Chinese shoe company ices NBA; could Klay Thompson’s colossal deal be in jeopardy?

first_imgThe fallout from the China-NBA cold war could hit some NBA players where it hurts most — in their shoe contracts.According to Reuters, China’s Anta sportswear company announced Tuesday it will discontinue contract renewal negotiations with NBA playersSeveral NBA stars have contracts with Anta, including three Warriors: Jacob Evans III Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson. The trio appeared in Oaklandish last weekend where Thompson launched his newest Anta product, the KT5 shoe.last_img

Embrace new smart card IDs: Zuma

first_img9 July 2013 President Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to embrace the new smart card IDs, saying they would transform the country’s security systems. “I call on all citizens to come forward and be smart … the new smart ID cards are indeed very smart,” Zuma said after Home Affairs officials processed his smart card ID application at the presidential residence in Pretoria on Monday morning. “I’ve just done my own smart ID now and I must thank Home Affairs for this development. We have thought the ID we had after 1994 was the final one, but now we are moving to the smart cards, which are [secure] and easy to carry,” Zuma said. The process took about 15 minutes and included fingerprint verification, a picture and an electronic signature. Home Affairs spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said the President would receive his smart ID card on 18 July. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are among others who will also receive theirs. Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has said it would take between six and eight years for all South Africans to get their smart identification document (ID) cards, which will replace the green bar-coded ID books. Officials say the new cards will take five to 10 days to produce and deliver, compared with the current 47 days for paper documents. Containing microchips embedded with biometric data unique to each individual, and with the information laser-engraved on the chip to prevent tampering, the new IDs will be near impossible to forge, according to Home Affairs. Besides cutting down on identity theft and fraud, the smart IDs will speed up the process of establishing a modern, reliable population register. The cost of the new IDs will be the same as the amount paid for the green bar-coded IDs, which currently cost R140. IDs are free for first-time applicants. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

5 Documentary-Style Lenses for 5 Different Budgets

first_img3. Canon CN-E 18-80 T4.4The Canon CN-E 18-80 T4.4 is a workhorse among documentary-style lenses. In my opinion, it gets dismissed far too quickly by filmmakers for its slower aperture of T4.4 or F4.0. However, upon reviewing footage from this lens, you quickly realize the beautiful imagery it yields. It has a laundry list of admirable features — a constant aperture, fantastic focal range, and even image stabilization. This lens could very well become a go-to. To find the perfect documentary-style lenses for your next project, we’re going to look at five of the top lenses across multiple budget ranges.For documentary filmmakers, choosing the right lenses for your project can determine whether or not you get the shots you need to effectively tell your story. That’s why it’s so important to choose the perfect documentary-style lenses. Let’s look at five you should consider.1. Canon 17-55 f/2.8 EF-SIn my opinion, the Canon 17-55 is one of the more underrated documentary-style lenses (for its price point) on the market today. Originally introduced in 2009 with the Canon 7D, this lens has largely seen zero changes or updates since its initial release. However, the image quality and features are what keeps this lens relevant for documentary filmmakers today.Many argue that simply because this is a crop sensor lens (EF-S), it’s not classified as an L Series piece of glass. It features great optics, a decent zoom range, fast aperture, and even image stabilization. I’ve personally used this lens on quite a few documentary projects, and I absolutely love it for its versatility and ability to fit within budget parameters. 2. Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 LensIf you’re shooting on MFT or the Sony E-Mount camera, then the Fujinon 18-55 is a fantastic choice among documentary-style lenses. With a fast 2.9 constant aperture and a rich history of documentary lenses, the Fujinon 18-55 offers beautiful optics, a great form factor, and fantastic image quality. 4. Canon CN-E 17-120mm T2.95Over the past few years, Canon has really established itself as a solid manufacturer of documentary-style lenses for filmmakers. Canon offers such a wide range of lens options. Its most solid and broad documentary offering would have to be the 17-120mm. Its long range and fast aperture make it almost a staple — if budget allows. I’ve personally been able to use this lens on a number of projects and the range it offers always impresses me — as does its beautiful cinema optics. 5. Angenieux Optimo 28-76mm f/2.4 — T2.6If you’ve ever had the opportunity to use an Angenieux zoom lens, then you know just what a treat they are. They’re incredibly sharp and render colors beautifully. Simply put, they are exceptional documentary-style lenses. This is a lens that really takes a project to the next level. If budget is of minimal concern, then an Angenieux zoom lens is exactly where you should direct your efforts.Image via Angenieux.Overall, there are many wonderful zoom lens options out there for documentary filmmakers. Fortunately, no matter your budget, you can find fantastic options that fit your needs.Cover image via Triff.Looking for more on lenses? Check out these articles.Canon Announces an Affordable Full-Frame 24-240mm All-in-one Zoom LensWhere to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)Four Reasons You Should Use (and Love) Your Camera’s Stock LensThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe Cameras and Lenses Behind HBO’s Original Serieslast_img read more

Batangas stint chance to play, improve for Forrester

first_imgMOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Veteran Vince Carter headed to Kings Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ But that changed quickly knowing he has coach Eric Gonzales still on his side.“That faded away when I went home and thought about it. Coach Eric and I go a long way since our days in Arellano and I know that he’s always looking for my best interest and it was his way of helping me to get some games in. I haven’t been much playing time in the last four years so getting any kind of games in, any kind of minutes is only a positive thing,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s an opportunity to play, an opportunity to better myself, and focus on the things I need to work on. It’s not really a redemption thing. It’s all part of the process and for me trying to grow.”Unfortunately, it was a forgettable debut for Forrester, who tallied five points and two rebounds but committed five turnovers in the Batangueños’ 70-66 loss to Cignal HD  in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I just want to bounce back next game and hopefully, get them a win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Fil-Canadian guard’s biggest gaffe came in the final minute, when he threw an errant pass which was easily intercepted by Pamboy Raymundo with the Hawkeyes leading by just two points.Forrester owned up to his mistakes and understood that he had a bigger role in Batangas compared to the job he has with the Batang Pier.“Unfortunately, today I felt I lost the game for them. I didn’t realize how much I have to be a leader for this team. I haven’t been in this position for a while, so I have to lead this team, offensively, defensively, and leadership-wise, be vocal with the guys,” he said.The 27-year-old then vowed to come out stronger in Batangas’ game against Tanduay next Thursday.“There is pressure, but I just want to help this team as much as I can. I know most of the players and I know most of them are trying to get to the PBA. I don’t want to come here and step on anyone’s shoes. Technically, I have a contract and these guys are trying to get a contract so I don’t want to be in the way of these guys getting to the PBA,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena James Forrester. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJames Forrester didn’t deny that he saw his two-game loan from GlobalPort to Batangas as a demotion.“To be honest, my initial thoughts were a little negative,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hyderabad spinners restrict Delhi Capitals to 1298

first_imgNew Delhi: It was a new day, but the Delhi Capitals batsmen put up another disappointing show at the Feroz Shah Kotla here against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League game on Thursday. Put in to bat, DC put on 129/8 in their 20 overs. Sunrisers skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and put DC in and the SRH bowlers started well, stifling the home team batsman on a wicket which wore a typical low and slow look. Mohammad Nabi (2/21) and Rashid Khan (1/18) made full use of the conditions as the DC batsmen failed to read the two Afghanistan spinners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPrithvi Shaw looked to start aggressively as he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary off the first ball of the match. But the SRH skipper had the last laugh as he sent Shaw’s (11) stumps for a walk in the park in the third over of the DC innings. After that it was all about spinning a web over the DC batsmen as Nabi (opening the bowling with Bhuvneshwar) sent back Shikhar Dhawan (12). The struggle of the Delhi batsmen were to be seen on the scoreboard as they managed to score just 36 runs for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterStar batsman Rishabh Pant (5) fell trying to up the ante as Deepak Hooda picked a smart catch at long-off off Nabi as the score read 52/3. Skipper Shreyas Iyer did try to wage a battle, but he didn’t find much support from the other end. Iyer (43 off 41 balls) was finally cleaned up by Rashid as the leg-spinner was finally rewarded with a wicket for his quality effort. All-rounder Chris Morries tried to wield the long handle, but could only manage 17 off 15 balls as DC picked 24 runs off the last two overs with Axar Patel finishing with a six off the last ball. Brief scores: Delhi Capitals: 129/8 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 43, Axar Patel 23 not out; Mohammad Nabi 2/21, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/27) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

