Walt Disney World, Prize Asset, Juggles Highly Anticipated Opening With Capacity Constraints, Caution

Disney’s parks and resorts business is more than a third of revenue, with domestic theme parks about 80% of the total and Walt Disney World an estimated 70% of that, according to Wall Street analysts. Parks are stamped in the company’s DNA. The early chapters of executive chairman Bob Iger’s 2019 autobiography, The Ride of […]

Wealth Report: London, Not New York, Is World’s Greatest City

As Vladimir Putin sends troops into Crimea, attracting international condemnation and a tanking Russian stock market, the Wealth Report suggests that 37 percent of UHNWIs in Russia are considering a move abroad. London is their most likely destination for a number of reasons. In the 1990s, the British government introduced an investment visa, which substantially […]

In Trump’s Virtual World, Real Catastrophes Do Not Compute

Two months ago, Oregon was on fire—but mostly metaphorically. Angry protesters filled the streets of Portland. Or, rather, angry protesters filled a few streets in Portland. On those few streets, armed men in camouflage, sent in by the Trump administration, battled the demonstrators, even sweeping some of them away into unmarked vans. Federal law-enforcement agents’ […]

Euro crisis spreads and puts the world economy at risk

For eurozone finance ministers, there are complex, interlocking challenges. First, they must decide whether, and for how long, to keep bankrolling the Greeks. Greece received its first bailout last spring, and a second rescue deal was agreed in July, against the background of panic on world markets. Without the much-delayed release of the latest €8bn […]

The world’s top suppliers of disposable gloves are thriving because of the pandemic. Their workers aren’t

Top Glove and Hartalega both said they go beyond Malaysian government guidelines. In its 2020 annual report, Hartalega said it provides free leisure and sporting activities and daily shuttle buses to town. It has recently invested $21.5 million to build a new accommodation complex for its workers, the spokeswoman added. In a statement in late […]

Talking horses and perfect faces: The rise of virtual celebrities

From Instagram to Balmain: The rise of CGI models The fascinating world of Instagram’s ‘virtual’ celebrities The virtual vloggers taking over YouTube This type of virtual personality is growing in popularity. Earlier this year, the Tokyo-based data research firm User Local Inc reported that the number of VTubers had exceeded 4,000; more than doubling over […]

A Brazilian surfer broke her own Guinness World Records title by riding an epic wave

Since measuring the size of waves is difficult, teams from the University of Southern California, WaveCo Science Team and Scripps Institution of Oceanography reviewed videos of the surfer’s feat to confirm she once again broke the record, according to Guinness World Records.

PlayStation VR is now on sale: Sony’s virtual reality gaming headset will take on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

A chance to test three games also gave me the opportunity to try out three sets of controllers including the PS4’s standard wireless dual shock 4, a racing wheel and pedals, and the PSVR’s own wireless trigger controllers.

Meet the Female Soviet Spy Who Could Have Killed Hitler and Prevented the Second World War

China, England, GDR Writing Career Born in 1907 in Schöneberg, German Empire, Ursula Kuczynski’s father was an economist and her mother a painter. When she turned nineteen. Ursula joined the Communist party of Germany and, in 1929, she married Rudolph Hamburger, an architect and a communist. The couple relocated to Shanghai in 1930, where Ursula […]

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Hails ‘Sacred Combat Mission,’ Gets Warm Words from World Leaders

After touring flood-hit sites over the weekend, Kim chaired on Tuesday the sixth enlarged meeting of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party’s Seventh Central Military Commission in Pyongyang in order to discuss “severe damage” dealt to the Komdok area of South Hamgyong Province by a major storm termed “Typhoon No. 9.” The devastation was enough to […]