DSME presents in-house developed LNG containment systems

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder, DSME held a demonstration of its self-developed LNG cargo containment systems ‘Solidus’ and ‘Mctib’, and an indirect glycol water type re-gasification system at its Energy System Research Center in Geoje shipyard.More than 80 representatives from a group of ship owners, oil companies and class societies attended the demonstration and observed the ‘Solidus’ & ‘Mctib’ real mock-up tanks and re-gasified LNG processing by the indirect re-gasification system.DSME LNG re-gasification system applied indirect glycol water heating type vaporizer based on results of various tests using LNG and it is expected to lift competitiveness of DSME’s LNG-FSRU by saving its initial and operating costs.BW Gas contracted the world’s first FSRU with this technology and the ship is scheduled to be delivered to BW group in 2019, DSME said in a statement.Solidus is a membrane type cargo containment system, which maximizes safety of the containment system by adopting two metallic barriers and insulation material that has been developed in cooperation with BASF. Solidus boasts a daily LNG boil-off rate (BOR) of 0.049 percent, which is 30 percent higher performance compared to the currently lowest level of 0.07 percent. This means that a 170,000 cubic meter LNG carrier can transport its cargoes more efficiently and can deliver more LNG annually.DSME claims that its total LNG cargo that can be saved by using the Solidus system is estimated to be worth about $11.25 million during 25-year operation.The shipbuilder developed the Mctib, an independent IMO Type-B Tank that uses high manganese steel jointly with POSCO. It has high impact-strength and can optimize space in comparison with the other independent tanks of type-B. It also reduces the material cost significantly, enhancing its cost competitiveness.last_img read more

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Ready to cast your vote?

first_imgEverything you need to know to make your vote count in SA’s third democratic elections on 14 April.Independent Electoral CommissionOur elections are run by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a permanent body established by law to promote and safeguard our democracy.More on the IECVoter registration call centre:0800 11 8000 (toll-free, 6am-9pm)For anything you need to know about registering and voting.The IEC runs an excellent website where you can get the latest election or by-election news, past election results, information on political parties, election legislation and more:Frequently asked questionsAm I registered / Where am I registerd to vote? – enter your ID number and click to find out.Contact the IECPolitical partiesThirty-two political parties have registered to contest the election: 11 at both national level and in all nine provinces, 7 at both national level and in selected provinces, and 14 parties in selected provincial elections only.List of parties, with websites and contactsAm I registered to vote?If you’re on the Voter’s Roll, you’re registered to vote. You should check the Roll to see if you’re registered and to make sure your details have been correctly entered – in particular, that you’re registered to vote in the area in which you live (your home area, the area to which you return after temporary periods of absence).To check the Voter’s Roll online, follow this link. You can also inspect the Voter’s Roll at the office of the municipal electoral officer in the voting district where you live – check the IEC contactsWhere do I vote?You can only vote in the district for which you registered – your name will only appear only on that part of the Voters’ Roll devoted to this district. To check where to vote online, follow this link.What is the voting procedure?Voters queue outside their voting station entrance, and their names are checked against the Voters’ Roll as they enter the station. To prevent cheating, a voter’s thumb is examined under an ultra-violet scanner for traces of the indelible ink that is applied to everyone who has voted.Voters are then issued with two ballot papers, one to elect members of the National Assembly, the other to elect members of the relevant provincial legislature. Each ballot paper has a list of all registered political parties contesting the elections. Alongside each party name is the photograph of its leader, the party’s logo and a block in which voters can make their mark.Each voter enters a private cubicle to cast their vote. A voter is allowed to make only one mark on each ballot paper for a party of their choice. Only a tick or a cross is acceptable in the appropriate box next to the chosen party. A mark anywhere else will spoil the ballot paper and so nullify the vote.Voters do NOT have to vote for the same party for the National Assembly and their province’s legislature, though they can do so if they wish. After making their choice, voters deposit their ballot papers in a sealed ballot box and leave the station.Special votesSection 33 of the Electoral Act provides for special votes for persons who cannot get to the voting stations on voting day as a result of:Physical infirmity, disability and pregnancy;Absence on government service abroad;Being an election official on election day;Being a member of the security services performing election duty;South Africans temporarily aboard.Physically infirm, disabled and pregnant voters may apply for a special vote either with the Municipal Electoral Officer (before 8 April) or at the Office of the Presiding Officer (on 12 April) in the voting district in which they are registered.These people will be visited by IEC officials at the place they indicated on their application form on 12 and 13 April.Election officials and security force members will apply and cast their vote at the Office of the Presiding Officer of their voting district on 12 and 13 April.Persons who are absent on government service abroad, as well as South Africans who are temporarily absent from the country, (and who notified the Chief Electoral Officer by 26 February) will apply and vote at foreign missions on 7 April.How does the IEC ensure that elections run smoothly?The IEC is responsible for all the logistics of running elections, include setting up voting stations in the most remote rural areas, installing telecommunications facilities such as telephones and fax machines, and setting up a computer network to link all voting stations.More importantly, however, are the preparations that the commission puts into the holding of elections. Thousands of officials – presiding officers, counting officers, volunteers and monitors – are trained for specific tasks and posted at voting stations on election days to carry out these tasks.How is the fairness of elections determined?The Electoral Act of 1998 makes specific provision for accrediting neutral observers for South African elections.The 1999 elections, for instance, were observed by about 11 000 neutral observers, 369 of whom were from abroad. The international observers included organisations such as the Organisation of African Unity, the European Parliamentarians for Africa and the Southern Africa Development Community.The United Nations Electoral Assistance Division helped the IEC with co-ordinating the international observers, while the South African Council of Churches co-ordinated the local observers.Only organisations can apply to the IEC to observe elections. Observer missions compile a report and announce their findings about the conduct of the elections and whether the poll was free and fair.In addition, political parties contesting the elections are entitled to have monitors at voting stations to ensure compliance with voting procedures. Party monitors and observers also keep a watchful eye on the counting process after the close of the vote.last_img read more

