Arsenal want Monaco boss IF Arsene Wenger leaves this summer – reports

first_img1 Leonardo Jardim Arsenal will reportedly make a move for Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim – if Arsene Wenger leaves the club this summer.The Frenchman is still yet to pen a new contract at the Emirates, despite his current deal expiring in two months.Recent reports have stressed Wenger is still likely to agree a two-year extension with Arsenal, which would extend his stay until June 2019.However, according to Telefoot, in case the 67-year-old does leave, the Gunners have put Jardim at the top of their shortlist.The Portuguese manager has worked wonders at Monaco this season, guiding them to the Champions League semi-finals and the top of Ligue 1.Arsenal chiefs have reportedly been impressed with the 42-year-old and believe he is the man to replace Wenger if he leaves.last_img read more

Molecular Motors Put a Spring in Your Step

first_imgWhen you feel in spring in your step, thank tiny molecular motors in your muscles and tissues that make it possible.A paper in Science by researchers primarily from University of Washington, Seattle, proposed the novel idea that the molecular motors in muscle cells store elastic energy.  Observing flight muscles in moths, they deduced that the springiness of these motors provides an additional boost to the power generate by muscles:Muscles not only generate force. They may act as springs, providing energy storage to drive locomotion. Although extensible myofilaments are implicated as sites of energy storage, we show that intramuscular temperature gradients may enable molecular motors (cross-bridges) to store elastic strain energy…. These results suggest that cross-bridges can perform functions other than contraction, acting as molecular links for elastic energy storage.Researchers from Europe, publishing in PNAS, found that collagen and fibrin exhibit non-linear strain response upon loading.  This is another factor that provides resilience in movement.We show that the nonlinear mechanical response of networks formed from un–cross-linked fibrin or collagen type I continually changes in response to repeated large-strain loading. We demonstrate that this dynamic evolution of the mechanical response arises from a shift of a characteristic nonlinear stress–strain relationship to higher strains. Therefore, the imposed loading does not weaken the underlying matrices but instead delays the occurrence of the strain stiffening. Using confocal microscopy, we present direct evidence that this behavior results from persistent lengthening of individual fibers caused by an interplay between fiber stretching and fiber buckling when the networks are repeatedly strained…. Thus, a fibrous architecture in combination with constituents that exhibit internal plasticity creates a material whose mechanical response adapts to external loading conditions.This behavior is so interesting, they pass the news on to biomimetics engineers: “This design principle may be useful to engineer novel materials with this capability.”Once again, the CEH Law is confirmed: Darwin-talk is inversely proportional to the amount of detail discussed about biological systems. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Chess moves are life moves: Zuma

first_img24 December 2010Quick thinking was the order of the day at the recent Moves for Life chess tournament in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Moves for Life patron Jacob Zuma was in attendance, squaring off against some formidable youngsters – and planning the next move in taking the game to even more South Africans.South African President Jacob Zuma, whose love for the game of strategy is well-known, had a trick or two to show the smart kids at Wednesday’s tournament.The participants came from all over KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng province. Among those in attendance were international master Watu Kobese and South African champion Kgaogelo Mosetle.Unlocking potentialMoves for Life met with Zuma at his house in Nkandla this week to plan their next move in taking the game that teaches logic and problem-solving skills to even more South African children.According to its website, Moves for Life helps to unlock people’s potential through exposure to the game of chess, with its unique features enabling an innovative, structured programme for chess education from the lowest grades up.“The basic analytical functions required to play chess are of the same nature as the brain functions required to tackle subjects such as maths and science,” says Moves for Life. “Chess training, at any level of competence, helps people to tackle logic-based problems like those found in maths and science.”Reaching out to more placesThe Moves for Life tournament is in its second year, and there are plans to make it even bigger.“The President wants us to reach out to more places, particularly where there are previously disadvantaged people,” tournament organiser Sandile Xulu told BuaNews. “Next year, we plan to move to other rural areas because people want us to, and the response has been great.”Moves for Life will also partner with KwaZulu Chess, co-founded by President Zuma, to roll out a chess programme for schools from February.Ten schools in KwaZulu-Natal, including schools in Nkandla and Richards Bay, will be among the first targeted. Xulu said they hoped to reach still more schools in the near future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Bret Davis elected to American Soybean Governing Committee

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Soybean Association board member, Bret Davis of Delaware County, was elected to serve on the Governing Committee of the American Soybean Association. Bret joins farmers from around the country who will work to represent the legislative and policy interests of U.S. soybean farmers.“We congratulate Bret on being elected to the Governing Committee,” said Adam Graham, OSA president and Logan County farmer. “He has been a great leader here in Ohio and I know he will work hard to represent U.S. soybean farmers well.”Bret Davis farms on Davis Farms near Delaware where he grows over 3,000 acres of soybeans and corn. He serves on both the OSA and Ohio Soybean Council Board of Trustees and is in his second term with ASA. Bret has served as OSA President, Chairman, Vice President and Treasurer. He holds a designation as a Certified Crop Advisor and is a past president of both the FSA Board and the Delaware County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the FFA and earned his American FFA Degree.last_img read more

Website and App Downtime Tuesday, September 11

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Site Upgrade Tuesday – Site and Mobile Apps DownDecember 1, 2010In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching.com and Geocaching App Downtime on Tuesday, April 8April 6, 2014In “Maker Madness” On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Geocaching.com, Waymarking.com, Wherigo.com and all related mobile applications, including 3rd party applications will be going down for several hours as we perform site maintenance. Geocaching HQ products will go offline around 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (convert to your local time). Downtime is expected to last four hours.During this scheduled maintenance window, we are upgrading the infrastructure of our products to provide geocachers with increased site performance, security and room to expand. Follow us on Twitter during this downtime for the latest updates.Start followingShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Colorado’s Low-Income Solar Model

