Office Assistant I – (STA007016)

first_imgProvides clerical office support to office staff by performingroutine duties such as typing, filing, answering phones, and avariety of other office duties.,Performs a variety of entry leveloffice duties, which typically include one or more of the followingPreparing and processing purchase vouchers, Service CenterRequisitions, travel requests, travel vouchers and purchaserequisitions.Typing miscellaneous correspondence to staff, faculty, studentsand external businesses and individuals.Answering the telephone and transferring calls to appropriatestaff; taking messages.Greeting visitors, answering questions, and resolving routineproblems; referring visitors to appropriate staff.Picking up mail and distributing it to staff; assisting withbulk mailing, compiling mailing lists, and preparing out-going mailfor pick-up.Assisting in preparing personnel and payroll records andmaintaining employee time information.Creating, retrieving and filing records electronically.Assisting undergraduate students with registration, maintainingundergraduate database, maintaining undergraduate files, and otheritems that pertain to undergraduate students.Performs other job-related duties as required. EEO/AAQualifications :High school and 6 months experienceRequires a basic knowledge of grammar, spelling, punctuation andsimple mathematical functions like percentages, ratios, etc. asmight normally be acquired through attainment of a high schooldiploma or GED. Requires a minimum of six (6) months of directlyjob-related experience.Notes to Applicant: Please include your resume and all otherrequired documents indicated in the posting. Only applications withall required documents will be considered. All positions at theUniversity of Houston are security sensitive and require a criminalhistory check.last_img read more

Pearce predicts $150 million savings on retired teachers health care costs

first_imgby Anne Galloway August 11, 2013 vtdigger.org The state expects to save $150 million in long-term health care costs for retired teachers, thanks to a new program that maximizes use of government subsidies and pharmaceutical discounts for prescription drugs.The state will received enhanced Medicare subsidies for low-income retirees, which will help to lower overall expenditures for prescription drugs through the state health insurance plan for retired teachers.Meanwhile, the state’s 7,000-plus retired teachers will not see a change in prescription drug benefits as a result of the new program, according to State Treasurer Beth Pearce.The Vermont State Teachers’Retirement System board approved the plan last week. The state treasurer’s office, the Vermont-NEA, the Vermont Health Educational Initiative and BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont created a partnership to develop the new waiver plan, which will go into effect on Jan. 1.‘When we can lower the cost to taxpayers without making benefit reductions for retirees, it’s a win-win,’Pearce said in an interview. ‘When we’re working together we can get good things done.’Jon Harris, chair of the board, said in a statement that the waiver plan will ‘financially bolster the retirement system and help ensure important benefits remain intact for retirees.’The new Employer Group Waiver Plan for retirees who qualify for Medicare will save the state about $2.3 million per year on top of $1.5 million in other annual government subsidies. Over time, the $3.8 million in annual savings will result in long-term savings for the pension fund for retired teachers.‘Less money has to go out of our system, that’s how it reduces the unfunded liability,’Pearce says.The state’s unfunded obligations for long-term health care costs for retired teachers is $827 million over a 25-year period. According to the latest actuarial analysis from the treasurer’s office, the new waiver plan will reduce that liability by 18 percent $150 million, based on actuarial calculations for fiscal year 2012.Harris compared the savings to paying down a 30-year mortgage. Paying down the principal ahead of schedule lowers costs over the long haul.‘It’s almost too good to be true, we kept wondering where’s the shoe going to drop, but as we researched it, it made sense,’Harris said. When all the parties studied the fine print, it became apparent that as long as BCBS could handle the administrative details, the waiver plan would work.Health care plans for retired teachers have long been underfunded by the state and the annual expense has eaten into funding for pensions. The teacher retirement system is currently funded at about 67 percent.Even though the Vermont-NEA and the Douglas administration reached a deal in 2010 to increase the contribution from teachers through a variety of concessions, the unfunded portion of the pension system has continued to increase. The Vermont Legislature set aside $4.75 million in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 to help stem the erosion of the fund, but that amount plus contributions from employees hasn’t been enough to cover the growing cost of health care for retirees.Pearce has long been an advocate for increased state funding for the pension system, and her office will ask lawmakers this legislative session to make a larger investment in the retiree system. She says money invested now will have a big payoff down the road. If the state invested $20 million in the pension this year, for example, it would save taxpayers $58 million over the life of the program, Pearce says, though she declined to say just how much she will ask lawmakers to set aside for teachers’pensions this legislative session.Her sales pitch could meet with a less than enthusiastic reception this coming legislative session. Budget-writers will be faced with a $50 million gap right off the bat (the hole was filled with one-time funds in fiscal year 2014), plus an assortment of pending cuts to a wide range of federal programs. Tax revenues, meanwhile, have stayed flat.‘We need to balance all of our priorities and recognize that paying now rather than down the road is a good bang for the buck for taxpayers,’Pearce said.The state treasurer is also pursuing cost-saving programs offered by the federal government. Her office recently received $4.5 million in one-time reimbursement funds for retiree health care expenditures.‘Over the years, we’ve been very proactive in Vermont in terms of looking at our long term liability and working with the Legislature to make sure the pension program is secure,’Harris said.The new Employer Group Waiver Plan is a program of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Affordable Care Act and other changes to federal law have made the program easier for insurance companies and administrators to implement and more cost-effective for employers, according to a press release from the treasurer’s office.Vermont is the only state that has a third party administrator that is a partnership between a teachers’union and a school boards association, according to Harris. VEHI works with BCBS to keep costs down, he said.last_img read more

New Zoom Hardware-as-a-Service Program Will Boost AVaaS; Get Into AVaaS Now!

first_imgRight now, around the globe, most companies, educational institutions and government agencies have shifted their money to help solve internal COVID-19 issues and are trying to reopen. Therefore, financial expenditures on tech hardware not directly related to healthcare issues seem to be on hold (for now). So, now — more than any other time in ProAV history — is the perfect time to launch AV-as-a-Service solutions where your clients can acquire complete solutions without paying for them upfront.I’ve been writing about offering AVaaS for over 4 years. Heck, I’ve even done two different webinars about it — and how to do it — for Almo Pro A/V since 2016. Yes, barely any AV integrators are offering it. But, now’s your chance. And, thanks to Zoom’s recent HaaS (Hardware-as-a-Service) announcement yesterday, you have a more straightforward path to success as the end users will understand it better, and you can copy Zoom’s model!Zoom’s new HaaS program, initially available only to U.S. customers, provides access to Zoom Phone and Zoom Rooms hardware solutions with a subscription service, giving organizations the ability to outfit employees with leading hardware solutions and affordably scale these solutions at a fixed monthly price. Here are some of the benefits of Zoom’s HaaS program.It’s been known forever that some companies can’t afford to equip their employees with all the hardware solutions they want them to have due to the upfront costs and a significant impact on their budgets. With Zoom HaaS, organizations can equip themselves with hardware solutions from leading vendors like DTEN, Neat, Poly and Yealink without the substantial initial investment, freeing up their budgets for important projects and making hardware solutions more accessible for businesses of all sizes. (And, more manufacturers will be added soon, according to Zoom.)See related  Are We Gonna Talk About Zoom ‘Being on Probation’ for 20 Years by the FTC, or Nah?But, my advice would be to use this model to launch your own AVaaS models for your clients and leverage your relationships with your AV distributors to help support them. The biggies already have AVaaS options they can manage for you! Didn’t you know that?Here’s Almo Pro A/V’s AVaaS offering: https://www.almoproav.com/avaasHere’s Synnex’s AVaaS offering: https://www.synnexcorp.com/us/visualsolv/av-it/the-distributor-as-market-maker-and-market-leader/Here’s a great AVaaS primer from PSNI: https://blog.psni.org/av-blog/avaas-everything-you-need-to-knowHere’s a great AVaaS piece written by rAVe’s own Mark Coxon: https://www.ravepubs.com/avaas-not-just-glorified-lease/Here’s one of my AVaaS webinars: https://www.ravepubs.com/webinar-you-can-finally-offer-avaas/Here’s one of my first pieces on AVaaS with a case study back in 2017: https://www.ravepubs.com/avaas-future-av-econocom-buyout-bis-group-will-trigger-first-europe/last_img read more

Liverpool offer another forward to club’s vice president during Divock Origi…

first_imgFotospor claim Galatasaray vice-president Abdurrahim Albayrak is in talks with Liverpool regarding Divock Origi but the English club have offered Dominic Solanke instead. Galatasaray in recent weeks have been linked with Origi but Fotospor say due to Premier League clubs showing an interest in the Liverpool man this makes it difficult for the Turkish side.According to Fotospor, Liverpool officials have offered Solanke to Albayrak and they’ve informed the Istanbul club the 21-year old is available on a loan deal.Solanke is struggling to get games with Liverpool this season and the youngster may have to go out on loan in the new year to get playing time with another club.Embed from Getty ImagesThe former Chelsea striker could be solution for the Super Lig club ahead of the January window, but other forwards have also been linked in recent weeks, including Everton’s Oumar Niasse.Galatasaray have made it their priority to sign a No.9 in the next window after losing Bafétimbi Gomis during the summer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndolast_img read more

Do figure skaters have the advantage on DWTS? Adam, Mirai and Tonya aren’t so sure

first_imgABC(NEW YORK) — The new all-athlete cast of Dancing with the Stars was announced this morning and three Olympic figure skaters are among them: Adam Rippon, Mirai Nigasu and Tonya Harding.Based on how well figure skaters have done in the competition in the past, it might seem like those three will be the ones to beat this season, but they all say that their skills on the ice don’t necessarily translate to the dance floor.Rippon, who won the silver medal at this year’s Winter Olympics, says he’s feet are like “biscuits” in the ballroom.“I think, like, yes we perform, [but] uh-uh, I’ve got biscuits attached to my ankles!” Rippon says. “…It’s a mess down there, you don’t even want to see it. But you will see it and it won’t be that messy.”His pal Nagasu, who won a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics, says her biggest challenge is learning how to work with someone else.“Alan [Bersten] has to keep telling me, ‘Follow my lead, follow my lead!’” she says of her pro dancing partner. “So I feel like it’s an even playing field.”Both Nagasu and Harding are known for mastering the triple axel on the ice, but Harding admits the biggest challenge for her on DWTS will be “staying on my feet.”“I just want to bring to the table as much of what I am that I can, but it is completely different [than skating],” she says. “Absolutely, completely different.”The new season of Dancing with the Stars premieres April 30 on ABC.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tiger gets back to golf with questions about head, not body

first_imgNone of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.”,None of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.” Tiger Woods (AP Photo/File)NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods has gone through two back surgeries since he last played a golf tournament 15 months ago. He had another back surgery that knocked him out of the Masters for the first time in 2014. He had four knee surgeries before that.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho joins Spurs: What was his record at Man Utd?

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO is back in the Premier League!The Portuguese boss has joined Tottenham, just 11 months after he was sacked by Manchester United.2 Jose Mourinho is now in charge of Tottenham, less than a year after his United firingCredit: PA:Press AssociationHis appointment comes less than 12 hours after Spurs axed Mauricio Pochettino following the Argentine’s five-year stint in North London.How long did the ex-Chelsea boss last at Man United?MOURINHO was appointed Manchester United boss on May 27, 2016.He took over from Louis van Gaal, despite the Dutchman leading his side to the FA Cup that year.The Special One has lasted just over two years at the Theatre of Dreams, given his marching orders on December 18, 2018 after a torrid domestic campaign.As such, he was in the job for 936 days, with Michael Carrick set to take training ahead of the festive period.FOOTBALL LATESTPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaWhat was his record?IN total, Mourinho was in charge at Old Trafford for 144 games.He won 84 of those matches, drew 32 and lost 28 – overall that gives him a relatively healthy win percentage of 58.3 percent.That might be slightly better than David Moyes and van Gaal, but doesn’t top Sir Alex Ferguson’s 59.67 percent over his 17-year reign.Did he win any trophies?MOURINHO has always had an instant impact at every club he’s ever managed.And it was no exception at Old Trafford, where he led the Red Devils to the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League in the 2016/17 season.But since that Europa triumph, the trophy cabinet has remained bare at a club which demands success.And Mourinho paid for that with his job, dismissed from his position following the embarrassing 3-1 defeat by league leaders Liverpool on December 16.2 How Tottenham could line up after a shake up from the Special Onelast_img read more

Disney Vacation Club’s Moonlight Magic Returns for 2018

first_imgKeep 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.)last_img read more

You Won’t Find Any Star Wars Merchandise in Star Wars Land

first_imgMerchandise Found Only in Other Areas of the Theme ParksAs I mentioned, if an item says “Star Wars,” it’s not found on Batuu. Other things you won’t find on Batuu are items with Disney tie-ins like humorous items or Mickey ears. While it’s not a hard rule, generally the more colorful an item is, the less likely it is that you’ll find it sold on Batuu. Most Batuu merchandise has a weathered, desert look.You can find Star Wars-branded items in general shops in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, at the exit shop for at World of Disney and the Star Wars store at Disney Springs, at Mouse Gear in Epcot, and in other locations. We’ve even seen some items at Discovery Trading in the Animal Kingdom. Merchandise Found Both in Galaxy’s Edge and in Other AreasThere are some items that cross-over and are sold both in Galaxy’s Edge and in other parts of the parks. Of particular interest are the clothing items are found in both places. These could be functional garb on a distant planet, or could be a costume is you’re in the mood for cosplay on planet earth. Share This!I’m just back from my first trip to Batuu.Yes, Batuu is Galaxy’s Edge and Galaxy’s Edge is Star Wars Land, but there is no Star Wars merchandise in Star Wars Land. Um, get it? When you’re on Batuu, you’re there, actually in the land, with nothing to pull you out of the environment. On Batuu, “Star Wars” doesn’t exist, so there is no Star Wars merchandise there.There is plenty of merchandise to buy on Batuu and plenty of Star Wars merchandise, but mostly they don’t exist in the same place. There are some Galaxy’s Edge items that you can find in other areas of the Disney World parks, but not vice versa.Here’s a look at what’s where. (Note: It’s certainly possible that Disney could decide on an entirely different strategy, but this is what I encountered during Galaxy’s Edge opening week.)Merchandise Found in Galaxy’s EdgeItems in Galaxy’s Edge are those that a resident or visitor to Batuu would need during their stay to entertain their kiddos, to fight their enemies, or to clothe or feed themselves. When there are home decor items or similar artifacts, they are typically things that might be made from found items on the planet.center_img Do you like the idea of keeping Star Wars merchandise out of Batuu or think it’s a lot of unnecessary fuss? Let us know what you think in the comments.last_img read more

Jorge Sampaoli quits as Argentina coach after disastrous World Cup campaign

first_imgJorge Sampaoli stepped down as the coach of Argentina’s national team after the two-time champions were knocked out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the Round of 16 by eventual champions France.It was not just the fact that Argentina failed to advance to the quarter-finals that led to Sampaoli’s exit, it was because of the kind of performance that the South American nation put up in Russia.Argentina, despite having a scary qualifying campaign, were expected to come good at the big stage in Russia. However, Argentina had the worst possible start where they drew 1-1 with Iceland. They were then demolished 3-0 by Croatia and managed to edge Nigeria with a last-gasp goal to reach last 16.In the Round of 16, they were outplayed by France and particularly Kylian Mbappe and went down 4-3.”The Argentine Football Association and the ex-coach of the national team Jorge Sampaoli today reached a mutual agreement to rescind his contract,” the AFA said in a statement on Sunday.The AFA thanked 58-year-old Sampaoli and his assistants, who have also left their positions, for their services.The decision means that Argentina, world champions in 1978 and 1986, are looking for their fourth coach in four years.Sampaoli took over a year ago charged with putting together a side to first reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then mount a challenge for the trophy.His team – thanks largely to the brilliance of Lionel Messi – qualified for the tournament with a win in their last match.advertisementBut the World Cup was a struggle.The AFA’s decision to split with Sampaoli was on the expected line even though the former Sevilla coach had Chile’s 2015 Copa America win over Argentina in his resume and that he had a contract until 2022.Sampaoli inherited an ageing squad under a chaotic soccer federation and never looked like putting his stamp on a side that was inconsistent for most of his tenure.It means Argentina – who have had three different coaches since Alejandro Sabella led them to the World Cup final in 2014 – are back to square one in their search for a first major international title since winning the Copa America in 1993.Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid and River Plate’s Marcelo Gallardo, are among the coaches mentioned by local media as possible replacements.Another two Argentines, Jose Pekerman, who managed Colombia in Russia, and Ricardo Gareca, who took Peru to their first World Cup in 36 years, have also been tipped as possible candidates along with Jorge Almiron of Atletico Nacional and Matias Almeyda, who recently stood down at Mexican club Chivas.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more