Walt Disney World Crowds, Hours, and Discounts — Week of November 9, 2019

first_imgDiscountFlorida Resident Fall and Holiday Room offer Discount TypeRoom-Only DiscountUltimate Christmas Package Discount TypeRoom-Only DetailsSave up to 30% on select room ratesLength of stay requirements may apply.Proof of Florida residency required at check-inFull details from Small World Vacations. Book ByJanuary 1, 2020 Travel DatesDecember 21-26, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights January 1, 2020 through April 25, 2020 DiscountKid-Sized Package Offer Discount2019 Military Offer Book ByFebruary 14, 2020 DetailsSave up to 20%. Length of stay requirements may apply.Available at select resortsFull details from Small World Vacations. Share This!Sponsored by Small World Vacations.Here’s what to expect for your week at Walt Disney World.WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsPark Hours Book ByJanuary 1, 2020 Travel DatesMost nights September 1 to December 24, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only Travel DatesMost nights January 1 through April 25, 2020 DetailsValid military ID required at check-inFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesOther restrictions applyFull details from Small World Vacations. Discount TypeRoom-Only DetailsProof of Florida residency required at check-inFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. DiscountHoliday Room Offer DetailsAnnual pass required at check-inSave up to 35% on room reservationsFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. DiscountDisney Visa Riviera Offer DetailsSave up to 40% at Disney’s Riviera Resort.Length of stay requirements may apply.Disney Visa required at booking and Disney Visa cardholder must stay in room.Full details from Small World Vacations. Book ByDecember 19, 2019 Discount TypeRoom-Only DetailsValid military ID required at check-inSave up to 35% on room reservationsFor stays of 1 to 14 nightsNot available for all resorts or room typesFull details from Small World Vacations. Travel DatesMost nights January 1 through March 7, 2020 Book ByDecember 24, 2019 (holiday) Discount TypeRoom-Only Discount2020 Military Offer Discount TypePackage Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic KingdomWalt Disney World Railroad – FantasylandWalt Disney World Railroad – FrontierlandWalt Disney World Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.EpcotO Canada! (reopens in 2020 as Canada Far and Wide)Impressions de FranceBlizzard Beach–Whole Park (9/8/19-1/5/20)DiscountsDiscount information is courtesy of Small World Vacations Travel DatesMost nights:January 1 to April 13, 2019April 26 to December 19, 2019 DiscountGift of Magic Room Offer Fall Annual Passholder Discount Travel DatesMost nights:January 1 to April 4, 2020April 19 to December 18, 2020 Discount TypeRoom-Only DetailsGet a free dining plan for kids (ages 3-9) when you buy a non-discounted 3-night/3-day package for you and kid(s) at a select Disney Value Resort hotel, theme park tickets, and a dining plan.Length of stay requirements may apply.Includes Frozen Welcome Pack with stroller rental voucher; one 5×7 photo print voucher; and one merchandise bag with plush, book, and two treatsFull details from Small World Vacations. Discount TypeRoom-Only Book ByNovember 23, 2019 Book ByDecember 24, 2019 Book ByApril 25, 2020 Discount TypePackage Details5-night stay at a select Disney Resort hotel and a 4-day theme park ticket with Park Hopper option, along with the following “Yuletide offerings”Saturday, December 21, 2019: EXCLUSIVE nighttime access to ride Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Plus, catch an EXCLUSIVE showing of the park’s new Rivers of Light: We Are One show.Sunday, December 22, 2019: Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom park.Monday, December 23, 2019 or Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (one night per reservation): Access to an EXCLUSIVE reserved viewing area to watch Epcot Forever, an all-new nighttime spectacular. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and up) will receive a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating Epcot locations.Wednesday, December 25, 2019: An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your hotel room. Travel DatesMost nights September 1 through December 24, 2019 Travel DatesMost nights December 16, 2019 through March 31, 2020 DiscountFlorida Resident Offer DetailsSave up to 25%Length of stay requirements may apply.Receive a $30 gift card per person (ages 3 and up) if you book a package with 6 day or longer park tickets.Some resorts excluded.Full details from Small World Vacations. Book ByDecember 19, 2020 Book ByDecember 24, 2019 Travel DatesSeptember 29-November 14, 2019 (Sunday through Thursday nights) and November 10-December 24, 2019 (most nights) Contact Small World Vacations to book any of these discounts today.last_img read more

