Wearables, 3-D Printed Fashion to Be Spotlighted in Fashion Show During World Maker Faire in New York

The 26-foot hydraulically activated “Hand of Man” and the Cosplay Contest will get their share of attention at this weekend’s World Maker Faire in Queens. Attendees may also be surprised to find the Future of Fashion Show, showcasing 3-D printed clothing, wearables and pioneering clothing.
As the East Coast’s largest showcase for tech and innovation, the event will have 600-plus projects on display at the New York Hall of Science Saturday and Sunday. The style-minded will find models hitting the stage in the main NYSCI auditorium Saturday at 5 p.m.
Presented by ThreeForm Fashion, a label that specializes in 3-D scanning and 3-D printing, the show will feature an assortment of on-the-rise companies. Katya Lee & the Space Force; Heisel; Tracy Belben; SciChic; Stephania Stefanakou; Zoa Chimerum; Emiko Shinozaki; Adrienne Sack; Erin Winick; WearWorks; and Spring & Wonder jewelry are among the labels that will be in the show. Several of the participants have been upstarts in different fields.
Designer Lee, for example, was the lead singer for the pop band Hi-Fi and later Fabrika. As a solo artist she is blending AI, fashion design and music. For this weekend’s runway, she has created “clothes and space suits for those who travel through

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Take me to the lake: breathtaking lakes from around the world

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There’s something whimsical about a lake that cannot be explained in words, you just have to be there in order to experience the magic. Perhaps it’s the dazzling ripples or the reflections in the water, or perhaps it’s the overall ambiance that’s in the air. It almost seems like people get a certain clarity when they go to the lake for a vacation or just if they want some relaxed time alone. There are millions of lakes around the world from small ponds to large reservoirs, but don’t mistake these for oceans, because these extensive bodies of water hold a certain presence and some might say an undeniable charisma that you can’t help but admire them. We’ve selected 6 of the most breathtaking and stunning lakes from around the world that you just have to visit.


Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the most famous and beautiful lakes in the world and has also been mentioned much in pop culture. With crystal-clear blue waters and the surrounding mountains, this big freshwater lake that is located in Sierra, Nevada is the biggest alpine lake in the northern part of the U.S. The area is also a great tourist attraction for people visiting Nevada and California. In the winter, many people pay a visit to the ski resorts that are found in the area.


Pehoe Lake, Patagonia, Chile

While it might be a long and bumpy road to get to the Chilean lake, it’s definitely worth the ride. Once you arrive at Pehoe Lake in Patagonia, you will experience the magnificence that can only be found in far away places. Located in Torres del Paine National park, this beautiful lake has a neat combination of colors that mostly appear during sunset and sunrise.


Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand

It doesn’t really matter where you go to in New Zealand, you are bound to see nothing but stunning, literally out of this world scenery. The magical place called New Zealand holds some of the world’s most magnificent wonder, including Lake Wakatipu, which is the longest lake found in New Zealand. The way the colors change from turquoise to deep blue and vice versa is best viewed from above, so you might want to consider taking a helicopter ride.

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

Nope, this is not photoshopped, this is an actual place in Switzerland. The country has an array of breathtaking lakes, but this one in specific caught our attention due to its natural beauty and historic value. The history of the area goes way back to the mid 19th century and in some way it feels like nothing has really changed in the best possible way.

Crater Lake, South Central Oregon

Located in the southern part of Oregon, Crater Lake is hands down the main attraction anyone can find at Crater Lake National Park. It’s mostly famous for the deep blue waters and its clarity. In fact, if you want to see the most spectacular shade of blue, then you must pay a visit to Crater Lake. It’s name originated from the fact that the lake was formed when thousands of years ago the  volcanic Mt. Mazama just collapsed and formed this deep lake.

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Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge set a sensational world record over the distance on Sunday, shaving more than a minute off the previous best with a dazzling run in the German capital, to land the one major running accomplishment that had eluded him.


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Madonna’s letter declaring ‘how sexist the world’ is after awkward 1994 Letterman appearance up for auction

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The most romantic spots in the world

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When you’re truly in love, you will find romance wherever you and your partner are in the world. However, there are a myriad of breathtaking spots that make for a dreamy romantic trip together, perhaps to celebrate an anniversary, honeymoon or to make a proposal. Here are 5 of the world’s most romantic spots.

Bali

Bali. The legendary Island to eat, pray and love. It’s also a stunning place for a couple to celebrate their love and enjoy views that will leave them speechless.  The Udug Hanging Gardens Hotel is known to be one the best with its Panoramic Deluxe Pool Villa.   Check out a photo or two before you book, and you’ll be completely convinced that this is the most romantic place in the world.

Easter Island

Easter Island provides what is the absolute epitome of sunsets. The sunsets over the Pacific Ocean in and of themselves make the Island incredibly romantic. The gorgeous Island also has unique statues that make it all that more charming.  This romantic destination is ideal for couples who want to see the world together and experience an unforgettable adventure.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the most southern city in the world. Which means it is literally located at the end of the world. So if you tell the love of your life that you would go to the end of the world for them, and really mean it, then this is place for you. The Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse offers a perspective you never thought was possible. This place is where you and your partner will start everything together.

Bangkok, Thailand

Exploring the temples, cruising the rivers on a tuk-tuk, taking in the culture in the street markets and having a gourmet meal while enjoying the view of the Bangkok skyline screams romance. This city never sleeps and never fails to keep travelers busy and excited.  Thai massages are among the world’s best and are the perfect way to end a romantic afternoon together. Bangkok is a romantic getaway for those that want both culture and big city life.

Paris, France

Well, Paris is actually known to be the city love, so there should be no confusion here as to why it’s one of the most romantic places in the world.  This enchanting city is wonderful to visit all year around. Talking a stroll through the city streets, indulging in the chocolates and pastries from the endless bakeries and visiting the Eiffel tower are only a few of the unique romantic things to do in Paris.

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Not only Coachella: check out these unique festivals from around the world

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Festivals are the epitome of culture. They are magical events with one-of-a-kind dancing, colors, enthusiasm, and vibrancy. Here are the 5 most unique festivals around the world.

Saint Patricks Festival, Dublin

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th in honor of Saint Patrick, who died on this day. It is a festival for all Irishmen, as well as those who feel Irish within. Saint Patrick would baptize people and rid paganism, which is why the Irish believe that it is because of him that there are no snakes on the island.  During this festival, stores are covered in decorations of green shamrocks, a plant with three leaves that represents this special day.  Everything in this festival is green since it is the national color of Ireland. People wear all green, including costumes and wigs, and carry bagpipes and organize parades full of Irish music.  The celebrations go all day long and there are fireworks throughout. They eat traditional Irish food such as mashed potatoes and corned beef. This is the day all Irishmen wait for all year long.

Night of the Witches, Mexico

If witches and wizards were to have a home, it would without a doubt be in the Mexican town of Catemaco.  A shaman of the area in 1970 thought to host a convention about witchcraft. From then on, hundreds of shamans come every year from all over Mexico to participate in a cleansing ceremony in order to rid them of their negative energies from the previous year.  The streets are full of vendors selling all kinds of healings and magical potions. Sorcerers and spiritualists sell traditional remedies. The festival starts on the first Thursday night in March and continues on for the entire weekend.

Dragon Boat Festival, China

The Dragon Boat festival is also known as the Duanwu Festival.  It has been celebrated in China for over 25,000 years. The Fifth day of the Fifth lunar month marks that start of all of the events. According to a legend, Qu Yuan, a Chinese patriot threw himself into the Mi Lo river to protest the corrupt government. Locals threw rice patties into the river in order to save him from being eaten by fish, which is why a tradition began of eating rice dumplings during this festival.  People also drink realgar wine during this period and dragon boat races. Dragon lanterns light up the city during this festival of fighting off evil spirits and finding peace.

