Share This!©Disney ParksThe Orange Country Register is out with a story this morning that reveals the pricing for the Blue Milk at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland. The story notes that Blue Milk will be priced at $7.99. This is more than the signature drink of Universal Studios’ Wizarding World’s signature drink, Butterbeer. Currently, all version of Butterbeer cost $7.49 at Universal Studios Hollywood. Blue Milk, really a frozen blend of coconut milk and rice milk, will be sold at Kat Saka’s Kettle. Blue Milk will have dragon fruit, pineapple, lime, and watermelon flavors. A companion drink, Green Milk, will have orange, passion fruit, and grapefruit flavors.
Americans are obsessed with wireless devices and the multitude of choices of smart phones, applications, and cellular providers. While there are a total of 327.6 million wireless bills in America, there are only about 311 million Americans. Can Americans cut the cord?In this infographic by Fusion360, you’ll learn more about the habits of Americans, their wireless devices, apps and providers. I was surprised to learn the difference between the texting habits of Americans compared to people in the United Kingdom.Check out the key takeaways from the infographic.Source: Cutting the Cords | Visual.ly.Key TakeawaysCell phone users downloaded 25 billion apps in 201216 different cellular providers offered 4G LTE services in 2013Individual monthly data consumption grew 250 percent in one calendar year23 cell phone manufacturers offer 266 different phone optionsThe U.S. sends an average of 4.1 billion texts daily. That’s 14 text messages per person, each day, compared to just four text messages per person in the U.K.90 percent of Ameericans can choose from three or more mobile broadband providers86 percent of Americans have access to 4G LTE67 percent of new phones purchased in 2012 were smartphones34 percent of Americans are completely wireless with their electronic devicesShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedHow Mobile Devices Have Changed How We Work [Infographic]With the mobile market skyrocketing, it’s no wonder more employees are using smartphones and tablets in their work. As workers move from the desktop to mobile devices, are work habits changing? What productivity challenges do employees face in staying connected? In their infographic, CloudOn shares the results of surveys asking…In “Mobile”6 Annoying Digital Habits and How to Break Them [Infographic]We love using our smartphones and digital devices to chat with friends and get the latest project updates from work colleagues. But when we interrupt our in-person conversations to catch the latest email message or Facebook update, we’ve forgotten something along the way. Our digital habits are driving the people…In “Internet”One in Ten Americans Own a Smartphone, But Don’t Have Any Other High-Speed Internet ConnectionFor one in ten Americans, a smartphone is their only access to the Internet. No broadband service is available at home other than their smartphone data plan, according to the U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015 report. Released earlier this week, the report is based on a series of surveys conducted…In “Internet”
The Department of Water Affairs will belaunching courts that will address watercrimes that threaten the securityof supply to lawful water users.(Image: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the image library) South African Water Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on 11 August 2010 that environmental courts will be set up to address crimes that threaten the quality and supply of water.Sonjica, speaking at the Agri SA water conference in Johannesburg, said her department was concerned about the impact of deteriorating water quality in South Africa, as it’s among the most water-scarce countries in the world.She said the new courts would help deal with all water-related crimes, but that role-players in the agricultural industry should also come up with ways to protect the country’s water supplies. She named agricultural practices, mining and urban development as the main contributors to water pollution.“It’s a serious matter for us and you will soon be invited to the launch of the first courts because we want to strengthen our regulatory bodies in this regard. I understand that water pollution is one of the areas of great concern for the agricultural sector today,” she said at the conference.The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) will be working closely with the South African Police Service and the directorate of public prosecutions to address water crimes that threaten the security of supply to lawful water users, the minister said.She added that unauthorised or illegal water abstraction was also a problem, and the department was strengthening its enforcement capacity to deal with such offenders.She said 14 water-management inspectors had been recruited and trained, and that the capacity of the compliance, monitoring and enforcement directorate had grown significantly.“We will intensify this aspect of our work to ensure that we bring all offenders to book.”Incentive schemesTurning to the issue of municipal waste-water, Sonjica spoke about the Green Drop Certification Programme, which encourages municipalities to comply with drinking-water and waste-water legislation put forward by the DWA.Being awarded Green Drop status implies excellent waste-water management and a respect for the environment and the health of the community.“Currently we have more than 50 qualified assessors conducting consultative audits on the management of the waste-water treatment works to guide local authorities in the direction of excellence,” the minister said.According to the Green Drop Report (PDF, 1.22 MB), released in 2009, 203 of the 449 waste-water systems assessed scored better than 50% when measured against the set criteria for quality and management, while about 7.4% of all waste-water systems were classified as excellently managed.Sonjica said the department was well on its way in meeting the 2010 target of assessing all the municipal waste-water treatment works in the country.She added that the design competency of some of the waste-water systems was stretched to capacity due to population and economic growth, which compromised the quality and management of the waste-water systems.“Shortcomings in the local government funding model as well as the skills deficit in the labour market exacerbate the problem even further.”In closing, Sonjica urged the farmers attending the conference to work with the department to fight illegal water abstraction.“Without effective regulation, your water may dry up or the quality may deteriorate significantly,” she said.
The recession is taking its toll not only on businesses and unemployed Americans—it’s also affecting the employees still reporting to work, day in and day out. In fact, the stresses have grown so great that workers are starting crack under the pressure. Employees are reporting thoughts of suicide, violence against co-workers and mental breakdowns at the highest rates seen in three years, according to Harris, Rothenberg International (HRI), a provider of employee assistance program (EAP) services. As companies try to do more with fewer workers, employees are stretching themselves thin to meet the demands at the workplace, with their families and for themselves, said Julie LeBlanc, HRI’s associate director of clinical services, in an interviewwith SHRM Online. “This is a new kind of stress. Before, when people were worried, they could take time off. Now they are scared of losing their jobs and can’t take off,” LeBlanc said. “They are not taking vacations, they are always in the office, they aren’t taking lunch. People try to ‘white-knuckle’ it through, and then one stressor too many happens and they fall apart. When work/life balance is not a priority, HRI said in a press statement, employees skimp on sleep, exercise, therapy and family time—to their extreme detriment. “Employees don’t realize why they are stressed and they forget about self care,” LeBlanc told SHRM Online. “Think it through—take a 30-minute lunch break by yourself, walk around the building, eat and sleep well. Don’t use substances [such as alcohol or drugs]. Drink enough water. People don’t think of those things, but you can only do this so long before your body gives out.” Supervisors, too, need to be in tune with their employees’ needs. Follow these tips from HRI to help spot and address worrisome employee behavior: *Address concerning behaviors you see in employees early on, linking them to mental health resources like their EAP and to work/life programs. *Encourage the use of your company’s time off and sick leave policies, as well as other benefits that will help the wellness of employees. *Train mangers on recognizing the signs of mental health and substance abuse distress, and give them tools for helping their direct reports. *Offer mental health screenings in employee health and benefits fairs. *Incorporate wellness, resilience and morale-enhancing events into the workplace, such as social gatherings, teambuilding exercises, and yoga/fitness/nutrition clubs or services. *Promote company benefits often so employees make use of the resources available to them. Beth Mirza is senior editor for HR News. She reports on Business Leadership, Safety & Security and other HR issues. Prior to coming to SHRM in 2001, Beth worked for community newspapers in Northern Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @BethMirza.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web richard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Joe Wikert has a nice review of the re-design, noting that it is “disappointing to see that B&N’s page has nothing to offer on the widget front.” Indeed check our recent review of Random House’s widget and web services program to see what B&N could have done. Wikert also says it is light on customization options.Barnes&Noble has a long way to go to catch up with Amazon.com, the online book store market leader – in both sales and innovation. Also Borders recently announced a beta design, which Joe Wikert has info on (I found a great new feed tonight, subscribed Joe!).Overall, a lot of nice new functionality in the new B&N – but it’s still far from Amazon.com’s level. No recommendation technology, no widgets, no web services, no RSS, little customization. Still, it has some nice multimedia and uses many of the UI elements popularized by Amazon.com (e.g. wishlists). Its current user base will be pleased, although there doesn’t seem to be much to attract new users. Barnes & Noble.com has launched a re-design, with several new web 2.0 features – including “One on One” podcasts, a large tag cloud on the frontpage, a “See Inside” program that offers a virtual book-reading like experience, and a service called “Live at Barnes & Noble” where you can view webcasts of readings at member stores. Another new feature is B&N Review, a daily magazine with reviews and interviews.The goal of the re-design was to add more “motion”, as well as more content, interactivity, and community. The AP report also noted that Barnes & Noble.com “has become increasingly important to Barnes & Noble Inc. […] The online seller’s percentage of the superstore’s total sales have doubled in the past five years to 10 percent.” Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
He recalled the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where delegations from both Koreas walked into the opening ceremony “marching together, hand in hand under the same flag.” It simply said “Korea.”“We hope our joint action today will lead to a chain reaction for the promotion of peace within the region and beyond,” Lee noted. “Together we are more powerful than any of us working alone.”South Korean Olympic gold medalist Yuna Kim, who is a goodwill ambassador for the Winter Games, expressed hope that the competition “will spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world — the graceful and universal language of sport.”“Indeed, Pyeongchang represents perhaps the most sincere efforts to cross frozen borders between South and North Korea and foster a peaceful environment,” she said.The resolution recalls the ancient Greek tradition of “ekecheiria,” which called for a cessation of hostilities to encourage a peaceful environment, ensure safe passage and participation of athletes in the ancient Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approved on Monday a resolution by acclamation urging all countries to stop hostilities and observe a truce during the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea — a message especially aimed at North Korea.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads 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 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malditas save PH from shutout The resolution, which was adopted at the bang of the gavel by Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak to loud applause, urges UN member states to observe the truce from seven days before the games begin on February 9, 2018 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18, 2018.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, told the 193-member world body that with the resolution, the UNGA is “creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Only the UN member states can guarantee the athletes the safe passage to the Olympic Games,” he said. “They make it possible for all the Olympic athletes to realize their dream of a lifetime.”Lee Hee Beom, president of the South Korean organizing committee, said the resolution signifies the UNGA’s “strong wish that Pyeongchang will provide the window of opportunity to foster an environment conducive to building and sustaining peace on the Korean peninsula, and in northeast Asia.” South Korea’s 2010 Olympic gold medalist figure skater Yuna Kim (right) speaks during a press conference on Monday, November 13, 2017, at the United Nations Headquarters. The UN General Assembly adopted a South Korea-sponsored resolution that 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics build a peaceful and better world through sport and Olympic ideal. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Second straight MVP for Mbala The UNGA revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.The Pyeongchang games “will give us hope in our troubled times for a better future,” Bach said. “The Olympic Games demonstrate that our values of a shared humanity are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us.” /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES
08Jun Professor to Glenn, panel: Energy Freedom plan is a first step toward lower rates Categories: Glenn News,News A Hillsdale College professor this week said the bipartisan five-bill Energy Freedom plan is a good start to lowering electric rates in Michigan, and suggested that the House Energy Policy Committee work to separate the entities that generate electricity and distribute it to ratepayers.Dr. Gary Wolfram, the William E. Simon professor of economics and public policy and director of economics at Hillsdale College, testified before the panel to discuss rate reduction through system separation.“Let’s say you had all your food delivered to your house by the Acme Food Company, and they also owned the roads to your house,” Wolfram said. “If another company also sold food, why would Acme ever let another company use their roads to deliver food to you? That would not be in their best interest.”Rep. Glenn, chair of the committee, is sponsor of the lead bill in the plan to provide more energy freedom to people who create their own energy, and require utilities to pay as much to a private energy generator as they charge to supply power to homes. Recently the Michigan Public Service Commission ended that practice, referred to as net metering, and authorized DTE and Consumers Energy to pay about half of the rates they charge when buying back surplus energy created by private solar or wind generators.Wolfram continually stressed that utilities do not act in the best interest of the public, but rather operate in their personal self-interest.