Share This!Move over Briar Rose Gold and Passion Purple….there’s a new “it” color in town. Arendelle Aqua is coming and those looking to get their first crack at the merchandise can do so, if they are Annual Passholders on September 10.The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Epcot’s Future World West. Here attendees can choose to purchase a wide range of items that include Minnie Mouse ear headbands, spirit jerseys, Loungefly backpacks, a limited release pin and much more.In addition, there will also be special treats that are themed to the Arendelle-Aqua color, including sponge cake, slushies and a cupcake.Disney is inviting Guests to tag your photos posted online with #ArendelleAqua and #VIPASSHOLDER.Registration is not required to attend this event, however you will need a valid annual pass card and photo ID at the event entrance and to purchase the Arendelle Aqua-themed food and beverage items. Oh and your 20% Passholder merchandise discount is applicable for merchandise purchases during this event.Stay tuned to the blog, as we’ll share the great foodie options that will be available during this event.
27 November 2007South Africa has launched two new innovation centres to help the country compete globally in the fast-developing fields of nanotechnology and nanoscience.The National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials (NCNSM) is based at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus in Pretoria, while the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre is based in Johannesburg.Speaking at the launch in Pretoria on Monday, Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena said nanotechnology could be used to address some of South Africa’s social and economic challenges.“We therefore have to create an environment conducive to harnessing the potential benefits of this promising field,” he said, adding that the scientists working at the new centres would be engaged in research “with identified, tangible measurables.“They will have to be at the forefront, the tone-setters and catalysts of the country’s research and development programme in nanotechnology.”According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, nanotechnology refers broadly to a field of applied science and technology whose unifying theme is the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale, normally 1 to 100 nanometers, and the fabrication of devices within that size range. A nanometre is one-billionth of a metre.The initial focus of research at the centre in Pretoria will be on the fabrication of novel nano-structured materials, the synthesis of polymer nano-composites, and materials modelling and simulation.The DST/Mintek centre will focus on the application of nanotechnology in the areas of water, health, mining and minerals. Besides the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Mintek, the centre pulls together the Medical Research Council, the Water Research Commission and the universities of Johannesburg, the Western Cape and Rhodes.Both centres will also have a strong focus on human capital development by training and developing young scientists.“We are still in the initial wave of nanotechnology, in which most of the nanotechnology-based products on the market are linked to defence and national security applications or to sporting goods and consumer-convenience items,” said NCNSM chief researcher Suprakas Ray.Within five to 10 years, said Ray, sophisticated electronic devices using nanoscale circuitry and memory could be expected, and within 10 to 15 years the technology could expand into pharmaceutical products, drug delivery systems and health-monitoring devices.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Doing Business 2014: Download the full report Starting a business: 64 (56)Dealing with construction permits: 26 (25)Getting electricity: 150 (151)Registering property: 99 (95)Getting credit: 28 (24)Protecting investors: 10 (10)Paying taxes: 24 (26)Trading across borders: 106 (110)Enforcing contracts: 80 (80)Resolving insolvency: 82 (82) 1 November 2013 South Africa has held steady in the World Bank’s annual scorecard on the ease of doing business around the world, released this week. The country was ranked 41st out of 189 economies around the world surveyed by the World Bank, which judges countries on 10 criteria that measure the time, cost and hassle involving in doing business. The World Bank’s 2014 report, titled Doing Business: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises, sheds light on how easy (or difficult) it is for a local entrepreneur to open and run a small to medium-sized business when complying with the relevant regulations.How South Africa fared South Africa received points for its tax reforms, with its rating for paying taxes moving up two points to 24. The government made paying taxes easier for companies by replacing the secondary tax on companies with a dividend borne by shareholders. South Africa’s “distance to frontier” score also inched up in the rankings, to 70.93%. This measure represents the distance of each economy from the best performance observed on each of the topics. The country remains a strong performer when it comes to protecting investors (10), especially in the category “allowing access to all corporate documents before a trial”. Getting credit is becoming slightly more difficult in South Africa, however, with the country’s ranking dropping four places to 28th. South Africa is ranked at an impressive 39 for dealing with construction permits, and starting a business is also easier (53). The report notes that the country has lowered its registration fees and has substantially reduced its notary fees. Together with its Sub-Saharan partners, South Africa made progress in trading across borders, with its ranking improving four places to 106. Getting electricity in the country remains weak, however, at 150. While relatively simple procedurally, it takes too long at an average of 226 days, and is too expensive, the report finds. Global increase in regulatory reform The pace of business regulation reform in the past year has picked up, with 114 economies enacting 238 reforms, against 108 economies and 201 reforms in 2011-12. “This year, we see a higher number of reforms – 18% more – the second-highest number since the financial crisis,” said Rita Ramalho, programme manager for Doing Business at the World Bank Group. “This pick-up in pace of regulatory reform is good news particularly for small and medium-size businesses – the main job creators in many parts of the world.” In Africa, 66% of countries enacted at least one reform last year, against 33% in 2005. Nine African countries are among the top 20 most improved in terms of business regulations since 2009: Benin, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Togo. Rwanda, in fact, rates as the most improved country worldwide since 2005. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to nine of the 20 economies narrowing the gap with the regulatory frontier, the most since 2009. Low-income economies narrowed this gap twice as much as high-income economies did, the World Bank says. Singapore retained its No 1 spot in the overall rankings for the eighth straight year. Hong Kong, New Zealand, the US, Denmark, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Georgia, Norway and the UK make up the top 10 countries with the most business-friendly regulatory environments. Reuters reports that an independent panel set up by the World Bank and headed by South Africa’s planning minister, Trevor Manuel, has recommended that the practice of ranking be scrapped because it can too easily be affected by small factors and is sometimes not objective. However, the World Bank says the ratings should be considered in the broader context of how much countries have improved their business regulations, and should not be taken as representative of every factor that impacts economic growth. “Doing Business is not about less regulation but about better regulation,” the World Bank says in the report. SA’s 2014 rankings 2013 rankings in brackets. SAinfo reporter
Following the tragic incident in Las Vegas that senselessly left so many innocent victims dead or injured, U.S. Security Associates (USA) has produced a video outlining important personal safety steps to take in the event of an active shooter situation.“Our hearts grieve for those killed and injured, for the families affected, and for the first responders and law enforcement who cared for the injured and located the shooter,” USA President and CEO Richard L. Wyckoff said. “We hope that you find this information useful, and we encourage you to share it.”The six-minute video provides a brief guideline for preparation and responses one can take to improve their personal safety.- Sponsor – Anyone who is confronted by an active shooter situation can protect themselves with better knowledge and situational awareness. Stay alert, pay attention to people and the changing environment, and always identify possible exit and hiding places.The core concepts of this active shooter training are simple: Get Out, Hide Out, Take Out. Those six words reflect practical responses that can guide personal safety when every second counts.Get Out: find the closest and quickest path to escape the area assuming it is safely out of the line of fire.Hide Out: if you cannot safely flee, look for cover sturdy enough to shield you from bullets, or if not, find a place that conceals you from the shooter’s view.Take Out: barring the opportunity to escape or hide, find something such as a chair, broom or fire extinguisher to use as a weapon to disarm the shooter, then attempt to catch the shooter off guard.USA is providing the informative video to all its clients and to the public at large in the hope that it can be helpful to anyone’s personal safety if confronted with an active shooter situation.This video is only a snapshot of the many training resources that are available, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) website, or visit www.ussecurityassociates.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
(AP) Hundreds of officers have given a final salute to a slain Missouri police officer as his children remembered him as caring and dedicated.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the funeral for North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf filled the 1,750-occupany Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis to capacity Monday. His 18-year-old son, Kaleb Langsdorf, told the crowd that his father taught him that “a life of rescuing, defending and serving is the only life worth living.”On the 7-mile (11.26 kilometer) route to the cemetery, the funeral procession passed supporters holding American flags and signs.The 40-year-old officer was fatally shot June 23 while answering a bad check call at a market in the St. Louis County town of Wellston. A suspect has been charged with first-degree murder.
Superman Sadio Mane strikes Manchester: Pep Guardiola has accused Liverpool star Sadio Mane of diving as the Manchester City boss lit the fuse on next weekend’s explosive clash between the Premier League title rivals. Mane scored Liverpool’s winner in the fourth minute of stoppage-time as the leaders scored twice in the final moments to escape with a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday. But the Senegal winger had been booked for simulation in the first half at Villa Park and that didn’t escape Guardiola’s attention. Asked about Liverpool’s comeback, Guardiola, speaking after City came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1, told BBC Sport: “It has happened many times, what Liverpool have done, in the last few years, it’s because [Mane] is a special talent. Sometimes he’s diving, sometimes he has this talent to score incredible goals in the last minute. He’s a talent.”Related News Will dive again, jokes Liverpool’s Sadio Mane after Pep Guardiola criticism Sadio Mane helps Senegal beat Uganda Pep Guardiola Liverpool remain six points clear of City ahead of their crucial showdown at Anfield on Sunday and Guardiola knows the European champions will be tough to catch given their relentless drive. “If it’s one time, two times, ‘we were lucky, we were lucky’, but it happened in the last two seasons many, many times. They have a special character to do that,” Guardiola said. “We look at ourselves, we know which team we face, I think they have won 10 and drawn one. Next week we go to Anfield to try to play them.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever
Donations from the games will go towards the Guardsman/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Boys of Hope Programme, which helps at-risk boys; Kind Hearts Foundation; and the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Story Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has given his endorsement of the third staging of the Guardsman Games, which will be held on July 22 at Hope Zoo, Hope Gardens, St. Andrew. “It is a reality that as a country, we have a sick health profile… that is caused primarily by how we live and how we treat with ourselves, consumption habits and lack of physical activity. As such, the message of curative health should not focus only on the curative side. My overall view is the message must be how we prevent getting afflicted with these different ailments,” he said. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has given his endorsement of the third staging of the Guardsman Games, which will be held on July 22 at Hope Zoo, Hope Gardens, St. Andrew.This gruelling six-kilometre, obstacle-course race takes participants through rugged terrain and challenges them to conquer over 25 obstacles, such as scaling walls, crossing balance beams and climbing ropes.Donations from the games will go towards the Guardsman/Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Boys of Hope Programme, which helps at-risk boys; Kind Hearts Foundation; and the Bustamante Hospital for Children.Dr. Tufton, who was speaking at the media launch of the games at the Serengeti Bistro at the Hope Zoo on March 20, noted that the event contributes to the development of the wealth and health agenda.“It is a reality that as a country, we have a sick health profile… that is caused primarily by how we live and how we treat with ourselves, consumption habits and lack of physical activity. As such, the message of curative health should not focus only on the curative side. My overall view is the message must be how we prevent getting afflicted with these different ailments,” he said.“This is what the Guardsman Games help to promote. It helps to promote health and wellness through physical activity, but, critically, it promotes resilience, determination, and stick-to-it-iveness,” he added.The Health Minister said the games also promote team work, which, he noted, is a “big thing for us” in the public health system.“Right now, we are promoting cooperation between institutions, various experts to understand and appreciate how we change culture and how we change behaviour. It’s a multidisciplinary approach in how we promote health and wellness within our society,” Dr. Tufton said.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Guardsman Group, Kenneth Benjamin, noted that the games test participants’ endurance and mental ability.“It has blossomed into a highly anticipated family event that emphasises fitness and teamwork. It is however, the contributions that we are able to make to some outstanding charities that give me the most joy, as the Guardsman Games is all about giving back,” he pointed out.He noted that the charities were chosen because they are dedicated to the development of future generations.“We strongly believe in helping them achieve their full potential; we must improve their access to education as well as proper healthcare. These are fundamental needs that must be met for our young people, as we expect the future generations to prosper,” Mr. Benjamin added.Coming out of last year’s staging of the games, Guardsman, in partnership with the Jamaica National Group, made a donation to the Bustamante Hospital for Children for installation of a solar-energy system to power the facility’s Intensive Care Unit.The system is a pilot project, which will be facilitated by Future Energy Group and is projected to result in more than $28 million in savings for the hospital over the next 20 years.
New Delhi: At least 83 per cent of 521 sitting MPs are ‘crorepatis’ and 33 per cent of them have criminal cases against them, according to a report by election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR). The ADR, an NGO working in electoral reforms, has compiled the report after analysing self-sworn affidavits of the 521 MPs out of 543 members elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2014 elections. “Out of the 521 Sitting MPs analysed, 430 (83 pc) are crorepatis. While 227 of them are from BJP, 37 are from Congress, 29 from AIADMK, among others,” the report said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The average assets per sitting MP for Lok Sabha 2014 elections are Rs 14.72 crore. While 32 sitting MPs have declared more than Rs 50 crore worth of assets, only two sitting MPs have declared assets less than worth Rs 5 lakh. At least 33 per cent sitting MPs have declared criminal cases against them in the affidavits. “While 106 of them have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping and crimes against women, 10 sitting MPs have declared cases related to murder. Out of these, 4 sitting MPs are from BJP, 1 MP from INC, NCP, LJP, RJD, Swabhimani Paksha each and one MP is an Independent,” the report said. “14 sitting MPs have declared cases of attempt to murder. Out of these, eight sitting MPs are from BJP and one MP each from INC, AITC, NCP, RJD, Shiv Sena and Swabhimani Paksha. 14 sitting MPs declared cases related to causing communal disharmony. Out of them, 10 sitting MPs are from BJP and 1 MP from TRS, PMK, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen and AIUDF each,” it added.
“Without peace and stability, the heroic task of building the new Liberia cannot go forward,” said Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to the country and the head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), in the capital Monrovia. “Whatever the grievances and resentments of the past, violence and destruction can never be the solution for the future. We cannot undo history, but we can overcome it with perseverance, tolerance and goodwill. Liberia is not destined to be eternally poor.” Mr. Doss made the remarks at a ceremony in which he was honoured with one of Liberia’s highest medals. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf decorated him with the Humane Order of African Redemption, with the rank of Knight Great Band for distinguished services rendered to Liberia and its people. Conferring the award on Mr. Doss, Ms. Johnson-Sirleaf described him as “a true friend of Liberia, a committed leader, and a champion of peace and development.” A peace park for children in the Monrovia suburb of Paynesville has also been named after the envoy. Mr. Doss, who is from the United Kingdom, is being succeeded as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Liberia by Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark. He now heads to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to become the UN Special Representative in that country. 16 December 2007The outgoing United Nations envoy to Liberia has used his farewell address today to call on the people of the West African nation to maintain the peace so that they can consolidate the social, economic and political gains they have made since the end of the civil war in 2003.
A raid was carried out to capture wild monkeys in Pittakotte this evening in an attempt to end a menace faced by area residents.Officers with air rifles chased the monkeys and captured some of them after a monkey had bitten a child in the area close to the Rajamaha vihara temple recently. The wild monkey menace in Pittakotte had continued for several years despite complaints being lodged with the relevant officials. Often the monkeys damage power lines and rooftops in the area but recently a child was attacked when a monkey had climbed down a house balcony. [slideshow]