Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell struggles with injury-riddled roster in 106-77 loss to Hawks

first_imgThat contrasted sharply to the career-high 39 points Russell had on Tuesday in a rare win over Brooklyn. “He’s going to have his ups and downs,” Scott said of Russell. “But for the most part, he’ll come back and have four or five more good games. Then he’ll have another game where he doesn’t play extremely well. It just happens.”The Lakers (12-51) shot 36 percent, as the injuries gave more playing time to Nick Young, who started as the shooting guard and had five points on 1-of-9 shooting, and rookie Anthony Brown, who started at small forward and had seven points on 2-of-6 shooting.Forwards Julius Randle had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Bass had 12 points and seven rebounds. Guard Marcelo Huertas had 10 points.But that did not matter against Atlanta (34-28), which boasted six players hitting double figures in scoring. “It’s fun to a certain extent. I have one of the best jobs in the world,” Russell said. “Not playing our best as a team makes it tough.”It also has seemed tough with the pressure Russell has experienced with becoming the Lakers’ No. 2 pick. “I feel like if anybody else was here, it would be the same results,” Russell said. “It’s irrelevant. After you get to your team, win or lose, getting the top pick doesn’t really matter.”Perhaps that explains Scott’s caution beforehand about Russell’s progress. “He’s still nowhere near where we think he can be,” Scott said. “But he’s definitely headed in the right direction.”Russell entered Friday’s game averaging 23.2 points on 53.3 percent shooting and 4.8 assists in 32.6 minutes in his last five starts. That marked a stark contrast to his season averages in points (13.3), shooting percentage (42.9), assists (3.5) and minutes played (28). Yet, Scott strongly disagreed that those improved numbers simply correlated with Russell’s increased role. Instead, Scott argued that growth would not have happened as suddenly had Russell kept his starting role.“It helped him grow up,” Scott said. “When he got a chance to come back in the starting lineup, he showed some humility. He went out there and started to understand this is not going to be given to you. You have to earn it.”So amid frustration with the Lakers’ slow starts through 20 games, Scott replaced Russell in the starting lineup with Williams. “I wanted to put a veteran in there like Lou to show him the way on how to be prepared and come back ready to play,” Scott said. “From that aspect, I think it served him well. He obviously took a hold of it and has played well ever since.” Friday’s game against Atlanta was an exception. But that only provided another reminder on the instant analysis on whether Russell has lived up to the No. 2 pick, both for better and for worse. “I don’t know if he’s outplaying (expectations). But he’s starting to live up to what everybody on the outside thinks he should be,” Scott said. “Everybody puts too much stock in the first month of the season of a 19-year-old. We knew this kid was going to be pretty good. But we knew it was going to take some time and a lot of work.” The shots seemingly dropped into the basket anytime D’Angelo Russell released the ball. He fired from 3-point range. He sank floaters. He attacked the basket.But four days after a career-best performance, Russell offered none of those images in the Lakers’ 106-77 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at Staples Center. Injuries to Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Jordan Clarkson (left knee) and Lou Williams (left hamstring) gave Russell nearly sole command of the Lakers’ offense. But that heightened responsibility did not correlate into a heightened performance. Russell scored just seven points on a 3-of-16 clip and had seven assists in 30 minutes. He also had a stretch in which he missed seven consecutive shots.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

