Amazing travel job: Director of fly fishing, Grand Lakes Orlando

Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in a new mini-series on some of the most unusual and amazing jobs in the travel industry. Mark Benson is the Director of Fly Fishing at Grand Lakes Orlando, which comprises The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and the JW Marriott Orlando.

When people say “Captain Mark has ‘gone fishing,’” they’re not joking.

My typical day is taking guests fishing on the many lakes throughout the extensive Grande Lakes Orlando property. I consider myself fortunate to be one of the very few people to carry the Director of Fly Fishing title and to be able to share my angling experience and love of the outdoors with guests in such a beautiful place in Florida.

Comprised of The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes and the JW Marriott Orlando, the Grande Lakes Orlando resort is set on 500 beautifully-wooded acres adjacent to Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. For anyone who wants to experience a more authentic Florida, the grounds at Grande Lakes Orlando largely represent the way Central Florida began. The resort’s land used to be a cattle ranch and was home to the original cowboys from Spain who settled in Florida in the 1500s.

I grew up in Central Florida fishing, swimming, and boating the lakes, creeks and coastal waters with my dad. After catching my first fish at the age of four, much of my youth was spent fishing along Shingle Creek, which runs along the western border of Grande Lakes Orlando today.

After graduating from college, I traveled the world — fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling in exotic locations — before coming back to Florida for jobs at a fish hatchery and also an aquaculture company in lakes management. In many ways being tapped to head the fishing program at Grande Lakes feels like a homecoming, where I’m grateful to have adventured and collected experiences and stories I can share with guests.

One of my more interesting stories is actually about the world-renowned hotelier, Cesar Ritz, whose son Charles spent considerable time mastering the art of fly fishing after he returned from serving in World War I. Ernest Hemingway hailed Charles as “one of the finest fly fisherman I know.” Charles penned one of my favorite books, “A Fly Fisher’s Life.” So, in a way, a fly fishing program offered at a Ritz-Carlton is a homecoming of its own.

I enjoy showing our guests, many of whom have come to Orlando for the entertainment and attractions, a side of the region that is so unexpected. It’s especially gratifying when those who tend to spend their lives on a cell phone allow themselves to be truly present, enjoying quality time in nature and with their fishing partners. The cell phone tends to come out only when it’s time to photograph their catch!

If you’re not a fly fisher, we also offer spinning tackle on our excursions as well. We book fishing trips by the hour with the standard duration about two to three hours and ideally at first light. With an early start, guests can fish for a couple hours and still make it to their conference, theme parks, and other Central Florida attractions that may have brought them here.

We guide guests either by shore, using a specially-rigged golf cart to travel among our 11 private and managed lakes, or on a Hyde drift boat, where up to two anglers can fish simultaneously. We also offer introduction to fly fishing classes and fly casting lessons for beginner, intermediate, and advanced anglers.

Our program at Grande Lakes Orlando is catch and release, meaning we don’t use live bait, only artificial lures or flies. When a guest catches a fish, we’ll quickly snap a photo then release the fish back into the water. For a number of guests, this can spur a conversation about conservation. I’m conscious of responsibly promoting the sport as well as being a good steward of our valuable natural resources.

We’re happy to host people who have never fished before, people who are really into the sport, and even young anglers who arrive with their own tackle boxes and are ready to go catch a big one. I’ve created amazing friendships with many of our guests who will text me photos of their “great catches” years after they have been here. I especially appreciate hearing about kids who caught their first fish here and are proudly carrying the photo from that day with them, counting down to when they’ll be able to return.

Those kids remind me of me.

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Everton sanction Mason Holgate loan in January with Premier League rivals quickly showing interest

Since Silva arrived and reshuffled the Everton squad, Holgate has struggled to get regular game time despite starting four of their first five league matches.

The 22-year-old is now likely to leave Goodison Park in January in order to gain valuable experience and regular game time.

