Report: Giants interview Cubs executive for front office opening

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — With exactly three weeks remaining until the start of Major League Baseball’s general manager meetings, the Giants’ search for an executive to lead their baseball operations department is heating up.The Giants have been tied to several potential candidates in the last week including Cubs vice president of player development Jason McLeod, who interviewed with the franchise according to a report from Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago.McLeod has worked for the Cubs since …last_img read more

Raiders on Day 5: Renfrow vs. Joyner a must-see matchup

first_imgNAPA — Jon Gruden told slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner during offseason workouts that his pet project was rookie receiver Hunter Renfrow.And while the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Joyner and the 5-10, 185-pound Renfrow isn’t a training camp matchup to move mountains on the order of 730 pounds worth of Trent Brown (380) vs. Justin Ellis (350), the daily battles could go a long way toward bringing out the best in both men and benefit both sides of the ball.Renfrow, a fifth-round draft pick from …last_img read more

Mandela inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

first_img5 October 2015Nelson Mandela has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame for using rugby as an agent for social change in 1995 to help unite a nation.The ceremony took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday, 3 October, before South Africa went up against Scotland in a Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset presented the Hall of Fame cap to South African Sport and Recreation Deputy Minister Gert Oosthuizen and Francois Pienaar, who captained the Springboks in 1995, when they won the world championships on home ground.“The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game,” said Lapasset. “Mandela certainly fits in that category. He was instrumental in turning Rugby World Cup 1995 into a momentous occasion that united the South African nation through the power of sport.“By supporting the Springboks so passionately and publicly on their way to victory, Mandela helped to change attitudes, soften hearts and convince minds of the right course of history for his country to take and, in the process, became a wonderful example to us all.”He said it was a fitting tribute to a man who did so much for his country and the sport.See more here:“We accept this honour in the true spirit of human solidarity and building a new world order through sport,” said Oosthuizen. “May the Springboks see this as a motivation to win the World Cup. The Madiba magic still lives on.”His words were echoed by Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula: “World Rugby informed us of their intentions and plans to honour our global icon, a legend and father of our nation Nelson Mandela by inducting him on the World Rugby Hall of Fame.“It’s not by coincidence but by consistence that World Rugby decided to honour Nelson Mandela in Scotland which, its biggest city Glasgow, was the first to offer him its Freedom of the City.”Back in 1995As Mandela handed Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup in 1995, he said: “Francois, thank you for what you have done for our country.”To which Pienaar replied: “No, Mr President; thank you for what you have done for our country.”Morne du Plessis, legendary South African rugby player and manager of Pienaar’s victorious squad, recalled that 1995 “was the start of the theme that sport has the power to change the world”.“If you think back on it, it changed our country. It had a lasting effect on how people could use sport to value each other and to come to understand each other a little bit better.“(It’s) now a legend, it’s become a film, it’s spoken around the world as one of the true miracle stories in sport and in the country. The fact that rugby can be such a powerful initiator of social change.”Next gameAfter beating Scotland 34-16 on Saturday, the Boks tackle the US in their next Rugby World Cup match on Wednesday, 7 October.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Sets of Truzone Cream Peroxide 6% – Great bleach, I bought at a really reasonable price

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How to Use the Free GoPro VR Effects in Premiere Pro

first_imgDownload the FREE 360 Video FootageDownload Now!Looking for more Premiere Pro tutorials? Check out the following.New 360 Video effects in After Effects and Premiere Pro CC 2018How to Layer Text Behind Objects in Adobe Premiere ProPrecision Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro’s Trim ModeExport Youtube-Ready Subtitles From Premiere ProHow to Blur a Face in Premiere Pro In this tutorial, we will take a look at GoPro’s free virtual reality effects for Adobe Premiere Pro. Including free 360° footage!GoPro recently released their new 360° camera called Fusion, which can film 5.2K resolution 360° videos. Coinciding with the Fusion camera release, GoPro has also released some free VR/360° plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. The best part is that you can use these plugins with any 360° footage, so they are not limited to footage from the Fusion 360° camera. (Here are quick links to directly download the GoPro VR plugins for Windows and for Mac.)Image from GoPro.You can use the GoPro VR plugins for basic 360° effects, as well as creating “Overcapture”-styled videos. You’ve likely seen Overcapture in the marketing videos for the GoPro Fusion camera. What Overcapture essentially means is that you can reframe a traditional shot from your existing 360 footage. This creates a lot of versatility because you can control the field of view, direction, etc. — all in post. You can also create abstract looks like the “Tiny Planet” effect.The GoPro VR plugins consist of three effects: Horizon, Layers, and Reframe. Two of these effects, Horizon and Layers, are both quite similar to two Immersive Video effects recently implemented into Adobe CC 2018.The GoPro VR Horizon effect allows users to reorient their 360° equirectangular footage, which works the same as the Immersive Video VR Rotate Sphere effect. The GoPro VR Layers effect allows users to project layers such as text or logos correctly onto 360° footage. This works in the same manner as the Immersive Video Plane to Sphere effect. However, the GoPro VR Reframe effect is all-new to Premiere Pro. It allows users to “reframe” their 360° footage in a lot of cool ways. It works great for creating quick Point of View (POV) shots or abstract looks all inside of Premiere Pro.Ready? Let’s dive into the tutorial. (Make sure you download the free GoPro Plugins and free 360° footage clips to follow along!)last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 12

first_imgMOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight (1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20.5 points (6/13 3PT), 8.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 stealsLast Week: 2CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the third straight time, CJ Perez topped our list and there wasn’t much of a debate at all.The energetic forward remained the lynchpin in aiding Lyceum preserve its unblemished 15-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ Dennison in UP loss to FEU The senior guard flirted with a triple-double in the Red Lions’ 83-72 win over Arellano on Thursday in what could be a prelude for his strong finishing kick late this season.With San Beda also dealing with a schedule heavy on contenders in its next four games, you can bet that Bolick can rekindle his form late in the elimination round and aid the Red Lions to extend its 12-game winning streak.(5) Allyn Bulanadi – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags17.5 points (4/13 3PT), 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 stealLast Week: N/AAllyn Bulanadi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter another even week for San Sebastian, we have to go with its most consistent performer.And this week, it was Allyn Bulanadi.The forward was part of the sweet-shooting crew that barraged Letran for a 94-64 beatdown on Tuesday, and kept the Golden Stags fighting against Lyceum up until the endgame before falling, 73-78.Bulanadi’s emergence is a fresh sight for San Sebastian, as it spreads the scoring load more to the supporting crew aside from just relying to guys like Michael Calisaan and its troika of guards.(6) MJ Dela Virgen – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 18 points (4/8 3PT), 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/AMJ dela Virgen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpeaking of sweet-shooting, MJ Dela Virgen also had a week to remember.The sophomore caught fire early and continued his torrid shooting in the endgame to go 50 percent from rainbow country in JRU’s 85-52 demolition of Perpetual.Dela Virgen stepping up is another welcome development for coach Vergel Meneses, as the Heavy Bombers strengthened their grip of the third spot.But the PBA legend is hoping that performances like these won’t be a one-off, as he preaches consistency going to JRU’s last four games.(7) Laurenz Victoria – G, Mapua Cardinals19 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/ALaurenz Victoria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMapua may be out, but showed it still has some fight left. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Little-known Laurenz Victoria sparked the Cardinals to their first win in three months, as they pulled the rug from under St. Benilde, 79-69, and took the Blazers to the grave with them.Victoria’s late explosion, together with Denniel Aguirre, allowed Mapua to finally taste victory again as it snapped its inglorious 11-game losing streak.With the skid now halted, Victoria and the rest of the Cardinals now have the confidence to seek upsets and gain some silver linings despite having a woeful season. Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. We’re just three weeks away from ultimately weeding out the contenders from the pretenders, and for the teams still in the running in the Final Four race, they are hell-bent to grab those seats rather than see their championship aspirations go down the drain.Two teams — Lyceum and San Beda — have already occupied the first two seats, while cellar-dwellers Mapua and St. Benilde are finally out of the running.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat leaves six more teams staking their claim for the last two tickets in the playoffs, and after another action-packed week, these teams once again went to their leaders to bolster their chances of making it to the final dance.Here’s this week’s best players: Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Last Week: N/AMJ Ayaay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCall him Lyceum’s glue guy.Also enough to merit the spotlight this week was Pirates forward MJ Ayaay, who has shown tenacity on both sides of the floor.Though Perez has been the unbowed leader of Lyceum, Ayaay has been steadily churning out consistent numbers while being the one to do the dirty work on the floor for the Pirates.But his mettle will be tested as Lyceum enters unchartered territory as it guns to sweep the eliminations in the final three outings.(4) Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assistsLast Week: N/ARobert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLook who’s back!Jeramer Cabanag may have had his coming out party and Javee Mocon continued to showcase his worth for San Beda, but it was Robert Bolick, who has been making things work for coach Boyet Fernandez. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Perez showed his brilliance anew on Friday when he recorded a career-best 28 points in the Pirates’ 78-73 win over San Sebastian.But coach Topex Robinson warned Perez that the immaculate record will be put to waste if Lyceum won’t be able to pull off the wins they need to get, especially with the tough grind ahead at the end of the eliminations.(2) Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assistsLast Week: 1Bong Quinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s pacesetter remains near the top of our rankings as Bong Quinto helped Letran go 1-1 in a tough week.Though the Knights bowed to the Golden Stags on Tuesday, the forward came out to played inspired basketball on Friday, registering a career-best 27 points in Letran’s 84-78 victory against EAC.Quinto and team captain Rey Nambatac unleashed a stellar showing that could no doubt make their late coach Bob Lotuaco proud if he was alive today.(3) MJ Ayaay – F, Lyceum Pirates13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 block With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ginebra still kings

