Harden’s 40 lifts Rockets to 1st home win over Pacers

first_imgHOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 24: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets reacts after driving to the basket in the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on October 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Tim Warner/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — It’s more than three weeks into the season and the Houston Rockets finally got their first home win on Sunday night.With the hole they’re in early, they’ll need plenty more to dig their way out.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Rockets: Clint Capela had 18 points and seven rebounds. He bruised his knee in a collision with Oladipo, but D’Antoni said he should be OK. … Gerald Green sat out with a sprained right ankle. … Nene, who has not played this season, remains out with a strained right calf.THEY SAID ITPaul on what he’s seen from Anthony in his time in Houston: “Melo’s been great here. That’s like a brother to me. I don’t know what’s being said or whatnot but Melo’s been great working hard every day.”UP NEXTPacers: Host Miami on Friday night.Rockets: Visit Denver on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Rockets GM denies report that Anthony will be waived Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img “When we’re like that we’re going to score a bunch of points and if … our defense can keep improving then we’re the team that we want to be,” coach Mike D’Antoni said.Houston had a big lead for most of the second half and was up by 21 entering the fourth quarter after Paul and Harden had piled up 55 points combined in the first three quarters.The Pacers opened the fourth with an 11-2 run, with the last five points from Oladipo to cut the lead to 104-92 with about 7 ½ minutes left.But Harden, who finished with nine assists and seven rebounds, made all of Houston’s points in a 5-2 run to stretch the lead and 109-94.The Rockets led by 22 at halftime but Indiana scored the first 11 points of the third quarter to cut the lead to 76-65. Darren Collison made two 3-pointers in that span and Oladipo added another one.Houston finally scored its first points of the second half when P.J. Tucker made a 3-pointer with about 9 ½ minutes left in the third.But the Rockets couldn’t get much going after that and the Pacers scored five straight points later in the period to cut the lead to 84-74 with about five minutes remaining in the third.Harden got hot after that, making 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to power a 12-3 spurt that extended the lead 97-77 about three minutes later.TIP-INSPacers: Oladipo received a technical foul in the third quarter for arguing with a referee after fouling Paul. … Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points and had six assists. … Collison had 13 points. 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew James Harden scored a season-high 40 points and Chris Paul added 26 to help the Rockets to a 115-103 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night.“It’s nice to get a win,” Paul said. “We’ve obviously been struggling … but we’ve got to keep building.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Rockets, who had lost the last two games of a season-long five-game road trip, dropped their first four home games. They’re 5-7 this season and in 12th place in the Western Conference.Houston was up by 10 with about four minutes left after five quick points by the Pacers, but Harden made two free throws after that to stretch the lead. The Pacers got within 8 on a basket by Cory Joseph with about 90 seconds left, but Paul made a layup a few seconds later to put the game out of reach. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victor Oladipo had 22 for the Pacers, who have lost three of their last four games.“We knew they were very capable of getting hot even though they hadn’t shot the ball well early this season,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they were very capable and tonight they did. It was tough matchups trying to stop those guys.”The win comes as the Rockets deal with a disappointing start to the season and rumors and reports about Carmelo Anthony’s status and future with the team. Anthony, who is in his first year in Houston, sat out for the second straight game with an undisclosed illness on a day the New York Times had a sourced report that said he had been told he would soon be waived.General manager Daryl Morey said before the game that the report was “inaccurate” and that singling Anthony out as the cause of Houston’s struggles was unfair.The Rockets, who entered the game ranking near the bottom of the league with a 3-point shooting percentage of just 31.7, shot 42.6 percent from long-range and made a season-high 20 3s on Sunday night. Harden had eight and Paul added five to lead the way.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bandits kill minibus driver

first_img– in daring daylight robbery at McDoomA brazen and meticulously planned robbery on passengers on board a Route 32Dead: Route 32 minibus driver Tedroy Jamesminibus has left the driver dead after he attempted to flee from several armed attackers.Thirty-five-year-old Tedroy James, aka “Six-Head” of Suddie, Essequibo Coast, was shot in the back by one of three armed bandits around 11:30h on Tuesday. Guyana Times was told that the attackers were young males.The attack was well planned, as eyewitness revealed that one of the passengers of the BTT 976 bus who was picked up along the West Coast Demerara road was a bandit. This publication was told that he was in constant communication with someone on hisThe dead man’s cousin in white was inconsolable when she heard the news of his deathmobile phone, reportedly sending several messages to an associate. The male passenger reportedly requested that the bus be stopped at McDoom along the East Bank Demerara Public Road. However, as he was about to exit the minibus, the criminal’s intentions were unearthed as the man grabbed a bag belonging to another passenger before turning on him with a gun. Police later disclosed that the bag contained $1000 in cash and one mobile phone valued $17,000.Eyewitnesses told this publication that moments after the bag was snatched, twoThe crime scene moments after the bus driver was shot to the backmale accomplices swooped down on the vehicle, joined in the attack, and attempted to rob other passengers. The minibus driver had attempted to drive away with his passengers, but his bid to escape was short-lived as one of the three gunmen shot him once to the back. The trio then fled the scene through a street in McDoom. However, swift investigations by Police ranks led to the capture later in the afternoon of one of the suspects, who is currently in custody.James was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital. At the facility, the dead man’s sister, Shaundell James told this newspaper that she travelled with her brother from Parika to Georgetown only that morning, not knowing that Tuesday would have been theThe scene at the hospital after relatives learnt that the driver had passed awaylast time she would see him alive. Later on, other relatives of James gathered to garner updates on their loved ones, but their queries erupted into frantic outbursts upon learning that the bus driver had died.Guyana Times was told that James had one other sister and a brother who had passed away not too long ago. The now deceased driver leaves to mourn his two children. Investigations are ongoing. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Man United to the rescue! Red Devils to sign £37m target and save him from relegation?

first_imgFollowing a defeat that left them bottom of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller approached their angry fans in an attempt to calm them down.Dortmund were beaten 1-0 by Augsburg and the 2013 Champions League finalists are in danger of being relegated. It could see a number of players leaving the club and possibly Germany in the summer and Hummels was a player linked with a £37m move away in January.Man United and Arsenal are both said to be interested, while Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan may also follow.Check out the video below, which left players and manager Jurgen Klopp lost for words and enjoy a happier looking Klopp here. 1 Roman Weidenfeller talks to fans last_img read more

Not over yet, warns Messi after Barca masterpiece

first_img“It’s not definitive, we are going to go into a very complicated atmosphere, with a great history.”Messi’s second goal was the 600th of his Barca career and he reached the landmark in stunning style, majestically curling a free-kick into the top corner.“It was beautiful when it went in but I was lucky that the ball lodged up there in the corner.”Messi refused to take all the plaudits for the win which also Luis Suarez score against his former club.“We must be more united than ever, all together: the team, the fans.“We said at the beginning of the season that we will win it together.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two goal star: Lionel Messi celebrates © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOBARCELONA, Spain, May 2 – Lionel Messi warned his Barcelona teammates that their place in the Champions League final is still not certain despite his two-goal salvo in a 3-0 semi-final first leg win over Liverpool on Wednesday.“It would have been better to win 4-0 than 3-0 but it is a very good result,” said the Argentine star.last_img read more

Arsenal could offload misfiring striker with Wolfsburg interested

first_img Oliver Giroud has not scored a Premier League goal since January 1 Wolfsburg are interested in signing Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud in the summer.The Frenchman, who is without a Premier League goal since January, has come under heavy criticism for his form in recent weeks and the Gunners could allow him to leave the Emirates if they sign a mega-money replacement.According to Foot Mercato, Wolfsburg are prepared to offer Giroud a deal worth up to £5m-a-year to replace former Gunners forward Nicklas Bendtner, who was released by the German club last month.It is understood that Giroud has become fed up with his critics in the Premier League and will put in a transfer request unless he is given reassurances by Arsene Wenger that he will remain as the club’s first-choice frontman next season.Giroud, who is still Arsenal’s leading goalscorer this season with 20, signed for the club in 2012 as a replacement for Robin van Persie but has never been able to shake off his doubters – amid constant talk of the club’s need to sign a “world-class forward”.last_img read more


