PewDiePie plays ‘Cool Math Games’ as sub gap over T-Series gets dangerously close
YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg is in the midst of a fierce battle with Bollywood labelT-Series to secure the most subscribers on the platform - and their numbers are quickly growing closer and closer.
As if showcasing his epic gaming skills wasn’t enough, he went on to playfully threaten the label with a sword, implying that he would stab the company in the knee due to their feud.
In the hour after Pewd’s stream went live, the subscriber gap between the two channels grew to over 14,000 subs - much like his stream of popular sandbox title Minecraft just five days prior.
This isn’t the first time PewDiePie has had to pull out all the stops to gain the upper hand over T-Series; the YouTuber went live with 'Fortnite' on February 3, unintentionally becoming the game's most popular streamer in the process.
PewDiePie has received help from a slew of popular YouTubers in his fight with T-Series, with some purchasing massive billboards in Time Square and even advertising his channel at the 2019 Super Bowl.
Although T-Series was originally projected to surpass PewDiePie in early January of 2019, it looks like YouTube’s king is managing to fend off the label, thanks to the combined efforts of fellow YouTubers and die-hard fans, alike.
Inter target wants to stay at Tottenham
Inter Milan target Moussa Sissoko reportedly wants to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, despite interest from the nerazzurri.
Sissoko has emerged as a very important player for Spurs this season, after being criticised a lot for bad performances for the last two seasons and ever since he arrived for a club record fee from Newcastle.
Goal UK state that despite interest from Inter, Sissoko is keen on staying at Spurs and helping them get closer to the Premier League title.
Halfpenny to start for Scarlets in long-awaited return
CARDIFF (Reuters) - Wales international Leigh Halfpenny will make a long-awaited return from injury on Sunday when he starts for the Scarlets in a PRO-14 clash at home to the Cheetahs.
It will be the British and Irish Lions fullback’s first runout since a challenge from Samu Kerevi left him concussed during Wales’ 9-6 test win over Australia in Cardiff in November.
He has been training with Wales since the start of the Six Nations tournament. He was released to play for Scarlets last week but did not feature.
That means he could yet feature against Scotland at Murrayfield on March 9 and then Ireland in Cardiff one week later in the competition’s final round.
Rob Gronkowski Will Sit Courtside at Syracuse-Duke on Saturday
Now that he has won another Super Bowl championship, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is always the guy to count on if you want to have a good time.
Oftentimes associated with fun off the field as much as production on the field, Gronk is in true offseason form now that the NFL season has concluded. This Saturday, the big party animal will roll into the Carrier Dome to watch Syracuse play host to Duke.
I donated two of my Duke courtside seats for the big game to a local charity auction benefitting Hope for Bereaved, which helps kids in need of counseling after a death of a loved one. My remaining 2 tickets will go to a special guest and family friend @RobGronkowski #GRONK
The sentiment is a very nice gesture on Weitsman's part. A marquee ACC matchup like this one could fetch a great price at auction and by extension really impact a good cause. With respect to No. 87, this is the perfect environment for him to go bananas.
A Division I college basketball arena is one of the more raucous venues in sports, with screaming college students drinking and cheering all over the place. How much more Gronk could this one be?
The guy has no let up. His motor is embarrassingly full, and from the moment he wakes up it's time to turn all the way up. Anybody with that sort of stamina is someone New England will want to bring back from near retirement for years to come.
Falling stocks, Kraft Heinz trigger huge Berkshire loss
(Reuters) - Sinking stocks and deteriorating prospects from an investment in Kraft Heinz Co pummeled the bottom line of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, which on Saturday reported a huge quarterly net loss even as operating profit soared.
The fourth-quarter net loss was $25.39 billion, or $15,467 per Class A share, reflecting more than $27.6 billion of investment losses, including from stocks Berkshire still owns.
That compared with a year-earlier profit of $32.55 billion, or $19,790 per Class A share, most of which resulted from a lowering of the U.S. corporate tax rate.
Results included a $3.02 billion writedown for intangible assets that Buffett said was “almost entirely” attributable to Kraft Heinz, in which Berkshire owns a 26.7 percent stake.
The packaged food company on Thursday shocked investors when it reported its own $15.4 billion writedown for Kraft, Oscar Mayer and other assets, and said U.S. securities regulators were examining its accounting practices.
Buffett also released his annual letter to Berkshire shareholders, which did not discuss Kraft Heinz’s recent travails or the day-to-day management of the company by his business partner, the Brazilian firm 3G Capital.
Accounting rules require Berkshire to report unrealized stock gains and losses with net income. This causes huge swings in net results, and Buffett has urged investors not to use them as a measure of Berkshire’s business performance.
Quarterly operating profit rose 71 percent to $5.72 billion, or about $3,484 per Class A share, benefiting from improved results in many businesses including the Geico auto insurer and BNSF railroad.
Analysts on average expected operating profit of $3,349.04 per share, according to Refinitiv I/B/E/S data.
Buffett had long used book value as a gauge of Berkshire’s intrinsic worth.
But he told shareholders on Saturday it has “lost the relevance it once had,” citing changes in Berkshire’s business and investment mix, accounting rules, and the likelihood of additional stock buybacks that could depress it.
Book value, he said, has become “increasingly out of touch with economic reality.”
Berkshire ended the year with $111.9 billion of cash and equivalents.
For all of 2018, Berkshire’s operating profit rose 71 percent to $24.78 billion, while net income tumbled 91 percent to $4.02 billion.
Berkshire Class A shares closed at $302,000 on Friday, about 10 percent below its October record high.
Manu Tuilagi: Leicester and England centre in deal talks amid Racing 92 rumours
England centre Manu Tuilagi has not agreed to join Racing 92 next season and remains in negotiations over a new deal with Leicester Tigers, reports BBC Radio Leicester.
The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been heavily linked with a move to the French Top 14 club.
Tuilagi is in the England side to face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Head coach Eddie Jones said the England set-up had been having "fun" with Tuilagi over the rumours.
"As long as he doesn't get on the Eurostar between now and Saturday, we'll be all right" Jones told BBC Radio 5 live.
"We just have fun about it," he added. "Give him baguettes, croissants, wear berets. Good fun.
"Every player has a family situation they have got to look after and I want them to look after their families."
Tigers are eager to keep hold of academy graduate Tuilagi, while any move would also potentially make him unavailable for this autumn's World Cup because of the England policy of ignoring players based overseas.He has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons, and his appearance against Ireland in Dublin last month was his first Six Nations start since 2013.
Jones added: "He's in our family at the moment and we want him to play well for us - that is our only concern right now.
"He's a massively important part of our team. The guys like playing with him, they love him."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing new criticism after a video went viral Friday showing her dismissive response to a group of young activists asking her to support the Green New Deal.
“You come in here and you say ‘it has to be my way or the highway.’ I don’t respond to that,” Feinstein told about a dozen kids who visited her San Francisco office Friday morning. “I’ve gotten elected, I just ran, I was elected by almost a million-vote plurality, and I know what I’m doing.”
More than 1.8 million people had viewed the video of the meeting on Twitter as of Friday evening.
“My phone has been blowing up,” Isha Clarke, a 16-year-old from Oakland who was in the meeting with Feinstein, said in an interview. “I think that Feinstein needs to take an introspective look at her values and realize that her job is to listen to the people, even if those people can’t vote.”
A full video of the ten-minute interaction posted on Facebook showed that the discussion got tense almost as soon as Feinstein walked out of her office.
“There’s no way to pay for it,” Feinstein said, adding, “That resolution will not pass the Senate, and you can take that back to whoever sent you here.”
“There’s tons of money going to the military,” one kid responded, while another reminded her that their generation would bear the brunt of climate change’s impact. Several unrolled a letter they had written her on a large poster, which included a drawing of a dog.
But Feinstein, her arms folded during part of the discussion, told students she opposed the Green New Deal and was pushing for her own resolution on climate change that she said would have a better chance of passing.
At one point, Clarke told Feinstein, “We’re the people who voted (for) you, you’re supposed to listen to us.”
“How old are you?” Feinstein asked. When Clarke said she was 16, the senator responded, “Well, you didn’t vote for me.”
At the end of the meeting, Clarke asked how she could intern for Feinstein, and the senator immediately offered her an internship.
In a statement released Friday night, Feinstein called the meeting a “spirited discussion.”
“I want the children to know they were heard loud and clear,” she said. “I have been and remain committed to doing everything I can to enact real, meaningful climate change legislation.”
Feinstein was re-elected in 2018, defeating a more liberal challenger, State Sen. Kevin de León.
“The dismissiveness we saw is a clear example of why so many young people have been disillusioned with politics,” said Morissa Zuckerman, a 24-year-old activist with the Sunrise Movement who was also present at the meeting, in an interview.
The Green New Deal has become a cause célèbre among liberals in the two weeks since it was introduced in Congress. It has the support of Feinstein’s California colleague Sen. Kamala Harris, as well as multiple other Democratic presidential candidates.
But Feinstein’s blunt response to the proposal isn’t exactly out of character. During her first statewide election campaign in 1990, she made headlines for declaring her support for the death penalty in the face of furious Democratic activists at the state party’s convention. More recently, she shrugged off boos and jeers at town halls in 2017 from those who thought she wasn’t tough enough on President Donald Trump.
The image of Feinstein facing the kids ricocheted around the internet, drawing condemnation from California liberals — as well as support from others who saw the senator as simply explaining political realities.
“Climate change is real, and we won’t survive what’s coming unless EVERYONE is part of the conversation,” De León tweeted Friday night, without directly mentioning the controversy.
Clarke said she was disappointed with her senator but ready to double down on her activism.
“I’ve started to realize that I can no longer sit back and let adults do the work because they’re messing up,” the 16-year-old said. “I’ve thought about going into politics — but seeing how politicians work just really discourages me.”
The full video of the interaction, posted by the Sunrise Movement, is here:
Rickie Fowler says new rule is terrible after one-shot penalty for illegal drop
Rickie Fowler took a one-shot penalty during Friday's round at the WGC-Mexico Championship for an illegal shoulder-height drop.
It's a new rule this year and while a lot of attention has been paid to all the new rules, sometimes old habits die hard.
Fowler had shanked his second shot out of bounds on the 10th hole and when it came time to drop, instead of doing so from the knee, as the new rules calls for, Fowler held his right arm straight out and dropped his ball from shoulder height.
His caddie Joe Skovron missed the infraction, too. At the moment Fowler was dropping, Skovron had his attention on Fowler's bag and did not see the infraction.
Patrick Reed, playing in Fowler's group, said someone mentioned to him that Fowler dropped from shoulder height. Fowler said Reed didn't say who mentioned it. When Reed mentioned it to Fowler, Fowler knew right away he had committed the error.
"I know I didn't drop properly, but just going through the natural kind of progression of what you do with the drop, that's just what you're used to," he said after his round. "I have done that for 30 years. Well, I guess not that long. I started playing at two, so 28. So, yeah, got an extra shot on that."
Fowler ended up with a triple-bogey seven on that hole. He responded with birdies on the next two holes but finished with a second-round 73.
According to a report on Golf Channel, Fowler addressed the issue with a rules official, who notified him of a one-stroke penalty.
Had Fowler or Skovron caught the error before hitting the next shot, Fowler could have dropped again from knee height without incurring a penalty. But because Fowler played on after the shoulder-height drop, he was slapped with the one-shot foul.
"I think, with the new rules that have been put in place, it's not doing any favors for our sport. I think it will definitely be changed," he said. "We have been making fun of the knee drop for so long that it was ingrained the first time I took a drop this year. Like, 'This is an iconic moment. I get to drop from my knee and look stupid.' So, no, like I said, it was on me, but I think it's a terrible change."
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Earlier this month at TPC Scottsdale, Fowler was the victim a different of penalty, after his ball rolled into the water off the 11th green, leading to a penalty stroke.
Later in the round, Rory McIlroy went into the water on No. 6 and was in the drop zone, where he dropped from shoulder height.
But with his caddie Harry Diamond looking on, McIlroy caught himself and re-dropped from knee height before hitting his next shot, avoiding a one-stroke penalty.
The WGC-Mexico Championship is a no-cut event, which continues over the week at Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City.
The "Baby, I Love Your Way" hitmaker is opening up for the first time about his battle with Inclusion-Body Myositis
Peter Frampton is heading out on one final tour while he’s still able to play the guitar as well as he’d like.
In an interview with CBS This Morning: Saturday, Frampton shared that he was first diagnosed with the disease three and a half years ago after a fall onstage.
“I’m thinking of all the times in my life that I have something devastating [that] has happened to my career or in my family or me. I’ve brushed myself off, got myself up and changed directions,” he said of his outlook on the disease.
The “Baby, I Love Your Way” hitmaker told Rolling Stone that he decided to see a doctor after he collapsed from tripping on a guitar chord. A few weeks prior, he fell onstage while trying to kick a beach ball back to a fan.
According to the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center, IBM is a “progressive muscle disorder characterized by muscle inflammation, weakness, and atrophy.” IBM typically develops in individuals after age 50, and generally speaking, the older the individual is, the more rapidly their IBM symptoms progress. There is currently no cure.
Although Frampton told Rolling Stone that his symptoms are worsening, right now he can still “play great guitar.”
He went on to tell CBS This Morning that right now “going upstairs and downstairs is the hardest thing for me” and he also “can’t put things up over my head.”
However, in time, IBM will likely affect his finger flexors, which could get in the way of his career.
“What will happen, unfortunately, is that it affects the finger flexors,” he added. “That’s the first telltale sign is the flexors, you know. So for a guitar player, it’s not very good.”
Frampton told Rolling Stone that it feels right to go on a big farewell tour because he’s “still at the top of my game.”
Making the tour even more meaningful, one dollar from every ticket sold for the tour will go towards to the research fund he created with Johns Hopkins University.
“It’s a very boutique — I hate to use that word, but it is — disease. Only 24,000 people in this country know they have it. But I’m sure there’s a lot more that just think they are getting old like I did,” he shared.