Deal in sight for PNG landowners protesting Exxon-led gas project

first_imgThe ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project’s Angore operations have been shut down since June due to conflict with traditional landholders in the Papua New Guinea highlands.Around 97 percent of land in Papua New Guinea is held communally by clans, so development projects require a complex social mapping process. Critics of PNG LNG claim this was not carried out correctly.Following the occupation of a wellhead site in July, and a threat to shut down the project permanently, landowners now say they are close to reaching an agreement with the government regarding royalties and equity. Traditional landholders in the Papua New Guinea highlands say they finally see signs of progress in a cycle of contentious negotiations over land rights and royalties at a massive ExxonMobil-led natural gas development.The PNG LNG project’s operations in Angore, Hela Province, have been suspended since June, when workers were evacuated after protesters set fire to construction equipment.After months of stalled negotiations, representatives of the area’s landowners say they are now satisfied with the conflict-resolution process, and finally optimistic that an agreement will be reached in the coming weeks.The $19 billion PNG LNG project is the largest resource-extraction venture ever to be developed in Papua New Guinea. ExxonMobil is the lead operator of the project, in partnership with Australia-based Oil Search and the PNG government-owned Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited.Three of the project’s wellheads are in Angore and have been the subject of conflict since 2008, when the government awarded development licenses to ExxonMobil PNG. Objections from landowners escalated in 2013 when construction started in Angore.The situation boiled over earlier this summer. On June 21, heavily armed landowners, frustrated by a lack of response from the government, blockaded the Angore project site and damaged equipment.Construction equipment in flames in Angore. Image courtesy of the Angore Tiddl Appa Landowners Association Inc. (ATALA).In Papua New Guinea, around 97 percent of land is customarily owned by clans. Before leasing land to developers, the government is required to go through a process of Social Mapping and Landowner Identification (SMLI). Companies who are granted development permits are required to pay royalties into a trust fund, administered by the PNG government and distributed to landowners in accordance with the findings of the SMLI process.As previously reported by Mongabay, the Angore landowners’ group, Angore Tiddl Appa Landowners Association Inc. (ATALA), said the government did not conduct and complete an accurate SMLI before it approved development licenses for land in Angore.ATALA said it refused to sign any contracts giving permission for the PNG LNG project to be developed on customary land. Instead, the organization alleged that 47 people signed fraudulently on its behalf.With those signatures in hand, ExxonMobil PNG brought bulldozers to Angore in 2013 to begin construction. The company said the government owned the land and had granted licenses for construction.The news came as a surprise to the ATALA landowners, according to David Hayabe, a founding member of the group. The state and developers “forgot about landowners,” he said.As compensation for the land it says belongs to its members, ATALA has demanded an “infrastructure development grant” of 32 million kina ($9.7 million), equity shareholder certificates for traditional landowners, 2 percent royalties every month, and for the government to complete SMLI clan vetting.On June 26, following the blockade at Angore and the suspension of operations there, ATALA representatives met with government officials in Port Moresby, the capital. The government offered ATALA 20 million kina ($6.1 million) and told the group to put an end to the protests and unrest in Angore.The meeting was an attempt by the government to stall for time, says Gary Juffa, governor of Oro province and a prominent opposition leader.Unsatisfied with the official response, ATALA reiterated its original demands and insisted that the energy ministry and the state-owned energy company send representatives to the highlands. “They must come to Angore to talk with us and to meet with us,” Hayabe said.ATALA told the government that if it did not act and resolve the dispute by July 18, the PNG LNG project would be closed permanently, ATALA manager Benson Pajilah told Mongabay.“If the government don’t listen to ATALA, we have capacity to shut down Hides Gas Conditioning Plant and Komo Airport. That will shut down all of PNG LNG’s operations,” Pajilah said.