May 14

Proteas thrash pitiful Zimbabwe

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj The tourists resumed at 30-4 on day two in reply to 309-9 declared and were forced to follow-on by AB de Villiers after collapsing to 68 all out – their fifth-lowest Test total – in Port Elizabeth, where Morne Morkel took 5-21.Zimbabwe threatened to salvage some pride in their second innings, but folded from 75-1 to 121 all out to suffer an emphatic defeat in just five sessions of the lone Test.Keshav Maharaj (5-59) exposed Zimbabwe’s batting frailties by claiming his third five-wicket Test haul and Andile Phehlukwayo took 3-13 in the day-night match, which was being trialled over a shortened duration.Emphatic! South Africa bowl Zimbabwe out for 121 in their second innings to win the Only #SAvZIM Test by an innings and 120 runs.— ICC (@ICC) December 27, 2017Morkel’s burst under the lights on day one gave the Proteas a firm grip on the Test and the paceman struck again early on the second day, removing Ryan Burl’s off stump for 16 with a peach of a delivery which nipped in.Hostile quick Morkel had a seventh five-wicket Test haul to his name when Sikandar Raza edged behind to De Villiers, wicketkeeper in the absence of hamstring injury victim Quinton de Kock, without scoring, reducing Zimbabwe to 36-6.Kyle Jarvis (23) was the only other batsman to reach double figures, Kagiso Rabada and Phehlukwayo both taking 2-12 in a feeble Zimbabwe first innings which spanned only 30.1 overs.Hamilton Masakadza took a blow on the elbow and retired hurt early in Zimbabwe’s second innings after they were asked to bat again, but the South Africa attack was not as potent with the new ball.Zimbabwe were 54 without loss when Rabada got the breakthrough, De Villiers taking the catch behind to remove Chamu Chibhabha (15), and Hashim Amla held a superb one-handed catch at first slip when Brendan Taylor (16) got an attempted sweep all wrong to give Maharaj a first wicket.Phehlukwayo got in on the act by trapping Craig Ervine (23) leg before as Zimbabwe capitulated, losing eight wickets in only 12 overs in another almighty collapse.Masakadza was able to return to the crease, but fell for 13 when De Villiers took his eighth catch in what was his first Test for almost two years after the opener nicked a delivery from Maharaj, who put Zimbabwe out of their misery by cleaning up Blessing Muzarabani.last_img read more

