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

Google Ramps Up Personalization, Prepares Online Presentations App

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Couple of bits of Googleproduct news this weekend. Firstly, at last some tangibleevidence of an online presentations app from Google, one of the missing pieces so farin the much-anticipated Google Office suite.The ‘Google Operating System’ blog dug into some file notes from Google that reveal thecode-name of the tool is Presently (a play on Writely, the name of the online wordprocessor bought by Google). This will be an online version of Powerpoint, but no other product details are known at this point.In other news Google is ramping up itspersonalization efforts. Now when you’re signed in to Google, you’ll “have access toa personalized Google – one that combines personalized search results and a personalizedhomepage.” Google’s best-known blogger, Matt Cutts, mentions this in his latest post – as wellas linking to external analysis on the personalization theme.I actually came across itmyself the other day, via Google Accounts. At the time I wasn’t sure whether thismessage in the Google Accounts Help was new or not:“What does it mean for Google to be more personalized with Google Accounts?When you’re signed in to Google Accounts, you’ll now get more relevant, useful searchresults, recommendations and other personalized features. For example, if you use GoogleBookmarks or Google Search History, you’ll get more targeted web search results andrecommendations for videos or gadgets.”Although there’s nothing spectacularly new in all this, it looks like Google is beginning to integrate its various personalization efforts more. Remember when we did apoll asking which “Search 2.0” approaches stand the best chance to beat Google? WellPersonalized Search ended up getting the most votes! So looks like Google iscovering the search 2.0 attack with a full court press. richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

‘I wanted to do something different’

