A Racehorse Charged Into a Bar in France — and the Whole Thing Was Caught on Video

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 07:51
<p>Have you heard this one? A horse walks into a bar and chaos ensues.</p><p>Actually, that’s not a joke. And customers in a bar in Chantilly, France, found out what really happens when a horse comes into a bar. A video captured by the bar’s security camera shows a racehorse bucking through a French cafe as diners scatter out of the horse’s path, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Newsweek</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Jean-Marie Beguigne, the horse’s trainer, said that the horse had kicked its rider off the saddle about a half-mile away at Chantilly stables before running off and ending up at the bar, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Independent</em></a>. “The filly escaped by going on to the road, and crossing a roundabout before entering this bar. It is all quite exceptional,” Beguigne <a href="" target="_blank">told the newspaper <em>Ouest France</em></a>.</p><p>Oddly enough, it wasn’t incessant thirst that led the horse to charge into the bar. And the bar is connected to France’s state-controlled betting system, where customers can place bets on horse races on television. The bar’s owner, Stephane Jasmin said the horse <a href="" target="_blank">charged right for the betting corner</a>. Coincidence? Or revenge?</p><p>Luckily, no one was injured in this equine incident, including the horse. Though some furniture was damaged.</p>
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These Are the Most Eco-friendly Airlines Flying to Europe

Travel and Leisure - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 07:33
<p>For travelers committed to protecting the environment, your choice of airlines, planes and seats can make a big difference.</p><p>A new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has ranked 20 major airlines flying between the U.S. and Europe by their carbon footprint. Norwegian Air Shuttle ranked first as the most environmentally friendly airline because of a combination of its seat numbers and use of newer aircraft which have lower fuel burn. Also ranking high with above-average fuel efficiency were <a href="" target="_blank">WOW Air</a>, SWISS, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Thomas Cook, and Virgin Atlantic.</p><p>British Airways ranked as the least fuel efficient airline. Its fuel-efficiency actually worsened by 4%, compared to a previous ranking in 2014 by the ICCT. Lufthansa ranked second from the bottom of the list.</p><p>Among U.S. airlines, <a href="" target="_blank">Delta Air Lines</a> performed best with an industry-average fuel efficiency, while both <a href="" target="_blank">American</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">United</a> ranked below average. United actually came in third from last only 1% more fuel efficient than Lufthansa.</p><p>One interesting finding is that crowded planes help the planet; more people get across the Atlantic on a single flight with the same amount of fuel. So flying at the back of the plane, or on a long-haul low-cost airline to Europe could be a more environmentally friendly choice than flying first class — even if it's less comfortable.</p><p>“Carriers have a variety of tools to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions,” said ICCT's Brandon Graver, lead author of the study. “Airlines like Norwegian, which invests in new, fuel-efficient aircraft, and carriers like WOW air and SWISS that maximize payload on a given flight, all flew efficiently in 2017.”</p><p>Aviation’s overall environmental impact is a hot issue. Airlines contribute about 2.5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Boeing expects that as many 43,000 planes will be needed to serve the 7.8 billion of us flying that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects by 2036.</p><p>Airlines are making plans to add more fuel-efficient planes, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the new Boeing 777X, the Airbus A350 and the new Airbus A220–formerly the Bombardier CSeries plane.</p><p>On the same day that this report was published, United announced that it had big plans to make changes that would improve its environmental footprint. The airline said it would reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050, relative to 2005. This matches the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas made by other IATA airlines around the world. IATA has also set targets for an average fuel efficiency improvement of 1.5% per year from 2009 to 2020, as well as carbon-neutral growth with a CO2 emissions cap starting in 2020.</p><p>United said it will buy more fuel-efficient planes and make changes to operations that better conserve fuel. The airline also said it will invest $30 million in Fulcrum BioEnergy in California which makes jet-friendly biofuels and committed to buying 1 billion gallons to power its daily flights.</p><p>Biofuels have been taking off for a while and Boeing has played an important role in their advancement.</p><p>“It has been about a decade of effort of a wide ranging program, both in terms of its geographic extent and the kinds of activities that we’ve done to support and catalyze these fuels,” said Mike B. Lakeman, Associate Technical Fellow at Boeing, and an expert in clean energy who has helped advance biofuel technology in aviation. “Boeing’s role was to bring to partners together and show that it was technically feasible. That opened up a raft of challenges that we have addressed in ensuring years.”</p><p>Some of the challenges include getting adequate supply to airports, and also to reducing the costs of biofuels so that they can be competitive for airlines to use on a regular basis. As more airlines join the biofuel club, both of these are being resolved.</p><p>“The primary advantage is in airlines demonstrating to their customers that they are committed,” Lakeman said.</p><p>In 2016, Oslo Airport in Norway became the world’s first airport to stock and supply biofuel in large quantities to support airline operations. Through AirBP, Oslo supplies a blend of biofuel using a combination of used cooking oil and the Spanish plant Camelina.</p><p>Virgin Atlantic was the world’s first airline to trial biofuels, made with Brazilian babassu nuts and coconuts, in 2008, and just on Tuesday <a href="" target="_blank">operated a flight from Orlando to London on biofuel</a> made in Georgia. Other airlines followed with their own trials including Air New Zealand, Japan Airlines, and Finnair.</p>
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Police at Rome Airport Blow Up Bag That Turns Out to Be Filled With Coconuts

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:12
<p>A saga about a suspicious bag at the Rome airport might just crack you up. Figuratively speaking.</p><p>On Monday, Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport had a brief scare when police blew up a suspicious bag. Fortunately, the bag did not contain deadly weapons. Instead, it was full of coconuts, <a href="" target="_blank">the <em>Independent</em> reported</a>.</p><p>Freelance journalist Ned Donovan was in Terminal 3, where the lovely bunch of coconuts was found, and documented the whole ordeal.</p><p>According to Donovan, not only did the police blow up the bag, they also searched the person who presumably owned it.</p><p>Donovan told the <em>Independent</em> that the incident was over in about 15 minutes. While most people were being stopped from going past security, most were left to “wander around.”</p><p>Donovan tweeted that the bag was intentionally blown up with people less than 10 meters (about 32 feet) away. So, you might say that not exactly every precaution was being taken. Luckily, no one was harmed. (The same cannot be said for the coconuts.)</p><p>Another Twitter user, Elizabeth Rice, said she was present in the terminal when the bag was being detonated. According to Rice, other passengers weren’t too concerned about the police blowing up a bag inside the airport with other people around.</p><p>When the bag was opened, post-explosion, only charred coconut remained. Donovan commented on Twitter that the officials then left the bag unaccompanied to be cleaned up. Overall, people seem amused by the whole incident.</p><p>If only the officers could have just done a simple search. Then we’d all be drinking piña coladas right now.</p>
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Flying Taxi Company Wants to Get You From New York City to Boston in 36 Minutes

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:05
<p>Boston-based aviation company <a href="" target="_blank">Transcend Air</a> wants to make flying between major cities like <a href="" target="_blank">New York City</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Boston</a> faster and easier.</p><p>The company has been working on prototypes of an aircraft that would carry passengers between major cities at prices comparable to commercial flights, and has plans to launch by 2024.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong> <a href="" target="_blank">10 Easy Ways to Make Your Economy Flight Feel Like First Class</a></p><p>Their six-seater, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft features a tiltwing design, allowing it to take off and land like a helicopter. The piloted, turbine-powered planes would have a range of 450 miles, with speeds up to 405 miles per hour, taking inspiration from the design of the <a href="">CL-84, created by Canadair</a> in the 1960s.</p><img alt="Transcend Air's aircraft will take passengers between cities like Boston and New York in under 40 minutes. "src=""><p>“We like to boast that we’re not inventing anything new here,” Transcend Air's CEO Greg Bruelltold <em>Travel + Leisure</em>. “We’re taking a concept first demonstrated in the '60s and finding a market for it, while updating it with the latest technology so that it doesn’t cost military-scale budgets to build them.”</p><p>Transcend has plans to fly from New York City to Boston (flight time of 36 minutes, $283 one-way), from Los Angeles to San Francisco (55 minutes, $315 one-way), and from Montreal to Toronto (1 hour, $325 one-way). The company is also looking at routes between San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas, and between Houston, Dallas, and Austin.</p><p>Since the aircraft can take off and land vertically, there’s no need for runways and airports, and its use of propellors instead of rotors (found on helicopters) would keep noise levels down. The biggest benefit to passengers may be the time saved by avoiding going to the airport and taxiing to and from the runway.</p><img alt="The interior of a Transcend Air aircraft. "src=""><p>Onboard the aircraft, passengers will find an experience similar to what they’re used to on commercial airlines, though seats will be wider at 23 inches. Since the trips are short, there will be no restrooms or additional amenities.</p><img alt="Transcend Air's aircraft takes off and lands vertically, like a helicopter. "src=""><p>The company has already started the certification process with the Federal Aviation Administration, and plans to start test routes between Boston and New York City in the next two years. They will then build a limited range production of aircraft with plans to partner with a manufacturer who will create the full range of aircraft.</p>
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Ai Weiwei Is Taking Over Los Angeles This Fall

Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:23
<p>“Instagram is silly, meaningless, senseless,” Ai said. “I use it like a sketchbook.” Mid-interview, he snapped <a href=";taken-by=aiww" target="_blank">a photo of me</a> and shared it, captionless, with his 425,000 followers on Instagram. In July, I met the artist, who was sun-tanned and jet-lagged, in Aspen, where he was being <a href="" target="_blank">honored</a> with the International Artist Award at Anderson Ranch, an idyllic arts center tucked in the Rocky Mountains.</p><p>This fall, Ai is opening three back-to-back shows in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>: “Life Cycle,” an exhibition featuring <a href="" target="_blank">three large-scale installations</a>, including an airy bamboo sculpture of a raft crowded with figures, at the Marciano Art Foundation (September 28 – March 3, 2019); an installation of salvaged stools and Lego-based portraits at Jeffrey Deitch’s new gallery (September 29 – January 5, 2019); and a marble, grass-patterned sculpture at UTA Artist Space (from October 4). Together, the shows are the most extensive display of Ai’s works Los Angeles has ever seen.</p><img alt="Installation view of "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle," September 28, 2018–March 3, 2019, at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. "src=""><img alt="Installation view of "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle," September 28, 2018–March 3, 2019, at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. "src=""><p>From masterful sculptures and imaginative installations to feature-length documentaries and hard-metal music videos, Ai is skilled at traversing mediums and subject matter — often circling back to themes of migration in his <a href="" target="_blank">art</a>, as in the titular work of “Life Cycle.” “The refugee crisis is so big and so real,” he explained. “I don’t think I have one show that can completely cope with that.” This summer, Ai trekked across Bangladesh with his 9-year old son to bear witness to the Rohingya refugee crisis and to conduct research for his next film. (In 2017, Ai released <em>Human Flow,</em> a documentary about the global refugee crisis that<i> </i>traces how political violence and environmental degradation has forced more than 65 million people from their homes.)</p><p>Ai himself knows what it is to be displaced. In 2011, he was detained in China for 81 days on charges of tax evasion. After his release, the government retained his passport for four years — delayed, no doubt, by his high-profile status and his fierce and persistent criticism of the Chinese government. Germany granted him asylum in 2015, and Ai now lives in Berlin with his partner, the filmmaker Wang Fen, and their son. When he left China, he said, “a very high official told me, ‘Ai Weiwei, next time you’re here, we’re not going to let you out.’ I don’t know if that is a warning or a threat.”</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="" target="_blank">Check Out Ai Weiwei's Newest Work at The Royal Academy of Art in London</a></p><p>In the years since, Ai has maintained a studio in Beijing to host his curatorial projects and production team. But early in August, the Chinese government ordered the sudden and total demolition of the space, which is documented in harrowing detail on Instagram. It echoed the events of 2011, when his newly built Shanghai studio was razed with little warning.</p><p>His second studio, in East Berlin, sits on the edge of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, and acts, according to Ai, “very much like a port. Everything is boxed up.” He said, “I feel so strange when I go to hotels or meet with trustees and there is artwork everywhere, because there isn’t a single artwork in my house.”</p><img alt="Installation view of "Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle," September 28, 2018–March 3, 2019, at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles. "src=""><p>In China, the name “<a href="" target="_blank">Ai Weiwei</a>” is nearly unsearchable online. Government agencies have scrubbed the internet so that his works, which shed light on China’s human rights violations and building projects that reek of corruption, are only visible to audiences outside of the country. (Before his arrest, Ai blogged, tweeted, and Instagrammed using a special VPN, which is widely practiced but technically illegal in China.)</p><p>“I question my status as an artist,” he says, “as I do so many other things now.” Ultimately, he says, “artists can be activists” too.</p>
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Travel and Leisure - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 15:01
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