Saturday, June 21, 2014

Farewell England

Costa Rica remain undefeated in Group D when they gave a gritty display to carve a 1-0 victory over four-time world champions Italy in Recife, Brazil. The Tico Boys have now advanced to the knockout stage – the first time since the 1990 World Cup.
Costa Rica are supposed to be the weakest team in a group crowded with three former World Cup winners, but the Central American side were the first to secure their place in the last sixteen.
This also means England say farewell to the World Cup, no matter the result in their final match. A record of sorts for England – the first time since 1958 that England are eliminated after just two games.
And the Italians need a victory or a draw over Uruguay next week in order to move on. Of course, I will be rooting for Luis Suarez and Uruguay. 

Meanwhile, France routed a sorry Switzerland side 5-2 at Salvador and all but secure a second-round spot. Having survived a physical Honduras side in their Group E opener, Didier Deschamps' men had it a lot easier when they ran roughshod in a delectable display that left the Swiss shell-shocked.
On Tuesday, I was back at KL Sentral having accepted Betty Phua’s invitation to be the Humor Master and Evaluator at the Allianz Toastmasters meeting on Level 6 at Plaza Sentral. It was another round of good speeches and evaluations. This club is going great guns and I am proud to be associated with it in some way. And it was also nice to see their CEO there too. Dare I hope that he might be persuaded to sign up as a member?
I am going to give this meeting a score of an 8 over 10 simply because members have recorded remarkable progress in their Toastmastering. And that is important – to me, members’ self-development must come before the club. When members do well, the club does too.

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