Disneyland News — Week of September 21, 2019

first_imgShare This!Halloween continues at Disneyland! Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and Notes© DisneyIt’s Halloween at the Disneyland Resort, and the Halloween festivities are in gear! Disney’s newest Halloween event, the Oogie Boogie Bash will be taking place Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday at California Adventure. The party includes a dance party, treat trails, and special presentation of World of Color called “Villainous.” Check out our planning guide before you go, and more details and tickets are available here. Halloween also ushers in several seasonal experiences, including:Haunted Mansion Holiday, where the Haunted Mansion receives a Nightmare Before Christmas-themed overlay;Guardians of the Galaxy’s makeover every evening with its Monsters After Dark overlay;Special fireworks on select nights;Cars Land getting into the spirit with amazing Halloween decorations and themed attractions;Special character costumes;And of course, ample opportunities to purchase Halloween-themed treats and merchandise, including a new refillable cauldron popcorn bucket for Passholders.You can find more details about Disneyland’s Halloween offerings here, and make sure you check out our preview before you go!Similarly, Disney is celebrating Dia de los Muertos from now through November 3. Swing by the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens Park for special music, food, and photo opportunities with Miguel from Coco. As always, there is a display over near Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Park as well.Disney recently announced some new entertainment in Frontierland. Starting this week, there will be a strolling magician performing sleight of hand aboard the Mark Twain, in the Golden Horseshoe, or roaming the streets of Frontierland. Later this fall, the Golden Horseshoe will be hosting some dueling piano fun. You can find more details about both offerings here.In non-Halloween-related news, Passholders still have the opportunity to get special commemorative buttons just by mobile ordering food on the Disneyland app.  Each participating location will have its own button, so you collectors will have the chance to rack up quite a few. More details, including a list of participating restaurants, are available here.Looking ahead, the Main Street Electrical Parade is nearly at the end of its renewed run in the evenings, which comes to a close on September 30. Also, the resort prepares for a new parade next Spring, the Magic Happens parade.CrowdsThis is a fairly low time of year from a crowd standpoint, and this week is consistent with that. Really, Sunday is the only day where the crowds are even average; most days range between level 1 and level 3.For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.WeatherTemperatures will be mid to upper 80s most of the week, with it trending cooler towards the end of the week. There’s also a small chance of rain on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsHalloween Screams — A Villanous Surprise in the Skies is the season’s fireworks show, and it will be shown every night this week.  Fantasmic! will only be shown on the weekend evenings. Note that California Adventure shows Villainous rather than World of Color on party nights. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Dapper Dans, can be found here. SL Admission and HoursFor those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are Regular pricing ($129/$122) all week long.  Note that California Adventure will close early on Tuesday and Thursday for the Oogie Boogie Bash; regular park hours are as follows this week: PriceREGREGREGREGREGREGREG ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri California Adventure8-108-68-88-68-88-68-10 Disneyland8-128-128-118-118-118-118-11 Villainous0202020 Halloween Screams Fireworks1111111 Main Street Electrical Parade2222222 For early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.Finally, even more Passholder blockouts get lifted this week. Flex reservations are available all days as this goes to press. Frightfully Fun Parade0101010 World of Color1110101 Early EntryDLDCADCADLDCADLDCA Key: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual PassportRefurbishmentsAs crowds die down for the fall, Disney takes advantage of the opportunity to refurbish some attractions.  This week, Winnie the Pooh and the Mark Twain Riverboat are down through the 27th at Disneyland Park. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley remains dark until next spring. As always, however, refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Fantasmic!2200002 California AdventureSL SCSL DisneylandSL SCSL SLlast_img read more

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Vodacom offers speediest broadband

first_imgSouth African internet users mayexpect faster and more reliable modems. Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys said thecompany wants to increase networkcapacity.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Belinda WilliamsInvestor RelationsVodacom+27 11 653 5195RELATED ARTICLES• Cheaper internet for South Africa• High-speed internet from Cell C• Mobile networks in tower-sharing deal• Wacs to hit South African shores soonBongani NkosiWith the introduction of its double-speed HSPA+ technology, Vodacom can now boast of having the fastest mobile broadband network in South Africa.The mobile operator has become the first to upgrade its network speed to 43.2 Mbps. This is currently the fastest on the market dominated by 21.2 Mbps networks.Cell C laid claim to the fastest connectivity when it started rolling out its HSPA+ 900 network across the country late in 2010, but Vodacom’s new offering has trumped that.The improved network has been branded SuperMobile, and was announced to the public on 16 April 2011. Its new modems also went on sale on that date.“If something half the speed was already fast, we should call this new technology super-fast. The SuperMobile experience isn’t about theoretical peak speeds only achievable in laboratories,” said Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys.“We’re much more interested in how this technology increases network capacity and supports our goal of giving a decent connection speed to everyone in South Africa,” he added.The average downloading speed on Vodacom was 4.75 Mbps as of 17 April, according to the latest Ookla Net Index. This is vastly faster than the 2.38 Mbps recorded on 13 December last year.It has surpassed Cell C’s download speed, which currently stands at 3.91 Mbps, but did reach a peak of 4.62 Mbps in December. MTN’s Network Solutions seem to have some catching up to do, as the Ookla index puts its average download speed at 2.42 Mbps.The local broadband sector has been highly active recently, upgrading its infrastructure to offer improved internet performance.Vodacom’s improved speed is a result of infrastructure overhaul at 1 000 base stations in major South African cities.The group said it had to improve at least 1000 base stations before it could launch its double-speed technology. “We wanted to make sure that we had the service available in more than just one city,” Uys said.Vodacom said 1 000 more stations will be able to support the improved network in the next six weeks.Uys also said that their network covers more areas in the country compared to any other operator.“We’ve already got the widest data coverage in South Africa by some margin, but with this technology available through so many sites, I think we can also stake our claim to have the fastest network as well.”The new technology clears the way for a future upgrade to 86.4 Mbps, which would greatly advance internet connectivity in the country.Cell C and MTN double-speeds are nextCell C and MTN are also preparing to introduce their 43.2 Mbps double-speed networks. The My Broadband website recently reported that Cell C will launch its first 43.2 Mbps HSPA+ network in Port Elizabeth on 19 April.MTN is also busy rolling out its 43.2Mbps network.The network enhancements come at a time when the number of internet users across South Africa is rising rapidly, with an additional 1-million users expected to emerge during the course of this year.Technology research firm World Wide Worx predicts that up to 7.8-million people in the country will be using the internet by the end of 2011. That would be a substantial increase from the 6.8-million users recorded in 2010.last_img read more

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Indian spinner Karn Sharma eager to meet Shane Warne in Australia

first_imgKarn Sharma has received his maiden call-up in the Indian Test team against AustraliaRailways leg-spinner Karn Sharma is ecstatic after his maiden call-up in the Indian Test team and is looking forward towards a chance to meet the legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne during the upcoming Test series against Australia Down Under.”It is any leg-spinner’s dream to meet the greatest of them all — Shane Warne. Obviously, I am eager to meet Warne if I get a chance during the upcoming tour of Australia. It will be a nice experience if I can get some tips on the subtle nuances of leg-spin bowling from him,” 27-year-old Karn said from Nagpur, where he scored 32 and picked up three wickets, in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh on Monday.Karn missed out on playing against Warne as he got his maiden IPL contract after Warne had quit playing in the cash-rich league.Karn, who made his senior India debut against England in a one-off T20 in Birmingham is happy that he is now in contention for a place in longer version.”It’s a proud moment for me that I have been selected in the Test team. Every cricketer aspires to wear the whites for his country. I would give my hundred per cent if I get a chance to play in the Test matches,” said Karn, who has 66 wickets from 34 first-class matches for Railways.Asked if he has got any advice from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni during his maiden stint with the Indian team in England, Karn said, “Dhoni bhai had been very encouraging from the start. He told me on my debut that I have to focus on keeping things simple. The key to doing well at the highest level is getting the basics right on a consistent basis. That has been his advice and I have tried to followed that.”advertisementKarn has had the experience of playing in Australia for India A in a quadrangular tournament, where he played in four matches.”Obviously, having played for India A in Australia will be of huge help. Atleast I have some idea about the conditions over there. I am expecting that the pitches there will help my style of wrist spin bowling.”A powerful left-hander, Karn has scored over 1000 (1087) runs in first-class cricket with a century and seven half-centuries and is also keen on doing well with the willow.”I am ready to bat at any position where the team management would want me to bat. I enjoy my batting would be happy to contribute to the team’s cause,” said the lad from Meerut.last_img read more

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Building Resilience to Climate Change in Niger

first_imgClimate change poses a major threat to the world’s 2 billion rural poor, but sustainable natural resource management can help developing countries like Niger adapt to the threat. (See World Resources Report 2008.)Droughts and desertification associated with climate change will hit Africa hard. Already, more than 300 million (out of 930 million) Africans live in drought or drought-prone areas. And a 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report found that by 2020, climate change will expose an additional 75-250 million on the continent to water shortages.In Niger, the Sahara desert has been moving further south into the country’s semi-arid Sahel region, overtaking farm plots and displacing Niger’s rapidly growing population. Rakia, a 35-year-old mother from the region, said of the worsening conditions: “In the past there was water in the watering hole for six or seven months, but now the watering hole is not enough.” (Watch a video of Rakia’s story here.)Many of Niger’s citizens–60 percent of whom live on less on less than $1 a day—will face similar challenges as they struggle to grow crops in the Sahel’s sandy, nutrient poor soils, made less productive by the increasingly scarce and erratic rainfall predicted under changing climate.Niger: An Unlikely Success StoryTrends in Vegetation Index in Niger: 1982-1999But in the face of overwhelming adversity, Niger has experienced an unprecedented, farmer-led “re-greening” movement that has reversed desertification and brought increased crop production, income, food security, and self-reliance to impoverished rural producers. (Read the full World Resources Report 2008 case study on Niger (PDF, 2.3 Mb).)Along with other soil and water conservation programs, the key vehicle for this remarkable transformation was farmer-managed natural regeneration, or FMNR–the adoption of simple, low-cost techniques for managing the natural regeneration of trees and shrubs.Over many decades, Nigerien farmers had cleared their fields of vegetation, leaving what turned out to be an “underground forest” of living stumps and roots. FMNR is based on the regeneration of native trees and shrubs from these mature root systems, which promote surprisingly fast re-growth and allow trees to be trimmed and pruned to maximize harvests. The farmers use the tree branches for firewood, while the fruits and bark go toward food and medicine. The trees’ roots minimize soil erosion while their leaves fertilize garden plots. A number of international donors and NGOs began testing the concept with Niger’s farmers in the 1980s—the soil productivity in the original plots visibly improved, and the farmers had a consistent source of firewood for cooking.Following FMNR’s visible initial successes, farmers throughout Niger’s Sahel region began to experiment with tree regeneration. As thousands of households made impressive gains in crop yields and incomes in a short time period, the practice spread from farmer to farmer and from district to district, driven by self-interest. Because regenerating trees requires no financial outlays for materials or equipment by poor, risk-averse farmers, FMNR was well suited to such spontaneous self-scaling. (Read more about the importance of scaling.)The simple and cost-effective practice of farmer-managed natural regeneration has provided an impressively wide range of benefits for Niger’s impoverished rural communities. By 2007, between a quarter and half of all the country’s farmers were involved, and estimates suggest that at least 4.5 million people were reaping the benefits. The results over the last 20 years speak for themselves:About 200 million trees have been protected and managed by farmers.At least 250,000 hectares of degraded land have been restored to crop production.Vast expanses of savanna devoid of vegetation in the early 1980s are now densely studded by trees, shrubs, and crops.With trees now carpeting land that was barren within the last ten to twenty years, Niger’s farmers have produced one of the most visibly successful examples of natural resource management in the world today.A Cushion Against Climate ChangeFMNR and other land management techniques have made many of Niger’s farmers far more resilient in the face of population growth, desertification, and climate change.This progress can extend beyond Niger. For other Sahelian countries facing the same future, FMNR offers a cheap and effective model to improve farm productivity and reclaim land from the dunes.Development experts and NGOs are hopeful that region-wide expansion of FMNR and other proven land management programs will help Sub-Saharan Africa adapt to the rainfall shifts anticipated under climate change.last_img read more

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Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance Launched

first_imgzoom Industry bodies in China, led by HNA Technology Logistics Group and China Classification Society (CSS), have established what is now known as the unmanned cargo ship development alliance.Supported by experts from the ABS, DNV GL, Chinese ship and Marine Engineering Design Institute, Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute, among others, the alliance is expected to have a profound impact on the industry.According to Li Weijian, Vice Chairman of HNA Technology Logistics Group, unmanned cargo transport development alliance is not only the organizer and leader of future shipping development, but founder and facilitator of technical product rules.CSS said that it will work together with the industry to carry out unmanned cargo transport and related technology research, establish unmanned ship standard, promote the revision of the regulations, and provide assessment, verification and inspection services for the industry.The alliance intends to become a pioneer in the adaptation of shipping and shipbuilding industry to the rapid change of market and technology, and believes that there will be broad prospects for the application of the outcome.The alliance plans to invite more scientific and technical research institutions, industry and end-users to participate, and develop cooperation in the areas of unmanned cargo transport development, ship manufacturing and operation.It is expected that the first unmanned cargo ship would be delivered in 2021, becoming the pioneer for the future shipping mode.last_img read more

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17yearold facing possible jail time for stealing unclear if Snake Hill crimes

first_img Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Police Commissioner says absolute focus is reducing crime, gives some insight into the decreases recorded Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:#seesomethingsaysometime, #tcipolice Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – February 12, 2018 – TCI Police say it is still too early to connect any dots between a spree of concerning crimes in the Snake Hill area of Blue Hills exposed a week ago today.In response to Magnetic Media on the progress of the investigations where there were house break ins and an abduction, where a victim was taken to a bank ATM and forced to withdraw $1,000 cash, the Police Criminal Investigative Department said:  “Investigations are in the early stages.  We cannot say at this time, if the incidents in Snake Hill are connected”.On Friday, Police exposed news of a forgery incident, reportedly perpetrated at the Providenciales International Airport by a 45 year old Jamaican man, who was arrested, charged and released on $20,000 bail.In other crimes in Provo, two play stations were stolen from homes, both on Tuesday February 6 – one theft happened in Five Cays, the other in South Dock.  In the South Dock incident, security surveillance video picked up the suspect who was wearing a gray basketball pants, white shirt and he hid his face with an orange coloured shirt.The suspect also got away with the home-owners wedding ring. Also disturbing from the crime report was the arrest of a 17 year old boy who will return to court on March 6 for sentencing.The teenager was caught, red-handed stealing clothing from a popular store on Airport Road; he plead guilty to the charge of burglary. Seven TCI men ‘lost at sea’ found safe on Fish Caylast_img read more

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