Winning start for Kawhi Leonard with Raptors

first_imgWARRIORS: Curry, Thompson and Durant combined to shoot 20 of 33 from the field, including 10 of 16 from behind the arc. … Rookie Marcus Derrickson and Jordan Bell scored 10 points apiece. … Golden State finished with 33 assists on 44 made field goals, including 12 3s. … Draymond Green had eight assists.JAZZ 130, PERTH WILDCATS 72Rookie Grayson Allen hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and Alec Burks scored 18 for Utah (1-0). Burks made 4 of 6 from 3-point range, grabbed five boards and had four assists in 21 minutes.Rudy Gobert had 14 points, on 6-of-7 shooting, and nine rebounds for the Jazz.Bryce Cotton led Perth (0-1) with 14 points, Terrico White scored 11 and Nick Kay 10. The trio combined to shoot just 10 of 43 (23.3 percent) from the field, including 1 of 11 from 3-point range.JAZZ: Allen, picked 21st overall in June’s draft, was 7-of-14 shooting. … Donovan Mitchell, who scored 20.5 points per game and led Utah to the second round of the playoffs as a rookie last season, had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes. … Raul Neto (hamstring) and Joe Ingles (leg soreness) missed the game. … Dante Exum, a 23-year-old Australian who missed the first 68 games last season, had six assists.WILDCATS: Cotton appeared in 15 games, averaging 5.3 points in 10.6 minutes per game, for Utah during the 2014-15 season. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Leonard played 19 minutes and didn’t shoot particularly well, missing all four 3-pointers and going just 6 for 11 from the free throw line. But he played aggressively and moved well after being limited to just nine games last season for San Antonio because of a thigh injury. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP hadn’t played in a game since January.Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each played the first quarter for Portland. Lillard scored 12 points and McCollum had nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRAPTORS 122, TRAIL BLAZERS 104Danny Green, who came from San Antonio with Leonard, was 1 for 6 and finished with five points in Toronto’s first game under new coach Nick Nurse. 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(Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)Kawhi Leonard is finally back on the court and the Toronto Raptors should be happy with the results.Leonard scored 12 points in his first game with his new team and the Raptors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-104 on Saturday night in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the preseason opener for both teams.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points apiece for Dallas. Doncic, a 19-year-old who was named EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP while leading Real Madrid to the title, made 5 of 7 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots.Smith was 6-of-10 shooting and had six assists with no turnovers. Maxi Kleber added 15 points for the Mavericks (1-0).Justin Hamilton, who appeared in 113 games and started 21 across three seasons in the NBA, led Beijing with 29 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 6 of 19 from the field but made 15 of 17 from the free throw line.MAVERICKS: DeAndre Jordan, who signed a one-year contract with Dallas as a free agent this summer, had nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 18 minutes. … Jalen Brunson, a second-round pick out of Villanova, hit two 3-pointers and finished with eight points and four assists. … Harrison Barnes, who led the team in scoring last season (18.9 per game), Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea and Dwight Powell missed the game due to injuries.BEIJING: The Ducks shot just 23.9 percent (17 of 71) from the field and committed 17 turnovers.TIMBERWOLVES 114, WARRIORS 110Jeff Teague scored 17 points and Derrick Rose added 16 for Minnesota, which was without All-Star Jimmy Butler, who requested a trade from the team last week.Anthony Tolliver scored 15 points, hitting 5 of 10 from 3-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 11 and rookie Josh Okogie 10 for the Timberwolves (1-0).Stephen Curry made 5-of-9 3-pointers and finished with 21 points in 19 minutes for Golden State (0-1). Klay Thompson scored 17, including three 3-pointers, and Kevin Durant added 16 points.TIMBERWOLVES: Butler, who was acquired from Chicago for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen a year ago, led Minnesota in scoring (22.2 per game) and was an All-NBA third-team selection last season. … Towns was 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and had two blocks. … Keita Bates-Diop, a second-round pick, shot just 1 of 9 from the field and finished with six points and six boards. Anthony looking to make basketball fun again in Houston View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meyers Leonard led Portland with 16 points.TRAIL BLAZERS: Rookie Gary Trent Jr. scored eight points in 20 minutes. … Portland led 33-32 after the only quarter it played with its starting backcourt.RAPTORS: Longtime starting center Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench to lead Toronto with 17 points. … Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, playing the same 19:21 as Leonard.UP NEXT: Portland (0-1) visits Phoenix on Friday. Toronto (1-0) visits Utah on Tuesday.MAVERICKS 116, BEIJING DUCKS 63ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Dynamic Airways to pull out of Guyana operations

first_img…company stops selling ticketsFaced with bankruptcy and lawsuits which could force it to sell, Dynamic Airways is now in the process of preparing to pull out of the local aviation sector.According to local representative for the airline, Captain Gerry Gouveia, Dynamic is currently slowing down its operations, and has stopped selling tickets.“They are slowing down the operations as of this time. In another couple of days, I will know for sure what is happening. They have not been selling any tickets, but we are examining the situation. When I know for sure by Dynamic, I will let the public know,” Gouveia told this newspaper.Gouveia has revealed plans to meet with officials of the US-based company to determine future plans. A number of travel agencies recently voiced concerns over the cancellation of all Dynamic flights for the remainder of the year.After investigations, it was revealed that the airline is planning to suspend operations soon. However, it is yet to inform the public what it intends to do regarding those passengers who have already booked flights with them.Dynamic had, earlier this year, announced that it had filed for bankruptcy with the United States Bankruptcy Court. It had noted that it would continue operations as normal.The voluntary Chapter 11 petition was filed by Dynamic Airways with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Middle District of North Carolina. According to the United States Courts website, this chapter of the Bankruptcy Code generally provides for reorganisation. Chapter 11 allows a debtor to propose a plan of reorganisation to keep its business alive and pay creditors over time. This includes the lawsuits from Hajj flights that Dynamic operated in 2014 for Air India, and an arbitration award against Dynamic Intl., finding that the airline was in breach of contract by failing to pay commissions to BKP Enterprises in connection with the Hajj flights.Just a month after filing for bankruptcy, one of the airline’s creditors had moved to the courts to force the airline to liquidate its assists after Dynamic owed some US$1.19 million. The creditor, PMC Aviation LLC of Greensboro, claimed in its motion for liquidation that Dynamic was suffering from millions of dollars of continuing losses, and that the debtor (airline) had been grossly mismanaged. Back in 2014, the airline had suspended its operation for four months.last_img read more

Fashion Square expansion planned

first_img“It’s being worked on with staff and officials,” she said. The expansion is part of Westfield’s business model to reinvest in its property, Dickey said. Currently, the mall is anchored by a Macy’s and a Bloomingdale’s. The company has not announced any new retailers. The company is waiting for approvals from the city, a process that could take months. The center covers 840,000 square feet in its current configuration. The latest application seeks approval to add 170,000 square feet; Westfield already obtained approval in 1994 to add 110,000 square feet of retail space. New mall space would replace part of a two-story parking deck at the east end of the property, while a new, five-story parking deck would be built next to Macy’s. Plans call for four new restaurants and a revamped food court, similar to the upscale dining terrace at Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park. The proposal also outlines a new mall entrance from Riverside Drive, just east of Matilija Avenue. Construction would take 24 months to 36 months, Dickey said. City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents the area and chairs the council’s Transportation Committee, termed traffic around Fashion Square a “disaster.” A solution lies in listening to locals, she said. “I am cautiously optimistic that if they move forward working with us in the community, they can design ingress and egress that will improve the traffic there” and benefit the neighborhood, she said. Art Howard, president of the Studio City Residents Association, said residents in communities surrounding the mall are also worried about busy streets. “If there is a lot more business, there will be a lot more traffic going there,” said Howard, “and they will be using our streets.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHERMAN OAKS – The Westfield Group is planning a big expansion at Westfield Fashion Square, and residents worry that it will further clog already congested streets. By building south toward the 101 Freeway, Westfield would add 280,000 square feet and 80 stores to the 120 stores already there. The $200 million proposal, which would increase the mall’s size by one-third, is prompting residents’ concerns about traffic jams on Riverside Drive, Hazeltine Avenue and Woodman Avenue. “That project has insufficient mitigations for the project of that size,” said Ellen Vukovich, a member of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association board. The company disagrees. Westfield officials have factored in community concerns about the traffic flow and plan new left-turn lanes, traffic lights and signs, said spokeswoman Katy Dickey. last_img read more

‘World News’ longer in April with 1 sponsor

first_img – Associated Press NEW YORK – A few months after rival NBC did it once, ABC News says it will air four editions of “World News” with a single sponsor next month, freeing up five extra minutes for news on each broadcast. ABC has sent reporter Bill Weir traveling for a special series on those days. He’ll go to Kiribati, a Pacific island nation that is seeing the effects of global warming, and to Zambia to report on efforts to reduce infant and maternal mortality. NBC’s “Nightly News” aired a broadcast on Dec. 4 solely sponsored by Philips Electronics, with the fewer commercial breaks adding six minutes of news. ABC’s single-sponsored newscasts will air on Friday nights. The CVS Pharmacy is sponsoring the last one; ABC and the advertising agency said the sponsor for the other three broadcasts wanted to remain confidential until the broadcasts. The evening news ratings race has become more competitive this year, with “World News” topping “Nightly News” four times in the last six weeks. last_img read more

Europa League berth hangs in balance after Southampton held

first_img Jay Rodriguez Southampton squandered several gilt-edged opportunities as they were held at home by FC Midtjylland in their Europa League third qualifying round first leg at St Mary’s.In a tame first half, debutant Oriol Romeu came closest for the hosts from range before former Saints academy player Tim Sparv broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time.Steven Caulker had a goal contentiously disallowed before Jay Rodriguez equalised from the penalty spot with his first goal in nearly 17 months.Caulker and Maya Yoshida were both denied by miraculous saves as the Danish side held on to gain the advantage ahead of next week’s return leg.Ronald Koeman handed full debuts to Romeu and Caulker after a resounding 3-0 defeat to Everton at the weekend, and the former fired narrowly over in a first half of few chances.Martin Stekelenburg in the Saints’ goal then reacted well to palm away after some head tennis in the penalty area, before Sparv, who was in the same youth side as Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott, struck a brilliant sucker punch from 20 yards as the visitors went ahead with the last kick of the first half.After the break, Caulker thought he’d equalised only to be penalised for supposedly fouling his marker, before Saints were handed a lifeline after James Ward-Prowse was felled in the box.Rodriguez, who hadn’t scored since he netted a brace against Newcastle the game before he ruptured knee ligaments in March 2014, confidently sent the Midtjylland goalkeeper Johan Dahlin the wrong way from the subsequent spotkick.Dahlin may have been well beaten by the penalty, but he was equal to everything else thrown at him as Saints pushed for a winner, including two sublime reaction saves from Caulker and then Yoshida at the death. 1last_img read more

MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING €21,000 FROM HIS BANK

first_imgA man accused of stealing more than €21,000 from his bank through payments by cheque to a number of businesses in Donegal and other counties over the course of just six consecutive days has been sent forward for trial.Gearoid Leonard (25) of Knockdoe, Claregalway, was brought in custody before Judge Mary Fahy at Monday’s sitting of Galway District Court where Garda Evelyn Barrett gave evidence of serving the book of evidence on the accused in relation to 24 counts of theft from AIB, Tuam Road amounting to a total of €21,221.Inspector Brendan Carroll told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has consented to Leonard being sent forward for trial to Galway Circuit Criminal Court. Offences committed in businesses in Donegal include theft through fraudulent transactions of €480 from Bank of Ireland, Main Street, Falcarragh, €120 from Centra Boyce, Dunfanaphy, and the theft of €26 from Next and €199 from Dunnes Stores, Retail Park, Letterkenny, on April 17, 2010.The following day, there were similar charges of €110 from Macs Mace, Kilmacrennan Road, Letterkenny, and two incidents of stealing €35 from Milford Inn, Milford, Donegal.Leonard is accused of theft from his bank through fraudulent transactions with the largest single amount being €6,850 from the Hanley Oaks, Rahoon, Galway, on April 18, 2010.He is also charged with theft on five different days – from April 16 to April 21, 2010 – totalling €3,000 from Topaz, Tuam Road, Galway. There were also charges of theft through fraudulent transactions from A1 Parts Ltd, Tuam, Galway, of €1,000 on April 19, 2010, and a further €1,570 the following day. Leonard is also accused of going to Texoil Ltd, Galway, and carrying out a fraudulent transactions of €1,500 on April 19 and a further €1,500 the following day as well as committing similar offences at Park Tyres, Galway Road, Tuam, on April 20 to the sum of €1,500. Other Galway matters include the theft of €29 from West Wing Steakhouse, Kilmore, Tuam, on April 18, 2010.MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING €21,000 FROM HIS BANK was last modified: May 30th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Chelsea youngsters beaten by Aston Villa after late Lalkovič penalty miss

first_imgMilan Lalkovič missed an injury-time penalty for Chelsea as they were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa in the Under-21 Premier League.Danny Johnson gave Villa the lead in the game at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground, before Connor Hunte equalised after being set up by John Swift.Danny Devine put the visitors back in front but the Blues were given a late chance to secure a draw when Azin Deen-Conteh was fouled in the box.But Slovak forward Lalkovič was unable to convert the resulting spot-kick, instead lifting the ball over the bar.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Young A’s eager to learn from veteran Marco Estrada

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s had great success taking a chance on pitchers coming off bad years last season, and it appears they’re looking to recreate that formula for 2019.While several A’s players gathered at Jack London Square on Friday for a media availability to discuss the upcoming season, the primary subject of conversaton was a player not in attendance — Marco Estrada, who earlier in the day was signed by the A’s to a one-year deal worth $4 million.“We’ve known for a while we’ve needed to add …last_img

Wave Technology Lives On In Google’s New Shared Spaces

first_imgaudrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google has quietly launched a new Labs project today – Google Shared Spaces. Based on Google Wave gadgets technology, Shared Spaces is designed to be an easy way to create and share collaborative applications. As Shared Spaces uses Wave technology, there are already 50 different gadgets available, including shared maps, scheduling tools, polls, Sudoku games, and drawing boards. Shared Spaces seems to be a fairly easy way to quickly share a workspace with a friend or colleague. You simply share the space’s URL to invite others to join. There’s a chat box for real-time communication, but it appears that the work space persists, meaning you can use it for longer-term work as well. So, will more folks adopt Wave in this format? According to the description on the Google Labs site, Javascript developers will be able to build their own gadgets in order to build more Shared Spaces tools. However, the link to Shared Spaces via the Google’s Labs page returns an error message, so perhaps Shared Spaces – (oh dear) much like Wave – isn’t quite ready for prime time. (Here’s the direct link to Shared Spaces.) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#web center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

4 Current Use Cases That Illustrate the Widening Adoption of AI

first_imgRelated Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Andrej is a dedicated writer and digital evangelist. He is pursuing an ongoing mission to share the benefits of his years of hard-won expertise with business leaders and marketing professionals everywhere. He is a contributor to a wide range of technology-focused publications, where he may be found discussing everything from neural networks and natural language processing to the latest in smart home IoT devices. If there’s a new and exciting technology, there’s a good chance Andrej is writing about it somewhere out there. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry Tags:#000 years BCE#4#AI#artificial intelligence#Diamonds#future of work#Perfume What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Andrej Kovacevic Most of the time, the discussions looking into artificial intelligence (AI) have seemed like they’re in the distant future. AI-powered technology fully automates business processes and displaces large swaths of today’s workforce. You don’t, however, hear all that much about the ways that AI is already making significant changes in the way businesses work.For years now, technology experts and industry observers all over the world have engaged in a longstanding debate over how artificial intelligence (AI) will change the nature of work.Part of the reason we don’t hear all of the significant business work uses that AI is doing is because current-generation AI technology hasn’t become as fully autonomous in operation, as some would wish.AI has been limited to functions carried out in the background, rather than being deployed in customer-facing positions. The notable exception, of course, is the latest surge in the usage of chatbots across a multitude of industries — but it’s a stretch to call all of the bots true artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.Despite the lack of attention, AI is making some significant inroads into industries far and wide, including in several places that you might not expect. Once people see where AI can be used in a heightened way, it will catapult its usage foreward. A few ideas to paint a clearer picture of exactly where AI stands now in its development cycle on the way to becoming omnipresent.Here’s a look at four current use cases where AI is having a substantial impact right now, including some you’d never have imagined just a few short years ago.Creating Pleasing new Perfume ScentsOne of the main traits that most people ascribe to AI technology is an unflinching application of logic. As a result, creativity isn’t something that many have expected from AI — even when it is purpose-built for creative tasks. That’s why it may come as a surprise to many that AI is making waves in one of the most ancient of creative industries: perfume and fragrance manufacturing.Perfume and scents of all kinds come from an industry with roots dating back through more than 4,000 years of human history. The ancient ancestry of scent making would cause one to pause their thinking as a place where AI might turn up. Yet where else could so much valuable information be unearthed?Perfume manufacturer Symrise is now working with IBM research to perfect Philyra, which is an AI that mines historical data and existing perfume formulations to suggest all-new variations that should be pleasing to the human olfactory system.It has already assisted in the creation of two new scents that are slated to go on sale next year, ushering in a whole new era for one of mankind’s oldest industries.Bringing Diamond Expertise to ConsumersThe perfume and fragrance industry isn’t the only old-line industry that’s already benefiting from AI technology. It’s also happening in the diamond and jewelry industry, which itself has roots dating to the 4th century BCE.The difference in the diamond industry, however, is that there’s nothing to manufacture, so AI is being put to use to help consumers make smart decisions when considering a purchase.Today, thanks to Los Angeles based jeweler RockHer and IBM’s Watson AI technology, even a novice can purchase a diamond in complete confidence that they’re getting the best possible deal. The system, named ROSI, lets customers compare diamonds with AI from an available pool of more than 100,000 GIA certified diamonds at a time.ROSI compares the stones using more than 30 characteristics and returns the one that is the best value for whatever budget the user has specified. After training with world-class gemologists, ROSI now consistently makes even better selections than it’s human counterparts, which provides a rare advantage to consumers in the world’s premier luxury market.Expediting Insurance Claim PayoutsThe global insurance industry is a paper-heavy, resource-intensive one. From sales to actuarial work to claims management, there’s never any shortage of labor to be done. That’s why it should come as no surprise that it’s an industry that’s itching to implement AI solutions in every way currently possible.One of the more common current applications is in the area of claims management and settlement. AI is a natural fit there because insurance claims are primarily data-reliant decisions, requiring little in the way of human intuition. So far, the results have been more than promising.Insurance startup Lemonade, for one, has already set a claims settlement record with their AI Jim, which decided on and paid out a claim in under three seconds — with no need for lengthy paperwork submissions by the policyholder.They’re not the only company getting in on the act, either. Japanese insurance firm Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance recently turned to an AI solution to calculate payouts, with a system that navigates thousands of pages of medical records and claims submissions to reach appropriate payment amounts for claimants.Brewing the Perfect BeerThere’s another interesting AI use case that is making use of two of the main strengths of today’s current crop of AI technology. It’s interesting because those strengths are in iterative design and rapid prototyping, but they’re not being used for industrial production, per se.Instead, they’re being used to craft the world’s tastiest beers. It’s being done by the UK firm IntelligentX, who has developed an AI solution that considers user feedback via Facebook to continually refine it’s brewing recipes.At the heart of the system is a machine learning algorithm, known as Automated Brewing Intelligence (ABI) that relies on reinforcement learning and a rewards system to hone its skills. The creators of the system aim to let the ABI learn until it is capable of beating human brewers in a major brewing competition.That will be quite the achievement, given that it will need to win over human judges to accomplish the feat, but that is already not outside the realm of possibility today.AI is Already EverywhereThese are but a few of the many real-world AI applications that are already driving change today. They’re hardly the only ones, though. AI is also seeing successful deployments in the medical field, in real estate, and even in advertising.In advertising,  AI has recently written the script for an entire automobile commercial. Everywhere you turn, AI is already working its way into industries far and wide, in ways both large and small.Given the speed with which the technology has been adopted across almost every industry imaginable, it’s fair to say that the debate over how AI technology will change the way we work is officially over.We’re already seeing the first examples of the answer to that question, and those examples will continue to grow alongside the technology itself. It’s still far too soon to tell when we’ll reach the promised future where AI automates all of our most arduous tasks and takes over the most burdensome jobs from people, but it’s a safe bet that day is coming soon.Beyond that lies a whole new world controlled by data, with AI helping humanity to solve some of its most long-standing social problems while freeing up humans to do what they do best – learn, think, and create.It’s probable that the bulk of that change to get us there will occur right in front of our eyes, as it already is in so many ways. The only thing that is certain is that at the end of the day, that’s the real promise of AI technology, and once it becomes a reality we’ll all be much better off than we are today.last_img read more