PNG makes final push as Games wind down

first_imgDe’bono Paraka made history this morning to qualify for the finals tomorrow night in the men’s discus throw competition.He finished fifth with a throw of 49.02 metres in Group A of the qualifying events this morning at the Carrara stadium.Paraka is aiming for a National record throw in the finals.In triple jump event earlier in the morning, Peniel Richard leaped 15.23m which was 0.32cm short of his personal best while in the women’s long jump on Wednesday night, Rellie Kaputin marked the sand at 6.81m in a long and chilly night of competition.Kaputin struggled with her lead up distances under difficult conditions and made only one of three jumps count.Adrine Monagi ran a 13.92 seconds in the women’s 100m hurdles which was only 0.03 seconds outside her personal best, another great effort by PNG’s athletes.Team PNG also had its last competition in the lawn bowls event which saw PNG’s team in the men’s fours narrowly losing to Canada 19-17.PNG Flag Bearer, Vero Nime faced up against Australia’s number one female para-athlete, Melissa Tapper in the Women’s TT6-10 singles competition.Leading by a margin, Tapper decided to enjoy the game with Nime and both women took their time playing, enjoying the rallies, with the scores mainly coming from fouls and misplays.“She’s the best in Australia and could have ended the game with a quick win but we had fun playing and it was great to learn from this opportunity, that we’re not just playing to win but also to recognise and respect each other,” Nime said.Her table tennis team mate, Geoffrey Loi bowed out on Wednesday night in the first round of the main draw against Harmeet Desai of India.It is not all over for Papua New Guinea as they have two more events for a final run home. These are the men’s rugby sevens which begins on Saturday with the finals on Sunday and the trap shooting on Friday which will feature Angus Donald and Danny Wanma.The team will parade again at the closing ceremony of the Games on Sunday night before returning home to Port Moresby on Monday the 16th.last_img read more

Growth and the Private Sector

first_imgThis week, the Guyana Private Sector Commission (PSC) officially presented a copy of its “Action Plan for the Sustainable Development of Guyana” report to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at his Church Street office in Georgetown. The PSC had already shared its recommendations and report with the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.The compilation and presentation of the report by the PSC, after several rounds of discussions with its members and civil society, is both timely and demonstrates its seriousness and commitment towards working with all stakeholders to advance the country’s overall development and growth.After all, the Private Sector in any country is seen as the engine of growth and like every other stakeholder is no doubt affected by the poor economic performance and slow rate at which the economy is progressing.It knows fully well that its performance is intricately linked to and affected by the economic stewardship of the Government of the day and the quality of the policies which that Government pursues. The PSC, by its actions, also appears to understand that it must take a hands-on approach to cautioning the Government against adopting policies which are short-sighted and could adversely affect the disposable income of the populace which represents the lifeline of Private Sector growth, profitability, and sustenance.It is, therefore, expected that President David Granger and his Cabinet will set aside a special part of their agenda to seriously discuss the report and recommendations made by the PSC if they are serious about averting the resurgence of an economic crisis in the country.Already, the statistics and surveys being undertaken by independent analysts, financial institutions, and other advocacy groups are painting a worrying picture about Guyana’s macroeconomic performance and fiscal management fundamentals. The Government itself via Finance Minister Winston Jordan accepted last week that the economy was not performing as it had expected or hoped, even after revising the actual growth figures three times downwards.This alone is reason for the Government to accept with open arms, all of the external assistance it can get from reputable entities within Guyana like the various chambers of commerce bodies which could also be called upon to make proposals on projects and policies that could be pursued to boosting the economic performance of regional economies, counties, and towns.This means that the Government has to be willing to listen more and loosen its grip on several areas of fiscal management. One such area is taxation as the current policies being pursued and implemented by the Government have been described by some as anti-business, anti-poor and anti-development despite the fact that Government revenues from this source have doubled if not tripled since 2015.The parliamentary and political Opposition too must continue to lobby and agitate the Government in a less confrontational manner to change some of the economic policies it is keen on re-implementing. In order for this to be done, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has to invite the Government to dialogue even if the Government does not see it fit to initiate such discourse. The success of talks of this nature will rely heavily on the level of maturity of the leaders of both sides and their commitment to advancing positive economic change outside of their partisan interests and political nuances.And the Private Sector as well as civil society could be seen as the referees in the talks given that they stand to lose the most if there is no change in the economic status quo of the country.last_img read more

