Fourth of July Events at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!Are you ready to celebrate the red, white, and blue? Fourth of July is quickly approaching! (Can you believe we are just three weeks from the holiday?) If you’ll be in Walt Disney World, be prepared to celebrate Independence Day with a bang! So, if you are wanting to salute all nations, but mostly America, here are the ways you’ll be able to do it!Magic KingdomCelebrate with Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky which commemorates the Fourth of July with an incredible fireworks show that is choreographed to patriotic music. The best part about this fireworks spectacular is that they are shown on two nights – July 3 and July 4 at 9:15 p.m. So you have two chances to catch this special show.Looking to learn a little history? Then make sure you catch a performance of The Muppets Present…Great Moments in History. During the show, Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie Bear and friends reenact famous moments in American history all in a fun manner. This is a live show that is performed daily in Liberty Square.Another must see during the holiday is the Flag Retreat which takes place at 5:00 p.m. each day in Town Square on Main Street U.S.A.The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will be shown twice on both July 3 and 4 – once at 12:00 p.m. and once at 3:30 p.m. I will make sure to update this post as additional Fourth of July events for the resorts get announced!As a reminder, the Fourth of July is one of the busiest days of the year at Walt Disney World. Make sure you come prepared with a plan and pack your patience. (Oh and be prepared for the heat!)Fourth of July is a fun experience no matter where you are, but Walt Disney World certainly goes all out to celebrate America’s birthday. Disney’s Fort Wilderness ResortDisney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will offer several special events around the Fourth of July holiday:The Fourth of July 5K Run will take place on July 3. Pre-registration is available June 24-30 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn. On-site registration begins at 7:00 a.m. in the field next to Mickey’s Backyard BBQ. The run begins from that location at 7:30 a.m.The Fourth of July Golf Cart Parade begins at 4:00 p.m. on July 4. This is a sight to see! Registration will be open June 24-30 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Fort Wilderness Bike Barn.The Fourth of July Beach Bash at Clementine’s Beach will take place from 6:00-11:00 p.m. on July 4. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, dancing, games, contests, a movie, and more. In addition, the Fort Wilderness food truck will be available in the settlement area with delicious items for purchase.Patriotic SnacksLooking for a patriotic-inspired treat? Items will be able to be found throughout the resort, but here are a few you might not want to miss:A Fourth of July cupcake featuring an apple-pie filling at Creature Comforts and Isles of Java at Disney’s Animal KingdomA sparkly red-white-and-blue coconut macaroon dipped in white chocolate at BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk ResortPatriotic dipped strawberries and Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse mini-domes at Amorette’s at Disney Springs Patriotic ApparelThe Walt Disney World Resort has introduced a new line of patriotic-inspired clothing, accessories, and more. The Star-Spangled Americana Collection features caps, magnets, cups, shirts, Mickey ears, bags, frames, magnets, and yes, there’s a brand new spirit jersey for the occasion! EpcotYou will not want to miss the fireworks spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. For July 4, the show will add a patriotic twist, with a special finale tag that celebrates America. Illuminations takes place at 9:00 p.m.Guests will absolutely not want to miss performances by the talented Voices of Liberty. This is an a cappella group who perform traditional Americana tunes during a 4th of July Concert at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.Guests who love to meet characters can meet Disney favorites all dressed up to celebrate America’s birthday throughout the day at the American Adventure Pavilion.Finally, if you’re looking to get into the patriotic spirit, you do not want to miss the American Adventure show which is a journey through important moments in America’s history narrated by Audio-Animatronic figures of Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain. Prior to the show, make sure to stop in the American Heritage Gallery for “The Kinsey Collection.” This exhibit showcases 400 years of African-American achievement through rare art, documents, books and artifacts.Disney’s Hollywood StudiosGuests will be able to enjoy the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks spectacular. This show takes place at 10:00 p.m. and dazzles with themed fireworks, lasers, special effects and video projections of iconic characters and scenes from the Star Wars saga, all set to that unforgettable film score. Oh and yes, there are new scenes to celebrate Solo: A Star Wars Story.Disney’s Animal KingdomOn Fourth of July, Guests can experience the Rivers of Light nighttime show.  Rivers of Light, celebrates a connection with nature through fire, water and light. Rivers of Light is shown twice at 9:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.last_img read more

