Providing feedback to judges is now easier

first_imgProviding feedback to judges is now easier November 1, 2009 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Providing feedback to judges is now easier Senior EditorGiving confidential feedback to a judge on his or her performance just got a bit easier, and the committee that oversees the program is hoping more lawyers and judges will be encouraged to use it.The Florida Bar’s Web site now has a quick links function at the upper right- hand section of the page under “Member Tools.” Moving the cursor over the “Quick Links” tab produces an instant menu that includes links to information and several Bar services, including Judicial Feedback. That program has been run by the Judicial Administration and Evaluation Program for the past 11 years.As the Web site describes it, the program gives lawyers “a confidential means by which attorney members of The Florida Bar can communicate to appellate or trial court judges they have appeared before concerning perceived specific strengths and weaknesses.“Attorneys are asked to evaluate demeanor, knowledge, fairness, and other factors but not to discuss issues of their specific case.”“For the lawyer, it gives you a forum to express yourself without fear of reprisal, without violating any rules of ex parte communication,” said JAEC Chair Ivan Reich. “It gives them that forum and it does it in a confidential forum.”And judges can receive private input on how they’re doing.“For judges, let’s face it, sometimes judges get insular,” Reich said. “It doesn’t matter what your job is, you can always do better at it.”He emphasized the program is confidential. Lawyers can leave their feedback online, but their identity is shielded from the judge. Likewise, judges are assured under Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.420(c)(4) that the feedback is kept secret unless they themselves choose to disclose the substance to their chief judge or another judge to get peer input about lawyer observations of their performance.“It gives a lawyer a forum without fear of repercussion of saying how he feels,” Reich said. For the judge, “It cannot be used as a tool for some sort of political purpose or backlash.”Ninth Circuit Judge John Kest, immediate past chair of JAEC, is an enthusiastic supporter of the judicial feedback program. When he finishes a case, he includes with the final paperwork sent to lawyers instructions on the program.“For judges who use it, it’s a wonderful, helpful thing. It provides feedback not only about the judge and how you can improve, but also your assistant, your clerk, and the judicial system,” he said. “From the lawyer’s viewpoint, you’ve got an opportunity to provide feedback about the operation of the legal system.”It’s a particularly valuable tool for new judges, Kest said, because they can see where they “are doing things wrong and don’t even know they’re doing things wrong.”He likened it to many typical employment evaluations, except, he noted, “Instead of having your boss saying ‘Hey, you screwed up,’ wouldn’t it be nice to get confidential feedback?”Kest said he gets lots of feedback, which he reads, because he sends out reminders when a case ends. But he said mostly the system remains underused.“It’s just not being used enough, either by the judges or the practitioners,” he said. “It’s a vicious circle. The lawyers need to be giving the feedback, and the judges need to be checking for the feedback. But the judges have to be reminding the lawyers the system is there.”Lawyers wishing to leave feedback and judges wanting to check for responses can access the system through the Quick Links menu on the Bar’s homepage. Users must have a Bar Web site password and their attorney number to access the program.last_img read more

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London West End: Experian Retail Report

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Ex-Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, 89, becomes dad for fourth time after wife, 44, gives birth to son Ace

first_imgEX-FORMULA 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has become a dad for the fourth time aged 89.His wife Fabiana Flosi, 44, gave birth to baby boy Ace in just a 25 minute labour today.Bernie Ecclestone has become a dad for the fourth time aged 89 after wife Fabiana gave birth to a baby boyCredit: Getty – ContributorThe billionaire confirmed the arrival of Ace earlier todayCredit: fabianaecclestone/InstagramGrandfather-of-five Ecclestone, who turns 90 in October, confirmed the news to Blick, saying: “We have a son named Ace. I am so proud.Brazilian Fabiana added: “It was all so easy. The birth was over after 25 minutes. I thank god.”The pair have been self-isolating at their home in Switzerland.The baby boy is the billionaire businessman’s first son after having three daughters with his previous partners.His eldest, Deborah, 65, was born to his first wife Ivy Bamford before he had socialites Tamara, 35, and Petra, 31, with his second wife Slavica Radic.He married marketing director Flosi in 2012 – three years after he divorced Croatian model Ms Radic.The couple met through the World Motor Sport Council in around 2009.Bernie with his daughters Petra and Tamara EcclestoneCredit: Getty – ContributorBernie Ecclestone will turn 90 in OctoberCredit: PA:Press AssociationEarlier this summer, Fabiana said: “Like all parents we have only one wish: the child must be born healthy.“Hopefully he will never express any interest in doing something in Formula 1!” The eccentric business mogul has amassed an estimated fortune of £2.5billion from his involvement in Formula 1.Eccelstone was born the son of a fisherman in Suffolk in 1930 and after WWII got his first job at a gasworks testing gas purity.His first involvement in motorsport was trading spare parts for motorcycles before he branched into car racing in 1949, driving Formula 3 series cars.Following an accident he withdrew from racing cars himself.After making successful investments in property he returned to motorsport in a management role making his first entry into Formula 1.He was involved in team ownership until 1978 when he formed the Constructors Association in 1974 and became its chief executive four years later.Ecclestone has been embroiled in a race row after comments he made during a shocking TV interview over recent days.Ecclestone claimed “black people are more racist than white people” and said he was “surprised” Lewis Hamilton had been upset after being taunted by fans in blackface.But the billionaire has defended the remarks – insisting he doesn’t care if someone is “yellow, green, brown or pink”.Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, Ecclestone said: “‘I am not anti black people. Quite the opposite. I have always been very much in favour. In fact, Lewis’s dad wanted to go into business with me.“He made some nice rowing machines. I would never even have considered it if I had been anti-black. If the project had been right, I would have done it.“It’s not my fault I am white, or that I am a little shorter than the next man. I was called Titch at school. I realised I had to do something about it. Black people should look after themselves.“When I lost my driving licence, I had a black driver, not because he was black, but because I didn’t care whether he was black or white. Now it’s suddenly fashionable to talk about diversity.”Bernie Ecclestone says Black people are often ‘more racist than White people’ in shocking TV interview Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Source: Motorsport – thesun.co.ukcenter_img Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures!last_img read more

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Overtime

first_imgBILL NEAL:10—You already know by now that the Dice had its final roll of the season last week as they fell to a talented, determined and revengeful Pine-Richland team by a score of 58-47. I was unable to make the game so I don’t have all the details, but questions are being asked as to why emerging star guard Jahi Ogbonna didn’t start the game, especially after coming off such a great performance against North Hills in the previous game. Stay tuned. I’ll get ya some answers. That being said, congratulations to the Taylor Allderdice squad for a great season. The best to the seniors as they go on to college and continue their student athlete careers.JAHI OGBONNA of Allderdice holds up the championship trophy after the Dragons defeated Obama Academy 71-70 in triple overtime,Ogbonna scored 21 points in the win:09—You can mark your calendars now for the 4th Annual Pittsburgh City League High School All-Sports Hall of Fame Inductions. The very strong, almost definite, more than likely tentative scheduled date is set for Saturday, Oct. 21. #1 – The first three years standing room only sell-out crowd should tell you all you need to know about getting ready. #2 – Now is your time to nominate the best of the best to be inducted. #3 – Call or text 412-628-4856 your top male or female City League legend for consideration.last_img read more

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N’Golo Kante ready to personally bankroll continued search operation for Emiliano Sala

first_imgAdvertisement 9utNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2mshiWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E40( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6lwdiWould you ever consider trying this?😱bqeCan your students do this? 🌚1zyRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is ready to finance for the search operation of his former teammate Emiliano Sala. Emiliano Sala signed for Cardiff City in this winter transfer window with a transfer fee worth £18 million. He was flying from his old French club Nantes to Cardiff to join his new club.Advertisement However, his plane went missing and no traces of the plane found yet so far. So, the Police called off the search operation for Emiliano Sala. His sister still believes that Emiliano Sala is still alive somewhere and the search operation should continue.Advertisement Many star players also joined the campaign to resume the search operation of Emiliano Sala. His former teammate of Caen N’Golo Kante is ready to finance for this search operation. This gratitude of the French central midfielder is certainly admirable.There have been many messages for Emiliano Sala at both Cardiff City and Nantes. Almost all European clubs have sent their condolence messages for Sala. However, the approach of Leicester City was quite unique. The Foxes are planning to bring in Slimani who is in a loan period at Fenerbache and send him to Cardiff City as they need a striker as a replacement of Emiliano Sala.Advertisement Leonardo Jardim lined up as Leicester City manager to replace Claude Puel Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hall has it all

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SATURDAY SIX THANKSGIVING SPECIAL: Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks in 2018

