DisneyQuest to Close for The NBA Experience

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettAlmost a year and a half ago, Disney announced that the NBA Experience would be making its way to Disney Springs and that DisneyQuest would be closing to make way for this new one-of-a-kind destination. Then…we heard nothing. Not a peep. I honestly thought the idea was dead.That is until today when Disney announced that they would indeed still be going forward with The NBA Experience and that DisneyQuest had a date when it would officially close for good. DisneyQuest, located on The West Side, will officially close on July 3. Leading up to its closure, the indoor theme park will still operate as usual, offering classic arcade games and unique interactive experiences, such as Buzz Lightyear’s AstroBlasters and CyberSpace Mountain.As far as The NBA Experience is concerned, not much is known about what the basketball-themed complex will offer. We do know that it will feature hands-on activities that put guests right in the middle of the NBA action, and will create an immersive experience of both the game and its players. Guests will enjoy unique NBA video productions, a restaurant, and a store.Stay tuned to the blog for more information about further announcements about The NBA Experience, as well as any further announcements regarding DisneyQuest.last_img read more

Stratford boys basketball drops home game to Pittsville

first_imgTigers now 5-5 in Marawood SouthBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — Stratford was held to 32 percent shooting and just 18 second-half points as it fell to Pittsville 57-39 in a Marawood Conference South Division boys basketball game Tuesday night at Stratford High School.Pittsville (12-7, 7-4 Marawood South) led 26-21 at halftime and built on its lead in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 31-18.Nick Stoflet and Ethan Nagel each hit three 3-pointers to score nine points each to lead Stratford (9-8, 5-5 Marawood South).Pittsville statistics were not provided.The Tigers play at Marathon on Friday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 57, Tigers 39Pittsville 26 31 – 57Stratford 21 18 – 39PITTSVILLE (57): No statistics reported. Record: 12-7, 7-4 Marawood South.STRATFORD (39): Brenden Fecker 2-7 2-2 7, Cole Hoffman 1-7 0-0 3, Drew Oertel 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Stoflet 3-4 0-0 9, Lucas Heidmann 1-2 0-0 2, Ethan Nagel 3-7 0-0 9, Derrick Schmidt 2-7 3-4 7, Jacob Danen 0-3 2-2 2, Tanner Weinfurtner 0-0 0-2 0. FG: 12-37. FT: 7-10. 3-pointers: 8-22 (Stoflet 3-4, Nagel 3-7, Fecker 1-3, Hoffman 1-6, Heidmann 0-1, Schmidt 0-1). Rebounds: 17 (Schmidt 3, Danen 3, Fecker 3). Record: 9-8, 5-5 Marawood South.last_img read more

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Used for Fraudulent Activities

first_imgTags:#Features#Trends#web Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has fallen prey to social media spammers and it is now full of requests to spam bookmarking services for pennies per link. Although these HITs may stop short of being “fraud” in the legal sense of the word, they are certainly dishonest and unsavory. In addition to these spam bookmarking requests, we’re also seeing HITs for Diggs, Stumbles, Slashdots, etc. of spammers’ web pages and web sites.In case you’re unfamiliar, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourced marketplace for tasks. A person needing work done can set up a HIT (human intelligence task) – the small job they need done. Others come along to perform the HITs, earning micro payments along the way. In this way, businesses, developers, and other individuals have access to an affordable, scalable workforceThe Dark Side to Mechanical TurkUnfortunately, it appears that the convenience of the Turk marketplace has some appeal to social media spammers, who are now using the site to earn Diggs, bookmarks, and other social recommendations they do not deserve. Here’s an example: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts sarah perez A search for “bookmark” on MT today displays 48 results (at the time of writing) where spammers are requesting social bookmarking of their web site. Search for “digg” and you’ll find people paying for Diggs. Of course, whenever there is a system in place (like social media) that can help drive traffic to a web site, there will be those people who use it to generate traffic for their spam sites. But why are they able to use Amazon Mechanical Turk to do so? Shouldn’t Amazon police the Turk to shut down these spam accounts? Mechanical Turk Still Has Promise, Despite SpammersHowever, this doesn’t mean that Mechanical Turk doesn’t hold any value – it’s still an innovative and useful tool for many. In fact, members of the HCI community (Human Computer Interaction) have begun to use Turk for userresearch studies with great success. This work has inspired others like open source advocate, Chris Messina, to do the same. He plans to use Turk for usability studies on OpenID and OAuth. Since the HITs are spread out among many, the cost of performing these studies is greatly reduced. Being able to crowdsource research is a great way that MT can be used today, and one that will have a big impact on the future, too. Thanks to Brynn Evans, a graduate student in the Department of Cognitive Science at University of California, San Diego for discovering this and thanks to open source advocate Chris Messina for sending it along to us.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Photo courtesy of Brynn EvansAnyone who uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk has no doubt come across similar HITs posted by spammers. For example, this guy is requesting someone create 29 social bookmark accounts from 29 sites: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Virat Kohli fit for No. 3 slot, says Kumble

first_imgFormer captain Anil Kumble reckons that Virat Kohli has the “right game” to fit in at the crucial number 3 slot in the Indian Test team even though it will be impossible for anyone to step into Rahul Dravid’s shoes.”I have followed Virat closely since his India U-19 days and he has matured a lot. I am impressed in the manner he has improved in the past one year in terms of game, discipline and overall fitness”, Kumble said.”He has quickly adapted to rigours of international cricket and for a 23-year-old to do that is phenomenal. He has a Test hundred in Australia and I believe he has the right game to fit in at No 3,” the former Indian captain said on Thursday.”However, there is no one who can replace Rahul Dravid. He has been an achiever for past 16 years and it’s certainly not easy to score 23,000 international runs,” Kumble added.Kumble paid glowing tributes to Sachin Tendulkar for achieving the historic feat of scoring 100 international centuries, saying he could quickly adapt to different conditions which was the hallmark of a great player.”I have been a witness to 80 of those 100 hundreds and atleast on 20 occasions, I have been at the other end. I would invariably arrive when he would be in his 80’s and the second new-ball would be due. My job on each and every occasion was to ensure that I don’t give my wicket easily which would help him to get his hundred.”Tendulkar after completing his 100th ton had recollected a funny incident during his highest Test score of 248 in Bangladesh involving him and Kumble when both had some horrible mix-ups.advertisement”Don’t talk about it. I still get embarrassed when I watch the footages of that match,” he smiled.For Kumble, one memorable incident was Tendulkar’s maiden Test hundred at Old Trafford in 1990 which was incidentally his debut Test.”I was made to stand at the Old Trafford balcony for more than three hours as it was Kiran More’s diktat. Since Sachin was scoring runs and we were playing to save the Test, everyone got superstitious. It was difficult standing there for two hours, but I was instructed by Kiran to stand at the same position for hours. Only during tea break did I get a chance to sit,” he said.”Obviously, the 242 at Sydney was another Herculean effort where he didn’t hit a single cover drive till he reached 200. The 100 against Pakistan and the 155 against Australia (both in Chennai) where Shane Warne was bowling from round the wicket were some of the knocks I would never forget.””The brilliant thing about Sachin is his adaptibility. He could quickly adapt in any given condition. That’s the hallmark of a great player,” Kumble said.For someone, who has close to 1000 international wickets, (619 Tests and 337 in ODIs) the longer version still remains a priority.”If you are able to consistently perform in longer version, that performance would help you do well in T20s and One-days but it’s never the other way round,” he explained.Talking about young leggie Rahul Sharma , who has travelled with the Indian team for last six months having played only five games (3 ODIs and 2 T20s), Kumble said it was a tricky situation.”It’s again the ‘chicken and egg’ theory. You need to bowl lot of overs in matches but again you need to pick your best squad. Ideally, it would have been great had Rahul played a few first-class matches but problem nowadays is lack of tour games. When I went to England in 1990, we had nine first-class tour games apart from 2 ODIs and 3 Tests. Everyone got a chance which is not the case now.”Thankfully, the players during international matches at home are released to play Ranji Trophy. That’s how likes of Ajinkya (Rahane) and Rohit (Sharma) got to play for Mumbai.”Kumble was reluctant to about his brief one-year stint as the chairman of National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He resigned from the post in December last year.”I don’t want to talk about that phase. I wanted to do a few things but we were not on the same page but NCA has done a lot of good for Indian cricket. It’s because of NCA that we have brilliant fielders like Virat, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary to name a few.”The BCCI wants Ranji Trophy matches to be played at neutral venues but Kumble for one wants cricket to be shifted to smaller centres which will produce good competitive wickets.advertisement”Recently during a one-day match Goa and Karnataka, I entered the stadium at around 11:30 and saw 55 for two on board. I thought match must have started late and then realised it was over. Just because it was a bit more challenging surface, batsmen couldn’t cope with it.”Now if you produce a turning track and match is over within two days, people raise questions. But what about the batsmen’s ability to face quality spinners on turning tracks,” he concluded.last_img read more

BCCI cracks the whip, bans five players for spot fixing in IPL

first_imgCracking the whip on cricketers caught in a IPL spot-fixing scandal, the BCCI on Saturday imposed a life ban on pacer T P Sudhindra but handed lighter punishments to four other domestic players who were also exposed in the TV sting operation.The decision to ban the players for varying degrees was taken by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee, headed by its president N Srinivasan, which met in Mumbai to discuss the report submitted by Ravi Sawani on the matter.While the 28-year-old Sudhindra was the worst hit as his career seems all but over, Shalabh Srivastav was banned for five years. Mohnish Mishra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali were banned for a year each, according to BCCI sources.The television sting operation had claimed that they agreed to shadowy deals in the Indian Premier League and other matches.Three of the five players – Sudhindra, Mishra and Bali – were attended the meeting today to present their points of view before the panel whose other members are Board vice-presidents Arun Jaitely and Niranjan Shah.Five uncapped Indian cricketers were alleged to have been caught indulging in corrupt practices, including spot-fixing, by a TV channel which conducted a sting operation during this year’s IPL.BCCI had asked its Anti-Corruption Unit chief Ravi Sawani to conduct a probe in the matter and he submitted his report to Srinivasan a few weeks back.last_img read more

Watch: Quinton de Kock gets stung by a bee, misses easy stumping in Johannesburg Test

first_imgStrange things happen on a cricket field by what happened with Quinton de Kock late on Day 2 of the fourth Test takes the cake.South Africa had Australia reeling at 91 for 4 with a lead of 397 runs and had the chance to pick up the fifth wicket when Shaun Marsh stepped out of his crease to play a flighter delivery from Keshav Maharaj, but he missed the ball.Quinton de Kock, who had just taken a brilliant catch to send back Usman Khawaja in the previous over, shelved the chance and gave a reprieve to Marsh in what seemed like an easy stumping chance.Steve Smith’s father dumps son’s cricket kit in family garage, says ‘He will be fine’But replays revealed the truth behind the missed stumping as de Kock got stung by a bee at the very same moment which is why he couldn’t collect the ball and Marsh got away.WATCH DAVID WARNER’S EMOTIONAL APOLOGYHere is what exactly happened on the final ball of the 31st over bowled by Maharaj.30.6: K Maharaj to Marsh, STUMPING CHANCE MISSED! Marsh slinks down the ground and goes past the tossed up ball outside off. But it stays low and passes through de Kock’s legs. Hard to blame the keeper here but yes, there will be a blemish against his name now. Shaun is lucky to be batting out there. He picks up a bye. Oh dear, replays show that de Kock was stung by a bee which put him off completely and he couldn’t collect the ball. Ouch!advertisementAfter all that has happened in the last few days, the Aussies have resorted to asking insects to help them. #RSAvAUS #qdk #beesting pic.twitter.com/qEhFMEW6twRick Joshua (@fussballchef) March 31, 2018Bees have in the past caused problems at the Wanderers stadium. Last year a beekeeper had to be called to the ground to get rid of a swarm of bees that interrupted play in the pink ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka.Steve Smith a cry baby: British media has no sympathy for fallen Australian heroThe series between the Proteas and the Aussies has been in the news for all the wrong reasons thanks to the spat between David Warner and de Kock in the first Test which was followed by the Kagiso Rabada-Steve Smith incident when the fast bowler brushed his shoulder after getting him out and got a two-match ban from the ICC which was later overturned.Ball-tampering row: Australia captain Tim Paine eager to ‘build back the respect of fans’Then the ball-tampering scandal happened on day 3 of the third Test at Cape Town which resulted in Smith, Warner getting a one-year ban from Cricket Australia while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months.Smith was also stripped of captaincy and won’t be getting back the post before two years while Warner will never be considered for the post. Smith and Warner also got banned from IPL 2018 while coach Darren Lehmann will also step down after the Johannesburg Test.David Warner was coached to avoid specific questions, says body language expertBut the bee-sting incident managed to put a smile on the faces of everybody on the ground after all that has happened in the past one week. Commentator Mark Nicholas even went on to say that this was the highlight of the series for him.The hosts were earlier bowled out for 488 in the first innings with Aiden Markram top-scoring with 152 runs while Temba Bavuma made 95 not out.Australia in reply, with its morale in pieces following the cheating saga of the last week, collapsed to 110/6 still 378 runs behind at stumps on the second day of the series decider at the Wanderers.last_img read more