LeBron James uses ‘NBA 2K’ to figure out best fit for Cavs lineup

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James recently shared that he actually uses the game to simulate his actual team’s roster and find out match-ups that work well together.“It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that,” the three-time NBA champion told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Screen grab from Instagram/@nba2kVideo games nowadays are as life-like as they come, particularly with NBA 2K’s basketball simulation series.The popular franchise has been lauded by gamers for its amazing graphics and terrific gameplay, and it looks like it can even be used to figure out the best lineups for real NBA teams.ADVERTISEMENT Vivo reveals a special edition Smartphone for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES James’ comments come after reports that the team’s injured point guard, Isaiah Thomas, is nearing his return to the court and has been cleared to play 4-on-4 in practice.Winner of 13 straight games, the Cavs appear to finally regain their championship form, and Thomas’ imminent return could only bolster the team’s championship aspirations.Although the diminutive playmaker has yet to log in a minute in a Cavs’ uniform, James has already used virtual simulation to toy with the lineup and figure which rotations work best around him.Even in his down time, “The King” certainly takes no days off. /raADVERTISEMENT LeBron James says he’s already visualized how Isaiah Thomas will fit in with the Cavs by playing with him on NBA 2K: “It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that.”— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 6, 2017 View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Lanete, Ross face sanction

first_imgPBA ImagesSan Miguel Beer’s Chris Ross and Chico Lanete, who supposedly swapped places for free throw attempts in the final 4.6 seconds of the Beermen’s losing game against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, have been summoned to appear at the Commissioner’s Office.At the same time, the league is also poised to penalize game officials who failed to control the situation that tainted the ending of what was otherwise one of the best games of the young conference.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img With the game in the balance, Lanete drew a foul during a mad scramble inside the paint as Ross stood near halfcourt after making the steal that led to Arwind Santos taking the potential game-tying three-pointer from deep right corner.Eric Castro, the PBA head of technical operations, went to the press room to explain why Ross was slapped with a technical foul for taking the first of two free throws originally awarded to Lanete.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkGinebra won, 100-96, after LA Tenorio made the free throw off the Ross technical. MOST READ View comments Benilde ends Arellano win streak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

UG VC confident of Medical School’s speedy reaccreditation

first_img– preparing for November site visithe Medical School of the University of Guyana (UG) still has a far way to go before it regains accreditation, but Vice Chancellor, Dr Ivelaw Griffith is quite confident that things will fall into place.The Medical School has been struggling to have its programme reaccredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine (CAAEM), since it was lost back in 2014.Dr Griffith said he was positive that things would get back on track, especially after a site visit by the accreditation body in November of this year. The reaccreditation process, Dr Griffith explained, is a journey and not an event. A journey that will allow the University to meet some of the “conditionalities” that were not previously met which caused the School to lose its accreditation in the first place. “I am very confident that we have met some of those conditionalities. We are working towards improving the physical facilities. We hit a snag and we made a public notice about it, that we had an electrical fire in the Health Faculty and because of that fire, we had to relocate classrooms, faculty and administrative staff,” the Vice Chancellor outlined.He said too that the University was moving progressively to organise and deliver better on the curriculum, which was one of the concerns of the accreditors. He said the school was working to ensure that it tightened the clinical arrangements between the University and maybe the Georgetown Public Hospital and the other clinical engagements. Part of the journey, he emphasised, is to have full-time lecturers in every area.“So, I would say that we are well along the journey to reaccreditation. I know that we are not comfortable, I am not comfortable that we have met all those milestones, but I think we have sufficient evidence of not only institutional intent to support, but we have a plan how to get overtime,” he said.The UG School of Medicine lost its accreditation in April 2014, and was served with provisional accreditation until 2015 by CAAEM. The Medical School was offered accreditation for the periods 2008 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and 2014 to 2015. The medical school lost its full accreditation after a visit from the CAAEM revealed that a number of recommendations to improve the institution were not adhered to.Dean of the Faculty of Health Science, Dr Emmanuel Cummings had told Guyana Times earlier that the School of Medicine had received some $33 million from Government through the Education Ministry, to be used to upgrade the medical laboratories, as these was among the deficiencies highlighted by the accreditation body.As efforts continue to regain accreditation, the academic year 2016-2017 for the Medical School will see refurbished laboratories and upgraded classrooms for the students.According to Dr Cummings, “so far as I know, the Ministry is at the stage of procuring equipment that we will definitely have in place for September and we are currently evaluating the physical facilities.”Dr Cummings noted that all relevant documents have been submitted and the curriculum was currently being reviewed.last_img read more

Essequibo crush defending champs Georgetown

first_img2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars One-Day 50-Over LeagueThe 2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars One-Day 50-Over League continued with its penultimate round on Wednesday at four venues across the country. This round witnessed Essequibo crushing the defending champions, Georgetown to greatly enhance their chances of lifting this year’s title. In the other matches, East Bank Demerara defeated Lower Corentyne, West Berbice sank East Coast while Upper Corentyne won their match against West Demerara.Georgetown v EssequiboWith sunny weather at the GCC, Bourda venue, spectators saw an intense match in which Georgetown won the toss and inserted Essequibo to bat. Initially, it appeared that Georgetown had made the correct decision, as their bowlers made it difficult for Essequibo to score, with Essequibo eventually putting up an acceptable 152 all out in 43.4 overs, off their allotted 50 overs. Ricardo Adams top scored with 37, with Mark Williams contributing a valued 23. Bowling for Georgetown, Steven Sankar and Ramaal Lewis took 3 for 12 and 24 runs respectively, while Christopher Barnwell added to his tally of wickets by collecting 2 wickets for 31 runs.Georgetown would have fancied their chances, having been set a meagre 153 for victory. However, Essequibo defended their score effortlessly when Ricardo Adams and Anthony Adams took 4 for 16 and 4 for 26 respectively, and choked the Georgetown batsmen to an unbelievably low score of 55 all out off 24.1 of their allotted 50 overs. Christopher Barnwell was the only Georgetown player to put up a fight, but fell for only 21 runs.Essequibo won by 97 runs.Man of the Match: Ricardo AdamsEast Bank v Lower CorentyneIn the match, East Bank v Lower Corentyne, East Bank won the toss over at Everest and decided to bat. They managed to score a brilliant 209 all out in 38.2 overs. Middle order batsman Ronaldo Alimohamed, blazed a magnificent 102, for which he was awarded the Man-of-the-Match trophy. Vishaul Singh provided valuable support with 30 while Trevon Griffith made 15. The rest of the batsmen fell cheaply. Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Veerasammy Permaul was the most destructive bowler, picking up four wickets for 29, while Raun Johnson, Nial Smith, Kassim Khan and Kelvin Umroa collected a wicket each.In reply, Lower Corentyne folded for 77 in 19.3 overs with the highest score being 20 from opener Kevlon Anderson. Junior Sinclair (16), Jonathon Foo (11) and Devon Clements (10) were the other batsmen recording double figures. The rest of the line-up was rapidly dismissed. Gavin Singh and Trevon France collected 4 for 16 and 4 for 4 respectively.East Bank won by 132 runs.Man of the Match: Ronaldo AlimohamedUpper Corentyne v West DemeraraOver at Port Mourant, Upper Corentyne won the toss and decided to bat scoring 180 all out in 45 overs. Eon Hooper top-scored with 41 while Alex Algoo, Trishan Ramsarran and Shawn Perreira contributed 21, 22 and 21 runs respectively. Bowling for West Demerara, Akshaya Persaud collected 4 wickets for 38 runs, while Mahendra Dhanpaul and Richie Looknauth grabbed 2 wickets each for 44 and 36 runs respectively.West Demerara, in their reply, put up a good fight but fell tantalisingly short by seven runs as the team fell for 173 all out in 44.4 overs. Tagenarine Chanderpaul top-scored with a dazzling 84 not out while tail end batsman Malcolm Hubbard assisted with an acceptable 40. Tevin Imlach also supported with 12 runs. Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Clinton Pestano and Demitri Cameron shared 3 wickets each for 31 and 58 runs while Jonathon Rampersaud picked up 2 for 18.Upper Corentyne won by 7 runs.East Coast v West BerbiceAt Bush Lot, West Berbice won the toss and set out to bat amassing a 200 total in their 50 overs.  Javid Karim top scored with 66 while Seon Glasgow added valuable support with 45. Bowling for East Coast, Rajendra Chandrika picked up 3 for 22 and Bhaskar Yadram 2 for 41.East Bank, in their reply, set out to bat, but crumbled for only 66 runs. Brian Sattaur (15) and Ameer Khan (14) were the only ones to gain double figures off their innings as the rest fell inexpensively. Bowling for Essequibo, Keon Joseph bowled eight brilliant overs in which he picked up three wickets for just two runs. Kevin Jawahir also bowled brilliantly as he picked up two wickets for seven runs off his four overs.West Berbice won by 134 runs.Man of the Match: Javid KarimToday marks the seventh and final round of this competition, and will witness Essequibo versus West Berbice at Bush Lot; East Bank will go up against West Demerara at Everest; Lower Corentyne take on Georgetown at GCC while East Coast will face Upper Corentyne at Enmore. All matches start from 09:00h.The presentation ceremony for the 2018 GCB/CGI Jaguars One-Day 50-Over League will be held immediately on conclusion of the match at Bush Lot, West Berbice.last_img read more

Prosecution lays out Spector murder case in opening statement

first_imgAn actress shot to death at Phil Spector’s hilltop castle was the last of several women victimized by the legendary music producer in a decades-long series of alcohol-fueled confrontations, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday as they began hearing the murder case. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson’s opening statement made it clear the case against Spector in the death of Lana Clarkson will rely heavily on the testimony of other women dating to the 1970s. Jackson outlined what he called a pattern of behavior in which Spector would become exceedingly drunk, take a woman to one of his residences, refuse to let her leave and then threaten her with a gun when she refused to stay. He said Spector is someone “who, when he’s confronted with the right circumstances, when he’s confronted with the right situations, turns sinister and deadly.” “The evidence is going to paint a picture of a man who on February 3, 2003, put a loaded pistol in Lana Clarkson’s mouth – inside her mouth – and shot her to death,” Jackson told the nine-man, three-woman jury. The prosecutor showed a photograph of Clarkson slumped in a chair, her face covered with blood. Spector listened glumly during the televised proceeding as the prosecution laid out the murder case against him. His attorneys were to present their opening remarks later. Spector, 67, whose “Wall of Sound” transformed rock `n’ roll in the 1960s, lives in a rambling castle-like mansion in suburban Alhambra. It was there that he took Clarkson, who wound up dead in the foyer with a gunshot through her mouth. Jackson told the jury that Spector had gone out on the town for an evening with female friends and had many drinks at a series of restaurants before arriving at the House of Blues, where he met Clarkson, 40, who was working in the club’s elite Foundation Room. She had a role in the Roger Corman 1980s cult film “Barbarian Queen.” Spector, wearing a taupe suit with a long coat and purple shirt, appeared particularly downcast when a 911 call from his chauffeur was played. It showed that the operator could not figure out who the person was who had reportedly killed someone, mispronouncing his name several times. The prosecutor highlighted Spector’s faded glory by noting that Clarkson did not recognize Spector, tried to keep him out of the Foundation Room and may have at first thought he was a woman. “Phil Spector recited the mantra of the rich and famous: `Do you know who I am? I’m Phil Spector,”‘ Jackson said. But it was not until a supervisor told Clarkson to “treat him like gold” that she knew he was a celebrity, he said. When the bar closed, Spector had to persuade her to come home with him for one drink, he said. The prosecutor presented video surveillance footage from a House of Blues camera that showed Clarkson leaving with Spector. “She was found dead two hours and 55 minutes later,” he said. A chauffeur who drove the pair to Spector’s mansion has told of hearing a gunshot and seeing Spector emerge from the house holding a gun and declaring, “I think I killed somebody.” Spector later said he believed the shooting was an “accidental suicide” by Clarkson. “Lana Clarkson was the last of a long line of women victimized by Phillip Spector over the years,” the prosecutor said. He described four women he said the jury will hear from, including a personal manager for Joan Rivers, a professional photographer of rock stars, a personal assistant who worked for Spector and a woman Spector dated. It took about eight months for authorities to charge Spector with murder. They are proceeding on a theory of “implied malice,” alleging he did not intend to kill Clarkson but caused her death by reckless behavior and taking an extreme risk. If convicted of second-degree murder, he could face 15 years to life in prison.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Former Sunderland defender Diakite joins Deportivo La Coruna

first_imgFrench defender Modibo Diakite has joined Deportivo La Coruna following the termination of his Sunderland contract.Diakite, who was signed by Paolo Di Canio in July 2013, was on the look-out for a new club after being released earlier this week.And it has not taken the former Lazio and Fiorentina centre-back long to get fixed up after joining Deportivo on a one-year deal.The 27-year-old made just seven Premier League appearances last season, during which he spent time on loan at Fiorentina. Modibo Diakite in action for Sunderland 1last_img

Chelsea transfer blow! Target to remain at Barcelona despite tough campaign

first_img Barcelona star Arda Turan in action Barcelona have no plans to sell Chelsea target Arda Turan this summer, according to Robert Fernandez.It has been reported that Turan, who arrived at Barca last summer but had to wait until January for his debut, had been placed on the transfer list.That news had alerted that attention of Chelsea, who tracked Turan during his time at Atletico Madrid.It has also been suggested that the 29-year-old could be open to leaving after managing just nine La Liga starts in the second half of last season.But now Barca’s sporting director Fernandez has drawn a line under speculation by insisting Turan will not be sold.Speaking at a press conference, he said: “Arriving at Barca, even if you come from a big club, is not a simple process. You face [getting into a team] a team that is very strong.“But we expect a lot from him, we have total confidence in him and hopefully he will be decisive next season.” 1last_img read more


first_imgTHEY’VE been very busy at Kelly’s Centra and American Diner at Mountain Top in recent days – and no wonder.Sixty-five local people now work at the Letterkenny complex famous for its great value in the shop and delicious food at the American-style Diner.Owner Mairtin Kelly has added 20 new positions over the past year; and in the past few days he has added 24 additional car-parking spaces to cater for the growing number of customers. The outdoor launderette and parcel motel are still there, moved to the side to make them more convenient for customers.Inside the Centra store, his ‘Live Well’ range of healthy foods is flying off the shelves.“We were the first to introduce the healthy foods range and its popularity is clear in the demand and our need to increase shelf space for it by 300 per cent,” says Mairtin.“The Deli counter is as popular as ever and all tastes are catered for.” It’s the same in Kelly’s Diner, the American-themed menu is hugely popular with customers who come from near and far.“Local people love it but the restaurant has been popular with tourists this year too; we’ve had visitors from a dozen different countries over the summer,” says Mairtin.The businessman is proud of how the Mountain Top facility has continued to grow and expand its range of goods and services over the past two year.“We are one of the biggest employers in Letterkenny now and that’s a huge success story,” he says.That success has not gone unnoticed, having picked up Centra Store of the Year among a series of gongs this year. “It’s onwards and upwards as far as we are concerned,” says Mairtin.“I have a great team here and we put the customer first at all times. We like to think we have everything for the busy family, but if we don’t, we’ll get it for them.“We’ll always have offers on, whether that’s in the Diner through the week and at weekends or in the Centra store where customers can avail of great value in the large range of fresh foods and artisan breads.“I’m proud of my team and so grateful for the support we have received from our very loyal customers.” BUSINESS: 65 PEOPLE NOW EMPLOYED AT KELLY’S MOUNTAIN TOP AS BUSINESS GROWS was last modified: September 30th, 2015 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:Kelly’s CentraMairtin KellyMountain Toplast_img read more


first_imgTwo former Garda stations in Donegal were among four in the North-West which have sold at auction today for a combined total of at least €322,000.Six stations were up for sale with minimums ranging from €40,000 to €90,000. One sale was postponed over a title issue and another lot was withdrawn after failing to attract a bid.The properties included a 195 sqm former station at Churchill, with four bedrooms, a public office and two file stores with a minimum price of €75,000. It was withdrawn at €60,000 and sold for a higher price immediately afterwards.Bidders were also interested in a 203.2sqm two storey detached property in Glencolumbkille, Co Donegal, with four bedrooms, two offices and two store rooms. It sold for €55,000, its advised minimum value. The most expensive former Garda station was a listed building with a minimum price of €90,000 in Dromod, Co Leitrim – a 19th century, two storey limestone property extending to 142.6 sqm. This sold for €142,000.With a starting price of €40,000, a former station in Easkey, Co Sligo, had the most modest minimum price of the bunch but it sold for €65,000.According to the Irish Times, there were about 30 people bidding in the Sligo Park Hotel, according to auctioneer Robert Ganly. Among them was a woman who had travelled specially from the United States.Mr Ganly said the prices reflected the amount of refurbishment work required. “The one in Easkey is in very poor condition. Bear in mind they are actually police stations so they need a lot of work to bring them back into a family home.” The properties were sold on instruction from the OPW. Mr Ganly said he was pleased with the auction, adding that the stations sold in less than 20 minutes.He said Ganly Walters auctioneers have now sold close to 20 former Garda stations across the State. “We held the first ever auction in February 2014 of I think it was seven Garda stations around the country, mostly around the midlands. Then we did some in Kilkenny, Wexford, Offally this year and now we’re doing a batch up in Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal.“They get quite a lot of interest. They’re ideal for local housing needs. And 99 times out of a hundred they’re either bought by somebody from the locality or an expat returning home.”TWO FORMER DONEGAL GARDA STATIONS SELL AT AUCTION was last modified: December 14th, 2015 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:auctiondonegalGarda staitonssoldlast_img read more