SAINT Eunan’s College boys are through to the McLarnon Cup semi-final after a superb victory over St Columb’s College, Derry, tonight.The Letterkenny (and surrounding areas!) boys trailed the Derry lads at half-time under the floodlights at Celtic Park this evening, 1-03 to 0-05.But with the aid of the breeze and some wonderful play, St Eunan’s overcame their hosts despite losing captain Conor O’Donnell to a black-card mid-way through the second half. The St Eunan’s team was full of other leaders tonight, including man of the match Oisin Carr eventually winning by 2 points, 0-11 to 1-06. ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE THROUGH TO McLARNON CUP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: February 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:GAAMcLarnon CupSt Columb’s college DerrySt.Eunan’s College
Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade ADVICE silverware Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius will spend the next two season on loan at Besiktas. Latest Football News Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal His errors in the Champions League final against Real Madrid saw the Reds lose 3-1 in Kiev and another mistake in pre-season, against Tranmere Rovers, saw the club move to sign Alisson from Roma for a world-record fee.And now he’s cost his new club all three points as they drew 1-1 with Bursaspor on Sunday night.Having held the lead through former Liverpool star Ryan Babel, Besiktas were hit with four minutes to go as Diafra Sakho turned the ball home with Karius in no man’s land having foolishly gone to claim the cross. highlights possible standings England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won impact RANKED It doesn’t get any better for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius.Now on a two-year loan with Besiktas, the German shot-stopper was all set for new start in his career but on his debut for Turkish club was up to his old tricks again. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 1 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Karius should just become a model or something tbh pic.twitter.com/hvb87dhwRf— LF (@liamfaircioud) September 2, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move
(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If we kept track of all the nano-scopic processes that keep us alive, we would be giga-astonished.Origami prize: Two scientists won the Lasker Prize, Nature reports, for discovering how cellular machines in the endoplasmic reticulum help assemble and fold proteins. This is vital, because misfolded proteins can build up in the cells and tissues of the body, leading to major health problems. One of the researchers, Kazutoshi Mori, described her feelings at the wonder of discovery:We wanted to find the molecular machinery that allows one component of the cell to talk to another. There was virtually nothing known about what was taking place…. The deeper we dove, however, the more complex it became and the more beautiful it became….We discovered machinery by which the cell has the capacity to fold the protein properly and pathway by which this happened. We mapped the components of the pathway and everything turned out to be more exciting than we could have hoped for.Self-repairing heart: There are stem cells in the coronary arteries on hand to repair damaged heart tissues, Science Daily reveals. Research at Vanderbilt shows that you are not stuck with the same heart you had as a child; stem cells continually regenerate heart tissue. Heart failure is not so much an issue of growing old, but of failure in the built-in repair mechanisms that keep the heart ticking.Resonant neurons: How can nerves communicate over long distances in the body and brain? The answer may be resonant frequences, an article on Science Daily suggests. Scientists at the University of Freiberg identified resonances that may help neurons share information:Not all nerve cells excite other cells; some inhibit the activity of others. This means that the activity in a network can oscillate around a certain level of activity as a result of the interplay of excitation and inhibition. These networks typically have preferred frequencies at which oscillations are particularly strong, just as a taut string on a violin has a preferred frequency. If the activity tunes into this frequency, pulses propagate much farther. As the scientists point out, the combination of oscillatory signals together with resonance induced amplification may be the only possible form of long distance communication in certain cases. They further suggest that a network’s ability to change its preferred frequency may play a role in the way how information is at times processed differently in the brain.Eye haze filter: Yellow pigments in the macula of the eye may act as a haze filter, Medical Xpress reported about findings at the University of Georgia. “We’ve found that the yellow filters out the effects of blue haze,” Billy Hammond said. “The pigment affects how far people can see outdoors and how they can adapt to their environment.”Skin calculator: We know that brain neurons interact heavily to perceive and plan many things, but did you know that neurons in the skin have some of that calculating ability? Medical Xpress says that tactile neurons perform “advanced calculations” before the brain gets the message of touch:“Perhaps the most surprising result of our study is that these peripheral neurons, which are engaged when a fingertip examines an object, perform the same type of calculations done by neurons in the cerebral cortex. Somewhat simplified, it means that our touch experiences are already processed by neurons in the skin before they reach the brain for further processing” says Andrew Pruszynski.Trash truck antennas: Scientists at Salk Institute found that two receptors on macrophages, the trash-collecting cells of the immune system, are specialized for specific roles. Previously, the two types of receptors were thought to be interchangeable, but this new finding shows that the two work cooperatively on the vital task of keeping our tissues and vessels free of dead-cell trash that accumulates normally as we live and move.Cilia motor: Thank God for dynein-2, a molecular motor that delivered cargo to the cilia on your cells during development. Malfunctioned cilia, Medical Xpress says, are responsible for many health problems called ciliopathies, resulting in things like “blindness, deafness, chronic respiratory infections, kidney disease, heart disease, infertility, obesity and diabetes.” Researchers at Bristol University found, for the first time, how human cytoplasmic dynein-2 works, by identifying “new components of the motor” (it’s called a “motor” nine times in the brief article).Don’t underestimate your mind’s eye is the headline of an article on Medical Xpress about the “image processing” the eye performs on a scene before your brain sees it. You can see much more than what you think, “thanks to your finely tuned mind’s eye, which processes images without your even knowing.” Results of experiments at the University of Arizona bear on philosophical questions about perception, shedding light on “why we sometimes make decisions—stepping into a street, choosing not to merge into a traffic lane—without really knowing why.” Even objects we are not consciously perceiving can influence our actions, they found: “we have now shown that the meaning of an object can be accessed before conscious perception,” showing there is more interplay before memory and perception than previously thought.Most of these articles had little use for evolutionary concepts. The last one, though, speculated that the ability to respond subliminally makes “evolutionary sense.”On “evolutionary sense,” see sophoxymoroniac in the Darwin Dictionary.Setting aside the Darwinspeak (a kind of Newspeak), these articles should cause us to stand in awe of the glory of the Creator of these marvels. Is that your response?
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you have read my previous article, when I wrote on Brazil’s corn production and the massive export record established this year, a question might have popped into your mind. How on earth is Brazil being able to export so much corn (and soybeans) if the country is well known for its terrible logistics? And, if you are really into the agricultural markets, memories of some famous photos of dozens of trucks waiting in line on some muddy road may have emerged. Some Brazilian regions still have serious logistical problems, especially when compared to the United States. In 2018, the cost per metric ton to ship soybeans from Davenport, Iowa to Shanghai, China through the U.S. Gulf reached $88.80, according to USDA data. For Sorriso, Mato Grosso (Brazil’s top producer state), shipping soybeans to the same Chinese region, using the Brazilian port of Santos, cost $122.08 per metric ton.That difference, of course, means that farmers who grow soybeans in Sorriso, located 1,190 miles from the port of Santos, in southeastern Brazil, received less for their production. While farmers in Davenport got $9.15 per bushel, the 2018 average price received by farmers in Sorriso was $8.33.The main reason for that difference is the type of transportation used to move grains from producing regions to export ports in each country. While the United States has a well-developed transportation system based on an efficient combination of rail, barge and truck, Brazil heavily relies on trucks, for many reasons that include some choices made in the past such as government incentives to the automotive industry in the early 1950s, which contributed to pushing railroads aside. Geographical and environmental peculiarities, along with several economic crises, also played a role in putting trucks and poorly maintained roads at the center of Brazil’s transportation system.The big increase in grain production in Brazilian central and northern states over the last three decades just added more drama to an already poor infrastructure, resulting in trucks stuck along the way, trying to reach ports that had not been built to attend that kind of demand. Brazil’s main ports, Santos and Paranaguá, were built in the late nineteenth century, to ship coffee produced in the states of São Paulo and Paraná, not soybeans and corn grown more than 1,000 miles away.Although southern states continue to be very significant in grain production, Brazil’s production map has turned upside down since the 1990s, with central and northern states becoming more and more important. Thirty years ago, they produced 36% of Brazil’s soybean and corn output. Now, they represent 61%.What Brazil needed, therefore, was to turn its logistics upside down too, avoiding, as far as possible, covering such long distances using only trucks. And some important changes have been made for a few years now, through private and public investment in road improvements, rail, barge and, last but not least, ports in the north of the country.Five years ago, the so-called “Northern Arc ports” shipped 19% and 12% of Brazil’s soybean and corn exports, respectively. Now in 2019, their share jumped to 32% and 33%. By the end of the year, 35 million metric tons of soybeans and corn will be shipped by the northern ports, compared to 11.1 million in 2014.That is a great achievement, no doubt. But much is yet to be done, especially when it comes to improving roads and railroads between producing regions and the northern ports. And investors seem to be interested in doing that, especially the Chinese, who recently announced infrastructure projects in the states of Maranhão and Pará. It might take time, probably several decades, to have something remotely similar to what the United States has. But it seems that Brazil has finally woken up.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts The next time Xbox 360 users start up their gaming consoles, they’ll be prompted to accept the update, which will arrive as all Xbox 360 updates do, via the Internet.After installation, you’ll be able select TV shows and movies recommended by Netflix, and play, pause, fast forward or rewind videos using the sound of your voice or gestures. Also new is an exclusive recommendations channel where a smart engine suggests movies or TV shows, based on viewing habits and what’s in your Netflix Instant queue. This channel will be entirely controller-free.Netflix is available to Xbox LIVE Gold members, who are also Netflix members in the U.S. and Canada. There are currently 20 million Netflix customers in these markets, and 30 million active members on Xbox LIVE.You can see an early demo (well, virtual demo) of this integration in this video from CES 2011 in January. Kinect support for Netflix is arriving today, Microsoft just announced. The update will allow the motion-controlled gaming system add-on to control Netflix content on the Microsoft Xbox 360. According to Larry Hryb, also known as “Major Nelson” among Xbox fans, with the updated software installed, you’ll be able to control the Netflix interface with just a wave of your hand or the sound of your voice. sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ReadWriteWeb’s editor Richard MacManus recently took a deeper look at the Kinect platform, and how it’s the future of Windows, as well as its broader impact on the way we use technology. You can read more about that here. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Microsoft#news#Video Services#web
Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Last weekend I attended the Fourth Annual North American Passive House Conference in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. The conference offered a great opportunity to learn more about the Passivhaus standard and to discuss low-energy buildings with an experienced group of architects, engineers, and builders.Among the most valuable sessions offered at the conference:The Passivhaus advocates I met at the conference are responsible for some of the best new buildings in the country — buildings with extraordinarily low energy budgets. These exemplary buildings can inspire all designers of low-energy buildings to sharpen their pencils.Unfortunately, the launch of the Passivhaus movement in North America hasn’t been particularly smooth. Some Passivhaus advocates have reacted defensively to legitimate technical questions from knowledgeable American builders. On the other side, the chance for fruitful dialogue has been hampered by a few Passivhaus critics who have adopted an unnecessarily adversarial tone. Fortunately, these bumps are only public relations problems; they shouldn’t seriously detract from the great accomplishments that Passivhaus builders have achieved.Clearing Up MisconceptionsIn my opinion, the Passivhaus movement in North America needs to do a better job at disassociating its message from a package of misconceptions. It’s important to emphasize the core strength of Passivhaus — namely, the fact that PHPP software provides a sophisticated method for designing and constructing buildings that use very low levels of energy — and to clearly separate this message from a collection of red herrings originating in Europe:Red herring number one: Very low U-factor windows (U-0.14) are necessary “for the comfort of the occupants.” It’s true that occupant comfort is one of the benefits of high-quality triple-glazed windows. It’s also true that windows with a very low U-factor may be necessary to meet the Passivhaus goal of 15 kWh/m2. But a very high level of occupant comfort… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
A conversation with Glenn Hourahan of ACCAI spoke with two people involved with the letter: Glenn Hourahan, PE, of ACCA and David Karmol of the International Code Council (ICC).Mr. Hourahan told me that they’d spent hundreds of hours of staff time reviewing and commenting on BPI 1100 and he felt like they got no traction in the process. He also said that, “We need one standard, not two.” Rather than allowing BPI to develop that standard on their own, however, he said, “The only reason we came out with 12 is that it became obvious that there was a bad standard being dropped on the street.”About the letter, he said, “It doesn’t really matter who wins in the end. We had to send a message to ANSI.” According to Hourahan, there were probably ten more organizations that wanted to sign but couldn’t.As we talked further, another interesting point came out. “DOE [The U.S. Department of Energy] is the 800-pound gorilla. They’re waiting for 1100 to get ANSI certified so they can put their seal of approval on it,” Mr. Hourahan said. He then told me that he thought the DOE would like BPI’s standard better because it’s easier. (See below for more on the DOE connection.) Is this all about the DOE’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program?Mr. Hourahan brought up the DOE when I spoke with him, calling them the 800-pound gorilla, and he was most likely referring to the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program. This program has been around for nearly a decade and is undergoing an extensive rewrite of the guidelines. I know a lot of people, both inside and outside the DOE, involved with working on the new guidelines, so I spoke with one of them recently. He wanted to remain anonymous, though, because he works with both sides in this debate.One of the first things he said is that it’s not true that DOE will give a “seal of approval” to BPI only. Yes, he thinks the DOE would like to see BPI’s standard get approved, but they also want ACCA involved. He also said the DOE would like to have only one standard to work with, but “It’s not likely to occur, so they’re trying to find a way to make the standards complementary and not be conflicting.” Also important is that they would like both standards to reflect the HPwES guidelines.My HPwES source also said that the plaintiffs would probably have a difficult time proving their claims. The actual problems were probably just BPI oversight, he said, echoing what I heard from BPI. Although he values ACCA and their work, “The idea of revoking ANSI SDO status is crazy. It seems like an inappropriate way to go about things.” David Karmol of ICCWhen I spoke with ICC’s David Karmol yesterday, he sounded extremely frustrated. “We have trouble filing comments with BPI,” he said. “They changed their process midstream.” One aspect he mentioned in particular was that he couldn’t leave a comment on the standard as a whole. If he wanted to do that, he had to enter that comment into every comment box throughout the whole document.Another complaint he raised was that BPI 1100 would have requirements that are in direct conflict with building codes. Although he couldn’t think of any specific examples, he said they were mainly related to safety. Who are the thirteen signatories?The thirteen organizations that signed the letter include five standards development organizations and eight “materially affected organizations.”The five Standards Development Organizations (SDOs):Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)Air Movement and Control Association InternationalAmerican Gas AssociationInternational Code Council (ICC)Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)The eight materially affected organizations:American Public Gas AssociationNational Propane Gas AssociationHeating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors InternationalNorth American Technician Excellence (NATE)Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning IndustriesPlumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors AssociationNational Air Filtration AssociationRefrigeration Service Engineers SocietyAs mentioned above, RESNET is not a signatory on the letter, but they’re involved peripherally in that they helped ACCA develop their Standard 12, and the RESNET logo is on the cover of that standard.Also, the letter indicates no organization as the primary one. They’re divided only by those that are SDOs and those that aren’t. However, the e-mail sent to ANSI came from Glenn Hourahan at ACCA, and it looks to me like ACCA is the main instigator.Mr. Hourahan of ACCA, however, says that’s not so. He wrote in an e-mail to me, “It was the letter of 13 organizations where ACCA was a signer to the letter. Additionally, ACCA was not the one who suggested the letter … but, rather ACCA was approached by others to join the effort.” If that’s the case, who is the instigator? Their beef with BPIThe day after the RESNET conference ended, I received a copy of the letter in my e-mail from an anonymous source unaffiliated with any of the organizations involved. The thirteen organizations above signed this letter to “respectfully request the withdrawal of BPI’s Accreditation as an SDO.”The points given in the letter are:BPI’s On-line Tool Hinders the Due Diligence ProcessBPI Does Not Identify its Consensus BodyBPI’s Development and Oversight Committees Lack BalanceBPI’s non-Adherence to ANSI Procedures Precludes Due ProcessBPI Review Instructions Impedes Due ProcessBPI Concurrent Reviews Caused Widespread Confusion and Hindered Due ProcessBPI Guidance Limits Due ProcessBPI Appeals Procedures Obstructs Due Process“Due process requirements for American National Standards have been subverted by BPI at every point in its standards development process,” they wrote. A little backgroundRESNET and BPI offer certifications for people who want to be home energy auditors, under various names: home energy rater, building analyst, envelope professional, home energy survey professional, and more. ACCA is one of the main trade associations for HVAC contractors.ACCA has a standard for doing energy audits on existing homes. It’s called ACCA Standard 12 and was approved by ANSI.BPI has been working on getting ANSI approval for its existing homes energy auditing standard, BPI Standard 1100. Probably the biggest news I heard at the 2013 RESNET conference this year was that the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and 12 other organizations had asked the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to have the Building Performance Institute‘s (BPI) accreditation as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) revoked. Really!That was big news. This year, RESNET combined its conference with ACCA’s, and that was great. The HVAC industry is critical to the success of fixing existing homes and building new homes that perform as they should. I know there’s always rivalry among organizations that are doing work in the same arena, but I didn’t expect to see one organization in our fold taking on another in such dramatic form.Before we get into this, let me say that I have connections to several parties involved. Energy Vanguard is a member of ACCA, and we’re a BPI Test Center, too. I also write articles for ACCA’s IE3 magazine and have been asked to speak at ACCA’s Building Performance Forum in Austin this year. We also are involved with energy codes, although we have no formal affiliation with the International Code Council, and we’re a RESNET accredited training provider and quality assurance provider. RESNET isn’t listed on the letter, but they helped ACCA to develop Standard 12 (see next section). ANSI’s response to the letterZarker referred to an appeal because ANSI responded to the letter by saying that they would take no action on it, as it was not filed in accordance with their procedures. I asked ACCA if the group intends to pursue the matter, and Mr. Hourahan responded to my request with this statement:“So, as initially, a follow-up response to ANSI is really up to the group to execute. And, like all things involving diverse groups with diverse pressures on individuals’ times, responding on a redirected letter to ANSI is on a schedule of its own. There is even a thread of discussion that the initial, errantly-directed letter to ANSI … albeit, not publicly released by any of the 13 (to my knowledge) … may have achieved an objective of indicating concerns and allowing an opportunity for better engagement by all parties.” BPI’s responseI also spoke with people on the BPI side. In a conference call with BPI’s CEO Larry Zarker as well as staff members John Jones and Leslie McDowell, I was told that they don’t understand how the thirteen organizations can make such claims. If BPI really violated ANSI’s due process as badly as the letter states, they asked, how could they have gotten accredited by ANSI in the first place?Regarding the vetting process of BPI 1100, Ms. McDowell said, “We responded in good faith to each of the 511 comments we received in the first round. It did take us a while because there were so many.” According to BPI, the vast majority of those comments came from ACCA, and one of their big problems with BPI 1100, they believe, is that, although BPI responded to all the comments, they didn’t make all the revisions that ACCA wanted.Another interesting thing that I learned in this call is that this is not the first time that ACCA has filed a formal complaint against BPI. On the two previous occasions, ACCA’s complaints were dismissed. The second of those was heard by a three-person panel, all of whom were members of ACCA. I believe at least two of them are also involved with BPI.The BPI folks on the call indicated to me that they know their process isn’t perfect, but their approval as an SDO and the documents that support it are all in compliance with ANSI guidelines. They feel that working with ANSI to iron out any wrinkles in the process is the best way to go about this, not having their SDO accreditation revoked.BPI feels that they will survive this complaint, if it goes further. “Should they file an appeal, we are ready. We feel very ready to talk about them, point by point,” Mr. Zarker said. Can’t we all just get along?Wow! Is your head spinning? Mine is — and not just because of all the acronyms and abbreviations! Here we have one group of organizations going after another organization, fighting over whose standard for energy audits of existing homes will win out. ACCA wants to have only one standard, and theirs is already published. BPI wants to get theirs published and then ‘harmonize’ the two.Another point of contention is that ACCA says BPI 1100 is too easy. BPI says that ACCA 12 is too difficult and expensive.This sounds like a perfect situation for compromise to me. BPI, like any organization, has its problems. So does ACCA. Each, however, brings value to the table to make energy audits, and thus homes, better. There’s a lot of work to do to analyze and improve existing homes. I think this kind of kerfuffle isn’t the best use of time and resources. Let me give the last word here to BPI’s Larry Zarker, who said: “We should figure out ways to collaborate and cooperate across industry sectors. This will become mainstream and we want to make sure the work is done well.” Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.
There was simmering tension between the teams. Terrance Ferguson and McCollum had a heated exchange in the second quarter, earning technical fouls. Ferguson earned his third foul and headed to the bench.Westbrook’s layup got the Thunder within 64-60, but he collected his fourth foul late in the third and went to the bench. The Blazers went into the fourth quarter with a 76-69 lead.The Thunder’s only lead was in the opening quarter.“It’s a series. First to four. They won the first game,” Westbrook said. “Now we make adjustments, come back, play harder next game and try to take it.”TIP-INS:Thunder: While the Thunder swept the Blazers 4-0 during the regular season, Portland swept them in four games the season before.Trail Blazers: Blazers coach Terry Stotts concluded his pregame talk with the media by saying. “All right. Masters.” The Blazers were 8-8 in the postseason against the SuperSonics. … Portland had won the last eight regular-season games at the Moda Center. … Kanter had his third playoff double-double. … The Blazers haven’t made it out of the first round for the past two seasons. Last year as a No. 3 seed Portland got swept by the New Orleans Pelicans.KANTER’S DAYIn just his ninth start with the Blazers, Kanter became just the third player in team history with at least 20 points and 18 rebounds in playoff game. Bill Walton did it three times and LaMarcus Aldridge once.“He gave us a lot of toughness inside,” Stotts said. “Obviously, his rebounding and scoring. I thought his conditioning was really good. He maintained a high level of play for a long period of time.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steady for so long, Francesco Molinari’s wet miscues cost him Masters Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Westbrook appeared to hurt his right ankle in the final quarter and grimaced while trying to walk it off. Trainers attended to him on the bench at the next timeout but he returned and his layup closed the gap to 91-87 with just under 4 minutes left.Asked about it afterward, Westbrook said: “We’ll see.”After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, Oklahoma City pulled within as 93-92 on George’s 3-pointer with 2:44 left. Lillard answered with a long 3-pointer to keep the Blazers ahead and Al-Farouq Aminu made free throws to extend Portland’s lead to 98-92.George made a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining to get the Thunder within 100-97 but Portland hung on.“We knew it was going to be a fight all night long. Even at the beginning of the game when we were up like 17 at one point, I wasn’t looking at the scoreboard like, ’Let’s put them away.” I was like, ‘Let’s just stay solid, keep competing, keep playing hard,’ Lillard said. “And then when they make their runs, and when they get back in the game, (you) just weather those storms.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue It was the first postseason meeting between the teams since the Thunder moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City.Oklahoma City beat the Blazers in all four meetings this season, including a heated 129-121 overtime victory on March 7.The Thunder have been to the playoffs for eight of the last nine seasons, but they haven’t gotten past the opening round for the past two.George was nursing a sore right shoulder and was considered day-to-day for Sunday’s game but he started. However he was just 1 of 6 from the floor in the opening quarter. For the game, he made four of 15 3-point attempts.“Four days ago I couldn’t even lift my shoulder,” he said. “Then fast forward to today this is the first day I’ve even shot the ball, so for me it’s just rhythm.”George missed the Thunder’ regular-season finale Wednesday at Milwaukee because of the nagging injury, which also kept him out of games on Feb. 28, March 2 and March 3.McCollum missed 10 games down the stretch with a left knee strain and had only played in two games since returning. But he started and hit his first two 3-point attempts.The Blazers’ hopes for postseason success were dealt a blow last month when center Jusuf Nurkic was lost for the season with a broken left leg. Nurkic was averaging 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds when he sustained the gruesome injury during a game against the Brooklyn Nets.Kanter, signed just before the All-Star break after he was waived by the New York Knicks, has started in Nurkic’s place.The Thunder rallied from a 19-point deficit in the first half to trail by just 54-48 at the break. But they struggled from 3-point range, making just two of 18 attempts. MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UP NEXT: Game 2 is Tuesday night at the Moda Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We know how it feels to win again,” Lillard said. “Now we can just kind of move on from that and stay focused on this series.”Portland was swept by New Orleans last season and the Warriors the year before.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEnes Kanter added 20 points and a career playoff-high 18 rebounds for the Blazers, who were making their sixth straight postseason appearance. CJ McCollum added 24 points.Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his ninth career postseason triple-double. Paul George, who was a game-time decision because of a sore shoulder, added 26 points and 10 rebounds despite a rough shooting night. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, reacts after making a basket as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, trails the play during the first half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dipaola)PORTLAND, Ore. — After eight straight playoff losses over the past two years, the Portland Trail Blazers finally got a win.Damian Lillard scored 30 points and the third-seeded Blazers opened their series against the No. 6 Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday with a 104-99 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew