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  A 28-year-old man who had sex about 48 times with his eldest step-daughter and made her pregnant has been jailed for 6 years. The man had sexual relations with her twice a month, over a period of two years. This started when she was 14-years-old. The girl gave birth to a boy earlier this year. The sexual relationship was said to be consensual. But the court ruled that the man was in a position...

A taxi driver did not want to ferry a blind woman and her guide dog and quickly drove off, leaving the woman to fall and injure herself, with bloodied knees. . “I no want!” That was what the taxi driver had exclaimed as Ms Cassandra Chiu had knocked on the taxi door to get a ride home. She was being guided by her guide dog Esme. It was after a 15-hour day at work and Ms Chiu wanted to go home and take a rest. Ms Chiu “tried explaining to the taxi driver that she is “blind” and that (Esme) was her “guide dog”.” She...

A 17-year-old teenager who molested two girls and stole eight school uniforms that his neighbours had left out to dry was on Monday placed on 30 months’ probation. Tony Tan Tong Li had a fetish for school uniforms. He committed the offences between 2012 and March this year in Hougang, where he worked in a minimart. He approached the girls, then aged just nine...

Following the infamous incident of a shop in Sim Lim returning customer $1,010 in coins, a man left S$19,000 worth of coins at a car dealer’s showroom two days ago (4 Nov ). The man, Mr Lester Ong Boon Lin, is said to be the son of a famous nasi lemak chain owner. He was ordered by the court a few months ago to pay Exotic Motors the amount mentioned above, after a car dispute. The owner of Exotic Motor, Sylvester Tang, said that after a shop staff member had signed the receipt, one of Mr Ong’s workers used a trolley to deliver a styrofoam...

A ‘pervert’ landlord who allegedly installed a two-way mirror in the bathroom and spy cameras in a bedroom so he could watch his female lodgers has been arrested. Lok Kung, 50, advertised online for “single young women” tenants to rent rooms in his guest house in the Haidian District of the Chinese capital Beijing. He is accused of setting up two pinhole cameras in the shared bedroom – and putting in a large bathroom mirror facing the shower. Horrified tenant Wen Tsou, 25, said: “There were six of us...

Former tour guide from China, Yang Yin, has been slapped with an additional 320 charges in relation to the falsification of accounts. Yang Yin, who is embroiled in a controversy regarding the S$40 million assets of an 87 year old widow, was earlier charged with 11 charges for falsifying receipts worth $28,000. He said that the money was paid to his company for music services such as piano tuition...

More than S$2500 has been raised to buy a new iPhone 6 for a Vietnamese tourist who was scammed in Sim Lim Square recently. Amounts ranging between US$1 and US$100 have been pledged by about 200 people for the Nov 5 online project on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. All this, to buy him an iPhone 6, and even a goodie bag containing quintessential Singaporean products, like Bak Kwa, kaya jam, and chilli crab sauce mix. Mr Pham Van Thoai, 28, had gone down to Sim Lim Square to buy his girlfriend an iPhone 6 on Monday but the event turned into...

Shisha is no less hamful than other forms of tobacco use, so the Ministry of Health (MOH) intends to prohibit the import, distribution and sale of shisha from later this month, said Parlimentary Secretary for MOH Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim in Parliament on Tuesday (4Nov). According to the National Health Survey 2010, 7.8 per cent of young adults aged 18-29 years smoke shisha at...

  A non-Chinese has been appointed as the head of the Department of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for the first time. American Kenneth Dean, who speaks fluent Mandarin and has carried out research here, will take up the post in January. Professor Dean, 58, plans to introduce courses on Chinese religions and temples, and take...

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) received the Most Transparent Company Award in the Services category at the 15th SIAS Investors’ Choice Awards 2014, held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre on Friday evening (Oct 31). With this latest accolade, SPH has now won this award eleven times. This is also the third consecutive year it has bagged this award under the Services category (from 2012 to 2014). SPH won the award eight times when it was previously grouped under the Non-Electronics Manufacturing category. Mr Lawrence...

Police were called in over a dispute at Sim Lim Square on 28 Oct, after a woman tried to get a refund for the S$3,000 iPhone 6 Plus she had purchased earlier. The incident took place at Mobile Air, at around 2pm. A store employee stopped reporters from entering the shop when they arrived at the scene. However, they saw two women counting out various coins at the counter. One woman, Chinese national...

NSmen who miss their IPPT for three times or more will now be locked up for five days for forced training. Currently, the penalty for not attending IPPT for three times is a $100 fine. Under the new regime, not only will NSmen have to face a fine, they will also be locked up and forced to train. The new control measures will be implemented with almost immediate effect, by January next year. Singaporeans with genuine issues might have difficulties adjusting their schedules around this. This new hard punishment is being implemented even...

An argument between a customer and a female employee at KOI Cafe’s Boon Lay MRT outlet turned ugly after the latter allegedly hurled vulgarities and personal insults. The customer, SSS, then related her experience in a video after the incident, which took place yesterday night (25Oct). (video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=518216861649037&set=vb.509492892521434&type=2&theater) In the video, SSS said she had been at the store to get a drink at around 8.45pm, but did not see a sign stating that the cafe would...

In its latest annual report, SPH said that its annual income from newspapers and magazines has fallen by 10 percent since 2012 to S$931 million. Print advertisement revenue has also fallen 11 percent to S705 million. SPH’s non-print revenue, such as from exhibitions and radio, has grown however, and rose 56.7 percent to S$78 million. SPH’s woes began in 2009. Its drop in earnings has followed...