Baby-on-the-way motivates Tenorio to end series in Game 6

first_imgBREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PBA Finals MVP LA Tenorio. PBA IMAGESLA Tenorio came into Game 6 thinking it will be the last in what has been a championship series for the ages.The veteran Ginebra point guard couldn’t afford playing in a Game 7 and end up missing the birth of his third child.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 EDITORS’ PICK Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Nasa isip ko lang talaga I don’t want to play Game 7 kasi yung baby ko lalabas na bukas. Ayoko na isipin yun. Kung magkaroon ng Game 7 iisipin ko pa na my wife and baby are in the hospital,” Tenorio said.Tenorio made sure there won’t be another game and led the Gin Kings to their first championship in eight years after a 91-88 win over the Meralco Bolts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentTenorio scored 21 points in the second half after tallying just four in the first two quarters where the Bolts took a 45-32 lead.The 32-year-old Tenorio teamed up with import Justin Brownlee in the pivotal third quarter as the two combined for 24 points, outscoring the entire Meralco team. Brownlee wound up winning it for the Kings with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the top of the key. ADVERTISEMENT We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Brownlee’s childhood dream realized with title-clinching buzzer-beater Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila View comments “Yun talaga yung motivation sakin. Ginawa ko best ko for us to win. Maganda rin nagrespond teammates ko. everyone contribute dsa run na yun. Thank you lord we won this game.”RELATED VIDEOSlast_img read more

UFC: Ex-lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos moving to welterweight

first_imgView comments RDA (25-9) has been a staple of the promotion’s lightweight division since 2008 and has racked up 14 wins over the course of his UFC career.Deemed at first as an ‘average fighter’, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt experienced a career resurgence after refining his striking repertoire and developing into one of the most complete fighters in MMA today.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngAt one point, Dos Anjos was on a stellar 10-1 run which featured impressive victories over contenders like Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz and Benson Henderson, which culminated into a UFC championship after wrecking Anthony Pettis in dominating fashion.He also managed to defend his belt against a streaking Cerrone, by knocking him out in less than a round. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will be joining the talent-stacked welterweight division. Photo: UFC.comAfter reaching the apex of UFC’s lightweight division, Brazilian mixed martial artist Rafael Dos Anjos is looking to start fresh in a higher weight class.The 32-year-old took to Twitter over the weekend to announce his intent to move on from the 155-pound weight class and start competing with the bigger guys at 170.ADVERTISEMENT However, his meteoric rise was soon stifled after back-to-back setbacks against Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson in July and November, respectively.Shortly after losing the belt, RDA left his longtime camp, Kings MMA, and is currently looking to start his own gym.Despite his recent struggles, Dos Anjos believes he’s just starting to tap into his potential and would once again be the best at his new division.“It hasn’t been easy to make the weight and now I want to fight with my best and reach the top of the welterweight division,” he was quoted as saying in a MMAFighting report.  “Making weight happy in 2017, being happy while getting a fight booked will make a big difference.”The Rio de Janeiro-native also claimed that he’s not closing the door on a potential return to lightweight, if the situation calls for it.ADVERTISEMENT “And about going back to lightweight again, only for a super fight and big money,” Dos Anjos said. Khristian IbarrolaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK We are youngcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 PH Ex-major leaguer Manny Ramirez signs in Japan Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

Palm oil firms using ‘shadow companies’ to hide their links to deforestation: report

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 Anonymous Companies, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corporate Role In Conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corruption, Deforestation, Environment, Forestry, Forests, Land Grabbing, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Transparency, Tropical Forests, Zero Deforestation Commitments A new report highlights the use of opaque corporate structures by some of the world’s largest palm oil firms, allegedly to conceal their ties to destructive practices such as rainforest and peatland clearance.The report focuses on Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. The firms it flags include Sawit Sumbermas Sarana, Gama, Bintang Harapan Desa, and the Fangiono, Tee, and Salim family business groups.Also last week, Martua Sitorus, co-founder of palm oil giant Wilmar International, resigned from the firm after he was shown to be running a second firm, Gama, with his brother that has cleared an area of rainforest twice the size of Paris since 2013. Wilmar promised to stop deforesting that same year.“We are particularly concerned about this ‘shadow company’ issue as it really threatens NDPE policies, by allowing growers to continue to deforest, and allowing them to still find a market with companies with [zero-deforestation] policies,” said a researcher who worked on the report. Major agribusiness firms are using opaque corporate structures to gain access to palm oil sourced from plantations operating in violation of their sustainability commitments, according to an investigation into the practice by a leading research group.The report, by risk analysis group Chain Reaction Research (CRR), alleges that large conglomerates in Southeast Asia’s plantation sector often deliberately hide the true ownership of controversial assets without relinquishing control. As a result, deforestation takes place at plantations that belong to the same ultimate owners as firms that subscribe to No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing policies. These firms have promised to refrain from clearing forest and peatland, grabbing land from rural communities, and abusing their laborers.Under pressure from civil society groups, large corporations up and down the palm oil supply chain began to issue NDPE policies five years ago.But to avoid losing control of assets found to be in breach of these policies, palm oil firms established side businesses controlled by family members and sold off assets to related parties in a bid to cover their tracks, the report alleges.“The biggest issue for us is to stop deforestation. We are particularly concerned about this ‘shadow company’ issue as it really threatens NDPE policies, by allowing growers to continue to deforest, and allowing them to still find a market with companies with NDPE policies,” Chris Wiggs, a consultant with Aidenvironment, a partner organization of CRR, told Mongabay.The biggest palm oil traders, he said, “have so far appeared reluctant to tackle this issue, and that has allowed deforestation to continue and for these growers to continue to deforest without serious ramifications.”Cross-section of an oil palm fruitlet. Image by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.The CRR report, which focuses on Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, names Sawit Sumbermas Sarana, Gama, Bintang Harapan Desa, and the Fangiono, Tee, and Salim family business groups as some of the culprits. The use of opaque ownership structures in the palm oil sector threatens to “delegitimize the NDPE efforts,” according to CRR, while minority investors and financiers of the companies may also face reputational and market risks if linked to the practice.In a separate report, Greenpeace detailed how the world’s largest palm oil refiner, Wilmar International, was linked through family connections to Gama, one of the companies featured in the CRR report, which the environmental group said had recently destroyed an area of rainforest twice the size of Paris in Indonesia’s Papua province.“Our investigation has exposed Wilmar’s dirty secret,” Kiki Taufik, head of Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Indonesian forests campaign, said in a statement. “For years, Wilmar and Gama have worked together, with Gama doing the dirty work so Wilmar’s hands stay clean. But now the truth is out, and Wilmar CEO Kuok Khoon Hong must act now to save his reputation.”Gama was established by Martua Sitorus, Wilmar’s co-founder, and his brother in 2011. Wilmar, Greenpeace notes, has an unresolved history of social conflict and exploitation on its plantations and has on several occasions sold off its most controversial concessions to Gama, which was still under the control of Martua’s family in the period since Wilmar became the first palm oil trader to publish its own NDPE policy in 2013. But in the five years since the policy was published, investigators studying satellite imagery found Gama had destroyed some 215 square kilometers (83 square miles) of rainforest or peatland, while Wilmar continued to buy from the firm.Martua and his brother-in-law, Hendri Saksti, resigned from Wilmar in the wake of the Greenpeace report, while Wilmar has said it has stopped purchases from Gama. In a statement to Mongabay, a Wilmar spokesperson said the company “takes very seriously Greenpeace’s allegations of complicity by Wilmar with Gama.”Wilmar’s position is that both Martua and Hendri had asked to resign in 2017, but were convinced to remain in their positions until suitable replacements were found. Wilmar says it accepted their recent resignations “to put to rest allegations of conflict of interest between Wilmar and Gama.”“We reiterate that Wilmar and Gama are two separate corporate groups operating independently of each other. Neither company has control over the other,” the spokesperson said.A baby orangutan in North Sumatra, Indonesia. The expansion of oil palm plantations into their forest homes is a major threat to the creature’s survival. Image by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.But such claims of innocence prompted skepticism from civil society groups and investigators who have researched the issue.Wiggs of Aidenvironment said it appeared that the use of opaque corporate structures in the palm oil sector was deliberately employed by companies who wished to shirk their sustainability commitments.“We are seeing multiple examples of companies that, on the face of it, are not linked to problematic plantations, or have publicly divested from them, but when you access the notary acts for these plantations, you discover that they are still linked to these companies,” he said. “Of course there are other reasons why this might be, but it is likely it is to hide them from NDPE policy compliance.”He added that numerous examples uncovered by CRR demonstrate this. For example, the ownership of Bewani Oil Palm Plantations in Papua New Guinea is controlled by members of the Tee family, who own four supposedly NDPE-compliant palm oil mills in Malaysia. “This development, being on forest and with serious social and legal issues, violates the policies of all the main traders with such policies,” Wiggs said. “Are the Tee family deliberately separating their interests in the mills from their interests in PNG so one doesn’t affect the other?”Selwyn Moran, a researcher who has extensively studied the use of beneficial ownership by agribusiness and extractive firms in the region, said the use of shadow companies took three forms: offshore holding companies where the beneficial owner was unknown; nominee agreements, where the owner enlists someone to act on their behalf — a legal grey area; and networks of speculators and brokers who pioneer concessions before selling to established plantation companies.“I think there is widespread evidence that the key palm oil traders have been deliberately turning a blind eye to these practices, by continuing to buy from groups which use these shadow structures, even though they are aware, or could easily find out, that they are connected to companies which continue to violate their NDPE policies,” he said.“Of course, it would be easy, and entirely legitimate, for trading companies to demand transparency over ownership from their suppliers, but this is not happening. It is one of the key loopholes in the NDPE process, by which large amounts of deforestation-linked and exploitation-linked palm oil are getting into the supply chains of companies with NDPE policies.”One of the key questions driving investigations of the practice is the motivation the companies have in making use of schemes that involve substantial reputational risk. Moran says other than ensuring continued market access, companies can in some cases avoid regulatory compliance and to remain at arms length from the illegality, corruption and violence that still plagues the plantation industry in countries like Indonesia.“Cash for permits is still believed to be very common, as is using techniques of intimidation and coercion to grab the lands of indigenous peoples or peasant farmers,” he said. “Members of local political elites, high-ranking members of the police and military or land and timber mafia may all be involved in financing or brokering oil palm expansion, but don’t want their name appearing on the share register. In other words there is a lot that plantation companies typically want to hide.”Banner: An oil palm plantation in Indonesia. Image by Rhett A. Butler for Mongabay.center_img Article published by mongabayauthorlast_img read more

New map shows every forest matters in helping save the Javan leopard

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 Maria Salazar Animals, Conservation, Habitat, Habitat Loss, Human-wildlife Conflict, Interns, Leopards, Mammals, Mapping, National Parks, Research, Wildlife center_img A new study outlines where Javan leopards live – and where suitable habitat remains on the densely inhabited island.National parks remain the most stable habitat for the critically endangered species, but the study finds that half its potential habitat is in unprotected areas.Partnering with companies and local people is necessary to keep Java’s last big cat from going extinct. The big cats of Java haven’t had it easy. First to vanish was the Sunda clouded leopard, a small species that today survives only on Borneo and Sumatra. Next to go was the Javan tiger, last glimpsed slinking through Meru Betiri National Park in 1976. Today, the Javan leopard (Panthera pardus melas) is the only big cat left on the Indonesian island. Although it’s one of the rarest felids on the planet, a new effort to map leopard whereabouts could direct efforts to save the island’s largest surviving predator.Employing 228 confirmed leopard sightings as well as information on environmental conditions, the recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE provides the most reliable information to date of where Javan leopards are likely to be found on the island.“The worrisome situation is that leopards mostly live in heavily isolated, unsustainable, small landscapes,” said lead author Hariyo Tabah Wibisono, from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.Leopards first reached Java from the Asian mainland via a now underwater land bridge some 600,000 years ago, more than half a million years before modern humans set foot on the islands that now make up the Indonesian archipelago. Isolated by rising seas, they evolved into a unique subspecies, genetically and morphologically distinct from all other Asian leopards. But this natural diversity is in grave peril of dying out.Alongside the Amur and Arabian leopards, the Javan leopard is the only leopard subspecies listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List — the final rung of the ladder before the descent into extinction. After weathering the cataclysmic eruption of the Toba supervolcano 74,000 years ago, Javan leopards are now struggling against the fallout from a very different kind of boom: human population.No one knows exactly how many leopards survive on Java today. In 2013, scientists estimated a population ranging from 491 to 596, but a 2016 assessment by the IUCN put the number at fewer than 250 mature animals. Even if the population is around 500, including juveniles, that would mean that for every leopard alive on the island today, there are more than a quarter of a million people.A map showing suitable leopard habitat across the Indonesian island of Java. Dark green areas show suitable habitats where leopards are known to be present. Light green areas show landscapes predicted to be suitable for leopards, but with no confirmed record of the cats. Top right is the location of the island of Java. Image source: Wibisono HT, Wahyudi HA, Wilianto E, Pinondang IMR, Primajati M, Liswanto D, et al. (2018) Identifying priority conservation landscapes and actions for the Critically Endangered Javan leopard in Indonesia: Conserving the last large carnivore in Java Island. PLoS ONE 13(6): e0198369. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198369“Our study found only a few conservation areas on the island which might have the capacity to support viable Javan leopard populations,” he said.These potential leopard hotspots include several of Java’s national parks: Meru Betiri in the east —the final stand of the Javan tiger — and Ujung Kulon on its westernmost tip both retain enough suitable habitat to support more than 50 leopards each. Only Gunung Halimun Salak in the mountainous west of the island, though, could be hosting more than a hundred cats, cementing its status as a flagship protected area. There is direct evidence that all nine of Java’s national parks are still home to the big cats, though no hard numbers for how many live in each park.Javan leopards come in two color varieties: a dominant spotted morph and the rarer black or melanistic morph above, which was photographed on the beach in Ujung Kulon National Park in West Java. The reason for melanism in certain leopard subspecies is still debated but it may help to provide camouflage in dark forest understory. Image by Gabriella Fredriksson.“National parks and protected areas provide the most stable and suitable ecological requirements for leopards,” Wibisono said. These parks have the prey, forest cover and human resources required to support leopards, but that doesn’t mean areas beyond park boundaries are uncritical.In fact, more than half of Java’s potential leopard habitat is outside of protected areas, largely in forests regrowing on farmland and concessions earmarked for logging, according to the paper. Such areas are typically afforded much lower conservation value and security than protected areas, but Wibisono and his colleagues say they believe that engaging the local communities or private companies overseeing these lands could provide vital habitat extensions for leopards, bolstering connectivity between populations.For instance, Wibisono’s research adds six new priority leopard conservation areas that were missed in previous maps from the Indonesian government and the IUCN. It also identifies seven further high-potential landscapes where future field checks might yet discover the big cats prowling.Despite being Earth’s most resilient big cats, just as capable of surviving in the arid savannas of Africa as in the urbanized backyards of Mumbai, leopards remain vulnerable to conflicts with humans. More than a quarter of the big cat sightings gathered for Wibisono’s research came from reports of human-carnivore encounters.A Javan leopard caught on a camera trap in Mount Papandayan, in West Java. Image by Agung Kasumanto (FPMTJ/RAWAYAN/BKSDA Jawa Barat).“Leopards in anthropogenic landscapes kill livestock, dogs and other animals closely associated with people,” said Erik Meijaard, a long-term researcher and expert in Indonesian wildlife, who was not involved in the study. “But unlike the much larger leopards of Africa and the Asian mainland there are very few records of any lethal conflicts between people and Javan leopards.”Nevertheless, rural communities are sometimes involved in retaliatory killings, or else request the capture of problem cats by conservation authorities. Between 2009 and 2017, residents of Cikupa village in western Java caught three leopards, handing one over to the local wildlife conservation agency.“Once in captivity leopards are rarely if ever released because communities are unlikely to support the introduction of this predator in their vicinity,” Meijaard said, noting that “as much as possible such captures need to be avoided.”Illegal hunting for leopard body parts could also be hurting wild populations. When researchers from Padjadjaran University in West Java and the University of Auckland in New Zealand interviewed residents of Girimukti village in 2016, they discovered that Javan leopard skins sell locally for about $140 to $425. Their bones, crushed and used for traditional medicinal purposes, go for around $18 per kilogram. And their tongues — dried, inserted into wood, and wrapped in Arabic-inscribed cloth — fetch $70 as religious amulets.“Leopards are very good at surviving in human-dominated landscapes. Conservation efforts should therefore focus on ensuring that no animals are killed or caught, and maintaining healthy prey populations,” Meijaard said.Despite being declared officially extinct in 2008, the legacy of the Javan tiger still looms large over Wibisono’s study. His team encountered many reports of local people convinced that tigers still roam the island.There is a long history of killing big cats on Java. The seven Javan leopards and one Javan tiger photographed here were killed during Rampokan, a religious festival around 1900 where cats were encircled by lance-wielding warriors. If a cat escaped the circle, it was seen as a bad omen. Image via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).“They might have been confused between Javan tigers and Javan leopards,” Wibisono said, adding that some people might be reluctant to accept that the Javan tiger is indeed extinct.Incidences of confusion between leopards and tigers are not uncommon. In 2017, a photo taken by rangers at Ujung Kulon National Park sparked viral speculation that Java’s tigers could be back from the dead. Closer inspection by scientists revealed the cat to be of the spotted and not the striped variety.The extinction of the Javan tiger due to many of the same threats faced by its smaller cousin provides a cautionary tale for the Indonesian government. Action, fast and science-based, is required to save the island’s leopard from the tiger’s fate.References Wibisono, H. T., Wahyudi, H. A., Wilianto, E., Pinondang, I. M. R., Primajati, M., Liswanto, D., & Linkie, M. (2018). Identifying priority conservation landscapes and actions for the Critically Endangered Javan leopard in Indonesia: Conserving the last large carnivore in Java Island. PloS one, 13(6), e0198369.Wilting, A., Patel, R., Pfestorf, H., Kern, C., Sultan, K., Ario, A., … & Fickel, J. (2016). Evolutionary history and conservation significance of the Javan leopard Panthera pardus melas. Journal of Zoology, 299(4), 239-250.Partasasmita, R., Shanida, S. S., Iskandar, J., Megantara, E. N., Husodo, T., Parikesit., & Malone, N. (2016). Human-leopard conflict in Girimukti Village, Sukabumi, Indonesia. Biodiversitas : Journal of biological diversity, 17(2), 783- 790.last_img read more

Work in progress as Romeo joins first Gilas practice

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government MOST READ With the GlobalPort guard finally in full health, Romeo couldn’t contain his excitement with this new endeavor with the younger national team pool geared towards the 2017 Seaba Championship slated in May.“I’m really excited. New teammates, new challenge, so I’m just excited on what will happen for us,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo joined the Gilas Pilipinas practice Monday for the first time since the weekly practices began, and he admitted that he’s far behind on the work.“I have tons to work on, first of all, my conditioning. I have to catch up to them,” Romeo said at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Tubid suspended, fined P30k for hit on Newsomecenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Recovering from his battle with typhoid fever, the speedy guard is just happy to get back on the grind with the national team pool as he apologized to coach Chot Reyes for missing the previous sessions.“I really wanted to practice but there are times that you really get sick. I told coach Chot that I’m sorry and I’ll just do what he wants me to do here in practice,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnFortunately for Romeo, his previous stints with Gilas have already allowed him to get familiar with the dribble-drive schemes so he was able to follow the drills with ease.“We did the drills and so far, it’s still ok and I’m still able to follow the instructions,” he said.last_img read more

Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards

first_imgAtlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore celebrate a score against the Wizards during Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — The Hawks are back in the series and the bad blood with the Washington Wizards shows no signs of letting up.Paul Millsap scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 27 as Atlanta delivered an early knockout blow in a 116-98 victory Saturday, slicing the Wizards’ lead to 2-1 in the opening-round playoff matchup.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Cheered on by a raucous home crowd, the Hawks built a 25-point lead by late in the first quarter and were never seriously challenged by the Wizards.John Wall kept up his dazzling play in the series, scoring 29 points, but he was essentially a one-man team. The other Washington starters combined to score 30 points on 14-of-45 shooting.Beal, in particular, had a miserable night after averaging 26.5 points in the first two games. He was held to 12 points on 6-of-20 shooting, missing all six of his attempts beyond the arc.“That’s probably the most I’ve ever seen him air-ball in one game,” Wall said. “He’ll figure it out.”Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test New to running? 5 answers to 5 questions to get you going After two tight losses in Washington exposed plenty of ill feelings between the teams, Millsap and Washington’s Markieff Morris continued to go at it in Game 3.“He’s a crybaby,” Morris said afterward. “You get all the calls when you’re a crybaby. That’s how it went tonight.”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 returnThose comments were quickly relayed to Millsap at the postgame news conference.“It definitely got personal now,” he replied, before offering some unsolicited advice to Morris: “Take his loss and go back to the hotel, be ready for the next game.” 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 MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View commentslast_img read more

Tats: Don’t blame me on ITC delay

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Philippine Superliga president Ramon “Tats” Suzara on Monday broke his silence on the issue of International Transfer Certificates (ITCs) required by the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) for its imports.Suzara, also chair of the Asian Volleyball Confederation, was accused of having a hand in the delay of the release of the ITCs, which an import needs to play in the PVL’s Reinforced Conference.ADVERTISEMENT PSC challenges LGUS: produce champions Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadcenter_img He said the tournament started on April 30 and fell outside the ITC release period based on a FIVB regulation. The rule says that the transfer of imports cannot be made within the period between Oct. 15, 2016 and May 15, which is considered as the “national team season.”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 ground China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in 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 View commentslast_img read more

Lumad kids relish chance to play in Mindanao Games

first_img“We’re hoping to create a sustainable sports program for our tribe,’’ said barangay captain Dionisio Sayad in Filipino. “It will encourage our kids to stay away from drugs and live a better life through sports.’’The Lumad kids won two straight games before eventually losing to Barangay Mulan, 21-25, 25-23, 25-15, in the girls’ 12-under division of the Games designed for out-of-school children in Mindanao.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 ground“This is a great experience for us and we enjoyed playing in this tournament,’’ said the 12-year-old Astilla. “We don’t really mind the long travel and waking up early,’’ added SuperalesOther members of the Bantol spikers coached by Salimar Panugo were Angelica Altobar, Jeramie Agsililacia, Ruby Mae Unting, Mari Verna Unting, Rhea Mie Villarte and Quinne May Luayon. MOST READ Over 600 out-of-school youth from various barangays here participated in 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball and traditional Filipino games. A storytelling on Sports for Peace also highlighted the three-day program.“We want to show the world that peacekeeping starts with the children. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian, Muslim or a Lumad, sports is a unifying force regardless of region and religion,’’ said PSC chair Butch Ramirez.The next stops of the Children’s Games Mindanao leg will be in Cagayan de Oro and Butuan City before going to the Visayas in Bacolod, Cebu, Catbalogan and Tacloban.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:40Filipinos 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 Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Coach Salimar Panugo with the eight-member girls’ volleyball team from the Ubo Manobo Lumad tribe.PHOTO BY JUNE NAVARRODAVAO CITY—Diane Astilla and Gretchen Superales had to wake up at dawn and travel almost 60 kilometers for three straight days just to play in the Philippine Sports Commission-Mindanao Children’s Games volleyball competition at the Almendras Gym.But instead of feeling weary and exhausted, these kids, along with their six other teammates from the Ubo Manobo Lumad tribe in Barangay Bantol here, had been gripped with euphoria and gratification.ADVERTISEMENT AWCC: Bohai Bank of China keeps Rebisco PSL-Manila winless For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

Beermen ‘won’t back down’ from KaTropa after intense Game 3

first_imgMOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Nonetheless, the scuffle seemingly fueled the Beermen in the third quarter as they came out hot en route to a 109-97 Game 3 win and a 2-1 series lead.“We won’t back down from them,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.Ross echoed Santos’ sentiments and said that heated confrontations “kind of gets our juices going.”“It’s kind of like waking up a sleeping dog or something. We’re just trying to play basketball and when they start to do things that we feel that aren’t basketball, we kind of turn it up the notch,” he said.June Mar Fajardo said it’s San Miguel Beer’s poise given that the Beermen have a lot of experience being in pressure-packed situations.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve been together for so long and the chemistry is already there. We’re locked in on what we wanted to do and we know what to expect from them after we won Game 2,” he said.Ross, though, hopes the Beermen won’t have to wait for such instances before coming to their senses.“I hope we can get to that level where we can just play at that level from the beginning. That will be good for us. But as long as we got that extra level to go through, it’s always good,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A dream fulfilled for Christian LATEST STORIES 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working FIFA’s video review system under scrutiny again in Russia Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust like the Incredible Hulk, the San Miguel Beermen are a different animal when they’re angry.Arwind Santos himself noted that heated confrontations, like what happened in halftime of Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against TNT on Sunday, just lights a fire under the Beermen, making them more driven to claim the win.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s the good thing about this team when we’re angry. We remind each other that it’s okay to feel that because we don’t want to lose,” he said in Filipino. “If our opponents want that kind of game, we’ll give it to them but we won’t lose focus on what we want to achieve.”Tempers flared late in the second period when TNT stand-in import Mike Myers and Governors’ Cup reinforcement Michael Craig jawed at Chris Ross.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 ground“Those guys, they keep talking to me and I don’t know why,” shared Ross. “The guy told me he’s playing next conference, I said I’m not worried about the next conference I’m worried about the game right now.”Emotions escalated during the halftime break, where the two imports allegedly pushed a metal railing that hit San Miguel governor Robert Non and some of the Beermen staff who were on their way to the dugout. Both denied the accusations against them. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Global Cebu, Kaya draw

first_imgLSU title parade draws massive crowds MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Red Lions out to dominate anew End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 respitecenter_img Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit But a defensive lapse just seconds after taking the lead cost Kaya maximum points as Guinean striker Sekou Sylla pounced on a scramble inside a waterlogged penalty box to fire a shot between the legs of goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma.Global moved up to third ahead of Ceres by a point, three days before the Visayas clubs square off in Cebu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Global Cebu FC warmed up for its rematch with Ceres Negros by battling Kaya FC Makati to a 2-2 stalemate on Sunday in the Philippines Football League at University of Makati Stadium.Shu Sasaki put Global on top in the 25th minute, but the home side looked poised to grab maximum points after second half goals from Jordan Mintah and Robert Lopez Mendy, who smashed home from just inside the box in the 89th minute.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more