Surfing event opens in Rio amid water pollution worries

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In a statement emailed to The Associated Press last week, World Surf League spokesman Dave Prodan said the organization was “confident that our primary site at Postinho, Barra da Tijuca will deliver excellent conditions.”Water quality has become a hot-button issue ahead of the 2016 Olympics, with state and local authorities repeatedly acknowledging they will not be able to make good on longstanding promise to clean up the city’s blighted waterways ahead of the games. Olympic sailing, canoeing, rowing and other aquatic events are slated to take place in the polluted waters, prompting worries about athletes’ health and safety.The start of competition at the surfing event coincides with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s meetings in Rio with local Olympic organizers as well as members of the Swiss-based International Olympic Committee.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories The surfing event’s main venue is near the spot where a raw sewage-filled lagoon empties into the Atlantic. The latest water quality report, issued Tuesday by the state environmental authority, said the area was inappropriate for swimming due to the concentration of fecal coliforms.Rio has poor sewage treatment infrastructure, and much of the sewage from the city of 12 million people empties untreated into its lakes, rivers and beaches. Of the 32 water quality reports issued this year for Rio, only eight found water in the area appropriate for swimmers.Biologist and environmental activist Mario Moscatelli has warned that pollution could become particularly problematic during low tides at Barra da Tijuca, when the lagoon’s fetid waters spill out into the ocean.Winds could potentially push the sewage along the beach, contaminating the competition site, said Moscatelli, who has been flying over the area for years as part of an environmental monitoring project. Recent photos taken by Moscatelli showed a brown stain spreading over much of Barra beach.The event’s organizer, the World Surf League, recently canceled a backup venue on the neighboring beach of Sao Conrado due to what the organization deemed “pollution issues.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizona RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Many of the world’s top surfers were in Rio de Janeiro for a major surfing competition that kicked off Tuesday amid persistent worries about the city’s polluted waters.Kelly Slater of the United States and Brazilian star Gabriel Medina were among those competing at the Oi Rio Pro event, which is taking place through May 22 on Rio’s Barra da Tijuca beach. The Barra neighborhood is one of the main sites for competitions at next year’s Olympics.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Brazil’s Adriano de Souza competes in the 2015 Oi Rio Pro World Surf League competition at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)last_img read more

Rep Lilly takes oath commits to every citizen in the 89th District

first_img06Jan Rep. Lilly takes oath, commits to every citizen in the 89th District PHOTO INFORMATION: With his wife Sarah by his side, Rep. Jim Lilly took the oath of office from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley today in the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners chambers.##### Categories: Lilly News,Newscenter_img Rep. Jim Lilly took his official oath of office today with his long-time supporter and wife, Sarah, by his side in the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners chambers.Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the oath with fellow state Rep. Daniela Garcia, local elected officials, and other community members also in attendance.“Jim Lilly is a great addition to the Michigan legislature,” Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. “His commitment to west Michigan is clear and I am confident that with his leadership, the people of his district will be well served in Lansing.”Rep. Lilly swore to represent the voices of the 89th District in Lansing.“I look forward to upholding the values and standards Ottawa County has instilled within me and it is my honor to have taken my official oath of office today,” said Rep. Lilly, R-Park Township. “I understand the importance of this ceremony and look forward to advocating on behalf of the 89th District.”A West Ottawa High School graduate, Rep. Lilly has significant ties to the Ottawa County community. Jim and Sarah are active in the Ottawa County United Way, the West Coast Chamber of Commerce and The Community Foundation of the Holland-Zeeland Area. Jim has also historically acted as president of the Holland Area Arts Council and the Holland Professional Club and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Lakeshore 504.  Prior to his election to the state House, he served as vice president and commercial banking team leader at Macatawa Bank.“There is no place like western Ottawa County, whether it’s the people who live and work here or the absolute beauty we are surrounded by,” said Rep. Lilly. “My commitment is taking that unique perspective with me to Lansing and working to preserve what we have in this district.“I bring a diverse skill set with me,” he added. “My emphasis will be continuing to build an environment that will draw more businesses to west Michigan; one that brings more economic opportunities and attracts people to our community and to Michigan as a whole.  I believe focusing on improving our educational system and reforming our tax codes will drive this effort as well. There’s a lot of work to be done in Lansing and I’m looking forward to diving right in.”last_img read more

Rep Cole chairs first Transportation and Infrastructure committee meeting

first_img07Feb Rep. Cole chairs first Transportation and Infrastructure committee meeting State Rep. Triston Cole, of Mancelona, chaired his first House committee meeting on Transportation and Infrastructure at the state Capitol. Rep. Cole began the meeting with introductions from committee members. “I am honored to have the opportunity to preside over this committee as it is one of the core functions of the legislature and essential to continuing Michigan’s success,” he said.##### Tags: #SB center_img Categories: Cole News,Featured news,Newslast_img

Rep Bellino House approves funding for new game area

first_img15Jun Rep. Bellino: House approves funding for new game area Categories: Bellino News,News $3.5 million development will give hunters accessibilitycenter_img State Rep. Joe Bellino today voted in favor of a bill to fund Natural Resources Trust Fund projects, including the purchase of 680 acres of land in Monroe County to be used as public hunting land.Bellino, of Monroe, said the land is an old salt and gravel mine that includes seven bodies of water that range in size from 5 to 85 acres. The project will cost $3.5 million.“This is fantastic news for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts in the Monroe area,” Bellino said. “The property will be managed for deer, turkey, small game, and waterfowl habitat, along with hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation opportunities.”The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.#####The bill is Senate Bill 76.last_img read more

Rep Hughes hosts ebike tour on Hart Montague Trailway

first_img Categories: Hughes News Tags: electric bicycles, Tourism PHOTO: Rep. Hughes (center) takes a break on the trailway with Whitehall City Councilman Dick Connell (left) and American Cycling and Fitness CEO Michael Reuter (right). PHOTO: From left, Dick Connell, Whitehall City Councilman, Tom Lohman, Montague City Councilman, state Rep. Holly Hughes of Montague, Bob Wilson from Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, John Lindenmayer from League of Michigan Bicyclists and Michael Reuter, CEO of American Cycling and Fitness prepare to set out on a 22-mile round-trip e-bike excursion on the Montague Trailway. State Rep. Holly Hughes hosted a 22-mile round-trip electric bike excursion Friday on the Hart Montague Trailway to increase awareness for her recently introduced e-bike legislation. The legislation would officially allow the use of e-bikes on Michigan trails and creates a regulatory framework for their use. Electric bikes differ from regular bikes in that they utilize an electrically powered motor for propulsion. They are pedaled by the rider and are therefore not considered motorcycles. E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and can travel up to 25 miles per hour, depending on the model. “Electric bikes have become a huge hit in recent years and I’m proud to support this measure to allow their use here in Michigan,” said Hughes, who chairs the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. “Today is a great opportunity to learn more about these innovative machines that increase bicycle use for people who might otherwise never ride – not to mention they’re just plain fun!” Hughes, of Montague, invited local officials and individuals from organizations in support of the legislation, including Bob Wilson from Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, John Lindenmayer from the League of Michigan Bicyclists and Michael Reuter, CEO of American Cycling and Fitness. “I tell people, it’s still a bike,” Reuter said. “I’m thrilled to see people giving e-bikes a try. You really have to try it to see what it’s all about.”The group rode from the Hart Montague Trailhead to New Era and back, a trip totaling just over 22 miles. 24Jul Rep. Hughes hosts e-bike tour on Hart Montague Trailwaylast_img read more

Rep Lightner announces February office hours

first_img State Rep. Sarah Lightner invites residents to join her for office hours in Jackson, Pleasant Lake and Eaton Rapids during the month of February.“Hosting regular office hours is one of my top priorities,” Rep. Lightner said. “Being accessible and accountable to people in my district is an essential aspect of being a state legislator.”Monday, Feb. 11:11 a.m. to Noon at Biggby Coffee, 3039 E. Michigan Ave. in Jackson.Friday, Feb. 22:11 a.m. to Noon at Henrietta Township Hall, 11732 Bunkerhill Road in Pleasant Lake.Monday, Feb. 25:11 a.m. to Noon at Robin’s Nest, 6053 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Lightner at 517-373-1775 or via email at Categories: Lightner News 01Feb Rep. Lightner announces February office hourslast_img read more

Rep Kahle votes to make state government transparent

first_img19Mar Rep. Kahle votes to make state government transparent Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Bronna Kahle today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Kahle, of Adrian, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal.“Improving government transparency must always be a top priority,” Kahle said. “Expanding sunshine laws to include state government will allow residents to access public records and ensure the governor’s office and the Legislature are functioning in a responsible manner.”Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government.The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.### Categories: Kahle Newslast_img read more

Swiss pay TV operator Teleclub has launched a CI P

first_imgSwiss pay TV operator Teleclub has launched a CI Plus option using technology from NDS.The CI Plus modules enable Teleclub subscribers to access all channels, including HD channels, without requiring a set-top box. The modules are based on the NDS VideoGuard conditional access system, and additional HD DVR functionality is available via an approved external hard drive.Wilfried Heinzelmann, a member of the board of Teleclub, said, “Our new CI Plus and HD DVR-ready solutions give us the opportunity to reach new target markets and introduce new functionality for our subscribers. CI Plus modules provide users with greater flexibility in their hardware choice – and with that more ways to enjoy our service. By employing robust content protection from NDS, we are fulfilling the security requirements of our content partners to ensure that their content remains protected.”last_img read more

Primacom has ceased talks with potential buyers fo

first_imgPrimacom has ceased talks with potential buyers for its German cable business.The company had received several expressions of interest and commenced talks with interested partners but none of them could satisfy Primacom’s sale criteria. As recently as last month, Deutsche Telekom, Star Capital Partners and DTK Deutsche Telekabel were reported to be attempting to buy the cable operator.CEO Joachim Grendel said, “During these discussions, Primacom has expanded its customer base, according to its financed growth plans. The termination of the talks will not affect Primacom’s business operations and growth strategy.”last_img

UK broadcast regulator has fined the owner of digi

first_imgUK broadcast regulator has fined the owner of digital satellite channel Scuzz £10,000 for broadcasting offensive language, sexualised imagery and depictions of illegal drug taking before the 9pm watershed. Ofcom ruled that CSC Media Group Limited should be liable for the fine for serious breaches of the broadcasting code, claiming that it broke six rules, including that “children must also be protected by appropriate scheduling from material that is unsuitable for them.”UK channel Scuzz broadcasts rock and pop-punk music videos.last_img

Russian pay TV leader Tricolor TV has made a serie

first_imgRussian pay TV leader Tricolor TV has made a series of new management appointments. Former MTS executive Mikhail Goryachev has been named as content director, replacing Julia Shakhmanova, who left the company in July.Elizaveta Kapralova, formerly with airline Rosavia, has meanwhile replaced Anna Sopova as director of public relations.Tricolor TV has also named Alexey Karpov, previously with the St Petersburg unit of Summa Telecom, to the new post of director of sales and customer service.last_img

