agent incentivesWendy Wu Tours

first_imgagent incentivesWendy Wu Tours Wendy Wu Tours has released The Big Asia Sale, offering significant savings across a wide range of tours departing May to December this year. Agents will receive a $50 Coles Myer gift voucher for every new booking they make, but be quick as the incentive only runs until 26 April.Over 250 departure dates are included in The Big Asia Sale, offering savings between $200 and $500 per person on a selection of 70 Classic, Deluxe and Discovery tours across the China, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina and Japan programs.The incentive is valid on bookings with a minimum gross value of $2900 per person for all 2017 travel.For further details contact your BDE or visit read more

In July 2017 an engine failure on AirAsia X Flight

first_imgIn July 2017 an engine failure on AirAsia X Flight D7207, flying from the Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur, resulted in the plane being diverted to Brisbane, and triggered a 10-month investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). The ATSB has now concluded its investigation with the following findings:During the take-off the number 2 engine was subjected to a birdstrike, which resulted in the release of a small section of a fan blade.Following an ECAM ENG 2 FAIL alert, the flight crew shut down number 2 engine, advised air traffic control of the situation and diverted to land as soon as possible at Brisbane Airport.AirAsia spokesperson Kris Taute has released the following statement on behalf of the airline:“AirAsia welcomes the report AO-2017-070 from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) which follows a comprehensive 10-month investigation that reviewed every aspect of this incident.The report underlines the calm, skilful actions of the crew of AirAsia X Flight D7207 in diverting and landing the plane and its guests safely in Brisbane.Their response was testament to the outstanding safety and training culture we have at AirAsia, and we are pleased the report reflects that.This was an unprecedented incident and, as the report confirms, the crew were well-trained and prepared to manage this rare and unexpected situation.Safety at AirAsia has always been our number one priority. As part of this commitment, AirAsia X recently attained its Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration for the third consecutive time.IOSA certification is regarded by the industry as the global benchmark for safety management.” AirAsiaAirAsiaXairlineslast_img read more

7day Private Journey for the independent travelle

first_img7-day Private Journey for the independent traveller Tribes of the Omo Valley Twin share per person: From $5,500Solo Traveller: From $8,875 A&K Private JourneysAbercrombie & KentAfricaEthiopiatravel to Ethiopia Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent has welcomed the decision by Ethiopian authorities to lift the State of Emergency which has been in place for nearly two years. The Australian government has responded by downgrading its travel advisory for the first time in recent years.In 2015, A&K launched its first small group journey to Ethiopia, after tailoring journeys there for private travellers for more than a decade. A&K’s leading Africa expert, Patrick Clementson, escorted the group on a fascinating two-week adventure revealing the secrets of this incredibly diverse country whose mysterious fascination extends from its rich history, culture and landscapes to its extraordinary tribal heritage.“Ethiopia is such a surprise package and quite unlike any other African country,” says Patrick. “It has rare wildlife like the gelada baboon and the Ethiopian wolf, both found in the Simien Mountains, beautiful rock-cut churches and stunning scenery and the tribal villages of the Omo Valley are intriguing. You witness primitive traditions and rituals that haven’t changed in centuries and visiting on market day is a must.”Whilst accommodation and food is simple in Ethiopia, A&K says there is so much to see and experience right around the country. Patrick recommends that travellers should pack their sense of adventure for a journey that will deliver maximum reward.A&K’s journeys to EthiopiaLimited Edition Small Group Journey: Tribes & Traditions of EthiopiaTour dates: 5-20 November 2018Maximum 24 guests.Twin share per person: $9,915Single supplement: $1,665center_img 10-day Private Journey for the independent travellerEthiopia: the Historic Route Twin share per person: From $7,895Solo Traveller: From $12,210last_img read more

FLAGSTAFF Ariz — Ryan Williams doesnt look like

first_imgFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Ryan Williams doesn’t look like a running backwho was lying on the turf at Lambeau Field after suffering aseason-ending knee injury against the Green Bay Packers just 341days ago.When training camp opened in Flagstaff for the Arizona CardinalsWednesday,Williams simply looked like the back the team drafted in the 2ndround of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech.Taking advantage of Beanie Wells being placed on the PUP(Physically Unable to Perform) List, Williams took on a sizableworkload in his first practice of camp — so much so, that itsurprised even himself. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke The crowd in attendance didn’t seem to mind, as they voiced theirapproval.“It was cool, I loved the support,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of peopleout there were paying attention to my rehab, my recovery and myprogress, so for them to be paying attention to rooting me on todayfelt good.”Despite his impressive first day, Williams knows there will becompetition for carries when Wells returns to practice followingoffseason knee surgery.“Beanie will be back, and he’ll be himself and I’m ready to do a 1-2punch,” Williams said. “That’s my bro, man. For the last two tothree months we’ve been in the rehab facility together and I feel likethis injury has brought us closer together.” – / 35 “I actually practiced more than I thought I would today, for my firstday,” Williams said. “They said I was going to be limited in my playsand everything so I didn’t know that I was going to run routes, Ididn’t know that I would get that many carries, and I really didn’tknow that I was going to get the ball on that screen.”If he was surprised, it didn’t show. The second-year pro lookedvery comfortable on the upper practice field at NAU, even if hebelieves he’s not quite at full strength just yet.“I do, I do,” Williams answered when asked whether he has anylingering effects from the torn patellar tendon in his right knee. “I’lladmit, I’m not 100 percent, but I’m as close to it as I’ve been sinceAugust.“If I were to guess, I’d say I’m about 85 or 90 (percent), sothroughout the rest of this month and August, I’m trying to get thatlast ten to 15 percent back.”Williams had one of the highlight moments of Wednesday’s practicewhen he took a handoff from quarterback John Skelton, side-steppeddefensive lineman David Carter and zig-zagged thoughseveral defenders on what would have been a long gain. Thepractice, after all, was a non-contact walk-through. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories last_img read more

Sight adjustment will be a part of this passing ga

first_imgSight adjustment will be a part of this passing game — if the players can handle it — and this will be a very smart and aggressive offense. One other wrinkle to keep an eye on is CB Patrick Peterson lining up in some Wildcat/read-option packages to give defenses something else to prepare for. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ErrorOK… ErrorOK In this 3-4 scheme, you expect your sack production from the OLBs and not the ILBs, D-line and safeties — which was where the Cards got their sacks a year ago. They need a double-digit sack guy to emerge. That premise is part of the reason defensive lineman Darnell Dockett has expressed happiness over the new scheme, and it could allow the team’s defensive front to be even more disruptive. It may have to be because, as Horton notes, Arizona does not boast a bevvy of sack artists at the linebacker spots. But alas, few have any qualms with the Cardinals re-working their offense. After ranking last in the NFL in total yards as well as second-to-last in points scored, change of any kind is likely to bring better results.However, the team’s defense was pretty strong, finishing the season 12th in yards allowed, fourth in takeaways and 11th in sacks.So what should we expect from new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles? It will remain as a 3-4 scheme, but Bowles will add some wrinkles of his own. Under Horton the guys up front played a lot of two-gap, read-and-react schemes where they occupied blockers to let the back seven make most of the plays. Bowles will utilize a lot more one-gap, penetrating looks up front and he needs the defensive line to be disruptive. Horton notes this will require the offensive line to hold up better, which after how things went last season, seems like a pretty tall order. However, if given time to throw, he believes QB Carson Palmer will utilize the tight end more and Larry Fitzgerald more effectively. Comments   Share   center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In all, Horton believes an improved Arizona offense would go a long way toward helping the defense take a step forward. – / 36 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Any time a team replaces its coaching staff, change can be expected.Otherwise, what is the point of making the move in the first place?But how different will the Arizona Cardinals be with Bruce Arians and his staff now running the show in place of Ken Whisenhunt and Co.?According to Gary Horton, in an ESPN Insider piece, the offense will be creative and aggressive in the passing game.This is not going to be a dink-and-dunk West Coast offense, as Arians is a coach who loves the deep ball. We will see a lot of deep crossing and seam routes, as the Cardinals look for those “chunk” plays.last_img read more

Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer passes during

first_imgNotre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer passes during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Duke, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) The Cardinals are set to meet with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson later this week.But they will not be waiting until Wednesday to chat with a potential quarterback of the future, as it is being reported they will visit with Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer on Monday. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On one hand, the 6-foot-4, 233-pound passer with mobility offers a tantalizing skill set and the look of someone who could be a dynamic player at the NFL level. Last season, Kizer passes for 2,925 yards and 26 touchdowns, while adding another eight scores on the ground.Looking at all that, he could very well be worth the 13th overall selection in the first round.On the other hand, however, the inconsistent Kizer was benched in the middle of his junior season after struggling and his college coach, Brian Kelly, recently said he felt the player should have returned to school for his senior season.Kelly has since walked back on those comments, saying he thinks Kizer is the best QB in the draft but that he believes any player would benefit from more time at Notre Dame, but still, the idea that the player is not quite ready for the next level is one shared by many.That may not necessarily be a problem for a team like the Cardinals, who while talking about their desire for a young quarterback have maintained they are in a good spot because whoever they pick would not be required to play this upcoming season. Instead, the rookie — whoever it is — would have time to sit and learn from veterans Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton before being asked to lead the team, either next season or perhaps later down the road. #NotreDame QB DeShone Kizer is visiting the #AZCardinals today, source said. At No. 13, this is a potential landing spot for him.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2017Kizer is one of the more polarizing prospects in a draft that features a handful of quarterbacks with high ceilings and low floors. Top Stories That said, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes Kizer is the one quarterback in this draft class who could start as a rookie, if need be. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) arrives for the first day of NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But as confident as Rosen may be, he’ll admit that there’s a lot he’s yet to figure out.“Rookie year, it’s just exciting,” he said. “It’s like your freshman year of college, you don’t really know what’s going on the next day and you’re just always on your toes for everything that can possibly happen. I’m definitely excited and looking forward to what comes next.”Rosen also made note of the professional cadence of life in the NFL, perhaps a change from the jovial and fraternal nature of college football. He knows that it won’t be long before many of those whom he’s shared a hotel with during this training camp will be cut.And now, immersed in a world of unfamiliarity, it’s up to Rosen to perform — even after Wilks said Saturday that Sam Bradford is the current starter.“It’s very clear-cut what your duty to the team is in the NFL,” Rosen said.He also said he would practice as though he’s the starter.“Football’s a very violent sport, particularly over any other sport, because injury rates are basically at 100 percent throughout a career. Like even if he said, ‘Josh, you’re 100 percent the backup,’ I’m still going to practice like I’m the starter because I very well could be in there, and vice versa. “I mean I’m not going to lie, a lot of times you walk up to the ball, you snap it, you do something, you’re kind of a little confused on what’s going on,” Rosen said Sunday. “So the more you can just basically own everything that’s going on in the offense, I think that’s the confidence that people want to see exuded.”Confidence has been a popular word for Rosen, a term used by prognosticators when evaluating his draft stock several months ago as to what made him unique from the other quarterbacks in the draft class. His infamous line in which he said “nine mistakes” were made in front of him, referring to the number of players chosen before Rosen’s name went off the board, was consistent with the swagger and smirk that he carries with him.Related LinksBradford’s knee ‘best it’s felt’ since injury as Cardinals ramp up campCardinals RB Johnson enters camp without extension on the mind“I love his confidence, I really do,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “He’s not shy, he’s not boastful. But he’s confident in his ability. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and I really like that. I think that’s the way you should be at that position. And playing in the National Football League, you have to have confidence in yourself.” “Anything can happen. I think the last year the Cardinals literally ran through like two, three quarterbacks.” – / 27 GLENDALE, Ariz. — Just like anyone else coming out of college, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen is learning what it means to be a professional at his first post-college job opportunity.The 21-year-old has had an offseason to observe some of the disparities between the Pac-12 and the NFL, aside from the obvious difference in talent. But even still, Rosen is learning more than just how to navigate a new offense under head coach Steve Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

