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Ateneo protests Marcos burial in UAAP Final 4 game vs FEU

first_imgView comments The gesture was well received with the Ateneo gallery up on its feet.Ateneo was one of the first communities to show its disdain over the sudden burial of Marcos at the Libingan on Nov. 18.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThis is the second time Ateneo staged a protest during a UAAP game this season after it urged its community to wear black along with its longtime rival De La Salle during their first round meeting, to show solidarity for the victims of human rights abuses. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Senators to proceed with review of VFA Racela proud of Tamaraws: ‘They gave more than 100 percent’ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise “NOT A HERO.” The Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion stages a protest against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos during the Blue Eagles’ UAAP Final Four game against the FEU Tamaraws on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Rebekah Reyes (@rebekahreyes)/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion on Saturday joined the rest of its community in protesting against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.Members of the cheering squad revealed a “Not A Hero” statement written on their shirts during their halftime performance in Ateneo’s UAAP Final Four game against Far Eastern University at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

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La Salle embraced title pressure, says Ayo

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine La Salle’s head coach had his head down, acknowledged no one, and immediately embraced the huge wooden crucifix, the same way he did when he won his NCAA basketball title with Colegio De San Juan de Letran.It’s the culmination of arguably the most infamous coaching raid in collegiate sports history, Ayo had to lead the Green Archers to a title a year after he led the Knights to an inspiring championship run in the NCAA. “Each championship is unique but I can say this is more difficult because of the pressure,” said Ayo after beating Ateneo 79-72 in Game 2 of the UAAP basketball finals.READ:Big adjustments yield championship for Teng, ArchersAyo led the most talented team in UAAP Season 79 with Ben Mbala, who waited three years to play, joining Jeron Teng, Abu Tratter, Andrei Caracut, Kib Montalbo, Prince Rivero, and rookie Aljun Melecio.It was championship or bust for Ayo and his team, but that pressure was something the architect of the “Mayhem” defense wanted.But the stakes got higher in the finals and teir 13-1 record was put to test against a pesky and youthful Ateneo side.ADVERTISEMENT “We embraced the pressure all season long, then we got to the Finals against Ateneo the more the pressure got heavier because of the hype due to the rivalry,” said Ayo. “Bottomline, it’s basketball, whatever they have, and whatever we have it will show on the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo celebrates the UAAP Season 79 championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCelebration rang inside the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum as confetti rained down on the jubilant Green Archers from De La Salle University.Players had their separate friends and family embracing them, each with their own championship shirt.ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK View comments Next challenge for Blue Eagles is to ‘live up to our potential’ Just before the eruption of euphoria exploded, however, Aldin Ayo made a quick exit; he headed down the corridor that separated the playing court to the backstage.READ: La Salle sweeps Ateneo to capture UAAP Season 79 crown FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

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New report spotlights financiers of palm oil giant clearing Liberia’s forests

first_imgCorporate Environmental Transgressors, Deforestation, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Governance, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Supply Chain, Tropical Forests, Zero Deforestation Commitments A new report by Friends of the Earth highlights deforestation by Golden Veroleum Liberia, an arm of the billionaire Widjaja family’s conglomerate.The largest financiers of Golden Veroleum’s parent company include U.S. financial firms Vanguard, BlackRock, Kopernik Global Investors, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Northern Trust and CitiGroup; Dutch firms Robeco and Rabobank; and Asian firms China Merchants Bank, Maybank Indonesia and Bank Mandiri.Golden Veroleum cleared some 150 square kilometers of land between 2010 and 2016, according to the report. An Indonesian-owned plantation company operating in Liberia has come under renewed scrutiny for allegedly clearing hundreds of hectares of protected forestland, including chimpanzee habitat, wetlands and river buffer zones.Between 2010 and 2016, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) cleared and planted some 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of land, according to a recent Friends of the Earth investigation, which found that the firm had cleared or fragmented more than 3 square kilometers (2 square miles) of ecologically rich forest in Kpanyan, Sinoe County.Investigators found that GVL had damaged streams, wetlands and river buffer zones, that it had failed to compensate local communities for the damage, and that it had taken their land without their “free, prior and informed consent,” a conclusion supported by a decision issued in February by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).GVL, which has rejected the RSPO decision, is owned by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), a Singapore-registered palm oil company, through a Cayman Islands private equity firm. The firm’s ultimate owner is Indonesia’s billionaire Widjaja family. In 2014, GAR promised to stop clearing forest.Palm oil is one of the most ubiquitous products found in the world today, with estimates suggesting it is used in about half of all consumer goods in the U.S. and Europe. Palm oil firms operating in Africa and Asia often promise to work with local communities to develop the economies of host states, but their investments are routinely accompanied by allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations.In 2010, GVL was granted a 3,500-square kilometer (1,350-square-mile) concession agreement by the Liberian government, covering some 2.3 percent of the country’s land mass. Since then, GVL has faced consistent allegations of environmental degradation and disregard for community land rights, according to Friends of the Earth.James Otto, campaigner with the Sustainable Development Institute, said the allegations against GVL highlighted the need for more-secure land rights in countries like Liberia. “Otherwise,” he said, “companies like GVL will continue destroying the forests Liberians depend on for their livelihoods.”A tropical forest in Liberia. Image by John Atherton/FlickrLiberia has implemented a dual land-tenure system since its founding in 1847, with statutory and customary rights often leading to conflicting claims. While natural resources in rural Liberia are predominantly communally owned and managed, the government in Monrovia, the capital, has treated land where local communities do not possess deeds as state-administered and has granted vast concessions covering almost a fifth of the country to foreign investors and local elites, with about a tenth of the total land mass leased to plantation companies.In the case of GVL, Friends of the Earth alleges that GAR’s investment constitutes a violation of international standards, Liberian national law and the companies’ own corporate sustainability policies. It also notes that GAR’s investments in Liberian palm oil could pose wider reputational and regulatory risks to its financiers.“Deforestation, environmental degradation and associated human rights issues, including social conflict stemming from violations of communities’ land rights, can significantly undermine economic development and stability and can pose material financial risks to donors and investors,” the report says.“As GVL’s primary investor, GAR bears substantial responsibility for the risks and impacts of GVL’s operations. GVL’s ownership structure may prevent GAR from being held legally liable for GVL’s activities in Liberia. However, GAR’s sustainability policies clearly indicate its responsibility for GVL’s business practices,” it adds.GAR’s largest international creditors and investors include U.S. financial firms Vanguard, BlackRock, Kopernik Global Investors, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Northern Trust and CitiGroup; Dutch firms Robeco and Rabobank; and Asian firms China Merchants Bank, Maybank Indonesia and Bank Mandiri. Commercial customers of GAR include numerous household brands, such as Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Pepsico.“GVL’s forest destruction and its disregard for human rights poses serious material and reputational risks for both investors and commercial palm oil buyers,” Jeff Conant, senior international forests program manager with Friends of the Earth U.S., said in a statement. “Stakeholders in these rogue companies need to recognize the risks and the wrongdoing and use their leverage to pull the brakes on GVL’s destruction.”Wulan Suling, head of corporate communications for GAR, said all banks and financial institutions that do business with GAR “conduct in-depth due diligence and risk assessment on a continuous basis and are in regular contact with GAR.”“GAR has obtained satisfactory explanations from GVL when it was alerted to earlier, similar allegations via other reports. GAR understands that GVL is investigating new allegations about forest clearance contained in the latest reports,” he added. “GAR has asked GVL for a detailed response to all the claims made in the latest report.”A GVL spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.Banner: A chimpanzee in Liberia. Photo by Cameron Zohoori/Flickr.Correction, 7/18/2018: A previous version of this article misstated the area of ecologically rich forest GVL has cleared. Article published by mongabayauthorcenter_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

