Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown True enough, the HD Spikers are more experienced and more matured coming into the Invitationals.Gonzaga, Paat, Robins-Hardy and Roselyn Doria, in fact, are coming off a successful stint with the Philippine team in the first leg of the Asean Grand Prix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Also seeing action on opening day are Marinerang Pilipina, which takes on Generika-Ayala at 2 p.m., and Foton, which collides with Sta. Lucia in the 4 p.m. second game.Opening ceremonies, meanwhile, are set on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4With a powerful roster composed of Filipino-American setter Alohi Robins-Hardy and veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis, Mylene Paat and Jheck Dionela, the HD Spikers made heads turn when they dethroned Petron and set up that clash with the Cargo Movers.Although it fell, Cignal still made a strong statement that it is ripe to finally win a title. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Going for Lucky 13 LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees And Daquis admitted that there is pressure entering this brand-new conference.“Yes, there is pressure. It will always be there,” said the comely skipper, who also serves as league ambassador.“But we’re not letting that pressure get into our heads. We’re just focused on one goal and that is to win the championship.”Daquis added that their failed title run serves as a major morale boost for them here.“Coming from a successful run in the All-Filipino Conference, the experience made us realize that we could do anything for as long as we put our hearts and minds into it.”ADVERTISEMENT BACOOR CITY—After an impressive run that fell just short of a championship last conference, Cignal opens its bid in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference against PLDT Tuesday at the Bacoor Strike gym here.Action starts at 6 p.m. with the HD Spikers hoping to pick up where they left off, when they dragged powerhouse F2 Logistics to the distance in the all-Filipino title series.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“All kids are gifted,” the young girl said. “Some just open their packages earlier than others.”Labinger immediately asked the class to stop what they were doing so they could hear the encouraging quote.For Labinger, 50, who works at Edison Elementary in Glendale, teaching is not about talking to a class all day.“One of my goals is to think of myself as a facilitator and not as a teacher, so that the learning comes from within them and between them,” she said. “Because if they can do that then they can learn anywhere, anytime and with anyone.”Labinger was named by the California Department of Education as one of the top five teachers in the state for 2005. That has earned her some accolades from colleagues in the Glendale Unified School District. GLENDALE – Even though she was named one of California’s top five teachers last year, Kim Labinger doesn’t shy away from listening to new ideas for teaching her fourth-graders.Sometimes the ideas come from teacher’s assistant Ester Bautista, who recently suggested having the children produce a class newspaper.Labinger ran with the idea and soon had her kids writing “news” stories about science, books or their own lives, and editing the work themselves.Sometimes the ideas come from the children themselves, like last week, when one of her students repeated something she once heard. “The district is very, very proud of the accomplishments and expertise that Kim Labinger has given to teaching,” district spokesman Bill Card said. “She stands as an example for all of us in the teaching profession.”Labinger remains humble about her accomplishments and is eager to give credit to others.Having grown up as an international student in India, where her classmates came from all over the world, she has some added expertise for teaching in the melting pot of the GUSD’s diverse student mix.“I think the part that I bring from my own background was the memory I have of meeting so many different people from different parts of the world,” she said, “and being able to learn from each other.” firstname.lastname@example.org(818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
14 7. Michael Carrick – 7/10 – Carrick, as ever, was a calm, authoritative figure in the centre of the park. Hes continuing to prove himself crucial to Manchester United, with few others in the squad able to dictate play as expertly as he can. 14 3. Phil Jones – 7/10 – It was a composed performance from Jones, who continues to settle in at centre back. Eric Bailly will struggle to get back in the side if his team-mate maintains his form. 11. Wayne Rooney – 7/10 – Rooney was unlucky not to have grabbed his sides second goal, with Ben Foster tipping his superb effort from the edge of the box onto the crossbar. He was typically busy across the pitch, often moving inside from his position on the left flank. He grabbed the assist for Ibrahimovics second goal, but did make a few awkward passes. The clubs captain was replaced by Marouane Fellaini late on. 14 8. Paul Pogba – 7/10 – It was a quieter 90 minutes for Pogba. The France international was excellent in the victory over Crystal Palace, but wasnt quite as influential at the Hawthorns. Hes still settling into the United midfield, but there will be few complaints over this evenings performance. 14 14 6. Ander Herrera – 7/10 – It was yet another busy performance from Herrera. His energy in midfield is key to the side Jose Mourinho is building. He compliments Michael Carrick well. Its perhaps a shame that his work ethic isnt rubbing off on some of his team-mates. 13. Marouane Fellaini – 5/10 (substitute) – Fellaini replaced Wayne Rooney late on, with little time to really have an impact on proceedings. Thankfully, the midfielder didnt make any major mistakes after his introduction to the field. 14 1. David De Gea – 6/10 – click the arrow above, right, to check out our ranking of each Manchester United player to feature at the Hawthorns – It was such an uneventful evening for De Gea that its difficult to rate his performance. He wasnt really called into action, with West Brom not creating a single clear-cut opening on goal. It was a comfortable afternoon for the Spaniard. 14 4. Marcos Rojo – 7/10 – A quiet game was needed for Rojo after the controversy hes evoked in his last two games. He avoided making reckless challenges, but did almost come to blows with Salomon Rondon. An effective performance from the defender. 14 14 14 9. Jesse Lingard – 6/10 – Replaced Juan Mata in the starting line-up and quickly proved Jose Mourinho correct in his decision by setting up Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the opening goal with a delightful cross. But the 24-year-old did little else. He should have scored just before half-time, but wildly fired the ball over the bar when he had plenty of time to pick his spot. He also picked up an avoidable booking for a clumsy challenge in the second half. Jose Mourinho took him off in the 77th minute. 2. Antonio Valencia – 7/10 – Valencia put in another solid performance at right back. Returning from suspension, its clear to see why the 31-year-old is Jose Mourinhos first choice in this position. United were most dangerous on the right wing, largely down to Valencias desire to get forward. He also did his job defensively. 14. Chris Smalling – 5/10 (substitute) – Smalling came on for Ander Herrera in added time and predictably didnt have much to do. 14 5. Matteo Darmian – 8/10 – Darmian seems to be improving with each game, settling in superbly at left back. The Italian kept Chris Brunt quiet in the first half and Matt Phillips in the second half, with the Baggies pair swapping flanks. 14 12. Marcus Rashford – 6/10 (substitute) – Rashford came on with just under 15 minutes to play, no doubt hoping to end his 14-game goalless run. The England international quickly caused problems for West Broms defence, purposefully running forward. 10. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 9/10 – Ibrahimovic continued his fine run of form by coolly heading in the opening goal of the game with typical composure after only five minutes. He later grabbed a brace, finishing excellently, with a little help from a deflection, after cutting in from the left side of the box. But some may think he should have been sent off for a wild challenge on Craig Dawson 24 minutes in, escaping with a booking. Perhaps he was another player hoping to get Boxing Day off. Red card or not, though, he was again the difference for United. 14 Manchester United sealed a 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion this evening, thanks to a brace from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.It’s the third consecutive Premier League win for the Red Devils, with Ibrahimovic again the man at the heart of their victory.But was he the star player at the Hawthorns?Find out how we rated his performance and those of each of his team-mates to feature in the win over the Baggies by scrolling through the gallery above. 14
Share 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!
Tigers fail to win a set in home matchBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield girls tennis team was shut out by Stevens Point, falling 7-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference dual Thursday at Boson Courts.The Tigers won just one game in the four singles matches and were set down in straight sets in the three doubles matches.Marshfield (1-1 WVC) will play at the Brookfield Central Invitational on Friday and Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Stevens Point 7, Marshfield 0Singles: 1. Emily Luetschwager (SP) def. Ashley Schultz 6-0, 6-0; 2. Sabrina Tang (SP) def. Hanah Gadke 6-0, 6-1; 3. Lily Firkus (SP) def. Nicole Kivela 6-0, 6-0; 4. Suzie DeBot (SP) def. Cassie Strebe 6-0, 6-0.Doubles: 1. Jade Barber-Juliet Chapman (SP) def. Olivia Haessly-Emily Serchen 6-3, 6-3; 2. Madison DeBot-Kayla Stutesman (SP) def. Krishna Patel-Kessa Schreiner 6-0, 6-2; 3. Emily Meier-Kaylee Boureau (SP) def. Erin Schneider-Taylor Schneider 7-5, 6-2.Records: Stevens Point 3-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 1-1 WVC.
