Updated Tri-Circle-D Ranch Coming to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

first_imgShare This!Have you been to the Tri-Circle-D Ranch found at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort? This is the location where all the Walt Disney World horses, ponies and more are housed and the area is going to be going under a massive renovation.There will be a brand new barn created for the Tri-Circle-D Ranch which will provided updated outdoor spaces and more modern stables for these gorgeous horses. The new ranch will maintain the history and spirit of the original location. It will welcome Guests to explore exhibits of classic Disney equestrian artifacts.The Draft Horse Barn and Pony Farm will be temporarily unavailable during this construction work, which starts on August 19 and will last until Spring 2020. Never fear though! For those who would like to go on pony rides, you can still do so at the Trail Blaze Corral near the campground’s entrance. In addition, the resort’s trail rides and carriage rides will continue to operate as normal.Stay tuned to the blog for more information about the updated Tri-Cricle-D Ranch.last_img read more

Sandton to get Park Inn by 2010

first_img28 January 2008Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Group has announced plans to build a Park Inn hotel in Johannesburg’s financial centre of Sandton by 2010 to complement the group’s existing Radisson Hotel Sandton, which is due to open later this year.The Park Inn Sandton will feature 192 rooms and is expected to welcome its first guests in April 2010 – in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“South Africa is an upcoming destination for business and leisure travellers,” Rezidor Hotel Group CEO Kurt Ritter said in a statement last week. “The government has prioritised tourism as a key economic sector, and international arrivals increase continuously – we are expecting new heights in 2010 when the country hosts the Fifa World Cup.”Consisting of leading brands like Radisson SAS, Country Inn, Hotel Missoni, Park Inn and Regent, the Rezidor Hotel Group features almost 300 hotels in operation and under development in 47 countries worldwide.The Park Inn Sandton will be situated directly across the road from the Gautrain station, and will have the benefit of being the closest hotel to the underground station that will link commuters on South Africa’s first underground railway system directly to the OR Tambo International Airport, Rosebank and Pretoria.The new hotel will also be in close proximity to the JSE, headquarters of many multinational corporations, and the Sandton Convention Centre, and only a few hundred metres away from Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square – two of the country’s finest shopping meccas.According to Rezidor, Park Inn is their fastest growing brand, with more than 100 hotels in operation and under development in Europe, Africa and the Middle East since the brand was launched in early 2003.The Park Inn brand is said to represent a young, dynamic and colourful mid-market brand, promising “the best sleep in town”.“With the existing Radisson and Park Inn hotels in Cape Town, as well as the recently signed Radisson hotels in Port Elizabeth and Sandton, this marks another milestone of the development and commitment of The Rezidor Hotel Group in South Africa,” the group said.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA backs Nigerian for World Bank chief

first_img23 March 2012 South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said his country fully supported Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s candidature for the position of next World Bank chief, as Nigeria, South Africa and Angola jointly announced her nomination on Friday. “We are very proud as Africa and certainly this constituency to confirm that the Minister of Finance of Nigeria is going to be a candidate for the president of the World Bank,” Gordhan said on Friday – the day nominations close in Washington for the top post of the international body. Gordhan was speaking in Pretoria ahead of a constituency meeting of the World Bank between South Africa, Angola and Nigeria.A candidate of choice ‘not just in Africa’ Okonjo-Iweala is serving a second term as Nigeria’s finance minister, and has worked in a senior post at the World Bank for several years. Gordhan described her as being “very experienced”, adding that she holds eminent academic qualifications. “She would be a candidate of choice not just on the African continent but well beyond as well,” Gordhan said. The constituency meeting between South Africa, Nigeria and Angola forms part of the world body’s three sub-Saharan constituencies out of a total of 25 constituencies. Gordhan’s meeting with Okonjo-Iweala and Angolan Planning Minister Ana Dias Lourenco began on Thursday.Call for transparent, merit-based selection Gordhan added that the G20 had made a decision that future processes for the selection of heads of international finance institutions like the World Bank needed to be open, transparent, democratic and merit-based. “We believe that the candidature of Minister Okonjo-Iweala enables those that are going to make this decision in Washington to have before them an eminently qualified individual who can balance the needs of both developed and, importantly, developing countries,” Gordhan said. Okonjo-Iweala would also “provide a new vision and sense of mission to the World Bank and its relevance, particularly to developing countries across the globe”. South Africa and Angola have committed themselves to mobilise support for the Nigerian minister through the various bodies to which they belong on the continent.South Africa to lobby for BRICS support The countries will garner support for her candidature at next week’s meeting of the continent’s finance ministers in Addis Ababa, as well as at the BRICS summit in India, where South Africa will encourage Brazil, Russia, India and China to support Okonjo-Iweala’s candidacy. The World Bank is expected to choose its next leader before its Spring meeting in late April. Asked about other nominated candidates, Gordhan said the US was expected to field a candidate later on Friday. “We’ve heard the name of a Columbian academic and former finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo, and Prof Jeffrey Sachs has made himself available. There could well be last minute surprises that we are unaware of,” Gordhan said. Okonjo-Iweala said she hoped the contest she faced would be merit-based and that those nominated applied their best minds in the interviewing processes. “I hope that the best candidates come forward,” she said. “I consider the World Bank [as] a very important institution for the world, particularly developing countries deserving of the best leadership. I look forward to a contest of very strong candidates. Am I confident? Absolutely,” she said. Okonjo-Iweala said it would be premature for her to lay out her vision for the World Bank. The current president of the institution, Robert Zoellick, announced in February that he would step down at the end of June. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Having Conquered Flickr & Yahoo, “The Newsfeed” Is Now the Dominant Info-Metaphor of Our Time

