Epcot’s UK Pavilion Now Sells Corgis

first_imgShare This!One of my favorite aspects of the Epcot World Showcase pavilions is that they sell items that have nothing to do with Disney. Sure, there are usually Disney tee shirt tie-ins, or plush character representations of the countries, but alongside the branded merchandise is a bunch of stuff that’s just randomly representative of the country’s zeitgeist.In that vein, there are now large displays of plush corgi dogs for sale in the UK pavilion. Corgis have long been the favored animal companions of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s dogs are practically synonymous with the kingdom itself. And so, for $18.99, you too can have a pet to watch The Crown with.last_img read more

What Is Boxing Day? How Do You Celebrate?

first_imgWhen I saw Julie’s question about Boxing Day this morning:Serious question: what is boxing day and how does everyone celebrate it?— Julie (@juliedutch) December 26, 2014I smiled. I’ve got you covered, Julie. My friend James has a wonderful post about Boxing Day, and all things Christmas on his Why Christmas site.Here’s a few takeaways, but read the post to get the full background:Boxing Day is celebrated December 26, the day after ChristmasIts roots date back to the Middle Ages, almost 800 years ago, in the United Kingdom. Alms boxes were opened so the content could be distributed to those in need.In the past, servants would get the day off to celebrate Christmas with their familiesPre-World War II, delivery people would collect their Christmas tip or box from their delivery placesBoxing Day is a public holiday in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New ZealandCelebrating Boxing Day isn’t common in the United States. But it’s well known in my community. Boxing Night at Geneva Presbyterian ChurchI first learned about Boxing Day from Geneva Presbyterian Church, where we attended for several years. For the past 20 years, Geneva Presbyterian has held a Boxing Night clothing drive for the homeless, starting December 26 and ending the first week of January. Teens at the church spend the night in the church parking lot in boxes to raise awareness for the homeless. You can see photos from Boxing Night 2012 on Geneva’s Facebook page. Everyone in the community is encouraged to bring clothing, blankets, and toiletries which are taken to Fort Street Presbyterian Church Open Door Ministry to the homeless in Detroit.Many years, the stayover night is super cold. We’ll drive by the church parking lot, and see teens and adults huddled around the fire in a trashcan in the below-freezing weather. Julie, to answer your other question about how we spend Boxing Day: our family gathers blankets, clothes, and toiletries to donate to Geneva Presbyterian. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWhy Christmas? The Christmas Site 18 Years in the Making and Still GrowingToday’s guest post is by my friend James Cooper. I’ve loved his Why Christmas? website for years, and I’m honored he accepted my invitation to write about how it came about. Hi, let me introduce myself, I’m James Cooper, a freelance web designer/developer from the United Kingdom. I’ve known Deborah…In “Web design”Photo of the Week: Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-AlongThough it was a gray afternoon, the clouds didn’t chase away families and friends from joining the 2015 Plymouth Community Christmas Carol Sing-Along today in downtown Plymouth, Michigan at Kellogg Park. Led by Dr. Jerry Smith, the music director at my church, First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth, I joined dozens…In “Michigan”More Holiday Goodies: SitePoint Christmas SaleIf you’ve had your fill of holiday meals and sweets, and want to expand your knowledge beyond the 12 Days of Christmas free online courses from Lynda.com, here are some holiday goodies for your learning enjoyment. Through January 5, 2015, you can get some great deals from the SitePoint Christmas…In “Web design”last_img read more