January 18

APNU/AFC MIA as spiralling crime is crippling Guyana

first_imgAPNU and AFC are obsessively preoccupied with celebrating the JUBILEE and celebrating their own first anniversary in Government. It is right to celebrate the JUBILEE. Fifty years of Independence is an achievement that we must celebrate, even if Guyana did not turn out exactly the way we had hoped. Even if I believe that APNU/AFC has done a miserable job in Government over the past year, I concede it has every reason to celebrate its first anniversary.But the JUBILEE and the first anniversary of APNU/AFC in Government cannot abrogate the responsibility of Government to ensure that the business of Guyana is on the front burner. APNU/AFC has abdicated its duties to the citizens of Guyana. As crimes cripple Guyana, APNU/AFC is dedicating all resources to the JUBILEE and the first anniversary of APNU/AFC. They refuse to be distracted from what they have made the only game in town.It is impossible for anyone, no matter which side we belong to and no matter who we might have voted for, to deny that crime has reached unprecedented levels in Guyana. There are brutal instances of armed robberies and murders every day. The news headlines are consistent with more and more daring criminal activities. Just a few days ago, the criminal storming of the Ramada Hotel Casino stirred shock waves and disbelief for many. Recently, there was an armed robbery opposite the Albion Police Station. There seems no safe place in our country.The murders of the rice farming, elderly couple in Region Three was so brutal that a lady in West Berbice broke out in tears. She did not know the couple, but the report that the couple perished after robbers set their property on fire and deliberately burnt them alive was not only shocking to people but created enormous fear that they are not safe in their homes. These kinds of stories have become commonplace in Guyana today. People are locked up in their own homes becoming prisoners of the criminals who roam freely. Businesses are closed early as people try to secure their properties and their lives.In the meantime, APNU/AFC is clueless. The Minister of Public Security most of the time appears Missing In Action (MIA). In an era when APNU/AFC pursues governance with Commissions of Inquiry (CoI) for everything, it sees no need to have an inquiry into the exploding crime situation. It maintains that the situation is under control and that it is doing everything possible to ensure law and order. Prisoners die in a prison fire and there is an immediate CoI. But crime spirals out of control and Government is oblivious.The President is more consumed to pardon another 57 prisoners as a JUBILEE gift. This is in addition to dozens of others who have been pardoned and several of whom have been engaged in new crimes. The Minister is busy moving officers around while insulting people who call for his resignation. This is the same Minister who aggressively and mercilessly called for the previous Minister to resign because of the crime situation in Guyana.Ordinary citizens have been clamouring for more attention and for the Government to take urgent action to stem the raging tide of increasing crime. The Private Sector Commission has urged the Government to show greater urgency because the crime situation is not only affecting their personal lives, but is a major impediment in the business environment. The Berbice Chambers of Commerce has requested a meeting with Ramjattan to no avail.In fact, APNU/AFC has maintained it is busy at this time with the JUBILEE and it has all hands on deck with the celebration. As crime each day reach new heights, we are told that it will respond after the JUBILEE. Crime is not a priority at this time and APNU/AFC chastises people for trying to put everyday issues such as crime on the agenda for action today.Hundreds of millions of dollars have been dedicated to the JUBILEE and hundreds of Police Officers are working towards ensuring a successful JUBILEE. Police Officers are engaged in stopping vehicles each day and asking for a raise. Can Nagamootoo and Harmon tell us how many vehicles were stopped and asked for a raise during their sojourn in Region Six last week? Police Officers stopped vehicles asking for a raise to get a drink because they were assigned to be on the road all day long.WE do not object to APNU/AFC making a great big effort to have an amazing JUBILEE and to celebrate its own first anniversary. It has every right to do so. But we object to it abdicating its responsibility as a government. Crime cannot be on the back burner because of JUBILEE.last_img read more

January 12

Wenger denies Cazorla move

first_img“We are not close to signing Cazorla. We are still working that out,” Wenger told reporters immediately after the match in the capital Kuala Lumpur.“Maybe I sign some Malaysian players based on their performance today. Their defence was good, and their keeper was fantastic,” he added.Arsenal, along with other English clubs, are hugely popular in Malaysia and elsewhere in Asia. In a bid to build up their fanbase in the region, the Gunners and other squads have gone on summer tours, enjoying rapturous welcome.In Malaysia, the Arsenal players were treated like rock stars, mobbed by droves of fans as they arrived by bus at their hotel on Sunday, and some 10,000 people attended their open training session on Monday, organisers said.About 50,000 tickets were sold for the game against Malaysia XI, a select squad of Malaysian League players, in the 100,000-capacity Bukit Jalil National Stadium.But despite their 2-1 victory, the match exposed Arsenal’s reliance on captain Robin van Persie, their star striker and top scorer in the English League last season with 37 goals but who was absent in Malaysia.Although the Gunners have signed German striker Lukas Podolski and Frenchman Olivier Giroud, van Persie is still the team’s key player, but the Dutchman rejected a new contract offer earlier this month.During much of the game against Malaysia XI, the hosts held firm and Arsenal could not find a way past goalkeeper Norazlan Razali.Instead, just before half time, Mohamad Azmi Muslim hit a sweetly struck left footer from the edge of the box, which curled past Wojciech Szczesny and into in the Arsenal goal.The Gunners completely changed their outfield line-up after the break with England internationals Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain adding much needed pace.But they still failed to carve out many clear cut chances as the Malaysians dictated the pace of the match and looked on course to score a historic victory before two late strikes denied them.Thomas Eisfeld drew level for Arsenal from inside the penalty area and Chuks Aneke followed-up with a deflected shot, giving victory to the London club.“We played two teams in this match. Some of the players have not had much training, which was why we had to field as many players as possible,” Wenger said.Arsenal now head to China where they will meet English champions Manchester City — one of the clubs pursuing van Persie — in another friendly in Beijing on Friday.The Gunners then meet local side Kitchee in Hong Kong on Sunday.The three-stop July tour follows a successful trip to Malaysia and China last summer, when Arsenal more convincingly beat Malaysia 4-0.On Tuesday, Fauzi Azhar, 31, a hospital worker, watched the game on a big screen with some two dozen people at an outdoor cafe serving curries and other Malaysian fare in Kuala Lumpur.“We love the English teams like Arsenal, Liverpool and Man U and so we usually have to stay up late watching them play,” he told AFP, referring to the time difference.“But they’re here now, and it’s exciting. Everyone I know made time to watch the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 25 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied he was close to signing Spain’s Santi Cazorla as the English football giants kicked off an Asian tour Tuesday with a narrow 2-1 victory over hosts Malaysia.Wenger dismissed speculation the Gunners had agreed terms with the Malaga winger and instead joked his sights were now on the Malaysian team, following their strong performance.last_img read more