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Mvelaphanda moves into platinum

first_img27 August 2008Black empowered mining group Mvelaphanda Resources has secured funding from Nedbank Capital to increase its stake in Northam Platinum from 22% to 63%, in a R4-billion deal that will create the fourth-largest platinum producer in the world.According to a Nedbank statement last week, the transaction will be done through directly acquiring Anglo Platinum’s 22% stake in Northam Platinum, as well as through the vending-in of a 100% stake in Booysendal – 50% of which was acquired from Anglo Platinum – to Northam Platinum.Mvelaphanda Resources chairman Lazarus Zim said the company was excited by the prospect of becoming a world-class platinum mining business, which will rank behind Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin, in terms of platinum group metals (PGM) resources.He said that the company was particularly positive about the acquisition of a stake in Booysendal, which still has a life of mine in excess of 100 years. This is as opposed to Northam Platinum, which was only left with a life of mine of 17 years.“Prospects of our continuing presence in the PGM space looks decidedly positive,” said Zim. “This acquisition will strengthen our position both in the western and eastern limbs of the Bushveld where the PGM ore body is mostly found.”A first for platinumAccording to Zim, the acquisition of Booysendal by Northam was a landmark event, creating the first fully integrated, black-controlled platinum mining entity.“This deal reinforces what we envisaged when Mvelaphanda Resources and Afripalm Resources joined forces in 2007, which is to become a pre-eminent black controlled mining house and principal consolidator of key opportunities,” he said.“As we promised at the time, we will continue to unlock value in our operations, diversify our portfolio and achieve a better balance between the existing components of diamonds, gold and platinum as well as pursuing other interests in other commodities.”Nedbank Capital acted as sole arranger and underwriter, as well as advisor to the deal, providing funding of R2.5-billion, with the balance being financed from Mvelaphanda’s own cash resources.Nedbank Capital MD Brian Kennedy said the bank was proud to have structured a deal that would help create an extremely significant BEE player in the platinum mining arena.“This is a continuation of our relationship with Mvelaphanda Resources after Nedbank Capital was involved in financing Afripalm Resources in the acquisition of its stake in Mvelaphanda Resources in 2007,” he said.“This deal marks a historic occasion in the BEE mining space, and we feel honoured to have acted as advisors to the parties involved.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa’s ‘quantum’ football stadium

first_img28 May 2010 The Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s spectacular 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, has scored not only an engineering first for an African stadium with its majestic arch. It has also become the world’s first “quantum” stadium. Quantum “cryptography”, which in layman’s terms refers to anything written in secret code, is a new technique of providing ultra-high communication security by encoding data within quantum particles. A person who tries to intercept an information feed protected in this way without being noticed must first break the established laws of quantum mechanics. “This is the first public global event to use such a quantum-based encryption solution,” says Professor Francesco Petruccione of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Quantum Technology, which has led the project in partnership with the city of Durban. “The project will provide a high-level security system along the optical fibre communication link between the stadium and the Joint Operations Centre during the World Cup,” Petruccione said last week. “To achieve this, we use quantum mechanical methods to distribute ultra-secure encryption keys.” Information conveyed through optical fibre links is often not encrypted, and therefore vulnerable to tapping using equipment readily available via the internet, Petruccione noted. The quantum-based system will make it virtually impossible for hackers to tap into communication between the two points via telephone, e-mail and video links. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize last week congratulated Petruccione and his team, comprising mainly academics and post-graduate students, for what he called a “remarkable innovation”. University of KwaZulu-Natal deputy vice-chancellor Rob Slotow said the university was pleased that it could make a contribution to the running of the World Cup. “Especially in this, the most spectacular stadium in South Africa,” he added. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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Get Credits with Books Approved for SHRM Recertification

