Lions can't handle Hong Kong in 2-1 defeat

Singapore midfielder Hariss Harun tries to evade a tackle from Hong Kong's Huang Yang.
Singapore midfielder Hariss Harun tries to evade a tackle from Hong Kong's Huang Yang.

(Xu Deshuai 7, Ju Yingzhi 53)
(Shahril Ishak 90+4-pen)

Singapore's preparations to defend their AFF Suzuki Cup title began on the wrong note as they succumbed to a 1-2 defeat to Hong Kong at the Mongkok Stadium on Friday.

The hosts took an early lead in the seventh minute through Xe Deshuai before turning provider for Ju Yingzhi to double their lead after the half-time break on 53 minutes.

While the Lions tried to fight back, they barely managed to keep the rampant Hong Kongers at bay before Safuwan Baharudin was brought down in the penalty area deep into added time.

Even though Shahril Ishak converted the penalty, it was too little too late for Bernd Stange's men.

The German coach must now focus on regrouping his team ahead of their next friendly match against Macau on Tuesday.

This double-amputee is the first reader to grace Men's Health cover

Retired Army Sgt. Noah Galloway is the first double-amputee to make the cover of Men's Health.

Meet Retired Army Sargeant Noah Galloway, the first reader to grace the cover of Men's Health.

In the latest issue of the US magazine, Mr Galloway, a double-amputee, talks about how one incident in December 2005 changed his life forever.

His Humvee hit a roadside bomb during his second deployment in Iraq. He lost his left forearm and left leg below the knee.

"The roadside bomb was big enough to send our 10,000-pound Humvee flying through the air...We landed wheels down in a canal," he told the world's No 1 men's magazine.

The incident happened just four months into his second deployment. 

Galloway woke up in hospital six days later, on Christmas Day, with his limbs missing and his jaw wired shut. He summed it up when he said: "I was done."

Subsequently, the army veteran battled depression for years where he said he'd "sit at home and drink and smoke and sleep".

Five years later, he decided to make a change and got into a rigorous fitness routine to get himself back into shape.

Galloway on the cover of this month's US edition of Men's Health. PHOTO: Men's Health

It all worked up for him especially since the 33-year-old was chosen to be the Ultimate Men's Health Guy.

Galloway said that he remembers one night in 2010 where he stood in front of the mirror and saw what had become of him.

The remnant of a man looking back at him was dirty, flabby, sallow, beer-soaked, the magazine wrote.

He was too embarrassed to walk into the gym but he knew that he had to start all over again.

He said that he started "messing with things" to see what would work.

"A little better this day, a little stronger the next. Suddenly it was six months. I was like, 'Man, this is pretty good'."


He added: "I looked back, and my depression terrified me. I never wanted to experience that again...What kept me moving was never going back to where I came from. I wanted people to see more than my injury."

Watch this video of Galloway as he talks of the incident and explains to his kids about his missing arm and leg:



Talk about sheer determination.

Source: Men's Health

Bride cheats on her hen night with dwarf stripper, but is caught after baby is born

A Spanish woman who cheated on her fiance on her hen night with a dwarf stripper and got pregnant thought her secret was safe - until she gave birth.

Spanish website Las Cinco Del Dia reported that while the unwitting husband was convinced that the child was his throughout her pregnancy, the jig was up when their son was born in a Valencia hospital with dwarfism.


Las Cinco Del Dia's report said: "Neither her closest female friends or her family knew she had sex with the midget stripper but once she had her son in her arms, she broke down and confessed what had happened.

"As you can imagine no one who sleeps with a stripper at her hen night broadcasts it or at least they try to take their secret to the grave.

"But the protagonist of this episode had no choice but to confess and could never have pretended the boy was her husband’s because of a little problem - the child was born with dwarfism."

Sources: Las Cinco Del Dia (in Spanish) via Mirror Online, Mail Online

Obama he's 'so handsome', Gwyneth Paltrow gushes over US president

Gwyneth Paltrow couldn't help but tell Barack Obama that he was "so handsome" at her Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Thursday (Oct 9).

Embarrassing teenage school-girl moment alert!

US actress Gwyneth Paltrow held a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at her home in Brentwood, California, on Thursday (Oct 9) which was attended, among others, by US president Barack Obama.

E! Online reported that while Paltrow, 42, was making a speech for the attendees, among whom were her children, she spoke of the president's sustainable energy efforts as well as his push for equal pay.

She then turned the microphone over to him and gushed, "'re so handsome that I can't speak properly".


E! Online reported that the reception (which featured an outdoor shindig before the dinner) was attended by about 200 supporters, while the dinner had about 50 people.