In its first international acquisition Vail Resor

first_imgIn its first international acquisition, Vail Resorts today announced that the company has finalised the attainment of Perisher Ski Resort in Australia.“Closing on the acquisition of our first international mountain resort is a significant milestone for our Company. We’re thrilled to officially welcome the guests and employees of Perisher, Australia’s largest and most iconic resort, into the Vail Resorts family and deepen ties with one of our most important international markets,” said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts.Perisher’s 2015 Freedom Pass, now with Epic Benefits, provides all Freedom Pass holders with ski access at the Company’s North American resorts for the 2015-2016 ski season in addition to Perisher, the largest and most popular Australian mountain resort. Likewise, Vail Resorts’ industry leading Epic Pass now includes unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Perisher.“The acquisition of Perisher by Vail Resorts, the world’s preeminent mountain resort company, is a big win for local communities, the broader Snowy Mountains region, state of New South Wales and all Australian snow-sports enthusiasts” said John Barilaro, MP for Monaro and Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Skills, and Minister for Small Business.Perisher is now open for the 2015 ski season, through Monday, 5  October , 2015. Dates are subject to change.last_img read more

Peppers Kings Square Hotel a new 40 million 120

first_imgPeppers Kings Square Hotel, a new $40 million 120-room hotel in Perth, was officially opened this week by the Right Honourable, the Lord Mayor of Perth, Councillor Lisa Scaffidi, heralding the arrival of the stylish and contemporary Peppers brand in Western Australia.The new-build hotel, which is managed by Australian-based hotel and resort operator Mantra Group, was developed in partnership by Mode Development Group and Hickory Building Systems and is Australia’s tallest modular hotel.Located within Perth’s Shafto Lane entertainment precinct, the opening of the hotel reflects the continued expansion and evolution of one of Australia’s most trusted hotel brands in highly sought-after CBD locations.Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the opening of Peppers Kings Square Hotel is a further vote of confidence in Perth’s growing tourism industry. “Perth is realising some premium hotel developments like Peppers Kings Square Hotel,” Cr Scaffidi said. “We’ve seen significant increases in both domestic and international visitors here in Perth and the continued investment in new hotels is a continued sign of confidence in the city’s economy.”Mode Development Group Director Christian Boucousis said the hotel was designed using cutting-edge construction technology, and always with the guest experience in mind: “With the help of our valued partners, we’ve delivered high speed fibre networks, rapid construction methodologies, and in-room entertainment systems that we believe provide not only the best guest experience in Perth, but the best in country.“We’re also very proud of the building’s exterior design, which anchors the important junction between Shafto Lane and Wellington Street, and features an incredible light show and waveform façade to activate this gateway.”Ideal for leisure and business travellers, Peppers Kings Square Hotel takes pride of place on Wellington Street in Perth’s city centre and is only a short walk to Perth Arena, the CBD, boutique shopping, dining and laneway bar districts.The hotel boasts a selection of stylish guest rooms, an onsite à la carte restaurant, Stage Kitchen & Bar, serving innovative provincial cuisine typical of West Australia, lounge facilities, concierge with valet parking service, the fastest Wi-Fi connection to be installed in a Perth hotel (complimentary in guest rooms) and a 24-hour reception.Peppers Kings Square Hotel is offering grand opening special rates starting from $159* per night (Friday to Sunday) or $179* per night (Monday to Thursday) in a Peppers King Room or Peppers Twin Room including an arrival gift from the chef, two bottles of water, an espresso coffee and free Wi-Fi.*Conditions apply, subject to availability. Valid for sale and travel until 31 May 2017. Block-out dates and minimum night stays apply. Valid for new bookings only.last_img read more

Related New agreement to see more flights to Austr

first_img RelatedNew agreement to see more flights to AustraliaNew agreement to see more flights to AustraliaGreen Skies: Environmentally Friendly FlyingSkyscanner investigates flying and the environmentOpen Skies opens new chapter in transatlantic competitionA historic corner has been turned in transatlantic aviation, with the EU-US Open Skies agreement now operative. The EU has taken a hardline stance on carbon emissions, issuing an ultimatum to the American government and throwing the second stage of the Open Skies agreement into jeopardy.EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot has demanded that the American carriers join the EU emissions trading scheme or an equivalent, while dismissing the case for details on European passengers overflying the US being submitted to Washington.Reiterating the importance of emissions trading schemes in order to limit the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, Barrot said: “It’s always possible to imagine reducing the number of flights or suspending certain rights.”Referring to a source within the US Congress environment committee, he added: “He told me that attitudes are changing. Particularly with Bush and Cheney gone, there is a real hope of things moving on.”The new EU-US Open Skies agreement is set to come into effect at the end of March, permitting airlines to fly any routes between the two zones, but the European Commission’s (EC) stance suggests it is fully willing to withhold the privilege from American transatlantic carriers should Washington fail to cooperate over emissions.Barrot’s stance may aggravate existing friction between the US and Europe over visa regulations, with the EC recently criticising the American government for courting the Czech Republic in a bid to secure a first bilateral agreement.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Manchester Airport is the UKs favouriteMa

first_img RelatedManchester Airport is the UK’s favouriteManchester Airport named best in the UK, according to our latest survey.Gatwick security queues ‘the shortest’Gatwick Airport has the shortest queues at security of the ten busiest airports in Europe, according to the results of a new poll.London Luton Airport named UK’s Rudest AirportLondon Luton Airport named UK’s Rudest Airport, reveals Skyscanner. London Heathrow is the most used airport for international travel in the world, according to a new report.Data in the Airports Council International’s (ACI) 2007 World Traffic Report showed that the UK’s largest airport catered for 62 million individual passengers last year.The top five busiest international airports were dominated by European bases with the exception of Hong Kong, which came fifth in the list with 46 million passengers.London Heathrow beat Paris Charles de Gaulle, with 55 million passengers, to the top spot while Amsterdam and Frankfurt came in a close third and fourth with 48 and 47 million passengers respectively.In terms of total numbers of passengers however, which includes those travelling domestically, Heathrow comes in second to Chicago O’Hare, which was visited by 76 million flyers last year.Local council leaders have published proposals for a £30 billion high-speed rail link between the north and the south of the country, which may rule out a third runway expansion of London Heathrow, according to authorities. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related Pet travel flying with pets airline poli

