Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Train Gets You So Close To The Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights is definitely at the top of my travel bucket list. One of the best places to see the Northern Lights is supposed to be in Alaska. The 49th state’s prime locale make the region one of the top destinations to checking out the pretty pink, green, and blue lights. If you are searching for the trip of a lifetime, look no further than Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Train. The locomotive gets you so close to the Northern Lights for what’s sure to be an unforgettable trip. With the New Year right around the corner, there’s no better resolution (IMO) than to add more travel into your routine come 2019.

The train trip lasts for seven nights and eight days where you will spend your time exploring Alaska’s views of the Northern Lights. It also includes a two-night stay in the town of Talkeetna. This small Alaskan town is located at the base of Mt. Mckinley. This is the tallest peak in North America, according to the Talkeetna Chamber. Also included in the Aurora Train tour is a guided sled dog tour with an Iditarod champion kennel, according to Alaska Railroad. Seriously, this trip is shaping up to be my dream vacation. Pretty lights and a dog sled tour? Sign me up.

Alaska Railroad’s Aurora Train is currently accepting travelers, with the first departure date slated for Monday, Dec. 24. Yep, that’s Christmas Eve. If you aren’t going home for the holidays, you may want to think about booking a seat on the Aurora Train for a jolly good time. If you can’t swing the Christmas Eve departure this time around, don’t worry. There are plenty of other departure dates that might work for you. According to Alaska Railroad, the Aurora Train will also depart on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 4
  • Monday, Feb. 25
  • Monday, March 4
  • Monday, March 11
  • Monday, March 18
  • Monday, March 25

According to Alaska.org, the months of September through March are some of the best times of the year to view the Northern Lights (aka the dead of winter). Summertime doesn’t offer particularly great views of the Northern Lights, which is why this train ride wraps up in late March. Throughout your travels, you will have the opportunity to explore Denali National Park, major Alaskan cities like Fairbanks and Anchorage, and a dip in the Chena Hot Springs where you can catch the absolutely stunning aurora borealis.

The train departs from Anchorage. You will be responsible for booking your airfare to Alaska’s largest city. Keep an eye out for any last-minute flight deals. If you can be flexible with your travel dates, you might be able to score a better price on your flight. Keep in mind that you’ll be flying into Anchorage for the departure and out of Fairbanks once the train ride wraps. The total cost of the Aurora Train tour is $1,479, according to Alaska Railroad. That’s really not bad at all, considering you’ll be gone for more than a week.

One other thing to note: The price per person is based on double occupancy, according to Alaska Railroad. As with most travel deals, the price, accommodations, and excursions can change without notice. Now it’s time to make some travel plans and add the Northern Lights to your 2019 bucket list. BRB while I pack my bags.

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Brooklyn Beckham Steps Out With New Girlfriend Hana Cross After Fashion Awards 2018 in London!

Brooklyn Beckham and Hana Cross are stepping out together as a couple!

The 19-year-old son of David and Victoria Beckham and the model were seen leaving a 2018 Fashion Awards afterparty held at a private residence in North London on Monday night (December 10) in London, United Kingdom.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Brooklyn Beckham

The two were seen walking hand-in-hand following the star-studded event, which was held at the Royal Albert Hall.

The two were reportedly seen singing and dancing along to The Jacksons‘ “Blame It On The Boogie.”

Hana later shared a video of herself kissing Brooklyn on the cheek on her Instagram Story.

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Universal Credit bosses slammed after they spend £1,000 on cakes for staff to celebrate benefits rollout

Cakes were given to staff in 40 different locations to mark the end of the system's introduction in Northern Ireland.

The flagship welfare programme will be in every job centre in the UK by the end of the month, for anyone making a new claim.

Others on benefits will be rolled over to the new system in the coming months and years.

Now Stormont's Department for Communities has come under fire for celebrating it, Irish News reported.

SDLP deputy leader Nichola Mallon described the move as "tasteless and insensitive".


The North Belfast MLA said: "To brand cakes with the Universal Credit logo is tasteless and insensitive. It shows a careless disregard for the impact it is having on those families forced into debt and in through the doors of food banks."

Defending the purchase of cakes, a DfC spokeswoman said in a statement to the paper: "The process of rolling out Universal Credit in Northern Ireland began in September 2017 and completed on December 5 2018.