Carnival of Venice, Italy

This carnival goes back all the way to 900 years ago. It was one time of the year where there were no rules. Everyone was free to do as they pleased without feeling bad since they were disguised under a mask. It is celebrated in various ways throughout the cities of Italy, however the most popular is the Carnival of Venice because of its masks.  The people of Venice started wearing masks in the 15th century in order to rid sexual and social differences. Venice today comes alive with its masks, jugglers, bands, entertainers and colorful boats along the canals. This festival makes fairy tales come alive.

Las Fallas, Spain

Las Fallas in one of Spain’s most unique annual festivals. It occurs in Valencia and actually means the fires in Valencian. It originates in the 16th century when the start of spring would be celebrated as a pagan ritual. The goal of this festival is to both make and destroy dolls and puppets made of out wood, cardboard, papier-mache and plaster. They are life like and represent satirical scenes.  These dolls are set on fire at 12 am on the dot. The last ones burnt are awarded prizes. The spectacle of 300 dolls being burnt at the same time is unforgettable.

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Top scuba-diving locations in the world

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If you’re bored of life above water (we don’t blame you), you might want to take a trip down under – nope, not to Australia – but under the sea for an epic scuba-diving experience. However, with a heck load of water and sea all across the world, finding the right place for you to scuba-dive can be a tough job. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 scuba-diving locations around the world. You can thank us later; you know after you’ve swum with the fishes…

Ambergris Caye, Belize

When you think of diving destinations, you probably don’t think of Belize straight away. But the more you delve deeper (pun intended) you’ll soon realize it’s the perfect scuba-diving destination. Behind the Great Barrier Reef, Belize offers the second largest natural coral reef in the whole world which is just one of the reasons you need to visit here. The water in Belize is so clear you won’t have any problems spotting the teeming schools of fish and wildlife, especially when you head over the the small island of Ambergris Caye – although you’ll need to keep your eyes out for the hammerhead sharks and stingrays.

Silfra, Iceland

When people think of Iceland, they normally think of, well…ice, for one. However, in the summer, the ice melts and Iceland is covered in incredible mountain ranges, green plains, and some of the clearest water known to man. Silfra in Iceland is located in the middle of two continental plates so you can literally dive between America and Eurasia – the only place in the world you can do so. Although this area is not full of exotic wildlife, the underground landscape is something not to be missed.

Darwin Island, Galapagos

We don’t need to tell you what kind of discoveries Charles Darwin made on this island – and these discoveries mean the island is teeming with wildlife. In fact, 20% of the marine life found around Darwin Island cannot be seen anywhere else in the world! With everything from sea lions, to penguins through to hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas and more, you’ll definitely need your underwater camera ready for this dive. Although the currents are strong in these waters, the views make up for that little extra push.

Anacapa Island, California

Just a pre-warning, diving in Anacapa Island will be cold. Very cold. So if you don’t mind donning a wetsuit, gloves, hood, and boots, this dive is well worth it. The water here will give you around 50 feet worth of visibility so you can see the incredible views in front of you. You can explore shipwrecks, dive underneath underwater arches, play with the sea lions, make your way through the kelp forests and swim with the rays. Do all that, and you’ll forget how cold it is.

Bonaire, ABC Islands

Bonaire is the ‘B’ within the Netherlands Dutch Caribbean ABC islands, located off the coast of Venezuela. It’s becoming an increasingly popular diving destination for beginners, intermediates, and experts who want to see the best of what the sea has to offer. With over 469 species of fish residing in this ocean, you won’t be short of things to see. From seahorses to squids, to reef fish and colorful corals along its 86 diving sites, there is something for everyone.

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Lauren Jauregui: The world needs more love

OHMYGOSSIP — Lauren Jauregui thinks the world needs “more love”.
The 22-year-old singer – who came out as bisexual in 2016 – has revealed that the majority of the love songs on her debut solo album will not refer to gender because, ultimately, she doesn’t consider it to be an issue.
Looking forward to her solo record, Lauren – who is best-known for starring in Fifth Harmony – explained: “Most of the songs actually don’t even allude to boy or girl, they’re just you that I’m talking to. Because it doesn’t matter. Especially when it comes to love, it really doesn’t f***ing matter.”
Lauren has claimed the world needs to become a more loving environment, and that people should feel free to love whoever they want without facing any prejudice.
The singer – who is dating Ty Dolla $ ign – told Nylon magazine: “We need more love in the world. Make all the love you want with whoever the f**k you want.
“Why are you gonna waste your time hating yourself ’cause of who you like or who you wanna f**k? You might not even like them, you might just wanna f**k them, and that’s fine!”
Lauren feels that prejudice is often the result of individuals feeling insecure about themselves.
The singer has been outspoken on various political issues over recent years, but she feels that many of society’s problems can be overcome by people learning to be more accepting of themselves.
She shared: “All of the change that will ever happen in the world has to start with the individual.
“I just feel like the political state is a personal state with everybody and how they really feel about themselves … Everybody is so scared of themselves.
“Of course they’re not gonna be accepting of another person if they can’t look in the mirror and love that.”

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5 Isekai Anime That Will Change Your World

There has been an influx of new isekai anime titles cropping up over the last two years, so with this recent explosion, it might be hard to tell which ones are worth your time. Protagonists in isekai anime typically lead unfulfilling lives until they are transported to a new world. Whether they make you laugh until you cry or just make you cry, these are the five must-watch isekai anime that are the pinnacle of quality in the genre.

Re:Zero — Starting Life in Another World


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Some would consider Re:Zero the best iteration of an isekai anime in recent memory. Like other isekai anime, Re:Zero’s main character, Natsuki Subaru, is a NEET who is sent to a new world upon his untimely death. However, the anime adds its own twist to the genre, making it so that Subaru can return by dying. If he dies in the new world, he can return to a point before his death, an ability that plays a pivotal role in Subaru’s character growth.

The supporting cast also do their part to make this show memorable. Characters like Ram and Rem have fascinating backstories which connect the disparate threads of the story through flashbacks of the past. Ram and Rem aid Subaru through his difficult journey to protect the girl he loves, Emilia. Subaru is willing to go through parts of his life over and over again after dying to put himself in a position to protect Emilia. The interesting premise combined with its fantastic cast and beautiful animation creates a memorable viewing experience. Re:Zero is one hard anime to forget.

No Game No Life


Siblings who play together, stay together.

No Game No Life preceded the recent expansion of the isekai genre by a few years. Premiering in the fall season of 2014, the anime is notable for its stunning color palette and visuals as well as its comedy. The promotional works cannot even begin to do the show’s beauty justice, especially if watched in full HD. The various visual elements make each episode a pleasure to watch and the jokes and banter of the characters create a hilarious and enjoyable atmosphere.

The show follows the adventures of Sora and his step-sister Shirohikikomori shut-ins who excel at online video games. One day, a mysterious character named Tet invites the siblings to play chess. Upon their victory, Tet invites them to Disboard, a world where everyone plays games to settle conflicts. The two accept, thinking the world is a joke. They soon get transported to Disboard, and the pair begins putting their gaming prowess to good use.

No Game No Life is visually stunning and entertaining, but it only has one season. There’s no word on a possible Season 2 anytime soon. Despite that, No Game No Life’s 14 episodes and movie adaptation will certainly leave you wanting more.

KonoSuba


Over the course of two seasons, you’ll have a blast getting to know this motley crew.

Most isekai anime feature an initially misguided protagonist whose noble companions can teach them essential lessons in their adventures. And then there’s KonoSuba, which turns this trope on its head through its ridiculous cast.

Kazuma is your average isekai NEET who dies and finds himself reincarnated. In this new world, Kazuma doesn’t find noble companions or a glorious life as an adventurer. His party consists of the useless goddess Aqua, the masochistic crusader Darkness, and the mage Megumin, who can only use her powerful explosion magic once per day.

Now throw this ridiculous bunch into an absurd fantasy world, and you’ve got one of the funniest anime in recent years. KonoSuba will have you laughing constantly — its self-awareness and clever humor will always lift your spirits and leave you feeling content after each episode.

ReLIFE


Kaizaki takes a pill to revert his appearance to that of a 17-year-old.

ReLIFE is not isekai in the traditional sense. The main character doesn’t die, and the new world is more familiar than the worlds of the previous entries. ReLIFE follows Kaizaki Arata, a 27-year-old whose attempt to defend his mentor from workplace harassment leads to coworkers turning the abuse toward him. After quitting the job and becoming a shut-in, Kaizaki is offered the chance to go back to high school and make some life progress. If he does, the curators of the ReLIFE program will find him a new job and help him move on.

ReLIFE seems like a classic high school slice-of-life anime at first, but the show does an amazing job of demonstrating Kaizaki’s character growth through the supporting cast. Like most isekai anime protagonists, Kaizaki feels weak and powerless to face the issues in his life. Being back in high school, Kaizaki realizes that despite his age, he still has a lot to learn and maybe even some things to teach the people around him. ReLIFE demonstrates that we’re never too old to learn and change as people.

Angel Beats


Don’t even pretend this image doesn’t make you want to watch this show.

Ah, Angel Beats. Be prepared, as this anime will make you cry. Angel Beats defies explanation in lots of ways, but it follows Yuzuru Otonashi waking up in the afterlife at a mysterious high school.

He learns about a desperate struggle between the Shinda Sekai Sensen (SSS) student resistance and their student council president, a young girl known only by the name Angel. Surrounded by the quirky members of the SSS, Otonashi doesn’t quite understand what’s happening. He gets pulled into the battle against Angel and finds himself learning more about the afterlife he’s in and the people there with him.

While Angel Beats doesn’t reveal a great deal about its setting initially, the lack of information makes the character interactions the real focus of the show. Angel Beats is a powerful viewing experience. It will make you laugh just as hard as it will make you cry.

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The World Surf League Announces Equal Prize Money For Both Male and Female Competitors

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Lemoore, Calif. – Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 – The World Surf League (WSL) today announced that it will award equal prize money to male and female athletes for every WSL-controlled event in the 2019 season and beyond, becoming the first and only US based global sports league, and among the first internationally, to achieve prize money equality. The WSL is proud of its commitment to gender equality, and proud to join other organizations beyond the world of sport reaching this important milestone.
WSL CEO Sophie Goldschmidt said, “This is a huge step forward in our long-planned strategy to elevate women’s surfing and we are thrilled to make this commitment as we reveal our new 2019 schedule. This is the latest in a series of actions the League has undertaken to showcase our female athletes, from competing on the same quality waves as the men, to better locations, and increased investment and support.”

Goldschmidt continued, “This change is simply the right thing to do for the WSL and we would like to thank the many advocates who have worked for decades to help advance women’s surfing. We want to be at the forefront of pushing for equality in all walks of life, starting on the waves, and we feel very lucky to have women on our tour who are highly talented, iconic role models, and more than deserve this recognition as they stand alongside our extraordinary male athletes.”

Stephanie Gilmore, six-time World Champion, said, “This is incredible, and I am thrilled. The prize money is fantastic, but the message means even more. From the moment current ownership became involved, the situation for the women surfers has been transformed for the better in every way. We have been so appreciative, but this takes it to another level. I hope this serves as a model for other sports, global organizations and society as a whole. My fellow women athletes and I are honored by the confidence in us, and inspired to reward this decision with ever higher levels of surfing.”

Kelly Slater, holder of 11 World Championships and 55 Championship tour event victories, said, “The women on the tour deserve this change.  I’m so proud that surfing is choosing to lead sports in equality and fairness. The female WSL athletes are equally committed to their craft as the male athletes and should be paid the same.  Surfing has always been a pioneering sport, and this serves as an example of that.”

Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner said, “Today is a huge moment for the sport of surfing. With our 2019 calendar (link below), new season and dates, we are proud to confirm the new prize money equality will be in effect.  This covers all WSL-controlled events: the Championship Tour, the Longboard Tour, the World Junior Championships and includes the Big Wave Tour starting on October 1st, 2018 to March 2019. We will be working with our partners at competitions where we don’t control prize money, such as certain Qualifying Series events, to achieve equality as soon as possible.”

The WSL continues to be one of the fastest-growing sports leagues globally, continually expanding its reach and fan base. WSL content and live coverage is now digitally available in every market and over 100 linear broadcasters now cover its events, including this week’s groundbreaking competition at the human-made wave at Surf Ranch. Surfing has also been added to the roster for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, introducing the sport to new audiences.

In further support of its commitment to women’s surfing, today the WSL also announces three initiatives which will launch in 2019:

  • A global marketing campaign to highlight the women’s tour as well as increase event viewership and fan engagement.
  • An local community engagement program for girls around the world, featuring instructional clinics with WSL athletes at each women’s Championship Tour stop to inspire the next generation to embrace surfing.
  • A monthly content series about the pioneering women of surfing, celebrating them across WSL channels, starting next week with seven-time World Champion Layne Beachley.
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The World Surf League has continued to feature the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves, creating inclusive, exciting, high-quality events enjoyed by millions of fans around the world. A key focus in recent years has been to increase the investment in women’s surfing:

  • Combined men’s and women’s Championship Tour events have increased from four to nine.
  • Women’s Championship Tour prize money has risen by 153% per event.
  • 64 global women’s events scheduled for 2019 – up from 14 just seven years ago.
  • The addition of two historic women’s Big Wave Tour events in Pe’ahi and Mavericks.
  • Appointment of the WSL’s first female CEO in 2017.
  • Development of the co-ed, region vs. region Founders’ Cup, with multiple teams lead by female captains.
*WSL investment timeline in women’s surfing to date:
  • 2013: Eight Women’s Championship Tour events. The WSL now invests in 10.
  • Includes world-class venues Jeffreys Bay, Fiji (now Bali), Trestles (now Surf Ranch) and Maui.
  • Since 2013: Prize money per event for the women on the CT has increased by 153%.
  • 2014: The WSL institutes pay parity for the men’s and women’s Championship Tour (CT) – all surfers, men and women, earn the same average prize money per surfer.
  • 2016: Women compete in the Big Wave Tour at Pe’ahi for the very first time.
  • 2017: The WSL appoints its first female CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt.
  • 2018: The WSL execute world-first co-ed, region vs. region Founders’ Cup.
  • 2018: Two Big Wave Tour (BWT) events scheduled for women: Pe’ahi and Mavericks.
  • 2019: Full prize money equality covering the Championship Tour, the Longboard Tour, the World Junior Championships and the Big Wave Tour starting on October 1st, 2018 (to March 2019).
  • Future: Working with event partners, the institution of equal prize money across all non-WSL-controlled Qualifying Series (QS) and Pro Junior events).

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The first reviews for Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong biopic ‘First Man’ are out of this world

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The Neil Armstrong biopic stars Ryan Gosling as Armstrong, House of Cards‘ Corey Stoll as Buzz Aldrin, and The Crown‘s Claire Foy as Armstrong’s first wife, Janet Shearon. Based on early reviews, the star-studded cast is just one of the film’s many assets. Read more…

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Best Michelin star restaurants in the world

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Food has become a much more sociable thing in recent years, and this has been greeted by an increase in popup restaurants and gastropubs. There are so many great dishes, and food cultures are emerging all across the world. Many of us now consider ourselves to be foodies, and we always look at ways of getting the best and most delicious food we can.

That’s why it’s always good to look into the Michelin star restaurants around. There are loads of these all over the world, and the likelihood is that most of the big cities in the world you visit are going to have at least one Michelin star restaurant. These restaurants offer some of the finest food in the world, prepared and cooked by some of the most talented chefs. This is a list of some of the best Michelin star restaurants in the world for you to try out.

The Fat Duck, England

The Fat Duck is a restaurant run by Heston Blumenthal and based in a picturesque 16th Century building. The restaurant has three Michelin stars and is world famous for its incredible 14-course taster menu, as well as its quirky Alice in Wonderland theme. The Fat Duck is considered the cutting edge for Michelin star restaurants and is one of the finest restaurants in the UK. If you ever get a chance, you simply must go so you can check out the innovative and enjoyable dishes on offer.

Alinea, United States

This incredible Chicago eatery was opened in 2006 and is run by chef Grant Achatz. Due to the unique food on offer, and the unconventional approach to transforming iconic dishes, this is one of the best Michelin star joints in the world. Achatz himself is one of the great personalities of the chef and restaurant world, and his establishment is still hugely popular in Chicago. If you’re looking for somewhere with world-class food, amazing service, and a unique approach, Alinea is the place for you!

Arzak, Spain

The Spanish do some pretty incredible cuisine, and Arzak is one of the places that produces the best. In fact, the Spanish city of San Sebastián, where this restaurant is based, has the highest number of Michelin star restaurants per capita in the world! There is a wealth of choice here, but Arzak stands out from the crowd because of its blend of traditional Basque dishes, and a more modern approach to preparation and presentation. The food is sensational, and the flavors are fantastic – if you are ever in the area, this is the perfect place to go and enjoy some world-famous Basque cuisine.

Il Pagliaccio, Italy

Nobody does food quite like the Italians, and Rome is the heart of cuisine and culture in Italy. Take a trip to one of the greatest cities in the world, and visit this Michelin two-star restaurant on the banks of the River Tiber. The place is key for modern, tasty cuisine, and the presentation is impeccable. Not only do you get to enjoy exquisite food, but you can also have a romantic walk afterward as well. Sensational.

These are a few of the best Michelin star restaurants we have encountered in the world. They give you a great selection of some of the best cuisine from all across the world. If you can try out any of these restaurants, we definitely recommend you do so – it will change the way you look at food and the experience of dining out.

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5 Features We Want Added to ‘Jurassic World Evolution’

Since its release in June, Jurassic World Evolution has proven to be a must-buy game for Jurassic Park fans. It allows you to incubate any of 48 species of dinosaur, build their enclosures, and create the ultimate park to go along with your prehistoric pals. Plus, you get to build your park on Las Cinco Muertes and Isla Nublar!

But, like all games, there is still room for improvement. Whether it’s the addition of new creatures, including more buildings, or little tweaks, there are changes and additions that could make the game much better. Here are five features that Frontier Developments should add in the near future.

Flying and Aquatic Reptiles


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Be honest now. You want a Mosasaur, don’t you?

Premiering in The Lost World and Jurassic World, respectively, flying and aquatic reptiles have been staples of the Jurassic franchise as much as their land-faring counterparts. Though Frontier has been hinting at their inclusion for a while now, we’ve yet to hear exactly when either of these types of creatures will be added. But we can be sure that when they are in the game, they will instantly give it a whole new Jurassic flare.

It’s still unknown exactly how they will be showcased in the park, but it’s clear that both the aquatic and flying reptiles will require special enclosures. An aviary like the one we see in Jurassic World would work for the pterosaurs. But the marine reptiles would prove to be more of a challenge. Perhaps a special enclosure surrounding a pre-existing body of water will do the trick.

(Plus, I’m sure we all want to reenact the scene from Jurassic World when all the Pteranodons and Dimorphodons break free and wreak havoc.)

Building Customization and Personalization


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Though the designs are clean and crisp, most of the buildings in the game are pretty bland.

Perhaps one of the biggest letdowns in the game is how few buildings are available to build. We have access to several buildings that are essential to park operation, like the ACU Center and the Hammond Creation Lab, but the options are slim when it comes to guest recreation. There also isn’t much diversity when it comes to the building types. There is only one type of gift shop, one type of restaurant, and so on.

Plus, the buildings that are available are pretty boring to look at. Though skins are available for a few of the vehicles, it would be great if there were a way to decorate and modify the buildings. If we could at least change the color scheme of the buildings, maybe they would feel more like our own.

More Outdoor Attractions for the Guests


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A Cretaceous Cruise would fit into the game perfectly.

Though the dinosaurs were intended to be the focal point of both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, the parks in the films also included other fun things to do. The park in Jurassic World had safaris in Gallimimus Valley, golfing, botanical gardens, and the several other outdoor activities and venues. But Jurassic World Evolution features none of those things. The only real “fun” places that the guests can go to are the bowling alley, an arcade, and other indoor activities.

The game does allow guests to hop into the gyrospheres and zoom through the enclosures, but that’s the only activity for the guests outside. The inclusion of more outdoor attractions like golfing and the Cretaceous Cruise would tick a lot of boxes when it comes to overall game satisfaction.

Visible Dino Aging


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If both the outdoor activities and the dinosaur aging are added, our parks could include petting zoos!

One of the greatest parts of having animals in Frontier’s Zoo Tycoon series and its predecessors from Blue Fang was that the animals actually grew up. When you first bought them, they would be adults, but when they bred and gave birth, their offspring would actually look like they were young.


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This recently-incubated edmontosaurus is the biggest it will ever get.

Unfortunately, when you incubate dinosaurs in Jurassic World Evolution, they are full-grown adults. Though they are unable to reproduce, as they’re all female, it would be nice to see young dinosaurs coming out of the Hammond Creation Lab and watch them grow in real time.

Visiting Other Players’ Parks


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Don’t you want to show off your park’s grandeur to the world?

Besides screenshots, playthroughs, and livestreams on Twitch and YouTube, there’s no real way to see other people’s parks. It’s a shame considering Hammond’s original philosophy for his park was to show it to the whole world. So, to make the game even more spectacular, it would be great if we had the ability to visit other players’ parks. Not only would it give us inspiration to make our parks even better, it would also help us know what we can expect later on in the game.

Perhaps once our islands receive a 5-star rating, our parks would be accessible to other people. Plus, Frontier could also create a way to buy and sell dinosaurs between players. This also opens the door to even more cooperative gameplay and multiplayer features that could be added in the future.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Set Visit: A Guide to the Wizarding World of France From ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’

When J.K. Rowling released a series of Pottermore articles about the world’s leading schools of witchcraft and wizardry, the Harry Potter author was secretly signaling to her fanbase that these locations could play a part in her five-part cinematic prequel series. With Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, magizoologist Newt Scamander arrived in Prohibition-era New York City. With The Crimes of Grindelwald, he’s now heading to Paris, France.

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It’s Pokkén Tournament’s third year as part of the Pokemon World Championships, and for the first time, a non-Japanese player made it to the Grand Finals.

Not only did USA’s Jacob Waller make it to the final battle, but he beat out Japan’s Kota Aragaki in the Pokkén Tournament DX Grand Finals at the 2018 Pokemon World Championships in a tense back-and-forth struggle.

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Best beaches around the world that aren’t packed with tourists

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A day at the beach is always good fun. It’s a chance to soak up the sun and relieve some of the stress that’s getting you down. Unfortunately, everyone has the same idea as you, and finding somewhere quiet and secluded can be challenging. If you’re looking for a place to top up your tan where tourists won’t constantly hound you, you might want to visit one of these beaches.

La Sagesse Bay (Grenada)

Grenada’s tropical climate means that a day on the beach is almost essential when you’re in the country. Grand Anse Bay, one of Grenada’s best-known spots, is ridiculously busy throughout the year. However, things are a lot quieter just a few miles down the road. La Sagesse Bay, which is just as beautiful as its neighbor, is a nice, secluded spot rarely touched by these hordes of tourists. It’s not unpopulated, but it’s far quieter than Grand Anse Bay. The serene atmosphere here means you’ll definitely get some peace and quiet.

Ko Adang (Thailand)

Thailand’s beaches get crazy during peak season. However, if you’re in the country and looking for a quiet day by the sea, Ko Adang has got you covered. The island belongs to the Tarutao National Park and is favored for the local species in the area. Many people who come here do so to go bird watching, but you won’t be judged for lounging on the beach. The island is very secluded from the rest of Thailand, which is partly why it’s so quiet. If you don’t mind the challenge of getting there, the white sand and clear waters will be worth your while. Plus, there are opportunities to go snorkeling and scuba diving here where you’ll discover some beautiful coral reefs.

Colombier Beach (St. Barths)

The longer it takes to get to a beach, the less likely it is to be filled with tourists. Colombier Beach on St. Barths requires a 30-minute hike to reach, but you’re in for a treat once you make it there. The beach looks almost untouched because it’s not often that people put in the effort to visit it. With almost crystal clear water and sand that’s warm to the touch, this secluded spot is sure to give you the beach break you deserve. Plus, the half-hour walk is pretty scenic, so it’s worth the added time to get there.

Whitehaven Beach (Australia)

As one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you’d think that Whitehaven Beach would be more popular than it is. However, it seems that its seclusion has prevented others from visiting the gorgeous shores. It’s their loss, because Whitehaven Beach has some of the purest sand and clearest water you’ll ever find. It’s a visual masterpiece, especially where the currents and sand have created an incredible swirling effect in the water. It’s easy to get here via a tour boat, and they’ll typically provide you with a stinger suit if you plan on going swimming. While the beach is beautiful, it is sometimes home to deadly jellyfish. You’ll want to be a little cautious in the water.

Grenen (Denmark)

Scandinavian countries probably aren’t your first thought for a beach vacation, but Grenen in Denmark is one of the best and quietest. If you don’t mind not swimming in the water (it’s prohibited), you’ll be able to relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Go there at the right time of year, and the weather will be reasonable enough for lounging on the sand. Plus, you’ll be greeted by the seals who enjoy relaxing on the beach, even with tourists hanging around. What more of a reason do you need to go there?

Going to the beach should be about relaxation. No-one wants to deal with the stress of being surrounded by a bunch of noisy, intrusive tourists, especially if they’re on vacation. At least you now know where to go when the crowds become too much.

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Most beautiful airports in the world

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Whenever we go on vacation, we seem to spend hours in airports. We’re always advised to get there well in advance so that we don’t end up running late, but that usually just means we’re sitting around for ages. It doesn’t help that our flights always seem to be late too, so we’re just waiting there even longer. Although being stuck in an airport can be a drag, some of them are a lot more exciting to explore than others. If you’ve never seen these beautiful airports for yourself, it might be time to book yourself a vacation.

Kansai International Airport (Japan)

Fancy a weekend break in Japan? The country is known for its technological innovations, and it’s no different with their airports. The Kansai International Airport in Osaka is a work of genius. It took over three years to build and is located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay. Yes, it’s an airport on the water. The structure was built using incredibly resistant materials, so if a natural disaster strikes, it’s unlikely to be affected. This airport is worth seeing just for its bizarre water-based setting, although the modern infrastructure is also pretty great to look at too.

Madrid-Barajas International Airport (Spain)

The architects definitely had a vision in mind when they built the Madrid-Barajas International Airport in Spain. In particular, their plans for Terminal 4 were something not often found in an airport. They wanted the infrastructure to convey peace and tranquility for all passengers passing through it, which isn’t an easy thing for an airport to do. However, they managed to pull it off by using integrated steel and bamboo, a rather bizarre mix of materials. The end result is something that’s environmentally friendly and allows a lot of light into the building, which creates a pretty calming atmosphere.

Beijing Capital International Airport (China)

When Beijing was chosen for the 2008 Olympics, China knew they had to dazzle in every possible way. That included their airport, which would be the first thing that visiting athletes and tourists would see when they landed in the city. The airport’s Terminal 3 was opened in 2008 and just like in Madrid, natural light is an important feature. The ceiling is formed of mesh skylights which bring down splashes of red, yellow and white. It’s a pretty great sight to behold and a wonderful way to be introduced to the city.

O’Hare International Airport (Chicago)

Few airports have a design quite as mind-blowing as O’Hare International. We love a good injection of color, and this is one airport that has that in abundance. Natural light is great, but so too is a neon tunnel where you’re surrounded by every color under the rainbow. This airport isn’t always the easiest to navigate, but it’s worth getting lost in to see this beautiful sight.

Menara International Airport (Morocco)

If you visit Marrakech, you’ll always fly to the same airport. While Menara International might be the only airport in Marrakech, the architects responsible for it made sure that it’s one of the best out there. All it takes is a glimpse of the outside to see that. The intricate design of the roof is incredibly eye-catching, and it filters the light down to passengers making their way inside. The efficiency of the inside is super important when it comes to an airport, but what good is that if the outside isn’t attractive?

Your impression of airports might be big spaces with blank walls and lots of iron, but that’s a design of the past. As airports are built or redesigned, a greater focus is now placed on creating something that will entice passengers coming in and out of the city. If you’re going to spend hours there, you want something nice to look at.

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Do you remember a world before Beyoncé? The singer has been in our hearts and headphones for more than 20 years, from teenager to mother of three. The Queen graces Vogue’s September issue this year, sharing the story of her latest pregnancy and delivery, her thoughts on body acceptance and the influence of her ancestry, and the legacy she hopes to leave her children. Beyoncé’s fourth Vogue cover is also historic: It was shot by 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell, a rising young black photographer from Atlanta, hand-selected by the star.

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Walking On Water is looking forward to having you join us at the Rock Church in San Diego to view our most recent movie, Surfers and Cowboys!  You won’t want to miss this encouraging movie “where fear and faith collide”.  Bring your family, invite your friends and neighbors and come experience this amazing true story!  Watch the trailer here.  Doors open at 6:15pm, program begins at 7:00pm.

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Special Guests Include: Movie stars Zane Cook, Aaron Gold and Kyle Lane, along with Walking On Water Founder Bryan Jennings.

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The surprising ways kids around the world get to school

The wheels on the bus don’t go “round and round” all over the world. Some children climb cliffs while others row boats to school, but simply walking is most common.


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5 great graffiti tours around the world

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When you visit a new city, you want to explore the nitty-gritty of its culture – but in today’s day and age, that’s pretty difficult. Because tourism is the main priority for some of these cities, the ancient ruins are quite literally ruined by ice cream vans and restaurants, beautiful churches are blocked by hordes of people all clambering around with their selfie sticks, and cobbled streets have been broken into pieces by tour groups that didn’t wear the right kind of footwear. So, how the heck do you see the REAL city? Well, it turns out that you might need to look at the present to truly appreciate the past, as modern graffiti can reveal hidden sides of the world’s most famous cities…

Bogota Graffiti Tour

When you think of Bogota, you probably think of the binge-worthy Netflix show, Narcos. If you’ve seen this show, you’ll know that Bogota looks in no way inviting – but times have changed! Bogota is now an urban hub that has made a name for itself across the world for its street art. In fact, some of the best graffiti artists from across the globe make their way to Colombia each year to leave their mark, many of which portray messages of a political and social nature. It’s well worth a look.

Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour – New York

The Big Apple is famous for many reasons, and its street art is just another reason to add to that list. Only recently has this city realized that graffiti is not vandalism, but rather an expression of art, and art buffs around the city are now doing everything they can to showcase this to the rest of the world. It’s now the job of The Bushwick Collective to showcase all of the best street art around the city and show off what their artists have had to say about the past, present, and future of the United States.

Camden Street Art Tours – London

If you’ve ever descended upon Camden in London, England – you’ll know that this place is the quirkiest of the lot. With vintage and retro street markets snaking their way along the streets and people from all walks of life merging together in one, it should come as no surprise to note that the place is also overrun with street art. From poignant political pieces to British culture, the street art here is so varied you will definitely need a guide to help you make sense of it all. It will be well worth it.

Colorful Streets of Lima

Peru probably doesn’t spring to mind when you think of street art, but Lima is actually covered in color and paintings, and it’s truly beautiful. Every year, people from all across the world descend on the village of Barranco to check out the area that is covered head-to-toe in intricate and expressive street art. Not only is it incredible to look at, but it will also impress all of your friends back home. You’ll have an Instagram feed to be jealous of, that’s for sure.

Vienna’s Street Art Tour

The Vienna Street Art Tour takes place during the evening rather than the day, which means you avoid all of the crowds and get to check out the uninterrupted views of the walls and the buildings that are covered in graffiti. Vienna has the pleasure of hosting some of the greatest street artists in the world within their city, which means that their tags are immediately recognizable. This tour is a cut above the rest.

Looking to check out what really goes on inside each city? This is where you need to scrap the tourist spots and head to where the locals hang out – on the streets. These street art tours will help you get started.

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Have you heard of the seven wonders of the world? The Greeks compiled them as the most outstanding sights around the globe. In the years since these wonders were established, many of them have ceased to exist, with the Great Pyramid of Giza the last monument still standing. Luckily, we have some new sights worth seeing that represent the modern age. With the world constantly changing, it was about time we updated the list anyway.

The Roman Colosseum

If you take a vacation to Rome, there’s a good chance you’ll see the Colosseum during your stay. It’s one of the most impressive architectural structures around, even if it’s in a slight state of ruin. Back in its heyday, 50,000 people would sit in the Colosseum to watch the gladiators fight, something that you wouldn’t catch happening there now. While it might not serve the same purpose anymore, though, it’s still a huge inspiration to the design of other amphitheaters around the world.

Machu Picchu

Despite being around since the 1400s, it’s only in the last hundred years or so that locals and tourists have explored the citadel of Machu Picchu. Its location in the Andean mountain range has secluded the spot from the public eye, and also made it difficult to visit. While it might require a bit of effort to get to, though, the trip is more than worth it. You’re not just seeing one structure here but the work of an entire civilization. The granite used to construct their buildings is quite a sight to behold too.

Taj Mahal

It’s the structure that comes to most people’s minds when they think of India. Commissioned by Shah Jahan as a tomb for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the marvelous structure borrows from a variety of different architectural styles, including Turkish and Islamic. Despite being a mausoleum, there’s a lot of beauty to this building that can only be appreciated up close and personal. That’s why millions of people visit Uttar Pradesh to see the sight for themselves every year.

Chichen Itza

The Mayans may not have successfully predicted doomsday back in 2012, but they still have a lot going for them. Their architecture is some of the most compelling around, especially when you see the structures in Chichen Itza. This Mexican city utilizes various architectural styles, potentially because of the diverse population that inhabited Chichen Itza, and is notable for the presence of El Castillo. This pyramidal temple is found at the center of the city and is a structure that many now associate with the Mayan culture.

Petra

Having potentially been around since 9000 BC, Petra is one of the oldest wonders on this list. Established as the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom in the 4th century BC, the Arabian city was famed for its use of water technology that allowed locals to create something of a mini oasis. Out of the rocks have come some of the most impressive structures you’ll ever see, including a monastery and amphitheater that carved with incredible detail. No wonder tourism numbers are starting to increase year on year.

Christ the Redeemer

It’s hard to miss the Christ the Redeemer statue if you’re in Brazil. The 130-foot monument towers over the city of Rio de Janeiro and has become a symbol of Christianity all around the world. It was first built in 1931, thanks to the generous donations of many locals and has stood firm ever since. It requires maintenance work on a relatively regular basis, due to its exposure to erosion, but that doesn’t make it any less of a wonder to behold. Seeing it up close is worth the climb up Corcovado mountain.

Great Wall of China

As the longest manmade structure in the world, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Great Wall of China is one of the sights you need to see. This behemoth stretches for 4,000 miles and was erected to protect the Chinese Empire from invasions, although it’s also used for controlling things like trade and emigration. The wall was first built back in the BC era and lasted for hundreds of years. As each new dynasty took control, changes and improvements were made to strengthen the wall.

With these man made wonders located all over the world, it looks like you’ve got a lot of traveling to do. The airfare will be totally worth it once you get to see these amazing structure for yourself, though.

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Waves Not Plastic Gets Involved in Projects All Over The World

Our mission at Waves Not Plastic is to bring awareness to plastic pollution through passion!  This organization has been established for ocean enthusiasts like you to make a difference in communities around the world.  We strive to clean up our oceans and change the tide on how our world refuses, reuses, reduces, and recycles.  Make the pledge and refuse single-use plastic. Do what you love, take care of the environment and make a difference!

 

Morocco, Africa

The brand educates local ocean enthusiasts. Morocco possess an amazing population of second generation surfers. Their warm and welcoming personalities combined with their love for the ocean and surfing, provide access to a valuable resource and partnership.

They also inspire traveling surfers. International travelers love to visit the beautiful country of Morocco. Comfortable weather, perfect surf, and the amazing hospitality shared by the locals draws thousands of surfers every year. Countless days are spent surfing world class waves while an unsightly amount of plastic washes upon the shores. Why not return the stoke from perfect waves and help our oceans?  After surfing all morning, spend that next hour after lunch waiting for the tide to change and pitch in.

They are also involved in global beach cleanups. A primary objective of WavesNotPlastic.org is to organize and manage beach cleanups in impacted areas.  With the support and assistance of Moroccan Surf Adventures we have applied resources in Morocco, Africa, to create community involvement and assist in cleaning our shorelines.

The locals are also educated on the use of single use plastics and these countries are provided water purification systems. Traveling to a far off destination and unsure about the drinking water? Single use water bottles suck and really stack up. Even if the surf is small you can still find ways to play in the water. Waves Not Plastic .org in action!  Two separate purification systems showcased in the video to the right, both no larger then a reusable canteen – both carry on approved.  No chemicals needed! Making a difference at camp with Moroccan Surf Adventures.

 

Nicaragua, Central America

As an organization, our primary goal is to educate and encourage individuals to get involved and make a difference.  The first thing that I noticed in Nicaragua was a young generation of surfers with a passion for the ocean.

 A unique correlation was that the livelihood of their families depended on the ocean environment.  From fisherman to small business owners, the success of their careers was directly affected by the health of the ocean.

However, I also noticed a major problem.  These same individuals who love spending time surfing in the ocean were not doing a good job of taking care of this precious resource.  Garbage was thrown into creeks that directly feed into the ocean.  Waste was discarded on beaches and left for the tide to wash it out to sea.

 These bad habits were not acted upon out of a dislike for the ocean, they were due to a lack of education and understanding on the harmful effects of pollution and plastic in the natural environment.

 Similar to our work in Northern Africa, an education platform was developed and shared with these local ocean enthusiasts.  The solution: find a common platform that inspires these individuals to make a difference.  The answer was simple.  SURFING!

