Ilusión de Neves y desmentido de Rousseff al fin de la campaña

Una nueva acusación de corrupción sacude la recta final de cara a las elecciones de mañana

Ilusión de Neves y desmentido de Rousseff al fin de la campaña

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Un nuevo partido irrumpe en la escena política española y es el tercero más grande

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Nation Can’t Get Enough of Animation

TOKYO | Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can’t get enough of animation, especially Disney’s.
Walt Disney Animation Studios is practically bending backward to woo Japanese moviegoers after the stupendous success of "Frozen." The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than $250 million of its total in Japan alone, nearly a third of its overseas numbers and more than five times what it made in France, according to Box Office Mojo.
"Frozen" is third of all time in Japan, behind "Titanic" and Japanese animation classic "Spirited Away," delivering success that even Disney executives acknowledge was surprising.
Following "Frozen" into theaters in the country that is the birthplace of manga and Hello Kitty is "Big Hero 6," which stars a Japanese whiz kid as its hero, aptly named Hiro.
Disney shows its love for Japan by setting the story in a picturesque town that’s a cross between Tokyo and San Francisco, San Fransokyo, complete with cable cars and futuristic trains.
"Big Hero 6" opened the Tokyo Film Festival on Thursday night — the first Disney animation film to have its global premiere in Japan. It opens at theaters around the world in November and December.
Its directors, Don Hall of "Winnie the Pooh" and Chris Williams of "Bolt," did a lot of research and tapped Japanese sources to help make San Fransokyo authentic, down to signposts, manhole covers and faces of passers-by.
Williams said the world they created was inspired by Hayao Miyazaki, the animation legend who won an Oscar for "Spirited Away."
Hall said the mouthless face of Baymax, the inflatable marshmallowlike robot, was inspired by a bell he saw at a Japanese temple.
"I saw a smile," Hall told reporters recently while in town for the Tokyo Film Festival. "I thought it would be the perfect face for Baymax."
The rubbery Baymax, designed to be a health care robot by Hiro’s older brother Tadashi, becomes a companion for Hiro and an embodiment not only of Tadashi’s charming and loving persona, but also of his message of peace, even after Tadashi dies in an explosion.
Despite Tadashi’s intentions to devote Baymax to healing and cuddling, Hiro adds some of his own more conventional robotic-design touches, such as a powerful fist, metallic ware and sky-soaring rockets, as Hiro embarks on his mission of solving the mystery of Tadashi’s death.
It’s a safe bet that Japanese are enamored of all things Disney — and that they are willing to spend.
Disneyland and DisneySea parks, outside Tokyo, had 31 million visitors last year, up 14 percent from the previous year, nearly all Japanese. Each spent an average of about $100, or 10,000 yen, on admission tickets, eating out and goods purchases.
Mickey Mouse is so popular here the rodent’s image is sold as traditional festival dolls, wears the blue uniform of the World Cup soccer team and is a familiar pattern on clothing in collaboration with design brands.
But can the new film duplicate the success of "Frozen"? It might take a super-Hiro.
"Big Hero 6" features fantastic music by Henry Jackman but not a potential smash single like "Let It Go." It also lacks fairytale princesses, which were a big part of the "Frozen" merchandising frenzy.
The new film is about bro-therly love and a little boy’s perennial fantasy, a loyal robot friend. But even in robot-innovator Japan, Disney half-heartedly showed a fluffy stuffed doll in Baymax’s likeness. It wasn’t even infla-table.
Roy Conli, who also produced "Frozen," was unfazed, emphasizing "Big Hero 6" was "a love letter to Japanese culture."
"We hope that Japan loves it," he said.

Nation Can’t Get Enough of Animation

Fall Parade of Homes Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2014 Fall Parade of Homes, presented by the Polk County Builders Association.
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $149,368
Home of the Year: The Sandburg, Palm Harbor Homes, won all categories.
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $149,369-$191,086
Home of the Year: Bentley 2, Danny Sadler
Best Exterior: Bentley 2, Danny Sadler
Best Floor Plan: Bentley 2, Danny Sadler
Best Kitchen: Bentley 2, Danny Sadler
Best Master Bath: The Kendall, DR Horton
Best Overall Quality: Bentley 2, Danny Sadler
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $191,087-$214,900
Home of the Year: Rockingham II, Southern Homes, won all categories
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $214,901-$218,900
Home of the Year: The Gibson II, Ernie White Construction, won all categories
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $218,901-$269,000
Home of the Year: The Tuscany, R. Nunez Homes
Best Exterior (tie): The Tuscany, R. Nunez Homes, and The Lotus 1225B, Arthur Rutenberg
Best Floor Plan: The Tuscany, R. Nunez Homes
Best Kitchen: The Tuscany, R. Nunez Homes
Best Master Bath: The Tuscany, R. Nunez Homes
Best Overall Quality: The Tuscany, R. Nunez Homes
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $269,001-$339,000
Home of the Year: Coquina, Arthur Rutenberg Homes
Best Exterior: Coquina, Arthur Rutenberg Homes
Best Floor Plan: The Townsend, Hunt Construction of Central Florida
Best Kitchen: The Townsend, Hunt Construction of Central Florida
Best Master Bath: Coquina, Arthur Rutenberg Homes
Best Overall Quality: Coquina, Arthur Rutenberg Homes
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $339,001-$399,900
Home of the Year: The Michelangelo, Tapia Construction, won all categories.
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $399,901-$445,000
Home of the Year: The Green Gables, Ernie White Construction
Best Exterior: The Green Gables, Ernie White Construction
Best Floor Plan: The Green Gables, Ernie White Construction
Best Kitchen (tie): The Green Gables, Ernie White Construction, The Bermuda 1129B, Arthur Rutenberg Homes
Best Master Bath: The Green Gables, Ernie White Con-struction
Best Overall Quality: The Green Gables, Ernie White Construction
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $445,001-$541,691
Home of the Year: The Osprey J, DR Horton, won all categories.
SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES $541,692-$630,000
Home of the Year: The Brentwood, Hulbert Homes, won all categories.
LANDSCAPER
OF THE YEAR
(Tie) FloraLawn for The Michelangelo, Tapia Homes, and McDowell Landscape Services for The Brentwood, Hulbert Homes
WHOLE HOUSE REMO-DELER OF THE YEAR
917 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Waller Construction
BEST ROOM ADDITION REMODELER
629 Howard Ave., Lakeland, Valuepro Remodeling and Maintenance

Fall Parade of Homes Winners

The Insider: New Parking App

Lovely Rita Meter Maid, you might want to look into another line of work. A new app for smartphones will make it easier than ever to pay for parking downtown. The Parkmobile app will be introduced during the next week, said Julie Townsend, executive director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority. The mobile app will charge an additional 35-cent transaction fee. It will allow someone to add parking time on a phone. Once a car is registered with the Parkmobile app, the app can be used in other cities with Parkmobile, such as Orlando and Tampa.

The Insider: New Parking App

UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge in Shipments

DALLAS | UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.
UPS executives discussed the possibilities Friday as they detailed plans for improving on last holiday season, when many consumers didn’t get their packages by Christmas as promised.
Online shopping is growing faster than the store-based kind. That’s good for United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp., and on Friday, UPS predicted that December shipments will rise 11 percent over the same month last year.
Atlanta-based UPS offered the forecast while reporting that third-quarter net income rose 11 percent to $1.21 billion, or $1.32 per share, beating Wall Street expectations of $1.28 per share. Revenue was $14.29 billion, topping analysts’ forecast of $14.20 billion, according to FactSet.
In trading Friday, UPS shares rose 11 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $100.59.
The delivery companies have learned that with the opportunity presented by online shopping, there are also challenges. Last year, a surge in late orders overwhelmed them and resulted in an estimated 2 million express packages missing their Christmas Eve delivery deadlines. About 1.3 million of those were UPS packages, according to tracking-software firm ShipMatrix Inc., which said the retailers were at fault about 70 percent of the time for overpromising on last-minute guaranteed deliveries.
UPS has spent the year bulking up facilities and technology, and talking to retailers to better predict shipping volumes this holiday season.
On Friday, the president of U.S. operations for UPS, Myron Gray, said that if retailers exceed their shipping quotas, UPS might "mute what they are giving to us." The company’s chief commercial officer, Alan Gershenhorn, said there could be surcharges.
Asked to clarify the remarks, UPS officials said they would first work with retailers to reschedule unexpected shipments but might have to turn some away. Surcharges would be possible for shipments that force UPS to hire more truck drivers or reserve airfreight capacity, they said.
UPS Chief Financial Officer Kurt Kuehn told The Associated Press that some retailers who jumped into e-commerce last year "perhaps got a bit overzealous with their promotions and made some commitments for delivery with virtually no room for error."
Kuehn said that some retailers delivered shipments to UPS "at the last minute," but that UPS made mistakes too. He said he was confident that the company will perform up to expectations this time around.
UPS expects to spend $175 million on temporary facilities and add up to 95,000 seasonal workers to handle the holiday crush.

UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge in Shipments

What You Need to Know About Massive Air Bag Recall

DETROIT | U.S. investigators, automakers and a parts supply company are trying to figure out why some automobile air bags inflate with too much force, blowing apart metal canisters and sending shards flying at drivers and passengers.
So far, more than 12 million vehicles worldwide with air bags made by Japanese parts supplier Takata Corp. have been recalled for the problem. But safety advocates says as many as 25 million vehicles may be equipped with the faulty air bags in the U.S. alone. There have been recalls in Japan, Europe, China and other areas.
Many of the U.S. recalls have been limited to high-humidity areas in the South, but the boundaries of recall zones vary by manufacturer. All of this has confused car owners and even government safety regulators who published incorrect and incomplete lists of recalled models.
Here are some questions and answers about the recalls:
Q: What is the problem here?
A: Chemicals that quickly inflate air bags during a crash are exploding with too much force in Takata air bags made from 2001 to 2011. This blows apart metal canisters around the air bags and sends fragments into passenger compartments.
Q: Has anyone been injured or killed?
A: Safety advocates say there have been four deaths and multiple injuries. The government has reports of three injuries and is investigating.
Q: How can I find out whether my car is included?
A: Dozens of models made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota dating to the 2001 model year are covered. You should have received a recall notice from your automaker. Also, you can go to http://www.safercar.gov and key in your vehicle identification number, which normally is printed on your registration and stamped on the dashboard. That will tell you if your car is being recalled. You can also call your dealer. Honda is a big Takata customer, and has recalled over 5 million vehicles in the U.S. alone.
Q: Why are so many cars involved?
A: Takata makes 22 percent of the world’s air bags, according to Valient Automotive Market Research.
Q: Why are some of the recalls just in areas with high humidity?
A: Investigators think that prolonged exposure to moisture in the air makes the inflator chemicals burn too fast, creating too much pressure. They’re still doing tests of inflators replaced by dealers to figure out how much humidity is enough to cause the problem. Depending on the results, the recall areas could be expanded. So far the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t found any problems outside of the following areas: Florida, Puerto Rico, limited areas near the Gulf of Mexico in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Louisiana, as well as Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawaii.
Q: Why doesn’t the government just order a national recall?
A: Some lawmakers want one. But NHTSA says so far the problem has been found only in high-humidity areas. Plus, a national recall would divert a limited number of replacement parts from states where regulators say the need is most urgent.
Q: I live outside the recall areas, but the humidity is still high. Is my car safe?
A: This is still under investigation and has some car owners confused and worried. Investigators think they have found a concentration of defective inflators inside the recall zone. Generally, the areas covered by the recalls have average annual dew points (the temperature at which moisture condenses out of the air) above 60 degrees. But there are still a lot of humid locations outside those areas. Government data show several Southern cities outside the recall zone with average dew points just a few degrees under 60. Dew points exceed 60 degrees during the summer in many Northern cities such as New York and Boston. .
Q: What’s next?
A: NHTSA investigators are working with Takata and automakers to test more air bags as cars come in for repairs. They’re also watching crash reports. But they’re not sure how long it will take to find the problem and set boundaries for the recalls.

What You Need to Know About Massive Air Bag Recall

Market Has Best Week in Nearly 2 Years

The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies. After weeks of speculation over the fate of Europe’s economy, Ebola fears and plunging oil prices, investors were able to get back to basics. Wall Street is in the midst of one of the busiest times of the year, when companies report quarterly results. Higher profits generally mean higher stock prices. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 127.51 points, or 0.8 percent, to 16,805.41. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 13.76 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,964.58, and the Nasdaq composite rose 30.92 points, or 0.7 percent, to 4,483.72. The S&P 500 rose 4.1 percent for the week, its biggest gain since January 2013.

Market Has Best Week in Nearly 2 Years

Nation Can’t Get Enough of Animation

Disney executives call their next film "a love letter to Japanese culture." No wonder: This nation can’t get enough of animation, especially Disney’s.

Nation Can’t Get Enough of Animation

UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge in Shipments

UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.

UPS Expects Double-Digit Surge in Shipments

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