What’s Pluto Been Dune? Making Young Sand Dunes

first_imgSand dunes were surprising enough on Titan, but et tu, Pluto? and young, recent dunes? Scientists couldn’t believe their eyes.What do you picture when thinking of sand dunes? Dry deserts, with wind whipping piles of sand into ripples and hills shallow on one side and steep on the other— that kind of thing. You probably don’t think of Pluto. The outermost planet (or Plutoid, Dwarf Planet, or Trans-Neptunian Object, depending on your taste) is supposed to be an icy ball frozen for billions of years. The latest analysis of data from the 2015 New Horizons mission, however, shows that Pluto has been busy recently constructing sand dunes out of particles of icy methane.Pluto sand dunes on polygonal blocks of nitrogen ice thought to be convection cells. Notice wind streaks perpendicular to the dunes. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRILet’s start with Nature‘s brief announcement: “Hundreds of methane dunes nestle at the base of Pluto’s mountains: The formations offer a surprise on a body with such a thin atmosphere.”Dramatic dunes of methane sweep across part of Pluto. The discovery shows that the dwarf planet’s atmosphere, although thin, can still generate winds powerful enough to blow particles across the surface….Until now, some researchers thought that Pluto’s atmosphere, which is at 1/100,000th the pressure of Earth’s, could not support winds strong enough to sculpt dunes. But the team’s analysis shows otherwise.The dunes probably formed in the past 500,000 years — which means Pluto is a geologically active world.“A geologically active world”— we remember the surprise at the images that suggested ice volcanoes, glaciers, and now sand dunes. Doing the math, we see that 500,000 years (just their theory-laden estimate, not a fact of observation) represents just a 10th of one percent of the assumed age of the solar system. What could have happened so recently to form sand dunes in the fraction of an epoch when human beings can observe them?You can see the dunes in the photos. Scientists estimate they are up to a kilometer apart. In such a thin atmosphere, the winds must be strong enough to loft the particles and carry them quite a distance over Sputnik Planitia, the heart-shaped flat region that was so surprising to planetary scientists during the 2015 encounter. Alexander Hayes says in his review in Science that the surface pressure on Pluto is 100,000 times weaker than on earth. Even so, winds are not strong enough to lift particles; they must be lofted into the atmosphere by sublimation, the scientists infer.The BBC News reveals scientists’ unpredicted, after-the-fact explanations:To be able to form, dunes need an atmosphere dense enough to make wind transport possible, a supply of dry particles, and a mechanism that lifts particles off the ground.At first sight, none of those conditions seem to be met on Pluto.But Dr Telfer and his colleagues calculate that the dunes may be in one of the windiest areas of the Pluto with wind speeds reaching up to 10m/sec – enough to keep particles moving.And yet if these winds have been blowing for 4.6 billion years, shouldn’t the supply have been used up and the process stopped? The paper in Science Magazine is where to look for the answer. First, a summary report by Keith Smith in Science:The methane grains could have been lofted into the atmosphere by the melting of surrounding nitrogen ice or blown down from nearby mountains. Understanding how dunes form under Pluto conditions will help with interpreting similar features found elsewhere in the solar system.No clue yet why these young dunes have formed only recently. The official paper in Science is by Telfer et al. Watch for any clues that they expected young features on this body:The surface of Pluto is more geologically diverse and dynamic than had been expected, but the role of its tenuous atmosphere in shaping the landscape remains unclear. We describe observations from the New Horizons spacecraft of regularly spaced, linear ridges whose morphology, distribution, and orientation are consistent with being transverse dunes. These are located close to mountainous regions and are orthogonal to nearby wind streaks. We demonstrate that the wavelength of the dunes (~0.4 to 1 kilometer) is best explained by the deposition of sand-sized (~200 to ~300 micrometer) particles of methane ice in moderate winds (<10 meters per second). The undisturbed morphology of the dunes, and relationships with the underlying convective glacial ice, imply that the dunes have formed in the very recent geological past.Small sand dunes at Salton Sea, California (David Coppedge)Let’s read their paragraph about the age of the dunes:An upper limit on the age of the dunes, which sit atop the ice of the western margins of SP [Sputnik Planitia, the flat plain on Pluto], is imposed by the recycling rate of the upper surface of the convectional cells within the ice (i.e., <500 ka). This overturning of the substrate, inferred from the complete absence of identified craters on SP, provides an age constraint for superficial landforms that is not available for dunes on other solar system bodies and implies a geologically and/or geomorphologically active surface. Surface features, undistorted