Monthly Archives: July 2019

Twitter acquired a startup for $22.8 million last quarter, and it’s probably this London AI company

  • Twitter spent $22.8 million to acquire an unnamed startup in the second quarter of 2019.
  • The startup appears to be Fabula AI, a machine learning business from London that Twitter had previously announced it had bought for an undisclosed sum.
  • The $22.8 million figure was disclosed in a corporate filing, and a Twitter spokesperson declined to share more info about what it was for.
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Twitter acquired a startup for $22.8 million at some point between April and June of 2019.

In a corporate filing made public on Wednesday, the San Francisco-based social networking firm disclosed that it had spent more than $20 million to acquire a company in the second quarter of the year.

Twitter did not disclose the name of the company in the filing, and a Twitter spokesperson declined to share more information with Business Insider about it.

It appears to be Fabula AI, a London-based machine learning (ML) startup that builds tech to fight fake news, that Twitter announced it had acquired for an undisclosed sum in June 2019.

In a blog post at the time, Twitter said that it acquired Fabula AI to help build out its AI/ML research group, and that “this strategic investment in graph deep learning research, technology and talent will be a key driver as we work to help people feel safe on Twitter and help them see relevant information.”

An alternative possibility is Highly, a document-highlighting service that announced it had been bought by Twitter in an acqui-hire on April 17.

Another option is that Twitter acquired a third, as-yet-undisclosed startup during the second quarter of 2019.

“During the three months ended June 30, 2019, the Company made an acquisition, which was accounted for as a business combination,” Twitter said in its 10-Q SEC filing on Wednesday.

“The purchase price of $22.8 million (paid in cash of $20.5 million and indemnification holdback of $2.3 million) for this acquisition was allocated as follows: $4.9 million to developed technology, $1.2 million to net liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair value on the acquisition date, and the excess $19.1 million of the purchase price over the fair value of net assets acquired to goodwill. The goodwill from the acquisition is mainly attributable to assembled workforce, expected synergies and other benefits. The goodwill is not tax deductible. The developed technology will be amortized on a straight-line basis over its estimated useful life of 36 months.”

Last week, Twitter announced its second-quarter financial results. It beat analysts expectations for revenue, bringing in $841 million, with a 21% year-on-year increase in ad sales. It made $37 million in profit, and its users grew at its fastest year-on-year rate since the summer of 2017 – a combination of factors that sent its stock jumping 7% in subsequent trading.

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Aerial photos show that tens of thousands of water bottles intended for Puerto Rico hurricane victims have been lying in a field

Tens of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are seen sitting in a vacant lot in Dorado 40 Km west of San Juan, on July 28, 2019.

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Tens of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are seen sitting in a vacant lot in Dorado 40 Km west of San Juan, on July 28, 2019.
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  • Aerial images shot by the news agency Agence France Presse show tens of thousands of expired water bottles that were meant for hurricane victims in 2017.
  • The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that it provided the water, and that it’s now expired and will be disposed of.
  • Last September, a photographer with a local police agency shot images of a similar stockpile of water on a runway in the city of Ceiba.
  • Nearly 3,000 people died in the hurricane, and researchers have said the lack of access to medical care and clean water were some of the main causes.
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Nearly two years after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and left roughly 3,000 people dead, aerial images shot by the news agency AFP show that tens of thousands of water bottles meant for victims have been lying abandoned in a field.

AFP reported that the water bottles are on a farm in the Dorado neighborhood of Higuillar.

It’s not the first time mass amounts of abandoned water bottles have been discovered by photographers. Last September, a photographer with a local police agency shot images of a similar stockpile of water on a runway in the city of Ceiba.

Read more: Photos reportedly show massive stockpile of bottled water left on a runway for more than a year in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

Tens of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are seen sitting in a vacant lot in Dorado 40 Km west of San Juan, on July 28, 2019.

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Tens of thousands of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria are seen sitting in a vacant lot in Dorado 40 Km west of San Juan, on July 28, 2019.
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A spokesman with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed to AFP that it had provided the water bottles found in the Higuillar field, and that the water is now expired.

The agency also told CBS News reported David Begnaud on Monday that it had a “surplus of water in its inventories that is now near or passed their expiration dates,” they are aiming to dispose of the water bottles by September 2019.

“FEMA followed federal acquisition processes in order to dispose of the expiring water that included offers to federal and territorial governments and public auction,” the agency told Begnaud. “As a final step in the process, FEMA contracted to have the expired water removed and disposed.”

AFP reported that the spokesman would not give details on how much water was on the field, how long it had been there, and why officials allowed it to expire rather than distribute it.

The US government’s response to Hurricane Maria in 2017 drew widespread criticism in the wake of the deaths, which researchers have attributed largely to power failures and a lack of access to medical care and clean water.

Trump blasts Fed Chairman Powell even after getting the interest rate cut the president has been demanding for months

President Donald Trump stands behind Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

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President Donald Trump stands behind Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
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  • The Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 0.25% on Wednesday, the first rate cut in 10 years.
  • President Donald Trump has been calling on the Fed and Chairman Jerome Powell to cut rates for months.
  • But the cut did not do enough to satisfy the president.
  • “As usual, Powell let us down, but at least he is ending quantitative tightening, which shouldn’t have started in the first place – no inflation,” Trump said.
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After months of demanding that Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cut interest rates in order to boost the economy, President Donald Trump on Wednesday finally got his wish as the central bank went through with a 0.25% interest rate cut.

But based on the president’s response, the first rate cut in 10 years still wasn’t enough for him.

“What the Market wanted to hear from Jay Powell and the Federal Reserve was that this was the beginning of a lengthy and aggressive rate-cutting cycle which would keep pace with China, The European Union and other countries around the world,” Trump tweeted a few hours after the Fed decision was announced.

“As usual, Powell let us down, but at least he is ending quantitative tightening, which shouldn’t have started in the first place – no inflation. We are winning anyway, but I am certainly not getting much help from the Federal Reserve!”

Read more: The Federal Reserve just slashed interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis

The Fed made the much-anticipated decision to cut rates on Wednesday, citing weakening global economic conditions. Powell previously pointed to the uncertainty surrounding trade – particularly Trump’s trade war with China – as a reason for the need to loosen policy. The Fed also announced it would stop its sale of bonds that were accumulated during the financial crisis – what Trump referred to as “quantitative tightening” – earlier than anticipated.

In general, lowering interest rates stimulates the economy by making it cheaper for business and individuals to borrow money. Borrowers then turn around and, theoretically, spend that money in the economy and help boost growth.

But despite the stimulative move, stocks sold off sharply during Powell’s press conference as the chairman seemed to suggest that the move may be a one-off “mid-cycle adjustment,” rather than a sustained cutting cycle. Though Powell later clarified that more cuts could be on the way if needed.

Clearly the more moderate approach to the rate cut by Powell during the press conference did not appease Trump’s desire for more stimulus. A senior White House official told CNBC’s Eamon Javers that Trump viewed the Fed’s move as “not enough.”

Trump has campaigned for months against the Fed’s interest rate hike cycle, which began at the end of 2015. The Fed then hiked rates another eight times from 2016 through 2018.

But given Powell’s tempered tone about the possibility of future rate cuts, the President didn’t not appear satisfied.

Central bank observers have raised concerns about the president’s Fed bashing, warning that political influence on the Fed could be detrimental to the US economy. Trump’s attacks have also been criticized as an attempt to deflect blame for any economic problems that could hit the US economy in the run up to the 2020 election.

Chris Evans slams ‘Fox Nation’ host Tomi Lahren for calling refugee parents ‘s—ty’

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“Avengers” actor Chris Evans called out conservative host Tomi Lahren on Twitter Wednesday.
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  • Avengers” actor Chris Evans slammed conservative commentator Tomi Lahren on Twitter Wednesday after the Fox Nation host called refugee parents “shitty.”
  • “The complete lack of sympathy, respect, and general awareness is astonishing,” Evans wrote. “Also, I would carry my kid through fire if it meant escaping hell.”
  • Lahren had tweeted on Tuesday that any refugee who brings their child with them is not only a “criminal,” but also a “shitty parent.”
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“Avengers” actor Chris Evans slammed “Fox Nation” host Tomi Lahren on Twitter Wednesday for her comments about refugee parents.

Evans said Lahrens’ “complete lack of sympathy, respect, and general awareness” was “astonishing.”

“I would carry my kid through fire if it meant escaping hell,” the actor added.

