Walt Disney World Preview — Week of May 26, 2018

first_imgWeatherA tropical disturbance is scheduled to make for a wet weekend, so keep that in mind when you make your plans. For the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hours Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Liberty Square RiverboatEpcot:Kringla Bakeri og KafeWhat do you think of this After Fireworks Dessert Party? Would you try it out? Let me know in the comments! Share This!We’ve got high crowds and some great temps for you this week. Grab a sip of water (gotta stay hydrated!) and read your Walt Disney World preview here!Special EventsThe Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival ends May 28. Will you get to visit before it ends?As of May 28, Magic Kingdom’s After Fireworks Dessert Party is available to participating guests. Admission is $69 for adults and $41 for children, and you can read more about it here.Annual Passholders are receiving special offerings now through June 29. These include a 20% discount at Hollywood & Vine (located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) and early access to purchase a Toy Story Land-themed MagicBand.PhotoPass Photographers have added new Magic Shots around the resort. At Magic Kingdom park, see Dumbo fly over Storybook Circus, catch the Cheshire Cat near the Mad Tea Party, or get your head shot taken near the Casting Agency door!The Friendship Boats are closed temporarily as of May 7. This transportation service is for guests staying at the Epcot area resorts, and the closure is due to a bridge refurbishment. At the time of this article, Disney has not yet released a completion date.last_img read more

Marshfield boys basketball wins at Baraboo

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterBARABOO – The Marshfield boys basketball team won its second-straight game, defeating Baraboo 54-47 in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon at Baraboo High School.The Tigers improve to 2-2, while Baraboo remains winless at 0-3.This story will be updated when statistics are made available.Marshfield’s next game is Tuesday at home against La Crosse Central. The game begins at 7:30 p.m(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher ofMarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

US consulting firm expands in SA

first_img4 December 2007US-based multinational consulting firm Watson Wyatt is to form a strategic alliance with and acquire an initial 20% stake in South African actuarial and employee benefits consultancy Fifth Quadrant.“We are pleased to enter the South Africa market,” Watson Wyatt chief executive John Haley said in a statement on Monday. “Fifth Quadrant is an excellent strategic fit and shares Watson Wyatt’s focus on high-quality client service.”Fifth Quadrant’s core business is the provision of independent advice to institutional clients in the areas of actuarial services, retirement fund consulting, investment consulting and health benefit consulting.It is wholly owned by its executive and non-executive directors, with the executive management team owning over 98% of the business.“We see tremendous growth opportunities in the coming years, not just in South Africa but across the whole continent,” Watson Wyatt regional manager Babloo Ramamurthy said. “This is an exciting opportunity as it further enhances our ability to offer seamless consulting services around the world to our multinational clients.”With offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Fifth Quadrant employs 72 staff, including 15 actuaries. The firm has revenues of R78-million and is the leading asset consulting firm in South Africa (advising 36 of the largest 100 funds by asset size).The strategic alliance with Fifth Quadrant follows on from Watson Wyatt’s recent announcement that it is opening an office in Dubai, its first on-the-ground presence in the Middle East.Both firms have signed a letter of intent and aim to sign a definitive agreement by the end of December, subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory consents.Earlier this year Arlington, Virginia-based Watson Wyatt acquired Heissmann, Germany’s premier firm of actuarial, benefits and human resources consultants, Watson Wyatt Brans & Co, its long-time alliance partner in the Netherlands, and Oakbridge Consulting Group, a human resources consulting firm in Sweden.“Becoming part of Watson Wyatt Worldwide will provide the international credentials increasingly expected by global companies with operations in southern Africa and allow us to advise local South African firms on global best practice,” Fifth Quadrant executive chairman Rustum Omar said.“It will significantly enhance the service we provide to clients and is likely to create some fantastic opportunities for our staff.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Servant Mentorship

