Disney’s Riviera Resort Now Accepting Reservations

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgShare This!Guests can book rooms at Disney’s Riviera Resort (a Disney Vacation Club property located by Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort) today online on the Walt Disney World web site or with a travel agent. Availability begins December 16, 2019. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge should be open around this time as well.Disney Vacation Club members will be able to book rooms at the Riviera using points soon according to an email members received from DVC earlier this month.The Riviera has studios, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units in a tower configuration and will also be served by the Disney World Skyliner gondola. Pricing for the week of December 16, 2019, begins at around $545/night for a standard view studio.last_img


Haunted Mansion Onesie – For Adults

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgShare This!Memento Mori, the shop near the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion exit, is offering a Haunted Mansion-themed adult size onesie. This is a one-piece garment that zips up the front like a jumpsuit. It has a hood, but no feet. The onesie is priced at $69.99; we saw it in sizes from XS to XXL. Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img


Pilz, Susa lift Spencer boys basketball past Greenwood in season opener

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREENWOOD — The Spencer boys basketball team finally opened its 2014-15 season and did so in grand fashion, blowing past Greenwood 76-59 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division contest.Bobby Pilz was 7 of 9 from the field and 8 of 10 at the free throw line to score a game-high 25 points for the Rockets. Mitch Susa added 22 points, and Calvin Lenz chipped in with 12 for Spencer.The Rockets shot 50 percent overall and were 7 of 15 from 3-point range in the win. Susa had four 3-pointers, and Pilz had three from long range.Greenwood fell to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference.Spencer hosts Granton on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 76, Indians 59SPENCER (76): Noah Zastrow 1-3 2-3 4, Jack Burnett 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Meyers 0-0 1-2 1, Jack Bezlyk 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Pankratz 0-0 0-0 0, Jonny Tomke 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Mercier 0-2 5-7 5, Calvin Lenz 5-9 2-3 12, Bobby Pilz 7-9 8-10 25, Miles Weber 1-2 0-0 2, Ryan Busse 2-5 1-2 5, Mitch Susa 7-16 4-6 22, Dakota Andreae 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 23-46. FT: 23-33. 3-pointers: 7-15 (Susa 4-6, Pilz 3-4, Zastrow 0-2, Mercier 0-2, Lenz 0-1). Record: 1-0 overall and Cloverbelt East.GREENWOOD (59): Logan Johnson 5-14 1-3 15, Decker Lindner 3-7 0-0 6, Delten Schmitz 3-4 4-4 13, Booker Bredlau 5-18 1-1 12, Zachary Zimbauer 0-1 0-0 0, Walker Wuethrich 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Serocki 0-0 2-2 2, Dane Toburen 1-5 1-2 3, Sam Revier 2-3 0-0 4, Dylan North 1-2 0-0 2. FG: 20-54. FT: 9-12. 3-pointers: 8-21 (Johnson 4-7, Schmitz 3-4, Bredlau 1-6, Toburen 0-2, Revier 0-1, Lindner 0-1). Record: 1-2, 1-1 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more


Spencer has four finish in top six at Northern Badger Wrestling Classic

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIVER FALLS — Spencer had four top-six finishes and placed third out of 14 teams in the Division 3 standings at the two-day Northern Badger Wrestling Classic on Monday and Tuesday at River Falls High School.The Rockets finished with 157 points to take third in Division 3. Boyceville won D-3 team standings with 298.5 points. Clear Lake took second with 214.Sparta won the Division 1 team standings, and Spring Valley/Elmwood was first in Division 2.Tyler Voda took fourth for the Rockets’ best finish. Voda (12-9) reached the semifinals before being pinned in two straight matches to take fourth at 195 pounds.Hunter Luepke was fifth at 182 pounds, and Daniel Wilke also took fifth at 138 for Spencer.Wilke (20-3) won the fifth-place match 6-4 over Brett Vonruden of Sparta.Luepke lost a quarterfinal at 182 before rallying to win three matches in a row. Luepke defeated Walker Polhamus of Sparta with a pin in 3:46 in the fifth-place match.Zach Schneider was sixth at 170, Nathan Neumann was ninth at 145, and Dominick Wichlacz was 12th at 106 to place for the Rockets.Spencer will be off until Jan. 10 when it competes at the Merrill Invitational.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more


Should I Remove that Old Legacy Tech from My Stores?

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgAs we march closer to 2020, a few common themes have emerged among the research questions that the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) receives from its membership base. While much of our research seeks to provide insight on whether introducing a new loss prevention technology solution or policy to your retail environment will curb shrink and protect sales, members are starting to adopt the same analytical approach for what’s already in their stores.Does the technology that’s already in your stores work? The intuition of many loss prevention professionals on this question is shifting toward skepticism. There are a few reasons behind this, some of which are logical, and some may require a second look.It’s Not Preventing Theft EventsLoss prevention technology solutions are deployed in my stores, and I still have a significant shrink problem. This can lead to the sense that the technology isn’t deterring anyone. While it’s true that the technology failed to deter 100 percent of the theft events that occurred in its presence (occurred events), that’s only one-third of the equation.- Sponsor – It’s difficult to gauge how many potential events could have occurred (total possible events), and how many were prevented (prevented events) by the technology. In order to do so, we would need to run a randomized controlled trial where we systematically remove the technology from test stores while keeping the technology deployed in control stores.Verdict: Needs to Be TestedIts Effect Has Waned with TimeResearch at the LPRC shows that loss prevention technology follows a similar effect curve to the administration of medication. The intervention is administered, followed by:• An onset of action, • A peak action, • A continued effect throughout the duration of action, and • A return to near or at baseline.In many cases, there is a full return to baseline: the effects ware off completely over time and the technology becomes ineffective. In other cases, the effect tails off and settles above the original baseline. A percentage of the effectiveness survives the decline of action (the “new” factor) and the technology remains effective over time.Verdict: Often true that the effect declines, but also true that a residual effect often remainsI Need to Signal to My Coworkers and Boss that I’m an InnovatorYou’ve just been put in charge of a district, or a region, or an entire loss prevention division. The guy before you installed that legacy loss prevention technology. You need to set the tone that you will be more effective than he was—that you’re innovative and willing to get with the new to get results.We’ve all been there. There is a good chance that some of your predecessor’s initiatives aren’t effective, but there is also a very good chance that many of them are. Setting the precedent that you are a champion of results and ideas that work, no matter who is responsible for them, may be a more impactful message than that of change for the sake of change.Verdict: Consider championing results and a higher standard of proof instead of change. Test which existing tech/policies work and which ones need to go.Several current LPRC studies involve exactly what’s outlined here: randomized controlled trials (RCTs) testing the systematic removal of a technology and assessing that removals effect. To hear more about the LPRC’s 2017 Research Agenda or for assistance setting up your own test, please contact mike (at) lpresearch (dot) org. This post was originally published in 2017 and was updated September 14, 2017.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more


Report: Nearly 15% of Videos on Facebook Are Likejacking Attempts [Updated]

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgdan rowinski The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A new report from Symantec suggests that nearly 15% of all the videos posted on Facebook are attempts at “likejacking,” a derivation of clickjacking where malicious programs take over a user’s Facebook profile. ZDNet reports that Symantec conducted its research through its Norton Safe Web application that scans users news feed in Facebook. Likejacking is perhaps one of the most annoying and painful ways to be hacked on Facebook. It allows the hacker to take control of the profile, spread viral messages and perhaps download viruses and Trojans to a user’s computer. Symantec is among many companies that have come out with a Facebook security app. Facebook partner Web Of Trust has an add-on where users can tag malicious links and security company Bitdefender has a similar product to Norton called Safego that scans user news feeds. Likejacking is nothing new on Facebook. It started to rise shortly after the release of the “Like” button. Often times it is associated with a link to an outrageous story or a video that is probably too good to be true. We noted in June 2010 that some status messages look like, “LOL This girl gets OWNED after a POLICE OFFICER reads her STATUS MESSAGE.” Not much has changed since then, as likejacking has taken on the characteristics of any other type of spam and phishing attempts. Video likejacking is often done by an iFrame overlay that brings a user to a site they were not expecting, hence taking control of Facebook login credentials and potentially performing “drive-by” downloads of malicious programs.According to Bitdefender’s research from several months ago, 23% of Facebook users know a friend who has been infected with spam on the platform. While we have no reason to doubt Symantec’s report, we have contacted Bitdefender to see if they have any additional information of likejacking stats. Bitdefender is one of the only other security companies that has an app that actively scans Facebook users’ news feeds for spam and phishing links. We will update this post when/if we hear back from the company.Bitdefender Weighs In On Likejacking[Update – Sept. 6 – 8:15 PDT]Catalin Cosoi, the head of the online threats lab at Bitdefender, got back to us on what they see with lifejacking trends on Facebook. From his email:It is quite difficult to estimate a precise percent of threats that spread through likejacking, since Facebook Graph Api doesn’t count external likes. However, if we count only inside-the-service-likes, 15% looks like a pretty accurate estimate. If we were to include also external likes, based on our experience, we can estimate that up to 40% of the total amount of scams are spread through likejacking.Also, we can estimate their efficiency based on the statistics offered by shortening services that have public stats.For instance, a case study we did in March on a specific “See who viewed your profle” scam showed that the scam spread through approximately 287 unique URLs per wave. These unique URLs led to 14 unique Facebook applications on average.Based on the data provided the the different shortening services they used, these URLs gathered 1,411,743 clicks and the distribution spike per URL was 34 hours. Also, not all shortening services offer these statistics, so the efficiency is definitely higher. Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#security#web center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more


Artificial intelligence goes bilingual—without a dictionary

Posted On Dec 1 2019 by

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HTC J Butterfly with QHD display, Snapdragon 810 goes official

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgTaiwanese company seems to have come out with another hybrid device, the J Butterfly that blurs the gap between its flagship handsets even more. The HTC J Butterfly (HTV31) joins the ranks of the One M9 and the M9+, and seems to be some kind of cross between both the flagship devices, at least on paper.For now, the J Butterfly is exclusive to Japan with no word out on when it would be heading out to other markets.The HTC J Butterfly comes with a 5.2-inch Super LCD3 QHD display with a pixel density of 565ppi. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC coupled with 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of internal memory which is expandable via micros-SD card.The device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box, with the company’s own Sense 7 UI on top.It sports a 20MP rear Duo camera setup and a 13MP front-facing camera. Connectivity options include LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and NFC.It is backed by a 2,700mAh and supports quick charging. The device is also dust- and water-resistant.The HTC J Butterfly boasts of a polycarbonate body in comparison to the metal uni-body design of the company’s 2015 flagships.last_img read more


Panasonic launches mini version of Eluga S

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgPanasonic India today launched its Mini version of ELUGA Swith a 4.7 Inch HD display and an Octa-Core processor. The company has modifiedthe new smartphone’s design by introducing an arc-shaped back cover withinnovative Frost-effect.The Octa Core ELUGA S Mini sports a 4.7 inch HD IPS display& features the eye-definition BLINK PLAY that lets the user click selfiesor groupies with a 5MP Front Snapper. When ready to shoot, simply blink youreyes & the phone will recognize the eye gesture to initiate the automaticthree-second countdown. ELUGA S Mini is powered by an Octa Core processorclocked at 1.4GHz, which is assisted by 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory,expandable up to 32GB. The new smartphone houses an 8MP FHD capable autofocuscamera along with a 1980 mAh battery.Expressing his pleasure on the launch, Mr. Manish Sharma,Managing Director, Panasonic India said “With the launch of the newsmartphone, we are here to offer a new dimension to the Eluga S category;wherein the model has been targeted at the younger generation – thealways-on-the-go college youth. Keeping in mind the affordability aspect, thisdevice is perfect for consumers looking for innovation, design, superior buildquality and advanced features.”Sharing his thoughts on ELUGA S Mini, Mr. Pankaj Rana,Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic India said “Indian customersdesire multiple options for whatever they start liking, we worked on theconsumer demand and came up with a Mini version of ELUGA S, however upgradedwith an innovative Frost-effect design”.advertisementlast_img read more


10 months agoLeicester loanee Barnes staying put despite Diabate exit

Posted On Oct 28 2019 by

first_imgLeicester loanee Barnes staying put despite Diabate exitby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City attacker Fousseni Diabate is heading out on loan.The 23-year-old is set to play for Sivasspor in the Turkish Super Lig for the rest of the season.He has only managed three first team games this season.And given the striker’s departure, it means that academy graduate Harvey Barnes may be recalled from West Brom.Leicester are a little short in attacking positions for the remainder of the campaign.But a decision still has not been made, with Leicestershire Live suggesting that it is still more likely that he will stay at Albion until the end of the season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img