Thuram: ‘Ban those who deny racism’

first_imgLilian Thuram is shocked by Verona’s reaction to the racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli, calling coach Ivan Juric “a very dangerous person who should be suspended.” The Brescia forward kicked the ball into the stands aimed at the precise section where audible ‘monkey noises’ were coming from during Sunday’s Serie A game at the Stadio Bentegodi. Despite the fact even the Federation representative on the touchline heard and reported the racist abuse, and it was caught on video, Juric, President Maurizio Setti and the Mayor of Verona all insisted there was no racism. “We have to tell people that there is history behind racism and it’s not true that it comes from ignorance,” former Parma and Juventus star Thuram told Radio 24. “History proves that racist people genuinely believe in these ideals, much like with sexism. If someone believes in the inferiority of another race or gender, he is not stupid, he genuinely believes in this. “It is also very dangerous to think of monkey noises as banter. It is not a normal thing to do. We need everyone to point that out, that this is unacceptable. “This is why I say the Verona coach is a very dangerous person who should be suspended for what he said. “He said that he didn’t hear anything wrong, that is the danger. When someone is attacked, others have to come to their aid, not expect the person under attack to defend himself. “When all the players walk off the pitch together, that is when things will change quickly. Racism is violence.” Hellas Verona did, however, ban ultras leader Luca Castellini until June 2030 after he used a series of racial slurs against Balotelli during an interview. “This gentleman says such things because there is history behind it, he believes nationality derives from the colour of your skin,” continued Thuram. “Racism is in the stadium, but what about society? Many say they are not racist, but do nothing for equality. The world of football must understand this is not a joke, it has real world consequences. “I’ve known racism before, during and after my playing career. What white player went to his fans and told them to stop it? Nobody. The only coach that I know who openly said he would walk off is Carlo Ancelotti. It is white players and coaches who must stand up and have the courage to say, enough is enough.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

The dinner party we really should be having

first_img(This is a post I wrote for LinkedIn and wanted to share!)A couple of years ago, I was invited to an unusual dinner party. Philanthropist Jeffrey Walker, the host, assembled the dozen or so guests – who mostly did not know each other – and outlined the rules of the intimate gathering. Everyone would explain who they were and what cause they stood for, and then we would take turns discussing as a table a series of challenging questions about philanthropy, a topic close to the hearts of everyone assembled. No side conversations or small talk. We were going to wrestle with ideas.This was my introduction to the Jeffersonian Dinner. Jeff models them on the real deal: Thomas Jefferson, president, scientist and writer of the Declaration of Independence. The president liked to invite intriguing guests who shared an interest area and then provoke a stimulating evening conversation around that topic.The event I attended was among the most fascinating (and pleasantly intimidating) evenings I’ve had. I walked away with many new ideas and several new friends that I still see regularly.I don’t think we do enough of this kind of stretching of our minds or our networks. As I said earlier this year, we have to put our brains on the right diet if we really want to make things happen in our lives and in the world. That means everything from reading something outside our regular experience to organizing a Jeffersonian dinner of people who have insights on a topic that matters deeply to our work.Ready to have that dinner party? Read Jeff’s post on how to do it. He has specific advice for people who advocate for good causes. But you can hold one on any topic close to your heart or career. The goal is to stretch your mind and your ties beyond their well-traveled patterns. You will be delighted by what territory lies beyond the old places – and how it expands your view on just about everything.last_img read more

Aaradhya or Amitabh: 5 times Abhishek Bachchan shot down trolls like a boss

first_imgTrolls, don’t mess with Abhishek Bachchan. Chances are, he will put you in your place. Criticise his work all you want, but the moment you cross the line from professional to personal, he will school you, like he shut down the trolls who tried to target Aishwaya Rai, his daughter Aaradhya or his mother Jaya Bachchan.Earlier this week, a Twitter user took a jibe at Abhishek for living with his parents, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan. “Don’t feel bad about your life. Just remember @juniorbachchan still lives with his parents. Keep hustling everyone!,” @stillyoungest wrote.However, Abhishek was not bogged down by the troll and shut him up with an epic response. “Yes! And it’s the proudest moment for me to be able to be there for them, as they have for me. Try it sometime, you might feel better about yourself,” the actor responded to the tweet. Abhishek Bachchan on TwitterThis is not the only time that Abhishek has handled trolls like a boss. Let us take a look at the other times.1. When a woman tried calling Aaradhya a “beauty without brains”Abhishek is a doting father, and when someone tried to troll his daughter, Aaradhya, he jumped to her defence. Targetting Aaradhya for accompanying her mother Aishwarya to an event, a Twitter user by the name of Sherien Patadien asked if she did not have school to attend.”@juniorbachchan is ur child not going to school? I do wonder What school gives permission to take a out a kid when u like to go a a trip with mom. Or are u guys going for beauty without brains. Always hand in hand with a arrogant mom. Not having a normal childhood (sic),” she wrote.advertisementThe actor responded with, “Ma’am, as far as I know… Most schools are shut for the week-end. She goes to school on the weekdays. Maybe you should try it considering you spelling in your tweet.” Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter2. When a Twitter user tried to make a meme about Abhishek but included AaradhyaA Twitter user by the name of Mayank Tiwari poked fun at Abhishek’s films like Drona and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Problem is, he dragged the actor’s daughter, Aaradhya, into it. It all started with this meme. The meme that irked Abhishek BachchanAn irate Abhishek responded with, “You feeling better about yourself now??? Good! Glad to have been of service. Now go back to the hole you crawled out of.”The user then changed his stance and said that he was “extremely sorry”. He added that he was a fan, but did not like his films. Abhishek replied with, “Don’t like my movies? That’s cool. Will work harder to make movies you like. Bringing my daughter into it is NOT cool.” Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter3. When famous troll Bollywood Gandu picked on Abhishek for no reasonComedian Karan Talwar aka ‘Bollywood Gandu’ decided to troll Abhishek with, “Life is not about answers but questions. Where is my career going? Am I making enough money? Why am I still following @juniorbachchan?”The actor had a biting reply: “Here are the answers: 1. Nowhere 2. For your skill set? Hell yeah! 3. I don’t know. I unfollowed you years ago.”This is when Karan decided to bring nepotism in. “Looks like you and I have a lot in common. Except whatever little I’ve made of myself – it’s without my papas help,” he wrote.Abhishek sarcastically responded that it was a “great comeback” that he had never heard before. Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter4. When comedian Aditi Mittal made fun of Abhishek Bachchan’s acting skills (or lack thereof)When comedian Aditi Mittal compared Abhishek’s acting skills to a rock and made fun of the reports of Aishwarya marrying a tree, little did she know that he would reply so sportingly. “The question mark at the end suggests that you have a doubt, mince, there is hope for me. Yay!,” he replied. A floored Aditi called him a “rockstar” for taking the jibe in his stride. Abhishek Bachchan on Twitter5. When Abhishek got called the “least known celebrity”Abhishek proudly cheered for the boys in blue during an India vs Pakistan cricket match, but this too, attracted the attention of trolls. A Twitter user wrote, “Big B paid for Aftab Shivdasani’s ticket so that Abhishek Bachchan isn’t the least known celebrity in the stadium.”Calling him out for the contradiction of “least known celebrity”, Abhishek said that he was happy that he was “worthy of a tweet”.advertisementHinting that he would tweet about Abhishek but not watch any of his films, the user wrote, “Sir honestly I think, u r worthy of not just a tweet but a million tweets. But not worthy enough to get my 3hrs & 300 rupees. (sic)”Abhishek responded with, “Well a million tweets will most probably take you a lot more than 3 hrs and will cost you more than 300rs. U do the maths!! (sic)” Abhishek Bachchan on TwitterALSO SEE: Abhishek-Aishwarya turn heads with their PDA, enter party hand-in-handALSO WATCH: Abhishek Bachchan says it is scary being a fatherlast_img read more

