30 days mandatory rest proposed for PH boxers

first_imgAccording to Mitra, promoters and managers have proposed to reduce the rest period of boxers from the mandatory 45 days to 30 days, which the professional sports regulatory agency will most likely approve to increase the number of possible fights a boxer can have.It was also brought up that the Philippine rankings should be stretched from 15 to a list of 20 boxers. Only those who are included in the Philippine rankings are allowed by the GAB to fight overseas.The proposed compulsory rest period doesn’t apply to boxers who got knocked out in the ring.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino bets vow strong performance in week 2 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK “Sadly, there’s a decline of about 50 percent on pro licensed boxers as well as boxing promotions, which itself has also gone down by 50 percent,” said Mitra, a former provincial governor of Palawan. “Boxing promotions have mellowed down, weakened a bit.”Mitra recently met with boxing promoters and managers to thresh out possible solutions and curb the downward trend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe GAB chief found that several boxers have opted to jump out of the ring and look for other jobs elsewhere while promoters have not been as aggressive in putting together an attractive fight card.“Of course we’re happy that there’s a resurgence because of Senator Pacquiao,” said Mitra. “He might fight 2 to 3 times more, but we cannot just focus on our superstar. We have to develop new Manny Pacquiaos.” Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Despite the global popularity of ring icon Manny Pacquiao, professional boxing in the Philippines is ironically on a steady decline.Games and Amusements Board chair Abraham Kahlil Mitra noticed the alarming slide on the number of Filipino pro boxers along with the frequency of local fights organized by promoters.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

Graduating Arong, Jose not ready to go on vacation yet

first_imgREAD: Arong, Jose push FEU past Ateneo, force decider for finals slot“Para sa akin, sa puso ko ayoko pa magbakasyon (In my heart I know I still don’t want to go for a vacation),” said Jose. “Last year ko na, double effort na, triple pa nga eh, gusto ko makabalik ng Finals (This is my last year and if I have to double my effort, triple maybe, I will. I want to return to the Finals).”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliJose asserted his power with a 20-point, 23-rebound line and if the big man provided the muscle it was the steely Arong, who would step on the clutch pedal.Arong, despite shooting a poor 4-of-13 from the field, rose up to the occasion in the final 1:25 of the game. Arong, Jose push FEU past Ateneo, force decider for Finals slot Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose and Monbert Arong are on their last days with Far Eastern University and the duo are determined to walk away from the league with their heads held high and their pride intact.And that desire to walk away as victors was in full display when the two seniors willed the Tamaraws to a 62-61 triller over Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 He scored five straight points, hitting a short jumper and three free throws for a 60-55 lead. “Patiently, hinintay ko dumating yung laro ko, tiyaka naisip ko kasi inaalay ko yung game ko para sa family ko and ayoko muna matalo (I waited patiently for my game to come and I dedicated this game to my family and I don’t want to lose this one),” said Arong, who fired nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter. View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Study links malaria to deforestation in the Amazon

