Abracadabar Lounge Tour + Video

first_imgShare This!As someone who adores the BoardWalk area and is fascinated by anything to do with magic, I was so excited when I heard about the development of this lounge.However, it wasn’t until my most recent work trip to Walt Disney World that I finally had the chance to peek inside.Step inside with me in this tour of Abracadabar!Have you been to this lounge? How was your cocktail? Let me know below!last_img

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Brand SA hosts international media

first_img3 October 2011Brand South Africa last week played host to a group of international journalists from three continents, who were here to gain exposure to South African government and business, experience local life and culture, and learn about the country’s latest technological developments.The aim was to build solid, constructive relationships with the media in target markets, especially where Brand SA does not have an office. The visiting journalists hailed from Angola, Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.The tour aimed to promote a more positive perception of South Africa internationally, and, through reporting in overseas media, a greater global awareness of the progress South Africa has made in education, health, infrastructure and other key aspects.The group was welcomed by Brand SA CEO Miller Matola, Brand SA chairperson Anitha Soni, and prominent government representatives, at a dinner at the Lekgotla Restaurant in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton on Tuesday.Matola spoke of the Play Your Part campaign, a countrywide initiative that encourages all South Africans to contribute towards caring for themselves, their fellow citizens, and the environment.“We hope to encourage all South Africans to listen to their social conscience and get involved in activities that will make a positive difference to the environment,” he said.On behalf of Brand South Africa, he asked the journalists to “continue to shape the image of Africa, and to set an agenda to drive the continent’s reputation, image and competitiveness.”Soni said that South Africa was on an “aggressive economic development drive, evolving for the future … Improved technology and infrastructure facilitates global competitiveness and creates an enabling trade and investment environment.”Deputy Minister in the Presidency Dina Pule closed off the evening, saying: “Through Brand South Africa, the government will use this platform to share our varied yet aligned messages to garner support from you, our media partners, so that you can experience our country and tell our story from an informed perspective.”On Wednesday, the group started the day with a business breakfast with representatives from the Banking Association of South Africa. Here they learned more about South Africa’s banking system, rated as one of the best and most secure in the world.Afterwards they again experienced the comfort and convenience of the Gautrain. On arrival in South Africa they had travelled on the high-speed train from OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton, a trip that takes about 15 minutes but which could take up to an hour or more on the road.Addressing climate changeNext up was a visit to the offices of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in Pretoria.Here the group met with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who briefed them on South Africa’s preparations to host the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban in November.Mashabane is the incoming president of the gathering, and assured the group that preparations were on track and progressing well.“Climate change is one of the most [pressing issues affecting us today,” she said. “We are striving for a comprehensive, balanced and ambitious result in Durban.”The minister said that one of the priorities would be to work through unresolved issues from the 2007 gathering in Bali. She also mentioned that the implementation of adaptation activities is key, and that the conference is also hoping to reach finalisation on the Green Climate Fund.“We are expecting about 30 000 delegates, 20 000 of whom are from official delegations,” she said.After a lively question and answer session, an indication of the interest from the media in this important event, the group departed for the offices of the health ministry in central Pretoria.National Health Insurance questions answeredHealth minister Aaron Motsaoledi did not mince his words as he described the present chaotic state of South Africa’s health system, and emphasised that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme cannot be held off any longer if the majority of citizens are to get access to decenthealthcare.“South Africa makes up 0.7% of the world’s population, but it carries 17% of the HIV/Aids burden,” he said. “With tuberculosis, we are top of the list of all countries in terms of the percentage of population infected. We have a huge disease profile, but we don’t have the resources to properly address it.”The minister said that a national health insurance scheme is not a new concept, but that it had been under consideration since before the apartheid government came into power in the late 1940s.However, the new regime wasn’t interested in an equal system of healthcare and the idea was shelved until the arrival of a democratic government in 1994.Over-commercialisation of the private healthcare system was a big problem today. “It’s all about the return on investment,” he said. “These private clinics are run with more concern on the profits than on treating sick or injured people.”In terms of section 27 of South Africa’s Constitution, no person may be refused access to emergency care.“But now, unless you have private health insurance you can die from your injuries if you have an accident outside the door of a private clinic, as they will refuse to even touch you if you can’t pay thousands up front.”This was totally unacceptable, said Motsoaledi, because it was discriminatory. The NHI would help to bridge this gap by making it possible for all citizens to have access to quality healthcare, no matter where they were.Looking into space for answersFrom Pretoria, the group paid a visit to HartRAO, the radio astronomy observatory at Hartebeesthoek, 50km west of Johannesburg. The facility started up as Nasa’s Deep Space Instrumentation Facility 51.Here they were given an overview of South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument that will be able to peer deep into the universe and answer many unresolved questions.The SKA will comprise an array of radio telescopes that together provide a reception area of a square kilometre. It will stretch over much of Southern Africa and will involve eight countries in the region.Dr Michael Gaylard, the facility’s acting MD, showed the journalists some of the important equipment operated and maintained by scientists at the observatory. A 26m telescope built by Nasa in the 1950s has been converted to receive radio signals and is used to track pulsar timing. Ownership of the dish has now passed to South Africa.HartRAO also operates a Nasa-owned satellite laser ranger that accurately measures the orbits of satellites, including positioning satellites. Finally, the group was introduced to the first prototype of the low-cost radio telescope designed in South Africa for the SKA and its precursors, the Meerkat and Kat-7 arrays.On Friday, the group headed to Cape Town, where they inspected renewable energy production on the province’s west coast, experienced the iconic Table Mountain up close, and visited a successful wine farm.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Miro Wins “Most Adorable Funding Model” With Adopt-a-Line-of-Code Program

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… You can keep your fusty old venture capital. For our money, you can’t beat the Tamagochi-eqsue cuteness of Miro’s Code Adoption Program.Miro is the free, open source, cross-platform online video player that manages queued downloads much like TiVo for the Internet. And although the number of users has tripled to about 1.1 million uniques over the past three months with the release of Miro 2.0, the amount of funds available for nonprofits such as Miro has dramatically dropped. Insert yet another generalization about the crumbling economy here.Miro’s creative solution to their budgetary woes is called “Adopt a Line of Miro Code.”Founder Nicholas Reville said,”We’re asking users to each support a little part of the program; hopefully, it will add up to our continuing to develop and grow.”Reville also noted that the idea of code adoption, although diminutively delightful, is based on the fundamental idea behind open source software. “The code isn’t something that we or anyone owns. The idea of code adoption connects really well to our mission.”Participating users will receive an official adoption page, an image of their very own “line of code” that they can watch grow over the year, a blog or website widget, and credit for their contribution in every downloaded copy of Miro.Users are encouraged to visit the Miro Adoption Center and adopt a line of code for $4 a month. It’s definitely cuter than asking for microdonations; let’s hope it’s exponentially more effective.center_img Tags:#Video Services#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Expanded Executive Team Fosters CDA Growth Through Client Service Offerings

first_imgNew York, NY (February 3, 2016) Civil Demand Associates, Inc. is proud to announce the hiring of seasoned veteran, Lauren Pedro to lead the organization’s New York office as the firm’s east coast Marketing and Inside Sales Manager.Ms. Pedro comes to CDA with close to a decade of retail loss prevention experience and has been integral in auditing retail clients for operational compliance, developing recommendations, and authoring policies and procedures within the consulting department she managed. In her previous role as a Sr. Client Services Manager, Ms. Pedro mastered numerous business units and worked closely with clients to customize, advise, and adapt customized solutions to create better efficiencies. “Communication is the key; and, my goal is to always communicate early and often.”Ms. Pedro will join CDA’s leadership in the further development of programs and solutions to reach new clients, bringing the company’s dedicated focus and stellar reputation in civil recovery practices and collection services to a wider audience. CDA, a pioneer in its industry, was formed in 1987 to help retailers effectively and affordably recover loss from theft while helping to deter shoplifting and employee dishonesty. The company has continued to pave the way and achieve numerous milestones in the industry. CDA was the first to specialize in retail theft cases, accept electronic transmission, offer online case management, offer automated court restitution collections and demand point.- Sponsor – “BP Fisher Law Group, LLP acquired CDA based on its strong reputation in the civil recovery industry,” said Matthew Browndorf, founder and chairman of Plutos Sama, parent company of BP Fisher Law Group, LLP and its subsidiary CDA. “Our ability to strengthen Civil Demand Associates through shared resources and by applying our legal and compliance expertise poises this company for tremendous growth.”As a subsidiary of BP Law Group, LLP, CDA will now have the network and power to fulfill its industry demands. In addition to an extended team of attorneys and legal professionals, CDA will have access to a call center and a more cost-effective ability to achieve compliance standards critical the loss prevention industry. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Pioli stands up for Suso

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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Stefano Pioli was cagey on his Milan choices against Roma, but defended Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu from criticism. “You hit one, you hit us all.” It kicks off on Sunday at 17.00 GMT, click here for a match preview. This is his second game in charge after the disappointing 2-2 draw with Lecce, a performance that saw several players including Suso bitterly criticised. “We won’t be part of any social or media pillory of our players. We are united, the objective is to be a team and fight for the results together,” said Pioli in his press conference. “If you hit one player, you hit us all, you hit me and you hit Milan. We have to be positive and not let ourselves get caught up in hysteria. “We’ve got to prove ourselves in every match and learn from the Lecce game where we should’ve been more concentrated. It’s not just about players being young or inexperienced, but the way we interpret the matches. “Tomorrow we are up against a Roma side that has lost only one game this season. I expect them to be determined and we need to match them on that level.” Pioli left Krzysztof Piatek on the bench in favour of Rafael Leao against Lecce, so will he use the same trident with Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu or draft in Ante Rebic? “I will choose the best line-up available, just as I did against Lecce. Leao and Piatek have different characteristics, so they can alternate, but also play together if we are able to find the right balance elsewhere. “I expect Lucas Paqueta to be more enterprising on the ball and create more danger going forward. He remains a midfielder, which means he needs to keep the intensity up throughout the match. “I liked the way Calhanoglu approached the game overall and not just the goal he scored. If we were to play Lucas Biglia and Ismael Bennacer together, we’d have to change other positions, which at the moment I do not want to change. We need some consistency at the moment. “The best possible team for the game will play tomorrow. That is all I can tell you, then you can read the XI when the time comes.” The new coach also tried to keep the expectations down, even though the club directors seem to believe in a top four finish. “We have to roll our sleeves up. We’ll try to win them all and then see where we are, that’s all we can do. I made no promises to anyone. All the players start with me on the same level and I’ll play those who can give me the most guarantees for that game.”last_img read more

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Your secret start-up marketing magic

first_imgDoes might make marketing right?Not always.In a happy read for the underfunded nonprofit, there was recently an interesting article in AdAge that talked about how some small companies – through very little traditional marketing but a great story – have built huge brands.Citing Ben & Jerry’s and Starbucks in their early days and Zappos, Terracycle, Orabrush, Method, Honest Tea and Lululemon more recently, the article notes: “The common thread through all these no-cost, low-cost marketing success stories is a good story, one that bears repeating and fares well both in social and PR-fueled traditional media. Almost by definition, such stories are easier for bootstrap entrepreneurs to come by than, say, 65-year-old detergent brands. Many of the brands, from Terracycle to Method, Seventh Generation, Honest Tea and Stonyfield Farms, all have taken on the air of social movement.”So what works about these companies? A great story and a team of true believers who are treated well and treasured as employees. Don’t forget you have a real asset in your organization’s powerful uniting principle and dedicated team. It’s the stuff that start-ups dream of. Do you play up your story as well as a Stonyfield or Honest Tea? You should, because yours is even more powerful than theirs. Do it the justice it deserves. You don’t need the budget of those who sell soap, because you’re selling something far more special. You’re not removing stains – you’re saving lives. You have great material.last_img read more

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2019 CINEPLEX FILM PROGRAM

first_imgTuition for 2018 is $7,000.00 for all labs. There is a $100 application fee to apply.If accepted into the program, you will be eligible for a scholarship up to the full tuition amount, based on financial need. We will also provide you with support and resources for other scholarship opportunities from across Canada.DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONSJAN. 31ST, 2019CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Facebook Login/Register With: PROGRAM OVERVIEWThe Cineplex Film Program champions original voices, entrepreneurism and collaboration. We encourage filmmakers to take creative risks and help them develop and package original content for the global entertainment market.IMPORTANT DATESApplications for the 2019 Cineplex Film Program are now open and will close on January 31, 2019. Program start and end dates: July 15 2019 to December 13, 2019.PROGRAM DESIGNThis is a full-time, five-and-a-half month professional program for producers, writers, directors and editors that balances artistic vision with the demands of a shifting industry.CORE COMPONENTSArticulating your creative visionBuilding business and marketplace strategiesElevating craft, collaborative and entrepreneurial skillsAccelerating project developmentOUTCOMES Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Video Brozovic thwarts Barcelonas freekick with a lie down

first_imgMarcelo Brozovic’s ingenuity on Wednesday night denied Barcelona’s Luis Suarez an ideal way to beat the Inter Milan wall with his free-kickSuarez went for a low set-piece in a bid to fool the Inter players, who had formed a wall, by sneaking the ball underneath while they jumped to block the effort.But BT Sport revealed what Suarez didn’t count on was Brozovic’s resourcefulness after he went down on the ground and blocked the ball with his back.While the ball went out for a corner, Suarez could be seen glowering in disappointment.But injured team-mate Lionel Messi, who was watching from the stands at the Camp Nou as he continues his recovery from a fractured arm, could be seen chuckling.Unfortunately for Inter though, Brozovic’s initiative was not enough on the night as goals from Rafinha Alcantara and Jordi Alba sealed Barcelona a 2-0 Champions League win.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Lionel Messi’s reaction 😂That’s how to defend the under-the-wall free-kick ✅Marcelo Brozovic had done his homework this week… pic.twitter.com/7U8AKKQs5k— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2018last_img read more

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Time to Move on from Joint Basing Concept IMCOM Commander Says

first_imgDOD’s joint basing initiative — a recommendation approved by the 2005 BRAC Commission to consolidate installation support functions at 26 locations sharing a boundary or located in close proximity to form 12 joint bases — has failed to deliver promised cost savings and should be reversed, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, commanding general of Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM), said at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual “hot topic” conference on installation management. “I don’t buy the data that says we’re saving money, and I don’t know any senior commanders or other people who like it,” Dahl said, reported Federal News Radio. “[IMCOM] may be spending less money, but the mission units are probably spending more to do what they need to do.”Beyond the initiative’s failure to cut costs, it likely has harmed readiness. “There’s a human dimension to this. There’s a reason the Air Force has a different culture from the Army,” he said. “And when you try to run a joint base, you actually erode that culture, which is critical to their combat effectiveness.”DOD’s best hope for reducing spending on installation support lies in reforming management at the headquarters level, Dahl said. The department should establish a joint agency to integrate planning and management across the services. “The money to be saved is in the Pentagon and at the high level of enterprising, not picking 10 or 12 places and trying to find savings at the subordinate level,” he said. Air Force photo by Abner Guzman Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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