Austria on SMB’s Grand Slam chances: ‘It’s still a long shot’

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But  coach Leo Austria knows better not to get too ahead of himself, calling it a “long shot.”It doesn’t mean that the multi-titled coach lacks confidence in what this San Miguel squad could do as the Beermen came close to attaining the rare feat last season but finished sixth in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Every game is like a championship game. If that will be given to us, we will surely achieve it. But we know that for us to have a chance to get the Grand Slam, you have to work doubly hard so that you can pass the challenge that has been given to us,” he said.What he can take pride on is how he was able to turn the page for San Miguel, which was once an all-star team that has struggled to achieve success to the juggernaut that it is right now. 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETDominant may be an understatement when talking about a team as strong as the current San Miguel.That means once again, the Beermen find themselves in the conversation among some of the league’s best teams which in puts pressure on them to achieve only a handful squads were able to do in the 43-year history of the PBA: win a Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I knew that winning championships wouldn’t be easy, but I’m confident that I can change the culture of the team,” he said as he reflected on the journey the Beermen had since he assumed the post in 2014.Since Austria’s installment as the team’s head coach, San Miguel went 6-of-6 in the championship series, with the last triumph coming this past 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We now have a winning tradition that became a lifestyle for the players. We now have the heart of a champion which we banked on anytime we’re down because we know how to win,” he said.It’s the same reason why he’s excited for what the future holds, not only for the imminent arrival of top draft pick Christian Standhardinger, but also with how the team has worked flawlessly as a singular unit.“Ever since, this team keeps on improving and improving, and now that they have a lot of experience, that helps us and you can see that in our games. We’re winning because of our camaraderie and that led to what has been our good chemistry. As they say, ‘Iba ang may pinagsamahan.’”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img RELATED VIDEO Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Viernes reunites with coach Tiu at Che’Lu, this time as the team’s veteran Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

Liberian Embassy in US Lobbies for Anti-Ebola Equipment

first_imgThe Liberian Embassy in Washington, the United States of America, has shipped a 40-foot container, loaded with ‘needed’ materials to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.According to Liberia Ambassador to the US, Mr. Jeremiah C. Sulunteh, the shipment was paid for by “Friends of Liberia (FOL),” a Washington DC-based organization, through the Liberian Embassy.The FOL, Amb. Sulunteh said, are a group of Americans, some of whom once served with the US Peace Corps in Liberia.Amb. Sulunteh told the Observer in an exclusive phone interview Thursday, September 4, that all the materials and financial support are being mobilized by the Liberian Embassy Ebola Response Team, which he heads.He stated that the FOL donated US$10,000 and another gentleman— Gus Gustafson— donated an additional US$10,000 to pay for the shipment, which contains needed materials for the fight against the virus, which has claimed over 1900 lives in the West Africa Region.The Liberian diplomat said the Embassy Ebola team had divided the US into two — Western and Eastern — so that Liberians and sympathizers can donate needed materials to two ware houses in Minnesota and Maryland, respectively.“Most of the materials were donated by Liberians and our friends. Global Health Ministry is collecting the materials and shipping them on our behalf,” Amb. Sulunted added.He said the first container left the US since August 9 and it might now be in Liberia. And the second shipment is expected to leave the US on September 15.He also told the Observer that an honorary Liberian citizen, Mr. Stephen Graham, also donated through the Embassy US$15,000, which was symbolically given to Vice President Joseph Boakai, when he was in the US, recently.“This money has now been transferred to the National Ebola Task Force in Liberia to help toward the fight,” he added.Meanwhile, Amb. Sulunteh said as Liberians and FOL in the US are graciously donating to the Ebola fight, other friends of Liberia in Canada, working with the Global Medic, based in that country, will this weekend airlift US$400,000 assorted materials needed toward the Ebola fight.According to him, included in the package are expected to be materials for tent construction, which Global Medic head, Rahul Singh, is sending three of his colleagues, including L. Herbert Buckwalter, Rachel E. Topping  and Roderick J. Schmidt to come and construct. Amb. Sulunteh also said that included in the Canadian package are water treatment materials.“Some of the materials from Canada are going to be given to the S.D. Cooper Hospital in Sinkor,” the Liberian Ambassador said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Floodwaters rising across T&T

first_img… looting widespreadThe Trinidad and Tobago Government on Saturday said teams were working to rescue people trapped by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains over the past 48 hours and that the full extent of the damage caused will be revealed as the water subsides in the coming days.“This is a national disaster, the flooding is quite widespread and quite severe and it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief to people who have been affected. Notwithstanding whatever shortages we are experiencing, we will have to find the resources to help,” Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley said after touring some of the affected areas.The Met Office said an active ITCZ continues to produce periods of rain/showers and thunderstorm activity which can lead to flash or riverine flooding as well as landslides/landslips in areas so prone. Gusty winds can be experienced in the vicinity of heavy downpours.Many parts of the country were flooded and there have been widespread reports of landslides and road blocks caused as a result.While there have so far been no reports of deaths or injuries, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service has issued a “Red Riverine Flood Alert”, warning persons to take all precautions to protect life and property.“Riverine flooding occurs when water levels in a river over-top its banks and spills into surrounding areas. This type of flooding is more widespread and usually lasts for several days,” the Met office said, adding that currently river levels have exceeded threshold levels and some have already over spilled their banks.In a statement early Saturday, Prime Minister Rowley said he had been receiving “timely updates” from the relevant Government agencies responsible for spearheading the ongoing rescue operations, as well as those coordinating relief efforts in the communities affected by severe flooding.Rowley said members of the Coast Guard and Defence Force are working to rescue those who are trapped, adding “for those of you who are still stranded I know that patience may be running thin but help is on the way”.Rowley said that National Security Minister Stuart Young is mobilising with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) to conduct an aerial reconnaissance “so that we can better ascertain the scope of the intervention required.The ODPM said that the adverse weather situation will continue until today and urged motorists to seek alternative routes where possible and be extremely vigilant of rising flood waters. (CMC)last_img read more

Portraits capture pets’ appeal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant OWNER: Robyn Feeley ESTABLISHED: 2003 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: Fun and whimsical pastel pet portraits of your furry friends from your favorite photographs. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? During my first art show, I sold a dog portrait. My second sale that day was a commission for another dog portrait. The light bulb went on, and thus my pet portrait business began. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Watching the reactions of my guests and the request for their own pet portraits. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Three months WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I developed my Web site, researched the local animal/pet market, created a body of work to sell at art shows and animal expos and advertised in local papers. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $5,000 from personal finances. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Fellow artists and my dad. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? Logo design opportunities for pet-related businesses and the opportunity to work with animal rescue, and just how far the market spreads – all across the country. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $35,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To spend more time outside the Los Angeles and Southern California market, and to do workshops with children in a new art studio in Topanga. My first workshop will be working with California wildlife, and I’ll have the children participate in the art, putting on and marketing a gallery show. I also want to donate a percentage of sales to the nature of Wildworks Animal Sanctuary. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: Bungalow Art BUSINESS ADDRESS: 20964 Colina Drive, Topanga PHONE: (310) 455-7744 WEB SITE: www.bungalowart.com last_img read more

Arsenal predicted XI v Stoke: Bellerin to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain?

first_img 11 11 Arsenal will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for their Premier League trip to Stoke on Saturday evening.The England international limped out of Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Southampton with a hamstring injury and faces a race against time to be fit again this season.Shkodran Mustafi returned from a thigh problem at St Mary’s and fellow defender Laurent Koscielny [calf] could join him at the back against Stoke having returned to training, but Santi Cazorla [Achilles] remains sidelined.So who will start for the Gunners at the bet365 Stadium?Click the right arrow, above, to see Arsenal’s predicted XI [3-4-3 formation] in squad number order…READ MORE: Hector Bellerin set to be recalled by Arsene Wenger, see what the Arsenal boss had to say about the right-back here 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) 5. Gabriel Paulista (centre-back) – click the right arrow, above, to see who Arsene Wenger could select to face Stoke, in squad number order… 8. Aaron Ramsey (midfield) 7. Alexis Sanchez (forward) 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre-back) 11 11 11 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left wing-back) 29. Granit Xhaka (midfield) 11 12. Olivier Giroud (forward) 24. Hector Bellerin (right wing-back) 11 11. Mesut Ozil (forward) 11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper)last_img read more

Is Neymar fit? Can the Brazil superstar play against Switzerland?

first_imgIf Brazil are to star at World Cup 2018, they will need Neymar to be at his brilliant best.The Paris Saint-Germain star almost single-handedly got them to the final in 2014 before an injury curtailed his tournament and his compatriot were beat 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals. Now Brazil are less reliant on the ex-Barcelona man but he’s still the key player.This World Cup, though, he comes into the tournament with an injury.Neymar suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in February and has only played in two matches since receiving the blow, a 2-1 friendly win over Croatia and a 3-0 triumph over Austria – and he scored in both matches. 3 Neymar in action for Brazil against Croatia in his first match back from injury. Brazil head coach Tite has given his verdict on Neymar’s fitness. But is he fit enough to start against Switzerland, a game which you can hear live on talkSPORT.Brazil head coach Tite said in the pre-match press conference: “Neymar, we have to watch out for him, he might not be able to be fully fit but his recovery has been good.“Neymar is not 100 per cent yet but he is very privileged physically, his sprinting capacity and his speed is very impressive, he has not lost that yet, but he is not 100 per cent yet. He is good enough to play very well.”center_img 3 3 Neymar has been pictured training hard ahead of Brazil v Switzerland, which you can hear live on talkSPORT from 7pm. talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

Complete Internet Blackout in Egypt (Updated)

first_imgAfter blocking Twitter on Tuesday and, intermittently, Facebook and Google on Wednesday, the Egyptian government has upped the ante, throwing a complete Internet access block across the whole of the country. Additionally blocked are Blackberry service and SMS.Reports are pouring in, many to Twitterers via landline, that the country has been “cut off” and is now a “black hole.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Breaking#international#news#NYT#politics#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Reports from Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere in the country indicate the block is wholesale and countrywide. CNN’s Ben Wedeman commented, “No internet, no SMS, what is next? Mobile phones and land lines? So much for stability” and asked “Will #Egypt totally cut communications with the outside world?”That depends, I think, on whether the idea now is to disrupt communications between groups of protesters or to lay a blackout curtain across Egypt to mask a total crackdown. As many as eight protesters, three in Cairo and five in Suez, have been killed, along with one policeman. I think if landlines and mobile go, the question must become, is the Egyptian government planning a wholesale massacre? (AP has raw footage of security forces converging, then killing a protester. Please be warned. This is some vicious shit.)Those in and outside of Egypt have pledged to keep as much in connection to one another using whichever avenues remain. This is one of those times, however, in which the presence of functioning traditional journalists will pick up from the citizens who had been reporting on the ground. UPDATESSome reports indicate landlines are down. Further reports indicate Vodafone will be shutting down mobile service and Facebook videos uploaded by those who retain Internet connection are getting deleted. Can anyone confirm? Egyptian interior ministry’s “decisive measures” may be code for “massacre” now that the Internet’s largely dark. Egyptian Internet cut-off documented by Rensys. Big four Egyptian ISPs, on which the majority of Egyptians, and Egyptian businesses and organizations, rely are offline.As of 12:35 p.m. (PST), all communications seem to be cut off “except landlines from 5 star hotels & Nour ISP” according to a source in the region (but not in the country). When rumors hit the protesters that the Egyptian Museum was going to be looted due to abrupt police abandonment, they ringed it with their own bodies to protect it. Another source, a journalist said:“Latest I’ve read/heard confirmed: 1) 93 percent of ‘net traffic blocked. Only one ISP, Noor, is still up and running.2) Cell service cut off, per government order, in various places — may be countrywide now, but what I read suggested that they asked it to be selective (probably not in tourist destinations, for example). 3) Some landlines, particularly in Cairo, are reported down as well.” Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

How to Use These 4 Free Animated Texts in Your Videos

first_imgFree Animated Ribbon FontRocketStock is home to a ton of freebies I constantly use — everything from overlays to lower-thirds packages. They also have two animated typefaces that I often use. The first one is Ribbon, a simple animated font that I’ve used more than I care to admit. It’s really nice for end titles, when revealing a company name or product.A big bonus is that select characters are animated as well. So you get 26 uppercase letters, 26 lowercase letters, 10 numbers, and 16 symbols. You just drag-and-drop any of the pre-rendered letters or characters into your project, then you can change the color to whatever you need.The downside is that you only get one look, so it’s usually best for upbeat projects, as the font is very round. It can also be a bit tedious to drag each and every character, especially if it’s a long title. But for simplicity and good looking results, this one is still a contender.Free Animated Helvetica Neue TemplateThis second free RocketStock animated font is killer (if you already have Helvetica Neue installed on your machine). Helvetica Neue is a much more versatile font that works on a variety of projects.These animations are simple and clean. As a result, they work great on corporate and commercial projects. Like Ribbon, all letters, numbers, and select symbols are included. Again, it’s relatively easy to change the color of the animation by adjusting the hue and saturation.Again, these are drag-and-drop characters, so it’s not as easy as just typing out your words. But for quick titles, they are nice to have.Unfortunately, I just switched from a Mac to a PC, so I no longer have Helvetica Neue as a default font, so here’s one for the Mac users — and those of you who own Helvetica.Free Animated Titles and Motion GraphicsIn this PB freebie, you’ll find 21 different types of mograph tools, including eight animated titles for Premiere Pro.I’ve been using this for a mix of quick animated titles — and especially for product descriptions. Whenever you need to feature product specs or prices, I find these animated fonts super simple to use and adjust.What’s really nice about these free animated titles is that you can quickly type out (or copy and paste your text) directly in the Premiere Pro essential graphics panel.Hope you enjoy these free animated fonts as much as I do! Good luck on your next project.Looking for more free video assets? Check these out.How to Use FREE Cinematic Video Effects With Your Footage17 Awesome Typography Videos — FREE Assets IncludedWhy You Should Be Using Film Grain on Digital Video + 5 Free Film Grain OverlaysHow to Create the VHS Look in Premiere Pro + Free VHS Effect PresetsDownload Dozens of Free Sound Effects from Yellowstone National Park Check out these free, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop animated fonts that will make any video editor look like an animator or motion graphics pro.I will be the first to admit that animation is not a strength of mine. While I understand the fundamentals of animating text in After Effects, I often find that most of the projects I work on don’t allow me to spend too much time creating animated text from scratch. That’s why I often look for templates or pre-animated fonts.If I had more free time, I’d certainly go down a rabbit hole of tutorials, but I’m often in a time crunch, trying to get projects delivered to clients as quickly as possible. Here are a few free animated typefaces that helped me get my videos finished, in a flash.Most of these animated fonts are pre-rendered files that you just drag-and-drop into your NLE of choice. You’ll either stack the characters in layers (in Premiere Pro, FCPX, etc.), or you can bring them into an After Effects comp. In addition, you can adjust the scale and change colors.I’ll also toss in some animated titles, where you can type out your text and get animated reveals directly in Premiere Pro without even having to touch After Effects.Free Neon Animated TypefaceThis first animated font comes from Shutterstock. It’s a really fun, neon-style animation. It comes with 26 uppercase letters and 10 animated numbers.While you can find more detailed directions on the free animated neon font download page, it’s not necessary. It’s a simple drag-and-drop process that’s relatively painless — unless your titles are really, really long.I spelled my name, adjusted the position, tossed in a background, and exported a final title — all in under two minutes.Here’s a brief rundown. After you download the free animated font, import the files into your project — this can be in Premiere Pro, FCPX, DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, whatever.Drag the characters you need onto the timeline. I like to use the first characters on the top layer. It makes it easier for me to know which letters to move, in which direction.Adjust the position of each letter to properly space out the characters. You can also resize them, if needed, by changing the scale.So you don’t have to worry about transparency, the letters include alpha channels. I just dropped a photo in the background with a simple Ken Burns zoom in, and that’s it. Here’s what my final timeline looked like.last_img read more

Ryan case: juvenile framed, claims family

first_imgThe family of the juvenile, apprehended in connection with the murder of his seven-year-old school mate at Ryan International School in Bhondsi, claimed on Tuesday that the teenager had told the Legal Probation Officer that he had been framed in the case.Speaking to The Hindu, the juvenile’s father claimed that he, along with his wife, had gone to meet his son, who is at the Observation Home in Faridabad, on Monday. A woman Legal Probation Officer happened to reach there to prepare the Social Investigation Report. The father claimed that his son told the officer that he had not committed any crime and was beaten up by CBI officials to ‘confess’ to the crime. “I don’t know about the exact sequence of events narrated by my son to the lady officer, but he told her that he was being framed. He has told the same thing to us as well,” said the father. He claimed that his brother, waiting outside the observation home, spotted CBI officials as well.Though a senior Child Welfare Committee official denied that the officer had met the juvenile, the observation home officials claimed that the officer, Nisha Saini, had visited the home and met the boy separately for almost an hour.last_img read more

Class VII girl stabs junior ‘for holiday’

first_imgThe principal of a Lucknow school, where a class I boy was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon allegedly by a class VII girl, was arrested on Thursday. Officials said the suspect had attacked the boy thinking that his death could result in a holiday. The boy, who had deep wounds on chest and stomach, is stated to be out of danger. The six-year-old was attacked in the school toilet by his senior on Tuesday, in a chilling reminder of the murder of a class II student at a Gurgaon school last year. The principal of the Lucknow school was arrested “for negligence and hiding evidence”. Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said the principal “did not inform the police of the incident”. The SSP said the weapon used by the 11-year-old suspect had been recovered and she would be produced before the Juvenile Justice Board.last_img read more