Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco pushed Barangay Ginebra to its limit in last year’s Governors’ Cup Finals and it took a buzzer-beating triple by Justin Brownlee in Game 6 to finally put away the Bolts.It was a series that saw five games decided by five points or less considering it also marked the first time Meralco had been in the finals since entering the league in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? And with added experience, guard Baser Amer believes Meralco is armed with more tools in its finals rematch with GinebraREAD: After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer 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 was our first time in the finals last year. We had no experience then,” said Amer in Filipino. “Now we’re back in the finals and this time, we know how it feels like to play in the finals.”The 25-year-old Amer has established himself as a fast-rising star in the league in only his third season and his breakout year could also be attributed to his finals experience. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. His stellar play hasn’t gone unnoticed with even the Gin Kings are fully aware of the former San Beda star’s exploits.“Baser is playing really well. Meralco has been successful because of him,” said Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson.READ: Amer’s breakout conference earns him Gilas nod “He’s playing like a veteran,” said Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio.Meralco coach Norman Black also spoke highly of Amer.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson ‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio “Baser Amer’s improvement this year has just been extraordinary. Starting the second conference on he’s probably, arguably been our best player, one of our best players,” Black said.“He had taken control of the team, he is the quarterback of the team and there are no areas where he can’t improve.”READ: Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial gameBlack said Amer is a totally different player today than he was as a backup to Jimmy Alapag.Amer will be tested anew against Ginebra’s slew of guards with LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson and Sol Mercado.Game 1 is on Friday night at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown It was also the third time the 31-year-old Serb — who missed last year’s tournament with an elbow injury which sent his career into a mini-crisis — completed the Wimbledon-US Open double.For world number three Del Potro, it was a heartbreaking experience coming in just his second Slam final, nine years after he was crowned US Open champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It was Djokovic’s 15th win over the Argentine and fifth in five at the Slams.Victory also means that 50 of the last 55 majors have been win by the ‘Big Four’ of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his men’s Singles finals match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina on Day Fourteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018, in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. AFPNew York, United States — Novak Djokovic clinched his third US Open title on Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 triumph over Juan Martin del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras’s mark of 14 Grand Slams.Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dream win Djokovic was soon 3-1 up in the second set before Del Potro carved out his first break point of the match to level at 3-3.He had three more chances in the eighth, all saved by Djokovic in a marathon 20-minute game which left even Hollywood superstar Meryl Streep clasping her head in astonishment.The effort took its toll on a suddenly weary-looking Del Potro as a 95-minute set was claimed by Djokovic in the tiebreak.Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonales in 1949 to win the US title from two sets down.Djokovic sprinted into a 3-1 lead in the third set before a battling Del Potro clung on, hitting back for 3-3.But off the back of a 24-shot rally, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and he was within tantalising touching distance of his 14th Grand Slam title, just three months after he had left Roland Garros in despair after a shattering quarter-final exit. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed as heavy rain swept New York, conditions were slow and sluggish.After taking just two points off Del Potro’s first three service games, Djokovic, in his eighth final in New York and 23rd at the majors, pounced to break for 5-3.The key was his success with a lung-busting 22-shot rally and he pocketed the set when the 29-year-old del Potro netted a forehand.It was only the second set dropped by the Argentine at the tournament.For Djokovic, it was an illustration of him growing into the championships as he took his run of consecutive sets won to 14, stretching back to the second round against Tennys Sandgren.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title
A paradigm shift in how government delivers services and information to “Customers of Public Administration”By: Dr. Darren Wilkins | 0886703789/0777129092 | DWilkins@SaharaTechnology.ComThe expansion of the internet and its accompanying technologies has brought both increased efficiency and new methods of communication. Since its (internet) advent, governments around the world have worked assiduously using all forms of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) to bring public administration online for the provision of services and information to their “customers” (citizens, businesses, governments, government employees). This is also called electronic government or eGovernment. One aspect of eGovernment involves the use of a single medium or a one-stop shop to deliver services and information to customers of public administration. We refer to this single platform as a “ONE-STOP (ONLINE) GOVERNMENT” which is the focus of today’s article.The “one-stop (online) government” is a modern approach in public administration reform that integrates of public services from a “customer of public services” – point of view. Under the one-stop paradigm, all of a customer’s business can be completed in a single contact using an electronic portal or ePortal. One-stop customers do not have to hunt around, call back, or repeatedly explain their situation in order to gain services or information.There several benefits that customers of public administration can enjoy via a one-stop (online) service platform. This includes but is not limited to convenience, accessibility, personalization and availability of services 24/7/365 a year, using any internet connected device. This characterizes the modern paradigm shift in our way of living. The beauty of a One-stop (online) Government is that decisions that would take days/weeks/months to make are made in a few seconds through automated processes and the click of a mouse.In order to work seamless and effectively a one-stop (online) government” platform requires that all Ministries, Agencies, Commissions (MACs) of the Liberian government are interconnected through ICTs and that Liberians are able to access public services through a single point (ePortal) even if these services are actually provided by different MACs. One-stop (online) government requires the reengineering of the public sector’s processes. It calls for a holistic framework that supports integrated modelling of electronic public services and synchronization with the technical development.The holistic framework mentioned above provides an important guideline to address different aspects impacting a one-stop (online) government system. Moreover, the legal aspects framing one-stop (online) government development and the social impacts of such developments for different “customer groups” must be understood.In Liberia our online one-stop shop portal is in the early stages of development. It provides information and access to limited set of Government services. The goal is to be more transactional with customers of public administration. However; the level of integration necessary to provide advanced transaction capabilities is still a work in progresseGovernment systems have become prevalent around the world and are now an accepted standard of good government. And they are and have been successful because governments’ eServices run in parallel with existing traditional public service channels in order to bridge the digital divide and avoid excluding large sections of the population from access to government services. In other words, a one-stop (online) government platform supplement, but do not substitute for other government service delivery channels.There are several gains that can be garnered from one-stop (online) governments. These gains usually come from streamlining government bureaucracy and increasing citizen satisfaction. In addition, online one-stop shop allows greater transparency of public services, greater accountability of public servants and politicians, reduced corruption, lower costs for business, greater attraction of foreign invest.EGovernment also improves interagency IT initiatives for the improvement of customer service, to consolidate redundant systems, decrease paperwork, increase productivity and save money. It brings an order of magnitude in improvement in the Government of Liberia’s value to the citizen, especially by its ability to provide decisions effectively and promptly in minutes or hours and not in weeks or months as is done in the traditional settings.I have said a lot of good things about a one-stop (online) government. It would be disingenuous of me not to indicate some of its challenges. While interest in one-stop-government continues to grow, little knowledge exists regarding crucial success factors and barriers. Filling this gap is particularly difficult, especially in developing countries. The need for a robust telecommunications infrastructure, human capacity, the absence of an eGovernment champion at senior level (usually the head of the nation), the unwillingness of government to make available the amount needed to enhance eGovernment continue to hinder the existence of things such as an one-stop (online) government.I must say that I am proud of the developments in Liberia’s ICT sector. To reach a point where we are discussing and bringing government online is in fact an indication that a lot has been done to reach this far. By a lot, I mean the following: The development of a national ICT policy, a liberalized ICT market, a national policy maker, regulator and operator, several private operator, connection to a submarine optical fiber cable, a Universal Access program that will soon to start, a Chief Information Officer regime that is underway, an Project/Programs Management office for eGovernment programs, a national initiative to place computer labs in public schools, and now, an online one-stop shop for access to Governments services and information.These are just a few of the developments in the ICT sector. It would take more than a newspaper article to be able to list all. But I am convinced that the few listed have proved my point. And, if you ask me, I’d tell you that within a decade, we have leapfrogged in to a level of modernity that we could not have achieved in such a short time, a few years ago. I stand corrected of course!Until next week, Carpe diem!!!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
One of the suspects involved in the shooting to death of a taxi driver in the presence of his wife and child at Eccles, East Bank Demerara in January appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court on Friday.The suspect, 28-year-old Rodrick Thomas of Williams Street, Kitty, made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plead to the indictable charge. The police stated that on January 22, at Eccles Public Road, East Bank Demerara, he murdered Kelvin WaltersThe accused, who is nursing a broken leg as a result of the shooting incident was represented by Attorneys, James Bond and Siand Dhurjon.Thomas was jointly charged for the capital offence along with Devon Allen who isdead Kelvin Walterspresently hospitalised.Thomas’ attorneys contended that their client sustained the broken leg as a result of an accident in the interior and more so, he is not guilty of the shooting incident.It was reported that Walters, of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), was shot to his face by two men on a motorcycle.The ex-solider, who also worked as a bodyguard for a mining company was shot after he reportedly refused to pull his car over in the corner as was requested by the armed men.After being shot, Walters reportedly slammed his motor vehicle into the two men on the motorcycle resulting in them receiving injuries.The suspects fell onto the roadway but hurriedly got up and escaped on foot leaving behind the motorcycle and the weapon. Walters was pulled from his motorcar and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The murder accused is expected to return to court on February 15, 2019.
The campfire ban has been lifted in all parts of the Prince-George Fire Centre. Last week, the category 1 ban was lifted in parts of the region, while others still had the ban in place. But, effective on Friday, the ban has been lifted everywhere in the fire centre. This rescinded ban applies to all B.C. parks, crown land and private land outside of organized areas, but within the Prince-George Fire Centre. – Advertisement -The fire danger has been lowered in all parts of the region, because of rainfall and cooler temperatures. However, officials are still warning the public to use caution when using campfires. Category 2 and 3 fires remain banned in all parts of the fire centre.
Photo: Fire crews attended the Four Season Hotel on 100th Street, on Thursday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca *Update – As of 5:57 p.m., fire crews have left the scene. There were no signs of exterior damage. More information will be posted as it becomes available. Fort St. John fire crews responded to a call on Thursday at the Four Seasons hotel on 100th Street.- Advertisement -There was a faint smell of smoke coming from the building, at around 5:15 p.m.The smoke appeared to be coming from the second floor of the hotel.Some guests were still coming and going from their rooms, so there doesn’t appear to be an evacuation alert in affect. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.Below is a video taken at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday from the scene.Advertisement
0Shares0000Sadio Mane wheels away in celebration after scoring against Manchester City on January 14, 2018. PHOTO/Daily MailLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Jan 14- Liverpool handed Manchester City their first Premier League defeat this season as the rampant Reds won 4-3 against the shell-shocked leaders to show they can thrive without Philippe Coutinho.City swaggered into Anfield unbeaten in the top flight in 30 matches and widely heralded as champions-elect amid talk that they could go throughout the entire league campaign without losing. But 90 minutes later, Pep Guardiola’s side were licking their wounds after their first domestic defeat since the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal last season.They were beaten at their own game as Jurgen Klopp’s team delivered a scintillating display that allayed fears they may struggle follow the sale of Brazil forward Coutinho to Barcelona.In their first match following Coutinho’s exit, Liverpool were on fire from the moment Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave them an early lead.Leroy Sane equalised before half-time, but Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah destroyed City after the break with three goals in nine minutes.Late goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan made the final score closer than City deserved.It was a rare chastening experience this season for City, but shouldn’t prove damaging to their title bid as they remain 15 points clear of second-placed Manchester United, who host Stoke on Monday.Manchester City boss Pep Giardiola reacts after Liverpool handed them teh first loss of the season on January 14, 2018. PHOTO/Daily MailLiverpool go above Chelsea into third place after extending their unbeaten run to 18 matches in all competitions.While Coutinho’s departure ended the brief reign of Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’, Klopp could still call on Firmino, Mane and Salah.And on the evidence of this sublime performance, it won’t be long before they are dubbed Liverpool’s ‘holy trinity’.They quickly combined for a tone-setting break as Firmino’s lofted pass to Mane caught the City defence flat-footed, but when the ball ran to Salah, John Stones made a last-ditch block.Liverpool fans mercilessly jeered Raheem Sterling on his return to the club he left acrimoniously in 2015.And the Kop faithful were crowing even louder when Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool ahead in the ninth minute.When Oxlade-Chamberlain took possession 45 yards from goal, he appeared to pose little threat, but City’s defenders fatally backed off.Advancing at pace, Oxlade-Chamberlain set his sights from 25 yards and unloaded a fierce drive that fizzed past City goalkeeper Ederson into the far corner.– Rattled City –Liverpool forward Mo Salah celebrates his goal against Manchester City on January 14, 2018. PHOTO/Daily MailIt was only the England winger’s fourth goal following his August transfer from Arsenal and it couldn’t have been more well-timed with Coutinho’s exit having opened up a place in the team.Liverpool were rattling Guardiola’s men, pressing them relentlessly and attacking with poise and pace.Yet City drew level with a bolt from the blue in the 40th minute.Kyle Walker’s raking diagonal pass picked out Sane on the left flank and the German showed superb skill to chest the ball past the slow-to-react Joe Gomez.With Liverpool suddenly exposed, Sane motored into the area, showing deft footwork to open just enough space for a shot that blazed past Loris Karius’s weak attempt to save at his near post.Sane’s second goal in his last 15 appearances should have restored City’s equilibrium and they almost took the lead soon after the interval when Nicolas Otamendi’s looping header hit the crossbar.But Liverpool, fuelled by Emre Can’s running in midfield, refused to let City dictate the tempo and went back in front in the 59th minute.Oxlade-Chamberlain slipped a pass behind Stones, who tried to recover but was shoulder barged out of the way by Firmino as the Brazilian ran clear and chipped a fine finish over Ederson and in off the far post.City were stunned and there was worse to come three minutes later.This time, Salah’s tenacity forced Otamendi to concede possession and the winger teed up Mane, unmarked on the edge of the area, for a ferocious shot that raced into the top corner.Losing all composure City capitulated again in the 68th minute when Ederson run out of his area to clear, but only found Salah, who clinically stroked the ball into the empty net from 35 yards.As Liverpool finally stepped off the gas, Silva struck from close-range in the 84th minute before Gundogan’s 91st-minute effort set up an anxious finale to a remarkable game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka opens the scoring with a free-kick in a 2-1 win at Newcastle on Saturday © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – New-era Arsenal continue to be a work in progress, but they made it three straight Premier League wins under Unai Emery with a 2-1 victory at struggling Newcastle United on Saturday.It was far from pretty from the visitors, who were forced to weather an early storm from their winless hosts. But once Rafa Benitez’s side quickly ran out of attacking ideas and intent, the Gunners took an increasingly firm stranglehold to post their best run of league results for more than five months thanks to goals from Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil in the space of nine minutes early in the second-half.It was another tough 90 minutes to endure for Spanish manager Benitez, whose side remain in the bottom three with a single point, equalling their lowest tally after five games of a Premier League season.But England manager Gareth Southgate would have been equally frustrated watching two international hopefuls at St James’ Park, as midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was an unused substitute after his recent injury layoff, while centre-back Jamaal Lascelles failed to reappear for the second half after sustaining a thigh problem.– Emery intensity –Arsenal still clearly need time to acclimatise to the demands of new manager Emery following the end of Arsene Wenger’s near 22-year reign, but they secured victory with enough to spare to suggest they are heading in the right direction under the 46-year-old Spaniard, who himself put in a fair shift while patrolling his technical area with the kind of high-intensity effort he wants from his players out on the pitch.Following further supporter protests against the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley outside the ground prior to kick-off, Benitez’s side failed to make the most of their early dominance.Once again, Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech looked ill at ease with the ball at his feet in his new ‘sweeper-keeper’ role, with questions very much remaining over the Arsenal skipper’s ability to play out from the back.In mitigation, Cech saved well from Jacob Murphy’s header midway through the first half, but the home team fell away and were undone by two fine finishes shortly after the interval.Xhaka broke the deadlock with a sublime 49th-minute free-kick which found the top corner after Federico Fernandez had fouled Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 25 yards from goal.Former Germany international midfielder Ozil, whose influence grew as the contest wore on, settled matters just before the hour, side-footing home from the edge of the area after Alexandre Lacazette’s initial shot was blocked by Fernandez.Newcastle famously fought back from four goals down at half-time to earn a 4-4 draw against the Gunners here seven years ago, but there was never remotely a suggestion they could overturn half that deficit.Defender Ciaran Clark did reduce the arrears with a header from Fernandez’s injury-time cross, but it failed to prevent Emery’s side gaining further momentum as Arsenal secured back-to-back league away wins for the first time in 16 months.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “I can open my mouth and eat. I feel my lips, my nose and my mouth” – and she said she still can smoke. Dinoire has only a faint scar around her nose, mouth and chin where surgeons stitched on a mask of tissue from the donor in a 15-hour surgery in Amiens on Nov. 27, repairing a gaping hole from a dog mauling. Up close, it looks as though someone placed an oval-shape anti-dust mask around her nose and mouth and traced a pencil line. A few feet away, the scar is invisible. Before, Dinoire’s lipless gums and teeth were permanently exposed, and most of her nose was missing. She wore a surgical mask in public to avoid frightening people. “Since the day of my operation, I have a face like everyone else,” Dinoire said. She thanked the family of the donor, whose heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys were distributed to other patients. “Despite their pain and mourning, they accepted to give a second life to people in need,” Dinoire said. “Thanks to them, a door to the future is opening for me and others.” She said she was eager to return home and find a job. “I want to have a normal life again,” she said. Dinoire spoke frankly about the attack in May by her pet Labrador, which left her disfigured. She said she was wrestling with personal problems, had had a trying week, and “took some drugs to forget,” which knocked her out. “When I woke up, I tried to light a cigarette, and I didn’t understand why I couldn’t hold it between my lips,” she said. “That’s when I saw the pool of blood and the dog next to me. I looked at myself in the mirror, and there, horrified, I couldn’t believe what I saw – especially because it didn’t hurt. Ever since this day, my life has changed.” She also explained the difficulties of life with disfigurement, saying she drew stares when she went out. “I understand all people who have a handicap,” she said. Dinoire’s doctors said they have asked French health authorities for permission for five more similar transplants. Dr. Jean-Michel Dubernard said they wanted “to give this operation to many other people in France and in the world.” In terms of coloring, the match between Dinoire’s own skin and the graft was remarkable, though she also wore makeup. Her doctors said that, with time, her ability to pronounce letters like “b” and “p” will improve. Doctors showed slides of her progress, her scar growing fainter each week. Though the donor’s nose had been bruised during efforts to revive her, the mark quickly healed after the tissue was transplanted, a sign the graft was successful. Dinoire said she “accepted immediately” when her surgeons suggested the transplant. But the procedure has been unable to restore the way she once looked. “There’s no comparison between the face I have today and the face I had seven months ago; it is totally different,” she said. Her surgeons – who have been criticized for going ahead with a radical, untested procedure without trying traditional reconstruction first – defended their decision and said they repeatedly warned Dinoire about the risks. Dubernard said he hopes Dinoire will break her smoking habit, as it can lead to complications. “In hiding, she smokes cigarette after cigarette,” he said. But he also showed understanding. “Put yourself in her place for a second,” he said. “It’s extraordinarily stressful.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AMIENS, France – She spoke resolutely and with pride about her newly transplanted features, although she struggled to pronounce her “b’s” and “p’s.” She drank from a plastic cup – showing that the mouth that once belonged to someone else works just fine. Most of all, Isabelle Dinoire demonstrated remarkable poise as she endured a battery of questions – Do you feel any pain? What do your teenage daughters think? – at her first news conference since she became the world’s first face-transplant recipient. Dinoire’s new face is still largely immobile, and it was hard to tell whether the 38-year-old mother of two was nervous. She smiled more with her eyes than with her lips, which still do not seem to move much, other than slightly up and down. After a while, she appeared to warm to the attention. When Dinoire took a sip of water, the simple gesture sparked a flurry of photographs, and she seemed to hold the pose for a moment.