'Mummy' helps clean streets of illegal drugs

COVERT: SSG Tini rides a bike to tail a target discreetly while SSG Johnny follows a suspect in a nondescript car.

To her 2 ½-year-old daughter, she's mummy. To the drug syndicates selling their wares on our streets, she's their worst nightmare.

The wide smile she has when she plays silly games with her child disappears when she receives "the call".

At work, she dons a bullet-proof vest, slash-proof sleeves and gloves, and tails drug traffickers on a motorcycle.

She knows that these criminals will do almost anything not to get caught as they can face the death penalty.

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Tini (not her real name), 34, is part of an elite team with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) known as the Special Task Force (STF).

The work they do is covert and known only to a few.

Yet, they play a vital role in crushing drug syndicates in Singapore.

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ASIAN GAMES: S'poreans in action on Saturday

Team Singapore at the Asian Games opening ceremony.
Team Singapore at the Asian Games opening ceremony.

EQUESTRIAN
Individual dressage qualifications: Caroline Rosanna Chew

FENCING
Women’s individual sabre: Lau Ywen
Men’s individual epee: Lim Wei Wen, Samson Lee

HOCKEY
Men’s team preliminaries: Singapore v Malaysia

SHOOTING
Women’s individual 10m air pistol: Nicole Tan, Teh Xiu Hong, Teo Shun Xie
Women’s team 10m air pistol: Nicole Tan, Teh Xiu Hong, Teo Shun Xie
Men’s individual 50m pistol: Gai Bin, Poh Lip Meng, Nigel Lim
Men’s team 50m pistol: Gai Bin, Nigel Lim, Hoong Shi Xiang
Men’s individual trap (75 targets): Choo Choong Seng, Mohd Zain Amat

SEPAK TAKRAW
Men’s doubles preliminaries: Singapore v Nepal, Singapore v South Korea

WATER POLO
Women’s team round-robin: Singapore v Uzbekistan

WUSHU
Men’s changquan: Yong Yi Xiang

Car slams into famous Geylang coffee shop, several hurt

A car ploughed into a row of tables and chairs at a popular Geylang coffee shop on Friday night. The car then hit another vehicle.

A car ploughed into a row of tables and chairs at a popular Geylang coffee shop on Friday night, sending patrons scampering for safety.

The car crashed into the diners, who were sitting on the kerb outside the Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge coffee shop.

Bloodstains were still visible on some table cloths when The New Paper visited the scene on Friday night.

Four people were taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, said police.

This is the third report of a vehicle crashing into a Geylang eatery in about a month.

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 20.

US city bans smelly people from public places

A US city has banned people with strong body odour from being in public.

A US city has banned people with strong body odour from being in public.

That means that if you stink, you can't visit the park, library or city hall.

Burien city officials say the new law will protect people from bad smells, reported Mirror.

NY Daily News quoted city manager Kamuron Gurol as saying: "People will, unfortunately, have such a bodily odour that it’s very hard for others to be in that same space."

But that's not all. Leaders in the small city in Washington have also banned people from using obscene language and wearing too little clothing, reported NBC affiliate K5.

Those found guilty of breaking the rules can be banned from public spaces for up to a year.

Sources: Mirror, K5, NY Daily News

Singaporean woman arrested for smuggling puppies

The puppies were in three black cloth bags hidden under the driver’s seat, the front passenger’s seat and the glove compartment of the Singapore-registered car.
The puppies were in three black cloth bags hidden under the driver’s seat, the front passenger’s seat and the glove compartment of the Singapore-registered car.

A 33-year-old Singaporean woman was arrested at Woodland Checkpoint on Sept 9 for attempting to smuggle 13 live puppies into Singapore.

The puppies were discovered during a routine check. 

They were in three black cloth bags hidden under the driver’s seat, the front passenger’s seat and the glove compartment of the Singapore-registered car, reported The Straits Times online.

The puppies are now quarantined at the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s (AVA) Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station, to be observed for clinical signs of infectious or contagious diseases.

The case is still under investigation.

The AVA, together with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), issued a public advisory on Thursday reminding travellers against bringing live animals, birds and insects into the country without a permit. 

The authorities stated that “animals smuggled into Singapore are of unknown health status and may introduce zoonotic diseases, such as rabies”.

 

London lands Euro 2020 final

Michel Platini holds up a card declaring London as the city chosen to stage the Euro 2020 final.
Michel Platini holds up a card declaring London as the city chosen to stage the Euro 2020 final.

London has been chosen to host the Euro 2020 final and semi-finals.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the European Championships, European football's governing body Uefa opted to split the tournament across the entire continent in 13 different cities.

The English capital beat its main rival Munich to host the last three matches of the tournament, which will be held at Wembley Stadium.

Uefa president Michel Platini also revealed the four cities that will hold the quarter-finals  - Munich, Saint Petersburg, Rome and the Azerbaijani city of Baku.

A total of 19 countries had submitted bids to host Euro 2020 matches.

Source: AFP

'Mass hysteria' paralysing Magpies, says Pardew

Alan Pardew has hit out at Newcastle United's fans and accused them of mass hysteria.
Alan Pardew has hit out at Newcastle United's fans and accused them of mass hysteria.

Alan Pardew has accused Newcastle United fans of paralysing the English Premier League side with "mass hysteria".

The Toon Army have been growing increasingly restless with their team's poor performances under Pardew, who has won just five out of 23 EPL games this year.

The discontent at St James' Park was only worsened by their last outing - a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Southampton last week - and the club's fans are believed to be preparing to stage an anti-Pardew protest when Hull City visit on Saturday.

But Newcastle boss Pardew believes the negative atmosphere has only served to cripple the players and he has dismissed claims that he does not care about the club.

Difficult

The former West Ham United boss said: "The situation at the moment is almost like mass hysteria. It has really gone to a level which makes it really difficult for the players to perform in.

"I'm hoping we can turn that around. I don't expect it to be easy.

"It has been suggested that I don't care about this position as I've got a long contract and I'm going through the motions.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. I was absolutely sick after the game on Saturday (the 4-0 defeat at Southampton).

"The performance we put in was just not worthy of this football club and that I blame on myself more than the players."

Source: PA Sport

Man arrested for armed robbery near Tiong Bahru

A taxi driver was robbed at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee on Thursday by a 41-year-old man carrying a sharp object.

Police have arrested a 41-year-old man who committed armed robbery at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee this week.

The man opened the front passenger door of a stationary taxi at 8.18pm on Thursday. He waved a sharp object about and demanded that the cabby hand over his money, stated a police press release.

After the cabby complied, the man fled with his loot.

The taxi driver then called the police, who reviewed footage from close-circuit television cameras in the area.

Behaving suspiciously

On Friday, police received a call from another taxi driver who noticed a passenger behaving suspiciously.

Officers who arrived at the scene noticed that the passenger fit the profile and CCTV image of Thursday's armed robber. 

The man was arrested at Orchard Road at 12.11pm.

He will be charged in court with armed robbery on Saturday. 

If found guilty, he will be jailed between three and 14 years, and will receive at least 12 strokes of the cane.

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