Singapore

Singapore 'fire rainbow' cloud phenomenon lights up sky

The multi-coloured glow appeared in the sky on Monday in the late afternoon, lasting for about 15 minutes, and was seen across the island.

Media reports said it was likely a fire rainbow, which occurs when sunlight refracts through ice-crystal clouds.

Others have also said it could have been cloud iridescence, which happens when water droplets or crystals scatter light.

Fazidah Mokhtar, who works in a childcare centre, told the BBC that she spotted it around 17:10 on Monday (09:10 GMT).

Air Niugini clarifies ‘in flight’ incident

In a statement today, the airline management wishes to make it clear that there was no hijacking or attempted hijacking as reported by the media.

However, it was reported that a male adult passenger on board the Singapore flight inflated a lifejacket in the aircraft, drawing attention from the crew and the passengers.

The cabin crew attended to the situation and resolved it in a controlled manner.

“At no time was the safety of the flight or its passengers and crew at risk. The passenger showed no signs of aggression,” the airline stated.

Business man saves plane from ‘suspicious’ passenger

To be proud means to do anything that will sometimes put your life at risk to do something extraordinary.

Businessman, Mathew Minape who was on a business trip to Singapore on Monday on an Air Niugini flight PX 392 – a Boeing 767 aircraft - saved the plane and the passengers from a passenger, Colonel Devananodou who was behaving suspiciously on the plane.

Instagram fixes Singapore viral 'bug'

Some users claimed the apparent hack increased the chances of a post reaching the coveted Explore page on the photo-sharing app.

Posts in that section are likely to get many more likes and attract followers.

Instagram confirmed to the BBC that it was a "bug that impacted engagement" when posts were tagged with Singapore.

Like on Facebook, what appears on your Instagram is based on the firm's algorithm. The spokesperson added that they have now fixed the issue.

The 'Singapore boost'

Teenage magazine sparks anger over 'victim-blaming' rape advice

In the letter to Teenage magazine's agony aunt, the writer, apparently a teenage girl, said she was raped by a friend and had "no-one to turn to".

The Dear Kelly columnist said in reply that she had "acted like a girl who had been around" and should be "grateful he wore a condom".

It also added that she was too "naive".

The teenage girl recounted a series of events in which she had lied to her parents to stay over at a boy's place unsupervised.

State has major setbacks to gain control of PNGSDP: Sir Mekere

The chairman of PNGSDP Sir Mekere Morauta said the State has had a major setback in its three-year effort to gain control of PNGSDP and the Long Term Fund.

He added that because the State is on the back foot, it has now resorted to contrived twists and turns to delay the inevitable.

“I am increasingly confident that our lawyers will deliver the “knockout” blow that will lead to a favourable court decision.

“This means PNGSDP will then be able to get on with its core role of delivering sustainable development projects in the Western Province and PNG generally.”

Singapore landmark ruling in transgender child abuse case

In April, a court ruled the defendant was a woman and issued an acquittal, saying only men could be convicted of penetrative sex with a minor.

But in a landmark judgment, the court of appeal overturned that ruling, saying the law was gender-neutral.

The defendant has now been sentenced to 10 years in jail.

Singaporean media have reported the case as the first time a woman has been convicted of the sexual abuse of a female child.

 

False identity

Singapore jails teen blogger Amos Yee for anti-religion posts

Amos Yee, 17, will spend six weeks in jail for deliberately posting videos and comments critical of Christianity and Islam.

Judge Ong Hian Sun told the court that Yee's actions could "generate social unrest".

It is the teenager's second prison sentence in two years.

Yee was jailed for four weeks in 2015 for criticising Christians, and was accused of insulting Lee Kuan Yew after he posted a video online in which he likened the late Singaporean leader to Jesus Christ.

Singapore pair 'tried to buy iPhones at airport without flying'

But two Singaporeans allegedly thought they had found a new way of queue jumping, and saving some money, by buying plane tickets so they could pick up the iPhone 7 at Changi Airport.

They were arrested on 16 September for breaking airport laws.

Police said they had "no intention" of leaving Singapore so should not have been in the departure hall.

The two have been charged under the Protected Areas and Protected Places Act. They face a fine of up to 1,000 Singapore dollars ($735; £565) and a jail term of up to two years if convicted.

Singapore corruption case emphasises need for Australia to do more

“The Singapore authorities have a policy of zero tolerance for corruption and money laundering” says Campaign Coordinator Eddie Tanago, “but Australia allows numerous PNG politicians and senior public servants to spend well beyond their means in Australia while seemingly turning a blind eye”.

Last week, an American and Singaporean couple were sentenced to six years jail in Singapore for a US$3.6 million fraud involving Papua New Guinea government funds intended for a community college program.