Warriors whip Portland in opener

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.last_img read more

SA scientists in comet strike discovery

first_img8 October 2013 A team of South African scientists and international collaborators has discovered the first evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, “raining down a shock-wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path”, Johannesburg’s Wits University announced on Tuesday. According to the university, the discovery “has not only provided the first definitive proof of a comet striking Earth, millions of years ago, but it could also help us to unlock, in the future, the secrets of the formation of our solar system”. The research, which will be published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, was conducted by a collaboration of geoscientists, physicists and astronomers including lead author Professor Jan Kramers of the University of Johannesburg, Professor David Block of Wits University, Dr Marco Andreoli of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, and Chris Harris of the University of Cape Town. “Comets always visit our skies – they’re these dirty snowballs of ice mixed with dust – but never before in history has material from a comet ever been found on Earth,” Block said in a statement.Massive explosion over the Sahara According to the researchers, the comet entered Earth’s atmosphere above Egypt about 28-million years ago. As it entered the atmosphere, it exploded, heating up the sand beneath it to a temperature of about 2 000 degrees Celsius, resulting in the formation of a huge amount of yellow silica glass which lies scattered over a 6 000 square kilometre area in the Sahara. “A magnificent specimen of the glass, polished by ancient jewellers, is found in Tutankhamun’s brooch with its striking yellow-brown scarab,” Wits University said. The research team’s main focus was on a mysterious black pebble found years earlier by an Egyptian geologist in the area of the silica glass. “After conducting highly sophisticated chemical analyses on this pebble, the authors came to the inescapable conclusion that it represented the very first known hand specimen of a comet nucleus, rather than simply an unusual type of meteorite.” Describing the moment of reaching this conclusion, Kramers said: “It’s a typical scientific euphoria when you eliminate all other options and come to the realisation of what it must be.”Comet material highly sought after Comet material is very elusive. Comet fragments have not been found on Earth before, except as microscopic-sized dust particles in the upper atmosphere and some carbon-rich dust in the Antarctic ice. Space agencies have spent billions to secure the smallest amounts of pristine comet matter. “Nasa and ESA [the European Space Agency] spend billions of dollars collecting a few micrograms of comet material and bringing it back to Earth, and now we’ve got a radical new approach of studying this material, without spending billions of dollars collecting it,” Kramers said. The impact of the comet’s explosion also produced microscopic diamonds. “Diamonds are produced from carbon-bearing material,” Kramers said. “Normally they form deep in the earth, where the pressure is high, but you can also generate very high pressure with shock. Part of the comet impacted and the shock of the impact produced the diamonds.” The team have named the diamond-bearing pebble “Hypatia” in honour of the first well-known female mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria. The study of Hypatia has grown into an international collaborative research programme, coordinated by Andreoli, which involves a growing number of scientists drawn from a variety of disciplines. Dr Mario di Martino of Turin’s Astrophysical Observatory has led several expeditions to the desert glass area. “Comets contain the very secrets to unlocking the formation of our solar system, and this discovery gives us an unprecedented opportunity to study comet material first hand,” said Block. Kramers, Block and Andreoli are scheduled to reveal more details their discovery in a public lecture at Wits University (Auditorium 3, Wits Science Stadium, West Campus) at 6pm on Thursday (RSVP kelebogile.tadi@wits.ac.za). An online version of the scientific journal article can be accessed here. Wits University and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hitler Rants About Cloud Security and Updates His Facebook Page

first_imgIt’s a Friday morning and goodness knows we will be up to our eyeballs in discussions next week as the RSA Conference shovels out enough cloud security news for us all to groan just a bit.So, let’s lighten it up a bit with one of the funnier YouTube videos that spoofs Hitler. This time, the subject is cloud computing in “Der Führer in Cloud Computing,” by Marcus Ranum and Gunnar Peterson.Hitler’s generals have to deliver some bad news. Someone tampered with the The Third Reich’s customer database and changed every last name to “pwnz0red.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing This is really funny. I know the Hitler parodies get a bit overplayed but this one works. The cloud is so ripe for satire. And this one hits it right on the mark. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Levi’s Jordan IV is classic rock and rap combined

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Back in the 80s when rumors started swirling about music moguls wanting a collaboration of rap and heavy metal music, some skeptics raised their eyebrows saying that would be impossible.But it came about. Hence, the birth of the rap-rock music that was trail blazed by the song “Walk this Way” by Aerosmith and the rap group Run-DMC. The song’s MTV and album were a smash hit back then.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH So, they say it can be done! Just like the recent decision of the classic denim brand Levi’s, allowing itself to collaborate with the Jordan brand of shoes.This results in the release of the new Levi’s X Air Jordan IV, which had been made available globally, and simultaneously, on January 17, 2018, in selected outlets and distributorships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Levi’s-Jordan unlikely alliance highlights the two brands’ famous iconic features, which include authentic denim material—standard washed on the upper and reverse denim on liner and insole—the brown leathery paper patch carrying the shoe size and the famous jumpman logo stitched on the sneaker’s tongue.Levi’s 501? Levi’s 505? Nope, they’re AJ IV, which stands for Air Jordan IV, on the traditional Levi’s patch. INQUIRER.net photo / Jonathan VicenteAt the back of the tongue is another stretch of that brown patch that shows the branding “Air Jordan.” Another jumpman logo is seen prominently debossed on the sneaker’s heel cup. LATEST STORIES An online raffle was launched by Titan store at The Fort, BGC, Taguig City, on January 17, to determine who would be the lucky few to own these limited pairs that arrived on Philippine soil.However, a buyer can only purchase a single pair, “no ifs, no buts.”On Wednesday night, Titan opened the online store for this Jordan brand and for just a few minutes, the selling closed, with a huge marker displayed across the screen saying “sold out.”The entire thing didn’t even last an hour!Instagram Air Jordan promotional photoThose who were able to reserve the Levi’s-Jordan collaboration started to trickle in at the Titan store by the time it opened on Thursday morning to pick up the rare jewel.Titan refused to divulge the number of pair that had been distributed in the Philippine market, but said “we are among the selected countries to luckily distribute these few Levi’s Air Jordans,” priced as P11,095.So as of this moment, even if you have the moola and the connections to purchase these pair, sorry but they are no longer available in the retail market.Touch and drool before the buyer arrives and picks up this last piece. However, the real “last piece” will be left at the store “only for viewing” and not for sale. INQUIRER.net / Jonathan VicenteAlso, adding insult to injury, the sales personnel said they are not expecting any re-issue or a fresh package to arrive for reselling, it’s like entirely and completely shutting the doors of opportunity, locking it up and swallowing the key.According to sneaker followers on Instagram, the Levi’s Jordan pairs were spread only on these areas:North America: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco; TorontoAsia: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, Korea, Osaka, Tokyo, Manila (exclusively at Titan store-The Fort)Europe: London, Newcastle; Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Zurich MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For some sneaker lovers, mere holding fresh arrivals like these makes you drool, but knowing they are no longer for sale just makes you cry. INQUIRER.net photo / Instagram promotional Air Jordan imagesFor some sneaker lovers, mere holding fresh arrivals like these makes you drool, but knowing they are no longer for sale just makes you cry. INQUIRER.net photo / Instagram promotional Air Jordan imagesLevi’s would not be a Levi’s without that tiny piece of red cloth or flap, thus, explains the red tab found on the right upper-side of the sneaker bearing the Levi’s trademark.The iconic Red Tab of the Levi’s brand, which is mostly found at the side of the denim’s back pocket, now prominently displayed on the upper side of the shoe. INQUIRER.net photo / Jonathan VicenteA reverse denim material gives a nice accent on the overall indigo blue denim, breaking the monotony design on the top and sides, including the insole.In buying the pair, it also comes with a revamped patch of the original Levi’s Strauss & Co. with that iconic “two horses and cowboys,” however, leaving them attached while walking around town would be awkward unless you are a famous American rapper.This one comes with the revamped Levi’s denim original patch bearing the silhouette of two horses and cowboys. INQUIRER.net photo / Jonathan VicenteThe laces are quite unique because they are not made of real denim but appear to look like one.But hold your horses before going to the store to purchase the new Levi’s Air Jordans because they are no longer available in the market—in the Philippines to be exact.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:50IED blast rocks Bilibid’s Quadrant IV00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Roach loves Lomachenko fight for Pacquiao View commentslast_img read more