Share This!We are getting closer to the official film debut of the “live action” version of The Lion King and Guests who visit the Walt Disney World Resort this weekend may have the opportunity to see some of the stars of the film in person.On Saturday, the voices of young Simba (JD McCrary) and young Nala (Shahadi Wright Joseph) will lead the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade as honorary Grand Marshals. The Magic Kingdom parade kicks off at 3:00 p.m.Following the parade, JD and Shahadi will continue celebrating the film over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. For those who are unaware, the park is currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of the animated version of the film with entertainment, eats and treats and more.The Lion King hits theaters on July 19.
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27 July 2006South Africa’s Ombudsman for Banking Services is experiencing an increase in complaints from consumers who have run into financial trouble after taking up unsolicited offers of credit from the country’s major banks.This is according to the Ombudsmans’ complaints investigation manager, Advocate John Simpson.Simpson told the SA Press Association (Sapa) on Wednesday that once people started falling behind with their repayments, the interest and legal costs snowballed, often leaving the borrower with a lifelong financial burden.“We suspect, from what we have heard, that the banks are engaging in an all-out drive to gather as many clients as they can ahead of the National Credit Act coming into force in June 2007,” Simpson told Sapa.The new law aims to stamp out “reckless lending”, which includes entering into a credit agreement likely to leave the consumer over-indebted.The Act will also prevent credit providers from increasing borrowers’ credit limits without first complying with prescribed formalities.Source: BuaNews
Brand South Africa volunteers along with women from the Expanded Public Works Programme’s (EPWP) Shomang Sebenza Development Initiative (SSDI) pitching in to clean a section of London Road in Alexandra.Many hands pitched in for the Jukskei River and London Road Blitz Clean-up in Alexandra, the northern Joburg township; among them were Brand South Africa and the Greater Alexandra Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Along with several other stakeholders, both public and private, they spent Friday, 17 July cleaning up the area, under the banner #GreeningAlex. It was part of Brand South Africa’s drive to celebrate this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day, held annually on Mandela’s birthday on 18 July. It was a good choice of venue: when he left Transkei as a young man in the 1940s, Mandela first settled in Alex.“We are taking our programme, Play Your Part, which is one of our flagship programmes in the organisation, where we are calling upon all South Africans to play their part in making South Africa a better country and a [globally] competitive country,” said Sindiswa Mququ, Brand South Africa’s general manager of the Africa and Middle East faction.It was the little things we did that would help to build a better nation, she said. “We are here to participate in Nelson Mandela International Day to play our part in cleaning the area and being an active part of the greater community of Johannesburg.”Every one of the 50 million South Africans should join hands in making every day a Mandela Day, she said, by actively working to make the country a better place for all and each doing their bit to improve the nation.#GREENINGALEX#GreeningAlex is part of a larger drive to rehabilitate and develop Alexandra, called Green Economy Sustainable Job Creation. Its goal is to create jobs by cleaning the area. The thinking is that a clean environment will make it more appealing to potential investors and businesses.“The chamber has a lot of projects along London Road, such as the commercial square, the Alex 100 Mall, and the SMME Hub,” explained Jide Oni, the business and projects co-ordinator at the GALXCOC.“If one looks at London Road, it’s a strategic road. It connects the N3, it connects the M1 and it connects to Sandton, which is the business hub of Africa. So how can we make this road more appealing for investment, because one thing that comes with investment is job creation?”If more businesses popped up along the thoroughfare, it would, in turn, generate more work for people living in and around the township and offer more people the means to support themselves and their families.“As a township chamber, our role is to make sure that businesses of the chamber are showcased and the first step to doing that is to showcase Alexandra as a township and to showcase organisations like the Shomang Co-operative, which is a women-led co-operative that cleans the Jukskei River every day.”Gentlemen from the AdReach Foundation’s Wastepreneurs programme hard at work in Alexandra.MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORKAmong those participating in the clean-up were soldiers from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), as well as representatives of Eskom, City Parks, Alex FM, Industrial Development Corporation, Ornico and AdReach Foundation. All were looking to add to the efforts in the spirit of Madiba.Under the protective eyes of the Johannesburg Metro Police, marshalled by the men and women of the SANDF, participants took to Alex’s busy streets in a collective effort to rid the area of the unsightly refuse and debris that had gathered over time.Refuse bags quickly swelled as the day wore on. Though tiring, the physical labour did not dampen the spirit that was coursing through the group on the eve of Mandela Day.