‘Conservation never ends’: 40 years in the kingdom of gorillas

first_imgArticle published by Isabel Esterman While studying Rwanda’s critically endangered mountain gorillas in the 1970s, newlywed graduate students Amy Vedder and Bill Weber learned that the government was considering converting gorilla habitat into a cattle ranch.At the time, conventional wisdom held that the mountain gorillas would inevitably go extinct. But Vedder and Weber believed the species could be saved, and proposed a then-revolutionary ecotourism scheme to the Rwandan government.Forty years later, that scheme has proved its worth. Mountain gorilla populations have rebounded, and tourism generates hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Vedder and Weber now work to inspire the next generation of conservationists both in Rwanda and abroad.In a series of interviews with Mongabay, Vedder and Weber reflect on a life in conservation. December 1978A year into an 18-month research project on the critically endangered mountain gorilla in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Amy Vedder and Bill Weber, newlywed graduate students from the University of Wisconsin, stumbled upon a plan that would destroy the very populations they hoped to save.By the late 1970s, poaching and habitat loss had reduced the population of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) to just 260 individuals, and conventional wisdom held that the great ape was destined for extinction. But Vedder and Weber, who were working out of Dian Fossey’s world-renowned Karisoke Research Center, believed they had enough data to question the inevitability of the species’ demise.Instead, based on what was at the time a groundbreaking interdisciplinary approach, they believed that if local people were given the right tools and incentives, this steep decline in population could be reversed.Mother and baby mountain gorilla, part of the Sabyinyo group in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The species was once viewed as doomed, but its population is now on an upswing. Image by Kwita Izina via Flickr CC BY 2.0.Then one day an acquaintance casually lamented, “It’s so sad what’s happening in the park.”“What’s going on in the park?” Weber asked.They soon learned that the European Development Fund (EDF) had advised the Rwandan government to raze one-third of the 160-square-kilometer (62-square-mile) park for a cattle project, estimated to generate $70,000 a year. Compared with the $7,000 in annual entry fees raised by the park, swapping “useless” forest for income-producing cattle in one of the world’s most densely populated and impoverished nations appeared justifiable.Not to Vedder and Weber. They canceled their planned return to the U.S., deciding to stay in Rwanda and find a way to transform their research into a project that would earn more revenue than milk and beef.“It had been written by a number of knowledgeable people, ‘they’re going extinct. It’s too small a population. You can’t rescue them,’” Vedder says. But she believed otherwise.“Amy’s research showed that the habitat was viable. The demographics revealed that the gorillas were reproducing. And my surveys and discussions with local people, academics and national officials indicated they were not anti-gorilla,” Weber tells Mongabay in an interview at Yale’s Graduate School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences in New Haven, Connecticut, where they now teach.The EDF-backed plan threatened to scuttle any hopes of a recovery. Ten years earlier, the development agency had already convinced the government to convert 105 square kilometers (40 square miles) of the park, considered one of the most biodiverse on the planet, to farm pyrethrum, a plant from which an insecticide compound is extracted. Human habitation and agriculture were driving the apes further up the mountain, depleting the vegetation they depended upon for food, and further shrinking their habitat. Vedder and Weber were certain that the gorillas could not survive another reckless plunder of their precious resources.“It was time for action,” Weber says.People on the road outside Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Once threatened by a cattle ranching project, the park is now both a haven for mountain gorillas and an economic engine for the country. Image by Derek Keats via Flickr CC BY 2.0.Amy Vedder and Bill Weber grew up in upstate New York and met at Swarthmore College, outside Philadelphia. Vedder, who excelled in math and science, dreamed of working in a realm where there would be puzzles to solve and something new to discover each day. Biology, she concluded, offered all those things. Weber was majoring in psychology with a minor in English.“He liked weighing big ideas,” Vedder, 67, says. “His friends and he were real jokesters and jocks. It was a nice counterpoint for me, and provided a respite to studying hard.”“She was already thinking professionally about something to do with wildlife and animal behavior,” says Weber, 68, who was already imagining spending a lifetime together. “I thought environmental law could be an interesting complement.” They married the summer after graduation. When they didn’t get accepted to nearby graduate schools, they decided to serve as Peace Corps volunteer teachers in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).Working within an African institution, they became proficient in French and Swahili and immersed themselves in local life. During their time off, they traveled to the great savanna parklands of Kenya and Tanzania: Serengeti, Amboseli, Tarangire and Ngorongoro. That cemented their desire to pursue conservation together.Amy Vedder and Bill Weber, photographed in 2015. The couple has been working in conservation together for more than 40 years. Image by Harvey Locke.A visit to Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the DRC, home to one of the last groups of eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) convinced them to focus their work on great apes. “That was the start of the gorilla itch,” Vedder says. “We saw them there twice with the warden. I asked him if there was something we could do to help the park.” They were shocked when Adrien de Schryver, the chief warden, invited them to assist him conduct a census and help with a gorilla tourism initiative.When their teaching duty ended, Vedder and Weber returned to the U.S. to secure affiliation with the University of Wisconsin and make plans to return to the DRC to work with the gorillas. Vedder switched her field of study from animal behavior to field biology. “I realized if we wanted to make a difference for endangered species, we needed to know basic ecological requirements. What foods do they eat, where were they found, and was there enough,” she says.Moved by the human poverty he observed on the fringes of the parks they had visited, Weber wanted to investigate how conservation and tourism might benefit local people. Wisconsin offered a new interdisciplinary Ph.D. in applied conservation science that fit his interests in social science and wildlife.When a fellow graduate student connected them with a primatologist who initiated an invitation from Fossey, they headed for Rwanda.After months observing gorilla families and conducting ecological analysis at Volcanoes National Park, Vedder concluded that the gorillas carefully selected the vegetation they ate to balance their vitamins and minerals. She discovered more than 100 additional plants and shrubs that they fed on that were not formerly known. “There were resources there. They didn’t have to go extinct,” she says.Amy Vedder with a Park Ranger in Nyungwe National Park. Home to 13 primate species including chimpanzees, Nyungwe was gazetted as a national park and protected area in 2005. Image by Laura Calderón.Weber cultivated relationships with leaders in the national and local governments and the bureaus of parks and forestry. He got to know the local community and school officials. “It was about learning who the decision-makers were and having influence on them to help set a legal framework,” he says.Savanna park “safari” tourism was the model in the 1970s, which meant going to see lions, elephants and zebras from the comfort of a Land Rover, then heading back to the lodge for a gin and tonic. Ecotourism was not yet a concept. Weber and Vedder came up with an approach that was radical at the time but seems visionary now. They envisioned people setting out on foot, following elephant and buffalo trails, to eventually find and observe gorillas deep in the forest. Weber trained knowledgeable, local guides to lead small groups of no more than eight visitors for an hour spent with a primate family.“There were several European tourism advisers in Rwanda that said ‘People don’t want to get wet, muddy and cold. You’re just graduate students. This can’t work,’” Vedder says. “When the local government said, ‘Try it,’ we had the opportunity to find out.”They proposed a three-part approach — education, tourism and anti-poaching — drawing on lessons learned from their biology and social science studies. Their plan, they argued, could bring in far more revenue, on a sustainable basis, than the EDF’s cattle project, and without the huge capital investment that ranching required.With the government’s green light, they co-founded the Mountain Gorilla Project in the summer of 1979. Known today as the International Gorilla Conservation Program, the project has evolved into a conservation consortium supported by Flora & Fauna International and the WWF. (The African Wildlife Foundation, one of the original funders, dropped out of the coalition in 2017.)Their proposal developed into a three-part project. The AWF oversaw the anti-poaching work, while Vedder and Weber led the tourism and education components, hiring and training Rwandans to eventually take over.Introducing tourism and working in a partnership with Rwandans meant a break with Fossey, who argued that daily human visitation would upset the primates and could hasten what she felt was their inevitable demise. The brutal killing a year earlier of Digit, a gorilla she cherished, had soured her view on the future for gorillas. She expressed skepticism that Rwandans were capable of managing gorilla conservation efforts.A group of eco-tourists hikes through Volcanoes National Park. Weber and Vedder correctly predicted that nature-loving tourists would be willing to pay hundreds of dollars a day to trek through the forest in search of gorillas. Photo by Derek Keats via Flickr CC BY 2.0.By the mid-1980s, each component of the project was demonstrating visible progress, according to Vedder, with Rwandans working on the ground and at the helm. The preservation of gorilla habitat proved to be as profitable as clearing land for cattle grazing.Vedder and Weber shuttled back and forth between field work in Rwanda and completing their doctorates. They built on their experience in the mountain gorilla project, taking on larger projects. Weber helped develop a watershed management program for the human population surrounding Volcanoes National Park. Vedder led projects in other comparable mountain ecosystems, such as Rwanda’s Nyungwe forest, and in Uganda, Burundi and eastern DRC.When Weber was appointed director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Program in 1988, the couple moved to New York, visiting Rwanda annually. Two years later, the Rwandan civil war erupted, then escalated into the cataclysmic 1994 genocide of more than 800,000 people in 100 days. A census conducted after recovery revealed a continued uptick in the gorilla population. “Both sides had agreed not to fight within the park because they had recognized by then the tremendous economic value of the park and tourism,” said Vedder.“Amy and Bill are pragmatic conservationists who understood the socio, political and economic context of Rwanda and developed a conservation model that fits our unique circumstances and integrates local need and conservation objectives,” Michel Masozera, 50, deputy leader of wildlife practice for WWF International and an award-winning conservationist, wrote in an email.Vedder and Weber’s vision, dedication and pioneering work for wild lands and wildlife in Rwanda continues to reap rewards. In November, the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that the iconic “silverback” apes roaming the Virunga Mountains which straddle Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda, as well as a small population that inhabits Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, have seen their conservation status improve from “critically endangered” to “endangered.”You could say Vedder envisioned this after the census she conducted in 1986 revealed 293 gorillas, the first increase in a decade. It prompted her to predict that by 2010, the Virunga population could theoretically return to the 450 individuals recorded in a 1960 census. The population, in fact, rose to 480 and continued to grow. Today, the total mountain gorilla population exceeds 1,000 individuals, with 604 in the Virungas.Muganga and baby, part of the Isabukuru gorilla group in Volcanoes National Park. Tourists pay as much as $1,500 for a permit to visit the park’s gorillas. Image by Kwita Izina via Flickr CC BY 2.0.December 2018Mountain gorillas have become a national treasure in Rwanda. A silverback appears on the 5,000 -franc bill. There’s an annual baby gorilla-naming ceremony, Kwita Izina, which celebrates each year’s new batch of gorilla infants. Gorilla images adorn an array of Rwandan brands, from hotels to coffee.Each day, up to 96 visitors, in groups of eight at the most, spend 60 strictly monitored minutes with one of the country’s 12 habituated primate families at Volcanoes National Park. For this, they pay up to $1,500 each. Tourism in Rwanda today generates more than $400 million annually, more than coffee, tea and minerals combined, according to the Rwanda Development Board. And the most popular tourist activity is tracking mountain gorillas.Plans for a $200 million expansion of Volcanoes National Park and a project to reforest the habitat that was parceled for pyrethrum were announced earlier this year. “It will be a huge challenge, both ecologically and socially,” Weber says. “It’s going to engender some controversy on the part of people who support conservation but also want to make sure that local people are dealt with properly.”“Conservation never ends,” Vedder says. “The issues evolve and change. Fresh challenges arise. There’s always a new set of ideas to attend to.”Yasin Hamdan (left) and Bill Weber scouting for animals on the open plain of Akagera National Park. Image by Andy Lee.A few years ago, Vedder tells me, she and Weber began thinking about how their decades-long life work might be useful to young people beginning careers in conservation. They felt compelled to impress upon students that it’s not a straight line from here to there. “You wander, wobble and fall. Then pick yourself up again. Conservation is a long-term process,” she says.In 2013, Yale invited the couple to lecture about their experience as practitioners of conservation for a semester. The students responded positively, and Vedder and Weber found themselves equally enthusiastic about the exchange. They returned the following year, and that evolved into two popular conservation courses they teach every spring.Each May, Vedder and Weber take turns accompanying five students, selected with academic and cultural diversity in mind, for a monthlong study tour through Rwanda. The tour is structured to expose the students to a range of perspectives. They meet with NGOs, government officials and community members. They visit local cooperatives and museums. They track gorillas at Volcanoes and visit two other Rwandan national parks: Nyungwe, a mid-altitude montane forest, and Akagera, a savanna wetland, near the border with Tanzania.Amy Vedder with Yale students Ana Lambert and Martin Becker, and park ranger Christoph Nshimiyimana in Nyungwe National Park during an annual study tour Vedder and Weber take turns leading. Image by Laura Calderón.Students gain perspective about the challenges that presented themselves to Vedder and Weber 40 years ago, and see how their solutions have evolved. “Reading the theories of this and the principles of that is great in a perfect world,” Vedder says. It’s another thing, however, to “live in a village for three days and talk to people about what it’s like living next to a park.”Bethany Linton, 27, a second-year master’s student in environmental science, says she was most impressed by the candidness of the conversations and the nuanced viewpoints and perspectives from leaders in management, government and residents in the area, many of whom had had years of relationships and trust with Vedder and Weber. “Conversations about human rights, community income generators and revenue-sharing programs that the park management and government have promised and organized were the most compelling for me personally,” she says. “I think it’s so important to work through genuine relationships even when you’re doing global work, and that’s exemplified by Amy and Bill.”For Andy Lee, 26, a first-year master’s student, it was disagreements about the land expansion that made the biggest impression. “We talked to NGOs, a park head, and government officials in Kigali,” he says, adding that heated debates around political and human-wildlife conflicts characterized most discussions. “We tried to imagine the possible outcomes of the expansion, drawing experience from our own countries and other part of Africa,” he says.Cross-border coordination is a challenge for conservation of the mountain gorilla, which lives only in high-altitude rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Photo by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.How do you make conservation happen when the gorilla population moves around the boundaries of three countries was a question that fascinated Martin Becker, 33, who received his master’s degree in environmental management from Yale in 2017 and went on to co-found Tepual Conservacion, a consultancy for privately owned protected areas in Chile. “The coordination of a three-nation conservation program, each with different priorities and levels of political stability was one of the discussions that impressed me the most,” he says.For Vedder and Weber, the ability to spend their lives working together on important, global projects that have improved the world has been a gift. “It’s given me an optimistic view on life. Here’s something we worked really hard at that has shown tangible results. That sense that one can make a difference permeates a lot of my life,” Vedder says.Weber concurs: “It’s hard to be completely optimistic about conservation these days but it shows that if you make an effort you can make a difference. Cooperation is a powerful tool. We weren’t the people who stayed and did all this. We did help get it started. A lot of people have worked together to make the mountain gorilla story what it is today.”Banda village kids at school. Working with local people and organizations has been a key part of Weber and Vedder’s strategy from the beginning. Image by Laura Calderón.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.Editor’s note: this story was updated Jan. 1 to correct the spelling of Bethany Linton’s last name. Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecotourism, Endangered Species, Environment, Featured, Gorillas, Great Apes, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, Protected Areas, Tourism, Wildlife center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

My Donegal… with Red Hughs GAA manager Seosamh MacCeallabhuí

first_imgDonegal school teacher Seosamh MacCeallabhuí led Donegal GAA side Red Hughs in October to their first Ulster Junior Championship after an incredible season. Following Red Hughs success over Junior football in the county, MacCeallabhuí guided his side to Ulster JFC success over Derry outfit Limavady Wolfhounds.Now as Gaoth Dobhair aims for All-Ireland Senior success in the new year, Red Hughs will start their Junior All-Ireland semi-final task in January against Sligo-based side Easkey. MacCeallabhuí is also a keen fan of music.My Donegal… with Seosamh MacCeallabhuí (1) Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Got to be Baile na Finne with Portnoo a close second (2 ) How do you like to spend Christmas in the county?Susie Maitis Jeaic Maighread and Grandad (in charge of the remote after an enormous dinner)(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?As time moves on it has to be your parents, my father at this stage. Having family myself, now you understand they always have your back.(4) What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Top of Achla on a fine day is a beautiful place as is Sliabh League. But there are so many under-resourced places like Ramelton.(5) Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters? Good summer’s day anywhere in Donegal is hard to beat. Our snow is too wet and you can’t ski!(6) What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal?A good football game followed by analysis in the Brewery.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product? Susie’s homemade Christmas decorations, so many of them. Yard sale on the January 6!(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?That has to be Joe Mc Hugh. What he has done for the Irish language alone. He now proudly speaks it as well as anyone. Also, Jim Mc Guinness and Paddy McDevitt, Donegal Boston GAA, Fintown’s greatest export.(9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?As a teacher, you don’t get to hear about all the great business people around but I do feel Mark Doherty in Century Cinemas and Backstage is always expanding and trying new things.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?That has got to be Micheal Murphy not just for his talent but the way he conducts himself on and off the field. Always has time for everyone. A true gentleman and a fine example to all the youth in the country.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Susie’s Kitchen or The Backstage if she’s feeling tired. Macs Mace for all things GAA and the Honeypot for Pancakes and Bacon.(12) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?Good snow in the winter, so we might Ski down Achla and Erigal(13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?I travel a bit from time to time and the use of the word “wild” is a real source of amusement.(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?A decent health service. We live on the edge of Europe and we are punished for it.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?My aunt Brid Wright used to scramble an egg in a cup with some other magic that remains a vivid memory for me to this day.(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Complaining about traffic. I travel to Dublin now and again. Now that’s traffic. Hell on earth.(17) Do you have a favourite local band?Now you’ve asked the right question! Having help promote Irish music in Donegal for years we were very privileged to bring the likes of Le Galaxie, Not Squares, The Wonder Villians, Persued by Dogs and Le Boom to Donegal. We were also well represented locally with the likes of Mojo Gogo who threatened to make it big for a while.At this point, I am watching the likes of Waldorf and Cannon, Slow place like home, Slow Skies and of course In Their Thousands, Donegal’s best band for years.Disturbance has been another very positive development in Donegal bringing some great live music to the area. It would be great to see the likes of Persued by Dogs and Le Boom play one of their events.(18) If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?A million euro won’t fix the health service apparently, but I’m sure it would be well spent organising A Glastonbury type event on the shores of Lough Finn with headliners The Foals, Wombats and We are Scientists. Martin Mc Kelvey to curate.(19) Manus Boyle or Michael Murphy?Answered above, nothing against Manus another great ambassador for the game.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Our remoteness lonely and proud “Na Bach linn”My Donegal… with Red Hughs GAA manager Seosamh MacCeallabhuí was last modified: January 3rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAJim McGuinnessManus BoyleMichael Murphymount errigalMUSICRED HUGHS.Seosamh MacCeallabhuílast_img read more

July 2018 Disney Outlet Store Photo Report (Introducing the Disney Outlet HALL OF FAME)

first_imgThis fine blog series has given a lot of grief to #Millenials in our five years, but we have to hand it to one of those youngsters with this awesome Outlet Report shirt based around the iconic Jurassic Park logo. Big thanks to @FinnFromNY and be sure to check out his teepublic store that contains some truly great work including a Flight of Passage themed shirt that is better than any in Pandora, an a teriffic TTC Symbol Sign shirt that will hit the sweet spot for any park nerd that reads an article like this.Art by @FinnFromNYFinn even created an Outlet Mobile!Art by @FinnFromNYSEE YOU NEXT MONTH!There are actually two Disney outlet stores in Orlando. Both are in Orlando Premium Outlet shopping complexes, and they are called Disney’s Character Warehouse, presumably because The Land Of Misfit Toys was already trademarked. There is one Character Warehouse located on International Drive close to Universal Studios (4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819), and the other is on Vineland Avenue, right across I-4 near the exits to Disney World (8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821). They do not ship. There are items at the Outlets that you can buy both in Disney stores along with the Shop Disney Parks app, but you will be paying full retail for the items.I often get asked “which store is better?” That depends. Vineland is close to Walt Disney World, while the I-Drive location is a hop, skip, and jump away from the Universal Orlando Resort. The Vineland Disney Outlet Store is much, MUCH bigger than the I-Drive location. However, the Vineland outlets in general are much, MUCH busier than I-Drive. Each have their pros and cons, and ultimately they carry much of the same items.Previous editions of Magic, Memories, and Merch: July 2013, August 2013, September 2013, October 2013, November 2013, December 2013, January 2014, February 2014, March 2014, April 2014, May 2014, June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, September 2014, October 2014, November 2014, December 2015, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015. June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015, October 2015, November 2015. December 2015, January 2016, February 2016, March 2016, April 2016, May 2016, June 2016, July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, February 2017, March 2017, April 2017, May 2017, June 2017, July 2017: The FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY special, August 2017, September 2017, October 2017 (tribute to the O.O.G.), November 2017, December 2017, January 2018, February 2018, March 2018, April 2018, May 2018, and June 2018.We also did an edition of Magic, Memories, and Junk for a non-Disney owned Outlet Store, and for you merch addicts like myself, you may also enjoy a look at the official Disney merchandise available on the Disney Cruise Line, Castaway Cay, and at the Orlando International Airport. Want to see our favorite WDW resort-specific merchandise? Well, CLICK HERE!If you liked what you read here, you may enjoy THE SATURDAY SIX articles every week on the TouringPlans.com blog and you can follow your humble author on Twitter (@derekbugan). Okay, let’s check out some more items from Pandora that have been put on clearance. First up is this iPhone case that was originally $29.99, now $7.99.Pandora case.This women’s shirt featuring an artistic interpretation of a banshee was originally $27.99, now $7.99Pandora.All the Pandora shirts have this nice snazzy logo on them as well, something that will probably be changing now that Disney owns the Avatar franchise and doesn’t have anyone holding their feet to the fire when it comes to quality control (over at Universal, there is a HUGE difference in quality of merchandise at places Uni licenses; including the Wizarding World and Springfield USA compared to the brands Uni is in charge of, like King Kong and The Mummy.)Pandora. There were like HUNDREDS of these ridiculous Elite Guard pins billed as “limited edition.” Who is dumb enough to fall for that? WHO BUYS THIS FOR THE ORIGINAL PRICE OF $15.99?!!!!! This was “reduced” to “just” $6.99. Does the mafia run Disney Pin Trading? None of this makes any sense.Limited to the amount we can sell.Tons and tons of these “U-Wing Fighter” pins. You know, the vehicle every kid is talking about after watching a Star Wars film. Priced at $5.99, and I feel like I’m in a Twilight Zone episode. I’m trying to imagine something to compare it to for Disney fans. I guess if they made a pin set of Disney food items there would be ones for Mickey bars, Dole Whips, and Turkey Legs. This U-Wing Fighter pin would be the equivalent of a “ranch dipping sauce” pin for the Disney food pin set.Pin.Captain Phasma pin. Reduced to $4.99.Phasma. Turns out, the colors on the pens have absolutely no relation to the ink color. They all write in black. There is also no cover for any of the pens, nor a way to retract the tip, so its just a matter of time before they all dry out. This may be the most ill thought out pen design in the history of mankind. That said, it does make a good writing instrument for the important documents in your life.To be continued…. Time for some t-shirts. First up is this cute one for kids featuring Expedition Everest’s Yeti. Originally $17.99, now $9.99.Purchase was not “imminent.”Flower & Garden shirt featuring everyone’s favorite dragon Figment. Originally $36.99, now $10.99.Flower and Garden.A much more “artsy” Flower & Garden shirt. Well, as artsy as you can be having Spaceship Earth as an orange. Originally $34.99, now $10.99.Flower & Garden.I could not get the Spaceship Earth orange “ears” for this hat to stay up for a photo, so doubtful they would while walking around EPCOT. Originally $32.99, now $9.99.Hat.Another super cute shirt for kiddos. Originally $21.99, now $4.99.Fireworks.Not as cute Mickey shirt for kids. Originally $24.99, now $9.99.Mickey.Next up are some next level INSANE Mickey Mouse shirts. This one was originally $42.99, reduced to $7.99. I’m not sure what alternate timeline would have to exist for it to be normal for a human being to wear this shirt in public.Mickey.Trippy Mickey shirt. Originally $42.99, now $7.99.Shirt.These had to have been sold in Tren-D in Disney Springs. Had to. This one was originally $29.99, now $7.99.Mickey.Princess Elena shirts. The first one is a 2 piece set that was originally $36.99, now $12.99 while the shirt on the right was originally $21.99, now $9.99.Shirt Cute R2-D2 dress. Originally $34.95, now $12.99.Star Wars. DISNEY OUTLET STORE 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: CREEPY BELLE DOLLOne of the rare pieces of Disney merchandise to go “viral” is this creepy looking Belle doll from the live action Beauty & the Beast film. Its supposed to be based around the look of Emma Watson, but instead looks more like one of the Maharelle sisters that Kristen Wiig played on SNL’s Lawrence Welk show.Belle?Emma Watson signed off on this?OUR belle not as big a fan. (Art by Juliette Elton) I don’t collect too many Disney items, but one of my favorite collectibles are Disney “mash up” action figures, like this one featuring Donald Duck as Will Turner from Pirates of the Caribbean. I have similar action figures mashing up Disney characters with brands such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Tron. Absolutely love them. This figure was reduced to $3.99.Donald.Here’s the thing though. A year or so ago there was already a line of Pirates of the Caribbean mash-up figures made for the American parks. Here you can see the difference between the Shanghai Disneyland Goofy-as-Davy Jones figure (on the left) and the American version on the right. The figures themselves are exactly the same, but the packaging has some notable differences.Shanghai version on the left, American version on the right.Here are the back of the packages. Again, Shanghai version is on the left, American version is on the right.Shanghai.This next figure was not from Shanghai, but it makes sense to put it here. This one features Carina and a completely out of scale Jack the monkey from Dead Men Tell No Tales. If you can’t remember which Pirates film that was, don’t worry, no one else can either. Reduced to $4.99.Pirates.This is pretty neat. It’s a pretty large Pirates of the Caribbean skull which I wrongly assumed was filled with gummy candy. I bought one for the little pirates in our family, and turns out it is filled with little bugs, coins, and other pirate paraphernalia made out of plastic. The kids LOVED IT, and it was priced at only $4.99.Pirates skull.Stuff inside the skull. Here is a kid’s banshee shirt. Originally $24.99, now $6.99. I’m not sure with the height requirement at Flight of Passage that anyone small enough to wear this shirt would be tall enough to ride the attraction, which is the only experience with banshees you have in the entire land.Pandora. Star Wars flip flops. Originally $14.95, now $3.99.The official flip flop of the Radio Harambe podcast.I don’t think they made too many pieces of merchandise for the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event at DHS (which ironically only takes place on one night) but another item made it to the Outlets with this water bottle. Originally $29.99, now $8.99. I love Star Wars as much as the next person, but $30 for this?Galactic Nights. Okay, back to the Outlets. Next up is this baby blankie featuring Thumper from Bambi. We had a new baby girl born into our family earlier this summer, so I picked this up for her. Originally $14.99, now $4.99.Thumper.For the first time in what seems like months some new Tsum Tsums arrived. Each were sold at 99 cents each. First up was this owl from Bambi.Owl.And the only other new one was this Ewok (Logray.)WHERE’S WICKET?!!!How about some Star Wars easter eggs featuring the combination of C-3PO and a Stormtrooper (whaaaaaaaat?!) These were originally $9.99 a pair, reduced to $2.99 and were certainly sold during the egg hunt gimmick every year at EPCOT.Not pictured, set featuring R2-D2 and a Gamorrean Guard. Share This!Welcome to the latest edition of The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! the longest running monthly look at the Disney Outlet Stores in Orlando. How long? Today marks the FIVE year anniversary! What started out as a simple $1 bet between Len Testa and Laurel Stewart to see if they could take a simple Florida blogger and turn him into a two time runDisney medal winner/PizzaMania champion, has blossomed into into a wondrous creation which has been around to see the debut of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Diagon Alley, and Toy Story Land. The best rags-to-riches story this side of Cinderella, our monthly treks into Orlando’s Disney Outlet Stores have provided highs and lows (and then even more lows) in order to deliver you, Dear Reader, a glimpse into a world which very few have lived long enough to tell about.This year is also the inaugural class for the 2018 DISNEY OUTLET HALL OF FAME. Throughout the article you’ll see introductions for merchandise that was truly the best of the best over years, and by best we mean worst. We also close out with a fun surprise as well, so strap in folks, its gonna be a doozy.Enough jibber jabber! Who is ready to hit the Outlets? Now, I’ve often said that nothing warms my heart more than seeing items from Pandora: The World of Avatar make their way to the outlets. We often see pictures of this popular land just absolutely swarmed with people at all times of the day and I’ve often joked that I’ve put out a $1,000 bounty for a picture showing a single guest holding a bag from the gift shop. Outside of the tremendous Banshee puppets, Disney seems to be having just as hard a time selling Avatar merchandise as the actual movie did when it came out in 2009.One of the first items that came to the Outlets from Pandora was this next level bonkers pen set featuring the skulls of several creatures from Pandora. You might ask yourself, who is this pen set for? Kids most likely don’t know what these creatures are, and if they did they probably don’t want the skulls unless they are Sid from Toy Story. The pen set was also originally priced at $24.99, which would make sense if the pen set was released in 2154 – the year the movie Avatar takes place in – but not so much in 2018. The set came to the Outlets and was priced at $7.99, and sat on the shelves for months.Creature pens. DISNEY OUTLET STORE 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: ANNA AND JESSICA RABBIT BIRTHSTONE  PINSIts always odd when you see a Disney character “off model,” but few were more off than these two pins featuring Frozen‘s Anna and Who Framed Roger Rabbit‘s Jessica Rabbit.Anna?“Do I really look like that?” (Art by Juliette Elton)center_img I love this style of artwork and its done by artist David Perillo. Just a gorgeous print done in the style of an attraction poster. Originally $39.99, now $19.99.Print.This is “art” from the movie Frozen. Originally $24.99, now $12.99.Frozen.COLLECT ALL 6 MOMENTS.Art?DISNEY OUTLET STORE 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: MEET & GREET MICKEY FIGUREThis Mickey “collectible figure” came straight from your nightmares, and was priced at $49.95 and limited to just 500 pieces. Each of these 500 figures was numbered. Now when you are selling numbered items, you start selling the lowest numbered ones first because everyone wants a low number. You can imagine how many of these figures they sold in the ‘real world’ when ones numbered as low as 50/500 made it to the Outlets. Ok it looks weird, but here’s the kicker. This figure is themed around the 13 REFLECTIONS OF EVIL trading event at EPCOT back in September of 2013.Mickey? Anyone who buys this hat should be subjected to an immediate drug test. Originally $24.99, now $7.99.Star Wars. Back at the Outlets we have this Grand Floridian bag. Originally $39.95, now $14.99.Grand Flo.This Old Timey Mickey pillow was originally $29.99, reduced to $9.99. I probably would have got it at $4.99.Front and back.This poster from the Festival of the Arts, which is pound for pound Epcot’s BEST festival now, is an awesome picture based around World Showcase. It was originally $50, now $24.99.Poster.How cool is this, all the countries in World Showcase represented with their famous icons. Love it.Poster.Minnie Mouse photo frame. Perfect for those people who shoot in square photos (AKA crazy people). Originally $22.99, now $7.99.Frame.There are still about 1,000,000 of these Disney “Charmed in the Park” charms priced at $3.99. This one is from 2015.Pin.Captain Hook and Test Track pins. $2.99 and $4.99 respectively.Pins.Tons of Marvel pins, including these two for Dr. Strange and Spider-Man. All were $4.99.Pin.I really like this Grand Floridian featuring Donald, Mickey, and Goofy in their best duds. Reduced to $4.99.Grand Flo.Also love this Wilderness Lodge one. Priced at $5.99. Any pin with Humphrey the Bear is one worth getting in my book.Pin.Another Wilderness Lodge one, which is kinda hard to make out what’s going on unless you got really close to see it.  Also $5.99.Pin.I love the adorable “8-bit” style of this Frozen pin set, but there is nothing I despise more than these “mystery” packages. Each was reduced to $6.99.Pin. This is one mouse who ain’t happy. (Art by Juliette Elton) Minnie.I picked one up.Minnie’s fan.Hopefully you caught our recent SATURDAY SIX on the DISNEY CRUISE LINE. Sailing on the high seas with Disney is one of the most enjoyable vacations you can have and is also one of the quickest ways to spend $10,000. This hat commemorates the Disney Magic sailing along the Canadian Coast and New England. A more appropriately hat would have had the saying “You can’t get there from here” on the back, but you gotta be from New Hampshire or Maine to understand. Originally $24.99, now $7.99 and can also be found on the head of one Mr. Captain Cruiseline.Hat.This is either  a Castaway Cay hat, or Disney targeting those airbrush kiosks on the boardwalks of the East Coast. Reduced to $2.99.One of the rare pieces of Disney merch where you can see Mickey’s toes (gotta look closely.) DISNEY OUTLET STORE 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: SELF PLEASURING MICKEYWho can forget this one.“Cheese ‘n’ rice!” (Art by Juliette Elton) Imagine the pitch meeting for this shirt.“I got an idea. Picture this. A banshee screaming, except instead of doing it photo-realistic, we do it artsy-like.”“I like where you’re going. Tell me more.”“We only make it sizes for young kids.”“That’s why you got the corner office Johnson. Tell China to make 100,000 of em.”Originally $24.99, now $3.99.Pandora.A lot of readers enjoy the high end Disney bags, such as Dooney & Bourke, so may I interest you in a non-sensical bag featuring insanely drawn banshees from Pandora: The World of Avatar? Originally $34.99, now $19.99.Banshee. Now that we are out of Pandora, let’s check on the seemingly never ending supply of merchandise direct from Shanghai Disneyland. First up is more Disney Racers, which features Hot Wheels-like cars made into Disney characters while tripping on acid. Reduced to $2.99 each.That Peter Pan one tho.Pretty neat Shanghai Disneyland Grand Opening train set. This set is interesting because Shanghai Disneyland did not open with a train ride in the park, nor does it have one now. Price was $49.99. I wonder if there is a Shanghai Disneyland monorail set?Train.This Bambi bag is one of those items you would never think was from Shanghai without looking at the tags. Was reduced to $17.99.Bag.I tried for a bit, but after spending a couple minutes I just gave up trying to figure out what this BB-8 set was. I’m going to assume from the item that follows this that it is some sort of handbag. Reduced to $24.99.Star Wars.This BB-8 wallet was located right below that tin above. Reduced to $19.99. If you look at the tags, it looks like the original price was 525Yuan, but reduced to 299Yuan. I wonder if there is a Shanghai Disneyland Outlet Store? That means there could be an alternate version of me doing a similar report over there. Unfortunately with all the sites blocked by the Shanghai government, he gets no readers compared to my dozens. USA! USA!USA!Star Wars.These socks were from Shanghai and reduced to $2.99. Came this close to picking them up. Pretty cute stuff.Socks.These two action figures were for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Shanghai Disney’s Treasure Cove. Both Barbossa and Davy Jones were priced at $5.99.Pirates. Okay, we’re in the final stretch! This anime-style Mickey and Minnie plush were originally $21.99, reduced to $12.99. I honestly think I would have grabbed them at $9.99 even though I’ve been threatened with death if I bring home any more plush.Sparkly Mickey and Mickey.I really like this Fantasyland cup featuring Mickey, Minnie and Daisy Duck. Just love the comic strip-like style. Originally $15.99, now $5.99.Fantasyland.Not as cool is this completely ABSURD Magic Kingdom cup. Originally $19.99, now $5.99.MK.Not many people would have the courage to put spikes on the HANDLE of a coffee cup, but Disney defies all odds with this fanboy friendly Adventurer’s Club cup. KUNGALOOSH! Originally $19.99, now $5.99.Adventurer’s Club.They sell a good amount of candy and assorted snacks at the Outlets, but pretty  much all of them are full price. This month these gummi Space Shuttles arrived. Reduced from $4.49 to 99 cents.Gummis.We’ll close with this Maleficent tea set, priced at $69.99 (which means the original price was probably well north of $100.) I have to say, this is the coolest tea set I’ve ever seen, but not sure if its for the demographic of people that actually buy tea sets.Maleficent. Before we go, as fine purveyors of discounted items, we wanted to see what a line of DISNEY OUTLET STORE PHOTO REPORT merch would look like. So we reached out to some of the most talented creators in the Disney community to get their unique vision. Unfortunately they all turned us down. However we were able to get some items by these fine folks:First up is this I WAS THERE cup by Howard Bowers. With his incredible TeePublic store, Howie is known for well crafted designs appealing to theme park superfans, including this one for Galactic Heroes, and this incredible mashup of Star Wars and the Enchanted Tiki Room. The site also offers some really fun designs including one of my favorites featuring a well known Water Pageant.Wait a minute. The Magic, The Memories, and THE Merch? Howard Bowers is officially off our Christmas Card list! Its a rough guesstimate, but I would say there is just about a complete turnover in merchandise at the Outlets every 4-6 weeks. Its rare for an item to last at the Outlets for a long time, and on the rare occasion it does, the item is generally something that is sold across the entire property, like a Star Wars toy (which  you can buy at gift shops in all four Disney parks, at Disney Springs, and at many Disney hotels.) This pen set has been sitting at the Outlets for over half a year. Believe me, I’ve checked every single month to see if Disney came to their senses and lowered the price. FINALLY they did. The pen set was lowered to $3.99 and you better believe I bought it.Pens.last_img read more

Now the video of Qantas’s record breaking London-Sydney flight

first_imgMake a cup of tea, or get a glass of wine and sit back and watch our longest (25 minute) video of Qantas’s record-breaking London-Sydney nonstop flight.READ: Emirates chief slams airlines over misuse of A380 superjumbo.Our Editor-at-Large Sam Chui, the master of airline videos, take us on the detailed journey of an extraordinary flight….its almost as if you are on board QF7879!So over to you Sam……READ Sam’s trip reportlast_img

Blog Platforms Head to Head: Six Apart & Automattic Compared

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Publishing Services#web guest author 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Free and open source modelsMention of the GPL brings us back to the point of free/open source software. Althoughthe fact that WordPress has always been open source is significant, the firms are closertogether in terms of open source software than they have ever been. Six Apart has madetwo large steps toward the open source model. The first was the acquisition ofLiveJournal, which is open source software (see LiveJournal.org). The second step was part of the recent announcement ofMovable Type 4. There will be a completelyopen source version.Turning now to Automattic, there is a view that services such as WordPress.comrepresent a step away from free software. Although WordPress.com is based onWordPress Multi-User, which is in turn based on WordPress, the source for WordPress.comis not available. The GPL does not oblige Automattic to make the WordPress.com sourceavailable. This is because WordPress.com is accessed using a web browser, rather than bybeing downloaded to, and run on, the blogger’s computer system. Since the WordPress.comsoftware is not distributed, there is no obligation under the GPL to make the sourceavailable.This is regarded by some free software advocates as a loophole in the GPL (and onethat persists in version 3 of the GPL). However, it would not be appropriate to singleout Automattic for “exploiting the loophole”. If it is exploitation, then other firms –such as Google – are far larger exploiters than Automattic. Further, most of theWordPress.com code is the code for WordPress itself, much of this code was written byAutomattic employees, and all of the WordPress code is available under the GPL.ConclusionOne of the other similarities between Six Apart and Automattic is that each isprivately held. Hence one of the difficulties of comparing them is that financial data isnot available. On a financial note, there is a curious absence of acquisition rumorsabout these firms. Given the centrality of blogging to Web 2.0, I am sure that acquiringone of these blogging indies has been considered at the bigcos. However, neither seemseager to be acquired.The title of this essay is Six Apart and Automattic, rather than Six Apartversus Automattic. The purpose is to contrast, rather than to predict a winner.But the firms are certainly competitors. For example, individuals looking for free hostedblogging may well consider both Vox and WordPress.com, as well as Blogger. However, Ibelieve that the various segments of the blogging software market provide manyopportunities for the “major indies” like Six Apart and Automattic, as well as for bigcossuch as Google. What do you think?Andrew Watson blogs at changingway.org usingWordPress. He is on his second career, having left the software industry to become abusiness school professor. Misc Three further Automattic products merit mention. WordPress Multi-User enables the building of hostedservices based on WordPress, and so is used by blog system administrators. Akismet is a spam detection service, not limited toWordPress or even to blogs in terms of the software that can use it; it is free forpersonal use and a paid service for commercial use.BBpress is forum software, originally written to power thevarious WordPress-related online forums, and then made available for download under theGPL. Written by Guest blogger, AndrewWatson In this article we’ll compare Six Apart and Automattic, two independent firms focused on bloggingsoftware. Most other blog platforms are owned by big companies (e.g. Google ownsBlogger), so the competition between Six Apart and Automattic is intriguing. Six Apart isthe firm behind Movable Type, TypePad, LiveJournal, and Vox, while Automattic isassociated with WordPress.Overview ComparisonSimilaritiesApart from both being independent companies (i.e. not owned by bigcos), the overviewtable shows further similarities. In each case, the founders made software available fordownload prior to founding the firm. Ben and Mena Trott founded Six Apart nine monthsafter making Movable Type available. Matt Mullenweg founded Automattic just under twoyears after first making WordPress available. Each firm subsequently introduced hostedsoftware.Contrasts One of the most significantdifferences between the firms, in terms of product history, is that WordPress was free/open source at release. For thosealready familiar with free/open source software: WordPress was a fork of b2, which wasunder the GPL, so WordPress was in effect GPL’d before it existed. To explain some of theterms associated with such software: the blogging tool b2 was released under the GNUGeneral Public License. This license allows you (or me, or Matt Mullenweg) to changethe software, provided that if you distribute your derivative work, you do so under theGPL. Hence it would be possible for you or anyone else to build a fork from WordPress,just as WordPress itself was originally a fork from b2. While WordPress was built on anexisting and free foundation, Movable Type waswritten from scratch. Movable Type was in a sense free at first release. Ben and Mena didnot demand payment, and neither (when it was initially founded) did Six Apart.Then, on May 13 2004, Mena Trott blogged that It’s AboutTime Six Apart got its licensing and pricing “right”. Mena’s post, and the changes itannounced, was unpopular with many people who blogged using Movable Type. For example,Carthik Sharma remarked that with Six Apart’s new policies in place, “it’s abouttime Movable Type users moved to WordPress” and then provided guidelines for bloggerswishing to make the move.Hosted ServicesEach firm offers hosted blogging, as well as a downloadable product. Six Apart hasthree hosted services, as the table above shows. Automattic has one, at WordPress.com (WordPress.org is the home of the downloadable product). WordPress.com uses the freemium pricing model. There is nocharge to create a basic blog, but premium services are available at a price. One exampleof such a service is domain mapping; it is due to my purchase of domain mapping that theURI changingway.org pointsto my blog (the original and basic URI for which was changingway.wordpress.com).Automattic reserves the right to run Adsense on WordPress.com blogs, although it does notseem to exercise this right frequently.Revenue from premium services and from Adsense are not the only benefits ofWordPress.com to Automattic. The site also illustrates the scalability of the WordPresssoftware; there are now over a million blogs at WordPress.com. Six Apart’s hosted services use a variety of pricingmodels. Its original hosted service, TypePad, uses atiered pricing scheme. Hence in pricing, as in look and feel, it is the most similar toMovable Type. There is no free price point at TypePad.com. However free TypePad blogs areavailable at Friendster.com; Friendster runs ads on these blogs. LiveJournal, when acquired by SixApart in January 2005, used the freemium model. There are currently three main LiveJournal account types: aswell as the original Basic and Paid, there is Plus, under which LiveJournal providesextra features in return for being allowed to run ads on the blog.Vox, which was launched by SixApart in October 2006, is free of charge and ad-supported. Of all the hosted servicesdescribed in this post, it is the one that most emphasizes and encourages socialnetworking and multimedia. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Product Protection Solutions Announces the Establishment of PPS Technology Group

first_imgProduct Protection Solutions has recently announced the establishment of PPS Technology Group (PPSTG), a new provider for comprehensive loss prevention solutions, including EAS systems, deployment services, packaged software and customer-built or web-based mobile applications. This new division is equipped to handle RFID integration and deployment services along with enhanced technological initiatives.A team of seasoned project managers, installation technicians, and developers are at the core of PPSTG. These individuals are committed to client collaboration and engagement from inception to completion.Through a partnership with Nedap Retail, a global leader in RFID, PPSTG is positioned to provide and install advanced technology loss prevention assets including RF and RFID systems. In addition, the provision of custom-built or pre-packaged software solutions allows PPSTG to build flexible loss prevention programs that deliver comprehensive solutions to solve complex retail challenges.- Sponsor – PPSTG aims to bring transparency to all business operations by maintaining open communication with timely responsiveness to drive project success. As a full lifecycle LP service, the cross-functional team combines practical application of technical processes and complex approaches to implement cutting edge systems. The Turnkey™ approach and Keepsafe Advantage™ are designed to set PPSTG apart from the masses.For more information, visit productprotectionsolutions.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

The iPhone May Be Booming, But The iPad Is Still Cratering

first_imgTags:#Apple#apple earnings release#China#iPad#iPhone#Luca Maestri#Mac#Tim Cook#Xiaomi Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… richard procter A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Lurking behind Apple’s dazzling October-December iPhone sales  (74.5 million units, up 46% against a year earlier) and financial results (a 30% jump in revenue to $75.6 billion, a 38% jump in net income to $18 billion) was some almost unremarked bad news. Namely, that the iPad is still tanking.Apple sold just over 21 million iPads during the holiday quarter, a drop of 5 million units compared to the same quarter a year earlier. The once iconic tablet also posted its first full calendar year of decline; Apple sold just 63 million iPads in 2014, the lowest number since the tablet’s launch in 2011 and a 14.6% fall compared to 2013.See also: How The iPad Stalled And Android Took Over The Tablet MarketOverall tablet sales have slowed dramatically over the past year, but the iPad is faring much worse than the overall market. In November, the research firm IDC predicted that 2014 tablet shipments would rise by 7.2% compared to 2013, but that iPad shipments would fall by 12.7%.We now know that the iPad did even worse than that, although IDC hasn’t released final 2014 figures yet. For comparison, IDC predicted 16% growth in Android tablet shipments and a 67% rise (from a low base) for Windows tablets.The Apple RebuttalAs always, Apple CEO Tim Cook remained upbeat about the iPad despite the poor sales numbers, insisting that he felt it was a product that should be looked at “over the long arc of time” rather than in quarterly segments.“I see that the first time buyer rates are very high,” he said during the company’s earnings call with analysts. “If you look in developed markets like the U.S., Japan, (and) the U.K., you’d find that 50 percent of people are buying iPad for the first time. In China, it’s over 70 percent. When you have that kind of first time buyer rate, you don’t have a saturated market.”Cook also theorized that the lifespan of the iPad was playing a part in the decline in sales. “The upgrade cycle is longer, somewhere between an iPhone and a PC,” he said. “There’s probably some level of cannibalization that’s going on, with Mac on one side and iPhone on the other. It’s very hard to tell in the early going.”According to Apple, the record-setting financial numbers were due to all-time highs in iPhone, Mac, and App Store sales. Sales numbers were up in China, where Apple established two more retail stores in the last quarter. On the conference call, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said Apple planned to have 40 stores open in Greater China by 2016.China figures to be a key battleground for Apple in the near future, representing a huge market for customers and the base of its largest competitor in the country, Xiaomi. Photo by TonyV3112 for Shutterstock Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 months agoTottenham fullback Aurier arrested on suspicion of assault

first_imgTottenham fullback Aurier arrested on suspicion of assaultby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur fullback Serge Aurier has been arrested on suspicion of assault. The Frenchman was taking into custody from his Hertfordshire home and released.A spokesman for Tottenham said: “We are aware of an incident concerning Serge Aurier this weekend.”The 26-year-old has made 36 appearances for Spurs since joining from Pars Saint-Germain for £23m in August 2017. read more

22 days agoKlopp: RB Salzburg taught Liverpool players valuable lesson

first_imgKlopp: RB Salzburg taught Liverpool players valuable lessonby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp says Liverpool earned an important lesson against RB Salzburg on Wednesday.The Reds were cruising in the first-half after Sadio Mane made it 3-0.But a defensive capitulation meant the scores were tied with 30 minutes remaining, only for Mohamed Salah to save the day with the winning goal.Klopp said: “The first 30 minutes was some of the best football we played so far, I would say, against a very good organised team with a clear identity. We did everything that they don’t like on high speed, scored the three goals, could have scored more.”They changed the system – that’s allowed and not really a problem usually but tonight it was for us. We changed, for some reason, the approach. Some were in a controlling mood, some were in an attacking mood, and other positions were too hectic.”The other problem was that we tried to finish our situations off through the middle of the park. They had one midfielder less in the defence because they took a little bit more risk, left a No.10 between the lines, and we still tried to push through the centre.”[We] lost the balls there, they passed the ball to the 10 and he could turn at the back of Fabinho: counter-attack. That changed the momentum of the game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Carlos Hyde suspended for at least first three games of 2013 season

The alleged victim released a statement to NBC4 Tuesday, explaining why she decided not to press charges.“Some of the media has rushed to judgment regarding the incident to ensure they are the first to report the information, whether it be factual or false,” the statement said, according to NBC4’s website. “This has been overwhelming, frustrating and disappointing. It is unimaginable to be exposed to these false reports, claims and rumors and for anticipated 4 months expected to bring this incident to a conclusion.”The alleged victim also thanked Columbus Police for the officers’ “patience and professionalism” during the investigation process. She said police told her she has up to two years to consider criminal charges against Hyde.Hyde did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Tuesday afternoon.Hyde was the Buckeyes’ starting running back last season, and was expected to retain his starting role this season. He had 185 carries for 970 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns during last year’s undefeated season, along with eight receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown.Hyde was also named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back.With Hyde out of the lineup for at least three games, the Buckeyes will have to rely upon a number of other running backs to step up in his place. Potential candidates to start at running back while Hyde is suspended include redshirtjunior Rod Smith, sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball. OSU senior running back Carlos Hyde has been suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 season. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State senior running back Carlos Hyde will be suspended for at least the first three games of the 2013 football season for “conduct not representative of (the) football program or (the) university,” OSU coach Urban Meyer announced in a statement Tuesday night.The announcement came just hours after the Columbus Police Department announced in a media release of their own that charges will not be filed against Hyde, who had been named as a “person of interest” in a reported assault at Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, at about 2 a.m. on July 20.Columbus Police Sgt. Richard Weiner told The Lantern that police are no longer investigating the incident after Hyde’s accuser decided not to pursue assault charges against Hyde.“The case is closed,” Weiner said.Meyer, nonetheless, decided it was necessary to punish Hyde for his involvement in the incident. Hyde will be required to “fulfill additional obligations” before he is allowed to play in a game, according to the OSU media release.Hyde had already been suspended indefinitely prior to Tuesday’s announcement. He will miss the team’s contests versus Buffalo, San Diego State and California, and Meyer’s statement leaves the possibility open that he could miss more time.A copy of the raw surveillance video from the bar was obtained by The Lantern Tuesday afternoon where it appears Hyde engaged in an altercation with the alleged victim but it is unclear if physical contact was made by either of them. read more