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

Delver Reinvents Search

first_imgThe most impressive thing about the new search engine Delver is that it knows who you are and whoyour friends are even if you don’t import your address book or add your socialnetworking profiles. Instead, Delver leverages the social graph to map out auser’s social connections. Since everyone’s social graph is unique, like afingerprint, the same query will yield vastly different results for each user.The results are more personal and meaningful to users than a generic searchusing “normal” search engine.But don’t call Delver a “social search engine.” “That name belongs to services like Mahalo,” says Liad Agmon, DelverCEO. “We prefer the term ‘socially connected search engine’.” That term makes sense because Delver is not a social network built around a search engine,but a search engine who indexes and queries your social network to deliver itsresults. Instead of just looking at a web site’s popularity, Delver looks atinformation like whether your friends have tagged the site or if it’s found ontheir social network profiles, bookmarking sites, photos and video sharingsites, or on their blogs. The results are more relevant because they account forwho a person is and what they find valuable.Agmon adds, “People want trusted information from their friends, but maynot know who in their network is knowledgeable about a given topic. We make Websearch more fun and meaningful by prioritizing results based on a user’snetwork, while enabling the user to discover others in their extended networkwho share common interests.”Even without registering for an account, Delver will try to determine who youare by searching any public social network profiles you may have on sites likeFlickr, Facebook, and YouTube. If you do decide to register on the site, though,you can then choose to associate your accounts with Delver in order to obtaineven more accurate results. Delver currently indexes the entire web, andspecifically indexes people’s social connections on flickr, MySpace, LinkedIn,YouTube, hi5, facebook, Blogger, and, they are adding more all the time. Whenthey go into public beta (circa May, 2008), an optional email import processwill be provided as well.Maximizing Your “Whole” Social NetworkMany of us have friends, family members, or colleagues on sites like MySpaceand facebook who aren’t into using all the latest and greatest web apps andtechnologies. These friends may have a MySpace profile or a blog, but withoutvisiting these sites directly, there was no way to gather information from thesepeople before. Now with Delver, their profiles and contributions to your socialgraph are indexed.No one has to sign up for Delver for you to have them included in your searchresults.This is a real breakthrough since prior to Delver, the maximum value youwould get out of social networks was directly related to how many of yourfriends would join. I don’t know about you, but I still have plenty of friendswho are on MySpace and nothing else, and are quite content with that. With eachnew social network I joined, the number of my non-tech friends that would followme dwindled down to nearly nothing. Now it doesn’t matter. They can stay onMySpace forever and yet the content they create there will be valuable to me.Privacy Concerns?It’s important to understand that Delver doesn’t display anything that isn’talready publicly available. “If Google can get to it, so can Delver,”says Agmon. But Delver just makes it so much easier to do so. You can accesspeople’s social information with such ease that anyone who hasn’t been goodabout setting their profiles to “private” (or who doesn’t know to do so), may besurprised to find themselves searchable on Delver.Using DelverAfter claiming your identity in Delver, your social graph is mapped anddisplayed for you beneath the Delver search box. Dotted lines connect you toyour friends and your “friends of friends.” Alternately, you can choose to exclude certain connections from your searchresults as well, which is perfect for eliminating those “who-is-that-guy?”friendships left over from your days of MySpace friend accumulation contests.When Will It Arrive?Delver is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel and willofficially open U.S. offices in Silicon Valley in spring of 2008. Having justpremiered at DEMO, Delver won’t be in beta until March. Those interested inbeing included in the private beta can sign up for an invite on the Delver home page. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts When you perform a query, results from all over your social web display.You can narrow down your search to just display the people related to yoursearch term or just media results by clicking the links at the top. Each search result displays, via a  breadcrumb trail, your relationship tothe person associated with that result. You can hover your mouse over their nameto see their photo and their relationship to you. Even if you and them are notdirectly related as “friends” on a social network, you can still click the plussign beneath their picture to add them as a connection. This will then add theminto the mix of your search results in the future. This way, you can view therelevant bookmarks, links, blog posts, photos, and videos of people like youeven if you don’t know them personally…and they don’t have to confirm theconnection on their end. 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Gavina resigns, Dandan steps in as Kia head coach

