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 overSponsored Article published by Hans Nicholas Jong Agriculture, Deforestation, Environment, Fires, Forest Fires, Forests, Haze, Health, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Plantations, Public Health, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Tropical Forests A study published in the WHO Bulletin has likened the palm oil industry’s tactics to those of the tobacco and alcohol lobbies to obscure the direct and indirect health impacts of the commodity.The study found mixed messages in the scientific literature about the health impacts of palm oil, not least because several studies have been authored by an industry lobby group.The indirect health impacts were clearer, and included illnesses caused by smoke from the slash-and-burn clearing of forests for palm plantations.The researchers called for a multipronged approach to address these impacts, while acknowledging that replacing palm oil with other vegetable oils in the same volumes would require far more land. JAKARTA — It’s responsible for pushing a product found in half of the most common food and consumer items, but the $60 billion palm oil industry has largely evaded the kind of public health scrutiny focused on the tobacco and alcohol industries.Now, a new study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization finds that the palm oil industry is cribbing from the same playbook as the other two in playing down the health impacts of its ubiquitous commodity.“We need to mitigate the influence of the palm oil and related industries on public health policies and programmes,” lead author Sowmya Kadandale of UNICEF and her colleagues write in their study, “The palm oil industry and non-communicable diseases.”“The relationship between the palm oil and processed food industries, and the tactics they employ, resembles practices adopted by the tobacco and alcohol industries,” they write. “However, the palm oil industry receives comparatively little scrutiny.”An oil palm fruitlet. A new study finds that the palm oil industry is deploying similar tactics with the tobacco and alcohol industries to play down the health impacts of its ubiquitous commodity. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Industry-authored studiesPrevious research has linked consumption of palm oil — found in products ranging from Oreo cookies to Nutella chocolate spread — to increased mortality from heart disease caused by narrowed arteries, raised levels of “bad” cholesterol, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and other adverse effects.The new study also warns of a “cocktail effect,” in which palm oil on its own may not be detrimental to health, but could be damaging when combined with other ingredients used in highly processed foods. And the food industry’s marketing of these “ultra-processed” products to children is reminiscent of how the tobacco and alcohol industries target young people, the researchers say.But the injection into the scientific literature of studies authored by the industry itself has muddled the message on palm oil’s health impacts.“Four of the nine studies in our literature search showing overwhelmingly positive health associations were authored by the Malaysian Palm Oil Board, again drawing parallels with the tobacco and alcohol industries and calling into question the credibility of claims in favour of increased palm oil consumption,” the researchers write.Even for informed consumers, however, avoiding products with palm oil can be difficult. The commodity and its derivatives can be listed under one of 200 names — a degree of tolerance not afforded to other vegetable oils such as peanut, sesame and soy oils, which some jurisdictions require to be explicitly labeled.“With its inclusion in many everyday products, unclear food labelling and sometimes conflicting information on health impacts, it can be difficult to know how to identify palm oil in foods,” the study says. “Consumers may be unaware of what they are eating or its safety.”Given the obfuscation around its health impacts and labeling, the researchers say, there needs to be more independent research into the former and stricter requirements around the latter.Fires engulf a palm oil plantation in Rokan Hilir district, Riau, Indonesia. Massive conversion of forests to palm oil plantations has been linked to the annual fires razing Indonesia. Image by Zamzami/Mongabay Indonesia.Environmental and labor abusesThere’s less confusion, though, about the indirect health impacts of the commodity, namely through the cultivation of oil palms.Indonesia and Malaysia together produce 85 percent of the world’s supply of palm oil, but that prolific output has come at the expense of vast swaths of rainforest, often cleared by burning to make way for industrial-scale palm plantations.“Since the 1990s, air pollution from slash-and-burn practices have affected the health of populations in South-East Asia, especially the most vulnerable groups of the population, such as infants and children,” the study says. “Haze episodes, even across country borders, have been linked to premature deaths and increased respiratory illness as well as cardiovascular diseases.”Infants and children are especially vulnerable to air pollution from such practices.There’s also the persistent issue of labor abuses in the palm oil industry, particularly in Indonesia, where the use of child labor remains a concern, the researchers write.The study says palm oil’s health impacts, both direct and indirect, need to be subjected to greater scrutiny, given an anticipated boom in demand for the commodity to replace trans fats that the WHO hopes to eliminate from the global food supply by 2023.A range of food products for sale at a supermarket – mainly cakes, bread, and other baked goods, many of them containg a surprising amount of Palm Oil. © WWF / Richard StonehouseIndustry responseSupporters of the palm oil industry in Indonesia and Malaysia have roundly criticized the study, saying it fails to present a balanced picture.In Indonesia, a group of researchers affiliated with the industry said the study didn’t attempt to weigh the benefits of palm oil against its shortcomings. They also said that none of the study’s authors — Kadandale, along with Robert Marten of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Richard Smith of the University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health — were palm oil scientists. They added it wasn’t clear if any of the reviewers were palm oil scientists, thus raising questions about bias.The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), a marketing lobby, shared a similar view.“The authors conveniently ignored key palm oil publications in respected journals and cherry-picked a handful that fitted their hypothesis,” the council’s CEO, Kalyana Sundram, said as reported in the Malaysian daily The Star.The Malaysian Estate Owners’ Association (MEOA), which represents plantation owners, also called the study biased for scrutinizing palm oil in isolation without comparing it to more than a dozen other vegetable oils and animal fats.“Since WHO highlighted palm oil’s impact on planetary health (deforestation, loss of biodiversity and pollution), it should also publish an unbiased comparison of how all the 17 major oils and fats fare in these regards,” the MEOA said as reported in The Edge Financial Daily.“This will be of great assistance to nutritionists and environmentalists globally and also allow consumers to make an informed opinion. A study picking on palm oil alone does not do justice to WHO’s reputation and compromises its integrity,” it said.Global demand for products like palm oil is responsible for depleting tropical forest cover, with often grave health consequences for local communities. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.ImplicationsFor all the criticism that surrounds palm oil, there’s a growing recognition that promoting any of the other vegetable oil alternatives to replace it would be even worse for the environment, given the high per-hectare yields of palm compared to soy, rapeseed or other oil crops.The authors of the new study acknowledge as much, suggesting that producing oil from these other crops in the same volumes as palm oil today would require far more land. This echoes the findings of a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which last year warned that existing vegetable oils that could theoretically replace palm oil would be far more damaging to the environment because of the need for up to nine times as much land to produce the same amount of oil.“[W]e need to carefully consider practical policy options and their implications,” Kadandale and colleagues write. “Policymakers may therefore need to consider ways to reduce the demand for oils more specifically and for unhealthy ultra-processed foods more broadly.”The study calls for more independent and comprehensive research into palm oils health impacts and the “cocktail effect”; scaling back the industry’s influence on public health policies and programs; and tackling the environmental and labor abuses associated with oil palm plantations. Banner image: Palm oil fresh fruit bunches in Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.
Personal best If the 2018 track and field season ended in April, shot putter Danniel Thomas-Dodd might have been Jamaica’s Female Athlete of the Year. Thomas-Dodd bombed her way to silver at the World Indoor Champion-ships and then launched a national outdoor record of 19.36 metres to beat shot legend Valerie Adams of New Zealand to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games early in April. She might have won despite the matching World Indoor silver/Commonwealth gold performance by triple jumper Kimberly Williams. However, as the season progressed, Janieve Russell, Natoya Goule, Danielle Williams, Aisha Praught-Leer and Shanieka Ricketts pulled into the fast lane. Ricketts showed her intentions with a big triple jump in January, 14.49 metres at the Ted Dwyer Invitational. Later, she would win silver at the Commonwealth Games and gold at the Athletics World Cup where she set a new personal best of 14.61 metres. Even so, with a 2-4 win-loss record against fellow triple jumper Williams, the top spot eludes her. Roommates Danielle Williams, the 2015 World 100-metre hurdles champion, and Goule seemed to inspire each other. They both started with medals at the Games and routinely traded personal bests. Williams won the Oslo Diamond League and then revved up to a lifetime best of 12.48 seconds as the Stockholm runner-up, before ending the season with a win over world record holder Kendra Harrison at the Continental Cup in 12.49. Goule won her Commonwealth bronze in the personal best time of 1 minute 58.82 seconds and broke Kenia Sinclair’s national record of 1 minute 57.88 seconds in Paris – 1.57.69 in fifth. The coup de gr‚ce came in Monaco when she zoomed home in 1 minute 56.15 seconds. Wins were hard to come by, but that is understandable when you recall her opponents include undefeated South African Caster Semenya. Praught-Leer made history with her Commonwealth 3000-metre steeplechase win and late in the season, succeeded in resetting her national record to 9 minutes 14.09 seconds. Notable seasons were also produced by MVP teammates Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson, with their main prizes being Commonwealth medals, silver in the 200 for Jackson, and bronze in the 400 for McPherson, and dual wins in the NACAC Championships in Toronto and the Athletics World Cup in London. Despite all that, there is only one sound choice for Jamaican Female Athlete of the Year and it is Janieve Russell. Never placing lower than third in any of her 400-metre hurdle races, Russell won the Commonwealth Games, the Athletics World Cup and the Continental Cup, with a personal best of 53.46 seconds coming in Lausanne. She lost that race by 0.05 to the girl who succeeded her as World Junior Champion, Shamir Little of the United States. If not for Little, who also beat her in London and at NACAC, Russell might even be world number one. Her remaining losses to compatriot Leah Nugent at the Racers Grand Prix and to Americans Georgiana Moline and Olympic champion Dahlila Muhammad, and Swiss star Lea Sprunger, were frequently avenged. Her trump card was consistency. Hopefully, her steady performances will be a springboard to even better campaigns in 2019, when the World Championships roll into view, and in 2020, when Japan hosts the Olympics in Tokyo. She will also have the fastest woman of 2018, Sydney McLaughlin, to contend with. The young American ran no race after dominant displays on the US college circuit and which a world junior record of 52.75 seconds. They will no doubt meet next season when Russell, Jamaica’s 2018 Athlete of the Year, seeks another consistent year at an elevated level. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.
The titles will still be used for both women and men when it comes to code violations, medical announcements and player challenges, according to the All England Club.Heather Watson, a British player who is making her 10th appearance at Wimbledon, didn’t even notice the change while beating Caty McNally of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Monday in the first round. But she was all for it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Equality is always good,” Watson said.In the past, the chair umpire would use the titles at the end of each game during women’s matches, and at the end of the match. But not for men’s matches. Britain’s Heather Watson celebrates after beating United States’ Caty McNally to win their Women’s singles match during day one of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)WIMBLEDON, England — Wimbledon has tinkered with its traditional naming titles for this year’s tournament.Spectators at the All England Club and those watching at home will still hear the chair umpire refer to female players as Miss, Mrs. or Ms., but only at certain times — in the same instances that they will use Mr. for the male players.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing So when Watson won a game in the past, the chair umpire would announce, “Game, Miss Watson.” But for a men’s match, the announcement would just be, “Game, Federer,” in the case of eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer.The topic of using the titles came up last year, the first year Serena Williams played at the All England Club as a married woman.Instead of, “Game, Miss Williams,” it was, “Game, Mrs. Williams.” This year, assuming she wins a game in her first-round match on Tuesday, the chair umpire will say, “Game, Williams.”Novak Djokovic, a four-time Wimbledon winner and the defending champion, said he hadn’t noticed that the club made the change for this year’s tournament.“I don’t know, to be honest, how I feel about it,” said Djokovic, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3. “I thought that tradition was very unique and very special. I thought it was nice.”ADVERTISEMENT But after being told that the reason for the change could be in the interest of gender equality, Djokovic was on board.“I mean, sure, if that is the reason, then why not?” the top-seeded Serb said. “I support that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Tolentino wants POC elections to be held by July 18 Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Read Next MOST READ 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao View comments
Radamel Falcao 1 Radamel Falcao is convinced Manchester United took a gamble by signing him on loan from Monaco in September.The Colombian, who scored his first goal for the Red Devils in the 2-1 home win over Everton last weekend, missed most of last season and the World Cup in Brazil with a serious knee injury.But that did not deter United as Louis van Gaal shelled out a £6m loan fee to bring Falcao to Old Trafford and also has the option to sign the 28-year-old permanently at the end of the season.Falcao has revealed he is enjoying life in Manchester and is thankful the club trusted his form and fitness.He told Spanish radio station Onda Cero:”Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so. It has been a very difficult year, not just in my professional career.“What happened at the start of the year [the injury] affected me in every way, but it has also helped me grow as a human being, to think about many things, to mature.”He added: “In terms of my thoughts and plans for the future, I want to stay at Manchester United for the coming years.“I’m still going to need some time to be OK, but I am feeling very comfortable and very good on the pitch, in harmony with myself, with the ball and with football.”
Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier has welcomed reports the club are targeting Daniel Sturridge and Theo Walcott – but doubts the deals will happen.The Saints will bank £75million from the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool and are ready to reinvest that money in January, with the England duo said to be in their sights.The south coast club are sitting just two points above the Premier League relegation zone, having failed to win any of their last seven games.“We do need some reinforcements,” Le Tissier, widely regarded as Southampton’s greatest ever player, told talkSPORT.“We have had a serious lack of goals. We have had a bit of a problem with the guys that play behind the strikers as well.“I would think we will be looking for forward players with the [Van Dijk] money.“If you could get Daniel Sturridge and guarantee that he was going to play most games for you, that would be amazing because that boy has got some ability.“Theo should have left Arsenal a while back. He has stagnated there and it’s not been great for his career in terms of the games he has played in recent years.“It would be great if we could get him back but I’m not sure if the wage structure at Southampton would allow those guys to come into the club.”
Scotland finished their Six Nations campaign with a win against Italy but they left it late to make their mark at the Stadio Olimpico.Gregor Townsend’s side were looking to finish on a high but a sluggish first half performance saw the hosts take advantage.Scotland rallied and were the better side after the break but looked to be heading for defeat until Laidlaw’s boot made the most of a late opportunity.
The Whoriskey family from Kerrykeel presented the proceeds of their Christmas lights display to Pieta House and Mevagh Fire Service.The Whoriskeys go to extraordinary lengths each year to light up their home during the Christmas season – with a fundraising touch. Over the last 12 years, big-hearted Michael and Mary Whoriskey have raised over €50,000 for various charities.This week, the coupled presented €3,200 each to Pieta House Northwest and the Mevagh Fire Service after raising €6,400. Big-hearted Kerrykeel family make charity donations from Christmas lights display was last modified: February 22nd, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
A young Letterkenny man has settled a High Court action for €2.9m over injuries he received after a milk van ran over his head when he was a toddler.Ian O’Donnell (18) suffered severe skull fractures in the accident outside his Donegal home just weeks before his third birthday, the court heard. Mr O’Donnell, Glenwood Park, through his mother Helen O’Donnell, sued milkman Paul Rodgers, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.The Irish Independent reports he also sued the van owners, John, Paul and Brendan Kelly of Killtown, Killgordan, Co Donegal, as a result of the accident on November 10, 2001.It was claimed there was an alleged failure to keep any or any proper lookout. It was alleged the child was dragged some distance along the road before Mr Rodgers was alerted to the presence of the boy under the milk van.It was further alleged the milk van had been moved at a time when it ought to have been known it was unsafe and dangerous to do so.The claims were denied. The court heard liability was in full issue in the case.John Finlay SC, for Ian, said the boy was outside his home with his then eight-year-old sister and mother and the milk van was parked at Glenwood Park.The child’s mother thought the child was getting into their car but he was found on the roadway after the accident.Counsel said the wheel of the milk van had run over the boy’s head.The difficulty in the case was there was no proof of where the child was immediately before the accident, counsel said.Mr Finlay said the boy had made a good physical recovery but had been left with other issues. While he finished school, it was not likely he would be able to hold down employment in the future.Mr Justice Kevin Cross, approving the settlement, said he hoped it would reassure Ms O’Donnell that Ian’s needs will be met for the rest of his life.Young Donegal man awarded almost €3million after being run over by milk van was last modified: March 16th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:awardHIGH COURTIan O’Donnellletterkenny
The adverse weather which has struck Donegal this St. Patrick’s Day has forced one town parade to be cancelled.Organisers in Creeslough have decided to call off the parade, and have apologised for any inconvenience caused.Heavy rain and strong winds have been forecast for across the county today. A Status Yellow rain warning is in place by MET Eireann until Sunday morning. The public is being advised to wrap up well for the weather as they attend festivities across Donegal. Bad weather forces cancellation of Creeslough Parade was last modified: March 17th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsPhoto: TouringPlans StaffAvengers…Assemble! This week, Disney Cruise Line revealed the character roster for the upcoming Marvel Day at Sea itineraries, and our friend Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog has the scoop – not to be confused with the SCOOP, which was featured in last week’s Saturday Six. Some of these characters are available for character greetings at Disney’s California Adventure, Disneyland, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but for the fist time ever, guests will be able to meet Black Panther and Loki. Newcomers to the ships include Iron Man, Star-Lord, Gamora, and Groot. For guests wishing to meet Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Black Panther, reservation times are available at Guest Services or through the official Disney Cruise Line app. The Marvel Day at Sea itineraries begin in October on select sailings departing from New York.The Disney Dream, in port at Castaway CayWe’re getting closer to the debut of the highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast musical on the Disney Dream, and that means more “first looks” into the creative process behind the show. The official Disney Cruise Line Twitter gave us another behind-the-scenes video as they prepare to bring this classic to life for guests. This Broadway-style musical is expected to debut this October, exclusively on the Disney Dream. Share This! Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of September 2nd! I’m Brand Glover, and I’ll be giving you everything you need to know before cruising with Disney Cruise Line this week. As always, let’s take a look at the weather and see who is going to need a parka in the days ahead.Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Atrium, Disney DreamDisney Magic 2 September – Barcelona (74/62, 50%)3 September – Day at Sea4 September – Naples (80/66, 0%)5 September – Civitavecchia (75/60, 50%)6 September – Livorno (78/61, 10%)7 September – Cannes (77/61, 0%)8 September – Day at SeaDisney Wonder2 September – Ketchikan (63/50, 30%)3 September – Day at Sea4 September – Vancouver (85/61, 0%)5 September – Day at Sea6 September – Tracy Arm Fjord (68/54, 50%)7 September – Skagway (63/54, 60%)8 September – Juneau (60/50, 20%)Admiral Donald DuckDisney Dream2 September – Nassau (92/80, 10%)3 September – Castaway Cay (91/81, 20%)4 September – Port Canaveral (88/78, 50%)5 September – Nassau (90/81, 60%)6 September – Castaway Cay (90/81, 20%)7 September – Day at Sea8 September – Port Canaveral (88/77, 40%)Disney Fantasy2 September – Port Canaveral (88/76, 90%)3 September – Day at Sea4 September – Cozumel (88/78, 40%)5 September – Grand Cayman (87/81, 20%)6 September – Falmouth (90/79, 30%)7 September – Day at Sea8 September – Castaway Cay (90/81, 20%) Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:MoanaBeauty and the BeastBorn in ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Spider-Man: HomecomingFor future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.The special performances in the Star Set Sail series will continue this month with several Disney on Broadway acts performing in the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Magic. Showtimes are available via the Personal Navigator or official Disney Cruise Line app.September 2nd – Pamela KashaniSeptember 9th – Josh StricklandSeptember 16th – Scarlett StrallenCaptain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationWe have been informed of a special opportunity only available to guests aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy this weekend. Julia Mascardo passed along information regarding Force Friday II, which runs Friday, September 1st through Sunday, September 3rd. “Guests are invited to celebrate Force Friday II all weekend long and help the Resistance by unlocking Augmented Reality (AR) characters featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Guests sailing aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy this weekend will have an opportunity to participate during their cruise. To participate, guests should go to www.starwars.com/findtheforce from their smartphone for details on how to download the Star Wars app and launch the “Find the Force” feature to complete the second part of the download prior to boarding. Beginning September 1st, guests can look for the Star Wars graphic on Deck 3, Forward, with the “Find the Force” logo and scan with their phone’s camera to unlock digital rewards. Guests should be certain to set their phone to airplane mode once on board to avoid and unwanted Wi-Fi charges.” Not only does this sound incredible, but it features characters from the upcoming film! If you are able to participate in Force Friday II, leave us a review in the comments. Oh, and May The Force Be With You, of course!Guests sailing on the Disney Wonder’s Alaskan itineraries may be interested to know that in lieu of Pirate Night, they will be treated to a Pixar Pals Party! Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog recently sailed on the Disney Wonder and has provided video of the event. Pixar Pals Party! takes place in the atrium on two separate days during your cruise, featuring characters from all of your favorite Pixar films including Toy Story, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, and Inside Out.If you’re on the Wonder, look for this sketch of Joy and Sadness outside of Animator’s Palate. Did you know there are ten categories of staterooms on the Disney Cruise ships? On the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting recently covered the Best Staterooms in Each Category. This is a helpful resource so you can find the best room for your needs.Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.