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If you've seen the first episode of the final season of 'Game of Thrones', you'd have come across many things that may seem very probable. That's exactly how and why theories come into place, isn't it? And I believe you already have a few of them tucked under your belt. For instance, after seeing Lord Umber trapped in the 'death swirl' created by the Night King, we do believe the swirl has some relevance in the last season, since we've been seeing it since season 1. It could also mean it has a prominent clue on how to defeat the Night King and his army. Well, that's what theories do, build interest and a narrative for the show. © HBO Similarly, there's another theory doing the rounds. Remember Arya and Gendry and how they parted ways? It broke our hearts to see them bid adieu in the most unfavourable circumstances, but they meet again in season 8, where they are both relieved the other is alive. Gendry, a blacksmith, is busy at Winterfell forging weapons from Dragonglass and Valyrian Steel to defeat the Wights and the White Walkers and being an ace blacksmith himself, he makes some rather indestructible weapons. After a flirtatious banter between the two, Arya asks Gendry to forge her a weapon and I think that's the most romantic gesture I've seen off late! An assassin asking her former crush to craft her the finest weapon of all. Well, we do believe it's the finest because the weapon Arya has asked Gendry to make for her will play a pivotal role in the season. © HBO Let's look at all the facts here. Arya pulls out a drawing and passes it on to Gendry so he can make it. The weapon looks like a double-ended spear/staff, with a Dragonglass and a Valyrian Steel blade on each end, both detachable. Now, if you see the season 8 trailer again, you'll see Arya fight with a weapon that looks like a staff, and not to forget she got adequate training fighting with a staff when she was trying to become one of the 'Faceless Men', so it all adds up I suppose. But that's not all. According to Tommy Dunne, the weapon master of Game Of Thrones, there is a creation in season 8, which is apparently going to steal the show and I bet it's the weapon Aryá asks Gendry to make for her! © HBO “There is one creation in season 8 that is absolutely phenomenal. It'll be a showstopper. That was great to finish. It was great to make, great to design it that it was about to be reverse-engineered and made into two different items.” Dunne told a popular international publication. Does he mean Arya's weapon may put an end to the show? I wonder! Well, we really can't wait to know what Gendry forges for Arya and if the weapon itself is a showstopper like Tommy said. After all, the weapon Arya asks Gendry to make does have two pointy ends!
For a man who was working as a groundsman before impressing a local coach who eventually helped him in landing a job as a professional cricketer, Nathan Lyon has undoubtedly come a long way to establish himself as one of the most effective spinners in the longest version of the game. Making his debut in 2011, Lyon took just four years to become Australia's most successful Test off-spinner of all time, passing Hugh Trumble's tally of 141 wickets. During that phase, while the cricketing world was going gaga over Ravichandran Ashwin, Lyon quietly went about his business, taking key wickets at crucial intervals with his ever-improving spin prowess. Today, he is one of most experienced and key players in the Australian fold, especially in the longest format. And, India's ongoing tour of Australia has once again highlighted how good this 31-year-old offie has been for his country. Playing in two Tests (Adelaide & Perth), Lyon didn't really surprise anyone by emerging as the leading wicket-taker in the four-match series. © AP The Aussie spinner has claimed 16 scalps at an average of 19.43, including two five-wicket hauls. More importantly, if it wasn't for five-wicket haul in the first innings and three more scalps in the second, Australia wouldn't have managed to peg India back with a 146-run triumph in Perth. Going into the third Test which would be crucial for both the sides, the Indian cricket team would be eager to upstage the Australian spinner who has, so far, spelled doom for some of the biggest names in the visiting side. And, while the Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar will surely be working closely with the batsmen on the Lyon problem, Sourav Ganguly has come up with a special advice for Virat Kohli & co to tackle the offie. “I had thought of sending a text to Kohli but I haven't done it yet. I wanted to tell him that you shouldn't give so many wickets to spinners outside the subcontinent. There is no doubt that Nathan Lyon is a great spinner but so were Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan and Graeme Swann,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by India TV. © AP “They have shown him too much respect by defending a lot of deliveries outside the off-stump. Instead, I feel they should attack him more and look to build towards at least a total in excess of 300-350,” he added. The former Indian skipper was critical of the Indian batsmen and expressed his disappointment at their repeated failures. He further opined that the Indian batsmen, despite touring Australia back in 2014, have not shown any signs of improvement. “For all of India's top order batsmen, this is not their first tour to Australia. They have been there before. Logically their game should improve over the years but from what we saw in Perth, it is difficult to say it has. Barring Kohli and (Cheteshwar) Pujara, none of them are making a lot of runs and this is not good for the team. If India have to win, they will have to do a lot more,” Ganguly said. With the four-match series currently tied at 1-1, Kohli and his men will be eager to take note of Ganguly's advice before locking horns with Australia in the third Test, slated to begin from 26th December at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Facebook Inc inflates the number of people who can see the advertisements on its platform, a Pivotal Research Group analyst said in a note. Facebook?s Ads Manager claims a potential reach of 41 million 18- to 24-year olds and 60 million 25- to 34-year olds in the United States, whereas US census data shows that last year there were a total of 31 million people between the ages of 18 and 24, and 45 million in the 25-34 age group, the analyst said. ?While Facebook?s measurement issues won?t necessarily deter advertisers from spending money with Facebook, they will help traditional TV sellers justify existing budget shares and could restrain Facebook?s growth in video ad sales on the margins,? said research analyst Brian Wieser, who maintains a ?sell? rating on the stock with a price target of $140 for year-end 2017. Facebook said, ?they (reach estimates) are designed to estimate how many people in a given area are eligible to see an ad a business might run. They are not designed to match population or census estimates.? The estimations are based on several factors such as user behavior, user demographics and location data from devices, Facebook said in a statement, in response to the research note. In September last year, Facebook told advertisers that the average time users spent viewing online ads was artificially inflated, because it was only counting videos that were watched for at least three seconds, its benchmark for a ?view.? In November 2016, Facebook launched a new blog on its website called Metrics FYI, to share updates and corrections for its data.