Luka Doncic reacts after being drafted third overall by the Atlanta Hawks during the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 21, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a lottery-protected first-round pick in 2019 to Atlanta.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town The Mavericks are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years, back when Nowitzki ended up being the centerpiece of a rebuilding project that led to 12 straight trips to the playoffs and the franchise’s only championship in 2011. The big German is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history and one of seven overall with at least 30,000 points. The Mavericks acquired Nowitzki during the 1998 draft, trading down to get the 7-footer who was taken ninth overall by Milwaukee.Doncic will be his teammate, with Nowitzki expected to become the first player in league history to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise. Nowitzki, who was in the draft room with the Mavericks, quickly greeted his fellow European on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe 19-year-old Doncic is a skilled prospect with polished ability to score or run the offense as an adept passer. He has shown the ability to knock down outside shots with deep range and a step-back move.At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Doncic helped Real Madrid win a EuroLeague championship while averaging about 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. As with Nowitzki 20 years ago, the question is how Doncic’s game will translate to the NBA. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES “This kid has won everything there is to win in European and international basketball and he’s done it at an age that’s unprecedented,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I’m not sure what position he is. I think his position is on the floor, making plays and making people better.”Doncic signed with Real Madrid at age 13 and made his debut as a 16-year-old. He teamed with Miami’s Goran Dragic to lead Slovenia to the gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2017. His father, Sasa Doncic, played professionally for 15 years.The Mavericks made the move for Doncic a year after drafting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick, giving Dallas a chance to have one of the NBA’s youngest backcourts depending on where Doncic lands in the rotation.“He’s the kind of player that is going to be able to play with virtually anybody,” Carlisle said. “He just has the skill set and an understanding and a feel for the game. He’s a great shooter, so he creates space for other players, which is really going to help Dennis.”The Mavericks were set for two picks in the second round, at 33rd and 54th overall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Hawks acquire point guard Trae Young in swap of top-5 picks Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees
– Jagdeo confident in ethnic, gender balanceNomination Day is out of the way and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo has revealed that over 3000 candidates have been put forward by his party to contest local elections in all 80 Local Authority Areas (LAAs).PPP General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo (centre) with a segment of candidates from across the country. To his immediate left is Campaign Manager Zulfikar Mustapha and to his right, parliamentary Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraThis was expressed at a press conference held at Freedom House on Monday. At the press conference, PPP representatives from all across Guyana were present. According to Jagdeo, a special effort was made to have a list that reflected ethnic, class and gender balance. “We said we want the list to reflect a balance between PPP members and members of civil society … retired teachers, Policemen, retired headmasters, other prominent individuals in the community, people who committed to do social work,” he explained.“We have many who are active in local government bodies but who are not members of our parties. They may be sympathisers but not members of the Party. And we wanted them included on our list, because they have a great contribution to make in the development of their communities. That was the first principle we established.”The second principle, according to Jagdeo, was that the list must reflect Guyana. The General Secretary noted that everyone from the intellectual to the fisherman has a role to play in developing their communities. Thus, efforts to include them were made.“So, we insisted on ethnic balance. We wanted youth and experience. And you’ll see that reflected in our candidates. We wanted more women on our lists. We wanted religious and class balance. We didn’t want all intellectuals and no farmers or fishermen, because they have a role too,” the General Secretary expounded.“Were we perfect in this situation? No. We sought as far as possible to observe these principles. In many areas, after selecting 3000 candidates, it’s a very difficult process. And so many communities, we’ve had multiple names. And some we accommodated on the PR [Proportional Representation] and constituency component.”Enormous taskBesides the thousands of candidates, the General Secretary related that there were approximately 20,000 backers – demonstrative of the enormous task before the Party. According to Jagdeo, the Party will contest all Local Authority Area, even the ones whose creation caused PPP to launch court challenges.Jagdeo noted that 70 of the 71 areas were contested in 2016. According to the General Secretary, this time around some 80 areas were created through gerrymandering. But Jagdeo made it clear that this time around the Party would contest every single area, including the areas that were newly created.“You know of our concerns about the creation of new local government bodies…that matter is before the courts now, but you’ll recall APNU said we’re worried about contesting in these areas, that is why we went to the courts. We went to the courts to uphold the Constitution and the laws of Guyana. Because it seems that only the PPP as a political party has the mandate now to do this.”“No other political party is defending the citizens’ rights. And we’re defending the right of citizens to be consulted when you alter their boundaries. Notwithstanding that, we are contesting the LGE in all 80 areas, including the areas that were newly created,” Jagdeo said.Nomination Day was held on September 21 and the three parties, coupled with independents, submitted their list of candidates. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is in receipt of 61 symbols from these entities, all having thrown their hats into the ring.