“We will shut [PNG LNG] down forever, we will burn everything,” Hayabe added. “We will blow [up] the gas conditioning plant at Hides.”Hayabe, in light blue, holds the letter of recognition sent by the government. Image courtesy of ATALA.According to ATALA, the government then upped its response, sending ATALA a letter recognizing the organization and stating its intention to negotiate and “release money from the trust fund held by the [government-owned] Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC),” Hayabe said. He added that ATALA was happy with the arrangement.Shortly after the letter was issued, and before the 18 July deadline, government representatives met multiple times with ATALA in Angore for negotiations and to complete the SMLI process. Hayabe said it felt like ATALA was finally being listened to and taken seriously.Hayabe said a draft memorandum of understanding between ATALA and the government was now being reviewed and could be signed as soon as Sept. 7. He said he expected senior ministers to be present at the signing, including the deputy prime minister.Hayabe said the landowners were satisfied with the conflict resolution process, and that it was a relief to be nearing an agreement after years of struggle.ExxonMobil and the other companies involved in the project are not part of any agreements on how revenue streams are shared with landowners or branches of government, an ExxonMobil spokesperson said, adding that the company was not participating in any MoUs “in relation to landowner benefits.”Oil Search, PNG LNG’s second-largest stakeholder, stated in its 2018 half-year results, released on Aug. 21, that Papua New Guinea’s government “is making good progress on resolving outstanding [PNG LNG] issues.”The statement said $200 million in unpaid landowner royalties were “being held in trust” until the SMLI process for PNG LNG was complete. Oil Search said it was “continuing to support the government where it can, to ensure a speedy release of these funds to the rightful beneficiaries.”Children hold signs supporting traditional landowner group ATALA. Image courtesy of ATALA.The situation on the groundHayabe confirmed that roads in Angore that had been blockaded were now cleared. “We are so happy with the government that they responded,” he said. But he cautioned that ATALA was still “controlling everything on the ground.”While ATALA awaits the arrival of royalty payments and the completion of the SMLI process, the organization wants to “make it clear to the state, developers and all concerned parties that Angore PNG LNG construction will be put on hold,” Hayabe said.If a swift resolution is not reached, he warned of a repeat of the earlier “destruction.” “It will be a big problem, there will be no cars moving around, no construction,” he said.For the use of its land to develop PNG LNG, the government owes ATALA millions, and will have to pay to ensure a peaceful end to the conflict, Juffa said.For now, construction in Angore remains incomplete until ExxonMobil PNG is confident that work can resume safely, its spokesperson said. The company’s staff continue to be reassigned from working in Angore, and the company is closely monitoring the situation, the spokesperson said.ATALA demanded that representatives of the government and the state-owned oil company travel to the highlands for meetings. Image courtesy of ATALA.Finding the Money Oil Search reported a 39 percent year-on-year decrease in its January-June 2018 profits. It attributed the decline to a drop in shipments from PNG LNG due to the February Highlands earthquake.The magnitude of the financial impact of the Angore unrest has still not been publicized. Despite the protests and blockades, Oil Search has signed two new deals. On July 20, the company finalized its first sale in five years, for 1.3 million tonnes a year to be supplied from PNG LNG to PetroChina. Then, on Aug. 17, Oil Search signed another supply agreement, with BP.Oil Search also said that ExxonMobil PNG was in the midst of numerous negotiations for new LNG supply agreements, to be completed in the near term.Those deals won’t necessarily translate to easily available cash for landowner payments. On Aug. 11, the Wall Street Journal reported Papua New Guinea’s treasurer, Charles Abel, saying that despite the state’s heavy investments in PNG LNG, “we have not had the corresponding revenue growth.”It also reported that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said in response to questioning in Parliament that “royalty payments for landowners of the PNG LNG project will only be released after proper landowner identification is completed through the clan-vetting process.”This story was updated Sept. 3 to clarify that only operations at the PNG LNG site in Angore have been suspended.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Isabel Esterman Activism, Energy, Environment, Governance, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Infrastructure, Land Grabbing, Natural Gas, Resource Conflict center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – August 2016

