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Wishes Fireworks Dessert Parties Expand

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NibilettThe Wishes Fireworks Dessert Parties at the Magic Kingdom have been expanded so that more Guests can enjoy the fun festivities.During the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party, Guests are offered the opportunity to enjoy delicious treats and beverages in a buffet setting. In addition, they have a private viewing area to in which to catch Wishes. Previously, Guests were required to make their reservations in advance, but now, with the expansion, same-day reservations can easily be accommodated.All Guests attending the fireworks dessert party will still be able to enjoy a variety of desserts at the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. Then, going forward, Guests with same-day reservations will then move to the Plaza Garden area for the fireworks show. (This is the former location of the Wises FastPass+ viewing area.) Keep in mind that desserts will not be available, nor will there be seating for Guests in the Plaza Garden area.Guests who have booked in advance will view the fireworks from the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant. If Guests who are scheduled to view the fireworks at the Tomorrowland Terrace and they wish to view them at the Plaza Garden, they may have the opportunity to do so, if space is available.Pricing for the Wishes Fireworks Dessert Party is $59 for adults and $35 for children. (Includes tax.) Reservations for the Tomorrowland Terrace viewing location can be made in advance by visiting, or calling 407-WDW-DINE. For those looking to make same-day reservations, they will be available at the Tomorrowland Terrace podium starting at 10:30 a.m. each day.last_img read more

R25-billion to ‘green’ South Africa’s economy

first_imgGreen economy projects in South Africa will be boosted by a R25-billion investment from the IDC. (Image: Live Eco) Minister Ebrahim Patel said the IDC will pump money into various projectsvia a dedicated green economy fund. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mandla Mpangase Public Relations Manager Industrial Development Corporation +27 11 269 3282 or +27 82 880 6074  RELATED ARTICLES • Rural community goes ‘green’ • Bank, WWF get R100m for green cause • SA market hungry for the Joule • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shopBongani NkosiGreen economy projects in South Africa will be boosted by a R25-billion (US$3.7-billion) investment from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) over the next five years.Ebrahim Patel, the country’s minister of economic development, told parliament on 12 April 2011 that the IDC will pump money into various public projects via a dedicated green economy fund.More environment-friendly initiatives are expected to be implemented over the next few years, as the country embarks on renewable energy drive.South Africa, a country currently heavily reliant on coal for power, is under pressure to reduce its carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions – and switch to a greener, cleaner energy mix that’s less reliant on expendable fossil fuels. The IDC is funding some of the renewable energy projects that are already under way. “A good example is the IDC project to co-fund a solar water-heater project for low-income housing,” said Patel. Some 38 000 such units have already been installed.The nationwide project was kick-started in 2010 and 25 000 houses have had solar water geysers installed in them since February 2011. A million houses are targeted. “The project will install a further 80 000 units in the year ahead.”The IDC’s funding will help support the Department of Energy’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The blueprint, recently approved by Cabinet, maps out how South Africa will double its electricity supply capacity over the next 20 years.According to the IRP, renewable energy will supply as much as 42% of the country’s power in the future, nuclear 23%, coal 15%, and a small amount of gas and hydro making up the difference.Energy-efficient transport Transnet’s new pipeline is one of the projects the government is backing to ensure a more energy-efficient transport system in the future. The 550km-long fuel pipeline is being constructed between Durban and Johannesburg.  Once operational, it’s expected to reduce the number of tankers on the road by at least 60%, decreasing traffic congestion and the country’s carbon footprint.The BRT system’s buses, which are already popular in Johannesburg and Cape Town, seek to ensure that there is a reduced number of taxis and private cars on city roads.Additional BRT routes are being constructed in Pretoria, which will also get Gautrain services from June 2011.Supporting the New Growth PathThe government is certain that thousands of jobs will be created via green economy projects in new sectors such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and prototype building technologies.It is hoping the projects will play a significant role in the realisation of the New Growth Path, a strategy designed to help the country create 5-million jobs within the next decade. The IDC has been allocated a total of R102-billion ($15-billion) to stimulate job creation in the country’s major economic sectors.“We believe 300 000 new jobs are possible in the green economy by 2020 if we move with speed to provide the right regulatory and investment environment,” Patel said.The IDC is also one of the investors in the Joule, the first locally designed fully electric car in South Africa. It’s being developed in the Western Cape and is expected to come onto the market by 2012.“The IDC in particular must play a central role to encourage new economic activities, support new job creation and promote a greener economy,” he said.last_img read more