In case of buyoutWith the recent announcement of increased tolls from the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI), financial analyst Christopher Ram is warning that, in the event of Government buying out private shares, a fair offer must be made to investors.In a recent interview with this publication, Ram noted the implications that come from the whole situation. According to Ram, Government could risk undermining the confidence of the private sector in future Public/Private Partnerships (PPP). At present, projects such as the new Demerara River Bridge and the Linden/Lethem road link are being premised on this PPP model.“Government is not behaving like it’s a public-private partnership. That’s what it’s supposed to be. This is a joint effort by the state and the private sector to provide a public asset, financed by the private sector in which the government makes a contribution,” Ram said.“There are concessions to the private sector, including tax holidays for a defined period, after which the asset goes to the Government… I believe the increaseAccountant and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ramcannot go through without a toll order. The company cannot enforce the increase without a toll order.”Ram noted that consideration must be given to the toll increase potentially affecting demand for the service, resulting in reduced revenue from the bridge. Ram acknowledged that the agreement provides for the tolls to be reduced as the debt is paid off.“As the debts are paid off, the tolls will go down,” Ram noted of the project document. “Tolls will go down. Remember, you have to pay your loans. Then you have the preference dividends. All you have to do is pay the loans. And that’s how this project is conceived.”One way of resolving the issue, Ram noted, was for the life of the concession period to be extended and guarantees be given to the creditors. When it comes to suggestions being made for a buyout, Ram noted, careful planning is needed.“All they have to do is say, ‘Look, when the bonds mature, they’ll reinvest the bond in new bonds at Treasury bill rates, because you wouldn’t get that anywhere else… The solution is staring them in the face, but they’re playing politics.“If the Government wants to (buy out shares) it has to be fair. Government paid DDL (Demerara Distillers Limited) a premium for ordinary shares. Then surely it’s got to do the same thing.”Government bought DDL’s shares for approximately $40 million in 2016. At the time, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had indicated that he was open to offers from shareholders “for the right price.” It is an option several have posited could avert fare increases, as Government would be able to determine the tolls directly.Contacted on Monday, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was asked whether Government is considering buying out BBCI’s private shares in order to gain control over the tolls.“No it’s not! It’s not! It’s not on the Government’s position!” he said when asked, declining to give any reasons against it.IncreasesThe increases were announced by BBCI Chairman Dr Surendra Persaud during a press conference recently. According to Persaud, BBCI were formally informed by Patterson that Government would not agree to requests for an increase in tolls.“The Minister instead proposed that the Government undertake the responsibility only for servicing the bridge pontoons, and offered to arrange a meeting with the Minister of Finance for further consultations on the matter,” Persaud, alsoThe Linden/Lethem road is one major project Government would require partnership with the private sectorchairman of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), had said.“Please note, however, that these options are outside the contractual agreement that exist within the contractual agreement, and thus would be a breach… The construction of the Berbice Bridge would not have been possible without a partnership between the Government and private sector. In that partnership, the private sector invested approximately $9 Billion.”Persaud revealed that maintaining the pontoons is only a small part of the operational cost. Thus he noted that the Minister’s offer would be of little help. As a consequence, and following legal advice being tendered, increases would be applied to all classes of vehicles from November 12.Cars and minibuses will now be charged $8,040; pickups, small trucks and four wheel drive vehicles, $14,600; medium trucks, $27,720; large trucks, $49,600; Art trucks, $116,680; freight, $1,680; and boats passing through the bridge will be charged $401,040.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had called a hasty press conference after the news of the increase broke. There, he had informed the press that all options to stop the increases would be considered.These options as laid out by the Minister ran the gamut, from amending the Berbice Bridge agreement to an injunction to stating that “if the Minister of Public Security says it’s a vital and important service, and says declare an order to keep it open, we’ll do that.”The bridge, which was built under the previous Government at a cost of approximately US$40 million, was supposed to generate enough revenue to cover operational and maintenance costs, while providing a return on the Public/Private Partnership investments.
