Style finalists include wardrobe looks and fashion statements for Westbrook, Chicago’s Dwyane Wade and Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert.Dunk of the Year candidates include slams through the hoop by Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, Oklahoma City’s Victor Oladipo and Larry Nance Jnr of the Los Angeles Lakers.Block of the Year candidates are shots stuffed by Miami’s Hassan Whiteside, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.Assist of the Year hopefuls are passes by Golden State’s Draymond Green to Stephen Curry and then along to Kevin Durant, a no-look effort from Denver’s Nikola Jokic and a wraparound toss from Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.Game Winner of the Year includes crucial baskets by Westbrook versus Denver, Phoenix’s Tyler Ulis against Boston and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving against Golden State.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Finalists were named for the new fan-voting awards, which include Best Style, Dunk of the Year, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year.Voting on social media can be done via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the NBA’s website.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe show will unite the announcements of such awards as the NBA Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year, Sportsmanship Award, Teammate of the Year plus announcement of the NBA All-Rookie and All-Defensive team rosters.Performance of the Year finalists include Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook with the most points of any triple double in NBA history with 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists against Orlando, Houston’s James Harden with a 53-point, 16-rebound, 17-assist triple double against New York, Golden State’s Klay Thompson scoring 60 points in three quarters against Indiana and Devin Booker netting 70 points for Phoenix against Boston. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Veteran guards out to make repeat bid tougher for Ahanmisi Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home A detail view of the game clock prior to Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz at Staples Center at Staples Center on April 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — NBA individual award trophies for the 2016-17 season, including those in six new fan-voted categories, will be unveiled together in the inaugural NBA Awards show June 26 in New York.The league announced Thursday that traditional season-end awards will be presented at the gala, to be hosted by singer-entertainer Drake, as well as new awards in which voting has already started.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View comments
“We do a psychological autopsy only at the request of the family when it’s ruled a suicide,” he said. The actress died of a gunshot fired inside her mouth in the foyer of Spector’s mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, after going home with him from her job as a nightclub hostess. Spector’s defense contends Clarkson killed herself. Asked why he did not consider materials from the computer, Pena said, “It was not provided to me.” Testimony was interrupted when Plourd tried to question Pena about whether his opinion would have changed if he considered the computer material. Fidler dismissed jurors and ordered a full-scale hearing. The judge in Phil Spector’s murder trial said Thursday that he will likely allow the defense to introduce gunshot victim Lana Clarkson’s writings about having visions of a dead actress who killed herself with a gun. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler gave the indication after intense arguments in which defense attorney Christopher Plourd said the writings found on her computer hard drive also include discussions of her fascination with guns, depression over her failing acting career and struggles with alcohol and drugs. Prosecutors acknowledged they knew about the material but considered it untrustworthy and did not bring it to the attention of the coroner who concluded that Clarkson was a homicide victim and did not commit suicide. Before jurors were sent out of court for a hearing, Deputy Medical Examiner Louis Pena testified he did not consider doing a “psychological autopsy” on Clarkson because he concluded her death was a homicide. He said information he obtained about Clarkson convinced him she was a hopeful person with no tendency toward suicide. Plourd then disclosed some contents of the hard drive including entries in what Clarkson called “The Story of My Life.” “She talks about drug problems, trying to get off medications,” he said. “She has delusions. She’s seeing people who are deceased and talks about them.” Plourd also said Clarkson “talks about seeing a dead actress who comes to her in visions, a struggling actress who didn’t make it and killed herself with a gun.” The actress’s name was not given in court. Plourd said the defense investigated the story, found that this was a real actress who committed suicide and found the place where she lived, which is where Clarkson claimed to have had the visions. He said Clarkson, who stopped making entries a year before she died, also spoke of going to a metaphysical therapist “to rearrange her subconscious.” As part of the therapy, he said, “You look into a candle and meditate. She sees a vision of a cowboy, a vision of George Bush comes to her.” Plourd said a district attorney’s investigator read the diary and concluded that it didn’t contain anything relevant. Prosecutors gave it to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as part of a bundle of 500-600 pages of information and said they could look at it if they wanted to do a psychological autopsy, he said. Plourd argued that Pena should be questioned on whether his homicide ruling would have changed had he read Clarkson’s writings. “If you consider this information, it weakens and shakes his opinion,” Plourd said to Fidler. The judge said he would read the entire manuscript over the weekend and make a ruling. But before court ended for the week, he said he had read some of it and was inclined to admit it in evidence. Prosecutor Alan Jackson argued that the writings in the computer were not authenticated, could not be relied upon and were probably creative efforts that Clarkson made for a writing class she was taking. The judge, who at one point referred to the writings as a “memoir,” appeared to disagree. “I think you are arguing way too much,” Fidler said to Jackson. “If you have the words of a deceased … how do you keep that away from the jury and away from an expert who could have considered it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Paralimni mayor Theodoros Pirillis said on Wednesday that he would continue “to support the interests of my area” after an explosion occurred in a garage next door to his property.The explosion occurred at around 2:20am on Wednesday at the premises which are used to house the mayor’s domestic worker, located right next to Pirillis’ home.The garage was found with the door open and inside were two cars, one of which was damaged by the explosion. The cars do not belong to the mayor.The mayor said that under the car in which the explosion occurred there was an ‘improvised devise’ – a bottle with a flammable liquid but this did not explode.A little earlier, more than 50 sunbeds and 20 umbrellas were destroyed by a fire at Kapari beach in Paralimni. The fire, which started at around 2am in four different places, is believed to have been the work of arsonists. The scene was cordoned off while police carried out investigations.Asked whether this incident was related to the Kapari arson, the mayor said that it was used as a misdirection by the perpetrators.“I will not yield, I am not afraid and I will not stop fighting to support the interests of my area, until the last moment of my service,” the mayor said without providing further details.Police sealed and guarded the crime scene and started investigations at the first light of day. The local fire department is assisting police in determining what device was used to create the explosion.The Kapari beach fire follows a similar attack on July 31 when sunbeds and umbrellas were destroyed by unknown perpetrators. Pirillis described the vandals as ‘bullies’.The Paralimni municipality has been offering free sunbeds and umbrellas to the public on some beaches from July 13 and will be doing so until the end of October.At the time, he had said that the individuals who caused the damage wanted to discourage people from going to the beach and that “there are definitely some people who want to use some of the beaches and their facilities just for themselves.” You May Like1infolive.xyzTop 10 Fastest Animals On Earth1infolive.xyzUndoNovelodgeHere’s Why Men Are Obsessed With WD-40NovelodgeUndoNAMI/Grain Foods Foundation | Culinary.netBuild a Balanced Diet with Sandwiches like this Ultra-Thin Pastrami Sandwich Lunchbox from the North American Meat InstituteNAMI/Grain Foods Foundation | Culinary.netUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
Sony Patents New PSVR Motion ControllerHands-On: Firewall: Zero Hour is the Best VR Game I’ve Ever Played Stay on target Over the weekend, I got to spend some extensive time with Sony’s virtual reality peripheral, the PlayStation VR. I’ve tried virtual reality devices in the past (including PSVR) but was still on the fence about VR gaming in general. No longer limited to short press demos, I could finally sink my teeth into VR gaming and play it at home as most consumers would. I was now ready to answer the all-important question: is virtual reality gaming a revolution or is it just another fad fated to go the way of the Virtual Boy?The PSVR unit comes with an oversized instruction manual that explains how to hook the device up to the PlayStation 4 in easy to follow steps. Plugging in all of the necessary wires isn’t something that should give most folks out there any problems. However, calibrating one’s camera and then calibrating the VR headset can be a pain, especially if you’re disabled. Calibration issues aside, the PSVR is a breeze to install.I haven’t gotten to try the HTC Vive, but I have used the Oculus Rift on several occasions. While comfortable to wear, it is relatively heavy. In comparison, the PSVR headset is light. When you strap it onto your head, you barely notice it. There are buttons on the front visor and on the head strap that you can press to adjust the device to better fit your head. The headset itself does feel like a cheap plastic toy because of its weight. But it won’t strain your neck while playing, so this aspect is forgivable.Aside from the fact that you’re using a headset, playing games in VR isn’t wildly different than playing normally because you’re still using a controller. Some games did require the Move controllers, but most let you use a regular DualShock 4. Playing games like DriveClub, RIGS, or EVE Valkyrie is the same as playing anything else, only with the added field of view that comes from being able to move your head independently.The main thing you’ll notice when playing PSVR is how unimpressive the graphics look. If you’re used to gaming at 1080p or higher, the low resolution and lack of anti-aliasing will stand out. Games look this way because the machine has to run at 60-90 frames per second to lessen the effects of motion sickness in players. Also, the dual screens within the headset only output at 720p resolution. If you were looking for PSVR games to visually be on par with most current-gen games, then you’re going to be disappointed.There has been a lot of talk about the side effects of VR gaming. People have reported feeling light-headed, dizzy, or even nauseous. I experienced a side effect too: drowsiness. I was unable to play for more than an hour at a time before feeling extremely sleepy. This may sound like an odd side effect to have, but there is actually a good reason for it: eye strain.Anyone who reads books knows that it is common to feel drowsy during prolonged reading sessions. This is an effect of focusing one’s eyes on something for extended periods of time. There is also the fact that when reading or playing in VR, one doesn’t tend to blink as much. All things considered, I feel fortunate that the only adverse effect of virtual reality gaming was wanting to take a long nap.VR gaming isn’t a new thing but the technology has advanced to a point where it can be delivered in a credible and enjoyable way. No gaming experience out there will be as immersive as virtual reality gaming. Titles like RIGS and EVE Valkyrie let me live out fantasies of piloting a spaceship and a mech robot. I’ve done these things in other games before, but this time, I felt like I was actually inside the machine. Any qualms with the PSVR’s graphics are balanced out by the sense of immersion you’ll feel when playing any given game. Technologically speaking, this is no cheap gimmick.On the flip side, it is hard to say if the future of virtual reality gaming is assured. Look at the sales of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Despite their high price points ($600 and $800, respectively) they sold out rather quickly. After that? Sales have all but flatlined. At $400, the PSVR is selling very well. Not only is the price right, but one only needs a PS4, not an expensive PC, to run it. Despite all of this success, the PSVR could still flounder after the holidays are over.The biggest issue facing the PSVR is a shortage of compelling games. Right now, there is a distinct lack of any big titles for the peripheral. Aside from RIGS and a handful of others, most PSVR games are glorified tech demos. They may be very fun tech demos, but they don’t provide more than a few hours of amusement at most. We know that Robinson: The Journey and Resident Evil 7 are on the horizon, but what happens after that? The PSVR needs complete gaming experiences to thrive beyond 2017.Something that few are talking about is how long the PSVR will be in production. We have to assume the current iteration of the device will get a more powerful replacement in the next couple of years. The graphical limitations of the peripheral are evident, and an upgrade should help give it better resolution and fidelity. If PSVR is successful, what is to stop Sony from releasing a PSVR Pro when the inevitable PlayStation 5 is released? Some may decide to skip the current PSVR and wait for its successor. This machine will no doubt have a strong library of games from developers who have a solid grasp of what does and doesn’t work for VR gaming.PSVR is certainly not a waste of money for those who want to try out genuine virtual reality gaming at a decent price. Despite its subpar graphics and lack of substantive games, it is still a fun and unique experience. However, everyone else might be better off waiting until after Summer 2017 to see if the device is still being supported and if more robust gaming experiences are available. It is still too early to say what the fate of the PSVR and virtual reality gaming is, but we should have a clearer understanding of the situation by the middle of next year.