Creating an attractive investment environment in SA

first_imgThe downgrading of South Africa’s sovereign credit rating last week by Standard and Poor’s to a BBB rating represented the country’s first credit downgrade in two years and sent worrying messages to the global investment community.  This was followed by similarly pessimistic warnings from Fitch Ratings that, although its BBB rating would remain, its outlook would move the country to a negative status, raising the risk of a further downgrade in the near future.Such pronouncements have a hugely negative effect on South Africa’s global reputation, on business confidence, and the country’s overall ability to position itself effectively and positively as a competitive investment destination of choice in the global marketplace. This comes against a backdrop of domestic, self-inflicted factors such as the ongoing unrest in the mining sector and the challenge of effectively managing monetary policy in a difficult global economic environment.As other global economies are beginning to make positive movements out of the deep financial crisis experienced over the past few years and into more positive territory, it is critical that South Africa learns the lessons of these crises and recognize that the power to move the country forward lies in its own hands.In the words of Gill Marcus, the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank in a recent speech to SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) earlier this month, “the solutions are in our own hands and as a country, instead of focusing on whether we are entering a recession or not, we should all be striving to restore the economy to the strong growth path that it is capable of achieving”.However, there are undoubted challenges for South Africa ahead if it is to become once again confident in its ability to position itself positively in the eyes of the world’s investment community and to effectively compete for business as a BRICS player.One only has to look at the recent economic growth rate in the country, -0.6% in the first quarter of the year, with concerns mounting over those growth figures going forward for the remainder of the year, compounded by much publicized labour disputes.There is no doubt that global investor trust and confidence is built over time and South Africa needs to rapidly re-build that confidence. This can be done through a single-minded focus on effectively implementing the positive strategies that have been put in place.  In this way we can ensure that the right messages are sent to the world that South Africa is still ‘open for business’.  The country continues to have a solid platform on which to build, such as the strength of its financial and governance standards, despite the negative impact of the current labour dispute challenges, which will hopefully soon find a lasting resolution.As the Reserve Bank Governor has rightly pointed out, the domestic economy is facing enormous headwinds, many of which are of our own making, and therefore within our capability to resolve, not least of which is the current debilitating labour relations environment.  It requires everyone in the country to stop and think carefully about the negative impact such disputes have on South Africa and its reputation in the global business community and to instead think about the long-term future of the country.It requires every South African to unite behind a common goal of addressing our challenges together and thinking about the bigger socio-economic picture, instead of short-term gains.  At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of all of us – government, business, and citizens of this nation – to work together to resolve these issues and find sustainable solutions that are good for the country as a whole and its future place in the world.As a developing nation, South Africa will be continually confronted with considerable socio-economic challenges that need to be resolved.  However, the development of powerful interventions such as the National Development Plan and the New Growth Path, provide broad yet strong blueprints for dealing with these structural issues, and the focus should remain firmly on the implementation of such plans for the good of the country and all its citizens.At the end of the day, in order to create a better climate for economic growth in South Africa, we need to leverage what we are getting right and find effective and long-term solutions to the challenges that exist.  Sending negative messages to the world and damaging Brand South Africa and how it is perceived will ultimately impact on these efforts. The time is right for the country to unify in the search for inclusive, constructive, and progressive solutions to the challenges our society faces.We undoubtedly live in a time of unprecedented economic upheaval.  As has been seen and experienced elsewhere in the world, no country or its national policy makers are immune from the buffetting of strong, negative economic winds – this has certainly been the case in recent times with South Africa and its strikes and downgrade.However, Government remains firmly committed to taking the necessary measures to enhance the growth potential and competitiveness of the South African economy. The current labour disputes have also highlighted the need to urgently address strained relations between labour and employers. This is not healthy for the economy, or the country’s reputation.The country owes it to itself to be focused on adopting a combination of strategies needed to ensure that it is poised to combat rampant unemployment, as well as inequality.However, we must not lose sight of the things we are getting right and government and society need to work in genuine partnership to pursue the country’s current economic vision with conviction and vigour. In the meantime, South Africa needs to continue to send a message to the world that it is still very much ‘open for business’.last_img read more

How can digital technology boost growth in Africa?

first_imgThe digitalisation of the economy offers a huge leapfrogging opportunity to Africa, as the continent bypasses older technology to immediately embrace the new. This was the starting point of a World Economic Forum on Africa discussion on the economic potential of digital technology, held on 11 May 2016.From left, Siyabonga Cwele, Tobias Becker, Elizabeth Migwalla, Pascal Lamy and Charles Muritu discuss technology and economic growth in Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11 May 2016. (Image: WEF Flickr)How, the panellists were asked, can this economic potential be unleashed?The session was moderated by Pascal Lamy, political consultant, businessman and former director-general of the World Trade Organisation.The other speakers were South African Minister of Telecommunications Siyabonga Cwele; Charles Muritu, the head of African telecoms and strategic partnerships at Google; Elizabeth Migwalla, senior director of government affairs at Qualcomm; Tobias Becker, senior vice president and director for Africa at ABB Ltd; and Cote d’Ivoire government spokesperson Bruno Nabagne Kone.In discussing how technology can transform Africa’s digital marketplace, the panel examined the fostering of online entrepreneurs, enabling cross-border data exchange, and overcoming traditional barriers to trade.Watch the full session:last_img read more

How The Samsung Trial Highlights Apple’s Cold War With Google

first_imgThe Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.Apple’s lawyers once again get to lord over Samsung in patent court—even if Apple is only getting a fraction of what it wanted from the Korean smartphone giant.The facts of the Apple vs. Samsung (Part 2) trial, which played out in a California federal court, are tangential at this point. The jury has ruled in Apple’s “favor.” The verdict: Samsung violated three Apple patents and is ordered to pay $119 million in damages. The post-trial talk has been about how this is a win for Samsung, as it pays Apple only about 6% of the $2.2 billion in damages it had been seeking. A couple million dollars here and there does not really bother these tech behemoths.The real specter surrounding Apple and its willful patent hunt against device manufacturers has little to do with Samsung or Motorola or LG or HTC or any of the dozens of other manufacturers that employ the Android operating system. The ghost that haunts Apple is not Samsung; it’s Google.Quick Thought: Google Expands Chrome OS Universe With IntelMicrosoft’s Windows and Apple’s OS X need to keep an eye on Google. At a press event yesterday, Google and chip manufacturer Intel announced an agreement where Intel will supply its “Bay Trail-M” chips to Chromebooks, which will be made by a bevy of computer manufacturers, according to PCWorld’s Mark Hachman, a former ReadWrite reporter.Rachel King at ZDNet says 20 Chromebooks will ship with Intel inside by the end of the year, up from just four Chromebooks in September 2013. LG, Acer, Asus and Lenovo (among others) will make low-cost Chromebooks with Intel’s Celeron processor.Microsoft and Apple can be forgiven if they have a “here we go again” feeling when it comes to Google and Chrome OS. After all, Google has eaten just about everybody’s lunch by spreading Android through the world with low-cost smartphones from a variety of manufacturers. With Intel and a host of manufacturers onboard for Chrome OS, Google’s assault on the PC industry will soon kick into full force.Google’s Role In The Android Patent TrialsGoogle was the giant, flying pink elephant hovering over the Apple vs. Samsung case like an alcoholic’s deranged fever dream. During the course of the trial, facts emerged that Google would indemnify Samsung for two of the five patents Apple was suing over, promising to pay any damages that arose from the jury verdict.In the end, Google got off the hook as the jury found Samsung guilty of infringing the three other patents that, theoretically, had nothing to do with Google or Android. Jury foreman Tom Dunham, a retired IBM executive, told CNET’s Shara Tibken after the case that Google was of interest to the jury but ultimately did not play a part in the decision. Dunham proposed that, perhaps, Apple and Google should work out this whole patent thing together.As Dunham told CNET: “I guess if you really feel that Google is something that’s the cause behind this, as I think everybody observed, then don’t beat around the bush … The fact is Apple has [intellectual property] they believe in. So does Samsung. So does Google. Let the courts decide, but a more direct approach might be something to think about.”The fact of the matter is that Apple has never gone directly after Google for patents used in Android phones. Up to this point, the company’s legal strategy has been to go after manufacturers like Samsung because those are the companies really making money from device sales. Apple can recoup lost revenue and perhaps score an all-important import injunction of devices if it wins against an Android manufacturer. Google does not make its own phones (especially now with Motorola in process of being sold to Lenovo) and its makes money through services and advertisements.Attacking Google in court is much harder than attacking a proxy company like Samsung. For all its power, Samsung has again and again shown a willingness to copy products and gain massive market share before settling some nuisance lawsuits that come from its egregious practices. Google is not as roughshod as Samsung and has covered itself from lawsuits time after time through diligent, careful engineering and a platform agnostic approach to software distribution. Fun Fact: Did you know that the Earl of Sandwich’s wife is called Lady Sandwich? The current Lady Sandwich is Susan Caroline Hayman, married to John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich, since 1968.For proof of just how hard it is to go after Google in court over Android, just ask Oracle. The once great server company wanted to sue Google over the use of Java in Android (a court case that was far more interesting than any Apple/Samsung patent trial because of the primary issue of whether APIs could be copyrighted or not) and was wholly shut down by judge and jury. In the end, Oracle’s rhetoric and its lawyer’s jabbering effected little change as Android has taken over the world of mobile computing.Apple And Google: Cold War Frenemies Apple and Google used to be great friends. Google’s chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt used to be on Apple’s board of directors while Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin basically worshipped at the altar of Steve Jobs. The falling out between the companies started over Android, which Jobs promised to crush to his dying day. Schmidt vacated his Apple board seat in 2009.Apple and Google have been engaged in a cold war ever since. Just like the Russians and Americans never really engaged in direct warfare against each other, Apple and Google have never gone been to court as foes. In the cold war, the Russians invaded Afghanistan and the Americans supplied and taught the Afghani warlords to defend themselves. The Americans attacked Vietnam and the Russians and Chinese supplied and taught the Viet Cong. Apple attacks Samsung, and Google is there to indemnify its top manufacturer from significant damage. And so on.Quote Of The Day: “But Aliren should be conscious that, lying behind the massive allure of the capital market, there is unparalleled ruthlessness and pressure. In this market, only a small number of outstanding enterprises can maintain a gallop.” ~ Alibaba founder Jack Ma in a letter to the company’s employees (the Aliren) announcing Alibaba’s filing for initial public offering in the United States.Apple and Google have even had their own version of the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was called “Apple Maps,” and it involved Apple kicking Google Maps off of the iPhone and iPad as the default navigation app, starting with the release of iOS 6 in 2012. Google will eventually get its day in court to defend itself from Apple. Sort of. Google is currently battling a company called the Rockstar Consortium, a patent assertion entity (read: patent troll) that was created when a group of five companies (Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson and Sony) bought Nortel’s patent portfolio for $4.5 billion at a bankruptcy auction in 2011. Rockstar is now suing Google over patents related to its search technology as well as basically every Android manufacturer it can find. Chinese manufacturer Huawei has already settled with Rockstar. Google will be a tougher nut to crack: It has already won a key point in the court battle, ensuring the trial will take place in California, not in U.S District Court, Eastern Texas Division (a court long favorable to patent assertion entities), as Rockstar had hoped.The Rockstar Consortium is just another proxy in Apple’s legal battles against Google and Android. So the cold war between two of the most dominant countries in the world will continue.More On Google, Apple & SamsungRecode’s Ina Fried was on scene for just about the entire Apple/Samsung case and produced several good articles on the decision. Fried says Google’s role in the case was “intriguing,” but didn’t determine the outcome.Fried also notes how Google came out a winner in the case when the jury found Samsung didn’t violate the Google supported patents. Joel Rosenblatt at Bloomberg reports Samsung will appeal the decision. Of course Samsung will appeal, that’s just how these things work. Samsung says that the verdict “was unsupported by evidence.”John Jeff Roberts at Gigaom calls the entire trial a waste of time, except for fanboys and lawyers. Roberts has a good point in that the verdict means very little to consumers, Apple or Samsung in the general scheme of things.Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald does a great job of re-reporting many things that were already known about the contention between Apple and Samsung. The Vanity Fair piece doesn’t shed too much new information that wasn’t already available to anybody that has been paying close attention to the court cases over the years, but is a great roundup of the dubious legal history of Samsung and Apple’s battle to bring the Korean giant to heel. Lead image courtesy of Nerds On Call on Flickr What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#Android#Apple#Galaxy#Google#iOS#iPad#iPhone#Patents#Samsung#smartphone#tablet#The Platform Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

What Is the Life of a Camera Body, and Should You Buy or Rent?

first_imgPremiumBeat: What is the life expectancy of a camera body? Pete Abel: Rather than a life expectancy, we prefer to think of this in terms of a camera’s viability, which is often longer than people think.Camera technology is progressing all the time, and we’re regularly treated to a wealth of updates and new features, giving the appearance that last year’s models are outdated.So, it’s important to be clear-minded when determining if the features and performance of your current camera will meet the aesthetic needs of your project, and resist getting too caught up in the wow factor of new technology.And, when the specifications of your gear no longer meet your requirements, there’s always another level of filmmaker or school or organization that would put it to good use.PB: What type of gear has the best longevity? Lenses? Tripods? Specific support gear?PA: In general, all the analog gear that surrounds the camera, such as tripods, filters, and matte boxes, has longer viability than the camera and some electronic accessories.Lenses and their accessories are another part of the camera kit where it often makes sense to invest. Of course, which lenses you purchase will depend on the type of projects you’re involved with.It’s always a good idea to choose a mount system that’s as universal as possible to ensure compatibility with future camera releases. In the cinema world, that means the ARRI PL mount, and in the photo world, it tends to be either Canon EF or Nikon F. With larger-format sensors finding their way into cameras like the ALEXA 65, RED WEAPON 8K Vista Vision, and Phantom 65, you might want to start looking at lens sets offering full-frame or larger coverage.PB: How quick are you to jump into emerging technology, and should filmmakers do the same?PA: At AbelCine, we see it as our role and responsibility to continually investigate new technology. Our tech specialists always have their ears to the ground for what’s coming next and are educating themselves on the strengths and weaknesses of emerging tech. We’re always in dialogue with creatives, so we know what’s important to them. This gives us a unique perspective by which to educate our customers on new technology, so they’re at less of a risk of making an uninformed equipment choice.As an individual, here’s a way you might want to look at new technology: if something emerges on the market that enables you to capture images in a way that you never could have before, then that’s something to explore and get excited about.Devices like drones and stabilizers are examples, as well as high-sensitivity cameras and HDR. In terms of new forms of motion imagery, VR and 360 imaging certainly fall into this category.But for incremental technological improvements, we recommend asking a lot of questions and doing lots of research to determine if it’s something you need to pay attention to – that’s why we’re here.PB: As a reseller and rental house, can you offer emerging filmmakers advice on when they should buy vs. when they should rent?PA: We get this question a lot, and our answer is different, depending on who you are, where you’re at in your career, and the type of work that you do.With that in mind, and understanding that there really is no short answer, a general rule of thumb is as follows:If you shoot docs that take you on the road for a long time, then it’s most often best to own, as rental costs simply become too high. If you shoot multiple projects for the same client, and you know that customer’s requirements, then equipment ownership may be more cost effective than renting.But, if you’re a DP who is in a position to choose the most appropriate tools for each individual job, then it may make sense for you to rent key components like cameras and lenses for each project.Even within this scenario, we know lots of filmmakers who own their favorite lenses and specialty accessories, and rent the camera. We also know lots of DITs and camera assistants who own part of the package that production always needs. It’s both a form of investment and a way for them to be surrounded by the tools they are most comfortable with.PB: AbelCine is great at walking the line of keeping up with emerging technology while still focusing on storytelling and teaching customers the art of the craft. Do you have advice for filmmakers on when to stop caring about the best specs and instead focusing on the right gear they need?PA: In my opinion, you should never let specifications overshadow your creative intent. Everything begins with the story.We’re at a point with imaging technology where a multitude of cameras and lenses at different price points can deliver pristine, high-resolution images. Because of this, filmmakers have the freedom to look for tools that will help craft their desired look and visually shape their story, whether that’s in sensor size, format, lens choice, lighting, or camera movement.There are times, however, when specs matter.If your project is a theatrical feature that will go through color correction, or if your project has lots of green screen, then specs like color space and sub-sampling will be quite important. If your client requires 4K acquisition and/or specific deliverables, then these specifications should be your baseline, and you work from there.PB: What new filmmaking tech or equipment are your currently most excited about?PA: High dynamic range (HDR) technology offers a truly unique viewing experience, and it is starting to be more widely available. Even so, it can be hard to quantify the true impact of HDR, until you see it in person. People often have a visceral response to seeing HDR, like squinting at intense light sources. HDR also allows filmmakers to take advantage of more of the dynamic range offered by modern cinema cameras, which can be lost on standard displays.We’ve also seen a definite resurgence in large-format cinematography over the past few years, both in the film and digital arenas. Directors like Quentin Tarantino, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Christopher Nolan have really inspired the industry to keep large-format as a creative option.Part of the large-format success is due to various lens manufacturers offering coverage beyond the traditional Super 35 image circle. It is a great time to be a DP, with more choices and higher quality lenses than have ever been available. The increase in lower-cost cine offerings, as well as the growing number of anamorphic options, shows that lens manufacturers are really listening to what their customers want, and delivering it.PB: AbelCine has been an incredible resource for filmmakers and video professionals. You’ve recently launched a new site, can you tell us more about that?PA: We see the new site [abelcine.com] as a virtual extension of everything AbelCine is about: an uncompromising sales and rental experience, a curated and ever-growing selection of professional filmmaking tools at a range of price points, and the highly personalized customer service we’re known for. And, of course, our blog brings the knowledge of our educators and tech specialists to a wider audience.With the new site, we’re also creating a means for our customers and staff to engage with each other with greater ease. We have some very exciting plans for the collaborative aspects of the site that we’ll be developing in the near future.Interested in more on camera gear? Check out these posts.Cine Gear 2017: New Cameras, Lenses, and AccessoriesThe 6 Best Filmmaking Cameras Under $1,000The Cameras and Lenses Behind 2017 Oscar-Nominated FilmsBest Mirrorless Cameras for Video Production We chatted with AbelCine President and CEO Pete Abel about the life of camera gear — and the most exciting new technologies.All images via AbelCine.I recently read an article claiming that the average life of camera bodies these days was no more than two years. I had a hard time believing that. Sure, maybe if you’re trying to shoot high-end work on a Canon Rebel t-(whatever-number-they’re-on-now)-i, then you may not get much life out of a body. But then again, it still doesn’t really matter.When I was in film school, freshmen were shooting on cameras that were well over 8 years old — but who cares. It still comes down to storytelling. You don’t need the color space of a RED or ARRI when you’re shooting a class project or corporate video. I wanted to get some expert opinions on this, so I reached out to some of the biggest gear heads and tech-minded filmmakers in the business, AbelCine.There’s a good chance you may already be familiar with AbelCine, but if you aren’t — AbelCine is one of the largest camera resellers and rental houses. They’re also well known for their blog and educational resources — as well as being big supporters of filmmaking and video production communities.Brothers Pete and Rich Abel founded AbelCine as a camera repair shop in 1989. Now they are one of the very few companies that could get you just about any type of gear you would ever need to produce a film, television show, or commercial.Considering their experience with nearly every camera manufacturer, and the knowledge they’ve accrued over the years, I asked President and CEO Pete Abel a few questions for new filmmakers about buying or renting their own gear.last_img read more

Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT At least, there’s the promise of a dogfight “That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

NBA refs can rule reckless closeouts as flagrants or techs

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Referees review a play prior to ejecting Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks from the game for a flagrant foul in the second quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — NBA referees will be able to call flagrant or technical fouls on defenders who dangerously close on jump shooters without allowing them space to land, as Zaza Pachulia did on the play that injured Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in last season’s playoffs.Officials will also make sure jump shooters are in their upward shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is worthy of free throws, which could cut down on James Harden’s attempts after he swings his arms into contact.ADVERTISEMENT With the fouls on the perimeter shots — often coming when the offensive player has come off a screen and quickly attempts to launch a shot as his defender tries to catch up — officials will focus on the sequencing of the play. The player with the ball must already be in his shooting motion when contact is made, rather than gathering the ball to shoot such as on a drive to the basket.“We saw it as a major trend in the NBA so we had to almost back up and say, ‘Well, wait a minute, this is going to be a trend, so let’s catch up to it,’” NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Rob Ricafort secures TRO, set to play for UP vs La Salle Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Leonard sprained his ankle when Pachulia slid his foot under Leonard’s in Game 1 of Golden State’s victory in the Western Conference finals. After calling a foul, officials will now be able to look at replay to determine if the defender recklessly positioned his foot in an unnatural way, which could trigger an upgrade to a flagrant, or a technical if there was no contact but an apparent attempt to injure.“It’s 100 percent for the safety of the players,” NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe NBA had made the freedom to land a point of emphasis for officials a few years ago, because of the risk of injuries. But the play got renewed attention during the playoffs because of Leonard’s injury, and also one in which Washington forward Markieff Morris landed on Al Horford’s foot in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, knocking him out of a game the Celtics rallied to win.Officials can still rule the play a common foul if they did not see a dangerous or unnatural attempt by the defender upon review. Borgia said Pachulia’s foul would have been deemed a flagrant. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimslast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar declines to speculate on his future

first_imgDescribing India’s World Cup win as a dream he had been chasing for 21 years, Sachin Tendulkar said that he could not sleep on Saturday night as he could not believe that India had finally become world champions.”I never thought that God would show me this day. I cannot express my delight,” Tendulkar said.”As an Indian, we have all won this cup. It’s not just us 15 (in the squad) but the entire nation. The cup belongs to the entire nation so I am sure they are feeling part of it.” Asked if he would play in the next edition in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand, Tendulkar replied: “All I will say is that it is a great moment. Focus on this, enjoy this, rather than looking back or too far ahead.” Tendulkar, who was speaking at a reception hosted in honour of the victorious team at Raj Bhavan, said: “We should leave all that (speculation on his future plans) and enjoy this moment.” Asked if he was disappointed at missing a chance to make his 100th international century in the final, Tendulkar said that was not relevant.”The World Cup win was big and should be savoured.”Meanwhile, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan said that the experience of playing in the 2003 final against Australia in Johannesburg helped him this time round.”I learnt from my mistakes of 2003 and looked not to repeat them,” he said.The left-arm bowler also expressed sadness that South African Gary Kirsten is ending his stint the team.advertisementlast_img read more