Boy, 11, shoots toddler in face after finding gun in cupboard

The three-year-old boy was allegedly shot in the face by an 11-year-old boy.

An 11-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter after allegedly shooting a three-year-old boy in the face.

The older boy had been visiting his father’s house in the US city of Detroit on Monday (Aug 3) when he found a gun in a cupboard, prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

He picked it up, threw it out a bedroom window and went outside to retrieve it.

He then took it into a car parked in the yard.

The toddler joined the boy in the vehicle and was shot a short time later.

Police at the scene said the boys had been playing with the gun.

The victim was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.

With intent, without malice

The older boy has been charged with manslaughter – death by weapon aimed with intent but without malice – and using a firearm during a felony, local media reported on Wednesday (Aug 5). 

Said the prosecutor: "I cannot remember a time where we have charged someone so young with taking a life.

"Very unfortunately and very tragically, the alleged facts in this case demanded it.

"The charged respondent here will remain in the juvenile system, but the case remains under investigation.

"As a result of that, I will not say more at this time."

The victim's family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds "to cover the cost of funeral arrangements".

The page stated: "His bright smile, contagious laughter, and sweet personality will forever be missed. He was and will always be loved by his entire family and we are extremely devastated by this tragic loss."

Sources: AFP, Click On Detroit, 10TV, CBS Detroit

WATCH: 7-year-old boy hit by car and survives

The seven-year-old boy from Shandong province in China was running across the road without paying attention to oncoming traffic.

In a horrifying scene that gets recorded by the driver's car camera, the boy gets hit by the vehicle.

He is sent flying, hits the ground and then he gets up.

CCTV uploaded this video on YouTube and said doctors diagnosed the boy with minor injuries.

WATCH: Boy gets hit by car and gets up 



Source: The Shanghaiist, YouTube


#SG50: Celebrate in style with luxury brands

Celebrate SG50 with some super stylo milo luxury items

Some of the biggest brands in the luxury business have gotten in on the SG50 mood too, offering exclusive pieces celebrating our heritage. 

The Singapore Storytellers Collection from Risis


Risis commissioned five homegrown creatives to design these handcrafted pendants - spanning nature, the arts, business, travel and food, THey are available at Risis stores islandwide and online.

They retail at $50 each, and all proceeds will be channeled to Community Chest's SG50 project.


The Merlion Collection from Citigems


Available in Supreme White Gold with Diamond ($238) and Majestic 999 Pure Gold ($338), this Merlion piece from Citigems is an ideal gift for your significant other this National Day. Also, as part of Citigems' special SG50 promotion, you'll be able to enjoy $50 off the Merlion series from now till Aug 16 at selected boutiques. 


Collection De La Maison from Robinsons


This luxurious piece of nostalgia pays tribute to the old Robinsons store and the pieces retail individually, at prices ranging from $25 to $59. Available from Aug 6 to 25 at The Space at Robinsons The Heeren level 1.


Leather Batik Bag from Braun Buffel


This limited edition Stellar-50 bag from Braun Buffel captures the spirit of Singapore with its coat of red and white and special batik interior.

Only 50 pieces have been produced and each comes with a specially made serial tag inside. 

Available at the Braun Buffel outlet at Westgate.


Merlion-inspired suitcase from Rimowa


Commissioned by Rimowa, this suitcase features a hand-sketched Merlion by homegrown illustrator Lee Xin Li.This limited edition luggage is now available at $1,965 at Rimowa stores at Mandarin Gallery, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and Millenia Walk.


Fireman Night Train from Ball


This Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 Limited Edition timepiece retails at $2,800. For every piece sold, the company will donate $50 to the Austism Resource Centre of Singapore. Available from authorised retailers in Singapore.


Petite Malle Monogram Rouge from Louis Vuitton


For Singapore's birthday, the luxury fashion house has given its Petite Malle Monogram bag special red leather trim. Each bag in this limited run comes with special embossed text as well. Retails at $7,050 and available exclusively at Marina Bay Sands, ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City. 


Tambour Monogram Watch from Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton has also given its Tambour Monogram Watch the SG50 treatment with a special red pattern on the straps and the watch face.  Retails at $3,800 and also available at Marina Bay Sands, ION Orchard and Ngee Ann City.


Crystal Myriad Merlion from Swarovski


Swarovski's Crystal Myriad Merlion collection is adorned with local motifs and the colours of home. Available exclusively to Singapore in a limited edition of 20 pieces, it retails from $4,800, and comes with a special anniversary box.


Meisterstück White Solitaire Pen from Mont Blanc


Montblanc has released a limited run of 500 pieces of its SG50-inspired classic Meisterstück White Solitaire Pen (from $1,190). Available from $1,190 with the choice of ball point, fountain or rollerball tip. Montblanc will give a portion of the proceeds to Pathlight School's Poor and Needy Fund.


Star Classique Singapore Special ­­­from Mont Blanc


Tick in style this National Day with Montblanc's Star Classique special edition timepiece, featuring a lion head and SG50 inscripted on the watch face. Montblanc will give a portion of the proceeds to the Pathlight School's Poor and Needy Fund.

Watch StarHub's viral hit, Home By Homes, performed live

Starhub's remake of Kit Chan's 1998 hit Home, has gone viral. Making stars out of their singers.

StarHub’s remake of Kit Chan’s iconic 1998 song Home has been a viral hit.

To date the video has over 800,000 views on YouTube and over 1.3 millon views on their Facebook page.

The video features singers who come from nine different welfare homes.

They all took turns singing a small part of the song, some in English, some in their mother tongues of Tamil, Malay and Mandarin.

While it took only three days to shoot the video, the process of bringing everyone together took far longer.



Ms Jeannie Ong, Chief Strategic Partnership Officer of StarHub said that it took nearly six months — from February to July — to put everything in place.

The hope is that the video will spread a message of inclusivity and inspire Singaporeans to care, share, volunteer and donate to worthy causes.

Muhammad Nur Fatheen Zainal Abidin (left) and Muhammad Hafizzudin Hasanudin ( Right) were two of the performers in the video. TNP PHOTO: AZIM AZMAN

One of the performers, 16-year-old Muhammad Hafizzudin Hasanudin, said that he “jumped around the house like a monkey” when he was told that he was going to be featured.

“I was excited because I’ve always wanted to be a singer,” said the former resident of Muhammadiyah Welfare Home.

He left the home at the end of 2013 and now he is a student at Yishun Secondary School.

Another performer from the same home is 18-year-old Muhammad Nur Fatheen Zainal Abidin.

The ITE College West student said: “It’s a once in a lifetime experience. The fact that we are singing in a video for SG50 makes me all the more proud to be part of it.”

Want to see Home performed live?

A public performance of by those featured in the video will happen at Families For Life’s SG50 Picnic @ Marina Barrage on Aug 7.

The event is from 8am to 12.30pm and the Homes performance is set for 11am.

Read more about the performers in the video in The New Paper print edition, Aug 8.

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Man busts prostitution ring daughter was in

This man was heartbroken when he found out that his 13-year-old daughter had been lured to be a prostitute.

A father from Shenzhen, China, was heartbroken when he found the unthinkable on his 13-year-old daughter's cellphone.

Messages from a chat that the girl had with a 18-year-old girl showed that she was discussing how much to charge her client for sex.

According to The Shanghaiist, the horrified father, known only as Mr Gong, then devised a plan to bring to justice the criminals who had lured his daughter, Xiaoqing, into their ring of vice.

He told Chinese reporters that he had become suspicious of his daughter's whereabouts five months ago.

Said Mr Gong: "She became easily irritated, often played hooky and stole money.

"Recently, she hadn't been coming home even after we call her."

After logging into Xiaoqing's instant messaging account last week, he saw the following WeChat messages between his daughter and Jin Yiwen: 

Jin: "He knows you charged 2,000RMB (S$446) to have sex with my boss, so I don't think he would be willing to pay you 3,000RMB (for your service).

Xiaoqing: "How much (should I charge then)?"

Jin: "You can charge 2,000RMB per night."

So Mr Gong used Xiaoqing's messaging account and arranged to meet Jin at the hotel.

The police who followed him there arrested Jin and the male ringleader.

The legal age to have sex in China is 14.

Thanks to the "sting operation" he set up, up to 10 girls from his daughter's school who had been similarly lured into prostitution were saved.

Some of these victims have since been returned home to their families.

Xiaoqing gave an insight as to why she wanted to be a prostitute.

She told reporters: "I was just bored. And the job is easy.

"After handing in some money to my boss, I could earn at least 200RMB each time.

"I had two clients a day. Sometimes, I get extra tips."

Source: The Shanghaiist,

#Fail: Fugitive caught after using IC belonging to another fugitive

To evade the authorities, a fugitive used another man's identity card to buy a ticket at a train station in China's Wuhan city.

Unfortunately for him, the identity card belonged to a man who was also on the run.

Police were about to arrest him for the other man's crimes when he told them they had the wrong person.

