Share This!Welcome to our monthly feature, the Disney Store merchandise report, where we look at merchandise that’s available in the physical store locations in the United States. There is some overlap on Disney-branded items with what’s offered in the stores in the Disney theme parks and resorts, and there is lots of overlap with what’s offered online at shopDisney.com, but not everything that’s online is in the stores, not everything that’s in the stores is online, not everything that’s in the stores is in the parks, and so on.Photos of the in-store merchandise come from my “home” Disney Store location, the flagship store in Times Square, New York City.Good news! They’re running a sale until July 21, earn $25 for every $50 you spend in the store.Toy StoryThe store still has plenty of the Toy Story Merchandise we featured last month. You will still find Forky on mugs, tees, and more. Here are few of the highlights. School Supplies and BackpacksIt that time of year again. Back to school! There are lots of fun school supplies, but I find the backpacks particularly interesting. Many are as cute as the Loungefly fashion backpacks sold in the parks, and these are about half the price. PlushAs always, the wall of plush is brimming. Here too the selection is heavy on the dogs of Disney. Donald DuckThe store had a decent selection of Donald Duck-themed merch, presumably related to his recent 85th birthday. My favorite item is the adorable Donald-head cookie jar. Disney DogsA new display this month features images of dogs in the Disney animated films. Lion KingAs the Toy Story merchandise stock depletes, Lion King merch is taking its place. The new “live action” film opens on July 19. Chic PrincessesThe store has a large supply of standard Disney princess dresses, but they’re also starting to carry a line of chic Disney-bounding princess-inspired clothing for kids. DescendantsThe third installments of the Disney Channel original movie series is due out on August 2, but if you have a young daughter you already know that. Are any of these items on your must-buy list? Let us know in the comments. SalesSome sections of merchandise are on sale. July 4th merch and other summer items are understandably marked down, as is the remainder of the Mickey True Original line that debuted several months ago. Kids’ PajamasI don’t often wish my kids were preschoolers again, but when I do, it’s almost always when I see adorable tiny clothing. I mean, how awesome are these Captain Marvel PJs? Pro tip: this sleepwear could absolutely double as a Halloween costume – more comfortable and actually useful.
President Jacob Zuma is in Uganda to strengthen relations with the country. (Image: The Presidency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent Magwenya Spokesperson to the President +27 12 300 5315 +27 82 835 6315 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • SA to strengthen ties with Britain • SA, UK’s unique relationship • South Africa, Brazil cement ties • SA, Angola strengthen ties Bongani NkosiSouth Africa and Uganda are set to strengthen economic and political relations during President Jacob Zuma’s two-day state visit to the East African country.Zuma, who arrived there on the evening of 24 March, is being accompanied by more than 30 South African business people and nine government ministers.“The visit is aimed at further enhancing economic and political relations between the two countries, developments in the East African region as well as multilateral cooperation in the African Union, United Nations and other key forums,” Zuma’s communications advisor Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.The delegation, which includes Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, is expected to sign bilateral agreements in agriculture, trade, science and technology, and customs cooperation, Kodwa said.The South African business contingent has been introduced to opportunities in Uganda through a forum co-chaired by trade ministers from both countries. “This will help to expand the areas of economic cooperation”.Agriculture, tourism, mining and energy, and information and communications technology have been the key areas identified by the South African government to offer “profitable investment opportunities in Uganda”.Uganda’s Daily Nation newspaper reported that during his visit Zuma would launch the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, a non-profit organisation set up to attract potential investors.Chairperson of the chamber, Elly Karuhanga, said they expect the South African business delegation to look for ways to become involved in Uganda’s growing oil sector, the newspaper reported.“Since the discovery of oil, Uganda has become an attractive investment destination for investors,” he said, according to the daily. “Very many investors are now eying the country because of the expected opportunities that come with oil.”Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced the discovery of oil in the country in 2009 and since then prominent firms, such as UK-based Tullow Oil, have landed lucrative deals there.“The mining, oil and refining of petroleum sector with the discovery of oil in the Lake Albert region also provides new areas of business,” said Zuma, addressing the South Africa-Uganda Business Forum on 25 March.Uganda, which recorded a GDP of US$14.5-billion (R108-billion) in 2008/09, lists South Africa as one of its major goods suppliers, alongside Kenya, India, China and the US.SA presence in UgandaMobile phone network operator MTN is currently the leading South African business in Uganda. The company broke into the market there in 1998 and now boasts about 3 500 000 customers. It “has since grown to be the leading telecommunications company in Uganda” and “we are still growing”, according to the MTN website.Other South African businesses with a presence in the East African country include Stanbic Bank Uganda, a subsidiary of Standard Bank, and Shoprite and Game stores.“We recognize that South Africans are among the top contributors to foreign direct investment flows to Uganda, and South Africa is firmly entrenched near the top of the list of countries from which Uganda sources imports,” said Zuma.ANC freedom fighters honoured
