Injured Neymar can't do it alone

Brazilian superstar Neymar arrives with an injury on his right leg at a training session in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, on July 1.
Brazilian superstar Neymar arrives with an injury on his right leg at a training session in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, on July 1.

As Brazil erupted when Chile’s Gonzalo Jara struck the post to hand La Selecao an agonising passage to the World Cup quarter-finals on penalties, their star player Neymar collapsed in the centre-circle in tears.

His reaction was a mixture of joy, relief and exhaustion.

The 22-year-old is carrying the burden of a expectant nation of 200 million people.

He has scored four times in as many games and also coolly slotted home Brazil’s fifth and final penalty in the shootout.

But the image of a weeping and clearly hobbled Neymar, having receiving numerous heavy challenges throughout the game, begs the question.

How long Brazil can continue to depend solely on the Barcelona man in attacking areas?

Suffered

“We really suffered. It was pure emotion. My tears after the game were of happiness,” Neymar said after the Chile game.

“Today I had everything. I took a knock, I had cramp. Now all I want to do is rest.”

An injured Neymar (left) sits with defender Thiago Silva at a training session on July 1.
An injured Neymar (left) with defender Thiago Silva at a training session on July 1. ​

Neymar will be fit for Friday’s quarter-final against Colombia, the Brazilian Football Federation has confirmed despite injuries to his thigh and hamstring.

Who will start alongside him remains a question though.

Neither of their two principal centre-forwards, Fred and Jo, have impressed in the competition so far.

The storied history of Brazilian strikers at the World Cup also doesn’t bode well for Neymar and company if Fred and Jo don’t come good.

Failed in 1982

Despite a stellar supporting cast including Zico and Socrates, the much-maligned Serginho failed to fire them to victory in 1982.

When Brazil have succeeded, their star man has always had a wing-man.

Pele had Vava, Garrincha and Jairzinho in his three triumphs, Bebeto partnered Romario in 1994 and Ronaldo led a three-pronged attack with Rivaldo and Ronaldinho in 2002.

One other option available to manager Luiz Felipe Scolari would be to use Hulk as a battering ram centre forward and bring an extra creative player like Willian or Bernard into the side.

Scolari’s loyalty to his trusted soldiers makes it more likely he will give Fred and Jo one last go for the quarter-final against Colombia at least.

Whether that loyalty is finally rewarded or proves folly will be decided in the heat of Fortaleza on Friday. 

Source: AFP 

Crying lawmaker enthrals Japan

Television talk shows carried looped footage of a press conference in which Mr Ryutaro Nonomura wails and bangs his fists on the desk as tears stream down. Photo: YouTube screen grab

A 47-year-old provincial politician was rapidly becoming an Internet phenomenon in Japan on Wednesday.

The reason: He was crying like a toddler as he tried to explain his profligate use of public funds.

Television talk shows carried looped footage of a press conference in which Mr Ryutaro Nonomura wails and bangs his fists on the desk as tears stream down, AFP reported.

The assemblyman shouts incoherent excuses in between gut-wrenching sobs, punctuated by the long intakes of breath necessary to power the next outburst.

Mr Nonomura, who was elected to the assembly in Hyogo in western Japan in 2011, is suspected of misusing three million yen (S$36,825) of official allowances.

According to media reports, he spent the money on 195 trips he made to four locations in one year, including 106 visits to the same hot spring resort, all without producing a receipt or a report. 

Unauthorised spending

“(Crying)... I finally became an assembly member ... (crying)... with the sole purpose of changing society,” he shrieked during the three-hour press conference in Kobe, Hyogo’s main city.

“(Crying) ... This Japan ... (crying) ...I want to change this society (crying) ... I have staked my life ... (crying) ... Don’t you understand?”

Social media users were merciless.

“Is he alright as a member of society, let alone a member of an assembly?” asked Twitter user @nagatokimura.

One YouTube posting had been viewed half a million times by Wednesday afternoon.

Source: AFP, YouTube

 

Malaysia police hunt 5 terror suspects amid crackdown

Ahmad Tarmimi had the dubious honour of being Malaysia’s first suicide bomber linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Photo:

Malaysian police said on Wednesday ( July 2) they were looking for a university lecturer and four others allegedly involved in terror activities.

They are now believed to be hiding in the Philippines.

The announcement comes as the authorities express concern about youths in the country being radicalised and recruited to fight in hotspots such as Syria. A Syrian terrorist video (above) featuring the use of the Malay language has also surfaced.

Police said the five wanted men included the Islamic studies lecturer and a stationery shop owner at Universiti Malaya, one of the country’s biggest universities.

Three of the men are suspected to be involved in recruiting and sending militants to the group Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), police said in a statement.

Two others are believed to have been part of an extremist group in eastern Malaysia and have now joined Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines, police added.

Photo of suspects

They released photos of the suspects, AFP reported.

Universiti Malaya said in a statement that the 36-year-old lecturer, Mahmud Ahmad, had been absent and could not be contacted for four weeks, vowing “full cooperation” with the police.

In May, Ahmad Tarmimi Maliki, a 26-year-old factory worker, had the dubious honour of being Malaysia’s first suicide bomber linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS).

He is credited with blowing up 25 elite Iraqi soldiers at Iraq’s SWAT headquarters in al-Anbar on May 26, The Star reported.

Malaysian police have arrested more than a dozen people in recent months suspected of involvement in Islamic militant activities and intending to send fighters to war-torn Syria.

Source: AFP, The Star

 

Scherzinger says bulimia was 'horrible, paralysing disease'

Nicole Scherzinger opened up on her fight with bulimia during her younger days in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan.
Nicole Scherzinger opened up on her fight with bulimia during her younger days in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan.

On stage, she was the gorgeous lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. 

But off it, Nicole Scherzinger battled unhealthy weight loss and self-doubt. 

The former X-Factor judge, 36, revealed in the latest issue of Cosmopolitan that she still cries recalling her twenties when she had bulimia for eight years. 

She said: “It is such a horrible paralysing disease and it was such a dark time for me.

"It robs you of living your life. But you can recover and you can get rid of it forever.

"I did it and that’s why it’s so important for me to share my story."

Seeking help

It was only when she starting fainting that she started to seek help.

The American singer-songwriter said: "I had started losing my voice, I couldn’t sing at shows. Then I remember my manager finding me passed out on the floor in Malta or in the south of France 

"It’s sad to see how I wasted my life. I had such a great life on the outside, the Dolls were on top of the world but I was miserable on the inside.

"I’m never letting that happen again; you only get one life – I was 27 only once."

On the love front, things are also looking up as Scherzinger celebrated her sixth anniversary with F1 driver Lewis Hamilton in Venice last month.

She said: "Well it’s something crazy romantic. Relationships are hard and having to hold a long-distance relationship is even harder. 

"It’s kudos to us for growing and trying – there’s so much love there.

"But I’m good and I’m happy.”

Sources: Cosmopolitan

Waitresses at this US restaurant carry guns

Restaurant owner Lauren Boebert said: "We encourage it (the carrying of guns), and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights."

Guns are more than welcome at the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado. In fact, they are encouraged.

All nine waitresses at the restaurant carry firearms, and they know how to use it.

A sign proudly declares that customers are free to pack heat when they come to fill their bellies.

The strange tradition started with the owner, Ms Lauren Boebert. The 27-year-old began carrying a pistol on her hip a month after the restaurant opened last year.

Post Independent reported Ms Boebert as saying: "We encourage it (the carrying of guns), and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights."

And the police have no trouble with the idea of gun-slinging waitresses at a restaurant that doesn't serve alcohol.

Post Independent reported police chief John Dyer as saying: "If it was a bar, I might be saying something different. But I have no problem with it. And besides, they make a really good burger."

Besides offering dishes with quirky names like a Swiss and Wesson grilled cheese or a Guac 19 burger, Shooters Grill also gives handgun safety class for US$75 (S$93), according to Mail Online.

All this may sound surprising to us, but it's apparently quite normal in the town of Rifle.

USA Today reported that the gun-friendly town of 9,200 is hunting country where carrying guns is about as natural as breathing.

"There's no point to be made," said Ms Boebert. "This is our way of life."

And to any would-be robbers, the gutsy owner has this message: the guns are loaded.

"No, they’re real and they’re loaded, and we know what we’re doing. I fear for anyone who tries to rob us," Post Independent reported Ms Boebert as saying.

Sources: Mail Online, Post Independent, USA Today

Tags: guns, restaurant, US and hunting

Football ref dies after player he sent off punches him

Referee John Bieniewicz died after being punched by a furious football player who was sent off.
Referee John Bieniewicz, 44, died after being punched by a furious football player he had sent off.

A footballer in the US, furious at being sent off, threw a punch to the referee's jaw. 

The impact was so strong that referee John Bieniewicz never regained consciousness after the incident at a match in Michigan on Sunday (June 30).

He died in hospital on Tuesday.

Witnesses said the referee, a hospital medical assistant who loved football, had officiated neutrally and did nothing to provoke the attack, reported Detroit Free Press.

The alleged puncher is Mr Bassel Abdul-Amir Saad, 36, (below) who fled in a vehicle after the incident but turned himself in later.

He was charged on Monday (July 1) with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Dr Jamal Saleh, who played in the game, performed CPR on the victim until medical aid arrived, he said in a comment on the Detroit Free Press website.

“We are all shocked and deeply saddened by these events,” he added.

Unfathomable

"It was terrifying," another player, Mr Scott Herkes, 39, told USA Today. He said that Mr Bieniewicz was looking down and he did not see the punch coming.

"It was unfathomable that such an incident happened."

Mr Bieniewicz, 44, is survived by his wife and two young sons, aged 9 and 13.

A fund-raising website set up to help the family with funeral expenses and the children to move forward has raised about US$25,000 (S$31,000) in just a day.

Sources: Detroit Free Press, USA Today, gofundme.com

Watch rich kids show off on Snapchat

Facebook page Rich Kids of Snapchat showcases the lifestyle of rich youths in UK.

How do rich kids live their life?

Rather extravagantly, going by the photos put up on social media.

Facebook page Rich Kids of Snapchat showcases the lifestyle of rich youths in UK and the hard choices they have to make, like which sports car should I drive today?

The extravagant displays of wealth overshadow the supposed fact that the founder of the Facebook page, a 17-year-old, made his wealth all on his own.

Mail Online reported that the teen claims to have began trading equities and commodities at the age of 12, and is now filthy rich.

Photos on his Snapchat are those of his own lifestyle, while those on his Facebook and Instagram are from other rich kids.

He posted on his Facebook page: "My Snapchat's sole purpose is to inspire other young people to go out and achieve what they want to achieve. I show my extreme lifestyle so that people can see that even me: someone who isn't especially intelligent, and started with only £500 (when I was 12, I am now 17) is able to achieve great things."

His message, while all great and well, is lost behind the excessive displays of riches of him and his peers - especially when they mock those who aren't as well of.

Take a look.

Want to see more photos? Check out his Instagram and Facebook page.

Sources: Mail Online, RichKidSnaps

Cheapest room in New York? A jail cell for US$1 a night

Probably the cheapest accommodation in New York, a Chinese artist is offering stays in a jail cell for US$1 a night, with some unusual conditions.
Probably the cheapest accommodation in New York, a Chinese artist is offering stays in a jail cell for US$1 a night, with some unusual conditions.
"Fresh sheet, shower towel, blanket and pillow are provided" said the artist.
"Fresh sheet, shower towel, blanket and pillow are provided" said the artist.

It sounds too good to be true - overnight accommodation in New York for next to nothing. 

The catch?

Your room is a jail cell - with its own toilet - which is monitored round the clock through CCTV. 

For US$1 (S$1.25) a night, you can be part of the art of performance and installation artist Miao Jiaxin.

"Miao's works often express the ambivalent and sometimes antagonistic tension that always exists between the individual and governing or cultural authorities", he says on his website

Thankfully, unlike a criminal, you have the option of unlocking yourself out of the cell. 

The apartment, which is part of Mr Miao's studio, is in Bushwick, Brooklyn - just 15 minutes by subway from the Lower East Side, reported Daily Mail.

There is even access to a roof deck with great views of Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Act like prisoner

But there is one condition: you need to act like a silent prisoner for three hours a day. 

"From 9:00am to 12pm, you CANNOT access internet, NO electronic devices, books, radio, pens or craftwork. You CANNOT talk to anybody. You CANNOT do Yoga or any other exercises. You CANNOT sleep," said the Facebook page where reservations for the room can be made.

The accommodation was listed on Airbnb before it was removed. 

Still interested? Book your reservations by Facebook message here

Sources: Daily Mail, Facebook

Lookalike twins share one boyfriend

Three's not a crowd. Double the love for lookalike twins' boyfriend
Three's not a crowd. Double the love for lookalike twins' Anna and Lucy DeCinque's boyfriend Ben Byrne.
Happy to share looks, same boyfriend
Happy to share looks and boyfriend.

Meet Ben Byrne - the man dating Perth identical twins Anna and Lucy DeCinque, who have spent more than US$240,000 on surgery to look more alike.

The 31-year-old won the hearts of both women, 28, after they added him on Facebook.

"It's my first time with two girlfriends, and to be honest it's very difficult because (attention given) has to be 100 per cent even," Mr Byrne told Woman's Day magazine.

Dubbed "The Chosen One" by the DeCinque girls, Mr Byrne is himself a twin but is keeping the women to himself.

He lives with the twins and their mother, Jeanna, who says she is happy that the girls are happy.

Probably the worst part of his relationship is "two versus one", especially when they fight. "But on the bright side I get double the love," he said.

His girlfriends have more than a boyfriend and looks in common. They also share a job, a car and a Facebook account - on which they first met their boyfriend.

Mr Byrne said they talked for about six months before meeting in person.

They admit they aren't thinking about marriage or kids just yet. "Right now we're just sharing him," Anna told In Touch magazine. So there's no risk of polygamy yet.

Sources: Daily Mail, Woman's Day, In Touch

Tags: double, twins and boyfriend

Tim Howard: Immortalised in meme

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. eyes the ball after a save from Belgium's Kevin Mirallas during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Fonte Nova arena.

Belgium needed extra time to defeat USA  in their last 16 match on Tuesday (Jul 2), just.

USA goalkeeper Tim Howard put on an epic performance that frustrated the Belgians for majority of the match.

In fact, he made a grand total of 16 saves, going into the record books as the most number of saves ever made by a goalkeeper on record in a World Cup match.

He was rewarded with the Man of the Match award after the game but perhaps even more significant was that the Internet has decreed that his performance is meme worthy.

We dutifully present to you some of them.


Twiter screengrab: @NOTSportsCenter


Twitter screengrab: @WorldCupPosts


Twitter screengrab: @FootyHumour


Twitter screengrab: GeneralBoles


Twitter screengrab: @CenterLebron


Twitter screengrab: @espn


Twitter screengrab: @CloydRivers.


Twitter screengrab: @Darth

 

 

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