Home Home Sales Homebuyers HOUSING Residence Single-Family 2018-10-24 Radhika Ojha Homebuyers have stayed away from new homes, at least according to the data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for September.The latest new home sales report released by the agencies revealed that the sale of new single-family homes fell 5.5 percent month-over-month to 553,000. They were 13.2 percent below September 2017’s sales, which were estimated at 637,000.According to Robert Dietz, Chief Economist at the National Association of Home Builders the fall in sales, “marks a notable retreat from the recent, modest growth trend that had been in place due to solid economic conditions and unmet demographic demand but constrained by rising construction costs due to labor access issues, building material pricing and rising regulatory costs.”A possible reason for the falling sales according to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist Realtor.com were the rising prices and mortgage rates that “knocked out some buyers and spooked others into waiting to see if mortgage rates reverse or prices decline—even though both the outcomes are unlikely.”Affordability is also falling as “a fixed monthly payment translates into less borrowing capacity at higher rates, down 10% since the same time last year,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist, LendingTree.The report also revised its earlier new home sales estimates from June to August, “which means that there were fewer new home sales than we previously thought through those months,” Hale said. ” Instead of turning around in August as first estimated, new home sales continued slowing, a trajectory that hasn’t changed in September.”The report said that the median sales prices of new homes sold during the month stood at $320,000 against an average sales price of $377,000. Inventory though, inched up with 327,000 new residences available for sale at the end of September, representing a supply of 7.1 months at the current rate of sales.”Instead of taking advantage of reduced competition in the fall, buyers seem to be hibernating, marking an earlier end to the home buying season than we’ve seen in recent hotly competitive years,” Hale said. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News October 24, 2018 730 Views Winter Is Coming for New Home Sales
March 7, 2019 1,806 Views Buying a home is likely to get more affordable this spring as declining prices and mortgage rates give 6 percent more purchasing power while keeping monthly payments the same or a decrease of $62 per month in principal and interest on the average home, according to Black Knight’s latest Mortgage Monitor report for January.The report indicated that annual home price growth has slowed for 10 consecutive months falling from 6.8 percent year-over-year in February 2018 to 4.6 percent at the end of the year. As a result, the average value of a home has also decreased by $850 in December.The declining values also indicate that it would now take 22.2 percent of median income to purchase a home with a 20 percent down payment and a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.The falling rates are also boosting refinance of loans, the report indicated with 3.27 million homeowners with a mortgage likely to qualify for a refinance and reduce their current interest rate at least by 0.075 percent by doing so. The report noted that the recent rate declines, which fell to 4.35 percent in February 2019, could also result in increased cash out lending, which had softened last year as “equity utilization became more expensive in 2018.””While this is all welcome news for consumers heading into the spring home buying season, it remains to be seen whether recent rate declines and easing affordability will be enough to halt the deceleration in home price growth,” said Ben Graboske, President of Black Knight’s Data and Analytics Division.While home prices are still increasing year-over-year across the nation’s 100 largest markets, the report noted that home price appreciation is decelerating rapidly with the slowdown being felt most acutely on the West Coast.California’s annual home price appreciation declined from more than 10 percent in February 2018 to 3 percent in December. San Jose, Seattle, and San Francisco which were ranked first, third, and fourth respectively by annual home price appreciation in February 2018 have fallen to the bottom 25 percent of markets within the last 10 months.Click here to read the full report. Black Knight cash out lending Down Payment Home Equity Home Prices Home Values Homebuyers homeowners HOUSING mortgage purchasing power Refinance 2019-03-07 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Homebuying Gets More Affordable Share
About Compac & TOMRACompac provides integrated post-harvest solutions and services to the global fresh produce industry using the world’s most advanced grading technology. Combining industry leading solutions with award-winning grading platforms like Spectrim, the company’s mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via smart, usable technologies. To achieve this, Compac operates centers of excellence, regional offices and manufacturing locations within the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.For further information about Compac, please see compacsort.com.Compac is a member of the TOMRA Group that was founded on innovation in 1972 that began with design, manufacturing and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today, TOMRA has ~90,000 installations in over 80 markets worldwide and had total revenues of ~6.6 billion NOK in 2016. The Group employs ~3,500 globally and is publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. (OSE: TOM). The TOMRA Group continues to innovate and provide cutting-edge solutions for optimal resource productivity within two main business areas: Collection Solutions (reverse vending and material recovery) and Sorting Solutions (recycling, mining and food sorting).For further information about TOMRA, please see tomra.com. PRESS RELEASEDrakensburg, South Africa – Compac, part of TOMRA Food, has launched a new Field Research Unit which can be deployed directly into the field to research the industry’s most challenging fresh produce issues. The new state-of-the-art laboratory, which is equipped with a broad range of sophisticated analytical sensor technologies from across TOMRA, is the first of its kind for the fresh produce industry. The Field Research Unit was launched at the 10th Citrus Research International Symposium in Drakensburg, South Africa (August 19-22) and begins customer-based testing next week.Compac delivers packhouse automation systems for sorting fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) based on weight, size, shape, colour, surface blemishes and internal quality. Both Compac and TOMRA have research and sensor development centers in Europe and New Zealand, however there can be challenges accessing produce, particularly with shipping restrictions associated with infected and diseased produce.The unique advantage of the Field Research Unit (FRU) is that it can be deployed in market, close to the source of produce, and at any stage of the supply chain from the orchard through to the point-of-sale. The data collected can be analyzed to improve produce-sorting and decision making throughout the supply chain, as well as helping to drive new technology research and future product development.The FRU is equipped with benchtop spectrometers, hyperspectral imaging equipment, texture analysers, the new Compac Inspectra2 internal inspection system for fresh produce, and the TOMRA QVision optimized for protein, moisture and fat analysis. A converted 40-foot shipping container is used to facilitate easy transport to hotspots where fresh produce needs to be investigated.