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Jennifer Lopez Is Glamorous Ballerina in Dramatic Pink Dress at 'Second Act' Premiere

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:03
Making sure all eyes are on her, the actress/singer attends the New York City premiere wearing a couture creation by Giambattista Valli featuring a long train.
Categories: Celebrity

Watch: 'Friends' Superfan Has the Best Birthday Ever Thanks to Courteney Cox

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:02
The former Monica Geller depicter surprises Suzy Antonyan who has no idea she's being taken to the actress' house in Malibu on her 23rd birthday.
Categories: Celebrity

New 2019 Audi A4 on the way with A6 and A8 tech

Auto Express News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:55
News 13 Dec, 2018

A new Audi A4 will arrive next year to take on the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, and our exclusive image previews how it could look

Categories: Cars

Offset's Mistress Allegedly Pregnant Amid Report of Cardi B Reconciliation

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:48
Summer Bunni, who admitted to have caused Offset and Cardi's marriage falling apart, tells her friend that she's pregnant.
Categories: Celebrity

EXO Charms Fans With Their 'Love Shot' in New Music Video

Aces Show Biz News Feed Music - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:47
Making its way out on Thursday, December 13 as promised, the visuals shows the South Korean group attempting to rob a place, only to find out there's a traitor among them.
Categories: Music

Purplebricks posts strong UK performance but losses double

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:40
Online estate agent Purplebricks Group has more than doubled its losses to £25.6m in the six months to October, despite growing its profits significantly in the UK.
Categories: Property

Ryan Seacrest Credits Food for Shayna Taylor Romance

Aces Show Biz News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:38
The Former 'American Idol' host reveals in an interview that he and his model girlfriend have serious 'food chemistry.'
Categories: Celebrity

Norovirus: Children banned from Northumbria hospital visits

BBC Health News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:37
Northumbria Healthcare bosses say they want to stop norovirus rates reaching "critical numbers".
Categories: Health

Oaknorth and ASK provide £50m loan for London development site

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:33
Oaknorth and ASK Partners have provided a combined facility of over £50m to fund Groveworld’s acquisition of a major mixed-use development site in King’s Cross.
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Oaknorth and ASK provide £50m for London development site

Property Week News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:33
Oaknorth and ASK Partners have provided a combined facility of over £50m to fund Groveworld’s acquisition of a major mixed use development site in King’s Cross.
Categories: Property

Cornwall Businnes: Chefs collaborate for New Heli Appeal

Business Now Mag - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:27
Restaurateurs Angela Hartnett, Neil Borthwick and Paul Ainsworth joined forces this week to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance New Heli Appeal.
Categories: Business

Cornwall Businnes: Sustainability on Council agenda

Business Now Mag - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:17
Crucial plans for a sustainable Cornwall will be up for discussion when the Cabinet meets next week at New County Hall.
Categories: Business

Tourists Are Flocking to This 'Magical' Holiday Wonderland — Even Though It's Just a Plastic Tunnel Outside a Supermarket

