NBA flopping rule may go to arbitration, per report

The NBA Players Association filed an unfair labor practices charge against the league to combat the new anti-flopping fines, but the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the complaint. Now, the NBAPA is seeking an arbitrator to work between itself and the NBA, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger. In October of 2012, the NBA announced a set of punishments for faking or exaggerating official calls: “We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner’s authority without the consent of the union,” NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. “It’s a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.” The complaint against the NBA was filed by the ousted director of the NBAPA, Billy Hunter, who said the league should not have the power to fine its players without discussing it and then earning consent from the union. In the regular season, players were warned once after a first-time offense before being charged $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and then $30,000 for follow-up offenses. Nineteen NBA players were given warnings during the year, and five players received the initial fines. There were stricter rules without warnings during the playoffs, and eight players earned $5,000 fines in the postseason. The NBA and NBAPA could resolve the issue between themselves to avoid the need for arbitration, and Berger reports discussions are ongoing. Outgoing NBA commissioner David Stern said he was happy with how the anti-flopping rules worked to combat a growing league-wide problem.

Elements Of Concert Stage Lighting

When asked to share your all-time favorite concert experience, you likely recall details such as stellar musical performance, great special effects, and a memorable venue. What you may not remember, however, is how fantastic lighting contributed to your concert experience. Though often overlooked, lighting is the single most important element in setting a concerts overall mood and tone. A great lighting designer knows how to evoke an audiences emotions and can change the tone of the concert several times throughout the show. Here are 3 ways concert lighting designers use lights to create unforgettable concerts.

Direction and Placement
Proper direction and placement of stage lights helps to direct or detract audience attention from specific stage elements. In concerts, lights are used from varying angles to hide or reveal people or objects on stage. Lighting angles come into play when creating specific effects for example, lighting that comes from behind the stage, can create beautiful shadow and silhouette effects on stage. Side lighting, however, highlights a performers shape and brings details like an instruments silhouette or a performers costume to attention. Finally, lighting a stage from various angles can create illusions of dimension. With clever lighting, dramatic shallowness or depth can be created on stage.

Color
Color is another important element of stage lighting. Overall mood and ambiance can be greatly influenced by colored lighting. Different shades and intensities can create specific effects. Red for example, conveys passion and intensity. Blue makes people feel serene and calm, yellow brings to mind positivity, and green conveys a sense of strangeness or trouble. Color can also help to establish a sense of time. Dark shades remind audiences of night, while bright yellow or orange tones bring daylight to mind.

Plot
Much like a stage play, concerts rely on lighting to tell a story. Next to music and stage design, lighting is one of the most important elements in concert design. While stage design, choreography and costumes are important visual elements that help create a plot, music and lighting add emotion and intensity. Well-executed concert lighting can effect audiences emotions and shift overall tone multiple times throughout the show. It can also be used to guide a story line, highlighting important characters and triggering action onstage.

Lighting design is essential to creating a great concert experience. Many light designers collaborate with live concert video producers to create amazing live experiences. An example of a concert video production company is Daddy Van Productions, which helps create concert memories that will last a lifetime.

The Advantages Of Wearing Lia Sophia Jewelry

Lia Sophia jewelry is becoming more and more popular, but why are so many people in love with this line of jewelry? This article is going to talk about the benefits that Lia Sophia offers, and what makes their products stand out above the rest.

First of all, this brand of jewelry is very high quality. They use top of the line materials to craft the jewelry, and so it is very sturdy and long lasting. Every woman has had the experience of purchasing a beautiful piece of jewelry, only to find that it starts looking worn and tarnished within a few months and Lia Sophia jewelry solves that problem. Their metals and stones are genuine, so you dont need to worry about the metal plating rubbing off or wearing down.

Additionally, Lia Sophia jewelry is very unique. Many women desire to have jewelry that is not common, because it can be embarrassing to show up to a party and find someone else wearing the same jewelry as you. But, Lia Sophia changes their catalog several times each year, phasing in new designs and getting rid of old designs. So, there are not too many duplicate items that are sold.

One thing that makes Lia Sophia stand out above the rest, is the fact that the jewelry is not available in the stores. This jewelry line is sold at home based parties, which makes it more exclusive and there are less people buying this line of unique jewelry.

As you look through the catalog to see the products that are available, you will find that there are many items that work with any outfit or personality style. It is easy to find something that you love, the problem usually lies in the fact that you cant decide which one you like best because there are so many great options to choose from.

Lia Sophia jewelry can be a bit expensive, but it is possible to find discounts online. Sometimes you can find used jewelry on auction or discount websites online, and this is a great way to save money if you are on a tight budget right now.

