Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe next time his Alaska brothers need him, Mike Harris vows to be readily available to help them bounce back from yet another Finals defeat.The winner of the PBA Governors’ Cup Best Import award said on Wednesday night that he will definitely be back for another tour of duty if the Aces would want him again. This after he claimed that someone from Magnolia disrespected him after the Hotshots won the crown at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Harris used the disrespect as fuel to help his team win two straight titles. He was also named Finals MVP both times—keeping him too busy to sign up with the Aces in 2010.“But it’s OK, don’t worry about it,” Harris said of the latest incident. “It’s part of the game [and] they’re excited. But it’s something I’ll never forget and it’s great fuel for next year if they (Aces) will have me [again].”Right now, he feels for his Alaska teammates.“It’s heartbreaking, especially with them,” he said. “But the team and the franchise are definitely making a step in the right direction.”And Harris wants to be there when the Aces finally step on Promised Land again.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “They chased me for eight years [to get me here], so it’s my turn to chase them [Alaska management] for a few months now [to take me back],” Harris said after telling reporters what happened after the game.“They mocked us, it was just lack of respect,” said Harris, who didn’t go into mentioning the specific person behind the taunt. “[It was] total disrespect of character for a person to be like that, especially for someone of their age and respect in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe series ended 4-2 after a 102-86 Magnolia win on Wednesday, though the final tally doesn’t really give an idea how close the series was.And coming so close, Harris said, that gave him the “fuel” to come back and do something he did in Puerto Rico—where something very similar happened while he suited up for Leones de Ponce. Petron holds off F2 Logistics for All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Locals and tourists gathered in Carrigart last weekend to enjoy workshops, exhibitions, music and tours at the fourth annual Féile Carraig Arts & Culture festival.The core objectives of Féile Carraig Arts & Culture are to boost community morale by promoting social inclusion, raising the profile of local artists and to boost the local economy through arts.These were achieved through a wide range of events catering for all ages. The festival began with a tea dance at the Mevagh Day Centre where locals gathered to dance and share stories of times gone by.Over the weekend hundreds of people visited the Hay Hall where local artists displayed their finest work for the duration of the festival; such a variety of artistic talent was seen and highlighted just some of the hidden talent that lies within the parish of Mevagh.With all workshops free of charge it was inevitable they would fill up quickly. Participants enjoyed creative writing, outdoor photography, Irish dancing, storytelling, a puppet show, drawing, toddlers, juniors and teen arts and trad school lessons including tin whistle, accordion and fiddle workshops at Teach John Mickey Bans, the Mevagh Family Resource Centre, the Parochial Hall, Doe Castle and the Bewglass Centre.Workshops for both adults and children were held over Friday and Saturday and had a full attendance. Emma Lou Kerr and Art Farms art workshops allowed children, toddlers and teenagers to explore their artistic skills, each leaving with their own piece of art for pride placing at home.Martin Fleming’s outdoor photography workshop taught participants how to capture a perfect sunset overlooking Tramore Beach.Wayne O’Connor’s Revolting Rhymes workshop brought Roald Dahl’s stories alive in a reimagined and suitably revolting way in the Bewglass Centre.The Open Mic Night of music, song and poetry on Friday night in Logue’s Bar unveiled even more local talent and offered a platform for local and visiting performers to share their talent with a packed and enthusiastic audience.It was hosted by John McNutt who kept the night flowing with music. On Saturday morning a group of Ramblers braved the hills of Carrigart to enjoy a 8k walk and take in the stunning scenery.Many continued their day at Doe Castle joining Geraldine Murray’s drawing day to capture the stunning view.Afterwards The Trial of Ogma Family Treasure Hunt took place in Mulroy Estate where families explored the surroundings and hunted their treasure in the mystical, magical candlelit Mulroy Forest.Marina Anderson, originally from Glen, also held a solo exhibition in the Olde Glen Bar for the duration of the festival and continues until Friday 29th August. On Saturday afternoon children were delighted with the ‘Monsters & Things’ Puppet show by magician Jay Ryan who amazing his crowd with magic tricks!Locals were also given the opportunity to learn or practice their tin whistle, fiddle or accordion playing skills in Teach John Mickey Bans at Trad School, a new event for the festival based on last year’s feedback.Everyone proudly played their new skill for the crowds at the end of the workshop.On Saturday and Sunday talented artists took to the streets of Carrigart with crafts stalls displaying and selling their fine craftsmanship’s to eager crowds who also enjoyed music sessions on the main street organised by Jasmine Carney.Other musical highlights included Patsy Dan the King of Tory, DD and the Delta Boys, Stray and the Hot Tamales.Music enthusiasts gathered from all over the world to hear the King of Tory and his guests in the Carrigart Hotel on Saturday night, a traditional session was enjoyed by all and Patsy was delighted to be back playing in Carrigart for the festival for the third year running.On Sunday afternoon Eve McGettigan’s Irish dancing workshop saw groups of children learn to dance in just under two hours.Another highlight of the festival was the Church Crawl led by Bruce Campbell around the Presbyterian Church, the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and then St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Carrigart.Large crowds gathered to take advantage of the unique talk.Afterwards a popular craft beer tasting workshop in Logue’s offered participants the chance to taste craft beers from around the world.A family fun day in the Strand Park also took place on Sunday afternoon. Parents brought their children to enjoy bouncy castles, falconry, face painting and balloon modelling.The strand park was the perfect location for such an event, overlooking the stunning surrounding views.For the first time Féile Carraig Arts & Culture organised their own Sea Themed Carnival Parade.Both locals and tourists participated in a colourful and creative display of all things ‘maritime’.Children and adults dressed up in colourful costumes before taking to Carrigart Main Street to bring a spectacular close to Féile Carraig Arts & Culture 2014 in front of hundreds of people who lined the streets in awe.The festival committee were overwhelmed once again with attendances at this year’s festival.Awareness of the festival is continuing to grow year on year and they are already very excited for next year’s event!Locals are beginning to take more interest in the festival and the committee would like to invite any feedback or people wishing to get involved to contact them either on Facebook or by calling 085 136 0837.The festival has been described by locals as a unique one, which has inspired them to develop their creative and artistic skills.The key to its growth is to keep the emphasis on ‘local’.A raffle draw will take place in the coming days where locally donated prizes will go to several lucky winners who purchased raffle tickets over the weekend.The festival committee have expressed their gratitude to everyone who participated, volunteered or donated to this year’s festival; they sincerely hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend in Carrigart and look forward to seeing you all again next year.PICTURE SPECIAL- FOURTH FÉILE CARRAIG ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL A MASSIVE SUCCESS was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeaturesFéile Carraig Arts Festivalnewspicture special
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers paid tribute to Steven Gerrard after the midfielder’s last-minute penalty gave the Reds a dramatic 3-2 victory at Fulham.The Whites led twice but stayed bottom of the Premier League after Gerrard fired home from the spot following Sascha Riether’s foul on Daniel Sturridge.And Rodgers declared: “Steven Gerrard is peerless in situations like that. He showed brilliant composure. It was a great result. We’ve had to show character to come from behind twice – a brilliant victory.“We raised the intensity and aggression at half-time. We’re disappointed with the second goal we gave away but this team has shown great characteristics mentally.“We conceded two goals – that has been unlike us for a while. We need to eradicate the individual errors. Thankfully we have goals in the team.”More reaction from Craven Cottage to follow.See also:Fulham beaten by Gerrard’s late penaltyRodgers laughs off Mourinho’s ‘little horse’ remark as Liverpool close on ChelseaFulham v Liverpool player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
22 October 2013 South Africa has launched a National School of Government to provide “hands-on and brains-on” training as the country moves to establish a modern, professional, performance-oriented public service. Speaking at the launch of the school in Pretoria on Monday, Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said there were no short cuts to delivering operational excellence. The establishment of the new School of Government follows a nine-month process of comprehensive research and international benchmarking carried out by a task team of scholars, education practitioners and academics with experience in managing higher education entities. The government had tried providing public service training through various kinds of institution, but had “come to the realisation that establishing functioning state machinery, the creation of a public service ethos and the creation of a cadre of government, is a responsibility that cannot and should not be outsourced,” Sisulu said. The new School of Government replaces the current training institution for public servants, the Public Administration and Leadership Management Academy, locating public service education and training provision within the state. “What we have today, I am convinced, will stand the test of time, because we have learned from our past mistakes, learned from international best practice, seen ourselves through the mirror through the diagnosis produced by the National Planning Commission.” Sisulu said the School of Government had to respond to the “urgency of now” in righting the wrongs that have so far hobbled the public service. “Curricula and programmes will be designed on the basis of a sound understanding of the challenges and realities of the public service environment. It is about unleashing the best in our students to enable reform and performance oriented public service.” The minister described this as a shift from the current model, that focuses largely on building the generic knowledge and skills of individuals. “The National School of Government and its hands-on and brains-on approach will enable us to apply common norms and standards in the public service … In doing so, the School will help to address the unevenness and the poor quality that characterise most of the learning and development offerings in the public service.” The School of Government will be strengthened by a multidisciplinary team of lecturers, facilitators, trainers and organisational development experts, and governed by a council that is accountable to the public service minister. Sisulu said a principal would be appointed who, supported by a number of deputy principals and a registrar, would deliver on the overall functions and responsibilities of the National School of Government. “Our new academic approach to professionalising and making the public service efficient and effective ought to set the new public administration management frontiers to the year 2030,” she said. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A better weather pattern will begin to emerge over the state today. After yesterday’s wintry mess, we should see some improvement almost immediately today. Yesterday’s main surprise was the northern extent of sleet and ice. While we expected a rain-snow mix, and by association some potential ice in the south and central, seeing ice all the way north where we saw it was a bit of a surprise. However, as sun comes out today, even if it is interspersed with clouds, we should see ice melt in many areas. Temps likely do not move in a major way today, although we should see some slight warming in southern Ohio.A weak clipper like disturbance moved across the northern plains yesterday, and toady will meander through the upper Midwest, down to the I-80 corridor. This weekend that weak system will continue to move south and east. This will spread more clouds into the state for the both Saturday and Sunday. However, we still think that precipitation will not be an issue, as the system still looks to be dying as it arrives. With cold air in place, it would not take much to have a flurry develop, but we think those chances are small. We won’t rule out a flurry or two on Sunday, mainly over the northern half of the state, but coverage will be 20% or less. This really is a non-issue, and we should not see any significant threat to a drier pattern. Sunshine is back for next week, and we keep dry weather in here for Monday through Thursday. There will be no problems anywhere in the state for Thanksgiving travel, and temps will even start to climb by Thanksgiving Day. This will be our best dry window, and our best opportunity to get harvest finished before thanksgiving.We are keeping a chance of rain in the forecast for next Friday, but we may have to delay it slightly, seeing showers more in the afternoon and evening. Moisture totals remain unimpressive, at a few hundredths to .3” over about 70% of the state. Next Saturday is dry, and then moisture returns for Sunday the 25th. This moisture may linger in to the very early morning of the 26th. We are looking at rain (scattered showers) giving .25”-.5” over 60% of the state. Temperatures will be above normal. The map at right shows temps compared to normal next Sunday afternoon.The extended forecast keeps one threat of rain for the 28th and 29th. The rest of the period is dry. For the 28th-29th we see .25”-.5”. Coverage can be nearly 90% of the state. That system remains on track to bring all rain, as temps remain above normal. However, behind it, colder air starts to race back in. We should be back below normal over the region as we transition into early December.
Buying gear? This lens analysis series tells us which Canon lens you should purchase next.When you’re going out to purchase a camera, odds are it will come with a kit lens. If you’re extra lucky that kit lens will be something like a 24-105 f/4-5.6 L series. Kit lenses are great for beginners and sometimes a much better deal than simply buying lenses separately, but after you’ve shot on a kit lens for a while you’ll probably want to upgrade to something a little better.Let’s pretend that you have just won the lottery and want to buy the best Canon lens in the world, but with dozens of options which one is best?The following series created by the awesome people at SLR Lounge gives us some insight into the Canon family of lenses. The series covers Canon lenses at every focal length up to 300mm. By the time you get done watching you should have some keen insight into what lens is best for your shooting situations. In fact, it’s pretty interesting to see that the best lens isn’t always the most expensive one.This video series was created by SLR Lounge. You can check out more photography related video tutorials on SLR Lounge’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys! If you are interested in learning more about how camera lenses work we highly suggest checking out our Understanding Lenses series here on the PremiumBeat blog.Have a favorite Canon lens? Think any of them are overrated? Share in the comments below.
The producer plays an important role in the filmmaking process. In this article, we’ll take a look at the benefits of a dedicated producer.So, you want to make a short film! Well, someone has to produce it. It takes more than just a director, cinematographer, cast, and crew to pull off a film — whether it’s a short or a feature. Now, a director, or even one of the lead actors, can also produce the film, but as you’ll see, it’s best to have a dedicated producer. So, what exactly does a producer do?A film producer is responsible for bringing together various filmmaking components. Those components include the initial story for the film and the cast and crew who will actually make it.Image via “The Unifying Power of Storyboards.”On a feature film, there are several kinds of producers. There’s the producer who has (or acquires) either a story they want to make or a script they’ve purchased; this producer then hires the crew to make it happen. There’s the executive producer, who either funds the film or helps secure funding for the film (the ones who actually write the checks are typically given a co-producer credit). And there’s the line producer, who makes the final budget, oversees the schedule, and helps make sure the overall production stays on track and doesn’t go over budget. (Associate producer seems to be a throwaway credit given to people who may have helped make connections or otherwise furthered the production).On a low-budget short film, most crew members wear multiple hats, so the producer is likely to be a mix of producer, line producer, and executive producer.The StoryImage via “Pre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a Script.”So, you’ve got an amazing idea for a short film. If you happen to be a writer, great! If not, you’ll need to at least write well enough to give the screenwriter a solid vision so they can craft a script. Who are the characters? What’s the plot? Are there any big moments or set pieces you really want to see happen? You’ll work with the writer, giving feedback and reviewing revisions until you have the script refined and ready to produce.Key CrewNow that you have a script, you’ll need to assemble your key crew. First, who’s going to direct the movie? It’s not wise to just pick any director. Remember, this is your story and your characters! You want a director who will do it justice. George Lucas didn’t just hand off Indiana Jones to any director! He knew Steven Spielberg had the right eye and creative genius to really bring Dr. Jones to life!Getting your director is the first big step. Often, directors will have certain cinematographers and gaffers they prefer to work with. Work with them to secure those people. You want to empower your director as much as you can so they bring this story to life.You don’t need every single crew position filled right now! But, it’d be beneficial to have at least your director and cinematographer locked down. Once you go into pre-production, you can work with them to start filling in the rest of the crew.Lead ActorsThe director realizes the story, but the lead actors bring the characters to life. Who will portray the heroes and villains of your movie? For a short film, you’re not likely to get an A-lister to play your hero, but you still need a good actor. Whether it’s your friend or some local talent, find the best person to fill the role.New and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part OneNew and Non-Actor’s Crash Course: Part TwoMoney, Money, Money!What’s a realistic budget for this film? It’s good to know both the bare minimum it will take to pull it off and the maximum you need to be truly faithful to the script. Remember, a maximum budget is not “all the money in the world.” It’s merely the full amount it’d take to produce the project.Think of a car dealership. The dealer wants to sell you a car for $30K, to cover the cost of the car and to make a fair profit. But, since he still wants to sell the car, he knows he could sell it for $24K. The lower price wouldn’t really give him much profit; instead, it would merely cover the cost of the car. The $30K price point allows him to sell the car and pay his employees.The same goes for a film. What’s the maximum budget you need to pay your cast and crew? And, even if you can get your cast and crew to work for free, you still need to pay for food and the props and equipment rentals necessary for the production.Where is the money coming from? In the feature film world, you would write up a business plan; attach your script, budget, letters of interest from key crew and lead actors; and go to studios, wealthy individuals, and so on to raise the money for the film. In the short film world, especially super low-budget short films, you’ll either have to pay it all yourself or crowdfund the money from friends and family.For my short film “The Accomplice,” I saved up my paychecks from my salaried job at the time, took out a loan, and crowdfunded the difference of $20,000. (I don’t recommend this approach. The bulk of the costs, which were much greater than anticipated, came from working with SAG stuntmen. SAG comes with a slew of extra expenses that are unreasonable for a low-budget short. If I were to remake the short, I’d definitely do it without SAG members, which would likely have cut the budget in half.)Making the MovieYou’ve got your script, you’ve got your key crew and lead actors, and you’ve got the money. Traditionally, this is where a line producer would take over and start hiring the rest of the crew, while the director and cinematographer plans out the visuals. For a short film, though, you will be doing this.From here, you need to work out a realistic schedule. Too short, and you risk not having enough time to get all the shots. Too long and — especially when they’re working for free — your crew won’t want to commit. Two or three weekends is usually doable — if you supply enough food and the project concept is interesting enough. If the cast and crew recognize your talent for coming up with great ideas and know the director’s work is excellent, they’re more likely to invest their time, trusting the final product to be amazing and reel-worthy.Image via “Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the Table.”Once production starts, you’ll be on set making sure everything is going according to schedule. You need to find a good managerial style for this part. You don’t want to micromanage your director, thus inhibiting their creativity. Remember, you hired them for a reason, so you have to put your trust in them. Make sure the cast and crew are all well cared for and that they know you appreciate and value their presence. A happy cast and crew make for a better work environment and a better end product. However, you need to make sure everyone is focused and working too. Make sure you have everyone’s phone number and email on set so that you can update the cast and crew, ensuring they all get to set on time.The same goes for post-production. Many short films can get lost at this stage, with editors trying to find time to work on the project for cheap — or for free. It’s important to make sure the film wraps in a reasonable timeframe.In essence, as producer, you gather the resources (script, cast, crew, financing) and oversee the creation of the short film from start to finish. It’s honestly a lot of work. When producing my own shorts, I definitely need at least one person as a line producer while shooting, so that I can focus on directing and acting. Either way, producing your own film is extremely rewarding.Cover image via smolaw.Looking for more articles about film and video production? Check these out.Finding a Producer: What You Need to Bring to the TableWhy Video Producers Should Budget for Profit Margins7 Things Producers Look for When Using “Staff Me Up”7 Reasons Why You Need a Producer for Your DocumentarySmall Budget? Producer Jason Blum’s 5 Rules for Lean Filmmaking
PBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo was unstoppable in the fourth quarter and San Miguel Beer edged Kia, 118-112, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The reigning three-time MVP scored 20 of his 41 points in the final frame as the Beermen bolstered their bid for a top four finish after climbing to 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start Read Next Johnson fired 42 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to offset his 10 turnovers but the Picanto just had no answer for Fajardo as they dropped their 10th consecutive game. Fajardo came two points shy of matching his career-high he set in a loss to Alaska in the 2016 Philippine Cup.Terrence Watson added a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Ross collected 15 points, six assist and five steals for the Beermen, who trailed by six at the end of the third period.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 shutoutThe Picanto had lost their first nine games but played nothing like a winless team against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Kia, led by its explosive import Geron Johnson, kept itself in the game until Alex Cabagnot made a layup to put San Miguel ahead by six, 116-110, with only 15 seconds left. View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending 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 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
South Korean tech giant LG has launched three new smartphones in India – Optimus L3, L5 and 4X HD. The Optimus L5 and 4X HD run Android 4.0 ICS, while the Optimus L3 runs Android 2.3 operating system.The LG Optimus 4X HD, powered by quad core 1.5GHz NVIDIA Tegra processor, is a high end smartphone which offers high definition display of 720p. It sports a display size of 4.7-inch with IPS technology and Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch resistant.The LG Optimus 4X HD offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Having a 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD card, the LG Optimus 4X HD is priced at Rs 34,990.Optimus 4X HD which aims to compete in the quad-core smartphone segment, boasts of a quad-core NVIDIA 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM.With a touchscreen display of 4.0-inch, the L5 is a mid range smartphone providing a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The phone, powered by 800MHz Cortex A5 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, features 5 megapixel rear camera.That lack of front camera is a drawback with this phone, but it has an advantage of powerful 1500mAh battery.Priced at Rs 13,199, L5 has an 800MHz processor with 512MB of RAM.However, the L3 version features 3.2-inch QVGA display, 800MHz CPU, 384MB of RAM, 3.2 megapixel rear camera, 1500mAh battery and 1GB of on-board storage.
Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 View comments “We take a lot of pride in being good with our unit and so we know that the second unit in the last two games has been far from that,” Lin said. “Tonight, we wanted to make sure we put a stamp on the game in a positive direction.”UP NEXTRaptors: Visit Miami on Sunday for the second of three straight road games.Pelicans: Visit Atlanta on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We just had to get our defense into the game a little bit more.”Frank Jackson scored 20 points for the Pelicans, who’ve lost two straight. Julius Randle had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Cheick Diallo had 16 points and 12 boards for New Orleans.Leonard met little resistance in the paint. While he missed four of five 3-point attempts, he was 13 of 15 from closer range. He threw down a handful of dunks on drives or cuts and mixed in a finger roll and reverse layup.“He used his strength a lot tonight,” Lowry said. “He got to his spots really well.”Toronto shot 54.1 percent (53 for 98), scoring 66 points in the paint and a season-high 53 on fast breaks.ADVERTISEMENT Leonard scored 31 points and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a 127-104 victory over undermanned New Orleans on Friday night.“I got a lot of buckets in transition, easy layups, even wide-open shots, and that probably got me going a little bit,” Leonard said. “Tonight was just my night.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesPascal Siakam scored 19 and Kyle Lowry had 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who began to pull away late in the third quarter and cruised from there.“We weren’t forcing our will on the game as much as we should have in the first half,” Lowry said. “They played well in the first half and we figured it out. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Heat stay hot, pull away late to beat Cavaliers 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We know they can run, but we like to run, too,” Lowry said. “We got some easy buckets out of it.”Holiday, the Pelicans’ second-leading scorer, was ruled out Thursday because of an abdomen strain that is expected to sideline him at least a week. On Friday, the Pelicans first announced that swing player E’Twaun Moore also would miss at least a week because he’d reinjured his left quadriceps, and then that Davis would sit out against the Raptors with back spasms. The Pelicans’ front court got even thinner when Jahlil Okafor went out with a left ankle sprain after halftime.Still, New Orleans kept the game competitive until late in the third quarter, when Danny Green hit consecutive 3s during a 9-0 run that widened Toronto’s lead to 88-75.“I still think that we competed and to me, that’s the most important thing. I don’t really care who we put out there,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just ran into a situation in the middle of the third quarter where they had guys to go to and we missed a couple of layups, missed a couple of open 3s and that’s where they got the separation.”When Jeremy Lin and Lowry hit consecutive 3s in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Raptors’ lead had grown to 21 and fans started making their way toward the exits.TIP-INSRaptors: Lin scored 14 points and Green had 13, going 3 of 4 from 3-point range. … Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 11 rebounds. … Toronto was 13 of 37 on 3-pointers (35.1 percent).Pelicans: Elfird Payton scored 13 points, Ian Clark scored 11 and Darius Miller 10. … F Solomon Hill played for the first time since Feb. 4 after not getting any playing time in New Orleans’ previous 13 games. Hill played 12 minutes, scoring his only points on a 3-pointer to go with two rebounds, an assist and a steal.BETTER BENCHWith Lin and Ibaka leading the way, Raptors reserves combined for 47 points, a sharp increase in production from their recent losses to Detroit and Houston. MOST READ Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)NEW ORLEANS — Kawhi Leonard was bound to have a big night.New Orleans was without its best on-the-ball defender in Jrue Holiday and best rim protector in Anthony Davis. Those absences gave Leonard an opportunity to use the Pelicans’ up-tempo pace against them by going strong to the basket early and often.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES