Ask It Results: Should Disney Post Calorie Counts?

first_imgShare This!The discussion really heated up for this topic! Last week we asked you:Should Disney post calorie counts on their menus?Going beyond the numerical results, there was a lot of good discussion about this issue. Overall, Yes won out by a 2:1 margin, but there were also many people who voted one way or the other with caveats. Here’s your results.Yes: 1,651 votesIn general, yes votes included people who felt that more information is always better, people who need the information for medical or lifestyle reasons, or people who have come from places where calorie counts are already printed and so this wouldn’t be unusual. What was very interesting is that several people felt that more information would be better. In addition to calorie counts, information like carbs, sodium content, fats protein, or sugar content were often mentioned as useful information that people would like to see. Even just something like the Mickey Check logo found next to heathier kid meal options would be useful to many Currently at Disney, this kind of comprehensive information is only detailed on pre-packaged items like Mickey bars. No: 1,020 votesThe overall theme for no votes were “I’m on vacation, I really don’t want to know.” It’s a valid concern. No matter how much we try to tell ourselves that vacation food has no calories or that we’re walking enough to burn off all the calories we’re eating, deep down we know that our diet tends to suffer when on vacation–and we don’t necessarily want to know how much it suffers.What was interesting is that even among those who voted No, many people were agreeable to add that information into the MyDisneyExperience app or on the Disney website. Just because they don’t want to see it doesn’t mean that they don’t want the information to be available for those who do need or want it!As an interesting postscript, over the weekend I popped into Blaze Pizza at Disney Springs, and noticed that they do have calorie counts on their posted menus. I know that it probably has been there since day 1, and yet I had never noticed it before — so at least for me, if calorie counts start being posted, I’ll be able to see them when I want them and ignore them when I don’t. Any final thoughts about calorie counts at Disney? Let us know in the comments. Meanwhile, this week’s Ask It is now live on Twitter and on the blog here. We’ll see you next week as we tally up your results.last_img read more

Competition watchdog latest to back Virgin bid for Tokyo service

first_imgAustralia’s competition watchdog has become the latest organization to back Virgin Australia in its battle against Qantas to gain a scarce landing and take-off slot at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission joined tourism authorities in backing Virgin’s push to be allocated one of two daily slots available to Australian carriers.Australia’s No. 2 carrier proposes to start nonstop Brisbane-Haneda flights using an A330-200 from March 29.READ: KLM still going strong at 100.Virgin would also enter into a partnership in Japan with All Nippon Airways (ANA)  to create a passenger feed for its new flights.Qantas is seeking both slots and has questioned its competitor’s ability to sustain services on the routes.The submission to the International Air Services Commission by the ACCC adds to support for Virgin by Tourism Australia, Brisbane Airport and Queensland’s Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development (DITID).It said it considered allocating the airlines one slot each would promote competition “to a much greater extent” than handing both to Qantas.“The ACCC considers that allocating one frequency to each of Virgin Australia and Qantas would facilitate greater competition between Virgin Australia and Qantas, and other foreign carriers, on routes between Australia and Japan (including Brisbane and Tokyo),’’ the ACCC said.“Virgin Australia does not currently operate flights to Japan in its own right, so Virgin Australia commencing flights on any route to Japan would naturally enable it to be a more effective competitor than at present.”The Queensland DITID said Brisbane had seen no new capacity from Japan since Qantas started Tokyo-Narita services in July 2015.It that time, it noted, Sydney’s capacity from Japan had been boosted by a daily ANA Tokyo-Narita service and Melbourne capacity had been increased through new daily services to Narita from both Qantas and Japan Airlines.However, the submission referenced a bigger A330-300 rather than A330-200 mentioned in Virgin’s application when it talked about freight capacity.“Queensland is ready to welcome additional services from Japan and I believe the Virgin Australia application will maximize the opportunity to boost tourism and trade flows between Australia and Japan,’’ DITID director-general Damien Walker said in the department’s submission.Qantas urged the IASC to satisfy itself that Virgin meets the “reasonable capability” requirement of its policy statement.It asked the commission to rigorously examine the extent to which Virgin was capable of obtaining licenses, permits or other approvals to operate the service and whether it could use the allocated capacity.The bigger airline also argued it would be able to put more capacity into Haneda with an extra 16,000 seats a year, or 8 percent more than Virgin.last_img read more

Are your ads pointing to the right domain? Here’s a script to find out.

first_imgAre your ads pointing to the right domain? Here’s a script to find out.You are here: Posted on 18th April 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Standards are high for PPC superheroes, and even the best of us can make a mistake.Luckily, there’s a perfectly easy way to deal with human error: automation!I’d like to share a script that will help you stay on top of the domains being used in your ads, by verifying the ads are linking to the correct website.Start with a site visitFor most AdWords campaigns, the user’s journey to conversion starts with a site visit. Making sure users end up on the right page after clicking on an ad may seem obvious, but as careful as we might be, sometimes a rogue uniform resource locator (URL) slips through the cracks. This script checks if you’re inadvertently sending your potential customers to the wrong website entirely.After setting up your accounts and campaigns, run the script with the desired domain in your AdWords account, and it will scan through your keywords and URLs to list which ones have final URLs that don’t use that domain. This could come in handy in lots of situations.If you have different sub-domains or top-level domains for different countries or different parts of your business, this will point out that the wrong URL has sneaked in there somewhere.For example: yourdomain.com instead of yourdomian.co.uk.Check for old URLsAnother circumstance where I recommend using the script is after migrating to a new website. It is important to make sure the old URLs have been replaced or removed from your ads.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]The post Are your ads pointing to the right domain? Here’s a script to find out. appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Are your ads pointing to the right domain? Here’s a script to find out. HomeDigital MarketingAre your ads pointing to the right domain? Here’s a script to find out. Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

The Evolution of Mission Critical Computing

first_imgThe digital economy is continually creating new experiences across every aspect of our lives, from how we communicate, to how we buy products, to how we hail a ride. This rapid pace of innovation is challenging the status quo and driving disruption in every industry, and has put IT on the critical path for companies’ long-term success. For the majority of businesses, IT transformation is an immediate mandate, and drives the need to quickly implement a multi-cloud strategy to realize the most secure, agile and cost effective IT environment for the business.Mission critical computing is no exception, and it is central to IT transformation. Once the domain of mainframes and proprietary, monolithic RISC-based systems running back-end core transaction systems, the mission-critical landscape was forever changed with the introduction of the Intel® Itanium® processor family in 2001. Customers finally had an alternative to being locked-in to expensive mainframe and RISC systems, with an ecosystem of vendors offering Itanium-based platforms that delivered the high availability and reliability they demanded. At its peak, these Itanium solutions powered mission critical environments for more than 70 percent of Fortune Global 100 companies.Today I’m proud to announce the Intel Itanium processor 9700 series, the seventh and final generation of the Intel Itanium product family. The 9700 series builds upon the current Intel Itanium processor 9500 series and is socket compatible with previous 9300 and 9500 series platforms, offering existing customers investment protection with improved performance and capabilities.We make this announcement in recognition of the continued expansion of what is considered “mission critical,” and which platforms are powering these applications. With the rise of the internet and mobile, every touch point and interaction with customers, suppliers and partners became mission critical to maintain a positive experience, relationship and business. These customer-facing applications are typically built on the x86-based Intel® Xeon® processor family and software built for a scale-out environment.Any IT transformation must take into account the increasing interdependency of these traditionally siloed mission-critical systems with new emerging mission-critical workloads running on x86 architecture. These computing environments need to converge to create an integrated, secure, flexible and agile environment. That has become possible as, over the last decade, the Intel Xeon processor family has incorporated the best innovations from the Itanium processor to offer the reliability and uptime that mission critical workloads require, along with industry-leading performance and total cost of ownership, unparalleled OEM support, and the broadest software ecosystem. Coupled with continued Intel inventions and innovations in memory, network and storage technologies, the Intel Xeon processor family will be unmatched in delivering new capabilities for mission critical deployments of the future.As customers continue to migrate en masse off of RISC and mainframe systems to Intel Xeon processor-based platforms*, we recognize that many of our Itanium processor customers are looking to preserve and extend the stability of their Itanium environments as part of their longer-term mission critical strategy. Although the 9700 series will be the last Intel Itanium processor, our OEM partners will continue to deliver system- and software-level innovation and support for Intel Itanium processor family users, as they weigh the benefits of business continuity with their longer term mission critical strategy.We celebrate the contributions of the Intel Itanium product family and ecosystem to mission critical computing, and look forward to continuing to support our customers with the best data center solutions that help them achieve their IT and business transformation goals.*Source: IDC Worldwide server tracker, 2016Opens in a new window (content may require subscription or purchase for full access)last_img read more

a month agoSouthampton defender Maya Yoshida: I think we missed a huge opportunity

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton defender Maya Yoshida: I think we missed a huge opportunityby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton defender Maya Yoshida felt they missed a huge opportunity to capitalise on a ten-man Spurs after the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.Saints found themselves on level terms after Danny Ings pounced on a Hugo Lloris mistake to equalise against a Spurs side who were down to ten men from the 31st minute.But the hosts soon went back in front, and Saints were unable to break them down for a second time after the interval, with Yoshida denied by a stunning Lloris save from the pick of the chances.“I think we missed a huge opportunity to win against a big team today,” the defender said.“Obviously it’s a huge disappointment for myself, but if we have the chance we have to take it, otherwise it will get more difficult.“After Aurier was sent off, we were too passive. We have to be much more aggressive, and after we conceded the second goal in a sloppy way, it became more difficult for us.“In the second half, we needed more creativity in the attacking third. They defended very well, but for myself, I needed to score from the corner kick.“Again, there was an opportunity and we couldn’t take it. Now it’s a really difficult situation for ourselves, but we cannot look behind us too much.“It’s another important game against Chelsea next week, so we’ll focus on that and keep going.” last_img read more

Celebrity Fight Night In Italy Raises Over 4 Million

first_imgCelebrity Fight Night in Italy returned for its third annual event, this year taking philanthropic donors and specials guests on a 5-day excursion through Florence, Lajatico and Venice where they were treated to the very best arts, entertainment and culture in the region.Brian McKnight and Colbie CaillatCelebrity Fight Night, a star-studded annual charity event, has raised $127 million for many charities throughout its 22-year history, most significantly for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. This year’s event raised an incredible $4 million dollars benefitting the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.Andrea Bocelli honours Queen Rania of JordanMore than 100 philanthropists traveled to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci kicked off the festivities in Florence on September 8. Stefano Ricci took guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian greats such as Michelangelo and Galileo were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening concluded in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Andrea Bocelli.The following afternoon, guests departed Florence on a scenic drive through Tuscany to Lajatico, the birthplace of Andrea Bocelli, where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli welcomed everyone for an unforgettable night with guest of honor Nicolas Cage, who received the “Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award.” The evening included aperitifs at the magnificent Teatro del Silenzio, and a gourmet dinner at the country home of the Bocellis, with memorable entertainment by musical artists David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillat, Jordan Smith, and Bocelli himself. Additional guests included Evander Holyfield, Melissa Peterman, and more. The next day, everyone boarded a privately chartered train to Venice for an exciting day of exploration in one of the world’s most romantic cities that included lunch at the stunning Palazzo Pisani Moretta and a gondola ride to St. Mark’s Square, before returning to Florence.The pinnacle of this five-day experience was the featured gala on September 11, where guests walked the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. This massive Romanesque fortress-palace is one of the most impressive town halls in all of Tuscany; and it again opened exceptionally to host the gala. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of the great Maestro Zubin Mehta, headlined the evening. Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan received the “Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award” onstage, and Lonnie Ali was honored for her incredible philanthropic achievements, having been a part of Celebrity Fight Night along with her late husband, Muhammad Ali, for nearly two decades.The event concluded with a special evening in the heart of Florence that started at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, home to the Global Flagship Headquarters of Salvatore Ferragamo and the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Ferragamo family themselves welcomed guests with a cocktail and a visit to the museum and the shop, before guests were led to the nearby Palazzo Corsini for a night of dining and dancing.As a result of the funds raised by this third edition of Celebrity Fight Night in Italy, The Andrea Bocelli Foundation will assure continual access to education to the 2,550 students of 5 schools in Haiti to assure a salary for the teaching staff and to the grant all of the children the necessary healthcare treatments.The five-day experience was sponsored by Stefano Ricci, GVM La Civiltà del Marmo, Peak6 Best Marble, Ermanno Scervino, Falconeri, Fratelli Piccini Firenze, Mikimoto, Jeep, Fregoli Luxury Bags, Salotti del Gusto, Excellence Magazine, and Euro-Toques.last_img read more

CMHC looks to Airbnb in bid to boost withering supply of affordable

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s housing agency is looking to an unlikely ally in a bid to boost the stock of affordable rental housing: Airbnb.The head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says he believes short-term rental companies like Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) could help increase the rental supply in the country and, in turn, possibly reduce rents.The government’s upcoming national housing strategy will have a heavy focus on increasing the supply of affordable housing options, including rental units and Airbnb alone offers the potential for tens of thousands of units.CMHC chief executive Evan Siddall said his agency recently approached Airbnb, the largest such service in Canada, to see if there are ways to turn those short-term rentals into apartments available to locals to rent for longer terms. He cautioned that it was still early days with a lot of details yet to work out.“I think VRBO and Airbnb should get ahead of this, because they could be giving us some social utility by helping us spawn supply,” Siddall said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.Lindsey Scully, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, said the company is speaking with potential partners about ways to “create economic opportunity for everyday people.”“We take the issue of affordable housing seriously and that is why we are collaborating with communities and organizations across Canada, sharing comprehensive data and detailed information about our community,” she said.The supply of purpose-built rental units in the country has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.As a result, the rental vacancy rate in 2016 was 3.7 per cent nationwide, CMHC research shows, a number that glosses over acute shortages in some cities. Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna, for instance, all had vacancy rates under one per cent in 2016, meaning there were limited options for renters and the conditions in place to push rents higher as demand outstripped supply.The shortage is equally acute in the secondary rental market that has sprung up over the last eight years as condominium owners rent out their units to make a profit. A CMHC survey of 22 cities showed vacancy rates in these condominiums ranged from a low of 0.3 per cent in Vancouver to a high of 6.8 per cent in Edmonton.Into this mix enter home-sharing services and concerns that they have further eroded the supply of rental units.Airbnb says its hosts typically share their homes on average up to 60 nights per year, earning themselves about $4,000 — figures that the company suggests aren’t high enough to support the idea that it is squeezing units out of the long-term rental market.In a study published this summer, a McGill University research team estimated that Airbnb hosts have removed about 13,700 units from rental markets in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, or about two per cent of the total housing stock.The authors argued that services like Airbnb would pull more long-term rentals off the market as home and condo owners see more money to be made through short-term rentals.“We’re not even close to the situation where there’s enough supply of rental housing to meet demand and when you’re in those very, very constrained situations, then even just a couple thousand units getting pulled off the market by Airbnb can have a really major impact on prices,” said lead researcher David Wachsmuth.To keep those units in the rental market, governments have to create incentives where few currently exist, said said Wachsmuth, an assistant professor of urban planning.last_img read more

OECD says Canada must review tax policies to remain competitive with the

first_imgCALGARY – The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says Canada must review its tax policies to remain competitive with the United States.In a report, the Paris-based group says U.S. tax reform has enhanced the attractiveness of investing there at the expense of investing in Canada.It says U.S. tax cuts have also reinforced the “negative effects” of uncertainty surrounding Canada’s competitiveness as it attempts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and the U.S.Ottawa has come under pressure from corporate Canada to respond to a move late last year by President Donald Trump to dramatically chop the U.S. corporate tax rate.In April, RBC president and CEO Dave McKay said a significant investment exodus to the U.S. is underway, especially in the energy and clean-technology sectors, which could be followed by a loss of skilled workers.The OECD says annual economic growth in Canada is expected to ease from three per cent in 2017 to around two per cent in 2018-19 as private consumption and government spending slow.“The government should review the tax system to ensure that it remains efficient — raising sufficient revenues to fund public spending without imposing effective costs on the economy — equitable and supports the competitiveness of the Canadian economy,” the OECD said in its report.It says business investment has picked up but remains weaker than before commodity prices began falling in 2014, in part because upstream oil and gas investment is being held up by pipeline capacity constraints and regulatory barriers to expansion, resulting in curtailed exports.last_img read more

In a plot twist Spirit tops US airlines in ontime arrivals

first_imgDALLAS — Spirit Airlines tops the latest ratings for on-time flights, a stunning turnaround for a discount carrier that consistently ranked as the tardiest airline in America three years ago.The Transportation Department said Friday that 89 per cent of Spirit’s flights in October arrived on time, putting Spirit just ahead of frequent winner Hawaiian Airlines and Delta.It’s the first time the Miramar, Florida-based carrier has topped the rankings. It finished second in November 2017.Spirit had the worst on-time performance every month but one between May 2015 and May 2016. Since then, Spirit has added room in its schedule, reduced red-eye flights and increased the number of pilots who can be called in on short notice.The government counts a flight on time if it arrives within 14 minutes of schedule.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Woman alleges cops didnt help after she was molested in Maha

first_imgMumbai: A 24-year-old woman has claimed she was groped by an unknown person at suburban Bandra railway station on Wednesday night and alleged that police personnel who were informed about the incident did not help.Tweeting about her ordeal, the woman said. “Today I was groaped at Bandra station, I shouted, when I seen the cops, i read to them and told the cops l what had happened, they made me run here and there. The man got away…@Ourbandra @MumbaiPolice.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Her tweet, which appeared on Wednesday night, added, “I even told him pointed out that he man is there, I called up 100. They just asked what happened, and then cut the call, we’ll see what we can do. There was no assurance @CPMumbaiPolice @MumbaiPolice @bandrabuzz.” “After more than half hr, after going home I got a call from the police station, saying I’m here, and I don’t see that man. I don’t blame the officer that called me. I blame those 2 cops who didn’t help me. @MumbaiPolice @CPMumbaiPolice @bandrabuzz,” she said in her tweet. Following the tweet, police registered a molestation case and an official Friday said CCTV footage of the area was being checked to nab the accused.last_img read more