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Vancouver Public Schools announces personnel changes

first_imgVancouver Public Schools on Monday announced personnel changes for the 2019-2020 school year, including the restoration of dozens of staff who had received preliminary layoff notices due to since scaled-back budget cuts.The west Clark County school district faces an $8 million deficit, the result of declining enrollment, increased labor costs and changes to the state’s funding formula. But that’s less than half of the $16.8 million deficit the district announced earlier this year, which would have left teachers, counselors, clerks and other school staff out of work. The district received $6.5 million in one-time state money and will use $3.8 million out of its district reserves to alleviate the deficit.On Monday, the district announced it was restoring the following positions:• 21 teachers.• 11.8 full-time counseling positions.• 19 media clerks.• Seven counseling clerks.• Four wing clerks at Skyview High School.• Two deans of students.• Four teachers on special assignment who work with instructional technology and one teacher on special assignment who works in curriculum and instruction.• Three maintenance grounds crew.• 15 custodial positions.The district also announced several associate principal moves. All changes must be approved by the school board before they are final. They are:• Tony Liberatore, associate principal at Columbia River High School, will move to Fort Vancouver High School. Liberatore will replace Associate Principal John Schultz, who is leaving the district.• Nick Davies, a teacher at Jesuit High School in Portland, will fill the associate principal position at Columbia River left by Liberatore.• Luis Castro, currently associate principal at Gaiser Middle School, will move to Fort Vancouver High School as an associate principal.• Alison Watson, associate principal at Fort Vancouver High School, will fill an associate principal role at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Watson will replace Andrea Sperry, who is leaving the district.• Mandie Arai-Green, currently a teacher and administrative intern at Ogden Elementary School, will become an associate principal at Gaiser.• Scott Sartorius, current associate principal at Discovery Middle School, will be associate principal at Eisenhower and Lincoln elementary schools.• Katie Ronning, current associate principal at Felida Elementary School, will be associate principal at Discovery Middle School.• Mike Meskel, associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School, will fill the associate position at Felida Elementary School.• Greg Roberts, currently associate principal at Eisenhower and Lincoln elementary schools, will be associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School. Roberts will replace Patrice Woods, who is leaving the district.• Amber Beardmore, a teacher and administrative intern at Liberty Middle School in the Camas School District, will be associate principal at Hudson’s Bay High School.last_img read more

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Timo Werner reminds me of a young Fernando Torres – Thiago

first_imgPrior to Spain and Germany’s eventual draw in the friendly game on Friday, Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago shared that he thinks Timo Werner bears an uncanny resemblance with Fernando Torres in his youth.“He’s unbelievably quick,” Thiago, said of Werner, who helped Leipzig to get their first win over Bayern last weekend.“He reminds me a bit of a young Fernando Torres. He has incredible acceleration and is always looking for gaps in the opposition defences,” he added, according to the official site of the Bundesliga.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Thiago also went on to discuss the possible winners of the Bundesliga and how will the Champions Leauge wind up.“The Bundesliga’s won,” Thiago boasted. “We’re already champions, but we have to win. The next game’s against Dortmund and we have to go out there with the idea of winning and that match should serve us well for the upcoming Champions League games.”last_img read more

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ThreePeat Kassiks Takes Home Third Consecutive Win At Beer And Barley Wine

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kassik’s Brewery once again took home first place at the 2018 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival with their Buffalo head Barley Wine. Debara and Frank Kassik opened the brewery in North Kenai in 2006, and this year they defended their 2016 and 2017 title with their Buffalo Head Barley Wine win. Kassik’s Brewery is the result of Debara purchasing a home brew kit for her husband Frank for Christmas a few years back. Frank’s passion for brewing began and soon he became a proficient home brewer. In 2004 Frank and Debara spent the summer building a 36×50 shop while working their regular jobs with the hope of building a brewery. The Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival was held on January 19 & 20, in Anchorage. According to their website, the brewery opened its doors on memorial weekend 2006 with the Beaver Tail Blonde and Moose Point Porter. The Moose Point Porter was one of Frank’s home brew recipes scaled up for the brewery. Never in the twenty-four year history of the festival has a three-peat been accomplished. The festival featured over 300 beers, meads, and ciders from 70 brewing establishments located her, nationally, and globally. Frank Kassik, the head brewer for Kassik’s: “The winner for this years was a very small amount, only about 106 gallons and that was it. We actually did brew a second barley wine, which we have on sale that is very close to the winner, but what we do have available is a very small amount. You’re just going to have to come see us.” This is the third year in a row that Kassik’s has taken home first place, and makes Kassik’s the first brewery ever to win back to back first place medals three times in a row. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kassiks-three-peat-1-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kassiks-three-peat-1-1.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Tronc Emerges as Likely Us Weekly Buyer

first_img This would be the first celebrity magazine buy for Tronc — formerly known as Tribune Publishing — which owns many of the country’s largest newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Wenner Media, which also publishes Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal, has struggled to get back on its feet in a difficult print advertising environment following a $3 million lawsuit over a since-retracted campus rape story. This is a developing story. Us Weekly comes with a hefty digital footprint, with 21.9 million digital monthly uniques, according to comScore. This would be a major asset to Tronc as it looks to expand in the digital arena.  Newspaper publisher Tronc is in discussions to buy Us Weekly from Wenner Media, according to sources close to the situation. The deal is rumored to be in the range of $90 million.last_img read more

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What Does Ferguson Mean to Alaska

first_imgUnrest in Ferguson, MO in August 2014.(Photo via Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Creative Commons)Even before the announcement was made about the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Missouri, the Governor had declared an emergency for the area, buildings were boarded up and schools were closed in anticipation of a violent reaction. Police were ready in full military gear. In the aftermath, protests continue and questions arise. What do Alaskans think about Ferguson and the militarization of the police?Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Charles D. Hayes, Autodidactic PressCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

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Beth Kerttula returns to Juneau with message Time to plan for oceans

first_imgFormer state Rep. Beth Kerttula served as the National Ocean Council director for two years. She said marine planning is important. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau)Former Juneau state Rep. Beth Kerttula returned to Alaska this summer after two years serving the White House as director of the National Ocean Council.Listen NowIn this position, she helped two regions write the country’s first marine plans and worked on some issues particularly important to Alaskans.Kerttula said it’s important to plan for the future of the oceans that surround Alaska and the rest of the United States. She said just as people can have personal trauma when they don’t plan for their future, the U.S. oceans could face disaster.“If you aren’t planning where your ship lanes are, if you’re not planning around the sea mammals, if you’re not planning so that you can have development, then you’re going to have a mess at some point,” Kerttula said. “And you’re going to have conflict between subsistence users, between the developers.”The attraction of making a difference for the future of the oceans is why Kerttula left the Alaska House of Representatives in 2014, after 15 years.The Juneau Democrat served as the minority leader for her last seven years in the House.She spent six months at Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions before she joined the National Ocean Council. President Barack Obama formed the council under an executive order in 2010. Kerttula explained why he did it.“It’s a huge challenge right now with the ocean,” Kerttula said. “We’re facing some very severe problems: ocean acidification, erosion, sea-level rise, the lack of coordination among users, the lack of coordination among the federal agencies. And all of those things are really coming to a head.”The National Ocean Council includes 27 federal agencies.Kerttula worked with officials in all of the agencies to plan with state and tribal governments. The council adopted the first two marine plans on Dec. 2, covering the waters off of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.She said planning is especially important for Alaska.“We have so many conflicts,” she said. “And we have worse problems on the horizon, particularly in our ocean space. And this is just a really wonderful method to put all of the users, the stakeholders, the federal agencies, the tribes, at the table.”Along with resolving conflicts, Kerttula said, the focus on planning can provide more information about coastal waters, such as mapping the seabed.“We know so little about the ocean floor. We don’t even have charts,” Kerttula said. “I mean, in many parts of Alaska, we don’t have accurate charting. So it comes down also to health and safety.”Kerttula was also engaged in efforts to stop illegally caught fish from being brought into the country.“One of the things that was very shocking to me when I went Outside, spent so much time Outside these last two years, was the problem with illegal fish, I mean, not knowing what fish you were even getting many times in restaurants,” Kerttula said.Kerttula ended her work at the end of June. Since Obama launched the National Ocean Council with an executive order, President-Elect Donald Trump will be able to end it with a stroke of a pen.That has Kerttula worried.“My hope is that there won’t be knee-jerk reactions about overturning the executive order,” Kerttula said. “But there’s a lot of concern about it, and about what that would mean. If that happens, the effort’s not going to stop, because you need something like this.”She’s taking some time off now that she’s returned to Juneau, helping her husband, University of Alaska Southeast Professor Jim Powell, and her elderly father, former state Sen. Jay Kerttula.last_img read more

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Muslim Aids efforts to help Bangladesh attain middleincome status Minister

first_imgLiberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque speaks at the iftar programme at a city hotel on Friday. Photo: Muslim Aid UK, BangladeshMuslim Aid UK Bangladesh has distributed foods among sixty thousands destitute families this year on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.Organisation’s country director Khairul Hafiz said this while addressing an iftar programme organised in honour of eminent citizens of the country, at the Spectra Convention Centre in the capital city on Friday. He said the organisation has been relentlessly working for the betterment of the poor and underprivileged people in the country. He also highlighted the organisation’s different ongoing programmes.Speaking at the programme as the chief guest, liberation war affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque said Muslim Aid UK Bangladesh has been working in the country since 1991, for the welfare of the underprivileged people in the region.The minister said the Muslim Aid UK Bangladesh’s efforts for improving the lot of the country’s poor people will help the current government turn Bangladesh into a middle income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.Khairul Hafiz chaired the iftar programme addressed, among others, by Gokul Krishno, joint secretary and director of NGO affairs bureau, and Khan Abul Bashar, deputy director of the district social services office of Dhaka.Muslim Aid, a London-based international charity organisation, has been working in Bangladesh since 1991 following the devastating cyclones that hit the country in that year.The organisation is currently working in almost all of 64 districts through its core development programmes and special programmes across the country with 1,274 dedicated staffs.last_img read more

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British PM vows to fight terror

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May arrives at Finsbury Park Mosque in the Finsbury Park area of north London, on 19 June, 2017, after a vehicle was driven into pedestrians nearby. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May vowed to fight terrorism and extremism “whoever is responsible”, after a white van driver ploughed through a crowd of Muslim worshippers near a London mosque on Monday.Speaking outside her Downing Street residence, May said the attack was “a reminder that terrorism, extremism and hatred take many forms and our determination to tackle them must be the same, whoever is responsible”.May said the attack was “every bit as sickening as those that have come before”, referring to three Islamist-inspired attacks in London and Manchester this year that have killed 35 people and injured around 200.The attack “targeted the ordinary and the innocent… this time British Muslims as they left the mosque,” she said, adding that police would provide any additional protection needed for mosques.“This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship and like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal: it seeks to drive us apart,” she said.“There has been far too much tolerance of extremism… including Islamophobia,” she said, announcing the creation of a new commission to fight extremism in the same way as racism.last_img read more

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Lego Unveils Friends 25th Anniversary Central Perk Set

first_imgStay on target It’s a little hard to believe, but it’s been 25 years since Friends made its debut. The show’s final episode was watched by 52.5 million Americans, which, at the time, made it the fourth-biggest finale in TV history.A run of 10 seasons and 236 episodes earns a show a place in television history. It also earns that show a sweet commemorative Lego set.Could we BE any more excited to build Central Perk?! #Friends25— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) August 8, 2019Just in time for the 25th anniversary this September, Lego has unveiled Central Perk. It’s the latest Ideas pitch to get packaged up for sale.The set was selected by Lego’s panel back in February. They’ve tweaked the design to make more retail-friendly, reducing the overall size and cutting the piece count down from just over 1700 to 1070 (15 of which are coffee cups). That helps simplify the build a bit and it also keeps the price down.Central Perk is a fantastic brick-built take on one of the show’s most iconic sets. It starts outside with the red and white striped awning and the big Central Perk logo on the window. Open up the double doors and there’s the stage where Phoebe belted out memorable tunes like Smelly Cat.The big, comfy, orange couch and coffee table the gang gathered around pops off easily for play or posing. Click it back on to its spot near the counter, where you’ll find Gunther waiting serve customers because neither Rachel or Joey was ever particularly good at it.Lego did a great job on the minifigs — just check out Joey’s how you doin’? face, Ross’ perfectly messed-up hair, Monica’s super-cool suspenders.Chandler’s got his sweet laptop with 12MB of RAM, 500MB hard drive, and a modem that transmits at over 28000bps. Rachel, naturally, is carrying a tray and mug like she did for three seasons, and Phoebe is ready to strum her very detailed acoustic guitar.There’s also a pizza box and a nice big slice, because pizza appeared at some point in pretty much every episode.Central Perk goes on sale September 1st, and Lego has priced it at a very reasonable $59.99. Most importantly, you don’t have to go to Yemen to get your hands on it.See Central Perk  on Lego.comMore on Treehouse Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set YetLego Built a Life-Sized Astronaut to Celebrate Apollo 11 50th AnniversaryLego Adds Two More ‘Overwatch’ Sets: Wrecking Ball and Junkertown This Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set EverLego Built a Life-Sized Astronaut to Celebrate Apollo 11 50th Anniversary last_img read more