US telco ATT has agreed to buy satellite pay TV o

first_imgUS telco AT&T has agreed to buy satellite pay TV operator DirecTV for a total equity value of US$48.5 billion (€35.4 billion), in a deal it said would give it “unparalleled video content distribution scale in the US.”Announcing the deal, AT&T said the agreement would deliver immediate and long-term financial benefits and that DirecTV’s content relationships will allow it to deliver video across TV, mobile, and laptops “to meet consumers’ future viewing and programming preferences.”The definitive agreement will see AT&T buy DirecTV in a stock-and-cash deal for US$95 per share. This implies a total equity value of US$48.5 billion and a total transaction value of US$67.1 billion, including DIRECTV’s net debt, AT&T said.“This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens – mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes,” said AT&T chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson.“DirecTV is the best option for us because they have the premier brand in pay TV, the best content relationships, and a fast-growing Latin American business.”AT&T said the deal will give it “unprecedented capabilities” in mobility, video and broadband services and that it will be able to meet future consumer programming preferences – including traditional pay TV and on-demand video services like Netflix or Hulu streamed over a broadband connection.DirecTV will continue to be headquartered in El Segundo, California, after the deal closes and AT&T said that it expects cost synergies to exceed US$1.6 billion annual run rate three years after closing – primarily driven by increased scale in video.The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the agreement. AT&T said it expects the deal to close within approximately 12 months, subject to approval by the US Federal Communications Commission, the US Department of Justice, a few US states and some Latin American countries.AT&T said that to help the regulatory approval process in Latin America it will divest its interest in América Móvil, which includes 73 million publicly listed shares.DirecTV’s Latin American business currently has more than 18 million pay TV subscribers and covers an “underpenetrated market” where pay TV adoption stands at just 40% of households.last_img read more

Russiabased OTT TV service VinteraTV has said th

first_imgRussia-based OTT TV service Vintera.TV has said the total viewing time spent on its platform passed the threshold of 12 million hours of viewing time per week, according to data from September 15. The OTT provider said the figure was significantly higher than the six million hours a week recorded by Amazon Fire TV and on a par with Chromecast’s numbers.Vintera.TV offers a range of SD, HD and 3D channels on smart TVs, PCs, streaming boxes and mobile devices across Russia and internationally. The service claims 30 million connections and over three billion ad impressions per month, with an average viewing time of three hours.last_img

Hispasats control centre Spanish satellite operat

first_imgHispasat’s control centreSpanish satellite operator Hispasat has begun broadcasting a second-generation UHD TV test service incorporating HDR content.Hispasat says it is the first satellite service globally to broadcast in the Dolby Vision HDR format.The new permanent service is now available through the European beams of Hispasat 1E, and has been launched in collaboration with Cellnex Telecom, Dolby, RTVE and Thomson Video Networks.Hispasat said it would demo the service at the forthcoming IBC conference.last_img

Online eSports services such as Twitch will grow t

first_imgOnline eSports services such as Twitch will grow their audience base to more than 310 million by 2020, surpassing comparable NFL audiences, according to Juniper Research.The ‘Digital Games: eSports 2015-2020’ report claims that eSports is “on the cusp of significant growth” with tournaments and prize pools also expanding in size and value.Juniper estimates that revenues will increase by almost 250% between 2015 and 2020 to reach almost US$1 billion by 2020, as viewers show an increased willingness to subscribe to online eSports channels and broadcasters.In 2014 eSports attracted 102 million global viewers, compared to 220 million unique viewers for NFL and 400 million for Formula 1 racing, according to the research.“An increased audience, as well as greater impact from the most popular eSports broadcasters will see user adoption of the subscription model increase. Consumers will also begin to spend more time viewing eSports content in general, leading to an increase in terms of ad impressions,” said Juniper research analyst Lauren Foye.last_img read more

Satellite operator AsiaSat has teamed up with XTre

first_imgSatellite operator AsiaSat has teamed up with XTreme Video to provide content for its showcase 4K-Sat UHD TV channel on the AsiaSat 4 craft.XTreme Video produces 4K sports content. Content on the 4K-Sat channel will include mountain biking series MTB Insights and freestyle motocross show Masters of Dirt.The 4K-Sat channel is available via AsiaSat 4 at the 122° East orbital slot with a mix of fashion, lifestyle, nature, movies, TV series, documentaries, extreme sports and technology content.“The brilliance of 4K definition truly comes into its own when the subject matter is as visually captivating as extreme and outdoor programming. We’re committed to bringing the highest quality programming to audiences around the globe, via partnerships with platforms, broadcasters and partners like AsiaSat,” said Joe Nilsson, senior director of business development at XTreme Video.“XTreme Video offers exciting, adrenaline pumping programs that are very popular amongst viewers of all ages that are interested in extreme sports. We want to bring an immersive quality viewing experience to viewers via our platform on AsiaSat 4,” said Sabrina Cubbon, vice-president, marketing and global accounts of AsiaSat.last_img read more

Swiss service provider Sunrise is offering its dig

first_imgSwiss service provider Sunrise is offering its digital TV service free of charge for one year to new subscribers. The offer is open to anyone switching to Sunrise and signing up for internet and TV.The operator is also offering a somewhat smaller incentive to existing internet customers to upgrade to TV as well. Customers who take the operator’s Sunrise Home Internet and MTV Home Internet offerings and add digital TV to their packages will receive Sunrise Smart TV for three months free of charge.Customers who switch their Internet and TV service to Sunrise before October 31 will receive Sunrise TV start, normally priced at CHF25.00 (€23) a month, or Sunrise TV comfort, priced at CHF35.00 a month, at no charge for 12 months.The prerequisite for receiving Sunrise Smart TV is a Sunrise Home Internet subscription, starting at CHF45.00 a month for Sunrise Home internet start or an MTV home internet subscription, starting at CHF55.00 a month for MTV home internet comfort.Customers with a Sunrise mobile subscription will receive a 10 % discount on all their basic monthly charges, provided they combine a mobile subscription and Sunrise Home products in one bill.The latest promotional drive comes as Swiss magazine Bilanz rated Sunrise Smart TV as the country’s best digital TV product for the second time in a row.“The customer growth of our digital TV product in the first six months was higher than for our competitors. This trend and the Bilanz Telecom ratings for 2016 testify to the attractiveness and outstanding price-performance ratio of Sunrise Smart TV. This promotion gives our customers the best TV service in Switzerland for 12 months free of charge,” said CEO Olaf Swantee.last_img read more

The BBC America network is now available on Sonys

first_imgThe BBC America network is now available on Sony’s US over-the-top service Playstation Vue.Playstation Vue is a cloud-based TV service that offers live and on-demand TV content, while BBC America is a joint venture between AMC Networks and the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.last_img

