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.


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.

EPL Spotlight: Champions League sides need domestic tonic

It's been a rough mid-week for the EPL's Champions League teams. Will Chelsea be able keep their perfect record when they visit the lair of the champions? Can Arsenal pick themselves up after their Dortmund drubbing? And who is the in-form Leicester striker that can spoil Man United's revival? We preview this weekend's EPL action as the spotlight falls on...

Jose Mourinho will be looking to ensure Chelsea's perfect record when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face EPL champions Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to ensure Chelsea's perfect record when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face EPL champions Manchester City.

Manchester City and Chelsea
The obvious stand-out match of the weekend. After ending Swansea's perfect start with some ease at Stamford Bridge last week, Chelsea now face an even sterner test to preserve their perfect record this weekend as they travel to the home of the wounded champions.

Both teams come into this big match with something to prove after a far from ideal mid-week excursion in the Champions League.

City were just minutes away from celebrating an arguably decent draw against Bayern Munich when they were condemned to a heartbreaking defeat courtesy of a deflected striker by ex-Citizen Jerome Boateng.

Manuel Pellegrini's men have now gone nearly a month without tasting victory.  They'll be keen on regaining that winning feeling while bringing down one of their certain title rivals at the same time.

Even though Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from from their frustrating 1-1 draw with Schalke, Diego Costa's finicky hamstrings will surely give Jose Mourinho a few worries.

The manager revealed that the ex-Atletico Madrid hitman started the game on the bench because he can't play three times a week.

Even though the Blues can count on Loic Remy - who scored on his debut against Swansea - to fill in, Mourinho would certainly be loathe to enter such a critical game without one of his best weapons at his disposal.

Yaya Toure
After showing his spoiled brat side during the summer over his birthday shenanigans, Toure has started his season with Manchester City looking like a spoilt footballer.

The Ivorian has been a pale shadow of the marauding midfield colossus that steamrollered all before him in the past few seasons.

His sluggishness and disinterest couldn't have been more evident at the Allianz Arena. While "Birthday-gate" was deemed as a tactic to earn him a fat new deal, Toure will be lucky to get one with a Championship side if he continues his current run of wretched form.

Arsenal and Mesut Oezil
​Outplayed and outgunned by a superior Dortmund side, Arsene Wenger badly needs a win.

After spending the whole week defending his players, how long more will it take before the questions start to get directed at the Frenchman himself?

One of those under-fire players was Oezil, who has gone missing in an Arsenal shirt for far too long.

A commanding performance from Arsenal's club record signing is long overdue and his playmaking talents will certainly be needed to unlock the stubborn Aston Villa defence that shut out Liverpool at Anfield last week.

The only English Champions League side to emerge with three points, but only just.

Brendan Rodgers made a crucial error by omitting Raheem Sterling last weekend against Villa, so it will be interesting to see if he decides to put his star attacker in cotton wool again after their clash with Bulgarian champions Ludogorets in midweek. 

Also, with Daniel Sturridge still on his way back to fitness, it is time for the Reds' remaining attackers to impress if Liverpool is to prove they aren't over-reliant on their SAS special forces combination.

Leonardo Ulloa
The crazy summer spending in the transfer window has seen several Premier League teams break the bank to pick up a club record signing, but few have had a larger impact than Leicester's £8 million ($16.6m) man.

The Argentine striker has made an instant impact with the Foxes since signing from Brighton, scoring thrice in four matches including an equaliser against Arsenal and a winner against Stoke.

Expect the 28-year-old to give Manchester United's defenders an uncomfortable time on Sunday.

Manchester United
While they face yet another promoted side, the Red Devils face a completely different proposition from last week's truly dire QPR in the shape of a very much in-form Leicester City. Time to show that the Angel di Maria-inspired 4-0 thrashing was not a one-off.

Alan Pardew
With the Toon Army in open revolt after a 4-0 thumping at the hands of a much-changed Southampton, Pardew needs wins. Is there anymore that needs saying?

