first_imgShare This!©DisneyMany people dream of walking the red carpet and holding that beautiful golden statue, thanking their friends and family. Well, since I doubt you’ll have the opportunity to do that, here’s the next best thing for those of you who are fans of The Oscars.For a limited time, Guests who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s One Man’s Dream will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and take a photo with a gorgeous Oscar statuette.During this unique experience, Guests will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and pose with the Oscar statue, against a signature Oscar backdrop. Oh and make sure to share your experience on social media using the hashtag, #Oscars.This wonderful opportunity will be available for Guests to take part in only until February 26.The Oscars will air this Sunday, February 26, on ABC at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT and will feature host Jimmy Kimmel.last_img read more

first_img Loading …Voting is open now here and on Twitter, and feel free to comment about why you made your choice. We’ll see you next week to crown yet another winner in the saga of Ask It! As I’m writing this up, I can hear the sounds of the fireworks from Wishes from outside my home office. Without looking up, I can tell from the sounds of the shells what “scene” is going on for the show. It will certainly be an adjustment when the new “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular debuts later this spring. It seems that everyone has a favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World — so here’s this week’s question:What is your favorite current nighttime show at Walt Disney World Wishes (46%, 358 Votes) Illuminations (30%, 230 Votes) Fantasmic (21%, 163 Votes) Rivers of Light (3%, 23 Votes) Total Voters: 774center_img Share This!last_img read more

first_imgShare This!There’s something about the magic of a Disney vacation–that extra little pixie dust that makes a trip go from good to great. The idea behind Adventures by Disney is what if you could take that vacation experience that you have when visiting the parks and take it with you as you travel to destinations around the world. Of course all magic comes with a price, dearie. Adventures by Disney trips typically cost more than similar trips offered by other tour group companies, and far more than planning a budget-conscious trip on your own. The marketing for these trips does make them look impressive, and I’ve rarely heard anyone have anything negative to say about the actual trip. Is it something that many people have done, however? Last week, we asked you:Have you ever taken an Adventures by Disney trip?Here’s your results:Yes (55 votes, 5%)The variety of Adventures by Disney trips is impressive. The activities you can do on them are amazing. You can cruise down the major rivers of Europe, or go dog sledding in Wyoming. You can look for wildlife while hiking in the Galapagos Islands, or on safari in South Africa, or snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s coast. You can take a vacation without a Disney park experience, or you can set up your vacation to make a stop at Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or Disneyland Paris. While the trips are more expensive than if you booked events on your own, Disney often adds little extras to make the trips memorable. The guides on the trips come with a wealth of knowledge that you may not get with another tour company or on your own. Even better, these trips tend to have minimal outside costs. The price you see, aside from transportation to the start of your trip and home at the end, includes most of your activities, meals, and lodging. Many people who responded yes to this question mentioned that they’ve been on more than one Adventures by Disney trip. It may require eating instant noodles when you get home and rolling pennies for the next one, but people seem to want to keep coming back for more.No (1,031 votes, 95%)At the end of the day, no amount of marketing and hype can hide the fact that these trips are expensive. Even a short, three-night Disneyland Adventures by Disney trip will set you back more than $2,000 per person. Different trips can run $5,000 or more per person–the one to China that I’ve been dreaming of is more than $9,000. (And that doesn’t include the airfare to get to and from your destination.) Some people mentioned that this is a Bucket List or Powerball dream–if the money appeared, they’d go in a heartbeat. Others have a hard time justifying the price even if money was no object. In the end, it takes a lot to make the leap to plunk down the money on this. It is no surprise that most people who responded haven’t taken one. (You can count me in the number of people who haven’t been parted with my money for this trip yet. Maybe when I’m an empty nester?)So there you have it–this week’s results. Next week’s question is live on Twitter and on the blog here. In the meantime, if you were given one wish from Genie, but you had to use it to take an Adventures by Disney trip, which one would you wish for?last_img read more

first_img17 January 2014 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone, launched late last year, is already drawing strong international interest, with several lease agreements signed and a surge of global oil and gas companies negotiating joint ventures with South African firms, the Western Cape provincial government said on Thursday. “The Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company has signed six lease agreements with international and South African oil and gas companies,” Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde said in a statement. “These include firms specialising in oilfield services, oil rig operations, logistics operators, ship repair, engineering and market support.” Final negotiations for lease agreements are taking place between the Licencing Company and two international oilfield service companies and a South African rig repair firm, Winde said. “In some of the most exciting developments, the Licencing Company is in talks with an international consortium to develop a rig module building facility. We are also aware of a R200-million investment by a global oil servicing company which is set to create 300 jobs. Several leading international companies are increasing their staff numbers in their South African companies.” Winde said details on individual companies were bound by non-disclosure agreements and could not be released at this stage.African oil, gas service and supply hub A feasibility study conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry found that Saldanha Bay is strategically located to serve as a service, maintenance, fabrication and supply hub for the booming African oil and gas sector, due to the increasing number of oil rigs requiring maintenance, and their traffic flow passing from the west to the east coast of Africa. In October last year, German company Oiltanking GmbH entered a joint venture with a number of South African companies to build a commercial crude oil storage and blending terminal at the port of Saldanha. The company said that Saldanha was an excellent location for a crude oil hub, “as it is close to strategic tanker routes from key oil-producing regions to major oil-consuming markets”. Ideally situated for the blending of west African and South American crude oils, Saldanha “has the potential to establish itself as a global crude transhipment hub focused on certain established trade routes,” the company added. The Western Cape government has invested R25-million over five years in setting up the industrial development zone (IDZ). “This is the culmination of years of collaboration between all spheres of government and the Saldanha Bay community,” Winde said. “The IDZ has the potential to become one of the most important levers for jobs and economic growth for the Western Cape. Early indications are that it will indeed be a major catalyst for foreign direct investment and increased employment opportunities for our residents in the medium to long term.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgFor the second year in a row, visitors to Chicago’s Printers Row Lit Fest had the chance to learn about free markets, individual liberty, and limited government. Among the many Baby-Boomer communist booksellers that line the street during the annual weekend festival, AFF’s Chicago leadership team stood proudly, distributing copies of F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, Leonard Reed’s “I, Pencil,” and Frederic Bastiat’s masterpiece, The Law.In addition to chatting with passersby about current events and the philosophy of freedom, AFF also offered visitors a chance to discover where they landed on the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. After taking ten questions, visitors could be placed in one of five distinct quadrants: libertarian, conservative, liberal, centrist, and statist. Although most landed in the left-liberal quadrant, many were surprised to land in the libertarian area given that they either were unfamiliar with the word or had a misunderstanding of it.AFF-Chicago committee member John Yackley provided an overview of the results at the end of the second day of the festival. AFF color-coded stickers by quiz-takers’ guesstimated ages: red is Millennials (and younger), green is Gen Xers, yellow is Baby Boomers, and blue represents members of the “Greatest Generation” (senior citizens).Watch a video of the results here.You’ll notice most Boomers end up in the left-liberal quadrant, while younger folk tend to be left-liberal to libertarian.AFF gathered nearly 100 email addresses at the festival and gave away dozens of copies of Hayek and Bastiat’s work to interested young people. Many books came courtesy of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, so our thanks go to them for their support.AFF expects to appear again next year at the festival to open more minds to the ideas of freedom.For more information on AFF’s Chicago chapter, join our Facebook page.last_img read more

first_imgThis artificial intelligence teaches robots to walk—by creating custom obstacle courses By Matthew HutsonJan. 22, 2019 , 8:00 AM Before you run hurdles, you have to learn to crawl, and before you read William Shakespeare, you need to know the alphabet. Any educator knows the importance of a step-by-step lesson plan for mastering a task. Now, researchers at Uber AI Labs have designed an algorithm that comes up with its own curriculum for teaching simulated robots to cross difficult terrain, without falling flat on their faceless bodies. The algorithm might one day even help autonomous vehicles react in emergency situations.The new program, called Paired Open-Ended Trailblazer (POET) first comes up with a set of unique terrains, each inhabited by a computer-controlled character. Using only two legs and a laserlike rangefinder, the character must teach itself to walk. After a period of practice, the artificial intelligence changes the challenge—sometimes making it easier, and sometimes more difficult. It might make trenches wider, stumps taller, or the ground more uneven. Occasionally a different walker is swapped in, to see whether the skills learned on one terrain will help on another. This mutating and swapping of obstacle courses creates an unpredictable series of stepping stones on the path to agility.Using POET, the robot walkers could eventually cover difficult terrain that couldn’t be learned without the earlier courses, the researchers report in a paper posted to arXiv this month. What’s more, POET worked better than a program that simply increased the difficulty of terrain over time, without trying many indirect paths. POET’s circuitous routes of learning paid off again and again. In one example, a bot crouch-walked until it encountered a world with stumps and had to learn to walk upright; it later returned to a flatter world and kept walking upright, completing the course faster than before.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The researchers say POET could one day help real-life robots solve many complex tasks, or even let autonomous cars learn to handle emergencies that programmers hadn’t thought to put in the lesson plan. In an open-ended fashion, POET might even create and solve entirely new problems, in fields from protein synthesis to poetry.last_img read more

