As the world’s No1 entertainment firm, Disney is rightfully proud of being a Mickey Mouse outfit. Generations of people have loved their films, parks, resorts and merchandise. In 2017 the corporation, which also owns five film studios, a cruise liner and media franchises, had global revenues of £41billion. But creator Walt Disney himself was in no doubt about the debt owed to Mickey. He said: “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing, that it was all started by a mouse.” This year Mickey reaches the venerable age of 90 and is still the most popular character in the world. One poll found he was more recognisable than Santa Claus. The lovable rodent has been on quite a journey – but it almost never happened. He started life as rabbit called Oswald but animator Walt, who was working at Universal Pictures, discovered that he had lost the rights to the character. Walt revealed in 1948 that Mickey appeared in his imagination when … [Read more...] about The world’s most recognisable rodent Mickey Mouse turns 90 this year
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GETTING on a plane means that you’re going to see some epic views from high up in the air. But did you know that flying is banned over certain places in the world – such as Disney parks? Read on to find out the other places where flying isn’t permitted – and why.Walt Disney World, Florida and Disneyland, Anaheim, California Airspace is restricted in the 3,000 feet above two of Disney’s parks – within a three-mile radius above the Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Planes can fly higher than this, however. The restrictions were put in place after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and made permanent in 2003. A spokesperson from Disney told Sun Online Travel: “We have a comprehensive approach to security that includes measures that are visible and others that are not. “We do not broadly discuss the specifics of our security procedures to avoid compromising their effectiveness.” Tibet You won’t be able to get a glimpse of the … [Read more...] about Flying is banned over Disney and these other places – but why?
By Jarrett Renshaw NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday will gather rivals from the oil and corn industries for the second time this week as the administration seeks elusive common ground on reforms to the nation’s controversial biofuels law. The meetings come amid rising concern in the White House over the current state of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a law requiring refiners to mix biofuels such as corn-based ethanol into their fuel, which has increasingly divided two of Trump’s most important constituencies. A refining company, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) in the key electoral state of Pennsylvania, last month blamed the regulation for its bankruptcy. A meeting earlier in the week ended with Iowa Republican Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst calling the White House efforts to help refiners cope with the regulation a threat to farmers, and vowing to fight proposed changes. Grassley and Ernst, along with Republican … [Read more...] about Trump wades deeper into biofuel debate with second meeting