“Compac’s new project is a welcome initiative for the citrus industry and we look forward to being able to work with the unit in advancing this important technology within the citrus industry”, affirmed Dr. Sean Moore, IPM Portfolio Manager with Citrus Research International, during the event. The four-day CRI Symposium is a biennial gathering to share findings of recent research conducted on behalf of the southern African citrus industry and features an international mix of keynote speakers.Dean Barker, Director of Research & Development Projects at Compac, commented: “For our customers, the Field Research Unit has the unrivalled convenience of bringing a sophisticated test laboratory right to their front door. This is confirmation of Compac’s agile response to customers’ needs.”The demands of feeding the growing global population are driving the need to know more about each piece of produce as it is sorted in the packhouse and in repack centers. Advanced Compac sensors are already deployed in packhouses but measuring other attributes can further improve sorting to optimize productivity, reduce waste and maximize customer value.For more detailed information or to request on the Field Research Unit to investigate an issue, visit https://content.compacsort.com/request-a-demo. Fruit World Co. bringing Thomcord grapes and inte … August 27 , 2018 Applewood gears up for the 2019 harvest season as … Retailers encouraged to “get with the program” … You might also be interested in IFCO acquisition by Triton and ADIA has been final …
Hong KongThe Peninsula The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH), the parent company of The Peninsula Hotels, The Peak Tram, Peak Tower and Repulse Bay Complex, has celebrated its 150th birthday in spectacular style, with a series of events and celebrations that include custom-made giant balloons, designed and hand-made by artist Ken Moody of Big Ideas Parade Giants Studio in Arizona, USA, that include inflated renditions of The Peak Tram; The Peak Tower; The Repulse Bay Complex; The Peninsula’s 1934 Phantom II vintage Rolls-Royce; The Peninsula’s MD902 Helicopter; the HSH-themed Montgolfière-style balloon (and even a giant Peninsula Pageboy named “Michael” after Sir Michael Kadoorie) all showcased together.The balloons will become a travelling exhibition to HSH properties around the world in 2017.HSH was incorporated on 2 March 1866 as The Hongkong Hotel Company, Limited, before merging with the Shanghai Hotel Company in 1923 to create The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited which today is the world’s oldest small hotel group in continuous operation.
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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Using that formula, the Arizona Cardinals are one of eight teams that could be forced to participate in 2014. The others are the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams. The possibility of the Cardinals being forced to participate is an interesting one, considering head coach Bruce Arians’ comments on the show. “It’s a total distraction, and I think it’s an embarrassment to players,” Arians said in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio last October. “I think when players are released, some of the things that are said between coaches and players are too personal, and nobody else’s business.”Only six franchises have been featured in eight seasons of the show, with the Cincinnati Bengals (2009 and 2013) and the Dallas Cowboys (2002 and 2008) participating twice each. Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Hard Knocks, HBO’s wildly popular documentary-style show which gives viewers an inside look at an NFL training camp, has had trouble finding teams to participate in the past.That led to changes from the league office last October to come up with a pool of eligible teams to choose from should no franchise step up and volunteer to be featured. Of course, there are stipulations. Teams with new coaches, teams that have made the playoffs two years running and teams that have appeared on the show in the last decade are exempt.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals players’ lockers awaiting cleaning, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. The Cardinals lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship football game to end their season. (AP Photo/Matt York) Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo With Super Bowl 50 now behind us, preparations for the 2016 season are underway.A collection of ESPN NFL writers shared their offseason predictions for each of the 32 football teams. Josh Weinfuss predicts the Arizona Cardinals might be window-shopping for a new quarterback.Before Cardinals fans start calling for Weinfuss’ head, the NFL Nation reporter says that backup quarterback Drew Stanton could be on the move. And while Carson Palmer put up MVP-type numbers in 2015, the veteran is entering his 12th season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Carson Palmer is 36 and backup Drew Stanton is an unrestricted free agent who’s preparing to not return. With how complex Arizona’s scheme is, finding a replacement for Palmer soon makes sense.Sports Illustrated’s Doug Farrar reiterates Weinfuss’ notion that Arizona should be in the market for a quarterback, but says that the Cardinals could also use an edge rusher.No team blitzed more than the Cardinals last season, and there was a reason for that. Despite (Dwight) Freeney’s time-machine season and the ascent of Markus Golden, this is a defense without a true dominate edge-rusher, and if they had one, this defense would be one of the top units in the league.The Cardinals are capable of producing pressure with All-Pro Calais Campbell and their blitz schemes, but Denver’s Super Bowl performance against Carolina showed that the Cardinals need multiple pass rushing threats.According to the Westgate Las Vegas Sportsbook, Arizona has opened at 10-1 odds to win Super Bowl LI.
