Senate Probes ‘Mismanagement’ of Japan Grants

first_imgThe Plenary of the Senate has mandated its committees on Foreign Affairs, and Public Accounts to conduct a full scale probe into the alleged mismanagement of several grants from the Government of Japan.The decision was prompted by a letter from Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Sonpon Coleman, in which he requested his colleagues to investigate the mismanagement allegation, a situation he claimed, “has the propensity to deprive the people of Liberia of future donor funding, if not corrected.”Senator Coleman recalled the recent media reports of the mismanagement of the Japanese grant, and the subsequent dismissal of two senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The two dismissed officials are claiming to be innocent and described themselves as ‘sacrificial lambs’ for the higher ups at the Foreign Ministry and other officials of Government,” he said.The Grand Kru County Lawmaker reminded his colleagues that Liberia is a third world and developing country that is literally reliant on donor funding for major infrastructure projects; to name a few, the Red Light to Ganta road pavement, Harper-Fish Town pavement, two HFO Electricity Power Plants, Mount Coffee Hydro Power Plant Rehabilitation, and the Somalia Drive pavement. All of these projects are funded by the World Bank, African Development Bank, Japanese, Norwegian, German governments and the European Union.”Senator Coleman maintained that “given my personal experience, after many years of interacting with multilateral and bilateral donors, where there is evidence of corruption in funding provided by one donor, it has the propensity to affect funding from other donors.”He emphasized the importance for the Government to conduct a full scale investigation on the alleged mismanagement of the Japanese Government grant, especially in the wake of claims and counter claims at the Foreign Ministry, and what he described as “window dressing” intervention by the Executive.“Madam Presiding and distinguished colleagues, it is in this light that I would like to appeal to the Plenary of the Senate to mandate the Committee on Foreign Affairs to conduct a full scale probe into this very embarrassing scandal so as not to deprive our people of future donor funding,” Coleman said in his letter to plenary.Meanwhile, the two committees have been mandated to report to plenary within one week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gross negligence by Govt (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Guyanese recently woke up to the news of another jailbreak. Three dangerous criminals are on the run.The Lusignan prison is once again the focus of attention by concerned, law-abiding Guyanese. Compounding the situation even more is the shooting of 10 inmates who were protesting the abominable conditions at the prison. Reports are rubber bullets, live rounds and tear gas were used to quell the unrest. Water tenders belonging to the Guyana Fire Service had to be called in to extinguish fires lit by angry prisoners.The situation is reminiscent of the disaster that befell the nation on July 2017 when the Camp Street Prison went up in flames.To date, no warning nor danger alert with phone numbers has been issued by law enforcement, calling on citizens to be on the lookout and to report any sightings of the escapees.Khemraj Ramjattan has portfolio for the Guyana Prison Service but it is becoming increasingly obvious to Guyanese that the Minister continues to be at his wits end, if not clueless insofar as solutions to problems that continue to plague the prison system of Guyana are concerned.On assuming office, Ramjattan rejected the sound policies he inherited from the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration that kept the four prison locations secure and habitable with far less resources.Ramjattan pretending to know it all, dispensed with the security policies of the PPP/C Administration and replaced them with adhocracy and a set of hodgepodge directives handed down to him resulting in the current crisis gripping Guyana’s prison system.All the talk about setting up a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the 2017 fiery debacle at the Georgetown Prisons has come to nought. In fact, there was never any intention to do so. As far as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government was concerned the CoI held in connection with the horrific events in 2016 was enough.Ramjattan abdicated his responsibility by not pressing for a CoI into the destruction of the Camp Street Prison deemed the worst disaster ever in the history of the Guyana Prison Service.Once again, deception became the handmaiden of intransigence and administrative laziness on the part of the APNU/AFC coalition Administration.Talk about dereliction of duty by a Cabinet headed by a President that likes show off his knowledge about security matters, failure to establish a CoI in 2017 is an excellent example of gross negligence by the Government over which he presides.From all appearances, CoI’s are established as a means to an end, especially when Granger wants to get rid of those he dislikes and undesirables holding key positions within an organisation which forms part of the disciplined services.Make no mistake. The CoI’s into the attempted assassination of the President and the Lindo Creek massacre were masquerades aimed at getting rid of certain senior ranks in the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force and to put in place ranks with whom the Commander in Chief was comfortable.The strategy plan for the Guyana Prison Service aimed at transforming the Guyana Prison Service into a correctional service remains on paper and the civilian unit established to oversee implementation of the plan been reduced to a virtual arm of the Prison Service.The Unit is denied the necessary human and financial resources by the National Security Council chaired by the President himself.We seem to be captivated by a sleepy and hollow syndrome characteristic of those who are responsible for keeping the nation and its populace safe and sound but who chose to spend their time looking out for opportunities to enrich themselves.Yours sincerely,Clement J Roheelast_img read more

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Arsenal suffer Arteta, Debuchy double blow

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, January 16 – Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta and defender Mathieu Debuchy are both set to be out of action for three months each, the English Premier League club announced Thursday as the injury crisis affecting the north London side intensified. In a statement on their website, www.arsenal.com, the Gunners said Spanish midfielder Arteta’s latest spell on the sidelines would be for “approximately three months” after the Spain midfielder underwent ankle surgery.Arsenal said Arteta had had a bony spur that was causing him discomfort removed from his left ankle, adding: “The procedure went well and Mikel will now begin a period of rehabilitation which is expected to last approximately three months.”Arteta, 32, has not played for the London side since damaging a calf in the 2-0 Champions League win at home to Borussia Dortmund on November 26.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “Mikel has had surgery which went well. I have just seen him, he is back with us at the training ground.“He had a limited mobility in his ankle and some persistent inflammation that had an impact on his calf.“That meant we had to make the decision to have surgery and it’s a proper solution which gives him the best chance to recover,” the Frenchman explained.There was more bad news for Arsenal when Wenger said later Thursday that France full-back Debuchy, who suffered a dislocated shoulder following a shove by Marko Arnautovic in Sunday’s 3-0 win against Stoke, was also facing three months on the sidelines.“Mathieu had a surgery on his right shoulder following the injury on Sunday,” said Wenger.“It’s very unfortunate for Mathieu, it’s unbelievable because he’s had two surgeries in the same season.“He just came back, he played seven games and he’s out again. I count three months out for Mathieu because contact will be a problem for the shoulder.”Debuchy has made only nine league starts since joining Arsenal from top-flight rivals Newcastle in pre-season and confirmation of the extent of his injury on Thursday means he is set for his second prolonged absence this term after three months out following ankle-ligament surgery in September.Arsenal are also currently missing Jack Wilshere (ankle), Kieran Gibbs (ankle) and Abou Diaby (calf) all while Calum Chambers has been suffering with illness.Danny Welbeck hasn’t featured in Arsenal’s last three matches because of a thigh problem and Wenger dashed hopes the England forward would return for Sunday’s fixture away to Premier League champions Manchester City, although he was more upbeat regarding Gibbs.“Kieran Gibbs will be training again with the squad on Friday and we will see how he goes from there. His news is positive,” Wenger said.“Danny Welbeck is not ready yet, he is still feeling some pain, so we will have to be patient.”Arsenal are presently fifth in the table, just a point off a Champions League place.Last season’s corresponding clash at Eastlands saw City thrash Arsenal 6-3.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Reports – Newcastle star eyes summer exit amid Marseille rumours

first_imgRemy Cabella is looking to leave Newcastle this summer, according to reports in France.The attacking midfielder only moved to Tyneside last summer, arriving from Ligue 1 side Montpellier for around £12m.However, the 25-year-old has struggled to hit the ground running at Newcastle, scoring just once in 34 appearances.And, according to La Provence, Cabella is ready to call time on his career at Newcastle and is looking for a new club.Marseille have already offered to take the Frenchman on loan, while clubs in Italy have also made enquiries.Cabella’s preference is believed to be a return to France, where he hopes he can catch the eye of national coach Didier Deschamps and earn a spot in his squad for Euro 2016. Newcastle star Remy Cabella 1last_img

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Off the streets, onto the field

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsBeing the new kid in school in the nastiest neighborhoods of Los Angeles and Long Beach made Menifield a target for troublemakers. At age 12, scrapping on a daily basis was the way to survive. The fighting spread from the street into his foster homes. That chased away foster families and landed Menifield at “The Way In” in Hollywood, a 16-bed shelter for troubled boys under the watch of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. There, at 14, he met Godwin Ezenwa, the man who gave him another chance. Ezenwa, a counselor at the shelter, adopted Menifield and his older brother Cecil after the younger asked him to be the boys’ father. “I told them yes,” Ezenwa said, Menifield’s dad the last four years. “Not because I knew I could take care of them, but because I cared for them.” Violence shaped Alonzo Menifield’s early life. During his first years of adolescence, the Glendale College linebacker, and former Canyon High player, lived through tough times. Moving from one foster home to another and getting adjusted to new neighborhoods, Menifield became aggressive and full of anger. Fighting became the norm. Ezenwa also adopted a girl from Nigeria but is waiting for paperwork to be completed before she can come live in the United States. Menifield, 18, and Cecil, 19, entered the foster system because their mother couldn’t care for two boys. Their father had died. “I thought they were nice kids and they needed support,” Ezenwa said. “The mom was on drugs. At the time, they were abandoned in life.” Ezenwa’s priority is to help Menifield and his brother gain solid educations. He took the boys with him and enrolled them at Canyon High in Canyon Country. “They didn’t know how to read and write,” Ezenwa said. “I strongly encouraged them to pursue an education. At Canyon, Alonzo became interested in playing football.” Menifield joined the junior varsity team. He tried to relieve anger by trying to hit anyone he could on the field. It was not until his junior year when he learned to be a disciplined varsity football player under Canyon coach Harry Welch. “Football taught me to be a new person,” Menifield said. “It taught me that life isn’t about being angry at everything. “Coach Welch helped me a lot by telling me, `You just don’t hit people, you gotta be a smart football player.”‘ Menifield had a bit of trouble adjusting to life at Canyon High. But he stayed out of trouble. “I wasn’t comfortable at first,” Menifield said. “People were quiet, trying to figure me out. I was used to hostile environments where people would look at me in a bad way.” Now the 6-foot, 205-pound sophomore Vaqueros linebacker is continuing to stay out of trouble and working to be a standout junior college player. Menifield leads an undefeated Glendale (3-0) in tackles (32) after three games, leading a defense that has held offenses to 15 points in the last two games. The last time coach John Cicuto’s Vaqueros won its first three games, Glendale finished 10-2 and won the Western State Conference Bowl in 1988. Menifield, who earned honorable mention in 2005 as an all-WSC defensive player, brought the new attitude he gained at Canyon to Glendale. “He’s real mature now,” said Chachi Spann, Menifield’s good friend and former standout tight end at Canyon. “He had to grow up real fast. At first he seemed very defensive. I remember him walking at school one time when a guy bumped into him. The next thing I know Alonzo was beating the guy down.” Spann, now a defensive lineman at Glendale, also served as Menifield’s motivation during his first varsity season. Now Spann helps his friend by lending him his cell phone and giving him rides to school. Ezenwa doesn’t mind Menifield playing football, but is not a fan of watching his foster child play. “I wouldn’t (watch) because they hit one another,” Ezenwa said. “It’s violent. But it’s much better for him to hit someone there than on the street.” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Around our Schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsEvent to benefit Cal High band WHITTIER – California High School has teamed up with a local Farmer Boys restaurant for fundraiser from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. During that time, Farmer Boys, 11808 E. Washington Blvd., Santa Fe Springs, has agreed to donate 15 percent of all proceeds from purchases to the school. Patrons must mention the Cal High band in order to contribute to the fundraiser. For more information, call (562) 789-6622. Student to attend leadership forum WHITTIER – Nicholas Timm, a sixth-grader at St. Gregory the Great School in Whittier, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum. Nicholas, 11, will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., from April 16 to 22, 2007 for the forum. He will earn high school credit while studying leadership and visiting some of the nation’s most prominent monuments and institutions. Nicholas will examine the characteristics of American leadership. Forum delegates will also participate in small-group discussions and exercises to experience first-hand how leaders develop strategies, make decisions, build consensus and foster change. Nicholas was nominated and accepted as a delegate based on scholastic merit, civic involvement and leadership potential. Students honored for Tech Trek The Montebello-Monterey Park and Alhambra San Gabriel branches of the American Association of University Women met Sept. 16 to honor students who participated in Tech Trek. State Assembly members Judy Chu and Ron Calderon honored Montebello residents Edlynne Avelar of Montebello Intermediate School and Marina-Fe Jimenez from Macy Intermediate School for their completion of the program. Other participants included Monterey Park resident Alessandra Okuma and Karla Miranda of Los Angeles, both students at Macy Intermediate, and Los Angeles resident Veronica Jimenez of Eastmont Intermediate School in Montebello. Tech Trek is a AAUW program in which seventh-grade girls spend a week on a college campus exploring and learning more and math and science. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Foster Road Elementary School and La Mirada High School have slated a back to school concert from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 13930 Foster Road. The concert is free and open to the public. Singers, Mauna Loa Polynesian dancers and cheerleaders, and school bands will perform. A La Mirada High School booster group will sell carne asada for $3. For more information, call (562) 921-9908. last_img read more

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Lacazette and Aubameyang put Arsenal in control against Valencia

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 3 huge blow Alexandre Lacazette has his shot blocked Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Getty Mouctar Diakhaby opens the scoring for Valencia Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE Getty Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Emery’s side turned the match on its head when Lacazette netted his second in the 26th minute.Arsenal worked down the left wing and Sead Kolasinac curled in a great delivery for the French striker to direct a powerful header into the ground and in off the post, which Neto tried to keep out only for referee Clement Turpin to signal that the ball cross the line.Aubameyang narrowly fired over when Granit Xhaka curled a fine cross to the far post for the striker to volley first time. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 3 Alexandre Lacazette scores Arsenal’s second goal REVEALED Arsenal dictated possession but Valencia continued to threat on the counter attack, with neither side creating any real clearcut chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half.Lacazette should have completed his hat-trick in the 63rd minute when Aubameyang found half a yard down the left wing to clip a cross into the box.Facundo Roncaglia misjudged the flight of ball inside the six-yard box but Lacazette did not anticipate the miss and spurned the chance.He had the perfect chance to redeem himself four minutes later when Xhaka’s shot deflected off Aubameyang and into his path, but Neto produced a superb save at his near post with his feet from six yards.Aubameyang ensured Arssenal will take a two-goal advantage to Spain for their return fixture as Valencia failed to deal with a deflected Lacazette shot, which worked its way to the left wing for Kolasinac to cross to the far post for the striker to volley home. But they only had to wait two minutes to break the deadlock as Mouctar Diakhaby nodded home from close range after Rodrigo headed Daniel Parejo’s corner back across goal.Arsenal should have fallen further behind when a Parejo drive from range was parried by Cech, which Ainsley Maitland-Niles attempted to head back to the home goalkeeper with Rodrigo intercepting but could only chip over the crossbar.The hosts drew level in the 18th minute when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat the offside trap and cut inside the penalty area with Neto rushing out to close the angle, before the striker stabbed a pass for Alexandre Lacazette to pass into an empty net. REPLY Arsenal made four changes as Mesut Ozil returned to the starting line-up along with Laurent Koscielny, Matteo Guendouzi and Petr Cech.Former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin missed out for Valencia as he serves a suspension – as fellow ex-Gunner Gabriel lined up in the visitors’ defence.Carlos Soler, Mouctar Diakhaby, Ezequiel Garay, Cristiano Piccini were recalled by Marcelino following a 1-0 home defeat to Eibar on Sunday.Arsenal found themselves behind inside 11 minutes – gifting an away goal for the Spanish side.After a promising start, the hosts should have fallen behind in the ninth minute when Ezequiel Garay inexplicably blazed over Jose Gaya’s low cross from two yards. no dice 3 Getty Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal came from behind to beat Valencia 3-1 on Thursday.The Gunners take the advantage in their Europa League semi-final as the French striker cancelled out Mouctar Diakhaby’s opener.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then scored late on to give them a crucial goal to give them a two goal lead going into the second leg shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED last_img read more

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SATURDAY SIX THANKSGIVING SPECIAL: Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks in 2017

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX  is our annual Thanksgiving Special and takes a look at Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks. 2017 was another great year to be a theme park fan, and for this Thanksgiving we are going to take a quick break from all the turkey, football games, and Black Friday pre-planning to count our blessings and thank the parks and resorts that we love so much. So, for one day only, we ask that all Disney and Universal fans put aside their differences and spend a brief moment appreciating all the wonderful things that we can share together, starting with…# 6 – The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts CastleWhile Walt Disney World has been putting together a stunning display of projection mapping at several of their parks (including one of our favorites, the Tree of Life Awakens shows at Animal Kingdom) Universal finally created a brand new show of their own using the technology with The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle. Using the iconic Hogwarts Castle as a canvas, this new show pays homage to fan friendly moments from the Harry Potter films and books. With references to the Yule Ball, ghosts singing, the flying Ford Anglia, quidditch, and even Weasley Wizarding Wheezes, fans of the Potter Universe are going to love this new Holiday event.  We here at the SATURDAY SIX headquarters will watch anything that has a John Williams score, and The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle is Universal’s first E-Ticket nighttime show worth going out of your way to experience.The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.Ghosts of Hogwarts singing carols. (photo by @bioreconstruct)The Weasley Twins would be proud, and finally an heir to the “epileptic seizure” throne held by Vanna White–# 5 – The Wilderness Lodge ExpansionDVC is becoming a larger part of of the Walt Disney World experience, and this year their expansion at Wilderness Lodge (already one of our favorite resorts on property) was a major home run. As TP’s own Tessa Koten found out on opening day, the new Geyser Point Bar & Grill immediately became one of the more unique quick service locations at The World with a fantastic view to boot! The new water side cabins may be an even bigger hit with guests. Sleeping up to 8 and fully equipped with all the amenities DVC members are accustomed to, the cabins seem to be an improvement over the already impressive Poly bungalows. With DVC on this type of roll, it actually has us excited as to what they will bring to the table with the new areas coming to Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach in 2018.Geyser Point Bar & Grill. (photo by Brandon Glover)Shrimp on a wire. (photo by Brandon Glover)Elysion Space Dust IPA. (photo by Brandon Glover)Wilderness Lodge cabin. (photo by Brandon Glover)Wilderness Lodge cabin. (photo by Brandon Glover)Pull out bed at Wilderness Lodge cabin. (photo by Brandon Glover)Million dollar view. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 4 – Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon “Queue”Ever since Disney debuted the paper FastPass system in 1999, the theme parks have been continuously working on ways to eliminate the biggest complaint by theme park guests, “long lines.” This year Universal took a major leap and created something that we could be seeing often in the coming years with the “queueless” Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. Instead of the standard stand-by and FastPass/Express Pass lines with everyone going through a series of switch backs seemingly designed by Temple Grandin, Race Through New York allows guests the opportunity to explore the entire area rather than wait in a traditional line. With museum-like areas dedicated to the history of The Tonight Show, along with live entertainment including Hashtag the Panda and the must-see Ragtime Gals, Race Through New York may be the first attraction in the history of theme parks in which the queue is hands down better than the actual attraction you’re in line for. Heck, even the ride’s safety video is a blast to watch!Tribute to Johnny Carson. (photo by Brandon Glover)Seating area with video games and outlets for charging phones. (photo by Brandon Glover)The Ragtime Gals, theme park’s 2017 Rookies of the Year. (photo by Brandon Glover)Hashtag the Panda. (photo by Brandon Glover)Hashtag the Panda. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 3 – Happily Ever AfterWe mentioned earlier that Disney is the best in the business at projection mapping, and with the new Happily Ever After show at the Magic Kingdom, they have perfected the technology. Disney animators used the architecture of Cinderella Castle itself when designing the new show, which allows some incredible moments in the show such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame‘s Quasimodo moving along actual parts of the castle! The actual projection mapping part of the show is so good you almost forget that there is still the crowd pleasing fireworks part to come. Boy, do their fireworks and the combination of the projection mapping and insane firework display separate Disney from their competition. Let’s face it, this show is so good we don’t even mind that it replaced our beloved Wishes, and how often does that happen (we’re looking in your direction Test Track…)Happily Ever After. (photo by Brandon Glover)Happily Ever After. (photo by Travis Terrell)Happily Ever After. (photo by Travis Terrell)–# 2 – Volcano BayWhile Universal tried a new approach to lines with one attraction at Universal Studios Florida, they went park-wide at the jump with Volcano Bay. With Tapu Tapu, Volcano’s Bay version of the “MagicBand,” guests checked into rides and were able to explore other areas of the park rather than just stand in line. While this caused a lot of angry guests at first, it is clear both Universal and Disney are trying to completely reverse the “rules” that we as theme park fans have been trained for decades to follow. With constant sell outs throughout the year, one has to imagine Volcano Bay has been a success wildly beyond what Universal could have dreamed.Volcano Bay. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Lazy river at Volcano Bay. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Volcano Bay. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Tapu Tapu. (photo @bioreconstruct)“Indescribably beautiful.” (photo by @bioreconstruct)–# 1 – Pandora: The World of AvatarYou can’t talk 2017 without mentioned Pandora: The World of Avatar. For what seemed like a decade, Disney worked tirelessly on creating a land no one asked for. The end results were SPECTACULAR. The land itself is the most gorgeous of anything at Walt Disney World, and that covers a lot of ground. The land is filled with wonderful details, and the land’s signature ride – Flight of Passage – has already become the highest-rated attraction in all of WDW. Sat’uli Canteen, Pandora’s quick service dining, has not only some of the most interesting foods on property, but even the bowls that food is served in are unique. The adopt-a-banshee toy at The Rookery has proven to be a huge hit in the merchandise department, giving The Mouse a good equivalent to Universal’s Ollivander’s wand experience. Disney spent a small fortune on Pandora, but you can see every single dime on display.Pandora: The World of Avatar.Pandora: The World of Avatar.Pandora at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Sat’uli Canteen bowl.Bao Buns.Blueberry Cream Cheese Mousse.Banshee at The Rookery. (photo by Michael Carelli)Handprints of James Cameron, Imagineer Joe Rhode, and Avatar producer Jon Landau in the Flight of Passage queue. (photo by Brandon Glover)Shaman of Souls.–HONORABLE MENTION: Ample Hills Delivery!One of our favorite parts of Disney’s Boardwalk is Ample Hills creamery. While this delicious ice cream place opened in 2016, this year guests actually have the opportunity to have these tasty treats delivered to their home! Now technically this is shipping from Disney, but since this is our favorite ice cream AT Disney, we’re going to overlook that minor fact. So CLICK HERE if you want to get Gooey Gooey Butter Cake, PB Wins the Cup, or The Munchies delivered straight to your house!Ample Hills Creamery at Walt Disney’s BoardWalk. (photo by Brandon Glover)Ample Hills ice cream. (photo by Brandon Glover)Ample Hills ice cream, packed in dry ice.Ample Hills Ice Cream.Just as good as at WDW!–So there you have it: Six Things Theme Park Fans Have to be Thankful for in 2017! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:6 Disney References You May Have Missed in James Cameron’s AVATAR filmSix Reasons Animal Kingdom is NOT a Half Day ParkSix Reasons We Love Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeThe Six Best SHOWS at Walt Disney WorldSix Things We STILL Can’t Believe Actually Happened at WDWSix Most Unique Dining Experiences at Walt Disney WorldSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Double T Travis Terrell, the most popular man in theme parks Banks Lee, hot shot Michael Carelli, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with goofballs co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde , while fellow Potterheads may enjoy Meg’s work on the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!We had a great time, but is 2017 over yet? Asking for a friend. (photo by Banks Lee)last_img read more

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WEF to ‘deliver on Africa’s promise’

first_img6 May 2013Over 1 000 global business, government and academic leaders will converge on Cape Town from Wednesday to Friday to focus on driving Africa’s economic growth, boosting strategic infrastructure and unlocking the continent’s talent as part of the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa.These objectives form the three key pillars of the meeting organised by the independent international organisation, the WEF announced at a briefing in Johannesburg in Friday.“Africa has an historic opportunity to take advantage of recent improvements in governance, as well as its massive youth bulge, to transform its economy and society,” said WEF director of Africa, Elsie Kanza.“The World Economic Forum on Africa presents Africa’s leaders with a platform to build on these encouraging signs and work together to create innovative models, solutions and outcomes to tackle the region’s challenges and harness its great potential.”‘New growth trajectory’The South African delegation will be led by President Jacob Zuma. It will allow the country the opportunity to present its major programmes, such as the National Development Plan (NDP).“We will be showcasing the NDP, which places us on a new growth trajectory,” said Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. “We also support growth in Africa through regional integration.”South Africa’s position in Africa will also help the WEF drive its vision of building sustained economic growth, mitigating global risks, promoting universal health care, improving social welfare and encouraging environmental sustainability.“South Africa has long been a friend of WEF,” Kanza said.“South Africa is strategically important in Africa and part of the growing credibility of the region.”Africa Competitiveness ReportThe Africa Competitiveness Report will be released as part of the conference, as will two infrastructure reports on accelerating public-private partnerships and boosting regional infrastructure development on the continent.The Africa Competitiveness Report is released every two years and the 2013 report, titled “Connecting Africa’s Markets in a Sustainable Way”, will be the fourth edition of the study.“It explores policy areas to facilitate the connection of Africa’s markets and determine further regional integration,” the WEF said.“The report also provides profiles for 38 African countries, providing a comprehensive summary of the drivers of productivity and competitiveness on the continent.”The public-private partnerships report identifies key challenges and outlines how to manage a project preparation process, conduct a feasibility study and create an enabling environment.The regional infrastructure development report looks at public officials and private sector companies, best-practice framework and potential innovative infrastructure financing instruments.According to the WEF, there will also be several important meetings on the fringes of the two-day public programme.This includes the Grow Africa Investment Forum on Wednesday and Thursday, which will involve over 300 participants reviewing private sector investment opportunities in member countries.“With an expected annual growth of 5% in 2012-2013, Africa continues its transformative journey from a developing continent to a hub of global growth,” the WEF said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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del.icio.us Plans To Become A Social Network

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts richard macmanus A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit I recently interviewed del.icio.us founder Joshua Schachter, who is nowwith Yahoo after the popular social bookmarking service was acquired last December.Joshua was recently named as top innovator of the year by MIT Technology Review Magazine.Tagging is one example of an innovation that del.icio.us pioneered (at least in itscurrent form). Joshua told me that “del.icio.us was the first app to showcase tagging”and that now “practically everyone uses tags in the [del.icio.us] system in someform.”But Joshua has bigger plans for del.icio.us – it will essentially turn into a socialnetwork, with more focus on people instead of data. I learned this when I asked Joshuawhat kind of new functionality we can expect to see from delicious over the coming 6-12months? Joshua replied:“One of the amazing things about our users is how smart and far-reaching theirinterests are. While delicious previously has been very much about just the data, in thefuture I hope to allow our users themselves to come forward within the system.Additionally, I want to help people connect with others within the system, eitherto people they already know or discovering new people and communities based oninterest.”(emphasis mine)This points to a social networking future for del.icio.us, perhaps more so than acontent bookmarking one (which it currently is). delicious already has a ‘Your network’ feature, but that basically justconnects users’ bookmarks. I think what Joshua is talking about is expanding this into amore full-featured social networking system – with commenting, groups, etc. Perhapssimilar to Imeem, which combines content browsingwith social networking.It’s interesting to compare Joshua’s thoughts here to our previous post onRead/WriteWeb – SocialNetworking: Time For A Silver Bullet. In that post Ebrahim Ezzy talked about how“numerous social networks will proliferate – each with unique form and function.” So it’seasy to see how a social network based on bookmarking, a la delicious, can thrive.Comparing del.icio.us to StumbleUpon Recently on Read/WriteWeb wedid a post comparing thetop social bookmarking services, which showed that del.icio.us was behind StumbleUponin terms of users. del.icio.us announced a couple of weeksago that they have 1,000,000 users, while StumbleUpon claims 1,271,345. I asked Joshuawhat he thought the differences were between del.icio.us and StumbleUpon. He replied: Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos “Delicious is about extending memory and saving things for yourselves and others.Stumbleupon is much more about surfing, like TV, or maybe Tivo.”I also asked about del.icio.us’ growth and how they’ve managed the scaling process.Joshua told me that “because of the explosive growth, we’re are always working onscaling”, however they are “extremely happy with delicious’ growth to thispoint”.The real interest though is in how delicious makes the transition from acontent-focused site, to one where people are more to the fore. I lookforward to seeing how Joshua and his team implement social networking features intodel.icio.us. Tags:#Social Bookmarking#web last_img read more

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