Giggs rubbishes Rodgers' claim

NEW ROLE: Manchester United assistant coach Ryan Giggs (left) says he is adapting and learning from Louis van Gaal (right).
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Vermaelen's a good fit for Man United

CAREER RESURRECTION: Thomas Vermaelen (above) is looking to leave Arsenal to play regularly.

Thomas Vermaelen’s agent deserves a pay rise.

The Belgian centre back has been either out of form or out of the team for about 18 months and yet he enters the final weeks of the transfer window with both Manchester United and Barcelona chasing his signature.

Few players are ever given such a glamorous choice. Staying on Arsenal’s bench is unlikely to be at the top of his wish list.

Vermaelen was an instant hit at the Emirates Stadium when he arrived in 2009, partly for his forceful defending, partly for the rate at which he scored goals.

But a combination of uncertain form and the improved performances of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have seen him pushed to the fringes of the team.

With that in mind, United supporters might wonder why their club are working so hard to lure him away from London, says columnist Iain Macintosh.

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Evra: United wanted to make me captain

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Juventus will still win titles without Conte, Evra tells TNP

UPBEAT: Patrice Evra (above) and Kwadwo Asamoah are confident that Juventus will be just as successful under Massimiliano Allegri as they were under Antonio Conte.


UPBEAT: Patrice Evra (above) and Kwadwo Asamoah are confident that Juventus will be just as successful under Massimiliano Allegri as they were under Antonio Conte.



As a player and coach, Antonio Conte has been such an important part of the Juventus fabric, winning a total of eight Serie A titles.

Despite the shock resignation of the 45-year-old last month, new signing Patrice Evra and Ghana defender Kwadwo Asamoah are optimistic that the Old Lady can still win titles without their talismanic figure.

They also gave their full backing to  new coach Massimiliano Allegri, who  took over the reins from Conte .

“Coaches come and leave. The most important is the club never change, and the players are still here,” 33-year-old Frenchman Evra, who joined Juventus after nine years with Manchester United, told The New Paper yesterday.

The duo stopped over at Changi Airport with their teammates before flying off to Australia for a friendly against the A-League All Stars on Sunday after beating Indonesia All-Stars 8-1 on Wednesday.

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... And so will the Japan fans

LEADING LIGHTS: Brazil’s Neymar and Japan’s Shinji Kagawa (above) are likely to lead their respective countries when they do battle in Singapore on Oct 14.
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Brazil and Japan's best national football teams in Singapore on Oct 14

LEADING LIGHTS: Brazil's Neymar (above) and Japan's 
Shinji Kagawa are likely to lead their respective countries when they do battle in Singapore on Oct 14. 


Expect the best from Brazil to trot out on the National Stadium pitch when the Selecao play Japan in an international friendly match in Singapore on Oct 14.

The New Paper had reported on July 22 that the five-time world champions will take on Japan at the  55,000-seater National Stadium.

Organisers World Sport Group (WSG) confirmed the fixture yesterday, adding that both teams are almost guaranteed to bring their strongest squads here.

Malcolm Thorpe, WSG’s vice-president for sports development and events, is not worried that both countries will bring under-strength teams as Brazil are slated to play a “Superclasico” exhibition match against Argentina in Beijing, China on Oct 11, three days before the Japan game in Singapore.

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S'pore team help train Cambodian midwives

TRAINING: (Above) Dr Kenneth Kwek, CEO of KKH, demonstrating how to handle a baby during breech delivery.
TRAINING: Despite a prolonged labour, senior midwife Darin successfully delivers a healthy 3.2kg baby (above).
Despite a prolonged labour, senior midwife Darin (above) successfully delivers a healthy 3.2kg baby.
AT A WORKSHOP: Ms Darin straps an oxygen mask on fellow midwife Som Maly during a practice session.

These nurses and doctors from Singapore have played a crucial role in helping to save babies and mothers in Cambodia, and their effectiveness lies not in fancy equipment.

It comes from teaching the locals.

Cambodian NGO Social Capital Venture Development collaborated with KK Women's and Children's Hospital to bring in a team of medical doctors and midwives to Kampong Chhnang Provincial Hospital for a four-day midwifery course last month.

It is the second time the course has been conducted in Cambodia.

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They’ve got style

Vanity Fair’s 2014 best dressed list includes Bhutan’s king and, of course, Lupita Nyong’o

CLASSY: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, receives a traditional Maori welcome in April from five-year-old Mataawhio Matahaere Vieint after she arrives in Dunedin, New Zealand, with husband Prince William.
BOLD: Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 34, with his wife Jetsun Pema.
CHIC: Lupita Nyong’o, poses with her award for best supporting actress for her role in 12 Years a Slave at the 86th Academy Awards.
GLAM: Actress Cate Blanchett at the 86th Academy Awards in March.
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