George, Westbrook lead Thunder past Grizzlies

first_imgLATEST STORIES Westbrook entered the game 16 rebounds shy of becoming the first player to average a triple-double for a season more than once. He reached that total with just over nine minutes left in the third quarter and received a standing ovation. He finished with just six points, but had a career-high 20 rebounds and 19 assists.“I’m very, very thankful and blessed, man, to go out and compete,” Westbrook said. “Like I’ve said many, many times, I don’t take this game for granted. I don’t take going out on the floor and competing for granted.”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 crownGeorge made 13 of 20 shots, including eight of 14 3-pointers.“I just caught a rhythm early,” George said. “It’s just sticking with it, staying with the process and just putting work in — a lot of work in. It paid off tonight.” With a loss, the Thunder would have been a No. 8 seed and forced to play No. 1 seed Houston in the first round. Instead, Oklahoma City will play Utah.Steven Adams scored 24 points and Corey Brewer added 17 for the Thunder, who matched a franchise record with 20 made 3-pointers.Dillon Brooks scored a career-high 36 points for Memphis.Westbrook had one of the most unusual first halves of his career to help the Thunder take a 20-point lead. He had 12 assists and 11 rebounds, yet only scored one point and took two shots. George scored 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting, including 5 of 5 on 3-pointers in the first half to help Oklahoma City score a season-high 77 points in the first half.Brooks scored 16 points in the third quarter to help the Grizzlies trim their deficit to 105-96 at the end of the third quarter. The Grizzlies scored 39 points in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ellington sets Heat record, Miami tops Toronto View comments Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes the ball in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard Kobi Simmons (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook needed rebounds to reach a milestone, so Paul George took care of the points.George scored 40 points, Westbrook clinched a triple-double average for the second straight season and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 137-123 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Memphis hung tough in the fourth quarter before back-to-back 3-pointers by Terrance Ferguson and George pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to 133-116.“Obviously, I thought we had plays where we could have prevented points, but for the most part, they (Memphis) just played really well tonight,” George said. “I thought we did a great job of not falling into just being complacent. I thought we played phenomenal tonight. It just so happened that they played well as well. It’s like that sometimes. It’s just great that we played well enough to win.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: Marc Gasol (rest), Tyreke Evans (personal reasons), JaMychal Green (knee soreness), Wayne Selden Jr. (right knee soreness), Andrew Harrison (right wrist/left shoulder) and Jarell Martin (left ankle) all sat out.Thunder: Westbrook brought F Nick Collison out to midcourt with him before the game. Westbrook said he wasn’t sure if it would be the 37-year-old Collison’s last regular-season game, but he wanted the crowd to acknowledge Collison’s contribution to the franchise. … G Alex Abrines (concussion protocol) did not play. … Westbrook had seven assists in the first quarter. … Brewer was fouled on a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter and left the game for good with a knee sprain.STAT LINESWestbrook matched a season low with two field goals made and set a season low with nine field goal attempts.SUPPORTING CASTWestbrook didn’t shoot well, but the other four starters shot a combined 33 for 55 from the field.QUOTABLEBickerstaff on the team’s 22-60 finish: “When you go through these types of times, everybody who is involved’s true character comes out. It’s easy when things are roses and sunshine to be a good player, a good teammate, to be a positive coach, whatever it may be. But these times, who are you? Hopefully everybody involved learned from it.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Season is over.Thunder: Will open the playoffs this weekend.center_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Inter College Basketball Tourney Reaches Semifinals

first_imgFlashback: A Cuttington University player in possession of the ball against Blue Crest in their first match (Photo: Anthony Kokoi)The 2018 edition of the Inter-College Basketball tournament has reached the semifinals with four colleges including AME Zion University, University of Liberia, Blue Crest and Starz College advancing as the final four in the tournament.It was an entertaining and exciting moment at the Sports Commission in Monrovia last weekend as hundreds of college students from various institutions trooped in to cheer their teams to victory.During the knockout rounds, Zion University defeated Barshell University 54-22 points in the first match to book their ticket to the semifinals, before Blue Crest University College edged out Cuttington University by 42-27 points.In the late kickoffs, the University of Liberia saw off Stella Maris 73- 68 points before the final showpiece that witnessed Starz College defeating United Methodist University 40-39 points in a very entertaining game.Meanwhile, the draw for the semifinals of the tournament was made on Monday evening with the defending champions, Starz College, paired against the University of Liberia for the first match, while Zion will go against Blue Crest in the second. The two winners from the semifinals will advance to the final to compete for the L$10,000.The second place winner receives L$6,000 plus a trophy and a certificate; while the third place winner will receive L$4,000 and a certificate.The Semifinals are slated Friday, November 30.The tournament is organized by Scorpion Incorporated, an entrepreneur organization founded by six students from the Blue Crest University College who are concerned with technological projects and events planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bees Getting A Boost

