first_imgTravel planning: To be one of the first ones in the park, you need to leave your resort two to two and a half hours before the official open for most Disney resorts. Continuing our example, catching a bus between 6:30 and 7:00 AM will be your best bet. For whatever reason, most Disney literature and even some Cast Members still say that transportation to the parks from on-site resorts begins at one hour before the official park open (8:00 AM in our example). However, due to these early morning reservations and parties, that is no longer the case. Again, my experience is that for something like our example, buses will start running to the parks by 6:30 AM.Arriving at a deserted Magic Kingdom entrance for an early breakfast When? Reservation Scheduling: Reservations can be set for up to an hour before the official park open. As an example, if Magic Kingdom opens at 9:00 AM, the earliest reservation you can book for Be Our Guest Restaurant is 8:00 AM. Unfortunately, this does not work on days when the park opens early to on-site resort guests for Extra Magic Hours. If the park is scheduled for a regular 9:00 AM open, but on-site resort guests have Extra Magic Hours starting at 8:00 AM, the first reservation will be for 8:00 AM when all on-site guests are already allowed into the park. Share This!Did you know that it’s possible to enter the parks at Walt Disney World before they officially open for the day? A valid park ticket and dining reservation for one of seven restaurants is all you need to get into the park before regular guests. Read on to learn about the who, what, where, when, and why of these reservations.Who?Regardless of whether you’re staying on or off site, guests with valid theme park admission are eligible to enter the park early if they have an Advanced Dining Reservation scheduled for before the park’s official opening time. Since these are some of the hardest reservations to score, guests staying at a Disney resort have an advantage due to the extended 180 day + length of stay window for dining reservations for on-site guests. Our dining Reservation Finder can also help you snag those hard to get reservations.A perk of early reservations – walking through a nearly empty EpcotWhat?Assuming you can drag yourself out of bed bright and early, start your day off right with a leisurely stroll through a nearly empty park. Enjoy breakfast at some of the best Disney restaurants, and get a head start on crowds for the day.Where?Hardly a soul to be foundMagic KingdomBe Our Guest Restaurant ($24 adult / $14 child): Enjoy French-inspired breakfast cuisine in one of three rooms themed after Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast. Of the seven restaurants discussed here, this is the only one without character interactions, and one of only two that are not all-you-can-eat. Using My Disney Experience, you can pre-order your meal up to 30 days in advance to save time at the restaurant. You can see Seth’s review from last year here.Cinderella’s Royal Table ($58 adult / $36 child): Like Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table is fixed-price rather than buffet or family style. Cinderella welcomes you as you enter her castle, and you’ll make your way to the banquet hall where other princesses grace you with their presence as you eat.Crystal Palace ($27 adult / $15 child): Winnie the Pooh and friends greet you at this all-you-can-eat character buffet featuring American cuisine. Inspired by Victorian greenhouses, the restaurant is surrounded by glass windows and brimming with tropical plants.EpcotAkershus Royal Banquet Hall ($44 adult / $27 child): Dine in a medieval castle while princesses visit your table at this all-you-can-eat buffet featuring authentic Norwegian dishes liked smoked salmon in addition to typical American breakfast fare. Some food is served family style, but there is a buffet as well.The Garden Grill ($32 adult / $19 child): Meet Chip ’n’ Dale and other Disney classic characters while the restaurant rotates through Epcot’s Living with the Land attraction. Breakfast is served all-you-can-eat family style which means they bring the food to your table rather than the typical buffet line. Julia reviewed this offering when it became available late last year.Animal KingdomTusker House Restaurant ($30 adult / $18 child): Featuring Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy dressed in their Safari gear, this all-you-can-eat character buffet serves up American and African inspired cuisine in the setting of an African market.Hollywood StudiosHollywood and Vine ($32 adult / $20 child): Disney Junior fans will enjoy seeing Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny while diving into an all-you-can-eat buffet at this 1930’s inspired American diner.Note that prices listed are for breakfast only and may vary based on the day of the week or time of year.Guys, I’m not sure I can find my way through all these people in Epcot’s World Showcase! Arrival Timing: In order to give everyone enough time to walk back to the restaurant, Cast Members typically let guests with these reservations into the park around an hour and fifteen minutes before the park’s official open time. Again, using our example, this means that if you’re already through security and the ticketing area, Cast Members will let you into the park around 7:45 AM. In my experience, the security area typically opens around 7:30 AM, so if you want to be one of the first people into the park, plan to arrive before then. Due to larger crowds, you may want to be even earlier if it’s a day and park offering Early Morning Magic (a separately ticketed event currently offered at Magic Kingdom on Sunday and Tuesday and Hollywood Studios on Monday and Wednesday). Why?Only a couple families joined me for the walk to breakfast last fallFor starters, imagine walking into a nearly empty Magic Kingdom. As you stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. towards your dining destination, you can spread your arms out wide without hitting anyone – a far cry from the suffocating and sometimes downright stressful feeling of a typical rope drop. If you’re a photographer looking for that picture without hordes of people in it or if you’re looking for that family photo without groups of strangers in the frame, this is the perfect time to snap away.And let’s not forget about the food. Most of these are buffets, so you can enjoy as much as you want of whatever you want. Even picky eaters should find something to their liking. Plus, you get to relax in a nice, comfortable, air conditioned restaurant while everyone else jockeys for their rope drop starting position outside of the park.Last but not least, you get a head start! Depending on how quickly your family can eat (I may or may not be guilty of bribing the kids in our group to eat faster during one of my recent trips), you can be out of the restaurant before the throngs of rope droppers come stampeding towards you. In Magic Kingdom, this means you could ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and be on your way to Peter Pan by the time they catch up with you. At Epcot, being near the front of the line for Frozen, Soarin’, or Test Track certainly has its advantages. Sign up for Jedi Training Academy before others at Hollywood Studios, or at Animal Kingdom, be some of the first to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris. Not only do you get a lead on the first attraction, but now you’re off to your next as others are still lining up for their first.Bonus! How?Step 1: Reference our Crowd Calendar and park hours to choose the morning you plan to visit. Avoid days with early entry.Step 2: Use My Disney Experience to reserve at 180 days + your length of stay window or keep checking for availability as your trip gets closer.Step 3: Review park hours occasionally to make sure that they haven’t changed for that day. If the park opens earlier, you may want to consider cancelling the reservation or checking for a different day.Step 4: Plan to arrive early. If you’re taking a bus, this may mean leaving two to two and a half hours before official park open.Step 5: At the park entrance, find the line specifically for those with early morning dining reservations.Step 6: The hard work pays off. Relax and enjoy!Do you have a favorite restaurant for pre-park-open dining? Are you planning to try one of these on your next trip? Tell me your thoughts or plans in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgFor those who needs to get going on planning, Red Hat has put together a very good migration guide. The document helps you start thinking about and resourcing your migration.   Register, to get started.  Also, a lighter version to get an idea.  Just completed 8 city roadshow with Dell and Red Hat, talking to customers face to face over lunch about how a migration should be planned and done from UNIX/RISC to RHEL/Intel/Dell.  Most of the customers I had conversations with were from medium size business.  One customer clearly said, it is no brainer, there is no reason to advocate to purchase new AIX/Power or Solaris/SPARC machines any more.  The other customer said, much of the knowledge accumulated to manage UNIX servers can immediately applied for migration activities while he saw the needs to get the UNIX administrators trained on RHEL through the training programs offered by Red Hat.  Consistently, there were the nuance that customers needed to act now, for a short term result.  I had opportunities to attend two of the seminars in different cities, meeting few different customers.  Customers came to our seminar to look for a template to quickly develop a plan that could also be approved quickly and get the project going to counter the enormous management pressure they get to do more with less.  Please contact RHEL, Dell, or Intel representative for the next steps, and if you don’t have such resource, let me know.  I’ll help dispatch one to you.last_img read more

first_imgThe field of participating teams at the Lake Travis swimming relay in Austin, USA, last week included as big a name as cycling legend Lance Armstrong, but it was Delhi girl Meenakshi Pahuja who grabbed the limelight.Armstrong’s ‘SwimStrong’ team won the relay competition comprising about 15 sixman teams, but Meenakshi became the only individual to attempt and complete the herculean 12-mile open-water swim.Meenakshi braved winds that varied between five and 20 miles per hour and extremely choppy water to become the first Indian to complete the solo event with a time of seven hours, 10 minutes and 24 seconds, on a day that the organisers, American Swimming Association, called “perhaps the most challenging day in this event’s eight-year history”. The 34-year-old, who earlier this year had become the first Indian to swim 12.5 miles around Key West in Florida, said the achievements were all down to her quest for new challenges.”Every water body poses a different challenge – with the wind, the current, the tide, the underwater life. Key West was salty ocean water and had a risk of sharks, though I never saw one. At Lake Travis, I had to conquer gusting winds of about 20 miles per hour over the last two miles. There had been a drought in the area this year, but that day it was raining cats and dogs. Both were really hard swims, and it is not fair to compare one with the other,” she said.Meenakshi has to train herself and travel without a professional coach, with only her father or her sister to accompany her. Asked how she prepared for such demanding endurance races while living in a city like Delhi, Meenakshi said: “It’s a very demanding sport, but I can’t help it as it is a call of passion. Being a physical educationist, I have a strong background of training methods and sports science. My older sister is a doctor of naturopathy and always suggests the best protein and carbohydrate diet. If I had sponsors, I could have included therapeutics and recovery as well, but these swims are very difficult to pursue without sponsors. I have approached the Delhi government, so let’s see what happens.”advertisementMeenakshi was a dominant force at the national level in conventional swimming too, and believes the current crop of upand- coming swimmers can succeed at the highest level. “Swimmers like Prasanta Karmakar and Veerdhawal Khade are doing well, and the young ones are making waves at Asian championships etc too – the first time Indians have started getting that kind of exposure, which had been missing in times gone by. Mostly the teams were sent at no cost to the government, and obviously some of the best had to withdraw. I am happy to see that things are changing for the better, but the pace is still slow.”I would call the Indian swimmers talented and having potential, and now it is about nurturing that talent and keeping things like groupism and favoritism out of the equation. Honestly speaking, I would not say that swimming as a sport has progressed that much in our country, but surely swimmers individually have progressed,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgDinesh Karthik returns to Chennai, this time as Kolkata Knight Riders captain. Also making their return at home are Chennai Super Kings after a two-year wait and the Chepauk will surely be eager to welcome both teams back, albeit in contrasting fashion.CSK will look to take confidence from their thrilling one-wicket victory against defending champions Mumbai Indians when they take on KKR in their Indian Premier League clash on Tuesday.Chennai rode on West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo’s incredible 68 off 30 to turn the tables on Mumbai in dramatic fashion as they played the season’s opening fixture at the Wankhede Stadium on April 7.Needing 7 off the last over, an injured Kedar Kadhav (24 not out) unable to run due to hamstring problem played three dot balls before playing lap shot over fine leg off Mustafizur Rahman followed by a cover drive to end the match on a winning note.Chasing a tricky target of 166, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK were down in the dumps, but Bravo’s pyrotechnics turned it in favour of the two-time champions.At the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday, CSK would want to iron out their flaws that led to the slump from which Bravo rescued them against a side who beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by four wickets in their opening game at home on Sunday.CSK’s batting flopped completely against Mumbai the other day as openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu failed along with IPL’s highest run-getter Suresh Raina and ageing skipper Dhoni.If it hadn’t been for Bravo’s salvo and Jadhav holding fort at the other end, CSK would have succumbed to a heavy defeat.advertisementIn the bowling front, the likes of Mark Wood, Watson, Harbhajan Singh and Deepak Chahar kept things tight but failed to pick up regular wickets.Against KKR, who rode on Nitish Rana’s all-round effort and Sunil Narine’s heroics with the bat, CSK would have to improve on all fronts to put up a show.KKR recovered from early jitters in their game against Kohli’s RCB to chase down a challenging 177 target riding Narine’s 19-ball 50 as he opened the batting again with deadpan swagger. Rana contributed with bat and ball, first picking up key wickets of on-song AB de villiers and in the very next ball removing captain Virat Kohli, and then playing a vital 25-ball 34 coming in at No.4 to help the hosts register the win.Besides the pair, new-look KKR under skipper Dinesh Karthik, who was unbeaten on 35 against RCB, would want to improve their famed bowling attack that copped stick on Sunday at the Eden Gardens.Veteran paceman R.Vinay Kumar was especially poor leaking 14 runs in the first over and 16 in the final though picking up two wickets.None of the other bowlers of the ilk of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson and even Narine could bowl well though the West Indian mystery spinner was economical.KKR would also look to Aussie dashing opener Chris Lynn to deliver the goods after he failed in the first game.RCB missed a trick on Sunday by bowling the same lengths to Narine who kept punishing the likes of Washington Sundar and Chris Woakes by hitting similar shots.CSK would want to take a cue from that and get his wicket early as the men in purple don’t bat that deep.Teams:CSK: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Lungisani Ngidi, K.M. Asif, N. Jagadeesan, Kanishk Seth, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi.KKR: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik (Captain & WK), Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Buffon defends Juventus teammate Rabiot: Give him a breakby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGigi Buffon insists Adrien Rabiot will prove himself at Juventus.The midfielder followed Buffon from PSG to Juve this summer, but has battled for minutes so far this season.However, Buffon insists: “It must be said that for ten months. Ten months, it’s as if we had seen him twice, even if he trained … He must return to the field, take his bearings, especially for someone with this great physique. “You also change teammates, you come to Juve, a club with different working methods, you change a championship … I think Adrien brings to Juve exceptional technical and physical qualities. It takes a period of adaptation for everyone. He will not be the first nor the last.” last_img read more

first_imgCollege Spun staff picks for week 12 of the 2015 college football season.college spun staff picks week 12Last week, four top ten teams – Baylor, Stanford, LSU and Utah – fell, further complicating the College Football Playoff picture. The Pac-12, which no longer features a team with less than two losses, is in trouble. The Big 12, meanwhile, is looking more likely to see one of its squads qualify for the event. And then there’s Notre Dame, which may very well finish 11-1 and find itself on the outside looking in.This week, despite most of the SEC scheduling cupcakes, we’ve got some great games. LSU takes on Ole Miss. USC and Oregon meet. Baylor and Oklahoma State will tangle. Oklahoma will look to stay hot against TCU. And of course, Michigan State heads to Columbus to take on Ohio State.Matt Hladik is still our leader, but he isn’t in the clear yet. Here’s who we have this week:week 12 picks 1week 12 picks 2week 12 picks 3Who do you have?last_img read more

first_img Addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City today (September 27), Prime Minister Holness noted Jamaica and other SIDS continue to work to resolve its economic issues and seek greater opportunities regardless of size and development. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has told world leaders that while Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continue to strengthen partnerships around the world, economic independence will ultimately secure resilience for all SIDS. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has told world leaders that while Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continue to strengthen partnerships around the world, economic independence will ultimately secure resilience for all SIDS.Addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City today (September 27), Prime Minister Holness noted Jamaica and other SIDS continue to work to resolve its economic issues and seek greater opportunities regardless of size and development.The Prime Minister noted that the Jamaican Government has made several strides to help build resilience.“We cannot wait on the world to save us, and we recognize that the world will not wait for us. Notwithstanding that we are a Small Island Developing state with numerous challenges – we are taking our destiny into our own hands. Ultimately, we believe our economic independence will secure our resilience,” stated Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness explained that fora such as G7, BRICS and G20 provide a unique opportunity to solve some of the many issues plaguing SIDS and other countries. He said Jamaica welcomes the possibility to share perspectives.“Jamaica stands ready to continue working on how we can transform global thinking, and together find effective solutions within a fair, rules-based multilateral system, supportive of policies which will ensure the emergence and empowerment of small and developing states – truly leaving no Country, and No One behind,” explained Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister further pointed out three critical concepts that each nation must embody in order for no country to be left behind in the quest for resilience.• effective strategies to bolster the global financial system;• a robust global campaign to identify funding for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and;• resilience and adaptation measures to address the devastating effects of climate change and natural disasters.The Prime Minister said “Jamaica and its CARICOM brother and sister islands do not have the luxury of engaging in a philosophical debate on whether or not climate change is real” as the matter is existential for SIDS.Prime Minister Holness said we (world leaders) must not lose sight of the responsibility to promote and protect the interests of the vulnerable.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — US health officials say they plan to overhaul the country’s decades-old system for approving most medical devices, which experts have long criticized for failing to catch problems with risky implants and medical instruments.The Food and Drug Administration announced plans Monday aimed at making sure new medical devices reflect up-to-date safety and effectiveness features. The system targeted by the actions generally allows manufacturers to launch new products based on similarities to decades-old products, not new clinical testing.The FDA’s pledge came one day after the publication of a global investigation into medical device safety by more than 50 media organizations, including The Associated Press. The probe, led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, analyzed more than 8 million device-related health records, including death and injury reports and recalls.Matthew Perrone, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has announced that it has started testing the five-kilometre-long till conveyor system for the Site C Project.According to Hydro, this is the first step in preparing for the beginning of conveyor operations in September and will be testing different sections of the conveyor belt to ensure it is running smoothly.B.C. Hydro says the conveyor, which runs from the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the dam site, will carry glacial till, an impervious clay-like material that will form the core of the Site C dam. Hydro Authorities are reminding nearby residents to use caution and stay clear of the conveyor area, which will be an active construction zone until the Site C Project is complete.For more information, you can visit the Site C Project website.last_img read more

first_imgDespite the growing prevalence of Diabetes in our country, the understanding of the clinical condition remains limited. It is largely assumed by people with Diabetes that high blood sugar is caused due to sugar and this naturally gets translated into an ‘I don’t’ take sugar in my tea’ expression. Many, instead, switch to the use of artificial sweeteners which are even more harmful. Why there is inadequate knowledge about a condition which affects so many people still remains a mystery. Also, why has health education not been able to keep pace with the growing prevalence and why do health professionals (doctor’s, dietitians, diabetes educators, podiatrists etc.) give diverse advice rather an official, approved, up to date set of guidelines to each person diagnosed with Diabetes, across the Health Care System at all levels, remains unknown. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeThose affected need to understand that Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder. In simple words, how we lead our everyday lives affects how our body manages its blood sugar. Lifestyle comprises of your food, exercise routine, daily activity, sleep pattern, stress management skills and emotional health. Creating harmony at each level will help enhance the quality of life. For Diabetes care and management, each one of the above parameters are crucial – through different pathways in the body, each affects how our body manages its blood glucose. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATETo gather a better understanding, lets discuss strategies for Diabetes care and management under three pillars – Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep Nutrition We are what we eat. The importance of eating right cannot be overemphasised, this is also because this is the activity we perform three or four times in a day. A meal with all its macros balanced allows for optimum digestion without spiking blood sugar. A traditional, freshly prepared meal with seasonal produce comes handy in getting this parameter right. Avoid processed, packaged food options, salads or smoothies as main meal options. These lack in nutritive quotient and burden the body with added chemicals in the form of additives, colourants, emulsifiers, preservatives etc. Breakfast options can include freshly prepared regional recipes of poha, upma, dalia, idli, dal cheela, parantha, egg and roti. Add seasonal vegetables to these and cook using traditional oils like Mustard Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil or Ground Nut Oil. Avoid vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are high in Omega 6 and inflammatory in nature. For lunch and dinner, stick to one staple cereal you have grown up eating and have it with dal (lentils) or beans or meat along with seasonal vegetables. You could add curd/buttermilk and salad to complete the meal. How you eat is as important as what you eat. Practice mindful eating. Chew your food slowly. The act of slowing the speed down while eating helps in keeping the portion size regulated. When we eat with distractions like eating while watching TV, checking mobile, reading newspaper, we tend to eat more. For in between snacks, stick to options like nuts, peanuts, chana, paneer, a bowl of curd with fruits or seeds. Exercise Any kind of physical activity that keeps your heart rate elevated for a period of time is termed as exercise. Popularly, people engage in walks. Target achieving a goal of 10,000 steps in a day. Work towards staying active. For every 30 minutes of being seated, take 2-3 minutes to stretch, walk around, this is known to fight insulin resistance. Creating a better environment in the body helps regulate blood sugar. Consistency is key: No matter what type of exercise you engage in, you need to stay consistent. Being enthusiastic one day and then letting go does no good to Diabetes. Therefore, stay consistent. If some form bores you out, try something new, but don’t stop working out. Build in a weekly schedule to include variety. Weight Training: Loss of strength is one of the driving factors to insulin resistance. The contribution weight training has towards combating insulin resistance cannot be emphasised enough. Usually considered a form for young boys who want to pump up, it is often surrounded with speculations for women. But weight training has the ability to bring down high blood sugar levels and maintain that for the next 48-72 hours. This is because when you do strength training exercises that target muscles, your body uses glucose from your bloodstream to power them, which can help clear excess sugar from your system. It improves the body’s ability to manage sugar. Engage in strength training twice a week. You could use resistance bands, free weights or do machine assisted workouts in this category. Sleep Sleep is the most underrated aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Health enthusiasts only focus on diet and exercise and rarely consider sleep as a contributory factor to improved health. Sleep gives our body the time to repair. The immune system, our bodies’ repair system, is strengthened by sleep. Lack of sleep is associated with raised levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol triggers insulin resistance. Sleep deprivation also lowers satiety signals in the body, thereby increasing appetite, which translates as bigger portions. And, as already discussed above, bigger portions lead to high blood glucose and circulating insulin. In a physiological environment of high cortisol and insulin, insulin resistance is heightened. A good quality sleep helps in balancing hormones in the body. It helps in detoxification both at the physiological and mental level and improves lymphatic function. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the effort put towards achieving better health during the day (diet and exercise), only begin to manifest with a good sleep routine. Have a stable routine of bedtime and wake up time for 80 per cent of a week and plan ahead for late nights (if any) in advance. Taking your body in confidence and preparing ahead of time ensures that we don’t leave to chance important measures like meals, exercise and stabilise the hormonal balance of the body. In a nutshell, Diabetes management cannot be oversimplified to the elimination of sugar from tea! It is a lifestyle disorder and all aspects of our life need to be modified with simple, practical and doable tips to improve and even reverse this condition. All the above guidelines serve as means of prevention from Diabetes too.last_img read more