first_imgDeforestation, Diseases, Environment, Forests, Habitat Degradation, Infectious Wildlife Disease, Insects, Invertebrates, Logging, Malaria, Mosquitoes, Rainforests, Research, Trees, Tropical Forests, Zoonotic Diseases Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis Citation:Chaves, L. S. M., Conn, J. E., López, R. V. M., & Sallum, M. A. M. (2018). Abundance of impacted forest patches less than 5 km 2 is a key driver of the incidence of malaria in Amazonian Brazil. Scientific reports, 8(1), 7077.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. A study published recently adds evidence to the argument that deforestation aids the spread of malaria.Researchers compared deforestation patterns to malaria rates in nine states in the Brazilian Amazon. They found that places with the highest incidences of malaria were impacted forest patches between 0.1 and 5 square kilometers in size.The researchers write that these forest patches contain the shaded, watery, forest-edge habitat preferred by the mosquitos that transmit malaria.To keep malaria from becoming an even bigger threat, the authors call for better monitoring of mosquito populations, land planning, and income generation schemes for forest-dwelling communities. Scientists have long suspected a relationship between deforestation and some infectious diseases. For instance, the 2014 Ebola crisis has been linked to logging that may have put workers and their families in close contact with infected bats.For malaria – one of the leading causes of death in tropical regions – there has been some evidence that the mosquitos that transmit it (called “vectors”) breed more readily in places where forest has been cleared. Now, a study published recently in Nature’s open-access journal Scientific Reports, adds to the hypothesis that deforestation aids the spread of malaria in the Amazon.For their study, researchers at institutions in Brazil and the U.S. attempted to find patterns between deforestation and malaria infection in nine states in the Brazilian Amazon. They looked at patches of rainforest that had been deforested or degraded (collectively termed “impacted” in the study), breaking them down into different size categories. They then compared these deforestation patches to local rates of malaria infection recorded between 2009 and 2015.Charcoal is produced by slowly burning wood to remove its water content. The study states: “According to data from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE)19, the inclusion of forestry products in the commercial exploitation of natural resources in 2015 represented an increase of approximately USD$ 1.5 billion in the gross value of Brazilian commodities. Commercial forest products included approximately 26 million tons of firewood, 12 million tons of logs and 331 thousand tons of wood charcoal.” Photo courtesy of Leonardo Suveges Moreira ChavesWhat they discovered surprised them – the places with the highest incidences of malaria were impacted forest patches comprising between 0.1 and 5 square kilometers, which were the mid-range of the patch sizes they looked at in their study. In other words, these medium-size deforested patches seem to be the sweet spot where forest extraction activities correlate to more malaria infections.The researchers think this may have something to do with habitat preferences of larval Nyssorhynchus darlingi mosquitoes, which are the primary malaria vectors in the regions they studied. They write that these mosquitos prefer laying their eggs in water at forest edges, but that they also need partial shade. A hallmark of deforestation is that it fragments a forest landscape, effectively creating more forest edges. And more forest edges mean more places for mosquitoes to breed.The researchers didn’t find statistically significant correlations between small areas (less than 0.1 square kilometers) of deforestation and malaria incidence, which they say is because there wasn’t enough human presence to aid mosquito reproduction.“Likely in this condition, vector proliferation, presence of a small human population and small number of domestic animals that could represent additional source of blood for mosquitoes, are not stable and in sufficient number to sustain a large [mosquito] population and malaria transmission,” lead author Leonardo Suveges Moreira Chaves told Mongabay. Chaves works in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Sao Paulo.The authors also write that forest fragmentation may help malaria-carrying mosquitoes spread to other areas after they metamorphose into adults.“Furthermore, the new landscape delineated by the pattern of deforestation and soil occupation may favor dispersal of Ny. darlingi by creating forested areas interspaced by deforested areas, which are linked by forest corridors along [small streams] and shaded dirt roads,” the researchers write.Logged rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon. Deforestation creates more forest edges, which are favorite breeding grounds for the mosquitos that transmit malaria. Photo courtesy of Leonardo Suveges Moreira ChavesAnother pattern the study uncovered, which affirms findings from previous studies, is that the number of malaria cases in the Amazon tended to shoot up in the dry season. The dry season also is when most logging takes places because, according to the researchers, rain makes it more difficult to access and work in forested areas.“The driest months were associated with the largest deforested and impacted areas and the greatest numbers of malaria cases,” the researchers write.In addition to helping create optimal nurseries for mosquito larvae, the researchers write that the act of deforestation can also introduce malaria to new places as loggers travel from one forest to another.“It is not uncommon that the first forest invaders are carriers of [malaria] because of previous [exposure] in other areas where transmission is endemic,” Chaves said.As malaria rates continue to rise in the Brazilian Amazon, Chaves and his colleagues write that measures must be taken to combat the disease and keep it from reaching “unsustainable levels.” They recommend enhanced monitoring and controlling of mosquito populations, improvement of land use planning, and better income generation for forest-dwelling communities so they don’t need to rely on logging to survive.If this isn’t done, Chaves says there will continue to be a “vicious cycle of deforestation, degradation, vector proliferation, extreme poverty and malaria as well as other vector-borne infectious diseases.” Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Widespread tool-using chimp culture discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

first_imgResearchers spent 12 years documenting the behaviors exhibited by a population of Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) whose range extends across more than 50,000 square kilometers (over 19,300 square miles) of northern Democratic Republic of Congo.The paper published this month in the journal Folia Primatologica detailing the team’s findings includes a description of an entirely new chimpanzee tool kit featuring four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging stick.These tools are used to harvest five different food types, including a variety of driver and ponerine ant species as well as honey from the nests of ground-dwelling and arboreal bees. And they’re not the only evidence of unique behaviors discovered among this chimp population. Scientists have discovered a new chimpanzee “behavioral realm” in the Bili-Uéré region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).A research team led by Thurston C. Hicks of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany and the University of Warsaw in Poland spent 12 years documenting the behaviors exhibited by a population of Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) whose range extends across more than 50,000 square kilometers (over 19,300 square miles) of northern DRC.The paper published this month in the journal Folia Primatologica detailing the team’s findings includes a description of an entirely new chimpanzee tool kit featuring four different kinds of tools: a long ant probe, a short probe, a thin wand, and a digging stick. These tools are used to harvest five different food types, including a variety of driver and ponerine ant species as well as honey from the nests of ground-dwelling and arboreal bees.“We found that the tool types each have different distinctive characteristics,” Hicks told Mongabay. “The tools used by some of our chimpanzee communities to harvest driver ants are the largest known for insect prey in Africa, on average 1.2 meters long, but some are 2.5 meters! Given the painful bites these ants inflict, adding some extra length makes sense, but we still don’t know why they make them so long compared to other populations.”Cleve Hicks with the different chimpanzee tool types described in the study. Photo Credit: Sonia Uribe, 2018.According to Hicks, just a few decades ago, chimpanzees’ various behavioral traditions appeared to be distributed in a fairly haphazard manner, with few discernible patterns. But now that scientists have collected data from many additional chimp study sites, patterns are emerging: chimps in Central Africa use clubs to pound open beehives, for instance, while the use of stone and wooden hammers to crack nuts is limited to chimps in a certain region of West Africa.“With this paper we add the Bili-Uéré,” Hicks said. In addition to their novel tool use, he added, the Bili-Uéré chimps are also distinguished by their construction of ground nests. “Up to 28 percent of nests in some areas are made on the ground, gorilla style,” he explained. “This is rather puzzling, because in most areas chimpanzees sleep in trees, presumably to avoid predators. In [the Bili-Uéré] region, predators like leopards and hyenas are abundant — and there are even lions!” (A student of Hicks’ is currently studying the Bili-Uéré chimps’ use of ground nests.)But Hicks says that he thinks the most interesting quirk of the Bili-Uéré chimps is what he calls their “expanded ‘pounding behavior.’” Many chimpanzee groups are known to pound fruits against branches or roots in order to open them up, but the Bili-Uéré population also pounds open two different kinds of termite mounds, Cubitermes and Thoracotermes, across the entire 50,000-square-kilometer region Hicks and team surveyed.Bili chimpanzee ground nests in the Gangu Forest, 2012. Researchers Cleve Hicks and Ephrem Mpaka (second from left and far right, respectively) with Zande field assistants Ligada Faustin (left) and Mbolibie Cyprien. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks.“What is intriguing is, this population seems to totally ignore the widespread and abundant Macrotermes termite mounds, which are preyed upon using stick tools in many other chimpanzee populations such as, famously, at Gombe,” Hicks said. “Instead, they are pounding open the mounds of two other widespread termite types which are ignored by most other chimpanzee populations (with one exception: Tai Forest). This to me is consistent with human-like quirky food preferences and supports the proposal of my colleague Thibaud Gruber that chimpanzees, like humans, have ‘cultural override.’”Potential ecological factors have to be ruled out before we can be sure that the Bili-Uéré chimps are just being choosy about their meals, Hicks is quick to add, but genetic explanations are unlikely, he said, “as all Eastern chimpanzees appear to have diversified very recently in prehistory, with little genetic differentiation.”Though the behavioral similarities demonstrated by the Bili-Uéré chimps across such a large region could have arisen through other means, Hicks believes that social learning is the most likely explanation for the development of this unique animal culture.Field assistant Kisangola Polycarpe next to a freshly-pounded termite mound. Leguga Forest 2008. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation.“Although it is possible that these patterns could reflect ecological factors or genetic differences, I find them to be much more consistent with cultural diffusion,” he said. In other words: “A chimpanzee in a particular community invented a certain behavior, it became the community norm and then it spread through the surrounding forests via territorial expansions or immigrating females, until hitting some natural barrier.”The Bili-Uéré chimpanzee population’s range actually occupies two very different habitat types on the two sides of the Uele River: savanna woodland forest mosaic to the north and tropical moist forest to the south. Though the behaviors of the population overall are strikingly similar, it’s perhaps not surprising that Hicks and team did discover some geographic variation, such as a lack of honey-digging tools to the south of the river even though the same types of bees are common there. Meanwhile, long driver ant probes and fruit-pounding sites were found only to the north of the Uele River.“One would think, given the diversity of chimpanzee behaviors elsewhere, these chimpanzees would have reacted to the different habitat types and invented a different material culture,” Hicks said. It’s possible that the Bili-Uéré chimps have only recently colonized the area. “Perhaps chimpanzee traditions are rather conservative, and they have not had time to differentiate their behaviors to match the very different habitats they were colonizing,” Hicks speculates. He and his colleagues plan to visit the Ituri Forest, which lies about 400 kilometers southeast of the Bili-Uéré region, later this year to test the theory that the Bili-Uéré chimps are part of an even more widespread behavioral realm that occurs across northern DRC.Cleve Hicks holds the skull of a poached chimpanzee at a hunting camp south of Bili in 2016. Bushmeat is a major threat to free-living great apes. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, 2016.Whatever the reason for the distinct behavioral similarities shared amongst the Bili-Uéré chimpanzee population, Hicks says that this research can help us understand how culture spread through generations of our ancient hominin ancestors. “It could be that we are observing the first stages in behavioral differentiation between subpopulations,” he said. “Whatever the case, we are very lucky to have this ‘natural laboratory’ in Northern DRC to study the spread of chimpanzee traditions.”The team’s findings about the Bili-Uére chimp culture could also have important implications for the conservation of chimpanzee populations. “We have evidence from Bili-Uére, for instance, that chimpanzees living in areas hunted more heavily by humans no longer make ground nests and reduce their amount of vocalizing, probably to avoid detection by hunters. This must have an impact on their social lives,” Hicks said.“To the south of Uele River the apes are being slaughtered as gold and diamond mines spread across the region. This has not yet happened in the more remote Bili-Gangu Forests north of the Uele. If they disappear, the tragedy of their loss will be compounded by the accompanying loss of a priceless opportunity allowing us to understand how great ape traditions spread across time and space. Our activities are robbing these apes not only of their forests but their ‘wisdom of the elders,’ their ingenious cultural solutions to survival in the forests and savannas developed over hundreds or thousands of ape generations.”Young Bili chimpanzee in the Gangu Forest, 2006. Photo Credit: Cleve Hicks, The Wasmoeth Wildlife Foundation.CITATION• Hicks, T. C., Kühl, H. S., Boesch, C., Dieguez, P., Ayimisin, A. E., Fernandez, R. M., … & Hart, J. (2019). Bili-Uéré: A Chimpanzee Behavioural Realm in Northern Democratic Republic of Congo. Folia Primatologica, 90(1), 3-64. doi:10.1159/000492998Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animal Behavior, Animal Intelligence, Animals, Apes, Charismatic Animals, Environment, Great Apes, Mammals, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Lady Altas remain in Final 4 race

first_img‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READcenter_img Good thing Jamela Suyat, Coleen Bravo and Jowie Albert Versoza came through with clutch performances by firing 19, 13 and 11 points, respectively, to power the Lady Altas to their fourth win against three defeats.“I have faith in all my players that they will deliver if given a chance,” said Acaylar, who was recently appointed as national men’s team coach seeing action in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games this August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFor the the Lady Altas ti stay in Final Four contention, it would need to beat Jose Rizal on Jan. 18 and Arellano on Jan. 25.“We know in our hearts that we’re still in it, we just have to believe,” said Acaylar. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ The Lady Pirates skidded to 5-2.Earlier, Emilio Aguinaldo downed Mapua, 25-18, 25-13, 26-24, in a battle of win-less squads.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GlobalPort nails back-to-back wins behind Romeo’s 32 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Others players stepped up when starters Cindy Imbo and Ma. Lourdes Clemente struggled and Perpetual Help drubbed Lyceum, 25-21, 29-27, 25-23, Friday to keep its Final Four hopes alive in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament at Arena in San Juan.Imbo, the team captain, and Clemente couldn’t find their rhythm at the start, forcing Perpetual Help coach Sammy Acaylar to dig deep from his bench.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Hotly tipped Pliskova beginning to believe

first_img$15 shirt man Evans hoping for new kit deal Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic manages her hair on a windy morning during a press conference following last night victory in the women’s single final match against Alize Cornet of France at the Brisbane International tennis tournament on January 8, 2017. AFP File photoFifth seed Karolina Pliskova continued her impressive march through the Australian Open Thursday, and is beginning to believe she could be on track for a Grand Slam to remember.The towering Czech star dished out a 6-0, 6-2 lesson to hapless Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova in the second round and has only dropped four games so far in two matches.ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief View comments Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims It was her first match against a top 10 opponent and she was out of her depth, struggling with her first serve and her returning.Power server Pliskova gave no ground and raced through the first set in just 25 minutes, with Blinkova winning only 12 points.Ranked at a career-high five in the world, the tall and tattooed 24-year-old was in no mood to give an inch and romped 4-0 in front in the second set before Blinkova finally held serve.She raised her arm in the air and got huge cheers from the crowd, and then held serve for a second time before Pliskova wrapped up a routine victory.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ She hasn’t lost this year, lifting the trophy in this month’s Brisbane International, and her confidence is running high.“I’m feeling pretty good on the court, confident. I have some matches already that I won this year. I didn’t lose yet, which is also a good thing,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I think I’m playing good, even though the opponents were not that high level, I would say.“Third round is going to definitely be more tough than the first two. Also people are saying I have a good chance to win a Grand Slam, but we are just in third round, so let’s see.” Awaiting her next is Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, who upset 31st seed Yulia Putintseva in straight sets.If she beats Ostapenko, as form suggests she will, a potential quarter-final against third seed Agnieszka Radwanska will be within Pliskova’s sights.But the Czech star, who broke through last year in making the US Open final, losing to Angelique Kerber, is taking nothing for granted.“I’m expecting a tough match, but hopefully I can still improve my level and play it a bit better,” she said of Ostapenko. “Hopefully it’s going to be enough.”Blinkova, in her Grand Slam debut aged only 18 and ranked 189 in the world, never stood a chance in warm sunshine on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jazz halt streaking Warriors

