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 [email protected] 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

Turning up the media volume

first_imgThis article originally appeared on pagefour of South Africa Now, a six-pagesupplement to the Washington Postproduced on behalf of Brand South Africa.(Click to enlarge.)RELATED ARTICLES• New journalism centre for SU• Keeping the story of HIV alive in SA• Myths, reality and the World Cup• Tutu speaks out for press freedom• Rhodes hosts world journalism meetAnton HarberSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place.After decades of censorship – imposed silence over crucial areas of apartheid– the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening.First there were effectively no media laws at all, then the new Constitution, adopted in 1996, explicitly protected freedom of speech and media, excluding only propaganda for war, incitement to violence and hate speech.The new African National Congress (ANC) government had a positive policy to transform the media and rid it of its apartheid inheritance, encourage diversity and give a media voice to previously excluded communities.Newspapers went through a difficult time of consolidation, with some going out of business, but then there was a boom in tabloids, making this one of the few countries where newspaper sales went up in the early 21st century. Papers like the Daily Sun created a huge new set of newspaper readers, and gave voice to the working class, a voice which had been absent from mainstream media.Investigative journalism flourished, with exposés of every controversial aspect of South African life: bad governance, wasteful spending, white collar crime and social conditions. If the test of an effective watchdog media is that crooks and scoundrels sleep restlessly, then the South African newspapers passed with flying colours. No-one was spared: not even the national chief of police and the president’s personal financial adviser, both of whom were sentenced to prison after being exposed in the media.But media is a contested political area. Democracy not only means freedom of the media, but freedom to criticise, denounce and take issue with the media.Tough news coverage has brought accusations of unfairness, lack of balance and ethics and invasions of personal dignity and privacy. In a society with a long history of racial inequality, issues of dignity are particularly sensitive. These are not unique to South Africa, but they come against the background of a tense transition to democracy, a media often tainted by apartheid history, the fragility of a new social compact and a young government operating under difficult circumstances.This has led to intense debate about whether the media exercises enough responsibility along with its rights: in particular, how to balance freedom of speech against the right to dignity. A new secrecy Bill – intended to bring old apartheid law in line with the new constitution – is hotly contested amid accusations that it seeks to cast the net of secrecy too widely. The Bill is currently being debated in parliament.The ruling ANC has expressed its unhappiness with the newspapers’ system of self-regulation – an ombudsman and a press council – and proposes a statutory appeals tribunal, as recourse for those aggrieved by their treatment at the hands of journalists. They argue that editors have been too reluctant to apologise and correct when they get things wrong.The tribunal suggestion has increased the volume more than ever, with a host of civil society organisations, legal bodies, political parties, academics and institutions speaking out against it.That this proposal can be so hotly debated is itself a sign of a vigorous, open and healthily contested democracy. Clearly, South Africans are not going to give up any freedoms lightly. There is going to be a lot of noise around the right to make noise.Professor Anton Harber is the director of the journalism programme at the University of the Wiwatersrand. He is a former joint founder and editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper.Download South Africa Now in PDF format (2.2 MB), or read selected articles online:Powering towards a green economySouth Africa plans to build a massive $21.8-billion, 5 000 MW solar park in its semi-desert Northern Cape province as part of an aggressive push to grow its highly industrialised economy without increasing its carbon footprint.The everyday beauty of SowetoSouth African photographer Jodi Bieber has a special ability to bring out the beauty in the ordinary, even the disfigured. On the cover of Time magazine she made a mutilated Afghani girl look beautiful, and in her latest book Soweto she makes everyday township life shine.Launchpad to a billion consumersBy offering to acquire Massmart for some $4.2-billion, Wal-Mart has joined the parade of global companies looking to South Africa as a springboard into what is increasingly seen as the world’s last great investment frontier.A trek to the start of timeIt will probe the edges of our universe. It will be a virtual time machine, helping scientists explore the origins of galaxies. It’s the Square Kilometre Array, and South Africans are at the heart of its development.Brewing up a global brandMiller Lite. Tastes great. Less filling. And brought to you by world-beating South African company SABMiller.Looking south and east for growthAs the shift in global economic power gains momentum, South Africa’s trade is moving eastwards and southwards in a pattern that both reflects the worldwide trend and helps drive it, writes John Battersby.More than just a celluloid MandelaThere is a special bond between Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman and the man he played in the Clint Eastwood movie Invictus, South African statesman Nelson Mandela.Africa in the new world orderKgalema Motlanthe, South Africa’s deputy president, looks at how African economies’ resilient performance during the global financial crisis points to the continent’s new place in a changing world.Mining history for new solutionsMark Cutifani, CEO of the multinational AngloGold Ashanti mining company, examines why South Africa’s past is key to successfully doing business here in the future.Turning up the media volumeSince 1990, South Africa has been a noisy place. After decades of apartheid censorship, the lifting of restrictions on the media led to a cacophony of debate. For the first time in centuries, everyone could be heard, and it was sometimes deafening, writes Anton Harber.A joule of an energy-efficient carSouth Africa, which builds BMWs and Mercedes Benzes for the US market, is in the thick of the race to deliver a truly practical – and stylish – electric car. Meet the Joule.South Africa: Time to believeThe forgiving philosophy of “ubuntu” helps explain how South Africa managed to transcend its turbulent apartheid past and create a unified democracy, writes Simon Barber.Finding sound real estate investmentSouth Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and new middle class are fuelling demand for affordable homes. For private equity fund International Housing Solutions, that means opportunity.My normal, crazy, mixed-up countrySouth African hit movie White Wedding is now showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa.Bring on the braaiAll South Africans love it – including Nobel peace prize-winning Desmond Tutu – and its rich, smoky smell floats over the country every Sunday. Celebrate the braai with our great recipe for making boerewors, traditional South African farmer’s sausage.last_img read more

Domestic Issues Are Increasingly the Root Cause of Workplace Violence

first_imgThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines workplace violence as “any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse occurring in the workplace.” A workplace can be a location, either permanent or temporary, where an employee performs any work-related duty. This includes, but is not limited to, the buildings and surrounding perimeters, including parking lots, field locations, clients’ homes and travel to and from work assignments.The most common acts of workplace violence are simple assaults, totaling 1.5 million incidents a year. These range from simple pushing to much more serious acts of violence. Robberies account for 84,000 workplace violence incidents per year. Homicide is currently the fourth leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. Of the 4,679 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in 2014, 403 were workplace homicides. Retail industry employees are particularly susceptible to violent crime, as businesses are often open late, lightly staffed, are sometimes in high crime rate areas and usually have cash on hand. But not all workplace violence stems from external assaults by strangers.More and more, domestic violence situations are bleeding into the workplace. Even if a potential victim is “on the run” or hiding, they usually have to go to work at some point. Thus, a potential predator knows where to find them. Women are much more likely than men to be victims of on-the-job intimate partner violence or homicide. Spouses, boyfriends/ girlfriends and exes were responsible for the on-the-job deaths of 321 women and 38 men between 1997-2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Nearly 33% of women killed in U.S. workplaces between 2003-2008 were killed by a current or former intimate partner. Another frightening statistic shows that 70% of workplaces in the U.S. do not have a formal program or policy that addresses workplace violence.- Sponsor – But, it’s statistically rare, right? Odds of it affecting your company are small, right? Wrong on both counts! Below is just one example from my 10 years of overseeing retail loss prevention at Nike. There were many others.A Nike Factory Store in Las Vegas had a strong workplace violence policy and management trained in basic reaction procedures. A female sales associate confides in store manager that she is afraid of her boyfriend and that he has threatened to show up in the store. The store manager did not notify loss prevention or employee relations, as she was trained to do. Instead she took it upon herself to rely on the basic training she knew. The store manager offered the employee time off. The employee said she had to work so the manager allowed the associate to work in the back of house instead of on the sales floor. The manager also got a picture of the boyfriend and briefed her management staff on the issue.Sure enough, a couple of days later the boyfriend shows up in the store looking for his girlfriend. Instead of calling police as her training required, the store manager simply warned the associate, who was in the back. For some unknown reason, the associate made the decision not only to come out and meet with the boyfriend but she agreed to leave the store with him. The manager, although knowing it was a bad situation, did nothing to stop it or notify authorities. Five blocks from the store, the boyfriend pushed the associate out of his car, got out himself and shot her five times on the sidewalk.Miraculously, the associate survived although she will never be the same. Yes, the boyfriend was caught and convicted. However, had the manager counseled with loss prevention in the beginning and called police immediately after seeing the boyfriend, as she was trained to do, this tragic incident might have been prevented.Not all workplace violence situations are this serious or dramatic, but incidents sparked by domestic disputes happen every day and are on the rise. As noted above, 70% of U.S. workplaces do not have a formal workplace violence policy in spite of the fact that OSHA’s General Duty clause states “each employer shall furnish to each of his employees a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm”. Obviously this rule is aimed at general safety but it also covers the prevention and control of the hazard of workplace violence.This article is not designed to be a comprehensive training guide on workplace violence. But it is designed to point out the ever-increasing role of domestic disputes as a cause. It is also designed to point out that all employers have a duty under OSHA guidelines and that up to 70% of companies have nothing in place.What can retail loss prevention professionals do? Basically, three things: • Learn all you can about workplace violence, its causes, preventative measures and response protocols. • Know your company’s workplace violence policies and program by heart, if there is one. • If your company is lacking in this area, lobby loss prevention, human resources, employee relations and senior management to develop a program and train all employees.Start now and good luck. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Connecting Social Web, Cloud and Enterprise In a “New Meme”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Benioff understands the value of a meme. And as a result, he has more command over the enterprise cloud market than any other executive in the space. Cloud 2 is a that term shifts perspectives, connecting the concept of the cloud and the social Web to the Java-dominated environment of the enterprise. People may run away cynically but the language seems to work in the public discourse.In the message is a clear realization that the social Web is the overall dynamic theme that is affecting the Internet as we know it.That’s something people can understand.Facebook is playing on that theme to challenge Google on the premise that hyperlinks are the future of the Web. Facebook is connecting presence with location to serve relevant updates, which act as gestures. In this regard, the social Web is woven into Facebook’s fabric.Salesforce.com and VMWare understand the dynamic that Facebook brings to the Web and into the overall enterprise. The apps developed out of VMforce will connect to an open graph that the enterprise controls. That’s a theme that can be communicated through the discussions about the VMForce platform. It will resonate far more than dull conversations about technology infrastructure.The alliance also shows that VMware is now positioned to compete as a platform providers against Google, Amazon and Windows Azure.All of this leave Oracle and SAP in a tight spot. These are not exactly companies that are commanding in their influence about the social Web and its connection to the enterprise.They are deeply entrenched, for instance, in this long discussion about private cloud computing, not communities of interest. It’s like Oracle has rejected this aspect of the Sun merger.Sun would seem like the logical successor to Java in the cloud. Java has historically served to represent Sun as the force behind one of the technology world’s most important developer communities.But that power is changing hands with Salesforce.com and VMware as possible successors.VMware now is a direct benefactor of the Salesforce drive to the enterprise. And Salesforce.com has all the advantages that VMware offers from its own enterprise imprint and its $420 million acquisition of SpringSource last summer.Java is a cornerstone coding language of the enterprise The question we now have to face: What will the competitors do as the Java platform moves into the cloud? How can they counter the micro application approach that seems to be gaining importance in the enterprise with each passing day. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#saas alex williams There were tweets a plenty today about Mark Benioff and his latest term: “Cloud 2,” referring to the apps that will come from VMforce, the new Java-platform as a service that Saleforce.com and VMware are launching. Dennis Howlett added to the discussion by picking up on the meme that Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff shared as part of the launch: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

One Of The Most Elaborate Alternate Reality Games Ever Is Launching In 2015

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Editor’s Note: This was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen. The day of your mission has finally come. You wake up, brush your teeth, pack your bags, go through security, and board your plane. You touch down at your destination, gather your things, and board a shuttle to the nearest train station—only to be arrested by “military personnel” and escorted away cuffed to a mysterious metal briefcase.But you’re a member of the notorious paramilitary group The Black Watchmen … these kind of things are to be expected.For more stories about video games and culture, [email protected] on Twitter.No this isn’t reality—it’s alternate reality. The Black Watchmen is one of the latest and more promising entries into this particularly 21st century genre of game: Alternate Reality Games, or ARGs as they’re commonly called.ARGs began to emerge at the turn of the millenium, defined by their use of transmedia storytelling—think late night text messages, creepy packages at your front door, cryptic videos, and so on—for creating a novel and often highly emotional game experience.Throughout the game, both creators and players collaborate to suspend disbelief in the name of creating a convincing alternate reality, an aesthetic that’s been termed This Is Not A Game by ARG enthusiasts.See also: The Year Video Games Got Funny AgainTo get an idea of what an ARG is like, and the potentially profound impact it can have on its players, look no further than the mind-bending 2013 documentary The Institute, which told the story of San Francisco based ARG The Jejune Institute. Made by avant-garde artist Jeff Hull, the game lasted for three years and included more than 10,000 participants. Players were first sent down the metaphorical “rabbit-hole” to the game via suspicious flyers that led potential participants to a cult-like induction ceremony hidden in the backroom of a downtown skyscraper.From there, the story evolved into a five-chapter saga that featured live events such as a 250-person faux-protest against the Jejune Institute through downtown San Francisco, intensive puzzles that led players into the darkest and deepest reaches of the city, and a final “Socio-Engineering Seminar” in 2011 that took place in a corporate hotel event space.Throughout the documentary, the ex-participants interviewed look back on the project with a palpable nostalgia—not to mention confusion over what was in fact real or an artificial part of the experience. One participant even tattooed one of the concepts from the project on her wrist to serve as a constant reminder of her experience.Enter The Black WatchmenBesides The Jejune Institute and a few smaller projects, most ARGs have been limited to being sophisticated but one-off marketing gimmicks. And it’s not hard to understand why: ARGs’ inherent unpredictability and complexity make them nearly impossible to fund for any extended period of time without a corporate sponsor. Yet after a decade of being stuck in a cycle of corporate dependency, crowdfunding via Kickstarter has helped to spawn The Black Watchmen, one of the first major persistent and stand-alone ARGs in the genre’s short history.Made by Alice & Smith, one of the most respected names in the ARG community, The Black Watchmen is an independent but loosely connected spin-off of their previous promotional ARGs for the online game The Secret World.See also: The Year In Video Game MapsAs a player, you’ll become a member of the eponymous group, a shadowy paramilitary organization that is hired by global secret societies to help solve the unexplainable. Andrea Doyon, the so-called “Puppet Master” of the project, says they’ve drawn from TV shows such as The X-Files and Hannibal and the works of HP Lovecraft for creative inspiration in crafting the setting and story.There’s an obvious connecting theme between each work—that powerful blurring of lines between the real and the fantastic that is ideal for ARGs hoping to create the This Is Not A Game aesthetic.As a member of The Black Watchmen, you’ll be tasked with solving challenging puzzles that often require real-world knowledge, sharp investigative skills, and extensive community cooperation.This will largely be done over an online, browser-based hub that allows players to connect with one another across the globe to share clues and pool knowledge. Large-scale missions that can sometimes require thousands of players will also appear on the map, allowing for the kind of communal problem-solving that’s difficult to find anywhere else except in an ARG.The kind of puzzle solving and experiences so far teased by the team vary wildly, and largely depend on the amount of involvement that a player has decided to dedicate themselves to. Examples so far include finding hidden codes in promotional material,simpler and more traditional puzzles done over the online hub, and that real-world mission that ended in a player being arrested by “military personnel” in Montreal.Doyon hopes that The Black Watchmen will help bring the genre to a wider critical and popular audience through this more varied and approachable system of player involvement.In this regard, The Black Watchmen features four core levels of engagement—red, orange, yellow, and green—that tells the developer just how much you want the game to reach out to you.“If you’re a red that means you control the game; we’re not going to invade your reality,” says Doyon. “But the people who keep coming… these people are in for much more than the red level.”The red level, for example, is done purely through e-mail and the online hub system. For players hoping for a much more demanding and emotional experience, the kind who “keep coming” as Doyon says, yellow and green feature intense interaction between the fantasy of the game and a player’s reality. Real-time phone calls by actors and suspicious packages arriving at your door are par for the course, while the green level even requires the signing of a medical waiver.Doyon explains that he wants players to “explore the world and try to discover ‘is this part of the game or is this not part of the game? And where’s the line?’”Leveling UpIn part this push for player exploration is achieved through a storytelling approach that emphasizes hidden clues over explicit narration, as well as a substantial level of agency from the players themselves. The storyline is highly malleable—over 50% of the content will be player-driven—and failure is always an option. “You cannot save the nurse,” promises Doyon in reference to a hypothetical character, “and she will die.” There are no restarts or quick saves in an ARG.This player agency requires extensive flexibility on the part of the creators—they must be ready to rewrite the story on the fly depending on whether players succeed or fail in their missions. This is especially true for The Black Watchmen, considering the unconventional and potentially momentous persistent structuring of the game.The Black Watchmen plans to have multiple seasons, depending on crowd-funding, while also making the experience accessible to anyone at any time through permanently available missions—based on the constantly evolving history of the game—to help new players catch up and learn. Both are important innovations that have yet to be implemented in almost all previous ARGs.See also: Twitch Plays Pokemon And The Year In CrowdplayingThis persistent, approachable structure is a crucial step forward, Doyon explains. “Often if you don’t start at the beginning of the ARG you feel lost. It’s really hard for someone to jump into the middle of an ARG and have a good experience or get something really profound out of it.”The Black Watchmen’s persistent and player-malleable structure means that the project will be constantly evolving over time into something neither player nor creator can predict. Just as the line between game and reality is purposely blurred with the This Is Not A Game aesthetic, so too is the line between author and consumer.But let’s not get too caught up in all these juicy postmodern implications—at the end of the day, The Black Watchmen’s accessible and persistent reimagining of a still nascent but promising genre is exciting enough.The Black Watchmen will begin in Q1 of 2015. If you’re interested in joining The Black Watchmen’s ranks, visit its Kickstarter for more information.More From Kill ScreenKill Screen’s Year In IdeasWe Played Lindsay Lohan’s Videogame So You Wouldn’t Have ToWe Are Slaves To DestinyFor more stories about video games and culture, [email protected] on Twitter.Lead image courtesy of Induction Center Key via Flickr Related Posts center_img dillon baker 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Alice & Smith#alternate reality#ARG#Black Watchmen#cult#Kill Screen#killscreen#Predict#video games last_img read more

Training for JCF Divisional Trainers on Child Labour

first_imgDivisional trainers in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are being trained on the issue of child labour in Jamaica and how to combat the problem. This will result in the development of strategies to strengthen and expand the role of the police in addressing child labour in the island. A workshop on the subject is being hosted over three days, from March 18 to 20, at Alhambra Inn in Kingston, by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, under the Tackling Child Labour Through Education (TACKLE) technical co-operation programme. The forum seeks to continue to build capacity, and knowledge base on child labour. It targets police and community safety officers, mainly from Kingston and St. Andrew, and St. Catherine, as these parishes are the most populated, with significant child labour concerns. The TACKLE programme is run in 12 countries, with Jamaica and Guyana being the only Caribbean countries involved. Jamaica is the only country that has developed a law enforcement training programme that is country specific. Objectives of the TACKLE initiative are to: build the law enforcement and legislative mechanisms to address child labour; collaborate with the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education in order to include recurrent funding for child labour programmes in the national budget. It also seeks to provide interventions for children involved in child labour (prevention and withdrawal), mainly through remedial programmes, through non-governmental organisations, as well as through the school system; and develop good practices and sharing of information, which will benefit all stakeholders. National Project Officer, International Labour Organisation/TACKLE Jamaica, Nasolo Thompson, explained that based on the findings of a research, the workshop had become necessary to address many of the gray areas, and matters that members of the JCF and other practitioners are unsure about. She said one of the main concerns raised was: what to do with a child who is taken out of a situation in which he or she is engaged in child labour. “Our social services are already very stretched…what do we do with the child? You have a duty to protect…so do we put the child in a situation that is more or less positive than he or she was in?” she questioned.She noted that while most persons were aware of what child labour is, not many were aware of ILO Conventions that inform local child labour laws.“Another thing that was also very important was that many members of the Force were not sure how to deal with child labour…they weren’t sure which laws applied in which circumstance, and even if they did, they weren’t really sure what procedure needed to be enforced in order to address the situation,” Ms. Thompson pointed out.Presentations and discussions emerging from the workshop include: understanding child labour; the legal framework and child labour; determining child labour functions of the police in relation to other key agencies; and the interview and report processes.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more