Murray downs Del Potro; French women in grudge match

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Murray, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2016, will next face either John Isner of the United States or Russia’s Karen Khachanov.“I expected a very tough match. Whoever won that first set would have the momemtum as it would have been very difficult to come back in these heavy, slow conditions,” said Murray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“He was playing much better than me in the first set. He had chances in the first set, he double faulted on set point.”In a titanic first set, Del Potro wasted four set points then saved two before Murray pounced for the opener when the Argentine star narrowly miscued. View comments “I think that the relationship is not very good,” said 27-year-old Cornet.“I think she may have a grudge against us, so she’s not ready to talk with me, so I don’t think that it will be good to talk to her, because we are playing against each other.”Garcia fell out with her teammates earlier this year after she pulled out of a Fed Cup tie.Romanian third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep sealed her place in the fourth round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.Halep, 25, raced through the opening set against 26th seed Kasatkina but needed to save four set points in the second before clinching victory.Halep will face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.Suarez Navarro, the 21st seed and a two-time quarter-finalist, made the fourth round for the fifth time.She eased past Russian 14th seed Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-4 in a match which featured a 17-minute service game, punctuated by 11 deuces, for the Russian in the second set. 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Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Weary Del Potro, who had already summoned the doctor early in the second set, knew his challenge was over and he managed just 11 points in the third set.Former US Open champion Marin Cilic continued his smooth progress seeing off Feliciano Lopez, who was limited by a neck injury, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.Croatian seventh seed Cilic will next meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who matched his best run at Roland Garros with a five-set win over Britain’s Kyle Edmund.Anderson twice recovered from a set down to advance 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in just under four hours in a duel between two players born in Johannesburg.In the women’s event, France have three women in the last 16 for the first time in 23 years.However, that success is overshadowed by a bitter feud between compatriots Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia who will clash for a place in the quarter-finals.Cornet reached the last 16 for just the second time with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska who lost all her seven service games.Garcia, seeded 28, made the fourth round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 win over Taiwan’s world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei.Those wins guaranteed the home nation will have at least one quarter-finalist in Paris for the first time since Marion Bartoli in 2011.However, Cornet admitted that her relationship with Garcia has virtually broken down.last_img read more

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Apology needed

first_imgDear Editor,The arrest and detention of former Head of State and now Opposition Leader of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo, must be condemned by all civil and religious organistaions, as well as trade unions and Guyanese at home and in the Diasporas.The arrest of Jagdeo is not in keeping with political respect for the former Head of State and office of the Opposition Leader.I am calling on the Government of Guyana to offer a humble apology to the former President and let political maturity and humbleness prevail.The former President along with former Ministers of Government were questioned by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) as being the recipients of house lots which is alleged to have been acquired below market price in Pradoville 2.From all indications and signs, the arrest has nothing to do with stealing State assets as is being alleged by SOCU. Instead, the issue at hand, is simply, wanting to have the right price being paid for the house lots.If all protocols were followed in the acquisition of house lots by the recipients of the same then the burden of proof remains on the State to prove its case of stolen State assets against the value of the house lots awarded.In keeping with respect for the former President and Ministers, a more respectable approach should have been and remain so, on the way forward, by SOCU in their attempt to recover what they deemed or termed stolen State assets.Careful note must be taken of the approximate 20,000 comments and views on the said issue where the positive outweighed the negatives. I am appealing to our leaders in both Government and Opposition to desist from using words or actions that would only serve to further bring division among Guyanese. The once vocal voices of the representatives of the diplomatic community in Guyana has for some strange reason gone silent.In my opinion, Sam Sittlington, the British citizen who is the advisor to SOCU is over stepping and his visible presence and pronouncement on the controversial Pradoville 2 recipients leaves more questions than answers of foreign ‘meddling’ in our internal affairs as a country and people.Sincerely,Sherwyn Delano Downerlast_img read more

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Why has GECOM Chairperson become a burden?