“It [the Jukskei River and London Road Blitz Clean-up] ties in absolutely superbly with Mandela’s ideals because Mandela’s ideals were about building our nation from the bottom up, and that’s what he always stood for,” said Steve Jourdan, the director of the AdReach Foundation.“He believed that everybody had to take ownership of themselves in order to take ownership of their country, and by developing ourselves and developing the youth in our country, that’s exactly what we’re doing.”There are many amazing initiatives all over the country, he added, “and you often find that they’re working in isolation, but by bringing everybody together as a unified force we can achieve a lot more a lot quicker, and that’s absolutely essential”.This Blitz Clean-up was one of the many ways in which Brand South Africa and its various partners spread the spirit of Madiba, urging all South Africans to make every day a Mandela Day.
Tags:#Events Guide#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting bernard lunn Related Posts We’ve done an analysis of the 72 start-ups launching at Demo Fall 08, to categorize them by both location and focus. The location story: 28% from Silicon Valley, but only 3% more than East Coast at 25%. It is still US centric at 40%, with Europe at 10% and Asia at 8%. The focus: over 50% is broadly in the Business category. Without looking at past Demo years, that looks like a shift: less Valley, more Biz.Here are the location numbers:Silicon Valley 20 (28%)East Coast US 18 (25%)West Coast US 10 (14%)Central US 9 (13%)Europe 7 (10%)Asia 6 (8%)Other 2 (3%)Total: 72The US focus (79%) is clearly self-selecting. A conference in London or Shanghai would look different. To have nearly the same number from East Coast than from the Valley looks like a shift. The Other West Coast (e.g. Southern California, Seattle) is not surprising as Demo is in San Diego.The focus categorization was a bit more open to question. This was based on a quick look at the site’s front page. Initially we were looking at two categories only – Consumer or Business. Within Business we then saw two interesting sub-categories – Infrastructure (a product that becomes part of another product) and Professional (selling to individuals or very small businesses but with a primary purpose of making money). Lumping both Infrastructure and Professional into Business gives us 54% for Business:Consumer 32 (44%)Business 25 (35%)Professional 7 (10%)Infrastructure 7 (10%)As Consumer services are mostly ad funded and advertising gets cut in a recession (and we clearly have a consumer recession in the US) this shift makes sense.Doing this 30 seconds per site look at 72 brave new start-ups is totally unfair. They each deserve a rigorous analysis. However 30 seconds is often what you get to make an impression. Most sites failed that test. Many had me totally puzzled figuring out what they were offering. The following got marked as “take another look”. This is purely a quirky look based on personal interests: Usable – really, security that is user friendly? Sounds impossible, but worth a look. Great URL ffwd. Great URL for video site. But yet another video service? BeeTV. The only service I have actually used. (I thought Demo was launch only i.e. no existing services?) BestBuy – what are they doing that hits the innovation radar? Rudder – personal finance space is ripe for innovation.What do you think? Is the nexus of innovation shifting from the Valley and from Consumer to Business? And if anyone has done a similar analysis for TC50, please share in the comments. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
If you like classic two-for-one monster movies such as King Kong vs. Godzilla, then a new paper combining two bêtes noires of pseudoscientific scaremongers—mini black holes and the collapse of the vacuum—may appeal to you. Physicists working with the world’s biggest atom-smasher—Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC)—have had to reassure the public that, even if they can make them, mini black holes, infinitesimal versions of the ones that form when jumbo stars implode, won’t consume the planet. They’ve also had to dispel fears that blasting out a particle called the Higgs boson will cause the vacuum of empty space to collapse. Now, however, three theorists calculate that in a chain reaction, a mini black hole could trigger such collapse after all.Come out from under the bed; there’s a big caveat. If this could have happened, it would have long before humans evolved. “The thing you mustn’t say is, ‘Shock, horror! We’re going to destroy the universe!’” says Ian Moss, a theoretical cosmologist at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and an author of the paper explaining the result. Rather, he says, the message is that some unknown physics must enter to stabilize the vacuum—encouraging news for physicists searching for something