first_img0Shares0000agMADRID, Spain, March 12- Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura said his team were ready to “revolutionise” their tactics as they look to overturn a 2-0 first leg defeat in Tuesday’s Champions League return against AC Milan.That loss has given Barca a mountain to climb to make the quarter-finals and Roura says the Catalan club will have to consider every option. “We shall have to see how the match progresses. If we get to a point where we have to execute a tactical revolution then we shall do so,” said Roura, who will be on the bench as coach Tito Vilanova remains having cancer treatment in New York.Roura said he had been pondering strategy and his best team line-up but insisted he had more or less decided on his game plan without giving anything further away.He also said he was optimistic that midfield star Xavi Hernandez would be fit despite fears he might miss out owing to a thigh injury.“He is doing very well – but we shall have to wait for the final training session (on Tuesday) to make a final decision,” Roura said.Meanwhile, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique insisted Monday the Spanish giants could overcome the 2-0 first-leg loss in their Champions League Last 16 clash with AC Milan when they meet here for the second leg on Tuesday.“We have one of the best teams in the history of this club and we know our qualities,” Pique told a news conference.“I have no doubt that despite the criticism of recent weeks this team is going to respond tomorrow,” the 26-year-old Spain international added.Barcelona are running away with the Spanish league title, holding a 13 point lead, but have been off form over recent weeks.They suffered a 2-0 away loss to Milan and two defeats to their rivals Real Madrid in the league and Spanish cup.“Perhaps we played three not very good games, but we are having a brilliant season,” Pique said, highlighting Barcelona’s haul of more than 80 league goals.“Yes, we’re going to play against an Italian team tomorrow that will try to close things down. But the chances will come, I am sure.“A single goal by Milan would hurt us a lot. We will try not to let one in,” he added. “But this (Barcelona) team is capable of scoring four. It will be difficult, but it is possible.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgTravel planning: To be one of the first ones in the park, you need to leave your resort two to two and a half hours before the official open for most Disney resorts. Continuing our example, catching a bus between 6:30 and 7:00 AM will be your best bet. For whatever reason, most Disney literature and even some Cast Members still say that transportation to the parks from on-site resorts begins at one hour before the official park open (8:00 AM in our example). However, due to these early morning reservations and parties, that is no longer the case. Again, my experience is that for something like our example, buses will start running to the parks by 6:30 AM.Arriving at a deserted Magic Kingdom entrance for an early breakfast When? Reservation Scheduling: Reservations can be set for up to an hour before the official park open. As an example, if Magic Kingdom opens at 9:00 AM, the earliest reservation you can book for Be Our Guest Restaurant is 8:00 AM. Unfortunately, this does not work on days when the park opens early to on-site resort guests for Extra Magic Hours. If the park is scheduled for a regular 9:00 AM open, but on-site resort guests have Extra Magic Hours starting at 8:00 AM, the first reservation will be for 8:00 AM when all on-site guests are already allowed into the park. Share This!Did you know that it’s possible to enter the parks at Walt Disney World before they officially open for the day? A valid park ticket and dining reservation for one of seven restaurants is all you need to get into the park before regular guests. Read on to learn about the who, what, where, when, and why of these reservations.Who?Regardless of whether you’re staying on or off site, guests with valid theme park admission are eligible to enter the park early if they have an Advanced Dining Reservation scheduled for before the park’s official opening time. Since these are some of the hardest reservations to score, guests staying at a Disney resort have an advantage due to the extended 180 day + length of stay window for dining reservations for on-site guests. Our dining Reservation Finder can also help you snag those hard to get reservations.A perk of early reservations – walking through a nearly empty EpcotWhat?Assuming you can drag yourself out of bed bright and early, start your day off right with a leisurely stroll through a nearly empty park. Enjoy breakfast at some of the best Disney restaurants, and get a head start on crowds for the day.Where?Hardly a soul to be foundMagic KingdomBe Our Guest Restaurant ($24 adult / $14 child): Enjoy French-inspired breakfast cuisine in one of three rooms themed after Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast. Of the seven restaurants discussed here, this is the only one without character interactions, and one of only two that are not all-you-can-eat. Using My Disney Experience, you can pre-order your meal up to 30 days in advance to save time at the restaurant. You can see Seth’s review from last year here.Cinderella’s Royal Table ($58 adult / $36 child): Like Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table is fixed-price rather than buffet or family style. Cinderella welcomes you as you enter her castle, and you’ll make your way to the banquet hall where other princesses grace you with their presence as you eat.Crystal Palace ($27 adult / $15 child): Winnie the Pooh and friends greet you at this all-you-can-eat character buffet featuring American cuisine. Inspired by Victorian greenhouses, the restaurant is surrounded by glass windows and brimming with tropical plants.EpcotAkershus Royal Banquet Hall ($44 adult / $27 child): Dine in a medieval castle while princesses visit your table at this all-you-can-eat buffet featuring authentic Norwegian dishes liked smoked salmon in addition to typical American breakfast fare. Some food is served family style, but there is a buffet as well.The Garden Grill ($32 adult / $19 child): Meet Chip ’n’ Dale and other Disney classic characters while the restaurant rotates through Epcot’s Living with the Land attraction. Breakfast is served all-you-can-eat family style which means they bring the food to your table rather than the typical buffet line. Julia reviewed this offering when it became available late last year.Animal KingdomTusker House Restaurant ($30 adult / $18 child): Featuring Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy dressed in their Safari gear, this all-you-can-eat character buffet serves up American and African inspired cuisine in the setting of an African market.Hollywood StudiosHollywood and Vine ($32 adult / $20 child): Disney Junior fans will enjoy seeing Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny while diving into an all-you-can-eat buffet at this 1930’s inspired American diner.Note that prices listed are for breakfast only and may vary based on the day of the week or time of year.Guys, I’m not sure I can find my way through all these people in Epcot’s World Showcase! Arrival Timing: In order to give everyone enough time to walk back to the restaurant, Cast Members typically let guests with these reservations into the park around an hour and fifteen minutes before the park’s official open time. Again, using our example, this means that if you’re already through security and the ticketing area, Cast Members will let you into the park around 7:45 AM. In my experience, the security area typically opens around 7:30 AM, so if you want to be one of the first people into the park, plan to arrive before then. Due to larger crowds, you may want to be even earlier if it’s a day and park offering Early Morning Magic (a separately ticketed event currently offered at Magic Kingdom on Sunday and Tuesday and Hollywood Studios on Monday and Wednesday). Why?Only a couple families joined me for the walk to breakfast last fallFor starters, imagine walking into a nearly empty Magic Kingdom. As you stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. towards your dining destination, you can spread your arms out wide without hitting anyone – a far cry from the suffocating and sometimes downright stressful feeling of a typical rope drop. If you’re a photographer looking for that picture without hordes of people in it or if you’re looking for that family photo without groups of strangers in the frame, this is the perfect time to snap away.And let’s not forget about the food. Most of these are buffets, so you can enjoy as much as you want of whatever you want. Even picky eaters should find something to their liking. Plus, you get to relax in a nice, comfortable, air conditioned restaurant while everyone else jockeys for their rope drop starting position outside of the park.Last but not least, you get a head start! Depending on how quickly your family can eat (I may or may not be guilty of bribing the kids in our group to eat faster during one of my recent trips), you can be out of the restaurant before the throngs of rope droppers come stampeding towards you. In Magic Kingdom, this means you could ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and be on your way to Peter Pan by the time they catch up with you. At Epcot, being near the front of the line for Frozen, Soarin’, or Test Track certainly has its advantages. Sign up for Jedi Training Academy before others at Hollywood Studios, or at Animal Kingdom, be some of the first to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris. Not only do you get a lead on the first attraction, but now you’re off to your next as others are still lining up for their first.Bonus! How?Step 1: Reference our Crowd Calendar and park hours to choose the morning you plan to visit. Avoid days with early entry.Step 2: Use My Disney Experience to reserve at 180 days + your length of stay window or keep checking for availability as your trip gets closer.Step 3: Review park hours occasionally to make sure that they haven’t changed for that day. If the park opens earlier, you may want to consider cancelling the reservation or checking for a different day.Step 4: Plan to arrive early. If you’re taking a bus, this may mean leaving two to two and a half hours before official park open.Step 5: At the park entrance, find the line specifically for those with early morning dining reservations.Step 6: The hard work pays off. Relax and enjoy!Do you have a favorite restaurant for pre-park-open dining? Are you planning to try one of these on your next trip? Tell me your thoughts or plans in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgSuccession planning, or succession management, is the process of identifying and developing key employees within an organization in order to develop a “bench” in the event that other key players move up, move on or move over. It is a process for preparing people to meet a company’s needs for talent over time. It is not a transactional event, but rather the progressive developmental needs and approaches that are an essential part of our overall growth.Through the succession planning process, top performers are identified based on their perceived growth potential. We then establish a means to develop their knowledge, skills and abilities; and prepare them for advancement into increasingly challenging roles.Succession planning ensures the continuing performance standards prescribed by our company are met by making provisions for the development, replacement and strategic utilization of key employees over time. Healthy companies understand the need to create pools of candidates with high leadership potential. By understanding the organization’s long term goals and objectives and determining the developmental needs of the available work force, the succession plan maximizes the return on the company’s training investments and minimizes the impact on the organization’s effectiveness and productivity when important roles are vacated.- Sponsor – Succession planning focuses on developing people rather than simply naming them as replacements when openings occur. The goal is that when a vacancy occurs, the organization has qualified internal candidates that may be considered for promotion. A well designed succession plan outlines a process to be followed in the event that a crucial employee needs to be replaced.Forecasting Growth and TurnoverIn the past, most companies typically focused on succession planning only when considering their top leadership positions. Key performers may have been rewarded with opportunities for development and advancement, but no formal plan was established that would help secure long-term career planning and progression for the associate, nor leadership forecasting and professional stability throughout the company.In today’s business culture however, organizations have come to recognize the importance of succession planning on a variety of different levels within the business hierarchy. With the spirited nature of the retail industry, the wealth of opportunity that exists in a competitive market, the increased access created by the internet and the sophistication of executive search efforts; it is easier for employees to find opportunities—and to be sought for opportunities.As retailers evolve and expand, develop new markets and open new stores, there is also a greater need for talented professionals to satisfy the growing needs of the business. With strong succession planning, employees are more prepared to step into new leadership roles as the need arises. Transitions occur more smoothly and efficiently, and company decision makers are better prepared to look at the future makeup of the organization as a whole.When forecasting departmental growth and other potential succession planning issues within your Loss Prevention department, we should consider the following:Do we have an open and effective communication strategy? Do we know where our company is going? Are there open channels of communication up, down and sideways that can help us anticipate our needs and be proactive in our efforts?Do we have a clear understanding of our company’s preferences and expectations for a succession plan?Have we determined what we consider to be our most critical positions? Have we prioritized our potential needs so that we respond to those needs in a manner that best serves the interests of the company and the department?Do we have competency models that outline what skills and abilities are most necessary for success in a given role or position? Do we have an objective means of measuring competency? Do we have the tools necessary to fill the gaps in employee competency?Have we acted to identify future positions or potential vacancies? Do we have an effective staffing and recruitment strategy in the event that the need develops?Do we have individual development plans for our associates? Do we have effective assessment tools that can help to identify employee competency levels, gaps in competency levels, and strategies to improve those competencies?Do we have coaching and/or mentoring programs that will assist with leadership transition and development? Do we have an evaluation plan for succession management? Do we have a means to hold management accountable for cultivating talent and following succession planning efforts?All of these components should be incorporated into a successful leadership strategy to help keep your Loss Prevention program healthy and prepared for the changing needs of the business and the successful operation of the Loss Prevention department.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. To learn more about developing your leadership skills and the certification process, visit losspreventionfoundation.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgADT has recently unveiled its new ADT Commercial brand and positioning video as part of its multi-year expansion plans. Since the merger with Protection 1, ADT has built upon its commercial capabilities and customer-focused approach, combining more than ten strategic acquisitions, bringing decades of experience to commercial and national account customers. ADT’s announcement is part of its participation in ISC West, one of North America’s largest security industry trade shows, with more than 30,000 industry professionals and 1,000 exhibitors.“Today marks the official start of significant expansion plans for the ADT Commercial brand as we bring together numerous strategic acquisitions and alliances we’ve recently achieved, including industry leader, Red Hawk,” said Dan Bresingham, executive vice president, ADT Commercial. “We are delivering an expanded product portfolio and geographic reach to our enterprise customers, combined with an obsession for customer service, high quality and commitment to excellence.”Led by Bresingham, the ADT Commercial leadership team has a single-minded focus on security and life safety—having spent the majority of their careers in the industry. The ADT Commercial vision is to offer a unified approach to its customers’ security and life safety needs.- Sponsor – ADT Commercial brings together experience, capabilities and offerings from acquisitions made since merging with Protection 1, with the goal of creating a best-in-class security and life safety provider. Most recently, these acquisitions include Red Hawk Fire & Security, Aronson Security Group, MSE Security, Advanced Cabling and Commercial Protection Systems, Inc.ADT Commercial will serve customers with a broad portfolio of solutions such as enterprise risk management services, IP-based video and access control technologies; intrusion detection; fire/life safety; sprinkler installation and maintenance; banking and ATM sales and services; managed services; remote monitoring via its owned and operated monitoring centers; security only networks design, management and monitoring. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgThe ousted Kochi team of Indian Premier League (IPL) has challenged the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision in the Bombay High Court.The battle between Kochi Tuskers management and the BCCI entered the legal space two days after the team’s termination from the IPL.The high court was expected to pass an order on the case later on Wednesday.The BCCI had on Monday terminated the contract with Kochi Tuskers for non-payment of dues and citing violation of terms by the franchise. However, the Kochi team maintained they were unfairly treated by the BCCI.Co-owners of the Kochi Tuskers cried foul saying that the BCCI jumped the gun, especially since the deadline for payment of dues ends on September 30.Kochi Tuskers have become the third IPL franchise to take the BCCI to court after the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab challenging the board’s order of termination late last year.last_img read more

first_imgThe annual Monterey Bay Gala for Make-A-Wish will take place on October 26th, 2013 from 5pm-midnight at Clint and Dina Eastwood’s Tehama Golf Club.The annual event raised $1million last year to support granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.Performers this year are comedian George Lopez, who also performed at the 2006 Gala, as well as comedian Jackie Flynn, who has starred in movies such as “King Pin”, “There’s Something About Mary”, “Me,Myself And Irene,” “Shallow Hal” and “Stuck On You”. Guests will also be treated to music by the Greg Kihn Band, who will be performing afterwards.The theme of the gala this year is “Passport to Wishes” and will feature tastes, sights and sounds from around the globe. There will be both live and silent auctions featuring unique and hard to come by items and experiences. Tickets are $500 and up and all proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, which is headquartered in San Francisco.To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

first_imgLast week, the Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall, and spoke about marine conservation.The Duchess of Cambridge with Sir David AttenboroughCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukAs Patron of the museum, The Duchess attended the unveiling of the new whale skeleton, alongside Sir David Attenborough, and spoke publicly for first time about her interest in marine conservation.The Duchess was shown around the new hall by Museum Director Sir Michael Dixon and viewed the new ‘Bay of Wonders’ exhibitions with Sir David Attenborough.Opening to the public on the 14 July 2017, the new Hintze Hall contains abeautiful star display and a skeleton of Earth’s largest known animal, the blue whale – replacing Dippy, the 21.3m resin cast of a diplodocus dinosaur skeleton, which is now on tour around the UK.After years of excessive hunting, whales were dangerously close to becoming extinct. In 1966, they became the first animal protected by international law and since then populations have slowly recovered.The Blue Whale skeleton, which was lovingly prepared by curators and scientists for months, has been named Hope – to remind visitors of the fragility of the ocean and our shared responsibility to look after it.“As we are increasingly learning, marine conservation is a global challenge, for all nations and all people.“I, personally, have always been in awe of the sea. As someone who has been fortunate to experience scuba diving, something I love doing, and seeing the incredible marine life, I have come to care deeply about life under our waters and the conservation of our oceans.“Sir David Attenborough has famously talked about the fact that people will not protect what they don’t first care about, and will not care about what they have never experienced. This idea lies at the heart of this new Hintze Hall design. As I stand here tonight, I have every confidence that this spectacular display will go a long way not only inspire a new generation but it will also encourage us all to think about and to care for our marine life.“Our Blue Whale, Hope, at the heart of the museum will help the millions of visitors that come here each year, experience the wonders of our oceans.”The Duchess is also Patron of of marine charity the 1851 Trust, but this is the first time HRH has spoken publicly about her interest in marine conservation.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more