Jack Robinson Wins 2018 Rip Curl Cup on Swell of the Year at Padang Padang

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Bali,  Indonesia – Thursday, 19th July 2018: Patience was rewarded at Padang Padang Thursday for the Finals of the 2018 Rip Curl Cup. After playing coy last year and withholding the world-class waves required to hold the WSL specialty event, Padang Padang returned with a vengeance in 2018, producing one of the most spectacular two days of barrels ever seen at The Rip Curl Cup.

Jack Robinson was also rewarded for his patience. The 20-year-old barrel maestro has been invited to the Rip Curl Cup since the age of 15, but never made it to Finals Day until 2018. On the heaviest day at Padang in recent memory, Robinson went on a tuberiding tear, scoring three 9-point rides and a perfect 10 en route to perhaps the most impressive achievement of his young career.
Robinson’s 19.90 Finals total was the highest of the event and left his fellow finalists in a combination situation they could never recover from. Uluwatu local and Trials surfer Agus Setiawan finished in second place with 17.15, followed by Bol Adi Putra (IND) with 15.75 and 2016 winner Mega Semadhi (IND) with 11.00.
“It was worth the wait,” said the young Western Australian Robinson. “This is one of the best contests all year and one of my Top 3 for sure. It might not be a QS or a CT, but it’s against the best guys at one of the best waves.”
Several of Robinson’s double barrels on Thursday recalled Jamie O’Brien winning the Rip Curl Cup in 2009, the last time a swell this monstrous rocked Bali.
“This was the best waves I’ve seen at Padang since Jamie O’Brien won it back in 2009,” said Robinson, a regular visitor to Bali during Rip Curl Cup season. “I was a little kid watching it then and I always wanted to be in it from that day on. Jamie was a big influence.”
After completing Rounds 1 and 2 at Padang Padang on Sunday, eight surfers remained for Thursday’s Finals Day. Things kicked off with a bang as Semifinal 1 saw more 9s and 10s than the entire two opening rounds. Spitting tube after tube roared through the Padang reef, making the judges in the tower moan with envy.
Semifinal 1 belonged to the locals, as Agus Setiawan and Bol Adi Putra finished first and second, respectively, and eliminated Day 1 standout Jacob Willcox (AUS) and Brazilian tube assassin Bruno Santos.
The highlight of Semifinal 1 was Bol Adi Putra’s incredible double barrel for a 9.55 that saw him soul arch through the gaping inside double-up, get spat out across the reef, emerge from the spit and ollie over the nose of a jet ski caught on the shoulder.
“The wave was spitting and I couldn’t see anything, so I just jumped,” said Bol. “Luckily I jumped high enough to clear the ski.”
In Semifinal 2 Jack Robinson went to work, hooking inverted backside snaps under the lip and clinging to the ceiling of several breathing Padang caves for the heat win. Nipping at his heels was defending Rip Curl Cup Champion Mega Semadhi, who also booked his ticket to the Finals.
The Final featured three Padang local surfers alongside Robinson, the lone international and the lone regularfoot, sparring with the treacherous caverns on his backhand. For both Semadhi and Adi Putra it was their record fifth Rip Curl Cup Finals appearance, and both local legends were vying to become the first three-time champion in Rip Curl Cup history.
In addition to the maxing swell, a slight side chop and rising tide heading into the Final added an extra degree of difficulty to emerge from the tight end section. The tricky exits would prove pivotal in the Final, as several would-be high 9s and 10s ended prematurely.
In the decisive set of the Finals, Robinson snatched up the first wave and scored an impossible 9.90. All three locals followed with incredible screaming tubes of their own, but all got clipped or bucked off before finding an exit. Defending Champion and Padang local Mega Semadhi in particular had a surefire 10 but was axed by the lip.
Robinson would go on to back up his 9.90 with another impossibly long ceiling climber before getting spat out in the channel. The judges had already dropped the 9.90 and had nowhere to go but up. Robinson had a perfect 10 and the field was comboed and essentially all needing two perfect 10s. The local boys continued to put up a good fight, including a 9.5 from Bol, but in the end the day belonged to the young man from WA.
It was all smiles from all four finalists on the podium, who all knew they had just feasted on the best day of waves at Padang in years.
“I’m feeling pretty lucky,” Semadhi said on the winner’s podium. “I’ve got the whole collection of Finals trophies: fourth, third, second, and first. It was such an amazing two days of surfing. Everyone got so barreled. You can’t ask for more.”
For Robinson, a longtime annual visitor to Bali, it was just another day of trading epic waves with his Indonesian mates.
“We’re pretty much neighbors,” Robinson said. “I live down in West Oz, only three hours away. It’s the same ocean, and I’ve been coming here and surfing with my friends since I was a little kid. To be able to surf a day like this at Padang with all of them, it doesn’t get any better than this.”
FINAL
1st Jack Robinson (AUS) 19.90
2nd Agus “Blacky” Setiawan (IND) 17.15
3rd Made Adi Putra (IND) 15.75
4th Mega Semadhi (IND) 11.00
Semifinal 1
1st Agus “Blacky” Setiawan (IND) 19.85
2nd Made Adi Putra (IND) 19.05
3rd Jacob Willcox (AUS) 18.15
4th Bruno Santos (BRA) 13.10
Semifinal 2
1st Jack Robinson (AUS) 18.60
2nd Mega Semadhi (IND) 17.85
3rd Josh Kerr (AUS) 15.40
4th Garut Widiarta (IND) 14.65
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The Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2018 is sponsored by: GoPro, BINTANG, ALBENS CIDER, S RESORT HIDDEN VALLEY, ULUWATU CLIFF HOUSE and official internet provider BIZNET.