South Africa: the ‘most open country for FDI in the world’

first_img20 January 2015South Africa is committed to improving its global competitiveness and reputation with a view to delivering on its growth and developmental imperatives. South Africa continues to compare well with other emerging markets.According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Restrictiveness Index, South Africa ranks among the most open jurisdictions for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the world.Openness is reflected in the overall trend of growing FDI into South Africa over the past 22 years post-1994. South Africa’s stock of FDI now accounts for around 42% of GDP.Over the past five years, South Africa accounted for the bulk of new investment projects in Africa with investment arriving from the USA, some member states of the EU, and increasingly from China, India and other Asian countries.The country attracted around 24% of all the FDI projects in Africa between 2007 and 2013. In this light, and notwithstanding the challenging global economic conditions, in August 2013, the Global Financial Times Magazine of United Kingdom voted South Africa overall winner for best investment destination in Africa for 2013 and 2014.Confidence indexThe 2014 AT Kearney Foreign Direct Confidence Index ranks South Africa in position 13 among 25 leading economies moving up two places from 2013. South Africa ranks higher than countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands.Research by the International Investment Initiative director at the University of Bern’s World Trade Institute, Dr Stephen Gelb, shows that more than 130 foreign firms either entered South Africa or expanded their investments during 2013; that is about 2.5 foreign firms per week announced an investment in South Africa.Ease of doing businessThe 2015 Ease of Doing Business report that ranks 189 countries has been released by the World Bank. The results of the report show that South Africa’s overall performance in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index dropped from 41st to 43rd this year, and this comes at a time of subdued GDP outlook.The report attributes the drop in rankings to South Africa’s poor or limited access to electricity, which is one of the biggest hurdles to doing business in the country, where it takes on average five procedures and 226 days to get connected to the grid.Despite this, South Africa has improved in a range of indicators:Starting a business – 64 to 61Registering Property – 99 to 97Trading across borders – 106 to 100Enforcing contracts – 80 to 46Paying taxes – 24 to 19The improvement in the trading across borders indicator is a critical area that impacts on performance of a range of manufactured and mineral products shipped from South Africa to international markets.South Africa’s fall in the rankings can also be attributed to counter-productive credit policies, namely making access to credit information more difficult by requiring credit bureaus to remove negative credit information from their databases.Collective responsibilityThe results of the 2015 Ease of Doing Business Report suggest that South Africa has some work to do in creating an enabling environment to attract inward flows of investment. The challenges are, however, not insurmountable and many are already being addressed by the relevant authorities.South Africa’s global competitiveness is our collective responsibility and in line with the National Development Plan, we need to begin to collectively respond to creating the conditions that improve our competitiveness.According the World Bank, “the 20 economies at the top of the ease of doing business ranking perform well not only on the Doing Business indicators but also in other international data sets capturing dimensions of competitiveness”.Powerful interventionsAs a developing nation, South Africa will be continually confronted with considerable socio-economic challenges that need to be resolved.However, the development of powerful interventions such as the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, provide broad yet strong blueprints for dealing with these structural issues, and the focus should remain firmly on the implementation of such plans for the good of the country and all its citizens.We must not lose sight of the things we are getting right and government and society need to work in genuine partnership to pursue the country’s current economic vision with conviction and vigour. In the meantime, South Africa needs to continue to send a message to the world that it is still very much “open for business”.Team South Africa in DavosFollow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.Davies is South Africa’s Minister of Trade and IndustrySource: SAnews.govlast_img read more

VIDEO: BlogTalkRadio’s John C. Havens on Transparency & Best Practices for Brands

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#People in Tech#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification jolie odell Related Posts The book, a collaboration with PR oldtimer Shel Holtz, involved years of work and dozens of interviews with social media leaders. All the interviews are available as audio downloads on this BlogTalkRadio page, as well.For more real-world insights that work, check out the Internet Oldtimers Foundation site. Also, we’ve uploaded a few pics from the delightful event on Flickr. As the sun set behind Manhattan’s skyline, the Internet Oldtimers worked their way through a healthy number of vodka tonics on the roof of the Roosevelt Hotel. These guys had nothing to prove: They’d earned their stripes over ten to fifteen years each of online money-making.Here, we caught up with John C. Havens of BlogTalkRadio, and he shared insights from his recently released book, Tactical Transparency. Sometimes, a filter on honest sharing in social media can benefit everyone involved, particularly where brands are concerned. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Twitter Rolls Out Easy SMS Following, No Account Needed

