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Universal Studios, Beijing, China to Open Soon

Dementors, Decepticons, Minions and Raptors are just a few of the fantasy encounters one can have at the new Universal Studios Resort, Beijing, China. It will fully open on 20 September 2021 after delays due to Covid.

It will include seven “themed” parks that will include 37 rides. The Beijing location will be the fifth Universal Studios theme park.

While it shares many of its popular attractions found at its sister sites in Los Angeles, Singapore, Osaka and Orlando. But it will also include some new attractions unique to the Beijing location including the the Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness.

Some park visitors who were invited to a soft opening for trial operations reported that some wait times could be high and that some of the most popular shows were almost impossible to get into.

 

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New Program Will Allow Use of Apple Wallet Instead of Analog ID at TSA Checkpoints

Apple has found eight states to participate in a program that lets people securely add their state ID or driver’s license to their Apple Wallet for use at airport security checkpoints.

Connecticut, Kentucky, Iowa, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah will be joining soon while the program is already in place in Arizona and Georgia. Apple claims the program is a new, fast and secure way to interact with TSA agents at the airport.

Apple announced no specific dates for when the program will go live in additional states signed up to the program.

The security protocol will require the user to take a self after uploading a picture of their state ID or driver’s license. Users will also be required to complete a series of face and head movements, much like Face ID, and submit those for verification. Only afterwards will their information be provided for the state to verify.

However, users will still have to carry ID if traveling to states not participating in the program.

Additional security measures include the use of biometrics to ensure the correct person is attempting to use the phone or watch.

 

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Two American Travelers Face Heavy Fines Over Providing False Health Information to Canadian Officials

The government of Canada has fined to US travelers who arrived in Toronto almost $20,000 each for non-compliance with entry requirements. This was reported by the CA Public Health Agency.

The travelers provided false information related to proof of vaccination and pre-departure tests. They also did not comply with requirements related to on-arrival testing and staying at government approved accommodations according to the PHA.

Each travel racked up four fines a piece costing them $19,720.

The PHA stated that all travelers arriving in Canada are require by law to answer all with true answers. Providing false information verbally or by document upon entry (like vaccination records) is a serious offense and good result not only in heavy fines but criminal charges.

Penalties for using false information on a vaccination status may include fines up to $750,000, six months in prison, or both the Public Health Agency reported.

 

 

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Along with Nation’s Capital, Smithsonian Now Requiring All Patrons to Mask Up

World renowned research institute and museum system, The Smithsonian Institution, reversed its mask policy, requiring visitors as young as 2 to wear a face covering to enter their museums. The change comes amidst concerns over the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The Smithsonian, considered to be the world’s largest museum, research and education complex with its 19 museums mostly concentrated in the United States capitol city, Washington DC stated that now all patrons will be required to wear a mask whether they are vaccinated or not.

This change reflects the mask requirements all over the capital city. The District of Columbia will now again require people to wear masks while indoors according to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The requirement applies to all of those vaccinated or not and are two years or older.

Smithsonian visitors will be able to remove masks while drinking or eating in designated areas.

 

 

 

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New Level of Rome’s Colosseum Open to Public for First Time in History

A never before seen area of Rome’s mighty Colosseum, its subterranean levels, are now open to the public. It has often been described as the heart of the building. This area was called the hypogea and was were gladiators and animals waited to go into combat.

This isn’t just the first time in 2,000 years this area has been open to the public, this is the first time its ever been open to the public.

Now tourists can walk through the passageways on wooden platforms to see the corridors and archways that connected the hypogea between the rooms where gladiators and animals waited before they entered elevators which would bring them into the arena above.

In ancient Rome the hypogea was lighted by candlelight. However now with the arena’s original ground level long gone, you can see the hypogea from the upper levels and the sun shines down into its depths.

The restoration a joint project between the Italy’s Ministry of Culture and Italian fashion brand Tod’s.