SoftBank fund invests billions in GM self-driving unit

first_img Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 JUN 2018 Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Joseph Waring SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in General Motors’ autonomous vehicle (AV) unit to strengthen the automaker’s plans to commercialise AV technology.Japan-based SoftBank will take a 19.6 per cent stake in GM Cruise, with GM adding an investment of $1.1 billion when the Vision Fund deal closes.In a statement, GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra (pictured) said: “Our Cruise and GM teams together have made tremendous progress over the last two years. Teaming up with SoftBank adds an additional strong partner as we pursue our vision of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.”The GM and SoftBank Vision Fund investments are expected to provide the capital necessary to reach commercialisation at scale beginning in 2019, GM said.All told, the investment values Cruise at $11.5 billion.The Vision Fund investment will be made in two tranches. At the closing of the deal, the Vision Fund will invest $900 million. When Cruise AVs are ready for commercial deployment, the fund will complete the second tranche of $1.35 billion, subject to regulatory approval.Adding pressureSoftBank is working on AV technology through a number of investments and owns stakes in taxi-booking companies including Uber, Didi Chuxing in China, Ola in India and Singapore-based Grab.The Vision Fund invested in chipmaker Nvidia and driver-behaviour tracker Nauto, but the Cruise investment is its biggest step into the AV sector and will certainly put pressure on Google.SoftBank established the $100 billion Vision Fund in October 2016, with a view to investing in new innovations across a range of industries.Cruise and Google’s Waymo unit are leaders in developing self-driving technology for cars. Google recently announced it will purchase 62,000 vehicles from Fiat Chrysler for a fleet of self-driving taxis due to start service later this year.Radio Free Mobile’s Richard Windsor said the choice of Cruise in autonomous driving makes complete sense because his latest analysis shows the GM unit came from nowhere to comfortably take the number two slot behind Waymo.His research found the market for autonomous driving will not be ready until at least 2028, but the technology is likely to be mature long before then, giving stragglers time to catch up. SoftBank Corp targets growth through acquisitions Tags GMGM CruiseSoftBankVision Fundcenter_img SoftBank buys into Axiata digital marketing unit Related Asia HomeAsiaNews SoftBank fund invests billions in GM self-driving unit Previous ArticleOptus seeks damages for misleading Telstra adsNext ArticleT-Mobile claims first with 5G data test OneWeb, SoftBank Corp plot Japan satellite movelast_img read more

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Appeals Court: Environmental Protection Agency violated farmer privacy in CAFO information release

first_imgDave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave [email protected] In a unanimous ruling on Sept. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers when it released names, addresses and other information concerning CAFOs. The ruling in American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), et al. v. EPA, et al. found that personal contact information for CAFOs should have fallen under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption for private data.advertisementadvertisementThe American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) had formally appealed a lower court ruling that allowed EPA to publicly release the information. That appeal, filed in April 2015, sought to reverse a ruling three months earlier by U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (Case No. 15-1234).“This was an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy by a federal agency in violation of law,” said AFBF general counsel Ellen Steen. “The court’s decision is a vindication of the right of farm families to control their own personal information. Farmers and ranchers have a strong privacy interest in their personal information, including their home address, even when they live and work on the farm.”The lengthy legal battle stemmed from the 2013 EPA release of CAFO database information to three environmental advocacy groups under FOIA requests. The database included the names of farmers, ranchers and sometimes other family members, home addresses and GPS coordinates, home telephone numbers and personal emails.In July 2013, AFBF and NPPC filed an injunction in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to block EPA from publicly releasing additional data under FOIA requests until a court could clarify EPA’s obligation to keep personal information about citizens private.However, in her 2015 ruling, Judge Montgomery dismissed the case, concluding the farm groups lacked standing because the information released by EPA was already publicly available, and that CAFOs had yet to see any injury due to the release of the information. By dismissing the suit, Judge Montgomery ruled that farmers are not harmed when the government compiles and releases a storehouse of personal information, so long as individual bits of that information are somehow publicly accessible, such as through an internet search or on a Facebook page.advertisementAfter Montgomery’s ruling, AFBF appealed the case dismissal, and requested and received a stay preventing EPA from releasing personal information in six additional states until the case was resolved.In its ruling, the the Eighth Circuit appeals court recognized farm families usually live on the farm, noting that EPA’s disclosures could facilitate unwanted contact and harassment by the FOIA requestors and others.“EPA’s release of the complete set of data on a silver platter, so to speak, basically hands to the requesters a comprehensive database of their own, whatever their motives might be,” according to the court.“EPA now must ‘recall’ all of the personal information it unlawfully released, but unfortunately that information has now been in the hands of the FOIA requestors for three years, and many feel that the damage is done,” Steen said.More historyThe case actually has roots in EPA oversight of CAFOs through National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations, dating back to about 2000. In 2008, the General Accountability Office issued a report concluding EPA did not possess reliable information it needed to identify and inspect CAFOs.In October 2011, EPA published a proposed CAFO reporting rule, which would have required all CAFOs nationwide to submit basic information to EPA; or required EPA to collect basic information from CAFOs in specific watersheds. The proposed rule would have allowed EPA to collect information, like locations and animal population sizes, and make it publicly available and readily searchable through an EPA website.advertisementFarmers, agricultural organization, USDA and even the Department of Homeland Security expressed concerns that the proposed rule was not only a serious overreach of EPA’s authority, but would create a road map for activists to harass individual families, and aid and abet terrorism and provide a threat to the nation’s food security.EPA withdrew the proposed rule in July 2012, saying it was more appropriate to obtain CAFO information from existing sources, including USDA and state agencies already collecting the information.In fall of 2012, environmental advocacy organizations submitted FOIA requests, seeking the release of information EPA already had on reporting CAFOs. In January 2013, EPA released data containing personal information about thousands of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in about 30 states.At the time, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) also said it was notified by EPA that CAFO information released through a FOIA request included many family farmers and ranchers who feed less than 1,000 head and were not subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act.After the initial release, EPA attempted to recall some of the records, replacing it with a new set of data after redacting some of the personal information. However, one of the environmental advocacy groups, Food & Water Watch, said it would retain all original records.   The cows are out of the barn, but a court finally closed the door on public release of names and locations of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).last_img read more

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Savi advances to singles semifinal of USTA/ITA National Small College Championship

first_img FORT MYERS, Fla. – West Florida tennis senior Bruno Savi (Santana do Livramento, Brazil/Auburn Montgomery) defeated Juuso Ojanen (Concordia) 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 on Thursday morning in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. Savi and Felipe Frattini (Sao Paulo, Brazil/New Mexico State University) fell in the doubles quarterfinal but went on to win in first match of consolation round to play for fifth place tomorrow afternoon.Savi won the first set in his singles quarterfinal match 6-3 but Ojanen drew even in the second set with a score of 2-6. The senior would go on to sweep the third set 6-0 to advance to the semifinal round tomorrow morning.Savi and Frattini fell to M. Boskovic/V. Oliveira (OBU) 5-7, 6-3,11-9 in the doubles quarterfinal but went on to defeat M. Ringlstetter/R. Semal (Findlay) 6-4,6-4 in the consolation round to advance to the fifth-place doubles match tomorrow afternoon.The top-seeded Savi will face Jan Meyer (Azuza Pacific) tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET in the semifinals. Savi and Frattini will face C. Breaux/C. Rico (McMurry) tomorrow afternoon at 2:15 p.m. ET in the fifth-place match.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Men’s Singles:QF     Bruno Savi (UWF) def. Juuson Ojanen (CU) 6-3,2-6,6-0Men’s Doubles:QF     M. Boskovic/V. Oliveira (OBU) def. Savi/Frattini (UWF) 5-7, 6-3,11-9CON Savi/Frattini (UWF) def. M. Ringlstetter/R. Semal (Findlay) 6-4, 6-4Print Friendly Version Bruno Savi advances to the singles semifinal of the 2013 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships. (Photo by Bill Stockland) Savi advances to singles semifinal of USTA/ITA National Small College Championshipcenter_img Sharelast_img read more

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Langham secures wire-to-wire win

first_imgSANDY — Franklin Langham has played seven full seasons on the PGA Tour, but at 39 he’s been wondering if he’ll ever get back there, even to the point of considering a career change.However, thanks to his two-shot victory Sunday at the Utah EnergySolutions Championship at Willow Creek Country Club, Langham may get another shot to play with the big boys.With his $90,000 first-place check, Langham vaulted from 37th on the Nationwide Tour money list to No. 20. If he can stay in the top 25 on the money list through the end of next month, Langham will earn his PGA Tour card again.”Winning is never easy — it’s not supposed to be — but it sure feels good to pull it off,” Langham told the appreciative crowd on the 18th green as he stood with his wife, Ashley by his side.Langham completed his wire-to-wire win, defeating Richard Johnson by two shots with a final-round 68 for a 264 total. He overcame a two-shot penalty for hitting out of bounds on his first shot of the day with some clutch putting down the stretch.The Georgia native ranked No. 1 for the week in putting with an average of 27 putts per round. He broke away from a duel withJohnson by sinking birdie putts of 10 and 30 feet at holes 14 and 16, respectively, which proved to be the difference.”It was a little balky today, but the putts I made at 14 and 16 were just clutch,” he said.Langham was horrified to see his drive at the par-5 first hole go out of bounds, but he didn’t let the errant drive spoil his day.”After that drive it was damage control,” he said. “I had to regroup and go from there.”Johnson made an eagle on the first hole, his fourth of the week, and just like that, the native of Wales had overcome the two-shot deficit and led by one.Eventually, Langham and Johnson, playing in the final twosome, turned the tournament into a match-play final, more or less. When Johnson birdied 10 and 12 to move to 18-under, the two golfers were tied, two strokes ahead of the field.The turning point came at the 387-yard par-4 14th hole, where Langham hit his wedge within 10 feet, while Johnson stuck his wedge to five feet.It looked like advantage Johnson, but Langham rolled his uphill putt with a six-inch break into the center of the cup. Johnson’s putt from half as far, slid by the top side, giving Langham a lead he’d never relinquish.”I knew it was a big one,” Langham said. “I hadn’t made one that length today, and I needed to make it to put some pressure on him. Honestly I was surprised he missed his. I was counting on him making his and that was kind of a bonus.””I read the putt inside left,” Johnson said. “The green sloped that way, but the mountain goes the other way, and we went with the mountain range. I actually hit a good putt, it just didn’t go in.”At 16, Johnson was inside Langham again and he thought he made his 20-footer from above the hole. However, Langham’s 30-footer from below the hole, circled the hole before dropping for a birdie and a two-shot lead.That putt became critical when Langham hit his drive at the par-5 17th into the trees and actually hit a volunteer, preventing the ball from perhaps getting through for a clear shot. Instead, Langham had to punch out and he hit a marvelous third shot from 215 yards that hit the green and allowed him to make par.Johnson birdied 17 to cut the lead to one, leaving some drama for the boisterous crowd around the 198-yard finishing hole.Langham hit safely to the back of the green 75 feet away, while Johnson was about 40 feet above the hole. The two would have tied if Langham had three-putted or if Johnson sank his putt and Langham two-putted.After Langham nestled his long putt within two feet (“That was as good as any putt I hit all week”), Johnson needed a sink to tie. However his putt slid by the hole, and his miss coming back from five feet was meaningless as he still finished second by himself.With a $54,000 second-place paycheck, Johnson moved into the top 25 at No. 11 and is in good shape to get his PGA card also.Edward Loar and PGA Tour veteran Mark Hensby tied for third at 267, while Chris Tidland, Fabian Gomez and Ron Whittaker tied for fifth at 268.By winning, Langham joins a select group of winners of the tourney, that includes the likes of John Daly, Zach Johnson, Brett Wetterich and Arron Oberholser.While he said, “it’s nice to be in good company” and “hopefully it rubs off on me,” Langham knows he has a long way to go with eight tournaments left on the schedule.”I know how fickle this game is,” he said. “It’s nice to be taking a sword to a swordfight and not a knife. I kind of felt like I was fighting with a knife through the first part of this year. But now my game is where I want it to be. I’ve got a chance and that’s all I ask for.”Among the local golfers, Farmington’s Daniel Summerhays saved his best round of the week for last, recording a 5-under-par 66 to finish in a tie for 30th at 274. He earned $2,950 in making his fifth cut in six Nationwide events. Bountiful’s Garrett Clegg tied for 40th place after a final-round 68 gave him a 276 total, good for $1,879, while Layton’s Barry Schenk shot a final-round 74 to finish in 65th place at 284. E-MAIL: [email protected]last_img read more

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The SATURDAY SIX Looks at Everything Going on at the Universal Orlando Resort (new rides, new restaurants, new hotels and more)

