49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre | December 08, 2019 2:09 PMSINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 49-year-old man for allegedly stealing crates of beer from several stalls in a hawker cent

49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre

49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre

49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre

49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre

49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre

49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre
49-year-old man arrested over theft of beer from hawker centre
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SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 49-year-old man for allegedly stealing crates of beer from several stalls in a hawker centre, they said on Sunday (Dec 8).

He will be charged in court on Monday for "theft in dwelling", which carries a jail term of up to seven years and a fine.

The police said they received several reports of stolen beers from a Bedok North Road hawker centre on Nov 30 and last Friday.

They then identified the man using police cameras and arrested him at Bedok North Road on Saturday.

Straits Times Press book on polar bear Inuka wins children category of Popular award

Straits Times Press book on polar bear Inuka wins children category of Popular award

SINGAPORE - The One And Only Inuka, a homage to Singapore Zoo's much-loved polar bear which died last year, is the favourite English children book this year.

The book remembers Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, "with love and fond memories", said Popular bookstore, which announced the results of its annual Popular Readers' Choice Awards on Saturday (Dec 7).

The book was written by former deputy editor of The Straits Times Alan John and illustrated by Mr Quek Hong Shin.

The award, now in its eighth year, aims to recognise local authors, with winners selected based on a public vote from Aug 16 to Oct 27.

Secrets of Singapore: Changi Airport, as well as Sherlock Sam and the Mysterious Mastermind in Seoul came in second and third respectively in the English children's category.

Tall Order: The Goh Chok Tong story won the first prize in the English adult book category.

Written by former Straits Times news editor Peh Shing Huei, the book traces the "improbable" rise to office of former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, with the title making a pun on his "imposing height most unusual in this part of the world", Popular said.

On winning the top prize, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh said he was "heartened that Singaporeans are interested in the stories of our nation-building" and that a second volume is already in the works.

The second prize went to Seven Hundred Years: A History of Singapore by historians Kwa Chong Guan, Derek Heng, Peter Borschberg and Tan Tai Yong.

 
 

Third place in the category went to Can Singapore Fall?: Making the Future for Singapore by Mr Lim Siong Guan. The book seeks to tell Singaporeans what to do to prevent the country's economic and social decline, taking the form of edited versions of three lectures the former head of civil service gave in 2017. It also highlights his dialogue with the audience.

Mr Lim, who is now a professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, said: "Almost all problems can be effectively tackled in poor countries by driving for economic growth. But rich countries need to actively address the social challenges that arise from the market economy.

"I would be very happy if my book causes Singaporeans to think deeply about the direction Singapore has to take."

The Chinese category winner is It's This Class 6 by Mr Weng Tianbao, a comic book which draws inspiration from children's words and behaviour.

All nominated titles for the award are available at the ongoing BookFest@Singapore held at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre until next Sunday.

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training

The 2 US Navy sailors being hailed as heroes in the Pensacola shooting were fresh out of military training

Mohammed Haitham, left; and Joshua Watson, right.
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Mohammed Haitham, left; and Joshua Watson, right.
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  • Two slain US service members who have been hailed for their perseverance during the mass shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida recently finished their introductory training in the Navy.
  • Family members of two of the reported victims, Joshua Watson and Mohammed Haitham, say they were notified that the men tried assisting authorities during the shooting.
  • Both service members had recently graduated from their respective introductory training stations.
  • A previous incident during a mass shooting in Florida bore some semblance to the victims Naval Air Station incident.
  • Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang, an aspiring US Army soldier in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program, was killed in the Parkland shooting after he held open a door to help dozens of classmates and school staff members escape.
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Two slain US service members who have been hailed for their perseverance during the deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida, recently finished their introductory training in the Navy, paralleling another story marked with bravery from an aspiring troop wishing to serve in the armed forces.

The Navy announced the men’s identities on Saturday. They also confirmed that a third man, an airman apprentice named Cameron Scott Walters, was also killed.

Twenty-three-year-old Joshua Watson of Alabama was one of the three people killed in the shooting on Friday. Watson, an aspiring naval pilot, recently graduated from the US Naval Academy.

