Serena Williams Was Fined $17,000 for Code Violations in U.S. Open Final

(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams has been fined a total of $ 17,000 for three code violations during the U.S. Open final.

The tournament referee’s office Sunday docked Williams $ 10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, $ 4,000 for being warned for coaching, and $ 3,000 for breaking her racket.

The money comes out of her prize money of $ 1.85 million as the runner-up. Williams lost to Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final.

Under Article III, Section P, “verbal abuse” is defined as “a statement about an official, opponent, sponsor, spectator or other person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.” The section says a player is subject to a fine up to $ 20,000 for each violation.

There are separate categories for coaching (“Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and a coach may be construed as coaching”) and for abuse of rackets or equipment.

Williams was penalized a point and then a game by chair umpire Carl Ramos in the final.

Williams was cited for the verbal abuse for calling him a “thief.”

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Rising Tennis Star Naomi Osaka Always Looked Up to Serena Williams. Now She’s Facing Her in the U.S. Open Final

Last year, Naomi Osaka commanded the world’s attention when she bested the U.S. Open’s defending champion Angelique Kerber in a stunning upset in the very first round. This year, the 20-year-old upstart has a shot at claiming the title herself as she challenges six-time champion Serena Williams in a historic final on Saturday.

In what Osaka termed her “dream match” against her idol, Saturday’s game pits tennis’ rising star against one of the game’s ultimate greats — if Williams wins she would tie Margaret Court for the overall record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles. And while this isn’t the first time two black players have competed for the women’s singles title, it is the first time both of their last names were not Williams.

The two have competed only once before, and it’s the newcomer who holds the upper hand. As Serena herself put it, Osaka is “a really good, talented player. Very dangerous.”

Ahead of Saturday’s face off, here’s what to know about the new kid on the block.

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Harry How—Getty Images Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a match point in the WTA final over Daria Kasatkina of Russia during the BNP Paribas Open on March 18, 2018 in Indian Wells, California.

A first for Japan

For her country, Osaka has already succeeded in a major milestone: She is the first Japanese woman to reach the final of any Grand Slam. And she’s currently her country’s top-ranked player.

Yet in Japan, where racial homogeneity is prized and ethnic background comprises a big part of cultural belonging, Osaka is considered hafu or half Japanese. Born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka grew up in New York. She holds dual American and Japanese passports, but plays under Japan’s flag.

Some hafu, like Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto, have spoken publicly about the discrimination the term can confer. “I wonder how a hafu can represent Japan,” one Facebook user wrote of Miyamoto, according to Al Jazeera America’s translation.

For her part, Osaka has spoken repeatedly about being proud to represent Japan, as well as Haiti. But in a 2016 USA Today interview she also noted, “When I go to Japan people are confused. From my name, they don’t expect to see a black girl.”

On the court, Osaka has largely been embraced as one of her country’s rising stars. Off court, she says she’s still trying to learn the language.

“I can understand way more Japanese than I can speak,” she said.

‘Like no one ever was’

In her press conferences, which for now are English only, Osaka has earned a reputation for her youthful candor and nerdy sense of humor.

In response to a reporter asking about her ambitions, she said, “to be the very best, like no one ever was.” After an awkward pause, she clarified, “I’m sorry; that’s the Pokémon theme song. But, yeah, to be the very best, and go as far as I can go.”

At Indian Wells this year, where Osaka stunned her higher-ranked opponents and claimed victory after searing past the world’s number one Simona Halep in the semis and besting Daria Kasatkina in the finals, she proved herself no longer just the underdog. She then proceeded to give what she described as “the worst acceptance speech of all time.”

“Hello, hi, I am—okay never mind,” it began, before a litany of thank you’s petered out into giggles.
But don’t let her soft-spoken persona or goofy interviews fool you. On court, Osaka brings the heat, uncorking both ferocious power and an aggressive baseline game.
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Minas Panagiotakis—Getty Images Naomi Osaka of Japan serves during day two of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on Aug. 7, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec.

W.W.S.D.

Earlier this year, Osaka reveled a four-word mantra keeps her steady through tough matches: “What would Serena do?”

Her idolization of the 23 Grand Slam-winning titan is well-known.

“She’s the main reason why I started playing tennis,” Osaka told the New York Times.

When the two played in Miami in March, six months after Serena nearly died giving birth, Osaka won. Then she Instagrammed a photo of her shaking hands with her idol, captioned only, “Omg.”

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After Osaka cleared the U.S. Open semis on Thursday and it became clear she was not only headed to her first Grand Slam final but was also about to face her hero once more, she was asked if she had anything to say to Serena. Her message? “I love you.”

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‘Final Score’ and Guardians Star Dave Bautista Reads Bad Kids’ Jokes

Former WWE star Dave Bautista is no stranger to bad jokes. As Drax in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe actor excels in the deadpan delivery of gags that those around him struggle to find funny. In his new film, Final Score, in which he plays US army vet, Mike Knox, Bautista discovers another character with a knack for one-liners.

With this in mind, FANDOM challenged the wrestler-turned-actor to deliver a bunch of bad jokes written by children – and he obliged, in classic Bautista style. There’s no bad joke quite like a kid’s bad joke – and Bautista is alternately bemused, amused and aghast at the array of gags straight out of the mouths, or rather, minds, of babes. Watch the video above for a (very awkward) chuckle.

