Digicel Guyana on Thursday launched its Christmas promotion titled #GetGifted – in Guyana” at its Flagship store at Giftland Mall, Liliendaal, Georgetown.#GetGifted is built on the premise that the Christmas holidays is said to be the happiest time of the year – all about great gifts, quality family time, joy and happiness – well not quite. The flipside is the hustle and bustle to find the right gifts for loved-ones and friends, which at times turn out to be bad gift choices – and that is something many Guyanese relate to.A student of the Gifted Hands Special Needs School receives gifts from Santa ClausWith the launch of Digicel’s #GetGifted handset promotion, customers can gift themselves or their loved-ones, that perfect cell phone for the holidays. There is a range of over 20 handsets to choose from, and customers can get up to 50% off on selected handsets.Some of the handsets include the popular Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung J10, the Digicel range DL1 Plus and D1 LITE, as well as the Alcatel, Huawei and Azumi brands.The #GetGifted Christmas promotion has handsets and prices to suit every lifestyle and pocket. Customers can find a phone that matches their lifestyle and personality at a price that suits their budget. #GetGifted will keep customers on the go and connected to Digicel’s superior network this Christmas, as with every smartphone purchased, you will receive a Value Bundle of a one-week 4G Data Plan with over 900MBs, inclusive of 30 minutes Talk and 30 Text Messages to any local number absolutely FREE. Customers will also be able to rollover their unused data, talk and text once they renew their Value Bundle Plan. The campaign comes on the heels of a tongue-in-cheek Christmas song, “Gifted,” which was released by the company’s Chief Speed Officer, Usain Bolt, on his social media pages. The heavily auto-tuned song immediately became a viral hit, racking up over 6.5 million views just days after its release. However, through a partnership with Samsung, the campaign will see Digicel leveraging across digital and mobile platforms ensuring that customers are gifted with everything they need – including better deals on the amazing Samsung Galaxy S7 and better connectivity from the most reliable network in the region.Meanwhile, #GetGifted is giving back to children across the region with its Gifted Kids initiative. During the launch on Thursday students of the ‘Gifted Hands Special Needs School, were treated to gifts from Santa Claus of ice cream and goodies. This initiative will be spread across the Caribbean and Central America in all of Digicel’s 32 markets. Through the Gifted Kids – Christmas Cheers, Digicel’s employees will bring the love and joy of the festive season to kids by feting and treating them to toys and a host of entertaining activities. Digicel will be taking its #Gifted Kids – Christmas Cheers across Guyana by visiting Linden, Berbice, Essequibo and Georgetown.“This holiday, it’s all about playing with the notion of being gifted – from being gifted by Usain Bolt’s Christmas song to gifting our customers with better products and services or gifting kids with the most memorable Christmas – we know what our customers want and that’s what we are giving them,” said Jacqueline James, Head of Marketing.
Share This!Welcome to the November installment of our monthly Disney Vacation Club preview. This month, we round up the latest news, including changes to WDW ticket pricing and more.We’ll also take a look at some common DVC owner questions.Booking WindowsThis month, here are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in November, you will be able to book for dates in October 2019. For all other DVC resorts (seven-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in June 2019.Booking directly through Disney, during the next two months (November and December 2018) there is virtually no availability at Walt Disney World. As usual there is moderate availability at Hilton Head, and nothing at Disneyland, but Aulani is wide open, with 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom villas available nearly every night.Walt Disney World availability for five consecutive nights doesn’t start to loosen up until late January, with some one and two-bedroom units available at Saratoga Springs. As always, the moral of the story is: BOOK EARLY.If you want to expand your options, you may want to explore renting points as an alternative to booking through Disney. (If you rent points through the affiliate link to David’s DVC rentals, TouringPlans receives a commission.)Full DVC villa kitchen at Saratoga Springs.DVC and Disney NewsThe much-anticipated WDW ticket restructuring happened on October 16. Touring Plans’ Steve Bloom has posted a great analysis of how the new ticket pricing scheme impacts regular guests.As a DVC owner, you might be more likely to be an annual passholder than a purchaser of day tickets. As expected annual pass prices also increased (about 3% overall), but there are still significant advantages to purchasing passes at the DVC rate. For example, the current (after 10/16/18) Platinum Annual Pass price is now $894 for regular guests. The same pass is $749 for new DVC purchasers (a $145 savings), and $636 for DVC Platinum pass renewals (a $258 savings). Compare this with the current cost of a ten-day, Park Hopper price of $583 in the now peak-price time of mid-April 2019. The $53 price difference can easily be made up with discounts available to passholders. Also consider that the ticket price for two short trips is typically more expensive than the price for one long trip. If you’re a DVC owner that plans to make one long trip, or two or three short trips during any 12-month period, then an annual pass purchase at the DVC rate is well worth considering.DVC Studio Villa kitchen at Wilderness Lodge, Boulder RidgeOwners visiting WDW during the remainder of 2018 should remember to purchase Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets soon. And the Epcot Food & Wine Festival continues until November 12. Some events have discounted ticket prices for DVC members. Additionally, remember that the DVC owner website includes a calendar of member-specific tours, classes, and other activities, many of which require advance reservations. Take a look to see if any appeal to you.Cooking in your DVC VillaThe one, two, and three bedroom DVC Villas are all equipped with full kitchens, including a cooktop, oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, and a supply of dishes, silverware, pots & pans, and cooking utensils. The studio villas have a much smaller kitchenette equipped with a mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker, and a much smaller supply of mostly disposable utensils. With a little ingenuity and compromise, it’s certainly possible to make a quick breakfast or lunch in a studio and to cook substantial meals in the larger villas. I have a friend who spends every Christmas in a large villa and makes a full holiday dinner in the DVC kitchen. She brings a few supplemental tools, like a roasting pan, with her, but if you weren’t going for fancy, you could easily prepare typical family meals.The more pressing issue if you want to cook in your villa is getting the food to cook.DVC offers a food delivery service on the DVC website and on flyers left in the rooms. I can’t recommend using this service. The selection of items offered is extremely limited (the only vegetables available are white potatoes, single onions, and single tomatoes), focusing mostly on snacks and beverages. There is a $10 fee for delivering the items to your room, all of which are available to purchase in the main store of your resort. You could buy and carry your selections to your room yourself for no fee, or ask the bell services desk to help you transport a heavy purchase for a $5 tip or so. Also, buying through the DVC delivery service gives you no opportunity to apply annual pass or DVC member discounts, so the price for the items yourself will be higher as well.A better food acquisition strategy is to visit a nearby grocery store yourself. This is easy if you have access to a car during your vacation, or if you’re willing to take a cab or Uber/Lyft to and from the grocery. If you’d rather not spend time shopping while you’re in WDW, try using a grocery delivery service such as Garden Grocer or Amazon Prime. Set up your order while you’re at home, and all you have to do in Florida is unpack the bags.Take a look at our blog post comparing deliveries from Garden Grocer and Amazon Prime for tips on how to be cost efficient with your order.DVC FAQHere’s where we tackle a frequently asked question or two about Disney Vacation Club.Question: As a DVC Member, can I really use the pools at hotels other than the one I’m staying at?Answer: Yes, with a lot of exceptions. Disney Vacation Club members who are staying at a DVC property, using points as their payment method are eligible to “hop” to some of the pools other than the ones at their own hotel, during some dates.The blockout dates for 2019 have not yet been released, but expect them to be similar to the 2018 dates which were:Memorial Day weekendThe full week that includes July 4Labor Day weekendThe full week that includes American ThanksgivingThe two-week period including Christmas week and New Years week.In addition the blockout periods, some DVC pools are entirely off limits for hopping. Unless you’re staying at the property, you may never hop to:Bay Cove Pool at Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary ResortUzima Pool and Samawati Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom LodgeStormalong Bay at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club ResortsThe leisure pool at Disney’s Beach Club VillasThe Lava Pool and leisure pool at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortThe Copper Creek Springs Pool at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeThe pools at Disney’s Art of Animation ResortBoulder Ridge Cove Pool at Disney’s Wilderness LodgeThese restrictions obviously take a number of the most appealing pools out of play for prospective pool hoppers. The bright spots are that you may hop to the pools at the Grand Floridian and that pool hopping is not restricted to owners purchasing directly through Disney. Resale buyers may also hop, within the rules applying to everyone.That does it for this month’s wrap-up. Got any DVC questions? Comments? Let us know below.
23 May 2011 “In order to maintain trust, credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of its stakeholders, there must be an open and transparent selection process which results in the most competent person being appointed as managing director, regardless of their nationality,” the statement read. Sapa “For too long, the IMF’s legitimacy has been undermined by a convention to appoint its senior management on the basis of their nationality.” The appointment of the new International Monetary Fund managing director should be done through an open, transparent and merit-based process, the South African and Australian governments said on Sunday. Following the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, IMF members were asked to act decisively and select a new managing director. In selecting a new managing director it was important to adhere to these criteria agreed upon by G20 leaders in Pittsburgh this year, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan said in a joint statement. Gordhan and Swan said the global financial crisis demonstrated that the world needed a strong IMF and a strong managing director. “The task is urgent given the current challenges facing the global economy, including in particular the needs of low income and developing countries who rely on the IMF for support.”
Just as some parts of the country began to recover from the disastrous 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, along came 2018, another above average season. The 2017 season resulted in over 3350 deaths and damages of $295 billion. Texas will never forget Harvey, Florida will never forget Irma, and the destruction caused by Maria in Puerto Rico is still being felt.While the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was less severe, the season started early with tropical storm Alberto in May followed by hurricane Beryl in July. The middle of the season was quiet, and then came hurricane Florence in September. Florence rendered catastrophic damage to the Carolinas. And then there was Michael, the first category 5 hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland since Andrew in 1992. Michael came ashore at the Florida panhandle towns of Mexico Beach and Panama Beach on October 1st. The towns were virtually flattened with winds reaching 139 miles per hour. A friend of mine, who has lived in the southeast all his life and has seen many a hurricane’s destruction, drove through Panama Beach just last week. He said he has never seen total destruction quite like it. And this was 8 months after the fact.The prediction for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is the same a for the 2018 season – “near normal”, with 2 to 4 major hurricanes expected. But the results of 2 of the storms that did hit in 2018 were devastating. So, fingers crossed for 2019.- Sponsor – As a refresher, below are basic minimum steps to be sure your stores as well as your homes are prepared for a hurricane. And the majority of these precautions apply to most any type of disaster, natural or man-made.Review all crisis communications guidelines as they relate to hurricanes or other pending disasters.Be sure all contact information is up to date and that store management maintains a copy away from the store.Be sure that all stores (and your homes) have a basic disaster supply kit including flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and a battery and/or a hand-crank radio. Plus water.Most malls and communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notification. Be sure you and your store management are aware of crisis communication alert protocols for your area.The following are specific crisis management protocols for when a hurricane or other major disaster is on the way:Advise store personnel to fil their vehicle gas tanks. It may not be available later.Assign someone at corporate, in potentially affected stores and at home to monitor broadcasts for potential disaster information.Coordinate any potential store closures with mall and corporate management.Be sure all stores are familiar with shutoffs for gas, water and/or electricity. Sometimes this is a mall issue, sometimes not. The same knowledge of shutoff information applies to homes, too.Review all evacuation procedures.Move merchandise away from windows.Elevate merchandise, at least to pallet height.Secure all cash registers, cash and cash rooms.Be sure all cell phones are 100% charged. Text messages are often the only form of communication available after a major event.Follow exactly any evacuation or other orders given by police or fire authorities. No heroes – if ordered to do so, get out. Communicate plans to corporate.Below are some post-incident crisis management guidelines:Check on all store personnel and your family regarding their well-beingReturn to the store or home only when safe and allowed by authorities.Inspect and document damage. Take pictures. Report damage to corporate following company guidelines. Also notify personal insurance companies.Coordinate facility repair needs with mall and corporate officials.Document all costs and expenses.Familiarize yourself with all corporate communications guidelines to be followed if contacted by the media.It’s true that hurricanes in the United States usually affect the gulf coast and eastern seaboard locations. But most of the above information applies to any type of disaster, natural or man-made. Remember – NO HEROES! Follow all directions given by authorities and GET OUT if told to do so. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
This tiny snail looks like just a colored dot in the ocean, but under a microscope the reason for its name, “sea butterfly,” becomes clear. Most snails move by pushing a muscular foot against the sea bottom. But the “foot” of this snail, Limacina helicina, has evolved into two flapping appendages that deserve to be called wings, researchers report this week. Usually, the snail is quite hard to find, but its populations boom during a few weeks each year. And its size varies: The snails grow to just 4 millimeters long in the north Pacific, but reach 14 millimeters off Antarctica. It moves up and down the water column quite fast for such a small creature. To find out how, researchers trained four high-speed video cameras on one 1.5-cubic-centimeter spot in a saltwater aquarium containing some of the smaller snails. They added lots of microscopic reflecting particles and used a laser to make the particles visible. Then they waited, hoping a snail would swim into view. Three snails did, providing the team with a close-up, slow-motion look at how they moved and stirred the surrounding water. Most sea-going microorganisms use their appendages as paddles to push against what feels to them like a thick stew. But the sea butterfly “flies” (see video), generating lift by rotating its wings and body in a figure 8, almost clapping the wings together at the top of the stroke—just like a small flying insect, the team reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Some of the researchers are now testing whether the larger Antarctic snails swim the same way, and one is trying to build a flying robot that mimics the mollusk’s efficient technique.