first_imgDear Editor,The question right now is: Why has the GECOM Chairperson become a problem? And the answer is: because the PNC-led Coalition has taken time off to make it “their problem.” If you trace back in history, you will find that in the selection of a chairman vis-a-vis the holding of national elections, there has always been a problem whenever this party is in power. Hoyte took two years to make up his mind. Elections should have been held in 1990, but Hoyte kept his dilly-dally up for two long years, and a chairman was selected as well as elections held. It is a lifelong malignancy of the PNC, as we come up to that time again. You ask me if we have become used to it, and I would give you an honest answer: No! We just have to hold our collective breath and hope and pray that God speaks to the “good conscience” of the PNC, and it listens.And should I say it all has to do with the constitution. Just as it did in Hoyte’s time, the same convoluted reasoning is put forward this time around: a falsified interpretation of the law governing the selection. The Carter Center and the participating committee who framed the constitution were very clear in its details: the most favoured selectee being a judge and also “any fit and proper person.” Definitive words that need no further clarification, at least not from Granger nor his crazy Attorney General — especially with the present attorney-general being very limited where legal interpretations are concerned. That clause is crystal clear, so what is Granger’s gripe? What is his problem?If we should acknowledge their gerrymandering of the term “fit and proper person”, then wasn’t Dr Surujbally a “fit and proper person”? He is a veterinarian, who headed the Commission for the longest period so far. At least Granger and the PNC knew fully well what “fit and proper person” meant when Dr Surujbally pronounced them winners of the last election. He is not a judge, and could only have occupied that post on the merit of “fit and proper person.” So how come it is a problem now that a judge and fit and proper person must be interpreted as one and the same thing? So do not try to insult our intelligence with your posturing of the meaning of the clause “fit and proper person”.We are now in the season of selecting a chairperson who would be “fit and proper”; or, simply put, one who would be “fair”, one who would uphold the constitution and ensure that Guyana again returns to free and fair elections and elections that are free from fear. That is all we are asking.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Fergie bullish United have title in sight

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, February 11 – Alex Ferguson admits the destiny of the Premier League title is in Manchester United’s hands after they opened up a commanding 12-point lead over Manchester City with a 2-0 win against Everton.Following City’s defeat at Southampton on Saturday, Ferguson reversed an earlier plan to rest key players ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Real Madrid and put out his strongest line-up on Sunday, with the exception of defender Rio Ferdinand who watched from the stands.The result was a convincing win at Old Trafford and Ferguson acknowledged United are in pole position to regain the title with 12 games to play, although he refused to completely write off City. “I was going to make seven changes, but when I got the City result I thought this would be a more important game for us,” said Ferguson.“It would give us a comfortable lead and we could make changes later on in the season.“Realistically we knew if we got a result it would put us in a fantastic position.“Now, we look at the next game and win the next game. That is the only thing we can do, then win the next game. That is all we should think about.“We have to win our games anyway — it doesn’t matter what happened to City on Saturday. That is the way we should look at it. I’ve said it for weeks — concentrate on our own game and we’ll be okay.”Ferguson also paid tribute to veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs as the 39-year-old continued to re-write the Premier League record books by scoring the first goal before Robin van Persie wrapped up victory in first half injury-time.Giggs helped calm the early nerves around Old Trafford with his goal after 13 minutes, his first in the league this season.It means that the Welsh international has now scored a league goal in every one of his 23 seasons with United, a run which covers every campaign in Premier League history.“I think all the superlatives have been used and he doesn’t need any because his legacy lives on,” said Ferguson of the player to whom he handed a debut in March 1991.“He’s just a fantastic human being. In this game again, at 38 years of age … or is he 39? Maybe 40, I don’t know, but he’s up and down that pitch all day and showing fantastic energy for the game. It’s wonderful to see.”One interested spectator at Old Trafford on Sunday was Jose Mourinho, manager of the Real Madrid side which will face United at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.The two iconic managers met for a chat before kick-off and Ferguson is now clearly relishing locking horns with his young adversary once more.“I had a chat with him, he had a great result yesterday again,” said Ferguson of Real’s 4-1 victory over Sevilla in La Liga.“It will be a fantastic game on Wednesday and I just hope we have everyone out on the pitch I want out on the pitch.”Ferguson confirmed that Phil Jones (leg injury) and Jonny Evans (cramp) were taken out of the Everton game as a precaution.Meanwhile, Everton manager David Moyes echoed the thoughts of many when he claimed that City face a mountain if they are to hold onto their title.“In football you never know,” said Moyes. “But 12 points against a club like Man United is a big gap to make up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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St Eunan’s aim to Parke disappointments and reach first semi in four years

