17-year-old walks away with Mr African Roots Teen title

first_imgSeventeen-year-old Joshua Liverpool was on Sunday evening crowned Mr African Roots when the pageant was hosted at the Theatre Guild, Lamaha Street, Georgetown.From left: Eon Peters, Kimba Coats, Joshua Liverpool, and Tonia HarrisHe outshone six other competitors to cop the title. This is the second year the former South Ruimveldt student has competed in the pageant. In 2017, he was awarded the third runner-up spot, and the confident young man described winning the title as “redemption”.Heading into the pageant, he saw himself as his biggest competitor and was confident that he would have won the pageant. Of all the competitions on the evening of the grand finale, he thinks his talent presentation – a spoken word piece – was well-executed.His evening outfit was designed by Unique Arts. The newly-crowned king intends to do a lot of community work by promoting the African culture. He is also making plans to have a symposium with youths of African descent to educate them on their role in society.He thanked his mother, his friends from Unique Arts, Michael Sam, Rudy Richmond Creation and Raul London for their tremendous support leading up to, during and after the pageant.Meanwhile, Kimba Coats was crowned Miss African Roots in the teen category while Showana Sydney copped the first runner-up spot and Lovern Gouveia was named third runner-up.In the Young Adults Category, Eon Peters was crowned king followed by Ronald Taylor as the first runner-up and Elisha Donellas in the third spot. Tonia Harris was crowned queen in this category while Katifah Letich was the first runner-up and Nickita Mc Farleen second runner-up.The winners have won themselves cash and other prizes which will be handed over at a special ceremony shortly.last_img read more

Another day, more flagrant abuse of democratic norms

first_imgThe assault on Guyana’s democracy continues unabated. Now daily, democratic norms are recklessly ignored or flagrantly abused. Everyday there are dictatorial impositions that deny people their rights. Dictatorship is no longer a mere threat, its presence is real. Unless Guyanese speak out now and unite to stand strong against dictatorship, the brutal consequences will become difficult to overcome. It is an insult that as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Guyana’s greatest freedom fighter, Cheddi Jagan, we are confronted with the rise of dictatorship again. Cheddi gave his life to fight against and defeat dictatorship. Yet as we pay tribute to him on his 100th birth anniversary, we start another fight against the evils of dictatorship.We see just in the past few three examples of the authoritarian disposition that now engulfs Guyana. First is the continuing assault on freedom of the press. Two columnists of the Guyana Chronicle, the Government mouthpiece, were sacked. Both of them are friends of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (AFC/APNU) Administration. But both of them, each with about 40 years of political activism, have occasionally dared to criticise the Government. The thin-skinned dictators could not stand for such criticism and decided to stamp their authority. The Board of the Guyana Chronicle admitted that they had no say in that decision. The Editor boldly stepped forward and took responsibility. Yet we all know that he was merely following instructions from higher up. This is classical dictatorship, stifling the freedom of the press.Second is the behaviour of the Mayor of Georgetown. She unilaterally averted a debate on a motion of no-confidence moved by Councillor Sherod Duncan and seconded by Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikaran. The motion was for the Council of the Municipality of Georgetown to express no-confidence against the Town Clerk, Royston King, who has served as Town Clerk as if he is the Emperor of Georgetown. The Mayor dismissed the motion on the basis of a “legal advice” she received from a lawyer who happens to be the husband of a People’s National Congress (PNC) Councillor. No one requested the advice and the movers of the motion were never told that the Council would seek legal advice.According to the advice from the lawyer, a former Magistrate, Maxwell E Edwards, the “motion, if passed in its present form would be otiose, nugatory, incompetent, and effectual and of no legal effect (an exercise in vain)” for a number of reasons. One of the reasons cited was that according to the law, “a Town Clerk cannot be disciplined by the City Council, but only by the Local Government Commission of the LGCA [Local Government’s Commission Act] which by Ministerial Order (as gazetted) became operations on 23 October, 2017.”The problem is that the motion was not one that demanded disciplinary action or that called for dismissal of the Town Clerk. It was simply a motion that called on the Council to debate the functioning of the Town Clerk, as performed by Royston King. Of course, once the No-Confidence Motion was approved, the Council would have then been faced with what to do with the Town Clerk. Any recommendation for disciplinary action would then have to be referred to the Local Government Commission. So the Mayor knowingly and dictatorially placed the cart before the horse. The truth is that the Councillors who are members of the PNC were under instructions to ensure they did not act against the Town Clerk.The third example is despicable. An executive member of the AFC and a Member of Parliament, Charandass, has called for the jailing of sugar workers who were sacked for not being able to send their children to school. Sugar workers who were terminated from their employment by APNU/AFC are suffering, struggling to feed their children and send them to school. For those children unable to attend school, it is not a choice made by their parents but the consequence of the reprehensible action taken by Charandass’ APNU/AFC Government to close sugar estates and not fully pay the workers their severance. This is the same man who stood by the side of people like Granger, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan and promised that no sugar estate would be closed and that sugar workers would be given a 20 per cent increase in wages. Now they want to jail the sugar workers for the poverty APNU/AFC has foisted on the people. This is how dictators behave and these are the norms under dictatorship.last_img read more

