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Hong Kong Disneyland attendance poor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHong Kong Disneyland is a joint venture between Disney and the Hong Kong government, which holds a 57 percent stake and shouldered most of the construction cost. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HONG KONG – Attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland has fallen below expectations, but the park’s finances are solid, The Walt Disney Co. says. The park has been hit by a slew of bad publicity and reports of poor attendance since its opening in September. Park officials recently offered free entry to more than 40,000 taxi drivers to promote it. In a statement late Wednesday, Hong Kong Disneyland said the park was in good financial shape. “Hong Kong Disneyland is on a very firm financial footing. We are in our first year of business and are showing a positive cash flow and great liquidity,” it said. last_img read more

Big guns commit to Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

first_img11 July 2014Though October is still a way off, the list of podium contenders for the 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek is already an impressive one, with national, continental and world champions committing to the international mountain bike stage race.World championRecently crowned the elite women’s marathon world champion for a third time, Anika Langvad of Denmark has confirmed she will once again team up with Swiss ace, Ariane Kleinhans (Team RECM), in an effort to defend the women’s title that they secured in 2013.Also confirmed to contest the women’s title is former European and world champion and Olympic Games bronze-medallist Esther Suss of Switzerland, who will team up with South African marathon specialist, Theresa Ralph, twice a podium finisher in the Absa Cape Epic.Multiple Swedish national marathon champion, Jennie Stenerhag (Cape Brewing Co.), will join forces with multiple South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot (Biogen Toyota), in another formidable pairing, adding further depth to the growing women’s field.UCI rankings pointsMost of South Africa’s top men’s marathon racing teams have confirmed that they’ll be on the start line of the seven-day race which, for the first time, will offer International Cycling Union (UCI) rankings points, making it only the second mountain bike stage race in South Africa and one of a handful in the world to hold that status.The RECM team that won the overall title in 2013 has confirmed it will return, probably with the combination of Erik Kleinhans and Nico Bell, while the FedGroup team of Kevin Evans and Max Knox are expected to resume their recently-formed stage-race partnership at the Cape Pioneer Trek.The German-based Team Bulls has confirmed it will also have a team on the start line, most likely the pairing of Tim Bohme and Simon Stiebjahn, while the current South African marathon champion, James Reid (Trek Factory Racing) will pair up with Rourke Croeser (Kargo Racing). They finished first and second at the recent national marathon championships.Also confirmed is Matthys Beukes, an Oudtshoorn local who, along with Gert Heyns, won the final stage and the African jersey at the 2014 Cape Epic. It has not yet been finalised who Beukes’ partner will be yet for Scott Factory Racing’s Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek team, but it’s sure to be a combination that will challenge for the overall title.RouteThe route for the 2014 edition was announced last month and will see the 500 participants covering a distance of 574km, with a total vertical ascent of 11 958 metres over the seven days.Once again the Swartberg Pass will offer a decisive challenge for the competitors on stage two. Besides an iconic mountain-top finish, the 86km leg has a formidable total vertical ascent of 2 781 metres.It is the richest stage in mountain bike stage racing with a total of R250 000 (about US$25 000) in cash, split equally between the first men’s team and the first women’s team to crest the summit.‘Honouring women’“Honouring women with the same prize money as that of the men will be one of our highlights in October, said Neels Grobler, the Chief Growth Officer at Bridge, said in a statement on Wednesday. “We realised that the women put in as much effort in their ride as the men and the next logical step was to reward women equally.“We believe that the UCI status, as well as the highest stage prize in mountain bike racing, will definitely elevate the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek. Bridge is thrilled to be associated with such an esteemed event in South Africa.”“The UCI status has raised the level of prestige even higher for the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek and we’re expecting quite a few more big name riders to enter the 2014 event over the next couple of months,” said Carel Herholdt of Dryland Event Management, the company that founded and manages the event.“But we want to state that while there is increased focus on the front of the race, we remain committed to making every single rider feel special, whether they’re chasing a podium place or trying to just beat the daily time limit. It’s a characteristic of our events that will never change.”A limited number of 2014 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek entries remain available.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Plenty to do at the ‘16 Review

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Farm Science Review is gearing up for another year of agricultural action during its annual three-day exposition being held Sept. 20 through 22.“Each year, farmers come here to see the latest and greatest in technologies and this year, we’re going to have more of the same,” said Matt Sullivan, superintendent of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center.FSR is known for its acres of side-by-side field demonstrations and Sullivan noted some exciting pieces of technology being unveiled with regard to corn harvest.“When the guys hop on the shuttle to go over to the field demonstrations, they’re going to see some really new harvest technology. They’re going to be able to see combines harvesting at an angle. You may say, ‘why in the world would they want to do that.’ You know if you’re looking at 30-inch rows, 20-inch rows, twin rows of corn, you may not have to buy a second head for that. You can just use one,” he said. “So we’re going to have two different combines this year being able to look at that type of technology.”Combine head manufacturers Geringhoff and Capello are bringing their innovative products for visitors to see in the corn harvest specifically suited for cross-row reaping. Sullivan said that the headers bring some unique capabilities to the farmer’s toolbox.“You know as a farmer myself, I get pretty jazzed up by having options in my toolbox. We have different types of wrenches, different types of GPS, and it gives us an opportunity to some different things,” he said. “Maybe we’ve got some point rows we need to go at a certain angle or something we need to do to make sure that we capture all those ears. That’s the way to look at it is it’s another option for harvest technology where it provides an opportunity to make a difference in what we’re doing.”The Farm Science Review wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Gwynne Conservation Area, just down the road from the field demos. The widespread destruction from the Emerald Ash Borer has brought quite the need for proper tree felling education.“As you’re leaving field demos, you’re going to catch the same shuttle back and you’re going to go right by the Gwynne Conservation area. The Emerald Ash Borer has been pretty mean to us over the past few years and we’ve got a lot of dead trees in our woods and in our yards,” he said. “We’re having a chainsaw safety and maintenance demo — how to fell a tree properly. That’s going to be one of the biggest highlights at the Gwynne this year so that’s going to be going on all three days,” Sullivan said. “And also, there’s a lot of educational opportunities. What kind of trees do you have on your lot? What are you doing with your conservation areas, the areas that maybe you have in CRP? There’s going to be a lot of programming on that as well.”Back at the main exhibition area, visitors will be experiencing the result of increases in exhibitor numbers and permanent structures.“This year, we’re going to have the most vendors we’ve ever had at the Farm Science Review, and that’s one of the coolest things. We’re going to have over 20 new vendors and we’re going to be up to about 637 vendors this year. Thanks to Morton Buildings, they donated their building that’s been here for 18 years where we’re going to put 40 booths. Lots of small industry booths, 10-foot by 10-foot booths, 20-foot by 10-foot booths — we’re going to have those there. You don’t want to miss that at Kottman and Land Avenue,” he said. “And then we’re also having three new buildings on site — Morton of course, since they donated their old one to us. Asgrow Dekalb, so if there’s anybody out there using that type of seed, you’ll want to stop by and see their building. And we have a food vendor, this is going to be our third food vendor that has a building and that’s Teen Challenge, they have really good food, you’re going to want to make sure you stop and see them.”With changes across the board this year, Sullivan said the Review is cementing its place in the top end of the country’s farm shows.“We consider ourselves on of the top five farm shows in the nation. And when you look at our facilities and what we can offer — the 2,100 acres of the Molly Caren Ag Center — I would challenge anybody in the farm show industry, maybe North America, maybe even the world — and I’m being serious about this — as being the best. And we all have unique aspects to our shows but when you look at field demos and conservation areas and the quality and the maturity of our exhibit area, we’re second to none,” Sullivan said. “Take that few minutes, stop the combine if you’re going to be running, and just come see us for at least an afternoon,” Sullivan said. “You won’t regret it.”The Review runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 22.Admission to the Review is $7 in advance, $10 at the gate, and free for children 5 and younger. Attendees can also browse among more than 600 exhibitors displaying more than 4,000 product lines.Free wagon shuttles from the west end of the Review’s main grounds take visitors to presentations at the nearby Gwynne Conservation Area and field demonstrations of harvesting and other equipment.Organizers expect total attendance to top 110,000. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Details are at fsr.osu.edu.last_img read more

Fifth body, a civilian, found near Shopian shootout site

first_imgFifth body of a civilian was found near the shootout site in Shopian on Monday morning, as the authorities imposed curfew-like restrictions in Shopian, Pulwama and Srinagar as a precautionary measure. “Another body has been found at a distance from the Sunday evening incident at Pahnoo Shopian,” said a Srinagar-based police spokesman.The police identified the deceased as Gowhar Ahmed Lone of Chitragam in Shopian. Lone, who was pursuing M.P.Ed at Nagpur University in Maharashtra, had four bullets on his body. The police said it has “initiated an investigation” into the incident.A total of five people, including a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant and four civilians, has been killed amid conflicting versions. The Army said a patrol came under fire around 8 p.m. and in the “retaliatory fire one militant and four of his accomplices in a car were killed.”The Army described the deceased as “over ground workers” of militants. However, the locals and the victim families claimed none of the “civilians” had any association with militants and were killed in “a cold blooded murder”.Shopian has remained tense this year as five civilians were killed in two separate firing incidents on January 10 and January 27. In both the incidents, locals accused the security forces of “indiscriminate fire”. The Army faces an FIR in the January 27 incident.Meanwhile, authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar, Pulwama and Shopian. Internet services have been barred in parts of south Kashmir as sporadic protests broke out there.All train services have been suspended. Kashmir University has cancelled all examinations. The exams of prestigious Kashmir Administrative Services were also postponed. Separatists have called for a shutdown against the incident.last_img read more