Nagamootoo-styled statement reeks jealousy

first_imgA statement, tainted by traces of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, seeks to condemn my international exposure of actions advanced by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Coalition – actions that affect all our people. And I find it strange that a government would release a lengthy statement based on a short clip of a section of the comments I made in New York. What is stranger is that the comments I made in New York were no different to the ones I have made in Guyana – at press conferences and on the campaign trail in the lead-up to the March 2016 Local Government Elections.I spoke to the issues of racial and political discrimination, the lack of an economic plan, the taxation policies, as well as the repressive laws that have been advanced and the threats to local democracy under the APNU+AFC Coalition.Despite the charges made, my record on bolstering racial harmony and advancing equal development across the country, regardless of race, speaks for itself. That is not a position I need to defend. However, I have spoken out and will continue to speak out about the injustices against our people.I am inclined to believe that the Nagamootoo-styled statement has more to do with the reception given to me by thousands of people, representing the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – in contrast to the small crowd and protest actions that greeted him.While Nagamootoo claims that the Coalition’s policies are geared to deliver the ‘good life’ to all Guyanese and touts social cohesion, he ignores the reality of many of our Guyanese people – the thousands of young Amerindians who were fired, the many Indo-Guyanese removed from their jobs, the assault on the sugar industry and the non-support of the rice and mining sectors.No spin by Nagamootoo can hide these facts, in the same way that the fig leaf of social cohesion cannot hide the actions of the Coalition Government.The Prime Minister talks up what Jaganites would do, but he – as a hypocritically ‘self-professed Jaganite’ – has positioned himself to defend the murder of Dr Walter Rodney, years of rigged elections and denial of democracy in Guyana for years under the People’s National Congress (PNC) – the same PNC that is the majority partner of the Coalition.The only thing in the Prime Minister’s portfolio, as evidenced recently, seems to be making statements to attack the PPP. Further this ‘self-professed Jaganite’ only issues press releases, while he enjoys the luxuries of $20 million of renovations to his residence, $45 million in furnishings, $22 million for a new vehicle, a $1.7 million salary and another $8 million per month for security and other costs – contrast that with the plight of our people.The Coalition Government fails to recognise that its policies and actions do not only hurt people perceived to be supportive of the political Opposition, but all Guyanese across the country.Jagan’s party is strong and will defend the rights of the Guyanese people.Bharrat JagdeoLeader of the OppositionCo-operative Republic ofGuyanalast_img read more

Alyssa Valdez thrilled as two former schools face off in UAAP finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Rica Rivera making most of last chance to cap off redemption journey with UAAP crown Alyssa Valdez at the panel of the UAAP volleyball tournanent. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alyssa Valdez could very well be the best spectator in the upcoming finals series of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Valdez will watch two of her former schools in University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo duke it out for the Season 81 title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The 25-year-old national athlete could not be more excited when the Lady Eagles locked up their spot in the finals after beating Far Eastern U and set up a best-of-three showdown with the Tigresses.*alma matersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) May 8, 2019 Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card “And both my alma maters are in the Finals!” tweeted Valdez.Although she zoomed to popularity as a Lady Eagle, Valdez started her UAAP career with UST where she won three titles and three MVPs in high school.It was with Ateneo that Valdez ultimately grew to become, arguably, the most recognizable face in volleyball, winning three MVPs and two championships in her collegiate career.The finals series between UST and Ateneo start on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LATEST STORIES The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Anderson’s day is the lone bright spot

first_imgBASEBALL: Outfielder ties RBI mark, but Saunders, Angels fall to A’s. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER On a history-making day at Angel Stadium, there was still little to cheer about for the sun-baked home crowd. Garret Anderson tied the franchise record with an RBI in 10 consecutive games after a first inning single and then … nothing. There was hardly a reason to be delighted after that as the Oakland Athletics avoided a sweep with a 6-2 victory. The Angels are now 3-3 on the homestand with a major test still to come. Today should give more answers when it comes to the Angels’ playoff chances as the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians will be in town to start a four-game series. The two teams are potential first-round playoff opponents, though if the season ended today, the Angels would be matched up against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. Cleveland will send former Angel Paul Byrd – a 14-game winner – to the mound in the opener to face Angels 15-game winner Kelvim Escobar. “They have been on the brink for a while,” Manager Mike Scioscia said of the Indians. “This year they have broken through to show their potential. They are a tough club and we’ve had our hands full with them this year.” The Indians won two of three against the Angels in an April series that was moved from Cleveland to Milwaukee because of snow. The Angels won two of three in a series at Anaheim in early May. The Angels have outscored the Indians this season, 24-19. “They’re a good team and they’re running out some good pitching out there in the starting rotation and the back end, too,” said Anderson, who otherwise downplayed this weekend’s series between two of the AL’s top teams. “It’s not really a surprise that they’re doing well. “We’re not thinking too far down the line, just more this weekend.” The Angels will prefer to forget about Wednesday. A misstep on the way to what looks like their third division title in the past four seasons can be forgiven. With the Seattle Mariners cooling off of late, the Angels had not lost ground in the division in 10 days. The defeat cut the Angels’ lead in the AL West to seven games (pending Seattle’s game at New York). The lead had been as low as one game on Sept. 25 after a defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays. Angels starter Joe Saunders (7-3) came out firing against the A’s, retiring the first eight batters with relative ease and only giving up his first hit to No. 9 hitter Donnie Murphy when right fielder Reggie Willits could not make the catch on a sinking line drive. The A’s were only getting started, and so was Murphy, who ended the day with a career-high three hits, including a home run in the seventh inning. Mark Ellis hurt Saunders the most, though, with a three-run homer in the fourth inning to erase the Angels’ early 2-0 lead. Saunders was removed after Murphy led off the seventh with his home run. “It was a struggle with my command today,” Saunders said. “Ellis hurt me on a so-so pitch and Murphy hit me on a bad pitch too so what are you going to do? It’s never not worrisome especially knowing that every game still counts and we have to still take care of business.” The home run for Ellis was his 17th, setting an A’s single-season record for a second baseman. “Yeah and two off me,” Saunders said. “The more I face him I’ll figure him out a little bit. He’s obviously figured me out. It’s a work in progress.” The Angels started fast with back-to-back singles from Willits and Orlando Cabrera in the first inning against A’s starter Joe Blanton (12-9). Vladimir Guerrero struck out, but Anderson continued his hot hitting with an easy single to right field to score Willits. Maicer Izturis drove in the only other Angels run on a sacrifice fly. Only Wally Joyner in 1986 and Fred Lynn in 1984 had delivered RBIs in 10 consecutive games while wearing an Angels uniform. Anderson has 27 RBIs in his last 15 games. ETC.: The long road to recovery finally had its reward Wednesday when Mike Napoli made his first appearance in a game since July 27. Napoli was a ninth-inning catching replacement for Ryan Budde, who was making his fifth career start. A strained right hamstring, suffered while sliding into second base, was only supposed to keep Napoli out of action for two weeks. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MICHAELA’S DONEGAL CHARITY NIGHT: TRIBUTES PAID BY ORGANISER

first_imgShe struts down the catwalk with all the beauty and grace of a professional model.Her high cheekbones, deep brown eyes and elegant pose draws the attention of admiring ladies at the fashion event.This was stunning Michaela Harte back in November 2009 when she was asked to take part in a charity night organised by well-known Donegal shopping outlet McElhinneys. Today the organiser of the event, which raised funds for Donegal Cancer Services, revealed how the tragic schoolteacher had no hesitation in giving her time free of charge.Roisin Woods said this was the second time that Michaela had agreed to model for the fashion night at Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey after making her debut in 2006.Ms Woods said what she remembers most about Michaela was how down to earth she was.“She was approached through a mutual friend because she had done another fashion show for us before and it had gone very well. “She had it all – the looks, the personality and the good nature. She was just a real lady.“She could have been forgiven because she was a Rose of Tralee and she was well-known through her daddy and the football if she had been a bit big-headed.“But the truth is that she was the complete opposite. She was so modest and so unassuming. Nothing was a bother to her.“She just got on with it and was just one of the girls on the night. There were no airs or graces with her,” said Roisin.Roisin revealed how many of the women who modelled with Michaela from McElhinneys are still finding it hard to accept her sudden death. “A lot of the girls who were modelling on the night got to know her well because she was very approachable.“When we heard what had happened to her, some of the girls were very upset. They still are.“She shopped in the store a few times and some of the girls remember her coming in. It’s awful to think that something like this has happened to such a decent and kind girl.“She never harmed anyone or did anything bad. All I hear anyone saying is good things about her. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. It’s awful what they’re going through,” said Ms Woods. MICHAELA’S DONEGAL CHARITY NIGHT: TRIBUTES PAID BY ORGANISER was last modified: January 16th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! August 2016 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

