Four Compete for Three Slots in Division Two

first_imgFlashback: Samira FC players line up before the kickoff against Jubilee FC in the first leg.Samira FC, Freeport FC, Pags FC and Vision FC are the last four in the third division that will be competing for three slots to move to the LFA second division league.It has been a long journey from the 3rd division champions, regional playoffs, national playoffs, ‘Big 8’ and now ‘Big 4.’ This long journey was also marked by delays due to the electoral process.Over the weekend, the four teams advanced to the semis after securing victories in their respective matches. Samira FC were paired against Freeport FC – both from Montserrado County, while Pags, also from Montserrado County, went against Vision FC of Bong County.During the national playoffs, Samira FC qualified as leaders of Group B after accumulating seven points out of three games before narrowly defeating Bristol FC 1-0 in the ‘Big 8’ clash. This is the first time the ‘Scoring Scorpions’ have reached this stage. They have continued to show no signs of slowing down in their mission to qualify for the second division.Samira’s opponent, Freeport FC, have also come a long way after finishing as runners-up in Group B behind Bomi County’s Jr. Barcelona. The ‘Anchors’ later edged out Golden Stars of Bong County 5-1 in the quarter-finals. Of course, they too have shown their strength.Today’s game between the two teams at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium will be a crucial decider and will see the first newly promoted 2nd division team. However, the loser from this game will have another chance to battle for the final slot in the 3rd place playoff.In today’s final game, Pags FC will clash against Vision FC. The winner will join the list of the first two teams to qualify for the second division and finalists for the national playoff championship.Pags FC have displayed some class after a great comeback in their first group match after coming from two goals down to defeat Golden Starts. They later defeated Jr. Barcelona in the quarterfinals to book their semi-finals ticket.All four teams have strived to reach this stage, and they are hopeful of qualifying to the second division. This is football, and stranger things have happened and will continue to happen. Anything can happen today at the ATS and later in the 3rd place playoff.Four teams, three available slots. Who are the next three 2nd division teams?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Atlantic Gardens murder accused acquitted

first_imgIt was a scene of much jubilation for relatives of murder accused Richard Stanton at the High Court on Wednesday evening, as he was acquitted of the January 12, 2015 execution-style murder of Atlantic Gardens businesswoman Patricia Sanasie.This comes days after Stanton addressed the jury and professed he was not a killer and was not born to kill anyone.His acquittal came by way of the jury’s unanimous not-guilty verdict, which was returned after just over two hours of deliberation. This decision signals that the panel did not believe that the evidence presented by the prosecution was sufficientRichard Stantonenough to convict the man.When it was announced that he was free, just after 18:30h on Wednesday, his sister shouted out, “Yes!” but Police in court restored order. After Stanton’s relatives exited the courtroom, it was celebration non-stop. He was advised by presiding Justice Brassington Reynolds to avoid trouble, as he was given a second chance at life. Justice Reynolds said that, moving forward, he only wants to hear ‘good things’ about Stanton. The judge further remarked that had he been found guilty, he would have been close to handing down a death sentence.Stanton gave a one-hour presentation to the jury on Monday last, wherein he related that he was working at his sister’s establishment, the Dynasty Night Club, at time Police first picked him up in January 2015, and when they re-arrested and charged him in April 2015.Stanton had told the panel that he grew up watching his mother being abused by various males, and because of this, he did not have it in him to hurt anyone.He was picked out in an identification (ID) parade by the late woman’s daughter, who was driving the car on the night her mother was killed.Stanton had also disputed the Police assertion that some of the persons in the line-up were not similar to him in features.Sanasie was riddled with bullets as she exited her vehicle and was about to open her gate at her East Coast Demerara home. Her daughter, who was the sole eyewitness to her demise, had observed that a “big built” man had exited a silver Toyota Raum, and she saw him twice as he passed and looked at her.Sanasie was reportedly shot to her chest, abdomen and neck, among other areas, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Sanasie was the former Director of Studies at the Academy of Professional Studies. A year prior to her death, a similar attempt had been made on her husband’s life. In that instance, she and her brother had been implicated.Stanton was represented by attorneys Mark Waldron and Keoma Griffith. Meanwhile, State counsels Tiffini Lyken, Seeta Bishundial and Narissa Leander prosecuted the case. In May 2016, Stanton was committed to stand trial in the High Court for Sanasie’s murder.last_img read more

Transparency critical for industry safety – Canadian Mission

first_imgSharing oil and gas experiencesBy Lakhram BhagiratIt is important for all oil and gas companies to actively pursue transparency. This is to ensure that the integrity of the sector is kept intact, the environment is preserved, and future generations are provided for.Michael Critch, Treasurer of the Broad of Directors of the Newfoundland andMichael Critch, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries AssociationLabrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (NOIA), and a team of Canadians are in Guyana at the instance of the Canadian High Commission to share on Canada’s oil and gas experience. He made this observation during a public presentation at the Umana Yana on Wednesday. He was speaking at a five-day consultative and partnership workshop collaboratively sponsored by the Government of Guyana, the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest), and the Canadian High Commission. That workshop ended on Thursday.Over the past months, Guyanese from all sections of society have been calling for transparency in the local dealings concerning the emerging oil and gas sector. The call for the release of the contract entered into between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil have intensified over the weeks, but Government remains adamant that if the document were shared it would compromise security.However, Commissioner of Information, Charles Ramson Snr, has promised access to the document. He said the non-disclosure of the details of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between Exxon and the Government does not prevent any citizen from getting details from the Commissioner of Information. He added that if a formal application is made, the information could become available.Ramson Snr has said it is his objective to inform citizens of their right to access information not readily available, and the process through which they can so do.The agreement, signed earlier this year, will see Guyana receiving 50 per cent of the profits along with two per cent royalties following the commencement of production in 2020.Guyana has its own draft Local Content Policy, which was formulated by the Natural Resources Ministry and seen by this publication. According to that Policy, local businesses would be provided with assistance to build capacity.The document sets out that a well-funded and resourced regulatory institution would enforce the policy. A multi-stakeholder group representing local bodies that are involved in the sector would in turn oversee the regulator.The agency’s duties would include monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the licensing and registration process for all suppliers. It will also be in charge of creating databases for suppliers, local professionals and technicians, as well as projects. It is proposed that the body will also set targets for these projects.In relation to royalties, Critch said the issue is complex and is formulated by various governments, depending on their interests.“The royalties and taxation is a complex scheme formulated by Government. Even in Canada, even in Newfoundland and Labrador, it is not the same…it is not always easy for the Government to formulate, because there are differences. Based on the resources out there, you cannot compare one oilfield to the next, because each oilfield needs to be negotiated in its own,” he said.He noted that, in his jurisdiction, the percentage of royalties is changed from time to time, depending on various factors. He added that, in some cases, Government would have to take royalty cuts to ensure that more jobs are being provided for its citizens and better investments are made in the forms of infrastructural and educational development.He said Government needs to take an active role to support the development of a local supply and service industry, along with the education and skills’ training, to ensure that citizens are prepared and can be a part of the industry.Critch said Guyana should have been engaging international bodies a while now to have citizens trained and knowledge shared to ensure readiness when production commences.With production expecting to commence in 2020, Critch said, Guyana should start seeing an influx of revenue immediately following the commencement of production, but he noted that profit-sharing payments would depend on the agreement between Government and the drilling company.The overall estimation of oil already discovered in Guyana is now between 2.25 billion and 2.75 billion oil equivalent barrels. This represents oil bearing rocks found in Liza One, Two, Three and Four wells, Liza Deep, Payara and Snoek. However, oil was not found in commercial quantities at the SkipJack well.About 120 barrels of oil will be produced a day for the first 20 years in Guyana.last_img read more