Youth surf camps and competitions – 

Learning can be fun, and what better way to teach surfers than to go surfing?  Our education and outreach program picked up speed in Nicaragua by hosting a beach cleanup and surf contest for the local kids.  Waves Not Plastic produced a Surf Contest at Remanso beach that kicked off with both locals and traveling surfers participating in a beach cleanup.  The event was a success and the message was clear, “Do what you love and give back along the way.”

The kids hit the beach to clean things up and then hit the water to showcase the incredible talent of Nicaraguan surfers.  Everyone left the beach that day with something special, including first place finisher Diego and his new surfboard, compliments of Used Surfboards Hawaii.

“I will never forget this special experience and the stoke that these young kids shared for the ocean.  While surfing a few days later with some of the kids that participated in the event, a young surfer paddled up to me, pulled a piece of plastic out of his pocket that he had collected from the water and handed it to me with a huge smile on his face. ”  – Jeff Lenore

Founder / CEO, Waves Not Plastic .org

California, North America

 

California is our home.  It’s where we grew up surfing.  Fortunately, California possesses an incredible wealth of environmental organizations that are currently operating in the Golden State.  One of our favorite projects at Waves Not Plastic is to assist these organizations in protecting and healing ocean environments.

 Our platform in California consists of developing an education and outreach program.  With the assistance of our friends we have teamed up with some outstanding organizations to make a difference in our communities.

Our mission is to bring awareness to plastic pollution through passion!  Fortunately we have a few friends who don’t mind getting stoked. The team at Waves Not Plastic joined our friends at San Francisco Surfrider and some incredible local organizations to produce a beach cleanup focused around a  fun event.

Join Waves Not Plastic as we support the California Coastal Commission in celebrating  California Coastal Day.  We will be hitting the beach to produce a fun-filled afternoon focused around another great beach cleanup.  Bring your friends as we enjoy surfing, yoga, and a day of fun on the beach.

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France Beats Croatia 4-2 to Win Second World Cup

(MOSCOW) — With Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for.

Nineteen-year-old Kylian Mbappe became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final, helping France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday.

Mbappe had just shown his electrifying speed in the 52nd minute when play was held up by four protesters. About 12 minutes after play resumed, Mbappe sent a right-footed shot past Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

The last teenager to score in a World Cup final was Pele, who scored two when Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 in 1958.

Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, France’s two other key players, also scored at the Luzhniki Stadium.

But it was Mbappe and Pogba who put the match out of reach with a furious passage of play interrupted by a four-person field invasion by Pussy Riot — watched from the VIP seats by Putin, whose government once jailed members of the activist group.

Griezmann scored from the penalty in the 38th minute after a video review. About four minutes after his corner kick was knocked out, the referee ruled Ivan Perisic had handled the ball on the way.

France took the lead in the 18th when Croatia’s tallest outfield player, 1.90-meter (6-foot-3) forward Mario Mandzukic, rose to meet Griezmann’s free kick with the top of his head. He inadvertently sent it past his own goalkeeper.

Perisic and Mandzukic both scored for Croatia.

Mbappe was born months after France first won the World Cup in 1998.

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Best “walking cities” to travel to in the world

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Sometimes the only way to really get to know the city you are visiting is to take it all in at your own pace. That means strolling around the streets, getting a feel for the people and atmosphere of the place. While some cities are not ideal to walk around because of their hills (hello, San Francisco), others can be enjoyed under the power of your own two feet. We’ve done the hard part and trekked across many of the world’s cities to give you our definitive recommendations on which of them to wander around.

New York, USA

Let’s start with a biggie, New York City. Taking a taxi or a bus around this city just won’t do it the justice it deserves. Walking around the streets of Manhattan really lets you see all that is going on. You can grab a pizza on the corner of a street, or head into one of the many bars, restaurants, or cafes to give yourself a quick rest before you march on through the city. Of course, you will have to get out and walk through Central Park, so why not extend your walk? No trip to New York would be complete without walking around several of the huge department stores the city has to offer.

London, UK

London is a huge metropolis, but unlike many cities, its streets are narrow and intertwining. This means that if you take a bus or taxi tour, you are going to miss things because they can’t fit down all of the streets. Down some of these little side streets are many little pubs and historic buildings. You’ll want to get a closer look at some of the ancient architecture that you just don’t get to see from the window of a moving vehicle. We recommend getting up at daybreak to really take in the city at your own pace before the working residents start bulldozing their way around the sidewalks and walkways.

Paris, France

Paris, the city of love. What better place to go for a romantic stroll than the French capital city? Take your partner and go for a long walk along the river Seine before ending up frolicking through the Tuileries gardens. The gardens are located beside the Louvre art gallery so make sure you stop by after you’ve experienced the beauty of the gardens. Walk through the streets and enjoy the smell of bread and coffee as you walk past some of the finest cafes Paris has to offer.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a historic city; its streets are a reminder of how we used to live hundreds of years ago. The cobbled stones and narrow alleys can be found all over the city, helping to transport you back to the medieval times. Prague doesn’t get too hot, even during the summer so you can comfortably walk around the city without getting burnt or sweating buckets. With several concert halls and clubs, walk around this city will fill your ears with the sounds of the Czech culture.

These are some of the best cities to stroll around at your own pace. You can just drop yourself into the city and absorb the culture through the sights, smells, tastes, and people that surround you. To get a sense of the history of these places then take a guided walking tour to learn more when you visit. If you are looking to visit a city for your next vacation, then consider walking around one of these cultural hotspots.

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After France’s World Cup victory on July 15, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah made a racial joke congratulating Africa. The comment landed him in hot water with several fans including French ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud, who wrote the South African-born comedian a letter, critiquing his comments. During his Between The Scenes segment on Wednesday, he […]

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'Overlord' Trailer Teases a World War II Zombie Movie; Here's Everything We Know So Far

 

Ahead of Comic-Con, where we expected it to drop, Paramount has unveiled the first trailer for the Bad Robot production Overlord. It's the first R-rated release from J.J. Abrams' company, best known lately for surprise deliveries of Cloverfield movies, and we can easily see why that is. Already, we're getting clear glimpses of gory Nazi zombies here. 

 

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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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African Team Defeats Croatia to Win the FIFA World Cup 2018

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

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

 

Thus per Twitter logic, Africa got that W.

 

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

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With Flags, Song and Pride, France Celebrates a Unifying World Cup Victory

(PARIS) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy.

France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy.

“It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy.

“We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. “This is good for the morale … Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.”

Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged.

Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day.

Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon’s triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks.

A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon.

Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets.

As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.

The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words “Proud to be Blue,” or French.

The celebrations were spread across the nation.

For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral.

Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal’s Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply.

“We say it so little … We should be proud to be French,” Griezmann said.

Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France’s run to the title and the festivities it has sparked.

Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe’s home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.

“All this euphoria and effervescence, it’s positive but it’s emotional and ephemeral,” he said ahead of France’s win. Bourassi said sports is a “catalyst to bring people and nations together.”

But, he added, it must be built on.

“What we’re seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?”

That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace.

Revelers celebrated the moment.

“We’re happy. It took 20 years … It’s the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates,” Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees.

The win “shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France,” said Omar Bzi.

Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said “It’s a way to bring the French people together, and also the world.”

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France has clinched its second World Cup title with a 4-2 win over Croatia in a dramatic final in Moscow featuring a series of firsts and a pitch invasion orchestrated by Russian protest group Pussy Riot. France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup…
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France Just Won the World Cup. Here’s How Much Their Players Get

France just played its way to its first World Cup victory in 20 years, defeating Croatia’s team 4-2 on Sunday to take home the soccer tournament’s iconic trophy, lifelong bragging rights and a whole lot of prize money.

But just how much cash will players on France’s team actually earn from winning the championship? It’s not up to FIFA, or even coach Didier Deschamps. The French Football Federation will decide how to distribute the first-place award.

For winning Sunday’s final, FIFA will give France $ 38 million from its prize fund. (Don’t feel too bad for Croatia — its team gets to lick its wounds with a cool $ 28 million). The money comes out of a $ 400 million pot, according to the Associated Press, which is up 12% from the last World Cup in 2014. In total, FIFA has earmarked $ 791 million to give to various 2018 World Cup teams for their preparations, players and performances.

As MONEY reported last month, the prizes are technically awarded to the various teams’ national soccer federations. Those organizations can then decide how they want to distribute the winnings, which means that players in some countries end up profiting a lot more than others.

The president of the French Federation, Noël Le Graët, has said his athletes will get 30% of the cash they earn. Each player was guaranteed a bonus of €280,000, or about $ 330,000, for making it to the final, according to BFMTV. So they’re at least taking home that much.

At least one player plans to donate his cut to charity. Kylian Mbappé, a forward, announced last month that he intends to give his $ 22,000-per-game fee — along with his bonus — to Preiers de Cordees, a sports charity for people with disabilities.

“When playing a World Cup, it’s a pleasure, because it’s a dream come true,” his teammate Samuel Umtiti told L’Equipe in French. “So yes, there is money at stake. But I do not care. I do not play for that.”

In fact, perhaps the most valuable perk that comes with winning the World Cup is the trophy, which weighs more than 13 pounds and is made of 18-carat gold. Designed by an Italian artist in 1974, it’s worth up to $ 20 million, according to USA Today.

But don’t get too excited: The winning team isn’t allowed to take the actual item home due to a series of misfortunes the original Jules Rimet Trophy encountered in the 20th century. Instead, they get to keep a gold-plated replica.

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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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How This World Cup Photographer Captured the ‘Pure Excitement’ After Croatia’s Victory

Photographer Yuri Cortez has been shooting for Agence France-Presse for 27 years. The job has brought him around the world, covering everything from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq to natural disasters in Haiti and Mexico.

But last Wednesday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup match between England and Croatia offered Cortez a whole new experience: He found himself at the bottom of a pile of Croatian soccer players as they celebrated star striker Mario Mandžukić’s extra time goal against England — the game winner, it would turn out, punching Croatia’s ticket into Sunday’s final against France. It was Cortez’s fourth World Cup, but his first time at the bottom of a goal celebration.

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Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatia’s forward Mario Mandzukic (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the semi-final game on July 11, 2018.
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Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian defender Josip Pivaric celebrates with his teammates.

Following his goal, Mandžukić ran to the corner to celebrate with his teammates directly in front of Cortez. “When the second goal happened, I was taking pictures with a 400mm lens,” says Cortez. “When I saw Mandžukić running towards me, I quickly switched cameras. Suddenly more players were coming closer and closer.” As Croatian players ran over to celebrate the goal, Cortez was pushed over and found himself beneath the celebration pile.

“At that moment I was taking pictures of their faces the whole time. Capturing their joy,” he says. “The scenes that I saw that that moment was pure excitement.”

Yuri Cortez—AFP/Getty ImagesCroatian forward Mario Mandzukic offers to help AFP photographer Yuri Cortez after falling on him during the celebration.

As the players got up, Mandžukić extended Cortez a hand and asked, “Are these your glasses?” He then placed the glasses on Cortez’s head and shook his hand. Croatian defender Domagoj Vida then gave Cortez a kiss on the forehead before the team returned to the field, leaving him stunned with a glowing smile. “It’s a historic moment for them and a great moment for me,” he says. “Really incredible”

Mladen Antonov—AFP/Getty ImagesMario Mandzukic shakes hands with photographer Yuri Cortez after helping him up.

Cortez says his phone has not stopped ringing from people and publications who are interested in the photographs. But his focus is now on the final game — where he says he’ll be rooting for Croatia.

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England Lost in the World Cup and the ‘They’re Going Home’ Memes Are Here

Following England’s devastating loss to Croatia in the World Cup semi-final, Twitter was rife with jokes poking fun at the “It’s coming home” rallying cry of the English fan base.

With a little over 10 minutes to go in extra time of Wednesday’s match, Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic fired a shot into the back of the net to give his team a 2-1 lead over England. The English squad was unable to come up with an equalizer in the remaining time, officially ending their chances of reaching their first World Cup final since 1966.

But as if the loss itself wasn’t crushing enough, it was then that the “They’re going home” memes began to appear. Those rooting against England were all too quick to turn their fans’ cheer of “It’s coming home”—which has risen in popularity throughout the 2018 World Cup—into a taunt.

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Tori Roloff and Zach Roloff with baby Jackson.

Staying put! Tori Roloff assured fans that she and husband Zach Roloff will continue filming Little People, Big World amid news of Jeremy and Audrey Roloff’s departures.

“We’re not going anywhere!” Tori announced on her Instagram Story Tuesday, July 10. The 27-year-old then engaged in a chat with fans, answering their questions about the TLC reality series.

“Will Z & T be staying with LPBW?” one Instagram user asked.

“YAS! And J too,” Tori replied, referring to the pair’s son Jackson, whom they welcomed in May 2017.

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Another fan asked why the couple — who wed in September 2014 — chose to stay on Little People, Big World. Tori responded: “Because we feel like we’re not done telling our story.”

The reality star reiterated this sentiment when she wrote that her favorite part about filming is “getting to share our story with our fans.”

Jeremy, Zach’s twin brother, and wife Audrey announced on Tuesday they are leaving Little People, Big World. “After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. A year ago, I made the decision that this season would be our last,” the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram. “It has been an amazing run, and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you. You are what made doing this so fun. We will still be supporting the family as they carry the #LPBW torch onward. This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically — the show much go on!”

He added: “That being said, we’re not disappearing. We have a lot of exciting stuff in the works and are eager to continue the world that the Lord has called us to!”

“We wish Jeremy, Audrey, and Ember the best, and are excited to continue to keep up with other members of the Roloff family when Little People, Big World returns next year,” TLC told Us Weekly in a statement.

Meanwhile, Tori told her more than 700,000 followers that sharing their lives with the world can be weird, but the family does not hold back. “Our philosophy is if we aren’t willing to share something with others we probably shouldn’t be doing it,” she wrote. “Plus something we’re going through can ultimately help others (even though that still baffles me today).”

The TLC star also opened up about what it was like to join the series in 2011: “I was honestly scared. I didn’t want to be the girl who broke Zach’s heart. Once I knew how serious we were I was more open to it because it was a part of his life.”

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World Cup Fans Continue to Do the Most With England’s ‘It’s Coming Home’ Chant

With England just one game away from reaching their first World Cup final since 1966, English fans’ cries of “It’s coming home” are only growing stronger.

The chant has its origins in The Lightning Seeds’ 1996 single “Three Lions,” a track that was released to commemorate England hosting the 1996 European Football Championship. But while the song originally poked fun at England’s numerous soccer disappointments, its chorus is now a rallying cry for all those hoping to see the English squad come out on top on Sunday.

As the phrase has risen in popularity throughout the World Cup, fans from around the globe have begun hopping on the “It’s coming home” bandwagon. Even Justin Timberlake tried the cheer out during his Monday concert at London’s O2 Arena.

And because it’s 2018, the chant has also been turned into a meme, with Twitter users superimposing “Three Lions” over famous movie and TV scenes.

See some of the best creations below.

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A Florida media company will have to cough up more than $ 24 million after admitting Tuesday to bribing high-ranking international soccer officials for exclusive broadcast access to World Cup qualifier matches. Imagina US LLC pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to two counts of wire-fraud conspiracy. Corporate counsel Erika Lucas admitted to Judge Pamela Chen…
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