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Justin Brownlee didn’t need to come up with the buzzer-beating triple to win this one for the Kings, though his role in this latest triumph was more pronounced because he was able to play more that just the offensive end.Tenorio, who will have surgery to correct a right elbow injury on Monday, won the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP award. He was also the winner of the same citation last season when the Kings snapped an eight-year title wait.“We’re not going to stop here; we have more (championships) to win,” Cone declared while addressing the crowd that stayed after the final buzzer to watch the celebration on the floor.Allen Durham also had 26 points to pace Meralco, with Jared Dillinger shooting 20, his biggest production in the series after being held to single digits in each of the first six games.“Game 7s are just the most amazing games to play,” Cone said. “You never know what’s going to happen; you just try to do your best while staying calm, staying focused. You just don’t want to let the fans down, let the management down.”ADVERTISEMENT Fight another day Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Barangay Ginebra didn’t need a big comeback this time, but had to fend off Meralco before prevailing, 101-96, in a historic Game 7 to repeat as PBA Governors’ Cup champions Friday night at Philippine Arena here.The Kings erected a 20-point lead in the first half then weathered numerous storms that the hard-fighting Bolts tried to conjure in the last two quarters to repeat as champions for the first time in franchise history and trigger a stomping celebration by its major share of the record 54,086 fans who showed up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We hit big shots all night; it was a total team effort,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone shortly after the buzzer as he won his 20th championship in 32 title series appearances. “And to be able to do it in front of 50,000 fans is just so cool.”The heady LA Tenorio hit some of the biggest shots of the night and finished with 26 points built on 5-for-7 clip from beyond three-point range. Five more Gin Kings chipped in twin digits in a balanced attack that befuddled the Meralco defense. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BOCAUE—The team that has never said die had just enough to hold off an enemy that has taken the same sort of attitude and reach a new milestone for the franchise.ADVERTISEMENT After the final buzzer sounded, amid a deafening crescendo from the roaring crowd, Tenorio gathered his teammates to one section of the floor for a prayer, before they broke up with hands raised and fingers signaling No. 1.The ScoresGINEBRA 101—Tenorio 26, Brownlee 23, Thompson 14, Slaughter 12, Aguilar 10, Devance 10, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2.MERALCO 96—Durham 26, Dillinger 20, Hodge 14, Newsome 11, Caram 9, Hugnatan 7, Amer 6, Lanete 3.Quarters: 27-19, 52-37, 81-64, 101-96 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Opinion 5 questions for Ohio State Rutgers matchup