A look at Novak Djokovic’s seven Australian Open titles

first_imgAlmost half of Djokovic’s grand slams have come in Melbourne, including his first in 2008.We take a look back at all of his Australian Open successes. Related News [email protected] reunited with Norman once again.#AusOpen #AusOpenFinal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 20192008 – A maiden grand slam titleAged 20, this was Djokovic’s fourth main-draw appearance in Melbourne and his previous best had been the fourth round the year prior.But he produced a flying run to the final, beating Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets in the last 16 and top seed Roger Federer in the semis.Djokovic, the third seed, was left with a surprise opponent in the final and he made the most of his chance, coming from a set down to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.It was the first grand slam since the 2005 Australian Open not won by either Federer or Nadal.#OnThisDay in 2008.Novak Djokovic wins his first Australian Open.11 years later, he is one win away from the most titles in Australian Open history.#AusOpen— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 20192011 – The beginning of complete Melbourne dominanceDjokovic had to wait three years for his second title in Melbourne, but it started a wonderful run of dominance.He was largely untouchable again on his way to the final, including wins over top-10 seeds Tomas Berdych and Federer.Djokovic crushed Andy Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3 in the decider to win the first of an incredible three grand slams in 2011. 2012 – Coming through two epicsThis would be a major best remembered for two matches – Djokovic’s semi and final.He took almost five hours to get past Murray in the last four in a match that seemed certain to ruin his chances in the decider.Somehow, Djokovic came through that too, beating Nadal 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 in the longest Open Era grand slam final, which went for a gruelling five hours, 53 minutes.“That stays as probably the most epic match and special match I was part of, without a doubt” — @DjokerNole on the 2012 #AusOpen⁠⁠ final vs #Nadal.Will tonight’s final, seven years later, dethrone the 2012 final in his memory bank?— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 20192013 – Hat-trick completeDjokovic extended his winning streak at the Australian Open to 21 matches with a third straight title.He became the first man in the Open Era to win a hat-trick of titles in Melbourne.Djokovic took five hours to get past Stan Wawrinka – the man who would break his run the following year – in the fourth round before again beating Murray in a final. 2015 – Another Wawrinka marathon, another Murray finalFernando Verdasco and Milos Raonic were unable to stop Djokovic and, this time, Wawrinka failed too.Djokovic beat the Swiss star in a five-set semi-final before a familiar face stood between him and another title.Murray managed to split the first two sets, but Djokovic ran away with it from there 6-3 6-0 for a fifth crown.Our 2015 winner, Novak Djokovic, thanks his supporters. –— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) February 1, 20152016 ­– Record equaled after Simon scareIt was the fourth round that proved to be the biggest scare in Djokovic’s bid for a record-equaling sixth Australian Open title.But he got through another grueling five-setter, this time against French 14th seed Gilles Simon.Kei Nishikori, Federer and Murray were unable to stop him from there as Djokovic joined Roy Emerson on six Australian Open crowns. 2019 – Record claimed in flawless fashionFor a six-time champion and the world number one, this seemed like a quiet run by Djokovic. He dispatched of up-and-comers Denis Shapovalov and Daniil Medvedev, spent less than an hour on court with an exhausted Nishikori and was almost flawless against Lucas Pouille.Only Nadal stood between him and a record seventh Australian Open title in a repeat of their epic 2012 final.And Djokovic may have saved his best performance for the final, dismantling Nadal in just over two hours. 2008 2011 2012 2013 2015 2016 [email protected] #AOChampion | #AusOpen |#AusOpenFinal— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019 MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic secured a record seventh Australian Open title with his thrashing of Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.The Serbian star moved on to 15 major crowns after dismantling Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena. Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic brushes aside Rafael Nadal to reign againlast_img read more

A map fit for a king

first_imgA portrait of Francois le Vaillant, the French explorer and naturalist. Le Vaillant’s famous giraffe illustration, with him in the foreground.(Images: Iziko South African Museum) The map features numerous wild animal species, three of which are now extinct.(Image: MapMyWay)MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Ian GlennHead, Department of Media Studies,University of Cape Town+27 82 788 4253Lucille Davie“I returned, so to speak, to man’s primitive state, and breathed, for the first time in my life, the pure and delicious air of freedom,” wrote the explorer, naturalist and social commentator, Francois le Vaillant, of his adventures in South Africa, between the years 1781 and 1784.Le Vaillant was instrumental in creating a large, painted cotton map of South Africa for the French monarch, King Louis XVI, measuring some 3m by 2m in size. It is the centrepiece of the exhibition The King’s Map, Francois le Vaillant in Southern Africa: 1781-1784, which is on at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town until the end of May.Drawn 222 years ago, this is the first time the map has been seen in public, thanks to former French ambassador Jacques Lapouge, who was the driving force in getting permission for it to be brought to South Africa.The exhibition is part of the French Season 2012/2013, a multifaceted bilateral collaboration between France and South Africa. Its purpose is to strengthen relations between the two countries through exchanges of cultural, commercial and social initiatives, while promoting an awareness of French culture through a series of events and exhibitions.Recognised as the first modern ornithologist and taxidermist, Le Vaillant produced watercolours and maps, and captured his adventures in a number of volumes on his return to France. In these, he painted a picture of the peoples of South Africa at the time.The exhibition is curated by Ian Glenn, the professor of media studies at the University of Cape Town. He has written extensively on Le Vaillant, including a biography on his military career, his role at the Cape, and his political affiliations during and after the French Revolution. He has also co-authored two books: François Levaillant and the Birds of Africa (2004), and Travels into the Interior of Africa via the Cape of Good Hope, Vol 1 (2007).“When I first learned that there had been a map lavishly produced under the instruction of François le Vaillant for King Louis XVI in 1790, I was determined to see it,” says Glenn. “The map, originally stored in a naval archive, had been moved from one archive to another to escape destruction during World Wars I and II in France.”He finally traced it to Paris. “When I eventually saw it in the map archives of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, I hoped a South African public would one day share my pleasure in the most beautiful and striking map ever produced of Southern Africa.”But there was some doubt about it being taken out of storage and displayed, given its value and fragile state. “We owe an enormous debt to the French Cultural Services in South Africa for persuading the Bibliothèque Nationale to let the map [be] exhibited in the land that inspired it,” Glenn adds.Rare and valuable worksThe map is on show alongside with other rare and valuable works by Le Vaillant, including a selection of watercolours belonging to the Library of the South African Parliament in Cape Town, original bird illustrations for his Oiseaux d’Afrique and elephant folio versions of his bird books from the Brenthurst Library in Johannesburg.The biodiversity and range of animals he came across while travelling in the interior is depicted on the map, including three that are now extinct – the kwagga, the Cape warthog, and the bloubok. It contains 66 illustrations of animals, birds, and plants, as well as four cartouches or decorative panels showing different indigenous groups he encountered.Le Vaillant left an impressive legacy – besides the bird books, illustrated maps, travel accounts and paintings, he took back animal specimens, in particular the skeleton and skin of a giraffe. To acknowledge his taxidermy skills, a huge stuffed giraffe greets visitors at the entrance to the exhibition.It also has interactive elements – a video with modern day images of the places he recorded on his map, an interactive display of the map on touch screens, and a large replica of his map on the floor at the entrance, allowing visitors to walk the routes he travelled.Rust en VreugdThe house in which Le Vaillant stayed for part of his sojourn in Cape Town, Rust en Vreugd, and where he catalogued his collections, still exists. Today, it is one of the 12 Iziko museums in Western Cape. The late 18th century townhouse is on Buitenkant Street in the city bowl.His journeys took in the colony and its boundaries: one was made around Cape Town and Saldanha Bay; another out eastwards from the Cape, lasting 16 months; and on the third he journeyed north of the Orange River and into Great Namaqualand.There is a possibility that a replica of his map will be made and put on permanent display in Rust en Vreugd.On his return to France, Le Vaillant published two volumes of Voyage dans l’Intérieur de l’Afrique in 1790, and in 1796, he published three volumes of the second Voyage dans l’Intérieur de l’Afrique, all of which were translated into several languages. He also published six volumes of Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux d’Afrique, between 1796 and 1808, with drawings by Jacques Barraband; Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis, between 1801 and 1806; Histoire Naturelle des Cotingas et des Todiers in 1804; and Histoire Naturelle des Calaos in 1804.His publications were widely distributed in Europe, introducing the southern African interior to Europeans. They helped to dispel incorrect perceptions of Africa. His illustrations also often influenced scientific names, and he named several birds. He sent over 2 000 bird skins to Europe.Illustrations of travelsOn display in the exhibition are illustrations of Cape Town; an image of Kees, a tame baboon that travelled with him; several camps at Plettenberg Bay and the Great Fish River; wagons crossing the Olifants River; and of the beautiful Narina, a Gonaqua woman with whom some say he became infatuated. The rare Narina Trogon bird is named after her. A friend and hero to Le Vaillant, the Hottentot Klaas, is portrayed looking regal and elegant. Klaas saved Le Vaillant’s life.Several exquisitely detailed botanical images line the walls. Alongside some of the bird illustrations are musical annotations – his efforts to describe the song of the particular bird. Le Vaillant pioneered the display of stuffed birds in lifelike poses.“Le Vaillant played a major role in establishing how Europe saw the Cape,” explains Glenn. “He attempted to represent his South African experience in many ways – from the production of specimens, to lavishly illustrated bird books and travel accounts, and to innovative maps.“In so doing, he created more than a single influential text, but rather a range of texts that shaped what came after him, both here and elsewhere. This work helped shape many modern media, genres and intellectual traditions. In many ways Le Vaillant is a founding figure of South African culture.”Le Vaillant died at the age of 71 in his country house in France.last_img read more

