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EPL Hits and Misses: Di Maria can't lift United, Stoke steal the show

Stoke pull off the result of the weekend thanks to Mame Biram Diouf's amazing winner while Louis van Gaal's Manchester United continue to struggle...

Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf celebrates after scoring against Manchester City.
Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf celebrates after scoring against Manchester City.


Stoke City
They could not ask for a better first league win of the season. Manchester City were expected to take an easy three points from their former boss Mark Hughes after shredding last season's title rivals Liverpool just five days earlier. Instead, the Welshman's side held firm at the Etihad Stadium and stunned the champions thanks a slaloming solo effort from summer signing Mame Biram Diouf. After losing to Aston Villa on opening day followed by a draw with Hull City, the Potters now have the platform to kickstart their season from.

Mame Biram Diouf
Take a bow, son. Take a bow.

Swansea City
Three wins from three games. And while it was brief, Garry Monk and his Swans must have certainly enjoyed topping the English Premier League table. The Welsh side and leaders Chelsea are the only teams still standing in the EPL with a perfect record, although the situation which will change when the two teams meet after the upcoming international break.

Promoted sides
While last weekend was a humbling one for Burnley, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City, this season's new boys had a much better one as all three teams bounced back from defeat. After their 4-0 thrashing by Spurs, QPR were given the perfect remedy by Charlie Austin's winner in a 1-0 win over Sunderland. In the meantime, Burnley and Leicester earned credible draws against Manchester United and Arsenal. Not too shabby.

Jose Mourinho might not have been impressed by the un-Mourinho-like 6-3 scoreline, but that's the Special One talking. How many teams survive conceding three goals to Everton? And scoring six times at a place like Goodison Park? It's no surprise that the Blues are the bookies' favourites to win the league this season.

Raheem Sterling
Much has been made of Mario Balotelli's arrival at Anfield to replace Luis Suarez, but in truth, Brendan Rodgers didn't have to look very far to find a player to serve as Liverpool's new talisman. The England winger was certainly the Reds' main man as the Merseysiders cruised to a 3-0 win over Spurs at White Hart Lane. While his age means consistency will be an issue, it is frightening to think that Sterling only turns 20 in December.

Bobbing merrily along after the naysayers predicted a season of doom following the summer exodus of their players. Not only that, Morgan Schneiderlin - who looked odds on to join said exodus from St Mary's - notched twice during their 3-1 win over West Ham.


Manchester United
So much for that easy start to the season. United fans must be scratching their heads and wondering whatever happened to their team that was flying in pre-season. Instead, the players looked to have shrunk so far back into their David Moyes era shells that even the British transfer record signing of Angel di Maria hasn't been able to draw them out. And hasn't Louis van Gaal realised that he does not have enough specialists to play the 3-5-2 system that he's stubbornly clinging to?

Manchester City
Perhaps it shouldn't come as such a surprise that the champions lost to Stoke, given the tight affairs of their past clashes. However, it should be a bit worrying for City fans that Pellegrini is bemoaning his squad's lack of fitness at such an early stage of the season. While City certainly recovered well from early set-backs last season to win the league, the blistering start from Jose Mourinho's Chelsea war machine suggests that there may be less room for error this season.

Alexis Sanchez might have his first English Premier League goal, but it wasn't enough for the Gunners as they were held by newly-promoted Leicester. The Chilean's signing from Barcelona was supposed to signal an intent to challenge for the title this season but instead, Arsene Wenger's men look like they're fumbling, especially without the injured Olivier Giroud. Wenger must surely dip into the transfer market again on transfer deadline day for a striker if the Londoners are to be taken seriously as title contenders.

Like their neighbours, Tottenham need alternatives in the strikers department if they're serious about mounting a top four challenge.

Newcastle United
Just three minutes from earning their first win of the season...

Doctors: Joan Rivers could end up in vegetative state or in wheelchair

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers in 2010.

As comedienne Joan Rivers is being brought out of her medically-induced coma, there are fears that she could end up in a vegetative state, or in a wheelchair. 

Rivers, 81, has been hospitalised since Thursday, when she suffered cardiac arrest after her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure at a Manhattan clinic, her family and hospital officials said.

A source close to the family told New York Daily News: "The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday.