first_imgRELATED VIDEO SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais The closest Blackwater got to Alaska was in the 2:09 mark of the fourth after Mac Belo and Michael Digregorio made two straight three-pointers to cut the deficit to one, 81-80.And as if fate strummed its strings, Chris Banchero converted twice from the line to gave Alaska an 83-80 buffer with 1:49 left in the game.Banchero finished the game with a conference-high 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals while Vic Manuel also had 16 points for Alaska.Kevin Racal and Teng also finished in double digits for the Aces with 14 and 10 points, respectively.JP Erram led the Elite with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks while Digregorio and Belo paced Blackwater with 15 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES With the two teams trading blows in the final six minutes of the game, Alaska rookie Jeron Teng dealt the haymaker with 1:04 left in the game with a triple from the top of the key that gave the Aces an 86-80 lead.“I am very relieved,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “Obviously it helped us that they missed a bunch of free throws, it seemed like in the second half they really missed a bunch and in a close game that matters.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBlackwater mounted a 21-8 run across the third and fourth quarters that cut Alaska’s lead to two, 70-68, early in the final period.And although the Elite kept it close, they never tied nor took the lead as they missed seven free throws in the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter allowing the Aces to keep them at bay. View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESAlaska continued its upward trajectory in the PBA Philippine Cup after holding off Blackwater, 88-84, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After starting the conference at 0-2, the Aces have now strung together four straight wins for a 4-2 record while Elite slipped to their third straight loss for 2-4.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Abueva leaves Alaska-Blackwater game due to ‘personal emergency’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more

first_img Facebook We got to shoot in some beautiful locations in Langley and Squamish, and the extent of the cast and crew were nothing but fantastic.CB: Tell your fans about your role in the feature film “Fatal Visit.”DH: I play Ming, an online entrepreneur and a longtime friend of Ling’s (Sammi Cheng). She introduced me to her friend Yanny (Charlene Choi) after Yanny experiences a rough breakup. It was a unique experience in that the dialogue I spoke was entirely Chinese; Cantonese, Mandarin, as well as Taiwanese. It was challenging to experience that but also exciting being able to work with actresses whose work I grew up watching. It was surreal to me, even more so for my parents. I believe it will be released in theaters later this summer. Advertisement Login/Register With: Actor Donald Heng scored on a childhood career ambition. The talented young actor went from wanting to be a superhero as a child, to a cop when he was young, to accomplishing those dreams. Well; in a way. Heng had the chance to play opposite Vincent D’Onofrio in “Ghost Wars” in the role of Deputy Larry Foon. The rising star out of Vancouver, BC is also known for roles in season four of “The Flash”, and CBS’ “Ransom,” and “Arrow”, Supernatural,” and “Van Helsing”. Get to know Donald, his lovable dogs, being stuck in a box for a “Supernatural” episode.Colleen Bement: What can you share about your experience playing Deputy Foon on an episode of “Ghost Wars”.Donald Heng: It was a really great experience. Overall, it fulfilled so many of my desires in terms of what I wanted to accomplish in acting; working with actors that I admire so much such as Vincent D’Onofrio, playing a police officer, and being part of a project that is very character driven. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_img(The family of Joey Knapaysweet released this photo and a statement Thursday about his recent death. Above he is seen with his mother Micheline Knapaysweet taken just before his death.)The Canadian PressTORONTO – The grieving mother of a young Indigenous man killed by police in northern Ontario spoke out Thursday, saying the family remains in shock and still doesn’t understand why her son died.In a statement from the remote community of Fort Albany, Ont., Micheline Knapaysweet said the family needs answers about the death of her son, Joey Knapaysweet.“What did he do that was so bad that he had to be shot and killed?” Micheline Knapaysweet said. “I am so heartbroken, with so many questions unanswered.”Police in Timmins, Ont., shot 21-year-old Joey Knapaysweet on Feb. 3, in an as-yet unexplained incident that raised racial tensions in the city and sparked anger from the Indigenous community.The province’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, is looking into the incident and has said officers responded mid-morning to a health-care building and a man fled.“There was an interaction between the man and officers, and one of the officers discharged a firearm,” the unit said in a statement. “The man was struck. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.”His death prompted scores of people to attend a vigil – among them Timmins Mayor Steve Black – and denunciation from Indigenous leaders.Joey Knapaysweet was from the James Bay community of Fort Albany – more than an hour’s flight from Timmins. He had gone to Timmins to “seek help in dreams for betterment of his life,” according to his mother’s statement.His mother also released two photographs, including the last one of them together just before he left home.“I cannot sleep at nights, I need answers,” she said. “This is my son, my child.”The family asked for privacy, saying they were not yet ready to speak directly to the media.Black, who urged calm after what he said was a rare shooting, has acknowledged that relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the city took a hit.Knapaysweet died the same weekend as Agnes Sutherland, an ailing 62-year-old also from Fort Albany, who had been in police custody after an incident at a shelter. The Special Investigations Unit is looking into her death as well.The deaths, along with the acquittal last week of white farmer Gerald Stanley in Saskatchewan in the 2016 killing of a young Cree man, Coulten Boushie, have cast a harsh spotlight in recent weeks on attitudes toward Indigenous people.The Stanley verdict sparked protests across the country along with condemnation from the federal justice minister, with critics calling the justice system biased against Indigenous people.last_img read more