Porzingis sparks Knicks over Bulls Porzingis sparks Knicks over Bulls

first_imgTaiwan 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 Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPKristaps Porzingis scored 27 points as the New York Knicks defeated the Chicago Bulls 117-104 to make it a triumphant return for Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah on Friday.Porzingis, controversially benched during New York’s defeat to Detroit earlier this week, added five rebounds to lead the scoring for the Knicks at the United Center.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway View commentscenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise EDITORS’ PICK Murray one win from top spot as Djokovic crashes “There’s no bad blood between nobody with the franchise or nobody on that team,” said Rose, whose relationship with former teammate Jimmy Butler was under scrutiny last season as Chicago under-performed.“I wish everybody well,” Noah said adding that while he was frustrated in his last season in Chicago, “the things I remember the most are good memories from everybody.”Chicago star Dwyane Wade led the overall scoring, pouring on 35 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.Butler weighed in with 26 points, but Nikola Mirotic was the only other Bulls player to make double figures.The defeat leaves the Bulls at 3-2 after the opening five games of the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The game was big because we’d dropped two games. We needed to figure out how to win.“We’ve all got individual skills but figuring out how to win games, we’ve got to put our skills aside to get the win. I think that’s what we did tonight,” Rose added.Noah had also made the same switch from Chicago to New York in the close season after nine years with the Bulls.Noah drew cheers during introductions while Rose was greeted by cheers as well as a few jeers.Both exchanged warm greetings with ex-teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Carmelo Anthony was close behind Porzingis, contributing 25 points and seven rebounds.But the linchpin of the victory was the returning Rose, who joined the Knicks in the close season in a blockbuster trade after eight seasons in Chicago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentRose finished with 15 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the win. Noah had 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists.“It was fun, I’m a competitor, I compete,” a satisfied Rose said after a win which improved the Knicks record to 2-3.last_img read more

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With win, NU takes first step in getting confidence, identity back With win, NU takes first step in getting confidence, identity back

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports NU Head coach Eric Altamirano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust last month, National University was making its case as a Final Four contender. But it didn’t take long for the Bulldogs’ fortunes to make a turn for the worse.From 4-2, NU fell out of the Final Four picture with a six-game losing skid and at that point, the Bulldogs were just not the same team they’re used to be.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas 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 PSL: F2 Logistics deflates Generika for back-to-back wins We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ “Just like any other young team, you lose your confidence and you start losing your identity,” said NU head coach Eric Altamirano.READ: Diputado keeping the faith amid Bulldogs’ latest strugglesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Nagkakainitan na kami kasi sobrang competitive ng practice namin and lahat mainit na ulo, coaches and players,” said captain Jay Alejandro. “Yung one week parang one year sa amin. Sobrang haba.”On Saturday, NU found respite and a glimmer of hope following a 64-52 win over also-ran University of the East in a game where the Bulldogs regained their old form. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Ever since Altamirano took over, the Bulldogs have earned the reputation as a defensive-oriented team. For a long stretch this season, they have not been able to show their identity until their victory over the Red Warriors.READ: UAAP: NU ends 6-game slump, foils UEWith its vaunted defense back, NU held UE to just seven points in the fourth quarter and a 29% shooting from the field overall.The last few weeks have been the most difficult for the Bulldogs but for Alejandro, the adversities also helped the team to grow.“At least now alam na namin yung feeling na ganito. Hopefully, sana next game, final four or next season alam na namin paano bumalik sa ganito.”ADVERTISEMENT Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway View commentslast_img read more

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Ferrer motivated to bounce back after quiet debut Ferrer motivated to bounce back after quiet debut

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Ginebra rookie Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer isn’t losing sleep over his quiet debut for Ginebra.“As a rookie, it’s not easy to gain the trust of coach Tim (Cone) so I really have to work hard for it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA The former Santo Tomas stud only had three points and three rebounds in 11 minutes on the floor in the Gin Kings’ 108-103 loss to TNT on Sunday.While he is bothered by his subpar performance, Ferrer is looking at it as a motivation to work harder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“It’s a challenge for me to bounce back stronger,” he said.Ferrer wants to put the bulk of his efforts on the defensive end, a facet which he believes he could help Ginebra in a big way. View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH 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 “I’m not just looking on my points. What I want to focus on is my defense because we have so many scorers. I just shoot whenever the opportunity presents itself,” he said.The 23-year-old forward also vows to deliver his best in the Gin Kings to the pleasure of their fans.“On my mind, I just want to do my best every game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Pacquiao to file bill to ensure NSAs get funding straight from PSC MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

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The mystery of the sick turtles: Q&A with animal disease detectives Chrissy Cabay and Daniel Woodburn The mystery of the sick turtles: Q&A with animal disease detectives Chrissy Cabay and Daniel Woodburn

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta 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 A puzzling shell disease is affecting western pond turtles, a species listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, in the state of Washington in the U.S.Researchers from Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium are investigating if disinfection practices that keep zoos clean could actually be removing good microbes that are beneficial for turtles, making them vulnerable to shell disease when they are released into the wild.Other experts, from the University of Illinois’s Zoological Pathology Program, are trying to understand what causes the disease and how it spreads. So far, they have discovered a new species of fungus that appears to be associated with the lesions that are characteristic of the shell disease.Mongabay spoke with Chrissy Cabay of Shedd Aquarium and Daniel B. Woodburn of the University of Illinois to find out more about their work. A puzzling disease lurks among western pond turtles, one of only two native freshwater turtle species that live in the state of Washington in the U.S.The disease produces deep lesions on the turtles’ shells, exposing the underlying bone and sometimes causing paralysis and even death. But researchers are yet to figure out what causes this shell disease or how it spreads and affects the turtles themselves. One thing is clear, though: the shell disease threatens to undo decades of recovery efforts that have been aimed at protecting the species, which is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.In the early 1990s, only about 150 western pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) remained in Washington, their decline prompted by a combination of threats including the loss of their preferred wetland habitats, commercial exploitation for food, and introduction of non-native predators like the American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) that preyed on young turtle hatchlings.Researchers scrambled to reverse the turtle’s decline. They tracked turtle nests in the wild, retrieved hatchlings and eggs from those nests, and raised them in warm, safe places within labs at the Woodland Park Zoo in Washington and Oregon Zoo until the hatchlings were big enough to be safely released into the wild. The researchers hoped the head start would give these individuals a better fighting chance in their native habitats.Some of them did. Today, more than 1,000 of the turtles are known to live across six locations in Washington. But shell disease is slowly creeping into these populations. A survey from 2013-2014 found that 29 to 49 percent of all examined turtles in these populations showed signs of the disease.Now, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Zoological Pathology Program have joined forces with Woodland Park Zoo, Oregon Zoo and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) to unravel the mystery of the shell disease.The researchers at Shedd Aquarium are exploring a hypothesis: they think that disinfection practices that keep zoos clean could actually be removing good microbes that are beneficial for the turtles, and reducing their immune fitness in the wild. This could be making the western pond turtles vulnerable to the shell disease.Researchers from Shedd Aquarium sampling western pond turtles. Image © Shedd Aquarium/Inga Mesker.To investigate their hypothesis, the researchers are looking at the microbial communities within the “head-start” habitats (the environment in which the hatchlings are raised in captivity before being released into the wild) and comparing them to those in the turtle’s native wild habitats. So far, the team has collected more than 600 samples from the head-start environments, including samples from 200 individual turtles, according to Chrissy Cabay, program director for Shedd Aquarium’s Microbiome Project. Researchers will be heading out to collect more samples over the next few weeks, she told Mongabay.“Our question is really what can we do in the head-start environment to shift the microbiome closer to that of the native, and see if that has a positive impact on outcomes for the turtles when they’re released,” Cabay said.At the same time, researchers at the University of Illinois’s Zoological Pathology Program are trying to understand what causes the disease and how it spreads. So far, the team has discovered a new species of fungus that appears to be associated with the lesions of shell disease.“We are now working to fully characterize the fungus and discover its role in the development of shell lesions,” said Daniel B. Woodburn, a pathologist and doctoral candidate at the Zoological Pathology Program. “By learning about this new fungus, we can better advise caretakers, veterinarians and wildlife biologists on how to best protect head-start turtles from this disease and how to care for affected populations in the wild.”Mongabay spoke with Cabay and Woodburn to find out more about their research.Mongabay: When did the new shell disease first start appearing in the Western pond turtles? And how does it affect the turtles?Daniel B. Woodburn: Shell disease has been a concern in western pond turtles since at least 2013, when major research and surveillance efforts began with populations in Washington. However, by looking at historical records and pictures, researchers at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) have identified similar shell lesions in turtles as far back as 2003. From continued monitoring of these early turtles, we know the disease is progressive and slowly eats away at the shell, but the full long-term effects are unknown. A variety of projects are currently underway to study these effects, particularly in adult females where disease may result in a reduced number of eggs and lower survival rates for hatchlings.Chrissy Cabay: It took multiple years to really figure out what was going on, and we’re definitely still learning more about what the disease is — is it one pathogen, is it several, what is its etiology, how it affects the turtle.We are also still learning the full extent to which the disease affects the turtles. It’s first noticed visually by lesions on the surface of the shell. But for a proper diagnosis you need a CT scan. The disease causes these necrotic lesions inside the body cavity of the animal, which are first spotted typically by a CT. So the disease will typically show up on CT before it shows up on the surface of the shell.Dr. Daniel Woodburn of the University of Illinois discovered a new fungus that appears to be associated with shell disease. Image courtesy of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.Does it affect wild turtles? Or only captive ones?Woodburn: So far, this new shell disease has only been confirmed in turtles that have spent at least part of their lives under human care. This includes turtles currently living in zoos and aquariums, as well as turtles that were raised in head-start programs and released into the wild. While there are reports of completely wild turtles with suspicious-looking shell defects, we haven’t yet been able to confirm infection.Cabay: We’ve seen the disease so far only in head-started animals. But there are just so few truly wild turtles left that it’s impossible to do a proper scientific comparison and really say whether head-starting is the cause.Your research found a newly described fungus associated with lesions that are characteristic of the shell disease. What do you know about the fungus’s role in the disease so far?Woodburn: This new shell disease is characterized by defects and changes in the shell bone that are microscopically very different from the lesions we see more commonly with other shell infections. Whenever we’ve seen these unique shell lesions in a turtle, we’ve also found this new fungus, so we know the two are associated with each other. Further research is needed to determine whether the fungus itself is causing these lesions on its own, needs another contributing factor, or is taking advantage of damage due to some other cause. However, as this new fungus is related to other more well-known fungi that infect other types of reptiles, we suspect it may be a primary pathogen.A severely affected turtle with fungus on its shell. Image courtesy of Daniel Woodburn.How is the Shedd Aquarium involved?Cabay: We are the home of the microbiome project, which is a relatively recent program that started in 2015. It was based on generating some data to help inform the regulations that we’re subject to. We intensively treat the water in many of our habitats, for example, and the thinking for years was to make it as clean as possible through filtration, disinfection. We’ve since learned with the advent of the human hygiene hypothesis that there can be some health advantages to microbial diversity in the environment. We have some questions for what that means for our animals. We know what temperature to maintain them at. We know what salinity to keep them at. We know a lot about the environmental parameters that are best for their health. What we don’t know is what kind of microbial community should we be promoting in their habitats to provide them the best possible care. It’s a new field and there’s still much to be learned.But our original core question was “how clean is too clean?” for animal habitats. We are sort of unique in the zoo and aquarium world in that we have a research team whose specialty is microbial ecology and we have an onsite laboratory with this expertise. Because of our reputation, we’ve sort of become the go-to for our peers that are interested in microbial questions of their own. We were contacted by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife who asked for our help with the analysis of a separate study, but we began a partnership with them and learned about challenges that these turtles faced. And that’s when they asked us to contribute our expertise and our unique resources to what has been for them a serious challenge.How did you arrive at your hypothesis?Cabay: It really stems from some recent work being done in human health that shows that exposure to a diverse array of microbes in the environment, particularly early in life, can have important implications for an animal’s development. It’s been shown in people that exposure can have an immuno-protective effect on individuals. We know that the head-started animals are maintained in environments that are pretty different from the native environment especially when it comes to the microbial load. So we are curious to know whether there is any change we could make in the head-start environment that might induce microbial diversity that the animals could be exposed to. That might benefit them in terms of being able to resist this disease down the road when they’re released. And there’s still a lot we don’t know. Immune parameters in reptiles are not where they are for people, so we’re starting with the baseline. At the moment we’re in the better part of year one of a two-year study that is examining the native environment of the turtle and the head-start environment, and simply comparing to see how the microbiome differs.Our question is really what can we do in the head-start environment to shift the microbiome closer to that of the native, and see if that has a positive impact on outcomes for the turtles when they’re released.Western pond turtle. Image © Shedd Aquarium/Inga Mesker.Can you tell us a little about your sampling process?Cabay: Our strategy is to sample places that are analogous between the head-start and the native environments. That would be water or basking structures — basking is common with any ectothermic animals like these turtles, so they are likely to interact with the biofilm that tends to accumulates on the surface of the basking structures. In the native environment that might be a log. In the head-start environment that might be a floating mat or rock that has been provided. We’re also sampling the animals themselves; their shell, and their cloaca or anal opening. We’re interested in this opening because it’s one route of potential transmission of the disease because it comes in contact with water. It’s also an opportunity to look at the gut microbiota of the turtles. In other species, gut microbiome has also been associated significantly with health.Once we collect those samples from the environment or from the turtle shells, we store them at -80 degrees Celsius [-112 degrees Fahrenheit], unless they are ready to be processed. At that point, we extract DNA from the samples, and we do what is called 16s rRNA gene profiling. We use a special marker gene, sort of a biomarker, that is known to have utility as an identifier for microbes. It’s highly conserved among bacteria and archaea [microbes] but has enough variability where its sequence can be associated back to a particular taxonomic group. And typically that gets us to the genus level for bacteria and archaea.What do you hope to achieve at the end of the microbiome project?Woodburn: By looking at microbiome data from turtles with shell disease and comparing to healthy turtles, we hope to identify any other infectious organisms (such as bacteria, viruses or even other fungi) that are involved in the development or progression of shell disease. This information will help guide future studies on disease transmission and may reveal new options for treating and preventing shell disease in western pond turtles.What have been some of the challenges in your research?Woodburn: Since this disease involves a newly recognized fungus, no specific diagnostic tests were available when we started this project. Therefore, we’ve had to develop our own set of tests which look for fungal DNA in shell samples. This means a lot of trial and error, but having a rapid and accurate test for this shell disease is necessary to help identify sick turtles, monitor treatment successes, and guide future research efforts.Cabay: I would say that the biggest challenge has been the gaps in knowledge in what we know about the turtles compared to what’s known about health in mammals and in particular in humans. How do you know if a turtle’s healthy? How do you know if a turtle is immunologically robust? The same parameters that have been measured in humans have not been identified in turtles. It may be that we may not know for years whether these animals have benefited from our manipulation or not. We have to accept the reality that there is some inherent gap in research on these animals.Is there anything else that you would like to add?Woodburn: By tapping into the expertise from multiple collaborators, including WDFW and the Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Project, we hope to gain a fuller understanding of this disease so that we can minimize its effects on western pond turtle recovery efforts. This project would not be possible without the hard work, knowledge and support of everyone involved, from the field into the laboratory.Cabay: Many partners and organizations are involved in trying to solve this mystery when it comes to shell disease. We’re just one piece of that. But with these large complex questions particularly in the conservation sphere, it’s an all-hands-on-deck approach. It takes many different approaches to science to help inform strategies for managers.Western pond turtles have been suffering from a mystery shell disease. 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In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, November 23, 2018 In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, November 23, 2018

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 John Cannon Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update center_img There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. Tropical forestsNew maps pinpoint ancient forests under threat (Sustainable Brands).The forestry act for the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo aims to capitalize on the carbon found in the state’s forests by including a reference to REDD+ (New Straits Times).To help stem deforestation, France plans to cut imports of palm oil and beef (Ecowatch).Botanists find two new species of Raphia palm in Central Africa (Sci News).Four new species of horned frogs have been found in India (Natural History Museum).How the push for biofuels has driven the palm oil boom — and deforestation (ProPublica, The New York Times).Mendelian genetics is behind beak size in tropical finches, researchers find (Princeton University/Phys.Org).Other newsMarine biologists recorded a dive by an orca (Orcinus orca) of 1,087 meters (3,566 feet) — the deepest ever logged — in pursuit of fish snagged on the lines of fishers (Hakai).The U.S. Coast Guard has demanded that an energy company clean up oil from a leak that’s released at least a million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since 2004 (The Washington Post).Whale earwax helps scientists track their stress levels over time (The Atlantic).The leader of the United Nations Environment Programme resigned after revelations that he had spent more than half a million dollars on travel in less than two years (The New York Times).Tanzania has formed an anti-poaching outfit of 300 people (Daily Nation).China has reduced its carbon emissions rate ahead of schedule, according to a government report (Ecns.cn).U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke: “Environmental radicals” who stood in the way of forest management are to blame for California’s fires (The Hill).Mountain gorillas’ turn for the better shows that a little optimism might be warranted for life on Earth (The New York Times).China must continue to curb markets for wildlife products, scientists say (The New York Times).The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it easier for farmers and ranchers to kill wolves (Huffington Post).Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, is President Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (The New York Times).Banner image of an orca by Robert Pittman (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Cargill pledges to stop forest to farmland conversions, but no results yet for the Cerrado Cargill pledges to stop forest to farmland conversions, but no results yet for the Cerrado

