Serial shoplifters who stole more than $30k worth of goods arrested

More than $30,000 worth of stolen goods were seized from two suspected serial shoplifters on Thursday (Nov 13), according to a police statement.

Following multiple reports of shop theft in the Orchard Road and Novena area received since July, police were able to narrow down their search and identify the pair - a 39 year-old man and a 35 year-old woman - through their investigations.

Police made their move on Thursday and arrested them at a home in the Sembawang area.

More than 100 items including branded handbags, wallets and sunglasses believed to have been stolen were recovered from the unit, with estimates placing their value at more than $30,000.

Items seized from a police raid on two suspected serial shoplifters. PHOTOS: SPF

The suspects will be charged in the State Courts on Saturday (Nov 15) for theft and face up to seven years in jail as well as a fine if convicted.

ICYMI: Meet the 'Mad' angel

A look back at stories from The New Paper on Sunday

People who beat all odds, people who do unusual things in their lives, and people who make a difference. They are the ones who have made it to our pages every Sunday. This weekend, readers can look forward to a refreshed read with our revamp. Here, we highlight some of the stories that have made a difference, in our lives, in your lives and in our lives.
One man was so moved by a story about a four-year-old boy with no kidneys he took a step few would ever consider. The story was a June 2010 edition of The New Paper. Instead of just feeling vague pity, Mr Lin Dilun did the unthinkable – he gave his healthy kidney to a total stranger. The operation took four hours to complete. The bachelor revealed to The New Paper on Sunday why he subjected himself to a battery of tests for an act that people called ‘mad’.


This story was first published Aug 5, 2012


Guardian angel, “kor kor”, and yes, mad man.

Mr Lin Dilun, 27, has been called all that.

You see, he has done something extraordinary.

Something that confounds even the experts. After reading a story about a boy who had no kidney in The New Paper in 2010, Mr Lin made a monumental decision – he was going to donate one of his healthy kidneys to the complete stranger.

And after a two-year journey packed with interviews and medical tests, Mr Lin did just that two weeks ago. He underwent a four-hour operation at the National University Hospital (NUH) to remove one of his kidneys.

Today, little Bryan Liu, 6, is recovering, with Mr Lin’s kidney in him. Mr Lin, an events consultant, has given the boy, who started Primary 1 this year, a new lease of life. He says, in typically modest fashion: “I have something I don’t need and someone needs it – it’s perfectly logical to give it to him. “The crucial thing is, if I give it away, can I still survive? If yes, it’s no loss to me. It makes perfect sense.”

Not so to some of his friends and relatives. They thought him mad. Mr Lin is now back home in a three-room flat in Ang Mo Kio, while Bryan is still recovering in hospital. Mr Lin’s parents are divorced and his mother has remarried.

He has an elder brother and two younger half-siblings. The former Nanyang Polytechnic student describes himself as fun-loving. But his act is all-loving: Organ donations are few. As of March this year, there are 448 patients on the national waiting list for a kidney transplant, said a Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman.

Cases of living donors are rare. And donors are often relatives or people who know the patient. MOH does not track the number of unrelated altruistic organ donors in Singapore. When told that Bryan’s donor is a Singaporean, renal physician Dr Akira Wu, 62, who has done at least 300 kidney transplants in 20 years, said it is the first case of a Singaporean altruistic donor he is aware of.

To prevent financial and emotional complications and potential abuse, by law, the donor and the recipient – or their families – are not meant to be in direct contact. But if both donor and recipient agree to meet, they can do so. Mr Lin and Bryan first met on July 23 – two days after the transplant – when, on Mr Lin’s request, he was wheeled to Bryan’s hospital bed. Mr Lin’s mother, Madam Serene Neo, 47, a housewife, accompanied him. It was at this meeting that Bryan called him “kor kor” (elder brother in Cantonese).

Said Mr Lin: “Bryan started telling me what he wanted to do once he recovers. He wants to go swimming, visit Hong Kong’s Disneyland and go on holidays.”

He then introduced his mother to Bryan, telling the little boy: “This is Auntie. She gave me two kidneys so that I can give one to you.”

Mr Lin said the little boy then thanked his mother too. He said: “Bryan just brings joy to people around him. When we visited him, he was the one making everyone laugh and smile. “For a boy who had gone through so much, he approaches life with a big smile. He is remarkable. He’s fearless about life.”

While the law provides for a donor’s identity to be kept a secret, Mr Lin decided to “out” himself. His reason is altruism.

He wants to create greater awareness about live organ donation in the hope that more people would come forward to save lives.

He said: “We are less liable to do something if we do not know what it entails.” He hopes that by sharing his two-year journey, which culminated in the kidney transplant, potential donors are able to “put a name and a face” to a living example in Singapore. “With proper information and explanation,

I hope that anyone out there who may be hesitant about taking that step forward can find the motivation to do so,” he says.

Mr Lin was discharged six days after the procedure and by the 12th day, he was taking slow walks around his neighbourhood. Except for some lifestyle changes, like taking less salt, eating healthily and not taking certain painkillers, Mr Lin was told his quality of life should not change.

Before the transplant, he used to play football every week and paintball once or twice a month.

He intends to return to the pitch in three months’ time. And as for Bryan, his mother said that he is doing very well – eating and sleeping well. But life has changed for Mr Lin, even if he says he is still the same person he was before the operation. His life has just become extraordinary.

Johor Baru teen detained for suspected illegal abortion and dumping foetus

Police have detained a 16-year-old girl suspected of illegally aborting the foetus and dumping it in a box near a cemetery in Johor Bahru, on Thursday (Nov 13).

The police discovered the foetus inside a box placed under a bamboo tree.

The teenager was tracked down by police and detained for questioning. 

Johor Baru Selatan district police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh said that the suspect is a student in one of the schools there.

An investigation revealed that the 16-year-old committed the illegal abortion at a private hospital in the city.

Source: New Straits Times Online 

A minute with: Steve Carell on his creepy turn in 'Foxcatcher'

Hollywood makeup wizardry made comic Steve Carell unrecognisable for his latest star turn as heir John du Pont in director Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher.

The film portrays the tragic relationship between du Pont and the wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz, brothers who won Olympic gold medals.

Carell, 52, best known for smash comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the hit TV series The Office, talked to Reuters about his creepy appearance and exploring his character's past.

Channing Tatum (L) and Steve Carell attend the screening of Sony Pictures Classics' Foxcatcher on Tuesday in New York City.

Q: How did you prepare to play du Pont?

I thought about who he was as a little kid, the environment he grew up in. He was very sheltered. He essentially grew up in this enormous estate with his mother, who by all accounts was not the most warm person. At his core, he was a very lonely person.

And all those things sort of layered on top in terms of how he became a sportsman and interested in wrestling and other sports and how he surrounded himself with these men that he perceived as great athletes and great Americans. He just yearned for so much that he just didn't have the tools to acquire.

Photos: AFP

Q: You were quite the unsettling presence on set.

It sounds pretentious to say that, but I think it was in great part because of the hair and makeup. It was a three-hour process in the morning. Even the guy who would pick me up at the hotel, drive me to hair and makeup and would take me from there to set - even he treated me differently. It wasn’t like I was in character. I wasn’t doing anything. Just by virtue of what I looked like, he did not talk to me.

And I felt it too on set. When I had all the stuff on and I looked that way, people tended to avoid me a little bit more. It was a bit off-putting, which was good.

Q: How do you feel now that you've had some good reviews?

I am so cocky right now, just strutting around. My wife can't even deal with me. I am having T-shirts made with quotes of the movie.

You know what? I am really happy for Bennett because it's been eight years. The fact that he is able to soak this up and take in this acknowledgement is a big, big deal.

Source: Reuters

WATCH: Employee fires AK-47 at vehicle with CEO inside in safety test

An employee fires shots at his CEO who is sat inside the bulletproof vehicle.

Texas Armoring Corporation, an amoured car company, takes clients safety seriously. 

Just how serious?

An employee of the company fired 12 rounds from an AK-47 at the Mercedes-Benz as the company's CEO, Mr Trent Kimball, sat behind the wheel.

Seemingly adept with the weapon, Mr Lawrence Kosub, the company's sales and export compliance manager, fired shots at the SUV's windscreen which withstood the barrage.

"When it comes to assuring our clients' safety, we take product testing extremely seriously," Mr Kimball says in a video uploaded on YouTube.

After the firing, he comes out of the car before saying: "Life is valuable - protect it".

Texas Armoring Corporation supplies armoured vehicles to celebrities such as rapper T.I, actor Steven Seagal and even the Pope. 

Source: Mail Online, My San Antonio

WATCH: New steamy trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey is red hot!

The new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer was released earlier today.

Fifty Shades of Grey fans, here's something to indulge in this weekend.

new trailer showing the film adaptation of the erotic novel is out. And it's longer compared to the sneak peek in July, which left many screaming for more.

The new trailer shows more of actor Jamie Dornan, who plays Christian Grey. Trust us - the on-screen chemistry he has with Anastasia Steele (played by Dakota Johnson) is palpable.

The book, which the film is based on, is the first in an immensely popular trilogy, so popular it has been translated into 50 languages and sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.

The story revolves around manipulative billionaire Christian Grey and the innocent Anastasia Steele as they explore the world of kinky sex.

The film premieres on Valentine's Day next year, a ong wait for fans who are probably lapping up every second of the trailer even as you're reading this.

Going by the comments, they were clearly too excited to reveal eloquent takes on social media. 







Source: E!Online



'Free sperm donors' who actually have sex with strangers looking to conceive

Kyle Gordy, 23, offers to have sex with women desperate to have children.

Joe is a married man with three teenage children. He's also a successful internet entrepreneur. 

And whenever he can, he flies around the country to secretly have sex with women - as a "free sperm donor".

Joe, who offers his services through "natural insemination", has fathered more than 30 children through this seven-year "career".   

Unwilling to disclose his real identity for fear of his wife finding out, Joe likens his home life to being the "Clark Kent" to his "Superman" services to women as a free sperm donor. 

Usually, women, who want children and believe that sexual intercourse is the most effective method of conception, make contact with donors online.

With no money changing hands, they meet up and have sex with the aim of creating a child.

100 women

Speaking to ABC News' 20/20, Joe claims to have slept with more than 100 women as a free sperm donor. 

However, Joe, who describes himself as a discerning person, said: "I'm not having intercourse with these women when there's no chance of pregnancy,"  

Another free sperm donor who did not mind being identified was 23-year-old Kyle Gordy.

"I don't do any drugs, I don't smoke, I don't drink caffeine. I eat only sperm-friendly food: wheat, brown rice... fruit and vegetables," said Gordy.

Gordy told ABC News that he is not just looking for the sex, but to help women have children.

Source: ABC News, Mail Online

ICYMI: He killed my boys but I forgive him

A look back at stories from The New Paper on Sunday

People who beat all odds, people who do unusual things in their lives, and people who make a difference. They are the ones who have made it to our pages every Sunday. And this weekend, readers can look forward to a refreshed read with our revamp. Here, we highlight some of the stories that have made a difference, in our lives, in your lives and in our newsmakers' lives.
It was an accident that gripped Singapore. The sight of Madam Suliani Ang wailing at the scene, where her sons had been hit by a cement truck in Tampines. Their broken bodies were next to a mangled bicycle. She bravely recalled the traumatic episode to The New Paper on Sunday.While she broke down in tears during the interview, she said that her anger at the driver had turned into forgiveness. Her reason? Because he must be suffering too.

This story was first published Feb 03, 2013

It’s a day she will never forget. Ever.

It was around 7pm last Monday evening. Madam Suliani Ang, 38, had just started her shift at the counter at a fast-food restaurant in Tampines Mart, not far from the flat where she lives with her husband and two sons, Nigel and Donavan Yap.

Picking up her mobile phone, she noticed that there were several missed calls from her husband, and a text message in Chinese.

It read: “The Traffic Police called and said our two boys have died in a traffic accident.”

Speaking to The New Paper on Sunday in her first full media interview last Friday night (Feb 1, 2013), Madam Ang recalls tearfully: “My heart went dead then.”

In a two-hour interview at her family’s four-room HDB flat in Tampines Street 44, Madam Ang, born in Indonesia and now a Singapore citizen, recounts the events on the fateful day when her two boys were killed when a cement truck rammed into them at the junction of Tampines Ave 9 and Tampines Street 45 as they were cycling home from school.

Her elder son, Nigel, 13, had volunteered to pick his brother Donavan, seven, up from school after the younger boy’s wushu class.

Madam Ang had planned to leave for work only after the boys had come home that evening.

She recalls: “I waited but they had not come home, so I sent a text message to Nigel and told him, ‘Mummy is going off to work. When you’re back, please remember to teach Ah Di (little brother in Hokkien) his spelling’.

“I thought since it was Donavan’s first day of wushu class, he could have been delayed in school.”

Madam Ang reported for work at about 6pm. But as the minutes ticked by, a feeling of unease began to play on her mind. Eyes brimming with tears, she struggles, takes a deep breath, then says in a voice choked with emotion: “My heart was beating so fast, and I just kept praying and praying over and over again.

“Somehow by then, I knew that something was terribly wrong.”

Half an hour later, she couldn’t wait any longer. She asked her manager for permission to make an urgent call. She called home using the restaurant’s phone. No one answered. She also called her husband, Mr Francis Yap, 39, to tell him that both children were not home, and asked that he check on them.

The Singapore Armed Forces regular was on his way home from work at the time.

“All this time, my heart raced erratically. I just knew something was totally wrong,” she says. Thirty minutes later, she told her manager she needed to make another call. “I went to the locker to get my mobile phone, and it was then that I saw the missed calls (from Mr Yap) and the text message.”

Her heart went cold, and her mind went blank. Madam Ang dashed out of the room and told her manager: “Something happened to my children.” She says: “I didn’t wait for the manager to respond, I just rushed off to get my bicycle and pedalled down the road (towards Street 45).

“The wheels seemed so heavy, it almost drained all of my energy just trying to get there.” When she reached the accident site, she saw a group of people. She had reached the scene before her husband.

Says Madam Ang in small voice: “At first I was wondering where they were. I couldn’t see them. So many people were milling around. “But I broke into a half-run, dragging my bicycle along with me, and pushed through the crowd.

“I heard someone shouting at me, I shouted back ‘I am the mother!’ I just didn’t care.” When she finally reached the spot and identified herself, a policeman asked if she wanted to wait for her husband.

“I said no, I want to see my children first,” says Madam Ang. “When they lifted the flap of the tent (used to cover the boys’ bodies), I saw there were two (of them). I said, ‘wah two, ah?’ “That was my first reaction.”

And here, the mother grieves again. Silently. She struggles to regain her composure, then says: “I saw my younger son first. It was like he was sleeping. I tugged at his legs, calling out to him to wake up.”

Her voice trails off, and she breaks down: “But my older one...he’s so pitiful. Really so pitiful.” Nigel had suffered severe head injuries from the accident. “You know, two children gone at one time, just like that. No choice... really nothing I can do.” The days after the accident had been a blur for Madam Ang and Mr Yap. But the couple seems more composed during the interview on Friday.

She shares that they had picked up the boys’ ashes that afternoon and placed the two urns in a niche at Mandai Crematorium and Columbarium. “They were so close in life. They died together.

They now have each other as companions,” she says. During the interview, the couple is interrupted by a stranger who has come to offer her prayers and condolences.

When we resume the interview, Madam Ang says: “We are very touched by the outpouring of encouragement and support from people all over Singapore.” Her spirit seems to lift a little when the topic turns to what her boys were like growing up.

Madam Ang admits that she had a harder time with Nigel in the earlier years, right from the start. “Nigel was late by a week and his birth had to be induced. As I was working then, his paternal grandparents helped to look after him,” she recalls.

When Nigel went to Primary 1, he was diagnosed as suffering from a hyperactive disorder. “But my in-laws felt that as a boy, it was natural for him to be a little mischievous,” she says. Nigel’s teacher recommended that he get professional medical help. By then, he had gone back to live with his parents because Donavan had come along and the family had a maid. Nigel was put on medication.

But after taking only half a pill instead of the prescribed one pill, he was listless and complained of being tired. Madam Ang says: “I was scared and worried. I went back to the doctor, who told me that it’s part of the side effects of the medicine. “In the end, I decided not to let him continue.”

Donavan came along after the couple had tried for a few years for another child. She says: “It was the first time I experienced what it was like to be a mother – to deliver a baby naturally.” Donavan was also precious because Madam Ang had to abort her second pregnancy when the baby, at 10 weeks, was found to have no heartbeat. The abortion happened during a time when Nigel was hospitalised at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

He had a fluctuating fever and blood in his stool after suffering bouts of diarrhoea. Mr Yap recounts: “It was the most difficult time then – Nigel was in the children’s ward and my wife was in the women’s ward.

“When we were told we had to abort the baby, we were filled with extreme sadness.”

Six months later, they started tryingg for another baby but it would be another few years before they succeeded. Madam Ang clarifies that the delay was not a result of Nigel’s condition. “We tried Western doctors, we went for traditional Chinese medicine but nothing seemed to work. Donavan was our miracle,” she says.

She quit her job at a factory when Nigel was in Primary 6. She shares how Nigel’s teachers had been worried that he would not pass his PSLE, and how he was later downgraded to Foundation class. “He had mood swings too, and I believe that it was because he gave himself pressure. But I kept reminding him that if he could pass, it’d be good enough. But if he didn’t, I told him it was still okay.”

She says: “I always told Nigel that I would be happy as long as he could pass. Nigel was ecstatic when he passed his PSLE, says Madam Ang with a smile.

She says: “He went around and announced to anyone who’d care to listen, ‘I passed! I passed!’

“When people asked him what his aggregate score was, he had no qualms about shouting out ‘121’.

“To him, it was more important that he passed.”

Nigel was posted to the Normal (Technical) stream. It was Nigel’s maturity that made her decide to return to work in October last year.

She says: “Nigel told me that he was growing be a young man. “He told me he’d take care of Ah Di (little brother).”

It was a promise he kept when Madam Ang was at work. Nigel would help to warm up the food that she had prepared before she went to work from 6pm to 10pm. “When his father was home, he’d make a cup of coffee.

He’d wash the dishes, put the clothes in the washing machine and vacuum the floor,” she says, brimming with pride.

“He took over my role at home so that I could focus on my work.” She pauses for several minutes again, lost in her own thoughts, then says: “Nigel loved his di di (younger brother) very much. Di di always bullied his brother because he knew that.”

Still, the boys were close despite their six-year age gap. Madam Yap says it’s because of her husband’s fatherly touch.

Mr Yap says: “Our friends told us to be careful of Nigel’s feelings, given the age gap. So we were always mindful of his feelings.

“We made it a point to explain to Nigel that his younger brother needed more attention because of his age, and we also made sure that we didn’t neglect Nigel.”

Looking at the framed photos of her boys in the master bedroom, Madam Ang says the position of the photos represent the spots on the floor where they slept on mattresses. “I told Nigel last year that they should sleep in their own room, but he’d manja (“act pampered” in Malay) and said to wait until his exams were over.

When I reminded him after his exams, he asked me to wait until after the school holidays. “Then earlier this year, he told me, ‘I still prefer to sleep with you’.”

Nigel picked the spot nearer to the bedroom toilet.

Madam Ang explains: “He knew that his brother was afraid of the heat, so he offered to sleep further away just so that Donavan could enjoy the air-con.”

Madam Ang remembers the last family outing with her boys – a trip to Universal Studios Singapore as part of Mr Yap’s military unit’s family day celebration. It was two days before the tragic accident. She didn’t want to go at first. “We had been there before and I thought of giving it a miss since I had a church event at noon,” she says.