first_imgShare This![Disney World Crowd Calendar Reports are back after a lengthy hiatus to fix an issue with some of our crowd calendar calculations. Here is a report for the month of August with a report for September coming soon.]How Crowded Was Disney World August 7 – 13, 2016?Crowds at Walt Disney World in early August lagged behind what we saw during the same period last year, especially in the second half of the week. Animal Kingdom was the most unpredictable park of the week with low wait times dragging the resort wide crowd level down a few points most days. Crowd levels at the other three parks were close to predicted levels almost every day.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day between August 7 and August 13, 2016: 4 6 Magic Kingdom9 3 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Hollywood Studios hit a crowd level ‘8’ as predicted on Sunday thanks to average wait times like 64 minutes at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (predicted 69) and 31 minutes at The Great Movie Ride (predicted 27). Crowds at Magic Kingdom and Epcot were within one of the predicted crowd level. Animal Kingdom saw lower than expected wait times. Epcot5 Epcot5 Hollywood Studios8 Animal Kingdom5 Animal Kingdom7 Animal Kingdom7 Epcot2 5 6 Hollywood Studios1 2 Magic Kingdom8 1 Hollywood Studios8 One day later we saw a completely different picture, with Magic Kingdom surging from a ‘1’ on Friday to a ’10’ on Saturday. In fact, all four parks saw a large increase in wait times from a day before. 6 Animal Kingdom7 8 Crowds dipped a bit on Friday with Epcot and Hollywood Studios coming in three points lower than predicted. This seems to be the point in the month when we started to see crowds diminish at Walt Disney World relative to historical patterns. Magic Kingdom9 5 10 Magic Kingdom5 More rock bottom crowd levels on Friday thanks to average wait times like 12 minutes at Jungle Cruise, 11 minutes at Mission Space, 18 at Star Tours and 8 minutes at Expedition Everest! That means Everest was basically a walk-on all day. Hollywood Studios8 6 5 Epcot6 Hollywood Studios4 Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 2 Sunday’s wait times matched predicted levels at Magic Kingdom and Epcot while Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom came in two levels lower than expected. Guests at those two parks saw average wait times like 34 minutes at Kali River Rapids and 47 minutes at Toy Story Midway Mania. So much for the back-to-school lull! Magic Kingdom saw a major bounce-back day on Saturday reaching the top level on our scale. Surprisingly, it was only Magic Kingdom that saw the big spike. Hollywood Studios was as crowded as predicted and Animal Kingdom was slightly less crowded than predicted. 4 6 1 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, August 31, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS All four parks saw crowds below what the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted on Thursday. The biggest differences were at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Toy Story Midway Mania averaged only 43 minutes while Kilimanjaro Safaris averaged 19. Monday’s predictions missed only at Epcot and Animal Kingdom with wait times pulling the park crowd level down two points from what the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted. Magic Kingdom saw average wait times like 39 minutes at Buzz Lightyear (predicted 37), 44 minutes at Jungle Cruise (45), 70 at Peter Pan’s Flight (75) and 79 at Space Mountain (predicted 75). 7 Monday’s crowd levels were one level higher than the day before at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios while the other two parks saw significant drops in wait times. It is rare to see crowd levels so different at the four parks although the Disney World Crowd Calendar did correctly predict that Epcot and Animal Kingdom would be the least crowded parks. 8 6 Predictions did well on Saturday with the slight exception of Hollywood Studios which saw average wait times like 48 minutes at Toy Story Midway Mania. Test Track Averaged 71 minutes (predicted 70). WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Animal Kingdom7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, August 30, 2016 8 6 Magic Kingdom8 Magic Kingdom8 Animal Kingdom4 Epcot2 Tuesday’s crowd was a level ‘4’ at Magic Kingdom as predicted with average wait times like 33 minutes at Splash Mountain and 13 minutes at Pirates of the Caribbean. Meanwhile, wait times at Epcot and Animal Kingdom were nearly walk-ons all day. Magic Kingdom8 Epcot7 2 3 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, August 13, 2016 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, August 18, 2016 Magic Kingdom9 6 Epcot7 Animal Kingdom6 Hollywood Studios8 5 1 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, August 22, 2016 Magic Kingdom9 6 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, August 14, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 3 Magic Kingdom4 7 Tuesday saw equivalent crowds as the day before at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios but Epcot and Animal Kingdom were much more crowded. Soarin’ averaged 72 minutes (predicted 62), Test Track averaged 78 (72) while Expedition Everest averaged 38 minutes (predicted 35) and Primeval Whirl averaged 19 (16). Animal Kingdom2 Hollywood Studios8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, September 1, 2016 5 Animal Kingdom6 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Hollywood Studios3 Hollywood Studios9 8 Hollywood Studios3 The second week of August also saw wait times lower than expected across the resort with no day hitting a crowd level as high as predicted by the Disney World Crowd Calendar. Once again it was Animal Kingdom that saw wild swings in wait times depending on the day that tended to pull the resort wide crowd level lower than expected.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day between August 14 and August 20, 2016: Hollywood Studios8 6 7 3 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 5 Magic Kingdom9 2 Tuesday’s crowd at Magic Kingdom was near the top of our scale again on Tuesday, continuing a strong trend of peak summer crowds at that park. Meanwhile, Animal Kingdom continues to suffer from extended hours without additional attractions. Wait times there are very low compared to what we have seen in years past. 2 We saw a crowd level ‘1’ for the first time in a while on Friday, even though it was at Animal Kingdom. Perhaps this is a sign that summer crowds are making way for the back-to-school lull that we typically see in late August – or perhaps the rain kept crowds at bay. Magic Kingdom9 Hollywood Studios1 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, August 26, 2016 9 4 1 6 9 Magic Kingdom7 How Crowded Was Disney World August 21 – 27, 2016?In 2015, with the early Labor Day many schools were back in session by August 23 whereas this year crowds looked more like summer crowds during the same week since labor day fell later. We did see a strange spike in attendance on Saturday however with Magic Kingdom hitting a crowd level ’10’ for the first time since July 4th.