first_img RelatedLondon Olympics set to boost regional tourismSkyscanner reveals that London 2012 will cause an influx of foreign visitors to regional destinationsOlympic success sees foreigners flock to LondonHost city could become the world’s most popular capital.Disabled travel: expert advice for planning your trip to Rio 2016 and beyondWith the Olympic and Paralympic Games quickly approaching, Skyscanner and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have teamed up to bring together travel advice and information for disabled travellers heading to Rio this summer. More people are expected to book flights to Brazil after the country won the 2016 Olympic bid.Rio de Janeiro fought off competition from rival cities in the US, Spain and Japan to win the right to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.According to Journey Latin America, this could lead to increase in demand from tourists for Brazil’s beaches, waterfalls and jungles.Company spokesperson Laura Rendell-Dunn said it is “such a big thing” to have the Olympics in South America, a continent where it has never been held before.”[Rio] is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is incredible to have such an important event take place there surrounded by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean,” she commented.”It is great for tourism as anyone visiting the Games will like to spend the rest of their time in Brazil.”Figures from the Brazilian Tourist Board recently revealed that the number of Brits travelling to the country in 2008 rose by more than 2.3 percent compared with 2007.This amounts to a total of 181,000 visitors, compared with the previous year’s total of 177,000.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgMade fashionable by the girls from Sex and the City, cupcakes are cool right now. So cool, in fact, that there is now even a National Cupcake Day (every December 15th)! To celebrate this, Skyscanner reveals the best places to sample the world’s most chic eats. Related10 best things to eat in New York and the best places to eat themBagels, pizzas, cronuts and cupcakes: there’s no better way to learn about New York City’s multi-cultural heritage than through your tastebuds. For a big bite of the Big Apple, here’s the lowdown on what you should eat, and where, on a food-lover’s trip to NYC.20 cities for Yuccies around the worldMove over hipsters: young urban ‘yuccies’ are taking over, and here’s where you’ll find them (and their ‘taches)Skyscanner search for Spanish interns in BarcelonaSkyscanner recruits Spanish interns for Barcelona office Cox Cookies and Cake, LondonFounded by Eric Lanlard, a French patissier, and Patrick Cox, a trained and renowned shoesmith, Cox Cookies and Cake based in London’s Soho has made a name for itself in the cupcake world. Classics include the mouth-watering ‘red velvet with cream cheese frosting’ and the legendary ‘Bling’ cupcake which includes sparkling sugar that resemble diamonds. For the edgy customer seeking a cupcake treat, the ‘Black Skull’ cupcake features Goth black frosting and a jewelled skull on top of dark chocolate. Find flights to LondonMagnolia Bakery, New YorkSex and the City made cupcakes fashionable when Sarah Jessica Parker was seen eating one at Magnolia’s famous bakery. Located in the residential area of the West Village, Magnolia Bakery prides itself on the traditional cupcake and tourists from all over the world flock there. Due to the massive influx of customers following the SATC episode, walk-in customers are now limited to buying a maximum of twelve cupcakes at once! Find flights to New YorkSprinkles, Los AngelesA longtime favorite amongst Hollywood’s elite, Sprinkles is old-time European baking in a modern setting. Using only the freshest ingredients, including vanilla Bourbon from Madagascar, Sprinkles is known for its freshness; baked in small batches throughout the day, the cupcakes here are guaranteed to melt in your mouth. Find flights to LACake Love, Washington DCSprinkled throughout the metro Washington DC area, Cake Love is a local favourite among Washingtonians. Favorite cupcakes such as the Cherry Blosson, Toffee Crunch and Cynthia’s Sin offer cupcake lovers a wonderful delicacy while touring America’s museums and national monuments. Visitors to the nation’s capital will not be disappointed by the vast varieties of cupcakes Cake Love has to offer. Find flights to Washington DCCupcake Royale, SeattleThis long established cupcake company in Seattle bakes their batches of cakes every morning, using mostly local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Amongst the selection of classic flavours try the more unusual varieties such as Eggnog, Rumball and Salted Caramel. They also run an excellent cupcake blog called ‘Legalise Frostitution’ where you can keep up to date on all the latest in the cupcake world! Find flights to SeattleReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

first_imgWith a six day lift pass in Courchevel costing a whopping £224 this season and an après ski beer now £7 or more, the time has come to ditch the overpriced resorts of the Alps, and seek out slopes that don’t require a new mortgage to ski.To ski on a budget (yes, it is possible), forget France, side-step Switzerland and escape Austria all together; Eastern Europe is where the best value skiing is to be found this winter.Why? Lift passes, accommodation and food is far cheaper than in the traditional haunts of British skiers and you’ll feel like more of an adventurer in most of these mountains, skiing slopes that far fewer Brits have skied before! Krvavec, SloveniaClose to the beautiful capital Ljubljana, Krvavec in Slovenia is a small but mainly intermediate ski area, with a max altitude of 1,971m of altitude and three distinct summits. Brand new gondolas transport skiers to the slopes in less than seven minutes where they can enjoy a guaranteed 100 days of snow. Snowshoeing, snow biking and skidooing are also available. For a unique twist on your holiday why not stay in Igloo Village, a ‘snow hotel’ with tunnels that connect igloo chamber rooms, including romantic ones just for couples.6 day ski pass: £1177 nights’ accommodation: from £183Flights to Ljubljana from £52 return departing London Stansted airportTOTAL: £352More infoPopova Shapka, MacedoniaPopova Shapka is a major winter destination in north-western Macedonia. Intermediate skiers and snowboarders will love the deep snow, as long as the lifts are running. For those looking to try something a little more daring, there is Europe’s only cat-skiing operation: Eskimo-freeride. You get taken up the mountains in a converted piste-groomer, to the best backcountry in the area where you can glide through pines on pure Popova powder.6 day ski pass: £527 nights’ accommodation: from £131 Flights to Skopje from £65 departing London Luton airportTOTAL: £248More infoJahorina, Bosnia and HerzegovinaJahorina is one of the larger ski resorts in the Balkans and was a winter Olympic venue. Most of the skiing here is intermediate level, and there are 20km of pistes, efficient lifts and lovely views towards Sarajevo too. Those who don’t want to stop just because the sun goes down can enjoy night skiing, and there’s a lively après ski scene with great value food and drink to revive you after a day on the slopes. 