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Battle of the Morning Show Halloweens: Both Today and GMA Go Back to the '80s for Epic Costumes - PEOPLE.com

The ousted talk show host has not appeared live on the air since NBC confirmed that her 9 a.m. Today show hour had been canceled amid immense backlash for her controversial remarks about wearing blackface on Halloween.

While Megyn Kelly Today is officially done, her future at the network remains unclear . Kelly’s attorney told Variety in a statement: “Megyn remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.”

RELATED VIDEO: Megyn Kelly Apologizes Again for Blackface Comments Amid Criticism from Today Colleagues

During her show last week, Kelly was discussing attempts at universities to discourage “inappropriate and offensive costumes.” The former Fox News host asked: “But what is racist? Because truly, you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character.”

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Abu Dhabi afloat: Best things to do on water in the UAE's capital - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

(CNN) - With more than 200 islands, stretches of quiet beaches and nearly eternal sunshine, Abu Dhabi has plenty to offer water lovers.

Families have access to water parks (and the chance to play at being mermaids). Thrill seekers who travel here can strap jet pack boots to their feet and soar above the sea or deep dive in search of pearl-filled oysters.

"It's a great spot to do water sports as the water's usually quite flat and the weather is slightly cooler than Dubai," says Ala Lababidi, a long-time UAE resident who wake surfs often.

"My personal favorite in Abu Dhabi is kayaking in the natural mangroves on a two-hour guided tour," says Gretta Beckett, an Abu Dhabi resident.

Adventure traveler Laura Coughlin points to Abu Dhabi's massive water cable park. "There's nothing like it in the Middle East," she says. "Even pro-boarders come to check it out. Our country's only pro wakeboarder, Omeir Saeed, is often here cheering on budding wake boarders."

These epic water activities make the most of Abu Dhabi's endless sunshine:

Pretend to be mermaids at a water park

With a pearl diving theme and 40 rides, slides and attractions, it's easy to understand why families flock to Yas Waterworld water park.

The region's first water cinema is here, and when the show is done, there's a kid-friendly mermaid school.

It's even possible to plunge down the Middle East's longest suspended roller-coaster or race headlong against five others down a massive water slide.

Master 360 turns wake surfing

The flat waters of the UAE are ideal for wake surfing, a sport that involves riding a shorter surf board behind a special wave-creating boat. Once the art of standing up has been mastered, you can progress on to flips, 360 turns and even ever-so-serene board yoga.

"For the flattest water, go wake surfing at sunrise in the Mangroves," says Stephanie Mullet, marketing manager of Wake Evolution in Abu Dhabi .

The surrounding promenade is full of restaurants for breakfast after. Or for sunset riders, there's drinks at the Anantara Eastern Mangrove's outdoor terrace for waterfront views of the marina.

"Abu Dhabi's protected waterways make the water flatter, meaning you won't fall as much," says Mullet.

Gather pearls from a traditional dhow

Abu Dhabi Pearl Journey invites travelers onto a traditional Arabic pearling dhow for a morning winding between the city's lush mangroves.

A local guide talks through the extensive history of pearl diving in the region (including how divers wore weights on their legs and clipped their noses shut), then provides dates, tea and a pearl opening demonstration. Anyone who finds a pearl gets to keep it.

Explore history along a scenic route

Captain Tony's one-hour boat tour offers a glide through Abu Dhabi's history.

The trip passes the Maqta Fort, a local heritage site over 200 years old, then winds past Abu Dhabi's mangroves. Flamingos can be spotted here.

Toward the end, there's a scenic view of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Skip the boat with a cable park

At Al Forsan International Sports Resort it's possible to wake skate, knee board, mono ski or water ski -- but the big sport here is wakeboarding.

This massive cable park involves a huge overhead cable that pulls riders along the lake at speeds of nearly 24 miles per hour (38 kph), no boats required.

The wait time is minimal, as the system can pop out 13 riders per minute. For those into advanced wakeboarding, the dedicated extreme course is great for intense training.

Compete against friends in an inflatable course

AquaFun , Abu Dhabi's first inflatable water park -- and what's claimed to the be the world's biggest -- brings the joy of bounce castles into the sea.

This 84-piece obstacle course has bridges, ramps, steps...

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Photo Epic: A Scottish Highland Bikepacking Adventure - Pinkbike.com

We were booked on to the first ferry out of Mallaig at 8:30am. Having spent the night in the car park, the bike was ready and packed up for the short crossing to Inverie on the Knoydart peninsular. Sean rolled in at about 8:00am, parked up his truck and began to get ready for our over-nighter in one of Britain's remotest corners.

Time was getting on, so I headed to the harbour to find our ferry. Having pre-booked, the ferry man was shouting out my name as I rode up the jetty. By the time I'd loaded my bike on the boat, Sean was carrying his down the jetty stairs. After a quick telling off by the skipper and a stern warning not to be late for the return at 18:30pm the following day, we sailed out of the harbour walls.

The weather forecast was for high wind and rain, and with the clouds starting to darken around us, we begrudgingly got in the saddle and headed on the good track out of Inverie, leaving civilization behind.
Climbing through the woods it started to rain.

Surrounded by cloud the views disappeared and with no distractions, we were soon at the Loch an Dubh-Lochain. We carried on pedalling, crossing rivers and streams in full spate with all the recent rain.

At the top of Mam Barrisdale the wind hit us, blowing our loaded bikes from under us.

The single-track trail down to Barisdale had now turned in to a river, drenching us even more as we descended, maybe a kayak would have been more suitable than our bikes.

We reluctantly held in our speed, as getting over the back end was difficult with saddle bags stuffed with sleeping bags. Even with the slow pace and rapids on our trail, we both got to the bottom with huge smiles on our faces.

We had carried bivvy gear and had planned on heading further into the corries of Ladhar Bheinn, but the warm, dry bothy at Barisdale was too appealing in the current conditions.

We decided to wait it out in the shelter of the bothy and cooked up some warm food while studying the map.

The alarms were set for 5am and with nothing to do but eat and brew up, it was an early night for the both of us. It was still pretty wild outside, but we were keen to get out and amongst the hills.

Our Dirtlej Dirt Suits gave us some confidence as we ate breakfast and prepared for a big day on the mountain. Head torches on, we headed out in the dark. It was a challenge to find a crossing point at the first stream we encountered, getting wet feet at the start of the day.

Zigzagging up on an ancient trail to the small shielings in the corrie, it was hard to imagine this place once inhabited before the clearances. Riding over the shoulder of Creag Bheithe, the cliffs of Ladhar Bheinn poked out of the clouds, like turrets on a giant imposing castle. Two eagles soared only a few feet above us adding to the majesty of the place.

Dropping down to the valley bottom on a brief good trail, we hit the raging river. With no visible crossing, we trekked on up higher and higher towards the black cliff walls of the mountain, in search of a low point. We managed to find a few boulders keeping their head above the torrent to skip across.

Finally on the other side, it was time to leave the trail and pick our own way up the steep slopes to the ridge 500m above. In cloud once again we had no distractions and were soon on the ridge. Greeted by the wind, we scrambled up the rocky outcrops, picking our lines for the return ride. At a bealach, the wind hit us hard, ripping the bikes from our shoulders. Finding shelter behind the nearest big rock, we discussed possible options and both decided on leaving the final arête for another day. Even without the bikes, the wind made it too dangerous to climb the 125m to the summit. Dropping down we finally got out of the wind and the clouds started to break up and lift around us, offering us... Source: www.pinkbike.com


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