Martinez advances to free skate final of World Championships

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Manny Pacquiao back in talks to fight Jeff Horn LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The 2015 Asian Figure Skating champion will be the first to perform in the final round while reigning titlist Javier Hernandez from Spain will be the last in the April 1 event.The World Championships is a qualifier for the 2018 Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebucenter_img Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines warms up during the men’s short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland on March 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALLFilipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez advanced to the free skate final of the World Figure Skating Championships held in Helsinki early Friday (Manila time).Martinez, whose rise started in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics as the lone Filipino competitor, was the 24th-ranked skater in the Short program with a score of 69.74.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Mashramani: A truly Guyanese experience

first_imgMashramani, as most Guyanese know, is an Amerindian word, which is said to mean “Celebration after hard work”. Mashramani is often times “lumped” in the group of “carnival-like” celebrations, however, despite its similarities in manifestation, the origin and meaning behind Mashramani and other carnivals, for example the well-known Trinidadian Carnival are quite different.Carnival celebrations have a long and somewhat ambiguous history. It is believed that some carnivals, for example the one from Italy, may have its roots in the Roman celebrations of Saturnalia, or Bacchanalia (a celebration of the Roman God of Wine, associated with wine, freedom, intoxication and ecstasy). It is also believed that the celebration was originally about the rebirth after winter, and carnival was a rite of passage, used to move from winter to summer, darkness to light, and was in some case regarded as a fertility celebration, as it was the first festival of spring. Carnival celebrations became a means of “role reversal”, they were used to mock persons in high social statuses, hence the costumes such as masks that we have come to know. It became about European folk culture. These origins were pagan, and as Christianity rose to dominance, they were denounced. However, due to their popularity, the festivals persisted, with Christianity finally absorbing the practices. Now carnival is celebrated in many Roman-Catholic countries right before the season of Lent, a 40-day period in which persons give up desires such as eating meat. This is perhaps where the word “carnival” itself is derived, from Medieval Latin carnem levare or carnelevarium, which means to take away or remove meat.The carnival spread from Europe to the Caribbean with colonialism, and it is for this reason that Trinidad celebrates its Carnival on Shrove Thursday, the eve of Ash Wednesday, or the day before the beginning of Lent. Some Caribbean islands which were predominantly Anglican did not have carnival celebrations originally, but over time evolved similar rituals, some even placing the festival in August to skirt away from the competition of Trinidad.Mashramani, in contrast, is a purely secular celebration. It has a fixed date, February 23, and is put in place to celebrate the country’s gain of republican status.This is what differentiates Mashramani from most other carnivals around the world. Whilst similar attributes such as a float parade and costumes are persistent, the festival has no religious ties whatsoever. Costumes and masks are also believed to have originally been worn to allow people to lose their sense of individuality and promote greater social cohesion. Although this idea is consistent with carnival celebrations around the world, it is much more profound in meaning when viewed in the context of Guyana, because of the reason for our celebration. The costumes can be seen as a display of unity. Moreover, this is supported by the fact that each year, Mashramani is given a positive theme, and costumes must be designed to fit this theme. It can be said that in doing so, it represents the nation’s united resolve to achieve certain goals. This year, the theme for Mashramani is “Celebrate with Dignity, Liberty and Greater Unity”. How will you interpret this theme?last_img read more