first_imgHonorable Mention: Today CafeThe Today Cafe officially opened last month in Universal Studios Florida, and appears to be a massive hit with everyone who has tried it with some great menu options. You couldn’t ask for better real estate, being located at the front of the park and across from the popular Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction. I enjoyed the menu of the old Beverly Hills Boulangerie, but the new venue themed to the Today Show does pop visually in a way the former venue did not.Our corporate overlords are here and they bring with them…SYNERGY. (photo by Michael Carelli)Inside the Today Cafe. (photo by Michael Carelli)Various sandwiches are available. (photo by Michael Carelli)Some of the many dessert options. Blueberry cheesecake on a stick is E-Ticket. (photo by Michael Carelli)More desserts at Today Cafe. (photo by Michael Carelli)Acai bowl. (photo by Michael Carelli)The I Heart Vegan sandwich. (photo by Michael Carelli)Al’s avocado toast. (photo by Alicia Stella)Lemon Tart. (photo by Alicia Stella of Orlando Park Stop)Confetti Cake. (photo by Michael Carelli)Nitro cold brewed coffee. (photo by Michael Carelli)Coffee. (photo by Alicia Stella) # 2 – Jurassic ParkWhile Universal has still not announced what is going into the Jurassic Park area of Islands of Adventure, work is chugging along on what will almost undoubtedly be a new thrill coaster. Below is a photo taken a couple days ago by @bioreconstruct, flying above Universal in the high-in-the-sky blogger copter, and it shows just how much is going on inside the Jurassic Park land. You can also check out This Picture from Bio taken in early May that gives a much clearer look at what’s happening in the area.Overhead arial picture of Islands of Adventure with Jurassic Park in the bottom center. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Lots of work going on in front of the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. (photo by Michael Carelli)Update on the bridge which will lead from Jurassic Park to Lost Continent. (photo by @bioreconstruct)To make way for the new attraction, many current elements of Jurassic Park are being moved around, so there are construction walls throughout the land.Construction walls throughout Jurassic Park. (photo by Michael Carelli)Construction walls. (photo by Michael Carelli)Makeshift merchandise kiosk. (photo by Michael Carelli)New entrance to the popular Raptor Encounter, which just may be the best “meet and greet” in all of Orlando. (photo by Michael Carelli)For Jurassic Park and Jurassic World fans, there is a ton of great merchandise available. This T-Rex themed bubble wand comes to Florida from Universal Studios Hollywood, which is getting ready to debut their Jurassic World attraction soon.T-Rex bubble wand. (photo by Michael Carelli)I love this little display of the iconic Jurassic Park gate. (photo by Michael Carelli)Jurassic World pins and keychains. (photo by Michael Carelli)Jurassic World merchandise. (photo by Michael Carelli)Plastic in the Parks presents: Dr. Ian Malcolm at Jurassic Park. (photo by Michael Carelli) Next we’ll go to the former home of concierge. The large room at the end of the lobby is now walled off, with concept art of the new “grab and go” on the walls. When Sapphire Falls opened, it was clear that the Dutch Trading Co. store in their lobby was something that was needed at all of Universal’s hotels and it looks like they’re are heading in that direction. Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at everything going on at the UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT! This fine blog has had lot of incredible coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – including the Batuu bathrooms (and you know we here at the SAT 6 appreciate our theme park restrooms) – but today we’re going to head over to Universal and check out all the stuff going on there, starting with…# 6 – Surfside InnLater this month Universal’s newest onsite hotel will open its doors for guests when Surfside Inn & Suites begins checking in guests on June 27. Located on the former home of the Wet ‘n Wild waterpark,  Surfside is half of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. Surfside’s sister hotel, Dockside Inn & Suites, is located directly across the street. Endless Summer will be Universal’s first true “value” resort with pricing that is going to force many offsite competitors to up their game to compete. Guests at Surfside will be eligible for early admission into the Wizarding World and Volcano Bay, along with bus transportation to CityWalk. Believe it or not, with a straight shot to the “hub” of Universal,  Endless Summer is closer to the action than Cabana Bay is.New signage for Surfside is now installed. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Surfside flag. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Surfside’s port cochère. (photo by @bioreconstruct)A new sidewalk has been put in place around Surfside Inn. Not only do guests have bus access to the incredible Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf in CityWalk, but they are walking distance to Congo River Mini Golf which is also a blast to play. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Sidewalk lined with palm trees going past Surfside Inn & Suites. (photo by @bioreconstruct)With Surfside in the foreground you can see The Wheel at ICON Park in the background. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Universal recently unveiled the crafted menus coming to Surfside, with some pretty tasty looking options. I’m still in shock how much we loved the food court at Universal’s Aventura Hotel, so we’re looking forward the culinary options Surfside brings to the table.Pipeline Burger. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort)Cobb Salad. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort)Assortment of freshly mixed drinks. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort)Here’s the latest photo update of Dockside Inn & Suites. It resides in the former home of Wet ‘n Wild’s parking lot.  It will be a much larger hotel than Surfside, have a lobby bar, and offer two onsite pools (compared to Surfside’s lone pool.)Dockside Inn & Suites. (photo by @bioreconstruct) The concierge desk used to be located at the very end of the lobby, past the check-in area. Now it has been brought to the front of the lobby and resides across from bell services. The “marble-like” color scheme you seen on the concierge desk is one that will be very prominent once the overall refurbishment is done. # 4 – BigfireThe newest eatery in CityWalk looks close to opening with Bigfire. Replacing Emeril’s Orlando, Bigfire looks to be targeting the crowd who may be intimidated by places like Toothsome, Antojitos, or Cowfish and “just want something normal.” Touting American fare like steaks, burgers, and freshwater fish dishes, one of the gimmicks that the restaurant has is an “open fire” cooking process that will use different types of wood. The building itself looks great, is in a prime location, and has an E-Ticket main logo once the sun goes down. Emeril’s Orlando was a great restaurant, and we’re going to miss Emeril’s signature banana creme pie dessert, but Bigfire is going to have a lot more appeal to families leaving the parks at night. It’s also interesting to note that while Disney seems to be getting away from running restaurants at Disney Springs and using third parties for just about every dining experience, Universal has gone the other way and replaced many of their third-party restauranteurs with Uni-run venues (such as Toothsome, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, and Breadbox).Bigfire. (photo by Michael Carelli)Bigfire is located directly next to Margarittaville and steps away from the entrance to Islands of Adventure. (photo by Michael Carelli)Outdoor lounging at Bigfire. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Nice signage for Bigfire Bar. (photo by Michael Carelli)Bigfire Menu spot. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Here’s some samples of what to expect when Bigfire opens.Bison Burger and fries. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort)Cowboy ribeye steak. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort)Baked Alaska. (photo courtesy of the Universal Orlando Resort) Double Secret Honorable Mention: Voodoo DoughnutOur favorite Voodoo Doughnut has been offering limited-edition doughnuts exclusive to Universal on a pretty regular basis, but the latest themed to the new Secret Life of Pets 2 may be favorite to date. Looking like the character Max, the yeast doughnut has a chocolate peanut butter filling, and as a huge peanut butter fan, this was fantastic because the ears also have a peanut butter flavor. If this Pets doughnut were offered on the menu year round it would be in our normal rotation including apple fritters, Portland creme, maple bar, and the voodoo doll.Secret Life of Pets 2 doughnut. (photo by Michael Carelli)Cross section. (photo by Michael Carelli)One year anniversary doughnut. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Easter egg themed doughnut. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Another Easter egg themed doughnut. (photo by @bioreconstruct)Cross section. (photo by @bioreconstruct)center_img # 5 – Royal Pacific Resort Lobby RenovationLongtime SATURDAY SIX readers know that Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort may be pound for pound my favorite onsite hotel at either Universal or Disney (especially when I start to think about the Wok Experience). The fact that Royal Pacific is so close to Islands of Adventure, offers Unlimited Express Pass to every guest, and has a wonderful Polynesian theme, makes it my go-to onsite resort. After refreshing all the rooms at the hotel, the Royal Pacific  – currently 17 years old – has now begun a massive refurbishment to their lobby area to bring it more in line with what guests are used to at the newer resorts like Aventura and Sapphire Falls.We’ll take a quick look at some of the changes already done. Upon entering the lobby, there used to be a small gift shop offering non-Universal branded items. This has been replaced with a Vacation Planning Center. Here you can purchase and pick up tickets, as well as getting any questions about the parks answered. # 1 – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureWe are less than a week away from Universal Orlando’s newest attraction opening with Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Construction walls were removed earlier in the week, and the area in front of the ride has been set up for an upcoming media event. In May, Universal invited several members of the media to tour the attraction, and this looks to be a sure-fire hit with guests who want more Potter (and who doesn’t?). Be sure to check out Inside Universal’s recap of the tour that gives a first look at the queue and also don’t miss out on Orlando Park Stop’s invaluable Everything We Know About Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.Hagrid’s logo. (photo by Michael Carelli)Display in front of Hagrid’s attraction. (photo by Michael Carelli)Plastic at the Parks presents: Hagrid in front of his new attraction. (photo by Michael Carelli)Plenty of merchandise already available for the new coaster. (photo by Michael Carelli)The “Fluffy” puppet will surely be a big seller. (photo by Michael Carelli) Next to the the walled-off room is the new area for car rentals. I’m imagining once the grab-and-go area is completed, Royal Pacific will then work on totally revamping the other half of the lobby with an updated sushi bar and Orchid Court Lounge. # 3 – Universal MonstersMany fans of Universal feel that the stable of Universal classic monsters has been underutilized in the parks. Things seems to be changing though, with strong rumors of the monsters having their own “land” in Universal’s upcoming third theme park and a recent announcement that they will have a maze based around them in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights event. Inside Universal Studios Florida we’ve also had some indications that Universal is trying to revitalize their monsters “brand” including a complete new menu at Monsters Cafe. While you can still get pizza and standalone dishes, Monsters Cafe now features a BBQ option that should be familiar to anyone who has eaten at the popular 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Orlando or the Polite Pig at Disney Springs. The new menu allows guests to pick their own combination of meats and sides to create their own meal. The “perilous pair” offers 2 meats and 2 sides, while the classic 3 combo) offers 3 meats and 3 sides. Some of the meat options are also offered separately as sandwich dishes including The Invisible Man (beef brisket on Texas toast) and The Mummy (vegan jackfruit on a kaiser roll).Universal Studios’ Classic Monsters Cafe. (photo by Michael Carelli)New menu board out front. (photo by Michael Carelli)Selection of meats available. The rotisserie chicken and ribs were previously available, but sausage, beef brisket and the vegan jackfruit are all new additions. (photo by Brian Carey)The sides available to pair with your meat selections. Personally I’m a sucker for any place that offers crinkle cut fries. Like tater tots, there are not enough crinkle cut fries offered at Universal or Disney. (photo by Brian Carey)Sample dish. (photo by Brian Carey)The Mummy combo platter. Vegan Jackfruit sandwich, with fries, and watermelon. The drink is the new Lavender Elixir, made with Sprite, a flavor mixture, and blueberry popping boba balls. (photo by Michael Carelli)The crypt cookie, one of the various desserts offered at Monster’s Cafe. (photo by Brian Carey)Monsters’s Cafe does offer mobile ordering. (photo by Michael Carelli)Creature from the Black Lagoon. (photo by Michael Carelli)Theming from Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. (photo by Michael Carelli)Some of the seating in Monster’s Cafe. (photo by Michael Carelli)Plenty of Coke Freestyle machines.(photo by Michael Carelli)A little while ago Universal transformed the old Terminator 2: 3D gift shop into one themed around the classic monsters. Those In The Know suggest that this was Universal testing out guest demand for the monsters, with a whole bunch of new shirts, cups, and other various other pieces of merchandise.Transportation devices from The Fly. (photo by Michael Carelli)Monster merch. (photo by Michael Carelli)Monster merch. (photo by Michael Carelli)There is a much bigger Ghostbusters presence in the gift shop than Universal normally offers, so let’s hope this also means our chances of seeing a Ghostbusters house at this year’s HHN are good. With a new Ghostbusters film being released in 2020 – bringing back original cast members such as Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver – it only makes sense for Universal to incorporate them more in the park. For those who don’t remember, Universal once had a Ghostbusters attraction at USF with the Ghostbusters Spooktacular show (held in the area now occupied by Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon).Ghostbusters merchandise. (photo by Michael Carelli) Triple Threat Honorable Mention: Not a hoax! Not an imaginary tale! MYTHOS CHANGED THEIR BANNER!!“Do you believe in miracles?!” – Al Michaels(photo by Hunter Underwood)So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX checks out what’s happening at the Universal Orlando Resort! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the E-Ticket Report podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following: 6 Surprising Secrets of the Universal Orlando Resort6 Reasons We Love PORT OF ENTRY at Islands of Adventure6 Reasons We Love AVENTURA HOTEL at Universal Orlando6 Great Souvenirs From the Universal Orlando ResortSpecial Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, the incomparable Alicia Stella, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The 2019 Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it?That’s right, ANOTHER NEW ONE EXCLUSIVE TO THIS EDITION!Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now!Wait a second, does that say DOUGHNUT BURGER? Well, we know what we’re doing next….last_img read more

