HOUSTON — James Harden scored 30 points in just three quarters as the Houston Rockets broke their NBA record by making 27 3-pointers in a 149-113 win over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.Eric Gordon led the 3-point brigade by tying a career high with eight, Harden added five, P.J. Tucker had four and Danuel House three.Gary Clark tied the record with a little over three minutes to play and Houston missed the next four before Austin Rivers broke it with 1:09 remaining. He crouched a bit and pointed at the Phoenix bench after the make as fans bellowed: “Threeeeeeee!” The Rockets have made 26 twice this season with the last time coming Tuesday at Sacramento.The Rockets had a 10-point lead after one and a 43-point second quarter allowed them to tie a season high with 77 points in the first half to take a 30-point lead into halftime.Houston led by 15 with just more than four minutes left in the second before ending the quarter with a 21-6 spurt to pad the lead. Harden had 10 points in that span and Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker added 3-pointers to help the Rockets turn this one into a blowout early.Harden, who had 13 rebounds and nine assists, scored 16 points in the third quarter, capped by a 3-pointer just before the buzzer which gave Houston a 40-point advantage entering the fourth quarter. Harden made the shot and held his follow through for a couple of seconds before walking to bench — where he’d remain for the rest of the night with the game well in hand.It was the second straight game in which Harden sat out the entire fourth quarter, giving the league’s leading scorer, who averages almost 37 minutes a game, some much-needed rest as the playoffs approach.Associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik coached the Rockets for the second straight game with coach Mike D’Antoni out with the stomach flu. It’s unclear whether D’Antoni will be healthy in time to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for Tuesday night’s game.Harden wasn’t the only one who sat in the final period, with all of Houston’s starters getting a little break in this lopsided game.Jamal Crawford had 27 points off the bench for the Suns with rising stars Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre out for the season with injuries.By: Kristie Rieken, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Feb 2016 – The entire country was challenged to take responsibility for the peace and prosperity of the Turks and Caicos when Police and other Law Enforcers gathered for their annual church service at Abundant Life Ministries International. Two church services were held to officially start the year in prayer for the various forces including Police, Immigration, Customs, Environmental Health, Fire Department, Airports Authority Security, Prison Service and Road Traffic in both Grand Turk and Providenciales. The key message came from Bishop C. Alexander Williams who called on hearers to be honest and pay their taxes and dues to country… called on expat officers and residents to love this country where they are blessed to live their lives… called on the Police to restore true community policing and to exercise greater compassion… called on government to more highly consider the Belonger worker and to promote and pay them well… there was a challenge to introduce new, tougher laws and to make greater efforts to assimilate cultures and all were called to remember that there was a time in the TCI, when God was not left out. The service featured worship performances by the Abundant Life praise team, brass band music by the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Band and remarks from Deputy Police Commissioner, Rodney Adams; Opposition Leader, Sharlene Robinson and Premier, Rufus Ewing. The theme for the service was Serving God and Country. Related Items:aundant life ministries, bishop alexander C. Williams, church service, law enforcers, premier rufus ewing, rodney adams, Royal Turks and Caicos Police Band, sharlene robinson Jitney row on social media elicits warning from PDM Leader Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliament
Culture Video Games The spectacular gunplay of the movies matches some of the later, more action-packed games, but overall the tone is very different from the survival horror spirit of the games. “We’re not trying to look like a video game, which is a mistake some video game movies make,” says Anderson, who wrote all the films and directed four of them. A lot of filmmakers try and appeal to both markets and fail to get either, added film journalist Luke Owen, author of a book about video game movies, Lights, Camera, Game Over! He points to a first-person sequence in the movie version of Doom that mirrors the original gameplay.”It sounded great on paper — a literal adaptation of the game’s format — but in reality you’re not in control, so it’s not as satisfying,” he says.The Resident Evil films began with the 1996 hit game Resident Evil, known in Japan as Biohazard, which invented the survival horror genre and spawned a best-selling series of its own. “I love the game,” Anderson says. “Milla used to play it with her brother. Michelle Rodriguez was a big fan. When we come together to make one of these movies it’s always with a massive amount of passion from the people in front of the camera and behind the camera.” According to Box Office Mojo, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is the top-grossing video game movie, raking in $166 million in theaters — but even that only just covered the film’s $115 million budget. Warcraft was infamously rescued from a dire US opening by success in China. Other big-budget adaptations like 2010’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed couldn’t recoup even half their production costs during their theatrical runs, despite big names like Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Fassbender on the marquee.Let’s face it, most video game movies tank because they’re just not very good. At the time The Final Chapter was released, Prince of Persia was the highest-rated video game adaptation on review aggregator Metacritic, but even that has a decidedly average Metascore of 50 — which beats the stale 2018 Tomb Raider reboot’s score of 48.Enlarge Image2002’s “Resident Evil” set the template: Milla Jovovich, a big gun, beer and pizza. Screen Gems Could it be that the Resident Evil films are successful because they’re actually… good? They’re certainly a hell of a lot more fun than the trudgingly average likes of Max Payne or Need for Speed. Apart from a woeful nosedive in the incoherent fourth film (Resident Evil: Afterlife), the series genuinely gets bigger and better with every film, and the increasingly epic fifth and sixth films actually build the series to an unhinged crescendo.Jovovich describes Resident Evil as “perfect beer and pizza movies,” and she’s not wrong.Despite the financial risk of video game adaptations, Hollywood has plenty more in the pipeline. Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off and featuring the vocal talents of Ryan Reynolds, will engage in some on-screen sleuthing this summer. We’ve also heard that a Resident Evil movie reboot will use the seventh game as “a touchstone.”Paul WS Anderson himself is developing a movie based on another Capcom game, Monster Hunter. Tom Hardy was set to star in a Splinter Cell flick. Movies are planned for Call of Duty, Mass Effect, Minecraft — even Tetris, for crying out loud.They can learn a lot from Resident Evil: Keep the budget under control. Welcome non-players. Remember the human element at the heart of the story.And get the beers and pizza in.This article was first published Feb. 1 2017, and updated Jan. 25, 2019 to reflect the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake and further video game adaptations.Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool. CNET Magazine: Check out a sampling of the stories you’ll find in CNET’s newsstand edition. 77 Photos Believe it or not, the first Resident Evil movie was something of a trendsetter. Today, hordes of zombies claw at the windows of the mainstream from The Walking Dead to World War Z, but back when the first Resident Evil flick hit, zombies had been shuffling around the straight-to-video bin for 20-odd years. That was 2002, the same year 28 Days Later came out. When Shaun of the Dead and a remake of Dawn of the Dead followed, the zombie genre was well and truly reanimated.Resident Evil movies distinguish themselves from the zombie horde with their technological themes. The all-encompassing Umbrella corporation that’s responsible for the zombie outbreak was a fictional precursor to Facebook, Google and other tech monoliths that have infiltrated our lives. Technological surveillance, one of the defining issues of our age, pervades the movies from the first film’s all-seeing video cameras to the later movies’ omniscient satellites.And with the characters Alice, Jill Valentine, Claire Redfield, Rain Ocampo and Ada Wong, the films (and games) are refreshingly full of capable women. “Nobody in Hollywood was putting money behind female-driven action movies,” remembers Jovovich, who had created a new kind of action hero in The Fifth Element and paved the way for female-fronted action flicks from the Underworld series to the rebooted Ghostbusters.Enlarge ImageAli Larter, Milla Jovovich and Ruby Rose in the sixth movie, “The Final Chapter.” Ilze Kitshoff For gaming fans, familiar characters like Chris and Claire, Ada and Albert Wesker show up in later movies.”Over time the filmmakers realized they needed familiar faces to get the die-hard fans on board,” says Tamoor Hussain, news editor at CNET’s sister site GameSpot. Hussain points out that players will have spent hours, days or years immersed in locations like the Spencer Mansion, Raccoon City or Resident Evil 7’s Baker Estate, giving gamers a strong emotional connection to the source material.Enlarge ImageThe Nemesis monster, which had a very different story in the movies than in the games. Screen Gems Hussain cites the unlikely redemption of the hulking Nemesis monster in the second film as a moment that could turn off gamers. The monster had a very different story in the movies than in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, where he hunted protagonist Jill Valentine.”That damn monster terrorized me for upwards of 20 hours in the games,” he says. “I just refused to buy what the movie was selling me. He’s choked me to death too many times.”That reaction doesn’t surprise Owen.”I think it’s fair to say that most fans of the games aren’t overly fond of the films,” he says. “It’s rare to find any fans of video games who like the movie counterparts.”If you can’t rely on fans of the source material, it’s important for a film series to establish its own audience.”Creating an ongoing story that made audiences want to come back for more was a smart play,” Owen says. “The increasing box office revenue (give or take) between films shows they have created a fan base that want to see the next chapter of Alice’s adventure.”There are enough fans of the saga to ensure each of the sequels opened at No. 1 at the American box office. The series had rung up a running total of $1 billion and counting by the time The Final Chapter wrapped things up in 2017. That’s a long way off the kind of megabucks made by franchises with a similar number of sequels like the Pirates of the Caribbean or Fast and the Furious movies, but it tops lesser franchises such as Saw, Paranormal Activity and American Pie. Heck, the Resident Evil series took more money than the six Jack Ryan movies up to that point, and some of them had Harrison Ford. 17 Photos The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 10 Filmmakers Enlarge ImageResident Evil: The Final Chapter ended the record-breaking series. Screen Gems Despite video games being a multi-billion dollar industry, they face a steep path to the big screen. Transferring them from console to theater is a huge financial gamble, and many video game movies tank at the box office.Unless they’re Resident Evil movies. Having cracked a record-breaking billion dollars at the box office, the six-film franchise is easily the longest-running, highest-grossing film series ever based on a video game. As reports say Netflix is developing a new TV show based on the games, and the remade Resident Evil 2 game wins rave reviews and inspires nostalgic thinkpieces, we ask what’s behind the blazing success of the zombie-blasting, monster-mashing series. Considering the video game industry raked in $3 billion in the US alone in 2017, you’d think video game movies would be a sure thing. But bona fide hits that the Resident Evil movies are, it’s their relatively frugal budgets that guarantee a healthy profit.”We don’t have Harry Potter money,” laughs Milla Jovovich, who played the heavily armed lead character Alice in all six movies up to 2017’s The Final Chapter.In the first movie, Alice wakes up with no memory, letting the audience discover the world of the films through her eyes — almost like the character you play in a game. But writer, director and series mastermind Paul WS Anderson (who also happens to be married to Jovovich) deliberately avoided re-creating the game’s format or storyline on screen.”Imagine going in to see the first Alien — one of my favorite, favorite movies — and I tell you the order in which [the characters] die,” he says. We’re not trying to look like a video game. Paul WS Anderson, writer and director 2019 movies to geek out over Tags Crave Comments Share your voice
.Human Rights Watch has criticised the World Bank, which has an investment of over $2 billion in Myanmar aka Burma, for its silence over the atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslims.“The institution is staying woefully silent as Burma’s security forces are committing rampant atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim population, in response to [alleged] attacks by a Rohingya armed group on police outposts,” the rights group observed in one of an article published on Monday.The HRW article titled “Where is the World Bank While Burma is Burning?” insisted that WB president Jim Yong Kim should denounce the Myanmar government’s abuses.Referring to UN estimate that more than 313,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in Bangladesh, the HRW said the refugees have described killings, shelling, and arson in their villages that have all the hallmarks of a government campaign of “ethnic cleansing.”New satellite data obtained and analysed by HRW shows widespread burnings in Rohingya villages.The Rohingya, having suffered decades of state repression, are one of the poorest and most marginalised ethnic groups in the Buddhist-majority country.Authored by Jessica Evans, the HRW article mentioned that violence against Rohingya risks the country’s development.It recalled that in 2012, the WB downplayed the violence in Rakhine state as “localised instances of communal violence”.But, according to the HRW, since 2015, following criticism, it recognised that Burma’s government has been fuelling institutionalised discrimination against the Rohingya.“Now it needs to go even further,” the article added.The HRW recommended that the WB chief should highlight how this attack on the Rohingya population runs roughshod over the government’s commitments to advance social and economic development, putting the bank’s investments at risk and undermining its twin goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.“The bank should also publicly offer to assist implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan,” the article said.“Ironically, the bank’s silence on the Rohingya is happening as the World Bank and the UN prepare to launch their flagship report on development and the prevention of violent conflict.”The article said Jim Yong Kim has emphasised how institutionalised discrimination is bad for people, societies, and economies.“His integration of non-discrimination into the bank’s work can be his legacy for the institution – but only if he tackles the most serious abuses as they arise. He should start by speaking out against the horrifying situation unfolding in Burma.”
Map Syria. Photo: CollectedIran’s Revolutionary Guards said Monday they had launched a missile attack against a “terrorist” headquarters in Syria in retaliation for a September attack on the Iranian city of Ahvaz.“The headquarters of those responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz was attacked a few minutes ago east of the Euphrates by several ballistic missiles fired by the aerospace branch of the Guardians of the Revolution,” the Guards said on their official website.“Based on preliminary reports, many takfiri terrorists and the leaders responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz have been killed or wounded in this missile attack,” the Guards added.The term “takfiri”, derived from the Arabic word for anathema, is used by the Iranian authorities to refer to Sunni jihadists.The Guards did not say where the missiles were launched from.According to Iran’s Fars news agency, the Guards fired Zolfaghar and Qiam missiles, with a range of 750 kilometres and 800 kilometres (465 and 500 miles), respectively.On 22 September, 24 people were shot dead in an attack at a military parade in Ahvaz in southwest Iran. The Islamic State group, which Iran and its Damascus allies are fighting in Syria, has claimed responsibility for the attack.Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had vowed a “crushing” response in retaliation.
