Don’t be sad, Japan’s Date-Krumm tells Nishikori

Kimiko Date-Krumm advised Nishikori to try and get to the next stage of his career.

Veteran Japanese tennis star Kimiko Date-Krumm said on Tuesday she had sent losing US Open finalist Kei Nishikori a text message telling him he should be proud of his Grand Slam exploits.

“I sent him a text message,” Date-Krumm told reporters in Hong Kong, where she was competing in a WTA event.

“I said don’t be sad because it was a big, big success. Try to go to the next stage.”

Date-Krumm, 43, said Nishikori had replied saying he’d been nervous before the match.

Not since Date-Krumm reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1996 has Japanese tennis witnessed anything close to Nishikori’s heroic

Not since Date-Krumm reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1996 has Japanese tennis witnessed anything close to Nishikori’s heroics.

Nishikori’s previous best Grand Slam performance had been in reaching the last eight of the 2012 Australian Open.

Not since Date-Krumm reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 1996 has Japanese tennis witnessed anything close to Nishikori’s heroics in New York.

“For a Japanese player to get to the final is a big, big success,” Date-Krumm said.

“Kei is not a big guy. He has so much talent but it’s not easy.”

Source: AFP


Chelsea sweating on Costa's fitness

Chelsea striker Diego Costa picked up a minor hamstring problem while on international duty with Spain.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa picked up a minor hamstring problem while on international duty with Spain.

Chelsea are racing to get star striker Diego Costa fit for their English Premier League clash against Swansea on Saturday.

The £32 million ($65m) summer transfer from Atletico Madrid withdrew from Spain's squad after he picked up a minor hamstring problem while facing France in a friendly last week.

While Costa has been troubled by hamstring problems in the past, various media outlets in the UK are reporting that Chelsea feel confident that the Brazil-born attacker's latest trouble is not serious following the club's assessment of the injury.

The 25-year-old has been in stunning form since joining the Blues with four goals in three league appearances.

He could be key for Jose Mourinho's side if they are to maintain their perfect start against Swansea, who also have three wins from three games.

No Chelsea pressure

Meanwhile, Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has justified Costa's withdrawal from the La Roja squad that went on to open the defence of their Euro title with a 5-1 thrashing of Macedonia.

The 63-year-old said: "It hasn't been easy with Diego. All his teammates are trying to help him. He's a great guy and has always shown interest in playing for Spain.

"When there were doubts surrounding his fitness, he was the first wanting to join the squad.

"Now he's in great form but I wouldn't suggest that he's feeling pressure from his club."

Sources: Daily Telegraph, Mail Online, Mirror Online, The Guardian

US mum kills kids by putting plastic bags over their heads

Sonya Spoon suffocated her two young children on Sunday by putting plastic bags over their heads.

A 24-year-old mother suffocated her two young children in the wee hours of Sunday by putting plastic bags over their heads.

Sonya Spoon confessed to killing her one-year-old son Ayden Spoon and three-year-old daughter Kayla Thompson in their Maryland home over the weekend.

Police received a call about two unconscious children at a house in Prince George's County.

Mirror reported police major Cesar Pacheco as saying: "Both victims were found to be in distress and experiencing difficulty breathing."

Custody battle

The children were rushed to hospital, where they died a few hours later.

"(Spoon) provided a very detailed statement implicating her involvement in the death of her children," said the police major.

He added: "Bags were placed over the children's heads - we are still exploring what the motive was at this time."

Spoon was reportedly in a custody battle with Kayla's father, Mr Lester Thompson.

She is being held without bail.

The young mother had often posted photos of her children on Twitter.











Sources: Mirror, Mail Online, WTOP, CBS Baltimore, New York Daily News

Chinese kid climbs out of 11-storey window to escape being punished by mum

A twelve-year-old boy squatting outside a window of his 11-storey apartment.

Ever been scolded for not doing your homework? Were you made to stand in a corner as punishment?

Or banned from going to the playground? 

A boy was so afraid of being punished by his mother for not finishing his homework on time that he climbed out the window of his 11-storey apartment.

The incident took place on Monday in China's Sichuan province.

The 12-year-old sat on the ledge as family members and the police tried to persuade him to come back inside.

After a two-hour standoff, the boy finally agreed to return to the apartment.

Source: Reuters

Charlton looking forward to United adventure

Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Chalrton is looking forward to the club's great adventure to recovery under Louis van Gaal.
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Chalrton is looking forward to the club's great adventure to recovery under Louis van Gaal.

Sir Bobby Charlton believes Louis van Gaal will halt Manchester United's decline and embark on a "great adventure".

The Red Devils have endured a difficult transition since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.

While the Scot's handpicked successor David Moyes paid the price for a disappointing season leading to the appointment of van Gaal, the Dutchman is still searching for his first competitive win as United boss.

But club legend Charlton has faith in the former Holland coach and expects the good times to return to Old Trafford very soon.

Getting back

Speaking at the Soccerex convention in Manchester on Monday, the 76-year-old said: "It seems strange that Manchester United aren't involved in European football for a season. It's crazy but maybe it can make things easier for us.

"We've started with some new players, we've not been playing well but we will play well.

"I think that it's going to be a great adventure of how we pull ourselves back round and get back to the way it used to be.

"(Van Gaal) has given me and most of us fans some good news. We won't struggle, definitely we won't struggle any more.

"It's just such a strange environment the way that it’s all happened, that Manchester United is out of the news but it won’t be for very long."

Source: Mail Online

M'sian family's outing ends in tragedy as 3 die in hornet attack

File photo of a hornet. A family was attacked by hornets in a mangrove in Sarawak.

A weekend outing to a mangrove ended in tragedy for one family in Malaysia, with three of them being stung to death by hornets.

The group had been walking along a river in Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, looking for palm leaves to make tapai (fermented rice cake), reported Berita Harian.

But when one family member plucked a leaf she had spotted, she unwittingly caused a hornet nest the size of a football to fall to the ground.

Deadly attack

A swarm of deadly hornets began attacking the family, with Madam Sharifah Norhasyiawati Wan Aribi, 24, her daughter Nor Sharian Sharizan, six, and her sister-in-law, Ms Sharifah Esah Ebon, 42, bearing the brunt of the attack.

Sharian and Ms Esah were stung more than 40 times and 35 times respectively. Both died on Saturday.

Madam Sharifah was stung about 50 times and died in hospital on Sunday at 5am.

Three other family members, Madam Sharifah's husband Sharizan Ebon, 32, and the couple’s children Khusairi, two, and Ismail Jemali, nine, were each stung between 10 and 15 times.

Source: The Star

Oops! George Clooney lets slip wedding details

George Clooney was set to receive a Humanitarian Award at Sunday's (Sept 7) Celebrity Fight Night in Tuscany, Italy when he let slip the city where he will say his vows with fiancee and UK-based lawyer, Amal Alamuddin.

The planning for the wedding of the decade was completely hush-hush.

But Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney himself let slip a couple of details at Sunday's Celebrity Fight Night in Tuscany, Italy where he received a Humanitarian Award.

And it was during his award acceptance speech that blurted out the location of his upcoming nuptials with UK lawyer Amal Alamuddin, 36, who accompanied him to the event, People reported.

Clooney, who was at the the black-tie affair was being held in support of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, said: "I met my lovely bride-to-be here in Italy, whom I will be marrying, in a couple of weeks, in Venice, of all places."

Since the couple became engaged in the spring, they've been largely protective of their relationship and its details.

Here are a few other celebs who chose Italy to exchange vows: 

1. Emily Blunt wed John Krasinski chose Lake Como for their Italian wedding

After their wedding, the happy couple and their friends and family partied on the Concordia yacht in Lake Como.

It was reported that George Clooney, who was accompanied by his ex-girlfriend  Elisabetta Canalis, joined English actress Emily Blunt and her US actor hubby John Krasinski during their wedding celebrations. PHOTO: Reuters

2. Actress Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault

The couple exchanged vows for the second time (the first time was in a low-profile ceremony in Paris on Valentine's Day 2009) in Venice's Teatro La Fenice opera house the day after a true Venetian tradition with a masquerade-style rehearsal dinner at the 17th century Punta Della Dogana.

Salma Hayek and hubby Francois-Henri Pinault tied the knot for the second time in a lavish ceremony over two days. PHOTO: Facebook

3. Wayne Rooney and Colleen McLoughlin

The couple tied the knot six years ago at the 17th-Century Villa Durazzo, which boasts panoramic views over the Italian Riviera in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Rooney tied the knot with his wife in a four-day event which cost over S$10 million, according to Mail Online. PHOTO: Twitter

Sources: People, Just Jared and Mail Online

WATCH: This amazing rendition of Let It Go

Four Filipino sisters blew judges of Korean reality TV series, Superstar K, away with their rendition of Let It Go, from the 2013 animated movie Frozen.

Yes, we know that the soundtrack of Disney's Frozen movie by American actress and singer Idina Menzel has become a massive worldwide hit.

The song has over 35 million hits on YouTube so far.

But as overplayed as the song is for the rest of us, we think it's safe to say you're missing out if you don't watch this Filipino quartet's rendition of the chart-topping hit.

Siblings Mylene, Irene, Celina and Almira wowed the judges during an audition for Superstar K6, a reality talent show contest in Korea, reported ABS-CBN news. 

Now called MICA (which stands for the first letters of their names), the siblings described themselves as KPop and Korean drama fanatics.

Coincidentally, their favourite performer is Korean-American singer Ailee, who happened to one of the judges in the competition.

Check out the video, which was uploaded last week, here: 

"I'm really impressed that you guys harmonised everything. Had everything on point, it really, really moved me. By far the most amazing rendition I've ever heard. Thank you so much," Ailee said.

We think everyone will be hearing about this talented bunch real soon.

Sources: YouTube and ABS-CBN

Tags: MICA and Superstar K6

Eminem's 'Rap God' sets Guinness record for most number of words in a song

Eminem enters the record books with his song 'Rap God'. Picture taken when he was performing during 2014 Lollapalooza Day One at Grant Park on August 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, is in the Guinness Book of World Records.

His feat: Having the most number of words in a hit song.

He earned the spot by blasting his way through 1,560 words in 6 minutes and 4 seconds, Billboard reported.

That's an astonishing 4.3 words a second. 

A still from the "Rap God" music video. Photo: YouTube screencapture/EminemVEVO

Released in October 2013, the song is course, rather explicit.

One particular verse that has fans in awe of his ability comes at the 4:25 minute mark:

Uh, sama lamaa duma lamaa, you assuming I’m a human
What I gotta do to get it through to you I’m superhuman
Innovative and I’m made of rubber
So that anything you say is ricocheting off of me and it’ll glue to you
I’m devastating, more than ever demonstrating
How to give a ********** audience a feeling like it’s levitating
Never fading, and I know that the haters are forever waiting
For the day that they can say I fell off, they’d be celebrating
’Cause I know the way to get ’em motivated
I make elevating music, you make elevator music

We don't know if he was merely showing off his rapping muscles but it's certainly an impressive display of his lyrical abilities.

See if you can utter the above in 17 seconds flat.

Sources: Billboard, YouTube, Rap Genius


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Six die of gas poisoning at Vietnam karaoke bar accident

Six people died and six more were left in a critical condition from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a karaoke bar in northern Vietnam, police said Tuesday.

The 12 men had apparently spent Sunday night at the karaoke bar in Quang Ninh province, which borders China, when there was a power failure, a policeman told AFP.

“The bar owner ran the generator and we believe the victims suffocated due to generator fumes,” he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

State media reported that the victims had been drinking heavily and had decided to sleep the night at the karaoke bar.

Carbon monoxide poisoning causes headaches, nausea and fatigue and prolonged exposure to the colourless, orderless gas can be fatal.

Portable generators release higher levels of the gas than an idling car and need to be properly ventilated to prevent a build up of the poisonous gas.

Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment in Vietnam, but many karaoke bars are not properly designed and do not meet minimum safety standards, especially in rural areas.

Vietnam’s karaoke bars are known for attracting heavy-drinking patrons and several establishments have been linked to prostitution, which is illegal in the communist country. - AFP