On Christmas, NBA shows off its best — and who’s got next

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals It’s a star-studded slate, with the NBA Finals rematch standing out among the top teams and power players.The league is driven by star power, and the NBA is going all-in this year. The schedule is about the best players, not all the best teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Kristaps Porzingis starting the day, and Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Karl-Anthony Towns finishing it, this year’s showcase is as much about the guys who got next on the marquee as the ones on top already.“They’re doing it for talent. You have the talent and the marketable players, so I understand why they’re picking those teams,” said Sacramento veteran Vince Carter. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. The NBA is driven by star power and its Christmas Day lineup is about the league’s best players, not all the best teams. Yes, the NBA will roll out LeBron James and Kevin Durant, toss in some Russell Westbrook and James Harden under the mistletoe. APNEW YORK — There’s LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Golden State against Cleveland, for fans wanting more of the NBA’s reigning rivalry.For those preferring something new, the league’s Christmas Day schedule has that, too.ADVERTISEMENT Durant leads Warriors past Lakers for 11th straight win A tantalizing twosome that could’ve been a Big Three. Embiid and Simmons have the Sixers on the rise in their first year together, but imagine if Porzingis was there with them. The Knicks took the 7-foot-3 forward with the No. 4 pick in 2015, immediately after Philadelphia passed for the since-traded Jahlil Okafor.LeBron & KD — Enough said.Peace on Christmas? Maybe not in Boston, where the Celtics and Wizards renew a heated rivalry that only grew hotter after they went seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Toss in Kyrie Irving going against John Wall, and the plot thickens.Westbrook vs. Harden alone would have been a good gift, but it’s even better after Chris Paul joined Harden in Houston, and Paul George and Carmelo Anthony surrounded Westbrook in Oklahoma City.Christmas is for kids, and the Lakers have Ball and Brandon Ingram, the last two No. 2 picks, and the lesser-known Kuzma who might become the best of the bunch. The Wolves have their own youngsters in Towns and Andrew Wiggins, but it’s the acquisition of Jimmy Butler that could finally end the postseason drought that dates to 2004.Teams win titles but stars are the stories on Christmas, as the Celtics know.Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had just departed when Brad Stevens arrived, and the NBA didn’t want the league’s most storied franchise without its superstars. So Boston was ignored for three years before finally getting back on the schedule last year, and now Irving, Jayson Tatum and these Celtics make history as the first to be home for the holiday.“I understand that it’s probably not everybody’s favorite event, people that bust their tail and work in the arenas and are there all the time, and maybe media and everybody else,” Stevens said. “But to be a player or coach on Christmas Day, it’s pretty special and I think it’s something that having not been there, our first couple of years, I don’t take for granted that we’re on that schedule, for sure.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All of them but the Spurs are in action Monday (Tuesday Manila time).As it often is with the NBA, Christmas is about the players more than the teams.Carter was that kind of player who NBA fans couldn’t get enough of early in his career, before every game was on League Pass and highlights all over the internet. He’d have been the perfect player to get on Christmas but the league only played two or three games back then, and his Toronto Raptors were only shown once.“We were fun to watch,” Carter said. “We wanted that opportunity.”Now this is the 10th straight year of five games on Christmas, and with a third of the league playing, room is there for just about everybody fans want to pile in front of their TVs to watch.Well, almost everybody.Van Gundy was hoping for the Milwaukee Bucks and their gravity-ignoring Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo.“They should just film a scrimmage of theirs then, because Giannis is so good that he deserves to have publicity on Christmas Day,” Van Gundy said.Maybe next year.As for this year, the holiday hoops smorgasbord includes something old, something new and a little something blue:center_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments The schedule:New York hosts Philadelphia, getting its first Christmas game since 2001.The Warriors welcome the Cavaliers back to the place where they finished them off in Game 5 in June for their second championship in three years.Washington at Boston in the Celtics’ first home game on Christmas.Oklahoma City against Houston, a matchup of MVP Russell Westbrook and runner-up James Harden.Minnesota visiting the Lakers, two non-playoff teams who have acquired some of the best young talent in the league in recent drafts.Christmas was once a kickoff of sorts for the NBA, the first time a national audience paid attention to basketball with the football season winding down. ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who will work the Cavs-Warriors game, was among those who had said the NBA should consider starting its season at Christmas to get out from under the NFL’s shadow.Now it’s a celebration of the success the league is already enjoying. Combined viewership on ESPN and TNT is up 21 percent this season, with games averaging 1.9 million viewers, even before what figures to be the biggest numbers of the season.ESPN said its audience is the second-highest it’s ever had at this point behind 2010-11, James’ first season in Miami, and Van Gundy said he’s even a little surprised.“I don’t know what it speaks to, but we do have a bunch of really good, young players,” Van Gundy said. “We have a dynasty in the making in Golden State, we have a team trying to challenge them in their own conference, or a couple teams in San Antonio and Houston, and LeBron is still rolling.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Facebook teams with UK newspaper for series of positive sponsored articles

first_img Comment Share your voice Facebook’s had a rough couple of years. With revelations that its platform was twisted into a tool for election interference, propaganda and harassment, as well as a breeding ground for hate speech, it’s hard to feel good about the social network these days. So Facebook has partnered with The Telegraph, a major UK newspaper, to publish more than two dozen stories as part of a promotional campaign to burnish its image.  The series, called “Being human in the Information Age,” includes articles ranging from defending Facebook’s mission to “bring the world closer together” to primers on how the social network is handling cyberbullying, free expression and scammers. The partnership was first reported on by Business Insider. “There’s no doubt that the internet has changed our lives,” the introduction for the series says. “Here, we take a closer look at new challenges raised by the internet like fake news and data privacy — and how social media is tackling these challenges.” A Facebook spokeswoman said the sponsored articles were part of “larger marketing efforts in the UK with the goal of educating and driving awareness of our local investments, initiatives and partnerships here in the UK that have a positive impact on people’s lives.” The Telegraph didn’t immediately responded to a request for comment. 1 Facebook Politics Tech Industry Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… The move marks Facebook’s latest effort to respond to the deluge of criticism it’s faced in the past couple of years. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who was once whispered about as a potential contender to run for president of the United States, spends most of his time in public defending the company’s latest snafu while extolling the virtues of what it offers to the more than 2.3 billion people who log on each month. Meanwhile, people’s trust in Silicon Valley has dropped. Roughly half of Americans told the Pew Research Center last year they don’t trust social media sites to protect their data, and 62% said in 2017 that they believe online harassment is a “major problem.” Facebook’s challenge with paying for positive articles, which are marked below the headline as “Brought to you by Facebook” to indicate they’re ads, is that they don’t always work as intended.  Two days before a gunman used Facebook to livestream a massacre he committed in New Zealand, the Telegraph-Facebook partnership published an article titled “What action is Facebook taking to tackle terrorist content?” It profiled a London employee who works on Facebook’s counterterrorism team, touting how the company has removed terrorist content from its service. “Between human expertise, tooling [software development] and machine learning, we’re achieving extraordinary things, of which I’m very proud,” the Facebook employee says in the article.  After the shooting, Facebook quickly found itself explaining why it had failed to identify and stop the gunman’s livestream, copies of which spread across the internet. The series also includes an article with instructions on how to protect your privacy on social media networks, particularly on Facebook. But at no point does it offer instructions on how to close and delete your account, a remedy a former Facebook executive has recommended. First published April 3 at 5:18 p.m. PT.Updated April 4 at 12:19 p.m. PT: Adds Facebook comment. Tags 5:14 Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Heaven in a glass

first_imgAs the mercury continued to soar high, Dilli Haat had one ready solution to beat it all. The Sharbat Mela took over the Capital through the 30 May to 1 June weekend as Delhi Tourism opened up stalls at INA Dilli Haat to treat the citizens. The venue witnessed hundreds of visitors walking in to enjoy the drinks on offer and of course the food stalls, that make Dilli Haat a one-stop destination for the Capital’s foodies, had the perfect dishes to accompany the cooling offerings. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The idea behind organising this mela is to provide Delhiites with a cool, natural escape from the heat. There were a variety of traditional drinks and flavors available at the mela such as thandai, sattu, kokam panna, lassi, jaljeera, chuski, faluda kulfi, lemon, kevda, rose, sandal, mint as well as modern drinks such as mango shake. There are more than 40 different kinds of drinks to treat the visitors and make them forget for a while that it was summer. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis year’s special attraction of Sharbat Mela is the organic squashes and juices from Navdanya and Yamu’s Panchayat. There were also drinks made of Ladakh Himalayan Berries, Sea Buckthorn and Rhododendron juice. These juices are refreshing as well as very healthy.  Fruits and plant juices organically grown like Mango, Ginger, Litchi, Pudina Squash were also available at the Sharbat Mela. Apart from enjoying the variety of drinks on offer, various folk dances and cultural programmes were also being organised to keep the crowd entertained as they sipped their drinks and enjoyed the food. There were folk dance performances by Sahitya Kala Parishad every evening during the event. With the advent of Sharbat Mela, the visitors were able to taste some of the most exquisite drinks and soothe themselves. The heat wave took a breather as Delhiites cooled off at Dilli Haat. And now we cannot wait for next year!last_img read more

Tea tales

first_imgThe Delhi based artiste Seema Kohli stands poised to gave back to the city, that has given her so much, in her innovative Cutting Chai installation at The NDMC Palate Mini from March 13 -15 at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, Delhi’s plush park spread over 80 acres boasting of a dazzling collection of blossoming flowers.The Cutting Chai installation is made of metal servers traditionally called ‘Cheekka’ used to serve tea in rural areas. Chai being the common accomplice to any conversation in all strata holds a very recognisable space. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Says Seema Kohli, “While painting I can hold my conversation intact with my canvas and me. I have used teacups and the idea of tea as a means of introspection, leading to final liberation. It holds an important dialogue between me and my inner, my outer, my social and my spiritual world. Hence the need for this installation.”The Cheekka holds cutting tea glasses with tea lights in it. The size of the installation can be increased or decreased according to the space allotted. The materials used include metal wire, glass, acrylic colour and tea. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSeema Kohli’s art practice involves various disciplines from drawing, painting, sculptures, installations and performance. The most significant one to emerge is ‘Performance Art’. Decay, hybridisation and transformation: Creating new identity; reshaping belongings; intimacy; a dialogue of matter and memory, all these constitute the language of her work.‘Time’ as a factor, is central to her practice, whether it’s a wrapped object or a performance. She uses time as medium, which is extended, assembled and captured. The aspects of continuity, repetition, vulnerability, duration, temporality, awareness, situation and public involvement are also inherent qualities that inform her art practice. The process before and after the performance is equally important and challenging.last_img read more