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor the first time ever, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are set to meet on the football field. The matchup also marks the first time the Scarlet Knights will play a Big Ten game on the road.With so many firsts, and so many unknowns, there are a plethora of storylines to watch in the matchup. The Lantern sports editors picked five of the most important things to look for in the game.1. Will the Buckeyes be able to force Gary Nova turnovers?It has been well-documented that Rutgers senior quarterback Gary Nova is turnover-prone. With Nova coming off of an impressive performance in which he tossed for 404 yards through the air and three scores against Michigan, the Buckeye defense will have to do its due diligence to slow Nova and the Scarlet Knights down. The Rutgers run game is average at best, ranking ninth in the conference, which has forced the Scarlet Knights to throw the ball early and often in recent weeks. If they can force Nova into his old habits, the Buckeyes should succeed as Nova has thrown 46 career interceptions, five of which came in his first Big Ten game against Penn State. 2. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott have his third-straight 100-yard game?After struggling to get off to a strong start, Elliott is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Cincinnati and Maryland, respectively. Getting his third-straight 100-yard game could prove to be easier than some think.While the Rutgers defense ranks tied for third in the country in sacks, they struggle to stop the run as they rank eighth in the conference in yards allowed on the ground. If the Buckeye offensive line has improved as much as many think they have, Elliott will have a chance to rack up considerable yards for a third straight game. 3. Can J.T. Barrett make a Heisman Trophy push?I know, I know. we are crazy. But are we really?After the recent Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston fallout, this could be the most wide open Heisman race in years.With that said, Barrett will have a chance to shine on national television for the next four weeks as games against Rutgers, Penn State, Illinois and Michigan State are scheduled to be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.In addition, aside from Saturday’s game against Rutgers, all of those games are set for 8 p.m. kickoffs, putting Barrett and the Buckeyes in the spotlight for three straight weekends.Closing that stretch of games is the Michigan State matchup, one that most are claiming will be the de facto Big Ten Championship game. If Barrett can help the Buckeyes win out, and impress during prime time, there is a chance the redshirt-freshman could earn an invite to New York.However, it all starts with Rutgers on Saturday.4. How will a second early-season bye week effect the Buckeyes on the field?More than anything else, OSU coach Urban Meyer has made it clear that he didn’t want to have a week off after the Buckeyes beat Maryland on Oct. 4.If it were up to him, they would have kept on rolling after the 52-24 win, but it’s not.Instead, OSU had to take an off-week and get ready for a two-week gap between taking the field for an actual game. For some teams, that can be needed rest. For others, it can simply stunt momentum.It’s likely the Buckeyes will either have an extremely fast or an extremely slow start depending on how the players took the time off. If a slow start is in fact the case, look for OSU to be in an early hole with a need to scramble back late in the game.5. Will freshman running back Curtis Samuel be worked back into the fold?Through the first few games of the season, an argument could have been made that Samuel was the best running back on OSU’s roster.He might well be just that someday, but it’s clear that Elliott is the guy for the 2014 Buckeyes, especially considering Samuel missed the Maryland game with a leg injury. Meyer said he’s back and ready to go, but what will be the real point of rushing him back into the lineup when Elliott has been dominant for two consecutive games?Samuel has a bright career ahead of him, but an untimely injury might have put a damper on what could have been a standout first season in Columbus.The matchup between OSU and Rutgers is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Nicaraguas Ortega wants to have a friendly chat with next Costa Rican

Nicaraguas Ortega wants to have a friendly chat with next Costa Rican

first_imgNicaragua President Daniel Ortega wants to open up a dialogue with Laura Chinchilla’s successor as president of Costa Rica, according to Nicaraguan analysts in areport by the news agency EFE.Ortega made gestures this week signaling that he wishes to improve the contentious relationship between the two Central American neighbors, once Costa Rica elects its next president on April 6. Johnny Araya, of Chinchilla’s National Liberation Party, will take on Luis Guillermo Solís, of the center-left Citizens Action Party in a runoff.Chinchilla’s last day in office will be May 8, and Ortega will be pleased to see her go. During Chinchilla’s four years in office, the presidential counterparts have maintained a theatrically adverse relationship. Some of the disputes arose over alleged aggressions from Nicaragua toward Costa Rica. Those allegations are now being tried in an International Court of Justice. Other issues – like the idea that Nicaragua might invade Guanacaste – seem to be more about chest-thumping and braggadocio from both sides.Chinchilla announced last week that Costa Rica plans to take Nicaragua once more to the world court before her term ends. In this case, the complaint comes after Managua allegedly offered maritime territories in Costa Rican waters to international oil companies for concessions.“They talk of dialogue and brotherhood, but in reality, on the ground, they continue being hostile, aggressive and arrogant,” Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo said, referring to Costa Rica’s decision to file another case against Nicaragua.Neither Solís nor Araya wants to appear weak before Ortega’s swaggering up north, but they face a tough dilemma since the Nicaraguan president likely won’t be going away for some time.They might need to search for ways to compromise with Ortega, whose rule seems to grow more authoritarian each year. The Sandinista revolutionary became president in 2007, and his government continues to tinker with the constitution to allow Ortega to keep running for president. On Monday, constitutional reforms take effect that remove presidential term limits, opening the door for Ortega to become president for life.According to the analysts in the EFE article, Ortega wants to present a vision of a more united Central America. He desires to form bilateral agreements with neighbors, Costa Rica and Panama. For that to happen, Ortega will need a Costa Rican president who’s willing to play ball with him. Could that be Solís or Araya? Ortega hopes he’ll at least have better luck with one of them than he did Chinchilla, and that’s why he’s reaching out now and alluding to extending an olive branch to the eventual winner. Facebook Comments Related posts:Candidate Johnny Araya says he’s willing to meet Nicaragua’s Ortega Nicaragua claims ‘cleaning’ of the Río San Juan follows world court order VIDEO: Costa Rican officials present new evidence of alleged damage to its territory by Nicaraguan workers Nicaragua’s Pastora calls Costa Rica’s latest accusations ‘a bunch of lies’ aimed at boosting President Solís’ imagelast_img read more

PHOTOS SANSA offers new flights between San José and Limón

PHOTOS SANSA offers new flights between San José and Limón

first_img Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Costa Rica-based airline SANSA inaugurated this week a new route from the Juan Santamaría International Airport outside of San José to the Limón Airport on the Caribbean coast. The airline uses Cessna Grand Caravan 208B airplanes with a capacity of 12 passengers for a 40-minute flight. Prices start at $50 one-way.SANSA will offer five flights per week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.For more information, visit www.flysansa.com. Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:Southwest Airlines announces new routes to Costa Rica, Mexico ‘Snowpocalypse’ strands air passengers in Costa Rica United Airlines announces more nonstop flights to Houston and New York during Christmas season JetBlue announces new flight to Costa Rica from Boston starting in November Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Timeslast_img read more