Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on before the game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on November 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Lonzo Ball is in a shooting slump, and he thinks he knows where the problem is.“It’s just in my head to be honest,” Ball said. “I know I can shoot the ball.”ADVERTISEMENT “I’m just trying to work on balance. That’s what (coach) Luke (Walton) and Magic (Johnson) have been telling me,” Ball said. “That’s the problem right now. Just balance.”His ability to distribute the ball hasn’t tailed off, at least. He had six assists Wednesday and has 22 over the last three games.Los Angeles continues its four-game trip Thursday night at Washington.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers rookie had nine points in a 107-96 loss to Boston on Wednesday night, shooting just 4 of 15 from the field and 1 of 5 from the 3-point line. He entered the night shooting 29.9 percent from the floor in his first 10 NBA games, including 23 percent over his previous three contests.This after he hit 55 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range in his lone season at UCLA. Ball said he hasn’t changed much from his approach in college.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s a long season. Just have to stay positive and keep putting in work,” Ball said. “It’s going to show for itself. Obviously, right now I’m not making no shots. But I’m going to keep shooting.”Ball said the Lakers haven’t suggested tweaking his funky shooting mechanics, which include pushing the ball with his right hand from next to his left ear. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry, Thompson find their touch as Warriors beat T-Wolves It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Facebook Tries To Silence Blogger To Cover Up User Data Scandal [Updated]

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist who made headlines on Tuesday when he reported acquiring more than one million Facebook data entries for just $5, said Friday he is cooperating with Facebook as it conducts an internal investigation, but won’t comply with the company’s request to remove blog posts or not talk about the investigation. Tags:#data#Facebook#hackers#privacy#security A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Shopov verified that some of the addresses were legitimate and had planned to notify people on the list that he had purchased the data. Facebook asked him to not notify people included on the list, Shopov said.“We agreed with Facebook not to do that,” he said. “That was actually my first reaction, to tell them and to teach them about their rights.”(Read Shopov’s original blog post I Just Bought More Than 1 Million… Facebook Data Entries. OMG!)Lead image: 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com Related Posts Facebook Requested SilenceIn an interview with ReadWrite, Bogomil Shopov said he had been contacted by Facebook’s Platform Policy Team after revealing on his blog that he had acquired the list, which included email addresses of active Facebook users who were primarily located in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Shopov said officials with the company were upset because they feared his public revelation would upend an internal investigation.(Read Shopov’s new blog post: Mixed Feelings After Conversation With Facebook.) Facebook declined elaborate on the details of its investigation.“Facebook is vigilant about protecting our users from those who would try to expose any form of user information. In this case, it appears someone has attempted to scrape information from our site,” Facebook spokesman Chris Kraeuter said in an email statement. “We have dedicated security engineers and teams that look into and take aggressive action on reports just like these. We continue to investigate this specific individual.” Facebook Wanted To Destroy The DataIn addition to requesting that he keep conversations with Facebook private, the company also requested that Shopov destroy the data after sending a copy to Facebook. Shopov said he complied with the request to destroy the data but was continuing to speak with news outlets to make Facebook users aware of the breach.That didn’t sit well with Facebook, according to Shopov. “Their version is [they are conducting] an ‘internal investigation’ and one of the reasons they are angry about my blog posts is that the seller can ‘go deep’,” Shopov said, explaining Facebook is concerned the seller will disappear before the investigation can figure out how the data was obtained.A Black Market In Facebook Data?Shopov provided ReadWrite with a cached link to the site where he purchased the data. The offer was removed within two days after his initial blog post on Tuesday, October 23, but the cached version shows that the seller obtained the data through an unidentified, third-party application. This raises the question of whether there’s an international black market where anyone can buy supposedly secret Facebook user data.  dave copelandlast_img read more

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Microsoft: All Your Cloud Belong To Us

first_imgWith a slew of announcements surrounding its Windows Azure ecosystem on Tuesday, Microsoft has more clearly defined its cloud computing positioning. And that position is: Manage the bejeezus out of everything in the enterprise.Microsoft’s crack PR team may not have put it quite that way, but the focus of today’s announcements, kicked off with a press webcast this morning, brought Microsoft’s goals with its cloud offerings into sharp relief.System Center 2012 Service Pack 1The centerpiece of the announcements is the general availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which can now work with Windows Server 2012 to manage cloud apps and resources wherever those apps happen to be running. That means a datacenter, a hosted service provider’s datacenter or out on Windows Azure, Microsoft’s answer to Amazon Web Services and OpenStack-based cloud-hosting services.The capability to shift virtual server instances to different locations using what Microsoft calls a “single pane of glass” is intriguing, and gets Microsoft into a place it really needs to be: a provider of cloud management services that starts to rival the capabilities of competing cloud/infrastructure providers.This kind of management is available already for other cloud ecosystems, but typically customers have to use multiple vendors working with whatever cloud provider they favor. There are third-party vendors in the Azure space, too, but if anything was made clear today in today’s press event, it’s Microsoft’s keen desire to provide a end-to-end solution for a customer’s cloud solutions.That won’t come as any surprise, of course, but what might surprise enterprise CIOs is that if these services work as advertised, they would be a attractive tool for any company moving towards cloud computing and hesitant to work with multiple vendors and heterogeneous platforms.Happy, Homogenous Days Are Here Again?Microsoft is betting big on the fact that in the days before Linux and, well, Windows, many IT managers preferred homogeneous shops. Recall the days of UNIX servers and dumb terminals. Sure, you put all your eggs into fewer (or one) vendors’ baskets, but you sure had less service and support headaches.Microsoft is hoping those happy, homogeneous days are here again, betting that IT administrators who recognize the value of cloud and elastic computing will also want to keep things managed by a single set of vendor tools.Staying IntuneRedmond is so sure about this angle of attack in the enterprise and cloud marketplace, it’s doubling down on centralized management with another general release: the latest version of Windows Intune, a cloud and device management tool that, with Service Center, enables deep management of Windows-based devices, as well as management of Android and iOS devices.By folding the single-pane approach into Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) management, Microsoft is declaring that if you want one-stop-shopping for enterprise management, you’d better check out its product line.It’s not a bad bet – if the price is right and the services are indeed worthy. Microsoft has traditionally eschewed notions like keeping prices in check, but with a highly crowded cloud marketplace, it’s unlikely it wouldn’t at least try to remain competitive on prices. The only thing left will be how the tools function, and time will have to tell there.The rest of the cloud marketplace has become a smorgasbord of services and tools, many of them very good, but also scattered across multiple vendors. While some IT vendors will prefer stitching together tools for the optimum solution, there will always be a market for end-to-end stacks like Microsoft announced today.It’s an alternative to which the rest of the cloud-computing ecosystem had better pay attention.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Microsoft brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts last_img read more

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Diabetes Facts. Epidemic Proportions!

first_imgWhat can Dietitians and health care providers do to help with this epidemic?Tune into the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness webinar New Medications for Type 2 Diabetes Tuesday, August 25 at 11:00 am EST.References:Statistics about Diabetes.  Data from the National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014 http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/?referrer=https://www.google.com/http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/statisticshttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/Diabetes Prevention Program This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter and on LinkedIn. by Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNDiabetes in the United States infographic from the CDCNow let’s turn to another chronic disease which is becoming an epidemic in the United States (U.S.) and around the world: type 2 diabetes.  Here are some facts:In the United States, 29.1 million people have diabetes, 8.1 million of whom may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. There have been 1.7 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed in U.S. adults in 2012, and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise.  Type 2 diabetes is not only on the rise in the U.S. but all over the world.  In 2013 the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reported there were more the 382 million people in the world living with diabetes.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the 90% of people with diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes.  Even though the risk of type 2 diabetes increases with age, the number of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing due to a growing number of overweight youth. Men have a slightly increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared to women which appears to be more related to lifestyle factors and body weight than gender.Pre-diabetes is also on the rise.  Most people develop “pre-diabetes” before developing diabetes.  Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  In 2012, 86 Million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010.  Diabetes is now the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.What is the Cost of Diabetes?In 2012, $245 billion dollars was spent on diabetes.  Direct medical costs were $176 billion while $69 billion was spent on lost productivity.Can type 2 diabetes be prevented?Both type 2 diabetes and its side effects can often be prevented or delayed.  Up to 85 percent of complications associated with type 2 diabetes can be prevented, delayed, or effectively treated with regular visits to a health professional, appropriate monitoring and medication, and a healthy diet and lifestyle. Early identification of complications can help with intervention, education, and referral to a specialist if needed.The Diabetes Prevention Program found that weight loss and increased physical activity reduced the development of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent during a three-year study period. In those age 60 years or older, the reduction was 71 percent.Overweight individuals who lose even five to seven percent of their body weight can effectively prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.Regular checks and having healthy levels of blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar significantly reduces your risk of diabetes.The drug Metformin was found to reduce the risk of diabetes onset by 31 %  in ages 25 to 44 years and adults with a body mass index over 35, considered to be pre-diabetic.                  ComplicationsThe problems associated with type 2 diabetes are common and can be severe. Complications include heart disease, stroke, hypertension, blindness and eye problems, kidney disease, nervous system complications, amputations, dental disease, pregnancy complications, and mental health problems, such as depression.WHO states that 50 percent of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease, primarily heart disease and stroke.More than 71 percent of U.S. adults with diabetes had hypertension or reported using medication to treat hypertension.There were 7,686 cases of diabetic retinopathy in the United States in 2010.Diabetes is the leading cause of newly diagnosed adult blindness in the United States.Diabetes was the primary cause of kidney failure in 44 percent of all new cases in 2011. It was also reported that 228,924 people began treatment for kidney failure due to diabetes.Seventy percent of diabetic adults suffer a loss of sensation in the extremities which may lead to amputations.  More than 60% of all non-traumatic amputations of lower limbs occur in people with diabetes.Approximately 73,000 lower-limb amputations were performed in diabetics age 20 and older.Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can increase the chance of birth defects, large babies, and other complications that can be dangerous to the baby and the mother.Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression as individuals without a diabetes diagnosis.Diabetics have twice the risk of death of any cause compared to individuals of the same age without diabetes.last_img read more

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Never did I feel we were going to lose: Yusuf

first_imgA daunting target of 316 did not fluster Yusuf Pathan a bit and the swashbuckling batsman said that he never thought during his match-winning knock of 123 that India would lose the fourth ODI against New Zealand in Bangalore.”Never at any stage did I feel we were going to lose the game. With Rohit Sharma and Saurabh Tiwary, I rotated the strike well. We spoke to each other throughout to maintain the run rate and stay in the chase,” said Yusuf, who hit a 96-ball 123 not out to set a memorable win for India at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday night.”I am very happy for my first century in ODI and even happier because we won the match. The fact that we are leading 4-0 in the series gives me great pleasure,” he said. Yusuf, who came in at the fall of Parthiv Patel in the 20th over when India were 108 for four, said he grabbed the chance to score big with both hands.”There were a lot of overs for me to bat and fortunately I proved myself. I sensed an opportunity this time that I can play a long innings,” he said.He dedicated his century to his parents and to his step brother Irfan who watched the match.”I dedicate this century to my parents. I am also very happy Irfan was watching the match,” said Yusuf.Yusuf said that he did not change his natural attacking game but took some time to settle down first before opening up his arms.advertisement”I don’t change my natural game. It’s just that of late I am trying to spend some time in the middle before going for my strokes. But it’s not that if there is an opportunity to hit the ball, I will hesitate to do so,” Yusuf said.He said that during the rain break, captain Gautam Gambhir told him not to throw his wicket and he did just that.”Gautam was telling me to utilise the power play to good effect. He advised me not to throw my wicket away at any stage. He told me that if I stayed in the middle till the end, I would win the match for India and I am glad I proved him right,” he said.On his valuable effort of 3/49 in New Zealand innings, Yusuf said that he had worked hard on his bowling.”I worked a lot on my bowling. Whenever I have got an opportunity to bowl, I have tried to be as economical as possible and I am happy it is coming through and that I am also getting wickets now. I am very happy with my efforts,” he said.last_img read more

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