Durham admits Bolts came out ‘lazy’ in Game 1 loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESLUCENA — “We’re just kinda lazy.”That was Allen Durham’s simple explanation on the heels of Meralco’s disappointing 87-102 defeat to Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals here.ADVERTISEMENT The Bolts struggles were seen all over, from their unusually low 23-percent shooting from three and 39-percent field goal clip, to their 59-40 disadvantage in rebounds.“We didn’t play our game well tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball well at all. You can’t beat a team like Ginebra and not shoot the ball well,” he said. “The whole conference we’ve been rebounding really well, and for whatever reason, we let them grab 22 offensive rebounds. We just didn’t play our game tonight and it showed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFor all the fanfare of Meralco’s improvements from last season’s runner-up finish in the season-ending conference, it didn’t look like it was a tad bit better in the Game 1 loss on Friday.Durham’s troubles also coincided with the Bolts’ slump as he shot 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists against four turnovers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Ateneo stops Adamson on its tracks, bags 8th straight win OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ He did give credit to the Gin Kings’s stupendous effort on both ends of the floor in the series opener, saying, “They just came out the better team tonight. They beat us by a lot.”The Bolts made a run in the third quarter and sliced what was once a 17-point lead to as low as four, 71-75 late in the frame, but still sputtered in the end game.“We were off for a little bit, so in the second half, I played a little bit better and we actually fought back in the game. But we had some crucial turnovers and that just killed us. If you turn the ball over against a team like this, they’ll run out and it’s not gonna end well for you,” he said.Durham now shifts his focus to Game 2, where Meralco aims to tie the series a game apiece on Sunday.“We just got to get back to work, try to make the necessary corrections, and get ready for Sunday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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Pliskova beats Vandewegheto win Stuttgart Open

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Pliskova got the break she had been pushing for to lead 3-2, then broke again for 5-2. Vandeweghe broke in turn to prolong the suspense but the Czech successfully took her second chance to close out the game.“I missed a few volleys that I probably would like to have back,” Vandeweghe said. “I’m very proud of my performance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova kisses the trophy after she won the final match against Coco Vandeweghe from the U.S. at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)STUTTGART, Germany — Karolina Pliskova ended CoCo Vandeweghe’s brilliant week with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday.The sixth-seeded Czech held her nerve at key times to win her first title of the season and her 10th overall in just under two hours. Pliskova, who fired 41 aces over four matches on her way to the final, added another 11 against Vandeweghe.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal wins 11th Barcelona title, unbeaten in 46 sets on clay ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Vandeweghe, a wild card entry who defeated defending champion Laura Siegemund and three top 10 players including top-ranked Simona Halep over the week, was bidding to become the first American winner in Stuttgart since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.“Sometimes, your opponent plays too good,” Vandeweghe said. “The only thing I know is I gave everything I had out there today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVandeweghe broke Pliskova’s first serve but the Czech answered for 2-2. Both held serve for the tiebreaker, where Pliskova responded to losing the first two points by winning seven straight.Vandeweghe saved a break point to hold serve at the start of the second set, but hurt her right hand when she hit the ground on deuce. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Metropolitan Hotel Shut Down over US$51,740 Unpaid Loans

first_imgMetropolitan Plaza Hotel, situated on Broad Street, Monrovia, was last Thursday shut down by the Commercial Court for defaulting on a US$51,740 loan from Global Bank-Liberia Limited.The hotel’s closure was a result of the final judgment entered against the hotel by the court on November 13, 2013.The bank said it loaned or guaranteed Metropolitan Plaza US$99,000 before the lawsuit, of which US$51,740 is still owned by the company.A.N. Charifz, general manager of the hotel and loan guarantor, was nowhere to be found when the court’s officers went to close it down following a “Writ of Execution” issued by Resident Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, last Thursday.In the execution order, Judge   Morgan instructed her court   officers that, “If Charifz fails to comply with the order, they   should arrest him for contempt of court consistent with 1LCL Revised Chapter 44- enforcement of judgment and orders.”The court further ordered Charifz to pay Global Bank the sum of money necessary to satisfy the judgment adding that “if the money that would be realized from sale of the company’s properties is not sufficient to pay the reasonable expenses, then seize the real properties until it shall have raised the sum of US$51,740.”Judge Morgan also instructed court officers to seize and expose for sale land, goods and chattels of the management of Metropolitan Plaza Hotel.”Immediately, after the sudden closure of the hotel, an employee was heard phoning his fellow workers shouting,” Oh, guys the government has closed the hotel. We and our customers have been left in the cold, especially in this festive Season,”According to financial experts, non-payment on bank loans by business institutions could jeopardize the entire financial system of the country,   especially in the post- Ebola recovery period.In August 2013, Global Bank Liberia Limited filed a case in the Commercial Court to recover US$99,000 from Metropolitan Plaza in unpaid loans and interests due the bank.After the company was sued for non-payment, the court ruled on November 3, 2013 that the company was not paying the US$99,000 loan in compliance with the agreement and authorized the bank to sell the company’s mortgaged properties to recover the outstanding debts.The court at the time also ordered the company to settle the outstanding debt within a few months, which it failed to do up to the hotel’s closure last Thursday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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HUGE Hammers boost! Dimitri Payet says he is ‘100 per cent staying at West Ham’

first_img1 Dimitri Payet Dimitri Payet has quashed speculation over his future by declaring he is “100 per cent staying at West Ham”.The 29-year-old was a revelation in his debut Premier League season after joining the Hammers from Marseille in a £10.7m deal in June 2015.He scored nine goals to help his side finish seventh in the top-flight and was nominated for the prestigious PFA Player of the Year prize.Having taken that fine form into Euro 2016, scoring three times during France’s run to the final, Payet has caught the attention of clubs across Europe.Barcelona and Real Madrid are two of the sides to have been linked with a swoop for the playmaker and there are fears among West Ham fans he could have his head turned.But Payet has now insisted he is going nowhere this summer and is excited by the prospect of playing for the east London club at the Olympic Stadium.Speaking to The Sun, he said: “I’ve heard about all the interest and I’m flattered. But I love West Ham. We had a fantastic season and I can’t wait to play in the Olympic Stadium.“I’m 100 per cent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that.”last_img read more

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More than 160 people arrested for driving under the influence in just one week

first_imgOver 160 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant in the space of just one week.That’s according to An Garda Síochána who between 27 May until 2 June, arrested 163 people on suspicion of driving while under the influence.A new campaign was launched by Gardaí at the beginning of 2019, in an attempt to cut down the amount of drink driving on Irish roads. Speaking about the findings, Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs, said: “Drink-driving has long been a scourge on Irish society and while such behaviour has become reprehensible in the eyes of most of us, there is still a significant minority who are selfishly willing to risk the safety of other road users rather than behaving responsibly.”Statistics showed that 6% of all driving under the influence (DUI) arrests made in 2018 had taken place between 7am and 11am.Before Christmas, further research showed that one in eight motorists admitted to driving while over the legal blood-alcohol limit in the past two years.More than 160 people arrested for driving under the influence in just one week was last modified: June 9th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Document Archival for Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

first_imgA Software Information Lifecycle Management survey by UK-based BridgeHead found that Compliance ranked third as a driver for document archival.  First on the list was BC/DR Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.  Second was ‘Data Growth’. 70% of respondents cited Disaster Recovery as the top reason for their archiving initiative.  62% cited ‘Data Growth’, and 58% cited ‘Reculatory Compliance’. The survey was taken in July 2006 of 350 senior executives, IT managers and system and network engineers in North America and UK.But on closer examination of the results, many of the respondents may have been equating archival with backup.  A follow-up question determined that 72% of respondents in the UK and 77% of US respondents use tape as their archive medium.  48% use magnetic disk and 26% use optical.Yesterday’s blog discussed confusion among many in differentiating between the terms Backup and Archival. The way the survey was worded may only continue to propogate the confusion.   Tape is a medium well suited for backups, but is difficult to use as part of a data archiving system that needs to be able to support search.  Trying to find specific data stored on tape can be a very tedious process.  Data archival based teamed with a responsive storage media allows a more granular-level data search.last_img read more

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Atlassian’s Crucible & Fisheye 2.0 Are Rough Around the Edges

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise This month, Atlassian launched the 2.0 versions of Crucible and FishEye, their collaborative software for coders. For those who’re unfamiliar, FishEye is a browser for source code repositories, and Crucible is a tool for peer code reviews. Both have had a complete UI makeover that shines, but despite a strong track record from Atlassian, there are some critical flaws. FishEye’s new activity streams and profiles are valuable, but they’re overshadowed by how cluttered and counter-intuitive Crucible’s iterative code review system is. FishEye 2.0FishEye 2.0 is a lot more than just a browser for source code repository. It’s become a comprehensive dashboard for viewing and analyzing progress on a development project. New activity streams show commits, JIRA issues, and Crucible reviews. There’s also fresh focus on individuals and projects, with impressive statistical charts to track what’s going on. Still, tracking all the stats on commits and other activity is a value proposition that’s going to appeal to those managing teams, not those actually doing the work. Instead of the slick new capabilities, the biggest boost to adoption of FishEye is likely to be the beta support for Git, the version control system. Crucible 2.0Some of the changes to Crucible will be welcome improvements. Small things like keyboard shortcuts, highlighting of unread comments, and better integration with JIRA are all sure to make the lives of developers easier.But the core of the product, code reviewing, is problematic in the new “iterative review” user interface. In short, it’s anything but intuitive to do diff by diff comparisons. At this point, free and open source alternatives like the Google-made Rietveld for Subversion, or Review Board present a simpler way to do side-by-side comparisons. That’s regrettable, considering that how valuable Crucible is when used alongside FishEye and JIRA. Code is LawTalking with developers about their strategies for code review, we discovered that most aren’t particularly hungry for complex platforms to do the job. If flashier aspects of a review tool hamper the ability to get quick feedback in any way, then you’ve got software that’s not worth using. There’s no doubt Atlassian practices what it preaches when it comes to agile development. But the new features they’ve incorporated take the focus off code and put it on people and metrics. No matter how well-executed, that’s a fundamental problem of strategy that tars the software. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img steven walling Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Encouraging Progress on Carbon Reduction

first_imgBack in May 2007, major building-design industry groups agreed to a benchmark against which they could measure progress toward their goal of increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in residential and commercial buildings.That initiative, known as the 2030 Challenge, is supported by the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a nonprofit group called Architecture 2030, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the U.S. Green Building Council. With the benchmark established, these groups were then able to more effectively focus their design expertise on their ultimate goal: producing buildings that, by 2030, will be carbon-neutral.The baseline identified by the benchmark agreement is the national average of energy consumption of existing U.S. commercial buildings as reported by the 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey, whose data are a set of whole-building (rather than source) energy-use intensity measurements, in kBtu per sq. ft. per year, gathered by the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.Better forecasts than expectedThis week, Architecture 2030 cited projections by the EIA that suggest the efforts of the industry groups are beginning to pay off. In what the EIA calls its Annual Energy Outlook, estimates of residential and commercial building energy use from 2005 to 2030 have dropped by almost 70% as the industry groups improved building design and performance. The most recent AEO estimate indicates Americans will spend $3.66 trillion less on energy between 2012 and 2030 than was originally projected in 2005.If, by 2030, the industry deploys the most efficient building technologies available, these savings will top $6 trillion, AEO data show.The AEO forecast provides another perspective on 2030 Challenge prospects by looking at the expected increases in total U.S. building floor area, projected in 2005 to be 51.9% by 2030, with energy consumption and CO2 emissions increasing by 44.4% and 53.1% respectively. AEO 2011, however, projects building floor area to increase by 38.6% through 2030 and energy consumption and related carbon emissions from buildings, if the best technologies are applied, to drop below 2005 levels.Staying the courseThe point is, the AEO data show it is realistic to make carbon-neutral buildings – which use no fossil fuel or greenhouse-gas-emitting energy to operate – the standard by 2030. And that is the 2030 Challenge’s primary goal.There are a number of ways for designers and builders to reach that goal, and renewable-energy sources can be part of the plan, but the first priority, Architecture 2030 notes, is to meet energy reductions by constructing buildings that are energy efficient and make the best use possible of solar orientation, daylighting, passive heating and cooling strategies, and energy efficient mechanical equipment.In any case, Architecture 2030 hope AEO 2011’s encouraging data motivate Challenge participants to forge ahead.“The good news is, the train has left the station,” Architecture 2030 founder Edward Mazria says in a quote on the group’s website. “The only question now is, are we on the local or the express? Our role is to ensure we’re on the express.”last_img read more

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How To Make Someone Look Ill Without Makeup in DaVinci Resolve

first_imgNeed to make an actor look sick, without a makeup artist? Use this DaVinci Resolve technique to pull it off.All images courtesy of the author.Ok, first, you should not be relying on post-production for this effect — practical makeup is always superior. However, if you’re late into production, and there’s been a story tweak that requires one of the characters to look ill, or perhaps you’re working on a passion project with no budget, here’s how you can make one of your characters look like they have fallen ill.Open Resolve, Import your clip, and head to the color page. I’ve inadvertently chosen to work with quite a complex clip as the actress is moving, and the evening sun is illuminating her, which makes one side of her face brighter than the other, but both of these issues are workable.With the HSL qualifier, select your actor’s face, and use the individual hue, saturation, and luminance sliders to rein in the qualification to make sure only the actor’s face and skin are selected. Ideally, you want to avoid bringing any hair into the selection. I would recommend using the high contrast B&W highlighting (OPTION/ALT+SHIFT+H) to see what areas you’re not selecting.I’m quite happy with this selection, but we have a problem with the foliage in the background. This image was shot during golden hour, and those trees have a similar hue as the actress’s skin. To fix this, we’re going to apply a square power window. In this particular instance, I’m using a square window because the circular window misses part of the actress’s neck.This is our pulled selection; it looks good, but out of personal preference, I’m going to give the mask a blur of 5. The saturation in Resolve defaults to 50; we’re going lower this down to 40. (When we’re sick, our bodies divert blood away from our faces and skin toward vital organs and areas of infection. We’re duplicating that look.) Although we’ve lowered the saturation, we get the paleness by introducing cyan to the midtones. In the image below, you can see that the amount is relatively small, but it’s enough to neutralize the natural complexion of the actress’s skin and give her a cold look.We’re going to lower the lift by a small amount to darken the shadows and give the actress a slightly gaunt look. We’ll also increase the gamma and gain, so it looks like the pale skin is reflecting more light.To finish, we’re going to create two circular power windows around the actress’s eyes.Here you want to lower the overall offset and introduce a slight amount of blue into the gamma. This will give the actress dark bags under her eyes, as if she hasn’t slept well for days. Of course, if your character is moving at all, you’ll need to track her. Resolve has a fantastic tracker, so just switch to the tracker window and hit play. Your power windows should now track with the movement.This is the before:This is the after:Without a makeup artist, it looks pretty good. Although I can understand how some may look at this image and think it looks like I’ve just neutralized the evening sun. So I’ve gone back to an older clip and performed the same technique on a different actor.Now it looks like he’s about to fall victim to a fever. It’s a great technique to have your Resolve arsenal.Looking for more articles on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.Speed Up Your Editing In Resolve with These Quick TipsHow To Use The Dynamic Trim Tool in ResolveReduce Unwanted Skin Shine In Post-Production with DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

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Fishing Boats Can Attract Seabirds From 22 Km Away

first_imgAnyone who’s ever been aboard a fishing boat has likely noticed the hoards of seabirds circling overhead, hoping for a share of the catch. It might seem that birds are randomly attracted to boats passing by, but researchers report in today’s issue of Current Biology that seabirds, specifically northern gannets (Morus bassanus), are much savvier. The scientists attached GPS-collecting tags to 74 gannets—large, black-and-white seabirds found in the North Atlantic—from six colonies around the British Isles and followed their movements for 2 months. All the gannets were rearing chicks, and so were regularly foraging at sea. The team then compared the birds’ travels with those of fishing vessels at least 15 meters in length, using data from the vessel monitoring system of the Irish exclusive economic zone. The scientists’ analysis shows that the gannets readily spotted the difference between trawlers that were actively fishing and those that were steaming or merely drifting. The birds preferred to forage near the active fishers and traveled away from those that weren’t busily fishing; they also foraged near boats that weren’t trawling if those aboard were processing their catch and discarding scraps. The boats have a far greater influence on gannets than scientists realized, affecting their foraging decisions over a 22-kilometer area—the first time that researchers have estimated how much a single fishing vessel affects other marine predators.last_img read more

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