Preview: Costa Rica v Greece

Greece's Portuguese coach Fernando Santos.
Greece's Portuguese coach Fernando Santos.
 Costa Rica's Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto shouts to his players during a training session, a day before their Round of 16 match against Greece.
Costa Rica's Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto.

The performance of Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup reminds Greece coach Fernando Santos of the day when they won the Euro champions in 2004.

Just like the Greece in the 2004 Euro, Costa Rica showed up as the biggest dark horse in Brazil. The “Les Ticos” defeated former world champions Uruguay and Italy in the “death group”, which brought them back to the last 16 after 14 years waiting.

“In the Group of Death, they were saying the three former world champions will qualify, but Costa Rica showed the opposite,” Santos said in a news conference on Saturday,

“They reminded me of Greece in 2004 when an unknown team had the historic achievement. So we must pay attention to them.”

As runners-up in Group C, Greece moved into the World Cup’s knockout stage for the first time in the history. Santos is looking forward to his team going further

“It is an opportunity for us to rewrite the history, and we should go on and continue to enjoy playing in this unique tournament,” said the 59-year-old.

Meanwhile Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto is ready to guide the team to march further with the solid spirit and discipline showed in the group stage.

“We need to think big. Be realist but think big,” the 61-year-old Colombian told a new conference.

“The first match is against Greece. We will try to win that and take it from there.”

“We have this motivation and we want to make it. I would really like to enjoy this happiness. We feel the possibility to win and to do something even better for the country,” Pinto added.

Source: Xinhua

Britney Spears shares cute video of morning walk with kids

US singer Britney Spears shared a photo of herself with her kids on Instagram on Tuesday (June 14).

How's Las Vegas treating you, Britney?

Not too bad, we think, as the 32-year-old pop star looked happy and healthy as she took a walk with her two sons on Saturday (June 28).

Britney Spears shared an adorable video of the outing which showed her turning the camera on herself and exclaiming: "I'm bored."

She uploaded this video on Instagram with the caption: "How I spend my Saturdays....lol."

Britney is on break from her residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and has been hanging out with Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden James, 7, at their Thousand Oaks home in Los Angeles.

She had uploaded a photo of herself and her sons on Instagram earlier in the week.

Awwww... aren't they just adorable? Watch her cute video here.

Sources: E! Online, Mail Online

Prince Harry, the TV repairman

Britain's Prince Harry waving to the media after a meeting with Chile's President Michelle Bachelet at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on June 27. He is in Chile for a three-day tour.

What do you know?! Prince Harry is not only great at piloting helicopters, partying and stealing our hearts, he can also repair tellies.

And that's just what he did for one family during his three-day trip to Chile.

While visiting the impoverished village of El Vergel, the 29-year-old Royal took it upon himself to mend the television, E! Online reported.

The prince was inside one of the houses in the slum when he noticed the TV wasn't working properly.

Mail Online reported the home owner Coca Perez, 50, as saying: "He looked at it and he started to fiddle with the cable. He managed to get it working so we can watch Chile playing Brazil later. Now I can tell everyone that Prince Harry is my TV repair man!"

They might have wished he didn't - Chile lost to Brazil on penalties.

Here's a few photos of the fun-loving brother of Prince William.

Game face on! Prince Harry looking all serious before a meeting with Chile's President Michelle Bachelet at the La Moneda Presidential Palace in Santiago on June 27.

Prince Harry fooling around with Mapuche indigenous children during a visit to the Integra Foundation, a daycare centre for at-risk children.

All smiles. Prince Harry greeting residents of the El Vergel neighbourhood in Valparaiso city on June 28. 

Prince Harry speaking with members of the British community in Valparaiso city.

Prince Harry chatting with volunteer firefighters of the George Garland company.

Prince Harry posing for a photo with Valparaiso Fire Brigade members.

Sources: E! Online, Mail Online

Metallica rocks Glastonbury

 James Hetfield of US metal band Metallica performs on the Pyramid Stage,  at the Glastonbury Festival on June 28.
James Hetfield of US metal band Metallica performs on the Pyramid Stage, at the Glastonbury Festival on June 28.

