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Thomson Can I fly with pets? YesDoes my pet need a passport? Yes – apply via AIA Pets. Read on to find out more. Aer LingusPets must be booked to travel with Aer Lingus Cargo. Animals presented for transport at passenger check-in won’t be accepted under any circumstances. easyJetThe carriage of live animals, including pets, insects, reptiles, or any other form of livestock is forbidden anywhere on any easyJet aircraft. Exceptions are made for guide dogs or assistance dogs. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Flights within France: €20Flights within Europe: €75All other flights: €200 Thomas Cook Can I fly with pets? Yes, if they weigh less than 6kg and are older than 8 weeks. Read on to find out more. Ryanair Can I fly with pets? No, exceptions may be made for guide dogs, read on to find out more.Does my pet need a passport? Yes Ryanair No live animals are permitted to fly in the cargo hold of a Ryanair aircraft. Similarly, the airline does not generally permit live animals to fly in the cabin. Exceptions are made, however, for guide dogs or assistance animals. The dogs must have a pet passport or an official veterinary health certificate if their country of origin does not provide passports. Due to restrictions, guide/assistant dogs are not allowed on flights to or from Morocco, or flights to/from Israel. Turkish AirlinesPets are not included in the free baggage allowance and incur a fee. Fees start at $35, and depend on whether the animal is being stored in the hold or cabin. Full fee information is listed online. It is charged per kilo, and based on how many ‘zones’ travelled through. LufthansaPets will be transported either in the cabin or the hold, depending on the animal’s weight and size. Fees depend on the destination and size of the animal: FlybeAssistance dogs are permitted on domestic routes, and international routes from the following airports: Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. All dogs and cats travel in the hold (except for assistance dogs). For more information, call 0844 800 2855. Virgin Atlantic Can I fly with pets? Yes, only cats and dogs are allowed to fly. Read on to find out more. Aer Lingus Can I fly with pets? Yes, airline carrier is Aer Lingus Cargo. Read on to find out more. FlyBe Can I fly with pets? Yes, in the hold, no in the cabin, unless they are assistance dogs. Read on to find out more. British Airways Can I fly with pets? Yes, in the hold, not in the cabin, unless they are assistance dogs. Read on to find out more.How much does it cost? If flying with an assistance dog, free Lufthansa Can I fly with pets? Yes, read on to find out more. Air France Can I fly with pets? Yes, in the hold if your pet weighs 8-75kg. Read on to find out more. RelatedComplete guide to cabin luggage: what you can and can’t take on a planeYou’ve got your head around cabin bag sizes, but what are you actually allowed to pack in that perfectly-sized carry-on? Find all the answers you need in this complete guide* to what you can and can’t take on a plane in your hand luggage.British Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees!Aer Lingus luggage rules explained: how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on an Aer Lingus flight? What’s the airline’s hold luggage allowance? Don’t get caught out, check our complete guide to Aer Lingus baggage restrictions, plus our best tips on how to make the most of your baggage allowance. Turkish Airlines Can I fly with pets? Yes, read on to find out more. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map British AirwaysBritish Airways does not allow pets to travel in the cabin, except recognised assistance dogs, which can travel with the owner free of charge in the cabin. All other pets must travel as cargo in the hold – this includes emotional assistance animals. Animals are handled by BA’s sister company, IAG World Cargo. Fees and required pet carrier size depends on the animal, so passengers are advised to get in contact with the airline prior to the flight. EasyJet Can I fly with pets? No, exceptions may be made for guide dogs. Read on to find out more. ThomsonYou can ask for your pet to be carried on most Thomson Airways flights. Passengers should complete the booking form at [AIA Pets](http://aiapets.com/), where fee information is available for your specific animal. If you’re travelling to Europe, your pet will just need a pet passport. Pets will be stored in the cargo, and all travel boxes must be fitted with a water container. Small: €35 to €100Medium: €70 to €200Large: €150 to €400 Emirates Can I fly with pets? No, exceptions may be made for guide dogs and falcons. Read on to find out more. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Now that you know the facts about flying with your pet, are you ready to search for cheap flights? Knock yourself out… Air FrancePets must be transported by freight if the animal and its container weigh more than 75kg, or if it is traveling to a country that authorises animal transport only by freight. A dog or cat weighing 8kg-75kg must be transported in the hold. There is a limit of three animals per passenger. With prior approval from Air France’s Customer Service department, you may transport in the cabin if your dogs or cat weighing less than 8kg (including the transport bag or container). Guide dogs are authorised regardless of their weight: Want more travel tips? Stay savvy with Skyscanner:The definitive guide to luggage restrictions and allowances for the UK’s biggest airlines. Our complete guides to baggage rules and restrictions for the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Jet2.What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage? A no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports, along with all of the exceptions.10 cabin bags guaranteed to get your hand luggage on board It might feel like airlines ask us to pack our stuff into smaller carry-on bags each year, but you can avoid all of the stress (and the baggage fees) by investing in one of these cabin cases.*Prices valid as of 10th February 2017. For additional information, please see the airline website for full details regarding sizing and up to date fees. Notice a change in the fees? Leave a comment below and we’ll update the page.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Thomas CookDogs and cats less than 6kg can be carried in the cabin. This comes with a charge of €15* per animal. Cats and dogs less than eight weeks old are not permitted. Animals must be in a closed hygienic watertight bag or basket. Virgin AtlanticThe cost of taking your pet can vary, depending on the length, width, height and weight of your pet, plus its container. Pets are also eligible for air miles with the Flying Paws scheme. Only cats and dogs are allowed onto Virgin Atlantic flights. Call Virgin Atlantic’s dedicated team for pricing. EmiratesAnimals are not permitted in the cabin of Emirates flights. Exceptions are made for falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan. Guide dogs are permitted. Aegean AirlinesKLMThomas Cook
Escape Lounge, Manchester Airport1. Get lounge access, without a business-class ticketLounges offer an oasis of calm amidst the frenetic swirl of an airport, and they’re not the exclusive preserve of premium-ticket travellers. For a £20-40 one-off fee you can buy access to several – and write off most of the cost against your savings on drinks and snacks, which are usually free. Pay-per-visit lounges include Aspire Lounges at airports including Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh, or the No 1 Lounges at Edinburgh and Gatwick – where benefits include private resting areas, showers and beauty treatments. Visit the website of your nearest airport to find out what’s on offer.Alternatively, buy cut-price lounge access by downloading the nifty LoungeBuddy app, which lets you browse and book hundreds of lounges on the day or up to two months in advance. Or you can give the gift of lounge access this Christmas in the form of vouchers for No 1 Lounges, with the added bonus of premium security access (see below).Compare flight prices and plan your next trip2. Sidestep the security queuesEconomy travellers can give themselves a mini upgrade by investing in premium security access, which lets you whizz through a priority lane and bypass the long wait for security. It can now be purchased at many UK airports, including Manchester, Stansted, Luton and Newcastle, for £3 to £5. Because who wants to start off their holiday standing in a queue with their shoes off?3. Eat – and drink – like a kingHeathrow, the UK’s biggest transport hub, is the highest flier when it comes to airside food, with opulent offerings in the form of The Perfectionists’ Café by Heston Blumenthal at Terminal 2, and Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food at Terminal 5. Pre-order with the Grab app to make your dining experience go without a hitch when you’re pressed for time.Meanwhile, in 2015, Belfast International became the first to set up an airport farmers’ market, supporting Northern Irish producers by selling handmade food and drink such as Hughes Craft Distillery’s RubyBlue fruit liqueurs and potato vodkas, and Kearney Blue cheese by Farmview Dairies.Hip London coffee and cocktail chain Grind has also recently announced its plans to launch a series of café bars in airports across the UK and Europe, so keep your smartphone on standby for some ‘grammable latte art.4. Buy a gastronomic picnic for the planeYou’re either one of those people who adores airline food and its tiny compartmentalised trays, or you’re most definitely not. If you fall into the latter category, you can still dine like a king with a Fortnum & Mason “hamperling” (think smoked-salmon salad with capers and rye bread – cutlery included – for £15) at Heathrow Terminal 5. Meanwhile, Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food offers a “Grab and Go” option, so you can gleefully tuck into a butter-chicken curry hot pot with saffron rice (£10) at 40,000 feet.Nowhere else can quite match T5’s slick flight-friendly picnics, but many airports in the Highlands and Islands Group (including Barra, Dundee, Inverness, Islay and Tiree) steer clear of the usual chains and have independent outlets packed with fresh, local produce. At Wick John O’Groats’ Airport Café, everything is made from scratch and passengers can treat themselves to a hot bacon sandwich or a homemade sausage roll to take on board an early morning flight.5. Get some smart shuteyeStaying in an airport hotel doesn’t have to equal bland mega-chains. Even if you just need a few hours to relax and refresh, hi-tech micro-hotel Yotel in Gatwick’s South Terminal and Heathrow Terminal 4 was inspired by super-compact Japanese pod hotels and has been designed to remove the stress of early departures and long layovers, with super-speed WiFi, soundproofing and blackout blinds (from £37 for four hours). No 1 Lounges also offer stylish pod bedrooms with ensuite showers at Heathrow Terminal 3, starting at £20 an hour.Pods not your thing? Look beyond the immediate area surrounding the airport for a spot of luxury. The meticulously restored vintage charm of the new Pilgrm hotel in Paddington (from £110) is a mere 15-minute Heathrow Express ride away from Heathrow, or the elegant Dakota Deluxe in Leeds (from £125) is on the right side of town for a 30-minute drive to Leeds Bradford.6. Enjoy a luggage-free transferOne of the least glamorous aspects of air travel is lugging your luggage. Lug no more: the genius AirPortr is a baggage check-in and delivery service that picks up your bags from your home or hotel and whisks them to Gatwick or Heathrow airports – and vice versa – allowing you a hassle-free transfer, particularly if it involves public transport.7. Effortlessly navigate airport parkingEver wasted hours searching for your hatchback in the endless sea of cars? A real transfer transformer is Looking4.com’s Meet & Greet, in which a driver meets you at the terminal entrance, collects and parks your car, then later returns it to the terminal when you land. It’s available at most UK airports including Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster, East Midlands, Exeter, Liverpool and Newcastle (prices vary, but they start from around £45 at Doncaster). Who needs a chauffeur?8. Entertain yourself during delaysWhile we’re yet to open an airport cinema in the UK – Hong Kong wins with its 250-seater IMAX – or indeed anything to rival Singapore Changi Airport’s stunning rooftop pool, there’s a growing range of activities to keep you occupied should your flight be delayed. While you can relax with a manicure or massage at Cloud Spas in Manchester, Birmingham or East Midland airports, Heathrow comes out on top with its landside T5 art gallery, open 365 days a year; a Bradley Smith barbers; and its Be Relax spas. You can even flex your plastic with a spot of personal shopping, which you can collect on your return to the airport or have delivered to your home.Prices correct at the time of publication (December 2017). ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedEight clever ways to make your airport time luxuriousDon’t let your departure become a chore. These airport treats are inexpensive and easy to organise: and they’ll get your holiday started long before you board your flight.Visit the smartest address at the airportGet 15% off airport lounge access with No.1 Traveller.5 top tips for accessing the airport loungeTips and advice on how to improve your airport experience – and save money – by booking an airport lounge.
LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF. — Montage Laguna Beach is continuing its series of insider wine tastings and seminars in The Loft Bistro at the oceanfront resort, offered Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m. December through July, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.Targeting wine lovers, The Artistry Of Wine is a wine education series that features tastings of different varietals and vintages from wine regions around the world. Seminars and tastings led by Montage sommeliers focus on wine themes ranging from “New Horizons” to “French Showcase.” Cost is $35 per person, space is limited.DECEMBER 20 Horizons Where does the wine world go next? There are always new and experimental winemakers and techniques to be found. Let us show you the latest in cutting-edge winemaking.JANUARY 10 New World Fruit and Spice Australia has taken the Syrah grape and renamed it Shiraz. Enjoy some of the world’s boldest, richest red wines that are bursting with fruit and spice flavors.JANUARY 17 No Tasting, Martin Luther King Holiday WeekendJANUARY 24 Green Wines The number of wines available certified as organic and biodynamic is steadily growing, and include some of the world’s most sought-after labels. No matter what grape variety, the wines display a purity of fruit and a distinct sense of place.JANUARY 31 Bubbles – Prepare for Valentine’s Day! Whether it’s the romance, the tickle of the bubbles or just the taste, the entire world is in love with sparkling wines. Virtually every country in the wine-producing world makes its own version. Delight in an assortment of sparkling wines from Champagne to Tasmania.FEBRUARY 7 No Tasting, Superbowl SundayFEBRUARY 14 No Tasting, Valentine’s Day/President’s DayFEBRUARY 21 Spanish Reds – New Wines from Old Vines Modern techniques, new winemaking talent and seriously old vines combine to make Spain the country to watch in the coming years.FEBRUARY 28 White Burgundy, North to South Explore the white wines of Burgundy from North to South, and experience what these winemakers already know – real estate can mean everything.MARCH 7 Red Burgundy, North to South Join us as we examine the red wines of Burgundy, and see how the soils of the different villages can produce subtle and not-so-subtle differences in the wines.MARCH 14 What’s in a Name? Blends, Part 1 Bordeaux, Claret, Meritage: What do these wines have in common? Examine the various expressions of the Cabernet- and Merlot – based blends throughout the world.MARCH 21 Zinfandel, An American Immigrant Zinfandel is a unique American grape with roots as deep as the vines themselves. Allow us to showcase some of the finest examples crafted in the hills of California and compare them to Primitivo, the grape’s European forefather.MARCH 28 Rhône and the Rhône Rangers – Blends, Part 2 The Rhône Valley is the motherland of many grape varietals and wine styles. Enjoy some of these classics and explore how and where these grapes and styles have emigrated elsewhere in the world.APRIL 4 No Tasting, Easter SundayAPRIL 11 I Drank What? – Blends, Part 3 You’ve tried the classics. Now experience some examples of blends from cutting-edge winemakers who play their own rules with great result.APRIL 18 Wines of Alsace – Rich and Aromatic Whites Chardonnay isn’t the only grape variety with incredible complexity. Taste a line-up of some of France’s most noble white grapes. You may never crave Chardonnay again.APRIL 25 New Zealand, Not Just Sauvignon Blanc Yes, the New Zealanders built their wine reputation on producing vibrant and distinctive Sauvignon Blanc. Are there more wines coming from this magical destination? Join us to find out.MAY 2 Mother’s Day is Next Week – Celebrate Women in Wine The average woman has more taste buds than a man, and some of the world’s finest wines are made by women winemakers. Come taste handcrafted wines made from a woman’s perspective. Gentlemen are also welcome.MAY 9 No Tasting, Mother’s DayMAY 16 Hidden Treasures of the United States Did you know that wine is made in all 50 states? Join us to find out why finely crafted American wine is not all about California, Oregon and Washington.MAY 23 Artisan Saké Saké is said to have originated in China in 4800 B.C. Today there are roughly 1,800 saké breweries producing more than 40,000 types of saké. Raise a glass (or two) and taste the nearly 7,000 years of tradition behind this incredible artisanal drink.MAY 30 No Tasting, Memorial Day WeekendJUNE 6 Drink Pink! Rosés are a favorite among winemakers the world over. Find out why these wines pair well with a simple warm summer day on the ocean.JUNE 13 Chardonnay – You Know You Want it From lean and steely to generous and decadent, it’s easy to understand why this wine is produced throughout the world in so many regions and styles. Try a few with us, and forget what you think you know about this wine.JUNE 20 No Tasting, Father’s DayJUNE 27 Riesling – The most noble grape variety To many wine lovers, Riesling is the epitome of white wine. From bone dry to sticky sweet, Riesling comes in a myriad of styles that reflect its origins more so than any other grape variety. See why we are passionate about this wine.JULY 4 No Tasting, Independence DayJULY 11 French Showcase French wine styles are often the goal of winemakers worldwide. Help us celebrate France’s upcoming Bastille Day by experiencing wines from French regions whose names are synonymous with style and quality.JULY 18 Comfort Food Indulge in New World Cabernet Sauvignon, from Napa Valley to Washington to Australia. This dense and dark wine speaks for itself as an easy to love glass of juice.JULY 25 South Africa South Africa is the home to a truly unique grape variety, Pinotage. Its wine heritage goes much deeper. Try some incredible wines from this very respected wine-producing country.To reserve, please call 949-715-6420.About Montage Laguna BeachMontage, set on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific in the heart of the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach, offers 30 acres of oceanfront luxury. The 250-room craftsman-style resort features beachfront accommodations; a 20,000-square-foot spa; destination dining at Studio; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including three pools, beach and water sports; a fine art collection; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Montage, toll-free, at 1-888-715-6700; or visit the Web site atwww.montagelagunabeach.com.
Metzingen – On October 22, HUGO BOSS will be opening a store at 401 West 14th Street that features an absolutely unique interior design and merchandising concept created exclusively for this location.Inspired by the special flair of the Meatpacking District, a design was developed in conjunction with star Italian architect Matteo Thun which integrates harmoniously into the streetscape yet makes its own standout statement. For the first time the highlights from all the HUGO BOSS men’s and women’s collections will be showcased jointly, here in the 350m2 (approx. 4,000 sq.ft) venue. The result is a distinctive, boutique-like environment that fuses the brand worlds of HUGO and the diverse BOSS lines into a “total look.”While a rough-hewn architectural mood predominates at the streetside front of the store, a warmer, more intimate atmosphere infuses the back. Sumptuous red velvet curtains and elements made of dark spyglass set a luxurious tone beneath a golden ceiling. This elegance counterpoints the location’s gray stone floor and exposed brickwork, both of which have been preserved in their original state. Diamond shaped structures in wood extend throughout the interior, creating an airy ambiance. Add furnishings in bronzed metal, leather and velvet – and an atmosphere ensues which mirrors the quarter’s urban and creative charm. Designed in cooperation with the renowned light artist AJ Weissbard, an elaborate illumination system – which produces lighting effects that react to the weather and time of day – rounds out the original concept.“This special, globally unique store concept is a tribute to New York and the Meatpacking District. When collaborating with Matteo Thun, our goal was to create something exceptionally distinctive that both reflected the character of its surroundings and forged a symbiosis with our collections,” commented Philipp Wolff, Director of Communication at HUGO BOSS AG. Matteo Thun noted, “The wooden framework cocoons the interior of the store, symbolizing the interconnectedness of the various HUGO BOSS lines and as such comprising an architectonic manifestation of the corporate identity. The interior assimilates the anima of the Meatpacking District, embracing an austere aesthetic that is attuned to the genius loci.”Beyond its venue in the Meatpacking District, HUGO BOSS is represented in New York by three further directly operated locations: BOSS stores at Columbus Circle and in SoHo, and a HUGO store on Greene Street.
by The Associated Press Posted Oct 2, 2018 6:57 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 7:22 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 8, 2018, file photo, Taylor Swift performs during her “Reputation Stadium Tour” opener in Glendale, Ariz. Swift will open the “2018 American Music Awards.” The singer made the announcement Tuesday, Oct. 2, on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” (Photo by Rick Scuteri/Invision/AP, File) Taylor Swift will open the 2018 American Music Awards NEW YORK, N.Y. – Taylor Swift will open the 2018 American Music Awards.The 28-year-old singer made the announcement Tuesday. This is her first awards show performance in nearly three years.Dick Clark Productions says Swift will sing “I Did Something Bad” from her “Reputation” album.Swift is competing for Artist of the Year at the 2018 AMAs alongside Drake, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone.Rap is dominating this year’s awards. Drake and Cardi B have eight nominations each.Sheeran and Malone each earned six nominations, while Camila Cabello is up for five awards.The fan-voted AMAs will air live Oct. 9 on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
by Jonathan J. Cooper And Brian Melley, The Associated Press Posted Nov 9, 2018 6:40 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email California city reeling from mass shooting besieged by fire THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – A city reeling from the tragedy of a mass shooting was under a siege of a different sort Friday as raging wildfires on both sides of the city forced widespread evacuations and shut down part of the main freeway to town.Flames driven by powerful winds torched at least 150 homes in Southern California, burning parts of tony Calabasas and mansions in Malibu and prompting orders for 250,000 people— including some celebrities — to flee as the fire marched across the Santa Monica Mountains toward the sea. The cause of the blazes was not known.For Thousand Oaks, which had been considered one of the safest cities in the nation before a gunman massacred 12 people at a country music bar, the spasm of violence jolted the city’s sense of security. Encroaching flames, despite the near-constant threat of fire in the bone-dry state, presented an entirely different hazard.