October 28, 2021

LeBron James’ 46 helps Cavaliers hold off Pacers for tied series

first_imgMOST READ Indiana clawed back from an 18-point deficit and was within 95-92 when Oladipo, who scored 32 in the opener, somehow came free but missed maybe his easiest shot in two games. James grabbed the rebound and made three free throws over the final 22 seconds as the Cavs avoided falling behind 2-0 on the series.Game 3 is Friday night in Indianapolis.The 33-year-old James was expected to be more aggressive than in Game 1, when he was unusually passive, deferred to teammates and suffered the first playoff-opening loss of his career.But James was his unstoppable self again, and there wasn’t a whole lot the Pacers could do about him in the first half.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue shook up his starting lineup, going with Korver and J.R. Smith over Jeff Green and Rodney Hood. Green didn’t score in the opener and Hood only started because Korver was dealing with a sore right foot.ADVERTISEMENT But in a season in which nothing has been easy for the Cavs, Cleveland was lucky that Indiana’s Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.Kevin Love scored 15, but Cleveland’s All-Star center injured his left hand, the same one he broke earlier this season, with 3:43 left. Love’s status could affect the remainder of this series — and perhaps Cleveland’s season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKyle Korver added 12 points, all on 3s, and made several hustling plays for the Cavs.Oladipo scored 22 — he was in early foul trouble — and Myles Turner 18 for the Pacers, who shocked the Cavs with an overpowering win in Game 1. 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(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97 on Wednesday night to even their Eastern Conference series at one game apiece.Dazzling from the start, James scored the game’s first 16 points and had 29 at halftime, dominating the way he has in so many previous postseasons.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP NEXTGame 3 is Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ While the changes weren’t that surprising, Oladipo leaving after 62 seconds was stunning.Indiana’s lightning-quick guard picked up an offensive foul and then got his second when he knocked over James, who was setting a screen.With Oladipo off the floor, the Pacers didn’t have an offensive answer to James.Nobody does.The three-time champion was in attack mode from the start. After not attempting his first shot in the opener until 1:52 remained in the first quarter, he dropped a short jumper just 16 seconds into Game 2.And he was just getting started.James made his first five attempts and scored Cleveland’s first 16 points, making a pair of 3-pointers and then picking up assists on 3s by Love and Korver. James outscored the Pacers 20-18 in the first 12 minutes.TIP-INSPacers: Shot 6 of 22 on 3-pointers. … Oladipo became the fourth player in Pacers history with at least 30 points and six 3-pointers in a postseason game in the opener, joining Reggie Miller, Chuck Person and Paul George. … Dropped to 22-22 in Game 2s, including 6-18 on the road.Cavaliers: Improved to 40-0 when leading after three quarters. … It was the 20th time James has scored at least 40 in the playoffs. … Lue refused to reveal his lineup changes two hours before tip, saying by doing so he would give the Pacers — or any team in the postseason — and advantage. “Being strategic in the playoffs, if you tell your lineup, they can see what matchups they want to do and who’s going to guard who, what matchups they want to guard,” Lue explained. … James needs 56 rebounds to become the seventh player in league history with 2,000 in the playoffs. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Caves Are Made by Bacteria

