NBA G League to use 4 refs, expands playoffs to 12 teams

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees NEW YORK — The NBA G League will use four referees for preseason and regular-season games through November and expand its playoffs from eight to 12 teams.The NBA’s minor league experimented with four- and five-person referee crews rather than the traditional three-person crews for nine regular-season games last season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nearly half the 26-team league will qualify for the four-round postseason under the changes announced Wednesday.The new format will give berths to each of the six division winners, with the remaining six spots filled by three wild-card teams in each conference with the best regular-season records.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe top two seeds in each conference will earn byes into the second round. The playoffs will begin with three single-elimination rounds before culminating with a best-of-three NBA G League Finals.The 50-game regular season tips off on Nov. 3. Also:— Overtime periods will be reduced from three to two minutes.— Clear path reviews were scrapped, leaving five instant replay triggers.— The coach’s challenge has been revised to one per game. It can be used any time to challenge fouls, goaltending/basket interference and out-of-bounds calls.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img TNT bounces back, ties semis series Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Datebook 3/8

first_imgTODAY International Women’s Day celebration, 9:30 a.m.-noon, National Council of Jewish Women/L.A. headquarters, 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. Call (323) 651-2930. MatheMagic! Kid’s Show, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m., Fred Kavli Theatre, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Call (085) 449-2787. Tickets: $13. Call (805) 449-2787. Wee Bit of Ireland historical library program, 7 p.m., Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Free. Call (818) 238-5600. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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GOLFERS GET CHANCE TO WIN CAR IN DRUMKEEN NATIONAL SCHOOL GOLF CLASSIC THIS FRIDAY

first_imgFANCY a new car?Well if you’re handy at golf, that’s what you could win in the Drumkeen National School Golf Classic this Friday.The fundraising event is at the Ballybofey & Stranorlar Golf Club, and the first person to hit a hole-in-one on the 17th hole (this is possible apparently) will drive away in a brand new Nissan Pulsar. There are loads of other prizes too.To book call 074 91 31093. GOLFERS GET CHANCE TO WIN CAR IN DRUMKEEN NATIONAL SCHOOL GOLF CLASSIC THIS FRIDAY was last modified: June 22nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Drumkeen National SchoolGolf classiclast_img read more

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MAYOR DRUMS UP SUPPORT FOR LETTERKENNY BAND!

first_imgThe Letterkenny Senior Accordion Band would like to thank the Mayor of Letterkenny Pascal Blake for his kind sponsorship of their side drums.Pascal is pictured here presenting his donation to our treasurer Triona Callaghan. He also tried out the drums for himself when he joined the band at their Christmas Recital in The Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Sunday afternoon.Thanks again for your ongoing support Pascal and for being a good sport.“We may even call on his drumming skills again in the future,” said a spokesman.  MAYOR DRUMS UP SUPPORT FOR LETTERKENNY BAND! was last modified: December 23rd, 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) Tags:Letterkenny Senior Accordian BandMayor Pascal Blakelast_img read more

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DANIEL PAYS ANOTHER TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO LATE MUM JULIA

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has paid another touching tribute to his mother after dedicating the latest edition of his fanzine to Julia.Daniel and late mum Julia.The June-August edition of the quarterly magazine is currently being posted to fans across the world.It contains a touching tribute to Julia, 94, who passed away after a short illness in May. Julia’s month’s mind mass took place on Friday last in Kincasslagh. DANIEL PAYS ANOTHER TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO LATE MUM JULIA was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnelldonegalmum Julialast_img read more

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Round-up: Jose unhappy, U-19s score seven, QPR boost, Bees win, Fulham draw

first_imgMourinho made changes at the breakJose Mourinho criticised his players after their 1-1 draw with Maribor in the Champions League.Nemanja Matic hauled them level and Eden Hazard missed a late penalty for the Blues, and Mourinho was far from happy with the team’s first-half display.Earlier in the day, Chelsea’s youngsters continued a remarkable run of high-scoring victories by crushing Maribor 7-0 in the Uefa Youth League.Another Chelsea youngster, in-form striker Patrick Bamford, believes his patience during his season-long loan at Middlesbrough is being rewarded.The Bees saw off ForestBrentford enjoyed a cracking victory, beating Nottingham Forest 3-1 at the City Ground.It means Stuart Pearce is without a win in 10 games, but the Hammersmith-born Forest boss believes he will be given time to turn things around at the City Ground. And Fulham came from two down to draw 2-2 against 10-man Blackpool at Craven Cottage.QPR look set for some good news, with Joey Barton, Jordon Mutch and Nedum Onuoha all appearing to be on course to return to the squad for Saturday’s game against Manchester City.Bobby Zamora could return to the starting line-up despite an ongoing hip condition which boss Harry Redknapp says meant the striker “could hardly walk” after the recent win against Aston Villa.There continues to be speculation over Jermain Defoe’s QPR wages ahead of his anticipated move to Loftus Road. The Daily Mirror have claimed he will be paid £80,000 a week.Meanwhile, QPR old boys Gary Waddock and Martin Allen have been reunited at Barnet. Manager Allen has added Waddock to his coaching staff at the Conference club.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green sees “double standard” in NBA’s punishments for Lakers-Rockets scuffles

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device “It seems like a little bit of a … DENVER – The Lakers-Rockets scuffle on Saturday entertained Warriors forward Draymond Green so much that he pushed back his bedtime for another 75 minutes. Green expressed annoyance, though, that the NBA handed suspensions to Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (four), Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (three) and Rockets guard Chris Paul (two) in relation to his own punishments.last_img

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Zaidi to clash with Bochy? Dodgers manager says that’s ‘unfair’

first_imgLAS VEGAS–No manager in the big leagues boasts a résumé that compares with Bruce Bochy.The three-time World Series champion is entering his 25th season at the helm of a major league club and his 13th in San Francisco.Though the Giants elected to part ways with former general manager Bobby Evans at the end of a disappointing 2018 season, team CEO Larry Baer provided Bochy with the assurance that he would return for the final year of his contract regardless of who the Giants hired to replace …last_img

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A Higher Standard

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in For a number of years, Rob and Fiona were content to live in a simple Maine cottage a stone’s throw from the water’s edge. In recent years, however, they had tried having a new house designed to accommodate their changing needs, but quickly got mired in results that were much larger and more expensive than what they wanted. After tiring of these unsuccessful ventures, they came to my firm seeking a compact, modern, extremely energy-efficient home that would blend into the tightly woven neighborhood where they planned to root themselves for the years to come.We set to work applying our studio’s motto—beautiful, sustainable, attainable—to the project. Our early meetings quickly centered on the meaning of cottage in the 21st century. We wondered if the term still defined the classic British buildings of Rob and Fiona’s youth, which so successfully fit between clusters of lavender and privet hedges, or if cottage had come to mean something bolder and simpler with less of the romantic touchstones of 19thcentury construction. We concluded that we needed to draw on each of these ideas, and that the house would need to be simple, tough, and practical, in keeping with the Maine life that Rob and Fiona love. Double-duty design. The home’s front (photo above) is simple and traditional in detail and scale to fit its setting, while its back rises dramatically to capture light and views. We thought that a house approximately 1800 sq. ft. in size would be able to meet their budget and allow for the quality of design and construction they desired. Early on, it became evident that their goals included very low energy use, nontoxic materials, a quiet and simple aesthetic, bedrooms that faced the water,… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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Understanding Zoom Lenses and How to Use Them Properly

first_imgBefore you go overboard with the zoom on your next shoot, learn how the lens works — and how to use it properly.Cover image via Shutterstock.Whether you’ve been guilty of this yourself or have seen others struggle, zoom-happy filmmaking can ruin a shoot and annoy audiences. That’s not to say zooming in and out is a bad thing; in fact, it’s actually a marvel of lens technology that we can zoom at all. And when you use it  intelligently, it can be quite effective.However, it is still easy to take the zoom for granted — especially now that filmmakers have handy stock lenses for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that offer great flexibility and range to zoom easily and often. Let’s explore how zoom lenses work and some best practices to help you use them effectively, intelligently, and properly.How Zoom Lenses Work Image via Wikimedia.According to a good Wikipedia definition, “a zoom lens is a mechanical assembly of lens elements for which the focal length (and thus angle of view) can be varied, as opposed to a fixed focal length (FFL) lens (see prime lens).”That sounds pretty straightforward, but let’s dive into how the mechanisms work to change the focal length and your angle of view.As you can see in the gif above, a simplified zoom lens works by combining two parts: a focusing lens similar to your standard prime or fixed lenses and an afocal zoom system, which is the sliding element that does not focus on light. Rather,  it focuses on altering (thus magnifying) the size of the light. What’s important is that, while the zoom comes from this sliding lens, it is necessary to compensate for any movement of the focal plane to keep the focused image sharp — which means either you have to physically move the camera or move the focal plane to compensate.Because of this compensation, and in spite of how much flexibility a zoom offers, there are several factors you need to be aware of: noise, pincushioning, slower shutter response time, and a greater need for stability. Here’s a great video by Canon that provides more in-depth information — not just about zoom lenses but also how lenses work in general.How to Zoom Properly and SmoothlyImage via Peta Pixel.For filmmaking, it’s important to not only understand how your zoom works but also what zooming is meant to do for your audience. Zooms can be quite abrasive at times, which can be a stylistic decision, but it’s often an unwanted consequence.On many professional production shoots, zooming is intentional, and it relies on a focus puller to compensate — or with exact measurements in mind. On small DIY productions, you can purchase (or make) different devices to help smooth a zoom. Here are a few resources and tricks.The Death and Rebirth of the ZoomHow to get smooth camera movements using a rubber bandPrimes vs. Zooms: Situational EF Lens PrepVideography 101: Excellent Zooming TipsI’d be remiss not to mention that you can add many zoom effects in post-production as well. Here are some resources to consider for creating digital and stylized zoom effects.Smooth Zoom Video Effect Tutorial | Adobe Premiere ProHow to Create a 3D Parallax Zoom in Premiere ProGet to Know The Dynamic Zoom Tool In Resolve 14Create a Map Zoom Effect in FCPXKnow When to Zoom (and When Not To)Image via Shutterstock.Once you feel you’ve mastered the art of zooming, it’s time for you to decide when you actually want to use a proper zoom. Like Stanley Kubrick so aptly demonstrates in his classic Barry Lyndon, zooms can create quite a cinematic effect when used slowly and artistically. It is important, however, to note that the heyday of zoom technology in filmmaking was in the ’60s and ’70s. As such, in the case of self-aware filmmakers like Quinten Tarantino, a heavy-handed crash zoom in itself can be a retro-filmmaking technique.On the other hand, zooms have grown less popular in pure cinema settings. Instead, they have found a home in reality television, where they portray real life and home-video quality. You don’t have to look long or hard to find many essays on why you shouldn’t use zooms (or even many arguing more for dolly shots over zooms).At the end of the day, a zoom is a practical and stylistic option for your production, but it’s not a perfect tool for every situation. Pick your spots, focus on your intentions, and use your tools and resources wisely for optimal results.Looking for more information on zooms? Check out these resources.How to Create a Dolly Zoom With Just a Prime LensPrimes vs. Zooms — Situational EF Lens PrepThe Death and Rebirth of the ZoomVideo Editing: Snap Zooms Should Never Be a Snap Decisionlast_img read more

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