John Malone Lionsgates acquisition of Starz creat

first_imgJohn MaloneLionsgate’s acquisition of Starz creates a new opportunity to strengthen the business, expand internationally to compete with global premium players like Netflix and to develop a business model based on closer integration with distribution platforms such as Liberty Global, according to Liberty Global chairman John Malone, who held the majority stake in Starz.Speaking on stage with Lionsgate Investor Gordy Crawford of Capital Research and Management at Lionsgate’s investor event this week, Malone compared traditional standalone content companies to arms dealers selling equipment to warring distribution platforms, and argued this model had to change to secure the future of the business.“The question for Lionsgate is how far up the food chain you can go. Can you create a Netflix-like direct-to-consumer proposition? That is a great model if you can get the content. If you can’t quite get there perhaps you can have a distribution asset that is part of a wider distribution package,” said Malone. “If you are just a factory manufacturing and selling AK-47s to the warring nations, how much wealth and margin do you create and how value does your library have?”Malone said that the acquisition of Starz would create a strong revenue and cash-flow for Lionsgate, meaning that it could leverage its equity to a greater degree by limiting the volatility associated with the movie business. He said the merger of Starz and Lionsgate would help provide a feed of content to the former, enabling it to compete into the future.However, he said, the growth in demand for à la carte consumption and non-linear viewing and the Netflix model meant that the traditional carriage model had to change, with a closer partnership with distributors such as Liberty Global pointing the way ahead.Malone said that premium services like Starz and HBO traditionally had only been available via “the big [basic] package”, and that model was still holding to a large extent. However, he said, this would likely change. “Distributors will wake up and as people cut the cord from the big bundle they will offer premiums as part of the connectivity package rather than through the big bundle,” he said. He said that “even Reed Hastings sees the benefit of being in a package” and had approached the big operators in the US and internationally about a revenue split in exchange for having Netflix content “inside the fence”, accessible on advanced set-top boxes and integrated into the operator billing system.International growth would be the other key to Lionsgate and Starz’s growth, said Malone.He said that Starz had never been properly distributed internationally. “One of the reasons I thought it was so important to bring both Discovery and Liberty Global on the Lionsgate board was to exploit that international opportunity to take the skill set that Lionsgate has and some of the assets it has, and exploit them on a more international basis. They can already sell syndicate [content] but what I’m talking about is a continuity brand identity and maybe even valuable distribution assets on a more global basis,” he said.Malone said that it was not possible to build a truly competitive media business without an international dimension. He said Lionsgate was now in a good position to develop via acquisition or organically.Turning to the evolution of distribution platforms themselves, Malone said that bringing fixed and wireless platforms together was key, and hinted at prospects for further cable consolidation in the US as well as the possibility of cable operators acting together to acquire T-Mobile.Malone said that Liberty Global in Europe offered a wireless component in every market it is in. He said that the best example of what the company was trying to do was the VodafoneZiggo combination in the Netherlands. Malone said the deal would enable true convergence between fixed and mobile. He also cited Liberty’s Telenet in Belgium, which has gone wireless on its own by the acquisition of BASE Company.Malone said the US was now looking more like an exception with “a complete separation of services”, thanks to the dominance in wireless of Verizon and AT&T. Malone said that the three major cable companies in the US could get together and buy T-Mobile. He contrasted the ubiquity of wireless with the territorial specificity of cable, and said that cable operators would have to “gang together” to provide a national wireless service.“I have spent my career trying to consolidate the US cable business and it’s a question politically,” said Malone. He speculated that with the incoming Trump administration’s different approach, there was a possibility that “maybe Comcast and Charter could merge”.last_img read more


