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Film ยป Frozen Mind

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival ยป

Together with his old friend Pierre Hourticq, snowboarder Victor de le Rue tries to write a new story in the iconic mountains near Chamonix. Frozen Mind is not just a freeride lm, it is a story of friendship and a journey of discovery as the two men take unique paths in order to conquer the same objectives.

(France, 2018, 33 min)
Directors: Antoine Frioux, Maxime Moulin
Producers: Antoine Frioux, Victor De Le Rue
Production Company: Ivresse Films

Red Bull via YouTube ยป

In Frozen Mind, the pro snowboarder Victor de Le Rue is testing the limits of what is possible and challenges himself against unforgiving, ice-covered slopes in Chamonix, France.

Chamonix is one of the most prestigious places for mountaineers in the world. Now these dramatic mountains lure more and more skiers and snowboarders to ride the steep, unforgiving faces and it is in Chamonix that we will discover the adventures and evolution of Victor de Le Rue.

It is being together with his old friend Pierre Hourticq, mountain guide that Victor will try to write a new story in the iconic mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif, riding extreme slopes of more than 45ยฐ that also have extreme consequences. Frozen Mind is not just a film based on snowboard/ski performance. It is above all a story of friendship and a journey of discovery as the two men take unique paths in order to conquer the same objectives.

Switzerland remains the best country in the world ยป Canada has moved up to the second spot ยป U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings

For Switzerland, the 2020 ranking is the the fourth consecutive yearhas been judged No. 1 by residents of 36 countries. Canada was chosen second, overtaking Japan in the U.S. News’ fifth annual survey.

The Best Countries report, produced from an annual global survey of more than 20,000 people in 36 countries including the United States, reflects increasingly negative views of the world and within countries. Nearly half of survey respondents say conditions around the world have worsened in the past year. Likewise, an increased percentage of people say the gap between the rich and poor has grown and that nationalism is increasing.

According to the ranking, here are the Top 25 Countries in the World

  1. Switzerland
  2. Canada
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. United Kingdom
  7. United States
  8. Sweden
  9. Netherlands
  10. Norway
  11. New Zealand
  12. France
  13. Denmark
  14. Finland
  15. China
  16. Singapore
  17. Italy
  18. Austria
  19. Spain
  20. South Korea
  21. Luxembourg
  22. United Arab Emirates
  23. Russia
  24. Portugal
  25. India

The Bottom 5 of the U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings are

  • Lebanon
  • Serbia
  • Oman
  • Belarus
  • Tunisia

See the full report.

 

 

LGBT travel index puts Sweden, Canada, and Norway at the top

The LGBTQ+ Danger Index lists the 25 safest countries for LGBTQ+ travellers ยป

1. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
2. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada
3. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway
4. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal
5. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium
6. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom
7. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
8. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
9. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland
10. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
11. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น Malta
12. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand
13. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
14. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
15. ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa
16. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland
17. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
18. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡พ Uruguay
19. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Colombia
20. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria
21. ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany
22. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia
23. ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg
24. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States
25. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡บ Guam

 

Antonia Wilson, writing in the Guardian ยป

Sweden has been named the most LGBT-friendly country in the world for travellers according to new research into gay rights in 150 countries.

The LGBTQ+ Danger Index was created by ranking the 150 most-visited countries using eight factors, including legalised same-sex marriage, worker protection and whether, based on Gallup poll findings, it is a good place to live.

Canada ranked second-safest, followed by Norway, Portugal and Belgium. The UK is sixth safest on the list, but the US does not make the top 20. The researchers, American couple Asher and Lyric Fergusson, who blog about staying safe while travelling, said one reason the US is only at number 24 is because gay rights vary from state to state.

Read the whole article in The Guardian ยป

Japan and Singapore top 2019 list of world’s most powerful passports

Euan McKirdy and Maureen O’Hare at CNN write ยป

Japan and Singapore have held onto their position as the world’s most travel-friendly passports.

That’s the view of the Henley Passport Index, which periodically measures the access each country’s travel document affords.

Singapore and Japan’s passports have topped the rankings thanks to both documents offering access to 190 countries each.

South Korea rubs shoulders with Finland and Germany in second place, with citizens of all three countries able to access 188 jurisdictions around the world without a prior visa.

Finland has benefited from recent changes to Pakistan‘s formerly highly restrictive visa policy. Pakistan now offers an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to citizens of 50 countries, including Finland, Japan, Spain, Malta, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates — but not, notably, the United States or the UK.

Read more of this article at CNN ยป

The best passports in 2019 are:

1. Japan, Singapore (190 destinations)
2. Finland, Germany, South Korea (188)
3. Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg (187)
4. France, Spain, Sweden (186)
5. Austria, Netherlands, Portugal (185)
6. Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland (184)
7. Malta, Czech Republic (183)
8. New Zealand (182)
9. Australia, Lithuania, Slovakia (181)
10. Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Slovenia (180)
More at the Henley Passport Index

Notes

ยป Canada has been ranked 6th four years in a row. They were ranked 2nd in 2014, then dropped to 4th in 2015, and have been holding steady in 6th since 2016.

ยป The USA been on a steady decline since 2014 when they were ranked 1st. They dropped to 2nd in 2015, 4th in 2016, 5th in 2017 and 2018, and to 6th this year.

ยป The UK has been on a steady decline in the rankings, dropping from 1st in 2015, to 3rd in 2016, to 4th in 2017, to 5th in 2018, to 6th this year.

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