He called bank: Lassiter clutch 3 one of biggest shots of his career

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “It was a Game 2 vs. Rain or Shine, it was just like a split second [late] like a 0.1 tenth of a second I didn’t get it off. I’m just kinda glad that this one went in and it just seems like God blessed me today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working “From there, I just wanted to make sure that we can get a good shot off. I was just creating enough separation to get a good shot off.”READ: Lassiter nails clutch 3 as Beermen slip past Hotshots FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIt wasn’t exactly a good shot with a defender in Star’s Justin Melton hounding him in the left wing, but it beat the clock, hit the glass and went through the nylon.“One of the biggest shots of my career and I just wanted to be ready. It’s not over until the last second and I always play up to the last second. I threw it up and it looked good.” Great escape for Beermen Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the pivotal Game 3 in the semifinals on the line, Marcio Lassiter just wanted to give San Miguel Beer a chance to win by attempting a shot before the buzzer sounded.“I looked up and I saw we had about six seconds left so I knew I had some time to kind of get up for a shot,” the San Miguel Beer swingman recalled on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Lassiter said he intended the bank shot and stressed his clutch basket was no fluke.“I called bank. Yeah, I meant to do that,” he said with a big grin after scoring 12 points in a 111-110 win that moved the Beermen on the cusp of another finals appearance.READ: Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semis The 30-year-old Lassiter, one of the deadliest shooters in the PBA today, also shared a similar moment last year in Game 2 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis against Rain or Shine where he banked in a triple at the buzzer only to find out upon review that his shot failed to beat the clock.“You know, it was kinda cool to be in that moment and I don’t know if you guys remember, last year I also had a buzzer-beater so you know, this is not like a fluke shot,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Police donate PA system to L’Aventure Secondary

first_imgAs part of ongoing efforts to strengthen relations with the public, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) last week‘D’ Division Commander Stephen Mansell handing over the PA system to L’Aventure Secondary School’s Head Teacher Althea Stewarthanded over a Public Address (PA) system to the L’Aventure Secondary School on the West Bank of Demerara.According to D (West Demerara) Division Commander, Senior Superintendent of Police Stephen Mansell, this donation was as a result of a request made by the school’s Head Teacher, Althea Stewart.He explained that Stewart had written to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, asking for the Force to donate a PA system to the school that will be used for events such as debate competitions, public speaking enhancement and to address the general assembly, among others.Mansell went on to say that he was mandated by the Top Cop to execute the request and acquire the equipment at the cost of $80,000.During the simple handing over ceremony, the Divisional Commander urged the Head Teacher to care the equipment as it would go a long way in benefiting the school, especially in developing students’ public speaking ability.He added that the donation was yet another measure that the Division had embarked on to improve Police-public relations.Commander Mansell further noted that his Division had commenced a number of social crime prevention and partnership programmes targeting early school leavers and unemployed youth on West Demerara.last_img read more

Digicel Guyana launches Christmas promotion

first_imgDigicel Guyana on Thursday launched its Christmas promotion titled #GetGifted – in Guyana” at its Flagship store at Giftland Mall, Liliendaal, Georgetown.#GetGifted is built on the premise that the Christmas holidays is said to be the happiest time of the year – all about great gifts, quality family time, joy and happiness – well not quite.  The flipside is the hustle and bustle to find the right gifts for loved-ones and friends, which at times turn out to be bad gift choices – and that is something many Guyanese relate to.A student of the Gifted Hands Special Needs School receives gifts from Santa ClausWith the launch of Digicel’s #GetGifted handset promotion, customers can gift themselves or their loved-ones, that perfect cell phone for the holidays. There is a range of over 20 handsets to choose from, and customers can get up to 50% off on selected handsets.Some of the handsets include the popular Samsung S7, Samsung S7 Edge, Samsung J10, the Digicel range DL1 Plus and D1 LITE, as well as the Alcatel, Huawei and Azumi brands.The #GetGifted Christmas promotion has handsets and prices to suit every lifestyle and pocket. Customers can find a phone that matches their lifestyle and personality at a price that suits their budget.  #GetGifted will keep customers on the go and connected to Digicel’s superior network this Christmas, as with every smartphone purchased, you will receive a Value Bundle of a one-week 4G Data Plan with over 900MBs, inclusive of 30 minutes Talk and 30 Text Messages to any local number absolutely FREE.  Customers will also be able to rollover their unused data, talk and text once they renew their Value Bundle Plan. The campaign comes on the heels of a tongue-in-cheek Christmas song, “Gifted,” which was released by the company’s Chief Speed Officer, Usain Bolt, on his social media pages. The heavily auto-tuned song immediately became a viral hit, racking up over 6.5 million views just days after its release.  However, through a partnership with Samsung, the campaign will see Digicel leveraging across digital and mobile platforms ensuring that customers are gifted with everything they need – including better deals on the amazing Samsung Galaxy S7 and better connectivity from the most reliable network in the region.Meanwhile, #GetGifted is giving back to children across the region with its Gifted Kids initiative. During the launch on Thursday students of the ‘Gifted Hands Special Needs School, were treated to gifts from Santa Claus of ice cream and goodies.  This initiative will be spread across the Caribbean and Central America in all of Digicel’s 32 markets. Through the Gifted Kids – Christmas Cheers, Digicel’s employees will bring the love and joy of the festive season to kids by feting and treating them to toys and a host of entertaining activities.  Digicel will be taking its #Gifted Kids – Christmas Cheers across Guyana by visiting Linden, Berbice, Essequibo and Georgetown.“This holiday, it’s all about playing with the notion of being gifted – from being gifted by Usain Bolt’s Christmas song to gifting our customers with better products and services or gifting kids with the most memorable Christmas – we know what our customers want and that’s what we are giving them,” said Jacqueline James, Head of Marketing.last_img read more

Video: FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo’s greatest goals

first_imgAfter Luis Figo announced he is running for the FIFA presidency, take a look back at the former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter Milan’s superstar’s greatest goals.last_img

Can Jerry Springer really dance?

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Talk show host Jerry Springer, record setting running back Emmitt Smith and actor Harry Hamlin were among the 11 celebrity performers named today by ABC for the next season of “Dancing with the Stars.” The other celebrity performers are pundit Tucker Carlson; actresses Monique Coleman (“High School Musical”), Vivica A. Fox and Shanna Moakler; singers Sara Evans and Willa Ford; former teen heartthrob Joey Lawrence and “Saved by the Bell” cast member turned talk show host Mario Lopez. The season premiere for “Dancing with the Stars” is scheduled for Sept. 12. “Dancing with the Stars” was television’s seventh-most watched series during the 2005-2006 season and ABC’s most-watched Thursday night series since the 1999-2000 season. Viewership for ABC increased in its Thursday 8-9:30 p.m. time period by 12 million viewers overall and 127 percent among viewers ages 18-49, the group ABC, Fox Broadcasting and NBC target, over the previous season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.last_img read more

Fire threatens Burbank building

first_imgBURBANK – A fire threatened to destroy a one-story Burbank building housing a tax preparation business, authorities said Tuesday. The blaze at 4411 W. Magnolia Blvd. was reported at 6:50 p.m., a Burbank Fire Department dispatcher said. The owner of the business was able to get out of the building, the dispatcher said. Nobody was injured. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

talkSPORT Super Computer: Final Premier League table predicted

first_img REVEALED no dice huge blow 17. Cardiff16. Fulham15. Newcastle14. Brighton13. Crystal Palace Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 5 5 RANKED ADVICE 5 BEST OF 12. Leicester11. Bournemouth10. Watford9. Wolves8. Everton7. West Ham Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Crystal Palace should do enough to finish comfortably mid-table It’s now when the race for the Premier League title hots up, as we enter the second half of the season.Liverpool are leading the way, unbeaten in 20 matches, though Manchester City have recovered from their poor spell and sit seven points off Jurgen Klopp’s side.Tottenham are into second, but Thursday’s huge clash at the Etihad Stadium will play a key part in the race for silverware; a win for City and they are right back in it, but a Liverpool victory would send the Reds clear. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The table as it stands on 2 January, 2019 Seventh would be an excellent finish for West Ham shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is predicted to guide Man United above Arsenal 6. Arsenal5. Manchester United (Europa League qualification) MONEY A good seven teams can seriously consider themselves in the relegation battle, from the Terriers in last place all the way up to Crystal Palace in 14th.Predicting what will happen over the rest of the season is a fool’s errand, so we’ve instead fired up the trusty talkSPORT.com Super Computer once again to have its say on the 2018/19 Premier League campaign and final standings.Here’s the predicted final 2018/19 table which should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt…*And if you think you’re better at predictions than the Super Computer, then give the talkSPORT predictor game a go!20. Huddersfield (relegated)19. Burnley (relegated)18. Southampton (relegated) Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ralph Hasenhuttl is not being backed to keep Saints in the top flight 5 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Arsenal and a resurgent Manchester United are looking to break into the Champions League qualification spots before the end of the campaign.In the lower reaches of the table there are serious worries for Huddersfield and Burnley, but Fulham have started to come to life since Claudio Ranieri was appointed their manager. Getty 5 4. Chelsea (Champions League qualification)3. Tottenham (Champions League qualification)2. Manchester City (Champions League qualification)1. Liverpool (Champions)last_img read more

Less violent crime in South Africa

first_img8 September 2011 The levels of “contact crime” in South Africa – crimes usually involving violence – decreased by 6.9% in 2010/11, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday, while adding that the fight was far from over. Releasing the country’s annual crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday, Mthethwa said there was a decline in all types of “contact crime”, including murder, rape, assault with intent to do serious bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery and common robbery. Murder was down by 6.5% and sexual offences by 3.1%. Assault with intent to do serious bodily harm dropped by 4.5%, while robbery with aggravating circumstances was down by 12%. However, Mthethwa said the stats were still worrying. “Contact crime is an area of crime which by its nature leads to serious feelings of fear and insecurity, because it is this form of crime [with] which violence is normally associated.”Drug-related crime on the increase Noting the 10.2% increase in drug-related crimes in 2010/11, Mthethwa said the police, instead of focusing on arresting people in possession of drugs, would be mounting operations aimed at the leaders of drug syndicates. He said they would also be working with the Departments of Education and Social Development in addressing the challenge of affected children. “We also acknowledge that dealing with drugs is a global challenge that needs to be coordinated with our international counterparts.”Drunken driving on the increase Mthethwa said it seemed people were not taking the “don’t drink and drive” motto seriously, as drunken driving cases were up by 3.5% in 2010/11, following the previous year’s 10.6% increase. “We all have a duty to ensure that our roads are safe, and those who break the law will be severely punished.” Although the stats showed a general decrease in all crimes, Mthethwa said this was just a motivating factor for the police, and that the fight was far from over. “Victory against crime is now an achievable goal. However, for as long as young children are still under bondage of crime and drugs, for as long as businesses are robbed, for as long as women are abused and raped, for as long as South Africans are mugged and hijacked – none of us must rest.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

New Read/WriteWeb Writers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts richard macmanus Tags:#Admin#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Thank you to everyone who applied for the Read/WriteWeb writer roles we wrote about a couple of weeks ago. The response was amazing, with over 120 people applying. There were a lot of good applicants and the shortlist was brimming with talent. However we only had two part-time positions available and they have gone to: Aidan Henry and Andrew Pipes. You will be hearing more from those two people, as R/WW writers, very soon!Also a note that Josh Catone will be going full-time on Read/WriteWeb shortly. All of these additions and changes will allow me to focus more on growing the business, although of course I will still be one of the main writers for R/WW.Thanks again to the 120+ people who applied for the p/t writer role and sorry we could only choose 2 at this time. Also I wasn’t able to reply to all of the applicants personally, I hope you understand.Finally, a note for startups and companies emailing us news and product pitches. Please use the tips@readwriteweb.com address, which goes to myself, Josh and all the main writers on R/WW. Your email stands a much better chance of getting a reply if sent to the tips address, than if sent direct to me ;-). Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

How AI is disrupting major industries

first_imgHow AI is disrupting major industriesYou are here: Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Advances in artificial intelligence tend to provoke polarizing reactions for most people. One, a dystopian anxiety where humans huddle in fear of their metallic overlords. Or two, a utopian futurist society where humans are freed from mundane labor and complex challenges are solved by machines.Wherever you fall on the AI anxiety spectrum, the fundamental truth is that we are entering a major transformative cycle across nearly every industry.While AI is currently dominated by increased media attention and business hype, the way consumers and brands interact is quietly poised to make a tectonic shift over the next two years through marketing solutions built with AI in their core DNA.In a recent Wakefield/Demandbase study, 80 percent of marketing leaders say that AI will “revolutionize” marketing by 2020. Meanwhile, IDC research forecasts worldwide revenues for cognitive and artificial intelligence (AI) systems will reach $12.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 59.3 percent over 2016. In addition, global spending on cognitive and AI solutions will continue to see significant corporate investment over the next several years, achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54.4 percent through 2020 when revenues will be more than $46 billion.On the other end of the spectrum, you have billionaire Mark Cuban stating at SXSW that “the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.”Every enterprise from Google and Netflix to Walmart and Nordstrom is making major investments in AI. But why the shift now?The proliferation of customer data volume via mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) technology like FitBits, beacons and smart appliances, and even open, public data sources have far outstripped human capability to process, generate insights and drive action.Meanwhile, today’s consumers increasingly expect highly contextual, fluid interactions with brands, which traditional marketing automation and personalization tools can’t provide at meaningful scale. The train may be driven by data, but marketers are currently tied to the railroad tracks.Although companies like Netflix, Google and Uber are often cited as the disruptive AI vanguard, traditional industries are increasingly adopting AI technology to help bridge the digital transformation gap and compete against industry outsiders threatening to grab market share.Finance and the machineThe shift is already underway within banking. With banking services scrambling to meet the consumer demand for personalized online and mobile interactions, bankers believe AI will play a key role in bridging that digital gap.Four in five bankers believe AI will “revolutionize” the way in which banks gather information, as well as how they interact with their clients, said the Accenture Banking Technology Vision 2017 report, which surveyed more than 600 top bankers and also consulted tech industry experts and academics. The report forecasts that AI will become the primary way banks interact with their customers within the next three years.In addition, 49 percent of banking executives say the traditional transaction/ branch-based banking model will be dead by 2020, according to The Economist‘s 2016 report, “Retail Banking: In tech we trust.”While the concern is that artificial intelligence will take away the human component to banking, the truth is that emerging AI technologies — particularly on the marketing side — allow banks to simplify interactions and only deliver the most relevant experiences for customers. Conversely, it allows financial services marketing teams to move away from mundane data and campaign processes, in favor of spending more time on creativity and innovation.Free-to-play gaming fuels AI growthWhile gaming has leveraged varying levels of artificial intelligence since its inception to simulate human characteristics in non-player characters and drive good game play, the challenges associated with the free-to-play gaming model has brought AI marketing technologies to the forefront to improve the holistic player experience.Formerly, studios typically invested in producing big titles and gaming franchises that required an upfront purchase to play. In the traditional platform model, 90 percent of their revenue came from 28 percent of their users. However, in the mobile free-to-play market, only 6 to 10 percent of mobile gamers will make premium in-app purchases. In 2016, the average iPhone user spent $27 on games, out of a total of $40 on apps.While studios already cared about user engagement in the previous model, the new pricing model requires a deeper understanding of how users commit to a game. Techcrunch reports that nearly one in four people abandon mobile apps after only one use.Within this environment, leveraging in-game data to deliver personalized, real-time experiences to encourage playing time and decrease churn has become mission-critical, which has driven gaming companies to look to core AI solutions to continuously optimize the entire player experience.AI prevents subscriber churn among mobile carriersIn the ultra-competitive and saturated telecommunications industry, major carriers are constantly stealing mobile subscribers from one another to bolster growth. Because of this, the primary players — Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T — are heavily investing in emerging AI solutions to help predict and prevent customers leaving for another carrier (called churn within the industry).Traditional offline predictive models are unable to provide an in-depth view at the velocity needed to actually prevent churn. New AI platforms are allowing mobile carriers to understand the behavioral signals for a customer at risk for churn weeks earlier and take preventative action to course correct the customer relationship with the brand (provide new data or pricing incentives, encourage engagement, or create enticing renewal offers).Because of the pace of the industry, the sheer volume of data available and its position as a conduit for all mobile experiences, telecommunications is a leading candidate for the industry poised to see some of the greatest return on investment from AI technology.Humans welcomeWhile the prevailing concern around automation focuses on job replacement, we’re actually seeing a surge in creativity and innovation as overloaded marketers and data scientists are freed from the manual labor of wrangling data and building complex targeting rules. Customers should expect a creative surge over the next two years from brands they interact with as the focus shifts from traditional marketing technology to core AI solutions.And no matter where you fall on the AI anxiety spectrum, increased creativity ultimately results in not just a better customer experience, but a better human one.From our sponsors: How AI is disrupting major industries Posted on 7th June 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital MarketingHow AI is disrupting major industrieslast_img read more