Month: February 2020

 

Gary Payton sees self in Avery Bradley, Tony Allen

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “And the one who I can say that really, really plays defense is Tony Allen from the Memphis Grizzlies. He may not have the offense that I had but he plays like that. So [those] two guys, they still try to play defense a lot,” Payton added.The NBA legend is the country for the third time, this time to grace the opening of the NBA Store in Cebu later in the week.The 48-year-old Payton played for five teams during his 17-year NBA career. He was the second overall pick by Seattle in 1990 and has his best years with the SuperSonics where he teamed up with Shawn Kemp to form one of the most exciting duos in NBA history.Payton won his only NBA championship as part of the Miami Heat in 2006.Among his other accolades is a nine-time All-Star and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young “Avery Bradley tries to play like that for the Boston Celtics,” Payton told INQUIRER.net during a media availability Tuesday at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati when asked if there’s an active player who plays like him. NBA legend Gary Payton says he sees himself in Avery Bradley and Tony Allen in terms of defense. pic.twitter.com/55R8j5fAVj— Mark Giongco (@MarkGiongcoINQ) November 22, 2016One of the fiercest defenders ever, NBA legend Gary Payton sees a lot of what he’s known for in Avery Bradley and Tony Allen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentLike Payton, a 10-time All-NBA Defensive Team member, Bradley and Allen have made a name for themselves locking down opponents and forcing turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Pingris sees better outing for new recruits Lee, Jalalon 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 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View commentslast_img read more

 

Romeo still eager to play for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgDesiderio grateful for Mythical 5 award, eyes Final 4 for UP Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Terrence Romeo hasn’t made a splash so far in his Gilas debut. Photo from Fiba.comDespite the uncertainty surrounding the team at this time, Terrence Romeo is still eager to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas if given the chance.“I’m excited,” he said on Monday during the Chooks-to-Go-Gilas Pilipinas Manok ng Bayan press conference at Makati Shangri-la.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise But for Romeo, all he’s thankful for is that the window is still open for him to represent the country.’“We’re happy because we’re still there and we still have a chance to compete against the younger cadets. At the end of the day, everybody wants to play for the country. Whoever is fortunate to be chosen, the important thing is we’re all united in supporting them. We’ll give our best and give all of our hearts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments “Hopefully, I can still play for the country while I’m still young because that’s always been my dream, because when you get older, as much as you want to represent the country, it’s going to be harder. As long as there’s an opportunity to play for the country, I’ll play.”Romeo previously donned the national tri-colors in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship and the 2016 Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where he dazzled the crowd with his scoring outbursts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliCoach Chot Reyes announced last month that all 12 PBA teams will lend at least a player each to play alongside the cadets for the Gilas pool for next year’s international competitions.The pool will be announced on January once Fiba Asia irons out its schedule for 2017. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

 

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant offer words of support for Ronda Rousey

first_imgSinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops PLAY LIST 02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops00:50Trending 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 READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207Despite another setback for the Olympian judoka—her second straight loss following another devastating knockout defeat last year—the Cleveland Cavaliers’ franchise player displayed sympathy and encouragement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That’s coming from somebody who has experienced it. And that’s exactly what she’s going through right now,” James told the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s a fact. I know exactly how she feels because I was that athlete. I went through that.”James is believed to be directly referring to ‘The Decision’, a live broadcast of his move from Cleveland to Miami in 2010, which received public outrage and turned the game’s brightest star into a full-blown villain. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals the following year, the Ohio native bounced back to lead the Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. James described his ascension to “the mountaintop” and believes that Rousey could still do the same.“You don’t know her mindset. You don’t know the drive, is the drive still there? You don’t know,” James added. “But you can tell that it’s built and built and built and built and built, they always make the teardown story more important than how long it took for her to actually get to the mountaintop.”Meanwhile, another NBA great, Kobe Bryant, shared James’ feelings for Rousey and reminded everyone of her contribution to the sport, particularly for putting Women’s MMA in the mainstream.“Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map,” the Black Mamba tweeted, along with the hashtags #pioneer and #muse.Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map #pioneer #museADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA NBA: James leads depleted Cavs to win over Pelicans EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ronda Rousey stands in the cage after Amanda Nunes forced a stoppage in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNBA superstar LeBron James has endured his fair share of backlash and animosity throughout his storied sports career, and he offered some kind words for another athlete in badly need of one, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.In the wake of a shocking 48-second beatdown of Rousey against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 over the weekend, the former women’s bantamweight champion has been the subject of several cruel depictions online, after being completely annihilated in her much anticipated comeback fight.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img We are young MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 31, 2016Retirement talks have also been rampant after Rousey’s loss, and it still remains unclear if she’ll return to fighting anytime soon. Khristian IbarrolaRELATED STORYRetire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda RouseySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

 

Community buy-in stamps out elephant poaching in Zambian park

first_imgAgriculture, Animal Behavior, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Biodiversity Hotspots, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Ecology, Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem Services Payments, Ecosystems, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Extinction, Fish, Fishing, Fragmentation, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Human Rights, Human-wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Impact Of Climate Change, In-situ Conservation, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Mammals, National Parks, Natural Capital, Parks, Payments For Ecosystem Services, Poaching, Poverty, Poverty Alleviation, Protected Areas, Saving Species From Extinction, Social Justice, Sustainable Development, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking No elephants were poached in Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park in 2018, and the surrounding area had a 50 percent decrease in poached carcasses found.The North Luangwa Conservation Programme, a partnership between the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the country’s Department of Parks and Wildlife, has been around since the late 1980s and has focused its efforts on community involvement in stopping poachers from going after elephants, rhinos and other wildlife in the park.Staff of the program say the participation of the communities living near the park’s borders is critical to protecting the elephants of North Luangwa.The broader Luangwa ecosystem is home to more than 63 percent of Zambia’s elephants. The elephant poaching epidemic continues to tear across the African continent. It’s even reached remote refuges in recent years, like the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, where poaching deaths began surging in 2014.But last year, a conservation team working with local communities to stem those losses reached a remarkable milestone in North Luangwa National Park.“We did not lose any elephants” to poaching in 2018, said Solomon Chidunuka, the warden for Muchinga province who works with the North Luangwa Conservation Programme. It’s a success story that Chidunuka and his colleagues say would not be possible without the participation and support of the tens of thousands of people who live around the park.Video courtesy of the North Luangwa Conservation Programme/Frankfurt Zoological Society.Poachers have killed more than 90 percent of Zambia’s elephants since the 1950s. Some 250,000 elephants once plied the country’s savannas, but the poaching crisis of the 1980s whittled those numbers down to just 18,000 by 1989. Despite some recovery in the intervening years, intense demand for ivory over the past decade has kept the pressure on Zambia’s elephants, tracking a broader, continent-wide decline of 8 percent a year, according to a 2016 study.The Luangwa Valley, a tendril of East Africa’s Great Rift in northeastern Zambia, has long been a sanctuary for thousands of elephants (Loxodonta africana). Researchers figured in 1975 that there were around 86,000 elephants in the valley’s 40,000 square kilometers (15,400 square miles). Though nothing like the historical highs, a recent survey by Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife found around 14,000 elephants across the Luangwa ecosystem, nearly two-thirds of those left in Zambia.Five years ago, poaching increased sharply in the Luangwa Valley. In the national park, 14 elephants were killed in 2014 and 16 in 2015, with dozens more in the 22,000-square-kilometer (8,500-square-mile) North Luangwa ecosystem that includes the game management areas surrounding the park. Before 2014, finding even 10 poached carcasses a year across the entire North Luangwa ecosystem would have been a shock, said Ed Sayer, project leader for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme, which is run jointly by the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife.A group of elephants in a river at sunset in North Luangwa National Park. Image © Daniel Rosengren/FZS.Involving local communitiesZambia’s Wildlife Act of 2015 requires that local people are consulted about — and benefit from — hunting and tourism near their homes. But, Sayer said, bureaucracy and corruption can slow the flow of those funds to a trickle; the money often arrives a year or more after it should have been delivered.What’s more, “Most of the decisions meant to be done by the community are done in Lusaka,” Zambia’s capital, Sayer said. “As long as [the communities are] cut out of the deal, then why should they care?”With little power, community members don’t have an incentive to stop the poachers, report them to officials, or refrain from poaching.Foreign demand drives the quest for more ivory. And though arrest records show that illegal hunters came from beyond the region or Zambia itself, locals were also sometimes recruited to actually shoot the elephants. In other cases, local communities were “turning a blind eye,” Sayer said.“If we really want to protect these large landscapes, we have to ensure full community engagement and ownership and their access to the revenue from them,” Sayer said. “Our strongest form of defense is the local community.”Women attend a community meeting with staff from the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the Nabwalya area. Image © Daniel Rosengren/FZS.From its inception in 1986, the conservation program that Sayer runs was initially focused on policing the park for poachers. But recently, he and his colleagues have worked to emphasize community involvement. Sayer said the staff have worked to bridge the divide between local people and government authorities.“We’re pushing hard with government to try and change the policy with regards to benefit sharing,” Sayer said.Their discussions with government officials have led to greater transparency and less “elite capture” of those revenues earmarked for the communities, Rodgers Lubilo, a senior technical adviser for community-based natural resource management programs with FZS, told Mongabay.On the ground, Lubilo and his team of 14 community conservation officers work in five communities that are home to between 60,000 and 70,000 people, he said. With funding from FZS, the team’s beekeeping, microfinance and sustainable fishing and forestry management projects in the towns provide critical alternatives to the financial allure of poaching.“Our community structures around North Luangwa I think are the best at the moment across the country,” Lubilo said, and the park has come to be seen as “an economic hub for the region.”FZS attributes the decline in poaching to the work with the communities, as well as the partnerships with local leadership and federal government agencies. But with that success has come an increase in the number of run-ins with elephants, so the organization has trained community members to guard their homes and villages.“We can’t just have an increasing number of a wildlife and then a local community that’s not benefitting,” Sayer said.For example, smearing fences around crops with chili paste wards off hungry (and potentially destructive) elephants. And if the animals get too close to their homes or farms, trained guards use “chili blasters” to launch pepper-filled “bombs” to scare the elephants away without hurting them.“So far, it seems to be working very well,” Lubilo said.Staff from the Frankfurt Zoological Society address community members in the Nabwalya area. Image © Daniel Rosengren/FZS.Enforcement gainsCommunity scouts who are trained and outfitted by FZS also augment the force of government-employed wildlife police officers patrolling the park. At any given time, there are 10 to 12 teams of up to five wildlife police officers patrolling the park’s 4,636 square kilometers (1,790 square miles). They’re charged with keeping elephants and other wildlife — including Zambia’s only black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) — safe from poachers.“We don’t leave any gaps in the national park,” said Chidunuka, who oversees the teams.He said that FZS makes sure the officers are trained and well-resourced with the latest equipment and a unit of detection dogs that can alert their handlers to the presence of hidden ivory, rhino horns, bushmeat and ammunition. Scouts also capitalize on their connections in the communities, gathering intelligence on any potential poaching that might go on.The result for one of the country’s key elephant landscapes is clear, Chidunuka said: “North Luangwa National Park is the best protected national park in Zambia.” By 2016 and 2017, the number of elephants killed by poachers was cut roughly in half compared to 2014 and 2015.A ranger (scout) posing with two elephant collars, yet to be put on an elephant. Image © Daniel Rosengren/FZS.Another 150 or more officers patrol the buffer zones around the park in an effort to halt elephant poaching there as well. These areas saw a 50 percent decrease in the number of illegally killed elephants in 2018.The government, through concession holders on these state-owned game management areas, collects hefty fees from foreign hunters who come to legally shoot big game, of which about 30 percent ends up back in the hands of community resource boards.This income stream is critical to making the economics of conservation in the park and the broader ecosystem work out.“It’s a very good form of revenue for the community, and it is what makes these areas viable,” Sayer said. Money comes in from safari-goers snapping photographs too, albeit at a lower rate per visitor. For the communities, he added, “It’s important to have eggs in both baskets and diversify.”Aerial view of elephants in North Luangwa. Image © Daniel Rosengren/FZS.But, Sayer said, they’d like to see the communities get even more. Without tangible benefits reaching local communities, he added it’s unlikely that they could have reached such a formidable achievement in North Luangwa as knocking out poaching entirely — or that they’ll hold the line against poachers in the future.“Communities need to be integral to all decision making in their areas and be able to choose what forms of operation take place there,” Sayer said. ”They could be our number one asset.”The elephants that now romp through the savannas of North Luangwa unharried by poachers seem to indicate that the communities already are.Banner image of a group of elephants seen in a river at sunset in North Luangwa National Park, Zambia © Daniel Rosengren/FZS.CitationsAnon (1961). A Wildlife Policy for Northern Rhodesia. Ministry of Native Affairs, Lusaka.Caughley, G., & Goddard, J. (1975). Abundance and distribution of elephants in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. African Journal of Ecology, 13(1), 39-48. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2028.1975.tb00122.xChase, M. J., Schlossberg, S., Griffin, C. R., Bouché, P. J., Djene, S. W., Elkan, P. W., … & Omondi, P. (2016). Continent-wide survey reveals massive decline in African savannah elephants. PeerJ, 4, e2354. doi:10.7717/peerj.2354Chomba, C., Simukonda, C., Nyirenda, V., & Chisangano, F. (2012). Population status of the African elephant in Zambia. J Ecol Nat Environ, 4, 186-193. doi:10.5897/JENE11.142Department of National Parks and Wildlife. (2016). The 2015 Aerial Survey in Zambia. Population Estimates of African Elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Zambia. 1.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 John Cannoncenter_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