World of Color Delayed Until Next Year

first_imgShare This!It’s been officially announced as being pushed back. According to the OC Register, World of Color will not be returning to Disney California Adventure this year. Instead, it will now reopen sometime in 2019, but it doesn’t look like the show will be returning any time soon, as Disney says it may still be months before it’s back again.The nighttime spectacular has been closed since April due to unexplained circumstances that occurred during routine maintenance. No one is saying what happened, but the problem was large enough to shut the show down unexpectedly. Rumors indicate that during the regularly scheduled maintenance that occurred in April, components that run the show that were supposed to be submerged in the lagoon were damaged, therefore requiring extensive repairs.The World of Color show, which has been popular since it debuted in 2010, features a beautiful water show, including fountains, light, and music.last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 8

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Western Cape province: Vineyards and mountains in the heart of the Cape winelands, near Franschhoek. Photo: Mary Alexander, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: The Berg River dam near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Boschendal Wine Estate near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A vineyard near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province: A wine estate near Franschhoek.Photo: Franschhoek Wine Route » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The vineyards of New Beginnings Wine Farm near Paarl, which is owned by a collective of farm labourers. The workers were given a portion, and bought another portion, of Nelson’s Creek farm on which they worked.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Paarl, Western Cape province: Vats of wine at a Paarl winery.Photo: Paarl Vintners » Download high-res image Paarl, Western Cape province: Vats of wine at a Paarl winery.Photo: Paarl Vintners » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 8: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Diners Club buys Platter’s Guide

first_imgAlmost 1.4-million copies of Platter’s Guide have been sold since the first issue came out in 1980.(Image: Platter’s Guide)John Platter and his wife Erica left their day jobs to run their small wine farm in Franschhoek.(Image: Cape Wine, Hong Kong)MEDIA CONTACTS • Philip van ZylEditor, Platter’s Guide+27 82 490 1820 or +27 28 316 3210 Janine ErasmusInternational credit card company Diners Club has snapped up the Platter’s Guide, South Africa’s oldest and best-selling wine guide. The guide will complement Diners Club’s other wine-related offerings in South Africa.Both parties have been actively involved in the local wine industry for years. Diners Club holds an annual wine list competition, which encourages establishments to refine and improve their wine offerings to their patrons and to consistently match global standards.For the past 31 years the company has run a winemaker of the year competition and since 2001, a young winemaker of the year competition with the aim of encouraging talent in the industry. It also sponsors the Diners Club Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy.“We are committed to enhancing this great relationship, in making South Africa’s most iconic wine companion an even more invaluable tool for wine lovers everywhere,” said Diners Club South Africa’s MD Ebrahim Matthews, in a statement.The company said it would continue with the guide’s current format for the time being, but would investigate broadening its digital reach.In-depth information about the local wine sceneThe Platter’s Guide is now in its 33rd edition. It was started back in 1978 by John and Erica Platter, journalists, wine lovers and novice vineyard owners, after they saw British wine expert Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book, which first came out in 1977 and is also still going strong today.The couple were confident that they could produce a “modest” version of Johnson’s publication for the local industry, and their first edition came out in 1980. Since then it’s become the first choice for locals and international visitors wanting to know more about South Africa’s world-renowned wine industry.The latest edition of the guide – and it’s a guide, not a competition or a set-in-stone publication, asserts editor Philip van Zyl – includes more than 7 300 wines from 800 producers. Wine estates submit their products for inclusion, and these are subjected to a tasting process by a group of experts, who will then assign a rating of up to five stars.The Platters have blogged that today they’re amazed at their presumption in daring to intrude upon the mysterious and hallowed Cape wine scene, which had hundreds of years of tradition behind it and was dominated at the time by men. They further state that “We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for”.The project was seemingly doomed before a single book was produced – even the printer described the first edition as “boring”. But the couple persisted, with John personally tasting every wine until the arrival in 1987 of Angela Lloyd, the first member of the tasting team. She’s still with them and is a respected wine writer in her own right.Since the early days around 1.4-million print copies – in a different colour for each year – have been sold. It’s available in hardback and for Apple devices, with other platforms reportedly in development.The annual print run is almost 40 000 and the current hardcover price is around R170 (US$19) while the app costs R89 ($9.99) in the iTunes store.The guide won the Le Prix du Champagne Lanson for best wine guide worldwide in 2001, as well as the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers ‘Domaines Ott’ award for best annual wine guide in 2007.Besides the rating, the guide includes maps of wine-growing regions, a glossary of wine terms, GPS co-ordinates for all estates featured, a guide to wine farms that cater for visitors with special needs, information about wine varieties, and restaurant recommendationsRewarding talent and dedicationThe Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for 2012 is Razvan Macici of Nederburg. He’s Romanian by birth but he fell in love with South Africa after visiting the country in 1994 and his wine-making talent has found its perfect spot in the Western Cape.The young winemaker for 2012 is Anri Truter of Beyerskloof, who, like Macici, inherited his love of the grape from his father.The winemaker of the year for 2011 was Johan Jordaan of Spier, and the young winemaker was Matthew van Heerden of Uva Mira Vineyards, near Somerset West in the Western Cape.Other past winemakers of the year include Coenie Snyman of Rust en Vrede (2009), Peter Ferreira of Graham Beck (2004), Nicky Krone of Twee Jonge Gezellen (1995), and Günter Brözel of Nederburg (1985 and 1983).last_img read more