Fans rave about former Liverpool star for World Cup heroics

first_img 2 However, it has been a different story at the 2018 World Cup this summer.Fans have been blown away by just how well the 26-year-old has been playing in Russia.After screamers against Switzerland and Costa Rica in the opening games, Coutinho provided a world-class assist for Barcelona colleague Paulinho to open the scoring.And the impact the diminutive playmaker has on Brazil has not gone unnoticed. Coutinho lines up a trademark screamer against switzerland It’s fair to say Philippe Coutinho took a while to settle into life at Barcelona.After arriving in January in a multi-million pound deal, the former Liverpool star needed time to adjust to the Barca way of life. Unpopular opinion: Coutinho > Neymar— Diego Maldonado (@Diegoooo_1) June 27, 2018 Coutinho is the Rivaldo if this current crop! Vital without bein’ overly glamorous! #ifyouknowyouknow #BRASRB— Rants N Bants (@rantsnbants) June 27, 2018 Fans have even begun to claim he is more important than the self-indulged superstar Neymar!Check out the best Tweets from fans below! How good is Coutinho by the way?? What a player!— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) June 27, 2018center_img Let’s stop beating around the bush:Philippe Coutinho is, so far, the best player at this World Cup. pic.twitter.com/yegv0SWxvk— totalBarça (@totalBarca) June 27, 2018 2 Coutinho plays a delightful pass over the top for Paulinho to score Neymar was in the shadow of Messi at FC Barcelona so he left to PSGNeymar is in the shadow of Cavani at PSG so he will go to Real MadridNeymar is in the shadow of Coutinho so he must leave Brazil NT— Classical Griezmann (@Griezmannility) June 27, 2018 @Phil_Coutinho at the #WorldCup⁠ ⚽️ Scores stunner vs Switzerland⚽️ Scores winner vs Costa Rica 🎯 World Class assist vs Serbia🔥 Lighting Up The Tournament. pic.twitter.com/X6i3DmhWhJ— SPORF (@Sporf) June 27, 2018 Coutinho is Brazil’s best and most important player. Take Neymar out of this team and Brazil can still win games. Take Coutinho out of this team and Brazil instantly lose all creativity from that midfield. Makes them tick.— Dharma Bhagalia🐐 (@Kloppholic) June 27, 2018last_img read more

Another England star withdraws from squad for Switzerland game through injury

first_imgDele Alli will not be part of England’s squad for the friendly against Switzerland on Tuesday night because of a ‘minor muscle strain’.The Tottenham Hotspur star, who suffered the injury in Saturday’s 2-1 Nations League defeat to Spain, will be treated by his club rather than joining the Three Lions at Leicester’s King Power Stadium. He had reported back to St George’s Park for monitoring but was released back to Manchester United after showing no ill effects.Southgate is scheduled to address the media at 4pm, joined by Leicester defender Harry Maguire on his home patch. latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Luke Shaw was stretchered off at Wembley as well 2 gameday cracker Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed predicted Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware center_img Manager Gareth Southgate had already bolstered his squad with Foxes pair Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray, both of whom could make their debuts at their home ground, and has not called up a replacement for Alli.Both newcomers trained with their new team-mates at St George’s Park on Monday, having won promotion from the under-21s.England wore the logo of Kick It Out during their morning session, with the Switzerland clash dedicated to the equality and inclusion organisation after 25 years of work.Luke Shaw had earlier left the camp following the concussion he suffered in a nasty collision with Dani Carvajal at Wembley. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Alli and Shaw in England training before the Spain game, both are now back at their respective clubs How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings BEST OF tense scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Most read football stories 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

COUNTY’S LANDFILL SITE IN BALLINTRA TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK

first_imgBUNDORAN Town Councillor Diarmaid DohertyThe Ballintra Landfill site is to close next week, Sinn Féin Bundoran Town Councillor Diarmaid Doherty has said.“I have spoken with staff in Donegal County Council today and they have confirmed that the Landfill site in Ballintra is to close next Tuesday. I understand that refuse collectors in the County have been informed of this in a letter sent by the Council,” he said.“This site was scheduled for closure in 2013. The landfill site is currently the only one in the county and I am concerned that poor waste management by the County Council has resulted in the site reaching full capacity earlier than was anticipated. “The Council have given members of the public no notice of the decision to close the site and I am aware that many people use the site to dispose of domestic waste. I would ask the Council to clarify the facilities available to ensure the appropriate disposal of waste, in particular larger items such as household appliances.“It is suggested that the nearest landfill site is a considerable distance away and I would ask the Council to clarify what measures are being taken to offset any additional costs of waste collection services to the consumer.Concluding, Cllr Doherty said: “I feel that the Council have questions to answer in relation to the waste management strategy which led to this result.“I would ask the Council now to intensify their search for an alternative appropriatelandfill site in the county to ensure that the consumer may properly dispose of their waste in a cost effective manner.”   COUNTY’S LANDFILL SITE IN BALLINTRA TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK was last modified: July 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eye Sends Information at Ethernet Rates

first_imgNeuroscientists from Pennsylvania and New Jersey calculated the information rate of the eye.  Using guinea pigs (real guinea pigs, not humans as guinea pigs), they came up with a number and interpolated it for humans:In the classic “What the frog’s eye tells the frog’s brain,” Lettvin and colleagues showed that different types of retinal ganglion cell send specific kinds of information.  For example, one type responds best to a dark, convex form moving centripetally (a fly).  Here we consider a complementary question: how much information does the retina send and how is it apportioned among different cell types?  Recording from guinea pig retina on a multi-electrode array and presenting various types of motion in natural scenes, we measured information rates for seven types of ganglion cell.  Mean rates varied across cell types (6-13 bits • s-1) more than across stimuli.  Sluggish cells transmitted information at lower rates than brisk cells, but because of trade-offs between noise and temporal correlation, all types had the same coding efficiency.  Calculating the proportions of each cell type from receptive field size and coverage factor, we conclude (assuming independence) that the approximately 105 ganglion cells transmit on the order of 875,000 bits • s-1.  Because sluggish cells are equally efficient but more numerous, they account for most of the information.  With approximately 106 ganglion cells, the human retina would transmit data at roughly the rate of an Ethernet connection.Their article, published in Current Biology,1 also discussed the difference between sight and sound processing: specifically, why is auditory information sent to the brain at much higher efficiency?  Frog auditory nerve fibers, for instance, “are reported to encode naturalistic stimuli with an efficiency sometimes reaching approximately 90% of capacity,” three-fold better than optic fibers.  “Naturally one wonders why an optic fiber fares so poorly in these comparisons,” they said, then proposed an answer based on the different ganglion cell types and the difference in information fields between sight and sound:Auditory fibers apparently achieve their high coding efficiency via a “tuned” nonlinear filter that selectively amplifies the anticipated signal.  A similar strategy is apparently used by the mammalian rod bipolar cell to encode single photon responses.  However, this coding strategy, highly effective when the anticipated signal is sparse and well defined, may serve poorly for ganglion cells because the information of biological interest in natural scenes is so varied that highly tuned, nonlinear filters would either reject too much information or require too many cell types.    Given the ganglion cell strategy of broad tuning and equal coding efficiency, why does the retina not send all visual information over one cell type with a high information rate?  This is possibly because the energetic cost of signaling increases nonlinearly with temporal frequency and information rate of individual axons.That’s why many of the ganglion cells are of the “sluggish” variety.  “Because the dominant metabolic cost in neural signaling is associated with spiking, the cables with lower firing rates would save considerable energy.  Likewise, theoretical studies predict that metabolic cost is minimized when signals are distributed over many weakly active cells.”  That may not be the only reason for multiple cell types.  There’s a lot of processing the eye has to do.  Some cells zero in on the narrow details, and others need to summarize a rapidly-changing big picture.  The solution is a mixture of cell types, to optimize the benefits and trade-offs of each sensory strategy:Spatial acuity requires narrow-field cells with a high sampling rate.  Because such a type must necessarily distribute densely, its information rate should be relatively low to reduce costs.  On the other hand, encoding of high stimulus velocities requires extended spatial summation and thus a broad-field cell—plus the ability to transmit at high bit rates so as not to lose the higher temporal frequencies.  Such a cell type must necessarily be expensive, but given the extended dendritic field, this type can be sparse.  Consequently energetic considerations probably interact with other constraints to set the number of cell types and a general information rate of roughly 10 bits • s-1 and 2 bits • spike-1.By the way, the so-called “sluggish” ganglion cells spiked at up to 75 times per second (though averaging 4 per second over the recording time).  Some of the rapid cells spike at over 300 times per second.  No wonder your eyes get tired.    Incidentally, this paper did not mention anything about the evolution of these capabilities for the frog, the guinea pig, or the human.1Koch et al., “How Much the Eye Tells the Brain,” Current Biology, Volume 16, Issue 14, 25 July 2006, pages 1428-1434, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.05.056.When our body’s capabilities are compared with machinery, the comparisons are often wonderful and amazing.  If 10 megabit-per-second ethernet-eyes don’t seem particularly cutting-edge in this age of gigabit-ethernet rates, consider that eyes are only one of millions of sensors across the body transmitting information on touch, taste, smell, and hearing as well as vision.  In its little 3-pound CPU, the brain must process that information 24 x 7 for decades.  Plus, the kind of information your brain handles is in neural-net form, not the serial data that computers process.  It is sent down tiny bundles of neurons in a package that doesn’t short out when you go swimming.Imagine yourself in a recording studio, watching an orchestra playing a score in sync with a new movie about Robinson Crusoe.  Your brain is taking in the complex waveform of a hundred instruments and performing Fourier transforms on it such that you can make out each individual instrument.  Simultaneously, the eyes can see the rapid motions of the violinists’ bows, the action on the screen, and the static information from the studio walls and ceiling.  Millions of touch sensors are sending information on the temperature of the room, the feel of your socks, the comfort of the seat, how hungry you are, and much more.  Your tongue is reporting the mint candy in your mouth.  Your nose is deciphering complex chemical signals in the environment through a series of decoding maps.  The brain filters and focuses on information that is important for each moment.  As the intensity of the music or screen action rises, adrenaline races through your system switching on organs to be ready for action.  Next, your mind is transported to an exotic island, and you become Robinson Crusoe, using all your native senses to the hilt to survive and find your next meal.And this all runs on potatoes! (as Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith used to say), or on lettuce! (for the guinea pig).  Undoubtedly, if we were aware of all the factors involved in the transfer of information from the environment to the mind via our sensory apparatus, the comparison with ethernet transfer rates would seem foolishly simplistic.  In this story we have seen again that the more detail is shared about organic workings, the less there is a tendency to discuss evolution.  Scientific detail is inversely proportional to evolutionary storytelling.    Articles like this also raise interesting philosophical questions.  What is it we are really seeing?  Clearly, the input data is being massaged.  Scientists tell us that there are not really walls and chairs and violins, but quarks separated mostly by empty space.  There are not shades of blue and beige and jade, but electromagnetic waveforms.  There are not sounds, but pressure waves in a gas.  There are not smells, but molecules.  The data points impinging on our sensors go through multiple stages of information transfer from one medium to another before arriving in our brains, with multiple rounds of filtering, processing and interpretation before and after it arrives.  What you see may be what you get, but what you get may not be what really is out there.  But then, also, unless you believe all our internal technology is nothing more than glorified mashed potatoes, you are more than what you eat.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gazing into Energy Efficiency’s Crystal Ball

first_imgThere’s nothing new about the notion that many people respond to economic uncertainty by trying to live more economically. This week, one research company reaffirmed that notion with a take on the market for energy-efficient products and clean-technology services. Another research firm, meanwhile, has been examining consumers’ thinking behind these green purchases.On Tuesday, Pike Research, based in Boulder, Colorado, announced results of a study, titled “Energy Efficient Homes,” that indicates recovery from the recession will be accompanied by solid growth in three energy efficiency categories: the market for home energy audits, which Pike expects will almost triple in size, from $8.1 billion in 2009 to $23.4 billion, by 2014; the retrofit market, with a 31% increase, to $50.2 billion from $38.3 billion, by 2014; and purchases of Energy Star certified refrigerators and clothes washers, generating $21.9 billion in revenue from 2009 to 2014.“Energy efficiency is stepping into the light after a long period of obscurity,” Pike’s managing director, Clint Wheelock, said in the release. The principal market drivers, he noted, include “increased environmental awareness among consumers, government incentives, utility energy efficiency programs, and new offerings and rebates from product manufacturers.”Getting real with marketingBack in December another green-trends researcher, Knoxville-based Shelton Group, presented a list titled “Six consumer trends to watch for 2010.” The list noted in-house survey results showing that while consumers respond favorably to the prospect of saving money through green behavior, they even more strongly embraced the “don’t waste” motivation to conserve. The trends list also pointed to consumers’ increased disenchantment with energy efficiency measures that don’t live up to expectations created by the marketing – and the need for marketers to better manage expectations. Also, the list notes, the prospect of saving money will play a somewhat lesser a role in motivating consumers to go green than the prospect of increased comfort and convenience.As for climate change, Shelton Group surveys show fewer and fewer people believe that it is happening and is caused by human activity – a consequence, in part, says the company, of Climategate. (Pennsylvania State University climatologist Michael Mann, a Climategate figure and major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was this week cleared of scientific misconduct in three claims against him; a fourth claim is being reviewed separately.)Dissecting consumer motivationOverall, though, the kerfuffle over Climategate and the apparent drop-off in the number of global-warming believers aren’t having the expected effect, according to the researcher’s preliminary reading of data it collected for its 2010 Eco Pulse study of consumer trends in the green sector. “It appears that green purchasing behavior and propensity is actually up,” Shelton Group says in a blog post. “We’ve been advising our clients and our blog readers for years that most folks don’t go green to save the planet, and this is just more data to that effect. We’re seeing comfort and convenience continue to take precedence over the environment, and we’re seeing health and safety concerns continue to gain ground in priority in some categories.”We’ll keep our eyes peeled for a summary of the final report.last_img read more