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 7 Comments Share Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks follows the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals kept the game within a score until the fourth quarter when rookie quarterback Josh Rosen threw a pick on a screen pass that set up a four-play, 31-yard dive for a Chiefs touchdown.Sunday’s game marked a resurgence of running back David Johnson, who had been a shell of himself so far this season. He finished with 98 yards rushing on 21 carries and a touchdown and caught seven balls for 85 yards and a receiving touchdown.Related LinksCardinals’ failures proof AZ has become kindergarten of pro sportsRapid Reactions: Cardinals fall to Chiefs despite Johnson’s big gamePatrick Mahomes throws 2 TD passes as Chiefs beat CardinalsStanding at 2-7 and a likely failure to get into the playoffs, Wilks and the Cardinals are not focused on next year. Nonetheless, with seven games remaining, the Cardinals are projected to have a top five pick in next year’s NFL Draft.“My mind is not really on draft picks right now,” Wilks said. “I’m trying to do everything I can to win football games.“I’m not looking to say, ‘Okay, we’re going to be in the top five.’ That to me is a loser’s mentality. So we’re going to continue to work hard and at the end of the season — whatever happens — we’ll take that order.”Only two of Arizona’s remaining seven opponents currently have a record above .500. The Cardinals play the Oakland Raiders (1-8) next Sunday at State Farm Stadium. Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks is not one for moral victories, but his team provided reasons to at least be optimistic about the future following a 24-16 loss to the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.“There’s a lot of things that we can build off of to get better,” Wilks said in his weekly press conference on Monday. “It’s very encouraging some of the things you saw on both sides of the ball as well as on special teams, and that’s what we’re going to continue to try and do.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Finding the perfect nature themed holiday for your clients is easy in Switzerland. Effortless, in fact.Whether you are assisting an outdoors lover, a romantic seeking the ultimate escape or acity slicker looking to take a break from the daily grind, there is a back-to-nature stay waiting with theirname on it. So before you send them off on an epic hiking trail, make sure they will rest in one ofthese hotels, located near some of the most spectacular hiking routes in Switzerland.1. Guttannen – Grimsel Hospiz AlpinehotelBuilt in 1932 between two dam walls after the old hospice had been flooded, this elegant 4-star innlocated on the Piedmont-Burgundy trade route is perfect for design and nature lovers. The historiccharm? It’s the first electrically heated hotel in Europe, is at 1908 metres above sea level and wasmentioned as early as 1142 as the first guest house in Switzerland. It boasts a panoramic lounge, afireplace lounge, bar, restaurant, seductive wine cellar and cosy rooms that include everycomfort.2. Rougemont – Hotel de RougemontFeaturing 5 interconnected chalets that combine traditional architecture and natural materialswith an alpine chic style and discreet luxury, your clients will also fall in love with the spa withmountain views, the gourmet cuisine, and overall warm ambiance. This hotel is perfect for thosewho love indulging in typically Swiss hotels.3. Les Giettes: Whitepod Eco-Luxury HotelShould your client be after something quirky, this eco-friendly hotel fits the bill. A pioneering conceptfeaturing architecturally fascinating high-tech tents, the ‘pods’, which are separately sitting on woodenplatforms offers stays at 1400 metres above sea-level with magnificent and unobstructed views ofLake Geneva and the surrounding mountains.4. Arosa: Hotel Tschuggen Grand HotelCreated by star architect Mario Botta, this magnificent water and wellness world of the TschuggenBergoasis steams and ripples throughout all its four storeys and will impress any guest. This 5-star hotel also features a kindergarten, 5 restaurants and a sports shop; and is a member ofThe Leading Hotels in the World amongst others.5. Zermatt: Riffelalp Resort Pristine nature, peace and warmth. This five-star resort is a world of its own, far removed from the hustleand bustle of everyday life. Most of its 65 rooms and 5 top suites have a balcony with breathtakingviews of the Matterhorn. At 2222 metres above sea level, guests can admire the Valais mountainsfrom the highest-altitude outdoor pool in Europe.6. Melchsee-Frutt: Frutt LodgeOffering wellbeing at its best in delightful surroundings at an altitude of 1920 metres, is also Europe’shighest 4-star hotel in a traffic-free health resort. Opened in 2011, the hotel comprises 58rooms, 3 suites and six junior suites portraying a perfect merge of alpine luxury and moderndesign.Switzerland is ready-made for unforgettable outdoor encounters. Whatever the client requirement is,you can assure them that their stay will allow them to slow down, relax and fall head over heels#INLOVEWITHSWITZERLAND.Go back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletter
Go back to the e-newsletterHilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, will welcome its first guests in Southeast Asia in Q3 2018 with the opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok. One of the region’s most anticipated hotel openings this year, the debut will introduce the brand’s iconic experience to discerning travellers in the Thai capital, in the heart of the bustling Ratchaprasong intersection.With a global portfolio of 30 hotels and resorts, Waldorf Astoria is known for its commitment to personal service and culinary expertise in landmark locations around the world. Waldorf Astoria offers a strong sense of arrival and impressive public spaces worthy of hosting history. Numerous historical figures – from Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra to world leaders – have been associated with the brand.“Waldorf Astoria Bangkok will mark the brand’s first foray into Southeast Asia and herald the introduction of Unforgettable Experiences in Bangkok and beyond,” said Daniel Welk, Vice President of Operations, Luxury and Lifestyle, Hilton, Asia Pacific. “The hotel’s timeless environment and exclusively crafted guest experiences, combined with the brand’s unparalleled True Waldorf Service, will set a new benchmark for luxury in Asia.”In tribute to the owners of the property, Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited, the building has been designed to give the effect of springing from the ground like a magnolia tree. Towering above the city, the sculptural appearance of the property cuts a dramatic profile in the skyline of Bangkok.The hotel will boast 171 guest rooms and suites, which reflect the artistry and craftsmanship of award-winning architect André Fu and his design studio AFSO. The hotel’s crown jewel will span the top three floors from levels 55 to 57, comprising three dining outlets by design and concept firm AvroKO, headquartered in New York.In line with Waldorf Astoria’s culinary heritage, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is primed to be a dining destination, featuring three restaurant concepts, a lounge and two bars. Chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, or Chef Fae, will bring her experience of working at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe to head the restaurant Front Room, which will present an elegant new blend of “new Nordic” and Thai flavours in a relaxed setting.Go back to the e-newsletter