It Looked Good On Paper

first_imgWhen it comes to technology and automation for data centers IT is not a hard sell.  But sometimes it pays to step back and take a second look.  For example:  We worked with an enterprise who was well underway in their build out of a new remote data center.  This was their first remote “lights out” data center and like many they worried about not being on-site to fix issues or know what was going on in their space.  Engineers were used to walking into the data center and performing their own cabling work.  As a result they purchased every monitoring sensor known to man and ordered cameras to ensure no one could hide in a dark corner.On paper they would monitor the top and bottoms of every rack for temp, humidity and just about anything in the cabinet you could imagine.  The NOC would be altered when a cabinet door was opened, this is after a card key is swiped to allow (or not) a person to open a cabinet door as well as to get into the private data center and the cage area.  Lots of USB cameras point up and down every row so the NOC could monitor anyone moving in their data center and ensure no funny business is going on.In practice… only a select few operational staff members and trusted vendors are allowed into the data center.  Customer engineers are always accompanied by operational staff.  The temperature does not very much from top to bottom of the cabinet (they have good air flow) and the temperature across all cabinet is consistent.  The cameras work great for seeing general shapes of people but you would be hard pressed to identify anyone and the cameras can’t see into the specific cabinet an individual is working on or when the door is open and in the way of it’s view.  The software required to configure all the monitors is cumbersome and it’s monitoring components are ignored since all the SMTP traps are captured in their NOC’s monitoring tool, SolarWinds.  Cabinet key cards require a separate system for managing card access. The additional $5,000 in monitoring equipment and installation fees for each new cabinet is becoming a difficult sell to management who now question its value.A step back.  Had they looked at their old data center’s work flow, considered the use of “Remote Hands”, examined their monitoring practices and evaluated real risks verses irrational fears they may have come up with something more useful and maintainable.  Some of the key suggested changes we made included:Remote Hands assigned a primary individual who is responsible for the customers space and attending a weekly customer operations meetingOperations created a check list of what to look for (indicator lights, PDU power readings, open doors, tools left on cabinets, unplugged (and untagged) cables…).  This check list is used by Remote Hands who perform a weekly walk around and report.Dozens of low-res cameras were swapped out for a couple high-res cameras aimed at the private ingress and egress points.Temp and humidity sensors were shifted from every cabinet to every third cabinet.  Unused sensors and collectors are now stock for future cabinets. Electronic card cabinet locks were replaces with the original key locks.  The keys are maintained by data center security office and handed out at sign-in.  Master keys are available only to specific operational staff.Monthly audit reports are produced by security for pre-authorized entry and emergency authorization showing who, time in, time out and other security items.Quarterly audit visits are made by operations for improvements, capacity planning, data center relations.Templates were created for engineers to complete on any new equipment requiring rack, stack, cabling services.  “As Built” is documented on every major device and rack with quarterly audits to ensure accuracy is maintained.We love technology and automation when it comes to monitoring items in the data center but it is extremely difficult for an organization to effectively make leaps up the maturity model solely based on automation.  Sometimes the most cost affective and efficient approach is to step back and make sure your workflow and real needs match up with what you are automating in order to receive the ROI you are hoping to see from your data center.last_img read more

