Attract Riders to River Thames Cable Cars

London’s transportation officials have submitted a proposal to allow alcohol on the cable cars across the River Thames.

If approved, passengers taking the 10-minute trip on the Emirates Air Line would be able to get champagne from bars and platforms at each end of the 300-foot-high crossing.

Additional features would include film screenings, live music, and events like karaoke and disco nights at a nearby terminal.

Transportation officials created the proposal in an effort to draw more people to the service, as figures revealed that only around 4,000 passengers use the cable cars per day, while the service has capacity to carry up to 2,500 people each hour in its gondolas.

There are several concerns regarding the proposal, including the potential for drunken people to fall out of the cable cars as well as the effects the change could have for those living in residential areas nearby.

While seasonal beverages are an expected part of Starbucks’ rotating menu, new fall drinks at the chain have an impressive legacy to live up to. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage ever, with a reputation that only grows year after year.

When developing new beverages, Starbucks is forced to consider how they might measure up to the PSL.

“I think if we ever developed something as iconic as the pumpkin spice, that would be a huge thing to celebrate,” Karr said. “But, I think that a lot of our [limited-time offerings] go with the trends — what people are talking about, what people are doing. I would love for this to be iconic, but you know, maybe next year there will be something completely different that people are interested in.”

The Chile Mocha is the “hot friend” to the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s “bae,” Karr said — an exciting newcomer tagging along with customers’ long-term lover. If the Chile Mocha can reach Pumpkin Spice Latte levels of adoration, that would be great for the company, but Starbucks wouldn’t mind if customers just want a fall fling with the new drink.

Tips for travelling with grandparents

In theory, multi-generational travel kicks ass. Who doesn’t love the notion of 80 years of [insert family name here], together experiencing faraway places for the first time? Who wouldn’t warm to the idea of the new dogs teaching the old ones new tricks? Just thinking about it is enough to make even the most stoic among us verklempt.

In practice, however, multi-generational travel can be sort of a hot mess. Grandpa doesn’t relate well to grandkids. Everyone’s on a different schedule. Your mother drives your wife nuts. After three days, everyone is ready to go berserk. And that’s just the good news.

How can you ensure that your next multi-generational vacation comprises more happy memories than horrid ones? Here are four of my secrets to making it work.

Embrace space.
Just because the entire clan is vacationing together doesn’t mean everyone has to stay together. Instead, book separate rooms in separate sections of the same hotel, or separate rooms at a completely different hotel that’s within walking distance of everyone else. With this setup, you’re close enough to participate in group activities, but far enough away to feel like you can retreat to your own environment when it’s time to leave the family behind.

Lighten the agenda.
The No. 1 cause of tension on a family trip: The schedule. With this in mind, strip the itinerary of everything but the most mission-critical stuff. Family members should respond favorably to this flexibility. If they don’t, one of two things is up: a) they are just curmudgeons or b) they are miffed about something else and projecting those frustrations into a completely different circumstance. (Also, fewer formal “activities” will yield more serendipitous moments.)

Ask questions.
Traveling with the oldest generation of your family is like traveling with detailed storybooks of the past. Especially when your kids are present, engage the grandparents (and great-grandparents!) and ask them to talk about their time as kids—particularly their favorite vacations. This walk down memory lane undoubtedly will help put the current vacation into a broader context. Who knows? It also may teach you something new about your own parents.

Be appreciative.
There will be times on a multi-generational trip when one of your relatives will do something that drives you nuts. There also will be times when you will do something that irritates them. These irritations are (or, at least, they should be) ephemeral; the bigger picture on a multi-generational trip is togetherness. Most families these days are too fractured to vacation together; if you can travel with the bulk of yours, be grateful.

Next Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Needed When Go to Travelling

Starbucks has a new beverage joining its fall lineup alongside the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

On Saturday, customers can begin ordering Starbucks’ Chile Mocha, the coffee giant’s new seasonal beverage. While Starbucks will begin promoting the drink to its loyalty members on Saturday, the drink officially launches on Tuesday — the same day as the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s official launch.

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The Chile Mocha is topped with cayenne, ancho chile, paprika, cinnamon, sea salt, and a little sugar. It’s a mix of sweet and spicy that is reminiscent of Mexican hot chocolate, but the level of spice isn’t overwhelming.

Baristas create the Chile Mocha by topping espresso with a blend of cocoa powder and spices steamed together with milk. The use of cocoa powder, instead of syrup like the traditional Starbucks mocha, creates a lighter and more subtly sweet chocolatey drink, superior to the original mocha.

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Starbucks created the Chile Mocha after the coffee development team decided to double down on the “spice” aspect of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

“Our customers expect Pumpkin Spice every year … but we also need to continue to innovate,” Mackenzie Karr, a coffee education specialist at Starbucks, told Business Insider. “We’ve kind of taken the PSL, and taken the S and really blown it up.”

