Share This!We tried the new Bird Cupcake at Creature Comforts (aka the Animal Kingdom Starbucks) and, boy, do we have news for you!First, this was just one of the many adorable birds we encountered in the Animal Kingdom. Seriously, did you see our IG video of that precious Taveta Golden Weaver bobbing in and out making a nest? If you’re not following us on Instagram, you’re missing a lot.Back to birds of the sugar variety….Our team regularly has intense discussions about food at Walt Disney World. Much of that talk time is spent talking about cupcakes and figuring out how to talk about cupcakes. After one particularly in-depth chat, we decided to take a “tern” (obligatory bird pun, FTW) in our cupcake coverage.Thus, because this is TouringPlans and not Pretty Cupcake Picture Page (dibs on the name) we have to know how a Disney cupcake tastes AND how much icing and cake we’re getting.We started with measuring the physical dimensions of the cupcake (more than one of us regularly carries around a small ruler or tape measure for such tasks). The icing plumage is about two inches tall, similar to the Carousel Cupcake we recently covered.But now, drum roll please, we’ve begun carrying a food scale with us all day every day. That’s right! This is why you click here, folks!We learned that this bright confection owes more than half its weight to icing and chocolate feathers. The entire cupcake comes at 6.1 oz; the icing and feathers weigh 3.1 oz. And yes, we did balance the scale to 0 before weigh-in and we subtracted the weight of the plate (0.6 oz). Now that you know you’ll be consuming almost half a cup of icing with just this one dessert, let’s talk about the taste.This cupcake is exactly what you’ve come to expect from most* Disney specialty or themed cupcakes. This $5.99 treat was theoretically lemon cake filled with blueberry cheesecake cream, but mostly it tasted like lots of sugar; the flavors were muted. But the bright colors make it visually delightful. And the fact that it’s sold steps away from an iconic picture spot makes it an enticing buy. If that Animal Kingdom heat is getting to you and you need a venti cold brew and a sugar bomb to power through to your Avatar FastPass in 6 hours, this is just the ticket!*Sorcerers Hat and Kylo Ren cupcakes in the Studios and anything from Amorette’s not included.
President Jacob Zuma greets Tanya Garande and Hollie Brown during a prayer service for the late Nelson Mandela at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Johannesburg, 8 December 2013 (Photo: GCIS)President Jacob Zuma will take part in an Operation Clean Up for Madiba activity at the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape on international Nelson Mandela Day on Friday.Zuma said on Monday that the government had decided to honour Mandela’s memory this year through a massive Operation Clean Up for Madiba campaign, and called on all South Africans to “demonstrate our love for our beautiful country by cleaning our surroundings together.“In this way, we will be promoting working together to build our beautiful country, which is what Madiba taught us as South Africans,” Zuma said in a statement. “Secondly, we will also be demonstrating our collective commitment to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment and communities.”Zuma also urged both the public and private sectors to seriously reflect on how they dispose of waste. “We urge municipalities as well to use this campaign to discuss further improving refuse removal services in under-serviced communities.”The President said the Clean Up for Madiba campaign would build on existing environmental programmes, including Expanded Public Works Programme initiatives tackling waste, pollution and alien invasive vegetation, which had created over 700 000 work opportunities and 200 000 full-time equivalent jobs since 2009.It was also part of promoting the country’s growing green economy, he said.“For example, last year, we announced the National Green Fund with an R800-million allocation to support and catalyse investment in the green and lower carbon economy. This fund is now completely oversubscribed, with applications to the tune of some R10-billion, and has already approved investment of over R400-million in job-creating green economy projects with municipalities, other organs of state, community organisations and the private sector.After taking part in Friday’s clean-up activity, Zuma will officially open the Mvezo Komkhulu Museum, which will help to educate tourists on the history of Mandela and his family and how it is located as a royal family in the Thembu monarchy.Watch President Jacob Zuma’s Mandela Day Message 2014 here:
Passengers and crew of the record breaking Boeing 777-200LR While Qantas’ 19 plus hour test flight from New York to Sydney is impressive, in 2005 I flew a record-breaking 22.40 hours nonstop from Hong Kong to London – the wrong way.It was, and still is, the world’s longest nonstop flight for a commercial jet aircraft and was a night and a day and a night to remember.I was aboard the 777‑200LR for its record-breaking flight on November 9‑10, 2005.Boeing wanted to prove the long-range capabilities of its 777‑200LR.See dramatic video of Asiana A380 engine fireHelping the 35 passengers, made up of flight and technical crew, Boeing executives and a handful of media, to create history was a fuel load of 164 tonnes.The special cabin of the 777-200LRBoeing had fitted out its 777‑ 200LR demonstrator with a luxury interior, complete with a reception area for presentations and a large business class seating zone. A couple of dozen economy seats and some test equipment completed the fit‑out.It was our personal VIP jet.Boeing had also provided a corporate flight attendant, Maureen Walker of Walker Aviation in Seattle. Helping her, two Boeing executives who donned black‑ties to supply a first-class service.Boeing executives in black tie serving VIPS.To save weight passengers were restricted to just 18kg of baggage including laptops and cameras, a situation that provided most of us with serious challenges – and revelations of how achievable travelling light actually is.In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways engineering staff tended the 777‑200LR as if it was their own, while operational staff provided endless flight plan support – mostly in their own time.Flying the 777‑200LR were nine pilots: Pilot in command Captain Suzanna Darcy‑Hennemann, Frank Santoni, John Cashman, Randy Austin and Rodney Scaar from Boeing, with Captains Reza and Malik from PIA, Captain Mathew from Singapore Airlines and Phil Schultz from GE.Pilot in command Captain Suzanna Darcy‑HennemannBut setting a world record is not as simple as just flying from one place to another.Onboard was Arthur Greenfield from the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) to certify that Boeing followed the complex rules to the letter. The night before the flight, the NAA had weighed all passengers and baggage; in fact, every item on board had been weighed.The NAA has plenty of experience in such things having monitored the Wright Brothers’ distance‑record flight in 1905 – and every record flight since.Under the NAA rules, Boeing selected three waypoints three hours before takeoff.Setting a distance record is like a yacht race, with the aircraft having to fly over rather than around a marker, but what it does to get to that mark is up to the crew.Like a smart yachting skipper, the 777 pilots could fly out of the way to pick up stronger tailwinds.Our first marker was on the International Dateline north of Midway Island. The second was over Los Angeles International Airport and the third over New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.Just eighteen minutes after leaving Hong Kong, the 777‑200LR reached its initial cruising altitude of 29,000ft and Captain Darcy‑Hennemann eased right back on the throttles – and what a difference to the fuel burn! At takeoff, the two GE90‑110b engines consumed 22,700kg of fuel per hour but now they were quite happy with just 6810kg and, later in the flight that would drop to just 4086kg an hour.That’s a miserly 2.6ltrs per 100km per passenger for a typical load.CNN’s Richard Quest asks “Are we there yet”.The 777‑200LR tracked northeast over Taipei and the southern island of Japan, before turning due east to the mid‑Pacific. About one hour before the aircraft reached the international dateline, and its first waypoint, passengers witnessed their first sunrise.First sunrise over the PacificAt the first waypoint, the NAA’s Greenfield sat with the pilots to confirm that we had indeed passed over the waypoint.The pilots then turned the 777 northeast to find a promised jet stream that would give us a kick. And kick it did. A 132kt (244k/h) tailwind had us at 614kt (1137km/h) and speeding towards Los Angeles.A light snack!As the 777 approached the city of freeways, passengers had cameras clicking to record the sunset. Then it was happy hour. As we approached the halfway point, out came special Silverlake sparkling wine from Washington State, which was consumed enthusiastically by the guests as we sped over Los Angeles at 03.02UTC.Break out the Champagne…we are making history.Then Boeing Commercial Airplane President, Alan Mulally, symbolically phoned the aircraft, which was fitted with a picocell for mobile phone use. “Congratulations! You are changing the world,” he said excitedly to a beaming Lars Andersen, then 777 VP and program manager.Further words of encouragement were transmitted from other aircraft, although some aircraft traffic controllers were confused as to why we were flying the long way from Hong Kong to London.Very few could sleep. It was way too exciting as we were creating history. Sleep and you might miss something!Exercise time.We were soon over Denver to pick up more fair winds. We then turned east towards New York, which slipped under us at 07.06UTC. Newfoundland was next and as the lights passed below, the first hint of our second sunrise had BBC and CNN cameras in the cockpit to record the historic event.Boeing’s Rodney Scaar at the controls as the second sunrise appears.When the 777‑200LR touched down in London a few hours later, it had flown 22,520km, although Boeing could only claim 21,601km, which was the shortest distance between the waypoints.Touchdown at Heathrow.Charles Lindbergh and Sir Charles Kingsford Smith would have been impressed as the Boeing 777‑200LR, had just conquered the three greatest challenges in early commercial aviation – non‑stop air travel over