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Javan rhino found dead in Indonesia, bringing global population down to 68

first_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 overSponsored Article published by Isabel Esterman The body of a juvenile male Javan rhinoceros was discovered last month in a mud pit in Ujung Kulon National Park, the sole remaining habitat for the species.The death of the rhino, known as Manggala, brings the known global population of his species down to 68 individuals.The body was intact when found, and preliminary investigations indicated the rhino did not die due to an infectious disease. A detailed post-mortem is being conducted, with results expected May 7.The body bore multiple wounds, leading park officials to suspect Manggala may have been attacked by an adult rhinoceros. A juvenile male Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus) was found dead last month in Indonesia’s Ujung Kulon National Park, home to the only remaining population of the nearly extinct species.The discovery of the rhino’s body brings the current estimate of the critically endangered species’ global population to 68 individuals.A rhino protection unit discovered the rhino’s body in a mud pit in the park on March 21, according to a statement released April 30 by Indonesia’s environment ministry.The animal was identified as a young male named Manggala, believed to have died about 12 hours before its body was found. A preliminary post-mortem examination by a group of conservationists and veterinarians indicated that the rhino did not die from an infectious disease and that its body was still intact; the rhino was too young to have a fully developed horn.However, officials found at least seven wounds on the surface of the rhino’s body. “Manggala is suspected of having been attacked by an adult rhinoceros,” Anggodo, head of Ujung Kulon National Park, told Mongabay’s Indonesian sister site. The wounds do not appear to have been inflicted by weapons, he said.A rhino protection unit discovered the body of a juvenile male Javan rhino in a mudpit it Ujung Kulon on March 21, 2019. Image courtesy of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia.Bone and tissue samples were taken to allow authorities to conduct a deeper investigation into the cause of death. The government says results are expected to be available by May 7.“The birth and death of wildlife is part of population dynamics in the wild,” the official statement read.Last year, two Javan rhinos were found dead from natural causes, but officials reported four births (two males and two females). The estimated population of the Javan rhino is now at a minimum 68 individuals: 57 adults and 11 juveniles. Overall, there are believed to be 37 males and 31 females living in Ujung Kulon.While conservationists are heartened by evidence that the Ujung Kulon population is continuing to breed, calls are mounting for the Indonesian government to establish a second site for the species. A tsunami struck the Ujung Kulon area in December 2018, and although no rhinos are known to have been killed or injured in the incident, it highlighted the peril facing a species confined to a single habitat. Experts also fear that an outbreak of infectious disease in Ujung Kulon could wipe out the remaining rhinos.The death of the young male, known as Manggala, brings the global population of Javan rhinos down to 68. An adult male was found dead of natural causes in April 2018, and a female in July 2018. Image courtesy of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia.Updated May 2, 2019, at 12:30 UTC: This article has been updated to include a statement by Anggoto regarding wounds on the rhino’s body, and to clarify that the young rhino did not have a fully developed horn.FEEDBACK: 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.center_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Javan Rhinos, Mammals, Megafauna, Protected Areas, Rainforest Animals, Rhinos, Wildlife last_img read more

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