first_imgThe internet is really exciting. There’s a whole lot of information on it – an overwhelming amount, even. Years ago we first looked at it in monochrome text, then we started looking at it through a search box on an empty white page. What’s next? Is it huge War Games style multi-monitor displays? A swirling UI somewhere between Tom Cruise in Minority Report and David Bowie in Labrynth? Today we’re ready to declare The Newsfeed the dominant internet metaphor of the day; the cascading waterfall of updates from your friends, with comments swirling even around those – that model is everywhere now!Today one of the biggest photo sharing websites and the biggest news and email portal in the world both fell under the spell of the Newsfeed.FlickrThe new Flickr home page is dominated by a beautiful example of a news feed. The “recent activity” drop-down shows you all the comments, favorites and new friendships in your photo sharing network. You can remove certain types of updates from your news feed or you can switch over to a full page view that looks even better.The recent activity section is joined on your home page by recent photos from friends and a rotating oversized photo from the Explore section of the site. The whole effect is really quite nice.Yahoo ProfilesYahoo launched a new feature today called Yahoo Profiles. It’s a really simple way to have a profile page online, something that millions of people still don’t have, and to watch a news feed of your contacts’ activities! It does almost nothing else, in fact! There’s no bulk contact import, invite or discovery – much less a secure standards based one. There’s no microformat markup of your interests on your profile. It’s pretty unimpressive, but it’s a news feed and millions of people are liable to engage socially online using it.Newsfeed, Newsfeed, NewsfeedXML syndication is incredibly powerful technology, but everyone agreed that it would make a much bigger impact “under the covers” of something more user-friendly. In effect, that’s what’s happening with news feeds. When Facebook released its newsfeed 2 years ago this Fall there was a huge uprising against it. People said that it made it too easy for other people to see what you were doing! It was reminiscent of early bicycle-haters condemning the sexual freedom that the first two-wheelers brought to young women. There’s no putting the Newsfeed back in the bottle, though. Kids these days want their friends’ status updates and they want them now. Every single major social network quickly began offering a Newsfeed after Facebook’s made the value of the feature self-evident. MySpace has newsfeeds, LinkedIn has newsfeeds, everyone has newsfeeds. Yesterday we covered FriendFeed’s new “real time” view, a newsfeed lover’s newsfeed. Last month we wrote about the Associated Press selling software to newspapers that lets them view the wire as an online newsfeed and then publish out to newspaper websites structured very similar to newsfeeds themselves.Newsfeeds are everywhere, they are an arguably efficient and pleasing (for some) way to relate to an unending supply of information. Some people find them overwhelming, others say they are a waste of mental energy and surely some will insist they are bad for the human brain’s ability to remember anything from one day to the next.None the less, for now we love them. If you’d like to join us in the big newsfeed in the sky, a good place to start is FriendFeed. You can take a tour of all the RWW staff’s feeds here. Friend us up and we’ll explore this new paradigm together. Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#Features#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cloud Computing Security: The Road to a Secure Cloud is Likely to be a Long One

