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–Artist Xavier Cortada is known in Miami for helping introduce the public to complex issues and ideas through beautiful pieces of art.
–A graduate of Miami Business School, Cortada has done some wild things in his life including planting a green flag at the North Pole in order to “reclaim it for nature and launch an eco-art reforestation effort”.
–He is also trying to get more public awareness around the issue of climate change in South Florida, among other issues.
–Cortada recently donated four pieces of public art to Miami Business School and spoke to Dean John Quelch about the significance of that work, his view of how art has made Miami an international city and how it may save the city in the future.
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By Alex Austin
For fans of the Philadelphia 76ers (such as myself), the 2015-2016 season has been a continuous nightmare.
Currently, the boys from the City of Brotherly Love have a record of 2-31, and with the exception of the equally-listless Lakers on New Year’s Day, the possibilities for wins are are few and far between.
The stats alone spell out a lot of woes. The team is last in PPG (92.0), last in point differential (-12.4), and 24th in points allowed (104.4).
On top of that, they have the youngest roster in the NBA at 22.9 years of age. They have only played one man over 30 (Carl Landry) and their leading scorer is a 20-year-old rookie.
I highly doubt any team could win boasting those figures.
But it’s not enough for the Sixers to just be seasonally bad. They are historically bad.
The phrase “worst team” is, admittedly, subjective. However, if you look at history, the case for the current iteration of the Sixers to hold that dubious title is strong.
The worst team in NBA history by winning percentage was the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats (.106). However, that was in a strike-shortened season. For a full 82-game season, the record low is held by the 1972-1973 Philadelphia 76ers (.110).
Those Sixers won a paltry nine games. The current roster is projected to win fewer than five contests, which for the record would be a winning percentage of .061.
That sound you just heard was a collective groan coming from the vicinity of Constitution Hall.
I believe it is safe to say that the argument for the 2015-2016 76ers being the worst team of all time is cemented.
With that in mind, let’s take a minute to talk about the franchise as a whole.
General Manager Sam Hinkie is in the running for worst GM of all time in any sport. The news site FiveThirtyEight, summed this up pretty nicely.
And when other owners are petitioning the league to step in, you know you’re in trouble.
Hiring Jerry Colangelo as Chairman of Basketball Operations? Excellent.
Hiring Mike D’Antoni as an Associate Coach and sort-of Offensive Coordinator? The fanbase collectively facepalms.
Long story short, unless Colangelo takes over the GM duties, this team will go nowhere this season. And while theoretically they could only go up from here, that’s what was said at the end of last season too.
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By Nick Hickman
The decorations are up and the festivities are well in the works, for this Sunday, our Nation’s baby turns fifty.
Her roots can be traced back to the beautiful union between the AFL and the NFL in 1966. What soon came to be known as the Super Bowl was born out of a desire to crown a single champion between two unaffiliated leagues both competing for the spotlight.
Now, she owns an unofficial annual holiday at the beginning of every February. She is unmatched and untouchable. She is achievement personified, but is just as prosperous as she is cultural. In only fifty years time, she has infiltrated America’s bloodstream, pulsing and ripping through our veins as often as the air we breath.
Admit it, we’re hooked. We’re all addicted. Last year, a record 114.4 million people tuned in to watch Brady and the Patriots capture Super Bowl XLIX. There are approximately 111.1 million people living in Spain and the U.K. combined.
Aside from Super Bowl Sunday, only Thanksgiving can boast a higher statistical consumption of food.
The Super Bowl of two seasons ago between the Denver Broncos—who will compete again this year—and the Seattle Seahawks drew a record $119 million bet in Las Vegas casinos. It’s a sport played and adored by only one country in the world, but as American’s, we’re obsessed.
And part of the absurdity is that we’re all obsessed for different reasons. Sure, it’s likely that the large majority of viewers will watch for the sheer competition of the game, but many will be enticed by the halftime show and even Grandma and great-aunt Alice will tune in just to watch the commercials.
Usually we pay for clever tools to help us avoid commercials, but on Super Bowl Sunday, advertising brands will be competing nearly as hard as the athletes to capture your attention.
Though who can fault them? The rationale is simple. Say, for example, that just 5% of all viewers are motivated by an advertisement, spurring them to vote with their dollar. The resulting translation is an additional 5,720,000 customers to the responsible company.
Consequently, advertising companies will be willing to pay substantially for the privileged platform that is the Super Bowl. Thirty seconds during last year’s game sold for a record $4.5 million. According to Business Insider, that number has since grown 11% to a new average of $5 million per for this years game.
Money surrounds the Super Bowl in every corner and every aspect. Last year’s contest commanded more than $330 million in advertising revenue. This year, tens of thousands of passionate fans will pack Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, a venue that cost $1.3 billion to build.
Coldplay will headline this year’s Halftime Show after being selected as one of three finalists for last year’s game. Wall Street Journal reported that—along with Katy Perry and Rihanna—the three candidates were initially asked to pay the NFL for their performance in Super Bowl XLIX.
The Super Bowl is our baby and our addiction, and this year, both will turn fifty. It’s a small milestone in the scope of historical significance, though it’s a progression that shows no signs of slowing down.
Super Bowl Fifty will have its seats packed and its commercials rolling. It’ll have a remarkable halftime performance with brilliant effects and aesthetics, all this can be expected.
And too, you should expect the same next year, and the year after that. The NFL doesn’t need a headline like a fiftieth-anniversary to command our attention on Super Bowl Sunday.
In fact, it’s likely that they don’t even need to make any additional improvements or changes to the event at all. Barring nuclear annihilation, the NFL will be gifted next year with another energetic audience of hundreds of millions of fans.
As long as the money keeps coming, the fans will continue to be provided with a product that stimulates the deepest competitive trigger in all of us. And as long as the NFL’s product is in place, our cherished addiction will never cease.
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Brutally Bullied As A Kid, She Never Thought She Could Be A Beauty Queen. But Now Miss Hollywood Has A Chance To Win It All
As a little girl Isabella Logins would have never dreamed of being Miss Florida.
She was just hoping that the pain would stop.
Viciously bullied as a child, Logins grew up fighting back self-doubt.
Over time, she learned to love herself and not pay attention to the opinions of others.
But it took time.
And it was painful.
“When I was little I was picked on all the time,” Logins said in an interview with RISE NEWS. “Kids were mean to me and would make fun of me for being ugly, annoying, or just because they felt like it.”
She said that the bullying had a traumatic impact on her.
“It made me feel really sad and it made me feel really bad about myself,” Logins said. “It took me a long time to get myself to not think about what they would tell me.”
A Miami native, Logins graduated from Alonzo and Tracy Morning High School in North Miami.
She’s now a 22-year-old senior at FIU and the reigning Miss Hollywood USA.
Quite a long way from that insecure girl who bullies loved to pick on.
Logins will be competing in the Miss Florida 2018 pageant December 14-17 in Tampa.
She took an interest in pageantry about two years ago for the career networking aspect, but found that competing has helped her grow in other ways.
Reflecting on her experiences through elementary and middle school, she did not expect to ever be involved in pageantry
“I thought [pageants] were only for extremely beautiful women and when I was younger I didn’t feel extremely beautiful,” Logins said. “But I’ve had to grow into a more confident person.”
Her pageantry career has been successful.
Logins’ first pageant was for the crown of Miss Florida Keys 2017, where she ended up winning the title.
That victory made her eligible to compete in the Miss Florida 2017 pageant, where she finished in the top 16.
In the Miss Florida pageant this year, Logins will be representing the Global Children’s Rescue as her cause
A non-profit, Global Children’s Rescue works to educate the public on human trafficking, as well as helping in actively rescuing missing children and human trafficking victims.
The group is made up of a team of former federal, state, local, and military investigators.
“[Logins] took it upon herself to find us,” John Rode, founder of the Global Children’s Rescue said in an interview with RISE NEWS.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, out of 18,500 endangered runaways reported in 2016, one out of every six of those children were suspected of being entered into sex trafficking.
Logins believes that child sex trafficking is an important issue because it is occurring in most communities, yet much of the public is totally unaware.
Logins uses her social media platforms to share statistics and information about how common of an issue human trafficking is.
In a recent post on her Instagram, Logins encouraged people to send their family members a picture of themselves occasionally.
This is to give police a more accurate photo to use in case a person goes missing.
“It’s something that’s always interested me,” Logins said. “Sometimes girls go missing and we don’t have a real photo [of them].”
On average, a missing child’s case costs $25,000 and solving a human trafficking case can cost up to $100,000 according to Global Children’s Rescue.
Logins uses her platforms to promote Global Children’s Rescue fundraisers and events.
Her aim is to also reach younger people who might not be paying attention to how common human trafficking is and hopefully prevent future tragedies.
A broadcast journalism major at FIU, Logins one day wants to be a successful anchor for a news channel.
“I would love to win [Miss Florida 2018] not just for personal growth, but for the cause,” Logins said.
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