Hornets beat Jazz despite an off night from Howard

first_imgCharlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, talks with Dwight Howard, right, during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With Dwight Howard struggling with his shot and a tough back-to-back looming, the Charlotte Hornets needed a bit of variety on offense against the Utah Jazz.Kemba Walker scored 22 points and Frank Kaminsky added 16 to lead the Hornets to their fourth victory in six games, 99-88 on Friday night. Six players scored in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dinwiddie takes charge in closing seconds, Nets beat Hawks Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “I think our defense was really good in the fourth quarter,” said Howard, who last was held in single digits Dec. 31 (four points at Los Angeles Clippers). “Marvin hit some big 3s, got a big cut to the basket and we got a good win. We needed it, especially after last game.”Batum and Jeremy Lamb added 11 points apiece for Charlotte, which lost to Dallas 115-111 on Wednesday to start a three-game homestand.Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points for Utah, which has lost 14 of 19. Rodney Hood added 15 and fellow reserve Royce O’Neale 11 for the Jazz, who had been 10-3 when holding opponents to 100 points or fewer.Mitchell, a rookie who scored a career-best 41 in a win last Friday against New Orleans, had 22 points at halftime on 7-of-12 shooting. Charlotte limited him to 3-of-8 shooting the rest of the way.“We’ve tried to not put a ceiling on him one way or the other,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Mitchell. “Just focus on day-to-day what he’s doing. From that standpoint, he continues to get better. He struggled late in a playmaking position, so he’s figuring things out.”ADVERTISEMENT “We had a post-up game, we had a pick-and-roll game, we had a catch-and-shoot game,” said Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas. “Nic (Batum) got going early, and we’ve been talking a lot.”Marvin Williams scored 15 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 12 for Charlotte, which won despite an off night for Howard, who scored just two first-half points. Howard finished with eight points on 2-of-9 shooting. He also went 4 for 10 from the foul line and led the team with 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCharlotte will go for a season sweep of the Thunder at home on Saturday. The Hornets won at Oklahoma City 116-103 on Dec. 11.Jeremy Lamb’s basket with 5:20 left gave Charlotte an 87-85 lead, part of a 14-3 run to end the game. Jazz: Host Pacers on Monday night.Hornets: Host Thunder on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSJazz: Forward Thabo Sefolosha left the game with a knee injury in the second period. … Rudy Gobert missed his 13th consecutive game (knee). . Utah had won seven of the past 10 matchups with Charlotte.Hornets: Charlotte has had five different leading scorers in its past 11 games. … Walker opened 4 for 4 on 3-pointers before missing his last two.CLIFFORD RETURNSHornets coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday. Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday against Washington. He spoke with his team on Friday.“It’s great news,” Batum said. “I called him right away and talked to him. It’s good to know he’s coming back, and it’s good to know he’s getting better. He’s been out a few weeks, and it could be scary (to be sick), but the most important thing right now is his health.”ROAD WOES CONTINUEUtah finished an Eastern road swing 1-4, and the loss to Charlotte Friday was the only one by double digits.“That’s always there,” Snyder said of his team’s energy level late. “You have to figure it out. I thought we fought through it. Defensively we didn’t have a ton of life, but I thought our bench gave us a big lift when (Hood and O’Neale) came in.”UP NEXTlast_img read more

Sappi reduces its carbon footprint

first_img25 June 2008South African paper and pulp company Sappi is increasingly using biomass recovered from wood and bark waste instead of coal to generate thermal energy and steam to power operations at several of its mills.The move has allowed the company, which is one of the leading producers of coated fine paper in the world, to cut down on industrial coal usage – South Africa’s main source for carbon emissions – as renewable resources now provide just over 40% of the company’s energy requirements.“As responsible corporate citizens in an energy-intensive industry, one of our primary goals is to reduce our carbon footprint by decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Sappi CEO Ralph Boettger in a company statement earlier this month.Despite South Africa’s overall contribution to world carbon emissions only standing at 1.6%, the company points out that by ranking as the 11th highest carbon emitter in the world, the country has to take the impact of its industries on the environment seriously.In addition, Sappi adds that South Africa’s overall emissions had increased by 30% over the last decade.“Sappi’s consumption of electricity and the nature of its manufacturing make addressing its energy use essential,” the statement read. “Through the use of alternative production methods, the company is on its way to a more eco-friendly and sustainable business.”Clean Development MechanismIn 2007, Sappi stepped up it replacing of coal with biomass recovered from the wood and bark waste that results from the debarking and chipping in the operations at several of its mills.In the same year, the company registered South Africa’s sixth Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project with the United Nations. The project involved converting the number 10 boiler at Sappi Tugela Mill to enable co-firing of bark as biomass with coal to generate thermal energy and steam.The project has resulted in a net reduction of fossil fuel greenhouse gas from coal firing, a reduction on landfill usage and resulting methane emissions and also a reduction in the impact of transporting coal from Mpumalanga to KwaZulu-Natal by road and rail.By making use of resources readily available to them, Sappi is able to save 53 000 tons of coal that would have been used in place of the biomass per year.‘Kicking the habit’“With the AmaKhulu project upgrade at the Sappi Saiccor Mill, we have also increased the rate of recovery of wood solids for use of steam-run power at this mill,” said Boettger. “All these initiatives will contribute in reducing greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.”The company said it was essential that as a developing country, South Africa was able to kick the CO2 habit through its industrial production, by developing more environmentally friendly processes that would allow for a better future for Africa in which its delicate eco-systems were unaffected by human waste products.“Developing these sustainable methods is not only up to one or two organisations, but also up to each individual and company to make the overall difference,” the statement reads. “After all, the more we preserve the resources we have now, the less likely we’ll be to run out of them in future.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South Africa pleased with WEF participation

first_img26 January 2015President Jacob Zuma returned to Pretoria on Saturday upbeat and satisfied with the outcome of South Africa’s participation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.The president led a seven-minister delegation to the annual gathering, where they promoted South Africa as a key destination for foreign direct investment and development partnerships. Successful interactive sessions were held with international and South African business leaders, who were interested in a number of sectors. Of particular interest were infrastructure development, energy, transport and broadband, as well as mining, agro-processing and manufacturing.WEF 2015 ran from 21 to 24 January. Over four days each year, global leaders from across business, government, international organisations, academia and civil society meet in Davos for strategic dialogues which map the key transformations reshaping the world.The ministers participated as panellists in several sessions, and shared the South African story of progress. They also spoke of the country’s readiness to meet its challenges through implementing the National Development Plan.“The investors heard our message. They understood us very well that where there were challenges, we had plans to remedy the situation, for example the energy shortage in the country that we are attending to through an infrastructure build and maintenance programme,” said Zuma.“They heard us when we said we wanted to see a stronger mining sector and a transformed mining sector, hence the need to revitalise mining towns and communities.“We are happy that South African business was able to echo our message in Davos, making it clear to all that we do talk and work together. We are building our country, and will continue to make progress. We made the point strongly that any wise businessperson would really want to have a presence in South Africa,” Zuma added.He held bilateral meetings with John Key Mark Rutte, the prime ministers of New Zealand and Netherlands, respectively. The talks contributed to enhancing the good relations between South Africa and the two countries. The president also held a bilateral meeting with Professor Klaus Schwab, the founder of WEF.WEF was held under the overarching theme of the new global context. “Complexity, fragility and uncertainty are potentially ending an era of economic integration and international partnership that began in 1989,” it stated on its website.“What is clear is that we are confronted by profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological transformations. They are altering long-standing assumptions about our prospects, resulting in an entirely ‘new global context’ for decision-making.”Leaders at the meeting were “looking to strengthen their situation awareness and contextual intelligence”.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

POLL: What Location-Based Mobile App(s) Will You Use During SXSW?

first_imgTags:#Features#Location#mobile#Polls#web jolie odell The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Last year, Foursquare was called the break-out mobile app of the conference by more than one tech journalist.This year, a new contender has appeared – Austin’s native Gowalla. And Brightkite is still hanging on to the LBS community, if only by a thread of loyal users – but they still offer more features than some of their better-known competitors.Which do you use now? And when your attention is at a premium during one of the year’s most popular geek conferences, which app or apps will you use to collect badges, connect with friends, and find out where the party really is?Gowalla’s main weakness might be that they haven’t yet developed an Android or Blackberry application. WordPress Bible author Aaron Brazell noted that while many see the iPhone as the “Jesus phone,” that doesn’t change the fact that “any company who has a business model built around… iPhone is nucking futs.”While many of us use the mobile version of the site and patiently wait for a native app for non-iPhone devices, Foursquare’s been our go-to check-in service for quite some time. And their response to us on Twitter suggests they may see themselves as a comfortable incumbent at this point.Both of the services we’ve mentioned also have special, built-in incentives for users at SXSW. Gowalla in particular has announced an interesting promotion. For their flagship “Tiki Room” event, the app will “be scattering hundreds of Tiki Room Digital VIP Passes around downtown Austin. The only way to get yours is to check in with Gowalla at other Austin venues and SXSW events.”Last year, Foursquare also had special badges for SXSW, such as “Panel Nerd”, “Karaoke RV” and “Porky” (for BBQ lovers, in particular). They even made a custom badge for attendees of Digg’s party and Diggnation live show.And while Brightkite may not have the game mechanics and rewards of other apps, it does give us the ability to upload photos in addition to text when checking into various locations – a tool we’ve found very handy when screening new venues for ambience.So, which app or apps will you be using during SXSW? Vote in the poll, and let us know the “why” of your choice in the comments. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

Forgotten Pioneers of Energy Efficiency

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members In 1977, a group of Canadian researchers built a demonstration house in Regina. Called the Saskatchewan Conservation House, the nearly airtight building had triple-glazed windows, R-40 wall insulation, R-60 roof insulation, and one of the world’s first heat-recovery ventilators.The home’s design and engineering team included Robert Besant, Oliver Drerup, Rob Dumont, David Eyre, and Harold Orr. That same year, Gene Leger, a Massachusetts builder, finished a similar superinsulated house in Pepperell, Mass.When it became clear that these two houses used extraordinarily low amounts of energy, progressive builders and energy researchers throughout North America sat up and paid attention. Among those taking notice of the Saskatchewan and Leger houses were Ned Nisson, the first editor of Energy Design Update, and William Shurcliff, a well-known Massachusetts physicist who regularly collaborated with Nisson.In June 1979 — almost thirty years ago — William Shurcliff issued a historic press release that bears quoting at length. Shurcliff wrote:“Consider the Saskatchewan Energy Conserving Demonstration House. Or consider the Leger House in Pepperell, Mass. They fit none of the … listed categories [of solar houses]. The essence of the new category is:“1. Truly superb insulation. Not just thick, but clever and thorough. Excellent insulation is provided even at the most difficult places: sills, headers, foundation walls, windows, electric outlet boxes, etc.“2. Envelope of house is practically airtight. Even on the windiest days the rate of air change is very low.“3. No provision of extra-large thermal mass. (Down with Trombe walls! Down with water-filled drums and thick concrete floors!)“4. No provision of extra-large south windows. Use normal number and size of south windows — say 100 square feet.“5. No conventional furnace. Merely steal a little heat, when and if needed, from the domestic hot water system. Or use a minuscule amount of electrical heating.“6. No conventional distribution system for… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_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.last_img read more

Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—The Philippines launched an offensive masterpiece and dismantled Hong Kong, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, to open its group stage campaign in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The hosts took the top spot in the three-team Pool A with a 1-0 record and another win for the Filipinos will put them in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Maika Ortiz finished things off for the Philippines with a down-the-line kill in a game that head coach Francis Vicente foresaw as a victory.“Not that I’m bragging but I expected to win today,” said Vicente in Filipino. “But I want to see more from my players. I want to push them so they exceed expectations.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Philippines did outscore Hong Kong in spikes, 50-25,  but the hosts also gave away 23 free points due to errors.Vicente added some of his players did experience jitters like Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod, but the head coach was still pleased with how the two helped the team in the bigger picture. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “That’s normal, we can’t do anything about it even if we’re put in that situation we would feel nervous also,” said Vicente. “We’re all humans, but the important thing is that they delivered and all those nerves will disappear in the long run.”Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the Philippines’ two-headed monster as the duo put up 14 and 13 points, respectively.Kim Fajardo also did some dirty work with seven points to go along her 39 excellent sets.Chim Wing Lam led Hong Kong with seven.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Flying V shrugs off elims sweep with bigger task at hand in semislast_img read more