Universal Orlando Resort Preview – Week of July 29

first_imgTwo words: Universal Express. There are times you can get by without it, and times it can be the shining star of your visit. Learn all about how to make it work for you here!Weekly Weather ReportOoooh baby, it’s summer! And it’s not letting up anytime soon. Ponchos are considered fashionable, right? Weekly Park Hours and Admission Saturday is the only day this week to see Universal’s Superstar Parade at 7pm, and Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories at 9:45pm.CityWalk is still open until 2am daily, and self parking is free after 6pm. We are still at peak summer pricing, so as a reminder:One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $124 per adult, and $119 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $179 per adult and $174 per child (plus tax). A one-day ticket for Volcano Bay will be $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).Notable Highlights Big news out of Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure – Dragon Challenge will have its last run on September 4, and a brand new coaster will be taking its place. The new attraction is said to be a “highly-themed coaster experience” – can’t wait to see what it will be all about! Fans will want to get their last ride on Dragon Challenge before it goes away!There are no planned closures or refurbishments scheduled for this week.See you next week! Share This!The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Before you wonder if you are having a case of deja vu…you aren’t, I promise! Yes, not much is different in the land of Universal Orlando, but let’s look at the details of this week so you can make the most of your visit!Weekly Crowd Levellast_img read more

Get Drumstruck!

first_imgBilled as the world’s first interactive drum theatre production, Drumstruck not only gives theatre audiences a taste of African drumming, but makes them part of the show too.After its hugely successful debut at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in February this year, it is back for a two-week run at the 1300-seat Spoornet State Theatre Opera House in Pretoria, to coincide with the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development.In a true celebration of African culture, organiser say Drumstruck offers audiencesthe “unique opportunity to become part of a show that is unlike any other: a show of criss-crossing southern and west African rhythms, a show of colliding, intersecting cultures, a show of stomping, clanging percussion, a show of heartstopping dance and movement, a show of hands”.This vibrant show is directed by Kathy-Jo Ross and features the exuberant Warren Lieberman, who launched the Drum Cafe drumming phenomenon, together with musical director Richard Carter, master drummer Munkie Ncapayi and a talented cast of traditional and urban African drummers, dancers and choristers.The Drum Cafe evolved from months of small, informal drumming circles in the lounge of Lieberman’s Joburg house every Tuesday evening. Lieberman opened his first Drum Cafe next to one of his hardware stores in Greenside, Johannesburg, and several branches followed. Before long, it had spread to Cape Town, London, Sydney and Kenya, and had a loyal following of drummers.As unlikely as the success of the Drum Cafe was, so is Lieberman an unlikely protagonist. He studied physics, applied maths and electrical engineering, dabbled briefly in the formal business sector, before realising that the world of hardware retail would never satisfy him.His Drum Cafes developed organically into one of South Africa’s most successful corporate entertainment companies, he adds, with big name clients. Its corporate division has expanded to cover a wide spectrum of events, from team building and conflict resolution to roadshows, conferences, product launches and promotions. The Drum Cafe boasts a client base profiling numerous top South African companies, including Investec Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, M-Net, BMW and SAB.Drumstruck was born last year when Warren approached his childhood friend, Kathy-Jo Ross, a Wits Drama School graduate who had enjoyed a successful career as a performer in theatre, musicals and on radio. Says Ross: “It was the most exciting creative endeavour I had heard about in all my years of being in the theatre and I jumped at the chance of being involved.”Warren Lieberman and the Drumstruck cast (Photo: Drumstruck)The Drumstruck cast, led by the exuberant Warren Lieberman Lieberman says: “It happened through one of South Africa’s oldest and most intuitive group traditions: drumming. Today the Drum Cafe is synonymous with interactive modern day drumming, and has performed to well over 100 000 people around the world. In the last two and a half years it has grown from eight people to 24 in an unconventional set-up of talented performers and entrepreneurs with shared vision.”The progression from passive to interactive theatre is a natural one, he adds. “Some people go to the theatre purely to be entertained, some to escape from the stresses and strains of the world around them. Others go to the theatre to be confronted with their own worst fears and prejudices.“Rarely, if ever, do people go to the theatre for the most primal and compelling reason of them all – the natural, instinctive desire to be part of the show. Drumstruck addresses this need by bringing audiences into the show itself, allowing them to share the energy and excitement of an hour or two in the spotlight.”Other recent exciting projects include opening a music shop which offers the largest selection of African drums and world percussion instruments in South Africa; the launch of a CD, Mama, directed and choreographed by Wendy Oldfield; and the Drum Cafe’s African Music Agent (AMA) division, which aims to market, book, direct, choreograph and co-ordinate authentic African performers.Using the same informal methods that evolved in Lieberman’s lounge drum circle, everyone in the audience is given a small African drum and are encouraged to participate throughout the show. The infectious Lieberman teaches the audience a few simple drumming techniques, adds them into a series of musical riffs and before long even the most cynical person is happily drumming.But the show is also about investing in South African arts and culture through the empowerment of new South African performers, say the organisers. They have trained 12 talented former street buskers as performers and hope it plays a role in building the local music industry.Now, with established branches in London, Sydney and Kenya and a recent tour to Lithuania under their belt, the Drum Cafe’s international success has been a triumph for African culture.Source: Johannesburg World Summit 2002last_img read more

Web Apps Around The World

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Business 2.0‘s latest print issue has a nice feature on Web 2.0 apps around the world. From Nooked in Ireland to Zoho Writer in India to Gnoos in Australia – it’s an excellent overview of some of the web action happening outside of Silicon Valley. The Business 2.0 article isn’t online yet, but you can view itvia Olive ActiveMagazine (pg 106). Related Posts As the article notes, a lot of worldwide web 2.0 apps are copying successful Silicon Valley products (a pointI made in my recent posts on German and Dutch web apps). But also there’s a lot of innovationfrom these international startups – “taking a familiar idea to the next level”, as B20 puts it. The start pages market is a good example, as Netvibes (French) and Pageflakes (German/Aus) are leading the field in terms of innovation.Via Nooked blog 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#international#web last_img read more

The Best Time to Deploy Wi-Fi 6 Is Right Now

first_imgIt’s time once again for Mobile World Congress, our chance to get up to speed on everything happening in mobile and wireless connectivity. This year, it’s all about the gigabit experience. While there is a lot of buzz around 5G, it’s important to remember that Wi-Fi 6 plays a critical role in the future of connectivity — especially when it comes to the connected home.Wi-Fi 6 — based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard — is the next leap forward in wireless connectivity. Not only is it astonishingly fast, but it is also designed to handle dense environments with lots of connected devices. Plus, it enables a fully managed wireless LAN, making it ideal for service providers who want to provision device-to-device services in modern smart homes.With Wi-Fi 6 clients coming soon, service providers shouldn’t wait to deploy Wi-Fi 6-capable routers and gateways. Here are a few reasons why it makes sense to get a head start.1. Wi-Fi 6 will bring multiple waves of innovationAt Intel, our decades-long history of supporting Wi-Fi innovation and delivering leading technology continues as we highlight what’s possible with Wi-Fi 6. To enable an optimal experience from device to network, we delivered the industry’s first single-chip Wi-Fi 6 solution for mainstream 2+2 home routers and gateways and expect to be first to introduce Wi-Fi 6 solutions for the PC.At Mobile World Congress 2019, we’re demonstrating how OFDMA and scheduling technologies running on Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 solutions can boost network efficiency and reduce latency, improving experiences like VR, gaming and video streaming. We also showcased the next wave of innovation with the first demonstration of Wi-Fi 6 on the 6-7 GHz spectrum. When this enhancement to Wi-Fi 6 rolls out in the next couple of years, it has the potential to more than double the Wi-Fi spectrum with up to 4x more 160 MHz channel deployment options (estimates apply to U.S. implementations). This will further improve network capacity and reduce latency for even better user experiences.2. Today’s clients can already get a better connection with Wi-Fi 6Service providers can gain a competitive advantage by deploying Wi-Fi 6 as early as possible. To start with, when rolling out previous generations of Wi-Fi, the ecosystem has seen success introducing the infrastructure first to ensure high-quality experiences with clients. By installing routers and gateways with Wi-Fi 6 now, service providers will be ready when a broad range of Wi-Fi 6 clients hit the market.While consumers will get the highest-quality experiences connecting future Wi-Fi 6 devices to Wi-Fi 6 gateways or routers, a pleasant surprise awaits those who upgrade their home network now. This is because of the growing number of PCs with integrated gigabit Wi-Fi that are designed to use 160 MHz channel bandwidth and are available today. When connecting these PCs to a Wi-Fi 6 router that also supports 160 MHz channel bandwidth, it’s possible to get true gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi. This offers a performance boost today for more immersive experiences, with the satisfaction of future-proofing the home network for when consumers start to connect Wi-Fi 6 clients.When you further consider that a mainstream 2+2 Wi-Fi 6 router may be not only faster than a 4+4 Wi-Fi 5 router, but also comparable in price, there’s no reason to wait to roll out Wi-Fi 6.3. Wi-Fi 6 will complement 5G for fast, seamless connectivityThere’s no doubt that 5G is one of the hottest topics in wireless. Wi-Fi is also important for enhancing wireless connectivity and, given how pervasive it is in homes around the world, it’s not going anywhere. End users will expect Wi-Fi speeds to keep up as they connect more devices to their networks.As the mobile ecosystem moves to gigabit speeds, Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks will complement one another so that end users can enjoy a seamless wireless experience. Wi-Fi 6 will play an important part in the 5G ecosystem since it introduces a managed wireless network infrastructure. Specifically, the use of downlink and uplink OFDMA in a managed Wi-Fi scenario lets operators differentiate traffic and services to efficiently utilize the wireless medium. All this means faster, more responsive connectivity to improve user experiences, no matter where end users go.Amazing experiences can’t waitFor service providers, the timing is right to start future-proofing home networks with Wi-Fi 6, setting the stage for blazingly fast wireless connectivity. To learn more about Wi-Fi 6 and how Intel is enabling Wi-Fi solutions that transform connectivity and deliver the best possible experiences, visit intel.com/wifiax.last_img read more