2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Card Released

first_imgShare This!Each and every year during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there is a party-exclusive Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom card that is released. This year’s card is themed after Mickey’s dog, Pluto and is called “Pluto’s Toppling Popcorn.”According to Imagineer Jonathan Ackley, “while gazing into his crystal ball, Merlin caught sight of the mischievous chipmunks Chip and Dale. The scampering scamps were playing a festive trick on the unwary Pluto the Pup,” he said. “When he finished laughing at their Holiday Hijinks, Merlin decided to create a magical spell in their honor. Now the Sorcerers attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can learn this spell, ‘Pluto’s Toppling Popcorn.’ With it, they can defend the realm of the Magic Kingdom…deliciously!”For those who don’t know, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive game, that has Guests teaming up with Merlin to help defeat Disney Villains who wish to take over the Magic Kingdom. Guests can locate the villain hideouts throughout the park and visit magic portals where they use special spell cards to ward off the villain’s attack. Each spell card stars a different Disney character, each with their own unique powers.Guests can pick up the special (and complimentary) card at the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. on party evenings.last_img read more

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Shvetsov in record Comrades run

first_img17 June 2008After setting a “down run” record in 2007, Russia’s Leonid Shvetsov added the “up run” record in Sunday’s Comrades Marathon, and became the first man since the legendary Bruce Fordyce to win back-to-back titles.He clocked 5:24.48 for the Durban to Pietermaritzburg route to better the record of 5:25.33 set by Vladimir Kotov in 2000.A medical doctor, Shvetsov stopped practising so he could concentrate full-time on his racing and it paid off on Sunday as he banked R470 000 for winning the Comrades and breaking the record.DominatingIt was a dominating victory; his winning time was 13 minutes and 55 seconds ahead of second-placed Jaroslav Janicki, the 1999 champion. Zimbabwe’s Stephen Muzhingi finished over a minute behind the Pole to claim third spot.Oleg Kharitonov, the 2006 champion, finished in fourth, followed by Grigory Murzin in fifth, which gave Russia three of the top five finishers.It also marked the first time that the top five failed to feature a South African.South Africa’s top finisher was Harmans Mokgadi, who took sixth place in 5:47.09. He was followed just over a minute later by Mncedisi Mkhize.RemarkableFormer three-time up run winner Vladimir Kotov ended in eighth place, a remarkable performance for a man who is 50 years of age.Johan Oosthuizen took ninth, while sentimental South African favourite and KwaZulu-Natal local Willie Mtolo picked up the final gold medal by ending in tenth position.The women’s race was won by Russian Elena Nurgalieva, who claimed her third up run victory.AdversityHer triumph didn’t come without adversity; Nurgalieva suffered a fall just 10 kilometres into the race, tripping over a cat’s eye in the road, which scraped up her left knee, leading to some very visible bleeding.Her time was 6:14:36, over five minutes slower than the up run record she set two years ago but, said Nurgalieva, she ran to win, not to break the record.Her twin sister Olesya took second place, almost a minute-and-a-half further back, with Tatyana Zhirkova taking the final podium position.With Marina Myshlyanova ending fourth and Marina Bychkova fifth, Russians secured a 1-2-3-4-5 finish.Top South AfricanIt meant that, as had happened in the men’s race, there was no South African in the top five. Riana van Niekerk, in sixth, led the Rainbow Nation’s runners, finishing two places ahead of Farwa Mentoor, who had been South Africa’s best performer in the Comrades for six years in succession.Maria Bak closely mirrored Vladimir Kotov’s performance in the men’s race. The 49-year-old German finished in a strong seventh-place.Lesley Train and Carol Mercer completed the top 10.Most Comrades finishesA remarkable record went the way of Dave Rogers, who recorded his 43rd finish in the Comrades Marathon. By finishing in just over 11 hours, he beat over a third of the field.Rogers, who first ran the race in 1961, was met at the finishing line by Clive Crawley, with whom he had shared the previous record for the most completed Comrades Marathons.His record includes winning three gold medals, with a best ever finish of third in 1976.Enthusiastic supportAs if the race was not tough enough for the over 11 000 runners, a warm day made it even tougher, but it also meant that the route was flooded with the type of vociferous and enthusiastic support that has become synonymous with the Comrades Marathon.In a heart-warming recognition of the Comrades Marathon’s roots, the Reveille was played and the national flag lowered after the 12-hour cutoff as a tribute to those fallen comrades from the First World War after whom the world famous race was named.RESULTSMenLeonid Shvetsov 5:24.46Jaroslaw Janicki 5:38.28Stephen Muzhingi 5:39.39Oleg Kharitonov 5:42.02Grigory Murzin 5:43.06Harmans Mogkadi 5:47.09Mncedisi Mkhize 5:48.17Vladimir Kotov 5:48.41Johan Oosthuizen 5:50.52Willie Mtolo 5:53.35 WomenElena Nurgalieva 6:14.36Olesya Nurgalieva 6:15.51Tatyana Zhirkova 6:17.44Marina Myshlyanova 6:30.48Marina Bychkova 6:38.00Riana Van Niekerk 6:43.30Maria Bak 6:53.31Farwa Mentoor 6:59.39Lesley Train 7:02.08Carol Mercer 7:09.36 Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Loss Prevention Investigative Skills are Key to Sexual Misconduct Cases

first_imgConducting workplace investigations is one of the most challenging duties loss prevention teams take on. I continue to find it remarkable how those of us tasked with handling sensitive investigations understand what is appropriate and what is not.We know about the elements that make an alleged retail crime an actual crime. We further understand both the law and internal policies well enough to accommodate factual findings, credible determinations and conclusions.[text_ad use_post=’139873′]- Sponsor – As practiced professionals, we can seamlessly move through the selective interview process, into an interrogation, through a verbal and nonverbal accusation and back again. A skilled investigator assessing truthfulness often gains a passive admission without the target even knowing they have made a concession.Our society is currently experiencing an unprecedented conversation about sexual misconduct in the workplace. Industries like entertainment, news and government have seen leaders—virtually all of them men—fall from grace. According to recent articles in LP periodicals, the retail workspace—even the loss prevention industry itself—is no exception.As experts on investigations within their companies, LP staff have a real “value-added” opportunity—and perhaps an obligation—to gain a seat at the table regarding how sexual misconduct investigations are managed.It is an easy transfer of skill to gain an understanding of the infractions at hand when it comes to harassment investigations. LP staff already have the intangible reputation, reliability and integrity for the job. Most likely, they have a willing partner in the human resources department with an equally strong interest in stopping workplace harassment. HR staff, however, might not have the same seasoned investigative experience as those in LP. It’s time for LP to get into the game.When it comes to sexual misconduct investigations, there are generally three types of categories that are unacceptable in any workplace: harassment, sexual harassment and sexual assault.Harassment is employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act. According to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, it is based on unwelcome conduct related to age, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability and so forth. Conduct includes offensive jokes, slurs, intimidation, threats and bullying that interfere with work performance.Sexual harassment or unwelcome sexual advances occur when a person rejects or submits to unwanted conduct that is then used as the basis for the employee’s performance evaluation. The creation of a hostile work environment is created when the unwelcome advances become a condition of employment or a quid pro quo that forces the victim to endure or participate in unwanted sexual conduct.The third type of misconduct, sexual assault, is one that will often rise to a criminal violation. For this type of activity, it is best practice to engage with local law enforcement for potential criminal investigation and prosecution. The biggest mistake made at this level is when internal investigators fail to recognize that this is a criminal act and not just an internal harassment matter.When conducting any level of harassment investigation, it is vital to be fair and—like all investigations— allow the deductive investigation process to lead actions even more so than other inquiries. Individuals’ livelihoods and reputations are at stake and it can often be a “he said, she said” situation. Be sure to seek out detailed statements that will help unearth information that can corroborate each party’s account.As in all things loss prevention, repetitive employee awareness training along with clear policies and procedures are critical. LP teams along with their human resources counterparts can help gain a fresh perspective on this growing concern regarding the proper way for retail organizations to handle revelations of misconduct in the workplace.It’s time to act with transparency, embracing authenticity and committing to changes in organizational culture to combat this issue. Loss prevention professionals’ investigative skills can lead the way.Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in STORES magazine. It is reprinted here with permission. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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China Leading on Caring for Aging Population

first_imgChina, like the rest of the world, is dealing with a massive aging population. Add to this a rising middle class migrating to the cities and a changing family structure and the stresses to China’s healthcare and social services systems are huge. China’s government, recognizing these challenges, has provided leadership in its 12th 5 year plan outlining policies and funding providing for technology enabled aging services.  I recently attended the China International Senior Services Expo in Beijing. This conference, sponsored by the Chinese Association of Social Welfare (CASW) under the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA), was a combination of policy articulation and technology and service vendors offering health, wellness, spiritual, and housing solutions. In fact, Intel is working with the Chinese government on an Aged Friendly City Initiative and you can read more about this innovative venture in a new white paper.As I walked the floors of this expo, I was struck by the innovative and comprehensive set of technologies and solutions on display. There were:• Smart phone applications for medication reminding, calendaring and caregiver communication  • Community-based remote patient monitoring solutions (vitals, weight, video conference); some standalone but many that provided call centers for consultation • Many different shapes and sizes of Win8* touch and Android based mobility solutions • Wearables (e.g. watches) that track wandering or aid with fall prevention and emergency response • Real estate companies who were providing assisted living facilities as well as group vacations and other services for elders.  What surprised me the most was not the Chinese uniqueness of these solutions, but the commonality of need. I could have been in any country, speaking any language. These needs are the same experienced by countries all over the world who have aging populations.The unique aspect in China is the magnitude of deployment occurring. Many of these vendors claimed deployments in the “thousands”…still a tiny fragment of the Chinese market but significant nonetheless. It made me think that China could be the place that gets this right. It has all the elements: the need, the urgency, the policy, the funding, and the innovation.Remember to check out this white paper on the Aged Friendly City Initiative.What do you think?last_img read more

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How Utilities Can Increase Productivity with Mobile Devices

first_imgRuggedized tablets are bringing computing to the point of service, increasing productivity and reducing costs for utility companies.We caught up with the team at Motion Computing, now Xplore Technologies, to learn more about the total cost of ownership of mobile devices, overcoming that “last mile” with mobile technology, and the benefits of issuing tablets per worker rather than per work truck.Watch the above video clip and let us know what questions you have. How are you leveraging ruggedized tablets?last_img read more

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National Youth Program Coaching Appointments

first_imgThe National Youth Teams will be competing early in 2013 in the Youth Trans Tasman Series against New Zealand in New Zealand. The National Youth Program (NYP) now enters its second full cycle after two very successful Youth Trans Tasman events in 2009 and 2011. The Program itself was established to provide our youth athletes with the best possible resources to enable them to reach their peak in the sport either at the Youth or Open level. It also has the obvious goal of continued success at the International level.The Program will endeavour to achieve all this through the best possible coaching support and athlete development as well as advice and linkages to the successful Open Program.The appointed coaches are:Boy’s 20’s – Paul SfeirBoy’s 18’s – Dave NolanGirls 20’s – Swain RovelliGirls 18’s – Justin CreightonPlease see the attached memo for more information. Related Filestfa_youth_coach_announcements-pdflast_img read more

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Elton John Pens OpEd For The Australian

first_imgSir Elton John has written a compelling op-ed piece for The Australian.Sir Elton shines a light on how far the world has come in the fight against HIV and AIDS since the 1980s and the possible future of Australian aid.“When AIDS reared its ugly head in the 1980s it was the disease of the gay; a physical infection for a perceived moral imperfection,” he wrote. “I saw dozens upon dozens of my friends contract the disease and then die while the world watched on, uncertain of how to act.“As dozens turned into hundreds, then thousands and then millions, the world’s engine of compassion slowly cranked into gear.“As global apathy turned to action, my despair turned to hope — and by the turn of the millennium I could see a light at the end of the tunnel.“Now, my heart is set on seeing an end to AIDS in my lifetime.“When I saw the beginning of the AIDS crisis, it’s fair to say that I lost heart. But I knew that I had to help. I volunteered, I raised my voice, and eventually started the Elton John AIDS Foundation. My commitment to this cause, and the commitment of people all over the world, was reflected in commitments from world leaders, and together we have seen great change.“My call now is for Australians to go and do likewise. To make your concern for your future and the future of your region known. To stand up for the great work done in your name through Australian aid. To raise your voice, and make sure that your leaders know that Australian aid is part of what makes your country so great.“The progress that we’ve seen around the world in tackling AIDS promises a brighter future; for the 27,000 Australians and the 35 million people living with HIV around the world. And you’ll play your part in that story of human progress through Australian aid.”You can read the full article here.last_img read more

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Allegri urges his players to use their anger

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri believes that his players will be able to transform their anger and disappointment from the Champions League home defeat to Real into something positive and will be ready to face Benevento in the Serie A.The Italian champions are almost eliminated from the Champions League after their bitter 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid at home and Allegri hopes that it won’t affect their league performances at all and it will rather motivate them.The former AC Milan coach spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I saw my players a bit down and upset, but they’ve been practising well: we’re all ready, we must continue our journey in the league. Tomorrow we must put all of our anger and frustration from Tuesday night on the pitch. Except for Barzagli and Bernardeschi, everyone is available. Mandzukic and Cuadrado can start since a few players need to take a breather.”“Since I arrived Juventus has changed many starters. Every year Juventus had some changes and inserted some young players: next year Juve will have to make some moves on the market, like they have always done in extraordinary fashion, by putting some young players along with those with experience.”last_img read more

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