6 day ski pass: £717 nights’ accommodation: from £123 Flights to Sarajevo from £156 return departing London Stansted airportTOTAL: £350More infoPoiana-Brasov, RomaniaThe well-groomed pistes of popular Poiana-Brasov are perfect for beginners and intermediates, and a new eight-seater gondola has improved the somewhat dated lift system. The resort may be small but it’s perfectly formed and is giving Borovets a run for its money. There’s fun floodlit night skiing so you can stay longer on the slopes but advanced skiers may find the skiing limited as there are only a few black runs. Off piste you can relax in a horse-drawn sleigh, or hit the bars, restaurants – be sure to try the Ţuică – plum wine.6 Day lift pass: £877 nights’ accommodation: from £213Flights to Bucharest from £89 departing London Heathrow airportTOTAL: £389More infoSpindleruv Mlyn, Czech RepublicNestled high in the Krkonose Mountains, Spindleruv Mlyn has consistently excellent snow conditions thanks to teeth chattering temperatures of between -15 to -20 degrees C, getting even colder at night. The resulting snow is powder champagne and the combined ski area has 23 lifts and 20 long runs with the highest at 1310m and excellent black and red runs for advanced skiers. End the day with warming traditional food and 90% proof plum brandy that is almost as astonishing as the cheap prices.6 day ski pass: £967 nights’ accommodation: from £110Flights to Prague from £76 departing Edinburgh airportTOTAL: £282More infoGlenshee, the Highlands, ScotlandRemember, you don’t have to leave the country to get your snow fix. Glenshee is the largest ski and snowboard area in the UK and home to the infamous Tiger, one of the most challenging black runs going. On a clear day the snow-covered views across the Cairngorms National Park are just stunning and there are some surprisingly steep slopes, along with open bowls, narrow gullies, pisted and unpisted runs. Though Scottish skiing is famed for the wind, if you get lucky with the weather you can have better conditions than the Alps, and if not, the Scottish hospitality will warm your cockles anyway!6 day lift pass: £1357 nights’ accommodation: from £114Flights to Edinburgh from £52 departing London Stansted airportTOTAL: £301More infoEuro prices have been converted to approx GBP value using XE.com. Airport transfers not included in total price. Flight and accommodation prices correct at time of publication.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedWorld’s cheapest ski resorts 2013: cheap skiing this seasonWant cheap skiing? We reveal the best value ski resorts where the snow is deep, lift passes are cheap and a beer still costs £1 a pint.10 of best cheap ski resorts in the worldLooking for the cheapest places to ski in Europe? Amidst the £10 beers in Zermatt and the fine dining in France, you can still ski the same slopes for a fraction of the price – in the French Alps, Italy, the US, and a few hidden ski fields in Europe!…Skiing on the cheap: real value resortsSerbian skiing costs less than a third of some French resorts; Skyscanner reveals three secrets to cheap ski holidays.center_img Jasna, SlovakiaThough Slovakia isn’t a big name in the ski world, Jasna is well known to savvy skiers and snowboarders who want great skiing, cheap food, and even cheaper beer. There’s a respectable 1,000m of vertical drop and with more and more investment in the resort and local area, this underrated resort won’t stay that way for long.British run company Propaganda Snowboards welcomes skiers and snowboarders to their chalets which are a short drive from Jasna’s lifts. Pricewise, Slovakia is infinitely better value than France; a pint of beer will cost £1 or less; a three course meal just a tenner.6 Day Ski Pass: £1207 nights’ accommodation: from £175Flights to Bratislava from £76 departing London Stansted airportTOTAL: £371 More infoBorovets, BulgariaBorovets is the oldest winter resort in Bulgaria, huddled in coniferous forests among the highest mountain range on the Balkan Peninsula. It is also the biggest and most modern Alpine resort in the country. The highest pistes sit at 2600m and offer fantastic downhill runs while the town itself has lively restaurants and bars serving hearty bites at bargain prices. Borovets is a cheap and cheerful resort for all abilities of skier, snowboarder and cross-country fanatic.6 day ski pass: £161 including skis and poles7 nights’ accommodation: from £109Flights to Sofia from £70 departing Manchester airportTOTAL: £340More infoKopaonik, SerbiaOne of Eastern Europe’s most modern resorts, Kopaonik in Serbia, has 21 shiny new lifts, whisking skiers up thick, forest-lined runs. There are some interesting off-piste opportunities and extensive cross-country trails. The longest downhill run is 3.5km from a modest drop of 521m with 44km of day and night skiing and snowboarding on partly wooded trails. One of the main draws is Kopaonik’s rural charm; traditional thatched huts dot the slopes and offer cosy open fires and lashings of ‘hot wine’. Being Serbia, there is no shortage of après ski partying well into the small hours.6 day ski pass: £777 nights’ accommodation: from £273Flights to Belgrade from £141 departing London Gatwick airportTOTAL: £425More info last_img read more

