Welcome to the Empire movie theater cum bar cum restaurant in an area popular with Westerners. Inside, you can glimpse the whole lobby with diminutive bar and, beyond, a kitchen unseen in the photo. Nachos, hamburgers, curry and beer can be yours during films.
It surprised me to discover that recently released movies of some quality are available to watch in three Phnom Penh movie houses.
But banish any thoughts of desirable fare at conventional cinemas, which exist here in Phnom Penh seemingly to screen mainly combat, science fiction and action films of questionable merit and sometimes of recent vintage. (Actually, Noah was showing the week of its U.S. release.)
Before the Khmer Rouge horror, there were some 30 grand cinemas in Phnom Penh filled with cigarette smoke and rapt audiences. They are now gone, but for two that cling to their original intent. At least one is a nightmarish slum.
In a shopping mall, the Legend is one of three multiplexes as the place to go for overwrought fare in air-conditioned comfort and 3D. Among those “coming soon” as I drafted this post last month were Continue reading
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says it will pump up its activities to combat housing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families (LGBT).
New guidance treats gender identity discrimination most often faced by transgender persons as gender discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and instructs HUD staff to inform individuals filing complaints about state and local agencies that have LGBT-inclusive discrimination laws. Continue reading
The board of directors of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), of which relatively few Manhattan brokers are members, has amended its Code of Ethics to include a bar to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Final approval is slated for a vote in November.
The board approved on Saturday a rule that bans Realtors from denying equal professional services to a customer on the basis of sexual orientation.
It amended Article 10 of the Code of Ethics, which addresses “duties to the public.” That part of the Code already prohibits Realtors from discriminating against customers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin.
Standard of Practice 10-3 also was modified to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in any advertisements for selling or renting property.
The change, met with applause, was passed unanimously by the Professional Standards Committee earlier in the week. The measure will now go before the NAR Delegate Body for approval at NAR’s annual conference in November.
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