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Everyone’s favorite micro-blogging service Twitter just announced a fascinating new way for mobile users (even those without a Twitter account) to quickly and easily start following the short message bursts of the Twitterverse. With the new “Fast Follow” feature (say that three times fast), anyone can text “Follow @rww” (or any other username) to Twitter at 40404 and they will instantly start receiving SMS alerts for that user’s tweets. What is more impressive, however, it that those without an account of their own can still receive alerts and can even sign up right from their phone via SMS. While this is a simple feature add for Twitter, it is a brilliant move that will get more people trying the service. The use of short code text messaging is very popular these days. Millions of people vote for the next American Idol star via text message, and just as many have donated money to the Red Cross during times of need right from their phones. Part of the reason for this popularity is the ease by which it is done, as well as the ubiquitous nature of text messaging. Even the most basic mobile devices can send text messages, and texting is huge among younger generations who use it as a 24/7 lifeline to their friends. Cell phone use is especially high among less affluent demographics of society who may not be able to afford a broadband internet connection, but can certainly swing a cheap basic cell phone.Now with Fast Follow, anyone can start following tweets as easy as they vote on American Idol or donate to the Red Cross. Now business, organizations and even people can say, “Follow me on Twitter by texting ‘Follow @chcameron’ to 40404,” and people will know what that means and how to do it. There is much more familiarity with SMS short codes than there is with signing up for Twitter and following people that way.What’s more – letting non-users receive alerts is a great way to let people dip their toes in before jumping head first into the vast ocean that is Twitter. It is curious, however, to consider how being able to follow a user without an account will affect a user’s follow count. Will a new category emerge that will tell us how many non-users are following? Either way, it would not be surprising to see this decision pay off very well for Twitter in terms of adding users to the service – perhaps even from new demographics. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img chris cameron Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#twitter#web last_img read more

Does a ‘dark triad’ of personality traits make you more successful?

first_imgGary Waters/Getty Images Does a ‘dark triad’ of personality traits make you more successful? The dark side of human personality has long fascinated the public and psychologists alike. Research has linked unpleasant traits such as selfishness and a lack of empathy to a higher income and better odds of landing a date.But critics are starting to push back. In a new study, scientists argue such work is often superficial, statistically weak, and presents an overly simplistic view of human nature. Worse, they say it could have harmful implications in the real world by downplaying the damage dark personalities can cause.“The situation is cause for real concern,” says Josh Miller, a clinical psychologist at the University of Georgia in Athens. Researchers, he says, have focused “on attention-grabbing, provocative work without the necessary interpretative caution.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The criticism focuses on research into the so-called dark triad of personalities. Two Canadian psychologists coined the term in 2002 to group together Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy: traits linked by callousness, manipulation, and a lack of empathy. Thousands of papers have been published on the topic since then, with 1700 last year alone.To capture all three, studies using the dark triad ask people to agree or disagree with statements such as “I have been compared to famous people” or “It’s not wise to tell your secrets.”Some studies have then tried to link a volunteer’s dark triad score with real-world metrics, such as salary, sexual behavior, and attitude toward co-workers. Many of these papers have been picked up by the press, with such headlines as “Why a little evil is good” and “Republicans have more psychopathic traits than Democrats.”Companies have gotten in on the action, too. In 2016, a U.K. firm advertised for a “Psychopathic New Business Media Sales Executive Superstar! £50k – £110k.” The advert claimed one in five CEOs were psychopaths, and said it wanted to find someone with “the positive qualities that psychopaths have.”But dark triad studies are often far too superficial to draw any meaningful conclusions, says Miller, who—with colleagues—has published a strong critique of the field on the preprint server PsyArXiv. It will soon appear in Current Directions in Psychological Science.Part of the problem, Miller says, is that these studies usually use only a handful of criteria to rate someone as, say, a narcissist, a Machiavellian, and a psychopath, whereas standard tests use dozens to justify even one of those designations. In addition, he notes, much of the dark triad work has been carried out on narrow groups such as undergraduates seeking course credits, leading to doubts about whether the results can be applied broadly, including to the workplace.The biggest flaw of dark triad research, however, is that it can oversimplify personality traits, Miller says, because the tests use so few criteria. A study might label someone a narcissist because they show high self-esteem, for example, even though many narcissistic attitudes—including a tendency to view others as rivals—are actually driven by low self-esteem. And the way academic researchers measure Machiavellianism in dark triad studies is problematic because it’s so different from how clinical experts do so in the field, he adds. Work on the dark triad, Miller says, needs to “take a really big step towards better quality.”Delroy Paulhus, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and co-author of the original dark triad paper, rejects many of Miller’s criticisms. He says, for example, that any personality test has to be simplified to work with the general population. “These kinds of criticisms can be made of any personality scale,” he says. Miller and others who have taken issue with the dark triad idea “resent its popularity,” he says.Minna Lyons, a psychologist at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom and author of a new book on the dark triad, acknowledges that the field is a “mess.” But she blames that on sloppy psychologists rather than fundamental weaknesses with the idea. She says her work shows psychopathy and Machiavellianism can both be accurately measured by the dark triad.Paulhus does agree with Miller that dark triad researchers need to work on a wider range of volunteers. And he says scientists in the field should try harder to confirm subjects’ personality traits, perhaps by bolstering their self-reported traits with second opinions from friends. “Lots of research on the dark triad out there is less than stellar.”All of this could help correct misconceptions playing out in the real world, says Ernest O’Boyle, associate professor of management at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington. He says many in the business community have become seduced by the idea—spread from flippant discussion in the research literature—that dark triad traits including psychopathy could have benefits, such as risk taking, which can influence hiring decisions.“It’s potentially damaging when we start to glorify what are socially adverse behaviors and attitudes,” O’Boyle says. People who show psychopathic behavior, he adds, “are not people you want to helm a company.”center_img By David AdamMar. 12, 2019 , 10:45 AMlast_img read more

Mancini: ‘Mustn’t stress Italy players’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Italy CT Roberto Mancini discussed Nicolò Zaniolo’s position and why he won’t “stress” players with extra get-togethers in the build-up to Euro 2020. Mancini was speaking to Radio Rai ahead of Italy’s two qualifying games against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Armenia, and revealed that he wasn’t sure about where to play Roma’s Zaniolo in Zenica this evening. He usually plays as part of a supporting trio behind a lone striker for Roma, but Mancini seems to see Zaniolo in a midfield trio. “The doubt arises only from the fact that lately, Zaniolo is playing away from the attack, or from midfield, and not from an inside forward position.” Mancini then affirmed that there will be no Italy gatherings in the New Year, known as stages, an issue that was controversial under former Italy coach Antonio Conte. “I hope to have all the lads available, but I will not ask the clubs for gatherings at Coverciano in February or in the spring. They would fall on a Monday or Tuesday and it would only add further stress to an already heavy schedule for the players.” Italy have already qualified for Euro 2020, winning eight games from eight.last_img read more

10 months agoVieira wants Nice to sell Balotelli

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vieira wants Nice to sell Balotelliby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNice coach Patrick Vieira axed Mario Balotelli for their Cup defeat to Guingamp last night.Nice are now out of the Coupe de la Ligue and Vieira says former AC Milan striker Balotelli could be sold next month.“Mario Balotelli will not be in the squad against Strasbourg on Saturday either,” confirmed Vieira to reporters.“It’s the decision of the Coach.”Asked if Balo was heading towards the exit in January, Vieira did not deny it.“He is under contract. Anything is possible.” last_img

Video: Nasty Fight Breaks Out In Stands At Louisville vs. Syracuse Game

first_imgA fight breaks out in the Louisville stands.nasty fight in louisville standsLouisville is handing Syracuse at home Saturday, but the police at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium are having a hard time handling the student section. A UL undergrad who goes by “Young Rob” on Twitter posted a video of a nasty fight that broke out in the first half of the contest. Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones reposted it later on.Warning – there’s some very NSFW language. That probably won’t shock you.Fights night in the student section— young rob (@easy_111) November 7, 2015Hopefully, nobody was hurt. Louisville leads 28-10 midway through the third quarter.last_img


first_imgProduction has begun in Vancouver and cast set for Hit The Road, Audience Network’s half-hour original comedy series co-created by and starring Seinfeld alum Jason Alexander.  Casting by Candice Elzinga.Amy Pietz (The Office), Natalie Sharp (Live Like Line), Nick Marini (Summer of 8), Tim Johnson Jr. (Fist Fight) and Maddie Dixon-Poirer (Hell on Wheels) will join Alexander in the 10-episode series set for release on AT&T Audience Network in the U.S. this fall.Co-created by Alexander, Emmy-nominated comedy writer Peter Tilden and British screenwriter Dean Craig (Death At A Funeral), Hit The Road is about the greatest family band you’ve never heard of – yet! This chaotically dysfunctional family of would-be rock/pop stars traverse the country in a cramped tour bus sacrificing privacy, comfort and dignity while in search of fame and fortune. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more