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All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you.

The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported.

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The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and Disney’s private island Castaway Cay.

The job posting opened in December, but it appears that the cruise line is still recruiting.

But not anyone can apply or be hired. You have to have two years’ recent experience working with children in a “high-volume, fast-paced recreational/camp environment.”

Among the other qualifications:

  • Must be able to command the attention of large groups of children
  • At least 20 years old
  • Work a seven-day 70-84 hour work week with limited time off
  • Adhere to Disney Cruise Line appearance guidelines

It would also help to be bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese and have experience working with children with special needs.

If chosen, cruise line cast members live with a roommate on board the ship and also must be willing and able to follow and lead the shipboard emergency procedures.

The positions are for any of the four Disney ships: the Wonder, Magic, Fantasy or Dream, and Disney’s private Bahamian island, the Liverpool Echo reported.

Click here to apply.

Report: Winn-Dixie owner preparing for bankruptcy, up to 200 stores could close

Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo is preparing for bankruptcy, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Up to 200 stores could close as part of a bankruptcy filing, Bloomberg reported. According to Winn-Dixie's website, the retailer has locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The bankruptcy filing could come as early as next month, Bloomberg reported. 

Bi-Lo has not publicly confirmed any bankruptcy plans.

Traditional grocery stores have faced increased competition from online retailers like Amazon.

Gibson guitar company facing imminent bankruptcy

Gibson guitar company, which has been a staple brand among various musical instruments since 1902, is facing bankruptcy.

According to the Nashville Post, Gibson’s chief financial officer, Bill Lawrence, left after six months on the job and just as $375 million in senior secured notes mature and another $145 million in bank loans become due if they aren’t refinanced by July. The departure of Lawrence was seen as abrupt and a statement about the desperate situation Gibson is in currently.

The company, which generates $1 billion a year in revenues, recently moved out of its Nashville warehouse, where it had operated since the mid 1980s. 

RELATED: Gibson pushes back against bankruptcy talk, hires new CFO

The company owner since then, Henry Juskiewicz, is trying to re-order the company according to the Post but is facing a battle with creditors over bad business decisions. The company recently sold Baldwin piano, and is hoping to see a boost in cash from the various electronics companies it had purchased the last several years.

Gibson began in 1902 in Kalamazoo, Mich., producing various instruments, including acoustic guitars and the Les Paul, designed by noted guitarist Les Paul, which became one of the most iconic instruments ever made. The Gibson Les Paul began production in 1952, and became a staple of the rock and roll movement since. The company since developed other iconic guitars such as the SG, Firebird, the Flying V and he ES-335 among others. 

Various reports, citing experts in the music and financial business, said Gibson would likely survive a bankruptcy due to its name value and tradition, as well as the a strong core business, according to Moody’s, who also cited the company’s balance sheets and organization issues as reasons to downgrade the company. 

Gun manufacturer Remington to file for bankruptcy

The Remington Outdoor Company, one of America’s largest firearm and ammunition manufacturers, plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after reaching a deal Monday with its creditors, according to multiple reports.

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Company officials said in a news release that a prepackaged reorganization plan will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The deal will give control of the company to its lenders, Bloomberg News reported.

Remington seeks to lower its $950 million debt load, Reuters reported. The company’s executive chairman, Jim Geisler, said in a statement that “difficult industry conditions make today’s agreement prudent.”

“I am confident this regrouping ensures that Remington will continue as both a strong company and an indelible part of our national heritage,” he said.

Officials with Remington, the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle used in the Connecticut shooting that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead in 2012, said the agreement with lenders will reduce its debt by about $700 million and add about $145 million in new capital.

The company was cleared of any wrongdoing in the 2012 shooting, but investors repulsed by the massacres distanced themselves from the company's owner, investment firm Cerberus Capital Management.

The company’s debtors include JPMorgan Asset Management and Franklin Templeton Investments, Reuters reported. They will trade their debt holdings for equity in Remington as part of the deal unveiled Monday.

A bankruptcy filing under Chapter 11 allows a company to reorganize and stay in business as the company works to repay debtors. Officials with Remington said in a news release Monday that the company will continue to operate as normal as the restructuring process gets underway.

“Importantly, the fundamentals of our core business remain strong,” Reminton CEO Anthony Acitelli said in a statement. “We have an outstanding collection of brands and products, the unqualified support of a vibrant community across the industry and a deep and powerful culture. We will emerge from this process with a deleveraged balance sheet and ample liquidity, positioning Remington to compete more aggressively and to seize future growth opportunities.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Applebee’s offering $1 Bahama Mamas all February

Applebee’s is kicking off February by offering $1 Bahama Mamas all month.

The restaurant chain said in a Thursday news release that the drink, called the Dollarmama, will be available from open to close at participating locations.

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According to Applebee’s, the drink is made with white rum and a mix of lime juice, pineapple juice and orange juice, with hints of coconut and cherry flavors.

“We’re proud to introduce our own unique twist on the popular Bahama Mama drink to our guests,” Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s said in a statement. “We know Applebee’s fans are going to love the tropical fruit flavors of the new recipe we created just for the Dollarmama. For $1 you can experience the perfect winter getaway in a glass.”

Last year, Applebee’s offered its spins on a margarita for $1 throughout October and a Long Island Iced Tea for $1 throughout December. It appears the chain is offering a similar $1 drink deal every other month, so fans could expect another one in April.

Find out which locations are participating in the Dollarmama offer at

$1 million up for grabs in ‘Natty Light’ contest to pay off student loans

Area students could get their loan debt paid off if they enter to win a contest from a beer company known as a favorite among the college crowd.

Natural Light, Natty Light as it is sometimes called, is giving away $1 million to help students pay off their debt. Anheuser-Busch, which produces the beer, is running a contest and ad campaign centered around the Super Bowl and Dayton and Cincinnati will be two of the 10 markets targeted.

A 30-second ad will air during the Super Bowl this Sunday in Dayton and Cincinnati that will try to stoke nostalgia among college students and grads, according to Business Insider.

RELATED: A university in Ohio is getting rid of most Friday classes next fall

“We took a look at ten of the most Natty-centric cities where our beer is loved and there are thousands of students, and took on the mission to protect their epic college memories,” Chelsea Phillips, vice president of value brands for Anheuser-Busch said in a prepared statement.

The Dayton region is home to the University of Dayton, Wright State University and the University of Cincinnati, Miami University and Ohio State University are both only around an hour or so away.

To enter the contest, students and grads are asked to post a video on social media that explains their inspiration for attending college.

RELATED: Ohio ranks low in educated states: See state rankings

In the post, they are asked to include the hash tags #NattyStories and #Contest and a green tab found on all cans inside a limited-edition 36 pack of Natural Light, according to the company.

Through May 6, the company will select 25 students who will each be awarded $40,000. To help spread the word about the contest, Natural Light has teamed up with Jake Johnson, an actor on the Fox sitcom called “New Girl” which stars actress Zooey Deschanel.

Below are the 10 markets considered “Natty-centric” cities where Natural Light’s commercials will air during the Super Bowl. People entering do not have to live in or be a graduate of a college in any of the markets though.

RELATED: UD renames former NCR world headquarters for former school president

• Johnstown, Pennsylvania

• Dayton

• Lexington, Kentucky

• Madison, Wisconsin

• Columbia/Jefferson City, Missouri

RELATED: Area community college to open a new location this year in Troy

• Columbus/Tupelo, Mississippi

• Montgomery, Alabama

• Kansas City, Kansas

• Cincinnati

• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to partner on U.S. employee health care

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced they will create a health care company for their U.S. employees that is "free from profit-making incentives."

The companies say they are partnering on health care to increase employee satisfaction and reduce costs. 

The trio of companies will work with an independent company that is free from the constraints of profit-making incentives. 

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The initial focus of the new company will be on technology that will provide their employees with high-quality, reasonably priced health care.

“The ballooning costs of health care act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy. Our group does not come to this problem with answers. But we also do not accept it as inevitable. Rather, we share the belief that putting our collective resources behind the country’s best talent can, in time, check the rise in health costs while concurrently enhancing patient satisfaction and outcomes,” said Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett.

“The health care system is complex, and we enter into this challenge open-eyed about the degree of difficulty,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “Hard as it might be, reducing health care’s burden on the economy while improving outcomes for employees and their families would be worth the effort. Success is going to require talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.”

The company is in the initial planning stages.

– The Associated Press contributed to this story.

California bill suggests fine, jail for giving plastic straws to restaurant patrons unless asked

A California lawmaker’s proposed bill that would greatly affect the food industry is facing heavy criticism.

California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, sought to address pollution by focusing on plastic – specifically, plastic straws, KGTV reported.

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According to Calderon’s bill, a server who offered a plastic straw to a restaurant patron without first being asked would face a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.

“We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways and oceans,” Calderon argued in a press release. “AB 1884 is not ban on plastic straws. It is a small step towards curbing our reliance on these convenience products, which will hopefully contribute to a change in consumer attitudes and usage.”

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The bill reportedly would apply only to waiters in sit-down restaurants, not bars or fast food establishments. Calderon also expressed his intention to dump the bill’s harsh penalties, according to Reason.

Despite the reasoning, several have criticized the proposed legislation as an example of government overreach.

Some even offered their own suggestions.

Others have accused the bill of being inspired by unreliable data on the number of plastic straws the public uses.

Amazon Spheres open in Seattle

Technology giant Amazon will hold a grand opening ceremony Monday for its long-awaited Spheres in downtown Seattle.

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The three spheres, at Seventh Avenue and Lenora Street, will open to the public Tuesday by appointment.

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The eye-catching domes, which are the newest additions to Amazon’s downtown campus, are between 80 and 95 feet high and feature five floors of office space. There are no enclosed offices, conference spaces or desks. Company officials said the idea was to create an urban oasis for employees to work and socialize in.

The project has garnered interest since it was launched -- not just because of how the structures look, but because of the jungle that is housed inside.

More than 40,000 plants from more than 30 countries were brought in to fill the domes, which are the newest additions to Amazon's downtown campus. Amazon is paying a full-time horticulturalist to tend to exotic plants and trees and to be a resource to the public as well.

>> On Photos: Giant spheres pop up in Denny Triangle

According to the architectural firm that built the spheres, the temperature inside the structure will stay between 68 and 72 degrees for 12 hours each day, with the average humidity seen in Seattle.

At night, the temperature will go down to 55 degrees and the humidity will be pushed to 85 to 90 percent, to help the plants grow.

>> On Photos: Massive tree 'Rubi' takes root in Amazon Spheres

Guided tours of Amazon’s headquarters, including the Spheres, are also available, but those interested will have a long wait – tours are already booked through June.

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VTech recalls 280,000 baby rattles due to choking hazard

Federal officials announced a recall Thursday of thousands of baby rattles sold nationwide due to a choking hazard.

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that VTech is recalling its Shake and Sing Elephant Rattles after receiving reports that the ears on the rattle can break, posing a choking hazard.

No injuries have been reported, although VTech company officials said they have received at least five reports of broken rattles.

The rattles, model No. 80-184800, are about 7 inches long, with a purple elephant body, ears in yellow and blue and a black and white teething ring. The number 1848 is printed on the back of affected rattles, next to the battery door. When switched on, the rattles sing, according to VTech officials.

The company is offering refunds for the rattles, which were sold between November 2015 and November 2017 for about $8. The rattles were also sold online on and and at stores including Walmart and Kmart.

Customers who bought the rattles can contact VTech for a refund.

In a separate notice, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that VTech was also recalling its Lights & Lullabies travel mobiles because the clamp used to hold the mobiles to cribs can break, posing an injury hazard.

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