Everton will let the defender spend the remainder of the season elsewhere, but will not let him move away from Goodison Park permanently, as they see him as part of their future.

Holgate put pen to paper on a five-year deal just last year, but he hasn't had made the same impact this season as last.

Last year the defender made 21 appearances and made the same number the year before last.

But, he may well get given some game time during Everton's busy festive schedule.

Silva may have given his blessing for certain members of his squad to leave in January, but he's having a job keeping others out of the clutches of big clubs.

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Iran warns West of ‘drugs and terrorism’ lashing out at sanctions

Iran warns the West of a ‘deluge of drugs, migrants, bombs and terrorism’ as it lashes out at ‘unjust and illegal’ US sanctions

  • President Hassan Rouhani said sanctions would expose the West to terrorism
  • Last month Trump imposed sanctions for Iran’s support of the Syrian regime 
  • Iran intercepts colossal amounts of opium, heroin and morphine at its borders
  • The country is also filled with undocumented migrants who journey to Europe 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned of a ‘deluge’ of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West as he lashed out at ‘unjust and illegal’ US sanctions.

Rouhani threatened on live state television: ‘I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran’s ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected … you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism.’

President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on Iran’s vital oil industry last month.

Rouhani is providing military support – including funding proxy terrorist groups – and sending oil to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in his vicious civil war.

The Iranian President lashed out at US sanctions which he says will only come back to wreak havoc on Western countries

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: ‘You will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism’

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Drug trafficking is a serious challenge for Iran which borders Afghanistan – the world’s largest opium producer – and Pakistan, a major transit route for drugs.

‘We spend $800 million a year to fight drugs which ensures the health of nations stretching from Eastern Europe to the American West and North Africa to West Asia. Imagine what a disaster there would be if there is a breach in the dam,’ Rouhani said.

In 2012, Iran accounted for two thirds of the world’s opium seizures and one fourth of heroin and morphine seizures, a U.N. report published in 2014 showed.

‘We have been just as determined in the fight against terrorism … sacrificing hundreds of valuable troops and spending millions of dollars annually,’ Rouhani said.

‘We don’t expect the West to pay their share, but they should know that sanctions hurt Iran’s capacity to fight drugs and terrorism,’ Rouhani added.

Rouhani: ‘Imagine what a disaster there would be if there is a breach in the dam’

At a meeting of heads of parliaments of China, Russia, and four other countries, Rouhani said on Saturday: ‘Economic terrorism means creating horror in a country and create fear in other countries that intend to invest (there). America’s withdrawal from the (nuclear accord) is undoubtedly a clear example of economic terrorism.’

More than 700,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Iran this year as the Iranian economy tightens, according to data from the U.N’s migration agency, and Iranian media said some Afghans were seeking to enter Turkey to reach Europe.

Iran’s huge landmass is the bridge to Europe for many migrants and drug traffickers, who move in from Afghanistan and Pakistan to the east and cross from the western border of Iran into Turkey and the Caucasus. 

Separately, Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying that the United States is selling more arms into the Middle East than the region needs, making it a ‘tinderbox’. 

Zarif warned about the dangers of large U.S. arms sales in the Middle East, where Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia is a major buyer of Western weapons.

‘The Americans have turned the region into a tinderbox. The level of arms sales by the Americans is unbelievable and much beyond regional needs and this points to the very dangerous policies followed by the Americans,’ IRNA reported Zarif as saying.

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Southeast snow storm knocks out power to hundreds of thousands, paralyzes 18-wheelers

More than 260,000 customers across the Southeast are without power Monday following a deadly weekend snow storm. Heavy ice and snow caused trees to fall across the Carolinas and Virginia, bringing power lines down with them. Residents in Oak Park, North Carolina lost power after an electrical transformer exploded near their home.

As much as 20 inches of snow fell across parts of the Carolinas, causing drivers to slip off slick roads. At least one death is being blamed on the severe weather, and a winter storm warning is in effect in at least four states.

