Disney is rereleasing Star Wars The Force Awakens in November

first_imgThere has been a reawakening.We had heard a lot of rumors. Stories. We weren’t sure it was real… but it’s true. All of it. It’s just been officially announced that a four-disc Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition is on its way this Fall.For fans who picked up the original Blu-ray release in April, this is a bit of a kick in the teeth. If they knew that a better release was on the way, they might have held off for it. It’s not that the original release was barebones–far from it. The original two-disc Blu-ray set features an hour-long making of documentary called Secrets of the Force Awakens, four minutes of deleted scenes, and lots of featurettes about the creatures, battles, music, and more. It’s a decent set but many felt there was something lacking, and now we know why.This new release will offer an audio commentary by J.J. Abrams, more deleted scenes, and a bunch of more featurettes, including a conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega about what it was like to step into the biggest franchise in history. Why were these features left off the initial release? I’m sure fans will have a few theories.The film itself won’t be any different as it’s still the theatrical release, although you’ll get your choice of formats- Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, Digital HD, and DVD. Plus, there’s this packaging!This new edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will launch in the US and Canada on November 15. Some regions will see its release on October 31, such as the UK, France, and Sweden, with it rolling out to more territories later on in November.Here’s the full list of bonus features. Is it enough to make you double dip?Audio Commentary with J.J. Abrams – A feature-length commentary with the director, who will reveal all the choices he made developing the film.Foley: A Sonic Tale – Foley artists are always fun to watch in their (serious!) craft as they always look like toddlers destroying stuff. A featurette of how they made the sound match the film.Sounds of the Resistance – Another featurette about the sound design of the film and how it matched up to the originals.Deleted Scenes – More deleted scenes! No word as to their length or how many they are, but as to why they weren’t included with the original deleted scenes is confusing.Dressing the Galaxy – A discussion with costume designer Michael Kaplan about re-envisioning the costumes from the OT for this film.The Scavenger and the Stormtrooper: A Conversation with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega – The two breakout stars talk about working together and becoming part of Star Wars history,Inside the Armory – A look inside the design and creation of the weapons of the movie.Classic Bonus Features – All the same stuff from the April release of the film.last_img read more

XFL announces multiyear television deals with ESPN and FOX to air games

first_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twitter WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Google+ What to watch on Wall Street next week Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against ESPN WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next ESPN Makes Historic Exclusivity Deal With UFCcenter_img The XFL has announced it has signed multiyear deals with FOX and ESPN to air football games starting with the inaugural season in 2020.XFL will be airing games on ABC and FOX, both of which are broadcast television, and also games on ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and FS2, which are cable networks.Week One of the 2020 inaugural season will kick off with a game on ABC starting at 2:00 p.m. ET/1:00 CT, followed by a second game airing on FOX at 5:00 p.m. ET/4:00 CT.Stamford, Conn., May 6, 2019 – The XFL today announced multi-year agreements with ESPN and FOX Sports to televise XFL games starting with its inaugural 2020 season. XFL games will air weekly on broadcast TV (ABC and FOX) complemented by games on cable (ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2). The XFL TV schedule allows for consistent appointment viewing each week with back-to-back games starting Saturday afternoons at 2 pm ET as well as two additional games on Sunday afternoons.“We look forward to showcasing the XFL on ESPN and ABC, including the kickoff game and championship during the league’s inaugural season,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President, Programming and Scheduling. “Vince McMahon and Oliver Luck are two of the sports industry’s most creative and experienced leaders, and they have exciting plans for this league. We believe in their vision for the XFL, which will be a great addition to our year-round commitment to football.”“We welcome the XFL to the FOX Sports Family and are pleased to expand our relationship with Vince McMahon,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports CEO & Executive Producer. “Football is in FOX Sports’ DNA and a key component of our programming strategy. Alongside Oliver Luck and his incredible team, we’re excited for the debut of the XFL on FOX Sports.”“We are thrilled to partner with ESPN and FOX Sports, two innovative media companies with extensive experience in world-class football production that will undoubtedly help us reimagine football,” said Vince McMahon, XFL Founder & Chairman. “The XFL broadcast schedule provides us with incredible reach and makes it easy for fans to watch our games consistently every weekend.”The agreements were negotiated by CAA Sports and Evolution Media Capital (EMC) on behalf of the XFL.The XFL will kick off on Saturday, February 8, 2020 with teams in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington D.C. Additional XFL-themed programming and on-air talent will be announced in the future.About ESPN ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – eight U.S. television networks, direct-to-consumer ESPN+, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.About FOX Sports FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing FOX Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, the business has ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing relationships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Network; FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Deportes. FOX Sports’ digital properties include FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports App, which provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, instant scores, stats and alerts to iOS and Android devices. Additionally, FOX Sports and social broadcasting platform, Caffeine jointly own Caffeine Studios which creates exclusive eSports, sports and live entertainment content. Also included in FOX Sports’ portfolio are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.Click here to read the entire press release.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipESPN Makes Historic Exclusivity Deal With UFCVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 1.47%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Conor Mcgregor Pinterest Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria planning to have fifth baby together Meghan McCain Fires Back At Beto O’Rourke Over Gun Comments Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Hasan Salihamidzic reacts to Bayerns UCL draw

