In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of January 26, 2018

first_imgIn Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Le Creuset Mickey Mouse 90th Birthday Celebration Cast-Iron Round Oven and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Have you had a crazy week this week too? The good news is that for me, my weekend is ending with a trip to the Disney Store in Times Square for the first time ever! What?! I’m super excited! So let me know what I shouldn’t miss!There were a lot of interesting articles this week including a new travel warning for somewhere Disney Cruise Line travels, a couple of remakes that I can’t believe are in the works, and more.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors Some interesting details came out this week about the upcoming gondola system. What do you find most interesting?Want to see the latest birds eye views of both Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Take a look at the progress!An article this week suggested that Disney has actually become a lifestyle brand, which is why pricing can keep increasing and we’ll just keep paying it. What do you think about that concept? Oh my goodness! This is ADORABLE!!!! Watch what happens as this service dog meets his favorite dog.This week, it was announced that Disney will join the list of companies who will be giving their employees a $1000 bonus to 125,000 employees, as well as new education funding.The Walt Disney Company has once again placed on Fortune’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies,” ranking No. 1 in the entertainment industry and No. 6 overall for 2018.We lost another great this week. Chef Paul Bocuse, who helped bring to life Chefs de France and Monsieur Paul at Epcot’s France Pavilion passed away at the age of 91.This place just fascinates me because it’s somewhere I’ll never likely get to visit, but it’s really where the food magic within Disney happens.A new warning has been issued for those who may be traveling to Jamaica. Those visiting the island are urged to excercise extreme caution.It’s not often you see a Disney park with snow, but it happened in Tokyo Disneyland. Isn’t it beautiful!The Walt Disney Company did pretty well with this year’s Oscar nominations. What do you think were they snubbed for though?This just got interesting. Redbox is pushing back against Disney’s attempt to stop it from renting multi-packs of movies individually.Twitch has partnered with Disney Digital Network for content. This is certainly an interesting development.Three ChEARS for Minnie Mouse! She got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. And I think I speak for all of us when I say it’s about time!Quack, Quack, Quack….a television series based off the Mighty Ducks (yep…the movie from the 90s) may be in the works. Do you think this is a good idea?Speaking of remakes, The Sword and the Stone remake may have its director. Wondering where they are planning for this one to go.Universal announced their earnings for the fourth quarter and once again, the theme parks division saw large gains.last_img read more

South Africa ‘ready for Afcon 2013’

first_img25 October 2012 South Africa is ready to host a successful 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, President Jacob Zuma said at the final draw for the 29th edition of Africa’s biggest soccer festival at the International Convention Centre in Durban on Wednesday evening. From 19 January to 10 February 2013, the world’s eyes will once again be on South Africa as 16 of Africa’s best footballing nations battle it out for the continental crown. South Africa had a proud track record of hosting wonderful sporting events, Zuma said at Wednesday’s draw, adding that the 2013 Afcon finals would “be a timely reflection on the legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which we hosted successfully with the support of the African continent.” Zuma extended his special congratulations to Cape Verde, who will be appearing in the tournament for the first time after eliminating one of the giants of African football, Cameroon, in the qualifiers. Zuma said the tournament would be a special occasion for South Africa as Bafana would be making a return after a four-year absence from the continental competition. Zuma had earlier, during the draw, brought a sigh of relief to South Africans when he drew underdogs Cape Verde as Bafana’s opening match opponents. The host team was drawn in Group A with Cape Verde, Morocco and Angola. These four teams will be based in Durban. Group B, which will be based in Port Elizabeth, comprises Ghana, DRC, Niger and Mali. Defending champions Zambia are in group C with Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nigeria. These teams will based in Mbombela, Mpumalanga. The “group of death”, group D, comprises Ivory Coast, Togo, Algeria and Tunisia. Afcon local organising committee (LOC) chairman Mwelo Nonkonyane gave an assurance to the Confederation of African Football, the 16 participating national teams, South Africans and the entire African continent that they would not let them down. “We wish to assure the African football [fraternity] that we use football as a tool to uproot our people from the circles of poverty, war and diseases to promote peace in Africa. “We can assure you that as you go home to start preparing for this tournament and come back to battle for this coveted trophy, you will find the LOC ready to deliver a seamless tournament,” Nonkonyane said. “We’ve put in place plans around team transport, training venues, team hotels, including team security and escort mechanisms, and spectator experience that will ensure that every single stadium has an offering that is unique.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Clinton’s Big, Confusing Speech (Kind of) Takes Aim At Uber and Airbnb

first_imgWill Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete? Tags:#Airbnb#Freelance#Hillary Clinton#Policiticans#policy#Politicians#Presidential Campaign#sharing economy#Shyp#Uber Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture gregory ferensteincenter_img Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Today, at a speech at the New School in New York City, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton just laid out her economic vision—sort of. Her remarks included statements that could have implications for companies like Uber and Airbnb, but their ambiguity may leave the entire “sharing economy” industry scratching its head. Clinton said she “vows to crack down on employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors,” calling the behavior “wage theft.” She also noted that the “so-called ‘gig economy’ offers exciting opportunities but raises hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.” See also: A Silicon Valley Startup Explains Why It’s Ditching FreelancersShe was referring to businesses powered by legions of independent contractors, a work model popular among some tech companies. Clinton didn’t offer specifics, so it’s not clear whether she’ll be a friend or foe to such companies. That could make it hard for both startups and investors to plan for the future. Betting on businesses that hinge on the freelance model could be especially tough, if they’re met with resistance at the presidential level. Policy MattersA California commission recently ruled that Uber must pay employee-like benefits to a driver who worked what amounted to full-time hours for the company. If used as precedent, the decision could put the contractor model in jeopardy. Already, some companies, like Shyp, have begun to reexamine their workforce policies. (Though Shyp denies it has anything to do with the ruling.) The matter’s complexity belies the simplified rhetoric it seems to have taken on. On one hand, treating all full-time workers equally—with the same benefits and protections—sounds only fair. Then again, if such businesses are on the hook for expensive benefits, like health insurance and overtime pay, those challenges could prevent them from hiring as many people, or allowing for the flexible arrangements that some freelancers rely on. See also: What Google Got Right With Its Carpooling ServiceLike with so many areas of technology, startups and those who would fund them need to pay attention to policy, as well as those who would make it. This is not likely to be the last time the freelance workforce becomes a talking point in a campaign trail increasingly focused on the economy and its effects on the middle class.  Well, on the flip side, there’s at least one candidate whose position on the “gig economy” seems clear: According to Politico’s Mike Allen, Republican candidate Jeb Bush is planning to ride an Uber during a San Francisco trip to showcase his support for Silicon Valley startups. It’s a transparent gimmick, but at the very least, there’s no confusion over which side he supports. Clinton better offer specifics soon, lest she be branded an enemy of innovation. For more stories like this, subscribe to the Ferenstein Wire newsletter here. Lead photo by Marc Nozell End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi…last_img read more

Food and Fuel: 2 Grand Challenges Facing Us this Earth Day

first_imgSince the very first Earth Day more than four decades ago, the environmental movement has tackled a wide range of problems, including air pollution, contaminated water, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and more. But this Earth Day, I propose that there are two fundamental issues the movement must address over the coming decade if it is ever to defuse the tension between development and the environment. In fact, these two issues underlie many, if not most, of the world’s environmental challenges.I’m referring here to the human quest for food and the human quest for fuel.Unsustainable Food ProductionFood production has significant―but often underestimated―impacts on the environment. Take climate, for instance: About one-quarter of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions are agriculture-related. In particular, nearly 13 percent of global emissions comes from livestock, fertilizer use, and farm-related energy consumption, while another 11 percent results from the clearing of forests and other ecosystems, primarily for agriculture.Take water: Agriculture is responsible for approximately 70 percent of the world’s freshwater withdrawals and up to 85 percent of its freshwater consumption. Farming also impacts water quality; excess fertilizer washes from farm fields into waterways, creating massive “dead zones” in lakes and coastal waters.Or take land: Today, nearly 50 percent of the planet’s land mass outside of deserts and permanent ice is used for growing food. Next time you take a flight, look out the window. Most of what you will see isn’t cities and concrete; it’s farms and pastures.And then there are the oceans. Fishing now occurs across one-third of the world’s marine surface, and unsustainable fishing threatens 60 percent of the world’s coral reefs.The Environmental Costs of FuelThe human quest for fuel―or energy―has similar, wide-scale impacts. Take climate, once again: About two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions arise from burning coal, oil, and natural gas for power, heat, and mobility.Take air pollution: Burning coal is a major source of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, and mercury emissions, which are implicated in smog, acid rain, and various human health problems. And recent events in Beijing—where residents inhale life-threatening pollutants—remind us that urban air pollution woes are far from over.Or take water: Energy demand for freshwater withdrawal is projected to double by 2030.Our Mission, Should We Choose to Accept ItOf course, all of this doesn’t mean we should forgo food and fuel. We all need to eat; we all need energy to improve our lives. And food and fuel are critical for the global economy. Although it directly accounts for just 3 percent of global GDP, agriculture employs more than 2 billion people. That’s more than one-quarter of the human population. Likewise, the energy sector is a large direct and indirect employer around the world.If the aspirations of Earth Day are ever to be realized, then figuring out how to implement sustainable agriculture and deploy sustainable energy at scale will need to be a strong focus of the environmental movement. Such a focus would directly tackle the underlying causes of most of the world’s environmental challenges. It would ensure environmentalism aligns with human development—little is more basic to human well-being than food and energy. And such a focus would be relevant for all nations—every country is concerned about its food and energy security.So it boils down to food and fuel. Fix these, and much of the rest may fall into place.last_img read more

Amended Road Traffic Act to Cover Areas to Reduce Crashes

first_img Statistics cited by Dr .Wheatley, based on those published by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), revealed that since the start of the year, 149 persons have been killed in traffic crashes. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says certain areas to be covered in the amended Road Traffic Act will aid in the reduction of fatalities on the nation’s roads. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says certain areas to be covered in the amended Road Traffic Act will aid in the reduction of fatalities on the nation’s roads.These include establishment of the Island Traffic Authority and its functions, the road code, classification of vehicles; revocation of certificates of fitness; refusal of the learner’s permit or driver’s licence; and offences related to the licensing of a driver.“That is why we are vigorously pursuing the passage of the amended Road Traffic Act. The Government continues to take seriously its responsibility in creating safer roads, particularly for children and other vulnerable road users,” the Minister said.Dr. Wheatley was speaking at the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) Annual Launch of Road Safety Month, at the Molynes Road Texaco Station in St. Andrew, on June 7.The Minister called for more Jamaicans to exercise caution on the roadways.“I am urging motorists to desist from speeding, to wear seat belts, practise defensive driving and to avoid the use of cell phones while driving,” he said.The call was also extended to motorcyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution when using the roadways and to wear brightly coloured clothing where necessary, in order to increase visibility.Statistics cited by Dr .Wheatley, based on those published by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), revealed that since the start of the year, 149 persons have been killed in traffic crashes.The figure represents a 21 per cent decline over the similar period for 2016 when 170 deaths were recorded.Meanwhile, Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, said the aim of the Government is to make it “safe and enjoyable” to travel on the roads.He noted that the increasing number of people killed on the roads between the ages of 19 and 35 is “unacceptable” and it is important to pursue a decline in road fatalities.Mr. Henry pointed out that fourth- and fifth-form students from the Denbigh High School in Clarendon will be trained in the analysis of the vehicle black box.The black box or event data recorders (EDRs) are not only unique to airplanes, but can also be found in most motor vehicles.They record not only times when an airbag has been deployed, but include information on vehicle speed, throttle position, whether the brakes were applied, if seatbelts were worn, engine speed and steering angles.For his part, JGRA President, Phillip Chong, said that road safety has been a fixture of the organisation since 1990. These include establishment of the Island Traffic Authority and its functions, the road code, classification of vehicles; revocation of certificates of fitness; refusal of the learner’s permit or driver’s licence; and offences related to the licensing of a driver. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Habitat For Humanity LA To Honor Magic Johnson

first_imgHabitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at the Los Angeles Builders Ball.Habitat LA will honor its construction and real estate counterparts for their shared commitment to building a greater Los Angeles. Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be recognized for the transformative impact he has made on the landscape of Los Angeles through his work with Canyon Johnson Urban Funds, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Guggenheim Partners. Other confirmed honorees include Bank of America, Bernards, and Gary and Sarah Siegel Magness.The LA Builders Ball will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 6pm-9pm. Sponsorships are available now here.Los Angeles is one of the least affordable cities for housing in the U.S. resulting in too many hardworking, low-income Angelenos living in unhealthy, substandard housing. Habitat LA is partnering with families and individuals to help them purchase homes with affordable mortgages. Over the past six years, Habitat LA has invested more than $100 million into neighborhoods across greater Los Angeles to improve housing stock, increase the local tax base and provide a stable environment for children, which research indicates leads to higher academic achievement.“It is an honor to be recognized by Habitat LA, an organization that is doing great work addressing a critical need in Los Angeles,” says Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. “Habitat LA is building stronger communities and hope for a brighter future.”“With the support of sponsors, volunteers and our homeowners we have helped nearly 4,000 Angelenos improve their lives through affordable housing over the past 25 years,” says Erin Rank, Habitat LA President and CEO. “We believe the time is right to build on this momentum by joining forces with like-minded partners such as Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Bank of America, Bernards and The Gary D. Magness Foundation to make an even greater impact over the next five years.”Over the next five years Habitat LA plans to invest an additional $100 million to build, rehabilitate and repair hundreds of more homes for families, children, veterans and people with disabilities. Proceeds from the LA Builders Ball will support an exciting vision to revitalize neighborhoods and communities in order to create better educational opportunities for children and help break the cycle of poverty.Find out more herelast_img read more

Firefighter graduates to be deployed to Fort McMurray this weekend

first_imgShaneen Robinson APTN National NewsRecent firefighter graduates in Edmonton are getting thrown into the fire.They’re expected to deployed to Fort McMurray this weekend.last_img

House Beautiful Uses Watermark To Gain Visitor Info Boost Engagement

first_imgHearst’s House Beautiful magazine is taking advantage of the newest publishing technology trend—digital watermarks—to provide expanded content options and to tap insights about readers.“I see this Digimarc water mark as the next technology to be incorporated into the magazine experience,” says Newell Turner, editor-in-chief of House Beautiful. “This allows us to be able to deliver additional content and different content in ways that we haven’t been able to do before.”The November issue of House Beautiful will be one of the first magazines to feature a a digital watermark on its cover, placed in the lower right-hand corner (pictured). The watermarks allow the magazine to see what devices a person is using to access the content. “Whether it’s an Android device, an iPhone or an iPad 2, the watermark tells us,” he says. “We’re really interested in getting that information because it will be revealing in some ways.” Turner says digital watermarks are like QR codes in that they can enhance editorial content. However, he says, a digital watermark can do so without disrupting a publication’s style and format with a QR code graphic. Additionally, the editor says it can help engage younger audiences and expand demographics. “It’s all natural to them to be able to connect to different mediums,” he says. “This can be a seamless, obvious next evolution for them.”center_img The editorial mission can be expanded—and keep people in-app longer—through utilizing the watermark to integrate features a traditional magazine could never provide. In the case of House Beautiful, which may photograph a beach home, capturing a view of the ocean out a window was difficult. Now within a photo placed next to an article, a watermark can be incorporated to provide readers with a 360-degree view.According to the most recent comScore figures, House Beautiful has 489,000 unique visitors and over 13 million page views. The average time spent on its website is 20 minutes. The group would not disclose how many users have download the magazine’s iPad app.Turner says the publication will commit to doing at least 5 digital watermarks per issue beginning with the October edition—he says the number was picked to create a minimum presence within the digital pages. An area in the table of contents of the digital magazine is also devoted to links that include all the watermarks in the publication.So far, readers seem to be engaged with the new watermark and product.Ambience Inspired Interiors wrote on the editor’s Facebook page, “I’m enjoying the highly interactive November issue! Thanks for taking HB to the next level—it is so enjoyable!!!”More on this topic House Beautiful Uses Watermark To Gain Visitor Info, Boost Engagement House Beautiful Steps Up Social Engagement Efforts House Beautiful Launches Integrated Marketing Campaign Using Digimarc Technology MediaNext Preview: Using New Platforms to Create Audience Revenue Hearst Launches Text-for-More Program Digital Magazine Leverages Facebook AudienceJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered bylast_img read more

UCO Banks Q2 income soars 13 to Rs 5257 cr

first_imgState-run UCO Bank has reported a 74 per cent plunge in net profit to Rs 103 crore for the second quarter of the current fiscal due to higher provisioning for bad loans. The bank’s profit in the comparable period of the previous fiscal stood at Rs 400.2 crore.UCO Bank Chairman and Managing Director Arun Kaul attributed the steep fall in profit to higher provisioning. Total income in the quarter under review increased 12.97 per cent to Rs 5,257 crore while total interest income showed a growth of 10.21 per cent to Rs 4,898 crore, he told reporters here. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAs on September 30, 2014, the gross non-performing assets (NPA) ratio of the bank stood at 5.20 per cent (5.32 per cent) of total advances while net non-performing assets stood at 3.15 per cent (3.13 per cent). Kaul said that slippages in assets belonging to the infrastructure sector were the main reason for fresh non-performing assets of Rs 2,100 crore during the quarter.He added that domestic credit offtake was low as AAA rated corporates and Central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) were sourcing cheap funds from outside sources and not coming to the bank. UCO bank, Kaul informed, is expecting good recovery from old NPAs during the current quarter.The net interest margin (NIM) of the bank during the quarter stood at 2.60 per cent (3.10 per cent) while the total business of the bank at the end of second quarter stood at Rs 3,46,716 crore.last_img read more

In the process they amassed 112 points at an avera

first_imgIn the process they amassed 112 points at an average of 28 per game, whilst conceding a total of 56 points at an impressive 14 per game average, writes Neil Kilshaw.However, there was much more to this trip and I believe on this tour we took the most naïve (that’s putting it kindly) bunch of players.Now I don’t want to name names so instead I’ll list some of the conversations and comments we heard:“If there’s no kangaroos round here what do the lions and tigers eat?” “Why is it called a set of six, when the referee only gives us five tackles?”We had several players waiting patiently in a queue for ‘left handed paddles’, when Tommy Martyn gave them some advice!And my personal favourite was overhearing this:“There is no oxygen in the air.” (Naturally my ears pricked up, and the conversation continues…) “You only get oxygen in an ambulance or at the dentist.” (Then I piped up) “What do you breathe out then?” (Reply was better than I could ever have imagined) “You breathe out photosynthesis.” (Where do you go from there?)On a serious note, performance wise, the 2011 tour really set the marker for future trips. We played against two very good sides in Cronulla and Penrith.In Cronulla we kicked off at 3pm in searing heat and it’s testament to the physical conditioning and personal preparation of the players that we handled the conditions much better than our counterparts.From that trip Adam Swift, Mark Percival, Greg Richards and Luke Thompson became Super League Grand Final winners.Andre Savelio established himself as a Super League regular too whilst Lewis Charnock, Alex Clare, Lewis Foster, Matthew Fozard, Lewis Galbraith, Corey Lee, Dominic Speakman, James Tilley, Jamie Tracey, Greg Wilde and Danny Yates all played at a senior level – and some still do.So whilst it’s difficult to truly say which tour has been the most significant for Rugby League given the merits of all the trips, 2011 will always be up there!”Tourists:1. Brad Ashurst 2. Chris Carr 3. Lewis Charnock 4. Alex Clare 5. Jack Connor 6. Mike Fields 7. Lewis Foster 8. Matthew Fozard 9. Lewis Galbraith 10. Jordan Heaton 11. Adam Hesketh 12. Corey Lee 13. Jack Jones 14. Ben Parry 15. Mark Percival 16. Greg Richards 17. Tom Roughley 18. Andre Savelio 19. Mike Scott 20. Nathan Skupski 21. Dominic Speakman 22. Adam Swift 23. James Tilley 24. Luke Thompson 25. Jamie Tracey 26. Chris Webster 27. Greg Wilde 28. Matthew Wood 29. Daniel YatesResults:St Helens 26 v 6 West Tigers St Helens 36 v 14 Central Coast St Helens 30 v 22 Cronulla Sharks St Helens 20 v 14 Penrith Pantherslast_img read more