If you want to read more bad kids’ jokes like the ones featured in the video, head to badkidsjokes.tumblr.com. All the jokes are genuine submissions by children to a kids’ jokes websites, from which the moderator has mined a batch of the most awful gems for all-comers to get their (offbeat) laughing gear around.

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Believing his traitorous brother Dimitri (Pierce Brosnan) is somewhere in the stadium, Arkady (Ray Stevenson), the former leader of a revolution in the Russian state of Sukovia, locks down the Boleyn Ground during the European semi-final between West Ham United and Dynamo FCC. In the crowd with his niece, Danni (Lara Peake), is US veteran Mike Knox (Dave Bautista), who stumbles upon the plot and goes about taking out Arkady’s heavily armed team. Can he get to Arkady before Arkady gets to Dimitri? The fate of 35,000 people inside the stadium – and many more in Russia – depends on it…

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Aretha Franklin received a final farewell in her hometown during a star-studded and fashionable ceremony fit only for the Queen of Soul.

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Final ‘The Predator’ Trailer Lets the Dogs Out; Here’s Everything We Know

Final 'The Predator' Trailer Lets the Dogs Out; Here's Everything We Know

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Why You Should Support Indie Shows Like ‘Final Space’

On February 15th, the Netflix lineup changed forever with the release of Final Space. Created by Olan Rogers, this sci-fi animated series tells the story of Gary Goodspeed, a good-hearted troublemaker seeking adventure. Accompanied by a menagerie of aliens and robots, the wannabe-hero pursues heroism in hopes of winning the heart of his superior officer, Quinn.

Supported by a veteran cast of actors such as Tika Sumpter and David Tennant, Final Space is one of the first in a long list of indie creations to join the animated lineup. While Netflix has provided a platform for new and experimental content, shows like Final Space can use all the support possible and it’s very much deserved.

Helps Independent Creators Be Creative


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The world of animation is entering a new age with a broader spectrum. Shows such as Rick and Morty, Steven Universe, and BoJack Horseman have demonstrated how creative and interesting cartoons can be. A majority of animated shows come from a handful of networks like Adult Swim and Cartoon Network leaving little room for independent animations to thrive. Assuming that animators are able to get a job with one of them, they have limited creative freedom. The world of animation is competitive, which forces aspiring animators to showcase wherever they can.

There are only so many places that an animator can publish their work online and hope to get any attention. Websites like Newgrounds and YouTube are a few places where an animator can make their mark. Olan Rogers is a prime example: a YouTuber of 10 years, he has released live videos and animated shorts. After so long, he finally gained enough attention to warrant putting together a pitch for an original show and creating a trailer for YouTube.

Paves the Way for Original Content



The sad truth is that most western animation has fallen into monotony. With shows like The Simpsons still going after almost 30 years and creators like Seth MacFarlane producing the same show over and over again, most people have stopped taking an interest in animated shows. While many watch such shows to escape, it does not mean they shouldn’t hold creators to a certain standard. The bigger a show gets, the more likely it is to become formulaic and predictable. As big name creators become bored with their own shows, this gives a chance for new blood.

While Final Space is a sci-fi comedy, its fluid animation style, and dynamic dialogue make it stand out. Final Space is one of the indie shows to have come to life from audience support, and it doesn’t have to be the only one. In 2016, Aggretsuko joined the Netflix lineup as another one of its more original shows. Based on a character created by the artist Yeti, the show follows the adventures of Retsuko, an anthropomorphic red panda office worker who has a hidden passion for death metal music. Creative shows like these will spark interest in animated series again.

Creates Variety and Opportunity


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Think about how many shows — not only animated — revolve around a nuclear family with a gimmick. The most interesting shows to come out in recent years take the conventions established by years of cookie-cutter animation and flip them on their heads. An example would be Rick and Morty, which takes the concept of a dysfunctional family and combines it with sci-fi hi-jinks and emotional realism. As a result, animation interest is shifting from the mainstream to the independent as more and more people are seeking out creative content. Even BoJack Horseman came to life by webcomic artist Lisa Hanawalt and writer Raphael Bob-Waksberg giving way to a new and unique presentation.

With Netflix growing as a media hub, opportunities for fresh new ideas has never been higher. More and more people are forgoing network television for online entertainment which is where indie animators and writers thrive. The platforms and digital medium isn’t enough for every indie creator to succeed. They need viewer support, constructive feedback, and promotion. Often times they are unable to do everything themselves since they dedicate most of their free time to their content. It’s this kind of dedication that is much needed in the animated world with artists and writers of all shapes and sizes pouring all their care into their content. Final Space carries such heart and, by giving support to its aspiring peers, the animated world would become a place of true passion and endless variety.

With the release of Final Space, western animation received an adrenaline shot. Creators like Olan Rogers give hope to other animators trying to break into the industry. While their dedication will guarantee quality content, it’s the support from fans and fellow creators that will make bring these fresh ideas to life.

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‘Catfish’ Recap: Max Joseph Gets Emotional in His Final Episode

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The end of an era! After a seven-year run as the cohost of MTV’s Catfish, Max Joseph has finally decided to part ways with the hit reality show. In one final hurrah, he joined longtime friend and cohost Nev Schulman on a tear-filled journey to help Nick from Philadelphia discover the true identity of his online beau of five months, Jasmine.

Nick, a 29-year-old single father from Philly, had fallen for Jasmine after meeting on a dating site and continuing their flirtation on Snapchat. The lovestruck security guard even visited Jasmine in person once, only to be bizarrely blindfolded for the entirety of their interaction. Frustrated, Nick reached out to Nev and Max just as Max was embarking on his final Catfish mission.

Nev and Max uncovered that Jasmine’s photos belonged to a woman named “Jasselene” who claimed to not be talking to anyone named “Nick.” Crestfallen when learning Jasmine was not the woman in her pictures, Nick admitted, “I’m speechless, it pisses me off a little bit.”

Eventually, Nev and Max, with Nick in tow, met up with the woman behind the account — the well-meaning but anxiety-rattled Nicole. Nicole confessed that she didn’t “feel good” about herself and that creating a fake account was a way to “to talk to somebody.” After accepting her apology, the two former lovebirds agreed to be friends. Three months later, Nick was still single and Nicole was busy focusing on school. The duo had even managed to keep in touch and maintain a friendship in spite of their rocky past.

As the episode wrapped up, Max took the opportunity to say goodbye in a heartfelt speech filmed at the Catfish headquarters. The host emotionally confessed, “Working on the show for the last seven years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.” He continued, gushing about his cohost, “Nev and I have become brothers and our bromance has blossomed before your eyes.” He explained his departure adding, “This is just something I’ve gotta do. It’s no secret that I have passions straddling two careers; as a TV host and a filmmaker. I feel like it’s finally time for me to make my exit.”

Max concluded with an important lesson, saying, “If I’ve learned one thing over the course of making this show it’s that we all have inclinations — especially online — to ignore people’s humanity and flatten them into our minds as a monster, a liar, a profile pic with no feelings or other qualities.” He continued, “I’ve met them and heard their story. I’ve realized they were just a human being; real, complicated. They’re just people — people who’ve been hurt, people who want to be loved.”

Nev then clarified that Catfish would go on in spite of Max’s farewell, saying, “We’re going to keep making the show and we’re going to find a new cohost. We’re going to be trying out a number of people over the next eight or 10 episodes.”

As the duo hugged it out on camera one last time, Nev whispered into his now ex-cohost’s ear, “Love you, buddy.”

Catfish airs on MTV Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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Final Days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends at midnight on Monday August 5, so make sure you’ve had a peek if you want to participate before prices go back up on Aug 6. We create a special area on the YLF forum where members showcase their potential purchases along with excellent discussion. It’s a good way to see items worn across a range of body types and age groups, as well as get detailed input about sizing and quality.

I usually do well at the NAS and this year was no exception. I bought ten items across a range of wardrobe items and price points. I put the lion’s share of my budget into footwear, threw in a wild card, prioritized the pretty, was careful with black, added earthy browns, and found another two smashing midi dresses with waist definition and sleeves. I’m so enamoured with the 1901 midi Shirtdress in navy, that I plan to duplicate it in either red or a light blue stripe.

All the Top Picks

Here are the full collections of my top picks of the sale. If you follow the links below you can read my notes for each item. Feel free to ask further questions in the comments section too.

I hope you’ve had a good experience at this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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Controversy, Joy and Politics: 5 Takeaways From the World Cup Final

Six goals, pitch invaders, controversial decisions and excitable world leaders: the final of one of the most open and exciting World Cup tournaments in years didn’t disappoint.

France beat Croatia 4-2 to take their second trophy 20 years after they won their first, when the team’s current manager, Didier Deschamps, captained the side.

It wasn’t just the soccer that caught the eye, though. Here are some of the highlights from the final of what some (including the U.S. President) are calling the best World Cup ever.

Politics finally had an impact

With the allegations of corruption over FIFA’s decision to give Russia hosting duties, the violence of some Russia fans at the Euro 2016 tournament in France and, not least, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggressive behavior toward the West, the World Cup was expected to be far more marked by political controversy than it ultimately was.

Indeed, it took till the final for any action of note—a pitch invasion early in the second half, responsibility for which was claimed by Pussy Riot, the anti-Putin activist group. Four people dressed as police ran onto the pitch—one woman high-fived French striker Kylian Mbappé, while two men were tackled off the pitch by security with assistance from annoyed Croatia defender Dejan Lovren.

The protest group put out a video and a tweet saying the World Cup showed “how well Russian policemen can behave. But what will happen when it ends?” They also shared their five demands on social media, including a call for political prisoners to be freed and for “political competition” to be allowed in Russia.

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The Associated Press reported Monday that the group had been charged with “violating spectators’ rights” and “illegally wearing police symbols,” citing Russia’s Interfax news agency. The group posted on Facebook that they were worried about further criminal charges and said they had been unable to see their lawyer.

France celebrated hard—including the President

For 90 minutes, at least, any geopolitical concerns appeared to be on pause for the world leaders watching from the VIP box—Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović wore her country’s football jersey, while Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron wore their more usual suits. The formal wear didn’t stop Macron from leaping about in joy as France took the lead and ultimately the match. The photo of him on his feet, arms in the air as the rest of the box sits straight-faced, went viral—and he was later spotted on player Benjamin Mendy’s Instagram Story with Paul Pogba, doing the “dab” dance move, often used in soccer celebrations.

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Macron’s was not the only celebration that made headlines—the entire French team crashed the Deschamps press conference, spraying the manager and the press with champagne and water, and climbing onto the tables. Deschamps praised his “crazy” team: “They are young and they are happy.”

Putin looked after number one

The Russian President may have given the media no reaction of note in response to the pitch invasion, but he managed to make headlines at the medal-giving ceremony. After a dry game, the heavens opened as the players queued for their medals, and only one of the assembled leaders and dignitaries had an umbrella: Vladimir Putin.