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While seasonal beverages are an expected part of Starbucks’ rotating menu, new fall drinks at the chain have an impressive legacy to live up to. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is Starbucks’ most popular seasonal beverage ever, with a reputation that only grows year after year.

When developing new beverages, Starbucks is forced to consider how they might measure up to the PSL.

“I think if we ever developed something as iconic as the pumpkin spice, that would be a huge thing to celebrate,” Karr said. “But, I think that a lot of our [limited-time offerings] go with the trends — what people are talking about, what people are doing. I would love for this to be iconic, but you know, maybe next year there will be something completely different that people are interested in.”

The Chile Mocha is the “hot friend” to the Pumpkin Spice Latte’s “bae,” Karr said — an exciting newcomer tagging along with customers’ long-term lover. If the Chile Mocha can reach Pumpkin Spice Latte levels of adoration, that would be great for the company, but Starbucks wouldn’t mind if customers just want a fall fling with the new drink.

What are you expect on travelling

Travel over Labor Day weekend is expected to be up 10 percent compared to last year, according to TripAdvisor.

Sixty percent of people traveling for the holiday will be driving, while airports and airlines are preparing for 15.6 million passengers, according to Airlines for America.

FlightAware showed some delays already accumulating in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington D.C. before noon on Friday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting increased traffic along the U.S.-Canada border, and is warning drivers to plan for additional travel time.

Meanwhile Hurricane Hermine’s lingering effects will impact millions of people’s plans: “This storm presents challenges for travel and tourism along coastal areas, but if you’re aware of it, you can put a plan in action,” Mary Glackin, head of Science and Forecast Operation at The Weather Company, told Travel + Leisure.

Here is the info you need to be prepared as you head into a hopefully relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Weather

If you’re on the East Coast, expect a stormy, wet weekend. Hurricane Hermine hit Florida early Friday, and although the storm weakened upon making landfall, it will bring rain and winds up the coast over the weekend.

“The storm is projected to track up through Georgia and the Carolinas, then into Virginia and Delaware,” said Glackin. “Finally it will move offshore and linger to bring impact will the northeastern coastal regions.”

By Monday, the storm should be winding down off shore, but could make for rough surf and windy conditions for beachgoers.

 Road conditions

AAA has decided Labor Day does not warrant a driving forecast the way other holidays—like Thanksgiving and July Fourth—do. But the organization did release a notice about gas prices, which are expected to rise.

Motorists headed to areas with heavy rains should remember to drive cautiously—getting to your Labor Day party late is better than getting in an accident.

And if you don’t already have a map app, Google Maps or Waze could be your best friend this weekend.

Airlines

Several airlines have issued fee waivers for travel this weekend. A bummer if you were really looking forward to that Labor Day getaway, but good news if your plans are flexible and staying where you are sounds preferable to facing potential delays.

Check with your airline for the updated status of your flights before you head to the airport (downloading the airline’s app is often the best way to get an alert on delays and cancelations), and for travel notices for fee waivers check the airlines’ websites:

  • Delta Air Lines
  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Southwest
  • JetBlue
  • Virgin America

How to Catch the Perfect Swell

Five years ago, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, triggering a tsunami and leading to a nuclear disaster.

Towns and beaches in close proximity to the plant were affected as toxic water made its way through drainage ditches and into the soil. Though there have been extensive clean-up efforts, some beaches still have signs of radiation in their sand and waters.

Despite this, surfers have continued to come to these beaches to brace the waves, with some even returning on a daily basis.

“Of course we may seem a little crazy, but for us, the important thing is the waves,” surfer Yuichiro Koboyashi said in an interview with the Japan Times.

When journalist Kimball Taylor traveled to the city of Sendai near the nuclear plant to speak to surfers in the area, he found that an estimated 50 percent returned a year or two after the disaster to start surfing again.

Many of the surfers told Taylor they simply don’t think about the potential radioactive dangers lurking in the waves.

“We will only know the true consequences of our time in the water 20 years from now,” a surfer told Al Jazeera.

Many of the beaches have been classified as safe by the government, but there are still concerns about radiation levels.

And even though the surfing community has still come to this region, the majority of the surfers are older. Children are more often kept away.

“I worry about the youngsters because if they are exposed to radiation now, it might affect them when they grow up,” surfer Toshihisa Mishina told the Japan Times.

Though Mishina returned to Toyoma beach, he said he would never allow his 12-year-old to join him.

According to Taylor, those who did stop surfing after the disaster did so to honor the thousands who were killed by the tsunami that hit the beaches, with remnants like socks, family photos, and children’s toys still visible on the shores.

