Disney Cruise Line Preview — Week of May 5, 2018

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsThis fall, Disney Cruise Line will sail to Bermuda for the first time! The list of port adventures was recently added to the site. There’s no shortage of great options! I don’t know about you, but the Bermuda Triangle Evening Cruise is absolutely calling my name! What could go wrong??“Stars Set Sail” is returning to select cruises on the Magic, Wonder, and Fantasy. Guests will be treated to performances by some of the best who have starred in various Disney shows on Broadway. If you don’t know Jonathan Freeman by name, you certainly know him by his voice as Jafar – and let me tell you, he’s even more chilling on stage! You can see the full list of dates and performers here.Speaking of entertainment, Disney Cruise Line offers some really amazing shows! Just a few weeks ago, I finally got to see Beauty and the Beast on the Dream, and I was absolutely blown away – this show is incredible!! I can’t wait to see it again….especially to catch the parts I missed, due to the, um, lack of etiquette by some fellow cruisers sitting nearby in the theater. Hey, things happen, but if you can avoid it, please don’t be that guy. Thankfully, Tammy is here to save the day (and the show) with a list of reminders to show you just how easy it is to have good show manners on board!Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Born In ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Doctor StrangeThor: RagnarokCocoStar Wars: The Last JediBlack PantherA Wrinkle In TimeAvengers: Infinity WarFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationIf you are a repeat weekly preview reader (thank you!!!), you know that Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line Blog is an invaluable resource for DCL information. He hasn’t earned the moniker “Captain Cruise Line” for nothing! You are cordially invited to join Scott and his lovely family on the Disney Dream on June 19, 2019 for an exclusive Group Cruise! Check out this link for information on how to book so that you can be part of the events and the fun! And if you need your arm twisted even more, did I mention it’s a Castaway Cay double dip? Who’s in??Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time picking which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!Special thanks Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article!Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings. Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world.Ports of Calllast_img read more

Library E-Book Checkouts Get a Major Boost

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The number of people who check out e-books via their local library is still pretty small – less than 15% of people in a recent survey indicated that they turned to libraries for their digital content. In part, it’s been difficult for libraries to offer e-books to their patrons, but as the popularity of the e-books and e-readers has skyrocketed, it’s clear that libraries are keen to find a solution to make e-book lending possible. And an announcement today from the digital content distributor OverDrive is a huge leap toward making that possible.Earlier this spring, Amazon announced that it would be working with OverDrive in order to make it possible for libraries to lend Kindle books to their patrons. OverDrive already provides digital content to libraries and schools, and by making the popular Amazon format an option, it was anticipated that many more people would be able to take advantage of library e-book lending.Librarians, however, had a number of concerns about the news, the least of which were questions about whether or not they would need to repurchase e-books in order to have them available in the Kindle format.In anticipation of Amazon’s lending library opening later this year, OverDrive has just made a number of announcements about its plans to work with libraries in order to facilitate e-book lending. Platform Agnostic, DRM-Free E-Book LendingOverDrive says it will become platform agnostic and “eliminate the need for librarians and readers to deal with various e-book file formats.” In addition to supporting multiple file formats, OverDrive says that it’s launching “Open E-Book,” a DRM-free collection. These formatting options will make it much easier for libraries and for patrons to be able to access content across devices and platforms.OverDrive is also tackling a long-standing complaint about e-book lending: the fact that it’s restricted by the same laws of physics that bind printed books and that if someone else has checked out an e-book, it isn’t available for anyone else. OverDrive says that it will provide new “always available” e-book collections so that multiple patrons can read certain titles simultaneously. And finally, it’s going to enable “patron driven acquisition,” an opt-in program for libraries that will let readers immediately borrow a title (or recommend that their local library purchase it) from online booksellers.All of this sounds fairly promising, although it’s worth pointing out that many of the details of how these things will be implemented aren’t available yet. OverDrive says it will offer more details at the American Library Association conference at the end of the month.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts audrey watterslast_img read more

WWE Raw SuperShow Results

first_imgWWE Raw Supershow is a sports entertainment television programme for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that airs on the US Network. It is the fifth longest-running weekly wrestling show in history.Raw is seen as the company’s flagship program due to its prolific history and emphasis on pay-per-views.WWE Raw SuperShow Results WWE is an American company dealing mainly in professional wrestling. Presently, it is the largest professional wrestling promotion in the world, reaching about 13 million viewers in the US and broadcasting its shows in 30 languages to more than 145 countries. It promotes under two brands, known as Raw and SmackDown.last_img read more

Lessons from the C40 Mayors Summit: Scaling Up Solutions for Resilient, Livable Cities

first_imgMore than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. So cities represent the single-greatest opportunity for targeted, meaningful actions that create impact on the ground, improve the quality of life for billions of people, and reduce the risks of climate change.This opportunity was a key theme at last week’s C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference brought together members of C40 Cities, a group of mayors and top officials from more than 45 cities who are committed to combating climate change and furthering urban sustainability. In addition to releasing the Climate Action in Megacities 2.0 (CAM) report, which highlights the actions C40 cities are already taking, the summit discussed uniquely urban challenges to sustainability. A clear message emerged: If we are to create livable cities for a growing urban population, city leaders throughout the world must take action to provide access to education, jobs, and health services. Sustainable urban transport and smart city design play key roles in expanding this access for all residents.3 Challenges to Creating Sustainable CitiesThe decisions made today will shape how the cities of tomorrow operate. Developing cities in particular have the opportunity avoid lock-in and auto-dependency, designing cities that are efficient and accessible for all. These cities must look to Barcelona’s compact urban form and not Atlanta’s sprawl as a blueprint for future development. But creating urban centers that are both prosperous and climate-resilient will require immediate action across a few key hurdles:Increasing motorizationPrivate motorized transport accounts for less than one-third of trips reported by C40 cities, but contributes to 73 percent of GHG emissions. Cities simply cannot meet emissions-reduction goals and curb the impacts of climate change without a plan for transport demand management that enables safe, sustainable urban mobility for all.Traffic safetyTraffic deaths are a huge economic burden on cities. By 2030, traffic fatalities are expected to become the fifth-leading cause of death globally. No city can truly call itself livable unless it can provide safe access to goods, services, and opportunities for all its residents.Air qualityDeteriorating air quality and harmful pollution are rampant in today’s cities. This winter, for example, New Delhi’s air pollution was 60 times higher than the level deemed to be safe. Protecting human health and ecosystems means reducing cities’ pollution woes.The Answer: Sustainable Solutions at ScaleThese challenges compound upon one another in a vicious and deeply entrenched cycle. But within these considerable challenges exists a major opportunity to decrease GHG emissions and air pollutants while improving quality of life—sustainable transport.Take Cape Town, South Africa. According to Garreth Bloor, the city’s Mayoral Committee Councilor and a panelist at the Transportation Demand Management plenary at the C40 Summit, transport accounts for 27 percent of CO2 emissions in the city. That’s why Cape Town implemented a robust transport demand management (TDM) strategy in 2006 that includes promoting higher vehicle occupancies and calls for the introduction of a holistic integrated transport system and congestion pricing in the coming years.Looking beyond Cape Town, other C40 Cities are taking steps to manage transport demand while integrating transport and land-use planning. San Francisco’s new SFpark system adjusts meter rates by responding to real-time parking demand metrics, and Milan implemented a congestion pricing scheme in 2012 that has reduced traffic by more than 30 percent. Finally, Curitiba, Brazil and Bogotá, Colombia have each built on the success of their respective bus rapid transit (BRT) systems by implementing transit-oriented development (TOD) principles along their BRT corridors.Each of these cities is now reaping the co-benefits of TDM, including improved air quality and traffic safety, reduced travel time, and an increase in biking and walking. C40 members and other city leaders can play a key role in scaling up these key solutions to urban centers throughout the world.Leading by Example: The Next Steps for C40 City LeadersThe fact that C40 members’ sustainable development activities have doubled to more than 8,000 over the last two years—including 1,534 actions directed specifically at improving urban transport—is a heartening sign. But the battle does not end there. More cities need to take action to truly scale up sustainable transport solutions throughout the world.To that end, city leaders—both those inside and outside the C40—can take a few immediate steps to improve climate resiliency and livability through sustainable transport. In particular, they should:Think holistically—Cities must integrate transport solutions into their overall economic policy and urban development plans. Cities like Bogotá and Curitiba stand as great examples of cities that have integrated transport at the heart of city planning processes, becoming more inclusive and livable as a result.Act strategically—Cities that engage in sustainability initiatives should collect and maintain better data on the impacts of these plans. One way to do so is for city leaders to commit to an internationally accepted greenhouse gas accounting mechanism, such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol or the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GPC). To build on this, they must also improve public access to data and foster the sharing of knowledge and best practices both within and between cities.Show greater leadership—City leaders have a prime opportunity to take action and show leadership at the upcoming Climate Summit 2014 in New York City, a key meeting organized by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Leaders should use this opportunity to come forward with clear commitments for creating more livable, resilient cities—including plans for sustainable transport solutions.City leaders are playing an increasingly pivotal role in shaping the future of their cities, their countries, and our planet. They can be at the heart of changing the paradigm of how we design and build our cities. Will they continue with business as usual? Or will they move in a new direction?last_img read more

10 months agoKoeman: Liverpool defender Van Dijk can take criticism; that’s why he’s so good

first_imgKoeman: Liverpool defender Van Dijk can take criticism; that’s why he’s so goodby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk’s willingness to take on criticism will see him continue to improve.Koeman signed Van Dijk for Southampton and made him his Oranje captain this season.He told De Telegraaf: “We have a history with eachother. That is easier for me. When I became a national coach, I knew who Virgil van Dijk was. “I did not know how Matthijs de Ligt was as a person. Ah, sometimes Virgil estimates situations too easily. I’m trying to change that. If that succeeds, he will really be the best in the world.”He also knows how I am. That is why I can criticise. Virgil does not think: oh, dear, I’m being hammered. And yet I think afterwards that I should not have openly criticised him. Sometimes, as a coach, I have to protect players a bit more. I know that this is not necessary in his case.”There is respect from me to him. What I did after that match (against France), I cannot do with everyone. It was nice that later in the season he caused a penalty at Liverpool against Manchester City and the next day with the Dutch National Team he joked about that moment when he greeted our entire staff. He thought, if I do not start it myself, I will cop it from the coach … He is a top fella. He is anchored and very critical of himself.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: 5-Star PG Dennis Smith Jr. Goes Through Defender’s Legs For A Dunk, Impresses Steph Curry

first_imgDennis Smith jr. dribbles through a defenders legs.IG/BleacherReportPoint guard Dennis Smith Jr. is one of the top uncommitted players in the class of 2016, and at NBA MVP Steph Curry’s camp, he showed why. The five-star out of North Carolina dribbled the ball through his defender’s legs in a one-on-one game, corralled it behind him, and converted with an emphatic dunk. He impressed the Golden State Warriors star in the process. Check it out. 5-star recruit Dennis Smith Jr. goes through his opponent’s legs during the 1v1 contest at @wardell30’s camp #sc30selectA video posted by Bleacher Report (@bleacherreport) on Jul 2, 2015 at 12:04pm PDT Smith, who comes from Greenville, has offers from Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest, and others. We can see why all of those big-time programs want him.last_img read more

Prince Of Wales Joins Duke Of Cambridge For Tiger Conservation

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge declared his new United for Wildlife project can make a real difference to animal conservation as he marvelled at London Zoo’s star attractions – the tigers.The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge tour the tiger enclosure ahead of a meeting of ‘United for Wildlife’ at the Zoological Society of LondonCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgThe Duke was joined by his father, The Prince of Wales, as he convened the first official meeting of the umbrella organisation he has assembled to help tackle the threat to the world’s wildlife.Before the talks began, the two men – who are both passionate about conservation – toured the tiger enclosure and got close to some of the big cats that face an uncertain future in the wild.During the tour, The Duke spoke about his plans for United for Wildlife, saying he wanted to get conservation leaders and experts around the table.He added that he wanted to get “them in one room to focus their energy and their commitment to one cause – particularly obviously this illegal wildlife trade at the moment is such a big issue”.“The idea was that United for Wildlife can progress and we can really start the ball rolling and the momentum and really try and change and tackle this issue,” he said.The Duke went on: “Education is the most important thing as we saw with the shark fin soup campaign – the more education, the more obviously we can put out there and show people and educate them on what they’re buying and what they’re seeing and really try and change their attitudes.“I think we’ve got a real chance of changing the way things are going.”The Prince said the need to reduce the markets for illegal animal products was a crucial issue.Speaking during his tour of London Zoo, he said: “One of the most important things is helping the NGOs who struggle away, particularly organisations like Traffic (the wildlife trade monitoring network) and WildAid (anti-illegal wildlife trade body) and the World Wildlife Fund, of which I’m President in the UK.“They’re doing a fantastic job but they’re up against a huge series of obstacles.”He added: “The most important thing to remember, I think, is that you have to reduce consumption of illegal wildlife parts, whether it’s ivory, or rhino horn, tiger parts, or whatever from various endangered species.“So that it’s the consumption in Asia and elsewhere which is one of the key issues and they’ve already shown – organisations like WildAid and Traffic – that you can seriously reduce, for instance, shark fin consumption, which is another huge problem, the cutting the fins off sharks, by this sort of approach.“So they need as much help and attention paid to them, and raising of the profile – that’s half the battle of this, really.”The Duke’s Royal Foundation is working with seven organisations, including WWF-UK and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), under the banner United for Wildlife, of which William is president.Its purpose is to tackle crises in the natural world starting with the illegal trade in animal products like rhino horn and elephant tusks.The new organisation is a long-term commitment that aims to lead the way in delivering effective responses to, and raising awareness of, conservation crises. It will also focus on engaging and inspiring young people and the next generation of conservation leaders.United for Wildlife’s first official meeting, held at London Zoo, began with a presentation of the findings of a report, commissioned by the Royal Foundation, that looked into the illegal wildlife trade focusing on – elephants, rhinos, big cats and penguins – and the trade routes from Africa to Asia.The delegates were told that elephants were still being killed for their ivory with a dramatic rise in large seizures in recent years, while since 2006 there had been a surge in rhino poaching from 60 animals killed around 10 years ago to well over 800 targeted for their horns in 2013.The Prince and The Duke looked at new technologies being used in parts of the world to tackle the issue, from drones to monitor animals and poachers to cameras that can be hidden in fake stones to capture images of poachers and send them back remotely to local rangers.Source:dukeandduchessofcambridge.orglast_img read more

Sarri Chelsea will be in trouble if there is no replacement

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes it will be an urgent matter to find a replacement for Cesc Fabregas if he leaves this monthThe Spanish midfielder is expected to end his four and a half year stay at Stamford Bridge in this month’s transfer window after falling out of favour under Sarri this season.Fabregas is being widely tipped to reunite with former Arsenal team-mate Thierry Henry at AS Monaco.And Sarri reckons it’s imperative that Chelsea find someone to fill the void left by Fabregas or risk running into trouble.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“If Cesc will go, of course, we need a replacement. Now, with the midfielders we are in trouble, I think,” said Sarri, according to Evening Standard.“Without Cesc, we have only five, so we are in trouble. We need a replacement.”Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella and Zenit St. Petersburg’s Leandro Paredes are allegedly being lined up for moves by Chelsea this month.The Blues will take on Tottenham in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday night.last_img read more

In Central California Homebuilders Get Ready for Growth at NAS Lemoore

first_imgAn influx of 3,000 personnel, civilians, contractors and dependents at Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California over the next 12 years has builders in the southern San Joaquin Valley excited about the prospect of new homebuyers.“Job creation is always a big factor,” Chris Williams, Central Valley division president for Woodside Homes, told the Fresno Bee.“Any time you get job creation, it makes it a promising location for new homes,” he said. Last year the builder finished a 37-home subdivision in the city of Lemoore, where homes sold for $255,000 to $335,000.“Sixty percent of our buyers were military,” Williams said.Much of the growth at the installation will occur over the next two years. An F/A-18 Super Hornet squadron is relocating midyear from NAS Oceana, Va., and 10 new F-35C Joint Strike Fighter jets will arrive from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., beginning in January. A second Super Hornet squadron from Oceana is slated to move to Lemoore, but no timeline has been set.Lemoore, the largest naval installation in the country for carrier-based aircraft, already has 15 F-18 squadrons and one auxiliary squadron.The primary response to the growth from the development community so far has been to build single-family homes.“I’ve had quite a few developers come forward,” said Judy Holwell, Lemoore’s interim planning director. “It’s all been housing,” she said.On base, the arrival of the military’s next-generation fighter jet, the F-35, has triggered a building boom. Already under construction is a building for squadron administration and maintenance, and a flight simulator facility, according to the story.A total of 150 F-35Cs are expected to make their home at Lemoore by 2025. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

I believe Mayais one of my best works Bickram Ghosh

first_imgThe man known for his exceptional Tabla skills is also one of the pioneers of Neo-classical fusion. Bickram Ghosh – a master weaver of musical tales has recently released ‘Maya’ on Sony Music that celebrates Ravi Shankar and his legacy of peace through music. Using Hindu philosophy’s concept of Maya – the irresistible veil behind which the world conceals the real character of spiritual reality, it is an ode to the beauty of this illusion. You are known for your experiments with music and you also dabble in a vast repertoire of musical genres, from classical, rock, new-age, fusion to film music. Which is your favourite genre among them and why? Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt’s difficult to talk about a favourite genre. The fact that one has dabbled in diverse genres shows that there is a desired quotient for each genre. If you ask me which is my core quotient, then that is classical music, since I started my career as a classical Tabla player. Then I shifted to fusion in the early 2000s, and more recently film composer which is also becoming broader every day. All the genres are done simultaneously, I’m involved in all three right now. I’m happy that I have the opportunity to travel these worlds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat other instruments are you comfortable playing?Tabla is my main instrument. That is what I play best and am known for. I’m currently endorsing a German percussion company Mienl Percussion. I consider myself mainly a table player but I also play the Cajon, and Kanjira among some other percussion instruments. I’m also known for my body drumming. I could dabble in pretty much any percussion instruments that I’m given.What are your views on the use of old songs as covers in the current music industry? Actually, I’m not a big fan of those. I do like the rendition in some of them but I don’t like the concept of an old song being used in remakes. It happened a lot in the ’90s and 2000s also, but I don’t feel very great about that. I’m sure that composers can create great melodies even today. I don’t understand the idea of having to rehash the melodies of the past. But of course, it says a lot about the melodies of the past. The songs are so strong and wonderful that even today when one listens to those songs they are influenced by them. There are some radio channels which are dedicated to the songs of the ’60s and ’70s, they play only old songs. It means that the melodies which were created at that era are so strong and they still sustain. In this era, there are of course composers who could deliver beautiful melodies, I don’t understand why they have to depend on the older songs. It’s a fact that not many great melodies are happening today. The number of great melodies happening now is far outnumbered by what happened back in the ’60s and ’70s. We should move away from rehashing and revamping old melodies, and focus more on creating new songs.Any memorable incidents with Pt Ravi Shankar?The first that comes to mind is the time when I played my first concert with him. I had gone to Brussels, Belgium to play at a concert where Raviji heard me for the first time. That very day, past midnight he called me and said, “I have heard some good Tabla after a long time” and he invited me to play with him at one of the greatest auditoriums there. We performed the next day. It was like magic, and also one of the moments in life when you pinch yourself to wonder whether it’s actually true. That’s how it started, and then we played for the next 11 years. There were some great fun moments with him as he could talk about anything under the sun. That’s one of the things I enjoyed the most about him.Please tell us a little about your new album ‘Maya’.’Maya’ is a dedication to Raviji. I’ve been influenced by him on so many levels – by his sitar, his compositional work, that hearing all his work and being with him for so many years, I wanted to do an album which showcased what I have acquired from him as a composer.Why did you name the album ‘Maya’?I named it ‘Maya’ because I believe in the fact that this world is a world of ‘maya’. What we see is an illusion and that there is much more behind it. All the numbers on the album address various aspects of life, relations, youth, ageing – which together constitute ‘Maya’. The sound is based on classical music, my forte, but it’s a new age sound. The album features several Grammy winners and celebrated artists from around the globe. It’s a magnum opus projects dedicated to Raviji, and I believe that this is one of my best albums. It’s my personal favourite. Whoever has heard it has loved the meditativeness in the project. ‘Maya’ is meditating on life.How was the experience working with Sonu Nigam in ‘Jal’?Since Jal, we have worked on several other projects. We are great friends and meet often. Girish Malik, (director of Jal) gave us an idea of what he wanted, then Sonu bhai and I composed the highly diverse songs, (from Indian classical to an English song). Sonu and I have a great chemistry. We believe in similar philosophies in life. The sound that we create together, as a duo is called ‘Muddy Electronica’. Could you share some information about your upcoming projects?There’s a whole bunch of them coming up. As a Tabla player I’m doing a lot of shows, a major one would be in Varanasi this month. On the album front, I’ll be doing an album titled ‘Massive percussion jam’ and there’s a project with Sonu on retro songs. I also have a collaboration with Spanish singer María del Mar Fernández, which we’ll release very soon.I’m currently composing for two Hindi films – Band of Maharajas, (also acting in it), and a film of Harsh Chhaya. In Bengal, I’m composing for Durga Sohay, and two films by Suman Ghosh – ‘Mi Amor’ and an untitled venture. There are too many things happening right now, and I’m actually enjoying this phase.last_img read more