First oil

first_imgCaretaker President David Granger followed up on ExxonMobil’s announcement that it had uplifted its first commercial quantity of oil by promising to proclaim Dec 20 “National Petroleum Day”. His reaction was in line with the anodyne and jejune pronouncements he has become noted for: heavy on symbolism but disjuncture of any associated action that would suggest he has a clue about delivering what he evokes. His rationale was that oil has “brought the prospects of a higher quality of life closer to our households and neighbourhoods. It is a momentous event which we should commemorate for perpetuity”.But exactly how would he deliver the previously promised “good life” prospects, which died stillborn after 2015? Take, for instance, his promise that his APNU/AFC Government will unveil a ‘Decade of Development, 2020-2029’ (DoD) plan. Why are the Guyanese people to believe this new promise in light of the Government’s callous disavowal of their previous promises? Take the boast that “first oil” has arrived ahead of schedule, meaning that “boat gone a watah” on most of the local content that could have been provided to the upstream activities. The Government has still not approved a Local Content Policy (LCP) document – even three drafts have been circulated and the last one has been trenchantly criticised by several stakeholders.The PNC Government has clearly missed the connection between “local content” and any “Decade of Development Plan” (DDP) they might want to unfurl. If the latter had been drafted during the past five years, specific skills and other needs would have been identified and these would have given the Department of Energy (DoE) a focused input in the local content plans the energy operators have to submit annually for approval. A mundane example would have been the need for high-quality welders that are presently needed in the O&G upstream activities: these are also even more critical in the infrastructural development that would underpin any DoD plan.  As it is, the LCP, if it even gets approved, might be tantamount to closing the valve after all the oil has been shipped.The Government has also sent an ominous signal by the opaque manner in which it went about selling Guyana’s share of first oil. The Department of Energy, run by Granger’s handpicked environmentalist, insisted on arbitrarily choosing the trading companies rather than instituting an open bidding process while offering a hare-brained rationale that even the Auditor General opined made “no sense”. The Director of Energy said that the companies selected had “refining capabilities” and would be capable of assaying the production so that the price of our oil could be established vis a vis the Brent benchmark already selected for our “light and sweet” crude.This literally made no sense since there are established assaying companies used by the industry that routinely perform this assaying function and are standard in the industry. The lack of transparency does not just fail the smell test for possible corruption that has characterised so many other new oil-producing states but also highlights the absolute cluelessness of those who have been handpicked by Granger to run the Petroleum Sector. We are still reeling from his selection of Raphael Trotman to negotiate the first Petroleum Sharing Agreement (PSA).Then, there is the Natural Resource Fund (NRF) Act 2019 – our “Sovereign Wealth Fund” which Granger boasted about. He persists in refusing to accept that this was rushed through the National Assembly in the absence of the Opposition, right after the NCM was passed. And that the Opposition Leader has rightfully refused to accept it as valid since it was passed against all the parliamentary conventions relating to permissible actions by a caretaker administration.Even Granger accepts, from his comments, that the effects of the NRF not only impact all Guyanese today but also future generations. As such, it needs the widest possible legitimacy, especially in a country such as ours where even when the PNC-led coalition was not a caretaker government, it held a razor-thin majority.last_img read more

Colletto heading to Detroit

first_imgUCLA’s coaching carousel continued Monday when offensive line coach Jim Colletto accepted the same position with the NFL’s Detroit Lions. Colletto was part of a revamped staff when he was hired last February by coach Karl Dorrell, after spending seven years in the NFL. “This was a hard decision for me to make,” said Colletto, who played and previously coached at UCLA. “Karl gave me a great opportunity this year and I am thankful to him for that. & I just felt that the opportunity with Detroit was one I could not turn down.” Colletto’s decision to leave came three days after Jay Norvell was hired as UCLA’s new offensive coordinator. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Colletto spoke with Dorrell about becoming the offensive coordinator. Norvell was hired, but the job with the Lions was offered before the decision was made. Colletto is the second offensive coach to leave this offseason. Offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda was fired earlier this month. These moves come after Dorrell revamped the offensive and defensive staffs last season. “I know this was a tough decision for Jim,” Dorrell said. “He did a great job for us this past season. I know he doesn’t like to leave after just one year, but the job with the Lions is ideal for him at this point in his career.” last_img read more


first_imgWith less than a week to go to A Little Taste of Christmas in Donegal Town we are delighted with the response to this Event and pleased to announce we have 63 exhibitors taking part on the day offering a wide selection of gift ideas for all ages and giving you an opportunity to place your Christmas Food Orders.There will be Christmas Food demonstrations by Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott and Anthony Armstrong from WACS offering loads of ideas to help you plan and improve your culinary skills for the Festive Season.Throughout the day, Sunday November 25th, Community Chef Brian Mc Dermott’s new cookbook “Reunite with Food “will be on sale. This book aims to encourage you to cook more, while improving your health and well being, to produce food you are in control off and within your budget, a perfect Christmas gift! Sian Breslin from Sian’s plan will also be launching her E-book Sian’splan for Christmas featuring 12 days of stress free cooking with tried and tested recipes, menu plan, shopping list, cooking tips and recipe calendar.Children’s entertainment will be provided between 1pm and 6pm with A Christmas Puppet Show by Mr. Scallywags and loads more.Lines will be on sale to be in with a chance to win one of three generous hampers.It promises to be a most enjoyable day for Family and Friends, with none other than the big man himself Santa Claus and his helpers making an appearance at the switching on of Donegal Town’s Christmas Lights at 7.30pm.   COUNTDOWN TO A LITTLE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS IN DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: November 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:A LIttle Taste of ChristmasDonegal Townlast_img read more

Ten teams we can’t wait to play as on Football Manager 2018

first_img 10 6. Eibar – Since their first ever promotion to LaLiga in 2014, the tiny Basque club have confounded expectations by not only remaining in the top-flight but finishing 18th, 14th and then 10th in the league. They have a ground that can only hold 7,083 fans, so if you manage to fire them to glory any new stadium may be christened with your name. 4. Forest Green Rovers – The first vegan football club won promotion to the Football League but are now struggling in League Two. Can you guide them up the divisions, or will the role make mincemeat out of you? 10 9. Besiktas – The Super Lig in Turkey is improving in quality every season and this summer everyone was talking about Besiktas thanks to their viral signings announcements. So, like Pepe, Alvaro Negredo, and Jeremain Lens, will you take the call and join the revolution at Vodafone Park? 10. Benfica – Having lost a whole host of stars in the summer, including Ederson, Victor Lindelof, Nelson Semedo, and Konastantinos Mitroglou, you’re going to have a rebuilding job on your hands. The Portuguese side are blessed with some good youngsters like Mile Svilar, Alex Grimaldo, and Andrija Zivkovic, which is a boon, but they will still need sculpting if they are to challenge domestically and in Europe. 10 8. Ajax – After three seasons of second place finishes, the Dutch giants are keen to ensure their title drought doesn’t continue. Can you stop the rot and lead them to the summit with their youthful squad and wonderkid striker Kasper Dolberg? 10 10 We’ve already seen FIFA 18 come out this season and now Football Manager 2018 is about to be released.The game will be ready to play on Friday, November 10 but those who pre-order will be able to play the game two weeks early with the fully-playable beta version.Now we know when we can get cracking on our big career saves, we’re starting to plot who we can take charge of to start with.It’s an important decision and can vary depending on whether you love lower league management, nurturing young stars, or want to rebuild a sleeping giant?So which teams are we looking at taking charge of in Football Manager 2018? Click the right arrow above to find out… 10 1. AC Milan – Click the right arrow above to find out which teams we want to take charge of on Football Manager 2018… – It’s been a while since the Italian giants were serious challengers at the top of Serie A but since their takeover, funds have been made available to get them back there. No title since 2011 and no Champions League football since 2014 – can you lead them to glory? 10 7. Bayer Leverkusen – If you love nurturing young talents, this Bundesliga side might be the team for you. After a spell towards the top of the table, they find themselves moored in mid-table. Being able to call upon the likes of Benjamin Henrichs, Kai Havertz, Julian Brandt, and Jonathan Tah should help your quest. 10 10 3. Paris Saint-Germain – Following the huge summer signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG are now anticipated to regain the Ligue 1 title and go far in the Champions League. The expectations are massive in the French capital, but can you handle the pressure? 5. Rangers – With Celtic’s domination of the Scottish game now resulting in predictable results across the border, it’s about time their rivals gave them a battle. Will you be able to win them their first top-flight trophy since 2011? 2. Parma Calcio 1913 – A club full of history and on the verge of the big time once again, Parma are the perfect second division club to take over. After being declared bankrupt in 2015, the Italian side have made their way up the league system to Serie B. You can be the person to get them over the final hurdle and into Serie A. We’ll be impressed if you can assemble a team like theirs which won the 1999 UEFA Cup and included the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Hernan Crespo, Juan Sebastian Veron, Fabio Cannavaro, and Lillian Thuram. 10last_img read more