Energy Efficiency in India: Part 2

first_imgIn India, Energy Service Companies and local governments are teaming up to increase energy efficiency and save money.With India’s energy demand expected to more than double by 2030, there is a pressing need to develop innovative ways to conserve energy. As major energy consumers, local governments in India are key players in promoting and implementing energy conservation measures and technologies.Enter Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), which provide energy efficiency-related services on a performance contracting basis, instead of the traditional fee for service model. Municipalities in several states across India are partnering with ESCOs to implement energy conservation measures. The trend for municipalities to use the ESCO model began within the last decade as a way to save both energy and money without the up-front costs of typical energy efficiency investments.For instance:In 2001, DSCLES, one of the first ESCOs in India, worked with the New Delhi Municipal Council on a high-efficiency electrical lighting pilot project that now saves 252,000 kWh per year. The project produces savings of INR 20 (50,000 $US) and 149 million tones of avoided CO2 emissions per year. DSCLES financed the initial investment of IRN 30 lakhs (75,000 $US), which means the project’s payback period is approximately 18 months.Asian Electronics replaced approximately 12,000 tube lights at Sachivalaya Complex for the government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, which reduced the lighting load by 64% without sacrificing illumination levels.The Gujarat Urban Development Company (GUDC) intends to implement energy efficiency programs in street lighting and water pumping systems in 150 municipalities across the state through performance contracts. In response, ESCOs from throughout India have submitted project proposals, which will be evaluated based on the ESCO’s capabilities and the total energy savings. GUDC is requiring a minimum energy savings of 20% for both water pumping and street lighting projects.In the state of Tamil Nadu, a municipal energy efficiency program partnering with ESCOs is underway in 29 cities.ESCO projects follow either a guaranteed savings model and/or a shared savings model. In a guaranteed savings model, the customer provides financing and the ESCO guarantees the performance of a project. The ESCO is paid a fixed fee if the guaranteed savings is achieved through the upgrade. In the shared savings model, an ESCO provides financing through its own funds or a loan, and the client and ESCO share the energy savings based on a predetermined ratio. For municipalities, the shared savings model offers an avenue for energy efficiency projects without the upfront investment. In the end, the savings from these projects lead to a payback period of 18 to 24 months.The appeal of the shared savings model for government energy conservation projects is clear. ESCOs guarantee a percentage of savings, thus taking away the performance risk from the municipality. And since ESCOs provide project financing, municipalities avoid financial risk as well.State and municipal government efficiency projects so far are just the tip of the iceberg. According to data from the Indian Ministry of Power, the investment potential for energy savings in municipalities amounts to 325 million $US with annual savings of 3.7 billion kWh.As part of the Accelerating Clean Energy Markets in India (ACEM) project, WRI is analyzing the ESCO industry in India. Powering Up: The Investment Potential of Energy Service Companies in India gives a comprehensive overview of the Indian ESCO industry and its investment potential. The report will be released later this month.last_img read more

Bosz: System not to blame for loss

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Bosz: System not to blame for Hannover horror show Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 06:52 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sokratis Papastathopoulos - cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund Hannover 96 Hannover 96 v Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Despite shipping four goals the BVB boss says his side’s defensive issues are not the result of tactical naivety Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz downplayed his high-pressing defence’s role in the 4-2 defeat at Hannover, instead blaming the loss on an overall lack of intensity.The visitors, who had Dan-Axel Zagadou sent off on the hour, slumped to a second defeat in three Bundesliga matches as Bayern Munich opened up a three-point lead in first.Freiburg 16/5 to beat Stuttgart Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At the forefront of Bosz’s problems is a back four which has now conceded nine goals in three league games and come under criticism for being exposed in behind.But the Dutch coach offered a simple explanation for his team’s capitulation on Saturday.”Hannover was much more aggressive, that was the problem,” Bosz told Sky Sport Germany.”You can talk about systems but if you do not play aggressively, you cannot play a system.”Hannover attacked very early and defended one-on-one for the whole match. We were not able to play our football.”It has nothing to do with us defending too high.”1 – @BVB only won 1 of the last 5 competitive games (2 draws, 2 defeats). Crisis? #H96BVB— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) October 28, 2017Hannover boss Andre Breitenreiter took a different view, claiming his side – which climbed to an impressive fourth – was specifically set up to exploit Dortmund’s risky positioning.”[Our plan] was to hunt, to fight against our opponents and to repeatedly use our fast players in the space that was offered to us,” Breitenreiter said.”From the first minute to the last the guys did it perfectly.”last_img read more

Application Dates Announced for Annual Cape Breton Moose Hunt

first_img to apply online, visit the “Seasons, Bag Limits and Draws” section at novascotia.ca/natr/hunt to apply by phone, call 1-900-565-3337 from a landline and the application fee will automatically be added to your phone bill. The phone option does not work with cellphones and it cannot be billed to a different phone number. to submit a mail-in application, please contact your local Natural Resources office Thousands of Nova Scotia hunters are expected to take part in the application process for the 2015 annual moose licence lottery, opening today, April 1. This year, 345 licences will be available in five moose-management zones within Victoria and Inverness counties — the only counties in the province where moose hunting is permitted. “The Cape Breton moose hunt is a prized, unique and enjoyable experience that provides a boost to the local economy,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “It has become a tremendously popular tradition for hunters across the province and we look forward to another bountiful and safe hunt this year.” The application process closes at midnight, Sunday, May 31. Last year, more than 10,000 applicants entered the draw. Hunters are encouraged to carefully consider which hunt and zone they apply for. Terrain, access, available guiding services and the number of moose differ considerably from one moose-management zone to another. Even weather conditions can vary between the northern and southern zones. To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of Nova Scotia, have a valid Nova Scotia Wildlife Resources Card and be at least 18 years old. Hunters who held a moose hunting licence in the last five years (2010-14) cannot apply this year. The draw will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 18, at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre and will also be broadcast on the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters website at www.nsfah.ca . Winners will also be notified by mail. Hunters can apply online, by phone or mail: It costs $8.04 (plus HST) to apply for a licence online or by phone. Applications can also be paid by cheque and submitted by mail, using a form from the Natural Resources website at a cost of $11.70 (plus HST). Cheques should be made payable to HMC Communications Inc.last_img read more

Eunuchs rob pregnant woman her husband at their Gurugram home Police

first_imgGurgaon: A group of eunuchs robbed a pregnant woman and her husband on Friday when they visited their home in the upscale Sector 46 area of the city on the pretext of offering them blessings, police said. A case has been registered at Sector 50 police station and a special team has been formed to probe the incident, the police said. “We have registered an FIR of robbery under relevant sections of the IPC and investigation is underway,” said Station House Officer Shahid Ahmed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder In the police complaint, the woman said that three eunuchs visited her house and demanded money. She said her husband offered them Rs 2,100 but they demanded Rs 2,1000. When they were negotiating, one of the eunuchs allegedly snatched the wallet, containing Rs 10,000, from her husband and fled. Another one of them tried to allegedly snatch the woman’s gold chain but she managed to thawrt it and raised an alarm, she said. Fearing they may be caught by locals, the eunuchs fled from the spot in a car, she added.last_img read more

NASCAR Legends Jeff Gordon And Ray Evernham Restore Iconic Stock Car For

first_imgVelocity, Barrett-Jackson and Jeff Gordon, Inc. announced this week during VELOCITY LIVE at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas that NASCAR racing legends, Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham will auction off a 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo used in their final season working together during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in 2015.Ray Evernham and the restored 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte CarloCredit/Copyright: Jason Smith – PRNewsFoto/VelocityThe duo reunited to restore the Busch Series car to its former glory to benefit Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, and for a special episode of Evernham’s hit series “AmeriCarna” on Velocity. The car is scheduled to cross the block at the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale auction on January 13 on Velocity.“The heart of ‘AmeriCarna’ is uncovering long lost 4-wheeled treasures that played a large part in a person’s past,” said Evernham. “The No. 24 car has been an unmistakable artifact of my career, and holds a unique spot in NASCAR history. Reviving the car’s championship glory with my long-time friend, Jeff Gordon, has been a labor of love. We’re proud to revisit its history in an all-new episode of ‘AmeriCarna’ in 2015.”As the host of Velocity’s AmeriCarna series, Ray Evernham traverses the country in pursuit of telling America’s love affair with cars. Unlike any other automotive-focused series, AmeriCarna sheds light on the profound impact automobiles, of every make and model, have played in American culture.Among the featured cars crossing the block during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is Gordon’s 1999 No. 24 Pepsi Chevrolet Monte Carlo, which won the inaugural Busch Series event at Phoenix International Raceway in 1999. Earlier that year, Gordon/Evernham Motorsports (GEM) was founded to compete in that year’s NASCAR Busch Series season. The team’s Pepsi-sponsored cars ran six races with Gordon as driver and Evernham as crew chief. The last of these six came at Phoenix International Raceway, which was the penultimate race for the driver/crew chief duo, bringing an end to an era in NASCAR competition that was dominated by Gordon and Evernham.In 2014, the two NASCAR icons reunited to bring this historic race car back to life, exactly how it was set up for their final race and win together at Phoenix International Raceway. The car features the original race-used chassis (#RHE1298573), a 358 C.I. V8 Hendrick Motorsports powerplant and 4-speed manual transmission.“It was fun to create a new team with Ray and forge a stronger relationship with Pepsi,” said Gordon. “It was cool to work with Ray in that capacity, and that car was so memorable. And to think that was our final race win together. I’ve had the pleasure of being associated with past charitable cars that have been auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson, and I can’t wait to be there in January when this car is on the block.”The Barrett-Jackson 2015 Scottsdale auction will be among the most anticipated in the auction’s history. The famed Ron Pratte Collection will be among the stars of the auction. Pratte, a Chandler, Arizona, developer and philanthropist, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson auctions. His collection, featuring cars, trucks, motorcycles and other rarities including the Futurliner, will be on the docket at Barrett-Jackson’s 44th Annual Scottsdale Auction taking place January 10-18, 2015 with television coverage on Velocity and Discovery.“Our Scottsdale auction has become the ultimate destination for car collectors, gearheads and motorsports enthusiasts,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We’re especially excited that our 2015 Scottsdale auction will premiere on Velocity in January. Discovery is a fantastic addition to the Barrett-Jackson team and will allow us to bring the thrill and excitement of our auction to enthusiasts worldwide.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Another nine historic sites added to UN World Heritage List

27 June 2011Nine historic sites in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia have been added to the World Heritage List, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. UNESCO said the newest entrants are: the ancient villages of northern Syria; the cultural sites of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates; the Persian Garden in Iran, the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana in Spain; the pile dwellings in the European Alps; Selimiye Mosque in Turkey; the Konso cultural landscape in Ethiopia; Fort Jesus in Kenya; and the citadel of the Ho Dynasty in Viet Nam. A total of 35 nominated sites are being reviewed by the World Heritage Committee, which is holding its 35th session at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, to determine whether they should be added to the World Heritage List.In a press statement UNESCO said the 40 ancient villages of northern Syria provide testimony to rural life in late antiquity and during the Byzantine period.The United Arab Emirates’ cultural sites of Al Ain constitute a serial property that testifies to sedentary human occupation of a desert region since the neolithic period with vestiges of many prehistoric cultures, including circular stone tombs from about 2500 BC.The Persian Garden includes nine gardens in as many provinces of Iran. They exemplify the diversity of Persian garden designs that adapted to different climate conditions while retaining principles that have their roots in the times of Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC. In the cultural landscape of Serra de Tramuntana, on the Spanish island of Mallorca, millennia of agriculture in an environment with scarce resources has transformed the terrain and displays an articulated network of devices for the management of water.The pile dwellings which are spread through the Alps in Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia encompass the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements built from around 5000 BC to 500 BC on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands.The 16th-century Selimiye Mosque, which dominates the skyline of the former Ottoman capital of Edirne, is considered to be the most harmonious example of Ottoman architecture of the time. The Konso cultural landscape is comprised of 55 square kilometres of arid stone-walled terraces and fortified settlements that is an example of a living cultural tradition stretching back more than 400 years. Fort Jesus, built by the Portuguese in 1593, is a well preserved example of 16th century Portuguese military fortification and a landmark in the history of this type of construction. The 14th-century Ho Dynasty citadel, built according to feng shui principles, testifies to the flowering of neo-Confucianism in late 14th century Viet Nam and its spread to other parts of East Asia. read more

Canadian bankers rank among highestpaid — and overpaid — bank CEOs in

TORONTO — Canadian bankers were among some of the highest-paid banking executives in North America last year, with three in the Top 10, according to a new list compiled by Bloomberg Markets magazine.In all, six Canadian bank CEOs were in the Top 20, led by the Royal Bank of Canada’s Gordon Nixon, who came in at No. 4.Nixon’s total pay package was US$12.6 million in 2012 according to the listings, up 25% from the year before, when he was in eighth place.Bank of Nova Scotia’s Richard Waugh was bumped down one spot to seventh place, with US$11.1 million, followed by TD Bank’s Ed Clark, who was No. 8 on the list with US$10.8 million.Clark’s pay actually went down by almost 5% from the year before, when he was at No. 5, as did that of three other Canadian bank CEOs on the list.Gerald McCaughey, CEO of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, took home US$9.3 million, nearly 8% less than the year before. That was still good for 11th place, but down from ninth in 2011.The Bank of Montreal’s William Downe — No. 12 — took in US$9.2 million, 7% less than in 2011, when he ranked No. 10 on the list.National Bank of Canada chief Louis Vachon rounded up the Canadian bankers on the list at No. 17 with US$7.2 million. That was 1.4% less than he made in 2011, when he held the 14th spot.But no Canadian bank CEO came even close to matching the salary of the list’s top earner, Lloyd Blankfein, who was paid US$26 million in 2012 — a 73% raise for his work in turning around the fortunes of Goldman Sachs.The Bloomberg Markets magazine rankings also put Nixon, Waugh and Clark among some of the most overpaid CEOs when comparing compensation to a bank’s average asset, stock performance and return on equity.Downe, McCaughey and Vachon were amongst the most underpaid.The rankings are being published in the magazine’s July 2013 issue. read more

Update Missing teen located in Kitchener

A Delhi teen, who was reported missing last week, has been located in the Kitchener area.A member of the public contacted police on Monday on the girl’s whereabouts. She was subsequently located by police in a Kitchener-area restaurant shortly after 11 p.m. Monday.Lily Patricia Graves, 14, had left school at about noon on March 27 and never arrived home.Her mother became concerned and contacted police.The teen was found “in good health and is in the process of being reunited with her family,” Norfolk OPP Insp. Joe Varga said in a media release on Monday.“The OPP would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our media partners and concerned residents and members of the public that assisted in bringing this incident to a successful conclusion.” read more

Who Should The Warriors Be Rooting For In The East

Although the Eastern Conference finals are still tied at two games apiece, we’re already looking ahead to the NBA Finals. In the video above, FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine wonders which team would be a tougher matchup for the Warriors: the Bucks or the Raptors.Check out our latest NBA predictions.

The Most Absurd College Football Bowls Ranked Using Math

Points are awarded on a 0-4 scale where 0 is least absurd and 4 is most.Source: Sports-Reference.com/CFB An archetype in absurdityItemized Absurdity Points for the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O’Brady’s (Rutgers 45, UCF 24) Bad teams1409 combined Elo3 CategoryEntryPoints (0-4) CategoryEntryPoints (0-4) Bad teams1430 combined Elo3 Total Absurdity Score17 “Presented by”0 Bad teams1485 combined Elo3 Bad teams1589 combined Elo2 Name length27 characters2 Defunct company0 Total Absurdity Score12 Obscure/local company+2 Obscure/local company+2 Name length26 characters2 High scoring56.48 total points2 17 points: Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlItemized Absurdity Points for Toledo vs. FIU (Dec. 21) “Presented by”0 Name length30 characters3 CategoryEntryPoints (0-4) Bad teams1766 combined Elo2 Name length26 characters2 Sponsor industryFoods2 Base total13 Obscure/local company+2 Defunct company0 Finally, we arrive at No. 1 in our ranking, the first 17-point bowl in our sample — the brand-new Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl. What it lacks in length (only 26 characters), it makes up for with bad teams (neither Toledo nor Florida International cracks a 1450 Elo rating), a nearly 70-point over/under according to Jeff Sagarin’s projections, a former sponsor list that includes Popeye’s (fast-food chicken!!!) and a ridiculous backstory that involves a town in Illinois spending taxpayer money to sponsor a college football game staged in the Bahamas in order to drum up business for the largest contiguous industrial park in North America. (“Makers Wanted” is a slogan that, this press release informs us, “serves as a call-to-action for Elk Grove Village’s thriving community and the thousands of businesses that are based there.”)It’s a fittingly absurd way to end our list of the most absurd bowl games of 2018. Enjoy the holidays and the bowl season, and don’t forget to spend time with friends and family between the football-watching. I look forward to what even greater absurdities next year’s bowls can bring to us in 2019.Old-School favorite from this tier:7Choosing from among 16-pointers, since the Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl is the only 17-pointer in our data. BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl 14 points: Cheribundi Boca Raton BowlItemized Absurdity Points for UAB vs. Northern Illinois (Dec. 18) Sponsor industryRestaurants2 Sponsor industryRestaurants2 Defunct company0 Somehow, this bowl changed its name from the “St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O’Brady’s” and got even more absurd. In fact, in his story at SB Nation, Kirk makes a very compelling case that “Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl” is the single most ridiculous name in bowl history. In our accounting, it also ranks highly, if not No. 1, thanks to a strong combination of almost all of the factors we hand out credit for. The only reason it doesn’t rise further is a lack of bonuses; I debated listing Bad Boy Mowers as an “obscure company,” since they don’t have a Wikipedia page, but they’ve been around since 1998 and have about 500 employees. Either way, the bigger fix for a future version of our model might be a better way to quantify the inherent absurdity of the word “Gasparilla.” As mentioned earlier, this bowl’s absurdity calling-card is a sponsorship that applies to an extremely small slice of the people who will be watching it on TV. But the name is also really long (42 characters), and the Holiday Bowl isn’t too far removed from having a for-profit college as its primary sponsor, either.Old-school favorite from this tier: Crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl Dot-com bubble0 12 points: San Diego County Credit Union Holiday BowlItemized Absurdity Points for Northwestern vs. Utah (Dec. 31) Name length42 characters3 Points are awarded on a 0-4 scale where 0 is least absurd and 4 is most.Source: Sports-Reference.com/CFB CategoryEntryPoints (0-4) Sponsor industryLocal marketing4 Sponsor industryFinancial services0 Bad teams1609 combined Elo2 Obscure/local company+2 Obscure/local company+2 Dot-com bubble0 Many sponsors3 in 5 years3 High scoring51.61 total points2 BonusesPoints (0-4) “Presented by”+1 “Presented by”0 Base total10 High scoring46.24 total points2 BonusesPoints (0-4) Name length48 characters4 Base total13 Points are awarded on a 0-4 scale where 0 is least absurd and 4 is most.Source: Sports-Reference.com/CFB Defunct company0 Base total11 The Boca Raton Bowl is a relatively new entry on the list of postseason games and is in its second year of sponsorship with Cheribundi. What is Cheribundi, you ask? According to Wikipedia, it is a “company which sells a functional brand of cherry juice beverages,” and it used to be called CherryPharm. The “CherryPharm Boca Raton Bowl” might have been even more absurd than the actual name, but in either case, we have a game with truly bad teams (UAB and Northern Illinois), sponsored by a weird sector of the food industry, in a nonprestigious bowl played a full week before Christmas. That’s basically the kind of bowl our rating system was made for.Old-school favorite from this tier: California Raisin Bowl Many sponsors3 in 5 years3 Adding all of those up for each game, we can arrive at a total Absurdity Score that reflects just how silly a game is. Here’s an example from 2009 — the St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O’Brady’s — one of the most absurd bowls in history: “Presented by”0 Many sponsors3 in 5 years3 Defunct company0 Sponsor industryHeavy equipment2 Dot-com bubble0 CategoryEntryPoints (0-4) Points are awarded on a 0-4 scale where 0 is least absurd and 4 is most.Source: Sports-Reference.com/CFB Many sponsors2 in 5 years2 As I’ve written before, I love college football’s bowl season. Sure, there are probably too many of these goofy exhibition games, and nowadays star players sometimes skip them entirely. But there’s still something nostalgic and fun about sitting down around the holidays and binge-watching football games between obscure teams you wouldn’t have watched otherwise. It wouldn’t be the week between Christmas and New Year’s without going from zero knowledge about, say, Memphis’s offense to becoming a full-fledged expert in a matter of hours.And, of course, there’s also the ridiculousness of bowl-game names. If you want a hilarious trip down college-football memory lane, read Jason Kirk’s excellent SB Nation story ranking the silliest bowl names of all time. For me, nothing beats the fact that there have been actual bowls named after weed eaters and tart cherry drinks.In honor of the bowl season’s sheer absurdity, I decided to put a FiveThirtyEight spin on lists like the one Kirk assembled. For each game going back to 1985 — the dark days right before the dawn of rampant corporate bowl-naming rights — I developed a scoring system that awards “Absurdity Points” based on the following criteria:Name length. All else being equal, longer bowl names are more ridiculous. So while short, snappy names like the unsponsored 1995 Sun Bowl (eight characters) earn zero Absurdity Points, mouthfuls such as the “Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone” (55 characters) get you near the 4-point maximum.Bad teams. Bowls were originally reserved for the best teams in the country, as a reward for an outstanding season (on top of being a way for warm-weather towns to drum up winter tourism from Northern fans). But the expansion of the bowls has significantly lowered the bar for how good a team needs to be to go bowling. So for our purposes,1Using the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings as gauge of matchup quality. the national title game earns zero Absurdity Points as a rule, while a game like the 2017 Cure Bowl — between 6-5 Georgia State and 6-6 Western Kentucky — roughly gets the maximum of 4 Absurdity Points.High scoring. Another element of bowl ridiculousness is the sheer lack of defense being played. Although there is an argument that fewer points in a bowl between two bad teams is also absurd, we’re sticking to the idea that insane shootouts such as the 2001 GMAC Bowl (Marshall 64, East Carolina 61, in double-OT) are worthy of 4 Absurdity Points based on the total points scored. (Note that for 2018 bowls, I used the projected over/under on the game via Jeff Sagarin’s predictions.)Frequent sponsorship changes. Few things make a bowl look less prestigious than switching sponsors on a near-yearly basis. So I tracked how many different companies sponsored a bowl over the previous five years (including the year in question) and handed out Absurdity Points accordingly. Stable bowls like the Orange Bowl — sponsored by Capital One since 2014 — get zero points, while the Cactus, er, Cheez-it Bowl gets nearly the maximum of 4 points for going through four different sponsorship situations2Including not having an official sponsor in 2017. in five years.Sponsorship industry. We’re getting into even more subjective territory at this stage, but some industries are simply more absurd as bowl sponsors than others. Insurance companies are boring. So are other financial institutions (with the exception of housing loan companies before 2009). Those all get low marks. Restaurants get more points, particularly if they involve fast food and/or fried chicken, and so do weird retailers. And a multi-level marketing firm that sells dietary supplements and is sometimes accused of being a “pyramid scheme”? That’s worthy of 4 Absurdity Points.Bonus points. There are also a few specific ways to gain bonus Absurdity Points on the field. Any bowl whose name (or sponsoring company) contained “.com,” “.net,” etc. received the dot-com bubble bonus of 3 points. Faux-classy bowls that are “presented by” a sponsor (or tack on the word “Classic”) get an extra bonus of 1 point. For historical bowls, now-defunct sponsoring companies are worth a bonus of 3 points.3Partial credit is available here, since sometimes a brand like Jeep-Eagle can be discontinued while its parent company lives on. And finally, a bonus of up to 2 points can be awarded for any sponsor that is niche or regional for a nationally televised bowl game (think the San Diego County Credit Union, which sponsors the Holiday Bowl4Held at their eponymous stadium. despite being applicable only to persons living or working in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties in California).5This is mainly based on national reach — for instance, if a company has a presence in 20 or fewer states, it will probably generate this bonus. Other factors to consider include a company’s annual revenue and its total number of employees. Dot-com bubble0 Many sponsors3 in 5 years3 BonusesPoints (0-4) BonusesPoints (0-4) 13 points: Walk-On’s Independence BowlItemized Absurdity Points for Temple vs. Duke (Dec. 27) 13 points: Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlItemized Absurdity Points for Marshall vs. South Florida (Dec. 20) Obscure/local company0 Total Absurdity Score13 “Presented by”0 Base total12 CategoryEntryPoints (0-4) BonusesPoints (0-4) That bowl had a lot going for it. First, it gets the maximum of 4 points for the 48-character name — one of the longest in our database — plus 3 points for the 69 total points scored in the game. It also picks up solid grades for its mediocre teams, sponsorship turnover and company industry. (At base, restaurants are worth 2 Absurdity Points — not the most, but not the least either.) Plus, it gets a 1-point bonus for using the “presented by” tag and 2 more for being sponsored by the relatively obscure Beef O’Brady’s — a chain of sports pubs in the Southeastern U.S. with locations in only 19 states. Add it up, and the 2009 St. Petersburg Bowl presented by Beef O’Brady’s earned a total of 16 Absurdity Points.That’s pretty high — but this season has a bowl that scores even higher. Before we get there, though, let’s run down the entire 2018 field in reverse order of silliness, grouped by total Absurdity Points:5 pointsGoodyear Cotton Bowl ClassicCapital One Orange BowlAllstate Sugar BowlHyundai Sun BowlThese games earn marks about as low as you’ll see in the modern bowlscape. They all boast relatively short, catchy names; they generally feature good teams; and they don’t project for crazy scoring totals. Not even the pretentious “Classic” tacked on to the Cotton Bowl can boost its absurdity quotient by much. It’s like these bowls aren’t even trying to be ridiculous.Old-school favorite from this tier: Nokia Sugar Bowl6 pointsNew Era Pinstripe BowlValero Alamo BowlOutback BowlBelk BowlThe 6-pointers have potential but also flaws. “Belk Bowl” sounds kinda funny — and gets a bonus for the local nature of its department-store sponsor (Belk is in only 16 states) — but is undone by its alliterative plainness. The Outback Bowl has an anthropomorphic bloomin’ onion mascot, but it actually features decent, defensive-minded teams. (Ew.) And nothing about the Pinstripe Bowl really stands out in any category. I may as well just watch this old Alamo Bowl from 1998 with Drew Brees.Old-school favorite from this tier: Jeep-Eagle Aloha Bowl7 pointsR+L Carriers New Orleans BowlAutoZone Liberty BowlQuick Lane BowlRedbox BowlAt a glance, “R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl” has the makings of a promising candidate. Its name is relatively long — nothing that a stray “presented by” couldn’t draw out even further — and its teams (Appalachian State and Middle Tennessee State) are appropriately mediocre. But the shipping industry isn’t absurd at all, and like most of the other 7-pointers, it fails to pick up any bonuses. Up your game, New Orleans Bowl, and try again next year.Old-school favorite from this tier: Insight.com Bowl8 pointsRose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern MutualFranklin American Mortgage Music City BowlChick-fil-A Peach BowlAutoNation Cure BowlThe Rose Bowl’s name is ridiculously long (47 characters) and it gets a “presented by” bonus, too. But sadly, Ohio State and Washington are too good to help the Granddaddy of Them All rack up too many Absurdity Points. (The Music City Bowl also gets big points on length — 42 characters — though not much else.) Likewise, the Peach Bowl squanders its 3-point fast-food-chicken industry score6Why 4 points out of a possible 4 for fast-food chicken, specifically? Um, why not? with a good matchup (Florida vs. Michigan), and the Cure Bowl’s punchy name ruins any advantages drawn from its industry (a car dealership!) and crappy teams (sorry, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane). Ultimately, this is the last of the relatively normal bowl-name groupings.Old-school favorite from this tier: Micron PC Bowl9 pointsLockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlRaycom Media Camellia BowlFamous Idaho Potato BowlTaxSlayer Gator BowlVRBO Citrus BowlSoFi Hawaii BowlDXL Frisco BowlNew Mexico BowlSome highlights from the 9-pointers: The Frisco Bowl is sponsored by DXL, a men’s big and tall apparel retailer (which is definitely worth 3 Absurdity Points). The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl gets a residual dot-com bubble bonus for being sponsored by TaxSlayer.com. The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is an overly long name, while Raycom Media is a very local Southern broadcasting company. VRBO is an absurd-looking acronym for a vacation-rental marketplace (and is the Citrus Bowl’s third sponsor in five years). The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is a huge mismatch (and is named for a potato-farming advocacy group). Still, none of these games really pulls together high marks in multiple categories, and that’s what keeps them from moving up the list.Old-school favorite from this tier: Culligan Holiday Bowl10 pointsMilitary Bowl presented by Northrop GrummanMitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlNova Home Loans Arizona BowlServpro First Responder BowlPlayStation Fiesta BowlAfter the 19 consecutive seasons it spent as the “Tostitos Fiesta Bowl” (which had a great ring to it) ended in 2014, the Fiesta Bowl is once again getting back to some measure of stability with Sony’s PlayStation as title sponsor for the third year in a row. That’s bad news for its Absurdity Score: Back in the heady days of fly-by-night obstacle-race BattleFrog’s 2016 sponsorship, the Fiesta graded out as a 16, a ridiculously high score for a prestige bowl. Now it simply ranks among a solid group that also includes the Las Vegas Bowl — now on its fourth different sponsorship situation in five years — and the Servpro First Responder Bowl, which used to be the perennial 16-point candidate (fast-food chicken!) Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl.Old-school favorite from this tier: Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl11 pointsAcademy Sports + Outdoors Texas BowlJared Birmingham BowlDollar General BowlCamping World BowlCheez-It BowlNow this set of bowl names is nice and silly. There are points for funny products (Cheez-It snacks!), bad matchups (hello, Troy vs. Buffalo) and plenty of recent sponsor-switching. The Dollar General Bowl is somehow an upgrade on its former incarnation, the GoDaddy.com Bowl — which stopped existing in 2016 — but that should not obscure the fact that there is a Dollar General Bowl. (And Troy always seems to be in it.) Throw in a bunch of “who is Jared Birmingham?” jokes, and we’ve got a good tier right beneath the Top 5.Old-school favorite from this tier: galleryfurniture.com Bowl BonusesPoints (0-4) Points are awarded on a 0-4 scale where 0 is least absurd and 4 is most.Source: Sports-Reference.com/CFB Dot-com bubble0 High scoring68.77 total points3 Dot-com bubble0 Many sponsors3 in 5 years3 Base total15 Defunct company0 As for the Independence Bowl, the current “Walk-On’s” variation is just the latest in a fine tradition of ludicrous names. For instance, this is also the game that brought us the “AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl,” the “Duck Commander Independence Bowl” and the fabled “Poulan/Weed Eater Independence Bowl” — still probably the ur-example of a laughable bowl sponsorship from the 1990s. For its part, Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar is a local Louisiana-based sports bar chain co-owned by Brees, who long since left his Builders Square Alamo Bowl days behind to quarterback the New Orleans Saints.Old-school favorite from this tier: Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl High scoring41.43 total points2 High scoring69 total points3 Points are awarded on a 0-4 scale where 0 is least absurd and 4 is most.Source: Sports-Reference.com/CFB Total absurdity score:16 Total Absurdity Score14 Total Absurdity Score13 read more