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day between August 21 and August 27, 2016: 6 Epcot1 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, August 20, 2016 Friday’s crowds were as expected at Magic Kingdom thanks to average waits like 44 minutes at Jungle Cruise (predicted 41) and 62 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight while Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom pulled the resort wide crowd level lower once again. Hollywood Studios7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 3 Magic Kingdom9 7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, August 23, 2016 5 6 Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown Hollywood Studios7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Monday’s predictions did well, missing by more than one index level only at Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom was very crowded with average wait times like 72 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight and 100 minutes at Space Mountain. Epcot7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 9 Epcot8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Hollywood Studios8 1 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Hollywood Studios4 4 5 Animal Kingdom7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, August 25, 2016 Animal Kingdom2 Epcot7 Animal Kingdom6 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, August 15, 2016 6 Epcot8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 7 Animal Kingdom8 8 Animal Kingdom6 Epcot2 Animal Kingdom2 Hollywood Studios7 Animal Kingdom6 Epcot6 6 5 7 Animal Kingdom6 1 7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Magic Kingdom8 8 8 Predictions for Magic Kingdom and Epcot hit the mark on Thursday while Animal Kingdom ended up one level below expectations but one level higher than the day before. Hollywood Studios saw three of its headliners average wait times 20 minutes lower than usual. Animal Kingdom3 8 Epcot2 3 3 Magic Kingdom1 9 Magic Kingdom surged back up to a level ‘7’ on Monday which was surprising considering that last year on the equivalent day that park hit a crowd level ‘3’. The other three parks were near empty though, with wait times in the lowest third of what we see over the year. 8 Tuesday’s crowd at Magic Kingdom continued a month long trend of hitting crowds levels at ‘7’ or above for that park. Peter Pan’s Flight averaged 66 minutes (predicted 64). The other three parks were no slouch either, with crowd levels above the middle point of our scale. 8 Magic Kingdom4 Animal Kingdom5 6 Magic Kingdom9 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Magic Kingdom5 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Magic Kingdom7 Hollywood Studios8 6 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Hollywood Studios8 Animal Kingdom dropped incredibly from the crowd level ‘7’ on Tuesday to a level ‘2’ on Wednesday, way lower than history would suggest. That means wait times averaged 12 minutes at Kilimanjaro Safaris, 13 at Primeval Whirl and 47 at Kali River Rapids. How Crowded Was Disney World August 28 to September 3, 2016?We can see that by the time August 28 arrived, crowds at Disney World had entered the slow fall season as many school boards began a new year. Although, for the second week in a row, Saturday’s crowds surged well above what we saw other days of the week. It will be interesting to see if September crowds mirror what we have seen historically or will we see the large crowds we saw last year.But first, let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day between August 28 and September 3, 2016: 2 Hollywood Studios8 6 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 7 7 Animal Kingdom2 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, September 2, 2016 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, August 12, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Epcot7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Magic Kingdom3 Thursday saw the most evenly distributed crowds of the week with all four parks at a level ‘6’ or ‘7’. Both Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios saw crowd levels two points lower than the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted while the other two parks also saw wait times lower than expected. All four parks were at a level ‘5’ or higher on Saturday, the first time that happened since Tuesday. Magic Kingdom and Epcot led the way again with the highest average wait times. Animal Kingdom continued to be unpredictable with wait times surging back to a level ‘6’, as predicted. WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, September 3, 2016 3 4 8 6 Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown Magic Kingdom7 Animal Kingdom7 Magic Kingdom9 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Sunday’s crowds were most significant at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios although the difference between the four parks was minimal. We saw average wait times like 39 minutes at Jungle Cruise and 57 at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. All four parks were within one of predicted levels. Hollywood Studios8 3 Animal Kingdom5 4 Epcot6 3 Epcot7 Hollywood Studios9 7 1 8 Epcot1 For the first time in a long time, Sunday saw no park hit a crowd level higher than a ‘5’ on our scale – a sure sign that Fall crowds have arrived. All four parks stayed within one index level of what the Disney World Crowd Calendar predicted. Epcot2 3 6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, August 11, 2016 Animal Kingdom2 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Epcot7 2 Thursday’s crowd levels represent the least crowded day we have seen at Walt Disney World in a very long time, it doesn’t get better than this for crowd averse guests. The highest average wait time was 48 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight. Epcot4 4 7 4 Epcot5 3 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 1 5 6 7 7 Animal Kingdom2 Epcot2 Hollywood Studios9 Hollywood Studios3 Animal Kingdom6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, August 27, 2016 8 Epcot4 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, August 29, 2016 5 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Another crowd level ‘9’ at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, and another crowd level ‘3’ at Animal Kingdom. Space Mountain averaged 72 minutes while Kilimanjaro Safaris averaged 17. Meanwhile crowds were moderately crowded at the other two parks. 8 Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, August 28, 2016 (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, August 7, 2016 Magic Kingdom6 Hollywood Studios9 5 Magic Kingdom3 Magic Kingdom2 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Animal Kingdom7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, August 19, 2016 Hollywood Studios8 1 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, August 8, 2016 1 How Crowded Was Disney World August 14 – 20, 2016 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 1 9 10 Animal Kingdom dipped back down to a level ‘2’ on Wednesday, another significant jump after a busy day. Kali River Rapids was the busiest attraction at Animal Kingdom thanks to an average wait of 37 minutes. (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, August 21, 2016 Animal Kingdom5 Animal Kingdom2 Magic Kingdom7 Epcot6 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Epcot5 Epcot5 Hollywood Studios4 More low wait times for Epcot and Animal Kingdom on Wednesday and low to moderate waits at the other two parks. Certainly, light Fall crowds have arrived. Hollywood Studios8 5 Magic Kingdom8 1 5last_img read more

This Week in Walt Disney World Weather — August 11, 2019

first_imgShare This!August in Walt Disney World: one way or another, you’re getting soaked!This past week in Central Florida has been one of extremes. Extreme heat: we had a Heat Advisory issued on Saturday. Extreme rain: multiple rounds of thunderstorms struck the parks on a few days this week, putting to bed our usual one-and-done storm style. Extreme quiet in the tropics: with no named storms since July 14, we tiptoe closer to a record-quiet four weeks of Hurricane Season.What has been influencing Walt Disney World weather, and what’s coming next? And what can we expect from the rest of hurricane season? A wet week around Central FloridaDeep moisture in the atmosphere has been consistent throughout the week. A westerly surface flow has also been in place, pushing early morning storms onshore along the west coast. This early start has given us some midday showers which push through quickly, leaving humid, hot, sunny conditions in their wake. Frequently we’ve seen either a line form west, near Interstate 75, and push through early, only to be followed by a second line in its wake.Nature loves a gondola. Rainbow after a heavy storm at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, August 8, 2019.We’ve also had a few afternoons with storm development taking place directly over the WDW area, causing torrential rains as weak steering currents let storms sit stationary overhead.This led to some sidewalk and street flooding around the parks. This localized flooding is just the result of overwhelmed storm drains and usually the area recovers within twenty minutes or so, but it can make getting around flooded areas of the park pretty problematic. It’s also cause for some long waits in areas that don’t have much shelter. (I’m looking at you, outpost in a galaxy far, far away.) When the rain doesn’t let up, it’s almost impossible not to give up and just head out into the downpour. Maybe save something in the souvenir t-shirt budget for this exact predicament?It also rains on Batuu. Who knew?What’s coming this week in weather at Walt Disney WorldMore of the same? Probably. A high pressure ridge aloft stretches from Texas all the way across our region. With that ridge in place, our south/southwest flow will continue to bring tropical air across the warm west coast land, popping up storms as they reach our area. Late in the week, a trough could break up that ridge and possibly bring more organized rain to the area. Look for rain chances of about 50% each day, meaning about half of Central Florida should see some rain during the day. Walt Disney World Resort’s position in the west-central half of the region, sitting just above the I-4 corridor, will be a prime location for storms to develop and strengthen as they move in from the west.Late in the week, a stalled frontal boundary could fall into the area from north Florida, and this could amplify rain chances even more for next weekend. At the moment, expect at least scattered afternoon storms in the region every day this week, with a strong chance that they’ll affect the resort area directly.These slow-moving storms will produce heavy rainfall. This time of year, expect the kind of rain that soaks you through in under a minute. Expect the kind of rain you hear coming from around the corner, slamming on the sidewalks like an approaching parade. Some advice for your park days: if the sky suddenly gets cloudy and the wind begins blowing, don’t look up and say: “hmm, might rain.” Look around you and say: “time to go inside, right now!” This rain doesn’t start with a drizzle. It starts with a downpour.As the sultry wind continues to blow in from the bathwater-warm Gulf of Mexico, temperatures are going to remain high and humidity is going to remain oppressive. The early part of the week is expected to be hotter, with highs in the mid-90s and heat index readings of 102-107. By midweek, temperatures will slip back into the lower 90s… a little bit of a break!Remember, the hottest part of the day is really mid to late afternoon if the sun is out! Five o’clock with sun shining can be rougher than noon. At night, temperatures will only drop into the high seventies, and humidity will still make it feel like the 80s.Pretty, but sultry: after two rounds of storms at Disney Springs on August 9, 2019, it was still hot and humid. At two a.m.? Still hot and humid.Despite the oppressive humidity, mornings are always going to be your best choice for theme parks. This time of year, it’s not about how comfortable the weather will be. It’s about how much of the weather you can deal with.Tropical Weather UpdateTwo apparently opposing stats pop up this week in tropical weather. First, as long as nothing completely unexpected happens, the north Atlantic will clock in just the third July 15-August 15 period with no named storms in twenty years. This is a significant stat if only because August is the typical beginning of our peak hurricane season. Right now, the Atlantic basin is quiet. The Caribbean is quiet. The Gulf of Mexico is quiet. It’s all quiet and it’s expected to stay that way through at least Thursday.And yet, something is expected to change before the end of this season. This week, The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) boosted its forecast hurricane numbers for the remainder of 2019. They’re now saying we should expect five to nine hurricanes as we enter the peak period of mid-August to late October.Their reasoning? The end of another El Nino cycle, the Pacific Ocean phenomenon which has massive influence on our atmospheric conditions. El Nino’s presence usually produces wind shear at key levels where hurricanes need room to grow. Without that wind shear, storms will be able to develop, and flourish, in the warm waters of the Atlantic.So going forward from this week, the tropical weather update might get a little more vital to your vacation planning. For now, though, everything is still smooth sailing.As long as you don’t mind rain!last_img read more

Google Gears Coming to Gmail and Google Calendar Soon

first_imgAccording to Andrew Fogg from kusiri, Google will start rolling out offline support for both Gmail and Google Calendar through Google Gears within the next six weeks. Google enabled offline access to Google Docs earlier this year, after they had already been using if for Google Reader for over a year. Fogg also found out that Google will start supporting SyncML for synchronizing contacts in Gmail around the same time.As Google is trying to push more of its products into small businesses and enterprises, having offline access to email and calendar functions is becoming an absolute necessity for Google. Even as mobile Internet access is becoming more ubiquitous every day, few business users would want to risk being caught in a situation where they don’t have access to their email or calendaring clients.Some of Google’s competitors such as Zimbra or Zoho are already offering some of these capabilities based on Google Gears. MySpace, too, is working on making its messaging platform available offline using Gears.As Alex Chitu from the Google Operating System blog observes, Google’s support for SyncML is also noteworthy. SyncML is an open standard for synchronizing information between different devices and, so far, has mostly been adopted by the mobile phone industry, with all the major companies such as Motorola, Nokia, Sony, LG, as well as IBM and Siemens supporting it in at least some of their products.The latest version of SyncML has added support for push email. According to Andrew Fogg, Google is using SyncML for synchronizing its contacts database with the iPhone, but in the long run, it is probably worth speculating if Google might also start pushing email to the iPhone (or any other phone for that matter), using the SyncML push technology. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Security: Zero Trust Model for Cybersecurity

first_imgThe Zero Trust model is just that, no matter where access to a particular system is coming from, whether it is from inside or outside the perimeter of an organization, it should not be automatically trusted until it is verified.  The historical way security was implemented was like a castle and moat — security focused on the perimeter but assumed that anything inside and that had gotten past the external line of defense was okay.Charlie Gero, CTO at Akamai, said that “the strategy around Zero Trust boils down to don’t trust anyone. We’re talking about, ‘Let’s cut off all access until the network knows who you are. Don’t allow access to IP addresses, machines, etc. until you know who that user is and whether they’re authorized.”Jeff Pollard, analyst at Forrester, said that “the reason why we rely on the idea of zero trust is because it solves the problem of the disappearing perimeter. Your users don’t work from the places they used to work. Your systems aren’t spun up in the way they used to be spun up. [With zero trust], you move from implicit permission to explicit permission.” Chase Cunningham, analyst at Forrester Research, said that “people buy technology and Frankenstein it together and think if they keep throwing tech at the issue they will get it right. The reality of it is, when I ask them ‘What is your strategy?’ most of them don’t even have an answer.”last_img read more

Stop forking NFV! And thrive.