first_img# 4 – Cinematic Celebration (Universal Studios Florida)Can I get a Hallelujah?! After years of trying, Universal has finally delivered a nighttime spectacular that can compete with Disney’s offerings. Okay, it doesn’t quite meet the levels set by Happily Ever After or Illuminations, but the new Cinematic Celebration show in Universal Studios Florida holds up quite nicely compared to Rivers of Light and Seth Kubersky – author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando – likes it more than Fantasmic! at DHS. One feature that has made the show more enjoyable to watch than others held in the same lagoon is the fact that there is a centralized location in Central Park for the viewing audience. In previous shows, such as Cinematic Spectacular, guests could watch the show from literally anywhere around the lagoon, causing sightlines to range from “good” to “awful.” Its impossible to serve that many masters, and just trying to ends up disappointing a majority of them. With a more organized viewing area, Universal Creative can focus its efforts on the actual show, and boy did they. With the combination of fountains, water screens, projection mapping, and fireworks, the show displays many of the Universal park’s insanely popular brands (including Harry Potter, Fast & the Furious, and Despicable Me) and concludes with a rousing – by Universal’s standards at least – finale. One thing missing was a tribute to previous franchises, such as Back to the Future and Jaws, but I can see the decision being made to focus on brands that guests can experience in the park. It was great to see the inclusion of many Dreamworks properties, including Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon, and hopefully its a clear sign of those properties about to become a major influence in the parks along with Nintendo.Minions! (photo by @bioreconstruct)The boy who lived. (photo by @bioreconstruct)A moment from the best Potter film… (photo by @bioreconstruct)Po, from Kung Fu Panda. (photo by @bioreconstruct)We don’t get much of the classics, but here’s a moment from E.T. that always hits huge with the crowds. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Transformers are represented. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Universal’s Cinematic Celebration. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Overhead view of the lagoon area for Universal’s Cinematic Celebration. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Crowd awaits an upcoming showing of Universal’s Cinematic Celebration. (photo by @bioreconstruct) Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX  is our annual Thanksgiving Special and takes a look at Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks. For the most part, 2018 was a transition year for the Orlando parks. Disney is preparing for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019 along with slowly building to the the resort’s huge 50th anniversary coming in 2021. Universal still has its lips sealed tight on what they are doing with Nintendo, and also aren’t saying a word about what looks to be an AMAZING Harry Potter coaster opening next year (the only information we know is what was put out by Pottermore, and even that is something Universal won’t acknowledge.) However, some cool things did open in 2018. As is our tradition in this fine blog series, for this Thanksgiving we are going to take a quick break from all the turkey, football games, and Black Friday pre-planning to count our blessings and thank the parks and resorts that we love so much. So, for one day only, we ask that all Disney and Universal fans put aside their differences and spend a brief moment appreciating all the wonderful things that we can share together, starting with…# 6 – Chicken Guy! (Disney Springs)It took a while to get there, but Disney Springs is now The Place To Be at Walt Disney World. In the past, it was unthinkable that a place could compete with the murderer’s row of restaurants at EPCOT and the park’s nearby resorts, but along came Homecomin’, Morimoto Asia, Frontera Cocina, The BOATHOUSE and more at Disney Springs. When it was originally announced, the idea of a Guy Fieri-led quick service built into the side of Planet Hollywood Observatory drew a couple chuckles, but when Chicken Guy! officially opened in September it drew rave reviews instead of laughs. While its chicken tender based menu looks like Shake ‘N Bake, it actually tastes great and is a reasonably priced alternative right smack dab in the middle of many table service options in the area. With over 20 sauces to choose from, each with its own fun logo, Chicken Guy! has something for everyone (and wont’ break the bank.)Chicken tenders at Chicken Guy! (photo by Brandon Glover)Chicken Guy!’s distinctive logo. (photo by Brandon Glover)Fried pickles and grilled cheese. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Chicken Guy! tenders, fries and a side mac & cheese. (photo by Laurel Stewart)One person that you need to look for during your trip is the fabled Chicken Guy! Sauce Slinger. Armed with various bottles of sauce, the Sauce Slinger can get you whatever sauce you need. From the well known Donkey Sauce, to the extremely popular Peri Peri spicy sauce, to our favorite Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ, the Sauce Slinger will have – or can get – whatever you need.Not all heroes wear capes. (photo by Brandon Glover)Crack photographer Brandon Glover and theme park icon [email protected] meet with the Sauce Slinger. This is a three of a kind that beats any Full House. First and foremost we are thankful for you, Dear Reader. Every single one of you who takes the time to read these articles is appreciated. It truly takes a village for each SAT SIX to come together and there’s a lot of great people I harass work with to get it done.At TouringPlans there is the grand poohbah himself, Len Testa, along with his better half Laurel Stewart. They have been the most supportive people I have ever worked for. At any other theme park blogs, if I were to pitch an article about “weird stuff you can do with MagicBands because everyone has too many of them,” the answer would most likely be, “are you out of your mind?” Len and Laurel send back a picture of their cat wearing one. Julia Mascardo is rarely mentioned in my work outside of the Outlet Report, but she is always there listening to my ideas and giving much needed constructive criticism. Guy Selga answers any Disneyland question I have and is also my go-to person for anything related to Chandu Tails. A lot of you may know the great TouringPlans people who work on the blog or help run the Twitter machine; like Brian McNichols, Angela Dahlgren, Heather Keller, James Rosemergy, Seth Kubersky, Tessa Koten, and Rikki Niblet, but there’s also many people you may not know who do a lot of the “behind the scenes” work to help keep things running. People like Steve Bloom, Fred Hazelton, David Davies, and Gerelyn Reaves. In my life I’ve worked in big companies and in small ones – and have written for several websites along the way as well – but I’ve never been in a work environment that I’ve enjoyed anywhere near as much as TouringPlans.For me personally I am blessed to have many wonderful people in my life thanks to the theme park community. Our SAT SIX editor-in-chief Megan Stump, who surprisingly still hasn’t ripped out all of her hair trying to get me to understand the difference between “its” and “it’s.” Here’s an example of one of our conversations just from this very article, “If you’re going to talk about doughnuts, you should probably spell them the same way the whole time.” – Meg. My response? “I don’t agree with Voodoo’s spelling. Only use it for their name.” That’s what she has to put up with on a weekly basis. Nobel Peace Prizes have been awarded to people who have put up with less aggravation.I truly believe the SAT SIX is one of the best looking theme park articles, and that’s all thanks to the INCREDIBLE photographers that I know. This includes the one and only Brandon Glover, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders, @ViewsAndQueues, Mike