We’ve reached the Elite Eight of our ’64 Most Annoying Fan Bases In College Sports’ bracket, and the first 1-seed has gone down. Duke basketball fans, it turns out, aren’t quite as annoying as some of the other groups on our list. The other 1-seeds – Kentucky Basketball Fans, Notre Dame Football Fans and Alabama Football Fans – are holding strong, however.You can see the opening round matchups here, the ‘Round of 32’ matchups here, and the Sweet 16 matchups here. Here’s the updated bracket – you can vote on this week’s four matchups below.The 64 Most Annoying Fan Bases Bracket Vote On The #BBN Region Below1. Kentucky Basketball Fans vs. 3. S-E-C ChantersAuburn Football fans were no match for #BBN, as Kentucky Basketball Fans held serve to move onto the Elite Eight, 72%-28%. There, they meet up with S-E-C Chanters, who took down People Who Talk About Their NCAA Bracket Picks, 65%-35%. Will UK supporters join their basketball team in the Final Four? More Annoying: Kentucky Basketball Fans or S-E-C Chanters?Vote On The #FSUTwitter Region Below2. Florida State Football Fans vs. 4. Fans Who Tweet At RecruitsIt’s a matchup between #FSUTwitter and, well, another group of annoying tweeters. Seminoles fans were voted more annoying than USC supporters, 63%-37%. Meanwhile, Duke Basketball fans became the first 1-seed to fall. Fans Who Tweet At Recruits scored the upset, 55%-45%. We’ll be shocked if they advance again, though. More Annoying: Florida State Football Fans or Fans Who Tweet At Recruits?Vote On The #WeAre Region Below1. Notre Dame Football Fans vs. 5. Texas A&M Football FansNotre Dame Football Fans took down Michigan Football Fans, 58%-42%, in a matchup that perhaps should have been slotted for later in the tournament. Meanwhile, Texas A&M Football Fans were voted slightly more annoying than Texas Football Fans, 52%-48%. Perhaps it’s because they’re in the SEC now? Which group will move onto the Final Four? More Annoying: Notre Dame Football Fans or Texas A&M Football Fans?Vote On The #PAWWWL Region Below1. Alabama Football Fans vs. 3. Paul Finebaum CallersIt’s beginning to look like Alabama Football Fans may be the most formidable force left in the bracket. Tide supporters took down Georgia Football Fans, 84%-16%, to set up a fitting all-SEC final in the #PAWWWL region. Paul Finebaum Callers, the 3-seed in the region, beat out Big East Nostalgists handily, 64%-36%. Good luck determining this one. More Annoying: Alabama Football Fans or Paul Finebaum Callers?Check Out The Sweet 16 Voting Here >>>
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has urged Aaron Ramsey to focus on his football rather than his prolonged contract drama at the clubThe Wales international has spent over a decade at the Emirates but only has under 12 months left on his current contract.Ramsey was left surprised to be left out of Emery’s starting lineup in last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea.And it is uncertain whether he will start in today’s home game against West Ham United.“I spoke with him last week,” said Emery, according to The Guardian.“I said: ‘I want you focused only on training and only on the match, you show us the capacity to help the team.’“The contract is another thing for his agent and the club but we want and I need his focus only on training, only on the match and on his performance each day.”The Spaniard suggested that Ramsey’s omission against Chelsea was only for tactical reasons.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Chelsea are different to other teams,” he said.“We have to work very specifically to prepare for them.“Saturday is also a difficult match but we are thinking more we can control the match with our personality.“Against Chelsea and Manchester City we wanted to but there were more times in the 90 minutes that the opposition didn’t let us.”Arsenal are currently suffering their worst start to a league season in 26 years after losing their first two games to Manchester City and Chelsea.“We need to win this match against West Ham. I think it’s very important to show [the supporters] a better performance than in the two first matches,” said Emery.“We are preparing well. I am feeling well when I look at the players in training.”
Katie Koester, Homer High School Class of 1998, is currently the City Manager for the City of Homer: “I celebrate the people of Homer–the families who have made it here for generations along with the new families who come to the end of the road, fall in love with this place, and figure out how to make it in this town. This community’s underlying determination to live and persist in Homer means people here are interesting, creative, and diverse. I celebrate the people of Homer because they are problem solvers, because they make Homer the place for their life’s work.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is celebrating three graduates who now manage three of the largest cities in the Borough spanning 25,600 square miles. Paul Ostrander, Soldotna High School Class of 1986, is currently the City Manager for the City of Kenai: “Kenai has a diverse history and residents are ardent in their support of their hometown. When people talk about living in Kenai, whether talking about fishing the river or family time on the beach, you can sense the pride they have in our natural resources and community. The statement that, it’s the best place to live in the world, is heard often, and meant wholeheartedly.” Stephanie Queen, Kenai Central High School Class of 2000, is currently the City Manager for the City of Soldotna: “One of the things I really appreciate about Soldotna is how engaged our residents are. We’ve figured out how to work together across public, private, and non-profit lines, to move big projects forward. This has allowed us to accomplish several of the community’s long-standing goals; something we would not have been able to do without strong partnerships.” KPBSD has created individual profiles for each of these City Managers and will follow-up with a four-part series highlighting KPBSD graduates.
I Love YouPR HandoutTollywood producers like Dil Raju, Lagadapati Sridhar and YVS Chowdary heaped praises on Kannada actor Upendra and director R Chandru at the team launch of their Telugu film I Love You.Upendra is the most popular Sandalwood actor in Telugu states and the makers of next Kannada movie I Love You are dubbing and releasing it in Telugu to cash in on his fame. They held grand function for the launch of its Telugu Teaser in Hyderabad on Monday. Upendra and the film’s cast and crew attended the event. Dil Raju, Lagadapati Sridhar and YVS Chowdary graced it as guests.Addressing this event, Dil Raju praised Upendra. The producer, who is likely to distribute I Love You in Nizam, said, “Back in the late 1990s, I would find Upendra’s movies quite crazy. It’s only after reading the script of Arya that I understood the nuances of balancing a negative character in a way that the audience love. I wish that I Love You will become a big hit in both Telugu and Kannada.”Lagadapati Sridhar said, “Upendra is a real star. His cult classic OM is one of my all-time favourite movies. With A, he became a cult star. With films like Son Of Sathyamurthy, too, he won our hearts. I know many people in my circle who really love him. He lives life king size and is a big inspiration to many. He is a fabulous actor, writer and has command over all the crafts of filmmaking. I Love You Telugu teaser launchPR HandoutThe producer said the I Love You would be hit with the young Telugu audience. Lagadapati Sridhar said, “I think he has once again made a film that every youngster is going to love. It shows post-marriage love and is a refreshing endeavour. I Love You comes with the caption Nanne Preminchu.”Lagadapati Sridhar also praised director R Chandru, saying, “He is the godfather of love stories, having made beautiful love stories such as Taj Mahal. When Charminar was remade in Telugu as Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini, it won the Best Romantic Movie award at the Jaipur Film Festival.”Meanwhile, Lagadapati Sridhar evinced his interest to produce Upendra’s next directorial venture. The Producer, “I want to do a straight Telugu film with Upendra as director. He has also entered politics with a people-centric agenda. I wish him all the success for the coming elections.”YVS Chowdary also praised both the actor and director of I Love you. He said, “If I have come to this stage in life, it’s only because of NT Rama Rao’s blessings. Coming to this film, its very logo is unique. Director R Chandru’s movies come with delicate sensibilities and human values. Upendra is a frank person and his characters in movies have no secrets. The caption Nanne Preminchu is so apt in his case.”YVS Chowdary added, “Long before an Arjun Reddy and a Rx 100 were made, Upendra did far more intense love stories. A and OM are the best examples. Puri Jagannadh’s characterizations are strong. Before him, Upendra came up with strong ones. I had the opportunity to work with him long back during my association with Vyjayanthi Movies as a co-director. He could have done an unbelievably crazy movie with even Chiranjeevi. He has always broken the rules of the game. His movies possess social values. He is forthright even as a politician. I wish him and director R Chandru all the best.”
The Dow ended at a record high on Friday, boosted by IBM, while a rebound in high-growth momentum names helped the broader market.Consumer discretionary shares also lifted the market, with the stock of Gap Inc (GPS.N) up 3.3 percent at $40.52 after the apparel retailer reported upbeat April sales and gave a profit forecast that surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. The S&P consumer discretionary index .SPLRCD was up 0.6 percent.Apple Inc (AAPL.O) was the biggest drag on both the benchmark S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq 100 .NDX on news that it is close to paying a record $3.2 billion for Beats Electronics, an expensive foray into music streaming and headphone gear, two people with knowledge of the matter said.Some analysts questioned whether Beats, valued at $1 billion during its last funding round in September, was worth that price. Apple shares fell 0.4 percent to $585.54.Momentum names advanced, with shares of Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD.O) up 1.3 percent at $79.76. Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) shares rose 2.1 percent to $328.55 after the company increased the price of its most popular video streaming plan by $1 a month.The gains came after a volatile week for those shares. The S&P 500 has alternated between gains and losses each day this week, and the Nasdaq has dropped for three straight sessions – its longest losing streak since early April – as Internet-related stocks came under pressure.Trading was mostly lackluster, with about 5.7 billion shares changing hands on the U.S. exchanges, below the 6.2 billion month-to-date average, according to data from BATS Global Markets.”The volatility and the decline in a lot of growth stuff is wearing people out,” said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles. “There’s a lot of trader fatigue.”The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI rose 32.37 points or 0.2 percent, to 16,583.34, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 2.85 points or 0.15 percent, to 1,878.48 and the Nasdaq Composite.IXIC added 20.374 points or 0.5 percent, to 4,071.869.Shares of International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) rose 0.6 percent to $190.08 and helped lift the Dow to a record close.For the week, the Dow rose 0.4 percent, while the S&P 500 dipped 0.1 percent and the Nasdaq fell 1.3 percent. This marked the Nasdaq’s biggest weekly percentage decline in a month.The Russell 2000 .TOY gained 0.9 percent. Early in the session, it flirted with correction territory, defined as a 10 percent drop from a recent peak. At its session low, the Russell touched 1,091.50, nearly 10 percent below its all-time closing high of 1,208.65 reached on March 4.Healthcare stocks rose, with shares of Merck (MRK.N) up 0.7 percent at $55.21 a day after U.S. health regulators approved a blood-clot prevention drug developed by Merck for use by patients who have had a heart attack or who suffer from blockages in the arteries of the legs. The S&P healthcare index .SPXHC was up 0.6 percent.Among the day’s big decliners, Rocket Fuel Inc (FUEL.O) shares tumbled 21.5 percent to $21.83 after the technology provider for Web-based video advertising forecast current-quarter revenue far below expectations, prompting downgrades from Goldman Sachs and BMO Capital.Advancers outnumbered decliners on the New York Stock Exchange by a ratio of about 17 to 13, while on the Nasdaq, nearly 17 stocks rose for every nine that fell.
The collapse in oil prices worldwide over the past few months from $60 (Â£41, â‚¬54) a barrel to as low as $28 a barrel has proved to be very painful for oil-producing nations such as Russia and Saudi Arabia, while in contrast a huge benefit to Western consumers.After all, petrol prices are effectively a tax on the West, with the wealth being transferred to the oil-producing countries in OPEC, plus Russia and Norway.Since the middle of 2014, British drivers have benefited from a 30p a litre drop in petrol prices from 130p to 101p today, on the threshold of dropping under Â£1 a litre for the first time since 2009 (Chart 1).This has been for the strong growth in consumption on both sides of the Atlantic over 2015, as the savings from lower petrol prices have been spent elsewhere.Too much oil, not enough demand?Why have oil prices dropped so precipitously since the middle of 2014? The clear answer is a mismatch of supply and demand of crude oil. While global demand for oil grows relatively steadily over time, the level of oil supply varies much more.In recent years, there has been a massive increase in supply coming from drilling of oil shale formations in the US, leading to the growth in supply of crude oil outstripping demand. And in comes the first law of economics â€“ which dictates that price is determined by supply and demand: so more supply than demand drives prices lower. And that is exactly what has happened (Chart 2).In the past, this would have been corrected by OPEC (the Organization for Petroleum-Exporting Countries). But given that it controls less and less of the worlds oil production (around 38%; Chart 3), it cannot so easily exert the power over the oil price that it has demonstrated in the past.Oil price on the turn?In recent days, however, Russia has signalled it is ready to meet OPEC to discuss a combined production cut in order to boost the oil price.Remember, the oversupply of crude oil relative to demand worldwide is only of the order of one to two million barrels â€“ about 2% of current world oil production â€“ so it would not take that big a coordinated production cut in order to bring oil supply more in balance with demand.On the back of this news, crude oil prices have already rallied from below $30 a barrel to $36 a barrel for Brent crude. If a coordinated production cut is agreed, oil prices could move quite a bit higher still.After all, Brent crude was as high as $60 a barrel earlier in 2015, so there is still potentially a long way to go. The US Energy Information Administration has an average 2016 Brent crude oil forecast of over $40 a barrel, suggesting further upside over the year from current levels.On top of this, US oil production is estimated to have dropped by 600,000 barrels per day already over 2015, and could fall by another 900,000 barrels over 2016 as US oil wells start to see falling rates of production, partly due to the lack of new investment.This natural decline in oil production could also help to bring oil supply and demand back closer to balancing, and thus support oil prices this year.Top oil picks for 2016For an investor who wants to invest in oil stocks to benefit from any lasting rebound in oil prices, there are two ways to go. The first is to invest in a broad diversified fund that takes exposure to a range of European oil companies. For this, I would suggest buying the following exchange-traded fund (ETF): Amundi ETF MSCI Europe Energy UCITS ETF (code: ANRJ).This is an ETF that gives the investor cheap exposure (0.25% annual management charge) to all the large oil and gas companies in Europe, including Total, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and ENI. The current price of a share in this ETF was 169p as of 29 January.The second way is to invest in individual oil companies listed in London â€“ I have listed six (Chart 4).Of these six companies, I would prefer to invest in high-yielding integrated oil companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and Total.Bottom line: While oil companies have taken a beating over the past year, now may be an opportune time for long-term investors to look at this sector again.Edmund Shing is Global Head of Equity Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence.
$7.36M – The Secret Life of Pets 2 $4.2M – Toy Story 4 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 06/03/2019 and 06/09/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Disney Already Clashing With 20th Century Fox After Billion-Dollar Deal TV ad placements for Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” (EMV $4.2 million), Universal Pictures’ “Yesterday” ($3.89 million) and Columbia Pictures’ “Men in Black: International” ($3.87 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Men in Black: International” has the best iSpot Attention Index (112) in the ranking, getting 12% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). $3.87M – Men in Black: International Related Impressions: 262,745,270Attention Score: 93.04Attention Index: 106National Airings: 629Networks: 35Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 22Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $14.63MStudio: Disney PixarStarted Airing: 12/16/18 $6.2M – Dark Phoenix Impressions: 542,673,032Attention Score: 91.31Attention Index: 85National Airings: 2,468Networks: 50Most Spend On: ABC, Adult SwimCreative Versions: 38Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $29.97MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 04/08/19 Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades Popular on Variety $3.89M – Yesterday Impressions: 318,667,584Attention Score: 93.48Attention Index: 112National Airings: 1,101Networks: 38Most Spend On: ABC, NickCreative Versions: 21Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.87MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 12/20/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the fourth week in a row with “The Secret Life of Pets 2.”Ads placed for the animated film had an estimated media value of $7.36 million through Sunday for 1,966 national ad airings on 50 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from June 3-9. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, ABC and USA Network, and during programming such as the 2019 NBA Finals, the 2019 Stanley Cup Final and “American Ninja Warrior.”Just behind “The Secret Life of Pets 2” in second place: Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dark Phoenix,” which saw 2,468 national ad airings across 50 networks, with an estimated media value of $6.2 million. Impressions: 514,659,508Attention Score: 92.65Attention Index: 100National Airings: 1,966Networks: 50Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 103Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $44.89MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 11/22/18 Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv Impressions: 187,669,078Attention Score: 92.52Attention Index: 98National Airings: 556Networks: 30Most Spend On: NBC, CBSCreative Versions: 7Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.85MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 03/11/19 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15