How parents tackle bedtime around the world

Around the world, there are drastic differences in children’s bedtimes and what parents do to make bedtime easier. Here’s a look at how parents tackle bedtime across cultures.


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Twitter: We Can’t Ban Trump Because He’s a ‘World Leader’

Twitter on Friday afternoon finally addressed widespread calls for a banning of President Trump from the platform over his tweets threatening nuclear war. Without specifically naming Trump, the social-media giant wrote in a statement that “Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society,” and therefore, “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

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Netflix dials up the teen angst for ‘The End of the F***ing World’

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Meet James, a 17-year-old psychopath, and Alyssa, the girl he’s decided to murder. James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden) start dating and then run away from their seemingly mundane lives, beginning what might not be the healthiest relationship and journey…

That morbid scenario and actual worst-nightmare is the premise of Netflix’s upcoming The End of the F***ing World, based on the graphic novels by Charles S. Forsman.

Though billed as Netflix original, the series originally aired in the U.K. on Channel 4 (like Black Mirror, which now solely lives on Netflix). The stars are mostly unknowns for the worldwide Netflix audience, with the exception of Lawther, who had a significant role in The Imitation Game and horrified us in Black Mirror‘s “Shut Up and Dance.” And yes, that’s Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) from Game of Thrones. Read more…

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Watch 12 Cities Around the World Ring in 2018

New Year’s Eve festivities have kicked off around the world, as people toast to the beginning of 2018 everywhere.

If you want to see how the end of 2017 plays out around the world, you’re in luck As the clock strikes midnight at various cities all over the globe, TIME will be streaming the celebrations, which include fireworks, the iconic ball dropping in Times Square and more.

Celebrate New Year’s in Mumbai at 1:30 p.m. EST before heading over to Berlin to party away another year at 6 p.m. EST. After all, 2017 is not truly over until every part of the world has sent off the year in style.

Luckily, there are several celebrations to tune into, whether you are prepping for your own New Year’s Eve party or returning home after a long night. See below for when different parts of the world will welcome 2018.

Here’s when 2018 will hit select cities:

• Hong Kong at 11:00 a.m. EST
• Hanoi, Vietnam at 12:00 p.m. EST
• Mumbai, India at 1:30 p.m. EST
• Karachi, Pakistan at 2 p.m. EST
• Dubai, United Arab Emirates at 3 p.m. EST
• Moscow, Russia at 4 p.m. EST
• Athens, Greece at 5 p.m. EST
• Berlin, Germany at 6 p.m. EST
• London, U.K. at 7 p.m. EST
• Rio de Janerio, Brazil at 9 p.m. EST
• New York, U.S. at midnight EST
• Mexico City, Mexico at 1 a.m. EST

 

 


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Finals Day at Billabong Pipe Masters: Watch Medina and Florence Battle for the World Title LIVE

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 18, 2017) – Finals Day at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the capstone event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), has been called ON (conditions permitting) for an 8:00 a.m. HST start, beginning with Round 4 in four-to-six foot (1.2 – 1.8 metre) waves at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline.

“We are ON and the waves are looking great, very clean and overhead,” said WSL Commissioner, Kieren Perrow. “Fingers crossed the wind will stay good and we can finish today with the Final hitting the water at 3:20 p.m. HST. After yesterday’s high points, today will prove even more exciting as we watch the title race unfold and hope to crown the 2017 World Champion, Billabong Pipe Master and this year’s Vans Triple Crown champion, all in one afternoon.”

The WSL Men’s Title represents the culmination of the journey for all surfers and is the product of a year-long battle amongst the world’s best surfers to claim sport’s highest honor and join a list of the most revered individuals in all of surfing. After exciting battles yesterday, there are now only two surfers in contention to win the WSL Title: John John Florence (HAW) and Gabriel Medina (BRA).

World Title scenarios after elimination Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters:
– If Florence gets 1st or 2nd at Pipe he will clinch the World Title;
– If Florence gets a 3rd, Medina will need a 1st
at Pipe to win the World Title;
– If Florence gets a 5th, Medina will need a 1st
at Pipe to win the World Title;
– If Florence gets a 9th, Medina will need a 2nd 

2010 Pipe Master Jeremy Flores (FRA) will fight to punch his ticket directly through to the Quarterfinals but will need to defeat 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Round 4 Heat 3.

2012 Pipe Master Joel Parkinson (AUS) will look to play spoiler today against reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW), who looks to earn back-to-back titles, and Caio Ibelli (BRA), who is after his first CT event win, in Heat 2 of Round 4.

11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will battle 2016 Pipe runner-up Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) in the final Round 4 match-up.

Up first this morning will be 2014 Pipe Master Julian Wilson (AUS) against Conner Coffin (USA) and rookie Ian Gouveia (BRA) in the opening heat of Round 4.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:

Fun size NW swell continues Monday with light/variable wind. A larger, mid to shorter period NNW to N swell will build through Tuesday and continue Wednesday (with new NNE swell also joining on Wednesday). Wind may remain favorable Tuesday morning, but onshore N wind likely builds in the afternoon and continues Wednesday.     

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., the Spectrum SURF Channel in Hawaii, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal,
Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

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Billabong Pipe Masters Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: 
Julian Wilson (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Caio Ibelli (BRA), John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 4: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Kelly Slater (USA)

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The World Richest People Made Another $1 Trillion in 2017

The richest people on earth became $ 1 trillion richer in 2017, more than four times last year’s gain, as stock markets shrugged off economic, social and political divisions to reach record highs.

The 23% increase on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index


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, a daily ranking of the world’s 500 richest people, compares with an almost 20% increase for both the MSCI World Index and Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

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founder Jeff Bezos added the most in 2017, a $ 34,2 billion gain that knocked Microsoft


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co-founder Bill Gates out of his spot as the world’s richest person in October. Gates, 62, had held the spot since May 2013, and has been donating much of his fortune to charity, including a $ 4.6 billion pledge he made to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in August. Bezos, whose net worth topped $ 100 billion at the end of November, currently has a net worth of $ 99.6 billion compared with $ 91.3 billion for Gates.

George Soros also gave away a substantial part of his fortune, revealing in October that his family office had given $ 18 billion to his Open Society Foundations over the past several years, dropping the billionaire investor to No. 195 on the Bloomberg ranking, with a net worth of $ 8 billion.

By the end of trading Tuesday, Dec. 26, the 500 billionaires controlled $ 5.3 trillion, up from $ 4.4 trillion on Dec. 27, 2016.

“It’s part of the second-most robust and second-longest bull market in history,” said Mike Ryan, chief investment officer for the Americas at UBS Wealth Management, on Dec. 18. “Of all the guidance we gave people over the course of this year, the most important advice was staying invested.”

Winners

The 38 Chinese billionaires on the Bloomberg index added $ 177 billion in 2017, a 65% gain that was the biggest of the 49 countries represented. Hui Ka Yan, founder of developer China Evergrande Group, added $ 25.9 billion, a 350% jump from last year, and the second-biggest U.S. dollar gain on the index, after Bezos.

Technology billionaire Ma Huateng, co-founder of messaging service Tencent Holdings, became Asia’s second-richest person when his fortune nearly doubled to $ 41 billion. The number of Asian billionaires surpassed the U.S. for the first time, according to a UBS Group AG and PricewaterhouseCoopers report.

The U.S. has the largest presence on the index, with 159 billionaires who added $ 315 billion, an 18% gain that gives them a collective net worth of $ 2 trillion. Russia’s 27 richest people put behind them the economic pain that followed President Vladimir Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, adding $ 29 billion to $ 275 billion, surpassing the collective net worth they had before western economic sanctions began.

It was also a banner year for tech moguls, with the 57 technology billionaires on the index adding $ 262 billion, a 35% increase that was the most of any sector on the ranking. Facebook


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co-founder Mark Zuckerberg had the fourth-largest U.S. dollar increase on the index, adding $ 22.6 billion, or 45%, and filed plans to sell 18% of his stake in the social media giant as part of his plan to give away the majority of his $ 72.6 billion fortune.

In all, the 440 billionaires on the index who added to their fortunes in 2017, gained a combined $ 1.05 trillion.

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Losers

The fortune of French telecommunications billionaire Patrick Drahi fell $ 4.1 billion to $ 6.3 billion, a 39% drop. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the richest person in Saudi Arabia, dropped $ 1.9 billion to $ 17.8 billion after he was detained in a crackdown against corruption led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that targeted royals, government officials and business leaders.

There were 60 billionaires who fell from the ranking, including South African retailer Christo Wiese, whose fortune dropped to $ 1.8 billion from a peak of $ 7.7 billion, in August 2016, after news of an accounting scandal at his Steinhoff International Holdings NV


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broke on Dec. 5.

Sumner Redstone, 94, also fell off the list as CBS


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continued to grapple with a bitter battle for control between his daughter and other executives, while Rupert Murdoch, 86, sidestepped succession concerns with a December deal to sell much of 21st Century Fox’s


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entertainment assets to Walt Disney


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. Redstone shed $ 90 million. Murdoch added $ 2.7 billion.

In all, the 58 of the 500 billionaires who saw their fortunes shrink in 2017, lost a combined $ 46 billion.

New Wealth

The Bloomberg index discovered 67 hidden billionaires in 2017. Renaissance Technologies’s Henry Laufer was identified with a net worth of $ 4 billion in April. Robert Mercer, 71, who plans to step down as co-CEO of the world’s most profitable trading fund on Jan. 1, couldn’t be confirmed as a billionaire. Two fish billionaires were caught: Russia’s Vitaly Orlov and Chuck Bundrant of Trident Seafood.

A Brazilian tycoon who built a $ 1.3 billion fortune with Latin America’s biggest wind developer was interviewed in April. Two New York real estate moguls were identified, Ben Ashkenazy and Joel Wiener.

Several technology startup billionaires were identified, including the chief executive officer of Roku


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Investor euphoria created a number of bitcoin billionaires, including Tyler and Cameron Winkelvoss, with the value of the cryptocurrency soaring to more than $ 16,000 Tuesday, up from $ 1,140 on Jan. 4. The leap came with a chorus of warnings, including from Janet Yellen, who called the emerging tender a ” highly speculative asset” at her last news conference as chair of the Federal Reserve, on Dec. 13.

With wealth surging to new highs, billionaires may quickly learn that a billion dollars doesn’t buy what it used to. The price of housing has topped $ 300 million, the cost of divorce has hit $ 1 billion and a rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci sold for $ 450.3 million at a Christie’s auction in November, the most expensive work ever sold.

“Would you believe it?” Eli Broad, who has a $ 7.4 billion fortune and his own museum in Los Angeles, said after the sale. “It’s wild.”


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The True Story of the Kidnapping Behind All the Money in the World

Warning: This post contains spoilers for All the Money in the World

The crime thriller All the Money in the World, opening Christmas day though not exactly in the Christmas spirit, is filmmaker Ridley Scott’s spin on the true story of how billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (played in the film by Christopher Plummer, who replaced Kevin Spacey) begrudgingly paid ransom to the criminals who kidnapped his 16-year-old grandson J. Paul Getty III.

But what actually happened? Here’s how the real story compares to the movie:

How did the kidnapping happen?

The free-spirited teenager, who went by Paul, had been living in Rome as his father J. Paul “Eugene” Getty II oversaw the Italian side of the family business. He had reportedly been hitting on a Belgian go-go dancer in the Piazza Navona in Rome when he disappeared before dawn on July 10, 1973 — as the film’s opening scenes depict. What exactly happened remained a mystery, but his mother received the following note, which TIME published in the July 30, 1973, issue: “Dear Mother: I have fallen into the hands of kidnapers. Don’t let me be killed! Make sure that the police do not interfere. You must absolutely not take this as a joke…Don’t give publicity to my kidnaping.”

At first, though kidnappings were plaguing Italian society at the time, police and the boy’s friends didn’t believe he had been kidnapped. As that same TIME article reported, he was already hardly ever at the apartment he lived in with his mother, former actor Gail Getty Jeffries (played in the movie by Michelle Williams). His friends said he was always running out of cash and the boy even joked “about solving his financial problems by arranging his own ‘perfect kidnaping.’” In the movie, chatter about Paul’s having joked like this in the past puts a halt to the investigation until further evidence emerges to make authorities take it seriously.

The police realized there was no joke being played when the boy’s mother got a letter and two phone calls that seemed to be from one of the kidnappers, saying he would send her one of her son’s fingers. Ransom was set at $ 17 million — but, though the hostage’s grandfather was one of the world’s richest men at the time, he refused to pay.

Was Getty really that cheap?

TIME quoted the boy’s grandfather as saying that he opposed paying the kidnappers in principle, because it only encourages kidnapping as a criminal practice. (As he says in the film, he did have many other grandchildren who would have been susceptible to similar fates.) As the movie makes clear, he also had a reputation for keeping his fortune close, constantly looking for tax deductions and loopholes — but there was often a deeper story behind the anecdotes of his stinginess. Notably, while it’s true that he installed a British payphone at his country estate while it was being renovated, forcing his guests to pay for their own calls, he also removed it 18 months later once the work was completed.

This reputation preceded the kidnapping incident. For example, a 1958 TIME cover story that profiled Getty as ” probably the world’s richest private citizen” describes his frugality as follows:

His penny pinching has become a legend. He eats simply, dresses well but inexpensively, spends about $ 280 a week for personal needs. He once took a party of friends to a dog show in London. The admission fee was 5 shillings (70¢), but a sign over the entrance said: “Half price after 5 p.m.” It was then twelve minutes to 5. Said Billionaire Getty: “Let’s take a walk around the block for a few minutes.” On another occasion he was persuaded by British-born Author and Actress Ethel Le Vane to send some silk ties to famed Art Critic Bernard Berenson, whom she and Getty had just visited while preparing their book, Collector’s Choice, a well-reviewed narrative of their hunt for art treasures. Getty caught Collaborator Le Vane writing “From Paul and Ethel” on the accompanying card. He immediately demanded that she pay half the cost of the ties, on the ground that she was getting half the credit for the gift.

Did the kidnappers really cut off their hostage’s ear?

The kidnappers got to work trying to force the family’s hand, as the story generated increasing publicity. One example not depicted in the movie: the Playboy-esque magazine Playmen paid $ 1,000 to publish nude photos of the red-haired, freckled-face boy, which had been taken before he disappeared.

As the Dec. 24, 1973, issue of TIME reported, “early in November, an envelope was delivered to the Rome daily Il Messaggero. It contained a lock of reddish hair and a severed human ear. ‘This is Paul’s first ear,’ read a typewritten note. ‘If within ten days the family still believes that this is a joke mounted by him, then the other ear will arrive. In other words, he will arrive in little bits.’”

Meanwhile, the young Getty’s mother had told her son’s kidnappers that she would look into negotiating a price, and (via a police-wiretapped a phone call) they eventually settled on $ 2,890,000.

The ear delivery was apparently the straw that broke the camel’s back for the boy’s grandfather — sort of. According to the New York Times‘ review of John Pearson’s book on which the film is based, “He would pay the $ 2.2 million of the ransom that his accountants said was tax-deductible as a casualty loss under the tax code of the day, which limited such write-offs to 10 percent of one’s taxable income; the boy’s father would have to cover the rest, which he did by borrowing from his father at 4 percent interest.” The movie depicts a meeting between the elder Getty, his drug-addled son, Gail and a group of lawyers, in which Gail is incredulous at her father-in-law’s willingness to turn a life-or-death matter into a discussion about tax deductions.

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How did the ordeal end?

Paul’s five months of captivity ended before dawn on Dec. 15, 1973. TIME’s Dec. 24, 1973, issue described the moment the boy was discovered:

Truck Driver Antonio Tedesco was heading toward Salerno on the Italian autostrada shortly before dawn. Suddenly in the driving rain he saw a lone figure wildly waving his arms by the side of the road. Tedesco pulled to a stop, and the young man, weeping and drenched to the skin, told him: “I am a kidnaping captive. I need to get to a telephone to call my mother in Rome.”

Moments later, the carabinieri arrived. “I am Paul Getty,” he told them. “May I have a cigarette, please?” The police immediately noticed what the truck driver had not: the youth’s right ear was missing.

Thus ended late last week the bizarre kidnaping case of the 17-year-old grandson of American Oil Billionaire J. Paul Getty. Weak and hungry, young Getty told the police he had been released five hours earlier and had wandered around in the rain trying to wave down passing cars. He said his kidnapers had kept him blindfolded and moved him from one hiding place to another in the rugged mountain region of Calabria in southern Italy during five months of captivity.

About a month later, the magazine explained how the paying of the ransom actually helped nab the kidnappers. The family dispatched an American named Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) with sacks full of Italian lire, each note of which had been microfilmed by police, to deliver the ransom. As he followed the kidnappers’ instructions, driving south of Naples, the gang pulled up alongside him and he stopped the car. “While he was handing over the sacks of lire, a car driven by a Rome detective with a pretty blonde policewoman at his side halted near by. Pretending to be tourists taking pictures, they managed to get a close look at the suspected kidnapers,” TIME reported. “Once back in Rome, the police identified the Calabrians and then shadowed them for a month before making the arrests. Young Getty, on an Austrian ski vacation with his mother, volunteered to fly to Rome to identify the suspects.”

Nine of them were eventually arrested, the New York Times later reported, but there was only enough evidence to convict two.

The movie depicts these events rather differently, with Gail and Fletcher Chase, a former intelligence agent, delivering the money and collecting Paul themselves, after frantically searching for him in a small Italian village with the kidnappers closing in.

Though the case ended, Getty III never seemed quite able to move on. Within a year after he was kidnapped, he married a German photographer, and their son Balthazar (now an actor) was born in 1975. But he struggled with substance abuse and in 1981, had a stroke that left him paralyzed until his death in 2011.

What happened to J. Paul Getty?

Unlike in the movie, in which the oil tycoon appears to have a stroke and die the very same night that Paul is rescued, he actually passed away about three years after his grandson’s return, in 1976, at the age of 83. He died in a 72-room mansion near London, where, as People later reported, he had “isolated” himself with his German shepherds. The movie does depict him dying at his English estate, and in solitude, as well — he stumbles through the property, calling out for help, but no one is there to hear him.

And what about his estate?

At the time of his death, TIME’s obituary reported that most of his fortune, much of it kept in Getty Oil stock, would be given to charities and non-profits, including the Getty Museum. As the movie depicts, he owned many valuable things, such as works of art, many of which are now displayed in the museum.

But some of it did go to individuals. By the time he died, he had been married and divorced five times. Despite his miserly reputation, he was far from cheap when it came to spending money on women. The singer he married in 1939, Louise Lynch Getty of Santa Monica, Calif., received $ 55,000 a year for life from the trust, and 11 other women received payouts, “including a German countess, a French art dealer, Getty‘s Nicaraguan companion Rosabella Burch (she got $ 82,625 in Getty stock) and Lady Ursula d’Abo, a merry London widow who acted as hostess at his parties ($ 165,250 in stock),” TIME reported soon after his death. “The big winner, with $ 826,250 in stock plus $ 1,167 a month, was Penelope Ann Kitson, 53, a decorator who had known Getty since the 1950s but refused to marry him, said her ex-husband, because ‘she was not prepared to be trampled on like his other wives.’”

With reporting by Eliza Berman


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World Surf League Class of 2018 Determined

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Tuesday, December 19, 2017) – The 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) season has come to a close, with John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS) both defending their respective maiden world surfing crowns to become two-time WSL Champions.

The 2018 elite men’s Championship Tour (CT) will be contested by the WSL Top 34, made up of the top 22 finishers on the 2017 CT season, the top 10 finishers on the 2017 Qualifying Series (QS) and two WSL wildcards.

2017 Top 22 CT:
John John Florence (HAW)
Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Julian Wilson (AUS)
Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Owen Wright (AUS)
Kolohe Andino (USA)
Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Mick Fanning (AUS)
Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Frederico Morais (PRT)
Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Michel Bourez (PYF)
Conner Coffin (USA)
Joan Duru (FRA)
Italo Ferreira (BRA)

2017 Top 10 QS (minus double qualifiers from CT):
Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Wade Carmichael (AUS)
Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Yago Dora (BRA)
Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Keanu Asing (HAW)
Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

WSL Wildcards: Kelly Slater (USA) and Ian Gouveia (BRA)

CT Men’s Replacement Surfers:
Michael February (ZAF)
Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)

The 2018 elite women’s Championship Tour (CT) will be contested by the WSL Top 17, comprised of the top 10 finishers on the 2017 CT, the top six finishers on the 2017 QS and the WSL wildcard.

2017 Top 10 CT:
Tyler Wright (AUS)
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Carissa Moore (HAW)
Lakey Peterson (USA)
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Sage Erickson (USA)
Johanne Defay (FRA)
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW)

2017 Top 6 QS (minus double qualifiers from the CT):
Silvana Lima (BRA)
Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Coco Ho (HAW)
Caroline Marks (USA)
Keely Andrew (AUS)
Paige Hareb (NZL)

WSL Wildcard: Malia Manuel (HAW)

CT Women’s Replacement Surfers:
Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Pauline Ado (FRA)
Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)

The 2018 WSL Championship Tour season will commence with the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast from March 11 – 22, 2018.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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NORAD takes calls from kids around the world awaiting Santa

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of volunteers at an Air Force base in Colorado were answering questions on Sunday from eager children who wanted to know where Santa was on his Christmas Eve travels. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump also pitched in and took calls for the NORAD Tracks Santa program from their Florida estate.
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World Surf League Reach Landmark Agreement on Olympic Qualification

La Jolla, California – 20 December 2017 – The International Surfing Association (ISA) today announced an agreement with the World Surf League (WSL) on the qualification principles for surfing in the Olympics Games in Tokyo 2020, ensuring the participation of the world’s best surfers from the WSL Championship Tour (CT) as well as promoting universal opportunities for surfers around the world.

In principle, the agreement will see up to 18 of the 40 places at the Games reserved for WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers (10 men and eight women), with the remaining 22 places determined at the 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, and a single slot (each for men and women) for the host nation (Japan).

With the support of the WSL, the ISA eligibility rules for Olympic participation will require surfers to make themselves available for their national teams to compete in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2019 and 2020 and, if selected by their National Federation, to participate.

The final decision on the complete process is subject to the approval of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at its meeting in February 2018.

The agreement between the ISA and the WSL reinforces both organizations’ commitment to the successful Olympic debut for surfing, showcasing a strong collaboration between an IOC-recognized International Olympic Federation and the professional home of the world’s best surfers.

Surfing was confirmed as an Olympic sport for Tokyo 2020 in August of 2016 after decades of campaigning by the ISA for the global development of surfing. Surfing will also be included in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima. This campaign has been buoyed by the continued improvement in high-performance surfing and mainstream attention of the WSL Championship Tour.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, said:

“We are happy to reach this historic agreement with the WSL on the participation of their top stars in the Olympic Games and ISA World Surfing Games. The support, endorsement and collaboration of the WSL and its top professional surfers has always been an important part of our Olympic pathway to Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

“This agreement not only underlines our commitment to have the world’s best athletes competing for gold in Surfing’s debut in Tokyo, but also to ensure that the competitions reflect the open access and universality of our sport around the world, in all five continents.

“We are also very pleased to have the WSL’s full support of and commitment to the ISA World Surfing Games between now and 2020. The participation of the top professionals in their national teams will elevate the surfing to new heights, creating additional excitement and drama in the lead-up to the Olympic Games.“

WSL CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt, said:

“The Olympics offers an incredible platform for any sport and surfing stands to benefit from this massive opportunity in 2020 and, hopefully, beyond. It is essential for surfing to showcase its best possible surfing through this opportunity and that requires the world’s best surfers from the Championship Tour to participate. It’s great that the ISA and WSL, in conversation with the athletes, could come to an agreement on the qualification process for 2020. We look forward to enhancing the partnership as we get closer to this fantastic opportunity.”

WSL CT surfer and Men’s Athlete Rep, Adrian Buchan, said:

“Surfing has the ability to reinvigorate the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. The athletes are excited to showcase their skills on the world’s biggest sporting platform and the opportunity for surfing to be recognized as a truly professional sport.”

WSL CT surfer and Women’s Athlete Rep, Sage Erickson, said:

“It’s great that the WSL and the ISA have agreed on a qualification path for the Olympics in 2020. It’s a major opportunity for the sport and we need to make the most of it. Showcasing the sport with the world’s best surfers, in the best waves possible, is something we’re all in agreement on.”

About the International Surfing Association
The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men’s and Women’s World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 103 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro. The ISA’s four Vice-Presidents are Karín Sierralta (PER), Kirsty Coventry (ZIM), Casper Steinfath (DEN) and Barbara Kendall (NZL).

ISA Contact:
Sujit Jasani
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Email: sjasani@verocom.co.uk
Mobile: +44 [0]7940 375 282

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#FridayReads: World Record-Holding Centenarian Reveals Why She Runs

Centenarians are understandably rare. After all, most of us will not live past age 100, even though more of us are living longer than ever. So how much rarer is a centenarian who happens to be an internationally celebrated athlete?

Well, the fact is, Ida Keeling is one of a kind. Her memoir, Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down: Chasing Myself In The Race Against Time (written with Anita Diggs), takes you with her along a rugged course through the decades, from growing up during the Great Depression as a child of Caribbean immigrants, to becoming a world-record holder for the 60 meter dash in the 95-99 age group and the 100-meter dash for the 100-104 age group. Keeling is the first centenarian woman in history to complete a 100-meter run, at the age of 100. Today, at age 102, she’s still running, with no plans to stop.

However, Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down is about far more than longevity secrets, nutrition tips and training regimens for aspiring centenarian athletes. Keeling began running at the tender age of 67, at the urging of a daughter who was desperate to shake her mother from a despondency triggered by the violent, unsolved murders of both of her sons within a three year period. Her memoir is a personal, intimate, and unflinchingly honest account of what it means to be a black and female in an America where those designations meant struggle, danger, and injustice.

Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down has a Forrest Gump quality to it, not only because both fictional film character Gump and Keeling found solace and freedom in running, but also because both share biographies that chronicle how our country has changed over the course of time. Keeling’s story is roughly twice as long as Gump’s, spanning more than 11 decades, including stories about how her parents struggled to achieve the American dream after immigrating from the British Virgin Island of Anegada, her father in 1912, joined by her mother the following year.

Keeling makes it pretty clear that there was almost nothing in her first six decades of life that would lead anyone to think she was destined to become a competitive runner as a centenarian. However, her life experiences provide vivid snapshots of how far America has come as a nation—in its treatment of black people, and especially black women—and how very far it still has to go. In a matter-of-fact fashion, refreshingly bereft of superfluous melodrama, Keeling bears witness to the capricious and deadly violence that could befall black men, women, and children at any moment, with absolutely no recourse, as well as the seemingly hopeless struggle to gain access to education, employment, and decent housing.

A disturbing example is her recount of a young black boy shot to death by a white policeman for bouncing a ball against a wall (unable to read the posted sign prohibiting this conduct). When the boy’s mother and father each tried to intervene to save their son, he shot them both to death, too. The response of Keeling, and most black Americans of that era, to such devastating and heartbreaking injustice, was to press forward, to keep putting one foot in front of the other no matter what. And therein lies the book, as well as its author and African Americans collectively. Women like Ida Keeling are the model of relentless determination we honor the mothers of the Black Lives Matter movement for. Her steadfastness in the face of adversity is not totally unrewarded: the violent deaths of her sons are a contrast to the professional success and accomplishments of her two daughters, one of whom, Cheryl Keeling (herself an accomplished runner and track coach) entered her mother in that fateful 5K run more than three decades ago.

Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down is an especially valuable read for millennials, especially those engaged in the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatters movements, providing a firsthand, eyewitness context to these and related campaigns for justice. The book is a vivid illustration of how these battles were being fought long before the advent of social media. Ultimately, while Keeling has made her mark for her ability to cover 100 meters of ground, it is her 100-plus year of life experience that is the rarest gift of all. For wisdom, truth, and inspiration, Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down is well worth the read.

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Opening Round of Billabong Pipe Masters – World Title Race is Heating Up

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 11, 2017) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the third gem of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), kicked off today with incredible Pipeline barrels for the opening round of competition. The world’s best surfers lit up the beach in the first nine heats of Round 1 in solid eight-to-ten foot (2.4 – 3+ metre) conditions at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline.

Current No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard John John Florence (HAW) was the first surfer in Heat 6 to post a score. With cheers from the beach, Florence started his world title campaign and quickly built his scoreline to a solid 13.50 (out of a possible 20) to take top position over Pipe Invitational winner Dusty Payne (HAW) and Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas (BRA). Wearing the Jeep Leader Jersey, Florence looked confident and in rhythm at his home break and kept busy throughout the 30-minute match-up to secure his place in Round 3 and move one step closer to defending his World Title.

“I feel like a little kid again doing this event, just getting to surf Pipe with no one out,” said Florence. “I was just getting so many waves like, ‘This one might barrel!’ I like it when it’s like this, it changes it up, a peak here and peak there, you can kind of sneak underneath ones. It makes it really fun and it makes it interesting because you can get that one random, really crazy one.The support here makes me even more psyched. Just coming down the beach earlier and everyone screaming — it just makes me more excited. Coming into Pipe this year is a lot different than last year because last year I felt more relaxed having the title already. So this year is a little different preparation.”

WSL Title contender Jordy Smith (ZAF) was one of the standout performers of Round 1 and claimed a commanding win over Bede Durbidge (AUS) and Ethan Ewing (AUS) in Heat 4. An excellent 8.67 combined with a 7.90 put the World No. 3 firmly in the lead. Durbidge mounted a comeback with less than five minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough and Smith sailed through to Round 3.

“I think the noise is pretty quiet,” said Smith. “I don’t really get too deep into the pressure and quite frankly it really boils down to those two guys (Florence and Medina) losing out early, but you never know. If they wobble then I’ll put my head down and give it a go.”

Conner Coffin (USA), who currently sits at No. 21 on the Jeep Leaderboard right on the requalification bubble, needs a strong result to solidify his place on the CT in 2018. Coffin got his campaign off to a good start today with a Round 1 win over WSL title contender Julian Wilson (AUS) and Stu Kennedy (AUS). Wilson, current world No. 4, suffered an interference penalty that put him out of contention, while an injured Kennedy wasn’t able to get out from under competitors. Wilson, 2014 Billabong Pipe Master, who could claim his maiden world title with an event win, is relegated to elimination Round 2 where he will face the newly crowned WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional Champion Benji Brand (HAW).

Coffin is riding high after he took the victory at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup, event no. 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. “It’s definitely really nice to win especially when you’re right on the requalifying bubble and last place sucks, but I’m not thinking about that when I’m out in the water,” he said. “It’d be huge to win the Vans Triple Crown, so many of my favorite surfers have won the Triple Crown and Hawaii is my favorite place to compete in the whole world, so to get a win at Sunset was unreal. My family came over here now and we’re all just hanging at the house.”

Wildcard and Pipe Invitational runner-up Brand took an early lead over Brazilians Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 5. Pupo moved up into second place with a near-perfect 9.93, the highest single-wave score of the event so far, for a late takeoff into a cavernous Pipeline barrel and narrow exit.

“I was just happy to get a sick wave,” said Pupo. “I went out there looking for Backdoor and ended up just surfing Pipe waves, which is kind of funny. Always when you get a good score everyone knows you need to back it up straight away. I was trying to do that but there’s not many opportunities out there. I kind of fell, had a couple mistakes, but finally got that one at the end.”

WSL title contender and No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard Medina also put on the pressure with an excellent 8.50. In the end it was Pupo, who is battling for requalification, who stole the win to directly advance to Round 3 with a 4.90 during the final exchange, sending Medina and Brand to elimination Round 2.

“The pressure for requalification is through the roof right now,” continued Pupo. “But I have my family with me and every time I see my little girl, the pressure goes away and I’m only thinking about her and how happy she is to be in Hawaii, and my wife too, and all the pressure goes away somehow. When I got out there I was just trying to do my best. I wanted Gabby (Medina) to keep going in the event to win the title, but I had to do my job to keep my job for next year. I think all the guys in front of me made it so it’s a good first round but still a lot of steps to go.”

11X WSL Champion and 7X Billabong Pipe Master Kelly Slater (USA) made a triumphant return to competition today, wearing the jersey for the first time since July when he injured his foot in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

“I give the foot about a 65 percent,” commented Slater. “I’ve missed competition but after so many years of nonstop day in, day out, week in and and week out, it’s been kind of nice to have a few months off. It’s nice to get back, but it’s nice to get away from something that you love and get back and appreciate it.”

2010 Pipe Master Jeremy Flores (FRA) opened the day with a win over Jadson Andre (BRA)and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in Round 1. The lower-scoring heat saw Flores post a 10.17 combined score for the win and the opportunity to skip straight to Round 3.

“No one knew what to expect in that heat,” said Flores. “When there’s such a big event coming up with all the scenarios and stuff, there’s so much hype around the event. I’m stoked, we got here today and the waves are pumping. So I didn’t go surfing this morning. I was super excited, but I didn’t want to get too excited and lose energy. It wasn’t a great heat, I wish I got some of those bombs. I’m stoked to get a win.”

Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau (HAW) used his home court advantage to take down competitors Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Michel Bourez (PYF) in Heat 9, the final matchup of the day, with a combined two-wave score of 10.50.

“I’m just super happy to be home and competing in front of my home crowd and get my first Round One win, I’m stoked,” said Lau. “This is the first time I’ve done a contest where I don’t have to think about anything else, just surf and show up and enjoy being in the event and performing in front of a home crowd. So that’s all I’m thinking about. I just want to put on a good performance and represent.”

The event was put on standby after Heat 9 when the winds shifted onshore and a call was made at 2:00 p.m. HST to call the competition off for the day. Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. HST tomorrow to reassess the conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:

Strong, but fading, NNW swell prevails Monday with light wind early in the day; we should see some good waves at Backdoor.  A new NW swell will build Tuesday afternoon and peak on Wednesday with XXL size surf washing Pipe out (along with onshore N wind). Thursday and Friday will see a decreasing trend in swell with strong NE trades. A mid-size NW swell looks possible for the 17th-18th (Sun-Mon) with at least a chance for light wind.

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., the Spectrum SURF Channel in Hawaii, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: 
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.17, Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.33, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.67
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.17, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 6.10, Owen Wright (AUS) 3.37
Heat 3: Conner Coffin (USA) 10.56, Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.57, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 1.50
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.57, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.43, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 3.00
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.83, Benji Brand (HAW) 12.64 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.43
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 13.50, Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.83, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 5.63
Heat 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.83, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.27, Jack Freestone (AUS) 7.04
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.47, Joan Duru (FRA) 11.90, Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.60
Heat 9: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.50, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 2.00, Michel Bourez (PYF) 2.00

Billabong Pipe Masters Remaining Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 10: 
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Italo Ferreira (BRA)

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Tonya Harding’s World Was Nothing Like Nancy Kerrigan’s. That Mattered in 1994

In the first days of 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was the victim of an attack in which her knee was clubbed by a man who escaped the scene. Afterward, Kerrigan and her rival Tonya Harding were often lumped together. Harding, who went on to win the U.S. championships for which Kerrigan had been practicing at the time of the assault, had herself been a victim of a death threat a few months earlier, the press noted.

But the narrative of the vicious attack quickly separated the two. While her suffering made Kerrigan even more of a beloved figure, talk began to swirl that Harding was in fact implicated in the crime. In the weeks that followed, her bodyguard, her on-again-off-again husband and several other men were arrested in connection with the assault — and the veracity of that earlier threat against Harding was called into question, too.

While Harding implored her fans to believe that she was innocent — that she had known nothing of the plan to attack Kerrigan, even if she did know those responsible — many observers couldn’t help but think that it just made sense for Harding to be involved. After all, with the winter Olympics coming up, she was the one who stood to benefit competitively (and financially) from the removal of her rival.

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But, as explored in the new biopic I, Tonya (out Friday, starring Margot Robbie as Harding and Allison Janney as her mother), logic may not have been the only factor at play in whether or not a person believed Harding’s side of the story. As TIME’s Jill Smolowe put it in the immediate aftermath of the news, Harding was “the bead of raw sweat in a field of dainty perspirers,” a “scrappy girl from the trailer parks.” Though her background gave her story an underdog aspect that was appealing to some fans, it also made it easier for others to suspect her, as the magazine explained:

Both Nancy Kerrigan, 24, and Tonya Harding, 23, are soap-opera fans, though only Harding’s life resembles one. Kerrigan’s sturdy family life and stable upbringing imbued her with a manner so authentic and unassuming that even last week’s media barrage seemed not to faze her. Through her good years (a bronze medal in the ’92 Games) and bad (a dismal fifth-place finish at the ’93 World Championships), Kerrigan has drawn on the unconditional love of two parents, two devoted older brothers and an extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, who turn out at competitions to cheer her on. Blessed with long, slender limbs and a natural elegance, she also reaps the rewards of a photogenic beauty that last year won her standing as one of PEOPLE magazine’s ”50 Most Beautiful People in the World.”

Still, according to her coach Evy Scotvold, the nurturing and support Kerrigan receives has bred some immaturity and insecurity. ”She’s a very dependent person,” he says. It was not until 1992 that Kerrigan moved out of her parents’ wood-frame home in blue-collar Stoneham, Massachusetts. But last week, when Kerrigan wasn’t doing her daily round of physical therapy and hydrotherapy sessions, she was home with her parents in Stoneham, with all the world camped outside. Asked at a snowy press conference what would make a happy ending to her story, Kerrigan made no mention of medals or movie deals. ”The most important thing is to be happy and healthy,” she said.

Harding, by contrast, would make an unlikely role model — though her grit and spirit have served her well in surviving a turbulent childhood and triumphing in a grueling sport. Tough, self-sufficient and bruised well beyond her years, Harding has never known stability either on the rink or at home. She moved between eight different houses in six communities in her first 18 years, during which her father Al, who has variously driven a truck, managed apartments and worked at a bait-and-tackle store, was her best friend. He gave her her first gun, a .22, when she was five, taught her to hunt and fish and fix a transmission. Her parents’ marriage fell apart in 1985, and two years later her mother married James Golden, her sixth husband (who told TIME last week that yet another divorce is in the works). Soon afterward, Harding moved in with Gillooly, whom she had been dating for three years.

In March 1990, when Tonya was 19, they were married; 15 months later she filed for divorce. At the same time, Harding sought a restraining order to keep Gillooly away. ”He wrenched my arm and wrist, and he pulled my hair and shoved me,” she wrote in her petition for the order. ”I recently found out he bought a shotgun, and I am scared for my safety.” A police report filed the next month quotes Harding as saying that Gillooly had cornered her in a boatyard and threatened, ”I think we should break your legs and end your career.”

The following March they got back together — but by last July Harding was seeking a divorce and a restraining order. This time the petition read, ”It has been an abusive relationship for the past two years, and he has assaulted me physically with his open hand and fist.” The couple again reconciled, but not before their divorce was final. At a competition last October, Harding explained, ”We’re trying to get the divorce annulled.” She then stated, ”I’m definitely married.” Since moving to Beaver Creek two months ago, the couple has maintained such a low profile that others living on their road didn’t know of their famous neighbors until last week.

Both Harding and Kerrigan competed at that year’s winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Kerrigan won silver and Harding came in eighth; Ukraine’s Oksana Baiul won gold. And in the important realm of endorsements, it was Kerrigan who came out ahead. Though her emotional story might have made some people sympathetic, Harding was out of favor. (Interestingly, TIME’s coverage of her case noted that the case made news right around the same time that juries were beginning to take more seriously the idea that suffering domestic violence and abuse could mitigate a person’s legal responsibility for otherwise criminal actions.)

Soon after, Harding pleaded guilty to “hindering investigators’ efforts to unravel the conspiracy,” as TIME put it, leaving officially unanswered the question of whether she had herself been part of that conspiracy. As part of the plea, she left the U.S. Figure Skating Association and withdrew from the upcoming World Championships. Shortly after, the U.S. Figure Skating Associated banned Harding from the group for life and stripped her of the national title.

Now, more than two decades later, Harding’s side of the story is getting a reappraisal.

“I think,” Margot Robbie has said of the woman whose life she inhabited for I, Tonya, “what made the biggest difference in the world was she didn’t have a support network around her.”


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I know where the Weinsteins and Cosbys of this world come from. I know one personally.

A few years back, a student at the school I attended, and now work for, raped another student, who I am also related to, and stalked me and my young daughters.

I didn’t hesitate to speak up. I detailed my experiences in police reports. I attempted to get a restraining order—twice—on behalf of my daughters and myself. I talked to my colleagues, the security department, the president of the school and pretty much anyone who would listen about the concerns I had for the safety for my family as well as for the students and faculty at his new school. I even wrote about them for Ms.

But while he was expelled for the sexual assault, that same student continued to come back to campus until the police got involved; eventually, he easily transferred to another school close by, where his parents are alum and his father teaches. I was denied both of those restraining orders. And it wasn’t until after he was arrested for indecent assault of a minor and banned from yet another campus that victims from the student’s second school started to come forward to publicly tell their stories.

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These women’s stories were the same: The same student had raped them. They had reported it to campus police. The administration had done nothing. They had been speaking out for years—but it was not enough to keep them or their peers safe. A rapist was thus allowed to remain on campus, growing his list of victims year after year.

His arrest was a turning point, an incredible #MeToo moment of relief and grief, the formation of a group none of us wants to be a part of. Just like when we are growing up and told not to go out alone, women still find safety and strength in numbers. We find ourselves a bit braver, our voice a little louder and our hearts a little stronger because we are able to see that the fight is no longer just about ourselves.

Having seen campus rapists like Brock Turner walk out of jail after just a few months, I can’t say I had ever put much faith in the criminal justice system to handle this case. Unfortunately, the system proved me right. The accused student was out on bail but monitored with an ankle bracelet, and the case never even made it to trial—dismissed due to “lack of prosecution.” The arc of justice rested solely on the shoulders of a child.

What comes next for that student and for his victims remains to be seen. I have asked the same question over and over: not if but when will be the next time. Will this young man in his mid-twenties attempt to go back to college for the third time to finish his degree? Will he choose another underage victim? Am I and my daughters still at risk? How many women will be hurt before he is held accountable? I have no answers, but I refuse to be silent in the meantime.

Some women do not speak out because they are not yet ready. Some choose not to. Some are threatened by their perpetrators. Shame is strong, and typically those who are being accused have more power than their accusers. In many ways, our culture discourages truth-telling and accountability—after all, no one wants to known that the producer who makes their favorite movies, or, in my case, the successful pastor and family counselor’s son they once trusted, is capable of heinous things. Unconsciously, and perhaps consciously at times, we would rather reject victims because they threaten our sense of safety and security—we would rather not believe them, and go on believing we are safe instead.

It is a false sense of security that sexual assault and harassment “couldn’t happen here,” perpetrated by people we know and might even like. In rejecting the narratives of victims, we reject the truth—and put ourselves and those we love further at risk.

Women speak out anyway, against all odds. Women report sexual harassment and assault even when their job may be on the line. Women go to the police even when they know they may not be believed. Women go through the grueling process of investigations and trials, reliving their pain and trauma, even though they know the system might fail them. Women speak out against powerful men only to have their reputation questioned and their character maligned. Women have spoken when no one is listening and women have spoken when the whole world is listening.

A narrative persists that women who come forward about sexual harassment or assault years after the crimes are doing so out of malice—perhaps for financial or political motivations. If the #MeToo moment we’re experiencing has taught us anything, it’s how badly we must scrub that narrative from our canon. If we scrutinized the accused as thoroughly as we do the accuser, we might actually get somewhere in changing the culture and systems that have allowed this conduct to go on for far too long.

Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby have over 80 accusers each, with allegations spanning decades. These men, and other men like them, do not just come from nowhere. Rather, the constant failure to hold them accountable leaves a wide and long path of destruction in their wake.

Their victims, along with many other survivors, are speaking out right now. Listen to them, and let them know that you believe them. It just may be the push we need to make this moment a tipping point.

Ashley Clark is an adjunct social work professor, bleeding heart and reluctant academic. She lives and works on Boston’s south shore. 

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We’ve had to wait a long time for a proper Monster Hunter game on PC. It’s technically not the first. But despite not being a numbered game in the franchise (which would make it Monster Hunter 5), it’s been confirmed that Monster Hunter: World is the official next generation.

That makes it a fully fledged Monster Hunter game on PC as well as console, in which you can take on the behemoths solo or online with friends.

That’s a lot to be excited about, but World also comes with a few new aspects. There are a lot of new monsters to take on — two of which you can see in the above video — as well as lots of weapons to try, but mostly there’s a sense that your hunts take place in a living, interconnected ecosystem.

In contrast to some of the information out there (including the game’s Wikipedia page), what we played was definitely not an open world. The areas are instanced, with large mountains rising on the boundaries and a pterodactyl-like creature flying you to each mission.


Monster Hunter: World smaller enemy
And here we have one of the smaller beasts…

But within that space, there are a lot of moving parts. There are things to explore (keeping in mind your mission is on a timer), and tricks of the world to learn while you’re hunting. You might find a village of Felynes that could help you. You might gather rare materials and insects. Or perhaps you’ll find out where another behemoth is staying, and pit it against your target while you hide in the bushes.

In the above video I stumbled on what I thought was a flower at the time (now I think it might be some kind of toad?) that pops a cloud of stun gas. It immobilises the Anjarath for around ten seconds, which is massive. I’ll definitely be using that as a tool soon.

I’m not sure how easy things were made on me because it’s a press demo, but in this build, these monsters were easily soloable within the time limit. If you’ve played any kind of Souls or Bloodborne game before, you’ll be very familiar with the style of combat that revolves around stamina and invincibility frames. If you haven’t tried that style of combat before, Monster Hunter: World could be a less punishing introduction.

There’s also a peek of the Great Jagras wolfing down some large-scale prey mid-fight. It seemed to change its moveset slightly, but it didn’t do it any good. Despite the Great title, this was the easiest prey I came across.

There’s a lot to find while exploring Capcom’s new dino-hunting fantasy. The scout flies in the video make finding your main prey easy, but there are lots of little nooks and crannies in that massive area to find valuable things off the beaten track.

The early signs are positive. We’ll have more after the beta on December 9th.

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6 Leggings the Fashion World Will Wear in 2018 

If there’s one trend that’s reigned supreme over the last few seasons, it’s athleisure—we’re talking sneakers, track pants, hoodies, and everything in between. Looking for new ways to test out the look? That’s where athleisure enthusiast Anaa Saber comes in. In her new column, the fashion girl behind @oursecondskin will offer up her best styling tricks for those of you looking to inject this cool trend into your everyday lives.

Winter is finally setting in, as is feeling down due to the lack of sun. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to need a little motivation when it comes to working out and staying healthy on the inside and out. Wintertime is no excuse to slack off when it comes to fitness. Oftentimes, this weather can make you feel sluggish (aka me), but with a little bit of discipline and some fresh leggings, getting that daily dose of exercise is still very doable.

I don’t know about all of you, but new gear has always been the perfect cure for my workout blues. With the 2018 year quickly approaching, theres no time like the present to stock up on the leggings every fashion girl will have in her closet come spring. Which is why I compiled the perfect list of leggings to get you to the gym through the brutal winter and beyond. Cue drumroll…

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A sexy legging to add some kick into your workout.
Nothing like a retro logo to get you selfie and workout ready.
A versatile legging to take you from the Pilates to brunch.
An option for the conscious: sustainable leggings, made from recycled bottles. Next up, find out which cool outfits you should be wearing to hot yoga. 

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Elite World Names Winners of Annual Contest

MILAN — Model management company Elite World announced the name of the winners of its annual Elite Model Look contest during the grand final hosted in Milan on Wednesday. Last year, the final was hosted in Lisbon.
Russian model Valeria Chenskaya, 15, and Brazilian talent Antonio Freitas, 17, were named overall winners of the 34th edition of the modeling contest by a committee of Elite agents and a jury chaired by company’s president Vick Mihaci and comprising designer Lorenzo Serafini, fashion photographer Giampaolo Sgura and models Mark Vanderloo, Tony Ward and Natasa Vojnovic.
As part of the prize, Chenskaya and Freitas will receive contracts worth 150,000 euros and 50,000 euros, respectively.

Elite Model Look’s winners Valeria Chenskaya and Antonio Freitas. 
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Hailing from 36 countries, 63 contestants  — 34 women and 29 men — were in the grand final, which draw an audience of 1,500 people at the city’s MiCo Fiera Congressi venue. The event showcased the candidates walking on the runway multiple times, in addition to featuring dancing routines and live music performances from French DJs Ofenbach and pop duo AaRON.
During the final, the jury also awarded other 13 contestants, electing the competition’s top 15 winners. The 10 girls and five boys elected,

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Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs Design T-shirt for World AIDS Day

In 2008, Naomi Campbell posed for a T-shirt as part of Marc Jacobs’ “Protect the Skin You’re In” campaign against skin cancer. Nearly 10 years later, the two are pairing up once more on another T-shirt benefiting a different cause.
After attending a World AIDS Day event at the United Nations last year, Campbell came up with the idea to partner with a designer on an official T-shirt for the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS. Campbell says she called Jacobs to see if he’d be interested, and “Marc being Marc — he’s an amazing, loyal friend for 31 years — said, ‘Absolutely, I want to do this.’”
The partnership resulted in a limited-edition T-shirt that will raise funds for UNAIDS activities to support those around the world who are living with or are affected by HIV. The shirt will go on sale Friday — World AIDS Day — and will retail for $ 55 on marcjacobs.com and in select Marc Jacobs stores.
“Naomi’s long history of commitment to humanitarianism is both remarkably commendable and genuine,” Jacobs said. “I was honored to be asked by her to collaborate on this T-shirt in support of UNAIDS as a continued effort to raise awareness for this

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Postcard Day For Men’s Round Three at Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship

Jinzun Harbour,  Taitung/Taiwan  (Tuesday, November 25, 2017) –  On a beautiful sunny day at Jinzun Harbour the 2017 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championships has continued with the completion of Men’s Round Three. It’s been ‘Groundhog Day’ here at Jinzun with perfectly clean 3-to-4 foot waves continuing throughout the event.

In his 6 years of competing at the Longboard Championship Tour (LCT), young Sunshine Coaster Nic Jones (AUS) has been unable to make it out of Round Three. On Day 3 of competition, Jones had a tough task ahead of him if he was to break his run of 13th place finishes when he came up against two times World Champion Piccolo Clemente (PER). Jones adapted to the conditions and criteria well, opting to surf on a traditional single fin and utilize time on the nose to find a 14.23 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Clemente failed to find a rhythm leaving Jones to progress to a guaranteed best finish on the LCT.

“I’m ecstatic right now – this is a special heat win form me and to have friends and family on the beach is amazing,” Jones said. “With the way the waves are at the moment I decided to surf a bigger board with a bit of extra weight in it and it was definitely the right choice. It was good to start the heat off strongly, but it was a nervous wait for the next, especially against a guy like Piccolo – he’s an amazing surfer. I finally found another score and am so stoked to make it into Round Three. My goal now is the Quarterfinals or better.”

It was an all Californian affair in Heat 4 of Round Three with Kevin Skvarna (USA) coming up against Cole Robbins (AUS). It was an exciting heat as the more traditional Skvarna sat on the left peak while Robbins kept to the rights. Robbins posted a 7.33 (out of possible 10) late in the heat to take the lead. Skvarna had a chance to answer back but fell and lost his board, one of the perils of surfing heats without a leash. Robbins was able to hang on for the win with a heat total of 14.66.

“That was a wild heat out there,” Robbins said, “We were sitting so wide away from each other it was hard to know if he was getting scores or not so it was super intense. I was going to surf a single fin but as the wind came up I decided a more performance board would be better in the wind. It allowed me to stay on the nose for a bit along with complete my turns which was good.”

Having finished runner-up on the LCT in 2009 and 2011, Hawaii’s Kai Sallas (HAW) is in the best position yet to take his first World Longboard Title. Sallas has been warming up at waves similar to Jinzun at home in Oahu to guarantee comfort in his quest to become Champion. He looked solid in Round Three posting the highest heat total of the round a 16.17.

“There’s a wave at home that is cross-shore like this and breaks in a similar way that I have been surfing more than usual in preparation for this event,” Sallas said. “This year is different for me as when I finished runner-up I was out of contention for the title so had no pressure. Now that I’m sitting in second there is more pressure but I’m feeling confident and ready for anything.”

Brazilian competitor Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) put on a powerful performance in his Round Three heat attacking the lip and throwing buckets to post a heat total of 13.03 and overcome South Africa’s Matthew Moir (ZAF). Moir had an opportunity to overtake him late in the heat but couldn’t find the wave he needed to progress.

“That was a nervous heat for me,” Sphaier said. “Matthew is a really great competitor and hard to beat so it feels good to come out on top. The waves here are amazing, I have been warming up here all week and loving the conditions we have been getting.”

Frenchman Edouard Delpero (FRA) continued his good run at Jinzun Harbour progressing into Round Four with a strong win over Japanese competitor Shohei Akimoto (JPN). Delpero posted a heat total of 16.67 which was the highest of Men’s Round Three.

“I’m just trying to enjoy as much as possible and I’m lucky because I got good scores,” Delpero said. “The conditions are really tough out there.  I’m stoked with my surfing but I still don’t feel like I’m the guy to beat, because there is such a high level at this contest. I really like this region, I’ve been here twice already so I’m really enjoying my time here again.”

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Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship Men’s Round 3 Results:

Heat 1:  Adam Griffiths (GBR) 13.03 def Kaniela Stewart (HAW) 10.50
Heat 2: Phil Rajzman (BRA) 15.10 def Ned Snow (HAW) 11.60
Heat 3:  Nic Jones (AUS) 14.44 def Piccolo Clemente (PER) 14.13
Heat 4: Cole Robbins (USA) 14.66 def Kevin Skvarna (USA) 13.80
Heat 5: Tony Silvagni (USA) 15.94 def Ben Skinner (GBR) 15.00
Heat 6: Taylor Jensen (USA) 15.77 def Jefson Silva (BRA) 6.00
Heat 7: Kai Sallas (HAW) 16.17 def Jack Entwistle (AUS) 9.50
Heat 8: Rodrigo Sphaier (BRA) 13.03 def Matthew Moir (ZAF) 10.06
Heat 9: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 15.80 def Emilien Fleury (FRA) 7.00
Heat 10: Edouard Delpero (FRA) 14.50 def Shohei Akimoto (JPN) 10.73
Heat 11: Steven Sawyer (ZAF) 12.50 def Jefferson Silva (BRA) 8.90
Heat 12: Antoine Delpero (FRA) 14.23 def Lucas Garrido Lecca (PER) 12.40

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How to reduce costs when travelling around the world

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Travelling is one of the only things in life where you spend money but become richer. Inspirational sayings aside, it can be pretty expensive to travel around the world, and although it is worth every pound/dollar/yen/forint the cheaper you can make it, the more of the world you will be able to see. Here are some top tips to reduce costs when traveling around the world.

Choose the right time

Every place as a low season where things are less busy and also cheaper. This differs from place to place so make sure you do your research. Usually, peak time falls in the school holidays, so if you are able to, travel when most children are at school as the prices are dramatically less. Even if you think you are going in an off-peak time, be sure to check if there is any local holiday or event that might hike up the prices of hotels, etc.

Save on accommodation

There are a few ways you can save on accommodation, as long as you are willing to be flexible. If you are staying somewhere for a while, a month-long lease will often be cheaper than several week-long leases. Some hostels can be really lovely and offer a great chance to meet new people so don’t automatically rule them out. Airbnb is another fantastic option that is usually cheaper than a hotel, or if you are really up for living the backpacker life, try couchsurfing.com!

Booking transport

When you are searching for your airline tickets, make sure you are using an incognito browser as airlines often use cookies to hike up prices. If you are able to be flexible, use a price comparison site like Skyscanner to see when you can get the cheapest airfare to certain places. Try to avoid using taxis, walk to utilize public transport. Many places offer cards or tickets that last for a few days for unlimited travel on various types of public transport and so these work out much cheaper than paying per journey.

Pack carefully

If you can, try only to pack a carry-on. Checking bags can get expensive, and chances are you can fit everything you need into a decent sized cabin bag if you really try. It’s also really freeing to travel light!

Look for free things to do

Wherever you are in the world, there will be fun adventures to have for free. In New York, for example, Central Park is free, the Staten Island Ferry is a great way to see Lady Liberty for free and certain days you can get into museums and art galleries for free. Do your research to see when and where you can go for free.

Think like a local

Although some tourist attractions are ‘must-dos,’ quite often restaurants and bars where tourists frequent seem to have an extra cost on them for convenience. For example, if you eat or drink on the Las Vegas strip, you will be paying way more than if you wander a little further off the main strip and order the same food. Find out where the locals go (ask the front desk at your hotel or your taxi driver where they recommend) and not only is it likely to be cheaper but quite often will be better too!

The more money you save when you are traveling, the more places you will be able to visit. Don’t get caught up in the excitement of a new place (you do not need to buy seven fridge magnets from every city you visit!) and plan ahead and you will have a great time – and so will your bank balance!

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6 Life-Changing Anime That Changed How We Saw the World

Not a lot of TV shows or movies will change your life. Few works of art will transform you or alter your view of the world or give you a new perspective on who you are and what you believe in. And anime is no different.

Between the superficial teenage romances and shurikens, avid fans know that the goal of most anime is more than just to entertain the masses and make a buck. But there are select few anime masterpieces that have changed people’s lives. These shows and movies teach us about our past, to make us aware of the world around us, and to take an in-depth look what’s inside of us.

So, we’re exploring the six anime shows and movies that changed us and the impact they had – and still have – in our lives. These life-changing anime transcend mere entertainment, they make us who we are today.

Attack On Titan


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Eren Jaeger will never give up

While Attack on Titan may be about humanoid giants eating humans, the series proved to me that anime is not only for kids or about promiscuous octopus tentacles. The series showed me that anime is a medium that explores various themes and genres.

During the summer of my last year of graduate school, I was a cash-strapped student with a Netflix account. With nothing to watch online and not much to fill my time, a popup ad caught my eyes. It was a recommendation for Attack on Titan, which I believed was a cartoon. But it seemed interesting enough, so I gave the anime a shot.

After watching the first few episodes, I was intrigued by the characters. Their fears, sadness, and quest for revenge spoke to me. It showed me that even when everything seems hopeless or that you don’t have the strength to stop yourself from succumbing to despair, you should do everything you can to keep going and reach your goals.

Thanks to Attack on Titan, I’ve discovered a whole new medium of entertainment and I’ve since become an avid anime fan. The series also set me on a path to becoming FANDOM Contributor, which has given me many life-changing opportunities including the chance to travel to Japan and visit the real-life locations of the highest grossing anime in the world, Your Name.

[Zuleika Boekhoudt, FANDOM Contributor]

Dragon Ball Z


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Every so often a story becomes so popular, influential, and successful that it transcends its medium and becomes more of a cultural phenomenon than a show that a bunch of people like watching after school or on Saturday nights. Dragon Ball Z is one such story. The anime introduced millions of Western viewers to anime as a medium and changed their lives forever. For me, DBZ instilled the idea that any story can be successful so long as it contains heart and conviction.

To anyone unfamiliar with Dragon Ball Z, the anime may seem cheesy, over the top, and bizarre. These assessments are accurate, but they’re also exactly what makes DBZ so beloved by fans all over the world. This anime is ridiculous and can have massive story hooks that come out of nowhere, but each story beat contains such conviction that it never stops feeling genuine. As a kid, Dragon Ball Z proved to me that only limit to storytelling is the creativity of the writer.

[Lucas DeRuyter, FANDOM Contributor]

Neon Genesis Evangelion


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As a young adult, I was not all that different from Shinji Ikari. I was one of those quiet kids who eventually becomes one of those “weird kids”. Like Shinji, I had a fear of getting close to people and getting hurt by them. Of course, unlike Shinji, I didn’t have an evil father who would shove me into a giant robot and ask me to save the world. But Evangelion was an eye-opener in showing me how messed-up we all are. Misato is as lost at being an adult as Shinji is at being a kid. While Asuka and Shinji are opposites in personality, in the end, they’re equally as lonely. Nobody is alone with their problems.

Behind all the cool mechs and utterly bizarre plot twists, Evangelion is a humanist story. You could get lost for hours in the weird details, but the truth of Evangelion is that in the end, we all are struggling with the same problems.

Kids (and even a lot of adults) assume they are the only ones that don’t fit. But we’re all incomplete creatures struggling to find comfort in each other. Shinji’s sad need to be loved by his father is motivated by the same incompleteness that drives SEELE to destroy the world.

Evangelion is the best kind of young adult media: the kind that helps you see your problems are not unique. It asks that you find value in yourself, no matter how tough things get.

[Eric Fuchs, FANDOM Contributor]

Trigun


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Trigun is the story of twin brothers and the barren desert planet that they and the last remaining members of humanity inhabit. When humankind searches the galaxy for a new home after the planet is rendered uninhabitable, a terrible disaster happens. Enter the most charismatic gunslinger in anime history, Vash the Stampede.

This is one of the most influential properties ever to come out of Japan, and despite being 23 years since it premiered, its mark is still all over anime shows today. The fan base for Trigun is also huge. Just look at any anime convention and you’ll see at least one cosplayer wearing a red long coat with spiked blonde hair.

The story of Vash and his brother Knives is one that affects viewers on a visceral and emotional level. For a show that hooks audiences with fun quips and rapid-fire action sequences, the final episodes of Trigun are filled with incredible drama and tragedy. It’s a series full of surprises and entertainment, but also an anime no one will ever forget.

[Andrew Hawkins, FANDOM Contributor]

Mob Psycho 100


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Mob Psycho 100 is an incredible anime that resonates deeply with anyone who struggles with their own identity or connecting with their peers. Shigeo Kageyama – the titular Mob – is a fourteen-year-old boy with tremendous psychic powers. As his terrific powers are mostly tied to emotions, he has to numb himself to the world around him and his feelings to protect the people he cares about from himself. This creates the perfect environment to explore themes of waning adolescence, exploitive relationships, and social struggles.

This anime is amazing and impactful because everyone can relate to Shigeo in some capacity. Everyone has been in a situation where they felt distant from their peers and unable to experience something the same way their friends are.

Mob Psycho 100 demonstrates that relationships can exist in a variety of different forms and that we can overcome insecurities if we are willing to put in the time and effort. Mob Psycho 100 is a beautiful and deeply relatable anime that is inspirational to anyone who was ever an awkward kid.

[Lucas DeRuyter, FANDOM Contributor]

Pokémon

Pokémon – oh wow, where do I begin? It’s completely shaped the life I live today with its quick witted humor and led me to spending much of my time on the games and watching the show. I’m struggling to pinpoint exactly where I fell for the show – definitely somewhere between seasons 3 and 5 – to think that season 21 is currently airing in Japan is really quite something! But honestly – it has shaped my life and taught me many valuable lessons along the way.

It’s probably best to talk about the lessons Pokémon teaches you because there are a lot. From dealing with animal poaching (seasons 10 through 13), dealing with bullies and abuse (seasons 10 through 13 also) to showcasing war (season 19) and dealing with death and grief (season 20) Pokémon really has covered it all over the years. And what has it taught me? It’s taught me to never give up, to always pursue your dreams and to always be yourself. Of course that’s helped shape me into the determined person I am today, and I hope that many other children will enjoy the show for years to come as it teaches them about the real world in a fun and entertaining manner.

[Terry Tucker, FANDOM Contributor]

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Surf Ranch Announced as 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour Venue

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LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Friday, November 17, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce that the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, Central California will host the world’s best surfers as part of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) calendar.

“Based on the results of our test event this year and the feedback from surfers training at the facility throughout the season, next September’s event has the potential to be something special for both surfers and fans,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “We’re only scratching the surface of how this technology can be applied and it is completely game-changing for the sport.”

“It’s incredible what the WSL and KSWC teams have developed at Surf Ranch over the past year and California’s Central Valley now boasts a world-class wave,” Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner, said. “This technology, and its ability to deliver high-quality waves at any location in the world, opens so many possibilities for how we can complement and evolve the competitive experience.”

Since coming online in December 2015, the WSL Surf Ranch Facility in Lemoore, California has undergone constant refinement and evolution of its technology. A test event this year in September delivered very positive results in terms of competitive experience and the overwhelmingly supportive feedback from surfers training there throughout the season has encouraged the WSL to pursue an event at the facility in 2018.

“The experience of competing at Surf Ranch is pretty extraordinary,” Adrian Buchan, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “What the team has created is hard to fathom at first – a perfect, 400-yard-long, bi-directional wave in the middle of rural California. I have no doubt that both the quality of the wave and the experience is befitting of hosting a world-class CT event. The Ocean will always be our home, but as we grow, having the opportunity to showcase and share the stoke of surfing to new audiences and schedule with pinpoint accuracy the huge match-ups and drama of the WSL is really exciting.”

“The surfers and the WSL have had a long-running discussion about the whole new set of opportunities that an event at the Surf Ranch facility can offer for the sport,” Sage Erickson, CT competitor and athlete representative, said. “We now have the opportunity to schedule events in advance, guaranteed high-quality waves, fair opportunity for all surfers and a totally new and unique environment for spectators. One of the takeaways from this season’s test event is surfers really have to bring their whole arsenal – forehand, backhand, barrels, turns, airs and timing – to make an impact. It’s going to be incredible.”

A full 2018 WSL schedule is planned to be released next week.

The 2017 WSL Men’s and Women’s Title Races are coming down to the final events of the season –  the Billabong Pipe Masters in memory of Andy Irons in Hawaii, USA from December 8 – 20, 2017 and the Maui Women’s Pro at Honolua Bay from November 25 – December 6, 2017.

For more information, log onto WorldSurfLeague.com.

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Fashion World Mourns Death of Azzedine Alaïa

PARIS — The fashion community poured out tributes on Saturday to Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, following his death here at age 77.
The cause of death was heart failure.
The diminutive Tunisian-born designer was known for his structured, exacting tailoring and his refusal to bow to industry timetables and marketing pressures, preferring to work at his own pace.
He gained international fame in the Eighties because of the success of his evening dresses, snug knits and sculpted leathers, and he was nicknamed “The King of Cling” because his clothes fit like a second skin.
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Alaïa counted Carla Sozzani, founder of the concept store 10 Corso Como, and supermodel Naomi Campbell – who called him Papa – among his inner circle. Stars such as Tina Turner, Madonna, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones, Raquel Welch, Victoria Beckham, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus were among his customers.

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Our world is full of such beauty, delight, and majesty, and there are so many excellent things to see. People have been traveling the globe for centuries to soak up new cultures and see things they’ve never seen before. Many of us are wholly aware of the jaw-dropping sights and experiences this world has to offer, but, what of the things we know nothing about?

Well, we all know about the Wonders of the Ancient World, not to mention the Wonders of the Modern World. These are remarkable feats of human ingenuity that have left a scar in the cultural fabric of the entire planet. But, you may not be aware that there are actually some hidden wonders as well! These are some of the stunning underrated, and largely unknown, wonders of the world.

Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval

A simply stunning palace in Paris, this is one of the best-kept secrets in France. Work began on this exquisite palace in 1869, when a local postman began building it. Taking several decades of work and remarkable attention to detail, Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval has inspired artists and architects the world over. And, not only does it look amazing, but, it’s an even more impressive feat because of the fact that it was built by Ferdinand Cheval, a man with no experience or training in masonry or architecture!

Banaue Rice Terraces

We bet you didn’t know that rice accounts for over 20% of all the calories consumed in the world! Carbo-rific! Anyhow, the importance of rice can’t and shouldn’t be overstated, and that’s one of the things that makes the Banaue Rice Terraces so important. Dating back to Biblical times, this incredible structure is an invaluable cog in the machine of rice production – and it looks breathtaking as well. Located in The Philippines, this is considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World – we insist you check it out right now!

Kizhi Pogost Transfiguration Church

Over 120 feet tall, and not a single nail in sight, Kizhi Pogost Transfiguration Church is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. How this is not classified as a modern Wonder of the World, we’ll never know! Thousands of logs were used to build this UNESCO World Heritage masterpiece, and, there are claims it was built by a single carpenter! Famed for its longevity and durability, this church is simply stunning – looking like something you might find captured in the pages of an old Russian fairytale.

Tower of Hercules

Hercules is a seminal figure in Greek mythology, so it stands to reason that someone, somewhere would have constructed a memorial to honor the fictional demigod. Well, if you want something done, you can always rely on the Romans to do it for you. This ancient lighthouse was erected in Galicia, an area in northwest Spain. Overlooking the North Atlantic coast of Spain, this 55-meter high structure stands tall, a watchful guardian of the deep ocean.

Callanish Stones

We all know about the historical magic and beauty of Stonehenge, and, if you go to the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, and visit Callanish, you will be able to see the mythical Standing Stones of Callanish. This structure of standing stones dates back to Neolithic times and is very similar to Stonehenge, but much less well-known. It is thought the stones were used for rituals in the Bronze Age. This amazing, legendary structure is one of the most bewitching in the world, and it definitely deserves to be discovered!

These are just some of the amazing hidden wonders of the world. Structures and places we never knew about, but ones that deserve to be uncovered and experienced as soon as possible. There are so many incredible spots in this world, and we suggest you try to check out a few of the ones we’ve listed. Not many people know about these places so you can enjoy them without having to worry about the huge crowds.

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All the Money in the World: Christopher Plummer (The Man Who Invented Christmas, above) will portray billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World. The film has already been completed, but in view of recent, serious allegations of misconduct against Kevin Spacey, the decision was made to re-shoot his scenes, originally shot over a period of eight to ten days, with Plummer stepping in to play his supporting role. Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also star; the…

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Actor Kevin Spacey, who is facing mounting allegations of sexual harassment and assault, will no longer appear in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming drama, “All the Money in the World,” two sources close to the film confirm to CNN.


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Kevin Spacey will be removed from Ridley Scott film, All the Money in the World, Deadline reports. The film is already finished, and in a rare move the

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(LOS ANGELES) — Kevin Spacey is getting cut out of Ridley Scott’s finished film “All the Money in the World” and replaced by Christopher Plummer just over one month before it’s supposed to hit theaters.

People close to the production who were not authorized to speak publicly said Wednesday that Plummer is commencing reshoots immediately in the role of J. Paul Getty. According to the report, all of Spacey scenes will be reshot. Co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are expected to participate.

Scott is intending to keep the film’s Dec. 22 release date.

The film was originally set to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles on Nov. 16 but was pulled earlier this week amid the sexual harassment reports surrounding Spacey.

Spacey has also been fired from “House of Cards.”

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Why This Tough, Wild World Series Was So Much Fun to Watch

You could call it the best World Series ever or one of the most heartbreaking, depending on who you root for. But the 2017 World Series was easily up there with the most exciting battles in the history of baseball and the pursuit of the Commissioner's Trophy.

After a seven-game, eight-day slugfest, the Houston Astros came out on top over the Los Angeles Dodgers, four games to three,

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How to Watch Game 7 of the World Series Tonight for Free

It’s been an absolutely epic World Series thus far, so it’s fitting that the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers will play a deciding Game 7 on Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. (E.T.). The Dodgers beat the Astros 3-1 on Tuesday night to tie the series at 3-3, and the Dodgers will host the winner-takes-all game tonight in Los Angeles.

The 2017 World Series is making history in several ways. The two teams have already combined to break the record for most homeruns ever in a World Series, with a total of 24 so far, including seven in Game 5 and an all-time-high eight homeruns in Game 2. If the Astros win tonight, it will be the first-ever World Series championship for the franchise; a Dodgers’ victory will bring the team its first crown in nearly three decades. The 2017 World Series is also clearly a showdown between two Major League Baseball powerhouses, marking the first time since 1931 that both teams won more than 100 games during the regular season, with 101 wins for the Astros and 104 for the Dodgers.

How to Watch Game 7 Live

Fox has broadcasted all 2017 World Series games, and it will air Game 7 tonight across the country. The first pitch is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. (E.T.), 5:20 p.m. (P.T.). Yu Darvish is expected to start on the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Lance McCullers Jr. should be the starting pitcher for the Houston Astros.

To watch the game on regular TV, simply tune in to your local Fox channel. You don’t necessarily need a cable TV package. Broadcast networks like Fox are available for free in most areas if you have a digital antenna.

How to Live-stream World Series Game 7

If you don’t have a TV, or don’t have access to one on Wednesday, check out one of several streaming TV services that make it possible to live-stream Game 7 online. Luckily, these services all have free trial periods, so you can watch on your preferred device without paying a dime. Depending on your choice of service, you might be able to watch via video game console, as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, XBox, Android, and Chromecast, among other options.

Here are services live-streaming the World Series tonight:

DirecTV Now starts at $ 35 per month for a package that comes with 60+ channels, including local Fox stations airing the World Series in more than 50 U.S. markets. New customers can sign up and watch for free for seven days.

FuboTV is a new sports-centric streaming service that lets you live-stream over 70 channels, including the NFL Network, NBA TV, NBCSN, and several Fox stations—including the main Fox broadcast of the World Series. New subscribers can watch for free for seven days during a trial period. After that, it costs $ 19.99 per month, and then goes up to $ 39.99 after two months.

Hulu Live packages, which start at $ 39.99 after a free seven-day trial period, come with live-streams of Fox and other broadcast channels.

Playstation Vue offers several streaming packages from $ 39.99 per month, and all are available for free during a five-day trial period. Take note that local Fox broadcasts are not available for all subscribers, however: According to CutCableToday.com, which offers a comprehensive guide to watching the World Series without cable, Fox live-streams are available from Playstation Vue only in 34 markets around the country.

Sling TV offers two different basic streaming packages, and the Sling Blue option comes with 40+ channels including Fox in most markets. Sling Blue costs $ 25 per month, and new subscribers can try out the service—and watch the World Series—for free for seven days.

YouTube TV is yet another streaming service that includes Fox in its packages. Prices start at $ 35 per month, but the service is available with a longer-than-usual free trial period—stretching 14 days before you’re charged. So, if you sign up today, you watch Game 7 tonight and check out everything else YouTube TV has to offer over the next two weeks, for free.


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The Internet Could Not the Handle the World Series Happening on Halloween Night

With the Houston Astros in position to clinch the 2017 World Series on Tuesday, the Internet was forced to come to terms with Game 6 of the MLB championship falling on Halloween night.

We now know that the Oct. 31 matchup was not the final one of the series, as the Los Angeles Dodgers forced Game 7 with a 3-1 victory. However, that didn’t make the double-whammy holiday any less stressful for Halloween and baseball enthusiasts.

“I had ONE friggin trick o treater and I have staged skeletons climbing out on my lawn,” Mindy Kaling tweeted during the game. “Meanwhile Verlander keeps pitchin excellent yeesh.”

But while tensions were high, some Twitter users couldn’t help but joke about the situation. “The world series … on halloween? i bet the bat is. i bet the baseball bat is like a bat, like the ah. like the bat type of an animal,” wrote Jon Bois.

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Houston Astros Clinch Their First World Series, Defeating Dodgers 5-1

(LOS ANGELES) — From laughingstock to lift off.

George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s.

For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.

Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange.

Jose Altuve, one of four carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL, and this collection of young stars silenced Dodger Stadium from the get-go. Charlie Morton finished up with four stellar innings of relief for the win.

Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0.

Springer hit his fifth homer — tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley — when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second.

That was plenty for Astros manager A.J. Hinch. He pulled starter Lance McCullers Jr. soon after the curveballer crazily plunked his fourth batter of the game, and began a bullpen parade of four relievers that kept the lead.

Forever known for their space-age Astrodome, outlandish rainbow jerseys and a handful of heartbreaking playoff losses, these Astros will be remembered as champions, finally, in their 56th season.

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The club that wears a star on its hat also filled out the Texas trophy case. Teams from the Lone Star State had won most every major crown — Super Bowl, NBA and NHL titles, championships in college football, and men’s and women’s hoops — except the World Series.

Built on the skills of homegrown All-Stars Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel and more, and boosted by the slick trade for Justin Verlander, general manager Jeff Luhnow completed the ascent that some predicted.

Famously, now, there was the Sports Illustrated cover in 2014 — after Houston had lost more than 100 games for three straight years — that proclaimed: “Your 2017 World Series Champs” and featured a picture of Springer in a bright Astros jersey.

Houston won 101 times this year to take the AL West, then won Games 6 and 7 at home in the AL Championship Series. The Astros joined the 1985 Royals as the only clubs to win a pair of Game 7s in the same year.

For the Dodgers, the quest to win a Series for the first time since 1988 fell short. They led the majors with 104 wins and a $ 240 million payroll, yet it didn’t pay off for part-owner Magic Johnson or manager Dave Roberts.

Longtime ace Clayton Kershaw provided four shutout innings of relief for Los Angeles, but it was too late. What the Dodgers really needed was a better starter than Darvish, someone more like the lefty who tossed out a ceremonial first ball: the great Sandy Koufax.

After Springer lined a leadoff double, Alex Bregman hit a bouncer that first baseman Cody Bellinger threw past Darvish for an error, allowing a run to score. Bregman aggressively stole third and scored on Altuve’s grounder, and it was 2-0 after eight pitches.

A double by Marwin Gonzalez helped set up perhaps McCullers’ biggest contribution, a slow grounder for his first pro RBI. Springer followed with a no-doubt, two-run drive into the left-center field bleachers.

That was the Series-most 25th homer in a Major League Baseball season that set a record for home runs. It was easily enough for the Astros to offset pinch-hitter Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the Los Angeles sixth.

Only once have the Dodgers clinched a crown at home, that coming in 1963 when Koufax outpitched Yankees star Whitey Ford to finish a sweep. They’ve never won Game 7 of the Fall Classic at their own park, dating more than a century ago to their days on the streets of Brooklyn as the Trolley Dodgers.

As pockets of Houston fans got louder and louder in the later innings, the crowd at Dodger Stadium was left to repeat the sad, but hopeful cry that used to echo in Brooklyn: Wait till next year.

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5 Reasons Why This Year’s World Series Is the Weirdest in Recent History

During the 2016 World Series the Chicago Cubs, and their fans who had suffered heartbreak for more than a century, charmed the country. Unless you were a fan of their American League opponent, the Cleveland Indians, odds are you pulled for the Cubbies last year. The Series had a clear theme: Go Cubs Go! And Chicago delivered.

The winner is less crucial in this year’s Fall Classic, which the Houston Astros leads 3-2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers entering Tuesday’s Game 6 in L.A. (though Astros and Dodgers fans will think differently). But an even more compelling theme has emerged: unprecedented drama, unpredictable zaniness. Though some of the World Series hubbub isn’t so alluring — more on that below — if you love baseball, or just surprising storylines in general, you can’t help but hope the weirdest World Series in memory continues to throw curveballs.

Here are five reasons that the 2017 World Series won’t be one we soon forget:

The Longball Lives

The Fall Classic has seen an historic October power surge. Through just five games, the Astros and Dodgers have combined to smack 22 home runs, which already breaks the prior World Series record, 21, set in 2002. That series, between the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels, went a full seven games. If this series goes the distance, the Dodgers and Astros may hit more than 30 homers. Fourteen different players have hit homers during the World Series, another record.

The Game 5 Marathon

Sunday night’s classic, a 13-12 Houston victory, clocked in at 5 hours and 17 minutes, making it the second longest game in World Series history. The game ended at 1:38 am Eastern Time; fans who fell asleep regretted it. Houston overcame 4-0, 7-4, and 8-7 deficits, and the Astros tied the game on three different occasions with home runs: a three-run bomb one by Yuli Gurriel in the fourth inning, another three-run shot the very next inning, from Jose Altuve, the new Mr. October (even the old Mr. October says he’s the best player in baseball), and then a solo blast to left from George Springer in the seventh. The Dodgers trailed 12-9 entering the ninth and rallied for two runs, courtesy of a Yasiel Puig home run, but were still down to their last strike when Chris Taylor punched a single up the middle to score the tying run from third and send the game to extra innings. The instant classic came to a delirious end in the bottom of the 10th; with two out, Houston third baseman Alex Bergman hit a single to left. Pinch runner Derek Fisher, who was on second base, rounded third and sprinted home. The throw: not in time. Minute Maid Park erupted. Houston’s Carlos Correa was downright giddy.

What’s more, two of the the best pitchers in baseball — Cy Young award winners Clayton Kershaw and Dallas Keuchel — were the starters for the highest scoring World Series game in 20 years. Good luck trying to figure this series out.

A Second Classic

Amazingly, Game 5 outshone Game 2, a 7-6 Houston win in 11 innings on Oct. 25; that contest alone had enough twists to fill an entire series. Los Angles took a 3-1 lead into the top of the 8th; but Houston scored a run in both the eighth and the ninth, when a leadoff home run from Marwin Gonzalez off of Dodger All-Star reliever Kenley Jansen tied things up at 3-3. In the top of the 10th, Altuve and Correa hit back to back home runs to make it 5-3 Houston. (check out Correa’s bat flip). But then Dodgers responded with a Puig home run and an RBI single from Enrique Hernández. Onto the 11th: Springer hit a two-run blast to make it 7-5 in the top of the 11th, and though the Dodgers added a run in the bottom of the inning — on a home run, naturally — Puig struck out swinging to end it.

Justin Verlander, and three Houston relievers, gave up just three hits through nine innings; but they were all home runs. Houston’s first non-home run hit — Hernandez’ game-tying single — came in the 10th. All sorts of other stuff happened in Game 2. For example, a Houston pickoff attempt hit an umpire, preventing a runner from advancing. A base hit bounced off Taylor’s cap in center — he was trying to make a diving stop — and bounced right to left fielder Joc Pederson. The deflection likely saved the Dodgers a run.

Houston’s Game 2 win was the first World Series victory in the the 56-year history of the franchise. It was worth the wait.

An Ugly Incident

Add a little controversy to the World Series mix. During Game 3 Gurriel, the Houston first baseman, made a racist gesture directed towards Yu Darvish, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher who is of Japanese and Iranian descent, after hitting a home run off Darvish. Gurriel also uttered a racial slur. Houston won the game, 5-3, but Gurriel’s antics overshadowed the action. Gurriel apologized and Darvish expressed a desire to “move forward rather than focusing on anger.” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Gurriel for five games, but his punishment starts at the beginning of the next season, not in the World Series. Manfred’s decision raised eyebrows; Gurriel got off fairly easy, and he hit a crucial home run in Houston’s Game 5 victory. If Houston holds on to win the title, we may be debating Manfred’s call all offseason.

Slick Baseballs

As if 2017 wasn’t already loaded with oddities, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated dropped a report after Game 4 explaining how pitchers and coaches from both teams were complaining that the baseballs used in the World Series were slicker than usual. The slicker surface makes the balls more difficult to grip, especially when trying to throw a slider. Verducci pointed out that in Game 3, not a single batter swung and missed Darvish’s slider. That hadn’t happened in 34 prior starts. In Game 4, Jansen gave up his first home run of the year on a slider. Dodgers hitters swung and missed on Verlander’s slider just once in Game 2, equaling the fewest whiffs on a slider against Verlander in any start of two innings or more this year. Major League Baseball has said that the only difference is the gold stamping on the ball, which is a switch from a blue ink in the regular season.

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The best lodges in the world

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When you go on vacation, you need to think about the sort of vacation you want to have. We love adventures in the wilderness, exploring the world, and looking at things from a different perspective. There’s something so rewarding about getting out of the city now and again and exploring off the beaten track. But, if you’re going to do this you need to be sure you choose the perfect accommodation for your trip.

This is easier said than done because it can sometimes be tricky to find somewhere with great accommodation that is precisely what you’re looking for. At least you have options in the city, right? Well, that’s true, but you don’t get the breathtaking landscape and serene surroundings there. So, why not check out these incredible lodges so you can be sure you have an excellent experience every time you go away.

Sonora Resort, Canada

Canada is a land of so much natural beauty, and this is one of the best outdoor lodges to illustrate that beauty and majesty. The luxury resort is a jewel in the wilderness, and will really go a long way towards making your visit extra special. You can enjoy the stunning beauty of British Columbia, and enjoy the perfect eco-adventure. The resort is nestled in the Desolation Sound, where you have some of the best salmon fishing in the world, not to mention unbelievable wildlife. This is a must for anyone traveling in North America, and wanting to enjoy the wilds of Canada.

Lapa Rios, Costa Rica

Check out this amazing private resort, spread over a staggering 1,000 acres of tropical rainforest. In fact, this is some of the last tropical rainforest in the wilds of Costa Rica and is amazing for wildlife enthusiasts, and there are even beaches here as well! Holing up in one of the 16 private bungalows on offer is the best way of making certain you have a sensational time of things. Sustainable tourism is a big thing here, and the lodges are a great way of helping you embrace that.

Bushmans Kloof, South Africa

We’ve got to admit, this is one of the most idyllic places we’ve ever seen – when can we move?! Situated in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, this ecological oasis is the only way to enjoy a country as stunning as South Africa. The open plains and wonderful rock formations really make this a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the world. The lodge has the perfect mix of modernity and retro and has made a big effort to integrate with the natural surroundings. We have no doubt you’re going to love this amazing place.

Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia

Australia is a country with so much elegance and staggering natural landscape, and you want to experience as much of it as you can. The best way of achieving that is to head to Kangaroo Island and check out this phenomenal resort. Positioned on a secluded cliff, this is like having your very own beachfront property, in one of the most amazing places in the world. There are 21 eco suites in the lodge, but, you’d better make sure you start saving because this place ain’t cheap!

As you can see, there are so many amazing lodges in the world – some desert, some coastal, and some nestled among tropical rainforests. Whatever you look for in a vacation, one thing is certain, you’re likely to find at least one of these stunning lodges to be right up your street – we know we did!

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Everywhere you look, everywhere you listen, every newscast you've watched has told you the same thing: That 2017 is nothing but a shit sandwich so far.

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Let’s Go Dodgers Let’s Go!

The LA Dodger’s have finally made it to the playoffs in what feels like years and are taking a shot at the win since 1988! Every now and then, us surfers travel inland to support our landlocked west coast teams and this World Series is no exception! Kolohe Andino, Ian Crane, Griffin Colapinto and friends were spotted cheering on the Dodgers throughout the season. So shoutout to these San Clemente surfer boys for always cheering on our boys in blue year after year, win or lose.

Let’s go boys, make the west coast proud!

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‘World of Tanks’ and ‘Crossy Road’ Developers Get Behind Loot Box Regulation

At PAX Aus, a panel about microtransactions had to deal with some hairy (but respectful) questions from the audience.

Matt Hall, co-creator of Crossy Road was present, as well as executive publishing producer at Wargaming Artem Safronov, and Zynga‘s principal data scientist Luke Dicken.

Loot boxes dominated the discussion throughout. Matt Hall mentioned while he wasn’t completely against considering “whales” (large spenders, sometimes uncontrollably so) in a game’s design, Crossy Road was intentionally made to eliminate whale behaviour.

Every character is $ 1, so there isn’t really any way to overspend.

But the toughest questions came during the audience Q&A. The first of which was about how developers could identify players who spend too much, and prevent the game from being a loot box simulator.

“Obviously with Crossy Road being a game that’s played by kids as well, that’s super important to us,” said Hall. “With Crossy Road, we banned all ads for anything that looks like a casino, you’re not allowed to see those ads in our game. And we’ll shut down any providers who do it.

“For me, 10% of the population is going to be addicted to gambling. We don’t want to expose those people to it.”

He then acknowledged that some government intervention on loot boxes might be necessary.

“I think possibly government legislation would help in this case. Let people know per country what should and shouldn’t be allowed. And they’ve done it in China.”


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“I think it’s coming,” concurred Artem Safronov. “And it’s a natural evolution as well. We’ve seen some games being banned in certain countries because it really is very close to gambling. And so far away from what a game should be.

“But it’s how you build it into your game design. And if you start building it into the core of your game design, then you’re getting into very dangerous territory I think.”

The audience clearly wanted to stay on the topic, as more questions along the same lines came in. Matt Hall was happy to talk about it some more.

“At Hipster Whale we’re not data scientists, like the most we know is that Skinner boxes help people play longer,” he continued. “The most detestable thing I find in video games is the slot machine simulators that sit atop the charts in Australia, because they are made by the same people who make gambling machines.

“But you can say okay, we’re going to make the odds here — where people can’t win money — really good. And when they take their skills to the casino, their life savings go away.

“I absolutely agree with you that government legislation needs to come. And I’m interested in having that dialogue with anyone who wants to talk with me.

“But those are just my battle lines that I’m drawing. Other people, like my uncle, says if people want to gamble away their life savings then good luck to them. But I don’t take that approach because I know some people absolutely can’t help themselves.”

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Though now rightly regarded as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Queen were experiencing something of a midlife crisis in the summer of 1977, when Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor reconvened to begin work on their sixth studio album.

Their previous record, 1976's A Day

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MLB Player Suspended for Making Racist Gesture During World Series

(HOUSTON) — Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros was suspended Saturday for the first five games of next season for making a racist gesture at Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish during the World Series.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the penalty Saturday, a day after Gurriel’s actions during Game 3.

Manfred acknowledged some people believed Gurriel should have served an immediate ban.

“I wanted the burden of this discipline to fall primarily on the wrongdoer,” he said. “I was impressed in my conversation with Yu Darvish by his desire to move forward, and I felt that moving the suspension to the beginning of the season would help in that regard.”

The 33-year-old Gurriel, completing his second season in the major leagues after leaving Cuba, will lose $ 322,581 of his $ 12 million salary next year, which the Astros will donate to charitable causes. The first baseman will be required to undergo sensitivity training during the offseason.

Gurriel pulled on the corners of his eyes after homering off Darvish during Houston’s 5-3 win in Game 3 on Friday night. He also used a derogatory Spanish term in reference to Darvish.

“I made an offensive gesture that was indefensible,” Gurriel said in a statement released by the Astros. “I sincerely apologize to everyone that I offended with my actions. I deeply regret it. I would particularly like to apologize to Yu Darvish, a pitcher that I admire and respect. I would also like to apologize to the Dodgers organization, the Astros, Major League Baseball and to all fans across the game.”

Said Manfred: “There is no place in our game for the behavior or any behavior like the behavior we witnessed last night.”

“There is no excuse or explanation that makes that type of behavior acceptable,” he said.

Manfred decided against imposing a suspension during the World Series, which the Astros led 2-1. Game 4 was Saturday night.

“I understand that people may have different views. But it was my best judgment that this timing was appropriate,” Manfred said.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the team was “surprised and disappointed” by Gurriel’s behavior and supported Manfred’s decision.

“Yuli has always demonstrated respectful behavior and is extremely remorseful for his actions,” Luhnow said. “Appropriately, Yuli has apologized for his gesture. He had no intention of offending anyone, but now recognizes the perceived offensiveness of his actions.”


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5 beautiful Natural Pools Around The World

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The world is simply stuffed full of so much natural beauty these days, and there’s so much you need to try to experience. If you don’t get out and see the world, you’re going to be seriously missing out. Make sure you do a bit of traveling and experience all the wonderful beauty and majesty the world has to offer. Start with some of the most stunning natural pools on Earth. These are the perfect places to visit for either a spot of secret swimming or to just marvel at the magnificence of them.

The Devil’s Pool

Judging by the name, you’d imagine this to be a pretty intimidating place, and you’d be exactly right. The Devil’s Pool is an infinity pool located in Zambia, which overlooks Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls. You’d have to be quite the daredevil to swim atop these amazing falls. Yes, it might be the best experience of your life, but, we don’t like the idea of falling over the edge of that waterfall! When the water levels drop, the Devil’s Pool has minimal current, making it perfect for swimming and getting a stunning view.

Figure Eight Pools

If you want to enjoy one of the great natural wonders of the world, make sure you visit Sydney and check out the Figure Eight pools. These pools, aptly named for their shape, are located in Royal National Park. They are naturally formed this way, and definitely an experience well worth having. Once a secret hotspot, the pools have become more popular with tourists in recent years, but, that’s no reason to shun them. Bear in mind it is in an isolated location, and you may well have to hike to get there – totally worth it though.

Barton Springs Pool

There is another great natural pool in Texas (Hamilton Pool Preserve), but this is our favorite. Dating back centuries, and once used by Native Americans, this pool is formed by freshwater underground springs. It covers more than 3-acres, and holds a temperature of around 65-degrees all year round! Admission is free during the day as well, so this is the perfect place to come for a wonderful swim, and a serene environment.

Cenote Ik Kil

Mexico has loads of natural pools, but there are none quite as iconic and breathtaking as this one near Chichen Itza. Surrounded by lush greenery, hanging vines, trees, and rainforests, it’s 85-feet deep, and one of the most stunning natural swimming holes in the world. You will feel like you’re in a different world when you pay a visit here. It will almost feel like time stands still as you swim and bask in the natural beauty of the exceptional surroundings. And, you can even go visit Chichen Itza afterward too!

Jellyfish Lake

Located in Palau, this lake might seem like everyone’s worst nightmare, but bear with us! Have you ever wanted to swim with jellyfish?! Okay, probably not. Well, what about if they couldn’t sting you? That’s the big appeal of Jellyfish Lake, and one of the main reasons to come swimming here. Because of this unique opportunity, and the truly stunning surroundings, it makes our list as one of the most beautiful natural pools in the world.

So, there we have it, some of the most gorgeous natural pools in the world. These are places you can go swimming, or simply lounge around and relax for a while. One thing is sure though, these places are so iconic that you’re not going to forget them in a hurry!

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We’re sure you’re familiar with Beauty and the Beast, after all, it’s a tale as old as time! Disney World has long provided us Disney fans with the chance to get our dose of all things Disney related. There is so much you can see, do, and experience at this amazing resort and Disney fans the world over flock here every year. If Beauty and the Beast is right up your street, there is plenty for you to enjoy at Disney World. Here are just some of them!

Gaston’s Tavern

The Magic Kingdom section of the park is kitted out to be almost exactly like the sets from the movie so you will have the opportunity to visit Gaston’s. This is a wonderful tavern near Beast’s Castle, in which you can indulge in this family-friendly restaurant. There is plenty of tasty food on offer, including cinnamon rolls, vegetable cups, fruit cups, and hummus. You can also enjoy the tasty LeFou Brew, the non-alcoholic signature beverage offered in the restaurant. This is a place to relax, unwind, and enjoy some food and drink, as Gaston would have!

Be Our Guest Restaurant

If we were going to come up with a Beauty and the Beast themed restaurant, this is pretty much the best name we could think of. This restaurant is so glamorous and opulent you will feel like you’ve actually stepped into the movie yourself. Lunch will be a quick affair, but dinner, where you have table service, is the best way of getting the full experience. You can end your meal with a delicious cupcake or tart to cap things off. The restaurant features the ballroom, the wilting rose, and falling snow – seriously, it’s like being in the castle!

Festival of Fantasy

This is a huge parade that is thrown each afternoon, across the Magic Kingdom. Not only does it feature Belle and Beast, but it’s an excellent way of getting to see all your favorite Disney characters in person. This fun and charming parade is the ideal opportunity to take a break from your busy and action-packed day, and enjoy the visual beauty of this place for a bit. Take the opportunity to enjoy a few refreshments while you’re doing it as well.

Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage

You’re also going to be able to enjoy a live stage production of the timeless tale. It’s a 25-minute stage production, giving an abridged version of the story, with all the characters and songs featured. This is definitely something that fans will not want to miss, and gives you a bit of extra bang for your buck. Seeing the story on stage is different to watching it on film, and this is the perfect experience for both children and adults.

Enchanted Tales Experience

You simply must check out the Enchanted Tales With Belle experience, perfect for families, and aimed at the younger audience. This is an opportunity to get fully immersed in the world of Beauty and the Beast, as guests can volunteer to play iconic roles from the movie. This interactive storytelling is a fun and immersive way of making sure you get the best possible experience. At the end, the kids will get to queue for a photo with the star of the attraction, Belle. Just make sure you get in line as soon as you can, that way you can be surer of getting a photo.

When you visit Disney World, you can’t pass up the opportunity to check out the Magic Kingdom. It’s the place all Beauty and the Beast fans gravitate toward, and the perfect location to get your fix of Belle and Beast. These are some of the best places for fans to visit when they go to Disney World.

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Polar bears, rare wolves, aye-aye and gorillas – our readers share heart-racing encounters with the world’s wild ones

Growing up on a diet of Gerald Durrell books, it was a childhood obsession to see an aye-aye – one of the most unusual and elusive primates on the planet. And so there I was in north-east Madagascar, in the pouring rain and inky blackness, thrashing through wet undergrowth, with squadrons of mosquitoes homing in. To my astonishment, from out of the darkness the aye-aye suddenly appeared on a branch above! Like some mystical gremlin, with blazing amber eyes, radar dish ears, monstrous front teeth, a bushy black witch’s cat tail and that thin, bony finger probing the bark. To add to my enchantment, a second, much smaller aye-aye then revealed itself, tap-tapping its way along the branch behind its mother. A dream come true. I travelled independently and stayed at Aye Aye Hotel, Mananara, visiting Aye-Aye Island. Naturetrek also leads trips to northern Madagascar to look for aye-aye.
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‘One Piece: Unlimited World Red’ Sails on Nostalgia

One Piece is arguably the most successful anime and manga series in the history of either medium. Fans the world over have been enticed with the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his lovable crew since the first chapter debuted in 1997. One Piece: Unlimited World Red Deluxe is the latest video game adaptation of this monumental franchise and allows players to revisit some of the best moments in the series. While UWR comes incredibly close to capturing what made the manga and anime so special, budget constraints and a somewhat uninspired story make the game feel a bit weaker than the source material.

The deluxe edition of One Piece: Unlimited Word Red is available now for Nintendo Switch. As One Piece games tend to range from occasionally solid to lackluster, it’s refreshing to see Unlimited World Red trying so hard to match the style and energy of the original material. Living up to one of the best manga/anime of all time is a pretty steep task, though. While fun and nostalgia triggering, UWR isn’t quite up to this challenge.

Sailing Through Memory Lane


Set sail to the best destinations in the series.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red takes players to numerous classic locations from the series and lets them relive some of the most memorable fights in the anime and manga. It’s amazing to see the half fire and half ice island of Punk Hazard again as well as the dessert nation of Alabasta. Little details from the Straw Hats‘ exploits are also present in these levels, such as the slashed gate to Punk Hazard or the destroyed buildings on the judicial island of Enies Lobby.

These levels also have fun nods to events from the source material; like needing to dig for water in Alabasta or Franky’s hair changing depending on what kind of attack he’s using. Secret treasures or useful items hide in places that are only reachable by using abilities related to specific characters, such as Brook’s ability to run on water. These levels are really well designed and it’s great to see these locals once more as they will probably never appear in the show or manga again.

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Competent combat that’s true to each character.

The best feature of One Piece: Unlimited World Red is being able to take control of each member of the Straw Hat Pirates. Each character feels unique to control and has move sets closely tied to their abilities from the source material. Franky, a cyborg, is very durable and delivers powerful ranged attacks by shooting fireballs and laser beams. On the other hand, Usopp – the sniper for the Straw Hats – can temporarily turn the game into a first-person shooter.

The way new abilities are equipped and unlocked is also a nice nod to the source material. Characters become more powerful by assigning them “strong words” or iconic quotes that they uttered at some point in the series. This is a nice touch, and the quotes are diverse enough to show that the people behind the game put the time and effort into researching the series.

Depreciating Deviations


As the game is pretty solid, the weaker aspects stick out more.

The places where Unlimited World Red starts to feel weaker than the original One Piece manga and anime overlap with the areas where creative and budget constraints are the most apparent. The main antagonist in this game – Red the Aloof – is an older man who was once on par with the likes of Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard, and escapes from the prison Impel Down so that he can achieve his dream of becoming the Pirate King. This is incredibly similar to the canonical villain from the tenth One Piece movieShiki the Golden Lion. In a series that has hundreds of characters with such distinct motivations and backgrounds, it’s frustrating to see Unlimited World Red feature a primary character that overlaps so much with another classic antagonist.

This game also only has full character animation in cut-scenes, with every other line or interaction a character performs only featuring a static image of them. While animation is expensive, this decision is rather disappointing as a key feature of OP’s art style is character models being pushed to their absolute limit when a character is being expressive. The decision to deviate from this art style makes the game feel a bit flat and story beats a little underwhelming.

The Best So Far, But Still Limited


A lot of fun, but just one coat of polish short of the manga/anime.

One Piece: Unlimited World Red is definitely one of the best One Piece games ever made. Any die-hard fan of the series should check it out and will almost certainly get their money’s worth. However, it’s clear that the creators of this game did not put the same amount of passion and effort into this game as Eiichiro Oda puts into writing and drawing his monolithic series. If you are able to overlook these shortcuts, though, you’re in for a wonderful nostalgia trip.

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When I was a child growing up in North Carolina about an hour away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, nothing made my blood run cold like a grown up saying, “Oh, what a fine day to go up to the parkway and see the leaves changing color.”

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World Series 2017: How and When to Watch Dodgers vs. Astros

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros are the two top MLB teams who will be vying for the 2017 World Series title this fall, with seven games scheduled from Tuesday through the beginning of November.

This past Thursday, the Dodgers cinched their spot in the World Series after beating out the reigning champions, the Chicago Cubs, making it the first time that the team has gone to

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Baseball is Hot! World Series Opens in L.A. Amid Record Temperatures

(LOS ANGELES) — The fastballs aren’t the only things hitting triple digits at the World Series.

This Fall Classic is going to feel like summer.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will meet on what’s expected to be a 100-degree Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, beginning possibly the warmest World Series ever.

An October heat wave slugged Southern California on Monday, with the temperature reaching 104 degrees shortly after lunchtime in Chavez Ravine. It was still blazing when the Dodgers and Astros showed up at Dodger Stadium for brief late-afternoon workouts that stretched into the early evening.

The heat isn’t likely to bother the players much: Both of these warm-weather teams are used to sweating it out all summer long.

“Love it,” said Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, a Southern California native and the co-MVP of the NL Championship Series. “I’d rather be playing in the heat than in the snow, so it’s great.”

Still, the players didn’t take the field Monday until the sun was partly blocked by the left field grandstands, and they took batting practice after sunset — when it was still a toasty 94 degrees. Similar heat is expected Tuesday.

“This weather is always beautiful,” said Dallas Keuchel, the Astros’ Game 1 starter. “It’s that dry heat, so it’s going to be hotter than normal to play. At the same time, I like to sweat. I like to get that perspiration and make sure I have a firm grip on the ball. It’s the World Series, so if it’s a little bit hotter than usual, that’s fine with me. There’s no place I’d rather be.”

Game 1 has a chance to be the warmest World Series game on record. Back in 2001, the temperature was around 94 degrees in Phoenix for the Oct. 27 World Series opener between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees. The Chase Field roof was left open, and the temperature had dropped to 76 degrees by game time.

Some forecasts expect Los Angeles to be hotter than 94 degrees for the first pitch at 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday — and there’s no roof on Dodger Stadium.

“Never would I have expected that at the end of October, going into November,” Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor said. “That’s LA for you, though.”

The Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988, and the temperature feels just fine to the boys in blue.

“Everything is hot in LA!” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said with a grin. “The Dodgers are hot. Everybody is excited. It’s been a while since Kirk Gibson. Of course it’s hot today.”

The Astros are also used to a little bit of heat — and in East Texas, they’ve got humidity that can wear out most Californians.

“It’ll be hot, but I don’t think anybody is going to be thinking about the weather too much,” Houston right-hander Will Harris said. “I’m pretty sure our training staff will be on us with making sure we’re hydrated, and they may have some cold rags in the dugout.”

The 56,000 Dodgers fans will be more vulnerable to the elements when they crowd into their venerable stadium to witness the end of their team’s 29-year World Series drought. Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson offered advice to fans and teammates alike.

“Hydration is going to be key, and trying to cool off is going to be key,” Granderson said. “But I think if you would poll everybody, everybody would definitely like it to be a little bit warmer than they would be cold.”

The World Series hasn’t visited the three open-air ballparks in the southern half of California since 2002, when the then-Anaheim Angels won it all.

The sun is scheduled to set about one hour after the first pitch in each of the first two games, so the heat will drop after that. But the temperatures could even knock out the marine layer — the thick air mass caused by cooling temperatures near the Pacific Ocean and often blamed for fly balls falling short of the fence from San Diego to Oakland.

“I think it’s going to benefit the hitters,” Dodgers utilityman Kike Hernandez said. “The hotter it is here, the better the ball carries.”

The Astros are familiar with a whole different level of heat combined with humidity during their long, hot summers in Houston, but the roof is usually closed at Minute Maid Park, where the air-conditioned temperature is always around 73 balmy degrees. The weekend forecast in Houston calls for temperatures perhaps topping 80 degrees.

Yet there’s no denying some players will be slightly more comfortable in the heat than others: Turner and Keuchel are among several regulars on each team who sport thick, lustrous beards.

So would a heat wave be enough to send Keuchel looking for relief in a barbershop?

“If it’s hot enough for four wins, I’ll shave it for sure,” Keuchel said with a laugh.


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