Warriors stave off elimination

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd as the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.The MVP made a slick lay-up late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 tonight. Golden State trail 3-2 and are trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.”We ain’t going home! We’re not going home!” Curry yelled at the top of his lungs in the waning moments.For all the speculation about the current state of Curry’s beat-up body – that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow – he did it all.”I thought he looked like 91 per cent,” coach Steve Kerr cracked. “He came out and played a really good game. That’s all I can tell you. He’s going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done.”Led by Curry, the Warriors looked like their old winning selves again.Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and first championship since moving from Seattle.The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.last_img read more

10 Things You Need in Your Home During The Ebola Crisis

first_imgWhen last did you go shopping in one of the local markets or supermarkets? If recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed the rapid increase of prices on everything; and believe me, with time, it’s going to go from bad to worse. Unless you live in the interior or you are a complete and total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very clearly that our society is more vulnerable now than it ever has been.We are now facing a major economic collapse, as you will agree with me that a bag of rice that once cost $35 is now $50, and in some places $55.  Pepper that was at least five pods for five Liberian dollars has now reduced to three pods for five dollars or has at least increased to three times the price that it was before the crisis.  Have you thought about how you would survive if this crisis should continue? My advice to you: “Do that shopping that you’ve been putting off since last month.” Make sure you have mostly everything you need in the house (if not all) for you and your family for at least two to three months. All of these things are expected to happen during crises like these but, like the old saying goes, “in times of peace, prepare yourself for war”.We’re all praying that this Ebola virus is eradicated as soon as possible with absolutely no new cases; but in the mean time, you just might want to have these things within your reach – that is, in your homes – while we all fight Ebola. You do not necessarily have to get them all at once but, why not try to purchase one or two items every week until you’ve gotten all that you need?In the list below, LIB Life came up with some items that we believe are in limited supply around town but are just necessary things that will cut down your spending and save you that desperate trip to the market or hospital and we advise that you get yours as soon as possible. 1. Water. Have you heard the saying, “water is life”, that is so true. Dehydration is a terrible thing and you can never tell when that store next to you just might run out of drinking water. Make sure to have more than enough drinking water in the house and never make it a habit to go to bed without drinking water in the house.  For some of us that cannot afford to buy mineral water, that’s ok, you can also make sure to stock your house up with gallons of water from wherever hand pump that you normally draw your water from. Make sure that your hand pump is always chlorinated. Remember, one can go without food for a couple a days but not without water. Water is highly essential during this period.2. Food. The last thing you want is your child crying, “mama and papa I hungry ohhh”. Make sure to have as much food as you can. When shopping for food, make sure to include items that don’t necessarily require gas, char- coal, and preparation. Make sure to buy enough canned food as much as possible, for they last longer, save space and are easy to prepare. Also, why not make that Pepper source, bennet-seed dust, bonie dust that goes so right with dry rice (if you know what I mean)? This will also cut down those everyday expenses of having to buy them at a retail price.3. Sanitation items. While these may not be absolute “essentials”, the truth is that life will get very unpleasant very quickly without them. For example, what would you do without toilet paper? Just think about it. Imagine that you just finished your last roll of toilet paper and now you can’t get any more. What would you do?  The truth is that soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and other hygiene products are things that we completely take for granted in society today. So what would happen if we could not go out and buy them any longer?Make sure to grab items like bath and washing soap, toothpaste, tissue, and wipes for the baby, dettol and bleach. With this deadly virus, its always advisable at keep your homes clean and chlorinated.4. A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies. On a more serious note, you may not be able to access a hospital or a doctor during this major crisis and some of you just might be scared to want to go to a hospital. In your survival supplies, be absolutely certain that you have a good first aid kit and any other medical supplies that you think you may need.5. Lighters Or Matches and candles. You will also want something to start a fire. If you can start a fire, you can cook food, you can boil water and you can stay warm. (Ebola does not like heat, we are told!) So in a true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire? By rubbing sticks together? Now is the time to put away a supply of lighters or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need them. In addition, you may want to consider storing up a good supply of candles especially for those without electricity (LEC or Generators). Candles come in quite handy whenever the electricity goes out and, in the event of a long-term blackout, we will all see why our forefathers relied on candles so much even though it is also very important to play it safe. You don’t want your house catching on fire now. So make sure to always keep the candles out of the children’s reach and turn it off when you’re ready for bed. Store your candles and matches in a plastic bag or container so that they do not get wet.6. A Flashlight And/Or Lantern. I’m sure you do not want to wait until the last minute to purchase one of those Chinese lights! When the power goes off in your home, what is the first thing that you grab? Just think about it. A flashlight or a lantern, of course. In a major emergency, these are going to come in quite handy.  Solar powered or “crank style” flashlights or lanterns will probably be best during a long-term emergency. These are probably less primitive and less risky than candles, but solar lamps depend on how much sunlight you get on any given day (bad in the rainy season); lanterns require kerosene.  If you have battery-powered lights you will also want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries.7. Radios. This is very important to have in the house for you will need to be informed of everything that’s going on at the moment in the country and what other way than that of the radio?8. Communication Equipment. Make sure to always have extra scratch cards for whatever GSM Company you’re subscribed with. When things really hit the fan you are going to want to communicate with your family and friends. You will also want to be able to contact the response team, an ambulance or law enforcement if necessary. Having emergency cell phone cards is great, but it may or may not work during a time of crisis. Remember during the riot at the CDC headquarters on the eve of the 2011 Run-off Election, when calls on Lonestar Cell network were blocked for nearly five hours? The Internet also may or may not be available. Be sure to have a plan (whether it be high-tech or low-tech) for staying in communication with others during a major emergency. (In the very olden days, people would put a hand-written letter in a bird’s beak and have the bird fly it over to the person who was supposed to receive it.  In some cases it was hundreds of miles away!  Hey, whatever floats your boat!)9. Extra Gasoline. For those who own vehicles, motor bikes and businesses, there may come a day when gasoline is rationed or is simply not available at all as we have experienced in the past times. If that happens, how will you get around? Be certain to have some extra gasoline stored away just in case you find yourself really needing to get somewhere urgently and can’t afford to buy at the prevailing price at that time. And finally, always remember to have10. A Backup Plan. Lastly, it is always, always, always important to have a backup plan for everything.  If someone comes in and steals all the food that you have stored up, maybe it would have been better to store food in several different well-hidden places and not all in one place. If travel is restricted and you can’t get to your “safe” location immediately, do you have a Plan B?These are only suggestions to get us all to begin to mentally and physically prepare ourselves. This list is not conclusive – if you have a list that is quite different from the above, then good for you! The bottom line is that crisis situations rarely unfold just as we envision. It is important to be flexible and to be ready with backup plans when disaster strikes. How long do you think that is going to last? Now is the time to get ready. Now is the time to prepare.With God above, we will overcome!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

An Easter (Island) Geocache – Rano Kau – Rapa Nui (GC22ZGB) – Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: ChileDecember 10, 2018In “News”Mt. Mazama (GC123H6) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 6, 2013February 6, 2013In “Community”Ultramafic Magnificence – Geocache of the WeekMarch 7, 2018In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Moai on Easter Island.Easter Island was given its name by an early Dutch explorer, who landed on the island on Easter Sunday, 1722. However, the Polynesian locals know it as Rapa Nui. This is one of the most remote inhabited islands on the planet and home to the EarthCache, Rano Kau – Rapa Nui (GC22ZGB), this week’s Geocache of the Week.Geocacher RachelRoue emphatically earning her smiley.A visit to this EarthCache is a true escape: the island is located 2,182 miles (3,512 km) off the coast of Chile and the nearest inhabited island is 1,289 miles (2,075 km) to the east. Most visitors know Easter Island for the large Moai statues that represent ancestors of the island’s original inhabitants. These massive statues were carved between the years 1100–1680 out of compressed volcanic ash or basalt.For geocachers that make the journey to Easter Island, finding the Rano Kau EarthCache in Rapa Nui National Park is a must. Rano Kau is an extinct volcano located in the southwestern portion of the island. It was formed at least 150,000 years ago from basaltic lava flows. Now, it stands over a thousand feet tall (over 300m) and contains a crater lake—one of only three natural sources of fresh water on the island. The crater is nearly a mile wide and contains its own micro-climate where figs and vines flourish.Rano Kau crater on Rapa Nui.The geocache creator, Dutzig, had this to say about Rano Kau, “The uniform shape of the crater, and the nature and the depth of the crater lake and of course the extraordinary beauty made me hide the cache on the crater of Rano Kau.” When asked about placing an EarthCache versus a traditional geocache, he said, “With my EarthCaches I try to point out unusual features of the world to travelers and give them pleasure. No one has to destroy nature, to look for a geocache. My EarthCaches are partly in very sensitive areas of the world and no one can sabotage the cache or remove [it]. ”Another view of Rano Kau. Photo by geocacher KulturmenschTo log a smiley for this EarthCache, you must answer a few questions and you have the option to upload a photo of yourself and your GPS with the crater lake in the background. An uploaded picture to log a smiley is no longer a requirement.Previous “Found it” logs include plenty of praise for the beautiful location. Geocacher sasktravelbugs had this to say, “We were excited to see another EarthCache from the famed Dutzig, with whom we found another of his caches on Antarctica only a few short weeks ago. What an AMAZING crater! We spent a lot of time just marveling at its size and colours. Thanks so much for creating another great cache that allowed us to learn more about the geography of Rapa Nui.”Geocaching can take all of us to some pretty remote places, where is the farthest from home that geocaching has taken you?Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@geocaching.com.last_img read more

The Latest Gear and Camera News, Plus the Legalization of Drones

first_imgTake a look at last month’s top headlines. Camera news, upcoming gear, the latest rumors, and the commercialization of drones.Top image via CanonIt’s been a little while since our last news roundup, and there have been a ton of announcements since. New cameras from Canon, Panasonic and Lytro lead the news, but rumors of the GH5 steal all the attention. Big trade shows are near, so prepare for many more headlines to appear after IBC 2016 and Photokina.Canon Announces the 5D Mark IV, C700, XC15, and Sells Their CMOS Sensor to Third Parties.The new 5D Mark IV was a long time coming, and many feel disappointed by the minor advancements made.  The camera shoots 4K up to 30fps and the body starts at $3499. For more specs, read our full article on the 5D Mark IV release here.For studio and broadcast video producers, Canon also announced an all new A camera — Canon C700. This camera is their new flagship Cine EOS body, and it’s the manufacturer’s most modular cine camera body to date. The C700 starts at $28,000 and comes in three options: EF Mount CMOS Sensor, PL Mount CMOS Sensor, and PL Mount Global Shutter. See more Canon C700 specs and demo footage here.Canon also released one more camera that didn’t grab as many headlines or fanfare — the Canon XC15. The compact professional 4K camera starts at $2399. You can see more stats and info on the Canon XC15 over at Cinema5D.Finally, Canon quietly announced the decision to start selling their CMOS sensor to third parties, even though they won’t start for another two years. The move comes much later than Sony’s success with their collaboration with Panasonic, as well as RED’s collaboration with Panavision on the DXL.Speaking of the Sony and Panasonic collaboration…Panasonic Lumix GH5 Rumors and the HC-X1 Video CameraAhead of many of the biggest fall trade shows and conferences, new GH5 rumors have come to light. Rumors suggest the camera will use the same Sony 16MP sensor found in the GX80 and GX85 cameras. It’s believed the camera will shoot 4K video up to 60fps and take 6K stills. Read all about the Panasonic Lumix GH5 rumors here.Panasonic announced the HC-X1, a 4K video camera designed for news and documentary shooters. You can read more about the Panasonic HC-X1 on Cinema5D.The Legalization of Drones for Commercial UseThe FAA has officially released the steps for attaining the new Remote Pilot Certificate, a new certification made for pilots of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems. Hobbyist and those wanting to fly a Small UAS must register their drones with the FAA. The registration cost is $5. For those wanting to fly for commercial use, they must apply and test for a Remote Pilot Certificate. The 60-question test costs $150 and certification requires a passing grade of at least 70%.For all the steps involved, as well as the study guides, read our summary of the Remote Pilot Certificate process here.Lytro Releases Immerge VR Demo FootageLytro has been working on some really advanced futuristic cameras. Their cinema camera gives full control of footage in post-production, allowing editors to change the depth of field, focus, color, and a variety of other options. With their Immerge VR camera, video producers have the possibility to create infinite space.You can read more about the Lytro Immerge on No Film School.MIT Will Change the Future of FilmThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released three papers that will impact the video production industry. Their work really must be seen to be believed. From manipulating objects in post-production, to artificial intelligence developing realistic sound effects, to a glasses-free 3D experience, you must get a glimpse of the future here.Edelkrone Releases a New Type of SliderGear manufacturer Edelkrone announced the Wing, a new compact slider that doesn’t work with rails. Don’t let the release video fool you, it is still a manually operated piece of equipment. However, it’s perfect for the travel videographer on the go.Read more about the Edelkrone Wing on Cinema5D.Cell Phone Cameras Get a BoostTwo stories of note here. Much like Zeiss’ iPhone lenses, Hasselblad looks to get into cell phone attachments with an add-on 10x zoom lens that captures RAW images for the Moto Z line of smartphones. The True Zoom gives users a physical shutter button and zoom controls designed in an ergonomically friendly cell phone attachment. Read more about the Hasselblad True Zoom on PetaPixel.Pinch to zoom comes to Instagram on iOS devices, with an update to Android coming in the coming weeks. This comes after the big update to add up to 60-second videos.Which of these news items excites you most? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

You Have Work To Do

first_imgYou have work to do.Why are you reliving the mistakes you made yesterday right now? Why are you still talking about the deal you lost a month ago? Living in the past keeps you from moving into the future.Why are you dwelling on what other people think of you? Why are you worried about someone else’s approval. Why are you waiting for permission that isn’t coming? You alone are responsible for your life, and this means that you have to trust yourself.Your manager, your CEO, your competitors, your government, and your parents are not capable of preventing you from doing the meaningful work you should be doing right now. In fact, no one is thinking about how to stop you. The only obstacle between you and the meaningful work you should be doing is staring back at you in the mirror each morning.There are thousands of distractions that continually and unceasingly compete for your attention. They are legion. Some of these distractions may be worth your time and attention. But no distraction is worthy of the time and energy you need to do your real work. Only you can put first things first.The small fires that fill up your inbox will burn up all of your psychic bandwidth and all of your emotional energy if you let them. If you are vigilantly keeping guard in hopes of stomping out every small flame, you will burn yourself. The fire that should be your priority every day is the one that is burning inside you. Your job is to feed it, not allow it to be extinguished.You have work to do. You should be doing this work now. You should be prioritizing this work and putting it above everything else.last_img read more

Estranged partners target each other

first_imgA day after parting ways, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the BJP raised their pitch to safeguard their core constituencies with an eye on the election.PDP MLC Mohammad Khurshid Alam likened the BJP’s pull-out to the August 9, 1953 toppling of the popular government headed by Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.“History is repeating itself in the State and the last time a similar incident was witnessed on August 9, 1953 when a people’s government was toppled by New Delhi. Let those who are holding confabulations against the special status of the State become aware that the PDP isn’t going to succumb to any pressure and it will keep fighting for people, their dignity and honour with strong will and courage,” Mr. Alam said.He said the reasons that the BJP gave for pulling out “are worth to hail and the party feels proud of such reasons”. “The reasons are demands made by Mehbooba Mufti for talks with Pakistan and separatists, withdrawal of the cases against the stone throwers, implementation of the ceasefire on ground and measures to be taken for successful dialogue and reconciliation,” he said.The BJP celebrated the end of the PDP-BJP rule. “There will be a renewed focus to deal with terrorists and maintain law and order in Kashmir. There will be no cease but fire now onwards, very intense fire. The Amarnath yatra will be held will necessary arrangements,” said jubilant BJP state president Ravinder Raina in Jammu.He said the BJP was worried about the “shaky security scenario”.last_img read more

2-time Australian Open defending champ Federer ousted by Tsitsipas

first_imgThe 37-year-old Federer had a set point in 10th game of the second for a 2-0 lead but Tsitsipas saved it with a service winner.Federer has won the last two Australian titles and has six overall at Melbourne Park, a record he shares with top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 20-year-old Tsitsipas says “I’m the happiest person on earth right now.” His best previous run at a major ended in a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon last year.He will next play Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic in five sets to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Bautista Agut had lost in the fourth round nine times at Slams. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s Barty Party time Down Under: Aussie bet into women’s QF Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Switzerland’s Roger Federer, right, and Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas cross as they walk to their chairs during a break in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE —Two-time defending champion Roger Federer’s has been upset in the fourth round of the Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas, who becomes the first player from Greece to reach the quarterfinals at a major.Tsitsipas converted one of his three breakpoint chances in the match and fended off all 12 he faced to beat the 20-time major winner 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-6 (5)ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more