first_imgSHRM offers a wealth of resources to anyone preparing to take the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification exams or seeking to earn recertification credits. Here are 10 books available from the SHRMStore that can help you focus your study efforts and maximize your results:The Power of Stay Interviews for Engagement and Retention (Society for Human Resource Management, 2012) by Richard Finnegan. This best-selling book is popular among HR professionals in a wide array of industries and company sizes, a clear indication of the growing interest in stay interviews. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management. The title is also available as an e-book. 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline and Termination, 2nd edition (Society for Human Resource Management and Amacom, 2010) by Paul Falcone. This perennial favorite is an excellent resource for proactively addressing performance and behavioral problems in the workplace. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice and Relationship Management. The Essential Guide to Workplace Investigations: How to Handle Employee Complaints & Problems, 4th edition (Nolo, 2016) by Lisa Guerin. This book provides the 10 essential steps to legally and successfully investigate and resolve any type of workplace complaint or problem. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice, and Relationship Management. Defining HR Success: 9 Critical Competencies for HR Professionals (Society for Human Resource Management, 2015) by Kari Strobel, James Kurtessis, Debra Cohen and Alexander Alonso. An indispensable career development resource that provides an in-depth review and application of the nine critical HR competencies that practitioners (from entry-level to executive-level) need to have to be successful within their field. This book supports all of the SHRM HR Competencies. It is also available as an e-book. The Manager’s Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know, 2nd edition (Society for Human Resource Management and Amacom, 2013) by Max Muller. An excellent resource for HR generalists and line managers that provides step-by-step instructions on documenting an array of talent management processes as well as record keeping. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Consultation, Ethical Practice, and Relationship Management. Business-Focused HR: 11 Processes to Drive Results (Society for Human Resource Management, 2011) by Scott P. Mondore, Shane S. Douthitt and Marisa A. Carson. HR professionals must show the value of what they do and build a compelling business case to get other leaders to buy in. This book explains how to do that by linking “big data” analytics with crucial HR functions. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Business Acumen, Critical Evaluation, Leadership and Navigation, and Relationship Management. It is also available as an e-book. Got a Minute? The 9 Lessons Every HR Professional Must Learn to Be Successful (Society for Human Resource Management, 2010) by Dale J. Dwyer and Sheri A. Caldwell. this book is designed to show HR professionals and line managers how to effectively deal with challenging employees in the workplace in a variety of real-life situations. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Ethical Practice, and Relationship Management. It is also available as an e-book. Proving the Value of HR: How and Why to Measure ROI, 2nd edition (Society for Human Resource Management, 2012) by Jack J. Phillips, Ph. D., and Patricia Pulliam Philips, Ph. D. The authors present a step-by-step process for applying a return-on-investment model to HR functions. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Business Acumen and Critical Evaluation. It is also available as an e-book. 97 Frequently Asked Questions About Compensation: With Answers from SHRM’s Knowledge Advisors (Society for Human Resource Management, 2014) by Margaret Fiester. Covers the most-often-asked HR questions the SHRM HR Knowledge Center receives about employee compensation, bonuses, paid leave, tax compliance, wage and hour regulations, and much more. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Business Acumen, Communication, and Relationship Management. Part of the SHRM Q&A Series. Solving the Compensation Puzzle: Putting Together a Complete Pay and Performance System   (Society for Human Resource Management, 2007) by Sharon Koss. Checklists, practical tips, sample policies, training materials, and forms are included to help you design a pay-for-performance system for your organization—whether you are starting from scratch or trying to improve your current system. This book supports the following SHRM HR Competencies: Communication, Critical Evaluation, Leadership and Navigation, and Relationship Management. It is also available as an e-book.Click here to see a complete list of books approved for SHRM recertification credit. Originally posted on the SHRM Book Blog.last_img read more

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Visokio – Data Manipulation On The Web

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Services#web richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… So I promised to startprofiling more innovative, boundary-pushing Web tools on R/WW. The problem with thisstrategy is that a lot of innovative tools are hard to grok – which means more work forme. What have I gotten myself into? 🙂 Recently Thomas Bate of British datavisualisation company Visokio contacted me, to tellme about his company’s product Omniscope.It’s essentially a data filtering and manipulation tool for the desktop (Java-based), buthas some excellent Web integration too. They also have a product called FeatureFinder, used for creating data-drivenFlash files to embed in websites.So why is OmniScope special? For one thing it has advanced structured datacapabilities, which may have implications in Structured Blogging and may even be analternative to RDF (yikes, don’t tell Tim Berners-Lee that!). Thomasexplained that Omniscope takes the most commonly-used structured data functionality of MSOffice (Access, Excel, PowerPoint) and “adds data visualisation and an Adobe Acrobatportable file dimension.” In other words, instead of manipulating your data in an Excelspreadsheet – which a lot of us do – you can use Omniscope to manipulate your data. The benefit is that it can also be integrated into web services and websites.To see Omniscope in action, I downloaded the Omniscope 2.0 app and then went to the Demo page. I clicked on ‘MobilePhones’ and was able to easily play around with the data there. Indeed it would be a great wayto sort and filter mobile phone data on a phone retailer’s website.Manipulating mobile phone data with OmniscopeA good example of Visokio’s technology in current use is on the LondonStock Exchange website, which uses Omniscope to publish company and member data.London Stock Exchange data on OmniscopeThomas Bate also told me about the structured blogging and ‘datacasting’ implicationsof Omniscope, which I will have to leave for another post – as it gets complicated! Buthere is Thomas’ final word about why Omniscope is potentially highly innovative in theWeb world:“We really believe that a scaleable desktop viewer/container for portable structureddata that anyone can use (with no SQL or coding) will be the unsung hero and key enablerof the accelerating on-demand or Read/Write Web trend.”I can attest that Omniscope is easy to use and its visual and colorful interface formanipulating data is very compelling. I can see a great many uses for this on anydata-driven website. In fact I’d love to see it in action on one of the big e-commercesites like Amazon or eBay!With so much data on the Web these days, we need tools toeasily filter and sort that data – and personalize it. Omniscope seems like a big stepforward in making that kind of data manipulation available on the Web. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Employee Charged after Cash Theft

first_imgIn Kentucky, a Pemrboke Dollar General employee was arrested Tuesday evening while being held at the store on East Nashville Street in Pembroke after stealing from the store since July, according to a Christian County Sheriff’s report.Deputies were called to the store at 5:10 PM. Tuesday in reference to Tiajuana S. Wallace, 21, Pembroke, already being held at the store by the loss prevention regional manager, the report stated.According to the report, Wallace had written a statement to the loss prevention manager in which she stated from July 11 to the current date, she had stolen money from the register multiple times, totaling $1,600. All occurrences were on video and… Kentucky New Era- Sponsor – 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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Indian Government to Launch Education Social Network

