Ask It Results: Best Fireworks, NYE or July 4?

first_imgShare This! On any given night, Disney fireworks light up the sky to oohs and aahs of everyone around. For certain holidays, like New Year’s Eve or the Fourth of July, those fireworks displays are sent into overdrive. The synchronization between music and pyrotechnics is its own kind of theater performance. But is one holiday display better than another? Last week, we asked you:Which holiday has the best fireworks shows at Walt Disney World?Here’s your results.July 4 (111 votes, 43%)And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that it is Independence Day! It’s hard not to feel patriotic watching any of the Fourth of July fireworks displays at Walt Disney World. Filled with lots of red, white, and blue, it’s all about celebrating America by blowing up the skies over it. (Fun fact: Of all colors, blue is the hardest firework color to blend. You can tell the quality of fireworks used in a show based on how the vibrant the blue shells are.) The experience of waiting for fireworks in July can be challenging–some years it is brutally hot, which is certainly not fun if you’ve been camped in a crowded theme park all day. Other years, it can rain and the fireworks can be delayed. Still, it is worth the wait and far better than anything that your neighbors will be making with fireworks purchased for Crazy Joe’s firework bonanza.New Year’s Eve (145 votes, 57%)Remember back when you could count down to New Year’s Eve ever night at Pleasure Island? Ah, those were the days. But those parties have nothing on New Year’s Eve celebrations around Walt Disney World. Make sure your dental insurance is up to date–you may need to replace a filling or two knocked loose by the massive finales at each park. My favorite part of the fireworks show from Magic Kingdom is watching the shells launched that look like numbers in a countdown to help get from 10 to 1. Or maybe it’s watching the fireworks at Epcot where they are right on top of you. (The Studios is also on my list for a less-crowded experience.) At the end of the night, you can’t go wrong with any of them. One caveat is that it can be cold in Florida for New Year’s. And I’m talking honest-to-goodness cold and not Florida cold. The year when it was in the 30s with a brisk wind all evening made everyone look for places to huddle until the fireworks started. But it certainly is worth it to tough it out!And there you have it–your results for Ask It. Next week’s question is live on Twitter and on the blog here.last_img read more

The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! JUNE 2018 Disney Outlet Store Photo Report