first_imgST EUNAN’S haven’t been in a Donegal SFC final since 2015, but Conor Parke hopes a tough group phase will stand to the black and amber tomorrow evening.St Eunan’s take on Milford in the first of the quarter-finals in Ballybofey (throw-in 5pm).Picture: Conor Parke in action for St Eunan’s against Omagh in the 2014 Ulster Club Championship. A place in the last four is at stake with St Eunan’s – who didn’t make it out of the group last year – still something of a mystery for onlookers.Richard’s Thornton’s team came out of a group including champions Gaoth Dobhair and their old foes St Michael’s, with away draws recorded at both, and Ardara, who they peeled away from to defeat.“We went to Magheragallon to get a draw before going to the Bridge to do the same so hopefully those games will stand to us now,” Parke said.“The likes of Kilcar are gung-ho to win the championship back this year and no matter who you play it’s a tough game at this stage of the game.” Conor Parke with Anthony Thompson in pursuitParke played in the 2012 and 2014 final wins over Naomh Conaill and Glenswilly, scoring a point against the later. Parke also played in the 2015 final loss to Naomh Conaill and he was part of the St Eunan’s side that lost out to Setanta in this year’s senior hurling final.Four years ago, Parke netted a goal in a semi-final win over St Michael’s. On Sunday, he came up from the back to arch over a vital point in the tense draw at The Bridge.“It was a tight game,” Parke said after Conall Dunne rescued a result for the Letterkenny men.“We’ve been there a lot and it’s always touch and go. You never get an easy game at St Michael’s. We were just glad to come out on the right end of it.“I actually thought that the game was gone, but we pulled it back. The boys showed good hunger to push on, especially after losing Rory Carr in the first half. It was backs against the wall stuff, but we managed to do it.” St Eunan’s have been in a period of some transition over recent years, but with a powerful underage structure in the same time, Parke and co are hopeful of climbing the ladder again.Parke said: “We had bad luck with a tight draw last year. We didn’t get out of the group. Thank God, we got the results this year.“You have the likes of James Kelly, Brian McIntyre and Eoin McGeehin inside, who are doing very well. It’s a big learning curve for those young fellas coming through.”St Eunan’s aim to Parke disappointments and reach first semi in four years was last modified: September 27th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Donegal SFCConor ParkeMilfordSt Eunanslast_img read more

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Villaraigosa in London for parleys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe visit to London came at the invitation of Prime Minister Tony Blair, and marks the start of a month of travel for the mayor. After his return to Los Angeles this week, he will begin preparing for a three-week trade mission to Asia that includes stops in China, South Korea and Japan. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa arrived Monday in London, launching a three-day trip to discuss trade, tourism, security and the 2016 Olympic Games. In his first international foray as the city’s chief executive, Villaraigosa discussed municipal security with Scotland Yard officials and has additional meetings today to discuss protecting public transportation systems. Today’s schedule also includes a meeting with the London Olympic Operating Committee, which won the right to host the 2012 Summer Games. Villaraigosa hopes to talk strategy with the London panel as L.A. vies with two other U.S. cities to host the 2016 games. During his London trip, the mayor is also scheduled to speak during a daylong Labour Party conference that will also include an address by former President Clinton. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! May 2016 Photo Report of the Disney Outlet Store

first_imgShare This!Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. It was a pretty big month for the theme park world, especially for one of our favorite parks: Animal Kingdom. For AK it was the best of times and the worst of times as the new restaurant Tiffins opened, and has drawn rave reviews across the board. Meanwhile, Jungle Book: Alive with Magic – the quickly produced show which is replacing the delayed Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular – is getting reviews so bad that even the theme park media who won’t say anything negative are having a hard time coming up with qualifiers to avoid saying this show has major issues. Meanwhile over in Disney Springs; the Town Center opened with Sprinkles Bakery and the Disney run D-Luxe Burgers is getting a big thumbs up from us. Also open? The Lime parking garage, making the area –  which was once the absolute worst place on property to park at  – now the best. Let’s not forget the next time you are in the BoardWalk area to check out the incredible new ice cream shop Ample Hills Creamery. Not only is there an ice cream flavor exclusive to WDW with Sally Sells Sea Shells (orange marshmallow ice cream with chocolate sea shells mixed in) , but we can highly recommend the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Peppermint Pattie as well. Now while all of you were out at Disney World with Chewbacca Mom, Outlet Intern Julia Mascardo and I were hard at work to bring you the quality Outlet coverage you expect deserve!Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Remember that clicking on any picture will open a full size version of it (don’t say we didn’t warn you).I’ve been searching a long time for the very worst example of Disney Vinlmation and this month I think I finally think I found my holy grail with this one featuring Mike Wazowski. Originally $12.95, now $3.99If he had two eye’s he’d probably poke one out so as not to see this.Speaking of Vinylmations, here is a a two pack featuring Marvel characters. Each comes with Loki along with another character. There is no one in the theme park community who loves Marvel more than I (I’ve been a comic book collector for much longer than I have been going to theme parks) but because of the standard Mickey Mouse mold these look a little too goofy for me. Originally $24.95 EACH, these were marked down to $6.99. I just realized that if you were going to collect these, the best case scenario is that you’ll end up with 16 Lokis and that’s the one character you can’t trade because everyone else will have him too.Marvel.Here are two of the characters from the Attractionistas line, which pretty much crosses Barbie with Monster High dolls. Each of the characters is based around an attraction and these two are for Space Mountain and Jungle Cruise. I think it’s a neat idea. I’d love to see GI Joe style action figures created for attractions. I’d be all over that. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.Attractionistas.I’m an unabashed mark for anything Orange Bird, so I bought one of these pillows. They are pretty stiff and not that comfortable, Originally $27.95, now $9.99.Orange Bird.Last month we had a five star salt and pepper shaker set and now we are back to a Why Would ANYONE Buy This set featuring a Mickey bar and a Mickey shaped “crisped rice treat.” I don’t even know how you are supposed to store the ice cream one. Stand it upside down?  Originally $16.95, now $7.99The good news is salt’s bad for you anyway.Here’s another Mickey bar in the form of a dog toy. Originally $10.95, now $4.99. Unlike the salt and papper set, I can get behind this one and think a full assortment of Disney food types would be good for dog toys including – yes – the ubiquitous turkey leg.Wait, isn’t chocolate bad for dogs? (photo by Julia Mascardo)This was a really neat lanyard medal featuring a picture of Walt Disney surrounded by many versions of Mickey Mouse over the years. The problem is this was pretty heavy and not sure how long someone would actually want to walk around with this hanging from their neck. Soon you’ll probably feel like Frodo did  after having The One Ring To Rule Them All cutting into his neck. Not sure of original price, but it was reduced to $5.99.Walt medal.Several pins showed up this month including these two featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy as firemen. No idea what the Mickey one on the right is supposed to be. Both were reduced to $5.99.Pins.I really like the Mickey and Pluto pin, the Merida one? Yikes. These pins were $6.99. You probably need a masters degree in financing to understand how Disney prices their pins.Pins.Star Wars pin featuring Finn reduced to $4.99. The annual Gay Days festival takes places this upcoming week in Orlando, and judging by everything I see online, if Disney produce a Finn and Poe pin they could probably use the resulting money to build a fifth gate.Star Wars pin.Here’s a Minnie Mouse pin that looks like the Jack Daniels logo to me. This was reduced to $3.99.Minnie Mouse.I don’t have the strength.  ($4.99)Pin.Here’s a Monster’s University pin set featuring a seemingly random set of characters. Surprised it’s not mandatory for sets like this to come with either Sully or Mike. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.Monsters University.Here’s a Monsters Inc set. I like that Monsters Inc (the company) logo pin in the middle. Why would that bottom right pin ever even be created with all the great pins you could make from characters in that film? Originally $24.95, now $9.99.Monsters Inc.DHS magnet, reduced to $3.99.DHS magnet.Way back in January I wrote about a Kylo Ren coffee cup: “it is the first of what will surely be a ton of items by this summer.” Well, summer is here as the store was filled with a ton of star wars stuff including this bonkers USB drive done in the design of Rey’s speeder. This flash drive was 4GB, which may not be enough space to hold all the pictures just in this article. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.Rey’s speeder.Star Wars bracelet with “interchangeable charms.” If you know who the target demo was for this, please let me know. Kids? 40 year old weirdos? It’s the original trilogy characters so I’m going with the latter. Reduced to $6.99.Star Wars.Stormtrooper bracelet that was originally $39.95, now $24.99. Every kiss begins with Kay, but many dumps begin with Star Wars jewelry.stormtrooperLooking for a $50 Captain Phasma necklace? Boy are you in the right place. Now only $24.95.Captain Phasma.Here is a ring made up of the logos of the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. Reduced to $8.99.“She said no.”A hideous Star Wars Rebel Blaster that was part of the great Walt Disney World gun purge. Originally $19.95, now $7.99. Parents and toy companies need to understand kids want what are in the movies. These aren’t in the movies.Not my Han Solo blaster.I didn’t even know they still made Micro Machines, but here’s one. Originally $24.95, reduced to $19.95. Am I the only one who misses the Micro Machines Guy? Boy, he’d make a fortune now with all those drug companies advertising on TV and having to slip in all the possible side effects as fast as possible.Micro Machines.Captain Phasma change purse? Clutch? This would fit perfectly in that decapitated Ewok purse from last month. Originally $25, reduced to $14.99.Captain Phasma.R2-D2 version. Same price as Phasma thing.R2-D2.Here’s a “limited edition” pin that was available last year during Star Wars Weekends. It was limited to about 1,000,000 judging by how many are still available. Is there a high demand for Jabba’s skiff pins? Originally $24.95, now $9.99, but this one can go write into the Sarlacc pit.Jabba skiff.No idea what a “laser cell” is, but this is an “official” one (don’t waste your money on those bootleg laster cells) featuring Minnie Mouse as Princess Leia.“Laser.” – Dr. EvilSo many Star Wars shirts this month that you could fill one of Imelda Marcos’ closets (have to appeal to my non #Millenial readers too you know.) I really liked this one which was made for runDisney featuring Yoda. Originally $26.95, now $14.99.runDisneyShocked to see this “rebel spy” shirt from Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. Originally $24.95, now $9.99.Star Tours.Chewbacca shirt. This one has been around in the parks for years.  Originally $24.95, $9.99.Chewie.Here’s a Darth Vader On A Postcard shirt. Originally $24.95, now $12.99. What is the backstory of this shirt? Who is Vader sending this postcard to? Emperor Palpatine?Darth Vader shirt.This has to be referencing a famous photo or the people approving Star Wars shirts need to be rigorously drug tested. Originally $36, $17.99. ORIGINALLY THIRTY SIX DOLLARS!!!!Stormtrooper.The evolution of Anakin Skywalker into Dark Vader. Also originally $26, now $17.99. Maybe these shirts were designed by Kanye West.Vader.Star Wars shirt featuring the Imperial March written out in sheet music. I want to hate this but I actually kinda like it because it’s so next level bananas. Originally $21.95, now $9.99.Star Wars.Here is a shirt from Ashley Eckstein’s “Her Universe” line of clothing. Originally $27.95, now $12.99. Very good quality.Her Universe.I don’t even know what to say. Originally $19.95, now $9.99.Whaaaaaaat?!More shirts from the 28 And Main line have been showing up including this Sun’s Out, Gun’s Out version for the Penny Arcade at the Magic Kingdom. Originally $29.95, now $12.99.28 and Main.I am almost 100% positive this Bambi shirt is referencing a famous rock n roll shirt. Getting so old I can’t remember which one though. Originally $44.95, now $24.95. The pricing of many women’s shirts at WDW is really crazy.Bambi.Is this a Hipsters shirt or am I offending hipsters by calling his a hipsters shirt? This one was orginally $46.95, now $24.99.Hipsters?Start your kid off on the trail to Dapper Day early with this cute t-shirt. Originally $19.95, now $7.99.Dapper Tyke.This Mickey one also perfectly good for kids. Originally $14.95, now $7.99.Mickey.Elsa hat for those chilly nights in Florida when it gets to 62 degrees. Originally $21.95, now $6.99. I moved from New Hampshire to Florida almost a decade ago and have not worn a jacket once in that time. Meanwhile when it dips below 70 degrees my neighbors get out their ski parkas.Frozen.A bonkers Rock N Roller Coaster clip frame. Originally $14.95, now $5.99. This is a guitar, sitting above a bunch of piano keys (WHAAAAAAAAAT?!) and I guess you attach pictures to it.RNRC (photo by Julia Mascardo)Wow, we never see Miles From Tomorrowland stuff. This cool toy set was originally $24.95, now $16.99.Miles from Tomorrowland. (photo by Julia Mascardo)Frozen toy set featuring just about everyone, even Hans. Originally $24.95, now $14.99.Frozen.Izzy toy from Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Originally $12.95, now $8.99.Izzy.Artsy square purses were available. This one featured stylized versions of the princesses. Originally $39.95, now $14.95.Princess purse.Another purse. This one is a stylized version of someone dropping acid on Main Street USA. Also originally $39.95, now $14.99.As the great Jim Hill always says about WDI. “No idea is ever thrown away, it comes back later when needed.” The same thing applies to Disney merchandise except they never say no the first time. “Looks great!”Pink over sized Mickey hands. Originally $22.95, now $8.99.Pink hands.SHOCKING news this month came when Disney announced it would no longer be supporting the Disney Infinity line. This came out of absolutely nowhere. Good news for people like me who love the design of the figures but have no interest in ever playing the actual video game. This Wreck It Ralph set was originally $32.99, now $14.99. Let’s hope those Tron figures come soon!Wreck It Ralph.I don’t know if Disney ever admitted this, but the Playaotion series of toys must have been a massive failure. It had to be, right? The original trailer for these things didn’t even make them look fun. These figures were $14.95, now $4.99 each.Black Widow and Hawkeye.I like the designs for both this Hulk and MODOK but this is crazy, this game would appeal to like 7 year olds and they have no idea who MODOK is. Same price as the figures above.MODOK. Wow.Holy cow, this  Playmotion “repulsor gear” was originally $69.95. It’s been cut to  $24.95. $70 for that thing? I’m more convinced then ever Disney took a bath on this series.Playmotion.Nothing to see here, just a guy taking pictures of boy’s underwear. Nothing weird about that at all. $14.95, now $9.99.Cars.You can now re-enact the climatic battle of Captain America: Civil War over breakfast with these coffee mugs. Originally $19.95 each, now $5.99. That’s right. $20 for an Iron Man coffee cup.Civil War.Here’s an Avengers print that I think was the cover