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SA airline to service Bombardier aircraft

first_img19 November 2012 Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace has appointed South African Express Airways as the first authorized service facility for the company’s commercial aircraft on the African continent. Bombardier made the announcement on Sunday to coincide with the opening of the 44th annual general assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in Johannesburg. “Our entire customer services team is firmly committed to expanding our presence in Africa at an accelerated pace to support operators of Bombardier commercial and business aircraft,” Bombardier Aerospace customer services president Eric Martel said in a statement. Johannesburg-based South African Express is a domestic and regional passenger and cargo carrier which, since its establishment in 1994, has become one of the fastest-growing regional airlines in Africa. The airline employs a full-time staff of approximately 300 maintenance technicians performing both light and heavy maintenance work, and has repeatedly earned Bombardier’s “airline reliability performance” award for the Middle East and Africa. Bombardier already has a strong presence on the continent, with more than 160 of its Dash 8/Q-Series and CRJ aircraft either currently in service with, or on order by, 40 operators and leasing companies in over 20 African countries. Raphael Haddad, Bombardier’s vice-president for sales in the Middle East and Africa, who is leading the company’s delegation at the AFRAA annual general assembly, said the continent was poised for growth, “and over the next 20 years, it is predicted that Africa will be one of the leaders in annual economic growth, second only to China. “Our market forecast for the 2012-2031 timeframe predicts that African airlines will take delivery of 550 aircraft in the 20- to 149-seat segment industry-wide,” Haddad said. “We are excited by the potential opportunities for expanding commercial aviation in Africa and our role in that development.” Ramon Vahed, South African Express’s general manager for aircraft maintenance and engineering and fleet development, said that achieving authorized service facility status with Bombardier “will prove to be a significant milestone for the airline and our shareholders and will provide operators in the region with improved access to a sustainable, cost-effective and high-quality local maintenance support service.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Mthatha Airport ready for Mandela mourners