A view of Constantinople in Sydney

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A view of Constantinople is the theme of four consecutive workshops in August for those in Sydney. The cultural heritage of Asia Minor and Constantinople is showcased with the seminars, topics ranging from traditional music, dances, cuisine and iconography. The workshops offer practical sessions and performances, and are on every Sunday of this month. The next workshop on 12 August will be an iconography workshop that includes a talk, demo and practical sketching sessions with Andrew Boucas of Mosacion. The 19 August workshop entitled “A taste of Constantinople” includes a cooking workshop with four meze plate tastings by Maria Benardis of Greekalicious. Artistic director of Arts Diaspora, the organisation responsible for putting together the event, Mrs Kyriaki Koumparouli, says the seminars are all about showcasing the best of the region. “The seminars aim to present four of the many aspects of the Constantinople, Asia Minor and its heritage: the classical and traditional folk music, religious painting/art, politics, cuisine and dances of the region,” Mrs Koumparouli said. The series of seminars are presented by Arts Diaspora and are part of the Hellenic Heritage Series of 2012. The last session on 26 August will include performances and sessions on traditional dancing. All seminars are in English and tickets are $15 to $30 for certain seminars. All seminars will be conducted in the coastal Millenium Centre, General Holmes Drive, Brighton Le Sands (near Bay Street), NSW. For more information or to book, SMS or call Kyriaki on 0414063017 or email k.koubaroulis @artsdiaspora.com.au. Bookings are essential as tickets are limited. Visit www.artsdiaspora.com.au for further information.last_img read more

Over 1000 Pendleton Marines headed for USMexico border

first_imgOver 1,000 Pendleton Marines headed for US-Mexico border Updated: 5:36 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More than 1,000 Marines from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton were deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security in anticipation of a caravan of Central American migrants headed for the border.The deployment of 1,100 Camp Pendleton Marines is part of the federal government’s effort to stop the caravan, estimated to be more than 600 miles from the nearest border crossing.The Pentagon originally dubbed the operation Faithful Patriot, but dropped the title after Tuesday’s mid-term election.Camp Pendleton Marines are expected to help build barricades and temporary barriers to keep the caravan at bay. President Donald Trump has pledged to send up to 15,000 troops to the border. U.S. Department of Defense estimates reported by NBC 7 San Diego have the deployment at roughly 7,000 troops spread across California, Arizona and Texas.Camp Pendleton and Marine and Marine Corps Air Station are expected to house troops assisting Customs and Border Protection during the operation. According to the Orange County Register, Naval Air Facility El Centro, Naval Base Coronado, Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Point Loma have also been put on notice.The Marine Corps Times is reporting:“The Marines with 1st Marine Expeditionary Force will be operating in a supporting role helping build barricades, fences, housing for Customs and Border Protection, and providing medical and fixed and rotary wing aviation support, according to 2nd Lt. Fredrick Walker, a Marine spokesman, told Marine Corps Times in an emailed statement. Posted: November 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, November 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Last week President Donald Trump said numbers of troops headed to support the operation could grow as high as 15,000. At least 2,100 National Guard troops already are in the area supporting the endeavor. Another roughly 5,200 active duty troops are also slated to be involved.”The Marine Corps Times full report can be read here. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Deepika Padukone to Sonam Kapoor Our favourite Bollywood celebs and their oldage

first_imgInstagramIt’s not just the common people who get gripped by new filters and applications available on social media platforms. Our most loved celebrities too can’t escape the effect these apps and filters have on people.Sonam Kapoor recently shared a picture of her in an old-age look. The picture was originally shared by a fan page of the Neerja actress and Sonam re-shared it on Instagram. However, we have to mention, the fashionista would look nothing less than spectacular even in her old-age. Take a look at the photo below. InstagramDeepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s fan club, Deepveer, weren’t lagging behind. One of their fan pages shared a picture of the power couple in their old age. And we have to say, the charming face of Deepika Padukone and the dapper looks of Ranveer Singh wouldn’t fade away even when they grow old. While Deepika is busy with the shoot of Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, Ranveer Singh would be seen playing the role of Kapil Dev in ’83. InstagramArjun Kapoor also took to Instagram to share his old age photo by using the filter and gosh! Doesn’t he look hot! The actor, who is in news for his upcoming movie – Paltan and for his romantic getaways with Malaika Arora, looks killer in this age old photo.Our very own First Class actor, Varun Dhawan, too shared his photo in an old avatar and we have to say, he would look quite handsome even with these fine lines and wrinkles. Varun Dhawan recently shared that he would be getting married to Natasha Dalal, but not so soon. Focus on career and other work commitments are in line for the actor before he can jump into wedding bliss.last_img read more

HQ Trivia Lands Warner Bros Ready Player One as Sponsor for 250000

first_imgThe “Ready Player One” Twitter account on Sunday night invited fans to participate in playing HQ Trivia on March 28, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, with a video styled as a movie trailer. The movie has a neat tie-in with HQ Trivia: In “Ready Player One,” users compete in a virtual-reality world to unlock clues — and inherit the massive fortune of game’s late creator. In addition, HQ Trivia has a deal with Nike, which is sponsoring a game on Monday, March 26, to promote its Air Max line of sneakers.The deals come after the parent company of HQ Trivia, Intermedia Labs, announced the closing of $15 million in funding from venture-capital firm Founders Fund, with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners, which previously invested seed money in the startup.Since launching last August, HQ Trivia now attracts more than 1 million live viewers daily who compete in the 12-question elimination-format competitions. The app’s popularity has turned Scott Rogowsky, the New York stand-up comedian who’s the regular host of the HQ Trivia games, into an internet celeb.New York-based Intermedia Labs was founded by Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll, two of the founders of Vine, the six-second video app acquired by Twitter — which then shut it down four years later. Yusupov previously told Variety that HQ Trivia hopes to someday bump up cash-prize pool to $1 million per game. HQ Trivia runs the games weekdays at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, and on the weekends at 9 p.m. ET.The HQ Trivia questions are created by a team of writers, researchers and fact-checkers, and the trivia gets harder as the game progresses. Players must answer each multiple-choice question within 10 seconds, which makes it tough to launch a Google search for the correct answers. Viral game-show app HQ Trivia has inked its first major sponsorship deals, including with Warner Bros. to promote the upcoming release of Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.”WB’s deal with HQ Trivia, as first reported by AdAge, is worth $3 million and will cover three movies, starting with “Ready Player One.” The dystopian sci-fi thriller is set to hit theaters March 29.Players for the game sponsored by “Ready Player One” will be vying for a $250,000 prize pool — the biggest to date for HQ Trivia. Previously, the app’s biggest prize pot was $50,000 (won by six players, who split the total evenly) on March 4, the night of the Academy Awards.One of the other two Warner Bros. releases expected to be featured in HQ Trivia is Dwayne Johnson-starrer “Rampage,” which is now set to open April 13.last_img read more

The smartest apes on the planet and beyond

first_imgThese are the smartest apes that we could dig up, but we’re sure you’ve got some other suggestions for us down in the comments. Just remember: monkeys aren’t apes! Tail? No sail.Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, & Podomatic. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information. Say what you will about the Geek.com staff, but here’s something that you may not dispute: We know what we like. And of all the many, many things that we like? There’s very little that we like more than apes showing up in our comics, movies, and TV shows. In fact, pretty much the only thing we like more than an ape in our entertainment is a super intelligent ape in our entertainment.Collected here are our favorite primate brainiacs, but make sure to tell us if we missed anyone! Caesar1/13Caesar, of the rebooted Planet of the Apes series, is super smart. How smart is he? Smart enough to lead a full-on ape revolt, snatching control of civilization from the humans who used to run things. If you originally doubted the wisdom in that decision, maybe the 2016 election cycle has changed your mind. That’s what we like to call topical humor.<><>last_img read more

Another foreign plane at Cancun airport found without operating permits

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Another small aircraft that landed at the Cancun International Airport was found lacking permits to operate within the country.Federal Police at the Cancun airport located a private foreign aircraft that did not have the corresponding permits to conduct operations in Mexico.The State Coordination of the Federal Police of Quintana Roo, Cancún Airport Station, reported that Thursday at 1:30 p.m. they performed an inspection, verification, security and surveillance service on the FBO Platform (Fixed Base Operation) of the Cancun International Airport.The inspections are done in order to verify the status (legal stay and criminal history) of private aircraft. Federal officials discovered a foreign plane with an expired air certificate rendering it inoperable inside and outside of the country.The plane has been grounded with the proper authorities being notified so they can determine its legal situation.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

KZN ambulance services need to register for licence in order to continue

first_imgThe KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health is initiating the implementation of the Emergency Medical Services Regulations, 2017, promulgated under the National Health Act, 2003.This means that all operators of emergency care services that are already in existence have until the end of November 2018 to submit applications to the KZN Department of Health so that their business operations can be assessed, in order for those who comply to be granted a licence to render emergency care services in the province.The licence will permit the operator to work only within a specific health district, and will be valid for a year and reviewed annually.The Emergency Medical Services Regulations, 2017, affect all emergency care services operations, including the KZN Department of Health’s own emergency care services, which must also be assessed before being granted a licence.The primary aim of these regulations is to improve the quality of patient care and rid the sector of fly-by-night operators whose conduct has, at times, placed patients’ lives at risk.These regulations seek to ensure consistency and standardisation of operations in the sector so that the service is the same, anywhere, everywhere and at any time – regardless of the operator involved.Read also: Thank you to ambulance serviceThe licence application process will be overseen by an independent advisory committee which will make recommendations to the Head of the Department.Stringent measures and proper due diligence will be applied in determining who qualifies to provide these services.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more