first_img DD TRAVEL….SUMMER TICKETS ON SALE TODAY WITH VOYAGES-SNCF.COM FOR TRAVEL TO FRANCEGROUP TRAVEL EDITORTIM HEDGLEY AS the days get longer and temperatures begin to rise, thoughts are turning to summer holidays. are embracing that summer feeling and today announce that tickets to two summer hot spots went on sale today, March 15, 2017.If you have never done it, the drive down France to beautiful Bordeaux can be a bit of a pain. It’s hard on the kids and it can be frustrating for the driver and co-pilot.But there is a far better option and that is to let the train take the strain. A trip through Bordeaux’s unmissable sitesStart your journey with Tour Pey Berland, a tower located on the square of the same name, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you have the strength, you can even climb the 233 steps to reach the summit of the tower, more than 50 metres above ground, to admire a panoramic view of the city of Bordeaux.Continue your stroll with, not far from the tower, la Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, to discover the Saint-Seurin Basilica and its accompanying paleo-roman site…Before rejoining the waterfront at La Garonne, take a little detour to the famous Bordeaux Opera House, more commonly known as Le Grand Théâtre. Also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with architecture typical of Bordeaux – inherited from the Age of Enlightenment – this monument has witnessed 200 years of different uses, and has rediscovered its traditional style since its renovation in 1991.Then take a walk along La Garonne on the Quai des Chartrons, to reach the famous Pont Chaban Delmas… 433 metres long and containing as much steel as the Eiffel Tower, this jewel of modern architecture in Bordeaux is clearly unmissable.Go green in Bordeaux’s public gardens or at the Parc BordelaisClassed as “A remarkable garden of France”, Bordeaux’s public gardens are magnificent. This French green oasis is situated just a few steps from the city centre. Ideal for all the family (swings, play areas, old-style carrousel, etc.), it is also perfect for a romantic stroll!We also love the little animal park in the Parc Bordelais – goats, ducks, a few exotic pigs, and more – as well as the wide paths and tracks for cycling and roller skating… and there’s also the large central lake, to laze around by on sunny days!Brunch at Darwin’s Magasin GénéralWe love the setting of these decommissioned barracks and their industrial look, offering numerous activities: a skatepark, graffiti, beehives, co-working, etc. In the restaurant, the décor is created using recycled materials and the food is organic and delicious, at a reasonable price.Tip: Try brunch on a Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.And if you still have an appetite after a delicious lunch at Darwin’s Magasin Général, why not try one of Bordeaux’s special Canelé pastries?Have fun on the Miroir d’eau, emblematic of BordeauxLocated in Place de la Bordeaux, just a few steps away from the waterfront, the Miroir d’eau is to Bordeaux what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. An unmissable sight in the town, it is the largest water mirror in the world – it looks like a paddling pool with a giant atomiser! A site that children will particularly adore…Visit Bordeaux’s Cité du VinWith architecture that is both contemporary and bold, the Cité du Vin, located on the banks of the Garonne at the entrance to the marina, is the world’s first centre where you can discover the end-to-end wine production process.It offers a journey through time and space, to discover the various dimensions of wine, including culture, civilisation and patrimony, thanks to scientific, artistic, cultural and festive events, workshops, games, temporary exhibitions, and more. It’s all about the experience!https://uk.voyages-sncf.comDD TRAVEL….SUMMER TICKETS ON SALE TODAY WITH VOYAGES-SNCF.COM FOR TRAVEL TO FRANCE was last modified: March 15th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: BY TIM HEDGLEY, GROUP TRAVEL EDITOR At the same time, tickets for the NEW TGV Armorique service will go on sale. This new route will link Paris to Rennes in 1 hour 25 minutes, a saving of 40 minutes on the current journey times, and with over 29 return journeys per day it is sure to attract a lot of passengers with estimated numbers around 1.5million passengers every year.These two new high-speed routes will open the regions of Brittany and the south-west of France to rail travellers.Additional destinations including Toulouse – with six return journeys per day in a time of 4 hours 9 minutes – Poitiers,Angoûleme and La Rochelle will benefit from TGV Océane services, while TGV Armorique will also serve Brest and Quimper in Brittany, with reductions in journey times to both destinations of up to 45 minutes.Running on both these new routes are newly designed TGV trains, travelling at speeds of up to 320 km per hour, in super modern style.New on board features include increased leg room, seating which can swivel to face the direction of travel, on board WiFi, large tables with plugs and USB ports and moveable personal lights. With prices starting at around £31 each way this is sure to be a hit.So if you are considering beautiful Bordeaux SNCF have come up with their 6 top things to do when your there.center_img The coastline of Brittany and the vineyards of Bordeaux will both be reached in a fraction of the current journey times this summer thanks to the opening of the highly anticipated new high-speed rail services TGV Armorique and TGV Océane later this year.Although the services themselves won’t start running until 2 July 2017, tickets for travel on between Paris and Brittany and Bordeaux went on sale via on 15th March 2017.Demand is expected to be high so anyone thinking of travelling to these popular holiday regions this summer should book early to secure the best fares.Services begin operation on 2nd July 2017 when the NEW TGV Océane will reduce journey times from Paris to Bordeaux by up to 1 hour and 15 minutes with a frequency of over 33 return journeys a day. Travellers will cover the 581km from the centre of Paris to the centre of Bordeaux in 2 hours and 4 minutes. It is anticipated that 2.4 million passengers a year will travel on the line. ShareTweet A special itinerary of wine bars, with vaulted, bare-brick cellarsTo give you the strength to visit the whole city centre, depart on a tour of the wine bars. Le Toscane (place Camille Jullian), for a little hint of Italy in Bordeaux, Aux 4 coins du vins (Place St Pierre), where you can use a smart card to taste 40 wines, L’Oenolimit (place Fernand Lafargue), decorated using recycled materials with even an old billiards table, perfect for drinks with friends, and Le Petit Bois (18 Rue du Chai des Farines, Porte Cailhau), for its original décor and generous open sandwiches.More wine bars herelast_img read more