first_imgCargill has announced new and updated policies to achieve deforestation-free supply chains by 2030, including more transparency in supply chains for soy – a crop that is a major cause of large-scale deforestation in Brazil’s Cerrado.The announcement came just days after the Soft Commodities Forum announced a new framework for transparency and traceability in “high-risk” soy supply chains in Brazil, and two years after an investigation shed light on large-scale forest-clearing by Bolivian and Brazilian soy farmers selling to Cargill.A newly released report shows that not a single company will achieve their 2020 deforestation-free pledges, and recent research questions the effectiveness of such commitments. Cargill’s recent announcement of policies to achieve zero-deforestation in its supply chains comes at a crucial moment for the Brazilian Cerrado, which is being destroyed at a breakneck rate, primarily for soy and cattle production. Many NGOs have hailed the announcement from this company, one of the largest agribusinesses in the world, as an important step toward achieving zero-deforestation in supply chains.However, questions remain over whether such declarations are enough, and whether substantial action will follow.In the last decade, just a handful of agricultural commodities – palm oil, soybeans, cattle, pulp and paper – have been responsible for more than 70 percent of all deforestation in tropical forests. This is especially apparent in places like the Cerrado region in Brazil, a global biodiversity hotspot that covers around a quarter of Brazil’s territory and produces much of the country’s soy. The Cerrado  has already lost over half of its native vegetation, much of it to the production of agricultural commodities like soy and cattle. Much of the trade and distribution of soft commodities – generally defined as products that are grown as opposed to hard commodities like copper that are mined – are controlled by just a few companies, conveniently known as the ABCD group for their initials: ADM, Bunge, Cargill and (Louis) Dreyfus.Of the four in the ABCD group, Cargill is the only signatory of the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests, which aims to halve the loss of natural forests by 2020, and end it by 2030.Humanity’s insatiable hunger for beef has resulted in large areas of the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna being converted to cattle pasture, land use which makes for a very poor carbon sink. Image by Rhett A. Butler/MongabayOn February 21 this year, Cargill, the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue, restated their “intent to make the necessary changes to achieve a deforestation-free supply chain.” They posted a South America Sustainable Soy Policy, a Human Rights Commitment and an updated Forest Policy. Cargill’s announcement came just days after the Soft Commodities Forum – a global platform for leading soft commodities companies, including Cargill – announced a new framework for transparency and traceability in “high-risk” soy supply chains in Brazil.“Cargill’s policies are sophisticated in outlining exactly what it is they are committing to and how it will achieve those goals,” said Sarah Lake, a senior advisor at Global Canopy, a UK-based organization that advises corporations on environmental risk associated with supply-chain investments. “It should be applauded for the level of detail in their commitment as well as their monitoring and reporting, which will ultimately help to hold them accountable.”Also included in Cargill’s soy policy is protection for native vegetation beyond forests, which aligns with the Soft Commodities Forum’s framework for tracing conversion of native vegetation to soy.“Cargill’s announcement is a reasonably big deal for multiple reasons,” said David Cleary, Global Agriculture Director for the Nature Conservancy in an interview with Mongabay. “It has the ability to move the needle more than any other company. And for the first time Cargill has signed on to protecting ecosystems other than forests.”This is especially important for the Cerrado, which covers around a quarter of Brazil and is one of the biologically richest tropical savanna regions in the world.It contains a range of different types of forests and grasslands and has vegetation conversion rates that are currently 2.5 times higher than in the Amazon.The company’s announcement on a South America Sustainable Soy Policy comes two years after an investigation by the global campaign organization Mighty Earth showed the large-scale forest-clearing by Bolivian and Brazilian soy farmers selling to Cargill. Among other things, the investigation found that between 2011 and 2015, up to 321,000 acres of deforestation happened in areas where Cargill operates.“Cargill is moving in the right direction by extending their promise to end deforestation by 2020 to also protect other critical ecosystems, “ Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz said in a statement following Cargill’s recent announcement. “We are hopeful that soon we will be able to praise Cargill not just for promises, but also for action.”Turning commitments into actionCerrado that was cleared some time in early 2018. Analysts worry that without immediate action, the opportunity to save what’s left of this unique biome could be lost. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.Cargill has stated it will publish a time-bound action plan by June, in alignment with the first reporting requirement for the Soft Commodities Forum. However, a recent Oxfam report on deforestation-free commodities concluded that despite vast corporate commitments, not enough is being done to translate policies into action.Commitments towards achieving zero-deforestation and deforestation-free supply chains have been on the rise in the last decade. A 2017 report from Forest Trends found that at least 477 companies have taken some form of voluntary zero-deforestation pledge.A lack of common definitions for everything from defining what a forest is and what deforestation is, to the difference between zero-deforestation and deforestation-free, has enabled a slew of vague commitments to be announced without common indicators for holding companies accountable.