Toy Story Mania Will Change FastPass+ and Capacity in April and May

first_imgThis line wraps several times and is a posted 85 minute wait. And that’s with FastPass+ running, too. Because this is an unprecedented temporary change, we’re not going to include Toy Story Mania wait times in our analysis of actual crowd levels at Disney Hollywood Studios.Touring without a Toy Story Mania FastPassIt will be best to arrive at Hollywood Studios early and ride Toy Story Mania first. If you want to ride Toy Story Mania later in the day, as with all Touring Plans, you should re-optimize after every few steps. This will incorporate updates in wait time predictions at all the attractions.Everything looks fine at Hollywood Studios, until you turn your head. Share This!Update March 31, 2018When Toy Story Land opens, Toy Story Mania’s entrance will flip to the opposite side of the building, moving from its current location in Pixar Place to the new Land. Since January, Disney has been working on reconfiguring the queue. During this time, only two of the three ride tracks have been operational. From April 9 to May 7, Toy Story Mania will not offer FastPass+. This suggests that the capacity of the ride is going to vary during the final phase of the construction.Toy Story Mania’s new entrance when it opens in Toy Story Land this summer.center_img Even Jessie has been roped into the construction. Get it? Roped into? I crack myself up.last_img read more

Comment of the Day: Semantic Web “Great For Diddling”

first_imgOur 6th daily Comments Competition winner comes from a comment on our post 11 Things To Know About Semantic Web. It came from Alan Wilensky, who wrote that “all of the [Semantic Web] tech that has been so promised is great for diddling, but we haven’st seen productivity delivered.” Congratulations Alan, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher, courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Amazon WishList Widget.Here is Alan’s full comment which, despite starting off a little pompously, makes some interesting points: “Kingsley, help, they are making our poor semanticshamntic web complicated again.There should be a license required to write about the two big topics in semantic technologies:1) The technology behind it – generally recognized as the greatest blunder the W3C has ever made; OWL and RDFS.2) The effects and resulting applications that will emerge from these technologies, and the competing technologies that leap over the OWL/RDFS abortion. (Computational Linguistics, Machine learning).If the author is a computer scientist actually working in the field, please accept my apologies, I’m nit here to tear down, but really, all of the tech that has been so promised is great for diddling, but we haven’st seen productivity delivered.And, I have been installing semantic browsers, add-ons, etc., since 2004.Personally, I believe that the delivery of functions of the semantic whatever, will have to be delivered as fully integrated tools and services.The man on the street, including some savvy small business folks, are just getting up on web apps as a service, giving up the local server in favor of services, and just getting wrapped around blogs and such as a marketing channel.Enough on Semantic Punditry – unless you would like to order my report on the semantic web for an introductory price of $895.00, you will need the semantic browser extension to read it, and will then be able to surf contextual links that are related to your email thread and porn chats.” Tags:#Contests#Semantic Web#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts richard macmanuslast_img read more

8 Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Even Better for Small Businesses

first_imgSure, cloud computing offers benefits to companies of all sizes. But the clouds’ advantages apply even more dramatically the smaller and newer your company. At the same time, the standard objections to cloud computing matter less to small companies than to large ones.On the plus side, the cloud’s economies of scale naturally make a bigger difference when your company is too small to generate similar savings and capabilities on its own. And on the flip side, many of the issues blamed on the cloud in large enterprises – security, integration, compliance and so on – often cause fewer problems in small companies that can’t properly deal with them anyway.  1. Economies of scale: This one’s obvious. The larger the company, the easier it can generate economies of scale on its own. Small companies, by definition, have more limited resources. Anything that can give them access to scale in purchasing and pricing is a big win!2. Enterprise-class functionality. Big companies have the heft to create the custom functionality they need. Small companies simply don’t have the resources to do that. In the cloud, though, they can leverage development, maintenance and upgrades across many, many small businesses… And, increasingly, consumers as well.3. Money Matters. Startups and small companies are often undercapitalized and pay-as-you-go cloud computing solutions typically don’t require lots of upfront cash. Even if they don’t end up saving much as the monthly fees add up over the long run, avoiding capital expenditures can be a make-or-break issue for cash-strapped small businesses. 4. Infrastructure vs. Applications. For the enterprise, cloud computing often means complex Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) projects that have to be installed and integrated into a company’s existing systems. For smaller companies, cloud computing often means complete cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and application suites. No IT required.5. The Legacy Issue. A common enterprise objection to cloud computing is how will it work with the company’s legacy applications. Small businesses – and especially new businesses – typically have fewer and less complex legacy apps. Taken a step farther, that means startups and small businesses have less installed infrastructure they’d need to throw out to move into the cloud. As for new businesses, why would you actually buy anything you could “rent” instead?6. Security Problems. I’m not saying security isn’t important to small businesses (though many don’t take it as seriously as they should). I’m saying that while security in the cloud may still be shaky by enterprise standards, it’s almost always far better than what small businesses are able to provide for themselves.7. Compliance. Because you don’t necessarily know where your data is stored in the cloud, IaaS can cause confusion as to whether it complies with local, national and international regulations. That’s a huge issue for multinational corporations, less so for most small businesses. 8. Reliability. The cloud is more reliable than most people think. When widely used cloud services and applications have outages, it makes national news. When an individual company – large or small – has a similar problem, they work hard to make sure you never even hear about it. The bottom line, though, is that even accounting for network connectivity hiccups, the cloud is probably a lot more reliable than what small businesses can afford to provide for themselves.When it comes right down to it, cloud computing seems made for startups and small businesses. It’s the best way to get enterprise class – or better yet, consumer class – functionality without having to develop it yourself or lay out a big chunk of cash to buy it. And even though cloud computing still isn’t fully mature, its remaining issues simply carry less weight when viewed from the perspective of a startup or small business. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting fredric paul Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#How To#start#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Maryland Upset With Michigan For Altering Its Logo In Schedule Poster