first_img RelatedPet travel: flying with pets, airline policies and feesThinking of flying with pets? If you’re planning a trip with your best friend then you need to know how much it’ll cost and that your animal will be transported safely and in comfort. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling with your beloved pet, from taking your dog…International Rovers – travelling with your petsThe information below is designed to help answer some common questions about travelling with dogs, cats or ferrets.Pigs might fly: new rule to allow pets on planesAnimals set to be allowed on planes, say authorities. Who let the dogs out? Probably the cabin crew. No, this is not a late April fools’ joke; start-up airline PetAirways plans to revolutionise the way cats, dogs other pets fly with the launch of its pet-only service. All “pawsengers” (as the airline terms its furry flyers) will fly in the main cabin “first class style” and will be tended by onboard Pet Attendants, who check on pets every 15 minutes. PetAirways plan to commence their service in spring-summer 2009 on a handful of US routes including LA to Denver and New York to Washington DC. Tickets start at $149 one way. Pet owners will not be able to fly with their animals, even in cargo.PetAirways have not released details of their in flight entertainment, but Skyscanner expects the movie selection to include animal favourites such as: Born to be Wild, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.If you fancy yourself handing out sick bags to Spaniels or catnip to kittens (over 18s only) you’re in luck: PetAirways are currently hiring In-Flight Pet Attendants. Required qualifications include:“Absolutely loving pets, having no allergies to pets, substantial pet handling experience and the ability to work well with all types of pets”.Skyscanner co-founder Gareth Williams commented on the launch:“There’s definitely a market for a pet airline; after all, the US spends $41 billion a year on pets, more than the GDP of over half the countries in the world! We are now considering the possibility of adding PetAirways flights to Skyscanner’s flight search.”For information and advice about travelling with pets, read Skyscanners article: Flying with Pets. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Related 6 hidden inflight extras that airlines wa

first_img Related6 hidden in-flight extras that airlines want to keep a secretFrom extra grub to cockpit tours, kid-friendly games to first class treats, cabin crew reveal just what politeness can get you on a flight.Winner of £1000 flights competition announcedDid you get lucky and win a pair of return flights worth up to £1000? Find out…Cabin Crew Interview: life of a flight attendantCabin Crew Interview: life of a flight attendant Malaysia Airlines has banned children from first class sections of its Boeing 747-400 jets.Do you agree with this move?Take our quick three-question survey now for the chance to win either Bose noise cancelling headphones or a portable DVD player!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Blog of the Week is back with a bang and boy hav

first_imgBlog of the Week is back with a bang, and boy, have we got some bang for your buck this week (what do you mean, it’s free?) with the wonderful guide to the great in Britain, I don’t want to go there! ‘Rapidly running out of things to do by late morning, we decided to investigate the car plant’IDWTGT, as we’ll take the liberty of abbreviating it to, is the work of Cathy and Sally, two 50-something friends who met at school. Since 2001 they have been visiting places in the UK that they’ve ‘never been to before, and never wanted to go to, with a view to challenging – or confirming’ – their ‘preconceptions and prejudices’. Their first trip was to Coventry, which set the tone for many more trips to unheralded and downright unglamorous destinations that have slipped under the tourist radar, until now.In the year of the Olympics, of the Jubilee, when we’re all supposed to be taking staycations, IDWTGT is an appropriate celebration of much that is, unintentionally, great in Britain. Although it’s unlikely that VisitBritain will be promoting the likes of Luton, Middlesbrough and Hebden Bridge, Cathy and Sally do a good job for them.‘We imagined that Peacocks and Shoezone would be the highlights of High Street fashion, Greggs the most upmarket food outlet. If there was a park it would be empty. If there was a nightclub it would be scary. Saturday night would be alright for fighting and nothing would be open on a Sunday. Initial impressions seemed to confirm this.’It’s an amusing, entertaining blog. The humour is understated, the tome never nasty. It would be easy to absolutely annihilate Aldershot, for example, but there is affection too. The blog is pretty simple in terms of function and features, but does its job – a platform for the prose, and the design suits it well.So why, if they don’t want to go there, do they go there? “It’s a reasonable question. Most of our friends and family don’t get it at all’ they say, but lovers of the off-beat, the ‘unexpected, the distinctive, the disturbing things about places’ will understand. Travel and tourism is not just about visiting the must-see attractions, lying on a beach or eating in the finest restaurants. And while backpackers, travel bloggers and Lonely Planet have become parodies of themselves, Cathy and Sally channel the spirit of adventure on our very doorsteps. For every Chang Mai, there’s a Crouch End, every Santiago a Solihull. It’s just that you might not want to go there.10ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlight Geek of the Week – Ewan GrayIntroducing the flight search geeks that make Skyscanner workLee Abbamonte: record-breaking travellerWe talk travel with Lee Abbamonte, ‘the youngest American to visit every country in the world’.Flight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez UleciaFlight Geek of the Week: Benjamín Pérez Ulecialast_img read more

GoTenna What does it do Acts as a walkietalkie

first_imgGoTennaWhat does it do? Acts as a walkie-talkie add on for your mobile when you have no signal.Heading abroad with your mum or on a friend’s getaway? Don’t want to pay for mobile data when you’re there? Or maybe you attend a lot of festivals or go hiking, where sometimes you’ll go ‘off-the-grid’? The GoTenna is a plug-in phone device which operates via Bluetooth, so you can send messages even when you’re in a foreign country (or there is no signal). Messages are transmitted via radio waves, so no more getting lost at the airport pick up. Mavic Pro DroneWhat does it do? Creates beautiful aerial imagery, whilst only taking 734g in your luggage.Who doesn’t enjoy the silky montages of drone footage from Portugal, Miami and Myanmar? You can create your own aerial videos and photography using DJi’s latest offering, the Mavic. This has been one of the most consumer-friendly drones so far, due to the fact it’s so small and compact (despite reaching 40mph and recording for 27 minutes at a time). However, the GoPro Karma will be relaunching in 2017 too – ideal if you’ve already got your Hero to hand. If you are planning to fly your drone anywhere, make sure you check the laws on Airspace regulations first, especially when you travel. Drones usually have to be put into the hold when you’re flying too, which is worth considering when you pack. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related6 of the best travel gadgets of 2017Once you’ve got your cheap flights from Skyscanner, you’ll have a little more to spend on a travel accessory or two. In this guide we look at the latest travel accessories for men and women, travel supplies and best travel gadgets to help you make the best of your next…Banned on board: 17 surprising items not allowed in your hand baggageTrying to take a wheel of brie, viking helmet or sneaky perfume samples in your carry-on luggage? You might want to check out our banned on board list first!17 must have travel gadgets for your summer holidaysWhether you’ve found a cheap holiday dealor are heading off on an important business trip this summer, packing a few handy gadgets in your suitcase (or backpack) can help to make your trip run much more smoothly. From waterproof cameras for underwater scuba shots to practical luggage organisers for on-the-go essentials,… Can’t wait for the next adventure? Download the Skyscanner app today to see the best deals for this weekend, this month and this year.Get more travel trips from Skyscanner10 common travel problems and how to solve themWhat to do when your wallet is stolen, you’re covered in mozzie bites or you lose your Passport.The best packing cubes and travel accessories for organising your suitcaseIf the idea of stocking up on dry bags and travel wallets is right up your street, this guide is for you!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Driverless VehiclesWhat does it do?Autonomous vehicles will make for a smooth and stress-free driving experience (hopefully).Driverless cars have now been tested in the UK with great success, but it’s not expected to become the norm until 2020, when insurance policies and driving laws will have been adapted to suit autonomous vehicles. However, there are a number of cities testing out the technology before it arrives here. Helsinki has the world’s first autonomous bus system, Google has been using driverless cars in San Francisco for years, and Uber is currently testing autonomous vehicles in Boston too. Bragi DashWhat does it do? It’s an in-ear fitness tracker and headphone.2016 was the year for Apple’s earbuds. However, now it’s getting to the next level, with wearable tech being crossbred with the earbuds in the form of the Bragi Dash. These earphones not only play your favourite music via two wireless buds, but they have in-ear biometric sensors, they’re waterproof, and they can handle wireless calls too. Conference call on the surfboard? Why not. Read more: Cabin luggage guide to size and weight restrictionsPixel Phone + Google International DataWhat does it do? Eliminates borders when it comes to data roaming.You may have already seen the release of the Google phone this year, which stands as an excellent smartphone: 15-minute charge time, a 12.3 megapixel camera and a lightening-fast operating system. However, it’s the international data plan that will attract travellers. This year, US citizens are able to buy the Google Pixel on any of the data plans, which will work in more than 135 countries. No roaming charges, no extra SIM cards involved. At this point in time, it’s only available to those who have a US mailing address, and 2017 will be the year to watch the reviews of the data coverage from country to country. Smart Luggage LocksWhat does it do? Locks your luggage using Bluetooth instead of keys.2017 will be the year of the smart luggage locks: no more lost keys or forgotten codes. The Masterlock uses Bluetooth to open and lock your suitcase. Once you’ve download the eLocks app, you can manage users and access permissions for your own device and a number of others. GFC will also be introducing their new eGee Touch Smart Luggage Lock – a zipper lock that operates via the NFC app, using Bluetooth. There’s also a built-in TSA Lock in case you fly back and forth from the States often. The Return of the Travel AgentWhat does it do?Travel gets personal again with bots and algorithms.With AI intelligence improving year-on-year, it’s no surprise that 2017 will see more travel experiences becoming tailored to each customers need. AirBnB led the way with founder Brian Chesky unleashing the world of Trips at the Los Angeles Open this year, experiences which will be tailored around the host, whether you’re after vintage shopping in Paris or hiking through the Balkans. Skyscanner also introduced Skyscanner Search for Alexa as a skill this year. Alexa is the AI ‘bot’ for Amazon, which you can ask a variety of questions too without having to lift a finger. It’s almost like going back in time to a travel agent, without the heavy scent of new brochures and package deals on the Med.last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Sothebys sale of Magnificent Jewel

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels brought a total of $30,582,751, exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $20/26 million* and achieving the second highest total for a various owners sale of Jewelry at Sotheby’s New York since 1995, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.The sale was 88.4% sold by lot and 91.9% sold by value, with white diamonds dominating the top ten prices of the sale and nearly 79% of sold lots selling for prices above their high estimates. The top price of the day was achieved by The Perfect Gift, a Magnificent and Rare Oval Diamond, weighing 30.48 carats, D color, with flawless clarity and type IIa ‘‘Golconda-like’’ classification, which sold for $4,114,500 ($134,990 per carat), above the high estimate (lot 231, est. $3.3/3.8 million).Lisa Hubbard, Chairman, North and South America, of Sotheby’s International Jewelry Department, commented, “Special pieces achieved special prices today. After a worldwide highlights tour in which we met many new collectors, we were pleased to see so much competition in the saleroom. Almost 79% of the lots sold brought prices over their high estimates to achieve a New York sale total second only to that achieved at the height of the market in 2007. It has been my privilege this fall to work with the magnificent jewels from Lúcia Moreira Salles, a collection of great style and beauty and a collection which drew many new buyers into our saleroom. As the top ten lots show, Asians are active at the high end of the market but Americans were out in full force buying at all levels of the market.”Among the high points of the day was the offering of magnificent jewels from the collection of former Brazilian model and philanthropist Lúcia Moreira Salles, which brought an outstanding $5,884,688, surpassing a pre-sale estimate of $2.6/3.6 million and with every single lot finding a buyer. Salles’ career began in Paris at the end of the 1950s, and in the 1960s-70s she became a muse for both Valentino and Coco Chanel, at one point working as Chanel’s exclusive house model. Among the top jewels of the collection were three exquisite gem stones mounted by revered Paris designer JAR – a Diamond ‘‘String’’ Ring set with an oval diamond weighing 16.04 carats, F color, SI1 clarity, and type IIa, within a platinum and diamond mounting achieved $722,400 ($45,044 per carat) (lot 278, est. $350/450,000); an Emerald and Diamond Ring, set with a cabochon Colombian emerald weighing approximately 27 carats mounted in platinum and purportedly formerly in the private collection of King Farouk of Egypt totaled $524,500 (lot 277, est. $400/600,000); and a Ruby and Diamond Ring set with a sugarloaf cabochon Burmese ruby weighing approximately 16.30 carats mounted in platinum brought $410,500 (lot 276, est. $150/200,000).Among the highlights from the group of spectacular natural pearls were the elegant Single Strand Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace, which sold for $602,500 (lot 274, est. $250/350,000); a Pair of Natural Pearl and Diamond Pendant Earrings which brought $230,500 (lot 273, est. $75/100,000); and a stunning Natural Pearl and Diamond Ring that more than quadrupled the high estimate of $50,000 to sell for $218,500 (lot 270, est. $30/50,000). Six bidders competed for a Double-Strand Diamond Necklace weighing approximately 90 carats from the late 19th Century driving the final price to $458,500 (lot 266, est. $200/300,000).Gary Schuler, Director of New York Jewelry, said, “Today’s results are a continuation of the demand we have seen for spectacular white stones so far this season in New York, Hong Kong and Geneva. The demand was global, with multiple international bidders vying for every stone. While trade bidding was very strong, private collectors from around the world won the majority of diamonds, both at the top end of the market as well as those wearable stones 10 carats and under.”Top quality white diamonds were highly sought after as multiple stones elicited bids from as many as nine different potential buyers. The sale’s top price was commanded by The Perfect Gift, a Magnificent and Rare Oval Diamond, weighing 30.48 carats, D color, with flawless clarity and type IIa ‘‘Golconda-like’’ classification, which climbed to $4,114,500 ($134,990 per carat), above the high estimate of $3.8 million (lot 231, est. $3.3/3.8 million). The last lot of the first session, a Pear-Shaped Diamond, the Property of a Lady, the stone weighing 25.47 carats, H color, VS2 clarity, mounted in platinum also surpassed the high estimate of $700,000 to sell for $1,142,500 ($44,857 per carat) (lot 137, est. $600/700,000). An 18.11 carat Important Round Diamond, H color, Flawless, with excellent cut, polish and symmetry brought $1,058,500 ($58,448 per carat) (lot 226, est. $750,000/1 million), while a Square Emerald-Cut Diamond weighing 9.69 carats, type IIa and in the sought-after Asscher cut, was pursued by at least nine bidders and sold for $890,500 ($91,899 per carat) (lot 215, est. $350/450,000). A Pear-Shaped Diamond from a Distinguished Private Collection, weighing 13.85 carats, D color, VS2 clarity, was the subject of intense competition, finally selling for $1,070,500 ($77,292 per carat), double the high estimate (lot 224, est. $400/500,000).Two seminal Cartier works of art formerly in the collection of Mrs. Cole Porter and Russian Princess Natalie Paley were also among the highlights of today’s sale. An Egyptian-Style Jeweled Scarab Belt Buckle created by Cartier in Paris in 1926 sold for $302,500 (lot 229, est. $250/350,000) and a Cartier Egyptian-Style Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Diamond, Black Onyx and Enamel Bracelet made in Paris and dating to 1929 totaled $242,500 (lot 230, est. $75/100,000).A superb array of colored precious stones offered included two exceptional Cartier bracelets from a Distinguished Private Collection: A Cabochon Emerald and Diamond Bracelet, Cartier, New York, 1923 featuring Colombian cabochon emeralds weighing approximately 70 carats and old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 9.50 carats, mounted in 18 karat gold and platinum, which totaled $458,500 (lot 223, est. $250/350,000); and a Ruby and Diamond Bracelet, Cartier, circa 1925, reminiscent of jewels from the collections of the Duchess of Windsor and Helene Beaumont, set with cushion-shaped and oval Burmese rubies weighing approximately 62 carats and diamonds weighing almost 10 carats, which sold for $590,500 (lot 225, est. $200/300,000).An iconic American jewel with an exemplary stone, the Rare and Important Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond and Emerald Ring, Tiffany & Co., designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany circa 1915-1920 more than doubled its presale high estimate to achieve $818,500 after a lengthy battle between multiple bidders (lot 222, est. $200/300,000).last_img read more

TORONTO – Sloan may be 27 years into a power pop c

first_img TORONTO – Sloan may be 27 years into a power pop career, but guitarist Jay Ferguson says making new records never gets old.It’s what keeps him on his toes.“I like adding to the war chest that is our body of work,” the Halifax native said as Sloan readies their 12th album for release on Friday.Surviving so long together requires a certain level of diplomacy, and on “Sloan 12” the band takes that practice to another level. The 12 songs were divided evenly between Sloan’s four members, giving Ferguson and bandmates Patrick Pentland, Chris Murphy and Andrew Scott equal opportunity to lean into their songwriting skills.Ferguson wrote “Right to Roam,” “Essential Services,” and “The Lion’s Share,” which he says were inspired by songs of the Velvet Underground and mid-’70s Diana Ross he was listening to while writing them.The band’s North American tour is underway with upcoming April stops in various cities across Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Ferguson reflected on why Sloan continues to doggedly produce new music and recalls a miserable brush with a rebel rockstar moment — accidentally trashing his hotel room.CP: You’ve amassed a loyal fanbase and enough familiar songs that you don’t need to keep churning them out. What drives you guys to keep producing?Ferguson: Maybe we could still maintain the same level of success… but I don’t know if that’s a fact, so I’d rather just keep doing what we do, which is make new music and still play our older songs. We played a show in Sudbury (earlier this month) and I talked to some fans afterwards who were like, “It’s so great that you’re making new music because so many bands of your era have either broken up or they don’t make records and they just sort of tour on old stuff.”CP: But you’re also open to playing the nostalgia angle with massive boxed sets — 1994’s “Twice Removed” and 1996’s “One Chord to Another” — that came out in recent years. How do you strike a balance?Ferguson: The idea right now is playing hopscotch — do a new album, campaign (with publicity and a concert tour), then do a reissue album, campaign behind that, and then do another new album. It’s a fun, creative process on both levels.CP: You’ve talked about the thrill of digging through the archives to design the boxed sets. How do you approach that?Ferguson: My basement and Chris’ attic are basically like the Sloan vault. We kept everything from day one — like posters, the shirts we would make, we’d cut out all the articles from magazines and newspapers — as much as we could get. As a kid I would devour rock magazines like Trouser Press, Creem magazine or Rolling Stone. The idea of getting a record reviewed in a rock magazine was such a dream, so basically I can’t turn my back on my 12-year-old self. I have to honour that and save every article.CP: Did you write anything for “Sloan 12” that was tossed?Ferguson: My original third song was a duet between Chris and I… but I really could not finish the lyrics. I didn’t relate to them. It probably could’ve been released, but I didn’t think it was good enough. It had a nickname of “C-Sharp Rocker,” “Live It All Over Again” or something like that. We recorded the whole thing and at the last minute I basically scrapped it and recorded “Lion’s Share,” an older song that had been completed with full lyrics and the melody. That was an 11th hour panic for me.CP: Is it common pull an older song off the shelf?Ferguson: Patrick’s song “All of the Voices” I think has been around since 2003. I don’t know why he hadn’t brought it out for any of the other albums in between then and now, but I’m glad he pursued it because it fit the new record well.CP: What’s the worst thing Sloan has done on the road?Ferguson: On the very first tour I remember I was lying on a bed, we were… giddy being on tour. And I had my knees tucked up and Chris jumped on me and I pushed him off… and Chris went through the wall of the hotel room, left a massive hole in it. That’s about the most rock ‘n’ roll thing I’ve done, and that was 27 years ago.CP: Did you foot the bill for repairs?Ferguson: (A guy we used to work with) went and told the front desk, and they came and looked at it and were like ‘Oh don’t worry about it.’ I was so stressed when it happened — like, oh my god that’s going to cost $300 to repair. And $300 was a mountain of money back then to any one of us. But I think we got out of there clean.— This interview has been edited and condensed.________Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Andrew Scott, left to right, Jay Ferguson, Chris Murphy and Patrick Pentland pose in this undated handout photo. Considering that Sloan is 27 years into their power pop career it wouldn’t be unthinkable that knocking out another album could feel tiresome for the band. But guitarist Jay Ferguson says it’s actually what keeps him on his toes. “I like adding to the war chest that is our body of work,” the Halifax native said as Sloan readies their 12th album for release on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Universal Music by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 6, 2018 6:00 am PDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2018 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Q&A: Sloan’s Jay Ferguson on the time he accidentally trashed a hotellast_img read more

Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to the media outside

first_img Attorney Gloria Allred speaks to the media outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during a break in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 16, 2018 5:34 am PDT Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby’s chief accuser at his sexual-assault trial on Monday denied framing him and said she doesn’t know a key witness who plans to testify she spoke of levelling false accusations against a celebrity.Canadian Andrea Constand told jurors she doesn’t “recall ever having a conversation with” Marguerite Jackson. Both women worked at Temple University around the time Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her at the comedian’s suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.The defence plans to call Jackson as a witness and says she will testify that before Constand lodged her allegations against Cosby in 2005, Constand had mused to her about setting up a “high-profile person” and filing suit. Jackson has said that she and Constand worked closely together, had been friends and had shared hotel rooms several times.A judge blocked Jackson from testifying at last year’s trial, which ended in a hung jury, after Constand took the stand and denied knowing her. At the time, Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Jackson’s testimony would be hearsay. Since then, prosecutors have told Cosby’s lawyers that Constand had modified her statement to acknowledge she “recalls a Margo.”The judge has ruled that Jackson can take the stand at the retrial but indicated he could revisit the issue after Constand was finished testifying.Jackson’s availability as a witness for Cosby could be crucial to a defence plan to attack Constand’s credibility and get jurors to believe she set Cosby up.Cosby lawyer Tom Mesereau, who has called Constand a “con artist” who framed Cosby and then collected a $3.4 million settlement, asked her about Jackson during cross-examination on Monday. She again denied knowing her.The defence lawyer then asked, “Did you ever fabricate a scheme to falsely accuse him for money?”“No, sir,” Constand replied.Constand, a 45-year-old Toronto native, left the witness stand Monday after testifying for seven hours over two days.She told jurors last week that Cosby knocked her out with pills and then sexually assaulted her. Cosby, 80, says Constand consented to a sexual encounter.Constand’s mother followed her on the witness stand and bolstered her account, testifying about a phone conversation she said she had with the comedian about a year after the alleged assault in which he described in graphic detail their sexual account and then apologized.Gianna Constand told jurors that she was concerned because her daughter hadn’t been the same since leaving Temple in March 2004 and moving back to Canada, screaming in her sleep and waking up in a sweat.She said she was “very combative” with Cosby, demanding he tell her the medication he’d given her daughter and what he’d done to her.Gianna Constand said Cosby told her he’d given Andrea Constand a prescription drug — not the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl as he has claimed — but didn’t provide the name. She said he described how he’d touched Andrea Constand’s breasts and vagina and guided her hand to his penis.“He said to me, ‘Don’t worry, Mom, there was no penile penetration,’” Gianna Constand testified.If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three charges of aggravated indecent assault.On Monday, the defence tried to cast Constand as an opportunist who baited Cosby by feigning romantic interest in him. The defence said she spent late nights at the comedian’s home, drove four hours to see him at a casino and called him twice on Valentine’s Day, about a month after the alleged assault.Constand has testified that she saw the former TV star as a mentor and had previously rejected his advances. And she said her phone calls to Cosby were about basketball and had nothing to do with romance.Phone records show Constand, the former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University, made brief calls to Cosby around the time of a Temple home game on Feb. 14, 2004, the month after the alleged assault.“You think you called Mr. Cosby to talk about basketball?” Mesereau asked her.Constand testified that she felt a duty to answer Cosby’s inquiries because he was a powerful alumnus and trustee.Picking up where he left off Friday, Mesereau questioned Constand about inconsistencies in her police statements and prior testimony.Mesereau said Constand told police in 2005 that she called Cosby from her university-issued cellphone just before she arrived at his house on the night of the alleged assault to ensure the gate would be open. But Constand’s phone records show she did not make any calls to Cosby’s mansion that month.Constand explained that she may have been mistaken, that there were times Cosby told her in advance that the gate would be open and that she often reached him at another number.Prosecutors have called to the stand five other women who said Cosby drugged and assaulted them, too. The defence has called the other accusers irrelevant to the case.If convicted, Cosby could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three charges of aggravatedThe Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.___Follow Mike Sisak at more coverage visit Bill Cosby’s accuser, her mom testify at sex-assault retriallast_img read more

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first_img This combination photo shows, top row from left, Roseanne Barr, Terrence Howard, Kylie Jenner, and bottom row from left, Jenny McCarthy, Rob Schneider and Gwyneth Paltrow, who join the list of stars who have spread myths and misinformation, from the harmless to the pernicious. (AP Photo) by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted May 4, 2018 7:03 am PDT Last Updated May 4, 2018 at 7:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kanye leads at misleading, but he’s not alone among celebscenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Looking to back up his deeply dubious declaration this week that slavery was a “choice,” Kanye West tweeted a Harriet Tubman quote that was flat-out false.“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves,” Tubman didn’t say , though West said she did.It was the latest in a long series of bold-but-baseless statements from West that includes the claim, in lyrics and interviews a dozen years ago, that AIDS is a man-made disease deliberately planted in Africa.If West has become the crown prince of celebrity wrongheadedness, he’s far from alone. He leads a legion of similar stars who spread myths and misinformation daily. And while much of it is goofy and laughable, experts say the phenomenon can be pernicious in its effects.A sampling:— Roseanne Barr’s Twitter feed has included retweets of baseless claims that millions of illegal votes were cast in November’s presidential elections, and mentions of “pizzagate,” the conspiracy theory that prominent Democrats are operating a child sex ring in the basement of a pizzeria.— Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving says the Earth is flat, urging people to do their own research. Some of his fellow NBA players, and rapper B.o.B., have said they feel the same.— Kylie Jenner used her wildly popular Instagram account to share a meme promoting the conspiracy theory popular in the 1990s that airplane contrails are in fact poisonous “chemtrails” doing great harm.— Terrence Howard doesn’t buy that one times one equals one. “How can it equal one?” he told Rolling Stone, adding that “you can’t conform when you know innately that something is wrong.”The list would be endless if it included health and wellness, probably the topic stars spout the most misinformation about, from stars like William Shatner, Rob Schneider and Jenny McCarthy promoting misinformation about vaccines to Gwyneth Paltrow’s pushing products like a jade egg meant to be inserted in the vagina for better health.There is no reason to believe the average celebrity believes sillier things than the average person, experts said, but the platform fame provides mixed with easy access to media and some Kanye-style confidence can turn them into unique vectors for falsehoods, especially with social-media algorithms that favour them.“They tend to be people who get a lot of engagement, people who bump them up,” Emily Vraga, a professor at George Mason University who studies media and misinformation, told The Associated Press.And celebrities tend to have many followers who amplify the effect.“Other celebrities follow celebrities, journalists follow celebrities, they tap into much more influential pools than most people.”It doesn’t even entirely matter that everyone knows a star is no expert on a subject.“We like to think that people can judge credibility, but people who are attractive are seen as more credible, people who are popular are more likely to be seen as credible,” Vraga said. “They are tweeting to people who are likely to believe them.”Sometimes the falsehoods are reflective of what a famous person’s followers already believe.Blair LM Kelley, associate professor at North Carolina State University, wrote in a widely shared reaction to West’s statements on Twitter that “a milder version of the ‘slavery is a choice’ argument is made by uninformed people all the time. I’ve had young men in my courses say ‘they never would have enslaved me.’”If it all brings to mind the old quote about a lie getting halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on, be careful. There’s no evidence that Mark Twain, or Winston Churchill, or many of the other famous figures it’s attributed to, ever said it.last_img read more

NEW YORK — The worlds of fashion film music and

first_img NEW YORK — The worlds of fashion, film, music and sports converge at the massive Met Gala on Monday night and will show off “camp” as this year’s theme.Lady Gaga, Serena Williams and Harry Styles will join Anna Wintour and hundreds of other A-listers for a stride up the grand staircase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s the 71st annual Met Gala, a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute.The evening is inspired by the institute’s spring exhibition, “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” The exhibit celebrates a 1964 essay by Susan Sontag in which she writes: “To talk about Camp is therefore to betray it.”Guests could top 600 this year and have likely been talking about camp for quite some time as they planned their own fashion spins on the theme.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press by Leanne Italie, The Associated Press Posted May 6, 2019 11:48 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Met Gala goes ‘camp’ for the annual A-list fashion parade This combination photo shows, from left, actor-singer Harry Styles, tennis star Serena Williams and actress-singer Lady Gaga who will join Anna Wintour as hosts for the 71st annual Met Gala, a fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. (AP Photo) last_img read more