“The result today is that firms can now choose among a range of choices, efforts, which, arguably, can allow them to find tools that fit their own bottom line interests,” said Ben Cashore, a political scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. “Even if doing so isn’t best for the problem at hand.”This can be seen with soy, which has expanded by 9.5 million hectares (23.5 million acres) between 2000 and 2017 in the Cerrado region of Brazil. In 2016, over 40 percent – or 28 million tons – of all soy exports from Brazil were covered by zero-deforestation commitments. But this may not have had much – or any – impact on the ground. According to the Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) platform, between 2006-2016 soy traders that had zero-deforestation commitments had similar levels of deforestation risk as non-committed companies.A recent study co-authored by Cashore concluded that, “Companies may believe that adopting weak global commitments is a more cost effective or politically viable strategy to alleviate brand concerns and NGO pressure than replicating the strong, regional examples of the Soy Moratorium and G4 Cattle Agreement in regions with challenging regulatory, financing, and political environments.”Expanding the soy moratoriumAnalysts say that unsustainable results of legal measures enacted in the last two years could result in the loss of millions of acres of Amazon rainforest, as well as vast tracts in the Cerrado savanna biome. Photo by Rhett A. Butler / MongabayCargill has their largest investment outside the US in Brazil, where it controls 21 percent of the export market for soy. The company is already a signatory to what is often touted as one the first major voluntary zero-deforestation agreements, the Brazilian Soy Moratorium.Following a Greenpeace report exposing deforestation from soy production in Brazil in 2006 and a massive media campaign, McDonald’s formed a coalition with food retailers such as Cargill and other players in the Brazilian soy market to agree not to buy soy produced on forest land cleared within the Amazon biome.While not without critics, a recent study suggests that the deforestation rate pre-moratorium was more than five times that post-moratorium.“[Cargill] also needs to spread its own decade-long success in working with other companies to eliminate deforestation for soy in the Brazilian Amazon to the other soy-growing ecosystems,” Mighty Earth’s Hurowitz said in a statement. “This is the world’s most successful private sector environmental initiative, and there’s no reason to confine it to just the Brazilian Amazon while massive deforestation continues in other areas.”Cerrado under threatThis photo from 2016 shows a recently cleared patch of the Cerrado in Brazil. The Cerrado is home to 44 percent of the country’s agriculture. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerMuch of the agricultural development that didn’t occur in the Amazon forest, however, may have simply shifted over to the Cerrado. Companies like Cargill might not be as interested in using the model of the soy moratorium for the Cerrado.“Only a small percent of deforestation in the Amazon was from soy,” Cleary said. “The economic interests of companies is much bigger in the Cerrado, so they are going to be a lot more careful about what they commit to there.”Around 70 downstream companies and 50 investors, including some of the world’s largest food companies, have signed a statement of support for the Cerrado Manifesto, a call for “immediate action in defense of the Cerrado by companies that purchase soy and meat from within the biome, as well as by investors active in these sectors.”Large agricultural traders such as Cargill have yet to sign on and have not signaled their intent to.But NGOs working with companies might also be afraid to push too hard. Major Brazilian soy and vegetable oil producer associations, Aprosoja and Abiove, withdrew from and actively campaigned against the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) over objections to stringency, costs, and limits on land conversion, even though very little of the soy produced was certified under RTRS.According to Global Canopy’s most recent “Forest 500” report, not a single one of the 350 companies and 150 financial institutions assessed in 2018 is on track to eliminate commodity-driven deforestation from their supply chains and portfolios by 2020 .Empirical evidence showing any real impact from zero-deforestation commitments is lacking and recent studies have pointed to the various ways in which such policies fail to achieve their goal.“We are at a crossroads right now,” said Toby Gardner, Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environmental Institute and co-leader of Trase. “These pledges could mean something significant but it remains to be seen what will happen on the ground.”Banner image: The conversion of native vegetation to soy plantations is a leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Sarah Sax is a freelance environmental journalist based in New York City, formerly with Vice News. You can find her on Twitter at @Sarah2theSax.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this article. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. 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 agribusiness, Agriculture, Corporate Environmental Transgessors, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Role In Conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Crops, Forests, Global Trade, Plantations, Rainforests, Savannas, Soy, Supply Chain, Tropical Forests, Zero Deforestation Commitments center_img Article published by Genevieve Belmakerlast_img read more

