Man dis-United? Red Devils snub club's famed academy as their sons join other teams

Brooklyn Beckham with his teammates from the Arsenal youth team.
Brooklyn Beckham with his teammates from the Arsenal youth team.

Manchester United’s very own don’t seem to have much faith in their club’s youth system.

The Premier League side’s reputation for youth development is considered a part of club folklore, having produced the Busby Babes and the Class of ’92.

But several Red Devils players and former stars have chosen to send their sons to the youth systems of other clubs.

Perhaps the most famous is Brooklyn Beckham, who recently posted a picture of himself with his teammates in Arsenal’s Under-16 side.



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The son of the Old Trafford favourite signed with the Gunners late last year, having previously gone on trial with Manchester United and Chelsea.

Goldenballs’ other sons Cruz and Romeo both also turn out for Arsenal’s youth teams.

But Becks isn’t the only alumni of the Class of ’92 whose kid has shunned Old Trafford.

Manchester Evening News last year reported that Phil Neville’s son Harvey trained with the academy of local rivals Manchester City.

United’s arch-rivals seem to be a favourite with the offspring of Red Devils.

Both Robin van Persie’s and Darren Fletcher’s sons train with the Citizens’ youth teams.

A source told Manchester Evening News: “There’s quite a bit of surprise about it.

“You would have thought that if they were going to be with anyone it would have been United.”

Source: Manchester Evening News, Mail Online,

Ronaldinho hates running - but gets special treatment for it

Mexican club Queretaro have a customised fitness routine for former Brazil star Ronaldinho.
Mexican club Queretaro have a customised fitness routine for former Brazil star Ronaldinho.

Don’t like running?

Not a problem. If you are Ronaldinho, that is.

Because of this particular disdain, the veteran Brazilian forward has been put on a customised training regime at Mexican side Queretaro.

Since the 34-year-old signed a two-year contract with the club four months ago, he has scored three league goals in nine matches.

Doesn't like running

Roberto Bassagaisteguy, a fitness coach at the club, told ESPN of his special training programme: “He does not do physical exercise — I cannot make him run because he doesn’t like it.

“He works in the gym with me, lifts weights and works with a group of special players. He does work on his speed, sprints and jumps, but there are things he doesn’t like. 

“Working in another way, they can still achieve the same physical condition. Ask the coach of Barcelona if he forces Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta or Xavi to run. Training has changed, as has football.”

It seems Ronaldinho’s star hasn’t waned over the years too.

According to Bassagaisteguy, the flamboyant attacker is still swarmed by fans whenever he goes out. As a result, he is more homely nowadays.

“He is confined to his home, surrounded by family, friends and visitors there,” he said.

“He cannot go to a restaurant. It is impossible to do so in Queretaro, as he would be overwhelmed by people. He just stays at home.”


Costa slapped with 3-match ban for stamping

Diego Costa (in blue) argues with Liverpool's Emre Can. The Chelsea striker was slapped with a three-match ban for stamping on the Turk.
Diego Costa (in blue) argues with Liverpool's Emre Can. The Chelsea striker was slapped with a three-match ban for stamping on the Turk.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa was banned for three matches with immediate effect after being found guilty of a violent conduct charge, the Football Association announced on Friday (Jan 30).

The Spain international was suspended after a regulatory commission ruled he had stamped on the ankle of Liverpool’s Emre Can in the 12th minute of Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0 to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory.

The former Atletico Madrid man was also accused of stamping on Reds defender Martin Skrtel, although he was not charged for the incident.

Watch the two incidents below:

There is no right of appeal and Costa will now miss the Premier League leaders Chelsea’s match at home to title rivals Manchester City on Saturday (1.30am Sunday, Singapore time) and subsequent games against Aston Villa and Everton.


Malacca shoppers receive flyers advertising sex services

Photo Illustration
Photo Illustration

Leaflets promoting sex services are being distributed openly to customers at shopping malls and hypermarkets in Malacca, according to reports in the Malaysia media.

Based on reports from Sin Chew Daily and China Press, The Star Online said that the two-page, handwritten flyers listed several "packages" as well the relevant charges, names of hotels and contact numbers.

A note also stated stated that the number of male "partners" was limited and those interested were advised to "book early to avoid disappointment".

The packages, which include hotel stays, are priced at RM400 (S$149) for an hour, RM800 for two hours and RM2,800 for eight hours.

The flyers also stated that services were available from 2pm to midnight and that "rates were negotiable".