Web-Connected Bathroom Scale Gets Set For Launch

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Internet of Things#web I’m sure we’ll see many more such products, everyday objects that connect to an accompanying website, over the coming months. As the Internet of Things continues to slowly but surely ramp up, we’re beginning to see more everyday ‘objects’ being connected to the Internet. One which caught our eye is a new web-connected bathroom scale. The company behind it is called BodyTrace and the product has been labeled ‘eScale.’ It wirelessly and automatically uploads a user’s weight to the BodyTrace website, creating charts and recommendations from the data. The company claims that no softwareconfiguration is required from the user to get it to work – perhaps because it relies on mobile technology (specifically the GSM cell phone network) rather than WiFi. The BodyTrace eScale and accompanying website will be launched in September 2009. The eScale will retail for $119 and signing up to the website costs $19.99 / 3 months.The website will be focused on weight monitoring. Features will include interactive weight and BMI charts, and a food diary and intake calculator. Of course there is a social networking component (almost goes without saying these days!) – users can create groups, upload pictures, have discussions, and so on. The website boasts a self-described “motivational interface,” to encourage users to share their weight loss progress, exercise ideas, and recipes.The BodyTrace blog makes for interesting reading, as it details the history of the product and how it evolved. From recent updates about privacy (you don’t have to upload or share photos) and Twitter (there’s been a lot of demand, so you’ll now be able to “tweet your success” when the product launches), to beginnings and first drawings… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus …to product design …and the final products Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

9 Tips for Shooting Cinematic Footage

first_imgLooking to give your footage a high-budget cinematic look? Check out these tips.There’s a lot more that goes into getting a cinematic image than simply buying the right camera. From pre-production to post, every aspect of the filmmaking process works together to create a beautiful end film. Let’s take a look at a few ways to create beautiful cinematic footage.1. StoryboardStoryboarding is one of the most overlooked yet vital aspects of filmmaking. While you may not be able to storyboard for every project (like, say a documentary), you should always be storyboarding for a narrative film. Storyboarding allows you to get the ideas from your head onto paper so you can share them with the rest of the crew.Even if you think you have an incredibly clear vision for your film in your head, you will inevitably run into a point on set where your original creative vision is getting a little fuzzy under pressure. Take time to storyboard each shot before you arrive on set. You don’t have to be the best artist in the world. Just jot down composition notes as best you can. You can download a free storyboard template here on PremiumBeat.2. Shoot 24fpsAlmost all modern film is shot in 24 fps, however the default for most modern video cameras is 30fps. So if you want to make your footage look more cinematic, you need to be shooting in 24fps. Most modern cameras allow you to at least change between 30fps and 24fps. If you want to shoot slow motion footage, you could shoot at even higher frame rates like 60fps or 120fps and slow it down to 24fps when you edit.3. Shallow Depth of FieldThere’s very few things as noticeably cinematic as a shallow depth of field. If you’re not already familiar with the term, depth of field refers to the portion of the frame that is in focus. A camera like an iPhone has a very wide depth of field, meaning it’s very hard to get a background out of focus. A DSLR style camera can get an out-of-focus background very easily.If you’re determined to get the most cinematic footage possible on a budget, you should definitely look into using a DSLR or mirrorless photographic-style camera instead of a camcorder.4. Don’t ZoomZooming is great for shooting a high school football game, not so much for shooting a film. There are very few cases of zooming in modern cinema. Don’t believe me? Watch your favorite film and look for the number of times they zoom.Unless you’re watching an Edgar Wright film, it’s unlikely that you’ll find any zooming shots. Instead filmmakers typically use a technique called dollying in which they will physically move the entire camera towards the subject. The result is a much more natural movement that is pleasing to the eye.5. High Dynamic RangeDynamic range refers to your camera’s ability to simultaneously record both bright and dark areas simultaneously. To illustrate the point, think about terrible local news footage. In most of their footage you’ll likely see a reporter standing under direct sunlight with a sky that is completely white. This is incredibly distracting and it will look terrible to an audience in a theater. Now contrast that with the footage from The Revenant trailer where you can see details in the clouds and in the ground at the same time.Back in the day (5 years ago), cameras with high dynamic ranges were very expensive. But with recent advancements in technology, notably from Blackmagic Design, you can now get beautifully balanced images for an affordable price.6. Shoot in RAWYou’ve probably already heard of a term called codec. Essentially, a codec is the way in which your camera packages up your video before it gives it to the computer. Some codecs squish your video files to make them smaller, while others allow for more information and are subsequently larger in size. However, if you want to get the best image possible, you don’t want to use a codec at all. Instead you should shoot in a format called RAW.RAW files are essentially the raw pixel information straight from the camera to the card. Instead of the camera compressing the video image, it will record all of the data to a card. This will result in some pretty large file sizes, but you will have greater control over the color of your video when you jump into your editing software.7. Dramatic LightingLighting is not as scary as it sounds. While you could certainly spend your entire career trying to understand the subtle nuances asserted with cinematic lighting, it doesn’t necessarily take an expert to create decent lighting. All you really need is a 5-in-1 reflector and a cheap LED light. Less is more when it comes to lighting a cinematic image.With just a few lights, you can create a beautifully cinematic image. For more on this subject, I highly recommend checking out our low-key lighting post here on PremiumBeat.8. Prime LensesIf you want to make your footage (and photographs,  for that matter) look 4x better, go out and buy a prime lens. Sure, a prime lens doesn’t quite give you the flexibility of shooting on a zoom lens, but you probably won’t be using that zoom feature anyways (remember #4). Prime lenses tend to be sharper, better in low light, and capable of producing a more shallow depth of field.Prime lenses can be incredibly expensive (like in the $100K range) but they can also be incredibly cheap. At $100, Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 is a great place to start. If that’s still too much, you can always convert an old prime lens using an adapter.9. Color GradeIt can be easy to simply want to export your project once you get done editing, but if you want your footage to look really cinematic, you should color correct and grade all of your footage before hitting that export button. There are people who spend their entire careers color grading footage, so don’t think this process is easy. Luckily, there are a lot of really easy resources out there for creating cinematic color grades very quickly.Most notably is Magic Bullet from Red Giant. Using their drag and drop color grading presets, you can very quickly give your footage a stylized look. If your budget is slim, there are also a lot of good free color grading presets out there.Can you think of a 10th way to make your footage more cinematic? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Federaal ethics commissioner Mario Dion goes on extended medical leave

