Dumbo Cupcake: A Review from the Peanut Gallery

first_imgShare This!A new cupcake has flown into Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom. It’s Dumbo, the flying…cupcake?Okay, technically the cupcake doesn’t fly, and at the $5 price point, it isn’t likely to be flying off the shelves from Big Top Treats, but it does offer some unique aspects that make it stand out.First things first–circus peanuts, love them or hate them? As a garnish, it’s adorable, but is there anyone who actually likes eating those? Step one for eating this cupcake is to remove it.Once you do that, you’ve got a delightful cupcake. The dark chocolate cake is moist and rich, and the frosting is a light whipped peanut butter frosting. A smattering of chopped peanuts on top adds a bit of crunch, but doesn’t do much for the flavor compared to the peanut butter frosting. Because of the rich flavors, this cupcake can easily be split by two people.Photos: Christina HarrisonDo you think this cupcake would tempt your sweet tooth? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Wildlife poachers to be taken down

first_imgThe white rhino is the most abundant rhinospecies on earth, thanks to vigorousconservation efforts by local authorities.(Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Albi ModiseEnvironmental Affairs communications+27 12 310 3123 or +27 83 490 2871RELATED ARTICLES• Rescuing the white rhino• Rhinos return to Uganda• Holidays that save the world• South Africa’s national parksJanine ErasmusSouth Africa’s environmental affairs department is to launch a new crack squad, known as the National Wildlife Reaction Unit, to tackle ongoing rhino poaching, and other matters relating to care of the environment.The formation of the elite unit was announced in April 2010 by Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica after her 2010/11 budget vote speech in the National Assembly in Cape Town. Sonjica dedicated the speech to former president Nelson Mandela.A budget of R2-million (US$268 415) has been set aside for the formation of the unit – this will be increased when necessary.South Africa already has a dedicated and highly successful environmental watchdog in the form of the Environmental Management Inspectorate or Green Scorpions.Formed in 2005, this countrywide network of inspectors, based in different government departments, works to flush out any contravention of environmental laws.The new reaction unit will work alongside the Green Scorpions, boosting their work in rooting out the smuggling of animal parts.Tackling environmental crimeIn her National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report for 2008/09, released in November 2009, Sonjica revealed that 4 661 cases were reported and investigated during this period, and 2 412 criminal dockets were opened. This is a marked increased compared with the 1 762 dockets declared in the previous report.Sonjica said that 2 547 arrests were made, although in just 258 cases a conviction was obtained. The meagre number of convictions compared with the higher number of dockets opened is said to be because of delays in the justice system.More positively, the number of acquittals dropped sharply to 18, compared to 441 the year before, and the number of plea bargains also fell from 98 to four over the same period.Furthermore, the number of registered green inspectors rose from 866 in 2008 to 903 in 2009, an increase of 4.3%. Of these, 70.2% work for the South African National Parks organisation. There are another 42 inspectors waiting in the wings – they have been trained but not yet deployed.In her 2010 budget speech Sonjica announced more progress towards the re-opening of special environmental courts, saying that the number of related crimes reported during 2009 presented a strong case for their establishment.Having committed herself to the project in her budget speech of 2008, Sonjica said that, with the assistance of Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, the first dedicated session for environmental crimes will take place in the Johannesburg Regional Court on 20 May 2010.Similar schemes will be rolled out in other centres around the country, including Durban, Nelspruit, and Hermanus, followed by more locations as the need arises.Sonjica said that some 300 prosecutors and 200 magistrates have received special training in anticipation of the new legal system.Killed for their hornsHowever, not even thevigilant  Green Scorpions are able to make inroads into the indiscriminate killing of rhinos by poachers looking for horns.Sonjica attributed this directly to international crime syndicates supplying the hungry Middle and Far East markets. These criminal organisations have now set their sights on South Africa’s abundant rhino herds, and are suspected of infiltrating local game reserves and recruiting staff to locate and kill the animals.Rhino horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, although modern science has yet to confirm its purported miraculous properties. The horn is also popular in the Middle East, as it’s used to make intricate dagger handles.In much of Africa rhino conservation efforts have been severely hampered by unrest, civil war and easy access to weapons.“We are predicting that by the end of this year, there will be 163 rhinos poached,” Sonjica said. “We are working with all of the security forces, as we are dealing with sophisticated mafia, from Asia, from all over the world.”The Kruger National Park is still the main target, as poachers can easily slip across the Mozambique and Zimbabwe borders to find their quarry. Parks in KwaZulu-Natal province are also in the criminals’ sight, and recent reports have revealed that they have started to poach in parks in other provinces as well.Deputy director in the branch of biodiversity and conservation, Fundisile Mketeni, said that his department would work with Interpol to clamp down on the illegal international trade.Success storyDespite the poaching problem, South Africa’s rhino conservation project has been remarkably successful, especially in terms of the white rhino (Ceratotherium simum), listed as near threatened on the red list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.By the middle of the 20th century there were just a few hundred white rhino left in the South African wild, but strict conservation measures brought the numbers up to around 11 000, making it now the most plentiful rhino species in the world.Conservationists are still fighting to save the critically endangered black rhino (Diceros bicornis), whose numbers were estimated at around 1 470 in South Africa in 2007, compared with just 630 in 1980.However, rhino populations are decreasing in general across Africa, prompting a need for swift and decisive action to stop the decline.last_img read more

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Skype Doubles Down with 10-Person Video Chat

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson Skype announced today that the latest beta version of Skype 5.0 would up the ante in terms of group video chat, as well as introduce a more stable and sleeker experience for its Windows users.When the company first introduced group chat in May, it limited the number of participants to five, but now it has doubled that number to 10.This limitation was one of the primary things we focused on when we looked at the new feature, which we immediately compared to free, Web-based services like Tiny Chat. As we noted then, Tiny Chat offered more than double the number of live video/audio streams, with 12 users per room, but now Skype barely lags behind. The Skype blog offers words of warning on how to use Skype’s video chat feature with your friends and family:Note that everyone in a group video call now needs to be running this version, so if your friends, family or colleagues are using Beta 1, they’ll have to upgrade before you can include them in group video calls.In addition to the increased video chat features, the second beta of Skype 5.0 brings a “refreshed user interface” along with a Skype Home “where you can follow your contacts’ mood messages, set your profile picture and mood message, receive account notifications and learn more about using Skype.”While the company says it has fixed some stability issues, it notes that this is still a beta version so some bugs are to be expected. The second beta version of Skype 5.0 is available for download now.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Gmail for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Now Available [UPDATED]

first_imgThus far, users of iOS devices have had to compromise on how their Google Web services work on their touch devices, using browser-based apps. For Gmail users, the compromise is mostly over. The native Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch has just been approved in the iTunes App Store. It runs on iOS 4 or better.The app adds email push notifications and sounds. It has fast inbox search, autocomplete from both Gmail and native contacts and photo uploads. It has priority inbox, conversation threading, and all the labeling, starring and archiving features that Gmail users need. And of course, its fully enabled with touch gestures. But it’s a Web view. It’s not a local email app (though Gmail does cache your messages offline – thanks, readers). And it doesn’t support multiple accounts. Oh well. At least it’s nice to touch.Editor’s note: This app has been pulled from the store due to notification bugs and will be re-released after it’s fixed. Related Posts The layouts are comfortable for iOS users, but the feel matches that of the new desktop Gmail launched yesterday. Gmail works all right on IMAP using the built-in Mail.app, but some important Gmail features – like labels – were only functional in the Web version, which lacked the responsiveness and speed of a native app. After a long, weird user experience as iOS people on Gmail, the wait for a native Gmail client is over.But users face a weird choice. If you want push notifications and attachments, use Gmail.app. If you want multiple accounts, use the Web app. You must choose. You cannot have all at once.It might be a rocky ride, too. Users are already reporting errors caused by problems with the push notifications. Oh, the joy of the platform wars. jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Apple#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Man arrested after assault at Columbia Chinese restaurant

first_imgTwo people are recovering after an assault at a popular Chinese restaurant.Columbia police said they responded to House of Chow on Saturday night for a disturbance with a knife.When they arrived on scene they found two victims, one with life threatening injuries, and a suspect that had also gotten hurt in the altercation.All three were transported to the hospital and the suspect was later arrested.Dengcheng ‘David’ Chen is facing charges of assault and armed criminal action.last_img

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Multiple Alarms Feature

first_imgHello, I am trying to remotely configure 150ish PC’s with multiple AMT Alarms.  I can see from this webpageOpens in a new window that AMT 8.0 and later supports the Multiple Alarm Feature, and all of our machines are 8.1 or newer.  I have successfully created individual alarms on multiple machines at once using the Intel vPro PowerShell GUI.  (Very hand tool BTW.)  I assume however that the tool was built before the ability to have multiple alarms as the option to set them does not exist in the GUI.  When I run a Get-Help command on Set-AMTAlarmclock I don’t see a reference to the “ElementName” filed mentioned in the link above that appears to identify the individual alarms.I’m fairly new to AMT and PowerShell and would appreciate any guidance you can provide.I apologize if this is not the correct Forum, I couldn’t find another that was more relevant.  I realize this is not related to Intel SCS.Thank you for your time,Tylerlast_img read more

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BAHAMAS VAT DEPARTMENT ISSUES WARNING TO BUSINESSES

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, business, inspection, ministry of finance, vat, warning Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, 08 Jan 2014 – The government of the Bahamas is warning business owners to explain themselves and the new Value Added Tax better to consumers. The Ministry of Finance today issued warning in letters to those companies not displaying the VAT inclusive price to the customer and says, if there is still resistance to the warning then there will be fines leveled against these businesses. Bahamians are adjusting and in some cases not so well to the added 7.5% they are expected to pay for products and services with the January 1st, 2015 implementation of this new tax regime.It is the first time for VAT in The Bahamas and the concerns have been varied but widespread; even the threat of losing some tourism business is looming. Nonetheless, government forged ahead with the program and rejuvenated its Price Control Agency to watch for price gouging.In a statement earlier today, the VAT Department explained it is doing its part to protect consumers and shared that there are already warning letters out for registrants who may be making incorrect calculations. Consumers are entitled to refunds if the amounts identified as “tax” or “VAT” exceed 7.5%. In addition, retail businesses are not allowed to disclose as taxes, charges that are not VAT. Add to this, companies incomplete their registration process are advised not to be caught collecting VAT.One gouger jumped as high as 17.5% on the cost of movie tickets.The Department’s advice to consumers: “…challenge assertions which convey impressions that VAT is a significant cost for registered business. The tax is directly borne by consumers. When paid by the VAT registrant it is recoverable as credits.”From The Bahamas, Deandrea Hamilton reporting for One Caribbean News. Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Nowlast_img read more

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STATE REP RACE QA Mike McCoy Discusses His Positions On Gun Control

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STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Economic Development Opioid Epidemic

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti mobile 1650 are the new cheap gaming

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