Fake Uber driver has car impounded by LTA

The car of a fake Uber driver has been impounded by the LTA.

The private car used used by a man pretending to be an Uber cab driver has been impounded by the Land Transport Authority on Monday.

In a statement to the media, LTA said it has received complaints against the car owner and is investigating.

The New Paper reported on Tuesday that the man allegedly scammed at least two commuters over the weekend. While one caught on to the scam and paid him only $10, the other conceded and paid him $97, fearing the safety of his young children.

Muay Thai gym owner Darius Wong, 25, paid the driver only $10.

He said: "I paid him $10 and told him if he wanted the rest, he shoud come (out of the cab and get it from me). He just drove off."

Under the Road Traffic Act, private vehicles are not allowed to be used for hire and reward. Offenders could face up to six months jail, fined up to $3,000 and have their vehicles forfeited.

Lorry driver jailed 12 years for killing girlfriend

A lorry driver was sentenced to 12 years' jail and six strokes of the cane for killing his former girlfriend.

Chinese national Xiao Guiliang, 32, yesterday pleaded guilty in the High Court to one count of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

Following a tiff at about 2am on July 7, 2013, Xiao brutally attacked Miss Zhang Jie, 24, with a knife in a Choa Chu Kang Crescent flat they used to share.

A friend who was with Miss Zhang called the police when she heard Miss Zhang screaming for help.

Miss Zhang was rushed to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital where was pronounced dead at about 3.30am.

The attack was so vicious that it left her with 192 wounds and bruises, including a gaping wound in her neck, and another that resulted in her left eye coming loose of the socket.

After the attack, Xiao tried to commit suicide by drinking several tubes of insecticide.

Read the full report in Wednesday's The New Paper.

Man dresses up as woman to peep inside female toilet at ITE College West

A man was caught red-handed after dressing up as a girl to peep inside the toilet at ITE College West in Choa Chu Kang.

Twitter user Norrick Nolesta posted three photos of the incident on Monday.


In one photo, a tall bespectacled man wearing a wig can be seen talking to a police officer.

The Twitter post has since been taken down.

The photos were also posted on local forum Hardwarezone, where his actions have been widely ridiculed by netizens.

In a video put up on YouTube on the same day, angry students can be seen confronting the man, who later went down on his knees to beg for forgiveness.

Police have since arrested the 21-year-old man for criminal trespass.

He is being investigated for outraging the modesty of a woman and allegedly taking photos and videos in the changing room.

Read the full report in Wednesday's The New Paper. 

Shocking words from Delhi bus rapist: 'A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy'

Mukesh Singh, who is awaiting the death penalty for his involvement in the gang rape of a Delhi woman, says she is at fault.

Two years ago, the world was in shock over the brutal gang rape and the eventual death of a 23-year-old girl in New Delhi.

Along with three other attackers, Mukesh Singh is appealing against the death sentence.

In an interview from jail, Singh spoke to Leslee Udwin, who is filming a documentary India's Daughter about rape in the country.

Shockingly, Singh showed no remorse.

Instead, he said that the victim was to blame for her fate.

Singh said: "A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy. Boy and girl are not equal. Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 per cent of girls are good."

Singh was also puzzled that the rape caused such a commotion.

On Dec 16 2012, the victim Jyoti Singh had gone to watch a movie with a male friend. At about 8.30pm, they boarded an off-duty bus with six men on board including a juvenile.

The men then beat the friend unconscious and each took turns to rape the woman. They also used an iron rod to sexually assault the woman.

She died 10 days later while seeking treatment in Singapore. 

After news of the rape spread around the country, Indian women and men took to the streets to protest the prevalent sexual assault culture in the country.

The rapist Singh said of the heinous act: "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy."

And he even said that the death penalty won't be a deterrent for would-be rapists. It would only encourage more monstrosity.

Singh said: "The death penalty will make things even more dangerous for girls. Now when they rape, they won't leave the girl like we did. They will kill her. Before, they would rape and say, 'Leave her, she won't tell anyone.' Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death."

Even lawyer AP Singh, who defended the gang in court, echoed his views on women: "If my daughter or sister engaged in pre-marital activities and disgraced herself and allowed herself to lose face and character by doing such things, I would most certaintly take this sort of sister or daughter to my farmhouse, and in front of my entire family, I would put petrol on her and set her alight."