RelatedVirgin America, Air Tran join second bag surchargersA host of airlines have announced plans to ramp up second checked bag charges.American Airlines announces check bag chargesAmerican Airlines announces check bag chargesRyanair baggage and check-in fees to riseRyanair baggage and check-in fees to rise A leading north American airline is upping the prices for hold baggage in a bid to offset the rising jet fuel costs that are afflicting the aviation industry.America’s second largest carrier, United Airlines, has declared a new $25 (£12.60) charge for passengers wishing to check in a second bag, in a move that other airlines could feel compelled to follow.The new charge applies to passengers with non-refundable domestic tickets who do not have Mileage Plus or Star Alliance status with the airline – and will come into force on bookings for travel beginning from May 5th onwards.United has exempted international travellers from the additional cost, claiming: “Checking a second bag will continue to be free and the cost to check more than two bags or items that are overweight or require special handling varies by destination.”But the new tariff on domestic travellers is intended to yield more than $100 million a year in savings and revenue for the airline, helping to offset what it claimed was a crippling 49 per cent increase in jet fuel prices over the past year.Critics have claimed that the move is another step in reducing what is included in original airfares – and is consistent with airlines removing freebies like pillows and on-board meals.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
7. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from £151A city still scarred from conflict, Sarajevo is nevertheless a handsome place, sprawling among hills where adventure is to be found. By day, there’s hiking, biking and rafting, while in winter there are two ski areas just 30 minutes from the city (as featured in our article on the world’s cheapest ski resorts). By night the bars and clubs are full of friendly locals who are only too pleased to welcome foreigners to their city, and the cuisine is of surprisingly high quality (especially if you like meat and lots of it!) at very reasonable prices. 2. Chittagong, Bangladesh from £524India has long been a favourite for gap-year backpackers and spiritual questers alike, but Bangladesh offers its own unique adventure. The frenetic port of Chattagong on the Bay of Bengal is Bangladesh’s second busiest city. And boy is it busy, but you might find a little peace along the banks of the Karnaphuli River. Sit on the dock of the bay watching small family fishing boats dodging massive freight ships. Or check out Boga Lake, apparently formed by a deity disguised as a dragon who caused an earthquake after eating the inhabitants of a nearby village. 10. Entebbe, Uganda from £454Uganda is emerging onto the tourist map as a cheaper alternative to countries like South Africa and Botswana for a safari holiday. Sitting on the beautiful shores of Lake Victoria, in the city of Entebbe, you can go on safari right on the city’s doorstep by taking a boat trip on the lake itself to Ngamba Island, home to gorillas and chimpanzees.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. Košice, Slovakia from £41Sharing Capital of Culture honours with Marseille (and Derry) is Košice, Slovakia’s second-largest city. While capital Bratislava is starting to attract stag weekenders, Košice remains much less visited, although it may be more economical flying to Bratislava and getting the train through impressive Slovak countryside to Košice. Situated at the foot of brooding mountains near the border with Hungary, the city is full of history, evident in interesting architecture like the wondrous Gothic St. Elisabeth Cathedral. If you are after faster-paced thrills than gazing at buildings, immerse yourself in the national passion, ice hockey, at the Steel Aréna, home of local favourites HC Košice. 5. Turku, Finland from £126Turku, on Finland’s Baltic Sea coast in the south-west of the country, was itself a Capital of Culture in 2011. It’s a buzzing place with happening nightlife thanks to its large student population, but before you hit the bars, pay homage to national treasure, composer Sibelius, at a museum dedicated to him. Embrace Finnish culture of a slightly lower brow variety at Moominworld – rated as one of the world’s top 10 theme parks. 6. Yangon/Rangoon, Burma/Myanmar from £588Past meets present (as for the future, who knows?) with old colonial mansions nestling among modern skyscrapers in Yangon, or Rangoon. However you refer to it, throw yourself into the city in the madness of the Bogyoke Aung San Market, a hive of haggling and slipper stalls. Take tips on how to keep relaxed from the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha, a 70m-long reclining statue of Buddha adorned with a diamond encrusted crown. 9. Timisoara, Romania from £50You could say it was a lightbulb moment. Timisoara was the first place in Europe, and second in the world after New York, to have electric streetlights. Despite this claim to fame, this stately city in the far west of Romania doesn’t draw many visitors, which means you’ll have sights such as atmospheric Huniade Castle to yourself. Take a boat trip on the Bega canal, watch the world go by over an ice cream in Victory Square and take in a performance at the marvellous Romanian Opera House. 1. Marseille, France – flights from £36 returnAs a European Capital of Culture for 2013, Marseille has done much to shed its long-standing reputation as being ‘a bit rough round the edges’. France’s second-biggest population centre has lost none of its appeal as a thriving, exiciting port city on the Med; it has just smartened itself up with showcase projects such as the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean and the renovation of the Musée de l’Histoire. Experience unpolished Marseille with a pre-lunch pastis in a port-side bar followed by super seafood fresh off the boat at La Boîte à Sardine. 4. Manila, Philippines from £490Few visitors to the Philippines linger in Manila, preferring to head on to tropical beaches like those of Palawan island. But the sprawling capital is a hugely exciting place to explore. The Sampaloc district is home to the University of Santo Tomas, Asia’s oldest institution, while round the corner, take a stroll among the bright blooms of colourful Dangwa Flower Market. Entertainment goes on long into the night – the locals like their karaoke. 8. Beirut, Lebanon from £188Once it would have been over-optimism to refer to Beirut as the Paris of the Middle East’, but from being a by-word for trouble and strife, the Lebanese capital is now firmly on the aspiration pages of in-flight magazines. An intriguing mix of ‘bling’ and bullet holes, Beirut is a party town with a character and attitude reminiscent of Belgrade. By day, you can hit the track to watch Arabian racehorses and have a flutter, then head to Mnaitra just outside the city for canoeing or biking, or even go for scuba diving. By night, hit the cool Gemmayzeh area packed full of party-hungry Lebanese girls and guys and have a cocktail in one of the many small, funky bars before heading on to an pool party, beach bar or nightclub where the action goes on ’til sunrise. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in MarseilleFrance’s oldest city, long known for its seedy underbelly, has gone glossy in recent years, with an influx of designer hotels, chic boutiques and world-class galleries and museums. See why people are choosing city breaks in Marseille’s sunshine.6 European Capitals of CultureEach year the EU chooses European Capital of Culture, we check out 6 of 2012’s picks5 May getaways with flights for less than £50Get away this May with our five fun ideas for a spring city break from Venice to Valencia, all with flights under £50 return.
Visiting for the Rugby World Cup, or simply passing through and looking for a place to refuel? Leicester is the place to go if you’re a fan of big cats and big nights out.Home to rugby giants, the Leicester Tigers, Will Cooper finds the perfect place to enjoy a pint and a decent plate of food in this East Midland’s city in our handy guide. 1. ShivalliBirmingham might have the balti, but Leicester has loads of excellent curry houses, ideal for a pre or post-match munch. Shivalli on Welford Road, specialises in vegetarian feasts, with more than 50 meat-free dishes on their menu – get there for the all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch buffet and fill your boots with delicious food for a great price. Top tip: have a light breakfast to maximise your gorging capacity before you head to the game.https://instagram.com/p/eIpem9qhlD/2. Gelato VillageIt’s not traditionally recognised as a pre-match treat, but everyone loves ice cream right?! Hopefully the sun will be out, but even if he hasn’t got his hat on it’s still worth heading to Gelato Village for a proper Italian gelataria experience. With a huge selection of flavours to choose from, be careful that you don’t spend too much time deciding (and drooling) over their cones that you miss kick-off. https://instagram.com/p/xMLUsoE9hw/3. The PUBFrom the outside, you’d think this is a traditional English boozer, but you’d be wrong! The PUB puts a modern spin on a timeless classic and has been renovated in a contemporary style. In the old pedestrian area of New Walk, you’ll find plenty of English ales to quench your thirst, mostly from local breweries, plus a good selection of quality foreign imports. The knowledgeable bar staff are happy to help you choose your poison if you’re looking a bit overwhelmed by their extensive menu. The food menu is pretty solid too, perfect soaker for all those pints.https://instagram.com/p/sUuZcdRww_/4. The Western PubFounded by two Leicestershire locals with a passion for good beer, Steamin’ Billy Brewing Co. operates a handful of pubs and bars in and around Leicester. In all of them you’ll find locally-sourced produce, the majority of ales they serve are brewed by the company and The Western is a great spot for match-day (or none match-day) beers – in the know fans of football and rugby love this place. https://instagram.com/p/2EJgH_qbUU/5. The Boot RoomLocated in a former shoe factory, it’s a relaxed and informal but smart setting for food. It is one of Leicester’s best independent high-end restaurants and regularly receives a listing in the Michelin Guide. They pride themselves on not over complicating things – this holds for the ambiance and the food. The menu is full of recognisable modern British classics, from fish pie to popcorn panna cotta, cooked to perfection. https://instagram.com/p/1nqm4NDufn/6. The Swan and RushesA favourite with Leicester Tigers fans due to its proximity to their rugby ground, the Rugby World Cup games are to be played at the larger Leicester City stadium (home to the city’s football club) so it’s not quite as close, but it’s still a good old fashioned East Midlands boozer where you’ll likely get some rugby chat with the locals. The selection of real ales, lagers and ciders is top notch too.https://instagram.com/p/t-oop8MS1b/Going to any other games this Rugby World Cup? Check out our handy guides to some of the host cities:10 places for post-match munch in Milton KeynesGo ‘out out’ in MK after the match and see a different side to the Buckinghamshire ‘burb.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Manchester Check out our Top 10 pick of places to eat and drink in the city of Oasis and Manchester United – ideal for 2015 Rugby World Cup visitors.Top 10 bars and restaurants in London for rugby fans Our tips for 10 best places to eat and drink in London post-World Cup match.Leeds: where to eat and drink for during the RWCWe give the lowdown on the best places to soak up some Rugby World Cup atmosphere in Leeds.Top 10 places to eat and drink in Cardiff for rugby fans Travelling to Cardiff for the 2015 Rugby World Cup? 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9. Kameha Grand, Zurich, SwitzerlandFind cheap flights to ZurichWho doesn’t love a themed hotel? Zurich’s Kameha Grand is filled with themed rooms and suites, but it’s the Space Suite we love the most. A must for budding space explorers, this fabulously hi-tech retreat contains a floating bed, miniature rockets and shelves designed to resemble astronauts’ gloves. But out favourite bit is the live link-up to NASA’s mission control, via a huge screen above the bed. Life finally discovered on the red planet? You’ll be the first to know. Meteorites on a collision course with planet Earth? You’ll have a ringside seat as the drama unfolds. 2. J House Greenwich Hotel, Connecticut, USFind cheap flights to ConnecticutIt’s the bathrooms which earned this hotel its place in our list. We’ve all seen those tiny televisions built into mirrors in hotel bathrooms, but when things get steamy, watching the latest Game of Thrones episode from the comfort of the tub becomes nigh on impossible. Not so at one of Connecticut’s best hotels – the J House Greenwich, where you’ll find an enormous 55-inch television screen guaranteed to stay steam-free. Our other favourite bit? The toilet – but bear with us here. This is isn’t your average porcelain throne. The TOTO Neorest is regarded as the world’s most hi-tech loo, and comes with a built-in bidet, electrically heated seat and air purifier. Loo-vely. 5. M Social Singapore, SingaporeFind cheap flights to SingaporeWe all love a bit of room service from time to time. But things can become slightly awkward if the housekeeper calls when we’re not quite dressed, or the hangover from hell is making the thought of human interaction with the concierge seem as appealing as wisdom tooth extraction. Enter the M Social, a luxury Singapore hotel which has just hired its latest member of staff: a robot. Need some more bottled water? Simply give the front desk a call and Aura (Automated Room-service Associate) will deliver fresh supplies to your room. Craving a news fix? Aura will dispatch the morning’s newspaper in a matter of seconds. Who on earth said it’s good to talk? 5. City Hub, Amsterdam, HollandFind cheap flights to AmsterdamCityHub was created as a hi-tech alternative to cramped youth hostels. The