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May 4, 2021

Changes to Running Fox CET National and Regional Finals

first_img Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition. 2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Ottawa, Ontario — Jump Canada is pleased to announce that, for the 2007 season, the top four riders from each regional qualifier will to eligible for the Running Fox CET National Medal Final held at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair from November 2-11 in Toronto, ON.In the past, only the top three riders from the Regional Finals (Ontario, Quebec/Maritime, Prairie and Pacific) advanced to the Running Fox CET National Medal Final.  With the increase to four riders per region, a total of 16 riders will now contest the prestigious equitation final.“This very important national program, along with its grass roots partner, the CET Mini Medal, has grown significantly across Canada,” stated Frances McAvity, Chair of the CET Medal Committee.  “We are thrilled this year to be able to support 16 riders at the Running Fox CET Medal National Final.”For the seventh year in a row, Canadian-owned Running Fox Equestrian Products Inc. will sponsor the Running Fox CET National Medal Final, as well as the Running Fox CET Regional Medal Finals.A retail equestrian store located in Burlington, ON, with a mobile unit that attends several ‘A’ rated shows in Canada and the U.S. each year, Running Fox has graciously donated a saddle for the winner of the CET National Medal Final while the top eight riders will receive a CET Medal cooler.  At the CET Regional Medal Finals, Running Fox will donate leather halters to the top four competitors.“Running Fox is proud to continue sponsoring the CET Medal Regionals and the CET Medal Final.  We feel that the CET Medal program is an important stepping stone in a rider’s career on the way to representing Canada,” said Debbie Smith, founder of Running Fox. “It is with great pride that we are able to help the wonderful team producing this class.”Barbara Anderson of Calgary, AB, initiated the CET Medal class.  It was designed to provide a foundation for riders moving from the hunter divisions into jumper competition and is run as an equitation class where riders are not only judged on their position and riding style, but also their ability to control the horse over a jumper course.  Course requirements for the CET Medal competition include a triple combination and a liverpool.  A flat phase, held after the jumping, incorporates lengthening of stride and counter canter. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.last_img read more

