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Planning Basics: Lockers at Walt Disney World

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first_imgShare This!While it’s certainly possible to visit the Walt Disney World theme parks carrying little more than your wallet and your cell phone, there are many situations in which a visitor might want or need to tote heavy or bulky items with them into the parks. If you’re in camp two, the Disney parks lockers can be a lifesaver. Here’s what you need to know about the locker situation at WDW.Magic Kingdom locker room, located at the right side of the park entrance.Where are there lockers at Walt Disney World?Lockers for guest use can be found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Disney’s golf courses, and at some Disney resorts, typically those with marinas and/or health clubs.Will I need to use a locker at the theme parks?This depends on your touring style. Personally, I rent a locker during maybe one out of five times that I visit the parks. Here are some reasons why you might want a theme park locker:You are planning to bring in a substantial amount of food into the park. In addition to being a storage area, the lockers may be a bit cooler than the temperature out in the parks.You are going to/from the theme park to another venue which requires different clothing. For example, if you’re going straight from a theme park to a signature restaurant and want to bring a nicer outfit for your meal. Similarly, if you’re arriving at the Magic Kingdom early in the day and will be attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in the evening, you want want to store your costume in a locker rather than cart it around all day.You’ve made a large purchase at one of the theme park gift shops and the timing does not work out for using either package pick-up or resort delivery.You have items with you that you don’t feel comfortable bringing with you on attractions and you don’t feel comfortable leaving those items unattended on a stroller/wheelchair/etc. (Some camera equipment might fall into this category.)You have a medical situation which prevents you from carrying things. (However, bear in mind that getting to a locker from a remote part of a park may require a substantial walk.)You’re visiting at a time of year when there are vast temperature changes. You need a bulky jacket first thing in the morning, but don’t want to wear/carry it when it warms up later in the day.You simply prefer not to carry your gear with you.Locker rental takes place at an electronic kiosk in the locker room.What size are the lockers at the theme parks?The four theme parks (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) all have two sizes of lockers available inside the park. Large lockers are 15.5″ x 13″ x 17″. Small lockers are 12″ X 10″ x 17″. At Magic Kingdom and Epcot ONLY, there are also Jumbo size lockers which are 17″ x 22″ x 26″.How much do these lockers cost?The prices are the same at all the theme parks. Prices can change, but currently the large lockers rent for $12.00 per day and the small lockers rent for $10.00 per day. Jumbo lockers (only at Epcot and Magic Kingdom) are $15.00 per day.That seems a little steep. Is there any way to save money on a locker rental?There used to be only moderately inconvenient workarounds that involved using lockers located just outside the park gates. That option is now gone (more on that in a sec). There are less expensive small-size lockers near the pool at the Contemporary, but getting to/from the Magic Kingdom and that location takes at least 10 minutes each way, plus time in security line. It’s not really a practical option.If the reason you’re renting a locker is to store purchases made in the parks, you can instead use the package pick-up service that will hold items for you at the front of the park until you’re ready to leave. Be sure to ask about this at the point of purchase.If you have need for a locker during several days of your trip, and the items you’re carrying are not precious (packed lunches, for example), an out-of-the-box workaround would be to buy a stroller. A quick search on Amazon, Target, and Walmart brings up dozens of umbrella-style strollers priced under $30, and even a few priced under $20. There’s no requirement that you must have children with you to bring a stroller into the Walt Disney World parks. Carrying a heavy bag of food on a $20 stroller reaps savings after just two days of not spending money renting a locker.There are two sizes of locker at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. There are three sizes at Epcot and Magic Kingdom.What are the specific locker locations at each park?The locker locations are noted on the park maps, but here’s where you should be looking:Magic Kingdom – Lockers are under the train station, just past the park entrance, on the right.Epcot – Two locations: Near the main entrance, bear right at Spaceship Earth; lockers are near the restrooms to the right of the Spaceship Earth attraction. Additional lockers are to the left of the International Gateway park entrance between the England and France pavilions.Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Next to Oscar’s Super Service, just past the entrance, to the right.Animal Kingdom – Next to the Guest Services window, just past the entrance, to the left.What are the locker hours?They’re the same as the theme park hours, plus any Extra Magic or party hours.Kiosk payment screen.How do the lockers work?In 2017, Disney World replaced all of the key-operated lockers in the theme parks. The lockers are now entirely electronic.Each locker location has one or more rental kiosks that look similar to an ATM. The rental transaction may be completed in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, and Mandarin.Press a touch-screen to begin your transaction. First, select your preferred size locker. You will then be prompted to pay, with either U.S. cash (bills only) or with a credit/debit card.After you’ve paid, you’re prompted to create a 4-digit access code that will be the combination for your locker. The kiosk screen will then tell you which locker is yours. Pro tip 1: Make sure you choose a locker combination you’ll remember. Pro tip 2: Be ready to write down your assigned locker number, or take a photo with your cell camera. At the end of long day, it’s extremely easy to forget which locker is yours.Then walk over to the locker you’ve been assigned, use the keypad to input the code you selected, and the locker will open.Create your own locker access code.I only have my MagicBand with me as a payment method, no cash and no credit or debit card. Can I still pay for a locker?If you’re in this situation, or if you want to pay for a locker with a Disney gift card, go to the merchandise sales location nearest the locker room. They can create a transaction with your MagicBand or gift card and give you a code to use on the locker room kiosk.(Time again for my plea to all Disney visitors to bring alternate methods of payment into the parks, not just your MagicBand. You never want to be without a means to pay for items out in the real world. I’ve been in several situations where guests needed to go directly from a theme park to a medical facility. Bring the cash, credit/debit card, ID, and insurance card you’d need in an emergency.)The kiosk assigns you a specific locker.Can I go in and out of my locker several times a day?Yes, the electronic in-park lockers can be accessed as often as you like/need during the day. Just input your code to open the locker and then close it, come back later and do the same thing again. When you’re done with the locker for the day, press the “end rental” button to release your code and allow the locker to be reassigned to another guest. (There are instructions on how to do this printed on the lockers.)There are some coin-operated lockers located at the resorts. These require a payment every time the locker is opened/closed.What happens if I’m visiting more than one park per day? Do I have pay the locker fee twice?Yes. While you can go into and out of your locker many times per day, if you switch theme parks (Park Hop) and want to get a new locker at the new park, you’ll have to pay again.Prior to the 2017 locker replacement, guests paid for their lockers at a manned register and were given a printed receipt. This receipt allowed guests to get a new locker at another park at no additional charge. This procedure in no longer in place.There is a keypad at every locker.If I’m going to the same park two days in a row, can I leave something in the locker overnight?Unfortunately not. The lockers are cleaned out every night. Depending on the locker contents, items left at the end of the day will either be trashed or sent to lost and found.I thought there were lockers just outside some of the park entrances? What happened to those?In the past, there had been lockers located at the Transportation and Ticket Center and near the bus loading areas at Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Those have been removed. The only lockers at the parks are within the park gates. From a security perspective, this makes complete sense.Can I leave a rolling suitcase in a locker at Epcot or Magic Kingdom?Probably, but you may run into some headaches.The dimensions of the jumbo lockers is 17″ x 22″ x 26″. Airline rules vary, but a typical maximum carry-on suitcase size is 22″ x 9″ X 14″. If you’re following the letter of the law, then your carry-on will likely fit in jumbo locker, but if you’re fudging, then you may be in trouble. (Note that Disney has a separately stated rule that says, “Suitcases, bags, coolers or backpacks, with or without wheels, larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18” high are not allowed in any Theme Park or Water Park.)Remember that when you bring your suitcase into the park, you’ll have to go through the regular security screening. Nothing in your bag can violate the rules stated on Disney’s rather extensive list of prohibited items. Personal items that could trigger scrutiny are razors, anything in a glass container, medical marijuana, selfie sticks, and a host of other items. Disney also has a prohibition on items that you pull behind you. However, if you explain that you’re taking your wheeled suitcase directly to a locker, they may waive this rule. All of this is up to the discretion on the security staff on duty.Epcot front-gate locker room.That all seems like a pain. What reason would I have to store luggage at a theme park?First, let me tell you why you wouldn’t need to store luggage at a theme park.If you’re staying at a Disney resort and taking Disney’s Magical Express to the airport, you have to go back to your resort before you leave. In this case, you should leave your large carry-ons with the Bell Services at the hotel. If you have large bags that will be checked, you can either leave these with Bell Services or send them to the airport ahead of you using Resort Airline Check-In. If you’re leaving Walt Disney World directly from a theme park by car, you should leave your luggage in the car.Possible reasons why you might have your luggage at the theme park are:It’s your last day. You only have carry-on luggage. You’ve taken a cab/Uber/Lyft to a theme park for a last bit of fun and don’t want to go back to your hotel before taking a cab/Uber/Lyft directly from the park to the airport.You’re traveling home using a bus service that collects guests from a theme park.Kali River Rapids lockers.Are lockers readily available at the theme parks?Generally, yes; however, at the busiest times of the year, it is possible that they may run out of lockers or run out of the particular size locker that you need. If you absolutely need a locker, rent it early in the day.Are there lockers at Disney Springs?Back in the days of Downtown Disney, there had been coin-operated lockers at that location. They have since been removed and there are currently no lockers at Disney Springs.As at the theme parks, some shops will send your purchases to your Disney resort hotel for you. Be sure to ask when making your selections.What’s up with lockers at the water parks?The Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon lockers now use the same electronic system as at the theme parks. Small lockers are 12″ X 10″ x 17″, priced at the same $10 per day as at the theme parks. Large lockers are 15.5″ x 13″ x 17″. While the large water park lockers are the same size as the large theme park lockers, they are priced at $15 per day. That’s $3 more per day than at the theme parks.Lockers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.While guest use of the theme park lockers is quite variable (many guests will not need to use a locker), given the nature of a water park, many more guests will be in the market for a locker rental. You may feel safe leaving your towel and John Grisham novel on a your poolside chair, but you’d be foolish to leave your wallet and cell phone there while you’re swimming in the wave pool. Build a locker rental into your budget to keep your valuables safe.I’m renting a boat at the Contemporary. What do I do with my belongings that I don’t want to get wet?The hotels that have marinas also have free or coin operated lockers near by. Some of the resort pools also have this feature.I’m going on the Wild Africa Trek at the Animal Kingdom. I don’t want to bring all my belongings on the Trek, should I rent a locker near the park entrance?No need to do this. There are special lockers just for Wild Africa Trekkers. There is no additional charge for these. Your Trek guides will show you where they are when you check in for your adventure.I’m going on Kali River Rapids at the Animal Kingdom. I don’t want my belongings to get wet. What should I do?There are low or no-fee lockers at some locations outside the theme parks. These are at the Contemporary Resort marina.You’re allowed to bring belongings on Kali River Rapids, so you don’t absolutely have to get a locker. However, the warning signs at the attraction are accurate: you will get wet and you may get soaked. That means that your stuff with get soaked too. Seriously, I’ve had showers where I got less wet than I did on Kali River. To prevent your belonging from getting drenched, there are lockers next to the Kali River Rapids ride. (There had previously been plastic-covered bins on the rafts that were supposed to keep your belongings dry, but they never worked properly. Now guests have to use the lockers if they want to make sure their belongings don’t get soaked.)The lockers are the same small/large sizes as at the front of the parks. The small lockers are free for up to two hours of use. The large lockers are $4 for up to two hours of use.Are my belongings safe in the Disney lockers?I’ve never personally heard of anything being stolen from a Disney parks locker. However, they are lockers, not Fort Knox. You should plan to keep irreplaceable or valuable items on your person. Better yet, bring the bare minimum of valuables with you to the parks and leave the rest in the safe back at the hotel.Animal Kingdom locker room.I have a medical issue and can’t reach the top lockers, what can I do to make sure I’m not assigned one of those?On the kiosk screen where you’re asked to choose what size locker you want, there’s also a wheelchair icon. If you need a lower locker, touch the wheelchair and you’ll only be assigned a locker in the handicapped-accessible zone.I’m also visiting Universal Studios, is the locker situation the same there?No. Guests are allowed to bring personal belonging with them on all rides at Walt Disney World. However, there are a number of rides at Universal where you are not allowed to bring anything, even small purses, on the ride with you. You are required to use a free locker at these locations. There are also larger paid lockers at the park entrances. See our deep dive into the Universal locker situation.So fellow sherpas, do you carry all your gear with you in the parks? Do you rent lockers on a regular basis? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.last_img

Tackling the silent five

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first_imgPopular Olympic medallist Caster Semenya was on hand to share health tips with the walkers. Total South Africa takes the health of its staff seriously.(Images: Janine Erasmus) The Johannesburg Zoo combines health and conservation through the regular events and walks for various causes that it hosts.(Image: City of Johannesburg)MEDIA CONTACTS • Jessica ChadinhaAccount manager, Jenni Newman PR+27 82 777 5427 or +27 11 506 7350RELATED ARTICLES• R2-million injection for SA zoo• SA wildlife on the big screen• Big five cat moves into new reserve• A paradise for rescued birds• Boost for trucking wellness driveJanine ErasmusThe Johannesburg Zoo and global fuel company Total South Africa recently teamed up to encourage South Africans to get healthy, by organising a fun walk for employees and their families, with an emphasis on combating the so-called soundless five medical conditions – hypertension or high blood pressure, hyperlipi­daemia or high cholesterol, obesity, blood sugar, and HIV.These conditions may be present without any accompanying symptoms, hence their description as silent killers.According to the Government Employee Medical Scheme (Gems), even people who consider themselves to be fit can be affected, and high blood pressure and cholesterol as well as diabetes, especially, can develop without any obvious signs. These conditions are often discovered almost by accident, and only after already causing damage.The Total walk extended over five kilometres of winding zoo roads and paths – one kilometre for each medical condition.“These five conditions need to be given much more emphasis as they have a major impact on the long-term health of our staff,” explained Musa Langa, Total South Africa’s wellness manager.Knowing that these conditions are among the factors that can lead to absenteeism and under-productivity, the company has taken a firm interest in the health of its staff. During 2011 it ran a wellness challenge, providing staff with a number of tools with which to improve their personal health. These included access to doctors, dieticians and individual programmes.The company also runs an employee assistance programme which helps staff to manage issues such as finance, health, stress, and work/life balance. If employees are diagnosed with HIV, Total South Africa covers the cost of antiretroviral medication. The company also has a gym, car wash, convenience shop and ATM at its head office in Johannesburg.Total South Africa was recently certified as one of the country’s best employers for 2012/2013 – reasons cited include excellent working conditions, a dedication to transformation, and recognition of the importance of inclusion and diversity.A full range of tests was available at the zoo after the walk, for all five conditions, with experts available to give advice on areas that needed improvement.Celebrities weigh inFormer world junior flyweight champion “Baby” Jake Matlala and Olympic silver medallist Caster Semenya were on hand to encourage the walkers.“Keep exercising and eat healthy food,” said Semenya. “Stay away from junk food, and make sure you have a good breakfast.”She added that people should believe in themselves and their capabilities.Semenya overcame controversy in 2009, when her gender came into question after she dominated the track in her world debut season – she was just 18 at the time. At the 2012 London Olympics she achieved a silver medal in the 800m final, to the delight of the nation.Matlala said it’s important that people know the different ways in which they can boost their health, such as these five vital checks.“Days like this are important,” he said, “where companies are encouraging people to get healthy. Follow a good diet, and do exercise – you don’t have to run, but even a family walk on Saturdays or Sundays will help.”Matlala also advised parents to get involved with their children’s wellbeing, and lead by example. “We must teach the young ones, so that they can start their good habits early in life.”An unhealthy nationIn South Africa the rate of heart disease is high – every eight minutes a South African has a heart attack, and every fourth one is fatal.Results of a 2010 survey conducted by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline reveal that 61% of South Africans are overweight, obese or morbidly obese. In addition, 70% of women over the age of 35 and 59% of black women over the age of 15 are overweight or obese. Young people are affected too, as the survey revealed weight problems in a worrying 25% of teenagers and 17% of children under the age of nine.About six-million South Africans suffer from hypertension, and five-million have high blood cholesterol levels.All of these conditions can be prevented by living a healthy lifestyle, and if they are already present, can be managed through good eating and regular exercise.Knowledge is powerKnowing the right numbers is important, says Gems. Blood pressure should be lower than 120/80, and cholesterol levels should be lower than five. People with a cholesterol reading higher than seven should visit a doctor, who may prescribe medication and a strict diet.In terms of weight, experts advise a body mass index of less than 25kg per metre of height squared. A higher reading means that the heart may be under unnecessary strain, and can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as diabetes.The high blood sugar levels found in people with diabetes can damage the heart’s blood vessels – this could eventually result in angina or even a heart attack. A blood sugar reading of between 3.3 and 6.5 is normal.In the case of HIV, prevention is better than cure, and there are a number of various protective strategies against contracting the disease. Living a responsible lifestyle is the main factor, which includes the use of condoms always, even during pregnancy, and keeping sexual partners to a minimum.last_img

Electronics factory boost for W Cape

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first_img13 March 2013 South African technology company Tellumat has opened a fully modernised electronics factory in Atlantis north of Cape Town, following a multi-million rand investment supported by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Industrial Development Corporation. Speaking at the opening event on Tuesday, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies reiterated the government’s commitment to support companies that contribute to the South African economy and job creation. “This state-of-the-art facility that we see today was made possible amongst others by the manufacturing investment grant of R2.64-million for a capital outlay of R12-million to resuscitate the old Tedelex factory,” Davies said. “The company has also benefited from an Industrial Development Corporation loan of R8.2-million for surface mounting technology expansion for this facility.” According to Tellumat CEO Rasheed Hargey, the factory was modernised with new production equipment in 2012, enabling it to produce electronics for brands such as Sony, Mecer and HiSense. Tellumat acquired the assets of the old Tedelex television factory in Atlantis in 2010, and continued to operate from the old facility until the end of last year, when it moved into the new facility. Hargey said the facility represented a significant investment in South Africa’s manufacturing sector and would be a major boost for the development of Atlantis. “We currently have a staff complement of 116, and we wish to have more as we grow as a company,” Hargey said. “The factory is an illustrative example of co-operation between the government and business partners to attract private sector investment through an enabling environment and industry-supporting incentives.” Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, also present at Tuesday’s opening, said it was wonderful to see South Africans on the cutting edge of technology, where the future of job creation lay in the country. “Technology is an important field with the potential to improve education and government and generally to transform the way we live,” Zille said. “We must make sure that government steps up to the plate to assist business to take advantage of strong and growing export markets in Africa, which the Western Cape is well poised to do.” According to the DTI, the electrotechnical sector accounts for at least 12.5% of South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). SAinfo reporterlast_img

40 Million France Telcom Customers Get OpenID

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first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Orange SA, a subsidiary of France Telcom, announced today at the Digital ID World conference in San Francisco that France Telecom will act as an OpenID server-agent. That means the company will verify the identities of their 40 million users immediately, without the need for another account to be created, for any other site on the web that supports OpenID. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Tags:#Identity#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai... This according to Six Apart’s David Recordon who blogged and Twittered excitedly from the event. Recordan, an expert in emerging identity issues, says that the move makes France Telecom the world’s first major telco to support OpenID. This is a huge move for the federated identity movement and it’s no surprise that it’s coming from Orange – one of the most daring players in the whole sector. It may be the second biggest swath of OpenID accounts ever created, after AOL’s adoption of the standard for its 63 million users in February. Unfortunately, not much has come of AOL’s move – in large part I believe because the company has done as bad a job communicating about OpenID as the rest of the OpenID community has to date. Orange, on the other hand, already celebrates on their website some of the 3rd party services that users can now log in to with their France Telecom ID. Hopefully this will have a much bigger impact than AOL’s adoption. Flexible, secure and federated identity with a single sign-on could still have a bright future ahead of it.Many sites have been waiting for the OpenID 2.0 spec to be finalized before implementing OpenID. Believe it or not, that could happen as early as next week, according to a post on the blog of JanRain, a leading OpenID vendor. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic... Recordan reports that the company also discussed allowing access to Orange branded mobile services using external accounts – presumably OpenID. That’ll be putting their money where their mouths are – huge companies can offer to authenticate for other sites all day long without significantly changing the game.last_img

Sponsor Post: Create Agile IT Using The Cloud

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first_imgEditor’s note: We offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write posts and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.The legacy IT model can no longer meet the requirements of today’s agile development teams. Historically, the old IT model required at best two to four weeks to spec out a development and test environment, order the machines, network and storage gear, wait for delivery, rack it, and configure them. That procurement process is extremely time-consuming, inconvenient and costly. Today’s development teams require a new approach to obtain much needed IT resources quickly for their development and test projects.The cloud model provides convenient, affordable, and on-demand computing resources tailored for software development teams and it can augment in-house IT environments. By enabling development and test environments through the cloud (rather than owning and maintaining hardware), IT can provide the same capabilities with a much higher degree of self-service, configurability and scalability – while realizing a much lower operational cost. Cloud-enabled IT for development and test integrates the best characteristics of virtualization, cloud automation, software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to provide a complete solution. This solution-centric approach enables IT to:Deliver a self-service solution portal. Developers can create, replicate, change or delete entire software dev/test stacks in seconds. Provide on-demand scalability and configurability. Developers can create new release stacks on-demand and in a consistent and dependable fashion as they go through release cycles. Provision multiple dev/test environments. Test engineers can run multiple copies of a release, build and test various OS/DB/Browser combinations and scale the environments up or down quickly, as needed.Enable constant time snapshots and rapid bug reproduction. Dev teams can recreate any complex bug scenarios (including production issues), rapidly snapshot those environments, make changes, run tests and compare the results to the original. Facilitate collaboration and parallel work streams. Engineers can collaborate and share access to those environments with other engineers and support professionals over the Web. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic... Related Posts At the same time, IT professionals can get full visibility and control over cloud environments. In particular, they can:Set-up dev/test environment templates that are IT policy compliant.Create users, roles, access control lists and permissions.Establish hybrid cloud architecture to connect to in-house data centers.Assign group, project and individual level quota for machines, storage and networks.Track usage by month, by user, by project and implement charge backs if needed.Audit and ensure compliance policies are followed.The result? IT teams that adopt a cloud-enabled agile IT solution such as Skytap Cloud can expect to reduce their total cost of ownership by more than 70% while also reducing the release cycle time by more than 75% when compared to the legacy IT infrastructure. Agile IT empowers development teams to achieve the full potential of the agile model. In addition, IT will be able to retain full visibility and control over cloud environments and reduce operating costs. About the Author: Nate Odell is Director of Marketing at Skytap, a leading provider of cloud automation solutions. He is an industry veteran with a successful 11-year career in B2B marketing for technology startups. Follow Nate on Twitter @NateOdell25 or @Skytap.Photo by OeilDeNuit rww sponsor 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Sponsors#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai...last_img

Madhuri pays tribute to Bollywood’s various dance eras

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first_imgActor Madhuri Dixit is back to sizzle TV screens again with the fifth season of dance reality show Jhalak Dikhla Ja. To make sure that all eyes are on her, she is donning three looks of the actors of three decades, including her once competitor Sridevi.The timeless diva has been paying a tribute to Bollywood's different dance eras sporting sultry looks from the 1960s, 70s and the 80s in the promo for the reality show as Madhuri promises the musical extravaganza to get bigger and better.Inspired by Meena Kumari's courtesan look from the sixties in Pakeezah, Madhuri gracefully pays homage to the yesteryear's superstar.Donning a bright orange salwar kameez with a bouffant, Madhuri revisits the seventies as she does Cha Cha Cha to thank Mumtaaz, her inspiration for a retro avatar.Madhuri also pays a tribute to her Bollywood contemporary in the eighties, Sridevi. Clad in a sheer yellow nine-yard wonder, Madhuri draws inspiration from Sridevi's uber sexy number in Mr India.If the promos' glimpses are anything to go by, the fifth season of Jhalak Dikhla Ja would certainly be TV's big offering.last_img

