Keep in mind that in order to allow as many Members as possible to enjoy Moonlight Magic, only one event date for each participating park will be available per Membership. Also, you must RSVP to attend this event. When arriving to the party, at least one valid Disney Vacation Club Membership Card with photo ID will be required. You should also be aware that these events are extremely popular and do sell out frequently. If you are thinking about attending, make sure you sign up as soon as you can!For more information about Moonlight Magic, visit here. Share This!©DisneyAttention Disney Vacation Club owners! The incredibly fun Moonlight Magic event will be returning for 2018! What is Moonlight Magic? They are exclusive parties for DVC members that allow them to have “private” time in the parks, riding attraction and meeting characters, some of which are rare! There are also complimentary treats and beverages, as well as special dance parties.Moonlight Magic will take place on both coasts. Here’s a look at the 2018 Moonlight Magic schedule:Magic KingdomJanuary 11 and 28, and February 6(Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates December 7. Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on December 21.)Disney’s Animal KingdomMarch 21, April 17 and May 16(Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates February 8. Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on February 22.)Disney’s Typhoon LagoonMay 30 and June 11(Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates April 19. Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on May 3.)EpcotJuly 16 and August 13 at Epcot(Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates June 6. Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on June 20.)Disney’s Hollywood StudiosSeptember 19 and 26, and October 3(Booking begins for Members with Resort reservations on the event dates August 30. Pending availability, booking opens for all Members on September 13.)Disney California AdventureNovember 15(Booking begins for all Members on October 4.)
18 March 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma has joined global leaders in wishing Xi Jinping well as he takes over as China’s new president. Xi was announced as China’s new President on Thursday. He was appointed to the Communist Party’s top post in November, and now succeeds President Hu Jintao. The Presidency said in a statement on the weekend that South Africa looked forward to consolidating its strong relations with the People’s Republic of China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. China is South Africa’s biggest trading partner and a significant investor in the South African economy. In 2012, total trade between the two countries stood at R201-billion, according to the South African Revenue Service. The two countries are also members of the BRICS group of influential emerging economies, which is to host its fifth summit in Durban next week. Xi’s visit to South Africa to attend the summit will be one of the first he undertakes as president of China. Zuma said that China and South Africa had agreed to work towards a more equitable trade balance so that both nations benefited from the growth in trade between them. A joint working group on trade statistics has been established under the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission in order to address the trade imbalance. Source: SAnews.gov.za
PerksI just mentioned vacation and throwing in an extra few days or week is something that employers are fairly willing to do. There could be other perks as well that they may be willing to negotiate. Things like working from home, expense accounts and relocation assistance are all examples of things that could be added at the time of offer. If an employer knows that the base salary is not where you want to be, but it is the highest they are able to offer then the more likely they are to negotiate something else with you. The trick for the job seeker is to make yourself so wanted that they are willing to do everything they can to get you on board. SalaryDon’t just think of salary as base pay. It could also mean bonus structure, sign-on bonus or salary increase after a set amount of time. Many employers do have set compensation bands or ranges that they keep everyone in, but other components of salary are often very negotiable. Very few things in this life are set in stone. While businesses do operate under budgets and have set amounts that they are able to pay per position, there is often quite a bit of wiggle room in the salary negotiation process. Here is a quick three-item list of things you can negotiate with a potential new employer. BenefitsTypically you can not negotiate the timing of benefits. Meaning, if an employer says their benefits start after 90 days, they are not allowed to make exceptions to that without jeopardizing the plan. However, they may be willing to pay for your COBRA payments or payments to your independent provider until that time. In my role as a recruiter, this and vacation are the the things I negotiate the most. Easy peasy right?!?