March 2, 2021

Impact of ‘One Hot Night’ still felt 25 years later

first_img“You had Darrell and Rusty (Wallace) coming through Turns 3 and 4 and Darrell getting spun, Rusty crossing the finish line and Darrell saying he hoped Rusty choked on the money (in ’89).” Allison won twice more that year — giving him five victories plus the All-Star win on the season — before falling short of the title in the season-ending race at Atlanta. He died the following season when the helicopter he was piloting crashed at Talladega Superspeedway. “I will say this – it lived up to every bit of the hype,” former driver Kyle Petty said. “Like few things in sports do. Rarely do things live up to the hype that you throw at them.” “You could tell by the fans’ reactions. You could hear it when I thought they were going down the back straightaway, you could hear it when I thought they were somewhere around Turn 3; It was so loud that we always took headsets to Victory Lane,” Dawson said. “Because the crowd would get loud. It was pretty intense.” McReynolds was left with an injured driver – although Allison was back behind the wheel the following week – and a short supply of race cars. “We witnessed in the amount of time we’ve been here some really great races, incredible races, everywhere,” Petty said. “But they don’t stick with you like this race sticks with you. For some reason this race sticks with fans different than other races. Whether it was the first night race, whether it was Earnhardt spinning and Davey wrecking, whether it was all the hype that led up to it.” RJR officials met with Wheeler and folks from MUSCO Lighting, a company out of Iowa that had been providing lighting solutions for outdoor sporting events. Only a few Victory Lane photos were snapped; none included the winning driver or his car. The annual all-star race, funded by series sponsor RJ Reynolds, was in its eighth year and had already provided its share of memorable moments.RELATED: Counting down the top moments in All-Star Race history“You had (Darrell) Waltrip blowing up the engine on the start/finish line of the last lap of the first The Winston (in 1985),” said Dennis Dawson, who was senior manager of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series program for Sports Marketing Enterprises and RJR at the time. “Because there was not going to be a celebration that night,” Dawson said. “We had a driver that was semi-conscious. And his well-being was a whole lot more important than Winston trying to get a big deal out of a Victory Lane. With the air temperature dropping, track conditions continued to change. “We weren’t arguing with each other,” Petty said. “Nobody was mad. There was no story. A week later it was a non-story. For the race fans, the only story was what a great race that was. The story was the race. Not what we did, not what the teams did, not what anybody did. The story was can Davey come back this week from those injuries?” All that remained was a 10-lap shootout with Petty, Earnhardt and Allison among those in front for the restart. “The crowd was already standing but they got loud as the car were going down the back straightaway,” Dawson said. “And then just a few seconds later the tone changed. I looked over toward Turn 3 just trying to see the race track and I guess there was a spot between two motorhomes – I could see Earnhardt sideways and smoke boiling off the tires. Then we all ran around to the front of Victory Lane to see what was going on and there was Kyle and Davey coming down through there side by side.”RELATED: An All-Star team for the All-Star RaceEarnhardt and Petty had both driven deep into Turn 3 and only one car stuck – Petty’s No. 42. Earnhardt spun up the track, Petty slowed briefly, and Allison shot back into the picture. The final 10-lap segment opened with Petty checking out on the field, building a sizable lead before Darrell Waltrip’s spin on the frontstretch brought out the caution. Saturday night’s race (8 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) marks the 25-year anniversary of the “One Hot Night” spectacle, and in spite of the passage of time, it remains one of the most memorable races in the history of the event. Wheeler could not have been more correct in his assessment of the evening’s activities. There was skepticism and concern. But it went deeper than just whether the track could be safely lit for racing. The ’92 edition brought something new to the table – racing under the lights. “Humpy did pitch the thought of doing that, without having a clue how to do it,” Dawson said. “That part is true.” Officially it was known as The Winston. But with his typical promoter’s flair, CMS president Humpy Wheeler dubbed the event “One Hot Night” long before the first car hit the track. “But we knew that if they could get the job done that it was going to elevate the event.” NIGHT VISION “By Davey not being here and Dale not being here now, that adds to it,” Petty said of the race. “Because that’s a moment. That changes how you perceive this race as you look back at it. And there was the memorable “pass in the grass” involving Earnhardt and Bill Elliott in ’87. “No. 1 was Davey being OK. That was a huge deal,” Dawson said. “They got Davey out of the car and sent him off in the helicopter. They put the car on a wrecker and they tried backing that race car into Victory Lane to have a Victory Lane celebration.” Dawson, Yates and T. Wayne Robertson, the head of Sports Marketing Enterprise, RJR’s sports marketing arm quickly squashed that idea. Mike Joy, anchoring the TNN broadcast in the booth that night along with analysts Buddy Baker and Neil Bonnett, said TV and competitors had different concerns. The broadcast partner needed enough light “to have a quality show,” Joy, now the lead announcer for NASCAR on FOX, said. “And we were afraid if we did that, if the lights were that bright, there would be too much glare for the drivers to see. We all went in pretty worried, but we all got more than we hoped for.”RELATED: Results for every All-Star Race run “It had never been done to that magnitude to start with,” Dawson said. “But lighting the outside and taking care of the fans was just as important as taking care of the drivers, the crew guys on pit road, the safety guys. The lighting thing was a big deal all the way around. “I can say from the time I got to the hospital, there was never a negative word toward Kyle or between the 42 and the 28,” said McReynolds. “It never even crossed our minds.” “So it had already created a buzz,” Dawson said.RELATED: Relive the ‘Pass in the Grass’ But the series had never competed under the glare of lights on anything other than a short track. “If we were all three sitting here laughing about it and complaining about it, then you may view it differently. You wouldn’t view it in that nostalgic tone as much as you do now. But it definitely lived up to the hype for sure.” Earnhardt grabbed the lead on Lap 64 and a pass by Allison dropped Petty to third. “Track surfaces need to be hot and they need to change throughout the day for old-timers like us that know what you have to work on,” Pemberton said. “… When you can run five hours and the track temperature is within five degrees and it’s 87 degrees or whatever it happens to be, it doesn’t add that element of the track changing, grip level changing, you’ve got to keep up with the car, other strategies other than just two or four tires.” In a last-ditch effort to keep the race at Charlotte, Wheeler had promised RJR officials that he would light the 1.5-mile track for the event, allowing it to be run later in the evening and on Saturday instead of Sunday. Petty was a key player in the ’92 race. Along with fellow racer Davey Allison. And Dale Earnhardt, then a two-time winner of the 70-lap, three-segment event (he went on to have three wins in the All-Star Race overall) that paid no points but plenty of money. Allison, meanwhile, had built up a head of steam and was closing rapidly. There were no TV monitors on pit boxes to follow the action and no oversized TV screen on the backstretch. McReynolds was unsure of what was unfolding. In fact, Petty even offered to drive Allison’s XFINITY (then Busch) Series car in the following week’s race “just to shut everybody up,” Petty said. But manufacturer alignments – Petty drove a Pontiac, Allison a Ford – nixed that plan. McReynolds said Brewer told him, “You can just keep it as long as you want. Use it if you want to. Allison started the 70-lap race on the pole and won the first 30-lap segment. When fans voted to invert the field for the second segment, his No. 28 Robert Yates Racing Ford restarted from the rear of the field. Petty, with crew chief Robin Pemberton calling the race from pit road, won the second segment. Briefly knocked unconscious, the race winner was quickly removed from his car and transported to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a concussion and bruised lung. “But when you dominate the first segment, come through the field from dead last to fifth or sixth in (segment) No. 2, you’re a little bit hesitant (to make changes).” “When they came off four, I said ‘I know who’s gonna win this drag race – Robert Yates,’” McReynolds said of the team owner and legendary engine builder. THE AFTERMATH When they restarted with seven laps remaining, it was Petty out front, Earnhardt second and Allison third. But not for long. “Victory Lane is a big deal to us, but not that night.” Allison did, but just barely. Racing side-by-side to the line, he nosed out Petty for his second consecutive All-Star win. But contact between the two sent his car careening into the outside wall as he took the checkered flag. Tim Brewer, crew chief for Bill Elliott and the Junior Johnson & Associates team, stepped in and offered the team an intermediate car. A SLAM BANG FINISH “I didn’t do a good job of getting aggressive and keeping up with this changing track,” McReynolds said. “We had no notebook. The only night notebook we had was Bristol, which was not relative to anything. So we knew the track was going to change based on the temps, but I think with the changing track, more cars, more rubber (on the track), I didn’t do a good job of getting aggressive enough. RELATED: Every All-Star Race winner in NASCAR history | Race resultsIt was billed, appropriately enough, as “One Hot Night” and the 1992 running of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway proved to be just that. A lap later, Petty was second and closing. When they rocketed out of Turn 2 for the final time, Petty shot under the menacing black No. 3, and promptly was nearly forced off the track as Earnhardt ran him low. There was no rivalry born out of the last-lap incidents – Earnhardt, not surprisingly, was angry about losing but not about how he had been raced. The teams of Allison and Petty bore no grudges. Until the leaders came storming off the fourth turn. “It was crazy to think you could light this place,” Petty recalled. “You grew up running short tracks; a half-mile with a light pole here and a light pole here and a light pole here. And it goes from light to dark, to light to dark to light to dark. And that’s OK at 70 miles an hour. But at 170-180 mph? I remember when they said ‘we’re going to do it with lights and mirrors.’ I’m like ‘smoke and mirrors maybe.’” Earnhardt went on to win two more championships and cement his status as an icon before his death on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001.RELATED: An oral history look at Dale Earnhardt’s final win NASCAR’s top division had run points races at night before ’92. Bristol’s popular August race had been held under the lights since 1978; Richmond had been hosting night races since the early ’90s; and Nashville, before it came off the schedule, held night races for several years. Larry McReynolds, crew chief for Allison said not keeping up with those conditions stymied his driver heading into the final segment. “The whole month of June, we hauled a Budweiser car in the front of that hauler with a Texaco Havoline decal stuck in the window in case we had to use it,” he said.RELATED: Talladega ties run deep with Alabama Ganglast_img read more

September 28, 2020

Solicitor struck off in High Court after SRA wins leniency appeal

first_imgLord Justice FlauxSiaw will not have to pay any fine and will be refunded any money already paid, but the tribunal’s costs order of £3,371 remains in place.At a hearing last week, the SRA submitted that Siaw acted for a client in an immigration case and received £500 from the client’s wife, which he failed to account to his firm, south-east London practice Mountain Partnership Services. Siaw had withdrawn his evidence to the tribunal part-way through the hearing and could not explain why he was paid the money.The tribunal concluded on integrity that Siaw ‘knew that either all or part of the money was costs and he should pay it into the firm’. But, rejecting dishonesty, it found Siaw had a ‘deep if misguided belief that he was acting privately to help a friend and that at least part of the money was his own’.Flaux LJ said there were clear errors both of law and principle in the tribunal’s approach to the issue of dishonesty, not only in his handling of the client matter but in his responses to subsequent questions from the SRA. The finding of no dishonesty was ‘inconsistent’ with the finding of a lack of integrity, it was ruled.The judge said the tribunal ‘set the bar too high’ in considering Siaw had not engaged in a concerted course of action to deprive his firm of money or mislead the regulator.The judge added that while the amount involved may have been moderate, ‘any dishonesty involving handling of client money is serious and in this case was aggravated by the fact that the respondent was prepared to lie to and mislead the SRA’.Siaw had told the court he believed he was helping someone in urgent need and that he had not acted dishonestly. Born in 1959, he was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2002.The court rejected his plea to have the case remitted to the tribunal ordered his immediate strike off. The High Court has ruled that a solicitor who received client fees into his personal account was treated too leniently by disciplinary watchdogs.In Solicitors Regulation Authority v Siaw, Lord Justice Flaux today overturned the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal decision to fine Kwame Siaw £10,000 for acting with a lack of integrity.The judge allowed the SRA’s appeal and ruled that Siaw should be struck off the roll and ordered to pay a further £14,000 costs.last_img read more

September 28, 2020

High speed trainset to be converted for freight

first_imgITALY: National freight operator Mercitalia has revealed plans to convert an ETR500 high speed trainset to carry freight. The Mercitalia Fast service would be aimed at the market for time-sensitive shipments, with customers expected to include couriers, logistics operators, manufacturers and distributors.The ETR500 would be equipped for the rapid loading, transport and unloading of 700 x 800 x 1800 mm roll containers. The 12-car set would have a similar capacity to two Boeing 747 cargo aircraft, Mercitalia said, with CO2 emissions 80% lower than road transport.The initial service from Caserta near Napoli to the Bologna Interporto terminal is expected to be launched in October, with an average speed of 180 km/h giving a journey time of 3 h 20 min. Expansion of the network to include Torino, Novara, Milano, Brescia, Verona, Padova, Roma and Bari would follow. ‘With the new Mercitalia Fast service we will use the high speed network for freight transport’, said Mercitalia Logistics Managing Director Marco Gosso on April 6. ‘Our goal is to offer a tailor-made service to customers who need to deliver goods quickly, reliably and on time.’last_img read more

August 6, 2020

Brazil reach the semis of Copa America with shootout heroics against Paraguay

first_imgAdvertisement ofNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs28pbwgxWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec5d( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2bk6Would you ever consider trying this?😱gcCan your students do this? 🌚82zrRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Brazilian National side were able to beat Paraguay in the semifinal of the Copa America. The game went direct to the penalty shootout after end of 90 minutes. The defensive unit of Paraguay frustrated Brazil through out the whole match. Paraguay also had the psychological advantage in the tiebreaker as they knocked out the Selecaos previously from the same position in 2011 and 2015.Advertisement The coach of Brazil, Tite fielded his side with the usual 4-2-3-1 formation. Casemiro was missing the match with two yellow cards already in the tournament. The ball possession was under the control of the Selecaos from the very first minute of the match. However, they were not able to score due to lack of finishing ability of the attackers.Advertisement Paraguay were playing rough and tough football and their defensive unit stayed strong till the end of the regulation time. In the first half, the Selecaos tried to slow things down. They were not able to create many opportunities with having 65 percent of ball possession.In the second half, the scenario changed after Fabian Balbuena left the field at the 58th minute of the match. Brazil kept of pressing the defense of Paraguay. Gabriel Jesus missed an open chance. Roberto Firmino was also not at his best in this match. The match ended with a scoreline of 0-0 after the end of 90 minutes.Advertisement In the penalty shootout, Alisson Becker saved the first penalty taken by Gustavo Gomez. Roberto Firmino’s penalty was not on target for Brazil; but Derlis Gonzalez missed the last one for Paraguay. Gabriel Jesus kept his calm to help Brazil going through to the semifinal of Copa America. Brazil will face either Venezuela or Argentina in the next round of the competition.South Korea break Indian hearts in Azlan Shah Cup final over penalty shootouts  Advertisementlast_img read more

August 5, 2020

Power in numbers

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August 5, 2020

Gippsland power past the Knights

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August 5, 2020

Lighthorseman’s Gallipoli fight

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August 5, 2020

Getting back to basics

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December 21, 2019

Review of Universal’s New Aventura Hotel

first_img bar Sol Share This!Universal’s Aventura Resort is the brand-new hotel that opened on August 16 at the Universal Orlando Resort. The relatively small 600-room tower is the sixth on-site hotel at the resort and is smack in between the two hotels that came before it, Sapphire Falls and Cabana Bay.By sheer luck, I was in Orlando for the first Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party — August 17 — and decided to switch theme parks and head over to Universal for the night of the August 18, the third night of Aventura’s operations. Overall I was impressed, as I have been with much of Universal’s lodging options, but you know I have a lot more to say than just that, so let’s break out some categories.Entrance ImpressionsAventura is pretty noticeable from a distance as it is one of the taller structures at Universal (possibly the tallest, but I haven’t really checked). The 17-story, curvy, all glass tower is striking in a good way and the curves everywhere mean the light shines off of it in interesting ways without sending blinding Florida sunshine directly into your corneas.The parking garage for the hotel is directly adjacent to it and has an elevator that takes you straight to the lobby. Walking through a parking garage is never a great first impression, but compared to a very long walk across a massive parking lot away from a car that you know will become an oven capable of melting most metals, I’ll take it.The lobby itself is my least favorite area of the hotel. There isn’t anything particularly wrong with it, but there isn’t much design to it either. The check-in area, lobby bar, Starbucks, and Urban Pantry food court are all located in the large open space separated by tinted glass dividers. I like the look of some of the furniture and the glass dividers, but the larger areas remind me of a decent airport: clean and functional but not particularly memorable. That said, there is no circumstance where I would not recommend a hotel because of underwhelming lobby design.The RoomsThere are three basic room options at Aventura: a 314 square foot standard room, a 395 square foot deluxe room, and a 575 kids’ suite with 2 twin beds and 1 king. Within any of those you can opt for the slightly more expensive “skyline view” which will guarantee a room on the upper floors. Pricing is similar to Cabana Bay with rooms starting at $116 for a standard and $216 for a suite. Obviously those prices go up depending on season and day of the week.In contrast to the lobby, the room I thought was a very well decorated, modern room. The room is uncluttered, but has a wide range of contrasting fabrics and textures. Personally I could do with a little more color, but that’s a nitpick. The lighting, glass screen separating the bathroom, and the single papered wall in the entry are all both contemporary and comfortable. The standard room I had did feel small, but that is in line with the price so I expected nothing different. Technically the room is a little larger than a Disney Value Resort, but with the extended entry it felt similar in size. Urban Pantry Ventura barcenter_img The bathroom is also small with only one sink. Rooms also come with only a walk-in shower, which could be an issue with smaller children. Like the rest of the room, the bathroom is nicely decorated although I can see the translucent screen between the sink area and the sleeping area being an early wake up call when the first person flips on the light in the morning to brush their teeth.The view from my roomA better wake up call is looking out the window of this high tower. My room was on floor 9, and I don’t know if that qualified it for the “skyline view” or not, but the view was wonderful. I was facing directly toward the theme parks and the glimpse of Hogwarts castle, Dr Doom’s Fearfall, and the Hulk and Rip Ride Rockit coasters zipping around definitely made me want to head into the park.Aventura is positioning itself as a technologically forward hotel, although that seems to be mostly tablet-related. In the room, for instance, there is a tablet on the nightstand that controls some of the lights as well as the television. You can also order room service through it and see details about the hotel and the Universal resort. While a very cool feature that I think kids will love (too much), I could not find a standard remote for the TV, so I fear the day when the tablet inevitably breaks. (Making the tablets totally free-roaming from their charging station seems like asking for trouble.) It is possible that there was supposed to be a backup remote in my room but there was not.One absolute bonus feature of the tablet and TV setup is that it allows you to log into both Netflix and YouTube with your own account so you can watch either through the television. This would be a major selling point to my children and many others, I assume.The other point of touchable tablet tech was in the elevators which eschews buttons for a touchscreen. Once again, I fear the day someone gets a little overzealous and breaks the screen. I also fear the day I forget my room key running to the lobby because the elevators will not go to any floor but the first floor unless you scan your key. An understandable security feature but a silly one when I am trying to go to the fitness center on floor 2 from my room on floor 9 and I still need to scan first.Pool AreaLike the rooms, the pool area is mostly small but sweet. The pool itself curves around the focal point, the pool bar, with the curve ending in a decent-sized splash pad area for the little ones. There is a hot tub but no water slide like you get at its two neighbor hotels, one of which — Cabana Bay — is very visible from the pool area.The reason I said pool area was “mostly” small is because the pool bar, Sol, has a very large patio with many seating areas and a high ceiling. The covered area means it is a good respite from the inevitable weather and it creates a welcome wind tunnel that helps keep the summer heat at bay.Dining & DrinkingIn my opinion, this is the section where Aventura bumps itself up a few notches. I mentioned the bar Sol, the pool bar which has several beers on tap as well as cocktails. Just inside from the pool are three more spots. One is another bar, the Ventura, which carries a similar selection to bar Sol with the exception of being inside. The second is a full-service Starbucks, great for that pre-park morning, and the third is the food court, Urban Pantry, although “food court” almost sounds insulting. The Urban Pantry contains four food stations: sushi, burgers, meats, and pizza. Unfortunately I only tried the burger, but based on that and what other guests told me I feel comfortable in saying that the food is of very high quality. Everything is prepared as fresh as reasonably possible and, naturally for Universal, alcohol is also served at all stations. I would happily eat lunch here on a break from the parks.The showpiece of the entire hotel, however, is Bar 17 Bistro on the roof of the tower. I ended up spending more time there than I expected because the views, the service, and the food were all very good. The only complaint I have is that to get to Bar 17 you have to take the elevator from your room all the way to the lobby, then a separate elevator back up. They do this because there is an employee manning the Bar 17 elevator to regulate the number of people up there, but it is still a bit annoying.The night before I was there they had some terrible technological issues that impacted service very badly. Well, during my first trip up there (once in daylight, once at sunset) the same issues popped up again. It took about 45 minutes to get my check, but to make up for it I was given a free beer and the food that I ate was removed from the bill. A new place will always have issues; in my opinion the resolution of those issues is more important and I felt very well compensated for the problem. Of course, if this becomes a regular occurrence that will be a different sort of problem but that is for them to sort out.Bar 17’s menu centers around bao buns, which are a favorite of mine anyway, so naturally I tried a few. The bao are 3 for $12 and you are allowed to choose any 3 from the dozen or so on the menu. My favorites were the pork belly, lamb, and duck confit, although I did not try the vegetarian which I heard great things about. The views from the roof were very nice although there isn’t much of a theme park view to be seen. For some reason, I don’t have photos of the view, but the last several minutes of the video that will be posted on our YouTube page (and below) tomorrow (Thursday) morning are dedicated to Bar 17 with plenty of the view both in day and night.Getting to ParksThere are two main options and one slightly out-of-the-way one when getting to the parks. The main two are the bus and your feet. The bus picks you up at regular intervals right outside of the hotel and deposits guests near the security checkpoint for CityWalk. The walking path winds along Sapphire Falls and Royal Pacific before popping out near Margaritaville in CityWalk. The bus is only few minutes ride but you still have a several-minute walk through CityWalk to get to the park entrance. The walking path will take 15-20 minutes to Islands of Adventure with Universal Studios being 5-8 minutes further.The alternate way is to walk into Sapphire Falls, which shares an entrance driveway with Aventura, and take the boat from there. It is probably slower than either way listed above, but will have the least amount of walking to get to the park entrance, especially Universal Studios Florida.Would I Recommend and/or Stay Again?Yep to both.My last two stays at Universal have been at Aventura and Cabana Bay and I liked both much more than I expected to. The prices are excellent and the dining and amenities are more in line with Disney Moderate Resorts than their Values. The only reason I prefer the Deluxe resorts at Universal — specifically the Hard Rock and Royal Pacific — is because they are closer to the parks and come with the included Express Pass. (Aventura, like Sapphire Falls and Cabana Bay, only includes Early Park Admission, not the Express Pass.) If, however, I was planning a cost-conscious trip to Universal and using Touring Plans, which offset the need for the Express Pass, I would totally stay at Aventura again. The only hard choice is between here and Cabana Bay. (I haven’t stayed in Sapphire Falls yet.)VideosI will have both a resort tour and a room tour video out, the former tomorrow, August 23, and the latter the following day. Please check those out on our YouTube page.last_img read more