Paramedic program debuts in Sierra Madre

first_imgIn September, the City Council authorized the city’s first paramedic program, which would operate much like the model created by La Habra Heights fire Chief John Nielsen. The La Habra Heights Fire Department has hired a pool of 50 paramedics from ambulance services and other sources as part-time employees of the city’s fire department to provide residents with advanced life support. The medics can work up to two 24-hour shifts a month, said Sabrina Somma, the department’s paramedic coordinator. The program costs La Habra Heights about $190,000 per year, Nielsen has said. Mayor Enid Joffe noted that the welcoming of the new paramedic program coincides with Sierra Madre’s centennial. “This is a very proud moment for all of us, one that we’ve waited for for many years,” she said to those gathered Friday. SIERRA MADRE – A voice from the police scanner airwaves echoed through Fire Station No. 1 Friday morning, welcoming Sierra Madre as the last city in Los Angeles County to have its own paramedics. The announcement from a dispatcher in the Verdugo Fire Communications Center in Glendale was greeted with applause by the roughly 75 people gathered at the Sierra Madre fire station for inauguration of the new paramedic program. Although the Sierra Madre All-Volunteer Fire Department has had emergency medical service since 1971, it has lacked advanced life support, such as automated external defibrillators and medication for those with heart attacks or diabetes. “Paramedics can do life-saving procedures immediately based on field diagnoses,” said Greg Christmas, the department’s paramedic coordinator and captain. “We’re making a giant leap forward.” molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Is anyone surprised by this from Robben?

first_img Arjen Robben was booked for diving 1 Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw in the Bundesliga on Friday night, ending a 10-game winning streak.And clearly Arjen Robben was getting desperate when, five minutes before the end he took a tumble in the area and was booked for his dive.Robert Lewandowski had a goal ruled out for offside shortly after, however, there was still some delightful play from the league leaders when Douglas Costa left two players in his wake with some great skill.Borussia Dortmund can close Bayern’s lead to four points when they play Werder Bremen on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

