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Russell Westbrook helps Thunder rally past Grizzlies

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Wesatbrook, right, passes the ball around Memphis Grizzlies guard Justin Holiday, left, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook turned back the clock a bit on Sunday.Oklahoma City’s All-Star point guard scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder rallied from a 13-point deficit in the final seven minutes to snap a four-game losing streak with a 99-95 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Grizzlies host Portland on Tuesday.The Thunder play at Minnesota on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES It was the first time since Jan. 6 that the Thunder failed to score at least 100 points.“With Paul out, certainly offensively, it’s been a challenge the last several games,” Donovan said. “I’ve been trying to find a way to keep helping our guys offensively in order to create an identity with him being out.”Dennis Schroder added 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, and Steven Adams had 13 points and 22 boards for the Thunder.Avery Bradley scored 27 points, Delon Wright had 17 and Jonas Valanciunas added 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies.Mike Conley, the team’s floor general and leading scorer, sat out with general soreness. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Conley’s presence was missed in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img “I think the guys put forth a hell of an effort to get themselves an opportunity to win the game, but it’s a matter of learning who we are and who gets the touches where,” Bickerstaff explained. “You know in the fourth quarter we rely heavily on Mike, so it was somebody different we were having to find tonight, and that’s just a matter of us getting comfortable and familiar with one another and growing and learning from it.”Memphis led 75-67 heading into the fourth, and the Grizzlies were up 89-76 before the Thunder found their footing. A 3-pointer by Westbrook cut the deficit to 91-86 and led to a Memphis timeout.Westbrook hit another 3 to tie the game at 93 with 1:04 to play, then a jumper from near the free throw line to put the Thunder ahead 95-93 with 31.9 seconds left. Wright missed a 3 and Schroder made two free throws at the other end with 14.9 seconds remaining.After Wright made a layup to trim the Thunder’s lead to two, Oklahoma City’s Terrance Ferguson hit two free throws with 6.5 seconds left to seal the win.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Wright had 15 points at halftime. … Memphis held Oklahoma City to 31.9 percent shooting through three quarters, but allowed the Thunder to shoot 45.8 percent in the fourth.Thunder: Westbrook got a technical foul early in the first quarter. He has 14 this season, leaving him two away from a suspension. … Adams had 12 rebounds in the first half. He finished one short of his career high.HE SAID ITThunder forward Abdel Nader on the team’s losing streak: “I think everybody was caught up, you know? I think we lost four in a row coming into tonight, and everybody gets really caught up in that. When you really look at the stats and watch film, it is all one- or two-possession games against some really good teams. Like I said, we have some things we definitely need to clean up, but this was a good step forward to get the job done.”UP NEXT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Westbrook shot 3 of 13 in the first three quarters, then went 4 for 7 in the fourth. It was similar to the late-game scoring binges he went on during his MVP season two years ago.The Thunder needed every bit of it — forward Paul George, the NBA’s No. 2 scorer and league leader in steals, missed his third straight game with a sore right shoulder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOklahoma City supported Westbrook’s late surge by holding the Grizzlies to 6-for-21 shooting in the fourth.“One of the things we talked about that I said before the game tonight is that we’ve got to create a defensive identity regardless,’” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “We have to defend at a higher level every single night. Offensively, we struggled to get any kind of flow or continuity there, but I give our guys credit — they still tried to work as hard as they could to defend, even though offensively, we had our challenges.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Montez Sweat set big-man record for 40-yard dash Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Police tight-lipped on Charrandas Persaud probe

first_imgDays after Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan indicated that an investigation was launched into Charrandas Persaud, the Guyana Police Force is yet to disclose the grounds under which the investigation is being conducted.This was further cemented after Top Cop Leslie James told media operatives on Thursday that he will not divulge any information with respect to the investigation other than it is one of “national security”.“The investigation is ongoing and as I said prior, it’s a matter of national security… Is a matter where a former Member of Parliament is reported to have been involved allegedly, in some matter, and that is what we are dealing with,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference.Top Cop Leslie JamesThe Police Commissioner further withheld information on how the Force came about to launch the probe or whether anyone made a formal complaint.The Top Cop posited that, “Well whatever is established will be determined; we do not determine what is established. What we do is investigate matters and submit for legal advice.”Moreover, when asked about the credibility of the evidence being gathered, James asserted that he cannot speak to that.“We are at this point in time collecting evidence… [on] a matter that was reported to us of national security importance… As I said it’s a sensitive matter please give due regard to that,” the Top Cop said, while assuring that a press conference will be called in the future to update the public on this matter.Nevertheless, Commissioner James disclosed that so far, no contact has been made with the former Member of Parliament but noted that if this becomes necessary then it will be done.Former AFC MP Charrandas PersaudSince the historic December 21, 2018, 33-32 passage of the no-confidence resolution – a move which has toppled the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition after the AFC MP broke rank with Government and voted in favour of the Opposition’s no-confidence resolution, there have been much speculations surrounding the action of the former MP, who said he took a “conscience vote”.In fact, there are allegations floating around after Charrandas was seen leaving the National Assembly escorted by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) member, Peter Ramsaroop. However, on Wednesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo dismissed these mischievous claims, saying that the businessman is free to befriend whomever he wants to, even if it’s persons from the opposite side of the house.“Peter is free to be friends with Charrandas, and also a member of the PPP. Charrandas has lots of friends on our side and we have lots of friends on APNU’s side so there are lots of people who have friendships across the political spectrum… I’m not going to distance the party from people because they have friends among other races and among other parties. That’s what we’re trying to encourage, better relationships across politics,” the Opposition Leader asserted during a press briefing on Wednesday following the highly anticipated meeting with President David Granger on the way forward after the passage of the no-confidence resolution.Furthermore, Jagdeo once again took time out to categorically set the record straight that there was no inducements from the Opposition to sway the former Government MP’s vote. He also rubbished allegations by Attorney General Basil Williams that the PPP has compromised five more parliamentarians on the coalition’s side.Meanwhile, Ramsaroop has also denied any wrongdoing, telling reporters on Wednesday that Charrandas had requested his help – something which he would have done for any of his friends.“…I mean Charrandas is my friend [but] I didn’t even know if he was going to vote yes or not. He just said to me, “If I decide to vote yes… would you help me with security,” and I said “absolutely, yes”,” the businessman told reporters.However, Ramsaroop’s support for Charrandas has caused the Ogle Airport Inc to suspend protocol pass over an alleged security breach. This order came from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) although the airport insisted it did not breach any protocols.According to reports, a Canadian diplomat, along with Ramsaroop, had obtained protocol passes to see Charrandas off at the Eugiene F Correia Airport, hours after the December 21 sitting of the National Assembly. It is being alleged that the security protocol was breached when Ramsaroop accompanied the diplomat and Charrandas onto the tarmac of the East Coast Demerara airport since such passes are valid for civilians.It was against this backdrop that Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee was called for a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Wednesday.The Canadian envoy confirmed that the meeting took place but opted not to divulge any further details when questioned by the media on the matter at an event on Thursday.last_img read more


first_imgHave you a business idea burning in the back of your mind??Why not take the opportunity to bring that idea to life at the Business Bootcamp programme.Are you aged between 18-35? The Business Bootcamp Programme is a programme aimed at giving young people that initial “jump-start” needed to steer themselves confidently into the business world.Business Bootcamp offers a varied menu of interactive team-based learning workshops, one-to-one mentoring with a qualified business coach, peer support, enterprise visits, and online learning tools.Because this programme is also delivered in six council areas in Northern Ireland, the knowledge you will gain and people you will meet, will help you to view your business not only from a local, but also a regional and national perspective.Oscar Wilde once said “experience is simply the name we give our mistakes” so go ahead, and make as many experiences as possible! Business Bootcamp Idea Generation Workshop, Monday 28th July 10.00 -2.30pm, Donegal town.This workshop is free but registration is necessary.Please contact Patricia on 086 316 5820, or email her on for an application pack.Business Bootcamp is funded by EU INTERREG –Iva programme and delivered by Enterprise Northern Ireland.  INNOVATIVE BUSINESS BOOTCAMP WILL BRING YOUR IDEA INTO FRUITION was last modified: July 24th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

80+ FREE Cinematic Atmospheres: Musical Textures and Sound Files

first_imgThis is “Cinematic Atmospheres.” A collection of over 80 extremely versatile music textures and sounds for your films and editing.Finding music is easy (especially when you have a PremiumBeat account, wink wink). What can be a lot more difficult is finding the right tones and sounds to fill the spaces in between. Sometimes you just need a little bit of an emotional tone or texture to give your quieter moments more depth.Sometimes, you want to score your film with just emotional tones and sounds that give your scenes more weight without being overly distracting. Well, if you’ve ever run into this problem, then this collection is for you.This is an extremely dense collection that, frankly, we shouldn’t be giving away for free. “Cinematic Atmospheres” includes over 80 sound files that you can layer and use and extend in ways that will allow you to completely score your project with lush emotional sounds and tones that will bring your audience to the edges of their seats.These five suites offer 80+ free cinematic sounds.Download ALL 5 Genres and StylesThis collection is so large we had to split it into 5 different downloads. Each download contains a different style and sound for a different feel or genre. Each download includes a fully mixed file and the samples we used to create it. On top of that, you’ll find loops, so you can extend and control the tones and sounds the way that you like them for as long as you want. Everything is fully controllable and customizable.With this sound collection, you can make your own scores.These sound files are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets. The “Beach Sunrise” suite is for all your heartwarming, beautiful sound needs.Suite 1 — Beach SunriseHopeful/BeautifulThis suite is the perfect complement to a beautiful moment. A hopeful sound. The sun rising, nature, slow-motion footage, stunning drone shots — this sound is perfect for those moments that you can’t quite put into words.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD Beach SunriseThe Endless suite is for ambiguous or mysterious situations.Suite 2 — EndlessHeavy/EmotionalThis suite is for moments with emotionally ambiguous tones. These are scenes and shots that you want to put some weight behind, without feeling particularly sad or happy — just important. This suite is for the important moments when you want to make sure your audience is paying attention.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD EndlessFuture Rain offers the sounds of dystopia.Suite 3 — Future RainDystopian/Sci-FiThis suite is the sound that you want for your Blade Runner-style dystopias. It has dense textures and a melancholy and hopeless feel. Like an empty and abandoned city. There are many layers and tones to choose from and build the perfect sound.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD Future RainThe Serial suite is for those moments when you want the audience to know something’s about to happen.Suite 4 — SerialDark/OminousThis is the type of tone you want when you want your audience to feel uncomfortable, or like something is lurking in the distance. Something is about to happen. Uncertainty. This suite has everything you need to create a Fincher-esque moment of dread and make your audience wish, if only for a moment, that they weren’t about the see what’s going to happen.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 8 Loops, 8 SamplesDOWNLOAD SerialThe Stitches sound suite is pure horror.Suite 5 — StitchesHorror/GhostlyThis suite of sounds is pure horror. You use these sounds when you have a jump scare right around the corner. You can use these sounds when you have a murderer lurking in the shadows or a passive ghost floating in the distance. This portion of the collection in particular yields interesting results with you mix it with the other portions. You can get some really creepy and asynchronous tones.Included: 1 Fully Mixed Track, 9 Loops, 9 SamplesDOWNLOAD StitchesHow to Use This CollectionSo, once you’ve downloaded all these files, how do you use them?Well, the way to break it down is that there are Full Tracks, Loops, and Samples.Full TracksThis is pretty self explanatory, but these tracks are fully mixed, curated, and ready to go. You can just cut them to the length that you need and work them into your edit, and you’re ready to go.LoopsThe loops allow you to mix and create your own versions of the full track — but at the length and with the customization you want. For instance, if you want one part of the track to play for an extended period of time, and then eventually have everything swell up in a particular moment, the loops are the best tools for the job. Here, you can create your own score.SamplesThe samples are one-hit sounds that you can just throw in at your own discretion. These sounds all stand on their own perfectly well, and you can really use them however you like. They are the sounds from the loops, just non-looping. With these, you can just quickly add a little touch of sound here and there.Looking for more free video production assets? Check these out.51 FREE Eye-Catching Accent Animation Motion Graphics21 FREE Hand-Painted Brush Stroke Motion Graphics191 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Effects, Action Elements, and More17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics15 FREE Lower Thirds for Your Next Project in Premiere ProNeed more music and sound elements? Check these sources too:Free Music on PremiumBeatOnline Music Subscription on Shutterstock Musiclast_img read more