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Heat stay alive with overtime win over Cavs Warriors coach Steve Kerr, his team already assured of home court advantage throughout the playoffs, was careful with the playing time of his stars.Klay Thompson had the night off and Stephen Curry’s strong night ended after three quarters during which he scored 28 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Steph, I just wanted to give him his usual run, but I didn’t want him to finish the game,” Kerr said. “He played the whole third quarter, had a great run, shot the ball well… you know with the playoffs starting Saturday or Sunday, no point in bringing him back in this game.”Kevin Durant added 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his second game back from a knee injury. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out LATEST STORIEScenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government After a quiet first half, Durant scored eight points in the third quarter, including an explosive move past Jazz guard Dante Exum for a dunk.The win kept the Jazz tied for fourth seed in the West with the Clippers, who routed the Houston Rockets 125-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Utah Jazz’ Joe Johnson (6) shoots over Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, April 10, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Utah Jazz, fighting for a playoff position in the Western Conference, up-ended league-leading Golden State 105-99 on Monday, snapping the Warriors’ 14-game NBA winning streak.With 20 points from George Hill and 17 points and 18 rebounds from French big man Rudy Gobert, the Jazz kept pace with the Los Angeles Clippers in the battle for the fourth seed in the Western Conference, despite the injury absences of top-scorer Gordon Hayward, forward Derrick Favors, guard Rodney Hood and guard Raul Neto.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Blake suffers groin injury, pulls out of Rabat Diamond League meet

first_imgRaymond Graham, Gleaner Writer Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake will not face the starter in the men’s 100m at Sunday’s IAAF Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco due to a right groin injury. Speaking from the official meet hotel, the Amphitrite Palace hotel in the north African city, Blake’s manager Cubie Seegobin confirmed to The Gleaner on Saturday afternoon (Morocco time) that the 2011 world 100 champion suffered the injury during a training session on Friday.  Blake was reportedly executing a number of 30m stride outs when the discomfort was experienced.  The sprinter will leave Rabat early Sunday morning and travel to Germany for treatment. Blake, who returned to action last season and made the 100m final at the Rio Olympics Games after missing two years of competition due to injury, has been showing good form all season. He won the sprint double at the National Senior Championships in Jamaica and with three sub-10 seconds 100m times under his belt this season, had presented himself as a major medal favourite at next month’s World Championships in London. Meet organisers are expected to make an announcement shortly.last_img read more

Allison takes first gold at CYG

first_imgShanette Allison captured Jamaica’s first gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in The Bahamas yesterday. The Holmwood Technical High student clocked 13.26 seconds to win the women’s 100m hurdles event. Allison was comfortably ahead of Australia Lateisha Willis, who was second in 13.55, while third went to Katarina Vlahovic of Canada in 13.58. Tarjmar Miller finished a fifth in the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.00. The race was won by England’s Samuel Bennett in 13.71. Tarees Rhoden ended sixth in the men’s 800m final in 1:56.41. Alex Botterill of England won the event in 1.52:22. Kevon Stone will compete in today’s final of the men’s 200m after finishing second in his heat in 21.71 yesterday. The event was won by Joel Johnson of The Bahamas in 21.70. Jamaica are currently 11th on the medal standings with one gold, one silver, and two bronze.last_img read more

Cricket case hearing set for Feb. 2018

first_imgCourt dates have been set for the case involving the Jamaica Cricket Association, Kensington Cricket Club and St Thomas Cricket Association in relation to the staging of this year’s national two-day Senior Cup cricket competition. The dates, which were agreed to by the parties following a preliminary hearing at the Supreme Court yesterday, are February 21 and 22, 2018. St Thomas and Kensington, who filed the court action through their respective president and vice-president, Dennis Gordon and Wavell Hinds, are contending that the format used to stage the Senior Cup, which was recently completed, was unconstitutional. Their claims, according to court documents, are based on a cricket meeting that was held last year between participating cricket clubs and parish associations, who agreed to change the format of this year’s Senior Cup. The format, it is argued, that was agreed on was a two-tiered divisional tournament of eight and 15 teams, respectively. The existing format features a one division tournament of 23 teams. However, according to the JCA, while a cricket meeting was held, it was not an extraordinary general meeting, and after reviewing the two-tier proposal, it was decided, largely based on financial considerations, to stick with the existing format. St Thomas and Kensington, however, are claiming that the meeting was an extraordinary general meeting, and as such the agreements made should have been binding. Also, as part of the lawsuit, Kensington and St Thomas are also claiming loss of revenue totalling one million due their non-participation in this year’s Senior Cup. The Jamaica Defence Force defeated Melbourne CC by four wickets in the final of the competition last weekend.last_img read more