Israeli drone ‘shot down over Lebanon’ as Hezbollah militants blamed

An Israeli drone is reported to have been shot down by Hezbollah militants over southern Lebanon.

In a tweet, Israel Defence Forces (IDF) wrote: "A short time ago, during routine border security operations, the IDF skimmer fell near the border on the Lebanese side."

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Paul Rudd Pulls Same Prank on Conan O’Brien Since 2004 While Promoting ‘Living With Yourself’ – Watch!

Paul Rudd is up to his old tricks again!

The 50-year-old Living With Yourself actor made an appearance on Conan on Tuesday (October 22).

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If you didn’t know, Paul has pulled the same prank on Conan since 2004: he sets up the clip for his latest project very seriously, and instead of the project he’s promoting, it’s a clip from the 1998 box office flop and E.T. knock-off Mac & Me.

He first played the prank while promoting the series finale of Friends — and he hasn’t stopped ever since!

Watch the hilarious set-up inside…


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Martha Stewart Disses Fellow Convict Felicity Huffman: She Looked ‘Schlumpy’ In Prison Uniform

Martha Stewart is not impressed with how Felicity Huffman is wearing her green prison jumpsuit. The ex-con domestic goddess thinks the actress looked ‘schlumpy’ and should have styled herself better.

Martha Stewart came with the ultimate diss towards Felicity Huffman, and it had to do with prison style. Photos emerged of the 56-year-old actress as she’s serving time at a minimum security federal prison in Dublin, CA and she was seen in a short-sleeved green prison jumpsuit. Felicity had her hair pulled back, and wore a white baseball cap and glasses when photographed during her 14 day stint for her part in the college admissions bribery scandal. Martha has done time in prison herself back in 2004-05 and thinks Felicity could have done so much better with her prison look.

The 78-year-old domestic goddess told an audience Vanity Fair summit in Los Angeles on Oct. 22 that, “She should style her outfit a little bit more. She looked pretty schlumpy,” to a roar of laughter from the audience. When Martha emerged from a federal prison on March 4, 2005 after serving a five month sentence for lying about a stock sale, she wore a poncho she knitted while behind bars and it was so stylish she actually started a trend! Not only that, her blonde hair was glossy and her skin glowed.

While Martha was less than impressed with how Felicity just took the prison attire given to her and didn’t try to jazz it up in any way, she did get serious about why the former Desperate Housewives star was there in the first place. “She made a horrible mistake, and she’s experiencing what happens,” Martha told the audience.

Felicity pled guilty to paying $15,000 for a proctor to alter her daughter’s SAT scores 400 points higher by changing wrong answers. She could have faced up to four months in prison, but got off with a light 14 day sentence. She’s already halfway though and will be released on Oct. 27, which is probably not enough time to have knitted herself a stylish poncho.

 

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'Dating in your 50s is like Netflix – there are too many options'

When Denise Robinson (50) returned to dating after her divorce, she thought it would be easier to meet someone new – but she was proven wrong.

After moving from Northern Ireland to Dublin, with her new-found single freedom she decided to give every method a whirl, from speed dating to websites and apps.

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She remembers how one bad date left her feeling upset to her stomach. “To cut a long story short, he got annoyed after I told him he wasn’t coming home with me, told me to have a nice life, walked out and left me with the €70 bill.”

The modern dating world is tricky to navigate no matter what age you are, but for people over the age of 50, it can strike fear in those trying to find a match for the second, third or tenth time.

Even former TV presenter and model Ulrika Jonsson (52) admits that she has found dating in her fifties a struggle. Jonsson appeared on Channel 4’s First Dates Hotel recently in a bid to find love again after not one but three divorces.

She spoke of how her confidence hit rock bottom approaching her 52nd birthday as a single woman.

Those in that bracket have a whole life behind them, possibly an ex-partner, maybe kids, and finding someone to spend the rest of your life with can feel as daunting as it did 20 years ago.

The peak age for separation and divorce in Ireland is 53; and there are 32,225 more separated and divorced women than men, according to the 2016 census.

Not only that, but there was an increase of nearly 30,000 separated or divorced people between 2011 and 2016.

With so many people flying solo, why is it so difficult for people in their 50s to face the thought of finding love again?

Denise doesn’t feel pressure to re-marry and emphasises that single life in your 40s and 50s can be a great experience, but says that returning to the dating world was completely different to when she was younger.

“When I got back into dating, I thought it would be no bother, but I’m still single. It’s difficult to meet the right men, the dating world has changed with apps and social media; it’s like Netflix, there are too many options,” she said. “At this age in life you know so much, you’ve lost your past insecurities and you want company and companionship. You don’t need someone solely to make you feel good when you feel good yourself, that’s how I feel about it.”

Denise, who also once featured on the Irish version of the dating show, says that while her experience has been mostly positive, one disaster date sticks out.

“I joined the app Bumble at the start of the year after a friend recommended it, but after two weeks of matching and some messages I deleted it as it wasn’t for me,” she said.

She then got a message on Facebook from someone asking where she disappeared to on the app – and after some convincing they agreed to meet for a drink in Dublin.

“I met him in a wine bar where he ordered a bottle. I noticed he was a bit arrogant but thought I’d feel it out. Two bottles of wine later he wanted to order a third, but I wanted to move to somewhere livelier and wasn’t drinking as fast as him.

“We moved elsewhere, and he had three gins when I had one. He left after I corrected his presumptions that he was coming home with me. I remember feeling so upset that he thought it was okay to treat a woman that way.”

In the last two years alone, matchmaker Hugh Redmond of 2Connect.ie has noticed a 60pc increase in attendees at his speed dating events across Ireland that are either divorced or separated.

“There’s a lot people coming out of relationships that are clueless and figuring out how to meet people. Most of them aren’t interested in online dating,” he said.

“My goal is to coach people and get them date-ready – a lot of people make mistakes on a first date which is a shame. Many people are nervous and take it all too seriously.” One of Hugh’s success stories, 53-year-old Mary from Dublin returned to the dating world two years after separating from her partner, and found success after attending a face-to-face dating event.

“I was unsure about approaching the dating scene today especially as a more mature woman. As a younger single girl, the ‘pool’ was obviously bigger – I was socialising on a regular basis with friends and the places to meet someone of the opposite sex was a pub, club or disco ‘slow set’.

After a successful evening at the dating soirée, Mary signed up to their website and quickly connected with a man who contacted her profile. The pair are currently dating and see each other on a regular basis.

“My only other dating experience was a blind date. He was a very nice guy, but we had no chemistry and therefore the chat was a bit laboured… so it was a sweet but very short evening,” she said.

Mary isn’t the only one to meet her new boyfriend on a dating app, something that wasn’t around when she was dating in her 20s. Kerry Manning (53), originally from South Africa but living in Galway, met her partner on a dating website and the pair have been together for two years.

Kerry believes that any divorcees getting back into dating should give modern technology a try – “What have you got to lose?” she said.

“Every ‘no’ is one step closer to a ‘yes’. You could meet people who are just friends for life and not relationship material.”

Kerry, who decided to start writing about her everyday life on her blog Fabulicious Fifty, found that chatting to people on dating apps gave her the boost of confidence she needed.

“I tried Tinder for a short amount of time. One date I went on, when he arrived I realised he was 5″1 and I’m 5″8 – so that one didn’t work out.

“But when I came out of my marriage, my confidence was on the floor. I thought to myself, how am I supposed to meet someone? Yes, there are weirdos on dating sites and you have to be careful, but it did help my self-confidence.”

When returning to dating, occupational therapist Peter Connolly from Lifestyle Awareness advises daters to leave their baggage at the door and to have patience with the dating game.

“We focus so much on the work of how to meet that we can neglect the inner romance of rediscovering who we are and what we want our lives to look and feel like. Energetically attracting the people we desire to meet, whether online or offline, can require some inner work and guidance.

“Dating a lot may not be the answer either. Relationship coaching, exploring Tantra or even therapy can be helpful options to consider reconnecting with ourselves, our desires and bodies.”

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De Blasio treats our children ‘as if they don’t exist’: Success Academy CEO

Mayor de Blasio continued his refusal to utter the name of charter-school operator Success Academy — just hours after he walked past its demonstrators who claim he’s ignoring them.

The verbal sidestep came Monday night when de Blasio discussed with NY1’s Errol Louis his fight with Success over space promised the charter network in 2017.

“It’s like we’re being very clear, DOE is being very clear, they will have a space,” he told Louis. “If the charter organization prefers a different option, they can go rent something of their own.”

At another point, the mayor reiterated that “state law says that any charter organization like that one, if we don’t have a space that works for them” they can be reimbursed for rental space.

Success CEO Eva Mos­kowitz said de Blasio’s choice of language signals indifference to the network’s kids. “Maybe it helps him justify treating our children as if they don’t exist,” she said.

A de Blasio spokesperson said his phrasing Monday was benign with no slight intended.

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13 Worst National Anthem Performances, From Roseanne to Fergie

See how badly these stars bungled “The Star Spangled Banner” over the years


Believe it or not, Roseanne Barr wasn’t trying to be funny when she screeched her way through the National Anthem in 1990. She told the LA Times she was flattered and that she was a good singer. But she failed to take Johnny Carson’s advice and started too high. The boos come loud and fast, but like any comic who’s bombed before, she barrel rolled through her ear-piercing, crotch-grabbing rendition in a little over a minute, then spat on the mound.

This performance by Carl Lewis before a Chicago Bulls game seems almost inexplicable, because he’s not a singer but an Olympic track and field star. He murdered Francis Scott Off-Key’s song, as these ESPN broadcasters put it, in failing to hit the high notes and apologizing midway through with an intent to make it up to the crowd (he never could). He later told Oprah he was “glad” he botched it.

Fresh off their 2001 album “Just Push Play,” people were “Jaded” after seeing Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler try and spruce up the National Anthem, first by riffing on harmonica, then essentially shouting through the performance. He doesn’t even sing “brave” at the end of the song, opting to call out to the Indy 500 crowd as fireworks went off. In 2012, he also earned some groans when he belted out his throaty “yeaaahhh” during the song.

Tyler wasn’t the only one to get creative with the anthem. R. Kelly brought his signature R&B soul to a performance at a boxing match in Las Vegas throwing in some synths, backbeats and hand clapping smoothness into the song. Unfortunately we won’t be getting more of the same at this year’s inauguration, as he’s one of the celebrities who said he won’t perform.

Lead singer of alt-rock band Staind Aaron Lewis delivered a relatively strong, growling rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” but early on he missed the line “at the twilight’s last gleaming.” He said in a statement he felt devastated, asking for “the Nation’s forgiveness” by saying “nerves got the best of me.”

Christina Aguilera likewise nailed her pitch but found herself doubling back to “the twilight’s last gleaming” rather than moving on to “gallantly streaming.” Maybe she doesn’t nail the last note, but she still performed like a pro.

The incredible echo you can hear in this video would’ve been enough to doom Michael Bolton’s crooning of the Anthem at this 2003 Red Sox vs. Yankees game, but Bolton had to stop and peek at lyrics scrawled in his palm in order to remember “twilight’s last gleaming,” and the Boston fans let him have it.

Clearly the 20-year-old Dominican pop star Kat DeLuna put a lot of bluster and verve into her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.” The eye test would make you think she’s killing it. But a pitchy last note and a chorus of boos from this Dallas Cowboys crowd would disagree.

Maybe this one isn’t bad so much as perplexing. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea performed a solo, phased out performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Staples Center this past April for Kobe Bryant’s farewell game that drew mixed reaction. Compare that to when he formed a bizarre duet with Josh Groban singing the Anthem back in 2010.

Maybe she would’ve been better of singing “O Canada”? Canadian jazz singer Alexis Normand’s mind went completely blank as she fumbled words left and right to the Anthem that she ended up humming the remainder of the song. Thankfully the crowd was polite enough to bail her out.

Country star Dierks Bentley received no mercy online after performing the anthem ahead of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals in June 2017: “Sounded like the drunk guy at the bar trying to be in tune,” wrote one commenter.

Rachel Platten, best known for “Fight Song,” messed up the national anthem not once, but twice, while performing before the NWSL soccer game between the Utah Royals and the Chicago Red Stars in April. She forgot the words and had to start over, asking the crowd for help.

Fergie got ripped for her rendition before the NBA All-Star Game in February 2018: “Fergie sang that Anthem so bad, Kaepernick stood up and told her not to disrespect the Anthem like that.”
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Monkey horror laboratory exposed as expert reveals ‘worst abuse I’ve ever seen’

Animal experts have slammed horror footage from a laboratory showing the alleged abuse of monkeys.

Scenes reportedly filmed at the German laboratory in Neu Wulmstorf, Lower Saxony, show screaming monkeys strapped to metal harnesses.

British primatologist Dame Jane Goodall said: "The footage shows some of the worst abuse I've ever seen on testing with animals."

Activists from Soko Tierschutz and Cruelty Free International say they filmed the video after one of them went undercover getting a job at the lab.

After the video was released, authorities in the Harburg region carried out a spot check of the Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) facility and confirmed the allegations made by animal rights activists.

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Photos from the lab show monkeys strapped to seats in rows on the wall, while others have their heads in restraints as they desperately try to escape.

Cats were also experimented on at the lab, which works with major companies to test the "safe" amounts of toxic substances for humans.

According to the undercover activist, the animals are treated with violence by the workers, who are no even trained animal carers.

Dr Goodall added: "Some of the monkeys were lying huddled on the wire floor of their tiny prisons, while others showed stereotypical behaviour, turning in circles and pacing back and forth indicative of extremely high levels of stress."

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She went on: "Some cowered at the approach of a human showing pronounced fear response and sometimes screaming.

"Each monkey had a metal collar tied around the neck. Some shots showed monkeys forced to stand upright, legs tied together, and arms outstretched, virtually crucified.

"One shot showed a monkey's mouth being forced open while a tube was pushed down into the stomach and liquid injected into the tube."

She concluded: "What I have seen in this video is some of the most callous, inhumane and brutal behaviour by humans towards the primates, dogs and cats kept at this laboratory. It is nothing but a living hell."

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Activist Friedrich Mulln from Soko Tierschutz said: "In 2013, we also tried to get a job there, but were not successful. From December 2018 to March 2019 the undercover investigator working in the lab."

He added that the worst treatment was reserved for the monkeys.

The undercover workers said as well as monkeys, beagles were reportedly abused by having pipes forced down their throats, and were often left bleeding following the experiments.

LPT is now under further investigation and faces having its license taken away if the allegations are proven.

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90 Day Fiance spoilers: Akinyi says Benjamin ‘doesn’t have the alpha male aura,’ brother says Benjamin was ‘average’

Benjamin Taylor managed to make it to the end of Season 3 of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days and he even managed to gain Akinyi’s father’s approval in order to marry her. There are still questions about how much he’ll be paying for the bride price and that’s likely what was being discussed leading up to these spoilers from the upcoming Tell All.

As the Before the 90 Days finale was ending, TLC teased what to expect for the upcoming Tell All for Ben and Akinyi. Both she and her brother showed up via video chat to tell their side of what happened when Ben visited Kenya, and it doesn’t look like it was a great experience for him.

In the short 90 Day Fiance spoiler clip, Akinyi says via video chat that her new husband Ben “doesn’t have the alpha male aura” and that can’t feel good for him, especially since he sees himself as the spiritual leader of their new family.

To make matters worse, Akinyi’s comment piggy-backed off her brother (or at least that’s the way it looked in the clip). And when asked how Benjamin fared while in Kenya, his response was that “he was average.”

Ben looked stunned as his bride and new brother-in-law didn’t have nice things to say about him on the Before the 90 Days Tell All stage. The scene would be more worrisome if not for another recent spoiler report that we shared, which claims that Benjamin has already applied for Akinyi’s K-1 visa.

They still have to go through the visa process as an engaged couple even though they are considered married in Kenya. Or at least Benjamin should hope that is accurate because he and Akinyi consummated that marriage before he flew back home to Arizona. They can be seen talking about their first night together in the clip below.

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Superhero Bits: Next 'Batman: Arkham' Game Title Maybe Revealed, 'Wonder Woman 1984' Trailer Coming Soon & More

How were the ratings for the series premiere of Watchmen? What is the rumored title for the next Batman: Arkham game? When does the first trailer for Crisis on Infinite Earths arrive? How about the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984? What secrets does Bucky’s Wakandan metal arm hold? What’s one recent comic book movie that Francis Ford Coppola actually liked? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

The third episode of The CW’s new Arrowverse series Batwoman is on the way, and here’s a new promo.

The recently announced female-led Arrow spin-off has the official title of Green Arrow and the Canaries.

Here’s a new look at Brandon Routh suited up as Kingdom Come Superman for Crisis on Infinite Earths.

A new rumor says the next Batman: Arkham video game in the works may be called Batman: Arkham Legacy.

Martian Manhunter‘s brother is causing trouble for Supergirl in the upcoming fourth episode of season five.

Arrowverse EP Marc Guggenheim says the first Crisis on Infinite Earths trailer arrives in November.

Ms. Marvel looms large on this poster for the upcoming Avengers video game slated for release in May 2020.

Ratings for Supergirl hit a new series low, but viewership for the new Batwoman series so far seems to be solid.

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