first_imgThere are actually two Disney outlet stores in Orlando. Both are in Orlando Premium Outlet shopping complexes, and they are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, presumably because The Land Of Misfit Toys was already trademarked. There is one Character Warehouse located on International Drive close to Universal Studios (4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821). Previous editions of Magic, Memories, and Merch: July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2015, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015. June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015. December 2015, January 2016, February 2016, March 2016, April 2016, May 2016, June 2016 and July 2016.We also did an edition of Magic, Memories, and Junk for a non-Disney owned Outlet Store, and for you merch addicts like myself, you may also enjoy a look at the official Disney merchandise available on the Disney Cruise Line, Castaway Cay, and at the Orlando International Airport.If you liked what you read here, you may enjoy THE SATURDAY SIX articles every week on the TouringPlans.com blog and you can follow your humble author on Twitter (@derekbugan). Share This!Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. The Disney Outlets: the true final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Testa, beginning year four of our five-year mission: to explore strange old stores, to seek out weird merchandise and ugly vinylmation, to boldly buy what no MagicBand has bought before.We actually have a big surprise this month at the end of this fine blog, but we do have to start off with a little theme park news. Universal soft opened an E-Ticket restaurant – the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen (imagine a T-Rex Cafe for adults except the food is actually good) – and was promptly sued by someone claiming the restaurant was their idea. Some are claiming this is the most frivolous lawsuit against Universal since 2013, when the landmark case of Burgan vs. Comcast unjustly ruled that just because I said, “they should build more Harry Potter” after visiting Hogsmeade Village, I wasn’t responsible for the creation of Diagon Alley. I blame my lawyer.Now while all of you were tweeting your thoughts on Disney changing the “obscene hand gesture” in Rock n Roller Coaster (warning, NSFW!) Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the quality Outlet coverage you expect deserve!Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you.)Prices were SLASHED this month on Tsum Tsums, marking them down to an unheard of $0.99. This of course brought out the merch jerks in droves, filling up their baskets with Tsums to flip.The infamous Mother Gothel Tsum Tsum (I think.)–I honestly thought we had seen every single piece of merchandise made for the Disneyland 60th Anniversary and yet more and more just keep coming to Outlets. Here is a Dapper Mickey photo clip Frame. Originally $14.95, now $7.99.Thank you Disneyland annual passholders, for not buying a single piece of merchandise and making me go through it all. Yes, I’m looking in your direction Tom Bricker, Guy Selga, and Matt Gottula.Disneyland 60th iPhone 6 case on left. Originally $39.95, now $14.99. On the right is a Minnie Mouse one where the character is stuck on the case. Has a lot of thickness. Originally $39.95, now just $7.99.iPhone cases.Some houses have “fine china” but we theme park fans know what our favorite dinnerware is. The smaller Disneyland 60th plate was originally $17.95, now $7.99. The larger one was originally $21.95, now $9.99.If author extraordinaire Seth Kubersky ever gets married, I volunteer for the Ashkenazi tradition to break these plates (and as many more as they’ll let me.)Here is a pretty neat Disneyland 60th coin set. Price was $55.95, which was steep enough for even one of the merch jerks to put it back down. I think coin and stamp collecting have taken the biggest drop in overall interest since I was a kid. I remember growing up collecting stamps was a semi-big thing, and they would even advertise in comic books. Now I can’t even recall the last time I saw stamps promoted anywhere outside of inside an actual post office.Disneyland 60th coins. (photo by Julia Mascardo)I’m not even sure what is up with the Disneyland 60th tiara on the left. I don’t think it is meant to wear because it’s way too small. Originally $24.95, now $7.99. The ornament on the right was originally $29.95, now $14.99.More Disneyland 60th stuff.Yes, this actually exists. A Rhinestone Antenna Topper. I’m not advocating that people “key” anyone’s car that has one of those on it, but to paraphrase Chris Rock, I’d understand. Originally $9.95, now $4.99Repurposed Thriller antenna toppers.I tried but couldn’t quite understand what any of these things were. The left thing may be a scarf, or one of those ascots that Fred wears on Scooby Doo. Maybe the other two were pin holders? All were originally $29.95, now $14.99.Sometimes you just have to wave a white flag on trying to figure things out.This was interesting. A photo frame that doubled as a “fake book” which you could store more photos in (or your weed.) I debated buying this one but ultimately passed. Originally $19.95, now $9.99.Photo book.Here is the inside of the “book.” If it was large enough to hold pieces of Burgan Fine Art I would have bought them out.Inside of photo book.An interesting pin featuring Soarin’ that is part of a “Diamond Decades” pin set. I will definitely be buying the Luigi’s Flying Tires pin when that arrives. Originally $15.95, now $6.99.Soarin’ pin. (photo by Julia Mascardo)Disneyland 60th shirt. Originally $24.95, now $14.99.Disneyland 60th shirt.There’s a whole lot going on with this long sleeved hoodie. Not sure who the target audience was for it other than people who just have too much money on their hands. Originally $59.95, now $29.99.The definition of “busy” artwork.Okay, let me get this straight. The Soarin’ pin above was part of the “Diamond Decades” but this shirt (and other stuff we’ve previously covered) is part of a separate “Decades” gimmick? Weird. The decade featured on this shirt has the debut of Disney’s California Adventure (including Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train and the Aladdin musical spectacular (RIP), along with Disneyland’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.Disney Decades.Minnie shirt for women. Originally $32.95, now $14.99. Looks like something that would have been sold in Tren-D in Disney Springs.Minnie shirt.Another women’s shirt, this one featuring the iconic Mickey head. Originally $29.95, now $14.99.Mickey shirt.This is a rare bird at the Outlets, something featuring Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. I actually live relatively close to Vero Beach and stopped by one afternoon to check it out. Liked what I saw and am looking forward to spending some time there in the future (think Len Testa will get that hint?!) Also would like to note the logo for Vero Beach is based around sea turtles. In case you didn’t know,Turtles are a big part of the culture here on the east coast of Florida. I’ve actually gone to one of beaches at night and was able to see one turtle laying her eggs. It’s an amazing experience. First of all, you wouldn’t believe how fast these gigantic turtles are. Secondly, the female lays about 100 eggs in the nest, and these are good sized eggs. The turtle comes up from the ocean, digs this huge hole, lays 100 eggs, covers the hole and they scoots back in the water. Beautiful animals. Anyway, the shirt was originally $24.95, now $12.99.Vero.So glad that next level bananas Rock ‘n Roller Coaster shirts are back in my life. This month’s entry was originally $34.95, now $14.99.Dude Looks Like a Lady Weirdo.Here is a Flower and Garden shirt which I’m pretty sure features the exact same design that the Jungle Book: Alive With Magic shows had for their merchandise. Originally $24.95, now $5.99.Flower and Garden.This May the 4th Be With You shirt was originally $27.99 and marked down to 99 cents. Well of course I’m going to buy that. There is actually a bunch of merchandise made for May the 4th Be With You day, and this summer I was at Disney Springs in Once Upon a Toy and a saw an exclusive R5-M4 droid figure. I debated waiting to see if this $12.95 droid would end up at the Outlets, but ended up buying it. I’ve said it before, but that is my number one rule when it comes to buying theme park merchandise, whether at the Outlets, in the parks, or at the resorts. If you see something you really like, get it. Unless you like collecting generic Disney Parks shirts, there’s a good chance you may not see that item in the stores again.“I’ll buy that for a dollar!” – RobocopThese Cars/Star Wars mashups are so bananas. Have you ever walked through the Hot Wheels section of a Target/Walt Mart/Toys R Us though? It’s NUTS. They make these bonkers mashups look sane. They even have a Hot Wheels vehicle for the jeep in Zoolander. This Lightning McQueen as Luke Skywalker was originally $14.95, now $9.99.“Porkins!”Sarge as Emperor Palpatine. You literally could not makes tuff like this up. Comes with a “cone droid.” WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?! Originally $9.95, now $6.99.wow.R2-D2 bank for kiddos. Originally $24.95, now $9.99. It was sad news that we lost Kenny Baker this past month, the actor inside the R2-D2 suit. In reading one of the many tributes, an author wrote that he was the heart and soul of R2-D2 but I’d go a step farther. He was the heart and soul of Star Wars. Everyone loved R2.Bank was originally $24.95, now $9.99.R2’s silhouette kinda looks like a fire hydrant, doesn’t it?This was a GIGANTIC Millennium Falcon that came with three figures. The original price was $139.95 and I didn’t see a discount. Wasn’t going to lug this one up to the counter for a price check. Young Derek always wanted a Millenium Falcon but his parent’s never got him one (I did get an AT-AT years later though, and that partly made up for the pain.)Finn: What about that ship? Rey: That one’s garbage.Can you believe this? Not only is it a Vinylmation set of the “ghost Jedi” ending scene of Return of the Jedi, but they are using the young Anakin from the prequels. Hopefully on they next set they use My Idea. Originally $26.95, now $19.99.Ugh.Now here is a mashup I can get behind. Take the iconic Haunted Mansion stretch portraits and use Disney characters in them. Not sure of original price, but each are now $5.99. I bought the one featuring Capt. Hook and Tick Tock the crock.Haunted Mansion pins.Great Haunted Mansion magnet featuring the old timey attraction poster design. Love this. Reduced to $1.99.Haunted Mansion magnet.Here are a pair of Mickey Head/World Showcase flag mashup pins. Not a big fan. Left is Morocco and right is China. Both reduced to $3.99.Pins.I’m almost positive this set was World Showcase countries, but here on the right is the Brazil flag so now I have no idea. Also reduced to $3.99.Pins.We had the Flower and Garden shirt above, and now we have a set Garden Lantern Lights. I know people put lights outside around their house on Christmas, but do people do it the rest of the year too? That I have never seen. Or are you supposed to save these for the Christmas season? Originally $34.95, now $14.99.Garden Lights, whatever that means.Interesting hummingbird feeder featuring the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. I was this close to buying this one. Originally $32.95, now $12.99.Hummingbird feeder.This Cheshire Cat lawn “gnome” just looks off to me and it’s hard to describe why. It’s the face. Maybe the cat got into some cat nip? Originally $36.95, now $19.99.Cheshire Cat.Winnie the Pooh (with Tigger) salt and pepper shaker. Originally $16.95, now $8.99. Earlier this month I also stopped by Disney’s Pop Century and their gift shop had a bunch of neat salt and pepper shakers, several of which I think I will buy if they hit the Outlets.Salt n’ Peppa.Here’s some more of those character development coffee cups that we saw last month. This month featured some different characters, including this one for Buzz Lightyear. All cups were originally $12.95, now $5.99.To Infinity and Beyond!And here is Sully from Monsters Inc.Sully.The little guy in my family lost his sunglasses so I ended up grabbing these at the Outlet. Not sure of original price but reduced to $7.99.If I were a YouTuber, I think I would make a short film based off the concept of using the sunglasses from the movie They Live inside the theme parks.Back of the sunglasses.These kid’s shoes are something alright. Originally $37.95, now $12.99.Sir, I wanna buy these shoes For my mama, please Its Christmas eve and these shoes are just her size Could you hurry, sir? Daddy says theres not much time You see, she’s been sick for quite a while And I, know these shoes will make her smile “These shoes, kid?” (looks at shoes closely) “No.”I spent a long time trying to figure out just what these Tigger and Marie things were. I’m guessing hats with extremely long mittens attached? These ere originally $29.95, now $7.99.I want to meet the guy who thinks of this stuff.Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs coin bank. Originally $17.95, now $12.99.Snow White bank.Minnie “heart” Mickey purse that was originally $105.95, now $49.99. It’s a pretty good size purse, big enough to fit your copy of the new Drinking at Disney book (hint hint).Purple purse.Pink version of the purse same price.Another purse.Believe it or not, those were actually the cheap bags. These ones were orginally $198.00, now $99.99. I was in sort of shock at the price of these so I did a little searching. Turns out they are from some sort of HARVEYS collection, and THEY ARE ALSO PART OF THE DISNEYLAND 60TH MERCHANDISE. Anyone out in California needs to hang their head in shame. Sure, we get a lot of junk over here in Florida, a lot of it that makes no sense, but we buy it.  We support our Disney overlords through thick and thin (and it’s mostly thin, have you been to EPCOT lately?) Step it up Disneylanders, or we’re gonna start sending you our Jungle Book: Alive With Magic merch.These bags are so expensive I would request my heirs place my ashes in them for all eternity.Disney Villains photo frame. Originally $24.95, now $12.95.Disney Villains.Not sure what this photo frame was for but for me it feels “DVC.” Originally $59.95, now just $12.99.Photos!Frozen stamp set. Originally $19.95, now $7.99.Obligatory shot of Frozen merchandise. (photo by Julia Mascardo)Not sure if I told this story before but I bought one of these “animated glow” type things once and it stopped working the next day. These was a couple years ago, but I don’t think I’ll ever buy one again. This one featuring Monster Inc’s Mike Wazowski was reduced twice, eventually landing on $4.99.Animated Glow.There’s always pieces of art available at the Outlets. This month’s selection included This Disneyland 60th (OF COURSE) Christmas piece. Originally $29.95, now $14.99.Disneyland 60th items don’t stop!This Dumbo print was pretty sweet. Originally $39.95, now $14.99.Dumbo.This Seven Dwarfs one felt like an animated cell from a cartoon. I like it. Originally $39.95, now $14.99.Seven Dwarfs.The Playmation implosion continues with this Ultron Prowler Bot. Originally $39.95, now $14.99.Playmation.I have absolutely no idea if “Max Schnell” is a real race car driver, a car in the Cars universe, or maybe some artist who designed this car. Originally $9.95, $6.99Hey, it’s Max Schnell!This month over at the Vineland Outlets they actually had tables and racks outside the store. All the fun and excitement of shopping at the Outlets without air conditioning. Sign me up!Outlet table. (photo by Julia Mascardo.–We promised a surprise and here it is. Hopefully all of you know we have a weekly sister article on the TouringPlans blog with the SATURDAY SIX. We occasionally like to take a break from the 100% Ultra Serious World of Theme Park Blogging and do the SATURDAY SIX NEWS DESK where we can discuss subjects such as the technical problems in Frozen Ever After, Universal bringing in King Kong, and sometimes we may even cover SeaWorld news.BLAH BLAH BLAH DEREK, GET TO THE POINT!Here’s the point. The SATURDAY SIX is booked solid for the next couple weeks, but there has been so much news this month that we’re gonna cover it here with a specialSATURDAY SIX NEWS DESK: QUICK HITSITEM 1: In a bit of a shocker, Disney announced The Man Street Electrical Parade would be leaving the Magic Kingdom and return home to Disneyland. In non-shocking news, no replacement was named. The awesome Paint the Night show that is getting bumped out in Disneyland? Not coming to the east coast. Brand new, super exciting parade to debut at Magic Kingdom? Sorry. Some Christmas lights duct taped to Festival of Fantasy floats? Odds currently: off the board.Concept Art of new nighttime parade possibly coming to the Magic Kingdom themed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (photo by Michael Sheehy)–ITEM 2: After 17 years, Disney finally changed the ‘crude’ hand gesture in Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Why now? Who knows.The symbol of excellence.–ITEM 3 – Despite Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT scheduled to make its debut in the summer of 2017, Tower of Terror – the attraction it is replacing – is having a Going Away Party that ends on January 2nd. That means that more time will be spent converting Pizza Planet into PizzeRizzo than the first Disney Marvel attraction in North America. Get your popcorn ready kids, because this is going to be one to watch develop.SATURDAY SIX exclusive concept art of the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction. (photo by Michael Sheehy)Twitter user @Hastin came up with an interesting take on the new attraction’s name.–ITEM 4 – Are you ready for the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival?! It’s coming in TWO WEEKS. Everybody Wang Chung tonight!Food and Wine–ITEM 5 – After a critically acclaimed trial last year, Universal is bringing virtual reality back to Halloween Horror Nights this fall with an experience called The Repository. For $49.99 guests can experience a truly interactive area that involves highty themed environments, live scareactors, and virtual reality (VR). We could be looking at the future of theme parks here. Six Flags has been offering VR experiences on some of its coasters (I would argue to disastrous results) and it appears – at least from this layman’s view – that the parks are gong to try and force VR on us whether we want it not. Universal at least seems to be going the only route I think can work: ultra limited, premium priced attractions that can give the guest an unforgettable experience.Our long national nightmare is over, Universal is finally adding screenz to HHN. (photo by Michael Sheehy)–ITEM 6 – In possibly only the second time in history that the major Orlando theme parks worked together (the first being when metal detectors and extra security showed up overnight earlier this year), Disney, Universal, SeaWorld coordinated to give away mosquito repellant in the parks and resorts. Even scarier than the Zika virus is the fact that Gizmodo used Your Humble Author as a source on an article. Here you thought the Hulk Hogan sex tape was the worst thing to happen to Gawker. What may be most interesting of all is that throughout all the signage and literature detailing the aggressive plan of attack against mosquitos, you never see the word “Zika” anywhere.Move along, nothing to see here. 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Decorate Your Door with These “Do Not Disturb” Signs

first_imgWe could see using the Haunted Mansion version during a Halloween event, or the “Happily Ever After” one during a wedding or anniversary occasion. What would you use these for? Share This!Walt Disney World has no longer uses “Do No Disturb Signs” on its hotel room doors; instead there are “Room Occupied” signs to let your housekeeper know that you are napping.If you want to add a fun, hotel-like twist to a room at home, Disney has three options for you to choose from. We found these for $7.99 each at the Emporium at the Magic Kingdom and at several other shops at WDW. Each is two sided and can be displayed either way.last_img read more

May 2017 User Experience and Web Professional Events

first_imgWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events.That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and web professionals events for southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio. A WordPress Q & A workshop, Laravel show and tell, and the fourth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day Detroit are a few of the events you’ll discover in the May 2017 event calendar.While I don’t attend every event on the calendar, I usually make it to one or two events each week. I’d love to meet you. When you see me, stop by and say hi!3rd Connect ITDate: May 2, 2017 at 5:30pmLocation: Dana Information Technology in Maumee, Ohio (map and directions to Dana Information Technology)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredEPIC Toledo, in collaboration with Tech Toledo, hosts the 3rd Connect IT event where you’ll join fellow Toledo-area information technology(IT) professionals for small group discussions on latest IT trends and solutions.Enjoy a light meal, networking, and two roundtable discussions. Quarterly Q & A WorkshopDate: May 8, 2017 at 6:30pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Grand Circus)Cost: $5.00, pre-registration requiredGet your WordPress questions answered at our Metro Detroit WordPress Q & A Workshop. Our meetup members will help each other out with their site, whether it’s self-hosted or a WordPress.com site. Information Architecture Nuts & BoltsDate: May 9, 2017 at 6:00pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Grand Circus)Cost: $5, pre-registration requiredAt the May Detroit User Experience meetup, Bob Royce of The Understanding Group will help you better understand what information architecture is about, how it’s practiced, and how it differs from user experience. Laravel Show and Tell – Continuous delivery, Gitlab CI, Docker and DeployerDate: May 16, 2017 at 6:30pmLocation: International Bancard in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to International Bancard)Cost: Free, pre-registration requestedBring your laptop to this month’s Detroit Laravel meetup and share your latest project. Talk about your journey, challenges, and some of your wins along the way. Women’s Strategizing the Job Search Event with Michigan Council of Women in TechnologyDate: May 17, 2017 at 5:30pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Grand Circus)Cost: Free, pre-registration requiredEnjoy refreshments, snacks, and networking, at the quarterly Grand Circus women’s event in partnership with Michigan Council of Women in Technology. Hear from professional women in technology on good practices and strategies for your job hunt. You’ll leave with actionable tips for your job search process.Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017, DetroitDate: May 18, 2017 at 6:30pmLocation: Grand Circus in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Grand Circus)Cost: $5, pre-registration requiredHosted by Refresh Detroit and Ladies That UX Detroit, the fourth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit features local accessibility experts Caitlin Geier and Matt Isner, who will talk about the importance of planning for accessibility in your design project and how to use an automated accessibility testing tool. I’m thrilled to be hosting Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit for the fourth year! May Detroit Happy HourDate: May 22, 2017 at 6:00pm to 8:00pmLocation: Motor City Wine in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Motor City Wine)Cost: Free, pre-registration requestedJoin Ladies That UX Detroit for a casual happy hour to meet new people and catch-up with old friends in the user experience world. The informal topic of conversation: UX tools.Detroit Startup WeekDate: May 22, 2017 to May 26, 2017 (various events)Location: Various locations throughout Detroit, Michigan, including Wayne State University, Masonic Temple, Garden Theater, Gem TheaterCost: Free, pre-registration requestedDetroit Startup Week is a five-day free event featuring 100 different program sessions for startup businesses in 15 learning tracks for entrepreneurship, technology, design, innovation, mobility, music, and more. Great opportunity for startup founders to get training in marketing, technology, funding, legal issues as well as meet and network with fellow Detroit-area entrepreneurs. Last year’s event attracted over 4,000 attendees! HackerNest Detroit May Tech SocialDate: May 23, 2017 at 6:00pmLocation: Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan (map and directions to Masonic Temple)Cost: Free, pre-registration requestedConnect with the local tech community at this friendly, casual, social event. Enjoy refreshments and networking with your fellow tech professionals. No agenda or sale pitches. Share EventsIt’s impossible to include every event happening in our area. Do you know of any metro Detroit events not on the list? Share them in the comments. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedSeptember 2017 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsA five-day design festival, WordPress child themes presentation, and an evening of lightning talks are a few of the events you’ll discover in the September 2017 events calendar. Each month I compile a calendar of user experience and web professionals events in southeast Michigan and northwest Ohio where you’ll find…In “Calendar”August 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”April 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Elementary School Fun Run coming to Wildwood Park

first_imgFor Hub City TimesMARSHFIELD — The annual fall Elementary School Fun Run will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the upper pond area at Wildwood Park.This one-mile, cross country-style race is open to any student in Marshfield enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade. All finishers will receive an award.The girls race will begin at 4 p.m., and the boys will begin at 4:20 p.m. These races are sponsored by the Marshfield High School cross country team. There is no charge.Registration will begin at the upper pond shelter at 3:30 p.m. A waiver must be signed at the shelter by the student’s guardian in attendance.last_img read more