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Rip Curl is proud to  support Project Clean Uluwatu, the non-profit organization working to keep Bali’s beaches clean and safe.

 

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Today on Broadway: Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Comic-Con 2018 News: ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ is Returning, ‘Annabelle 3’ Announced

Comic-Con 2018 News: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars' is Returning, 'Annabelle 3' Announced

Every year, Comic-Con is a source for lots of movie news. Studios announce the latest superheroes heading to the big screen. Productions announce the casting of previously announced comic book adaptations. Sometimes we get more information on a highly anticipated release.

This week, from Wednesday's preview night through Sunday's panels, we'll be updating this post with the biggest and best revelations out of the convention. 

 

Return of The Clone Wars…

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2018 San Diego Comic-Con Preview – What to Look Forward to From the Movie Presentations

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The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International — or just Comic-Con, since it’s the king of comic and fan conventions — is this week, and we’ll be there to cover all the big movie presentations. Ahead of time, though, we’ve put together a guide for when each showcase is happening. Whether you’re joining us and the rest of the masses at the San Diego Convention Center or will be following along at home, here is our preview of what we know and what we’re expecting….

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Netflix in 2018: 6 new developments you should know about

“Strong but not stellar” is the way Netflix describes its latest quarter in a new letter to shareholders.

Why the hint of self-doubt from the leading streamer? Because the service added some 5.2 million members in the second quarter, while expectations were for 6.2 new million subscribers to come on board.

But worries about slowing growth aside, what’s next for the global Internet TV giant? More great content, for sure.

“Internet video is growing globally and we are fortunate to be one of the leaders,” the letter says. “In addition to succeeding commercially, we are starting to lead artistically in some categories, with our creators earning enough Emmy nominations this year to collectively break​ HBO’s amazing 17-year run​.”

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Here’s what’s new with Netflix

If you’re a Netflix customer, here’s what you need to know:

Netflix’s “Smart Downloads” feature is now available

The company’s brand new Smart Downloads feature on Android is geared to members who use the offline mode for viewing.

The beauty of Smart Downloads is it will automatically delete a downloaded episode after you’ve watched it and automatically download the next episode for you.

And because Smart Downloads works with WiFi, you’ll never use cellular data and you won’t clutter up your device’s storage!

Michael Bay’s next feature movie will be a Netflix original

You know him for big Hollywood extravaganzas like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and the Transformers film series, among others.