USA is the leader of world terrorism Iran

first_imgTehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday accused the US of being the real “leader of world terrorism”, hitting back after Washington blacklisted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation. Tehran was quick to retaliate on Monday by declaring US troops “terrorists” following Washington’s move, which was welcomed by Iran’s regional arch-rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia. It was the first time that Washington has branded part of a foreign government a terrorist group, meaning that anyone who deals with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could face prison in the United States. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?” an angry Rouhani demanded in a speech broadcast live by state television. Rouhani hailed the Guards for fighting terrorism since their creation in 1979, and accused US forces of having always been involved with terrorist groups or acts of terrorism. “You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region… you are the leader of world terrorism. “Who is propagating and encouraging terrorism in today’s world? Who wanted to use ISIS (the Islamic State group) as a tool?” Rouhani asked, saying that the US is “hiding” the leaders of the jihadist organisation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe Revolutionary Guards are the ideological arm of the country’s military and deeply embedded in Iranian political and economic life. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the Guards on their National Day, saying they were at the “forefront’ of defending the country and its interests, according to his official website. He lashed out at US officials, saying: “Their vice and deceit will return boomerang on them, leading the enemies of the Islamic Republic such as (US President Donald) Trump and those around him at the US ruling apparatus to go down the drain.” To support his accusations, Rouhani cited the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 in July 1988 by missiles fired from the US naval ship the USS Vincennes. “You have done everything imaginable. Which force was it that shot down our civil airliner in the waters of the Persian Gulf?” he said, adding that it was aimed at intimidating Iran. “You wanted to tell the Iranian nation that we do not have any red lines, you wanted to say that we also kill children, you wanted to say that we also kill women,” Rouhani said, concluding that the US was transmitting “a message of terrorism in the whole world.” The US move comes on top of Trump’s decision last year to pull the United States out of an international deal with Iran that was meant to lift crippling economic sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. Washington had been encouraged to blacklist the Guards by Trump’s allies Saudi Arabia and Israel, which both cheered the declaration. “The US decision (follows) the kingdom’s repeated demands to the international community to address the issue of Iranian-backed terrorism,” the official Saudi Press Agency quoted a foreign ministry source as saying on Tuesday. The source welcomed the US move as a “practical and serious step” in curbing what the kingdom describes as Iranian meddling in the region. The US decision came hours before an Israeli election in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a close race for re-election. In a statement, Netanyahu thanked his “dear friend” Trump who he said had responded to a “request of mine”. In a statement carried by the Iranian official news agency IRNA, the Supreme National Security Council declared the United States a “state sponsor of terrorism” and its forces in the region “terror groups”. Quickly adapting to the decision, the semi-official Fars News Agency, close to ultra-conservatives, described the US casualties in the latest suicide bombing on a military convoy in Afghanistan as “terrorists.” In a report on the attack, Fars said Tuesday: “American army terrorists killed in Afghanistan.”last_img read more

Group of Blue Jackets ready for Olympic play

The last time Fredrik Modin and Samuel Pahlsson went to Vancouver, British Columbia, they left with a 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Canucks. For their next trip, they’re looking to bring back gold.Columbus Blue Jackets Modin and Pahlsson were part of the Swedish squad that captured the gold in the 2006 Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy. Along with their countrymen, they will begin their defense of the medal against Germany in the preliminary round of this year’s games.In addition to Pahlsson and Modin, four other Jackets will be making the trip to Vancouver to represent their respective countries. They are Fedor Tyutin (Russia), Milan Jurcina (Slovakia), Jan Hejda (Czech Republic) and Columbus captain Rick Nash (Canada).Oddly enough for a team located in the heart of America, there isn’t a single Blue Jackets player representing the U.S. in the 2010 games.This will be the second Olympic Games for Nash. He represented Team Canada in the Turin Games, where the powerful Canadian squad finished in a disappointing seventh place. Now that the games are being hosted by his home country, there will be an increased impetus to win, especially for Nash, who was limited to one assist in six games in Turin.“There was tons of pressure the last time in Turin,” Nash said of his last Olympic experience. “But anytime you put on the red-and-white maple leaf, there’s a lot of pressure.”Nash is probably already salivating over the possibility of playing on a line with fellow Canadian and all-world center, Sidney Crosby. It will be the first Olympic Games for Crosby, who was left off the 2006 team.Nash can’t be blamed for feeling the heat. He plays for a country where hockey is raised to a level that makes finding a comparison here in the U.S. difficult.One Canadian columnist summed it up this way: “The thought of a losing effort is something wholly unacceptable and incalculable within this culture, where national pride and hockey skill are inseparable entities.”It may be the final time for some of these Jackets to represent their home countries. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s recent comments on the future status of NHL players in the Olympics has cast some doubt on their possible participation in the 2014 games.There is currently no agreement in place for the 2014 games, which will be held in Sochi, Russia.There are many variables for Bettman to consider going forward. Chief among these are economic and competitive factors.“It’s difficult for any business, any league, to shut down for two weeks with the attendant loss of attention and everything that flows from it,” Bettman said. “And there are competitive issues.”The competitive issues he is referring to are because of the fact that not every NHL team sends the same amount of players to the Olympics. Or any at all for that matter. So when the season resumes, some teams may have benefited from the two-week break more than others.Is that enough to pull the plug?“I know the players are passionate about representing their countries. We have a long history as a sport in international competition and that’s something that’s important to the players,” Bettman said. “But we have to decide on balance, ‘Is it worth it?’” read more

Ohio State mens tennis to open up NCAA tournament at home

As the Ohio State men’s tennis team came together in a room at the indoor Varsity Tennis Center eagerly waiting to see where and who they play in the first round of the NCAA tournament, one person was missing. That person was coach Ty Tucker. He was nervously pacing back and forth in his office. “I’m not a fan of the whole selection thing,” Tucker said. But as soon as the NCAA was ready to announce the brackets for the tournament, Tucker gave in and stood outside the door to await his team’s fate.Once he heard the announcement that OSU would host Western Michigan, Tucker walked to his computer and began studying the Buckeyes’ first opponent in the NCAA tournament.No. 4 OSU will face Western Michigan (21-10) at 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Stickney Tennis Center. As a reward for the their 32-1 season, the Buckeyes will host the first- and second-round matches.“We’ve won a lot of matches at home so obviously we want to be at home,” Tucker said. “We’re looking forward to playing Western Michigan.”The Buckeyes, whose only defeat this year came to top-seeded Virginia, have a few notable schools in their bracket, including Michigan, Illinois and defending champion Southern California, who defeated OSU in the finals last year. “It’d be nice to get them back,” sophomore Chase Buchanan said. When asked if that was a match he wanted, Buchanan said, “definitely.”Like most coaches, Tucker is not looking ahead. His main focus is Western Michigan.“I know that they’ve won the MAC (Mid-American Conference) five years in a row,” Tucker said. “I know that teams that have won five championships in a row are used to winning.”The Buckeyes go into the tournament as one of the favorites. Tucker said his team’s experience and realizing the importance of the doubles’ point are major factors.“I’m sure Justin (Kronauge) will have these guys as a captain ready to play,” Tucker said. “They’ve got to come out understanding four, five, six minutes of great play can set up a win early on in the doubles’ point.”The Buckeyes have done that all year, including having another undefeated season at home. Now, they have a shot to make another run. “We have a lot of potential as well as many other teams in this tournament,” said Kronauge, OSU’s all-time wins leader. “Hopefully we fight harder and we prepare the next two weeks to get ready.” read more

San Diegans outraged after 29 day streak of gas prices increasing

first_img Updated: 7:07 PM San Diegans outraged after 29 day streak of gas prices increasing KUSI Newsroom, April 18, 2019 Posted: April 18, 2019center_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose today to its highest amount since July 30, 2015, increasing a half-cent to $4.054, one day after a 29-day streak of increases ended with a decrease of one-tenth of a cent.The average price is 11.1 cents more than one week ago, 71.2 cents higher than one month ago and 47.1 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.The rising prices are the result of a series of refinery issues that have reduced supply, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.The average price rose 70.7 cents during the streak, the longest since a 35-day streak from Jan. 30-March 5, 2015.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on the reactions and the possible reasons for the increase. last_img read more