“It’s devastating. It’s like ‘welcome to hell,’” resident Cynthia Ball, said about the dual disasters while she was outside the teen centre serving as a shelter for evacuees. “I don’t even know what to say. It’s like we’re all walking around kind of in a trance.”A day earlier, the facility had been the location where grieving family members had gathered and received the grim news on the fate of loved ones who had not returned from the Borderline Bar and Grill, where a Marine combat veteran went on a shooting rampage Wednesday before apparently killing himself.The investigation into what drove Ian David Long, 28, to kill was continuing even as the city about 40 miles (64 kilometres) from Los Angeles was under threat from one of three major wildfires burning in the state.Three-quarters of the city of 130,000 was under evacuation orders — and that likely included people affected by the shooting, said Thousand Oaks Mayor Andy Fox.“Here we are just a few hours later talking now about another crisis right here in Thousand Oaks,” Fox said, making the distinction that the shooting victims and their families had experienced a permanent loss. “Those lives will never be recovered. Tonight we’re talking about a serious fire situation, but thankfully we have not lost a single life. And as difficult as it may be, homes can be rebuilt, property can be reacquired.”Throughout the day, air tankers swooped through the skies, making low passes to dump water and flame retardant as firefighters tried to protect homes amid gusts topping 60 mph (96 kph). The winds and smoky conditions made for difficult firefighting and at times grounded firefighting aircraft.In addition to the large hillside homes that ignited and blazed brightly in the middle of the day, the “Western Town” at Paramount Ranch, a popular filming location that included an old West jail, hotel and saloon, burned to the ground.The entire city of Malibu — home to Hollywood stars and entertainment moguls — was under a mandatory evacuation order and had lost power in places. Fleeing residents jammed Pacific Coast Highway in a procession that crept along as smoke billowed overhead and mansions on the hills went up in flames.In Thousand Oaks, flames creeping down a hillside were visible from the teen centre on Janns Road — named for the family that originally developed the hilly terrain covered with majestic California oaks into what has become a large bedroom community.Evacuees described harrowing escapes from flames that picked up unexpectedly Thursday afternoon.At the Vallecito mobile home park for seniors, the fire came so quickly that residents had no time to gather medications and documents. With flames bearing down, firefighters carried people from homes and put them in empty seats of their neighbours’ cars, said Carol Napoli, 74.Napoli left with her friend, the friend’s son and her mother who is in her 90s and had to leave behind her oxygen tank.“We drove through flames to get out. They had us in like a caravan,” Napoli said. “My girlfriend was driving. She said, ‘I don’t know if I can do this…’ Her son said, ‘Mom you have to, you have to drive through the flames.’”Rich McMillen, 72, had put a few belongings in his car when he noticed smoke picking up and saw flames in the distance. By the time a cellphone alert told him to evacuate, the flames were nearly upon the trailer park, burning on a hillside.“You could feel the heat from the flames,” said McMillen, who returned Friday and found his home intact but stinking of smoke.While evacuees arrived at the teen centre, firetrucks staged across the street at a command post.Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy made a plea at a fire news conference to residents to help their neighbours during this difficult time.“We appreciate everybody’s efforts and kind prayers for all the people from our victims that lost their lives in the shooting to now what’s happening with people losing their homes,” Foy said.A section of U.S. Highway 101, the main link between Los Angeles and Ventura and Santa Barbara, was closed because of fire.The day before under clear skies and no smoke, thousands gathered along the freeway to watch a motorcade carrying the body of a sheriff’s deputy who was killed when he rushed in to confront the shooter.___Melley reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press Writers Amanda Lee Myers and John Antczak in Los Angeles contributed to this story.