“After separation, companies that generate electricity will have direct access to customers, so we would expect more innovation in the generation of electric power,” Wolfram said. “This will happen since independent generators that can produce electricity at low cost will be able to earn profit and expand their customer base.“Thus, the next step, in Michigan at least, is to separate distribution from generation, thus creating an ‘open access’ market for the production of electricity,” Wolfram said.Rep. Glenn said the House plan creates community renewable energy gardens, lifts the cap on renewable generation and creates “microgrids” that can supply a community or neighborhood with power during a power outage.“Dr. Wolfram’s testimony will help us develop additional plans to enable more people to have energy freedom,” Rep. Glenn said.The committee is still considering House Bills 5861-5865.##### Separating distributor and generator should be goal
A proposal from state Rep. Aaron Miller allowing local recreational authority boards to spend more of their budgets on improving Michigan communities was recently approved by the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee.House Bill 4408 changes audit requirements from annual to once every two years for authority boards that do not levy taxes.“Some of these authorities spend nearly half their annual budget on audits to comply with the current requirement,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “That’s far too burdensome and it costs communities in the long run because that is money that could go to construction and improvements for local swimming pools, recreation centers, parks, trails, historic markers and other things. This plan offers some flexibility and allows more funds to be available to serve our local communities.”On May 15, Miller was joined in testimony before the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee by Lindsay Oswald, who serves as St. Joseph County clerk and volunteer director for the River Country Recreational Authority, based in Three Rivers. Oswald commented that past budgets for the authority have been eaten up by audits – including a year where the organization had just one transaction – but that it was necessary to conduct them under the law as a government entity.“This update cuts red tape requirements,” Miller said. “There are still safeguards in place that would require annual audits if there is evidence of fiscal irregularity or a misuse of funds. But overall, this bill is going to make sure we get the most out of every dollar in these budgets.”HB 4408 moves to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration. 28May Rep. Miller plan cuts red tape, frees up funds for community improvement projects Categories: Miller News,News
Portuguese regulator Anacom is to distribute a 12-page guide to digital-terrestrial TV to all households in the country within the next month.The regulator plans to distribute some six million copies of the guide ahead of the country’s digital switchover, which will begin on January 12 in the country’s coastal region, followed by the Azores and Madeira on March 22 and the interior of mainland Portugal on April 26.Portugal has already piloted switchover in three areas – Alenquer, Cacém and Nazaré/Alcobaça.
Francisco ArtecheFernando Ojeda, the CEO of Spanish Basque Country cable operator Euskaltel, which also owns Galician operator R, has resigned, and the company’s board has appointed former Microsoft executive Francisco Arteche in his place.Ojeda’s departure has been accompanied by significant changes in the make-up of the company’s board, with independent directors Richard Alden and Bridget Cosgrave also departing.Alden and Cosgrave will be replaced by Elisabetta Castiglioni and Miguel Angel Lujua.Arteche was previously head of consumer channels at Microsoft Iberia and also served as director of entertainment and devices for central and southern Europe.Castiglioni, who replaces Cosgrave, has worked in senior roles for MCI Worldcom and Siemens, and as a consultant to companies including Telekom Austria, the BBC, ITV, New York Times, Rai, BSkyB, and Cox.Ángel Lujua, who replaces Alden, has served, among other roles, as president of Basque Country enterprise organiation Confebask and as an executive director of Spanish employers organisation CEOE.In a statement, Euskaltel said that the board considered Arteche to be the executive “most suited to lead Euskaltel with confidence to take on the new challenges of the digital economy” against the background of “the evolution of the sector and [Euskaltel’s] transformation from telecommunications operator to digital services provider and engine of the digital economy”.