‘It effectively forces me into early retirement’ – Joey Barton responds to ban

first_img1 Joey Barton has released a lengthy statement, saying he has been ‘effectively forced into early retirement’, after being hit with an 18-month ban from football over betting offenses.The Burnley midfielder has been suspended from all football activity with immediate effect after admitting a Football Association misconduct charge for breaking the governing body’s betting rules.Barton, 34, is alleged to have placed 1,260 bets on football matches between March 2006 and May 2013.Confirmation of Barton’s intention to appeal against the severity of his punishment came almost immediately in a statement published on his personal website.Noting his long ban and £30,000 fine, Barton wrote that he was “very disappointed at the harshness of the sanction”, particularly as there was no suggestion of match-fixing.The Clarets star admitted he did wrong, but also called for the Premier League to revaluate its relationship with betting companies, citing that ten of the top flight’s 20 teams have their shirts sponsored by them.“I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players.“The decision effectively forces me into an early retirement from playing football. “I have fought addiction to gambling and provided the FA with a medical report about my problem. I’m disappointed it wasn’t taken into proper consideration.”The Liverpudlian goes on to explain how he grew up in an environment where betting was common and has gambled on sporting events all his life. Barton has been no stranger to controversy over the course of his career, serving numerous FA bans for misconduct throughout his career and has also twice been convicted on charges of violence, spending 11 weeks in prison in 2008.But in recent years he has tried to control his temper and has become one of the game’s more thoughtful critics – his near 1,500-word mea culpa to the betting charges is a good example of his more philosophical approach.Writing that he understands why the FA has rules on betting and acknowledging that he has broken them, Barton poses a difficult question for the football authorities and clubs.“I think if the FA is truly serious about tackling the culture of gambling in football, it needs to look at its own dependence on the gambling companies, their role in football and in sports broadcasting, rather than just blaming the players who place a bet,” he wrote.“Surely they need to accept there is a huge clash between their rules and the culture that surrounds the modern game, where anyone who watches football on TV or in the stadia is bombarded by marketing, advertising and sponsorship by betting companies, and where much of the coverage now, on Sky for example, is intertwined with the broadcasters’ own gambling interests.“That all means this is not an easy environment in which to try to stop gambling, or even to encourage people within the sport that betting is wrong.“It is like asking a recovering alcoholic to spend all his time in a pub or a brewery. If the FA is serious about tackling gambling I would urge it to reconsider its own dependence on the gambling industry. I say that knowing that every time I pull on my team’s shirt, I am advertising a betting company.”Burnley are sponsored by Dafabet, and the shirts of nine other Premier League clubs are also sponsored by gambling companies this season.Barton’s statement also details the scale of his football gambling and even lists the 30 games he bet on that the FA’s independent regulatory commission flagged up as the most problematic, as they involved his club, although he was only actually playing in five of these fixtures.These 30 bets were made between 2006 and 2011 and resulted in only three wins and losses of more than £3,000.Barton admitted he has placed over 15,000 bets since 2004 on a range of sports, including the more than 1,200 on football, and says the average bet has been for just over £150.Addressing the central issue that he made several bets on his own team to lose, he stressed that he has “given everything” in every game he has played and was not involved in the match-day squads for any of those games.“I had no more ability to influence the outcome than had I been betting on darts, snooker, or a cricket match in the West Indies,” he wrote, admitting that he was sometimes expressing his frustration at not being fit or picked to play.“One thing I can state with absolute certainty – I have never placed a bet against my own team when in a position to influence the game, and I am pleased that in all of the interviews with the FA, and at the hearing, my integrity on that point has never been in question.”He concludes by noting the only players to be banned for more than 12 months for gambling offences have bet against their own teams and played in those matches. Players who bet against their teams but did not play in those matches have never been banned for longer than six months, he wrote.Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend was given a four-month ban for gambling offences in 2013 whilst playing for Tottenham but three months of that were suspended. Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling was fined £30,000 a year later during his spell at Newcastle.But last season, non-league manager Nick Bunyard was given a three-year ban for betting against two teams he managed. Joey Barton has admitted to breaking betting rules last_img read more

The quotes that sum up Sir Bobby Robson from Ronaldo to Mourinho and Gazza

first_imgTen years have passed since Sir Bobby Robson died.On 31 July, 2009, the 76-year-old former Ipswich, England, Barcelona and Newcastle manager died from lung cancer and the football world mourned the loss of a great, with Sir Alex Ferguson among those leading the tributes at the time. Hulton Archive – Getty Alan ShearerNewcastle and the Premier League’s record goal scorer hails the work Robson did at St James’ Park.“He was a genius man-manager. That was his biggest asset.“Whether you were 17 or 35, or anything in between, he got the best out of you.“He knew how to make a football player feel special.“Without him coming in as manager, I’d probably have left Newcastle.” REVEALED New job latest Robson gave Gascoigne his England break and although this is the only time they worked together, they remained close Gary LinekerThe striker played under Robson at two World Cups and credits him for sending his career into the stratosphere.“I’ve never met anyone more enthusiastic about the game, and I think that was one of his great strengths. That’s why he kept going for such a long time, and one of the reasons why he was genuinely popular.“He was certainly popular with the players. He got the maximum from everyone who played for him, which his record proves. He did amazingly well with Ipswich and England, was a success in Europe and he did a decent job with Newcastle, as they probably realise now.“He expected a lot: if you were slacking, Bobby wouldn’t hesitate to give you a tongue-lashing. But if you earned his trust he was fiercely loyal. 7 7 “I was one of the ones who benefited – he could easily have left me out in 1986 after I hadn’t scored in the first two games. He did make a couple of changes before we played Poland but he stuck by me and it changed my life, really – I got a hat-trick in that game, and from then on I started scoring goals.“When I look back at my time with England, it’s a special thing, playing for your country. To play for a manager like that – who was so loyal, and gave you so many opportunities – makes you feel hugely grateful and lucky. Privileged, really, to have played for one of the greats.” Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Getty Images – Getty LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Shearer credits Robson with keeping him at Newcastle Bobby Robson made his name at Ipswich, winning the UEFA Cup in 1981 before taking over the England team and later managing PSV, Porto, Barcelona, Sporting and Newcastle “‘Who are you?’ Sir Bobby said. ‘Ronaldo, Romario, Stoichkov, Hagi, Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Gascoigne: these are the people I deal with. And who are you?’“The changing room went quiet. Even Craig went quiet. And then Craig looked over at me and said: ‘He’s got a point, hasn’t he?’”Paul GascoigneWhile England manager, Robson gave Gazza his first cap and took him to the 1990 World Cup where he became a superstar and they remained close until the boss’ death.“Before he passed away, I played in an England-Germany charity match.“Sir Bobby was there in his wheelchair and I went up to him to say, ‘boss, it’s Gazza.’ He was still a bit drugged up with the morphine.“He had to leave early, but his son told me later that he asked ‘how did Gazza do?’“That was quite heartbreaking. God, he still remembers.” BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Kieron DyerDyer played under Robson at Newcastle and, while also seeing him as a father figure, revealed he had a tough side, as evidenced by the way he put Craig Bellamy in his place.“There was one game where he brought Craig Bellamy off early because he thought the game was won and he wanted to save Craig’s legs.“When we got back to the changing room, Craig kept jabbering away about the injustice and finally Sir Bobby snapped. ‘I’ll squash you, son, like an ant.“Craig looked a bit taken aback but after a brief pause, started complaining again. Robson convinced Barcelona to bring Ronaldo to the club and the two won the Copa del Rey and Cup Winners Cup together deals 7 targets Jose MourinhoHe began life as Robson’s translator before becoming his assistant and a coach in his own right.“If he had no time to go and play golf with his friends he would play between training sessions in the stadium.“I saw him play inside the Nou Camp once from goal to goal. He was just a really happy person.” Getty Images – Getty What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas FAREWELL Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 7 Getty – Contributor Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers TROPHY Getty Images – Getty OFF LATEST 7 “There is not a person I would put an inch above Bobby Robson,” the legendary Manchester United boss said.Robson worked with some of the game’s biggest names and was loved by them all. Here, talkSPORT.com looks at quotes that sum the great man up.RonaldoPossibly one of the greatest strikers ever spent just a season under Robson, but he left a lasting impact on the Brazilian.“I’m proud to have worked with him. He was an awesome coach and an awesome person. He was like a father to me.“I have had a lot of managers in football but the difference between all of them and Sir Bobby was his humanity and the relationships he had with the players. He was always like a father to everyone. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 7 7 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Hulton Archive – Getty Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “At Barcelona he spoke to me in Portuguese because, at the time, my English wasn’t good. He was very patient.“I remember there were a lot of players for Barcelona from different countries at that time and Sir Bobby managed us all and brought us together. It didn’t matter what language you spoke or what colour you were. He was great.”Pep GuardiolaMidfielder Guardiola played for Barcelona under Robson and his sacking in 1997 saddened the Manchester City manager.“After the purge in Barcelona, he went to Newcastle [in 1999] and I sent him a letter to offer me the chance to go to him and play at Newcastle.”“One of my dreams would have been to have played in England.“He answered me and said it was not possible because he had a lot of quality and he was right, but, even in that tough moment, he was always so kind.“He wrote a simple letter and it was like it meant so much more. Bobby is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life.” Bellamy was a decent striker, but compared to who Robson had worked with he was nobody – and he let him know! Mourinho and Guardiola, right, top row, both worked with Robson at Barcelona Hulton Archive – Getty This was the scene at Portman Road in 2009 when news of Sir Bobby’s death emerged last_img read more

