Thompson helps Curry-less Warriors edge Rockets

first_imgHOUSTON (AP):Golden State’s Klay Thompson covered for the absence of star player Stephen Curry by scoring 38 points to lead the Warriors to a 114-110 win at Houston on Thursday.Having suffered only their second defeat of the season on Wednesday when Curry missed his first game due to a lower leg injury, the Warriors found just enough to compensate for the loss of the reigning league MVP and edged the Rockets.Among other results on New Year’s Eve, Oklahoma City hung on to send Phoenix to a seventh successive loss, and the Los Angeles Clippers capped a perfect five-game road trip by defeating New Orleans.Golden State’s Thompson made six 3-pointers, while Draymond Green had a triple-double of 16 assists a career high along with 10 points and 11 rebounds.James Harden had 30 points for Houston, which has dropped seven straight regular-season games to Golden State.Oklahoma City’s dynamic duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant steered the Thunder to a 110-106 win against Phoenix.Westbrook had 36 points and 12 assists, while Durant scored 23 points for Oklahoma City, which has won 12 of 14 games. Westbrook also had five steals and blocked a shot.STILL LOSTT.J. Warren had 29 points and nine rebounds for the Suns, who had six players score in double figures but still lost.Scores were tied with 1:34 left when Durant scored on a fade-away jumper and got free for a dunk that made it 106-102 with 31.7 seconds remaining.Los Angeles’ Chris Paul made up for a poor shooting performance by pulling off some pivotal plays in the closing minutes to seal a 95-89 win for the Clippers at New Orleans.Paul missed 15 of his first 17 shots, but hit a 19-foot step-back jumper with a minute to go to give Los Angeles a 90-87 lead. Before and after that score, Paul assisted on baskets by Jamal Crawford. Paul, who finished with 12 assists, then added three free throws in the final 21 seconds.J.J. Redick scored 26 points for the Clippers for a second straight night.Anthony Davis had 14 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans.Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton scored 33 points as the Bucks stopped a three-game losing streak and edged Indiana 120-116.Detroit also arrested a three-game skid and swept past Minnesota 115-90, with Andre Drummond contributing 23 points and 18 rebounds.Utah broke clear in the second quarter to beat Portland 109-96 as Trey Burke scored a season-high 27 points.last_img read more

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All set for re-opening of school today

first_imgAs students and pupils prepare to head back to school today, Education Minister Dr Nicolette Henry visited several city schools where she engaged teachers to ensure their readiness for the new termEducation Minister, Dr Nicolette Henry greets a teacher at Turkeyen Nursery School during her visit“Well from what I’ve seen so far I have to say that persons are busy preparing for the new year and I trust that when we get to Monday that they will be fully and adequately prepared,” Minister Henry said.Students can expect to start their first term of school in the decade of development on the right foot.“The decade of development is really important for the country’s overall development, education is key to that to ensure that the environment is conducive as far as possible for those that are learning and for those that are teaching,” Minister Henry continued.She further explained that preparations are underway to ensure that everything is in order so that students will have a conducive learning establishment.“Aspire towards the vision of the Ministry and that is to work to ensure that every child is taken care of in the education sector.”Among the schools visited by the Ministry of Education’s team are Sophia Primary, Turkeyen Nursery, New Campbellville Secondary and Tutorial High School.last_img read more

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Dodgers notes: Betemit hopes to pull switch

first_imgBut you should hear what people are saying about him. “I think this kid could be the best player on this team,” Dodgers hitting coach Eddie Murray said. “He is that strong.” VERO BEACH, Fla. – Take a quick glance at the Dodgers’ projected starting lineup, and it’s a good bet the name you will find least inspiring is that of third baseman Wilson Betemit. He isn’t some celebrated new acquisition, he doesn’t appear to have middle-of-the-order power, and as switch-hitters go, he makes a good left-handed hitter. Another key for Betemit will be to cut down on his strikeouts, something that happened 102 times last year. If he had put the ball in play on half of those at-bats, some of those 51 balls might have found holes and fallen for base hits, something that would have improved Betemit’s .263 overall average for the season. Lineup update: Dodgers manager Grady Little said catcher Russell Martin probably will bat sixth this season, although he qualified that by adding, “Don’t hold me to that.” That would leave just Betemit and right fielder Andre Ethier still to be slotted in the seventh and eighth spots in whatever order Little chooses. “If (Martin) can stay on the field and play as much as we want him to play, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see this kid hit 15 or 20 home runs,” Little said. Martin batted eighth in the vast majority of his 114 starts last season. It’s difficult to predict how Betemit and Ethier would fit into the next two spots. Betemit hit 18 homers to Ethier’s 11last season. Ethier’s higher average (.308) and on-base percentage (.365) might make him a better fit for the eight hole because he could create bunting situations with the pitcher batting behind him. Starting over: For the first time, Little included left- hander Greg Miller in the list of candidates for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. While Miller is the longest of long shots, the significance of Little’s statement is that Miller, the organization’s top lefty prospect before 2004 shoulder surgery derailed his career, is going back to starting. “If he continues through spring training the way he came in here, I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case,” Little said. “This guy hasn’t been healthy for a couple of years, but he is healthy now. We will do the best we can to continue his progress.” Little said Miller will enter Grapefruit League play on a starter’s program, meaning he gradually will be stretched out to several innings at a time. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It is that potential that made Betemit attractive to the Dodgers at last season’s trading deadline. But potential is just that, and while Betemit did hit nine home runs in 174 at-bats after the Dodgers acquired him from Atlanta, megahyped prospect Andy La Roche is still being given a chance to beat him out this spring and take away what is expected to be the first everyday starting job of Betemit’s career. Even if La Roche starts the season in Triple-A, he’ll continue to challenge Betemit from afar. And Betemit’s best bet for holding off that challenge will be to even out his production from both sides of the plate. Last year, he hit just .189 from his natural right side and almost 100 points higher (.281) left-handed. “Everybody says I can’t hit right-handed,” Betemit said. “But when I was with Atlanta, I had a lot of right-handed pinch-hitting appearances. I see the ball well right-handed. But there are so many more right-handed pitchers that I don’t get many right-handed at-bats. When you’re a switch-hitter, it’s like you’re always struggling from one side or the other.” Murray, himself a switch-hitter who slugged his way into the Hall of Fame, is spending a lot of time this spring trying to correct that for Betemit. “As a switch-hitter, you’re going to go through some ups and downs,” Murray said. “We have some little things we’re trying out with him, but until you see a guy in a game situation, you don’t know how he is going to respond. The biggest thing is to keep things simple and just try to build up that confidence.” last_img read more

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Walton due back Friday vs. Kings

first_img Kobe Bryant, who dealt with a sore throat and a hyperextended elbow in Utah, did not practice but didn’t seem particularly concerned about any of his ailments. Andrew Bynum did not attend practice because of flu-like symptoms, a team spokesman said. Welcome back After four weeks of searching, the Lakers finally found the Lamar Odom of old. Odom, who has been inconsistent after missing six weeks with a knee injury, totaled 19 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists against the Jazz in his most complete effort since the injury. “Statistically, I did well,” Odom said. “When you replay the game there are always things you could have done better. I feel a lot better, especially playing back-to-back games. My wind is coming back.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s the best it’s (felt), but I still don’t have my timing down,” Walton said. “All I’ve been doing is running so hopefully the next couple days will help me get back. … I felt like a fat, unathletic kid out there.” Brown, out since Dec. 31 with a sprained ankle, seems to be experiencing more pain. Since timing and stamina are issues for both players, it’s in both players’ interest not to return against Phoenix, a team that loves to push the tempo. In Brown’s case, it might mean delaying his return. “I don’t want to go back into the Indy 500 right away,” Brown joked. Under the weather The news wasn’t quite as good for Brown, who probably will sit out Friday’s game, as well as Sunday’s game at Phoenix but expects to return for Tuesday’s game at Minnesota. Walton, out since Jan. 26 with a moderate ankle sprain, showed good mobility at the end of practice but struggled a bit with his shot and said he still had some work to do in order to get in game shape. center_img EL SEGUNDO – After several weeks of strife and frustration, smiles and optimism abounded Tuesday afternoon as the suddenly hot Lakers watched Kwame Brown and Luke Walton run the practice court. Winners of three in a row, including an impressive road victory over Utah on Monday, the Lakers spoke about turning a corner and should have Walton back in the lineup Friday against Sacramento. last_img read more

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Pro team to wear Va. Tech’s colors

first_img– Wire Services 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HOUSTON – The Houston Dynamo will wear uniforms with Virginia Tech’s school colors in an April 29 game as a tribute to those who died in Monday’s shootings. The maroon jerseys will then be auctioned off, and the funds will be donated to the school’s Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund. The 2006 MLS champions will donate $8 of each ticket sold to the game against the Chicago Fire. Colorado student sides with killer BOULDER, Colo. – A University of Colorado student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to making comments that classmates deemed sympathetic toward the gunman blamed for killing 32 students and himself at Virginia Tech, authorities said. During a class discussion Tuesday, Max Karson “made comments about understanding how someone could kill 32 people,” university police Cmdr. Brad Wiesley said. Several witnesses told investigators Karson, 22, said he was “angry about all kinds of things from the fluorescent light bulbs to the unpainted walls, and it made him angry enough to kill people,” according to a police report. Witnesses “said they were afraid of him and afraid to come to class with him,” Wiesley said. Karson, of Denver, was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of interfering with staff, faculty or students of an education institution. Bill clarifies ban on guns in dorms WASHINGTON – In reaction to the Virginia Tech shooting spree, a Louisiana state lawmaker and higher education officials unveiled legislation Wednesday to make clear that the state’s public universities can ban guns in student dorm rooms. Legislation by Louisiana state Rep. Richard Gallot, D-Ruston, seeks to remove any doubt that guns are banned from college dorm rooms. last_img read more

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CHEF MARTIN ANDERSON TO OPEN NEW DELI AND COFFEE SHOP

first_imgChef Martin AndersonTOP Donegal chef Martin Anderson is opening a new coffee shop and deli in Letterkenny.The Donegal Daily columnist said it would be the culmination of years of hard work and ambition. It will be based at the Rossview Business Park and will be launched in early spring. It will be called Sonder.Writing in his column for Donegal Daily today, Martin said: “I am in the process of opening my own food business here in Letterkenny. “Over the years I’ve built a loyal following of real food lovers and it is my intention to open a coffee shop and fresh food deli offering both sit-in and grab-and-go meals.“This has been a dream of mine for many years and I’m delighted to finally get the opportunity to do it. The recipes and advice I give here on Donegal Daily will all come to real life very soon. Thank you for your support and I look forward to cooking you for you very, very soon.”The name for the new premises for foodies – Sonder – has caused a stir.So here’s the definition from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows!: sondern. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.   CHEF MARTIN ANDERSON TO OPEN NEW DELI AND COFFEE SHOP was last modified: January 8th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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SKY SHOULD PROVIDE FREE SERVICE TO GAA HALLS – HARKIN

first_imgYou’ll need one of these to see 14 GAA gamesTHE GAA should ask Sky TV to provide free services to GAA clubs throughout the country following its rights deal, MEP Marian Harkin has insisted.There has been a mixed reaction to the decision of the GAA to sell rights to 14 games to Sky TV. 31 other games will be free on RTE.“Because the GAA had been developed and sustained by voluntary effort since it’s foundation the organisation had a duty of care to ensure that the deal with Sky did not shut off access to games to people unable to afford Sky charges.” said Harkin She called on the GAA to be prepared to pay the fee to Sky which would ensure that in every community in Ireland there would be an opportunity to view all televised games now restricted to Sky – or Sky should provide a free service.“Older people in particular who cannot get to games and children who should not be required to go to a pub to view GAA games, must be provided with the opportunity to view all televised GAA games”, she said.“The GAA should consider paying the Sky service fee and help to provide an appropriate screen in GAA clubs, in the first instance, or community halls.“GAA clubs themselves would be very capable of organising transport, if necessary, for people to view games in clubs or community halls. This would avoid a situation where people who do not wish to have Sky service or cannot afford it, are precluded from enjoying GAA games, the development of which many of them contributed so much,” added the MEP.  SKY SHOULD PROVIDE FREE SERVICE TO GAA HALLS – HARKIN was last modified: April 1st, 2014 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:dealGAArightsSKY TVlast_img read more

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Donegal mum leaves an EGG-stra hilarious message from the Easter bunny!

first_imgDonegal mum Amy Gallagher had a unique way of ensuring the Easter Bunny didn’t forget to stop off at her house.She knew he usually hid the Easter eggs in her garden but unfortunately it was raining and cold outside.Her hubby was out socialising so he couldn’t come to the rescue. And unfortunately for her sons Tiernan and Lennon, she was a little worse for wear after having a few Easter celebratory drinks.So she left them a very special and hilarious note explaining why.Thankfully they’re too young to read or else the game would have been given away altogether!Donegal mum leaves an EGG-stra hilarious message from the Easter bunny! was last modified: April 3rd, 2018 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:Amy GallagherdonegalEaster bunnyeggnotelast_img read more

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When ‘ordinary’ people became artists against apartheid

first_img15 August 2014In the 1980s and early 1990s, during a particularly intense phase of the struggle against apartheid, something extraordinary happened in South Africa as hundreds of “ordinary” people interrupted their everyday lives to become artists.Mostly supporters of the anti-apartheid United Democratic Front, these amateur artists of the resistance left behind a plethora of handmade posters, produced anonymously so as to stave off persecution by the security police, and disseminated underground by those who wanted to see change.A collection of these liberation posters, from the Community Arts Project Archive at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), is currently on show as part of the 2014 Open Design Festival at Cape Town City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made his first public speech just hours after his release from prison on 11 February 1990.Curated by Emile Maurice on behalf of the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC, the exhibition celebrates a remarkable grass-roots challenge to the dictates of apartheid, and in particular to the authorities’ attempt to control what could be said, and who could say it, in society under apartheid.According to the centre, these posters, besides their obvious political message, “altered the rhythms and flavour of life in the everyday by bringing colour, vibrancy, texture and beauty to environments of deprivation and sites of political organisation, particularly in working-class areas.“If the strategy of political organisation was to create liberated zones in working-class communities by arresting the control of apartheid authority, what we also effectively now had were spaces of aesthetic liberation.”What the makers of these posters – and other paraphernalia such as banners, buttons and T-shirts – in effect managed to create was “a new class of aesthetic subjects, and a nascent form of ‘visual citizenship’ along the road to political liberation”.The exhibition runs until 23 August at Cape Town City Hall, on the 2nd floor. Entrance is free.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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DaVinci Resolve Tip: Create a Duotone Look in 2 Steps

first_imgThe duotone color style can work really well as a more experimental look. Achieving great results only takes two very simple steps in DaVinci Resolve.On the surface, some of the more extreme color looks appear to be complicated to execute, but in reality are actually quite simple. The duotone look certainly falls into this category, as it’s one of the quickest and easiest looks to build in just about any color software or NLE.I used DaVinci Resolve for this particular example, but these same principles can be applied to whatever tool you’re using. To achieve the look, you can start with any image as your base. Here’s an uncolored shot that I’ll be using as an example for this post:Step 1Once brought into the software, the first step is to simply desaturate the image in full. You’ll be left with a black and white shot.I typically do this on the first node and then create a second node for the rest of the color work.Step 2With the image already desaturated, I’ll simply push the shadows very far in one direction (in this case blue) and the highlights in the other direction (orange).The key with this technique is to use colors that will complement each other well. You could use two shades of blue for example, but when using blue and orange, the effect is much more pronounced and a more extreme look can be created. Here’s the end result after only two adjustments.Other OptionsThere are a number of other ways you can achieve this kind of look. Much like working in Photoshop, when you’re dealing with color correction software there are often ten different paths you can take to get to the same result. In this case though, I find the method outlined above to be the quickest and most effective. Alternatively, if you like working with RGB curves, you can adjust your levels that way instead of using the color wheels. You can also adjust your midtones as you see fit to craft an even more extreme look.What are some of your favorite extreme looks? Got any DaVinci Resolve tricks you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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