If you’ve ever worked at a restaurant, this is going to send you into a rage. And possibly trigger some tipping-related PTSD.A guy recently posted on Facebook about the new strategy he and his wife use to TIP when they go to restaurants.They put five $1 bills on the table, and every time their server does something they don’t like, they remove one bill without saying a word. Then whatever is left at the end is the tip. Quote, “You will receive the best service of your life.”The post is getting a LOT of responses from people, and they seem much more negative than positive. Words like “disrespectful,” “tactless,” and “I hope you like the taste of spit in your food” seem to come up the most often.
Epcot Art Festival Tip #2: Chow down at the Food StudiosIt just wouldn’t be a festival at Epcot without food and beverage booths to tempt our palates and our wallets. The Painter’s Palate at the Odyssey Festival showplace is a great place to start. The Trio of Savory Croissant Donuts ($9.50) paired with the Neopolitan Beer Flights ($9.00) is a good way to wake up your palate while sharing with friends or family. I really enjoyed taking one sip of each beer, one right after the other in order: 3 Daughters Queens Court Strawberry Blonde Nitro, Breckenridge Nitro Vanilla Porter, and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.Other hits during our visit included the BLT ($6.50) and Cobb Salad ($7.50) from the E=AT2 booth, near Mexico pavilion. I also enjoyed the Classic Sidecar with Chocolate Twist ($9.50) from the Masterpiece Kitchen near Canada Pavilion. You can view the full menu here and better yet, read over the hits and misses of the food & beverage offerings.It is also important to note that many of the year-round snack kiosks are offering one or two festival specific snacks or drinks. These are listed in the Festival Passport. Epcot Art Festival Tip #1: Grab the guides Even if you are an Epcot pro, you’ll need to grab three pieces of collateral: the Times Guide, World Showcase Gallery Guide, and the Festival Passport. The Times Guide is always a good idea no matter if you visit during a festival or not because there is so much incredible live entertainment in Epcot. For the Arts Festival the inside of the Times Guides lists the schedule of the seminars, art workshops, entertainment at the fountain stage, visiting artists’ schedule, and the special festival entertainment offered in Japan.The World Showcase Gallery Guide can potentially be a guide to disappointment because it lists some of the items of interests found in six of the galleries that are open year-round in some of the World Showcase pavilions. Admittedly I was in such a weekend haze that I didn’t quite realize the guide was for the existing year-round galleries.In a moment of embarassment I pointed out the TRON Lightcycle Maquette listed on the guide to my boyfriend; when we neared the China Pavilion we found the gallery and realized it was the year-round exhibit “Inside Shanghai Disney Resort.” (Yes, I realize it says as much in the guide itself – clearly the two cups of coffee we each had that morning still hadn’t taken effect). Still, it is nice that these oft-overlooked exhibits may start to get more attention now.The Festival Passport is a must have. Not only does it list every food and beverage offering of the festival, it acts as a great souvenir. Plus, it lists every single activity offered during the festival, though the specific times are not listed, which is where the Times Guide comes in handy. Epcot Art Festival Tip #3: Sign up for Seminars Art Workshops are once each day Friday – Monday at 11:00 AM in the Odyssey Festival Center. Each day is a different topic such as Floral Arranging or Gesture Drawing Class. These workshops cost $39.00, Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members receive a discount. In addition to these workshops there are two seminars each day at 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM, also offered in the Odyssey Festival Center. These are complementary. You’ll need to check in at the Festival Center desk inside the Odyssey building about an hour and a half before the seminar is scheduled to begin. You’ll then need to line up around 15 – 30 minutes before the seminar for seating. The food and beverage at this festival is elevated in many ways compared to the other festivals’ food and beverage. The plating and presentation is much more artistic and aesthetically pleasing. Instagrammers rejoice! Each plate is photo ready! This also means that it takes longer for these little masterpieces to be ready for their close up, resulting in long lines and slow delivery times. But most everything is worth the wait. Guests can also get in on the action with a “paint by numbers” mural at the beginning of World Showcase, just before the Canada Pavilion. Guests wait to pick up a small container of paint that corresponds with a specific number on the mural and fill in the matching numbered squares.It is quite popular and can result in a little bit of a line, though it looked like it was worth it. I wish I had participated during my visit. The goal is the mural will be completed by the end of each weekend and then reset for each weekend after.Epcot Art Festival Tip #8: Reserve your seat for Disney Broadway showThis is one piece of advice I wish I had given to myself for my own visit. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members were sent an email with a link to register for reserved seating for the Disney on Broadway show happening each night of the festival. It sounds like this show is a must-hear for any fans of Broadway or Disney music, of course. During my visit guests began to line up for this show an hour and a half before the first performance at 5:30 PM. If you are able to sign up in advance I’d recommend doing so.Epcot Art Festival Tip #9: Check out all things FigmentDisney quickly learned that Figment sells! And ever since they learned that lesson they’ve gladly featured him on various merchandise, and enjoyed those lovely revenue figures. At this year’s inaugural festival they’ve created some beautiful items that feature that royal purple pigmented dragon.The Figment topiary located behind Spaceship Earth is an adorable sight, and also a recreation of a topiary found at the Imagination Pavilion back in the 1980’s. Figment also gets his own scavenger hunt, that has been quite the hit already, even if it is $6.99 to participate (though you do get your choice of one of four fun Figment magnets).Final ThoughtsDon’t forget to stroll through the Herb Ryman and Mary Blair galleries located inside the Odyssey Festival Showplace. Even the mildest of Disney fans are sure to swoon over these galleries. You can also learn to draw a Disney character in the Animation Academy, an activity that was once a guest favorite at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Animation Academy is located inside Innoventions East and runs intermittently 9:15 AM – 6:16 PM.Now is also a great time to visit the Art of Disney store located near the front of Epcot, just behind Spaceship Earth. Even though this store is open all year, there are a few additions brought in for the festival, and it makes a good way to start or wrap up your day of fun at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. Epcot Art Festival Tip #4: Get into the art! Epcot Art Festival Tip #2.5: There may be lines as you wait to dine Lastly, slow down and look around. There quite a few visual delights throughout the festival. Don’t let the temptation of the food and beverage Food Studios take your attention away from the many other ways to enjoy the beauty of this artful festival. Epcot Art Festival Tip #6: Character meet and greet spots get artsy Epcot has some of the most Photopass Photographers of any Disney theme park and they’re out in full force at this festival. There are multiple photo opportunities throughout the park, just for the festival, but the runaway hits are the three spots around World Showcase where you can actually become part of some of the most recognizable paintings from around the world. There are Photopass Photographers at the ready at each of these spots, and most will gladly snap a pic using your phone as well.Epcot Art Festival Tip #5: Meet the artistsArt festivals are held in cities throughout the country, usually in the Fall and Spring. Perhaps you’ve been to a few either in your hometown or when visiting somewhere new. One of the fun things about art festivals is talking with the artists and crafts people as they display and sell their work.At Epcot’s festival you get the pleasure of engaging with artists throughout World Showcase as they display their work. Many are Disney favorites while others are newcomers. These artists will gladly sign any work of theirs that you purchase at their tent as well. I loved watching many of these artists create new work before our very eyes along the Showcase promenade. At the edge of Future World, along the walkway behind Club Cool and across from the Imagination Pavilion, a large panoramic mural is painted throughout the day. The artist works tirelessly to bring the work of art to life. This mural features elements that celebrate enjoying the world around us, a sentiment that fits very well inside Epcot. Epcot Art Festival Tip #7: Check out the murals Though a small touch, there is a nice addition to many of the World Showcase character meet and greet locations. Easels with a piece of character artwork stand proudly adding a nice artistic element to these greeting spots. They make for a great festival-specific visual moment, especially in guest photos with these characters. During my visit I noticed Donald Duck in Mexico, Snow White in Germany, and Alice in the United Kingdom pavilion each have their own easel. Share This!Ok, I’ll admit it. At the first announcement, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts didn’t seem like it would be that great. Even as the menu was announced my interest in the festival remained as muted as the tones of Picasso’s dark period. Alas, on opening day my Twitter feed flooded with photos and remarks about the creativity and fun found throughout the festival. Suddenly my interest sprang to life.In its inaugural year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts is offered Fridays through Mondays January 13 – February 20, 2017. Six weeks may seem like a substantial run, but when you consider the Epcot International Food and Wine festival runs for 16 weeks this year, this seems like a mini featurette. While the Festival of the Arts is not brimming with all the frills and frivolity of the Food and Wine, and the Flower and Garden festivals, there is still a lot to enjoy and if you’re not careful you might miss some of the offerings. So, before you head out the door this weekend here’s our Epcot Art Festival Tips. Living statues are quite a sight to behold #ArtfulEpcot 🌐🎨 pic.twitter.com/comj6CPMbL— TouringPlans (@TouringPlans) January 15, 2017
