Dos and Don'ts of flying a Drone

 An aerial photo of the Merlion at Sentosa taken by DJI Phantom 2 Vision, a drone operated by The New Paper.
An aerial photo of the Merlion at Sentosa taken by DJI Phantom 2 Vision, a drone operated by The New Paper.

With drones being the latest fancy gadget everyone wants, especially since it flies, rules and regulations have been put in place to make sure that it doesn't violate anybody's privacy and also that it is safe. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore has stated a list of regulations every drone owner should follow and also asked owners to apply for a permit. 

Most drone owners buy it purely for the fun of flying a really cool looking machine or to take videos and photos.

But not everybody knows how to make full use of the drone and what you should avoid. 

Just follow these Dos and Don'ts and you'll be fine. 


  • Attach a camera to it and take beautiful aerial shots. Be sure to check where you can and can't take pictures

    Photo: TNP

  • Take a really cool aerial selfie if you have a big group with you. 


  • Do use it to deliver something to someone living or working nearby. If Domino's can do it, why can't you? 


  • Do capture unique videos like how fireworks look from the top. (Though the life of your drone may be out of your control if you go too close.)


  • Don't use your drone to spy on people in high-rise buildings. 
  • Don't fly your drone with your batteries almost dying. It's not fun to have your control die on you and have no way to bring your drone down, except to wait for it to sky-dive. 


  • Don't use it to fight with animals. YOU WILL LOSE.


  • Don't use it to annoy people. They don't care that you spent thousands of dollars one it. 


  • Don't fly indoors if you've never used it before. It'll hit the ceiling in three seconds. 

Sources: CAAS, Gizmodo, 


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Former America's Next Top Model contestant found murdered in triple homicide

Former America's Next Top Model Mirjana Puhana was murder in what appeared to be a triple homicide.
Former America's Next Top Model Mirjana Puhana was murder in what appeared to be a triple homicide.

Former America's Next Top Model (ANTM) contestant Mirjana Puhar was killed in what appeared to be a triple homicide yesterday.

Her boyfriend, Jonathan Alvarado, 23, and his roommate Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia, 21, was also found dead.

TMZ reported that Puhar had just moved in with the pair. 

Puhar was on the most recent season of the popular reality TV series and was eliminated in the 10th episode.

Police have arrested a 19-year-old suspect Emmanuel Jesus Rangel, who is said to have known the victims.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina said that officers discovered the body of the three victims. 

The murders are believed to be drug-related, according to the law enforcement officials.

Puhar was a Serbian refugee who arrived in the United States with her family at the age of five. She then began modelling at the age of 12.

ANTM host Tyra Banks and judge J. Alexander tweeted their condolences.




The season's winner Keith Carlos also also expressed his sadness at her death.



Sources: TMZ, E! Online

Man being investigated for taking upskirt photo at Commonwealth MRT

A man is being investigated for allegedly taking an upskirt photo of a woman.

A man, 37, is being investigated for taking an upskirt photo of a 31-year-old woman.

The suspect placed his mobile phone under her skirt from behind as the victim was going up the escalator at Commonwealth MRT station.

When she noticed this, the woman shouted for help. The suspect fled from the scene.

The suspect was found after intensive enquiries and review of footage from police cameras by Queenstown NPC Crime Strike Force officers.

Investigations are ongoing.

If convicted, the suspect may be imprisoned for up to one year, or have to pay a fine, or both.


Madonna falls while performing at Brit Awards. Guess what happens next?

Singer Madonna falls during her performance at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London.

As the saying goes, the show must go on.

And Madonna clearly took that seriously.

The 56-year-old performer took a hard tumble when she fell backwards off a short flight of stairs while performing her new song Living for Love.


She was standing at the edge of a staircase, and the performance required a dancer to remove the cape she was wearing. 

Unfortunately, the cape was tied too tight and she took a bad fall backwards.

But being a professional, Madonna quickly picked herself up and finished the song.



Madonna took to Instagram fans to let them know she's fine - and even referenced the lyrics of her new song.

Ah, nothing like a bad fall to promote your new song.



And that wasn't the only dramatic moment at the Brit Awards.

Kanye West was the night's hero after he stepped in to replace Rihanna at the last minute... after she failed to turn up for rehearsals.

The Brit Awards organisers panicked after the no-show and quickly made plans with West after it was revealed he was in London and available.

And of course, he completely owned the stage - with a flame thrower, and a crew of dancers - as he debuted a new track All Day.

Sources: Mail Online, Vox

Lee Kuan Yew still warded in ICU at SGH

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is still warded in ICU at the Singapore General Hospital.

Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew is still warded in ICU at Singapore General Hospital, said the Prime Minister's Office in a statement released this morning (Feb 26).

The statement also added: "He remains sedated and on mechanical ventilation.

"His doctors have restarted him on antibiotics, and are continuing to monitor him closely."

Mr Lee was admitted to the hospital on Feb 5 for severe pneumonia.