Two Canadian collections make New York Times’ top 10 poetry picks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The cover of “Dark Woods,” by Canadian Richard Sanger is shown in a handout. Two Canadian poets have made the New York Times Book Review’s list of the best poetry collections of 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2018 9:18 am PDT NEW YORK — Two Canadian poets have made the New York Times Book Review’s list of the best poetry collections of 2018.Richard Sanger of Toronto was featured among the newspaper’s top 10 poetry picks for his first book in 16 years, “Dark Woods,” in which he reflects on the Canadian landscape of his childhood and its place in a digital world.Book reviewers praised Sanger for “the rueful, lucid, deliberately casual poems” in the collection that “can surprise you with their tenderness, but also with their prickly intelligence.”Sackville, N.B.-based poet Amanda Jernigan also received a nod for “Years, Months, and Days,” a loosely translated adaptation of Mennonite hymns originally published in German in the early 19th century.The newspaper noted the “highly unusual” nature of the project, which reviewers said is “carried by Jernigan’s obvious respect for her sponsoring material and by her superb ear.”Both “Dark Woods” and “Years, Months, and Days” were published by Biblioasis, based in Windsor, Ont.The Canadian Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Jan. 15, 2019 photo shows renderings of fashions created by Oscar nominated costume designer Ruth E. Carter for the film “Black Panther,” in Los Angeles. Carter will also be honored for her illustrious career at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES — It’s a big week for Ruth E. Carter, who on Sunday could become the first African-American to win an Academy Award for costume design through her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in “Black Panther.” But before that show, Carter will receive a career achievement award Tuesday at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.She talked about her early years with Spike Lee and her favourite “Black Panther” costumes during a recent interview with The Associated Press .WHERE IT ALL STARTEDCarter still possesses her sketches from her college days at Hampton University and during an internship with the Santa Fe Opera.She spent countless hours drawing all sorts of characters, honing her craft in her dorm room and small studio in Los Angeles a few years after college. One sketch she keeps handy is of a unisex dancer sporting red and grey tights.“I was so excited about the idea of costume design and how it intersects with art. I really wanted to draw the characters out. I spent a lot of time in my dorm room or once I came out to L.A. in my semi-studio at my drafting table,” said Carter, who graduated from Hampton in 1982.In her early days, Carter delved into a script and drew characters before knowing the person who would play the role. She did that in her first-ever film, Spike Lee’s “School Daze.”“My process at the beginning was to go head on into the script and draw out the characters and make them funny,” said Carter, speaking with sketches from a cross-section of her lifetime work laid out on a table.Carter had numerous sketches including Chicken George from “ROOTS,” a zoot suit drawing of Malcolm X and a boxing promoter named Sultan from the “The Great White Hype.”“This is what I do, this is what I love,” she said.CARTER’S FAVORITE COSTUMECarter has created costumes of memorable characters from Denzel Washington’s Malcom X in “Malcolm X,” Spike Lee’s Mookie in “Do the Right Thing” and Forest Whitaker’s Cecil Gaines in “The Butler.”But she said her favourite costumes came from “Black Panther,” particularly the Dora Milaje, a team of women elite warriors who protected the kingdom of Wakanda. She said the layered wardrobes of the all-female special forces were “impactful” and “powerful.”“I was very inspired when we did these illustrations,” said Carter, who worked with six illustrators on the superhero Marvel film. She typically works with one.“You know, it’s quite imaginative. Because we had to work in so many different ways and so fast, I’m really proud of these because we were able to create a look and a world in a short amount of time.”PAYIN’ IT FORWARDEven though Carter paved her own way as a costume designer, she never had a problem uplifting others.That’s the mindset she particularly had while working with Spike Lee. She said the mission at Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule, was to positively “push the Afro future and African diaspora.”“We considered ourselves positive role models in the film industry,” she said. “There were always internships at 40 Acres and a Mule where we were teaching younger people who didn’t have an inroad to the film industry, exposing so many people to the industry including myself. Because of that, I give back as much as I can.”___Online:Homehttps://www.oscars.org___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press ‘Black Panther’ designer Ruth Carter on her start, Spike Lee by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2019 11:35 pm PDT