first_imgAlmost everyone recognizes how important mentoring is.  I don’t know anyone who is successful who did not have at least one good mentor. I  know I am grateful for mine.Similarly, I don’t know any good leaders who don’t mentor to some degree.  It is more than a mark of a good leader; the mentoring makes the leader stronger by what he or she learns from the mentee.Of course, people define mentoring differently.  It should be more simply than showing someone the ropes or sharing inside baseball.A good mentor should have a vested interest in helping his or her mentee succeed.  Yes, I recognize that this definition begins to bleed into sponsorship as many define it.However, I believe the line between mentorship and sponsorship can be somewhat artificial.  In my views, the best mentorships include a sponsorship component.  The term I use is “servant mentorship.”One way that mentors can sponsor mentees is by opening doors for them.  “I can’t do this but I think this would be a great opportunity for you.”In these cases, the mentor feels good about the opportunity that he or she has provided. While this may benefit the mentee too, the mentor is benefiting by having someone safe do what he or she cannot.Don’t get me wrong.  That’s not a bad thing.  But it’s not as wonderful as it may make the mentor feel.For me, the best test as to whether someone is a servant mentor is whether they lean back so their mentee can lean in.  That means giving up an opportunity for the mentee so that he or she can grow.“I can do this, but I think you would be great. If you want it, it’s yours.”Mentees know the difference.  And, I believe, they respond in kind.Opening a door for someone when you cannot walk in is not “servant mentorship.”  Not walking in the door when you can but sending your mentee instead is.Next month I will be giving my monthly slot to a mentee.  Thank you to SHRM for joining me in service mentorship.last_img read more

Philly 360° Wrap-Up: Announcing Our 2011 Creative Ambassadors

first_imgPhilly 360° 2011 Creative Ambassadors(L. Whitaker for GPTMC) Philly 360⁰ Wrap-Up: Announcing Our 2011 Creative Ambassadors Philly’s leading trendsetters and tastemakers gathered at Tangerine for one of Philly 360⁰’s most exciting events — the event announcing the 2011 Philly 360⁰ Creative Ambassadors! Cultural influencers of all sorts were present showing their love for Philly 360⁰ and the creative ambassadors. From the legendary and GRAMMY® Award-winning DJ Jazzy Jeff, to GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum songwriters and producers Carvin & Ivan — it was definitely a star-studded affair. Not to mention an intimate and breathtaking performance by songstress Carol Riddick. There’s nothing quite like a Philly 360⁰ celebration! Twitter was buzzing with Tweets from DJ Jazzy Jeff, Carvin & Ivan and many more about who our ambassadors are! See our full 2011 ambassador listing here. Shout out to our partners and sponsors: CBS3, The CW Philly, KYW Newsradio, Heineken USA and Stephen STARR Events!center_img Check out our photo slideshow and video!last_img read more

Where should I land my Virtual Infrastructure ?

first_imgOther factors to take into consideration are that MP servers typically have a higher level of built-in RAS ( reliability, availability & serviceability ) features than DP servers and when hosting multiple VMs on a single server the overall reliability of a servers and its ability to be serviced without shutting down all the hosted VMs becomes very important to the overall efficiency of the Data Centre.As I said at the beginning – there is no simple answer and a lots depends on the approach you want to take in architecting your solution. Intel’s own IT department has done lots of work in this area and have posted many of their results here for others to learn from their experiences.The only thing that is for certain is that whatever decision is made on form factor the performance of the processors you specify has a direct impact on the number of VMs a server can host – the higher the CPU performance the more VMs that can be hosted and the lower the impact of the hypervisor overhead on the overall system performance, check out the latest virtualisation performance data here and here How many virtual machines ( VMs ) are you prepared to host onto a single server – MP servers can host substantially more VMs than DP – over 2x more depending on the workload within the VMs – this is down to the better memory capacity and larger number of I/O slots that MP servers typically support compared to DP servers. Against this using a DP server may be a better solution as 2 DP servers may cost less than an MP server, and combined host as many VM’s whilst not having as many VMs hosted onto a single server. Blades vs Rack – there is significant momentum building behind the move to bladed servers, mostly driven by the fact that the density achievable using blades is far higher than that possible use rack mount servers. Also the shared resources of a blade solution ( power supplies, cooling, network switches etc ) can lead to cost and power savings in high density configurations. The challenge with hosting a virtualised infrastructure on blade servers however is that blades tend to be limited in the amount of memory and I/O that they can support. The trade off of course is that with the increased density of a blade solution its possible with fewer VMs/Blade but more Blades/rack the overall number of VMs that can be hosted within a given data centre is greater using blades than rack mount servers. I often get asked what type of server a customer should use when landing their virtualised infrastructure, the immediate response is an obvious one, given I work for Intel – an Intel based server ! But beyond this the answer is a little more complex and to some extent depends on the philosophical approach the data centre manager wants to take to architecting their data centre.There are a number of choices that can be made when using standard Intel based server hardware – ignoring the obvious decision as to the hypervisor vendor – DP ( 2-way ) vs MP ( 4-way ) servers, rack mount vs blade. Ultimately any server decision is the right one ( so long as its an Intel based solution ) but some of the factors that will influence the decision are :- Density & Form factor – DP servers typically have a higher density form factor than MP servers – at the expense of less I/O & memory capability. But you need to take into consideration that an MP server can host more VMs than a DP server so within a given rack space use of a lower number of MP servers may well enable hosting of more VMs than using more DP servers.last_img read more

Ronaldo & De Ligt to face Milan?

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/ Juventus are increasingly confident that Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt will both be fit to play Milan on Sunday. Ronaldo was replaced for the final 10 minutes of Juve’s 2-1 win against Lokomotiv Moscow midweek, which coach Maurizio Sarri put down to prevention. De Ligt, meanwhile, missed the trip to Russia with a sprained ankle, picked up in the Derby della Mole with Torino last weekend. Goal.com’s Romeo Agresti writes the pair trained separately from the squad on Friday but that optimism they will face Milan is “filtering”. At this stage, the Portuguese seems likelier to start than the defender, who may only be named as a substitute.last_img read more

Five Big Name Recruits Who Visited OSU This Weekend

first_imgOklahoma State hosted a number of top-flight talents on campus both for unofficial visits and for the final mini-camp of the summer over the weekend.We gave a general overview of the names to expect both on Saturday and Sunday, but let’s face it: You want to know who the big dogs on campus were.Here are the five biggest names who made their way to Stillwater this weekend.Isaiah Spiller — Running backKlein Collins tailback Isaiah Spiller visited OSU on Saturday before making his way to Norman for the Sooners’ blowout barbecue event, and he might have been the biggest name in the 2019 class on campus.Spiller has already been offered by OSU, so his visit was little more than a trip for him to view the facilities and meet with coaches. He’s the son of former Texas A&M tight end Fred Spiller, but it’s no less important that he made the haul to Stillwater.In addition to OSU, Texas A&M, Oregon, Oregon, TCU, Baylor, Houston and others have already extended offers.Dax Hill — SafetyDax, the younger brother of Justice Hill, has also been on OSU’s radar for quite some time. The Booker T. Washington product wowed with his Odell Beckham like talents and validated his evaluation as one of the elite players in the 2019 class.“I had a real good day and I wasn’t trying to do too much, but just show the coaches what I could do,” Hill told gopokes.com. “They really haven’t seen my play, so I wanted to show what I could do and I had a good day.” being back on campus made me realize how bad i really want it— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) July 31, 2017At 6-foot-5, Moore — a four-star talent —  figures to be a potential plug-and-play replacement for Marcell Ateman when he arrives on campus in 2018. Although Brown is considered a bluechipper, he’s already set a commitment date for Nov. 2 — potentially hinting that he’s already got a good idea of who he wants to play for. The Crimson Tide are the leaders in the clubhouse.Branson Bragg — Offensive linemanCenters are recruits too! And Bragg is what many believe to be the best center prospect in this region.The 2019 recruit was offered by OSU during the spring game visit in April, and he made a return trip that could be a good sign for the Pokes’ chances.Bragg also has offers from Texas and OU, and he too made a trip to the Sooners barbecue event on Saturday.CJ Moore — ReceiverTulsa Union standout receiver CJ Moore, an OSU pledge, made a trip on Sunday to Stillwater. And regardless of his commitment status, it’s always good bringing him in given his status as a national recruit.Moore is locked in with his OSU pledge after picking the Pokes over Ohio State, among others, and he seemed to come away motivated after his trip to campus. Although 247 favors OSU in his recruitment, I get the sense that he’s wide open at this juncture. But OSU certainly has a strong case, and both Dax and Justice are very tight.? pic.twitter.com/WgICMkz0dz— Daxton Hill (@daxhill5) July 30, 2017Bobby Brown — Defensive tackleArlington Lamar defensive tackle Bobby Brown is rated as a top-150 player in the 2018 class, and OSU jumped aboard with an offer during his visit.Brown is now up to 20 offers from the likes of OU, Alabama, Texas A&M and a slew of others. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

WATCH: Mourinho hugs reporter for avoiding Pogba subject

first_imgManchester United VIDEO: Grateful Mourinho hugs reporter for avoiding Pogba questions Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 07:05 22/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Jose Mourinho Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Manchester United Sevilla José Mourinho Paul Pogba Videos The Manchester United manager could not hide his joy after being asked about Scott McTominay’s performance against Sevilla Jose Mourinho hugged a reporter for asking about the performance of Scott McTominay instead of Paul Pogba after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla, before going on to shower the young midfielder with praise.Pogba’s status in the United squad has been a hot topic of late, with the Frenchman dropped at the start of the month against Huddersfield Town in the Premier League.Reports then began to circulate claiming Pogba and Mourinho had fallen out, before the midfielder was left out of the FA Cup win over Huddersfield at the weekend due to illness. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Mourinho has constantly insisted McTominay deserved his initial chance after replacing Pogba, becoming frustrated in news conferences when quizzed on the former Juventus star rather than the United youth product.But that changed on Wednesday, with Mourinho asked about the performance of McTominay, not Pogba, who only featured because of a 17th-minute injury to Ander Herrera.And, in response, Mourinho said to BT Sport : “Can I hug you?”That’s a [good] question, because when I went to the press conference all the questions were about Paul.”I think the questions should be about the kid [McTominay]. I think he was fantastic. He did everything well.”He put pressure on [Ever] Banega which was important to stop their playmaker playing. He was always comfortable, simple, saving in possession – he was brilliant.”But I also think, in my opinion, the midfield started well before Herrera had to go out, and then Pogba made a big effort to go into that dynamic, the dynamic we needed and he gave a positive performance.”FT – Sevilla 0 #MUFC 0.It ends all square in southern Spain. pic.twitter.com/eQIIdeXRdn — Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2018 “Scott McTominay played very well…””Can I hug you?! Thank you, thank you!””No more Pogba questions!” @DesKellyBTS and José Mourinho hug it out after the match pic.twitter.com/OFIIhkYLyZ — Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 21 de febrero de 2018 The result in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan leaves the tie wide open ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford and Mourinho has called upon supporters to create an atmosphere similar to the one Sevilla fans produced on Wednesday.”It’s a match in our house,” he said. “I believe Old Trafford misses a big European night.”Of course last season we had the Europa League, but that has a different meaning. The year before we had no Champions League, so I think OT needs and they can create a similar atmosphere as here and push us to win a difficult match.”last_img read more

Dier lauds Kane after late Tottenham winner

first_imgTottenham Hotspur ‘It’s getting boring!’ – Dier lauds record-setting Kane after late Tottenham winner at Crystal Palace Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 23:26 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kane - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur Crystal Palace Premier League The midfielder was full of praise for his Spurs colleague after the game with the striker having netted his 150th goal in club football Eric Dier joked that Harry Kane’s record-setting goals are “getting boring” after the Tottenham striker snatched an 88th-minute winner against Crystal Palace.Kane made amends for squandering a golden opportunity early in the second half with a superb header late on at Selhurst Park, with the 1-0 victory taking Tottenham into the top four in the Premier League.It also marked the England forward’s 150th goal in club football, and Dier was full of praise for his record-breaking team-mate. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It’s getting boring isn’t it, he just keeps getting the records. But he’s a class act, he just keeps getting the goals at vital moments,” Kane told BBC Sport.”We like to leave it late here every year, we’re just really happy to get the goal. I think we thoroughly deserved it, we had so many chances.”Tottenham dominated throughout on Sunday, and only the fine form of Wayne Hennessey and unusual profligacy in front of goal from Kane prevented Mauricio Pochettino’s side going ahead much earlier.Kane, as ever, came up with the goods in the end, though, but the 24-year-old claimed he was unaware of the milestone his goal marked.”I didn’t even realise to be honest. I just want to keep scoring and help the team win games,” he said.”We left that very late. I thought it wasn’t going to be our day, because we had a few chances, especially me, and Serge Aurier had one at the end too, but we kept going until the end and eventually got our rewards.Harry Kane TOTW“We had a tough patch, with a few tough games recently, now we have to keep that momentum going.”While Tottenham’s performance certainly warranted a goal, it was harsh on Palace, who put in a determine backs-to-the-wall display.Already with a lengthy injury list to contend with, Roy Hodgson’s woes were compounded late on when defender James Tomkins hobbled off – Kane delivering the final blow moments later, and Patrick van Aanholt could not hide his disappointment.”We were right in the game until the end, so we’re very disappointed, there’s not a lot we can say,” the former Sunderland defender said.”Defensively we played very well as a team, but now we just have to look ahead to the next game.”last_img read more