new. Still, Moss acknowledges that the paper could be taken the wrong way: “I’m sort of afraid that I’m going to have [prominent theorist] John Ellis calling me up and accusing me of scaremongering.”Stability of the vacuum is a real issue. Ever since the discovery of the long-predicted Higgs boson in 2012, physicists have known that empty space contains a “Higgs field,” a bit like an electric field, that is made of Higgs bosons lurking “virtually” in the vacuum. Other fundamental particles such as the electron and quarks interact with the field to gain their mass. However, particle physicists have calculated that, given their current standard model of the known particles and the Higgs boson’s measured mass, the Higgs field may not be in its stable, lowest energy state. Rather, it could achieve a much lower energy by taking on much higher strength. 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It turns out that to get to the lower energy “true vacuum” state, the Higgs field would have to get through an enormous energy barrier through a process known as quantum tunneling. That barrier is so big that it would likely take many, many times the age of the universe for the transition to occur. So, theorists generally agreed that the Higgs field is “metastable,” temporarily stuck in a “false vacuum” state, and that although the collapse is a problem in principle, practically it’s nothing to worry about.But now, Moss and theoretical physicists Philipp Burda and Ruth Gregory of Durham University in the United Kingdom contend that argument falls apart when you mix in mini black holes—microscopic regions of space where gravity is so strong that not even light can escape. That’s because a mini black hole acts like a “seed” that can trigger formation of a bubble of true vacuum in a sea of false vacuum, just as a bit of grit can trigger the formation of a bubble of steam in boiling water, as they explain in a paper in press at Physical Review Letters.Without such a seed, a bubble of true vacuum would inevitably shrink. That’s because, even though the vacuum within the bubble has lower energy than the vacuum outside the bubble, the bubble wall at which the two meet has very high energy. So the bubble can lower its total energy by growing smaller and disappearing. For a bubble with a tiny black hole inside, however, it’s a different story. The black hole’s gravity can shift the energy balance, Moss explains, so that any bubble beyond a certain very small size could instead lower its energy by growing. Within a fraction of a second, the bubble would then expand to consume the entire visible universe, Moss says.Those black holes have to be small, Moss and colleagues argue, and they could conceivably come from two sources. They could be “primordial” black holes lingering since the birth of the universe. Or they could be microscopic black holes created within particle collisions such as those at the LHC.So should we worry? No, Moss says. The fact that the universe has been around 13.8 billion years shows that primordial black holes will not trigger such a collapse, he says. As for black holes at the LHC, even if they can be created they also won’t create havoc, he says. The proof of that comes from cosmic rays, which crash into the atmosphere and create even higher energy particle collisions than the LHC can. So even if such collisions spawn black holes, the black holes don’t trigger vacuum collapse, Moss says, or the cosmos would have vanished long ago.The real point, Moss says, is that theorists can no longer shrug off the problem by assuming that the collapse of the vacuum would take a hugely long time. By showing that—according to the standard model—the collapse should happen quickly, the paper suggests that some new physics must kick in to stabilize the vacuum.Others aren’t so sure the argument is persuasive. The theorists make a number of questionable assumptions in their mathematics, says Vincenzo Branchina, a theorist with Italy’s National Institute for Nuclear Physics at the University of Catania. John Ellis, a theorist at King’s College London, questions the consistency of the calculation. For example, he says, it assumes that the standard model holds true to very high energy scales. However, he notes, the only way the LHC can make a mini black hole is if the standard model conks out and space opens up new dimensions at much lower energy, he says. Still, both Branchina and Ellis say that based on other arguments, they suspect that something does make the vacuum stable.As for the presentation of the argument in the new paper, Ellis says he has some misgivings that it will whip up unfounded fears about the safety of the LHC once again. For example, the preprint of the paper doesn’t mention that cosmic-ray data essentially prove that the LHC cannot trigger the collapse of the vacuum—”because we [physicists] all knew that,” Moss says. The final version mentions it on the fourth of five pages. Still, Ellis, who served on a panel to examine the LHC’s safety, says he doesn’t think it’s possible to stop theorists from presenting such arguments in tendentious ways. “I’m not going to lose sleep over it,” Ellis says. “If someone asks me, I’m going to say it’s so much theoretical noise.” Which may not be the most reassuring answer, either.
The Maharashtra government has decided to accord the status of ‘adventure sport’ to the centuries old traditional ‘Dahi-handi’ celebrations that mark Janmashthami every year. An announcement in this regard was made by the state education minister Vinod Tawde in Mumbai on Wednesday.Minors aged between 12-15 can take part in the celebrations – which entails forming tall human pyramids of six or more levels – only with the written consent of their parents. The venue will need matting so that there are no injuries after a fall and there will be no limit on tiers of pyramids.”With the status of ‘adventure sports’, we shall form a state-level body to govern ‘Dahi-handi’ with a set of rules and regulations. Any celebrations that do not adhere to this would not be recognised,” Tawde said.Under the new status, it will be mandatory for all organisers of high-profile ‘Dahi-handi’ celebrations to ensure proper insurance for all participants, provisions of first-aid, ambulances to shift the injured ‘Govindas’ to nearest hospitals.Additionally, they must organise safety nets, helmets, safety harness, mats and other security requirements to prevent injuries – and possible deaths – after the human pryramids come crashing down.Tawde said sometime ago, a committee headed by Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar was told to prepare a report on ‘Dahi-handi’ and it has recommended to declare it as an ‘adventure sport’ on the lines of mountaineering, rock-climbing etc, which was accepted by the state government.The minister said henceforth, ‘Dahi-handi’ would not be restricted during Janmashthami, but will be celebrated round-the-year under the auspices of a state-level governing body.advertisementJanmashthami celebrations in Mumbai have become an annual big business affair with prizes running into crores of rupees, mega-sponsors, intense competition among various groups, mostly backed by politicians and political parties, attracting millions of locals, domestic and foreign tourists.In the past few years, there have been several casualties, including temporary injuries or permanent handicap and deaths of ‘Govindas’, which led to court cases and questions raised on the safety and security of the participants.
Advertisement Unai Emery Is Eyeing To Finish In The Top Four In This Season. AdvertisementThe manager of the Gunners, Unai Emery has claimed that his team would not wish to play against Liverpool at any time in the season. The Gunners were beaten by Liverpool with a margin of 5-1 in the previous season at Anfield. However, the match against Liverpool at the Emirates ended with a 1-1 scoreline..Arsenal won the last match against Liverpool in 2014-15 season. After that, the Gunners failed to win a single match against the mighty Reds in the Premier League. The Gunners finished at the fifth position in the League Table in the previous season. They were just one point away from the qualification to the Champions League in this season. However, the point gap between them and Liverpool was 27.Jurgen Klopp has created his own legacy at Liverpool in the last few seasons and now they are one of the strongest teams in Europe to beat. However, the Gunners were not that much bad against the other top six sides in the Premier League in the previous season. The manager of the Gunners, Unai Emery has been able to salvage few points against the top six sides and they will hope to fight with all their potential against Liverpool in this weekend also.Watch : Bayern Munich DESTROYS Rottach- Egern 23-0 in preseason friendly