U.S.-Canada-Mexico World Cup bid unconcerned about anti-U.S. sentiment

(Reuters) – Soccer officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada said on Monday they were unconcerned about any anti-American feeling as they began their final push to host the 2026 World Cup.

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A Look Back: Givenchy on the Changing World of Fashion

It’s easy for one to get stuck thinking about the past, even obsessing over it, but that wasn’t a trap Hubert de Givenchy ever fell into.
Although the legendary designer, who died March 10 at the age of 91, achieved wide success soon after launching his own couture boutique in the early Fifties — aided in part by his high-profile and lasting friendship with Audrey Hepburn who famously wore exclusive Givenchy designs in some of her most beloved movie roles — Givenchy refused to pine for that time.
“I am of tradition, but that doesn’t mean I have an old outlook on life,” he told WWD in 1978, when fashion had veered very far from the structured chic that had once been his calling card.
While the friendship between Hepburn and Givenchy was a much more genuine precursor to the actor-brand-sales matrix we see in fashion today — now an industry all its own — he also dressed society doyennes like Jackie O and Bunny Mellon and never ignored his stable of non-famous devotees.
It’s likely that none of those women were caught limping around Paris in early 1968 after stepping on a needle while trying on brand new Givenchy designs in the house

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From awe-inspiring ancient spires to innovative, contemporary designs, the world’s varied locales are so often characterised by their architecture. So much of the joy of travelling involves looking up, down and all around at the man-made marvels that form concrete jungles, iconic skylines and world-renowned landmarks of different destinations.

To celebrate the release of our newest title A Spotter’s Guide to Amazing Architecture in April, we’re hosting an #lpchat on Twitter, all about the planet’s greatest buildings, structures and ancient sites. There’ll be chat about chapels, talk on temples and conversation about construction a-plenty, as well as oodles of travel inspiration.

Bring your best stories, pictures, tips and tricks, and meet us on Twitter at 16:30 BST/ 8:30 PDT on Wednesday 28 March. See you there!

The best tweeter will win themselves a copy of our new A Spotter’s Guide to Amazing Architecture book.


    1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #lpchat on Twitter on Wednesday 28 March at 16:30 BST / 8:30 PDT.
    2. Questions will be ordered Q1, Q2, Q3 etc. To answer Q1, begin your tweet with A1. For Q2, A2 and so on.
    3. Add #lpchat to all of your tweets during the Twitter chat, so others (including @lonelyplanet) can see what you’re saying.
    4. Bring your best travel tips, pics and ideas!

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These 16 Budget Travel Tips Can Help You See More of the World in 2018

People ask me all the time how I can afford to travel so much.

The biggest reason is I prioritize travel over nearly everything else, but I also owe it to the fact I know a lot of tricks that help me stretch my dollars while traveling. I’ve learned these little tricks from years of scraping together money for trips near and far.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more, these tips should help you do so without blowing your budget.

These 16 budget travel tips can help you see more of the world in 2018.

How to Save Money on Flights

When people say travel is too expensive, they’re often referring to the cost of getting there. How are you supposed to go somewhere when you can’t even afford the plane ticket?

These strategies should help you save money on your next flight:

1. Start Collecting Miles and Points

Don’t wait another second; start collecting travel rewards right now. Not doing so is throwing money away.

It’s not as intimidating as you think: You just need to sign up for one airline in each of the major alliances, and start linking your number whenever you fly.

For a full primer, here’s my guide to getting started with travel hacking.

2. Step up Your Search Game

If you’re only searching Expedia to find flights, you’re making a big mistake. These days, many other tools make finding cheap flights easier than ever.

Check out a few of my favorites:

  • Google ITA Flight Matrix: This site allows you to search multiple airports and multiple dates. It doesn’t have the prettiest interface, but its search capabilities are unparalleled.

  • Skiplagged: This website is a travel hacker’s dream. It puts together one-way flights and weird stopovers to find you rock-bottom prices.

  • momondo: This search engine scans more than 700 travel sites to find you the best deal. It even includes independent carriers, like Southwest, which other search engines omit.

You can also use tools like AirfareWatchdog and Hopper to track particular routes; both alert you when fares drop on routes you’re interested in.

When it’s time to purchase your flight, book directly through the airline’s website. Doing so gives you easier recourse in case your flight is cancelled or delayed, and also makes it less likely you’ll be bumped, as airlines give preference to their own customers.

3. Follow Airlines and Blogs on Social Media

Have you heard of mistake fares? After accidentally being published by the airlines, these low fares are scooped up very quickly — so you have to act fast if you want one.

The best way to find out about mistake fares and other airfare sales is by following airlines, travel sites and travel bloggers through social media and email.

These 21 travel hacking blogs and 19 travel hacking resources are good places to start.

4. Don’t Buy Tickets on a Friday

When it comes to low fares, you might only think about your travel dates, but it’s also important to consider your booking date.

When you book the ticket can have a huge effect on your fare, and new research has shown Fridays are the worst day to buy flights.

The best day to book? Sunday, followed closely by Saturday.

As for how far in advance to buy, it varies from 57 days out for domestic tickets to 176 days out for flights to Europe.

How to Save Money on Lodging

Another big travel expense is a place to lay your head at night. Luckily, there are lots of ways to save money on lodging.

I’ve written in detail about money-saving alternative accommodations before, but here are some of my favorite options:

5. Try Airbnb or Couchsurfing  

The sharing economy has significantly brought down the cost of travel accommodations; with sites like Airbnb, you can rent a whole house for a fraction of what a hotel room would cost.

For example, a group of fellow Penny Hoarder staffers and I traveled to Nashville and each paid under $ 200 for three nights in a gorgeous apartment in the heart of the city!

Many people believe you have to share a living space with your Airbnb host, which is not true. Like us, you can rent an entire apartment (or castle, even!) through the platform.

Alternatively, Couchsurfing is a totally free option, though you’re encouraged to also host people when you’re back home.

6. Consider a Work Exchange

Have you heard of work exchanges? With these opportunities, you work a half- or full-day in exchange for room and board.

Duties include everything from milking goats (one of my personal favorites) to restoring old buildings.

Intrigued? Read more about work exchanges here.

7. Check Hotel Discount Sites

New hotel discount sites pop up all the time; it’s hard to keep track of them all. Some of my favorites include HotelTonight, a last-minute booking app; Trivago, a hotel aggregator; and Priceline, which allows you to get low rates by bidding on unnamed hotels.

Just like with flights, though, call the hotel first to see if it is willing to match the lower rate. It often will, because it would rather not pay a commission to a third party.

Booking directly gives you a leg up over other customers when it comes to things like upgrades or scheduling conflicts.

8. Apply to Be a Housesitter

Did you know there are people who will let you stay in their house for free, in exchange for watching their pets or watering their plants? It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.

Thanks to sites like Trusted Housesitters and Mind My House, it’s easy to find housesitting gigs all over the world.

How to Save Money on Food

A girl’s gotta eat, but restaurants can quickly take a big bite out of your budget.

That’s another reason I like staying in Airbnbs; since you have a kitchen, it’s easy to save money by cooking your own food.

If you want to go out, though, here are a few ways you can save money on food while traveling:

9. Check Online Food Deals

Want to enjoy restaurants without the high price tag? Check online.

You can often find deals for restaurants (and attractions!) on Groupon. Or check Restaurant.com, where gift certificates are almost always deeply discounted — both on its site and Raise. Before buying, make sure you like your destination’s participating restaurants.

If you’re on the go, check Yelp; some restaurants offer discounts if you “check in” on the app.  You can even use Yelp’s search filter to only show restaurants with deals, helping you get straight to the good stuff.

10. Hit up Happy Hours

Even though you’re on vacation, you and your wallet still deserve happy hours — one of my favorite ways to try a new city’s cuisine and drinks without spending a ton.

It’s also a great way to meet people, as you’ll usually find lots of locals taking advantage of the deals.

11. Eat Where the Locals Do

I generally avoid eating at any restaurants listed in a guidebook; as soon as an establishment makes it in there, it jacks up its prices and starts worrying less about food quality.