Sperduto, Hunter Underwood, @HedgehogsCorner, Travis Terrell, and Michael Carelli, When @bioreconstruct goes into the theme park Hall of Fame, I’ll be there to give his introduction. Let’s also not discount the artists who have put “pen to paper” and created some great drawings, creators such as Shelby Denham, Joel Carrol, and Juliette Elton (who did the “Last Supper” work you see above.)I have to pick a lot of people’s brains when it comes to choosing what to write about each week, and the people I reach out to are the ones whose opinion I trust and respect. People like Tim Grassey, Nick Exley, and TouringPlans’ resident millennial Joe Matt.Every single person mentioned above is why the SATURDAY SIX exists. I can’t thank them enough, because while I get the lion’s share of the credit, without them there is nothing. I’d give each one of them a big hug if years at the Disney Outlet Store hadn’t me value “personal space” so much.Happy Thanksgiving everyone. And be sure to subscribe to TouringPlans if you already don’t, because that LITERALLY is what keeps the lights on around here. Without TouringPlans subscribers there would be no Turkeys of the Year, no Special Investigative Reports, and certainly no Burgan Fine Art (well, maybe that’s a good thing. But you should subscribe anyway!)So there you have it: Six Reasons Theme Park Fans Need to Give Thanks in 2018! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:6 TouringPlans’ review of CHICKEN GUY!6 Reasons We Love Universal’s HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 20186 Reasons We Love Universal’s AVENTURA HOTELThe SATURDAY SIX Looks at GUEST ETIQUETTE in the Disney ParksSpecial Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Mr. ‘Ohana Tim Grassey, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, the sweet siren of secret shopping Hedgehog’s Corner, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2018 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!Same bat time. Same bat channel. # 3 – Halloween Horror Nights 28 (Universal Studios Florida)Last year Universal’s popular Halloween Horror Nights said goodbye to my personal favorite part of the event, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. The long running stage show was always a highlight of HHN, with a wonderful mix of comedy, music, and more pop culture references than a whole season of Saturday Night Live. I was a bit worried that this year’s event just wouldn’t be the same, but along came Stranger Things.First let’s backtrack a bit. Like many of you reading this. I’m not a horror guy. I put off going to HHN for years thinking it couldn’t be for me, and only tried it when they started bringing in The Walking Dead (because I love the comic book and at the time the TV show.) Once I experienced HHN I realized that it was for me. Unlike Mickey’s Not So Scary, the entire park becomes a completely different experience during HHN. Along with the various “haunted houses,” there are elaborate scarezones across the entire park. A whole bunch of food and alcohol kiosks come out in what I like to call “a working man’s food & wine.” Instead of fancy schmancy foods you’d find at EPCOT, you’ll get Twisted Taters on a stick or beer served in a blinky cup. These are my people!So like I said, I’m not a huge fan of horror stuff, but some things I really like. I heard great reviews  Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 1 and decided to give it a watch. I loved it. LOVED IT. Season 2 then came out and was one of those very rare occurrences where it was even better than the original season. So when Halloween Horror Nights announced Stranger Things would be the focus of this year’s event, I knew I’d be okay even if there was no Bill & Ted.Turns out we were all more than ok, as many longtime fans agree that HHN 2018 was among the best in event’s history. The Stranger Things house was in many ways like Flight of Passage in Pandora: the World of Avatar; each night the line for the house’s became immediately long and stayed that way. However, the experience inside the house was so good that no one cared how long the line was. Other houses like Poltergeist, Scary Tales, and Slaughter Sinema also overdelivered. The scarezones were some of the best I’ve ever seen with Killer Klowns From Outer Space completely stealing the show. The merchandise for this year’s HHN was possibly the best it has ever been, including a terrific print featuring a mashup of Stranger Things and the iconic arch of Universal. The food options went all in on Stranger Things as well, with everything from waffles on a stick to waffle sundaes. When the HHN season was over, I realized that I would always miss Bill & Ted, but HHN is in good hands and the future looks very bright.The front entrance of Universal Studios Florida. (photo by Michael Carelli)Retro theme arcade put inside a Universal gift shop. Ties into the overall Stranger Things theme of the event. (photo by @viewsandqueues)The video games used these HHN branded tokens. That’s going way above and beyond. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)Vamp 85 scarezone. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Chucky interacts with a guest in one of HHN’s most popular scarezones. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Forest at HHN’s Twisted Tradition scarezone. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Lots of goofy fun was to be found in the Killer Klowns from Outer Space scarezone. (photo by @bioreconstruct)The iconic Mel’s D I E – IN. (photo by @bioreconstruct)PIZZA FRIES. (photo by Jonathan Green)Twisted Taters! (photo by @bioreconstruct)Waffles! (photo by @bioreconstruct)Waffle strawberry shortcake. (photo by @hedgehogscorner)For a waffle sundae, the ice cream is pressed into the middle of two waffles….(photo by Megan Stump)…and then covered with a ton of toppings. (photo by @hedgehogscorner)Stranger Things print. (photo by Michael Carelli)In a wonderful touch, Universal commissioned local artist Shelby Denham to create pieces of art which was then released weekly during the event.Academy of Villains is the show which took over the spot in the park where Bill & Ted took place. While nothing will ever be as good as Bill & Ted in my heart, I came to respect the work put into the AOV show. The use of music, lasers, great production values, and elaborate choreography made it an enjoyable experience.Academy of Villains, the show which took over the home of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Lots of cool theatricality in Academy of Villains. (photo by @bioreconstruct) # 2 – Toy Story Land (Disney Hollywood Studios)DHS needs a lot of help, and it’s coming in the form of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the end of next year. However Toy Story Land was just what the doctor ordered to get us there (along with the park’s other great things like Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster, and Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater.) Slinky Dog Dash is more fun than it has any right to be, and Alien Swirling Saucers gives us in Florida a small taste of the magic created with Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree out in Cars Land. Kids especially needed more things to do in DHS, and Toy Story Land caters to them in a major way. In a nice surprise for the rest of us, Toy Story Land was given a seasonal makeover with extra decorations and new food items arriving for the holidays (although we’ll cover that more in-depth next month.)Toy Story Land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Slinky Dog Dash at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)The fun Slinky Dog headband. (photo by @viewsandqueues)Buzz Lightyear oversees Alien Swirling Saucers. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Always love to see ride vehicles as toys! (photo by @viewsandqueues)Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks as seen from inside Toy Story Land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Flames from the Star Wars show as seen from inside Toy Story Land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)E-Ticket cup. (photo by @viewsandqueues)Seasonal overlays! (photo by Michael Carelli)Seasonal food! (photo by Michael Carelli)Overhead shot of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge being built next door to Toy Story Land. (photo by @bioreconstruct)We can’t wait either, Buzz. (photo by @bioreconstruct)center_img Meanwhile, we here at the SATURDAY SIX have much to be thankful for… # 5 – Bar 17  (Aventura Hotel)With Disney off creating hotels will all the charm of Biff Tannen’s Pleasure Palace & Casino from Back to the Future II, Universal went the other way this year with the creation of Aventura Hotel. With a unique design that looks exactly like a fidget spinner, Aventura is a value priced hotel that is filled with the latest technology, including a Virtual Reality arcade and a tablet which controls pretty much everything in your room. The hotel is also about 20 steps away from the entrance to Volcano Bay, pound for pound one of the best parks of any kind in Orlando. However, the absolute highlight of Aventura is Bar 17 Bistro.Bar 17 Bistro is located on the top floor of the hotel, and has its own dedicated express elevator. There is a large bar to sit at, but also many tables, high tops, and a bunch of unique seating areas including couches. From Bar 17 you have a wonderful look at the entirety of the Universal Orlando Resort, along with the nearby International Drive and beyond. Because of the nature of the parks and I-Drive, the viewing experience during the day is very different than at night. For example, the Krakatau volcano at Volcano Bay looks stunning during the day, but it completely transforms at night with all the various lighting features.Universal’s Aventura Hotel. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Bar 17 Bistro atop Aventura Hotel. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Bar 17 Bistro.Some of the seating at Bar 17 Bistro. (photo by @bioreconstruct)The “bar food” at Bar 17 Bistro is shockingly good, with the Bao Buns becoming an instant hit with guests. Guests can choose 3 different types of filling for $12, with options including braised pork belly, grilled grouper, chicken schwarma, duck confit, Mongolian beef, lamb satay, and more! There are also items including Wagyu beef sliders, grilled Spanish octopus, shiitake mushroom bruschetta, and several types of noodle dishes.Charred chicken in foreground, background is a noodle dish with egg noodles, olive oil, broccolini, garlic, watercress, and a vegetable soy broth. (photo by @ViewsAndQueues)Bao Buns. (photo by @viewsandqueues)Waygu beef sliders. (photo by @viewsandqueues)Grilled Spanish Octopus.Of course there’s also a full bar, and you can’t beat this view!The Botanical.While on the 17th floor, the side opposite Bar 17 Bistro is wide open. This allows the opportunity to get some great photos of the Universal Orlando Resort.17th Floor of Aventura [email protected] – who is currently running away with this year’s theme park MVP award – not only gets all of us seemingly daily construction updates at WDW, Universal, and SeaWorld, but also channels the very spirt of Burgan Fine Art when at the drawing board. In this masterpiece, Bio draws Your Humble Author about to LOSE IT when seeing guests take pictures in portrait mode.Nailed it. (drawing by @bioreconstruct)In the foreground is Sapphire Falls, in the background are the Universal parks. (photo by @viewsandqueues)Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Volcano Bay. (photo by @viewsandqueues)Cabana Bay and Volcano Bay as seen at night. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Universal’s new nighttime show as seen from Bar 17 Bistro. (photo by @bioreconstruct) # 1 – Voodoo Doughnut (Universal Citywalk)I know what you’re thinking, “A donut shop at #1? HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND?!” But trust me, this is not just any donut shop, this is the one and only Voodoo Doughnut. The whimsical nature of Voodoo Doughnut fits right in line at Universal, home of Springfield USA and not to mention a resort that occasionally likes to poke a little fun at Disney. Outside of Voodoo sits an amazing donut throne photo op. Inside is home to one of the greatest collections of donuts my eyes have ever seen. Even more jaw dropping is the realization that many of Voodoo’s donuts are vegan (which also makes it much easier to pretend they are healthy alternatives to non-vegan donuts.)When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened in 2010 there was a new phenomenon at Universal. People walking around with merch bags. Muggles did two things when they went into Hogsmeade, drank Butterbeer and bought something (whether it be a wand, chocolate frog, or house robe.) When Diagon Alley opened, the same thing happened. Now when you are coming into Universal Citywalk from the parking garages you are bound to see guests carrying another item on their way out, the signature pink boxes from Voodoo Doughnut. When you present a product that looks great, tastes great, and is reasonably priced, people will gladly stand in line for it (even if it’s at 10PM…for a donut!)Voodoo Doughnut in Universal Citywalk. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)The donut throne. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)A donut carousel. (photo by Michael Carelli)The Voodoo Doughnut menu. (photo by @hedgehogscorner)The iconic Voodoo donut.Some examples of the offerings at Voodoo Doughnut. (photo by @hedgehogscorner)The cherry on top of the sundae – or should we say sprinkle on top of the donut – is the amount of donuts Voodoo has already made that are exclusive to the locations at Universal (there is a Voodoo in Orlando as well as one at Universal Studios Hollywood.) With the world becoming more and more “Instagram-able,” having limited time offerings as well as exclusive donuts help separate Voodoo from the pack. In just 2018 we saw the debut of the Universal Orangesicle, the Raptor Claw (to tie into Jurassic World: The Lost Kingdom,) a tombstone-themed donut for HHN, and a Grinch donut for Grinchmas.The Universal Orangesicle. (photo by @hedgehogscorner)The exclusive Raptor Claw. (photo by @HedgehogsCorner)The HHN 2018 tombstone donut. (photo by Michael Carelli)Grinchy!# 367 – Fast & Furious: Supercharged – At least you tried.Honorable Mention – The New and Improved OLD PORT ROYALE at Caribbean BeachThis October, Caribbean Beach finally finished the transformation of Old Port Royale. The new and improved Old Port Royale now includes the check-in area, which unfathomably used to be in a building away from everything else at the resort. The food court was completely renovated and changed into Centertown Market. The Banana Cabana pool bar went from one of the worst at Disney to one of the best. The restaurant Shutters was – thankfully – shuttered, and in it’s place rose Sebastian’s Bistro, themed to the crab from The Little Mermaid.Each and every part of the new Old Port Royale is a MAJOR IMPROVEMENT over what it replaced. You can read our review of the experience by clicking HERE. With Caribbean Beach soon to become the “hub” of the Disney Skyliner, Caribbean Beach has become – in my eyes – the best moderate at WDW. Great pool area, Coke Freestyle machines across property, a second quick service at the far end of the resort, and now a fantastic Old Port Royale experience.Centertown Market. (photo by Brandon Glover)Create-Your-Own-Bowl at Centertown Market. (photo by Brandon Glover)Banana Cabana. (photo by Brandon Glover)Shrunken Treasure at Banana Cabana. (photo by Branodn Glover)Sebastian’s Bistro. (photo by Brandon Glover)The “head” table at Sebastian’s Bistro. (photo by Brandon Glover)If it wasn’t for Sanaa’s bread service, the Caribbean pull apart rolls at Sebastian’s Bistro would be the best Disney has to offer. A+. (photo by Brandon Glover)Jerk chicken wings. (photo by Brandon Glover)Caribbean rum flight. (photo by Brandon Glover)Caribbean goat curry. (photo by Brandon Glover)Mile Marker Zero dessert. (photo by Brandon Glover)last_img read more

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Trending up: Auburndale looks to build on last year’s postseason trip

first_imgFri., Sept. 22at Marathon7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 6at Chequamegon7 p.m. By Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — For the third time in the past four seasons, the Auburndale football team has a different head coach.Jay Anderson takes over a program that reached the WIAA playoffs and finished 4-6 overall and 4-4 in the Marawood Conference a year ago. The Apaches lost 26-6 to conference-rival Marathon in the first round of the Division 6 playoffs.Auburndale senior running back Jake Peplinski is the top returning rusher for the Apaches.With only five seniors graduating and overall participation up, Anderson is optimistic the Apaches will continue to improve and possibly make another run at the postseason.Ryan Isaacson enters his third season as the Apaches’ starting quarterback and will lead a new offensive look. Isaacson threw for 1,164 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for four more scores a year ago.“The guys have really caught on to what we are trying to do and seem very excited,” Anderson said. “Our numbers are up, which is important for the long term in our program.“It’s going to be a multiple set, play-progression offense using different looks, using different formations, and being able to run base plays out of each set. We have a nice group of seniors that are picking things up and leading by example.”Isaacson will have two of his top receivers back. Seniors Cameron Ertl and Cale Jacoby return after solid 2016 campaigns. Ertl caught a team-high 21 passes for 489 yards and four touchdowns, and Jacoby hauled in 18 catches for 280 yards.Senior Jake Peplinski is the top returning rusher after running for 303 yards and scoring a team-high six touchdowns. Behind him juniors Trayton Weister and Isaiah Hasenohrl will be in the mix for carries as well as fullbacks Carter Wilcott and Aaron Marth. Dalton Hoffman and Colten Yeske will also see time at receiver.Auburndale senior quarterback Ryan Isaacson will lead the Apaches’ offense for the third-straight season.“With the skill positions, we have a lot of seniors, and we have some guys that are ready to step in if needed,” Anderson said. “Peplinski trained very hard, had a real good offseason, and he can be a very explosive player for us.”Through the first days of training camp, Anderson said the defense was still in learning mode.Peplinski was a first-team all-conference pick at defensive end, Ertl had a team-high five interceptions at cornerback and was second-team all-Marawood, and lineman Keller Wolfe is the top returning tackler after racking up 56 a year ago.“Defensively we are kind of finding ourselves,” Anderson said. “We’re going to be presenting some different looks and alignments that they aren’t used to, and they are feeling their way through it. We’re doing a lot of adjustment with personnel, and they’re getting there.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 AUBURNDALE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Fri., Sept. 29STRATFORD7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8EDGAR7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 25°MANAWA7 p.m. Home games in CAPS, at Auburndale High School*Homecoming°Nonconference Fri., Aug. 18°PITTSVILLE7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 1at Rib Lake/Prentice (at Prentice)7 p.m. Fri., Oct. 13*°WHITEHALL7 p.m. Fri., Sept. 15at Tomahawk7 p.m.last_img read more

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Economic growth the goal behind renewed marketing of South Africa to the world

first_imgDiverse and experienced new IMC Board united in its determination to promote the country and build its brand in 2010, South Africa’s milestone year.21 January 2010, Johannesburg: The recently appointed new Board of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC) is determined to ensure that South Africans buy into and live the brand promise made in the country’s international marketing campaign – in order to achieve national economic growth.This is the assurance given by IMC Board Chairperson, Ms Anitha Soni, who says the new Board will reinvigorate the nation branding effort to position South Africa as an attractive destination and partner for tourism, trade and investment, and to help the country realise its international relations objectives.Ms Soni chairs a Board of Trustees that was appointed to a three-year term late in 2009 and whose composition reflects both Government and the IMC’s belief that diversity and expertise is a winning combination.Ms Anitha Soni is a highly accomplished tourism specialist, award-winning businesswoman and was Deputy Chairperson of the first Tourism BEE Charter Council.The Board comprises 12 independent members, nine provincial and three government representatives. The members were selected for their business acumen, expertise in areas such as tourism, local economic development, communication and marketing, sports and their proven contribution to the wellbeing and upliftment of South African society.Members’ skills mix and vast experience gained in the private and public sectors enhance the Board’s ability to take the South Africa brand promise, “Alive with Possibility” to reality.“The IMC Board of Trustees is honoured to be given an opportunity to make a voluntary contribution to our Nation Brand.  We are committed to fulfilling the organisation’s revised mandate and leveraging our cumulative strengths and expertise effectively,” says Soni.Soni says the IMC is mandated to build a national brand which positions South Africa as the country to attract tourism, trade and investment as well as to realise its international relations objectives.“Building South Africa’s reputation in the international arena must be done with the overriding purpose of national economic growth in mind. To market South Africa successfully, and to achieve the growth objective, it is important to establish a link between the brand promise and its fulfilment.This can only be done if two conditions are met – the IMC has to reflect the will of the country, and the Council must ensure it obtains citizen buy-in on the brand promise. Only if these conditions are fulfilled will we be able to effect performance delivery on a national basis.Over the past seven years the IMC has done valuable work to engender the necessary alignment. The members of the new Board have the know-how and experience to give even greater impetus to this process to the benefit of Brand South Africa. The composition of the Board in terms of independent members and provincial representatives will also prove invaluable,” says Soni.Leadership diversity“Diversity drives results,” says Soni. “Diverse backgrounds and perspectives enrich the work and enhance an organisation’s ability to succeed. It is imperative to entrench such diversity in the leadership structure.The composition of the Board makes provision for remarkable diversity across a number of factors, ranging from gender to experience in applicable fields. “Contributing to Leadership developmentPresident Zuma, in appointing the Board, also recognised the wealth of leadership in our country.  A number of the Board members have proven their bona fides by not only surviving as entrepreneurs by holding their own in successful businesses.  Sandile Zungu is recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Chichi Maponya heads up one of South Africa’s proud business successes.  Lucas Radebe represents the development and leadership of sports and has held football captain positions both locally and internationally. Similarly other Board members have made a contribution to the success of our country. We believe that engaging these fresh, young, and vibrant leaders will serve to deliver on, and, sustain South Africa’s brand profile.  We also want to see this reflected within the executive team at the IMC.  Our leadership collateral in the country must be tapped into to progress our country’s growth objectives.While there is much diversity and quality leadership amongst the Board, there is also a common denominator, and this is the passion the members have for their country.”Comment from Mr. Collins Chabane on Ms. Soni’s appointmentThe Presidency has welcomed Ms. Soni’s appointment as Chairperson, saying her extensive experience and passion for South Africa makes her ideal for the Chairpersonship. “Through her action orientated approach she has become known for her strategic expertise, her ability to implement and for producing innovative and workable solutions,” says Mr. Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency.“Ms. Soni has contributed substantially to the development of policy, locally and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Her work includes developing the tourism White Paper for South Africa, designing and implementing the initial tourism enterprise programme, marketing strategies for SADC countries and the framework for the SADC Univisa programme. She has also developed the Tourism Human Resources Development Plan for the Government of Mozambique,” says Chabane.Determining prioritiesSoni says the Board is firmly focused on optimising South Africa’s investment in two major global events – the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January 2010.“President Zuma has indicated that 2010 marks South Africa’s most important year since 1994. The World Cup has led to a resurgence of national pride. The IMC has locked into this pride and has launched a number of exciting and robust initiatives which will contribute to growing 2010’s brand capital potential. We will continue to mobilise the nation until the final whistle blows,” says Soni.Looking beyond the World Cup, the IMC will re-launch Brand South Africa with a competitive value proposition which will reflect the recommendations of the Vision 2025 process (a national long-term plan), the values embedded in the Constitution and the DNA of the Nation Brand.last_img read more