9 November 2012 Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the CEOs of leading South African healthcare companies have signed an agreement strengthening public-private sector collaboration in tackling the shortage of doctors and fighting the twin scourge of HIV/Aids and TB in the country. Companies participating in the agreement, known as the South African Joint Public Health Enhancement Fund, have already committed R40-million for the coming year. R20-million of this will go towards helping the country’s medical schools, R10-million will support HIV/Aids programmes, and R10-million will support the Academy for Leadership and Management in Health Care, launched by Motsoaledi this week. The pact will help the government to expand South Africa’s medical student intake, to support postgraduate students pursuing health-related studies, and to build additional capacity in the management of HIV/Aids and TB. It is envisaged that, over the next 10 years, the fund will assist in the production of a substantial number of doctorates in HIV/Aids and TB. According to the agreement, each participating company will make a fixed annual contribution to the fund. All signatory companies have committed to the fund for a period of three years, which will be followed by a review process. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday, Motsoaledi said the agreement set a new standard in collaboration between the public and the private sector. “This partnership between government and the private health sector conveys a simple message that together we care about a long and healthy life for all South Africans. It is our hope that the launch of the social compact agreement will motivate many more private health care companies to join the initiative,” Motsoaledi said. The minister said that, while the challenges faced by the public health sector placed a tremendous strain on the country’s resources, healthcare remained one of the government’s key priorities. Participating companies include Abbott, Alcon Labs, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Bausch+Lomb, Clicks Holdings, Clinics Healthcare, Litha Healthcare, Medi-Clinic, Mediscor, Medscheme, Netcare, Novo-Nordisk, Roche, United Pharmaceutical Distributors, and Servier Labs. Source: SANews.gov.za
lidija davis How it worksOnce you sign up for an account, BackType scans the blogosphere looking for your URL in comment forms and attributes the comment to you by placing it on your profile page.In a nutshell, BackType:Provides a unique URL that you can use if you don’t have your own Web siteAggregates all of the comments you leave across the WebAggregates comments written or shared by the people you’re followingLets you search for comments on specific topics and follow those written by the people you care aboutOffers keyword specific search so you can easily find comments that mention your industry, products, services, competitorsProvides an alert service that tracks keywords in comments and e-mails them to you (much like Google Alerts, but for comments)Allows you to track comments by blog post via SubscriptionsHas created two widgets; one displays your own comments, the other shared comments Is available on FriendFeedSupports Digg, Reddit, Intense Debate, Live Journal and Vox commentsPotential problemsPotential problems could arise if people use your name to comment, but BackType has planned for that by offering a moderation option.While it doesn’t compete directly with JS-Kit, SezWho, and Disqus as it isn’t a plugin, it could be considered a competitor to Artiklz which is also focused on aggregating comments.So if you’re a blogger or just interested in being informed about conversations in the blogosphere, why not give it a shot? BackType, the free service that aggregates all of the comments you make across the Web, launched a new feature last week called Subscriptions which lets you follow comments by blog post.BackType Subscriptions sends you an e-mail with updates that you can choose to receive as they happen, daily or weekly. Subscriptions is also offered via RSS. While most blogging platforms already offer a similar service, BackType fills the gap for those that don’t.If you’re not familiar with BackType, it’s an online tool that lets you search for and monitor keywords across the Web in an effort to put an end to ‘comment fragmentation.’With the amount of people socializing on the Web and leaving comments across the blogosphere, online reputation management is crucial. Not keeping up means you may miss out on important conversations about you or your brand – especially when they occur in the comment sections. Just look at the recent controversy surrounding Motrin.Monitor Comments Across the WebBackType can monitor comments you leave, or it can monitor comments that a person you specify leaves across the Web. Brilliant if you’re interested in knowing what someone is talking about online, or if you want to know which sites they’re commenting on. It also offers a search function by keyword letting you see at a glance how often your keyword appears in comments, where it appears and gives you an easy way to reply. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
After its disappointing IPO last month cast doubts on the company’s ability to monetize its vast user base, Facebook today announced a subscription pricing model – potentially adding a recurring source of revenue for itself – and for developers of Facebook apps.The new service, announced on Facebook’s Developer Blog this afternoon, will launch in July.Subscriptions will bring Facebook app producers a recurring revenue stream that will ideally normalize an app’s overall revenue stream, instead of depending on the spiky ups and downs of one-time payments for virtual items. The new system will be launched on both the Web and mobile versions of Facebook.Altimeter Group analyst Chris Silva sees subscription-based pricing as a real value for app developers to offer to users. “A subscription that buys me access to specialized content rather than a virtual item with maybe a more fungible value is a more successful way for developers to bring in revenue,” Silva said today. Specialized content is more of a value-add to users, he believes.Subscriptions have already been tested by popular game producer Zynga for its FarmVille and Pioneer Trail games. Kixeye, a smaller game developer, will sell exclusive items in its Backyard Monsters game for a $9.95 monthly fee – with Facebook picking up 30% of every subscription.Local Currency PricingAt the same time, Facebook is also moving away from its Credits payment system to pricing that supports local currencies. “By supporting pricing in local currency, we hope to simplify the purchase experience, give you more flexibility, and make it easier to reach a global audience of Facebook users who want a way to pay for your apps and games in their local currency. With local pricing, you will be able to set more granular and consistent prices for non-US users and price the same item differently on a market-by-market basis,” Facebook Product Management Director Prashant Fuloria told developers in today’s blog.That last point contains the real gem in the move: setting market-to-market pricing will let app developers maximize their revenue by lowering prices in markets where their items might be too expensive, or charge more if the market can bear it.The new subscription program will support local currencies, and apps that use the Credits system will be flipped over to local currencies automatically.“We hope new features like subscriptions and local currency pricing help you monetize more effectively and reach more users globally,” Fuloria added.Generating alternate and optimized revenue streams is pretty much Job #1 for Facebook after the lukewarm reception investors gave its IPO this month. And for Fuloria, it’s personal – this is why he was hired away from Google in 2009.The Mobile ConundrumOn the mobile version of Facebook, there are no ads and Facebook is seeing phenomenal growth. A recent report revealed that nearly a third of Facebook’s users in India access Facebook exclusively through mobile devices. The local currency and subscription changes will make it much easier for developers obtain revenue from mobile customers in developing countries.That’s critical for Facebook’s future: Facebook’s mobile platform “must be front and center with the massive growth in mobile users in the US – and more so, abroad,” wrote Silva earlier this year. “Facebook should expect the device, be it feature phone, smartphone or tablet, to be the central interaction point for users. It’s going to have to adjust its monetization model to match if it wants happy investors because mobile matters.”Today’s announcement is a fulfillment of Silva’s prediction: an adjustment of Facebook’s monetization model to start getting stronger and more predictable revenue streams from mobile users, and those in developing countries. And it won’t hurt the revenue channels from the rest of Facebook’s users, either. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#web brian proffitt Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos
It is a shameful commentary on the present state of Indian hockey that as important an event as the national championships is being tossed around like a ship in turbulent seas. The reason: the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) is daggers drawn with the Punjab Hockey Association (PHF) in the sort,It is a shameful commentary on the present state of Indian hockey that as important an event as the national championships is being tossed around like a ship in turbulent seas. The reason: the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) is daggers drawn with the Punjab Hockey Association (PHF) in the sort of confrontation that has bedeviled Indian hockey over the last couple of years.Punjab is willing to host the Nationals, estimated to cost around Rs 1.5 lakh, if the IHF pays for either the travel expenses or the board and lodging of the participants. The IHF has refused. Secretary Dayakissen has ordered Punjab to pay Rs 15,000 as guarantee money and clear its dues to the IHF, amounting to Rs 40,000, before it entertains thoughts of staging the Nationals.And, rain or no rain, the IHF wants to hold the Nationals in August and not in October because the IOA has stipulated that the Asian Games probable’s, to be picked after the Nationals, will have to undergo three camps of four weeks each before leaving for Bangkok in December.If Punjab could not advance the dates, then Tamil Nadu was prepared to hold the Nationals, possibly at Madurai. PHF secretary, Prithipal Singh, after a show of resistance agreed to the “terms and conditions” of the IHF, except the dates, stating that the Nationals could not be held at the mercy of the rain gods.Worse still, the Punjab Sports Council does not seem to be on the same wavelength as its hockey association. It refused to part with Rs 15,000 which was to be used by the PHA to pay the guarantee money to the IHF. The Madras-dominated IHF is adamant on the dates and the “terms and conditions”. Meanwhile the fate of the Nationals continues to hang in the balance.Footballer’s rudenessThe Federation Cup football tournament in Coimbatore will be remembered more for what happened off the field than on it. Mohan Bagan, joint winners this year with East Bengal, will be happy that they have bagged the trophy after being runners-up in last year’s inaugural tournament.But they would undoubtedly like to forget they ever made the trip to Coimbatore. Their players and officials along with their counterparts from JCT Mills, Phagwara were charge-sheeted by the local police for breach of peace during their quarter-final encounter. Though the charge was never proceeded with, it was not withdrawn either and hung over the players of the two sides, especially the Bagan men, like the sword of Damocles, demanding their good behaviour.As if that was not enough, Bagan and East Bengal players tarnished their reputations when they refused to stay on the field after their goalless first-encounter in the finals to be introduced to the chief guest of the evening-Tamil Nadu Governor, Prabhudus Patwardhan.Hardly had the final whistle blown than the crowd invaded the field and the players sprinted for their dressing rooms despite pleas of officials and organizers. The Governor left in a huff and the players were hauled over the coals for their bad manners.Would they not have stayed on if it was the distribution of prizes that was to have followed? Apologies to the Governor by both teams may have cooled frayed tempers, but our players would do well to remember that such behaviour in an international arena could bring about suspension or cause the nation to be debarred, not to mention the disgrace of it all.Simpson – ‘disgusted and disappointed’Not even cricketThe Australia-West Indies cricket series ended in unprecedented fashion. Umpire Ralph Gosein refused to return to his post when the game was extended to a sixth day after play on the fifth was abandoned 10 minutes before the close. The crowd, in what is now becoming typically West Indian fashion, had thrown bottles on to the field with the visiting Australians a wicket away from victory.The crowd was incensed when fast bowler Vanburn Holder, the ninth West Indian wicket to fall, was given out caught behind. Holder showed his displeasure. That was the spark. Only 6.2 overs of the final Kingston Test remained. The Aussies felt robbed as they felt they had the match in the bag.Gosein stuck to the rules – which justified his stand – that extra time can be made up for stoppages caused for anything other than normal intervals. But this is on the first four days only – there is no such stipulation for the fifth.So the series ended 3-1 in favour of the West Indians rather than 3-2. The Australians were naturally furious at being denied a morale-boosting victory. Said Australian captain Bob Simpson: “I am disgusted and bitterly disappointed that this should have been allowed to happen. The authority of the West Indies Board has been upstaged. History has been denied the opportunity of knowing what would have happened in a vital Test match.”Ali – credibility gapNot saying it yetMuhammad Ali came close to announcing his “final” retirement from boxing in Los Angeles last week when he said he had signed to promote a Saudi Arabian firm.Ali, 36, said the only thing that stopped him saying he would retire after his rematch with champion Leon Spinks on September 15 was that he had announced his retirement thrice before and might not be believed.Predicting he would beat Spinks, Ali ‘The Lip’ said: “After getting this title back. I really don’t have anything to keep fighting for. But I won’t announce my retirement because it would be hypocritical. I have done it too much.”Ender – taking the plungeSwimming togetherIn East Germany they are the products of the communist state’s strict methodical approach towards sport aimed at proving the system’s superiority over others – at all cost. Between them they have won eight Olympic gold, six silver and two bronze medals. Their courtship has spanned two Olympic Games, Munich and Montreal.She is one of the world’s greatest free style women swimmers, he one of the world’s greatest back-stroke swimmers. Both have quit the sport they dominated – and taken the plunge. Roland Matthes and Kornelia Ender are now man and wife. They were married in Berlin recently.advertisementadvertisement
Kentucky NBA Draftee VideosThursday night was a good night for the Kentucky men’s basketball program. The Wildcats had six players get selected – Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson – and could have had seven if undrafted shooting guard Aaron Harrison had sneaked into the second round. Kentucky’s video production team released congratulatory videos for each of its draftes. Towns, who was picked by Minnesota: Cauley-Stein, who was picked by Sacramento: Lyles, who was picked by Utah:Booker, who was picked by Phoenix: Harrison, who was picked by Phoenix: Johnson, who was picked by Oklahoma City: