BPL Weekend matches

first_imgTHIS WEEK’S MATCHESSPORTSMAX 2SATURDAY7:45 a.m. WEST HAM VS SUNDERLAND12:30 p.m. WEST BROM VS CRYSTAL PALACE5 p.m. SOUTHAMPTON VS CHELSEA7 p.m. WATFORD VS BOURNEMOUTH10:45 p.m. STOKE VS ASTON VILLASUNDAYSPORTSMAX 29 a.m. MAN U VS ARSENALSPORTSMAX9 a.m. TOTTENHAM VS SWANSEAlast_img

Beware of Starstuff

first_imgStars can be dangerous.  They spew out deadly particles, unless you are protected from them in a safety bubble – like Earth has.  The Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere only let in the life-giving part of sunlight.  Studies of other stars, and our own moon, show that things could be far worse.Record flare:  A little star 16 light-years away in Lacerta just went whoosh!  On April 25, it “unleashed what is considered the brightest burst of light ever seen in the universe from a normal star,” reported Space.com.  If that is normal, be glad our sun is abnormal (see 03/07/2007).  A NASA scientist said, “Flares like this would deplete the atmospheres of life-bearing planets, sterilizing their surfaces.”  Science Daily called this star “the mouse that roared.”  For an artist conception of a planet near a roaring star, see Astronomy Picture of the Day for 5/21/2008.Electric dust:  Future moon astronauts will have new challenges only briefly experienced by the Apollo crews.  NASA Science reported that the moon flies through Earth’s magnetotail once a month.  That’s a stream of charged particles from the sun that flows around Earth’s magnetic field and hits the full moon.  The Apollo astronauts never felt the full brunt of this stream.    Physicists believe that electrons from the sun can charge moon dust and make it levitate above the surface.  Not only that, it can start moving from one hemisphere to the other in a kind of lunar wind, depending on charge differences.  The Apollo astronauts learned a little about the hazards of moon dust.  It scratched visors, got into everything, stuck like glue and smelled like gunpowder.  Future astronauts living through magnetotail crossings may get the full brunt of hazards that electrified dust will throw at them.Question: if dust like this has been dancing around the moon for billions of years, would it alter the appearance of lunar features?Our waterful, airful world is such a blessing, we often take it for granted.  Skeptics can argue all they want that if it weren’t this way we wouldn’t be here arguing about it.  Don’t be such an ingrate.  Thank God for that blue sky with its ozone and magnetic shield.  It’s not just a necessity for survival; it’s a blessing that didn’t have to be.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Mobile OS Adoption: A Tale of Two Graphs

first_imgWhen it comes to statistics, it seems that you can find anyone to back whatever opinion you might have. Just yesterday, Android was named the number one smartphone platform worldwide…when you look at shipments. Today, however, we’ve come across a stat that is equally good and bad for everyone involved, because everyone is the same. According to Nielsen,  “the competition between smartphone operating systems is a heated one” with a three-way tie between Blackberry, Android and iOS.“When it comes to the installed base, that is, U.S. mobile consumers who already own smartphones, it is a three-way tie between Blackberry RIM, the smartphone pioneer, Apple’s IOS, which revolutionized the smartphone and popularized mobile apps, and Android OS, the operating system created by Google which has been taking the market by storm,” writes the company on its blog. Take a look at the graph for the three mobile platforms: Here, the image almost looks identical, but with each platform continuing its curve. Android takes the lead among new smartphone owners with 43%, Apple hangs around with 26% and Blackberry rounds up the pack with 20%.What do you think? Will the second image soon stand in place for the first when it comes to mobile OS adoption? Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Of course, what the company doesn’t note is the obvious trajectories for these three companies. Blackberry is on a continual downslope, Android is on a upslope, while Apple has been hovering in a sine wave fashion around the 30% mark for the past two years. As it notes, however, “Analyzing the preferences of those who purchased a smartphone in the past six months paints a different picture.” Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Tags:#mobile#Statistics#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

How can advertisers target the emerging autonomous car industry?

first_imgIT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Autonomous cars present a valuable opportunity for advertisers to grab the attention of potential consumers, who will no longer focus on driving the vehicle.As advertisers learned with mobile, there isn’t one correct way to approach a new platform, and things that worked in the past won’t always work in the future. With that in mind, advertisers must be flexible and willing to try something inventive to capture consumers.See Also: Honda in talks with Google to build self-driving vehiclesOne of the easiest routes into the autonomous car will be through ride-hailing partnerships, provided by Uber, Lyft, or Ford’s unnamed program, set to launch in 2021. None of the current ride-hailing services have ads inside the car, but once the driver is ousted, we could see the interior renovated with a focus on infotainment.That infotainment suite could include multiple screens, a voice assistant, and other platforms for advertisers to use.Riders obviously don’t want to be hounded by adverts, but an ad-supported radio station in an Uber or a Netflix-lite service with adverts inside a Lyft could be two possible ways to interest riders, while also becoming a way for advertising networks to get inside the autonomous car.Both of those possibilities require ride-hailing companies to be open to ads, which we suspect will become more believable once multiple ride-hailing services start to compete heavily for riders. Once the cost of a taxi becomes a zero-sum game, Uber, Google, and Lyft may look to advertisers to subsidize the cost of their war.Waymo may have way mo’ ads to startGoogle’s Waymo might install the ads from the start, as it builds on Google’s advertising platform, which keeps the self-driving car division from falling into administration. If that happens, the adoption of ads in autonomous vehicles will become commonplace a lot quicker.That may not happen however, but it doesn’t mean advertisers can’t leverage the autonomous car revolution in other ways. Uber, Lyft, and Google will undoubtedly take information on the rider of its self-driving car, including geo-location, age, and choice of car, which, when added to the rider’s advertising profile, could be valuable.We expect Google will force users to login to their Google account to access its self-driving platform, so that information will be merged into a profile for advertisers to target. For other firms, like Uber, the data might be sold to third-party advertising networks. Tags:#Ads#autonomous cars#driverless cars#geo-location#Internet of Things#IoT#ride-hailing#Self-Driving Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Related Posts center_img 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Less Is More When Directing Talent

first_imgAmateur directors often overcompensate for their lack of experience by overdirecting their actors. Here are some ways to take a more subtle approach.All images from IMDbDirecting talent is no easy task. Even for the most experienced directors out there, handling different personality types, performance disciplines, and other factors make communication very challenging. With that said though, more experienced directors tend to give far less direction than inexperienced directors for these three reasons:Understanding the Chain ReactionExperienced directors understand that a single piece of direction will change many different characteristics of a performance. For instance, if a director were to tell their talent to act ‘more upset,’ the actor would likely change other physical attributes as well. They may walk slower, speak differently, slouch, etc. Amateur directors often micromanage the actor, whereas a more experienced director understands that, with the right singular piece of direction, everything else falls into place.Keeping the Actor FocusedPerforming for camera and in front of a large crew is challenging enough as it is, so it makes sense that too much direction can overwhelm an actor, causing them to lose focus. If a director were to feed an actor with 10 or 15 pieces of direction right before a scene, that actor will likely lose focus of the scene and become preoccupied with the technicalities of what the director is telling them. By keeping direction down to a few points or less, actors can remain focused and in the right headspace.Avoiding Negative ConnotationsSome actors, especially those with less experience, can mistakenly take direction as a sign that they aren’t doing a good enough job. In reality, they’re probably doing just fine – but maybe aren’t performing in a way that’s most suitable to the script. As you might imagine, feeding what could be an already insecure actor a dozen directorial notes after a scene may come across negatively to them, and subsequently uproot their entire performance.Always remember that the job of an actor is extremely difficult, and they’re still human. Encourage them to take risks and to change their performance in a positive way by giving clear and simple direction – and only when completely necessary.Here are a few more tips for aspiring directors, courtesy of PremiumBeat:4 Mistakes Nearly Every Director Makes on SetHow to Direct Scenes Containing Minimal DialogueHoning Your Craft: Find Your Voice as a DirectorDo you have any directing advice to share? We’d love to hear it in the comments below.last_img read more

The Leadership Playbook: Macro-Management and Micro-Management

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now No one wants to be micro-managed. No one wants someone to hover over their shoulder directing their work. Nor do they want their manager nagging them about what they’re doing. Most leaders don’t want to micro-manage their people. Many worry so much about micro-management that they create a culture that lacks accountability.Most of the time, what one person perceives as micro-management is actually macro-management.Macro Activity and Macro OutcomesThe most important outcomes you need as a leader are macro. They’re high value, strategic outcomes that lead to objectives being met. The failure to achieve these outcomes creates problems for the company, for divisions or departments, and for teams. These outcomes should command people’s time and attention because the effort of the organization must be aligned with the outcomes.If what you are doing isn’t producing the necessary outcomes, then your leader is going to ask you to focus your efforts on the activity.If the activity isn’t aligned to big outcomes, a conversation is necessary.Accountability CountsIf an outcome isn’t being achieved, something isn’t right. It could be that someone isn’t doing what they need to do. It could also be that they aren’t effective at the actions they need to take. But as a leader, accountability starts and ends with you. That means you have start by making sure your team knows what is expected of them, understands what needs to be done and why, and has the resources to achieve their goal.As a leader, you are responsible for the outcomes being achieved, and that means you are going to need to inspect the results, ask questions, understand challenges, and remove constraints. Asking questions is not micro-management; it’s macro-management. Requiring more—or different—activities be taken in the pursuit of your goals isn’t micro-management either, especially if not enough action is being taken.Much of the time those who complain about being micro-managed aren’t putting forth the effort to produce results, or they’re doing something they prefer doing instead of what they need to do. Correcting this is macro-management.last_img read more

Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban

first_imgNCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 14 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sharapova clasped her hands to her chest in delight as she absorbed the feeling of winning her 36th tour title and first in more than two years since the 2015 Italian Open.Sharapova, 30, was contesting the seventh tournament of what has been an injury-plagued and controversial comeback since testing positive for the banned substance meldonium in early 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutShe exchanged 11 breaks of serve with the Belarusian, who has yet to win a WTA trophy, before finally clinching it in the tie-breaker when the teenager put a forehand return long.In a tight final of high-decibel shrieking, Sabalenka was broken in the opening game but any expectations that she would roll over quickly dissolved when she won four games in a row to go 4-1 up. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her women’s singles final match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus at the Tianjin Open tennis tournament in Tianjin on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WANG ZhaoFive-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova was made to fight by 102nd-ranked teenager Aryna Sabalenka at the Tianjin Open on Sunday before winning her first title since her 15-month doping ban.The former world number one, who returned to action in April, came from behind in both sets and needed four championship points in the tie-breaker before beating the 19-year-old 7-5, 7-6 (10/8).ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  She now heads to next week’s Kremlin Cup in Moscow for the first time since 2007, after also being given a wildcard to play in what is her home tournament. Sharapova’s coach Sven Groeneveld urged her to use the body serve, and momentum immediately shifted as she held the next game and then edged a nine-minute game seven to wrestle it back on serve.Sabalenka angrily slammed her racquet down as she double-faulted to be broken for a third time and with Sharapova serving at 6-5, the Belarusian overcooked a forehand to hand over the set.The second set followed a similar pattern and Sabalenka was 5-1 up before Sharapova reeled her in, breaking three times — and saving a set point along the way — before serving for the match at 6-5.But a double fault from the Russian took it to a closely contested tie-break, where Sharapova held championship points four times before finally sealing it after two hours and five minutes.Sharapova, whose ranking has dropped to 86, has been playing on wildcards this season. Her return has proved divisive, with some rivals insisting she shouldn’t be back on tour at all.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextlast_img read more

Lakers run past Knicks late for 6th win in 8

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Los Angeles took the lead late in the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch, scoring 10 consecutive points in a rally led by Clarkson and Randle. The Lakers finished on a 17-4 run.“Randle and Clarkson, they were killing us,” New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We tried multiple guys on both of them, but they took it to whoever was guarding them. That was a big key. We couldn’t get any stops.”Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Beasley scored 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16. New York slipped to 2-2 on its seven-game trip.Despite a solid shooting game, the Knicks couldn’t answer the aggressive transition game favored by the Lakers, who put up their highest-scoring performance in two weeks.“They just played harder than us in everything,” said Enes Kanter, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds for New York. “They got a lot of offensive rebounds. We got a lot of turnovers. I don’t think we can play like this in road games and expect to get a win.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Clarkson followed up his 33-point performance Friday against Indiana with another high-energy effort. The veteran guard hit 12 of his 19 shots and added six rebounds.TIP-INSKnicks: Porzingis drew a technical foul with 8:04 to play for vociferously protesting a foul call against teammate Ron Baker. The ensuing three-point play put the Lakers up by 11. … Courtney Lee added 16 points.Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also missed his second straight game with a right heel injury. … Kuzma jammed a finger on his right hand during the second quarter, but iced it and continued playing. … Brandon Ingram played through a mild left ankle sprain after the team determined he was healthy at game time. He managed 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.BALL OUTWalton said Ball might miss several more games, but the club is hoping he’ll be able to travel on their five-game trip starting Friday. The rookie point guard also missed six games around the holidays with a sprained left shoulder. The Lakers went 0-6 without him then.TEXAS TANDEMCaruso is on a two-way contract that allows him only 45 days with the Lakers, and he’s keeping track of his time in the Notes app on his phone. He has already formed an impressive tandem with Clarkson, his former opponent in college when Caruso was at Texas A&M and Clarkson was at Missouri.“I’m getting better each game, but I’m just getting acclimated to (the NBA),” said Caruso, who has played 15 games in the big show.While Caruso feels his strengths are on defense, his ball-handling acumen allows Clarkson to be more aggressive in looking for his shot. The duo also is friends off the court. MOST READ Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat New York 127-107 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) for their sixth win in eight games.Kyle Kuzma added 15 points as the Lakers (17-29) continued a midseason surge of solid play. Rookie point guard Alex Caruso set career highs with nine points and eight assists, making the most of more than 30 minutes of playing time while Ball missed his fourth straight game with a sore left knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers thought they did nothing spectacularly, but everything well — particularly on the defensive end, where they forced 17 turnovers. Los Angeles also won its fifth straight game at Staples Center after a 6-14 start to the home schedule.“Defense. That was the only message at halftime,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “During our home win streak, we have been really, really good defensively.” “He’s from Texas, I’m from Texas, you know what I’m saying?” asked Clarkson, who grew up in San Antonio. Read Nextcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half. APLOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Lakers complement their up-tempo offense with solid defense, this long-struggling team actually looks pretty good.Even without Lonzo Ball, the Lakers were plenty good enough to run right past the New York Knicks, who couldn’t keep up.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

a month agoDeparting DC United star Rooney insists MLS players underpaid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Departing DC United star Rooney insists MLS players underpaidby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWayne Rooney says MLS players are underpaid.Currently with DC United, Rooney will leave the competition to return to England with Derby County in January.The league’s current bargaining agreement runs until January 31, 2020, and Rooney thinks players should demand more money.”I feel that American players get underpaid,” he told ESPN. “I feel they deserve to get more money to stay in line with football in the rest of the world but also in terms of the American sports.”I’m not saying it to benefit me, I obviously won’t be in the league next season. I think it’s only fair to those players who are putting in the same work as all have to earn the right to earn more money for doing it.”He added: “I think the flight issues, in terms of you get so many chartered flights, I believe if a team wants chartered flights than they should be able to charter as many they want. They should be able to do whatever they want with that.” last_img read more

Video: Indiana Signee Ogugua Anunoby Throws Down A Sick Between-The-Legs Dunk

first_imgIndiana Signee Ogugua Aunoby dunks after going between the legs.Indiana Signee Ogugua AunobyWith the returns of James Blackmon and Yogi Ferrell, as well as the addition of five-star big man Thomas Bryant, Indiana projects as a top-20 team next season. Bryant and four-star Juwan Morgan are the big names of the Hoosiers’ incoming freshman class, but a third frontcourt player, Ogugua Anunoby, has some talent of his own. Anunoby, a 6-foot-8 three-star small forward from Jefferson City (Mo.), posted this video to his Instagram tonight. It was re-posted by the Indiana men’s basketball program’s official Instagram, and it features Anunoby throwing down an impressive, 180-degree between-the-legs dunk. Pretty good. We’re sure Hoosier fans will be salivating once they see this.last_img read more