Harry Redknapp
​Still not in the same boat as Pardew just yet, but after spending all that money in the transfer window to build what looks like a decent Premier League squad, Redknapp has to pull his troops together and whip them into a unit.

With Mark Hughes returning to Loftus Road with a rather inconsistent Stoke, it is a good chance for the Rs to get their EPL campaign underway with the right performance and result.

5 events to ensure you have an awesome weekend

McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain driving past the Singapore Flyer observation wheel during the first practice session of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix on the Marina Bay street circuit.

The biggest thing happening this weekend is the Formula 1 night race.

But it's not the race track we're attracted to. We're way more interested in the pop acts who will be taking the stage.

There's Asia’s biggest alternative rock quintet Mayday on Friday, Robbie Williams on Saturday, and Jennifer Lopez on Sunday.

But if loud music, crowds and fast cars aren't your thing, check out these events instead.

1. Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!
Where: Alliance Francaise Theatre, 1 Sarkies Road
When: Now till Sept 28
How much: $30 per person

Pigeons whine, bribe, plead and sing in this lively show about a group of feathered friends who want to drive a bus.

The show, which has been performed in the US and Canada, is targeted at kids between the ages of two and eight.

Find out more here.

2. Sensorium 360° Workshop: Awakening the Senses - of Herbs, Spices and Roots
Where: Singapore Art Museum, Glass Hall, Level 1, 71 Bras Basah Road
When: Sept 20, 2pm
How much: $19 per person

Find out how our sense of smell and taste work to help us enjoy our food during this workshop.

Learn how herbs, spices and roots should be handled and how they may be used in to create mocktails.

Click here to get the details.

3. Cry, Trojans!
Where: School Of The Arts, Studio Theatre
When: Sept 20, 8pm; Sept 21, 3pm
How much: $55 per person



The Singapore International Festival Of Arts is in its last week.

If you haven't caught any performances in the past five weeks, you may want to catch Cry, Trojans!

The show is based on William Shakespeare​'s Troilus & Cressida, but reimagines the Trojans as a tribe struggling to assert its dignity against impending doom.

Find out more here.

4. One-for-one dinner deal
Where: Nassim Hill Bakery Bistro & Bar, Tanglin Post Office, #01-03, 56 Tanglin Road
When: Now till Nov 30, 5 - 11pm

There's nothing we like better than getting a good deal, especially when it comes to good food.

The cafe is offering DBS card members a one-for-one deal for main courses at dinner time.

Find out more here.

US man confesses to Bali suitcase killing: police

 A police officer escorts suspect Tommy Schaffer, 21, (right  during an investigation at a police office in Nusa Dua last month.
A police officer escorts suspect Tommy Schaffer, 21, (right during an investigation at a police office in Nusa Dua last month.

An American man has confessed to killing his girlfriend’s mother at a luxury resort on Bali.

His girlfriend has admitted helping stuff the body into a suitcase, police said on Friday.

The battered body of Ms Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, was found in the case in the boot of a taxi in front of an exclusive hotel in the upscale Nusa Dua resort area on Aug 12.

Her teenage daughter, Heather Mack, and daughter’s boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, had been staying with her at the St Regis hotel but fled to another part of the island after the killing.

They were caught the following day.

They are in custody in Bali while police continue investigation.

Death penalty

They could face the death penalty if found guilty of premeditated murder.

Indonesian authorities previously claimed they have strong evidence against the pair.

Djoko Heru Utomo, police chief in Denpasar, said they had admitted their involvement in the case during questioning in recent days, AFP reported.

“Both suspects have confessed,” he said, adding that Schaefer, 21, had admitted to carrying out the killing after an argument with the victim.

The daughter, 19, claimed she watched Schaefer kill her mother and then helped to stuff the body into the suitcase, said Mr Utomo.

“The interrogation is continuing in order to get the full account,” he added.

Source: AFP


Brazilian striker banned 6 months for headbutt

Bastia striker Brandao has been banned for six months for headbutting PSG midfielder Thiago Motta.
Bastia striker Brandao has been banned for six months for headbutting PSG midfielder Thiago Motta.

