VIDEO: Remember this? Fandi's son, 11, just scored the exact same goal

Singapore’s legendary striker Fandi Ahmad with a spectacular overhead kick against Perlis in the 1980s.

Fandi Ahmad's youngest son, Ilhan Fandi, scored an absolute beauty in a match in Sweden yesterday, helping his team clinch a 3-2 win over their opponents.

Little Ilhan, 11, showed off Fandi-like skills while playing against Swedish team IFK Gothernburg.


Mizra Ismail (centre), director F-17 Football Academy, with captain of F-17 (under 11) Ilhan Fandi (right) and vice-captain Marc Ryan Tan
( left) F-17 (under-11) team.

The teams are among 1,600 youth teams from all over the world competing in the Gothia Cup, an annual youth tournament dubbed the Youth World Cup.   

This year it is being held from July 14 to July 19. 

Singapore is represented by the under-11 team of the F-17 Academy - the football academy run by Ilhan's famous dad.

Of the three goals scored by the Singapore side, the stunner was Ilhan's scissors kick, which flew past the young IFK Gothenburg goalkeeper.

Watch the video of the sweet scissors kick here.

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PHOTO: SPH file photo

The other two F-17 goals were scored by Marc Ryan Tan, 12 (one of two overage players allowed in the tournament), and Aqil Dany currently in Primary 5, were the other two scorers for F-17 Academy.

Aqil opened the scoring for the F-17 academy with a strike across the face of goal and Marc's was a nice strike across after a swift counter-attack.

Ilhan's elder brothers - Irfan, 16, and Ikhsan, 15 - are currently in Austria on a training trip with the Singapore Under-23 team.

Source: F-17 Academy Facebook

Baby who survived lightning strike has hair that stands

One-year-old Kimberly Gordon was in her mother's womb when she was struck by lightning and had to be delivered in an emergency c-section. A year later, she is healthy but has hair that stands up.
One-year-old Kimberly Gordon was in her mother's womb when she was struck by lightning and had to be delivered in an emergency c-section. A year later, she is healthy but has hair that stands up.

This baby survived a lightning strike, and has the hair to prove it. 

One-year-old Kimberly Gordon's parents were struck by lightning a year ago in New Mexico when mother Kendra Villanueva was 38-weeks pregnant. 

She was rushed to hospital and Kimberly miraculously survived the emergency delivery, but continues to sport "static hair" a year later. 

Kimberly was delivered with hair that stood up. 

Father Ian Gordon dubbed his child "Flash Gordon" for her extraordinary survival.

"Everybody we've seen says it's a miracle she's alive," he said, reported KOAT-TV. 

"She's just kind of a play-it-by ear baby."

However, the "superhero" baby still cannot walk or talk, possibly a lingering effect of the neurological damage she suffered. 

Doctors also cannot explain why the child's hair is still static, reported Daily Mail. 

Her family calls her a miracle baby but Kimberly still cannot crawl nor talk. 

ABC News reported that between 1960 and 2002, there were only 11 reports of pregnant women getting struck by lightning. About half of the cases resulted in miscarriages. 

Mother Kendra Villaneuva said it was difficult to see her little girl in this condition. 

"It's hard seeing she can't eat like she's supposed to and can't have food yet, just through the [feeding] tube," she said.

"But other than that I'm glad she lived through it all."

Sources: KOAT-TV, Daily Mail, ABC News

Tags: Lightning, baby, hair and stand

Isetan apologises over treatment of promoter in tudung

 


Facebook screengrab/ Isetan (Singapore)​

The management of Isetan (Singapore) have apologised to a teacher in a Facebook note over the behaviour of its staff members.

A note posted on the company's Facebook page on Monday (July 14) night emphasised Isetan's "commitment to a harmonious, non-discriminatory workplace" and said they "will strive to do better" in the future. 

On July 9, Miss Zafirah, a teacher, posted a note on her Facebook page saying she had written a complaint e-mail to Isetan.

Discriminated

She claims her younger sister - who is not named - had been discriminated against by a staff member of Isetan at Wisma Atria, because she wore the tudung (headscarf). 

Miss Zafirah wrote in her e-mail to Isetan that her younger sister, a part-time employee with retailer PUMA, had been assigned to man the PUMA section in Isetan at Wisma Atria on July 9. 

She wrote of how two Isetan staff, described as "managers", started chatting with another PUMA staff in Mandarin. 

She said the staff then threw "dirty looks" at her sister and pointed at her sister's headscarf. 

Miss Zafirah said the PUMA staff then told her sister to "leave the premises as she was wearing a headscarf and should not be working there".

According to the post, someone in the store called a PUMA manager in a nearby outlet to inform them of the situation. 

Her sister eventually "left the store crying", after being asked to leave by the service exit and to have her bag checked by security. 

E-mail exchange

According to pictures posted by Miss Zafirah on her Facebook, Isetan replied to her original complaint with an apology via e-mail on July 11. 

Miss Zafirah said she rejected the initial apology because it lacked "substance" and that she asked Isetan to clarify its dress code for their employees, as she said "there is no mention of a dress code on (Isetan's) HR website". 


A screengrab of the apology sent by Isetan via e-mail on July 11. Screengrab: Facebook / Miss Zafirah Edwards


A screengrab of  Miss Zafirah's e-mail reply to Isetan via e-mail on July 11. Screengrab: Facebook / Miss Zafirah Edwards

A deputy manager from Isetan then called Miss Zafirah, before the apology was posted on Isetan Singapore's Facebook page last night. 

Source: Facebook

Pistorius breaks Twitter silence with tweets on love and pain

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, on July 8, 2014.
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his ongoing murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa, on July 8, 2014.

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial for killing his model girlfriend last year, has broken a long social networking silence with a series of tweets on love and pain.

The first tweet on Sunday, his first since February, quoted Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

Pistorius, 27, who has a religious background, is standing trial for killing Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013.

He has told the court in Pretoria that he shot Steenkamp four times through a locked bathroom door in his apartment after mistaking her for an intruder. Prosecutors say he deliberately killed her after an argument. 

The tweets triggered an avalanche of reactions, with some wishing the athlete well while others question his sincerity and call him a “murderer”.

The double-amputee sprinter’s second tweet was a photo collage of himself with disabled children, including a young girl with artificial legs similar to his running on a track.

The accompanying text reads: “You have the ability to make a difference in someones life (sic). Sometimes it’s the simple things you say or do that can make someone feel better or inspire them.” 

This was followed on Monday by a photograph of what appeared to be a section of text from Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl’s memoir entitled Man’s Search for Meaning.

“I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved,” part of the text read.

Next, he posted a tweet of a poster reading: “Lord, today I ask that you bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing. Amen.”

Since his trial began on March 3, Pistorius has maintained silence outside the courtroom after his last tweet on February 14 which linked to a brief statement expressing his pain on the first anniversary of Steenkamp’s death.

His trial is set to resume on August 7 for closing arguments.

Source: AFP

GALLERY: Thousands welcome Argentina home after World Cup defeat

Argentina's fans wait for the arrival of Argentina's national soccer team in downtown Buenos Aires July 14, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Argentina's fans wait for the arrival of Argentina's national soccer team in downtown Buenos Aires July 14, 2014. Photo: Reuters
Argentina's national soccer team arrives at the Argentine Football Association (AFA) as they are welcomed by fans in Buenos Aires, July 14, 2014. Photo: REUTERS
Argentina's national soccer team arrives at the Argentine Football Association (AFA) as they are welcomed by fans in Buenos Aires, July 14, 2014. Photo: REUTERS

A crestfallen Lionel Messi kept a low profile as thousands welcomed the Argentina squad home Monday after a World Cup final defeat to Germany.

Television networks carried live coverage of the Aerolineas Argentinas plane – painted in the blue-and-white colours of the flag with the words “Thank you Argentina” – as it touched down in Buenos Aires, where about 500 fans braved the cold to meet the flight from Rio de Janeiro.

