.
After he threatened to harm himself, the Crisis Negotiation Unit was activated.
Eventually, Police officers entered the unit by force and detained the suspect.
No one was hurt.
Get the full story in The New Paper (April 2)
Going undercover behind bars for Reality TV
New TV docu-series offers look at what life in US prison is really like
Would you give up 60 days of freedom to be locked up with criminals in jail? That is what seven innocent "undercover" participants did in the US for a TV show.
A new docu-series, 60 Days In, shows them entering the dangerous world of incarceration at the Clark County Jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in an effort to expose internal issues and illegal activity.
They were handpicked by the jail's Sheriff Jamey Noel, who devised this experiment following a rise in vice and corruption.
These volunteers - two women and five men - lived among the facility's general population for 60 days without officers, fellow inmates or staff knowing their secret, while around-the-clock cameras captured what really happens behind bars.
60 Days In premieres on April 9 at 9pm on Crime + Investigation Network (CI) (StarHub TV Ch 403).
The New Paper caught up with one of the men, Zac from Tennessee, over the phone yesterday, but his full name, age and exact location were not disclosed due to "sensitivity" issues.
The former military man was so serious about his mission, he left his wife and newborn son for two months in exchange for a unique education in criminal psychology and the jail system, which he hopes could prepare him for a career in law enforcement - he wants to be a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.
He said: "The biggest eye-opener for me was that there were several people in there who aren't necessarily bad people - they just happen to have made a bad choice."
He added that although he did meet friendly individuals, he also got involved in some sticky situations that could have been dangerous.
ALMOST BEATEN UP
In one episode, he narrowly escaped being beaten up after calling an inmate "bitch", a crucial mistake for which he quickly backtracked and apologised.
In 2009, Zac was a combat engineer in the US Marine Corps Reserve and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
"My time there was tougher, hands down.
"In Afghanistan, you don't know who the bad guy is, but in jail you pretty much know that everybody in there is willing to break the law, so you treat them all the same.
"In Afghanistan, you have to treat everyone like your friend until they prove (to be) otherwise," he said.
Zac gave his view on five common myths about prison life that we commonly see portrayed on the small screen in popular shows like Prison Break, Orange Is the New Black and Oz.
Prison guards can be just as corrupt and violent as inmates
"From what I saw, the guards were held to a very strict standard and they have to abide by the law.
"They did not allow themselves to be brought to the level of the inmates so I would say this is not true. They take an oath just like any other officer takes to uphold the law and protect the people around them."
Food in jail is terrible
"Having served in the military, I'm used to eating really bad food, so to me, having three meals a day was really good for the situation I was in.
"The food was pretty tasty and most of the inmates I talked to said that the food in that particular jail is better than most jails around. So I think I got lucky."
Inmates get stabbed all the time with shivs (a knife-like weapon)
"There is definitely violence between inmates, but generally, the guards do a pretty good job of keeping anything that can be used as a weapon away from them.
"Generally, people don't get stabbed on a daily or weekly basis, but it is dangerous and there are fights quite often, but they happen without the use of weapons."
You're pretty much dead if you don't join a gang
"You don't have any protection if you don't join a gang.
"Even if it's just becoming a group of friends to protect each other, without actually calling yourself a gang, it's tough to make it through your time in jail alone without having someone watching your back.
"There are definitely inmates in each section of the jail who basically have placed themselves in a position of authority and pretty much run things and decide who gets punished or what happens to certain inmates. The way they get this status sometimes is gang-related or because they've been there so long so they know how the system works... so they gain that level of respect from other inmates. There's definitely a pecking order."
Inmates get raped by other inmates
"In my experience, I can't say, because I didn't see any. I don't know if they did occur while I was there."