DVC Lounge at Epcot to Open in June

first_imgShare This!©DisneyIn order to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Disney Vacation Club, Disney is creating a brand new, exclusive Member Lounge at Epcot, which is slated to open on the second floor of the Imagination Pavilion on June 6. The lounge is slated to welcome DVC Member, as well as their guests daily.The entrance for the lounge will be located through the pavilion’s merchandise shop and is included with admission to Epcot.  It will give DVC members and their guests a place to relax, access device charging stations, enjoy complimentary refreshments and other offerings, device charging stations, WiFi, computer stations with printers, Member Service Advisors, and mingle with other members. Members will also be able to purchase DVC merchandise. The lounge will be the perfect place for Guests to cool off (or warm up, depending on the season) and relax.This year, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, DVC is rolling out all the stops. Other anniversary perks will allow members to be offered additional complimentary events throughout the year; discounts on multi-day theme park tickets at Walt Disney World Resort; a silver anniversary sweepstakes; fun surprises; and new memorable experiences at not only Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, but also at Aulani and onboard Disney Cruise Line.For more information about the anniversary festivities, make sure to check out the DVC website.last_img read more

Eskom secures R15bn DBSA loan

first_img4 November 2010 Baloyi added that the municipal sector currently constitutes 50% of the DBSA’s loan book. “Electricity is a major component of municipal revenue, and it is only logical for the Bank to contribute to the funding of projects that will help to ensure a secure supply of energy for South Africa,” he said. After a thorough environmental analysis, the bank’s environmental appraisal report concluded that fossil fuels would remain dominant in South Africa’s energy mix for some time, but technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are being developed globally and Eskom’s projects will use some of these technologies to reduce emissions. “Building a sustainable and secure energy supply is one of many priority areas that the DBSA will aggressively pursue to complement the government development agenda to address key development and socio- economic issues faced by the country,” Baloyi said. State power utility Eskom has secured a R15-billion loan from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to fund its capital expansion programme. The loan, which is a structured facility that will be drawn over five years, does not utilise guarantees from the South African government. Reducing environmental impact The projects include the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations as well as the Ingula Pump Storage scheme and associated transmission infrastructure. Like any other transaction, the Eskom loan was subjected to the DBSA’s environmental appraisal guidelines, which found that Eskom has the institutional capacity to address current and future climate change related risks. Securing future energy supply Eskom’s capacity expansion programme is expected to have large spin-off effects, creating 40 000 new jobs, stimulating the creation of new industries and new suppliers, and adding almost 1% a year to the economic growth rate.center_img It will also have a significant impact on the economies and communities of the towns in which the new power stations are located. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Eskom’s capacity expansion projects will add 12 300 megawatts of additional generating and transmission capacity to South Africa’s national grid by 2017, enabling it to keep up with growing demand. Supporting growth and development Eskom CEO Brian Dames welcomed the recognition by the DBSA of the critical role that Eskom and its capacity expansion programme have to play in supporting South Africa’s growth and development. “Our new build programme is essential to provide the security of supply that South Africa needs if it is to grow its economy and improve the quality of life for all of its people,” Dames said. “The loan is a vote of confidence by the DBSA in Eskom. “It will help us to provide South Africa with the power stations and transmission infrastructure it needs while ensuring that Eskom remains financially sustainable.” Speaking at the media briefing in Johannesburg this week, DBSA chief executive Paul Baloyi said: “This deal signifies a major step change aimed at ensuring that South Africa’s long term electricity supply meets demand to ensure the economy can thrive.”last_img read more

Here’s Why Apple Really Should Build Standalone Apple Watch Stores

first_imgRelated Posts The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables adriana lee Move over, Rolex. According to reports by the French media late last week, Apple may be taking a page from your playbook by building dedicated stores for its upcoming Apple Watch. The company has not breathed a word of this, of course, but there’s reason to believe it may be true. But those reasons may be more than skin deep. The popular narrative chalks this up to Apple copying jewelry or luxury goods makers, and it’s tempting to say Apple just wants to give its “precious” an equally precious retail environment. See also: The Apple Watch Could Get Its Own Dedicated StoreBut there are more pragmatic reasons than that—some of which may offer lessons to other would-be smartwatch makers.How Precious Can You Get?From Apple’s Apple Watch Edition line, which features sapphire glass and 18 karat gold.If the new device was a phone, it would sit out in the open at Apple Stores. The other jewels in Apple’s crown, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are displayed just this way, tethered by thin cables and caked in the thick smudges that only thousands of shoppers could leave behind. They line up like good little soldiers alongside the latest iPads, iPod touches and MacBook Airs.The company may not want the Apple Watch to suffer that indignity. After all, it has hifalutin ambitions for the product. Apple Watches will also be available for aluminum and stainless steel versions.Apple’s profound power of denial has it refusing to call the wrist gadget—which will link to iPhones and work with apps—something as mundane as a smartwatch. Last September, the company went out of its way to invite fashion journalists and other tastemakers to its press announcement. Vogue China editors saw the watch in person before many American tech reporters did, putting the gadget on its cover. Now Self bookends the fashion push as the first U.S. magazine to do the same. How glamorous. So if Apple is designing whole stores around the smartwatch—and it is a smartwatch, no matter what Apple says—it seems rather fitting. The company would give its wrist device some space to breath and glass display cases to highlight the beauty. All the better to add to the product’s allure. See also: Apple Bets Big On Its Smartwatch, Though Killer Apps May Be Missing In ActionBut Apple may have another motivation for constructing special brick-and-mortar stores: theft protection. Apple Stores from California to North Carolina to many other parts of the U.S. and abroad, including Paris, have seen robberies, smash-and-grabs and even thefts enabled by barreling a car into an Apple storefront. Former NBA basketball player Rex Chapman alone made off with $14,000, and Apple’s own employees apparently can’t resist joining in on the illicit activity.Apple downplays the issue, and it doesn’t disclose figures attached to theft, but the sums are likely considerable. (The company has hundreds of stores worldwide, with more than 250 in the U.S. alone.) A few Apple Store employees in the Bay Area have told me their locations see frequent thefts. Some are brazen snatching incidents, others skew toward subtle cons like Rex Chapman’s—with perpetrators waltzing out the door after faking an Easy Pay self-checkout transaction. The addition of even smaller devices—worth between $350 to as much as $5,000—would surely heighten the temptation. Apple Watch prices may top out at $5,000, but it’s still nothing compared to this diamond-crusted variation by Mervis Diamond Importers, which will cost $30,000.Not that Apple Watches will be entirely MIA from current stores. More likely, the base models will sit out in those display tables, while premium versions will probably get stashed in backroom vaults. But that’s hardly a great way to showcase 18 karat-gold premium devices. A jewelry store-style setting, presumably equipped with cameras, alarms and tightened security, would allow the company to feature all models of its Apple Watch in a grander—and more guarded—setting.Why Every Smartwatch Maker Should Root For AppleLG Urbane smartwatchNew purpose-built retail locations would allow Apple to give the public hands-on time without magnifying the shoplifting temptation in its regular stores. That hands-on time is crucial. The last time Apple debuted a category-defining device was the iPad’s roll-out in 2010. Ahead of that launch, naysayers just couldn’t see the point of what some called “a vastly oversized iPod touch.” But the extra space allowed developers to rethink their user interfaces and create more immersive experiences that just weren’t possible on smaller displays.In other words, you had to actually use it to really get it. The same may well be true of the Apple Watch.Samsung Gear S is basically the tablet or “phablet” of smartwatches.The iPad ultimately won many of the critics over, with some even publicly admitting their error. Its soaring sales prompted many of major smartphone makers to also become tablet makers. Though sales of its big-screen mobile device have dropped lately, the launch experience was valuable for Apple—particularly now as it prepares to unleash its smallest-screen gadget. Apple likely noticed some interesting customer behavior in its existing stores: Some people need to hold the devices in their hands before they can fall in love with them. That may be even truer for unproven gadgets.That’s one reason why, even though brick-and-mortar locations seem so very antiquated in these digital times, they’ve become surprisingly de rigueur among tech companies as varied as Amazon, eBay, Microsoft and Samsung. Apple has mastered its grip on physical retail better than most, and now it may be poised to do it once again, all for a single product. A lot could be riding on it. While the public seems intrigued by smartwatches, many still haven’t yet hopped on the bandwagon. Perhaps, like with iPads, they need to experience them first.That can be tougher than it seems. When the Asus ZenWatch was supposed to launch at Best Buy last November, I headed to my local outpost to check it out on day one. The employees had no idea what I was talking about, and couldn’t even find the device in their inventory database. If Apple is building Watch Stores, it may be in part because the company wants to give its first real wearable its biggest chance of success. If it works, the tech giant might find itself popularizing a nascent product category once again and raising the profile of a whole industry. Success should be easy to gauge. We’ll just have to look out for jewelry store-like retail spaces with customers lined up all the way down the block. Device photos courtesy of their respective manufacturers 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…center_img You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Tags:#Apple#Apple Store#Apple Watch#retail#wearable#wearable technology last_img read more

India A captain Cheteshwar Pujara a big score away from regaining confidence, says Rahul Dravid

first_imgIndia A and U-19 teams coach Rahul Dravid has said it was just a matter of time before out-of-form Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara gets back into his run scoring ways, insisting he was just a big innings away from regaining his confidence.Pujara, India’s No. 3 Test batsman, has endured a prolonged batting slump that saw him lose his position in the team. Pujara is currently the captain of the India A team. India A are scheduled to play two four-day matches, slated between July 22 and 25 and from July 29 to August 1 in Chennai against the visiting Australia A side.”A player like Pujara will find the way, he has got the desire, the hunger, he is looking to get better, he has got the technique, and he is keen to improve. It is just matter of time that he comes back and get a chance to play in the eleven and one or two scores will change things for him,” Dravid was quoted as saying by bcci.tv on Sunday.Pujara has ben a sound run scorer since he began playing first class cricket in 2005. However, during India’s England and Australia tours last year, Pujara went through a low scoring phase, failing to score a century in eight Tests. During that period, he managed to cross the 50-run mark only twice.The Rajkot-born then went to England to play for county side Yorkshire to find his lost rhythm.”Good to have county experience. I myself had a small stint with Kent. Pujara might not have played the entire season but the experience he gathered playing in different conditions, different dressing rooms, and different set of players will help,” Dravid said.advertisement”Pujara is fine, he is a class, quality player. He had a good start to his international career. There were a few series which didn’t go the way he wanted. And it is natural, to all cricketers at some stage it happens.”I don’t think there is too much wrong in him technically. We had a few conversations with him even before coming here. We will try to look at his mind set where he is at,” the 42-year-old batting legend said.Speaking on India A facing the visiting Australia A side, he said: “It’s about creating a good environment. It is about giving the boys the right opportunity to show their skills. There are important matches coming up. Selectors are watching these boys as they have performed well in domestic cricket. And this is seen as a stepping stone to international cricket.”last_img read more

Gareth Bale misses the EPL but is happy in La Liga

first_imgThe Wales national team footballer misses the English Premier League but he says he enjoys to be playing with “the best team in the world”Welsh footballer Gareth Bale left the English Premier League in 2013 and five years later he says he misses his former competition but is happy at Real Madrid.The winger was playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 when Real Madrid bought him.He has then played 130 matches with Los Merengues, scoring 73 goals and assisting dozens more.And in an interview with The Daily Mail, when he was asked if he wanted to return to the EPL, he was very honest.“You can say yes and no. You always want to come back and play in your home league and a part of you will always miss home. But I’m enjoying playing for the biggest club in the world and winning trophies,” he said.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.One of the things that have helped him settle down is that Madrid’s boss Julen Lopetegui speaks English.“In Spanish, I can talk [to a manager] but maybe not go into that amount of detail with them that I would need to,” he answered.“We can be even better again. Another start and another challenge. We’re ready for it.”Tough game in Bilbao. We go again on Wednesday. #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/oZIpkJcKA6— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 15, 2018last_img read more

Bahamas and Jamaica bristle following negative US Advisories

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 17, 2018 – Nassau – The two number one English speaking destinations in the Caribbean have been put on blast by America when it comes to safety and security and satisfaction and now both countries are in damage control mode.   The Bahamas at its popular Fish Fry at Arawak Cay has seen vendors apologize for any negative experiences and mirroring a message by the Bahamas Government to improve service as security is enhanced, especially for Tourists.In Jamaica, the Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has launched a campaign.   Minister Bartlett says the $3b in earnings and a record setting 2017 with 4.3 million guests landing on their shores is not to be trifled with.   Bartlett on Saturday in Montego Bay at a food handlers workshop said Jamaica must curb the reports of visitor harassment so as not to see a reversal in the gains made.Visitor satisfaction in Jamaica was put at 60% despite the harassment issues noted in a US Advisory.  the Bahamas also got that advisory, but it was more severe saying Fish Fry’s reputation for a down home experience was sullied by reports of crime.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories#JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol Related Items:#BahamasandJamaicadamagecontrol, #BahamasgetsnegaiveUSadvisories, #JamaicagetsnegativeUSadvisories, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Energy Management System Generates Major Savings for Eglin AFB

first_imgThe 96th Civil Engineer Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., has received a 2015 energy and water conservation award from the Energy Department for integrating its energy management control system (EMCS) with real-time pricing to maximize energy savings by slashing energy consumption and lowering utility costs.The project combined direct digital controls, facility meters and comprehensive energy analyses, saving 181 billion British thermal units of electricity and natural gas across 131 buildings valued at $3.4 million, reported Eglin AFB Public Affairs. The effort has a two-year payback, and is projected to yield significant savings for Eglin well into the future.The EMCS collects energy data in real time from more than 1,600 sensors, and in combination with pricing data, allows base facilities to avoid more expensive electric rates during hours of peak consumption. The Eglin energy management team plans to bring on an additional 25 facilities to the EMCS in fiscal 2016, with the goal of having all qualified facilities brought into the system.Eglin received the award at the annual Federal Energy Management Program awards ceremony last month. The Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

RBI Holds Rate Says Tracking Govt Fiscal Consolidation and Inflation

first_imgReutersThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) chose to hold interest rates steady at 7.75%, leaving the possibility of a rate cut after the Narendra Modi government presents its first full budget on 28 February. The RBI last cut rates by 25 basis points about three weeks ago.The central bank has cut its statutory lending ratio (SLR) by 50 basis points, freeing up banks to increase their lending. Statutory lending is the amount of bonds the lenders must set aside, which now comes down to 21.5% of deposits.The RBI asked the banks to use the headroom provided by the cut in SLR to increase their lending to productive sector on competitive terms, to support investment and growth.RBI also announced initiatives to develop markets, including allowing foreign institutional investors to reinvest government bond coupons even after exhausting the investment threshold limit.According to a Reuters poll, most economists expected the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan to hold rates steady, and to cut rates only after the fiscal budget to be presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 28 February, provided the fiscal deficit also sees a decline.RBI sought more comfort on inflation continuing to ease and noted that it would await action from the government regarding the nation’s finances.With no new ‘substantial’ developments on the disinflationary process or on the fiscal outlook since January this year, the RBI rationalised it was appropriate to maintain rates.With oil prices tumbling and inflation receding, RBI cut rates in a surprise move on 15 January, by 25 basis points. The investor community is looking forward to the RBI cutting rates to help boost loan off-take and to make cost of funds cheaper. Markets are factoring in further rate cuts over the rest of the year and for inflation to continue to remain subdued, helped by fall in oil prices and bigger-than-expected falls in domestic vegetables and fruits.Consumer prices rose by 5% in December 2014, within the RBI target of 6% by January 2016.last_img read more

Kol to experience chill again Darjeeling sees sun snow

first_imgKolkata: Despite the temperature going up for the past few days, the Kolkata weather office informed that the city will experience the chill once again from Wednesday. Due to the Western disturbances, the cold air flow was obstructed which will resume again.According to the Alipore weather office, the sky will be clear from Wednesday and as a result the north-westerly will flow over the South Bengal districts. Temperature will go down and will hover around 15 degree Celsius for a few days, which is normal at this time of the year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, Darjeeling town experienced rain, hail, sleet, light snow with intermittent sunshine on Tuesday. Not that anybody was complaining as locals and tourists alike went about enjoying all of this in a single day. At around 10:30 am with overcast skies there was a spell of sleet and very light snow. This was followed by hail and rain. Finally, it was sleet again till 2:30 pm followed by sunshine for a brief period. “I haven’t ever experienced such different weather conditions in a single day. It was magnificent. As soon as it started to snow we rushed to the Chowrasta. It was a lovely experience for us,” stated Rajesh Sharma, a tourist from Kanpur. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe day temperature hovered around 3.5 degree Celsius. Tourists and local residents thronged the Darjeeling Chowrasta with busy shutterbugs making the most of the weather. The upper reaches including Sadakphu, Phalut along with neighbouring Sikkim also witnessed snowfall. On December 28, 2018, it had snowed in Darjeeling town after a long gap of 10 years. “The snow in the upper reaches along with rain and hail in other parts was caused by western disturbances. There is a trough in the mid-tropospheric westerly at about 85 degree E 25 degree N. However, it is gradually shifting away,” stated Gopinath Raha, in-charge of the MeT office in Gangtok, Sikkim.last_img read more

Acura moves to resurrect its performance subbrand with new Type S Concept

first_img Madeleine Johnson, 360Dx, 2019 Eurofins Acquires Transplant Genomics I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Side viewAcura Powered by Down the sides, minimalistic lines create a narrow, athletic waist, and the rear is crisp and clean, with forged carbon highlighting the spoiler, underbody and front side aero elements, and the spokes on its eye-catching 21-inch rims. While some of its lines clearly betray its Asian design influences, there are other touches that seem inspired by German work – not least the shapes that radiate out from the logo on the front grille, which recalls some of the fun stuff Mercedes-Benz has been doing in recent years.The concept wears a bespoke “Double Apex Blue Pearl” paint job that looks terrific thanks to “nano-infused pigments” and “a color-infused clear coat,” with the aforementioned forged carbon adding an interesting carbon corkboard kind of texture to add some detail around the edges. All in all, a handsome machine. Cedars-Sinai to Launch Precision Protein Biomarker Lab 360Dx, 2019 Meridian Biosciences Expects MDx Business Rejuvenation with GenePOC Acquisition Privacy policy Johns Hopkins Team to Commercialize Barrett’s Esophagus Epigenetic Biomarker Panel 360Dx, 2019 Despite Q1 Challenges, Luminex Targeting Long-Term Growth From Pipeline Productscenter_img John Gilmore, 360Dx, 2019 staff reporter, 360Dx, 2019 From certain angles, it almost has a hint of BMW M about itAcura Acura will be hitting The Quail this weekend with a concept designed to re-ignite some of the brand’s performance sedan credentials. The snazzy Type S Concept paves the way for an upcoming souped-up TLS Type S.Honda’s high-end spinoff is ready to start injecting a bit of excitement back into its mid-range sports and performance sedans, its new concept recalling the popular Type S versions of cars like the TL that made waves in the mid-2000s before giving way to a more sensible and pedestrian TLX in the noughteens.It’s a spunky design – and there’s not much about it that’d be too outrageous to go into production. Wide, low and long, it’s a four-door sedan that could almost be mistaken for a coupe. The face, with its neatly sculpted scoops, aggressively cheerful grille and eyeliner driving light/indicators, has a nice sporty arrogance to it. GNA Biosolutions Closes $13.5M Series C Round Leo O’Connor, 360Dx, 2019 We recommend Performance and powertrain specs are unavailable, and indeed irrelevant as this is merely a design study. Acura is preparing to refresh the TLX, and offer a hotted-up Type S version alongside it. This concept will “heavily influence the character” of this upcoming TLS Type S, so it remains to be seen exactly how much of this look will make it through the long and arduous path to production. Designed in Acura’s California studio, it’ll be revealed in a private event on Thursday before making a public debut at The Quail in Monterey. Check out a cheesy video below.Source: Honda/Acura Google Analytics settings Astronomers make first detection of polarized radio waves from a gamma-ray burst Yes Nolast_img read more