first_imgThere was a time not too long ago when Vancouver, British Columbia, was deemed the no-fun city of the West. However, it has rapidly been shedding this old label and donning a cooler vibe, and finding it’s place in the Canadian landscape.This coastal city in British Columbia is the biggest in the province (population 610,000) and has long been enamoured for it’s natural beauty. In Vancouver, you’re never far from the beach, the forest or the mountains and this has always been it’s calling card. However, there’s more to the area than its innate beauty.Find flights and start exploring VancouverLivin’ is easy in the ‘CouvMuch to the joy of young locals in the city, Vancouver has been transforming to adopt a more modern approach to food and the environment, putting money into art installations around the city, all the while still keeping its easy west coast vibe. In fact, the ‘Couv (as it’s sometimes called) has just been voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. In 2016, it was voted the third most liveable city in the world and the number one city in North America for quality of life. But what’s really so great about it?It’s a city that’s just hit its stride. It’s the youthful and alternative younger sibling to Toronto or Montreal. It’s a late bloomer and it goes at its own pace: must be that west coast energy again. There seem to be more community events going on every year, more globally inspired restaurants popping up and a cultural energy that is finally being fully embraced. Vancouverites like to drinkAlong with the surge in quality restaurants, Vancouver now has its own brewery district, with quality breweries seemingly popping up every other week. Every true Vancouverite has a plethora of growlers (a glass jug to fill with your favourite draught beer) so make sure to pick one up and fill it a few times while you’re in town. In East Van, within about a kilometer of each other, you can pop from Off the Rail to Storm Brewing to Bomber Brewing and then finish off at 49th Parallel. There are countless other breweries to visit, too, or you can just see where the fine brew takes you. Vancouverites really do love being VancouveritesVancouver is a young city, and it seems that in the last decade, it has really been working out where it belongs in the Canadian cityscape. The addition of support for artists and culture has exploded over the past few years and it has woken people up. No longer a beautiful but quiet city, Vancouver is now an energetic centre that has found its voice, and people around the world are listening.Want more travel inspiration? Check these out:Martin County: you’ll never believe this is FloridaIt’s not all about Orlando and Miami: Martin County on Florida’s east coast is a great place for a relaxed holiday.10 best things to do in BeijingLocal insider Tripbod Simon shares his favourite things to do in Beijing, from biking around the city to hunting for antiques.What’s cool in KL: Top things to do in Kuala LumpurTripbod local, Kelly Opgenoort takes us on a whistle stop tour of KL.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in VancouverGlass-fronted skyscrapers are crowned by the peaks of the North Shore Mountains in this feel-good Canadian city. Enjoy laidback life in ‘The Couve’, with our tips on what to do and see in Vancouver.10 City Soul Mates; what’s your type?10 City Soul Mates; what’s your type?20 reasons to fly Air TransatHave you every heard of Air Transat? Well it’s time to find out more, as this award-winning airline is offering some incredibly cheap transatlantic flights to Canada. The Mayor is coolVancouver is often compared to Portland, Oregon and it’s easy to see why. The mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson (co-founder of the local juice company Happy Planet), has been adopting Portland-isms since he stepped into office in 2008. Not only introducing bike lanes as a major focal point on Vancity streets, but on other environmental issues as well. It’s also important to note that Mr. Mayor has DJd at Celebrities Nightclub to kick off Vancouver Pride Week more than once.Check hotel prices in VancouverIt’s colourfulIn the summer of 2016, Main Street and the Mount Pleasant area were transformed into a colourful home for local art. The Vancouver Mural Festival curated 56 murals by 53 Vancouver artists that focused on everything from censorship and community building to the Coast Salish history. The emergence of colour on the walls was like a big belly breath of new energy into the area. Locals and artists all did a collective jump for joy to see that the government was finally taking notice of the yearning for more vibrancy in the city. Another festival is slated for 2017, so it looks like this train will keep on moving forward. Read more: top 7 things to do in VancouverSo. Much. Food.Food can often define a city, and people in Vancouver certainly do love to eat. In fact,it is fast becoming a haven for blossoming foodies. Just look up #yvreats on Instagram and you’ll get the idea. A Vancouverite’s tastes may not be that of fine dining, but that’s the best part about it. Look at any restaurant that has opened in Vancouver in the last 10 years and you can bet that, for the most part, it’s farm to table, organic and locally sourced. You can spend an entire day doing a taco crawl by bicycle (Tacofino, La Taqueria, Mezcaleria and Sal y Limon are all must-trys), and you can also get cheap and delicious world-class sushi, as well as all kinds of pizza. It’s Hollywood NorthVancouver is a hot spot for film and TV, so with that comes a pool of talented actors and performers from all walks of life. When not filming for network shows, they can often be found on stage. Check out The Havana, which is home not only to a tiny little theatre that feels like the inside of a train compartment but serves up tasty meals in the front restaurant. The Firehall Arts Hall, found in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, is where you’ll find edgy and well-produced drama. They often house out of town productions, too, so check out the listings while you’re in town. Or if you’re a movie nerd, wander through the city to see some of the spots where movies like 50 Shades of Grey, Deadpool, or Man of Steel were filmed. It’s full of natural wondersWith so much coming to life in the city, it’s easy to forget the reason that Vancouver has been long coveted: its natural beauty. But not far from the city centre, it’s like a whole other world. There are endless hikes to discover in the Vancouver area, whether you’re an all star explorer or more of a Netflix scavenger (read: not a hiker). To get away from the crowds, try Lynn Peak (pictured), and for an easy hike with a epic view, check out Quarry Rock. It gets quite busy in the middle of summer, so plan to go early morning on later on in the day. Just make sure to bring a torch. There are nude beachesOne of the best beaches in the city just happens to be a nude beach. Wreck Beach lies quite far from city centre, on the UBC campus, and it really feels like the edge of the world. It’s a beautiful place to visit in the fall or winter, but get ready for nudity if you visit in the spring or summer. But, nudity or not, it’s a serene spot and worth making the trek. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map The powder is very skiableIt’s the winter norm for city dwellers to head to one of the local mountains after work for an evening ski or snowboard. Grouse, Cypress and Seymour Mountains (pictured below) are all located within a short drive of each other, and the famous peaks of Whistler are about an hour and a half outside the city. Whistler is perfect for a day trip or better yet, a weekend getaway. Bonus: The Sea to Sky Highway (the road to Whistler) is one of the most breathtaking drives if you catch it at the right time of day, and stopping in at the Sea to Sky Gondola will garner epic views of Howe Sound. The shopping is sustainable and uniqueMain Street (between 19th and 29th) has some of the best shopping that doesn’t break the bank. Front and Company is a local favourite and has a mixture of consignment, samples and vintage pieces all alongside jewellery by local designers and cute home wares. In this area, you can also find a rare album at Red Cat Records or take home a gorgeous bouquet of flowers at the Flower Factory. If you want some more alternative keepsakes, Commercial Drive is home to the hippy community in Vancouver, and the shops reflect that. Mintage and Kali both carry funky used clothing or you can pick up a book for the plane ride home at Pulp Fiction Books. They sell both new and used, and often have the most niche titles.last_img read more

first_imgNew York, New York – Lladró presents the first three creations from the Scenes Collection by Jaime Hayon, a new collaboration between the ingenious Spanish designer and the world-renowned porcelain brand.Delicately handcrafted and presented in limited editions of 100 units each, the new pieces are now being unveiled at the Interior Design Show in Toronto, right after their world premiere at DesignTide in Tokyo. The Scenes further underscore the poetic expressiveness of porcelain through a highly personal and contemporary gaze, and capture special moments from magical worlds, as if frozen in an instant within a glass dome. Each of these original scenes tells a story in a unique language.Lover’s Garden, Raining Hearts and Toy In Lover’s Garden, when the character of The Lover plucks a heart from his garden, it immediately starts to turn into the brightest red in the Lladró palette as a symbol of passionate love. In Raining Hearts, Hayon returns to the toy, a signature element in his career, and brings it into the world of Lladró. At the same time, the Toy itself, featuring a different decoration, is transformed into a chopstick rest. These first creations will be followed by new pieces to be premiered in January 2010 at Maison et Objet in Paris.A shared drive to innovate unites Lladró and Jaime Hayon (Madrid, 1974) in a partnership that began in 2006 before being consolidated with his appointment as the brand’s Artistic Advisor.www.lladro.comlast_img read more

first_imgPAUDEX LE BRASSUS – Blancpain SA, a company of The Swatch Group Ltd., is announced that it acquired the company Vica Sàrl and, with this acquisition, the Vincent Calabrese brand.Vincent Calabrese, who created the first of his famous watches, the Golden Bridge, in 1997, also co-founded the AHCI Horological Academy of Independent Creators in 1985. At the birth of this renowned academy he created and exhibited his first Tourbillon, according to the principle of his “spatial watchmaking”. This Tourbillon, which is entirely handcrafted and made in 18-carat gold, is suspended in a case of sapphires and therefore seems to float in space. It is a piece full of poetry, the purity and esthetics of which transcend its mechanical and technical complexities.When Jacques Piguet, who at the time was the owner of Frédéric Piguet SA and Blancpain SA, discovered this watch, he asked Vincent Calabrese to create a Tourbillon for Blancpain.Vincent Calabrese has now decided to expand his creative opportunities and production facilities by selling the company Vica Sàrl to Blancpain SA, according to Blancpain in a statemetn.The Vincent Calabrese brand name as well as the facilities, developments and patents will pass into the ownership of Blancpain SA. Vincent Calabrese will join the team at Blancpain managed by Marc A. Hayek, Managing Director, and become a member of the Executive Management Board. .With Vincent Calabrese, Blancpain SA will enhance its creative capabilities in relation to highly complex watches, Blancpain said.Contact:Blancpain SA Christel Räber, Press office 1094 Paudex Tel. +41 21 796 36 17 E-Mail: christel.raeber@blancpain.comlast_img read more

first_imgHagerty Insurance Announces its Hagerty Hot List: Top 10 Future Collector CarsTRAVERSE CITY,Mich.Could you have tomorrow’s collector cars sitting in your garage?To help consumers answer that question, McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance Agency and a respected collector car valuation expert, has compiled his choices for Hagerty’s Hot List: Top 10 Future Collector Cars.With hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts flocking to the world-renowned Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction and six other auction houses in Scottsdale , Ariz. , to ring in the collector car auction season – some may wonder:Who can afford a collector car?With Hagerty’s Hot List, you just might already have that car sitting in your garage.All you have to do is wait…“Many consumers could be driving a future collector car right now.” says Hagerty. “Our goal was to find cars that are currently on the road but may be considered nostalgic in 15 to 20 years. Each car on Hagerty’s Hot List possesses a ‘buzz,’ a Wow Factor that resonates with consumers of all ages, many cars being daily drivers that turn heads already.”In determining the Hagerty Hot List, Hagerty analyzed the reasons today’s collector cars are such hot commodities: pop-culture popularity, limited production numbers and the style of the next generation of collectors. The company included a wide range of models that span market segments and price ranges: cars that are more affordable, fun to drive and still enticing for future generations.Hagerty’s Hot List:·Cadillac XLR-V Roadster:Under the hood sits a hand-built 4.4-liter V8 that’s been supercharged and puts out 443 horsepower.This is a serious domestic roadster that competes with the Mercedes SL-Class, Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Jaguar XKR, as well as the four-seat BMW M6 convertible.·Lotus Exige S:Most practical people will find the Lotus Exige is a miserable little car—that is if you are shopping for a grocery getter!Research uncovered one anonymous review stating “Bottom Line…my heart beats faster when I think about this car…it is that rewarding.”·Audi S5:A slick coupe with solid credentials.We chose this because it provides good looks, impressive all-wheel-drive handling, and an affordable price tag for this segment.·Mustang Shelby GT 500 KR:The new GT500 KR (King of the Road) takes the bare bones of a GT500 and turns it into a 540 horse power muscle car that pays tribute to the legendary Carroll Shelby.Production is expected to be around 1000.·Chevrolet Corvette Z06:The ferocious Z06 is a fixed-roof coupe with a 7.0-liter V8 that produces 505 horsepower.The past 50 years has proven that most Corvettes eventually become collectible…the Z06 will stand out at the top of the crowd as far as collectability.·Smart:At first look, the Smart seems too small to be practical. It’s not. Rather, it is a marvel of packaging efficiency.We chose the Smart car because it is the inaugural year where they will be available to the mass US population.·Subaru Impreza WRX STi:Some Subaru enthusiasts may not like the idea of being spotted in a hatchback, but we think this will make it more collectible down the road.It has 305 horsepower and all-wheel drive…·Honda S2000 CR:Less than 2000 of the “CR” editions will be built…this is a high-performance version of the stock S2000 that is regarded as Honda’s only true sports car.·Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky:This pair of roadsters from GM have a ll the necessary ingredients: rear-wheel drive, a powerful engine, independent suspension and an impressive weight balance.We chose this because it is the first new and exciting sports car for Saturn and the first for Pontiac in many years.·Dodge Charger Super Bee:It has a 6.1 liter HEMI V8 with 425 horsepower and 420 ft. lbs. of torque…need we say more for a family sedan?“In a time when all the major manufacturers are fiercely competing for market share we wanted to pick some modern day driving machines that grab driver’s attention now and will continue to do so down the road,” says Hagerty.“The cars on this list have all the right ingredients to be looked upon by the next generation of enthusiasts as cool cars to collect.”Hagerty is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles and boats in the nation and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers collector car insurance, financing and roadside assistance, as well as a variety of useful information resources. The company works proactively on hobby legislation and supports the Collectors Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preservation of the hobby. For more information, call 800-922-4050 or visit www.hagerty.comlast_img read more

first_imgProsecutors hope these 19 women can help convict Bill Cosby by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2018 8:14 am PDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 1:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PHILADELPHIA – Prosecutors this week asked the judge in Bill Cosby’s spring retrial to let jurors hear from 19 other women who say the entertainer drugged and molested them.They want to show that an alleged assault in 2004 that led to Cosby’s only criminal charges was part of a five-decade pattern of drugging and harming women.The potential witnesses are among about 60 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby of drugging and molesting them.At Cosby’s first trial, which ended in a deadlock, prosecutors had tried to call 13 other accusers to testify. The judge allowed only one to take the stand.On Thursday, they renewed their request to have the 13 women testify, and added six more to the list. The new potential witnesses include model Janice Dickinson; a secretary who knew Cosby in the 1960s; and a performer who opened for him in the early 1980s.Attorneys for Cosby, who is now 80, have said the women’s memories are tainted at best and will ask the judge to bar them from testifying at the retrial, scheduled for April. In many cases, they have responded to the women’s specific allegations, as noted below.The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they are sexual-assault victims, but those named below have consented.___THE CRIMINAL CASEANDREA CONSTANDAges then: She was 30; he was 66.Constand told police in 2005 that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia estate. A Temple University basketball team manager, Constand said he gave her three unlabeled blue pills to “relax” as she discussed a career change. She said she was semi-conscious when he digitally penetrated her. Cosby, a Temple alumnus, booster and trustee, is charged with sexually assaulting a person unable to give consent, a felony that could bring 10 years in prison upon conviction. The defence says her story has evolved and there were other times they were sexually intimate. Cosby has pleaded not guilty.___THE 19 OTHERSKRISTINA RUEHLIAges then: She was 22, he was 27.Ruehli met Cosby in 1965 while working as a secretary at a Los Angeles talent agency. She says he invited her to a party at his home but that it was a ruse. Ruehli, who was named Donna Czapla at the time, says there were no guests other than her and an actress she’d brought with her. She says she took two drinks from Cosby and soon felt as if she were “floating.” Ruehli says she passed out and woke up naked in Cosby’s bed as he fondled her breasts and tried forcing her to give him oral sex. Cosby’s lawyer in 2014 said her allegations were among a group of unsubstantiated, absurd, decades-old stories.___LINDA BROWNAges then: She was 21; he was 32.Brown’s agent sent the aspiring model to attend Cosby’s show in Toronto and have dinner with him afterward in 1969. He invited her to his hotel room to give her a gift and offered her a soda that caused her to black out, she said, before raping her. The defence questions how she “blacked out” after two sips of soda.___CINDRA LADDAges then: She was 21; he was 32.Ladd, a model-turned-Hollywood executive married to former MGM chairman Alan Ladd Jr., met Cosby in 1969 when he offered career advice. They were at his friend’s house in New York one day when she complained about having a headache and he gave her a pill he called “a miracle cure” from his doctor. She became incapacitated, and Cosby raped her, she said. The defence says she only assumes they had sex because she had blacked out.___UNIDENTIFIED ACCUSER 1Ages then: She was 23; he was 34.She met Cosby through her job at the Playboy Club in New York in 1971. She said he offered her quaaludes in a limousine one day, which she declined. She then had three or four glasses of Champagne but believes they contained an intoxicant that left her unconscious. She said she woke up naked in a hotel room feeling sore and having been sexually assaulted. The defence says her case differs from Constand’s because they were closer in age and had only met twice.___DONNA MOTSINGERAges then: She was 26; he was 33.Motsinger was a waitress at the Trident restaurant in Sausalito, California, a favourite of Cosby’s. He befriended Motsinger and her 9-year-old son. In 1972, Motsinger said, she accepted an invitation to Cosby’s show and drank wine he gave her in the limousine on the way there. When a headache ensued, she took a pill he handed her. She said she recalls being fondled before waking up the next day, nearly naked, at her own home. The defence says the restaurant was “a notorious drug mecca” and Motsinger dated a founder of an LSD-linked band of hippies.___MARGIE SHAPIROAges then: She was 19; he was 38.Shapiro worked at Castle Donuts in Santa Monica, California, in 1975 when Cosby stopped by. She said he invited her to the set of “Mother, Jugs & Speed” and then to a dinner party but instead took her to a house near the Playboy Mansion, where they played pinball fueled by Cosby’s challenge that whoever lost would have to take a pill she believed to be a quaalude. She lost. She said she recalls waking up to find Cosby having sex with her. The defence says the doughnut shop has closed and the boss died, leaving it unable to thoroughly investigate her account.___THERESE SERIGNESEAges then: She was 19; he was 38.Serignese, now a nurse, was in the gift shop of the Las Vegas Hilton in about 1975 when she met Cosby. He later invited her to his show and then to a room backstage, where he gave her two pills that left her incapacitated before he raped her, she said. Cosby, in a 2006 deposition in Constand’s lawsuit, testified that he gave Serignese quaaludes before a consensual sexual encounter. The defence says “her story about their lengthy 20-year relationship after the incident (many would call it an affair) has changed drastically over the years.”___ELIZABETHAges then: She was 20; he was 38 or 39.The woman, who gave her name only as Elizabeth when she spoke publicly in 2015, was a flight attendant who met Cosby on a New York-Los Angeles flight in 1976. She said he invited her to the Playboy Mansion and to dinner, where he insisted she try the sake. She said the drink made her feel like she was in a “trancelike state” and remembers next being in Cosby’s hotel room and him forcing her to perform oral sex.___UNIDENTIFIED ACCUSER 2Ages then: She was about 30; he was about 43.The performer befriended Cosby after she opened for him at a Denver club in the early 1980s. Cosby arranged for the woman to meet him in Las Vegas. There, she said, Cosby invited her to his hotel room to discuss career plans and knocked her out with a spiked cordial drink. She said she’s sure Cosby raped her because a “girl can tell” when she has had sex.___UNIDENTIFIED ACCUSER 3Ages then: She was 23; he was about 43.The waitress and aspiring actress met Cosby in 1981, saw him as a mentor and accepted his invitation to eat dinner in a private room at the Denver club where she worked. She said she blacked out after drinking half a glass of wine and awoke to find herself naked in Cosby’s hotel bed as he stood over her in an open bathrobe. She said genital soreness and fluids on her body indicated that he’d raped her.___LINDA KIRKPATRICKAges then: She was 25; he was 43.Kirkpatrick met Cosby while playing against him in a tennis tournament in 1981. He offered her tickets to his show at the Las Vegas Hilton, where he gave her a drink in his dressing room that left her incapacitated, she said. She next recalls him being on top of her, kissing her and rubbing against her. The defence says her account is unique among Cosby accusers because they were at a party, surrounded by numerous people, when she took the drink.___JANICE DICKINSONAges then: She was 27; he was 45.Dickinson met Cosby in 1982 and saw him as a trusted friend and mentor as she tried to broaden her career from modeling to music and television. Dickinson said Cosby arranged for her to fly to see him perform in Lake Tahoe and knocked her out with a pill he gave her after she’d complained of stomach pain. She said she woke up in pain and found fluids between her legs. She never reported the encounter to authorities and has said she was afraid if she did that her career would be damaged and Cosby would retaliate. Cosby lawyer Martin Singer said in 2014 that Dickinson’s allegations were a lie and a “glaring contradiction” to what she wrote in her book and what she’d previously told the media.___JANICE BAKER-KINNEYAges then: She was 24; he was 45.Baker-Kinney, then a Harrah’s bartender in Reno, Nevada, went to a pizza party at a nearby home where Cosby was staying in 1982. He insisted she take two pills, she said, before the backgammon game they were playing went blurry. She said she recalls seeing her blouse unbuttoned and his pants unzipped before she awoke naked with signs she had been sexually assaulted. The defence says her story is “nothing like Ms. Constand’s” because she only met Cosby once, “voluntarily” took quaaludes and apologized for passing out.___HEIDI THOMASAges then: She was 24; he was 46.Thomas’ agent sent the aspiring actress to meet Cosby for career advice at a Harrah’s hotel in Reno in 1984, but the limousine he sent instead took her to a private house where she said he gave her a drink so she could play the intoxicated person in a script he gave her. During intermittent bouts of consciousness, she said, she was naked and Cosby forced her to perform oral sex. The defence says she has given three versions of her story.___REBECCA NEALAges then: She was about 28; he was about 46.Neal worked as a masseuse at a Las Vegas health club where Cosby played tennis in the mid-1980s. He befriended her mother and aunt there, leading her to accept an invitation to his show at the Las Vegas Hilton and dinner afterward. Cosby urged her to have a drink set before her while he ate. She said he later raped her in his room while she was too disoriented to give consent. The defence says she knew him only for a few months, unlike Constand, and has said a waiter served the shot of vodka.___UNIDENTIFIED ACCUSER 4Ages then: She was 21; he was 48.She was a flight attendant and aspiring model when she met Cosby in 1986. After several months of friendship, including a chance to be an extra on Cosby’s television show, he invited her to dinner and then to his room at the Drake Hotel in Chicago. There, she said, he gave a glass of Champagne laced with an intoxicant that left her unable to ward off his sexual advances before she passed out.___CHELAN LASHAAges then: She was 17; he was 48.The model and aspiring actress met and befriended Cosby in 1986. Lasha said he invited her to his Las Vegas hotel room to introduce her to a modeling agency representative and gave her a pill he described as an antihistamine and a double shot of almond liqueur to help fight a cold. At Cosby’s behest, Lasha said, she changed into a robe, wet her hair and posed for a few modeling shots. She said Cosby then directed her to the bed, where he pinched her nipple and humped her leg as she lay immobilized and unable to speak. She says she woke up naked.___LISE-LOTTE LUBLINAges then: She was 23; he was about 52.Lublin was an aspiring actress when she met Cosby in 1989. She and her mother went for a run with Cosby, and he gave them show tickets before he invited her to the Elvis suite of the Las Vegas Hilton to practice acting improvisation. He prodded her to take two drinks to relax, which she ultimately did. She said she recalls seeing Cosby stroking her hair and walking down a hall before she woke up at home two days later. She said she believes she was sexually assaulted. The defence says Lublin assumes she is a victim based on other media accounts but can only remember Cosby stroking her hair.___KELLY JOHNSONAges then: She was 34; he was 58.Johnson was the only other accuser allowed to testify at Cosby’s first trial. She worked for Cosby’s agent and knew the entertainer for six years when he invited her to lunch at his bungalow at the Bel Air Hotel in 1996 to discuss her acting ambitions. She testified that Cosby was in a robe and slippers when she arrived and that he offered her wine and pressured her to take a large white pill that knocked her out. When she woke up, she said, her dress was disheveled and her breasts were exposed. Johnson said Cosby put lotion on her hand and forced her to touch his genitals. Johnson had corroborating evidence in the form of a 1996 workers’ compensation claim. Cosby’s lawyers argued Johnson was seeking a payout. At the first trial, a defence lawyer noted that she mixed up the years and other details of her encounters with Cosby and grilled her about why she never said anything when she left her job.___Associated Press writer Maryclaire Dale contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2018 6:42 am PDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Megyn Kelly absent from show following blackface comments NEW YORK, N.Y. – Megyn Kelly was absent from her NBC News morning show on Thursday following this week’s controversy over her comments about blackface, amid indications that her time at the network could be ending after less than two years.An NBC spokeswoman said that “given the circumstances,” the network was airing repeats of “Megyn Kelly Today” on Thursday and Friday.During a segment about Halloween costumes on Tuesday, Kelly defended the use of blackface while discussing a character on “Real Housewives of New York City” who darkened her face for a Diana Ross costume. She said it was acceptable when she was a kid when portraying a character.Social media condemnation was swift, and Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers in an email later in the day. Yet both NBC’s “Nightly News” and the “Today” show did stories on their colleague’s comment. Al Roker said “she owes a big apology to people of colour across the country.”She opened Wednesday’s show by saying she was wrong and sorry for what she said.“I have never been a PC kind of person, but I do understand the value of being sensitive to our history, particularly on race and ethnicity,” she said.The reference to political correctness in a discussion about blackface struck some critics as odd, along with the show’s cameras panning over the audience giving her a standing ovation for nearly 20 seconds.Kelly jumped from Fox News Channel to NBC in early 2017, but it hasn’t been a comfortable fit. Her one-hour morning show has never caught on with viewers, except for a brief bump when she aggressively covered reports about sexual misconduct, and Kelly was said to be unhappy with the amount of lighter material expected of a 9 a.m. show.Kelly did not respond to an email request seeking comment.She met with NBC executives within the past month about dissatisfaction with the show’s direction, according to a person close to Kelly who spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss personnel matters.Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein and allowed him to take the material to the New Yorker. That’s a particular sore point with NBC’s management.She was also unhappy that accounts of Lack criticizing her for the blackface comments at an NBC internal town hall meeting became public, and fired her agent out of concern that his company’s representation of NBC News President Noah Oppenheim would be a conflict of interest, said the person close to Kelly. Yet the likelihood that a news executive’s comments before a roomful of journalists would remain secret is remote.NBC representatives said they had no comment beyond the discussion of why Kelly wasn’t on the air Thursday.All of this points toward a likely exit from NBC by Kelly, who has found it difficult to maintain a loyal constituency. Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by a perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with President Donald Trump during his campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.Kelly’s viewers were given no reason for her absence; a notice on the screen said the show was “previously recorded.”There were indications that the plans had come about quickly. “Happy Friday,” she said at the opening of the taped show on Thursday.“The Real Housewives of New York City” episode aired this spring on the NBC-owned Bravo network, with character Luann deLesseps wearing a gigantic Afro to portray Ross. After criticism surfaced about her costume, she said she was tanned and used a bronzer, but was not trying to appear in blackface.center_img FILE – This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show, “Megyn Kelly Today” at NBC Studios in New York. Kelly is apologizing to her NBC News colleagues for questioning why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong. She faced a swift backlash for her morning show segment on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, and wrote later that she realized that such behavior is wrong. She says she’s never been a “PC” kind of person, but does understand that she needs to be more sensitive on issues of race and ethnicity. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

first_imgTaylor Swift to perform at iHeartRadio Wango Tango in June by The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2019 6:46 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Taylor Swift just released a new song and now she’s ready to perform it live.The pop star will take the stage at the iHeartRadio Wango Tango concert on June 1 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.Swift released “ME!” — featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco — last week. She will also open Wednesday’s Billboard Music Awards with a performance of the song.Ryan Seacrest will host Wango Tango, to feature performances by Jonas Brothers, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer, Zedd, Ally Brooke, Tyga, Ava Max, Fletcher and TOMORROW X TOGETHER. Tickets go on sale Friday.LiveXLive and iHeartMedia radio stations will livestream the concert and Freeform will broadcast it as a 90-minute special on June 7.The Associated Press Taylor Swift attends the 2019 Time 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) last_img read more

first_img NEW YORK — AT&T is pulling “Friends” from Netflix to beef up its own upcoming streaming service.The wireless company, which owns the WarnerMedia entertainment business, said Tuesday that its service will be called HBO Max. It will launch widely in spring of 2020.As more companies unveil their own streaming services, they’re trying to make them more appealing with exclusive shows and deep libraries and pulling some of their stuff from Netflix.Comcast’s NBCUniversal said last month it would keep “The Office,” Netflix’s most popular show, for itself starting in 2021. Its service debuts in 2020. Disney’s upcoming service will be the exclusive streaming home for its big movies.“Friends” is the second-most watched show on Netflix, according to Nielsen.Tali Arbel, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2019 10:52 am PDTcenter_img AT&T to pull Friends from Netflix for its streaming servicelast_img read more

first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2019 5:55 pm PDT Thunderstorm halts Country Thunder music festival in Saskatchewan The Canadian Press CRAVEN, Sask. — The Country Thunder music festival in Saskatchewan lived up to its name Saturday night when a thunderstorm rolled in and stopped the show.Just four songs into Travis Tritt’s set, organizers decided to shut everything down as the storm headed towards the concert site in Craven.While the storm was not as fierce as feared, there was hail, heavy rain and strong winds, and Tim McGraw’s show was cancelled as well.Country Thunder’s marketing director Gerry Krochak told CKRM radio that McGraw and his band were still ready to perform later in the evening, but the band’s gear on stage was badly damaged.RCMP say they helped on-site security and emergency services get people to shelter.Krochak says people took care of each other by buddying up and hosting people in their campers.(CKRM) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lincee Ray, The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2019 6:23 am PDT This cover image released by Little, Brown and Company shows “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” by Nina Stibbe. (Little, Brown and Company via AP) “Reasons to Be Cheerful” (Little Brown and Co.), by Nina StibbeFor some people, life begins when you turn 18. Whether you choose to leave the nest, or you’re kicked out, it’s a time when you’re expected to experience the world. In “Reasons to Be Cheerful,” author Nina Stibbe offers an intimate look at this uncertain time as the protagonist becomes a young adult.In this story, Lizzie Vogel ignores the part of an advertisement that asks for a “mature lady” and applies for a job working in a local dentist’s office. She doesn’t feel the need to mention that she doesn’t have any knowledge of dentistry. (Lizzie is a quick learner.) Plus, the position includes an apartment above the practice.The dentist is gruff and firm. He insists that Lizzie’s hyper co-worker Tammy holds his cigarettes so his fingers don’t smell like nicotine. While Tammy and her boss’ odd relationship provide daily entertainment for Lizzie, she also manages to learn a few light dentistry skills.When she’s not assisting in the surgery room, or answering the phones, Lizzie watches for Andy Nicolello. Andy is peculiar, but Lizzie doesn’t mind. She develops a friendship with him and as the months pass, she falls head over heels for him. She’s not sure if Andy notices, but he sure hangs around a lot for someone who may not be interested. At times, she considers herself Andy’s girlfriend. In other instances, she’s mystified about their status.Along with navigating through teen romance, Lizzie learns to manoeuvr other milestones that are part of becoming an adult. She learns to drive, hosts her first dinner party and takes her first step into maturity when challenges arise.Stibbe proves she can channel the mind of a young woman and takes the reader on a coming-of-age journey that plucks at the heartstrings of every emotion.Lincee Ray, The Associated Press Nina Stibbe takes readers on coming-of-age journeylast_img read more