Disneyland Merchandise Report

first_imgMy guess is that the not-so-common character line will eventually come to all the parks, but it was neat to see characters like Oliver, Figaro, and Timothy Mouse on merchandise.And yeah, I don’t need another purse, but isn’t Figaro adorable?I have to admit, this creeps me out a bit. I’ve never been a fan of Operation, but the idea of operating on Buzz Lightyear? Does anyone think this is a good idea?But by far, the favorite merchandise I saw was in the shop near it’s a small world. I may have teared up a bit seeing this magnet set, because my daughter has aged out of playing with these kind of things. But if she hadn’t, this would have been an automatic purchase.I’m not a fan of nutcrackers, but this one tests my resolve — isn’t it adorable? And it’s musical, too!Long-sleeved shirts aren’t a good purchase for life in Florida, but I love the characters.And yeah, see note above about not needing another purse. Disney is truly stepping up their adorable purse game.They also had some wallets that I found cute, although not practical for my style, like this World Traveler suitcase…… or this one designed to look like a Small World passport. (Disney? If you want my money, make this into an RFID-blocking actual passport case, and I’ll take three.)Also in the category of “gee, I have too many” are fridge magnets. Thankfully, I wasn’t as thrilled with this magnet set.And, in the “How cute to look at on the shelf” was this tsum tsum set.What type of merchandise do you like to buy most of all when you’re on vacation? Would any of these have come home with you? Let us know in the comments. Share This!Vacations are a time to do the kind of things you don’t do at home. Living as close as I do to Walt Disney World, I do a lot of window shopping, but I don’t buy much in the way of merchandise because a trip to Walt Disney World isn’t a “vacation”. Going to Disneyland, however? Time to bring an empty suitcase.Overall, I was surprised how little unique merchandise Disneyland has–most of the items I saw were the same as their WDW counterparts, just with “Disneyland” instead of “Walt Disney World” on them. (And for items that didn’t specify a park name, the merchandise was identical.)I did find some unique merchandise in my visit, however, and did come back needing that suitcase after all. Here’s some of the more unique items that I found. First up, the requisite Disneyland t-shirts (these with a retro vibe).last_img read more

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Youth employment subsidies on the cards

first_img12 February 2010The South African government is to table proposals to subsidise the cost of hiring young workers to encourage companies to take on inexperienced staff, as the country focuses on job creation targeting youngsters.The government created 480 000 public works job opportunities by the end of December 2009, falling just three percent short of the target set by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address last year.Delivering his State of the Nation address in Parliament, Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma said these jobs were created in areas such as construction, home and community-based care, and environmental projects.Now, he said, the country’s urgent focus should be on interventions to create jobs for young people.“The most urgent focus of policy change must be interventions to create jobs for young people. Unemployment rates for young people are substantially higher than the average.”Expansion of public programmesA further expansion of public employment programmes, including local infrastructure and literacy projects, home-based care, school maintenance and early childhood development initiatives, was also under way.“We have identified some areas of improvement which we will effect going forward, including ensuring more labour-intensive projects.”Zuma said the government acknowledged that these and other measures could not fully mitigate the effects of the recession, but added that the country was grateful for the spirit of community and voluntary work which had inspired many to help people in hard economic times.The government had also urged the National Youth Development Agency, created in 2009 through a merger of the Umsobomvu Youth Fund and the National Youth Commission, to speed up the roll-out of branches throughout the country.The government had also created the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Advisory Council, chaired by the President, to promote an inclusive economy.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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#Nextchat: Trust in the Workplace

first_imgWhat are you doing to inspire trust in your workplace, and if you have a problem in this area, what steps can you take to fix it?Please join @WeKnowNext at 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 22 for #Nextchat with special guest Drive Thru HR co-host and Next official blogger Nisha Raghavan (@theHRBuddy).We’ll chat about what you’re doing in your organizations to inspire trust and thwart the bad workplace and leadership habits that are killing it.Q1. Why are trust levels at such historic lows in our workplaces? What is causing the downward spiral?Q2. What types of negative recruiting experiences can be initial red flags for new employees?Q3. What types of negative onboarding experiences create trust concerns in new employees?Q4. What poor leadership/management behaviors absolutely kill trust in the workplace?Q5. Why do some highly political workplace cultures thrive? Does competition trump trust in some professions/industries?Q6. How can organizations encourage greater trust among departments and teams?Q7. What kind of training does your organization provide that reinforces character, integrity and trust-building skills?Q8. How can a culture that is damaged by trust issues recover? What actions must be taken by leadership?  What’s a Twitter chat? “The surest way to make employees untrustworthy is to distrust them — and to show it.” – Henry StimsonTrust is an essential ingredient to creating a healthy workplace culture. Organizations that hire, develop and recognize their workers based on respectful practices will enjoy greater levels of employee engagement and more success in their talent management strategies.However, trust in the workplace has been eroding because of an increase in downsizings, acquisitions and new technology, and the constant fluctuations of an unstable global economy. It’s more important than ever that leaders overcome the communication, training and employee-relations issues that contribute to uncertainty and destroy a healthy culture.Inspiring trust in your employees begins well before individuals join your company. A negative candidate experience is a red flag to applicants about the level of respect and courtesy that an organization probably extends to its own employees, and careless onboarding practices will certainly leave newbies with a feeling of “buyer’s remorse” after their first day.Workplace expert Nan Russell in Psychology Today  states that even though employee engagement levels are at historic lows, “Lack of engagement is a symptom. The problem in most workplaces is distrust, not disengagement. Trust doesn’t cause engagement; it’s a requirement for it. Essentially, trust enables engagement. If you want engagement, you need trust.”And how do workplace politics and gossip diminish trust even further? Mike Myatt, in his Forbes article “The Fastest Way to Kill Corporate Culture,” says: “Allowing gossip in the workplace is like encouraging your employees to swim with sharks. Let me cut right to the chase—real leaders don’t participate in gossip, and likewise they don’t tolerate gossip from others. Gossip destroys trust, assails credibility, and is one of the greatest adversaries of a healthy corporate culture. The emotional distress and political discord associated with gossip undermines workplace performance, and can be nothing short of disastrous.”  Leadership expert Susanne Jacobs identifies eight intrinsic drivers of trust that are necessary in the workplace:last_img read more

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Doc Searls Joins AdHocnium

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#enterprise Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… AdHocnium, a new network of affiliated social media marketing consultants, is announcing today that Cluetrain Manifesto co-author Doc Searls has joined the organization. AdHocnium is a corporate body that facilitates ad-hoc contracting for a list of some of the most high-profile “old school” social media marketing consultants on the web.The company calls the addition of Searls a major validation of its business model, an experimental arrangement intended to facilitate flexible project-specific collaboration of allied consultants with experience navigating large corporations. “It’s a project economy,” founder Chris Heuer says, and AdHocnium is structured to respond to that.The company was founded by Social Media Club co-founder Heuer and is also adding Thomas Vander Wal (the man who coined the term folksonomy), Seesmic’s Cathy Brooks, Steven Lubetkin and Mitch Ratcliffe to the team today. The full list of members is quite striking.We’ll be frank with you; the company’s website is full of far more corporate marketing blah-blah than we can stomach – but hopefully that will change. We have a lot of respect for the group of people behind it. Adding Doc Searls to the list really will give the group all the more legitimacy. Searls has continued to extend his public profile 10 years after the writing of the famous Cluetrain Manifesto by writing an excellent blog and working at Harvard.The team already includes an impressive list of heavyweights who have been around since the start of this social media thing; people like J.D. Lasica, Tom Foremski, Neville Hobson, Shel Holtz, B.L. Ochman and others. Everyone will maintain their independence and keep working with other groups as well; only Heuer and an assistant will be full time with AdHocnium.Heuer acknowledges that it’s a noisy market. Kyle Flaherty’s “bullshit bingo” card for this weekend’s SXSW conference includes the words “I’m an independent freelance social media marketing community expert consultant.” Heuer says that the good consultants “need to differentiate ourselves from the poseurs.” “People get 100 followers on Twitter and start calling themselves social media experts,” he said. “None of those people have solid business backgrounds, have the knowledge to navigate the internal workings of large businesses.”The group of people Heuer has assembled represents a school of thought based on hard work, thoughtfulness and a mix of new and traditional communication skills. Other, younger schools of thought around social media marketing often put a premium on snazzy websites, pseudo-spam and speed.We’ll be interested to see if this new project-based structure treats the AdHocnium crew and their clients well. If it does work well, we might see more companies forming following the same kind of model.Searls pic CC by Dave Sifry. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

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Looking Forward to RSA

first_imgForewordWe’re just a few days away from one of my favorite tech events of the year: RSAOpens in a new window. The conference will be held in San Francisco from February 13th through the 17th, making this the perfect time to tell you a little bit about what Intel will be discussing at the event.I’ll be there with the Intel team to learn about the challenges facing the cybersecurity industry, to showcase the newest advancements in hardware-based security that we’re working on, and also to engage with our partners’ innovations.A Conference for SecurityMy passion for security goes beyond a professional obligation. It’s understanding the security outcomes that Intel can enable with its technology portfolio that really excites us. Technology, whether across PC’s, devices, or consumption of cloud services, is integral to everything we do. Without strong security and smart advancements, any one element of our digital experience can compromise the whole of who we are. The industry has responded to the need, resulting in benefits for consumers and developers alike.But much is yet to be done. If we were keeping score between cybercriminals and cybersecurity, that scoreboard would look significantly lopsided towards the criminals. With that in mind, here are just a few keynotes, seminars, and sessions that deserve your attention.Keynote with Christopher D. YoungAt the top of the must-sees at RSA are the keynote speeches. While a handful have me excited for personal (such as Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson appearingOpens in a new window) and professional reasons (such as The Cryptographers’ PanelOpens in a new window), I’m easily most invested in Intel Senior VP & GM Christopher D. Young’s keynote: Sweating the Small Stuff on a Global ScaleOpens in a new window.Chris focuses on how the smallest things can have the biggest effects in our world. His panel will discuss topics such as incorrect units of measurement resulting in failed Mars missions, misplaced decimal points costing businesses small fortunes, and—most pertinent to the cause—how something as small as a baby monitor can be quickly drafted into a botnet army. It’s an extremely important keynote considering how vital Internet-of-Things (IoT) security has become in the current tech landscape.Cyberthreat PreparednessIn a similar vein, there’s another keynote on the 15th that I’d highly recommend: The Seven Most Dangerous New Attack Techniques, and What’s Coming NextOpens in a new window featuring Alan Paller, Michael Assante, Ed Skoudis, and Johannes Ullrich of the SANS Institute.The focus here is looking ahead to what is inevitable in the realm of DDoS attacks and beyond, something cybersecurity professionals absolutely must be prepared for. In fact, we’re running late!In general, cybersecurity is about living simultaneously in the past, present, and future, so getting some insight into what to expect is crucial to a successful plan.The Women of CybersecurityBlock out some time on the 13th between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to attend a group of sessions titled Securing Diversity: Women in CybersecurityOpens in a new window. Perhaps one of the most pertinent issues for the tech industry is the need for more diversity, an issue that this seminar pointedly addresses.Hacking Exposed NextGenMuch like Chris Young’s keynote on small things turning into massive problems, the session Hacking Exposed NextGenOpens in a new window performs actual live demonstrations with common household tech, showing just how quick and easy it is to hack some devices.Not to worry though as the second half of the demonstration involves showing and explaining how to safeguard each device and system with simple countermeasures. It is truly a set of skills every cybersecurity professional should have.Privacy and SecurityThe last item I’ll bring up is the seminar IAPP: The New Technological Approach to PrivacyOpens in a new window. Taking place between 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the 13th, this seminar dives deep into the matter of privacy and how it is intrinsically connected to data security. Understanding the relationship between what users share and the cybersecurity measures in place is perhaps the most important element of cybersecurity going forward from a user perspective. I hope to catch some snippets of this in between the rest of my busy schedule.I could go on and on about the things I’m looking forward to at the RSA conference, but that will have to wait until next time. On my next blog, I’ll provide more insights into Intel’s security presence at the conference—including advancement in exciting new areas like Blockchain—as well as some takeaways from the event. Until then …If you enjoyed this post, follow me on LinkedIn Opens in a new windowand Twitter (@RJEche)Opens in a new window for future insights, industry best practices, and discussions.last_img read more

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The 20 Most Important People to the 2015 Season (No. 3)

first_imgKyle and I will be sorting through the 20 most important people leading up to the 2015 season every day until the Central Michigan game which, as you know, is just 3 (!) days away.Porter: I have Greg Adkins in the No. 3 slot. It sounds crazy, I realize, to say that Adkins is more important than, say, Emmanuel Ogbah. But I think it’s true. The offensive line is more important as a whole than No. 38 is on defense and Adkins is its puppet master.It also sounds like he’s doing some big time work already.“Coach Atkins changed the mentality, where we walked into that room from Day One and (he) told us, ‘We’re going to be a different offensive line than we were last year,” said Zach Crabtree.“We’re going to be somebody that people look at and understand that we’ve come to play. Coach Adkins changed the mentality in that room, with him uplifting us, being positive, showing us how to get things done.”Boone: I have Kevin Peterson here. Peterson is returning from a minor knee injury, and all signs point to him starting come Thursday night. “There won’t be anything medically that will hold him back,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. Peterson has already declared himself fit for play by saying, “I feel good.  Everything’s good, and I can’t wait to roll that ball out Thursday.”Cornerback is a strength for this squad with or without Peterson, but his cover skills will be badly needed for a team that averaged 240 yards passing per game last season and return a solid option at quarterback. If we’re looking at how screwed OSU would be without Peterson, I still think the cornerback group could hold its own. But with Peterson healthy, the cornerback group has a true cover corner to throw at the No. 1 WR.No. 4 (Porter: Salako | Boone: Ogbah)No. 5 (Porter: Gundy | Boone: Carson)No. 6 (Porter: Ogbah | Boone: Sheperd)No. 7 (Porter: Bean | Boone: Childs)No. 8 (Porter: Spencer | Boone: Taylor)No. 9 (Porter: Carson | Boone: Washington)No. 10 (Porter: Taylor | Boone: Bean)No. 11 (Porter: Maile | Boone: Burton)No. 12 (Porter: Burton | Boone: Simmons)No. 13 (Porter: Walsh | Boone: Seaton)No. 14 (Porter: Peterson | Boone: Crabtree)No. 15 (Porter: Washington | Boone: Jacobs)No. 16 (Porter: Sterns | Boone: Salako)No. 17 (Porter: Childs | Boone: Sterns)No. 18 (Porter: Sheperd | Boone: Maile)No. 19 (Porter: McEndoo | Boone: Walsh)No. 20 (Porter: Jacobs | Boone: Lampkin)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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10 months agoEverton goalscorer Calvert-Lewin plays down Delph clash

first_imgEverton goalscorer Calvert-Lewin plays down Delph clashby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton goalscorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin played down his ruck with Fabian Delph during defeat at Manchester City.Calvert-Lewin clashed with Delph after the City midfielder recklessly launched himself at the Blues forward and was lucky to escape with just a yellow from the match official who sent off Phil Jagielka for a similar lunge on the opening day of the season.Asked by Sky TV: “Did it get a bit nasty towards the end?” Calvert-Lewin replied: “It did yeah. But it’s to be expected.”We’re fighting for the result and that’s what we’ve come here to do so it’s bound to get a bit physical.”Obviously me and Fabian shook hands after the game as you do.”But it’s bound to get like that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoOzil agent compelled to end Arsenal exit speculation

first_imgOzil agent compelled to end Arsenal exit speculationby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMesut Ozil will not be leaving Arsenal in January, according to his agent Dr. Erkut Sogut.The German has been linked with a move away from the Emirates after falling out of favour with Unai Emery, who has left him out for “tactical” reasons in recent weeks.”I would prefer not to speak publicly about Mesut’s situation, but given the recent speculation linking him with a move away from Arsenal, I do feel it is important to provide some clarity so we can end this and focus on football,” he told Goal.”Mesut signed a new contract last January because he saw his future at Arsenal and nothing has changed in his mind. He wants to stay for the duration of that contract and maybe even longer.”Mesut is 100 per cent committed to Arsenal Football Club. He loves the club, shares its values and does not want to be anywhere else.”He is proud to wear the shirt and honoured to represent Arsenal on and off the pitch. He takes his responsibilities – including being selected as one of the captains this season – very seriously and has a great relationship with his team-mates, the staff and fans.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Maulana Azad College event postponed over students’ clash

first_imgKolkata: The Maulana Azad College authorities have decided to postpone the Annual Inter-College Students’ Fest in the wake of unrest between two groups of students. Trouble brewed during organising the event.A clash had broken out in the college on March 7 and four students were injured. The annual event of the college was scheduled to be held on March 22 and 23. The college principal’s office issued a notification in this regard on Saturday night. “The situation in the college has been tense since Thursday and there have been sporadic instances of clashes. This has prompted us to postpone the event,” a senior college official said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA source in the college said the clash broke out between two student groups with each one intending to have control of the funds for the two-day event. The situation turned so violent that forces from two police stations —Taltala and New Market — had to intervene to bring situation under control. The practical examination of third-year students was going on at the college at the time of the clash and tension on the college premises created panic among the examinees. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned that local MP Sudip Bandopadhyay had attended a programme in the college in the morning and had announced some funds from his MPLAD for construction of the ladies hostel at the college. Soon after Bandyopadhay left, the two groups of students picked up a fight with each other. The Trinamool Chatra Parishad unit in the college however attributed the violence to outsiders who were against organising the annual college event. The event was scheduled to be held after a gap of five years.last_img read more

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