Mickey Mouse as an Avocado Pit

first_imgJournal, exterior Earrings Salt and pepper shakers, $14.49 Cap with twin avocados, for those who want to look like a vegan crocodile Share This!Holy guacamole, we’ve found the intersection of Mickey Mouse and avocados.My travels frequently take me past the flagship Disney Store in Times Square, New York City. I usually pop in for a few minutes to see the latest film tie-in merchandise or variations on Minnie Mouse dressed as the Statue of Liberty. During my most recent visit, I came across something new: avocado-themed Mickey merch.I totally understand the fixation with Disney food. I’m all for cupcake tees and Dole Whip ear hats, but this struck me as a bit, well, odd. Who is the market for this? Does the merch design team think that Millennials will buy literally anything if there’s an insinuation of impending avocado toast? Is this meant to appease parents who don’t allow their children sugar? Small “dip bowl,” $16.95. Not food safe or microwave safe or dishwasher safe. So …? Water bottle, $14.95 Jewelry dish (I think), $9.95 Journal, interiorIf you want these items and don’t have a Disney Store near you, you can also find them on shopDisney.com. But first, can you explain them to me? Especially the avocado dip bowl that you can’t put dip in?last_img read more

2010 World Cup tickets made easy

first_img12 April 2010Half-a-million tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ go on sale from Wednesday, when the fifth and final round of ticket sales for the tournament kicks off, coinciding with the opening of ticketing centres in all nine South African host cities and the start of the over-the-counter sales.Unveiling the official World Cup ticket at Maponya Mall in Soweto outside Johannesburg on Friday, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said that, for the last sales phase, “we have made a big effort to assist football fans by introducing various additional means to purchase a ticket”.In all, 500 000 tickets for 63 matches – including all knock-out matches except the final – will be made available.Tickets will be available from 15 April through to the last day of the tournament (11 July) via five different sales channels:The official tournament website www.fifa.com. The World Cup call centre hotline, open seven days a week from 8am to 10pm: 083 123 2010 (from within South Africa) or 0041445832010 (international).  11 ticketing centres across South Africa’s nine host cities, open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the ticketing centre locations.  18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points, open seven days a week. Fans will have to show an ID document. Check the sales point locations.  About 600 FNB branches across South Africa, open five days a week. Here, fans can order tickets, make payment and get ticket confirmation immediately. However, the actual tickets will need to be collected either from one of the 11 Fifa ticketing centres or from one of the 18 Shoprite/Checkers sales points. “We are excited about these new initiatives, which make the process much easier for everyone,” Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said on Friday. “We have always said that it is important that we make this World Cup more accessible to the people, and with the over-the-counter sales, we believe this measure is consistent with the needs of the fans.”A total of 240 000 tickets were sold in the fourth phase, 85% of which went to South African residents. Overall, 2.2-million tickets have been sold for the tournament.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

ECM: Unstructured Data Challenges

first_imgHave you got data? Many companies have a lot more than they know what to do with. 53 percent of the 238 IT managers surveyed across multiple industries in North-America and UK said that they had more than 11 terabytes of unstructured data to contend with, so much so that that they were feeling “a lot of pain”. The organizations represented government, professional services, financial services, retail and telecom.Not too surprisingly, the IT execs say that the types of files consuming the most space are Microsoft Office documents (78 percent), email attachments (66 percent), and backup and archival data files (81 percent). Compounding the problem are collaboration tools that replicate and distribute multiple copies of the same content across the enterprise.Technology solutions are coming to the rescue to help store ever greater amounts data. Those technologies include clustered storage, distributed file systems, file virtualization and WAFS. But still data remains scattered in the enterprise, lacking a centralized way to access it. The next generation of ECM will be able to provide enterprises centralized views of their data across a spectrum of storage devices and systems.The good news is that IT recognizes the unstructured data explosion problem and is ready to respond. The majority of those surveyed expect that their budgets will grow 20 percent over the next year.last_img read more

Minnesota Follows IRS R&D Credit Guidelines

first_imgThe Minnesota Department of Revenue has announced that they will allow the use of GAAP expenditures for research and development credit calculations. By allowing this method, the department is following IRS guidelines.In order for the guidelines to apply, the taxpayer must be:a large business and international taxpayer filing a state business return; andmeet the federal requirements listed within the directive.IRS Directive Taxpayers for Using GAAP Expense Rules for R&D CostsThe IRS directive, “Guidance for Allowance of the Credit for Increasing Research Activities under I.R.C. §41 for Taxpayers that Expense Research and Development Costs on their Financial Statements pursuant to ASC 730,” is available on the IRS website.Recordkeeping RequirementsAdditional information about the recordkeeping procedures for the research credit required by the IRS can be found at http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses/corporation/Pages/Research-Credit-Documentation.aspx.The full text of the bulletin is available at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNREV/bulletins/1cbfdd1.Bulletin, Minnesota Department of Revenue, December 14, 2017Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

The worst way to start your appeal…

first_img… is to be utterly predictable.As my colleague Mark Rovner points out in a recent blog post, “Our brains evolved long ago to strain through the billions of sensory inputs for a few morsels of relevant info. If we can’t eat it, mate with it, or run away from it, we ignore it.”In other words, if we know what’s coming, and it’s not critical to our survival, we don’t care.That means you can’t start that appeal with the same old, same old, same old. Your first lines really matter. If they don’t grab you,they don’t matter. I have always spent the most time on the first line of everything I’ve written – from the time I was a journalist to today. That’s time well spent.Are your first lines fresh? If they aren’t, don’t despair. My favorite writing trick is to delete the first paragraph of any piece of writing. I’ve recommended this for so many organizations. Take look – is it better when you skip the part that was you, warming up? Cut to the chase. The pursuit of what comes next is what keeps us reading.last_img read more

MacGregor Finally Seals TTS Acquisition

first_imgFollowing several delays, Cargotec’s MacGregor has wrapped up the acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group ASA.First unveiled in February 2018, the asset sale agreement has been valued at around EUR 87 million (USD 96 million).Under the deal, MacGregor bought all TTS’ assets except for TTS Group ASA and its shipyard solution business Syncrolift.Completion of the acquisition follows receipt of required approvals from the relevant countries and authorities, the most recent being from the Chinese competition regulator.The acquired businesses will be integrated within MacGregor’s operating structure, and their results will be consolidated into MacGregor’s financial figures as of August 1, 2019, the company said.As the agreement included the transfer of the right to use the brand name TTS, TTS Group ASA separately informed it changed its name to Nekkar ASA as of July 31.last_img read more