Former Kota Melaka parliamentary seat candidate Dr Yee Kok Wah uploaded a photo of the leaftlet after his wife received one from a man in his 40s while shopping at a hypermarket.

Source: Star Online

Gwyneth Paltrow promotes Korean uterus spa treatment - here are 5 seriously weird treatments ...

Cynics: After raving about a steam treatment for her lady bits, doctors have come out to claim that Gwenyth Paltrow was exaggerating about the treatment's benefits.

Gwyneth Paltrow probably had good intentions when she decided to give women health advice on her lifestyle website, GOOP.

In a nutshell: go for a steam offered by a Korean spa that apparently cleans the uterus and will also help solve many female health problems.

“The real golden ticket here is the Mugwort V-Steam.”

 “You sit on what is essentially a mini-throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam cleanses your uterus, et al.”

“(Its) an energetic release – not just a steam douche – that balances female hormone levels. If you’re in LA, you have to do it.”

The Hollywood actress has been slammed for her recent efforts in playing doctor.

The Independent reported that medical doctors have dismissed her claims and frowned upon her dispensing such advice.

But what we're more interested in is, what exactly is a V-Steam?

Check out 5 of the weirdest spa treatments!

Throne: The V-Steam at Tikkun Spa.

1. Mugwort V-Steam, Tikkun Spa, Los Angeles

Mugwort leaves and flower buds are boiled and steamed and applied to a specific area of the body (perineum) for detoxification. The steam from the Mugwort is then absorbed into the body through the pores of the skin. It is supposed to be effective for women who suffer from hormonal problems, irregular menstrual cycles, headaches, fatigue and hemorrhoid discomfort.

2. Live Snail Treatment, Ci:z.Labo Salon, Tokyo

Snails are left to crawl all over the face where their mucous goes to work and rejuvenates the skin. Those who find this disgusting can opt to buy snail cream in a jar which is offered by many beauty brands.

3. Snake Massage, Israel

Live snakes slither all over the body and this irons out all the kinks in tensed muscles.

4. Human Placenta Facial Treatment, Maylande, Singapore

Men and women use placenta extracts to slow down the ageing process. Fans include celebrities. The result is supposed to be great skin that's firmer and visibly void of wrinkles, blemishes or undesirable pigmentation.

5. Geisha Nightingale Poop Facial, New York

This treatment is based on an ancient secret of the Geishas who used the excrement from a nightingale to remove their thick make-up. The mixture is said to brighten and re-texturise the skin. 

Source: The Independent

Watch: 7 things about guns and girls in the Singapore Armed Forces #WomenBMT

Did you tune in to this week's episode of Into the Fray: The Making of a Female Soldier?

We did. Here's seven things we learnt about guns and girls in the Singapore Armed Forces from the CyberpioneerTV web series.

1. Girls name their guns.

We knew boys named their 'toys' (a.k.a cars and weapons) and referred to them as their wives or significant other.

But we didn't know girls did too... until we met Anithra.

She not only gave her gun a name (he's called Gerard), she also called "him" her husband. Guess the sexes aren't that different after all.

Here's a clip of Gerard saying hello to the camera (courtesy of Anithra bobbing "him" up and down). Okay, so maybe we aren't that similar...

2. There's no girl gun or boy gun.

There's no slimmer, lighter model that girls use. There's just the SAR21 rifle, a 4kg hunk of metal.

Guess that's why the girls must have attained at least a silver in the National Physical Fitness Award (Napfa) test.

3. You have to shoot while squatting.

This is a pose you'll never see in any movie, simply because it looks way too unglamorous.

It also looks terribly uncomfortable.

Cool factor? Zilch.

4. Firing bullets is awesome. 

We're not kidding. Just look how happy Nuraishah is.

What's more awesome than that? Firing bullets with tracers, of course.

Here's a clip of Vivian showing us how "cool" the first bullet is (her words, not ours).

5. Girls have to get down and dirty with the guns.

Female recruits aren't spared from the filth.

Trenches, ditches, muddy grounds? That's just some of the surfaces they have to get used to.

6. Girls make great marksmen.

Of the 41 girls, 22 scored marksmen.

And all of them passed the test, even Rebekah.

She did the worst in her platoon during the IMT (Individual Marksmanship Trainer), scoring just 20 out of 32. But she scored "close to marksman" during the actual test.

7. They don't look all that different from the boys.

It's hard to spot the girl recruits when they are in their battle suits. 

