TNP gets innovative


What do golf and creative design have in common?

Both are innovative ventures to make SPH more than just a news company.

Mr Patrick Daniel, Editor in Chief of SPH's EMTM Group, commended The New Paper in his opening speech yesterday for paving the way in creating competitive positions in new business areas.

"Think", TNP's award-winning art department led by creative editor Ken Jalleh Jr, has commercialised its services from earlier this year, providing services in illustrations, storyboards, cartoons, interpretative journalism, online animation and infographics to clients.

The initiative was set up to meet demand from clients to communicate complex messages and policies simply and visually.

Think's aim, as it says on its website (, is "to captivate audiences in a challenging era of short attention spans and bring clarity to complexity".


SPH Golf is another venture spearheaded and run by a team from The New Paper and SPH marketing.

Swing is a new monthly golf special by SPH Golf - its first issue was published last Friday in TNP.

Swing is also published in the Business Times and The Sunday Times, but the content in each paper caters to its respective target audience.

"Our launch issue last weekend made a great start and we hope to grow it from there," said Mr Daniel.

Apart from Swing, SPH Golf will also organise golf events, starting with the BT Corporate Golf League and other events to serve the golfing community.


Who would have thought that the bootylicious music videos of several female celebrities could inspire an award-winning illustration?

Senior infographics journalist Kelvin Chan, 44, recalled how he was amused when reviewers claimed that the iPhone 6 Plus would bend if left in the back pocket.

At that time, the most popular music videos were Nicki Minaj's Anaconda, Jennifer Lopez's Booty and Taylor Swift's Shake It Off.

Mr Chan started imagining what it would have been like if limited-edition iPhones had been released for these artists and #Bendgate was born.

The cheeky illustration quickly went viral and won the Illustration of the Month award last September.

Yesterday, it won Illustration of the Year at Singapore Press Holdings' EMTM Annual Awards 2014.

Mr Chan, who also won Infographics of the Year and Society for New Design's Award of Excellence last year, said of his win yesterday: "It reminds me of why I like my work so much and to always push myself to improve."


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Man jailed for smuggling birds

A man has been jailed and another fined for attempting to smuggle animals into Singapore.

Singaporean Herman Rahmat, 38, was sentenced to three months' jail yesterday for importing 12 birds into Singapore from Vietnam without the relevant licence last November.

He was also sentenced to three months' jail for subjecting the birds to unnecessary suffering or pain. Both sentences will run concurrently.

The birds were found individually concealed in customised PVC tubes. Food and water were not provided to them. Eight of the birds subsequently died.

In the second case, another 38-year-old Singaporean, who was not named, was issued a composition fine of $5,000 yesterday for importing a bearded dragon and an iguana into Singapore from Malaysia.

They were discovered at the Woodlands Checkpoint in the spare tyre compartment of a Singapore-registered vehicle on March 25 this year.

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CCTVs to monitor 40 more locations to deter illegal parking

Another 40 locations with closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will start operating across the island from April 15 to deter illegal parking, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday.

This will bring the total number of locations where CCTV cameras are installed to 70 since the scheme began last April.

For easy identification of the CCTV monitoring zones, LTA has painted lamp posts or signposts within the affected areas with bright orange vertical strips.

In addition, "No Waiting" signs have been installed at passenger pick-up points with CCTV cameras to remind motorists that they are not allowed to wait at these pick-up locations, which include places near Bishan and Clementi MRT stations.

LTA added that it will call a tender to install and operate CCTV cameras at 60 additional locations, which is expected to be completed by mid-2017. This will bring the total to 130 locations islandwide.

LTA said that with the implementation of CCTV cameras beginning last April, it has "observed improved traffic flow and fewer cases of obstruction on the roads at these locations".

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