by the convectional overturning within the ice, must be much younger than the time scales of convection, and therefore closer to the time scales of Pluto’s strong seasons (i.e., terrestrial decades to centuries). Further evidence that the dunes form on a time scale substantially shorter than that of the convection is suggested by the superposition of the dunes over the depressions at the cell margins.One must keep in mind that convection is theory, but dunes are eyewitness observations in the present. This is seen by their words “interpreted as” and “presumably” when talking about the supposed convective cells. All they can say empirically is that “The presence of these dunes indicates an active atmosphere that produces geologically young landforms.” Even if the dunes represent features younger than the latest cycle of convection, it would imply that this material in Sputnik Planitia has been being overturned, and overturned again, and overturned again thousands of times during the assumed lifetime of Pluto.Although reporters mention the dunes as having formed only 500,000 years ago, “and possibly much more recently,” none of the news articles or papers so far have addressed the age conundrum for the planet itself. Monica Grady doesn’t talk about it on The Conversation. Mike Wall ignores the question on Space.com. Nadia Drake fails to deal with it at National Geographic. NASA skips over it at Astrobiology Magazine. Alan Williams doesn’t address it in a press release from the University of Plymouth, nor does lead author Matt Telfer discuss it in a video clip in that article, even though he adds that scientists believe Pluto’s atmosphere is escaping. Convection and atmospheric escape wouldn’t be issues if Pluto is far younger than scientists believe.The second video clip in the above press release shows an animation of the model of dune formation on Pluto. An opportunity to compare similar worlds is coming. Telfer mentions that the New Horizons spacecraft is set to reach another smaller Kuiper Belt Object in January, 2019 in an even closer encounter. One thing seems predictable: expect surprises. And space fans: watch for surprises from Ceres in June as the Dawn spacecraft maneuvers down to a low point 10 times closer than ever before, just 30 miles above the surface of the dwarf planet (Phys.org).How Did Pluto Form?A week before the dunes announcement, a paper appeared in Icarus arguing that “Primordial N2 provides a cosmochemical explanation for the existence of Sputnik Planitia, Pluto.” The authors state that the inventory of molecular nitrogen (N2) is crucial to understanding the many diverse features on Pluto’s surface. If so, where did it come from? Christopher Glein and J. Hunter Waite of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) say in the paper that the nitrogen accreted during Pluto’s formation from primordial nitrogen or from comets, and it has not been significantly lost to space since then. But to get their model to work, they have to solve two problems: (1) how did the ratio of nitrogen to water ice become established, and (2) what happened to the carbon monoxide? They offer two suggestions for the latter question: “burial of CO in surface ices, or its destruction from exposure to liquid water.”The SwRI press release explains this new “cosmochemical model” for Pluto in lay terms. It contains a surprise starting with a b that strains imagination:At the heart of the research is the nitrogen-rich ice in Sputnik Planitia, a large glacier that forms the left lobe of the bright Tombaugh Regio feature on Pluto’s surface. “We found an intriguing consistency between the estimated amount of nitrogen inside the glacier and the amount that would be expected if Pluto was formed by the agglomeration of roughly a billion comets or other Kuiper Belt objects similar in chemical composition to 67P, the comet explored by Rosetta.”If you’re not ready to swallow the billion-comets idea, they offer an alternative: “In addition to the comet model, scientists also investigated a solar model, with Pluto forming from very cold ices that would have had a chemical composition that more closely matches that of the Sun.” Are they just covering the bases? Is either model plausible?Scientists needed to understand not only the nitrogen present at Pluto now — in its atmosphere and in glaciers — but also how much of the volatile element potentially could have leaked out of the atmosphere and into space over the eons. They then needed to reconcile the proportion of carbon monoxide to nitrogen to get a more complete picture. Ultimately, the low abundance of carbon monoxide at Pluto points to burial in surface ices or to destruction from liquid water.How does CO get buried? The answers to these and other puzzles will be found in futureware, they promise. “Now is the time to begin data-driven investigations into the origin of Pluto’s N2,” the paper begins.But what if both models are unworkable? And what if there were no eons? (Visited 534 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Oscar: ‘fastest man on no legs’

first_img14 May 2007Running in the 100 metres at the Nedbank Championships for the Physically Disabled at Germiston Stadium in Johannesburg last month, South African athlete Oscar Pistorius became the first amputee to break the 11-second barrier, flying to victory in 10.91 seconds.He followed that up with two more world records, clocking 21.58 seconds in the 200 metres and 49.16 seconds in the 400 metres.That made it 26 times that Pistorius has broken a world record for an athlete with a disability since he first burst onto the scene at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. Then just 17 years old, he took gold in the 200 metres in 21.97, breaking the old record by a full four-fifths of a second.At the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester he stormed to gold in the 100m and 200m – and returned to the same venue to clinch the double again in 2006 and 2007.However, as with another famous South African Paralympian, one-legged swimmer Natalie du Toit, it is when Pistorius measures himself against athletes without disability that his story gets really interesting.Where does a man with no legs stand?The 20-year-old has run significantly faster than his 200m and 400m world records – he’s registered a 21.34 and an astonishing 46.56 respectively – but the times were not counted by the International Paralympic Committee because they came in competition against athletes without disability.The funny thing is: the ruling body for so-called “able-bodied” athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), was apparently not impressed with Pistorius’ efforts, either.So where does a man with no legs stand?Pistorius is a double amputee, having had both legs amputated when he was 11 months old because he was born without fibulas, which are bones found between the knee and the ankle.Critics are suddenly saying that the carbon fibre “blades” Pistorius uses when he races give him an unfair advantage. The issue has never seriously been raised before – for the simple reason that nobody has ever produced the kind of results Pistorius is now producing.In a class of his ownAt the South African Senior Track and Field Championships in Durban in March, Pistorius came second in the 400 metres in a time of 46.56 seconds, prompting Independent on Saturday correspondent Mike Rowbottom to call him the “fastest man on no legs”.Speaking to Rowbottom, British Paralympic legend Tanni Grey-Thompson described Pistorius as a “stunning talent … He is as far ahead of his Paralympic rivals as Michael Johnson was over his Olympic 400m competitors 10 years ago.”Where the IAAF has a problem, it would seem, is that Pistorius’ time puts him within realistic reach of qualifying for the 2007 IAAF World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.As Trevor Brauckmann, Pistorius’ prostheticist, sees it: “[T]he world is not ready to face the fact that a disabled athlete can be competitive with able-bodied athletes.”Pistorius says he has held talks with Athletics South Africa about competing against able-bodied athletes, and that the International Olympic Committee’s stance seems to be favourable, but that the IAAF seems to want to close the door on him.IAAF rules against ‘technical aids’In its April newsletter, the body notes that it has studied the 143 rule change proposals that will be presented to the IAAF Congress in Osaka, Japan in August, just ahead of the World Championships.In 142 cases, the body has indicated where it stands on the proposed rule change, “so as to provide guidance for IAAF Congress delegates who will be called on to vote in Osaka.”One rule, however, was approved and brought into immediate effect by the IAAF council on 27 March – the rule relating to the use of “technical aids” in competition. “The new Rule 144.2 (e) enforces that the use of any technical device that incorporates, springs, wheels, etc is forbidden,” the IAAF said in its newsletter.The body has reportedly scheduled a meeting for 1 August to discuss the issue.Arguments for and againstAccording to Rowbottom, some argue that Pistorius’ carbon-fibre prosthetics – which have blades rather than feet at their tip – are longer than they need to be, making him taller than he would naturally be and providing him with excess spring.Grey-Thompson told Rowbottom she had been expecting Pistorius to be banned. “When he was running less quickly, it was all quite jolly, but as soon as he started running fast times, that’s it.”Grey-Thompson believes there’s an argument both ways. “People will say [Pistorius] can pick the length and style of his prosthetics, so maybe that gives him an unfair advantage. I think it’s probably more of a disadvantage to be running with two lower limbs missing.”While conceding that there is logic in the likely IAAF position, Grey-Thompson adds: “I’d like to see some well-researched evidence that the prosthetics give Oscar an unfair advantage rather than for the decision to be taken because of fear of disability.“I think this has provoked a debate about what it is to be disabled and what it is to be able-bodied.”Running with prostheticsProstheticist Trevor Brauckmann, in a recent letter to the website The Final Sprint, wrote: “It is my opinion that a lot is being made of the ‘advantage’ that [Pistorius] has with his ‘carbon fibre blades,’ and not enough is said about the disadvantages that he and other disabled athletes face.”Prosthetics have to be individually tailored to each patient, Brauckmann says; what is good for one doesn’t necessarily work for another.