"This was a significant and challenging implementation effort for the department, involving the recruitment and training of almost 2,000 staff across 40 locations throughout the province.

"To mark the completion of this task, a total of £1,125 was spent to purchase 40 cakes which were shared amongst 2,000 staff at team building events across Northern Ireland.

"The cakes were provided to mark the end of the introduction of Universal Credit, recognising the commitment and hard work of staff in delivering the new service to customers across Northern Ireland."

The cakes were also used to celebrate Universal Credit's roll out in England too.

Back in 2017 Neil Couling, the director general of the scheme, posted the snap on Twitter, saying: "In Hove, one of the jobcentres that is part of the expansion of #UniversalCredit, that begins today."

His tweet was met with furious reactions, with one writing: "Did you pay for that through all the sanctions?"

What to do if you have problems claiming Universal Credit

IF you're experiencing trouble applying for your Universal Credit, or the payments just don't cover costs, here are your options:

Apply for an advance – Claimants are able to get some cash within five days rather than waiting weeks for their first payment. But it's a loan which means the repayments will be automatically deducted from your future Universal Credit pay out.

Alternative Payment Arrangements– If you're falling behind on rent, you or your landlord may be able to apply for an APA which will get your payment sent directly to your landlord. You might also be able to change your payments to get them more frequently, or you can split the payments if you're part of a couple.

Budgeting Advance – You may be able to get help from the government to help with emergency household costs of up to £348 if you're single, £464 if you're part of a couple or £812 if you have children. These are only in cases like your cooker breaking down or for help getting a job. You'll have to repay the advance through your regular Universal Credit payments. You'll still have to repay the loan, even if you stop claiming for Universal Credit.

Cut your Council Tax – You might be able to get a discount on your Council Tax or be entitled to Discretionary Housing Payments if your payments aren't enough to cover your rent.

Foodbanks – If you're really hard up and struggling to buy food and toiletries, you can find your local foodbank who will provide you with help for free. You can find your nearest one on the Trussel Trust website.

The new system replaces six benefits into one monthly payment, but the rollout has been beset with issues.

It has faced criticism for pushing Brits into debt as it takes five weeks to get the first payment through.

And others say there have been countless problems with the new system, reporting errors in their payments, and it taking months to get costs back.

The DWP have been approached for comment.


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Emmerdale spoilers: Harriet Finch tries to save Dawn and brings her to the village after nasty showdown with her pimp

The vicar – played by Katherine Dow Blyton – is desperate to track the drug addict down and enlists Charity’s son Ryan Stocks to help her, but will he succeed?

Ryan schemes and makes a call to Dawn’s phone pretending to be a punter who wants to pay her for sex.

Later he and Harriet arrive at the rough end of town where Harriet comes face-to-face with Dawn again.

She has a huge confrontation with Dawn’s pimp but finally manages to get her to return to the village with her.

Harriet then tries her hardest to get through to Dawn, wanting her to stay. Will Dawn stick around and will she be able to make friends in the village after alienating Rhona Goskirk and Pete Barton already?

Dawn – played by telly newcomer Olivia Bromley – was first introduced when she hooked up with Ross Barton and helped him track down Simon McManus, the man who threw acid in his face.

She returned recently looking for Ross after having been attacked by a punter. She broke into the house he used to share with his brother Pete but was apprehended by Rhona who wanted to help her.

It’s been revealed that Dawn has a secret history which she shares with police officer turned vicar Harriet. The secret hasn’t been revealed on screen yet but it’s sure to leave fans of the ITV soap stunned.


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Mets, Yankees involved in three-way trade discussions with Marlins on J.T. Realmuto

LAS VEGAS – Only in Las Vegas.

In his bold pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen raised the stakes – having dangled Noah Syndergaard and courted the Yankees in an attempt to make it happen.

As first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Yanks, Mets and Marlins have discussed three-team trade scenarios that would put Realmuto behind the plate at Citi Field.

As per reports, and including an industry source, there were no deals in the works on Monday night, the first full day of baseball’s Winter Meetings at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

But the concept is tantalizing to say the least.

The need for Yankees’ prospects and/or controllable big-league talent could be required to complete any such deal, negating the prospect haul that a team like the Dodgers provide.

And the idea of Syndergaard moving into the Yanks’ rotation to facilitate such a deal was just one of many different trade discussions the Mets have had according to a source. 

But talk about a high-limit game…

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Seahawks defender trolls Kirk Cousins after fumble return for touchdown: ‘You like that!!!’

The Minnesota Vikings lost another primetime game with Kirk Cousins under center, and this one brought the $84 million man to 0-7 on Monday Night Football. 

Cousins had a chance to begin a comeback, but with just under three minutes to play down 14-0, the Seahawks sealed the game with a strip sack of Cousins that was returned for a touchdown by Seattle cornerback Justin Coleman. 

Shortly after the game, Coleman had some fun at Cousins' expense, tweeting the clip of his touchdown with the caption, "You like that!!" in reference to Cousins' viral video after a 2015 comeback win when he played for the Redskins. 

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37 Must-See British TV Shows to Add to Your Watch List

37 Must-See British TV Shows to Add to Your Watch List

The UK has produced so much quality drama, so many incredible documentaries, and so many classic comedies over the years that any “best of” list can only scrape the surface of what British television has to offer. But if you’ve stumbled across a few British shows on Netflix or Amazon recently, or noticed how many Brits are nominated for Golden Globes this year, and you’re looking for some new things to add to your list, allow me to help. As POPSUGAR’s resident British “telly” addict, I’ve binged my way through my fair share of BBC drama, ITV comedy, and cult Channel 4 shows. This list combines some of the best modern shows with a few of my personal favorite retro classics to bring you 37 must-see shows from the UK archives. Whether you’re looking for light entertainment, a dark drama, or an irreverent comedy, there will no doubt be something on this list to suit!

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This Little Girl's Reaction to Meeting Kate Middleton Will Brighten Your Day

This Little Girl’s Reaction to Meeting Kate Middleton Will Brighten Your Day

As they began a busy day of royal activities, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Evelina London Children’s Hospital on Tuesday morning. The duchess has just been named the hospital’s patron and, according to Kensington Palace, will use this new role to “champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children’s healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years.”

She wasted no time getting to work, meeting some of the children currently receiving care at the hospital. As she and William arrived, they were greeted by one girl who had an adorable reaction to being in the presence of royalty. As Kate and William both crouched down to shake her hand, the little girl, who also handed the duchess a bouquet of flowers, threw her head back and giggled, flashing a huge grin at the cameras. At least she kept her cool enough to actually meet the royals, unlike the sweet boy who was so overwhelmed to be in the presence of the queen last week that he dropped to the floor and crawled away.

Keep reading to see more of the sweet moment this girl met Kate and William and to see plenty more photos from this important royal visit.











































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Survivor of Russia's 'Werewolf' serial killer tells how she woke up in a MORGUE after he raped her and left her for dead

Evil Mikhail Popkov was on Monday sentenced to life in jail for 56 murders on top of 22 for which he was earlier convicted.

Svetlana Misyavitchus survived a ruthless attack by the 54-year-old former cop and has spoken of her ordeal – and how he wrecked her life.

Misyavitchus said she was a 17-year-old virgin when she was returning home in the cold from a friend’s house in her city of Angarsk.

A police car stopped and the driver offered her a lift.

She said: “I thought it’s safe to go with a policeman. I was so cold  from head to toes so I accepted.”


She remembers that he drove past her house and she asked him: “Where are we going?”

The next thing she recalled was him “repeatedly banging my head against a tree" – it seemed "to go on for an eternity".

She added: “I was shaking, he wanted to rape me. He was mute – he didn’t respond to anything.

“He said nothing. I crawled out from under him and ran to his car. I was hoping to find car keys there – but failed.

“He caught me and I tripped down some steps.”



She was wounded but found some passers-by who refused to help her.

She then saw Popkov’s car approaching her through bushes by the side of a main road.

He attacked her again and left her for dead.

She said: “The next I knew, I woke up in a morgue. I woke up, sat down, and spotted a label on the toe of a corpse next to me.

“I woke up in a hospital later.”

She was listed as being 25, but her mother found and rescued her.

Half her hair was torn out during the Popkov attack and she was paralysed down one side of her body.


When she was discharged a few months later, her hair had turned grey.

The now 37-year-old said: “His attack aged me by seven years. My brain was damaged.

“If not for him, I would have had a normal life, had a family, and given birth to great kids.”

The other known survivor is Evgeniya Protasova, 36, who unlike Svetlana managed two build a normal life after her brutal rape and attack.

In common with his other attacks, he struck her over the head, stripped her naked, and raped her.

She said: "It happened in July 1999, when I was 18. My boyfriend had invited me to a restaurant, and we left it about midnight.

"He wanted me to go to his place but I strongly refused, and asked him to take me home.

"Then he got angry and shouted that I could go home on my own."

Like Svetlana, the policeman offered her a lift.

He was plain-clothed but showed her his officer’s ID.

Popkov used this tactic repeatedly, sometimes wearing his uniform, to lure women, often as they walked along the pavement slightly tipsy after a drink.

He even told them they should get a lift home from a policeman because – as all locals knew – there was a rapist and serial killer at large in Angarsk at the time.

Bravely, Evgeniya agreed to the trauma of seeing the killer face-to-face as investigators sought crucial evidence that he was “The Werewolf”.


RUSSIA'S WORST SERIAL KILLERS

  • “Chessboard killer” Alexander Pichushkin is a close second behind The Werewolf, after he killed an estimated 62 people in Moscow, with 48 bodies found (years active: 1992-2006)
  • "Rostov Ripper" Andre Chikatilo murdered over 56 women and children for 12 years throughout the Soviet Union before being caught (years active: 1978 – 1990)
  • Rich noblewoman Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova murdered serfs on her estate, with 38 proven victims but a possible total of 147 (years active: 1755-1762)
  • The "Wolf of Moscow" Vasili Komaroff bludgeoned and stabbed 33 men to death in a stable while working as a horse-trader (years active: 1921-1923)
  • A family of robbers, led by Inessa Tarverdiyeva and her husband, murdered 30 people between 2007-2013
  • Sergei Ryakhovsky, dubbed "The Hippopotamus" because of his thick neck, killed 19 prostitutes and homosexuals in order to "cleanse" society (years active: 1988-1993)
  • Alcoholic "Satan in a Skirt" Irina Gaidmachuk killed 17 elderly women to fund her vodka addiction (years active: 2002-2010)
  • "Doctor Death" Maxim Petrov killed 12 of his patients over just one year (years active: 1999-2000)
  • Viktor Fokin, known variously as the "Pensioner Maniac" and the "Grandfather Ripper" lured at least ten prostitutes and drinkers in his home before killing and dismembering them (years active: 1996-2000)

She added: "I have a good family now – I am married with two children, I have a son and a daughter.

“I had never told my husband what I had to go through, but I must say I had been living under a huge pressure inside. This story just did not go away.”

Popkov was said by state investigators to have been shocked that any of his victims, who he attacked with axes, hammers, knives, screwdrivers, and spades, had survived.

After he received his life sentence yesterday, a prosecutor said: “He clearly loved killing. Some victims had 145, or even 170 knife wounds.

“He said that he felt satisfied when he felt their pain as they were stabbed."



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WWE news: Cody Rhodes rejected Vince McMahon's company 'weeks ago' as he teases potential All:In 2

The star, son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes and brother to Dustin “Goldust”, has enjoyed a stunning run of success since his departure from WWE in 2016.

The current IWGP US Heavyweight Champion wrestled at the world famous Tokyo Dome and recently produced the historic ALL:In pay-per-view.

But his contract with Ring of Honor has just expired, leading to speculation he could be heading back to Vince McMahon’s company.

Rhodes, 33, is currently touring the UK and appeared on Bruce Pritchard’s Something To Wrestle show.

And when quizzed about a return to the place he made his name, he said he had “passed on the WWE offer a few weeks ago.”


Rhodes, undoubtedly one of the biggest wrestling talents on the planet, was also asked about putting on an ALL:In 2.

He responded: “Hypothetically, would it necessarily be ‘All In 2’… or ‘All In: International’?


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“There are two major territories outside of the US in terms of wrestling: the UK and Australia. If you put up a ring, they [the fans] will come.”

Despite his contract already expiring, Rhodes will perform for Ring of Honor at this month’s Final Battle event against World Champion Jay Lethal.

Cobra bite to cure erectile dysfunction

FEW wrestling fans from the 90s will forget seeing Jake "The Snake" Roberts’ cobra biting “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s arm.

Despite it being 27 years ago, the incident still remains one of the most harrowing ever seen in WWE.

The shocking event cemented Roberts’ place as one of the most evil heels in the industry’s history.

But now the veteran is using it to bolster something else rather than his career – his libido!

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