PricePEAKPEAKREGREGREGREGPEAK For the most up-to-date numbers, check out our Crowd Calendar.WeatherCool, wetter weather continues this week. In fact, only one day is predicted to reach 70, and there is at least a chance of rain every day. Make sure you dress for the weather! ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsFrom an entertainment standpoint, the main attractions are Disneyland’s holiday shows, like the new Mickey’s Happy Holidays parade at Disney’s California Adventure and Disneyland Park’s A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like The Disneyland Band, can be found here. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri World of Color2211112 Disneyland8-128-128-108-108-108-108-12 SL SL Admission and HoursFor those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets during the week are Peak pricing ($149/$141) on the weekends (including Friday) and Regular Price ($129/$122) the remaining days. Regular park hours are as follows this week: A Christmas Fantasy Parade2222222 DisneylandSL SC DX FXSL SC California Adventure8-108-108-98-98-98-98-10 Fantasmic!2200002 For early admission, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.Passholder blockouts ease off a bit this week. Flex reservations are required on Saturday, Sundays and Friday, and are unavailable for Saturday as this goes to press; check here for the most up-to-date information. Share This!With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, you can look forward to low crowds (and, sadly, rain) at Disneyland Resort this week. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland news.Special Events and NotesWe are in the thick of the holiday season now, highlighted at Disneyland by the Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure, which is a celebration of holiday-themed food, drink, and entertainment! New this year is Mickey’s Happy Holidays, a twice daily parade/dance party of characters. Over at Disneyland Park, in addition to holiday decor galore, A Christmas Fantasy Parade and Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks are now running nightly, and holiday merchandise is available for sale in the parks as well. In addition to the Festival and the special holiday shows, make sure you check out the ¡Viva Navidad! celebration featuring traditional costumes, music, and entertainment, and a street party with the Three Caballeros. Some attractions are also getting into the holiday spirit — in addition to Haunted Mansion Holiday, which continues, Cars Land favorites transform to Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree, and its a small world gets its annual holiday overlay. Finally, there’s a new Let It Glow tree display distributed throughout the Downtown Disney District. You can find more information about all of the holiday offerings here.Frozen is now in theaters, but guests experiencing Frozen — Live at the Hyperion will still have an opportunity to check out a sneak peek of Frozen 2.CrowdsCrowds dip noticeably as compared to last week, as kids are back in school until winter break. Only Saturday is predicted to have crowds of any consequence. California AdventureSL SC DX FXSL SC Believe… Holiday Fireworks1111111 SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri Mickey’s Happy Holidays2222222 Early EntryDLDCADCADLDCADLDCA Key: SL: Southern California Select Annual Passport; SC: Southern California Annual Passport; DX: Deluxe Annual Passport; SG: Signature Annual Passport: FX: FlexRefurbishmentsEverything is showing open this week at Disneyland Park. Over at California Adventure, the Red Car Trolley remains dark until next spring. As always, however, refurbishments can pop up unexpectedly, so check out our refurbishments page to make sure your favorite ride is still running, and for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.That should do it for this week’s news. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments.
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Yet, recall this report from research firm Nielsen a couple of weeks ago. Of all Android apps that users download, only the top 50 or so make up the vast majority (61%) of use. So, while inventory for all mobile applications has risen exponentially, only the real top-tier of apps are worth it to advertisers. Though we do not have specific numbers for iOS app usage, it is probably comparable to Android use. Flurry paints a pretty picture. On one hand, they are not wrong. Mobile display ads are definitely an attractive option for advertisers and developers looking to make money on their content. Yet, as a market, there is not yet full inundation that will support the entire ecosystem. It still comes down to making a product that consumers will actually use. Total inventory is interesting, but advertisers go where the eyeballs actually are. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Mobie analytics company Flurry released research today that shows that the available inventory for mobile advertising could absorb all Internet advertising. That means that available display ad spots for iOS and Android could take over just about all revenue for Internet advertising.Now, while mobile growth has been staggering over the last two years, there are several aspects to keep in mind here that Flurry does not touch on. Foremost, Flurry is taking into account the total amount of inventory available for the more than 600,000 apps available between Android and iOS. That does not necessarily mean that most apps make attractive targets for advertisers.Flurry sees four reasons why mobile advertising inventory is growing so fast:Smartphone growth – More than a million activations across platforms per day.Publisher growth – More developers, more apps.Session use growth – Users spending more time using their apps.Publisher integration of ads – More screen space, more complex apps make for more advertising potential.Yesterday research firm comScore came out with smartphone user numbers for July that showed nearly 82.2 million Americans, or about a third of all U.S. consumers, are now smartphone users. That number is rapidly approaching the magical inflection point of 50% smartphone market penetration that signals the difference between a mainstream fad and an integral part of the consumer experience.Flurry paints a pretty picture. On one hand, they are not wrong. Yet, as a market, there is not yet full inundation that will support the entire ecosystem.Hence, apps and their inventories have grown exponentially as well. Yet, as we have seen from other reports, even though users may download a lot of apps, they do not always use a lot of apps.Flurry also notes that smartphone users have a higher average income and tend to hold more bachelor degrees (or higher) than the average American household. With mobile advertising expected to be a $1.1 billion market this year, certainly mobile ads are attractive to advertising firms. “For mobile apps, less than four years into their growth cycle, a critical mass of highly attractive consumers has been achieved,” Flurry says in its report. “With growing awareness by brands and advertising agencies, we now expect digital advertising on mobile to take off in earnest.” Tags:#marketing#mobile#Mobile Ads#news Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina swoop for Sevilla attacker Luis Murielby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina have signed Sevilla attacker Luis Muriel.Milan had been touted as favourites to sign Muriel, but he has personally chosen to join the Viola.He joins Fiorentina on-loan to the end of the season. There is an option to make the deal permanent for €13m.Fiorentina will be Muriel’s fourth Italian club after previous spells at Lecce, Udinese and Sampdoria.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward declares commitment to ‘Ole’ and long-term planby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says they’re focused on building for the long-term.As the United chief announced record annual revenues of £621.7million today, he insisted everyone understands the plan.He said, “We and our global fanbase demand success and winning trophies – that target and standard has never changed. The progress on the business side underpins the football operation.”Much progress has been made on the academy, recruitment department and the training ground, and behind the scenes, so this isn’t always apparent.”These investments we have made and our commitment to Ole in March provide the building blocks for success.”We are wholly confident this approach will deliver, but it is important to be patient as we build for the future.Woodward even credited his staff for not getting distracted by the transfer rumours circulated around Old Trafford.The 47-year-old noted: “We won’t be influenced by short terms distractions.”The club was linked with hundreds of players, but despite this our recruitment department was able to approach the window in focused and disciplined way.”Danny James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire joined a strong squad and we also renewed contracts for players like Marcus Rashford and David De Gea. We are optimistic for the future.”The sale and loaning of players allowed the manager to involve more young players, providing a firm foundation and culture ready for building next trophy winning squad.”Much speculation is focused on recruitment and it is area we’ve evolved. The players signed demonstrate this approach is right.”The root of the club is youth-led attacking football, and it is the right way forward. Everyone from the manager, players and board remains resolute in the desire to get Manchester United to the top of English football.”We will continue to make the necessary investment to make this happen.”
SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Mike Brey of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watches the action on the floor against the Monmouth Hawks at Purcel Pavilion on November 12, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Monmouth 84-57. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Notre Dame closed out the regular season with an 89-75 win over NC State at home. After the game, head coach Mike Brey was in a celebratory mood. Brey asked the team’s two seniors, Austin Burgett and Zach Auguste, to give him a flying hip bump in the locker room. Brey didn’t get much hang time, but Auguste still almost knocked him over. INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOMTHE JUMP – SENIOR STYLESorry, Matt Gregory, but our Z.A. & Burg had to get a chance. pic.twitter.com/dvZgBeD4Oj— Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) March 5, 2016Always good to see a coach having fun with his players. If UNC beats Duke later on today, the Fighting Irish will clinch the No. 4 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament and an automatic double-bye into the quarterfinals.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the tourism sector continues to offer opportunities to local farmers.Speaking at the Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART) College of Hospitality Services/Western Hospitality Institute Trade Show at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa, Runaway Bay, St. Ann, on November 16, Mr. Hutchinson said that a close examination of the country’s high food-import bill reveals that a large portion of what is imported “is destined for the tourism sector”.“Based on a 2015 Demand Study, it is estimated that the annual value of demand for agricultural products by the tourism sector is approximately $19 billion,” the Minister noted.“More than 75 per cent of this value is for food items in the poultry, meat, seafood and fruit categories, of which locally sourced agricultural produce accounted for only $14.5 billion,” he added.The Minister pointed out that visitors to Jamaica thoroughly enjoy the taste of the local produce, and everything should be done to ensure that Jamaican foods make up the majority of what is consumed inside the hotels.“Visitors to our shores do love to eat and to consume a lot of our food. These food types range from beverages and snacks to fine dining. It is for that reason we believe Jamaican produce and our renowned cuisine must be a part of the menu provided in our hotels and resorts,” he said.“I believe as a country we need to truly maximise the benefits of our large tourism sector in terms of creating the linkages to the other economic sectors, such as agriculture,” he added.Mr. Hutchinson argued that it is only when “we develop and maintain linkages” where every industry and every economic activity will allow “as many people as possible to prosper” that Jamaica will truly grow on a sustainable basis.The Minister said the Government is committed to ensuring that the agricultural sector gets all the necessary support, where it can overcome the challenges, and where it can continue to play its role as one of the key engines of growth. The Minister pointed out that visitors to Jamaica thoroughly enjoy the taste of the local produce, and everything should be done to ensure that Jamaican foods make up the majority of what is consumed inside the hotels. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, says the tourism sector continues to offer opportunities to local farmers. Mr. Hutchinson argued that it is only when “we develop and maintain linkages” where every industry and every economic activity will allow “as many people as possible to prosper” that Jamaica will truly grow on a sustainable basis. Story Highlights
zoom Japanese shipping company Nisshin Shipping has been linked to an order for up to seven 82,000 DWT bulkers at China’s Jiangsu Hantong Ship Heavy Industries.The fleet modernization deal, dated last week, comprises five firm orders plus two options, according to the data provided by VesselsValue.The firm Panamax bulkers, valued at USD 24 million a piece, are scheduled for delivery in 2018, while the optional units would be handed over in 2019.Including the latest order, the company has 16 newbuilds on order: five chemical tankers at compatriot Usuki Zosensho, four LR1 tankers at Korea’s Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, and two more bulkers at China’s Jiangsu Hantong and Jiangmen Nanyang, respectively.Out of the above total, six ships are to join Nisshin’s fleet by the end of this year.As World Maritime News reported earlier, the company was busy over the recent period shedding some of its second-hand tonnage, including five Panamax bulkers since December 2016.World Maritime News Staff
EDMONTON – Alberta’s finance minister says the province will abide by a free trade ruling against its craft beer subsidies, but says the program will be replaced with something else.Joe Ceci says the province is committed to helping its craft brewing industry grow, especially given it faces stiff protectionist measures in other provinces.Ceci wouldn’t say what the changes will be.A three-member appeal panel upheld an earlier ruling that Alberta’s subsidy plan contravenes the Agreement on Internal Trade.For two years, Alberta has been taxing all beer producers at the same rate, but also giving grants to Alberta brewers.Artisan Ales, a Calgary-based importer, challenged the program, saying it was unfair and cut deeply into its sales.
New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday said India was granted permission to wear camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia as a tribute to the country’s armed forces, a gesture which Pakistan has objected to. In the third ODI in Ranchi on March 8, the Indian team sported military caps as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted,” ICC’s General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said. The Pakistan Cricket Board had sent a strongly-worded letter to the ICC, calling for action against India for wearing the caps. “They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said on Sunday. Last month, the BCCI had asked the ICC to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” following the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The responsibility of the attack was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Kolkata: Senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday instructed the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents from various districts to ensure speedy execution of all non-bailable warrants which are still pending.Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain held a marathon meeting with various district election officials and police personnel on Saturday afternoon to review the poll preparedness in the state. The ECI officials have asked the district administrative officials to ensure that no criminals, who are potential trouble-mongers, should remain free during the seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersElection Commission officials instructed the district election officers to review all the sensitive booths in their respective areas at regular intervals and submit a detailed report to the Commission regarding the same. The deputy Election Commissioner has expressed dissatisfaction as the District Magistrate of Cooch Behar did not participate in the video conference. The Commission officials held a video conference with all the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents in North Bengal districts which will go to the polls in the first and second phases. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was learnt from sources in the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) that the deputy Election Commissioner asked the election officers from North Dinajpur, Birbhum, Murshidabad and North 24-Parganas to be extra cautious. All the District Magistrates and Police Superintendents who were present in the meeting in the city were asked by the Commission not to engage those officers who are accused of being ‘partial’. The DMs and SPs will be liable to take responsibilities if any such officers are engaged in the poll process under their respective jurisdiction. The Commission categorically mentioned that the officers accused of taking side of any political party must be kept out of the poll process. The deputy Commissioner also took a stock of the overall law order situation in various districts. He also asked the DMs to monitor the route march and area domination by the central forces in the districts. The deputy Election Commissioner also asked the district election officials to prepare and submit the list of subordinate officers if they fail to comply with the instructions. The District Magistrates have been asked to submit the list of sensitive booths under their jurisdiction. The Commission may issue necessary instructions after going through the list submitted by them. The Commission also asked all the election officials to ensure that all the banners with photographs of the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister are removed from both government and private premises. It was also learnt from the sources in the CEO office that the deputy Election Commissioner rebuked the four Districts Magistrates and two Police Superintendents. The deputy Election Commissioner also met Chief Secretary of the state Malay De and Home secretary Atri Bhattacharya in the evening. Various political parties met the deputy Election Commissioner to place their respective demands. A section of intellectuals including painter Suvaprasanna, economist Abhirup Sarkar, writer Subodh Sarkar also met the deputy Election Commissioner and said that some political parties are insulting the people of Bengal by demanding that all booths be declared as ‘super sensitive’.