Man poses as a cop to steal from women

A man who stole from women under the guise of a plainclothes policeman was arrested on Monday (April 27).

The 36-year-old man would approach his victims at isolated locations and identify himself as a police officer.

He would then flash an identification card with his photo and the police logo. While looking through the victims' belongings, he would steal their valuables.

In total, he made away with cash, jewellery and mobile phones amounting to more than $2,500.

The incidents took place at Sims Drive, Geylang East and Aljunied Crescent.

Since October last year, police had received several reports of a man acting as a plainclothes policeman and committing theft .

The authorities conducted extensive ground enquiries and managed to identify the perpetrator.

The man was arrested on Monday (April 27) near Merpati Road, off Aljunied Road.

He will be charged in court on Wednesday (April 29) with Personating as a Public Servant and theft.


Be wary of bogus cops

If he/she appears suspicious, ask for the Police Officer’s Warrant Card to verify his/her identity before complying with his/her instructions.

A genuine warrant card will have the Police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.

If you are still unsure of the person’s credibility, call 999 for assistance.

Find out more here.

When pets tie the knot

Gleeks, don't stop believing because there's something new to smile about.

Lea Michele and Chris Colfer's cats are tying the knot

 

 

 

A photo posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on

 

 

 

A photo posted by Chris Colfer (@hrhchriscolfer) on

 

 

That's right, Sheila (Michele's cat) and Brian (Colfer's cat) are engaged.

"Just excited about Sheila's upcoming wedding to Brian, Chris Colfer's cat. We're very excited, it's a wonderful union," she told People.

She also said People will be featuring the wedding on its cover for December ... sort of. 

The magazine hilariously put together a cover for its December issue and it looks pretty amazing.


PHOTO: PEOPLE

In case you're wondering, Sheila and Brian aren't the only pets in the world getting married.

The Times of India reported that two Pomeranians got married in front of 500 guests in Surat, India.

Their owners noticed that they had 'developed a liking for each other over the past few months".

US singer John Legend also sang at his dogs' wedding earlier this month.

If you're a hardcore Gleek or Lea Michele fan, you'll probably remember this Instagram post from September 2012.

 

 

Me and Brian @chriscolfer's cat.. He needs to marry Sheila.

A photo posted by Lea Michele (@msleamichele) on

 

Seems like the 28 year-old actress has also been trying to matchmake her pet for quite some time.

Like it or not, this could well be the biggest, and most unusual, wedding of year. 

Now it's just a matter of time before we welcome adorable kittens to the Glee family.

Source: People

Mrs Singapore contestants raise TVs, fans and microwaves for elderly home

Ms Sheetal Kaur, a mother of two, has ensured that the elderly will have the electronic goods they need for the new wing at the Society For The Aged Sick.

The Mrs Singapore pageant has always focused on its charity aspect.

This year, though, there was a slight twist.

Usually, contestants had to raise money to secure goods such as adult diapers for the elderly.

However, this year, all 22 contestants were asked to step up and acquire electronic goods for the Society For The Aged Sick.

This request came from the society itself, which just built a new wing on its premises.

Hearing an appeal for donations of food and diapers may be easy to comprehend.

But what about TVS, standing fans and microwaves?

It presented many difficulties for the women who had to explain to those they approached why it was a worthy cause.

The contestant that came out tops in the one-month challenge because she refused to give up is Ms Sheetal Kaur (pictured below).

The mother of a six-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter managed to secure 24 TVs, 24 standing fans and two microwaves for the charity.

These electronic goods are worth $7,000.

Despite being rejected countless times by people and companies who asked her what was in it for them, she persevered for her cause.

Ms Kaur, 35, a marketing director, told The New Paper: "The hardest part was when I called this huge company that sold electronic goods in Serangoon Road.

"They told me that they would think about it and didn't give me an answer for three weeks.

"During the three weeks, I kept calling them back and on the last day, I told them that it was the last day for them to donate.

"And they actually asked me to go over to their company and collect their donation of seven TVs!"

As a result, the elderly at the Society For The Aged Sick will now have a combined total of $40,000 worth of goods from all the contestants.  

 

Ms Kaur said that she has been doing charity work since she was 20, when she first did it as part of the requirements as a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight attendant.

Since then, every week, the former SIA girl and her husband of seven years will take their children and visit various homes for the elderly in Singapore and bring them meals such as chicken rice.

Soon, Ms Kuar will also be setting up her own foundation for children with cancer.

She said: "This foundation is close to my heart because I have friends whose nephews and nieces have cancer.

"Some of them are unable to afford medical care and my charity is to help these kids fulfill any wishes they have.

"I'm so happy my husband shares the same values as me when it comes to giving back to society.