Listen 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X – / 4Earlier this year, two people were hit and killed by trains just a few days apart. But the close calls are harder to measure. The transit agency has released several videos showing people walking or riding directly into the path of a train.To try to cut down on those incidents Metro is rolling out a new warning system, developed in conjunction with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. As for how it works, a bluetooth signal from the train sets off an audible warning at the rail stop. Metro CEO Tom Lambert says they’re trying it out at two locations, Main Street Square and Hermann Park.“We expect to learn more lessons from this as we look to apply it at additional locations along the corridor,” adds Lambert.And they may expand the technology in the future according to Metro board member Jim Robinson.“Are there applications of this that can be put on people’s cellphones?” asks Robinson. “If they had the application on the cellphone and they were a motorist it would warn them the train was nearby.”Along with the new warning system, Metro says it’s also working on possible design changes at the Hermann Park and Med Center rail stops.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uA discussion about bigotry and racism within the Republican Party between Lester Spence, associate professor of Political Science and Africana studies at Johns Hopkins University and Tony Campbell, Political Science lecturer at Towson University. Plus, in the wake of Pope Francis’ arrival in the U.S., we open up the phone lines to discuss the Pope, race and Black America. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Kolkata: Senior officials of the Customs along with the police seized gold biscuits worth nearly Rs 53 lakh from Bongaon in North 24-Parganas on Friday night. One person has been arrested in this connection so far. The accused, Suman Mondal, a resident of Boyalda village in Bongaon, had been carrying a bag containing the gold biscuits. Acting on a tip-off, the Customs officials conducted raids and arrested him from Choruigachi area for his alleged involvement in a gold smuggling racket. The accused was later handed over to the police by Customs officials for further investigation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the preliminary investigation, the police and Customs officials suspect that the accused might be a part of an international gold smuggling racket. There are others involved in the racket as well, police suspect. According to the cops, as many as 14 gold biscuits were found in his possession weighing around 600 grams. It may be mentioned that the police and Customs have intercepted a number of youths in the district in the past few months and seized gold from them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA probe is being conducted to ascertain if there are any connections between all the incidents. The district police have also intensified the surveillance in the bordering areas of Bongaon. The preliminary investigation suggests that the accused changed route following some recent incidents in which smugglers bringing gold bars and biscuits from abroad were intercepted at Kolkata airport. The accused then began smuggling gold along the India-Bangladesh border in certain districts. As there was stringent surveillance in all the airports these days, it has become difficult for the smugglers to bring in gold from abroad.
The Indian Tricolour is one of the most beautiful flags in the world. Each colour including that of Ashoka Chakra holds meaning and significance. But there are many people (Visually impaired) who aren’t fortunate enough to witness and appreciate this pretty sight. They are deprived of the joy of fluttering colours.To give such visually challenged children an idea of the national flag, MP Birla Cement has crafted a “Flag Without Colours”. Made of cement, this flag brings out the colours and symbol of the flag through braille markings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis Republic Day, the braille flag, cast in concrete, was carried to several blind schools across the country, allowing its students to partake in the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of our Republic. Seva Mandir School, Indore, is one of the institutions that received the “Flag with(out) Colours”. The other schools included Government Blind School, Kadam Kuan, Patna, Burdwan Blind Academy, Burdwan, St. Michael Blind School, Ranchi, All India Confederation of the Blind, Delhi, Institution of Blind, Delhi, and Raj Andhay Vidhyalaya, Allahabad. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSandip Ranjan Ghose, Executive President, M P Birla Cement, said, “On this 70th Republic Day, the values embedded in our flag are relevant more than before. This is a small endeavour on our part to make the celebrations of Republic Day more inclusive and carry the message of national flag to a wider cross-section of our young citizens”. “Cement is usually seen as a very inanimate material and its role in nation building is not easily recognised. The philosophy of the MP Birla Group is ‘Heart and Strength’. This is an expression of that core value, which guides our organisation. In the course of the year, we plan to take braille flag to many more institutions like Seva Mandir as our homage to the nation,” he further added. “Republic Day emphasises human rights and honours the freedom that national flag represents. This was just a humble attempt of including those who have been deprived of sight in a celebration that is rightfully theirs. I can only hope that the ‘Readable Flag’ will become as common a sight as the tricolour someday”, said Sujoy Roy, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy Kolkata.