Youngsters from organisations likeBrightest Young Minds, One YoungWorld and the African LeadershipAcademy took part in a paneldiscussion on their vision for Africa.(Image: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Brand Africa+27 11 463 5091• Brand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Nicky Rehbock and Ray Maota The 2011 Brand Africa Forum, sponsored by Brand South Africa and Brand Leadership Academy, saw an impressive range of pan-African, diasporan and global thought leaders, influencers and decision-makers coming together to debate how Africa can drive its growth, reputation and competitiveness.The event was held on 29 September at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg and attracted more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives.Special focus areas included the role of the nation brand in economic development, governance and sustainability on the continent, economic lessons for Africa and the role of business in driving progress.The significance of South Africa joining Brazil, Russia, India and China in the BRICS bloc was explored, along with lessons to be learnt from emerging markets.The forum shone the spotlight on youth and their vision for the continent by including a panel of young leaders from Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Senegal.The inaugural Brand 100 Awards for Africa also took place at the forum.In the opening address, Brand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni challenged African nations to cooperate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness, adding that this would require better cooperation and information-sharing among countries on the continent.“For us, Brand South Africa’s involvement in the Brand Africa Forum is a natural fit because the health of Africa’s brand is important for the strength and health of our own nation brand,” said Brand SA CEO Miller Matola.“If countries on the continent improve in terms of their image and reputation, the same holds for South Africa. Our prosperity is inextricably linked to that of the other countries on the continent,” he said.Nation branding: we must walk the talk“National branding is not about slogans, it is about what you do and what they think, that matters. If one does not change the negative perceptions they will become realities. In Africa we are good at talking and planning, but weak in implementing. We must walk the talk,” said Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister Dr Arthur Mutambara.“A brand must transcend political affiliations and should not be the sole property of a set political party … it must be taken personally because we will never be respected as Africans unless Africa has done well as a continent. This applies to individual countries as well,” he added.Telling it like it isGlobal economist Dr Dambisa Moyo spoke frankly about the current economic crisis, the sovereign debt crisis extending beyond Europe, and Africa’s place in the global picture.“We could be in for a 10-year bear market and recessionary environment. Where does Africa fit into this?” she asked. “We’re facing a very serious problem … there are simply not enough resources to go around.”Moyo said in the coming years the world will increasingly struggle due to a shortage of arable land, energy constraints and a lack of food security, compounded by a lack of water.“This is particularly in the context of the famine that’s going on in the Horn of Africa,” she added.“There are about 1-billion people in the world who go hungry every day – and the majority of them are on this continent. And yet, Africa has the largest amount of untilled land left on the planet.”As an economist, Moyo sees this in terms of supply and demand: “We’ve got hungry people, and we’ve got land.”When there’s a food crisis in Africa, the first response of NGOs is often to “provide a so-called band aid solution, sending bags of maize to Somalia or Ethiopia immediately”.Moyo said she doesn’t find this objectionable, but as an economist, she believes it presents a structural problem.“We’ve got to get to the root cause: why is it that Africa, in the last 30 years, has been the only continent that has failed to feed itself – especially in light of the fact that we have the most untilled land?”But there is some good news, she added: “In a future world of 9-billion people, in a world where we know there are going to be supply constraints in commodities and resources, Africa has an important role to play.“But before we can actually get to a point where we are producing food and coming up with innovative ways to develop, we need to deal with Brand Africa.”Moyo said Africans had to proactively discuss and respond to its important role in the future of the world.“Without us getting our heads around this, it’s all just wonderful conversation – but it’s not going to help us in the long term.”Addressing forum delegates, Moyo concluded: “I urge you in your discussions today – and when you return to your respective businesses – to really focus on where the world is going, and to also focus on Africa and its very important role in the future.“The winners in the decades to come will be the people who look to Africa as a place of business opportunity and a place for partnerships – not as a place that is a drag on the world economy.”What should Africa do to be a powerful continent?Malik Fal, MD of Endeavour spoke about the Africa 2.0: Kenya Report. Endeavour is a New-York based NGO dedicated to the promotion of entrepreneurship in emerging markets.The report is a manifesto of the envisioned economic and political transition Africa should take if it is to rightfully claim its spot as a powerful continent.Fal said: “The manifesto is the collective effort of young Africans’ views about what Africa should do to be a powerful continent.”Fal added that Africa was in danger of developing presidential monarchies, with leaders favouring their children to become future presidents. He said this was the same as a dictatorship.The report, which comes out in October 2011, will have four main themes: uplifting Africans; creating and sharing African wealth; upgrading Africa’s infrastructure and creating a stable environment for growth.Seeing Africa through the eyes of youngstersCedric Ntumba, an executive at Capitalworks Investment Partners, led a panel of youngsters in discussing their vision of Africa in the future and how their goals could be achieved.The panel included Gertrude Kitongo of Kenya and Ralph Baumgarten of South Africa – both from Brightest Young Minds organisation; Zamatungwa Khumalo and Erik de Ridder – both of South Africa from the One Young World organisation; and Francis Ekii of Uganda and Linda Rebeiz of Senegal – from the African Leadership Academy.Ntumba asked the panel what should be done to inspire African youngsters.“Youngsters should be forward-thinking and their thoughts should sketch a positive future,” Baumgarten said.De Ridder added that for the youngsters of Africa to be inspired, countries should have a human-centred approach to development and that young people should take ownership of the fact that they are the future.Ekii said: “Youngsters should be proactive and not reactive to their situations.”He cited an example of how, when he was just 13 years old, he and a few friends from his hometown in Uganda took it upon themselves to talk openly about HIV in the community.When Khumalo was asked how youngsters from other continents welcomed African youth, she said: “Youngsters from other parts of the world have a warped sense of Africa and African youngsters are more receptive to the outside world than their counterparts.”BRICS and the role of AfricaA panel discussion on South Africa’s role in the BRICS grouping of nations was chaired by Abdullah Verachia, director of Frontier Advisory.The panel included Ajai Chowdry, chair of HCL in India; Dr Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising; Dr MG Vaidyan, CEO of the State Bank of India in South Africa; James Mwangi, global managing partner at Dalberg and Christine Jiang, from Huawei Technologies.Chowdry said that for Africa to protect itself from the effects of the looming economic crisis, it had to indirectly help Europe by keeping its domestic consumption growing.He said South Africa would play a direct role with its involvement in BRICS as the bloc would probably contribute money as a group to the International Monetary Fund.Dr Vaidyan said: “India understood early on like China that population size is not a burden but an asset, and an asset should be maintained.”Vaidyan said that although India had a large population; it had 18 000 colleges, 350 universities and 1-million schools to provide education to its citizens.“The country also recognised that for urban India to progress, rural India has to be developed, that is why at least 40% of the loans we give are to small-scale farmers. South Africa needs to follow that route if it is to be a major player in the BRICS grouping,” said Dr Vaidyan.Mahajan said Africa’s greatest challenge was its migrants overseas who talked negatively about their native countries, creating a warped view of the continent. Africa should make sure its “ambassadors” in foreign countries celebrated Africa, he added.Speaking about competition between companies in the BRICS grouping, Mahajan said: “Africa should not just roll out the red carpet for companies from the BRIC grouping to invest in the respective countries on the continent, but should advocate for African companies to also invest in those markets.”Brand Africa 100 awardsThe inaugural Brand Africa 100 awards also took place during forum, giving credit to the continent’s most valued brands as voted for by pan-African consumers.Research methodology for the awards was developed by the Brand Leadership Academy in partnership with TNS, a globally respected consumer knowledge and information company, and Brand Finance – the world’s leading independent valuation consultancy.“One of the primary drivers of Africa’s growth lies in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” said Thebe Ikalafeng, founder and chairperson of Brand Africa.Ikalafeng added that consumers were the ultimate arbiters of a brand’s success and that the awards would show which brands are getting it right on the continent.The award sector categories included food, beverages, electronics, telecoms, automotive, apparel, banks, oil and gas, retail and personal care.Credit was also given to the most valued non-African brand, the most valued brand in Africa and the Grand Prix award for the most valued African brand overall.The winning brands were:• Food – McDonalds• Beverages – Coca-Cola• Electronics – Samsung• Telecoms – MTN• Automotive – Toyota• Apparel – Nike• Banks – Absa• Oil and gas – Shell• Retail – Blue Band• Personal Care – NiveaThe most valued non-African brand went to Shell, while MTN was voted the most valued brand in Africa and took the Grand Prix award.
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(AP) – President Donald Trump will head into his second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un lowering expectations for Pyongyang’s denuclearization while eager to declare a flashy victory to offset the political turmoil he faces at home.Trump was the driving force behind this week’s Vietnam summit, aiming to re-create the global spectacle of his first meeting with Kim, although that initial summit yielded limited results and the months that followed left many questions about what will be achieved in the sequel.Trump once warned that North Korea’s arsenal posed such a threat to humanity that he may have no choice but to rain “fire and fury” on the rogue nation, yet last week he declared that he was in “no rush” for Pyongyang to prove it was abandoning its weapons.
As I continue to travel around the country and speak to healthcare practitioners, it’s becoming clear that the realities of patient consumerist behavior coupled with engagement incentives are leading caregivers to more actively pursue innovative solutions and long-term strategies.And one main point I continue to make is that it is increasingly important to understand that the empowered patient is a benefit to your practice and not a hindrance, especially when market forces are leading patients in that direction.At a recent presentation before practice administrators, payers and health IT executives during a regional MGMA conference, I found a ready audience looking for best practices.By now it is – or should be – largely understood that high-deductible health plans and alternative care sites such as retail clinics are leading patients to be more cost conscious than ever before. This has led to “doctor shopping” and the growth of websites rating the overall patient experience along with costs and the history of a practitioner’s procedural, certification and work history.All of this is of course fueled by informational consumer technologies and mobile applications along with those empowering patients to self-measure, self-monitor and self-manage aspects of their healthcare.It is estimated that globally some 500 million people are expected to access a mobile health application by 2016.And even within the industry, new transparencies such as the CMS Physician Compare website, is adding to the consumerism of healthcare.Embracing Transparency and Patient CollaborationAdopting the mindset that an empowered patient is a loyal patient – and a more compliant patient – is a sound strategy backed by recent studies.A pilot project by Geisinger Health System opening up medication records to patients for their review found that patients were eager to provide input toward reconciling and updating medication lists and offering changes that could be entered into EHRs.A similar program by a consortium of health systems known as the Open Notes Project found that patients given access to provider notes were more compliant in their medication regimens.Therefore transparency itself is a patient engagement strategy.What to do with Patient-Generated DataThe next frontier for caregivers in any setting is how to absorb, share and in general prepare for the emergence of Patient-Generated Health Data.The growth of mobile and consumer-directed monitors and devices is a big part of the healthcare applications marketplace.And by now you should be aware that agencies such as ONC are calling for practitioners to be able to accept these types of data into the EHR, and that doing so is among the criteria proposals within Stage 3 of meaningful use.If you are equipped with a patient portal and in addition the ability to integrate it with a personal health record (PHR) then you have reached some technological engagement foundations.New technologies are making it so easy for the patient-consumer to create health data – via everything from a bathroom scale to wearables – that old-fashioned notions of patient compliance or regular checkups is being replaced by strategies to understand how to accept and coordinate this data into an alert-driven or actionable technology.It is important to stay abreast of consumer-driven care coordination technologies emerging in the market. I came across a technology called OneCare, a data hub free to consumers that merges health data from the provider, PHR or other personal sources and collaborates with health plans to track health metrics matched to patient financial incentives.There are even solutions such as Gozio Health’s smartphone wayfinding platform that uses sensor fusion technology to provide better “customer service” during a visit.This isn’t high-tech benevolence – engaged visitors translate into fewer missed and late appointments, higher HCACHPS scores and more easily met MU-2 objectives.Strategic FoundationsTo meet the demands of the new consumerist and patient-generated data horizons of quality-driven healthcare and payment models, adopt a collaborative and proactive approach to patient populations.It’s important to survey this population to understand their expectations and their own levels of technological abilities and the importance they place upon it.Turning this information into analytics and then a sound strategy – for both incentive program requirements and realistic patient engagement as well as empowerment programs – are keys to putting theory into practice.What questions do you have?As a healthcare executive and strategist, Justin Barnes is an industry and technology advisor who also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center. In addition, Mr. Barnes is Chairman Emeritus of the HIMSS EHR Association as well as Co-Chairman of the Accountable Care Community of Practice.