Metallica rocked Glastonbury on Saturday night (June 28), confounding critics who said heavy metal had no place at Britain’s biggest music festival.

After opening with “Creeping Death” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” front man James Hetfield said they were representing“the heavier side of music” at the festival held on a farm in rural southwest England.

Both fans and newcomers to metal enthusiastically welcomed songs like “One” and “Enter Sandman” in the Pyramid Stage performance.
 

 Kirk Hammett of US metal band Metallica performs on the Pyramid Stage, on the second day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 28, 2014

 Kirk Hammett of US metal band Metallica performs on  the second day of the Glastonbury Festival on June 28. Photo: AFP

The choice of the US group, which has sold more than 120 million records, for the prestigious Saturday headline slot had been controversial.

Some of the 135,000 festival goers complained that their music did not fit into Glastonbury’s hippy ethos. Others said Hetfield’s narration of a TV show about bear hunting did not fit the event’s environmental culture.

Hetfield answered both counts in the one hour 40 minutes performance. He said all types of music were represented at Glastonbury, “so why not heavy rock.”

And a film at the start of the performance took a humorous swipe at the hunting controversy.

It showed a traditional English fox hunt ending with the red-jacketed huntsmen being shot by bears, revealed to be the members of Metallica in costume.

 Lars Ulrich of US metal band Metallica performs on the Pyramid Stage, on the second day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts on Worthy Farm in Somerset, south west England, on June 28, 2014.

 Lars Ulrich of US metal band Metallica onstage at the Gastonbury Festival. Photo: AFP

Source: Reuters

He swaps 64-year-old ticket for 2014 final seat

Sixty four years later, Mr Joedir Belmont, 85, swaps 1950 World Cup final ticket between Brazil and Uruguay for a ticket to 2014 Final.
Sixty four years later, Mr Joedir Belmont, 85, swaps 1950 World Cup final ticket between Brazil and Uruguay for tickets to 2014 Final.

It has been a 64-year wait but Joedir Sancho Belmont at last has a chance to make up for missing the 1950 World Cup final.

The 85-year-old had a ticket for the deciding game of the tournament which Brazil lost 2-1 to Uruguay, in front of an estimated 200,000 spectators.

But the Brazilian could not make the match because he chose instead to look after his dying mother, he said.

Sancho Belmont offered his original ticket to world soccer’s governing body Fifa when he heard of their plans to open a new museum next year.

Fifa accepted and offered him three tickets for the 2014 final in return. Sancho Belmont will take two of his sons along.

“Now I want to see the final here and I hope that Brazil will finally get the chance to settle that score of the 2-1 defeat,” he told reporters after swapping the tickets with Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke.

 Valcke said: “As soon as we heard about his offer to donate his 1950 ticket to the museum, it was our pleasure to offer him a ticket for this year’s final in exchange.”

This year’s final will be played on July 13 in the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the scene of the 1950 heartbreak. 

Source: Reuters

Suarez told Fifa: I didn't bite Chiellini

 This combo of 2 photos shows Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini (left) showing an apparent bitemark and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (right) holding his teeth after the incident during the Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay on June 24.
This combo of 2 photos shows Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini (left) showing an apparent bitemark and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (right) holding his teeth after the incident during the Group D football match on June 24.

Shamed Uruguayan star Luis Suarez insisted he lost his balance and did not bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, according to a Fifa report on the assault which led to him being expelled from the World Cup.

But the Fifa disciplinary commission which banned 27-year-old Suarez from all football for four months said in a report seen by AFP that he had acted “intentionally and without provocation.”

Suarez’s statement to the commission, which was included in their report, said: “I lost my balance and ended up falling on my opponent (Chiellini)”.

“At that moment, my face hit the player (Chiellini) leaving a small bruise and sharp pain in the teeth.”

He added: “In no case what has been described as a bite or attempting to bite happened.”

Television images of the incident in last Tuesday’s Group D game in which Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 showed clear bite marks in Chiellini’s shoulder. Suarez has served two previous bans for biting.

The Fifa commission on Thursday (June 26) banned Suarez from any football activity for four months, suspended him for nine international matches and ordered him to pay a 100,000 Swiss francs (S$140,000) fine. The Uruguayan government and football association has reacted with outrage to the sanction.

But the disciplinary commission gave a damning assessment of Suarez’s actions in its final report in Spanish which was leaked to various media.

It said “the offence was carried out directly against an opposing player, while the ball was not being disputed, and it was done deliberately, intentionally and without provocation.”

It added that “intentionally causing physical injury to an opposing player, through a bite ... is completely alien to football (and) obviously violates the principles of fair play or sporting ethic.”

Source: AFP

Burn victim makes the cover of Australian magazine

Ms Turia Pitt was caught in a brush fire in 2011, she suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body.

Here's a woman who inspires us with her courage and strength.

When Ms Turia Pitt was caught in a brush fire in 2011, she suffered burns to 65 per cent of her body.

The former model was disfigured and lost some of her fingers. Doctors said she had a slim chance of surviving.

But Pitt did not give up. She did not despair.

We're not sure we could have done the same.

Her inspiring grit and determination has landed her on the cover of next month's The Australian Women's Weekly magazine.

The 26-year-old was running an ultra marathon when she got caught in a brush fire in Kimberley, Australia. She is one of four who were injured in the incident.

Huffington Post reported that Pitt underwent 100 operations and spent more than 864 days in hospital fighting for her life.

In 2012, Pitt and another runner were given about A$450,000 (S$530,000) by the government of Western Australia. Pitt also reportedly settled with the race organisers for A$10m.

The mining engineer has emerged from the ordeal stronger than ever.

She is now an author.

A motivational speaker. 

And an ambassador for Interplast, a reconstructive surgery charity.

Incredibly, the amazing woman has not lost her love for the outdoors.

Huffington Post reported that the incident made Pitt realise how strong she really was.

"We all have that inner strength, but rarely do we get the chance to see how incredible we truly are. I've had to claw my way back into life - learn to walk, to talk. All the things I had taken for granted before became seemingly impossible tasks," she said.

On making the cover, she told The Australian Woman's Weekly: ""For me, it sends the message that confidence equals beauty. There are a lot of women out there who are so beautiful but don’t have the confidence, and that's what gets you over the line."

Sources: Huffington Post, Mail Online, People magazine, The Globe and MailThe Australian Woman's Weekly

Neil in Brazil: Pick the Winner - Holland v Mexico

Our man in Brazil Neil Humphreys is once again hard at work picking a winner with his "scientific" methods.

This time, he asked two boys to help predict the outcome of Holland v Mexico.

The boys had to name footballers from their country. (No, not Holland or Mexico actually.)

Could you have done better? Will Neil get the prediction right this time?

*DISCLAIMER: We're not taking any of the blame if you lose money by going with Neil's predictions. Okay?

Watch Neil's videos from Brazil and also get the latest World Cup scores from Football Kaki Live, available on iOS and Android devices.

Odd photo as elderly couple pose after accident

An odd traffic accident turned into a photo op for an elderly couple outside their Los Angeles home.

This is a classic couple's photo.

It was taken by a passerby, after Mr Benjamin Neufeld had determined that his wife, Elizabeth, was unhurt.

Mrs Neufeld, 85, had reversed the car out of the garage and managed to overturn it in a freak accident outside their home in Los Angeles, US.​

Mr Neufeld told KTLA that his wife was "calm as a cucumber" while waiting for emergency personnel.

"We were able to chat very comfortably and conveniently," Neufeld told the station.

"Eventually, they fished her out and towed the car away and here we are."

Sources: LA Times, KTLA 

 

 

Neil in Brazil: Pick the Winner - Costa Rica v Greece

Our man in Brazil Neil Humphreys is once again hard at work picking a winner with his "scientific" methods.

This time, he's asked two brothers from Ireland to help predict the outcome of Costa Rica v Greece which takes place on Monday morning (Singapore time).

The duo from Dublin are more than happy to show off their physical prowess. 

Will Neil get the prediction right this time?

*DISCLAIMER: We're not taking any of the blame if you lose money by going with Neil's predictions. Okay?

Watch Neil's videos from Brazil and also get the latest World Cup scores from Football Kaki Live, available on iOS and Android devices.

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