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Everything We Know About Wannabe YouTube Killer Vessel

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#online video#vessel#Vloggers#YouTube#YouTube creators 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App New Web video startup Vessel plans to challenge YouTube in 2015. And with the might of Hulu chief executive Jason Kilar and chief technology officer Richard Tom standing behind it, Vessel could even have a chance. The target of speculation since July, Vessel released an update on its progress on Wednesday that suggests the site will finally open up “early next year.”Until then, here’s everything we know about the startup so far: Vessel Will Offer $2.99 SubscriptionsWith Vessel, you’ll be able to watch your favorite YouTube vloggers like Shane Dawson and Ingrid Nilsen sooner than everyone else for a monthly subscription of $2.99. It will accomplish this by signing contracts with stars that grant Vessel exclusive rights to their videos for a period anywhere from three days to a month. After that, the videos will be available everywhere, but by then you might be the last person to get to watch them.But Really, Vessel Is A Service For CreatorsFor something like Vessel to turn a profit, it’s looking to earn the support of some of YouTube’s recognizable stars. So Kilar has emphasized that creators who use Vessel will earn about 20 times more than they do on “ad supported sites,” such as YouTube. “During the early access period on Vessel, we estimate that creators will earn approximately $50 for every thousand views,” the Vessel update states. Meanwhile, YouTube pays creators around $2 per every thousand views. Vessel Will Take Advantage Of Existing YouTube BeefsCreators on YouTube only keep 55% of their earnings. For years now, vloggers have been nagging YouTube to pay them more while exploring alternate revenue options. This is making it easy for Vessel to reach out to YouTube’s top 100 to 200 content creators to offer them deals. YouTube hasn’t had to pay content creators more because there wasn’t any incentive. That could make it easy for Vessel to profit heavily off of the stars YouTube made big.“Despite the many positive things that the Internet has made possible in media, to date there hasn’t been a clear path for most of these talented creators to build sustainable, enduring businesses on the basis of their video storytelling alone,” Kilar wrote. “We believe that media can, and should, do much better.” Vessel isn’t even out yet, but YouTube should be getting worried. While Vessel doesn’t poach stars away, it could snag viewers. After all, if they’ve already watched stars’ content on Vessel, there’s no reason to watch it on YouTube or anywhere else.Update: Some wording has been updated to reflect a conversation with Vessel PR.Photo by Vessel 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…center_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout lauren orsini 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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