In Case You Missed It: News and Rumors – Week of December 20, 2019

first_imgIn Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spirit Jersey and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!It’s time for the final chapter in the Skywalker saga! Who else has their tickets?In addition, we’re in the last of the holiday crunch! So whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kawanzaa, Festivus, or something else, I wish you a very happy holidays!This week, there were a number of actual news stories relating to the futures of both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Learn more now!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and RumorsHead’s up! SuperShuttle is going out of business. In addition, Disneyland Express bus service to LAX and John Wayne airports will also cease operation.When will Star Wars droids start roaming at Galaxy’s Edge? The answer may not be what you want to hear.Also interesting in transportation news, Brightline and Walt Disney Co. officials have confirmed advanced talks about a station on or near theme-park property.The more I see of this movie, the more excited I am for it. Who else can’t wait for Onward?Frozen 2 crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office. This marks the third Walt Disney Animation Studios film to reach this milestone. It’s the 6th film to cross that milestone this year.A big win for Universal Orlando this week. Orange County commissioners voted 4-3 to approve a controversial plan to give $125 million to Universal Orlando to build a new road.last_img read more

Gordhan congratulates new IMF head

first_img30 June 2011 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has congratulated Christine Lagarde on her appointment as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, while calling for the body to give more say to emerging countries.“As the global economy continues to be plagued with persistent economic challenges, the role of the IMF has and will continue to become crucial to global co-ordination and crisis management,” Gordhan said in a statement on Wednesday.“I am confident that Ms Lagarde will be able to actively enhance that role even-handedly and effectively.”The French finance minister was named the first ever woman head of the IMF on Tuesday.The IMF should continue to focus on certain issues to “further strengthen its relevance and legitimacy among all member countries”, Gordhan said.This included transferring quota shared to emerging and developing countries to give them more weight in IMF decisions.He also called for a commitment that the next head of the IMF need not come from Europe.“Small countries should have appropriate voice. Since the global crisis, small countries have faced particular challenges that require greater attention from the IMF,” Gordhan said.He called for more diversity in IMF staff in terms of their nationality, gender, and academic and professional backgrounds and improved surveillance of important advanced economies.The IMF’s top job has been held by a European for 65 years.Sapalast_img read more

Pjanic: ‘Enjoying new Juve role’

first_imgMiralem Pjanic believes he can “give my best in this role and I’m enjoying myself” with Juventus, as they host Milan to go back on top. It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. A victory is needed because Inter beat Hellas Verona 2-1 on Saturday, temporarily recapturing the leadership of Serie A. “Inter are doing very well too, so we need a great season if they are to continue like that,” the Bosnian told Sky Sport Italia. “We need to concentrate on ourselves, as if we win tonight, they we’ll be top of the table. We compliment Inter on their campaign, but we have had a very good start to the season and must continue like this, regardless of other results.” Pjanic is in a more central midfield role under Maurizio Sarri. “I’ve already said that I can give my best in this role, I am enjoying myself and hope that continues for as long as possible.” 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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Sehwag was singing Kishore’s song during his 219: Raina

first_imgSwashbuckling India opener Virender Sehwag was singing songs of Kishore Kumar during the course of his record 149-ball 219-run knock against the West Indies in the fourth ODI in Indore, his team-mate Suresh Raina said.”He was playing very well with no tension. That day, he was singing some Kishore Kumar songs. He was not feeling any kind of tension,” Raina, who cracked 55 in a 140 run-stand for the third wicket with Sehwag, said while addressing the ‘India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit’ here.Asked whether he too joined him in singing, Raina said “No, I was only on 30 at that time. So, I did not.”Sehwag’s 219 had 25 boundaries and seven sixes as he smashed the West Indian bowlers all over the park to help India post a mammoth 418 for five in 50 overs.In the process, Sehwag overtook Sachin Tendulkar’s 200 not out made against South Africa.Apart Raina, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and BCCI’s selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth was also present at the Youth Summit.Srikkanth said he was confident about Indian team’s good showing in the upcoming Australia tour.”We are very confident. We are doing well. Most importantly, every member of the team is contributing,” Srikkanth said.Off-spinner Ashwin, the latest name to be related to the deadly ‘carrom ball’, said he actually “practised it since his “gully cricket days”.”My friends and father wanted me to work on it and that’s how it worked,” the lanky spinner, who was declared man-of-the-series in the Test rubber against the West Indies for scoring a century and bagging over 20 wickets, said.advertisementReplying to a query whether he was focusing on batting these days, he said he was working on all aspects of the game.last_img read more

Mercedes to begin production of the new G500 4×4 Squared

first_imgOutstanding response to the ‘Extreme-G’ at the Geneva Motor Show has seen Mercedes go ahead and announce the production of the car which will be called the G500 4×4 Squared. The production model will be pretty close to the prototype model of the car.The G500 is based on its six-wheel sibling, the G63 AMG 6×6. Mercedes has  taken all the good things from the G63 like the all-wheel drive powertrain with portal axles and removed two tyres to make the G500. The variable chassis of the car has been newly developed by Mercedes which has been combined with the series-production G-Class body.Under its hood, the G500 sports a 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine which has been compactly designed by placing the twin turbochargers inside the V configuration of the engine to increase its efficiency. Aside from this, the cross country vehicle gets specially optimised mud and terrain tyres for it available in 37 x 12.5 x 18 inches size to go over terrain where normal vehicles can’t. Mercedes has gone all out with exclusive interiors designed for the vehicle that provide the passengers of the car an ambient setting, whatever be the conditions outside.Designed specifically for off-road conditions, the car doesn’t lack in driving quality over normal roads and the Sports mode which has different damper settings for the car allows it to go over asphalt as smoothly as it goes over off-road terrain.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zola

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zolaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Alvaro Morata is lacking confidence.The Spaniard has scored just five goals this season and has been linked with an exit this month.But Zola has assured fans that the goals “will come” from Morata.”Mainly it’s confidence. I’ve been a striker myself and when you get into these loops where you’re looking for the goal all the time and it doesn’t come, you lose confidence. “The less confidence you get the less you’re going to score. It’s one of those things that happens frequently with all players.”Alvaro has to understand for us it’s important when he scores, but also when he comes and plays and does all the things important for the club. The goal has to be only a consequence of what you do for the team. The way we play always helps the front players to score. But, you have to keep working for the team to participate to the process. The goal will come.” last_img read more

Graphic Designer Makes Concept Uniform For Notre Dame’s ‘Shamrock Series’

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot running with a flag on the football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Last week, Notre Dame unveiled its ‘Shamrock Series’ uniforms for this year’s game against Navy – and suffice to say, most fans weren’t impressed. One graphic designer came up with a different take on the event, and we imagine Fighting Irish supporters will like it a bit better.Next Gen Uniforms released a concept uniform that focuses on green and gold. It includes Notre Dame’s interlocking logo on the helmet and stripes on the shoulders. It’s a clean look. Notre Dame fans – what do you think?last_img

Parliamentarians Pay Tribute to P.J. Patterson

first_imgSeveral Members of both Houses of Parliament on Tuesday (November 13) paid tribute to former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson for his role in shaping Jamaica’s post-Independence Parliamentary landscape. Mr. Patterson served as the nation’s sixth Prime Minister from March 30, 1992 to March 30, 2006. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, described the former leader as a brilliant, intuitive politician, who was a master of legislative and administrative detail.   She described him as an “all-purpose parliamentarian”, who managed more ministerial portfolios than any post-independence politician and was the embodiment of excellence in public service, serving longer than any of the country’s leaders. “You impress by the consistency of your political conviction and social conscience. Equally, your consensus-building and pragmatic style remains a model of how we should do business in party, in government, and in society.  For these and other reasons, we celebrate you today as an extraordinary parliamentarian with an enduring international vision,” Mrs. Simpson Miller stated. She also cited Mr. Patterson’s love for music and dancing, while stating that few would contest his expert knowledge of jazz. The Prime Minister noted that Mr. Patterson has been the recipient of local and international honours and awards, and the South African Government recently announced that he is to be conferred with the high national award of the Order of the Companion of O.R. Tambo in Gold. Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, described Mr. Patterson as one of the most dedicated public servants in Jamaica. He said that in Mr. Patterson’s 14 years as Prime Minister, Jamaica went through social and economic changes and under his leadership there were several initiatives to transform and modernise the public sector. “I want to single out the education transformation initiative, which had significant partisan support,” Mr. Holness said. He also added that Mr. Patterson was a man of great resilience and was very thoughtful before speaking. Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, for his part, highlighted Mr. Patterson’s contribution to Jamaica’s economic progress, including the reform of the tax system and the introduction of General Consumption Tax (GCT). “Not only was it (GCT) complex and far reaching in its impact, relieving the burden of taxation on the productive sector, but it was perhaps among the smoothest implementation process, without any social or political disruption whatever,” Dr. Phillips said. Member of Parliament for West Kingston, Desmond McKenzie, said Mr. Patterson was someone he always admired for his devotion, perseverance and modesty. In his response, Mr. Patterson expressed his appreciation, while noting that he was “humbled by this exhilarating ceremony.” “For me it’s more than personal. It signifies Parliamentary recognition that those who have been prime servants in the political vineyard are worthy of its time and attention in the course of celebrating a significant land mark in our nation’s short history,” he stated.last_img read more

Ohio State rowing ready to compete for national title

The No. 4-ranked Ohio State rowing team was selected as one of 16 teams that will head to West Windsor, N.J., this week to compete for the national title at the NCAA Championships. The rowing, which had one of the athletic department’s 46 self-reported NCAA violations that were released last week, have qualified for the NCAA championships every year as a team since 2000, making this their 13th-consecutive appearance. The program is one of only five in the nation to achieve that number of consecutive trips. OSU finished second at the Big Ten Championships on May 13, with a total of 145 points, falling behind Michigan, which took home the win with 147 points. The NCAA Championships are made up of 16 teams, with each team fielding two boats of eight rowers, First and Second Varsity Eights, and one boat of four rowers, First Varsity Four. Senior Ellen Heister, who rows on the First Varsity Eight, said the loss to Michigan at the Big Ten Championships will give the team an advantage going into nationals. “Big Tens was kind of a learning experience for us. We saw the speed that Michigan has all season, but we hadn’t gotten to race them until Big Tens. We got to analyze a few things about our own race, in relation to how they did when they beat us, so I think that will be beneficial when we get to race them again,” Heister said. “I think we’re all really excited about where our team is seeded in accomplishing the goal that we set at the beginning of the year.” Coach Andy Teitelbaum said that with the goal and focus on winning a national championship, the team looks forward to racing former competitors and new opponents. “I think Michigan showed us a couple of things in the First and Second Eight, and now it’s up to us to see whether or not we’re equal to the challenge,” Teitelbaum said. “They’re not the only crew that’s out there that I think is particularly formidable. We haven’t seen anybody from the West Coast, so it will be fun to see how we stack up against their speed.” Junior Allison Elber of the First Varsity Eight said the team is eager to meet the high competition and compete at the next level. “There are a lot of really good teams there and we’re expecting that, and we feel that we’re ready to compete at that level now, so we’re just really excited to get out there and show what we can do,” Elber said. Sophomore Claire-Louise Bode of the First Varsity Eight, said the two-point loss to Michigan at the Big Ten Championships was a part of their journey toward the goal of a national title. “I feel like that was one step towards what we plan to do,” Bode said. “Now that we’ve gone through it, we have a better picture in our heads of where we’re going to, and the goal is in reach. We’re ready for it now.” The Buckeyes will compete on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J., for the NCAA Championships Friday through Sunday. read more

Schalke director defends clubs transfer activity

first_imgSchalke 04 sporting director Christian Heidel insists their summer transfer activity cannot be held culpable for the club’s poor start to the seasonLast season’s Bundesliga runners-up total expenditure in the summer came to €52,7m after signing the likes of Sebastian Rudy, Suat Serdar and Omar Mascarell.However, Schalke have only managed two wins in their opening nine league games and find themselves 15th and just one place above the relegation play-off spot.But Heidel is adamant that the new recruits were money well spent.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Before the season, we were praised to the skies for our new signings. The assessment in the media and the public opinion change rapidly,” Heidel told Ruhr Nachrichten.“16 out of the 18 Bundesliga clubs probably wanted to sign Omar Mascarell, Mark Uth and Salif Sané in the summer. We are convinced that our team is stronger than last season.”Although Schalke did claim a rare win on Wednesday after beating 1.FC Köln 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out following their 1-1 draw in the DFB-Pokal Cup.last_img read more