Globalport averts disaster, holds off Phoenix

first_imgLATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Malabanan admits Bali Pure’s drive dipped after losing streak Holloway delivered 29 points and 26 rebounds in his PBA debut. He replaced Jabril Trawick, who scored just three points in GlobalPort’s loss to Rain or Shine on Friday.Eugene Phelps had 32 points and 17 rebounds while Cyrus Baguio and Joseph Eriobu added 11 points each for the Fuel Masters, who trailed, 75-45, in the third quarter.RJ Jazul, who chipped in 10 points, pulled Phoenix to within five with a 3-pointer at the 2:51 mark.Matthew Wright scored just four points and went 0-of-6 from the field in his first game back with Phoenix after helping Gilas Pilipinas finish fourth in the Jones Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fortunately for GlobalPort, new import Murphy Holloway and Terrence Romeo restored order inside the final two minutes with the two scoring the team’s last 10 points.“Good win for us. It’s a good thing that we were up by more than 20 points. We started to relax. We enjoyed the game too much and everybody was doing their own thing,” said GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“They thought that Phoenix would not give a fight. That’s what happens when we delve away from our game plan.”The Batang Pier got what they were looking for in Holloway, who provided the inside presence and muscle down low. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESGlobalPort let its guard down and almost paid for it dearly before holding off Phoenix, 100-91, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier saw their 30-point third quarter lead chopped down to just five, 88-83, with a little under three minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Microsoft, Google on the JSE

first_imgInternational derivatives “The listing of SSFs on these two IT stocks, as well as the present SSF listing on Apple, will allow South African investors to further diversify their portfolios,” said JSE derivatives trading director Allan Thomson in a statement this week. Like any other International Derivatives (IDX) products, retail investors can trade in these two American companies without using their R2-million foreign allowance. Since the listing on Friday the 11 December, 13 009 contracts have been traded on Microsoft and 656 contracts on Google. Well-known multi-national computer technology provider, Microsoft Corporation is the world’s leading computer technology provider and largest manufacturer of software products, including the Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite. The company is headquartered in Redmond, Washington and is listed on NASDAQ. Launched in 1996, Google is a latter entrant to the computer technology field, but has taken the lead as the world’s most popular internet search tool. The company derives the major portion of its revenue from advertising related to its internet search, email, online mapping and social media services. Google has its headquarters in Mountain View, California and is listed on both NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange. “This offers investors international exposure cost effectively on a trusted trading platform with none of the counter-party risk associated with over-the-counter trading,” the statement read. While retail investors and corporate entities do not have any exchange control restrictions, institutional investors do have to comply with foreign portfolio regulations. Contracts are priced and settled in rands.center_img The other IDX products trading on the JSE currently include blue chip companies such as Berkshire Hathaway, Bank of America, Nokia, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, BP, Vodafone and GlaxoSmithKline. Global technology leaders 17 December 2009 Like the other international derivatives (IDX) listed on the JSE, these can be purchased through any JSE-registered broker in the same way one would purchase local derivatives products. South African investors can now trade two of the world’s most well-known IT names through the listing of Microsoft and Google single stock futures (SSF) on the JSE. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How Mobile Payments Will Transform The Shopping Experience

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Guest author Michael Della Penna is Senior Vice President of Emerging Channels at Responsys, Inc.We’ve heard it before… this is going to be the year that mobile payments will boom! Both Gartner and Forrester have made strong predictions of mobile growth, with Forrester recently saying that the U.S. mobile payments market will hit $90 billion by 2017, a 48% compound annual growth rate from the $12.8 billion spent in 2012.But how do we know that 2013 is really the year that “mobile wallets” will finally take off? And what will things look like when mobile payments actually fulfill their promise?4 Key Indicators Of Mobile Payment SuccessHere are four indicators from players across the ecosystem that suggest we will see a global shift in mobile payments this year:A survey of 200 mobile industry executives, developers and insiders conducted by Chetan Sharma Consultingvoted mobile payments the top mobile applications and services category for 2013. The survey said mobile payments and commerce will get big in 2013, with Visa, the banks and more established online payment companies like PayPal well positioned to cause disruption in the mobile payments space.Visa Europe claims that in 2013, there will be 40 issuers offering mobile contactless payment services to consumers, and by the end of 2013 around 80 types of smartphones will be certified to carry out contactless payments.A study performed by and Forrester research, called the “State of Retailing” found that mobile payments will be essential if retailers wish to remain competitive. 51% of the participating retailers said that their top priority in 2013 had to do with optimization, including mobile payments.Chinais set to follow U.S. and Asia-Pacific countries to embrace a cashless society as it taps a boom in e-commerce and electronic payments, with mobile payments likely to soar 52.7% annually in 2013. Mobile payments are likely to expand to $17 billion in 2013.How Will Mobile Payments Work?So what do all the figures actually mean?If things continue as predicted, people the world over could very soon end up walking out of the house without their cards and cash. Instead, they’ll use their mobile phone to purchase everything from electronics to furniture, from groceries to gas. Sounds pretty cool right?What’s even more fascinating is how the growing use of mobile and the increased popularity of apps, passbook and mobile payments are combining to create a comprehensive mobile experience that is changing the way consumers interact with brands.Consider this scenario for early 2014:As you walk past your favorite electronics retailer, you get a notification offer pushed into your app offering you 10% off an LCD TV purchase.Intrigued, you enter the store, use your phone to do some price comparisons, see a few LCD ads and select the perfect new LCD TV for the Super Bowl.After learning your model is out of stock, the salesperson informs you it can be shipped from the warehouse in time for the game, so you order it.At the checkout counter you use your phone to access your offer code and loyalty number as well as to pay with your phone. The salesperson asks if you would like to receive product and shipping text alerts and you promptly opt-in.You leave the store and quickly confirm your subscription and a short time later receive a text message confirming the purchase and informing you that your order has been received at the warehouse.The next day you get an alert informing you your TV has been shipped and a final message informing you the TV has been sent out for delivery.Upon delivery you receive your final alert confirming delivery, thanking you for the purchase and a final prompt to text back ‘SERVICE’ should you have any questions for customer service.What Will It Take?While all these technologies are available today – SMS, targeted mobile advertising, push notification, passbook and mobile payments – they are rarely coordinated. The whole process never happens as smoothly as laid out in the scenario above. The industry still has a long way to go to create a seamless mobile experience for our customers.Doing so will require combining data and systems that talk to each other. It will also require coordination and orchestration both within a single channel (i.e. Mobile) as well as across multiple channels (email, SMS, Push, Passbook, mobile ads) to create a positive experience for the recipient and a sale for the retailer.It will also require real-time, automated management – so users are contacted only when they’re in the market. Nothing would be worse or more inefficient than to have that same individual receive an offer promoting LCD TVs right after they’ve just bought a new TV.The good news – again – is that the basic capabilities are here today and that brands and their partners are already developing the strategic know-how to build, manage and orchestrate mobile and multi-channel relationship marketing efforts around mobile payments. There are big rewards waiting for the first companies able to put it all together for their customers. Tags:#e-commerce#enterprise#Mobile Payments What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img michael della penna Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img read more

How to Develop and Shoot Memorable Character Introductions

first_imgScreen DirectionSnowpiercer (The Weinstein Company).Heroes often walk on screen from left to right — and villains from right to left. Because, in the west, we read from left to right, it seems a more natural and easy direction, and it tells us the hero is moving things toward a natural order. Villains, on the other hand, are working against the natural order, going against the flow.Many filmmakers integrate screen direction to keep the audience orientated in the story. In Snowpiercer, directed by Joon-ho Bong, Chris Evans’s hero moves left to right when he’s working toward his goal, but right to left when he’s struggling with temptation or victimhood. Much like the introduction of characters, it’s something we feel more than see, but it still has an effect on how we observe the character and his motivations.Slow MotionSlow motion draws attention to someone and their movements. It stretches out time, making it seem more magical and memorable. The slow motion intro has become a trope for love interests and romantic characters. We see them walk in slow motion, and we’re smitten right along with the lead character. This usually goes hand-in-hand with generous backlighting for a warm glow.Big EntrancesTina Fey and Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock (NBCUniversal Television Distribution).In old westerns, double doors opening — or being kicked open — was a classic way to give a character a powerful entrance. It was a way to show the oversized influence and dynamic effects the character has on their environment. This is wonderfully satirized in the pilot episode of 30 Rock, when a door gets kicked down to reveal Jack Donaghy, one of the most lovably bombastic TV characters in recent memory.The Slow Tilt UpPanning up the body of the character is a classic, time-honored way of slowly divulging information about them. We take in the ground they walk on, their choice in footwear, their outfit, and finally their face and expression. Revealing a character in this way unveils to the audience the world they come from and how important they’ll be to the story.Get a LightChristian Bale in Terminator Salvation (Warner Bros. Pictures).Another common trope that nonetheless shows up consistently is introducing the character in shadow, only for them to strike a match or light a cigarette. Since smoking is now more associated with cancer than manliness, filmmakers are finding new ways to achieve this on screen. In Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale is cloaked in shadow until he ignites a flare, revealing himself to the audience.By using these, and other subtle techniques, you can use the camera to establish your characters before your actors utter even a single line.Cover image via The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema).Looking for more cinematography tips and tricks? Check these out.Top Equipment Investments for Working FilmmakersLearn Francis Ford Coppola’s Signature Dolly MoveIs Autofocus Finally Ready to Take The Filmmaking Field?FIZ Systems (Focus, Iris, Zoom) and How to Use ThemMaking Cinema Lights and Practicals Work Together Filmmakers use various ways to introduce their heroes (and their villains) by shaping the audience’s subconscious judgment.When it comes to movies, we definitely judge a book by its cover, and first impressions last. The first time we see a character forms our ideas about them. If not done correctly, this introduction is difficult to overcome.Let’s take a look a few things filmmakers keep in mind when introducing powerful characters.last_img read more

Hotshots blow lead, escape Painters in Game 4 to tie semis series

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Behind the trio of Paul Lee, Ian Sangalang and Mark Barroca, the Hotshots took control of the game early, generating a gap big enough to cushion the Elasto Painters’ spirited rallies in the second half.“We only tied the series,” Vitolero said. “We knew that we needed to come in hard. So we used our experience, our energy and aggressiveness to win this game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReprising the same intensity on both ends of the court that netted them the win in Game 3, Magnolia held fort—most notably in the final moments, when James Yap and Maverick Ahanmisi teamed up for a run that brought the Painters to within one. “We knew they’d come back. But we held on to our lead. Even if it’s 20 points or a point, if it’s a win, I’d take it,” he added in Filipino. Novak Djokovic extends lead as world no. 1, Fabio Fognini climbs rankings Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Magnolia coach Chito Victolero knew the Holy Week break was going to pay dividends in their campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.The results were very evident in the Hotshots’ 94-91 victory over Rain or Shine in Game 4, Monday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT The scores:Magnolia 94 – Sangalang 19, Lee 15, Jalalon 12, Melton 11, Barroca 11, Reavis 10, Dela Rosa 10, Brondial 4, Ramos 2, Herndon 0, Simon 0.Rain or Shine 91 – Yap 24, Mocon 14, Norwood 10, Nambatav 9, Borboran 9, Belga 7, Ahanmisi 7, Daquioag 5, Ponferada 4, Rosales 2, Torres 0.Quarterscores: 28-20, 56-37, 80-64, 94-91. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sangalang wound up producing the most for Magnolia with 19 points. Lee had 15 while Barroca 11 before getting the boot halfway through the final frame.Jio Jalalon, who was among the other four Hotshots who contributed 10 or more points, sank the foul shots that iced the game deal and leveled the playing field at 2-2.“The break helped us a lot. Jio regained has energy. Paul was in his usual game. It’s good to get rest. But we’re going back on preparing tomorrow for Game 5,” Victolero said. Yap, who was clamped down to just single digits in his first three games, sank triple from the left wing to nudge the Painters closer. He had another look from almost the same spot that could’ve sent the game into overtime.The two teams meet again on Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Reaching the dark side of the moon Indias Chandrayaan2 set to land

first_imgNew Delhi: India is all set to create history after midnight, as the Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram lander is scheduled to land on the surface of the moon between 1:30 AM to 2:30 AM on Saturday.According to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)’s updates, Vikram lander’s soft landing on the lunar surface is scheduled between 1:30 am to 2:30 am on Saturday, September 07, 2019. This will be followed by the Pragyaan Rover rolling out of the spacecraft between 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAs ISRO puts it — Chandrayaan 2 is an Indian lunar mission that will boldly go where no country has ever gone before — the Moon’s south polar region. Through this effort, the aim is to improve the collective human understanding of the Moon — discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole. These insights and experiences are aimed at a paradigm shift in how lunar expeditions are approached for years to come — propelling further voyages into the farthest frontiers. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayScientists are of the opinion that the mission will open up new frontiers in lunar research.Earlier, former NASA astronaut Jerry M Linenger on Thursday said that landing Chandrayaan-2 on the south pole of the moon is a milestone for the entire world and not just India.”The south pole of the moon is a fantastic region to explore. That is why the entire planet will benefit from the mission. This is not just a milestone for India but the entire world,” Linenger told news agencies. The former NASA astronaut was in the country to promote a special program on India’s space mission Chandrayaan-2, featuring him as space analyst.”India is about to land Chandrayaan 2 on the south pole of the moon. There are great challenges since no one has ever been there before but the Vikram lander on board the spacecraft is also very capable,” Linenger said.He said that the most important task for the mission will be to explore whether there is water on the natural satellite.”The Chandrayaan-2 has already carried out some of the difficult tasks like de-orbiting but landing on the surface of the moon will be the toughest part. There is a possibility of tumbling if the landing spot is slanted. I will definitely be on the edge of my seat,” he said.Linenger had gone on the space shuttle and spent five months on the Russian space station ‘MIR’.”I am here to celebrate this great accomplishment with the people of India. During our live show, I am going to be trying to give people some insight into the mission from my own experience. I am very excited. I am keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well,” he said.”No matter the outcome, it will be a success, not only for India but the planet,” he added.The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft will be the first-ever expedition to the south pole of the moon, which is larger than the north pole and remains covered in darkness almost all the time. For this reason, much of it still largely remains unexplored and still a mystery. India’s indigenous space mission hopes to shed light into previously uncharted territories, marking a historic milestone.This mission will make India the fourth country after the US, Russia, and China to conduct a soft landing on the lunar surface.After revolving around the Earth’s orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft began its journey to the moon on August 14.The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on July 22.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more