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Ex-North Carolina center Sterling Manley turns pro, eliminating chances of transferring to the Gophers

Former North Carolina center Sterling Manley will not play for the Gophers next season after announcing on Wednesday that he will pursue a professional basketball career next season.

After entering the transfer portal in the spring, the 7-foot Manley was in constant contact with new Minnesota coach Ben Johnson, but he decided before the July 7 deadline not to return to college.

At UNC, Manley averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds in 58 games, but he was limited to three games the last two seasons after recovering from torn cartilage in his left knee.

Finally healthy this year, the Pickerington, Ohio native heard from a number of high major programs after entering the portal. The Gophers appeared to be the best fit if he came back to school.

Johnson has added 10 newcomers to the 2021-22 roster and center Eric Curry announced Tuesday that he will return to play this season for the Gophers instead of becoming a graduate assistant. Curry and Treyton Thompson, a 6-11, 190-pound incoming freshman from Alexandria, are the only centers on the roster.

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Louise Minchin worries she ‘jinxed’ England’s Euros chances ‘Asked myself the same thing!’

Louise Minchin, 53, was left questioning her actions after a fan pointed out she may have “jinxed” England’s chances in last night’s Euro 2020. The national team ended up making it to the final after what was a very tense match, but before the semi-finals began, the BBC Breakfast host found something she believed might be a sign we would make it.

With the nation on the edge of their seats ahead of the what would be a hugely successful game, Louise took to Twitter after her stint on the breakfast show had finished.

“Never [noticed] this until today, and never walked underneath it before. @mrdanwalker #signs #EURO2020,” she wrote, alongside a photo of her under a stone wall which had 1966 engraved into it – the most historic date in English football, when the national team took home the World Cup.

So, naturally, it seemed like a good luck sign to Louise.

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Sports presenter Sally, who was reporting from the stadium, said: “I have to say, guys, just remember tonight. Because watching last night – gosh the atmosphere was amazing.

“But think about tonight though; England v Denmark, and the only people who are allowed in here are the people who live in this country already.

“So just imagine the support and that wall of noise for England – it’s going to be mad.”

Cutting back to the studio, Louise looked tetchy as she laughed: “It really is!”

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Man Utd's Harry Maguire has given England's chances of winning Euro 2020 huge boost

There is no conclusive evidence yet that football is coming home but with their Wembley route booked and their defensive captain restored England took a positive step forward last night.

Thrown in to start his first match for six and a half weeks, Harry Maguire came through with flying colours to deliver a significant shot in the arm to England’s ambitions of going deep into these Euros. That they will now attempt to do so with home advantage in all but one of their games offers up a tantalising opportunity.

Asked to go from nought to 60 with the Euros’ joint leading scorer Patrik Schick in town, Maguire looked as if he had never been away, seeing him off after 75 minutes. As a test run for the knockout stages it was just what Gareth Southgate would have hoped for.

However watertight England have been up to this point Southgate will be relieved to have him back. He championed the Manchester United captain before kick-off as the best English defender in the Premier League last season and it was instructive that it was John Stones rather than Maguire who was withdrawn in the closing stages as the tournament’s misers delivered a third successive clean sheet.

Recalling Maguire was a rough call on Tyrone Mings, who came on for Stones late on, but the fact is he does offer England something extra.

While the headers he wins and the blocks he puts in are the bread and butter and the crunching challenge which put a hole in Tomas Holes a reminder of his physical presence, it is his distribution which adds an additional dimension.

Maguire might have flexed his damaged ankle somewhat concerningly during the Czech anthem but there was no issue when the action started, certainly not with the precision pass to Harry Kane in the 25th minute which split the visitors wide open.

It was a risk by Southgate to reintroduce him from the start but one with a safety net in the knowledge that whatever happened, England were in the last 16.

Stress-free games for England at a major tournament are few and far between but here was a match where those watching could relax for once.

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Odd how things work out isn’t it? The 0-0 draw that saw England booed off the Wembley pitch against Scotland turned out to have put them through with a game to spare.