first_imgCaves seem like archetypes of slow, gradual, ancient processes.  Tourists have long been told that caves form slowly over many tens or hundreds of thousands of years by the slow dissolution of limestone by weak carbonic acid in water carried down from surface rainfall.  That explanation took a dramatic turn in the 1970s when scientists realized that a stronger agent, sulfuric acid, might enlarge subaerial chambers much more quickly. It was a revolutionary discovery to realize that sulfuric acid could be formed by oxidation of subterranean hydrogen sulfide.  Now, the same “type locality” where the initial studies were done, Lower Kane Cave in Wyoming, has produced another revolutionary discovery; bacteria make caves.    A trio of geologists from the University of Texas at Austin revisited Lower Kane Cave for a three-year research program.  They measured very little hydrogen sulfide emitting into the air able to dissolve limestone on subaerial surfaces.  Instead, they found two species of bacteria that feed on hydrogen sulfide produce more sulfuric acid.  Concentrated in dense microbial mats, these bacteria essentially focus the acid on the phreatic (groundwater) limestone surfaces.  “Our observations show that sulfur-oxidizing bacteria colonize subaqueous carbonate surfaces, localize dissolution by generating acidity, and therefore are integral to sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” they state in their revised model of sulfuric-acid speleogenesis (SAS; speleogenesis meaning cave formation).  Their paper is published in the May issue of Geology.1    Although some of the hydrogen sulfide is autocatalyzed, escaping into the cave atmosphere to contribute to dissolution of subaerial surfaces as previously suggested, it appears that most of it is biogenic – catalyzed by microbes that extract energy from hydrogen sulfide: “cave enlargement via dissolution of the cave floor is microbially mediated,” they theorize.  Because these bacteria concentrate sulfuric acid formation on the cave floor and are operative where subaerial dissolution would be kinetically limited, ”microbial catalysis extends the phreatic depths to which porosity and conduit enlargement could occur in carbonate systems, including oil-field reservoirs and aquifers.  The metabolic consequences of an active microbial ecosystem change the model for sulfuric acid speleogenesis.”    See a summary of this paper on Nature Science Update, which states, “Although the exact age of Lower Kane Cave is controversial, Engel says that it probably formed about 10,000 years ago.  That is relatively recent; caves formed by the more common action of carbonic acid grow considerably more slowly.”  They claim Carlsbad Caverns is 10-14 million years old; “They show just what the bacteria can achieve, given time.”1Engel, Stern and Bennett, “Microbial contributions to cave formation: New insights into sulfuric acid speleogenesis,” Geology, Vol. 32, No. 5, May 2004, pp. 369�372, doi: 10.1130/G20288.1.The authors do not give any indication of how rapidly this process would occur relative to other cave-formation processes or to the old SAS model, nor do they indicate that microbial sulfide oxidation would be the only or dominant process.  Nevertheless, if the dense microbial mats described by the researchers focus sulfuric acid on the rock surfaces, it seems plausible that cave formation, at least in some cases, could be much more rapid than usually assumed.  Despite NSU’s guesses, nobody was present even 10,000 years ago to tell us if conditions were the same back then; how much less for millions of years.  If enough bacteria and the right conditions were available, why could not even large caves form rapidly?  NSU claims that most caves form by standard carbonic acid solution, but look at how revolutionary the SAS model was in the 1970s.  Who knows what other mechanism might be discovered?    According to these researchers, an open-air environment is no longer required for sulfuric acid speleogenesis; cave enlargement by concentrated sulfuric acid could be occurring within groundwater-saturated regions.  It would be interesting to find out if this extends the temperature range in which cave formation could take place.  Enzymes are known to facilitate reactions that normally take much longer or require narrow temperature ranges.    Share this finding with the guide on your next cave tour right after the “millions of years” story.  It’s fun watching the summer hires get befuddled when something off the script happens.  Have the kid record it on the camcorder.(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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MTN to build fibre-optic backbone

first_img10 September 2007South African cellular operator MTN has announced plans to build a 5 000km fibre-optic network covering the country’s major centres within the next two years in order to cope with the increasing demand for bandwidth from its customers.“MTN has designed and mapped out its own national backbone network and is in the process of going out to tender to identify relevant suppliers and obtain final constings for the laying of 5 000km of optical fibre cables to build the MTN network,” MTN SA managing director Tim Lowry said in a statement last week.The decision to build a national backbone follows a successful two-month pilot project during which fibre-optic cables were laid between the Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton, Illovo and Rosebank, with companies such as SABMiller and the JSE taking part.Lowry told Engineering News that while the pilot project cost R10-million – R8-million for the fibre and R2-million for equipment – the national backbone could cost up to R1.3-billion, depending on possible joint ventures or partnerships.“Having been awarded a commercial licence to self-provide, MTN is now in a position to launch the first commercial offering by a mobile network service provider,” he said.“We are going with self-provisioning to cut operational and customer costs and we are now the alternative choice to the current fixed-line operator.”Under its mobile licence, MTN may self-provide the telecommunication facilities used to build its mobile converged telecommunications services, while also leasing out excess capacity on its fixed infrastructure.The company already has experience in building and running fixed-line networks in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.The statement adds that customers will now have access to products that will enable them to bundle virtual private networks (VPN), internet provision, hosting, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and mobile lines.MTN Business head of network solutions Mike Brierley told Engineering News while the normal lead time attached to fibre-optics was about 12 months for the incumbent fixed-line operator, MTN would be able to roll out the service in between six and 12 weeks.The company aimed to offer three services ranging between 2 megabits per second and 1 gigabit per second, up significantly from current offerings of between 64 kilobits per second to 10 megabits per second.“The demand for high-speed internet and VPN access services within the corporate market is growing daily,” Lowry said.“A fibre-optic network offers MTN almost infinite capacity, and can carry far more information at higher speeds over much greater distances, using far less power than copper cables.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Martin’s Six Rules for Polyethylene

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. In the 1970s and 1980s, the practice of installing polyethylene on the interior side of wood-framed walls became common in much of the U.S.  These days, however, installing interior poly is nowhere near as common as it used to be; the practice has all but disappeared in the U.S. outside of Minnesota and Alaska.In Canada, however, the use of interior polyethylene is alive and well.Why did American builders abandon interior polyethylene? There were two main reasons:The roller-coaster history of interior polyethylene leaves many builders, especially Canadian builders, with lingering questions. Here at GBA, we occasionally get questions from Canadians who ask, “Should I still be using interior polyethylene? Everyone up here uses it, and building inspectors want to see it.”These are good questions. It’s time for a fresh look at the issue of interior polyethylene.Why did cold-climate builders begin installing interior polyethylene in the 1970s? Back then, the standard answer was, “Polyethylene is a vapor barrier. Walls need interior vapor barriers to prevent the outward flow of moisture during the winter.”In fact, carefully installed interior polyethylene often improved the performance of cold-climate walls. However, the main reason that interior polyethylene helped wall performance was because the polyethylene was installed as an air barrier. Even back in the 1970s and 1980s, conscientious Canadian builders were installing polyethylene with taped seams or seams sealed with Tremco acoustical sealant. Whether the builders knew what they were doing or not, they were effectively reducing air movement through their walls. This air-leakage benefit was far more useful than any changes in the rate of outward vapor diffusion. (For more information on vapor diffusion, see “All About Vapor Diffusion.”)Although interior polyethylene was sold as a way to limit vapor diffusion, it was also acting as an… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Padda, Adamson embrace inner Wakandan in win over La Salle

first_img“Wakanda Forever!”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ‘so incredibly inspiring’ Of all the 13 players Adamson has in its roster, no one embodied the Wakandan spirit more than Eli Soyud.Soyud, who was the only Adamson player, who has watched Black Panther, paved the way for the Lady Falcons with 18 points as if sending a statement to her former team.“I regained the trust I have in myself, the coaches’ trust in me seemed whole because now I can help the team even better,” said Soyud in Filipino.“I’m so proud of Eli, people underestimated her but I never underestimated her,” said Padda. “She’s capable of a lot, and she’s from La Salle. It’s emotional for us because if the school, because for Adamson, this is big, we’re making history. For her, there’s an emotional connection. I wanted this win for her.”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivingcenter_img Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments That became the mantra of Adamson University when it stunned defending champion De La Salle, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Head coach Air Padda, who watched the blockbuster film Black Panther the night before their Saturday match, said she saw inspiration on how women warriors protected King T’Challa of Wakanda and she wanted her own girls to embody that courage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There’s nothing but badass women protecting the king, they’re so badass,” said Padda Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “They’re so empowering, I wanted the girls to embody that, embrace it because we can use it.”And the Lady Falcons heeded their coach’s call as they did the “Wakanda Forever” stance almost every time they scored a point. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Andone rallies Brighton for Liverpool upset

first_img​Andone rallies Brighton for Liverpool upsetby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlorin Andone wants to see Brighton give everything to win against Liverpool at the weekend.The Albion have never won against the Reds and they face off against the league leaders on Saturday.Andone wants to see a vintage performance and three points from the team.The 25-year-old has managed two goals for Brighton this season, in four starts and seven sub appearances.He said to The Argus: “You can be in the best moment and Liverpool can beat you 5-0.”We will try to do all the best for our fans and our families and we will try to win the game. We’ll see.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federer

first_imgLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federerby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInjured Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri says there’s plenty he can learn from tennis icon Roger Federer.The Switzerland international, who is currently rehabbing an injury, watched Federer the Swiss Indoors in Basel.When asked what he can learn from Federer, Shaqiri told Blick: “So much!”You have seen, he is in a good mood. He’s here at home in Basel, then he’s running well and he’s winning.”It went very fast and I’m happy for him.”He is no longer the youngest and still plays at a top level, because you can look a lot off.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Young People Urged to become Entrepreneurs

first_img “There is no better time to have an entrepreneurial venture than when you are young… this is the time to take risks,” Dr. Clarke said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Hon. Nigel Clarke, emphasises a point while addressing attendees at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22). Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Hon. Nigel Clarke, is encouraging young persons, to take on entrepreneurial ventures, particularly those leaving tertiary institutions.“There is no better time to have an entrepreneurial venture than when you are young… this is the time to take risks,” Dr. Clarke said.He was speaking at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22).The Finance Minister pointed out that the skills being learnt and the knowledge being gained in college/university will be useful in embarking on a new business in the current economic climate.“The environment that we have today, which is an environment of great economic opportunity, the likes of which we have not seen in Jamaica in decades, is one that I would encourage you to take advantage of,” Dr. Clarke urged.The Finance Minister emphasised that the “new Jamaica” which is emerging, is one of economic opportunity particularly for young people who want to go into business.“Jamaica will not be able to achieve its potential without persons venturing out, taking a risk, starting a business, providing a service, hiring people, growing and prospering,” he said.He assured that the Government has been putting measures in place to continually improve the business environment and provide a supportive ecosystem which facilitates the success of small businesses.“We have put in place a set of policies that are geared towards encouraging the “bubbling up” of small businesses, that are geared towards encouraging small and micro businesses to emerge and to thrive” he said.These include, as was outlined in his Budget presentation – the abolition of minimum business tax “which has been an unnecessary burden on micro businesses”.The Minister also announced the abolition of the asset tax for non-financial businesses; and the raising of the threshold of General Consumption Tax (GCT) from $3 million to $10 million.“We believe that these measures will remove some of the fiscal obstacles to small business growth and small business success,” he said.Dr. Clarke also informed that for the upcoming financial year, the Government has put in place avenues through which Micro Small and Medium Enterprises can find financial support, which he termed the “oxygen” for businesses.“We have programmes through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) and directly through the Ministry of Finance to provide financial support whether it be by way of loans or by way of collateral support,” he said.He noted that the Government has also set aside $200 million in equity financing for business start-ups to complement private angel networks. He was speaking at the finals and awards presentation of the 6th staging of the National Business Model Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Friday (March 22).last_img read more

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Seaga is a Visionary for the Cultural Sector – Holness

first_img Mr. Seaga played a pivotal role in the creation of the Cultural Training Centre now the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts and produced several pieces of Jamaican music which became internationally known. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described Former Prime Minister The Most Honourable Seaga as a visionary, leader and statesman who did much for the cultural sector.  In that regard, Prime Minister Holness has assured members of the creative industry particularly those involved in Entertainment Tourism, that the Government supports and will continue to promote the sector. Story Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described Former Prime Minister The Most Honourable Seaga as a visionary, leader and statesman who did much for the cultural sector.Mr. Seaga played a pivotal role in the creation of the Cultural Training Centre now the Edna Manley School for the Visual and Performing Arts and produced several pieces of Jamaican music which became internationally known.In that regard, Prime Minister Holness has assured members of the creative industry particularly those involved in Entertainment Tourism, that the Government supports and will continue to promote the sector.The Prime Minister noted this would be a fitting honour of Mr. Seaga’s legacy.“Brand Jamaica is the patrimony of all Jamaicans and every single Jamaican has a right to benefit from it and I want to assure Jamaicans, particularly in the creative community that your Government stands in support of you and your Government, will do everything to ensure that you can benefit from the patrimony of your forefathers. This would also be a great way of honouring the work of our former Prime Minister, our former leader, a man who has sacrificed so much and has done so much in preserving and promoting the culture of Jamaica,” said Prime Minister Holness.Prime Minister Holness was speaking at an official ceremony Yesterday (June 12), to declare the North-South Leg of Highway 2000 Officially as the Edward Seaga Highway.last_img read more

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