first_imgBy Chris BuergerI had the opportunity to participate in Dave Ward’s (CTO Cisco) presentation at the fantastic OpenStack Summit in Vancouver last month. As part of his session, he made a strong statement that warmed my (open source) heart.To repeat his assertion: “By creating a ‘whole stack’ framework with multiple, loosely coupled open source projects, we can satisfy the need in NFVI for advanced functionality without forking. Stop forking up NFV.”Let’s unpack Dave’s statement.In my mind, the ‘whole stack’ framework concept that Dave talked about is squarely aligned with the intent of mid-stream NFV open source initiatives such as the Open Platform for NFV Project. OPNFV’s mission is to accelerate NFV through the creation of an integrated open platform based on the adoption of leading upstream projects such as OpenStack and OpenDaylight (ODL).The Arno release represents the first step to making this goal a reality by releasing fundamental enabling platform integration and validation technology into the community. Two years ago, Rose Schooler articulated a similar vision at Open Networking Summit 2013 in her announcement of the Intel Open Network Platform. We have been steadily releasing quarterly updates of ONP on Intel’s 01.org, and partners such as HP and Oracle are starting to leverage its capabilities.The main point is the same. While there is no doubt that individual ingredient open source projects are critical and are being integrated/consumed into existing systems (or are augmenting/replacing proprietary solutions), the ‘whole stack’ is the ultimate catalyst and delivery framework to create a complete solution to rapidly deploy SDN and NFV.The whole stack concept of ‘loosely coupled open source projects’ also has challenges. One challenge is to provide one or multiple common (generally technical) capabilities that act as linkages between the different projects. Think of it like a red thread running through the whole stack.For Intel, one such connecting capability is the popular Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), a set of open source libraries and drivers for fast packet processing. This capability is enabled from OpenStack, through ODL and all the way into the Open Virtual Switch (OVS), providing a consistent approach to accelerating packet performance and to optimizing workload placement across the entire NFV/SDN stack.Having spent many years on both sides of the supply/demand equation for service provider software solutions, I am acutely aware of the benefits that tightly integrated, highly innovative proprietary software products can provide.I do believe that creating unique NFV/SDN intellectual property (IP) and technical innovation should generate a commensurate financial return. What I think is different in NFV today, and what I believe is center to Dave’s and my argument, is that vendors will not be successful by creating forks of the open source projects making up the entire NFV stack.The level and timeliness of adherence to the latest open source ingredients has risen to become a primary purchase decision-making criterion. It is perfectly okay to augment open source with unique monetizable IP, just do not attempt to lock-in a customer by having them buy into your fork.We have already seen this in OpenStack with different commercial solution vendors touting the ‘pureness’ and increasingly short timelines to adopt the latest community releases. I also believe that the same movement will occur as OpenDaylight matures.Rose quoted Intel founder Andy Grove in her presentation at ONS two years ago. Her point was that with SDN, the networking industry had reached a strategic inflection point that is changing the way the industry thinks and acts.Now, we are entering a new phase in this process, moving from the open source ingredient level to the complete NFV stack level while elevating the smart integration and non-forked nature of these different components as a main benefit to end-users.  Slightly rephrasing Dave’s statement: Don’t fork NFV if you want to thrive.last_img read more

Male mammoths fell into traps more than females, giving clues to family structure

first_img Male mammoths fell into traps more than females, giving clues to family structure When it came to mammoths, females had all the luck. Males were more likely to die in natural traps such as tar pits, ice lakes, mudflows, and bogs, according to a new study in Current Biology of DNA extracted from 98 fossilized woolly mammoths found across the Siberian landscape. Because the harsh environment destroys exposed fossils, most remains known to scientists were preserved in such traps (such as the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California, pictured above, which trapped Columbian mammoths—close relatives of their woolly cousins). Researchers were examining the genomes of these mammoths for a separate study into mammoth population genetics when they noticed that their dead remains skewed male: About 70% of those caught in natural traps carried a Y chromosome. Woolly mammoths are thought to have had family structures similar to modern elephants, where herds consist of females and young elephants, whereas adolescent and adult males disperse from the herd and roam in smaller bachelor groups or alone. Forced into unknown lands and lacking guidance from older, experienced elephants, male woolly mammoths were likelier to accidentally traipse into a trap and die, the authors conclude. Researchers of extinct mammals should be aware that fossil remains may be skewed toward a particular sex or age, and thus may not represent the whole population, they add.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(*) By Michael PriceNov. 2, 2017 , 12:20 PMcenter_img Kris Mercer/Alamy Stock Photo last_img read more

Sergio Ramos announces wedding on TV show

first_imgSpanish football star Sergio Ramos used the perfect platform to announce his marriage with model girlfriend Pilar Rubio in Seville on June 15. He spoke on Rubio’s Spanish TV show El Hormiguero. Ramos, who left Sevilla to join Real Madrid in 2005, said: “We’ve decided to get married in Seville because we’ve been in Madrid for so long now, it means there will be less people[in Seville]. It’s a very special moment for us after being together for so long and forming such a fantastic family with three little ones, who fill our lives with passion. We felt it was the ideal moment and wanted our children to enjoy it because when they were younger, it’s not something they would understand so much.”Related News Meanwhile, Rubio said she’s excited about her big day. “I’m as excited about putting on my wedding dress as I am about what’s going to happen afterwards,” she said.  The couple, who began dating in 2012, have three sons – Sergio, four, Marcos, three, and Alejandro, born in March last year. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Spain’s star striker David Villa set to retire next month after 19 years Luis Enrique returns as Spain coach after daughter’s death Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more

