Since my daughter was doing this activity, she made all of the design decisions for her candle. First was the wick application. This entailed placing a piece of double-sided tape to the bottom of each wick and sticking it to the black dots handily pre-marked on the bottom of the container. Because my genius child has excellent coordination, she totally nailed this step. Yours will too!Then it’s time to choose a scent. Scents may vary, but currently you can select from freesia, cool water, peach, cinnamon, cedar wood, lemongrass, mango papaya, vanilla, Seas the Moment, raspberry vanilla, outdoor pine, Egyptian sandalwood, or honeysuckle. You’re allowed to choose one scent or a combination of two. The gentle cast member handed my daughter every single bottle of oil, allowed her to smell each one, and asked her thoughts on each. She also had her hold two bottles at once so she could smell combined scents. Gigi settled on a beautiful combination of peach oil and raspberry vanilla oil, which the cast member instructed her to pour into the small beaker. The cast member encouraged her to pour equal amounts of each oil slowly and smell the mixture along the way to ensure she was happy with the final scent.Wax color was her next big decision. There are 5 containers lined up down the center of the table with colored dye: green, brown, blue, and red. I won’t go into color combinations here, but rest assured mixing is encouraged. While Gigi settled mentally on a red candle, it wasn’t time to work with wax yet. The entire process took 48 minutes from my signature on the waiver to our final picture. We’re already making plans to go back with friends.Does this sound like a unique souvenir that you’d want to bring home? Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments. Share This!My six-year old daughter, Gigi, made a candle today at the Bowes Signature Soy Candle table inside the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs. I can safely say we’ve found our new go-to personalized gift idea.Let’s go over the basics..What is This? This is a make-your-own candle experience. Guests can select color, scent, design, etc. and make a decorative, and functional, candle to take home.Who can participate? There is no specific minimum age (we asked), but bear in mind that there are heat elements, strongly scented oils, and lots of glass here. A child who can sit still and take supervision will be fine, but this is definitely a no-fidget zone.Location. The Bowes candle table is located just in front of the Cherry Tree Lane shop in the Disney Springs Marketplace.What’s at the table? The candle making activity can accommodate 8 candle artists at once. Each station includes a large beaker on a warming tray (they warned us about this heated element several times), an empty candle holder, two wicks, two pieces of double-sided tape, a warning sticker that goes on the bottom of your holder, and a small beaker.Waiver. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for anyone under 18. Adults are required to sign a similar waiver for themselves, if they are participating.Payment. The cost is $25 per candle if you use the square, glass holder included. You may forego the provided container and purchase a Disney mug on site. Most mugs run between $12 – $18, in addition to the $25 basic rate. A cast member staffing the candle table will escort you to a nearby register for payment and you will be told where to sit at the long picnic table/candle laboratory. Then it was time for pouring the wax. Our cast member dispensed hot wax from a large vat into a smaller metal pot. She then poured some into the handled beaker on our table and placed it back on the warmer. Gigi was instructed to dip a dowel rod into the red dye and stir the hot wax, repeating until the desired color was reached. Our cast member showed her how to flick a bit of the wax against the beaker and place a paper towel behind it to see the color her candle would be when fully dried. After Gigi was satisfied with the deep pink color of her wax, the cast member instructed her to pour in the peach and raspberry vanilla oil and mix. Finally, the cast member secured the wicks in place and Gigi poured the wonderful smelling pink wax into the most precious candle holder in the universe. Now we wait. We were told that we needed to leave our candle to dry for 30 – 40 minutes before it could be wrapped up and bagged. Candles can be left longer but should be picked up before the Co-Op closes for the day. If you cannot take the candle with you, I was told they could arrange for shipping. Glass decoration was up next. There are paint pens in several colors placed on the table. A “tester” candle holder is present on each side of the bench so pens can be tried out before using them on your art. This was another moment during this experience where I was conscious of not feeling rushed. Gigi worked slowly and the queen donut balloon she drew is some of her best work to date.
Chief economist Chris Hart said South Africa had not had a great start to the year: the price of petrol had gone up, the rand had declined, interest rates were up, trade unions with political ambitions were fighting employers and not working together with them to find solutions. All of these factors were not good for investors. (Image: Ray Maota)• Sandisiwe GugusheCommunications: Brand South Africa+27 11 482 0133Ray MaotaSouth Africa and Sweden have long-standing political and development connections, and linking up to find ways to monitor South Africa’s export competitiveness is the latest venture in the nations’ partnership.Brand South Africa, custodian of South Africa’s image, and Business Sweden discussed designing an export competitive index for South Africa at a networking session held at The Michelangelo in Sandton on 10 February.At the inaugural Brand South Africa Competitiveness Forum held in 2013, it was established that a Country Performance Tracking Index was needed to enable South Africa to track and respond to key challenges within its economy and society. At the networking meeting this week, economists Mauro Gozzo from Sweden and Chris Hart from South Africa spoke about the state of exports in their respective countries, and how to improve the sector.Dr Petrus de Kock, the research manager at Brand South Africa, also spoke about how Brand South Africa tried to aid South African exports. Olov Hemstrom, the Swedish trade minister, said: “We from Business Sweden are working a lot to help the export development in South Africa. We have an industrial school in Temba and are working closely with the Department of Trade and Industry as well as Seta.”The panel consisting of Hart, Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus De Kock and Swedish economist Mauro Gozzo discussed ways to improve South Africa’s export competitiveness. (Image: Ray Maota)Exports are crucialSweden’s economy is faring better than that of many of its peers: the nation has low public debt and a current account surplus, and since the early 1990s its growth rate has outpaced that of other members of the European Union-15 and the United States, according to the McKinsey Report, produced by the global management consultancy firm. The firm works with its clients to apply its understanding of market and industry forces to develop long-term macroeconomic perspectives.“Sweden has an export driven economy as 50% of our gross domestic product comes from exports. And of this 50%, about 20 % comes from just three companies,” said Gozzo. He also said that Sweden’s economy had been rising better than that of North America.“If you have a lot of cyclical exports, your economy will be hard hit at bad times, just like Sweden was in 2009. Our recovery was quick though and by 2011 we were back to normal.” Gozzo said that consumer credit was important in emerging markets.Sweden’s economic growth mainly reflects productivity gains in the areas most exposed to international competition: manufacturing, and business and financial services, which together account for only about one-third of the nation’s economy. In its two other main components – the public sector and local services – economic growth has been much slower, at a pace comparable to that of the rest of the EU-15.The EU-15 refers to those member countries of the European Union prior to the accession of 10 candidate countries on 1 May 2004. They are: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.“Sweden would never have had such a stable economy had IT and telecoms companies never boosted the Swedish economy,” said Gozzo, talking about major companies such as Ericsson.South Africa’s weaknessesHart said South Africa had not had a great start to the year: the price of petrol had gone up; the rand had declined; interest rates were up; trade unions with political ambitions were fighting employers and not working together with them to find solutions. All of these factors were not good for investors.“All this does not mean doom and gloom; we are part of the fragile five. These are countries with huge twin deficit markets in emerging markets and include Brazil, India, Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa,” said Hart. South Africa was a triple deficit country as even households had deficit.“The reason why South Africa is part of the fragile five is the current account deficit because our production has fallen off due to labour unrest.”The way forward“Boosting competition and promoting deeper regional trade integration are critical for restarting South Africa’s export engine to bolster growth, which would help create jobs and reduce poverty,” Gozzo explained.About Brand South Africa’s involvement, De Kock said its job was to give South Africa an endearing image to the rest of the world to boost investments.Hart added: “South Africa has identified the exports sector as an engine for higher, more inclusive and job-intensive growth with the [National Development Plan], aiming for export volume growth of 6% a year in order to achieve an annual increase in real gross domestic product growth of about 5.5%.”
