“I want more hours of engagement.” Those were the marching orders that John Stankey, CEO of HBO’s new parent AT&T, gave in recent days to the broadcaster famous for taking a curated approach to television. The remarks came during a town hall that generated a ton of media coverage — apparently, everyone assumed, this means HBO will now be forced to play a volume game which may or may not affect the quality of the content.
Global warming, pollution and climate change are threatening the lives of people on our planet. Here, seven reportage photographers bring the reality home
‘Climate change is at the heart of a global crisis that, for many countries, is already critical,’ says Gareth Redmond-King, head of climate and energy at WWF UK. ‘We are seeing melting ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland that are causing rising sea levels; changing habitats that lead to animal extinction and restricted food supply; and extreme weather that is devastating parts of the world at an alarming rate.’ In fact, climate change has already displaced millions of ‘climate refugees’. By 2050, 200 million people worldwide will have been forced to leave their homes as a result.
‘This is an equality issue. It is the vulnerable who are impacted most, even in rich nations like the US – it was women of colour who found it most difficult to get back on their feet after Hurricane Harvey,’ says Rachel Kennerley, international climate campaigner for Friends of the Earth. ‘The narrative around climate change is often that of a sad polar bear on a melting ice cap, but this is a human crisis, too.’ And yet, US President Donald Trump refuses to accept that climate change is happening. In June 2017, he rejected the Paris Agreement, which commits America and 187 other countries to keep rising global temperatures below 2°C. ‘The Arctic is already more than two degrees in polar regions,’ says Redmond-King. ‘Sea levels are rising due to melting caps and this has a devastating impact on low-lying countries, including Bangladesh and South Pacific islands such as Fiji, where people have already been evacuated due to flood risks. This isn’t temporary aid action − it’s permanent.’
In the UK, extreme weather and coastal erosion hints at the wider problem. Kennerley adds, ‘As the fifth richest country in the world − a country that benefited hugely from the industrial revolution − we have a responsibility to cut emissions and move our energy towards cleaner, renewable sources to help protect vulnerable parts of the planet where we are rapidly running out of time.’
Here, seven photographers who aim to humanise the plight of global populations affected by climate change, talk us through their most emotive shots.
Fans of Counting On know that Jinger Duggar is the “free thinker” of the family. She was the first Duggar kid to move away from the family home in Tontitown, Arkansas, to live in Laredo, Texas, with her husband, Jeremy […] Celebrity Insider
Justin Bieber adorably geeked out over the Walmart yodeling boy at Coachella, and there’s video to prove it
If you don’t know who Mason Ramsey is, you’re probably more familiar with his unofficial nickname: the Walmart yodeling boy. He’s an 11-year-old with a big cowboy hat and even bigger voice, and he recently rose to internet fame after a video of him singing at his local Walmart went viral on Twitter. Since then, the Walmart yodeling boy has been appearing all over the place. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a kickass EDM remix, and even Coachella — where it seems Justin Bieber was pretty stoked to see him, according to reports.
Not only did Bieber appreciate Mason from the audience, he also went and met the Walmart yodeling boy backstage. Fan videos posted to Twitter show the Biebs dancing along during Mason’s performance and, later, sweetly asking the newly minted child star if this was his first Coachella.
After all, Mason and Bieber probably have more in common than you might think. Bieber started on the music scene when he was really young, too. He’s famously struggled with that early exposure, getting arrested for a DUI in 2014 and finding himself in some very tough times over the years. So, it’s not a stretch he’d want to be extra nice to someone in a similar position.
The 2018 March Madness tournament is more than worthy of the name. Of the 60 games played so far, 20 have been won by the lower-seeded team. By the Sweet Sixteen, two 1-seeded teams were out of the running: Xavier, which lost to 9-seeded Florida St. in the second round, and the University of Virginia, which became the first-ever top-seeded team to fall to a 16-seed in the first game. Meanwhile, an 11-seed, Loyola-Chicago, won in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four for only the fourth time.
This is not mere anarchy. It is complete lunacy. By TIME’s calculations, there has never been a wilder Men’s College Basketball tournament since March Madness expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
To determine this, we quantified “madness” by looking at the historical fates of all 2,176 teams that have entered the tournament in the modern era, and awarded a certain number of “luna”—the self-declared metric unit of madness—based on how uncommon each outcome has been over the past 34 years. The following table ranks each year by madness. Keep scrolling to see how we did it.
Here’s how it works: For each of the first four rounds, including 2018, we tallied how many times each seed has advanced. For example, a 1-seed has survived to the second round 135 of 136 times, appeared in the Sweet Sixteen 116 times, the Elite Eight 94 times, and the Final Four 56 times. Those figures drop precipitously for lower-seeded teams.
While it might seem reasonable to measure madness simply by the number of upsets, weighted to the differential in seeds, not all upsets are created equal. A 12-seed defeating a 5-seed in the first round might seem like shock, but anyone who regularly follows the tournament knows that this happens all the time—47 times in 136 contests, to be exact. (The number of historical matchups is four times the number of years since there are four “regions” of 16 seeds each.) Meanwhile, a 15-seed has unseated a 2-seed only eight times.
Madness, in fact, is not simply a tally of lower-seeded teams beating better-regarded opponents. It is a factor of how unusual and unexpected the outcome is overall. Using the historical data, one can precisely measure how unlikely every outcome is, from highly common to extraordinarily rare.
To pin this down to an aggregate level of madness for each year, TIME considered every matchup in which the seed of the winning team has won that round fewer than 25 times since 1985. That threshold of 25 was determined through repeated trial-and-error to extract only the outcomes that were genuinely uncommon.
To calculate the number of luna for each historic upset, we looked at the number of times fewer than 25 that it has ever occurred—so, 11 if it has happened 14 times, and so forth—and then squared that figure, since very, very rare outcomes deserve considerably more weight than those that are slightly more likely. Again, this strategy was born of repeated iterations on the model with results tested on college basketball impresarios.
For example, when Loyola-Chicago defeated Nevada in the Sweet Sixteen this year, it became only the eighth 11-seed to advance to the Elite Eight, garnering 289 luna – that’s (25 – 8)^2.
Applying this logic to the first four rounds of every year’s tournament (so that it was possible to compare the current tournament’s results so far to every past year), 2018 has the highest madness in history with 2,935 luna. The 2013 tournament, which had a crowded lineup of low-seeded victories, came in a close second with a score of 2,928.
Curiously, for all the attendant griping after the NCAA Selection Committee releases its roster of 64 teams from seeds 1 to 16 in the four regions, the historical data indicates that the seeds are highly predictive of the outcome, particularly early in the tournament. In the first round, for example, the higher-seeded team has always won a majority of time proportionally to how big a difference there is between its seed and its opponent’s seed. The only exception is the four annual matchups between 8 and 9 seeds, which are split evenly with 68 victories apiece since 1985.
The TIME formula for madness, however, is largely seed-agnostic. While it uses the winning team’s seed to calculate the historical frequency that this seed advances to each round, the value of the seed itself does not enter the calculation. It just so happens that the seeds enter the picture organically, since the lower a team’s seed, the less common it is for that team to win.
To be sure, there are infinite ways to quantify madness. We feel good about this one, which was not doctored so as to produce a result that made for the best headline. And for what it’s worth, the calculations were conducted in a state absent any personal basketball-related madness, even though this reporter attended the University of Virginia. After all, it’s almost time for baseball.
Historical results were manually compiled from a variety of sources to ensure accuracy. To ensure the most apt comparison, all calculations of previous years were conducted with the same historical data from 1985 to 2018, even though those results are retroactive to previous years. (Otherwise, the 1985 tournament would achieve the maximum possible number of luna, since, as of that time, none of the outcomes had every happened before.) These figures will be updated with the results of the Final Four and Championship games as the 2018 tournament reaches its completion.
For those keeping score at home, here’s the formal definition of madness:
Have a better idea for how to calculate madness? Let us know, and we’d be happy to run the numbers, so long as it uses the same core set of historical data. (Sorry. We lack the bandwidth to factor in the color of each team’s jerseys.)
Three years of college. Four years in the minors. Two years of league-average play. Travis Shaw’s rise was anything but meteoric. He took off last year, however, and is now one of the biggest bats in Milwaukee’s potent lineup.
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News
Suiting separates are a perennially chic option for men and women alike—and while some might find the look specific to a certain age bracket, there are plenty of modern style stars refuting that notion. Take Zendaya, for example. The 21-year-old actress and singer recently stepped out in a totally unique tuxedo look that proves the style suits everyone (quite literally).
Her jacket and pants are by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp and feature unexpected details at the lapels that give it a cool vintage effect. While we’ll always appreciate a classic suit, we love that Zendaya chose an iteration that incorporates a bit of unexpected edge. When it comes to dressing to impress, a well-tailored pairing as seen here is always a great option, whether you’re 19 or 99.
She’s always there for you, whether you need someone to pick up the kids, stop by and feed the cat, or you just need to vent about your in-laws for the last time, you swear. These thoughtful finds — from glitzy jewelry to the cutest-ever tea pot — will remind her that you’ve got her back too.
I don’t speak French, and artist Nathalie Jomard calls her own English skills “bad.” Nonetheless, we’re both laughing about the pains and struggles moms around the world go through.
Check out a sampling of her illustrations, which run the gamut from pregnancy woes to parenting pitfalls…
As someone who’s never been described as small-chested, I relate so hard to attempting to squish my girls into my pre-pregnancy bras for as long as possible. Naively, I refrained from investing in larger sizes because I assumed my breasts would go back to normal once I gave birth.
That last comic, yep. That was pretty much me, nearly choking to death on my super-sized, rock-hard breastfeeding boobs.
Of course, I also need a comic with a pair of deflated balloons to depict the post-weaning aftermath. Haha. (Sigh.)
What funny pregnancy or parenting moment of yours would you love to see given the comic treatment?
The United States Courts, the third branch of government laid out in the Constitution, maintains a Web site that tracks vacancies among its 890 authorized judgeships. That site is continually updated, but for conservative supporters of President Trump most concerned with the judiciary — and they are legion — its scorecard doesn’t change often enough…. Opinion | New York Post
And just like that, Ms. Jackson is back. Janet Jackson, that is. Nine months after bringing her son, Eissa, into this world, the iconic singer-songwriter kicked off her State of the World Tour earlier this week at the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana. And if there’s one thing you should know, it’s definitely that the 51-year-old hasn’t […]
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The day we met was the first time in my life that I thought I would have a heart attack. Your beauty was stunning, but your overall presence was too much for me to handle.
We were young, 17 and 18 years old, but I knew that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. I had never been the kind of person to believe in love at first sight, but I was head-over-heels in love. I knew I loved you before you ever said a word to me.
You hated me at first, but we got to know each other, and you started to feel the same way. Our wedding day was the happiest day of my life. I’m tearing up as I think about it.
I wish the story ended there, but getting married young had its challenges. We struggled with getting to know each other and communicating. We struggled with money and my weight issues.
We separated and almost went through a divorce. We called it off and found a way back to each other. As we celebrate 17 years of marriage, there are seven promises I need to make to you. These are my vows for the rest of the time we have on this earth together.
1. I promise to put you first
When we said, “I do,” there were vows I made to you. I promised to put you first, but the truth is I haven’t. I reaffirm my promise, but this time I will follow through. I will put your needs above my own. I will give you first place in my heart and life.
2. I promise to remember I’m the problem
A wise counselor told us that if you have a problem with your spouse, the problem is with yourself. I know this but have made it seem like you’re the problem. Instead of making a big deal about things that won’t matter in the grand scheme of things, I’ll work through my issues on my own. They aren’t major and aren’t important.
3. I promise never to cheat on you
I love you more than life itself, and will not allow myself to get to a place that puts me in a situation that leads to infidelity. You have my heart, mind, and body. I will prove my love to you by not sharing them with another. My lips and body are only designed to work with your lips and body; I will keep it that way.
4. I promise to communicate
In the past, I have tried to be “Superman” and keep what I’m dealing with in my business and life to myself. I promise to let you in and get your opinion. Your perspective gets first place, and I will make sure I honor it. I promise not to go to sleep if I haven’t communicated adequately.
5. I promise NEVER to get physical with you
You are precious and delicate, and the one thing I can’t live without. I promise never to get physical with you. I’m not talking about hitting, I promise to never even make a gesture towards you in anger. I promise to have a better way to deal with my temper.
6. I promise not to be jealous or controlling
In the past, I have struggled with being an insecure, controlling jerk. It’s been some time, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to never again fall victim to these tendencies. I will give you the space you need and trust you. You have given me no reason not to.
7. I promise to choose love every day
Over these last 16 years, we have learned first hand that love isn’t a feeling. It’s a decision. I promise to choose to love every day. I will ignore my feelings, which come and go. I will choose to wake up each day and honor the commitment I made.
I haven’t always been the ideal husband–I know that’s an understatement. Thank you so much for staying with me. I don’t deserve it but thank you for staying. I promise to honor what we’ve built together. I know words are cheap, so I’ll shut up and honor these commitments with action. No more talk, my love will be proven by honoring these seven promises.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably gone through your summer wardrobe from last year and noticed that there are a few holes that desperately need to be filled it. But don’t worry — we’ve got you. Or should we say, Hollywood has got you.
This week, many stars stepped out in easy, breezy looks that are not only stylish, but also very affordable. Taylor Swift showed us that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look like a million bucks, Emmy Rossum rocked an $ 88 dress and Demi Lovato wore the most adorable matching set that won’t break the bank.
On Wednesday, David Letterman will step down as host of “The Late Show” after 22 years, on top of the 11 seasons he spent at NBC on “Late Night With David Letterman.” He’s a one-of-a-kind talent whose void in the late-night landscape will undoubtedly be felt.
But let’s not get all weepy and teary-eyed just yet. Instead, here are a few of Dave’s best quotes. Some are funny. Some are poignant. And the rest fall somewhere in between, where David Letterman was truly a master.
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A video posted to Samsung’s official blog Thursday shows the company’s Galaxy Note 4 phone subjected to a number of tests. But the most important question of all is clear: Can a Samsung phone withstand a giant butt sitting on it a couple hundred times?
Samsung could have used a regular old human for the test, or a boring robot. Instead, it created this robotic-powered rump. To warm up, the phone was subjected to your standard “tap it back” style sit down.
As you can see, so far so good. But could the Samsung withstand a full-on Miley Cyrus powered twerking session?
OK, so maybe it’s not quite that fast in the video. Still, we’re pretty impressed.
Watch the full video, appropriately titled “Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Endures the Gluteus Maximus,” below to see more of Samsung’s test:
‘He’s the world’s fittest man it’s official.’ The Guardian He’s gone 110 rounds with 10 opponents to win the World Kumite Karate Boxing Championships. He’s got the world record for the number of press-ups done in a year, he did over 1.5 million that’s over 4,000 a day! He’s got the fastest time for running a marathon with a 50lb backpack. There’s nobody as tough as Paddy Doyle! As a young man he was a hell-raiser. He would pick fights and get in trouble with the law. His competitive nature combined with a terrible rebellious streak threatened to tip Paddy over the edge. A chance purchase of The Guinness Book of Records spurred Paddy into action: he knew immediately that he could beat, hands down, many of the records listed. Paddy’s alter ego Iron Man’ was born. He channelled all of his destructive energy into becoming a winner. His record of achievement is awesome. To date, Paddy Doyle holds 125 national, European and world fitness and martial arts records. Some of the toughest records he has smashed are: 1303 back-of-hands press ups in one hour; a 50 mile run wearing a 40 lb back pack in 11 hours and 58 minutes and an incredible 5,000 sit ups with a 50 lb plate in five hours. This is the story of a man who is a true champion in both heart and mind, whose mental and physical determination to succeed have taken him from the back-streets of Birmingham to the brilliance of a world champion.
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