According to a Facebook post from his brother, Adam, Watson had informed first responders of the shooter’s details and location, despite “being shot multiple times.”

“Today has been the worst day of my life,” Adam said in the Facebook post. “My youngest brother gave his life for his country in a senseless shooting.”

“He died a hero and we are beyond proud but there is a hole in our hearts that can never be filled,” Adam added.

Watson, who was conducting flight training at the base, was the officer on deck during the shooting, his father, Benjamin, told USA Today. He added that his son wanted to join the military since he was five years old.

“Heavily wounded, he made his way out to flag down first responders and gave an accurate description of the shooter,” Benjamin told USA Today. “He died serving his country.”

Nineteen-year-old Mohammed Haitham of Florida, another victim, was also hailed for his service, his mother, Evelyn, told local media.

“The commander of his school did call me,” Evelyn, a Navy veteran, told the Tampa Bay Times. “He told me my son did try to stop the shooter.”

Haitham graduated from high school in 2018, joined the Navy, and had recently graduated from basic training. He was assigned to flight crew training in Florida, where he was expected to finish this month.

“He said he was going to get his flight jacket for Christmas,” Evelyn said. “Now that’s not going to happen.”

Capt. Tim Kinsella, the commanding officer at NAS Pensacola said in a statement that the sailors showed “excepctional heroism and bravery in the face of evil.”

“When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives,” Kinsella said. “If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.”

Peter Wang.

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Peter Wang.
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A previous incident in Florida bore some semblance to the victims Naval Air Station shooting. On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.

Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang, an aspiring US Army soldier in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program, was one of the students who was shot multiple times and killed.

Wang, who was in his JROTC uniform during the shooting, held open a door to help dozens of classmates and school staff members escape from the carnage. He was posthumously accepted to the US Military Academy at West Point “for his heroic actions.”

Authorities are reportedly investigating whether the Pensacola Navy base gunman posted anti-American tweets before the deadly shooting

Authorities are reportedly investigating whether the Pensacola Navy base gunman posted anti-American tweets before the deadly shooting

Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen in an aerial view in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. August 14, 2012.
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Naval Air Station Pensacola is seen in an aerial view in Pensacola, Florida, U.S. August 14, 2012.
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  • Investigators are reportedly looking into anti-American tweets sent shortly before a deadly shooting on Friday at a Navy base in Pensacola, Florida.
  • Three victims were killed in the attack and authorities fatally shot the gunman, whom authorities have identified as a Saudi national named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who was training in the US.
  • The SITE Intelligence Group said the tweets contained words that echoed Osama Bin Laden, though they did not claim allegiance to any specific group.
  • The New York Times reported that the account had criticized American foreign policy, calling the US a “nation of evil.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The FBI is reportedly looking into several anti-American tweets shortly before a deadly shooting at a Florida Navy base were sent by the gunman.

The Pensacola News Journal reported that the tweets were posted at 4:39 a.m. Friday, just hours before the shooting was reported. Three victims were killed in the attack and authorities fatally shot the gunman, whom authorities have identified as a Saudi national named Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani who was training in the US.

The SITE Intelligence Group described the tweets as containing words that echoed Osama Bin Laden, though they did not claim allegiance to any specific group.

The account has since been suspended, but the group said that the Twitter account had a name and photograph that matched the identity of the gunman. Law-enforcement agencies have not officially commented on the tweets.

A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida.

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A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida.
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The New York Times reported that the account had criticized American foreign policy, calling the US a “nation of evil.”

“I’m not against you for just being American,” the posts said, according to The Times. “I don’t hate you because your freedoms, I hate you because every day you supporting, funding and committing crimes not only against Muslims but also humanity.”

The tweets are just some of a number of disturbing details about the suspect that have come to light since the shooting, including that the gunman reportedly hosted a dinner party not long before the attack, in which the guests watched mass shooting videos.

Yet despite the details, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he could not confirm whether the attack was an act of terrorism, and that investigators needed to continue working to determine the motive.

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