first_img13 December 2013 Mthatha Airport is perfectly capable of handling the heavier air traffic expected ahead of Nelson Mandela’s funeral service this weekend, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet said on Thursday. Mandela will be buried in his birthplace, Qunu, on Sunday. In an interview with SAnews, Kiviet assured visitors that the airport, which has just been renovated, can accommodate any size of aircraft, with the only challenge being aircraft parking space. Contingency plans had been made for some flights to drop off the dignitaries and fly to East London and Bisho, where parking space would be provided. The airport usually receives two planes from Johannesburg daily, but traffic is expected to increase this week ahead of the state funeral. “It will be a drop off for some that do not have space,” Kiviet said. “There is no crisis, as we have just renovated this airport and so it meets all international safety standards.” Security has also been tightened, and the army has effectively taken control of the airport. SAnews spoke to different police officers and army officials the airport who said they were guarding the facility around the clock. “We want to ensure that nobody is compromised, all our dignitaries will be able to land safely and security around them is guaranteed,” Kiviet said. Heavy rains and mist over Mthatha made it impossible for several flights to land at the airport on Wednesday, and flights were diverted to East London airport. It has been raining in Mthatha since Monday, but the clouds were starting to clear on Thursday, with the South African Weather Services saying clear weather could be expected by the weekend.‘Watch the funeral at public viewing areas’ With thousands of people from around the province said to be planning to travel to Qunu this weekend, Kiviet urged them to rather watch the funeral at one of the 18 public viewing areas the government has set up across the province. “We advise people not to even think of going to Qunu, because it’s going to be difficult for them.” The government in Pretoria issued the same request earlier this week, calling on people rather to watch the funeral at home or at one of the public viewing areas set up countrywide. Kiviet said there would be three public viewing areas for Qunu residents, while another three would be set up in Mthatha.Qunu residents remember Madiba Meanwhile, as the day of the funeral drew closer, the people of Qunu continued to pay their tributes to Mandela. Hundreds of Qunu residents braved the rainy weather to line the village streets on Thursday chanting songs praising their fallen hero. Mandela grew up in Qunu after his parents relocated from the nearby Mvezo village. At the school where the former president attended as a young boy, several messages of love were on display, while posters with Mandela’s face were to be seen hanging on fences and street poles and on the walls of many houses. Qunu was very close to Madiba’s heart. In his later years he spent most of his time at his home in the village, and it became a tradition that whenever he was around there would be some kind of activity taking place at the family residence. Nolusapho Gibisela, who lives a few metres away from Mandela’s house, recalled that, on Christmas Day every year, Mandela invited children from the village to his home, where they would be given gifts and have an opportunity to play with Tata. “This became a tradition in Qunu, and whenever Tata is around children will be called to go see him, and no child will leave that house empty handed, and that’s how our children got to know him,” Gibisela said. “The whole village was saddened to learn of his passing, but we were not shocked. He was an old man who had done his work on earth; he completed the task.” Source: SAnews.gov.za List of public viewing areas countrywidelast_img read more

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Next Round In The Google-Amazon Deathmatch: Streaming Music

first_imgFor an industry that has such a hard time making money, digital music sure is hot right now. Everybody wants in. Amazon is now the latest tech giant rumored to be eyeing a slice of this increasingly tempting pie, according to a report on The Verge. But why? News that Amazon is in negotiations with music labels comes mere weeks after Google was revealed to be having similar discussions of its own. The search giant already has a huge presence in digital music thanks to YouTube, but seeks to solidify its role by launching a Spotify-style subscription service on top of its existing music products.  Like Google, Amazon already has content relationships and infrastructure in place that will simplify the process of entering what is typically a very challenging and cost-prohibitive marketplace.It will still be an expensive endeavor, given the high cost of licensing music from the major labels, but companies like Google and Amazon are well-positioned to negotiate those dollar figures down and, if necessary, operate at a loss without discernibly denting their bottom line. Fine-tuning the financial details is what these negotiations are all about. And it’s important to note that they are just that: negotiations. They could wind up hitting a roadblock, as has allegedly happened with Apple in its rumored quest to launch a Pandora competitor. However it pans out, it’s now known that Google and Amazon are at least attempting to enter the streaming music space. If all goes according to both companies’ plans, they’ll soon be in direct competition for digital music subscribers.  Google vs. Amazon: From Frenemies To RivalsThe rivalry between Google and Amazon is expected to heat up this year, and this would just be the latest source of competition between the two companies.  While they started as two very different, seemingly unrelated businesses, the companies have both evolved into new territories, occasionally bumping into each other in the process. Today, both companies sell digital content like ebooks and music, as well as the hardware required to read and view that content. Like Google’s arch nemesis Apple, Amazon is now rumored to be building its own mapping service as well. Digital music is not an easy business to be in. Six million people are now paying for Spotify,  with 18 million more listening for free on the desktop. That’s stellar growth in just under two years and an impressive conversion rate for any freemium business. Still, Spotify isn’t touting massive profits, and nor are any of its competitors.That’s because they’re all paying a massive chunk of their revenues to rights holders (record labels, mostly) and struggling to find ways to drive those costs down. Pandora’s legislative efforts haven’t met with much success on that front.Why Streaming Music? A company like Amazon might be able to use its might to negotiate better licensing deals. Even if it fails to do so, running an unprofitable streaming service (or bundling music with Prime) could rope enough additional people into Amazon’s ecosystem to make the effort worthwhile. Or, if nothing else, it could prevent Google from getting a leg up on Amazon in the broader digital music space, in which both companies are already present. In an excellent post, The Verge’s Tim Carmody points out that “few of these larger tech companies embracing streaming music seem to be doing so as an affirmative strategy, because they ultimately believe streaming music will help sell their other devices or services. Instead, they’re primarily worried that if they don’t offer a streaming music service, they’ll be seen as deficient in some way.”It’s also worth keeping in mind the mobile aspect. Google’s stake in mobile is obvious, and Amazon’s is expected to get even more serious if, as expected, the company eventually unveils a smartphone of its own.  As Wired’s Mat Honan wisely points out:Subscription and streaming only took off once 3G made it possible for you to carry your music with you everywhere. Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio have proved there’s an attractive market. But imagine what happens when a streaming-music app ships with your phone, with every phone, and all you have to do is turn it on, using an account you’ve already set up for billing. Or even worse (if you are an existing streaming-music provider) if it’s a free, advertising-supported service.All this action in the streaming music space leaves little doubt that this model will be a crucial component of how we consume music in the future. It’s the “music like water” model that music futurists once dreamed about. Exactly how it takes shape will depend on economic questions: how the business model evolves, how artists get paid, which companies will dominate distribution.This year was already poised to be an interesting one in digital music with the impending U.S. launch of Deezer, the arrival of Daisy and ongoing rumors about Apple’s plans to build a Pandora competitor. Now Google and Amazon are also both gunning for Spotify. 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Productivity Experts Agree: Your Office Environment Needs to Change

