I want the belt, says Pacquiao

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH For now, however, Pacquiao would rather focus on the task at hand.Prove Vargas wrong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “I want to become the first active senator to become champion,” said Pacquiao. “I want the belt.” That’s understandable as he was its previous owner in 2009 and 2014, snaring it from Miguel Cotto and Timothy Bradley, respectively.Though a huge favorite to beat Vargas, Pacquio said he’d poured it all during his seven-week training in Manila and polishing week in Los Angeles.For another, Pacquiao said he’s no stranger to Vargas’ style as the Mexican-American has fought in the undercard in one of his fights in the United States“I know his style well,” said Pacquiao, who insists that he can still go as low as 135 pounds and a little over 147, but not at 154.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manilacenter_img We are young 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 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Despite that given edge and perceived stronger power punches, however, Pacquiao expects Vargas to offer stubborn resistance in defense of the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.“He’s a champion and I’m the challenger, so I must be physically, mentally and spiritually ready (to succeed),” said Pacquiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentA future Hall of Famer and all-time great, Pacquiao isn’t lacking in motivation to turn Vargas into a locomotive train.Pacquiao, the lone eight-division world champion, three-time fighter of the year and Fighter of the Decade (2000 to 2009), wants to embellish his ring legacy further. Ramirez: They should’ve been allowed to run EDITORS’ PICK In this photo taken on September 29, 2016, Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao trains at a gym in Manila, ahead of his November 6 bout with Mexican boxer Jessie Vargas.Pacquiao insisted September 30 he owed his fans and countrymen no apology after admitting to having used illegal drugs. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEHOLLYWOOD–Renowned for his blurring speed, Manny Pacquiao shrugged off Jessie Vargas’ boast that he’d be the faster guy on the ring. on Nov. 5.“I will prove him wrong,” said Pacquiao, who admitted that there was one instance in 1998 that he felt outhustled by his opponent, during his media workout Wednesday at Wild Card Gym here.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NXT TakeOver Toronto: Joe becomes 2-time champ

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young GALLERY: 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Photo by WWE.comSamoa Joe toppled Shinsuke Nakamura to reclaim his NXT Championship Saturday (Sunday Manila time) at NXT TakeOver: Toronto at Air Canada Centre.The Samoan Submission Machine become the only two-time holder of the developmental’s biggest prize, to the shock of fans in attendance.ADVERTISEMENT 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 FUNDcenter_img EDITORS’ PICK In the night’s other matches, Asuka retained her NXT Women’s Championship after beating the returning Mickie James, making her tap out to a crossface chicken wing submission.Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa finally claimed the NXT Tag Team titles, forcing The Revival to simultaneously submit in their two-out-of-three falls match.The Authors of Pain also became the second winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, beating TM61 in the tournament Finals.Manager Paul Ellering was suspended on a shark cage over the ring, but that didn’t stop him from aiding his monsters after he dropped a steel chain. Though Akam would miss on his chain-aided swing, the Authors of Pain were still able hit Nick Miller with The Last Chapter to win the match.Bobby Roode also continued his undefeated run in NXT, nailing Tye Dillinger with the Glorious DDT for the three-count to open the show.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Nakamura nailed Joe with a Kinshasa, knocking him out of the ring and leaving him bloodied.But that was when he low-blowed the King of Strong Style, slamming him to the steel steps before hitting a Muscle Buster for the three-count.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentIt was just the redemption Joe wanted after losing the title to the Japanese superstar at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II back in August.He gauded Nakamura in believing he was humbled after that first match, but ensued to take the champion out, slamming him to the steel steps to shelve him for at least a month, setting up this rematch. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Lou Williams leads Lakers to season sweep of Hawks

first_imgAtlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore, left, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young, center, and forward Thomas Robinson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES — Lou Williams scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Jordan Clarkson added 18 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame the absence of two injured starters for a 109-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night.Nick Young scored 17 points as the Lakers swept their season series with Atlanta in a confident second-half performance.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Young scored 12 points in the second quarter, hitting three of his four first-half 3-pointers while the Lakers swiftly turned a 13-point deficit into an 11-point lead.The Lakers won at Atlanta 123-116 earlier this month, with Williams scoring 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter in his home state. He played two seasons for the Hawks from 2012-14.BOOING DWIGHTAlthough Howard wore a new uniform, he constantly received the same vociferous disdain that will follow him at Staples Center for his entire career. The big center spurned the Lakers in free agency in 2013 after one tumultuous season alongside Kobe Bryant, taking $20 million less than Los Angeles offered him and signing with Houston.Howard scored 13 points in the first quarter, but had little success afterward.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Los Angeles (9-9) won for just the second time in six games during a brutal part of its schedule, as Williams led a fourth-quarter surge past his former team for the second time this month.Kent Bazemore scored 21 points and Dwight Howard added 19 points and nine rebounds amid constant boos for the Hawks, who have lost five of six after a 9-2 start to the season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliJulius Randle and D’Angelo Russell missed another game due to injuries, but the Lakers compensated for the absence of two starters with a balanced offensive effort including eight players with at least seven points. Randle missed his third game with a hip pointer, while Russell is out for at least two weeks to rest a sore left knee.But Young returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s loss to Golden State with a sprained toe, and he immediately made another big impact in his resurgent season. MOST READ We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA TIP-INSHawks: Bazemore spent 23 games with the Lakers late in the 2013-14 season after a trade with Golden State. He left as a free agent for Atlanta. … Atlanta made its third stop on a five-game road trip. … Former Lakers forward Ryan Kelly played in the closing minutes.Lakers: The club celebrated the 100th birthday of late broadcaster Chick Hearn with tributes throughout the game. Among his numerous achievements in a Hall of Fame career, Hearn called 3,338 consecutive Lakers games from 1965 until he had heart surgery during the 2001-02 season. … Los Angeles played its 10th home game in the first 33 days of the season. The Lakers only have three home games in the next 27 days before a Christmas meeting with the Clippers. … Thomas Robinson had a season-high nine points in his first start for the Lakers.UP NEXTHawks: Road trip continues at Golden State on Monday.Lakers: Open a four-game road trip at New Orleans on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img De Ocampo steps up for resting Castro in TNT win over Ginebra View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Citizen Ape: The fight for personhood for humans’ closest relatives

first_imgThe great ape personhood movement aims to extend legal personhood to apes, a distinction that recognizes these non-human animals as beings with the capacity to hold both rights and dutiesThe movement has had several notable successes in advocating for changes to laws, and in individual court verdicts freeing apes from captivity in harsh conditions.Proponents hope that granting apes legal rights will also help bridge the gap between humans and non-human animals, along with the greater natural world.The great ape personhood movement draws on both modern philosophy and on indigenous traditions that recognize apes as creatures with complex societies and rich emotional lives. Cecilia spent more than 30 years locked up without a trial. After the death of her companions, she spent her days and nights alone in a small cage with bare concrete walls and floor, unsheltered from the harsh weather of the Andes mountains.Then, in 2016, Cecilia finally got her day in an Argentine court. Judge María Alejandra Mauricio took a stand against the way Cecilia was being treated at Mendoza Zoo. The judge recognized the female chimpanzee as a legal person with rights — not a human, but also not a “thing” to be used at will — and ordered that Cecilia be transferred from her solitary confinement to an animal sanctuary.This historic ruling galvanized animal right activists and conservationists who have for years been challenging the status of the great apes in the court systems. The great ape personhood movement aims to improve the lot of chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans by extending legal personhood and some legal protections to these non-human members of the Hominidae family. In changing the legal status of apes, advocates also hope to change the way we think about and relate to non-human animals.Mother and baby orangutan (pongo pygmaeus) at rest in Danum Valley, Malaysian Borneo.  The great ape personhood movement draws on both indigenous traditions and modern philosophies that regard apes as intelligent beings with rich emotional lives. Image by Charles Ryan / Sticky Rice Travel.Ancient rootsThe idea that animals are not objects is far from new. It has strong roots in the beliefs of indigenous peoples from all over the world, from South America to Africa.“In general terms, many indigenous peoples integrate animals as essential living beings into their worldviews, avoiding a clear-cut distinction between ‘humans’ and ‘animals’ as it is so common in our ‘modern’ civilizations,” Markus Fraundorfer, a research fellow at the University of São Paulo’s Institute of International Relations, told Mongabay in an email.In many indigenous traditions, animals are viewed and respected as sentient beings capable of emotions and intelligence. Thus, Fraundorfer argues, ape habitats administered by indigenous people are among the safest places remaining for the great apes.Conservationists today are indeed trying to harness the power of indigenous taboos and other traditional knowledge to motivate local communities to protect great apes.By contrast, modern, Western societies have tended to regard animals as things they can freely exploit and often abuse in the name of entertainment, profit or research.Starting in the 1950s, though, primatologists such as Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birutė Galdikas started questioning the boundaries between human beings and the great apes. Their groundbreaking research among chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, respectively, led to a greater understanding of great apes, and their insights revolutionized not only science, but also our relationship with the species.Another game changer was the 1975 book Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, often referred to as the “bible” of the modern animal welfare movement. In 1993, Singer, now a professor of bioethics at Princeton University and often described as the most influential living philosopher,  co-founded the Great Ape Project, to advocate for great apes to be granted rights such as life, liberty and the prohibition of torture.Since the 1970s, Singer has seen a change in attitudes toward great apes. “At least in the Western world, most people recognize that it is wrong to use great apes as if they were mere things, for example as laboratory tools for us to experiment on,” he told Mongabay in an email. He said we now recognize that great apes are intelligent beings that form strong relationships and have rich emotional lives.“Invasive experiments on great apes have essentially ceased, and the apes who lived in miserable laboratory cages, often in solitary confinement, have now been sent to sanctuaries where they are part of a social group and have much better lives,” he said.A chimps fingers through the cage grid at the Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo. Animals in western societies have been held in zoos, cages, research laboratories and — increasingly — in court.  Image by Kitty Terwolbeck on VisualHunt / CC BYApes in courtsAnimals have not only been experimented on in laboratories; they have also been sentenced to death in courts. The earliest record of an animal execution comes from 1266, when the trial of an infanticidal pig took place in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France. In the Middle Ages, dogs, pigs, cows, horses and bulls faced judges and, if found guilty of capital crimes, went routinely to the stake or gallows.But now, activists are taking animals to the courts for a different purpose.Since the early 1990s some countries have taken major steps to protect great apes and other animals. Switzerland amended its constitution in 1992 to recognize animals as beings and not things. In 1999, New Zealand granted strong protections to great apes, and as a result their use is today forbidden in research, testing or teaching. Subsequently, several European countries, including Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden, completely banned the use of great apes in animal testing.Then, Germany guaranteed rights to animals in a 2002 amendment to its constitution, becoming the first European Union member state to do so. In 2007, the parliament of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous region of Spain, passed the world’s first legislation that would effectively grant legal personhood rights to all great apes.In 2014, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that all non-human animals have both statutory and constitutional rights in India. That was followed by a 2015 decision from the Delhi High Court that birds have the fundamental legal right to fly, and a 2018 decision from the Uttarakhand High Court that identified members of the entire animal kingdom as persons.Personhood advocates argue that apes are possessed of intrinsic rights, including the right to move freely and associate with their own kind. A growing number of courts and legislators have taken this argument on board. Photo by stoic on VisualHunt / CC BYIn late 2014, Argentina granted a captive orangutan “non-human person rights,” and in 2016 the chimpanzee Cecilia was granted legal personhood.“[I]n the present case we are not stating that sentient beings — animals — are the same as human beings, and we are not raising to a human category all existent animals or flora and fauna, we are recognizing and confirming that primates are non-human legal persons and they possess fundamental rights that should be studied and listed by state authorities,” reads Judge Mauricio’s ruling.“I applaud this bold decision and hope that in time it will be followed by other judges all over the world,” Singer said. But he added that many legislators still “appear to be concerned about getting too far ahead of public opinion” and  “could be bolder.”Singer said he believed that personhood should not depend on species membership. The chief objective of the movement to grant legal personhood to great apes, he said, is to bridge the gulf between humans and other animals by recognizing that it is not only human beings who are persons and who should have the legal rights of persons.“If people claim that great apes are not as rational as humans are, or cannot use language as we can, we can reply that we do not deny personhood to human beings who lack the ability to reason or to use language,” he said.Singer’s Animal Liberation changed the lives of many people around the world. One of them is Steven Wise, who after reading it became overnight an animal protection lawyer. Wise today is an animal rights lawyer and scholar. He is also founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), which works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals. Among its board members is the pioneering primatologist Jane Goodall, and its potential clients are not only individual great apes, but also elephants, dolphins and whales living in captivity across the U.S.“The Nonhuman Rights Project argues that they are autonomous beings who can choose how to live their lives, that autonomy is a quality that judges and legislatures value highly and believe it is their job to protect,” Wise said.A young mountain gorilla photographed in Virunga National Park, DRC. Activists hope that granting legal rights to apes will help bridge the divide between humans and nature, inspiring us to protect wild animals and preserve ecosystems. Image by Charles Ryan / Sticky Rice Travel.Can recognizing great apes as legal persons help save them?The University of São Paulo’s Fraundorfer said the great ape personhood movement could play an important role in saving the great apes from extinction by changing the way we look at non-human animals. This, he said, can support the emergence of new ideas about how we, as human animals, view ourselves in relation to non-human animals and the planet as a whole. By extension, these new ways of thinking might be able to affect how we tackle global challenges like climate change and the devastation of the environment, Fraundorfer said.But he said he also feared that the human-animal divide and the neoliberal market ideology were too deeply entrenched in the fabric of modern society. In a system driven by market dynamics, where regulations to protect nature are often seen as barriers to progress, it might already be too late to save the great apes from extinction and protect what’s left of the planet’s biodiversity. “In other words, it might be too late for saving us from ourselves,” Fraundorfer said.“The struggle for legal personhood for great apes is one of many possible ways to protect [great apes]” NhRP’s Wise said, adding that in the state of New York, the NhRP was making good progress in persuading judges to view chimpanzees as persons with legal rights.The NhRP has already begun to set up and collaborate with legal working groups in Britain, Spain, France, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Portugal, Argentina, Israel, Turkey, India and Australia to develop non-human rights campaigns suited to the respective legal systems of these countries. It is also looking to expand into the countries where apes are still found in nature.“The NhRP is just beginning to work in the range countries. We hope, with others, to persuade government[s] to recognize the personhood and legal rights of great apes as part of the struggle to protect them,” Wise said.“If we were to recognize that some non-human animals are persons,” Singer said, “it would radically change the way we see ourselves and our relationship with the other beings with whom we share this planet.”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. Article published by Isabel Esterman Activism, Animals, Apes, Archive, Biodiversity, Chimpanzees, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Law, Great Apes, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, Primates, Wildlife 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

Could Brazil be on verge of one of world’s biggest conservation agreements? (commentary)

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 The Brazilian Cerrado is a biodiverse mixed ecosystem – a mosaic of forests, savanna and grasslands. It is huge, almost three times bigger than Texas, but half of its natural habitat has been lost as it is converted to croplands and cattle pasture, and especially soy plantations.in 2016, Brazil’s soy industry (via its trade association ABIOVE), joined with Brazilian NGOs to create the Cerrado Work Group. In 2017, the NGOs published a Cerrado Manifesto, stressing the need for a biome-wide conservation agreement. Many companies in the soy supply chain, including Tesco, Marks & Spencer, McDonalds and Unilever signed on.But a roadblock to the Brazil biome-wide agreement loomed: who would pay for zero deforestation incentives with Cerrado farmers? A breakthrough may be near: a shared incentive fund created by the dozens of companies that have signed the Cerrado Manifesto, a coalition that could include ABIOVE members, and all major global soy traders, plus impact investors.This sweeping Cerrado Agreement, which could be negotiated before the end of the year, would be revolutionary in that it eliminates agricultural conversion for all habitats, not just forests. This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily Mongabay. The Cerrado biome  consists of a complex mosaic of forests, savanna and grasslands. To be effective, a Cerrado conservation agreement would need to protect all of these varied habitats. Image by Flávia Milhorance.An agreement on the future of the soy industry in Brazil’s Cerrado would be a very, very big deal. Here’s why. The Cerrado is huge, almost three times the size of Texas. It is a mixture of savanna, woodlands and forest with very high biodiversity. It is also the center of the largest agribusiness boom on Earth in recent decades. It now supplies much of China and the European Union (EU) with soy imports – even more so as President Trump’s tariffs increasingly restrict the flow of US soy into Asian markets.The economic benefits for Brazil have been profound but have exacted a huge environmental cost: half of the Cerrado’s natural habitat has now been converted into cropland and pasture.Certain companies have made deforestation commitments, but in places like the Cerrado these haven’t made much difference to the levels of habitat destruction and land conversion. Journalists, and campaigners have been pointing to the gap between the commitments and the reality of what is happening. This is where the story really begins…In theory, there is a simple win-win scenario for the Cerrado. Plenty of land has already been cleared and converted into pasture. Enough land, in fact, to meet even Chinese demand if soy expands into pasture while ranching intensifies. But it wasn’t clear until recently how to get there.Keen to find solutions, in 2016 Brazil’s soy industry (via its trade association ABIOVE), joined with a group of Brazilian NGOs to create the Cerrado Work Group (GTC, to use its Portuguese acronym). The following year, the Brazilian NGOs published a ‘Cerrado Manifesto’, stressing the need for an agreement. This resonated in Europe, where a group of companies signed a statement of support (SoS) for the Manifesto. Signatories included major retailers like Tesco and Marks & Spencer, alongside other major buyers of Brazilian beef and soy including McDonald’s and Unilever.The GTC set itself a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of 2018. The challenges in making this happen were clear from the start, and surmounting these would make a formalized Cerrado Agreement even more of a big deal.Cerrado soy fields and a large-scale irrigation system stretch away to the horizon. Image by Flávia Milhorance.The biggest hurdle is financial. The sheer acreage of uncleared land in the Cerrado means that many farmers could still perfectly legally clear land to grow soy. If I stop clearing land, those farmers argue, there’s a cost to that. Demand for soy is high. Why should I lose income to accommodate zero deforestation targets from the SoS companies, when instead I can just sell my soy to the Chinese, who don’t worry so much about deforestation?Here’s where the story really gets interesting. The GTC began looking at possible financial incentives for farmers to move towards zero deforestation. The current lack of such incentives has been at the core of the limited progress made to date by corporations. Driving effective change would require engaging thousands of soy farmers across the Cerrado. How can sufficient capital be mobilized to achieve this? Charging a price premium for zero-deforestation soy doesn’t work: it’s a high volume/low margin commodity. For years this has caused arguments between traders and retailers over who should bear the cost of incentivizing zero deforestation.At last, there are signs this deadlock may be breaking. Since last month, ABIOVE has been in direct conversation with the SoS companies. The outline of a solution is on the table, and it looks like this: SoS companies pass around the hat, on a pre-competitive basis. Whatever the cost of incentives ends up being, it will obviously be lower if shared between the several dozen companies that make up the SoS coalition. The ABIOVE members, who include all the major global soy traders, would then match this sum. Finance-savvy environmental NGOs including ourselves would help SoS and ABIOVE shop this fund around the multilaterals and other impact investors, who have been dreaming of this kind of precompetitive initiative for years and would get behind it. The resulting fund would be used to put together an incentive package that encourages farmers towards zero deforestation soy.A close up view of the Cerrado savanna and its vegatation mix. Image by Alicia Prager.There is not so much a devil as a whole flock of demons in the detail. How would such a fund be targeted, since habitat destruction in the Cerrado is concentrated in a few areas where money would need to be targeted? How would it be administered? What would happen to farmers who don’t meet deforestation targets? How would the fund, which would effectively need to run indefinitely, be recapitalized over time? Most pressingly, how can all this possibly be thrashed out into a binding Cerrado Agreement before the end of 2018, in line with the GTC’s self-imposed deadline? The reality is, it probably can’t. But politically, it doesn’t have to. Provided a credible process to get to a financial package is set up by the end of the year, and this package kicks in sometime during 2019, that will be enough to work with.It’s worth dwelling for a moment on the benefits companies would receive in return for a shared investment in the Cerrado. NGOs would mobilize to help make it stick. They would help all segments of the supply chain secure independent verification of deforestation levels in soy supply chains originating in the Cerrado, finally fulfilling the potential certification schemes once seemed to offer, but haven’t delivered for soy. Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies, FMCGs, would get to meet their promise to consumers who increasingly see soy as the next palm oil. Soy traders would take a huge step forward in fulfilling their deforestation commitments, in a way that doesn’t leave farmers out of pocket.There would be a financial cost, but it would be shared along the supply chain, and the companies would not be the only ones sharing it, which is a pretty good deal for all the businesses concerned.Last but not least, those companies and their CEOs would be able to bask in the reputational glory of securing what would be the biggest deforestation victory of all time. Make no mistake, that is what we could be talking here because this would be the first large-scale agreement involving a core origination area for a major commodity.Even more important, is the fact that a Cerrado Agreement would take us beyond deforestation, because it would be an agreement over land conversion, not deforestation. A problem with deforestation commitments of any kind is that they don’t eliminate pressure for habitat conversion, they merely channel it away from forests. Brazil is the best example: the risk is deforestation commitments save the Amazon at the cost of the Cerrado. But the Cerrado is a mixed ecosystem, a mosaic of forests, savanna and grasslands. Brazilian legislation makes no distinction between ecosystems in the Cerrado: farmers are regulated around native habitat in general, not forest. GTC and ABIOVE agreed from the start that a Cerrado Agreement will be about eliminating conversion of all habitats, not just forests. That is where the deforestation conversation at global level needs to go, and that is why a Cerrado Agreement would be such a massive step forwards.More than anything, it would be proof that emerging market countries like Brazil do not face a zero-sum choice between development and conservation: there is a middle way. The ball is in the private sector’s court now. Let’s hope that everyone, across the supply chain, understands the scale of the opportunity we have in the Cerrado. Quite simply, it would be the biggest thing anyone could do in the deforestation space right now. It’s time for all the market actors to step up and make this vision a reality.David Cleary is Head of Agriculture for The Nature Conservancy.Banner image: Cerrado panorama. Fabricio Carrijo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.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. Article published by Glenn Scherercenter_img Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Soy, Commentary, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Green, Industrial Agriculture, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Soy, Tropical Deforestation last_img read more

LeBron’s legacy assured but Jordan’s might glow brighter

first_imgThe Golden State Warriors lead the defending champion Cavaliers 3-0 in the best-of-seven series entering game four Friday at Cleveland.At 15-0 in the playoffs, the Warriors are on the brink of becoming the first NBA team to charge through the playoffs unbeaten to a title.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 groundNo team in 126 tries has ever rallied from 3-0 down to win an NBA playoff series, so James — playing in his seventh consecutive finals — figures to fall to 3-5 in the championship round, going 2-2 with Miami and facing a 1-3 mark plus second sweep out with Cleveland.“I don’t get caught up in what I’ve done over the years. I get drawn in too much of what I’m doing right now in the present,” James said. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet 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 Jordan’s six NBA titles are twice as many as James and Jordan leads in Most Valuable Player awards five to four.But James passed Jordan last month to become the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and enters Friday only one point behind Jordan for third on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list with 1,175.“It has nothing to do with passing him in (totals). It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated,” James said. “You guys want to have the conversations about who’s the greatest of all time, things of that nature, it doesn’t matter to me.”James has been prolific in reaching the finals, the only man to get two teams there four times, but has struggled to hoist the trophies.The Cavaliers fell behind the Warriors 3-1 in last year’s finals before James sparked the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to bring Cleveland its first major sports title in 52 years. In an unprecedented feat, James led the finals in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.This year is nearly the same despite the Cavs being winless, James averaging 32.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.38 blocked shots, standing second only in blocks and rebounds.“I want, once I hang it up and not play this game anymore, that people can look at what I was able to accomplish — win, lose or draw — and say that he made a difference,” James said. “So that’s what I’m here for.”Every reign must endJames, 32, says he isn’t trying to prove critics wrong as he did in younger days.“I left that in my 20s,” James said. “I’m not in the ‘prove people wrong, silence critics’ department no more. I got a promotion when I got to the 30s. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES View comments End of his agony? 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Former Los Angeles Lakers stars Elgin Baylor and Jerry West each lost eight times, in part during the 1960s Boston Celtics dynasty era.Jordan had a killer instinct and supporting talent that saw him go 6-0 in NBA Finals appearances and James has used childhood idol Jordan’s feats as a measuring stick to motivate himself.“Comparing between people either living or still playing or not playing, it’s great for barbershops,” James said. “But for me I’m just trying to leave a legacy behind so I can inspire the next group of kids.”– Jordan feats inspire LeBron –ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Ronald Martinez/Pool Photo via AP)One loss from his fifth defeat in eight NBA Finals appearances, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is matter-of-fact about his legacy, living in the moment and having nothing left to prove.But when it comes to comparisons to retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, the 1990s playmaker might just have the edge on “King” James.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know what I’ve done and I know the way I’m built. My only motivation is to be able to compete for a championship every single year.”Bringing a championship to hometown fans in Cleveland fulfilled a dream but kept James ever cautious.“I don’t like to be satisfied too much,” he said. “Because then you become complacent.”It’s a concern that keeps him at the gym every morning. Because every “King” knows all reigns must end.“My mental motor is still going and my physical motor is trying to keep up with it,” James said. “I won’t be able to play this game forever, but I do know I’ll be able to work out for quite a while.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Follow The Trace | Those intangible!

first_imgDisagreements about the comparative greatness of sports stars and sports teams are often the bedrock of most sporting debates. Often laced with emotionalism and era biases, these debates are as never ending as they are intense, intriguing, and entertaining. There is one overbearing practice that seems to characterise several of these perennial discussions, and it is the unwitting over-reliance on statistics and numbers and the converse lack of appreciation for the value of the intangible components of sports performances and their value in defining overall sporting legacies. As valuable as statistical analyses are, they can be inherently misleading, especially in ascribing overall greatness to individuals in a team context. Case in point: former West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with 11,867 test runs, inclusive of 30 test centuries at an average of 51.37. Chanderpaul is significantly ahead of Sir Vivian Richards’ 8,540 runs, 24 centuries, 50.23 average in almost every key statistical category, but who in their right mind could credibly mention Chanderpaul and Richards in the same sentence in terms of true batting greatness. In any credible analysis of overall greatness, all things must be considered, therefore nothing should be excluded. There must be an astute recognition of the athlete’s, or the player’s body of work, which is generally reflected in the numbers. It is also imperative that consideration be given to titles and championships won in both individual and team sports. It is inherently paradoxical and devoid of credibility to pronounce an athlete or a player the greatest in his or her sport if he or she has never won the ultimate prize in that sport, whether it’s an NBA title in basketball, or a World Cup title in football since the essence of all professional sporting activity is competing to WIN. There are then factors such as quality of teammates, quality of opponents, relative conditions, the style and manner and appeal of performances, the effect of performances on results. These and other intangibles add context and perspective to performances, results and career legacies. Intangibles are factors that do not have physical presence; they are abstract, not defined or clear to the mind, but it is undeniable that they go a far way in separating good sports performers from great sports performers. Qualities such as the ability to inspire and motivate teammates, tenacity, commitment, desire, are all intangible elements which in tandem with the skill set of athletes and players all come together to varying degrees in different individuals. This explains the disparity in the performance and achievements of individuals and teams. One of the longest-going debates in sport is the place of Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi on the list of all-time great football players. Certainly one of, if not the most naturally gifted, player to have played the game, definitely the premier performer and achiever at the club level for Spanish giants Barcelona. However, the challenge facing Messi in defining his legacy, is in reconciling his outstanding club performances and achievements with his meagre, indeed zero returns at the international level. Messi’s inexplicable inability to lift himself, and or his talented Argentine teammates, on the big occasions is an embarrassing injustice to his talent level. Over the last four years, the little club magician has fizzed and disappeared on each big occasion as Argentina suffered defeat in one World Cup final and two consecutive Copa America finals. Messi’s inability to add the intangible components to his dazzling skills has dealt a crippling blow to his claims as a real, genuine great of the game of football when compared to the likes of Diego Maradona, PelÈ, and even Zinedine Zidane, who, unlike Messi, conquered all club and international challenges. The nature of the intangible component in sports analysis however, is of such that it cannot be accurately quantified, measured or recorded, thus it is often misunderstood and remains open to selective and subjective scrutiny, which invariably leads to a covert devaluation of this invaluable factor in sports analysis. Intangible elementslast_img read more

