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

InfoWorld story on Microsoft unveiling hosted services next week

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus I was quoted in an IDG InfoWorld story, entitled Gates, Ozzie seen unveiling hosted services next week:“Some prominent Microsoft watchers, such as Richard MacManus, also have suggested a hosted version of Microsoft Office may be in the works. In his Web log, Web 2.0 Explorer, freelance Web analyst and writer MacManus on Sept. 28 outlined Web-based productivity suites from smaller vendors and predicted that Microsoft would eventually come out with its own.“The time for the Web-based office will come, mark my words,” MacManus wrote. “When broadband is ubiquitous, web functionality is richer, issues of security and reliability have been put to rest, and most importantly of all — when corporates are ready to make the jump. It may be five to 10 years down the track, it may be longer.”MacManus, who writes from Wellington, New Zealand, did not respond to a request for an interview Friday.”It’s a good representation of my thoughts on the subject, however unfortunately my actual email response to IDG didn’t make it in time for publication. So by the power of blogs, I present to you now some further thoughts on the topic. These were formed in my recentposts and improved by reader comments (again, the magic of blogs):I’m sure Bill and Ray will discuss their ‘software as a service’ strategy, as Gates has talked about it a lot recently – and that’s basically Ray Ozzie’s background (with Groove).I don’t see a web-based Office suite *replacing* the desktop suite, at least for the foreseeable future. I think it’ll be an extra product offering and they’ll offer hybrid versions (mixing and matching desktop with web-based).An example of a benefit for customers is it would enable them to collaborate better with office colleagues. For example creating a document collaboratively, as a group, with the document residing on the web server and version control taken care of.Another benefit is that a hosted solution would be a kind of extension of the IT outsourcing business model that is prevalent these days – if MS or an approved partner hosted Office toolsets, then that’s one less IT toolset to administer.Also a web-based office could be a good product for developing countries, which may be looking for more cost-efficient solutions than the desktop MS Office.Web-based Office may ultimately be a strategy for Microsoft to compete with Open Source office software – and the rumoured Google Office.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Visually Fly With Flygirrl: Galleries – Northern Liberties

first_imgHere are some of my gallery picks in Northern Liberties: Indigo Arts GalleryThe Crane Building1400 N. American Street, Suite #104 Indigo Arts Gallery has an international bazaar of art and artifacts collected from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Antiques and one-of-a-kind artifacts of traditional cultures as well as the finest examples of living folk arts and crafts is what you can find when you’re stopping by the space. They truly have an amazing and eclectic collection of work. SlingStuff Gallery11 N. Girard Avenue This cool little gallery features contemporary artwork from around the world. And, they won Best New Gallery on PHL17 HotList! They have a diverse showing of artists from month to month. Make sure to check them out! And, while you’re in the area, take a look around. There are cool little shops to check out near by. Projects Gallery629 N. 2nd StreetThis gallery is a cool little spot right on 2nd Street. I usually pop in there and then go across the street to check out one of my other favorite spots–The Soy Cafe! Projects Gallery focuses on artists who practice a personal form of art making, especially with techniques utilizing unusual materials. This bi-level gallery also has a second location in Miami! Philly is full of creative pockets. I’m going to be highlighting some of my favorite neighborhood art galleries and creative spaces. First up, the trendy neighborhood and hipster haven–Northern Liberties. It’s a cool part of town packed with galleries, cafes, restaurants, bowling, bars and more. Insider tip: Head out early. Most galleries will close around 9 p.m. But you can always head to North Bowl for some fun competition between you and your friends. Or stop by El Camino for some Mexican Corn. (My favorite!)center_img Indigo Arts Gallery Bahdee Bahdu1522 N. American StreetIn addition to in-house studio events, Bahdee Bahdu has hosted arts organizations, the design trade, community groups, commercial vendors and private individuals as well. Always a hub for Philadelphia’s creative community, their really cool 4,000 square foot space is available to rent for special events. They have some really amazing pieces. I was happy to discover this gallery space! Art Star623 N. 2nd StreetArt Star is one of my favorite places. They carry handmade items and  products by artists throughout the country, as well as a handful of international artists–from one of a kind pieces, to houseware, prints, jewelry, clothing and more. They also are the proud creators of Philadelphia’s largest outdoor craft fair – the Art Star Craft Bazaar. If you’re looking for an artistic yet different type of art – come here!Insider tip: If you’re looking for some artistic, one of a kind pieces, you will want to stop here. And, it’s the perfect place for gifts too!last_img read more

Jamaicans can Fill Specialist Posts at Alpart – PM

first_img “In my meeting with Chairman Chen Chunming of Jiquan Iron &Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO)… it became clear to me that the company understands the need for local employment,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he expects that Jamaican workers will be afforded every opportunity to take up highly skilled positions at the new ALPART/JISCO Alumina Refinery in Nain, St. Elizabeth. Story Highlights Mr. Holness assured the new owners that all the high technology and high human resource capabilities required “can be found right here in Jamaica”. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says he expects that Jamaican workers will be afforded every opportunity to take up highly skilled positions at the new Alpart/JISCO Alumina Refinery in Nain, St. Elizabeth.In giving the keynote address at the official opening of the facility on June 21, Mr. Holness said it is the intention of the Government to ensure that Jamaican workers are adequately trained to take up these high-skill jobs.“In my meeting with Chairman Chen Chunming of Jiuquan Iron &Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO)… it became clear to me that the company understands the need for local employment,” he said.“I want to assure Chairman Chen that we understand the need for high-calibre human resources to operate this plant. We operated this plant for decades before and quite efficiently I might add. We know how to do it and we have the capabilities here locally,” he noted.Mr. Holness assured the new owners that all the high technology and high human resource capabilities required “can be found right here in Jamaica”.He cited specialist welders, persons who deal with specialist equipment as well as highly skilled engineers as some of the workers that can be trained to fill top positions.“In the initial stages, we understand that you will have to bring the experts from China to work alongside our own local labour to develop the expertise here. In the long run, it will be the best economic decision to employ local workers,” he pointed out.He noted that under the Housing, Opportunities, Production and Employment (HOPE) framework, the Government has developed an employment strategy “that will see the alignment of our young people leaving school through a system of apprenticeship and national service that will not only develop the necessary skills but more importantly, the necessary attitude that will help to bridge the cultural gaps that may exist between our two countries.”last_img read more

Kate Middleton loses her composure after Prince William makes this awkward mistake

first_imgKate MiddletonGetty imagesKate Middleton couldn’t keep a straight face when her husband made an adorable mistake in front of the press. The Duchess of Sussex was forced to correct her husband after he made an awkward mistake, calling her a new uncle to the Royal baby.Reportedly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their newborn son into the world on bank holiday Monday, May 6 much to the delight of royal fans across the globe. Baby Sussex, as the child is being dubbed until he is named, was delivered at 5.26am BST on May 6, weighing 7lbs 3oz (3.2kg). Meghan Markle stayed true to her word by bucking tradition and not posing for photos with the royal tot immediately after giving birth as Diana, Princess Wales, and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge did before her.Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced plans to keep details of the birth private. The secrecy surrounding the Royal birth was so high that even senior Royals were unaware of the Royal couple’s plans. Once Meghan went into labour, her plans for a home birth were abandoned. Which shows us that when push comes to shove, The Palace has more sway over Meghan than she realizes.Meghan Markle was on maternity leave and more than a week overdue when she gave birth. It is still unknown if she was induced but she gave birth to a healthy boy. Following the news, the couple Cambridge addressed the media where Prince William made the blunder of referring to Kate as an uncle rather than an aunt. The Duchess of Cambridge was forced to set her husband Prince William straight after he accidentally called her an “uncle.”  Prince William and Kate Middleton.Getty imagesAhead of the King’s Cup annual Regatta at the Cutty Sark in London the newly-minted royal aunt and uncle were asked by the press about their thoughts on Meghan and Harry’s new baby.The Duke of Cambridge said: “Yes absolutely, I’m an uncle, second time for me.”The future King then pointed at his wife and said: “And you as well.”Prince William quickly laughed off and corrected his mistake as Kate burst into laughter in front of the assembled media throng. These two are couple goals. Meghan and Harry are still keeping details of their baby under wraps. But a formal announcement about the baby’s name can be expected soon.last_img read more

2 held for gang rape in Sylhet

first_img.A 14-year girl was reportedly gang-raped by four people in sadar upazila of Sunamganj on Tuesday, reports UNB.Police arrested two people — bus driver Aniul Haque of Ikachai village in Jagannathpur municipality and Sunamganj bus-stop manager Burhan Uddin of Jagannatpur — in this connection on Thursday.The victim hailing from Sonargaon village in Biswanath upazila went out of her home following a family feud and reached Jagannathpur municipality area on Tuesday, said sub-inspector Lutfar Rahman of Jagannathpur Police Station.At one stage, she took shelter near a shop from where the culprits took the girl to Burhan Uddin’s house saying that they will help her reach her residence by a bus.But, the accused along with two of their associates violated her whole night, leaving her severely injured.Later in the morning, the victim went to the police station and disclosed the matter.The girl was sent to Osmani Medical College Hospital medical check-up, said Naba Gopal Das, officer-in-charge of the police station.last_img read more