Andy Murray pulls out of Wimbledon on eve of tournament

first_imgIn a statement, Murray said: “It is with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that I’ll be withdrawing from Wimbledon this year.“I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last ten days, but after lengthy discussions with my team, we’ve decided that playing best of five set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process.“We did everything we could to try to be ready in time.“I will start practising on the hard courts from tomorrow and continuing with my rehab and recovery and I’m looking forward to the US hard court season.” Murray, whose ranking will plummet to outside the top 800, is next scheduled to play at the Citi Open in Washington beginning on July 30.The Scot has been replaced in the Wimbledon draw by Jason Jung from Chinese Taipei. Andy Murray has withdrawn from Wimbledon on the eve of the tournament.The two-time champion was due to face Frenchman Benoit Paire in the first round on Tuesday but has decided best-of-five-set tennis is too demanding at this stage of his comeback. Murray has played three matches since returning to competitive action after undergoing hip surgery in January.The 31-year-old lost to Nick Kyrgios at Queen’s then beat Stan Wawrinka in Eastbourne before losing against fellow Briton Kyle Edmund.last_img read more

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Military Salute for 2020

first_imgShare This!Good news readers, Disney has released their Armed Forces Salute for 2020!  On behalf of all eligible people everywhere – thank you, Disney!  I’ve written blog posts on previous offers, but details change a little each year (like a new 6-day ticket for 2020), so this is the 2020 update to those previous posts!1. Who Is Eligible? – Any active duty or retired Service member, National Guardsman, Reservist, or Coast Guardsman is eligible.  Foreign military assigned to US military bases (with a US ID card) in the United States are eligible, as are 100% disabled members with an ID card that says “DAV/PRIM”.  Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service (PHS) and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are also eligible.  If the eligible member is not present, their spouse (or un-remarried widow) is eligible.  Even within these rules there are complicated situations, so call Disney (or ask in the comments section below) if you still have questions.2. What Are the Dates? – The 2020 salute begins on January 1, 2020 and ends on December 18, 2020.  Tickets will expire on December 18, 2020 even if there are days left on the ticket.  3. How Many Tickets Can I Buy? – Each eligible member can buy 6 tickets at Disney World and 6 tickets at Disneyland during the promotion’s time period.  Buying your tickets for Disney World does not exclude you from the Disneyland promotion; they are independent offers.  If a member cannot be present, their spouse with a valid ID card can purchase the tickets.  If the member’s immediate family is larger than 6, Disney will allow them to buy more.  Immediate family includes the spouse and dependent children (not nieces, nephews, grandparents, etc.).  The tickets for the extra family members must be purchased in person at Disney.4. How Much Are the Disney World Tickets? – There are 4-day and 5-day tickets for Disney World, and brand new for 2020, a 6-day ticket!  You can choose Park Hopper, or Park Hopper Plus tickets.  Park Hopper tickets allow guests to visit different theme parks on the same day without using another day of admission.  Park Hopper Plus tickets allow guests to both Park Hop and visit Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Wide World of Sports, play nine holes at Disney’s Oak Trail, or play miniature golf before 4 pm at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.  The discount is significant; they’re a little under half price of a similar full-price ticket.  The 4-day Park Hopper ticket is $265 and the 4-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $315.  The 5-day Park Hopper ticket is $283 and the 5-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $333.  The 6-day Park Hopper ticket is $301 and the 6-day Park Hopper Plus ticket is $351.  These tickets are not like typical Disney tickets in that they do not expire 14 days after the first use.  The 2020 tickets will expire on December 18, 2020.  You can use 2 days in May and 2 days a month later if you like.  The prices do not include tax, which you will pay if you purchase them in person at Walt Disney World.5. How Much Are the Disneyland Tickets? – At Disneyland, there also two lengths of tickets.  There is a 3-day ticket for $184 or a 4-day ticket for $204.  Both tickets include Park Hoppers.  Unlike regular Disneyland tickets, these tickets also do not expire within 13 days of first use. Disneyland tickets are blocked out from April 5-12.  These will be available to purchase on November 5, 2019!6. Where Can I Buy Tickets? – The first place I would suggest buying tickets is your local ITT (Information, Tickets and Tours) on base.  If you purchase them on base, you can get them early enough to book FastPass+ selections before you leave.  As a caution, many bases do not keep the tickets in stock and they must be ordered.  I’d recommend ordering them 3 weeks or so before your FastPass+ window opens.  If you aren’t able to get to a base to purchase them and really want to save sales tax, Shades of Green at Disney World is another option.  Shades of Green will let you order the tickets by phone, fax, or email.  A third option is to find a base that will let you order them online or by phone.  There are a few, like Camp Pendleton, that have allowed this in the past.  If you don’t buy your tickets on base, the most convenient option is to buy the tickets at Disney.  You can get them at Guest Services in Disney Springs at Disney World, or at any ticket window at Disney World or Disneyland. 7. How Do I Activate the Tickets? – If you purchase the tickets on base, they must still be activated once you arrive at the parks.  Disney will gather information about everyone that will be using the tickets, and a valid ID card must be shown at time of activation.  Everyone needs to be there for activation.  If you buy them at Disney, they are activated at time of purchase.  You do not have to use them the day they are activated.  To save yourself long lines in the morning, you may want to activate them the night before you use them.  You can activate tickets at any park ticket window, the TTC, or Guest Services at any park or Disney Springs.8. Does FastPass+ Work with Military Tickets? – Absolutely!  Military tickets work the same as any other tickets.  As soon as you purchase your ticket, link them to your My Disney Experience account.  Like all other tickets, if you are staying at a Disney resort, you can book FastPasses at 60 days, if you are staying offsite, you can book FastPasses at 30 days.  Your tickets do not need to be activated to book FastPasses or to link them to your account.  Likewise, do not think that because you have linked your tickets and booked FastPasses that they are activated.  You must still activate your tickets in person at one of the above locations before their first use.9. Are There Any Room Discounts Available?  – Yes, there are!  The Armed Forces Salute room discounts at Disney World and Disneyland are great.  There must be an eligible member in one of the rooms, and the number of rooms that are offered is limited.  At both Disney World and Disneyland, the discounts are up to 40%.  Availability goes quickly at popular times, so I’d recommend booking as soon as possible!  The Disney Dining Plan can be added to the room discount as well if you like, but it is not discounted beyond the normal Disney price.  Be aware that at Walt Disney World, the room discounts are blocked out from April 5-18, 2020.  At Disneyland, room discounts can be booked starting October 3, 2019.  Disneyland room discounts run from January 1, 2020 to December 18, 2020.  Disney World room discounts can be used January 1, 2020 through December 19, 2020.10. Are There Any Disney Cruise Discounts? – There are not any standard cruise discounts included with the Armed Forces Salute, but Disney does offer military discounts for cruises fairly regularly.  Heather posts a good list of them in her weekly DCL updates.  They are offered on sailings that aren’t filling up and are usually announced around 60 days before sail dates, although they can be announced much earlier.  The eligible group for these discounts is expanded to include Department of Defense civilian personnel.  The offers are valid for one stateroom per military member (or spouse) per sailing.Bonus – There is also a Memory Maker discount for only $98 at Walt Disney World, and $49 at Disneyland!Do you have any questions about the Armed Forces Salute?  Ask them here!Tammy Whiting is the owner of Storybook Destinations. Did you know Storybook Destinations offers a complimentary subscription to TouringPlans with qualified Disney and Universal bookings? Click here for a no-obligation quote on your next vacation!last_img read more

Share RSS Feeds via AIR with ShareFire

first_imgWhen reading your RSS feeds, do you prefer a local application versus one that is online-only? If so, look no further than ShareFire. Besides being platform-independent (courtesy of Adobe Air), it is also completely free and open-source. It was created with article sharing in mind, as its name implies. According to its creators, Christian Cantrell and Dan Koestler, this was a priority.ShareFire supports sharing stories to AIM, Twitter and email, and posting articles to many services including Delicious, Digg, MySpace and Windows Live Bookmarks (now called favorites).Additional features include a keyword-based notification system (which they call Smart Topics), posts arranged by topic, a switchable viewer between RSS and live web, and support for over a dozen foreign languages! You can also easily import and export OPML files you have generated from other utilities such as Google Reader or Toluu.We found ShareFire to be on-par with other standalone feed readers when it comes to displaying and managing feeds. However, its built-in sharing links make it a cut above most basic readers and the alert system for keywords could come in very useful. One bug we did notice is that lack of any way of deleting a Smart Topic once created, and its somewhat heavy memory usage, even with only a few feeds in the queue.More information can be found on Adobe’s Air blog here. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… phil glocknercenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Adobe#RSS & Feeds#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

6 Best Practices for Key Control Success

first_imgSponsored by InstaKeyEvery facility uses some level of key control to ensure the utmost in safety for employees and asset security. Choosing a key control solution for your environment is only the first step. What happens after that determines how effective and costly your program will be. Implementing these top key control best practices can make or break your program (and your budget).In general industry terms, a key control program is a formally documented system of locks, keys, and who has those keys. But some retailers use more complex methodologies, such as InstaKey’s key control system, that are designed to exert control over locks, keys that have access to those locks, and who has access to those keys. Such systems can control the distribution of keys, protect against unauthorized duplication, and deliver visibility for management in a cloud-based platform.- Sponsor – Best Practices of an Effective Key Control ProgramBy following these recommendations, loss prevention organizations can create a comprehensive program that will maximize facility safety and security:1. Use restricted, uniquely marked keys, to eliminate the possibility of unauthorized and undocumented duplicates. Each key used in the facility should always be identifiable and easily tracked. If a traditional mechanical key system uses keys that can be duplicated, the entire system is jeopardized. Controlling how keys are made and who has them is essential to providing even modest security to a facility.2. Formally define when locks in the facility should be changed. This type of defined protocol can significantly reduce long-term costs. Consider only changing locks if a key is lost, stolen, or is not returned by a terminated employee. Of course, this is only recommended if you are practicing best practice #1. Otherwise, you should rekey each time an employee leaves.3. Develop an efficient way to change your locks. The time and effort needed when lock changes are deemed necessary can be significantly reduced with user-rekeyable locks. Traditional mechanical key systems that require locksmith labor to rekey or swap cores have some inherent deficiencies that don’t make them the best choice in maximizing efficiency and reducing costs for your facility because the need for a locksmith (or your staff’s time for program management)is generally expensive.And, the need for a locksmith rarely comes during normal business hours. If it is not cost effective to rekey a facility at appropriate times, you might elect to delay rekeying to a point in the future, when it might fit better within your budget. But this is another serious flaw with traditional mechanical locks. Rekeying is an integral part of maintaining security. To mitigate this possibility, you should choose a system that is not only secure, but will also be cost effective in the future.4. Embrace technology. The right technology can dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a key control program. A cloud-based records management systemshould be used to manage all key control data, and that data should be immediately accessible from any smart device. Such functionality would provide multiple users secured access to data from anywhere and be administered according to differing levels of authorization. This way, LP—along with various levels of management—can get the answers right when they are needed.5. Audit keys and keyholders regularly. Checking in on your key holders to ensure that your facility is in compliance and that keys are all accounted for is a great way to be proactive with your program. This can also help to keep the importance of your facility’s overall safety and security in focus for everyone. If a key is lost, stolen, or not returned by a key holder, you’ll need to refer to best practice #2 in this list.6. Implement ongoing, facility-wide training and education. A dedicated program administrator should oversee this training and establish set policies and procedures that are clear, concise, and readily available to all employees and staff.Through the sharing of this knowledge, you help key holders to regularly improve their personal accountability for their keys.Management and employees alike must know what protocols to follow amidst a crisis. By establishing a defined protocol for use during a crisis, you provide the needed safety and security to avoid panic, confusion, and misinformation in the moment. Instilling some basic measures is worth the continued safety and security of an entire organization.Mechanical key systems, when coupled with these key control best practices and effective underlying policies, can provide your facility the highest possible levels of security, protection, and peace of mind. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more