Movies to See Before Your Disney World Vacation

first_imgShare This!Ready for a Disney Movie Marathon?When counting down a trip to Walt Disney World, there are a number of things that need to be done from deciding how many suitcases to take, to setting a souvenir budget, to breaking in that new pair of walking shoes. But for me, there’s one more thing that I always have to do when counting down those last few anticipation-filled days, and that’s refreshing my memory and getting in the Disney spirit with a few movies! Kicking back with some popcorn to revisit a classic Disney flick, or even checking out a film for the first time, will only add to your overall Disney World experience. So go pop some popcorn and get ready for a movie marathon with my list of movies to see before your Disney World Vacation!But first, let me explain how I came up with this list. Naturally, I included a number of Disney animated classics, even though it was really really hard to narrow down my favorites; but just so you know, I based my selections on what films I felt were represented the most at Walt Disney World or a huge part of Disney World history. Secondly, my list is not just Disney animated films, but also live-action Disney films and non-Disney films which are either represented in the parks or, again, played a big role in Disney history or as Imagineering inspiration! But as always, if you feel that I missed an important movie, or would simply like to add to the list, please do so in the comments. Okay, are you ready for the list? Here we go…Photo – DisneyCinderellaDisney’s first princess film since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella is one of the most beloved and important films Walt Disney ever made. The film’s release in 1950 was so successful that it revitalized the Disney Company after World War II and kick-started the decade in which we would get the first Disney Park: Disneyland. Why you should revisit Cinderella before your Disney World retreat is because the Magic Kingdom’s castle is called Cinderella Castle! Inside the castle, a sparkly mosaic tells Cinderella’s story and there’s even a themed restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, where guests meet Cinderella herself and dine in a medieval, fairy tale setting. Characters from Cinderella are also known to meet guests around Cinderella Castle and throughout Fantasyland; and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa offers a special character meal at 1900 Park Fare where Cinderella, Prince Charming, and her dysfunctional family meet with guests as they dine. All in all, Cinderella is an important film at Walt Disney World and is definitely worth a watch before you pass through the park turnstiles.Photo – imdb.comThe African QueenWhy is this film my first pick? Well, believe it or not this 1951 classic, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, inspired the Disney Park staple, The Jungle Cruise. Walt Disney saw this film himself and wanted to recreate the experience in his upcoming Disneyland Park. Although, he planned for guests aboard his boats to see live wildlife on the shores, just as the characters in The African Queen did! Of course, live animals wasn’t exactly doable at the time, nor would they be willing to appear and entertain when a boat passed by every few minutes; and so, the plan for live animals was scrapped in favor of one of Walt’s newest innovations: audio-animatronics. Walt’s vision for an attraction where guests could be entertained by live African wildlife was finally realized in 1998 when Kilimanjaro Safaris opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. In this way, The African Queen technically inspired two attractions at Walt Disney World! This is why I encourage anyone going to Walt Disney World to check out The African Queen. While I’ve always loved the Jungle Cruise, seeing the film which inspired it gave me a whole new appreciation for this classic attraction. Tip: Look for The African Queen poster on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast became an instant classic when it arrived in theaters in 1991 and was actually Disney’s first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture! Beauty and the Beast is worth watching anytime; but you should definitely see it again before your Disney World Vacation, particularly if you haven’t been to Walt Disney World in recent years. Why? Because the Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland has a whole Beauty and the Beast themed area that makes you feel as if you’ve wandered right into the film! This new area offers the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction, where guests enter Maurice’s cottage and then are magically transferred to the Beast’s library to meet with Belle herself! There’s also the incredibly detailed Gaston’s Tavern which proves Gaston truly does use antlers in all of his decorating. The best part of all is the Be Our Guest Restaurant, located inside the mountain topped with the Beast’s Castle. This restaurant has three themed dining rooms, such as the film’s signature ballroom and the Beast’s West Wing! Also, over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, fans can take in Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. It’s an incredible show and Disney World’s version of a Broadway production.Photo – imdb.comThe Swiss Family RobinsonInspired by the classic book, The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss, Walt Disney’s film version tells the story of a shipwrecked family who must find a way to survive on a tropical island. The movie was a big success when it first debuted in 1960, and was popular and well-known to audiences in the following decades but has somewhat faded in prominence in recent years. One of the highlights of the movie was the elaborate treehouse the Robinson family constructed out of the ship’s wreckage. As the movie was popular in years prior, Imagineers had a Swiss Family Treehouse attraction that guests could walk through at both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Disneyland’s version was replaced with a Tarzan overlay in 1999, but the Magic Kingdom’s has thankfully retained its original theme. If you haven’t seen Walt Disney’s The Swiss Family Robinson, I encourage you to do so before heading to Walt Disney World to fully appreciate the classic treehouse attraction and to see a piece of Disney history!©DisneyMeet Me in St. LouisOne of my favorite shows at the Magic Kingdom is the Main Street Trolley Show. I love the old-fashioned costumes, the dancing, the charm, and just how it brings Main Street, U.S.A. to life. The Main Street Trolley Show performers often, and rather appropriately, perform to “The Trolley Song,” which just happens to be from the classic film Meet Me in St. Louis. This 1944 film starring Judy Garland tells the story of a turn-of-the-century family coping with everyday life, the prospect of having to move to New York, and the upcoming 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. But “The Trolley Song” isn’t the only reason why you should see this flick before your Disney World Vacation. Meet Me in St. Louis is a little glimpse of what life was like in the time of Main Street, U.S.A. and when Walt was growing up. Also, if you’re a Disney historian, you know that World’s Fairs played a huge role in the creation of a number of Disney attractions; and since we don’t have World’s Fairs today, it’s fun to see how they impacted the people living at that time.Photo – imdb.comSingin’ in the RainOne of the most famous films of all time, 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain is a great film to watch in preparation or your Walt Disney World Vacation for a number of reasons. The first is for the sake of history. Singin’ in the Rain is set in the 1920s and is about how Hollywood actors and actresses had to make the transition from silent films to sound. Walt Disney was in Hollywood during this transitional period in the entertainment industry and was one of the first to use sound in his cartoons, most famously in Steamboat Willie. Another reason why you see Singin’ in the Rain is because it is represented at two Walt Disney World Parks. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, The Great Movie Ride features a scene from Singin’ in the Rain, and there’s even a little photo-op homage to the film’s most famous moment on the Streets of America! (Note: This detail may disappear as the Imagineers begin construction on Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.) The next reference to the film is at the Magic Kingdom, but only big fans of the film will notice it because it’s in the form of a song. The song is “Good Morning” and it’s usually performed during the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show. Bonus: The lead actress in Singin’ in the Rain is Debbie Reynolds, who just happens to be Carrie Fisher’s mom. Hey, Princess Leia is technically a Disney Princess these days, so it’s worth noting!Indiana Jones FranchiseThe Indiana Jones films, with the exception of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull because I’m still not over it, are essential to American culture and have a strong presence at Walt Disney World, especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This park features the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live show which highlights some of the stunt work primarily from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Those who aren’t familiar with Indiana Jones will still enjoy the show, but it’s so much better if you’ve seen at least one of the movies. Also, Hollywood Studios offers Indy merch at two locations, the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost and the Indiana Jones Truck. This particular point is awesome for Indy fans because, unlike Star Wars, Indy merch is hard to come by outside the parks. Indiana Jones is also featured in a scene in The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios; but one of the biggest reasons why you need an Indy marathon before heading to Walt Disney World is the new Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar at Disney Springs. Jock Lindsey was Indy’s pilot in Raiders of the Lost Ark and this new destination is filled with relics and artifacts and a number of references to the Indiana Jones films. For an Indy fan, dining at this new restaurant is sort of an adventure within itself in trying to find all the fun Easter eggs and nods to Indiana Jones’ adventures!Star WarsYou probably knew this was coming, didn’t you? Yes, you absolutely need to see Star Wars before going to Walt Disney World, especially these days as Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a massive success and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is gaining Star Wars Land. For those that don’t know, Star Wars has had a presence at Walt Disney World since the early days of Hollywood Studios, previously known as MGM Studios, with the opening of the original Star Tours. The park had also hosted the incredibly popular Star Wars Weekends event for a number of years. But Star Wars Mania at Walt Disney World has reached whole new levels since Disney purchased Star Wars and released The Force Awakens. Nowadays, Star Wars merch is everywhere and, as I’ve already said, Hollywood Studios is in the process of gaining Star Wars Land and new Star Wars-themed entertainment! So to fully get the hype and the sense of anticipation at Walt Disney World these days, you just gotta see Star Wars. But which one? After all, there is seven and another is on the way. My personal opinion? If you’re new to Star Wars, begin with Episode IV: A New Hope and watch up through Episode VII: The Force Awakens if it’s still in theaters (or once it hits iTunes March 15). They have the strongest presence in the parks these days and I think they’re the best!Pirates of the CaribbeanPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlPirates of the Caribbean is one of the most iconic, and popular, attractions Disney ever produced. Even those who have never been to a Disney Park know of Pirates of the Caribbean and its theme song, “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me.)” In 2003, Disney released Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl which was inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean park attraction. The film also introduced one of the most popular characters ever, Captain Jack Sparrow. More Pirates of the Caribbean films followed; in fact, the franchise’s next installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, is slated to sail into theaters next year. However, the attraction which started it all hasn’t remained untouched by the success of the Pirates films. They have re-inspired the attraction with the addition of a few key characters from the film. This is why a Pirates of the Caribbean movie night is a great idea before taking a Disney World Vacation, just so park-goers can pick out and understand the new attraction details and enjoy the pirate mania! But like Star Wars, there are quite a few Pirates of the Caribbean movies. My pick? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It’s the first and, in my opinion, the best and not quite as self-indulgent and slapstick as the others. You will also fully get the all hype about the franchise and the character of Captain Jack just from this film. For major Pirates of the Caribbean fans, or for those with junior pirates in their families, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort offers special pirate-themed rooms so the pirate experience can continue even after you’ve left the park.Toy StoryPixar is a huge part of the Disney Parks and Resorts these days. Even though the first Toy Story arrived in theaters in 1995, it’s hard for me to imagine what the world was like before Buzz and Woody and Lightning McQueen and Mater and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible. But of all the wonderful Pixar Movies and Characters, Toy Story has the strongest presence at Walt Disney World and that is exactly why it’s included on this list. For starters, at the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, Toy Story fans can check out Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin; and at Hollywood Studios, the awesome and incredibly popular Toy Story Midway Mania and Pixar Place. However, Hollywood Studios is about to get even more Toy Story action with the upcoming addition of Toy Story Land! Finally, the All-Star Movies Resort has a whole section themed after Toy Story which will truly make you too feel the size of a toy. So of all the Pixar Movies to revisit before your Walt Disney World Vacation, my recommendation is most definitely any of the Toy Story films.So that’s my list of movies to watch before your Disney World Vacation. Did I miss any? I hope my list will help get you in the Disney mood, educate you on some Disney history, or at least help you to impress your kids by knowing that name of that certain Disney character. Be sure to tell me what movies you have to watch before packing your bags for Disney World in the comments below!last_img read more

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As infraestruturas da África do Sul

first_imgA África do Sul tem infraestruturas excelentes – incluindo uma rede de transportes moderna, energia relativamente barata e disponivel em todo o lado e telecomunicaçoes sofisticadas.E estao a ser significativamente melhoradas e expandidas para preparar a Copa do Mundo FIFA 2010.O governo irmanou projectos massivos de infraestruturas como essenciais para relançar a taxa de crescimento economico e criar emprega e esta a gastar bilioes de rands para cativar investimento.Fornecimento de energiaApesar de o custo da electricidade na África do Sul estar entre os mais baixos do mundo, o forte crescimento economico do pais, a rapida industrializaçao e o programa massivo de electrificaçao levou a que, no inicio de 2008, houvesse uma maior procura de energia. Como consequencia, a empresa estatal Eskom encetou um programa enorme de actualizaçao e expansao da rede electrica do pais. Saiba maisTelecomunicaçoesNao deve surpreender ninguem saber que o pais que inventou a discagem por tom e que dispoe das melhores telecomunicaçoes do mundo. As telecomunicaçoes sao um dos sectores que mais tem crescido na economia sul africana, reflectindo um crescimento rapido do telemovel no pais. Saiba maisRede de transportesA África do Sul tem infra-estruturas de transportes modernas e evoluidas. As estradas sao de nivel mundial. As redes aereas e de caminho de ferro sao as maiores do continente. E os portos de mar do pais fornecem uma escala natural de navios de e para a Europa, as Americas, Ásia, Australasia e ambas as costas africanas. Saiba maisReporter infoSAlast_img read more

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Make saving the planet a habit

first_imgCountless organisations around the globe are sharing tips on how to save the planet on World Environment Day on 5 June. But they will also encourage people to turn these tips into daily habits. Organisations and individuals all over the globe encourage the public to help the planet by implementing small things in their lives. (Images: Nature Forever) • Cape shipwreck adds another chapter to slave trade story • SKA will boost Africa’s presence in science fields • The Conversation goes live in Africa • A need for roots drives passion for genealogy • Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa Melissa JavanTurning off your computers at night and drying your clothes on a washing line are just a few ways of saving the planet. And these are the kinds of methods that will be promoted on Friday, 5 June, when people all over the globe celebrate World Environmental Day (WED).The Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges [EAUC] refers to WED as “the biggest day for environmental action and mobilisation”.EAUC invited the public to use the Twitter hashtag #WED2015 to share what they will be doing for this day. “Last year’s WED received 6 437 pledges and over 3 000 activities were registered online, can we go further in 2015?” it is said on its website.“This global alliance [WED] will contribute extensively to global developments such as the Paris COP21 taking place in December 2015,” said EAUC.“The theme for this year’s WED is ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’. With individuals consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably supply, we are at the tipping point of irreversible and destructive change.”Here are some of the tweets with this hashtag, as well as #WorldEnvironmentalDay:I’m going! #WorldEnvironmentDay – Friday 5 June pic.twitter.com/3tjpnMKkPP — Richard McLellan (@RichardMcLellan) June 4, 2015Seven Billion dreams,oneplanet ,lets consume our envrionmentwith care #WorldEnvironmentday pic.twitter.com/XumLPbDkma — JoburgParksZoo(@JoburgParksZoo) June 4, 2015Good to see people planting more trees and plants all over the world to celebrate #WorldEnvironmentDay. Every bit counts. #sustainability — Judy Sebastian (@foodsheblogged) June 4, 2015Celebrations in South AfricaCommunity development NGO Sozo Foundation will host a Healthy Eating Workshop to teach home gardeners in Vrygrond, Cape Town, to cook a meal without using oil and to incorporate herbs and spices for the improvement of their well-being.Waste management company, Dolphin Coast Landfill Management will be in Stanger, KwaZulu Natal, to host an outreach programme for the local community. Facilitators at the event will teach children about preserving the environment by implementing the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse and recycle.Tips to save the planetWebsites like 50 Ways to Help the Planet provide tips on how we can do our part to save the planet. These include simple actions such as using one less paper napkin when eating out, hanging clothes out to dry instead of putting them in the tumble dryer and using matches instead of lighters. Such tips can quickly become habits in our daily lives.The online environmental entrepreneur site, Ecopreneurist gave a list of 10 ways on how businesses can make themselves “greener”. Here are some of its ideas:Printing Less Stuff equals Using Less PaperGo Digital with Your DocumentsTurn off everything you possibly can before you leave the office each day.Educate yourself on how to make your business more sustainableWatch and learn practical solutions to save the planet:last_img read more

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Cheer On & Shop Your Favorite Brands At Curran J’s 3rd Annual KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Tournament – Saturday, June 21

first_img Curran J. Swint is one of the city’s hottest emerging style entrepreneurs, and his blog and lifestyle brand, Kings Rule Together (K.R.T.) has received major accolades from some of today’s top artists, tastemakers and celebs.  This month, Curran J brings back one of his hottest concepts back for the third year, The KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Game in West Philly. On Saturday, June 21 KRT will join over 30 brands that will descend upon Parkside Evans Playground to compete for the championship trophy — and the top player from the winning team will also take home the MVK “Most Valuable King” trophy. The event will also include a three point shootout and a slam dunk contest prior to the championship game.  Always looking to give back, KRT is also inviting attendees to bring their gently used clothes, which will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to rooting for their favorite brands, onlooker will also have the chance to shop merchandise from each of these companies — just in time for summer. So, spread the word and get out to support the return of this classic Philly giveback. KRT Tees Vs. Tanks Brand Basketball Game  When: Saturday, June 21, 12 – 4 p.m.  Where: Parkside Evans Playground located at 53rd and Parkside Cost: Free  More Info: Click here.  Check out this KRT recap of last year’s Tees Vs. Tank Tournament! Curran J. Swint(M. Edlow for GPTMC)last_img read more

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a month agoPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utd

first_imgPatrice Evra: Players must want to bleed for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePatrice Evra says Manchester United players must want to “bleed” for the club.The Red Devils are undergoing a transition period with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer becoming the fourth manager since Evra left the club in 2014. The Frenchman is happy with Solskjaer’s appointment and now wants to see the players buy into the club’s philosophy.”We’ve had too many managers, David Moyes, [Louis] van Gaal, [Jose] Mourinho. I just think for the players it’s difficult,” Evra told Sky Sports.”One manager wants to play one way, another manager wants to play another way, you need to know the value of the club and Manchester United.”That’s why I think Ole is a good appointment for the club. He knows the philosophy of the club.”It’s difficult when you come to Manchester United from the outside, people don’t accept you straight away. You need to bleed for this club before people accept you.”We are a big club. We want to win trophies. We don’t want to spend more than 10 years without winning the league again. It’s not easy but the fans have to believe – it’s a process.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Joanna Krupa Says No To Fur Farming In Poland

first_imgJoanna Krupa has teamed with PETA to write to Polish prime minister Beata Szydło, urging her to ban fur farming in Poland.“Today, I would like to ask the government and all members of the Sejm to take a stand by advocating a ban on fur farming in Poland,” she wrote. “I was shocked to hear from my friends at PETA that Poland has become one of the biggest players in this cruel business in recent years, with nearly 11 million minks, foxes and raccoon dogs killed every year only for their fur.”Poland is the second largest fur farming country in Europe, second only to Denmark.

”Cannibalism, injuries, illness, lack of veterinary care, aggression and stereotypical types of behaviour were some of the systemic problems observed on Polish fur farms during investigations by Otwarte Klatki,” she wrote. “Social, intelligent and curious animals such as foxes, minks and raccoon dogs should not be confined, gassed, shot or electrocuted for luxury fashion.“To stop this unnecessary cruelty, fur farming must be banned, as it already has been in many countries, including Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. Fox farming is banned in Denmark and the Netherlands.“According to a 2014 public opinion poll by the Homo Homini polling institute, 55 per cent of the people in Poland already support a ban on fur farms. I would like to ask you to initiate a bill to ban fur farming in order to save the lives of millions of animals in the near future.”last_img read more

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How UMBC Did The Unthinkable — And The Inevitable

After a relatively sedate start to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the most shocking result in tourney history was saved for one of the last games in the round of 64. Late Friday, Maryland-Baltimore County did the unthinkable, pulling off the victory that college fans have been waiting decades to see: The Retrievers became the first No. 16 seed in the history of the men’s tournament to knock off a No. 1 when they beat Virginia 74-54.1The women’s tournament beat the men to the punch by 20 years, of course, when No. 16 Harvard beat No. 1 Stanford in 1998.(Look, we did say a No. 16 seed could beat a No. 1 this year — never mind which No. 16, and which No. 1…)No, instead of the obvious pick, it was the obscure one. UMBC went into the game ranked 188th in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings; Virginia ranked first. Our predictive model gave the Cavaliers a 98 percent probability of winning. Nothing about the two teams’ track records suggested that number was too high. (If anything, facing a Retrievers team that lost by 40-plus points to the likes of Albany, UVA seemed like it might be the safest No. 1 seed in the first round.)Instead, the Cavs were on the wrong side of history.Besides the novelty of a No. 16 beating a No. 1 seed — let alone the tournament’s No. 1 overall team — the magnitude of the upset would have been shocking in any context. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, it was tied for the worst loss by an Associated Press No. 1 team to an unranked team at any point in the season, let alone the tournament.2Undefeated No. 1 St. Joseph’s lost to Xavier by 20 in the 2003-04 season. And from a bettor’s standpoint, UMBC joined Santa Clara in 1993 and Norfolk State in 2012 — a pair of No. 15 seeds that won — as the only teams to win a game outright in the men’s tourney despite being an underdog of 20 or more points.Virginia can place some of the blame on losing forward De’Andre Hunter right before the tournament. Sidelined with a wrist injury, Hunter was UVA’s best player on a rate basis,3Excluding those with low playing time. according to Sports-Reference.com’s Win Shares per 40 minutes. The Cavs no doubt missed his efficient play at both ends of the court against the Retrievers.But this loss cannot be pinned completely on Hunter’s absence. Against UMBC, Virginia played just about the worst game it possibly could. What had been one of the top offensive teams in the country during the regular season shot just 41 percent from the floor — including 18 percent from 3-point range (to go with a 50 percent showing from the foul line). More shockingly, the nation’s best defense looked completely lost, particularly in the game’s second half.The Retrievers played their best possible game as well. They shot a stunning 54 percent from the field against the Cavaliers, nailing 12 of 24 attempts from beyond the arc. Going into the game, Virginia hadn’t allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent from the field all season, against a schedule that consisted of many difficult opponents. Though no major-conference school could solve the UVA defense, UMBC — led by an audacious 28-point performance from electrifying guard Jairus Lyles — was the team that finally broke through. Virginia was holding opponents to 53.4 points per game, the lowest in the country. Lyles and the Retrievers got 53 in the second half alone.In terms of blame, there’s plenty of finger-pointing left for Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s deliberately low-possession brand of basketball. The Cavs were easily the nation’s slowest team all season, and they basically never had to accelerate the pace to make a comeback push all year. As TV analyst Kenny Smith pointed out in the postgame coverage, UVA was unable to adjust once UMBC forced the Cavs to play from behind.This topic deserves more research, but there is some evidence that slow favorites generally disappoint in March. It makes sense: Unlike underdogs, who should want more variance — and therefore fewer possessions in a game — favorites should theoretically be trying to reduce the randomness and give variance a smaller role in a game’s outcome. So it could be that Virginia-style favorites are inadvertently doing their opponents a big favor by slowing the pace down to a crawl, essentially giving away some of their talent advantage by allowing more randomness to seep into the game. (Whether this works in practice, though, is up for debate.)Whatever the reason behind it, UMBC’s win was an upset for the ages. On the one hand, it was surprising that no 16 seed had ever beaten a No. 1 before Friday — according to our Elo model, we’d calculate the chances as 1-in-27 (or 3.7 percent) that a No. 16 wouldn’t have broken through in 134 tries. But this was also the victory that just seemed like it might never happen. Now that it has, there are no gimme games in the bracket anymore. Just when you thought it wasn’t possible, March Madness somehow got an extra dimension of madness. And it all comes courtesy of the UMBC Retrievers and their long-awaited underdog victory. read more

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Ronaldo swears to do the impossible at Juventus

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has vowed to do the “impossible” and deliver Juventus a first Champions League title since 1996The Bianconeri have enjoyed great success over in Italy with seven Serie A titles in a row along with four domestic doubles in the past four seasons.But things in Europe haven’t gone so well over the past two decades with their last triumph coming in 1996 where they defeated Ajax in a penalty shoot-out at Rome.Since then, Juventus have suffered defeat at the final stage of the Champions League five times with the most recent ones coming in 2015 and 2017.Meeting fans in Dubai ahead of the Globe Soccer Awards, Ronaldo gave them a promise after they sang “bring us the Champions League” to him.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I swear I will do the impossible to win the Champions League with Juventus,” said Ronaldo, according to Football-Italia.“The fans aren’t asking me to save the country though…”Ronaldo has won the Champions League five times for both Manchester United and Real Madrid and is the competition’s record scorer with 121 goals.The 33-year-old forward will return from his winter break on January 12 for Juventus’ Coppa Italia game against Bologna.last_img read more

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Solari speaks ahead of Espanyol match

first_imgThe Real Madrid manager has responded, once again, about the Isco situation, while talking about two other players.Real Madrid and Espanyol will face off on Sunday night in a Spanish La Liga new fixture.And just ahead of the important match, the Los Blancos manager Santiago Solari has spoken to the press about what’s coming for the team.“The only battle that exists is that of the next match,” Solari told Marca after being asked about Isco.“Benzema is in great form. He’s having a great year. I always say that he is very generous.”“He is playing the vast majority of matches and he is one of the players with the highest minutes [accumulated],” he added.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He’s generous because he’s playing with pain. He’s one of the best strikers in the world.”“Vinicius is football and we are in a game that has his characteristics,” he said about the 18-year-old.“His adaptation has been very fast. He is 18 years old and his adaptation has been very good.”“We’ll see who is playing tomorrow and in the next few weeks,” Solari continued.“The players who are recovering, we want them to be ready as soon as possible. Gareth is important for us because he is a fantastic footballer.”last_img read more

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National Tourism Month

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2014 – November begins National Tourism Month and among the activities is a Tourism Symposium; the two day event is set for next Tuesday and Wednesday… the theme is: “Tourism is Key, Unlock its Possibilities.” Recommended for you Holiday on Friday in Turks and Caicos Related Items:national tourism month, novembercenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Shines joins National Tourism Month activity calendarlast_img read more

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