Day: July 2, 2024

The Neilma Sidney Prize and the Iwanter Prize

As the world becomes shorter, the Sydney Prize stands athwart technology, yelling “STOP!” The prize honors long-form journalism and thought. Examples of previous winners include the New York Times’s investigation into Haiti’s debt, Rose Arce’s series on being held hostage by Taliban, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ agenda-setting videos explicating corporate greed.

Winners are selected monthly and will receive a prize money of up to $10,000 USD, a trophy, and a certificate designed by New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel. The winners will also be invited to the Sydney Prize gala, hosted by the City of Sydney in Australia later this year. The finalists will be formally awarded the prize by City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore.

In addition to the prize money, finalists will receive free tickets to attend the gala, where they will meet and talk with some of the most influential people in the world. They will have the opportunity to share their stories, as well as hear from others that have been affected by the issues they are fighting for.

The Sydney Prize was founded in 2004 by New York Times columnist David Brooks and journalist William Zinser to honour writers and journalists who have written about issues that impact public life. It has been bestowed on many notable personalities, including Nazanin Boniadi, the Iranian dissident who fought for her life while being imprisoned in an Iranian jail. The prize also recognises scientists who have used their work to help people understand science. This can be by educating the public on important scientific topics, sparking interest in science fields like biology or medicine, or developing new technologies that benefit humanity.

Each year, the Iwanter Prize honors a graduating senior who, through their senior thesis and general academic distinction, demonstrates outstanding humanities-based scholarship of a broad and interdisciplinary nature. The award is named for alumnus Sidney E. Iwanter, who demonstrated his own curiosity and will to document the knowledge of a previous generation by secretly recording the lectures of Professor of History Harvey Goldberg at UW-Madison.

The Neilma Sidney Prize is an annual essay competition sponsored by Overland magazine and the Malcolm Robertson Foundation. It is open to students of the University of Sydney. The judges are looking for essays that move beyond the mere description of a place or landscape, but rather explore its significance and meaning. The essay must also address questions of metaphysics and epistemology, and be grounded in the study of Australian culture. The prize is valued at $5,000, and two runners-up will be given $2,500 each. The winning entry will be published in Overland, both online and in print. To enter, you must be a subscriber of Overland for one year and submit an essay by the last day of the month. Non-subscribers are welcome to submit entries.

What Is a Casino?

A casino is a gambling establishment that offers a variety of table and machine games. They often have a distinctive architecture and ambiance. They also offer a wide range of entertainment and events. In addition, casinos can serve as a source of revenue for local governments and businesses.

According to the American Gaming Association, about 51 million people—or a quarter of all adults over age 21—visited a casino in the United States in 2002. That same year, about a half billion dollars were won or lost by gamblers. In addition, gambling is a significant source of tax revenue in many countries.

Casinos are designed around noise, light, and excitement. Players are either directly interacting with other people, as in poker or craps, or they are sitting at a slot machine or table and watching others play. The atmosphere is designed to encourage players and generate excitement, with waiters circulating to offer drinks and food to gamblers. Some casinos offer nonalcoholic beverages and snacks for free.

While gambling can provide a source of entertainment, it has some negative effects on mental health. For example, it can lead to a variety of stressors, including financial problems, strained relationships, and addiction. It is important for players to set limits and seek help if they are experiencing problems.

A casino is a business that makes money from a percentage of bets placed by patrons. Unlike other types of gambling, casinos cannot guarantee that their patrons will win or lose. However, they do have a built-in advantage in all their games, known as the house edge. This advantage ensures that the casino will ultimately make a profit, even if every gambler loses his or her money.

The house edge is determined by a combination of the rules of each game, the type of bets placed, and the amount of time that the patron spends playing. For example, blackjack has a house edge of about 0.5%. This means that the average player will lose money on a single hand of blackjack. However, it is possible to reduce the house edge by using strategies such as card counting.

Another way casinos make money is by charging a rake, which is a commission on the bets placed by the players. This is usually a percentage of the total amount of money that the casino wins on the hand.

Casinos also offer a variety of incentives to persuade gamblers to spend more money. They may offer a complimentary suite to big bettors or give them free shows, meals, and transportation. These incentives are designed to maximize the amount of money that gamblers spend at the casino and to increase profits.

There are a number of famous casinos across the world, from the Bellagio in Las Vegas to the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco and the Casino Lisboa in Lisbon. These casinos are not only popular amongst tourists but also attract celebrities and business executives. These casinos have helped boost the economies of their respective cities and have become a major source of revenue for their local governments.

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