Lakers snap 11-game skid vs rival Clippers

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell celebrates after scoring against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers feel like they’ve spent at least a month short-handed due to injuries and weary from an extraordinarily grinding schedule.When they finally found an opponent with even more ailments and exhaustion, the Lakers didn’t waste the opportunity to snap an embarrassing rivalry losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK The Lakers surged from a halftime deficit to an 18-point lead during a dynamite third quarter for their second win in 14 games. They also won on Christmas for the 22nd time, matching the Knicks’ NBA record.“A win is a win, and nobody makes excuses for us when we have guys down,” Williams said. “We got stops in the third quarter, and we were able to put a few (baskets) together. We were the most aggressive team coming out of the locker room.”J.J. Redick scored 22 points before sitting out the fourth quarter with a sore left hamstring for the Clippers, who couldn’t overcome the absence of their two best players and top scorers in just their third loss in nine games. Griffin is out for at least a month after right knee surgery, while Paul was a late scratch for the second straight game with a left hamstring strain.Jamal Crawford also scored 22 points, and DeAndre Jordan had seven points, 10 rebounds and a career-high six assists as the Clippers played the fourth of eight games in a 12-day stretch.“We understand there’s going to be times like this, weeks like this,” said Marreese Speights, who scored 15 points. “We just have to fight through it and be a better team.”ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentscenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports THIRD BASEThe Clippers held an 11-point lead during the first half, but the Lakers scored the first 11 points out of halftime and eventually stretched their run to 28-12, taking a 15-point lead into the fourth. They outscored the Clips 34-16 in the third quarter. “I thought we took our jobs very seriously in the third quarter,” Walton said.RIVALRY RENEWEDThe Lakers returned from a discouraging 1-6 road trip to begin a five-game homestand with their first meeting of the season against the Clippers, who have supplanted their 16-time champion neighbors as the most competitive team in basketball-crazy Los Angeles. Despite their recent monthlong slump, the Lakers are competitive again after the three worst seasons in franchise history and the retirement of Kobe Bryant, the leading scorer in NBA history on Christmas.INJURIES INCREASEPaul is likely to sit out again Monday against Denver before the star point guard tests his leg, coach Doc Rivers said. Redick wasn’t sure when he will return, but acknowledged he could miss multiple games during this compressed schedule. “Could be a day, could be seven,” Redick said. “It’s not ideal to be out, but we have a deep team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chelsea, Conte standing out as normality returns to EPL As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young Nick Young and Timofey Mozgov scored 19 points apiece and the Lakers ended their 11-game skid against the Los Angeles Clippers with a 111-102 victory Sunday night.Lou Williams and D’Angelo Russell added 14 points each for the Lakers, who hadn’t beaten their Staples Center co-tenants since opening night of the 2013-14 season. The streak was tied for the Lakers’ longest against any team since moving to Los Angeles a half-century ago, and it was the Clippers’ longest active winning streak against any opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWith Clippers cornerstones Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sidelined by injuries, the Lakers won with a season-high seven scorers in double digits.“It was needed, it was,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “It felt good to get this one back home. It’s been a tough couple of weeks, and we had to come together to win that one.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Flying high with Brand SA

first_imgSeventy-five competitors and officials from 15 countries around the world battled it out for global domination at the recent 20th Precision Flying World Championships held in Brits, North West province.last_img

Kim Kardashian gets wet and wild on Twitter

first_imgReality TV star Kim Kardashian has tweeted a super sexy photo of herself on micro-blogging site Twitter.The 31-year-old shared a new picture of her bikini body with her 14.8 million Twitter followers. In the photographs she sports wet hair and smiles at the camera.In the set of four snaps, she’s clad in only a red bikini and a damp halter top clinging suggestively to her curves, Kim appears as though she just hit the beach.When she posted the sexy photos, the reality TV queen tweeted:Thanks to all you 2 million sexy beasts out there for following me on Instagram! So heres a little present of http://t.co/9z0XXEFOlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic

first_imgChelsea still keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisicby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea remain in the hunt for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.The Telegraph says the 20-year-old winger has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the mid-season sales.Chelsea are on the hunt for long-term replacements for Pedro and Willian – and Pulisic would fit the bill.He is under contract at Borussia Dortmund until 2020 so the Bundesliga giants are running out of time to cash in.And Chelsea are hopeful of securing Pulisic’s services.But it is claimed that BVB bosses will dig their heels in until the summer transfer window. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rep Miller New Soo Lock construction vital for Michigan national commerce

first_img Legislator: ‘Ramifications for future if Congress does not act now’State Rep. Aaron Miller today called for Congressional action regarding the need for a new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Marie.The call from Miller follows a July 18 tour hosted by state Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, and state Sen. Wayne Schmidt, of Traverse City. The event, which included legislators and other government officials, provided a summarization of the system connecting Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula to the lower Great Lakes.Chatfield introduced a House Concurrent Resolution in February to urge the president and Congress to fully fund the construction of a new larger lock to replace two existing, seldom-used locks. Congress authorized the construction in 1986, but it remains delayed due to a lack of federal funding.“The tour underlined the need for a second, larger lock that can handle the largest tankers traveling on our state’s waterways,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “If the current lock experiences a shutdown, the economic impact will be felt considerably. I was glad to attend along with several of my colleagues, and it’s clear that we need to keep this commercial transport giant in our state’s Upper Peninsula efficient and effective.”The locks were constructed between 1896 and 1968 and handle 75 million tons of cargo each year. One hundred percent of the iron ore mined in the United States, an amount worth over $500 billion, moves through the Soo Locks annually.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimate that 11 million jobs would be lost nationwide as a result of the Soo Locks having to shut down for a period of six months.In a shorter shutdown timetable of 30 days, the estimated economic impact could reach as high as $160 million.“We can gamble with the functionality of the current lock, but the result of losing that gamble is lost jobs and commercial hardships,” said Miller. “I am hoping Michigan’s congressional leaders hear the bipartisan message conveyed by this tour and can see this resolution through at the national level.”State Rep. Aaron Miller (right) of Sturgis talks with state Rep. Lee Chatfield of Levering during a tour of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie on July 18. Chatfield co-sponsored the tour with Sen. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City.State Rep. Aaron Miller (center) looks on with state Rep. Holly Hughes (left) of Montague and state Sen. Dave Robertson (right) of Grand Blanc as Michigan legislators and government officials tour the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie on July 18. 28Jul Rep. Miller: New Soo Lock construction vital for Michigan, national commerce Categories: Miller News,Newslast_img read more

OTT user experience specialist Massive has partner

first_imgOTT user experience specialist Massive has partnered with content discovery and viewer lifecycle management software provider ThinkAnalytics to launch of a new AI-powered UX solution for pay TV operators and OTT providers.The solution pairs Massive’s Axis user experience and content management platform with ThinkAnalytics’ AI and machine learning capabilities to deliver a new dynamic personalised experience for the viewer, according to the pair. By using machine learning to analyse audience behaviour, marketing and editorial teams can deliver personalised content, promotions and offers that give each viewer something tailored to watch.Max RamsayWith the solution, machine learning techniques are used to more accurately identify what each viewer’s preferences are. Second, the solution reacts to user engagement on the fly, giving editorial teams the insights needed to adjust content promotions and the UX based on what’s resonating with different user demographics, in addition to automatically identifying new, personalised carousels for each viewer, according to the pair. This enables service providers to push editorial and personalised content recommendations to individual viewers.“Segmentation and targeting are now critical to OTT success. Telecine recently increased its OTT traffic 75% using the personalisation capabilities already offered with AXIS. Partnering with ThinkAnalytics will help us drive that number higher for operators and OTT providers due to the deeper understanding of the audience possible through machine learning,” said Max Ramsay, CTO at Massive.Peter Docherty, CTO at ThinkAnalytics, said: “Advanced AI and data analytics are at the core of our technology. Integrating with AXIS offers a route for joint customers to turn our data and insights into immediate results that will have a positive impact on the user experience and revenues – and deliver the full benefits of viewer lifecycle management.”Massive will demonstrating its Axix user experience management platform, at IBC in hall 14, stand F06. ThinkAnalytics will demonstrate its technologies at IBC in hall 1, stand A74.last_img read more

Rice eyes risks of quantum dots

first_imgShare CONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Rice eyes risks of quantum dots Researchers test nanocrystals for health, environmental concernsQuantum dots have the potential to bring many good things into the world: efficient solar power, targeted gene and drug delivery, solid-state lighting and advances in biomedical imaging among them. But they may pose hazards as well.A team of Rice researchers has been working to discover the health risks of quantum dots, molecule-sized semiconducting nanocrystals that are generally composed of heavy metals surrounded by an organic shell.Pedro Alvarez, Rice’s George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, published a paper in ACS Environmental Science and Technology showing that under even mildly acidic or alkaline conditions, the shells can break down, releasing their toxic contents into the body or the environment. He coauthored the paper with colleagues Vicki Colvin, the Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry and in chemical and biomolecular engineering, researcher Shaily Mahendra and postdoc Huiguang Zhu. “We’re interested in the long-term implications of nanotechnology, and we recognized quantum dots are going to be produced in large quantities,” said Mahendra, who did the bulk of the research. “We thought we should be proactive in studying their effects so that we can take part in the development of safety guidelines.” The dots, 1/50,000ths the width of a human hair, were found to be safe in applications with a neutral pH environment. However, the study suggested when such products are discarded, they can eventually release their toxins into the environment. “In that way, quantum dots resemble batteries,” said Alvarez, referring to common nickel-cadmium cells that people are warned not to throw in the trash. “They’re often made of coatings that are biocompatible and stable in water, but the moment we lose that coating, which can happen through a variety of mechanisms, they can release toxic compounds.” Used in solar cells, quantum dots may be quickly weathered by acid rain, he said. Another concern is that acids in the body could break down dots used in such medical applications as in vivo imaging. “If they degrade faster than they can be excreted, there’s the potential for heavy metals to be released into the body,” said Alvarez. “Then their impact becomes a question of dose.”The team tested its theories on common bacteria that serve as models of cell toxicity and indicators of environmental health. At near-neutral pH, bacteria exposed to quantum dots containing cadmium and selenium showed decreased rates of growth but did not die.But in moderately acidic or alkaline conditions, quantum dot shells decomposed more rapidly, killing the bacteria in a matter of hours.On the positive side, the study also found certain proteins and such natural organic matter as humic acids may mitigate the effects of decomposing quantum dots by coating them or by complexing the metal ions released, making them less toxic. The researchers cautioned that short-term studies can’t easily predict whether toxins released by quantum dots will build up in the body over time. “We hope our work will stimulate research by other labs into the release dynamics,” said Alvarez.The paper can be found at http://pubs.acs.org/stoken/presspac/presspac/full/10.1021/es8023385 AddThislast_img read more

UT System Chancellor McRaven to discuss leadership and innovation at Rices Jones

first_imgShare1MEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775UT System Chancellor McRaven to discuss leadership and innovation at Rice’s Jones School Feb. 2HOUSTON – (Jan. 26, 2017) – Retired Adm. William McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, will discuss leadership and innovation in the 21st century as part of the Rice Veterans in Leadership Series at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Feb. 2.Hosted by the Rice Veterans in Business Association (VIBA) and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Roundtable Young Professionals, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.What: Rice Veterans in Leadership Series lecture.Who: Retired Adm. William McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System and former commander of the United States Special Operations Command.William Lyles, a veteran, full-time MBA student at Rice and president of VIBA, will introduce McRaven. Rice alumnus and veteran Jimmy Batista, who helped found VIBA, will moderate a Q&A with McRaven following his remarks.When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2.Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.The Rice Veteran Leadership Series is an annual event designed to engage the greater business community on the enormous value veteran leaders bring to the civilian workplace. This event features leaders who have excelled in business, the arts and public service. Past speakers have included former Gov. and first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Defense Tom Ridge, former Heisman Trophy-winner and CEO Pete Dawkins and former Commandant of the Marine Corps James Conway.To attend, the public must register at https://business.rice.edu/rice-veterans-leadership-series-leadership-and-innovation.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice Business via Twitter @Rice_Biz.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more

