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Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular Announced for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

first_imgShare This!It was announced a few months ago that the fireworks spectacular for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party would be getting a revamp, however today, a few more details were announced that make us very excited about this year’s event.The new show will be called “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular” will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks and will feature Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack will serve as the host of this all-new Magic Kingdom nighttime extravaganza and he has come to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night. During Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, Jack’s ghost dog, Zero will then fly off carrying everyone along on a trick-or-treating adventure.This is where the previously announced portion of the show begins to take place, where Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. Their journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of Disney villains.But that’s not all that’s new for this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party! New this year, when you follow the treat trail into the Monster World at Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor you will also be able to interact in all-new ways with the cast of monsters, as they learn about the Human World holiday of Halloween.In addition, this year, live pirates will return to the Pirates of the Caribbean where they will be engaged in a whole new adventure in search of treasure. Also, Space Mountain will go completely dark again with a new hard-rockin’ soundtrack, and at the Mad Tea Party will once again offer special lighting and music to give the attraction experience an extra energy after dark.Finally, during the “Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam,” Nancy Clancy from the hit Disney Junior series Fancy Nancy will join other Disney Junior pals like Vampirina and Doc McStuffins.Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party kicks off on  August 16 and will run until November 1.last_img read more

#Nextchat: Advice for New HR Professionals

first_imgQ1. What job search advice do you have for new graduates looking for their first job in the HR profession? Q2. What questions can new HR professionals ask during an interview to ensure that their first HR job is the right fit?Q3. What can those new to HR expect as they begin their first jobs in the HR profession?Q4. What can those new to the HR profession do in their first HR job to make a positive impression?Q5. Think back to when you were new to the HR profession. What was your biggest struggle in your first HR job—and what would have made it easier?Q6. What is the importance of networking with other HR professionals when you’re new to HR , and what are the best ways to branch out and find new HR connections?Q7. What is the most valuable piece of advice you received about entering and succeeding in HR and in the workplace?Q8. If you could go back in time and send a tweet, image or a GIF to yourself on the first day of your career in HR, what would it be? Starting a new career can be an exhilarating experience, regardless of the field or industry, but starting a new career in HR—one of the 9 Best Jobs in America for 2018—is one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding new job experiences you will ever have.  Whether you’re graduating with a degree in HR, being promoted from an administrative role into HR, or transitioning into HR from another profession, tips and advice from other practicing HR professionals at all career levels are always helpful to ensure a smooth and successful start to your new career in HR.HR professional Jazmine Wilkes, two years new to HR, is on a mission to help other new HR professionals and is using social media and blogging to accomplish it. She even created a website called HR Jazzy Blog and a “New to HR” series on Workology blog. In her post “New to HR? Don’t be Afraid of the Unknown,” Wilkes says, “HR is a field of twist and turns in every direction. The number of areas one could specialize in is almost never-ending, and this can become overwhelming for some individuals. Trying to understand the laws, policies, what to do in harassment claims, how to handle your first open enrollment, understanding tax time, and that’s just the surface of our work. There is a lot to learn and a lot of work to put in, but if you really love this career, it’s worth all of it.”SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, believes that it’s important to help new HR professionals with advice, encouragement and mentorship. He also believes there’s a lot to be learned from them, as well. “People find their way here from all kinds of degree programs and work experiences” and “bring skills and experiences from other disciplines. Mentoring works in reverse, too, in mutually beneficial ways,” says Taylor. “We are blessed with so many clever, curious Millennials who want to bring their passion for social connection, technology and teamwork to our profession. And who better to prepare the workplace culture for the next wave of young people—the Digital Natives? Let’s let Millennial mentees—as well as new arrivals from entirely different professions—teach us a thing or two from their fresh perspective.”Whether you’ve been in the HR profession for two, 10 or 25 years, what do you wish you would have known when you started your career, and what advice can you share with those who are new to the HR profession?Please join @SHRMnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on April 11 for #Nextchat with special guests HR professional Jazmine Wilkes (@HRJazzy) and SHRM President and Chief Executive Officer Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP (@JohnnyCTaylorJr). We’ll chat about what it takes to make a successful start as a new HR professional in the new world of work.last_img read more

MTV Election Coverage is a Coup for Citizen Journalism

first_imgjosh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#politics#web As part of MTV’s coverage of the 2008 presidential elections in the US, the media network assembled a “street team” of 51 amateur journalists — one in each state and the District of Columbia — to file blog reports, photos, videos, and audio podcasts about election issues during the course of the campaign season. The videos are being syndicated to MTV’s mobile web site, social network, and to the Associate Press Online Video Network. Members of the street team have been outfitted with laptops, video phones, and other popular tools of the citizen journalist via funding from a $700,000 grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge.For Super Tuesday (February 5), in which 23 states in the US hold primary elections, Caroline McCarthy reports that MTV will be leaning heavily on their citizen journalism street team. Members of the team in the 23 voting states will be filing live video field reports via Nokia N95 handsets. As McCarthy notes, this is the first time MTV has done live mobile-to-web video reporting.The N95, as readers of this blog will recall, is also being used by Reuters as part of a “Mobile Journalism Toolkit,” which some Reuters field reporters are testing to help them file stories from the field and use the cell phone’s camera to take photos and videos of news events. This is all part of a growing trend toward legitimizing citizen journalism and the embrace by mainstream media of amateur journalism’s tools and techniques.“‘Citizen journalism’ is beginning to embrace a wide range of public engagement with the media,” said Timo Koskinen, project manager with Nokia Research Center when the mobile toolkit was announced, “from groups of contributors organized around subject or geographic areas to the casual participation of observers who are lucky – or unlucky – enough to be at the scene of a newsworthy event.”Yesterday we wrote about Twitter’s growing influence in the reporting of news and its use by mainstream news reporters as an information distribution tool. It is interesting that while MTV is building technology to instantly stream live mobile video reports from amateur reporters in 23 states, they’re apparently not planning to use Twitter. Those reporters will have cell phones, afterall, making them more than capable of Twittering.MTV has actually used Twitter before. About 4 months ago during the Video Music Awards, MTV set up a handful of Twitter accounts to stream live updates from the awards show floor. Though it featured mostly inane updates from artists and hosts, like Lil’ Wayne saying, “Yo we just left the awards It was crazzzzy,” it at least shows that MTV is open to trying out new tools to push information to users. Though their Twitter experiment at the VMAs resulted in sub-par content (in my opinion), it was a modest success, attracting almost 1500 followers on their main account.Twitter or not, though, MTV’s emphasis on streaming mobile video next Tuesday, and their continued use of amateur journalists during the 2008 election cycle is part of a growing trend that is pushing citizen journalism into the mainstream and increasing its impact on how we report and consume news. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Pachube Acquired: Why Did It Sell So Early?

first_imgMy favorite startup in the fast emerging Internet of Things market, London-based Pachube, has been acquired by Woburn, Massachusetts-based LogMeIn. The deal is worth “approximately $15 million in cash,” some of it dependent on performance. LogMeIn provides provides cloud-based remote access solutions, such as the remote PC control app Ignition that we wrote about earlier this month. Pachube (pronounced Patch-Bay) is a platform for connecting people and devices to the Internet. The acquisition allows LogMeIn to extend its reach beyond computers, smartphones and tablets to “potentially all Internet-connectable devices.” For Pachube, it allows them to scale up its operations.I’m rather surprised that Pachube sold itself so early. Since its founding in 2008, Pachube has aimed to be the leading open development platform for the Internet of Things – and it appeared to be building that out quite nicely. So why didn’t it continue to ramp up independently, potentially becoming a much more valuable platform in a few years? One hint about why Pachube sold now is in the press release: “LogMeIn will absorb approximately $1 million per quarter in ongoing operating costs related to the operation of the Pachube business.”$1 million per quarter in operating costs is a lot of money and it’s likely that Pachube was struggling to match it on revenue. According to the press release today, Pachube users send more than seven million datapoints to the service each day. This data comes from sensors, devices and environments. So infrastructure and bandwidth costs would have been not insignificant. Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web What Was Pachube’s Business Model?Did Pachube have a sufficient business model? It’s something we’ve constantly asked the company about and monitored over time. We first covered Pachube in May 2009, at which point its business model was still in development. Pro accounts, tools and applications for medium-scale manufacturers and developers, involvement in large-scale urban infrastructure projects and a secret “killer” business model in development were the four things listed at the time. In October of 2009, I explored Pachube’s business model further in an interview with company founder Usman Haque. He explained that Pachube’s business model at that point was predicated on the following theory: if you want a free service, then data will be open; but if you want privacy, that’s what you will pay for.“Privacy is the most valuable model,” said Usman Haque in October 2009. The company hoped that Pachube users would be willing to pay for privacy features, along with increased bandwidth and other extras.Update: Usman Haque told ReadWriteWeb after this post was published that the “open data ecosystem” is currently Pachube’s main business model focus. I’ve requested further details.However, revenue figures were conspicuously absent from the announcement today. It’s likely that Pachube never found a great business model that would allow it to continue scaling. Hence, why it sold now, relatively early in its life cycle.Having said that, I’m happy that the Pachube dream is still alive and will probably flourish inside a bigger company like LogMeIn. At this year’s CTIA E-Tech awards, LogMeIn was the winner in the Productivity, Utility and Public Safety section. So it’s obviously no technology slouch and will offer a good home for Pachube.Pachube was one of ReadWriteWeb’s top Internet of Things companies of 2009 and 2010, so we want to see it continue to grow and scale. Let us know your thoughts on the acquisition in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Referee Upgrade for All!

first_imgThis weekend from Port Macquarie to Perth, referees will all be getting an upgrade!The New South Wales Junior State Cup and the WA State Championships will be the first opportunity for the new referee uniform to be worn.After a long consultation process and design phase the new kit will make its debut on close to 400 referees.The new design is in line with the national programs and Australian playing design as well as being high tech with respect to the fabric utilised to provide maximum comfort.In the coming week a new ordering platform direct with national sponsor KooGa will be launched making it easier than ever to obtain uniforms.The referee uniform will be worn at all levels and will replace the various styles in circulation in due course.  This will mean that there are no extra uniform costs associated with transition from the park through to the national level.  TFA will be working through allocations to referees to minimise the cost of such a replacement as well as applying flexibility at the national events through the panel to manage the use of the old and the new as it is phased in.TFA would like to thank the feedback of the Referee Panel as well as the National Referee Squad who assisted in providing feedback as well as broader consultation.  We would also especially like to thank TFA Board member, Barry McNamara, and Anthony Smith for the leadership role they played in this process.Stay tuned to the website for the launch of the online shop –  www.austouch.com.au.Related LinksReferee Uniformslast_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Barcelona sign Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Barcelona sign Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todiboby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have completed the signing of Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo.Todibo will arrive at the Camp Nou in the summer and will see out the remainder of the campaign with his current club.Depending on his performances and the impression that he gives during pre-season, it will be assessed by Barcelona in the summer whether he stays or departs on loan next year.Agreement with Jean-Clair Todibo (@jctodibo) for him to join the Club next season. https://t.co/L1Ejgvhg1f— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2019 last_img read more

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Hazard wants Chelsea talks before deciding future

first_imgEden Hazard intends to hold talks with the Chelsea board to better understand their plans for the future before deciding on his own future at the clubThis comes in light of Antonio Conte’s expected departure from Stamford Bridge this summer after a difficult second season in charge for the Italian which saw Chelsea finish outside the top four in the Premier League and finish 30 points behind champions Manchester City in a disappointing fifth place.Adding to Chelsea owes is the fact that owner Roman Abramovich was denied a new UK visa and, therefore, he may decide to sell the club due to no longer being able to enter the UK.Hazard, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid over the past year, now wants answers from the club before making a decision on his future.“At the moment I only focus on the World Cup,” said Hazard, according to Sky Sports.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We had a bad season with Chelsea. We won the FA Cup at the end – so it was a little bit better but I’m only focused on the World Cup.“Then I let the board manage Chelsea the best way that they can. Yeah, I want to know [who Chelsea’s next manager will be]. I want to know, but like I say I am focused on the World Cup.“If we have something new – manager or players – it is always good to know it because I want players that can [help bring success back to] Chelsea next season.“But to be fair the transfer market is not here [in full flow] yet. We will see after.”Hazard scored 12 goals and added four assists in his 34 Premier League matches this season.last_img read more

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Jordan captain asks for a special performance

first_imgAccording to Amer Shafi, his team hopes they can beat Vietnam in today’s Round of 16 match of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Jordan and Vietnam will meet today as they open the Round of 16 stage of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And for Jordan’s captain, Amer Shafi has called up his teammates to give the performance of their lives today.“We would like to please our Jordan fans,” Shafi told The Khaleej Times.ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - FEBRUARY 01: Abdelkarim Hassan of Qatar celebrates with a teammate following their sides victory during the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar at Zayed Sports City Stadium on February 1, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)Qatar will plan soon how to aim higher Manuel R. Medina – February 3, 2019 The Qatari national team won the AFC Asian Cup for the first time ever, but the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts don’t want it to end there.“It will be a tough game but we hope to show a very special performance.”“The team has developed under him,” he said about manager Vital Borkelamsn.“He had made a significant contribution and the evidence is that we have made it to the round of 16.”“We are determined to win for him,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield Meets with Dominican Republic Foreign Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMexico, June 21, 2017 – Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield, right, had a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, H.E. Miguel Vargas on Monday, June 19, 2017 in Mexico in the margins of the 47th OAS General Assembly.  Both Ministers agreed to resume talks in the near future to address matters of mutual interest.Press Releasse: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more