"There is real concern that the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised, leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair."

According to the source, the family is considering a lawsuit over the complications that have arisen over what should have been a routine throat procedure. 

"Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame,” added the source. 

Daughter Melissa Rivers, in a statement released by Mt Sinai Hospital, said: “Thank you for your continued love and support.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” she said.

Source: New York Daily News

Hacker behind nude photos claims he has Jennifer Lawrence video

Jennifer Lawrence

The culprit behind one of the biggest leak of celebrity nude photos yet is not stopping.  

Mirror Online reports that he or she is now asking for donations for a video of Jennifer Lawrence. 

A person with the same username as the person who uploaded photos belonging to Lawrence, Ariana Grande and more posted again on the message board 4Chan, where the photos were first leaked.

In the new post,  he or she says he has a video of The Hunger Games star allegedly performing a sex act, and asks for donations to his PayPal account before he releases the video. 

"Is way too short, a little over 2 minutes (sic)," wrote the uploader, adding that the video does not show Lawrence fully nude. 

"Anyways, if somebody wants it let me know how i can upload it anonymously (i dont want the FBI over me, and you dont wanna know how I got this video.)" (sic)

In a separate report, Mirror Online says the uploader could have up to 432 hacked celebrity photos

Source: Mirror Online 

Man arrested for trying to bribe Singapore police with cigarettes

A man was arrested on Sunday for affray and attempting to bribe police officers.

A 44-year-old man who was caught fighting near Bartley Rd attempted to bribe two police officers by offering them two unopened packets of cigarettes.

The bribe was rejected and the man was arrested for affray and attempting to bribe the officers, stated a police press release.

The incident happened at Kim Chuan Road, off Hougang Avenue 3, at around 4.40pm on Sunday.

Responding to a report of fighting, police voluntary special constable corporal Jeremy Koh and special constable sergeant Allan Tay arrived at the scene and proceeded to interview two suspects, aged 40 and 44.

It was during the interview that the older suspect tried to bribe the two officers.

The other suspect was arrested for affray. To commit affray is to disturb the public peace by fighting in a public place.

Both men will be charged in court on Tuesday. If found guilty of affray, they can be jailed for up to a year and/or fined up to $5,000. 

The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau will also be investigating the 44-year-old suspect for the bribery attempt.

Chicharito closing on Real loan switch

Javier Hernandez is set for a loan switch to Real Madrid.
Javier Hernandez is set for a loan switch to Real Madrid.

Real Madrid are set to land Javier Hernandez on season-long loan from Manchester United with a view to a permanent deal.

The Mexican striker was photographed at the Sanitas La Moraleja hospital in Madrid, where the reigning European champions conduct medicals for their players.

While Hernandez has 59 goals in 154 appearances since moving to Old Trafford from FC Guadalajara in 2010, the 26-year-old has been firmly behind Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney on the Red Devils' pecking order.

After missing out on United-bound Radamel Falcao, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has turned to the nippy forward nicknamed Chicharito to provide competition for Karim Benzema.

According to Marca, Hernandez will be handed the No. 14 shirt, the same number he wore at United.

Sources: Twitter, PA Sport, Marca

Car bomb found at Philippines airport

An airport police officer and a sniffer dog patrolling Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International airport in Pasay City, Metro Manila on Monday.

A bomb was found in a van parked at Manila’s international airport early Monday morning, the Philippine authorities said.

A vehicle containing an “improvised explosive device” was found at the airport’s terminal three car park at about 1.45am, said a report by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Three men were arrested.

An NBI official, who declined to be identified, said the suspects had been under surveillance for a month.

The suspects were assembling the bomb inside their vehicle when they were caught, the official said.

NBI director Virgilio Mendez declined to give details about the incident, saying “there is an ongoing follow-up operation”.

The terminal, which serves domestic and international airlines, operated as per normal on Monday and the Manila International Airport Authority said there were no continuing threats.

“(The authority) assures the public that (terminal three) and all other terminals remain safe and airport security personnel continue to stay vigilant in their respective areas,” it said in a statement.

Source: AFP, Reuters

Back to life in chains for Raju the crying elephant?

Raju the elephant, who cried when he was released from captivity, faces a legal battle with his owners who are trying to get him back.
Raju the elephant cried when he was released from captivity. His owners have launched a legal battle to get him back.

Raju the elephant captured hearts worldwide when he wept after being released from 50 years of captivity.

But now he could potentially go back to misery - after his former owners launched a legal battle to get him back.

Previously forced to work as a begging elephant, Raju's former owners insist he is their "rightful property".

During the time he was held captive, Raju's legs were bound with spiked shackles.

Rescuers took 45 minutes to remove the chains, which left Raju with chronic wounds.

In July, workers from the Wildlife SOS's Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in India rescued him during a midnight operation.

Raju then joined five female elephants.

The charity's founder Kartick Satyanarayan, who led the rescue operation, said: "We are devastated that after all he's been through, we're still having to fight for (his) freedom. His owner is arguing that Raju is his property, which must be returned to him for his use.

"We are hoping the courts will see sense that this can never happen as Raju was treated with appalling cruelty and torture in his hands in the first place and the man claiming ownership of Raju has no legal grounds to claim him back under Indian law."

The courts will decide Raju's fate at a hearing in Allahabad on Sep 4.

Rescuers have started a Raju Legal fund to fight such legal battles.

Mr Satyanarayan added: "'We want this case to set a precedent across India to change the way elephants are treated and abusers are punished and justice prevails for these magnificent creatures that suffer in silence."

Sources: Mail Online, Huffington Post

Tags: Raju, elephant, freed and return

Sports car splits into two during accident on M'sia expressway

Mr Tan Tech Meng (left), 25, and Mr Lin Boon Hui, 18, died in a car accident on Sunday morning.

Two sports cars racing along a Malaysia expressway crashed into each other early Sunday morning.

The impact of the crash was so great that one of the cars split into two, killing its driver and front seat passenger, and seriously injuring two passengers seated at the back.

The accident took place at 2.10am after the Merdeka countdown to celebrate the country's 57th year of independence.

The two Mitsubishi Evo cars were racing along the North-South Expressway heading towards Johor Baru. 

'Racing at high speeds'

Investigations showed that one of the drivers lost control and hit the car it was racing as well as another vehicle, said Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh.

“It is believed that the two cars were racing at high speeds, as the car that was carrying the four victims, was found split into two due to the impact of the crash,” he said.

Salesman Tan Tech Meng, 25, and waiter Lin Boon Hui, 18, died in the accident, while students Chen Yen Quan, 17, and Eng Kong Jeng, 18, were seriously injured. Mr Tan was the driver of the car that split into two. 

The driver of the other Mitsubishi Evo was taken to hospital with chest injuries. The driver of the third vehicle was unhurt.

Source: The Star


RIP MSN Messenger: 7 things we will never forget

MSN Messenger will retire for good on October 31 leaving many with lots of fond memories.
MSN Messenger will retire for good on October 31 leaving many with lots of fond memories.

It's fair to say that most people have probably stopped using MSN Messenger in favour of Skype or Facebook.

Microsoft started to phase out MSN Messenger globally in April 2013.

It will be the end of an era when the service completely shuts down on October 31st, after 15 years of operation.

Till then, the service is only available in China.

For people who grew up in the 90s, the instant messaging software was an integral part of their childhood.

Why else would we rush home after school? Look no further if you need something to blame for not completing homework.

Ah, these are some of the memories we will never forget.

1. Using normal English characters for your MSN Nickname is a strict no-no.

This was more like it:


2. Cryptic messages on your personal MSN Messenger status, hoping your crush will get the hint.hint animated GIF


3. Did your crush just appear online? Time to appear offline and sign in again. 

He's not noticed you? Try again!

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4. Secretly going on MSN past midnight to talk to your friends.

The biggest obstacle? That dial-up sound - and me begging the computer to shut up.

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5. Only listening to cool songs when you are online because of Messenger's 'Now Listening' function?

'NSync? Save that for some bedtime listening.

It's time to tell the world I am listening to Nickleback (yes, they were considered cool back then).

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6. When the conversation gets awkward, type BRB (Be right back) although you are still online - talking to other friends.

You say 'oops'

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But your friends are still waiting for you...

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A few hours later, they realise you are not coming back and they are like:

7. It took five hours to send that latest 'NSync song to your friend.

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Source: Forbes