Naomh Conaill have launched their inaugural 5K with the help of two of the Donegal stars who are aiming to down the rebel county at the weekend.Leo Mc Loone and Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy were delighted to row in behind the club’s first 5K Road Race Fun Run/Walk. “I think it’s great that we are holding such an event, especially now when so many people are getting out on the road, whether its walking or running, it’s just great to see” Leo said.‘Brick’ Molloy added “We’re delighted to be here at the launch and we would call on everybody to come out and participate in this fun evening. It doesn’t matter if you’re walking or running, it’s all about taking part”.The 5K takes place on Tuesday 28th August @ 7pm at the Naomh Conaill clubhouse in Glenties. Registration is from 6pm. There is ample car parking and full changing/shower facilities available.Tea and refreshments will be served immediately after the run. Entry is €7 and under 16’s are free. A bouncy castle will also be on site to keep all ages amused. So it doesn’t matter if you are looking to better your best time on 5k’s or if you want to just come along with the buggy for a stroll, the Naomh Conaill G.A.A. Clubhouse is the place to be on Tuesday 28th August. ‘BRICK’ AND LEO LAUNCH NAOMH CONAILL 5K was last modified: August 21st, 2012 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:Naomh Conaill 5K
Owner Jimmy McLaughlin is offering his pub free for six months.A businessman is giving away his pub rent-free for six months in a bid to get customers back.Up until March of this year Mary Deeney’s Bar in Muff was a thriving business.But the tenant landlord left and the bar was due to close it’s doors for a few weeks. Mary Deeneys was once a landmark bar in Inishowen.However owner Jim McLaughlin said it has been impossible to find someone to lease the bar which is located on the outskirts of the village of the Inishowen village.Now the 50 year old businessman is offering the bar and restaurant rent-free for six months to the new tenant.He told Donegal Daily “I have always been known for doing things a little differently and I’m hoping this will give someone a good start.“We have to agree a deal on a lease but the offer of six months free rent is a great bonus I think. “This was a landmark pub and there is no reason why the right person couldn’t return it to its former glory,” he said.The well-known father-of-five said the bar employed 14 people when it closed.The landmark bar has a traditional thatched roof and stone façade and is also noticeable by its 150ft steel Christmas tree which is lit up each festive season.“That’s fourteen people who could be taken off the dole if we can get the bar rented and up and running again,” added Jim.In its heyday the bar was a hive of activity. Jim was also part and parcel of the social fabric of Donegal and raised €100,000 for the Donegal Hospice through events surrounding the bar in the 1990s.At Christmas he often got celebrities including Johnny Briggs (Coronation Street’s Mike Baldwin) to turn on the Christmas lights.But, like many other landlords, Jim says the smoking ban was a huge blow to pub culture in Co Donegal.“When the smoking ban was introduced people began to go to off-licenses and realised they could get their drink much cheaper. “But the off-licenses do not have the overheads that a bar has.“The Government might have thought they were doing good but they have cost thousands of jobs and thorn the life out of a major part of Irish life,” he said.Jim added that since putting up a sign outside his bar offering it rent-free for six months, he has had a number of enquiries.He said he has yet to fix a price on a possible lease but is will to be flexible to get the bar open again with the right tenant.“I am due to meet a number of people who are prepared to give it a go.“I will give them as much support as they need. If they take a chance on me then I will take a chance on them.“Mary Deeney’s Bar was a thriving business and there’s no reason why it can’t be again.“We did great food and had a great atmosphere and that can all return.“I’m taking a chance but if someone is prepared to take a chance in return then we can make it work again,” he said.DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN OFFERS HIS PUB RENT-FREE TO BRING BACK CUSTOMERS was last modified: August 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:Jim McLaughlinMary Deeney’s Barmuffrent free
Bike Week is a celebration and promotion of all that’s great about bikes and cycling. Held over a week in June of each year with bike themed events organised by local authorities, community groups and cycling groups throughout Ireland, this years event will run from the 14th to 23rd June 2014From free bike checks, fun cycles, lunchtime city rides, heritage cycles, electric bike races, school cycling events, bike festivals, road races and much more. There’s something for every age and ability. Locally Donegal Sports Partnership with the support of the Department of Transport , Tourism and Sport, Donegal County Council, HSE and local cycling clubs and community groups have coordinated a full programme of bike related events all across the county for everyone to participate and enjoy kicking off with a county launch and a lunchtime cycle in Letterkenny.The lunchtime cycle will leave the Letterkenny Public Services Centre at 1pm and follow a loop via the port road, pearse road around to the new dunnes stores roundabout and back to the public services centre.For motorists around Letterkenny at lunchtime on the Tuesday 10th please not that there may be some short delays to allow the cyclists to get across the 3.5 k route.Children and staff from the Ballyraine Primary and the Letterkenny Educate Together Primary school will also take part as well as workers from businesses and offices around the town. The cycle will start at 1pm from the Letterkenny Public Services Centre and is open to anyone, just bring your bike and helmet and away you go.Further information on Bike Week events from Donegal Sports Partnership @ 0749116078 / 16079 or www.activedonegal.com DUST DOWN YOUR BICYCLE FOR DONEGAL BIKE WEEK 2014 was last modified: June 6th, 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:Donegal Bike Week
Younger customers at Letterkenny Shopping Centre have just been given a very fun reason to recycle their empty clean plastic bottles.The shopping centre has launched a super recycling campaign aimed at children. The centre will have a large cube on the mall into which children are asked to throw their empty plastic bottles with their entry forms inside them.The lucky winner will be contacted on November 4th and will receive an iPad for themselves and €1000 for their school. Manager Brian McCracken says: “We are very much aware of how important recycling is to our customers and for our country so we are delighted to help in any way we can to ensure more plastic is being recycled and not ending up in landfill or in our oceans.“When our cube is full we estimate we will have 10,000 plastic bottles which the shopping centre will recycle at the end of the campaign.”The Letterkenny Shopping Centre is committed to supporting its local community with campaigns and initiatives like this.All local schools have been asked to compete and take part in this awareness campaign. Win an iPad and €1000 with Letterkenny Shopping Centre’s recycling initiative was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Printer Light Hotkeys in DaVinci Resolve can help you quickly white-balance shots.Printer lights are a hold-over from photochemical color timing processes before the invention of digital color grading. Filtered light (red, green, and blue) was shone through the film to change the balance of color in the shot. Printer lights were measured in points, with a 50 point range and a starting place of 25 points for each channel.Some color grading applications still incorporate printer points as a control, and besides being such a basic control, it’s incredibly useful for quickly fixing bad white-balance. I first learned about using them during an internship I did at EFILM in Hollywood. They worked on a custom variation of Lustre, and used the fantastic built-in printer point hotkeys to match shots and fix white balance. Lustre’s hotkeys were great; on the number pad, it was set up like this:Very easy to use, and very intuitive so you can correct without looking at the keyboard.Recently, Blackmagic’s Resolve software incorporated printer point hotkeys as well, Though you have to enable them here:Here’s how Resolve’s printer light hotkeys are laid out:Sadly, they’re (in my opinion) ‘close but no cigar’ for one reason – they shifted everything down one row, which screws up the CMY subtraction keys. You can see the issue: the –1 cyan key is way off to the right, which screws up the columns of everything being vertically aligned. In actual use, this makes a big difference.I’ve talked about using printer points before, so why am I making such a big deal about some hotkeys? Because the hotkeys speed up the process significantly. Even with Resolve’s slightly screwed up layout, you can correct much faster using the keys than you can with a mouse..once you get used to them. It’s the same theory as why using keyboard shortcuts in editing speeds up the process so much. The vertical alignment of the + and – keys lets you easily make small, accurate adjustments, knowing exactly what you did to get that result.Now that we’ve talked about why Resolve’s keys are a little off, let’s see them in action. The keys may be a little screwed up, but the results are as useful as ever. You’ll see the results of your corrections under the offset control. I’ll be working in the Resolve 10 beta, but the latest version of Resolve 9 has them as well.Here’s a starting image that has a bad white balance – just a little too warm. You can see how things are out of whack in the RGB parade: It’s not perfect, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s best to use printer points to quickly get the shot close, then you can make small adjustments to finish up if needed. Printer points are all about speed.On a related side-note: I don’t know if anyone from Blackmagic Design will read this post, but if they do, I hope they take note of the benefits of a Lustre-like layout of the hotkeys over what’s currently in Resolve. It’s a change I’d love to see! Here, I used the printer points to get the image to a much more neutral point:
Brazil’s humiliating loss to Germany in the semi-finals of the ongoing FIFA World Cup on Tuesday had a telling effect on its national media as well. While vernacular newspapers used extreme adjectives to express dejection at the decimation of Brazilian football, the print media in the neighbouring country Argentina too joined the chorus.Here are some of the reactions from newspapers in Brazil. Not only Brazil, but media in the neighbourhood country of Argentina also criticised Brazil for the defeat. Brazil’s dream of winning the World Cup on home soil was shattered onTuesday when they suffered a humiliating 7-1 loss to ruthless Germany in an extraordinary semi-final in Belo Horizonte.The carnival atmosphere that had swept over the samba nation during the tournament gave way to a state of shock and disbelief as Brazil suffered their heaviest ever defeat.
Citing the example of Virender Sehwags century with pink Citing the example of Virender Sehwags century with pink ball in a Champion county match, Ganguly said, “Brightness was a lot better. This is here to bring people back to the ground.” “Its all about marketing. Pink ball is the way forward. You have to find a way to bring people back to the ground. Everything needs a bit of innovation. Like nobody thought T20/IPL to be so popular till it came to being. “We take time to get used to the changes but then realise thats the best way forward. Yes, there will be dew in winter. but we face the same problem with white ball. “First, lets have a start. Lets see the problems and try to address it and fix the issues.” Laxman said pink ball should be given to Indias premier spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin to asses how it turns. “Ashwins only concern will be the softness of the ball as after 50 overs it loses colour and becomes soft what I heard. But with their calibre, the bowlers will find a way.” Bhowanipore Club will face Mohun Bagan in the first pink ball four-day match under lights in the CAB Super League final. The match timing would be from 2.30 pm to 9pm. PTI TAP AH AH