Questions About Disney’s Latest Annual Passholder Offer

first_imgShare This!If you ever thought about becoming an Annual Passholder, Walt Disney World’s recent announcement of new perks to celebrate its 45th anniversary provided additional incentives to take the plunge.Annual Passholder MagicBands – © John KivusGuests who purchase or renew an annual pass between October 2, 2016 and January 3, 2017 will enjoy 13 months of admission to Walt Disney World. They’re also upping their game on discounts. Through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off of purchases as Disney owned-and-operated merchandise locations, up from the previous 10 percent discount.As for dining, through September 30, 2017, Passholders will get 20 percent off the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 45 select theme park and resort hotel restaurants. The list includes restaurants in each park, along with the many of the Disney resort hotels. One welcome addition is 20 percent discounts at select counter service restaurants at the parks and Deluxe Resorts. Other table service restaurants continue to offer Passholders 10 percent discounts as they had previously.Great news, but it leaves you with a decision to make in the next few months and some unanswered questions. To help you make the right call, here is some clarity on issues that weren’t made entirely clear by Disney’s announcement.When do I have to activate my annual pass to get the 13-month offer?This is important, because having to activate your Annual Pass by that January 3, 2017 date would probably be a deal-breaker for many of us. After getting a clarification from a cast member, the date restriction is clearly for the purchase of the Annual Pass and not the activation.As long as you purchase your pass by January 3, 2017, you can activate it on any later date and still use it for 13 months. So if you plan on purchasing annual passes in the future, and can afford it, buying now would be wise to take advantage of the 13-month window.What if I already purchased theme park tickets?Walt Disney World guests can convert their theme park tickets into annual passes by paying the price difference. But Disney requires the conversion while actually visiting the resort. Walt Disney World does not currently upgrade your tickets by phone or online.That means you’ll need to be visiting between now and January 3, 2017 to do the upgrade in person at a Disney ticket window or guest relations location. A few tips for upgrading tickets:Unused tickets can be upgraded.Tickets that have been used can be upgraded within 14 days of their first use, but must be upgraded before the end of the last day on the ticket.If your ticket includes the Water Park Fun & More option, and any part of that option was used, you can only convert to the Platinum Plus Annual Pass.Is a Tables In Wonderland purchase still worth it?First, for the uninitiated, Tables In Wonderland provides a 20 percent discount on food and beverages (including alcohol) at more than 100 restaurants on Walt Disney World property. Florida residents can get a one-year membership for $175 and Disney Vacation Club members and Passholders pay $150.I previously wrote a blog post looking at the math involved with figuring out the value of Tables In Wonderland. Basically, for those who already have access to dining discounts as a DVC member or a Passholder, it can pose a challenge to recoup the initial outlay to join Tables In Wonderland.And in case you were wondering, no, Disney doesn’t allow you to stack one discount on top of another. If you have a Passholder discount and Tables In Wonderland, you can only use one of them at a time.Even with the new 20 percent discount at 45 restaurants for Passholders, Tables In Wonderland does provide a few benefits. First, the TIW discount carries over to alcohol, while the Passholder discount excludes alcohol. Second, you can find the TIW discount at many more restaurants, including counter service locations at Value Resorts, where Passholders get zero discount. Membership also includes the perk of free valet parking at resorts.In short, if you usually enjoy an adult beverage with your meal and you plan on doing a lot of dining on property, Tables In Wonderland could still pay off. But the calculations are becoming more complicated, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more Passholders take a pass on it this year.What situations make an annual pass worthwhile?Here’s where this 13-month offer can really pay dividends. If your family travels annually the same week, spring break for example, having an annual pass valid for 13 months gives you two years of vacations.For example, a seven-day adult theme park ticket with the Park Hopper option is $467.54 with tax. A Disney Platinum Pass is $797.69 with tax. So for an additional outlay of around $330, you can take a second vacation a year later. The dangerous part is that you will also be tempted to take a third or fourth vacation during the time in between. It’s not necessarily a bad problem to have.If you want to dig deeper into this topic, here’s a fantastic look at the breakeven point for Annual Passes. The analysis factors in Memory Maker downloads, which cost $149 for advance purchase or $169 when purchasing at the parks. The purchase of an annual pass now includes all those PhotoPass and ride photos. Note that the analysis predates the most recent price increases, but the general idea still holds.In the case of just one trip, a single annual pass for one family member could still save money. In addition to the increased dining and merchandise discounts and Memory Maker, Annual Passholders also get free theme park parking and the opportunity for discounted rates at Disney Resort Hotels. So consider our earlier, weeklong trip scenario. If your total benefits exceed the $330 cost to upgrade to an annual pass, you can still come out ahead.last_img read more

Design Systems Are About Relationships

first_imgDigging InIn early 2019, I was part of a team — let’s call them “team blue” — that was building a design system for a large organization. I facilitated informal chats with this team and “team green”, which was using the design system to build a web application. Every couple of weeks, we got all the developers and designers together around a table and talked about what we were building and what problems we were trying to solve. These chats were our “sensitization and awareness activities.”We didn’t have permission to make our design system public, so we did the next best thing: we treated it like a small open-source project within the organization. We put the code in a repository that both teams could access and asked for contributions. Team blue was responsible for reviewing and approving these contributions, but anyone on either team could contribute. Team blue was also building an application of their own, so in a sense, they were both users and custodians of the design system.These interactions helped the teams build better products, but just as importantly, they established trust between the teams. Team blue learned that folks were using the system thoughtfully and building clever new ideas on top of it. Team green learned that the system really was tailored to their needs, so they could work with it instead of against it. Baxter and Sommerville might call this work “constructive engagement.”We found that both teams were under pressure to learn new technologies and deliver a complete product quickly. In other words, they were already operating under a pretty considerable cognitive load. As a result, the two teams agreed to focus on making the system easy to use. That meant sidestepping the whole web components debate, focusing mostly on CSS, and ensuring that our documentation was clear and friendly. Design Systems Are About RelationshipsRyan DeBeasi 2019-10-07T12:30:59+02:00 2019-10-07T12:35:35+00:00 Design Systems Are About Relationships Design systems can be incredibly helpful. They provide reusable elements and guidelines for building a consistent “look and feel” across products. As a result, users can take what they learned from one product and apply it to another. Similarly, teams can roll out well-tested patterns for navigation or reviews, making products more trustworthy. Effective design systems solve boring problems in a repeatable way so that developers and designers can focus on solving novel problems.Yet when someone uses the term “design system” in a meeting, I’m never quite sure what reaction to expect. I’ve seen curiosity and excitement about trying a new way of working, but I’ve also seen frustration and concern at the idea of a system limiting designers’ creativity. Some designers argue that design systems sap creativity, or that they are solutions in search of a problem. Design systems can fragment over time, causing teams to stop using them.Design systems aren’t going away, though. Just 15% of organizations lacked a design system in 2018, according to one survey. That’s down from 28% the previous year. Some teams use large, general-purpose design systems such as Google’s Material Design, while others use smaller, more bespoke systems such as REI’s Cedar and Mozilla’s Protocol.Design systems should empower teams, not limit them. For that to happen, we need to start thinking more holistically. A design system isn’t just code, or designs, or documentation. It’s all of these things, plus relationships between the people who make the system and the people who use it. It includes not just CSS files and Sketch documents, but also trust, communication, and shared ownership. As it turns out, there’s a whole field of study dedicated to exploring systems like these. (ah, il) In REI’s Cedar Design System, icons are tailored to the company’s outdoor gear business. The snowflake icon indicates ski and snowboard services, and the ruler icon indicates a size chart. (Large preview) IBM’s Carbon Design System lists all the variations of its components. (Large preview) Posted on 7th October 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share From our sponsors: Design Systems Are About Relationshipscenter_img The Big PictureA 1960 paper titled “Socio-technical systems” explored the interactions among technology, humans, and the larger environment in which they exist. Enid Mumford explained that researchers began by investigating how to build better relationships between managers and employees, but by the 1980s, they were focused on making work more efficient and cost-effective. In 2011, Gordon Baxter and Ian Sommerville wrote that this research helped inspire user-centered design, and that there’s a lot of work left to do.Baxter and Sommerville argued that today, there is still a tension between “humanistic” research, which focuses on employees’ quality of life, and “managerial” research, which focuses on their productivity. They also explained that it’s important to consider both technology and human interactions: “system performance relies on the joint optimization of the technical and social subsystems.”I’d argue that design systems are socio-technical systems. They involve interactions between the people who create the system, the people who create products using the system, and the end users who interact with these products. They also evoke the same tension between efficiency and humanism that Baxter and Sommerville saw.Design systems aren’t composed just of images and code; they involve conversations among designers, developers, product managers, CEOs, and random people on GitHub. These interactions occur in various contexts — a company, an open-source community, a home — and they happen across cultures and organizational boundaries. Building a team can mean bringing together people from disciplines such as animation, sound design, data visualization, haptics, and copywriting. Creating a successful design system requires equal parts of technical expertise and soft skills.And yet, peruse design or engineering news aggregators and you’re likely to see a distinct focus on that “technical subsystem” — code and tools, rather than people and conversations. Which creative tool is the best at keeping track of design tokens? What JavaScript technologies should be used for building reusable components — React, web components, or something else? Which build tool is best?The answer to these questions is, of course, “it depends!” Who will design, build, and use the system? What are their needs? What constraints are they operating under? What tools and technologies are they comfortable with? What do they want to learn?To answer these sorts of questions, Baxter and Sommerville recommend two types of activities:Sensitisation and awareness activitiesLearning about the varied people who will create and participate in the system, and sharing that information far and wide.Constructive engagementCommunicating across roles, building prototypes, and considering both the technical and social parts of the system. Design Systems Are About RelationshipsYou are here: The goal here is to establish a rapid feedback loop with people who are using the design system. Faster feedback and smaller iterations can help avoid going too far in the wrong direction and having to dramatically change course. P.J. Onori calls these sudden, large changes “thrash.” He says that some thrash is good — it’s a sign that you’re learning and responding to change — but that too much can be disruptive. “You shouldn’t fear thrash,” he says, “but you need to know when it’s useful and how to help mitigate its downsides. One of the best [ways] to mitigate the downsides of thrash is to start small — with everything.”Consider starting small by setting up a few basic elements:A version control system to store your code. GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket are all great options here. Make sure that everyone who uses the system can access the code and propose changes. If possible, consider making the code open source to reach the widest possible audience.CSS code to implement the system. Use Sass variables or CSS custom properties to store “design tokens” — common values such as widths and colors.A package.json file that defines how applications can build and install the design system.HTML documentation that demonstrates how to use the design system, ideally using the system’s own CSS.The node-sass documentation for the CSS framework Bulma describes these steps in a bit more detail. You can skip installing and importing Bulma if you’d like to start from scratch, or you can include it if you’d like to start off with some of the basics in place.You might have noticed that I didn’t mention anything about JavaScript here. You might want to add this element eventually, but you don’t need it to get started. It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole researching the best and newest JavaScript tools, and getting lost in this research can make it harder to get started. For example, “5 Reasons Web Components Are Perfect For Design Systems” and “Why I Don’t Use Web Components” both make valid points, but only you can decide what tools are right for your system. Starting with just CSS and HTML lets you gather real-world feedback that will help you make this decision when the time comes.As you release new versions of the system, update your system’s version number to indicate what has changed. Use semantic versioning to indicate what’s changed with a number like “1.4.0.” Increment the last number for bug fixes, the middle number for new features, and the first number for big, disruptive changes. Keep communicating with the folks who use the design system, invite feedback and contributions, and make small improvements as you go. This collaborative, iterative way of working can help minimize “thrash” and establish a sense of shared ownership.Finally, consider publishing your design system as a package on npm so that developers can use it by running the command npm install your-design-system. By default, npm packages are public, but you can also publish a private package, publish the package to a private registry, or ask developers to install the package directly from a version control system. Using a package repository will make it easier to discover and install updates, but installing directly from version control can be an easy short-term solution to help teams get started.If you’re interested in learning more about the engineering side of things, Katie Sylor-Miller’s Building Your Design System provides a fantastic deep dive. (Full disclosure: I’ve worked with Katie.)Wrapping UpDesign systems are made up of code, designs, and documentation as well as relationships, communication, and mutual trust. In other words, they’re socio-technical systems. To build a design system, don’t start by writing code and choosing tools; start by talking to the people who will use the system. Learn about their needs and constraints, and help them solve problems. When making technical, design, or strategy decisions, consider these people’s needs over the theoretically “best” way to do things. Start small, iterate, and communicate as you go. Keep your system as simple as possible to minimize thrash, and invite feedback and contributions to establish a sense of shared ownership.By giving equal weight to engineering and interpersonal considerations, we can get the benefits of design systems while avoiding the pitfalls. We can work in a way that’s efficient and humane; we don’t have to choose one over the other. We can empower teams rather than limiting them. Empowered teams ultimately help us better serve our users — which, after all, is why we’re here in the first place.Further Reading on SmashingMag:Tips For Managing Design SystemsIncluding Animation In Your Design SystemBeyond Tools: How Building A Design System Can Improve How You WorkBuilding A Large-Scale Design System For The U.S. Government (Case Study) HomeWeb DesignDesign Systems Are About Relationships Putting It All TogetherOrganizations of all sizes create reusable design elements to help teams build more consistent, elegant applications. Different organizations’ needs and dynamics are expressed in their design systems. Here are just a few examples:Google’s Material Design has several implementations in different frameworks and languages. It’s used by a variety of people inside and outside of Google, so it has comprehensive documentation and a variety of toolkits for design apps.Microsoft’s Fluent Design System targets four very different platforms. Like Material, it includes toolkits for UX designers and comprehensive documentation.Mozilla’s Protocol is implemented in Sass and vanilla JavaScript. It has a strong focus on internationalization. Alex Gibson says that this system helps Mozilla “create on-brand web pages at a faster pace with less repetitive manual work.”REI’s Cedar is built with Vue.js components and can’t be used with other JavaScript frameworks. Cedar is used primarily by REI’s internal developers and is closely tied to the company’s brand. The design system’s code is open source, but its fonts are not.Salesforce’s Lightning Design System is a JavaScript-agnostic CSS framework. It can optionally be used alongside the Lightning Component Framework, which includes two JavaScript implementations: one using web components and another using Salesforce’s proprietary Aura framework.Red Hat’s PatternFly was created to provide a consistent user experience across the company’s cloud platform products, so it has a relatively high information density and includes a variety of data visualization components. The PatternFly team recently switched from Angular to React after some experimentation with web components. PatternFly also includes a JavaScript-agnostic implementation using HTML and CSS. (Full disclosure: I’m a former Red Hatter.)IBM’s Carbon Design System offers implementations in React, Vue, Angular, and vanilla JavaScript as well as a design toolkit for Sketch. The Carbon team is experimenting with web components. (Hat tip to Jonathan Speek for tracking down that repository.)Systems like these are consistent and reliable because people from different teams and roles worked together to build them. These systems solve real problems. They’re not the result of developers trying to impose their will upon designers or vice-versa.Josh Mateo and Brendon Manwaring explain that Spotify’s designers “see their role as core contributors and co-authors of a shared system — one that they have ownership of.” Mina Markham describes herself as “the translator between engineering and design” on the Pantsuit design system. Jina Anne digs into the team dynamics and user research behind design systems: “Spoiler alert! You’re going to need more than just designers.”Let’s Build Some Stuff!Now that we’ve gone through research and some examples, let’s talk about how to build a new design system. Start by talking to people. Figure out who will be using and contributing to your design system. These people will probably span a variety of disciplines — design, development, product management, business, and the like. Learn about people’s needs and goals, and ask them to share what they’re working on. Consider planning an informal meeting with snacks, coffee, or tea to create a welcoming atmosphere. Establish regular communication with these folks. That might mean joining a shared chat room or scheduling regular meetings. Keep the tone casual and friendly, and focus on listening.As you talk about what you’re working on, look for common problems and goals. You might find that teams need to display large amounts of data, so they’re investigating tools for displaying tables and generating reports. Prioritize solutions for these problems.Look also for repeated patterns and variations on similar themes. You might find that buttons and login forms look a bit different across teams. What’s the significance of these variations? What variations are intentional — for example, a primary button versus a secondary button — and what variations have happened by accident? Your design system can name and catalog the intentional patterns and variations, and it can eliminate the “accidental” variations. Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Microsoft’s Fluent Design System targets four very different platforms. (Large preview)last_img read more

Webinar Opportunity – Understand The Transition Towards Online Registration

first_img7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ACST Touch Online Registration and Payments Webinar for Top End Affiliates This session will provide affiliates and administrators with the opportunity to understand the current strategic insight into expanding the use of technology with Touch Football. Time: To reserve your seat at the webinar, please click on the following link:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/697140424After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.center_img Title: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Date:last_img read more

3 days ago​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiola

first_img​Atalanta boss Gasperini pays tribute to Man City counterpart Guardiolaby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has received praise from Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini.The Italian outfit are in England as they face off against City in the UEFA Champions League group stages.And Gasperini has not forgotten a gesture of kindness from Guardiola a few years ago, when the former was sacked by Inter Milan.Gasperini said at his press conference: “His compliments are very welcome. I have got nothing to add to what has already been said about Pep Guardiola, not just as a coach but as a human being.”He made a really nice gesture towards me and I can’t forget that. This makes this occasion even more poignant.”When I was sacked by Inter he called me and invited me to go to Barcelona to see them. It was a very nice gesture from a human point of view at a very difficult moment for me.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

166 FIRs and DD entry registered for violation of poll code

first_imgNEW DELHI: A total of 166 FIRs/DD entry have been lodged by the Delhi poll authorities for violation of model code of conduct, till date. Out of which, 20 are against AAP (12 FIRs and 8 DD entry), 22 against BJP (12 FIRs and 10 DD entry), 8 against Congress (3 FIRs and 5 DD entry), one FIR against BSP and one against SP (1 DD entry), two against CPI (M) (1 FIR and 01 DD entry) and 112 (108 FIRs and 4 DD Entry) are against under the head of others/non-political. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderSimilarly, till Thursday, a total of 3,12,048 hoardings/banners/posters have been removed in all over Delhi out of which 30,533 are removed from New Delhi Municipal Council, 43075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation, 2411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 130699 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 105330 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation respectively. Meanwhile, so far, 1361 bottles, 91 half, 139589 quarters of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 949 bottles, 1161 Half, 267806 quarters of Country liquor and 6797 bottles beer were seized.A total number of 934 FIRs have been registered in Excise Act and 931 persons are arrested in Excise Act. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFurther according to the poll authority, 337 FIRs have been registered under Arms Act, in which 379 persons are arrested and 1338.3431 Kg. Narcotics/Drugs are seized respectively. Till date cash of Rs 2,82,22850/- has been seized by SST/FST, 448 numbers of unlicensed arms/weapons seized and 2630 numbers of cartridges/explosives/bombs seized. Whereas, 4582 licensed arms deposited, 72493 persons have been booked under various sections of CRPC/Delhi Police Act, as preventive action measures.last_img read more

F16 crashes in warehouse outside US Air Reserve Base pilot ejects

first_imgRiverside (US): A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, military officials said. The pilot was not hurt, and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj. Perry Covington, the base’s director of public affairs. The cause of the crash was under investigation. Interstate 215, which runs between the base and the warehouse, was closed in both directions, backing up rush-hour traffic for miles. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTelevision news showed a large hole in the roof and sprinklers on inside the building about 65 miles (105 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Cellphone photos and video from inside showed what appeared to be the tail of the plane buried in twisted metal and piles of cardboard boxes. Daniel Gallegos, a warehouse worker, said he’s used to hearing the sound of planes coming and going, but the noise just before the crash was deafening. “Next thing I know I just hear this explosion and turn around to the back of the building, and I just seen a burst of flames and just the ceiling started falling through every part of the building,” he told KABC-TV . Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get, so I just made a run for it.” Gallegos said he believed one of his co-workers was struck by something possibly a falling fire sprinkler but wasn’t seriously hurt. The crash happened as the pilot was landing following a routine training mission, March Air Reserve Base Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Holliday said. “The pilot was having hydraulic problems,” Holliday said. “He started losing control of the aircraft.” The jet’s cockpit canopy was on a runway, and a parachute had settled in a nearby field.last_img read more

Buckeyes among contenders for No 1 seed

Usually, when a team vying for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament loses late in the regular season, there is cause for concern. But that concern can be alleviated when all the other teams looking for No. 1 seeds also happen to lose. That’s exactly what happened last week. With its loss to Purdue on Sunday, No. 2 Ohio State (26-2, 13-2 Big Ten) was able to maintain its grip on a top tournament seed last week because No. 3 Kansas (26-2, 11-2 Big 12), No. 4 Pittsburgh (24-3, 12-2 Big East) and No. 5 Texas (24-4, 12-1 Big 12) lost. This allowed fifth-ranked Duke (25-2, 12-1 ACC) to jet to No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Jerry Palm, bracketology expert and owner of CollegeRPI.com, said the Blue Devils’ ascension in the rankings isn’t necessarily deserved. “Duke went from No. 5 to No. 1 because the four teams ahead of them lost,” Palm told The Lantern, “not because Duke’s better.” One of Duke’s losses came to Florida State (19-7, 9-3 ACC), whom the Buckeyes beat, 58-44, Nov. 30 on the road. Duke’s other loss came Jan. 30 to then-unranked St. John’s (17-9, 9-5 Big East). OSU’s two losses came to No. 12 Wisconsin (20-6, 10-4 Big Ten) and No. 8 Purdue (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten). In Palm’s most recent bracket, Pittsburgh, OSU, No. 6 San Diego State (27-1, 12-1 Mountain West) and Kansas are all No. 1 seeds with Texas and Duke right on the cusp. He said Pittsburgh and OSU clearly have the best résumés at this point in the season. Despite losing to No. 7 BYU (25-2, 11-1 Mountain West) on Jan. 26, San Diego State remains a viable contender for a top seed, even though it plays in the lesser-known Mountain West Conference. Behind leading scorer and rebounder Kawhi Leonard — who’s averaging a double-double with 15.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game — the Aztecs are in a better position for a No. 1 seed now than anyone could have anticipated. They get a rematch against BYU on Sunday in a game that could solidify their position. Palm said that of the top four teams to lose last week, the Longhorns’ loss to Nebraska (18-8, 6-6 Big 12) was “the worst” loss of the group. The Cornhuskers are fighting for a chance at an at-large bid, and the loss dropped Texas to No. 5. The Buckeyes will be favored in each of their three remaining regular season games — against Indiana (12-15, 3-11 Big Ten), on the road against Penn State (14-12, 7-8 Big Ten) and the rematch game against Wisconsin — and they need a solid showing in the Big Ten Tournament to warrant the No. 1 overall seed in the Big Dance, Palm said. “It’s a grind,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I’m glad I’ve chosen the attitude I’ve always had in my approach to coaching — I’m not looking back. “Every day in college basketball is survival mode; there’s no doubt about that.” The other most likely contender for the top overall seed is Pittsburgh, which will have to face a gauntlet of Big East teams finishing off its regular season and in its conference tournament. The Big East is arguably the best conference in college basketball. read more

Review Belgium – England

first_imgThomas Meunier and Eden Hazard scored in a deserved 2-0 victory for Belgium which earned its first ever World Cup medal.Here are the teams for #BELENG! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Wv14Z5zrXW— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 14, 2018Thomas Meunier, the man who missed the semi-final against France, scored in the 4th minute to give Belgium an early 1-0 lead. Danny Rose did not cover Meunier, allowing him to get at the end of a Nacer Chadli cross just a few meters away from goal. The game was nowhere near as closed as the first group stage encounter between the two. Despite good defensive positioning, both teams were finding space to create opportunities. De Bruyne had a shot blocked by Pickford, Lukaku failed to control a ball inside the box, while Loftus-Cheek and Maguire had a header each. Harry Kane was forgotten by Belgium’s defenders in the 24th minute, but he slipped in the last moment and fired his shot wide.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.In the 35th minute, Aiderweireld had an overhead shot go over the bar following a corner kick. Soon after that, The Red Devils had a counter attack which slowed down once Chadli grabbed his hamstring. He couldn’t continue and was replaced by (somewhat surprisingly) Thomas Vermaelen. England had the initiative for around 15 minutes in the middle of the first half, but then Belgium regained control and had several attempts at goal blocked before Sandro Ricci blew the half-time whistle.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford strengthened England’s attack at half-time, entering the pitch in place of Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling. In the 55th minute, De Druyne saw a free zone and sent a through ball to Lukaku, who would’ve had a one-on-one with Pickford if he had managed to receive the pass. However, for the second time in the match, he didn’t. The center forward wasn’t fully invested in the contest. Roberto Martinez saw that and replaced him with Dries Mertens in the 60th minute.In the 70th minute, Eric Dier and Jess Lingard played a great one-two pass which freed up Dier, who chipped the ball over Courtois. When everyone thought it was 1-1, Toby Aiderweireld came flying in and cleared the ball off the goal line. It was by far the best chance of the game for The Three Lions, who began increasing the pressure. In the 78th minute, Moussa Dembele came in for Youri Tielemans. Two minutes later, we saw the best counter attack of the entire championship which included two backheel passes and ended with Jordan Pickford making a one-handed save on Thomas Meunier’s volley. If he would’ve scored, it would’ve been the goal of the tournament.Eden Hazard finally got a goal from open play in the 82nd minute. Kevin De Bruyne pushed the ball between four defenders and gave it to Hazard, who avoided being in an offside position and was quicker than Phil Jones. It was routine afterwards, as he beat Pickford at the near post to make it 2-0 Belgium. Dele Alli substituted Ruben Loftus-Cheek following the goal. The Belgians calmly brought the game to a close, winning their first bronze medal in football history.last_img read more

JCF Hailed For Role in Tackling Human Trafficking

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, June 8, 2017 – Kingston – Jamaica’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has hailed the dedicated work of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in tackling human trafficking in Jamaica.Mrs. Palmer, who is also Chair of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), said members of the JCF Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit have displayed a willingness to go above and beyond “in service to our fellow men”, as the country tackles the heinous crime.“I applaud their work. I am so taken with the level of devotion that they display all the time,” she said.Mrs. Palmer was addressing a ceremony to hand over a bus to the Unit at the Ministry’s offices at 61 Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew on June 1. Donation of the 16-seater Toyota bus, valued at approximately $6 million, is intended to aid the Unit in transporting victims of trafficking to shelters.She noted that the Task Force is, in the meantime, working to set up an additional shelter for victims.“I am very happy to make this contribution to the Anti-TIP Unit, but so sad that it has come to this, that persons enslave each other for their own gain,” Mrs. Palmer said.The NATFATIP Chair, meanwhile, noted that Cabinet has given approval for a Bill to amend the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) Act, to have a judge alone try human-trafficking offences.The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimated that in 2015, some 5,800 persons were trafficked in Jamaica.#magneticmedianews#jcftackleshumantrafficking Related Items:#jcftackleshumantrafficking, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Energy Sector Pushes Back Against New York Citys Climate Change Lawsuit

first_img Share Bruce Gordon via FlickrOil and gas development seen in the West Texas Permian Basin.Energy companies targeted in a lawsuit by the City of New York for their role in the world’s changing climate are criticizing the city’s legal action, saying it’s the wrong avenue for addressing the problem.On Wednesday, the city announced a lawsuit seeking damages from five major energy companies “for the billions of dollars the City will spend to protect New Yorkers from the effects of climate change.” The city also announced a goal to divest from fossil fuels roughly $5 billion of its pension funds within five years.The lawsuit targets Houston-based ConocoPhillips, along with BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil.ConocoPhillips told News 88-7 its practice is not to comment on pending litigation. In statements, other companies acknowledged the risks of climate change, but painted the lawsuit as unproductive.“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a global issue and requires global participation and actions,” read a statement from ExxonMobil. “Lawsuits of this kind — filed by trial attorneys against an industry that provides products we all rely upon to power the economy and enable our domestic life – simply do not do that.”In a statement, Shell called climate change a “complex societal challenge” that instead of being addressed by the courts, should be dealt with through “low-carbon choices” driven by “sound government policy and cultural change.”Chevron, also in a statement, dismissed the lawsuit as “factually and legally meritless,” saying it “will do nothing to address the serious issue of climate change.”Victor Flatt, head of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston, said the lawsuit is the latest in a string of similar climate-related litigation aimed at the energy sector. But, he noted, New York’s case goes beyond similar challenges like those from cities in California.“It’s the first public organization that has sued and really brought up allegations not just that greenhouse gases have caused harm, but that the companies responsible for these amounts of greenhouse gases purposefully hid what they were doing and had bad intent,” Flatt said. “It shows that this drumbeat of litigation is just going to continue.”Correction: a previous version of this story stated that New York City announced a goal to divest from fossil fuels its $189 billion in pension funds within five years. In fact, the goal is to divest roughly $5 billion, which is the amount the city’s pension funds hold in fossil fuel companies. last_img read more