Bastia striker Brandao has been slapped with a six-month ban for head-butting Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta.

The Brazilian was initially handed a provisional suspension after he ambushed Motta in the tunnel following PSG's 2-0 win at the Parc de Princes last month, leaving the Brazil-born Italian with a bloodied and broken nose.

The incident was captured on CCTV cameras.

Motta, in dark blue, enters the tunnel with Brandao waiting.

Brandao will now miss at least 24 Ligue 1 matches after he was found guilty of "an inexcusable and unjustified assault" by a French football league disciplinary hearing chaired by Sebastien Deneux and banned till Feb 21 next year.

Criminal charges

He is also facing a possible fine and jail term after he was hit with criminal charges of premeditated assault in a sporting arena.

The 34-year-old will appear in court on Nov 3.

After the two-hour long hearing, the player's lawyer Olivier Martin, who claims Brandao have received racist insults, said: "Today we explained the reasons why he committed this act, the provocations he faced from the player and even the crowd, the psychological conditions involved when he came off the pitch.

"We explained and showed to the commission that there was no premeditation in this gesture, that it was a reflex response to the stress and frustration he faced."

Source: AFP

India TV anchor sacked for referring to Chinese president as 'Eleven Jinping'

China president Xi Jinping and India prime minister Narendra Modi shaking hands after issuing a joint statement in New Delhi on Thursday.

An India TV news anchor was sacked after she referred to China president Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jinping during a news broadcast on Wednesday.

She had confused his surname with the Roman numerals XI, a senior official at the state television channel said on Friday.

Mr Xi had been visiting the country when the mistake was made.

Local news site Quartz Friday quoted Doordarshan chief executive Jawahar Sircar as saying the newscaster had been sacked and steps had been taken to avoid a repeat of such an incident.


The gaffe led to a wave of comments on social media.

Sources: AFP, Reuters

3 crazy things Apple fans have done to get the iPhone 6

Apple fans have been doing all sorts of crazy things to get their hands on the company's latest gadget.

Some guys will do anything to get their hands on an iPhone 6 including...

...renting out their girlfriends

A student from Songjiang University in Shanghai decided to "share" his girlfriend to earn money for the latest Apple smartphone.

He was seen on campus holding up a large placard with the words "Sharing girlfriend to earn pocket money – 10 yuan (S$2) per hour, 50 yuan per day and 500 yuan per month”.

The rented girlfriend would help you reserve a place at the study room, accompany you for shopping trips, be your video games companion and eat with you. But there would strictly be no "funny business".

The man claimed his girlfriend had agreed to take part in his scheme willingly, reported International Business Times.

South China Morning Post reported that the man shared details of his girlfriend’s vital statistics and photos of her with interested parties.

...asking for it as dowry

Want to marry my sister? Give me an iPhone 6 as the dowry.

This was the request a Saudi man made to a man who wanted to marry his sibling.

The prospective groom was asked to present the gadget as soon as it was available on the Saudi market, Gulf News reported.

The brother's request supplanted the father's initial request for money, reported

Bahraini office clerk, Mr Saud Ahmad, said: "We have heard about quite a few of things, but an iPhone 6 that has not even hit the markets here is a bit bizarre.

"We need to promote a culture where marriage should not be used by anyone to get gifts or make profits in any way. If I had been the groom, I would have confronted the brother."

...flying from the US to Australia

To be the first person in the world to get the iPhone 6, Mr David Rahimi took a flight across the globe, from California to Sydney. That's at least a 14-hour flight. Yikes!

Mr Rahimi and his girlfriend Jasmine Juan ordered the smartphones in their home country, but flew to the Australian city (the first place to get the iPhone 6) to pick it up,.

He was first in line at the pick-up queue, reported Mail Online 

ZD Net reported him as saying: "At midnight California time last Friday, we went online, made our reservations, and made sure we got the phones that we wanted, and now this morning, we're here.

"It was for vacation, but we also wanted to be one of the first in the world to get the new iPhones."

Sources: The Star, International Business Times, South China Morning Post, Gulf News,, Mail Online, ZD Net