first_imgSecurity threats are becoming increasingly common and sophisticated.  A survey by Arbor Networks about Infrastructure Security found that:30 percent of organizations report seeing Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) against their internal networks over the last year.All organizations reported seeing at least some level of application-layer attacksOrganizations reported a dramatic rise in the number of DDoS attacks10 percent of Data Centers surveyed saw more than 100 DDoS attacks per month20 percent report having had a mobile outage over the past year as a result of a security incidentAttacks against Web Services up 17 percent over the previous yearIt’s no wonder that security is still ranked top or very high on the list of concerns of organizations when considering cloud computing.58 percent of IT professionals rank security as their biggest concern when considering to adopt cloud services, and 60 percent say that the security procedures and policies provided is an important factor that is considered when selecting a cloud provider, according to the recently reported Data Health Check report prepared by Databarrack.Similar concerns about security were reflected in a different survey of IT professionals taken by Avere Systems.  That report found that 60 percent of organizations said that cloud security is one of their top concerns when considering cloud adoption.  Other challenges/barriers related to cloud adoption mentioned were organizational resistance (53 percent) and performance issues (29 percent).  The major benefits of moving to the cloud cited by 60 percent of professionals in the Avere survey were cost savings, and data recovery and business continuity.Reports by 451 Research, CloudPassage and IDG Enterprise also all found that IT groups rank security as their major concern.Peter Groucutt, managing director for Databarracks, said that “security is always going to be the major priority for those considering a move to cloud services, as you are often trusting a third party with your company’s most sensitive data.  However… organizations are no longer seeing this as a roadblock, but rather an opportunity to review their current security practices and implement effective new policies that protect their data and enable a more confident move to cloud services.”last_img read more

That grad school reference letter may be more important than you think

first_imgGRE scores and undergraduate GPA don’t predict students’ future graduate school productivity, but reference letters from previous research advisers may provide clues about whether they are going to publish well, according to a story over at our Science Careers sister site about two papers published today in PLOS ONE. These results add to the ongoing discussion about how graduate admissions decisions should be made, particularly in light of previous findings that the GRE is biased against students from underrepresented groups. The new studies emphasize that admissions committees should review applicants holistically and rely less on GRE scores in making decisions—a point that many acknowledge, but that requires significant time and energy to do well.Read the whole story.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(*)last_img read more

Spain braces for some 500 violent fans for Copa Libertadores

first_imgYou can now mix and match your Bitmoji’s clothing Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ River Plate players warm up during a training session in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The Copa Libertadores Final will be played on Dec. 9 in Spain at Real Madrid’s stadium for security reasons after River Plate fans last Saturday attacked the Boca Junior team bus heading into the Buenos Aires stadium for the meeting of Argentina’s fiercest soccer rivals. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — A group of 400 to 500 “especially violent” fans from Argentina are expected to make the trip to Madrid for this weekend’s Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, Spanish authorities said Friday.Officials said almost 4,000 security personnel will be deployed for Sunday’s match, nearly double the number used in the “clasicos” between Real Madrid and Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Hello, Delly: Dellavedova returns to Cavs in 3-team trade Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The first leg, played in Buenos Aires, ended in a 2-2 draw.Nearly 80,000 fans are expected at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Each club was granted 25,000 tickets and authorities will try to keep them separated throughout the day. They will be positioned at opposite sides of the Bernabeu, behind each goal. Separate fan zones will be available for supporters from each club.Several security layers will be implemented near the stadium, with large vehicles being kept from circulating close to the venue. The Bernabeu is located in a heavily populated area of the Spanish capital.Title celebrations would take part in different areas of the city. River fans would go to the Plaza de Colon, while Boca supporters would go to the Plaza de Cibeles, known for Real Madrid’s title celebrations.Madrid officials estimate the Copa Libertadores final will generate a positive economic impact of nearly 40 million euros ($45 million) to the city.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The government official overseeing the city’s security plans for the “high risk” match said police will remain on high alert to detect and keep track of fans who could potentially cause problems before, during and after the final at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.“The national police is working closely with the Argentine police,” Jose Manuel Rodriguez Uribes told Cadena SER radio on Friday. “We are working with the maximum security level at the airport, highways, bus stops and subway stations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefOne Boca Juniors fan known to be a leader of a supporters’ group was not allowed to enter the country after arriving in Madrid on Thursday. He was sent back to Argentina after authorities said he had a long criminal record. Spanish media reported a River fan was also deported on Friday after failing to gain permission to enter the country.Tens of thousands of Argentines are expected to come to Spain to watch Sunday’s final, which was moved to Madrid after fan violence marred the second leg in Buenos Aires two weeks ago. Boca Juniors players were injured before the match when River fans attacked the Boca team bus with rocks, bottles and wood. Australia appoints 76ers coach Brett Brown for Tokyo Olympics Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ In spite of Washington’s sanctions, Huawei sells more smartphones than ever Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

N. Ireland vs Czech: Team news & TV

first_imgWorld Cup Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 21:00 9/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Josh Magennis Northern Ireland Getty Images World Cup Northern Ireland Northern Ireland v Czech Republic Czech Republic WC Qualification Europe Michael O’Neill’s men can all but guarantee themselves a play-off spot in World Cup qualifying by avoiding defeat on home turf on Monday night Northern Ireland can take a step closer to the 2018 World Cup when they take on Czech Republic on Monday as victory would guarantee a second-place finish in Group C.Michael O’Neill’s team picked up their fifth win of qualifying on Friday when they defeated San Marino 3-0 and will be full of confidence as they prepare to welcome the Czechs to Belfast.The stakes are much higher for Karel Jarolim and his side as anything less than a win would extinguish their hopes of reaching the tournament in Russia next year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Game Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic Date Monday, September 4 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Michael O'Neill Northern IrelandIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Mix and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Northern Ireland players Goalkeepers Carroll, McGovern, Mannus, Peacock-Farrell Defenders Hughes, J. Evans, Brunt, C. McLaughlin, R. McLaughlin, Smith, Hodson, D. Lafferty, Thompson, Flanagan Midfielders Davis, McGinn, Norwood, C. Evans, Ferguson, Dallas, Paton, Lund Forwards K. Lafferty, Magennis, Washington, McCartan Northern Ireland are without defenders Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart due to injury.Hearts defender Michael Smith and uncapped Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell have been called up, but neither featured in the matchday squad against San Marino.Potential starting XI: McGovern; C. McLaughlin, Hughes, Evans, Brunt; Dallas, Davis, Norwood, Ferguson; Magennis, Lafferty. Position Czech Republic players Goalkeepers Vaclik, Koubek, Pavlenka Defenders Gebre Selassie, Suchy, Kaderabek, Novak, Kalas, Boril, Hovorka, Luftner Midfielders Darida, Krejci, Dockal, Horava, Husbauer, Zmrhal, Kopic, Jankto, Barak, Soucek Forwards Kliment, Krmencik The Czechs came through their match against Germany unscathed and, having nearly secured a 1-1 draw, are unlikely to make major changes.Ladislav Krejci and Jan Kliment will hope to push for a start having made an impact off the bench in Prague.Potential starting XI: Vaclik; Gebre Selassie, Kalas, Suchy, Novak, Boril; Krejci, Soucek, Darida, Jankto; Krmencik.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Michal Krmencik Czech RepublicCzech Republic are 13/8 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Northern Ireland priced at 2/1 and the draw available at 2/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of match markets. GAME PREVIEW Kyle Lafferty Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland can potentially go 10 points clear of their nearest rivals Czech Republic when the two teams meet at Windsor Park on Monday evening. The Green and White Army held the Czechs to a scoreless draw when they met in Prague last September and they will be determined to go one better with the backing of their fans at home.Manager Michael O’Neill has presided over an incredible upturn in fortunes since taking the reins in 2012 and, after guiding the team to the European Championship in 2016, he has his sights set on securing a place in the World Cup in 2018.Northern Ireland have not featured at the tournament since 1986, but if they can avoid defeat against Czech Republic, they move a small bit closer towards ending a three-decade hiatus from the most prestigious football competition in the world.O’Neill is determined to achieve that goal and he has issued a chilling pre-match rallying cry to his players about snatching all hope from their visitors on Monday.”The focus is on ourselves, we know we’re going to have to play extremely well and produce a big performance,” the former Shamrock Rovers boss told the Belfast Telegraph. “But it is one of those games where the psychological side of the game will be huge.”It’s going to be a difficult game for them if they go behind, to continue to believe. We have to try and make that (happen) and try and take whatever hope they have away from them early in the game.”last_img read more