Simone Biles defied a kidney stone to make history in Doha by becoming the first female gymnast to win four all-around world titles.Such is Biles’ dominance of her sport she could afford a series of uncharacteristic mistakes without feeling unduly threatened by her rivals, with Japan’s Mai Murakami taking silver more than one and a half points behind.Victory gave Biles her 12th world gold medal and her second of these Championships, with the possibility of four more to come in the individual apparatus finals over the next two days.But Biles insisted: “I’m definitely more upset with myself than happy. It’s not who I am go out and bomb a meet like that.“Even though I still won I wish it had been something different. It kind of sucks that I did so bad and still won. You have to earn it and I don’t think I earned it tonight.”Biles totalled 57.491, scoring lower than her qualification mark in all four of her routines, starting by sitting down on landing the vault that is named in her honour, and also falling from the beam and stepping out on floor.Team-mate Morgan Hurd, the reigning world champion in Biles’ absence last year, also made a big mistake on beam, allowing Murakami to sneak in and take silver ahead of the American.Biles’ success was all the more remarkable given her admission to hospital on the eve of the championships, but she refused to use her continuing discomfort as any kind of excuse.“If it had been a challenge for me I wouldn’t have competed at all, rather than blame it on the kidney stone,” Biles added. “I think finals will definitely cheer me up because I get to redeem myself and show people who I really am.”Ellie Downie marked her return after 18 months out due to injury by placing 11th, improving her scores across the board from qualifying, while Great Britain team-mate Kelly Simm finished 19th.For Downie it was a significant moment in her career, having impressed in winning the European all-around title in Romania in 2017 before sustaining a foot injury which required two surgeries.Downie said: “All I can do is take confidence from that. I just wanted to go in and better all my scores today which I did.“My start value on floor is still quite low and I can also improve on beam but I’ve been through two clean all-around competitions and this has definitely given me confidence looking ahead.”Downie, whose older sister Becky will contest the uneven bars final on Friday, paid tribute Biles, and said she expected the American to continue to dominate her sport for as long as she chooses.Downie said: “The fact she can fall twice and step out on floor is insane. Sharing the arena with Simone is always a privilege. She’s an absolutely incredible gymnast and I don’t think anyone will ever touch her until she quits.”
DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Barcelona’s disgruntled fans had whistled their team against Slavia in midweek and when Olaza equalised for Celta, that tension and restlessness threatened to return.Instead, Messi took command, this hat-trick taking his tally to nine goals in seven games, 612 in total for his club.“Obviously when it’s tight we have the advantage of having the best player in the world and the best free-kick taker in the world,” said Busquets.Yet his precision from free-kicks is a skill the 32-year-old has worked on and improved in recent years, his conversion rate currently at four goals from his last seven attempts in the league.The last time a player scored a hat-trick from set-pieces in La Liga was when Messi himself achieved the same feat in 2012 against Espanyol, albeit with two penalties and one free-kick.ADVERTISEMENT A 34th treble in La Liga puts Messi equal with Cristiano Ronaldo, while a much-needed win sends Barca above Real Madrid on goal difference and back to the top of the table at the end of a testing week.“It is impossible not to depend on Messi, he illuminates everything,” said Valverde. “We depend on him like any team would depend on him. He unlocked the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Madrid had briefly claimed first place after continuing their own goal-surge by hammering Eibar 4-0, a game in which Karim Benzema scored twice and Eden Hazard exploded into life.But while Madrid appear to be hitting their stride, Barcelona’s momentum had stalled. After losing to Levante and failing to break down Slavia Prague in the Champions League, scrutiny had again turned on Valverde and his future as Barcelona coach. 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Banahaw There was good news for Barcelona too in the return of Luis Suarez, who came off the bench after recovering from a calf strain.Messi scored his penalty in the 23rd minute after Joseph Aidoo had blocked Nelson Semedo’s cross with his hand.It was Messi that conceded the foul for Olaza’s curling free-kick that was well-hit enough to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen, even if the goalkeeper might have been disappointed not to be able to get across.There was little Celta keeper Ruben Blanco could do about Messi’s efforts, the first in stoppage time before the interval and the second three minutes after the restart.They were almost carbon copies of each other, bending over the wall and nestling in the top right-hand corner.Celta, under their new coach Oscar Garcia, never looked like mounting a comeback and Busquets put the result beyond doubt with a low shot five minutes from the finish.Real’s players might have been watching on their way home from Ipurua, where they went three up inside 29 minutes, Sergio Ramos scoring a penalty between two Benzema strikes, the second also a spot-kick after Ramos delegated to his teammate. Fede Valverde added a fourth in the second half.Benzema’s double takes him to 157 goals for Real Madrid, above Ferenc Puskas into sixth in the club’s all-time list, but his excellent display was trumped by a creative masterclass from Hazard.“His first half was very impressive,” said coach Zinedine Zidane. “We are happy and he will be a huge player for Madrid, for sure.”Hazard’s vintage performance Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie dies in sparring accident Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee MOST READ Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi celebrate after scoring during the Spanish league football match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)Lionel Messi delivered an incredible dead-ball hat-trick on Saturday to steer Barcelona to a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo and ease the pressure on his coach Ernesto Valverde.Messi scored with a penalty and then a pair of sumptuous free-kicks either side of half-time after Lucas Olaza had briefly pulled Celta level with a free-kick of his own at Camp Nou. Sergio Busquets drove home to make sure of the win late on.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ LATEST STORIES Benzema latched onto Hazard’s pass in the 17th minute and after Valverde and Luka Modric missed, the ball spilled back to the Frenchman, who found the corner from an acute angle.Three minutes later it was two, Hazard the creator again, his feet too quick for Pablo De Blasis, who caught his opponent’s right leg. Ramos slid the penalty home.Hazard sparkled, with a brilliant nutmeg, a ‘rabona’ cross and too many glides past defenders to count.Ramos passed on the second Madrid penalty, awarded for a foul on Lucas Vazquez, to allow Benzema to make it three before Valverde had added a fourth, cracking in Modric’s pass for his first goal in La Liga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team opens their 2019-20 regular season this Friday, October 4 when they host the Guelph Gryphons at Varsity Arena.Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale here. The first 100 fans will receive a free Varsity Blues fan t-shirt!Stay tuned to varsityblues.ca as we will be releasing men’s hockey season preview videos over the next few days.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Links
Developing countries are five steps behind technology and Guyana is no exception. In an effort to close the ever-widening technology gap in Guyana, a Robotic and Technology Exhibition was on Saturday hosted at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in an effort to educate and prepare Guyanese youth for the modern age of technology.An employee of Starr Computer explaining the operations of a drone to studentsFirst Lady Sandra Granger, who was among the patrons, highlighted the need for such a programme since it is predicted that 75 per cent of jobs will encompass the technology field in the near future.“So if the children and young people do not adapt to that idea we are going to be in a society that is always catching up and not getting there,” she told the gathering.The expo, which was sponsored by STEM Guyana, saw the participation of several senior secondary schools and was supported by the Education Ministry and the local business community, who had on display innovative and educational robotic creations.A representative from the North Ruimveldt Church Robotic under 11 Club boasted a boat made from plastic bottles among other materials to represent the potential oil boom. “The boat basically is soft powered because eventually we want to not be able to be people on an oil filled boat that can explode… the robot has a proximity sensor which moves it from oncoming obstacles and traffic.”North Ruimveldt Church Robotic under 11 Club boasted a boat made from plastic bottlesOne of the Co-founders, Caleb Christian, displayed a booth specifically designed to teach children to master programming; by creating games and animations.The young man related that his mother (Event Coordinator, Karen Abrams) saw that many persons who entered the technology field were young and did not possess any “traditional education” so she put them on ‘STEM focus” and as they got older, they decided to bring a similar programme to Guyana; STEM Guyana”. Workshops were held over the past year to educate many of the participants who successfully built their own robots to display at the exhibition.Event Coordinator and Co-Founder, Karen Abrams relayed that the expo seeks to unleash the technology potential of youths across Guyana through the implementation of various programmes, while proudly declaring that Guyana will be one of 160 countries competing in the Robotic Olympics.“One of the things we did last year was a summer camp for robot building and programming. This year we’re taking a team to Washington, DC (in the United States), to compete against 160 countries in robotics”.The team which will represent Guyana at the Robotic Olympics later this yearThe affair was a fundraiser and an education event which was implemented to not only appease the curiosity of persons who were anxious to see the robots entering the competition, but also to engage and educate the public about technology and drones.She further disclosed that the event was initially sponsored by the Guyanese Diaspora, but after sharing her idea with First Lady Sandra Granger, to enable Guyanese youth to compete like other Caribbean states and western countries, the First Lady wholeheartedly agreed. Funds were initially raised with the Diaspora and tremendous assistance was received from both governmental and non-governmental organisations. She described the event as “a public-private Diaspora local initiative to help Guyanese young people learn more about technology”.While some of exhibiting teams included students from President’s College, Bishop’s High School and St Roses, other teams comprised members of the Private Sector and business community, such as Starr Computers and Gizmos and Gadgets. The Coordinator revealed her plans to establish clubs all across Guyana in schools and community centres.Meanwhile, member of Team Guyana, Vivekenand Ramnarase, expressed his delight at being a part of the group that is set to represent Guyana at the Robotic Olympics later this year, and is optimistic that Guyana has what it takes to win. Guyana enters an H2O challenge to raise awareness against contaminating water across the thirsty planet. The team is required to build a robot that is able to harvest water and separate same from contaminants; entailing safe storage.First Global, the organisation behind the competition had provided a kit with parts for the participants, from which they are required to design and build a robot.One particular booth stuck the interest of patrons, which sought to teach students to create apps for android phones and animations. “We have a very brilliant team, we’re very diverse and dedicated and we are going to go there and even if we don’t win… but I really think that we would. We would come back as champions either way”.
The “Art a la Carte” silent auction fundraiser features over 20 pieces from local artists that will be up to view and bid on at Café Europa at 926 102 Avenue in October.“It’s a real mix – they are of a small format, about 12 by 12 (inches) or smaller – and we left it open to the artist’s interpretation of what they wanted to do. There is some realism, there is some abstract, there’s oil paintings, acrylic, mixed-media, printmaking and all kinds of things,” said Melissa Holoboff, curator and community relations coordinator for the art gallery.To bid, you must simply locate the blue binder inside the store and write down your bid and contact information on the page corresponding to the artwork you wish to bid on. The bidding closes on the evening of Oct. 28, when a wrap-up party will be held where individuals can make their final bids and enjoy some tasty treats. After bidding closes at 8 p.m., the successful bidders can pay and take their paintings home that night. – Advertisement -Proceeds from the auction will go to the art gallery to fund children’s arts programs.For more information, contact Melissa Holoboff at 250-782-2601 during regular gallery hours or visit www.dcartgallery.ca.
West Ham’s London Stadium 1 The boss of the London Stadium has resigned after an inquiry was opened into the soaring costs to the taxpayer to run the venue.David Edmonds, the chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation which is responsible for the running of the city’s Olympic Park and how the facilities are used following the 2012 Games, has quit his post.The announcement comes after London mayor Sadiq Khan announced on Tuesday evening that he had ordered an investigation into the rising bill for converting the London Stadium for use by West Ham amid concerns that taxpayers will be saddled with the costs for years to come.The LLDC confirmed the news in a statement released on Thursday, although it did not explicitly cite the new inquiry as Edmonds’ reason for stepping down.David Goldstone, chief executive of the LLDC, said: “David has made an enormous contribution to the legacy of the London 2012 Games and he has helped to steer the organisation through some extremely challenging issues. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him well in the future.”Edmonds was appointed as LLDC’s chairman last September but he has been closely involved with the Olympic Park’s legacy since 2009. He held senior roles with the LLDC’s predecessor, the Olympic Park Legacy Company, and E20 LLP, a joint venture between Newham Borough and the LLDC.A former chairman of NHS Direct and boss of the UK’s telecoms regulator, Edmonds was a high-profile appointment for LLDC, particularly as he had also previously managed the NatWest Group’s £3billion property portfolio. But despite this impressive track record he has been unable to get a grip of costs at the London Stadium, with the bill for converting the venue from its Olympic set-up to one fit for top-flight football now £323million according to a spokesperson for Khan, £51m more than former London mayor Boris Johnson claimed last year.A spokesperson for Khan, who succeeded Johnson in May, said: “Sadiq will now be looking to secure the very best possible candidate for this important role. He believes the Stadium will continue to be a world-class sports and entertainment facility hosting major events.”West Ham, who moved into the venue this season, have a 99-year lease and pay £2.5m a year in rent. They also made a one-off contribution to the conversion costs of £15m with the rest coming from taxpayers.This deal, which includes nearly all of the club’s match-day costs, has been heavily criticised and was only revealed after a long campaign by rival football supporters and taxpayer-rights groups – a campaign Edmonds resisted for two years.The Hammers’ start to life at the London Stadium has also been beset by problems, with several incidents of crowd trouble and criticisms about a lack of atmosphere. It is unlikely that Khan will be able to unpick West Ham’s deal with Johnson and the LLDC and the former Labour MP for Tooting has made it clear that he blames Johnson, now the Foreign Secretary, for what his spokesperson has described as a “total and utter mess”. The main concern now is the cost of the retractable seating that was installed to get football fans closer to the pitch.This seating cannot easily be wheeled in and out of position – as it is at the Stade de France in Paris, for example – and there is no room in the stadium to store it when it is not in use during football’s off-season.This means the original estimate for the seating contract, from a company that has since gone bust, of £300,000 is financially untenable. This was based on the belief that it would take five days to do the work, although it actually took three teams of contractors, working around the clock, 10 days to get the seats installed at the start of the season. John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told Press Association Sport that: “It is apparent that very little – if any – consideration was given to what was to be done with the stadium once the Olympics were over.“There are very serious questions about the shocking lack of forward planning which has left taxpayers with a hefty bill for a stadium whose viability is uncertain.“The forthcoming inquiry, which must be conducted efficiently, needs to get to the bottom of how the authorities managed to get themselves into this mess in the first place.”Khan’s Greater London Authority, the ultimate owners of the 60,000-seat venue, is currently conducting a tendering process for the contract and it believes taking the seating down and storing it off-site might be a 15-day job that costs £8m.This, coupled with the increased policing and stewarding costs thanks to the problems with crowd segregation and hooliganism, has led some stadium experts to question if the stadium will ever break even as a multi-purpose venue, particularly as a naming rights deal appears to have been delayed by the recent negative publicity.Khan, however, remains determined to make the venue work and is hopeful that competitive tendering processes could reduce costs and West Ham’s teething problems at the ground can be resolved. There is also the prospect of next summer’s world athletics and para-athletics championships to look forward to, as well as other sporting and entertainment events.
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Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Heung-min Son has been filling in for Kane since the England captain hobbled off in Tottenham’s Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Manchester City on April 9.But the South Korea international is suspended for their first leg tie with Ajax, which could see veteran striker Fernando Llorente lead the line.Pochettino added: “The energy, the semi-final, the chance to play a semi-final for Tottenham does not happen often.“We are in circumstances that are impossible to change and we must be ready. Harry Kane will play no part in Tottenham’s semi-final games against Ajax Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… BEST OF LIVE ON talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Harry Kane has ‘no chance’ of playing against Ajax in either Champions League semi-final games.The top scoring Spurs striker has been ruled out for the remainder of the Premier League season with an ankle injury. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Millwall vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Derby (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Barcelona vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTEintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 1 no dice ADVICE tense “It’s a game where it’s impossible to tire, it’s impossible not to be excited to play. It’s all mental.“The energy is going to be there, no doubt we are going to have the energy to play 90 minutes and give our best.“But then it’s football and we need to accept that football is a sport that you must be focused and be better than the opponent and show more quality if you’re going to win.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining REVEALED gameday cracker REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Kane is set to miss Tuesday’s first leg tie with Ajax and will not recover in time for the away game in Amsterdam on May 8, however, he could return for Spurs if they reach the Champions League final on June 1.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “He’s doing well. He’s working and starting to run a bit inside.“His rehab is so good but we cannot create an idea that we maybe cannot achieve.“The most important thing is that he is in a good place and we’ll see what happens.“Will he [be fit for the game at Ajax]? No chance? Oh, Jesus [Perez, Tottenham’s assistant manager] says no chance.”
