Adele talks new 
hit single Hello

In case you were wondering, Adele's hit comeback single Hello is not about an ex.

"The song is about hurting someone's feelings, but it's also about trying to stay in touch with myself, which sometimes can be a little bit hard to do," the British singer and 27-year-old mother of one told i-D magazine.

"It's about a yearning for the other side of me. When I'm away, I really, really miss my life at home...

"Hello is about wanting to be at home and wanting to reach out to everyone I've ever hurt - including myself - and apologise for it."

Hello's music video, which has attracted more than 107 million views, also became a talking point among netizens because it featured Adele using, rather anachronistically, a flip phone and a phone booth.

"I never like filming modern phones or cars," the MV's director Xavier Dolan, 26, told Los Angeles Times.

"They're so implanted in our lives that when you see them in movies you're reminded you're in reality."

The Canadian film-maker said that the meaning of the phone booth was more significant than the flip phone as "it says she is stranded in nature, which has regained its rights".

"It's much more important than the flip (phone) and trying to identify whether it's Samsung or an AE9 or whatever."

Khloe Kardashian calls off divorce, saying 'There's no rush'

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have called off divorce but state that they will not be getting back together romantically.

Despite calling off their divorce, Khloe Kardashian has stated that she and Lamar Odom will not be getting back together romantically.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has broken her silence and opened up about her situation with her estranged husband.

Odom, 35, was found unconscious in a high-end Las Vegas brothel on Oct 13 due to a drug overdose.

Kardashian has been by the former NBA star's side in the hospital ever since.

However, she explains to People magazine that everything is far more complicated than it appears.

Khloe Kardashian at Cosmopolitan's 50th Birthday Celebration in West Hollywood. The television personality recently opened up to People's magazine about her situation with estranged husband Lamar. PHOTO: AFP/ FREDERICK M. BROWN

"There are too many other important things, too many medical things," Kardashian,31, tells the magazine.

"It's not even in our brains thinking about us as a couple or having a relationship right now. There is a very long road ahead of him, and he has to walk that road by himself. But I'll be there supporting him every step of the way."

E! News confirmed that Kardashian and Odom decided to put their legal split on hold following his health crisis as it was what she felt was "the right thing to do right now" and that "there's no rush".

Still legally married, Kardashian has been overseeing and making the medical decisions for Odom as his next-of-kin.

Prior to Odom's hospitalisation, she was reportedly dating NBA star James Harden, 26.

NBA star James Harden has been spotted on dates with Khloe Kardashian over the summer. PHOTO: AFP/ ETHAN MILLER

However, it seems that with everything that is going on, her future with the Houston Rockets player is unclear as well.

"His season is starting," said Kardashian. "And I'm just allowing everything to unfold. If it's ever too overwhelming [for him], then I understand that as well."

Sources: E! News, People


RAF veteran fights off armed muggers who 'manhandled' his girlfriend

Former RAF serviceman Neil McCarthy and his girlfriend were attacked by a gang of three armed robbers in chicago on Oct 24.

The British tourist was willing to hand over his valuable to the muggers.

But when they turned their attention to his girlfriend, he decided enough was enough and gave the robbers a painful lesson in being careful who they pick on.

Being a former Royal Air Force serviceman comes in handy when you're being robbed at knifepoint.

Mr Neil McCarthy, an Afghanistan veteran from Plymouth, UK, was walking with his girlfriend Carisa Lerner by Lake Michigan last Saturday night (Oct 24).

Three men then approached them and demanded their valuables, reported ABC7 Chicago.

Former RAF serviceman Neil McCarthy and his girlfriend were attacked by a gang of three armed robbers at Chicago last Saturday (Oct 24) while on holiday. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB/ ABC7 CHICAGO

The 27-year-old handed over his iPhone and wallet but says he "lost it" when the men began manhandling Ms Lerner, shaking her and going through her pockets.

The BBC reports that Mr McCarthy put one man in a headlock but was then stabbed in the back of his right shoulder while being punched by the other two, .

"I knew I'd been stabbed, it didn't hurt, it felt like a punch," said Mr McCarthy.

He then got hold of the knife and stabbed one of the robbers before all three fled.

When the police arrived, Mr McCarthy was treated for injuries while being questioned.

He then used an app to trace his stolen phone, which was only 30m away.

Mr McCarthy went after it — while topless — and found one of the culprits hiding.

He then dragged the robber back to the police.

The other two alleged culprits were later caught and held on bail.

According to the Independent, Mr McCarthy is currently a graduate student of security technologies at the University of Minnesota.

His mother said she was "immensely proud" of him.

"It's not everyday someone single-handedly fights off three men and hands one in to the police," she said.



Sources: BBC, ABC7 Chicago, Independent

Jetstar embarrasses woman with pregnancy question

Jetstar is in the light again when one of its flight attendants had approached Ms Grethe Andersen and asked if she was pregnant.

It is the mistake many dread making — asking a woman if she is pregnant only to find out that she is not. 

The BBC reports that Jetstar Airways has apologised to a New Zealand passenger after one of its cabin crew asked that seemingly innocent question.

