Broadcasting stint helps PBA hopeful Reyes understand game better

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “When I decided to enter the draft four months ago, I tried to get better every day. I wanted to focus on myself, get stronger, quicker, and better. I want to control the game better, be able to dictate the tempo, and just being a point guard out there.”Though the pain of his injuries may have hurt his career in the past, Reyes would rather look back at it as a blessing in disguise, pushing himself even harder to get to his goal.Reyes is leaving it all up to God, believing he has done all he could to achieve his dream of playing in the PBA.And if he gets called up on stage on Sunday, it would be the sweetest gift for his 26th birthday.“Butas ng karayom talaga itong dinadaanan namin. Kahit magtrabaho ka araw-araw, even if you don’t take a day off, di mo pa rin alam anong mangyayari,” he said. “I believe that I worked as hard as I can. Kumbaga, nilabas ko na lahat. Kung hindi man ako umabot, I know deep in my heart na magagamit ko pa rin yung mindset na yun for the future. Ganun naman ang buhay eh, wala ka namang alam. You just have to trust in God’s plan.”ADVERTISEMENT Reyes went to the commentary table and served as an analyst for two seasons in the NCAA, where he sat beside some of the country’s best basketball minds like Olsen Racela and Ronnie Magsanoc.“Malaking tulong para sa akin yun,” he said. “I met people who know the game. There were lots of information I had to process when I’m covering the games and nakita ko rin in third person yung nangyayari during the games. Mas naintindihan ko yung nga situations, so it’s really a big help for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentReyes has been inactive from competitive tournaments since suiting up for Foton in the PCBL. But it doesn’t mean that he has stayed away from the hardcourt as he kept himself fit and even trained with his friends from the commentary table and the press.Making the decision to join the Draft long before the other players have, Reyes was able to fully focus his efforts on improving his skills as a point guard, even shutting down his loud social media accounts to avoid distraction. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young PBA Draft Hopeful Mikee Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMikee Reyes has taken the unconventional route to the 2016 PBA Rookie Draft.Hampered by shoulder injuries during his time in University of the Philippines and was even crippled by an ACL injury after his collegiate career, the 5-foot-10 guard is eyeing to progress to the pro league in his own unique way.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Pocari turns back BaliPure, gains first place tie Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underwaylast_img read more

Mbala’s worth

first_imgView comments Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine With Mbala leading the charge, the Green Archers moved within a win away from clinching their ninth UAAP crown after subduing the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 67-65, last Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The 6-foot-7 Mbala averaged 20.6 points, 16 rebounds, 2.36 blocks, 1.2 assists and 1.4 steals in an elimination-round campaign where the Archers went 13-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliDespite finishing with 20 points and 16 boards in the finals opener, Mbala feels his game still has plenty of room for improvement.“I think I should be able to read the defense and make adjustments,” said Mbala. “I should be more aggressive and put the ball on the floor, just attack the rim instead of taking outside shots.” Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH It will be Teng’s fourth Mythical Five citation, after 2012, 2014 and 2015.He was also named the Finals MVP in 2013 when the Archers last claimed the UAAP crown.La Salle guard Aljun Melecio, who also played a key role with four triples in the Archers’ Game 1 victory, will receive the Rookie of the Year trophy, netting 36.57 SPs.Jerrick Ahanmisi was actually the league’s top rookie with 44.5 SPs, but he didn’t qualify for the award, having sat out a year after finishing high school in Sun Valley, California.The 5-foot-6 Melecio, a former NCAA juniors MVP, finished 23rd in the statistical race, after averaging 8.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.He succeeds teammate Andrei Caracut, who collected the award in Season 78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK Mbala will receive the MVP trophy before Game 2 tips off 4 p.m. tomorrow at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Joining Mbala, who collected 92.43 statistical points, in the mythical team, are fellow Green Archer Jeron Teng (57.33 SPs), Far Eastern University’s Raymar Jose (53.64 SPs), University of the Philippines’ Paul Desiderio (55.14 SPs) and Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena (49.14 SPs).Ravena actually finished sixth in the MVP race, but with the league only allowing one foreigner in the Mythical Five, Adamson University’s Cameroonian star Papi Sarr, who was second to Mbala in the MVP race, was bumped off from the list.League rules also state only one foreigner per team can be on the court at any time during the game.UP didn’t have a player in the Mythical Five until Desiderio’s inclusion this season, matching the feat of former Fighting Maroon Marvin Cruz in 2006.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ PH Int’l chess under way in Subic Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle’s Ben Mbala reacts during Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe only thing missing from De La Salle stalwart Ben Mbala’s spectacular debut season is the UAAP title.The UAAP yesterday confirmed the hulking Cameroonian as the league’s Most Valuable Player for Season 79, reinforcing the hype that came after his high-profile transfer from Southwestern University in Cebu three years ago.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Van Opstal sports silver hair: ‘They call me Jack Frost now’

