World of Color1111111 Fireworks1111111 Fantasmic!2222222 Share This!It’s Easter at Disneyland! Not just that, but there’s still time to take in the 2018 Disney’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Read on to find out about this and more in this week’s Disneyland preview!Special Events and NotesSunday is Easter, and you can expect there to be plenty of special Easter-themed treats and whatnot floating around the resort this weekend, including the Easter Bunny himself. If you’re looking for a place for your Easter meal, there will be a buffet at the PCH Grill; get reservations here. Disney’s Egg-stravaganza also continues; pick up a map and stickers for $5.99, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the parks and Downtown Disney, and then drop it off when you’re done for what Disney calls “a special surprise.” Check out this article for more information.Not only that, the Food & Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure continues this week! As always, the festival will give you an opportunity to sample a wide variety of food and drinks, in addition to special entertainment and seminars. Also, there are special dinners and other culinary events that require reservations; check out Disney’s site for more details and to make reservations. The festival goes through April 12, so make sure you visit soon if you want to check it out!Annual Passholder? Make sure you swing by the Hollywood Backlot outside Stage 17 for special photo opportunities, merch, and free stuff. Also check out Guy’s run-down of the top 6 must-try items from this year’s festival!Finally, the Cove Bar, though not long for this world, is currently open again through the end of May if you’d like to give it another go before it goes away for good!CrowdsSpring Break continues for some schools this week, so crowds are fairly high. With that said, most students are back, and that means that we’re predicting slightly lower crowds than we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. Remember that this is one of the odd times of the year when the weekends are predicted to be less busy than the week. Full details, including park-by-park crowd levels, are available on our Crowd Calendar.WeatherGreat looking week from a weather standpoint. Highs in the mid-70s, lows in the mid to upper 50s, and only a slight chance of rain the latter part of the week. Should be a nice one!As always, it’s wise to double check the weather as the day of your visit approaches. Check out the most up-to-date forecast here.ShowsThe fireworks are back, and Disneyland has a full slate of evening shows for the week. Detailed show schedules, including smaller diversions like the Disneyland Band, can be found here. California Adventure8-109-108-108-108-108-108-10 Admission and HoursMore substantial blockouts this week. Southern California and Southern California Select Passholders are blocked out all week long, whereas Deluxe Passholders are blocked out Friday. All other passes are honored every day this week. For those of you buying tickets as day guests, single-day tickets are at Peak ($135/$127) price all week long.Regular park hours (excluding Extra Magic Hours/Magic Mornings) are as follows this week: ShowSatSunMonTueWedThuFri Disneyland8-128-128-128-128-128-128-12 As per usual, the parks will open one hour early for eligible guests at Disneyland Park Saturday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and at Disney’s California Adventure Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Resort guests can take advantage of these hours every day of their stay for Extra Magic Hours, while guests eligible for Magic Mornings can use that benefit one day at Disneyland Park only. Full park hours can be found by clicking on each date in the Crowd Calendar.RefurbishmentsWith the exception of the significant overhaul taking place at Disney’s California Adventure, the refurbishment schedule is not horrible at the moment. At Disneyland Park, Splash Mountain is closed until April 14, and Dumbo is closed through April 27. Over at California Adventure, much of Paradise Pier is closed for the conversion to Pixar Pier, but the remainder of the park is all up and running. Check out our refurbishments page for details on exactly what will be down and for how long.Looking ahead, the Matterhorn will be going down for a brief refurbishment from April 16-20, and Pirates will be closed starting April 23 to transition to the new auction scene. Also, Disney recently announced that a bug’s land would be closing to make way for more Marvel attractions at California Adventure. It will be going away for good towards the end of the summer, so make sure you plan ahead if you’d like to see it before it disappears.That should do it for this week’s preview. Check back next week and every week to find out what’s coming down the pike. Got questions? Aware of anything else that prospective guests should know about? Let us know in the comments. SatSunMonTuesWedThurFri
Whenever I visit a city, I always find time to visit a local arboretum, garden, or city park. While many of my friends and colleagues know I’ve worked on software applications and designing websites for years, few know I have a degree in botany and worked as a naturalist for two years. My love of plants and gardens will always be a part of my life.Friends at conferences know to expect me to disappear during lunch breaks or Sunday mornings before sessions to explore plants and trees or go birdwatching in nearby parks and arboretums.Last week was no different when I attended WordCamp US 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and visited Longwood Gardens, about an hour from downtown Philadelphia.Though outside flowers are no longer blooming and trees are bare, Longwood Gardens was ablaze with scarlet red, brilliant yellow, deep blue, bright white, and emerald green holiday lights throughout the outside gardens. One of the most beautiful sights was the beautiful colored fountain show at the Open Air Theater, accompanied by holiday music. I joined dozens of people watching the five-minute light show, ooohing and aahing as the colorful fountains danced to the music. What a treat to visit during an evening when the sky was clear and there was no rain!Here’s another one of my favorite shots of the fountains:Have you visited Longwood Gardens? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related
Actor-producer John Abraham, also a self-confessed football enthusiast, will promote 2014 FIFA World Cup in India.With the world’s greatest football tournament just around the corner, sports and entertainment channel Sony Six is set to launch their 2014 FIFA World Cup marketing campaign and they have roped in John Abraham for the same, said a statement Wednesday.John Abraham, also a self-confessed football enthusiast, will promote 2014 FIFA World Cup in India.John will be seen donning the persona of Brazil’s striker for the campaign that promises to bring alive the zeal and excitement of the football tournament in India.The “Madras Cafe” star is also the owner of Indian Super League franchise from Guwahati.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves discuss Coady extension as Liverpool, Arsenal circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Wolves defender Conor Coady. The 25-year-old has starred this season for the Black Country club.It is believed Wolves are preparing a brand new contract for the Englishman to ward off any potential suitors.They would be Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. Both clubs are in need for a centre-back this month. Coady graduated from Liverpool’s academy in 2013 before joining Huddersfield Town a season later.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid boss Simeone delighted for Diego Costa after goal in victory at Mallorcaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was delighted for Diego Costa after scoring in victory at Real Mallorca.Costa hasn’t had it easy in front of goal lately and his coach is hoping the this strike will lead to more.”We know that strikers live on goals,” Simeone said after the game.”It’s very good for him and for the team.”I’m happy because he needed the goal. He’s one of our most important players in attack and if our forwards play well then it’s easier to win.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna midfielder Orsolini: Mihajlovic always in touchby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna midfielder Riccardo Orsolini says coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is always in touch.Mihajlovic was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, so spent all of pre-season and most of the campaign so far in hospital undergoing two courses of chemotherapy.“Don’t worry, the boss can make himself heard even when he’s not physically present,” winger Orsolini told DAZN.“He gave us a good telling off even on Skype! We had some cameras installed at the training ground that allow him to watch our sessions live and give us corrections in real time.“He might not be physically with us, but he never leaves our side nonetheless.”
Jammu: Pakistani troops Sunday resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations targeting forward posts and villages at four places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.The firing was intense in the Krishna Ghati sector, where the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling and firing by small arms from around 04.30 AM, which was retaliated to befittingly by the Indian Army, a defence spokesman said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the cross-border shelling between the two sides continued till 07.30 AM. There was no report of any casualty on the Indian side, he said.Officials said firing and shelling by Pakistan were also reported from the Balnoi and Mankote (both in Mendhar sector), besides from Shahpur sector, all in Poonch district, for a brief period in the early hours of Sunday.The firing was mild in nature and lasted for a brief period without causing any harm, they said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedOn late Saturday as well, the Pakistan army had targeted Indian positions In Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district for several hours.There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistan after India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26 following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Four civilians, including three members of a family, were killed and several others injured as Pakistan targeted over 80 villages in more than 100 incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC in the state since then.The frequent ceasefire violations have caused panic among the border residents, forcing authorities to close down educational institutions within five km radius from the zero line in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri as a precautionary measure.However, most schools reopened a few days back after the intensity of the cross-border firing decreased.
Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s special show (July 14, 2015), we go to Stat School. With Kate on vacation, Chad out of the office and Neil stuck in New York, we pre-taped an episode that breaks down three ways to measure batting, in increasing complexity: batting average, OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wRC+ (weighted runs created plus). Neil schools Kate and Chad on the pros and cons of the stats, and what sabermetrics has taught us about players like the Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nolan Arenado’s stat page.An in-depth explanation of batting average.An OPS breakdown.What is wRC+? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong.
Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue questions an official’s call during a game on Feb. 8 at in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSFifty-two years.That is the amount of time since the city of Cleveland has been able to lay claim to a professional sports championship. Fifty-two years of long, agonizing pain for most Cleveland sports fans. However, a dawn seems to be coming.This year’s Cleveland Cavaliers look poised to be the city’s best chance in the past couple decades to defeat a sports curse that has plagued the town for the better part of the past century.The Cavs came as close to a championship in 2015 as any Cleveland team since the Indians lost in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series to the Florida Marlins. They lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors in a series in which they were hampered by injuries, playing without stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.This year, the Cavaliers have had their ups and downs. Former coach David Blatt was fired about a month ago despite leading the team to a 30-11 record to start the season. Assistant coach Tyronn Lue was promoted to the head role, and the team is 10-4 since the move.Lue’s promotion, seemingly, was put in motion in order to counteract the Warriors’ offensive juggernaut, as many expect the two teams to meet again in the NBA Finals come June. Lue has stressed a more up-tempo offense, and it’s worked, evidenced by an increase in scoring from 101.4 points per game to 107.3 under the 38-year-old rookie coach.Although the team did not necessarily have bad conditioning before the coaching change, Lue has stated on many occasions that the Cavaliers need to get in better shape.This is something Cleveland will need if it goes up against the Warriors — a team that averages an astonishing 115.0 points per game and usually has five players on the court who can run in transition.One thing the Cavs have focused on is incorporating Love into their offense more. At times, Love looked out of place in Blatt’s offense, and he was visibly frustrated when he did not receive the ball.The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) puts up a shot during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant in Cleveland on Feb. 10. Credit: Courtesy of TNSUnder Lue’s offense, Love has seen an increase in touches, both in the post and at the elbow.Love is especially dangerous at the elbow, where he is able to hit the mid-range jumper. In the post, he has success backing down his defender for a baby hook near the block or pass to open shooters like J.R. Smith and Richard Jefferson that spot up on the 3-point line.Channing Frye, who was recently acquired in a trade from Orlando, looks to play a pivotal part in the Cleveland offense as well. A 6-foot-11 post who shoots 3-pointers well, Frye playing alongside Love would give James four different options to kick the ball out to when he’s driving to the rim.Not surprisingly, a game plan to stop the Warriors first starts with containing Stephen Curry. Curry, the reigning MVP, is averaging 29.8 points per game this year and has terrorized the league from the 3-point line.Matthew Dellavedova proved capable at times guarding Curry in last year’s Finals. The key to his performance, and something the Cavs need to emulate again, is constant pressure on Curry. Whoever guards Curry has to pick him up right as he crosses half court and not leave his side until the rebound is secured.Additionally, if the Warriors do employ their small-ball lineup, Cleveland needs to use its size to gain an advantage on both the offensive and defensive boards.After losing to the Warriors last year in the Finals and both games this season, including a 132-98 blowout, the Cavaliers will undoubtedly have one eye on the Finals as they finish the season and head into the postseason.One could argue that Cleveland needs to focus on one game at a time. It’s a valid point, as the Cavs have a tendency at times this year to play down to the level of their opponents, namely a 106-97 loss to a Charlotte Hornets team playing with neither Al Jefferson nor Kemba Walker.However, the Cavaliers have shown they can make quick work of Eastern Conference foes in the playoffs. Besides perhaps the Toronto Raptors, no team poses a real threat to Cleveland’s hopes for back-to-back Finals appearances.Most importantly, the Cavaliers need to stay healthy. Fans and analysts alike have questioned, “What if?” in regards to Love and Irving’s absences in the Finals last year. Irving has a history of being injury-prone, so his minutes will need to be monitored as the Cavaliers advance deep into the playoffs.Despite what many say, the “Cleveland Curse” is real. Fans of the Cavaliers, Indians and Browns have gotten their hearts broken time and time again whenever it seems a championship run is impending. However, it is very possible that this just might finally be the year that the city of Cleveland can forget years of misery and rejoice as the Cavaliers bring home a championship.
Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron is tackled during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 27 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Browns lost, 23-17.Courtesy of MCTThe Drive, The Move, The Decision.Do I need to continue?These moments are painfully seared into the memories of Cleveland fans everywhere and the pain still lingers long after they were made.While I myself have only experienced a few of these heartbreaks as a native Clevelander, the sting of past failures is still felt by people like my father, who experienced The Drive, John Elway and the Denver Bronco’s 98-yard touchdown drive to tie the game in the AFC Championship game in 1987, firsthand.Let’s start with the Cleveland Browns, shall we? A franchise that has never once been to the Super Bowl and has made just one appearance in the playoffs since returning to the shores of Lake Erie in 1999.Being a Browns fan is a lot like believing in Santa Claus as a child. You hope and pray he is real, but deep down you know you will be disappointed when you see a family relative dressed up as Santa giving you a 4-12 record instead of the 11-5 record you asked for multiple times.Disappointment comes with the job description when cheering for the brown and orange. And yes, it is a job trying to cheer for a team that has started 20 different quarterbacks since the 1999 season. Imagine going to a job where your boss is fired every few weeks and a new one is brought in. Imagine this continuing for 15 years, and each year, your product becomes worse to the point where you quit.That is exactly what my father did when the Browns left Cleveland in 1995. He had been a season ticket holder for the Browns for years and when they left, he had just about given up hope. But being the proud Clevelander that he was, he returned for the opening game of the 1999 season when the new Browns made their return to city of rock ‘n’ roll. The brown and orange fell to the hated Steelers that day 43-0 and my dad has not attended a Browns game since. Can you blame him?But while the Browns have struggled for years, it wasn’t until The Decision, LeBron James “taking his talents” to Miami, that the Cleveland Cavaliers fell from the ranks of the NBA playoff regulars.The Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick in 2013, a player who averages only 4.1 points per game in 12.7 minutes played. In the words of Forrest Gump, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”The one team that seems to be Cleveland’s only hope of being a successful sports town anytime soon is the beloved Cleveland Indians. The franchise that has not won a World Series since 1948 came within three outs of bringing the trophy back to Cleveland in the 1997 World Series before Jose Mesa and Charles Nagy quite literally threw the game away, allowing the Florida Marlins to celebrate a championship in just their fifth year of existence.But there is room for optimism at Jacobs Field in 2014 (I know, I know its “Progressive Field” now, but if you are any kind of Tribe fan it is still “The Jake” to you) coming off of an appearance in the playoffs in 2013. Although their berth in the American League Wild Card Game ended in defeat as the Tribe fell to the Tampa Bay Rays last season, the likes of former Buckeye Nick Swisher and 2013 All-Star Jason Kipnis have given Tribe fans a reason to cheer again and get excited about a team that has been so close to a title for so long.So to all you non-Cleveland fans out there who are disappointed when your team loses in the postseason or doesn’t bring home a title, don’t despair. Be happy you don’t cheer in a city that hasn’t won a major championship since 1964 — when the Browns won an NFL championship in the pre-Super Bowl era. And to all of my fellow Clevelanders out there who are desperate for a winner, remember our mantra as the Indians take the field this week:“There’s always next year.”