first_imgOROROROROROROR Celtic could be less than a fortnight away from sealing the Scottish Premiership title and extending their dominance to six-in-a-row. Their 4-0 win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle last week took their consecutive wins to 22 and maintained their unbeaten status this season. The earliest Brendan Rodgers can clinch his first title with Celtic is the weekend of March 18/19 but it depends on what happens before that. Here are the important games to watch out for: Celtic will make it mathematically impossible for Rangers to catch them if they win the derby on Sunday but it’s Aberdeen who will have the bigger say in when the championship party gets started. If Derek McInnes’ men win their next two games Celtic won’t win the league before the international break, but if they do, this how it will happen.This is the earliest weekend Celtic can win the league. STVThe weekend of March 18/19 is the earliest date Celtic can be crowned champions, and it will happen if:ORlast_img read more

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsMickey and Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea officially kicked off earlier this week on the Disney Fantasy! Usually you get a favor at a party, but this time, you can um, buy your own. Party merchandise will be available in the stores onboard, and you can preview the official logo here.Tammy has a great list on the 10 things you need to know about tipping on your Disney Cruise – check it out!Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel.  There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book.  These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Ralph Breaks the InternetMary Poppins ReturnsCaptain MarvelDumbo Disneynature: PenguinsAvengers: EndgameAladdin For future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationGood things come to those who wait. And we waited and waited and waited past the middle of May, when we all expected the Fall 2020 itinerary release. But huzzah, the itineraries are finally here!!! This release was an interesting mix of more of the same, and “oh, hey that’s different”. The Wonder will be back to Baja before her Panama Canal crossing, and then finish the year out of Galveston. But that’s pretty much where the standard itinerary expectations ended.The Magic has two noticeable itinerary gaps. First, it seems she may be going into dry dock before leaving Europe, with nothing scheduled from September 18 to October. Once she reaches New York, she’ll sail to Bermuda and Canada before repositioning to Miami via San Juan. But that’s where it gets interesting – after she arrives in Miami on November 12, there’s nothing for the rest of 2020. Here’s hoping we see some late-additions to her sailing schedule down the road.On a similar note, the Dream is off the sailing grid from October 2 to November 12. She’ll pick back up on November 13 in Port Canaveral, with her typical 3- and 4- night Bahamian sailings. That’s an awfully long (maybe?) dry dock, but perhaps we’ll see sailings added to her schedule as recently happened for late Summer 2020.Now at first glance the Fantasy seems to be on her basic Caribbean route…but in addition to the usual 7-nights, and one 8-night and 6-night, she’s got a 5-night Castaway Cay double dip, 4-night Bahamians, and six 3-night Bahamians as well! These Bahamian sailings take place during the time the Dream is out of commission. There’s also an itinerary gap at the moment for the Fantasy from 10/4-9. Possible DVC member cruise? Turner Classic Movies charter? Hopefully we know more soon!And of course, the stars of the fall itineraries are the themed holiday cruises, Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime. Spend Halloween in Nassau on the 10/30/20 3-night Fantasy cruise, or at sea on the 10/27 5-night Bermuda on the Magic or the 4-night Baja on the Wonder. Tell Santa you’ll be at sea for Christmas for the 12/24 4-night Bahamian on the Dream, or the 6-night Wonder Bahamian. Or, give your family the gift of a Castaway Cay Christmas on the 12/19 7-night Western Caribbean on the Fantasy. No gift receipt required, guaranteed!Booking begins Monday for Platinum Castaway Club members! Are you going to be booking any of these itineraries? Tell me in the comments!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of the Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.last_img read more

first_imgConsider the hysteria surrounding SOPA and PIPA. These bills were drafted to protect intellectual property by curbing online piracy. If signed into law, the Department of Justice would be granted broad powers to block foreign websites that violate copyrights. American ISPs, search engines and advertisers would all be adversely affected. The backlash was frenzied.On January 18, 75,000 websites took part in a coordinated strike to protest the bills. 162 million people viewed Wikipedia’s blackout page. 350,000 emails flooded Congress through and Dozens of Representatives and Senators came out against the legislation – including, embarrassingly, three sponsors of the bills. Days later, SOPA was pulled. #EpicFail for @Congress.It’s hard to dispute the startling efficacy of anti-SOPA outreach, and the outsize influence of individuals who have grown up on the Web. By having a clear, tangible objective (Killing SOPA) and a coordinated action plan (Blackout Wednesday), online protesters converted social unease (No more Reddit? WTF) into political engagement (bombarding elected officials).The creators of KONY 2012, the most viral video ever, are also following this model of digital-to-actual netroots activism. Unlike SOPA, which had Web juggernauts (Google, Wikipedia, Facebook) and the entire tech industry involved, KONY 2012 grabbed eyeballs with a gripping video. The campaign’s goal is to have Joseph Kony, international war criminal, abductor and murderer of children, brought to justice by December 2012. At the end of March, the original YouTube video had over 86 million views.Engineered to spread – visceral and disturbing, passionate and provoking – KONY 2012 is the rare documentary that stirs more than it saddens. (After watching “No End in Sight,” or “Inside Job,” the overriding emotion is despair. Neither film offers solutions.)Where most commercials for politicians are clueless self-parodies – depicting the world as either impossibly optimistic, when they are about themselves, or frighteningly apocalyptic, when they are about the out-of-touch opponent, KONY 2012 instead takes its viewers seriously.Since the video was released, both the House and Senate introduced resolutions in support of disarming Kony’s militia, the LRA; and the African Union’s Security Council has deployed 5,000 soldiers to track Kony down.KONY 2012’s next step, “Cover the Night,” encourages activists to plaster their cities with campaign posters today. (Imagine waking and finding your entire neighborhood covered by peculiar ads.) By raising awareness of Kony’s brutality, it is believed more American political leaders will be pressured to take action. “Cover the Night” will be a telling experience. Since it requires activists to do more than type and click, a strong turnout will prove the campaign to be more than a trending meme.Building a digital campaign around a compelling narrative has also drawn critics to KONY 2012. Many argue that the campaign oversimplifies the issue, that its slick appeal exploits the plight of Africans. Take Angelo Izama’s essay, “Kony Is Not the Problem,” in The New York Times: “Campaigns like ‘Kony 2012’ aspire to frame the debate about these criminals and inspire action to stop them. Instead, they simply conscript our outrage to advance a specific political agenda – in this case, increased military action.”Similar to the debate around SOPA, it seems that dramatizing a political issue, framing the conversation for the general public, also risks diluting its nuance. However, to interpret KONY 2012 as a misguided attempt to manipulate is too harsh.Everywhere, in books and film, magazines and television, we are told of our country’s enduring problems: inequality of women and gays, the education gap, climate change, military overspending, etc. The issue isn’t a lack of intellectual discussion, but rather the sheer absence of political engagement. It’s not that we do not know; it’s that we do not care – or too few care enough to act.If advocates abstain from popular storytelling, from employing emotion to persuade, how else do you rouse a population to participate? If sports teams, consumer products and movies inspire so much loyalty, why not borrow some of their marketing techniques for politics – where the stakes and payoffs are so much higher?Stephen Colbert understands this. Originally titled “Hail to the Cheese Stephen Colbert’s Nacho Cheese Doritos 2008 Presidential Campaign,” the comedian-candidate illustrated the onerous requirements for grassroots politicians.Later in 2010, he testified in front of Congress to draw attention to our jingoistic stance on migrant farm workers. In full character, Colbert captures the hypocrisy of our immigration laws ill-suited for a globalized economy: “America’s farms are presently far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables… I don’t want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.”When was the last time you watched a congressional hearing… about anything?Colbert also brings much-needed criticism to the insidious and ubiquitous role of campaign fundraising. By promoting his own super PAC, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” Colbert mocks as he teaches: PACs can accept unlimited amounts of money from individuals, are generally used to fund negative ads, and are usually connected with candidates (which is illegal but easy to evade). No cultural icon is engaging the public in this playfully creative way. Nor has any public figure bothered to provoke young Americans to tangle with the Federal Election Committee.Nobody is arguing that digital petitions, viral videos and late-night TV will lead to American regime change. Twitter didn’t topple tyrants – protestors did. The Arab Spring wasn’t started by a tweet, but by a Tunisian – who set the desert on fire by using his flesh as kindling.The social Web isn’t the revolution, but a tool for revolutionaries. As Occupy Wall Street demonstrates, tech-savvy anger without a unified, actionable agenda is just noise. (OWS could make a convincing case for specific electoral reform – dismantling the winner-take all Electoral College, creating publicly funded campaigns or standardizing fair ballot access for third parties).While other areas of our culture are blazing with tech innovation, our modes of political activity remain stagnant. As Sean Parker, Napster founder and former President of Facebook, has noted, “Politics is one of the few remaining large-scale consumer-facing opportunities on the Internet … It’s a very interesting moment, where politics is a bit behind the rest of the economy in embracing these new technologies.”Putting his money where his mouth is, Parker founded the startup company Causes and has also invested in Nation Builder – both social platforms that rally like-minded individuals through activism and philanthropy.Another Parker-backed venture, Votizen enables activists to create coalitions based on public voting records. By combining the digital ties of social networks with actual political activity, Votizen hopes to lessen the influence of money and bolster voter-to-voter engagement.Where political institutions have failed to harness our discontent, this kind of technology has daring promise. As the digital protests surrounding SOPA, KONY 2012 and Stephen Colbert suggest, our underlying concern needs only to be sparked.Lead photo courtesy of Flickr/jackmcgo210. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img hamza shaban Barack Obama is on Instagram. He’s on Foursquare and Facebook, too. He’s even on Google+. On Election Day, he suggested that his pioneering Web presence wouldn’t end with the campaign, but would continue into governance. The new administration would foster innovative engagement, and Obama would become our first wired president. But does buying promoted tweets and having fewer “likes” than Vin Diesel and Adam Sandler inspire anything resembling citizenship 2.0? As Jon Stewart has observed, much of Obama’s Web presence today is merely asking for money. Tags:#Trends#web Guest author Hamza Shaban writes on Web culture and technology at He graduated from the University of Virginia.last_img read more

first_imgThe union says the deal, announced on 12 December, is the first of its kind in the world. It also includes an agreement for the union and government departments to work together to develop broader science integrity policies and guidelines. It will include rules to protect government scientists from political interference in their work, and from having their findings manipulated to support a particular political position.The union began pushing for the provision in 2014, in response to the restrictive communications policies of the previous Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The policies left many researchers feeling they had been muzzled, unable to speak about even the most uncontroversial aspects of their work. A report by the union in 2013 found that 86% of federal scientists felt that they could not publicly share concerns about government policies that could harm public health, safety, or the environment without facing retaliation from their department leaders.The broader scientific community has welcomed the deal, says Kathleen Walsh, executive director of the scientific advocacy group Evidence for Democracy in Ottawa. “It’s a signal of the change in science in Canada in the past year,” she says. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which came to power last year, has reversed many of the Harper government’s communication policies, and stated that federal researchers are free to speak about their work. Scientists working for the Canadian government have successfully negotiated a clause in their new contract that guarantees their right to speak to the public and the media about science and their research, without needing approval from their managers.“Employees shall have the right to express themselves on science and their research, while respecting the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector … without being designated as an official media spokesperson,” the new clause states. The ethics code says that while federal employees may talk about their own work, they should not publicly criticize government policy.“This agreement was extremely important in order to ensure that Canadians could trust public science and the decisions that governments make with that science,” says Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the Ottawa-based union representing about 15,000 federal scientists. “The Institute is proud to be able to be in a position to ensure that no government will be able to take this away from Canadians again.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more