But lauded director Michael Bay’s next flick will be for Netflix. It’s going to be called ​Six Underground and will star Ryan Reynolds.

Other famed directors who also have made or are making their next features for Netflix include cinematic luminaries like Martin Scorsese, Alfonso Cuaron, Susanne Bier, Paul Greengrass and Chris Columbus, among others.

“As traditional exhibition focuses increasingly on superheroes and sequels, our on demand service allows us to serve a wide variety of tastes,” Netflix notes.

Netflix just received the most Emmy nods of any network

Last week, Netflix got 112 nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards, including five best series and best limited series nods.

But beyond that the Netflix nominations recognized 40 different scripted and unscripted series, as well as TV movies, limited series, documentaries, talk shows, comedy specials and series for kids.

“This is a testament to the fantastic creators we work with across all forms of television,” the company said.

Netflix believes it can co-exist in a brave new media world

The world of streaming entertainment is always changing and the competition always getting more intense.

Disney is coming out next year with its own streaming service and older competitors such as Amazon and Apple continue spending on content to draw you into their subscription-based ecosystems. Add to that the merger of AT&T and Time Warner and Fox getting ready to sell assets to either Disney or Comcast.

It all adds up to one crowded Internet entertainment landscape!

Through it all, Netflix says it will remain focused on doing what it does best: Creating and delivering great content at a compelling price point.

“We believe that consumer appetite for great content is broad and that there is room for multiple parties to have attractive offerings…Our strategy is to simply keep improving, as we’ve been doing every year in the past.”

You may see international content being promoted

In its letter to shareholders, Netflix called out a few international productions that it’s having a lot of success with right now. These included launching the second season of 3%, a Brazilian sci-fi original, and the premiere of The Rain, a Danish original thriller that’s found an international audience.

“This serves as another data point that our international originals can be important to specific countries and regions and also play well outside of their home markets,” the company notes.

A higher priced ‘Ultra’ plan may be coming

Sticking with the international theme, Netflix is testing a new premium service in Europe priced at about €16.99, which is around $ 20/month. The ‘Ultra’ plan lets subscribers watch 4K content with High Dynamic Range (HDR) quality on up to four different screens at once.

In fact, two versions of the plan are reportedly being tested, each with small differences on pricing and screen limits.

So why should you care what’s going on for European customers? Well, it could be that Netflix is floating a trial balloon in the Old World. And if the ‘Ultra’ plan plays well with consumers over there, it’s next stop could be over here!

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African Team Defeats Croatia to Win the FIFA World Cup 2018

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France defeated Croatia to win the FIFA World Cup 2018. That’s what it says on paper, but one look at the members of the French team and it’s clear as day that it was Africa who really won. 

Listen, these are facts, the majority of the French national team is of African descent.

 

Thus per Twitter logic, Africa got that W.

 

And don’t think France doesn’t have racial problems it needs to cut the f*ck out.

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Peep Twitter’s reaction to the French African team’s World Cup win below and on the following pages. Salute!

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Amazon Prime Day 2018 kicks off 16th July, 12pm – 17th July, midnight. (Credit cards at the ready…)

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Forget Amazon Black Friday and mark your calendars – Amazon Prime Day 2018 is (almost) upon us. The massive online e-tailer will be announcing a flood of fantastic deals and we’re going to be keeping tabs on all the best Prime Day bargains as they come in. Watch this space, we’ll be regularly updating it over the course of the two days.

What is Amazon Prime Day?

Amazon Prime Day may as well be Christmas in July. For a day – well, 36 hours to be more exact – Amazon will be slashing its prices on everything from tech to fashion and you’ll want to jump on board. Over 100, 000 products are going to be on offer – including some of Amazon’s own products like the Alexa and Kindle – so now’s the time to buy if they’ve been collecting dust in your wish list. New deals will be rolled out as often as every five minutes

It’s the fourth year the event’s been running and people have been eating the deals up. We’ll be focusing on the fab beauty and fashion deals, but if you’re after some cracking tech deals, then check out our sister site Trusted Reviews for more Amazon Prime Day 2018 deals.

How does Amazon Prime Day work?

So there’s a slight catch here – only people who are Amazon Prime members will be able to snag the deals. However, the e-tailer is offering a 30 day trial so you can just sign up for a free month-long Amazon Prime membership for the shopping festivities.

Beyond access to Amazon Prime day, members also bumped up to a higher priority delivery tier with free same- and one-day delivery services. You’ll also get access to all the shows on Amazon Prime Video (bring on those American Gods and Mozart in the Jungle binges), as well as Prime Reading and Prime Music as well. You’ll also be able to get half an hour’s worth of early access to any of their Amazon Lightning Deals, meaning you’ll get to beat the crowd to amazing bargains before they sell out.

When is Amazon Prime Day?

While last year, Amazon Prime Day ran for 30 hours, this year it’s been extended to a full 36 hours, starting at midday on Monday 16th July and ending at midnight on Tuesday 17th July.

What deals can we expect from Amazon Prime Day?

With literally thousands of deals across Amazon’s broad selection, there’s going to be two types of bargains: Deals of the Day and Lightning Deals.

Amazon Deals of the Day

These are the deals that will run for the full 36 hours, across 20 of the most shopped for categories in Amazon.

Amazon Lightning Deals

While Amazon usually does Lightning Deals, on this very special day they’ll be rolling them out as often as every five minutes. To add pressure, these deals will come with a little timer and availability bar showing how many are left in stock. Here’s a top tip: if you put a Lightning Deal into your shopping cart, be sure to buy it within 15 minutes! After that, Amazon will automatically eject the item and you’ll have to fight the rest of the crowd for it again.

If you’ve missed out on anything, you can always try your luck by joining a waitlist on a product – in case they restock, or somebody changes their mind about a big purchase. Another benefit of having a Prime membership on this hallowed day is that you’ll be able to receive your products in as short a time as one hour – but don’t worry if you don’t want that big TV sent to the office, you can turn on No-Rush Delivery and it’ll stagger your delivery period.

We’ll be collecting all the best deals across fashion, home, tech and more, so you don’t have to go digging through hundreds of thousands of deals for the best ones. If you’re after tech deals, be sure to check out our sister site Trusted Reviews, as they’ll be rounding up the very best Amazon Prime Day deals.

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Amazon Prime Day runs from midday on Monday 16th July and will run for 36 hours, ending at midnight on Tuesday 17th July. However some of the deals above are flash deals, so you’ll have to keep an eye on when certain offers expire.

Eat your heart out, Black Friday.

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Coffee Break: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018: Picks Under $200

nordstrom anniversary sale 2018 picks under 200This post has become the runaway post (LOTS of great stuff this year, ladies!) and I’m late with Coffee Break, so let’s start with these: presenting our favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks under $ 200!Nordstrom Anniversary Picks under $  200 - Dresses for Work under $  100 See all of our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 workwear picks here.

Some general notes:

Readers, have you found anything great yet in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year? There are a TON of great dresses under $ 100 (particularly Eliza J) and blazers, and we’re also in the midst of rounding up suits, old favorites, plus size picks, and more.I was particularly interested to note that The Skirt may be back — it feels like Halogen’s “seamed pencil skirt” disappeared for a few years after readers were disappointed by the style changes to it. This year it’s just black and camel, but I’ll be very interested to hear whether people are happy with it!

Workwear Under $ 200 in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Pictured above, $ 29-$ 45: ruffle sleeve top (6 colors) / teal top / black top (4 colors) /  hidden button blouse (5 prints) / twist knit dress  (plus sizes too)

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Pictured above, $ 52-$ 64: tie neck blouse (lots of similar) / ruffle neck blouse (also long sleeves and plus sizes) / stripe blazer / wide leg pants (and 2 prints; petites also) / side slit pencil skirt (and possibly the return of The Skirt?)

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Pictured above ($ 64-$ 84): white knit blazer / long black blazer / burgundy plus dress / green dress (navy, plus sizes too) / star neckline

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Pictured above ($ 84-98): purple dress (3+ colors, plus sizes too) / plaid blazer / pink dress (black also) / striped sheath dress / cobalt sheath dress

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Pictured above, $ 98-$ 169: plaid sheath dress (plus sizes too) / olive skirt / red blazer / red dress (navy also) /  blue wool blend cardigan

Readers, what are your favorite picks under $ 200 from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? What are your favorites in general from the sale? What was your first purchase — and what did you already have problems buying? (I had to refresh my browser about 15 times to buy the skincare set I mentioned this morning!)

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The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations

The Emmy nominations were announced Thursday, and fans can count on contentious races. With awards stalwarts like Veep, Better Call Saul and House of Cards unable to contend for Emmys this year, several categories were left wide open for newcomers and long-overlooked vets.

Critics and fans will be delighted with a few inspiring storylines: Sandra Oh set a record. Issa Rae finally got nominated. The Americans may just pull off a win or two following its last season. But there were disappointments too: stans for David Lynch’s bizarre Twin Peaks, Emilia Clarke’s fearsome turn in Game of Thrones or the irreverent Netflix true crime spoof American Vandal will certainly be disappointed. But what can we do except head out into the parking lot and spray paint inappropriate pictures on the Emmy voters’ cars.

Here are all the Emmy snubs, surprises and storylines to come out of the nominations.

Netflix Nabs More Nominations Than HBO

For 17 years, HBO has always earned the most Emmy nominations. Netflix finally broke that streak, earning 112 nominations this year. The change signals a shift in the power dynamics between streaming services and the premium cable giant: AT&T recently told HBO they have to produce more shows to keep up with Netflix.

Sandra Oh Sets a New Milestone

Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh is the first Asian actor to be nominated for the Best Actress in a Drama category. The Canadian actor is no stranger to the Emmys: She’s been nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama five times.

But Killing Eve Gets Snubbed from Best Drama Category

To fans’ outrage, neither the breakout BBC America show nor Oh’s costar Jodi Comer earned Emmy nominations

Queer Eye Solidifies Its Place as a Cultural Phenomenon

Fourteen years ago, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy took home an Emmy. Now Netflix’s warmhearted reboot of that series, Queer Eye, has a chance to do the same. Queer Eye is arguably the frontrunner in the race: The show’s message of acceptance has become a rallying cry for fans in the past few months, and its five hosts have rocketed to stardom.

Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke and Kit Harrington Snubbed

All three Lannister siblings (Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) earned acting nominations. Dinklage even broke a record for most-nominated actor in the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama category. But the fantasy series’ two heroes, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, were left out in the cold.

Issa Rae Is Finally Nominated

Insecure was immediately heralded as one of the best shows on TV when it premiered in 2016, but its creator and star Issa Rae was snubbed by the Emmys—until now. She get a nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy.

After Its Cancellation, Roseanne Gets Snubbed

Following Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet and the subsequent cancellation of Roseanne, perhaps it isn’t surprising that Emmy voters snubbed the show. However, Laurie Metcalf did earn a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Twin Peaks: The Return Doesn’t Earn Any Major Nominations

The esoteric resurrection of Twin Peaks not only failed to get nominated for Best Limited Series. Its star-studded cast failed to get nominated in any of the acting categories. Fans are most upset by the snub of star Kyle MacLachlan.

The Americans’s Last Shot at Emmy Gold

Critical darling The Americans has long been overlooked by the Emmys. Neither of its two leads, Matthew Rhys or Keri Russell—a real-life couple who play married Soviet spies on the show—have ever won an acting award, and the show has never won best drama. A win for either actor of the show would be a wonderful sendoff for the show.

American Vandal, The Good Place, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are all snubbed

A handful of critical favorites in the comedy category failed to earn Emmy nominations on Thursday. Netflix’s surprisingly brilliant true crime parody American Vandal was overlooked despite boasting a rabid fandom. The mind-bending NBC comedy The Good Place was overlooked despite being the most innovative show on network television. The uplifting (and increasingly political) Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, both Golden Globe favorites, were snubbed as well.

