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Take Time to See Great Moments in History

first_imgShare This!June 20 is National American Eagle Day, and we’d be remiss not to mention Magic Kingdom’s most patriotic eagle–Sam, the American Eagle. Yes, this noble bird has taken his rightful place as a guardian of the sacred trust of American history in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square.If you’re a fan of the Muppets, I can almost guarantee you were reading that last sentence in Sam’s voice. It’s okay. Me too.And while this isn’t a presentation with the same gravitas as the nearby Hall of Presidents or the other bits of Americana at Disney parks (like the show at The American Adventure in Epcot or Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln in Disneyland), the catchy humor and audience participation means that your kids will more likely be willing to watch the show instead of asking how much longer before they can leave. And who knows–maybe they’ll learn something, too.With shows about American history topics like the ride of Paul Revere or the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Muppets tell a “truth-inspired” version of historical events. It’s the Muppets, so expect tasteful humor with their signature reinterpretations.Shows run from around 11:00 a.m. through around 5:00 p.m. every 35-40 minutes and last about 10 minutes. The show is standing room only, but because it takes place on the upper windows near the Hall of Presidents, you don’t have to worry about trying to find a place where your view won’t be blocked by the crowd. Simply check your times guide, arrive 5 minutes or so before showtime, and enjoy.Are you a fan of this show? Which retelling of historical events by the Muppets is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

MacBook Air Contest: Tell Us Your Top Three Features for Virtualization Solutions

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… What are your top 3 features when considering virtualization solutions, and why? That’s the question for our latest ReadWriteWeb Cloud contest to win a MacBook Air. The best comment on this post wins. You’ll need a Disqus account to participate, and rules can be found here. We know that ReadWriteWeb Cloud readers have been tackling virtualization projects for years, so we’re keen to know what kinds of features you’re focusing on – and why. Let us know the three most important virtualization features for your workplace, and you just might be posting your next comment using a brand-new MacBook Air!To win, you need to comment by August 31. Erica Brescia, CEO of BitRock, will be helping us judge the entries this time around and we’ll announce the winner shortly after August 31st. We’re looking forward to your responses! Tags:#cloud#Contests A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img joe brockmeier 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Gambhir seeks heavy fine for IPL franchises whose players misbehaved

first_imgIndia Today NEWS PICKModi gets his way, Joshi quits BJP BCCI boss caught in Jagan web? Paris won, London next for Sania-Hesh Happy birthday Shilpa! Rare childhood pics of Bollywood queen and her family What’ll Nano look like in 5 yrs?Days after changing the fortunes of bottom-enders in the first four seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the champions of the latest edition, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir batted for a heavy penalty for the franchises who were unable to control the conduct of their players.”Somewhere down the line franchises need to control these things. A certain player from a certain team does these things, the franchise needs to be fined and it has to be fined heavily,” Gambhir said in an interview with Headlines Today on Friday.Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Luke Pomersbach had been accused of molestation by an American national during the just concluded IPL 5 tournament.The southpaw put up a strong defence of the IPL and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying, “It is the responsibility of the franchise to control its players. BCCI can’t appoint one person each to keep a watch over every player.””Players who have a history of binge drinking and have got into trouble in the past, franchises should impose a curfew on them and they should be sent back to their rooms,” he said.The IPL also faced allegations of spot-fixing and black money leading some, including BJP MP Kirti Azad, to demand a ban on the popular Twenty-20 tournament. However, Gambhir put up a stout defence of the BCCI shifting the onus to franchises.advertisement”We keep blaming the BCCI and the IPL for all these things. A lot of these things can be sorted out if the franchise is strong enough. Whatever we sign for is given, and nothing is given under the table,” he said.Answering the parliamentarian’s demand for a ban, Gambhir said, “I am sure there are a number of other issues for Parliament to debate than the IPL.”Gambhir admitted that he would love to be a Test captain.”I would relish the opportunity to be Test captain. Who doesn’t want to? But captaincy won’t change my passion for the game,” the Delhi batsman said.He said that his effort was to make KKR a team known for its on field achievements. “In the last three years, KKR has been known too much for what happened off the cricket field. I wanted to change that,” he said.Gambhir said after the kind of receptions he received at the Eden Gardens, he now considers himself a Kolkata boy. However, the one thing that Gambhir cannot do is dance for KKR co-owner, actor Shah Rukh Khan.”The one thing I cannot do is dance for Shah Rukh Khan. He has succeeded in everything he tried. The only thing he has failed to do is make me dance. And I hope he will not try again,” he said in a lighter vein.last_img read more

Andre Agassi backs Novak Djokovic to rebound quickly

first_imgAndy Murray is yet to reach his maximum potential and should only get better but the world number one has not seen the back of Novak Djokovic, according to eight-times grand slam champion Andre Agassi.Djokovic, a six-times champion at Melbourne Park, was bundled out of the second round by Uzbek wildcard Denis Istomin on Thursday, leaving top seed Murray a raging favourite to win a first Australian Open title after five trips to the final. (Also read: Give Novak Djokovic a break, Andy Murray tells Serb’s critics)Djokovic’s exit, which comes on the heels of a dip in form in the second half of last season, raised fresh doubts about the 12-times grand slam champion’s motivation after he surrendered the world number one ranking to Murray at the ATP Tour Finals.Agassi, however, felt the Serb’s struggles would pass quickly and he would be back to contesting the pointy end of grand slams sooner rather than later.”I’ve celebrated Novak’s accomplishments to the point of predicting he’s going to win everything and the truth is it’s always a surprise when he loses,” Agassi told reporters in a video conference call from Las Vegas. (Also read: Defending champion Novak Djokovic crashes out of Australian Open)”What I can speak to is Novak’s game and his abilities and there’s no reason in the world why he can’t turn it around.”In my opinion, (he is) one of the greats of all time so I give him a high chance of coming back in a hurry.”advertisementMurray expressed sympathy for Djokovic after his Melbourne exit but cannot have felt too mournful to see the back of the man who beat him in four finals at the tournament, including the last two.Murray’s rise to world number one after 10 years of hard graft has raised British hopes of a sustained run of success for the Scot and Agassi was not about to pour cold water on them.However, the 46-year-old American felt Murray’s outstanding defensive game might actually be holding him back from realising his full potential.”He’s very impressive. I’ve always talked about Andy as a person that has never really realised his maximum potential,” said Agassi.”He’s so good at certain things it almost makes him a bit indecisive. It almost makes him not bring his strengths to the table as much as he could.”If he actually minimised his defensive skills by just five percent he might actually be a better player.”My expectation is he is only going to get better. It looks like he’s strong. It looks like he’s fit. It looks like he knows how to invest in himself.”last_img read more