first_img“He talked to [team manager] Joe Lipa about resigning,” said Kia governor Bobby Rosales Saturday.Replacing Gavina is assistant coach Ricky Dandan who will take over the 0-2 Picanto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAlthough Gavina was the prominent presence in Kia’s bench since 2016, he was never the team’s official head mentor as the designation belonged to Manny Pacquiao.Gavina only got the lead coaching position at the start of the 2017-2018 PBA season. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim After just two games under his belt as Kia’s official head coach, longtime assistant Chris Gavina has stepped down from his spot early into the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kia’s only playoff stint in its history was in the 2016 Governors’ Cup as the then assistant coach Gavina took over the reins from Pacquiao.James White, Niño Cañaleta, and Aldrech Ramos led the then Mahindra Enforcer to a 6-5 record, including a 4-0 start, before bowing to Meralco in the first round of the playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Nets embarrass Heat, lead by 38 before pulling off win LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

I’d love to do sports film, says Sonakshi Sinha

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha, mostly seen as the traditional Indian girl on the screen, will be seen as a boxer in a sequence in A.R. Murugadoss’ forthcoming directorial Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty. She says “personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible”.There are not many leading actresses in the Hindi film industry who shed their “girly” look to play a strong sportsperson on the big screen. But Sonakshi, who has also studied fashion designing, has no qualms about essaying such roles.”I was interested in it immediately because I played sports in school and college. Personality wise, the role is closest to me as possible. It was like being myself on screen and doing what I love to do,” Sonakshi told IANS here. Sonakshi Sinha plays a boxer in Holiday”I would love to do a film in the future where I can explore this facet a little bit more where I can play sports probably longer,” added the actress, known for serenading the big screen in saris-backless blouse or bright coloured traditional attires with her curls left loose in movies.For the scene, in which she is seen as a boxer participating in an inter-college championship, she took some training from Olympics bronze medallist Vijender Singh and her co-star Akshay Kuma too gave her tips to prepare for the role.”Yes, I did (take training) but I’ve always been a sportsperson. The basic body language has always been there. I play a lot of sports like tennis, basketball and volleyball but boxing is something that I’ve never done before and I needed help on it,” said the 26-year-old.advertisementShe said that the Ghajini director wanted her to look as realistic as possible, so be it her co-star Akshay or Vijender, who will soon make his acting debut with Akshay’s production Fugly, all forces got together to help her get into the skin of the character.”He (Murugadoss) didn’t want me to look girly or stylised or fake. Akshay showed me a little bit about boxing and made me meet boxer Vijender Singh who told me about the body language of a boxer and that helped in making it more convincing on the screen,” said Sonakshi.While the men made sure that she got the boxing moves right, the women helped her to achieve the sporty look.”The sporty look was styled by Sakshi Mehra, who is my stylist. Rest of the film has been done by Ami Patel,” she said.While she is yet to get an offer that would let her step into shoes of a sportsperson, she is thrilled about being chosen for the role in Holiday.”Akshay has worked with me before and he knew I am into sports. We’ve played sports on many of our film sets. He knew that I would be capable of pulling off the character and would be able to do what the role requires me to do physically,” said the actress, who acted with the 46-year-old in movies like Rowdy Rathore and Joker.Produced by Vipul Shah and presented by Reliance Entertainment, Holiday will hit theatres June 6.last_img read more

DU’s School of Open Learning admissions expected to begin on June 15

first_imgDelhi University offline admissions commenced on June 5 with over 2 lakh students who already registered while online registration process started on May 28.The students applying to DU’s School of Open Learning are likely to begin with the admission process on June 15.  The process that was earlier scheduled to begin on June 1 has now been postponed due to a delay from the distance education board of University Grants Commission.A meeting was conducted on June 2 to discuss the possibility of conducting the SOL admissions through the online process. The proposal faced deference from a few members, last week. The delay in an agreement has led to a delay in the printing of the prospectus for students, as well.The School of Open Learning also became a part of yet another paper-leak incident for the third day in a row, touting it as one of the biggest leak-scams to have taken place in recent times.The university’s authorities caught hold of three students in Sarai Rohilla near Anand Parbat circulating the question paper on WhatsApp, just ten minutes prior to the financial management paper on June 2.Meanwhile, the number of candidates seeking admissions through the offline centralised OMR forms went down, the number of candidates coming to the campus to submit completed forms increased.As many as 5,828 applications were received on Saturday taking the total number of forms sold over Friday-Saturday to 31,722.SGTB Khalsa College, the only centre in North Campus, continued to receive bulk of the aspirants with a total sale of 1,797 and submission of 1,649 forms.advertisementlast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Ghana fans light up dull Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

first_imgThe first match of the day between the United States and Ghana was technically the better match of the day but the attendance was poor as crowd generally came in for the second encounter where India are supposed to take on Colombia.While evenly balanced encounter on field ended on a 1-0 win for the men in red, the United States were easily outnumbered in the stands.Supporters turned out in decent numbers to cheer for the African side.The group of Ghana supporters sung and chanted the name of footballers and the country to boost the youngsters on the field.And one cannot say it didn’t work. The kids played some impressive football leading to half-time and had some decent chances but couldn’t convert them.US finally broke the deadlock in the 75th minute through Ayo Akinola which sent the Ghana fans in silence but they were soon up and running, trying to push their team to victory but to no avail as John Hackworth’s men held onto their slender lead.The second half however had more people coming in anticipation of the India match as they prepared to take on Colombia.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton supremo Moshiri warns Silva over expected transfer spending

first_imgEverton supremo Moshiri warns Silva over expected transfer spendingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton supremo Farhad Moshiri is tightening the transfer purse strings.They have splashed out over £250million on transfer fees in the past two years.But with Everton sitting in the bottom half of the table, Moshiri said: “Throwing money is not the answer. “It’s getting the performance level and improving them. It is about development, about driving the club.“There will be no reaction that has not been thought out.”He continued: “You have to get it right — the buying of players and the development. Infrastructure is important and to comply with financial fair play you need to go for younger players on low wages.“The challenge is still progressing while keeping the wages down.“I think we’ve learned. We’ve had poor judgement but I feel we are in the right direction, even if it’s been difficult.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Salma Hayek Pinault Speaks Out Against Violence Against Women With Avon Foundation

first_imgIn recognition of International Women’s Day, Avon Foundation for Women Ambassador Salma Hayek Pinault and Avon Products, Inc. CEO Sheri McCoy announced that four global organizations and one government campaign have received 2nd Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for their outstanding work to bring attention to the need to end violence against women.Salma Hayek Pinault wears the new Avon Empowerment Charm Necklace to raise funds to end domestic violence in honor of International Women’s Day.Credit/Copyright: http://www.multivu.comThe awards, presented at the United Nations Headquarters during the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, are part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which has donated nearly $50 million globally to end violence against women since its launch in 2004.At a special adjunct event to the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations, Salma Hayek Pinault; Sheri McCoy; Liberian Ambassador Marjon V. Kamara; Ambassador Rosemary A. DiCarlo, U.S. Deputy Permanent Representative, U.S. Mission to the United Nations; and Futures Without Violence President Esta Soler participated in the Avon Awards ceremony. ABC News Anchor Bianna Golodryga moderated the event. The CSW, which this year focuses on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls, drew nearly 6,000 representatives from UN Member States, UN entities and NGOs from around the world for a two-week session. Last year, the Avon Foundation for Women presented its first Avon Communications Awards at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C.Salma Hayek Pinault at the United Nations where she presented the 2nd Avon Communications Awards honoring global leaders working to end violence against women.Credit/Copyright: Multivu.comAvon CEO Sheri McCoy emphasized the critical importance of communications in ending violence against women as she shared highlights of an Avon Foundation-funded survey to be released in June that analyzed bystander behavior in situations relating to partner violence and dating and sexual abuse. “People are willing to speak out, but they don’t always know how to recognize the signs of abuse or how best to intervene. Avon believes communications and education will help bystanders become interveners and help break the cycle of violence against women,” said McCoy.2nd Avon Communications Awards Winners
The Avon Foundation recognized non-governmental organizations from Pakistan, Tanzania, Nepal, Peru, and a governmental organization from the Ukraine, for their exemplary communications campaigns that are helping change communities, policies, institutions and behaviors to end violence against women. An international panel of judges selected the winning campaigns from more than 425 communications submitted to the Communications X-Change by 119 organizations in 46 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The X-Change, a digital global communications library funded by the Avon Foundation and managed by Futures Without Violence, enables organizations and advocates throughout the world to find, share, and learn from the best communications material focused on ending violence against women and children.The winning organizations, which will each receive an Avon Foundation grant to fund the continuation of their work, are:*INNOVATIVE CAMPAIGN AWARD
Bytes for All (Pakistan) – “Take back the Tech!”
This campaign seizes upon the spread of technology in Pakistan to help strengthen women’s use of technology to raise awareness about Violence Against Women by using online tools. The campaign also strategically involves important public figures from judges to movie stars using social media to spread the word to “take back the tech.” The print and online communications materials pave the way for young women to use these online technology tools, often off-limits in Pakistan, to make their voices heard.*BREAK THE SILENCE AWARD
EngenderHealth (Tanzania) – “Champion Project”
The “Champion Project” video is part of a five-year effort to engage men in Tanzania by increasing their involvement in addressing underlying gender issues and power imbalances in relationships. The video aims to turn men from bystanders to champions with its key message, “Violence is everyone’s problem. Be a role model. Earn respect by standing up to violence.”*COMMUNITY CHANGE AWARD
Equal Access (Nepal) – “Voices – Samajhdari”
Involving community members as writers, reporters, radio technicians and commentators, “Voices – Samajhdari” by Equal Access enables women to be agents of their own change – reshaping community attitudes through their own messages that resonate with their closest neighbors and throughout Nepal. This weekly 30-minute radio program directly integrates voices from rural communities in audio collected by 12 female ‘community reporters’ who are themselves survivors of violence, able to discuss topics and issues that otherwise would be considered off-limits.*X-CHANGE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATION AWARD
State Service for Youth and Sports & International Women’s Rights Center ‘La Strada’ (Ukraine) – “Stop Violence”
The Government of Ukraine, working with UNICEF Ukraine and NGOs, leveraged the 2012 Euro Football Cup to field a large campaign aimed at men to use communications to raise social awareness of the need to end violence against women. In their “Red Card” poster, the Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak speaks a soccer fan’s language to advocate against sexual violence. Recognition of this campaign highlights the important development coalitions among government agencies, UNICEF and NGOs working collaboratively for greater impact across society.*GLOBAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATION
PCI Media Impact (Peru) – “Strong Women, Strong Voices”
The “Strong Women, Strong Voices” radio program—using radio, a favored medium particularly in rural communities—skillfully weaves together stories using language accessible to both Spanish-speaking and indigenous women that dramatizes the stories of women overcoming prejudice, abuse and sexual violence. Radio and storytelling is very adaptable, but real impact comes also from an organization with both a strong infrastructure and well-analyzed and realized strong theory of change.To view the award-winning campaigns in each of the five categories, as well as the 19 finalists’ campaigns, click here.Other Avon Foundation Speak Out Against Domestic Violence InitiativesAt the 2nd Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women, Salma Hayek Pinault launched the Avon Empowerment Charm Necklace in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th. One hundred percent of the net profits from the necklace’s sale will benefit the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The silver tone necklace features the infinity symbol, which in Avon’s Speak Out campaign represents lives with unlimited potential when free from violence.“I have been a proud supporter of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program since it launched in 2004,” said Salma Hayek Pinault, Avon Foundation for Women Ambassador. “I encourage everyone to purchase, wear or give the Avon Empowerment Charm Necklace to help raise vital funds for domestic abuse support services.”last_img read more