SHRM’s Best Kept Secret: the SHRM Foundation

first_imgLast question, do I have to be a SHRM member or contribute to the SHRM Foundation to use their complimentary resources?[Beth] No, as a public charity, the SHRM Foundation makes all of its resources available free to the public–both SHRM members and non-members– on its website. Hard copies of the most recent products are also available by request from the Foundation.My thanks to Beth for sharing her knowledge with us. While Beth did point out that the SHRM Foundation resources are free to anyone, keep in mind that they would not be able to create these resources without our support. So if you do find the resources useful, consider making a tax-deductible donation at shrmfoundation.org/donate.I’m always looking for well-prepared information about the future of work. I can tell you from personal experience, the SHRM Foundation creates quality research and information that you can use in your strategic planning, operational goal setting and business meetings.Image courtesy of Sharlyn Lauby The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) is my professional association. I support other professional organizations, but my first HR job was as a generalist so SHRM was the first professional association I joined. Every employer I’ve ever worked for supported my membership in SHRM and allowed me to attend SHRM professional development events. They also supported me being a SHRM volunteer leader.It wasn’t until I became a volunteer leader that I learned about the SHRM Foundation. That’s why I think of it as a best kept secret. The SHRM Foundation supports our role as human resources professionals through research, thought-leadership and awards. And frankly, we can all use good information to make our jobs easier. So I reached out to Beth McFarland, CAE to share a little more with you about what the Foundation does to help us in our daily jobs. Beth is the director of foundation programs with the SHRM Foundation and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for years.Beth, can you share with readers some background about the SHRM Foundation (i.e., what it does, how long it’s been around, etc.)[Beth] The SHRM Foundation was created by SHRM in 1966, so we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary next year. Our main mission is really research and education. We support students and professionals in their lifelong learning by awarding more than $150,000 in education and certification scholarships annually.In addition, we develop educational materials for HR professionals and students, and fund original rigorous research to advance the knowledge base of the HR profession. To help educate HR professionals on the trends impacting the workplace, we introduced a major multi-year thought leadership initiative in 2013.As a special expertise panel member, I know a little about the thought leadership initiative you’re talking about. Tell us more about the project.[Beth] We believe that understanding the fundamental changes impacting the world of work is the first step to preparing for them—and ultimately leveraging them for competitive advantage. That’s why we launched a multi-phase initiative to identify and analyze critical trends likely to affect the workplace in the next 5-10 years. Through a rigorous process of surveys, expert-panel discussions and analysis conducted in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), we identified three key themes and have been focusing our program of work on a different theme each year.In 2015, our focus is Engaging and Integrating a Global Workforce. We have released a report, written by the EIU that explains this theme in more detail. Later this year we’ll be releasing infographics and video interviews to help people learn more about this topic. Members of the SHRM expert panels are now working to identify specific ways these trends will impact the workplace and what HR can do now to prepare. Their final report will be released this fall. Visit our Digital Hub to learn more about SHRM Foundation thought leadership.  One of my go-to resources is the “Effective Practice Guidelines” series. Relevant information I can use every day. What other types of “thought leadership” are produced by the SHRM Foundation?Thanks for highlighting those. What’s great about the Effective Practice Guidelines (or ‘EPGs’ as we call them) is that they provide a quick overview of each topic along with practical, specific guidelines for success—and it’s all based on solid research. We create these in an easy-to-use format that really works well for busy HR professionals.In addition to our EPGs, we also publish shorter executive briefings— which are great to share with other leaders and line managers in your organization—and a series of educational DVDs that show strategic HR in action. We’re proud to report that, in addition to workplaces, these resources are now used in hundreds of college classrooms as well. And excerpts from the EPGs are often included in HR textbooks.This year, the SHRM Foundation provided awards to individuals who have never attended the annual conference before. And the SHRM Foundation provides other types of scholarships, awards and research grants to professionals. How can someone learn more about these programs?[Beth] Easy! Visit our website at shrmfoundation.org and select ‘Scholarships & Awards’ from the top menu. This provides an overview of the different awards available to each group: SHRM members, students/advisors and researchers. The ‘overview’ page provides a brief description of each award along with the application deadline. Click on any award for more information and to access the online application. For information about research grants, choose the ‘Research’ tab at the top of the page.How is the work of the SHRM Foundation funded?[Beth] The SHRM Foundation funds its work with gifts from individuals, companies, organizations, sponsors, SHRM chapters and SHRM state councils. In 2013 and 2014, the Foundation’s annual campaign raised more than $1 million. Because of the generous financial and in-kind support received from SHRM to cover operating expenses, all other funds raised through the annual campaign go directly into programs, including scholarships, educational products, research and thought leadership. To read more on HR Bartender Blog, please click here.last_img read more