CIMB Group Raup RM 4.35 Billion Profit for 2012

CIMB Group Holding Berhad announced a net profit of RM 4.35 billion in fiscal year 2012. This figure is up 7.8% over the same period the previous year.

“We return a high profit for FY12 because almost all business units to increase revenue numbers,” said Group Chief Executive, CIMB Group, Dato Nazir Razak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday (04/17/2013).

Recorded earnings are equivalent to net earnings per share valued at 58 cents and the rate of return on equity of 16%.

The company achieved net profit in the fourth quarter of FY12 stood at RM 1.082 billion, or 5.3% lower than 3Q12 net income, and lower by 4.5% from 4Q11 net profit, amounting to RM 1.133 billion.

“CIMB Group’s revenue in FY12 experienced increased 11.3% over the same period previous to RM 13.495 billion,” he added.

Net interest income rose by 10.6% while non-interest income increased 12.7% due to capital market transactions exceeded the highest plus increasingly aggressive treasury market activities.

“Without taking into account the advantages and CIMB Aviva deconsolidation amounted to RM250 million in 4Q11, an increase in non-interest income amounted to 19.8%,” said Nazir.

Increase in CIMB Group’s profit before tax was higher by 9.1% to RM 5.678 billion.

“Profit before tax generated regional consumer banking unit of CIMB Group in 2012 rose 23.9% to RM 2.323 billion,” he said.

PT CIMB Niaga Tbk (BNGA) to contribute pre-tax profit by 34% to CIMB Group. 2015 is expected to increase to 40%.

“I think 2015 could be 40 percent,” said Razak.

Even so, the Group has no plan to add an injection of capital into CIMB Niaga. “If Mr. Arwin capital may ask, but I think it has been pretty,” he continued.

Nazir said the target is given as see good prospects in the banking market in Indonesia.

“We see the ratio, very attractive. Terms of the macro-economy is also growing rapidly. Macro management and banking regulation is good,” said Nazir.

On the same occasion, President Director of CIMB Niaga, Arwin Rasyid, said CIMB Niaga has committed to continue to develop products and services micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Indonesia while maintaining good credit quality.

“Our initiative is in line with Bank Indonesia regulations that establish bank credit portfolio in the MSE sector by 20 percent in stages by 2018,” said Arwin.

Responding to these rules, the CIMB Group is also committed to undergo such a rule.

“The rule is good, we will obey it,” he continued.

The Best Academies and Schools to Train to Be a Firefighter

People across the U.S. and of every age bracket are into the idea of starting or altering their trade with the change in the current economy. Whether a newly graduated high school or university student or young adult looking to begin their vocation, there’s several people who are seeking the career of firefighting to benefit the community and the state they reside in. >

Firefighter certificates are generally given via community colleges and vocational schools and training is also available through software for EMS. Scholars will gain knowledge about the security and disaster procedures and fire extinguishing methods.Certificates usually necessitate 15 to 20 credits and students are mandated to take a fire fighting exam with written and strength evaluations. Here is a compilation of the top firefighter academies and schools.
Sycuan Firefighting Academy in El Cajon, CA – The program looks like a 21-day Marine Corps style -boot camp- for proficient entry-level firefighters and those looking to improve their job placement. Expert drill instructors assume responsibility of 30 individuals and convert them into the best firefighters.

North Texas Fire Academy in Rockwall, TX – The academy was opened in 1998 and has trained more than 1,300 students. The academy has programs in Basic Fire Suppression, HAZMAT Awareness, Fire Instructors, among others.

Firefighter 1 Academy in San Leandro, CA – The Academy offers a Fire Technology program needed to receive a Firefighter 1 Academy completion certificate. With supplementary educational prerequisites, six months paid experience as a full-time firefighter or 12 months of experience as a unpaid firefighter, the individual will obtain their full certificate.

Central Florida Fire Academy in Orlando, FL – The academy has been in service ever since 1977 and offers typical classes and preparation for accomplished firefighters and fire/rescue personnel. The academy has programs for people looking to grow to be firefighters, fire inspectors, driver/operators, fire instructors, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), fire investigators and fire officers.

L.O. Brayton Fire School at Texas A & M University – Since 1929, L.O. Brayton Fire School at Texas A & M University has been supporting individuals to become the most well-versed and well-prepared firefighters. The university is one of the greatest and most intricate systems of higher education in the U.S.

Finding a local health clinic

Attending your local health clinic can sometimes be difficult, especially if you work away from home or work long, irregular hours. Many clinics run by the National Health Service have restricted availability and even if they open late in the evening, the doctor you wish to see may not be available. There are many occasions when visiting a clinic is crucial and cannot wait for the next appointment which would be scheduled to you.

If you are concerned that you may have caught a sexually transmitted disease it is preferable to attend a clinic as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. A private clinic is often the best choice if you are away from home or working long hours as they often have walk in appointments or late night appointments where you can see a specialist.

Waiting for the results of a test can also be frustrating if you are being treated under the NHS, as limited funding can lead to lengthy waiting times for results. At a private clinic you will receive your results extremely quickly which means that you will receive the most effective treatment immediately.

You may also prefer to see a private doctor who isn’t familiar with you or your family, especially if you are in need of a STD test which may be awkward if your family doctor is familiar with members of your family, although doctors abide by strict confidentiality rules.

A private clinic can be the better option for many people who require urgent treatment or would like the results of a test very quickly. HIV tests can take a long time to arrive back if you are dealing with the NHS but a private clinic such as here at samedaydoctor can provide results within minutes of your test, reducing the stress of waiting times. The Article is written by samedaydoctor.co.uk/ providing and Services. Visit for more information on samedaydoctor.co.uk/Products & Services___________________________Copyright information This article is free for reproduction but must be reproduced in its entirety, including live links & this copyright statement must be included. Visit samedaydoctor.co.uk/ for more services!

Wedding Photography And The Dangers Of Over-processing

In the digital age of photography, post-production can be as important as capturing the image itself. And with amazing advances in post-processing software, like Photoshop, an image can be manipulated to astounding degrees – even to a point of being unrecognizable from the original.

Unlimited possibilities is where some wedding photographers, mostly amateurs but also some experienced photographers, go dreadfully wrong. Of course, it’s great to add some obviously funky effects to a few pictures here and there. But, good wedding photography incorporates post-production in the same way a good wedding make-up artist plies their trade (ie) even if there is a lot of make-up, it’s subtle and tasteful.

Of course, subtlety and taste are subjective. So, when it comes to selecting the best wedding photography one needs to look carefully/closely at the photographer’s work to evaluate their use of effects after the fact.

For example, many wedding photographers will do some skin smoothening, especially for the couple shots. This is one of those effects that if overdone looks awful – like the front covers of some magazines that have been over-airbrushed so the subject looks plasticky. Conversely, just the right amount of this effect will nicely enhance the subject. The goal is for the subject to look like the best version of themselves without crossing the line into looking like a mannequin.

Meanwhile, skin smoothening is just one of many effects that can be utilized to varying degrees to either fix an image or improve it. Other effects that are employed may seem like a good idea at the time but they end up being passing fads that do not stand the test of time – like bad fashion from the 80s. The difference is that bad fashion often makes a comeback, which is almost always not the case with tasteless/misguided post-production.

The best wedding photographers employ post-production software to produce images that stand out in all the right ways. Make sure your wedding photography is on the right side of the sometimes fine line.

No space for over-30s as relaunched MySpace erases its past

Did you pour your heart out on a MySpace blog and make hourly checks on your Friends total? Now the social network has been accused of erasing the personal histories of its dedicated members after a $20 million relaunch designed to bury its past and attract a new teenage audience.

The music-centred platform, which helped launch Lily Allen to fame and attracted 100 million users at its 2007 peak, is seeking to climb out of the social network “graveyard” after years of being a source of digital derision.

The site, lacking innovation and overtaken by Facebook, shed users and was abandoned by Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corporation had bought the company in a disastrous $580 million deal.

Backed by new investors, including singer Justin Timberlake, Myspace (after dropping the capital ‘S’) has been rebranded as a music-streaming service, with a new sleek interface, and an iPhone app for radio play and animated GIF creation.

The new Myspace has shown signs of life, attracting 31 million unique visitors and one million app downloads since a high-profile relaunch last month.

However its owners do not appear to want those loyal users, who stuck around even when MySpace became a tarnished brand, to spoil the party for its new target audience of young “millenials”.

Furious users complained that Myspace has erased all of their blogs, private messages, videos, comments and posts, when they try and log-in to the new site.

Myspace veterans, whose lives have been marked out by the blogs and photos posted daily over nearly a decade, are threatening a class-action lawsuit over what they see as the destruction of their personal histories.

One disgruntled member wrote: “I was a loyal user who never deserted Myspace. I used it almost everyday since 2006. I wrote hundreds of blogs that, to my horror, were simply gone as of last night with no prior warning given. That is no way to treat us. Please give us a chance to recover old blogs. This is like losing family photographs, and it is really horrible.”

Another posted on the site’s forum: “This is no different than losing one’s writing or photographs in a house fire, and I am feeling awful right now.” “You in essence just stole our blogs without permission to delete them. How dare you!,” complained another user.

Myspace, bought for just $35 million in 2011 by Timberlake and the Specific Media Group, told users that it had made changes to create a “better experience.” The company said: “That means you won’t see a few products on the new site. We know that this is upsetting to some but it gives us a chance to really concentrate on creating a new experience for discovery and expression.”

The “year zero” approach extends to stars who once built huge followings through MySpace. Britney Spears, who enjoyed 1.5 million Friends on the old MySpace, found her new “Connections” count set to 0.

Myspace won’t mind irritating 30-somethings who enjoyed sharing family photos if the network maintains a positive buzz from younger users since the relaunch, which featured the rapper Pharrell in a major advertising campaign.

The new app is ranked among the Top 20 social networking apps and the site makeover received positive feedback on Twitter.

Yet Myspace has been forced to respond to the backlash from its loyal users.  “Change isn’t easy and there has been a lot going on lately,” the company said. It told angry members: “We understand that this (blog) information is very important to you. Please understand that your blogs have not been deleted. Your content is safe and we have been discussing the best ways possible to provide you your blogs.” Pictures and music playlists can be located and transferred over to the new Myspace, the company added.

Founded in 2003 by a team of California web pioneers led by Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe, MySpace generated $800 million in revenue by 2008. Arctic Monkeys were among the bands who used the network’s music-sharing feature as a springboard for success.

Keeping Up With Market Trends Best Move For Landlords

Before you go into any business, it is strongly recommended that you educate yourself about all facets of the industry you are going to participate in. By knowing what is happening in the market and how it would affect your business both in the short and long term, you would be able to carefully plot a course that your business will take. In the rental property industry, the same holds true what with it being a volatile market at times.

For example, if you look at the data for the year 2011, you would see that it was a good year for landlord as vacancy rate is low. This means that most of the rental properties in the market were occupied for the most part of that year. One of the reasons is still the housing market crash in previous years. The result of foreclosures is that many families were forced to move out of their homes and instead just rent for the meantime.

But how do the figures from 2011 compare to data in 2010? Is there an improvement in the market in favor of landlords? If there is, then can you determine how far this improvement would go in the following years? On the other hand, if there is a decline, can you see what factors can affect the trend? Will the skid be arrested earlier this year or will it continue into the near future?

By studying the data from previous years and taking account the predictions for the housing market, you would have a good idea what would be in store for your business. If it is going to be a good year ahead, it would make sense to invest in another rental property. On the other hand, if the market outlook is not so good, you could brace your business for what will transpire in the next few quarters.

If you are adept at reading data and interpreting them, you are giving yourself an edge to be successful in the industry. If on the other hand, you are not sure about your deduction skills, you can always hire a rental property manager or a management company that can help you out with this issue.

Elaine Salt invites you to visit Salt Lake Property Management to learn more information about property management and how to grow your rental property business.

How Can You Choose The Best New Jersey Home Loans

The time you need a good home but then you do not possess much of finances for it then you can think of opting for the New Jersey home loans.

Looking around and then buying a good house or property is always going to be a difficult and a daunting tasking. But when you take some time out and look at the best sources then you can surely know that this is easily possible. This means that you can look at different sources which can provide you with the right kind of finances which will help you in buying the best property that you are looking out for. As there are too many here you will see that looking out for the best kinds of loan providers will not be so very difficult.

Before you start looking around for the best loans there will be too many things which you will at the first have to take a closer look at. It is because only then that you can take into account what is it that will be helpful for you. Always see that you only choose the right New Jersey home loans because it is just then that you will be able to look out for the best property. It is along with this that you can be assured of the perfect and the best investments always. The time you start to look out for the providers, things will simplify but then you need to tell them about all that you want and you are looking out for.

As the number of such New Jersey home loans providers are too many looking out for those who are going to be good and helpful is going to be difficult for you. You should select the providers just when you are sure that they will give you good kinds of loans which you have been looking out for. Though this is going to be tricky, as the providers may not just help you so easily, you need to know how to tackle all the stuff well. Just see to it that you are clear on what you want to spend money on and what is it that you are looking at and things will be easy and simple for you.

Hiring the agents can also be a very simple task for you so that you can get the best New Jersey home loans but selecting the right ones again is important. It is only with this that you will get the right kind of loans to buy the property.