first_imgThe BC Government is stepping up to the plate when it comes to bee sustainability.The Ministries of Health and Agriculture announced yesterday that they will be providing a $25 million grant to the Genome B.C. Project, with the majority of that money going towards research towards bees in British Columbia.- Advertisement -Research from this project will be used to help beekeepers minimize colony losses, which has been an annual occurnace. Results from the research can potentially benefit the Peace Region.Our region is among the most prosperous in the province regarding beehives, due in part to our many different species of flowers and plants that grow here.There are close to 1,000 different colonies in the area, yielding about what appears to be 200,000 pounds of honey annually. However, this number has been on the decline, as factors like chemical resistant diseases have been developing in the bee population, a problem that the government is hoping to solve with this research grant.Some of the benefits of a healthy bee population include a healthier agricultural market, improved food security and as most gardeners know in Fort St. John, better gardens.Advertisementlast_img read more

Water polo: Win for H.-W. a squeeze

first_imgThat’s the type of shot the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City girls’ water polo team had to make in an 11-8 win against Burbank in the second round of the Southern Section’s Div. IV playoffs. The Bulldogs (21-8) made the Wolverines (16-8) work for their goals with a stingy defense that held Harvard-Westlake’s potent offense to three in the first quarter. Burbank pressed the Wolverines’ attackers, trying to limit shooting angles. Harvard-Westlake used a zone defense to keep the Bulldogs from spreading the ball around. Despite the defensive strategies, both teams were able to open up the scoring in the second quarter, which featured 10 goals, including Moody’s shot that just got past Singleton. “They had really a good corner shot,” said Singleton, who finished the game with 10 saves. “They really didn’t have anything different in terms of shot power that we haven’t seen before, but I think they had one girl who’s got some past me because, I think she’s a lefty. I haven’t seen a lefty shooter this season.” Singleton was referring to driver Nadia Dan, who led Harvard-Westlake with six goals. Wendy Perez added three goals. Ani Shirinian led the Bulldogs with three goals, while Jordan Meir added two. Hannah Moody’s shot skid off the water and squeezed beneath Lachee Singleton’s arm into the left lower corner of the goal Friday. Moody’s shot didn’t come with a lot of power, but its location worked against the Burbank goalkeeper. center_img Burbank kept pace with the Wolverines and tied the game at four, midway through the second quarter. “I didn’t expect it to be this tight,” said Larry Felix, the Wolverines’ coach. “We were a bit tight there at the start, this being the first CIF game for some of my girl,but they picked it up in the third (quarter).” ivan.orozco@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Cell phone law should apply to all drivers

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than half of 16- and 17-year-old drivers regularly talk on their cell phones while driving, according to a survey by ? Seventeen magazine. Nearly as many admit to sending text messages while behind the wheel. Soon neither will be legal in California, thanks to a bill signed into law ? by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. SB 33 by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from talking on the cell phone or sending text messages. But the law has two shortcomings. First, it is a “secondary offense law,” meaning teens can only be cited if they’re pulled over for another offense, such as speeding or driving erratically. Second, the law doesn’t go far enough. While it’s wise to start with young drivers, the law should be expanded to include everyone else. Nobody should be texting while operating a moving vehicle. Suggesting otherwise would be sending teen drivers a mixed message. – Santa Rosa Press Democrat last_img read more

Who fans WANT to win the Premier League title this season – revealed

first_imgSince its inception in 1992, only five clubs have won the Premier League.Man United dominated much of the 90s, with Blackburn temporarily stopping them in 1995.Arsenal pushed United in the latter part of the decade and early part of the 21st century, with Chelsea and then Man City making their mark later.And with the 2015/16 season wide open, forget who you think will win and let us know who you WANT to see crowned champions in May by voting below. PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE WEEKEND 2 2 Who do you WANT to win the Premier League last_img read more

Paul Clement still keen to speak to John Terry about possible Swansea move

first_img The former England captain is set to bring the curtain down on his Stamford Bridge career 1 Swansea boss Paul Clement has again promised to speak to John Terry about his future plans, while insisting extensive summer surgery is not necessary after the club’s brush with relegation.Former England captain Terry is set to bring the curtain down on his distinguished Chelsea career in the champions’ final Premier League game against Sunderland on Sunday.Clement said last month that he plans to see if Terry wants to continue playing, saying Swansea would be interested in signing the 36-year-old were they to stay in the Premier League.Swansea secured their safety last weekend and Clement – who worked with Terry during his time as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at Chelsea – said: “I have not made the call (to Terry), I’m going to get this season done first.“He has a lot on himself, he has a big game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and I’m sure he will get a wonderful send-off.“I will have a conversation with him.“I have known him a long time, but I don’t know what his thinking is, whether he will carry on first of all.“There has been talk this could be his last game, he could go on abroad or stay here (in the Premier League). That is all unsure at the moment.”Clement took charge of Swansea at the start of January with the club anchored at the foot of the table with 12 points from 19 games.Swansea have since taken 26 points from 18 games, with their final match at home to West Brom on Sunday.Clement will speak to Swansea’s American owners next week about summer recruitment.But he echoed the views of chairman Huw Jenkins, who said on Monday that major changes to the playing staff was not necessary.“I don’t think a major overhaul is needed,” Clement said.“If the club had been relegated and only picked up 12 points again in the second half of the season and had 24 points then, maybe, you would be saying that would be the case.“But the players and the team improved a lot and we could be picking up 29 points from the second half of the season.“Even if it had been 20 in the first half we would have had 49 points, and we would have been eighth or ninth in the league.“Would people be saying then this team needs a major overhaul?“The best ever position is around that for Swansea, so I agree with the chairman on that.”Clement also welcomed star man Gylfi Sigurdsson’s comments that he is happy at Swansea and will only leave this summer if the club want to sell him.Sigurdsson has been one of the Premier League’s best performers this season, scoring nine goals and having 13 assists in a struggling team.“It was good to hear and it did not surprise me,” Clement said.“I see how he works and I think he has enjoyed him time here and done really well.“He was the player of the year which is nice recognition and I hope he stays.”last_img read more

9 Things You Should Check Before Recording Audio

first_imgSound can make or break your project, so be sure to work through this checklist before recording audio on your next shoot.Cover image via guruXOX.It’s an unfortunate fact that audio concerns are often not the highest priority on a video production set. Other issues like lighting, composition, and camera movement often come first — along with slightly more annoying things like actors’ requests for more Pellegrino in their trailers.However, good audio is the difference between successful projects and bad ones, so if you’re getting started in the audio recording world, check out the items on this list before you record again.1. Room ToneImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Room tone is one of the first things you should check when you arrive on set. (But it’s also important to keep tabs on it throughout production — especially right before you record.) To combat unnecessary tones in your audio edit, record at least a minute or so of uninterrupted room tone before your shot.2. Check ConnectionsImage via Dja65.Just like recording digital video, digital audio recording requires lots of wires, ports, and connections, which need to be plugged in and adequately secured. XLR connections are ideal for their sturdiness, but when you’re dealing with smaller audio jacks and headphones, be sure to make sure everything is set.Pro-tip: when investigating audio level problems, checking connections should always be your first step.3. Auto vs. ManualImage via sefoma.Depending on your setup and the size of your crew, you’ll need to make a decision about recording audio levels manually or with “auto” settings. Obviously, there are pros and cons to both of these options — auto is convenient but not always perfect, and manual is not always reliable either. Regardless of your choice, double-check your selection before recording, and make sure you’ve got someone monitoring your recording with a pair of headphones.4. Reading Audio MetersImage via nikkytok.By the same token, even if you go with auto level recording, you still need someone reading and monitoring the audio meters. Your biggest concern will be avoiding peaking (or making sure levels don’t stay too low). Here’s a great resource on setting audio levels and other best practices.5. Boom PlacementImage via guruXOX.If you have decided to use a boom microphone as part of your audio recording setup, choosing your boom microphone, boom pole, and boom pole holder are your next step. Here’s a great in-depth article about all things boom, but for our purposes, once you have the right tools for the job, you need to decide on your placement. Ideally, you’ll have your boom operator holding the boom above your subject. However, when this is not feasible, you can boom up from below.6. Protection from the ElementsImage via artestudio8.The elements are always a major concern for audio recording equipment. The biggest factor is often wind, which can come out of nowhere at any moment. Adding “dead cats” and other windshields becomes a necessity, but so does locational awareness and using things like natural enclosures and screens to reduce noise. Even when you’re indoors, you need to take things like heat and cold into consideration — along with external noises like appliances, air conditioning, and foot traffic.7. Phantom or Battery PowerImage via Jeff Baumgart.Depending on your microphones and audio recorders, you may have several different power sources to consider. You also have to decide which pieces of gear you want to power with batteries versus phantom power (which draws power directly through an attachment to a camera or audio recorder). Once you’ve decided on all your gear, you’ll need to keep plenty of different batteries handy as backups (and chargers).8. Microphone Level vs. Line LevelImage via YunJun CHO.When you’re planning out your audio recording workflow, consider whether or not you’ll be sending a line level or microphone level into your camera or audio recorder. Line level is generally better, as it’s much higher than a mic level and will yield a better signal-to-noise ratio. However, when you go through a mixer, be sure to check whether or not your camera or audio recorder accepts line levels.9. HeadphonesImage via AtomStudios.Finally, when you’re recording audio on set, it’s very important to have a good pair of quality headphones to monitor sound in real time. Whether you’re manning a boom pole yourself or sitting at a mixer, you’ll obviously need headphones to focus on the stereo channels. Keep plenty of headphone jack adapters handy in case you need to go directly into an XLR. And always, when navigating audio problems, make sure your headphones are properly plugged in before you go looking for other problems.For more resources on audio recording, check out some of these articles, or tune in to our Audio Recording Archives.Audio Tips for DSLR Filmmakers9 Helpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary InterviewsAudio Automation Can Save You Hours in Premiere ProPiece Together a Pro Boom Mic for Around $500The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audiolast_img read more

FIFA chief will be our state guest, says CM after logo launch

first_img(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs and quotes) Kolkata, Aug 23 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today launched the host city logo of Kolkata, the venue for the final of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, and said FIFA president Gianni Infantino will be extended the status of a “state guest”. “The FIFA president will be our state guest. This was decided in the meeting today,” Mamata told reporters at state secretariat Nabanna on the sidelines of the logo launch with tournament director Javier Ceppi. “We are really grateful to host this major tournament here. We are proud and deeply honoured to host such a tournament,” Mamata said thanking FIFA for choosing the city as one of the host cities and for the coveted final of the October 6-28 tournament. The renovated Salt Lake Stadium is being given finishing touches and will be handed over to FIFA by September 10, Ceppi said. “The facilities have been hugely renovated and if you havent visited the stadium in one and a half years and go now, you will not recognise the stadium. “It is a world class facility at this point of time. We are now waiting for the hand over of the venue, likely on September 10,” the Chilean said. The logo, a representation of the states heritage and the official emblem for the tournament will form an essential link in the promotions and communications regarding the host city. It will be important in building anticipation and interest for the event at a local level. “We are extremely pleased to announce Kolkata as the first city to launch the host city logo today. Its a momentous occasion,” Ceppi said. “It is for the first time that a city has been connected to a FIFA tournament through its distinguished image. We are extremely happy that this is happening in Kolkata which will also be hosting the FIFA headquarters, referees headquarters, the international broadcasting centre and it is the city from which the most tickets have been sold. “So we hope that Salt Lake stadium will be full. We appreciate the support of the state government to project Kolkata as a sporting capital of India, as a sporting capital of Asia and hopefully as a sporting capital of the world.” Also present at the launch were Project Director, LOC, FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 – Joy Bhattacharjya, and minister of sports and youth affairs for the state of West Bengal, Aroop Biswas. The stadium will host 10 matches including the final, which means the winner of the first FIFA tournament in the country will be crowned in Kolkata. PTI SCH TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Using static analysis to improve IIoT device security

first_imgThe Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is unique in that devices that compose industrial control systems are often insecure due to limitations in their design and capability. On top of this, the protocols used to communicate are not secure, with a dangerous reliance on physical security (e.g., keeping devices on a local network). System-level implementation of security is required as part of secure software design and development. Static analysis tools are useful in improving software security and — in this article — we’ll look at how that applies to IIOT devices.Related posts: A Four Step Guide to Improving IoT Device Security 10 Top Challenges Industrial IoT Must Overcome in 2015 6 Challenges to Adopting Industrial IoT The Industrial Internet of Things Promises Safety Wins but Security Risks Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, Security IIOT device security challenges Industrial devices suffer the same challenges as all IoT devices, such as being increasingly targeted by attackers, having traditionally poor built-in security, and having large deployments of legacy devices, all while increasing machine-to-machine connectivity and being brought into the IoT “fold.”But IIoT devices are also unique as follows:They are hardware-limited in terms of processing capabilities for many modern security features, such as encryption, networks stacks, and built-in firewalls.They often control critical infrastructure, which makes the possible outcomes of cyber-attacks much more serious.Industrial controllers and SCADA systems have different communication protocols and standards than home or office devices.Various other factors, including extremely long product lifecycles and difficulty in updating firmware and hardware compared to other devices.These additional challenges exacerbate the security challenge for IIoT development teams.Four steps to improve IIoT security Our previous post on a four-step improvement process for IoT devices applies equally to IIoT devices with extra consideration for the aforementioned challenges. Incorporating the following four major steps into an embedded software-development process can improve security (and quality) for highly-connected devices.A four-step security and quality assurance process for IIoT devices(Source: GrammaTech) The four-step process, in summary, is a follows: (1) design with a security-first philosophy, (2) use and repeat system-wide threat assessments and analysis, (3) leverage tools as much as possible, and (4) use advanced source and binary code analysis to ensure the quality and security of third-party code.The role of static analysis tools in improving IIoT device security Static analysis tools like GrammaTech’s CodeSonar provide critical support in the coding and integration phases of development. Ensuring continuous code quality in both the development and maintenance phases greatly reduces the costs and risks of security and quality issues in software. In particular, static analysis provides some of the following benefits:Continuous source-code quality and security assurance: As each new code block is written (file or function), it can be scanned by static analysis tools, thereby detecting errors and vulnerabilities (and maintaining secure coding standards, discussed below) in the source before it enters the build system.Tainted data detection and analysis: Analysis of the dataflows from “sources” (i.e., interfaces) to “sinks” (where data gets used in a program) is critical in detecting potential vulnerabilities from tainted data (containing potential exploit payloads).Assessing the quality and security of third-party code: Most projects are not greenfield development and require the use of existing code within a company or from a third party. Performing testing and dynamic analysis on a large existing codebase is hugely time-consuming and may exceed the limits on the budget and schedule. Static analysis is particularly suited to analyzing large codebases and providing meaningful errors and warnings that indicate both security and quality issues. CodeSonar’s binary analysis can analyze binary-only libraries and provide similar reports as source analysis when source is not available. In addition, binary analysis can work in a mixed source and binary mode to detect errors in the usage of external binary libraries from the source code.Secure coding standard enforcement: Static analysis tools analyze source syntax and can be used to enforce coding standards. Various code security guidelines are available, such as SEI CERT C and Microsoft’s Secure Coding Guidelines.As part of a complete tools suite, static analysis provides key capabilities that other tools cannot. The payback for adopting static analysis is the early detection of errors and vulnerabilities that traditional testing tools may miss. This helps ensure a high level of quality and security on an on-going basis.Conclusion Incorporating a security-first design philosophy with formal threat assessments and automated tools will allow machine-to-machine (M2M) and IIoT device manufacturers to produce devices that are better secured against the accelerating threats on the Internet.Modifying an existing successful software-development process that includes security at the early stages of product development is key. A smart use of automated tools to both develop new code and to secure existing and third-party code allows development teams to meet strict budget and schedule constraints. Static analysis of both source and binaries plays a key role in a security-first development toolset.Marc Brown is CMO and VP of Strategic Business Development at GrammaTech. Marc brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience to his role as Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining GrammaTech, Marc was the Group VP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Polycom, where he helped define and market Polycom’s Workplace of the Future.Prior to Polycom, Marc spent several years in the embedded software markets with Intel, Wind River Systems, and IBM, leading several marketing teams. Earlier in his career, Marc was a software engineer with Corning Research and GE Aerospace. Continue Reading Previous IoT security: when X.509 certificate authentication may not workNext My most influential ICslast_img read more