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo (when she’s not breaking all of Florida’s child labor laws with Lily’s Best Week Ever series) and I had a solid month of discount shopping. A surprising amount of great items for babies, Stitch plush the size of a human toddler, and some next level bonkers items straight from Canada.Ready to see what we we found? Alright, let’s go!Regular readers of MMM may remember a couple months ago when we ran across one of our bucket list items in the Disney Contemporary Resort Monorail Accessory. This month another one of our “always wanted” items arrived in the form of the Tree Of Life adventure playset! The Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom has always been my favorite Disney Park Icon, and this is one heckuva great toy to celebrate it. A whole bunch of accessories come with it, including 7 (“7?,” “Yeah, 7″) tiny figures. Have seen this in the stores for a long time and just couldn’t justify it at $54.99. I mean, even the packaging is tempting, but that’s what we in the blogging game call “Len Testa money.” Seeing at the Outlets for $24.99 was a no-brainer.The Expedition Everest Yeti on this box moves as much as the real thing.Look at this E-Ticket packaging. Huey, Dewey, & Louie AND a reference to Pixar’s UP? Pinch me, I’m dreaming.I’m pretty sure that Chip and Dale have their own Tree of Life playset box, but it also looks like if I tried to draw an Old Timey television set, so who knows what it is.BEHOLD THE MAGIC OF THE TREE OF LIFE ADVENTURE PLAYSET!Tree of Life playset. Before we go, I want to give everyone an update to something I mentioned last month. Unfortunately our puppy Sebastian passed away earlier this month. We were more than blessed to be able to have spent 17 1/2 years with first ballot Hall of Famer dog. He brought joy to everyone who met him and was the most loving pet I’ve ever had in my life. I still look for him every night when I go to bed. I want to thank everyone who posted thoughts here, on the Twitter machine, and in the TouringPlans Lines app. The hole in my life without him is a great one, but thankfully I’m surrounded by a whole bunch of great friends – like SAT SIX editor in chief Megan Stump and my podcast arch-nemesis Patrick Hackett – and of course the readers of this fine blog series. Except that person who keeps asking which Outlet Store the pictures come from. That person isn’t helping my stress level at all.Sebastian goes to the Yacht Club and ruins the vacation of a million Disney fans by being pictured off leash.Sebastian retires from Disney Hotels after only staying at Deluxe Resorts. Pretty impressive track record.SebastianBand.Sebastian was always great on the rides up to Orlando to visit Disney and Universal.Co-pilot.Here’s Sebastian at the Best Friends Pet Care on Disney property (across from Port Orleans Riverside.)Best Friends.After his brother Lancelot passed away several years ago, Sebastian didn’t care at all for dog toys. For some reason he loved this Naked Mole Rat plush we bought at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Go figure.Sebatian.Goodbye Sebastian. We will always love you.There are actually two Disney outlet stores in Orlando. Both are in Orlando Premium Outlet shopping complexes, and they are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, presumably because The Land Of Misfit Toys was already trademarked. There is one Character Warehouse located on International Drive close to Universal Studios (4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821). They do not ship. There are items at the Outlets that you can buy both in Disney stores along with the Shop Disney Parks app, but you will be paying full retail for the items.Previous editions of Magic, Memories, and Merch: July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2015, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015. June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015. December 2015, January 2016, February 2016, March 2016, April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017, July 2017: The FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY special, August 2017, September 2017, October 2017 (tribute to the O.O.G.), November 2017, December 2017, January 2018, February 2018, March 2018, April 2018,  and May 2018.We also did an edition of Magic, Memories, and Junk for a non-Disney owned Outlet Store, and for you merch addicts like myself, you may also enjoy a look at the official Disney merchandise available on the Disney Cruise Line, Castaway Cay, and at the Orlando International Airport. Want to see our favorite WDW resort-specific merchandise? Well, CLICK HERE!If you liked what you read here, you may enjoy THE SATURDAY SIX articles every week on the TouringPlans.com blog and you can follow your humble author on Twitter (@derekbugan). Next up was was a giant Stitch plush that was over 2 feet tall. On the Twitter machine various Cast Members were showing pictures at Cast Connection (the store we mentioned last year that is located on Disney property where only Disney CMs have access to) with boxes and boxes of these humongous plush Stich. Who knows why Disney ended up with so many extra. All I can report is that there is no truth to the rumors and innuedo that they are stuffed with all the asbestos taken out of the Pop Century rooms during their recent renovation. Originally priced at $69.99, now $29.99.25 inch Stitch.Speaking of Stitch, here is a fun little window decal. Originally $9.99, now $5.99.Stitch.I liked this Little Mermaid toy set a lot. It was hard to get a picture because every straight on photo came back with a ton of glare, but you can get the gist with the angled pic here. The set contained a bunch of sea themed instruments including a harp, horn, drums, rattle and castanets. Originally $29.99, this was reduced to $12.99.