Copa America 2019 – Winner in Brazil predicted by talkSPORT

first_img gameday cracker Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Can Venezuela pull off a shock in Group A? LATEST Chile won the last two editions of the competition in 2015 and 2016, beating Argentina on penalties both times with each final ending 0-0 despite an array of attacking talent, including Lionel Messi, on the pitch.Can Alexis Sanchez and his team-mates make it three in a row or will another team, perhaps even a wildcard, claim victory? has input the latest data into its trusty Super Computer and have had the results delivered.You can see who qualify from each group below and the how the knockout stages will pan out. punished shining Getty Images Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Chile celebrate winning the last Copa America Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez is likely to star for Colombia Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 7 7 REAL DEAL deals 7 whoops IN DEMAND Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest Football’s top transfers from the 2019 summer transfer window so far Quarter-finalsBrazil 3-1 EcuadorVenezuela 2-3 ArgentinaColombia 2-1 ChileUruguay 1-1 Paraguay – Uruguay win on penalties getty Semi-finalsBrazil 2-2 Argentina – Argentina win on penalties The 2019 Copa America gets under way on Friday night as hosts Brazil take on Bolivia in Sao Paulo.They will, though, be without superstar Neymar who suffered an injury in the build-up to the tournament.center_img *Ecuador and Paraguay qualify as the two best third-placed teams Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images 7 Colombia 2-1 UruguayFinalArgentina 3-2 Colombia Group BColombiaArgentinaParaguayQatar 7 7 Brazil star Neymar has been ruled out of Copa America 2019 through injury LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 9.01%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen tense 7 Getty Images Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Group StagesGroup ABrazilVenezuelaPeruBolivia Group CUruguayChileEcuadorJapan Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Will Brazil be celebrating in their homeland? Can Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani fire their nation to glory? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Will Lionel Messi finally win an international tournament?last_img read more

First winner of Watson Hire’s ticket giveaway for St. Eunan’s super draw is ….

first_imgFor the last few month there have been major roadworks taking place at Lisnenan in Letterkenny, and unfortunately these works have caused some inconvenience to customers of Watson Hire.As a thank you to loyal customers of Watson Hire who have stuck with them during the traffic works, Watson’s are giving away 5 tickets for the St. Eunan’s Super Draw over the course of the next five weeks, where the first prize is a house – simply spend €10.00 to get a free ticket for the draw!Ria Gallagher from Fanad was the winner of their first draw – and there’s four more up for grabs! They will have a draw every Tuesday for the next five weeks!Tickets cost €100 and the first prize is a house worth €155,000. Nine other prizes are also up for grabs, with the total prize kitty worth €175,000!First winner of Watson Hire’s ticket giveaway for St. Eunan’s super draw is …. was last modified: April 2nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyria gallagherSt Eunanssuper drawWatson Hirelast_img read more

SATURDAY SIX THANKSGIVING SPECIAL: Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks in 2015