January 11

Gor, Tusker win, Ingwe fall

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 9 – Champions Gor Mahia moved up to second after edging out a five goal thriller 3-2 to pile more woe on KCB as arch rivals AFC Leopards slumped to a shock 1-0 reverse to promoted KRA on a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) bumper Wednesday.Leaders Tusker stretched the gap at the top to four points after humbling Sony Sugar by a solitary goal to buy breathing space on an action packed midweek programme across the country. Gor earn revengeWith unease creeping in the ranks of the titleholders after four games without a win, K’Ogalo exacted revenge on the Bankers, who marred their trophy party during the last game of the season via a 2-0 stuffing, to leave them rooted at the bottom.In the first of a televised double header at Nairobi’s City Stadium, Rama Salim opening the scoring in the 11th minute for Gor before Harambee Stars defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino, returned from sitting out two games with a bang to double in the 47th.Innocent Mutiso hammered in what proved to be the winner with a spectacular volley in the 61st but Chrispinus Onyango and former K’Ogalo forward Paul Kiongera gave the champions a nervous ending to the match by pulling two back but in the end, they prevailed 3-2.Gor turned out for the first time in three years without a sponsor’s logo on their jerseys after their partnership with Brookside Dairy’s brand Tuzo lapsed last month.Coming from a 2-1 loss to Bandari in their last KPL match, coach Bobby Williamson, said his charges deserved to win though he was not happy with the last penalty the visitors were awarded.“We should have scored many goals since we created a lot of chances that we wasted but I didn’t see them come back to the game when we were leading 3-0. “The referee gave them a second chance by awarding them the penalty but I’m very pleased with the performance of the boys and the goals that we scored,” the Scotsman said after the match.His opposite number Abdalla Juma, was also displeased with center referee Israel Mpaima, saying he could have awarded them a penalty in the first half when Onyango was hacked down by defender Haron Shakava.“I’m not happy with the results and the referee giving us the penalty in the last minute did not help us since it was too late. He could have awarded us in the first half when Onyango was brought down so that we could head to half-time 1-1, but he ignored it something that broke my players morale.“In the second-half we played well and we came back in the game after I introduced two strikers who joined the other two to attack and it worked since they piled pressure on Gor. I will now focus on our next match against Bandari which will be difficult but my aim is to seek for the first win and the rest will go well from there.”K’Ogalo showed intent to return to their winning ways just after kick-off with Mutiso attempting the first shot with a volley after Dan Sserunkuma set him up in the box but he blasted wide, only for the attacking midfielder to threaten once again with a cross from the left but the Bankers’ keeper Sammy Okinda rescued the danger.In the 10th minute, Sserunkuma found Salim in the danger zone but he squandered the chance but 20 minutes later the former Congo United forward finally found the back of the net, heading home after Okinda spilled the Ugandan forward’s strike on the rebound from Geoffrey Kizito’s thunderbolt from range.Four minutes to half-time Kiongera could have leveled after he found himself unmarked but keeper Jerim Onyango’s palmed out his header for a fruitless corner.In first half added time, Onyango pleaded for a penalty after he was brought down by Shakava in the box but Mpaima waved for a goal kick.KCB resumed action firing with Kiongera attempting to score his first goal of the season in the 46th with a well taken free-kick that sailed slightly over the bar.One minute later Owino headed home Mutiso’s corner to double the advantage, sending the Green Army to raptures and 14 minutes later, it was 3-0 after Mutiso connected with left back Musa Mohamed’s cross to volley in an early contender for goal of the season.Juma brought in Elvis Ayany and former Gor forward Ezekiel Odera with 20 minutes to full time and his changes paid off in the 78th when Onyango beat K’Ogalo’s defence off-side trap to easily place the ball on the far corner leaving his namesake watching the ball roll over his net to pull one back.Odera added a second with a minute of added time remaining after he was pushed by man of the match Godfrey Walusimbi in the box and Mpaima did mot hesitate to point at the spot for Kiongera to convert.Muhoroni hold ThikaIn the early kick-off played at the same venue, 10 men Muhoroni Youth held Thika United to a goalless draw in a match that saw visiting keeper Shaban Ouma, deny John Kamau’s charges to earn the player of the match.Muhoroni had to finish the game one man less after forward Ezekiel Otuoma, was sent-off in the 59th for punching Simon Mbugua.The host were the first to threaten at the half hour through Joseph Kuria’s 20 yard free-kick that hit the cross bar.Otuoma responded four minutes later but he ended blazing wide from a promising position before captain, Abbas Akinyemi, was stretched off after aggravating a shoulder injury.The visiting side had their last chance on the stroke of half-time when substitute Mike Khaduli flicked a header to Jeremiah Wanjala in the box but Ugandan custodian Hamuza Muwonge repelled the effort as referee George Mwai, blew for the break.“We deserved to do better than a draw since we created many chances than them but I think my players were affected by the hot weather that made the artificial turf uncomfortable to play on. “Our composure came a little bit late after they were reduced down to one man and that’s why we did not score but I’m satisfied with one point,”  Thika United coach Kamau who also serves as the Harambee Stars under-20 coach expressed after the match.Muhoroni tactician Francis Barasa, was pleased by achieving a share of the spoils.“I came to this match with one intention and that was to pick a draw and I’m very happy for having achieving that. I congratulate my players for holding Thika on their home ground especially playing one man down in better part of the second-half,” the former Harambee Stars defender who has not lost any match since joining Muhoroni stated.Tusker edge plucky SonyAt the Ruaraka Grounds, Tusker continued with their unbeaten run to open a four point gap at the top following their slim 1-0 victory over Sony Sugar.Goal poacher Jesse Were, notched the lone goal in the 25th, picking a fine pass from Luke Ochieng, to dribble past the Sugar Millers defenders before slotting home his fourth goal of the season with Sony dropping to sixth on the log with 12 after the final whistle.Leopards fall to taxmenLeopards lost their second match of the season, after they were taxed 1-0 by newcomers KRA at Safaricom Kassarani Stadium that was hosting its first match this season.Geoffrey Omusula, netted the lone goal on the stroke of half-time to lift Ken Kenyatta’s side two places to ninth on the log with 11 points while Leopards dropped by the same margin to10th.In Machakos, Sofapaka bounced back to their winning ways following their 2-1 over Mathare United.Collins Shivachi opened the scores in the seventh before Enock Agwanda, doubled in the 51st as Noah Abich netted the consolation for the slum boys through a spot kick in the 60th.Back in Nairobi, new coach Briton Tim Bryett, was welcomed with a draw after his charges fired blanks against unbeaten Chemelil Sugar at World Hope Center in Kawangware.Meanwhile, Stephen Waruru’s 12th minute goal gave Ulinzi Stars a first win of the season to hand new coach Robert Matano his first victory since taking over the military side at the Mumias Sports Complex away to Western Stima.Waruru broke the deadlock with a well executed free kick from the edge of the box after Evans Amuoka was brought down by the host defender.Debutants Top Fry Nakuru continued with their winless streak after they were held to a barren home draw by Bandari at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 11

Schweinsteiger named in Man Utd squad

first_imgSchweinsteiger has not featured in any matches under the Portuguese manager and Mourinho warned him there is no room in his preferred 23-man squad.He said: “We have a decision completely made about Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Morgan Schneiderlin, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. We have five players for two positions. It’s very difficult that an opportunity will arrive.”But Schweinsteiger has been named in United’s official Premier League squad list.Clubs must submit a list of a maximum of 25 players, of which at least eight must count as ‘homegrown.’The German admitted it was his dream to play for United again, rather than join another European club. El-Fitouri’s inclusion in Mourinho’s squad may also have surprised a few supporters.The 21-year-old was signed from Salford, owned by former United players Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt.Phil Neville and Scholes recommended the young defender to United reserve team coach Warren Joyce.El-Fitouri has been a regular in the reserves ever since and has been rewarded with a place in Mourinho’s squad.The United boss has only used 24 out of his 25 places and has also given places to the likes of Sam Johnstone and Memphis Depay.-By DailyMail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger (R) celebrates with teammates Paddy McNair and Jesse Lingard (2nd L) after scoring during the Premier League match against Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium on November 21, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 2- Bastian Schweinsteiger has been included in Manchester United’s Premier League squad despite Jose Mourinho maintaining he won’t play this season.As well as the inclusion of the German, Mourinho has also named Sadiq El-Fitouri, former Salford City player, in his squad.last_img read more

January 3

Murder trial expert admitserror

first_imgTORRANCE: Measurement of stab wound in ’84 KFC case was likely wrong, pathologist says. By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER A knife found with William Marshall about 10 days after the slaying of his former co-worker at a Torrance fast-food restaurant could be the murder weapon, a forensic pathologist testified Monday. However, Dr. Margaret Greenwald acknowledged she likely made a mistake 23 years ago when she measured the depth of a stab wound in Robin Hoynes’ back. Marshall, 46, is accused of stabbing Hoynes, 21, during the robbery at a Kentucky Fried Chicken where he had worked as an assistant manager until his termination several days before the Oct. 30, 1984, killing. Police had Marshall under surveillance in the days following the fatal attack, and stopped him Nov. 10, 1984, after he was seen casing a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in Fountain Valley. Inside the car he was driving in was a bag containing a boning knife with a blade that measures nearly 6inches long. Greenwald testified Monday that she probably erred when she measured one of two stab wounds in Hoynes’ back at 9 inches deep. Now chief medical examiner for the state of Maine, Greenwald said Hoynes’ autopsy was only the third stabbing exam she had done. She said a 9-inch-deep stab wound, especially in someone as slender as Hoynes, is very uncommon. Now that she has conducted hundreds of autopsies, Greenwald said she has the experience to know that there was likely some error in her measuring techniques. Marshall’s attorney, Simon Aval, wants the jury to believe that the boning knife found with his client could not have killed Hoynes, and asked Greenwald questions to suggest that the prosecution influenced her analysis of the wound depth. Greenwald denied the suggestion, adding that would be “improper.” Like many witnesses in the ongoing Torrance Superior Court trial, Greenwald was contacted around 2005 about the case that had gone cold until officers reopened it. Marshall, who became a state Department of Forestry captain, is on trial on charges of killing Hoynes during a robbery of the restaurant that was located on Palos Verdes Boulevard near Pacific Coast Highway. He faces life in prison without parole if convicted. Answering questions from Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, Greenwald testified that Hoynes had two stab wounds to her back – one fatal that hit her heart and a lung, and one possibly fatal wound that cut her liver. “I think that she was probably not seeing the attack come at her, so it was from behind,” Greenwald said. Her analysis is based on the wounds and the lack of any defensive injuries to Hoynes’ arms and hands, she said. Lewin is expected to argue that Greenwald’s analysis shows Marshall attacked Hoynes and then tried to break into the restaurant’s safe. Hoynes also had two slash wounds on her face and neck that were superficial, Greenwald said. She surmised those wounds occurred within moments of Hoynes’ death, based on the amount of bleeding. That evidence is expected to be corroborated later in the trial when Marshall’s former girlfriend testifies about his purported confession, in which he said he slashed Hoynes’ throat to keep her from talking, believing she was still alive. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