Lyft Will Test AllAccess Monthly Subscriptions

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The ride-hailing company is testing a subscription service that would remove the need to pay every time you travel. 2 min read Next Article March 16, 2018 Matthew Humphries The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Lyft Will Test All-Access Monthly Subscriptions –sharescenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue Senior Editor Apply Now » Lyft Regular users of on-demand ride hailing service Lyft will be happy to hear they may be able to save some money in the not-too-distant future. That’s because Lyft is testing a subscription service that would remove the need to pay every time you travel.As Engadget reports, the subscription is called the All-Access Plan. For now, it looks to be an invite-only offer with emails being sent out to select riders. The price also varies, which is a clear sign Lyft is still trying to figure out what works best in terms of price, time and free ride limits.Transportation reporters: Lyft just invited me to a $199 per month all access plan… “With an All-Access Plan, you pay $199 each month and your standard Lyft rides are free (up to $15). “— Janko Roettgers (@jank0) March 15, 2018Variety correspondent Janko Roettgers tweeted about being offered a $199 monthly subscription. In return, he would get up to 30 rides each month for free in a standard Lyft as long as the price of each ride doesn’t exceed $15. So Lyft is effectively offering him up to $450 worth of free rides.Another offer sent out is for a $49 weekly subscription in return for seven free rides and the same $15 per ride limits ($105 value). Lyft also states there are no hidden costs and you can cancel at any time. For regular Lyft users, the savings will make signing up for a subscription a no-brainer, especially if your rides typically cost over $10.For now, expect the invite-only testing to continue, but it seems likely this will launch as a subscription service open to everyone sooner rather than later.last_img read more

Tell Us What Do You Hate Most About Flying

first_img Register Now » Despite rising fees and complaints about uncomfortable seating, travelers in the U.S. have never been more satisfied with the airlines they are flying.The latest survey of fliers by J.D. Power and Associates is good news for airlines that have been criticized for initiating and raising fees in recent years.That said, the author of the study doesn’t consider the rating an endorsement of fees.”This survey shows people are less dis-satisfied with certain things when flying,” said Rick Garlick with J.D. Power. “They’re not crazy about paying extra to check bags or change reservations, but they’ve become used to it.”The survey of over 11,000 fliers measured their feelings about seven factors including cost, fees, baggage handling, reservations and treatment by the flight crew.The score of 712 (on a 1,000 point scale) was an increase of 17 points compared to last year and is the highest rating since the survey started in 2006.While customers say some parts of flying have improved, they still have issues with other parts, most notably uncomfortable seating.”Fliers have told us they don’t like sitting in seats that have less leg room, less elbow room and often in seats that are that comfortable,” said Garlick.Growing comfort with feesFliers being more satisfied with airlines might seem surprising given the billions airlines now collect in baggage and reservation change fees.Those surveyed showed their growing acceptance of fees by giving the category a score of 642, up from 618 last year.Garlick says it reflects travelers becoming more comfortable with fees and the fact they extra charges are here to stay.”People flying don’t like paying more for bags or other services,” said Garlick. “However, these fees are like other fees we pay in life. People have become accustomed to knowing paying extra is a part of flying today.”Forty-four percent of those surveyed say they are now comfortable with airlines charging baggage fees, up from 37 percent in last year’s survey.Alaska and JetBlue lead airlinesAs it has in past surveys, J.D. Power rated legacy airlines and low-cost carriers.Among the legacy airlines, Alaska was rated highest as the carrier continues to get high marks from customers for the way it treats passengers. Tell Us: What Do You Hate Most About Flying? May 14, 2014 Next Article This story originally appeared on CNBC –shares Legacy Carriers:Alaska: 737Delta: 693American: 684Low cost carriersJetBlue: 789Southwest: 778West Jet: 734Garlick says JetBlue topping the survey for low cost carriers shows the airlines’ customers consider the airline offering live TV on flights to be a key difference in the flying experience.”It’s clear JetBlue customers see live TV as a differentiating factor,” said Garlick.Tell Us: When it comes to flying, what’s your biggest gripe? Let us know in the comments below.center_img Add to Queue 3 min read Philip LeBeau Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Travel Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more