Girl or boy, we can't quite tell until he/she takes off the helmet. (Girls have hair. Boys don't.)

So, they didn't cover the big biological question this week: What happens when the recruits get cramps or their period? 

But it's only episode two, and there are five more to go. 

We await with bated breath.




Related report:

Watch: Why do girls join the Singapore Armed Forces? Let them tell you ‪#‎WomenBMT

Yuan Ching deaths: Killer's Facebook posts hinted at deadly intentions

Facebook posts believed to be from the husband involved in the Yuan Ching Road double death case showing his intent to murder his wife.
Facebook posts believed to be from the husband involved in the Yuan Ching Road double death case showing his intent to murder his wife.

The man who killed his wife at a Yuan Ching Road condominium today (Jan 30) posted the following messages on his social media account in November and December:

Ken Ong, who died after being taken to hospital with serious knife wounds, posted what he labelled his "Final Note".

The 37-year-old hit out at his wife for their troubled marriage.

On Friday morning, police received a call at 7.55am and arrived at Park View Mansions to find three injured people.

Two of them - a Singaporean man and his wife, a Singapore PR from Malaysia - succumbed to their injuries at National University Hospital while the third, the couple's 37-year-old Filipino maid, is in stable condition.

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 31. 

Related report:
Couple dead after Yuan Ching domestic dispute, maid injured

K-pop shock: Girls' Generation's Sunny reveals she had celebrity boyfriend

Surprise: K-pop idols are generally tight-lipped about their love life but Girls' Generation's Sunny (fourth from left) shared about her celebrity beau which caused further speculation as to who it could be.

It was shocking enough that she actually spilled nuggets of her love life on TV.

Girls' Generation's Sunny, 25, even went on to reveal that her ex was also a celebrity.

Kpop Starz reported that on the latest episode of hit Korean variety show Roommate - where Korean celebrities stay under one roof  - the popular singer indulged in a rather revealing girls' talk with comedian Lee Guk-Joo and singer Nana.

The truth about Sunny's love life has been kept under wraps until now.

She told the girls: "I've dated a celebrity before. But just because he is a celebrity it doesn't mean that our relationship was uncomfortable. I guess it just all depends on the couple and the circumstances (under which we dated)."


Last night #svnnynight

A photo posted by Sunny (@svnnynight) on

In the world of K-pop, to admit to dating someone is big news. To admit to secretly dating a celebrity? Massive news.

No word yet on the celebrity's identity but the rumours could well start flying thick and fast.

Lee and Nana then asked her how Sunny and her beau had time to date each other. Sunny said that they spent a lot of time sending text messages to each other.

Sunny went on to share that she had a tough time letting go of her first love.

Even when breaking up with him, she tried to salvage the relationship by holding his hand and asking: "Can we not break up?"

The information probably went down well with the Chen and Suho from EXO.

According to Kpop Herald, on a recent radio show the Korean boy band chose Sunny as the one they thought would make an ideal girlfriend.

Chen said he loves her bright smile and Suho said that she was very easy to talk to.

The drive for a EXO/Girls' Gen crossover starts here.


Source: Kpop Starz, Kpop Herald



Merlion to be the new Avenger? Marvel posts skyline of Singapore on Facebook page

Are the Avengers coming to Singapore?

It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's the Merlion and the Singapore skyline!

Yes, Marvel has posted a photo worth a thousand fangirl/boy shrieks and screams.

The photo shows the beautiful Singapore skyline with the Avengers logo across the sky.




So is the Merlion going to be the newest Avenger?

We wish! (How weird would it be seeing a half-lion, half-fish fight super villains?)

Call it a hunch - we're keeping fingers crossed that the new Avengers: Age of Ultron gala premiere would be held here.

Who are you looking forward to seeing?

Here's the trailer to help you choose: 



M'sia mum gets 10 years' jail for killing daughter, 5

Her mother abused her daughter until the five-year-old ended up in a coma and eventually died.

She has three children.

But instead of showering them with love and affection, she abused one of them until the five-year-old girl died.

Ipoh housewife Choong Mee Chin, 30, was sentenced to six years’ jail for manslaughter and another four years for abusing daughter Ho Yan Hui.

She had caned the child on her head and entire body. The abuse was so bad that the five-year-old died after 11 days in a coma in 2013.

Besides the jail term, Choong also had to post a RM3,000 (S$1,116) bond of good behaviour over a period of three years.

Choong, who was initially charged with murder, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter after she was offered the alternative charge.

Source: Star Online