December 21

DVC Monthly Preview – February 2018

first_imgDVC NewsIf you are hoping to enjoy one of the after-hours Moonlight Magic events at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, get ready to reserve your spot. Members with Disney Resort reservations during the event can book online starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 8. All other members can book starting Feb. 22. The three dates for the Animal Kingdom parties are March 21, April 17, and May 16. If you were planning to attend the August Epcot Moonlight Magic event, be aware that the date has been changed to Aug. 15.DVC has posted printable lists of member perks for 2018, including restaurant and merchandise discounts. Here are the links for Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, Hilton Head Island, and Vero Beach.You may have heard about the new FastPass+ benefit available for purchase by guests staying in Club Level rooms. Three additional FastPass selections can be made for an additional $50 per day, per guest. Those selections have a 90-day booking window. It also provides a preferred viewing location for nighttime spectaculars each day. For DVC members, the rooms with this benefit include the Club Level rooms at Animal Kingdom Villas, along with the Polynesian Bungalows and Copper Creek Cabins.As DVC continues sales at Copper Creek Villas, they’ve introduced a new enticement for runDisney enthusiasts. Purchasers have the option to select a guaranteed week, which would assure them accommodations for the runDisney race of their choice, along with advance race entries. Eligible events include Marathon Weekend, the Disney Princess Half Marathon, Star Wars Half Marathon, and Wine & Dine Half Marathon.For those staying at Disney’s Old Key West Resort, the refurbishments going on at the resort will have the Turtle Pond Pool closed from April to early July. The nearby Turtle Shack Snack Bar and Flying Fish Gameroom will also be closed during this time.We’re waiting to see if Disney will have any new ticket or annual pass offers for DVC members to replace the ones that expired on Jan. 3. In the meantime, members can still get discounted annual passes. You can see the Walt Disney World annual pass discounts here and the Disneyland annual pass discounts here.Keep in mind that as of April 4, 2016, membership extras like discounts and Moonlight Magic are limited to members purchasing direct from Disney. All purchasers previous to that date have access to all these extras.DVC ExplainerLately, I’ve been seeing TV commercials touting services to help people get out of their timeshares. They reflect the checkered reputation that timeshares can have with high-pressure sales and purchasers who end up with buyers’ remorse.It’s not something they necessarily emphasize, but Disney Vacation Club is a timeshare. When you purchase your points, you are purchasing a real estate share in a particular resort. So in this first edition of the DVC Explainer, I thought a good starting point would be to explain how DVC distinguishes itself from your typical timeshare.It starts with the sales method. If you’ve ever sat in on a timeshare presentation, you know the meaning of high-pressure sales. If you’ve sat in on a Disney Vacation Club presentation, your experience is quite different. Informative, with no pressure to immediately sign a contract, a place for your kids to play and perhaps even some FastPasses, or other thank you gift for your time. It’s the benefit of having a product that sells itself, and an audience that is likely already enjoying a Disney vacation.Deciding to skip Walt Disney World for a year? You can use your DVC points for a Hawaiian vacation at Disney’s beautiful Aulani resort.For me, a major part of the appeal of Disney Vacation Club over a typical timeshare is its flexibility. Rather than having a set week at a specific resort, DVC opts for a point system that allows members to book villas at more than a dozen different resorts, at any time of year. The ability to bank and borrow points allows varied vacations between years, or even skipping a year when situations arise.And then, there’s the intangible value of owning a piece of a Disney resort, hearing the “welcome home” when you enter your home resort and knowing that a piece of that resort is in your name. Knowing for the next several decades, you’ll be enjoying Disney vacations. Heck, even the little pleasure of getting the latest issue of “Disney Files” magazine on a cold winter day. All of it adds up to more than just a room to stay in.Finally, there’s the resale value of Disney Vacation Club contracts. This brings us back to those commercials offering help to people get out of their timeshare contracts. DVC’s healthy resale market means that if your situation or travel preferences change, there are plenty of others willing to take your points off your hands. If you’ve watched the resale market over recent years, you’ve seen the value of DVC contracts rise markedly. It’s impossible to say where the market will go in the future. But Disney’s vested interest in maintaining the value of DVC is good news for the investment of current owners.That’s it for this month’s preview. We’ll be back in March with more DVC news and a resort spotlight.Robert Blaszkiewicz is on Twitter @RobertBlaszk and Facebook. Share This!Welcome to the February installment of our monthly DVC preview. We’re going to switch things up this month. Instead of a Resort Spotlight, we’ve got a new semi-regular feature, “DVC Explainer,” which will take an in-depth look at a certain aspect of membership. The Resort Spotlight will return in March. You can view last month’s preview here.Booking windowsThis month, here are some booking window dates to keep in mind. For your home resort (11-month booking window), in February, you will be able to book for dates in January 2019. For all other DVC resorts (7-month booking window), this month you will be able to book for dates in September 2018. If you’re looking to snag a reservation at Disney’s Boardwalk Villas or Disney’s Beach Club Villas for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, don’t wait. Those rooms go fast.For last-minute trips, we’re starting to see some increased availability, as long as you’re not looking for a studio. Through much of Februrary, you can find 2- and 3-bedroom villas for select dates at Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa (including Treehouse Villas) and Old Key West Resort at DVC’s last-minute resort availability page. Aulani and Hilton Head also have limited availability.The Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa still have availability on select days in the next month. (©Disney)last_img read more

December 21

Disney Announces Parks & Resorts Panel Information for the D23 Expo

first_imgShare This!Those looking to learn more about what’s next for the Disney Parks and Resorts will be able to find out at the Disney Parks presentation that will be done by Chairman, Bob Chapek on Sunday, August 25 at 10:30 a.m. PST. During this year’s presentations, announcements will be made about what will be new and next for Disney resorts around the globe.Back in 2017, at the last D23 Expo, we found out about the Guardians of the Galaxy Coaster, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the Star Wars hotel, the Disney Skyliner, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the TRON roller coaster, and more. One can only guess what this year’s event will hold, but we do know that there will be a focus on the changes that are coming to Epcot.Other presentations announced for this year’s D23 Expo are the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony which will take place at 10:30 a.m.  and the Disney+ at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23. On Saturday, August 24, The Walt Disney Studios will present a look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films at 10:00 a.m.Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of the D23 Expo are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9.last_img read more

December 18

Song to capture South Africa’s freedom spirit

first_img3 April 2014 From Alexandra township in Johannesburg to Gugulethu outside Cape Town, South Africans are famous for their love of music and dance – so it’s little wonder that a national song should be chosen to capture the spirit of the country’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations. On Thursday, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile announced that work had begun on composing a national song to form part of the country’s Freedom Day celebrations on 27 April. Mashatile was speaking in Pretoria following a session of the National Communication Partnership (NCP), which brings together stakeholders in the communication field to discuss ways of uniting the nation around the 20 Years of Freedom celebrations. The session coincided with the launch of 2014 Freedom Month. South Africa’s Freedom Day commemorates the country’s first post-apartheid elections, held on 27 April 1994, when South Africans of all races got to vote for the first time. This year, however, the celebrations will assume greater significance, as the country reflects on the journey of the last two decades, and how far it has come since the end of apartheid and the birth of democracy. The main Freedom Day event will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where President Jacob Zuma will make a special address and where a multi-cultural carnival, mirroring the diversity and solidarity of the country, will be staged. Whether happy or sad, South Africans have always had a special way of communing with each other and the rest of the world through song. The role played by music during the country’s struggle for freedom is well documented, and still finds expression in the telling of stories from that era. Today, Mashatile said, the nation has a different song to sing, and this will be reflected in how South Africans celebrate their two decades of democracy. The government has also launched a nationwide programme to give South Africans a chance to be part of the celebrations. This includes the Freedom Fridays campaign, which encourages people each Friday to wear anything that shows their pride in being South African, and a “Tell your story” campaign, which gives people the opportunity to share their stories of freedom and democracy. A travelling exhibition, Building the Legacy: 20 Years of Freedom, is busy touring the country, while the Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition at Johannesburg’s Museum Africa documents the major milestones in the country’s recent and more distant past. “We have also launched a series of 20 Years of Freedom countdown clocks at a range of public spaces, such as malls around the country and at OR Tambo International Airport,” Mashatile said. “We call on all South Africans to embrace these celebrations.” Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

December 17

Video: Crook’s Pickup Stolen While He Was Robbing Store Across the Street

first_imgA Washington man suffered the ultimate case of karma over the weekend after someone stole his truck while he was robbing a store across the street, according to police. The Kennewick Police Department says the incident took place around 6:00 AM Sunday when Kennewick police responded to a report of a vehicle theft.When police arrived William Kelley told police someone on a bike had stolen his 1992 Chevy pickup. Kelley told police he had left his keys on the seat. When officials obtained video of the incident, police discovered Kelley was at the location because he was stealing items from a business across the street. Kelley was then booked in the Benton County jail on a warrant and a burglary charge. Kelley’s pickup truck… CBS17 News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more