Vice President Joseph N. Boakia has donated L$132,000 to each of the 15 counties, totaling L$1,980,000, in appreciation for their participation in the 2015/2016 County Meet.The donation was done on Friday, January 23, in the offices of the vice president on Capitol Hill.The vice president’s donation was owing to the “level of sportsmanship showed by counties” during the preliminary and finals of the Meet.For instance, during the preliminary, Grand Cape Mount County almost boycotted the game owing to an alleged complaint from the match official and Gbarpolu dropped their protest against Lofa for fielding an alleged foreigner.In Monrovia, Nimba County nearly went back to the mountains and hang their jerseys in the kickball version owing to their dissatisfaction over the Appeal Board ruling upholding the result between Nimba vs Bassa; and Lofa County dropped the protest against Montserrado County for allegedly fielding more than three players from a 3rd division team.In a brief but heartfelt statement in expressing his appreciation Vice President Boakai said the funds was in fulfillment of his promise during the quarterfinals of the football and kickball categories in Monrovia.Vice President Boakai stated that the “love of county” and the “oneness in spirit” showed that the country is moving forward. He added that the County Meet produces “good quality players” and if players who played for Nimba and Grand Gedeh in the 2012 finals were kept they would have represented the country in international tournaments.An ardent fan of Arsenal, Vice President Boakai also said there are also some quality players from the just ended Meet.Earlier, outgoing Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe thanked the vice president for his continued support to the Ministry and the county teams.Bomi County Sports Coordinator, Rev. Stephen C. Kollie said “Vice President Boakai has filled our mouths with laughter” because of the donation.On behalf of the Counties Rev. Kollie described the donation as a “worthy cause” and said the vice president helped them during the County Meet.Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. said besides uniting Liberians through sports, the games also provide temporary employment for the youthful players and technicians and develop sports infrastructure across the country with funding from the government.He indicated that since 2006, the annual event has been decentralized and combined with other sports disciplines.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
South Africa will make trans-dermal implant contraceptives freely available in the country’s public clinics from next week.According to online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, the implant is among the most effective birth control methods, preventing pregnancy by releasing hormones that stop ovaries from releasing eggs and by thickening cervical mucous. (Image: Flickr)Brand South Africa ReporterSouth Africa will make trans-dermal implant contraceptives freely available in the country’s public clinics from next week, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced in Cape Town on Tuesday.Speaking during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation address in Parliament, Motsoaledi said the contraceptive, which will be available for free, is implanted below the skin of the arm and is effective for up to three years.“The implant gives women freedom to control their own lives,” Motsoaledi said. “It can be taken out any time, and if they want to [fall pregnant], it only takes few weeks to conceive – unlike Depo Provera, the contraceptive injection, which takes at least 12 months to leave the system before a woman can conceive again.”According to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the implant is among the most effective birth control methods, preventing pregnancy by releasing hormones that stop ovaries from releasing eggs and by thickening cervical mucous.A number of nurses have already undergone training in inserting the implant, and 4 000 more are to be trained.Motsoaledi said the new contraceptive would be available in all public hospitals by 27 February would reach all public clinics by the middle of the year.HPV campaignAt the same time, Motsoaledi announced the launch of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination programme to be administered to grade 4 girls in public schools.The programme will see the learners being vaccinated against HPV, which causes cervical cancer. The cancer is responsible for the deaths of about 3 500 women in South Africa every year, he said.“About 550 000 learners will get the first dose in March and again after six months, and every year after. Through the programme, we will have a new generation of women who are protected from cervix cancer.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
21 May 2014 Hank McGregor underlined his status as one of the best paddlers in the world by winning a second title in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on the weekend after holding off Australian star Clint Robinson in a thrilling finish to the tough 56km race. Faced with tough flat and windless conditions for the Kaiwi channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu, the title race quickly turned into a two-horse affair between defending champion Robinson and 2009 champ and current K1 world marathon champion McGregor.Made a charge The South African star made a charge with six kilometres to go and led by almost a minute as he approached the turn at the fabled China Wall, where he was able to surf the swell close to the shore, thanks to the mild ocean conditions. Robinson, however, put in a serious last ditch effort to reel in McGregor as they turned into the estuary that houses the finish, and in the final two kilometres he ground McGregor’s lead down to 30 seconds. Australians Cory Hill and Jeremy Cotter filled third and fourth places respectively before current Surfski World Series leader and Molokai debutant Jasper Mocke crossed the line to take fifth place, just ahead of another Australian stalwart, Martin Kenny.First doubles crew Twelve-time champion Oscar Chalupsky finished tenth, with the Durban North brothers, Ross and Bruce Poacher, becoming the first double skin crew home in eleventh place. Victory in the women’s race went to Rachel Clarke, with Lisa Wadling in second, followed by the double ski crew of Sally Marks and Alena Greensill.Made to work hard The field was made to work hard in the flat conditions with no assistance from the trade winds and swell, which deserted the Kaiwi channel after a fortnight of excellent downwind racing conditions. Temperatures topped 30 degrees throughout the race, with stifling humidity making racing tough for the paddlers. The prevailing conditions replicated last year’s disappearance of the trade winds, and came close to replicating the 2009 conditions in which McGregor took his maiden Molokai title.RESULTS Hank McGregor 3:35.17Clint Robinson 3:35.40Cory Hill 3:41.49Jeremy Cotter 3:44.24Jasper Mocke 3:48.34Martin Kenny 3:48.50Lewis Laughlin 3:52.58Dorian Wolter 3:57.46Hiromana Flores 3:59.13Oscar Chalupsky 4:02.15 SAinfo reporter
Advice from Sibusiso Vilane, “You’ve got to dream and then set out to achieve your dreams.” (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)• Sibusiso Vilane+27 83 630 3391• Antarctic team did it for children • Will Vilane make North Pole history? • South Pole adventurers return • Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top • SA pair for south pole recordSulaiman PhilipNothing is impossible, Sibusiso Vilane told assembled scouts when he was unveiled as the new Chief Scout of South Africa in March 2014. “You are limitless!” sounds like a call to action when you are among the greatest adventurers alive.Vilane has endured glacial temperatures and violent snow storms to become one of fewer than 150 people to climb the highest peak on all the continents. Once he had completed the Seven Summits, Sir Ranulph Fiennes goaded him into taking on a real challenge – the Goliath Challenge. Goliath, or the Three Poles Challenge, recognises adventurers who have climbed Everest and have walked unaided to the North and South poles.In 2008, along with partner Alex Harris, Vilane reached the South Pole. In April 2012, he reached the South Pole, becoming the first African, and one of only a handful of people, to accomplish the Explorers Grand Slam. As Vilane reminded the scouts: “Strive for great heights and remember that it is not about where you were born, where you live or what you become, do or have. It’s about what legacy you want to leave behind.”Sibu, as he is affectionately known, was born in what is now Mpumalanga before his mother moved with him and his sister to rural Swaziland where his income as a cow herder kept food on the table. As the sole provider he was kept out of school until he was 10; but it was not that he was older than everyone else that bothered him. “I had no shoes because there was no money, and I had one uniform. As a child my family’s poverty embarrassed me.”“There will be challenges but it’s about just being persistent and not giving up,” has been Vilane’s advice to children that he gives motivational talks to. (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)While working as a game ranger at the Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland he met former British high commissioner John Doble. Impressed by his strength and stamina, Doble suggested that Vilane join him in a climb on the Drakensberg. That expedition was in 1996.And on to EverestIn 2003, Vilane found himself at Everest base camp unsure even of how to wear his climbing harness. Physically and mentally he felt ready to face the challenge, it was just the mechanics of climbing with which he needed to get comfortable. “I was attracted to the mountain so it came down simply to getting into the mindset. Not once in the 60 days it took to reach the summit did I think that Everest was impossible.”It is a message that forms a big part of the talks Vilane gives to corporate clients and schoolchildren: with determination, hard work and perseverance there is nothing you cannot achieve. Standing above the world was, at the time, the highlight of his life. Along with a South African flag, Vilane placed a copy of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, at the summit. “Reaching the top and Mandela’s example were proof that we are capable of accomplishing anything we set our minds to. That message, that we Africans can reach great heights, was all over the world – I could have died there but I would have been the happiest man.”In Nepalese, Everest is Sagarmantha, “Goddess of the sky”. In June the temperature can drop to below -30°C, and it takes just two minutes to freeze to death. On 3 June 2005, Vilane summited Everest for the second time, this time ascending from the more difficult North Ridge. Returning to base camp alone and without water and oxygen, he came the closest to death he ever did.Resting in the howling wind, trying to catch his breath, he began to fall asleep. “The music of the devil was sounding very clear. The mountain was beckoning me to lie with her forever. She had so much energy, felt so alive, as if she was going to consume me like so many other climbers,” he wrote in his autobiography, To the Top From Nowhere.Saved by ubuntuHe was saved by Mingma, a Sherpa who had given up his opportunity to reach the summit to bring Vilane oxygen and water and guide him to safety. By saving his life, Mingma had confirmed a long held belief of Vilane’s: that working together, people can accomplish miracles.It’s an idea that inspires his charitable endeavours too, ensuring he is playing his part for others. Three children’s charities benefitted from his second Everest climb: the Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation and the SOS Children’s Village in Swaziland.Since 2006, he has been the African ambassador for Lifeline Energy www.lifelineenergy.org. He dedicated the 1 113 kilometres he trekked to the South Pole to the children of South Africa. And in May 2008, Lifeline Energy gave 300 Lifeline radios to children from the Nkomazi district, where he was born, thanks to those who sponsored his trek. “The future entirely depends on the education of children, their access to information to broaden their thinking and understanding of the ever-changing and challenging world,” he says.There have been plenty of other efforts to help others, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Caring4Girls and youth leadership development programmes, and running the Comrades Marathon in aid of the 46664 Bangle Initiative www.46664bangles.com.In his book, the adventurer talks about the lessons he learned from surviving and overcoming near-death experiences; in the end you can depend on none but your own strengths. “Nothing but myself can break me. By self-limiting, by not entertaining that the impossible does exist in my mind, as long as I believe, then nothing can break me.”Expedition bugVilane has the bug now. He has gone from a poor boy to a man who leads expeditions to the top of the world, a man who claims that boredom would overtake him if he was not climbing mountains or testing himself in the worst conditions on the planet. “I never dreamed I would be ‘the first’ to do anything in my life but now, I cannot live without an expedition. When I am not on an expedition, I am preparing for one or I am dreaming of expeditions to come. There are so many more challenges I strive to conquer.”For all his firsts, Vilane calls his 20-year marriage his finest achievement and his four children his greatest joy. One day he hopes that his children will join him on an expedition. His wife, Nomsa, while wary, would not have a problem letting her children join their father on top of the world. “When he returns you can see how much he enjoys having his family around. I see how climbing mountains have made him appreciate life so much more and to pass that gift on to our children would be a blessing.”Climbing mountains, testing yourself against nature is something that everyone should aspire to says the motivational and inspirational speaker. Testing yourself in adversity makes you a better person and can help change the world. No matter what challenge you choose for yourself, “it’s important to have the ability to persevere, despite the difficulties that lie ahead of you. It matters that you know that you are capable of anything.
Looking to bring a signature look to your footage? Find out how vintage lenses can improve the look of your film and video projects.Cover image via Shutterstock.For budding cinematographers and aspiring filmmakers, the allure of vintage lenses makes sense. These lenses create unique looks, due in no small part to retro photography trends and Instagram. Their chromatic aberrations create an authentic style, which can be difficult (if not at least time consuming) to replicate in post.But they also present a couple of problems. Namely, where do you get them and how do you get them to work with your modern digital cameras? Let’s look at how you can secure some of your own and use start using them in your films and projects.The Advantages of VintageImage via Photon Collective.Make no mistake: vintage lenses are not technically superior to modern lenses. In fact, they’re quite inferior in many ways. Yet, this is what makes them so desirable. Their imperfections are unique, and they create character. Here are some of the characteristics that may vary:ContrastDistortionChromatic aberrationsIlluminationColor fidelityVignettingWhen you take all these discrepancies into account, a wholly distinctive look emerges that is forever tied to your lens and the footage you record. You’d be hard-pressed to replicate that authentic vintage feel digitally.Where to Find Vintage LensesImage via Japan Camera Hunter.So where do you find your vintage lenses? You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that vintage lenses, while more rare than common modern lenses, are still quite inexpensive. Independent camera shops are a great place to start, and if you’re lucky enough to live near one, you can easily find several affordable options.However, if you need to look online, your best bet is to look on consumer-to-consumer websites like Ebay (which probably has the best selection) or some other online distributors. Also if you’re not quite ready to buy, you can always rent from the peer-to-peer site ShareGrid, which has put together the world’s most comprehensive vintage lens library for you to check out how the lenses look in a huge variety of circumstances.Working with Vintage LensesImage via Lloyd Films.So, how do you get these vintage lenses on your modern digital cameras, you ask? Well, just because these lenses may have been made many years before your Canon 7D doesn’t mean there aren’t resources available to get your lens mounted and functioning. Modern lens adapters can transition your vintage glass onto everything from Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and even your Micro 4/3rds. Here’s a good write-up on finding the right adapter.Your other concern is going to be with aperture and focus control. The majority of vintage lenses are not going to be able to communicate with your camera the way your modern lenses will. This means you’ll have to use their external aperture controls (which may actually be more convenient for some). You’ll have to work with focus in much the same way, but that shouldn’t be as much of a concern for video as it is with photography.For more information on vintage lenses and vintage cinematography, check out some of these resources below.10 Things to Know About Shooting with Vintage LensesCreating Custom Cinema LensesUsing Vintage Film Lenses on Micro 4/3 CamerasHow to Give Your Video a Vintage LookSave Money: Shoot on Vintage GlassHow to Create a Vintage Look in a Digital World
North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test in September — by far its most powerful yet — and has lobbed missiles over Japan into the Pacific, while trading insults and threats of war with Washington.But Games chief Lee Hee-Beom told AFP that worries about a possible attack on Pyeongchang were overblown, and although contingency plans are in place, he does not believe they will be needed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Korea was not divided yesterday, Korea was divided since 1945,” the president of the Pyeongchang Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) said in an interview.The South has held several “very safe and secure sports events”, he said. “Pyeongchang is not the exception,” he added, calling fears of an attack “a kind of exaggeration”. France, Germany and Austria have raised concerns over the safety of their athletes during the Games, while Britain has drawn up evacuation plans in case of an emergency.The International Olympic Committee moved to quash speculation that the event could be cancelled or moved by pledging its “full support” to the Games at a summit last week.Wild cardLee pointed to previous major sporting events in the country, such as the 1988 Seoul summer Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, that passed off without a hitch — the latter despite a clash between the navies of North and South off the island of Yeonpyeong.The United Nations will also pass an Olympic truce resolution in November calling for a cessation of conflicts before and during the Games, he added.ADVERTISEMENT Koreans are “late buyers”, he said, predicting a last-minute surge — and if it does not materialise, the authorities will step in.“I am confident to achieve the full stadia,” said Lee. Lee Hee-Beom, president of the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic Games (POCOG), speaks during the unveiling of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic medal in Seoul on September 21, 2017. The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 medals were officially unveiled on September 21, with features of the Korean alphabet consonants on their bodies. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-JeWith little more than 100 days to go before the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, chief organizer Lee Hee-Beom has dismissed fears of a potential attack by the nuclear-armed North as an “exaggeration.”Several countries have expressed concerns about the Pyeongchang Games, which will take place in February just 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which divides the Korean peninsula.ADVERTISEMENT “Those who respect peace should participate and can participate in the Olympic Games,” he said. “North Korea is not the exception.”Lee added that South Korea’s education ministry, regional authorities and banks had agreed to buy hundreds of thousands of tickets to fill up the Games venues, if domestic sales continue to disappoint.The 22 members of South Korea’s banking federation would take around 40,000 tickets if necessary, he said, with local governments committing to 120,000 and the education ministry almost 200,000 for distribution to students and teachers.Over the two weeks of the Games, 1.18 million tickets are available, with 180,000 sold internationally so far.With the host country a long way from the traditional winter sports markets of Europe and North America, attendance by South Koreans will be crucial.Domestic sales are strong for blue-riband events such as ice hockey finals, and sports traditionally popular in South Korea, such as short track, speedskating, and figure skating.But for disciplines such as luge and cross country skiing, they are weak, raising the embarrassing prospect of images of empty seats being beamed around the world.“We found big gaps between high demand and low demand,” acknowledged Lee.South Koreans have bought little more than 160,000, and at the current rate of about 3,000 per week it would take four years to sell out their allocation.But Lee insisted: “It is not the calculation.” LATEST STORIES Bundit stays as Ateneo coach View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pyongyang has been defying UN resolutions against its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes for years, but Lee said this situation was “quite different”.“North Korea violated resolutions against one country but if they do anything it’s a violation against all the world,” he said.Lee spoke to AFP in his office in Pyeongchang before flying to Greece to collect the Olympic flame, kindled from the sun’s rays at the ancient temple of Hera in Olympia.The flame will arrive in South Korea on Wednesday — 100 days before the opening ceremony — before being taken on a 2,018-kilometre relay through the country, avoiding both North Korea and the DMZ truce village of Panmunjom.Whether the North will participate in the Games in Pyeongchang, a largely rural area of rolling hills dotted with wind farms, remains open to question.It boycotted the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and officials in Pyongyang have told AFP that no final decision has been made.Two North Korean figure skaters are so far the only athletes from the country to qualify for the Games, and while others could do so in cross-country and short-track competitions running until January, their prospects are believed to be poor.As a result, Lee said, the IOC will consult with international sporting federations over wild card entries to enable more North Koreans to take part.Ticket bail-outA North Korean presence would add to the safety and security of the Games, he added, but he did not expect Pyongyang to make a decision until the last minute. 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MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s an old adage in basketball that says defense wins championships.That cliché could ring true anew for Magnolia on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The Hotshots, known for their vaunted defense, smothered defending champion San Miguel Beer to just five points in the second quarter in Game 7 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.The Beermen’s five-point second period tied the all-time lowest scoring quarter in a PBA Finals game, as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMagnolia is leading San Miguel, 38-25, at the break as of posting.The Hotshots held the Beermen to just 32 percent from the field after two quarters. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Despite flaunting the most talented roster in the league led by reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel shot just 15 percent from the floor in the second period with only Fajardo and Arwind Santos able to make baskets in the dreadful quarter.Magnolia big man Ian Sangalang had 13 points to lead all scorers at the half.Fajardo and Santos have nine each for San Miguel, whose four-year reign in the All-Filipino conference is in jeopardy.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Meralco fills hole in the middle with addition of Raymond Almazan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Jablonec star Michal Travnik watched by Newcastle, Fulhamby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCzech Republic midfielder Michal Travnik is attracting Premier League interest.The 24-year-old has been starring for Jablonec this season and has caught the eye with his performances, notably in the Europa League.The Daily Mail says Newcastle and Fulham are both looking to strengthen in January but they will face competition for Travnik.Bundesliga side Augsburg and CSKA Moscow have also been impressed this season.He has five caps for his country and is valued at around £4million by his club who are third in the league. TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche delighted with McNeil progressby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche is delighted with the progress of Dwight McNeil.His latest impressive performance came against Everton on Saturday where he got the better of a duel with Toffees full back and Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman.“Dwight was very good again, he continues to defy the logic of young players because when they go in they often have a quiet spell and it might still come but it hasn’t so far,” said Dyche after the Clarets’ victory on Saturday.“His quality meant he has taken on a full back who has played hundreds of games in the Premier League and is an international player and gave him a challenge as he has done with many others.“He is a very, very good player and continues to improve.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh turned 52 today, and the Wolverines aren’t the only ones wishing him a happy birthday. Harbaugh’s sister Joani is married to Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, and back in 2012, while head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Harbaugh served as a manager for the Hoosiers for a game, bringing chairs out for the team during timeouts, among other things. Indiana jokingly wished their most famous former manager a happy birthday this afternoon.Of course, Harbaugh is no longer coaching in the NFL or the Pac-12. He is at a rival Big Ten school, and some Hoosier fans don’t appreciate this gesture, no matter how tongue-in-cheek as it may be.Well, we thought it was pretty funny, at least.