“The government keeps telling us that things are back to normal in the region, but we can see that few people have come back,” one surfer told Al Jazeera.

Meditating Tips on Vacations

It’s good for the mind, body, and soul to escape with some relaxation on the beach. But you might want to consider meditating while you’ll away to give yourself even more of a healthy boost.

Vacationers who meditate while on vacation may be less inclined toward depression and stress, according to new research from scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; the University of California, San Francisco; and Harvard Medical School. They found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate benefit to stress and well-being — especially when you meditate while you’re there.

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The research studied 94 healthy women, aged 30 to 60. Participants stayed at the same resort in California for six days; while half were simply on vacation, the other half joined a meditation training program with mantra meditation, yoga and self-reflection exercises. Researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already at the resort.

The researchers examined gene network expressions changes to determine the effects of vacation and meditation. The novice meditators, experienced meditators, and regular vacationers alike all showed signs of improvement in stress response and immune function during their time at the resort. Both novice and experienced meditators, however, showed these improvements much longer after their vacations ended — as long as ten months after the vacation.

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While the meditators showed improvements far than non-meditation vacationers — according to metrics like blood samples and self-reported well-being surveys — it’s unclear whether these enduring effects are due to continued practice or psychological changes in how people view their lives.

The researchers also pointed out how “impressive” they found the significant changes in such a short time spent in a relaxing environment.

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“The benefit we experience from meditation isn’t strictly psychological; there is a clear and quantifiable change in how our bodies function,” said Harvard researcher Rudolph Tanzi in the news release.

Another takeaway from the study is that workers should not feel guilty about taking vacation time. In fact, this and other research indicates that vacations have positive, quantifiable effects on productivity at the office. For instance, a study from Intuit found that 82% of small business owned reported increased job performance after taking a vacation.

Free Passes for National Parks Tips

Good news for families who love the outdoors: The National Parks Service is again giving fourth-graders a free pass to its vast green spaces.

Any child in the fourth grade this year can visit the Every Kid in a Park website starting Thursday (Sept. 1) to obtain a free pass that grants the youngster — plus his or her parents or other adults — access to federally managed lands and waters. That includes more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and marine sanctuaries.

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The pass is valid between Sept. 1 and Aug. 31, 2017, and gives free entry to fourth-graders and up to three accompanying adults. To get the pass, fourth-graders need to complete an educational activity and print it out.

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To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015, the National Parks Service gave fourth-graders free passes last year. The promotion was in line with President Barack Obama’s goals to preserve the country’s open space, as well as allow children to experience it. Inspired by the success of the program, the National Parks Service plans to continue it annually for the next 12 years, so every U.S. school-age child will have had the chance to visit the national parks free of charge.

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If you have a child in the fourth grade this year, this could present the perfect opportunity to visit one or several of the national parks. Since parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite charge up to $30 per vehicle for visitors, the deal could potentially save you a lot of money. Click here for more information about how to obtain an Every Kid in a Park pass.

Star studded Tribute to Oscar Wilde

In a small cell in Reading, England, writer and 19th century cultural icon Oscar Wilde spent two years in prison for “gross indecency” with another man.

Some 119 years later, artists, musicians and actors from around the world will return to the prison to pay homage to the man, his work, and his final years of solitude.

Reading Gaol will host the exhibition from September 4 through October 30.

During his imprisonment, Wilde was kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day. The experience was devastating to his physical and mental health, and he died three years after his release, at the age of 46.

“In 1895, Oscar Wilde was one of the great celebrities of his time,” James Lingwood, co-director of exhibition, told Agence-France Presse. “He had plays on in the West End, he lived a glittering social life. Three months later he found himself in Reading Gaol. The prison regime here at the time was absolutely brutal, it broke Wilde.”

Gillman & Co, gelatin silver print, May 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

The central focus of the exhibition is a series of paintings, sculptures and photographs installed throughout the prison created by such artists as photographer Nan Goldin and Chinese artist Ai WeiWei.

All of the art is intended to deal with the theme of loneliness, allowing visitors to experience what life might have been like for the writer, imprisoned for his forbidden love of another man.

Musician and artist Patti Smith, along with actor Ralph Fiennes and Irish writer Colm Toibin are among the participants who will read Wilde’s 55,000-word letter to his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, in a performance each Sunday.

Morley von Sternberg

The prison was permanently closed in 2013, so Wilde’s cell has been recreated to be as it would have been when he was an inmate, complete with the books that he requested.

Wilde penned what was considered one of his last great works, a poem called the “Ballad of Reading Gaol,” while fulfilling his sentence. Expressing the despair of his own situation, an excerpt reads:

Right in we went, with soul intent
On Death and Dread and Doom:
The hangman, with his little bag,
Went shuffling through the gloom:
And each man trembled as he crept
Into his numbered tomb.