Jeff Foxworthy Honored For Fight Against Childhood Cancer

first_imgAflac, the leading provider of voluntary insurance at the work site in the United States, today honored three heroes who have left a giant footprint in the fight against childhood cancer.Jeff Foxworthy laughs with Vicki (l) and Ansley Riedel At the same time, the company celebrated a major milestone, exceeding the $100 million mark in contributions to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a nationally renowned children’s cancer facility.The three honorees, nationally recognized comedian, author and television personality, Jeff Foxworthy, Ansley Riedel, a nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta who was treated at the Aflac Cancer Center as a child and Ansley’s mother Vicki Riedel who successfully petitioned Aflac to sponsor the Aflac Cancer Center in 1995, saw their footprints added to the Duckprints Wall of Fame at the Aflac Cancer Center. The event was hosted by national television sports commentator Ernie Johnson, Jr., himself a cancer survivor.“It is an absolute fact that all the Aflac Cancer Center has become, and all it has come to mean to our Aflac family, the families we treat and its position as a national leader in the fight against childhood cancer, began with one tiny footprint – that of a 10-month-old baby girl diagnosed with an aggressive form of adult leukemia,” Aflac Foundation President Kathelen Amos said. “After Ansley’s treatment, the passion that drove her mother Vicki to work for more resources, more hope and more cures led her to Aflac’s door, creating a partnership that began in 1995 that we celebrate today.”Mrs. Amos continued, “The vision and leadership of Dr. Bill Woods and the enthusiastic financial support of so many people, including public figures with caring hearts, like Jeff Foxworthy, have raised awareness and have continued to move the needle every day toward better outcomes, better care and better science. As we celebrate multiple milestones today, that of 20 years and raising $100 million, there are no finer people to honor than these three, who continue to play an important part in the amazing story of the Aflac Cancer Center.”According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for childhood cancer today exceeds 80 percent compared to less than 60 percent in the mid-1970s. And while cancer remains the most prevalent cause of death by disease for children, only a small percentage of government cancer funding goes toward childhood cancer.“Our employees and agents across the nation understand the need to remain vigilant against childhood cancer, which is why in the past 20 years the Aflac Cancer Center has become a big part of who we are as a company,” Aflac Chairman and CEO Dan Amos said. “The entire Aflac team embraces our mission to eradicate childhood cancer. There is more work to be done, but each and every day we inch closer to defeating this disease once and for all.”“It would be hard to imagine where we would be without the support of our Aflac family and people like the heroes we celebrate today,” said Aflac Cancer Center Director Emeritus and 2013 Duckprints Awardee William G. Woods, M.D. “Our goal is to someday see each of our children celebrate happy lives with families of their own. We are getting there, and with continued dedication like what we are celebrating today, I am confident that the day will come when we will claim victory.”Each month, Aflac’s independent sales associates contribute from their commission checks to the Aflac Cancer Center. Due in large part to this steady stream of research and treatment-related funding by Aflac agents, the center is currently recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the top 10 of pediatric cancer programs in America.“You don’t have to be smarter than a fifth-grader to understand why we need to put an end to childhood cancer,” Foxworthy said. “You just have to come to a place like the Aflac Cancer Center and see for yourself the true meaning of courage. I am humbled by this award and by the opportunity to stand with people like Ansley and Vicki, who have paid it forward by dedicating their lives to helping others.”In addition to conducting Duckprints celebrations across the nation, Aflac is calling on unsung heroes across America to become active in the cause. The company is donating $2 for any Duckprints-related social actions taken on social media, including:Twitter – $2 for any tweet using the hashtag #Duckprints or for retweets of Duckprints-related tweets. 
Facebook – $2 for any share of specific posts related to Duckprints or using #Duckprints.
YouTube – $2 per view of the Duckprints videos on YouTube.
Instagram – $2 for every post using the hashtag #Duckprints.Aflac also created a website (aflacduckprints.com) that enables users to nominate unsung heroes in their community who have made a difference in the lives of children and families facing cancer. People can follow the Aflac Duck on his journey to hospitals around the country honoring those who have made a difference in the fight against childhood cancer. In addition, merchandise such as plush Aflac ducks and Duckprints-related T-shirts, slippers and other items will be available for purchase at aflacduckprints.com, with all of the net proceeds going toward the treatment and research of childhood cancer.last_img read more

For the love of dog sledding in the North

first_imgIman Kassam APTN National NewsYELLOWKNIFE – It takes Grant Beck nearly a week to make it home to Fort Resolution by dog team.He and his dogs travel from Yellowknife, N.W.T., over Great Slave Lake and portage through man-made trails to return to his small community. He lives in Yellowknife but does this trip home annually to teach youth in his community how to dog sled.“We’ve always done it,” said Beck. “It’s natural for us.”Dog sledding used to be the only way to travel long distances through the northern tundra, but since the invention of snowmobiles, the Beck’s are one of the few families in the area who still travel the traditional way. He is a champion musher having traveled the world racing his dog team winning won four Canadian championships, one in Europe and a few world medals. But his racing days are far behind him now. Today, he is a dogsledding tour guide and teacher, but not a day goes by where he doesn’t miss the championship life. “I think about it a lot” he said. “Every time I look at videos it motivates me to get out with the dogs and think about what I’ve done and what I could still do, and it gives me great motivation to revisit some of the places I’ve raced.”He lives above his business, Beck Kennels in Yellowknife. Below, his yard is filled with roughly 100 dogs, 30 pups, a dozen toboggans and, yes, even some snow machines.Every year his company takes thousands of tourists out on Grace Lake by dog team to give them a taste of traditional northern living. It has taken him several years to get to this level of success, but today he runs the top dog sledding tourism company in the area. Whether it was when he was racing in the Alpes or taking tourists out on Grace Lake, working with dogs comes naturally to him. He started working with Alaskan huskies when he was seven-years-old and every day since then. “The amount of time I spent with dogs and the relationship I have with the dogs is so much fun,” he said.It takes about three years to train a lead dog to have the strength and confidence to lead the pack. “You have to be patient with him, you have to make sure he’s enjoying what he does, and you build him up in stages like any athlete,” he said. “The mental part is the hardest. You have to communicate with them, they can’t tell you how they feel, you have to read them and work with them.”And because of this, he ends up spending more time with dogs than he does with people. Grant BeckHis big project is teaching the next generation of dog mushers how to raise and care for working dogs, including his niece Taylor Beck, 16, who is a Canadian champion musher and a fifth-generation Beck family dog musher. She comes to the kennel almost every day after school to take care of the dogs and train with them.  “I can see everyone related to me and how far they’ve went with it and it’s just a connection to history and everything that I do, I know that they’ve been doing for many, many years,” she said.The family was recently given an award of recognition from the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the N.W.T. The non-profit holds an annual award ceremony that recognizes the territory’s champion athletes and leaders. The Beck family was recognized for their five generations of dog mushing.  Taylor Beck“We’ve all been recognized for something we love doing” said Taylor. “Not many people know what we do and how hard it is, so that now that they kind of know more about what we do and how we do it, it’s just a feeling that I can’t describe.”ikassam@aptn.calast_img read more