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76ers survive late flurry to beat Nuggets 124-122 76ers survive late flurry to beat Nuggets 124-122

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Nikola Jokic had a game-high 25 points for the Nuggets, and Emmanuel Mudiay scored 22.The Nuggets had a chance to tie it during a frantic ending. After Embiid hit two free throws to put the Sixers up four, Jokic was fouled on a 3-point attempt.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 returnJokic made the first two free throws and intentionally missed the third. Denver’s Gary Harris grabbed the rebound but missed a short bank shot, and Kenneth Faried’s tip-in try was off as time expired.The Nuggets pulled within 114-113 with 1:43 left, but Philadelphia’s T.J. McConnell hit his third 3-pointer of the night – matching his total makes for the season. He finished with 17 points and eight assists. Four straight foul shots by Denver tied it, but Embiid split a pair of free throws to put Philadelphia ahead by one.He then stripped Jokic on the other end as the center went up for a go-ahead layup and drained two more free throws to put the Sixers ahead 120-117 with 15.9 seconds left.Nuggets big man Jusuf Nurkic played 18:33 after not playing in four straight games and averaging just 6:16 in three other games. Nurkic expressed his disappointment after practice Thursday, telling The Denver Post, “I’m not here to sit on the bench; I’m here to play basketball.”Coach Michael Malone said before Friday’s game he had no problem with Nurkic’s sentiments.“Nurk’s been great,” Malone said. “I understand guys want to be out there. They’re competitive. You want them to be competitive. Just make sure you’re being a good teammate.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davis lifts Pelicans to 4th straight win, 104-92 over Knicks View comments Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid gestures to the crowd after hitting two key free throws against the Denver Nuggets late in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Denver. Philadelphia won 124-122. APDENVER, Colorado—Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers survived a flurry in the final seconds to beat the Denver Nuggets 124-122 on Friday night.Joel Embiid returned after sitting out Thursday’s loss in Utah to score 23 points and hit key free throws down the stretch. The Sixers ended their four-game trip with just their third win away from home.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 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 respitelast_img read more

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Lady Tamaraws eliminate Lady Maroons Lady Tamaraws eliminate Lady Maroons

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University barged into the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament and eliminated University of the Philippines, 25-16, 25-16, 27-25, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Riding a three-game win streak, the Lady Tamaraws ended their eliminations campaign with an 8-6 slate while the Lady Maroons, who went on a 4-0 start, crashed out of the race and settled for a 6-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Belga gets P30K fine Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos A team error on the side of the Lady Maroons killed their Final Four chances and sent FEU to the semifinals regardless of the result between the match University of Santo Tomas and National University on Saturday.In the event the Golden Tigresses win, the Lady Tamaraws will settle for the fourth spot but if the Lady Bulldogs win, FEU will earn the third seed due to point difference.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“The players really wanted this game,” said FEU head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “We saw all the hard work, the sacrifices, and all of it paid off and that’s why I’m so happy with them. I’m incredibly thankful.”UP tried to mount a comeback in the third set as the Lady Maroons tied the period at 24-24 after trailing 24-21. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out The game was once again tied at 25 after FEU was called for a net touch but Nicole Tiamzon’s final attempt went straight to the net, giving the Lady Tamaraws a 26-25 edge.Toni Rose Basas and Bernadeth Pons led all FEU scorers with 12 points apiece while Heather Guino-o and skipper Remy Palma had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Diana Carlos led UP with 13 points while Isa Molde and Tiamzon had eight apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town View commentslast_img read more

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JAAA National Senior Champs: Thompson, Blake win 100m JAAA National Senior Champs: Thompson, Blake win 100m

first_imgDOUBLE Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson and 2011 World 100 metres champion, Yohan Blake, were in sizzling form at the JAAA National Senior Championships tonight. Thompson clocked an impressive world leading 10.71 seconds to win the women’s 100m title, just missing her personal best by one-hundredth of a second. Veteran Simone Facey placed second in 11.04 while Jura Levy was third in 11.06.   “It  feels great to compete here at home,” Thompson said. “I just came to run the rounds and I am really satisfied,” she added.    Blake continued his comeback this season with another fine victory at the National Stadium. He outclassed  the field to win the men’s 100m in a season’s best  9.90,  the second fastest time in the world this year. Julian Forte  was second in 10.04  and Senoj Jay Givans, third in 10.05. Former National champion Asafa Powell failed to face the starter due to injury while Odean Skeen pulled up during the race. “First I must thank God and the people around me, including my coach, for the positive change in my life. I must also thank Usain Bolt who has given me a lot of encouragement in training. I am happy to know that  I am returning to good form before the World Championships and I just want to remain healthy,” said Blake who added that he feared no one this year.last_img read more

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‘I want to go to France, too’ – Mother of Reggae Girlz star hoping to join team at World Cup ‘I want to go to France, too’ – Mother of Reggae Girlz star hoping to join team at World Cup

first_imgWhen the Reggae Girlz secured their historic qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on Wednesday, Lucille Hamilton couldn’t help but let out a loud scream of joy at her home in Arnett Gardens in Kingston. “We are going to France, we are going to France!” The thought of a Jamaican women’s team playing in the World Cup has long been harboured in Hamilton’s household as her daughter, Trudi Carter, who is a member of the team, had expressed the desire of playing on football’s biggest stage since she was a little girl. And now that the thought has become a reality, Hamilton is hoping to share the experience with Carter in France next year. “I would love to make the trip to France,” Hamilton said. “She always talked about playing in the World Cup and I can’t believe that she is going now but I would want to go to watch her play.” According to Hamilton, Carter developed a love for football when she was a student at Jones Town Primary School. “When she was going to Jones Town, she always played football with the boys,” she recalled. “If I wanted to find her after school, all I would have to do is go wherever the boys were playing, and I would find her.” She continued: “She has a cousin, and she even used to go to his school to play with those boys. Special love “She always had a special love for football, and she invested a lot of time and hard work in it , and I am happy to see that she is going to the World Cup because that is where she always wanted to be.” While Hamilton wants to make the trip to France, she admitted that her finances at this time will not allow her to afford the trip. She is hoping Corporate Jamaica will make her dream of watching her daughter play in France. “I would take all the help that I can get right now,” Hamilton said. “Not just me but other mothers who would want to watch their daughters play in the World Cup.” Carter, who attended Trench Town High School, dreams of becoming a professional football player. The dreams are is also close to becoming reality as she has attracted the attention of AS Roma and is on the brink of signing a deal with the Italian club’s women’s team. The Reggae Girlz became the first women’s team from the Caribbean to qualify for a FIFA tournament when they beat Panama 4-2 on penalties in the CONCACAF Women’s Championships third-place playoff on Wednesday. The teams had played to a 2-2 draw after full and extra time.last_img read more

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