LeBron’s late defense helps Cavs edge Heat without Love

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Cleveland shot just 35 percent and got outrebounded, but for the first time in a long time, the defense was solid. The Cavs hadn’t held a team under 90 points since Nov. 20.“The way we’ve been playing defense lately, we probably would have lost by 30, but we just stayed in the moment,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “I thought guys stayed in tune.”Goran Dragic scored 18 and Josh Richardson had 15 to lead the Heat.FINALLY FEBRUARYThe Cavs are happy to see the calendar turn after going 6-8 to start 2018.“I’m happy January is over,” Dwyane Wade said. “Move on to February, which hopefully is a better month. In this league, you have to have a short memory.”DRAMA KINGSThe Cavs have been enveloped in theatrics all season. There have been injuries, blowout losses, persistent trade rumors and more story lines than a day-time soap opera.“As The Land Turns,” Lue said with a sigh following his pregame media availability.TROUBLED THOMASPlaying his first back-to-back games this season, Cavs guard Isaiah Thomas went 2 of 15 from the floor. He was 0 for 6 on 3-pointers but made all nine free throws.He’s still struggling because of a serious hip injury, but felt good about finishing January on the floor.“My body felt good,” he said. “My legs (are) not there and it’s obvious. But my body is good, my hip felt good and those are positive steps for me mentally to be able to practice back-to-back days and then play in back-to-back games, so it has been a positive month in that aspect.”MIAMI MISSES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Heat were ice cold, and nearly won anyway.“That’s why we really wanted to get this game,” Spoelstra said. “This would have been such a great game to win when we played horribly offensively. To be there at the end, shooting what we did from the 3-point line, free throw line and turnovers on top of that, these are the real gratifying wins if you can find a way — but we didn’t.”TIP-INSHeat: The tragic death of former NBA player Rasual Butler devastated Spoelstra and forward Udonis Haslem. Butler was drafted by Miami and played three seasons there. “It’s horrible, horrible news for all of us,” said Spoelstra, who got emotional talking about Butler, who was killed along with his wife in a single-vehicle rollover in Los Angeles. “He’s one of our favorite people that’s come through the organization.” Haslem is the only player left with the Heat who played with Butler. “Blindsided me,” he said. “I immediately took to Rasual when I got here. Another competitor, guy like myself, fearless.” … Miami fell to 17-6 when holding opponents under 100 points.Cavaliers: James committed six of his seven turnovers in the first half and didn’t get his first assist until 11:16 remained in the third quarter. … Lue started Crowder because he wanted to match up with Johnson, but Cleveland’s lineup could change on a game-to-game basis. … James has scored in double digits in 841 consecutive games — 25 shy of Michael Jordan’s record.UP NEXTHeat: Continue a four-game trip Friday in Philadelphia.Cavaliers: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.center_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH D-League: Che’Lu-San Sebastian bucks slow start, stuns AMA LeBron James scored 24 points and turned away Miami’s James Johnson before he could get off a shot in the final seconds as Cleveland began a long stretch without injured All-Star Kevin Love by holding off the Heat 91-89 on Wednesday night.“I was going downhill against him. I liked what I was doing. The only thing is, he’s LeBron,” Johnson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Cavs clinging to a two-point lead after Kyle Korver made one of two free throws, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound Johnson drove the right side for a potential game-tying shot, but was stopped in his tracks by James on the baseline. Johnson then fumbled the ball away as the horn sounded.“I don’t know if there’s anybody else back there that would have stopped J.J. from getting to the rim,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’ve seen it before. LeBron met him and was able to stop him basically in the paint. I don’t think there’s anybody else in the league who could do that.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives past Miami Heat’s Tyler Johnson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 91-89. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — A dramatic, disturbing month for the Cavaliers ended with a defensive stop.Go figure.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Jae Crowder made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:21 left for the Cavs, who came in as the NBA’s worst defensive team. Cleveland, though, buckled down in big spots and held the Heat to 3-of-28 shooting on 3-pointers.“To win a game on the defensive side with the struggles we’ve had, that’s pretty impressive,” James said. “And versus this team, who’s had one of the best records in the NBA in January. It was a big win for us.”The Cavs rebounded from a troubling loss Tuesday at Detroit — the undermanned Pistons scored 125 points — and prevented the Heat from overtaking them for third place in the Eastern Conference standings.It was Cleveland’s first game since Love broke his left hand. The five-time All-Star is consulting with surgeons in New York, and it’s possible he’ll undergo an operation as early as Thursday. Love, who could miss two months, already has screws in the hand from a previous procedure after he broke it in 2009 with Minnesota.While he’s out, the Cavs have to hold themselves together.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 commentslast_img read more