“The newt play the flute, the carp play the harp…”This small soccer ball had several Disney princesses on it, including Ariel. It was reduced to $5.99.Soccer.Nice little Big Hero 6 figurine playset featuring each member of the team. Reduced to $7.99.Big Hero 6.This Thor: Ragnarok set was also $7.99. Love the Valkyrie and Gladiator Hulk figures.MARVEL.This was a box filled just with track made for Disney Railroad toy set. Originally $14.99, now $6.99.Railroad.It’s pretty amazing how much sleeker and cool the Disney Monorails look compared to ours down here in Florida. Even their toy versions look better (although ours have special features like “parts falling off action!“) This set featured 8 tiny figures that could ride the monorail and was reduced to $34.99. This was a tough one to pass up and I wouldn’t have been able to say no if it was $24.99 or $19.99.Monorail.Despite the seemingly thousands of items that have been shipped over from Shanghai Disneyland in the last several months, some new ones are still showing up, such as this Jake & the Never Land Pirates Spyglass and Sword set. Reduced to $7.99.Jake.For those of you going to the Toy Story Land grand opening this weekend in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, one of the items they are selling for full retail is a Little Green Alien Glow Necklace. At the Outlets they were $1.99.It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when items are sold at the Disney Outlets which aren’t discounted. It was surprising to see this Pride-themed tumbler show up in June, and I didn’t see any of the cups with a reduced price tag. The original price was $26.99.Mickey Pride.The “Animator’s Collection” is one of my favorite styles of Disney merchandise. It’s like a mixture of Disney animation along with the “big eye” type of art you often see in Japanese anime. Now, I can’t remember the last time I saw a mason jar in Orlando that didn’t have a giant milkshake being served in it, but these cups would do quite well for that purpose. Originally $14.99, now $5.99.Cup.Elsa coffee cup with her hair as the handle. Not exactly sure where that falls on the weirdo scale, but its in the upper half. I love that the rest of the cup is a very artistic take on the Frozen theme, and then a blonde ponytail handle stuck to the side. Originally $21.95, now $5.99.Frozen.Oh good, it’s signed. I promise that when TouringPlans offers a SATURDAY SIX coffee cup in the Cafe Press store, there’s gonna big “DEREK!” signature at the top of each one.Elsa.Not that often we get to see an item from Big Thunder Railroad around these here parts. Originally $15.99, now $5.99.Big Thunder.These Test Track cups probably needed to be taken out of the parks before the upcoming Tron Lightcycle ride at Magic Kingdom filed a case of gimmick infringement. Originally $15.99, now $5.99.Test Track.Muppets cup. Originally $12.95, now $5.99.Muppets.Next up are some Star Wars themed coffee cups. All were originally $15.99, now $5.99.This is not the coffee cup I’m looking for either.Something tells me “Jedi” merch probably goes against a lot of what the Jedi actually believe in.Tie Fighters.Princess Leia.Twilight Zone Tower of Terror coffee cup. Originally $17.95, now $5.99.TOT.And the Tower of Terror tumbler. Originally $17.95, now $5.99.TOT.As cool as some of the designs are, I’m pretty convinced every single item made for the “28 and Main” brand has ended up at the Outlets. It’s like the Ed Hardy of theme park merchandise apparently. This container is used for who knows what, and is themed to King Louie from the Jungle Book. What was the sales pitch for creating this item? Who heard it and said, “Yeah, that sounds like it will sell.” I need to do some sort of undercover investigation to get the answer to these questions. Originally $29.99, now $12.99.This was intended for an alternate universe where guests want and buy Jungle Book merch.These roses actually “lit up” via battery. Originally where $6.57, now $3.99.Roses.Speaking of light up, here is a pair of Made With Magic Mickey Ears. They are much heavier than your average pair of Mickey Ears, and you’ll see in the following photo there is a giant layer of foam added inside. It should come as no surprise the only time you see more than 2 of these at any showing of Fantasmic is when Disney is having some sort of media event and hands them out free to the media members and us lowly bloggers. Reduced to $9.99.Made with Magic.Made with Magic.Set of Mickey Ears themed to Alice in Wonderland, the good one, not the Johnny Depp version. Originally $17.95, now $4.99.Alice.These Little Mermaid themed Mickey Ears were originally $24.99, now $5.99.Little Mermaid.Magic Kingdom 45th Anniversary Mickey Ears. That’s right, from 2016. Originally $21.99, now $4.99.45th.Cute Goofy hat for kids. Reduced to $5.99.Goofy.Tall Minnie Mouse princess hat. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.Minnie.This art style reminds me of a mashup of Disney and the TV show Saved By The Bell. I approve big time. Reduced to $4.99.Mickey.Another fine item from the Canada Pavilion. Reduced to $8.99.Hoser.The strangest part about this Mickey Mouse hat, other than Mickey’s torso, is that it is made for ADULTS. Originally $24.99, now $7.99.Mickey.Here’s the underside of the brim of the hat. I guess that – at least in terms of Disney park tickets – kids become an “adult” after the age of 9, this makes more sense.Hat.“Hello darkness my old friend…” Love seeing more and more of these Metal Earth items show up, as I still haven’t gotten over the trauma of when I tried to put one together. I’ve always loved the design of Mickey’s Fun Wheel out in DCA, so I did pick up one of these and will bribe Captain Cruiseline of the DCL Blog to make it for me. Reduced to $7.99.Metal Earth.They also had Sleepy Beauty Castle available, also at $7.99. I believe this is one of the only Metal Earth kits that is at a 1:1 ratio to the actual landmark.Castle.It takes one heckuva cool magnet for me to even THINK about buying, but this one featuring the Wilderness Lodge succeeded in making me crack open the wallet. Reduced to $2.99.Humphrey the bear!Animal Kingdom magnet, also reduced to $2.99.AK.Artsy magnet featuring Ariel, Belle, and Cinderella. Reduced to $3.99.Princess.This pair of Princess themed sunglasses came from Shanghai Disneyland. Reduced to $5.99.Sunglasses.Also from Shanghai is this Tinker Bell pen. Reduced to $2.99.Tinker Bell.Mickey, Minnie, and Woody kites, all from Shanghai. Reduced to $4.99.Kites.I think the Disney Outlet Stores received approximately 1,000,000 of each design for these Shanghai Disneyland Grand Opening pins. This one featuring Duffy the Disney Bear was reduced to $2.99.Duffy.Daisy was also priced at $2.99.Daisy.Change purse featuring the “monkey” from Shanghai Disneyland Garden of the 12 Friends line. Priced at $2.99.Change purse.You put the Little Orange Bird on a piece of merchandise, I’m going to buy it, that’s my policy. This set of 24 coasters featured 6 designs. Originally $14.99, now $4.99Coasters.This was the BIGGEST LIGHTNING MCQUEEN MATTEL HAS EVER MADE for those of you keeping score at home. Originally $29.99, now $19.99.Lightning.Ka-chow!Neat toy featuring Mickey Mouse on a Soarin’ hang glider. It had three small wheels so you could roll it around. Originally $7.95, reduced to $2.99.Soarin.LOVED this postcard featuring Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Bought one of these. Originally $4.99, now $1.99.Mr. Toad.This Beauty & the Beast postcard had art by Jeremiah Ketner and was titled “Gentle Companion.” Also priced at $1.99.Belle and Beast.“Feisty Fairy” postcard by artist Cody Reynolds. Also $1.99.Tink.Turns out we have another item from 2016 this month. A keychain commemorating the DCL Alaska sailing on the Wonder.DCL.Animal Kingdom Lodge keychain.Keychain.There were a TON of these pins featuring the villain from Big Hero 6 priced at $3.99. How many people really needed a pin featuring the bad guy from Big Hero 6? THIS IS INSANE.Pin.Eric Bischoff of the new 83 Weeks podcast is fond of saying “context is king” and I have absolutely no idea what the context for “Let It Glow” was. Pin was reduced to $5.99. Maybe it was only sold in the Magic Kingdom and was referencing the lights on the castle? Let us know if the comments below if you have an idea.Frozen.Sorry, I don’t have the strength for this one. $5.99.WHY IS HE PURPLE.Frozen themed snow globe. This picture is showing both sides of the item. Originally $11.99, now $6.99.Frozen.This hoodie from Pandora: The World of Avatar was originally $46.99, reduced to $7.99. You can’t not NOT buy it at that price, right?Pandora.Here is the back of the hoodie.Hoodie.Another shirt from Pandora. Originally $36.99, now $12.99. There’s a reason why Pandora in the Animal Kingdom seemingly has a million people in it at all times and no one is walking around with a bag from the gift shop.Pandora.The symbol of excellence.Check this out. Some sort of full length body wear blanket that may cause me to never sleep again. I’ve never worn or seen a “Snuggie” in real life. Is this kind of what they are? Priced at $11.99.Huh?Not weird at all, why do you ask?AAAAAAAAH!!!Very cute Minnie Mouse dress. Originally $29.95, now $9.99.Minnie Mouse.This Cinderella dress was originally $198. Not a typo. Almost 200 bucks. It was reduced to $59.99. My parents probably didn’t spend $200 a year on my clothing when I was growing up. And it was at Montgomery Ward. AND GET OFF MY LAWN YOU PESKY KIDS!Dress.Here’s some of the detail on the dress.Dress.This is a great Buzz Lightyear onesie. Originally $29.99, now $9.99.Buzz.Disney Cruise Line themed onesies. Castaway Cay one was originally $17.95, now $8.99 while Squirt’s was originally $19.99, now $12.99.Time for another bun in the oven Captain Cruiseline…As a longtime Marvel Comics fan, the next couple outfits broke my heart as my family just had a baby girl introduced to the world after a string of boys. This Iron Man outfit was originally $24.99, now $9.99.Iron Man.Spider-Man, also priced at $9.99.Spider-Baby.And this unbelievably cut Hulk outfit.Hulk.Kid’s hat and mittens, originally $21.95, now $4.99.Mickey.Bought the Minnie version for the little girl who recently came into our family. Also priced at $4.99.Minnie.Nu-Wave Mickey Mouse shirts. From Left to right ($34.99 now $9.99, $34.99 now $7.99, and $34.99 now $9.99).Mickey.This one was $32.99, reduced to $8.99. A white t-shirt in Florida combined with the average quality of shirt that Disney makes is just asking for trouble.Mickey.Goofy shirt, originally $39.99, now $14.99.Goofy.Lightning McQueen shirt for kids. Reduced to $9.99.Cars.Star Wars shirt for kids. Originally $21.99, now $7.99.Star Wars.There’s just something about big dolls being brought to the Outlets this month. Here is a Yoda that is possibly life sized. Originally $29.99, now $9.99.Yoda.That’s the face they went with. Wow.Yoda.Not even the weirdest piece of Yoda merchandise available. That award goes to this hat for adults. Originally $24.95, now $4.99.Yoda.This was a real item sold in a real store to real people.Yoda.Wicket the Ewok hat. Originally $28, now $7.99.Ewoks.“Limited Release” MagicBand featuring Luke Skywalker from The Last Jedi. There’s been a lot of weird drama lately about the Last Jedi film and – for those interested – I’m in the camp that it was great. The battle between Luke and Kylo at the end was terrific. Anyway, the MagicBand was priced at $7.99.MagicBand.Rogue One Vinylmation are $6.99 each. That makes ZERO sense.Vinyl.There’s literally a Disney pin for everything. This one was reduced to $5.99.Pin.If you happen to decorate your Christmas tree with characters from The Last Jedi, than I have the perfect set for you. Just send me the address of the insane asylum you’ll be spending the holidays at this year and I’ll ship them right out. Originally $39.99, now $19.99.Merry Christmas.Direct from Shanghai is this Darth Vader case that looks a lot like the Vader action figure case I grew up with. This one doesn’t hold cool action figures though, it holds those next level bonkers Hot Wheels cars that try to look like Star Wars characters. Priced at $9.99.Star Wars.It comes pre-packed with three pieces of nightmare fuel cars.Star Wars.This was kind of neat. A Star Wars backpack that advertised that it comes with “one-time use decals” allowing you to customize it. Originally $29.99, now $9.99.Star Wars.Star Wars shirt. Exactly who was this made for? It can’t be for couples. It has to be for a single person, right? Who buys this? Who wears this? Originally $24.99, now $4.99.Star Wars.Mickey and Minnie in their wedding outfits as Salt and Pepper shakers. Priced at $7.99.Wedding.I feel like this month’s items are never going to end. They just get weirder and weirder. Originally $9.99, now $4.99.Hair.If I were a “charm guy” I’d get this cool Disneyland one. Priced at $5.99.Disneyland.Bought this Disney Jr. puzzle set for the kiddos in our family. Disney Jr. is like crack for them. Doesn’t matter what show or what episode, if one starts playing on the TV it has their full attention. Originally $9.99, now $3.99.Puzzle.No idea where this sword was being sold on property, but we have a young knight in our family who is obsessed with swords, so I picked one up. It’s incredibly shiny compared to any other sword that I’ve seen at Disney. Maybe it’s themed to the one Tom Staggs fell on after the MyMagic+ bill came due. Priced at $8.99.Sword.I like this “8 bit” style pillow featuring characters from Frozen. Originally $27.99, now $10.99.Frozen.Alice in Wonderland ornament set. Originally $22.99, now $7.99. Really like that drawing of Mickey and Minnie in the sleigh at the bottom of the box.Alice. This Goofy plush was surprisingly large, almost about the size of an American Girl doll. The clothes look and feel like you could remove them, but there’s only so creepy I can be inside a store packed with strangers. I’m already not allowed with 500 yards of any IMAX theater because of what shall forever be known as The Popcorn Incident. Anyway, this plush was originally $34.99, reduced to $19.99. I would have bought one if it was under $10.Goofy.Great looking Sorcerer Mickey plush. Originally $19.99, now $9.99. If my house wasn’t going to be the season finale of Hoarders on A&E TV, I would have bought one.Sorcerer Mickey is pound for pound the best looking Mickey. COME AT ME BRO.Elena of Avalor plush. Originally $24.99, now $12.99.Elena of Avalor.Couldn’t pass up this “Gardening Minnie” plush from this year’s EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival. She’s already at home in our yard. Originally $19.99, now $7.99.Gardening Minnie.Plenty were available.Minnie.This was a weird one. A plush beaver with “Canada 150” on its shirt. Was there a big celebration in 1926 for the 150th anniversary of America? This was reduced to just $3.99, so they probably sold a total of like 5 at the Canada Pavilion in World Showcase. Actually, I’m not even sure why I considered this unusual considering the last time I covered merchandise from the Canada gift shop it was selling maple syrup bottles shaped like a hockey player.“Nice Beaver!” – Lt. Frank Drebin, Naked Gun. We’re going out with a bang this month. Easter Bunny outfit for your Duffy the Disney Bear. Priced at $11.99. EDIT: Thanks to a reader it has been pointed out this is indeed a “Tramp” costume from Lady & the Tramp. The collar probably should have been a better indication for me than it was.Duffy Easter Bunny Tramp.SEE YOU NEXT MONTH FOR THE GRAND SPECTACULAR 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTLET REPORT!last_img read more

One thing unites us – we’re proud to be South African

first_imgIn another study comparing national pride in 34 countries, South Africa scored fifth – behind Venezuela, the USA, Australia and Austria. This study was carried out by the International Social Survey Programme, a consortium of survey researchers, in June last year.Speculating on the reasons for South Africa’s high level of national pride, Johnston says that it can’t be attributed to one single event. “We haven’t won the Soccer World Cup – that will happen in 2010”, she laughs.Instead she attributes South Africa’s extraordinarily high level of national pride to “the boundless achievements in the thirteen years of democracy”.EndsIssued by Meropa Communications on behalf of the International Marketing Council of South Africa.For more information, please contact Tumelo Kumalo, IMC Media RelationsTelephone: (011) 483 0122 / 073 933 8802Email: Tumelo Kumalolast_img read more

Guarding South Africa’s shipping lanes

first_img7 June 2011 From a building high on the slopes of the Tygerberg, north-east of Cape Town, South Africa’s Centre for Sea Watch and Response (CSWR) keeps an eye on the hundreds of ships that pass around the Cape each day.On a busy one, the centre might be using its sophisticated satellite technology to track as many as a thousand vessels, CSWR executive head Karl Otto told Sapa on Thursday.Satellite tracking systemsWith its Long-Range Identification and Tracking system (LRIT), launched 18 months ago, at the time the CSWR was established, his staff could “see” ships up to 1 850km off the South African coast.The CSWR is a division of the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa).Otto said another satellite-based system, AIS (Automatic Identification System), allowed his staff – who man the centre around the clock, seven days a week – to access information relating to each vessel.This included the size and type of vessel, where it had come from, where it was heading, and what cargo it was carrying.“Over 90 percent of South Africa’s trade is carried to and from the country by sea; it is important we know what is going on,” Otto said.Both systems rely on transponders, fitted to ships, which transmit information to orbiting satellites. This data is then transmitted to ground stations and fed through to the CSWR.Responding to emergenciesOnce there, it is displayed, via computer, on large screens. Software allows operators to forecast from the data, factoring in information such as weather, winds and currents.This is useful in the event of the centre having to respond to an emergency, such as a sinking ship or an oil spill. The system can then be used to predict the likely drift of survivors, or slicks, allowing rescue or clean-up efforts to be focused on a particular area.The maritime region South Africa monitors, in terms of its international obligations, is vast: 27.7-million square kilometres. It stretches from Antarctica in the south to the Kunene River in the north; and from 10 degrees west in the mid-Atlantic to a point well past Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.Ships that polluteAmong the CSWR’s functions is watching for ships that pollute.“Ships, at night, pump out dirty oil into the water. But by the time we see the slick, we don’t see the ship,” Otto said.The centre was hoping to acquire more high-tech equipment – in the form of a synthetic aperture radar system – to catch the culprits. This would allow his centre’s operators to view, from satellite, the stretch of sea the ship was passing through and provide direct evidence of the offence.Otto said a lack of long-range maritime aircraft restricted South Africa’s ability to directly monitor shipping.“It’s a concern, yes, definitely,” he said, responding to a question on the matter.It is understood that the only official aircraft available for long-range marine surveillance off the Cape coast are two ageing C130s.Illegal fishingOn illegal fishing within South Africa’s economic exclusion zone, which stretches to 200 nautical miles offshore, Otto said this was certainly happening, but was unable to say to what extent. Many foreign fishing vessels were not fitted with transponders.He said coastal radar had a range of about 50 nautical miles; beyond that, it was not possible to know what was happening if the area was not patrolled by ships or planes.Speaking at a media briefing earlier on Thursday, Samsa CEO Tsietsi Mokhele said South Africa was the only country on the continent with the capacity to monitor shipping off its coast.The centre’s focus was on maritime traffic management, accidents and incidents at sea, pollution and security.“The CSWR represents a high concentration of maritime experience that can serve the nation,” he said.Sapalast_img read more

Marotta: ‘Inter step in the journey’

first_img 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/ Inter director Beppe Marotta maintains reaching the Champions League last 16 would be “a diploma,” but still only a step in the process. Their trip to Borussia Dortmund kicks off at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “Aside from the strength of our opponents, they also have this incredible support that will cheer them on to the last minute,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. “I have confidence, as the team is growing day by day, there is a clear upward trajectory and progress is made in every area. “The team has shown maturity and organisation in every game, but also impressive football. They have been able to both take control and to fight back to earn a result, as they did last week in Bologna. “Getting through the group stage of the Champions League would be like a diploma, confirming the work of these months has paid off. “It remains the start of the journey and we are developing as time goes on, but it is still a slow progress, we need to eliminate certain errors and of course have a coach who is very demanding. “Alexis Sanchez will be back in January and we’ll see him as a great new signing who can help us take a few steps up the ladder.” Marotta also spoke to Sport Mediaset about the interest from Barcelona and Manchester United around Lautaro Martinez. “We are Inter, a big club who do not necessarily need to sell our champions, unless they ask to leave. In Lautaro’s case, the clause is irrelevant, what matters is his desire to grow and improve along with his teammates.”last_img read more

Is Jeff Carr Going to Start on Saturday for Oklahoma State?

first_imgChilds out w/ injury, Carson could play but not 100 percent, Carr the starter for #Okstate— Gerald Tracy (@GTracySports) October 1, 2015Carr is averaging 5.1 yards per carry for the Pokes this season; a number that can be deceiving, considering he has only carried the ball 10 times. As a senior, Carr rushed for 1,710 on 179 carries and helped lead his team to a state championship with Temple, Texas.Carr turned heads in fall camp and earned a spot in the running back rotation, as well as the starting job as the starting kick returner.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! After Chris Carson suffered what was an apparent ankle injury in Austin last weekend, Rennie Childs appeared to be the back that would jump in as the lead back. This morning the Orange Factor Twitter account noted that Childs had suffered a concussion in practice and has been ruled out.Now Gerald Tracy of Cowboys Ride For Free is reporting the same thing and saying that true freshman tailback Jeff Carr will make his first start for the Cowboys. This has not been confirmed by the OSU staff, but that’s a lot of chatter suggesting that Carson is still gimpy and Childs may be out indefinitely for it to not be true.last_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho thought Man Utd sack summit was about transfers

first_imgREVEALED: Mourinho thought Man Utd sack summit was about transfersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho didn’t see the sack call coming at Manchester United last week.The Sunday Times says Mourinho believed his meeting with Ed Woodward last Tuesday was to discuss transfer strategy but instead he was sacked as Manchester United manager, it has been claimed.The former United boss went into the scheduled Tuesday morning meeting with the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward still hoping to talk about potential January transfer targets.Mourinho knew his reign was coming to an end within hours of losing to Liverpool last Sunday. But the timing of his sacking caused surprise, according to the report. In addition, at least one player regularly selected by Mourinho called Woodward in the aftermath of United’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last Sunday “and told him Jose should leave”.Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday after two-and-a-half years with the club but the decision came as a shock to the Portuguese. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

When it comes to wedding gifts budget early and assess your connection

first_imgTORONTO – If you took a peek at Nic Capobianco’s calendar over the last few years, you’d find a dizzying number of suit-fittings, bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings.His busy social calendar centres around a handful of friends and family members who have tied the knot recently, along with four couples who have asked him to be one of their groomsmen this year alone.While he’s thrilled to be included in their big days, the Toronto-based technology company executiveadmits the invitations trigger a struggle: deciding how much money to give the couple.“It is always a head-scratcher to figure out the appropriate amount,” he said. “It has become a source of contention.”It’s a common source of anxiety for wedding-goers in Canada, where stories of elaborate nuptials and pricey parties abound, said Tracey Manailescu, the vice-president of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada.In lieu of formal guidelines regarding how much to gift the happy couple, Manailescu advises guests to add a bit extra to what the venue charges per plate, which she says can sometimes be found by searching online. It’s not unusual for wedding meals to cost more than $100 and up to $200 in some places, she said.“If the typical plate is $150, then maybe you should give $175 a person and if the typical plate is $100 a person, then maybe you want to give $125 or $150,” she said. “If you’re very, very close (to the couple), you will want to look at $250 a person and up depending on your economic status.”If the couple has opted for a wedding registry, she said to spend whatever amount you would have given in cash on items from the provided list.When attending a wedding without a date, Capobianco — who is often invited to big Italian weddings, where he says couples are known to keep a ledger detailing their presents to guide their future gift giving — usually sticks with an amount between $200 and $250.When he is a best man, he pushes it to $400.Those gifts usually come on top of what he spends on a host of other events related to the wedding. Stag fundraiser tickets usually cost him between $80 and $100. And, he added, bachelor parties are becoming increasingly expensive as more seem to involve overseas destinations or going to concerts or other big events.Women similarly face costs adding up from bridal showers and bachelorette parties, which often necessitate fancy outfits and a gift.To juggle those costs, millennial money expert Jessica Moorhouse said to start saving as soon as you find out you will be invited to the wedding or in the wedding party. If you were thinking of buying a new outfit for the event, she suggests reaching into your closet for something you’ve worn before, as most people don’t remember what you wear every time they see you.Moorhouse usually gives $100 when attending a wedding and explains that financial constraints needn’t be cause for stress or embarrassment.“More times than not, if you can’t afford something or are freaking out because you don’t have $100 to give, if you ask the bride or groom, I am sure they will be totally fine and if they are not, then maybe you shouldn’t even go their wedding,” she said.Edmonton-based wedding planner Jennifer Bergman said there are many factors that should dictate how much to give a couple, but she sees a typical range of $150 to $200.She feels the method of adding extra money to the per-plate cost is “outdated” and is loath to dictate what people should give, but said she doesn’t think guest should give less than $100 per couple and said “don’t attend if you can’t afford it.”The bottom line with all wedding-related gift giving, said Moorhouse, is to not let the stress of the whole process get to you.“Don’t get caught up in what you think is right or wrong or proper. The last thing you should worry about as a wedding attendee is money. That should be the bride and groom’s worry.”last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Pot earningsCannabis producers Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth, Tilray and Chronos will report their final pre-legalization financial results next week. The rollout of legal pot has been uneven across the country, with significant supply and delivery problems reported in Ontario and Quebec.TransCanada talkTransCanada Corp. will host its annual investor day in Tuesday. The company said on Friday it remains committed to the Keystone XL crude pipeline project despite a Montana judge’s ruling that it must pass a further environmental review.Profitable trainsCN Rail chief financial officer Ghislain Houle will address the Scotiabank Transportation & Industrials Conference in Toronto on Tuesday. In October, the Montreal-based company reported the highest quarterly revenues of its 99-year year history, helping it address concerns over operating capacity.Loblaw earningsLoblaw Companies Ltd. discusses third-quarter results on Wednesday. In September the grocer announced that it will record a tax charge of $368-million, or 98 cents per share, in the third quarter related to its former Barbadian banking subsidiary Glenhuron Bank Ltd. after a recent Tax Court of Canada ruling.Monthly housing numbersCREA is expected to release its monthly home sales data for October on Thursday. Results from September showed that home sales fell for the first time in five months amid weakening markets in Vancouver and Toronto.last_img read more

Alberta in crisis over low oil price Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

first_imgLaut said Trudeau seemed to appreciate how dire the situation is and was receptive to ideas. But Laut said he’s skeptical a federal investment in crude-by-rail, as the Alberta government has urged, would deliver swift relief.“I don’t know what more the federal governments can do that companies ourselves can’t do,” Laut said. “Getting (rail) cars is tough to do. It takes time to build these things.”Alex Pourbaix, CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc., agreed Ottawa’s ability to help narrow the price gap is limited.“I think the issue that we’ve all been debating is more of a provincial issue,” he said. “It’s very tough for the federal government to solve that one for us.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Trudeau said the federal government is doing what it can to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, which would triple its capacity to carry oil to tankers on the west coast.The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project for $4.5 billion last summer only to have the Federal Court of Appeal strike down its approval, citing inadequate Indigenous consultation and failure to consider impacts on marine environment.Trudeau said the sector should benefit from his government’s announcement Wednesday that companies will be able to immediately write off capital investments.“The accelerated capital cost allowance doesn’t matter with differentials where they are because nobody’s going to spend any money,” said Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. executive vice-chairman Steve Laut following an energy-boss roundtable with the prime minister. Premier Rachel Notley has said the price gap between Canadian and U.S. crude is costing the Canadian economy $80 million a day.Hundreds of pro-oil protesters shut down part of the street outside the hotel where Trudeau addressed the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.Inside, chamber CEO Sandip Lalli grilled Trudeau on what Ottawa intends to do, including possibly investing in moving crude on trains as a stop-gap measure as new market-opening pipelines remain in limbo.“Currently, the federal government doesn’t have a plan to address the $80 million that’s coming out?” Lalli asked Trudeau in a question-and-answer session.“You think there’s a super-simple easy answer and there’s not. There’s a multifaceted complex issue and as much as there is a tendency out there in the world to give really simple answers to really complex questions, unfortunately the world doesn’t work like that,” Trudeau replied.“We need to make sure that we’re moving forward in the right way and that is where actually listening to the experts is sort of the best way to make policy.”center_img CALGARY, A.B. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Alberta is in a crisis as the province’s oil is being sold at a discount of about $45 a barrel, but he and some oil company bosses agree there are no easy fixes Ottawa can offer.“There is no question that folks in Alberta, folks here in Calgary, are living through extremely difficult times. This is very much a crisis,” Trudeau said Thursday following an affordable housing announcement.“When you have a price differential that’s up around $42, $50 even, that’s a massive challenge to local industry, to the livelihood of a lot of Albertans. I hear that very, very clearly.”last_img read more