Twin Puppies in South Africa Is The First Time

An Irish wolfhound has given birth to what are believed to be the first identicallygenetic puppies in history.

Veterinarian Kurt de Cramer was performing a Caesarean section on the dog in South Africa’s Rant en Dal Animal Hospital in Mogale City when he noticed that she had an unusual bulging by her uterus, the BBC reports.

He was shocked to find two foetuses attached with umbilical cords to the same placenta, which he then successfully delivered along with five other puppies.

The puppies are of the same gender, with very similar markings, which led de Cramer to believe they were identical twins. Reproductive specialists then confirmed his suspicious by obtaining blood samples from the twins when they were two weeks and then six weeks old.

Although this is first recorded case of a monozygotic pair of puppies, as DNA tests are not typically performed on dogs even when puppies look strikingly similar, it is difficult to know how rare it is.

In the past, identical twin foetuses have been reported in horses, but none have survived.

Great idea to visit is to see kauai’s na pali coast

Have you dreamed of visiting the Garden Isle of Hawaii? Kauai is home to stunning natural wonders including Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay and Wai’ale’ale Crater, but no visit to Kauai is complete without visiting the majestic 17-mile stretch of the Na Pali Coast.

You have three options when visiting the Na Pali Coast — hiking, helicopter tour and boat ride. I’ll go over each of these options below, but if you only have time for one of these activities while visiting Kauai, book a helicopter flight!

THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE NA PALI COAST IN KAUAI

HELICOPTER TOUR

By far, the best way to view the Na Pali Coast is by Helicopter because most of the areas are inaccessible by land or sea. I booked a flight with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters — the same company we used for a helicopter tour of Maui — and from start to finish, the service was top notch.

If you plan to take any photos, Blue Hawaiian’s pilots fly on the left of the aircraft which means there’s more seating for the best views of the Na Pali Coast. All of the helicopter tours fly from the south, up the coast, so you’ll want to be on the right side of the aircraft and most of Blue Hawaiian’s passenger seats are on this side. I also highly recommend requesting Shay as your pilot!

Blue Hawaiian also provides black shirts to every guest (as a courtesy) because black reduces glare on the windows. I’ve been on flights where the other passengers are wearing white or detailed print clothing — which means their clothing choices are affecting everyone’s photos.

BOAT TOUR

I’ve been on two boat tours of the Na Pali Coast. The first was on a large Catamaran with Blue Dolphin Charters. The weather did not cooperate on this particular trip in June, so many of the passengers got seasick. I have to say, the staff was amazing catering to everyone’s needs — running around, feeding everyone saltines and Ginger Ale, but if you do get seasick, take Dramamine!< experience along this coast was during the last week of August and the weather was absolutely perfect. I booked a zodiac tour with Holo Holo Charters. The zodiac tours provide a closer look at the caves along the cliffs, but I would not want to be in a zodiac on a choppy day.

Both of the above tours go to the same snorkeling spot along this coast. If you are looking for the best snorkeling on the island, this is not the trip to book. For snorkeling, I recommend Poipu Beach or Tunnels.

HIKING

You can hike in some areas of the Na Pali Coast — depending on the weather — but the hikes are not for the faint of heart. This side of Kauai is extremely wet, which results in muddy and slippery conditions along the edges of the towering cliffs. If you do hike the Na Pali Coast, please come prepared with walking sticks and plenty of food and water and check the weather beforehand!

We hiked a section of the Kalalau Trail (an 11-mile trail that leads from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach) and were advised by a ranger to turn around after 2-miles due to flash flood warnings. The day before we arrived, hikers ignored these advisories and were forced to spend the night along the trail because the water level was too high to pass on their return trip.

HOW TO PACK FOR THE NA PALI COAST

Whether you’re hiking or taking a tour along this strip of coastline, there’s a few things you won’t want to forget.

Trekking Poles: If you plan to do any hiking, bring foldable hiking sticks! Many of our fellow hikers wished they had walking sticks to keep them from falling in the mud and assisting with the river crossings.

Dramamine: Definitely bring this for any of the boat rides along the Na Pali Coast and you may even want to take one before your helicopter flight; it can get bumpy. Dramamine has a Non-Drowsy version that we bring on all of our trips.

Dark Clothing: Wear dark, solid clothing on the helicopter flight — preferably black.

Rain Gear: Let me just say, plan for rain on the Na Pali Coast. Bring a poncho or, even better, a light rain coat.

Hiking Shoes: I forgot my hiking shoes on my first trip to Kauai and my running shoes were completely ruined after hiking the Na Pali Coast. Hiking shoes with ankle support are even better.