Evans’ response came after Lahren posted a controversial tweet calling refugee parents “s—ty” on Tuesday.

“If you traipse your kid 2,000 miles in dangerous conditions you’re not only a criminal, you’re a s—ty parent,” Lahren tweeted.

Lahren’s tweet comes at a time of intense focus on the US/Mexico border, with many decrying the treatment of immigrants. President Donald Trump has become notorious for his stance on immigration, and has escalated efforts to restrict immigration in recent weeks and months. Many families have become separated in recent months and a large amount of attention is being given to the treatment of children in detention centers.

Read more: 13 celebrities who donated their time and money to fight for immigrant rights

Fans of the “Avengers” actor were quick to express their support for Evans on social media, calling him a “future super dad” and praising his decency.

Representatives for Lahren didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

The best active men’s cargo pants you can buy for work or outdoors

  • Cargo pants are comfy, rugged, and great for the outdoors.
  • Fit and fabrics have come a long way since the baggy pants of the 1990s.
  • Our best pick, the Mammut Zinal, is comfy, durable, and offers a range of fit options.

When you hear the words “cargo pants,” you might then think either “adventure” or “Sporty Spice.” If you’re in the latter camp, I’m here to show you the light. There’s no doubt that the Spice Girls and Old Navy made thigh pockets cool back in the 1990s, but it’s 2019 and things have changed a lot since you could buy a cassette from Sam Goody. These days, men’s adventure pants fit well, use performance materials, and don’t make you look like you just walked off the set of a safari-themed game show.

My wife got me a pair of active cargo pants to rock-climb in, about two years ago. Up until then, I was strictly split in my clothing: spandex for cycling and running, jeans and slacks for the times when I wasn’t sweating. I didn’t see the need for a middle ground, but I wore those cargo pants so much that I acquired two more pairs in an REI sale, and since then I have become something of an aficionado of the genre.

These days, I often go from the climbing gym to a restaurant or bar, and I like to be dressed appropriately in both places. Also, as someone living with diabetes, my pockets are always stuffed with the things I need, so the extra storage is very helpful. Even if you don’t find yourself having many “trail to tavern” days, cargo pants are a great option for hiking, airports (hello, passport pocket), yard work, and everyday wear in informal environments. Modern cargo pants are athletically cut, meaning they’ll stretch with your legs as you move, and breathe with your body as you heat up. This makes for a comfortable experience whether you’re sending a peak or sitting in a plane.

Here are the best active men’s cargo pants you can buy:


The best active men’s cargo short overall

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I never thought pants would make me feel like a badass, but these Mammut Zinal pants are like trail armor. Plenty of pockets, a great fit, and durable construction make them my go-to for everything from hiking to climbing.

I’m pretty picky about what I wear on the trail. I want clothes that don’t look like I walked off an Everest expedition but perform like I could take one on if I needed to. I spent much of my life dressed in spandex covered with sponsor logos and I’m done with bright colors and flashy fabrics, but I don’t want to sacrifice performance in order to avoid looking like a NASCAR driver. Mammut’s Zinal pants hit the middle ground for me: incredibly practical on the trail, but they come in colors that can’t be seen from space.

The first thing you’ll notice with the Zinal is the strange seams that cut across the thighs, but once you start moving in them you’ll soon forget about the seams or the pants. They feel like they were built with a body in them, moving naturally even when the pockets are loaded, thanks to the clever cut and spandex fabric. Zippered and tapered ankles make it easy to pull hiking boots on and off or roll the legs up to see your feet when climbing. Ventilation zippers on the sides let you cool off on hot hikes while cargo pocket let you carry snacks, phone, maps, etc.

These pants are durable. I’ve taken them to indoor and outdoor climbing, as well as on long hikes with scrambles that would shred lightweight fabric. Contrary to what their tough exterior and water-repellant coating might lead you to believe, these pants are Bluesign approved, meaning they are made using ecologically sound fabrics and manufacturing processes.

These pants aren’t cheap, but they let my knees move better on technical climbs than any other pants I have ever worn. The athletic fit lets me use the cargo pockets on hikes without things uncomfortably bumping into my thighs, and the zippered ventilation is handy when I need some cooling.

