Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Medina put together an impressive come-from-behind performance to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast over Joel Parkinson.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won’t be for the better everywhere.
The warming, called an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation’s frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.
While it could be good news to lessen the southwestern U.S. drought and shrink heating bills next winter in the far north, “worldwide it can be quite a different story,” said North Carolina State University atmospheric sciences professor Ken Kunkel. “Some areas benefit. Some don’t.”
El Nino also means big waves for CA surfers with all of the additional storm activity in the Pacific Ocean. We’ve been waiting for a significant El Nino since the last big one in 1997-98.
In an emotional response to the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR), Apple CEO Tim Cook soundly rejected the politics of the group and suggested it stop investing in Apple if it doesn’t like his approach to sustainability and other issues.
The first question challenged an assertion from Mr. Cook that Apple’s sustainability programs and goals—Apple plans on having 100 percent of its power come from green sources—are good for the bottom line. The representative asked Mr. Cook if that was the case only because of government subsidies on green energy.
Mr. Cook didn’t directly answer that question, but instead focused on the second question: the NCPPR representative asked Mr. Cook to commit right then and there to doing only those things that were profitable.
In my opinion, Apple is one of the few companies that approach their business in this manner, and this is precisely why they make great products - they care more about what can be done with their devices and how green they can make them than they care about the ROI of said devices.
Tim Cook’s response to these suggestions was very blunt:
“When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind,” he said, “I don’t consider the bloody ROI.” He said that the same thing about environmental issues, worker safety, and other areas where Apple is a leader.
He didn’t stop there, however, as he looked directly at the NCPPR representative and said, “If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”
Way to go, Mr. Cook.
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This series is Red Bull’s exclusive look into the emotional intricacies of a WCT event. It’s a charged journey through the ups and downs, the thick and the thin.
Ask anyone with a half decent memory and they’ll tell you that the 2013 Billabong Pipeline Masters had no shortage of drama. Some people got hurt; others won world titles. But everybody got really, really barreled.
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Follow Mick Fanning for the most critical 60 minutes of the year — and watch him win a world title.
It couldn’t have been written any better. The 2013 ASP World Title came down to the year’s very last day of competition in the best waves of the year. Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning were fighting for the crown and the only thing separating either man from it was a 10-foot wave at Pipeline. Mick only had to win two heats to seal the deal; he only had to catch four waves. 4 Waves, 1 Hour takes you through that final day, exposing one of the most interesting, exciting and nerve-racking 60 minutes in the history of surfing. Just press play and see it all through Mick’s eyes, you little champion you.
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Pipeline, on the North Shore of Oahu, delivered moments of pure perfection for this contest. Slater is obviously still the man to beat in waves of consequence.
Kelly Slater had a magical run to the finals in this contest. He did exactly what he set out to do. Unfortunately for him, Mick was able to pull a rabbit out of the hat in two consecutive heats, snagging a great wave in the dying seconds of each to get the scores he needed to advance past the Quarter Finals and win the world title. Fortunately, the loss of the title frustrated Slater enough for him to commit to another year on the tour. Good news for surf fans everywhere.
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Coming up shortly - the final of the 2013 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons. The waves have been pumping all day and two of the best surfers to ever tackle the famous reef of Banzai Pipeline are about to hit the water for the final heat of the 2013 season. Mick Fanning won the necessary heats to secure his 2013 ASP World Title, but was eliminated shortly thereafter. Slater, obviously frustrated about losing the world title is surfing like a man possessed and has racked up the highest scores of the entire event. John John is the only other surfer doing as well as Slater. Tune in now!!!