As contradictory as it might sound, the stability of our loss prevention program is largely dependent on our ability to react and respond to change; and that begins with our people. The evolution of a successful and productive team is an ongoing process. Every member of our team has both personal and professional objectives and agendas, all of which will impact their approaches, their performance, their outlook and their potential.Most managers understand the importance of getting the right players on their team, and putting those players in the right roles. We attempt to hire talented individuals, place them in positions where we feel they can be most successful, and provide them with the appropriate loss prevention training to meet the needs and expectations of the job.Establishing and maintaining the expertise necessary to perform our required function demands that we develop the knowledge, skills, proficiencies and abilities of our team. Strong loss prevention training practices help build success. We train to cover the bases—the rules and guidelines, the fundamental competencies of the job, the essential ground rules that help to make people better at the position that they are in.- Sponsor – But leaders also recognize that our best team members don’t want to be stagnant. They want to move forward in their careers, and take the steps necessary to reach the next level—and the one after that. The development of knowledge and understanding and the practical application of our skills and abilities helps to groom us for what lies ahead.As a result, effective loss prevention training and development plans must prepare and elicit success for the individual in their current role, but must also draw on the individual’s potential, whatever that might be. A successful program will typically include the following steps:Assessment of individual proficiencies and identification of training needs. This should facilitate both the improvement of developmental opportunities and the enhancement of personal strengths. Appropriate and realistic goals should be established, as well as a means of assessing progress in relation to those goals.Development, implementation and delivery of needed training that will address those strengths and opportunities—the needs, motivations, desires, skills and thought processes that can assist the individual in making real and lasting changes.Encourage a commitment to action, to personal growth and to the plan.Frequent, consistent, and objective evaluation of the effectiveness of the training and development program; and the value it brings to the skills of the specific individual.Evaluation of the effect that the program has had on the individual’s performance and their ability to translate what they’ve learned into results, using objective measures wherever possible in order to ensure that goals are being met.Reassessment of skills, needs, and approaches where necessary and appropriate.Finding Our PlaceNot every employee has the ability or the desire to become the next Director or Vice President of Loss Prevention. But whatever role best suits the individual it should be our objective to provide them with the opportunity to become the best that they can possibly be. Loss prevention training and development programs provide us with that vehicle. A commitment to help our team grow and evolve must be built into our programs.By the same respect, it is ultimately every individual’s responsibility to create and manage their own development plan. We must take charge of our own careers. We can’t expect someone else to do it for us. There is no sword that we can pull out of a stone that gives us a divine place in the world. There is no wheel we can spin that will determine the right path for us. And while they may provide us with guidance and support, it is not the responsibility of our company, our supervisor or anyone else to do it for us.Opportunity is the result of effort. We must put together our own career map that determines where and how far our careers will take us, what direction we would like to go and what our final destination might be. We then plot the path that we would like to take. The role of leadership has never been to draw the map, but rather to guide the way; providing the compass that leads us in the right direction.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. To learn more about investing in your career, professional loss prevention training and development, and the certification process, visit losspreventionfoundation.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Malaysia’s Afiq Ikhwan Yazid set a record of 10 victories in a season, including all four races on Sunday, but that wasn’t enough as Austrian Lucas Auer was crowned JK Racing Asia Series champion. Auer finished with 292 points in the 18-round series, just seven ahead of Afiq.”It feels great, I cannot believe it right now. After the qualifying we thought we will lose the championship,” Auer said after the race.Auer started the first two races in fourth and finished both in second place, leaving him to start from the second spot for the last two races at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.His Eurointernational car had good pace, but was not fast enough to catch Meritus. GP’s Afiq. Yet, Auer’s dominance at the start of the season and his consistency throughout the season got him the title.”It’s a really nice feeling, it’s really important for my future. I had to win this season and now I can see what I will do in the future,” Auer said.It took some time for him to process the fact that he was the champion and he was calm as he got out of his car after finishing third in the 18th and final race of the year behind Afiq and Nabil Jeffri.Afiq was filled with mixed emotions during the post-race press conference, obviously elated with the wins, though disappointed at not winning the championship.”First of all, thank you to my team; they have done a fantastic job. Thank you to Petronas for sponsoring me. I am happy with 10 wins, and even though we didn’t win the championship, we have proved to people that we are a strong team, we are very competitive and we can win,” he said. “I am disappointed with myself, we should have won the championship.”advertisementMalaysian Jeffri of Petronas Mofaz Racing was happy with finishing third in the championship with 186 points. “I did pretty much what I am expected to do, which is to collect as many points for the championship,” he said.
Sarah Lawrence College announced today that prominent alumna Barbara Walters, noted broadcast journalist and author, together with her charitable trust have made a gift of $15 million to establish The Barbara Walters Campus Center on the historic College’s 44-acre campus just north of New York City in Westchester County.Barbara Walters makes record gift to fund Sarah Lawrence College campus centerCredit/Copyright: Donna Svennevik/ABCThe gift represents the largest single donation in the College’s 89-year history and comes as the College prepares to enter the public phase of a capital campaign.The Barbara Walters Campus Center, a multi-use building that will serve as the hub of student life and campus community, will bring together aspects of student engagement and day-to-day social and intellectual experiences. The building will feature adaptable social and academic spaces, a venue suitable for large public and campus events, lounges, dining facilities, the College’s radio station, a media innovation lab, areas for career services, student clubs, activities, and collaborative work. In addition, it will permanently house the Barbara Walters Archives (which will include edited video interviews, edited transcripts, and personal letters from the notable subjects of her interviews), which Walters announced she was donating to the College in May 2014, and the Barbara Walters Gallery, currently housed in the College’s Heimbold Visual Arts Center.“The Barbara Walters Campus Center will stand as a tribute to Barbara Walters and her belief in the power of a Sarah Lawrence education,” said President Karen R. Lawrence in making the announcement. “This remarkable woman has changed the face of broadcast news by establishing her unique genre of the investigative, long-form interview. She is a powerful role model for our students, and we deeply appreciate her generosity, her vision, and her many contributions to the College. This transformative gift will enable us to create a powerful magnet on campus – gathering spaces large and small – in which community will flourish at Sarah Lawrence College.”“When I donated my archives to Sarah Lawrence last year, I told the graduating class at Commencement that at Sarah Lawrence I learned to ask questions,” said Walters. “I attribute my success, in many ways, to the curiosity and confidence I came away with from this remarkable college. Today I am pleased to be able to make The Barbara Walters Campus Center a reality for future generations of Sarah Lawrence students.”“One of the hallmarks of the Sarah Lawrence campus is the convergence of living and learning,” said Dean of the College Jerrilynn D. Dodds. “This is a college where students and their teachers extend their intellectual discourse beyond the classroom, hampered only by the limited number of common spaces. The new campus center will provide a venue for an even greater degree of this expression of the College’s unique approach to learning.”Source:PR Newswire
Related Items:#IntegrityCommissionUpdate, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos – July 17, 2017 – As questions of integrity in public office dominate hemispheric headlines, including here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Magnetic Media checked in with the body charged with ensuring good conduct while on the public payroll for these islands: the TCI Integrity Commission. Its Director, Eugene Otuonye, QC was unable to disclose details on ongoing investigations including the more widely followed cases but there was some update. We now report…Part one of the campaign donations report has been published and can be viewed at the Commission’s website. It revealed that the PDM was better financed during the December 2016 General Elections, coming in with around $30,000 more donated dollars than then incumbent PNP. Each party fell well below what they were legally permitted to raise, which is $600,000 by law. The PDM raised just over $297,000; not even hitting the 50% mark of what is permitted.Director Otuonye explained that part two of the report is focused on how the money by each party was spent and it will be publish later this month but for sure by August 2017.It seems the Turks and Caicos does not have a problem with members of parliament filing their declarations; the Director said that all statements are in and were on time, beating the March 31, 2017 deadline. The information will be made public soon also, he said.When it comes to higher profile investigations, the one opened on Tourism Minister and North and Middle Caicos MP, Ralph Higgs is described as active and as for an end being in sight, the IC is unable to say when the probe will be over with.Magnetic Media had heard murmurings that there was an Integrity Commission investigation on at the new Long Bay High School.However, while the IC Director did confirm that there is an investigation on, he opted out of detailing the nature of the case and explained that it is a Police led investigation but that the IC is assisting it.The investigation at the Labour Department, where at least two staffers were fingered for alleged wrong doing related to work permits; is also with no details provided by the Integrity Commission. Director Otuonye called it a very active investigation.#IntegrityCommissionUpdate#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Close-up map locating the US embassy in Podgorica. AFPAn unknown person threw an explosive device, probably a hand grenade, at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, the government said on Thursday.Messaging in English on its official Twitter account, the government said that half an hour after midnight (1130 GMT), “An unknown person committed suicide with an explosive device.”It added, “Immediately before, that person threw an explosive device from the intersection near the Sport Center into the U.S. embassy compound.”It said, “Most probably, the device was a hand grenade,” adding that police investigation and identification were underway.A Reuters photographer in Podgorica said a police vehicle blocked the street where the embassy is located, adding that no damage was visible.The embassy warned U.S. citizens to stay away until further notice.“The U.S. embassy in Podgorica advises U.S. citizens there is an active security situation at the U.S. embassy in Podgorica,” it said on its website. “Avoid the embassy until further notice.”Earlier, media in Montenegro had said the attack occurred minutes before midnight.Montenegro, the smallest of all former Yugoslav republics, was the 29th country to join NATO last May.