first_imgWhy Productivity and Customer Experience go Han… Completely open workspaces might not be the norm for long if employees and productivity experts have their way. According to research conducted by William Belk, 58 percent of top performers want more privacy, and 54 percent say their current spaces have too many distractions to be truly effective.Open designs were originally intended to increase collaboration and communication, and they did the job. But such trends in workforce environments have led to hardships for independent workers. As Jan Lehman, president of CTC Productivity, notes: “Everyone, and I mean almost everyone, needs quiet, focused time away from others. Even individuals who you might think should be collaborating all day long, like a customer service rep, need quiet time.”Consequently, plenty of companies are backpedaling a bit and offering more workspace variety to boost productivity and decrease efficiency pain points.Understanding the Effects of Space on OutputWe’re all slaves to our surroundings, whether we want to admit it or not. Case in point: Most people have been through the jarring experience of trying to pay attention in a cluttered environment or foster creativity in a totally sterilized atmosphere.Neither makes sense for modern workers, yet businesses consistently lean in one direction or the other. And the latter is especially painful for innovators, which is probably why adding just a few live plants to an undecorated office boosted human yield by 15 percent according to one U.K. study.Truly, ambiance matters. Ellen Delap, certified professional organizer, frequently advises clients to take this into consideration when setting up workspaces for themselves and colleagues. “How you set up your desk, your digital desktop, your documents, and your physical space can help you be more productive,” she explains. “The aesthetics, including office color and sound, have a positive impact on well-being.”This goes double for employees toiling away in a residential setting rather than at headquarters, Lehman chimes in. “Allowing individuals to work from home is becoming a necessary benefit in this tight job market. In addition to ensuring you have the right setup at work, many also need the same configuration at home.”And what about technology? It turns out that some tools marketed to boost production actually do the opposite. Consider email, which Lehman cautions makes everything seem pressing. As she avers, it’s a fabulous addition to any tool kit as long as it’s not abused, which Delap sees happening all the time. “[Email is] overused for communication, overwhelming to work through, and frequently used instead of a phone call,” Delap says. “It has become a burden for most employees to get through the amount of information that arrives daily.”A Workfront study corroborates Delap and Lehman’s beliefs, indicating that though 94 percent of workers use email, 53 percent say it can lead to wasted time, and 55 percent believe communication through email could often be better handled via phone or in-person meetings.Of course, not all technologies lead to negative outcomes. Slack and other project management tools, for example, bypass the annoyances of emails, such as “reply all” answers and interminably long messages. But even those solutions can become irritating in a world of 24/7 access and expectations.The answer isn’t to completely rid offices of open spaces, techno-gadgetry, or modern design, however — which would be cost-prohibitive and like throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. Instead, the solution lies in tweaking layouts and operations to overcome common productivity and efficiency limitations.Think you’ll be mired in the process of reinventing your workspace forever (or at least long enough to lose interest and stamina)? You might be surprised by how a few fast, painless changes can have significant payouts.1. Swipe clutter from existence.Humans aren’t meant to focus on a million things at once; they tend to lose concentration in cluttered areas. The simplest way to improve well-being, promote organization, and keep people motivated is by offering fewer visual and aural stimulations.New to the process of downsizing your stuff? Delap promotes the use of easy-to-maintain paper and digital systems. “A simple system uses a broad base to categorize your documents. Sort into your system by triaging paper and electronic documents daily, and then file as needed. Use a capture tool, such as Evernote, or a spiral notebook to capture tasks and chunk down projects that start with information from a meeting or arrive in email.”2. Get away from distractions.When Amy Tokos, owner of Freshly Organized, feels overwhelmed by unnecessary noises, sights, and technologies, she sets up shop in a different location or simply shuts off her office from the rest of the world. Just taking charge helps her tackle demands without giving in to competing concentration snatchers. “An hour of focus time with no interruptions (email and phone included!) can be a game changer,” she says.For those working at home, soundproofing or noise reduction tools are critical if other family members are around. Additionally, tools like Jabber can help remote workers indicate when they are at their desks so co-workers know they’re available.3. Enforce boundaries.In our always-on world, setting up boundaries can be tough. In fact, individuals have been so conditioned to respond immediately that when University of Southern California researchers tested participants’ email response times, they found that half answered in less than an hour.This is why Lehman wants to see companies enforce policies around response time expectations for both internal and external communications during and outside of business hours. Without such boundaries, workers might lose momentum and fall into unproductive habits.4. Use technology to your advantage.Technology isn’t inherently good or bad; it’s how you use it that matters. Consider dual computer screens, for instance. They’re not only helpful, but they’ve also been shown to improve employee productivity by up to 30 percent per Jon Peddie Research.Certainly, dual monitors cost a little more upfront, but they allow people to get papers off their desks without losing the ability to explore two documents simultaneously. Additionally, users don’t have to switch between tabs on one screen, which can make your digital workspace feel more cluttered.It’s time to rethink the structure of every workplace, giving a nod to the need for both rapid communication and individual privacy. Productivity isn’t just a buzzword; it’s an objective for any business that wants to stay on the leading edge. Even minimal changes can transform a team from ineffective to super-efficient. Remote Working Culture: The Facts Business Owne… Related Posts Sarah Karakaian is the host of the podcast “Stand Out: Growing Your Organizing and Productivity Business,” produced by the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. Tags:#office productivity#productivity Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Sarah KarakaianPodcast host Stand Out:Growing Your Organizing & Productivity Business How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturelast_img read more

