Home and Hougang in transfer flurry ahead of new S. League season

Home United have clinched the signing of Irfan Fandi.
Home United have clinched the signing of Fandi Ahmad's son, Irfan Fandi.

The 21st season of the S.League is shaping up to be one the most intriguing ones in recent years.

As five-time league champions Tampines Rovers are set to take ex-Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant on trial, their rivals Home United and Hougang United have stepped up their recruitment drives ahead of the new season.

The Protectors have been especially busy adding to their forward line, having snared Irfan Fandi, the eldest progeny of Singapore's favourite footballing son Fandi Ahmad, and ex-LionsXII hotshot Khairul Nizam.

 

 

 

 

Irfan, whom the Protectors believe will add power and pace to their forward line, spent last season with the Courts Young Lions and opted to stay in Singapore rather than sign a deal with Chilean side Universidad Catolica so that he could complete his national service.

He was also one of the few positives during Singapore's disappointing South-east Asia Games football campaign in June.

Despite yet another season hampered by injury problems, Nizam, who officially put pen to paper and signed for Home after agreeing a deal in December, stole the headlines in August when he scored a stunning scissors-kick goal for the LionsXII to salvage a 1-1 draw with Selangor in the Malaysian Super League.

The acrobatic wonder strike was featured on websites such as The Guardian and Bleacher Report.

While Home welcomed their two new signings to the Bishan Stadium, last year's wooden spoonists Hougang were not content to let their rivals have all the transfer action to themselves as they announced four new additions from the Courts Young Lions to their ranks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUGANG UNITED SIGN ANUMANTHAN The club is pleased to announce the acquisition of former Courts Young Lions central midfielder M.Anumathan. The 22-year-old Anumanthan began his professional football career with Young Lions in 2012. A product of the National Football Academy who had been tutored by current Hougang head coach K. Balagumaran, Anumanthan was called up to the Courts Young Lions squad to fill the midfield void. He played his first game in a 1–1 draw against Balestier Khalsa on 1 April 2012. Anumanthan was one of five youth players shortlisted for the inaugural Dollah Kassim Award in 2010, which was eventually won by Young Lions teammate Ammirul Emmran Mazlan. He was part of the Singapore national under-23 team that won the bronze medal at the 2013 Southeast Asian Games. Anumanthan was called up to the senior Singapore team in July 2013. He made his senior debut in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Oman on 14 August 2013, coming on for striker Indra Shahdan Daud in the 70th minute. He followed it up with his first start in a friendly match against China on 6 September 2013. He has a total of 6 International Caps under his belt. Anu is a hardworking and determined player, who keeps his game simple with one-touch passes; and a ball-winner who can take players on and beat them in one-on-one situations. Hougang United are delighted have Anumanthan in our Cheetahs squad! Factfile Date of birth: July 14, 1994 Height: 1.75m Weight: 78kg Nationality: Singaporean #Anumanthan #1h1h #hougangunited #hgfc #sleague #supportourleague #sgfootball #hougang

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Central midfield powerhouse M. Anumanthan was a nominee for the inaugural TNP Dollah Kassim Award and impressed as the Young Lions overcame their SEA Games disappointment to finish the season above his new club.

Attacking midfielder Nur Ridho Jafri was also a Dollah Kassim Award nominee in 2012 while midfielder Afiq Noor and fullback Ali Hudzaifi round up the remainder of the Cheetahs' new signings.

Golden Globes: Who will win? Here's our predictions

The New Paper makes its predictions for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.

This weekend, self-professed film critics (and snobs) watching the Golden Globe awards will try to impress you with their "I told you so's" and little tidbits about all of the different critically-acclaimed films and TV series you probably haven't watched yet.

It's okay if your favourite film this year was Jurassic World or Star Wars. You are certainly not alone. After all, both films crossed the US$1 billion (S$1.44 billion) mark in record time. 

But you can still show off your film knowledge by predicting the winners of the Globes.

How will you predict the winners? Check out our handy guide below.

MOVIES...


BEST MOTION PICTURE DRAMA


WHO WILL WIN: 

Spotlight

Spotlight, a movie based on the true story of an investigative team at the Boston Globe uncovering a massive scandal of child molestation and the resulting cover-up within the local Catholic church, is seen as a front-runner. It opens here Jan 21.

It has all the ingredients that would make it a darling among voters - it's a good, gripping (true) story featuring acclaimed actors. Also, the people voting are journalists from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) who might feel a little reinvigorated by this film.

But there could be a surprise here. 

Mad Max is one of those rare critically acclaimed films that also performed well at the box office. It's not typical award-bait but it's one of the most well-reviewed films of the year and features stellar, powerful performances from Tom Hardy and especially Charlize Theron. The movie features high, thrilling action sequences while still maintaining the emotional impact of the film.

Mad Max could well be a surprise winner in major categories, including best picture and best director.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Mad Max

Room

The Revenant

Carol


BEST MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY 


Let's play a numbers game. 

If, like me, you were wondering which of the following movies is a musical, the answer is: None.

And if you're wondering how many of these movies is a straight-up comedy, the answer is two - Spy and Trainwreck.

What about the rest? Well, your guess is as good as mine.

Nevertheless, let's just pretend that a movie about men profiting from a financial crisis is funny (a funnier movie would be me attempting to pay off my exploding credit card bills every month) and have a look at the nominees for this category. 

WHO WILL WIN

Trainwreck

It's an actual comedy where people are likely to have laughed out loud, has a high chance of winning this category.

Amy Schumer, who starred in the film and wrote the screenplay, is Hollywood's current darling. And of course, it helps that she's basically Jennifer Lawrence's BFF (even if they are competing in this category).

And the movie is actually funny, while being really sweet and touching at the same time.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Joy

Spy

The Big Short

The Martian


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA


WHO WILL WIN:

Brie Larson (Room)

Admittedly a tough category, this is the one in which anyone could take home the trophy on Monday (Jan 11) morning (local time).

The common consensus is that first-time nominee Brie Larson will win for her role in Room (opening here Jan 14), a movie that is essentially a harrowing, kidnap tale that shows how unconditional the love between mother and son can be.

Larson has been acting in small, indie films for many years now and this includes the critically acclaimed Short Term 12, which did have some major awards conversation swirling around it. Ultimately, though, nothing happened.

Now it appears that the 26-year-old is having her breakout year, similar to Jennifer Lawrence's career trajectory when she was first nominated for indie film Winter's Bone.

That being said, one shouldn't ignore the battle between the two lead actresses, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, for their performances in Carol as two women in love in the 1950s.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Saorise Ronan (Brooklyn)

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Rooney Mara (Carol)

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA


WHO WILL WIN:

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Everyone is saying it's Leonardo DiCaprio's year. And well, I think it is too (even if I'm not exactly a fan).

I mean his co-star in The Revenant (opening here Feb 4) is a bear (and Tom Hardy), and he did go through considerably physical and mental challenges (he is acting with a real bear after all). The award has to go to DiCaprio. I really cannot bear to see heartbroken Leo fans grieving on Facebook... again.

OTHER NOMINEES: 

Will Smith (Concussion)

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY


WHO WILL WIN:

Amy Schumer (Trainwreck)

Amy Schumer might score a win here just because she's everyone's favourite person - and the Golden Globes do tend to reward young, up-and-comers (although it's safe to say that Schumer has made it and 2015 was definitely her year).

Jennifer Lawrence, on the other hand, has received critical acclaim (although we can use this phrase for every movie she's in) for her role as Joy Mangano, the woman who created a multi-millionaire business empire by coming up with the miracle mop.

Lily Tomlin (Grandma)

Jennifer Lawrence (Joy)

Melissa McCarthy (Spy)

Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE - MUSICAL OR COMEDY


WHO WILL WIN: 

Matt Damon (The Martian)

Matt Damon is a sure lock for his role in The Martian.

He was funny, uplifting and at times inspiring and he deserves an award for getting out of Mars (Let's hope a trophy will anchor him down to earth and that there will no more lost-in-space movies for Damon).

OTHER NOMINEES:

Al Pacino (Danny Collins)

Mark Ruffalo (Infinity Polar Bear)

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

Steve Carrell (The Office)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE


WHO WILL WIN:

Alicia Vikander (Ex-Machina)

Kate Winslet is an awards darling who was also well-reviewed in Steve Jobs but Alicia Vikander's performance in this year's sleeper hit Ex Machina has been criminally overlooked, so this nomination is well-deserved (more so than her nomination for The Danish Girl).

Despite being a robot in the film, Vikander provides most of the heart and humanity in the movie about a man (Domnhnall Gleeson) who is chosen to determine the capabilities and consciousness of the beautiful robot, Ava. 

OTHER NOMINEES:

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Jane Fonda (Youth)

Helen Mirren (Trumbo)

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)


TELEVISION ...


BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA


WHO WILL WIN:

Mr Robot

Apart from Game of Thrones, which was also nominated last year, the nominees are all newbies. And this makes the category a lot more exciting.

They are all of various genres but my pick for winner is Mr Robot, which quickly attained cult status because of the combination of its Fight Club qualities as well as its disturbing take on current affairs around the world, especially with regard to mass surveillance.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Game of Thrones

Narcos

Outlander

Empire


BEST TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY


WHO WILL WIN:

Transparent

This category is also a good mix of both fresh comedies and Globes regulars.

But critical darling Transparent, an Amazon Prime series, is very likely to win - as it did at the Emmys last year. It's the breakout comedy-drama of 2015 and it has had a huge cultural impact this year given its premise about a father who reveals that he is going through a major transition to become a transgender woman. 

OTHER NOMINEES:

Casual

Mozart in the Jungle

Orange is the New Black

Silicon Valley

Veep


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA


WHO WILL WIN:

Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)

Viola Davis is the sole performer who manages to lift How to Get Away with Murder from a stale, cliffhanger-laden drama to a much more complex series. And so, she absolutely deserves to win. I have to say though that Taraji P. Henson is her closest competitor and might just steal her trophy away with her role as Cookie Lyon in Empire.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Taraji P. Henson (Empire)

Robin Wright Penn (House of Cards)

Caitriona Balfe (Outlander)

Eva Green (Penny Dreadful)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA


WHO WILL WIN:

Rami Malek (Mr Robot)

If I had my way, Rami Malek, who plays the lead in the fantastic Mr Robot, will get the trophy. But this is also Jon Hamm's last time as a nominee for Mad Men, which concluded its run last year. So, it's possible that the HFPA may get nostalgic and give him a great farewell present. 

OTHER NOMINEES:

Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)

Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Wagner Moura (Narcos)

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY


WHO WILL WIN:

Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)

Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez won last year, and it's quite likely that she'll pull off a repeat win based on the show's fantastic second season that highlighted the challenges of juggling motherhood and your own dreams.

Of course, there were other crazy soap opera plots (kidnapped baby and love triangles are just the tip of the iceberg), but Rodriguez always manages to infuse warmth, emotion and humanity into her role.

But she still has Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfuss to look out for. Veep enjoyed yet another fantastic season that provided a lot of laugh-out-loud moments and it will be hard to overlook this critical favourite.

Additionally, don't be surprised if Crazy Ex-girlfriend's Rachel Bloom snags a trophy instead. The HFPA loves to reward new, up-and-coming talents.

Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-girlfriend)

Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)


BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES - MUSICAL OR COMEDY


WHO WILL WIN:

Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Jeffrey Tambor's turn as a transgender woman in Transparent is sure to win him an award.

But Aziz Anzari's brilliant Master of None received rave reviews and was criminally shut out of the Best Comedy category. Maybe the HFPA will make up for this with rewarding Master of None with a best actor win even if his acting wasn't the best part of the show.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Aziz Anzari (Master of None)

Gael Garcia Bernal (Mozart in the Jungle)

Rob Lowe (The Grinder)

Patrick Stewart (Blunt Talk)


BEST MOTION PICTURE - ANIMATED


WHO WILL WIN:

Inside Out

 

If Inside Out does not win this category, Joy and the rest of the characters are going to have to work over time to keep Anger at bay.

One of the smarter, more emotionally satisfying animated films in years (for both kids and adults), Inside Out definitely deserves a win.

After all, if movies like Shaun the Sheep (meh) and box-office letdown The Good Dinosaur were nominated, it shows that they clearly didn't have many quality picks to choose from.

OTHER NOMINEES:

Shaun the Sheep

The Good Dinosaur

The Peanuts Movie

Anomalisa

Dog flies undetected from HK to Japan in owner's luggage

A dog owner opened his luggage after a 4 1/2 hour flight from Hong Kong to Japan, only to discover his Schnauzer hiding inside.

The dog had managed to sneak into the bag, pass through airport customs undetected and arrive safely in Sapporo city.

It is estimated to have spent at least seven hours trapped in the suitcase.

The man and his family were on a five-day tour of Hokkaido organised by Hong Thai Travel Services.

They took a Cathay Pacific flight and arrived at New Chitose Airport on Dec 28.

After retrieving his luggage, the man checked his mobile phone and saw a WhatsApp message from his mother-in-law informing him that his dog was missing.

Suspecting something was amiss, the man checked his suitcase before boarding the tour bus and found the Schnauzer inside.

The man informed his tour guide, who suggested he hand the dog over to Japan customs officials.

The family proceeded with the tour while the dog was repatriated to Hong Kong on Dec 30 after officials determined it did not meet the pet importation criteria.

Apple Daily reported that the man noticed the dog was not around when he was leaving the house, but had assumed it was sleeping in his mother-in-law's room.

He suspects the dog got into his bag while he was packing. He had closed the suitcase without checking through its contents.

Sources: Apple Daily, TA News

Probation for SGH doctor who attacked father for owing God money

Tham Kwang Wei.

A senior consultant at the Singapore General Hospital was on Wednesday (Jan 6) sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation for attacking her 81-year-old father.

Tham Kwang Wei, 43, who is a director at the SGH Life Centre's Obesity and Metabolic unit, had earlier pleaded guilty to holding an 18cm long knife to her father's neck, arm locking his neck and biting his left forearm.

She was upset as she felt her father owed God $150,000 in church contributions, which he had not paid.

The incident happened on Sept 30, 2014, at about 7.50am at Dr Tham Ngiap Boo's clinic in Whampoa.

His daughter entered the clinic and told him to give her the money so she could return it on his behalf.

When he refused, she took out a knife, held it against his neck and forced him into a chair.

A clinic assistant called the police.

She was subsequently diagnosed with depression with psychotic features.

For the offence, she could have been jailed up to two years, fined or both.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 7.

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Movie Review: Fathers And Daughters (NC16)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yGRILbZkjE&feature=youtu.be

I've always thought Russell Crowe would make a rather crazy but loving dad.

And as author Jake Davis in Fathers And Daughters, that's exactly the kind of person he is.

When his wife is killed in a car accident, Jake has to stay at a mental health facility, leaving his young daughter Katie (Kylie Rogers)in the care of her aunt Elizabeth (Diane Kruger).

Years later, Katie (now played by Amanda Seyfried) is all grown up and haunted by her relationship with her dad.

Crowe does a very good job of acting nuts and he's also pitched as a genius.

But A Beautiful Mind this is not. Fathers And Daughters is more pleasant than brilliant, with weepy moments and father-daughter drama thrown in.

​Rating: 3/5

Movie Review: Joy (PG13)

The plot reads like one unbelievable piece of Hollywood fiction.

How can anyone experience so many upheavals in her life and remain positive, eventually having her own business empire?

Joy is a true rags-to-riches saga about Joy Mangano, the US inventor of the self-wringing Miracle Mop.

Jennifer Lawrence is the titular never-say-die heroine, whose odds are constantly stacked against her.

Joy is not a David O. Russell masterpiece compared to his earlier works that featured Lawrence, like Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

The film's flow is erratic and uneven.

You can tell he's trying to squeeze in as much as possible in under 124 minutes.

It may boast a star-studded cast, but Joy thrives mainly because of Lawrence's performance.

You will definitely buy whatever she sells.

​Rating: 3/5

The Rock Posts Baywatch Parody Video

Dwayne Johnson had a whale of a time kidding around with his Baywatch co-star, US model Kelly Rohrbach.

The pair play lifeguards Mitch Buchannon and C.J. Parker in the upcoming Baywatch movie adaptation, roles which were previously portrayed by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.

Johnson posted a series of parody videos with his co-star on his Instagram page.

 

 

For our #BAYWATCH and the iconic role of "CJ Parker" I had to make sure @kellyrohrbach was... tough.

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In one, he pretended to push Rohrbach into the sand while the pair ran down the beach in slow-motion, in a parody of Baywatch's iconic TV opening sequence.

Baywatch also stars Alexandra Daddario and Zac Efron, and is scheduled for a 2017 release.

 

 

 

 

 

Madonna's Singapore concert rated R18, most expensive tickets at $1288

Madonna performing in Paris in December 2015.

There may be no reason to worry about Madonna toning down her act for her upcoming Singapore concert. 

Her Feb 28 concert at the National Stadium will be rated R18 with a consumer advisory on "sexual references", according to a release by concert organisers Mediacorp VizPro. 

This means only those aged 18 and above will be permitted into the venue. 

Tickets are priced between $108 and $1288 (VIP). 

Tickets will go on sale for the public on Jan 12 at 10am at www.sportshubtix.com.

But members of Madonna's official Icon fan club (get access here) will have access to a pre-sale from 10am on Jan 7 to 5pm on Jan 8. 

Citi card members will have access to a pre-sale on Jan 9 and the pre-sale for OCBC card members will start on Jan 11.

Full details below: 

 

 

Madonna's top selling, critically acclaimed Rebel Heart Tour will make a stop at the National Stadium on Sunday, 28...

Posted by Mediacorp VizPro on Tuesday, 5 January 2016

 

In a five-star review of her concert at the O2 Arena in London last month, The Guardian described some of the set pieces in the show as "blasphemous" and the singer herself as "a little too obsessed with sex". 

Jail for man who splashed hot oil, soup at neighbour

A man was on Wednesday (Jan 6) jailed three months for attacking his neighbour with hot oil and soup.

Kho Ah Yeow, 59, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of causing hurt.

He had splashed leftover fishball noodle soup at his neighbour, Bounty Gill, after an argument on June 25, 2015.

Kho had believed Gill had knocked on his door incessantly but Gill denied it.

Reeling from the attack, Gill went into his flat to get a knife which he used to stab Kho several times in the abdomen.

Gill has also been charged and his case is pending.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 6. 

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ZIDANE PROMISES A TROPHY FOR REAL

You can’t compare me with Guardiola. I won’t compare myself, I never did that as a player and won’t do it as a coach. I need to be a coach my way. I have to be Zidane.

— Zidane (right), on comparisons with Pep Guardiola

Zinedine Zidane has vowed to win a trophy this season after replacing Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid on Monday.

The 43-year-old World Cup winner and former Real and France superstar was unveiled by club president Florentino Perez, after the Spanish giants confirmed that Benitez had been relieved of his duties just 25 games into his reign.

Speaking at a brief press conference, Zidane said: "I want to thank the club and the president for giving me the opportunity to train this club.

"It's the best club in the world with the best fan base in the world.

"I want to do my very best to ensure that this club at the end of the season will have a trophy."

"I will be working hard with all the players and I think it will go well," added the Frenchman, who played for the club between 2001 and 2006.

"I am looking forward to working with everybody tomorrow. Tomorrow is when the work starts.

"Thank you to everyone. It is an important day for me. It's an emotional day, even more emotional than the day I signed as a player for the club. I will put all the heart I have into this job for the club. Thank you very much."

Zidane, who had been working as manager of the club's B team Castilla, inherits a side sitting in third place in the La Liga table after last Sunday's 2-2 draw at Valencia.

However, Benitez's tenure drew to a premature close after months of speculation that he would not come anywhere near seeing out the three-year contract he signed in June last year, amid dissatisfaction among fans unhappy with both the departure of predecessor Carlo Ancelotti and his style of play, and rumours that he was at odds with key figures within the dressing room.

Perez paid tribute to the 55-year-old former Liverpool boss as "an absolute professional and a wonderful person", before handing responsibility for reviving the club's fortunes to Zidane.

BEST MAN

He said: "Zinedine Zidane is a man who knows better than anyone what it means to stand at the front and lead Real Madrid.

"It is a difficult squad to lead but he throughout his career and throughout his life also has always been able to face up to huge challenges.

"Zinedine Zidane, this is your club, this is your stadium and you have all our support.

"Zidane, you are from this moment the trainer, the manager of Real Madrid. The word 'impossible' does not exist for you, Zinedine Zidane."

Thousands of Real fans turned out to cheer Zidane as he started his first day as coach of the Spanish giants yesterday.

While commentators expressed doubts about the Frenchman's experience, 5,000 fans packed the Alfredo di Stefano stadium at Real's training ground to see Zidane take his first session with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and other superstars.

"Zizou! Zizou!" the fans chanted as the World Cup winner walked out onto the pitch with his players wearing a grey tracksuit and fluorescent boots.

Zidane gathered the players around him and then kicked a ball to start a training exercise, drawing shouts from the crowds.

All eyes will now be on whether Zidane has the temperament and tactical ability to gel Real's Galacticos into a trophy-winning unit.

Key players such as Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez often showed their disgust when substituted by Benitez.

Off-field distractions also took their toll, with Benzema facing blackmail charges over a sex-tape of France teammate Mathieu Valbuena, and Rodriguez accused of speeding at up to 200kph last week.

Spanish media said he has his work cut out because of his lack of experience.

"The Frenchman is a football legend and a great figure of Madrid," wrote Marca, Spain's most read sports daily.

"But his coaching experience is inversely proportional to his excellent footballer's experience - limited... and controversial." - Wire Services.


To win everything. that’s our goal. We have two trophies we can win and we’re going to go for it.

— Zidane, on his targets

Tags: Zidane and real madrid

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