first_imgLOOKS like we’re in for a week of beautiful Donegal sunsets as the fine weather continues!Zara and Ewan Mc Gowan are pictured enjoying the sunset at Rossnowlagh this evening by Eamonn McGowan.Class….  WOW! STUNNING PICTURE OF SUNSET OVER ROSSNOWLAGH was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by John2Share 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) Tags:donegalRossnowlaghsunsetweatherlast_img read more


first_imgA 48 year old man arrested following the robbery and assault of a 96 year old woman in Buncrana last weekend has been released from custody without charge.Frail Greta Lilly was only released from Letterkenny General Hospital today following her ordeal in the early hours of Saturday morning last.She was robbed and punched in the ribs by an intruder who broke into her home and gagged her before robbing a substantial amount of money. The incident has led to a public outcry both locally and at national level.The man was arrested under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act on Tuesday evening following a Garda operation at Burt.He was brought to Buncrana Garda station where he was released earlier this evening.A spokesman for the Garda Press Office said a file on the incident is to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution. MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ROBBERY OF 96 YEAR OLD RELEASED was last modified: January 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:arrestbuncranadonegalGreta Lillylast_img read more

What Cloud Security Can Learn From The NBA

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Guest author Rand Wacker is VP of Products for CloudPassage.It is no coincidence that sports analogies are boardroom favorites. Sports metaphors can offer a great way for people to engage with business or technology. Right now, as sports fan obsess over the NBA Finals, seems like a great time to look at what basketball can teach us about technology – specifically about cloud security.Of Superstars, Role Players & SpecialistsPerhaps more than any other major American sport, basketball players are asked to contribute to all aspects of offense and defense. Thus every player needs to be able to do multiple things. Guards need to grab rebounds and even centers sometimes have to shoot three pointers (we’re looking at you, Chris Bosh). And everyone has to play defense.Likewise, all departments of a company adopting cloud computing need to pay attention to security. Just as virtualization forced the network and server administrators to integrate, cloud migration is forcing operations and security to collaborate closer than ever before. Companies must make sure all departments, not just IT, know their roles so no threat goes undetected.For example, DevOps must interact with compliance managers in order to incorporate solutions during the design and operations planning phase, while the engineering department needs to design accessible day-to-day security controls for increased visibility and awareness across the organization. If everyone doesn’t play their part, it could complicate operations and slow down the business, or worse leave the company exposed to cyber attacks.Coaching Establishes RolesFor private IaaS projects and software defined data centers, this means that every group from network to server to security operations must be involved from the beginning.Like a basketball team, these kinds of shared, overlapping responsibilities requires great coaching to get the team to work together for maximum effectiveness. In business, management needs to determine how to address vulnerabilities most effectively: Whether it’ll be one team on security and the other on server provisioning or whether each department will take care of security for its own resources.There’s No I in Team, But There Is In IaaS Despite the fact that every player has his own defensive responsibilities, many successful teams have two-way superstars and/or defensive specialists who lead the defensive charge. LeBron James is the NBA MVP, but is also on NBA All-Defensive First Team. And every single member of that group helped lead his team into the playoffs.Leadership is also critical for cloud security. True Infrastructure-as-a-Service skills are rare right now, and companies need to invest in the talent if they want to be successful in secure cloud architecture and rollout. That can be expensive, but ask the Miami Heat if they’re sorry they invested in LeBron James?Updating The FundamentalsSure, the cloud changes everything. But security for new as-a-service cloud infrastructures requires the same fundamental security controls that are used for traditional architectures.Unfortunately, traditional security controls often involve mundane, time-consuming tasks that keep employees bogged down and stop them from tackling the important projects. This might have been acceptable in an era where provisioning and ongoing operations were mostly a manual affair, but in the agile, continuous and automated cloud world, manual processes will either slow down business or be ignored.Its kind of like how today’s NBA emphasizes speedy guards and fast breaks instead of the big-man-dominated, grind-out-approach so popular in the 1980s.The Sixth ManIn a public cloud environment, businesses need to team up with their IaaS providers for security support. The now ubiquitous “shared responsibility model” for public cloud security means IaaS-provider security must be paired with a strong security program on the customers’ side. Ultimately the final responsibility for security rests with the cloud user, because it is their brand and compliance on the line.But companies often need help with cloud security.In the NBA, situations like this are remedied with a good sixth man, valuable players who are always ready to come off the bench when their team needs a clutch play. Spelling out the importance of the role, this year, the top 4 finalists for the 6th Man Award came from playoff teams.Businesses can utilize automation in a similar fashion; To take care of the mundane tasks necessary for keeping the cloud safe while the rest of the team is freed up to address more strategic concerns. Actions like intrusion detection, vulnerability assessment and continuous monitoring of compliance frameworks are all simple yet time consuming tasks a security solution can easily take over.Finally, here’s one big difference between the NBA and cloud security: By the end of June, either the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs will be crowned champions, and everyone can forget about basketball for a few months. The season for cloud security never ends. Your team always needs to be ready to play.Lead image courtesy of Domenic Gareri / Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… rand wackercenter_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cloud computing#security last_img read more

Learn How to Create a Timeless Look with a White Cyclorama

first_imgLighting a white cyclorama? These tips will help you get the classic look you’re going for in your next film or video projectOne of the most common tasks in video production is lighting a white cyclorama (or “cyc”) — a white backdrop. This timeless look can be difficult to master; however, with a few techniques, you can get the results you need.Let’s take a look.Distance Your SourcesThe first few times I tried lighting a white cyc, I was under the impression that you wanted to take your brightest sources and get them as close as possible to the white backdrop — to essentially blow it out — making it true white. However, I quickly realized that for a better-looking white background, a softer, more evenly cast light looks much better on camera, and you can do this by distancing the light from the backdrop. This approach will give your light a more even and appealing look. Essentially, just walk your light back for a more uniform spread, which will maintain a consistent exposure as the talent moves throughout the scene. Cover image via Marko Poplasen.Looking for more video production tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Stabilizing Your Camera Movement: Gimbals vs. SteadicamsProduction Tips: Working With a Color Checker on Your Next ShootAdd Flavor to Your Footage by Implementing Color ScienceFilmmaking Fads and Trends: Don’t Let Them Bother YouQuick and Easy Compositing Tips for Adobe Premiere Pro Don’t Forget ContrastWhen you’re lighting a white cyc wall, it can very easily turn into a flat image without any contrast. Our first instinct is to usually blast all the light we have onto the stage to see where it puts us. However, by adding contrast back into the image through lighting, you can help lift the scene.One production that did this well was the series of Heineken commercials with Neil Patrick Harris. Although the background is purely white and evenly exposed, the filmmakers still managed to create a nice degree of lighting contrast. All you need to pull this off is some negative fill. Always Use Soft SourcesSoft sources and lighting a white cyc go hand and hand. Shadows can be one of the biggest threats to lighting your white cyc. Shadows can quickly interrupt the infinite feeling and draw attention to the ground — or the background if the shadows appear on the walls. One way to avoid this is to incorporate very soft light sources with diffusion materials. When shooting on a white cyc, you’ll very rarely use raw sources of light.There are many ways you can create a soft source of light — no matter your budget. Whether that means using a soft box, a shower curtain, or even an 8×8 full grid butterfly, there are plenty of options out there to help you create a large soft source on any budget. ExperimentOverall, lighting a white cyc wall or backdrop is an exciting and fun part of the filmmaking process. Through trial and error, you can find the perfect way to create the best lighting for your next production. Then, by incorporating shape and contrast, you can take your project to the next level.last_img read more