UPDATE: Couple dead after Yuan Ching domestic dispute, maid injured

Two people have died after being involved in a slashing incident.

UPDATE (2PM)A married couple died after an apparent domestic dispute at Park View Mansions on Yuan Ching Road early Friday morning.

They had been sent - seriously injured with knife wounds - to the National University Hospital where they died.

Another person, understood to be their Filipino domestic helper, was also sent to NUH with knife wounds, where her condition has stabilised.

The New Paper understands the couple had been in a scuffle in their third storey condominium apartment, when the maid tried to intervene and was injured. 

She then fled to seek help, running down three stories to the guard house where she was spotted by a passing Traffic Police officer.

Murder weapon retrieved

The 37-year-old led officers to the unit, where the couple was found. TNP understands they were found in bedrooms.

A police spokesman said they received a call for assistance at about 7.55am this morning.

Officers found a man, 37, and a woman, 39, who were injured in the said unit. They subsequently succumbed to their injuries.

The man is believed to be Singaporean, while his wife is understood to be a 39-year-old Singapore PR.

The weapon is understood to have been retrieved. 

Police investigations are ongoing.



WATCH: #CowArt - farmer herds his cows to form giant smiley face

Say: Smiley moo!

The smiley face that you see in the picture is not drawn on paper with a pen.

Rather, it was "drawn" on a grass field with a herd of cows.

Yes, we're talking about the grass-chewing, mooing herbivores.

Kansas farmer Derek Klingenberg came up with this way of rounding up the herd - and captured the whole process on video.



He managed the feat by using his feed truck to drop cow feed on a field in the form of a smiley face.

The footage was captured with two cameras, one in the cab of his truck and another from a drone which he was flying right above the field. 

This is not the first time that Klingenberg has made the news because of his cows.

In a video that he uploaded on YouTube last August, you can watch him calling his cows - by playing Lorde's Royals on his trombone.

Find out how well that worked here:



Sources: Huffington Post, YouTube. 

Tags: cows and farmer

WATCH: Pistol-wielding teen, 19, is arrested on the set of Dutch TV station

Still image taken from video on Jan 29 shows a pistol-wielding man standing in a TV studio of Dutch national broadcaster NOS in Amsterdam. He had forced his way into the studio, demanding to be allowed to go on air - but was quickly arrested.

The reel-life drama turned out to be real: A 19-year-old Dutchman with a pistol forced his way into the studios of national broadcaster NOS yesterday (Jan 29).

He demanded to be allowed to go on air but was quickly arrested, officials said.

The man, clad in a black suit and tie, entered the studio after threatening a guard with a pistol, witnesses said.

It was unclear how he passed through security, which had increased after the attacks in Paris earlier this month.

Footage aired on Dutch TV showed the man pacing in the studio with a black pistol behind his back. AFP reported Dutch police saying the weapon was fake.

Photo: Reuters


As the gunman entered the studios, NOS’s main news channel displayed a message that read: “In connection with circumstances, no broadcast is available at this time.”

The gunman had intended to speak on the most popular evening news broadcast.

Instead, a quick-thinking security guard led him to an empty studio.

“This is taking too long,” the man said.

Then police stormed into the studio yelling: “Drop it! Drop it! And get on your knees!”.

He dropped the gun, saying, “I dropped it. It’s dropped”, and the police put handcuffs on him and took him away.

The man lives in the central Dutch town of Pijnacker, near the university town Delft, officials said.

They refused to comment on media reports that he was a student whose parents had recently died and was not on a watch-list of Islamist militants.

Prosecutor Johan Bac said at a press conference the gunman was being questioned. He could be charged with kidnapping, possession of a firearm and threatening people with a weapon.

No one was hurt, but the NOS television broadcaster cancelled its two main nightly newscasts.

Bombs in different places

The man’s motive was unclear.

Police special forces swept the building for explosives and found nothing, police spokesman Christine Scholts said.

“We are currently investigating who this man is and what he wants,” she said.

The police are looking into claims that he had accomplices around the country, armed with explosives.

Scholts said:

“He took the security guard hostage and said he wanted air time.
"If they didn’t give it to him, he said there would be bombs in different places in the Netherlands that would explode if he didn’t get time on TV."

Dutch Minister for Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten told the ANP national news agency that the man appeared to have acted alone. 

Photo: Reuters

Security has been tightened across Europe since jihadist attacks on the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris this month - as well as the killing of two gunmen in Belgium during raids on an Islamist group that authorities said were planning to attack police.

NOS television said the gunman appeared to be a student who had recently lost both parents.

It also said he did not figure on security services’ lists of suspected Islamist militants.

NOS produces the most widely-watched television newscast in the Netherlands.

It is based in the main national broadcast park in Hilversum.

Security has been tight there since populist politician Pim Fortuyn was shot outside a studio in 2002.

Sources: Reuters, AFP

Tags: Dutch TV, hostage and gunman

Joanne Peh may bare all for nude pregnancy photoshoot

BODY-CONSCIOUS: Joanne Peh wearing two sets of bikini in 2008.
HOMECOMING: Joanne Peh and Qi Yuwu in Qi's hometown of Guangzhou, China, recently.

Local actress Joanne Peh might do a nude pregnancy photoshoot in the next few months.

The 31-year-old, who announced on Wednesday that she and actor-husband Qi Yuwu are expecting their first child, told The New Paper: "I have thought of doing it before, it's a good idea. When a woman is pregnant, her body is in a good and ideal state to do this kind of photoshoot."

The couple, who got married on Sept 9 last year after dating for a year, found out about Peh's pregnancy in December, halfway through their filming for their upcoming movie 1965 in Batam.

Peh said: "When I missed my period, I more or less had the feeling. I used a home pregnancy test kit. When I found out, I was surprised and very happy. I am slowly getting used to the feeling now."

When asked if he cried upon hearing the good news, a jovial Qi laughed and said: "You think I am filming a movie now? I didn't tear but I was very happy and excited."

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 30.

Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

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Hanafi Akbar arrested for drug offences

BRIGHT POTENTIAL, BUT... Hanafi Akbar began skipping training while he was with the NFA U-18 in 2013. He enlisted for NS last year.

Footballer Hanafi Akbar, who starred for Singapore at the 2010 Youth Olympics Games (YOG), was arrested for drug offences on Wednesday morning.

The New Paper understands that the 19-year-old, once considered one of Singapore’s most exciting prospects, was arrested around 5am outside his home and was taken to Bedok Police Station.

When contacted yesterday, his father, Akbar Abu Bakar confirmed that police had called his home to inform him of Hanafi’s arrest, but no further details were revealed.

As of last night, Hanafi, who is serving his National Service (NS) with the Singapore Police Force, was still in remand at the police station and under interrogation.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 30.

Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.