Algeria, Nigeria carry Africa’s hopes in Brazil

first_img27 June 2014Four years on from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first ever held in Africa, the continent’s representatives have so far put in a strong showing at Brazil 2014, with two out of five teams progressing to the round of 16 after the conclusion of the group stage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup on Thursday.In South Africa in 2010, Ghana were the only African team to move on to the round of 16, where it took a hand-ball by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez to prevent them from becoming the first African team to qualify for the semi-finals of a football World Cup.Nigeria: second in Group FNigeria, who claimed the Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in February, improved from finishing bottom of their group in 2010 to taking second place in Group F in 2014, and moving on to a round of 16 showdown with Group E winners France in Brasilia on Monday.The Super Eagles finished behind Argentina, but above Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran. Their results included a crucial 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, a goalless draw with Iran and a thrilling 2-3 defeat to Argentina.It was in their loss to the Argentinians that Nigeria made the biggest impact. After Lionel Messi had given the South Americans the lead in the third minute, the Super Eagles struck back a minute later through Ahmed Musa.Then, after Messi had put his side back in front just before the break, Nigeria struck back with two minutes of the restart, again through Musa, who finished with aplomb for the second time.Marcos Rojo scored what proved to be the winning goal not long after that, but the Nigerians had made a strong statement, even in defeat. It came in their attitude as much as it came in the closeness of the result. When Argentina scored, there was no slumping of the shoulders or even the slightest indication of the inevitability of the outcome of the contest. Instead, Stephen Keshi’s charges roared back into the game twice with excellent goals.In some people’s minds, African football is regarded as being inferior. However, in the minds of the Nigerian players, it is clearly not inferior and they are not intimidated by any teams, even those loaded with star players.Algeria: second in Group HThe biggest and best surprise so far among Africa’s contenders in Brazil has been provided by Algeria, whose group stage performances exhibited discipline, flair and pace. In their first match they pushed highly-rated Belgium all the way before a late goal earned the European side a 2-1 win.Responding superbly to that setback, they became the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup finals match when they outplayed South Korea, a round of 16 team four years earlier, by four goals to two. The Atlas Lions led 3-0 at half-time.A pulsating 1-1 draw with Russia in their final group game was enough for the Desert Foxes to get second place in Group H, securing their place in the round of 16. They will meet Group G winners Germany in Porto Alegre on Monday.Ivory Coast: third in Group CIn 2010, Ivory Coast was drawn in a very tough pool, which included Brazil, Portugal and North Korea. They finished third and failed to advance to the round of 16.This time around, although there were suspicions before the finals that the Elephants might be a bit long in the tooth, another third-place finish was a bit of a disappointment.Contesting Group C, they finished behind Colombia and Greece and above Japan. A controversial 1-2 loss to the Greeks proved to be the critical result. In their other outings they beat Japan 2-1 and lost 1-2 to Colombia, who progressed with a perfect three wins in three starts.Ghana: fourth in Group GGhana, the darlings of Africa four years ago, when they narrowly missed out on the semi-finals – thanks to a cynical hand-ball on the goal line by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez – were drawn in a tough group with Germany, Portugal and the United States.In their first game, against an under-rated USA (even though the Americans are ranked 13th in the world), the Black Stars went down 1-2 to a late goal by Anthony Brooks.They showed their mettle second time out when, after falling a goal behind Germany, they took a 2-1 lead before having to settle for a 2-2 draw after Miroslav Klose netted his World Cup finals record-equalling 15th goal.Like Nigeria and Algeria, Ghana showed in that match that they feared no team and that they could match any side blow for blow.However, in the end they undermined themselves with in-fighting and payment disputes ahead of their final game against Portugal, losing 2-1 to end fourth a disappointing 4th in Group G.Cameroon: fourth in Group ABut it was Cameroon that was the biggest let-down for African fans – and arguably the most disappointing side of the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Their preparation for the tournament had been overshadowed by a row over bonuses, and their performances on the field clearly showed a divided team.This divide was made clear for all to see when Benoit Assou-Ekotto aimed a headbutt at team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo in the side’s disappointing 0-4 loss to Croatia in their second outing.They also went down 0-1 to Mexico and 1-4 to Brazil to finish with three losses in three matches for the second World Cup finals in succession.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Voices on Enterprise 2.0: Ross Dawson

first_imgTags:#enterprise Because Enterprise 2.0 is a maturing space, there are many competing sources online for advice and opinion. It’s sometimes difficult to ascertain who’s who and whether their opinion is reliable and credible. I’ll be occasionally highlighting voices in the community who’ve made a significant contribution to moving the Enterprise 2.0 discussion forward, although they may not be well known in a certain geography or technology discipline.Today’s e2.0 luminary is Ross Dawson. Dawson has held an Executive Forum on Enterprise 2.0 for the past two years in Sydney and publishes regularly on Enterprise 2.0. He’s also published an excellent reference report, “Implementing Enterprise 2.0” for customers seeking a more in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding adoption and implementation. I caught up with Ross last night. I asked him if he saw any change in the makeup of the conference attendees for this year’s forum. He told me that this year the conversation has shifted markedly toward “proving the business case” and away from the information-gathering that had dominated the conversation last year.Dawson’s report, which really looks more like a book, is chock full with mini-case studies, quotes, and information sources from experts that validate and further explain the concepts he outlines. In addition to the excellent content, I appreciated that the material is presented well, with a nice use of layout and design. The information is easily digested and provides a “simple user interface” that makes absorbing the material easy. Two charts in the book really stood out for me. The first is: “Enterprise 2.0: Key Barriers and Responses.” Dawson divides 15 key barriers into Culture, Executive Attitudes, Vested Interests, and Design of Initiatives. He covers the gamut of problems and suggests practical solutions. The second is an extensive table on “Return on Investment Calculations.” Although, it’s been largely debated whether Enterprise 2.0 can be seen through the same lens as other investments in technology (and Dawson recognizes this), he points to realistic data sets that can be used to compile a custom ROI for each company based on real costs with related tangible and intangible values. The book, available at Amazon for $195, is a solid reference for veterans in the space, as well as Enterprise customers who need a deeper dive into some of the key tools and challenges involved in moving ahead with a socio-collaborative strategy. For each tool in the Enterprise 2.0 toolkit, Dawson discusses its background, adoption issues, business value, key functionality, and issues with implementation. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… susan scrupski 1center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Montella: ‘Not a good Fiorentina’

first_imgVincenzo Montella freely admits Fiorentina deserved to lose against Hellas Verona. “It was not a good performance, but it’s a tough fixture for everyone.” Samuel Di Carmine – a lifelong Viola supporter – got the only goal of the game at the Stadio Bentegodi. “It was not a good performance and we made a lot of technical errors, but also conceded a great goal during our best period of the match,” Montella told DAZN. “We suffered against Verona, but I’m sure everyone will have that experience here, as it’s a tough fixture for everyone. We’ll analyse this game carefully and learn the right lessons from it.” This was their second consecutive defeat after a 5-2 loss to Cagliari, so Montella was asked if he is worried. “Only to the right degree. I know there are always going to be difficult moments for a team. There were reasons for our defeat to Cagliari, while today we made technical errors. The moment must come when we react to these setbacks too.” Federico Chiesa was left on the bench after returning from international duty with a knock, while captain German Pezzella went off with a fractured cheekbone just four minutes in. “Pezzella is having tests and it was certainly a big loss to lose him that early. Chiesa is not in good shape physically or mentally. When he gets back into shape, then he’ll start playing again.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_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