Deion Sanders Speaks Out On Concussions In Youth Football

Deion Sanders, who’s committed to helping youth through his academic and Christian-based select sports programs, believes the threat of concussions has been overstated.He’ll be in town this weekend to host registration for his football and cheerleader programs in Snellville and Jonesboro.Sanders believes that if youth players are taught properly, they will know not to use their heads and helmets to strike. Upon his retirement, he saw the poor youth coaching, most times by fathers, who never played the game, and that gave him the impetus to start T.R.U.T.H. Select Youth Sports in Dallas.He’s set to expand here with youth football and cheerleading tryouts set for Saturday and Sunday for ages 7-14 (football) and ages 5-14 (cheerleading). On Saturday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., tryouts will be held at Shiloh Athletic Association in Snellville. On Sunday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., tryouts will be held at Tara Stadium in Jonesboro.Sanders’ youth model calls for good coaches and state-of-the-art equipment to combat the threat of head injuries.“I don’t believe that’s valid, everything they are talking about with the concussion issue,” Sanders said. “Also, we have taken extra precautions because we have some of the best coaches, which means they are some of the best teachers. Our coaches will teach them how to tackle, how to block and how to conduct different drills. We are not going to line up people 50 miles apart and let them collide.”Sanders points out that his teams wear the new Xenith helmets aimed at reducing head injuries.Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon sustained at least six concussions during his playing career and works with Xenith, which created a football helmet that uses 12 to 18 shock absorbers that act as airbags for the head.Read the rest of this story on the AJC. read more

Beside The Points For Monday Nov 6 2017

Things That Caught My EyeNow that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long timeShalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City marathon in 40 years in what may be her final competitive marathon. Her time was two hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds. Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor won the men’s race. [Reuters]NBA considers making everyone happierIt’s certainly looking like NBA administrators are keen on removing or revising the age restriction on players. It’s interesting that even though the league instituted the age minimum of 19 in 2006, the average age of players drafted into the NBA has actually been steadily decreasing. The players union wants the age minimum to drop to 18, which would send shockwaves through not only the league but also the NCAA for that matter.[FiveThirtyEight]Not Duke!ESPN’s Basketball Power Index is out for NCAA Men’s basketball, and the early favorite to win the March Madness tournament is Not Duke. Yes, Not Duke — a terrific school that is not located in Durham, N.C. with the iconic mascot of neither Blue nor Devils — sits in 13 of the most likely spots to win the tournament, with a school named Duke appearing in 14th place, and then Not Duke once again filling spots 15 through, well, you get the idea. Right now BPI is bullish on Wichita State, which has an 11 percent chance to win the national title. [ESPN]Hawk > BuckAfter a brutal 55 to 24 loss to Iowa, Ohio State is No. 3 no longer. The Buckeyes’ almost unprecedented loss to the Hawkeyes has destroyed [their chances] of making the college football playoff this year. Ohio State’s loss is [checks spreadsheet to see which Big Ten team is still even in this thing anymore] Wisconsin’s gain, as they’re now the favorite to win the conference and now have a 37 percent chance of making the playoff, according to FiveThirtyEight. [ESPN]Excellent esports on-ramp alert:South Korea won the Overwatch World Cup this past weekend with a 4-1 win in the best of seven final over Canada. The Canadian squad — which itself made the final dance only because of one of the most electric quarterfinal victories over Australia I’ve ever seen — went down to the same team that eliminated the U.S. in the quarterfinal and France in the semifinal. [ESPN]I was made to believe I didn’t have to think about baseball for quite some timeWith the Astros triumphantly holding the World Series trophy, now we’re finally free from thinking about baseball for at least a few months, right? Wrong! The same analytics that got them that trophy can tell us information about who’s well poised to make a strong run over the next five years. The World Series loser, Los Angeles, has the highest forecast wins per season over the next five years. The Cleveland Indians actually come in at number two, followed by Houston, Chicago, and the Yankees. [FiveThirtyEight]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number10.97That’s the expected points added per game from the Jacksonville Jaguars passing defense through their first seven games, the highest of any team since at least 2001. Yes, they appear to be better than the 2013 Seahawks. Again, defenses get gassed and we’re only halfway through the season, so that number may decline, but the pass defense expected points added per game — 10.97 — is way, way higher than even the second ranked pass defense according to the stat, which comes in at 7.32 expected points added per game. [ESPN]Leaks from Slack:Sunday, around 10: Kristaps Porzingis drops 40 to lead stunning Knicks comebackkyle:[10:30]hm feeling good about that kristaps piece going out last weekPredictions NFL Oh, and don’t forgetAs a Giants fan, this piece about which NFL teams will hit the preseason Vegas win forecasts hurt a lot. Even worse, I know somewhere that a Philadelphia fan is reading it and deriving joy. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters See more NFL predictions read more