Brandon Belt carries Giants to win over rival Dodgers

first_imgThe Giants, however, insisted they would break through and on … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLOS ANGELES–Before Monday’s series-opener against the Dodgers, a local reporter asked Giants manager Bruce Bochy to share his thoughts on a vaunted lineup filled with power hitters.“I don’t want to think about it,” a candid Bochy admitted.After the Giants’ opening weekend in San Diego, Bochy didn’t want to think about his own lineup, either.last_img

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James wins 3rd All-Star Game MVP

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: LeBron James #23 of Team LeBron celebrates as Stephen Curry #30 of Team Stephen looks on after the end of the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to capture his third career NBA All-Star Game MVP as Team LeBron stormed from behind to beat Team Stephen, 148-145.James, who was also MVP in 2006 and 2008, made 12 of 17 field goal attempts in 31 minutes of playing time at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Cousins was unable to play due to an Achilles tendon injury and was replaced by Paul George.With 14 all-star starts, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar James is now just one behind Kobe Bryant for the most starts overall.The four-time league MVP also becomes the fifth player to appear in 14 all-star games, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (18), Bryant (15), Tim Duncan (15) and Kevin Garnett (14).“Championships is what I play for,” James said Sunday. “If you are able to have accolades along the journey then that is cool and this is one of them.“That’s what this league is all about and hopefully at the end of the road I have the Cavs there to be in the finals representing the East.” READ: Team LeBron tops Team Stephen in All-Star Game thriller“I need to continue to show myself because every time I step on the floor I have to lead my guys or prove to myself that I am still able to play at a high level. I feel great,” said James, who is the All-Star Game’s all-time leading scorer with 343 points in 14 appearances.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames’s three MVPs ties him with Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson and Shaquille O’Neal. Kobe Bryant and Bob Pettit each won the award four times.James acted as the player-captain this year under a new selection format designed to eliminate the all-star game blowouts of the past few years. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Marinerong Pilipino crushes AMA for 3rd straight win NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It paid off mightily as Sunday’s contest was highlighted by high-flying slam dunks, clutch defensive stops down the stretch and even a video review that went against James but their offensive juggernaut from claiming victory.“It definitely worked out,” James said. “It worked out for not only the players, but the league and the fans, everybody.”Under the new format, the top vote getters in each conference (James and Stephen Curry) were named captains and they got to pick their teams from the list of available players. The first four picks had to come from the list of starters.James revealed on Sunday who his top four draft picks were.“I took Kevin (Durant) first, then I took Anthony Davis and I followed with Kyrie (Irving) and DeMarcus (Cousins),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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Real Madrid sign World Cup wonder Keylor Navas as new goalie

first_imgKeylor Navas, who conceded a tournament-low two goals in 5 games, was a hit during the World CupReal Madrid says it has signed Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Levante following his stellar World Cup campaign.The Champions League winner said on its website Sunday that Navas agreed to a six-year deal and will be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Tuesday after undergoing a medical exam.The club did not disclose financial details of the deal.Navas was one of Costa Rica’s best players in its surprising run to the quarterfinals at the World Cup in Brazil, where it beat Uruguay, Italy and Greece before losing a penalty shootout to the Netherlands. Navas made a string of saves in that quarterfinal as Costa Rica held the Dutch 0-0 through 120 minutes.last_img

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OpenCV 40 alpha release out

OpenCV 40 alpha release out

first_imgWith more than 3 years from the time of previous version release OpenCV 3.0, the team happily announced the alpha release of the most awaited OpenCV 4.0. The new version is set to encompass exclusive features such as 3D dense reconstruction algorithm, newest improvements and bug fixes to recent maintenance release of OpenCV 3.4. Key Features: OpenCV is a C++11 library now Default features include lambda functions, convenient iteration, and initialization of cv::Mat Added new chessboard detector Added exclusive HPX parallel backend and basic FP16 support Standard std::string and std::shared_ptr replaced hand-crafted cv::String and cv::Ptr parallel_for can now use the pool of std::threads as backend Major improvements and bug fixes: ONNX parser added to existing OpenCV DNN module Support to various classification networks – AlexNet, Inception v2, Resnet, VGG Partial support to YOLO v2 object detection network Faster object detection using Intel Inference Engine, part of Intel OpenVINO Added stability improvements in the OpenCL backend Fast QR code detector with support to add QR code decoder soon SSE4-, AVX2- and NEON-optimized kernels expanded Legacy C API from OpenCV 1.x partially excluded This alpha release appears to be a massive version with 85 patches including 28 merge requests. This release is assumed to be quite stable although few changes in OpenCV API and implementation are expected before 4.0 final release. For more information on the detailed list of features and improvements, please read official documentation. Read Next Image filtering techniques in OpenCV 3 ways to deploy a QT and OpenCV application OpenCV and Android: Making Your Apps Seelast_img read more

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Normandy now one of the top five for Canadians visiting France

Normandy now one of the top five for Canadians visiting France

first_img ROUEN — Northern France’s Normandy region welcomed 900 international buyers and media, including 18 from Canada, for the 12th Rendez-vous en France trade show in Rouen.Ahead of the two-day travel market, a number of buyers participated in a series of hosted fams that showcased the history, natural beauty, artistic flair and culinary excellence of the region.Visitors admired stunning sites including the Abbey on the medieval island of Mont Saint Michel and the picturesque gateway to the Cotentin peninsula, the port city of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.The delegation descended on cities such as Honfleur, Bayeux and Caen, where they appreciated the strong ties cemented between Normandy and Canada during World War II.Other highlights included a visit to the artistic Les Jardins d’Etretat and the luxurious seaside resort town of Deauville.Atout France Canada said the region’s gastronomic delights, pretty countryside and unique seaside landscapes – and a respectful understanding of a common past – have led to Canadians developing a deep affinity and affection for Normandy.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upDuring Rendez-vous en France, 650 French tourism representatives met with visiting buyers and operators, including the Canadian contingent.The annual event is a unique opportunity for participants, buyers and operators to initiate and build professional relationships, and discover new opportunities.Atout France Canada said Normandy remains in the top five French regions visited by Canadians. Normandy now one of the top five for Canadians visiting France Friday, March 31, 2017 Tags: France By: Donna Demaio Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Oh the Places Youll Go Dr Seuss museum opens its doors in

Oh the Places Youll Go Dr Seuss museum opens its doors in

first_imgOh the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss museum opens its doors in Massachusetts SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — From the squiggly, pink handrails outside the entrance to the front hall decorated with scenes from “And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street” – a real street just blocks away – the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum says “You’re off to Great Places!”Walking into to the museum opening to the public Saturday in the author and illustrator’s hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts, is like walking into one of his beloved children’s books.The museum dedicated to Theodor Geisel – who under the pen name Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated dozens of rhyming children’s books including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” – features interactive exhibits, artwork never before displayed publicly and explains how his childhood experiences in the city about 145 kilometres west of Boston shaped his work.“He would absolutely be at ease here,” said Leagrey Dimond, one of Geisel’s stepdaughters (He didn’t have any biological children). “And to know that he’s going to be here permanently, safe, protected, that people who want to know more are going to make this trip here to see him, it’s perfect.”Examples of Geisel’s early advertising work and World War II-era propaganda and political illustrations that critics consider racist are conspicuously absent, but that’s because the museum is aimed primarily at children, said Kay Simpson, president of the Springfield Museums complex.The organization has in the past hosted exhibits of Geisel’s wartime work, she said.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Kids are definitely the focus of the first floor of the museum, created in conjunction with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the family company that protects Geisel’s legacy. It features games and climbable statues of Horton, the stack of turtles from “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories” and Thing 1 and Thing 2 from “The Cat in the Hat.”“This museum is about visitors encountering the creatures that sprang out from Ted Geisel’s imagination – Horton, the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, Sam I Am – that got kids excited about reading, which was really his preoccupation later on in his career,” Simpson said.Visitors are taken through Geisel’s boyhood bedroom, his grandparents’ bakery and brewery and different rooms painted in brilliant blues and radiant reds, and decorated in almost fanatical detail with scenes from the books.The museum’s second floor has a more intimate feeling with the actual furnishings and assorted knick-knacks from Geisel’s studio from the La Jolla, California, home where he lived until his death in 1991 at age 87. Even his collection of 117 bowties is on display.But by not referencing Geisel’s wartime work, which often stereotyped the Japanese, the museum is telling only half the story, said Katie Ishizuka, who has written on Geisel’s work.“They don’t acknowledge the full picture of him or they try to minimize that or sweep it under the rug,” said Ishizuka, director of The Conscious Kid Library, which lends what she says are more diverse and appropriate books for young readers.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksEven in his children’s books, characters of colour are subservient or secondary to the white characters, or depicted as stereotypes and caricatures, she said.Dimond never heard a prejudiced word out of Geisel, she said, and knows he had some regrets about the wartime work.“If there is criticism of Ted, it has its place,” she said. “I would never try to, and he would not want any of us to try to hide away anything he did. I know that he changed with the times.”Richard Minear, a professor emeritus of Japanese history at the University of Massachusetts, who wrote “Dr. Seuss Goes to War” about his political illustrations, says Geisel certainly had a blind spot on race, but it’s not fair to judge his entire career on that work.“He matured and he developed a whole lot from those early years,” Minear said, noting that “Horton Hears a Who!” was an allegory about post-war Japan and the nation’s relationship with the U.S.The museum is expected to draw about 100,000 visitors annually and along with a $1 billion casino scheduled to open in 2018, is part of the Springfield’s economic renaissance, Mayor Domenic Sarno said. Geisel belongs in his hometown, the mayor said.“Any other city in the country would be salivating to have a museum for a world-renowned author like Dr. Seuss,” he said. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: Museums By: Mark PrattSource: The Associated Press Monday, June 5, 2017 last_img read more

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