NU took its third one-point loss in four games this season following an 80-79 setback to University of the Philippines last Sunday, but rather than dwelling on the result, Jarin focused on the positives.One of the bright spots Jarin saw was the last play of the game where NU forward Dave Ildefonso set up an open teammate in John Lloyd Clemente for what would’ve been the game-winning shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“I was just proud of Dave Ildefonso gave up the pass to a wide open John Lloyd Clemente. Unfortunately, he was covered pretty well on the recovery. He showed no hesitation in taking the shot, it just didn’t go in,” Jarin recalled.“Those are the things that you have to be proud of. Making the right decision, then, John Lloyd Clemente whole-heartedly took the shot and took the responsibility and these are the things you mentor these young men.” Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City More than the losses are the lessons learned.“I was telling them right after the game, in the next 20 years of your life you would look at this season and no matter what you will encounter in your lives, you will ready because you will overcome all these pain. You will get better,” Jarin said.“That’s why I’m really proud of them. I’m not mad. I can’t get mad. You’ve seen us how to do things. We’re dead, we come back. We play hard and I’m sure everybody except for the fans of UP was rooting for us and you can’t ask anything from these kids. Win or lose, you have to be proud of these young men.”Next for NU is a matchup against league-leading Ateneo, who is the only unbeaten at 4-0.“I’m sure (Ateneo) coach Tab Baldwin will be doing his homework and I’m sure he’s gonna tell his boys this NU team is not a pushover.”ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MANILA, Philippines–National University head coach Jamike Jarin kept in high spirits despite a fourth straight heartbreaking loss to the Bulldogs in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Sun top Sparks in Game 1 of WNBA semifinals For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments LATEST STORIES Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. at left is model Irina Shayk carrying the Russian placard. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland— The Russian flag and national anthem were banned from next year’s Tokyo Olympics and other major sports events for four years on Monday.Russia’s hosting of world championships in Olympic sports also face being stripped after the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee approved a full slate of recommended sanctions as punishment for state authorities tampering with a Moscow laboratory database.ADVERTISEMENT Russian athletes will be allowed to compete in major events only if they are not implicated in positive doping tests or if their data was not manipulated, according to the WADA ruling.Still, it is unclear how the ruling will affect Russian teams taking part in world championships such as soccer’s World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Russia’s anti-doping agency can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days.Legal fallout from the WADA ruling seems sure to dominate preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, which open on July 24. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Gilas pulls away to beat Indonesia, faces Thais for gold medal Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Although the IOC has called for the strongest possible sanctions, it wants those sanctions directed at Russian state authorities rather than athletes or Olympic officials.That position was opposed by most of WADA’s athlete commission. It wanted the kind of blanket ban Russia avoided for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games after a state-run doping program was exposed by media and WADA investigations after Russia hosted the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.“This entire fiasco created by Russia has cheated far too many athletes of their dreams and rightful careers, for far too long,” the WADA athlete panel said in a statement ahead of the meeting.Russia previously signaled it would appeal the ruling. That must be filed by the Russian anti-doping agency, known as RUSADA. That body was declared non-compliant on Monday, 15 months after it was reinstated by WADA in defiance of athlete opposition.The decision to appeal has been stripped from RUSADA chief executive Yuri Ganus, an independent figure criticizing Russian authorities’ conduct on the doping data issue. Authority was passed to the agency’s supervisory board after an intervention led by the Russian Olympic Committee.The ROC on Saturday labeled the expected sanctions as “illogical and inappropriate.”Russia has stuck to its claim that deceptive edits in the data were in fact made by WADA’s star witness, Grigory Rodchenkov. The former Moscow lab director’s flight into the witness protection program in the United States was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary.Technical reasons were claimed — and debunked by WADA investigators — for why the data appeared to have been edited shortly before the delayed handover in January. 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But this is as far as we could go,” said Linda Helleland, a Norwegian lawmaker who serves on WADA executive committee and has long pushed for a tougher line against Russia. “This is the biggest sports scandal the world has ever seen. I would expect now a full admission from the Russians and for them to apologize on all the pain all the athletes and sports fans have experienced.”Handing over a clean database to WADA was a key requirement for Russia to help bring closure to a scandal that has tainted the Olympics over the last decade.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments
FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The 8th annual Zombie Walk raised 143.2 pounds of food for the Women’s Resource Centre this past Saturday.Event Organiser Becky Grimsrud said, “seventy-five people participated in this years event, which I was very pleased with, considering the walk was put together at the last minute.”Grimsrud said that she’s looking forward to a successful Zombie Walk next year.- Advertisement –
The Great Pyramid of Giza, the only surviving structure from the original seven wonders of the ancient world, was assured of retaining its status in addition to the new seven after indignant Egyptian officials said it was a disgrace they had to compete. The campaign to name new wonders was launched in 1999 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber. Almost 200 nominations came in, and the list was narrowed to the 21 most-voted by the start of 2006. Organizers admit there was no foolproof way to prevent people from voting more than once for their favorite. A Peruvian in national costume held up Macchu Picchu’s award to the sky and bowed to the crowd with his hands clasped, eliciting one of the biggest cheers from the audience of 50,000 people at a soccer stadium in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. Many jeered when the Statue of Liberty was announced as one of the candidates. Portugal was widely opposed to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Another Swiss adventurer, Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the first hot-air balloon to fly nonstop around the world, announced one of the winners – then launched into an appeal for people to combat climate change and stand up for human rights before he was ushered off the stage. LISBON, Portugal – The Great Wall of China, Rome’s Colosseum, India’s Taj Mahal and three architectural marvels from Latin America were among the new seven wonders of the world chosen in a global poll released on Saturday. Jordan’s Petra was the seventh winner. Peru’s Machu Picchu, Brazil’s Statue of Christ Redeemer and Mexico’s Chichen Itza pyramid also made the cut. About 100 million votes were cast by the Internet and cell phone text messages, said New7Wonders, the nonprofit organization that conducted the poll. The seven beat out 14 other nominated landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Easter Island in the Pacific, the Statue of Liberty, the Acropolis, Russia’s Kremlin and Australia’s Sydney Opera House. The Colosseum, the Great Wall, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and Petra had been among the leading candidates since January, while the Statue of Christ Redeemer received a surge in votes more recently. The Statue of Liberty and Australia’s Sydney Opera House were near the bottom of the list from the start. Also among the losing candidates were Cambodia’s Angkor, Spain’s Alhambra, Turkey’s Hagia Sophia, Japan’s Kiyomizu Temple, Russia’s Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle, Britain’s Stonehenge and Mali’s Timbuktu. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, keeps a list of World Heritage Sites, which now totals 851 monuments. But the agency was not involved in Weber’s project. The traditional seven wonders were concentrated in the Mediterranean and Middle East. That list was derived from lists of marvels compiled by ancient Greek observers, the best known being Antipater of Sidon, a writer in the 2nd century B.C. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharos lighthouse off Alexandria have all vanished. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Roy Keane has claimed former team-mate Ryan Giggs would be worth £2billion in today’s “mind-boggling” transfer market as clubs rake in massive fees for “average” players.The Republic of Ireland assistant manager admitted his surprise at some of the figures which have been paid this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain forking out a staggering £200million for Neymar and preparing to invest heavily once again in Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.However, it is the prices which have been paid for players lower down the food chain which have surprised Keane.He said: “It’s mind-boggling, the figures that are out there – especially for the average players. If ever there was a time to be a professional player it’s now. Average players are going for £35million. My goodness.“I don’t really analyse it too much, but that’s the market place at the moment. There aren’t many top players out there. The really big players are going for big money and it’s filtering down now.“When average players are going for £30-40million, it does make you scratch your head. But if the clubs are prepared to pay that, then it’s not the players’ fault.”Keane, of course, played in Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering Manchester United side alongside the likes of Peter Schmeichel, Jaap Stam, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Ruud van Nistelrooy, as well as Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, who cost Real Madrid £80million when he left Old Trafford eight summers ago.Asked what Van Nistelrooy would cost now, he replied with a smile: “Ruud would certainly be worth in the market now probably a billion.”“David Beckham?”. “A billion.” “Ryan Giggs?” “Two billion.”Asked further how much he himself might cost nowadays, he answered: “£3.75million, I think.”
Donegal locals have asked the government to make money available for a local improvement scheme (LIS) to upgrade non-public roads in the county. Councillor John O’Donnell spoke on the issue: “At a national level I feel that they don’t understand that in Donegal here, we are different to the bigger cities and counties that have a bigger budget and also have less non county roads like these LIS scheme roads.”The department of transport no longer provides LIS grants to Donegal County Council meaning that the money would instead have to come from the council’s budget for national roads. But O’Donnell said that taking money intended for public roads in order to fund a LIS scheme would not be “the common sense thing to do.” Public asks for non public road maintenance grants in Donegal was last modified: May 30th, 2017 by Callum LaveryShare 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:Cllr John O’DonnellLIS scheme
The Wilson’s Charity Barn Dance took place on Saturday with large crowds coming together for a good cause. In aid of Donegal Hospice, St. John’s Ward on behalf of Kelsey Barnett and the Cardiac Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital. The night was action packed as the best-dressed cowboy’s and cowgirl’s gathered for live music by Paul Kelly and Band.Were you there? Check out pictures from the event below. Photos by Clive WassonSabrina Barnett, Katie Love, Victoria Ray, Arlene Kilpatrick and Heather Humpriesat the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonCollette McDermott, Juilette Morrow and Nicole Lambe at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonJuilette Morrow, Philisidy Krishnan, Viiie Krishnan and Caroline Hastings at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonAlan Thompson and Lyndsay Thompson at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonKenny Preston, Wade McCrabbe, John Lynch and Mark Magee at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonChanice Gordon and Kellie McBride at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonJillian Smyth and Meloney Patterson at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonElaine McGlinchey and Louise Doherty at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonIsobel Stevesnon, Jean Wilson, Isobel McCormick and Noreen McNairn at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonMaura Crossan and Kristina McGrath at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonSarah Miller Arthur, Courtney Miller Arthur, Alexandra Mackey and Luren McCready at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonMartin Lafferty, Catherine bonnar and Shannon McGettigan at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonKevin McClay, Rachel Kane, Roberta Coll, Daragh McGlinchey and Vikie McGee at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonJiving in full swing at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonOne of the packed sheds at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonTracey Wilson, Victoria Wilson and Harold Wilson organisers of the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonThe jiving competiton in full swing at the Wilson Barn Dance held in Aid of Donegal Hospice, St John’s Ward in aid of Kelsey Barnett and Cardiac Unit Letterkenny University Hospital. Photo Clive WassonPic Special: Wilson’s Charity Barn Dance was last modified: September 2nd, 2018 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:charitynightlifeWilson’s Charity Barn Dance
Share This!Photo from Megan StumpA Celebration of Harry Potter returns to the Universal Orlando Resort this weekend, January 26-28. Popular offerings such as wand combat training and the Sorting Hat are returning while new experiences from MinaLima, Fantastic Beasts, and CineConcerts are being offered.For more information on A Celebration of Harry Potter read its TouringPlans page and Derek Burgan’s Saturday Six Reasons We Love A Celebration of Harry Potter. Panels & Demonstrations Planning & OverviewA Celebration of Harry Potter is a two-park event featuring panels, demonstrations, interactive experiences, and an exposition on all things Potter. Joining the panels and the exposition are actors from the movies who provide insight into their experience with the films and mingle with fans at random times.While the celebration takes place in the parks, the walking areas for guests are unaffected, unlike Food & Wine at Epcot. Panels and demonstrations are held at the Music Plaza Stage in Universal Studios Florida and the Toon Lagoon Theater in Islands of Adventure while the Expo is held in two behind-the-scenes soundstages.TicketsA Celebration of Harry Potter is included with admission into the theme parks. Because events are held between the Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure a two-park admission is required to experience everything.Costume GuidlinesUniversal Orlando normally does not permit character costumes into the parks but makes an exception for Celebration weekends. The costumes of Celebration exhibit the creativity and passion the fans have and are a highlight each year. Make sure to seek out your favorite characters!Costume rules are subject to change, but here’s the current rundown.A Celebration of Harry Potter™ attendees may wear costumes in Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Universal Studios Florida™ theme parks January 26–January 28, 2018.No masks, facial coverings, veils, long trains, live animals, swords, or weaponry are permitted. Any home-crafted wands must be rounded on either end and must be appropriate in nature.Costumes cannot exceed 28” (inches) wide x 80” (inches) high to meet Universal Orlando’s metal detection regulations. Costumes are subject to secondary x-ray screening. Universal Orlando™ will have sole discretion to decide whether an item is permissible. Any item deemed inappropriate will be turned over by the owner and may be retrieved at the end of the day at the Universal CityWalk™ hub.If a guest is spotted in a costume that is not deemed permissible, he or she will be asked to either remove the costume and change into something more appropriate, or exit the park.Costumed guests may not give the impression that they are Universal Orlando™ Team Members.To ensure guests’ safety, some costumes may not be permitted on certain attractions.Bartenders and staff reserve the right to request that a guest remove any type of facial covering for identification purposes.As guests enter or exit the parks, they may walk through CityWalk™ in costume with no masks or facial coverings, but not enter or linger in that area in their costume.A general convention costume rule to readers: wearing a costume is not an invitation to invade the personal space of or harass those wearing the costume. Always ask to take photos of those in costume you enjoy. Be cool. Every year panels and demonstrations give guests a look into the development and production of the Harry Potter movies and theme parks. This year is no different with new looks into the graphic design of the movies and an early look into the new Harry Potter video game.Panels and demonstrations take place at the Universal Music Plaza and Toon Lagoon Theater. Times subject to change.MUSIC PLAZA STAGEMovies in the Park: Watch the Harry Potter movies in the Music Plaza Stage with fellow Potter fans.1/26: 11:00am–1:30pmOpening Night Event: The opening event, a must-attend event. Preview each day’s activities, meet the talent featured in the panels, and learn new information in the Potter universe. Previous years have introduced the school of witchcraft in the United States and gave previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.1/26: 7:15pm–8:30pm Dance Like A Beauxbatons And Battle Like A Durmstrang: Learn the dance and fighting moves from the two schools of witchcraft and wizardry in Europe taught by the Universal Orlando choreographer.1/27-1/28: 10:00am–10:30amHarry Potter Knowledge Challenge: Do you know the difference between Ollivander and Gregorovitch wands? This is the place you want to be.1/27: 3:00pm–3:30pm; 1/28: 4:15pm–4:45pmLearn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris (Kids): Learn the dueling poses and methods from the choreographer from the movies.1/27-1/28: 11:15am–11:45amLearn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris (All Levels): Learn the dueling poses and methods from the choreographer from the movies, for adults!1/27: 2:00pm–2:30pm; 1/28: 2:15pm–2:45pmFilm Talent Q&A: You ask, they answer. Remember, no bummers.1/27: 4:00pm–4:45pm; 1/28: 5:30pm–6:15pmHogwarts House Rally and Costume Showcase: Rock your favorite house garb or strut your best costume in front of all. Guests are picked prior to the event.1/27: 5:30pm–6:00pmEvening Tribute: A tribute, not a goodbye. A must-attend for all participants.1/27: 6:45pm–7:45pm TOON LAGOONWarner Bros. Studio Tour London: Discover Special Effects Secrets with John Richardson: BAFTA award winner John Richardson comes to the Celebration for the first time to discuss the amazing special effects of the movies.1/27: 10:00am–10:30am; 1/28: 10:00am–10:30amMinaLima: Graphic Design of Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes: A new panel spinning off of a special behind-the-scenes event, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima (get it?) show the inspiration behind the graphic design of the movies.1/27: 11:15am–11:45am; 1/28: 3:30pm–4:00pmThe Magic Of Costumes In Harry Potter: Film costume designer Jany Temime and Harry Potter: The Exhibition curator Eddie Newquist discuss work on the post-Chris Columbus Potter movies (Azkaban to Deathly Hallows Pt 2).1/27: 2:30pm-3:00pm; 1/28: 11:15am-11:45amExplore Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery: Learn about the new mobile role-playing game from Portkey Games.1/27: 3:30pm–4:00pm; 1/28: 4:30pm–5:00pmCineConcerts: The Magic Behind The Music, And The Journey To Construct A Complete Score Live To Picture: Join CineConcerts founder/conductor Justin Freer and co-founder/producer Brady Beaubien to discuss what makes a composition and scene, then enjoy an orchestra performing the music from the films.1/27: 4:30pm-5:00pm; 1/28: 2:30pm-3:30pm Photo from Brandon Glover Celebration Live StreamsThe Celebration of Harry Potter is streaming panels to those who can’t make it to Orlando! Follow Universal Orlando on Facebook and Twitter for links to the live streams. The schedule below is subject to change:Friday, January 267:15pm – 8:30pm: A Celebration of Harry Potter Opening Event9:00pm: The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle Project ExperienceSaturday, January 2710:00am – 10:30am: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: Special Effects Secrets with John Richardson (Panel)11:15am – 11:45am: Graphic Design for the Harry Potter Film with MinaLima (Panel)2:00pm – 2:30pm: Learn Wand Combat Skills with Choreographer Paul Harris4:00pm – 4:45pm: Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars5:30pm – 6:00pm: Hogwarts House Rally: Costume Showcase6:45pm – 7:45pm: A Celebration of Harry Potter Evening TributeSunday, January 28 Photo from Megan StumpEvents in the ParksOther events throughout the parks are being offered. Check times guides and Universal Orlando’s website for more information. At The CelebrationCrowdsA Celebration of Harry Potter brings thousands of additional guests to the resort. The Expo Hall fills to capacity quickly; be sure to show up first thing in the morning. Prioritize low-capacity experiences such as the Sorting Hat, Harry Potter: The Exhibition, and Fantastic Beasts VR prior to other open-form exhibits and shops.It is recommended to show up an hour before show times for panels with talent, and half an hour to other panels and demonstrations to guarantee admittance.Wait times for non-Wizarding World attractions will be minimally affected by the Celebration. Attractions in the Wizarding World, such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Hogwarts Express, and Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts will have longer waits than seasonally suggested. Visit the Wizarding World attractions during panels or the opening/closing ceremonies for the shortest waits.Photo from Hunter UnderwoodTalentWhat good convention isn’t with some film stars? This year’s Celebration splits the talent between fan favorite actors and those new to the celebration. Talent participates in the Q&A panels and appear for scheduled fan events. Check the Panel schedule for times and information. SOUNDSTAGE 21Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Early behind the scenes of the new New York production.Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter (Pottermore & Audible): Witness some of the effects and sets from the movies first hand.Warner Bros. Home Entertainment: Fantastic Beasts VR experience.Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment: Hogwarts Mystery Role Playing Game preview.The Harry Potter Film Concert Series – CineConcerts: Love music and Potter? Go here to learn more about the film concert series.SOUNDSTAGE 33Scholastic: Step into the life size re-creation of the cover to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and celebrate the 20th anniversary of its publication.Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter MinaLima: MinaLima designed all the graphic design for the Wizarding World over the past 17 years. If you love Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade, The Daily Prophet, and more, come here.Harry Potter: The Exhibition: See costumes from the movies, enter to win a trip to the next city hosting the tour, and be sorted into a Hogwarts house by the Sorting Hat. Photo from Hunter UnderwoodHarry Potter ExpoThe Celebration Expo features exhibitions, shops, and attractions from those in the “Potter-sphere”. The Expo runs Friday the 26th from 9:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday the 27th from 9:00am –3:30pm; and Sunday the 28th from 9:00am – 5:00pm. 10:00pm – 10:30pm: Dance Like a Beauxbaton and Battle Like a Durmstrang11:15am – 11:45am: Harry Potter The Exhibition: Magic of Costumes2:30pm – 3:00pm: CineConcerts – Sound & Image: The Magic Behind the Music, and the Journey to Construct a Complete Score Live to Picture (Panel)4:30pm – 5:00pm: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment: Explore Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Panel)5:30pm – 6:15pm: Q&A Panel with the Harry Potter Film Stars Natalia Tena – Nymphadora TonksStanislav Yanevski – Viktor KrumBonnie Wright – Ginny WeasleyOliver Phelps – George WeasleyJames Phelps – Fred Weasley The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle: See the new nighttime show featuring the four Hogwarts houses before it debuts this spring.1/27 & 1/28: Starting at duskHarry Potter Chalk Art: Artists create characters and scenes from the books and movies throughout Universal Orlando.A Celebration of Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt: Find answers to clues throughout the Wizarding World. Download the scavenger hunt list.Are you planning to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018? If so, what are you most looking forward to. Let us know in the comments.
8 October 2012 Brisk bidding at a rate of R1-million per hour set the tone for a record-breaking 28th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in the Stellenbosch winelands over the weekend, with a complete sellout of all the wines on offer producing the auction’s highest turnover ever of R5 739 000 (excluding VAT). The auction is recognised as South Africa’s most prestigious wine auction that is open to the trade and general public. A full house of 52 wines, made exclusively for the auction to represent the pinnacle of what can be achieved in South African winemaking, went under the hammer. According to the Cape Winemakers Guild, this year’s sales were 8.6% up on the 2011 turnover of R5 286 700, despite 431 fewer cases of wine. The auction also attracted a record number of 54 new local buyers and private collectors, four of whom were among the top 10 buyers this year. ‘Increased variety, superb quality’ “With the increased variety and superb quality of our auction selection reflecting the great diversity of the South African wine industry, there was more scope for different types of buyers this year,” guild chairman Louis Strydom said in a statement on Monday. “We got the balance right between red and white wines on offer once again, which ensured keen interest from the floor right until the end. Unusual varietals such as Nebbiolo and Cinsault as well as stylistic differences within varietal categories such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon created a lot of interest.” The lineup of 52 wines included 38 red wines, 10 white wines, 2 Methode Cap Classiques, one dessert wine and a port. According to the guild, the auction attracted 148 buyers, including 14 foreign buyers and, for the first time, 14 online bidders. The bulk of the wines, 87%, was bought by local buyers. Belgium the biggest foreign buyer Among the foreign buyers, the biggest sales went to Belgium with R266 800, followed by Namibia on R131 400, Denmark on R105 600 and the United Kingdom with R101 600. “Alan Pick of The Butcher Shop and Grill in Sandton triumphed for the 11th consecutive year as the biggest spender at R1 017 400,” the guild said. In total, 2 517 cases were sold at an average price of R2 281 per case equivalent of 6x750ml bottles. Three Kanonkop wines were among the eight top sellers at an average price per case of over R3 000.Top sellers The top eight sellers were: Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2007 (R3 760), Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (R3 548), Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2009 (R3 485), Hartenberg Estate Auction Shiraz 2009 (R3 324), Kanonkop CWG Pinotage 2010 (R3 294), Beyerskloof Traildust Pinotage 2010 (R3 214), Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir 2009 (R3 120), and Ernie Els CWG 2010 (R3 063). Among the white wines, the top sellers were the Jordan Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011 with an average price per case of R2 353, the Chamonix Chardonnay Auction Reserve 2011, Gottfried Mocke’s maiden auction wine, at R2 044, and the Cape Point Vineyards Auction Reserve White 2011 at R2 014. The best performing Methode Cap Classique, Graham Beck Non Plus Ultra Cap Classique 2008 sold at an average price per case of R1 630. The only dessert wine on auction this year, the Teddy Hall Eva (Krotoa) Muscat de Frontignan Noble Late Harvest 2009 averaged at R1 113 per case of 6 x 375ml, whilst the only fortified wine, the Carel Nel Cape Vintage Auction Reserve 2010, achieved an average price per case of R1 353. “Over and above the main auction, a record amount of R182 100 was raised on the day in aid of the Cape Winemaker’s Guild Protege Programme, a mentorship initiative for young, upcoming winemakers,” the guild said. “Every year a very special charity item is auctioned off to raise funds,” the guild added. “This year’s item, a one-of-a-kind 18-litre 2010 Members’ Reserve comprising a blend of top wines from all 45 members of the guild, was purchased by Annelie van der Merwe of Restaurant Mosaic for a record price of R50 000.” SAinfo reporter
If you’d like to dive deeper into gamification, Gabe Zichermann’s book “Gamification by Design: Implementing Game Mechanics in Web and Mobile Apps” is a great way to start.You’ve Got To Be JokingVictor Yocco has made a solid case for using humor in web design as a tool to create memorable experiences, connect with users, and make your work stand out. But the biggest power of jokes is that they’re emotional. While we still don’t fully understand the nature of humor, one thing is clear: it makes humans happy. According to brain imaging research, funny cartoons activate the reward network in the limbic system — the same network that responds to eating, music, sex, and mood-altering drugs. In other words, a good joke gives people a kind of emotional high.Would you want that kind of reaction to your interface? Of course. But the tricky part is that not only is humor subjective, but the way we respond to it depends a lot on the context. One thing is throwing in a pun on the launch screen; a completely different is goofing around in an error message. And while all humans enjoy humor in this or that form, it’s vital to know your audience: what they find hilarious and what might seem inappropriate, crude, or poorly timed. Not that different from cracking jokes in real life.Humor in UI: Authentic Weather and SlackOne app that nails the use of humor — and not just as a complementary comic relief, but as a unique selling proposition — is Authentic Weather. Weather apps are a prime example of utilitarian products: they are something people use to get information, period. But with Authentic Weather, you get a lot more than that. No matter the weather, it’s going to crack you up with a snarky comment like “It’s ducking freezing,” “Go home winter,” and my personal favorite “It’s just okay. Look outside for more information.”What happens when you use Authentic Weather is you don’t just open it for the forecast — you want to see what it comes up with next, and a routine task like checking the weather becomes a thing to look forward to in the morning. Now, the app’s moody commentary, packed full of f-words and scorn, would probably seem less entertaining to my mom. But being the grumpy millennial that I am, I find it hilarious, which proves humor works if you know your audience. How To Design Emotional Interfaces For Boring Apps How To Design Emotional Interfaces For Boring Apps Alice Кotlyarenko 2018-04-10T13:20:05+02:00 2018-04-10T11:55:22+00:00There’s a trickling line of ones and zeros that disappears behind a large yellow tube. A bear pops out of the tube as a clawed paw starts pointing at my browser’s toolbar, and a headline appears, saying: “Start your bear-owsing!”Between my awwing and oohing I forget what I wanted to browse.Products like a VPN service rarely evoke endearment — or any other emotion, for that matter. It’s not their job, not what they were built to do. But because TunnelBear does, I choose it over any other VPN and recommend it to my friends, so they can have some laughs while caught up in routine.Humans can’t endure boredom for a long time, which is why products that are built for non-exciting, repetitive tasks so often get abandoned and gather dust on computers and phones. But boredom, according to psychologists, is merely lack of stimulation, the unfulfilled desire for satisfying activity. So what if we use the interface to give them that stimulation?I sat with product designers here at MacPaw, who spend their waking hours designing not-so-sexy things like duplicate finders and encryption apps, and they shared five secrets to more emotional UIs: gamification, humor, animation, illustration, and mascots.Nope, we can’t do any magic tricks, but we have articles, books and webinars featuring techniques we all can use to improve our work. Smashing Members get a seasoned selection of magic front-end tricks — e.g. live designing sessions and perf audits, too. Just sayin’! 😉 Explore Smashing Wizardry →Games People PlayThere’s some debate going on around the use of gamification in UIs: 24 empirical studies, for example, arrived at varying conclusions as to how effective it was. But then again, effectiveness depends on what you were trying to accomplish by designing those shiny achievement badges.For many product creators, including Akar Sumset here, the point of gamification is not letting users have fun per se — it’s gently pushing them towards certain behaviors via said fun. Achievements, ranks, leaderboards tap into the basic human need of esteem, trigger competitiveness, and supposedly urge users to do what you want them to, like make progress, keep coming back to the app, or share it on social media.Gamification can succeed or fail at that, but what it sure achieves is an emotional response. Our brain is packed full of cells that control the levels of dopamine, one of the major neurochemicals of happiness. When something enjoyable happens, these neurons light up and trigger a release of dopamine into the blood, but what’s even better, if this pleasant event is regular and can be predicted, they’ll light up and release dopamine before it even happens. What does that mean for your interface? That expecting an enjoyable thing such as the next achievement will give the users little shots of happiness throughout their experience with the product.Gamification in UI: Gemini 2 And DuolingoWhen designing Gemini 2, the new version of our duplicate finder for Mac, we had a serious problem at hand. Reviewing gigabytes of files was soul-crushingly boring, and some users complained they quit before they were done. So what we tried to achieve with the achievements system is intensify the feeling of a crossed-out item on a to-do list, which is the only upside of tedious tasks. The space theme, unwittingly set with the app’s name and exploited in the interface, was perfect for gamification. Our audience grew up on Star Wars and Star Trek, so sci-fi inspired ranks would hit home with them.Within days of the release, we started getting tweets from users asking for clues on the Easter Egg that would unlock the final achievement. A year after the release, Gemini 2 got the Red Dot Award for a design that exhibits “clarity and emotion.” So while it’s hard to measure how motivating our achievement system has been, it sure didn’t leave people cold. How To Design Emotional Interfaces For Boring AppsYou are here: One more example of how illustration can make a product more lovable is Google Calendar. Until recently there was a striking difference between the web version and the iOS app. While the former had the appeal of a spreadsheet, the latter instantly won my heart with one killer detail. For many types of events, Google Calendar slips in art that illustrates them, based on the keywords it picks up from event titles. That way, your plans for the week look a lot more exciting, even if all you’ve got going on is the gym and a dentist appointment.But that’s not even the best thing. I realized that whenever I create a new event, I secretly hope Google Calendar will have art for it and feel genuinely pleased when it does. Just like that, using a calendar stopped being a necessity and became a source of positive emotion. And, apparently, the illustration experiment didn’t work for me alone, because Google recently rolled out the web version of their calendar with the same art. Another interface that puts fun to good use is Slack’s. For an app people associate with work emergencies, Slack does a solid job creating a more humane experience, not least because of its one-liners. From loading screens to the moments when you’re finally caught up with all your chats, it cracks a joke when you don’t see it coming.With such a diverse demographic, humor is a hit and miss, so Slack plays safe with goofy puns and good-natured banter — the kind of jokes that don’t exactly send you rolling on the floor but don’t annoy or offend either. In the best case scenario, the user will chuckle and share the screenshot in one of their channels; in the worst case scenario, they’ll just roll their eyes. If you’d like to learn how to create your own mascot, there’s a nice tutorial by Sirine (aka ‘Miss ChatZ’) on Envato Tuts+.To Wrap It Up…Not all products are inherently fun the way games, or social media apps are, but even utilities don’t have to be merely utilitarian. Apps that deal with repetitive tasks often struggle with retaining users: people abandon them because they feel bored, and boredom is simply lack of stimulation. By using positive stimuli like humor, movement, unique art, elements of game, and relatable characters we can make users feel a different way — more excited, less distracted, and ultimately happier.Further Reading“Emotional Design: Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Things,” Don Norman“Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences (Voices That Matter),” Stephen P. Anderson Another product that got it right — and has by far the most gamified interface I’ve seen — is Duolingo, an online service and mobile app for learning languages. Trying to master a foreign tongue from scratch is daunting, especially if it’s just you and your laptop, without the reassurance that comes with having a teacher. Given how quickly people lose interest in their language endeavors (speaking from experience here), Duolingo would have to go out of its way to keep you hooked. And it does.Whenever you complete a quick 5-minute lesson, you earn 10 points. Take lessons 30 days in a row? Get an achievement. Complete 20 lessons without a single typo? Unlock another. For every baby step you take, your senses are rewarded with triumphant sounds and colorful graphics that trigger the release of that sweet, sweet dopamine. Eventually, you start associating Duolingo with the feeling of accomplishment and pride — the kind of feeling you want to come back to. More on Illustration: “Illustration That Works: Professional Techniques For Artistic And Commercial Success” by Greg Houston.What A CharacterCute characters that impersonate products have been used in web design and marketing for years (think Ronald McDonald and the Michelin Man). In interfaces — not quite as much. Mascots in UI can be perceived as intrusive and annoying, especially if they distract the user from an important action or obstruct the view. A notorious example of a mascot gone wrong is Microsoft’s Clippy: it evoked nothing but fear and loathing (which, of course, are emotions, but not the kind you’re looking for).At the same time, studies show that people easily personify things, even if they are merely geometric figures. Lifelike creatures are easier to relate to, understand the behavior of, and generally feel some way about. Moreover, an animated character is easier to attribute a personality to, so you can broadcast the characteristics of your product through that character — make it playful and goofy, eager and helpful, or whatever you need it to be. With that much-untapped potential, mascots are perfect for non-emotional products.The trick is timing.Clippy was so obnoxious because he appeared uninvited, interrupted completely unrelated tasks, and was generally in the way. But if the mascot shows up in a relatively idle moment — for example, the user has just completed a task — it will do its endearing job.Mascots in UI: RememBear and YelpTunnelBear Inc. has recently beta launched another utility that’s cute as a button (no pun intended). RememBear is a password manager, and passwords are supposed to be no joke. But the brilliance of bear cartoons in RememBear is that they are nowhere in sight when you do serious, important things like creating a new entry. Instead, you get a bear hug when you’re done with stage one of signing up for the app and haven’t yet proceeded to stage two — saving your first password. By placing the mascot in this spot, RememBear avoided being in the way but made me smile when I least expected it. More on Humor: “Just Kidding: Using Humor Effectively” by Louis R. Franzini.Get The World MovingNearly every interface uses a form of animation. It’s the natural way to transition from one state to another. But animations in UI can serve a lot more purposes than signifying a change of state — they can help you direct attention and communicate what’s going on better than static visuals or copy ever could. The movement stimulates both visual and kinesthetic learning, which means users are more likely to stay focused and figure out how to use the thing.These are all good reasons to incorporate animation into your design, but why does it elicit emotion, exactly? Simon Grozyan, who worked on our apps Encrypto and Gemini Photos, believes it’s because in the physical world we interpret animated things as alive:“We are used to seeing things in movement. Everything around us is either moving or changing appearance because of the light. Static equals dead.”In addition to the relatable, lifelike quality of a moving object, animation has the power of a delightful and unexpected thing that brings us a lot more pleasure than a thing equally delightful but expected. Therefore, by using it in spots less habitual than transitions you can achieve that coveted stimulation that makes your product fun to use.Animation in UI: Encrypto and ShazamEncrypto is a tiny Mac app that encrypts and decrypts your files so that you can send them to someone securely. It’s an indispensable tool for those who care about data security and privacy, but not the kind of tool you would feel attached to. Nevertheless, Encrypto is by far my favorite MacPaw app as far as design is concerned, thanks to the Matrix-style animated bar that slides over your file and transforms it into a new secured entity. Encryption comes to life; it’s no longer a dull process on your computer — it’s mesmerizing digital magic.Animation is at the heart of another great UI: that of Shazam, an app you probably have on your phone. When you use Shazam to find out what’s playing, the button you tap starts sending concentric circles outward and inward. This similarity to a throbbing audio speaker makes the interface almost tangible, physical — as if you’re blasting your favorite album on a powerful sound system.More on Animation: “How Functional Animation Helps Improve User Experience”.Art Is EverywhereAs Blair Culbreth argues, polished is no longer enough for interfaces. Sleek, professional design is expected, but it’s the personalized, humane details that users smile at and forward to their friends. Custom art can be this detail.Unlike generic imagery, illustration is emotional, because it communicates more than meaning. It carries positive associations with cartoons every person used to watch as a child, shows things in a more playful, imaginative way, and, most importantly, contains a touch of the artist’s personality.“I think when an artist creates an illustration they always infuse some of their personal experience, their context, their story into it,” says Max Kukurudziak, one of our product designers. The theory rings true — a human touch is more likely to stir feelings.Illustration in UI: Gemini Photos and Google CalendarOne of our newest products Gemini Photos is an iPhone app that helps you clear unneeded photos. Much like Gemini 2 for desktop, it involves some tedious reviewing for the user, so even with a handy and handsome UI, we’d have a hard time holding their attention and generally making them feel good.Like in many of our previous apps, we used animations and sounds to enliven the interface, but custom art has become the highlight of the experience. As said above, it’s scientifically proven that surprising pleasurable things cause an influx of that happiness chemical into our blood, so by using quirky illustrations in unexpected spots we didn’t just fill up an empty screen — we added a tad of enjoyment to an otherwise monotonous activity. (cc, ra, il)From our sponsors: How To Design Emotional Interfaces For Boring Apps Just like RememBear, Yelp — a widely known app for restaurant reviews — has perfect timing for their mascot. The funny hamster first appeared at the bottom of the iOS app’s settings so that the user would discover it like an Easter egg.“At Yelp we’re always striving to make our product and brand feel fun and delightful,” says Yoni De Beule, Yelp’s Product Design manager. “We reflect Yelp’s personality in everything from our fun poster designs and funny release notes to internal hackathon projects and Yelp Elite parties. When we found our iPhone settings page to be seriously lacking in the fun department, we decided to roll up our sleeves and fix it.”The hamster in the iOS app later got company, as the team designed a velociraptor for the Android version and a dog for the web. So whenever — and wherever — you use Yelp, you almost want to run out of recommendations, so that you can see another version of the delightful character. 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