Aegean Air flight attendants Aegean Airlines Wins Best Regional Airline Award 2018The city that once nurtured democracy and philosophy now has another reason to boast: it is the home of the AirlineRatings 2018 Best Regional Airline.Athens-based Aegean Airlines has come a long way since it started flying from the Greek capital to Thessaloniki and Heraklion, Crete, with just two jets in 1999.“It is now Greece’s biggest airline with a fleet of modern Airbus A320 family aircraft, a good reputation among travelers and bold plans for expansion,” judges said.“The airline is also heavily involved in promoting its home country by providing a platform for Greek regions and products.”Aegean flies 47 jet aircraft, including one A319 and a mixture of A320s and A321s, on short-to medium-haul routes.The overall group, which includes turboprop subsidiary Olympic Air, flew 12.5 million passengers in 2016 to destinations ranging from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London to Cairo, Moscow and Tel Aviv.Aegean promotes Greek food and wine in its cabin service and passengers regularly say they are impressed by the friendliness of crew. It was also the recipient in 2017 of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Fast Travel Gold Award for its efforts to simplify and speed up the passenger experience.While seat pitch on its planes is just 30 inches in economy and 33 inches in business, its frequent flyer program and connectivity benefit through its membership of the massive Star Alliance.Plans for 2018 include a further strengthening of its position in Europe while offering a wider network of destinations.It plans to connect Athens with 81 destinations while upgrading passenger facilities such as lounges and boosting its promotion of Greece.The expansion includes 18 new routes, including 11 from its base in Athens and seven from Greek regional airports, expanding available seats in 2018 by 700,000 to 16.6m.The airline has already moved on upgrading passenger lounges in Thessaloniki and Larnaca and says its lounge at Athens International Airport will be upgraded by year’s end. A second lounge at Athens is due for completion early next year.READ: World’s Best Airlines Excellence Awards 2018
Chef Zama and Questlove of The Roots making the Questlove Roll The “Questlove Roll” will be available on the menu at Zama beginning next week. For each roll sold, $1 will go toward Questlove’s chairty of choice, Harlem Village Academies. Questlove of The Legendary Roots Crew has another food venture and this time, he’s rolling out a new signature menu item at Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, Zama. Questlove teamed up with Chef Zama to create a roll that mixes a Philly classic – the cheesesteak – with Japanese flavors. The cheesesteak roll aka the “Questlove Roll” includes premium Japanese Wagyu beef, provolone cheese, sauteed onions and spicy mayo all rolled in a red pepper flaked soy paper. Watch the drummer and Chef Zama make the “Questlove Roll” below. Restaurant Info Zama 128 S. 19th Street Philadelphia, PA
http://philly360.visitphilly.com/admin/blog/2338/edit/playlist# This week, Christian Tizon also known as Sap Sounds serenades his way onto our playlist with his hit single “This is Love.” A sweet acoustic guitar track, “This is Love” was released last year and Tizon has been making his way around the Philadelphia music circuit. We last caught Sap Sounds performing at The R&B Collective—Warmdaddy’s Sunday night showcase, which has been gaining serious momentum. Drawing influences from a wide range of artists from Pharrell and Justin Timberlake to Sinatra, Tizon draws his audiences in with his signature smooth, sultry grooves. Not only is Tizon a talented vocalist but he’s also a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Tizon, originally from Oregon, grew up in the Philippines and eventually made his way to Philly, where his soulful sound has continued to develop. His roots growing up in the church helped shape his outlook on music and its power to influence people all over the world. Seeing his music as a catalyst for change, the Sap Sounds frontman continues to lead the charge for music that is honest and represents the power of love through melody. Tizon’s sound is truly universal—pulling influences from hip-hop, soul and the various musical genres he’s encounters. Christian Tizon is definitely an artist to watch. Always on the move—performing, writing, and collaborating—we can’t wait to see what’s next for this rising Philly talent. We’ve heard there’s a photo circulating on the web of Tizon working with Philly emcee Lee Mazin, who is signed to Meek Mill’s Dreamchaser Records. We’re definitely on the lookout for the music that’s coming from this session. You most definitely will want to catch Sap Sounds’ next performance, so stay tuned in for more info on this Philly phenom. He’s the 100% truth—don’t say we didn’t give you a heads up! Sap Sounds(Courtesy of the artist) Check out the official video for Sap Sounds’ hit single “This is Love.”
After nearly a decade as chief of Egypt’s antiquities, Zahi Hawass is now out of a job. The 64-year-old archaeologist was fired yesterday by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf as part of a wider shakeup of his cabinet. Protestors at Cairo’s Tahrir Square had been calling for his ouster as minister of antiquities for months. “All the devils united against me,” Hawass told Science Insider. The country’s most prominent figure in archaeology, Hawass was instrumental in sending large blockbuster exhibits abroad, creating a host of new museums and secure storerooms, and pressuring foreign excavators to publish their finds more quickly. But he was also criticized for his portrayal on American television of archaeology as treasure hunting, excoriated for his dictatorial management style, and accused of shoddy research in carrying out his own digs. Sharaf is said to have appointed Abdel-Fattah El-Banna as Hawass’ replacement, but there are reports that protestors have rejected that nomination, and that Sharaf might reverse his decision and name someone else. 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He has been an outspoken critic of Hawass in recent months, accusing him of being involved in the illegal antiquities trade, a charge that Hawass denies. Egyptian critics say they are delighted by the departure of Hawass, who became a minister in January when the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the organization he has led since 2002, was given Cabinet status. “Finally we got rid of him,” says Amany Taha, a Cairo tour guide active in the protests. But some foreign archaeologists say they will be sorry to lose Hawass, who has been a dynamic if controversial leader of the country’s ancient monuments. “In the ensuing free-for-all, now that he is gone, I beg you to remember all the good that Zahi did for Egypt and Egyptian antiquities in his term as SCA,” says W. Raymond Johnson, an archaeologist of the University of Chicago in Illinois who works at Luxor. “It’s easy to condemn, much harder to give credit for what is due.” Hawass resigned in March to protest the looting of sites, but was recalled to help bring tourists back to Egypt. For now, Hawass says, “I will rest.”
By Virginia MorellFeb. 23, 2017 , 2:00 PM Bumble bees are surprisingly innovative So in the new study, Loukola and colleagues made the bees forage for sugar water by moving a small, yellow ball to a specific target (as in the video above)—something far removed from what the insects do in the wild. The scientists first trained the bees to know that the ball had to be in a target location in order to yield sugar water. Then each insect was shown three yellow balls placed at varying distances from the target. Some bees watched a previously trained bee move the farthest ball to the target and get a reward. Other bees watched a “ghost”—a magnet beneath the platform—move the farthest ball. And a third group didn’t see a demonstration; they simply found the ball already at the target with the reward.In separate tests, each bee was subsequently challenged to move one of the three balls to the target within five minutes. The 10 bumble bees that watched a sister perform the task were the most successful, the scientists report today in Science. They also solved the task faster than those that watched the ghost or didn’t see a demonstration. Some of the latter bees solved the task entirely on their own.The bees quickly figured out a better way to move the ball, too. Although those that watched the demonstrator initially pushed the ball to the target, in subsequent trials, they walked backward and pulled the ball—an unexpected and innovative change, the scientists say.The bees also displayed inventiveness when deciding which ball to move. Although the demonstrator bees always moved the farthest ball (because the others were glued in place), most of the observer bees chose instead to move the ball that was closest to the target. When the researchers replaced the yellow ball that was closest to the target with a black ball, most of the bees moved it for the reward—showing that they understood the general principle of the task: Move a ball to the center, not move only a yellow ball.“These bees solved the problem more effectively,” and showed that they could “generalize the solution to new situations,” says Anne Leonard, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Nevada in Reno, who was not involved in the study.This flexibility could help bumble bees in the wild, which face widespread population declines. “It suggests that bees may be able to respond quickly to novel problems that arise in their environment,” such as the introduction of new flowering plants and the loss of familiar ones, says Daniel Papaj, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson.Most importantly for the study’s researchers, “It puts the final nail in the coffin of the idea that small brains constrain insects’” cognitive abilities, says co-author Lars Chittka, a behavioral ecologist also at Queen Mary University of London. There’s more going on beneath that exoskeleton than we think. Bumble bees may have small brains, but that doesn’t mean they’re not inventive. A new study shows that the insects can innovate to solve complex problems, quickly figuring out a better way to get a sugar reward. Such mental flexibility may help bees overcome human-caused changes to their environment.“It’s a cool study, and both the authors and the bees deserve credit for their innovativeness,” says Dhruba Naug, a behavioral ecologist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.Bumble bees have already proven themselves remarkable animals. They possess complex navigational skills, rudimentary culture, and emotions. They can even use tools: Scientists have shown that the insects can learn to pull a string—and so get a sugary reward—by watching another bee perform the task. 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