There are 700 utility trucks ready to launch within the hour to help restore power to more than 150,000 customers in the Carolinas. While there are nearly 9,000 workers responding to outages, Duke Energy said it could take days before all the lights come back on, reports CBS News’ Meg Oliver. The company said it restored power to more than 330,000 customers.

Highway and utility workers are scrambling to get roads and power lines up and running after an early season snow storm pounded the southeast. The wintry blast snarled traffic and stopped 18-wheelers in their tracks.

Mike Richie spent the night in his truck after getting stranded on the side of the road. He said the driving conditions were “terrible.”

“That’s why we had to pull over,” Richie said.

The weather turned deadly Sunday afternoon when police say a tree fell on a car in a Charlotte suburb, killing the driver. One-hundred miles away near Raleigh, a tree crashed onto an apartment building, sending three people to the hospital.

Airports from Georgia to Virginia raced to keep taxiways clear and planes de-iced while passengers inside the terminals faced more than 1,800 cancellations. Hundreds more are expected Monday.

Lynn Clark was traveling from Tennessee with more than a dozen members of a missionary group when their bus broke down near Asheville. They huddled for more than five hours without power or heat at a truck stop waiting for help to arrive. 

“We knew God was going to take care of us,” Clark said.

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Six-month-old boy shows off his Irish dancing skills

Look out Michael Flatley! Six-month-old boy shows off his Irish dancing skills as his proud father says ‘his feet just do not stop moving’

  • Spencer White kicks his legs up and down in his own cute take on Riverdance 
  • His aunt Megan moves him gently across a tabletop as he continues his Irish jig
  • Ryan White posted video of his son to Facebook for his friends and family to see

This is the adorable moment a six-month-old boy whose ‘feet just do not stop moving’ Irish dances on a tabletop.

The clip, filmed in Blackpool, captures Spencer White as he shows off his skills while being held up by his aunt Megan. 

Little Spencer kicks his legs frantically up and down while grinning at the music in his own take on Riverdance.

Spencer White, from Blackpool, moves his legs frantically up and down in his take on an Irish jig

His aunt then moves him gently across the surface as he continues an impressive jig in his navy blue onesie.

Spencer’s father, Ryan White, posted the clip to social media for his family and friends when it started to gain hundreds of views.

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The father-of-two said: ‘He is the smiliest babe we have ever laid eyes on. He is constantly happy and his feet just do not stop moving.

‘Even in the womb he was going crazy!’

His aunt Megan, who is holding him, then moves Spencer gently across the table as he continues his dance

Mr White said he has been inundated with messages since posting the video to Facebook.

He said: ‘We posted the video online so that everyone in his family could see it.

‘After seeing videos like it I thought it might catch on but I never expected it to go viral!

‘People are amazed! They’ve laughed, they’ve smiled and everything!’

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I’m A Celebrity: Holly Willoughby prepares to party

I’m A Celebrity: Holly Willoughby makes DRUNKEN appearance on This Morning during wild wrap party…. after 12 HOURS of drinking which began with champagne at 9am

She ended her debut I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here hosting stint on Sunday night as Harry Redknapp was crowned King of the Jungle.

And Holly Willoughby was keen to celebrate as she make a drunken appearance on her show This Morning on Monday.

The presenter appeared live via video link from the show’s wrap party with a drink in hand, sending viewers, and her regular This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield wild.

Party time! I’m A Celebrity host Holly Willoughby was keen to celebrate the final in style as she make a drunken appearance on her show This Morning on Monday

Clutching a Margarita, Holly told Phil and Rochelle Humes that she was enjoying being up late in Australia, after having a strict 5:30pm bedtime during filming because of her early starts. 

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‘This is the latest I have been up!’ she exclaimed. ‘I usually go to bed at 5:30PM. Get up at 2AM. I’ve never see night-time out here!’

She added that she had ‘walked out of the wrap party with a Margarita’ to chat with Phil and Rochelle, quipping: ‘I look like I’ve fallen out with my boyfriend and loitering on the streets.’

Cheers! With a Margarita in hand, Holly told Phil and Rochelle Humes that she was enjoying being up late in Australia, after having a strict 5:30pm bedtime during filming

Fans were in hysterics at Holly’s antics, with one tweeting: ‘drunk holly is the best I’ll take a glass of what ever she is having.’  

As she headed to the ITV series’ wrap party, Holly was dressed to impress in some fun ‘jungle massive’ hair slides and clutching a glass of wine in a snap shared to her Instagram page. 

The presenter, who has won rave reviews for her hosting stint with Declan Donnelly, looked teary-eyed as she posed on a rooftop in the Instagram pic.

She had nearly made it through her drink in the snap, captioned ‘party time’, taken hours after she had viewers in hysterics by enjoying a glass of champagne live on air.

Hilarious: Fans were in hysterics at Holly’s antics, with one tweeting: ‘drunk holly is the best I’ll take a glass of what ever she is having.’

Dressed to impress: Things started off tame enough for Holly as she shared a fun Instagram snap as she headed to the wrap party

Holly and Dec appeared on spin off show Extra Camp after wrapping the main show, where they were greeted with glasses of bubbly, 12 hours before her interview on This Morning.

Fans laughed as they pointed out Holly barely put her glass down as she chatted to Scarlett Moffatt, Joe Swash and Joel Dommett.  

While she has raved about her time Down Under, Holly spilled to Phil and Rochelle on Monday that she actually cried during one Bushtucker Trial, in a moment that was cut from the show.

Celebrating: Viewers were in hysterics on Sunday night as Holly tucked into a glass of champagne live on Extra Camp despite it being just 9am in Australia

The presenter, who has a self confessed huge fear of creepy crawlys, confessed: 

‘During the colosseum task with Fleur and Sair, this didn’t make the cut, but I actually ran out – one green ant bit me and I burst into tears and I ran out as I was so embarrassed.’

‘They were covered in them in the task… I was laughing and crying, so embarrassed, after that I thought you have to pull yourself together now, stay there and see it through to the end.’

Holly seemed delighted as she wrapped up the 2018 season with a sweet family photo on Monday, gushing ‘Thank you for having us…’

We are family: Holly seemed delighted as she wrapped up the 2018 season with a sweet family photo alongside her three children on Monday, gushing ‘Thank you for having us…’

Praise: Viewers have been raving about Holly’s three weeks in the jungle, tweeting congratulatory messages on Monday

Amid claims show bosses want her to return next year, Holly uploaded a snap on Monday posing inside the jungle camp alongside her three children: Harry, nine, Belle, seven, and four-year-old Chester.

The presenter also shared a snap with the new King Of The Jungle, Harry Redknapp and her co-host Dec as she revealed hosting the show had ‘been a dream’.

She wrote: ‘Yaaaaaas! So wonderful to be able to crown the man that melted our hearts for the last 3 weeks! Congratulations King Harry…

Dream job: The presenter also shared a snap with the new King Of The Jungle, Harry Redknapp and her co-host Dec as she revealed hosting the show had ‘been a dream’

‘@imacelebrity it’s been the most wonderful adventure… it’s been a dream… thank you for having me… Jam roly poly’s all round!!!!’

Holly stepped in to co-host the show with Dec this year, after Ant McPartlin stepped away from the limelight to focus on his drink and drug addiction.

Yet ITV bosses reportedly want Holly to make a return to the Australian jungle next year, joining co-hosts Dec and Ant on the series.

Rave reviews: Holly stepped in to co-host the show with Dec this year, after Ant McPartlin stepped away from the limelight to focus on his drink and drug addiction

According to Daily Star, executives are keen to have the This Morning presenter back on screens after the show received its highest ever viewing figures, with a whopping 12.6 million tuning in to watch the star’s first week.