Thousands more fans lined the team’s route from the airport, waving flags and swarming the convoy of three buses, which moved at a snail’s pace through the crowds.

Nationwide, the atmosphere was one of pride as much as disappointment after the team forced Germany into extra time in a hard-fought 1-0 match in Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

 

“I just want to thank everyone for the welcome,” Messi, who spent much of the day with a pained look on his face, told a reception with President Cristina Kirchner at the offices of the Argentine Football Association.

“I would have liked to have brought home the Cup and enjoyed it with you (the country). We gave everything we had but we just didn’t manage it.”

Kirchner met the team with hugs and tried to get a smile out of them, teasing striker Gonzalo Higuain, forward Ezequiel “Pocho” Lavezzi and winger Angel Di Maria, among others.

She drew laughs when she told Higuain he should go to the doctor for an MRI scan after German keeper Manuel Neuer crashed into him in the second half, an incident the referee controversially waved away.


Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks next to soccer player Lionel Messi and coach Alejandro Sabella.

Kirchner tried hard to provoke a blush from Lavezzi and Di Maria, often described as the team’s best-looking members.

“Pocho, come here, they say you’re the sex symbol of the team,” she told Lavezzi, trying to persuade him to say a few words.

“Di Maria, come here, the girls are asking for you.”

But the players were reluctant to take the microphone, and the smiles were fleeting.

“It’s very nice when people recognize what you do. We would have loved to bring home the Cup but we weren’t able to,” said Lavezzi.


(L-R) Argentina's national soccer team players Agustin Orion, Marcos Rojo and Martin Demichelis are are seen in an official bus as they arrive at the Argentine Football Association (AFA) in Buenos Aires.


Argentina's national soccer team player Martin Demichelis


Argentina's national soccer team player Marcos Rojo

- AFP

Execs crawl as 'self-punishment' for missing sales target

Three Chinese executives crawled on the streets last week - as "self-punishment" for they failed to meet their sales target.
Three Chinese executives crawled on the streets last week - as "self-punishment" for they failed to meet their sales target.

Three top-ranking managers of a Chinese firm in Szechuan did not meet their sales targets at a company meeting last Monday. 

As a show of penitence, the company veterans took to the streets - on all fours. 

The self-inflicted punishment took place under the 40-deg C sun, as they attempted to crawl 900 metres around their office building in their work attire and gloves, reported Kotaku.

Female colleagues were seen wiping their sweat and persuading them to give up the stunt, before two of them collapsed due to the heat and had to be carried back to the office by colleagues.

That was not all - one female worker shaved her eyebrows, while a few male employees shaved their heads. 

According to Huanqiu, vice-President Yang Jihao, who took part in the crawl, said that such incentives and punishments have long been in place in the company to improve the efficiency and quality of employees' work.

This is not the first company to attempt such a stunt. 

Last year, another public crawl took place in Chongqing, as part of a training programme for employees to learn how to handle stress. 

Source: Sina Weibo, Huanqiu

Sunday’s Singapore Stipendiary Stewards’ Report Highlights

UNBALANCED: Black Mamba taking Race 3 easily despite being unbalanced on jumping when bumped.
TENSE DUEL: Gold Rutile (right) and Wild Geese, first and second respectively in Race 9, made contact during the race.
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Riders get into a fight after crash

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Beggars at Kampong Glam harder to spot

They are fewer, more discreet this year compared to 10 years ago

PREYING ON TOURISTS: Mr Mohd Yussoff moves around the Kampong Glam district during Ramadan to ask for money.
PREYING ON TOURISTS: A mother and her children asking tourists for money outside Sultan Mosque at Muscat Street.
SITTING ALONE: This woman, who gave her name only as Leha, is part of a group of Malaysians who congregate near Sultan Mosque during the fasting month.
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NUMBER OF BEGGARS PICKED UP IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS

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