Tickets for the reception reportedly started at US$1,000 (S$1,270) while the price tag for dinner started at US$15,000.

The report also claimed that among those attending the function were Julia Roberts and Bradley Whitford.

Source: E! Online

Six cars worth about $195,000 set ablaze in George Town

Malaysian police discovered a plastic bottle at the scene, which was believed to be filled with petrol.
Malaysian police discovered a plastic bottle at the scene, which was believed to be filled with petrol.

Six cars worth some RM500,000 (S$195,000) were destroyed in an arson attack at an open car park opposite the state assembly in George Town, Penang.

 It is believed that the fire broke out at 12.40am on Friday.

George Town Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said police discovered a plastic bottle at the scene, which was believed to be filled with petrol.

He said the case is being investigated for mischief by fire.

The vehicle owners have lodged police reports over the incident.

Source: The Star


Philippines health workers sought for Ebola-hit West Africa

A health worker watching a video showing the safety instructions when treating an Ebola patient during the national Ebola virus disease summit in Manila on Friday.
A health worker watching a video showing the safety instructions when treating an Ebola patient during the national Ebola virus disease summit in Manila on Friday.

The Philippines is considering deploying substantial numbers of health workers to West Africa amid a global appeal to deal with the Ebola virus, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said on Friday.

The United States and United Kingdom have both specifically asked Manila to provide “human resources”, Mr Ona said, adding that the nation’s high number of qualified health professionals make it well-placed to provide help.

The United Nations has meanwhile called for a 20-fold increase in the world’s response to the Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 3,900 people in West Africa since the beginning of the year.

“I think it is also something of a responsibility for our country... to respond to that global call for assistance,” Mr Ona said at a joint news conference with World Health Organisation Western Pacific director Shin Young Soo.

“We (Philippine officials) are meeting on this issue and should be able to make a firm decision... maybe in a week or so.”

The Philippines is expected to decide after President Benigno Aquino meets key officials to discuss the specific US and UK requests, Mr Ona added.

Sending volunteers

The health secretary said the Philippines would only be sending volunteers, and noted it had a potentially large pool.

The health department has fielded queries from Filipino health workers wanting to work in West Africa, he added.

Mr Ona said about 3,000 Filipinos are already working in worst-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

About 150 Filipino soldiers also serve as peacekeepers under United Nations command in Liberia.

Source: AFP

WATCH: Bosnian goalkeeper throws punch at referee over booking

Goalkepeer Romeo Mitrovic throws a punch at a referee during a Bosnian second division match.
Goalkepeer Romeo Mitrovic throws a punch at a referee during a Bosnian second division match.

Here's a shocking scene from Bosnia's second tier football league.

Branitelj goalkeeper Romeo Mitrovic was cautioned by the referee during his side's match agains Buduc'nost.

The shot stopper didn't take the yellow card very well as he strolled up to the official before unleashing a "devastating" right hook at his face.

Mitrovic must be terrible at crosses though because, fortunately for the referee, the goalkeeper's fist flew past his head without making any contact, allowing the stunned official to beat a hasty retreat to the centre circle.

Rightfully, Mitrovic's yellow was quickly followed by a red card and his violent conduct will no doubt earn him a long ban for attempting to assault a match official.

Perhaps he could try taking up boxing during his time out and learn how to land a punch?

Source: YouTube via 101 Great Goals

7 things you need to know about Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is officially the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

She is the youngest winner of the world's most prestigious prize.

Schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, wasn't the only winner this year. The acclaimed award was also given to Mr Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, BBC reported.​

According to the Washington Post, there were 278 nominations this year.

"Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai, has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education and has shown by example that children and young people too can contribute to improving their own situations," Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

"This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls' rights to education."

Here are seven things to know about Malala:

1. She was shot in the head but survived

Malala with her family at an hospital in England soon after she was shot. PHOTO: AFP

She became Taleban's enemy No 1 as she began advocating education for girls.

She was already in the public eye, when a Taleban gunman boarded her school bus on in October 2012, asked "Who is Malala?", and shot her in the head.

She survived and then went to become a truly global figure.

2. She wrote a blog for BBC talking about her life under Taleban in Pakistan's Swat Valley

Prior to the shooting, she began blogging for the BBC's Urdu service in 2009 under a pseudonym, about life in Swat Valley, where girls' education was banned.

In 2007 the militants had taken over the area, which Malala affectionately called "My Swat", and imposed a brutal, bloody rule, reported AFP.

PHOTO: Reuters

Opponents were murdered, people were publicly flogged for supposed breaches of syariah law, women were banned from going to market, and girls were stopped from going to school.

3. She received another Taleban threat on Oct 6

She published her memoir this past week on the anniversary of her shooting, titled "I am Malala." 


The Pakistan Taleban issued another threat against her life and then threatened to destroy any bookstore in Pakistan which sells the books.

Her response: "I'm never going to give up. They only shot a body but they cannot shoot my dreams," reported Elite Daily.

4. In her autobiography, she reveals a side of her that's a 'regular teenager'


She is a fan of Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber and the “Twilight” series of vampire romance novels.

5. This isn't her first Nobel Peace Prize nomination

PHOTO: Reuters

Last year, she was was nominated for the prize, but the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons ended up bagging the accolade. 

6. Everyone thought she got good grades because her father was the principal

When she did well at school people said it was because her father, Ziauddin, was the principal. 

She once had to take an exam three times to prove that she could do it on her own.


7. Despite her courage, Malala admitted her fears after death threats became more frequent

PHOTO: Reuters

"Unlike my father, I took precautions. At night I would wait until everyone was asleep – my mother, my father, my brothers, the other family in our house and any guests we had from our village – then I'd check every single door and window.

"I'd go outside and make sure the front gate was locked. Then I would check the rooms, one by one."

Source: AFP

7 things you need to know about the Indian Nobel Peace Prize winner

Mr Kailash Satyarthi began his work by staging raids on Indian plants where children and their parents often work as bonded labour.
Mr Kailash Satyarthi began his work by staging raids on Indian plants where children and their parents often work as bonded labour.

Mr Kailash Satyarthi, named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, has freed tens of thousands of Indian children forced into slavery by businessmen, land-owners and others.

Here are seven facts about 60-year-old Mr Satyarthi:

1. He was trained as an electrical engineer, but founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan or Save the Childhood Movement in 1980

2. He began his work by staging raids on Indian manufacturing, rug-making and other plants where children and their parents often work as bonded labour.

Under bonded labour, families often borrow money and have to work till the funds can be repaid. But often the money is too much to be paid back from meagre earnings and people are sold and resold.

3. Building on his initial activism, Mr Satyarthi organised the Global March Against Child Labor in the 1990s – dedicated to freeing the millions of children abused worldwide in a form of modern slavery.

"To employ children is illegal and unethical," Mr Satyarthi said on the Global March Against Child Labour website.

"If not now, then when? If not you, then who? If we are able to answer these fundamental questions, then perhaps we can wipe away the blot of human slavery," he said, summing up his philosophy.

4. The activist is also founder of RugMark, a widely known international scheme that tags all carpets made in factories that are child-labour free.

He described the plight of children forced into the worst kinds of abusive work in a 2010 interview with the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights.

He said: "If they cry for their parents, they are beaten severely, sometimes hanged upside down from trees and even branded or burned with cigarettes."

5. Mr Satyarthi has said his social conscience was awoken when he was six and noticed a boy his age on the steps outside the school with his father, cleaning shoes.

Seeing many such children working instead of being educated, he felt an urge as he grew older to solve the problem — launching him on his career of activism.

"I think of it all as a test. This is a moral examination that one has to stand up against such social evils," he said in the Kennedy Centre interview.

6. He also spearheads the South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude or SAACS, among other groups, and helps oversee a transition centre in in the Indian state of Rajasthan where newly freed labourers learn fresh skills.

7. He lives modestly and keeps a low profile except for his causes.

Source: AFP

Do you want to bid for this Swarovski crystal-studded Mercedes CLS 350?

Student Daria Radionova is selling her luxury Mercedes CLS 350 encrusted with one million Swarovski crystals.

Just three weeks after this bling-on-wheels caught the world's attention, Daria Radionova has put her luxury Mercedes CLS 350 on UK's Ebay for auction. 

Under item condition, the owner wrote: "Perfect condition. Handcraft, Encrusted with 1 Million crystals."

"The car is now for sale in the eBay charity auction," said 21-year-old Russian student whose family lives in Moldova, Europe's poorest country, Mail Online reported.

She comes from a filthy rich family.


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The ridiculous amount of bling on the car has earned it the title of 'Britain's most vulgar car'.

The London-based student, who lives less than 100 metres from Harrods, an upmarket department store, gloated before putting the silver-coloured coupe on sale: "When I sell the car I will give the money to charity."

She also added: "A portion of the final sale price will support Manchester & Cheshire Dogs Home," a home which was destroyed by fire.


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The latest bid on Friday (Oct 10) evening is set at S$314,457 with six days left for other interested buyers to put in their bids.

The report added that they are unsure of any other charities who will benefit from this bling ride.

Sources: Mail Online and Ebay.