Instead, I check Yelp and Chowhound to see which restaurants the locals like, and I also ask for recommendations from everyone I meet. For me, finding good cheap eats is key to a successful trip!

How to Save Money on Everything Else

What about all the other little travel expenses? They add up, too.

Here are a few ideas for saving on everything else:

12. Travel During the Shoulder Season

This tip is basic, yet many people ignore it.

Unless you have specific work or personal demands that restrict your schedule, you should try to travel in the shoulder season, when you’ll find lower prices and fewer people.

Shoulder season often occurs during the spring and fall, but it’s different for every destination.

To figure out when it is, simply Google your destination plus “shoulder season.”

13. Look Into City-Wide Passes

Many tourism boards promote city-wide passes that include discounted transportation, sightseeing or both.

To find these, try using search terms like “tourist pass” or “city discount pass,” or visit the city’s tourist office.  

14. Get a Travel-Friendly Credit Card

Foreign transaction and ATM fees can quickly add up, so be sure to sign up for a travel-friendly debit and credit card.

My faves? The Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card and Charles Schwab debit card, neither of which charge any fees for international usage.

15. Research Activities and Attractions Ahead of Time

If you’re going to see the famous Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, you can either pay 15 euros to buy tickets online and skip the line, or you can wait for hours and pay the same amount in person. You can guess which option my poorly prepared self experienced.

I learned my lesson, though: Do your research ahead of time.

Don’t schedule your activities down to the minute — but if there are things you must see or do, spend a few minutes looking for discount codes or advance tickets. You’ll save time, and maybe money.

16. Check the Local Newspaper

If you can read the local language, or if your destination has an English newspaper, grab a copy!

Not only will you get to know the city’s news and residents, you may also spot free events or restaurant specials. I’ve found lots of cool happenings by browsing through the newspaper like a local person would do.

Will You Travel More in 2018?

Even if you’re on a limited budget, you CAN travel this year. Take small steps to save up, and then follow these tips to keep your costs low.

Trust me: You won’t regret it!

Susan Shain, contributor for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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The World Tour is Back on March 11th in Australia

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LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Friday, March 9, 2018) –  The World Surf League (WSL) is excited to announce new innovations, partnerships, and distribution channels ahead of the 2018 Championship Tour (CT) season. Dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves, the WSL demonstrates this commitment through the progressive investments in this year’s Championship Tour and beyond.

“Our team worked hard in the off-season with the common goal of continuing to build surfing’s visibility,” said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. “We are proud to welcome great partners to the WSL family and new viewers around the globe, and we are excited to capitalize on new innovations to bring the best fan experience possible to professional surfing.”

The League is excited to welcome new official partners to the WSL family in 2018, including Lifeproof in North America and Australia, Boost Mobile in Australia, and Michelob ULTRA as the Presenting Partner of the first-ever Founders’ Cup of Surfing, with additional partnership announcements planned in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year, the WSL announced a groundbreaking partnership with Facebook as the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019, including all elite men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.

As part of the Partnership, fans can expect enhanced Facebook LIVE broadcast graphics, interactivity with the WSL commentators via Facebook LIVE commentating, and WSL original programming on Facebook Watch. For the first time ever, fans will experience the broadcast in Spanish, along with English and Portuguese.

In addition to its Facebook partnership, WSL has renewed linear television agreements in its core markets of USA, Brazil, Australia, France, Portugal, and Japan. The League will have television distribution for the 2018 season in over 100 countries through new and existing broadcast partners.


This year’s live WSL CT broadcast will introduce an array of new enhancements and innovations heading into the 2018 season. With the mission of bringing fans as close to the action as possible, the enhancements will look to provide unique and exclusive views into professional surfing.

The 2018 season will highlight the athletes, legends, and unique characters first-hand through their feedback on the commentary panel. Viewers can expect to see surfers ‘on set’ with the commentary team or with a VIP headset at every event to give their perspectives on the competition. Fans will also hear from the judges with daily check-ins to provide more visibility and transparency.

WSL will also feature ‘Course Maps’ through the partnership with Virtual Eye. The Course Maps feature will bring each of our tours stops to life via animated graphics to not only show the location of each stop on Tour, but also the dynamics that help it produce some of the best waves in the world. In addition to this update, fans will be able to experience GPS-driven graphics and data, measuring speed, air-height, and time in the barrel during the live event. The commentators will also continue to use the telestrator tool to provide deeper insights into the competitive action.

With the goal to make surfing more accessible to the public, the WSL is about to deliver a season-long campaign to educate and demystify some of the more technical and complex elements of the sport, through all WSL channels, with ten initiatives. The athletes will lift the lid on what makes this extraordinary sport so special.


The 2018 CT calendar will include new locations such as the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, Calif., and Keramas in Bali, Indonesia. The world’s best women surfers will also join the men at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

For the first time ever, Championship Tour surfing will be seen on a world-class, man-made wave. With the technology designed by Kelly Slater, stadium surfing will be enjoyed live and up-close by thousands of fans at Surf Ranch in Lemoore California. In another innovation, a team-versus-team specialty event, Founders’ Cup of Surfing, will take place in May, and is perfect for global broadcast with further details to follow.

Additional changes to the WSL Championship Tour include the elimination of Round 5 from men’s events and Round 4 from women’s events. The respective three-person rounds, which have been non-elimination up until this season, will now advance 1st and 2nd-place finishing surfers directly to the Quarterfinals with 3rd finishing 9th in the event.

The overlapping format, which allows for two heats to run simultaneously when conditions permit, has been extended to venues in Gold Coast and France to join Bells Beach, Jeffreys Bay and Pipeline where this format was already permitted.

With the focus on improving the fan and competitive experience, these changes help us to condense the length of the events and ensure that the athletes compete in the best conditions possible.


With a new, region-based competitive format on display at the first-ever Founders’ Cup of Surfing in May, WSL is poised to unite its fans in support of regional surf teams for the first time – with an eye toward building fervor for surfing’s first-ever inclusion in the Olympics in 2020.

Led by reigning two-time WSL Champions John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS), the first event of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018. Fans can experience all the enhanced broadcast features via WorldSurfLeague.com, Facebook LIVE, or on the WSL app.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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3x World Champion Mick Fanning Announces His Retirement From WSL World Tour


Thursday, March 1, 2018 (Sydney, NSW, Australia) – Late last night, 3x WSL Champion Mick Fanning announced his retirement from the WSL Championship Tour. He will surf the first two events of the 2018 CT season, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, and will retire from competitive surfing on the CT after his final heat in the famous Bells Bowl.
“I feel like I’ve just lost the drive to compete day-in day-out now,” says Mick. “It’s been something I’ve been doing for 17 years, and even before that through QS and Juniors, and I feel that I just can’t give it 100 percent anymore. I’m just not enjoying it as much as I was in the past. I still love surfing, and I’m still super excited by it, but I feel that there’s other paths for me to take at this stage in my life.

“As for choosing to retire at Bells, I’ve always had in mind that my last event on Tour was going to be Bells. That’s basically where I started my career, it was my first ever CT win, and I feel really connected down there.”

Mick first joined the WSL Championship Tour in 2002, after winning his first CT event as a wildcard entry at the 2001 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach. The win confirmed Fanning as a major threat to the upper echelons of surfing and put his name on the map as a man who was going to make history.

In 2002, his first year on Tour, he won at Jeffreys Bay – a wave that went on to become one of his pet events – as well as one of the most pivotal moments in his career, and life, when he was attacked by a shark during the Final heat of the event in 2015.

In 2004, after two years of being on the Championship Tour, Mick sustained a career-threatening injury while surfing in the Mentawais, tearing his hamstring off the bone and putting him out of the water for months. But rather than give up, Mick took this injury and used it as motivation to come back even stronger. He was back competing amongst the elite by 2005, winning his maiden WSL Title in 2007.

“After so many years on tour, it’s been so fun,” says Mick. “It’s been a rollercoaster for sure, you have your peaks and valleys, but you know, when I look back on my time on tour it’s amazing memories – from building myself up to compete, to heat wins and event wins, celebrating with friends and just seeing places I never thought I’d even get to.”

Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning will retire from competitive surfing on the WSL Championship Tour after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning will retire from competitive surfing on the WSL Championship Tour after his final heat at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.

Over the course of his career, Mick has been through more than most could imagine. He’s seen both personal triumph and personal tragedy under the scrutiny of the public eye, worked through injuries that would have ended careers, and punched a shark on live television, coming out completely physically unscathed.

Throughout 16 years at the elite level, Fanning has won 22 Championship Tour events and three WSL Titles, cementing him as one of the greatest surfers and sportsmen in history.

While Mick is retiring from full-time competitive surfing, he will continue to work with the WSL in an Ambassadorial role where he will support the WSL’s ocean health platform PURE, surfing development and various other projects.

Congratulations Mick, we couldn’t be more proud of you and everything that you’ve achieved – and we can’t wait to see what’s next.


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Once a month Broadway Sessions open the mic and the stage up to fabulous performers from all walks of life. Last month we were delighted to welcome vocalists from England, Scotland, Argentina and Uruguay as well as some of the best undiscovered singers in NYC. Have a listen and remember, music is an international language heck, it’s a language of love Make sure you come see us this week for our March All Open Mic party
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Athletics: Coleman and Dibaba steal show at dramatic world indoors

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Christian Coleman looked every inch the natural successor to Usain Bolt as the fastest man in athletics, sweeping in a blur to a majestic 60 metres victory at the world indoor championships on Saturday.

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USA’s Curling Athletes Shocked the World by Winning Gold. Then They Got the Wrong Medals

The world was not prepared for America’s men’s curling team to come from behind and capture curling gold, but capture gold medals they did.

Then it came time for the medal ceremony on Saturday, and there was a little mix-up.

John Shuster’s U.S. men’s curling team stepped up to the podium for the part when they bestow that prized hardware. There were million-watt smiles and a few tears and other emotions one associates with moments like these. But after the ceremony, the winning team members looked down to notice something was off in the upper right section of the medallions. Two words: “Women’s Curling.”

Yes, the gentlemen initially received the wrong medals, ones stamped out for the American women’s curling team, who did not advance to the curling final showdown. But gold is gold and there’s no denying that they won the whole thing, even if the medals didn’t say it at first. Luckily, they quickly got the right ones.

Team USA beat Sweden, 10-7, in the championship for the gold medal in curling at Gangneung Curling Centre on Saturday in a surprising turn of events. Shuster clinched the win with a rare and especially smooth score that involved a five-ender in the eighth.

Medal confusion aside, comedy gold has followed these guys wherever they went around PyeongChang. Besides this shocking upset, other global contributions include propelling the viral mustache militia trend that got a bunch of guys sharing mustache selfies and the unforgettable memes of Matt Hamilton and his doppelgänger, Super Mario.

Great job all around team.

As is to be expected, the internet had plenty of fun comparing the moment to the 2017 Oscars mix-up and other awards ceremony snafus.

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How Angels in America First Reminded the World That ‘Plays Can Matter’

When Angels in America returns to Broadway on Friday, in a production starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, it will encounter a very different world from the one in which the play debuted around 25 years ago. In the intervening years, HIV and AIDS — the crisis around which so much of the Tony Kushner epic revolves — ceased to be the “death sentence” they once were, and the LGBTQ community won major political victories across the United States and elsewhere. But, as Nathan Lane recently told TIME, that doesn’t mean the play doesn’t still have meaningful lessons for the world of 2018.

That political side has always been part of what makes Angels so significant in the history of American theater. TIME’s William A. Henry III first reviewed the play in late 1992, after it had already debuted in San Francisco, won awards in London and run in Los Angeles all before its 1993 Broadway opening. Though he found some of the acting “bland,” it was clear from his review that there was a reason why Angels was making such waves:

The central visual image of this season’s most eagerly awaited American play is a towering wall, like the facade of some Greek Revival government colossus, with two jagged cracks running from top to bottom. Before a word is spoken, this symbol — with its promise of that facade’s eventually cracking wide open — conveys the aura of physical decay and revolutionary social change that drives Tony Kushner’s 7 1/2-hr. epic about AIDS, gay liberation and the breakdown of the Reagan era’s sanctimonious hypocrisy…

Henry explained that one of the main reasons behind the anticipation for Angels in America was that the play represented a new era in the cultural depiction of gay life: “The author and the delighted spectators reflect an evolution in attitude akin to what happened among blacks and women: one generation sought empathy; the next demanded justice; the generation equivalent to Kushner’s just flat-out asserted equality and spurned any more debate.”

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Henry returned to the play about a year later, to cover the Broadway production, now complete with both parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. Its box-office success — despite the early days of the Perestroika production being mired in behind-the-scenes drama ranging from rewrites to what Henry called “stagehand mania” — had defied any fears that the subject matter would only appeal to a niche audience.

And it was, as the piece noted, “hugely significant”:

More than any other work in a theater era of gay self-assertion, it has brought that perspective to the mainstream. Angels was not only the first gay-centered play to win the Pulitzer Prize for drama, it came to the fore just as the argument about gays in the military was putting the gay cause at center stage for the first time in U.S. history. With its aggressive scorn for Ronald Reagan and Republicanism; for Mormons and moralizing; and its demonic view of lawyer-dealmaker Roy Cohn, a gay-bashing closet gay and a top-level G.O.P. influence peddler for more than three decades, Angels disproved truisms about the unmarketability of political drama. Instead it compellingly reasserted the theater’s place in public debate. Hearteningly to theater partisans, Angels generated excitement about a drama comparable to the biggest buzz about musicals. Above all, Angels demonstrated that plays can matter in a pop culture dominated by electronically recorded performances rather than live ones.

That was why, despite the show’s rocky road to the stage and any nitpicking that might be done over the script or acting — Henry, for example, found the second part too quick to declaim its theories about the world, rather than letting the audience arrive at those conclusions — the team behind it only expressed pleasure with the result.

”When we look back on this in five or 10 years, we are not going to remember our exasperation at the script coming in late or how much money it cost,” Rocco Landesman, president of the theater-ownership group financing the 1993 production, told TIME back then. “We are going to remember that we are the producers of Angels in America, the most important play in a generation.”

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Movie News: ‘Jurassic World 3’ Gets a Release Date – Here’s What We Know

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Virtue, Moir win second ice dance gold with world record

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir claimed their second Olympic gold medal with a brilliant free dance on Tuesday, edging to the top of the podium by less than a point and breaking the world record into the bargain.

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Kanoa Igarashi To Represent Japan On Elite World Surf League Championship Tour


LOS ANGELES, California, USA (Monday, February 12, 2018) – Kanoa Igarashi, 20, will represent Japan heading into the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) season. A dual citizen of Japan and the United States, Igarashi decided to change his representing country as he eyes the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which will include surfing for the first time.

“I am going to be representing Japan this year on the Championship Tour,” Igarashi said. “I am proud to surf for Japan. My parents are Japanese, my whole family is Japanese. I have a lot of support and fans over there. We do not have any Japanese surfers on the CT, so it is something for them to cheer for and have that part in the WSL. I am sure they are really excited, and I am looking forward to it. My family is stoked.”

With this change, Igarashi becomes the first competitor to officially represent Japan on the WSL CT. In 2016, Igarashi joined the CT as its youngest member (then 17) and has proven to be a leader in the next generation of progressive surfers. Igarashi’s career has been decorated with impressive performances as he has ranked in the Top 20 for the past two years. His standout victories include first at the Vans US Open of Surfing in 2017 and a runner-up finish at the Billabong Pipe Masters in 2016.

“I want to be able to compete in the Olympics and represent Japan,” continued Igarashi. “I grew up competing for USA and have a lot of support over here, but this is a different part of my career now. The Olympics is the greatest competition in all of sports and it is something that you dream of doing as a kid. I never thought it would be possible as a surfer. It is a really exciting time for surfing. I am going to do my best to represent surfing in the best way possible.”

Igarashi will compete under Japan for the first time in the 2018 WSL Championship Tour kickoff event, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018.

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‘Monster Hunter World’ Secrets: 15 Things You May Not Know

Many, many hours into Monster Hunter World, you’ll still have no chance of knowing absolutely everything.

It’s a game that manages to sneak you into NG+ so subtly you won’t even realise until you’re halfway in it. Nergigante might be the kinda-sorta main objective, but this being a Monster Hunter game, of course it doesn’t end there.

We’ve put together a list of things that you might not yet know, and hopefully it’ll help you on your hunts — or perhaps you’ll just find it interesting.

Let’s start with poison.

Poison Works A Bit Differently

You can start building up poison on a monster right after you’ve poisoned them. You don’t have to wait for it to wear off. However, like most status effects, the amount of poison damage you need to trigger the effect increases every time you trigger it.

Counting the Mounting

The edges of the screen will go dark and blurry when a monster is about to buck and try to shake you off. If you press R2 when you see this, you’ll brace yourself and not lose stamina. Depleting your stamina bar can see you thrown off.

You might also want to brace if you see them about to rub their back against a solid wall. If you’re unsure, better safe than sorry.

Mounting is considered to be another “ailment” by the game, similar to poison or paralysis. As such, it’s subject to the same kind of diminishing returns. Just like it’ll take more and more poisoned hits to inflict the ailment, it’ll take more and more altitudinal damage to trigger a mount.

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Sling That Thing

You should be using the slinger in every fight. Some cases are very specific, like when a Barroth or Juryotodus covers itself in mud, if you sling watermoss at them it’ll soften that mud armour and chip it off. Or when you’re fighting Nergigante and the crystal ammo or dragon ammo can break off its spikes.

But even if there’s no situation-specific use case, you should always be carrying around flash pods to blind them, and dung pods to make Bazelgeuse go away. Damn Bazelgeuse.

Nighty Night

Some little critters only come out at certain times of the day!

The Prism Hercudrome, in particular, is necessary for the secret Rainbow Bright achievement and only comes out at dawn or dusk. You can find it in one of the secluded beaches near the starting camp in the Ancient Forest.

Unlock Your True Power

Some weapons have a hidden elemental attack. If your weapon has a greyed out elemental attack on its info screen, you won’t get the benefit of that until you find a piece of gear that specifically says it unlocks hidden elements.

Luckily, you can sort gear at the workshop by skills, so just select that one and see which pieces fit the requirements.

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The “Oh Dang” Button

If you haven’t been using your farcaster, it’s an instant escape! Very handy. A wingdrake will come to fly you back to camp and the invincibility frames start almost straight away.

The Monster Hunter World interface isn’t the best, and sometimes rotating through all of your items can be frustrating mid-combat. There’s so great solution for that, but pick whatever works for you best — whether that’s reserving a spot on the item wheel for an instant escape, or reducing the amount of usable items to make it easier to find on your normal item button.

Tailriders For Life

If you upgrade your tailriders enough, they’ll set traps for you!

This is obviously super useful, though it won’t work against some enemies like Nergigante. Plus, as if you need a reason to deepen your alliance with the true stars of the game, the felynes.

No More Guesswork

Sometimes it can be hard to find the first bit of evidence from a monster. If you don’t want to waste any time, go back to your tent and grab the basic battle horn. There’s a song you can play that instantly upgrades your scout flies to level one for your target. That’ll get you started much quicker.

All Ghillied Up

If you want two monsters to fight each other and leave you alone, it’s a lot more effective to crouch inside a bush than using the ghillie suit. The latter option will just make them look around for you.

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Two Bonks Make Them Right

If you see a teammate who’s stunned, you can actually knock them out of it! Definitely do this.

It’s similar to how your palico will knock you out of a stunned state sometimes, but don’t rely on their furry friend to do it at the right time. If you see the monster gearing up for a big attack, this should be your top priority.

Hunter Ranks Go Pretty High

The game actually goes for a long time after beating Nergigante. Up to over Hunter Rank 100. It’s insane. After the high rank monsters you have elder dragons, elderseal to hamper their super abilities, and then you get into tempered versions of everything.

My goodness.

Elemental, My Dear Watson

Certain areas have attrition effects on your health bar. There’s effluvial gas, and extreme heat. Both of these have armour that can protect you from the effects, if you’re out of the consumables that do the same thing.

Hornetaur chest armour nullifies effluvium, and there’s an item that does the same for heat. Though really, you should be picking up chillshrooms whenever you can.

Dealing With Roars

If your weapon is capable of blocking, you can block a roar. You can even roll through it, just as if it were an attack. Rolling requires very exact timing, but if you’re using a weapon like the great hammer, you don’t have much choice.

There’s also an armour skill called Earplugs that helps out with this. The full Bazelgeuse armour set offers top tier Earplugs, which means full protection from any roar. Any excuse to kill Bazelgeuse over and over is good enough for me.

…Damn Bazelgeuse.

Do Try This At Home

Cats are absolutely transfixed by Monster Hunter World. Just look at all the cats on the internet who can’t take their eyes off it!

‘Monster Hunter World’ Is Going to Be Alright

Monster Hunter World is Capcom’s best selling game ever. It’s already sold six million units, and the positive critical reception plus amazing word of mouth and shareable moments mean it will enjoy a solid period of sales to come. No longer limited to a Nintendo handheld, for many this is the introduction to the Monster Hunter franchise, and it’s made quite the splash.

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These millennial entrepreneurs think email is too slow for the startup world


There are two types of people in this world. Those who live at inbox zero, who frantically read, remove, and reply to emails the very instant they arrive. 

And, then there’s the rest of us: Those who live with thousands of unopened emails without a care in the world. I am one such individual—a millennial who checks my personal email once or twice a week, and my work email as few times as I can get away with. 

To me, sending an email is the 2018 equivalent to sending snail mail. It’s insufferably slow, you can’t see if the recipient is online, and it’s hard to scroll back through previous messages.  Read more…

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6 gorgeous wine country hotels around the world


Two of our favorite things in the world are wine and hotels – so the perfect vacation we can think of would be one that involves a combination of the two! There are so many great places in the world that allow you to experience the natural beauty, opulent hotels, and delicious wine. In fact, if you’re looking for a great vacation, wine country is pretty much the place you need to be.

The best thing about wine country is the fact that you get to enjoy some of the finest wines known to man, take vineyard tours, and enjoy dining in exquisite restaurants. Trying to find the ideal wine country hotels around the world is not easy, but we have come up with some stunning options for you to consider.

Six Senses Douro Valley – Portugal

Portugal is an underrated country in terms of wine but is fast becoming a popular choice among connoisseurs. Northern Portugal is famous for its Port, but in recent times its red wines have grown in popularity. This stunning 57-room retreat is one of the best places in the world to find delicious wines and an enchanting landscape.

Calistoga Ranch – United States

California’s Napa Valley is the ideal place to enjoy a stunning wine tour and some of the most beautiful scenery around. This 157-acre ranch is tucked away in its own canyon and overlooks the breathtaking valley below. This place offers pretty much everything you could possibly ever need – you can start your day off with a spot of yoga, then enjoy a truly stunning tasting experience at the nearby vineyard – and that’s before we even get to the amazing restaurant!

The Vines of Mendoza – Argentina

Argentina might not seem like the obvious choice when it comes to gorgeous wine country getaways, but that’s only because you haven’t been to The Vines of Mendoza. This place is likely to change your entire outlook on Argentina as a wine nation. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Uco Valley, this amazing resort in the foothills of the Andes is one of the best wine country hotels in the world.

Jackalope – Australia

It should come as no surprise to find Australia on this list, and Jackalope is probably the jewel in their crown in regards to wine country hotels. Just an hour outside Melbourne, this place is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. The modern, black and gold architecture is one of the defining features of this stunning place – and the wine’s not too shabby either!

Canaves Oia Sunday Suites – Greece

Santorini is already famed for its amazing architecture and historical significance, and now, on top of that, you can enjoy some amazing wines as well! The volcanic soil allows for the production of light flavored and unforgettable wines. This cliffside retreat allows you to enjoy some of the most delicious wines in the whole of Greece.

Allison Inn & Spa – United States

This time we’re heading to Oregon, and checking out this mind-blowing resort and spa – the ideal place to have a great wine tasting session. With 35-acres of rolling hills, Allison is the perfect advert for the splendid beauty of Oregon, and unexpectedly has some of the best wines in the United States.

These are half a dozen of the best wine country hotels in the world, and the ideal places to come if you want a memorable getaway. There are so many great things you can enjoy here, and the wine is truly sensational as well. Check these places out, and do what you can to sample them as soon as possible.


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This Is Officially the Most Valuable Brand in the World

Quick: Think of the biggest, buzziest companies in the world. What comes to mind? Surely, tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook are at the top of everyone’s list—and rightly so. But as it turns out, only one company is officially the world’s most valuable: Amazon

WWD reported on a new study conducted by Brand Finance, an independent business valuation and strategy consultancy, which just released its annual list of the 500 most valuable brands in the world. The retail powerhouse scored the number one spot, beating out Apple and Google in the second and third spots, respectively. Per the report, Amazon’s valuation is $ 150.8 billion, which marks a whopping 42% leap from last year. Now that’s impressive. 

So what does “brand value” mean, exactly? Researchers explained to WWD: “Brand Finance calculates brand value using the royalty relief methodology, which determines the value a company would be willing to pay to license its brand as if it did not own it.” 

Meanwhile, Nike nabbed spot 40 spot on the list, while Zara’s $ 17.4 billion valuation placed it at 92 overall. Head over to WWD for the full scoop, and read on to shop our favorite thing to buy on Amazon: sneakers. 

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The end of the world in Argentina


South America is a continent full of mysterious history, varied geography, and a mix of languages. Among some of the great nations here, Argentina is one that we can’t get enough of. It’s actually a really underrated country to visit, and is often overshadowed in favor of Brazil, but, we are here to tell you how much you definitely need to pay a visit to Argentina.

If you choose to travel to Argentina, we suggest you head for the legendary city of Ushuaia. This is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego region of Argentina, and is known for being the southernmost city on Earth! So, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take the time to discover and explore this amazing city at the end of the world.

It’s the closest city to Antarctica

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world, a point they are very proud of here. In fact, there are signs all around the city that read ‘El fin del Mundo,’ which literally translates as meaning ‘The end of the world.’ In fact, the city is actually the closest city on Earth to Antarctica – only 1,000 km away in fact! Because of its location, the city is plagued by bitter winter weather and has earned the nickname the Siberia of the South.

Booming tourism

In spite of the unfriendly weather conditions, the city has enjoyed a large growth and boom in tourism over the past decades. It’s a developing city that has proven popular with tourists, largely because of its status of being the ‘end of the world.’ There is actually a pretty good amount for tourists to experience here, and it’s important to understand the appeal of Ushuaia comes from much more than simply being the southernmost city on Earth.


One of the most striking factors about Ushuaia is how remote the city can actually be. In order to fully process and understand this, it’s important to head out to the oldest ranch in the region – Estancia Harberton. It was founded back in 1886, and looks like it never left; around 200 km of stretching islands, lush forests, stately mountains, and shimmering lakes spanning the area. It is a beautifully tranquil and serene place, and the kind of place you could retire to and never leave again.

Guided tour

You can actually enjoy a guided tour of this stunning place, and get to understand better its place in history. The beauty and wonder of this place almost make you forget it’s only 1,000 km from Antarctica. The early years here were brutal because of the weather, but the city has managed to get through difficult times and continues to develop and grow as an important part of Argentinian culture.

This is a fascinating city that has a unique role in the history and culture of Argentina as a nation. The fact that it is also the southernmost city on Earth is also something that’s hugely important, and a big reason for the appeal and interest in this place.


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Stars shine at the ‘Black Panther’ world premiere

The fashion on the purple carpet at the “Black Panther” world premiere on Jan. 29, 2018 was a celebration of African fashion thanks to its stylish attendees. Lupita Nyong’o, Janelle Monae, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya showed out in head turning styles and detailed prints to the film’s premiere, while Michael B. Jordan suited up for the star-studded affair.
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Hilfiger Teams With Formula One World Champion Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Tommy Hilfiger, which is owned by PVH Corp., is out to fuse fashion and Formula One.
In a multiyear strategic partnership with four-time Formula One World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Hilfiger will become its official apparel partner.
Hilfiger will supply travel and team kits, as well as office and hospitality apparel for more than 1,500 individuals who comprise the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team. Hilfiger’s logo will be emblazoned on the team’s 2018 race cars, which will be revealed on Feb. 22 at the Silverstone track in the United Kingdom, as well as inside the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport pit garage and other trackside assets.
“From the first time I attended a Formula One race, I was completely fascinated by the world of motorsports,” said Hilfiger. “To be re-entering this arena with World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and their number-one team is an incredible way to fuse fashion and Formula One. I recognize the passion, spirit and drive that the entire Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team shows at every race, and these shared qualities are why I’m excited to partner with them for the upcoming seasons.”
For the past four Formula One seasons, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport has won the Constructors’ and Drivers’ World Championships, with the team’s

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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac on the Blurry World of Collaborations

COPY CAT: With appropriation being one of the topics du jour, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac set out to explore “the dialogue between his designer and artist sides” for his new solo show. Entitled “The Empire of Collaborations” and opening at Paris’ Galerie Danysz on Saturday, it takes on the blurry world of collaborations, or “iconoclastic encounters.”
“The major issue nowadays is the ‘karaoke.’ I am amazed that world-famous celebrated designers are stealing and copying historical works from other designers without reinventing the design and without any tribute to the original designer, erasing all the fashion history,” said de Castelbajac, who throughout his own fashion career has tangoed with a number of iconic artists and brands, kicking off with a Snoopy hookup with Iceberg in 1974, as the house’s first creative director. He called that the “first-ever cartoon sweater. The second was with Andy Warhol where we shot him for the campaign.”
The designer has even coined his own term for his penchant for “reinterpreting the territories of tradition” incarnated by emblematic brands such as J.M. Weston or Hermès: “contemporary archeology.”
“Vintage is today celebrated as a post-creativity. I have been inspired by brilliant artists all my life, but I never copied their work. I

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How to Capture (Not Kill) in ‘Monster Hunter World’

Monster Hunter World is about hunting monsters. While most people interpret that as “kill” monsters, a hunting quest will also accept capturing them alive. In fact, some quests require it.

At first, you might see capturing as harder that killing. The conditions have to be just right. But in some fights, the ability to capture can be a godsend. If you’ve already fainted twice and you’re out of items, going the full ten rounds might be less appealing. Better to capture and be done with it.

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Capturing monsters alive lets the Commission do more useful research on it, and you’ll be better rewarded. However, you’ll have to go without carving bonuses. If you need something in the “rewards” category from a monster and can do without the “carves,” then capturing is the way to go.

Traps and Tranqs

Here’s what you’ll need to trap monsters.

  1. Either a shock trap or pitfall trap. Shock Traps are made with Trap Tools and Thunderbugs. Pitfall Traps are made with Trap Tools and Nets — which themselves are made out of Spider Webs and Ivy.
  2. Some kind of tranquiliser. This can be done with tranq bombs, or with some kind of tranq ammo. You can make tranq bombs out of Sleep Herbs and Parashrooms.

You may have noticed the traps require Trap Tools, which you don’t have access to in your inventory unless you’ve done the first capture quest. This isn’t made very clear in Monster Hunter World. After you start the quest to capture a Kulu-Ya-Ku, there will be two Trap Tools in your supply box. Use these for crafting later, and the shock trap for the mission at hand.

If for some reason you get in a tight spot and can’t craft any of these items, there’s a merchant in the research station of the 3rd Fleet that can sell them to you. Later, the Elder Melder can make them for you.

Becoming the Trap Master

There’s a one-two combo of Traps and Tranqs you’ll need to master, but first the monster needs to be weak.

We go through a few different signs that the monster is weak in the video, but these are less reliable. I’ve had a monster limping, drooling, flatlining with skulls coming from it on the minimap, and still it refused to be trapped.

The most sure-fire way is to make sure the monster has gone to sleep in its nest. This has the added benefit of it being nice and still for you to place the trap under.

Barroth capture trap Monster Hunter World
Barroth no likey electricity

Make sure the trap and Tranq Bombs are ready in your item wheel, because you don’t want to be fiddling around in the small window to tranquilise it. Place the trap under it, then hit it with some Tranq Bombs close to its head. Usually two is enough.

You’ll only have around twenty seconds before the mission ends after that, so keep that in mind if there was anything you wanted to loot or mine in the area. Monster Hunter World assumes you’ll want to go straight back, since there’s no carving to be done.

Hopefully that helps you get your first capture. Happy hunting!

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Surprise: This Could Soon Become the Biggest Clothing Retailer in the World

What’s your go-to destination for shopping for clothes online? Well, if Amazon is in your regular rotation, you’re onto something. Shoppers spent a collective $ 5.5 billion on clothes on the retail site last year. While you might associate the mega retailer with tech, books, toiletries, and everyday necessities, WWD reports that Amazon’s apparel section is growing by leaps and bounds.

WWD tapped a research company called One Click Retail to analyze Amazon’s sales, and it came up with a fascinating prediction. WWD explains, “If [Amazon] continues to grow at its current rate, One Click said it’s ‘likely to become the largest clothing seller in the U.S. by the end of 2018.’ That title is held by Macy’s Inc.” Plus, WWD explains that T-shirts, jeans, and underwear were the most popular categories. We’re only one month into the year, so only time will tell if that forecast will hold true. In the meantime, will you be buying your new spring clothes from Amazon?

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World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook Announce Groundbreaking Exclusive Distribution Partnership


LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Wednesday, January 24, 2018) –  World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook announced a historic partnership today that makes the social media platform the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019. This includes all elite men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.

The deal builds upon the non-exclusive live rights agreement that Facebook and WSL struck last year, in which all men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, as well as Big Wave Tour events, were simulcast on Facebook and WSL’s website and mobile app. Aside from the significant reach on WSL channels, more than 13.9 million people watched a World Surf League event on Facebook in 2017 – and they came from countries all over the world. The top three countries in terms of unique viewers were in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.

“Facebook fosters a global community and, as surfing is a sport that celebrates and centers around community, we are proud to announce our media rights partnership with the platform,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “This is game-changing for the sport in many ways and, with current and new fans front of mind, we can retain the free offering to fans, and it allows us to deliver the world’s best surfing to even more people on Facebook’s platform.”

“We’re thrilled to become the exclusive home of the World Surf League’s live events for the next two years,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “This is a natural next step in our terrific partnership, which has steadily progressed over the years as the League has expertly used Facebook to distribute content and build community. This was especially true last year, when millions of fans came together on our platform to watch live surfing. We’re excited to help WSL continue to serve and grow this vibrant community and usher in a new era of surf broadcasting on Facebook Watch.”

The relationship has proved to be a model example of a flexible, innovative and collaborative relationship for both parties. All live events will be available globally on Facebook. Those in the U.S. will be able to tune in on Facebook Watch, a video platform where content, conversation and community come together. The partnership also calls for additional Facebook Watch programming, such as Surfing Sundays, which recaps each week’s top surfing action, with more programming planned in 2018 on this platform.

The shows are part of the World Surf League’s robust content offering. The League produces 800 hours of live content a year across multiple disciplines as well as a wide array of static storytelling and educational content covering the sport, history, heritage and culture of surfing, which will be available on WSL platforms alongside Facebook.

When recently analyzed in late 2017 by Sports Business Journal and third-party social measurement company Hookit, the WSL ranked in the top 3 sports leagues in the world in social engagement, alongside the NFL and NBA.

Live Events Overview

Crowning the undisputed men’s and women’s champions since 1976, the WSL’s elite Championship Tour takes the world’s best surfers to Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Mainland USA, France, Portugal and Hawaii in 2018, all of which will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Led by reigning two-time WSL Champions John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS), the first event of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018.

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour: 
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 2 – 13, 2018
Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, Tahiti – August 10 – 21, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 – 9, 2018
Quiksilver Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal – October 16 – 27, 2018
Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA – December 8 – 20, 2018

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour:  
Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 10 – 17, 2018
Vans US Open of Surfing, USA – July 30 – August 5, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 – 9, 2018
Roxy Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
Hawaii Women’s Pro, Hawaii/USA – November 25 – December 6, 2018

Supporting the live content of the elite tier will be the Qualifying Series 10,000 events, the WSL Junior Championships and the WSL Big Wave Tour (BWT), taking the world’s best men’s and women’s big wave surfers to Nazaré, Pe’ahi, Mavericks and Puerto Escondido – all events will also stream live on Facebook in 2018 and 2019.

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This Guy Made Millions Betting on the World Series. Here Are His Plans for the Super Bowl

(LAS VEGAS) — The same bettor who took this city’s legal sports books for millions of dollars on the World Series is looking to cash in again at the Super Bowl.

The bettor placed a $ 500,000 wager on the Philadelphia Eagles at the South Point sports book, oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro said. If the money line bet pays off, the gambler will walk away with $ 1.32 million, with a profit of $ 820,000.

“He’s one of the guys who was floating around betting all that money on the World Series,” Vaccaro said. “I don’t think he lost a bet then, we’ll see how he does now.”

The bettor, who Vaccaro did not publicly identify, also could be behind a bet of more than $ 2 million on the Eagles at the Mirage sports book made earlier in the week. Officials at MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mirage, declined to say whether it was the same bettor, but confirmed the bet was for more than $ 2 million.

“He’s indicated if the conditions are right he might want to bet a little more,” said Jay Rood, who heads sports betting operations for MGM Resorts.

Another $ 700,000 bet was taken on the Eagles at one of the sports books run by CG Technologies, a company official said in a tweet. The bettor was also not identified.

The bets helped move the line at both the South Point and at MGM’s hotels, where the New England Patriots dropped from a 5.5 point favorite to 4.5. They were part of an unusual early flood of money on the Eagles at a time when historically most bettors wait until the days just before the game.

“We’ve had swift betting in first days here,” Rood said. “It’s not abnormal but it has been really swift and strong.”

The bettor at the South Point should have cash to spread around after scoring big during the World Series. Sports book operators said a big bettor went from sports book to sports book to place six figure wagers on at least five of the seven games.

The bettor increased the size of his bets after each win, pocketing millions at various books. The big wins helped Nevada sports books to lose a record $ 11.4 million on baseball bets in November.

“He’s an event player, who bets 4-5 times a year and picks certain spots where he can bet a lot of money,” Vaccaro said. “Nice kid, very easy to work with. It’s the first time he’s bet with us since the World Series.”

Vaccaro said the player made four different bets at $ 125,000, with the money line narrowing with each play. The Eagles must win the game outright for him to win.

Most of the early money on the Super Bowl has been on the Eagles, who opened as much as a 6.5 point underdog in Las Vegas sports books. Odds fluctuate as money is bet, with bookmakers moving them to try and draw equal money on each said.

While some big bets have already come in, the majority of the money bet on the Super Bowl comes in the last few days before the game. Wynn Resorts oddsmaker Johnny Avello said he has already been approached about some big wagers.

“I’ve had some inquiries on a couple of million dollar bets people want to make,” Avello said.

Bookies say they anticipate total legal betting on the Super Bowl to break the record of $ 138.5 million, set just last year. Billions more are believed to be bet on the game illegally around the country.

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How Provence changed the world of art


Provence, even the name itself sounds classy, and there’s a reason for that. This historical French region, on the border of Italy, is one of the most essential locations in the world of art. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that Provence actually changed the world of art entirely. Even a visit now makes you feel like you’ve stumbled across some glorious old painting.

Picture the Provence town of Aix-en-Provence, high up in the sprawling hills, above colorful vineyards, and backed by red-tiled villages, whispering brooks, and lush woodland. This is exactly the kind of place where you could find yourself inspired to create gorgeous artwork. So, it should come as no surprise that Aix-en-Provence native Paul Cezanne flexed his artistic muscles here. So, let’s take a look at just how Cezanne (and Provence) were instrumental in changing the world of art.

Paul Cezanne

Cezanne was born in 1839, in Aix-de-Provence, and from a young age had already fallen in love with the surrounding landscape and beauty of the area. He developed a keen interest in art, before moving to Paris and befriending fellow painters, such as Manet, and Monet. At the time, Impressionist Art was all the rage, and this was what dominated the art scene. However, the was not the style Cezanne adopted, for the young artist had other plans.

Changing the rules

Refusing to conform to the accepted art of the time, Cezanne began to change the rules to the post-Impressionist style which he is credited as a pioneer of. His friend Camille Pissarro tried to convince the young Cezanne to paint in more of an Impressionist way, but the closest he ever got to this was House of the Hanged Man. And even this piece showed the ways in which Cezanne was changing the rules, with planes of color, and much more inventive brushstrokes.

Return to Provence

Because he was something of a maverick, Cezanne found his work rejected by critics, and decided he needed to get out of Paris. He returned to Provence, his natural and spiritual home, where he found his creative muse in the mountain Sainte-Victoire. He painted the mountain multiple times, from different angles, and across different seasons, all the while experimenting with different colors and brushstrokes.

Inspiring others

Cezanne’s fascination with the mountain wound up changing his work quite considerably, and this led to him inspiring others at the same time. Pablo Picasso was a friend of Cezanne and was captivated by his depictions of the mountain. Other artists, such as Matisse and Braque also found inspiration from his work, and began to adapt and develop their own work as a result. This began to usher in the post-Impressionist artwork that would go on to dominate for years to come.

So, as you can see, Provence gave birth to Paul Cezanne, and he, in turn, gave birth to a whole new artistic movement. Were it not for the stunning grandeur and visual beauty of Sainte-Victoire, we may never have had the post-Impressionist movement in the first place.


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‘These Girls Grew Up to Be Strong Women Who Destroyed His World.’ Gymnasts React to Larry Nassar Sentencing

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who has become an advocate for the sexual abuse victims of Larry Nassar, sentenced the osteopathic gymnastics doctor to 40 to 175 years in prison on Wednesday. Immediately after, many of the 156 victims, who made statements at the sentencing, hearing expressed relief that their reports were finally heard.

Kaylee Lorincz

“It’s the right sentence. You go through so much and it feels like such a long time; I can’t believe how fast it went, and how much I went through in this 18-month process. But I want answers, I want accountability. These people need to step up. I will fight for the answers; I won’t stop until I get the answers that I want.”

Lorincz, a gymnast, said she was abused by Nassar when she was 13, but that she and her mother did not think anyone would believe she was abused because Nassar was so powerful in the gymnastics community

Kyle Stephens

“He’s going away for a really long time, he’s not practicing medicine any more, and he’s not fooling anyone any more. All of these girls grew up to be strong women who destroyed his world,” Stephens said.

Stephens was the first, initially anonymous, person to report sexual abuse by Nassar, who was a friend of the family. The abuse began, she said, when she was in kindergarten.

Lindsey Lemke

“One down, hope the rest of you are ready,” the gymnast posted on Twitter Wednesday.

Rachael Denhollander

“It’s absolutely the right sentence,” the former gymnast, and one of the first to go public with allegations, said right after Nassar’s sentencing. “But this is the biggest sexual assault scandal in history and we should want to know why it happened. If we don’t, things are not going to get better.”



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Tordesillas – the town that split the world in two


The world is a really diverse and fascinating place, and there is so much we don’t know about such a vast majority of it. In fact, there are many places where things might appear to be the same, but they actually aren’t. What is the secret being this, and why do we have so much diversity in the world?

Have you ever wondered why all of South America speaks Spanish except for Brazil, where they speak Portuguese? Well, the reason for that is because the Portuguese colonized Brazil. But, how did that happen? And why is Brazil the only South American country colonized by Portugal, with all the rest being Spain? Well, to get the answer to this, we have to take a trip back through time, to 1494.


The world was very different top how it is today, and the high seas were where the battles of the world were fought. Many nations vied for supremacy, and trade routes were formed in the oceans of the world. The Spanish Empire was vast and impressive, and they held sway over much of the seafaring in the world. The Spanish met with the Portuguese crown, and agreed on the Treaty of Tordesillas. This divided the lands they had yet to find, establishing the line dividing the countries for the purposes of colonization.

What led to the treaty?

There were a number of factors at the time that led to the treaty being pursued and signed by both parties. The Spanish had good reason to want to pursue the treaty, as they had fears of an imminent war with Portugal, not to mention the fact that a doomed Columbus voyage made the Portuguese aware of Spanish discoveries, and they claimed the lands as theirs. The Treaty of Tordesillas did away with the old treaty between the two nations, and, instead of drawing a horizontal line, which divided the Atlantic between Portugal and Spain, it drew a vertical line across the Atlantic.

What this meant

Well, the Portuguese were pretty mad about this because it meant they lost new islands, as well as room to maneuver when visiting their African colonies. However, it seemed that Portuguese reluctantly agreed, and this was how it stayed. But then, a Spanish expedition, King John II of Portugal wanted to make sure he could sail to Africa without too much difficulty, and requested the line be moved to 370 leagues west of Cape Verde. The Spanish, seeing no new islands there, agreed. But, little did either party know, this line made the east coast of Brazil into Portuguese territory – they expanded their influence, and Brazil became the first (and only) South American nation to speak Portuguese.

It seems strange how things work out sometimes. If the Spanish had known what moving that vertical line would have brought Portugal, would they still have done it? Unlikely. But, they did agree to it, and this set in motion a precedent that still stands to this day. It’s the reason why Brazilians continue to speak Portuguese, while the rest of South America is speaking Spanish.


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Innsbruck and the world


Innsbruck, Austria is a city known predominantly for its winter tourism, and skiing vacations. But, beneath the idyllic veneer, it is also an incredibly important cultural city as well. Known for its modern and imperial architecture, Innsbruck has a lot of history hiding just below the surface. But, it’s not just in areas of architecture that the city is important – it also has some pretty deep ties to religion.

If you were told that Innsbruck played a pivotal role in the world, you’d probably assume it was in the area of winter tourism. But, it actually provides an important and essential service for many of the religious places of worship across the world. We are talking, of course, about the legendary bells of Innsbruck. Let’s look a little closer at howe Innsbruck became the city that sold bells to the world.

Grassmayr Foundry

This legendary foundry in Innsbruck is owned and run by Peter Grassmayr, whose family has cast bronzer and copper in the city since the late 1590s. He oversees the construction of these revered bells, which are cast at temperatures of over 1,150C, and steamed for weeks afterward. Each bell is unique and has its own story to tell, and that’s what makes them so fascinating. The foundry has its own museum where you can find out more about the bell-making process, and how it has affected Innsbruck.

Where do the bells go?

Well, after being created here, the bells then make their journey out into the world. Sure, Innsbruck is supplied, as well as the surrounding nations like Germany, Italy, and Austria. But, the rest of the world benefits from these bells as well. It’s not just Christian churches, but, indeed, any variety of religious buildings all across the globe. Mosques, monasteries, and temples, in places as far-flung as Egypt, Australia, and Tanzania.

Modern times

The foundry is still very much live and fully operational, and is seen by many as being the pride of Innsbruck. Today it is Austria’s oldest family-run business, and makes bells for over 100 countries, and 8 different religions. They may be divided by beliefs, segregation, and bloody history, but, it’s poetic to think that these religions are all united by one simple item – their bells. What’s even more important is that bell casting is a dying artform, so it’s even more crucial that Innsbruck continues its tradition of bell making for generations to come.

There are a lot of great reasons to go to Innsbruck already, and now you have another one! The stunning bells that are cast here, play such an important role in the religions of the world. You get to experience something that so many people actually take for granted, and don’t even realize matters as much as it does. The instruments continue to change and evolve, but the craftsmanship endures. And the joyful ring of bells that reaches all four corners of the Earth can be traced back to this quaint city in the Alps, and that is pretty amazing to think.


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The town that sold mountains to the world


Skiing holidays are one of the most entertaining and popular pastimes these days and represent the pinnacle of snow-based adventures in the Western world. There is nothing more exciting than setting off in the ice and snow and trying to tackle the cold, wintry climbs of a mountainous peak. But, did you ever wonder what it was that made skiing so popular in the first place, and how it came to achieve the popularity it has today?

Well, we can credit this with the Swiss town of St. Moritz, and the English tourists who visited all the way back in 1864. We have to go back in time a little, if we want to understand exactly why St. Moritz plays such a key role in the development of winter tourism. Let’s have a look at the history behind the town that sold mountains to the world.

The change

St. Moritz was always known as a decent hiking destination and not much else. All that changed one fine October evening in 1864, when hotelier Johannes Badrutt challenged his guests to vacation in St. Moritz all year round. Badrutt promised Champagne climates and stunning visual beauty,. And the group returned the following year to find he was right. After winning the wager, word began to spread around England of the stunning St. Moritz, and how it was the perfect winter destination.


Pretty soon after this wager had been completed, Badrutt saw year-round tourism come to St. Moritz. The town came alive under the surge of tourism and grew to become a much more accomplished and popular place. The Alps finally had the tourism it deserved, and it was reborn as a result. This place is largely credited as the main reason why the Alps became such a popular vacation destination, and what it was that made it so popular.

Through the years

It’s clear that the Alps has developed as a tourism destination since that time, and Badrutt’s son profited from his father’s gamble, carrying on the family legacy. He opened the luxurious, five-star paradise Badrutt’s Palace in 1896. The hotel is still going strong to this day, and represents much of the luxury and excess you can find in St. Moritz. The Badrutt’s were almost single-handedly responsible for marketing this place to the masses, and turning it into the global phenomenon it is today.

These days

Nowadays, the town of St. Moritz is still one of the most popular, expensive, and opulent winter vacation haunts in the world. There are so many great places you can visit to go skiing or snowboarding, but there are not many that are as iconic as this one. And, just think where would be without this iconic Swiss town – no winter tourism! Hollywood stars have been to the snowy capped peaks of this Swiss town, all in the name of wintry fun!

Winter tourism certainly isn’t for everyone, but, those it is for are looking for luxury and quality, along with some truly stunning views at the same time. It’s important to understand the appeal of places like this, and do as much as you can to experience them. St. Moritz brought the idea of skiing vacations to the masses, and is still experiencing the success of that even to this day.


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This Is Officially the Most Admired Fashion Company in the World

There are thousands of companies out there, but which ones are truly the cream of the crop? Fortune just released its newest list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, and as you might expect, the usual suspects nabbed the top three spots: Apple, Amazon, and Google’s parent company, Alphabet. So how do fashion brands rank? The highest-ranking fashion company is none other than Nike, which came in at #16 overall.

As for other fashion-related companies, Nordstrom ranked #28, Target nabbed the #38 spot, and Adidas was #42. If you’re wondering how the list was created, Fortune explains that it asked “executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and ability to attract talent.” The result is a list of the companies with stellar reputations that everyone wants to work for and buy products from. Do you agree with the list? 

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McCain to Trump: Stop Aiding World Dictators With ‘Fake News’ Attacks

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday called out President Trump for his “unrelenting attacks” on the press in an op-ed for The Washington Post, saying he’s aiding dictators worldwide by putting the crosshairs on journalists. “Whether Trump knows it or not,” McCain wrote, his constant cry of “fake news” directed at “reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with” is being used by repressive regimes to crack down on the media. Referencing a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, McCain noted that 21 instances of journalists being charged for “fake news” were recorded in 2017. “The phrase ‘fake news’—granted legitimacy by an American president—is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens,” McCain wrote. He went on to slam the Trump administration for condemning violence against journalists abroad while Trump “continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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Resolutions for traveling the world in 2018


If you’ve ever sat at your office, desperately Googling trips and wishing you were somewhere else, anywhere in the world, feeling homesick for places that you’ve never even been yet, you could be suffering from wanderlust. The only way to cure wanderlust is to travel. A lot! So this year, instead of making pointless resolutions that you’ll never keep about eating better or going to the gym, why not set yourself some travel-based resolutions that will be a whole lot more fun to keep!

Visit a country where English is not their first language

When you are traveling, there is a real culture shock in finding a country where you do not speak the language. As intimidating as this can be, it’s very freeing too, as you have to think about other ways to communicate and really immerse yourself in a world so different to your own. This year, try to visit a non-English speaking country as part of your bucket list.

Make a cross-country road trip

Sure, other countries are amazing, but have you experienced a real American road trip yet? Each state is so different in terms of climate, landscape, and social conventions, so you don’t even need a passport to experience something completely different. Grab some buddies and be prepared to stop off at any quirky roadside attractions (such as the world’s biggest thermometer in Baker, California) on the way!

Visit a climate that is the most different from your own

Find a place that offers the complete opposite climate of your own. For example, if you live somewhere that is hot and dry all year round, head to a ski resort and experience snow! If you are used to rain and misery for most of the year, head for a sunny, warm part of the world. Don’t forget to pack for the climate you are going to, and not the one you’re used to!

Choose a trip based on food

Let your stomach do the deciding for you! What cuisine do you absolutely love? Chinese? Thai? Italian? Make your next trip a mission to try that food in its country of origin and see how it compares! Bon appetit!

Visit somewhere that might be gone soon

It’s a depressing thought, but there are some places on the planet right now that your grandchildren might miss out on as they are expected to disappear in the next 50 or so years. For example, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is on this list, so why not book a trip down under and once you have experienced this natural beauty, make it your mission to advocate for preservation.

Enjoy the journey as much as the destination

If you usually fly everywhere, perhaps look at trying an overnight train ride and make the journey as much of an experience as the place you are traveling too. You could also travel by ferry or even a coach.

The world is so big and full of new and exciting things to see, smell, taste, and experience. Make it a resolution to explore more countries and make yourself stick to it. Although it costs money to travel, it also makes you richer in more important ways. Bon, voyage!


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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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The nuclear war tweet heard ’round the world

The world’s most powerful man ignited a stunning new showdown with North Korea late Tuesday, as Donald Trump boasted to volatile leader Kim Jong Un that he had a “much bigger & more powerful” nuclear weapon.

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


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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Trump to Iran: ‘The world is watching!’

President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted his support for protests taking place in Iran this weekend, writing, “The world is watching!”

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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.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

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


, 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.



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


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.”


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


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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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


broke on Dec. 5.

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


owner Viacom


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


entertainment assets to Walt Disney


. 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


and the two co-founders of Wayfair



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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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
VERO Communications
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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Next year, one of the most beloved movie franchises returns with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The latest sequel to 1993's Jurassic Park is also the first follow-up to 2015's Jurassic World, which just so happens to be the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time, worldwide.

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Photo Flash: The Boys Are Back In Town! First Look at JERSEY BOYS at New World Stages

Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What A Night, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Working My Way Back To You.
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Women Will Keep Speaking Out—And The World Must Keep Listening

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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‘Monster Hunter: World’ Hands On: Big Beasts Need Big Sandboxes

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.

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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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Why they’re telling the world about their stillborn daughter

Complications emerged in a Kentucky couple’s pregnancy as a new law there banned abortions at 20 weeks. They had to decide: Schedule an abortion, or wait for a miscarriage.

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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…

Go on to shop the 6 leggings fashion girls will be working out in throughout 2018. 

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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.”

The 2017 Taiwan Open World Longboard Championship runs from November 23 – December 3, 2017. For more information and LIVE ACTION of
the head to www.worldsurfleague.com and on the WSL App.

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


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

Attack on Titan Eren Jaeger biting hand
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

Dragon Ball Z Goku transforming super Saiyan

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

Neon Genesis Evangelion Shinji screaming

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