US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies.The nine defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the computer systems of about 320 universities in the United States and abroad to steal expensive science and engineering research that was then used by the government or sold for profit, prosecutors said.The hackers also are accused of breaking into the networks of government organizations, such as the Department of Labor, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the United Nations, and private sector entities including technology companies and law and consulting firms.The Justice Department said the hackers were affiliated with an Iranian company called the Mabna Institute, which prosecutors say contracted with the Iranian government to steal scientific research from other countries. The institute was founded by two of the defendants.“By bringing these criminal charges, we reinforce the norm that most of the civilized world accepts: nation-states should not steal intellectual property for the purpose of giving domestic industries an advantage,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in announcing the charges.Also Friday, the Treasury Department targeted the Mabna Institute and 10 Iranians — the nine defendants and one charged in a separate case last year — for sanctions that officials say will make it harder for them to do business outside Iran.The defendants are unlikely to ever be prosecuted in an American courtroom since there’s no extradition treaty with Iran. But the grand jury indictment, filed in federal court in Manhattan, is part of the government’s “name and shame” strategy to publicly identify foreign hackers, block them from travelling without risk of arrest and put their countries on notice.In Tehran, Bahram Ghasemi spokesman of the Foreign Ministry condemned the move and called it “provocative, illegal and without justification.”Ghasemi said the charges are “another sign of hostility of the U.S. government towards Iranian nation.” He said the U.S will not take any benefit from the move aimed at “thwarting” scientific growth of Iran.The approach has been employed with past indictments accusing Iranian hackers of a digital break-in of a New York dam, Chinese military officials of large-scale hacks at energy corporations and Russians of a massive breach of Yahoo user accounts.“People travel. They take vacations, they make plans with their families,” said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich. “Having your name, face and description on a ‘Wanted’ poster makes moving freely much more difficult.”According to the indictment, the Iranians broke into universities through relatively simple but common means — tricking professors to click on compromised links.The spear-phishing emails purported to be from professors at one university to those at another and contained what appeared to be authentic article links. But once clicked on, the links steered the professors to a malicious Internet domain that led them to believe they’d been logged out of their systems and that asked them to enter their log-in credentials.Those credentials were logged and stolen by the hackers, prosecutors say.The Justice Department says the hackers stole roughly 31 terabytes of academic research and intellectual property that was then sent to servers outside the United States for profit. The information that was stolen, which was sold through two websites to customers in Iran, cost U.S. universities about $3.4 billion to procure and access.More than 100,000 professors worldwide were targeted with spear-phishing emails. The affected professors and their universities were not identified.“Just in case you’re wondering, they’re not admiring our work,” Bowdich said. “They’re stealing it, and they’re taking credit for it, and they’re selling it to others.”__Follow Eric Tucker on http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAPlast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP looking to return lost money

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking to return lost money to the rightful owner.On June 14, 2018, a Good Samaritan attended the RCMP Detachment to advise that they found an unusual amount of money on the ground near “The Butcher Block”.Police say the person who lost the money will have to state the correct number by denominations and amount. If the cash remains unclaimed, it will be returned to the finder on December, 21.Police are asking anyone who may have lost this cash to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 quoting the file number 2018-5825.last_img