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion is taking a prolonged leave from his job for health reasons.Dion was appointed as the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner a little over a year ago.Melanie Rushworth, the director of communications in Dion’s office, says in a statement that “despite these exceptional circumstances” the work of the office will continue.Dion has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as he heads up one of two parliamentary probe’s into allegations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or staff in his office unduly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Dion told NDP MPs Charlie Angus and Nathan Cullen in a letter one month ago that he would look into whether anyone violated rules prohibiting public office holders from using their position to influence decisions that could further another person’s private interests.Rushworth did not name the SNC-Lavalin investigation in her statement, but said information will continue to be gathered in all ongoing cases.She says Dion will resume his work as soon as he is able and requested privacy for him and his family.Dion is a former legal adviser to a number of government bodies and also served as the public sector integrity commissioner. He is also a former chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board and the National Parole Board.Dion has publicly pushed for his office to have greater powers to impose penalties against cabinet ministers and public office holders who violate conflict rules, including the ability to levy fines of up to $10,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PSG sporting director confirms Rabiots endofseason club exit

first_imgPSG’s sporting director confirmed that Adrien Rabiot, 23, did not want to sign a new deal with the club and wants to leave at the end of the season as a free transfer.Antero Henrique, Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director, stated that Rabiot’s decision to leave means he will remain on the French club’s indefinitely. Asked if the club would try to convince Rabiot to stay, Henrique said: “At this point, no. It was a decision made by the club following a meeting I had with the player,” according to Yahoo Sports.“The player informed me that he would not sign a contract and that he wanted to leave the club by being free at the end of the season, ie at the end of his contract.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“For the player, this will have a very clear consequence: he will remain on the bench for an indefinite period.”“It seems that the player and his representative have misled us for several months,” Henrique added. “I must add that this situation is disrespectful for both the club and the fans.“Especially from a player who has played under our colors from the training center to the first team. A player who has always received the full support of the club”last_img read more