“This is similar to a set of golf clubs,” he writes. “Just because they are made from a carbon fibre composite does not mean that you can hit a ball further or more accurately. You still have to be able to play golf and execute the stroke accurately and efficiently.”Alignment is very important for athletes using prosthetics, Brauckmann adds. While an able-bodied athlete can correct for his feet hitting the ground at the wrong angle, an athlete running with a prosthetic is unable to do so.In addition, athletes like Pistorius lack feet and ankle muscles and cartilage to absorb shock, which travels through their stumps and into their knees, hips and backs.Other disadvantages include “stump balance, stumps that hurt and bleed, size and volume changes in the stumps, [prosthetic] legs falling off during a race, components breaking or coming loose, and ‘wheel alignment’ of the feet.”Pistorius’ own counter-argument is much simpler; why, he asks, have other athletes, using similar prosthetics, failed to produce competitive times? Or in other words: I’m good at what I do, and don’t deserve to be punished for it.A name made for a movieNot surprisingly, Pistorius has already had approaches from people interested in making a film about his life. There have been rumours that actor Tom Hanks is interested in his story, though Pistorius says there has been no contact with the actor so far.He says he has spoken to his management team about making a movie and, although it is something he would like to do, he would rather tackle the project later.For now, he feels he is only at the beginning of his athletics career, and wants to focus on that. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA’s BPO ‘window of opportunity’

first_img15 July 2008The business process outsourcing and offshoring (BPO&O) industry represents a window of opportunity for South Africa to create jobs and boost economic growth, says Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa.Speaking to BuaNews at a national BPO&O conference in Durban last week, Mpahlwa said the industry “provides an opportunity to create many, many jobs for young unemployed South Africans with little effort, because one needs only a basic matric.“You are able to provide short-term training that will equip them with the basic skills required in, for example, a call centre. In that way you are able to soak up a lot of young people.“When these young people get these skills and get to work in that environment, they soon develop ideas about other things they can do”, Mpahlwa added. “So very often people, upon developing these ideas, migrate into other fields of employment, and so there is quite a turnover, allowing us to bring people into the industry on a constant basis.”South Africa’s value propositionMpahlwa told delegates at the conference that the BPO industry, which has only been active in South Africa for about a decade, already employs in the region of 100 000 people – yet could employ far more.“We find that in the Philippines the BPO&O industry has grown from under 40 000 employees in 2004 to over 350 000 today. Yet in many respects we could and should represent a more competitive value proposition.“This is because we have many attractive features for investors, including existing levels of sophistication in the three BPO focus industry sectors of financial services, insurance and telecommunications, with additional advantages in our quality of talent pool, regulations and infrastructure.”One of the biggest booms in South Africa’s economy had been felt in the services sector, Mpahlwa said, and the BPO&O industry would work with this sector to contribute to the growth of the economy.“And, as the cost of telecoms come down, we are becoming more and more competitive.”Industry poised to grow globallyGlobally, he said, the sector is expected to have a value of around US$50-billion in 2008 and to grow by 50% per annum over the next three to four years, creating an additional 3-million direct jobs worldwide.“However, it is also anticipated that there will be some unmet demand, as existing centres will not be able to maintain or grow their supply for a number of reasons,” including talent and infrastructure “bottlenecks” in traditional BPO centres such as the Philippines.At the same time, the global increase in prices had forced many companies to cut costs, particularly in the United States, creating an added incentive for businesses to shift certain functions, such as after-sales service and data processing – overseas.“What this means is that a window of opportunity exists for us to further develop the sector in our country, and to do so as rapidly as possible,” the minister said.“Certainly the evidence exists that rapid development is possible,” he added, noting that R658-million in investment value had been attracted, and more than 25 000 direct and indirect jobs had been created, since the launch of the government’s BPO&O support programme in 2007.This programme includes a BPO&O investment incentive comprising an investment grant of between R37 000 and R60 000 per seat, and a Training and Skills Support Grant – to help cover the costs of company-specific training – of up to R12 000 per agent.Mpahlwa said the department would be looking to raise these incentives further still.Advantages in rural areasSouth Africa’s BPO&O strategy also aims to encourage companies to locate facilities in some of the country’s more far-flung rural areas.