Woman conned of $400,000: Money is tainted with my blood and tears
Cleaner who lost $400,000 to con artists says life savings are gone
For 60 years, Madam Goh Kah Keow, 74, lived a frugal life and managed to save more than $400,000 in cash and jewellery.
But her hard-earned life savings vanished in an instant after she helped a woman "in distress".
The woman was part of a gang of five Chinese nationals who had targeted her in an elaborate scam.
Two of the five - Li Lianying, 50, and Li Peng, 45 - were jailed yesterday for cheating Madam Goh and another victim.
"To earn that money, I worked till my fingers were bent and my skin became like tree bark," Madam Goh, a part-time cleaner, told The New Paper in Mandarin yesterday.
"I hate them to death for cheating me. That money is tainted with my blood and tears. They will get their retribution."
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WORLD CUP 2014
Chile can go all the way, says Dietmar Hamann
Our analyst tells GARY LIM he rates the Chileans higher than Holland, tips them as contenders alongside Germany and Argentina
TNP analyst Dietmar Hamann rates Chile highly and believes they are among three front-runners for the World Cup, along with Argentina and Germany.
The former German international feels Spain coach Vicente del Bosque erred in playing Diego Costa as the team’s main striker, as he believes Costa would be better utilised off the bench.
While he believes the defending champions were not in good condition for the World Cup, he feels that they are still a strong team.
Read the full report in our print edition on June 19. Or register for our interactive paper, which is free until June 23: To download the app, go to tnp.sg/app.
Neil in Brazil - Interview with a football tour guide
Ahead of England's match against Uruguay, Neil Humphreys speaks to fellow Brit Robert Shaw (not the actor eaten in Jaws!) who has lived in Brazil more than 10 years working as a football tour guide anad translator.
Watch Neil's videos from Brazil and get the latest World Cup scores from Football Kaki Live, available on iOS and Android devices.
Lupita Nyong'o makes Vogue cover
Breakout star Lupita Nyong'o has hit another milestone, making the cover of Vogue magazine's July issue.
In March, she won an Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave. Three months later, the Yale University graduate joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
12 Years a Slave actress Lupita Nyong'o landed her first cover of Vogue magazine. PHOTO: VOGUE
"It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognising me—before I recognised them!" "the Kenyan actress tells the fashion magazine in an interview.
She talks about her Oscar win, on landing the Face of Lancome role and her first cover of Vogue.
The gorgeous cover, which was released on Thursday, shows the Oscar-winning actress, 31, in a figure-hugging printed Prada dress in shades of purple and red from the designer's Fall 2014 RTW collection.
Nyong first realised that her life would never be the same after the SAG Awards in January, when she was mobbed by paparazzi at an airport.
"For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at—and it was me!" she recalls. "That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity."
The full interview and her stunning photos can be seen here.
Japan’s Kagawa bathes with teammates to wash away blues
Shinji Kagawa was so dejected after Japan lost their World Cup opener that his teammates invited him to jump in the tub together to wash away the blues.
Striker Yoshito Okubo offered the Manchester United player some consoling words during the soak, Japanese media reported on Thursday.
Defender Yuto Nagatomo was also in the tub.
Kagawa had little impact as Japan was beaten 1-2 by Ivory Coast in their Group C game, and Okubo gave him the naked truth about his performance.
“I spoke with Shinji,” Okubo told the Nikkan Sports daily. “He was really depressed but he’s looking forward now. If he doesn’t do the business, Japan has no chance.”
Japan will face Greece in a must-win match on Thursday.
“You were absolutely useless,” Okubo was quoted as saying to the mercurial midfielder as they soaked at their training base in Itu, in the northeast of Sao Paulo.
“You really were. But don’t get down about it. You can’t turn back the clock so put a smile on your face.
"Get it out of your system.”
Nude communal bathing is a long-established tradition in Japan, which has an abundance of hot springs.
But the national team have put their own spin on it, sometimes holding player meetings in the tub.
Pepe fined, banned for headbutt
FIFA on Thursday banned Portugal defender Pepe for one match and fined him for the head butt on Germany’s Thomas Mueller in their World Cup clash (no pun intended).
A FIFA statement said that the 31-year-old Real Madrid defender, who was red-carded for the incident, had been fined 15,000 Swiss francs (S$20,900).
Pepe’s arm caught Mueller during Monday’s Group H match and the German fell to the ground grimacing.
Pepe infuriated at what he considered Mueller’s playacting then pushed his head onto the German’s forehead and got an immediate red card.
Germany, already leading 2-0, went on to win 4-0.
Miley Cyrus' tribute to young dying fan
Miley Cyrus betrayed her rock girl image with a heartfelt gesture to a dying fan.
The 21-year-old controversial Wrecking Ball star sent a personal video message to her 12-year-old fan Caley Camarillo, who watched it before she died last week, reported E! Online.
Caley was suffering from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder which affects most critically the lungs.
The video was posted on Facebook by Caley's mother, Teresa, on Monday.
The singer said in the video: "Hey Caley, it's Miley. I've been talking to your mama the past few days. I know we met a few years ago but I just want to let you know that I'm still praying for you, I'm still thinking about you.
"I'm sending you some love, and I just want you to know that you on are on my mind and in my heart and I just wanted to send you a quick message to say hello to you."
Cyrus also dedicated her show in Lisbon on Sunday to the young fan, tweeting: "Tonight's show is for @MissCaley".
Caley's mum, Teresa, wrote on Facebook: "Miley Cyrus sent this to Caley and she was able to watch it an hour before she died.
"We have video of Caley watching the video but that we will save for ourselves. She managed to let out a smile. I take great comfort in this for some reason."
Caley's family have set up an online fundraising page to raise money for her funeral, Glamour magazine reported.
Watch Cyrus' video here.
Source: E! Online, Glamour
Hollywood goes to Hong Kong for glitzy ‘Transformers 4’ premiere
Mark Wahlberg and the cast of the latest “Transformers” instalment brought Hollywood glamour to Hong Kong on Thursday for the world premiere of the sci-fi movie which was partly shot in the city.
Wahlberg, accompanied by co-stars Stanley Tucci and Nicola Peltz, said Hong Kong played a crucial role in “Transformers: Age of Extinction”.
Nicola Peltz answers questions from reporters during the world premiere.
“Hong Kong is basically another character in the film and it was an honour to work here,” the 43-year-old star said on the red carpet at the harbourside Cultural Centre.
Mark Wahlberg waving to fans at the red carpet on Thursday.
“It’s just bigger and better,” Wahlberg said of the new film as excited fans screamed at the sight of him, AFP reported.
Director Michael Bay, known for his trademark blockbuster mayhem, said Hong Kong looked none the worse for the destruction wrought on its famous skyline in his movie.
Director Michael Bay takes pictures on the red carpet as he arrives for the premiere.
“It was a great city to shoot in, I didn’t hurt it too much,” Bay joked.
“We totally destroyed that, we destroyed that, we hurt the Bank of China a little bit,” he said, pointing at the buildings that were damaged in the film.
Li Bingbing poses on the red carpet.
Chinese actor Han Geng poses on the red carpet.