He later confessed his true identity and was arrested for his own crimes.

The incident took place last Friday (July 30) at around 3pm.

#Fail: Suspicious behaviour

Police said on Monday (Aug 3) that officers were carrying out a routine inspection at Xiaogan North Railway Station when they spotted a man trying to hide from their view.

They stopped him and asked for his identity card and train ticket.

#Fail: Wrong accent

The card stated that the man's surname was Zhou and that he was from Handan city in Wuhan. But the man did not speak with a Wuhan accent. 

This aroused the officers' suspicions.

#Fail: Fugitive pretending to be... another fugitive

They checked Zhou's identity in the police database and realised he was a fugitive.

Just as they were about to arrest him, the man shouted that they were mistaken.

"This isn't me. I found this identity card while touring Wuhan," he said.

He proceeded to pull out another identity card and told police: "Actually, this is me."

#Fail: Not knowing his nephew's age

Though he looked more like the person in the second identity card, which put his surname as Yang, officers continued to question him.

He correctly stated the names and ages of Yang's parents, but got the age of Yang's son wrong.

When officers dug deeper, the man made more and more mistakes.

He later confessed that the identity card belonged to his brother.

The 34-year-old man was arrested.

He was being investigated for mismanagement and illicit financial flows of 50 million yuan (S$11m) when he disappeared last year.

Sources: NetEase, China Daily

#SG50: Makan deals galore

Singapore turns 50 - and what better way to celebrate than to eat?

Ask any Singaporean what the national pastime is and they'll tell you it's eating (well, and complaining). 

There's nothing to complain about though, what with a long weekend and great SG50 makan deals to take advantage of. 


Durian Mousse Cake from Goodwood Park Hotel


Goodwood Park Hotel has dressed up its classic durian mousse cake in SG50 colours. Available for takeaway at $50 nett from Aug 1 to 10.


Limited Edition 1965 Vintage Collection from Tiger Beer


To celebrate Singapore's 50th birthday, Tiger Beer has released special cans and bottles, one based on the brand's actual 1965 packaging, and another in red. 

The 15-can packs retail at $35 at all major supermarkets and hypermarkets, while stocks last.


SG50 Aluminum Bottles from Coca-Cola


Coca-Cola has released a series of five limited edition SG50 aluminum bottles featuring Singapore icons. Available islandwide in all major supermarkets and convenience outlets at $2.95 each.


Chocolates from Viskonsep Chocolate Gallery


This limited edition series has 3 flavours to choose from: milk, white and dark chocolate. Available at 797 North Bridge Road.


Celebrating The Flavours We Love from Pastamania


Inspired by good old hawker flavours, Pastamania has introduced four new pasta dishes. Savour unique bites of nostalgia with Mum's Salted Egg Soft-Shell Crab, Prawn Sambal-Pura, 'Hei Bi Hiam' (Spicy Dried Shrimps) Barramundi and lastly, their iconic Shiok & Spicy Chilli Crab.

Promotion ends on 31st August, available at all outlets except Far East Plaza.


Laksa Gelato from plus39 Gelato Bar


Located at 29 Circular Road, plus39 Gelato Bar will offer our old time favorite laksa with a new spin, Laksa Gelato. This limited run will be available till 8th August, from $5.50.


Free Asahi Beer from Pince & Pints


Located at 32 Duxton Road, all lobster restaurant Pince & Pints celebrates SG50 by giving you beer! From Friday to Sunday, 50 pints of Asahi beer will be given out daily with every meal on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Minister Lawrence Wong annouces launch date of Jubilee Walk

On Thursday (Aug 6) morning, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) Lawrence Wong announced that the Jubilee Walk — which will cover 25 historic and iconic sites in and around the Civic District — will be launched on Nov 29.

The walk is an 8km-long trail that will take in historical locations such as the Padang, the National Museum of Singapore and the Old Hill Street Police Station as well as modern architectural icons such as  Gardens by the Bay, the National Gallery of Singapore and the Helix Bridge.

The trail will be launched together with the 5km SG50 Jubilee Big Walk, an annual event jointly presented by The New Paper and the People’s Association.

In conjunction with the trail, the Jubilee Big Walk — set to be the last major SG50 event of the year — will kick off from the National Museum of Singapore and end at the Gardens by the Bay.

Some of the locations hold particular historical significance. 

The Padang was where people gathered to mark the end of the Japanese Occupation on Sept 12, 1945.

Old Hill Street Police Station was the largest Government building when it was first built in 1934.

“The walk covers 25 historic and iconic sites which traces the milestones of our history and represents our aspirations for the future,” said Mr Wong.

“(It) will end off in the venue where we’ll be having an exhibition on Singapore’s future... the hopes and aspirations of Singaporeans for our next 50 years. So I think this would be a fitting round-up to our SG50 celebrations.”

The exhibition at Gardens by the Bay will be open to the public from December to March.

Mr Wong was giving an update to the Jubilee Walk, first announced in March during the Committee of Supply debate. He was speaking on Thursday at a MCCY- Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) joint National Day Observance Ceremony.

Registration for the Jubilee Big Walk will begin in early September.

Video: Giant Minion 'attacks' traffic in Ireland

A giant inflatable Minions wrecking havoc on the streets of Dublin.

It sounds outlandish. Unreal. Or possibly the plot of Despicable Me 3.

Yet the proof is in the footage.

A video of a giant Minion bringing traffic to a standstill in Ireland has been posted online.

A giant inflatable structure in the shape of the popular character from the Despicable Me movie franchise blew across the road in Dublin on Aug 3.


According to the Irish Mirror, the 12m long inflatable belonged to a nearby fun fair which has set up nearby.

It is not yet known how the giant inflatable came loose but it soon rolled onto the streets, creating the bizarre scene of cars halted by the giant inflatable yellow structure.

Photo: Facebook/Erin Van Londen

While the incident was quite funny, a local politician raised concerns about the potential safety risks that an un-tethered giant inflatable structure posed.

In a statement to Irish media, councillor Paul McCauliffe said he has referred the incident to Dublin City Council’s planning enforcement department to investigate if the inflatable Minion was the subject of any planning regulation.

He also wants to find out if the correct health and safety measures were in place reported Irish news outlet, The Journal.

His Tweet described the incident as "dispicable" (sic).

Plus points for the pun, Mr McCauliffe.

Source: Irish Mirror, The Journal Facebook, YouTube.

Ten things we hate about going to the cinema

It's the long weekend and many who are staying in Singapore will be hitting the cinemas for the latest big screen action. But that does not mean a pleasant experience is guaranteed...

One of the greatest mysteries of modern times is why some people do not know how to behave in the cinema.

Maybe it's because the public service announcements are more annoying than informative.

Maybe it's just because some people have a mental disconnect that makes them think that the ticket price entitles them to treat the cinema hall as their own lounge.

There are plenty of horrors that await the average cinema goer.

We don't need to know your dinner plans or the latest adventures of your social circle. Unless you are a doctor on call, there's no need to press the green button.

And those who think that texting is okay because it's silent are just as bad. 

Anyone behind the texter (or social media updater) will have their concentration disrupted by the retina-searing backlight. Even on a dim setting, screens still seem to have more light than a 1,000 suns.

And really, Facebook can wait.

As a side note, if you are asked politely to turn your phone off, do not be offended. You are not having your personal liberty infringed upon. You are just being annoying.

So many experts. Where this actor is from, his previous films, what's going to happen next, who you saw on the street five minutes ago...

If you're bored, leave the cinema. Don't worry, the rest of the audience will be able to pick up what's going on even without your commentary. 

The basic rule is once the film starts, your chatter stops.

We get enough sensurround from the speakers, thanks. We don't need your fidgeting to help recreate air turbulence or the bumps of a car chase. 

Here's a hint for parents: If your child acts up, take him outside. Do not, we repeat, DO NOT smack him in his seat. The audience can do without 15 minutes of air raid siren-like wailing. 

If it isn't the open-mouthed nacho-crunching or the drain-like gurgling of someone trying to suck up every last drop of his huge drink, then it's the plastic bag rustling.

Part of the blame lies with cinema chains. Surely they know how noisy these containers are. Isn't it time to source for some quieter packaging?

Unless you know you can contain that seemingly half-gallon that makes up a large drink in the cinema, choose a seat at the sides, preferably near the exit. 

Ah, young love. It's great that you have found that special someone. But seriously, get a room. Chances are, you aren't Taylor and Calvin lookalikes, so frankly, we don't want to see it. And we really don't want to hear it.

So a movie isn't a black tie occasion but try wearing some fresh clothes anyway.

If you have a tendency to burp and break wind, do everyone a favour - stay home and stream.

And as much as some people revere the sanctity of the cinema hall, it is not a temple — keep your shoes ON.

Wars have been started over smaller areas. If we had wanted the company, we would have made other arrangements. 

The hacking and the occasional spray from someone who didn't get their hand to their mouth in time can really spoil one's mood — and clothes. If we want to get an MC, we will pretend to be ill like everybody else.