Shop Disney Parks App to Be Retired

first_imgShare This!Well, it was great while it lasted. The Shop Disney Parks app will be retired on May 31. In its place, Guests will still be able to buy merchandise on shopDisney. Disney claims that all the same great merchandise that was found in the Shop Disney Parks app, and more will be available on shopDisney.You can now download the shopDisney app, which is available in the App Store and Google Play store or shop by visiting shopDisney.com. Here, you will now be able to discover an even larger selection of favorite items and beloved keepsakes from Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and more.At Walt Disney World, the My Disney Experience app will continue offering shopping features Guests have come to love such as the product availability map or the ability to ship select merchandise to home (only for those located in the United States) when you order through the app. In addition, if shopping through the My Disney Experience app, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members will also continue to receive eligible discounts.For those looking for specific items from the Disney theme parks, they’ll want to click on the “Parks” button at the top of the page. (Highlighted in yellow, by yours truly.) So, who else is ready to go shopping! (My wallet is scared.)last_img read more

Would you be biochipped to make air travel easier?

first_imgThose happy to be biochipped become trusted travellers. Photo: Argonne Laboratory Flickr. Would you be prepared to be biochipped and regularly monitored in order to be able to travel more freely?This is one of the scenarios raised in a new report on the future of the airline industry that also recommends a working group be set up to look at automation in aircraft.The speculative report doesn’t come from the pen of a science fiction author but from the School of International Futures and was commissioned by the International Air Transport Association’s industry affairs committee.It is designed to generate discussion and looks at a number of scenarios and the drivers that could bring them into being by 2035.Those drivers cover a wide range of subjects from societal and technological change to environmental, economic and political developments.The biochipping suggestion is part of a “New Frontiers” scenario where there has been a shift in power to the East and competition for economic and military power moves to new frontiers, including space.Access to information is open and democractised but there remain problems in areas such as  cybercrime and  the use of data by states to conduct surveillance.In this world, governments continually monitor the financial transaction of citizens, there is bioscreening in showers, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence dominates frontline service.But global instability, the emergence of “bio-bombs” and an increase in transnational cybercrime has made travellers nervous.“People are willing to pay more for low-risk flights,’’ the report speculates. “And airlines are keen to reduce risks too – every individual now has a risk rating.“Those who agree to be ‘biochipped’ and regularly monitored can travel more freely and AAA+ travelers get prioritized access. Since 2032, everyone in Europe has been chipped at birth.”Although it doesn’t use the artistic names of a similar study by global booking giant Amadeus, the IATA document approaches the problem of predicting an uncertain future in a similar way.It sees the critical uncertainties as geopolitics — including, terrorism, cyber warfare, trade and governance — and whether data will be open and connected or closed.Three other scenarios are considered alongside “New Frontiers”:  “Resource Wars”, “Sustainable Futures” and “Platforms”.“Sustainable Futures” sees a peaceful, multi-polar world in which there is strong international governance and open access to information.Advances in big data, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence all have a positive impact on society, innovation allows sustainability and new trade routes open up.“Resource Wars”, arguably the darkest of the four scenarios, sees a turbulent world in which “an aggressive, nationalistic China threatens a US  distracted by continued conflict”.This scenario sees a wave of territorial disputes in the Middle east and Asia, the emergence of resource trading blocs and limits on movements between rich and poor countries.“Data asymmetries exist between countries, and governments increasingly use data to monitor and control their citizens.,’’ the report says.“Platforms” sets a stage in which the US and China have co-operated to open international trade and corporations play an increasing role in the economy.A dominant elite controls data and data platforms, Africa is sidelined and many countries see a disempowered public increasingly dissatisfied with the political eliteRecommendations in the report begin with a call for continued support for bodies involved in setting global standards, such as the UN-Backed International Civil Aviation Organisation, as well as increased engagement with new institutions such as the Global Development Bank.The report suggests IATA push for greater flexibility in routing and scheduling to allow airlines to deal with conflicts and other major disruptions.Other recommendations include a set of emergency response guidelines and procedures that airlines could implement rapidly in turbulent times and the establishment of  a global industry-wide position on data protection.One certain to get the attention of pilots includes the establishment of working group of both manned and unmanned operators to facilitate standard-setting and information sharing.US manufacturer Boeing said earlier this year that it would examine pilotless aircraft and test the technology in a simulator.“Technology in self-driving cars may pave the way for more relaxed attitudes to automation,’’  the report says.“At the same time, there will be risks around the co-existence of piloted and pilotless flights in the same airspace (a risk already present with drones).“Technology already enables pilotless flights. Freight shipment represents an opportunity for airlines to develop cutting-edge technology without watering down their commitment to passenger safety.’’last_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian rolls to 4th straight win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto View comments Dolly Grace Verzosa unleashed 21 points, 19 coming off spikes, to go with two aces while Shola Alvarez scored 13 of her 15 points off hits.Karen Cay Montojo added 12 as JRU climbed to 4-3.The Lady Bombers were poised to win in straight sets, but the Lady Cardinals battled back to force the fourth set.Katrina Racelis paced winless Mapua (0-7) with 16 kills, while Jan Andrea Morano had 10.ADVERTISEMENT Joyce Sta. Rita and Dangie Encarnacion also poured in 10 hits apiece.The Lady Stags rose to 5-2 as the undermanned squad now sits at third place, behind unbeaten Arellano and San Beda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBien Elaine Juanillo led the fight for the Lady Pirates with eight points.In the second match, Jose Rizal University shook off a late fightback by Mapua to win in four sets, 25-23, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22.center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian continued its rampage, posting its fourth straight win with a 25-23, 25-6, 25-14 victory over Lyceum in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Nikka Marielle Dalisay carried the load for the Lady Stags with 16 points, 12 coming off kills and four off service aces.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Rivalry rekindled as Gargano falls in NXT Takeover: Philadelphialast_img read more

How experienced are India’s Group A rivals

first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup – How experienced are Ghana, Colombia and USA compared to India? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:19 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ghana U17 Backpagepix U17 World Cup India U17 Ghana U17 Colombia U17 As the Blue Colts get ready for the U-17 World Cup, we take a look at how many World Cups have their Group A rivals participated in… India is privileged to host the U-17 World Cup next month in what promises to be the biggest footballing event to ever grace the subcontinent. Being hosts India has been granted direct entry to the finals of the the FIFA-organised world tournament. India is slotted into Group A along with Colombia, USA and Ghana.Unlike India, their opponents USA, Colombia and Ghana all have previous experience of playing in the U17 World Cup. The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will be Colombia’s sixth appearance at the blockbuster event. It will be their first since Nigeria 2009, where they had managed a third-place finish. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Colombia u17African side Ghana has been a household name when it comes to the U-17 World Cup. They have participated in nine of the 17 World Cup events starting with their first back in Scotland 1989.Their most successful stint though was back in the 90s. The U-17 stars of the West African nation won twice (Italy 1991 and Ecuador 1995), finishing runners-up as many times (Japan 1993 and Egypt 1997 – all during four back-to-back editions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Even in the 1999 edition of the tournament held in New Zealand, Ghana had finished third. They qualified again for the 2005 edition of the tournament but failed to get through the group stage. Some salvation was achieved when in 2007 they ended as the fourth best team in the tournament but for another 10 years, the Black Starlets were nowhere to be seen in the world’s elite junior football championship. Meanwhile, USA has qualified for almost every edition of the tournament since its inception back in 1985. The US side failed to qualify only once back in 2013. The 2017 edition of the tournament will be their 16th appearance in the U-17 World Cup. USA U-17Their best finish to date is fourth place back in the 1999 edition of the tournament where they were led by the legendary Landon Donovan. To put things into perspective, this is India’s very first Under-17 World Cup. In that sense, one must keep the expectations grounded to reality as opposed to expecting a miracle of sorts.last_img read more

Quebec shared concerns with feds over tax proposals right from the start

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Quebec wasted little time in making Ottawa aware “right from the start” about its concerns with the federal government’s proposed — and now hotly contested — tax reforms, the province’s finance minister said Tuesday.Carlos Leitao told The Canadian Press that he agrees with the overall goals of the tax proposals, which Ottawa argues are designed to inject more fairness in the system for the so-called middle class.But Leitao said he remains worried about the impact the changes could have on the agricultural sector, particularly when it comes to how the reform might complicate the transfer of farms within families.“I think that merits some significant changes,” he said of proposed elements that could make it easier for farmers to sell their businesses to outsiders rather than passing them along to close relatives, like a son or daughter.“That transfer is not being made to avoid taxes, that transfer is being made so that the business can stay in family hands.”Quebec shared its concerns about the proposals with the Trudeau government as soon as federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the plan in mid-July, Leitao said.Now, Quebec hopes the feds will adjust the farm-transfer part of its plan, a consultation period on which remains open until Monday.“As it stands now, the federal proposal probably causes some confusion in (the agricultural) sector and, regarding small businesses, I think there’s also a bit of confusion,” Leitao said in New York after he appeared at an investors’ conference hosted by Bloomberg.“Those things, I think, should be adjusted. And I think the federal government is open to coming with some amendments.”Morneau has said he’s listening to feedback and that the Trudeau government has indeed signalled it is open to making changes, if necessary.Earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it’s not his intent to stifle growth for small businesses and start-ups with the tax proposals. Indeed, it’s important to encourage entrepreneurs and risk takers, he added.The plan has been a tough sell for Trudeau and Morneau both.The Liberal government has been engaged in a communications war over the reforms, which it has insisted would end tax advantages unfairly exploited by some wealthy business owners.The proposals have been met by vocal opposition from numerous areas, including many small business owners, tech-sector players, tax planners and doctors.They have argued the changes will add new costs for the middle class, a charge that is hotly disputed by Ottawa.An organized movement has argued the tax incentives targeted by the Liberals are critical for Canada’s economically crucial small-business sector.It insists the current tax structure is necessary for entrepreneurs, including those in the so-called middle class, who take personal financial risks when they decide to open a company.The federal government has also felt growing pressure over the proposals from some of the provinces, including British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.On Tuesday, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he understands what Morneau is trying to do with the tax proposals.“Ultimately, what we want is fairness in the system,” said Sousa, who was taking part in the same New York conference.Sousa declined to specify any concerns he has with the proposals and said it was up to Morneau to manage the consultation process.He did note, however, that Ontario’s plan to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019 will apply more financial pressure on companies in his province.“We’re looking at ways to mitigate those costs, too,” he said.The federal tax-reform package includes restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company. Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

NASA boss in Ottawa fuels speculation about new Canadian spacestation role

first_imgOTTAWA — The head of the U.S. space agency says Canada’s knack for artificial intelligence will be useful for exploring the moon, if we want in.Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, says Canada has developed crucial artificial intelligence-based robotics technology that could help operate the next-generation outpost the United States is planning to send into lunar orbit.He started a two-day trip to Ottawa today by taking part in a demonstration at Carleton University by Mission Control, a Canadian company working on robotic technology that can be used to test soil samples.Bridenstine says he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue as it embarks on the creation of its new “Lunar Gateway.”Bridenstine is to give a keynote address on Wednesday at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, where speculation is running high that Canada’s participation in the Lunar Gateway — NASA’s next-generation space project — is expected to be announced.In September, the Canadian Space Agency issued tenders for projects designed to position Canada to contribute to future space missions involving human and robotic exploration.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Makeorbreak for BJP its allies

first_imgNew Delhi: Polling will be held on Monday for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election in 72 parliamentary constituencies spread across nine states.The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as it had swept 56 of these seats in 2014, leaving just two for the Congress and the rest for other opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress (six) and the Biju Janata Dal (six). Voting will take place in 17 seats in Maharashtra, 13 each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, eight in West Bengal, six each in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, five in Bihar, three in Jharkhand and a part of the Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe election in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP had cornered all but two of the total 54 seats in 2014, will begin in this phase. The Congress appeared to make a comeback, forming the governments in the states after last year’s Assembly polls. In the first three phases, voting has been held in 302 Lok Sabha constituencies, and 168 more seats will go to polls in the last three phases. The fate of 961 candidates, including Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Subhash Bhamre, S S Ahluwalia and Babul Supriyo of the BJP and former Union ministers Salman Khurshid and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress, will be decided by about 12.79 core voters in the fourth phase. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAmong other key contestants in the fray are Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Baijayant Panda (BJP), Urmila Matondkar (Congress), Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satabdi Roy (TMC) and Milind Deora (Congress). The Election Commission has set up 1.40 lakh polling booths/stations and has made elaborate security arrangements. In Maharashtra, where the election will come to an end with this phase, the opposition Congress is facing a tough task of reclaiming its lost base in north Maharashtra and Mumbai, while the NCP is trying to get a foothold in Thane district and Western Maharashtra. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena had won all 17 seats in 2014. Union minister Subhash Bhamre, and Congress leaders Milind Deora and Urmila Matondkar are among the 323 candidates in the fray in this phase. In Rajasthan, where the BJP had won all the seats in 2014, the Congress appeared to make a comeback, forming the government in the state with a narrow majority after last year’s Assembly polls. In Uttar Pradesh, most of these 13 seats are seeing a direct fight between the BJP and SP-BSP alliance with Kannauj being a matter of prestige for the SP. In 2014, the BJP won 12 of these 13 seats in the state. In West Bengal, all the eight seats, which are spread across four districts, will see a four-cornered contest between Trinamool Congress, BJP, Congress and the Left Front. In Odisha, where the state’s ruling BJD won all six seats, the BJP is making concerted efforts to bag a few seats. Prominent among the hopefuls include BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda (Kendrapara), who quit the BJD to join the party recently. Polling will also be held in 41 assembly seats in Odisha in this phase. In Bihar, the BJP and its allies are looking to retain all the five seats in the face of a spirited fight put up by the RJD-Congress alliance. The cynosure of all eyes in this phase, however, is the Begusarai seat which will witness an electrifying contest between the political Left and the Right with CPI debutant Kanhaiya Kumar taking on firebrand BJP leader Giriraj Singh. In all the six seats in Madhya Pradesh, a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP is on the cards. Over 45.26 lakh voters will decide the fate of 59 candidates in the first phase of polls for three Lok Sabha constituencies in Jharkhand.last_img read more

The Dance in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio – If Thursday’s practice is any indication, the Ohio State men’s basketball team isn’t feeling the pressure of the NCAA Tournament just yet. The West Region’s No. 2 seed spilled onto the University of Dayton Arena floor just before 4:25 p.m. Thursday for a 40-minute practice session in front of a few hundred Buckeye fans. Before the practice clock started to run, OSU players and coaches scattered around the hardwood. Thad Matta spoke to a smiling threesome of Sam Thompson, LaQuinton Ross and Shannon Scott, joking with the sophomores while pointing out aspects of the 13,435-seat facility. Junior forward Deshaun Thomas and junior guard Aaron Craft grinned and waved to scarlet and gray-clad faithful yelling for their attention. OSU’s student-athletes signed autographs on their way off the floor, following less than an hour of work highlighted by an impromptu dunk-off between Thompson and junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. The Buckeyes were noticeably comfortable in anticipation of their contest against No. 15 seed Iona Friday at 7:15 p.m. With their NCAA Tournament venue being only roughly an hour drive from Columbus, it’s easy to see why that’s the case. “We had a great practice this morning in Columbus, and an hour and 15-minute ride over here. I like it from that standpoint,” Matta said. “It keeps us in the routine we’ve been in.” “This is amazing,” Craft said. “Buckeye Nation always travels really well, and being only an hour away, it can only help. We’re just really excited to see what kind of crowd we can get out here.” Those in attendance Friday evening will be watching an OSU team that has won eight straight games capped by a Big Ten Tournament championship in Chicago last weekend. “Coach did a great job getting ourselves prepared for March,” Thomas said. But the Buckeyes aren’t ready to brag about any of their accomplishments yet. “It’s not time to celebrate that yet. It’s not time to change who we are as a basketball team, to try to be somebody that we’re not,” Matta said. Don’t expect the Gaels to be flustered by any of OSU’s winning history, either. Led by senior guard Lamont “Momo” Jones, who averages 23 points per contest, Iona won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament. Only six No. 15 seeds have ever beaten a No. 2, but Iona expects nothing short of a victory. “I’m very confident. I think we can win the game, and if we win the game, it’s not going to be a shocker,” Jones said. Jones said he and his teammates respect OSU, but the sharpshooter said he isn’t likely to be fazed by anything the Buckeyes present. Specifically, Jones said he won’t feel pressured by OSU’s defensive-minded guard duo of Craft and Scott. “I don’t think we’ll have a problem with it,” Jones said, noting that he goes against in-your-face defenders every day in practice. OSU players are aware of the outpouring of confidence from their opponent. “We definitely listen. We’re not going to respond to any of that, but we know what they’re saying,” Thompson said. Smith went as far to say that Jones’ comments might have made the Buckeyes more focused for the contest. “If we weren’t ready to play, they just made us ready to play. They gave us all the ammunition (we) needed,” he said. That doesn’t mean the Buckeyes aren’t conscious of the Gaels’ capability to play well. “They’ve got great scorers. They’re very active on defense,” Thomas said. “So what we need to do is just run our offense with pace and hit the open shots and hit the open man and just play hard.” Iona was the second-highest scoring team in the country during the regular season at 80.7 points per game. Along with Jones, junior guard Sean Armand propels the Gaels, dropping 16.6 points a contest. The Buckeyes will have their hands full with Iona’s shooters, who started practice Thursday with a 3-point contest. But Craft thinks his team has its best basketball in front of it. “The worst thing we can do is get complacent. Coach is doing a great job staying honest and having our minds ready to go, and that’s what it’s about,” he said. “This is when the fun starts happening. Hopefully we can extend it.” If OSU gets past Iona, the Buckeyes will take on the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Notre Dame and No. 10 seed Iowa State Sunday. read more

UEFA considers hosting Champions League finals in other continents

first_imgHaving seen the complications and accommodation issues experienced by fans during the two most recent UCL finals, held in Cardiff and Kiev, football’s governing body may take the star-making match to other continents, in order to facilitate accommodations for all fans.During the Champions League final match last week, fans for both Liverpool and Real Madrid were stripped from the rooms they had previously booked and paid in advance to attend the game, with the owners hiking prices up to 100% from their initial value.After the final, fans had to sleep on the airport floor, and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed to take matters into his own hands by finding host cities that provide proper accommodation to all those that will travel for the game.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“The election process has changed. Sometimes, you only needed a city exec to present a bid and that was it. Now, we have several options and the ‘best one’ gets to host. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to see how a fee of €100 can’t get you a decent room, even if it’s under a staircase. From now on, we’ll make sure that this subject comes up when we elect a city, and those cities where fans have to sleep in a garage won’t be elected,” Ceferin stated in an interview published by New York Times via LivesoccertvUEFA executive has named Miami, New York and Doha as possible host cities, due to each city’s capacity to offer proper accommodation.last_img read more

De Gea enjoying life in Manchester

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed he is happy with life at Old Trafford and gave a hint of extending his contract.The former Atletico Madrid shot-stopper is in the final year of his contract at the club. But United will be hoping to agree on a new long-term extension with the Spanish number one.Asked if he was considering signing a contract, De Gea said: “I feel really loved at this club. From the fans, from all the people who are for this club.“I am really happy to play for this club, one of the best clubs in the world. So for me, it’s really good to be part of this club.”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.The Spanish shot-stopper has been in a superb form in recent times, playing a key role in the Red devils’ recent triumph at Vicarage road.De Gea insists he has not been distracted, though, and said: “Normally, I never listen to the people who speak about me.“I am focused on my job and trying to help my team – try to improve every training session and try to be as good as I can, so I never listen to stupid things like this they say.”last_img read more