Pros: Great fit, usable cargo pockets, zippered vents

Cons: Expensive


The best for the classic look

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Beneath the classic look of a pair of green moleskin pants, the Sherpa Adventure Gear Gurkhali packs some serious cutting-edge fabrics and design.

It’s fitting that these pants are almost army green given that they are named for the Gurkhas, a Nepali regiment of the British Army known for their incredible bravery and endurance. In fact, an ex-Gurkha is attempting to summit the world’s highest peaks in record time as of this writing. If these pants are half as tough as the Gurkhas, then I’ll be wearing them into retirement.

The Gurkhali pants might look, at a distance, like classic moleskin pants. Their straight leg cut, dark green color, and tacked seams evoke the outdoor pants of a different era. But these are far from retro: The Gurkhali pants are made with Dyneema, a material that is 30% lighter than traditional nylons but 15 times stronger per weight than steel. Despite this durability, the pants feel light and the two-way stretch of the fabric means they move with your body whether you’re climbing a chimney or just grabbing a coffee.

The five-pocket design doesn’t strictly qualify these as cargo pants, but they are certainly rugged enough for outdoor wear. Nice touches, like the pattern on the front belt loop, means they’re also stylish enough for the office or semi-formal use. Not only do these pants look good, but they will also make you feel good as a portion of proceeds is donated to children in Nepal.

As REI buyers noted, the cut and comfort of these pants are as valued in the office or on a night out, as it is on the trail.

Pros: Durability, fit, and performance are second to none, looks great for everyday wear

Cons: No thigh pocket


The best active men’s cargo pants for travel

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Merino wool is the traveler’s best friend, so the Icebreaker Merino Connection Pants use it to ensure a soft and stink-free fit even when you’re in them for the long haul.

In a world of high-tech polymers and lab-designed fabrics, merino wool is still my go-to for long travel or trail days. Not only does it feel soft against the skin, but it also keeps odor at bay. This might not seem important, but let me tell you, sprinting to catch a flight and then sitting in your sweaty pants for a dozen hours is no fun. That’s why I always fly in moisture-wicking and odor-resistant merino shirts. Until now, I didn’t have merino pants, but these incredibly comfy and well-cut adventure pants from Icebreaker are quickly becoming a fixture in my in-flight wardrobe.

These pants feature spandex weave, so they stretch with you as you move, as well as a robust nylon exterior that has proven more than capable of sustaining rock climbing and hiking. The addition of a side stash pocket, just big enough for a wallet or passport, makes these pants even more practical in airports.

The pants are stylish and comfortable enough to be worn in the office, dressed down at night, or taken on expeditions. Buyers praised the lightweight and breathability that comes from the merino wool. The Connection comes in sand and slate – two natural tones that should go with any wardrobe – and while the cut and color are great for trail use, these pants don’t scream “I’m outdoorsy” like some outdoor pants tend to.

Icebreaker offers a handy fit-finder on its website. I often find myself between 30 and 32 waist sizes and it took about 30 seconds for the algorithm to put me in a size 30, which fits perfectly. But some buyers noted that the stretch in the fabric means you should err on the side of a smaller size, but I found that the fit-finder did a great job in finding me the right pair.

Pros: Comfortable and breathable, durable exterior and soft interior

Cons: Cost


The best for guys who live in jeans

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It can be hard to break out of the rut of turning to denim for just about everything, but the Backcountry Workwear Pants offer more performance and the same comfort and fit.

Denim remains a durable fabric, but since the days of cowboys, it has evolved to become breathable, water-resistant, and much lighter. If you’re a denim dude, give these relaxed-fit workwear pants a try and see if you don’t notice the benefits of 150 years of clothing innovation

Backcountry’s Workwear Pants fit like your favorite jeans and looks just as good with a flannel shirt as it does with a base-layer top and a Gore-Tex jacket. Unlike your favorite jeans, the DWR coating repels water and scuffs. Brass rivets might look like Levi’s, but the spandex woven between them makes these pants stretch with your body.

There’s a handy zippered thigh pocket on the left hip, and a doubled-up section of fabric on the right waist pocket for a small penknife – a perfect illustration that these pants are as much for the office as they are the outdoors. The relaxed fit leaves plenty of room in the thighs and guys who prefer a tighter fit, or have smaller legs, can get away with sizing down.

The Workwear Pants are priced similarly to quality jeans and come in dark blue and army green. Whether you’re looking to dress smart for the office or trails, give these a look.

Pros: Denim-like fit and feel, trail performance, light weight

Cons: Not many extra pockets


The best fitted active men’s cargo pants

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With three inseam options for every waist size, long and short-legged guys will appreciate the tailored fit of the AP Pants from Mountain Hardwear.

As a man with abnormally long legs, I spend a lot of my life selecting socks because nearly all of my un-tailored pants don’t quite cover my ankles. I understand that not many humans come with a 30-inch waist and 34-inch legs, but those of us who do, sure appreciate it when we can find clothes that fit. Even if you’re not built like a flamingo, you’ll appreciate the one-inch waist size increments, secure pockets, and generous sizing of the AP Pants.

Mountain Hardwear is a popular brand with outdoorsy people for a reason. Its products are designed well and quality-made. Features like the reflective fabric on the inside of the ankles might seem small, but roll up your pants to ride a bike and you’ll appreciate having them. There’s also a handy snap fastener to keep them where you want them, which is great for climbing when you need to spot where your feet are placed.

The pants offer excellent stretch and fit thanks to elastane in the fabric and articulated knees. There’s a special pocket for your phone and a rolled waistband that won’t cut into you as you fold yourself up on an overhanging climb or get into the backseat of a crowded Lyft.

REI buyers praised the stretchy fabric, tailored fit, and secure zippered pockets. These are lightweight pants, so probably not suitable for cold weather hiking, but their light weight and breathable fabrics make them great for travel. Unlike jeans, they won’t add much weight to your luggage.

Pros: Great fit and many pockets, well thought out design

Cons: If brown isn’t your color, these aren’t for you

A previously unknown 29-year-old featherweight was signed on the spot by UFC president Dana White after delivering a highlight-reel flying knee knockout

Aalon Cruz delivers a flying knee to Steven Nguyen.

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Aalon Cruz delivers a flying knee to Steven Nguyen.
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  • Featherweight Aalon Cruz delivered a stunning flying knee to knock out fellow prospect Steven Nguyen at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series this past week.
  • The knockout came with just 24 seconds left in the fight, providing a dramatic finish to what had been a closely contested bout.
  • After landing the knockout blow, Cruz turned to UFC president Dana White sitting ringside and gestured for a contract, which he awarded moments later.
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Aalon Cruz made himself known to the fighting world on Tuesday night, delivering a stunning flying knee to knockout his opponent and win himself a UFC contract.

Cruz was facing off against fellow featherweight prospect Steven Nguyen at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, a weekly showcase for non-UFC fighters hoping to garner attention and earn a contract with the company.

Cruz and Nguyen battled for nearly the entirety of all three scheduled rounds, but with just 24 seconds left in the fight, Cruz delivered a flying knee that connected hard, immediately ending the bout in showstopping fashion.

As soon as Cruz downed his opponent, he turned to White, who was sitting ringside, and gestured for a contract. White responded in kind, miming himself holding a pen and paper. By the end of the night, Cruz had his contract.

You can watch the stunning scene play out below.

While Cruz might have exuded confidence in the ring after his win, he admitted to getting emotional after realizing that he had really gotten a contract.

“When I looked at Dana, and I gave him the signature sign, and he was like, ‘Yeah,’ and I was like ‘Oh (expletive!)'” Cruz said, per MMA Junkie. “I didn’t have to really think about whether I’m getting in or not. He just basically told me, ‘Yeah, you’re in.’ So that’s when the emotion came out.”

Read more: It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Jorge Masvidal’s 5 second knockout win was completely rehearsed in the gym

Impressive knockouts that connect seemingly out of nowhere are a huge moneymaker for White and his company. As Jorge Masvidal’s five-second flying knee knockout in early July proved, one wild finish can take on a life of its own in the sports world, driving a ton of interest for the UFC.

With his own flying knee, Cruz proved to White that he can deliver a similar excitement to the company.

The win moved Cruz to 8-2 in his career as a fighter, but whenever he makes his UFC debut it will undoubtedly be his biggest fight so far. With plenty of talent in the featherweight division, there’s no shortage of exciting matchups for Cruz to take on – especially if he keeps delivering enthralling performances as he did on Tuesday night.

10 free things you can get at Walt Disney World

If you hand your phone to a photographer, you can get free photos with Disney characters.

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If you hand your phone to a photographer, you can get free photos with Disney characters.
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  • All around Disney World there are treats and activities that are free for guests.
  • The Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom, the Club Pool in Epcot, and the Ghirardelli in Disney Springs all offer free foods.
  • FastPass and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom are both free with your admissions ticket.
  • Guests staying in Disney Resort hotels get free transportation and free outdoor movies each night.
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It’s no secret that Disney World is expensive, but there are some ways to save money while traveling to the amusement park. In fact, there are some things you can get completely free.

INSIDER spoke with Susan Veness, author of “Walt Disney World Hacks,” to learn about the free treats and activities all around Disney World.

From Main Street in the Magic Kingdom to the storefronts at Disney Springs, keep reading to find out where you can save money at the park.

Read more: McDonald’s is giving away free trips to Disney World right now. Here’s how to win one.


FastPass is free with your park admissions, and you can skip the line.

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Disney’s FastPass.
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FastPass gets you to the front of the line of some of the most popular rides. While that seems like an expensive privilege, it’s actually included in your admissions ticket. At the beginning of the day, you can schedule three FastPasses for your favorite rides and once you use them up, you can book another using the free Disney app.


You can get free celebration buttons which can lead to even greater free gifts.

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Disney celebration pins.
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If you go to the City Hall in the Magic Kingdom or Guest Services in the other parks, you can ask for a celebration pin, according to Veness. All you have to do is tell them you are celebrating your birthday, anniversary, or your first time at Disney, and they will give you a pin to place on your shirt.

“When you wear those, especially if it’s a birthday or anniversary, cast members really pay attention to that and sometimes a happy little surprise may come your way,” Veness said. “They may give you a free cupcake with your dinner or a FastPass for the whole family that nobody was expecting. That’s a nice way to get a couple of free things.”


You can get free soda at Club Cool in Epcot.

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Soda fountain at Club Cool at Disney.
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Club Cool in Epcot sells a bunch of Coca-Cola-branded merchandise, but it also offers a complimentary soda taste test. At a fountain, you can try Coca-Cola flavors from around the world – and it doesn’t cost a penny. Some flavors include Mezzo Mix from Germany, Lift Apple from Mexico, and Beverly from Italy.


The Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom usually has free samples.

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Main Street Bakery at Disney World.
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“There’s usually somebody standing outside, giving out free samples of the baked goods or some specialty drink,” Veness said.


You can get access to the interactive game Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom with your admission ticket.

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Guests playing Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
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Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive scavenger hunt where guests can search for enchanted items and Disney villains hidden throughout the park. To play, you have to pick up your free Sorcerer Key Card, a map, and spell cards at the Firehouse on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.

“Study the clues on Merlin’s map to locate 20 Magic Portals situated throughout the park and use your cards to battle Hades’ henchmen – and eventually come spell-to-spell with Hades himself,” the Disney website reads.


You can get free pictures with Disney characters if you just hand your phone to the photographers.

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Ariana Grande posing with Mickey Mouse at Disney World.
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Many guests love having their pictures taken with Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy while at Disney, but the professional photos can get expensive. Instead, you can hand the photographer your phone, and they will take a photo of your whole family free of charge. Disney character autographs are also free.


You can get free medical supplies in all Disney parks in case of an emergency.

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First Aid center at Disney World.
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In each park, there are first aid centers equipped with nurses that can give you free over-the-counter medications and bandages.


In Disney Springs, you can get a free chocolate square at Ghirardelli.

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Ghirardelli in Disney Springs.
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Vaness said the free chocolate squares at Ghirardelli are a must-have.


Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels get free transportation to and from the parks.

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The Disney monorail.
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Disney offers guests staying at Disney Resort hotels an assortment of free transportation. Guests can choose to take the monorail, buses, or a boat to and from their hotels free of charge.


Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel can also watch a free movie outside.

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Movies Under the Stars at Disney.
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Every Disney Resort hotel offers a free movie at night as part of its Movies Under the Stars program. You just need to check with the front desk of your hotel to find out what movie is playing.

Veness even said if you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can go to any other Disney Resort to watch their movie if you don’t want to see the one playing at yours.

Trump orders the Navy to take away awards ‘ridiculously given’ to prosecutors who failed to convict a Navy SEAL of murder

President Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump
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  • President Donald Trump has ordered Navy leaders to take away the awards that were given to Navy prosecutors who failed to convict Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher of murder in a high-profile war crimes trial.
  • The prosecution, but not the defense, was given Navy Achievement Medals for their “superb results,” despite losing the case after suffering setback after setback before and during the trial.
  • Gallagher’s defense attorney Timothy Parlatore told INSIDER that “every prosecutor on that team utterly failed.” One of Trump’s personal attorneys defended Gallagher at the court-martial.
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President Donald Trump has ordered Navy leaders to strip the awards that were “ridiculously given” to Navy prosecutors who tried and failed to convict Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher of murder in a high-profile war crimes trial that ended earlier this month.

“The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal,” the president tweeted Wednesday. “I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer & Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards.”

The president’s tweets follow reports revealing that the prosecution received Navy Achievement Medals and were commended for achieving “superb results.”

Read more: The Navy handed out medals to the prosecutors who ‘failed’ miserably in the war crimes trial of a Navy SEAL

In the lead up to the trial, the lead prosecutor Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak was removed from the case after he and his team allegedly spied on the defense, which included one of the president’s personal attorneys, as well as a member of the media.

Read more: The US Navy allegedly spied on a member of Trump’s legal team while hunting for leaks in a Navy SEAL’s war crimes trial

During the trial, the prosecution suffered another setback when prosecution witness Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, who testified with immunity, unexpectedly confessed to murdering the prisoner of war that Gallagher was accused of killing, forcing the prosecution to impugn their own witness.

Read more: Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher is on trial for allegedly murdering a prisoner of war. Another SEAL just confessed to the killing in bombshell testimony

At the end of the trial, Gallagher was cleared of all charges, except for unlawfully taking a photo with the dead body of an enemy combatant, a crime for which he will not serve any additional prison time.

“Every prosecutor on that team utterly failed,” Gallagher’s civilian defense attorney Timothy Parlatore told INSIDER Tuesday. He said that the two military defense attorneys – Maj. Nelson Candelario and Lt. Gregory Gianoni – who defended Gallagher, did not receive awards for their actions during the court martial.

Throughout the entire process, Trump demonstrated support for Gallagher, a decorated US warfighter who was charged with stabbing a prisoner of war to death and shooting civilians in Iraq. He was also charged with obstruction of justice.

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Tweeting Wednesday, Trump said, “I am very happy for Eddie Gallagher and his family!”

‘Game of Thrones’ star Nathalie Emmanuel says the reaction to Missandei’s death can serve as a diversity lesson for casting future shows

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Nathalie Emmanuel plays Missandei on “Game of Thrones.”
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  • Actress Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei on “Game of Thrones,” recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight about how many viewers had such strong reactions to Missandei’s death.
  • The reaction was especially strong because Missandei was the only woman of color on the show with a speaking role.
  • Emmanuel said she’s “kind of excited” that her character’s controversial death sparked an important conversation about diversity.
  • She said the strong response to the loss of Missandei can help serve as a lesson for future fantasy TV shows to have a more inclusive cast.
  • Warning: More “Game of Thrones” spoilers ahead.
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Actress Nathalie Emmanuel recently opened up about the controversial death of her long-running “Game of Thrones” character Missandei, saying the powerful reaction it sparked calls for a greater discussion about diversity on TV.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight (ET), Emmanuel said she’s glad her character’s death has sparked such a large response, calling attention to the “wider issue of representation.”

Missandei, one of two characters of color with speaking roles on ‘Game of Thrones,’ was cruelly killed during the final season of the show on the season-eight episode “The Last of the Starks.” Some viewers especially took issue with how Missandei died, accusing the show of having “racist overtones” because it featured a white character cruelly killing the only woman of color on the show while she was in chains.

Emmanuel said she respects the series’ showrunners and is “grateful” for how Missandei left the show, explaining that she felt her character went “with strength and with agency.” And although the actress said she expected a strong reaction to her character’s death, she didn’t anticipate one quite like this.

Nathalie Emmanuel said inclusive casting might help fans feel less heartbroken when they lose a character they feel represented by.

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Nathalie Emmanuel said inclusive casting might help fans feel less heartbroken when they lose a character they feel represented by.
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“When you have the token characters – I don’t think they tokenize us in the usual sense – but when you have one or two characters, people who are used to being othered or of a minority background, [viewers] will look for the closest thing to them and I think so many people are so rooting and invested in those two characters,” the actress told ET. “And then specifically women and women of color [identified with] Missandei, so I expected the reaction to that, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the size of the reaction.”

The actress said she “was kind of excited” that her character’s death sparked conversations about diversity on TV shows, adding that this is something “we can learn from going forward” when it comes to casting, particularly in the fantasy genre.

“If you try to cast as inclusively as possible, when the only one goes or is no longer in the show, there’s not so much of a heartbreak, because you feel represented throughout, as opposed to by just one person,” Emmanuel told ET.

Emmanuel is not the only “Game of Thrones” star to address controversy from the show’s last season. Previously, actors including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Conleth Hill (Varys) have also talked about criticism of the series finale at Comic-Con.

The highest number of divorces in Singapore last year came from couples who stayed married for 5 to 9 years

Between 2008 and 2018, the proportion of grooms marrying brides with either the same or higher educational qualification also increased.
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  • Total marriages registered in Singapore dipped 4.3 per cent last year.
  • But inter-ethnic marriages are on the rise, making up 22.4 per cent of total marriages, a 16.7 per cent increase from 2008.
  • There were also fewer divorces compared to 2017, and the largest proportion was made up of couples married for five to nine years.

Marriage numbers are on the decline in Singapore, and more Singaporeans are also waiting longer to tie the knot, recent figures have revealed.

The 2018 edition of the Statistics on Marriages and Divorce – released by the Singapore Department of Statistics (DOS) on Tuesday (July 30) – has revealed that there was a drop of 4.3 per cent in total marriages registered last year. 

In total, 27,007 marriages were registered last year, down 1,205 from 2017, DOS said.

More specifically, there were 854 fewer civil marriages and 351 fewer Muslim marriages in 2018.

Singaporeans are also getting married later on in life as compared to 10 years ago, DOS said. The report revealed that the median age at first marriage for grooms rose from 29.8 years to 30.2 years between 2008 and 2018.

The median age for brides at first marriage also rose from 27.3 years in 2008 to 28.5 years during the same time period.

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Inter-ethnic marriages on the rise

One thing that is on the rise though, is the number of inter-ethnic marriage. Last year, 22.4 per cent of total marriages were between grooms and brides of different ethnic groups, a 16.7 per cent increase from 2008.

Meanwhile, the proportion of grooms marrying brides with either the same or higher educational qualification also increased over the 10-year period.

The report revealed that the proportion of university-educated grooms marrying brides with the same qualification in civil marriages increased from 75.8 per cent to 83.1 per cent, and from 56.4 per cent to 64.6 per cent for Muslim marriages.

Fewer divorces

Even though fewer Singaporeans are getting married as the years go by, there were also fewer marriages that ended in divorce last year, DOS said.

In 2018, a total of 7,344 marriages ended in a divorce or an annulment, a decrease of 3.1 per cent from 2017. The drop in civil marital dissolutions offset the small increase in Muslim divorces last year, the report added.

Most divorcing couples were married 5 to 9 years

The report also revealed that couples who were married for five to nine years made up the largest share (30.1 per cent) among civil divorces in 2018.

Meanwhile, couples who were married for less than five years made up the largest proportion (30.1 per cent) of Muslim divorces.

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Most divorces (59.5 per cent) filed by women under the Women’s Charter were for “unreasonable behaviour”, while “lived apart or separated for three years or more” was the top reason (52.1 per cent) cited by husbands.

According to DOS, “infidelity or extra-marital affair” was the top cause of Muslim marriage divorces cited by both husbands (23.8 per cent) and wives (20.8 per cent).

This was followed by  “desertion” for husbands (10.5 per cent) and “financial problems” for wives (13.4 per cent), the report revealed.

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In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Desmond Lee, the minister for Social and Family Development (MSF), said that he was “encouraged” to see a decrease in the total number of divorces.

He added that the Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System (RERF) was looking at ways to “reduce hostility and conflict” between divorcing families for more positive family outcomes.

The recommendations will be released for public consultation soon, Lee said. 

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