CTE road rage terrors flee after they spot dash cam

Motorist's confrontation with angry men ends after they spot his in-car camera

They went from raging tigers to tabby cats in the blink of an eye - and the sight of a dash cam.

The potential victim believes his car camera saved him from what could have been a violent road rage incident.

"When they came close, they realised my car had a camera that was recording the whole thing," says the motorist, who asked to be known only as Mr Kevin because he fears retaliation.

"The two of them became less rude and started walking back to their car."

That Sunday afternoon on July 5 began with a pleasant drive.

The 44-year-old events planner was making good time on the Central Expressway in light traffic.

He and his 69-year-old mother were on the way to pick up her heart medication at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

But as he filtered out to exit at Moulmein Road at around 4.30pm, the car in front suddenly screeched to a halt.

Instinctively, Mr Kevin jammed the brakes on his hatchback, stopping just in time to prevent a collision.

He tells The New Paper on Sunday: "I did not expect the car to suddenly stop. There was no car in front of him.

"To me it was weird. Why would he need to stop?"

Not wanting to cause a scene, Mr Kevin did not think much of it.

Seeing the car in front starting to move off, he prepared to do the same.

WITHOUT WARNING

But without warning, the car suddenly braked again.

This time, Mr Kevin was a split second too late and his front bumper slightly nudged the other car.

"I couldn't understand what was going on. Why did the guy keep on stopping?" says Mr Kevin.

"It was almost as if he wanted me to bang into him."

As soon as his car nudged the one in front, two men got out of the car and approached Mr Kevin.

He recounts that they looked "angry", and they were shouting at him while making rude gestures.

The scene scared his mother. Mr Kevin had to calm her down while keeping his cool.

He says: "It was they who stopped and made me bang into them. I should have been the angry one."

As they approached his car, the men started accusing Mr Kevin of deliberately not stopping in time.

But Mr Kevin argued that he had not seen any car, and there was no reason for them to stop.

"They kept on repeating: 'Got car in front, got car in front', even though there was no car, and they had no legitimate reason to suddenly jam the brake," says Mr Kevin.

But when the duo got close to Mr Kevin's car, they suddenly froze.

The entire incident was recorded on Mr Kevin's dashboard camera.

Mr Kevin believes that once the pair saw his recording device, they backed off.

Later, a third man appeared from in front of their car and approached Mr Kevin's car but was stopped by its driver and disappeared off-camera.

The incident was over as quickly as it happened. The pair quickly sped off.

Mr Kevin considered chasing them but decided against it because he did not want to alarm his mother.

Mr Kevin, who installed the camera in his car two years ago, feels fortunate that the surveillance prevented him and his family from getting hurt.

"I had the evidence that it was not my fault," says Mr Kevin. "Even if they wanted to insist that I hit them, the footage in my camera would have showed the truth."

By the numbers

Over

62,000

Number of police cameras installed islandwide 
since April 2012

2,300

Number of video footage from the cameras 
that provided useful leads

10,000

Blocks and carparks under the PolCam 1.0 initiative

Over

1,100

Number of cases that video footage 
helped police to solve

11,000

Cameras to be installed from now till 2020

85%

Smartphone penetration in Singapore in 2014, the highest in the world

8,126,600

Mobile subscription in June 2015

1.5

Number of mobile phone connections 
for each citizen in June 2015

What goes on behind the scenes at Certis Cisco

The New Paper on Sunday takes an exclusive look at what goes on in Certis Cisco's Integrated Operations Centre

The scene is eerily silent, save for the gentle whirring of machinery.

Stepping inside Certis Cisco's Integrated Operations Centre (IOC), what strikes the visitor is the sheer number of computer screens.

The IOC houses more than 50 screens recording footage of Certis Cisco cameras at strategic locations all over Singapore.

This reporter saw about 30 officers scanning the screens when he was there, the images in the dimly lit room reflected in their eyes.