Source: BBC, The Telegraph



Chinese couple booted off plane for refusing to leave toilet

A couple from China and their infant were booted off a Dragonair flight from Hong Kong to Beijing after they refused to leave the toilet and return to their seats.

The incident happened on Saturday at 3pm during take-off and the flight was delayed by two-and-a-half hours, reported The Star.

An airline spokesman said the woman, 33, was cleaning her one-year-old son in the toilet sink after he had defecated, but did not close the door.

A foul smell permeated through the aircraft cabin, drawing complaints from other passengers.

At that time, flight KA902 was preparing to take off from Chek Lap Kok airport and the 'fasten seatbelt' sign was in effect, reported th South China Morning Post.

Refused to leave plane

The couple refused to return to their seats when approached by crew members and continued cleaning their child.

The in-flight service manager then alerted the flight captain, who subsequently asked the family to disembark from the plane at 4.30pm on the grounds of maintaining cabin hygiene, the interest of other passengers and the physical condition of the boy.

The family refused to leave and airline staff called police for assistance at about 4.55pm.

The trio got off the flight when authorities stepped in, and the flight took off at 5.40pm.

The spokesman said no arrests were made and the family was put on another Dragonair flight later in the day, reported the South China Morning Post.

Sources: The Star, The Straits Times

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Baby kidnapped in 1997 reunited with family after she attends same school as sister

Miraculous coincidence: This baby girl, now 17, was kidnapped when she was three days old. She found her family when schoolmates pointed out the striking similarity between her and another younger girl at school, which DNA tests later confirmed was her sister.

This has been touted as South Africa's most sensational abduction saga.

If you were 17-year-old Zephany Nurse, who was the victim in this whole episode, would you be happy, sad or mad at how things turned out?

Okay so imagine if this dramatic real-life turn of events, as reported by the Daily Mail, had happened to you.

At just three days old, you were tucked cosily in your mother's arms.

While your mum slept in the hospital, you were kidnapped and raised by a woman whom you never knew wasn't your real mother.

One day, at school, your school-mates point out that you look exactly like Cassidy, another girl who just joined the school and is three years younger than you.

Cassidy, 14, immediately suspects you're her long-lost sister.

Her parents, who are also your parents, take one look at you and are sure you are their child.

You are subjected to DNA tests which confirm that you're their first-born who was kidnapped 17 years ago.

Then the only mother you have ever known, who is in her 50s, gets arrested and is charged with kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children Act in Cape Town, South Africa.

You are thrown into the care of the Department Of Social Services of the Western Cape Government. 

You didn't ask to be kidnapped, or to have the only family you have ever known to be taken away from you, nor did you do anything to justify you ending up alone in social services.

On the bright side, you have found your real family who were heartbroken when they lost you and have celebrated your birthday, in your absence, every year since with a big birthday cake.

So, if you were Zephany, how would you be feeling now?

Source: Daily Mail, Time Live



Chicken-lovers of the world, beware this toxic bacteria lurking in the fowl

Succulent chicken: The white meat is one of the most popular proteins in the world but if not cooked properly, could cause severe illness due to a bacteria.

Love chicken?

If you said yes, then pay heed so you'll stay in the pink of health.

Before reaching for that comforting bowl of chicken porridge or chicken soup, make sure it's been cooked thoroughly.

Otherwise you could end up with something foul in your tummy.

Website Food World News says the Food Standards Agency expects a quarter million people to be affected with the chicken campylobacter bacteria this year.

Leading cause of food poisoning in Britain

Chicken campylobacter has affected 280,000 people in the UK and killed 100 people yearly - making it Britain's top cause of food poisoning.

A study found that the toxic bacteria was present in 3 out of 4 chickens sold in supermarkets.

This bacteria causes food poisoning, leading to severe diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting.

It is especially harmful to babies and sick people with weakened immune systems.

Contamination usually happens when people eat the raw or undercooked poultry meat or consume cross-contaminated items.

There's another reason why the disease is deadly: Times Live cited University Of Pretoria researcher Antje Bartkowiak-Higgo saying the infection rate of campylobacter is expected to exceed that of salmonella.

How do you check if chicken is well cooked?

Heed these tips from How Stuff Works:

  • For whole chickens: Make sure a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (but not near bone or fat) should register 180 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit before removing it from the oven.
  • For stuffed whole chicken: Insert the thermometer into the center of the body cavity. When the stuffing registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit, the chicken should be done. (Note: Chicken should only be stuffed just before roasting. Never stuff a chicken ahead of time.) 
  • For roasted whole chicken breasts, the meat thermometer should register 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • To test bone-in chicken pieces: Insert a fork in the chicken. It should go in with ease and the juices should run clear. However, the meat and juices nearest the bones might still be a little pink even though the chicken is cooked thoroughly.​
  • Boneless chicken pieces are done when the centers are no longer pink: You can determine this by simply cutting into the chicken with a knife.

Sources: Food World News, Times Live, The Australian, How Stuff Works

What illness did student get: 'Chicken chop'?

The medical certificate showing the diagnosis for "chicken chop".

The secondary student was ill.

And she had the medical certificate (MC) to prove it.

Only problem? She was diagnosed with chicken chop.

That's right. The clinic that issued the MC had diagnosed her with the dish, rather than chicken pox.

And the image of the MC has been widely circulating on WhatsApp social messaging platform, The Rakyat Post reported.

The teen was given five days leave, from Monday (March 2) until Friday.

A clinic staff confirmed the error and apologised for the mistake, saying colleagues committed the oversight, not the doctor who had signed it.

The staff member, who declined to be identified, said:

“It was an inadvertent error on our part. On behalf of the clinic, we would like to apologise profusely for the mistake.
“The doctor has also admitted the error and we would like to move on from here."

 Since the picture went viral, the clinic has been inundated with phone calls.

Source: Rakyat Post, Star Online

WATCH: Almost-blind man finally sees wife after 10 years with a bionic eye

Allen Zderad finally got to see his wife for the first tie in 10 years with the help of a bionic eye.
Allen Zderad finally got to see his wife for the first tie in 10 years with the help of a bionic eye.

Imagine not being able to see your loved ones.

That's what life has been like for more than the past decade for retired chemist Allen Zderad, 68.

He has been unable to see his wife and 10 grandchildren - after he started to lose his vision 20 years ago due to a degenerative eye disease, retinitis pigmentos, NBC reported.

So when the Minnesota man was offered the opportunity to try a bionic eye, he said yes.

Researcher and ophthalmologist Raymond Iezzi Jr. approached him to try a technology that "sends light wave signals to the optic nerve" that bypasses the damaged retina (according to the Mayo clinic).

Mr Zderad became the first human to undergo a clinical trial in Minnesota - and only the 15th person in the country to get the glasses.

Photos: YouTube

After trying on the device, Zderad laughed and cried when he finally saw his wife for the first time in years.

While he can't see the details of people's faces, but he can make out forms and shapes.

According to Second Site, the company that created the device, the bionic eye works by using a mini video camera and patient-worn computer that will send signals between the glasses and the brain. 

The user will then have to learn how to interpret these visual patterns.

And that's more than enough for him to find his wife, Carmen: "It's easy... She's the most beautiful one in the room."

Sources: Aplus, Second Sight, NBC News, Mayo Clinic

Tags: bionic eye and blind

S'pore's skyline 6th best in the world, but we are still the most expensive city

Thrillist website mentions how Singapore's skyline is graced by an illuminated ferris wheel and the world's most expensive building, Marina Bay Sands, which cost US$5.7 billion.

Singapore is the world's most expensive city for the second year running, according to research by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

The survey looked at 133 cities and used New York as a base.

More than 160 services and products including food, clothing and utility bills were taken into consideration when coming up with the rankings. 

The other cities that rounded up the top 5 were Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney.

Singapore was one of the more expensive cities in most categories.

It tied with Seoul as the most expensive place in the world to buy clothes. 

The report said: "The malls of Orchard Road offering a price premium that is over 50 per cent higher than in New York."

It also brought into question Singapore's COE system that makes car prices "excessive".

It said that transport costs in Singapore are almost three times higher than in New York.

However, the survey didn't state exactly what was included in the transport category.

However, Singapore ranked lower when it came to pricing of basic groceries, as can be seen below.

Singapore is also being named in other lists, albeit for more positive aspects.

According to website Thrillist, Singapore's skyline is the 6th best in the world.

Unfortunately, we lost to Malaysia, whose Kuala Lumpur skyline enhanced by the Petronas Twin Towers came in at No. 5. (below)

The cities with the best skylines are: Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai.

1. Sydney

2. Hong Kong

3. Tokyo

Skyscrapers of Shinjuku 2009 January.jpg

4. Shanghai

Source: BBC News, Economic Intelligence Unit, Thrillist