IPL created harmony among foreign players: Jayawardene

first_imgInternational cricketers share much better relations due to the Indian Premier League as the Twenty20 event has given them an opportunity to know each other, feels Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene.”It has opened doors for harmony among the players. In the IPL, you get to know other foreign players better. we have created better relations as a result of that,” he said.Jayawardene said the concept of the IPL and the various Twenty20 leagues across the globe has a lot of potential.”We have seen that in the IPL, we have seen that in the English counties, we have seen that in the Big Bash, that’s the way forward for Twenty20 cricket,” he said in a function to announce an Indian sponsor for the Sri Lankan team ‘Wayamba XI’, which will participate in the Champions League Twenty20 next month.”I think that will evolve quite a bit, just having the Twenty20 World Cup for the national teams, and then the 50-over cricket and Test matches will take a different path.”When the IPL came for the first time, everyone was surprised. But n the second and third year you saw how it became such a big thing,” Jayawardene said.Jayawardene, who will play for the Wayamba team in the Champions league, said the tournament will grow in stature with time.”People now understand what the concept is all about, we need to give it some more time and it will improve,” he said.Wayamba is captained by Jehan Mubarak and includes Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof and Mahela Udawatte.advertisementSpeaking on the occasion, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the Twenty20 version of the game can co-exist alongside Test cricket.”From the board’s point and personal point of view, I see Twenty20 as another product, We have Test cricket, one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Ranatunga said on Tuesday.”From the players’ point of view they have to prove themselves in all three formats. From the board’s point of view, I don’t see any harm as far as the players get the right breaks.”So far, we have been happy and lucky that the players have had the right breaks and participated in the country’s tournaments. It is good to have more competitive cricket, people like it, why not give it,” Ranatunga said.last_img read more

36 Students Receive Tryall Scholarships

first_img The Tryall Scholarship Fund has been developed and supported by management and staff of the hotel The awardees were chosen based on their ability to achieve and maintain good grades Story Highlights Thirty-six students of educational institutions, including high schools, colleges and universities, have been presented with scholarships worth $4.2 million, by the Tryall Scholarship Fund.The presentation ceremony was held at the Tryall Great House in Sandy Bay, Hanover, on August 8.The awardees were chosen based on their ability to achieve and maintain good grades. This year’s recipient of the Louise Cullman Scholarship is Ricardo Graham, a member of staff at the hotel. This scholarship was named in memory of the late member of staff.Addressing recipients at the ceremony, 2011 winner of Louise Cullman Scholarship, Anthia Williamson, encouraged them to always focus on their vision, in order to conquer failure and eventually reap success.“I implore you awardees to take your studies very seriously and use this great opportunity, not only to advance yourselves to achieve your academic goals, but to be role models to yourselves and others.   With this investment that has been made in us, it is only fair that we repay it in abundance by helping to create a better society and a better world,” she said.Miss Williamson said that her decision to continue her studies was not easy, but she was deeply humbled and proud of her accomplishments.“Over the past two years, my decision to go back to school has reinforced in me the fact that knowledge is power and education has the key to liberate the mind.  I therefore challenge you, every single one of you, to give back to this initiative in whatever way you can,” she urged.The Tryall Scholarship Fund has been developed and supported by management and staff of the hotel and is aimed at improving the lives of children and families in the parish of Hanover, through its education, health and welfare projects. This year’s recipient of the Louise Cullman Scholarship is Ricardo Grahamlast_img read more

Walmart to offer free pickup service for apparel general merchandise

first_imgTORONTO – Walmart Canada Corp. is rolling out a free pickup service for online orders at all of its Canadian stores by the end of the week.“All the general merchandise and apparel goods that we used to send by traditional carrier are now going through our trucks going to our stores and now customers can pick up those products for free,” the company’s vice-president of omnichannel and online grocery Daryl Porter at the eTail Canada conference Thursday in Toronto.The discount department store has a wider selection of goods online that is not carried in stores, and the pickup service offers customers the option to have those shipped to the store of their choice, Porter said. The service also allows customers to save on delivery fees by grabbing their orders at the nearest store.“Customers are making so many trips to our stores anyways. It’s about unlocking that value for them,” Porter said.It will be handy for customers who avoid home delivery over concerns about unattended packages left on their doorstep, or for people who want to make sure a gift is not accidentally intercepted by the intended recipient, he added.The new service comes after the company started offering grocery pickup in select markets, beginning with Ottawa in 2015, about a year after Loblaw rolled out a similar program in the Toronto area. Walmart Canada has since expanded it to areas including the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Edmonton.The company cancelled the $2.97 charge for customers who order groceries online and pick them up in stores last August after internal studies suggested it prevented some people from using the service.Competition in the online pick up and delivery business is heating up as retailers scramble to compete against e-commerce giant Amazon.Canada’s grocers, especially, have doubled down on expanding their e-commerce offerings in response to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market, including its 13 Canadian locations, last year. The move sparked speculation among industry watchers that the company may be looking to expand its grocery delivery service north of the border.Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, expects 40 per cent growth in online sales this fiscal year, but it remains a distant second to Amazon.The company said Thursday its online sales rose 33 per cent in the first quarter, a strong showing after a disappointing 23 per cent increase in the final quarter of last year. Wall Street punished the company for the end-of-year online performance, sending company shares plunging more than 10 per cent. It was the biggest single-day percentage drop for shares in 30 years.Marc Lore, CEO of Walmart’s U.S. online business, told reporters on a call Thursday it’s seeing 10 per cent to 20 per cent more growth going to its online grocery business.Walmart is reworking its website with a focus on fashion and home furnishings. The new site also makes it easier for shoppers to see what services are available, such as the ability to order groceries online, and pick them up on the way home. It has also teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create a dedicated space on its site, which will be launched in the next few weeks.Amazon.com Inc. has leveraged its Prime membership program into intense loyalty from customers. Amazon recently raised its annual fee for membership to $119, from $99. And after spending $14 billion to acquire Whole Foods last summer, Amazon announced two-hour delivery from the grocery chain for its members.While it fights off rivals at home, Walmart is expanding abroad, concentrating on areas with big growth potential like India and China.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Indias MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 laws enforcement

first_imgNEW DELHI – Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded internationally but that critics say has done little to change the status quo in the world’s largest democracy.“People using social media to articulate their complaints should be recognized in the context of failure. The system has in effect failed us, has failed women,” T.K. Rajalakshmi, the president of the Indian Women’s Press Corps, said in a panel discussion Thursday in New Delhi.The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act of 2013 holds Indian workplaces liable for sexual harassment, and prescribes a system for investigating and redressing complaints. Employers must create committees that are at least 50 per cent women, presided over by a woman and with one external expert, to process complaints. The law builds on the landmark 1997 Vishakha case, in which India’s Supreme Court held that sexual harassment at work violated a woman’s constitutional right to equality.But nearly five years since the law came into effect, many managers and employees are not aware of it. Those who are rarely implement it fully, in part because of the enormous taboo in India of discussing anything related to sex, said Naina Kapur, the attorney who argued the Vishakha case before the Supreme Court.“Every time I get a call it’s after the event has happened. It’s supposed to be effectively communicated and it hasn’t been,” Kapur said, adding that in India, “as women get more into the marketplace and the workplace, their experience of sex harassment and violence is a growing area of concern but it’s not being heard.”Based on the nonstop TV coverage, alleged victims are making themselves heard on social media, bypassing completely the protocol created by the 2013 law.The social media storm began in September, when former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta spoke to several Indian TV news channels about her frustration with a fruitless police complaint she filed in 2008 against actor Nana Patekar for alleged sexual harassment on a Mumbai movie set.Dutta said that after Patekar groped her during a dance routine, she fled the set and a mob surrounded her car, smashed the windshield and trapped her inside.Patekar has denied the allegations.Then on Oct. 4, Mumbai comedy group AIB announced it had decided to de-list every video featuring former member Utsav Chakraborty, whom women had taken to social media to condemn for alleged sexual harassment.On Oct. 7, an unnamed former employee at Phantom Films writing in the Huffington Post described allegations she had made in 2015 against one of the company’s partners, director Vikas Bahl, whom she said behaved inappropriately during a trip to Goa.The following day, company partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane dissolved Phantom Films. Bahl has filed an intent to sue his former partners for defamation.Also on Oct. 8, journalist Sandhya Menon shared screenshots of her conversation with two women claiming that actor Rajat Kapoor harassed them over the phone.Kapoor apologized on Twitter if he had “slipped and through my actions or words caused pain or hurt.”That same day, former TV producer, director and writer Vinta Nanda said on Facebook and in TV interviews that she was raped 19 years ago by actor Alok Nath.Nath said in a TV interview that he neither denied or agreed with the allegations. “It must have happened, but someone else would have done it,” Nath said.TV actress Sandy Mridul expressed her support for Nanda in a tweet. Fellow TV actress Deepika Amin followed on Twitter: “Everyone in the industry knows that #AlokNath is an obnoxious drunkard who harasses women.”On Oct. 10, actor and heavyweight Bollywood producer Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao put out a statement saying they were “committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in.” In a tweet, Khan said they were about to begin work with someone who had been accused of sexual misconduct and that the matter was pending in court.Perhaps the most startling development has been the string of accusations against Junior External Affairs Minister M.J. Akbar. In less than a week, at least nine women journalists have accused Akbar of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour when he was a newspaper editor in Kolkata and Delhi. Neither Akbar nor the ministry has responded.But for India’s burgeoning #MeToo movement to take hold in the broader strata of Indian society, the 2013 sex harassment law must be implemented more broadly, said Sunieta Ojha, a lawyer who regularly conducts workshops on the law.“It requires a complete change of attitude toward women and toward workplace ethics. Employers instead of looking at it as a hassle, they have to see it as an investment. If they start doing that, it starts to have a very positive effect,” she said.Mumbai police on Thursday said they had opened an investigation into Patekar after Dutta filed a fresh complaint, charging him with violating two sections of the Indian Penal Code related to offending a woman’s modesty. If found guilty, the maximum penalty is two years in prison.Dutta said that after the alleged attack in 2008, she also lodged a complaint with Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA), an agency now subject to the 2013 law.Dutta’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute, said Dutta decided to speak out again about what allegedly happened to her in 2008 because she hoped the spotlight would help enforce the workplace sex harassment law within CINTAA.“Some are rich, some are poor, but many women are working there, and it will benefit all,” Satpute said.___Associated Press writer Ashok Sharma contributed to this report.last_img read more