to the Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron book used for Free Comic Book Day several years ago. The art is by Bryan Hitch, but I don’t think it is signed even though the original price is $495.00. It’s been reduced to “just” $254.99. Bryan Hitch is one of my favorite artists and recommend The Authority or The Ultimates for people who want to read some great books.Art.Madame Leota antenna topper. Reduced to $1.99.Madame Leota.How great are these things? Disneyland 60th Anniversary flags FILLED WITH CANDY. Originally $9.99, now $2.95. Bought several of these.CANDY FLAG!!Minnie Mouse ears for the Disneyland 60th. Originally $24.95, but you can dazzle at home with these for just $8.99 now.Minnie.A “harlequin” pair of Mickey Ears that seems half Haunted Mansion and half Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Originally $24.95, now $6.99.Weird.I don’t even get this hat. I guess that’s supposed to be a Mickey head made out of three roses? Was this in the gift shop next to Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom? What an insane looking hat. Originally $24.95, now $9.99. Gotta say, I didn’t hate that Beauty and the Beast live action trailer like I thought I would. I think I’m all in on this one.Hat?Cool looking Pirates of the Caribbean iPhone 6 case. Originally $24.95, now $4.99.Ahoy Ahoy!Frozen iPhone 6 case. Also originally $24.95, now $4.99.Let It Go.Here’s an interesting one. This rubber case resembles Minnie Mouse’s purse. Complete with handle. How impractical is that?! Originally $39.95, now $4.99.Purse case.A Dooney  & Bourke iPhone 4 case that was originally $50, now $24.99.Dooney & Bourke.I bought this bonkers iPhone tripod just because I couldn’t believe my eyes after seeing it. Originally $19.95, now $9.99. Top ten bananas item of all time.A tripod!Who doesn’t go to the Disney Outlet store for a pair of high end headphones?$90 headphones.Love this Beauty and the Beast print. Originally $39.95, now $19.99.Beauty and the Beast.This Alice in Wonderland print is also five stars. Same price as one above.Alice.Look at that price. That’s the “AFTER” price.Cruella.Why is Ursula so much cheaper?!Ursula.Pretty solid looking Dumbo plush that was originally $19.95, now $9.99. Got one of these.Dumbo!Did not get this St. Patrick’s Day Mickey Mouse plush. Originally $16.95, now $9.99.Top o’ the morning to ya!This America themed Mickey plush was also originally $16.95, now $9.99.USA! USA! USA! (photo by Julia Mascardo)Sofia the First and one of her friends. Both were originally $19.95, now $9.99.Sofia.A Duffy the Disney Bear HAND PUPPET!!!!! Originally $19.95, now $9.99.Duffy.Share this post on Facebook and Twitter OR THE BEAR GETS IT.You have five seconds to comply.About time to close up shop for this month. Let’s take a look at this one. Now, Universal sells this fake awards all over their parks, but a whole bunch just showed up at the Disney Outlets. Originally $17.95, these were marked to to $5.39 and that’s not a typo.I’d like to thank the Academy.Here’s a current shot of my trophy case.You’re simply the bestAS SEEN ON WDWMagic!There are actually two Disney outlet stores in Orlando. Both are in Orlando Premium Outlet shopping complexes, and they are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, presumably because The Land Of Misfit Toys was already trademarked. There is one Character Warehouse located on International Drive close to Universal Studios (4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821). Previous editions of Magic, Memories, and Merch: July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2015, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015. June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015. December 2015, January 2016, February 2016, March 2016 and April 2016.We also did an edition of Magic, Memories, and Junk for a non-Disney owned Outlet Store, and for you merch addicts like myself, you may also enjoy a look at the official Disney merchandise available on the Disney Cruise Line, Castaway Cay, and at the Orlando International Airport.If you liked what you read here, you may enjoy THE SATURDAY SIX articles every week on the TouringPlans.com blog and you can follow your humble author on Twitter (@derekbugan).last_img read more

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PHOTOS: Disney’s Pin Traders Shop in Epcot Relocated

first_imgShare This!Pin trading at Walt Disney World is a tradition that’s been around for 20 years. The most popular spot to trade pins in the theme parks is Epcot’s Pin Traders shop which up until now, had a prime location in the middle of the park next to the glorious Fountain of Nations. This location is the latest victim of the park’s massive overhaul and construction.The Pin Traders shop is now relocated to the former Camera Shop underneath Spaceship Earth. There is not a nice formal trading location like there was in the former location, but being under Spaceship Earth is pretty neat.Construction, removal of Innoventions WestRegular merchandise now on the shelves instead of pins at former Pin Traders locationNew Disney Pin Traders location at EpcotBesides being packed full of pins there is also some 2020 dated merchandise for sale in the new Pin Traders location. The new signage outside looks pretty cool right?New Disney Pin Traders locationNew Disney Pin Traders locationPins at a merchandise cart near former Pin Traders locationThere are still some pins for sale at a small cart next to the former location, near Electric Umbrella.What do you think of this latest change at Epcot?last_img read more

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South Africa backs Palestine’s UN bid

first_img22 September 2011 President Jacob Zuma told the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday that South Africa supported the Palestinian Authority’s bid for full UN membership as a sovereign State, and urged other countries to back the move. “It is a decisive step towards achieving lasting peace, economic cooperation and prosperity for the millions of people in the Middle East, and urge that it be viewed favourable,” Zuma said in his address to the Assembly’s annual general debate.Libya’s TNC ‘will need support’ On the situation in Libya, Zuma called for the cessation of hostilities and an end to Nato’s aerial bombardment. “We also call for the lifting of the no-fly zone, which was necessitated by the need for the protection of civilians.” Zuma voiced concern over the proliferation of arms in Libya, adding that the transitional authorities there would need support to deal with the security challenges. He urged Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to ensure the protection of migrant workers, especially those from sub-Saharan African countries, whose number he put at about 2.5-million. “Immediate measures should be taken to put an end to the killings, arbitrary arrests and the detention of migrant and black Libyans.”UN ‘should never allow itself to be used by any country’ Zuma noted that the African Union (AU) had tried to broker a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis when it erupted early this year. “However, it is a matter of record now that the AU efforts were never given a chance. Military actions were preferred over peaceful means.” The South African leader stressed that the UN should never allow itself to be used by any country. “All citizens of the world should feel confident and secure in the knowledge that the UN is above all interests and only serves those of the global citizenry.”‘Lift embargo on Cuba’ He also reiterated South Africa’s call for the lifting of the economic and financial embargo on Cuba to help the Caribbean country’s people attain greater economic freedom. Zuma also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the margins of the General Assembly’s debate on Wednesday, and the two leaders discussed developments in the southern African region, including the situation in Madagascar. They also talked about recent developments in Libya and Sudan. Ban thanked Zuma for his contribution as a co-chair of the Global Sustainability Panel, and acknowledged the country’s leadership as the host of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban later this year. Source: UN News Servicelast_img read more

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LP Magazine Expands Loss Prevention News and Media Team

first_imgLP Magazine continues to expand its expertise and leadership role in the media, publishing and loss prevention news space through its two most recent key additions to the LP Magazine team. “It’s an exciting time for LP Magazine, not only are we in the 15th year of operation — from a time when we operated like a start-up with just 2 people on payroll with freelancers helping us — to today, where we have a full team, with years of collective experience and expertise.”Garett Seivold Garett Seivold is a veteran journalist in the corporate security space. Since 1998 he has been the principal writer and editor of what evolved into the Security Director’s Report (SDR). Last year the magazine acquired the SDR, which has primarily published a subscription-based monthly printed newsletter as well as in-depth special reports based on proprietary research.We are currently transitioning away from the printed newsletter to a more frequent digital newsletter that will be made available to the larger LP Magazine audience. While much of the content is not retail loss prevention specific, it will benefit those in our industry who are responsible for physical security, data protection, executive protection, and other corporate security-related activities.- Sponsor – Garett will also contribute to the magazine by writing feature articles, as well as assist with surveys and industry research we do for ourselves or in partnership with others. Adding an experienced journalist to our team will only make our content stronger and widen our appeal to a larger security audience.Kelsey SeidlerKelsey Seidler joined our team last summer as our online managing editor to help us develop our new digital platform that launched in fourth quarter 2015. She’s a millennial who grew up in today’s digital world with experience editing digital content for BNP Media, a large publisher of multiple business-to-business magazines.At the same time she is completing her master’s degree in technology and communication from the University of North Carolina’s School of Media and Journalism. Like Garett, who also happens to be a graduate in journalism from Chapel Hill, we are extremely happy to have Kelsey bring her skills and youthful energy to the magazine team.Right now Kelsey’s role is more behind the scenes as we transition from our old to our new digital platform. However, you should expect to see her name associated with original editorial content as our digital products mature, and she becomes more familiar with the retail loss prevention space.Digital and EyeOnLP TeamGarett and Kelsey are the newest members of the magazine team. They join Jacque Brittain, LPC, and John Selevitch, who have worked for the magazine for several years supporting our digital and social media channels, webinars, and editorial content.Our EyeOnLP video team that includes Kat Houston, LPQ; Justin Kemp, LPQ; and Karen Rondeau are part-time, yet significant, magazine contributors we borrow from their full-time jobs with our sister organization LPM Media Group that produces internal awareness and employee training programs for retail LP organizations and solutions providers.Working at a small business often requires wearing multiple hats and working long hours. We’ve done that for fifteen years and will continue to do so to provide the best communication products for the retail loss prevention—and now a broader security audience. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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