As Macron and Grabar-Kitarović enthusiastically hugged players from both teams, getting soaked in the process, Putin stood under a giant black umbrella being held by an assistant. Eventually more umbrellas appeared to cover the rest of the leaders, including FIFA President Gianni Infantino. The players, however, remained in the rain.

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Video refereeing made a World Cup final first

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) made its World Cup debut this tournament, and proved decisive throughout. The final was no different, with a penalty awarded to France in the 38th minute coming after a controversial VAR moment: after first dismissing France’s claims of a handball, referee Néstor Pitana reviewed the video footage and decided that Croatian player Ivan Perišić had deliberately handled the ball, and awarded a penalty.

Deflated thereafter, Croatia trailed for the rest of the match. But France’s following goals—one by Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, and the other by 19-year-old Kylian Mbappé—showed Les Bleus were determined winners.

New World Cup records made

As well as being a first for VAR, the final was also Croatia’s first—the country of four million had previously sent a team as far as third place in 1998 (the year France last won), but this time made it to the final two. The reinvigorated young French side ultimately won out—with Mbappé becoming only the second-ever teenager to score in a World Cup final, joining Pelé, who scored in 1958 against the host, Sweden.

The Brazilian superstar welcomed Mbappé to the club, and the French player was named young player of the tournament. Now the rest of the world is eagerly watching his next move. The super-speedy youngster is being linked with top clubs around Europe, including Real Madrid, but insisted that he’ll stay at Paris Saint Germain when asked by reporters after the match.

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‘Let’s Keep Making Noise.’ Serena Williams Dedicates Wimbledon Final to ‘All Moms’

Serena Williams competed in her 30th Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this weekend, in a re-match of the 2016 Wimbledon final when she defeated Angelique Kerber. While Williams didn’t win in their most recent face-off, the fact that she was in the tennis competition’s final a mere ten months after giving birth to to her daughter Alexis Olympia is an impressive feat in and of itself. Particularly as her pregnancy and birth led to a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and multiple surgeries.

While Williams lost to Kerber, she was still surprised by her performance, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.” After the final, Williams took to Twitter to express her appreciation for her fans with a shout-out to all moms. She wrote that the “past 2 weeks was a sound for all moms” whether they choose to “stay home” or work, adding “you can do it you really can! I’m not any better or diff than any of you all.”

Williams’s husband Alexis Ohanian took to Twitter to express his awe at his wife’s accomplishment. He noted that after her pregnancy lead to a pulmonary embolism that nearly cost Williams her life.

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‘Octopath Traveler’: Each Protagonist’s ‘Final Fantasy’ Counterpart

Octopath Traveler is the latest game from the prolific video game development and publishing company Square Enix (read our review here). Primarily known for the incredibly influential Final Fantasy series, it’s not surprising elements from the franchise pop up in their latest RPG. While each character in Octopath Traveler is distinct in both personality and story, there are some definite connections between each protagonist and characters from the Final Fantasy games. Here’s every Octopath Traveler protagonist’s Final Fantasy counterpart.

Olberic = Auron


Who doesn’t love a burley swordsman?

Olberic, an imposing swordsman haunted by his past failures, is a great character to start Octopath Traveler with if you’re a fan of traditional fantasy stories. Likewise, Final Fantasy X’s Auron is an enigmatic swordsman on a pilgrimage to atone for the death of his friends in a previous journey.

Between their shared imposing stature, skill with a sword, and a desire to avenge their dead comrades; there’s more than a decent amount of overlap between these two characters. Hopefully, we don’t find out that Olberic is a ghost halfway through Octopath, however.

Cyrus = Ignis


Handsome, magical men.

In the game Octopath Traveler, Cyrus is a scholar whose charm and passion unknowingly earns him the hearts of many of his students and sets out on a journey to uphold his ideals. Ignis, a character in Final Fantasy XV, is a studious and driven man who has earned the adoration of many of those who’ve played Final Fantasy XV.

The similarities don’t end with just the amount of love they receive, though. Both Cyrus and Ignis are some of the best magic users in their games. Their mastery of fire, ice, and lighting magic make them valuable team members capable of dealing with a variety of enemies in various situations.

Tressa = Rikku


Energetic adventurers.

Final Fantasy X’s Rikku is a plucky and cheerful young woman who begins her journey across the world by searching for rare and valuable treasure. Octopath’s Tressa is of a similar upbeat nature and also begins her journey in the pursuit of riches and greatness. They also happen to be the youngest playable characters in each of their games.

Octopath Traveler seems like it might get into some darker themes, and Final Fantasy X definitely has its share of heavier moments. Games like these need more positive and gleeful characters to lighten the mood once in a while, and Tressa and Riku both succeed in this end.

Ophilia = Yuna


Self-sacrificing, magical ladies.

Yuna, also from Final Fantasy X, begins her religious pilgrimage to save the world with the intent of sacrificing herself for the good of the world. Octopath’s Ophilia also begins a dangers sacred journey to save the world in place of her adoptive sister.

On top of their altruism and religious ties, both of these characters focus on healing magic and act as great support characters in their respective parties. Fingers crossed that if Octopath ever gets a sequel, Ophilia also becomes a pop-star treasure hunter with guns. 

Primrose = Rydia


Powerful women motivated by their departed family.

The motivations of Octopath’s Primrose primarily focus on her desire to avenge the death of her father by finding and killing the three assassins that killed him. Similarly, Rydia from Final Fantasy IV sets out on a journey to ensure that her mother’s death at the hands of an enemy kingdom never happens to another person again.