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The urban/rural digital divide in India is severe, but efforts to change that are underway. (The national literacy rate is 63% and only 3% of homes own personal computers.) Yahoo India, for example, announced a nation-wide program in June to educate rural young people about how to use email, search and other parts of the Internet. Another government program was launched in 2009 and used downloadable educational materials to increase literacy among women. In April, the Indian national government passed a law recognizing the United Nations declaration that education is a universal human right. Only Belgium and Holland have joined India in doing so. Unfortunately, the Indian government is also apt to pass laws permitting censorship of online communications.There’s a legacy of struggle to capture the benefits of the Internet for educational purposes in India, just as there is everywhere. Ten years ago, Pramod Khera wrote the following in a column in India Today (via educator Stephen Downes):“E-learning today is facing the same dilemma and acceptance problems that other Net applications are encountering. The Net has grown at an incredible speed in the past decade mainly because of unreasonably high expectations created by Internet and dotcom enthusiasts and protagonists. In their eagerness, they created applications without really analysing and understanding the fundamentals of these applications. They did a good job of populating the Web with enormous content and faulty applications. As a result, customers experienced serious shortcomings, lacunae and inefficiencies in their (applications’) delivery. The story of e-learning is no different.”Those same words could have been written about online education anywhere, ten years ago, if not today. It will be very interesting to see what the government of Rajasthan launches next month. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#E-Learning#international#web Can a government build an effective Facebook for education?The government of Rajasthan, one of the largest states in India, is building out extensive infrastructure for Information and Communication Technology resources and training, with the collaboration of multiple international agencies including the World Economic Forum. Next month, the state’s information technology department plans on launching its own education social network: like Facebook, for learning. According to coverage in The Economic Times of India and elsewhere, the site will include all the standard features of social networking (photos, games) but will be focused primarily on educational collaboration and will include topic experts jumping in to answer questions raised by users. 65 percent of today’s grade-school kids may end up doing work that hasn’t been invented yet, says Cathy N. Davidson, co-director of the HASTAC/John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition. From Virginia Heffernan’s NYT Editorial this weekend, Education Needs a Digital-Age UpgradeThe Indian tech economy has a long history of leadership in e-learning, and so building an official social network to augment other educational efforts sounds like a smart next step to explore. Many have tried before; let’s see what the government can do. Given the massive adoption of mobile devices in India (second most data consumption in the world), it will be interesting to see what kind of mobile component the effort will have.Can a state-built social network prove compelling to young users? That will probably be easier said than done, but it sounds like there are enough resources behind the project to expect meaningful investment in research and design. The responsible department’s own website doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, though. Pluggd.in, a leading blog about technology startups in India, calls both the country’s school management software and its education system in general “archaic.” Right: From the Education for Education rural computer literacy project, Rukmini Banerji:“…in the center of the room we could see two laptops. Four young people sat with the computers – two to one computer – with the computer instructor right next to them. She was young – not more than 20 or 22. Her students were also probably the same age. They were learning how to make PowerPoint presentations. I sat quietly behind this group for a long time. The instructor spoke and the students did what she said. It was the best lesson on making PowerPoint presentations that I had ever witnessed. Apart from a quick welcome, neither the students nor the instructor paid any attention to me. They concentrated on the work they were doing. I later learned that the electricity supply in the village is unreliable, so while there is electricity, they don’t waste time and they maximize what they can do on the laptops.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Photo: Mike Trout, A Duke Fan, Pranked His Angels Teammate, Utah Alum C.J. Cron

first_imgDuke cheerleaders carry school flags onto the court.OMAHA, NE – MARCH 25: The Duke Blue Devils cheerleaders carry their schools flags on to the court prior to the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional against the Kansas Jayhawks at CenturyLink Center on March 25, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim star outfielder Mike Trout might just be the best player in baseball. A first-round draft pick out of Millville (N.J.) High School in 2009, Trout never attended college. He had been committed to East Carolina but eschewed the college route to begin his promising pro career. Apparently, the 23-year-old Trout has adopted Duke as his college basketball program of choice. Trout’s Blue Devils will take on Utah tomorrow in the Sweet 16, and he decided to have some spring training fun at the expense of his Utah alum teammate, 1B/DH C.J. Cron. Still can’t believe Utah alum @CCron24 would root against his team !! #DukeNation pic.twitter.com/TidR1szKuO— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) March 26, 2015The Blue Devils are definitely favored tomorrow night, but it remains to be seen whether Trout or Cron will have the last laugh in the Angels’ locker room.last_img read more

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More Jobs to be provided in ICT and BPO Sectors

first_imgThe Government is actively pursuing an additional line of credit for provision to the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), to facilitate expansion in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Business Process Operation (BPO) sectors, which can yield significant employment. This was announced by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, at the Kingston Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on November  15. Dr. Phillips said the DBJ’s Board has indicated that the institution’s current US$20 million line of credit for ICT/BPO developments, “is likely to be exhausted in another two to three months, based on the current number of applications received and approved. He informed that based on the applications that have been considered and settled, “there is the certainty of approximately 4,000 (additional) jobs.” The Minister also advised of another application that is in the “final stages of consideration,” which will generate another 2,500 jobs, while pointing to the ICT/BPO sectors’ potential to provide employment for upwards of 20,000 persons. “It is clear that there are tens of thousands of jobs that are available, and Jamaica has caught the attention, not only of the international community but of the local investor community, as a viable centre for the establishment of ICT/BPO operations,” he added. Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips disclosed that construction of more than 1,500 hotel rooms is being “actively pursued” by a number of the international brands which have invested in Jamaica’s tourism industry. He pointed out that work has commenced on some, while others are at various stages of completion. “I am not referring to any of the projects that are linked to the potential of casino gaming. I am talking about projects that are underway in relation to the expansion of the (number of hotel) rooms. We are on the cusp of a boom,” the Minister said.last_img read more

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