Wade can only watch as DeJuan Blair, Spurs beat Heat

first_imgMAKING AN IMPACT—Spurs’ rookie Dejuan Blair shoots as Miami’s Anthony Tolliver, (35) and Shavlik Randolph, (42) defend during preseason basketball action in Miami, Oct. 11. MIAMI (AP)—San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich quickly pointed out that former Pitt and Schenley star DeJuan Blair only had one defensive rebound Sunday night.“Not good enough,” Popovich said, barely keeping a straight face. So far, Blair is showing the Spurs—and probably the rest of the NBA—that he’s certainly good enough. The rookie scored 28 points on 11 of 13 shooting, 15 of those points coming in the final 7 minutes, and the Spurs erased an 11-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 95-93 in a preseason game. “He’s a real mobile, agile player, even though he’s got the girth that he has,” Popovich said of the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Blair, who’s noticeably slimmer than he was playing college ball at Pittsburgh. “It’s a heck of a gift.”The Heat were without several regulars, including reigning NBA scoring champion Dwyane Wade.Blair’s steal and layup with 3 minutes left helped the Spurs take control, and further illustrated why he’s looked like the steal of the NBA draft so far in preseason. The 37th overall pick last June had 16 points and 19 rebounds in San Antonio’s only other preseason game so far.“It’s just hard work and my teammates trusting in me and just trying to adjust to the system,” Blair said. “I’m not showing it, but it’s problems for me. Adjusting to the system is kind of hard, but I’m getting it.”As Blair got dressed after the game, guard Keith Bogans was at the next locker, having a sandwich and some Doritos. Blair lamented that neither of those are among his culinary choices these days, as he tries to slim further down.It’s paying off.“He’s a character guy. He’s a quality guy,” Popovich said. “He’s a hard worker and obviously, he has a passion for the game.”last_img read more

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Nelson Figure Skating Club enters nation-wide competition

first_imgSubmittedAnyone who has been a world champion figure skater would have a wealth of knowledge to share with up and comers.That’s exactly what members of the Nelson Figure Skating Club are counting on.The club has entered a nation-wide Skate Canada competition and the top prize is a one-day skate seminar given by Canadian skating icon Kurt Browning.“We would love to see Kurt come to Nelson and work with our skaters,” says NFSC Publicity Chair Murray Kimber. “It would be an opportunity of a lifetime.” Second prize is to have a national team athlete skate at a club’s year end ice show in February, 2011.The essence of the contest is this: Skate Canada asked member clubs to use photos and video to demonstrate how they have showcased the new Skate Canada logo, which launched in June 2010, and submit the entries for judging.The Nelson club produced a short film compiling skating performances from shows it gave at the Civic Arena 75th Anniversary celebration that incorporates the six different logos Skate Canada has used since its inception in 1948.Although the major prizes are awarded by jury, Nelsonites can help the club win the “Fan Favorite” prize, a Sony HD TV and video camera, by voting for the club’s entry online.“Anyone can go to the Skate Canada gallery and vote for the club of their choice,” adds Kimber. “That prize will be awarded to the club that receives the most votes, so we are asking people to vote daily.”A video system would be a valuable teaching tool as it would allow the coaches to film and analyze a skater’s performance.The Nelson Figure Skating Club invites everyone to help it become the “Fan Favorite”.Voting is open now and runs until the end of December.Visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca to view the film and to find out how to vote.last_img read more

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Sand and Puzz lead the way as McKinleyville beats Eureka for first Big 5 win of the season

first_imgMcKinleyville >> Keeping track of who scored for McKinleyville was rather simple in the opening 16 minutes Wednesday night.It was either going to No. 3 or No. 13. That simple.The 1-2 punch of junior guard Mason Sand and sophomore guard Isaac Puzz combined to score 31 of the Panthers’ 33 first-half points, as the pair of sharp shooters led the way in the McKinleyville boys basketball team’s 59-38 win over Eureka.It’s the Panthers second consecutive win within a three-day span after falling to …last_img

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Inside Draymond Green’s defense on Blake Griffin

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the video gallery on your mobile device.Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up! OAKLAND – No matter what he tried to do, Blake Griffin could not score on Draymond Green.Griffin tried posting Green up. Griffin tried using his footwork to create separation. Griffin tried a series of pumpfakes.None of the tactics worked. Griffin hoisted a shot just before …last_img

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Unnamed Warriors exec on trading Russell: ‘The stupidest thing I’ve ever heard’

first_imgIt’s been quiet on the Warriors’ front lately. Too quiet.Fortunately for us, realgm.com never sleeps.In a recent post, the website asked an anonymous Warriors executive about the team’s chaotic offseason.“Well, it was something,” the exec said. “As someone who lives this stuff, these are the kinds of offseason you live for. So many moving parts, we had to use every single inch of the CBA and cap rules. Are we still a good team? We think so. We’re happy with what we have and we’ve got …last_img

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Did Mars Have a Global Flood?

first_imgThere’s enough ice under Mars’ southern polar cap to flood the entire planet under 36 feet of water, reports Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  The MARSIS radar instrument on the ESA-NASA Mars Express determined that the ice cap is more than 2 miles thick in places.  According to the report on National Geographic News, traces of possible impact craters were detected under the ice cap.  If so, it would seem the ice must have melted and been distributed around the planet in the past.  The article also states that even this huge volume of ice is believed to be a fraction of H2O on the red planet that has been lost underground or out to space.    Speaking of water reservoirs, a new source was found back on the home planet.  A press release from Washington State Univ. in St. Louis last month inferred from seismic data the presence of a water reservoir deep in the mantle under Asia equal to the volume of the Atlantic Ocean.Mars could never have had a global flood.  Where did the water come from?  Where did it go?  This kind of reasoning has been used against Noah’s flood on Earth.  Mars is dry today, and liquid water could not last on the surface, but that doesn’t stop geologists from eagerly searching for water on the red planet.  With great interest they include copious volumes of liquid water into their theories of Mars history, hoping the precious elixir of life would have permitted the emergence of single-celled Martians.  OK, then why shouldn’t the possibility of a global flood on Earth be treated seriously?  The answer is that for a long time, secular geology has written off the Bible as a source of information about Earth’s past.    The secular geology of Hutton and Lyell was more an emotional, theological reaction against Biblical flood geology than an inference from data.  Creation and the Flood were rarely questioned for thousands of years till Enlightenment secularists felt the need to remove God from an active role in the world He created.  They wanted a world with “no hint of a beginning, no prospect of an end” (Hutton) that would operate slowly and gradually by natural processes alone (see AIG articles about Hutton and Terry Mortenson’s explanation of the origin of old earth beliefs).  Notice that this was a preference, an a priori belief that colored the way they looked at the world.  Uniformitarianism became dominant by 1830 in England largely due to the anti-Biblical, deistic views of Charles Lyell (a lawyer).*  That was before 20th century scientists decided Lyell was wrong (and fudged his data; see 10/25/2006).  Now, catastrophism is back in vogue (05/22/2003).    Frank Sherwin at ICR quips that we really shouldn’t call our planet Earth; we should call it Water.  That would make for interesting conversation.  “Life is beautiful on God’s blue Water.” • “I wouldn’t marry you if you were the last man on Water.” • “Where on Water have you been all this time?”  On a planet whose surface is 70% water, with ocean basins miles deep, there’s plenty enough to submerge the Earth (whoops, the Water) under the right circumstances, if the mountains were lower and the ocean basins shallower before the Flood.  Models of the Flood like those of Walter Brown and John Baumgardner et al. typically include orogeny (mountain building) and deepening of the ocean basins as consequences of the catastrophic deluge.  Also, the “fountains of the great deep” are the primary sources of the water, with rain as the effect.  That answers where the water came from, and where it went.  Let’s not treat the planets by a double standard.  That happens enough on Water as it is.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Women’s Month Dialogue: Africa Free Trade Agreement Invitation

first_imgJohannesburg – Wednesday, 22 August 2018 – Brand South Africa and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) are hosting a national dialogue, under the theme “African women as vanguard of continental integration: Making the African Free Trade Agreement a reality” on Friday, 24 August 2018 at The Gordon Institute of Business ScienceThe discussion will be facilitated by Professor Lulama Makhubela who is currently a Research Associate at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) who gives her time in mentoring, coaching and supervising MBA students, editing research reports as well as contributing to the Business School research outputs. She is a Professor in Information Science at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and has published more than 50 scientific and popular articles in national and international journals and chapters in books.As an Advocate for Women Empowerment and in Green Economy issues, the national dialogue fits impeccably to Professor Makhubela’s profile in contributing towards realising Agenda 2063. As stipulated by The African Union, the Agenda 2063, “is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development”.“Brand South Africa’s objective through this national dialogue is to share relevant insights and to get citizens and academia involved in shaping the future of the country. This will provide opportunities to further promote the Play Your Part programme and encourage active citizenship”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret  This discussion will feature experts and senior executives from National Government, Business and Civil Society Stakeholders.  Women’s Month Dialogue: Africa Free Trade Agreement Invitation RSVP or Interview Requests:  [email protected] Facilitator: Prof Lulama MakhubelaDate: Friday 24th August 2018Time:  13:00-17:00Venue:  Gordon Institute of Business Science25 Fricker Road, Illovo, Johannesburglast_img read more

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Crisis-Mapping Platform Ushahidi Announces Crowdmap:CI, “Check-ins With a Purpose”

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “Location” was one of the buzzwords of 2010, but arguably some of the most interesting developments weren’t how people checked in via Foursquare and the like. Rather, they were the ways in which people used mobile phones and mapping to report other things. The most notable example of this is crisis-mapping platform Ushahidi, which enables people to contribute reports during crisis situations either via SMS or the Internet. This real-time data is used for mapping and visualizations in the service of humanitarian response efforts. And to that end, Ushahidi has been described as “check-ins with a purpose.” According to Ushahidi, “check-in” – the sort of action more readily associated with location-based networking apps – via its platform has really been “only a metaphor.” But that’s changing now that Ushahidi is launching a new tool, Crowdmap:CI, that will make noting your location (and making location notes) easier. Ushahidi launched Crowdmap in the middle of last year. Crowdmap is a easy-to-install, hosted version of Ushahidi – the equivalent of WordPress.com blogs for WordPress, perhaps.The new tool Crowdmap:CI (or Crowdmap Checkins) will function on both Ushahidi and Crowdmap and will allow users to create ad-hoc check-in communities, complete with mobile apps and web portals. Crowdmap:CI is designed to further simplify the creation of annotated location points. As Jon Gosier writes in the blog post announcing the new product, “Sometimes users just want to drop quick notes that represent data points allowing them to enter details later. For instance: the locations of wells while touring a rural village, or potholes around a metropolitan city, or simply dropping pins while on a vacation for the memories of where to return to. Crowdmap:CI is an attempt to make this data entry process quicker, allowing users to focus on location first, and everything else later.”Why use Ushahidi and not Foursquare or Gowalla to check in?Crowdmap:CI will allow you to keep your check-ins and notes private and give you control over who can see your data. You can deploy the service within a crisis and/or particular group, so data you share doesn’t necessarily have to go to others. The points that the different users within a group make can be viewed individually or within one map. This will be useful, for example, if individuals have different mapping assignments. The beta version of the Crowdmap:CI app is available for Android, and an iPhone version is on the way. The service is free, but there are premium options for those organizations wanting their own rewards and badges or needing to have a large number of users checking in at once, options for creating your own rewards and badges.An open-source platform, Ushahidi was developed in the aftermath of Kenya’s disputed presidential election in 2007. Ushahidi means “testimony” in Swahili, pointing to the projects roots in citizen journalism. Ushahidi was used as part of the response efforts to the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile last year, as well as to numerous other crises and disasters. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#web center_img Related Posts audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Boston Marathon Explosions — A ‘Live-Tweeted Disaster’

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#live news#social media#twitter Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have killed 2 and injured more than 100, with reports constantly changing as new updates flood in.As is now par for the course, news of the disaster broke first on Twitter, and the microblogging service remains an unparalleled source of breaking news and first-hand accounts — not to mention media criticism of news outlets that jumped ahead of the facts in their reporting.The presumed attack has since been documented in thousands upon thousands of user generated images and videos  spread across the Web through social media channels. (Among other things, this Vine video appears to show one of the first explosions.) Spencer Ackerman over at Wired.com called it a “live-tweeted disaster.”Boston-area and federal authorities have also embraced Twitter to get out public-safety messages — for instance, asking people to stay away from the affected area and not to congregate in large groups. Police have also requested video from spectators: (Atlantic Wire’s Alexis Madrigal looks into how investigators might analyze contributed video.)The Boston Globe received a video of the finish line during the initial explosion, embedded below. This video doesn’t contain any graphic images of injured individuals, but it does feature the explosions, the onset of immediate panic in the crowd and police and marathon volunteers rushing to assist victims. Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Google has also just launched a person-finder web tool to help those trying to reach friends and family members.Of course, any disaster aftermath has to feature its share of incomplete, misleading or just plain wrong reports. (It may take days to figure out which category some news reports fall into.) For instance, at 4:55pm, the Associated Press reported that officials had shut down cell service in Boston to prevent any further explosions:Only, that is, to walk back the story about 45 minutes later:Similarly, early reports that a third bombing took place at the JFK Memorial Library are apparently false. The library’s official Twitter feed reports that the incident was a fire that started in the mechanical room, and that all staff and visitors are accounted for and safe. nick statt Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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Rebuilding coastal Odisha first test for five-time CM

first_imgWinning five successive elections is no mean feat for any political party or leader, but the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and its president Naveen Patnaik managed to do just that.Major challenges are awaiting Mr. Patnaik, who will be sworn-in as Chief Minister for the fifth consecutive term on Wednesday.Mr. Patnaik has to rebuild coastal Odisha, which was badly ravaged by Cyclone Fani on May 3, days after completion of the fourth and last phase of polling in the State. He faced a similar situation after assuming power for the first time in March 2000, a few months after a super-cyclone hit the State.For a change, Mr. Patnaik has to deal with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre to get the State’s demands fulfilled while facing the saffron party as the main Opposition party in Odisha. The Congress was the main Opposition in the State since 2000.Mr. Patnaik has already said that his new government will have constructive cooperation with the Centre for implementation of its new programmes as well as ongoing schemes.BJP main OppositionRegarding the BJP as the main Opposition in the State, Mr. Patnaik may not face any major hurdles since his party leaders claim that the BJP’s vote share had increased in the recently held polls primarily due to the failure of the Congress to strengthen its position.Some senior BJD leaders claimed that the BJP will not be able to maintain its current strength and will face the same situation it had after the 2009 elections. The BJP had inducted about 30 leaders into its fold from other parties before the 2009 elections, but most of them quit the party subsequently, and the same thing will happen this time too, they added. The saffron party inducted about 40 leaders from the Congress and the BJD in the run-up to the recent polls.A BJP leader, however, said that they will continue to strengthen the party organisation as urban body elections are likely to be held in the State later this year. The BJP leaders are upbeat as their nominees had finished number two in a majority of Assembly and Lok Sabha seats in the simultaneous polls this time.Whatever be the political situation, Mr. Patnaik, who has a comfortable majority in the State Assembly, can look forward to a smooth fifth term as long as he succeeds in sincerely implementing his government’s welfare schemes for women, farmers, tribals and other sections of society.last_img read more

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