Listen to Lea Michele’s Emotional Tribute to Cory Monteith

first_imgGlee star Lea Michele shared a new song from her upcoming album Louder called “You’re Mine.” The ballad is a heartwrenching tribute to her late boyfriend Cory Monteith, and Michele revealed that the song was one of Monteith’s favorites off her new record. “The song makes me think so much of Cory. It was ours. When I think of him, I play this,” she told Jonathan Groff for Teen Vogue. “It’s so special to me and it’s story is so close to my heart.” Co-written by Sia, the track shows off Michele’s powerful vocals. Louder isn’t scheduled to hit the shelves until March 4, but you can listen to “You’re Mine” below. Jonathan Groff Star Files View Comments Lea Michelelast_img read more

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Neymar Inspires Brazil to Historic Gold

first_imgThe win went a long way in wiping out the pain of the 7-1 thrashing Germany inflicted on Brazil at the semi-final stage of the 2014 World Cup, also hosted by Brazil. Neymar missed that match due to injury but yesterday was redemption not only for him, but for his country.“This is one of the best things that has happened in my life,” said Neymar, who was heavily criticised for his underwhelming start to the Olympics. “Now they’ll (the critics) have to swallow what they said.”In front of the biggest crowd of Rio’s Games, including nine-time Jamaican gold medallist Usain Bolt, Neymar’s brilliant free-kick handed Brazil a first-half lead. In honour of the retiring sprinting great, Neymar even adopted the “lightning bolt” celebration, while chants of “ole, ole, ole, Neymar” rang around Rio’s most iconic arena.However, Germany captain Max Meyer enjoyed a special celebration of his own as he taunted the raucous 78 000 crowd at the Maracana by kissing the No 7 on his shirt when he swept home Jeremy Toljan’s cross just before the hour mark.The first eight penalties in the shootout were all successful before Brazil goalkeeper Weverton stopped Nils Petersen’s effort to set the stage for Neymar. And he didn’t disappoint as, with the weight of a nation on his shoulders, he rifled the ball into the top corner.In stark contrast to the empty seats on show across the Games, even for some of Bolt’s marquee races, there wasn’t a seat to be had at the Maracana – where Germany won the World Cup against Lionel Messi’s Argentina two years ago. In front of 78,000, Brazil got a measure of revenge as they finally won the Olympic title after losing in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012.Neymar missed the darkest day in Brazil’s football history due to two broken bones in his back suffered during a bruising quarterfinal win over Colombia.Yet, the good fortune that escaped Brazil on home soil two years ago was certainly with them in the first-half as Germany were desperately unlucky to go in behind at the break.Germany hit the woodwork three times in the first half – through Julian Brandt’s 25-yard effort, a deflection off a Brazilian defender and Sven Bender’s header – before they scored a deserved equaliser shortly after the restart.Neither side could find a winner before the drama of the penalty shootout gave Brazil the goldBrazilian goalkeeper Weverton, who saved the German’s fifth penalty to hand Neymar the chance to live up to his billing as the host’s poster boy for the Games said: “The gold is ours, but it belongs to God. God loves Neymar like he loves all this team.”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Demola OjoHost country Brazil saturday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro recorded a first by winning the men’s football gold medal. The Brazilians overcame Germany 5-4 on penalties, after normal time an extra time ended in a 1-1 draw. The win ensured Brazil – five-time World Cup winners – won the only football title that has eluded the world’s most successful football nation.Superstar captain, Neymar wrote his name into football folklore by scoring a sensational free-kick to put Brazil ahead in the first half before netting the decisive penalty. Along with his teammates, he has succeeded where some of the biggest names in Brazilian football have failed.last_img read more

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On Guatemalan mountainside hopes are washed away with the rain

first_img Facebook Comments VISTA HERMOSA, Guatemala – Barely clinging to the side of a mountain, Vista Hermosa lies beyond the dump on the outskirts of Jocotenango, in Guatemala’s Sacatepéquez department, 34 kilometers west of the capital.Home to 375 squatter families, the precarious community lies open to the elements and lacks even the most basic infrastructure of a normal town.As the first tropical depression of the rainy season rolled through Guatemala on Monday, residents of Vista Hermosa found themselves trapped between torrents of rushing water, mud, trash and falling rocks.While streets can flood in any Guatemalan town – as they did just down the mountain in Jocotenango and the adjacent tourist destination of Antigua – the effects of rain are felt more acutely in Vista Hermosa. The rains dissipated for a few hours Tuesday morning, and the clotheslines of the hillside community quickly bloomed with sopping laundry. Residents of Vista Hermosa trek down a muddy path after a strong storm flooded the area on Monday, June 2, 2014. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico TimesOn either side of the precipitous mud trails leading up to the peak of Vista Hermosa, harried mothers wrung out clothes and scrubbed mud out of one-room, laminated-metal houses. Families with enough income to afford low-brick walls at the bases of their homes managed to keep relatively dry, but most residents here awoke to find their homes inundated.More troubling still, cracks could be seen developing in the saturated hillside soil, the first telltale sign of a mudslide threat. The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, CONRED, reported Wednesday that 12,745 square kilometers – more than 25 percent of the country’s territory – has a “very high” probability of experiencing landslides, including Sacatepéquez department.“The danger is that you don’t know where the danger is,” one Vista Hermosa mother told The Tico Times.Getting to schoolSpend any amount of time in Vista Hermosa following a rainstorm, and you’ll hear firsthand how one family or another was buried in a mudslide or disappeared after their home dropped off the side of the mountain during a storm. Yet many of the problems caused by storms are more mundane.Most children in Vista Hermosa attend a school run by a British education foundation in Jocotenango. On Monday, just 37 of the primary school’s 325 students made it classes in the morning.“We only really notice major absences if it’s raining in the morning,” Daniel Burgess, enterprise director for Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC), said. “The ones that were here yesterday [Monday], we ran out of socks to give them and towels to keep them dry.”With classes canceled by the government in nine departments across Guatemala, the students had to be sent home. The school remains closed until Thursday.“It’s worse where a lot of our families live up on the hill. They get out of bed and their feet get wet,” Burgess said. Many Guatemalan villages like Vista Hermosa lack basic infrastructure to deal with heavy storms and other natural disasters. Benjamin Reeves/The Tico TimesVista Hermosa lacks basic drainage infrastructure or paved roads, not to mention running water. Consequently, the dirt paths down the mountain turn into cataracts of mud, and the children are unable to descend into the town, regardless of how much the situation deteriorates on the mountain.“Clearly in all of Guatemala, investment in infrastructure is lacking, and that effects everyone,” Burgess said. “You can’t get anywhere.”In the case of EFTC’s students, “We know they won’t eat particularly well [without the meals provided by the school], and it hurts the family financially,” Burgess added.Vista Hermosa’s susceptibility to rain has only worsened in recent years since the construction of a primary road along the top of the ridge. This road sheds water and debris down the side of the mountain, and its construction removed many of the trees that stabilized the hillside above Vista Hermosa, according to Brenda Cay, co-principal of EFTC’s primary school.CONRED reports that 141,096 people have been affected by the storm, including five deaths and at least seven serious injuries.On Wednesday, the national weather service issued an alert for another high-pressure system forming in the Pacific.Benjamin Reeves is a freelance journalist based in Antigua, Guatemala. Follow him on Twitter and on his blog. More information about Education for the Children Foundation in Jocotenango is available at http://www.eftc.org.uk. Related posts:Malnourished kids sue Guatemalan state and win, but not much has changed Guatemala’s treasured Lake Atitlán is dying For Guatemalan Q’eqchi’ community, accessing health care depends on finding someone to speak their language Guatemala has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Latin America, and it’s getting worselast_img read more

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