A source told the publication: ‘The original plan was for Holly to stand in while Ant was off and then hand the baton back. But she’s been such a success that producers are now keen to keep her whatever happens.

‘Many presenters would have crumbled under the pressure of joining such a big show, but Holly stepped up to the plate. The top people at ITV are now really keen to get her back next year.

Three’s a crowd? ITV bosses reportedly want Holly to make a return to the Australian jungle next year, joining co-hosts Dec and Ant on the series

‘It now depends on whether or not she wants to do another series. Being in Australia for five weeks is a big commitment. She has her family to think about. “And she also has her commitments at This Morning to think about’, they added.

The insider also shared that bosses are set to present an offer to Holly by March next year.

Representatives for Holly and ITV declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.

Fans: As well as her natural chemistry with pal Dec, Holly also won rave reviews for her wardrobe on I’m A Celeb


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British ‘Shirley Valentine’ says you do silly things when in love

British ‘Shirley Valentine’, 60, admits ‘you do silly things when you’re in love’ – and says she’s been left with nothing after giving £100K to her Sri Lankan toyboy husband, 26, who was later shot dead

  • Diane Peebles, 60, from Edinburgh, fell in love with Priyanjana De Zoysa 
  • Romance turned into nightmare after she discovered he had another wife, 18  
  • Priyanjana was killed by men Diane believes were trying to extort him for cash 
  • Diane says husband’s family refused to let her leave the house after his death 
  • She was only able to return to UK last month, when friend sent money for flight  

A British ‘Shirley Valentine’ has admitted ‘you do silly things when you’re in love’ – and says she’s been left with nothing after giving £100K to her Sri Lankan toyboy husband.

Diane Peebles, 60, originally from Edinburgh, fell in love and married hotel worker Priyanjana De Zoysa, 26, after meeting him while on holiday in Sri Lanka seven years ago. 

However, their romance turned into a nightmare after she discovered her new husband had another wife, who was just 18.

Priyanjana was shot dead last year by men Diane believes were trying to extort him for cash, after becoming jealous of the money she had given him. 

Diane said she has now been left with ‘nothing’, after only being able to return to Britain last month, 18 months after Priyanjana was murdered.  

Diane Peebles, 60, originally from Edinburgh, has admitted ‘you do silly things when you’re in love’, after marrying a Sri Lankan toyboy husband 

Diane fell in love and married hotel worker Priyanjana De Zoysa, 26, (pictured together in Sri Lanka) after meeting him during a holiday in Sri Lanka seven years ago 

She described how her husband’s family refused to let her leave the house following Priyanjana’s death, and continued asking her for money. 

Speaking on This Morning, Diane admitted she did feel like a ‘mug’ when she discovered her husband had another – much younger – wife, who she previously met when she came round for tea.

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‘All my friends and family told me not to go over [to live with Priyanjana  in Sri Lanka],’ she said.

‘But I thought he loved me, and I loved him. You do silly things when you’re in love.’ 

Former council worked Diane explained how she gave £100K in total to her Sri Lankan toyboy husband, towards their house and a minibus for him to work as a taxi driver 

Priyanjana (pictured with Diane) was shot dead last year, by men Diane believes were trying to extort him for cash, after becoming jealous of the money she had given him 


November 2011 – Diane meets Priyajana while on holiday in Sri Lanka

June 2012 – She returns to the country tand ends up marrying Priyajana

November 2012 – Diane returns to see her new husband again, and they have official wedding pictures taken 

December 2012 – February 2015 – Diane regularly flies between her home in Scotland and Sri Lanka 

February 2015 – The former council worker sells her home in Edinburgh and moves to Sri Lanka 

June 2015 – Diane returns to Scotland briefly, after Priyajana gets a job in a different city in Sri Lanka

September 2015 – She flies back out to Sri Lanka 

May 2017 – Priyajana is shot dead, allegedly by men trying to extort him for money 

June 2018 – Diane unable to return to the UK because of the debt she is in 

November 2018 – Diane returns to UK 

The former council worker explained how she had given her husband £100,000 in total, for their house in Sri Lanka and to buy him a minibus – so that he could set himself up as a taxi driver. 

Diane said: ‘I’ve got nothing. I’ve got a very small pension from my old work, that’s what I’m living on.

‘I’ve still got the house, even though it’s not in my name. I’ll need to go back to see if they’ll let me sell that.’

Diane also described how she has been stranded in Sri Lanka for the past year, as she didn’t have any money for the plane ticket home – during which time, her late husband’s family would not let her leave the house and asked her for more money.

‘They wouldn’t let me go anywhere,’ she said. ‘[They] said it’s too dangerous to go out’.

She was only able to return to the UK last month, after her friend sent her the money to buy a plane ticket home.

During the interview on This Morning, Diane also warned others about getting themselves into a similar situation.

‘Don’t get involved with the locals, because they’re all very poor,’ she said. 

‘A lot of them are looking to marry European women, because they think we’re all very rich. I wasn’t very rich – but in their eyes, I was rich.’ 

This Morning airs on ITV on weekdays from 10.30am.  

Diane (pictured in Sri Lanka) described how her husband’s family refused to let her leave the house following her Priyanjana’s death, and continued asking her for money 

Diane (pictured in a wedding photo with Priyanjana) warned others about getting themselves into a similar situation following her traumatic experience 

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How Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell Are Saving Their Marriage


It’s the question no Teen Mom OG fan wants to put in the universe: Is it possible that Tyler Baltierra and Catelynn Lowell could be headed for a divorce?

Ever since season seven of the MTV reality show kicked off October 1, there have been signs that this beloved couple aren’t exactly on the best terms.  In fact, Tyler admitted that he hasn’t been happy for quite some time.

“If someone were to ask me if I’m happy in my marriage I would say absolutely not,” he told his therapist. “And I haven’t been for a couple of years.”

Fast-forward to tonight’s all-new episode and the couple continues to document their ups and downs that most recently included a decision to participate in a one-month trial separation where they live separately but don’t see other people.

“I was devastated at first, but now that I have started my own therapy, I’m more comfortable with the idea,” Catelynn admitted in a November episode of Teen Mom OG. “All I want to share with the cameras is that me and [Tyler] learned that we’ve been together for so long that it’s like who are you as a person by yourself?”

Ultimately, the cameras have caught many of the highs and lows of Tyler and Catelynn’s relationship that started off at a young age. After first appearing on 16 and Pregnant back in 2009, the couple developed a strong fan base for being candid about their decision to give their daughter Carly up for adoption.

They would later welcome another girl named Novalee Reign Baltierra before experiencing a miscarriage. Currently, they are expecting baby No. 3.


“Getting pregnant was very unexpected,” Catelynn admitted on the MTV show. “We still have a lot of work to do on our relationship. I know Tyler has been frustrated in our marriage for a while.”

In therapy sessions filmed for MTV, Tyler wiped away tears when he declared that “I just need change.” He also has experienced his fair share of family drama this season including sister Amber checking into rehab.

But Tyler and Catelynn are never ones to be victims of their bad environments. Instead, both parties are determined to get through this rough patch of their marriage. In fact, the word “separation” is too strong of a word according to Tyler.

“We say, ‘Let’s just do 30 days of self-reflection time. You get to focus on you. I get to focus on me,'” he recently shared on Us Weekly‘s Watch With Us podcast. “The main goal is to stay with my wife and live this life. We love each other. It’s crazy too because when you do grow up with each other, no one can really understand the bond. There is no explanation for it.”

That’s not to say the rest of the season will be easy to relive. After the premiere, Tyler admitted on Twitter that the first episode will likely be the only episode he watches going forward. And perhaps we know why.

When asked if Catelynn’s current pregnancy was planned, Tyler delivered a big fat no. “I’m not going to bring no f–king innocent kid into this s–t,” he told his dad Butch.

“I’m trying to figure out how I can be supportive to Catelynn without being destructive to me,” he added.

As for Catelynn, she’s trying to balance parenthood, her pregnancy and work commitments while also trying to understand her husband’s wishes. In recent episodes, Catelynn completed a marriage questionnaire by the request of Tyler’s therapist. She also expressed support in doing couple’s therapy in addition to individual therapy.

“I want to do that but I wanted to see my counselor a few times before jumping into that,” she explained before recalling the moment Tyler asked for a one-month separation. “I feel in my mind, it makes it harder for a mom to be like trying to do that and take care of a three-year-old and then being pregnant. It’s just a lot of stress.”


Ultimately, both parties are dedicated to making the best decision for themselves and their families. And yes, they’re going to do it on their time.

“Life isn’t peaches and creams that’s for sure,” Catelynn shared in a November episode. “I mean for God’s sake we were 16 when we gave away our own flesh and blood and we made it through that. I always said if we can make it through that, we can make it through anything.”

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Cristiano Ronaldo takes swipe at old Man Utd and Real Madrid team-mates who thought they were ‘better than others’

The Portugal international swapped the Spanish capital for Turin in the summer in a deal worth £105million.

In 19 appearances for the Old Lady the 33-year-old has already netted 11 goals and contributed seven assists, with Juve already eight points clear in Serie A and into the last-16 in the Champions League.

Max Allegri's squad includes stars such as Paulo Dybala, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, and according to the five-time world footballer of the year they make-up the best squad of his distinguished career.

He told Gazzetta Dello Sport: "I'm very happy. The city is really nice, the fans are very kind and Juventus is a fantastic club, that is incredibly organised.

"The players here are humble and they work very hard. It's been fantastic. This is the best group I've ever played with.

"At Juventus we really feel like a team, unlike elsewhere where some players feel like they are better than others.

"Here everyone is humble, if Dybala or Mandzukic don't score you see still see them happy. That is beautiful."

Ronaldo's comments are particularly surprising – he has only been at the Allianz Stadium for five months – centrally due to the calibre of talent he played alongside at his previous clubs.

During nine years at Real he won the Champions League four times, including in each of his last three campaigns at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He turned out for Los Blancos alongside the likes of 2018 Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric, record signing Gareth Bale and captain Sergio Ramos.

In six seasons at United he won nine major honours, and was part of the side which followed up their Champions League triumph in 2008 by winning the Fifa Club World Cup the same year.

That side managed by Sir Alex Ferguson included Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Paul Scholes.

But it turns out that neither group of players compare with the current crop in Turin.

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‘Desperate’ mum 'drowned her twin 10-month baby sons in bathtub hours after she was booted out of women's refuge'

Heather Langdon faces murder charges after 10-month-old Mason and Maddox Murguia died in California on Thursday.

The 37-year-old was taken into custody a day after she was asked to leave a shelter in Tulare for causing a disturbance.

Police Sgt. Jon Hamlin said officers had no previous contact with Langdon and would have called for mental health assistance if they'd suspected she was a danger to herself or the twins.

He said cops had helped her to find the room at the Virginia Lodge Motel after learning that she'd been asked to leave the shelter.

Sergeant Hamlin said Tulare Police department received a 911 call around 7.45am on Thursday.

He said: "We received a call for a possible drowning of two infants.

"Officers were dispatched to the scene and immediately started performing CPR."

The twins were taken by ambulance to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Motel owner Jay Bhakta told the Visalia Times Delta that police officers had dropped off Langdon and the boys during the evening of December 5.

He said he did not charge Langdon for the room because he wanted to help her.

Bhakta said he was shocked when he saw the babies being taken away in two ambulances.

He said: "In 26 years, this is the first time I've seen this."

Investigators have not yet identified the twins' father.

It is unclear if Langdon — who is behind bars without bail — has appeared before a judge to enter pleas to her charges.

It was also unknown if she has hired a lawyer who could comment on her behalf.


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