Anthony Bourdain earns six nominations

Anthony Bourdain has won plenty of Emmys before, but his posthumous six nominations will make for an emotional ceremony following his untimely death.


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Does A’Ja Wilson Have A Point? The Top 5 NBA Salaries vs. WNBA Salaries in 2018

WNBA rookie A’ja Wilson recently caused a stir on Twitter when she addressed the huge pay gap between professional women and men basketball players the day after NBA star LeBron James signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $ 154 million.


Wilson followed up with a few more tweets expressing both her affinity for James and her dissatisfaction with the pay discrepancy between the earnings of male and female players. According to CNBC, women in the WNBA earn 20% of the minimum salary of an NBA player even though they’re essentially doing the same job.



The power forward also blasted the WNBA’s pay model, which pays players about 25% of its revenue. In comparison, the NBA pays its players about 50% of league revenue.


The pay gap between NBA and WNBA players is a longstanding and well-documented issue. Wilson, for example, signed a contract with the Las Vegas Aces earlier this year for a mere $ 52,564 despite being the WNBA’s No. 1 draft pick and a standout collegiate player. Most of the other rookies in the league will earn even less with a starting salary of $ 41,202 and the average salary for most incumbent players is around $ 50,000. In comparison, the starting salary for the NBA for the 2018–19 season is $ 582,180.

Naysayers, however, argue that WNBA players earn less because the league only generates $ 25 million in annual revenue while the NBA rakes in a whopping $ 7.4 billion. The WNBA also receives less money in its broadcast rights deal than the NBA.


Other Twitter users pointed out that the disparity is rooted in a lack of viewership and interest in female basketball (the WNBA averaged 7,716 fans per game last season). Plus, WNBA teams also play 34 games in a season for about four and half months if they don’t make the playoffs. By comparison, NBA teams play 82 games in the regular season for six months while the finals can stretch the season another two months.


Nevertheless, WNBA President Lisa Borders weighed into the debate, telling Forbes that bias against female athletes is at the heart of the pay disparity.

“Let’s be clear, there is a lot of sexism that still goes on. People do not believe that women can be superb professional athletes. That frankly is an ignorant perspective, but if you haven’t had the opportunity to see a game, a player or experienced the game, then perhaps you have an uninformed perspective. We invite folks into the area to actually see a game,” said Borders.

Most WNBA players will earn around $ 79,000 in the 2018 season while the maximum salary caps at $ 115,500 for veteran players. In comparison, take a look at what the top players in the NBA earned in the 2017–2018 regular season:

1. Stephen Curry earned $ 34.7 million.

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2. LeBron James earned $ 33.3 million.

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3. Paul Millsap earned $ 31.3 million

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4. Gordon Hayward, $ 29.7 million

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5. Blake Griffin, $ 29.5 million

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Where is Love Island 2018 filmed, can you book to stay in the villa in Majorca and what’s the place like inside?

THE Love Island villa is the setting of 2018’s hottest show.

But where exactly is the luxury holiday home? Can you stay there and who many people does it sleep?

This year’s villa looks better than ever
This year the villa looks better than ever. It is located in Majorca
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Where is the Love Island 2018 villa?

The Love Island villa is located on the Spanish Balearic Island of Majorca (Mallorca), in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar on the East of the Island.

The villa is the same luxury location that last year’s contestants stayed in, but it’s been given an overhaul.

The famous hideaway has been given a makeover, meaning the stars will be tempted to spend more time in there away from the prying eyes of their co-stars.

The bedroom is decorated with bright blue and pink blankets and cushions, with giant, holiday-themed images on the walls.

Outside seating and day beds have been set up around the pool area, with sun loungers and an al-fresco bar set up for late-night drinks.

The villa also boasts an enormous pool, gym area and jacuzzi.

The round seating area complete with a fancy fire pit is still in place, along with the enormous open-plan kitchen and living room.

Staff have been busy for weeks setting up the hidden cameras and linking up the microphones to make sure every cough and spit is captured on screen.

The villa features an expansive infinity pool which looks out on the lush countryside
The villa features an expansive infinity pool which looks out on the lush countryside
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Where is Majorca and what is the weather like?

Mallorca is the largest Balearic Island and is located in the Mediterranean Sea off the south-east coast of mainland Spain.

The island is known for its beach resorts and is a popular destination with British tourists.

Majorca is the “sister” island to Ibiza and Menorca and flying time from the UK is about two and a half hours.

The island’s capital is Palma, known for it’s Gothic Santa Maria cathedral and beautiful bay.

The island is also the home of notorious party destination Magaluf, which has previously played host to reality TV show The Magaluf Weekender – which has now relocated and become known as The Ibiza Weekender.

The weather in Mallorca is typically Mediterranean, with mild winters and hot, sunny summer months.

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Can I stay at the Love Island villa?

Yes, you can stay in the villa, but it will cost around £3000 for a week’s stay.

The luxury villa boasts a super-sized hot tub, infinity pool, outdoor kitchen and terrace.


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Sony has had a stranglehold on the market ever since the PS4 launched in 2013. To date, the PS4 has reportedly outsold the Xbox One by greater than a two to one margin, and the distance between the two consoles grows larger each and every year. But one analyst believes that Sony might finally have some competition in 2018.

In a recent report, NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella predicts that the Nintendo Switch will be the best-selling console of the holiday season, and could even overtake the PS4 for total sales on the year. Keep in mind that the Switch has only been on store shelves since early 2017, so millions of consumers had already chosen between the PS4 and Xbox One by the time Nintendo joined the current console generation.

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Isabel Marant’s Fall 2018 Campaign Is ‘So Isabel Marant It Hurts’

Our forum members practically begged Isabel Marant to switch up her casting last season after Anna Ewers appeared in her third consecutive campaign for the quintessential French fashion label. Marant must have heard our cries, adding model Vittoria Ceretti to star alongside Ewers for the Fall 2018 campaign (praise the fashion gods above). Welcoming back photographer Juergen Teller, the blonde and brunette twosome were photographed on location at the conceptual Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and styled by French Vogue‘s Geraldine Saglio.

Isabel Marant F/W 2018.19 : Anna Ewers & Vittoria Ceretti by Juergen Teller

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Did the change in casting manage to impress our forum members, though? “Very simple and cool. It doesn’t look too Photoshopped. The models are cool, I like Anna and they look natural. I approve of this campaign,” shared Perickles upon checking out the images.

“It’s really nothing special but I appreciate the simplicity and it will look nice in magazines,” Valentine27 added.

“I like it just because it’s so Isabel Marant that it hurts! The girls and even the choice of location are totally Isabel Marant! This is exactly the type of place where you can imagine seeing an IM woman,” pointed out Lola701.

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Not everyone was so forthcoming. “Great shots, boring cast,” snapped forum member anlabe32.

“The only shot I like is Vittoria’s. The rest are very dull,” disapproved bluebanter.

“For me, it’s the opposite, the only one I like is the second shot of Anna but I second you its pretty dull,” replied badgalcrush.

Zacatecas570 wasn’t exactly thrilled either. “I’ve never been the biggest Juergen Teller fan,” he said.

“Can’t stand Juergen’s photos anymore,” echoed thatsfierce.

Isabel Marant F/W 2018.19 : Anna Ewers & Vittoria Ceretti by Juergen Teller

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Men Will Be Men in Russia: The Misogyny of the 2018 World Cup

Just as the World Cup mania kicked off with Mexico’s epic match against Germany, FIFA disrupted macho precedent when they fined Mexico $ 10,000 for their fan’s use of the “discriminatory and insulting” chant of “puto.” (In English, the word translates to “faggot.”)

Many have rightfully celebrated the fine as a win against bias and bigotry. But as the games head into their final rounds, it would be too naive to say that World Cup soccer is ready to shed it’s machista roots. There’s still one group fans attending the event can target with impunity: the women reporting on and attending the event.

Colombian journalist Julieth González Theran learned this lesson when a man sexually assaulted her as she was reporting live from Saransk, Russia on June 14. She maintained her professional composure and continued doing her job. The man, who had touched her breast and kissed her cheek as she tried to report the news, suffered no formal repercussion, despite the fact that he was easily identifiable and on film. “¡Respeto! We don’t deserve this treatment,” González Theran wrote on Instagram. “We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of fútbol, but we need to identify the limits of affection and harassment.”

González Theran wasn’t the only journalist to endure an online assault. Brazilian reporter Julia Guimarães was on camera in Russia, attempting to report ahead of the Japan vs. Senegal game, when she was suddenly approached by a man who tried to kiss her on the cheek. She dodged the kiss, confronted the man immediately, and stopped him in his place. Assertively, she gave him a stern warning: “Don’t do this. Never do this again, okay? Don’t do this. I do not allow you to do that, never, okay? This is not polite, this is not right. Never do this.”

Average women attending the games were also not immune to attacks. An Argentinian man in his late 40s named  Néstor Penovi asked an adolescent Russian woman to repeat “Quiero chupar pija”—or “I want to suck dick”—on camera. The video got more than 100,000 views on YouTube in a few days. In that case, even the Russian Embassy intervened, asking the man in a formal letter to apologize.

Sports and sexism are nothing new. For more than 25 years, sociologists like Dr. Michael Messner have exposed thee rape culture that associates men with power and women with pleasure. But men who love soccer have taken it to a new level, engaging in a wide variety of openly aggressive behaviors with impunity for decades.

In her 2008 article, “Female Fandom: Identity, Sexism, and Men’s Professional Football,” Dr. Katharine Jones examined how sexist and homophobic language became endemic to to the game, as is illustrated by the controversial “Puto” chant that landed Mexico in trouble. But some might argue that sexual violence against women in World Cup in Russia is not a result of gender inequality but an active factor in creating it.

In the ultra-heated conquistador culture on the ground in Russia, women who are part of the world of soccer —whether they be journalists, spectators, tourists or simply citizens of a hosting country—become second-, or lower, class citizens. Women are reminded constantly that they do not belong. Whether they are tourists or from the local culture, they’re part of the territory dominated and controlled by men, just another fun fringe benefit of the male bonding extravaganza. Echoing the rituals of the fraternities that Dr. Peggy Sanday documented in her thought provoking book Fraternity Gang Rape, originally published in 1990, soccer fans have relied on misogyny to establish this bonding and intimacy with other men in these international tournaments.

“Estábamos en broma, en chiste, con amigos”—meaning “we were playing, joking among friends”—was the response that Néstor Penovi gave to a reporter when he was asked about the reasons he asked the Russian adolescent girl to repeat a vulgar, obscene expression in a language completely foreign to her. In anticipation to the 2018 World Cup, the Argentine Football Association published a manual that included “advice on how to woo Russian women” and later apologized.

Clearly, sexism in the world of sports is both, well-rooted and institutionalized. “How can it be that most men don’t commit these acts—and would never even consider it—and yet sexual assault remains such a pervasive issue?” asked actor-activist Justin Baldoni and leading men and masculinities studies sociologist Dr. Michael Kimmel asked this past April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The issue is that in the culture of rape, men still act with impunity, even though they may later express regret.

The Russian man who sexually assaulted González Theran directly apologized to her in a videotaped conversation. Penoví similarly came across as remorseful about his behavior at an interview at the airport after arriving in Argentina. Women on the ground, however, won’t rely on regret and apologies to create a safer culture on the ground at the World Cup or other major soccer events.

Far from victims, González Theran and Guimarães experiences are inspiring others who will continue working hard to promote a life free of violence for them in the world of sports; they are part of a larger feminist community. More than 50 women reporters, their brave colleagues, launched the provoking “let her work” (#DeixaElaTrabalhar) campaign in Brazil earlier this year—and reportedly, it is increasing awareness.

For women around the world who hope to attend their favorite sport free of violence, any indication of real social change will still have to be lived, and fought for, in and outside of the stadium.

Gloria González-López is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas-Austin and a Public Voices Fellow with the Op Ed Project.

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