Grethe Andersen, 24, was wearing a fitted dress on the flight from Wellington to Auckland on Sunday, Oct 25 when a male flight attendant gestured at her stomach and asked: "How many weeks are you?"

Ms Andersen posted about the embarrassing experience on Jetstar's Facebook page saying: "As a woman, it's not a good feeling to be asked if you're pregnant when you're not".

She claimed that there was no immediate apology from the flight attendant or cabin crew leader.

The post has since been taken down.

"I used to be quite heavily overweight and even then was never met by such a rude question and especially no remorse from the flight attendant," she wrote.

A Jetstar spokesman told NZME News Service its customer care team had contacted Ms Andersen to apologise.

A flight voucher of NZ$100 (S$93.49) had also been offered to the passenger as a "goodwill gesture".

"Jetstar sincerely apologises for the distress the passenger experienced," he said.

Many airlines have a policy of requiring women who are more than 28 weeks pregnant to produce a doctor's note certifying they are fit to travel, for safety and liability reasons.

Jetstar staff are trained to ask for a medical certificate if they believe a passenger may be more than 28 weeks pregnant, he said.

It's not the first time a woman has complained on the airlines' lack of tact, reports NZME.

In 2012, a Jetstar attendant demanded a medical certificate from 21-year-old Kelsey Hughes as she was boarding her flight in Wellington.

Hughes was not expecting a baby. She was also surprised because at 70kg, she says there was little to suggest she could have been expecting.

Sources: BBC, NZME

Caught after 2-week chase

Australian father and son wanted for violent crimes, had been on the run for 8 years

FINALLY: Mark Stocco (left) and his father Gino were arrested at an isolated hideout in Dunedoo, 345km north-west of Sydney.
FINALLY: Mark Stocco (left) and his father Gino were arrested at an isolated hideout in Dunedoo, 345km north-west of Sydney.
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Actress Carole Lin gives birth at 42, recalls C-section trauma

Actress Carole Lin recalls feeling traumatised after caesarean birth of first child

BABY BONUS: Carole Lin and husband David Lim with daughter Brooklyn.
BABY BONUS: Carole Lin and husband David Lim with daughter Brooklyn.

She is one of those lucky mums who had a problem-free pregnancy even though she is in her 40s.

However, there is one thing that local actress Carole Lin is still upset about.

The 42-year-old had wanted to give birth to her daughter, Brooklyn, naturally and without the use of pain relief drugs.

But in August, she was denied a natural delivery when complications forced her to put her baby's safety first.

Lin had to undergo a caesarean section as her amniotic fluid had dipped to a worryingly-low level just a few days before her delivery date.

Amniotic fluid fills the sac surrounding the baby and has several important functions, including cushioning the baby from trauma, maintaining a constant temperature in the womb, protecting the baby against infection and preventing the umbilical cord from becoming compressed, which would reduce the baby's oxygen supply.

The experience traumatised her.

She told The New Paper: "Due to the anaesthetic given to me, I panicked when, the day after, I still could not feel my legs.

"I was really scared, worried that I had become paralysed.

"I started to shiver and tremble, and it felt like I was out of breath.

"It was only after a day that I regained feeling in the lower half of my body. Should I try for a second child next time, I definitely would opt for a natural delivery."

She also experienced postpartum blues.

Lin said that she could not have made it through if not for her husband, businessman David Lim, and support and encouragement from friends.


Fellow celebrity mums also gave her sound advice.

Fann Wong calmed her down by telling her that when this difficult period passes, she would definitely want a second child in eight months' time - the length of time Fann said she took to forget the exhaustion of childbirth.

Wong, who gave birth in August last year, also gave her a hip seat carrier after Lin complained that her wrists had become sore from carrying Brooklyn.

Joanne Peh, who gave birth to a girl two weeks before Lin delivered, became Lin's "trusty adviser".

She would update Lin on her own daughter's progress so that Lin could learn from her experience.

One problem Lin faced was that Brooklyn was not latching on during breastfeeding.

Yvonne Lim, who is currently based in Taiwan, texted Lin to assure her that most mothers go through this.

Zoe Tay, Lina Ng and Joey Swee also chipped in with tips on what to look for in a nanny, how to breastfeed properly and identifying the baby's sleeping and waking patterns.

Said Lin: "My friends would Google solutions to my problems and send me the screenshots.

"They have no idea how much they have done for me in my time of need.

"I will admit, I am quite spoilt and I appreciate their help a lot."

Brooklyn, she said, was feisty from the moment she was born.

She cried loudly on arriving into the world and kept sucking her fist, which the gynaecologist said was a sign that she wanted to be fed immediately.

Lin said: "I see her strong personality and think 'Why are you so much like mummy?'.

"The funny thing is that people keep mistaking her for a boy and telling me that I have such a 'handsome son'.

"The other day, we put Brooklyn in a dress and she was so cute. We laughed because she looked like a boy in a dress!"

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LionsXII in quarters even if they lose to Terengganu by one goal

Avoid losing by two goals to Terengganu and LionsXII are through to quarter-finals

THREE TO THRILL: LionsXII's Sahil Suhaimi (far left) and Faris Ramli (near left) celebrating after Shahdan Sulaiman (centre) scored against Johor Darul Ta'zim II in their last match on Oct 17.

First, the bad news.

Despite reaching the 10-point mark in the Malaysia Cup group stages with a game to spare, the LionsXII could still be knocked out.

On Tuesday, Terengganu managed to beat Johor Darul Ta'zim II 2-1 in Pasir Gudang, which prevented the LionsXII - who needed JDT II to win or draw - from advancing to the quarter-finals with a game in hand.

"What to do? We always have to do things the hard way. It's good for character-building," LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad told The New Paper yesterday.

But there is still some good news for the LionsXII.

All they need to do is avoid a two-goal defeat by Terengganu in their final Group A match next Wednesday and they qualify for the last eight.

In fact, the LionsXII can even go through if Kedah fail to win at JDT II on the same night.

If they can get at least a point against Terengganu, they will qualify as Group A winners.

If that happens, they will face the Group D runners-up in the two-legged quarter-finals, potentially meeting second-division PKNS FC instead of defending champions Pahang.

They were also given a huge shot in the arm when the Football Association of Malaysia clarified that players would be suspended only if they accumulated three yellow cards in the group stages and two in the knockout rounds.


As a result, first-choice centre back Madhu Mohana and key midfielder Izzdin Shafiq, previously thought to be banned as they had copped two bookings, will be eligible for next Wednesday's showdown.

Fandi said: "That's definitely a boost for us to have our key players, one in defence and one in midfield, available for such an important away game where qualification is at stake.

"It will be a tough match because Terengganu have won their last two games and found some momentum and confidence.

"We know the equation, and I'm not expecting any favours from the other teams. We have to settle our own scores."

The 53-year-old also felt that it would be foolish to adopt an ultra-defensive approach even though his team can afford a one-goal defeat.

He added: "We cannot afford to sit back. We have to try to score like how we did when we lost 3-2 there in the Malaysian FA Cup semi-finals, but got the result we needed to go through to the final."

Both teams are familiar foes after having already squared off five times in the Malaysian Super League, FA Cup and now the Malaysia Cup.

Both were victorious twice on their home patches - Terengganu won 3-2 and 4-2 - in addition to a 1-1 draw at Jalan Besar.

"This will be a grudge match for them, not us," said Fandi.

"I'm sure they would love to knock us out of the Malaysia Cup after we did the same to them in the FA Cup.

"But these are the kind of tough matches that would make good lessons and experience for our team.

"They would test our character and make us stronger as individuals and as a team."

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She's the one to beat, Kerber says of Muguruza

Beaten Kerber hails Spaniard as the one to beat

Her answers were smooth and her tone soothing.

In another life, Garbine Muguruza would have made a perfect night-time radio deejay.

But, in this universe, the tennis starlet is on a meteoric rise, and on the cusp of making the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on her singles debut.

The 22-year-old Spaniard collected her second win in the White Group last night when she beat world No. 7 Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 in 98 minutes.

It was Muguruza's fourth win against the German in five meetings this year, and puts her in pole position for a place in the last four, barring a freak set of results tomorrow, when she next plays in the singles competition.

Muguruza said: "Well, definitely I'm feeling very good. You never know how it's going to go here when you come for the first time. For sure, I'm very happy of how is it going.

"Hopefully, I can keep playing like this. It's great to be here playing in the singles and doubles.

"I've played all the year in singles and doubles, so it's great to have this pay-off being here."

The 1.82m-tall player is also still in the doubles competition with Carla Suarez Navarro, and will face Taiwanese pair Chan Hao-ching and Chan Yung-jan in the group stages today.

"For sure, it's a challenge to come here and play singles and doubles," cooed Muguruza.

"I know that, but I'm really motivated on both sides, so hopefully I can win as much as I can in both the singles and doubles.

"I know I will be more tired, for sure, but it's a risk I take."

Kerber said her victorious opponent is now a "dangerous player".

The 27-year-old said: "Right now, she has a lot of confidence from the last few weeks, which helps her in this important moment. I think that's why she is so dangerous right now."

Muguruza will end her singles group-stage campaign tomorrow against Petra Kvitova, who beat Lucie Safarova 7-5, 7-5 in the other White Group tie yesterday.


Kvitova said: "Garbine and I practised together before the tournament started. I think she's going to play very aggressively, going for the shots and having good serves.

"It's going to be about the returns and serves. It's going to be a difficult match for sure. But we'll see, I've never played her before and I am looking forward."

And while Muguruza enjoys playing in both the singles and doubles, she said she will cut down on her competition load next year, after speaking to her doubles partner at the end of the season.

"With Carla, we've agreed before to play together for two years," she said. "I think it (playing doubles) was great for my improvement in the singles - I've learnt a lot in terms of volleys and going to the net.

"But I think next year's going to be different. We have to sit down and talk.

"For sure we are going to play in fewer tournaments because it's hard to play singles and doubles.

"This year was really hard for me."