first_imgMissing the solar revolutionThe NREL report, authored by Jeffrey Cook and Monisha Shah, points out that low-income households spend proportionately more of their money on energy than others. One study of 48 U.S. cities showed the median energy burden for low-income households was 7.2%, more than double the burden for the median household across all cities. In some cases it was much higher.One way of reducing energy costs is by installing on-site PV systems, but the NREL report says this boom has largely been reserved for middle- and upper-income families. In California, for example, only about 5% of all residential PV installations were on homes with annual incomes of less than $40,000.“If this trend holds true in many other states, PV may disproportionately benefit higher-income families nationally,” the authors said.Colorado addressed the problem with a 2010 law called the Community Solar Garden Act, which required developers of community solar projects to make sure that at least 5% of their subscribers were low-income households. Since then, the Colorado Energy Office has expanded efforts by supporting community solar projects that were completely earmarked for low-income households and by incorporating PV into state weatherization programs.Until 2005, photovoltaics were not eligible for funding under the federal Weatherization Assistance Program. Through the Energy Policy Act approved that year, weatherization funds could be used for up to $3,000 worth of solar on an individual residence, providing the state could show the Department of Energy that adding solar to its program would be cost-effective. (The limit has since been raised.) The state has also tapped into federal money distributed under the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to pay for weatherization programs.Xcel Energy, the state’s largest investor-owned utility, helps subsidize the cost of PV installations using money it collects under a renewable energy portfolio fee, the NREL report says. From 2017 to 2019, the number of households getting PV is limited to 300, with the capacity of each system capped at 3.5 kW.Roughly 11% of Colorado residents are what the NREL report calls “energy impoverished,” meaning they spend more than 10% of their annual household income on energy. Energy-efficiency improvements typically include the replacement of refrigerators and light bulbs, and adding insulation in the attic, around ducts, and in walls. In addition to savings from those improvements, households that also got PV installations could see annual energy savings of $400 or more, the NREL report said.Joseph Pereira, director of low-income services for the Colorado Energy Office, told Inside Climate News that making solar available to more low-income people also helps address a basic fairness question. Low-income electricity customers pay the same renewable energy fee to their utility as any other customer, he said, but they get a disproportionately smaller share of direct benefits.“From an equity standpoint, it was really time to get some of that money moving in the low-income direction,” he said. In all, eight community solar projects have been developed that help some 400 low-income subscribers reduce their electricity bills by between 15% and 50%.Colorado is one of a dozen states and the District of Columbia that have PV programs for low-income households. Colorado’s program is not the largest, but it is viewed as a model because officials developed a step-by-step process that could be adapted successfully by other states.“Ultimately, the Colorado Energy Office strategy is only one example of how states can develop a comprehensive approach to support PV deployment among low-income residents,” a recent report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) said. “Nevertheless, [Colorado’s] efforts offer a clear roadmap for other states …” Solving Energy PovertyEfficiency Advocates to Study Energy AuditsEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New Generation Weatherization Assistance Program: Getting the Facts StraightIs Weatherization Cost-Effective?Low-Income Housing: Problems and Solutions Colorado is expanding its energy assistance efforts to make solar electricity available to more low-income households. The state is using a systematic approach that experts say could be a “clear roadmap” for other states.A report posted at Inside Climate News says that photovoltaic (PV) arrays rated at 20 megawatts, all earmarked for low-income residents, should be installed by the end of next year. That includes rooftop solar systems at some homes as well as a number of community solar facilities that collectively serve hundreds of households.Rooftop PV arrays have been installed by county and regional weatherization offices that already were adding insulation and making other energy-efficiency improvements for low-income residents. One county weatherization official called the expansion into solar “the next logical step” in helping low-income people lower their energy bills.In addition to installing rooftop solar on individual homes, Colorado’s Energy Office also is backing a number of community solar projects. They include the 2-megawatt Coyote Ridge Solar Farm in Fort Collins, which is thought to be the largest low-income community solar facility in the U.S. It was installed by the nonprofit Grid Alternatives in conjunction with the local utility, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association.center_img RELATED ARTICLES Getting the cost of PV downIn a telephone call, Pereira said that PV installations help solve an inherent weakness in conventional weatherization programs. Data gathered by his office show that low-income residents spend about 50% of their energy budgets on home heating and the other 50% on electricity unrelated to heating.“We have a long-standing weatherization program that does a great job and saves customers a lot of money, but it really doesn’t save on the electric side of that ledger,” he said. “We didn’t embark on solar for solar’s sake. The data really led us to the idea that we could use solar, be it rooftop or community solar, to achieve our goals, which was to put low-income customers’ expenditures in parity with the rest of the state.”The goal is not to “give away free electricity,” he added, but to make sure these customers have about the same energy burden as customers who have more money. That means a reduction in power bills of 30% to 50%.When the program began, the state was paying installers about $3.60 per watt for the installations. But since then, they’ve knocked about $1 off the cost, due largely to steep reductions in the soft costs that installers typically would have to cover. Pereira said the program’s internal target is $2 a watt.In deciding which homes get solar and which don’t, program officials are bound by federal guidelines that require at least a 1-to-1 payback. That is, for every $1 spent on solar the benefit to the customer must be at least $1.“We’re not putting solar on any homes where it’s not cost effective to do so,” he said. “That is, the customer receives benefits greater than the investment we make. We’re seeing positive numbers. We’re seeing a 1.8 to 2.4 return on investment.”The expansion of conventional weatherization improvements to include solar is just an acknowledgement that the utility landscape is more dynamic now than it has been in the past, Pereira said. “This isn’t any magic thing,” he said. “It’s just more responsive to the world we’re in now.”last_img read more

In Sales? How You Can Distinguish Bad Products from Good

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#product quality#Products#sales#sales pitch#sales proposition Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Presentation Management: Key Component to the E… A career in sales is supposed to be lucrative and fulfilling, not frustrating. Good salespeople consistently close deals and increase their earnings, developing wide networks of happy customers along the way.Why, then, do so many salespeople struggle to live out the professional success of their dreams? Drive, training, persistence, and empathy all impact sales success, but one factor stands out above the rest: quality products.Don’t believe the hype that a good salesperson can sell anything. Customers today are more cautious about what, where, and how they buy. According to The ROBO Economy, a sales report from Bazaarvoice, 82 percent of smartphone users look up products online before they make in-store purchases. If they see a lot of negative reviews, they’ll drop the product and move on — regardless of how charming a salesperson might be.For anyone trying to make a living in sales, this new digital reality means product quality is more important than ever. Buyers are wary of bad deals, and today, they have all the resources they need to sniff them out. Salespeople looking for dependable, scalable incomes have to be cautious about which companies and products they choose to support.Use this process to determine whether a product is worth selling:1. Act like a buyer.Would you choose this brand over others? It’s easy to talk yourself into preferring your supplier’s product, but it’s another thing to convince a person who has better options elsewhere.Look at general review sites to see how comparable products stack up. If the product is more niche, check out industry-specific review sites to see how the public perceives the available options.“When you believe in the products and love them yourself, that comes across in a way that is much more authentic than if you didn’t have any connection,” says Mari Coyle, director of wine of ONEHOPE Wine. “Our wine is fantastic, made by a team of highly accredited winemakers based in Napa. In addition to that, every bottle supports a charitable cause, so the salesperson’s authentic story becomes part of the company story.” Coyle says people can sense whether a salesperson genuinely likes what she’s selling.2. Practice pitching to a tough crowd.Practicing in the mirror might help you maintain eye contact, but when it comes to overcoming objections, it’s better to work with a partner.Ask people in your network or social circle to help you test a prospective pitch. Encourage them not to hold back. You’re not trying to “win” this deal — you’re trying to determine if the product is worth advocating for.After a few rounds of practice, review your notes and think about how the conversations went. Did you feel like you were forced into an indefensible position based on a flaw in the product? Don’t get bogged down by personal preferences — some of the people you pitch won’t have any interest in the product, regardless of the brand behind it.3. Look at the current sales team.The best way to see if a product is worth selling is to look at the people already selling it. Are they successful and happy? Have they been selling the product for several years or just a few months? Does the brand have a small number of successful sellers, a large team of middling sellers, or another mix?Strong products attract strong salespeople. No one wants to waste time and energy generating demand for a product that has none. If the product is good, the team should be excited to sell it and visibly engaged with the target audience.Check out company reviews on Glassdoor to see what the salespeople say. When salespeople talk about high earning potential and empowerment, that’s a plus. When they talk about frustrations and silence from leadership, they could just be bad apples — or they could be on to something.4. Evaluate the competition.If consumers want to buy something, odds are good that more than one company fulfills that need. Look at competing products and brands in the space to determine which ones are most popular. Does your prospective product own most of the market? If not, does it have a loyal fanbase or a differentiating factor?Your product doesn’t have to be the biggest name in the market to be successful. The size of the market determines the sales potential. A product that only owns 5 percent of a $10 billion market, for instance, offers far more potential than a product that owns 90 percent of a $10 million market.Just as there are a few unscrupulous salespeople in the world, there are some companies that make bad products and swindle honest sellers into hawking junk. Don’t get tricked into selling a bad product for peanuts when you could be living the high life. Before you accept a new sales opportunity, consider whether the quality of the product deserves your loyalty. Connected Digital Assistants will Change the Wa… Skyrocket Your Instagram Marketing with Busines…last_img read more

Deconstructing the Scene: Raiders of the Lost Ark

first_imgLet’s take a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how Steven Spielberg and company crafted one of the most iconic sequences in film history: The golden idol scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.Top image via NY Daily NewsBehind-the-scenes peeks are a perfect way to understand everything that goes into making movie magic. Let’s look at the iconic opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark, from previsualization to post-production.For reference, watch the scene one more time. The video below picks up just after the opening credits, as Indy and Satipo enter the temple and find themselves in the chamber of the golden idol.Video via Noble TreizeDevelopmentGeorge Lucas and Steven Spielberg developed the base concept for Raiders of the Lost Ark back in 1977, just as Star Wars was being released worldwide. It wasn’t long before Lawrence Kasdan was brought on to write several drafts of the script. The entire film hinged on setting the stage for the character and the narrative in the opening sequence.As for the character of Dr. Henry Jones Jr., Spielberg and company looked to Charlton Heston and his character from The Secret of the Incas. Then for the actual opening sequence itself, Spielberg remembered the seventh issue of the classic Uncle Scrooge Comic, “The Seven Cities of Cibola,” which gave him the inspiration to develop the temple sequence.Images via Paramount and MarvelOnce the final script was developed, Lucas and Spielberg shopped the film to the studios, which proved difficult given the budget needed for the film. Paramount finally took a chance on the film, though budget concerns were expressed. Lucas and Spielberg knew they were going to have to stay on task and on budget — something Spielberg had not done in his previous three films.Pre-ProductionIn order for Spielberg to stay on task and on budget, he had his artists craft storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark. These storyboards included the iconic temple sequence with the golden idol and out-of-control boulder.Image via Amblin EntertainmentStoryboarding isn’t for everyone — some directors like to use only a shot list — however storyboarding can be extremely helpful, as we’ve covered before here on PremiumBeat. Spielberg developed his traditional stick figures and then gave those drawings to his artists to convert into the final storyboards. These storyboards, as seen above, allowed the crew to see the director’s vision before a camera ever even rolled.Image via Elstree Film StudiosNow that everything was written out and storyboarded, the director and crew turned to production. The majority of the opening sequence was shot on set at Elstree Studios in the United Kingdom. However, exterior shots for this sequence were completed at Kauai island in Hawaii, the same location Spielberg would use years later to film Jurassic Park.Set DesignSet design is crucial to the success of a film, as quality set design will allow the audience to become lost in the world of the film. For the opening sequence of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg and company knew that converting the Elstree Studios soundstage into a Peruvian temple was going to be a tough task — but if done correctly, it would transport the audience to another place and time.Image via ScreencrushIn the image above, you can see the exterior shells of the set that make up the individual areas of the temple. The key for production designer Norman Reynolds was to make sure that each of the sets looked authentic while giving Spielberg and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe the freedom to frame and capture the images they desired.Practical EffectsSpielberg wanted to utilize practical effects as much as possible for the project, as this would give the film a very classic serial adventure type of feel. The VFX team from ILM worked closely with the director and set designer Norman Reynolds to ensure that every element on set felt real and authentic.Image via ScreencrushJust like set design, visual effects, no matter if digital or practical, have to fit within the existing mise-en-scène. Effects must not stand out — rather, they must blend seamlessly into the set design.Image via ScreencrushLuckily for Spielberg, he had an amazing group of VFX artists who had recently wrapped up duties on another little project called Star Wars. While there aren’t a wide range of special effects in the opening sequence, it does have its fair share: the prosthetic Satipo, the small arrows in the idol chamber, the fiberglass boulder (that weighed around 800 lbs), and even the Golden Idol with mechanical eyes.CinematographyThanks to storyboards, Spielberg and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe had the entire film already mapped out, which allowed them to begin shooting quickly, instead of searching for the shot.Image via Paramount PicturesEven though Spielberg and his artists crafted the storyboards and notated where movement was needed, Slocombe added his own visual flair to the film as well. Throughout this sequence, Slocombe utilized longer takes, some of which dolly in or out. These are utilized to convey a sense of tension, or in the case of Sapito, a sense of relief.This visual construction is in stark contrast to the twelve quick cuts that Slocombe used moments earlier to introduce Indy to the audience, as well as the composition of the images to come.Image via Paramount PicturesWhen Indy finally makes his way to the idol and swaps it out for the bag of sand, Spielberg and Slocombe change the pace and framing of the film. While there’s one dolly shot as Indy runs through the chamber, a majority of the shots are locked down on sticks and are short in duration. This escalates the pacing of the film to coincide with the frantic action. However, it still takes an editor to put this all together.EditingMichael Kahn is an absolute genius when it comes to editing. For Raiders of the Lost Ark, he utilized Spielberg’s storyboards and Slocombe’s perfectly paced visuals to craft an amazing story. However, it’s more than just trimming and pasting into place.Image via Paramount PicturesKahn utilized the all important technique known as the J-cut, plus the occasional L-cut in some instances. In the image above, Indy is about to exchange the bag of sand for the idol. As the idol sinks and triggers the booby-traps, sound effects created by Ben Burtt hint at something dangerous — then there’s jump cut to a wide shot as Indy realizes the walls are crumbling around him. This ends the slower pace of the scene’s beginning and unleashes a new frantic pace for the remainder of the sequence.Image via Paramount PicturesKahn didn’t just stop with the chamber destruction either. He utilized another J-cut as Indy hears something happening behind him. Kahn jump cuts to a wide shot, revealing a boulder rolling toward Indy. So, even though everything was “laid out” for him in the storyboards and in-camera cuts, Kahn still had to go through the edit and make sure everything made sense and that specific techniques were used to aid the audience experience.Musical CompositionJust as cinematographer Douglas Slocombe and editor Michael Kahn utilized the pacing of the film to emotionally effect the audience, conductor John Williams had to do the same thing with the film score.Image via IMDbKnowing where and how to use the right music is crucial. Williams starts the sequence with a slow, tension-filled score. When the idol drops, the music changes and the brass section rises as the score picks up pace. So, as apparent above, there are several components that go into crafting a scene. The key to pulling off these scenes is planning, planning, and more planning. Once you have your vision, put it down in a tangible medium. Once you do this, then you can really begin to build your scene before you ever even roll on a single camera. This will aid you greatly during principle photography and post-production alike.What other iconic movie scenes would you like to see from behind the scenes? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Choosing the Direction in Which You Are Being Pulled

first_imgHoward Schultz, the Chairman, and CEO of Starbucks is stepping down from his role as CEO. He is doing so for the following two reasons: first, he wants to lead the development of a new offering, and second, he wants to do more with Starbucks’ social responsibility programs.Pulled Apart at the SeamsWhat is this new offering? It’s a $12.00 cup of coffee. The coffee is going to be brewed from spectacularly rare beans and in very small batches. This $12.00 cup of coffee is also going to be brewed differently, like some kind of fusion brew, or something.At the very same time that this story is making news, it is also being reported that Amazon.com was responsible for 31 percent of all Thanksgiving weekend spending online. If you are a retailer, you felt a sharp pain in your heart. Bezos is the alpha predator, the Great White shark, and he is chomping up everything in sight.What does this mean for you and me? Here is my take. Markets are being torn in two. Literally.Things that can be made more transactional are being pulled sharply in that direction. Amazon.com believes that retailers don’t add a lot of value to most purchases and that people prefer the convenience of buying what they want and having it delivered straight to their doorstep (in some cases, the same day).Who is suffering because of Amazon’s ascendance? Walmart. The problem with a transactional model now is that technology can enable competitors to be even more transactional.Don’t lose hope here; stay wth me. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.Where greater value can be created, things are being sharply pulled in that direction. I pay $2.35 for a large cup of Starbucks coffee. I have paid for their special reserve coffees. Coffee is one of my very favorite things on Earth, and I believe that it is worth paying more for that experience. Many of you will read this newsletter on an Apple device, one that had a higher price than the alternatives available to you.There is a market for people who will pay for something much better than average. There are people who want to pay more for something exceptional. The people willing to pay more in one area may choose to transact in other areas.This is important because most of us aren’t going to benefit by trying to be more transactional. If you think it is difficult to win clients with a higher price, try winning clients when you are not different than your competitors. More still, trying running a business with razor thin margins. Being exceptional in some way that is meaningful to the clients you serve is a better–and safer–long term strategy.What makes you worth paying more to obtain?Which way are you being pulled, and what does that mean for your future?last_img read more

Pacers use late-game magic to slip past Orlando

first_imgRead Next Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) scores in front of Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. APINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson delivered the perfect combination for the Indiana Pacers.After watching their fatigued and foul-prone teammates spend most of the first 3 1/2 quarters scrambling to stay close, the tag-team energizers took matters into their own hands Saturday night. They drove and dished, they made shots and they defended.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in 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’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It was a knockout finish.Oladipo scored 24 points, Stephenson added a season-high 21, each had five rebounds and six assists, and the Pacers overcame a late 10-point deficit to get past the struggling Orlando Magic 114-112.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When that energy (is there), when the crowd is into it, the players are into it, the bench is into it — it’s unlike any other,” Oladipo said. “It’s a great environment to be a part of. It might be a little tougher you know, playing as hard as we did yesterday and coming in (tonight) and trying to repeat. But it’s a part of the NBA.”The Pacers powered through on grit. LATEST STORIES Magic coach Frank Vogel expected nothing less from his former team.Each time he sensed the Pacers were about to make a run, Vogel called timeout even after the Pacers cut a 106-96 deficit to 106-95 on Sabonis’ layup with 5:32 to go.But the last timeout didn’t slow down Oladipo, Stephenson or the Pacers, who scored the next six points to take a 111-106 lead.Gordon had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and Evan Fournier wound up with 19 points for the Magic, who have lost seven straight in the series and 19 of their last 22. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After trailing by as much as 21, Oladipo’s 21-footer in the midst of a 15-0 run finally gave the Pacers their first lead at 107-106 with 3:30 to play. And they closed it out by finishing the game on an 18-6 run over the final 6:15.Still, it almost wasn’t enough.After Domantas Sabonis missed 1 of 2 free throws with 20.5 seconds to go, Orlando got two chances to tie the score and one to win it.But Aaron Gordon missed a 16-footer with 12.5 seconds left then missed two free throws with 7.9 seconds to go and Jonathan Simmons missed the go-ahead 3-pointer before Oladipo finally corralled the last rebound.“We knew it was going to be a tough second half. We played lockdown defense and we fed off of (the energy),” Stephenson said. “I know we had a tough rebounding night, but we made up for it. We just kept playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Wall held out as Wizards overwhelm Hawks Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But he didn’t start.“We’re going to be patient with his return and work him back into the rotation,” coach Nate McMillan said before the game. “And Domantas has been doing a pretty good with the starting unit.”In less than 11 minutes, Turner had four points three rebounds and no blocks.FIGHTING THROUGHVogel wasn’t sure how long he’d last on the sideline.During pre-game availability, Vogel acknowledged he’s tried myriad treatments to fight off a cold and his voice was still pretty weak.“I’m going to try to coach but I’ve been coughing an awful lot so we’ll see how that goes,” Vogel said.He did make it through but is now 0-3 at Indiana and 0-7 against his former team. “We knew we’d have to win the second half different than we won the first half, our intensity would have to be greater,” Vogel said. “That’s what it looked like, and we weren’t able to hang on.”TIP-INSMagic: Elfrid Payton had 12 points and five assists on a night Orlando shot 54.5 percent from the field and scored 70 points in the first half. … Only 10 opponents have failed to score at least 100 points against the Magic this season. … Orlando has lost 18 of its last 20 to Indiana, dating to March 2013, and hasn’t won in Indianapolis since 2014.Pacers: Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Sabonis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. … After shooting 33.3 percent in the first quarter, Indiana shot 63.4 percent from the field in the second half. … Indiana has given up 143 points in the first half of its last two games. … The Pacers have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Orlando.HE’S BACKPacers center Myles Turner returned to action Saturday after missing the previous nine games with an injured right elbow. 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