Thomas Picks the Right Major at the Right Time to Win

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The son and grandson of golf professionals, Justin Thomas couldn’t think of a better major to win than the PGA Championship.And at age 24, he couldn’t think of a better time.Youth is taking over the highest level of golf, and there were times Thomas felt left behind. Rory McIlroy already had four majors when he was 25. Closer to home was Jordan Spieth, a close friend since they were 14. Spieth won his third major at the British Open last month to give him three legs of the career Grand Slam.“Frustration probably isn’t the right word,” Thomas said. “Jealously definitely is. I wanted to be doing that, and I wasn’t.”Sunday at Quail Hollow was his moment.Starting the final round two shots out of the lead, Thomas closed with a 3-under 68 for a two-shot victory to capture the final major of the year.It required a little bit of good fortune, like when his tee shot bounced out of a tree and into the fairway on the par-5 10th hole, which ended with his 8-foot putt teetering on the edge of the cup for 12 seconds before gravity finally took over and the ball dropped for birdie.“I didn’t even see it go in,” said Thomas, who had his back turned to the cup as he was asking caddie Jimmy Johnson how it didn’t go in. Players are allowed reasonable time to get to the ball, and then they get 10 seconds before they hit the next shot, so he was well within the limit.He seized control on the back nine with a chip-in for birdie from 40 feet on the par-3 13th hole.Above all, it required plenty of grit, and Thomas showed plenty of that.The key moment in his victory came along the infamous “Green Mile” at Quail Hollow, a brutal stretch of holes where players are trying to hang on with pars. Thomas had a one-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama when he drove into the rough, and his approach tumbled into a bunker. He did well to get that out to 6 feet.Matsuyama was spared by the thick rough behind the green that kept his ball from going into the water, and he had a good lie that allowed him to chip to 5 feet.Thomas wasted no time over the putt and drilled into the center of the cup. Matsuyama missed and fell two shots behind.And then Thomas effectively ended it with a 7-iron so pure that he let the club swirl through his hand as the ball soared over the water, onto the green and rolled out to 15 feet on the 221-yard shot to a peninsula green. His birdie putt swirled into the cup, and the rest was easy.He finished with a bogey — his first since the third hole — when it no longer mattered. Thomas finished at 8-under 276.He won by two shots over Francesco Molinari (67), Patrick Reed (67) and Louis Oosthuizen (70), none of whom were a serious threat as they played the 18th.His real challenge was Matsuyama playing next to him, and Kevin Kisner, the 54-hole leader in the group behind him.Kisner ran off two important birdies on the 14th and 15th holes to get within one shot, but the final stretch is no place to make up more ground. He three-putted from 100 feet on the 16th hole to fall two back, couldn’t convert from long range on the 17th and hit into the water because of mud on his ball on the 18th.Among those waiting for Thomas alongside the 18th green were his father and Spieth.Mike Thomas, the longtime pro at Harmony Landing outside Louisville, Kentucky, spread his arms wide as he approached his only son and wrapped them around him. He also made sure to collect an important part of history.Ever since his son was in elementary school, he has been collecting golf balls from his victory. The total is now 131. Asked if he made sure to get the ball Thomas used to tap in the final putt, Mike Thomas reached into his pocket, smiled and said, “You mean this one?”The PGA Championship was important to Thomas to take his place among the young elite in the game, and it was important to his family. His grandfather, Paul Thomas, also was a club pro and has been a PGA of America member for 60 years. He was the first person Thomas called.“As a kid growing up, you want to win all the majors. You want to win any major,” Thomas said after his two-shot victory. “For me, the PGA definitely had a special place in my heart, and maybe a special drive. It’s just a great win for the family, and it’s a moment we’ll never forget — all of us.”Spieth was there, too, wanting to celebrate with his friend.The week began with Spieth’s bid to complete the career Grand Slam, and it never got out of the gates. Thomas, endlessly referred to as “Spieth’s close friend,” emerged from his shadow with a major of his own.“So awesome, dude,” Spieth told him.Spieth and Thomas first became close when they played the Junior Evian Masters in 2007. Thomas won the 36-hole event and got to play the pro-am the next day with LPGA great Juli Inkster. Spieth caddied for him.Ten years later, they have won consecutive majors and head into the FedEx Cup playoffs battling for PGA Tour player of the year.Longtime friends, now both are major champions.By DOUG FERGUSONTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more