Pogoy’s career-high 45 leads TNT past Alaska

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Talk about starting the PBA bubble off with a bang.

Roger Pogoy and Jayson Castro turned in big-time performances for an undermanned TNT side that escaped Alaska 100-95 for the first win of the 2020 Philippine Cup restart Sunday at the Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.

Pogoy wasted no time putting on a show by firing a career-high 45 points built around 10 triples before ceding the spotlight in the final minutes to Jayson Castro (28 points), whose heroics late in the game helped the Tropang Giga complete a comeback from 17 down against the Aces.

The duo were the only players to score in double figures for TNT, which dealt with the exit of the debuting Poy Erram, who was ejected late in the third quarter, and Troy Rosario, who fouled out after just 23 minutes. Ray Parks also missed the season opener with a calf strain.

“We’re lucky we won this game. We barely survived this game,” said TNT coach Bong Ravena after the game.

TNT’s offense fired blanks in the first quarter and made only five of 20 shots before letting Alaska take a 32-15 lead early in the second frame.

In search of answers, the Tropang Giga found one in the form of a red-hot Pogoy.

After going scoreless in the first 12 minutes, Pogoy exploded for 21 points on 5-for-9 threes in the following period. That included eight straight to give TNT


Improving Wikipedia Pages Leads To Big Tourist Dollars

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A new study has discovered that making small changes in Wikipedia can hugely increase tourist revenue for small cities and large towns.

As reported by The Guardian, the findings suggest that it makes more sense for small cities to just update their Wikipedia pages, rather than employing marketing agencies or publishing glossy brochures inviting people to visit.

The research was conducted by Assistant Professor Marit Hinnosaar at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin, Italy and involving NEW in Mannheim, Germany.

The study discovered that making small improvements to city’s pages can have a really sizeable impact on tourists’ choices, leading to an increase in hotel stays of 9%—an annual increase in tourist revenue of $129,000.

The authors randomly selected Spanish cities and then added content to those city’s Wikipedia pages. This included uploading high-quality photos of the region and adding information—a few paragraphs—on local history and attractions.

Crucially, it didn’t take an expert to write the changes and most of the words were taken from the Spanish Wikipedia pages and simply translated into English, German, Italian or Dutch.

The study is called Wikipedia Matters and is important because it proves how online user-generated content can actually lead to real-world economic results.

“If we extend this to the entire tourism industry, the impact is large,” said the authors, Marit Hinnosaar, Toomas Hinnosaar, Michael Kummer and Olga Slivko (quoted in The Guardian). “Its impact could be in billions of euros.”

However, it was clear during the research that there is one major snag in using Wikipedia


Arizona ballot measure Proposition 208 leads in new poll

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The Invest in Education Act (Proposition 208), has support from nearly half of the voters surveyed, according to The Suffolk University/USA TODAY poll conducted Sept. 28-30. (Photo: Getty Images)

Proposition 208, which would raise taxes for education spending in Arizona, has a solid lead among likely voters, according to a new poll.

The Suffolk University/USA TODAY Network poll found that the Invest in Education Act, which would add a 3.5% tax surcharge on the wealthiest earners in the state, has support from nearly half of the voters surveyed.

Among the likely voters polled, 47% said they supported the measure, 37% opposed and 15% were undecided. The support largely falls along party lines, with more Democrats supporting the measure than Republicans. Independents were evenly split.

The live-interview poll of 500 likely voters in Arizona was conducted between Saturday and Wednesday and has a margin of error of 4.4 percentage points. There were even one-third shares of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Sixty percent of those polled live in Maricopa County. Seventy percent of respondents are white and 26% are Hispanic or Black.

The poll results show that Invest in Ed still needs support from undecided voters. Its fervent supporters and foes are both waging intense campaigns to persuade Arizonans before Election Day.

Invest in Education, the committee in support of the measure had raised more than $4 million, according to campaign finance records filed at the end of July. Most of that funding was from Stand for Children, an education advocacy nonprofit.

Arizonans for Great Schools and a Strong Economy, the committee opposing the measure, raised nearly $600,000 as of July. Most of that money came from large donations from individual donors and companies, including $100,000 from home builder Blandford Homes and $100,000 from Meritage Homes.


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