first_imgBayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insists the team’s UEFA Champions League second round which pits them against Liverpool is a tough one.The German champions who were seeded for the draw which took place on Monday morning, will face Jurgen Klopp’s team over two legs when the knockout stages begin in February.“They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.” Salihamidzic said, according to the club’s official website.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy. You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Andres Jung, another board member of the German club, said:“Liverpool are one of the strongest teams we could’ve got. We’ll prepare well and certainly have no fear. It’ll be a great away game but the stadium isn’t that big, so we won’t have many tickets for our fans. We have respect for every team, and certainly for Liverpool. They’ll be two great games.”last_img read more

Food Safety Workshop Series goes to southern TCI

first_img Residents can still do more to prevent mosquito breeding Recommended for you Related Items:Environmental Health Department, food safety, kenrick neely, south caicos, workshop, world health day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp State of Emergency Declared for South Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – As World Health Day continues to be marked in the Turks and Caicos, the Environmental Health Department, EHD explains that it managed to draw 18 food handlers in South Caicos out to a food safety workshop held on Tuesday. EHD Director Kenrick Neely said the focus of the one day session was to educate on personal hygiene, pest control, solid waste management, hand washing techniques and avoiding cross contamination of food. Other elements of the food safety initiative of the Department will take Neely and his officers to the fisheries plants and restaurants in South Caicos for inspections and then into the Capital, Grand Turk for a food handlers workshop tailored to the vendors at the newly launched Fish Fry there; that workshop is set for Saturday. All participants will receive certificates. World Health Day was commemorated this past Tuesday, April 7… the theme: ‘Food Safety ‘from farm to plate, keep food safe’. Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigatelast_img read more

Analysis of Rebecca Zahau case

first_imgAnalysis of Rebecca Zahau case KUSI Newsroom, March 8, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTestimony continues in the Rebecca Zahau case.Wednesday, an expert mariner explained the knots Zahau was tied up in the night of her murder.Her naked body was found hanging from a balcony of her millionaire boyfriend’s Coronado mansion. The Medical Examiner’s office ruled Zahau’s death a suicide, however her family believes her boyfriend’s brother Adam Shacknai murdered her.KUSI was joined by a former investigative reporter for the Union-Tribune, Caitlin Rother, with more on the case. Posted: March 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Two arrested in alleged theft of dog from Woodland

first_imgTwo men were arrested in connection with the alleged theft of Jaggar, an English bulldog that was reported missing from a Woodland woman’s home in early October and found dead later in the month, officials said.Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Jesse James Clark, 38, of Kelso and Johnny Lee Jordan, 39, of Longview on Wednesday.According to a Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office release, Clark was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and giving false and misleading statements to a law enforcement officer. Jordan was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property and extortion.Additional arrests and additional charges for Clark and Jordan are still a possibility, the release said.Corey Huffine, chief administrative deputy with the sheriff’s office said Clark and Jordan aren’t facing animal cruelty charges because prosecutors would have to prove in court that they are the ones that killed the dog. As of right now, investigators can’t specifically say why the dog was killed or who did it, he said.Jaggar’s owner Jennifer Thomas first reported the dog missing on Oct. 4. Three days later, she said she received threatening text messages demanding cash and prescription pain medication for the dog’s safe return.Corroborating evidence in the investigation began to surface when the case drew media attention, the sheriff’s office said.On Oct. 24, the sheriff’s office received a tip from a resident who reported seeing the body of a dog lying along railroad tracks in Kelso. It appears the dog was killed, placed on the railroad tracks and hit by a passing train, the release said.last_img read more

Aleut Enterprise To Pay Over 1 Million In Adak Fuel Spill Settlement

first_imgAleut Enterprise will pay more than $1 million to settle criminal charges and cover damages from a fuel spill on Adak.Download AudioThe spill took place back in January 2010. A tanker was unloading fuel at a facility operated by Adak Petroleum – a subsidiary of Aleut Enterprise, which is owned by the Aleut Corporation.The receiving tank and a secondary containment system overflowed, spilling 70,000 gallons of diesel fuel into nearby Helmet Creek. From there, it flowed into Sweeper Cove – and into Adak’s small boat harbor.The spill took almost a year to clean up. Just about 5,000 gallons of fuel were recovered. After an investigation by state and federal authorities, Alaska’s Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals filed a criminal case in 2013.Prosecutor Carole Holley says that Aleut Enterprise has been fully cooperative. That’s why the state agreed to drop criminal charges and pursue a $500,000 civil penalty instead – the maximum allowable under state law.“Our goal is to make sure that the environment is protected, that we conserve our resources, and that companies really take their obligations and their responsibilities to the state seriously,” Holley said. “And Aleut [Enterprise] did so, in this case.”In addition to their civil penalty, Aleut Enterprise will pay another $200,000 to improve their environmental compliance programs around the state. Besides Adak, the company also has a fuel facility in Cold Bay.Aleut Enterprise has already agreed to pay more than a quarter of a million dollars to cover environmental assessments and monitoring at the spill site.Holley says state prosecutors have also reached a settlement with the former fuel facility manager in Adak. Michael Baker was present the day of the spill.He’s pleaded guilty to violating his company’s oil discharge plans and failing to test overflow detection equipment. Baker will pay a $2,000 fine and serve 40 hours of community service.Holley says that Baker will do that work at an environmental organization near his new home in Florida.Neither Baker nor Aleut Enterprise could be reached for comment.last_img read more

Juneau Rep Parish wont run for reelection

first_imgJerry NankervisEdwardson is a Democrat and a member of the Juneau Assembly.Another assembly member, Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis, is running as a Republican for the seat.House District 34 includes the Mendenhall Valley, the Juneau Airport area and neighborhoods to the northwest. Democratic Rep. Justin Parish announced on Facebook this morning that he will not run for re-election.Listen now“I’ve said from the beginning, that I’ll run for re-election unless I’m able to find someone who can do it better than me,” Parish said in the video. “After many conversations, I think I have. My former chief of staff Robert Edwardson, who worked with me from the beginning, has agreed to serve, has agreed to put his name into the hat, and I hope that you’ll support him.” Rob Edwardsonlast_img read more

Mamatas appeasement policy affecting Bengals social harmony

first_imgKOLKATA: Outgoing West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has the vision and power to implement her decisions but her appeasement policy is adversely affecting the social harmony of the state. Tripathi, who has had several run-ins with Banerjee during his five-year tenure, said she should look at every citizen equally without discrimination and advised the chief minister to keep a check on her sentiments and be restrained. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has got vision, she has power to implement her decisions but she should be restrained also. She becomes sentimental on occasions, so she has to keep a control on it,” Tripathi told PTI in an interview Jagdeep Dhankar will be sworn-in as the new West Bengal governor on July 30. “Her (Banerjee’s) policy of appeasement has the effect of adversely affecting societal harmony. I think she should look at every citizen equally. “I believe that every citizen of West Bengal should be dealt with equally without discrimination,” Tripathi said while replying to questions. Asked whether he saw any discrimination in West Bengal, 85-year-old Tripathi said, “Discrimination is apparent. Her (Banerjee) statements show the discrimination”.last_img read more

Tax secrets of global elite exposed

first_imgCanadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (L) and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (R). File photoUS commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has business ties to a shipping firm linked to Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, according to a vast leak of financial documents that also revealed Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II’s investments in tax havens.It was also revealed that Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s top fundraiser and senior advisor Stephen Bronfman, heir to the Seagram fortune, moved some $60 million to offshore tax havens with ex-senator Leo Kolber.The findings have emerged as part of the Paradise Papers released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which was behind the Panama Papers made public last year.There is no suggestion that Ross, Bronfman or the queen’s private estate acted illegally.But Ross’s ties to Russian entities raise questions over potential conflicts of interest, and whether they undermine Washington’s sanctions on Moscow.The revelations about Bronfman could spell trouble for Trudeau, who was elected two years ago riding on the coattails of promises to reduce economic inequality and tax avoidance.In the case of Queen Elizabeth’s private estate, critics may question whether it is appropriate for the British head of state to invest in offshore tax havens.Putin’s son-in-lawRoss, a billionaire investor, holds a 31 percent stake in Navigator Holdings through a complex web of offshore investments detailed in the documents examined by nearly 100 news organizations as part of an international collaboration.The 79-year-old reduced his stake when he took public office, according to public filings.Navigator Holdings runs a lucrative partnership with Russian energy giant Sibur, which is partially owned by Putin’s son-in-law Kirill Shamalov and Gennady Timchenko, the Russian president’s friend and business partner who is subject to US sanctions.The US imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals following its annexation of Crimea and aggression in Ukraine.Ross’s private equity firm has been the biggest shareholder in Navigator.His personal share of the firm’s stake was reduced when he took office in February, but the commerce chief’s investment is still valued at between $2 million to $10 million, according to his security filings and government ethics disclosure.The New York Times reported that Ross’s stake in Navigator has been held by companies in the Cayman Islands. His wealth, estimated to exceed $2 billion, is said to be tied to similar arrangements in various tax havens like the Cayman Islands.“Secretary Ross was not involved with Navigator’s decision to engage in business with Sibur, a publicly traded company, which was not under sanction at the time and is not currently,” said James Rockas, a Commerce Department spokesman.“Moreover, Secretary Ross has never met the Sibur shareholders referenced in this story and, until now, did not know of their relationship.”Controversial businessesThe documents also show around £10 million ($13 million) of the Queen’s private money was placed in funds held in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda, first reported in Britain by the BBC and the Guardian newspaper.They reported the funds reinvested the money in an array of businesses, including controversial rent-to-buy retailer BrightHouse, which has been accused of exploiting the poor, and a chain of alcohol stores that later went bankrupt.A spokeswoman for the Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the monarch with an income and handles her investments, said: “All of our investments are fully audited and legitimate.”“We operate a number of investments and a few of these are with overseas funds,” she added.The spokeswoman added that one of the fund investments represents only 0.3 per cent of the total value of the Duchy.The Paradise Papers contain 13.4 million documents mainly from Appleby, an offshore law firm with offices in Bermuda and beyond.The files were first obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, and shared with the ICIJ and partner media outlets.last_img read more

The Association of Black Psychologists Fades and Fellowship

first_imgThe Association of Black Psychologists presents Fades and Fellowship on August 28th. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Showtime starts at 7:30 pm. Kaiser Permanente is the sponsor. Visit http://motorhousebaltimore.com for more information about this event.last_img

First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg

first_imgAs the algae grows—mostly in the summer—it provides more shade for the building, helping to keep it cool (and serves as a sound buffer as well). Excess heat that builds up in the water in the tanks is transferred to saline water tanks underneath the building for use later. When the amount of algae growth in the tanks reach a certain point, some is harvested and taken to a processing facility inside the building. There the biomass is converted to biogas which can be burned to provide heat in the winter. Thus, the building makes use of both solar thermal and geothermal energy allowing it to be heated and cooled without using any fossil fuels. The design and construction of the BIQ has taken three years and has cost approximately €5 million, all funded by Internationale Bauausstellung (IBA) as part of the ongoing International Building Exhibition – 2013. The BIQ House is one of 16 projects undertaken by the group, with the goal of proving that cost effective ways of making bio-friendly buildings are available today. To highlight the building, the team has painted its exterior green and has added a giant cartoon-like bubble on one side with the word “Photosynthesis?” in it. © 2013 Phys.org Traditional architecture fuel-efficient Explore further (Phys.org) —A 15-unit apartment building has been constructed in the German city of Hamburg that has 129 algae filled louvered tanks hanging over the exterior of the south-east and south-west sides of the building—making it the first in the world to be powered exclusively by algae. Designed by Arup, SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Splitterwerk Architects, and named the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House, the building demonstrates the ability to use algae as a way to heat and cool large buildings.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The building is to serve as a test case and will be studied by various architects and engineers from around the world to determine if the design is feasible and if so, to perhaps serve as a model when erecting buildings in other cities. Citation: First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg (2013, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-algae-powered-hamburg.html To make use of the algae, which the team retrieved from the nearby Elbe river, it was put into large thin rectangular clear cases. Inside, the algae live in a water solution and are provided nutrients and carbon dioxide by an automated system. Each tank was then affixed to the outside walls of the building onto scaffolding that allows for turning the tanks towards the sun—similar to technology used for solar collectors. last_img read more

Hurry up and book Collettes flash sale on Italy

first_img MISSISSAUGA — Collette has launched a new week-long flash sale on tours to Italy, with prices starting at $1,719 per person.Running until Feb. 12, the sale applies to the following tours: Italian vistas; Italy’s Bella Vita; Italy’s Treasures; Reflections of Italy; Rome & Amalfi Coast; Shrines of Italy; Southern Italy & Sicily; Spotlight on Rome; Spotlight on Tuscany; Tuscany & Umbrian Countryside; Venice Florence and Rome.Agents must mention code ITALYSAVE10 to receive 10% off land-only pricing. Valid for new bookings made from Feb. 2-12 for travel on any Italy tour departing in 2018. Offer is not available for groups or combinable with any other offers.“We’re offering some amazing deals in conjunction with our 100th year celebration for agents to pass along to their clients,” said Courtney Iannuccilli, Vice President of Marketing. “Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world!”For reservations call 1-800-468-5955. Offer not available online. Posted by Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Travelweek Group Hurry up and book Collette’s flash sale on Italycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Collette Sharelast_img read more

France and Spain rail service improvements announced

first_imgFrance and Spain rail service improvements announcedDuring a recent visit to Australia, representatives from France Rail Pass and France-Spain High Speed (Renfe SNCF) have shared that new developments and improvements are underway to further enhance the traveller’s experience when travelling around and between France and Spain.Sylvette Natiez, Head of Distribution at SNCF reinforced that the use of the France Rail Pass is the best and most efficient way to travel around the country. With 800 trains travelling to 230 destinations around the country, the rail service provider has transported 2 billion travellers since 1981. In terms of continued improvements, new lines with double tracks will open between Paris-Strasbourg in July 2016; and between Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Nantes & Rennes in July 2017. Stations are also being upgraded with improved customer service stations, waiting areas, shops and onboard catering service which features well-known French brands. Agents are reminded that the France Rail Pass allows traveller to connect with neighbouring countries including Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.Alejandra Vitoria, Head of France and International Markets for Renfe-SNCF (a strategic alliance that began the France-Spain High-Speed services from December 2013), reported that the services have proven popular over the last two years, with more than 1.7mil international travellers taking advantage of the high-speed services. Renfe – SNCF connects 21 international destinations, taking passengers from city centre to city centre in Madrid, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Barcelona, Girona and Figueres in Spain, and Perpignan, Narbonne, Beziers, Agde, Sète, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Montpellier, Nimes, Avignon, Aix en Provence, Marseille, Valence, Lyon and Paris in France. Currently, five daily trains join the two countries year-round, a figure that will increase to six daily services in spring and seven by summer.According to Rail Europe Manager Australasia, Ingrid Kocijan, agents have been kept busy now that bookings to France have bounced back after the attacks of last year. With that, she reminds agents that any bookings made by 31 March 2016 on the range of France Rail Pass will not only enjoy a generous 20% discount, but also bonus discounts on city passes and other activities, Also, up to two children (aged 4-11) travel for free with each adult. Rail EuropeSource = Rail Europelast_img read more

CFPB Director to Testify About Discrimination Allegations

first_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News CFPB Director to Testify About Discrimination Allegations As part of its continuing effort to address nagging allegations of discrimination and subsequent backlash against whistleblowers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the House Financial Services’ Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will on Wednesday hear testimony from CFPB Director Richard Cordray.Wednesday’s hearing will be the third hearing on the matter. In April, the subcommittee heard testimony from two whistleblowers—CFPB senior enforcement attorney Angela Martin and Misty Raucci, former investigator at the Defense Investigators Group—who leveled accusations that CFPB had fostered “a culture of racial and gender discrimination and retaliation against its employees” who complained about discrimination matters.Raucci, in particular, painted an unflattering portrait of the bureau’s enforcement of EEO policies, calling the environment at CFPB “corrosive.”The subcommittee subpoenaed two witnesses who in May testified to poor investigations and slack enforcement of bias-related rules. Liza Strong, director of employee relations at CFPB, said that the bureau failed to meet even minimal standards during the investigation of Martin’s claims, though the bureau tried to accommodate Martin’s demands. The bureau gave Martin money and created two positions for her, one of which she declined and one she is now unhappy with.Ben Konop, EVP of Chapter 335 of the National Treasury Employees, testified that women and minority employees at the bureau are underpaid compared to white male colleagues in similar positions and said that CFPB has used “inconsistent reasoning” to deny grievances from female and minority workers.Cordray, for his part, has acknowledged disparities in performance ratings in 2012 and 2013, and several employees reportedly are being retroactively paid for being shortchanged by the bureau’s evaluation system.In a press statement, the subcommittee called the accusations of discrimination and whistleblower retaliation “matters of grave importance.” July 28, 2014 504 Views center_img Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Discrimination House Oversight Committee Richard Cordray 2014-07-28 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter This years AsiaPacifi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis years Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Welcome Event celebrated all things Melbourne, with the ambitious theme ‘One year in Melbourne in One Night.’Australian events agency EMG produced the event, bringing to life Melbourne’s unique culture, vibe and spirit and successfully re-imagining it into one huge night of entertainment.The unique AIME Welcome Event was the precursor to AIME and took place the evening before the two-day exhibition on 23 and 24 February.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Eastern Approaches Fitzroy Maclean This is anot

first_img_Eastern Approaches,_ Fitzroy MacleanThis is another fellow cut from the same cloth as Fiennes. In his time, he was a diplomat, soldier, politician and adventurer and his novel maps out his life prior to and during the Second World War. Maclean is a great writer and captures the excitement and danger of fighting behind enemy lines in the Western Desert during one of the most turbulent times in recent history, as well as describing his adventures in Soviet Central Asia. It has been suggested that Ian Fleming used Maclean as one of his inspirations for James Bond, and if this is true, then there can be no greater accolade to bestow upon a chap.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Don’t Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs: She Thinks I’m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse by Paul CarterCarter’s account of his life on numerous oil rigs round the world, is very, very funny. I can’t stand reviews that throw in the “laugh out loud funny” cliché since I never have, but since this didn’t, I did. From pet monkeys in Brunei with obscene hobbies, and dwarf-throwing in the Philippines (though this might be the second book), to the best account of toothache in Russia you will ever read, Carter paints a rich portrait of the roughnecks, criminals and all round hard-cases that this lifestyle attracts. This is delivered with a laid back comic charm that I guarantee will make you want to read the sequel.___Falling Towards England,_ Clive JamesThis is the second of James’ Unreliable Memoirs and charts his early years as a young Australian who arrives in sixties London. The novel is delivered with a great deal of self-deprecation, as he lurches from one disastrous job to another, and he was clearly something of nightmare to be around. Like him or loathe him, no one can deny that James can write, and he can spin an entertaining tale with the best of them. Sartorial matters take up part of his tale and he variously dresses like someone who is insane or a vagrant. The badly tailored green suit from Hong Kong which renders him periodically blind is something of a highlight in all of this.____French Revolutions, Tim MooreTim Moore decided to cycle the Tour de France route a month before the event took place, and this book charts his progress round the famously gruelling race. Moore is not an athlete, a super-fit sportsman or even a very good cyclist, and thus predictably, his account is as painful, injury-laden, miserable and funny as one might expect. Lacing himself up with drugs and booze at every lunch stop, he memorably writes at one point that usually pride comes before a fall, but in his case it was a carafe of red wine. Moore might not have been much of a cyclist at the start, but he is an extremely good writer and delivers a very entertaining account of his epic adventure. ____Playing the Moldovans at tennis, Tony HawksNot content with lugging a fridge around Ireland, Hawks embarked on yet another silly challenge when he bets his mate, Arthur Smith, that he can beat every Moldovan football international at the sport suggested by the title. Forget the contrived situation, and sit back and enjoy what is a humorous, touching and well-written tale of the Moldovan underworld, gypsies, near kidnap, killer man-holes and an excellent twist at the end which sees one of the two mentioned above singing the Moldovan national anthem naked and drunk in Balham High Street. This book has nothing to do with tennis and everything to do with that peculiar British trait that makes many of our number do very odd things. A few months ago, you (the Skyscanner users) voted that the most essential travel item (aside from a passport) was a good book.Skyscanner writer Nick suggests ten of his favourite holiday reads – with a travelling theme of course.I recently wrote a piece about books where the location of the story plays a key role in the novel. With the exception of Dr No, there is not a single one of those novels I would take away with me. Crime and Punishment is not a novel for the summer, unless you are holidaying in a gulag somewhere, and it smacks of intellectual snobbery. To put yourself through this kind of thing unless you have to (which unfortunately I did at some point) is not my idea of fun.For a bit of holidaying reading, what you want is just a good, entertaining book, not some pretentious mind-squeezing tome, and the selection below represent some of my favourites – though I must admit they might be a little biased toward male readers.A Light-Hearted Top Five The Sex Lives of Cannibals, J Maarten TroostWhen Troost’s girlfriend gets a job on a remote atoll in the South Pacific, he decides to up sticks and move there too. Convinced that he will write some literary masterpiece on what he supposes to be an island paradise, the reality is rather different. Far from being Eden on sea, Troost relates an engaging tale of toxic fish, deadly bacteria, pollution, electricity shortages, food shortages and most importantly the “Great Beer Crisis.” Couple this with blistering heat and “the Macarena” played on loop, and this place could make a strong case for being pretty much the worst place in the world. Fortunately though, even if the beer was in short supply, schadenfreude is not, and it provides a lot of laughs.Five more serious ones – but very good nonetheless____Venture to the Interior, Laurens Van Der PostSetting aside Van Der Post’s alleged proclivities, he nevertheless remains an extremely fine writer. Written in the 1950s, this novel charts his journey for the British Government through the hitherto uncharted regions of Nyasaland (now Malawi). The novel begins with a hair-raising series of flights from England to Nairobi – which is an expedition in itself, before he even reaches his destination. Van Der Post writes beautifully about a continent he knows well, and even if the style can seem a little dated, the allure of Africa is captured in his prose.____Danziger’s Travels, Nick DanzigerThis is a book that divides people, though personally I thought it was a cracking read and you have to admire someone who has the balls to travel in some of the most dangerous places on earth with no back up and little money. The book charts the author’s eighteen month journey through Asia in the 1980s and memorably, his two month stint with the Mujahadeen as they fight the Russians. People have described the book as being a bit self-absorbed and there may be some truth to the claim, but if I was on my own for a year and half and living on my nerves, then I’d be pretty “me-focused” too.____Nothing Venture, Nothing Win, Sir Edmund HillaryNowadays, the public perception of Everest is that it’s like some giant theme park that anyone with a spare $20,000 can leap up and down with a bit of oxygen and some helpful sherpas. This is very much not the case, but in 1953 when Hillary stood on top of the world, this really was a truly unbelievable feat. The story charts his successful ascent of the mountain as well as many other adventures he undertook in his life. Hillary strikes me as a man who, despite great achievement, was incredibly modest, and this is demonstrated in the chapter when he finally makes it to the top of Everest and if you’re not paying attention, you can almost miss it._____Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, _Ranulph FiennesIn the days of the Empire, I imagine all Englishmen were like Ranulph Fiennes – sadly now, these types are few and far between, and will only be found in the British army or in embassies in odd places. Clearly Fiennes is a bit bonkers, but this is probably a natural corollary of being unbelievably driven. The book takes the reader through numerous and incredibly demanding adventures all over the world from the South Pole to the North Face of the Eiger. Maybe Fiennes isn’t the finest writer in the world, but you’ve got to love a bloke who is prepared to cut off his own fingers in the shed. 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