STANLEY Security Launches Retail Software that Integrates Exception-Based Reporting and Video Surveillance

first_imgAn intelligent solution designed to lower retail operating expense by uncovering broken processes, improving customer experience, and reducing shrinkage was recently launched by STANLEY Security. The new software, called TRENDS™, allows corporate leaders and managers to drive operational efficiency while maintaining strong business ethics inside the company.“TRENDS automates many of the day-to-day tasks that managers juggle,” said Matt Kushner, president of STANLEY Product Solutions. “The solution helps accelerate leadership decision-making by allowing them to focus more time on the actual business.”Designed for flexibility to scale regionally and nationally, TRENDS leverages exception-based insights combined with surveillance footage to uncover inefficient processes. The retail software can be quickly customized to each unique retailer’s business model, point-of-sale system and reporting needs from multiple data sources.- Sponsor – “Our solution is continuing to evolve and will soon include predictive analytics” said Kushner. “While extracting patterns and outcomes from our beta test data, we experienced an even greater increase in productivity that our customers will benefit from.”There are multiple pain points that can be relieved by three featured benefits of TRENDS:Provides timely data that allows executive leadership to engage in better decision-making with the help from clear, customizable and easy-to-use dashboards that report values across daily inputs, processes and activity.Reduces unknown theft by identifying broken processes, data discovery shows point-of-purchase successes and challenges. This eliminates frustration between departments and helps potentially expose organized crime activity.Incorporates video surveillance for advanced video visualization decreases operating expenses across the company. This provides corporate loss prevention teams with documentation needed for asset protection criminal cases and prosecuting thieves.With the integration of the solution, TRENDS customers will be able to understand point-of-sale challenges and determine which locations may need additional strategic planning.“With the click of a button, TRENDS can help you prioritize how to improve your retail customer experience” continued Kushner. “Many software alternatives on the market only include exception-based reporting. By leveraging video to accelerate decision-making, retailers can use the intelligence to reduce both malicious and non-malicious retail loss.”For more information, visit www.stanleysecurity.com/trends.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Loss Prevention Jobs in Georgia

first_imgLowe’sArea Asset Protection Manager – NW Atlanta Atlanta, GAStore LevelFull-time04/04/2019Goodwill Southeast GeorgiaSafety ManagerSavannah, GACorporate/ExecutiveFull-time04/04/2019Kohl’sLoss Prevention OfficerColumbus, GAStore LevelPart-time04/04/2019To find more jobs, in Georgia and around the country, click here to search the LPjobs website, the premiere online source for loss prevention employment and e-recruiting.[text_ad use_post=’2385′](This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.)- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

How to Make Time for Innovation: Kindling’s Idea Recommendation Engine

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Getting employees to actually submit ideas into innovation management software may be an issue for some enterprises. But for others, idea overload is the real issue. Kindling, a SaaS innovation management vendor, learned that executives at two of its major corporate clients stopped using Kindling because they were overloaded with ideas. Kindling is trying to change that by introducing a new feature: an idea recommendation engine. klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Although innovation management has been around for years, pioneered by companies like Imaginatik, interest has accelerated recently. We recently identified three key trends in idea management, but the are continues to, well, innovate.Kindling’s recommendation engine starts off with a short questionnaire aimed at determining users’ interests – it’s similar to the ones presented when you start using Netflix or Hunch. Users can opt to answer only a few questions or continue to answer many questions. Users can display the reason a particular idea was suggested and downgrade certain selection criteria to improve Kindling’s recommendations. Although the recommendation engine’s utility remains unproven, Kindling product manager Tim Meaney is optimistic that this transparency and feedback mechanism will help make it very smart very quick.Other new features include a redesigned backend and support for user groups.Existing features for organizing ideas include the ability to list ideas by popularity, votes, number of comments, the “Ideas I’m Watching” section that allows users to follow the comments and activity on particular ideas, and a highly configurable e-mail notification system.Kindling can act as a stand alone solution or integrate with Microsoft‘s Outlook and SharePoint. Users can export ideas to Excel, or use the application’s API to export ideas in a variety of ways. “We don’t feel entitled to your data,” Meaney says, “If you decide to leave Kindling at any time, you can bring your data with you – we won’t keep any of it.”Kindling was spun out of the New York City based consulting firm Arc90. The product was released in 2009 (see our coverage) and has landed several big-name clients like The Motley Fool, Symantec and Medtronics.center_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

More to West Indies woes than the missing IPL stars

first_imgIt’s just past the first hour on the opening day of the second Test in Nottingham as I write this and the West Indies are already in deep trouble, having lost four top-order batsmen. It would be fair to say that they are pretty much on the back-foot already. Would Chris Gayle have made a difference?This is a rhetorical question, of course, but worth asking nonetheless. Perhaps Gayle too may not have survived long on a seaming track on which England’s formidable pace attack is always likely to revel, but from a cricket follower’s perspective what is pertinent is that the best player is available.Surely, neither Kirk Edwards nor Adrian Barath, promising young batsmen as they are, quite measure up to Gayle’s class or experience. The brawny left- hander, who was a sensation this IPL season too, has two Test triple centuries to his credit and has spent a decade and more at the international level.That should matter a heck of a lot to a team that is trying to rediscover some of the chutzpah and exhilarating skills that made the Caribbean style of cricket so endearing. Gayle’s presence would have forced England to rework their strategies, perhaps even put some fear in their ranks – apart, of course, from improving the calibre of his own team.It must seem ridiculous that Gayle, who is currently in England, is not with the West Indies team playing against England! Add Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, and you have three players who could strengthen the current West Indies team enormously.advertisementThere is no guarantee that England could have been beaten in the first Test, or before that the Australians in a home series. But scores and performances of the past few months suggest that the West Indies did several things right, but lacked that little class and experience than can make a winning difference.If only wishes were horses… The issue, of course, is not as simple or as easily resolved as getting a few players into the side. West Indies cricket has been awash with complexities arising out of disputes related to player and authority, as also inter-island power-play for almost two decades now. At its worst, this led to revolt, at other times to rancour-driven indiscipline.Whatever the causes, the effect is that West Indies cricket has suffered. A lack of vision and planning in the 1970s and 80s led to a dearth in talent in the early 1990s when greats like Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Malcolm Marshall etc retired. With England ceasing to be an attraction for young West Indians to go to for jobs and the United States as the new El Dorado, cricket too gave way to other sporting pursuits for the generation that grew up then.All this is too well documented to bear repetition here. What is pertinent is that after a dismal two decades, the opportunity exists for West Indies cricket to revive itself from its moribund state. This can only happen if players and administrators – along with the game’s minders at large – are on the same page.The game’s bigger than ever before, and the clamour for the Caribbean brand of cricket keeps growing. In a sense, the IPL and other leagues have sparked off fresh demand for West Indies cricketers, and the players themselves stand to benefit because the prospects of livelihood are enhanced.The flip side to this is that the West Indies cricket can be torn asunder if the players and administrators don’t find common cause, as seems to be the case now. If the administration is indifferent to the needs and sensitivities of the players, and the players see only moolah as the reason for them to play, West Indies cricket may not regain its pristine power or prestige.It beats understanding that the conflict between Gayle and West Indies cricket should fester so long. If it is only about some radio interview he gave, a mediator who is both clever and compassionate should be able to broker a truce pronto.There is also the issue of recognising and nurturing talent. It also beats understanding that Narine is not only overlooked for international matches but is not given a central contract which would keep him in the fold either. If Kolkata Knight Riders’ talent scouts can cough up $ 700,000 for him, surely he is worth something.There are complexities beyond just player-administrator conflict of course. These have to do with how and where the modern game is headed. Without proper windows for leagues like the IPL, the temptation for players from financially weak boards will always be great.advertisementHow that is going to be addressed is not known, but for the present if players like Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Narine can be seen in the maroon West Indies cap, it will be a big step forward.(The writer is a seasoned journalist)last_img read more

