Marais offers view on Newlands deal

first_imgMarais offers view on Newlands deal Western Province Rugby president Zelt Marais Published on July 8, 2020 Western Province Rugby Football Union president Zelt Marais says the WPRFU takes exception to the insinuation that it acted without due consideration over the future of Newlands and the move to the Cape Town Stadium..In the letter, published on the Daily Maverick website, Marais wrote:One thing I have learnt about leadership is that you can never please everyone, and that leaders who try, don’t get very far. Instead, a leader needs to listen to advice, to think things through on the basis of principle and, ultimately, to decide on the best course of action for the greater good.In the 19 months that I have been president of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU), I have found that this process has served me well. Indeed, I have drawn on it often over the last month in our discussions over the future of Newlands and our move to the Cape Town Stadium.When our agreement with Investec fell through on 1 June 2020, I realised that I needed to act quickly and decisively to safeguard our future. But I also knew that we needed to assess all the available evidence, do the required due diligence and do what is best for Western Province rugby, the development of the sport and the citizens of this province.And so, I take exception to the insinuation in the article “WP rugby’s future on the line in Newlands saga” (Daily Maverick, 6 July 2020) that the members of the WPRFU have acted without due caution. On the contrary, in our negotiations for a better deal for the Union, we have exercised great care every step of the way.It seems that this negative perception stems from a misreading of the WPRFU’s agreement with Flyt Property Investment to develop Newlands. So, let’s take this opportunity to put out the relevant facts of the matter.In short, the proposed new deal will see Flyt Investment Property advance R112 million to the WPRFU to pay off previous loans taken from Investec and Remgro. This will enable us to consolidate our debt – debt which we already owed – and to unlock the inherent value in the Newlands Stadium property to put us on a firm financial footing into the future.Flyt Property Investment and the WPRFU will also incorporate a new company called Newlands DevCo that will be owned by both parties. Newlands DevCo’s sole purpose will be to obtain development rights and develop the Newlands Rugby Stadium property as a mixed-use development with an anticipated developable bulk of no less than 60,000m². Importantly, this will be a 50:50 partnership between WPRFU and Flyt Property Investment, which means the parties will enjoy an equal share in all economic benefits derived in the future.In addition, it is proposed that another new company will be incorporated between the WPRFU and Flyt Property Investment called Brookside DevCo. This new company will purchase the Brookside property and its purpose will be to obtain development rights and develop the Brookside property as a mixed-use development. This deal will give the WPRFU access to an estimated R40 million in cash up front, plus 50% of development profits down the line.Importantly, while the WPRFU is a 50% partner, it will not need to contribute towards the envisaged R2 billion development costs. The WPRFU is providing the land, while Flyt Property Investment, as the developer and financing partner, will be required to raise the development funding.The proposed new deal will enable the WPRFU to leverage its property portfolio for the most economic gains in order to ensure the sustainability of Western province rugby over the short, medium and long term.Like any loan agreement, WPRFU was required to provide security in the form of most of our properties, at values that reflect South Africa’s current economic climate, depressed property market and risks associated with Covid-19. An independent valuation of all the properties will take place in one year’s time, and each year thereafter. This could make it possible for some of the properties to be released as a security arrangement that has been built in as a safeguard for the WPRFU’s benefit. Even though these properties are used as security for the loan, we can still develop them for our benefit and are currently negotiating with other developers in this regard.Significantly, the WPRFU will also have two seats on the board of directors of both the Newlands DevCo and Brookside DevCo. This will ensure we have direct oversight and ongoing presence in the planning phase for both development projects and, again demonstrates the fact that the WPRFU and Flyt Property Investment are partners in the proposed new deal.When it comes to the previous deal with Investec, it is important to again clarify that the R110 million received from it was also a loan, which would always have needed to be repaid by the WPRFU. If development rights were obtained for the Newlands Stadium, the WPRFU would have been required to provide Investec with leasehold rights to the value of R110 million and an additional R45 million up front payment should the Sports Science property be incorporated at a later stage. If the agreement lapsed, or these rights were not obtained, we would have been required to settle this debt.The WPRFU, which has been at pains to deliver the best possible deal for the clubs and the communities, raised various concerns from the onset of negotiations with Investec until the end. Unfortunately, both parties failed to reach an agreement by the 1 June 2020 deadline.When it comes to the new deal, the WPRFU conducted an extensive financial due diligence on Flyt Investment Property in order to provide us with the comfort we required to negotiate a transaction with them. This investigation strongly confirmed Flyt’s ability to pay the R112 million needed to settle our existing liabilities to Remgro and Investec within the deadlines we were facing. It also confirmed that Flyt Property Group is strong enough to execute a R2 billion development.It is clear that this proposed deal is far less risky than previous arrangements as it not only allows the WPRFU significantly more control, but also due economic benefits as a 50% partner.Implying otherwise shows a profound misunderstanding of the decisions taken by the WPRFU in order to secure a better future for Western Province rugby, and to invest in clubs and players in our disadvantaged communities.We recognise that Newlands will always have its place in the history of rugby in the province and the country, which we will certainly pay tribute to over the coming year. However, I believe that the new deal provides an opportunity for an exciting new era for Western Province rugby and I look forward to embarking on this next chapter with all of our members and the Flyt Property Group.The letter was first published in Daily Maverick.Photo: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images ‘ ‘  313  41 ‘ MoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. 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Video: AMR Medics Married on Live TV

first_imgMore EMS Week: Proclamation on Emergency Medical Services Week 2020 Love was in the airwaves this morning in Times Square. Wedding bells ran for Kyle Short and Meagan Herlihy this morning. (Photo/The Knot) The newlyweds were also surprised with a $10,000 donation towardHerlihy’s tuition at medical school. center_img Watch the GMA video for more. Meagan Herlihy and Kyle Short, two AMR healthcare heroes,were married on Good Morning America after the coronavirus pandemiccanceled their original wedding plans.last_img

Family accommodation needs to get better treatment

first_imgFamily accommodation, which makes up 50% of the total accommodation capacity and in which every second tourist in Croatia stays in August, has never been systematically encouraged in qualitative development. He wasn’t really encouraged at all. Family accommodation is accommodation in private houses, apartments and backyards that the owners have registered and offered to the legal tourist market. This private property was acquired through the lifelong renunciation of Croatian citizens and investments were not accompanied by stimulating credit funds, and even less were these investments directed towards incentive measures towards certain market niches.The first complete project of branding and targeting the market niches of family accommodation, which includes loans on the most favorable terms on the market, is the “Kvarner family” project in Kvarner. In a conversation with the Minister of Tourism Anton Kliman, we agreed on the creation of a similar model at the national level. The common position is that HBOR should be included in the project not only because this bank has taxpayers’ funds at its disposal, but also because branding family accommodation as an “originally Croatian household” would oblige users of favorable credit lines to use their facilities when equipping their facilities. Croatian products and services. This would strongly encourage the placement of domestic products towards a large potential market of almost 80.000 households with more than 500.000 beds.Photo: www.kvarnerfamily.hrMinister Anton Kliman announced the already agreed arrangement of HBOR for lending to individuals – citizens, providers of household catering services with a total fund of HRK 400 million with an interest rate of 4% and a repayment period of 8 years and a personal promissory note as collateral. This is a significant step forward in concretizing the incentives to invest in recognizable quality. What should accompany this initiative of Minister Kliman is additional co-financing of interest by interested counties, municipalities and cities so that the final interest rate reaches 2% and 1% for depopularized areas such as Slavonia, Gorski Kotar, Lika, smaller islands… and of course effective a network of HBOR representative offices that could quickly and efficiently process loan applications in any part of Croatia.It is crucial that this project is accompanied by the CNTB with a good, effective promotional campaign in which every household that has taken out a loan and started investing will have strong promotional support through digital marketing. Regarding Croatian products and services, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce should also participate in the project of creating a stock exchange of bidders that includes product groups for rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, floors, textiles, indoor furniture, garden furniture, pool equipment, horticulture, digital technology. services would give the household the status of “originally Croatian household”. Such a household would be the bearer of the brand of Croatian family accommodation in well-designed promotional campaigns of the CNTB. We hope that the excellent move of Minister Anton Kliman will develop into the desired marketing product that brings a complete solution and benefit to all project stakeholders.Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more

High school girls basketball: Benton seeks state championship Friday night in Lake Charles

first_imgIn the semifinals, Ouachita Parish survived a game-tying 3-pointer with 3 seconds left that sent the game into OT. Chambers led Benton with 32. Benton carries a 13-game winning streak into the game. The Lady Tigers haven’t been challenged in the playoffs. Their average margin of victory is 28.5 points per game. In the second meeting between the teams, Tia Perry led Ouachita Parish with 15 while Cambria Hargrave and Skylar Buie had 13 each. The Lady Lions built a big lead and led 47-30 after three quarters. The Lady Lions’ other losses were to Class 3A finalist Mansfield, Division III finalist St. Thomas Aquinas and Ponchatoula. Of course, they avenged the latter in the semifinals. Benton defeated No. 31 New Iberia 66-31 in the first round, No. 18 Barbe 70-46 in the second, No. 7 Hahnville 76-45 in the quarterfinals and No. 19 Natchitoches Central. Ouachita Parish has won eight state girls basketball titles, but the last one was in 1953. Benton is playing for a state championship for the second straight year. Last year, the Lady Tigers fell to Warren Easton 58-49 in the Class 4A title game. Benton won 57-50 in the Battle on the Hardwood Classic on Nov. 22, the Lady Tigers’ second game of the season. Ouachita Parish features 6-footer Lafaedria Green. The Lady Lions have plenty of other offensive threats, though. Ouachita Parish won 62-52 on Dec. 14 in the finals of the Benton tournament. Forward Makaila Antwine and guard Riley Grace Stanford played 13 and 11 minutes, respectively, against Natchitoches Central. Guard Claire Ambrose played nine. In the semifinals, Benton defeated District 1-5A rival Natchitoches Central 63-39. For the second game in a row, the Lady Tigers will be playing a team they know something about.center_img This is Benton’s fourth trip to the finals. In 1978, the Lady Tigers lost to Hanson 38-36 in the 1A title game. In 1997, they fell to Albany 85-63 in the Class 3A championship game. Benton’s roster also includes Kennedy Stevens, Maddy Ryan, Markayla Clark, Tate Sellers, Kate Evans and Anna Robins.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBig Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Actually Surprise YouBig Data Courses | Search Ad|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoClever-Tricks.comYour Sleeping Position Tells a lot About Your HealthClever-Tricks.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Benton is led by senior guard Qua Chambers and junior guard Jada Anderson. The Lady Tigers faced District 2 champion Ouachita Parish twice in the regular season. Ouachita Parish has won 10 in a row. The Lady Lions have had to battle in their four playoff games. It will be No. 1 vs. No. 2 for the Class 5A state championship Friday night at the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA Girls’ Marsh Madness state tournament at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles. Benton’s success hasn’t been due to Chambers and Anderson only. Chambers is averaging 23.5 points in four playoff games. Anderson is averaging 17.5. Ouachita Parish split with Parkway during the regular season, a team Benton swept in two close games. Freshman Marissa Schoth, sophomore Jada Stewart and senior Alisa Harris, all starters, have also made significant contributions along with the the Lady Tigers’ bench. They defeated No. 32 Airline 67-51 in the first round, No. 16 Terrebonne 56-49 in the second, No. 25 Northshore 62-58 in the quarterfinals and No. 5 Ponchatoula 64-60 in overtime in the semifinals. The No. 2 seed Benton Lady Tigers (28-5) face the top-seeded Ouachita Parish Lady Lions (32-6). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 o’clock.last_img read more

Filipe Luis punishment reduced after Messi horror tackle

first_img Sport EN The Brazilian was sent off when the title challengers met at Camp Nou last weekend, with Barcelona winning 2-1. 04/02/2016 at 19:37 Yesterday sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero released a statement reading: “Similar actions should be judged equally and have the same punishment. It can not be that an identical action that is written in the referee’s report can be punished with one game in one case and then ours is punishable by three games for Filipe.” Filipe Luis will now miss the clash with Eibar at the Vicente Calderon, but not the matches after that. Atletico Madrid have successfully appealed against Filipe Luis’ three match ban for a knee-high lunge on Lionel Messi, getting his sanction reduced to one game. CET He added: “Filipe Luis is a player with excellent records, as opposed to a violent player, an athlete. He went to the dispute of a 50-50 ball, touched the ball then later hit the opponent without being able to stop.  “Everyone who has played football knows that there is no misconduct here and this not be judged differently. Three games should serve to punish other actions, not this.”last_img read more

Thompsons Road upgrade in sight

first_imgThe extension of Thompsons Road to adjoin Healesville-Kooweerup Road has been labelled an “urgent priority” by Federal MP Jason Wood,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Rowan Forster last_img

True nature of PNC-led APNU/AFC regime

first_imgDear Editor,Now that the estimates in the Budget are being examined in the Parliament, we are once again seeing the nature of this PNC-led APNU/AFC Regime.The estimates gave us a good indication of the regime’s priority, what is important for them.As we have noted before, there are no significant developmental projects on stream. All the projects that they currently have were the ones started by the PPP/C Administration; even the funding was acquired by the PPP/C Administration.In almost two years, the regime has not been able to put up a single new development project of any significance.Yet the size of the spending has grown greatly. The interesting issue is – what is the money being spent on?In the first place, there has been a huge increase in the amount for contract workers. This amounts to almost billion more in salaries alone.This is an added burden on taxpayers, coming so close to the increase in ministers’ salaries by more than 50 per cent, plus hundreds of percentage increase in allowances.The Ministry of the Presidency will spend a whopping 0 million on eleven contract employees, who were recently added to the staff.Moreover, we see a huge amount allocated for non-productive activities.Prestige seems to be of utmost importance for this regime.The Ministry of the Presidency alone will spend a big amount to acquire a fleet of 142 new vehicles, five of which they claim will be for visiting Heads of State!Of course, we want to treat our guests well but can we afford to mothball five expensive vehicles for visiting Heads of State? After all, just from memory, last year we had only one such visit.We do not know as yet what would be the total size of the Government’s fleet of vehicles. However, what is clear is that it will be huge. If the Ministry of the Presidency alone has 142 vehicles, then the Government’s total will not be less than 1000 vehicles.Millions, if not billions will go to ‘upgrading’ Government officials’ offices. It was announced that Minister Trotman is being allocated almost 0 million to furnish an office!This whopping amount can build a small hotel!Another area where a lot of resources would be utilised is in the area of procurement of goods and services.In less than two years, we see the regime’s record. Two that stand out are the Bond that is costing our taxpayers some $14 million a month and the D’Urban Park project, whose total cost is still unknown. However, we know that it is in the area of hundreds of millions of dollars.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has said that procurement of goods and services is being slowed when suppliers, not favoured by the regime win bids. The regime finds all kinds of excuses to stop the process and retender in an attempt to give the contracts to their friends.As a result of that, shortages are being created. The most notable is regular supply of drugs for the health sector.The huge growth in expenditure in a slowing and stagnating economy has to be paid for somehow. Resources have to be formed to keep up the high lifestyle of the bureaucrats.Where is it coming from? Taxes of course.The Guyanese people are now among the most taxed in the world.We have already stated that the VAT is going to garner billions for the regime. The burden of the top-heavy bureaucracy is being carried by a smaller productive sector. The regime is destroying sugar, rice, forestry and small- and medium-scale mining.Therefore, to pay for this, they have resorted to taxing the daylights out of our people.This is a “tax and spending” Government, as the Americans would say.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Annual Noelle’s Gift donation to school boards $64K

first_imgStudents in Sarnia and Lambton County can sleep a little easier – and eat a little better in the morning – after a $64,000 donation from Noelle’s Gift, a local charity that helps students across the region grow up great.That’s the mandate of the group, set up in 2013 in memory of local kindergarten teacher Noelle Paquette. Each year, the group donates a lump sum to the Lambton-Kent District school board and St. Clair Catholic District school board to provide students with everything from clothes to glasses to medicine.Teachers and other school workers can make other special requests throughout the year in case of a shortfall, which is often the case.“This is just a portion,” Nicole Paquette, who helps lead Noelle’s Gift, told the Observer Thursday afternoon. “They can always ask us for more, and we’ll do everything we can as long as the requests fall within our mandate – anything that will help children grow up great.”It was something of a banner year for the organization that benefited from the last month’s Tim Hortons Smile Cookie campaign. The results for that are expected to be released before the end of October, Paquette said.That campaign, along with four main events spread throughout the year, has the non-profit humming. Next up is the winter gala in January 2020, themed a “Night at the Oscars.”Also scheduled before the end of the year: a Kickback for Charity event at the Refined Fool and Burger Rebellion on Dec. 18, with proceeds going toward the organization.“I really feel like the community’s embraced us,” Paquette said, “and I feel like the need is always there. Every year, we just keep continuing. The need’s not going down.”An official cheque presentation for the $64,000 will take place next Tuesday.Noelle’s Gift also donates money to other services that help young people around Sarnia and Lambton County, including the Inn of the Good Shepherd, Pathways and Rebound. Over the past two years, the organization has donated nearly $150,000 to the school boards, more than $100,000 to nutrition programs and more than $50,000 to other organizations in the area.For more information, visit [email protected]last_img read more

What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to Animal Kingdom

first_imgShare This!Head under this majestic sign to enter the wild Magic Kingdom.If you are planning your very first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, I’m sure you’ve made lists of what attractions you want to see, what characters you want to meet, and I bet you even made those dining reservations the day you booked your trip, right? But despite all your planning and newly accumulated park knowledge, it’s still easy to make those Disney World Rookie mistakes. My goal today is to let you in on some tips and info that I wish I had known before my park visits to help your first time trip to Walt Disney World run smoothly. I’ve already covered What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot; and so for today, I’m tackling What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to Animal Kingdom!Asia’s Maharajah Jungle TrekIt Is Meant To Be Explored & DiscoveredDisney’s Animal Kingdom is all about the magic of nature and living things, and in staying true to that theme this park features a more organic design and encourages guests to explore. The Oasis–the entryway into the park–is quite a departure from the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A. or Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood Boulevard in that there’s no one way to reach the main part of the park and no visible icon pulling you down the pavement. Instead, The Oasis is thick, lush, and has a number of exhibits to enjoy at your own leisurely pace.A resident of the Discovery Island TrailsAnimal Kingdom also offers a number of wildlife trails throughout the park, such as the Discovery Island Trails and the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Unlike centerpiece attractions or eye-catching shops, these trails somewhat blend in with the environment and may be missed if you’re not looking for them. Unlike shuffling through a line or seeing a choreographed show or effect, the trails are self-guided and can be enjoyed at a guest’s own pace. I also appreciate the little paths and hidden seating areas that lay off the beaten path throughout the Animal Kingdom Park and some of which offer spectacular views! So when you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, remember that this is a different kind of park that it’s meant to be explored and discovered.Kilimanjaro SafarisIt’s Really Really HotI’ve often heard Disney World regulars remark that Animal Kingdom is hotter than the other Disney Parks, and I would agree with them. Why? Many of Animal Kingdom’s queues and attractions are outdoors, such as Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, The Boneyard, Kali River Rapids, Primeval Whirl, Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, and so guests aren’t being plunged into A/C as much as they would be at other parks. Granted, there are attractions ideal for a cool down to be found at the park too, such as DINOSAUR, It’s Tough to be a Bug, Festival of the Lion King, and Finding Nemo – The Musical, as well as the shops and restaurants; however, a lot of what guests want to see at Animal Kingdom expose them to the Florida humidity. Another reason for why the park might feel hotter is because it’s massive. Much of the park’s size is due to the space needed for the animals and their care, but even the sections of the park designated for guests is spacious and very spread out. So when you visit Animal Kingdom, remember to  slather on the sunscreen, stay hydrated, take breaks, and have a plan and a park map to avoid hiking back and forth across the park all the day. It’s what I wish I knew before my trip to Animal Kingdom.DINOSAUR is Truly Terrifying I love thrill rides. I can’t get enough of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of my all-time favorite coasters. But for me, DINOSAUR is the most terrifying! It doesn’t go upside down, nor is it all that fast, but my heart pounds just thinking about it!DINOSAUR Time RoversFor those who don’t know, DINOSAUR is located in DinoLand U.S.A. and the story is that guests are being sent back in time aboard a Time Rover to save a particular dinosaur from extinction. The problem is that guests are visiting moments before a meteor is supposed to hit the earth and there’s the dreaded Carnotaurus to deal with. The Time Rover ride vehicle simulates rough terrain and sharp curves where they aren’t any, and it even reacts to danger making for a rough and exhilarating ride! The jerky ride movements, darkness, close proximity to the dinos, and that chase sequence are what make this ride experience extra scary. It’s a blast for thrill junkies, but parents with young kids and guests with ride preferences like mine should be aware.Note: Guests must be at least 40 inches tall to experience DINOSAUR.Welcome to Harambe!There Are Great Cultural ExperiencesJust like Epcot’s World Showcase, Animal Kingdom guests can enjoy experiences from different cultures without ever having to leave the Walt Disney World Resort. At both the Africa and Asia sections of the park, guests will feel as if they have walked into living communities to sample the entertainment, culture, and variety of cuisine from these two continents. InAfrica, guests are in the town of Harambe, while in Asia they are in the village of Anandapur. Personally, I believe that these two areas of the Animal Kingdom Park are prime illustrations of Disney’s attention to detail and historical accuracy, so be sure to take some time to explore and enjoy what they have to offer!You Can See Rare CharactersAt Animal Kingdom, guests who love meeting characters have the chance to meet with a few that they probably won’t see anywhere else on property, such as Pocahontas, Tarzan, Flik from A Bug’s Life, Russell and Dug from Up, Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book, and members of the Fab Five in their safari apparel!Finding Nemo The Musical appeals to a broad audience.Don’t Make a FastPass+ Reservation for ShowsA common mistake many Disney Park Rookies make is getting FastPass+ reservations for shows. Animal Kingdom’s Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical, and It’s Tough to be a Bug all offer FastPass+; but those FastPass+ reservations rarely save guests much, if any, time. Theaters at Walt Disney World are massive and designed to handle large numbers of guests. Oftentimes the only waiting guests have to do is waiting for the show ahead of them to end, and that’s something FastPass+ can’t help with. Also, if a guest does use a FastPass+ reservation for a show, they may enter the holding area before other guests; but when those theater doors swing open, the advantage ends as almost all seats offer great views and Cast Members will have everyone move to the far end of the aisle to accommodate all guests anyway. So take it from me and don’t waste those FastPass+ reservations on shows. Instead, use them for Kilimanjaro Safaris or Expedition Everest! It’s what I wish I knew before my trip to Animal Kingdom.Kali River RapidsWaterproof Yourself for Kali River RapidsLocated in Animal Kingdom’s Asia, Kali River Rapids is a river raft ride famous for drenching park guests. It’s the most enjoyable way I know to cool down, but finishing out the day in wet clothes or with water damaged items can ruin the fun real quick. So guests with Kali River Rapids on their to-do list need to waterproof themselves and their belongings before stepping aboard their raft. I always encourage guests to wear clothes and shoes that dry quickly, or to just splurge and buy a poncho. They will be glad they did later! They should also remember to keep their feet on the circular footrest in the middle of the raft as the bottom fills up with water. Now when it comes to waterproofing belongings, I know that some guests keep their cameras and phones in plastic bags; but in my opinion, the best option is to use Disney’s free lockers located across from the ride entrance. Note: Lockers are available at a first come basis and are only for those riding Kali River Rapids.Flights of Wonder is a fun and educational show about birds, and can only be seen at certain scheduled times throughout the day.There are no Plastic Straws As Animal Kingdom features live wildlife, this park operates a little differently in order to keep the animals happy and healthy. One of the ways that is most noticeable and surprising to first time guests is the lack of plastic straws. When guests order a drink or refreshment at Animal Kingdom, it often comes without a straw and sometimes even without a lid! This is because the plastic can be harmful to the animals. Now the park does offer thick paper straws, but some guests think it affects the flavor or don’t care for the texture. It’s just something to be aware of. Even the park’s Starbucks, known here as Creature Comforts, follows the rule and offers green paper straws instead of its trademark green plastic ones.Don’t Miss Flights of WonderA true hidden gem, Animal Kingdom’s Flights of Wonder is an educational bird show set among the ruins at the Caravan Stage in Asia. The show is very funny, informative, and lets guests get off their feet and take in species such as the Great Horned Owl, Blue and Gold Macaws, the Harris Hawk, and even a Bald Eagle! Of all the shows at Animal Kingdom, this one is my favorite and I encourage guests to carve out time to see it during their trip and to have their cameras ready!Are you planning your first visit Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom? If so, be sure to note a few of these tips to maximize your experience at the park. Also, as always, fellow Disney World Experts are encouraged to share their park wisdom with readers in the comments!last_img read more