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:14
<p>There’s a particular spot in England that you might not think of as a tourist attraction — until you see it during Christmas.</p><p>A plastic tunnel, called the Bude Tunnel, connects a parking lot to an adjacent supermarket in Bude, Cornwall, England. At any other time of year, it’s a fairly innocuous area. However, it’s actually listed as a tourist attraction on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g190804-d12865329-Reviews-Bude_Tunnel-Bude_Bude_Stratton_Cornwall_England.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>.</p><p>In fact, back in September, the tunnel was actually ranked one of the best attractions in the area on the site, with more than 160 comments on it, many of which rated it as “excellent,” according to the <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cornwall-45401354?ns_source=twitter&amp;ns_mchannel=social&amp;ocid=socialflow_twitter&amp;ns_campaign=bbcnews" target="_blank">BBC</a>. It’s since been nicknamed “Britain’s unlikeliest tourist attraction.”</p><p>According to the tunnel’s profile on <a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g190804-d12865329-Reviews-Bude_Tunnel-Bude_Bude_Stratton_Cornwall_England.html" target="_blank">TripAdvisor</a>, it consists of 36 metal arches and is over 70 meters (nearly 230 feet) long. “Nowhere else in Bude can you walk this far undercover in a continuous straight line,” it says on the profile.</p><p>Sounds...<em>great?</em></p><p>Even though it’s a popular spot during most of the year, it’s especially “magical,” according to reviews on TripAdvisor, in December. And looking at the photos, it’s easy to see why.</p><p>People have been flocking to the tunnel to ring in the holiday season. The tunnel itself is outfitted with thousands of multicolored Christmas lights, making it a truly Instagram-worthy destination.</p><p>Still, there are a few doubters who are puzzled by the tunnel’s popularity, according to <a href="https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/plastic-tunnel-becoming-thing-cornish-1950869" target="_blank">Cornwall Live</a>. Many other reviewers don’t seem to understand the tunnel’s hilarious and ironic draw. One reviewer said, “Folks I'm not even sure why this has been created as a place! It's a Perspex tunnel at the side of a supermarket - we did use it as the Sainsbury's car park is free for 90 mins so it came in handy but I wouldn't go out of your way to visit and I certainly don't think it's of any architectural importance,” according to Cornwall Live.</p><p>The official lighting of the tunnel took place on Dec. 7, and the lights will continue to be up through Dec. 13, according to the <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-cornwall-46466456/christmas-lights-magical-at-bude-supermarket-tunnel?ns_mchannel=social&amp;ns_source=twitter&amp;ns_campaign=bbc_spotlight&amp;ns_linkname=english_regions&amp;ns_fee=0&amp;pinned_post_locator=urn%3Aasset%3A0542d054-edfc-ef4e-93dc-f7476a28eca1&amp;pinned_post_asset_id=46466456&amp;pinned_post_type=share" target="_blank">BBC</a>. Hopefully the massive influx of visitors will convince the tunnel owners to keep the lights up for a few more weeks. Maybe even a gift shop is in order.</p>
Categories: Travel

Cruise and hotel bookings boost Tui profits for third year

BBC Business News - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:11
Demand for upmarket hotels and "experiences" has lifted profits at the European travel group.
Categories: Business

Cruise and hotel bookings boost Tui profits for third year

BBC Business News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:11
Demand for upmarket hotels and "experiences" has lifted profits at the European travel group.
Categories: Business

2019 Toyota C-HR XLE First Test: Style Priorities

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:00

Although Toyota originally intended to sell the C-HR as a Scion, the youth-oriented brand folded before the crossover’s North American debut. The polarizing C-HR lives on as a Toyota, however, and for 2019 gains new trim levels from the base LE to the range-topping Limited variants. With a wider variety of models and new multimedia tech, let’s take another look at this cute-ute to see if it can lure new buyers into the Toyota brand.

Pictured is the 2018 Toyota C-HR.

Exterior styling remains the C-HR’s distinguishing feature. Barely changed from concept form, the spaceship-like crossover is an attention magnet. Inside, the angular design theme continues with triangular patterns on the dash, door panels, and center console. There are soft surfaces near touchpoints while cheaper, harder bits are used in the rear door panels and the lower part of the center console. The 2019 C-HR’s cargo area’s usability is hampered by its sloping rear window, but it does offer 19 cubic feet of space. Folding the rear seats increases capacity, but every competitor except the Fiat 500X has more room for your gear. Regardless of where you sit, the 2019 C-HR’s cabin is claustrophobic and visibility is severely compromised. The small rear windows make the rear seats feel even more cramped, and the dash gives the interior an uncomfortably confining ambience.

For 2019, Toyota replaced the antiquated aftermarket-looking interface from the 2018 model with its Entune 3.0 unit. This system is an improvement over its predecessor, but response times are slow whether you’re using the physical buttons or the 8.0-inch touchscreen. There’s also only one USB port, an epic fail in any smartphone-wielding millennial’s book. Apple CarPlay is standard on all models, but Android users must use Toyota’s Entune apps, none of which are on par with Google Maps and other smartphone apps.

All 2019 C-HRs come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P suite, bundling together adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beams and lane departure warning with steering assist. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are available on the XLE and Limited grades. Toyota’s adaptive cruise control system maintains speed with little deviation even when going downhill, but the gap it leaves between you and the vehicle in front is too big even in its closest setting. The lane departure warning system also needs improvement because, in our experience, the crossover had already crossed into the other lane before the system nudged us back.

At the track, the 2019 C-HR proved it’s more show than go, hitting 60 mph in 10.1 seconds and the quarter mile in 17.6 seconds at 80.6 mph. Road test editor Chris Walton noted that revs rise slowly to redline before the CVT “upshifts,” leading to lazy acceleration from a standstill. Between the underpowered 2.0-liter engine, leisurely throttle response, and its as-tested 3,263-pound curb weight, the C-HR is agonizingly slow; going up inclines or passing and merging onto highways require planning. The CVT also gets thrashy when accelerating hard. Braking performance is respectable, stopping from 60 mph in 122 feet with minimal fade, but Walton also observed excessive pedal vibration and front-end dive that’s severe enough to cause the rear end to lift up during emergency stops.

Despite its slow acceleration, the 2019 C-HR falls mid-pack in fuel economy. The Toyota’s EPA-rated 27/31 mpg city/highway falls behind many front-drive competitors except for the Ford EcoSport, Jeep Renegade, and Fiat 500X. The Subaru Crosstrek and an all-wheel-drive-equipped Mazda CX-3 are also more efficient, as is the larger Honda CR-V in 1.5 FWD form.

The Toyota C-HR features four-wheel independent suspension for improved ride and handling. On the figure-eight course, the C-HR turned in a time of 28.1 seconds with a 0.58 g average and generated 0.83 g of lateral acceleration on the skidpad. Cornering is secure and the suspension does a great job of absorbing big impacts; however, ruts and expansion joints upset the C-HR more than expected, and the steering feels artificial and disconnected. The Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-3 offer superior driving dynamics thanks to their superior body control, steering, and suspension tuning. The standard 18-inch wheels shod in Dunlop all-season tires in the XLE and Limited trims also contribute a substantial amount of road and tire noise, especially on poorly maintained roads.

Even with a full model range, there’s not enough substance behind the 2019 Toyota C-HR’s techy looks. Besides the distinctive looks, high expected reliability and an impressive package of safety tech are all the C-HR has going for it. Millennial buyers with active lifestyles will find they barely have any space to fit their gear, and we’d like to see Android Auto added on a future model. Add to that the underwhelming performance, and Toyota’s spaceship-like subcompact crossover becomes a harder sell, especially in a segment that’s growing at such a quick pace.

2019 Toyota C-HR (XLE) BASE PRICE $24,025 PRICE AS TESTED $25,198 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV ENGINE 2.0L/144-hp/139-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,263 lb (61/39%) WHEELBASE 103.9 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 171.2 x 70.7 x 61.6 in 0-60 MPH 10.1 sec QUARTER MILE 17.6 sec @ 80.6 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 122 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.83 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 28.1 sec @ 0.58 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 27/31/29 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 125/109 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.68 lb/mile

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2018 Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE Long-Term Update 4: Playing With Eco Mode

Motortrend News Feed - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:00

With the latest climate-change disaster consensus coming from 13 U.S. government agencies, I must admit to a bit of shame when I embark on my solo commute in the Range Rover Velar.

I mean, it’s a beautiful, graceful vehicle, with an impressive 5.7-second 0–60 time for imposingly darting through traffic, and an elegantly posh interior that gets me to the office (or home) feeling none the worse for wear. And its 18/24 EPA mpg (and our EQUA MPG testing outperforming EPA estimates at 20.7/27.5 mpg) ain’t half bad for a 4,547-pound vehicle with the phrase “R Dynamic” in its name.

I also have a motorcycle in the garage with a much smaller carbon footprint. That might make better sense on my traffic-choked commute. Still, SUVs are the most popular type of vehicle in America that isn’t a pickup truck, and research on behalf of the consumer must be performed.

To assuage my guilt, I have started experimenting with Eco drive mode. Normally I am a Sport mode personality. But my commute up Pacific Coast Highway through the South Bay beach cities is such a predictable slog that I rarely dip into the throttle.

I’d say that 90 percent of the time, Eco mode is sufficient for my needs. On a hot day, having the car’s computer cut the engine to save fuel also crimps the air conditioner’s cooling abilities, but that’s a minor, temporary inconvenience. Over the course of a couple tanks of gas, I found Eco mode improves fuel economy by 1 mpg. Every little bit helps.

Conversely, MotorTrend social media maven Carol Ngo (who lives her life in Eco mode) nonetheless was captivated by occasional forays into Sport mode. That said, she is not a fan of the Velar’s rotary gear-selector, which resulted in mis-shifts into the wrong gear due to user error—in addition to just being an ergonomic annoyance compared to a traditional PRNDL gearshift.

Automakers also have different learning curves when it comes to their infotainment systems. We’ve already grimaced over the clunky user interface, in contrast to the beauty of the glossy twin-screen layout. The system’s user experience also leaves something to be desired, as copy editor Jesse Bishop discovered on a 3,000-mile run from L.A. to Washington state with his new bride.

When playing music through his phone and also using onboard navigation, the system didn’t pause the music while reading out directions—meaning missing out on a vital passage of music or podcast. There have also been a couple occasions—usually when engaging reverse gear quickly after engine start—that the infotainment system freezes or merely goes black. If you want it to work, you have to reboot the system by turning off the Velar, waiting about 10 seconds, and starting it up again—just like you have to do with your cable modem at home after a blackout.

Yeah, yeah, #FirstWorldProblems, but it points out that Land Rover’s telematics team has some catch-up to play.

Read more about our long-term Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE:

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Categories: Property

All WOW Air Flights Are 50% Off Right Now — So You Can Fly to Europe for $150 Round-Trip (Video)

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 09:00
<p>Already known for its low flight prices, budget carrier <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/wow-air-reviews" target="_blank">WOW Air</a> is now offering travelers half off round-trip airfare on all its routes.</p><p>The airline is offering 50 percent off round-trip tickets <a href="https://wowair.us" target="_blank">booked</a> between Dec. 12 and 16 for travel between Dec. 12 and March 31, 2019, giving travelers the chance to explore popular European destinations like Alicante, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Gran Canaria, London, Lyon, Paris, Reykjavik, Tenerife, and Warsaw.</p><p>To receive the discount, travelers simply need to use the promo code <strong>WOWXMAS</strong> when making a booking. Tax and service fees (which start at around $80) and the fuel surcharge (which starts at around $20) are not included in the discount and are added to the final price of flights. </p><p>While WOW Air is known to offer a <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/airlines-airports/airlines-with-free-stopovers" target="_blank">free stopover program</a> that gives passengers the ability to stop and explore Iceland for an extended layover on return flights between North America and Europe, passengers who want to take advantage of the promotion code will need to forego this perk when booking their flight.</p><p>Prices are subject to change, but some of WOW Air's lowest rates currently include $150 round-trip flights from the U.S. to Europe. Passengers will want to note that WOW Air is a budget carrier and does charge additional fees for amenities such as checked baggage and seat selection, which will add to the overall price of a flight. </p><p>“We are thankful for our WOW passengers and are happy to offer the gift of travel this holiday season for a low price,” WOW Air CEO Skúli Mogensen said in a statement. "At WOW Air, we are committed to making travel more affordable and accessible to all, knowing that the memories made are gifts that keep giving throughout the year.”</p>
Categories: Travel

A German Street Was Accidentally Paved in One Ton of Chocolate

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:56
<p>The Candy Man isn’t the only one who can cover things in chocolate (and a miracle or two). Turns out, this chocolate factory in Germany found itself accidentally making its own chocolate river.</p><p>According to <a href="https://www.apnews.com/6a74666cea1c49f28443c5b06e07dd06" target="_blank">the Associated Press</a>, a storage tank from the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westöennen, Germany accidentally spilled about one ton, or <a href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/chocolate-spill-germany-2018-12" target="_blank">108 square feet</a>, of chocolate on the road on Dec. 10, which then almost immediately froze and solidified.</p><p>Company boss Markus Luckey told the German news outlet Anzeiger that the spill was caused by a “small technical defect,” which would have been a “catastrophe” if it was just a little closer to Christmas, the Associated Press reported.</p><p>“Despite this heartbreaking incident, it is unlikely that a chocolate-free Christmas is imminent in Werl,” said the local fire department in a statement, according to <em><a href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/chocolate-spill-germany-2018-12" target="_blank">Insider</a></em>.</p><p>Fortunately, Luckey said in his statement that the company would be up and running again as soon as Wednesday. There’s no use crying over spilled chocolate, after all.</p><p>25 firefighters were tasked with prying the frozen chocolate off the road using warm water and shovels. We think it would have been easier to ask locals to just chip off as much milky chocolate goodness as they wanted (as long as they didn’t mind concrete in their sweets), but that’s just us.</p><p>Thankfully the incident didn’t happen in summer, or else the firefighters would have had a real chocolate river to grapple with. A similar chocolate disaster happened back in May in Poland, when a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/truck-spills-liquid-chocolate-on-highway" target="_blank">tanker truck spilled about 12 tons of liquid chocolate</a> onto a highway.</p><p>At the time, senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski of Slupca, a town in western Poland, told the <a href="https://apnews.com/202559ed2b674847a56fb4e94edc4917" target="_blank">Associated Press</a> that “cooling chocolate is worse than snow.” Well, that depends on how you look at the situation, right?</p><p>Honestly, we’re just sad Willy Wonka didn’t show up.</p>
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