john paul titlow Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As many print media outlets continue to struggle to find their place in an increasingly digital ecosystem, the satirical newspaper The Onion has managed to not only make the most the Web and social media, but also continue to expand into new markets and new mediums. On the second day of ReadWriteWeb’s 2Way Summit Tuesday, a team of Onion staffers walked attendees through the publication’s history, from its fictitious beginnings in 1756 all the way to its modern experimentation with social media and expansion into broadcast.The company, which was actually founded in 1988 in Madison Wisconson, started publishing online in 1996. At the time, the Web was still in its infancy and the advantage of publishing there was not yet obvious, even to Features Editor Joe Garden, as he confessed during the panel discussion. Today, The Onion’s Website boasts 7 million unique visitors per month, plus an additional 2 million visits to A.V. Club, The Onion’s non-satirical sister publication dedicated to arts and culture coverage. Most recently, the publications expanded to Philadelphia, with The Onion launching a print edition there and A.V. Club Philadelphia going live in February 2011.From left to right: The Onion’s Features Editor Joe Garden, Editorial Manager Kate Palmer, Writer Geoff Haggerty, Digital Product Manager Matt Kirsch and Digital Director Baratunde Thurston.Leading the charge on the digital front is Baratunde Thurston, The Onion’s Director of Digital, who was joined at the 2Way Summit by Digital Product Manager Matt Kirsh. “In terms of our strategy, we just try to be everywhere,” said Thurston. “We’re trying to be where our audience is, because that audience isn’t necessarily the type to come to theonion.com as their start page everyday. That kind of strategy of content distribution is over.”Two key components to that strategy are mobile and social, or as Thurston jokingly called it, “mocial,” a newly-coined buzzword later repeated by the W3C’s Jeff Jaffe during his kenote at the 2Way Summit. On the mobile front, The Onion has produced mobile versions of its Websites, which are coded with HTML5 and developed in-house. Additionally, apps for iOS and Android have proven quite popular among the publication’s readership, which Thurston said was more savvy with the Web and mobile devices than that of many other print media organizations. Those mobile applications have garnered over 2 million downloads to date. Social media have also been at the forefront of how The Onion connects with its audience online. With 2.9 million Twitter followers and 1.8 million Facebook fans, the publication is able to not only broaden the reach of its content, but interact with that community in creative ways. One example cited by the team was the Web-fueled development of an Onion News Network broadcast story titled “Al Qaeda Attacks Internet With Photo of Adorable Piglet”. Prior to airing the story, staffers planted a photograph of a piglet wearing red boots on various Websites and then used Twitter and Facebook to help the photo go viral. Tapping into the very heart of the Web, they even published a poll asking readers whether they thought the piglet was cuter than Justin Bieber. The whole experiment led to a surge in followers for the Onion News Network Twitter account. The digital team shared other social media successes they experienced, including an Oscar night Twitter follower bump for one anchor and the overwhelming popularity on Facebook of a headline that read “Trump Unable To Produce Certificate Proving He’s Not A Festering Pile Of Shit”. Watch live streaming video from readwriteweb at livestream.com Tags:#conferences#New Media#RWW 2WAY 2011#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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 Market Related Posts klint finley Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers Disclosure: Qwest Business, which is owned by CenturyLink, is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor. When I got my first smartphone, the original black and white Danger Sidekick, the data plan cost me something like $40 a month for unlimited data plus something like 200 anytime minutes. These days an unlimited data plan will cost you more like $30 a month, not including voice minutes. But the original Sidekick couldn’t play music or movies. You couldn’t download additional apps (the app catalog came along in later models). All you could do was browse the Web with its scaled down browser, use AOL Instant Messenger and e-mail. I suppose it was easy to offer an “unlimited” data plan, when it was hard to actually download much.But the days of unlimited data are going away. AT&T already dropped its unlimited plan for new users, and Verizon is about to do the same. We’ve written before about the mobile data bottleneck, which is only going to get worse as more smart phones and tablets get online.In an article at Enterprise Efficiency Andrew Froehlich, makes the case that cloud providers should also become Internet providers. Specifically, he suggests Apple and Google get into the ISP business.The problem I see with this idea:1) ISPs increasingly are becoming cloud providers. Earlier this year Verizon bought infrastructure-as-a-service provider Terremark. Then Time Warner Cable bought NaviSite and CenturyLink bought Savvis. These telcos are interested in making money on both ends: selling customers both bandwidth and storage.2) It’s not easy to become a telco, though Google is trying.What do you think? Should cloud providers start offering Internet access? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
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