first_imgAnshu Jamsenpa, the only mother to have scaled mount Everest thrice, is ready for an encore.Her eyes have an impulsive spark that belies a calm exterior. Anshu Jamsenpa, 35, mountaineer extraordinaire and mother of two, is all set to attempt a double ascent of Mount Everest, breaking her previous record,Anshu Jamsenpa, the only mother to have scaled mount Everest thrice, is ready for an encore.Her eyes have an impulsive spark that belies a calm exterior. Anshu Jamsenpa, 35, mountaineer extraordinaire and mother of two, is all set to attempt a double ascent of Mount Everest, breaking her previous record of ten days. Her name may be unfamiliar and her lovely, dimpled visage even more, because that’s just the fate of non-mainstream sports achievers.She has been feted at official events and is one of the many nominees of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but continues to be dogged by obscurity. Not that she minds it in the least, but if recognition helps the cause closest to her heart-the early commissioning of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) – she’s game.Ironically, it was an Oil India Ltd poster claiming fame on her behalf that connected her with businessman CS Chalam of CCMPL. Inspired by Jamsenpa’s resilience, he furthered her cause by sponsoring the first tier of her ascent and tying up with crowd funding community Catapooolt. Jamsenpa’s was a classic case of an unsung hero that Catapooolt took up with a vengeance. Overnight, webpages professing admiration and support for her sprang up. The going looks good, but she still has some way to go till the entire amount of Rs 35.3 lakh is collected.Catapooolt Managing Director Satish Kataria says, “What we’ve done is broken up the entire journey into metres and people can fund each of these for Rs 399. Hers is a very inspiring story and this gives people the opportunity to feel like they are part of it.”advertisementFor Jamsenpa, it all started seven years ago when a group of climbers organised a rock-climbing session in Bomdila, the place she calls home. The picturesque town poisedon the upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh has its fair share of adventure seekers and bird-watchers. It’s famed for orchids, bird sanctuaries and lush apple orchards.Undaunted by the forbidding rock face, Jamsenpa, then a mere slip of a girl with no prior mountaineering experience whatsoever, tried her hand at rappelling and finished with a flourish. Marvelling at her lithe athleticism, the trekking programme organisers beckoned her over. She was genuinely surprised when they told her she had a natural flair for climbing.That was when the seed of an outrageous idea was planted in her mind. Not completely trusting in her abilities but keen to attempt the impossible, she enrolled herself in a fifteen-day adventure session in Manipurfollowed by a beginner and advanced mountaineering course. Her husband, a leading tour operator in the area, could only admire her pluck.Jamsenpa’s stored every detail of her first climb, no matter how bittersweet or heart-wrenching in her memory – the biting wind, the parka she wore, the climber who collapsed right before her eyes even as they watched on helplessly. She narrates the mind-numbing experience, making constant references to her sherpa’s fortitude, though it was she who insisted that they push forward in foul weather. Most of the other climbers had made their way back to Base Camp 2 when she realised they were the only two to have covered considerable ground. At the sherpa’s suggestion that they turn back, she was overcome, feeling a lump as big as an icy boulder in her throat. In a moment, she had pulled herself together, resolute and clear-eyed, telling her sherpa, “it’s now or never”.They finished the final part of the ascent in a mere 45 minutes, a distance that takes even seasoned climbers two hours. On their way down, her sherpa said, ‘Anshu, based on your fitness and technical ability, I assure you that you can climb not once, but twice.’ She nodded noncommittally, but she’d already made up her mind and couldn’t wait to have another go. Her plan of doing it within a week was delayed owing to bureaucratic formalities, as was her spontaneous decision to join some climbers on a paragliding episode from the peak. This time she’s not taking any chances with paperwork.She wants to combat the easy obliviousness of people when it comes to the environment. “It’s not that they aren’t aware, it’s just that it’s more convenient to ignore the truth,” she says of her run-ins with fellow townspeople over littering. From rescue techniques to basic recycling practices, her love for adventure sports has lent her a deeper appreciation for the wilderness. It’s hard to inculcate such priorities, she agrees, but that won’t stop her from trying. Her daughters are now 14 and 10, old enough to understand the gravity of what their mother has undertaken. She admits candidly that the one thing she’s proud of is setting an example for them. She says her two favourite adventure sports are river rafting and paragliding and attributes her fitness to a dedicated yoga routine supplemented by power walking. The one sport she’s always been keen to take up is motor car racing. We can’t imagine a better sport to give her an adrenaline rush after the thrill of conquering Mount Everest.HOW TO SELECT THERIGHT MOUNTAINEERING COURSEPick a month-long course over a two week-long moduleThe two-week module offers only a combination of adventure courses and mountaineering basicsBe prepared for gruelling sessions to familiarise yourself with equipmentThe course includes pointers on basic weather predictionadvertisementTOP MOUNTAINEERING INSTITUTES IN INDIANehru Institute of Mountaineering, UttarkashiHimalayan MountaineeringInstitute, DarjeelingAtal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, ManaliJawahar Institute ofMountaineering, PahalgamSGMI, Gangtoklast_img read more

9 days agoLjungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departs

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Ljungberg primed to takeover at Arsenal if Emery departsby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg could be the man to take on the managerial job at the club next season.The Gunners are not thinking about sacking coach Unai Emery imminently.But the Spaniard is on thin ice, as fans are unhappy with the team’s performances so far this season.If Arsenal do not finish in the top four or win the Europa League, Emery would likely depart.And notoriously reliable journalist David Ornstein, who works for The Athletic, claims the club see Ljungberg as the natural successor to Emery.He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.”He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.” last_img read more

LeBron James FaceTime’d Carlos Hyde After His Dominant Performance vs. Minnesota

first_imgLeBron James cheers on the Ohio State football team.LeBron James Ohio StateCleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is a known Ohio State fan. Apparently, he also roots for Buckeyes alums at the next level, too.After former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, now a San Francisco 49er, lit up the Minnesota Vikings for 168 yards and two touchdowns, James reached out via FaceTime to congratulate him. Via 49ers.com:In a recent sit-down interview, the San Francisco 49ers running back said that besides hearing from his mom, his favorite postgame call or text came from a certain NBA superstar.“I heard from LeBron James. Me and LeBron have the same trainer, David Alexander, down in Miami,” Hyde said. “After the game I FaceTime’d LeBron and my trainer. They were super hyped.”Here’s the move Hyde pulled that set social media on fire. It was very similar to what OSU wideout Braxton Miller did week one against Virginia Tech.pic.twitter.com/ixWnSqMZRe— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) September 15, 2015It’s been quite a week for the former Buckeye. What will he do for an encore?last_img read more

MTY Food Group Inc buying Timothys and Mmmuffins for 1675 million

first_imgMONTREAL – MTY Food Group Inc. has signed a deal to buy Timothy’s World Coffee and Mmmuffins from a subsidiary of Le Duff America for $1.675 million.Under the terms of the agreement, MTY will acquire the current 28 franchised and seven corporately owned Timothy’s locations in Canada, two licensed Timothy’s locations in United States, three Mmmuffins and two co-branded franchised locations in Canada.It will also acquire the license to operate and franchise coffee shops under the trade name Timothy’s which is owned by Keurig Canada.Timothy’s and Mmmuffins will join MTY’s other banners which include Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok.The deal is expected to close in April, subject to regulatory approvals and other conditions.The acquisition follows MTY’s announcement late last year to buy Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. and its Baton Rouge, Pizza Delight and Scores restaurants.Companies in this story: (TSX:MTY)last_img read more

City releases results of cannabis retail consultation

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John has released the agenda for next Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, which includes the results it gathered from residents to hear their thoughts on what regulations cannabis retail operations would need to adhere to after recreational cannabis becomes legal this fall.The City’s Development Director Ken Rogers will be giving a presentation to Council about the feedback the City gathered during a pair of Dot-mocracy events with residents and on its ‘Let’s Talk’ website during the last week in May and first week in June. According to Rogers, over 700 responses were received in the online campaign, with more than 100 more responses given in person during the Dot-mocracy events.Residents were largely supportive of the City allowing cannabis retail operations to set up shop in most commercial zones, with the overwhelming majority favouring the C-2 Downtown Core and C-3 General Commercial zones. 73 percent of residents favoured the City adopting a 200-metre buffer zone from all schools within the City, while feelings were more mixed about the buffer zone from parks. A slim majority – 52 percent – preferred a 200-metre buffer around all City parks, while 48 percent felt that a buffer of 100 m or less was sufficient. When it comes to how far cannabis retail stores need to be from each other, residents were again fairly split on the issue. 47 percent of respondents felt that at least 200 metres of separation was required, while 36 percent felt that no buffer zone between cannabis retail stores was needed. Overall, 53 percent of residents desired a buffer zone of 100 metres or less.The City also asked residents about their thoughts on where cannabis would be able to be consumed, and if the provincial legislation was adequate.  The provincial government announced earlier this year that cannabis smoking or vaping would be permitted anywhere the smoking of tobacco is currently permitted, with the exception of places where children would reasonably be expected to be present, such as schools, parks, playgrounds, or beaches. An overwhelming majority of Fort St. John residents – 83 percent – said they felt the provincial legislation was adequate.In his presentation, Rogers says that the next steps are for City staff to prepare a presentation to Council to discuss a proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw before the Bylaw itself is drafted. A public hearing will also be held before the bylaw is officially adopted by the City.The presentation can be found here: https://fortstjohn.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/83455?preview=88441&attachmenturl=%2FFileStorage%2F6791AA111EB0496DB9C87ECE2C056458-Presentation%2520-%2520Cannabis%2520Consultation%2520Results.pdflast_img read more

Retired principal cheated in Delhi

first_imgA retired principal from Bihar was cheated by the fraudsters in South-East Delhi’s Sarita Vihar area. The complainant told police that one of the suspect posed himself as a policeman. In the complaint to police, the 62-year-old, resident of Bhagalpur (Bihar) said that his wife’s treatment is going on in Delhi and he is staying with his family at a guest house in Jal Vihar area. “On April 8, around 3 PM, I was standing at a bus stop in Nehru Nagar area when a man aged around 25 years came and asked me about where I am going I told him about Jal Vihar,” the victim told police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The complainant further said that the suspect told him he is also going to same place. In the meantime, a car stopped in front of them and started asking about the route of Jal Vihar area. “The 25-year-old youth asked me to sit inside the car as it was heading towards our destination. We both sat inside the vehicle,” complainant further said. He further told the investigators that inside the car the youth took out a mobile phone and told him that he is from Crime Branch. ” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, he made random phone call and started telling everyone to check people at the time of the election. Next, he asked me to keep all my belongings in an envelope which he provided to me. I gave him money, jewellery, ATM,” said the complainant adding that when he came out from the car he opened the envelope and found his valuables missing. “They have changed the envelope. I can identifuy those two youths ” the victim told police. A case under sections of IPC has been registered in Lajpat Nagar police station.last_img read more

I’ve learnt discipline from Bipasha: Karan

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Karan Singh Grover, who will soon be sharing screen space with his wife Bipasha Basu, says he has learnt how to be disciplined by the actress. The couple will be seen together on the screen next in “Aadat”. “It’s the best feeling to work with her… She is extremely disciplined. I think I have learnt how to be disciplined from her… I am a complete opposite though. She has a lot of energy and is fun. There is never a dull moment working or living with her,” he said. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger The 37-year-old actor says he loves spending time with Bipasha not just at home but at work too. “I am a little clingy. That’s not the best quality that I have but… I tell her that I love to do everything with her and spend more time with her at home and work and everywhere. It was awesome working with her. She’s a great performer,” he added. Karan and Bipasha were last seen together on-screen in “Alone”, which released in 2015. Directed by Bhushan Patel, “Aadat” is a romantic thriller. The film also stars former Miss India Natasha Suri and former “Bigg Boss” participant Sonali Raut. Singer Mika Singh has turned producer with the movie.last_img read more

Seattle Seahawks Need A Healthy Sidney Rice To Shoulder

Sidney Rice has a lot on his shoulders this year with the Seattle Seahawks. The problem is, he had surgery on both shoulders and so they are hardly ready for him to take on NFL hits.“This is going to be up to them. I know they’re going to protect me as much as possible,” Rice said of the team. “Preseason is important but it’s not as important as the regular season. They’re going to take their time and progress me along, bring me along as much as possible, and we’ll see what happens during the preseason games.”Rice’s first season with Seattle was marred by injury. He injured one shoulder during the preseason and said he was unaware that the other was also damaged. Rice played as best he could through the two shoulder injuries until a pair of concussions — the second one suffered in Week 12 against Washington — finally landed Rice on injured reserve.His first shoulder surgery on the right one came Jan. 3. His left shoulder was repaired Feb. 16. Still, it could be a while before the Seahawks put him at risk. Initially, they were going to place Rice on the physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp, but he was cleared to participate in drills over the weekend before the first practice.“We’re just going to go through this conservatively, I guess you can say, and lengthen the time of his recovery through this camp. That’s great that he’s working and getting the timing worked, but we won’t get him banged for a while,” coach Pete Carroll said. “We’ll see how that goes as we start to make progress. This is the best time for us to have our hands on him and really work him right and finish off his off-season, and I just think he’s had enough that he’s been through that it warrants taking our time here and not rushing him back.”Rice’s health is of the utmost importance for Seattle this year because of the questions that linger with the rest of its receivers. The competition to find who will start opposite Rice, along with determining the depth of the position, is one of the few true battles the Seahawks have to solve during the next month.“I’m the leader of this group now with Mike (Williams) gone and I just want to lead by example,” Rice said. “These guys know how to play football but we have to bring it every day, bring the right attitude.” read more