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Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success

first_imgJordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ Men’s winners included fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, Mischa Zverev, Steve Darcis, Fabio Fognini and Aljaz Bedene.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I had some injuries, but good thing is I keep having the passion for the game and the love for what I am doing and the spirit of overcome tough situations in terms of physical issues,” the Spaniard said. “Of course, the spirit of improvement: every day when I wake up, going on court with the goal of doing something better than what I was doing.”Nadal will open against Lucas Pouille on Tuesday at the China Open. The Frenchman beat Nadal in their previous meeting last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNadal is 56-9 this season. He leads the tour with five ATP singles titles and will be trying to add this year’s China Open title to the one he took home as a teenager in 2005.Nadal has made the tournament’s final in three of his six earlier appearances and has a 20-5 record in Beijing. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img In the first round on Monday, top-ranked Garbine Muguruza retired from her opening match with a cold.Muguruza dropped the first set 6-2 and was trailing 2-0 against Barbora Strycova when she decided to stop.“I couldn’t perform today,” said the Spaniard, who said she picked up a virus at the Wuhan Open last week but wanted to try to play despite her illness. “I don’t want to retire before the tournament starts for me.”Also, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0.“It was a tough day,” Stephens said. “There’s not really much to say about. Obviously not a great match, so just forget about it and try to move on.”In other women’s matches, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-2, while Peng Shuai, Elena Vesnina, Elise Mertens, Coco Vandeweghe and Alize Cornet also won.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. The two are currently ranked 1-2. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BEIJING — Passion, and overcoming injuries, are the key to Rafael Nadal’s recent success.The top-ranked Spaniard won the French Open and the U.S. Open this year, and reclaimed the No. 1 spot from Andy Murray. His next event is the China Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims How sports can influence kids according to Alyssa Valdez No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupslast_img read more

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Language is the piece de resistence of political gambles in the South

first_imgLanguage is the piece de resistence of political gambles in the South. For over half a century regional parties have fomented anti-Hindi movements in their own interests. One of them, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu, is whistling the tune which helped catapult it into power in 1967, two,Language is the piece de resistence of political gambles in the South. For over half a century regional parties have fomented anti-Hindi movements in their own interests. One of them, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu, is whistling the tune which helped catapult it into power in 1967, two years after a violent agitation.Party President M. Karunanidhi, 48, chose January 26, to revive the movement for on that day in 1965, Hindi had become the de jure official language. It had sparked off violent student agitations resulting in 50 deaths in less than a week. The DMK as the party opposing the imposition rode the wave of anti-Hindi sentiment to get into the state legislature.The recent DMK call, however, was for peaceful black flag demonstrations and anti-Hindi rallies. As expected the ruling All-India Anna DMK matched it by organizing a conference to pay homage to those who had sacrificed their lives opposing authoritarianism of Hindi protagonists.A rash of violence – outcome of the debate on the state of Pondicherry – forced the anti-Hindi day into the background. However, both parties let the issue simmer. The four-man DMK team in Parliament decided on sporting black shirts at the joint session of both the houses. For its part the All-India Anna DMK, an off-shoot of the DMK, projects a similar stand in the name of its mentor the first DMK chief minister C.N. Annadurai. Says sexagenarian Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran: “The party’s endeavour is to always live up to the ideals of Annadurai.”advertisementParty to the anti-Hindi cause – (left to right) Chenna Reddy, Devraj Urs, M.G. Ramachandran, A.K. Anthony and S.RamaswamyBackground: Months after the DMK came to power in July-August 1967, Tamil Nadu students agitated again following reports that the Union Government was considering introduction of regional languages as a media of instruction in colleges and universities, with Hindi as the medium in Union Government technological institutes.Amendments to the Official Languages Act soon after further roused the students. They objected to a Government directive that all employees learn Hindi. The agitation turned violent.Annadurai then called a special session of the state Legislative Assembly which resolved that the three-language formula be scrapped and only Tamil and English be taught in state schools, and Tamil be made available as the medium of instruction in all Government colleges. It also demanded that Hindi words of command used in the National Cadet Corps be stopped. The three-language formula, compulsory teaching of Hindi, English and regional languages in schools had earlier been accepted by all states including Tamil Nadu, where Congress was in power. Since then Hindi is not taught in Government schools.But concessions offered to students opting for Tamil medium at college have attracted few. A recent Government circular directed its employees to sign their names in Tamil. Says an observer: “Even the two-language formula gets only lip service.”A resolution is to be introduced on the language issue in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly. Chief Minister Ramachandran and his predecessor Karunanidhi, conferred without aides for 30 minutes on the draft of the proposed all-party resolution. The Annamalai University has been closed after an agitation demanding ban on Hindi films and songs on the university campus and exclusion of Hindi from the course syllabi.In Kerala, on the other hand, even hardcore Malayalees tend to agree that the Keralites cannot have a frog in the well attitude towards any language as they have always been an enterprising people known for their propensity to go out and take up jobs in any part of the world.1960s agitation – casting its shadowThe state Government has decided that the three-language formula should be preserved. But, Malayalam will gradually be adopted as the official language. A phased programme for the adoption started in early January.Popular Medium: Kerala has nearly 70 per cent literacy and most people are conversant with Hindi alphabets and some basic Hindi phrases. But their knowledge of Hindi ends with that. And, unlike other southern states where English is widely used among detractors as a language for communication, Malayalam is used in Kerala. Even Muslims and Christians, each of whom constitute 20 per cent of the population, converse in Malayalam and not in Urdu or English.The rights-conscious Keralites are wary about the Hindi imposition. When some official communication from the Centre was addressed in Hindi, during the period when Raj Narain was the Union health minister, the Kerala Government immediately lodged a protest. There has been no language riot recently. But if there were any move by the Central Government to enforce Hindi, the reaction would predictably be strong.advertisementMeanwhile, the Congress(I) President, Mrs Indira Gandhi is back in the saddle as president of the Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha which promotes the learning and popularization of Hindi in Southern India – this is her third term. Observers accuse Mrs Gandhi of double standards. She took oath in Parliament in Kannada while heading an organization promoting the national language.Addressing a meeting in Hyderabad the Union Education Minister P. C. Chunder said: “The voice against Hindi in the South, particularly in Tamil Nadu, did not represent popular sentiment but was politically motivated.” His justification: 25,000 examinees had written in Hindi in various examinations in the southern states this year, which means that people are voluntarily learning Hindi.last_img read more

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Manchester United ‘disgusted’ by racist abuse of Paul Pogba

first_imgBREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ LATEST STORIES “We will work to identify the few involved in these incidents and take the strongest course of action available to us. We also encourage social media companies to take action in these cases.”Rashford tweeted his support for Pogba.“Manchester United is a family. @paulpogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all…” the England international said.Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Championship side Reading’s Yakou Meite have suffered similar abuse in the past week.Abraham missed the crucial penalty in the shootout loss to Liverpool in the Super Cup last Wednesday. The posts aimed at him were described as “abhorrent” by Chelsea and manager Frank Lampard said he was “disgusted”.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Lampard also called for social media sites to do more to prevent players being abused while Abraham has said he wants to “silence the haters” with his performances on the pitch.Chelsea banned a supporter for life in July for racially abusing Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.Five others were excluded for periods of between one and two years for abusive language.Ivory Coast international Meite missed a penalty in time added on for Reading on Sunday against Cardiff but his side had the match already wrapped up at 3-0.Some of the tweets aimed at Pogba were later deleted while several accounts appeared to have been taken down.Twitter’s terms and conditions say it “takes action against behavior that targets individuals with hateful conduct”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Manchester United’s Paul Pogba stands on the pitch after the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at the Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton, England, Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Manchester United said they “utterly condemn” the racist abuse their World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba received after he missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.The 26-year-old Frenchman has missed four penalties since the start of last season — the most by a Premier League player — while team-mate and fellow penalty-taker Marcus Rashford has converted all four of his attempts in that time.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos MOST READ Pogba was assailed on social media, becoming the third player in England to have received racist abuse in the past week due to missing a penalty.United said they were “disgusted” by the abuse and “utterly condemn” it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“The individuals who expressed these views do not represent the values of our great club and it is encouraging to see the vast majority of our fans condemn this on social media also,” the club said in a statement.“Manchester United has zero tolerance of any form of racism or discrimination and a long-standing commitment to campaigning against it through our #AllRedAllEqual initiative. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA: San Beda roars to 7-0, whips Lyceum in 1st meeting since finals ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games uselast_img read more

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a month agoMallorca veteran Sevilla and Morata exchange social media barbs after meltdown

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mallorca veteran Sevilla and Morata exchange social media barbs after meltdownby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Mallorca veteran Salva Sevilla has dismissed the claims leveled by Alvaro Morata after the Atletico Madrid striker’s red card on Wednesday.Former Chelsea forward Morata was first carded for arguing with referee Alejandro Hernandez, before moving his head towards Xisco Campos and saw red in the 77th minute. Just eight minutes after coming on as a substitute, he was walking down the tunnel. Morata and Sevilla have engaged in a war of words since the final whistle, with the Atletico striker reacting angrily to questions on the topic, retorting: “Let him say it if he has b***s. I did nothing wrong.”Sevilla responded on Twitter: “At 35 years of age, I’ve always seen that what happens on the pitch has stayed there.”My words were “you’re a daddy’s boy”, as the video shows.”It was a mistake on my part and I apologise. What I will not allow is for it to be said that I made comments about his wife and children.”Morata fired back in a tweet of his own: “As soon as I stepped on the pitch, only you and I know what you said to me.”Indeed, the things that are said on the pitch remain there, so I won’t say a word about what you told me. Good luck in the future.” last_img read more

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Dawson Creek firefighters extinguish house fire late Sunday

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department had a busy Sunday night after a fire erupted at a home north of the Mile Zero City.Deputy Fire Chief Bob Fulton said that firefighters were called out to a fire at a house on the 217 Road north of the Hillside Garden Centre between the 210 and 212 Roads at around 11:00 p.m. Sunday.He said that the fire erupted in the area of the home’s attic, and quickly spread to consume most of the home’s roof structure. The home’s ten occupants were all able to escape the blaze uninjured but needed to find alternative accommodations due to the fire.Fulton explained that firefighters initially tried to attack the fire from the inside, but needed to pull back and fight the fire from the outside due to the danger posed by the fire.He said that the home’s roof was practically gone, while some structural damage occurred in the home’s living room. The rest of the house also suffered extensive water damage and damage from the burned roof materials falling onto the upper floor.At this point, it’s not known what the cost of the damage is since the fire department is still liaising with the insurance.The cause of the fire has also not been determined, but Fulton said that the fire is not currently deemed suspicious.last_img read more

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