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Your Leadership Value Proposition

first_imgYour company has a value proposition. There is something that you do that your client’s perceive as valuable enough to choose you over all of your competitors. There’s a reason your client’s buy what you sell and there is a reason they buy from you.Your company also has an employee value proposition. There’s a promise made about the value of working for your company. That’s what attracts employees to you (or what could).But what do you provide in the way of a leadership value proposition that makes you worth following? What’s your leadership value proposition?VisionDoes your leadership value proposition include some vision of a compelling future? Is that vision where you want to take the company? Or is it a vision that inspires your team and gives them something they can get behind?What is the inspiring vision that makes up your leadership value proposition?MeaningAlong those same lines, what does it mean to be a part of your team and follow you? How does your leadership value proposition speak to meaning? Meaning is identity. Meaning is culture. A leaders provides meaning, creates a culture, and protects that culture.Why is it important to be who you are and do what you do?GrowthWho do the people that follow you become by doing so? Do they grow in their abilities? Are they being stretched and challenged in new ways? Does following you prepare them for that growth?Does your leadership value proposition speak to growth?CaringDoes your leadership value proposition include a component of caring? Does following you mean that your team gains a servant leader, someone dedicated to their success? Or does following you mean your employees serve you?There is a difference between employees and followers. Managing and leading are different. People may choose to work for you and still not follow you. But people that choose to follow you will work for you, and in a much different way than they would if they were simply employees. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Flying V stays clean; Wangs scores

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Herndon dropped 11 of his 26 points in the period as Wangs turned a 56-52 count to a 40-point game, 102-62, entering the final frame where the lead ballooned to as much as 47 points, 133-86. —RANDOLPH LENGSON, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFlying V leaned on its supporting crew to escape with a 94-86 win over Racal Motors and stay unbeaten in five starts in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With Jeron Teng misfiring, coach Eric Altamirano drew significant contributions from Gab Banal and Aris Dionisio down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Global Cebu, Kaya draw Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games “Our first group struggled today, but it’s a good thing that our second group stepped up,” said Altamirano.Banal led Flying V with 17 points, 11 coming in the payoff period, while Dionisio scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTeng still finished with 11 points on a 4-of-18 shooting from the field.Earlier, Robbie Herndon anchored Wangs Basketball’s 46-point third quarter explosion as the Couriers clobbered the Zark’s Burgers Jawbreakers, 133-92, for its fourth victory. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Dennis Smith returns after trade drama as Mavs beat Clippers 106-98

first_imgDallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) drives against LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. The Mavericks won 106-98. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS — Dennis Smith Jr. faked a pass and hit a layup in one sweeping motion a few minutes before Luka Doncic dribbled behind his back at the free-throw line and drove for a left-handed layup.The Dallas Mavericks are back to trying to figure out how to make the two young stars fit in the same backcourt.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Usain Bolt hanging up boots on football dream View comments UP NEXTClippers: At Miami on Wednesday, with LA trying to avoid getting swept in two-game season series for second straight year.Mavericks: Both of this season’s meetings with the Pistons are in the coming week, Friday in Dallas and Jan. 31 in Detroit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patrick Beverley scored 16 points while Avery Bradley and Lou Williams had 15 apiece for the Clippers, who lost for the sixth time in seven games coming off a win in San Antonio that ended a season-long five-game losing streak.The Clippers missed 16 straight shots in the second half, including their last 15 of the third quarter. But they still led 88-83 in the fourth before going 4 of 16 to finish the game. They shot 36 percent overall.“We had wide-open shots tonight. They just didn’t go in,” coach Doc Rivers said. “So every once in a while you’ll have that game.”Harrison Barnes stopped a recent 3-point shooting slump by making three of five from long range, including one for the biggest Dallas lead at nine points with less than a minute remaining. Barnes scored 20 points in just the third win in 10 games for the Mavericks.Smith and Doncic shared the floor for the final 2:14, with Smith starting that stretch with a long pass to Jordan for the dunk. Soon after, Doncic worked methodically for a jumper for a 101-93 lead with 1:22 to go.TIP-INSClippers: Williams returned after missing two games with a hamstring issue. He was 5 of 16 from the field, including 1 of 6 from 3. … Leading scorer Danilo Gallinari missed his second straight game with back spasms.Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews made one of four from 3-point range and needs two more to become the first undrafted player with 1,500 career 3-pointers. … Doncic had seven rebounds and six assists. … Dirk Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with the same franchise, made two of four from long range and finished with eight points. The 40-year-old played 10 minutes, right on his season average.ROUGH SHOOTING IN WINDoncic and Smith struggled from long range, combining to go 1 of 14 with several shots that missed the rim. Doncic had his third straight rough shooting night, going 5 of 15 to put him at 14 of 46 (30 percent) over the past three games. Smith was 6 of 17. Smith was the unquestioned starting point guard during a solid rookie season, but Doncic brings many of the same qualities, more polished because of the 19-year-old rookie sensation’s experience as a young pro in Europe. The Slovenian is Dallas’ leading scorer.After missing six games under increasingly questionable circumstances with trade talk percolating, Smith returned — and was immediately restored as a starter by Carlisle alongside Doncic, who matched Smith with 17 points.“It shouldn’t happen,” Doncic said of the absence of a teammate he considers a friend. “It’s bad for a team.”Smith stayed away for three games — the previous home game last Wednesday and a two-game road trip. Back stiffness was the official reason for the first three games Smith missed, but that changed to illness while he was absent. Carlisle said on his radio show last week that he believed Smith’s representatives were advising him to stay away.“It was tough,” Smith said, changing the topic to the game for each question about his absence. “But you know things happen. We got a win tonight and that’s the important thing.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Smith had 17 points and eight rebounds in his return after a week away from the team amid trade talk, and the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-98 on Tuesday night.Smith had two of his four assists on a layup and alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter for DeAndre Jordan, who had 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in his third game against the team with which the 6-foot-11 center from Texas spent his first 10 seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I thought he was great, just really tremendous, and everything we needed: speed, attacking, shot-making, a couple of amazing assists,” coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith. “It has been tough for him, being away from his teammates, and he played one of his best games since he has been here.”A 21-year-old in his second season, Smith’s future and role with the Mavericks is already in doubt because of the sudden emergence of Doncic. 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