first_imgMichigan Football’s 2016 schedule poster is out. But one of the team’s division rivals isn’t exactly thrilled with the way it looks.Michigan Football dropped its 2016 schedule poster Monday morning, and per usual, it features the logos of the 12 opponents it’ll face during the regular season this year. But one – Maryland – is a bit unhappy with some changes the Wolverines made to its mark. Maryland’s logo, for whatever reason, doesn’t feature the flag bar that typically runs below the famed “M.”Maryland called out Michigan on Twitter. The Wolverines have not responded.Coming soon. #GoBlue pic.twitter.com/V18zMKMoX3— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) August 21, 2016Is the rest of our logo coming soon? #RespectTheFlagBar https://t.co/M5ZoE4PUSn— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) August 22, 2016For reference, here’s what Maryland’s logo actually looks like.Maryland Official LogoIt’s also worth noting that Michigan did not put Ohio State’s real logo on its poster. That’s clearly some kind of shot at the Buckeyes.We’re not sure if a logo mixup will provide motivation for the Terrapins this year – but perhaps that game is now a little more interesting.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake Wins Best Live Act At O2 Silver Clef Awards

first_imgJustin Timberlake as the winner of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award for the Best Live Act of 2014 on Friday at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.The singer was honored alongside performers such as Jimmy Page, Black Sabbath, Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, Tom Jones and more.An expert music industry panel shortlisted the ten best live artists who have toured in the last year, then the vote lay in the hands of the public who voted on Twitter and via the Nordoff Robbins website.Beating off competition from the other 9 nominees, Justin Timberlake came top of the poll with just under half a million votes (469,906). The other nominees were Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Fleetwood Mac, Foals, Muse, London Grammar, Rolling Stones and Rudimental.In 2013, Justin Timberlake embarked on ‘The 20/20 Experience World Tour’, his fifth concert tour as a solo artist that critics claim kept audiences ‘hypnotised’. With Tom Ford designing the costumes and featuring chart toppers ‘Pusher Love Girl’, ‘Like I Love You’ and ‘Cry Me A River’, Timberlake had two shows in the O2 Arena within his UK tour.Chris Edmonds, Chairman of Ticketmaster UK, commented: “Justin Timberlake has always blown away fans with his incredible live performances. Currently in the midst of his extremely successful world tour, the ‘Suit & Tie’ singer will be back in the UK in August for his headline spot at V Festival. 
“With a very strong shortlist this year for the Best Live Act Award, it was tough competition but Justin clearly came out on top with nearly half a million fan votes. Congratulations Justin!”The Award and vote was supported by Bauer Radio Stations Absolute Radio and Magic 105.4.Nick Snaith, Magic 105.4 Drivetime Host and Award Presenter said: “Justin Timberlake has developed into one of the world’s most prolific entertainers, and is a well-.deserved winner of this award. The power of music is undeniable, and this award not only celebrates an artist at the top of his game – but an organisation that transforms people’s lives through incredible music therapy”.This is the fourth year of the Best Live Act Award. Previous winners include One Direction (2013), McFly (2012) and Sir Paul McCartney (2011). Of the 10 Awards presented at the O2 Silver Clefs, Best Live Act is the only one voted for by the public.The O2 Silver Clef Awards have been bringing together artists from all areas of the music industry since 1976 to raise support for thousands of people across the UK who need the vital engagement of music therapy.Source:Nordoff Robbinslast_img read more

Post Fani normal traffic flights resume in Odisha

first_imgNew Delhi: Two days after cyclone “Fani” hit the Odisha coast, normal traffic as well as flight operations has been restored in the state and the Railways have also reintroduced 85 of the 138 cancelled trains, a Home Ministry statement said on Sunday. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has cleared fallen trees from most of the roads in Puri, Khurda and Bhubaneswar and normal traffic has resumed, said the statement that was issued based on information shared by Odisha government in a National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The NCMC on Sunday reviewed relief measures in the “Fani” affected areas of Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. “Railways have reintroduced 85 of the 138 cancelled trains. The main line to Bhubaneswar has commenced operations while Puri will be ready to receive trains in about four to five days. Flight operations to Bhubaneswar resumed with 41 flights operating yesterday (Saturday), even though the local airport suffered extensive damage.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Odisha also said that power and telecommunication facilities were gradually being restored in the cyclone-affected areas of the state. “Major damages to the power transmission and distribution systems are reported in Bhubaneswar and Puri. Mobile services have been restored partially. In both the cities, about 70 percent water supply will be restored by Sunday evening. “At least 60 percent of affected telecom towers were expected to be operational by Sunday evening and diesel supplies were being provided to make them functional using Diesel Generator (DG) sets in the absence of regular power supply,” the statement said. Sufficient stocks of diesel and other fuels are available in Odisha, said the statement, adding the state also sought supply of storage water tanks. The Cabinet Secretary, in the NCMC meeting, directed that restoration of power and telecommunication facilities be accorded top priority and Ministry of Power and Department of Telecommunications to coordinate with Odisha government in this regard. The Power Ministry has moved DG sets of 500 KVA, 250 KVA and 125 KVA capacity and also provided workmen gangs, who are engaged in restoration of power lines and towers, said the statement. “Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal have been requested to provide additional assistance to Odisha, particularly in the area of power. Cabinet Secretary also suggested that public sector companies in Power and Oil and Gas sector contribute towards relief efforts under their CSR funding.” The Ministry of Steel has made available about 3,500 steel electric poles and additional quantities as requested by Odisha are being arranged from other places. The Defence Ministry, through transport planes and helicopters, moved medicines and other relief material, while naval and Coast Guard vessels near the Odisha coast have enough water to supply to affected areas. Reviewing the relief efforts, the Cabinet Secretary directed that officers of Central ministries and agencies should work in close coordination with Odisha government and provide all required assistance expeditiously. Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal participated in the NCMC meeting through video conference. Senior Officers from Ministries of Home Affairs, Defence, Civil Aviation, Railways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Power, Telecommunications, Steel, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Health, the NDMA and the NDRF also attended the meeting.last_img read more

ILFS likely to settle 55 green cos Rs 12000 crore debt by

first_imgNew Delhi/ Mumbai: Loan exposure worth Rs 12,000 crore of almost 55 green companies of crisis-hit IL&FS group is likely to be settled by July end, a senior government official said as he asserted that the resolution process is on track. Besides, many of the green companies have positive equity which means that after settling debt obligations, shareholders would “get something in return for their equity stake”, Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas said.The board of diversified IL&FS group, which is estimated to have a debt burden of over Rs 94,000 crore, was superseded by the corporate affairs ministry in October last year. Since then, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)-appointed board is managing the affairs to ensure orderly settlement. As part of the resolution efforts, the group companies have been classified into three categories, mainly based on their financial positions — green, amber and red. Srinivas said the IL&FS resolution process is on track and expects to reach “some kind of conclusion” in a time-bound manner. There are almost 55 companies in the green category and they have a loan exposure of about Rs 12,000 crore. Ten out of the 55 companies account for nearly 90 per cent of the loan exposure, he noted. Meanwhile, IL&FS Securities Services (ISS) Wednesday moved the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) to direct markets regulator Sebi to annul certain transactions carried out by Allied Financial Services. In February, Sebi had barred Allied Financial and others for misappropriating client securities and a host of other violations. Appearing for IL&FS Securities counsel Gaurav Joshi said there were fraudulent mutual fund transfers carried out by Allied on behalf of its clients Dalmia Cement and OCL India, among others where it was the clearing house. He sought SAT’s intervention to direct Sebi to annul the said transaction, apart from de-freezing of securities which are stuck following the Sebi order. In February, the Sebi had barred brokerage Allied Financial, its five directors and four other entities from securities markets for misappropriating client securities and other violations. It had also barred them from disposing of or alienating any assets, or create or invoke any charge on their assets, without its prior permission. The Sebi had probed the alleged irregularities at Allied, pursuant to a preliminary inspection by the NSE had found non-availability of client funds worth Rs 94 crore, non-availability of client securities, non-settlement of inactive clients and non-segregation of transaction between own and client bank accounts. “In the green category, the major focus is on settling dues with respect to those ten large companies. If the dues of the ten companies can be settled, then 90 per cent of the Rs 12,000 crore can be settled… By July end, we will be aspiring to settle the debt of green companies, which is around Rs 12,000 crore,” said Srinivas. Srinivas also said there are a few cases where creditors are willing to restructure the entire loan to make ‘amber’ assets green. “We are open to that. If they can be made into green, then around Rs 2,000 to 4,000 crore of debt may shift from amber to green,” he noted. The amber companies have debt obligations worth around Rs 20,000 crore and since there is a moratorium, the dues of these firms are not being paid yet. Amber companies are those that have enough money to pay senior secured creditors but not unsecured ones. “We are not paying the dues yet, which is being heavily contested in NCLAT by the creditors… If the secured creditors want distribution of available funds before final resolution, they would have to file their final claims. The interim payments made prior to resolution of the corporate debtor, would automatically get adjusted against the final claim,” Srinivas said. He said one option could be that senior creditors get precedence and the residual amount would go to unsecured creditors.last_img read more

Modi says TMC goons behind vandalisation of Vidyasagar statue vows to install

first_imgMau (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said his government was committed towards Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s vision and promised to install his grand statue at the same spot in Kolkata where it was vandalised by “TMC goondas”. Lashing out at Mamata Banerjee, the prime minister said he was going for a rally in Dum Dum later in the day but was not sure if the West Bengal Chief Minister will allow his helicopter to land. “We have been witnessing the attitude of didi for long and now the country is also seeing it. Dedicated to the vision of Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, our government will install a panchdhatu (made up of five metals) statue at the very spot and give a reply to TMC goondas,” he said while addressing a poll rally here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “The statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was broken by TMC goondas during the road show of BJP President Amit Shah. Those involved in this act should be given strong punishment,” the prime minister said. Kolkata witnessed wide-spread violence during BJP president Shah’s massive road show on Tuesday. A bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised during the violence. Modi charged that “anarchy” was spread by TMC workers during his earlier meetings in West Midnapore and Thakurnagar. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen “In Cooch Behar in Bengal where a dais was to be set up for my rally, didi got a grand dais made for her party. I have been seeing this attitude of didi since long but now the country is seeing it,” he said. “I have a rally in Dum Dum. Let us see if didi allows it. If she has her way she will not allow the helicopter to land, Modi said. Hitting back at BSP supremo Mayawati, who had attacked him over violence in West Bengal, Modi said, “The manner in which the West Bengal government has been targeting UPiites, Biharis and those from Purvanchal, I thought behenji will give a befitting reply but she is more concerned about power”. Lashing out at the SP-BSP alliance, he said those raising “Modi-hatao slogans are today frustrated.Uttar Pradesh has made their arithmetic all wrong and so their abuses have increased”. “Actually the country has come to know the truth of these mahamilavatis…they all know that Modi hatao was just a slogan but actually their aim is to hide their corruption,” he said, adding they somehow want a ‘khichdi’ and weak government which can be “blackmailed” as per their needs. “SP-BSP have made an opportunistic alliance. They have struck a deal at the top but on the ground their workers are still attacking each other,” he said. “They are mistaken in thinking that SP and BSP votes will be transferred.They take some castes as their slaves,” he said, adding it appears they did not understood situation in 2014, 2017 polls but will now understand in 2019 that castes should not be treated as slave. In the name of castes they gained power and used it for making bungalows and make their relatives ‘crorepatis’ and ‘arabpatis’, he charged. “Be it bua or babua they have distanced themsleves from people, created a tall wall of ‘darbaris’ and yes men that they cannot see the ‘sukh dukh’ of the poor,” he said. While accusing the Opposition of creating hurdles in freeing Muslim daughters of the curse of triple talaq, he said, “Your sewak wants to empower daughters”. He said ‘mahamilawatis’ have fielded a candidate from Ghosi seat who is a rape accused and absconder. The history of Samajwadi Party, the prime minister said, is known by the people of UP “but behenji, will you seek votes for such a candidate. All know what was the situation of betis during the Samajwadi Party rule but behenji your stand on the rape of a dalit daughter in Alwar has brought your behaviour also under question”. The government in Rajasthan is being run with the support of behenji but it tried to keep the rape incident hidden in view of elections… this attitude of behenji shows that for selfish interest anyone can be betrayed, he said. Stressing that his government was committed to security of women, Modi said it was his government which brought death penalty in rape cases and pressing the button on lotus will mean death penalty for rapists.last_img read more

Wrestling Ohio States end game A national championship in Cleveland

OSU then-redshirt sophomore Nathan Tomasello competes in a match against Arizona State on Nov. 13.Credit: Courtesy of OSUWith a roster full of talent like Tom Ryan’s, the Ohio State wrestling head coach is often asked what keeps his team motivated. His answer this fall: the NCAA national championships taking place in Cleveland at the Quicken Loans Arena during the upcoming season. March 15-17 will see Buckeye fans descend on the city of Cleveland to observe Ohio State wrestling as it makes yet another run at a team national championship along with what could be multiple individual crowns. Senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder remembers the feeling of winning the national championship in 2015 and believes that winning another — this time in the Buckeye state — would make it even sweeter. “This couldn’t be a better storyline,” Snyder said. “We win it as a team when I was a freshman and now as a senior, as a leader of this team, to be able to compete on home turf basically in Cleveland with tens of thousands of Buckeyes there watching us. It really couldn’t be a better ending to my career if we all go out there and wrestle as hard as we can and win a team title.”Ryan, citing ESPN statistics, pointed out that more fans from Columbus watched the NCAA championships last season than in any other city in the country. Those fans might get to see the team in person come March. As far as members of his team, many of them wrestled in front of large crowds at the Schottenstein Center during their high school state championships, and they want that feeling again, Ryan said. “These guys are fired up that it’s in Cleveland,” Ryan said. “We’ve had a huge response in number of tickets that people want to get into the arena and it’s in the [Quicken Loans Arena], which should be pretty cool. It’s definitely something that we’re excited about.” In particular, the event has special meaning for two of Ryan’s wrestlers: redshirt seniors Nathan Tomasello (125 pounds) and Bo Jordan (174 pounds). The two are decorated veterans looking to lead their team to a national championship, and were both born and raised in Ohio. “For Nate and Bo in particular, as seniors, to have the national championship in your home state, I can’t think of anything as a student athlete growing up in Ohio that could be greater than that,” Ryan said. Jordan expressed his desire to go toe-to-toe with formidable opponents at nationals in Cleveland in his quest to claim not only a team national championship, but also his first individual national championship in his backyard. “It’s really cool,” Jordan said. “I don’t know if the national title has ever been here before or if it has been, it’s been a while, as long as I can remember. We’re real excited about that, bringing it here to Ohio and being able to have the fans here. It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Nobody on the wrestling roster grew up closer to Cleveland than Tomasello, a product of Parma and Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Parma, Ohio, about 10 miles south of Cleveland. “It’s very important,” Tomasello said. “I consider Cleveland to be more my home. I’m really pumped that nationals are going be there at the [Quicken Loans Arena] and just having a lot of support. That’s where I grew up, that’s where everyone has helped me get to where I am now.”Tomasello said the prospect of competing at the NCAAs in Cleveland reminds him of when he wrestled at the Walsh Ironman tournament in high school within walking distance from his school and near where he grew up. Competing in his city is something the redshirt senior thrives on. “There was so much support in that tournament, I just fed off of that energy in that environment,” Tomasello said. “That energy is something that I can see in Cleveland with all the Ohio State Buckeye fans there and just people that have supported me my whole wrestling career. That’s what it makes me think of.” read more

Blaise Matuidi admires Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgThe French midfielder believes the Portuguese is to be admired because he keeps working even when his teammates are resting31-year-old French midfielder Blaise Matuidi has revealed how he admires the way Cristiano Ronaldo prepares himself.The Juventus footballer talked to Football Italia how the Portuguese acts after a game.“We were all dead tired after the match against Manchester United and the day after, except Cristiano,” Matuidi said.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He’s been working like crazy ever since he got here. He’s been at it more than anyone else and he told me he ‘had to’ behave like that.”“That’s why at 33, he’s been an example for all of us and given us an extra stimulus. His influence isn’t limited to his work during the week,” he added.“He’s also crucial over the 90 minutes. He can do things that others can’t help improve the team’s game.”“Everyone feels much stronger alongside him. He’s a leader in this sense,” he concluded.last_img read more