The Guardian view on Chris Froome’s failed drugs test: transcending limits

first_imgAnthony Joshua Support The Guardian Olympic Games World Athletics Championships Chris Froome Share on WhatsApp Bradley Wiggins Share on LinkedIn This Sunday, in one of the biggest nights of the sporting calendar, the BBC’s sports personality of the year is decided. Apart from the shortage of women, the other striking feature of the 12-strong shortlist is that only one of the contenders favoured by bookies – the boxer Anthony Joshua – comes to the contest free of the small nagging questions about their fitness to be heroes. The latest to be questioned is the four-times Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who faces further inquiries over an “adverse analytical finding”. The Guardian revealed on Wednesday that questions had been raised by a test carried out in early September when Britain’s best cyclist was on his way to victory in La Vuelta, the Spanish race that, in an almost unprecedented feat, he won only a few weeks after winning the Tour de France. The test suggests he exceeded the permitted levels of the asthma drug salbutamol, which as an asthmatic he can take in strictly controlled amounts. He protests that he stuck to the advice of his doctors, and Team Sky is confident that further testing on the speed with which his body absorbs the drug will exonerate him – as, last month, Bradley Wiggins, a former Team Sky member, was cleared of “jiffygate” doping allegations.Of the other leading contenders, the distance runner and icon of the London Olympics Mo Farah has now split from the controversial coach Alberto Salazar, strongly denying that it was connected with allegations of misuse of prescription drugs. Lewis Hamilton is a tax exile – as indeed is Chris Froome. They are all rich far beyond the dreams of Sunday night’s voters: Anthony Joshua, the boy from Watford, is tipped to be the first boxing billionaire. Their trouble is that they compete in a world of eye-watering rewards, where marginal advantage is the alchemy they all seek. It would be hard to design a better system to incentivise the use of performance-enhancing drugs.Worldwide, sporting authorities always appear just off the pace: playing catch-up, duped afresh by each novel drug, or new use of a familiar one. The incentive to cheat always looks stronger than the disincentive, despite the onerous nature of the drug-testing regime, with its obligation on athletes to report their movements months in advance and the intrusive nature of testing. On some estimates, only 1% of tests returns a positive result; yet some cyclists have claimed that 90% of their rivals dope. An anonymised survey of competitors in the World Athletics Championships in 2011 found 30% of respondents admitted to having used illegal drugs in the year before the competition, but just 0.5% failed tests.Against this onslaught of cheating, the main anti-doping agency, Wada, has a budget of a mere $30m a year, less than the annual earnings of a couple of top athletes. The Russians, smarting from the exposure of their state-sponsored doping programme – which led to the exclusion of more than a hundred of their athletes from last year’s Rio Olympics and now a further ban from next year’s winter games in South Korea – will be watching closely. The claim from Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, that the latest sanctions on Russia would be a catalyst for a more effective anti-doping system, stretches credulity. But the yearning for athletes who appear to transcend human limits is as old as the Games of classical times. And so is trying to cheat. Lewis Hamilton Since you’re here… Reuse this contentcenter_img Topics Share on Facebook Drugs in sport Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Opinion editorials Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

Allegri says Juventus is a team full of champions

first_imgThe Bianconeri is the only team in the Italian Lega Serie A that has not lost a single match this seasonJuventus has now 14 consecutive matches without losing in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.The Bianconeri is the only team in the competition that has yet to lose.And for coach Massimiliano Allegri, his team is made up of champions.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“This is a team made up of champions and men of character,” Allegri told ESPN.“To win you must have the desire to make a race more, to gain an extra centimeter, you must have the humility to put yourself on a par with the opponents on the physical plane and these players have it.”“We started a difficult month in the best way,” he added.“December will be important, at the end of the month we can make an initial assessment. But from here to May, it’s long.”last_img read more

Khaleda likely to file appeal Thursday

first_imgKhaleda Zia .File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia’s counsels are making preparations to file an appeal against a trial court verdict that landed her in jail.The lawyers said they are likely to get the certified copy of the verdict on Wednesday.On 8 February, the fifth special court of judge Md Akhteruzzaman handed down the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, convicting and thus sentencing the former prime minister to five years in jail.Shortly after the pronouncement of the verdict, Khaleda landed in the abandoned central jail building at Nazimuddin Road in the capital.A pro-BNP Supreme Court lawyer said they would first file the appeal against the verdict and then seek bail.The lawyer also voiced his optimism that the court would grant Khaleda the bail.He said Khaleda has already been asked to appear before the court in several cases. “It seems that the government wants to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail,” the lawyer added.last_img read more

Fire and collapse in Mumbai shop kills 12

first_imgFire tore through a sweet shop in the Indian city of Mumbai before dawn Monday, sparking a building collapse which killed 12 sleeping workers, authorities said.Four others were injured but some saved their lives by scrambling out seconds before the collapse.Fire crews and other rescuers saved many trapped workers but 12 died of their injuries, said Tanaji Kamble, spokesperson for Mumbai’s disaster management cell.”The casualties could have been much higher but luckily some workers managed to escape before the building collapsed,” Kamble added.Authorities are looking into the cause of the blaze in the store in the suburbs of India’s financial capital.Building disasters are common in Mumbai, especially during the monsoon season from late June to September. Millions live in cramped dilapidated properties because of high rental prices and activists say housing owners and builders often cut corners to save costs.In August seven people died after a building collapsed in Mumbai following days of heavy rain. In July 17 people died when a four-storey building gave way in the northern suburb of Ghatkopar.In 2013 60 people were killed when a residential block came crashing down in one of Mumbai’s worst housing disasters.last_img read more