The death of a loved one profoundly motivates both Rydia and Primrose, and they both try to make the world better in their own way. Hopefully, Primrose becomes as classic character similar to the fame that Rydia still holds.

Alfyn = Tidus


Two nice dudes looking to make the world a better place.

Tidus’ character in Final Fantasy X primarily boils down to him wanting to do as much good in the world as possible and his rough past. Likewise, Alfyn nearly died in his childhood and the trauma inspired him to help those in need to the best of his ability.

Admittedly, both Tidus and Alfyn are rather straightforward characters that feel a bit stereotypical as JRPG protagonists. However, these more simplistic can still be plenty of fun if placed in interesting situations. Although, we can only hope that Alfyn doesn’t have as awkward a laugh scene as Tidus’ infamous moment in FFX.

Therion = Red XIII


Aloof, sarcastic, and fantastic.

Red XIII is a terrific character in Final Fantasy VII who uses his aloof personality and sarcasm to disguise his young age, sheltered life, and insecurities. Theiron also has a sharp thoung and uses it cope with his less than ideal circumstances in life.

Their personalities also get the both of them into a fair bit of trouble. Red XIII’s shortsightedness led to his capture by the evil corporation Shinra and Therion’s overconfidence led to his forced employment to a noble family. These two fan-favorite may get into a lot of trouble, but players are more than happy to help them get out of it.

H’annit = Lighting


No nonsense ladies with frustrating friends.

Octopath’s H’aani is a serious hunter on a quest to find her missing master who’s a bit of a slacker and miscreant. Lighting from Final Fantasy XIII is also a resolute warrior who ends up spending a lot of time with colorful and peculiar characters.

Both H’aanit and Lighting end up scolding those close to them quite a bit in their adventures. However, their beratings often come from a place of love and give them some fun character interactions. Hopefully H’aanit’s journey ends as happily as Lighting’s, and hopefully, it gets there a bit more quickly too.

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32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final

For many football fans, an England-France World Cup final would have been a dream. After all, those two countries clashed the Hundred Years’ War. A ten-decade-long spat, plus a smattering of other conflicts across the ages, tends to sizzle up a soccer rivalry.

Croatia, however, had other ideas. And that’s just fine. The Blazers rallied to beat England in the semifinal, 2-1, with Mario Mandzukic scoring the deciding goal in extra time. After Mandzukic’s strike, the Croatian players trampled photographer Yuri Cortez while celebrating. Cortez, to his everlasting credit, kept snapping his camera at the bottom of the dogpile. (He got some wonderful shots.) After the Croatian players realized they almost crushed a working photographer, a few patted him on the shoulder, or made sure he was okay. One kissed him.

So Croatia’s got some underdog charm. With a population of 4.1 million — about the same as Oregon — Croatia is the second-least populated country to ever reach the World Cup final. Only Uruguay, which won the titles in 1930 and 1950, has fewer people. Croatia entered the tournament a 33-1 longshot to win the whole thing. It’s still a relatively young nation, having declared independence from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and fought through the Balkans conflicts in the 1990s, during which thousands of Croatians were killed.

“Like many countries which had to win independence the hard way, we are proud,” says Pjer Šimunović, Croatia’s ambassador to the United States.

That pride’s now causing earthquakes. Seismic instruments in Zagreb picked up tremors after Mandzukic scored his goal, and after the ref blew the final whistle to end the game. A World Cup win could break the Richter scale. “Everybody in the world will certainly now know more about that small country which was able to go that far,” says Šimunović. “This is immeasurably important.”

But France, the betting favorite at -220 (risk $ 220 to win $ 100), would love to crush Croatia’s dreams. The World Cup final airs on Sunday, at 11 a.m. eastern time, on Fox. Here’s your handy guide to the big game.

Rainbow 2.0

France won its only World Cup 20 years ago, when it hosted the most popular sporting event on the globe. That multicultural squad, known as the “Rainbow Team,” was composed of players with roots in North Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific islands, Armenia and the Basque country. Many people in France expected the victory to win widespread support for immigrant communities. They also expected France to win more World Cups.

Neither, to this point, has happened. Two decades later, far-right populism has caught fire across Europe; in France and elsewhere, a number of politicians have taken anti-immigrant stances. On the pitch, France failed to advance to the knockout stage at the 2002 World Cup; four years later, Les Blues reached the final against Italy, but Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt of Italy’s Marco Materazzi in that game overshadowed the accomplishment. Italy took the penalty shootout.

France’s 2010 World Cup effort was disastrous. French striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home for cursing at his coach: the players boycotted a day of training, a top official resigned in disgust, and France failed to win a game. Les Blues reached the quarterfinals in Brazil four years later, and as host county of the 2016 Euros, made it to the final before losing to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.

So France will try to take care of unfinished business. Like the ’98 Rainbow Team, the 2018 incarnation of Les Blues is incredibly diverse: 17 of the 23 players on the roster are sons of first-generation immigrants. Win or lose, dreams of a more unified France will flourish once again.

Croatia 101

Croatians have made their mark on American culture. The late Drazen Petrovic and Toni Kukoc exported their basketball talents to the NBA back in the 1990s; now, Dario Saric (Philadephia 76ers) and Bojan Bogdanovic (Indiana Pacers) are solid pros. Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic produced two bronze statues depicting mounted Native American warriors; installed in 1928, they flank the Congress Plaza entrance to Chicago’s Grant Park. Goran Ivanisevic won Wimbledon, in 2001. Before he lost his belt to Daniel Cormier last weekend, Stipe Miocic — an American who’s the son of Croatian immigrants — was the UFC heavyweight champ. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, some 400,000 Croatian-Americans live in the U.S. Game of Thrones is filmed in Dubrovnik, Croatia; Star Wars: The Last Jedi also shot scenes in the city.

Still, before this World Cup, Croatia wasn’t exactly top of mind for most Americans. “Most people know of it here,” says Indiana University visiting lecturer Teuta Ismaili, who teaches Croatian at the school. “But they think the war is still going on.”

So what should you know about Croatia? First, the country’s home to some of the world’s most scenic beaches and islands, along the Adriatic coast. Travel and tourism accounts for about a quarter of Croatia’s GDP, which is well above the 10.3% average for the European Union. If you want to drink like a Croatian at your World Cup viewing party, serve Rakija, a 40% alcohol-by-volume spirit. And be sure to make some Burek, layers of dough filled with cheese.

The World Cup’s psychic lift has arrived at an opportune time. Since Croatia joined the European Union in 2013, net migration from the country has averaged around 17,000 people. Youth unemployment remains high, at 33%. Croatia came out of a six-year recession in 2015, but economic growth remains slow.

“This is the best thing the could happen right now to Croatia,” says Ismaili. “Family and friends back home say the atmosphere is positive. People were mad at the politicians, mad about the economy. But they’re finally having that feeling of ‘wow, we are important again. We really mean something.’ We really need that right now.”

Mbappé Mania

French forward Kylian Mbappé, 19, is the breakout star of this World Cup. Against Argentina in the Round of 16, Mbappé — the son of a Cameroonian father and Algerian mother — became the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score two goals in a single World Cup match. Versus Belgium in the semis, Mbappé delivered a magical pass off his back heel to Olivier Giroud; Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked the shot, but that didn’t stop the internet from losing its mind.

Both Neymar, the Brazilian star, and Mbappé joined French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) last summer for ungodly sums of money. PSG paid Barcelona a $ 263 million transfer fee for Neymar, and agreed to pay him $ 53 million a year, for five years. PSG got Mbappé from Monaco for about $ 200 million. For years, Neymar has positioned himself as the world’s undisputed best player, should Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ever decline or step aside. But during this World Cup, Neymar’s histrionics stood out more than his play. Given Mbappe’s speed, skill, and maturity, he may be a rightful heir.

“If I were a big soccer club with all the money in the world, and I could sign one player,” says former Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop, an ESPN analyst, “it would be Mbappé.”

Modric Magic

On the Croatian side, Luca Modric — a midfielder for Real Madrid — is the player to watch. “He’s cool and calm on the ball, and one of the best passers in the world,” says Hislop. “You can’t pressure him into making a mistake.” He can also shoot from distance, with unexpected power. Modric, 32, does not cut an imposing figure. You can picture playing against him in your Thursday night men’s league. “If you breathe on him too strong, you can imagine flying out of the stadium,” says Hislop. “But he’s the complete package, deceptively packaged.”

Odd side note: Modric is facing perjury charges in Croatia, in connection with testimony he gave in a financial fraud case against a former soccer executive. If found guilty, Modric could face up to five years in prison. So any victory celebration might not last too long.

And The Winner Is …

“I like France to win it,” says Hislop. “France has looked very balanced throughout the tournament.” Les Blues won their first two games in the group stage, before playing Denmark to a 0-0 draw. France hasn’t needed any extra time in its three knockout round victories; Croatia, meanwhile, needed extra time and penalty shots to get by Denmark and Russia, and scored in the 109th minute against England. In all, Croatia has played 90 minutes of extra time, the equivalent of a full additional game, while France will also enjoy an extra day of rest between the semifinal and final. Croatia’s fatigue factor, plus France’s raw talent — the defensive pairing of Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti and Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane give Les Blues an advantage — make France the safer pick.

Croatia, however, hasn’t tired out yet. England was the more rested team going into the semifinal, but Croatia looked more energetic in extra time. So don’t doubt Croatia’s readiness to outclass France, and parade the World Cup trophy around Zagreb, of all places.

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Serena Williams is headed to her 30th Grand Slam singles final after beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday. Her win sets the stage for a redux of the 2016 Wimbledon final in which she defeated Angelique Kerber, who will also be her 2018 opponent.

It was an especially sweet victory for Williams, a 23-time champion, who survived harrowing complications when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia just 10 months ago. Following the baby’s delivery, Williams had a number of health issues, including a pulmonary embolism and a hematoma, which led to her having multiple surgeries.

Williams isn’t taking her time at Wimbledon for granted, noting in a post-game interview that she “didn’t expect to do this well in my fourth tournament back.”

“It’s not inevitable for me to be playing like this,” Williams said. “I had multiple surgeries and nearly didn’t make it when I gave birth. I’m enjoying every moment.”

Williams will face off with Kerber on Saturday; if she is victorious, she’ll tie Margaret Court’s all-time record for grand slam singles titles.

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LONDON (Reuters) – The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained international acclaim for his work on black holes, was laid to rest during a service at London’s Westminster Abbey.
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In April, Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that she’s leaving the FCC after a nine-year tenure. During her time, Clyburn forged a reputation as a fierce advocate for consumer rights, and in a final interview with Ars Technica on her way out, Clyburn took one last opportunity to make the case for a strong and effective regulator, even as the Republican-controlled FCC works hard to tear down net neutrality regulation and green-lights huge telecoms mergers.