Oil industry to return to profitability this year after three years of

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Canada’s oil industry is expected to be back in the black this year thanks to higher oil prices and more production after registering three years of losses.But the Conference Board of Canada says the recovery will be modest and ongoing pipeline capacity problems will likely continue to result in Western Canada’s oil production selling for discount prices.Michael Burt, director of industrial economic trends, says the oil industry will register pre-tax profits of about $1.4 billion this year after a string of losses since prices crashed in 2014. He says the profits are partly the result of efficiencies in the use of labour that are expected to continue to limit hiring. The industry is expected to create just 2,150 new jobs over the next five years.Total crude production in Canada is forecast to rise by an average annual rate of 3.4 percent between 2018 and 2022, with most of it coming from the Alberta oilsands.Industry revenues are forecast to increase by about eight percent in 2018.“We’re talking about a shift back to being in the black for industry but margins are still quite thin,” Burt said.“So it’s obviously good news but for the industry it’s not a level of profitability that they would like to see to earn a sufficient return on their capital.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

NCPCR will conduct survey to find out reasons behind child abuse

first_imgNew Delhi: What is the reason behind child abuse? To find out the answer, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) will conduct a survey in the country including Delhi. The child rights body is developing an online system through which they can easily avail the report of cases related to crime against children from different stakeholders.According to NCPCR, whether pornographic is the reason or drug addiction led to the crime all these factors will be taken into consideration during the survey. According to sources in the recently held meeting among the senior officials of the child rights body a decision was taken to conduct the survey. “Our main aim is to know why children being assaulted and also the reason behind the increase in the cases. We will also create awareness regarding the laws meant for the safety of minor children,” said an official. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe survey will also focus on proper registration of the cases. Commission had found that in some cases the victim child did not inform his or her family regarding the crime. Sharing one such incident a member told Millennium Post that a girl studying in 10th class informed them about the incident of sexual abuse happened with her at the relative’s house. “She reported the case through POCSO e-box and told us not share the information with her family members,” said official adding that after rigorous follow-up from the commission an FIR got registered in the case against the accused who was girl’s relative. Yashwant Jain member from NCPCR told this newspaper that they are putting their all-round efforts in ensuring the safety of children. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe commission is also developing an online system through which they can easily get the report of the case from different agencies like the police. “Earlier we used to write to different stakeholders about the status report in the case and then they used to send the report. It was the lendy process now with the help of online platform the concerned authority will send us the report,” said an official. Priyank Kanoongo chairperson NCPCR confirmed the news regarding the online platform.last_img read more