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Victor Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers past Magic

first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) loses the ball in front of Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Magic 121-109 on Monday night, handing Orlando its ninth straight loss.Orlando cut the Pacers lead to 95-91 five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indiana put together a 13-0 run that lasted nearly three minutes. The Pacers’ fourth quarter surge on offense ultimately proved to be the difference in a game where the Magic fought desperately to snap their losing streak. Oladipo, who was back in the lineup after missing Indiana’s last game due to a bruised right knee, made his first 11 shots before finishing the game 11-for-14.ADVERTISEMENT IOC judges back truthful whistleblower, ban 5 more Russians It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacers: Indiana has made 11 or more 3-pointers in six of its last nine games.UP NEXT:Magic: Host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Pacers: At Houston on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The Pacers had five players in double figures as Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points while Myles Turner and Lance Stephenson each added 18.Orlando gave Indiana everything it could handle through the first three quarters. The Magic managed to close the deficit and trail 85-84 heading into the fourth quarter after falling behind by double digits in the third quarter. But the Pacers hit their stride during the final 12 minutes and outscored the Magic 36-25 in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneJonathan Simmons led Orlando with 21 points.STEADY PACE LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Since losing 118-95 to Houston on Nov. 12, the Pacers are 6-1. During the same seven game stretch, Indiana has scored 100 or more points in each of its six wins. The Pacers — who average 108 points per game — are now 11-4 in games where they score 100 or more points.MAGIC SPELLDating back to the 2012-13 season, the Pacers have won 17 of their last 19 regular season meetings with Orlando, including the last six matchups with the Magic, leaving former Pacers coach Frank Vogel winless against his old team.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando has now lost nine straight games during a stretch in which it is 2-11 in its last 13 games. … The Magic are now 3-12 when allowing their opponent to score 100 or more points. … With 16 3-pointers Monday night, the Magic have now made at least one three in 841 consecutive games, the fifth longest streak in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

GTT begins free modem change in Berbice

first_imgCustomers in the New Amsterdam and Rose Hall, Berbice areas will soon begin experiencing significantly better online experiences, more stable and stronger Internet connections, and better technical support as a result of GTT’s project to change their modems. The modem change-out programme will be done from Friday, February 16 until Sunday, February 18, 2018, and is the first part of a wider ongoing project, which will be done in phases in several other parts of Guyana.The process is a simple one where customers are sent appointment invitations via email, SMS and phone calls, encouraging them to take their modems to the GTT New Amsterdam office.Invited customers are required to take their current modem along with the power cord and present their national ID. Those who are not the account holders must present a written authorisation along with their ID and that of the official account holder. The process would take no longer than five minutes.Every customer who keeps their appointment for the change-out will receive $3000 credit on their April DSL bill.Similar invitations will be sent to customers as the project moves to other communities.last_img read more

Tottenham and Everton transfer blow! Algeria World Cup ace closing in on Porto move

first_img1 Yacine Brahimi celebrates scoring for Algeria at the World Cup Tottenham and Everton’s hopes of landing Yacine Brahimi are fading as Porto are now in advanced negotiations with Granada over a deal for the Algeria ace.talkSPORT revealed to you earlier this week that the Portuguese giants had opened talks with Granada, who are seeking a fee of around £6m, and it looks as though the two sides are inching nearer to reaching an agreement.Both Tottenham and Everton, as well as Liverpool, have been linked with the attacking midfielder, whose reputation soared following Algeria’s impressive run to the last 16 at the World Cup.Brahimi, 24, started out at Ligue 1 club Rennes and moved to Granada in 2013 following an initial loan spell.He netted three times in 35 league outings last term.last_img read more

‘Probably Torres and Benayoun next!’ Reaction to Reina-Benitez reunion reports

first_img Pepe Reina: The goalkeeper won the FA Cup and League Cup at Liverpool 1 Liverpool and Newcastle fans have been reacting to reports linking Pepe Reina and Rafa Benitez with a reunion on Tyneside.The Spanish duo worked together at Anfield and Napoli and St James’ Park could be added to that list ahead of Newcastle’s Premier League return.Reina is currently on the books in Naples but the Serie A club are expected to sign Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal, casting doubt over the 34-year-old’s future.Tim Krul is due back at Newcastle after a two loan spells in the Netherlands last term, while they also have Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Matz Sels on their list of goalkeeping options.Reina’s overall spell in England proved to be a success, as he won the FA Cup, Champions League and League Cup under Benitez at Liverpool.Fans have had a mixed reaction to the transfer rumour, check out what they had to say on social media, below…last_img read more


first_imgONE of County Donegal’s best-known hotels has scooped a top award – from the world’s biggest travel website.The Station House Hotel in Letterkenny scooped The Travellers’ Choice Award – the highest honour a hotel can receive from the TripAdvisor community.“It’s based on the reviews and opinions of millions of travellers, and is awarded only to a very select and distinguished group of hotels,” a TripAdvisor spokesman told The hotel got the gong in the Top Trendiest Hotels in Ireland category – the only one in Co Donegal.Hotel marketing diector Siobhan Barrett-Doherty told us: “Everyone at the hotel is delighted to win such a distinguished award, especially as it comes from guests who have stayed here.“We put in a great deal of hard work every day to make sure that all our guests have a wonderful experience of the hotel, of Letterkenny and of the whole county.”© 2011, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on DELIGHT AS DONEGAL HOTEL WINS TOP AWARD was last modified: January 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:donegaldonegal hotelsletterkennyStation House Hoteltripadvisor award for donegal hotellast_img read more

World Travel Market a platform to promote SA: Minister Hanekom

first_img3 November 2014The World Travel Market (WTM) tourism trade expo taking place in London will afford South Africa an opportunity to build on its reputation as a unique, diverse friendly and accessible destination, according to Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.Hanekom is leading a delegation of provincial and local government tourism marketing authorities, tourism and travel product owners, travel service providers and representatives from South African Tourism to the annual tourism trade expo which runs from Monday, 3 November to Thursday, 7 November.“We will be promoting the variety of experiences we offer in South Africa, and build on our reputation as a unique, diverse, friendly and accessible destination,’ said Hanekom in a statement.WTM a platform for doing businessHanekom said the WTM is one of the premier events where South Africa engages with the global travel trade. He said besides maintaining excitement about South Africa, the tourism trade expo will provide a platform for doing business and growing international tourist arrivals to the country.“Our tourism sector has a strong base from which we can grow further. Since the advent of democracy 20 years ago, South Africa has recorded truly impressive growth in international tourist arrivals. Our challenge is to do even better. We want to grow the tourism industry in a way that creates more opportunities for all our people and is sustainable well into the future.’According to latest figures from Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), international arrivals have surged by 300% since 1994 to reach nearly 15-million in 2013. In 2013 alone, South Africa welcomed a total of 9 616 964 tourists, up from the 9 188 368 tourists that visited South Africa in 2012.South Africa’s international tourist arrivals grew at an annual average growth rate of 7.4% between 2011 and 2013, well above the global average of 4.5% during this period. The country also saw good growth out of Europe, its largest overseas market for tourist arrivals, in 2013. A total of 1 494 978 European tourist arrivals were recorded in 2013, a 7.0% increase on the 1 396 978 European tourists who visited South Africa in 2012.World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ SummitBesides doing business and wooing visitors to South Africa, Hanekom will take part in a World Tourism Organization & World Travel Market Ministers’ Summit on Tuesday, 4 November. The summit brings together together tourism ministers and global industry leaders to explore international best practice.This year’s UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit will take place under the theme “Tourism and Mega-Events: building a lasting legacy’, and will focus on the links between tourism and mega events, looking in particular into the following issues:How to measure the impact of mega events on tourism destinationsHow to ensure adequate infrastructure development and planningHow to translate the hosting of mega events into strong destination brandsHow to promote community engagement and invest in human capitaHow to promote environmentally sustainable eventsAt the summit, Hanekom will share lessons that South Africa has learnt from hosting mega-events such as the FIFA World Cup, and discuss ways of further leveraging the opportunities presented by business tourism and event-based tourism.On the evening of the first day of the summit, Hanekom will present the Ubuntu Awards to South Africa’s travel and trade partners who have excelled in selling the destination to UK travellers.Hankom said the UK is more than just an important market for South Africa. With just under 500 000 arrivals from the UK in 2013, the market remains South Africa’s largest overseas source market. “Our UK trade partners must know that we are in this market to stay and that we will be working even harder and smarter to grow our market share,’ he said.World Travel MarketThe WTM houses 5 000 exhibitors from 186 countries and is one of the largest tourism trade platforms in the world. Annually, the tourism trade expo facilitates some R38-billion in industry deals and creates opportunities for the international travel and tourism trade to negotiate business deals, discuss issues that affect the sector and expand networks.This year, organisers expect to host over 50 000 product owners, tour operators and travel agencies, airlines, technology providers, government ministers, global industry leaders and international travel media during the course of the four-day event.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Soybean trade with China holds multiple scenarios with June 15th deadline

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest June 15th has been circled on many calendars in farm country. That is when President Trump will release plans to put tariffs on $50 billion worth of China goods. It is also when soybean farmers will find out how retaliation measures taken by China may impact their bottom line. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Ohio Soybean Association President Allen Armstrong.last_img

June corn lookouts

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Luke Schulte, Beck’s HybridsAs I am writing this, many corn and soybean acres have yet to be planted throughout the state. However, my hope is that by the time you read this, your crop will have emerged and will be growing vigorously.One thing that is certain for later planted corn is that the vegetative growth period will be expedited. By now, many of you have been made aware of the research conducted by The Ohio State University and Purdue University which has shown that, on average, a hybrid requires 6.8 GDU’s less per day to reach black layer or physiological maturity when planted after May 1. This is possible because of the accelerated accumulation of heat units or GDU’s. Instead of producing a new leaf every five to seven days prior to the V7 growth stage, later planted corn will more likely produce a new leaf every four to six days within this same period. Corn that is between the V7 and VT growth stage typically produces a new leaf every two to three days, and late-planted corn leaf production will likely occur even quicker.This is important for several reasons, but primarily for the timely completion of sidedress nitrogen (N) applications as well as post-application herbicide treatments. Sidedress nitrogenNitrogen is important to corn for several reasons; however, its role in photosynthesis and silk development is critical.In the process of photosynthesis, chlorophyll absorbs light energy to transform carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. Chlorophyll is primarily comprised of N. While the process of photosynthesis is key to corn at any planting date, late-planted corn has an increased need to maximize light absorption due to its condensed growing season.Nitrogen is also a fundamental component to silk development and thus, pollination. Corn begins the rapid N uptake period around the V7 to V8 growth stage and initial silk development occurs at approximately the V10 growth stage. Nitrogen is a vegetative nutrient that helps to drive silk development. Corn plants absorb N from the soil as both ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3-) ions, but because nitrate N moves freely towards the roots as they absorb water, most N is taken up as nitrate. Because the process of converting ammonium to nitrate can take several weeks, sidedress applications must be made with enough time prior to the rapid N uptake period to ensure adequate soil nitrate N is available for the plant. This is even more important when utilizing anhydrous ammonia, urea, or ammonium sulfate sources of N in sidedress treatments. POST herbicide treatmentsLate-planted corn can grow extremely fast, deceptively outgrowing post-application herbicide height restrictions. See example herbicide labels below:Roundup PowerMAX: Broadcast through V8 or 30 inches, 30- to 48-inch corn requires drop nozzlesLiberty: Up to 24-inch corn or in the V7 growth stageWhile a portion of the labeled height precaution speaks to the ability of getting adequate weed coverage as the corn plant grows taller and develops more leaves, it’s also important to recall what is taking place with the development of the stalk at various growth stages. The number of rows per ear is determined between the V5 and V8 growth stages while the potential number of kernels per row is determined approximately a week before silks emerge. Even hybrids containing herbicide-tolerant traits must still metabolize any post-applied herbicides. Because of this, post-application treatments applied off-label, or too late in the season, have the potential to negatively impact ear size.Be careful when it comes to deciding whether to utilize growth regulator herbicides (those containing dicamba, Stinger, or 2,4-D) in post-applications as these products have the potential to make corn brittle. As referenced above, late-planted corn will progress through the vegetative growth stages very quickly, making it already more vulnerable to wind or mechanical injury.last_img read more

Forget the iTunes LP, Apps are the New Album

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts The “iTunes LP” is just one of the many new iTunes features revealed yesterday during Apple’s announcement at their “It’s Only Rock and Roll”-themed event. But the iTunes LP, unlike the other new features which get to exist as simple and fun enhancements in iTunes 9, has a heavy burden on its shoulders. It’s supposed to revitalize the music industry by encouraging consumers to once again purchase entire albums as opposed to single tracks. With this new digital album format, the idea is to replicate the experience of buying an album, complete with lyrics, liner notes, album art, photos, and more, giving music buyers extra content to peruse while enjoying their new music. The only problem is that this so-called “interactive” format isn’t all that interactive. And what’s more, innovative artists are already discovering how to monetize their music while engaging fans in new ways that have nothing to do with a re-imagined LP. Instead, the “interactive format” of the future isn’t the album, it’s the app.The Uninspired iTunes LPNot so many years ago, consumers had little choice when it came to buying new music. If you fell in love with a favorite song from an artist or band, you bought the CD. Singles had already been phased out for the most part, so the choice was either to buy the CD or nothing at all. For this reason, artists were able to make oodles of cash even when they were only a one or two-hit wonder. Yet somehow, the music industry is convinced that people actually bought CDs for all the nifty content contained in the included booklets. With the iTunes LP, they’re reinventing that booklet for the digital age and packing it full of media like lyrics, liner notes, album art, photos, and even videos – that last one being something that you certainly couldn’t cram into the CD case in days past. With this digitally enhanced LP, labels hope consumers will once again buy complete albums, not just individual songs. Unfortunately, this “interactive” album of the future, meant to rev up album sales, is a sad, uninspired effort which tries to cram the old business model of the past down the throat of today’s new digital platform. While the extras are nice to have, the iTunes LP doesn’t offer anything more than what fan sites do, as we noted yesterday in our critical analysis of Apple’s new offerings. And unlike fan sites, which evolve and change over time, the LP is a static offering that doesn’t take advantage of the platform it lives on – an internet-connected digital music player. Forget the Album, Buy an AppMeanwhile, as record labels scramble to save themselves with this new format (and possibly even one of their own dubbed “CMX”), some artists are starting to figure out the formula for success in this new era of single-track purchases and app-laden phones…and it’s not an album. A handful of forward-thinkers have come up with a way to offer true interactive content to fans, which in turn, encourages fans to purchase more of the artist’s music. The answer? The iPhone app. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, these music-themed apps are innovative new ways for fans to interact with content produced by their favorite artists. For example, Nine Inch Nails released a multimedia application earlier this year where fans can access a mobile version of the fan site, interact with other fans through location-based chat and photo sharing, stream tracks and exclusive playlists, download wallpapers, and much more. Although the app is free in the iTunes app store, the side effect of having more engaged fans means having more people interested in buying the band’s music. NIN, headed by front man Trent Reznor, is no stranger to this sort of out-of-the-box thinking. He has experimented with a number of ways to make rockstar-worthy income in this digital age, including last year’s introduction of a creative multi-level pricing scheme for albums where consumers could download tracks that ranged anywhere from completely free all the way up to a $300 premium package. Within three days, that experiment grossed $750,000 in sales. Not a bad way to sell an album. But Reznor isn’t the only artist with an app these days. American DJ and singer-songwriter Moby has also just released an official app created by social music service iLike which offers similar functionality. Besides providing access to exclusive content, fans can interact with each other through Facebook and iLike and they can post photos directly from the app to the Moby fan community. However, unlike NIN’s offering, this app isn’t free. It currently sells for $1.99. Whether or not this particular money-making gambit will work, though, is still to be determined. The app is only a couple of days old at this point so it’s unknown whether fans will pay. While apps like those described above essentially provide mobilized fan communities, hip hop artist Soulja Boy went a different route earlier this summer. Using a new app platform called Romplr, his $2.99 application, “Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em,” lets fans remix the artist’s tracks and share them with friends via email, Facebook, or via In many ways, this app represents the best use of today’s digital platform by allowing for true interactivity with the music. In fact, the press release about the launch even claimed “the next wave of fan and band interaction is going to be through the iPhone.” Perhaps it will be the future of music sales, too. The trend of artists with apps shows no signs of slowing down. Just today, popular R&B artist Usher launched his own app, too, “Usher’s Top 100.” This app, basically a streaming radio station of Usher’s favorite tunes, will appeal to fans who want to know what music has inspired the five-time Grammy award winning star. It, like Soulja Boy’s app, is not free either. The price is $2.99. Again, it’s too soon to tell how well it will sell. Only the BeginningAlthough this is only a handful of examples of the new ways artists are using the mobile platform to interact with fans, all of these methods are arguably more inspired than the iTunes LP digital album. Instead of thinking that the old way of doing things can simply be tweaked for the new economy, these artists are developing compelling interactions which will either be direct sources of income as paid applications or will indirectly encourage sales through a more engaged fan base. While it’s too soon to tell how much extra income these apps will add to the bottom line, if we had to bet on anything that could potentially “save” the music industry, we wouldn’t put our money on the LP. It looks like the future is apps, not albums. sarah perez 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#Apple#Features#mobile#music#NYT#Trends#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

Fabio Fognini wins fifth ATP title in Gstaad

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ All five of his victories have come on clay.Despite losing, 25-year-old Hanfmann, the world number 170, enjoyed the best result of his career this week in reaching the final, having also knocked out third seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Spanish Liga to file complaint vs PSG over Neymar Italy’s Fabio Fognini kisses the sign of Gstadd after winning his final game against Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann at the final of the Swiss Open ATP 250 tennis tournament on July 30, 2017 in Gstaad. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINIFabio Fognini beat Yannick Hanfmann 6-4, 7-5 in the Gstaad ATP tournament final on Sunday to win his fifth tour title.The 31-year-old Italian, ranked 31 in the world, was playing in his 13th ATP final.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more