first_imgView comments EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Arnold Van Opstal. PBA IMAGESHe may not have played in San Miguel’s 94-91 win over Mahindra on Sunday, but Arnold Van Opstal still turned heads while sitting on the bench with his peculiar new hairdo.Sporting a silverish purple mane that resembles that of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, the rookie didn’t escape the ribbing of his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT But don’t expect Van Opstal to settle for this silver mane, as he wonders what color would he be sporting next, the same way NBA legend Dennis Rodman did before.“It’s permanent but it will change. Next game it will be red, then maybe blue, then next game green and red at the same time for Christmas,” he said. “If you guys like it, I’ll keep it interesting.”San Miguel players haven’t shied away from coloring their hair, with June Mar Fajardo notably going blonde back in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT AMA to select 1st, Tanduay 2nd in PBA D-League Draftcenter_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 Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “They all like it, they are making fun at me at first, but they are all nice guys,” he said, as fellow Beermen also didn’t waste time christening him with a new nickname.“My nickname is Jack Frost. They call me Jack Frost now,” the 6-foot-7 big man shared, alluding to the comic book superhero who is a part of Liberty Legion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliVan Opstal explained his change of look isn’t an initiation in any way or form, but rather, a spur of the moment as he decided to color his hair last week.“I just felt doing it. I just want to do it, so I did it,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

NBA: Clippers’ Griffin to have knee surgery

first_imgWe are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Griffin has struggled recently with left calf and knee soreness. He played 38 minutes in the Clippers’ 117-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday, posting 26 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. But he scored no points in the fourth quarter.Griffin sat out a game on December 10 against the New Orleans Pelicans due to right knee soreness. He has scored 20 or more points in the four NBA games since. CBBFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali MOST READ Lions fit to repeat Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments 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 Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers posts up James Johnson #16 of the Miami Heat during a game at American Airlines Arena on December 16, 2016, in Miami, Florida. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Los Angeles Clippers player Blake Griffin will undergo surgery on his right knee this week and is expected to be sidelined until at least January.The Clippers announced Monday that the arthroscopic procedure would remove loose material from his knee and added the 27-year-old Griffin is expected to miss three to six weeks.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Massive loss of mammal species in Atlantic Forest since the 1500s

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 Agriculture, Animals, Atlantic Forest, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Camera Trapping, Cats, Conservation, Deforestation, Ecological Restoration, Ecology, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Forests, Hunting, Logging, Mammals, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Research, Restoration, Threats To Rainforests, Timber, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation A new study examined the loss of mammal species in the Atlantic Forest, which is currently only about 13 percent of its historical size.Forest clearing for agriculture, along with hunting, has cut the number of species living at specific sites throughout the forest by an average of more than 70 percent.The researchers call for increased restoration efforts in the Atlantic Forest to provide habitat and allow the recovery of these species. South America’s Atlantic Forest was once home to an “exuberant … megadiverse” swath of animal and plant life, according to ecologist Juliano Bogoni. But in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE on Sept. 25, Bogoni and his colleagues report that the forest’s collision with humans over the past 500 years has dramatically cut through its mammal populations.“We documented thousands of local extinctions,” Bogoni, the paper’s lead author and currently a post-doctoral scholar at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, said in an email to Mongabay.A stream in the Atlantic Forest. Image by Juliano A. Bogoni/University of São Paulo.Once stretching from the coast up to mountains topping out above 3,000 meters (9,800 feet) in southeastern Brazil, the tropical Atlantic Forest has dwindled from 1.1 million square kilometers (425,000 square miles) to just 143,000 square kilometers (55,000 square miles) as people have cleared away the trees for timber and agriculture and to make room for human settlements. That loss and splintering of habitat, combined with relentless hunting, has driven down the numbers of many mammal species, especially large and medium-sized ones, and biologists have taken note in dozens of studies in parts of the Atlantic Forest.What’s more, we humans have concentrated our farming and hunting in the low-lying areas, which once held greater densities of mammal species than the higher-elevation areas of the Atlantic Forest.“The historical pressure on those landscapes has been huge,” said co-author Carlos Peres, a conservation biologist at the University of East Anglia, where Bogoni earned his doctorate.A camera trap photograph of an ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). Image by Juliano A. Bogoni/University of São Paulo.Until now, however, no one had looked at the entire Atlantic Forest biome to assess the scale of the hemorrhage of mammal species. So Bogoni set out to pull together the data from those localized studies, examining nearly 500 different sets, or “assemblages,” of species throughout the Atlantic Forest. At each site, he and his colleagues compared the sets of mammal species currently present, taken from research from the past 30 years, with those found around the time of Europeans’ arrival in the region about 500 years ago.The team found that, while no single mammal went completely extinct from the entire forest, an average of more than 70 percent of the species disappeared from each of these assemblages.High grasslands in Brazil. Image by Juliano A. Bogoni/University of São Paulo.The researchers also looked beyond species diversity, incorporating analyses of how human activity affected species grouped by their functions in the ecosystem. Larger mammals were more likely to be extirpated, probably because they’re favored by hunters and are slower to reproduce than smaller animals, Peres said.The effects of the loss of these important species could ripple through the ecosystem, Bogoni said, throwing off the forest’s ability to regenerate. Larger herbivores play crucial roles as seed dispersers. And the loss of large predators, such as jaguars, could mean that plant eaters, such as capybaras, aren’t kept in check.“A Margay” — a small wild cat — “is [not] able to prey [on] a Capybara,” Bogoni said. “Thus, Capybara can increase their population numbers (uncontrollably until they succumb for other reasons).”A southern muriqui (Brachyteles arachnoides). Image by Mariana Landis/University of São Paulo.In the Amazon, curbing deforestation to save the remaining primary forest is a major priority. But the goals are different for the Atlantic Forest, Bogoni said.“We’re not talking about slowing down deforestation because pretty much there isn’t anything else to cut down,” Peres said. “All of the attractive forests have already been hammered.”Peres called for ramped-up restoration efforts throughout the Atlantic Forest. Restoration can be costly, requires the will of political leaders, and can have mixed results. Still, it’s worth the effort, Peres said.“This is the right time to start clawing back those bits of nature,” he said. “If you create the habitat, the animals will come.”Banner image of a southern muriqui (Brachyteles arachnoides) by Mariana Landis/University of São Paulo. John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitation Bogoni, J. A., Pires, J. S. R., Graipel, M. E., Peroni, N., & Peres, C. A. (2018). Wish you were here: How defaunated is the Atlantic Forest biome of its medium- to large-bodied mammal fauna? PLOS ONE, 13(9), e0204515.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 Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Cocaine blamed for rising deforestation in Peru’s Bahuaja-Sonene National Park

first_imgAgriculture, coca plantations, Coffee, Deforestation, Drug Trade, Environment, Featured, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Illegal Logging, National Parks, Places to Watch, Protected Areas Article published by Morgan Erickson-Davis The cultivation of coca is a burgeoning business in southern Peru, where even forests in protected area are being cleared to make room for coca fields.Coca is the plant from which cocaine is produced and is a more lucrative and dependable crop than coffee, which has been a staple crop in the region for years.Satellite data and a survey by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) show increased clearing in and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park due primarily to coca farming. The burned forest and coca crops that have dominated the landscape along the road for the past two hours are gradually being transformed into coffee plantations. These are the last plantations left in San Lorenzo de Palmerani, which lies east of the Putina Punco district. Simón* is a coffee farmer who continues to bet on a crop that grows in the middle of an ecological paradise – between the Peruvian Bahuaja-Sonene and Bolivian Madidi national parks – but is haunted by drug trafficking. This corner where Simón lives in the Puno jungle is one of the last bastions of legality left in the Sandia valley.To get to this district, a rugged terrain must be crossed where thin passes and crevasses are typical along the way to the jungle. The journey that supposed to take eight hours took much longer when there was no road. The reward, however, has always been high-quality coffee plantations that grow at more than 1,500 meters above sea level, where the climate is ideal for this crop.Coffee plantations have been retreating in the wake of an aggressive advance of coca crops. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.Simón has just returned from the forest to check his crops. He notes that he is happy, as they are becoming fuller, which is how he usually refers to crops that grow at a good pace. There have been heavy rains since November and Simón prepares coffee to receive visitors.“We have learned to grind [the coffee beans] to see if we can give it some added value, because what they pay us now is no longer enough,” he says. In the last year, the price of 46 kilograms of coffee fell to just over $91, which is a big difference compared to the 1990s, when, according to Simón, “they were paid [$182 per 46 kilograms], not counting the [profits] that the cooperatives gave.”Last May, Mongabay Latam reported on the organic coffee crisis in Putina Punco, an emblematic area home to Tunki coffee, award winner of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. But the region has now been taken over by the coca crops – from which cocaine is produced – that feed the illegal drug trafficking business.The problem continues to worsen, as confirmed by satellite data analyzed by the University of Maryland. These data, visualized as deforestation alerts on the forest monitoring platform Global Forest Watch, indicate that Bahuaja-Sonene National Park is not only surrounded by increasing forest loss from coca cultivation, but that this activity is increasing within the park itself.Areas of rainforest have been replaced by coca crops in the protected area of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.Increase in drug traffickingIn addition to crops both surrounding and invading Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, there are also cocaine processing facilities, paste production laboratories, and clandestine airstrips where small Bolivian planes have the capacity to transport up to 300 kilograms of the alkaloid at a time, according to intelligence data from the Peruvian Air Force.Satellite data from the University of Maryland’s Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) lab indicate the situation has deteriorated in recent months. The GLAD lab recorded at least 880 human-caused deforestation alerts in Bahuaja-Sonene National Park between July and the end of October.Satellite data from the Global Land Analysis and Discovery Lab at the University of Maryland show recent incursions into Bahuaja-Sonene National Park.Deforestation within the park also coincides with the area occupied by the Colorado hamlet, a human settlement adjacent to the southern part of the protected area. Its inhabitants claim that they should remain there, since they were living on the land before the protected area was created. Peru’s National Service of Natural Areas Protected (Sernanp) considers their actions illegal, since law prohibits any form of deforestation within national parks.Although Sernanp claims that the deforestation caused by this hamlet represents less than 1 percent of the park – the protected area covers 1,091,416 hectares in total – more coca fields, laboratories, and clandestine tracks have been established in this sector than in any other.The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) recently published its annual Coca Cultivation Survey that found deforestation was higher in 2017 than in the year prior. According to the survey, 193 hectares were deforested by illegal crops in Bahuaja-Sonene National Park in 2017, compared with 118 hectares in 2016. Sernanp rangers, who are constantly monitoring, say the figure is yet higher this year: 473 hectares (roughly five square kilometers). The UNODC survey shows that coca cultivation now occupies 3,147 hectares in the park’s protected area, an increase of approximately 1,000 hectares over 2017.Kristian Hölge , representative of the UNODC Office for Peru and Ecuador, noted that the entire Puno jungle comprising the valleys of Tambopata (where Putina Punco is located) and Inambari is “one of the main growth centers of the coca frontier. In the last report, UNODC calculates that between the two valleys there are 5,310 hectares of coca leaf plantations. We know that this growth responds to the market demand for coca leaf and by-products from the border area, particularly with Bolivia. This, together with the existing problems of accessibility to address the problem, makes this trend even more worrisome.”Remains of burnt forest lie beneath young coca bushes in the Tambopata basin, in the protected area of Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.Biologist and ecologist Ernesto Ráez Luna recalled that there was a successful coffee program in the 1990s. However, according to Ráez Luna, the project did not evolve despite being a good alternative to deforestation activities within the park.“There is a combination of factors that are beginning to create problems, such as the lack of soil management so that the land does not wear out and continues to produce,” Ráez Luna said.Ráez Luna added that the project collapsed when the price of coffee began to fall and productivity began to decline due to poor soil quality. He said coffee rust, a disease caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix, was the nail in the coffin and shifted grower focus to coca crops.A lost battle?Simón slowly sipped his steaming coffee from an earthenware cup. “There is Madidi and a little further on is Bahuaja Park,” he said, pointing in the direction of the other side of the mountains covered by rain-filled clouds.“When I was a child, this was all coffee,” Simón said. “My father sent me 50 years ago with the donkey from Sandia to Putina to bring groceries and coffee sacks. The workers lined up to work on the farm to work on a daily basis.”What he liked best was the red color of the ripe coffee. When he was 24 years old, he bought six hectares of land, planted coffee plantations and built his house nearby to watch them grow. But in 2012, the rust plague wiped out everything in its path. Simón was left with only one hectare from which he was lucky enough to produce around 720 kilograms of coffee beans this year.“That is why many have become discouraged – even I did,” he said.After the coffee growers of Putina Punco became discouraged, coca plantations started to appear. Unlike coffee that has one annual harvest, coca has four.“The weakest [coca] farmer has one hectare, the average is five to five,” said a local technical agronomist who, for security reasons, preferred not to reveal his name.The months of greatest deforestation occur during the driest part of the year between July and September. The forest is cut down and burned and then coca seeds are planted. Photo by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.On average, one hectare of coca can produce between 1,200 and 1,800 kilograms of coca leaf, according to the inhabitants of Putina Punco. Calculations from UNODC are more optimistic and indicate 2,415 kilograms can be obtained from each hectare. Growers are able to make more money per kilogram of coca than coffee, which further incentivizes the crop.According to Jorge Turpo, head of the Specialty Coffee project of the Putina Punco municipality, only 15 percent remain of the 5,000 producers who once worked in the area.“Those who remain, from young adults to older adults, do not have the level of production as before 2012,” said Hernán Tito of the Central Agricultural Cooperative of the Valleys of Sandia (CECOVASA). He said the reason for this decline is a lack of workers. The daily wage for those working in coca extraction is around $40, while coffee workers earn between $9 and $11 per day.A glance around the area seems to reveal the trappings of an influx of wealth and burgeoning industry: upscale houses are under construction, new trucks drive up and down the road.A man from one of the new trucks greets Tito. “He’s my cousin,” Tito says. “He got involved in cultivating coca last year and bought his truck after three harvests.”A pending debtMatilde* has been getting up very early for 42 years, looking out of her window at the majesty of nearby Madidi National Park. Few people are lucky enough to live in front of such a biodiverse national park. She was 18 years old when she arrived at the Miraflores Lanza area, which is located in the Miraflores Lanza basin, two hours from the center of Putina Punco. The coffee producer said that since last year the wooded hill where she lives, located on the Peruvian side but adjacent to the Bolivian park, has begun to gradually run out of forest. She said logging ramped up in 2018, recalling how five hectares were cut down and burned to plant coca seeds right in front of her farm.“My neighbors ask me when I’m going to get into coca, but I haven’t dared,” she said.Matilde’s farm in Miraflores borders Bolivia’s Madidi National Park. New coca cultivation has begun close to the protected area and her farm. Photo by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.According to agrarian experts in the area, deforestation begins with the clearing of small weeds, branches and leaves between July and September. After this, trees are cut down. Farmers say that in primary forest, they fell trees like walnut and wild cedar that have trucks up to a meter in diameter.After clearing forest, farmers wait a couple months so that the summer heat can dry out the felled land before setting controlled burns. Then the coca seeds are planted. In less than six months, it will be time for the first coca leaf harvest.“When the land is deforested, we are eliminating both trees and fauna, interspecific associations and habitats,” said UNODC representative Kristian Hölge. “Coca, like other monocultures, acidifies the soil, reducing the level of nutrients. The recovery of these soils is a slow process, though it can be effective as long as coca is not replaced by another monoculture.”Sernanp officials say they are working to stem encroachment into the park.“There is political will to remove the illegal [encroachment] from the park and we are working to make this a reality as soon as possible,” Sernanp head Pedro Gamboa told Mongabay. He also commented that Bahuaja-Sonene is a priority and that intelligence operations are being conducted in order to carry this out effectively.Recently deforested land in the Miraflores area. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.Gamboa said the current situation is different than in years prior, explaining “there is close coordination” with the authorities responsible for carrying out interventions, such as the Ministry of the Interior and the Anti-Drug Directorate of Peru’s National Police. However, he was unable to confirm whether these actions will happen in 2019.Hölge believes that planning is the key to addressing the problem.“Analyzing deforestation in a coca-growing area has much greater scope than combating drug trafficking,” she said. “This is directly linked to people’s quality of life and the creation of adequate conditions to generate well-being among the population, especially in the most remote areas. A comprehensive State intervention must be applied.”A coffee farmer looks at her crops in the Alto Azata area. Few farmers remain in the coffee business after the rust epidemic affected crops and lucrative coca entered the scene. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.As night fell, trucks began to appear more frequently to collect the coca leaf harvests the farmers leave on the side of the road.“This is washing time,” said a local source. This is the term used for processing cocaine paste in laboratories that are farther away from the city and closer to the park. It is also the time when brothels receive more customers. The forest is not the only thing that has changed in Putina Punco.The survivorsSimón’s discouragement following the decline in coffee has not led him to cultivate coca. Rather, the crisis filled him with more hope and more expectation for the arrival of change in the area. Diversifying his production has helped him to survive, and he is cultivating crops like cocoa that are doing much better.As the rain fades in Miraflores and forested mountains materialize from the clouds, patches of deforested land can be seen close to the mountains on the Peruvian side.“Few people now have land to cultivate food crops; everyone prefers to use it for coca,” Hernán Tito said.Some areas of primary rainforest have been replaced by coca crops in Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.Simón looked out at the fields and lowered his head.“I have told the young people in the assembly not to cultivate so much coca; at least grow some coffee,” he said. “Or if you have coca, stop cutting down trees – what you have is enough.” As he holds a cup of coffee in his hands, he turns to his young plants and looks at them with hope. “We now have a good reputation for growing great coffee thanks to Tunki coffee and we have a responsibility to continue this. “That is why I must grow coffee until I die. It is my symbol,” he said, a symbol he does not intend to lose. This is a translated version of a story that was first published in Spanish on December 21, 2018. *Names have been changed to ensure the safety of those interviewed for this story. 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 Cover image: Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam.Editor’s Note: This story was powered by Places to Watch, a Global Forest Watch (GFW) initiative designed to quickly identify concerning forest loss around the world and catalyze further investigation of these areas. Places to Watch draws on a combination of near-real-time satellite data, automated algorithms and field intelligence to identify new areas on a monthly basis. In partnership with Mongabay, GFW is supporting data-driven journalism by providing data and maps generated by Places to Watch. Mongabay maintains complete editorial independence over the stories reported using this data.Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.This article was first published by Mongabay Latam. Translation by Sydney Sims.last_img read more

Chinese ‘Queen of Ivory’ sentenced to 15 years in jail for tusk trafficking

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Ivory, Ivory Trade, Mammals, Poachers, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Tanzania has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese national dubbed the “Queen of Ivory,” to 15 years in prison for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 African elephants over several years.Yang, 69, was arrested in 2015, along with two Tanzanian men, and charged with trafficking 860 ivory pieces, which according to authorities were worth at least $5.6 million.On Feb. 19, a court convicted the three of organizing a criminal syndicate and sentenced them to 15 years each. It also ordered them to pay a fine double the market value of the ivory they were accused of smuggling, or face an additional two years in prison for failing to do so.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a press conference that China would support Tanzania’s investigation and handling of the case. A Tanzanian court has sentenced Yang Fenglan, a Chinese national dubbed the “Queen of Ivory,” to 15 years in prison for smuggling the tusks of more than 350 African elephants over several years.Yang, 69, was arrested in 2015 and charged with trafficking 860 ivory pieces, which, according to authorities, were worth at least $5.6 million. Two Tanzanian men, Salivius Matembo and Manase Philemon, were arrested along with her. All three denied the charges.On Feb. 19, a court convicted the three of organizing, managing and financing a criminal syndicate and sentenced them to 15 years each, Reuters reported. They were also ordered to pay a fine double the market value of the ivory they were convicted of smuggling, or face an additional two years in prison for failing to do so. All three have filed an appeal against the ruling, according to local media reports.Yang Feng Glan: ‘Queen of #Ivory’ jailed for 15 years in Tanzania @CNN https://t.co/ZeV93dIsAO pic.twitter.com/bl3cEVomu0— WildAid (@WildAid) February 20, 2019For now, though, conservationists have welcomed the conviction.“This long awaited verdict signals a renewed impetus by the Tanzanian authorities to tackle head-on the poaching of elephants and ending the illegal trade in ivory,” Amani Ngusaru, WWF country director for Tanzania, said in a statement. “We commend the coordination between Tanzanian law enforcement particularly the police and intelligence agencies as well as the criminal justice system for successfully securing a conviction in this landmark case. Looking forward, this ruling gives a morale boost to our men and women working in the frontlines of protecting our natural capital.”In an interview with China Daily in 2014, Yang said she had come to live in Tanzania from Beijing in the 1970s. She learned Swahili and worked as a translator for the China-funded Tanzania-Zambia Railway project. Later, she opened a Chinese restaurant in Dar-es-Salaam, and started an investment company called Beijing Great Wall Investment.Local authorities have maintained that Yang is a key link in the illegal ivory trade between Africa and China.In a press conference on Feb. 20, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China would not protect illegal activities carried out by its citizens, and supported Tanzania’s investigation and handling of the case. “China is willing to continue to contribute to the protection of endangered wildlife and the suppression of illegal trade, together with the international community including Tanzania,” Geng said.Tanzania, an elephant poaching hotspot, lost 60 percent of its elephants from 2009 to 2014.Banner image of African elephants in Tanzania by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.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

Beermen return to Finals

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Global, Ceres kick off Drive 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 “It won’t be an easy series,” he went on. “Star is getting better and Ginebra, because of the experience of Tim Cone, will be very tough. Come the series, it will be a war.”June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos scored 22 points each and both completed double-doubles with 19 and 13 rebounds, respectively.TNT groped for form the entire night after Jason Castro, the best point guard in Asia, was forced to sit out the game because of a left hamstring pull. The others in the lineup simply struggled to fill in the void, with Larry Fonacier shooting 14 points off the bench to lead the Texters.In complete contrast, Fajardo and Santos got all the support they needed as Chris Ross also finished with a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists, having a lot of leeway for not needing to play defense on Castro.ADVERTISEMENT June Mar Fajardo of SMB protects the ball against hard-nosed Moala Tautuaa of TNT in Game 7 of their Final Four series on Monday at MoA Arena. —AUGUST DELA CRUZSan Miguel Beer remained perfect in Game 7s under Leo Austria and both players and coach will come into a series they have never been beaten before ever since their union three seasons ago.The Beermen took command late in the first period and cruised to a 96-83 decision of undermanned TNT KaTropa at Mall of Asia Arena on Monday night to earn a third successive trip to the PBA Philippine Cup title series and the chance to extend their reign as kings of the season’s most prestigious conference.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments LATEST STORIES “We hope to continue doing it,” Austria said as he guns for a third straight all-Filipino crown starting this Friday against a yet to be determined foe, whom he feels will make their umbrella company the big winner whatever happens.“Kahit sino sa kanila,” Austria said, referring to sister teams Star and Barangay Ginebra, which will play Game 7 of their Final Four series Tuesday at 7 p.m. also at the Pasay venue. “We’re just glad because whoever wins [that series], San Miguel (the company) will still be the winner.”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 returnAustria will also be shooting for a win that will put him in distinguished company as there have only been three coaches who have won the all-Filipino at least three times—the late great Baby Dalupan, Chot Reyes and 1989 Grand Slam champion Norman Black.But Austria knows that, sister team or not, the coming best-of-seven series will be a war, “because there is so much pride in all of [San Miguel’s] teams [in the PBA].” Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILGlast_img read more

‘Ferocious’ Rhodes ready for challenge with Beermen

first_img“He has good credentials in college and he is number one in blocks among imports during his stint in the Korean league so he is really defensive-minded,” Austria said.The 31-year-old Rhodes describes himself as “ferocious” and “passionate.”Whether Rhodes likes it or not, there is pressure on him to deliver as he joins a team which is fresh off its fourth title in the last seven conferences.Rhodes, though, isn’t backing down from the challenge.“The bar is high for any team I would’ve played in the Philippines. This is a place I always wanted to play in, so wherever I would’ve gone to, I was going to give my hundred percent.”ADVERTISEMENT Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Charles Rhodes joins the San Miguel Beermen. Photo Mark GiongcoCharles Rhodes visited the Philippines last year for vacation and he knew he had to return.Rhodes was back in Manila early Wednesday morning and he intends to stay long as San Miguel’s import in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Cruz, Chongson rue Tanduay’s inconsistency ahead of playoffs “I came here on a vacation last year and I watched a few games and I just loved the fans, and I love how they love basketball. I really love it out here, and I’m glad I’m a part of it right now,” said Rhodes, who joined the Beermen during their victory party at Robinson’s Magnolia three days after winning the Philippine Cup for the third straight season.The former Mississippi State slotman last saw action in the Korean Basketball League.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 returnSan Miguel head coach Leo Austria said he was “very impressed” with Rhodes after seeing full game videos.Austria thinks Rhodes will be a big help to the Beermen on the defensive end. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezonlast_img read more

Heat stay alive with overtime win over Cavs

first_imgMiami Heat players celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 in overtime during an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)The Miami Heat kept their NBA playoff hopes alive Monday with a 124-121 overtime victory over Cleveland that dropped the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers to second in the Eastern Conference.The Cavs, locked in a duel with the Boston Celtics for the top seed in the East, nevertheless rested stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Miami.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test LATEST STORIES On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely They suffered their second overtime defeat in as many days, having squandered a 26-point fourth-quarter lead in a stunning loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Against the Heat they took a 91-80 lead into the fourth, but Miami stormed back to force overtime and claim the win.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 returnTyler Johnson had 24 points and Hassan Whiteside added 23 and 18 rebounds as the Heat snapped a three-game home losing streak.Deron Williams, starting at point guard in place of Irving, led Cleveland with 35 points. Kevin Love added 25 with 10 rebounds before he fouled out with 34 seconds left in overtime. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out 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 Robin Lopez scored 18 points and Jimmy Butler and Jerian Grant had 17 apiece to pace the Bulls. Nikola Mirotic added 16 points and veteran Dwyane Wade chipped in 13 as Chicago won by their biggest margin of the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blatche to play for Gilas in SEABA tilt, says team manager Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos With the Celtics beating the Brooklyn Nets 114-105, the defeat dropped the Cavs one game behind Boston for first place in the conference.For the Heat, the victory means they will be fighting with the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls for the last two playoff spots in the East when the regular season concludes on Wednesday.The Pacers, with 27 points from Paul George, defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 120-111 on Monday and lie second in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls crushed the Orlando Magic 122-75 and at 40-41 have the same record as Miami with one game remaining for each.But Chicago own the tiebreaker, so if they finish with the same record as the Heat the Bulls will claim the eighth and final playoff spot.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more