The LPM “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.The ability to influence change is a product of drive, creativity, and determination, but it also requires a unique ability to create a shared vision that others will understand, respect, support, and pursue. Each of the following recipients reflects that standard of excellence, representing the quality and spirit of leadership that makes a difference in our lives, our people, and our programs. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our latest honorees.- Sponsor – Excellence in PartnershipsHedgie Bartol, Retail Business Development Manager, Axis Communications “As I was climbing the career ladder, the one thing that always seemed to be at the core of wherever I found myself was a strong sense of doing the right thing for my customer,” said Bartol. “Through the years, I truly believe that what’s helped me advance my career has been my desire to not sell my customers anything, but rather help them get what they need. Always do right by your customer and serve their best interest and not your own. If you do that, your customers will be your partners, and you will have a long-lasting, mutual relationship.“We have to listen, learn, and respond—on both sides of the relationship. A business partnership is a two-way street. There has to be trust. Once you’ve established that trust, stay with it and realize that it is the keystone of the whole thing.“This industry and community has been a real home for me and is like no other. I am honored and flattered to receive this recognition, but the only reason that I received it is because of the folks in this community. They’ve always made sure that the equation balances.”Excellence in LeadershipTom Arigi, Senior Director of Safety and Security, Walmart US “When I think about the true leaders that I’ve known or worked with, I’ve found that they drive for results and have a passion for what they do,” said Arigi. “But they were also resilient. They had the ability shed setbacks quickly and move on, celebrating even the small wins along the way. They inspired their teams to do better, setting the bar higher—but not so high it’s unrealistic.“Leaders know it’s all about the team. In today’s rapidly changing world, our leaders must have imagination. They have to be innovators without ego. That approach allows us to be great listeners, embracing other perspectives and giving credit where credit is due. That attitude builds trust and helps develop future leaders.“For young leaders, my advice would be to take some chances, both in your current role and when thinking about the next opportunity. Volunteer to take on the tough projects. Diversify your resume. Not every move has to be a promotion. Consider developmental opportunities as part of your long-term success strategy. Realize that some of the best ways to prepare for your ultimate career goal in AP may be outside of AP.”Nominations Are EncouragedWe want this to be your program. Those of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence (at) LPportal(dot) com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#New Media#Social Web#web How the ReadWriteWeb Community Uses StumbleUponWe queried our community via Twitter to find out their main use cases. Here’s a representative sample of the replies (you can see them all via Twitoaster):@brettmorrison: “I use it to share things I find interesting and I use it to find randomly interesting things when I have a few free moments.”@EssenteeWeb: “So’s I can share what I think is cool and find content I otherwise wouldn’t have.”@andinarvaez: “I do, on occasion. Whenever I’m online, want to stay online, but just feel like browsing. […] Even though they’re [within] my interests, stumble upon helps me burst my usual browsing patterns & online bubble.”Follow ReadWriteWeb on StumbleUpon.You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.@rjanyk: “boredom… killing time a couple minutes at a time… entertainment. Sadly, almost thrilling not knowing what’s coming next”@MicaR: “Been a Stumbler for yrs. Great to get new ideas flowing when stuck, and, of course, great time waster. I’ve learned a lot, randomly.”@ezy80: “I find its a good source of ‘random relevant’ that nothing else provides in quite the same way…”@lauratellsjokes: “i stumble when i am bored and to learn new things. i love stumbling through photos, art and philosophy.”@estateofflux: “I do, great for entertainment and uncovering hidden gems of content when you’ve exhausted all your usual sources!”These and other replies often used words like “random” or “new.” Also it seems that people tend to use StumbleUpon when they have a bit of spare time, or are bored. Let us know in the comments whether you currently use StumbleUpon; and if so, how and why? Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification richard macmanus Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… When you think of social media, two products immediately come to mind: Facebook and Twitter. If you’re in the technical world, you’d probably also mention Digg and Slashdot. A product that is rarely talked about among social media products, but has a surprisingly large footprint on the Web, is StumbleUpon. It now has 10.6 million users and regularly pushes big traffic to online publishers.According to a new analysis by Web analytics company Woopra, StumbleUpon drives nearly twice as much traffic than Digg. StatCounter uncovered a similar trend recently, with StumbleUpon second only to Facebook among social media traffic drivers.Source: WoopraHow it Works“Explore the web like never before,” declares the StumbleUpon sign up page. And indeed the beauty of StumbleUpon is how easy it makes browsing the Web. It’s often called a ‘serendipity engine’ for its ability to turn up strange and new content.Here’s how StumbleUpon works as a user. You firstly download and install a browser add-on, then select categories that interest you. Now you’re ready to explore. Simply click the Stumble button in your browser to be magically transported to an unknown web page. Where you’re taken is driven by StumbleUpon’s sophisticated recommendation engine, which is fueled by data from its users – who vote on whether they ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ web pages across the Web.What’s Popular on StumbleUpon?It’s simple for the users, yet surprisingly difficult for the media industry to get its collective head around. Its randomness and lack of an easily identifiable core audience are two things that make StumbleUpon hard to understand. So what kind of content is popular there?Much like Digg, another crowd-sourced recommendation engine, the most popular content on StumbleUpon tends to be easily digestable and entertaining. Lists, bizarre things, scientific discoveries, animals, humor, images, and so on. Among the most stumbled content of 2009 were these articles: ’99 Things You Should Have Seen On The Internet’ (471K Stumbles), ‘Life Summarized in 4 Bottles’ (439K Stumbles), ’14 Rare Color Photos From the FSA-OWI’ (341K Stumbles),… you get the idea.