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PBA vows full support to Gilas in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

This was the statement of league commissioner Willie Marcial following the announcement of the basketball federation of adapting "bubble-type" formats for the next two windows of the Asia Cup Qualifiers......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 26th, 2020Related News

When will FIBA windows reopen?

FIBA recently announced that the Continental Cup qualifiers scheduled this November and February next year will be held in a bubble but there were no details as to the site or dates of the windows......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 21st, 2020Related News

FIBA to use bubble concept in qualifiers

The International Basketball Federation or FIBA said it will use a "bubble-concept" format in the next two windows of all its continental cup basketball qualifiers across the world in an effort to bring back its competitions during the novel coronavirus pandemic......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsSep 19th, 2020Related News

Asia Cup qualifiers shift to bubble play, too

Gilas Pilipinas will play inside a bubble once the next windows of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers resume in November and in February 2021......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsSep 19th, 2020Related News

Gilas may resume campaign in bubble-type Asia qualifiers

    By JONAS TERRADO   Gilas Pilipinas could see itself play under a bubble concept for its 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers campaign. World governing body FIBA on Friday announced that all continental qualifiers including for the Asia Cup should be played in a bubble-type setup for the Nov. 2020 and Feb. 2021 windows. […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsSep 18th, 2020Related News

Advanced persistent threat groups actively target Linux-based workstations and servers

Many organizations choose Linux for strategically important servers and systems, not least because this operating system is thought to be safer and less prone to cyberthreats than the far more popular Windows operating system......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: TechSep 17th, 2020Related News

New Yorkers celebrate Met s reopening as a sign life is returning

With visitors raising their arms in a sign of victory, clapping and lining up eagerly at ticket windows, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened its doors to the public on Saturday in a festive atmosphere  -- a sign for many that the largest US metropolis is returning to normality after a nearly six-month closure caused by the coronavirus pandemic. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsAug 30th, 2020Related News

Room without a window

At the desk where I work at home in my library-cum-man-cave I face a wall without open windows, which can be confining and depressing, except that it’s the way I like things to be, if I want to get anything done. In my light-headed moments, I think that it would be nice to have a home office perched on top of the house, overlooking everything else, preferably water on one side and a grove of trees on the other......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2020Related News

Hundreds riot in Stuttgart city

Hundreds of people ran riot in Germany’s Stuttgart city center in the early hours of Sunday, throwing stones and bottles at police and plundering stores after smashing shop windows......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsJun 21st, 2020Related News

Fujitsu launches new enterprise notebooks optimized for remote work

Fujitsu announced the launch of new models of Notebook LIFEBOOK with Windows 10 and the latest 10th generation Intel Core Processor. Sales of the new models will be rolled out in Asia starting from today. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: TechJun 20th, 2020Related News

Alec Benjamin finally drops debut full-length record

American singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin releases his debut full-length studio album titled These Two Windows, a highly anticipated record that features fan favorites and critically acclaimed singles such as “Oh My God,” “Demons,” and “Mind is a Prison,” to name a few......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: MoviesJun 8th, 2020Related News

Muzzle Mr. Met? Mascots wonder why they re banned from MLB

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillie Phanatic had stories of his favorite adventures -- from the Galapagos Islands to the cobblestone streets of Philadelphia -- read to him most weeks from his very best buds. The Philly furball was tucked in with a bedtime story from Bryce Harper. Andrew McCutchen and manager Joe Girardi stopped by as guest readers to entertain fans and unite the Phillies community. But should the Phillies play ball this year, well, the book will close on the Phanatic. MLB wants to ban the birds -- sorry, Pirate Parrot -- and Bernie Brewer, Blooper, Bernie the Marlin, heck, all costumed creatures great and small from the ballpark this season. Firebird, Paws, the Oriole Bird, all face extinction -- at least this season, should baseball resume. Not even a muzzle on Mr. Met or a mask on Mariner Moose would help the cause. Gasp! Baseball’s furriest and funniest fans are forbidden from entering a ballpark. And that’s not cool. “Every mascot should be essential because of its ability to connect and distract with fun,” mascot guru Dave Raymond said. Raymond should know as well as any performer, as the first person to take on the 6-foot-6, 300-pound, 90-inch waist frame of the Phanatic. He’s since become a mascot consultant to the stars and helped create, brand and train the next generation of hundreds of stadium characters. Mascots are as much a ballpark staple as hot dogs and the long ball, and each fuzzy fist bump or chance concourse encounter hooks the youngest fans on the game. As baseball prepares for a summer slate without fans, Raymond wonders: What’s a game without a mascot? “You don’t have to convince me of that,” Raymond said. “It’s the powers that be that don’t understand that simple truth.” There’s already a blueprint MLB could follow that explains why mascots fit in barren ballparks. Take a look across the globe. Mascots remained a staple of baseball games in Taiwan and the KBO League in South Korea. American fans who stayed up late (or is it, woke up early?) to watch KBO games on ESPN were mesmerized by mascots gone wild in empty stadiums. The LG Twins mascots -- twin robot boys named Lucky and Star -- wore masks. So did cheerleaders and a drum section that provided the soundtrack for an otherwise dreary atmosphere. The Chinese Professional Baseball League barred spectators over concerns of spreading the new coronavirus in a crowded space, but the league decided it was safe to let in cheerleaders and costumed mascots. “This is the most important time to leverage fun, when people are sick and dying and dealing with the brutality of life,” Raymond said. “That is the time that you find a way to distract people and entertain them.” Philadelphia Inquirer cartoonist Rob Tornoe drew the Phanatic (wearing a mask) sitting atop the dugout with his phone and on hold with the unemployment office. “This is life or death now for a lot of characters, a lot of performers,” former Timberwolves mascot Jon Cudo said. It’s not that dire for most MLB performers who often have other duties within the organization or remained active in the community with food drives, firetruck parades or other feel-good efforts during the pandemic. Raymond had former and current mascots, including Cudo, join this week on his webinar, “What The Heck Should My Mascot Do Now?” The best suggestion to stay connected with fans -- with the ATV temporarily parked -- is engaging through social content. Mascot Mania has gone wild on Instagram and TikTok. Mr. Met cleans windows. D. Baxter the Bobcat taught crosswalk safety. Wally the Green Monster records virtual messages for charity. Then again, mascots have problems just like us: Who gives the Phanatic a trim during quarantine? “The Phanatic doesn’t need to get his hair cut,” Raymond said. “It’s actually a positive when it gets unkempt and long.” The Phanatic already underwent one makeover this year — his new look features flightless feathers rather than fur-colored arms, stars outlining the eyes, a larger posterior and a powder blue tail, blue socks with red shoes, plus a set of scales under the arms — because of a lawsuit filed against the team by the creators of the original Phanatic. The creators threatened to terminate the Phillies’ rights to the Phanatic as of June 15 and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights. Mascots were lumped in with other baseball traditions that would be weeded out under a 2020 proposal. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps and bat boys and girls. “I don’t know of anybody who bought season tickets to watch the bat boy,” Raymond said. “But you can say that in spades for the mascots. We’d be losing one of the draws that brings in people beyond the statistic nerds.” Plus, any fan who attended a Phillies game in the late 1990s at Veterans Stadium knows the Phanatic can play in an empty ballpark. Mascots just want to honk, honk, honk for the home team and they do care if they ever get back. “I’m just imploring them to value the character brands,” Raymond said. “There is a safe way for you to have fun, and frankly, fun is the most important thing you can invest in right now.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 31st, 2020Related News

How abs-cbn shutdown deprives Filipinos of news and entertainment

ABS-CBN News cameraman Angelo Valderrama showed his IATF ID upon reaching the checkpoint in Rizal and Laguna. Yet, the police officer stopped and signaled them to roll down the windows......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 23rd, 2020Related News

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to take place Aug 25 to Sept 10

MIES (Switzerland) - FIBA has confirmed the dates for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, with the showpiece event set to take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023. The approved dates of the competition have been decided by FIBA's Central Board following consultation with the host nations and a recommendation by FIBA's Competitions Commission. FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will see the Group Phase take place in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines, with the Final Phase to follow in the Philippine capital city of Manila. It marks the first in the competition's history that it is to be staged in more than one country. With this announcement also comes the launch of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 official website, which will be continually updated in the lead up to this flagship event.  The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will once again feature the 32 national teams from around the world, with the expanded format adopted for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China, FIBA's biggest event to date. Held across eight cities across China, last year's event saw Spain crowned world champions after defeating Argentina 95-75 at the Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing. Continuing with the success of the FIBA Competition System implemented in 2017, the qualification process for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will include six windows over a 15-month period across the four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe. The road to the 2023 World Cup in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines began in February 2020 with the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Pre-Qualifiers, which will qualify eight teams for the European Qualifiers. Set to follow later in 2020, the FIBA Basketball World Cup Americas Pre-Qualifiers will qualify four teams to the Americas Qualifiers. Qualification for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 will take place from November 2021 to February 2023, with 80 national teams competing for a spot in the World Cup. The first window of qualification will be played from November 22 - 30, 2021......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 11th, 2020Related News

Global landmarks lit up in support to frontline workers

The Eiffel Tower joined other global landmarks Saturday in capping a sparkling tribute launched by the Empire State Building in New York to those battling the coronavirus. At 8:00 pm (1800 GMT), when people in France have been clapping daily from windows and balconies to thank health-care workers, the Paris landmark lit up in “sparkling […] The post Global landmarks lit up in support to frontline workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsMay 3rd, 2020Related News

ATMs with Poor Internet Connections are now Protected From Cyberattacks

Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security provides advanced protection for ATMs and PoS (point of sale) systems, as well as other Windows-based embedded devices. Thanks to the release of a new version, the solution now can be remotely managed and updated without hassle on devices located in areas with a 2G internet connection. This enables the solution […].....»»

Source: Metrocebu MetrocebuCategory: NewsMay 1st, 2020Related News

ATMs with poor internet connections are now protected from cyberattacks

Kaspersky Embedded Systems Security provides advanced protection for ATMs and PoS (point of sale) systems, as well as other Windows-based embedded devices. Thanks to the release of a new version, the solution now can be remotely managed and updated without hassle on devices located in areas with a 2G internet connection. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: TechApr 28th, 2020Related News

We still need art

Museums are closed, art galleries too, prestigious awards are suspended, artists are in lockdown, auction houses are not operational, shops selling materials for artists are closed, collectors wait at their windows......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsApr 25th, 2020Related News

New York, New York rings out across Big Apple to honor medical workers

NEW YORK, USA – New Yorkers usually clap, bang pots and pans, or simply cry "thank you" out of their windows every evening at 7 pm, honoring the health care workers risking their lives on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus. But the evening's ritual does vary. On Thursday, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsApr 17th, 2020Related News

Our world war

This evening at 8 p.m. across the United Kingdom, we all went to our doors and windows and made some noise, clapping and cheering for the key workers leading the fight against COVID-19......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsApr 3rd, 2020Related News