Related report: Lee Kuan Yew admitted to hospital for severe pneumonia, condition has stabilised 




Champions League: Monaco put Arsenal on brink of elimination

Monaco's Dimitar Berbatov scores their second goal against Arsenal


Arsene Wenger described Arsenal's performance as a combination of giving away goals, missed chances and "suicidal" defending.

Former Tottenham striker Dimitar Berbatov returned to haunt the London side as Monaco secured a 3-1 win in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie at the Emirates Stadium.

The French side, whom Gunners boss Arsene Wenger guided to the Ligue 1 title in 1988, had been viewed as one of the weaker seeds for the knockout stages, but proved anything but as Arsenal failed to get out of first gear and were punished as Olivier Giroud had a night to forget, missing several good chances.

A 25-yard deflected effort from Geoffrey Kondogbia put Monaco ahead on 38 minutes, and after Giroud had spurned another two great chances to get his side level, Berbatov crashed in a second on the break.

Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, returning from a groin injury, grabbed Arsenal a lifeline in stoppage-time only for Yannick Carrasco to slot home a third away goal on the break which leaves Arsenal facing exit from Europe before the quarter-finals once again.

It had earlier been a positive start, as Danny Welbeck, preferred again to England team-mate Theo Walcott, got ahead of Elderson and into the Monaco penalty area, but curled an angled shot just over.

Mesut Ozil was appealing for handball as Brazilian defender Wallace came across to shepherd a long pass up field out for a corner - with replays showing the German may well have had a case despite it being missed by both the referee and his assistant behind the goal.

Monaco - who had conceded only twice in the last 17 matches - looked to hit Arsenal on the break with the 34-year-old forward Berbatov, who left Fulham to join Monaco in Janaury 2014, the main outlet. He was roundly jeered by the home fans but would have the last laugh.

When the Gunners did manage a to briefly rally, Alexis Sanchez had to dig the ball out from behind him 18 yards out, and floated it just over the crossbar.

Joao Moutinho's volley flew high off target after a break down the left, before Monaco took an unexpected lead on 38 minutes.

The ball was moved inside to Kondogbia some 25 yards out, and his shot took a big deflection off Per Mertesacker and flew past David Ospina.

The Gunners, who had been in good domestic form to climb into the top three of the Premier League and FA Cup quarter-finals, needed to inject some life into their game for the second half.

Sanchez burst clear down the right and crossed to the near post, but Giroud missed his kick and stabbed the ball wide.

The French forward, who netted his 50th Arsenal goal in Saturday's 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, was beating the turf in frustration again a few minutes later when he headed over after a curling free-kick into the Monaco box.

It proved a crucial miss, as Monaco broke to double their lead on 53 minutes with a clinical counter attack.

After Mertesacker over-committed upfield, Anthony Martial carried the ball down the left and pushed it square to Berbatov, who showed good strength to hold off the retreating Arsenal defence and slam the ball past Ospina.

The Emirates Stadium faithful now vented their frustrations on the team as Arsenal could not get any sort of rhythm.

Heads were in hands again when Sanchez's snapshot was parried out by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and fell to Giroud, who could only blast the ball over from six yards.

It proved the last act for the France forward as he was replaced on the hour by Theo Walcott.

Monaco almost went further ahead when Moutinho picked out Martial on the overlap, and his angled drive was beaten away by Ospina.

Walcott nipped ahead of the defence onto a through-ball, and saw his shot saved, with the rebound falling to Welbeck, but somehow the goal-bound follow-up hit his team-mate's leg and spun over the crossbar.

Arsenal made another change as Oxlade-Chamberlain, out since mid-January, replaced Francis Coquelin.

The England midfielder produced a fine curling finish from the edge of the penalty area in stoppage time.

But as they pressed for an equaliser, Arsenal were then hit with another hammer blow on the break as Carrasco slotted the ball into the far corner to leave Wenger's side with it all to do when they head to the Principality next month.

In a post-match interview, Wenger said: "It is just not right to give goals away the way we did.

He added: "We missed chances and were suicidal defensively."

Arsenal must now score at least three in the second leg on March 17 to avoid yet another exit at the last-16 stage.

- Sporting Life

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China's top players for OUE Singapore Open

THREE-PEAT? Chinese world No. 3 Wang Yihan (above) is bidding to be the first person to win the Singapore Open women's singles title thrice in a row since Zhang Ning (2003-2005).

Badminton's men’s world No. 1 Chen Long and women’s world No. 3 Wang Yihan will spearhead the country’s 23-strong team at the OUE Singapore Open in April.

China will send a powerful team even though the Super Series tournament falls just outside the qualifying window for the 2016 Rio Olympics, which begins on May 4 and ends on May 1 next year.

Singapore Open organising chairman Ng Yoke Weng said: “It is great news for local fans that world badminton powerhouse China is sending a strong squad for the upcoming OUE Singapore Open.

Read the full report in our print edition on Feb 26.

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