first_imgShare This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX  is our annual Thanksgiving Special and takes a look at Six Reasons for Theme Park Fans to Give Thanks. 2015 was another great year to be a theme park fan, and for this Thanksgiving we are going to take a quick break from all the turkey, football games, and Black Friday planning to count our blessings and thank the parks and resorts we love so much. So, for one day only, we ask that all Disney and Universal fans put aside their differences and spend a moment appreciating all the wonderful things that we can share together, starting with…# 6 – Selfie Stick Ban at Walt Disney WorldIf you noticed any #Millenials or narcissists wearing black armbands this summer, it was because after banning selfie sticks on Disney attractions earlier in the spring, Walt Disney World completely banned the use of selfie sticks at the parks. Seemingly out of nowhere, the edict came down right after another high profile news story of Disney California Adventure’s California Screamin’ roller coaster being stopped mid ride because of a guest using a selfie stick. On June 26th, WDW guests were given a pamphlet at the parking plaza explaining the selfie stick ban, signage was displayed on the walkways to the parks along with bag check explaining the new policy.The selfie stick ban was definitely a controversial move to be sure. Universal had earlier become more strict on preventing selfie sticks on rides, but Disney outright stopped people from even entering the park with them. Now we joked earlier about only kids and narcissists using them, the truth is that selfie sticks have become increasingly popular across almost all demographics. While people using selfie sticks inside the parks can be a nuisance, they were starting to become a serious safety factor on attractions. You may have seen what is called an Envelope of Protection as Imagineers test out the attractions. This device makes sure that all the attractions are safe for every rider, basically simulating the possible reach of every guest in the ride vehicle. This is why while it may seem like your may lose your arms in Space Mountain if you hold them up during the ride, but in actuality you are nowhere close to hitting anything. What the Envelope of Protection doesn’t take into account though, is guests holding on to anything that extends their reach.–# 5 – Sharknado 3 at Universal Orlando ResortWhen it was announced that the film Sharknado 3 would be filming at Universal Orlando Resort, we here at the SATURDAY SIX were more than a little excited. We love anything – movies or TV – filmed inside the theme parks, and we also happen to love the campiness of the Sharknado series. This was like when chocolate met peanut butter, when pepperoni met pizza, or Misson: SPACE met EPCOT (well, maybe not the last one). The Sharknado crew filmed at the Universal resort for a couple days, so we hoped for at least a couple minutes of footage would make the final movie.Turns out almost half the film takes place either directly within the Universal Orlando Resort, or using locations shot in Universal but substituted for somewhere else, such as the last scene of the movie being shot on the beach of the Royal Pacific Resort. While watching the movie we felt like that kid from The Incredibles, trying to pick our jaws off the floor. TONS of footage took place in Universal Studios Florida, CityWalk, and the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. There was an extended sequence of the film using the Rip Ride Rockit coaster, and an even better moment when the characters in the film got into the iconic Universal Globe only to be swept up by the Sharknado and dropped onto the Pharoh’s Lighthouse outside Islands of Adventure!Last year the movie Escape From Tomorrow received a lot of buzz because of it was secretly filmed inside the Disney parks. Unfortunately trying to get through that film was an exercise in torture. Sharknado 3 meanwhile was a complete tongue-in-cheek blast. The movie is in on the fun and delivers on everything it promises and then some.A Sharknado approaches Universal Studios Florida’s Rip Ride Rockit.The stars of Sharknado 3, Cassie Scerbo and Ian Ziering, protect themselves from the Sharknado by getting into the iconic Universal globe.The Sharknado dropped the Universal glove on top of the Islands of Adventure lighthouse. (photo courtesy of Attractions Magazine)Theme Park icon Banks Lee makes an appearance in Sharknado 3 (Front row, red shirt, four over from the right.)–# 4 – Raptor Encounter at Jurassic ParkJust before movie Jurassic World came out and took the world by storm, a new meet and greet opened at Jurassic Park in Islands of Adventure. It arrived with little fanfare, but it immediately became a big success with guests. While no one can touch Disney in the area of amazing meet and greets, Universal now has several that are well worth going out of your way to experience, including the Transformers and Spider-Man. Even better, the Raptor Encounter is here to stay as we have seen several popular meet and greets at WDW (Baymax and Hiro from Big Hero 6 along with Wreck It Ralph) leave the parks because the financial support was coming from the film division. More dinosaurs? Life did find a way after all.Raptor brian careyraptor (brian carey)Smile! (photo by Mike Sperduto)–# 3 – Disney Springs Phase 1The years-in-the-making changeover from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs has tested our patience, but the tide has finally turned. We are now closer to the finish than the start and there are some absolutely AWESOME elements already. Just getting into Disney Springs and getting a parking spot is approximately 2,000,000 times easier and less stressful. Morimoto Asia is already one of our favorite restaurants at WDW. Soon they will be offering a quick service option and we’re hoping Tempura Oreos are on the menu. The BOATHOUSE is a restaurant that would fit in at any Disney park or resort and we can’t give it higher praise. It’s like Rainforest Cafe for adults. Wonderful theming and a fantastic menu (not to mention the dessert YOU MUST GET). Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar is better than it has any right to be considering it’s last minute change in theming. The new bridge connecting T-Rex to Rainforest Cafe? Great. Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC offering vegan ice cream? Incredible.Everything so far at Disney Springs has been pitch perfect, and we can’t wait for Phase 2.Morimoto Asia. (photo by Brandon Glover)The chocolate crunch dessert at Morimoto Asia, with TEMPURA OREOS. (photo by Brandon Glover)The BOATHOUSE at Disney Springs.The infamous (in Theme Park Blogging Circles) Asparagus side order at BOATHOUSE.The Air Pirate’s Pretzels appetizer at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. A charming plane used as a serving device. (photo by Brandon Glover)The quickest way to the SATURDAY SIX staff’s heart is themed swizzle stick and this one for Reggie’s Revenge at Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar gets a 10/10 from us. (photo by Brandon Glover)Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC has two rules: 1. Create a bakery free of harmful ingredients. 2. Wear cute uniforms. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 2 – ALL THE GREAT ANNOUNCEMENTS!It’s a great time to be a theme park fan today, but you know what’s going to be even better? Tomorrow. Well, maybe not tomorrow, but it won’t be long before we are experiencing Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (along with even more rumored Pixar stuff. Knock on wood). Universal is ready to take on Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon with its Volcano Bay water theme park. Fresh off another Billion dollar Fast & Furious film this past summer comes Fast & Furious Supercharged to Universal Studios Florida as well as a Jimmy Fallon attraction. SeaWorld is beginning its road back to reclaiming a top spot in the Orlando market with the new Mako rollercoaster. Oh, and there was a little announcement made of NINTENDO COMING TO UNIVERSAL.Concept art for Star Wars Land. (photo courtesy of Disney)Concept Art for Toy Story Land. (photo courtesy of Disney)Mako at SeaWorld. (photo courtesy of SeaWorld)Concept art for Volcano Bay, Universal’s water theme park. (photo courtesy of Universal)Nintendo is coming!! (photo by Mike Sperduto and Drew of OU)–# 1 – Trader Sam’s Grog GrottoThe first E-Ticket bar has arrived in Walt Disney World. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto opened at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in the spring and was an immediate smash. With an ultra-themed interior that rivals its counterpart Trader Sam’s Tiki Hut in Disneyland, the Grog Grotto has spectacular show elements and is at the top of its class when it comes to souvenir mugs. The bar is so popular it generally has a wait, however the Tiki Terrace waiting area outside not only offers live music,  it also features a drink you can only get out there (more on that next month in December in our 25 Drinks of Christmas series). The Grog Grotto is not just a home run, it’s a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth that wins the seventh game of the World Series. OH-UA!A Pearl at the Grog Grotto. (photo by Brandon Glover)A Dark and Stormy on the outside Tiki Terrace at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. (photo by Brandon Glover)Rum Flight. (photo by Dani)#screenz at the Grog Grotto provide wonderful theming. (photo by Seth Kubersky)So there you have it: the Six Reasons Theme Park Fans To Give Thanks in 2015. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the Pardon the Pixie Dust podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)One of the insanely great boats you will see docked outside The BOATHOUSE in Disney Springs.If you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:THE SATURDAY SIX NEWS DESK: Bait You Can Click OnDisney Dining: ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village ResortSix of the Most Interesting, Most Unusual, and Strangest Souvenirs of EPCOT’S World ShowcaseSix MORE Extreme Eats at Walt Disney WorldSpecial Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, Who Knew But Drew Of OU, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. ORDER this baby now and support SIX NATION (boy do we need a better name than that.)last_img read more