the continental US, Atlantic, and the Pacific – in one flight.Boeing advert celebrating the flight. Credit Billy GloverLindbergh was the first to conquer the Atlantic solo in May 1927 taking 33 hours, while Kingsford Smith and his three crew took 10 days with three stops to cross the Pacific in June 1928.For commercial aviation, it was not until 1953, with the four‑engine DC‑7, that commercial aircraft could cross the US non‑stop in both directions.Two years later, a more powerful version of the Douglas aircraft – the DC‑7C – enabled airlines to cross the Atlantic non‑stop in both directions.But the Pacific was not conquered non‑stop until Pan American introduced the 747SP in the 1980s.Qantas is operating three ultra-long-haul 787 research flights to gather new data about inflight passenger and crew health and wellbeing.The flights form part of planning for Project Sunrise – Qantas’ goal to operate regular, non-stop commercial flights from the east coast of Australia (Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) to London and New York.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Athletic Bilbao push to sign Tottenham striker Fernando Llorenteby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAthletic Bilbao are pushing to sign Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.Llorente is eager for more action and Bilbao hope to re-sign the centre-forward this month, says El Correo.Bilbao now plan to go on ‘full offensive’ to bring Llorente back to Spain.The 33 year-old is off contract in June and has spoken of an ambition to play again for Bilbao.New Athletic president Aitor Elizegi has said Garitano deserves to work with a ‘reinforced squad in full’ and has given his approval to the pursuit of a new striker.
CALGARY — A Calgary judge is denying British Columbia’s attempt to block Alberta’s so-called Turn Off the Taps bill.Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall says that B-C doesn’t have the right to take Alberta to court in Alberta over legislation passed by the Alberta legislature.In a decision released Friday, Hall says the dispute between the two provinces should be resolved in Federal Court. The legal battle is part of the fallout over the TransMountain pipeline expansion.In response to B.C.’s legal measures against the pipeline, Alberta passed legislation that would allow it to shut off oil shipments to the coast.B.C. had asked the Alberta court to both declare the law unconstitutional and grant an injunction preventing its implementation.Hall has declined to do either.The Canadian Press
The Colombia Football Federation has announced that Argentine manager Jose Nestor Pekerman will no longer remain as the National Team boss.This Tuesday was the day in which the Colombia Football Federation and Argentine manager Jose Nestor Pekerman met to reach an agreement to continue his job in the National Team, but after a few hours of talking about the possibilities they finally reached such agreement and it’s not positive for Colombia. This Tuesday marks the day in which Argentine manager Jose Nestor Pekerman steps down as the Colombia National Team’s manager, he does it with a heavy heart but he believes that this is the right moment to do so. The Federation still won’t announce any possible replacements for the job, but the most talked-about name was Juan Carlos Osorio until he became Paraguay’s new boss just a few days ago. Pekerman is going to take some well-deserved free time after his long time with the national team, all the most prominent players who had the chance to share the squad with Pekerman, expressed their gratitude to the manager for the six most impressive years of the Colombian National Team in football history.#GraciasPékermanPara la FCF fue un orgullo contar con el Director Técnico que nos clasificó a dos Copas Mundiales de la FIFA, Brasil 2014 y Rusia 2018. ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/BjZvTZjg2b— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) September 5, 2018During those six years with the major squad, Pekerman took Colombia to two World Cup finals and transformed the ‘Cafeteros’ into one of the most spectacular teams in the two tournaments he managed the team. The most impressive performance came at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which took Colombia all the way to the tournament’s quarterfinals and gave us spectacular performances from each and every one of the players at the time with a stellar James Rodriguez. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Pekerman took the team to the finals once again, but they were eliminated in the round of 16 by England in penalty kicks. Despite coming back early from the tournament, Colombia’s performance was very well-accepted by the whole country and they received the players like heroes after they returned to South America. The general feeling was that Pekerman needed to remain as the manager, but the Federation failed to reach an agreement with him and they announced his departure this Tuesday after a meeting.After leading them to two #WorldCup finals, ??Jose Pekerman has stepped down as ??Colombia coach after 6 and a half years in charge➡️https://t.co/1s3M2ABIEK pic.twitter.com/Vel5B7gLTb— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 4, 2018Neymar the reason Vinicius didn’t make Brazil debut, says Tite Andrew Smyth – September 7, 2019 Brazil boss Tite revealed that Neymar’s “perfect” body language meant Vinicius Junior was denied his long-awaited international debut Pekerman was angry for the way in which the media treated him in the last month, he is convinced that they invented many lies about his possible exit and he demanded respect during a press conference and singled out a specific media outlet by the name of Gol Caracol: “Watching Colombia, where they stand on the FIFA Rankings and watching them play a different football, is something that has brought joy to a lot of people and that’s what I choose to take from my experience here. I won’t give my reasons now, especially to your news outlet (Gol Caracol). I love all of you and I hope all your ideas become clear in the future. There was nothing tying me to this job and I am very sorry that you’ve wasted your time talking about so many lies because you’ve hurt the National Team a great deal. I’m not offering myself to any other national team, I will wait for my contract to end. I’ve already told my assistant to not take any calls because I will chop his hand right off if he does,” said Pekerman on his final press conference as the Colombia manager.#FCFMayoresComunicado FCF: José Néstor Pékerman: https://t.co/drwfSJLRlg pic.twitter.com/Sc6DNjuNyo— Selección Colombia (@FCFSeleccionCol) September 4, 2018Without any news from Argentina after this news, Jose Pekerman allowed the Colombian FA to issue a statement in which they hardly explained the reasons for his departure but they did talk about his achievements with the national team: “The Colombia Football Federation issues that, after a long meeting with Jose Nestor Pekerman, the manager expressed his desire to not continue as the National Team manager for Colombia. For the Colombia FA, it was an honor to have PEkerman as our manager for the last six years, he qualified us to two FIFA World Cups in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. We wish Manager Jose Nestor Pekerman and his working team all the success in his future endeavors and professional life after his time with the Colombian National Team,” said the statement which was published in the Colombian FA’s official website. “En cada gol que hacíamos o con cada triunfo, yo quería abrazar a todos los colombianos” -Jose Nestor Pekerman- pic.twitter.com/KpInvzjAKA— Juez Central (@Juezcentral) September 4, 2018Where would you like to see Jose Pekerman manage next in his career? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Former Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano believes Gareth Bale is not passionate enough and has failed to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.The Welsh winger returned from a calf injury on Sunday evening at the RCDE Stadium to score just three minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.Bale’s goal helped seal Real a 4-2 La Liga win over RCD Espanyol to allow them to climb up to third-place and the standings.However, the 29-year-old had been expected to stand up this season and fill Ronaldo’s boots at the Santiago Bernabeu after club’s record scorer left for Juventus in a €112m deal last July.Now Valdano has questioned both Bale’s mentality and injury record with the Argentine stating that teenager Vinicius Jnr has instead been the one that’s help fill Ronaldo’s void.“Bale has a tremendous class, but then he disappears, he shows less passion than other players,” Valdano told El Transistor de Onda Cero.“Bale is a player who fights against his body, he does not look like a passionate player,” he added.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He came to occupy the emptiness left by Cristiano and he has not, the one who has occupied that empty place is Vinicius.”Valdano also took the opportunity to praise the in-form Karim Benzema after he found the net twice against Espanyol.“Benzema is in a fantastic moment, he is a silky player, of an exquisite class and the confidence has made him dangerous,” added Valdano.“The whistles have turned into applause and right now he is the greatest value of the team with [Sergio] Ramos and [Luka] Modric.“Benzema is in the best moment of his career”.Los Blancos will next travel to the Estadi Montilivi in Catalonia for the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final against Girona, which they hold a 4-2 aggregate lead in.
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Helen Woodward adds cat to its Pet Encounter Therapy program 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The Helen Woodward Animal Center is using dogs, birds and even guinea pigs to bring healing and strength across San Diego County. They’re adding a new animal to the program that isn’t your usual therapy pet.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti introduces s to their new addition and how he’s making a big difference.Tune in on Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm for the Hope Telethon fundraiser and see KUSI’s Dave Scott, Allie Wagner, Dani Ruberti and Elizabeth Alvarez help raise money to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center December 13, 2018 Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter