Share This!©Rikki NiblettThe hype is big behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and for those of you who are fans of the movie, there is a brand new meet and greet you are going to want to experience.Both Star-Lord and baby Groot are now meeting Guests as part of the One Man’s Dream exhibit at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Groot and Star-Lord took over the spot that was once occupied by Moana. It is rumored that Moana may be moving the the Magic Kingdom, but nothing official has been announced about that yet.While there is no end date currently announced for when Star-Lord and Groot would be leaving, it is expected that they will greet Guests daily through the holiday season.
Mount Agung’s ash cloud at dawn; Credit Håkon Eugen Gustavsen Airlines race to rescue stranded Bali passengers as major eruption looms of Mount Agung.Jetstar has resumed rescue flights as flying conditions improve on the holiday island where thousands are still stranded.The airline will operate 10 flights from Australia to bring passengers home.The airline, like Virgin Australia and Qantas, will not take passengers up to Bali because of ongoing concerns about an explosive eruption, which is forecast by volcanologists.It says that it will review that position over coming days.Jetstar said it was “rebooking customers on relief flights in order of who has been disrupted longest.”It added that its “senior pilots will make further assessments tomorrow morning based on the latest information from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.”And the latest graphics from the VAAC show the wind changing later today bring the ash cloud back towards Denpasar Airport.VAAC Mount Agung Ash Cloud Graphic at 7am December 2. Significant tremors are continuing and the time between them is decreasing while their strength is increasing according to the Indonesian seismic reports.There was another major one last night.Seismograph of Mount Agung on Bali at 5am Dec 2 showing last 24 hours.A major escalation of the eruption is expected at any time.However, there has been a reduction in the amount of ash coming from Mount Agung prompting some officials to comment that the eruption may be over.But on Twitter, noted volcanologist Dr Janine Krippner said that “this does not mean it is over”.“Fluctuations in activity are a normal part of the life of volcanoes,” Dr Krippner said.Indonesia’s Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Centre also warned that a more violent eruption remains likely with the crater of Mount Agung’s one third filed with magma.“We calculate it based on the monitoring results of Himawari satellite images of seismic recording data, deformation and geochemistry,” said Gede Suantika at the Agung Observation Post in Rendang VillageThe Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite has captured an image of sulphur dioxide from the Mount Agung volcanic eruption.Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite image of sulphur dioxide from Bali’s Mount Agung volcanic eruption.NASA has also released an image taken from its Terra satellite which shows volcanic ash billowing out of Mount Agung.NASA Terra image of Mount Agung on Bali showing two ventsNasa’s Earth Observatory said: “The plume appears to rise from two vents in the volcano’s crater.”Devy Kamil Syahbana, a volcanologist at the Centre for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation told The Times that “we are still in an eruptive, or critical, phase. Lava is filling the crater. The magma is already on the surface . . . the satellite image shows the lava is already expelled through the central vent and it’s growing.”Dr Syahbana added; “We don’t know yet . . . we can’t predict when or how big the eruption will be.’’ read more
Contributed by America’s Career Force Military spouse unemployment is triple the national average but according to non-profit, America’s Career Force, Inc., military spouse unemployment can be eliminated with remote careers. Researchers have studied the military spouse unemployment problem for years and numerous programs like Hiring Our Heroes and Joining Forces, have been developed to help military spouses find jobs and provide training. These programs have provided military spouses with a national platform and have started the conversation about military spouse unemployment with companies across America.Although great strides have been made to include military spouses within corporate Diversity and Inclusion programs, the fact remains military spouse unemployment hovers at triple the national average, which can be directly attributed to the transient military lifestyle and traditional careers. According to a study conducted by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, the military moves 10 times more than civilians, making it 10 times more difficult for a military spouse to have a traditional, professional career. Leigh Searl, a military spouse and President of America’s Career Force, a non-profit focused on eliminating military spouse unemployment through remote, flexible careers, initiated a program called, Operation Hire Just One, which encourages employers to Hire Just One military spouse for a remote career. Leigh said, “Military spouse unemployment is a multi-faceted issue but the key to resolving the severe unemployment rate is remote, portable careers so