Improved Bailey-Cole shines at All Comers Meet

first_imgFollowing an average performance a week earlier in the men’s 100m at the third JAAA All Comers Meet, former Commonwealth Games 100m champion Kemar Bailey-Cole showed remarkable improvement in the event to top the field on Saturday at the fourth All Comers Meet inside the National Stadium. With several other athletes showing improvement, Bailey-Cole, competing for Racers Track Club, clocked 10.32 seconds, the fastest time of the day, to win his heat. His Racers teammate, Englishman Miguel Francis, was second overall after taking his heat in 10.36 seconds. Third overall went to Oraine Palmer, running unattached, in 10.39 seconds. Francis continued his good form in the 200m after being on top in the event for the second week in a row. Warming up for this Saturday’s JN Racers Grand Prix, he stopped the clock at 20.72 seconds (-0.8mps wind). Cameron Blazers Track Club’s Andel Miller won his heat in 21.31 seconds to be second overall, with Ian Kerr, competing unattached, taking third in 21.62 seconds. Former outstanding Calabar High School sprinter Michael O’Hara showed some improvement on his performance the previous week, where he clocked 22.12 seconds by finishing fourth in his heat and sixth overall in 21.68 seconds. Competing for the first time for his new MVP Club, Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles bronze medallist Jaheel Hyde had to settle for second in his pet event in 50.13 seconds, behind Javern Gallimore of Swept Club, who won in 49.95 seconds. Commonwealth Games representative Ricardo Cunningham of Quality Performance Center won his heat in 51.22 seconds for third overall. In the field events among the males, MVP’s Odayne Richards topped the men’s shot put with a heave of 20.27m. Among the juniors, Calabar High’s Kai Chang was best with 16.86m. Petersfield High’s Courtney Lawrence was second with 16.71m, with third going to Chang’s teammate, Cobe Graham, with 15.93m. Cameron Blazers’ Tiffany James had the best performance on the day among female athletes. James captured her heat of the 200m in a joint career best of 23.33 seconds as Ashley Williams (24.08s) of GC Foster College, and Stacy Williams (24.16s) of St Elizabeth Technical High School ended second and third overall, respectively. It was a very close affair in the women’s 400m, but in the end, the very improved Derriann Hill of the University of Technology (Utech) prevailed, winning in 53.89 seconds. Candice McLeod of the University of the West Indies ended second in 53.94 seconds, with third overall going to Utech’s Junelle Bromfield in 53.96 seconds. Commonwealth Games 100m hurdles bronze medallist Yanique Thompson improved on her performance of the previous week in the event, winning in 13.09 seconds ahead of Nickeisha Wilson, competing unattached, in 13.29 seconds. BEST PERFORMANCElast_img read more

Bailey is a Big Deal

first_img The partnership will also see KFC teaming up with Bailey, Bailey’s brother Kyle Butler and the Phoenix All-Star Academy, as they embark on plans to give back to the community here in Jamaica. Bailey first honed his skills at Phoenix All-Star Academy, owned and operated by Bailey’s father Craig Butler, and where Bailey’s brother Kyle Butler, who recently signed to German Bundesliga club Fortuna Dusseldorf, also came up through. “KFC Jamaica has always been a supporter of youth development through sports and Leon Bailey is the embodiment of development through football,” said Andrei Roper, brand manager for KFC Jamaica. Bailey’s great success has garnered the support and adoration of Jamaicans globally. Bailey, Butler and the Phoenix Camp have already started discussions with KFC to give back to Cassava Piece, from which Bailey originally hails, as well as the wider community, through sports development. Jamaican football sensation, Leon Bailey, has inked a two-year deal with KFC Jamaica ahead of the launch of the company’s World Cup marketing campaign. Bailey, who plays professionally for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga will be the company’s official Ambassador and star in marketing campaigns for KFC Jamaica’s limited time Winner Box meal offer and its flagship Big Deal, set to launch within the next week. Giving Backlast_img read more

Lake Mainstay 9th annual Car & Bike Show and After Party for March 31

first_imgThe 9th edition of the Lake Mainstay Car and Bike Show is billed for March 31 at the resort and for those who have seen the previous years, the 2018 edition is expected to be epic. The event has drawn lots of support over the years, thus making it a signature event on the calendar of activities for Lake Mainstay Resort.This year, the car and bike competition will be conducted in several categories including Overall, Extreme, Audio Internal, Audio External and Artwork. Cars, bikes and SUV vehicles will be competing for best sounds – both external and internal; loudest sounds; best artwork, among other categories.The registration fee for each category will be $4000 and the forms can be uplifted at Lake Mainstay Resort Offices, Georgetown and Essequibo; Gutty’s Variety Stall, Charity, Essequibo Coast; G&P Jaigobin & Sons Supermarket, Henrietta, Essequibo Coast; Cellular Plus Store, Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast; Anil Cellphone Store, Anna Regina Market, Essequibo Coast; Derick Photocopy Shop, Anna Regina Post Office, Essequibo Coast and Universal Pharmacy, Suddie, Essequibo Coast.The deadline for registration is March 28. The registration forms can be sent to Mainstay Whyaka Village, Essequibo Coast or via email info@lakemainstayonline.com or reservations@lakemainstayonline.comOver $1 million in cash prizes will be up for grabs as well as trophies. However, after the presentation of trophies and prizes, the party will begin with Pream’s Mega Sounds.Admission to the event cost $1000 for adults and $500 for children. The competition gets underway at 18:00h but gates will be opened at 16:00h.last_img read more