It was the first time in the IOC's 10 years that anyone from the media was allowed an exclusive peek.

The IOC is a state-of-the-art nerve centre designed and built to monitor the security company's staff, assets and surveillance systems in places such as Changi Airport, shopping malls, banks and key installations for government agencies.

As the largest CCTV installer in Singapore, Certis Cisco installs over 10,000 cameras every year.

IOC head Tristan Sim says: "We're running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our staff take shifts, and we always have eyes on the ground because the threats of danger never sleep."

Camera surveillance at the IOC is done in a different way from traditional monitoring.

Instead of deploying an officer to watch a fixed set of screens, Certis Cisco has cameras that use video content analysis for more effective monitoring.

These "smart CCTVs" alert the IOC and its officers if they detect strange motion or behaviour in restricted areas.

"By doing so, the cameras actually carry out virtual patrolling and complement the physical foot patrol by our officers," says Mr Sim.

ANOMALIES

But camera surveillance cannot be left to machines alone.

Officers at the IOC are trained to spot any anomalies in the footage gathered by the cameras.

They look out for disturbances in regular patterns. If, for example, a path is suddenly blocked by an item or an exit in a building is blocked, ground officers will be alerted.

This way, says Mr Sim, Certis Cisco is able to manage the situation or incident more effectively.

"The idea is for the cameras to work in tandem with our officers, not in isolation, to give our customers the best kind of coverage that they can get."

At the IOC, Certis Cisco also oversees the vitals of its cameras and make sure they never fail.

The centre is able to check the details of all its systems across the island, including the health of its power source, the quality of the footage gathered and the storage and archiving systems.

"Camera footage is important not only for immediate response to incidents, it is also integral for post-event investigation," says Mr Sim.

"It is our job to keep our systems running too."

Get slimed at the Nickelodeon Slime Cup!

You get the chance to get slimed at this year's Nickelodeon Slime Cup.

To many, getting drenched in gooey, icky, slippery green slime doesn't exactly sound like a dream.

Yet somehow, Nickelodeon has made it become a badge of honour for the young and young at heart to get publicly covered in gunge.

Over the years, the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards has seen celebrities such as Adam Sandler, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Justin Timberlake, Tom Cruise and The Jonas Brothers all willingly doused in viscose paste.

This weekend, you can have your chance to have a similarly goopy experience.

 

 

The Nickelodeon Slime Cup is back in Singapore for the fourth time and it promises more slime than ever.

Held at City Square Mall, it will be open on Sunday, July 17 from 11am to 7pm.

While Saturday's event was only open to Singtel subscribers, Sunday is open to all.

The key gunge features are Leaky Lincoln - a giant nostril that "snorts" out slime - and Bowled Over - where you knock down bowling pins on a float and land into a pool of slime.

But it is not just about green viscosity.

Characters from Nickelodeon shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and PAW Patrol will be on hand to entertain.

The stars of Nickelodeon's live-action comedy series Make It Pop will also be doing meet-and-greets in the afternoon.

But the bad news for adults hoping to try the slime, or kids hoping to trick their folks into getting gunged - is that the slime stations have a maximum age limit of 14. It is just for the kids to enjoy.

The organisers suggest bringing a change of clothes - as does this reporter who was "privileged" enough to try it out.

A badge of honour achieved.


TNP's reporter landing in a pool of slime at the Bowled Over station. PHOTO: CHRISTABEL CHIANG

Children from Singapore football academy stranded in Turkey

The coup in Turkey has caused children, coaches and parents from Fandi Ahmad's F-17 Academy to be stranded in Turkey's Antalya airport.

A Turkish Airline flight carrying the team of 21 was diverted from Istanbul to the southern city of Antalya after the overnight coup erupted.

The team - comprising 13 children, two coaches and six parents - left Singapore at 10pm on Friday night.

Currently they have been stranded at the airport's Terminal 2 since landing at around 10am (Singapore time), a spokesman from the academy told The New Paper.

"Nobody seems to be attending to them there," the spokesman added.

"It's even worse because now they are trying to transfer to Terminal 1 because of the overcrowding. They may require the team to stay overnight there."

The children are aged between 8 and 14.

The team was supposed catch a connecting flight to Copenhagen before heading to Gothenburg, Sweden for the Gothia World Youth Cup 2016.

F-17 Academy posted on their Facebook page that they are "desperately trying to reach Turkish Airlines but to no avail".

"We plead for assistance from anyone who can help get our kids out of Turkey asap."

The spokesman told TNP: "Our coaches are frantically trying to get the children out of there as soon as possible but the focus is on flights leaving from Istanbul and Ankara."

The hope is that they will still get to Gothemburg to take part in what is regarded as the biggest and best youth tournament.

The team have been training a lot in anticipation of the event.

 

On Friday, a section of the Turkish military claimed to have taken over power.

Explosions and gunfire had been reported in the cities of Ankara and Istanbul, while overnight clashes in Ankara have left at least 42 dead. Forces loyal to the Turkish president say they have put down the attempted coup and 336 people were arrested.

The New Paper understands that MFA is in contact with Singaporeans stranded at the Atalantya airport and is offering them consular assistance.

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Ankara

Tel: + 90 530 066 7311

Email: singemb_ank@mfa.sg

MFA Duty Office

Tel: +65 6379 8800 / 8855

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

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SG Got Game: Local card game helps make sense of finance

The world of finance can be hard to get one’s head around at the best of times.

One local team gave themselves the difficult task of turning big financial terms into playable cartoons for the card game, Wongamania: Banana Economy, published by game design studio Capital Gains.

“We asked: How can we make finance more fun?” game designer Xeo Lye, 36, told The New Paper.

PLAY & LEARN: (From left) Game designer Xeo Lye, marketing director Yvonne Lai and comic artist Andy Choo with their educational Wongamania: Banana Economy. TNP PHOTO: MAX PASAKORN

Featuring cute artwork by local comic artist Andy Choo, 31, the game aims to teach the basic concepts of financial literacy.

Players take turns to invest their in-game currency — known as Wonga in the game — or play cards that may affect the values of investments they “buy”.

Mr Lye’s vision was to design a game as well as create something to educate the young.

BACK TO BASICS

He learnt a lesson in 2007 from the launch of his mobile app, Capital Gains Investment Game. It was high cost, high risk and low in profits.

Still smarting from that, Mr Lye decided: Let’s go back to basics and go back to tabletop.

“(In 2007), there were almost no tabletop game designers in Singapore,” said Mr Lye.

And the only tabletop game he could recall that taught financial literacy was Cashflow 101 in 1996.

He saw a potential market.

Banana Economy is the second iteration of Wongamania.

The original came out in 2014, and it proved popular enough for Mr Lye to try a sequel.

The other advantage of this card game over Mr Lye’s earlier app is crowdfunding.

Artwork from the Hotel card in Wongamania: Banana Economy. Artwork courtesy of Andy Choo
 

This Wongamania was funded on Kickstarter last December and it exceeded its A$10,000 (S$10,300) target by over A$5,000.

The game is designed for players aged 10 and above, but Mr Lye said that younger children can play it as well when some of the more complex cards are removed.

Wongamania is meant to be played internationally but being a locallydesigned game, some of the images have a local flavour.

Ms Yvonne Lai, 24, Capital Games’ marketing director, has a theory for the preference of cards over pixels.

“When you play a card game, you interact with everyone. It is easier to talk about how to play and glean learning points from the game,” she said.

Capital Gains is also launching an e-book supplement, Wonganomics, which will help explain financial jargon.

There is also another game in the works — Debtzilla.

Wongamania: Banana Economy is available for pre-order on wongamania.com at $38.

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