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England restricted by NZ pace attack on even first dat

first_imgNew Zealand’s experienced pace bowlers repaid the faith placed in them on the first day of the opening Test against England, bowling superbly before some late hitting by Ben Stokes lifted the tourists to 241-4 by the close of play on Thursday. Stokes (67 not out) boosted England’s total after New Zealand conceded around two runs an over for most of the day on a Bay Oval pitch that offered the bowlers no assistance after England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat.Ollie Pope was on 18 at stumps.Joe Denly made 74 and shared in a 61-run partnership with Rory Burns (52) and an 83-run stand with Stokes as the top order gave England a solid start.New Zealand’s pace attack of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner, however, made life difficult for the visitors after the pace trio had been in danger of being broken up for the match.Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson had been expected to make his test debut in Mt. Maunganui, probably at the expense of Southee, but captain Kane Williamson confirmed on Wednesday the trio would be retained.All three have been instrumental in a purple patch of results for the hosts at home over the last two years, where New Zealand have won six of their eight tests.Prior to the first of two matches in the England series, Southee had taken 36 wickets at an average of 23.38 in home tests over the last two years, while new ball partner Boult led the attack with 49 at 21.42. Wagner had taken 41 wickets at 22.19.The trio, along with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, created pressure throughout the majority of the day.It was only the last 10 overs before the second new ball was taken when Stokes and Denly began to play more freely and attacked a tiring Wagner and left arm spinner Mitchell Santner.Southee, however, coaxed a false shot from Denly in the second over with the second new ball to remove the right-hander just as he looked set to push on to his maiden test century.Boult was also unlucky when Stokes was dropped by Ross Taylor when the first slip appeared not to see the ball until it was too late.The second test is in Hamilton from Nov. 29-Dec. 3.last_img read more

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Talking points from the Premier League weekend

first_imgA few talking points from the weekend’s Premier League action.CHELSEA’s RUDIGER BLASTS RACIST ABUSEChelsea’s Antonio Rudiger said he faced racist abuse during his club’s 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur, triggering a flood of messages of support and calls for action against racism in the English game.Tottenham vowed to take the “strongest possible action” if any fan is identified as having made racist gestures.Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville said players should walk off in solidarity if a team mate is abused. The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has called for government action to tackle the problem that has reared its head across Europe this season.LAMPARD OUTSHINES OLD BOSS MOURINHOFrank Lampard faced the biggest challenge of his reign as Chelsea manager as he went head-to-head with his old mentor Jose Mourinho. He emerged with top marks after a 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur strengthened Chelsea’s hold on fourth place.After a run of four defeats in five league games, Lampard tweaked his system to 5-2-3 from his usual 4-3-3 and Chelsea dominated their London rivals from start to finish.It was a significant moment for Lampard as he got the better of a manager renowned for tactical acumen. It was a reality check for Tottenham as the “Mourinho bounce” came to an end in dismal fashion.HAS PEARSON STARTED WATFORD’S GREAT ESCAPE?Watford’s 2-0 victory over Manchester United was only their second of the season and offered a glimpse of an escape route from the bottom of the table.Pearson saved Leicester City from the drop against the odds in 2014-15, the season before they won the title under Claudio Ranieri, and Watford fans believe he can repeat that feat.Watford were resolute and organised against United with Ismaila Sar and Troy Deeney scoring early in the second half. While they will be bottom at Christmas they are level on points with Norwich City and six from the safety zone.MANCHESTER CITY BACK IN FORMIt might already be too late, but Manchester City’s 3-1 home win over Leicester City was a reminder to Liverpool that Pep Guardiola’s side will not relinquish their title with a whimper.Leicester had emerged as Liverpool’s closest pursuers and could have closed the gap to seven points on Saturday but despite taking the lead were outplayed as City clicked.City remain 11 points adrift in third place but look capable of putting together a long winning run that could yet make the title race interesting in the New Year.last_img read more

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Athletes battle anxiety as coronavirus turns life upside down

first_imgWith the coronavirus pandemic turning daily life upside down and confining people indoors, 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams shared an increasingly common sentiment on social media – “Every little thing makes me really crazy”.With global sport at a virtual standstill due to the virus, which has claimed more than 10,000 lives globally, many professional athletes have been left anxious as they struggle to cope with all the uncertainty that lies ahead.“It started out with me feeling like ‘oh it can’t really affect me’,” said Williams in a series of TikTok videos, in which she described practising social distancing for two weeks since the cancellation of the Indian Wells tennis tournament.“That one cancellation led to another and another and then led to all this anxiety that I’m feeling.“I’m just on edge any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs.”While billions of people around the world are suffering the same fears as Williams due to the rapid spread of the virus, the situation has also rattled those hoping to compete at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.Thousands of Olympic hopefuls have been left in limbo with many qualifying events around the world postponed or cancelled.U.S. Olympic committee (USOPC) CEO Sarah Hirshland told reporters on Friday that the organisation “doubled down our mental health resources” for its athletes, with the Tokyo Olympics set to be held as scheduled in from July 24 to Aug. 9.“We’ve expanded the accessibility of those resources to a broader group of athletes, and are really working to communicate with them to ensure that we destigmatise any concerns they have about reaching out for mental health support,” said Hirshland.The pandemic is also preventing many athletes from continuing their usual training regime as several countries are advising people to practise social isolation in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.U.S. weightlifter Katherine Nye had already secured her ticket to Tokyo, despite her sport’s qualifying period being cut short by a month, and told Reuters she was continuing to train out of her garage.“Some people still had to compete again to qualify, and they have lost that opportunity entirely,” said Nye. “I’m definitely experiencing a lot of anxiety because of the pandemic, just like lots of people around the world.“It’s not easy to ignore all the horrible things going on.”Olympic organisers faced increased pressure to postpone the Games on Friday, after USA Swimming called for a delay, citing concern for athletes, a sentiment that many had expressed.“How on earth are we meant to carry on preparing (as) best we can?” Jess Judd, a British middle-distance runner wrote on Twitter.“Will someone share with me what races we can do to get times and whether trials will go ahead and when training can return to normal?”last_img read more

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Coronavirus: Football players training at home, league could restart on May 2

first_imgWhile waiting for developments on the resumption of the Cyprus football league, footballers are training individually from home, in compliance with the health measures issued by the Cyprus Sports Organiation (Koa), which forbids team trainings.Football teams have provided their players with special training programmes aimed at maintaining their fitness levels.Koa said the goal is to resume games on May 2 and take the championship to completion by June 24, should the situation with coronavirus allow it.Following a government decree, teams are not allowed to train together, even outside, until April 10. After that date, Koa will determine whether it is safe to let players resume normal training.At the same time, teams are also trying to deal with the demands of foreign players to return to their home countries as many believe the resumption of the football league in Cyprus remains uncertain.On Tuesday, UEFA agreed to delay its flagship Euro 2020 competition for one year to allow domestic leagues to complete their seasons once football resumes and FIFA in turn recommended postponing its new Club World Cup to 2021.last_img read more

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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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McGrady, Moncrief, Webber among 14 Hall of Fame finalists

first_imgLATEST STORIES All three retired NBA standouts are among nine first-time finalists on a list that also includes, among others, two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich.Prior finalists being considered again include five-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Tim Hardaway and one team — 10-time US national women’s champion Wayland Baptist University.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“We are grateful to the 14 finalists in the Class of 2017 for the impact they have had on the game we cherish,” said Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo. “We are proud to honor those who have shaped our game over the years.”McGrady, a seven-time NBA All-Star, played for seven NBA clubs from 1997 to 2013. He won the 2001 NBA Most Improved Player Award and the NBA scoring crown in 2003 and 2004 while with the Orlando Magic. Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Ateneo win uncovers Adamson ‘problem’ Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame finalist Tracy McGrady looks on during the 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announcement at Smoothie King Center on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPTwo-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Sidney Moncrief and five-time All-Star Chris Webber were among 14 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists named Saturday.Finalists need 18 of 24 votes from the Hall’s honors committee for election into the Hall of Fame. Inductees will be named on April 3 in Phoenix, Arizona, with enshrinement on September 7-9 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town McGrady was also named a Chinese Basketball Association All-Star in 2013 with Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles and ended his career with San Antonio in a 2013 NBA Finals loss to Miami.Moncrief, a five-time All-Star, played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1979 to 1990 before one last NBA campaign with the Atlanta Hawks. He was the 1983 and 1984 Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds.Webber, the 1994 NBA Rookie of the Year, played for five NBA teams, topping the league in rebounds in the 1998-99 season with Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte MOST READlast_img read more

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PH to build on 3×3 World Cup experience

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ READ: Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 “Looking at the bigger picture, this tournament is not for nothing. It’s a learning experience for us for the next 3×3 tournaments,” he said.For Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 coach Anton Altamirano, he believes that the country must find players focused on 3×3 the Philippines wants to compete with the rest of the world.READ: Teng, Ravena aim for bigger prize in 3×3 World Cup“We need to have experienced players. It’s hard to make a new team with players who will play the 3×3 game for the first time and we’re facing teams that have been playing for seven to eight years together. We need to invest on these players so that they’ll get used to it,” he said.And this early, JR Quiñahan has extended a helping hand, especially with the Philippines hosting the 2018 tilt.“I won’t mind if I don’t get chosen as a player. I’m happy to be a practice player so that I can share my experience to the next 3×3 teams,” he said. Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netChooks-Pilipinas 3×3 still considers its 11th place finish in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup as an achievement given the short time the country had in preparing for the tournament.The players, meanwhile, are looking at this stint as an eye-opener for the country when it comes to the 3×3 game.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province This Philippine squad was considered as a dream team of sorts, with three second-generation stars bannering the team, but Paras said they paled in comparison with other countries who trot out professional players when it comes to the half-court game.READ: Defense a priority for talented Chooks Pilipinas 3×3“It’s rare that we get to France and rarer to be teammates with Jeron (Teng) and Kiefer (Ravena). We’re lucky that they entrusted us with this lineup, but with our opponents, they do 3×3 for a living. So this is an experience for us for the next 3×3 tournaments. We now know what to do and what we have to improve,” he said.The Philippines finished third in Pool B, finishing the tournament with a 2-2 slate after wins over Romania and El Salvador.But in Paras’ mind, though the country failed to progress from the group stages, this may just set the path for future 3×3 teams going forward.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit View commentscenter_img A dream fulfilled for Christian LATEST STORIES Recovering De Ocampo vows to be ready come Game 3 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April “Though it’s still basketball, it’s a different type of game with how physical and how fast the game is,” said Kiefer Ravena. “It opened our eyes on what can be done and what to improve when it comes to 3×3. Having the knowledge of the game is very important so the next teams should be prepared and their minds should be well-conditioned.”READ: Ravena: Chooks-Pilipinas raring to bask in 3×3 limelight FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundJeron Teng agreed, noting that though speed may clearly have been on the Filipinos’ side, those were negated by the level of physicality of their bigger European.“It’s super physical. We couldn’t take advantage of our speed because you might get past them, but they would really grab you,” he said. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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