The only audible boos from the crowd last night came when news of Scotland’s equaliser against Croatia came up on the big screen and the odd murmur when Jack Grealish was replaced.

There might have been some when England took the knee but it was hard to tell music from the PA system and loud applause combining to ensure it remained unheard. If the gesture ever was a moment of reflection, it isn’t any more.

It was though on the whole a feelgood night at Wembley. Against potentially tricky opponents England were dominant. The Czechs were restricted to just one shot on target.

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If the home crowd would have liked to have seen some more attacking action in the second half from England after a bright opening period then at least they were able to savour victory.

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Monitoring for potential tropical development late next week, development chances at 40%

June 12

7 a.m. update
The area we are monitoring in the Gulf now has a 40% chance of development over the next 5 days. It’s too early for specifics on exact impacts, but the moisture will gradually lift north. For now it’s just something we will be keeping an eye on.

June 11

9 a.m. update
The National Hurricane Center has tagged an area of disturbed weather over the Bay of Campeche with a 20% chance for tropical development over the next 5 days.

Slow development will be possible as this system lifts to the north to northwest. It is still too early to determine what impacts our region could see. Residents along the upper Texas coast should keep an eye on the tropics.

June 10

9 a.m. update
No imminent threat for tropical development over the next 5 days.

However, the Climate Prediction Center says conditions may become more favorable for tropical development in the western Gulf of Mexico late next week. Resident along the upper Texas coast should keep an eye on the tropics.

June 9

8 a.m. update
Formation chances with the disturbance in the southern Caribbean continues to be at a 10% chance over the next five days. However, residents along the upper Texas coast should keep up with the tropics. The Climate Prediction Center expects conditions to become more favorable for tropical development in the western Gulf of Mexico late next week.

June 8

6 p.m. update
Formation chances with the disturbance in the southern Caribbean continues to be at a 20% chance over the next five days. However, residents along the upper Texas coast should keep up with the tropics. The Climate Prediction Center says conditions may become more favorable for tropical development in the western Gulf of Mexico late next week.

2 p.m. update
Formation chance with the disturbance in the southern Caribbean has dropped to a 20% chance over the next five days.

10 a.m. update
Some gradual development will be possible with a tropical disturbance in the southern Caribbean over the next few days. Formation chance is just at 30% over the next 5 days, we’ll continue to monitor it.

Regardless of development, this system will produce heavy rainfall across northern Colombia and portions of Central America later this week and into the weekend.

June 7

Our tropical disturbance in the southern Caribbean remains at just a 20% chance of development over the next 5 days, we’ll continue to monitor it.

June 6

There’s a 20% (low) chance of tropical development over the next 5 days in an area just east of Central America in the southern Caribbean Sea. An area of low pressure could develop by the end of the week and may try to gradually strengthen as it moves northwest. We’ll continue to monitor this area.

June 5

No tropical development is expected in the tropical Atlantic in the next 5 days.

However, NOAA is giving us an early heads up with “high confidence” that one or more tropical systems may spin up in the western Caribbean Sea between June 9th and June 15th.

Why?
Because a large area of low pressure known as the “Central American Gyre” is expected to spin up, and these often will produce one or more smaller low pressure systems that can break off and develop into tropical depressions and storms. There’s no way to know exact details at this time and there’s certainly nothing to worry about right now, but we do want you to at least be casually aware of the possibility just in case.

June 4

No tropical development is expected in the tropical Atlantic in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Blanca has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone and is expected to weaken even further as it heads westward into a drier environment with increasing wind shear and cooler waters.

Just east of Blanca, an area of disturbed area is being monitored for potential tropical development. The formation chance is at 60% during the next 5 days. A tropical depression could form late this weekend or early next week while it moves slowly to the west-northwest well off the coast of Mexico.

June 3

No tropical development is expected in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Blanca is now a tropical depression and is expected to weaken even further as it heads westward into a drier environment with increasing wind shear and cooler waters.

June 2

No tropical development is expected in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Blanca continues to move west away from Mexico. It should remain as a tropical storm through midweek but should weaken sometime on Thursday down to a tropical depression.

June 1

Today is the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. No tropical development is expected in the next 5 days.

In the Eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Blanca continues to move west away from Mexico. It should remain as a tropical storm through midweek but should weaken sometime on Thursday down to a tropical depression.

May 31

No tropical development is expected as the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off tomorrow.

However, in the Eastern Pacific Tropical Depression Two-E is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm within the next 24 hours as it drifts south of Mexico. This system is expected to remain below hurricane strength and eventually fall apart as it moves over cooler water.

A tropical wave is just west of Two-E and has a slim chance for tropical development during the next five days.

May 26

There are no areas of concern for development for the next 5 days in the Atlantic, Gulf or Caribbean.

May 24

Ana has dissipated and no tropical development is expected during the next five days.

May 23

11 p.m. update
Ana is now a post-tropical cyclone and should dissipate Monday as it moves northeast farther out into the Atlantic.

3 p.m. update
Ana has now been downgraded to a tropical depression with 35 mph winds. Ana is forecast to become a remnant low by tonight as it moves northeast out farther into the Atlantic.

12 p.m. update
Ana is barely holding on as a tropical cyclone in the Atlantic as it churns around 425 miles northeast of Bermuda. Ana’s maximum sustained winds were around 40 mph Sunday morning and was moving northeast at approximately 14 mph. An increase in forward speed was expected in the next day or so. Tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles and there are no impacts to land. Ana is expected to weaken and dissipate by Monday.

5 a.m. update
Still plenty of moisture in SE Texas from the disturbance that moved through early Saturday morning, with light rain expected in Houston and heavier rain to our southwest. Elsewhere, 340 miles to the northeast of Bermuda our first named storm, Ana, continues to gradually move northeast over open water. Ana will not make landfall anywhere, and will dissipate early next week.

May 22

11 p.m. update
The tropical disturbance that brought us our rain chance today continues to lift to the north.

Subtropical Storm Ana formed early Saturday and is now making its way northeast out to sea in the Atlantic. It is currently 270 miles northeast of Bermuda and is moving northeast at 9 mph. Ana currently has sustained wind speeds of 45 mph but is expected to weaken over the next 24 hours… eventually dissipating by Monday.

1 p.m. update
Our tropical disturbance responsible for bringing showers to SE Texas today continues to spin through the Hill Country. The moisture that it continues to pump into our area has produced widely scattered showers, especially west of I-45.

SubTropical Storm Ana, our first named storm of the season, is lifting away from Bermuda and poses no threat to land.

10 a.m. update
Subtropical storm Ana formed in the Atlantic Ocean early Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Ana was located about 200 miles northeast of Bermuda Saturday morning with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The system was expected to continue its slow and erratic motion, and then dissipate in a few days, forecasters said.

Here in the Houston area, the Gulf tropical disturbance continues to weaken and move to the north-northwest. Outer rain bands will continue to impact the Houston area today. A wind advisory has been extended for the Bolivar Peninsula, coastal Jackson, Matagorda, Brazoria and Galveston Island until 4 p.m. Coastal flood advisories continue for Chambers, coastal Brazoria, Galveston and Harris counties until 7 a.m. Sunday.

7 a.m. update
The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for several rivers and streams across the region as rain-swollen banks continue to be impacted by scattered showers today. Impacts from the disturbance continue to include locally heavy rainfall, breezy conditions along the coast, elevated tides and marine hazards. The center of the system should push northwest throughout the day. The highest rain chances through noon should be along and west of the Brazos River. Those rain chances will expand across the area later today.

5 a.m. update
The disturbance in the Gulf moved inland near Port Lavaca, and the National Hurricane Center doesn’t expect any more development. Locally, our impacts remain unchanged from prior updates, scattered showers and storms with breezy 30-40mph wind gusts possible, especially along the coast. The NWS has issued a Coastal Flood Warning through 7 a.m. for our coastal communities.

In a much different part of the world, northeast of Bermuda, we now have our first named storm: Subtropical Storm Ana has formed. This storm will have no direct impact on land, and is only notable for being our first named storm of the year, arriving before hurricane season officially begins.

May 21

1 p.m. update
The NHC is now giving the disturbance in the Gulf a 30% chance of development (becoming a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm).

The impacts in our area will be minor regardless of development. We can expect scattered showers and storms along with wind gusts over 30 mph overnight and through Saturday, with rain tapering off from east to west on Sunday.

Still, if it makes landfall in Texas at tropical depression or storm strength, it’ll be the first in recorded history to do so before June 1, the customary start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

1 p.m. update
A large area of thunderstorms in the western Gulf is drifting northwest towards the Texas coast.

Conditions are slightly favorable for development and the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 60% chance. Whether it develops or not, it’ll give us at least scattered, heavy downpours overnight and through the day on Saturday.

High rain rates along with the slow movement of the storms means some flooding will be possible. Gusty winds and coastal flooding may also be an issue near the coast.

May 20, 2021

According to the latest NOAA outlook, the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal, but it’s unlikely to be as crazy as 2020’s record-shattering year.

They’re expecting 13-20 tropical storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, although storms can form before and after those dates.

During hurricane season, ABC13 meteorologists will provide daily tropical weather updates on this page.

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Roger Federer's Wimbledon chances rated by Boris Becker after French Open withdrawal

Tennis legend Boris Becker has backed Roger Federer to perform at Wimbledon following his French Open withdrawal. Federer prematurely departed Roland Garros earlier this month due to fitness concerns after reaching the fourth round.

Federer defeated Dominik Koepfer in a third-round affair that ran past midnight in front of an empty Court Philippe-Chatrier in Paris.

A day later, he announced his withdrawal after feeling the effects of two knee surgeries in the build-up to the tournament.

“After discussions with my team, I have decided I will need to pull out of Roland-Garros today,” Federer stated.

“After two knee surgeries and over two years of rehabilitation, it’s important that I listen to my body and make sure I don’t push myself too quickly on my road to recovery.

“I am thrilled to have gotten three matches under my belt. There is no greater feeling than being back on court.”

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Former world number one and three-time French Open semi-finalist Boris Becker has had his say on Federer’s decision.

Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Becker explains that you can’t write off Federer’s chances of more Wimbledon glory despite his French Open withdrawal.

He said: “As we thought before this tournament, Roger Federer has his sights set very much on Wimbledon. Was his withdrawal mid-tournament out of order?

“I think he made a mistake in being so direct in his press conference immediately after his last match by saying he was contemplating it.

“If anything, he was too honest. Some players would have spun a line about being injured, but Federer has very little track record of pulling out because of physical issues and chose to tell it how it is.

“He is Roger Federer, and I think he has probably earned the right at his age to do things his way.

“I also saw enough of him and the way he moved to think it would be very foolish to write off his chances at Wimbledon.”

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Federer recently arrived in Germany to start preparations for Halle 2021, ahead of the grass-court season.

The Swiss superstar has dominated the tournament in recent years, winning five of the last seven editions.

Halle is his preferred preparation for Wimbledon, where he is also the record singles winner with eight successes.

The 2021 edition starts on Monday before Wimbledon kicks off later this month.

With Nadal in the French Open semi-finals and heavily favoured to win a record-extending 14th title, Federer could have a lot to play for at the upcoming grass-court Grand Slam.

Nadal would overtake the 39-year-old on 21 Grand Slam titles by lifting the trophy at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Federer should be determined to level the scores at his preferred major this summer.

Hopefully, his knee won’t stifle those hopes, and a ninth Wimbledon success will make his French Open withdrawal look like a masterstroke.

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Mostly dry Memorial Day, rain chances increase midweek

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — After a pleasant Sunday, Memorial Day is looking warmer and more humid.Clouds will increase, and skies will remain partly sunny and you could see a slight chance of a brief downpour. Right now, we are looking at only a 20% chance for the area. Rain chances increase throughout the week.

How much rain has your part of town received so far? Harris County provides rainfall totals across the city with a map from the Flood Warning System.

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Are we going to continue to see rain on Memorial Day?
We could see a couple of isolated showers on Monday, but most of us will stay dry.What about the rest of next week?
We are heading in to another wet and unsettled weather pattern for most of the week, as southerly winds keep moisture in place across SE Texas. Expect a warm, humid, and wet week ahead.

It sure has been raining a lot, hasn’t it?
Yes it has! We’ve seen over 11 inches of rain this month at IAH, that accounts for more than half our rainfall total on the year.

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What are my chances of catching COVID-19 post-vaccination? What the latest data shows

Almost half the adult population in the UK have now been fully vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine. The logistical coup is not the only cause for celebration. A new study has found both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective after two doses against the variant identified in India. Despite the overwhelming positivity, a relatively small number of people vaccinated have still got infected.
This anomaly surfaced in the data collected by the ZOE COVID app, which has been tracking vaccination rates.

ZOE collected reports earlier in May from 31 contributors who had an infection after two doses of the vaccine, and 87 who had an infection after one dose.

Analysing the data in aggregate, the team behind the app calculated the risk of infection post-vaccination.

The risk calculation for infection was based on one or two doses of the vaccination, and no doses, recorded using the ZOE data.

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The data shows:

  • Current risk of COVID infection in unvaccinated: one in 46,855
  • Current risk of COVID infection after one vaccine dose: one in 97,616
  • Current risk of COVID infection after two vaccine doses: one in 167,341.

The ZOE COVID Study incidence figures (new symptomatic cases) were based on around one million weekly reporters and the proportion of newly symptomatic users who have received positive swab tests.

The survey figures were based on data from 4,449 recent swab tests done between 17 April to 01 May 2021. The data excludes the lateral flow tests.

A rapid lateral flow test is a coronavirus test you do yourself. It shows you the result on a handheld device that comes with the test.

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Tim Spector OBE, lead scientist on the ZOE COVID Study app and Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London, commented on the findings: “With most adults now vaccinated in the UK, we’re seeing a milder form of COVID emerge with less than one third of people experiencing classic symptoms in the first week of the disease.”

He continued: “Even if people are vaccinated, they should be aware there are more than 20 symptoms of COVID, many of them mild and that they can get a test after logging these symptoms in the ZOE app.”

What are the main symptoms of COVID-19?

The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

  1. A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  2. A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  3. A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

According to the NHS, Most people with symptoms have at least one of the above.

If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.

You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your childcare or support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.

According to public health advice, if you get symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) again, you must self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

You should also self-isolate again if:

  • Someone you live with gets symptoms
  • Someone in your childcare or support bubble gets symptoms and you were in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

You must also self-isolate again even if you’ve had a positive test result for COVID-19 before.

You probably have some immunity to the virus but it’s not clear how long it lasts.

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Rain chances increase as we head into the work week

Rain chances increase

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A few storms cannot be ruled out tonight but most of us will stay dry.

Overnight, temperatures should only drop down into the 70s and highs Monday will top out near 90 degrees. Another chance for a few showers and storms for your Monday, but most of us will stay dry. Rain chances increase Tuesday and Wednesday as a slow moving cool front continues to move south across the area.

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How long will the rain chance stick around?
We have rain chances in the forecast through Wednesday of next week. An unsettled weather pattern will develop as the front blowing through Texas on Mother’s Day stalls out near I-10 for Monday and Tuesday. Then on Wednesday the front will get another push south into the Gulf, bringing a final wave of showers and thunderstorms before we dry out and enjoy a few more days of lower humidity.

Anything else I should know?
Tropical Storm Andres has formed in the Eastern Pacific, it’s the earliest named storm in the Eastern Pacific on record. Andres won’t have any impact on us here in Houston, but it’s a good reminder that Hurricane Season is just a few weeks away.

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What are the chances BTC is actually overtaken by another crypto?

When the famous Satoshi Nakamoto first designed his masterpiece, few could possibly have imagined the almost $ 63,500 peak that sent investors into a frenzy. Even these days, the first-ever cryptocurrency’s price feels hard to believe at times and investors might be pinching themselves every now and then. Taking a seat alongside Bitcoin (BTC) on the roller coaster, altcoins like Litecoin (LTC), Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) joined the ride — and, more recently, DeFi giants Polkadot and Cardano.

But for the long haul, looking into the crystal ball, it’s difficult to see the future of a coin shrouded in uncertainty. Ray Dalio raised fair points in his critique of Bitcoin, arguing that uncertainties regarding how governments will react to digital assets supplanting fiat currency in utilization are causes for potential concern down the road. He further argued that the Bitcoin blockchain will soon be outdated, and without any central governance to adapt it to emerging blockchain technology, a superior coin could overtake it.

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And that nails home the point: Bitcoin’s underlying blockchain protocols are very limiting in terms of enabling broader financial applications. It would be unfathomable to operate a massive DeFi ecosystem on top of the Bitcoin blockchain given Bitcoin’s proof-of-work transaction consensus algorithm.

Despite its limitations, it’s difficult to predict whether innovative advances in competing coins’ blockchains will be enough to overtake Bitcoin’s success. It all hinges on the utility factor: Will crypto stay a store of value, or will it become a viable alternative for exchanging value?

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Emerging blockchain technologies and DeFi’s success

Since the dawn of Bitcoin just over a decade ago, the blockchain industry has given rise to hundreds of different projects, with each one aiming to forge a new coin into stardom. Many succeeded in the long term. Ether, the second closest coin in value to Bitcoin, continued hitting new all-time highs throughout April, validating not just the coin’s potential as a store of value asset but also Ethereum’s potential as a blockchain network.

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Similar to Ethereum, a number of projects aimed to emulate the titan that Vitalik Buterin and his associates built, such as Cardano, EOS and, most recently, the hot and popular Polkadot. Each project tries to build off the limitations of the other to varying degrees of success. Hype has been the majority of what’s been delivered to users, as only time will reveal the true validity of these projects.

Regardless of the blockchain projects and their creative names, they’ve spurred on an ecosystem of collaborative development. Together, they’ve created decentralized apps, or DApps, that can bring the unbanked out of the doldrums of impoverishment, opportunity to the financially excluded and new investment avenues to the already-savvy.

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The flourishing of coins and DApps serves up plenty of optimism to many outsiders looking in, offering hope that there is real potential to foster a booming decentralized finance ecosystem — or at least a hybrid of it combined with centralized markets. But it’s all thanks to belief in Bitcoin’s value, which is the fixation point of many investors.

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Bitcoin’s store of value is what’s really on the mind

What drove the inquisitiveness of investors, developers and crypto enthusiasts alike was the appeal of Bitcoin as a store of value. Against fiat currencies, Bitcoin is deflationary; so, during periods like the COVID-19 pandemic, Bitcoin’s appeal turned white-hot.

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While discussions about Ethereum, Polkadot and other blockchain platforms caught the attention of the DeFi world, many outsiders remained numb to them and fixated on the coin prices. And that’s why Bitcoin’s appeal stays as a store of value, for the most part.

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Many ordinary retail investors and institutional investors don’t have a firm grasp on crypto’s inner workings. According to a Cardify survey, only 16.9% of crypto investors “fully understand” it, while just over 33% of them have limited or “zero knowledge.” Over 40% of crypto investors are newbies who are riding the hype wave. It’s arguable that the entry barriers to the DeFi world are quite high and literacy is rather hard to attain, but that’s a story for another time.

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Moreover, institutional investors remain wary of the volatility issues facing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, with ongoing predictions of an imminent bubble — another signal that underlying blockchain technologies are less of a priority. And this is precisely why other coins will not overtake Bitcoin. So long as the mainstream fixation remains pinned to coin value and not underlying blockchain value, Bitcoin will stand atop the cryptocurrency podium. Whether investors can become more literate in the inner workings of the DeFi world will determine how much value investors will find in the underlying technologies of new and emerging coins.

For now, Bitcoin is the king of the hill and will likely stay that way for a long time as the price continues to climb and mainstream investors hop on board.