Mishka To Perform Hard Rock Pre-Parties For Corona Presents “Kenny Chesney Going Coastal Tour 2011″

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 18, 2011

jk livin artist Mishka has been tapped to perform the official Hard Rock pre-parties for the 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” tour. The pre-parties kick off March 16 at Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood, Florida, in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and will continue throughout the duration of Chesney’s 2011 tour at select Hard Rock Cafe locations across the country. Mishka, the internationally renowned, chart-topping Roots/Reggae artist, who is also the face of surf-culture clothing giant O’Neill’s new eco-friendly apparel line ECO’Neill, will perform a 75-minute set followed by a meet-and-greet and signing of his current release Talk About, which debuted #1 on the iTunes Reggae Chart.

Talk About was co-produced by Butch Walker (Pink, Fall Out Boy) and jk livin label head Matthew McConaughey, marking Mishka’s fourth album to date, his second for jk livin. It’s outside the box of traditional roots-reggae, adding a mainstream rock influence.

In lieu of a cover charge for Hard Rock’s pre-parties, non-perishable food donations will be collected to support a local food shelter in each region. Hard Rock’s pre-party events will precede the country superstar’s 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” tour stadium dates in each respective market. Chesney, an avid music fan, has traditionally embraced a wide cross section of artists, from Kid Rock to Dave Matthews to Grace Potter, his finger is always on the pulse.

Now a Mishka fan, Chesney comments: “The music that Mishka makes and the songs that he’s written are just so universal. It’s the kind of music that I love to listen to. It’s very relatable and very truthful. Man, you gotta look this guy up on iTunes.”

The launch of the 2011 Corona Presents Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal” tour marks Chesney’s biggest tour in five years. The nearly 60-date North American tour includes eleven shows at NFL stadiums. Chesney set the record for most sold-out shows ever by an artist at two stadiums: Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., where tickets for his sixth sold-out show were gone in just eight minutes, and Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field stadium, where Chesney will take the stage for his fourth sold-out performance. He also stands as the only artist in any genre to sell one million concert tickets for eight consecutive summers. To date, Chesney has sold more than 30 million albums and is a four-time Country Music Association and four-in-a-row Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year recipient.

Mishka’s first jk livin album Above The Bones (2009) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, followed by a major world tour. He provided the soundtrack of the summer with two features of his soulful island melodies: a music video for the title track, featuring the iconic Venice Beach Boardwalk, which premiered across the Yahoo! Entertainment network in June 2009, and a selection by Starbucks Entertainment and iTunes for their music discovery program “Pick of the Week,” that was available at Starbucks locations nationwide. By year’s end, he was named “Best New Artist in the singer/songwriter category by iTunes. The Maui-based singer/songwriter spent most of his early life on a boat in the Caribbean, sailing from island to island with his seafaring parents and older sisters. As a child of the islands, it was almost inevitable that he’d be drawn to reggae, Rastafari, and the natural mystic that inhabit his music and soul.

Hard Rock Pre-Parties For Corona Presents “Kenny Chesney Going Coastal Tour 2011″

March 16

Color Expert Kate Smith Offers Tips and Presents a Fresh Approach to Choosing Colors for Home Exteriors in the Bay Area

Burlingame, CA (PRWEB) December 08, 2011

Kate Smith, a color expert and career color trend forecaster, presents the Fresh approach to finding the right color for each element of the home ? roofing, siding, doors, windows, shutters, trims and accents.

Fixed Features: Take inventory of the colors of the home?s fixed fixtures like foundation materials, roofing, chimney structures, decks and patios. The fixed features usually remain the same for the life of the home. This makes them a better source of color direction for the siding color, which is likely to change over the years.

Regional Colors: Consider the home?s geography to influence the color scheme of the home exterior. Blend the natural elements in the color scheme.

Environment and Surroundings: Take into consideration the overall look of the neighborhood. Find colors that express individual style and complement the other homes in the area.

Style of the Home: Consider the architectural style of the home. Color and materials support the home?s look and architecture, not vice versa.

Historic and Have-to-Use Colors: Work within homeowner association regulations or historic district guidelines.

?A well-chosen color scheme can bring out architectural details, downplay flaws and enhance the look of your home,? says Kate.

The Alexander Window Company carries a wide variety of windows and doors from the top manufacturers. Its experienced sales staff can help customers find just the right solution to match their chosen color scheme. Customers can visit its expanded showroom to see a complete selection.

To schedule a free estimate or for more information, contact Alexander Window Company at 650-373-3900 or visit them online at http://www.alexanderco.com. Alexander Window Company is located at 1322 Marsten Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.

About Alexander Window Company

Peninsula replacement window company, Alexander Company is a family-owned business serving the San Francisco Bay Area for more than thirty years. It carries a wide selection of top quality replacement windows and doors from leading manufacturers, all at competitive prices. All products are installed by highly skilled in-house craftsmen, ensuring their customers outstanding performance for years to come. Alexander can also provide window repairs and door replacement.


Bargain Network Presents Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Home Improvement Projects

Goleta, CA (PRWEB) April 24, 2008

Any home improvement project presents some challenges; a common one is the budget — specifically, balancing the remodeling budget without compromising the results. Information and good planning are key elements to make the most of your money, says Bargain Network Home, a home buying and listing service that helps members find the houses and condominiums they want at bargain prices.

Bargain Network advises consumers to measure the feasibility of home improvement projects before undertaking them. Being realistic about what can be done and how much money it will require are the first steps to take before buying any paint or making phone calls to contractors. Along with these two steps, Bargain Network offers some helpful tips on how to renovate the home without breaking the bank:

1. Plan everything. Set priorities, and decide what you need to do and how you plan on doing it. Ask yourself what’s critical and what can be added to your wish list. The budget and the structure of the house should be the main variables to consider when deciding the changes. If you need to hire a contractor, ask for at least three detailed estimates; study them to see what the differences are and how you can work out a better deal by combining some ideas from all three. Once you have decided what to do, stick to your plan. Alterations often entail additional charges.

2. Shop around. To save money, you have to know what things costs. Doing research is the only way to know it firsthand, so make trips to different home improvement stores, and don’t forget to explore online. Be on the lookout for materials that are on sale, such as tile or wood flooring, due to overstocking or other reasons.

3. Measure the scale of the improvements. Altering a roofline or moving load-bearing walls are big projects that require an even bigger budget. Determine whether major structural changes are absolutely necessary or if you can work within the existing exterior walls and roof. Reduce the cost of plumbing labor and materials on bathrooms and kitchens with layouts that allow them to share major vents, drains and supply pipes. Figure out the best way to cut costs on the little things, and consult interior design sites to find out about easy and inexpensive ways to change the look of the house (new paint, different lighting, etc.).

4. Get the right financing. Do the math to figure out the best option, so you don’t end up paying more money in interest down the road. Mortgage refinancing or home equity loans are valid –and usually inexpensive– ways to get the money for improvements, but both present different interest and tax implications that have to be considered. When doing the math, factor in your plan after remodeling. If your goal is to sell, stretch the value of your future dollars by choosing improvements that offer a strong return on your investment.

5. Do it yourself? Be realistic about what you can really do well and what you think you can do. Labor can account for half or more of a major project’s cost, so you can save money if you can actually do it yourself, but if it’s not going to be a job well done, the cost could be even larger. Remember that your time has a value too, so weigh all of these factors before making a final decision.

In addition to finding helpful ways to save money on home improvements, members visit Bargain.com to access great deals on homes. For the best price information, real estate property listings and reports, and help with applying for loans, think Bargain Network.

About Bargain Network

Bargain Network is a unique membership service that provides consumers with best price information on significant purchases such as homes, vehicles and consumer products. Because Bargain is a membership service, it does not accept any advertising, or compensation from merchants, so consumers are guaranteed unbiased, impartial and complete pricing information. After a free trial membership members pay a low monthly fee to enjoy the benefits of Bargain Network. To learn more about Bargain Network, go to BargainNetwork.com.


In Honor of Earth Day, 1001BestWays.com Presents Its Annual List of Readers Best Ways To Save The Planet.

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus/PRWEB) April 19, 2011

1001BestWays.com, where people go to share their best ways of handling life’s biggest challenges, announces its annual Earth Day Guide to the Best Ways To Save The Planet, presented unedited from actual user submissions.

Ten Best Ways To Save The Planet

1. A Tiny Roof Garden

“It isn’t much, but I have about 10 square feet of flat roof space outside of my apartment. I decided to plant some “food” plants–tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, cucumbers, lettuce and onions. It is such a success that I bought some mason jars and canned 10 quarts of tomatoes, 23 pints of dill pickles and was able to freeze a LOT of green and red peppers…helping my budget AND the environment by avoiding transportation of veggies. “

2. Be The Designated Recycler At Parties.

“I offer to take the recycling home with me when I attend parties at the homes of friends and family. I already am dropping off the recycling from my own household in the near future, so it doesn’t add much extra effort for me, and the number of bottles, cans, and paper from a large party really add up. “

3. Capture And Re-Use Cold Water.

“I wash my hair daily in our laundry tub and need to first run the water until it gets warm. To conserve water, I capture the running cold water into an empty gallon water jug until the water heats up. I reuse the saved water later in my toilet tank by pouring the water into the toilet tank immediately after flushing the toilet, to refill the tank with my saved or recycled water. I reuse about 20-30 gallons of water per month. “

4. No-Trash Kids’ Lunches.

“I pack my kids’ lunches for school so that they don’t have any trash to throw away. I use reusable plastic containers, real silverware, reusable drink containers and cloth napkins. I plan to cut each cloth napkin into 4 pieces (to make 4 napkins) because those things are ridiculously big for a little kid’s face! “

5. Buy Used Stuff.

“I shop for used items whenever possible. This helps avoid unnecessary manufacturing and wasteful packaging, and keeps items that aren’t worn out from entering the landfills. Oh, and it saves money, too! “

6. Change Your Light Bulbs.

“The most recent thing I did is change out every light bulb in the new apartment that I moved into. I bought 2 cases of energy efficient bulbs and replaced everything, from bathroom, to kitchen, to outdoors. My lamps already had them, so I was ok there. In my old place I noticed a small savings every month on the electric bill. In my new one, I hope to expect the same.

7. Teach Your Kids.

“My husband and I recycle as much as possible. It’s been fun watching our 4 year old want to put the “trash” in the recycle bin. I guess we are making a good impression! “

8. Composting Is Fun.

“To save the planet my family and I have a composting bin in our backyards that we use to recycle all of our organic wastes. We then use the compost to fertilize trees and plants that we plant around the city. Its a lot of fun, and it saves the world a bit! “

9. Compost Coffee Grounds.

“I am a barista, we have a large volume of coffee grinds being produced everyday, this is also the case at my office job. I got in touch with several people who compost and have started a system of distribution to dispose of organic garbage such as the coffee grinds in an environmentally friendly way. since the volume is large it is useful to have a group of people so that we can distribute them amoung us. “

10. Make It A Game.

“In our home we play a “game” where we see how many things we can get done during the day without using power sources. We try to limit the amount of electric power we consume and by doing this cut down on our electric bill, as well as reduce our electric imprint. “

Every hour, on the hour, 24 hours a day, 1001BestWays.com presents a new Best Way to do something important like raise children, save money, improve your relationship, advance your career, improve your health, and even grow plants.

Every 42 days, 1001BestWays.com collects all of the Best Ways and publishes them in book form at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Kindle. Volume 2 is schedule for release in May 2011.

Amazon.com Reviews for 1001 Best Ways, Volume 1:

5.0 out of 5 stars

100 would have been enough, but WOW 1001 best ways?? good going!, April 6, 2011

By Health Nut “in Shape”

I found 1001 Best Ways when I was looking for gardening advise but I really didn’t want a regular book because I have a lot of those. Some of it was pretty much what you’d expect about not overwatering, but I just loved the idea about using eggshells and bananas and coffee grounds as fertlizer because I’m trying to teach my kids to be more environmental.

So every morning now, after breakfast, we make a point of composting and that’s so much fun for them. It’s still pretty early in the growing season, but our plants do look better at least to me.

We also picked up some Earth DAy ideas in the Save The planet section that my son is going to use in his gradeschool project., so that ‘s a good thing.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book , written by real people, April 6, 2011

By Electro Nut

I read an article about 1001 Best Ways online a few months ago and just fell in love with the idea of it. If you haven’t been, it’s a website where readers submit their best ways of doing things. I’ve submitted 4 articles now and — I admit it — bought the book to see if any of them had made it! And, sure enough, one of mine is on page 64. But once I finished my little happy dance, I really started to read what the other 1000 people had submitted. And most of them were really good.

I really liked the chapter on cooking because it’s so easy to get set in your ways and do the same things every week, every month. I also liked the chapter on pets because I recently lost a dog that had been part of my family forever.

As I was reading it, I kept thinking “Oh, this would be perfect for Renee” and “This completely reminds me of Amanda” and “My mother needs to read this”. I know what they’re getting for their birthdays! It really is a little something for everyone and a lot for me.

It’s not perfect — some of the articles are pretty obvious, but it’s what real people write, complete with typos and bad grammar, so you have to cut them some slack. Can’t wait for the next one.

5.0 out of 5 stars

Highly recommended., April 18, 2011

By Sara

So I was looking for Earth Day books to plan activities for my kids and a friend recommended 1001 Best Ways. And, sure enough, in the Best Ways to Save The Planet chapter, there are some really solid ideas. But I also really liked the Best Ways to Save Money and have been talking those over with my kids, too. And the Best Ways to Clean Chapter. It’s all advice based on someone’s actual life, so it’s pretty valid and since it’s someone else telling them and not me, I find that my kids are more likely to listen because God knows they never listen to a word I say! We read the Best Ways objectively and discuss them. “What do you think about X?” I’ll say and then they’ll come up with their own spin on it. It’s really a good conversation starter and gets them to tell me things like, “Well, in school we learned this” or “My friend Allyson said that” without me having to pry it out of them. Highly recommended.

5.0 out of 5 stars

I am completely hooked on it., April 18, 2011

By P. Sam “KnowItAll” (Da Bomb)

(REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase

My Aunt bought me 1001 Best Ways when I was accepted into college. Admittedly, I started reading it last week to procrastinate on my homework, but I got completely hooked on it. There’s no beginning or end really, so I started on the relationship and romance sections which got me thinking about my bf who’s on the football team so I read the sports section. Then I read the education section and that led me to the job section and before you know it, I’m thinking I really need to get back to my homework because I don’t want to be the person stuck in a dead-end job because I didn’t focus on my homework because I was too obsessed with whether or not a dumb jock was sufficiently romantic on our last date. It’s all very real people doing real things and that’s why it really got to me. Thank you, Auntie, it really was the best present I got!

5.0 out of 5 stars

1001 Best Ways is a really interesting idea that combines a lot of current Internet trends into one neat and tidy package., April 6, 2011

By S. Rosen “Sweet Tooth”

This review is from: 1001 Best Ways, Volume 1 (Paperback)

1. It’s Crowd Sourced. See Wisdom of Crowds for a full explanation, but basically it’s the idea that a group of people acting independently can come up with better results than an individual working alone. There are a lot of great examples of this like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and simple guessing games.

2. It’s Social Media. If you follow the 1001 Best Ways Twitter feed, you can actually get the entire book, free, 1 tweet per hour. It’s also on Facebook and other social media sites and on 1001bestways.com.

The question then is: is it interesting to you and is it well-written? OK, that’s actually two questions. But if you’re interested in any of the following topics that 1001 Best Ways covers, then, yes, it is interesting:

01. Best Ways To Save Money

02. Best Ways To Raise Kids

03. Best Ways To Maintain Relationship

04. Best Ways To Travel

05. Best Ways To Save The Planet

06. Best Ways To Advance Your Career

07. Best Ways To Cook

08. Best Ways To Clean

09. Best Ways To Improve Your Health

10. Best Ways To Improve Your Education

11. Best Ways To Connect With The Divine

12. Best Ways To Accept Your Mortality

13. Best Ways To Celebrate The Holidays

14. Best Ways To Be Romantic

15. Best Ways To Be Creative

16. Best Ways To Be Beautiful

17. Best Ways To Raise Pets

18. Best Ways To Raise Plants

19. Best Ways To Be Happy

20. Best Ways To Cope With Family

21. Best Ways To Coach

22. Best Ways To Master Computers

23. Best Life Lessons

24. Best Ways To Have Fun

It’s a pretty comprehensive list as you can see. So, on to the issue of quality. When 1001 Best Ways is good, it’s very good but some of the articles are weak. This is to be expected, I suppose, since it’s crowd-sourced. You take the good with the bad and the end result is surprisingly compelling.

In addition, since 1001 Best Ways is curated but not really edited, all of the original typos, misspellings, poor grammar, capitalization errors, etc., are included. You feel like you’re reading the work of 1001 different people because the range of styles, voices, etc. is so wide.

5.0 out of 5 stars

This Book Sucked me in, Great Stuff, April 6, 2011

By Geeky Geek

My wife gave me 1001 Best Ways last week and kept nagging me to read it. So, in order to ensure domestic peace, I gave in.

I gotta admit that it sucked me in good.

It’s a collection of 1001 little articles that readers submited to a website about 24 different topics like relationships, money, kids, sports, cleaning, etc., etc., etc. So you read one and then another and before you know it you’ve finished a chapter and started another.

And it’s just people, you know, just telling you what matters. And their business is pretty much like yours or people you know. We’ve all got problems and we’ve all got ways of dealing with problems and when you string it all together its really compelling.

And the whole time I’m reading it, I’m like “I can do better than that” and “That’s not how you do that” and next thing you know I’m on the site giving them MY ways to do stuff.

Like I said, I got sucked in. And I promised my blushing bride, the love of my life, that if I liked it, I’d write a review. (If I didn’t, she had to wash my car.) So, here you have it. Buy the book. Read the book. Give the book.


More Flat Roof Press Releases

PGAV Destinations Presents its 2011 Year in Review

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) December 08, 2011

PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of entertainment and cultural destinations, is pleased to wrap up another banner year of projects, in excess of $ 250 million in installation costs. The firm?s steadfast focus on strategic planning, business analysis and innovation continues to produce results in the ever-changing tourism and leisure industry.

The list of stellar projects includes:

The Grand Aquarium in Ocean Park, Hong Kong. PGAV Destinations was the lead designer of this state-of-the-art aquatic attraction, which is the sensational centerpiece of Ocean Park?s Aqua City development. Nearly 3 million people visited in the first six months, setting the pace for record attendance in the park. http://www.oceanpark.com.hk

Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Florida. Florida?s first triple-launch coaster, this innovative ride was inspired by the world?s fastest land animal and uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver three adrenaline-fueled surges of speed. Riders are propelled up the iconic 102-foot Windcatcher Tower, down into four subterranean trenches, over Busch Gardens? historic Skyride, around a rocky canyon with whitewater currents, and through a heartline roll inversion. Cheetah Hunt?s 4,429 feet of steel track holds the record as Busch Gardens? longest coaster, and its 13-acre footprint makes it the most expansive thrill-ride in the park?s history. http://www.cheetahhunt.com

AT&T Dolphin Tales Gallery at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. PGAV Destinations served as both architect and experience designer for the $ 110 million expansion project, which features 1.8 million gallons (about the size of two football fields) of aquatic habitats to house trained bottlenose dolphins. The 84,000-square-foot expansion also includes a viewing theater for 1,800 guests. The project follows PGAV?s role as exhibit designer for the highly successful initial phase of the Georgia Aquarium. The Gallery was recently recognized with the Atlanta Downtown Design Excellence Award as the outstanding Community project. http://www.georgiaaquarium.org

Glacier Point at the Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Kentucky. This $ 24 million project showcases sea lions, polar bears, Stellar?s sea eagles, and sea otters. Designed as an imaginary town on the edge of the arctic wilderness, the Glacier Point exhibit is modeled after the Canadian polar bear capital of the world to highlight the bond between humans and wildlife. The attraction increased attendance at the Louisville Zoo to more than 890,000 visitors annually, creating a $ 33.6 million economic impact for the region. http://www.louisvillezoo.org

The Grand Reef Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida. This is the first major expansion of the PGAV-designed signature experience, which adds more than 2.5 acres to the park and offers guests the opportunity to explore and interact with thousands of tropical animals. The experience features SeaVenture, an innovative underwater walking tour along the reef floor. http://www.discoverycove.com

Boeing Exhibition Hall at the Saint Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. This $ 9.5 million project adds a 13,000-square-foot exhibition hall to the Science Center, to support creating new exhibits and traveling exhibits that were not previously feasible. The hall also hosts special annual events like SciFest and FIRST

LIVE Webcast, Nov. 22: Pangea3 Untangles the Corporate Counsel, Law Firm and LPO Relationship; Presents Vital Advice for Creating Seamless Coordination

Eagan, MN (PRWEB) November 21, 2011

As corporations and law firms increasingly expand their reliance and trust in legal process outsourcing, structuring the relationship among in-house counsel, outside counsel and the LPO provider is more critical than ever. The strength and effectiveness of that relationship can often determine the efficiency and quality of the document review.

A panel of experts will discuss best practices for building solid, successful and tangle-free relationships in the live webinar.

“Un-tying the Knot: Structuring effective relationships among in-house counsel, outside counsel and third party providers in litigation,” will be presented by the New York Law Journal in collaboration with Pangea3, a Thomson Reuters business, the most experienced provider of high-quality outsourced legal services to the world’s most respected companies and law firms.

Umair Muhajir, vice president and delivery head, Litigation Solutions, Pangea3; Catherine Hasenzahl, vice president, assistant general counsel, JPMorgan Chase; and Lauren Moskowitz, litigation associate, Cravath, will provide essential insight and guidance to ensure that attorneys working with LPO:

OSF Global Services Presents Solutions for the Next Generation of Remote Technical Service

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) January 15, 2010

OSF Global Services, the Canadian provider of IT services and consulting, will take part in the fifth annual Call Center Summit in Orlando, Florida, this month, with a keynote speech on The Next Generation of Remote Technical Service. Gerard Szatvanyi, President and CEO of OSF Global Services, and Michael Phelan, Executive Director of Marketing for the leading remote technical support provider PlumChoice, will discuss strategies for optimizing customer support operations to sustain the proliferation of new consumer technologies.

The Summit, running January 26-29 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center, will address call center operations executives, customer service executives, business analysts, employee development and training directors, and sales and marketing professionals. It will focus on topics such as how to improve agent performance, leverage tools and technology, manage customer feedback, and tie each effort back to the business’s bottom line profits.

The OSF/PlumChoice presentation at 12:45 pm on Thursday, January 28, will show case studies and relevant information that will help companies involved in customer service to:

Mirantis Presents Program on OpenStack

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) November 01, 2011

Mirantis, an engineering services company focused on open source application infrastructure, will present a workshop on How to Install OpenStack at the CloudCamp OpenCloudWeekend, November 5-6 in Sunnyvale, CA.

The event is part of CloudCamp?s ongoing series of events, where adopters of cloud technologies exchange ideas. Attendees can register at http://opencloudweekend.eventbrite.com/.

The workshop, a two-hour crash course on OpenStack installation, will take participants step-by-step through the OpenStack install process using some of the open source install scripts. At the end, participants will be able to launch a basic application on top of OpenStack.

Throughout the session, participants will also look under the hood of the install script to understand the actual install process. The goal is to get workshop participants to go beyond simply running an install script, and walk away with an understanding of general architecture of OpenStack compute and key modules that comprise it. The workshop will also include a high level overview of the Nova architecture.

Mike Scherbakov, an experienced OpenStack architect at Mirantis, will host the session. Scherbakov will share his experience with multiple large-scale OpenStack deployments at the event. A crew of stackers from the Mirantis team will assist with a hands-on portion of the program.

California-based Mirantis has been an active member of the OpenStack community since its inception and has contributed multiple code commits to the OpenStack Compute and Identity projects. Mirantis is also one of the key organizers of the Bay Area?s OpenStack user group, hosting the quarterly community events in the Silicon Valley.

?OpenStack is a very popular choice for enterprises today and is quickly becoming a de facto standard platform for building private and public clouds,? noted Boris Renski, EVP and co-founder at Mirantis.

?We are glad to see Mirantis help fill the need for OpenStack expertise and help expand the OpenStack ecosystem, making it easier for those looking to work with OpenStack take advantage of the platform,? said Mark Collier, VP of Rackspace Cloud Builders.

?Companies are actively seeking OpenStack knowledge. Because Mirantis provides this expertise to its customers, we are happy to share this information with the OpenStack community by participating in this CloudCamp forum,? added Renski.

About Mirantis

Mirantis is an engineering services company focused on open source application infrastructure and OpenStack. Clients include Cisco, GE Money and Agilent. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, CA and currently houses one of the largest groups of OpenStack experts under a single roof. Mirantis works with middleware vendors, compute infrastructure companies and Fortune 1000 enterprises, helping them to extract value from OpenStack.

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Universal Orlando Presents Mardi Gras 2009 With The Most Powerful Talent Line-Up In The Event’s History

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) February 6, 2009

Universal Orlando is unleashing the biggest Mardi Gras celebration this side of the bayou with the most powerful and diverse concert series in the event’s history. With a combined total of more than 300 million records sold and a dozen Grammy Awards, this year’s Mardi Gras line-up features 13 of the most popular names in pop, rock, R&B, country, hip-hop and more.

Guests will experience a Mardi Gras concert series like no other, with performances by Billboard Chart-topper Ne-Yo, “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson, country music-duo Montgomery Gentry and Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly. Other headliners include the hit artists behind classics such as “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Too Legit to Quit,” and “Y.M.C.A.” – Pat Benatar, MC Hammer and The Village People, respectively. In addition, New Orleans bands will showcase their authentic bayou music in the “French Quarter,” a replica of New Orleans’ famed district.

“This year’s Mardi Gras will be our best party ever,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “We’ve got the best music line-up in the history of the event, along with a non-stop celebration filled with an amazing parade, floats, food and all of the beads you can catch.”

Guests will experience the most authentic Mardi Gras celebration outside of The Big Easy when the event kicks off on February 7 and runs every Saturday night through April 18, with additional dates on Sunday February 15 and Friday, March 27. Guests will enjoy hundreds of costumed characters, tons of souvenir beads, Cajun cuisine and an elaborate parade featuring floats designed by Blaine Kern Artists, Inc, who designs floats for the New Orleans parade.

This year’s parade theme is “Stories,” giving guests a glimpse into the world of literature. Themed floats featuring iconic characters and settings from the pages of the most popular and beloved books featuring genres such as Mystery, Romance and Horror will cruise the streets of Universal Studios throughout the event.

Mardi Gras is included in park admission to Universal Studios. Florida residents can take advantage of a variety of offers to get the most out of their Mardi Gras experience.


2009 2-Park Season Pass

Access to Mardi Gras for all 13 event nights
Good for admission to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure through December 19, 2009 (dates include scheduled spring opening of Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit)
$ 99.99 plus tax
Deal valid from January 15, 2008 – April 18, 2008 through specially-marked Coca-Cola and Wendy’s products

Florida Resident Mardi Gras Getaway

2-night accommodations at hotel near Universal Orlando
2-day/2-park ticket to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
Complimentary scheduled transportation between hotel and Universal Orlando
Starting at $ 75 per person, per night
Upgrade to an on-site hotel and receive complimentary Universal Express access to rides and attractions

Mardi Gras After-5 Ticket

Admission to Universal Studios after 5 p.m. on Mardi Gras event dates
$ 45.99 plus tax


For more information about Universal Orlando Mardi Gras 2009, or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.universalorlando.com/mardigras/

About Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort has created some of the world’s most innovative theme park attractions based on pop culture’s most compelling films and stories. Guests experience two exciting theme parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure as well as Universal CityWalk, a 30-acre restaurant, shopping and nighttime entertainment complex; and three magnificently themed on-site Loews hotels – the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Flagship experiences featured in the theme parks include “The Simpsons Ride,” “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride,” “The Incredible Hulk Coaster” and “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.” More information is available at http://www.UniversalOrlando.com.


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