hotel’s 50 mininamlist pods all contain a double bed, along with wi-fi, hi-tech audio streaming services (who doesn’t love a pod party?) and mood lighting which can be controlled by an app. And if you’re prone to demagnetising your hotel key card (or simply losing it altogether), you’re in luck – instead of a traditional hotel key, you’ll be given an electronic wristband which can be used to unlock your door. 7. Eccleston Square Hotel, London, UKYou couldn’t cram more tech into this boutique London hotel if you tried. It was one of the first UK hotels with in-room iPads and cinema-sized television screens, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Weary of London’s famously polluted air? At Eccleston Square, a hi-tech ventilation system means that every room has its own air supply, so if the guests in room 101 are stuffing themselves with the world’s stinkiest curry, you’ll be none the wiser. Then there are the beds: £15k Hastens beds, to be precise. The sleeping equivalavent of a super car, each one has its own engine, allowing you to pre-programme a wide range of positions and massage functions. The piece de resistance is the phones. Each room comes with a smart phone which guests can use for the duration of their stay, and they can be used to call landlines and mobiles through Europe and North America – on a totally complimentary basis. 4. Yotel, New York, USFind cheap flights to New YorkWe all know that feeling – we’re stopping over in a city for a night or two and it becomes immediately obvious that our enormous suitcase takes up the majority of the floorspace in the budget hotel we’ve booked. Yotel, a capsule-style hotel in New York’s Time Square, has eliminated the problem with the introduction of a hi-tech storage space for items of luggage you don’t need immediate access to. The best bit? It’s all taken care of by a robot. Or Yobot, to be precise. After your room keys have been dispensed by the electronic check-in terminal, Yobot will whisk away your luggage and place it into a locker. The entire process takes place in a glass-walled storage area, allowing you to watch the entire process. The hi-tech theme continues in the bedrooms, which have space-saving motorised beds and motion-activated air conditioning. 3. Hotel Zetta, San Francisco, USFind cheap flights to San FranciscoOne of San Francisco’s coolest hotels is the Zetta, a gadget geek’s paradise: there’s a games console-filled Playroom, a tech-filled antique telephone booth from which you can Tweet, Snapchat or blog, and (for old time’s sake) a museum-like display of retro games cartridges, computer chips and old mobile phones. But it’s the VR Cube which has generated the most hype. This lobby-based virtual reality room (the first one inside a hotel) allows guests to experience alternate realities by slipping on a hi-tech headset. Do so and you’ll instantly be transported from downtown San Francisco to the mountainous wilds of Washington State or a ghostly shipwreck on the ocean floor. And you thought time travel was cool. 6. Hilton Mclean Tysons Corner, Virginia, USFind cheap flights to VirginiaHilton has created an entire innovation lab to ensure its hotels are as hi-tech as possible, and this particular property is a great example. Favourite features include the hi-tech televisions – log on to watch Netflix, YouTube and HuluPlus – and the Tech Lounge, which has Amazon delivery lockers. The Hilton Honors app can be used as a hotel room key, and there are five electric car charging points outside. The property’s also given those long, boring meetings a makeover, with the help of Ava, described as a mobile tele-presence droid. It works like this: if a company’s holding a meeting or conference at the hotel, employees who can’t attend in person can connect remotely with the hotel’s robot, which will then display the employee’s face. Not quite creepy enough? The robot can even mingle at cocktail parties on behalf of the employee in question. On the plus side, that’s one way to avoid a hangover. Searching for a hot hotel in the world’s coolest cities? 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Here’s 10 of the best wallet-friendly accommodation options for you to choose from if you’re planning a bargain city break with friends, a last-minute night out or a romantic weekend escape with loved ones.The best hotels in Paris for every budgetParis, France’s beautiful capital and one of Europe’s most romantic cities. If you’re heading across the channel for a weekend break to the City of Lights, then you’ll need somewhere to stay. Take your pick from our list of the best hotels and hostels in Paris, whether you’re looking for… 10. Henn na Hotel, Tokyo, JapanFind cheap flights to TokyoEver fancied being checked into your room by a dinosaur-shaped robot? Actually, don’t answer that, although we’re fairly sure you’ll agree this Tokyo hotel is about as hi-tech as it gets. The Henn na Hotel is the first to be staffed entirely by robots – and multi-lingual ones at that. They’ll greet you in reception, they’ll carry your luggage to your room and their face recognition capabilities will eliminate the need for room keys. Only in Japan. 8. Marriott Hotel Ghent, BelgiumFind cheap flights to BelgiumThis seemingly nondescript Marriott hotel was the first hotel in Europe to have a robot on its payroll. Mario is 56 centimetres tall, weighs six kilograms and speaks 19 different languages – eliminating the risk of translation troubles resulting in the wrong room service order. But he doesn’t just deliver items to guests’ rooms – he can often be found on the front desk, where his robotic reception duties include handing out guests’ key cards and informing visitors about his favourite dishes at the hotel’s restaurant. Oh, and he sings and dances too. 1. hub by Premier Inn, London, UKHate the faff of flicking on the “do not disturb” sign or adjusting the air conditioning to the perfect temperature? First world problems, admittedly, but at London’s hub by Premier Inn they’re not ones you need to worry about. The hotel’s very own app can be used to control all of the above, and the super-fast wi-fi means staying connected won’t be an issue. Multiple power points allow you to charge different devices in a matter of minutes, and if you’re not a people person, you’ll love the hi-tech kiosks which allow you to check in to your room with a simple swipe to the right.
El Segundo, California – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine.Luxury travel company Travcoa has announced the August 20, 2011 departure of their Grand Safari with Kenya & Tanzania as the company’s annual President’s Journey. Led by company president Jerre Fuqua and professional Travel Director-photographer Kymri Wilt, the 15-day, small-group, luxury African safari is set to explore the legendary game parks of Kenya and Tanzania using light aircraft to fly between safari experiences.Highlights of the Travcoa safari through East Africa will include Nairobi, Amboseli National Park and the Masai Mara in Kenya, and Arusha, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in Tanzania. The President’s Journey Grand Safari is limited to a maximum of 18 guests and will be escorted by Travcoa Travel Director, Kymri Wilt, working in combination with expert local guides. Wilt is a professional photographer and will be available to all guests, regardless of photography skill level, for tips on photo technique and equipment use.www.travcoa.com/grandsafari Accommodations throughout the Grand Safari are in boutique lodges such as Arusha Coffee Lodge, The Manor at Ngorongoro Crater and small, luxury, tented camps in private locations including Serengeti Migration Camp and Governors’ Il Moran camp in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Il Moran’s strategic location at the Mara River maximizes the opportunity for President’s Journey guests to witness the annual river crossing during the migration of over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra into Kenya each year. The East Africa wildebeest migration is widely regarded as one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth.Other highlights of the all-inclusive luxury safari include scenic flights between itinerary stops; a lavish picnic lunch set deep in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro crater complete with a private chef, waiters, linens and crystal; an early morning hot air balloon excursion over Kenya’s Masai Mara followed by a Champaign brunch; and a visit to the Sheldrick Trust’s Elephant and Rhino Nursery outside Nairobi in order to interact with orphaned infant elephants and their keepers. Each booking on the Grand Safari will receive a one-year sponsorship of an orphaned infant elephant courtesy of Travcoa.www.travcoa.com/SheldrickTrust In addition to a dedicated Travcoa Travel Director and top safari guides, the all-inclusive Grand Safari features all ground transportation, hot air ballooning, all meals including evening “sundowners” and memorable dinners in the bush. Several other very special events are planned for the President’s Journey departure in August. Price for the 2011 Grand Safari is $10,990 per person based on double occupancy, plus $1,790 for intra-tour air.www.travcoa.com/africa
Sint Maarten’s new Porto Cupecoy marina village will celebrate the completion of its much-anticipated luxury marina in November 2009. The marina opening announcement comes on the heels of a successful season for the Mediterranean inspired luxury development, during which both sales and development construction exhibited rapid progress. Located on the western end of Simpson Bay Lagoon, Porto Cupecoy’s marina will be the newest and one of the most upscale in the Caribbean, serving as the social and commercial hub of the 181-residence village and a destination for the entire Caribbean owing to its location in Simpson Bay, one of the Caribbean’s most protected harbors and an international yachting destination. Porto Cupecoy homeowners and transient visitors will have the opportunity to dock or moor their sailboats and yachts (from 30 to 300 feet in length) in one of marina’s 54 slips, eleven of which are able to accommodate mega yachts. Pleasure craft slips are priced from USD $100,000 to $160,000, with mega yacht slip pricing available upon request. “Simpson Bay Lagoon, where the marina is located, is the Caribbean’s largest salt water lagoon and has long been a natural yachting hub for the Caribbean,” said Bernard Sarme, Orient-Express Managing Director/Project Director for Sint Maarten Real Estate. “Porto Cupecoy is the island’s newest and most luxurious marina and will prove to be the perfect jumping off point for boaters looking to explore nearby islands and cultures.” Being a white-glove marina, patrons will have access to all village facilities and a range of services, including yacht provisioning, onsite car and tender rental and water shuttles to the airport or throughout the lagoon upon request. All marina clients can also take full advantage of VIP-vessel concierge services, which include electrical, fuel and standard maintenance assistance. Porto Cupecoy’s marina village will feature European restaurants and cafes, as well as artisan galleries and designer boutiques. An onsite grocery store, pharmacy, and banking services will prove an added convenience for homeowners and visitors. And the village pool, fitness centre, tennis courts, and gated entrance will offer the services and amenities of a luxury resort. Located on Sint Maarten in the Caribbean’s Netherlands Antilles, Porto Cupecoy is comprised of richly-appointed one- to four-bedroom residences, set in a harbor-side village with a European-Mediterranean ambience. One, two and three bedroom residences are listed from USD $450,000 to USD $2.5 million and are now available for preview via the sales center and fully-furnished model homes – a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom – which are open and available for viewing seven days a week. Porto Cupecoy is on target for a late 2009 opening. www.portocupecoy.com.
Lucerne – The Manero RetroGrade timepiece by Carl F. Bucherer won the approval of readers of the German fashion magazine Amica and the people’s magazine BUNTE.Amica presented its 2008 Momento Award to the watch at a ceremony in Berlin’s China Club. Readers were invited to elect the most beautiful ladies watch in the categories of Jewelry, Mechanical, Sport, Classic and Fashion. The Manero RetroGrade won in the Mechanical category. Altogether, 35 models competed for the 2008 MomentoAwards and votes were gathered via Amica and Bunte magazine’s websites.www.carl-f-bucherer.com
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” won best film and best director on Saturday at the 33rd Independent Film Spirit Awards, a day before the horror sensation will vie for top honours at the Academy Awards.The wins for Peele’s directorial debut gave the Spirits, a celebration of indie filmmaking, something unusual: a box-office behemoth. Made for just $4.5 million, “Get Out” grossed $255 million worldwide.“We are in the beginning of a renaissance right now, where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honoured and recognized and celebrated,” Peele said.Peele was presented the award for best director by Spike Lee, whom Peele said paved his way. “Let’s make no mistake,” he said. “I wouldn’t be standing here if wasn’t for this man.”“Get Out” is only the second horror film to win best picture at the Spirits. The other was 2010’s “Black Swan.”“This project didn’t start as a statement,” said Peele. “It began as me wanting to make a film in my favourite genre. I sat down and would smoke a little weed and try to write a mind-bending horror film, my favourite genre and at some point I followed the truth and I realized there are people locked up for smoking less weed than I smoked writing the movie.”Held in a beachside tent on a floor soaked through from rain earlier in the day, the Spirit Awards are the dressed-down, boozy prelude to Sunday’s Academy Awards.But as the Oscars have gravitated toward honouring indie films, the two have come closer to mirroring each other. The last four Spirit winners for best film (“Moonlight,” ”Spotlight,” ”Birdman,” ”12 Years a Slave”) have won best picture at the Oscars.“It’s Saturday,” Peele said backstage of his Oscar expectations. “Tomorrow’s tomorrow. That’s what’s up.”The Spirits are also a party to mark the (almost) end of a long and sometimes repetitive awards season.“I continue to be amazed that you let me get to the microphone. What are you crazy?” said Frances McDormand, who again won best actress for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” ”Do you know how hard it’s been not to swear over the last couple of months? Because this awards convention goes on for (expletive) forever.”Allison Janney likewise continued her sweep of the best supporting actress awards for “I, Tonya.” The supporting actor Oscar favourite Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) added to his string of awards.Timothee Chalamet, the “Call Me By Your Name” breakthrough star, took best actor, a category that at the Spirits didn’t include the Oscar favourite Gary Oldman. The 22-year-old said he was trying to savour the moment.“I don’t know if this kind of thing is ever going to happen again,” said Chalamet.Returning hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll opened with a lively monologue that managed to touch on everything from Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner to the pronunciation of Saoirse Ronan’s name (“Sour Shoes Ronan,” Mulaney said) and Mulaney’s wife’s infatuation with “Call Me By Your Name’s” Timothee Chalamet.Mulaney said he once had a meeting with Weinstein where the fallen mogul proclaimed that his legacy, and what would be written on his tombstone, wouldn’t be for the films he’s done, that it’d be for “Project Runway.”“Your tombstone isn’t going to say ‘Project Runway.’ It’s going to say double XL unmarked grave,” Mulaney said.Kroll and Mulaney joked about separating the artist from the art for some of the men accused of misconduct.“Like with Kevin Spacey: Can we still love ‘K-PAX?” Kroll pondered.Added Mulaney: “Or Woody Allen and his last 21 unwatchable films? Can we still not watch them?”“Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig won best screenplay for her partly autobiographical family drama.“Thank you to my parents for watching the plays that I put on in the living room and thank you to my brother and sister for acting in them,” said Gerwig.Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” received the Robert Altman Award, an ensemble honour given to one film’s director, casting director and cast. In an impassioned speech, Rees celebrated each element of the film, a Netflix release, and concluded by pronouncing: “‘Mudbound’ is cinema.”Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon won best first screenplay for “The Big Sick,” which they based on the real-life drama of the beginning of their own relationship. They are also up for the original screenplay award at the Oscars. They both thanked their parents, who provided some of the inspiration for the parents in the film, with some artistic license.“My dad never cheated on my mom,” said Gordon. “That was something we made up for the movie.”“That we know of,” quipped Nanjiani.The social-media satire “Ingrid Goes West,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, won best first feature. Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” from Chile, won best international film. The film, about a transgender woman whose partner has died, is up for best foreign picture at the Academy Awards.“I thought the film was going to encounter, to say the least division, and that hasn’t been the case,” Lelio said backstage. “What surprises me most is that the film has been understood.”“The Rider” director Chloe Zhao was given the inaugural Bonnie Award, for a mid-career female director, which includes a $50,000 grant. Agnes Varda, the 89-year-old French filmmaking legend, won best documentary with her co-director JR for their “Faces Places,” also a nominee at Sunday’s Oscars.Winners are chosen by Film Independent, which includes critics, filmmakers, actors, festival programmers, past winners and nominees, and members of its board. The Spirit Awards cap nominees at a budget of $20 million or less, which eliminates some bigger-budget awards contenders like “Dunkirk.”But the film many consider the Oscar front-runner — Guillermo del Toro’s modestly budgeted “The Shape of Water,” up for a leading 13 nominations Sunday — was completely overlooked by the Spirits.___Follow Coyle on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP and Bahr at http://twitter.com/ldbahr___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason by Jake Coyle And Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2018 2:58 am PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 3:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Get Out’ wins for best film, director at Spirit Awards Hosts John Mulaney, left, and Nick Kroll speak on stage at the 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Chabon, Erdrich among contributors to ACLU anthology FILE – In this June 18, 2017 file photo, authors Michael Chabon posse for a photo in Jerusalem. Chabon, Louise Erdrich and Ann Patchett are among the contributors to an anthology commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union. Simon & Schuster announced Thursday, May 17, 2018, that the book is currently untitled and will be published in 2020, one hundred years after the ACLU’s founding. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2018 9:16 am PDT Last Updated May 17, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Michael Chabon, Louise Erdrich and Ann Patchett are among the contributors to an anthology commemorating the upcoming 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union.Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that the book is currently untitled and will be published in 2020, 100 years after the ACLU’s founding. Chabon and his wife and fellow author, Ayelet Waldman, are serving as co-editors. Writers will be contributing essays on major court cases, whether Lauren Groff on the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade or Salman Rushdie on the Pentagon Papers ruling, New York Times Co. v. United States.The book’s editors and literary agents are contributing proceeds to the ACLU.
Lindsay Lohan’s stepmom pleads guilty to disorderly conduct by The Associated Press Posted Apr 18, 2019 6:50 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Lindsay Lohan’s stepmother has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after state police said she tried to commandeer an occupied bus and attacked its driver.Thirty-six-year-old Kate Major Lohan apologized while entering the third-degree misdemeanour plea Wednesday. Lehigh County prosecutors withdrew other charges including drunken driving.Authorities say she was angry after missing her Hellertown stop on Christmas Day. She grabbed at and verbally abused the driver, then got behind the wheel and began pushing buttons as the engine ran. She spent Christmas night in jail.Defence attorney Greg Spang lauded prosecutors for dropping the DUI charge, saying his client wanted to put a “Christmas she won’t soon forget” behind her.Major Lohan is married to Michael Lohan, actress Lindsay Lohan’s father.The Associated Press FILE – This file photo originally provided provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office shows Kate Major Lohan shortly after her arrest on a battery charge in Boca Raton, Fla., on July 27, 2018. Lohan has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after Pennsylvania state police said she tried to commandeer an occupied bus and attacked its driver last Christmas. Lohan apologized while entering the third-degree misdemeanor plea Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Lehigh County prosecutors withdrew other charges including drunken driving. (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office via AP)