that regardless of their geographic location, military spouses can continue to pursue a career alongside their active duty spouse.”Military spouses who are seeking a professional career alongside their active duty spouse encounter challenges their civilian counterparts do not face. Remote careers are often seen as a luxury for civilians but for military spouses they are the key to their ability to have a professional career. Many large companies like Kaplan, Aetna and PepsiCo offer remote jobs in fields like teaching, telehealth and human resources and these companies actively recruit America’s military spouses. Large corporations are not the only solution to military spouse employment opportunities. According to the Small Business Administration’s most recent statistics there are 27.9 million small businesses and Leigh suggests, “Not every job is suitable to be remote, but there is at least one job in every company that can be remote. If companies hire just one military spouse to fill one remote job, we can eliminate military spouse unemployment.” Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, said, “The No. 1 reason we have this crippling problem is that it’s invisible. No one knows about it, and no one cares about it when it’s the individual’s problem. When it’s the individual’s problem, it’s not solvable.” Military spouse unemployment has implications beyond the individual and impacts the military family unit as a whole. America’s Career Force’s, Operation Hire Just One is a different kind of military spouse employment program because it’s focused solely on remote careers. America’s Career Force connects companies that offer remote careers with military spouses seeking to have a remote career. It is the only program out there specifically designed to support the transient military lifestyle. Remote careers not only provide military spouses with professional employment opportunities but they provide stability and financial resources for the military family as well.Operation Hire Just One educates employers on the benefits military spouse talent offers and the challenges military spouses face. America’s Career Force connects employers with professional military spouses seeking remote employment and bridges that talent gap. This free service is aimed at eliminating military spouse unemployment and strengthening the military family. America’s Career Force is encouraging companies across America to get involved in Operation Hire Just One and eliminate military spouse unemployment.To find out more go to www.americascareerforce.org and register as an Employer to gain free access to the America’s Career Force, military spouse and veteran talent pool. read more
Checkpoint Systems recently announced StrapLok™, a high-theft alarming solution designed to attach directly to existing nylon straps on boxed merchandise, and Bug Tag 2 for the protection of six-sided packaged goods, tablets and display merchandise.StrapLokMany high-theft products received by retailers arrive with nylon straps around the box to protect inside contents. StrapLok quickly attaches onto the existing nylon straps. Because of dynamic tension adjustment, it is compatible with low-quality, loose straps found on boxes already pre-strapped from manufacturing. StrapLok actively monitors the strap’s tension and will only alarm if the strap is being cut. This is one of the key advantages of the StrapLok, as it will not generate false alarms.Key features include:- Sponsor – AM or RF technology2- or 3-Alarm®95 dBA alarm and flashing LED lightIsolated sound chamberQuick and easy to apply and remove; tough, secure and reusableBug Tag 2/SnareThe Bug Tag 2 is specifically designed to protect a variety of six-sided boxed merchandise and electronics, such as tablets, sell-through packaged merchandise as well as displayed merchandise. Its multifunctional design allows the Bug Tag 2 to be converted to a “line-alarm” system, combining it with the specially designed “Snare” accessory. Applications include protecting display tools, sporting goods, kitchen appliances and handbags. Any attempts to cut the coiled cable or the CableLok lanyard results in the alarming of the Bug Tag 2 module.Key features include:AM or RF technology2- or 3-Alarm95 dBA alarm and flashing LED lightCompact designQuick and easy to apply and remove; reusable module; disposable adhesive sledSnare accessory for securing display merchandise“We are excited to bring to market these new and innovative solutions,” said Stuart Rosenthal, VP of sales and marketing for Checkpoint/Alpha High-Theft Solutions. “These offerings are a direct result of listening to our customers’ needs and combining with our deep understanding of the competition and retail market to bring the very best solutions to market.”AvailabilityStrapLok and Bug Tag 2 are available immediately. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now read more
Pamela VelosePamela Velose was recently named vice president of asset protection with Charlotte-based Belk, Inc. Velose is the former southwest regional vice president of asset protection for Macy’s where she also held leadership roles as regional director of investigations and district director of loss prevention. Congratulations Pamela!- Sponsor – Information provided by our partners at Loss Prevention Recruiters Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now