Ginebra rookie Jamito reminds Cone of Espinas

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus “Jammer is working with coach Kirk (Collier) for two weeks now and coach speaks highly of him,” said the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor.Cone even went out of his way and compared the St. Clare product to Gabby Espinas, another undersized but hardworking big man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“The more I look at him, it really reminds me of Gabby Espinas,” he said. “If we can turn him as Gabby Espinas, we will really pleased because Gabby is a great player and that’s Jammer’s ceiling.”However, Cone knows that getting on that level would have to depend on Jamito’s willingness to learn and improve. 2016 PBA Rookie Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Greg Slaughter still nursing his ACL injury and expected to be out until the third conference, Ginebra has to make ends meet to fortify its frontline.Fortunately for coach Tim Cone, he came away with 6-foot-5 Jammer Jamito from the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft and so far, the feedback has nothing but positive.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “Whether if he can reach it, that’s another thing. If he reach just 50-percent of what Gabby is, that’s good for us,” he said.Jamito, meanwhile, is humbled with the comparison, saying, “Isang karangalan yun kasi tagal na nya naglalaro dito eh.”But he has some other guy in mind who he wants to program his game from.“Si Marc Pingris talaga ang idol ko,” said Jamito.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICKcenter_img Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas FEU, Racela determined to deny Ateneo-La Salle ‘dream match’ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Retirement ‘could happen’ in 2017, says Nowitzki

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41) of Germany during Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals basketball series against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, May 25, 2011, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 100-96. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)NBA star Dirk Nowitzki says he could retire as early as next year, but admits his dream is to play until 2018 and celebrate 20 years with the Dallas Mavericks.Nowitzki has played for the Mavericks since joining from DJK Wurzburg in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine The German was the NBA Finals’ MVP during the team’s 2011 championship year and is a 13-time NBA All-Star, but at 38-year-old is coming to the end of his career.“If things don’t go so well and it hurts everywhere, it could be that 2017 will be the end,” the forward told German magazine Sport Bild.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Nowitzki is currently struggling with a persistent Achilles tendon problem, has not played since November 25 and says he wants to speak to Mavericks’ bosses next summer about his future.Meanwhile, the Mavericks are patiently waiting for Nowitzki to return having only played five matches of the 24 games in the current NBA season.Dallas beat Denver Nuggets 112-92 on Monday, but remain bottom of the South-West Division with six wins and 18 defeats.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Back-to-back losses serve as wake up call for Blackwater SPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Actually, my plan is to complete the 20 years and play for Dallas until 2018.“But just because I have signed a two-year contract doesn’t automatically mean that I will play for two years. It could happen next year.” 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 View commentslast_img read more

Super Bowl winner Kubiak steps down as Broncos coach

first_img“Although we fell short of our goals this year, I’m proud of our teams these past two seasons. Helping to bring Mr. (Pat) Bowlen, his family and this organization its third Super Bowl is something that will always be very special to me,” Kubiak said in a statement.Super Bowl triumphJohn Elway, a former Broncos star quarterback and now executive vice president of football operations/general manager, was expected to begin searching for a replacement immediately.Elway hired Kubiak — his backup in their playing days — as the 15th head coach in franchise history on January 19, 2015 and Kubiak helped the Broncos to the second-most wins in the NFL in his two seasons with a 24-11 (.686) record.During the 2015 season Kubiak became only the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory in his first year, the Broncos beating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.Elway called Kubiak’s management of the team over that season “one of the best coaching jobs I’ve ever seen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Man United beats 10-man West Ham for 6th successive win EDITORS’ PICK Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan 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 Head coach Gary Kubiak of the Denver Broncos in the third quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images/AFPAn emotional Gary Kubiak stepped down as coach of the Denver Broncos on Monday because of health concerns, less than a year after he led the team to a Super Bowl crown.The 55-year-old fought back tears as he told reporters he was “retiring from coaching” at a farewell press conference in Denver, hours after the club confirmed his departure in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I’ve always taken a lot of pride in the fact I could do all those things, but this year I haven’t been able to do that. “It’s been tough and for the first time I’ve had to tell myself, ‘Hey, you can’t do that anymore.’”Kubiak was hospitalized briefly in October and missed coaching one game with what doctors called a “complex migraine condition” characterized by extreme fatigue and weakness.In 2013 while Kubiak was head coach of the Houston Texans he collapsed during a game with what was diagnosed as a “mini stroke.”Kubiak had told players and staff after Sunday’s season-ending 24-6 victory over the playoff-bound Oakland Raiders that he was giving up the job after two years with the team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA “This decision is strictly my decision, based on what I’ve been through this year and how I’m feeling,” Kubiak said. “I just feel like it’s time for me to do something different. Now, I’m retiring from coaching, I’m getting out of coaching, but I’ve got a lot to give and I’m going to find something else to do… but it’s time for me to step away from the coaching field.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngKubiak said it wasn’t a specific medical problem that prompted his decision but rather a feeling that he couldn’t meet the demands of the job as he would like.“I’ve always taken a lot of pride that I could coach the football team, be there for the players, be there for the coaches, be there for the organization, do a game plan, call some plays on Sunday. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughterlast_img read more

Newsome says Romeo a ‘willing passer’

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH The Bolts stumbled to their fourth straight defeat and at 2-5, are in danger of missing the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It keeps you on your toes a lot more,” Newsome said. “You can’t just hard show or you can’t double-team him because he is a willing passer, so he’ll make the right play majority of the time, and that comes down to playing team defense in order to stop somebody like that.”Romeo has been nothing but stellar this conference, topping the league in scoring as expected with his 27.0 point average.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngWhat’s makes him deadlier, however, is the facet the Scoring Champion has developed in the offseason.Often criticized for his unwillingness to pass the ball, Romeo has shown he is more than just a lethal scorer. And through seven games, Romeo is also leading the league in assists averaging 6.1 per game. 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 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine The Bolts saw first-hand how hard it was to go up against the new and improved Romeo as the former Far Eastern U star took the backseat as the rest of the Batang Pier erected an early 16-point lead before sealing the game in the end with 12 of his game-high 27 points coming in the fourth.“It’s always a tough matchup because you know he’s going to go for it almost every possession. You have to be aware of what he’s doing, where he is at all times. He’s just a great player,” said Newsome. “It’s no secret that Terrence is one of the premier scorers in this league, so he did what Terrence does and for us, it was about shutting down the other guys, because we knew Terrence was going to come out and score.”Although Meralco did a great job in shutting down Stanley Pringle, that wasn’t the case for the others as Romeo anchored GlobalPort to its fourth win in seven games.“Of course, we wanted to limit Stan. He was below his average, but what hurt us was a lot of other guys got above their average, so it kind of defeated the purpose of the game plan,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Elite failed to recover from ‘sloppy’ start vs SMBcenter_img MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESAs hard as it is to defend Terrence Romeo, the job gets tougher now as the scorer has slowly evolved into a willing passer.That’s what Chris Newsome observed following Meralco’s 97-89 defeat to GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Senators to proceed with review of VFA View commentslast_img read more

Ape sanctuaries in the DRC brace themselves as Ebola hits the country

first_imgArticle published by Isabel Esterman Animals, Apes, Biodiversity, Chimpanzees, Conservation, Diseases, Endangered Species, Environment, Gorillas, Great Apes, Mammals, Rainforest Animals, Wildlife The Democratic Republic of Congo’s most recent Ebola outbreak, which has already claimed 105 human lives, is making great-ape conservation more challenging in an already volatile region.The disease can be transmitted between humans and apes, so conservation groups in the country need to take extra precautions to keep the animals in their sanctuaries safe.Most at risk is the GRACE gorilla sanctuary, situated four and a half hours from a city where Ebola has been confirmed.Researchers say the outbreak is not currently a significant threat to wild ape populations. Ebola is once again sweeping Africa, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a new outbreak was announced Aug. 1. As of Sept. 30, the World Health Organization has tallied 161 human cases and 105 deaths.Ebola can threaten non-human great apes as well, and the DRC is home to endangered Grauer’s gorilla, bonobo and chimpanzee populations. “When (Ebola) gets into a gorilla population, it can be devastating,” says Sonya Kahlenberg, executive director of the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) in the eastern DRC.Several great ape sanctuaries operate in the DRC, including GRACE, Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro, and Lola Ya Bonobo.Situated just four and a half hours from the city of Butembo, where nine Ebola cases have been confirmed, GRACE is probably the most at risk from the current outbreak.“It’s pretty scary because it’s in a big city now,” Kahlenberg says. “I think people are concerned, but not panicking,” she adds, noting that the people of the DRC are accustomed to dealing with Ebola. The country has previously suffered eight Ebola outbreaks, with the virus first appearing in 1976. The last outbreak killed four people in 2017.According to Kahlenberg, this is the first experience GRACE has had with Ebola since opening its doors in 2009. Previous outbreaks did not reach North Kivu province, where the center is located. She says the facility has amped up hygiene protocols to protect humans and gorillas alike. Normally, all animal care staff members shower before and after their shifts. Now, that safety measure extends to all 34 workers, including maintenance staff and security guards.A doctor conducts Ebola training for GRACE staff. With the disease confirmed in a nearby city, the center has had to take extra precautions. Image courtesy of GRACE.GRACE has also temporarily barred outside visitors from entering the facility. The organization’s visitor program helps educate local community members about gorilla conservation, but GRACE is halting these activities until it receives an all-clear from the Ministry of Health.The organization gets many of its supplies and some money from Butembo. Now, staff travel is restricted; when workers do make necessary trips to Butembo, they are prohibited from contact with the apes afterward. Kahlenberg says the organization is fortunate to have started its own vegetable farm in 2016 to help supplement the gorillas’ forest-based diet. This means the facility is more self-sufficient and city trips are not needed as often.GRACE’s education staff now has shifted its messaging in the community from conservation to Ebola safety. This work is especially crucial, Kahlenberg says, because the sanctuary is located in a highly unstable region, where ongoing armed conflict has hampered efforts by the Ministry of Health struggling to get the word out to local communities.“That’s been unexpected, but it’s something we’re really proud of,” Kahlenberg says.GRACE DRC director Jackson Kabuyaya Mbeke says people are “scared because they see the danger and how Ebola patients are treated, being isolated and not able to get support from their family when they need it most.” This means community members “seem very motivated to follow the necessary protocols to keep Ebola out of the village and their families safe,” he says.Kahlenberg says Ebola is not the organization’s first major challenge. “In the past year alone, we have faced forest fires and insecurity caused by armed groups in our area,” she says. “Ebola is certainly concerning and has put us on high alert, but is it one of many challenges we are navigating.”GRACE educator Gracianne Basyanirwa discusses the importance of personal hygiene with local community members. Image courtesy of GRACE.About 240 kilometers (150 miles) south, at the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro, technical director Itsaso Vélez del Burgo Guinea says they are yet to feel the impact of the outbreak. “We hope it will never arrive,” she says. Nevertheless, the chimpanzee sanctuary is preparing with education discussions and increased hygiene. “The Ebola is closer than ever, but still a few hundred kilometers away,” she says. “We have started to prepare ourselves, and all the enter points of the center have hand washing stations with bleach.”If Ebola were to arrive at Lwiro, Vélez del Burgo Guinea says they’d close the center and observe the keepers closely. “If it arrives it would be very scary, as the primates are also affected and can die from Ebola.”Kaitlyn Bock, communications and administration manager at the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance, says future Ebola outbreaks are a cause of “significant concern” for the alliance’s 23 member sanctuaries across Africa, including Lwiro.“The major outbreak that started in 2014 in West Africa made it extremely difficult for two of our member sanctuaries to operate by putting a stop to ecotourism revenue and complicating transportation and primate rescues, among many other issues,” Bock says, adding that both sanctuaries are now back on track and fully functional. “Fatalities of a sanctuary’s staff and/or apes due to Ebola would be devastating.”Gorillas, like humans, are susceptible to Ebola, and outbreaks have the potential to devastate both wild and captive populations. Image courtesy of GRACE.Wild great apes likely not at riskEbola certainly has threatened great ape populations in the past. A 2006 study found that in 2002 and 2003, the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus killed about 5,000 gorillas, and in the past four decades Ebola has wiped out one-third of the world’s chimpanzees and gorillas.But Damien Caillaud, a professor of ecology at the University of California, Davis, has good news for the DRC’s already-struggling wild great ape populations. According to Caillaud, who works with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in the eastern DRC, the current Ebola outbreak poses little risk to wild great ape populations because the virus is hitting densely populated areas.“There are a few chimpanzee and gorilla populations in this region (a few tens of miles away from the outbreak foci), but these populations have very low great ape densities (due to habitat degradation and poaching),” he says via email. “The nearest bonobo population lives hundreds of miles away.”For Ebola to spread among great ape social groups, he explains, individuals must encounter each other regularly in the forest. “In low density populations such as those living in this part of North Kivu, Ebola cannot spread among social groups and have a large impact on great ape populations. Even if a few individual great apes get contaminated, it probably won’t spark an outbreak.”FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Mosses could help rapidly detect pollution

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 Air Pollution, Environment, Pollution, Technology, UCSC, Wildtech Researchers have developed a method that uses mosses to rapidly and cheaply detect sulfur dioxide, a common pollutant from burning fossil fuels.The method uses a camera to monitor the change of moss leaves from green toward yellow that is triggered by sulfur dioxide within 10 seconds.Scientists envision using mosses to monitor harmful gases in both indoor and outdoor environments.Mosses have advantages over traditional sensors, such as not needing to be replaced after detecting the gas. Drug-sniffing dogs are an accepted part of our modern world. In the near future, could pollution-sniffing mosses be equally common?Although plants seem inactive compared to animals, a team led by Dr. Xingcai Qin, a chemist at Nanjing University, China, has shown that a common species of moss rapidly responds to sulfur dioxide, a pollutant produced by burning fossil fuels. Monitoring these responses with cameras could rapidly and cheaply detect pollution, the researchers reported recently in Analytical Chemistry.Cars produce sulfur dioxide, but the biggest sources are power plants and industrial facilities. Sulfur dioxide can harm human health and contributes to smog and acid rain.Other research groups have shown that mosses can work as pollution indicators, but this new method should be more rapid and easy to apply.“We hope traffic cameras and security cameras in factories, homes, offices and shopping malls accompanied with plants can be used to monitor gas pollution,” said Qin.Moss collected from the Nanjing University campus. Courtesy of Xingcai QinThe idea of using plants as low-cost, environmentally friendly gas sensors was inspired when Qin used plants in his home to help combat gas pollution associated with paint and new furniture in his recently constructed apartment.Moss leaves are sensitive to pollution since they consist of a single layer of cells that easily absorb material from the environment.“[Mosses’] relationships with the water and the environment [are] like a piece of tissue paper,” says Brent Mishler, a botanist at the University of California, Berkeley. “If you put a piece of tissue paper on a rock and it rained, it would get wet and then as soon as the sun came out it would dry. That’s pretty much their biology.”To test using mosses as pollution monitors, Qin’s team collected wild Atrichum undulatum from the Nanjing University campus. The scientists placed the mosses with soil in a detection chamber. They prepared mixtures of different gas concentrations with various humidities in sample bags, then pumped each mixture through the chamber so that the gases flowed over the moss.A webcam monitored the moss through the transparent top of the chamber. The researchers discovered that about 10 seconds after they introduced sulfur dioxide, the mosses began to change from green to yellow. A computer algorithm analyzed how quickly this change occurred to identify the sulfur dioxide concentration.Moss in the detection chamber without the webcam attached. Courtesy of Xingcai QinGreen and Yellow moss from before and after exposure to sulfur dioxide. Courtesy of Xingcai QinThe mosses detected sulfur dioxide at levels of just a few parts per million, the team reported. The method worked for larger ranges of humidities and sulfur dioxide concentrations than many commercial sensors. And unlike sensors that use the color change of a chemical, a moss recovers its sensing capacity if the exposure is nonlethal. The results make sense to Mishler, who was not involved in the study. “The mosses are really sensitive to these pollutants,” he said.The team plans to continue testing to address issues for practical applications, such as differences from plant to plant and the effect of the environment. This will involve both indoor and outdoor field tests.“I think it should be tested in the field,” said Mishler. “People have done field studies using mosses to monitor pollution, but not with remote sensing or a camera.” He also recommends that the team work with a botanist to verify the moss species and preserve a specimen to ensure that other groups can run their own tests.The team hopes that cameras already in use, such as traffic and security cameras, can turn mosses across cities into real-time, cheap pollutant sensors. The technique may eventually be applicable for large-area pollution monitoring using satellites or drones.Air pollution in Beijing. Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.CitationQin, X., Zhu, Y., Yu, J., Xian, X., Liu, C., Yang, Y., & Tao, N. (2018). Chemical sensing in real time with plants using a webcam. Analytical Chemistry, 90(21), 13030-13035. doi:10.1021/acs.analchem.8b03863Bailey Bedford (@BBedfordScience) is a graduate student in the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Other Mongabay stories produced by UCSC students can be found here.Header photo:  Beijing smog as seen from the China World Hotel, March 2003, during the SARS outbreak. Photo by Kevin Dooley (@pagedooley on Flickr).center_img Article published by Rhett Butlerlast_img read more

PH to host 2017 SEABA Championship in April

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards The Seaba Championship is the first step in getting closer to that goal, as winning the regional tournament will earn the Filipinos a spot in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon in August.The Philippines has been the SEABA Champions for seven times, last winning it back in 2015 in Singapore.The country last hosted the men’s regional tourney way back in 2001, where it topped Thailand in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ MOST READ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal NBA: Retired Bryant says he’s a ‘phone call away’ if Lakers need advice 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 gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos 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 No less than national team coach Chot Reyes confirmed the news in a post on his Twitter account @coachot.“We just received confirmation that SEABA has awarded the Men’s senior & U16 hosting to Manila, Apr 23-30. #LabanPilipinasPuso!”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 returnAside from the men’s tournament, the Philippines will also host the 2017 Seaba Under-16 Championship later this year.Reyes announced his 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool on Sunday as he gears toward securing the Philippines a spot in the 2019 Fiba World Cup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The tallest Gilas Pilipinas squad ever will make its debut before the hometown crowd in April.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) secured the hosting rights for the 2017 SEABA Championship, which will be held April 23 to 30, on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo extends win streak to seven, dispatches UST

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “I don’t think we’re near our peak, and I think there are still a lot that this team can show,” said Meneses. “This isn’t Ateneo’s real game because coach Tai [Bundit] would always emphasize that they train as if they’re not on top of the standings.”Bea De Leon and Jhoana Maraguinot led Ateneo with 12 points apiece while Kat Tolentino and Morente also finished in double digits with 11 and 10 points, respectively.Rondina led UST with 14 points while Laure added nine.Ateneo and UST had the same number of scoring spikes with 33 but it was in the service department where the Lady Eagles showed their class with a distinct 16-5 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UST, after being down 24-19, rallied back with a 6-0 sprint with Cherry Rondina setting up EJ Laure to give the Golden Tigresses a 25-24 lead.This became the start of a back-and-forth tango until Laure’s service went long to give Ateneo a 27-26 lead.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 returnMich Morente then finished things off with an ace to secure Ateneo’s win.Lady Eagles assistant coach Sherwin Meneses said that despite their impressive record, Ateneo is far from reaching its peak. Ateneo players didn’t get nat’l team tryout invites, officials say 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo kept its foothold atop the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament with a tough three-set victory over University of Santo Tomas, 25-10, 26-24, 28-26, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.In a matchup of the league’s hottest teams, it was the Lady Eagles (8-1) who came out on top as they extended their win streak to seven games while the Golden Tigress (5-4) had their four-game unbeaten run snapped.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thoss plays like an import in Aces’ latest win

first_img“Sonny came in and asserted himself. He played like an import,” said the American mentor after Alaska seized a 98-92 victory over Mahindra on Wednesday..Thoss truly played like a reinforcement as he held strong in the paint while Cory Jefferson took a breather down the stretch. The import checked back in the game with a minute to play, but the game was already out of reach.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 critical thing was when we sat out Cory, Sonny really showed up,” lauded Compton of Thoss.But for the veteran slotman, it was just a matter of taking charge when Alaska went a bit complacent in the fourth quarter. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Sonny Thoss. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust when Alaska felt that the game was slipping from its grasp, coach Alex Compton stumbled upon an old reliable to save the day for the Aces.As the Aces saw their 18-point lead in the third quarter dissipate to five, 87-82, in the final 4:15, 35-year-old Sonny Thoss came up big down the stretch and anchored a killer 10-0 blast to help Alaska regain control with 10-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media “I just tried to give whatever I can to the team,” he said. “I was resting most of the game. I was in and out so I had a little energy and I tried to be aggressive and take advantage of the opportunity.”Thoss made the most of his 17 minutes on the floor as he tallied 11 points, eight coming in the payoff period, while also grabbing two rebounds. More importantly, that preserved Alaska’s immaculate record as it cruised to its third straight win.Despite finding a place near the top early in the conference, Thoss warned that the Aces shouldn’t be complacent.“It’s good to be up but it’s still early. Anything can happen and we just have to stay humble, grounded and focused,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Jefferson pours 30 as Alaska stays unbeaten Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hydel claim 12th straight Prep Champs title

first_imgAccustomed to dominating this competition, Hydel Preparatory were made to sweat on their way to winning a 12th straight Tastee National Preparatory Schools Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. Hydel bettered Mona Prep by 188 points at last year’s championships, but only 28 points separated the St Catherine-based school from second-placed Vaz Prep as the curtain came down on the three-day meet. The Corey Bennett-coached Hydel, who were winning their 18th overall title, tallied 243 points to finish ahead of rivals Vaz, which scored 215 points. They were followed by Mona (118), Belair (116), Quest (73.50), Lannaman’s and Stella Maris (67 each), Wolmer’s (61), Mount St Joseph (58), Emmanuel Christian Academy (57), Sts Peter and Paul (50), St Andrew (48), Knox Junior (45), Ardenne (42) and St John’s (39). “This year’s championship was pretty close because it went to the wire. It was not like last year when we won by almost two hundred points,” Bennett noted. “We had some quality performances from our athletes, especially in Class One among the boys and girls. I thought our Class Two girls team also performed well and so I am happy that we were able to defend our title,” Bennett added. Hydel’s Kerrica Hill was among the standout performers of the championships. She captured the Class One sprint double. Hill won the 300m in 41.46 ahead of Lannaman’s Mikayla Gardener, 43.00, and Misha-Jade Samuels, 45.75. Hill then returned an hour later to win the 200m in 26.32 in front of Belair’s Alexia Beckford, 26.78, and Vaz’s Jounee Armstrong, 26.86. Ardenne’s Gary Card was a sprint double champion in Class Two, winning the boys’ 100m in 13.69 ahead of Vaz’s Romario Williams, 13.76, and Sadrea Thomas of Wolmer’s, 13.80. Card then sped to 21.12 seconds to win the 150m event ahead of Belair’s Timos Blake, 21.29, and Rashad Miller from Mount St Joseph, 21.33. Sts Peter and Paul’s Jayd’n Johnson won the boys’ Class One 100m in 12.46 seconds ahead of Kyle Richards from Bright Beginning, 12.76, and Jaheim Labeach from Knox Junior, 12.86. However, Johnson was denied the sprint double when he was beaten in the 200m by St Andrew’s Jaden Mohan, who won the event in 26.27. Johnson ended up crossing second in 26.40 while third went to Dante Dacres from Hydel in 26.57. Belair’s Alexia Beckford won the girls’ Class 100 in 13.23, with Vaz’s Jounee Armstrong, 13.32, taking second place and Jarvia Hinds from St Catherine, 13.50, finishing third. Dante Dacres (Hydel) won the boys’ Class One 400m in 57.12 ahead of St John’s Mark’s Miller, 1:00.49, and Richard Archer of Lannaman’s, 1:00.50. In the class Two girls’ 150m, Hydel’s Jody-Ann Daley, 21.36, finished ahead of Alexa Pusey from Mount St Joseph, 21.49, and Ackeila Grant from Hydel, 21.84. SPRINT DOUBLE CHAMPIONlast_img read more