“These areas have abundant labour, a low cost of doing business, as well as existing physical and telecommunications infrastructure,” Mpahlwa told BuaNews, adding: “You will find many of these areas have buildings that are appropriate for the industry but are unused.”The department had identified 22 municipalities in which BPO&O centres could be located, leaving it up to individual municipalities to “make a case for themselves”.“We don’t force companies to do this, but we do make available the information, and we have begun to see some successes,” the minister said, with a number of call centres having started up within targeted municipalities in North West province, the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa seeks to strengthen ties with Singapore

first_imgSingaporean businesses, it has been found, do not see South Africa as a viable investment destination. Brand South Africa looked to change that during a recent trip to the South-East Asian city-state.Brand South Africa was recently in Singapore to entice business leaders there to do business in South Africa. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Singapore, 24 November 2017 – As business and trade links between South Africa and Singapore continue to deepen, Brand South Africa and the South African High Commission in Singapore hosted an event and research consultation on 22 November 2017 in Singapore with the aim of enhancing South Africa’s trade and business connections with Singapore, as well as the wider Asia region.Research conducted by Brand South Africa recently on international investor perceptions found that the Asian region generally, and Singapore specifically, has low levels of familiarity of South Africa as both a business and investment destination. Geographical and language barriers were cited as two prominent challenges identified by the research.During the event, high-level dignitaries, including the South African Political Counsellor for Singapore, Sean Pike, and Leigh Gail-Petersen, Brand South Africa’s Research Manager, as well as leading business professionals and representatives from both markets, sought to assess the challenges and opportunities South Africa faces in the Singapore market and the broader region.Dr Petrus de Kock, the General Manager for Research at Brand South Africa, commented: “Both Singapore and South Africa are global examples of economies which have transformed themselves in a short period of time. While Asia’s growth story is well understood around the world, findings from a recent research project indicate that in Asia there are not similar levels of understanding regarding the business and investment opportunities in South Africa.“We hope that by educating ourselves on the Singapore business community’s perceptions of South Africa as a business and investment destination we will find ways to strengthen our ties with Singapore and the broader region. This, in turn, will help us to raise levels of awareness regarding the business and trade opportunities available in South Africa and in doing so increase [the] appetite for investment in our nation-state.”Gail-Petersen commented on the sidelines of the event, saying: “Singapore, and Asia, are important trade markets for South Africa. We are starting to see an increase in interest from Singapore companies in our nation-state, however, there is still considerable work to be done in growing awareness in Singapore of the business and investment opportunities which exist in South Africa. By identifying the challenges and opportunities South Africa faces in the Singapore market we hope to positively shape the image of the nation among the Singapore business community and ultimately, further develop business links between the two countries.”Following the establishment of its first African regional office in South Africa in 2013, Singapore and South Africa have made recent headway in the development of their trade ties. Most notably during the Africa-ASEAN Business Expo held in South Africa, from 6 – 8 November 2017, which saw several new Memorandums of Understanding signed between the Singapore Manufacturing Federation and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry.In its 2017 African Statistical Yearbook, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore identified South Africa as the giant economy in the southern part of the continent, highlighting that opportunities for Singapore companies can be found in power generation and the hospitality sectors as well as niche sectors such as education services. According to data from IE Singapore, South Africa is ranked as Singapore’s 33rd trading partner and bilateral trade reached S$2.236bn in 2015.last_img read more

With Apple Stuck On Land, Google Takes Maps Underwater

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jon mitchell Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting While Apple is busy floundering on land, Google has moved on to begin mapping the seas. On Tuesday, Google published its first underwater Street View images, adding panoramic views of key sites under the ocean to Google Maps.The timing of Google’s announcement is amusing, as this week’s big gadget story is frustration with Apple’s initial attempts at mapping without Google’s help. iPhone users around the world have complained that Apple’s Maps don’t even know where their local businesses, streets or towns are.View Larger MapSince Apple’s lukewarm launch, the press has begun to wonder whether Google will deliver a standalone mapping app for iOS to compete with Apple’s. Google appears to be buying time by showing off this undersea Reef View as a demonstration of its planet-wide prowess.View Larger Map Read more from Google about this update on the Google Blog. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors top Cavaliers

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kevin Love had 31 points and a season-best 18 rebounds, while James contributed 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in a rivalry missing one key piece: Warriors star Stephen Curry, who missed his eighth straight game with a sprained right ankle.Thompson scored 24 points and Draymond Green had a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. It was Golden State’s 12th win in 13 games after its 11-game winning streak was snapped by Denver on Sunday (Manila time).Warriors rookie Jordan Bell traveled with 2:13 left and James tied it. Bell made up for that mistake with a key offensive rebound and pass to Thompson for his fourth 3.James’ 3-pointer with 10:39 left pulled Cleveland within one, but Green answered with a 3 and Andre Iguodala scored two of his nine points the next time down. In another key sequence, Durant blocked Tristan Thompson’s shot with 6:23 to go and dunked moments later.No surprise, the up-tempo, running rivals provided high entertainment once again. The Warriors last June captured a second championship in three years against James and the Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I forgot all about it,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said with a chuckle.The teams will see each other again soon, playing Jan. 15 in Cleveland.KD requested James for his defensive assignment, to which he explained simply, “I just like guarding my position.”The Cavs, having won six of seven and playing for the first time since Thursday, had their run of scoring at least 100 points end at 26 games.The Warriors were at nearly full strength again aside from Curry, who could return this week once he goes through some scrimmages at practice.Center Zaza Pachulia was available but didn’t play after sitting out seven consecutive games, while Shaun Livingston came back after missing four games with a sore right knee.Bell — who addressed the sellout crowd at midcourt moments before tipoff — started at center and had eight points and six rebounds.SHOOTING WOESThe Cavs’ 31.8-percent shooting was the lowest by a Warriors opponent in nearly four years, since Charlotte shot 31.2 percent from the field on Feb. 4, 2014.“We just didn’t make shots,” Lue said. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after blocking a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APOAKLAND, California — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback.Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in delight. It looked a lot like the dominant Durant from the NBA Finals six months ago.ADVERTISEMENT A REAL RIVALRYSure, this one felt a little strange without Curry or Kyrie Irving, now in Boston.“Golden State-Cavaliers, that’s a big game, no matter who’s playing, who’s out,” Lue said.“It will be weird, without Steph, without Ky, especially the battles we’ve had over the last three years. So both teams look different.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows just the uniforms are enough to get everybody going — and this marked the third straight Christmas matchup between the franchises, alternating home floors based on who won the title.“It’s always great to play the Cavs, they’re an awesome team,” Kerr said. “LeBron is so amazing and it’s so fun to feel the energy in the building when the two teams get together. Neither team will look the same as we will even a month from now because Steph and Isaiah Thomas both should be back, hopefully they’ll both be back. … But it doesn’t even matter sometimes, just the two uniforms in the same building gets people going.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Lue isn’t yet ready to guess when Thomas will return following his right hip injury. “He is progressing very well,” Lue said. “The most important thing is that he is getting to practice and playing 5-on-5 and having a chance to experience feeling well after it and not having soreness.” … Cleveland is 19-3 since Nov. 11, including 8-3 on the road.Warriors: Durant averaged 32 points over his seven previous Christmas Day games. … Golden State played its fifth consecutive Christmas game and seventh in eight. … The Warriors were 10 of 37 on 3s after they went a dismal 3 for 27 from 3-point range in losing to the Nuggets. … Kerr began his pregame session by thanking all of the arena staff and Golden State employees for their service and for working on the holiday. … Thompson’s holiday sneakers might have stood out most: neon green on the left foot, neon pink on the right. Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIEScenter_img Klay Thompson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 left, Durant delivered on both ends of the floor, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers 99-92 on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) in a festive holiday rematch of the past three Finals.“There’s just so much joy in the arena today because it’s Christmas and we all feed off of that,” Durant said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderDurant’s block against a driving James with 24.5 seconds left went to official review and was ruled clean. Durant finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.“He’s one of the leaders in shot blocks a game and obviously he had five tonight, so he’s been doing a heck of a job of first of all taking the individual matchup and protecting the rim, too,” James said. 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Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year

first_imgUS Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments There’s a story behind Spieth’s ‘Go get that’ line to caddie Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son combined to set up an easy finish for Kane in the 39th. Kane scored Tottenham’s final goal in the 67th, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his record sixth Premier League hat trick this year.“It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level,” Kane said. “As always, I wanted to win the game first and foremost but of course I wanted to score as a striker. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderKane has played in 36 league matches this year, six fewer than Shearer’s 1995 total. The English forward has 57 goals this year for club and country, moving two ahead of Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina for the most among players in Europe’s five major leaguesAlli curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 49th, then set up Son two minutes later for a 4-0 lead. Sofiane Boufal pulled a goal back for Southampton in the 64th and substitute Dusan Tadic scored in the 82nd. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane watches as he scores his sides 5th goal and his third of the game during their English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley stadium in London. APLONDON — Harry Kane set the English Premier League record for goals in a calendar year, raising his total to 39 with a hat trick Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) that led Tottenham over Southampton 5-2.Kane headed in Christian Eriksen’s free kick in the 22nd minute, breaking the Premier League’s previous record of 36 set by Alan Shearer in 1995.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I want to congratulate Harry Kane. Massive achievement for him — well deserved,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “We are all so, so, so happy. It’s an amazing thing to celebrate.”Spurs won for the fourth time in five league games and remaining one point behind fourth-place Liverpool, which routed Swansea 5-0. LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more

Teng more focused on wins than individual numbers

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic withdraws from exhibition after more pain in right elbow Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Teng, however, said that he doesn’t want to step on anybody’s toes and he’s just taking the shots the defense gives him.“I don’t really want to force the issue, I just let the play come to me,” said Teng. “I know anyone in Alaska can score, there are a lot of people who can score, so I just let the play come to me.” PBA IMAGESJeron Teng had produced gaudy numbers for Alaska in his first two career games in the PBA, but the rookie is more focused on the simpler figure—the numerical digit under the Aces’ win column.Alaska has yet to win a game in the PBA Philippine Cup after losing 106-98 to TNT Friday at Cuneta Astrodome and Teng just wants to get his first W in the professional ranks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “Of course no matter how good your game is, if you don’t get the win it’s nothing,” said Teng in Filipino after producing 28 points, a game-high, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.“We’re staying positive, I think we showed some good stuff in this game and from there we’ll work our way for next year. We just have to learn from our two games then we’re looking forward for a better year next year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderTeng hit two three-pointers in the final minute of the game that cut the deficit to 104-98 but he was too late of a hero as his final shot went in with just 13 seconds left in the clock.After his first two games in the PBA, Teng is averaging 22 points, six rebounds, and two steals while shooting 52 percent from the field. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Holm aiming for upset of Justino, 2nd title belt at UFC 219

first_imgJust over two years after Holm (11-3) won the UFC bantamweight title with a jaw-dropping stoppage of Ronda Rousey, Holm is a big underdog when she steps into the T-Mobile Arena cage in Las Vegas to take her shot at Justino (18-1) for the featherweight belt.Justino seems unbeatable. The Brazilian hasn’t lost since her MMA debut in 2005, and she has honed a physical, pounding style that no fighters have solved — or even survived to the bell in any fight since 2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBut Rousey seemed equally unbeatable when she entered the cage with Holm in Australia — and the whole world saw what happened when Holm kicked Rousey in the head.“I think there are similarities with the feeling of it,” said Holm, who also had her share of impressive wins as a professional boxer before entering MMA. “I think that because I’ve done it more than once now, in boxing and (more prominently) with Ronda, to be the underdog and come in, I think that people think, ‘Oh, OK, well, Holly is capable of doing some things.’ But I feel like there’s more of a curiosity behind it. Not necessarily just thinking I can’t do it, but kind of, ‘Hmm, I wonder if she’s going to do it this time.’” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The UFC is hoping that plenty of people are wondering what will happen when the promotion wraps up an eventful 2017 with its traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.The UFC 219 card also includes the long-awaited return of lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0), who hasn’t fought all year and has been in the cage only three times since April 2014. The Dagestan-born Russian, who missed weight for a much-anticipated bout with new lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in March, will take on Brazil’s Edson Barboza.The pay-per-view portion of the card begins with the return of popular welterweight Carlos Condit, who will take on durable veteran Neil Magny.Justino has won eight straight fights by stoppage, most in brutal fashion. Only her use of performance-enhancing drugs has slowed Justino’s dominance of her division and the women’s sport in general, particularly since she finally joined the UFC last year.“I think Holly is a great fighter for me, because she’s a big name, too,” Justino said. “She has a lot of fights, a lot of experience. I think it would be a great fight.”ADVERTISEMENT While Justino would be the favorite in any bout, Holm is intriguing because of her highs and her lows.She stopped Rousey with that vicious head kick and earned instant fame beyond her sport, but then she followed up with three consecutive defeats, including a lackluster decision loss to Germaine de Randamie in February for the inaugural women’s UFC featherweight title.When de Randamie gave up the belt rather than fight Justino in her first defense, Justino claimed the strap with a win over Tonya Evinger in July. Holm ended her skid with a stoppage of Bethe Correia in June and then booked her second shot at the featherweight title.While Holm could make MMA history with a win over Justino to claim a belt in her second weight class, this fight also presents a chance for Justino to beat the most famous female fighter aside from Rousey, whose career appears to be over one year after her comeback loss to Amanda Nunes.Holm and Justino are both accomplished strikers with polished punching skills, so it won’t be a surprise if this bout is contested on the feet. Holm’s style appears to give her a chance against Justino, who hasn’t faced many strikers with Holm’s ability.And while Holm is the underdog, she is determined to enjoy her chance to become a two-belt champion.“It’s not just any fight card in Vegas,” Holm said. “It’s the last fight card of the year, and it’s a busy time in Vegas. I feel like there’s going to be a lot of energy, and my whole thought is just to take all that energy in and just live in it and be in the moment.” /cbb Holly Holm of the United States reacts after knocking out Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017. AFPHolly Holm has already shocked the sports world with one upset victory over a seemingly unbeatable mixed martial arts champion.She sees no reason she couldn’t do it again when she faces Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the main event of UFC 219 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Belo to the rescue Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import

first_imgMOST READ Balkman will join two-time PBA champion Justin Brownlee as Alab’s foreign reinforcements, replacing Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.Alab Pilipinas will play Westports Malaysia Dragons in a home game on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe former New York Knick was banned by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in 2013 after choking Blaze Booster teammate Arwind Santos. He was also fined P250,000.Balkman last played for Reales dela Vega in the Domincan Republic League, a local basketball league. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lou Williams scores 40 as Clippers hold off Hornets Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLERRenaldo Balkman may be banned from the PBA, but he still found a way to be part of Philippine basketball.The former Petron import is now part of Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, team owner Charlie Dy announced.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View commentslast_img read more