EXPERT: ENFORCEMENT IS A MUST

Action against errant cyclists is necessary, experts told The New Paper yesterday.

This comes after Tan Heng Huat, 40, was jailed five weeks yesterday for riding his power-assisted bicycle, also known as an e-bike, on the pavement and crashing into an elderly woman, who sustained severe injuries.

Mr Ronald Tay, a dealer of kick scooters and electric scooters at Scootersg.com, said motorised bicycles are dangerous on pavements as the motors could cause them to shoot off at a speed. He said such bicycles can move at high speeds after being pedalled for a while.

"If you need to get across a pavement or void deck, get off and push," Mr Tay said.

Road safety expert Gerard Pereira stressed the need for authorities to take action.

He said: "Enforcement is necessary to ensure motorised bicycle users are on the correct path. If not, the old and young are vulnerable to danger."

The Government is pushing for a car-lite Singapore. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the first phase of a cycling and walking town in Ang Mo Kio on Sunday.

It includes a new 4km biking route and cycle ramps with slow-down rumble strips.

Mr Steven Lim, president of the Safe Cycling Task Force, said it is imperative road users adopt the right mindset.

"The facilities and regulations are one thing. We first need to be mindful of our surroundings and other users.

"Hopefully, we can become a more gracious society where we can look out for one another," he said.

At present, motorised bicycles can only be used on roads.

However, they may be allowed on cycling paths and shared paths - but not footpaths - by year-end after the Government fully accepted an expert panel's recommendations to boost the use of such devices.

Under the recommendations, bicycles and personal mobility devices such as e-scooters, skateboards and hoverboards will be allowed on footpaths when the new legislation takes effect.

When this happens, Mr Tay said there will be a greater need for enforcement against those who are reckless.

He also called for mandatory insurance for e-cyclists in the event of an accident.

"This way, if they hurt someone, at least the victim can claim from their insurance," Mr Tay said.

COMPLAINTS

In a written reply on March 1 by Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan to a parliamentary question on cycling offences, he said Government agencies received about 600 complaints about errant cyclists in 2014 and 800 complaints last year.

In another question about the recourse open to those injured by cyclists, he said in a written reply: "(They) can seek compensation from the cyclists through civil action in court or private settlement, similar to victims of motoring accidents."

Last year, a 35-year-old man became the first cyclist to be taken to court for riding on a pavement meant for pedestrians after he knocked down and injured an elderly woman.

A district judge jailed him for eight weeks on Sept 7 after he pleaded guilty to committing a rash act that endangered the safety of others.

In a first, the prosecution, which had recommended a two-week jail sentence, appealed for the sentence to be reduced.

On Sept 18, Justice Chan Seng Onn allowed the appeal, cutting the jail time to three weeks.

- RONALD LOH and SHAFFIQ ALKHATIB

Local firm sacks man for Pokemon outburst criticising Singapore

It is the hottest game for your phone. Yet it has indirectly led to one man in Singapore to be get the sack.

Pokémon GO is a new augmented reality game where players capture Pokémon characters on their smartphones as though the creatures were in the real world.

The game is currently not available in Singapore yet.

This fact riled one man.

Mr Sonny Truyen took to Facebook on Saturday to express his anger, stating in a post: "you cant ****ing catch pokemon in this piece of ****ing s*** country (sic)".

He then got into a spat with another Facebook user, insulting her.

During the exchange, Mr Truyen an Australian, made a number of swipes at the country.

This was then reposted on forums and social media gaining the ire of netizens.

His employer, local property portal 99.co, got wind of what happened on Saturday evening after someone wrote to them with a screengrab of the offending post.

Mr Darius Cheung, CEO and co-founder of 99.co, told The New Paper that after verifying the facts, a meeting was held with Mr Truyen "to understand events from his perspective."

Mr Truyen, an SEO specialist, only started his job with 99.co a week before the incident.

However, Mr Cheung felt that "the only appropriate response was to terminate our engagement with him".

Mr Cheung said: "I would like to add that Sonny did apologise in the meeting and had mentioned that he regrets his actions".

When asked why 99.co terminated Mr Truyen's contract with immediate effect, Mr Cheung said: "We believe this is a matter of principle and is a non-negotiable matter for us to make a stand as a company... We saw no reason to wait."

An apology by Mr Cheung was posted on the company blog yesterday titled An Apology And an Appeal.

It stated that 99.co does not "condone such language or behaviour" .

Mr Cheung added that instead of spreading negativity, Singaporeans should "embrace diversity and individual differences".

"I hope you would join me that, each time we encounter a message of anger and of divide, instead of fuelling it with likes and shares ... we would not allow individual incidents to damage us, and we would instead stand by our friends regardless of race, language or religion, regardless of nationality or gender orientation... "

TNP Euro 2016 Goal of the Tournament Contest

We have witnessed some amazing goals this Euro 2016, but which one was the goal of the tournament?

The New Paper has selected five absolute beauties and we are asking readers to help us decide which was the cream of the crop.

The Fantastic Five are:

1) DIMITRI PAYET'S thunderbolt for France against Romania on June 11

2) CRISTIANO RONALDO'S back-heel goal for Portugal against Hungary on June 23

3) XERDAN SHAQIRI'S overhead kick for Switzerland against Poland on June 25

4) EDEN HAZARD'S solo goal for Belgium against Hungary on June 26

5) HAL ROBSON-KANU'S golazo for Wales against Belgium on July 2

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E-mail tnpcontest@sph.com.sg with the following details:

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3) Contact details

Contest closes at 5pm on Thursday (July 14).

One winner will be notified to collect the prize.

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Portugal beat France to win Euro 2016

PORTUGAL 1

FRANCE 0

Cristiano Ronaldo's tears turned into unbounded joy as Portugal secured their first major trophy, with Eder's stunning extra-time strike beating Euro 2016 hosts France 1-0.

Wednesday's clash with Wales represented a seventh major tournament semi-final but brought with it progress to a final for just the second time, 12 years on from the ignominy of falling to Greece at the end of the European Championships they hosted.

The roles were reversed at the Stade de France as the underdogs ploughed on after Ronaldo's first-half injury, making amends for the humiliation of 2004 by winning their first ever major trophy as Eder secured a 1-0 win.

The substitute struck the historic blow after 109 minutes, beating Hugo Lloris from distance as Swansea fans rubbed their eyes in disbelief given his underwhelming time at the Liberty Stadium.

This final was a fitting an end to Euro 2016 - a cagey tournament punctuated by moments of magic.

Top scorer Antoine Griezmann twice came close to producing his own during the 90 minutes and substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac saw a stoppage-time effort hit the post after Ricardo Quaresma tested Lloris with an acrobatic strike.

Portugal upped the ante in extra-time and Raphael Guerreiro's free-kick rattled the crossbar, before Eder's moment of magic.

Holding off Laurent Koscielny, the substitute made room to get away a low effort from 25 yards out that saw Fernando Santos' hard-working side make history.

A similar roar welcomed the players onto the field - so too a swarm of moths - as a grandiose closing ceremony was replaced by spine-tingling renditions of the national anthems at the Stade de France.

That passion and intensity carried onto the field as the match started at a ferocious tempo, with Nani first to threaten after collecting a clever ball from right-back Cedric.

It was a rare early voyage forwards by the Portuguese, with Griezmann forcing an exceptional one-handed save from Rui Patricio after 10 minutes.

Dimitri Payet's clipped cross was met by a fine leap and instinctive header from the tournament's top scorer, bringing a save and corner from which Olivier Giroud headed at the Portugal goalkeeper.

More worrying for Santos' men was the sight of star turn Ronaldo on the deck, fighting back the tears.

An eighth-minute challenge from Payet was missed by referee Mark Clattenburg and left the forward in serious discomfort, with initial treatment and more 10 minutes later allowing him to gingerly return to action.

When play resumed Moussa Sissoko, belying last season's hit-and-miss form with relegated Newcastle, burst forward and saw an effort deflect just off target, but then the focus was back on Ronaldo.

Clattenburg called for a stretcher, with all four corners of the ground uniting to give the Portugal captain a standing ovation as his night was brought to a premature end.

Sissoko stung Patricio's palms after a fine turn but play was becoming more tentative, with Jose Fonte nodding over before half-time was called.

Paul Pogba tried to light up the occasion with an ambitious effort and Griezmann tried his luck from an acute angle before Didier Deschamps looked for a spark by bringing Kingsley Coman on for Payet - a figure whose popularity in Portugal was made clear by their vociferous support.

There were some disgruntled home fans, too, but the replacement was soon threatening, sending over a cross from the left that Griezmann headed just over from close range.

The 20-year-old substitute was proving a handful and added extra impetus to France's attack, with Giroud forcing Patricio into a save as the match entered the final 15 minutes.

Portugal were having chances of their own and Lloris could only claw a threatening Nani cross into the path of Quaresma, whose acrobatic follow-up was going in until the France captain's intervention.

Sissoko's thumping strike forced Patricio into action once again, with Gignac turning Pepe in stoppage time to have Portuguese hearts in their mouths.

The substitute's scuffed effort hit the post and proved the last chance of note as the match entered extra time.

Ronaldo emerged with his left knee heavily strapped to help with the pep talk, with Pepe - unaware the offside flag was raised - heading just wide five minutes after play resumed.

Lloris denied Eder's header as the first period of extra time ended and was relieved to see Guerreiro's free-kick rattle back off his crossbar.

Portugal would strike a knock-out blow moments later, though. Eder shook off Koscielny's attention to send a low strike out of Lloris' reach and into the bottom corner.

The Portuguese contingent went wild and, after some nervy moments, were celebrating again, having made history in France.

- PA Sports

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Gatlin double

Veteran powers to 200m win to add to his 100m triumph at US Olympic trials

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Showing her soft side

Fearless Taiwanese TV host Pauline Lan shows sensitive side as she talks about Matilda Tao's children and co-host Lina Ng

HERE:Taiwanese TV host Pauline Lan was in Singapore for Season 4 of Lady First - Singapore.

She is known for having a razor-sharp wit and a sometimes unforgiving sense of humour, but it seems that Pauline Lan has softened over the years.

The flamboyant, straight-talking veteran Taiwanese TV host, who was in town yesterday to promote the fourth season of her variety lifestyle series Lady First - Singapore, surprised local media by revealing her sensitive side.

And she is not as fearless as she appears.

Lan had to endure a nerve-racking flight from Taipei to Singapore after super typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan on July 8 and she said: "I was actually praying that the plane would not take off that day."

She spoke to The New Paper in a group interview and said that even though Taipei was not badly hit compared to the Southern cities, she had still been worried about typhoon winds affecting the journey.

Despite her perpetually single status, the 50-year-old, who has never married or had children, does not let that stop her from being a love guru to her friends.

When asked about her romantic life, she insisted she is happy with the status quo and has zero regrets.

"Soulmates aren't limited to romantic partners," Lan said.

"I consider myself very lucky to have the love of my godchildren and close friends."

The importance that she places on her good pals is also reflected in her experiences opening her KiKi Restaurant chain that has been serving Sichuan cuisine in Taipei since 1991.

Despite the fact that her close friend and business partner, popular Taiwanese TV host Matilda Tao, shared with Lan that she was struggling with finances during KiKi's early years, Lan still decided to involve Tao in the business.

Lan went on to speak of her respect for Tao and the unwavering love Tao has for her two children.

"(Matilda) does everything for them, even moving an hour away from work for her children's schooling," said a visibly emotional Lan.

But don't think middle age is slowing her down.

NEW VENTURE

She recently ventured into new territory as a producer of Taiwanese TV series So We Are Family.

Her first stint as a producer has led to many novel discoveries, such as the lack of sleep and sanitation issues on set.

Although her job does not entail toilet duties, Lan said she had to scrub the toilet floor and ensure its cleanliness.

But the bulk of her career has been dedicated to hosting Lady First, which is still airing in Taiwan after 14 years.

Ever since she started filming the local spin-off in Singapore, she has developed a relationship with local former actress-host Lina Ng, who has been guest starring on the show since its second season.

Lady First - Singapore 4 premieres on July 26 at 8pm on E City (StarHub TV Ch 111/825).

"(Lina) has left the strongest impression on me and we've grown closer while shooting for the show," said Lan.


(Lina) has left the strongest impression on me and we've grown closer while shooting for the show.

- Taiwanese TV host Pauline Lan on former actress-host Lina Ng, her co-star on lifestyle series Lady First - Singapore

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