As soon as she announced her resignation, politicians, colleagues, and industry groups rushed to praise Clyburn’s integrity and the legacy she leaves behind. “Mignon is a voice for the voiceless, always defending the most vulnerable in our society to ensure they are protected against the special interests,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement at the time. “Her commitment to defending net neutrality, protecting the Lifeline program, lowering prison phone rates, and so many other critical consumer-protection programs has benefited millions of American families.”

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There are a few things that Marc Jacobs’ closing show of New York Fashion Week does to the letter. The first is that, to a fault, it starts bang on time. On Wednesday, Cardi B, a late entrant to the Park Avenue Armory, held him up by a few seconds making her way to her front row seat glacially slowly. So now we know who Marc Jacobs will wait for.

Lil’ Kim, Debbie Harry, Sofia Coppola, and Christina Ricci made it to their seats on time, and receive gold stars for their good behavior.

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Loyola-Chicago Has the Most Dedicated March Madness Fans of the Final Four Teams

March Madness is (sadly) coming to a close, with the Final Four games of 2018 scheduled for this Saturday, March 31. Loyola-Chicago, an 11 seed, and the University of Michigan, a three seed, will face off in a Cinderella match-up for the ages. The double one-seed battle between the University of Kansas and Villanova is perhaps less surprising. The winners of each of those games will appear in the final championship game on Monday, Apr. 2.

Thanks to the surprise factor of Loyola-Chicago, along with the team’s lovable 98-year-old chaplain Sister Jean, the school’s fans have come out in droves to show their support during March Madness. Loyola-Chicago fans make up 9% of ticket sales for the March Madness semi-finals, according to ticket agent StubHub.

San Antonio will also be full of Michigan fans, who represent 5% of championship game attendees this year, according to StubHub. Overall, 41% of those buying tickets are from the host state Texas.

While Loyola-Chicago fans have shown their support in person, Kansas fans are taking over Facebook and Instagram. They lead the other March Madness teams in terms of engagement on the platforms, according to social media analytics firm Sharablee. Loyola-Chicago fans are, however, proudly representing on Twitter.

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StubHub says that March Madness fans can pick up tickets for Final Four for less than in years past, with $ 175 seats available in the upper baseline, and $ 464 on average. The championship game is currently $ 102 for seats in the upper baseline area, and $ 325 on average (though expect these to go significantly up once the final matchup is decided.)

Satuday’s games start at 6:09 p.m. Eastern with the Loyola-Chicago and Michigan match up. You can catch that one on TBS. Kansas and Villanova tip off at 8:49 p.m. Eastern on TBS as well.

 

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‘Final Fantasy XIV’s Composer on Matching Music to Player Mood

Final Fantasy games never skimp on their music. Hundreds of tracks will be shipped with a game — heck, even an expansion — all ranging from rock to classical.

Anyone who’s played Final Fantasy XIV, or attended a Square Enix concert, is familiar with the work of Masayoshi Soken. He’s been composing for the company since feel/Go Dream: Yuna & Tidus, and is the musical master behind FFXIV and all its expansions.

FANDOM got the chance to ask the longtime Final Fantasy composer and sound director some questions about making music that lasts for MMOs, technical challenges, and the Eastern influence of the Stormblood expansion.


FANDOM: What’s technically involved in weaving together tracks that have a more “combative” version of them, and changing back and forth according to the player’s situation?

Masayoshi Soken: What we place the most emphasis on when making the sound for FFXIV is the player’s gaming experience. The player’s mental state will obviously be quite different when they are in battle to when they are just walking around doing nothing, even if they happen to be in the same area.

Accordingly, creating different tracks for different situations will enhance that overall experience and make it more exciting. If we need sound to create that effect then we have no choice but to do our best and make it.

We also make frequent use of the Square Enix sound department’s unique technical knowhow in order to ensure that music transitions smoothly and those changes do not jar with the listener.

It is really exciting to be working in such an environment where technology and artistry come together to create new experiences for people.



MMOs are a style of game that people will log into every day for a long time. How does that factor in when designing the music? Are there techniques you use that help songs stand the test of time, and become memorable?

In MMORPGs from a little while ago, the time that players spent in a single area was often very long, but in modern ones the player will pick and choose what they want to play from a wide variety of different content.

In order to create the sound for a modern style MMO like this in a way that players will not get bored of, I strive to provide different music that fits with different situations and the player’s different psychological states.

This also links to what I said before, but in order to make something that sticks in a player’s memory, I think that you need to make clever use of the technology to incorporate the art, combining the graphics, sound and game experience together in an exciting way.

If you had to pick one track that you think best captures the character or place it’s attached to, what would it be?

For the exploration sections I would say it was perhaps “Azys Lla” for Heavensward and “Yanxia” for Stormblood? Stormblood has a very oriental taste overall, but I feel that even in that area, it is Yanxia that has the strongest sense of that far eastern atmosphere.

I think that I succeeded in portraying the image I was looking for very well in this track. Looking at the battle music I would perhaps point to the Ultima battle track from A Realm Reborn and Shinryu from Stormblood! Hmm, that is way more than one track isn’t it! Sorry about that!

To what extent do you think franchises like Final Fantasy and its live orchestra performances are getting younger people into classical music?

I really don’t think about wanting people to have a deeper understanding of classical music or anything like that (Laughs)! I work hard so people can enjoy games more, so if people have the time to take an interest in classical music then I would probably rather they used it to play more good games!

Having said that, as a sound creator I would obviously be overjoyed to hear that someone had learned how great classical music can be or how cool rock is from listening to something I have created.

Was there musically anything specific that you focused on in Stormblood? Any particular goal or theme you wanted to achieve in that expansion?

I only really thought about creating sound that fitted with the gameplay experience, so there was no special objective or anything. I just followed my inspiration and came up with whatever ideas that I could.

However, Stormblood did have the specific characteristic of an oriental theme, so I strived to express that as well as possible. Also, compared to ARR and Heavensward, Stormblood’s music uses a more compact range of instruments.

That means that the melodies tend to come to the fore a lot more. I limited the number of instruments for the exploration sections in particular and Yanxia was essentially just done with a harp and kokyu.


Our thanks to Masayoshi Soken for his time!

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This wasn’t magic. Though the team has Sister Jean at its side, this wasn’t the work of a higher power. Loyola-Chicago proved it’s good. How good? It hammered Kansas State. No, really, how good? The 11th-seeded Ramblers are going to the Final Four.
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This past Friday, the final version of the Republican tax bill was released. Comprised of both the recent House and Senate tax bills, this plan combines both versions into an overhaul tax reform bill.

While individuals can expect many changes in the tax bill, which includes an increase to the child tax credit to $ 2,000, a limitation on state and local tax deductions to $ 10,000, and the mortgage interest debt deduction capped at homes with a debt of $ 750,000 are just a few. Businesses can expect many changes as well.

Republican tax bill to cut corporate taxes

Small business owners organized as a corporation can expect to see a considerable rate reduction. Although both the previous House and Senate bill proposed a tax reduction from 35% to 20%, the Republicans final tax bill offers a tax reduction rate of 21%.

Pass-through entities to obtain tax deduction

Many small business owners organized as “pass-through” entities for tax purposes. These are entities whose earnings are taxed on their personal income tax. Thus the name “pass through.” Businesses such as sole proprietors, partnerships, and other business types are “pass-through” entities.

The Republicans tax bill will allow these businesses to deduct up to 20% of business income from their profits up to $ 315,000 (for joint filers). Also, the tax bill will further limit the overall tax rate of “pass-through” entities to 29.6% and will limit the tax deduction to high-income earners.

This will result in tax savings for small business owners. While corporations may fare better under this plan, this version is set to help those whose profits are less than 315,000 or less for joint taxpayers and $ 157,500 if single, per year.

Elimination of healthcare mandate

During 2010, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, became the law of the land. With the passing of this bill, it also mandated that taxpayers purchase healthcare insurance or face a penalty. This bill proposes to do away with the individual mandate, thus eliminating the requirement to buy healthcare coverage beginning in 2019.

The next steps

The Republicans are hopeful that the bill will pass before year-end. The bill is set for a final vote in the upcoming week, with hopes that the president can sign the bill into law this year.

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Final Republican Tax Bill Slashes Corporate Rate

Congressional Republicans’ final tax legislation proposes cutting taxes as expected for businesses, the wealthy and some middle-class Americans, according to a summary seen by Reuters on Friday, with decisive votes expected next week in a critical moment for the party and President Donald Trump.

Prospects for approval of the biggest U.S. tax overhaul since 1986 were improving, with two formerly wavering Republican senators pledging support: Marco Rubio and Bob Corker.

But three Republican senators, enough to defeat the measure, were still uncommitted: Susan Collins, Jeff Flake and Mike Lee. With Democrats solidly opposed, Republicans can afford to lose only two votes from within their ranks and still win passage in a chamber that Trump’s party controls by a slim 52-48 margin.

The bill would cut the corporate income tax rate to 21% from 35%, according to the summary. Corporate tax lobbyists have been seeking such a dramatic cut for many years.

It would also create a 20% business income tax deduction for owners of “pass-through” businesses, such as partnerships and sole proprietorships; allow for immediate write-off by corporations of new equipment costs; and eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax, according to the summary.

Since they swept to power in Washington in January, Trump and the Republicans have not managed to pass any major legislation and have lost closely watched elections in Alabama and Virginia, while Trump’s public approval ratings are at historically low levels.

Ramming the sweeping tax package through Congress would represent their first significant legislative achievement and fulfill promises about a tax overhaul that Trump made to voters last year on the way to his unexpected capture of the White House.

Trump wants a bill on his desk before the Dec. 25 Christmas holiday so he can sign it into law and finish 2017 with at least one big win in Congress before the 2018 mid-term election campaigns, when Republicans will have to defend their Senate and House of Representatives majorities.

Democrats have called the Republican tax legislation a giveaway to corporations and the wealthy that would drive up the federal deficit.

The Republican bill would maintain the existing seven individual and family income tax brackets with rates of 10, 12, 22, 24, 32, 35 and 37 percent. That top rate, for the highest-earning Americans, would be cut from today’s 39.6%.

Stock markets have been rallying for months in anticipation of sharply lower tax rates for corporations, wealthy financiers and business owners, all of which the bill would deliver.

Wall Street’s three major stock indexes closed at record highs on Friday, driven by corporate tax rates looked like it would win enough support from lawmakers to pass.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.58% to 24,651.74, the S&P 500 gained 0.90% to 2,675.81 and the Nasdaq Composite rose 1.17%, to 6,936.58.


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