Toronto firm sues Ticketmaster over alleged doubledip commissions

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first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto-based law firm has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against Ticketmaster, alleging the ticket-selling giant has been taking “double-dip commissions” on the resale market for years.Sotos Class Actions accuses Ticketmaster of allowing professional resellers to buy “massive volumes” of tickets to concerts and other events, then resell them on the secondary market “at significant markups.”In a statement of claim filed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday, Sotos says the company turned a blind eye to resellers’ use of so-called “bot” software to gobble up tickets.It says this allowed Ticketmaster to increase its profits by taking commissions on both the original sale and the resale.None of the allegations contained in the statement of claim have been proven in court and Ticketmaster has not filed a statement of defence. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The lawsuit seeks $250 million in damages.last_img

Kyle Snyder eyeing gold in Rio

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Ohio State junior wrestler Kyle Snyder has already become one of coach Tom Ryan’s and the school’s most decorated wrestlers of all time. He has a record of 41-4 in NCAA competition including two finals appearances, All-American recognition in 2014-15, a 2016 NCAA championship and he was the youngest world champion in USA wrestling history in 2015.But there is still one accomplishment the 20-year-old has yet to meet; Olympic gold. On Aug. 5, Snyder will join his fellow Americans in Rio de Janeiro for the XXXI Olympiad.Snyder won the 97-kg freestyle weight class at the Olympic Trials over 2012 gold medal winner Jake Varner to clinch a spot on team USA, giving him a place in his weight class in Rio. After winning the world championships in Las Vegas in September, Snyder told the media on Tuesday that he feels confident, and he understands that wrestlers will begin to prepare for him more.“Some of the guys have wrestled me a little bit differently,” Snyder said. “They know my moves and they are more prepared for a match that I’m going to wrestle. It just takes time for me to adjust and improve as well. They get a little better, I get a little better. Hopefully by the end of the day, I’ll be the one that can compete well.”He competed in Grand Prix of Germany tournament from July 1 to 3 competing against top Olympic talent. Snyder said he faced three wrestlers in the top 20 in the world who will be in his bracket in Rio.He took bronze in Germany amongst five of his fellow USA Olympians.Up until his departure for the Olympics, Snyder’s training has been quite similar to that of his regimen for the NCAA championships. He lifts Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. He then wrestles on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with his training partner Tervel Dlagnev, who qualified for the Olympics by winning the 125-kg freestyle at the trials.Snyder said that the only difference from collegiate competition to training for the Olympics is that there is more focus on he and Dlagnev because coaches are only required to put their energy into two wrestlers instead of the 10 that make up a collegiate roster.Snyder said he has either wrestled against or seen film of every possible competitor at least a couple times. He does not compete until the final day, Aug. 21, in Rio, but said that at least it gives him a little time to enjoy the process of being an Olympian.Snyder said that he still gets butterflies from time to time, but he will enjoy the pressure that comes with being an Olympian.“I love it,” Snyder said about competing on the final day. “End it with a bang, hopefully. It will be the last thing people remember.”As excited as Snyder may be, OSU coach Ryan could speak for hours about his first wrestler to compete in the Olympic games. Ryan has spent 22 years as a coach and is “excited as heck” to cheer on Snyder in Rio alongside his family.“It shows the uniqueness of Kyle and the deep desire he has to be elite,” Ryan said. “These are the things we dream about as little kids. I’m looking forward to watching Kyle represent himself the way I know he will.”When Snyder wears the USA logo across his singlet next month, he said representing OSU will be on his mind.“There have been a lot of great athletes at Ohio State,” Snyder said. “I’m very proud to represent Ohio State and I feel like other than serving in the military, being an Olympian is the next best way to represent your country.” OSU sophomore Kyle Snyder enters the arena during the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships on March 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Credit: Courtesy of OSU

Should diaspora Greeks be allowed to vote in Greece

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first_imgMy vote is “No”.I am not making light of this desire of many diaspora Greeks to vote and to participate politically in the affairs of the homeland. Unlike many of the several million Greek diaspora, I am likely to be in an eligible category to vote. I am a Greek citizen, with passport and national identification card. I have lived in Greece, worked there, paid taxes there, and served in her army. But I do not live there anymore, and I believe that those who live with the consequences of their vote – should vote.I might be accused of hypocrisy, because as American citizens abroad for over seven years, we voted in US elections. It is my understanding that Australians abroad can also vote, but the differences between Americans (or Australians) abroad and Greeks abroad are many and fundamental.Americans abroad are generally expatriates, whereas Greeks abroad are a diaspora. Let’s consider the difference. Roughly six million US citizens live abroad, approximately two per cent of the US population. Often enough Americans abroad work for large US multinationals, or their stay abroad is finite. I would imagine the case for Australians abroad is rather similar. Usually Americans do not integrate into their host societies, unless they are already dual nationals. Consider the large Greek American and Greek Australian pensioner population in Greece.The Greek case is decidedly different. Greeks from time immemorial have been leaving their homeland, alternately integrating, assimilating, and sometimes repatriating. There are at least four million clearly identifiable Greeks in the diaspora. That number is almost forty per cent of the total population of Greece, and even a portion of those voting can seriously distort an election process. While passionate about being Greek, the gap between the homeland and the diaspora can be vast. How much does a third-generation Greek American from, say, my Salt Lake City, Utah hometown, know about issues in Greece to make an informed voting choice? Why, too, with nothing at stake in terms of day- to-day life, should she choose for those who will live with the consequences of her vote? Who is, further, a Greek? How far back to you go, what percentage Greek do you have to be? What are the criteria? Even if we use the criterion of Greek passport holders, I would suggest that this is problematic as well. We might argue that Greeks born and raised in Greece, or Greek passport holders, are well informed enough to exercise voter rights. Consider, however, this: my son and daughter are both Greek citizens, though my daughter has never as yet visited Greece, and my son lived in Greece for two years as a toddler. Absent their highly unlikely return to Greece to live, mere citizenship hardly qualifies them to make voting decisions.Proper voting requires being informed. I like to think that I have a good understanding of Greece from being well-read and from living there. However, my living experience there was nine years ago, and already things have changed to the point of being unrecognisable. If just a few years’ separation is an issue, imagine decades.Of course, there are many who would counter that “Greece needs us”, that the diaspora will infuse civic spirit into the motherland. Perhaps, but it is a dangerous generalisation to make, and one easily countered by another, that the diaspora is often more nationalistic. There is a useful parallel to draw with our northern neighbour, FYROM. Their government allowed the diaspora to vote, and their votes generally went to the most extreme nationalists. Often, people in-country are more tolerant of their neighbouring countries, because they must live with them, trade with them, and suffer consequences if the neighbourhood goes bad. We do not have the right to make that decision for them. Greece is a land inspiring true devotion across distances of oceans and generations, and I do not doubt the love the diaspora has for her, but for the reasons I wrote about, my vote to vote is no. Those who live with the consequences should vote, and we can only hope they vote wisely. If we really must vote in Greece, we ought to vote with our feet first, by moving there!Alexander Billinis is a Greek American with a lifelong interest in Byzantine history. He has worked at global banks in the US, Athens and London and has written books and articles for various diaspora Greek and Serbian publications in the US, Canada, Greece and Australia. He currently lives in the USA. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Costa shares what he thinks about Cristiano Ronaldo

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first_imgJuventus winger Douglas Costa believes new signing Cristiano Ronaldo can take the club to the next level.Costa believes the Portuguese superstar can take the Italian giants to the next level in their pursuit of European glory.Ronaldo joined Juventus last month form Real Madrid for a fee understood to be around the €112million mark.The five-time Balon d’Or winner joins Juventus who are looking to continue their domination of the Italian Serie A as they seek to win their eight title on the bounce.The Old Lady are hoping extend their dominance to Europe as they seek to end their Champions League drought of nearly 12 years and Costa believes Ronaldo is the man to lead the club to European glory.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth - September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery's performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo's.“I think he (Ronaldo) was already on a high level but he want to enhance his status by winning titles with us,” Costa said, according to SportsKeeda.“I think Ronaldo is a very important player for us but we also have fantastic players like Dybala and we will need to raise our game to get to the next level.”“We know how much he can improve us and everyone has welcomed him to the club and we’re excited to have him with us.”Juventus have won seven Serie A titles on the bounce, and the Old Lady will be hoping Ronaldo and troops surpass the current level of success in the club.last_img