Seaplane operations to be a reality in Andamans soon

first_imgNew Delhi: Seaplane operations will soon be a reality in four islands of Andamans with the opening of its bidding process, under an ambitious project to attract more tourists to the picturesque archipelago, officials said Sunday.Seventeen islands in Andamans have also been identified for holistic development, that include building infrastructure, to promote tourism.Bidding has been opened for seaplane operations at four locations in Andamans, Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, Hut Bay and Long Island, under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Centre, a Home Ministry official told PTI.With the civil works completed at Diglipur airport on the northern tip of Andamans, air operations by Andaman Airways are set to commence from June 2019.Additional airfields are being explored at Car Nicobar, Campbell Bay and in Port Blair, for a second airstrip, the official said.Port Blair has already been declared as an authorised immigration check post for entry into or exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers.Paving the way for “Ease of Tourism”, as many as 30 islands have been exempted from the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) regime.The requirement of mandatory registration of foreigners arriving in the island within 24 hours of their entry has also been done away with.The key sectors identified for the holistic development of Andaman and Nicobar islands include infrastructure, tourism, green energy and skill development.To begin with, five Islands — Avis, Long, Little Andaman, Smith and Ross — have been identified for the project and another 12 islands will be added later. Improvement of connectivity has been given the top priority to promote tourism, the official said.Four tourism-based projects have been developed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. Requests for Qualification (RfQ) have been floated for projects in Long Islands, Smith Islands and Aves Islands while Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance has also been obtained for these four projects including at Neil Island.The lifeline of the Andamans, the Andaman Trunk Road, is all set to receive an upgrade following the grant of CRZ clearance in December 2018 for the Middle Strait Bridge, another official said.In principle approval has also been obtained for Chatham-Bambooflat bridge in Port Blair, in fulfilment of a long standing demand of the island residents.A Detailed Project Report is being prepared for the proposed Phase-1 of the Andaman Marine Drive from Junglighat to Dundas Point.In addition, Rs 270 crore has been earmarked for providing 100 per cent rural road connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the official said.Out of this, Rs 100 crore has been released by the central government.According to the data available with the Union Home Ministry, more than 16 lakh tourists have visited the Andaman and Nicobar Islands since 2015 till October 2018 to see the natural beauty, beaches, flora and fauna and historically-significant landmarks in around 38 inhabited islands out of the 572 islets.The archipelago has received 4,02,393 tourists, including 11,818 foreigners, till October 2018 while it received 4,87,229 tourists, including 15,310 foreigners, in 2017.In 2016, as many as 4,00,019 tourists, including 15,467 foreigners, had visited the Andamans and in 2015, a total of 3,11,358 tourists, including 14,674 foreigners, had gone to the Union Territory, the data said.The Andaman and Nicobar Islands comes under the administrative control of the Home Ministry.The Andamans was in news last year in the wake of killing of John Allen Chau, 27, by members of the reclusive Sentinelese tribe in North Sentinel Island.The archipelago has been inhabited for several thousand years, at the very least.The earlier archaeological evidence goes back some 2,200 years; however, the indications from genetic, cultural and linguistic isolation studies point to habitation going back 30,000 60,000 years, well into the Middle Palaeolithic, according to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Tourism Department.last_img read more

‘Feel I am making my debut every two years’

first_imgMumbai: From playing intense parts to switching to comedy, Kunal Kemmu says every time he tries to feature in diverse films, it feels as if he is making his debut every second year in Bollywood. The actor started out as a child artiste in the 1990s and went on to do films such as Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Raja Hindustani, Zakhm, and Dushman. “I still feel I’m a newcomer on the basis of the responses I get. People tell me ‘oh you look so young’, ‘oh he’s comeback with a new film.’ I keep feeling I constantly debut every two years,” Kunal said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaAfter having worked as a child artiste for a decade, the actor proved his mettle as a lead actor with his 2005 debut Kalyug and followed it up with Traffic Signal, both high on content films. His career witnessed a downfall after a string of flop films until Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3 in 2010 and Saif Ali Khan-starrer Go Goa Gone (2013) came his way. This constant genre-jumping, Kunal says, comes with the aim to constantly reinvent himself. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”It may look like a struggle from one perspective, but there are pluses and minuses. I can’t say ‘it’s all cool, I’m planning everything’, no. There are times when your films don’t work, your phone doesn’t ring and you wonder what you have done. You question it (the choice). “But then something good comes along and you invest all your energy into it, as opposed to waste time on what happened. It’s a huge learning that things aren’t always in your control. You can only be responsible for what you’re doing,” he adds. “It has been a journey of ups and downs. There have been moments of immense joy and heartbreaks. Everything I have gone through has made me better.” The actor will next be seen in Malang, which reunites him with his Kalyug director Mohit Suri.last_img read more