WilsonRaybould can speak about SNCLavalin affair at committee Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould will be permitted to speak publicly about some of the details of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Trudeau told the House of Commons that the government will waive some of the solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidences that have so far kept Wilson-Raybould silent.“The member can address relevant matters at the committee while ensuring of course that the two active court cases are not jeopardized,” Trudeau said.RELATED: Trudeau should be ordered to committee to explain his actions: ScheerIt’s still not clear when Wilson-Raybould will testify. The committee has freed up Tuesday and Wednesday but her office has yet to confirm a time.Wilson-Raybould sent a letter to the chair of the committee on Monday saying she is anxious to appear, but wants to hold off scheduling an appearance until clarity has been reached about what she is legally allowed to share.She says once she has that clarity, she will appear at the first available opportunity. She is also asking for a full 30 minutes to give her opening statement.Here is a copy of the letter @Puglaas has sent the Justice Committee about her testimony #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/ZsFmLqp0Y9— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 25, 2019Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt says she’s disappointed her testimony comes with strings attached, “[Trudeau] is speaking for her once again as to what her testimony can and cannot be.”Meanwhile, the opposition is trying to force the prime minister to testify, putting forward a motion in the House of Commons calling on him to appear before the justice committee.last_img read more

Sled Dog Doc Generates Overwhelming Reaction Leading up to World Premiere at

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement All of these social media reactions have been based on nothing but the trailers. The film can be seen in its entirety when it has its world premiere at the 2016 Whistler Film Festival Whistler’s Documentary Strand program on December 3rd, with a second screening on December 4th.The reactions are coming from both the pro-dog camp and the pro-musher camp.“Debate over the commercial sled dog industry has ground to a halt since the 2010 Whistler massacre was announced.  Our film, Sled Dogs, brings this issue right back to the forefront where it belongs.  The fact that there is so much controversy proves that this film has something important to say,” said Director Fern Levitt.Sled Dogs follows four stories; a rookie Iditarod musher in Alaska sledding 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome; the training of Lydia, a sled dog puppy at six months old; a dog sled operation that was under investigation in 2013 in Snow Mass, Colorado; and the 2010 sled dog cull in Whistler BC after which cries of outrage by the dog-loving public forced the provincial government to enact tougher legislation to protect these animalsDirected by award-winning documentary filmmaker Fern Levitt (Paws for Autism, Little Rock Nine, Gorbachev’s Revolution, 7 Days of Remembrance & Hope) with breathtaking footage captured by award-winning cinematographer Matt Gallagher (Dog’s Life, How to Prepare for Prison, The Motherload), the film provides an exhilarating cinematic experience. The film is produced by Slater-Brody Productions Ltd. in association with the documentary Channel and Canada Media Fund with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund.About CCI EntertainmentCCI has over 30 years as one of Canada’s leading independent production companies; CCI is a developer, packager and executive producer of quality entertainment — the team is made up of strategic thinkers, award winning creative talent and experienced brand managers. Notable credits include the critically acclaimed film The Ride, award-winning feature/mini-series Iron Road and the TV Movie Anything But Christmas. CCI has just completed the family action comedy feature film Undercover Grandpa, the first film produced from the Telefilm-Corus Family Feature Fund and selected for official screening at the International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles.  CCI’s feature film pre-production and development slate boasts: 57 Hours – a hostage drama based on a real life event to be directed by Clark Johnson, Takin’ Care of Business — a road-comedy with a record-setting live event, produced with Randy Bachman and Gilles Paquin, The Palm Effect – a feature documentary directed by Fern Levitt that is a co-production with Brazil, and Someone Else’s Wedding — a romantic comedy written and directed by Pat Kiely which shoots December 2016 in Montreal Quebec.About CBC’s documentary ChannelCBC’s documentary Channel is Canada’s only documentary channel, bringing viewers documentary programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These slices of life explore the wild, weird, wacky fascinating stories of the world. At documentary Channel, Bruce Cowley is Senior Director and Jordana Ross is Production Executive. Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING DATESSaturday Dec. 3 2016 9:45 PM   Maury Young Arts CentreSunday Dec. 4 2016 2:15 PM   Village 8 Cinema – Theatre 7.Since being announced on November 2nd, Sled Dogs, directed by Fern Levitt, the documentary that goes behind the scenes of commercial sled dog operations, has generated over 30,000 views on the trailers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDALaa3mADE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC0PxBfeas8?)  and over 500 posts, as well as many more posts connected to the news articles written about the film.last_img read more