Lakers give frustrated Kobe Bryant the day off

first_img“If he’s making the shots, we’ll keep feeding him,” Russell said. “The basketball gods aren’t blessing him right now with making shots. But they’ll fall.” Still, Scott suggested to Bryant he should change his routine, perhaps to ensure more energy after missing the last three exhibition games because of a bruise in his lower left leg. Scott also envisions Bryant will play around 60-plus regular-season games when accounting for any games he might rest, likely some or all of the Lakers’ 18 sets of back-to-backs. Through the Lakers’ first two regular-season games, Scott said he wished Bryant would reduce his high volume of 3-point shots and score more from the post and elbows. Despite Bryant taking several contested jumpers in isolation against Dallas, Scott maintained he felt mostly fine with Bryant’s shot selection. “He did a much better job of getting to the basket,” Scott said. “I’m fine with his shot selection right now.”Bryant maintained he’s happy with his shot selection, too, before criticizing himself for not converting.“He really feels that it is his fault,” Scott said of Bryant. “He’s not playing the way he’s capable of playing. He’s going to play that way and get to the Kobe that we know.”Injury updateLakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. left Monday’s practice early because of a broken nose that stemmed from Julius Randle’s physical play. Forward Brandon Bass missed Monday’s practice because of a corneal abrasion in his left eye after it was poked in Sunday’s game against Dallas. Nance Jr. and Bass are listed as questionable to play against Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kobe Bryant reported to the Lakers’ practice facility on Monday before finding out he would not practice.The reasons had less to do with the 37-year-old Bryant’s health. It had more to do with his demeanor following the Lakers’ 103-93 loss to Dallas on Sunday, when he posted 15 points on 3-of-15 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-8 effort from 3-point range. “He’s frustrated,” Scott said. “I want him to take a day off to get away.”The Lakers (0-3) enter Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets (1-2) at Staples Center winless partly because Bryant has averaged 17.3 points on only 31.4 percent shooting through three games.center_img After Sunday’s loss, Bryant ranked himself “the 200th-best player in the league” and described his play with an unfavorable expletive. “He’s just one of those guys that expects a whole lot more out of himself,” Scott said. “For him to go at himself like he did shows how much he cares about playing well.”Scott argued it also shows Bryant remains secure with criticizing himself, in hopes that his teammates adopt the same mind-set.“It also sends a message to the young guys that as hard as he is working, he’s not satisfied with the way he’s playing,” Scott said. “That lets others know they have to pick it up.”Yet, Bryant did not chalk it up to the Lakers’ inexperience or bemoan where he took his shots. Bryant complimented Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell for setting himself up in the offense. last_img read more

Ray Ratto: Sharks rediscover themselves, but is it too late?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — ​Well, that was easy, and predictable, and so very San Jose Sharks. They probably just waited one game too long to reprise their best selves.But they did, 5-2 winners over the Vegas Golden Knights in a game that was theirs in every way that Games 3 or 4 of this Western Conference first round series were not. They established control early, they maintained it through the few moments when the …last_img read more

Top South African hotels ranked among best

first_img15 July 2015The popular Expedia.com travel site has included two South African hotels in its annual Insiders’ Select list of the best reviewed hospitality properties around the world. Johannesburg’s InterContinental at OR Tambo International Airport and the Taj Hotel Cape Town both received a score of 4.7 out of 5, based on over two million verified guest reviews.A total of 650 hotels and resorts from across the globe have been chosen for the list this year, and the South African hotels are in good company. Amongst the top 10 ranked establishments are the exclusive Royal Palms Bermuda, the Hotel Panorama in Olbia, Italy and the deluxe B+B Edinburgh in Scotland.The five-star InterContinental is popular with international tourists and business travellers alike, as a stopover to the rest of Africa. It delivers accessibility, elegance and all the upmarket amenities expected from a high-quality hotel. The Taj – also a five-star graded establishment – is located in the heart of historic Cape Town, and is part of the prestigious Taj Hotel Group. According to Expedia, both hotels have fulfilled the highest standard of excellence to become part of the Insiders’ List, which includes “consistently delivering value with competitive pricing, pristine amenities and superior customer service.’Expedia is one of the world’s leading full-service online travel websites, with partnerships with some of the most trusted travel brands.Source: Expedia.comlast_img read more

Twitter effort reinforces the importance of NAFTA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers and ranchers across the country took to Twitter last week to let the  President and other administration officials know that staying in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a win for farmers.  Corn growers from around the United States tweeted about the economic benefits of NAFTA, which supports 25,000 corn industry jobs and stimulates the rural economy.For the past 23 years, NAFTA has been a landmark trade success story for U.S. agriculture, particularly grains. U.S. corn and corn products (ethanol, DDGs and corn gluten feed) have duty free access to Mexico and Canada under NAFTA. Mexico has become the number one trading partner for U.S. corn, buying 25% of all exports. Since 1994, U.S. corn exports to NAFTA partners have increased more than seven-fold. In the 2015-2016 marketing year alone, U.S. exports of corn to Mexico and Canada totaled more than 14 million metric tons, valued at $2.68 billion.For America’s corn growers, this market access can mean the difference between profit and loss. Corn and corn product exports are responsible for 33 percent of growers’ gross farm income.“Farmers and ranchers from all sectors are sending a powerful message to the President about the importance of remaining in NAFTA,” said Kevin Skunes, NCGA President.  “America’s corn growers stand with the Administration as it negotiates an improved trade agreement, but it must ensure that these vital markets remain open to U.S. agricultural exports.”Agricultural exports are a major driver of the U.S. economy with far-reaching benefits for farmers, American workers and consumers.  They support more than one million American jobs and every dollar of agricultural exports creates an additional $1.27 in business activity.The fifth round of NAFTA negotiations wrapped up in November.  Informal discussions are expected in December, leading up to the sixth round of formal negotiations January 23-28, 2018.“NCGA is following the NAFTA negotiations closely and working with allies in Congress and the Administration to preserve these critical markets for U.S. corn and corn products,” Skunes said.last_img read more

Update: Microsoft Patches Internet Explorer Security Bug That Could Have Affected Millions

first_imgTags:#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Update: As of Friday, Sept. 21, Microsoft has now issued a patch for the new zero-day vulnerability we reported on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The patch should be automatically applied to those users who have automatic updates enabled. A separate patch has also been applied to a Flash vulnerability Microsoft discovered with the Internet Explorer 10 browser used by Windows 8.Microsoft said it was investigating a new zero-day vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could affect millions of users, running the latest versions of Internet Explorer on Microsoft’s most popular operating systems.Specifically, Microsoft warned that the bug could affect users running Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9, using the Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and Windows Server operating systems. Windows 8 and its integrated Internet Explorer 10 browser do not appear to be affected, Microsoft says. Internet Explorer on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 runs in a restricted mode and is also not affected.While it’s unclear exactly how many users may be affected by the vulnerability, IE makes up 32.8% of the global browser market according to StatCounter, just a hair behind Chrome, at 33.6%.Vulnerability Is SeriousUpdate: Microsoft has now issued a patch.So far, Microsoft has not issued a patch, although downloading the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit v3.0 may help mitigate the problem in the short term, Microsoft has said.The vulnerability is considered to be a serious one, both in its scope and in its potential for harm. Basically, as Microsoft notes, “an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user”. In other words, the attacker could essentially do what he wanted with your computer: drop a keylogger or other snooping software, crash it, or perform other malicious activities. Symantec confirmed the vulnerability, and found that the software downloads additional malware.According to Microsoft, the vulnerability could be exploited within a Web page: “An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability through Internet Explorer and then convince a user to view the website.”The vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Eric Romang, who was assisted by members of the Metasploit team, which develops a vulnerability tool to for “penetration testing” against suspected vulnerable machines.Using a Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3 machine with an up-to-date Adobe Flash plugin, Romang noted that files cached on a server used by the alleged Chinese “Nitro” gang of hackers contained HTML code that launched an infected Adobe SWF file or Flash Player movie, which could execute arbitrary code on a user’s machine. The “Nitro” attacks (PDF) were a coordinated series of attacks that took place through Sept. 2011, targeted at the chemical and motor industries, apparently for the purposes of industrial espionage.The team of hackers has since deleted the files from the server, indicating that they’re now aware that they’ve been spotted. That means that this particular “zero-day” hack has only a limited lifespan until Microsoft issues a patch.So What Should You Do?At this point, some security researchers are reportedly warning that you should stay away from Internet Explorer entirely until a patch is issued. That’s probably a little extreme – but it’s absolutely safe, too. Until (and if) Chrome and Firefox are also found to be vulnerable to this exploit, using these browsers is probably your best bet. You can also expect the major antivirus vendors to move quickly; McAfee, for example, said that it is already working on an update that will protect its users against the vulnerability.If you’re using an older version of IE, you may as well take this opportunity to upgrade to the latest version that your operating system supports. You probably shouldn’t worry about opening any HTML-encoded email; by default, all supported versions of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, and Windows Mail open HTML email messages in the Restricted sites zone, which prevents the code from being launched. But beware – clicking a link in an otherwise innocuous email message could also take you to an infected Web site; as always, use caution when clicking willy-nilly across the Web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market markhachmanlast_img read more

October 8: Events of the day

first_imgARCHERYMORNING (9 am to 10.55 am)Women’s: Recurve team (final)AFTERNOON (2 pm to 3.55 pm)Men’s: Recurve team (final)ATHLETICSMORNING (10 am to 12.30 pm)Men’s: Decathlon; 110 m hurdles (heats); long jump (qualifying); 800m (heats); 400m hurdles (heats). Women’s: Shot put (qualifying); heptathlon; javelin throw (qualifying)EVENING (5.30 pm to 8.25 pm)Men’s: Decathlon; 110m hurdles (final); 400m (semis); triple jump (final); hammer throw (final).Women’s: Heptathlon; 1500m (final); 400m (final); triple jump (final); 10,000m (final)BADMINTONEVENING (7 pm to 11 pm)Team event (final)BOXINGAFTERNOON (1 pm to 5 pm)Flyweight (52kg); lightweight (60kg)EVENING (6.30 pm to 10.30 pm) Welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg)GYMNASTICS (Artistic)EVENING (5 pm to 8 pm)Men’s: Vault (final); parallel bars (final); horizontal bar (final)Women’s: Balance beam (final); floor (final)HOCKEYMORNING (8.30 am to 12 pm)Women’s: South Africa vs Australia;New Zealand vs EnglandAFTERNOON (1.30 pm to 5 pm)Women’s: Trinidad & Tobago vs India; Wales vs CanadaEVENING (6.30 pm to 10 pm).Men’s: South Africa vs Trinidad & Tobago; Malaysia vs ScotlandSHOOTING, CLAY TARGETMORNING (10 am to 5 pm)Men’s: Trap pairs (final) Women’s: Trap pairs (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREEVENING (9 am to 5.30 pm)Men’s: 10m air pistol singles (qualification); 25m rapid fire pistol singles (qualification); 50m rifle 3 position pairs (final); 10m air pistol singles (final); 25m rapid fire pistol singles (final)SWIMMING/SYNCHRONISEDMORNING (8.30 am to 10.30 am)Men’s: 50m freestyle (heats); 1,500m freestyle (heats); 200m individual medley (heats). Women’s: 200m backstroke (heats); 400m freestyle (heats); 4x100m freestyle (heats)EVENING (4 pm to 6.26 pm)Men’s: 100m butterfly (final); 50m breaststroke (final); 50m freestyle (semis); 100m backstroke (final); 200m individual medley (final)Women’s: 200m backstroke (final); 50m freestyle (final); 100m breaststroke (final); 400m freestyle (final); 50m backstroke (final); 4x100m freestyle (final)advertisementTABLE TENNISMORNING (9.30 am to 2.30 pm)Women’s: Team event (bronze medal match). MEN’S: Team event (semis)EVENING (4 pm to 9.30 pm)Women’s: Singles (qualifying); team (final). Men’s: Team (semis)TENNISMORNING (10 am to 3 pm)Women’s: Singles (semis); doubles (semis)Men’s: Singles (semis); doubles (semis) Evening (5 pm to 10 pm)Women’s: Singles (semis); doubles (semis)Men’s: Singles (semis); doubles (semis)Mixed doubles: FinalWEIGHTLIFTINGAFTERNOON (2 pm to 4.30 pm)Women’s 69 KGEVENING (6.30 pm to 9 pm)Men’s 85kgWRESTLINGEVENING (4.30pm to 7.30pm)Women’s: Freestyle [51kg, 59kg, 67kg – repechage (finals)]***************************STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR: VALERIE VILICountry: New ZealandSport: Shot Put2006 Melbourne CWG gold 2008 Beijing Olympics gold***************************last_img read more

Home evacuated after nicked gas line in Oceanside

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 20, 2018 Updated: 5:08 PM KUSI Newsroom, May 20, 2018center_img Home evacuated after nicked gas line in Oceanside OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Landscaping workers nicked a natural gas line in Oceanside Sunday, leading authorities to evacuate a home until utility crews were able to stop the gas leak.The incident happened about 1 p.m. in the 1200 block of South Ditmar Street, near Ditmar Elementary School, according to Oceanside police Lt. Matthew Cole.A worker accidentally struck the gas line while digging, causing gas to spew into the air for about 45 minutes, said Jess Specht of the Oceanside Fire Department.A home directly in front of the leak was evacuated, Specht said. Firefighters also intended to evacuate another nearby home, but found it was already empty.San Diego Gas and Electric workers shut off the gas line by 2 p.m., and the residents of the evacuated home were allowed to return, Specht said. KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

San Diegos effort to cleanup the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

first_img Ed Lenderman SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – As scientists world-wide try to come up with solutions to clean up the huge ocean plastics pollution known as “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” we have a story on a San Diego effort.  It includes a local non-profit, a local company and an internship program at the University of San Diego.The story involves today’s demonstration of FRED in Mission Bay.  It’s not every day that one gets to see a water borne prototype robot scooping up floating ping pong balls.FRED stands for Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris.  And the non-profit, called Clear Blue Sea, is working on several prototypes. Clear Blue is hoping to one day have 100 FREDs in the form of 100 foot long catamarans working from Mother Ships, or ports, scooping up vast amounts of plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean.The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, three-times the size of France, is actually one huge patch and four lesser patches.Clear Blue’s chief engineer is Tim Perry.  He told me, “With all these robots, a fleet of them, it’s like mowing the grass.  Going back and forth across a square, we can cover a lot more ground.”Which brings to an internship involving students at the University of San Diego’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.  Clear Blue Sea has a partner, Clarity Design. Clarity is funding the program.The Mission Bay demonstration was actually a celebration of the end of the summer interns’ involvementin this particular Fred.Cameryn Seymour is one of the interns.  She told me, “The prototype was actually a senior design project last year.  They developed the frame and the solar panels and the drone software. We developed the debris collection system:  The conveyor belt, the guardrails and the booms in the front to guide the trash up the conveyor belt.”The four students also added a camera for what FRED is seeing.Perry also, however, that if we don’t stop polluting the oceans with single-use plastics, all the solutions to the “Great Pacific Patch” are going to be moot. August 9, 2019 San Diego’s effort to clean-up the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ FRED the robot prototype, goal: cleaning up the oceans. This one developed by internship involving engineering students at USD. Story on our news starting this afternoon pic.twitter.com/yhh0yHrnXK— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 9, 2019 Posted: August 9, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman, The Garbage Patch, three times the size of France. USD students have developed a prototype robot to help in it’s removal, demo at 10 am, we re live in Mission Bay w preview pic.twitter.com/w5zfESb5tD— Ed Lenderman (@EdLendermanKUSI) August 9, 2019last_img read more