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VisvaBharati setting up Yoga Gram with central grant

first_imgKolkata: The Visva-Bharati has received Rs 5 crore central grant for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram’ in the university campus, a senior professor said today. Surrounded by fruit plants, small ‘yoga’ themed cottages with tiled or straw roofs would be built in the ‘Yoga Gram’ where even tourists can attend sessions, said Prof Samiran Mondal, Head of Department of Yogic Art and Science. “We will introduce people to the undiluted, purest form of yoga dating back to the ancient times,” he told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Work for the first phase of the project has started on 15 acres of land in the compound of the ‘Vinay Bhavan’, the Institute of Education of the central university. “There will also be books and audiovisual aids on our 2000-year-old yoga culture. The first cottage will come up soon after our visit to Belur Math to study the meditation rooms there,” he said. “The project has already started at the Vinay Bhavan compound and the first phase will be completed soon,” said Officiating Vice-Chancellor Prof Sabujkali Sen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The first phase has been funded by the Ministry of Human Resources after the authorities submitted project details before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also the Chancellor of Visva-Bharati, to the university last month, Mondal said. The Dinbandhu Andrews Hospital set up by Tagore to provide non-allopaethic medicine to the poor at low cost, will be renovated in the second phase of the ‘Yoga Gram’ project, Mondal said. An ayurvedic garden with medicinal plants would also be coming up in the vicinity of the hospital, he said adding that the AYUSH ministry has been approached for funding the second half of the project.last_img read more

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6 Tips to Reduce Employee Theft

first_img Storeowners don’t want to think their employees will steal from their store. But every day merchants discover that their trusted staff members have done exactly that. According to a retail theft survey conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, a loss prevention consulting firm, one out of every 40 employees was apprehended for theft by their employer in 2012. The survey also found that on average, employees steal 5.5 times more than shoplifters on a per-case average ($715.24 vs $129.12).Thankfully, there are ways to surround yourself with staff you can trust. Here are six tips from our experts:1. Weed out bad apples. Run a background screening and a drug test on all potential hires. Employees with drug addictions are at higher risk for stealing to support their habit. “I believe that past behavior is a good predictor of future behavior,” says King Rogers, chief executive officer of the King Rogers Group, a loss prevention and security management consulting company. “If someone has been convicted of theft in the past, then you don’t want them handling your money.”2. Use the buddy system. Often theft happens when one employee is alone in the store or at the register. Doyle recommends having two employees work for both opening and closing to limit opportunity. Always have refunds and voids witnessed by a second employee or a manager as well, says Mark Doyle, president of Jack L. Hayes International. Rotate the employees paired together and avoid having close friends witness transactions for each other.3. Keep a virtual eye on employees. People will be less likely to steal if they know that you are always watching. A video surveillance system helps deter employees as well as catch theft after it happens. Be sure to include cameras in storage rooms and loading areas as well as in the store. Use high-definition video so you can clearly identify employees and transactions along with allowing integration with facial recognition software.Another way to keep an eye on your employees is to use an exception-based reporting system at your point of sale, says Doyle. He says that the systems will flag possible fraudulent transactions, such as excessive refunds or voids, and excessive refunds or voids outside of store hours. Review video daily and POS several times a week to determine if there are any issues that you need to look into further. Limit the access to your surveillance systems to as few people as possible to avoid tampering. 4. Monitor trash removal. Employees often steal merchandise by concealing it in the outgoing trash and then retrieving it later from the outside trashcan or dumpster. “It’s trash. No one wants to deal with trash, so dishonest employees will often take advantage of this opportunity,” says Doyle. He recommends putting controls in place to reduce the opportunities, such as using clear garbage bags, requiring all boxes to be flattened and locking all dumpsters.5. Have an employee tip line. Set up a confidential way for employees to communicate their co-workers’ suspicious behavior and offer a reward for staff members who provide information to prevent thefts. You could set up an email address for tips as well as a locked-box for tips in the break room. “If people know that their fellow co-workers are watching out for theft, they will think twice before stealing because there are higher odds they will be caught,” says Terrence Shulman, founder of the The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding and author of Biting the Hand that Feeds: The Employee Theft Epidemic (Infinity Publishing, 2005).6. Get to know your employees. It’s much easier to steal from someone you don’t know very well, but it is much harder to steal from someone with whom you have a relationship. Shulman recommends connecting with your employees and being aware if they are going through financial difficulties or experiencing high levels of stress, which can increase the impulse to steal. “You might be able to give them extra work, point them in the direction of a local food bank or help them connect with charitable services in the community,” says Shulman. “A happy employee is a more honest employee. It really does help reduce employee theft when your staff feels that you care.” 4 min read Register Now » November 21, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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Heres your first look at Disneys incredible Star Warsthemed lands

first_imgHere’s your first look at Disney’s incredible Star Wars-themed lands Tags: Disney, Theme Parks & Attractions Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, July 14, 2017 Travelweek Group 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11Next Photos credit: Joshua Sudock/Disney Parks.ANAHEIM — Disney has outdone itself with its hugely anticipated Star Wars-themed lands, currently under development at Disneyland Park in Anaheim and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Although not scheduled to open until 2019, die-hard fans and movie buffs were given a sneak peek at this weekend’s D23 Expo 2017.What was presented by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek was a richly detailed, three-dimensional model, complete with the Millennium Falcon. The model will remain on display in Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ ‘A Galaxy of Stories’ pavilion at D23 Expo throughout the weekend to give visitors an up-close look at what’s to come on this never-before seen planet.“To say we are excited for the Star Wars-themed lands to open in 2019 is an understatement,” Chapek said. “All along, we have said this will be game-changing, and through the model we can begin to see how truly epic these immersive new worlds will be.”Chapek plans to share exciting new details about the project during the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Hall D23 Presentation on Saturday.At D23 Expo 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced the Star Wars project to the delight of thousands of fans in attendance. The jaw-dropping new lands will open with two anchor attractions – one that gives guests the chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and one that puts guests right in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. This represents the largest single-themed land expansion at 14 acres each.However, guests don’t need to wait until 2019 to be immersed in the Star Wars galaxy. From special character encounters to fan-favourite attractions like Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, and interactive entertainment like Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, guests of all ages can experience Star Wars stories at Disney parks and resorts around the world.Check out the photos from the event:last_img read more

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MSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales of

first_imgMSC Cruises has announced the opening of sales of its first-ever World Cruise.MSC Magnifica will offer a unique 119-day cruise itinerary, showcasing 49 unique destinations across six continents.The MSC World Cruise features the industry’s largest and modern ship to offer this type of extended voyage. MSC Magnifica will depart from Genoa on 5 January 2019, and complete her around-the-world voyage back in Genoa 119 days later.Crossing six continents, calling at 49 unique destinations in 32 countries, this one-of-a-kind world cruise will be the experience of a lifetime. MSC Cruises created this unique offering to help guests realise their lifelong dreams and aspirations of world travel.Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ Chief Executive Officer, said, “Naturally, we did it in true MSC Cruises fashion, by making available the best possible ship to enjoy such a voyage – MSC Magnifica – featuring an itinerary like no other available in the market.”MSC Cruises has selected 49 coveted destinations around the world. Guests will have the chance to cross both the Panama and Suez Canals, through the Caribbean, Colombia, and Aruba then onto the Americas with stops in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco before heading to Hawaii. Guests will then explore Archipelagos of Tonga and Samoa and pristine waters of Bora Bora and Fiji. The excitement will grow as she sails into New Zealand for its maiden visit exploring the Bay of Islands and Auckland before cruising across to Australia with visits to cities Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle. From Australia the cruise will head into Asia covering Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and an overnight in the stunning islands of the Maldives. Then onto the Emirates before transiting the Suez and heading back to the Mediterranean.Exclusive and unprecedented shore experiences will allow guests to immerse themselves in local culture and experience the best that each destinations has to offer and 15 shore excursions are included in the cruise price. True discovery will involve an above-industry average stay of 13 hours on shore per port of call and extended stays will be offered in Los Angeles, San Francisco (two-night stay), Honolulu, Papeete, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Phuket, Male and Dubai.From 15 November 2016, for one month, MSC Cruises Voyagers Club members will be able to exclusively book the entire 118-night cruise, while general sales will open in mid-December 2016, however, clients can register their interest from 15 November. Prices start from AU $18,999 per person inside cabins and balcony cabins from AU $27,999 per person twin share.last_img read more

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first_img TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling, left, and artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey embrace at the Canadian Press Conference of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 1, 2018 7:07 am PDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Dolan to premiere star-studded English-language debut at Toronto film festcenter_img TORONTO – Xavier Dolan’s star-studded “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.The movie is the Quebec phenom’s English-language directorial debut starring Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton, as well as Canadians Jacob Tremblay and Sarah Gadon.“Xavier has had a long-standing relationship with TIFF and we’re absolutely thrilled to bring his latest masterpiece to Toronto audiences,” senior programmer Steve Gravestock said Wednesday onstage as he announced the lineup at a press conference.“I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the most widely anticipated films of the festival and we’re ecstatic to show it.”Contemporary anxieties and Indigenous issues are among the themes in the rest of the Canadian lineup for this year’s movie marathon, which also includes works by directors Denys Arcand and Jennifer Baichwal.A total of 20 Canadian features were announced on Wednesday, including Arcand’s “The Fall of the American Empire,” which has already screened in French in the Oscar winner’s home province of Quebec.Alexandre Landry stars as a lonely man who finds two bags filled with money after witnessing a deadly armed robbery.“I think it’s one of his more pointed political films in quite some time,” Gravestock said in an interview.“In a weird way, even though it looks at all sorts of corruption, it’s also quite hopeful.”Baichwal explores environmental issues with “Anthropocene,” the final title in a trilogy with producer Nicholas de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky after “Manufactured Landscapes” and “Watermark.”“It’s quite stunning to look at but also I think, in some ways, this is quite painful to watch because it is very much about extinction, what we’re doing to animals,” said Gravestock, who worked on the lineup with Danis Goulet, the TIFF Canadian features programmer.Other docs exploring a feeling of unease include Astra Taylor’s “What is Democracy?” Starting in Greece, it looks at the history of democracy and the dangers facing it.“Sharkwater Extinction” is the final work by the late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart, and Barry Avrich’s “Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz” is about the United States’ chief prosecutor during the Nuremberg trials.Meanwhile, Ron Mann looks at gentrification in the documentary “Carmine Street Guitars,” about a Greenwich Village shop that makes custom guitars out of material from historic sites and torn-down buildings.The lineup also has world premieres of three films that showcase Indigenous talent, including Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s “Edge of the Knife.” It’s billed as the first feature-length film made in Haida, which is classified by UNESCO as an endangered language.Meanwhile, renowned Metis actor Tantoo Cardinal stars in Darlene Naponse’s “Falls Around Her.”And “Anne with an E” executive producer Miranda de Pencier makes her feature directorial debut with “The Grizzlies,” a creative collaboration between herself and Inuit producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok MacDonald.The lineup also has the sci-fi drama “Clara” by Akash Sherman, starring Patrick J. Adams of “Suits” fame as a depressed astronomer who gets a new outlook on life after meeting a woman.Emile Hirsch stars in the sci-fi thriller “Freaks” by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein, playing a father who locks his daughter in a dilapidated house, warning of her of dangers outside.Supernatural tales are found in “The Great Darkened Days” by Maxime Giroux, “Fausto” by Andrea Bussmann, and “The Stone Speakers” by Igor Drljaca.Stories featuring teens and young adults include Keith Behrman’s “Giant Little Ones,” Thom Fitzgerald’s “Splinters,” “Firecrackers” by Jasmin Mozaffari, and Sebastien Pilote’s “The Fireflies Are Gone.”TIFF says 40 per cent of the Canadian film slate this year is directed by women.Previously announced Canadian features include “Giant Little Ones” as well as Kim Nguyen’s “The Hummingbird Project,” Patricia Rozema’s “Mouthpiece,” and Don McKellar’s “Through Black Spruce.”“There are a lot of films that we have this year that don’t shy away from difficulties that people are facing — and even in some cases, some tragic circumstances — but really look at people’s resiliency,” Gravestock said.last_img read more

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