“But the boys pleaded with me because they really wanted to go, and despite knowing that I’d be too tired, we made it down as early as 8.45am.” She says: “And now, I am grateful that we had spent our last weekend happily, without any regret.” With the boys gone, Madam Ang says it will be hard to move on.

She admits that she was angry with the driver when she was first trying to cope with the tragedy. “And the truth is, I didn’t know that there were heavy vehicles at that time of the day. “Donavan used to finish school by 2pm,” she says with a heavy sigh. But she and Mr Yap have now chosen to forgive the cement-truck driver.

She says: “Hating him will not bring our sons back. And we are very certain that he too is suffering from the knowledge of what has happened, and from our suffering.”

She does not intend to have another baby. “I don’t think I can live with another loss, if I ever had to be put through another test,” she says.

“And having another baby will also not be able to replace my two beautiful boys.” Madam Ang admits that she has not given much thought about what the future holds for her.

But for now, she wants to donate the new outfits that she had bought for the boys for Chinese New Year.

“I want to share my sons’ love for each other with the needy,” she says.

“I want to keep only their school uniforms as mementos of the babies who had come into our lives and brought us so much hope, love and joy.”

Tiger on the loose near Paris sparks police hunt

A picture taken by a passerby shows a tiger on the loose walking in Montevrain, east of Paris, on November 13, 2014.

A tiger hunt is on in France after a Paris resident on Thursday (Nov 13), snapped a photo of the fearsome animal in a carpark.

The big cat still remains at large since and the public have been told to stay indoors.

It was spotted in a supermarket car park in the town of Montevrain - just a stone's throw from Disneyland Paris.

Supermarket manager Jean-Baptiste Berdeaux told reporters: "My wife saw it this morning. She didn't get out of the car and called me to say: 'I think I saw a lynx'."

Others later came forward claiming they had seen the tiger on the prowl.

Unsuccessful search

More than 100 police officers and firefighters armed with tranquiliser guns were deployed to comb the area in the Seine-et-Marne district near the French capital.

Despite being backed up by a helicopter, the search was unsuccessful.

A wildlife expert said: "We’re going to try and sedate it, but if it becomes dangerous or aggressive, we’ll give the order to kill it."

Earlier this month, a circus had visited the area but all of its animals have been accounted for.

Speculation suggests that the loose predator could have from Parc des Felins - a big cat park - in Lumigny Nesle-Ormeaux some 18 miles away from Montevrain.

Source: AFP, Mail Online, Mirror Online

Michael Schumacher's family 'speechless' at love and sympathy from fans worldwide

F1 ace Michael Schumacher is still recovering from a skiing accident that nearly ended his life.

Michael Schumacher's family are "speechless" at the love and support the stricken F1 star has been receiving from fans worldwide. 

On Thursday (Nov 13), Schumacher's official website was reactivated to mark the 20th anniversary of clinching his first Formula One title.

On his new relaunched website, the former F1 driver's wife Corinna, 45, and children Mick, 15, and Gina-Marie, 17, said: "Every day wishes for his recovery arrive and the extent of sympathy for him makes us speechless.

"We can only say thank you for that, that you fight with him and us together. We remain confident and hope for the best for Michael.

"Your strength helps us continue to support him in his fight."

Website a "home"

Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm is hoping that the website will give fans of the motor-racing star a “home” as they continue to support him in his recovery.

“We hope to thus give the many fans from all over the world, whose sympathy is still unbroken after his accident, a home,” said the manager. 

Schumacher is receiving treatment at his home in Gland, Switzerland, after suffering brain injuries when he slammed his head against a rock in a skiing accident in December.

He had two operations to remove potentially fatal blood clots and was then put into a medically induced coma.

But he was allowed to leave hospital in September after being treated first in a hospital in the French city of Grenoble and then in a clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland.

While no new information was given about his condition, a doctor in charge of his care said in September that Schumacher was making progress but would need years to recover.

Source: Mirror Online, AFP