Lons-le-Saunier is a commune and capital of the Jura department in eastern France. The town is in the heart of the Revermont region, at the foot of the first plateau of the Jura massif; the Jura escarpment extends to the east and south, while to the west lies the plain of Bresse and to the north extensive vineyards. The River Vallière runs through the town, rising in a typical Jura blind valley not far away, at Revigny, it has been conduited since the 1960s since sewage outlets run into it. A small section remains in the open air near the parc des Bains, only a single bridge remains; the town is equally placed between Besançon, Bourg-en-Bresse and Geneva, though the last of these lies on the other side of the Jura massif. It is served by the A39 autoroute, by which Dijon can be reached in about an hour and Lyon in an hour and a half; the town's railway station lies on the line from Strasbourg to Lyon. The wine-growing region to the north of the town is well known, includes the vintages of l'Etoile, Château-Chalon and Arbois.

The Jura escarpment to the south and east is a popular tourist region, with its attractions including the lakes of Chalain and Vouglans, mountain resorts such as Prénovel and Les Rousses. In terms of area, Lons-le-Saunier is the second smallest prefectural town in France, after Bobigny; the 1878 edition of the Globe Encyclopaedia of Universal Information described Lons-le-Saunier: Lons-le-Saunier, the chief town of the department of Jura, France, on the Vallière, 60 miles S. E. of Dijon by rail. It is picturesquely girt by the lower slopes of which are clad with vines. There are copper and iron foundries, a trade in horses, grain, etc.... The celebrated salt-springs yield 20,000 ctr. yearly. Pop. 9427. Lons-le-Saunier is the ancient Ledo Saliiiaritit. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, composer of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem Jean Baptiste Gaspard Roux de Rochelle, ambassador to the U. S. Étienne Bobillier, mathematician Maurice Joly and lawyer René Rémond and political economist Jeanne Champion, French painter and writer Guy Canivet, judge Jean-Claude Romand, medical imposter Jean-François Stévenin and filmmaker Bernard Clavel, novelist Félix Lambey, rugby player General Claude Lecourbe studied in Lons.

Jeremy Cooke

Sir Jeremy Lionel Cooke, styled The Hon. Mr Justice Cooke, has been a judge at the Queen's Bench in the High Court since 2001 and was a presiding judge for the South Eastern Circuit since 2007, he retired after 15 years as a judge. Educated at Whitgift School in Croydon and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he became a solicitor in 1973 and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1976, he became a QC in 1990, working at 7 King's Bench Walk, where he was noted as a leading "commercial silk" by The Lawyer, who said he specialised in "energy and reinsurance, professional negligence and shipping and maritime law." He became head of chambers in May 2000, replacing Stephen Tomlinson, who left and became a high court judge. Cooke himself became a judge in 2001, being replaced by Julian Flaux QC and Gavin Kealey QC as head of chambers, he acted as an assistant recorder 1994-8 as a recorder 1998–2001. Cooke was knighted in 2001, that October he became a High Court judge, Queen's Bench Division, Commercial. With Mr Justice Bean, he became a presiding judge over the South Eastern Circuit on 1 January 2007.

He was succeeded by Mr Justice Sweeney on 1 January 2012. Among the cases he has presided over as judge were the 2007 royal blackmail plot, the trial of Armel Gnango for the murder of Magda Pniewska, the trial of Roshonara Choudhry for stabbing Stephen Timms MP and the 2011 Pakistan cricket spot-fixing scandal. Between 2013 and 2016, he presided over the case of R v Tom Hayes, which saw him hand the largest sentence for white collar crime in the UK, his last case was about the seizure of Hayes's assets, in which he ordered the payment of £878,806. He retired in 2016, he was a member of Harlequin F. C. from 1970–5. He has been vice-chairman of LICC Ltd since 1999 and was vice-president of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship 2003–2010. "Appointment of Senior Presiding Judge and new Presiding Judges". Judicial Communications Office news release. Judicial Office. 18 July 2006. Archived from the original on 28 May 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2011. "The Hon Mr Justice Cooke". Debrett's. Retrieved 21 December 2011.

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Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha is a Canadian author, entrepreneur and public speaker characterized by his advocacy of positivity and simple pleasures. He is best known for his The Book of Awesome series, "The Happiness Equation" which are international bestsellers, he is an established speaker and his TEDx talk, "The 3 A's of Awesome", is ranked as the ninth most inspiring TEDx talk with over 3 million views to date. In total, he has sold over 1 million books; the book and TED talk are based on 1000 Awesome Things. The blog has won three Webby Awards and ranked in PC Magazines list of top blogs and websites in 2009 and 2010. Pasricha is sought out by media outlets as an expert on the topics of positivity and leadership. Pasricha is a recipient for the 2018 Canada's 40 under 40 award. Pasricha was born in Ontario to a Hindu family, his mother is from Kenya. Pasricha says much of his wonder for the world comes from his immigrant parents and their perspective on seeing everything for the first time in Canada. In his TED Talk he explains how his father would'stare in wonder at the little stickers on all the fruits and vegetables.'Pasricha was educated at Queen's University and Harvard University.

Pasricha graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce at Queen's University in 2002. While there, he wrote for campus humor newspaper Golden Words which took him to New York City to work for a humor syndicate with former Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons writers, he says "It was a cool rush but it became draining quickly. I realized this could never be my full time thing." Pasricha holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws- Faculty of Education from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Pasricha returned to Toronto and worked in Marketing for Procter & Gamble before leaving to run a Quiznos Sub franchise and selling his franchise to move to Boston to attend Harvard Business School. Upon graduating, Pasricha returned to Toronto to run Leadership Development at Walmart Canada. Pasricha left Walmart in 2016 to devote more time to the Institute for Global Happiness, an organization he founded in November 2015 to improve happiness in the workplace. Pasricha began writing a daily blog called 1000 Awesome Things on June 20, 2008.

The site was billed as'a time-ticking countdown of 1000 awesome things. Updated every weekday.'He said at the time of starting the site "if you flipped open the newspaper it was filled with the same stuff every day. Polar ice caps were melting, there were pirates storming the seas, the economy was on the verge of collapse, there were wars going on all over the world." As a result, he created a website discussing "popping bubble wrap, snow days, the smell of a bakery." In interviews, through a series on his blog, Pasricha shared that his personal divorce and a close friend's suicide are what prompted him to begin looking for positive things in life. In July, 2008, the popular links site linked to post #980 Old, dangerous playground equipment which gave the blog new readership and got attention from Wired and In 2009, Pasricha was approached by literary agents after his blog hit 10 million hits and won the Webby Award for "Best Blog" and signed with Erin Malone from WME who represents Christian Lander, author of Stuff White People Like, Rainn Wilson, star of The Office and author of SoulPancake.

Pasricha continued publishing one awesome thing a day until #1 Anything you want it to be was posted on April 19, 2012. Published 2010 by Amy Einhorn Books, a division of Penguin Publishing; the Book of Awesome is a #1 international bestseller, New York Times bestseller, Globe and Mail bestseller. Pasricha wrote The Book of Awesome while attempting to get over his divorce and close friend's suicide, his frustration with the'gloom and doom' in the news caused him to expand on simple pleasures of life through new written essays complementing existing material from his blog. Before release, Pasricha was known only through his blog, but The Book of Awesome hit #2 on the Globe and Mail bestseller list in his first week and was selected as a Heather's Pick in Canada; the book received both negative reviews. The Vancouver Sun said it was like "a snappy Jerry Seinfeld monologue by way of Maria Von Trapp", Publisher's Weekly said "Pasricha emerges a committed but inviting optimist, combating life's unending stream of bad news by identifying opportunities to share a universal high five with humanity" while Macleans wrote that Pasricha was "partly to blame for turning'awesome' into the exuberant adjective of our time' and The Toronto Star wrote that Neil Pasricha "helped destroy language through linguistic bleaching."The Book of Awesome has spent over 130 weeks on The Globe and Mail bestseller list and was the #1 Globe and Mail non-fiction book of the year for 2010 and 2011.

Published 2011 by Amy Einhorn Books, a division of Penguin Publishing. The Book of Awesome is a #1 international bestseller and a Globe and Mail bestseller and was published in 2011 as the sequel to The Book of Awesome. Published 2011 by Amy Einhorn Books, a division of Penguin Publishing; the Book of Awesome is a national bestseller. It is a smaller gift book featuring awesome things about holidays such as Christmas, Diwali, Mother's Day, etc. Published 2015, Awesome is Everywhere is a Children's book that Neil wrote to share "the principles of attitude awareness and authenticity" with his child; the beach theme was inspired by a meditation like experience on the beach while honeymooning. The super-realistic images in the book were created by a professional Visual Effects studio using a process that composites many images into one image. Published