"In fact, he was the one who pushed me to join this pageant. It's my first pageant and he said that through it, I can help raise more awareness for charities in Singapore."

The Mrs Singapore pageant finals will be held on May 9 at the Orchid Country Club.

Two weeks ago, the contestants visited the Society For The Aged Sick and and entertained them with special performances.

Ms Kaur dressed up as Catwoman while her son joined her on stage as Batman. 

Check out the other performances that the elderly enjoyed during this visit.

WATCH: Mrs Singapore contestants' visit to the Society For The Aged Sick on April 11

 

Appeal for information on next-of-kin of S'porean who died in JB

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is appealing for information on the next-of-kin of Mr Hoo Tow Meng.

The 52-year-old man died in Johor Baru on April 3.

He was born on Oct 3, 1962.

If you have any information on his relatives, you can contact the ministry at 6379 8800 or 6379 8855.

The road to redemption for the two 'Bali Nine' men set to be executed soon

Myura Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are set to be executed soon.

The execution date is fast approaching for two members of the "Bali Nine" group, as it is believed that their execution by firing squad will likely take place tonight at Nusa Kambangan. 

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were convicted in 2006 of running a drug smuggling operation and were caught exporting heroin.

The two were given 72 hours' notice on Saturday (April 25) of the impending execution, after multiple failed appeals.

Their families were told to say their final goodbyes and it has been reported that they are returning from the island.

The execution date and time has yet to be announced.

Seven other prisoners are expected to be executed along with Sukumaran and Chan. They were imprisoned for unrelated drug crimes.

However, Sukumaran and Chan have received the most media attention because of Australia's unrelenting efforts to plead with Indonesian president Joko Widodo for clemency.

And there is overwhelming support for the pair, as they have actively sought to change and improve Kerobakan prison through rehabilitation and classes.

So who are these men?

Myuran Sukumaran

Together with Chan, he was the mastermind of the drug smuggling ring.

But Myuran has dedicated his life behind bars to reforming and rehabilitating - and that includes the other prisoners too.

An avid painter, he introduced art classes in 2007 with the help of prison volunteer Lizzy Love.

Some of Sukumaran's paintings, which have been brought back from Nusa Kambangan by their lawyers. 

Sukumaran was concerned about how institutionalised the prison system was. Love said that these prisoners were miserable and often had no idea of what day it was.

When the art course was approved, it was soon apparent that it was a success.

Love told the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH): "I've never in my life had students that attentive. Pretty soon, we started to see paintings go up on the wall of their cells."

Soon, reformist prison governor, Pak Siswanto, who also testified on behalf of the two for the death penalty to be lifted, allowed other activities such as computer graphics and sewing lessons.

These new skills were used by inmates to establish a t-shirt printing business. 

Despite the crime that he was jailed for, he had an extremely tough stance against drug use in the prison, which was a rampant problem when the men arrived.

However, now, thanks to Sukumaran, the drug problem has largely been controlled, the SMH reported. 

Now, with the execution looming, many fear that the prison will soon be run by the drug overlords. 

Sukumaran, who worked on getting a degree in fine arts in prison, has been painting regularly throughout his stay.

One of his final paintings was of a bleeding heart, and it was signed by all nine prisoners set to be executed.

 

 

A self-portrait of Sukumaran looking resigned and up towards the sky. This was titled 'Second last day'.

​Andrew Chan

Ahead of the execution, Chan has married his girlfriend Febyanti Herewila (below, in white) in prison in a ceremony attended by family and close friends. 

His brother, Mr Michael Chan, said: "It was an enjoyable moment.

"It's tough times, but happy times at the same time," said Mr Chan.

Yet, he still held out hope that Mr Widodo will "show some compassion, some mercy - so these two young people can carry on with their lives".

Chan met Febyanti in jail, where they met through a mutual friend.

She is an Indonesian pastor who regularly went to the jail as part of her outreach work.

Chan too had converted to Chrstianity during his time in jail. And he is now a pastor.

Together with Sukumaran, he too is responsible for the extensive rehabilitation programs that run across the prison.

He organised many courses and also provided English-language church service in the prison.

Chan was also a mentor to many.

Sources: Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian

 

 

 

 

WATCH: Monkey drop-kicks tourist after rude gesture

A monkey drop kicks a tourist who showed the middle finger to it earlier in a temple in Shimla, India.

Ask and you shall receive.

And well, this tourist definitely asked for trouble.

Security camera footage shows a young tourist in Shimla, India showing a rude gesture (involve a particular finger) to one of the area's monkeys. And he immediately got what he deserved.

The monkey is seen immediately jumping onto the man and kicking him in the head and knocking him to the ground.

The animal then returns to its original post.

Fortunately for the man, he wasn't hurt as he is seen getting up to walk off.

The monkeys at the Jakhoo temple are known to cause problems for both tourists and locals.

The Shimla India guide website actually warns tourists tha the monkeys are "not pleasant animals". 

It also says :"They roam around in gangs looking for the opportunity to rob tourists of their food or any other item which catches their eyes."

And now you know never to show the finger to a monkey too. 

Source: Huffington Post

 

Watch: Firefighters battle early morning blaze in Joo Koon

SCDF’s officers battling the fire at Joo Kon on Tusday (April 28)
Firefighters battled a fire which broke out in the industrial area of Joo Koon on april 28.

A fire broke out in the industrial area of Joo Koon on Tuesday morning (April 28).

Thick black smoke billowed from the Yeow Heng Industrial Pte Ltd warehouse, which stores car parts.

Around 80 firefighters and 23 vehicles were deployed after the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at around 6.40 a.m.

An SCDF spokesman said the the fire "involved paper products and combustible materials in two factory units measuring an area of about half a football field".

The fire was brought under control after about 30 minutes, and no injuries were reported. 

The cause of the fire is being investigated. 

 

Watch: Second video of SCDF trainees trashing dorm emerges

A screenshot from a video showing an SCDF trainee smearing black shoe polish on the floor of a dorm.

A second video of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) trainees trashing a dorm has been shared on Facebook.

The video, lasting almost a minute, was uploaded by Facebook group "Rilek1Corner" on Tuesday, April 28.

At the start of the video, a trainee can bee seen smearing what looks like black shoe polish on the floor of the dorm with his boot.

The video then pans to the rest of the dorm, showing broken bunk beds, chairs, fans and cupboards.

Mattresses and pillows are also strewn all over the floor.

 

 

Ooooppsss ada lagi video rupanya...Just a nasihat - kalau nak buat chinese calligraphy, pakai brush, ink and paper. Jangan pakai kiwi, boots, and lantai bunk, macam ni hantu.

Posted by Rilek1Corner on Monday, April 27, 2015

This is the second video to emerge of SCDF trainees trashing a dorm room, with the first going viral on Monday (April 27). 

Netizens have been critical of the trainees' actions. 

Facebook user Aura Sarah called the trainees irresponsible and said their actions would run the risk of tarnishing SCDF's reputation.


PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Others commented on the irony of how their own videos have landed them into trouble.


PHOTO: FACEBOOK

On Monday (April 27), SCDF released a statement on its Facebook after the first video of the trainees trashing their bunk went viral.

In the statement, SCDF said that they are investigating the incident. 


Related report: Video shows SCDF trainees trashing dorm room

120 drug offenders arrested in 7-day islandwide operation

A suspect arrested during one of the operations conducted over seven days by the Central Narcotics Bureau, in which a total of 120 suspected drug offenders were arrested.

A total of 120 drug offenders were arrested in a seven-day islandwide operation by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). 

CNB seized about 223g of heroin, 45g of ‘Ice’, 394g of cannabis, 29g of ketamine, 17 ‘Ecstasy’ tablets and 10 Erimin-5 tablets during the operation. 

Cigarettes believed to contain synthetic cannabis were also seized. The drugs are estimated to be worth $38,000.

Supported by officers from the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the operation, which lasted from April 20 to April 27, was conducted in various locations across Singapore including Bedok, Bendemeer, Boon Lay, Geylang, Jalan Bukit Merah, Jurong, Marsiling, Pasir Ris, Serangoon, Toa Payoh, Woodlands and Yishun.

Two suspected drug traffickers, a 66-year-old Singaporean male and a 39-year-old Singaporean male, were arrested during the operation, 

In one of the operations conducted in the early hours of  April 22, CNB officers raided the hideout of the 66-year-old suspected drug trafficker in the vicinity of Bedok North.

A total of about 74g of heroin, a small amount of ‘Ice’, cash amounting to $34,345, a digital weighing scale and empty plastic packets were seized from the unit where the 66-year-old suspect was hiding.

In a separate operation conducted on the same day, a 26-year-old suspected drug abuser was arrested in a private housing estate in Jurong East.

Investigations led to the arrest of the 39-year-old suspected drug trafficker in Geylang Lorong 3.

He was brought to his Geylang flat where officers found 29g of ketamine, 27g of ‘Ice’, numerous ‘Ecstasy’ and Erimin-5 tablets, and cigarette sticks suspected to contain synthetic cannabis.

Investigations on the two suspected drug traffickers are ongoing.

'Can I stay in Australia please'

Autistic boy writes to minister after he is denied visa

PLEA: 10-year-old autistic Filipino boy Tyrone Sevilla wrote an emotional letter asking for permission to stay in Australia, as tens of thousands called for him not to be deported.
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