Round 1: Vargas starts things off against Pacquiao

first_imgValdez stops Osawa in 7th round to retain WBO title 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Boxers Manny Pacquiao, Philippines, and Jessie Vargas, USA, pose together during their official weigh-in at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 4, 2016.Pacquiao will challenge Vargas for the WBO Welterweight Title Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIChampion Jessie Vargas was the first to assert his offense as the challenger Manny Pacquiao returns to boxing after he announced his retirement back in April.Vargas used his reach advantage over the shorter Pacquiao at Thomas & Mack Center to start things off in the fight for the WBO World welterweight championship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

F2 Logistics takes 3rd place, nips Generika

first_imgAra Galang defense keeps the ball for F2 as team mate Abbt marano, Kim Fajardo and Import Sydney Kemper looks over. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOF2 Logistics woke up from the wrong side of the bed but still ended up better than Generika, 25-17, 27-25, 25-19, 25-14, Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Arena.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said his wards were “too tired” because of the succession of games, but was grateful they eked out their sixth win in nine matches.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK We are young 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 MOST READ The win allowed the Cargo Movers to take solo third place and within striking distance of outright semifinal slot.Hayley Spelman and Ara Galang accounted for 15 points each,w hile Sydney Kemper helped up with 13 markers for F2 Logistics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Life Savers absorbed their 9th defeat in as many game despite double-digit outputs of Polina Liutikova, Darlene Ramdin and Shaya Adorador. Liutikova had 15, while Ramdinand Adorador made 11 and 10, respectively.The only winless club in the league managed to win a set and for a brief moment appeared to have a shot at the match. But Aby Marano and Spelma closed down the lanes with three blocks each to nip the rally in the bud. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tough battle ahead as UAAP Final Four begins Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo, UST stake crown in UAAP Season 79 judo

first_imgUST, which defeated University of the East via a large margin last season, is tipped to win in the distaff side.In the juniors division, the Tiger Cubs, who dethroned the Blue Eaglets in the boys division last season, will enter the two-day event as heavy favorites.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentUST guns for a second straight title in the girls division, which is a demonstration event last year.The juniors’ matches will be held in the morning, while the seniors’ bouts will be played in the afternoon. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alapag enjoying mentoring Meralco’s young guys as skills coach Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ateneo tries to defend the men’s crown while University of Santo Tomas seeks a three-peat in the women’s division as the UAAP judo championship opens Saturday at the Sports Pavilion inside De La Salle-Zobel campus in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa.The Blue Eagles are expected to face a stiff competition from the Growling Tigers, who ruled the event two years ago.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 FUND View comments EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

Flashing lights ward off livestock-hunting pumas in northern Chile

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 A new paper reports that Foxlights, a brand of portable, intermittently flashing lights, kept pumas away from herds of alpacas and llamas during a recent calving season in northern Chile.Herds without the lights nearby lost seven animals during the four-month study period.The research used a “crossover” design, in which the herds without the lights at the beginning of the experiment had them installed halfway through, removing the possibility that the herds were protected by their locations and not the lights themselves. Pulsating lights placed around llama and alpaca herds warded off puma attacks during a recent experiment in Chile, suggesting the method might help avert conflict between herders and dwindling populations of the predator.“The implications are huge,” Omar Ohrens, a postdoctoral scholar in environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and lead author of a study on the findings, said in an interview.The landscape of the Andean Plateau in Chile, with the village of Chulluncane in the foreground. Image by Omar Ohrens.In the study by Ohrens and his colleagues published online Jan. 3 in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, pumas left herds alone that had Foxlights set up close to the llamas and alpacas’ sleeping areas during a recent four-month calving season. During the same period, cats killed seven animals from herds that did not have the lights, which blink in a random pattern designed to mimic a person walking with a flashlight and other human activity.The puma (Puma concolor) is a critical part of the ecology of the high plains of the Andean Plateau, also called the Altiplano, of northern Chile. Such large predators regulate the number of herbivores on the landscape, keeping the entire ecosystem in balance.But when mountain lions pick off livestock, it threatens the livelihoods of the people who depend on that resource. In a 2016 study, Ohrens and his colleagues reported that pastoralists in this part of Chile estimate they lose 10 percent of their animals each year to pumas.A puma track spotted near the study site. Image by Omar Ohrens.The pumas, too, are at risk following these incidents, as herders look to eliminate the threat. But research has shown that killing a predator suspected of targeting livestock doesn’t always work, Ohrens said. What’s more, his earlier surveys of the Aymara llama and alpaca herders of the Altiplano revealed that most people didn’t want to kill pumas. That led Ohrens to find a way to identify and test a potential, non-lethal solution to this problem.In the planning stages of this study, he asked the herders themselves to choose from a variety of potential non-lethal deterrents, and they settled on Foxlights. Developed in Australia to keep young lambs safe from foxes, Foxlights also fit the grasslands of northern Chile. The wide-open plains of the Altiplano allow for the lights to be seen from as far away as 1.6 kilometers (1 mile), according to the manufacturer. And the sunlight that bathes the plateau, which sits between 3,000 and 5,500 meters (9,800 and 18,000 feet) above sea level, can recharge the lights’ batteries during the day.Researchers set up a camera trap near the study site. Image by Omar Ohrens.During the calving season in late 2016 and early 2017, Ohrens and his teammates compared the incidence of livestock kills in herds with lights installed nearby to deaths in herds without them.To make sure that they weren’t just witnessing a single puma zero in on herds without lights — an unlikely, but possible, situation given the large home ranges of pumas, the authors write — they set up camera traps around the herds of the 11 farmers who were part of the study. The images confirmed that at least three different cats were in the area.In a twist, Ohrens found that the lights did not spook off Andean foxes (Lycalopex culpaeus) going after young lambs. That didn’t come as a shock to Ohrens, who has worked in this part of his native Chile for seven years.Villablanca Lagoon and Sillajuay Mountain in the Andean Plateau. Image by Omar Ohrens.“What I’ve seen is that Andean foxes are not very scared of humans — they can get pretty close and even take food from people’s hands,” he said in a statement. “So they’re not going to be scared by lights that simulate human activity.”To further bolster the study’s rigor, the team also moved the lights partway through the experiment from the herds that had them at the beginning of the study to the ones that didn’t. They got similar results, demonstrating that the location of the herds didn’t determine whether the lights were effective.“That’s why this study is so important,” Adrian Treves, a co-author of the study and professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, said in the statement. “Omar’s study shows that non-lethal methods have been proven effective in multiple settings with different livestock and carnivores.”Banner image of study participants setting up a Foxlight next to a livestock sleeping site by Omar Ohrens. John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCorrection: An earlier version of this article misstated the study site location. It took place in northern, not southern, Chile.Ohrens, O., Bonacic, C., & Treves, A. (2019). Non-lethal defense of livestock against predators: flashing lights deter puma attacks in Chile. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.Ohrens, O., Treves, A., & Bonacic, C. (2016). Relationship between rural depopulation and puma-human conflict in the high Andes of Chile. Environmental Conservation, 43(1), 24-33.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. Animal Behavior, Animals, Big Cats, Camera Trapping, Carnivores, Cats, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Ecology, Environment, Grasslands, Human-wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Indigenous Peoples, Livestock, low-tech, Mammals, Mountains, Predators, Research, Technology, Top Predators, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildtech center_img Article published by John Cannonlast_img read more

Primates lose ground to surging commodity production in their habitats

first_imgArticle published by John Cannon 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 “Forest risk” commodities, such as beef, palm oil, and fossil fuels, led to a significant proportion of the 1.8 million square kilometers (695,000 square miles) of forest that was cleared between 2001 and 2017 — an area almost the size of Mexico.A previous study found that 60 percent of primates face extinction and 75 percent of species’ numbers are declining.The authors say that addressing the loss of primate habitat due to the production of commodities is possible, though it will require a global effort to “green” the international trade in these commodities. The global trade of products that come at the expense of tropical forest is driving many primate species closer to extinction, a new study suggests.The research, published June 17 in the journal PeerJ, found that the production or extraction of these “forest risk” commodities, such as beef, palm oil, and fossil fuels, led to a significant proportion of the 1.8 million square kilometers (695,000 square miles) of forest that was cleared between 2001 and 2017 — an area almost the size of Mexico.“The consequences of [harvesting] these resources is that they result in the permanent deforestation and conversion of forested habitats into monocultures, pastures, degraded and polluted habitats,” Paul Garber, one of the paper’s co-authors and a primatologist at the University of Illinois, said in a video abstract. “If we look at the 15 primate-richest countries in the world, by the end of this century, if we don’t change business as usual, 80 to 100 percent of the primate species in those countries will be threatened with extinction or be extinct.”A Bornean orangutan in Malaysia. Image by John C. Cannon/Mongabay.In a previous study, Garber and his colleagues found that 60 percent of primate species worldwide are threatened with extinction and that 75 percent of species’ numbers are declining. For this research, the team compared those figures with surges in trade in regions where primates live and data on forest loss.“There’s been an increase of about 300 percent across all of these four areas in commodities trade over the last 15 years,” Garber said. But, he added, the commodities driving the loss of forests, as well as the impacts that growing or extracting them had, vary from region to region.In Southeast Asia, for example, the production of commodities like palm oil and rubber led to nearly half of all deforestation. In Mexico and Central and South America, soy and beef were responsible for about a quarter of forest loss.Photos of selected primate species impacted by forest loss and degradation resulting from the production of forest-risk commodities. Image © 2019 Estrada et al. From top left, Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygameus), Borneo, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay; western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), Gabon, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay; Indochinese lutung (Trachypithecus germaini), Cambodia, by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay; white-headed langur (Trachypithecus poliocephalus), China, by P. A. Garber; black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata), Madagascar, by S. Johnson; and black howler monkey (Alouatta pigra), Mexico, by S. Van Belle.South Asia had a similar amount of its deforestation — 26 percent — as a result of the push for commodities, though in that part of the world, fossil fuels and gemstone mining played the most significant roles. In Africa, 7 percent of deforestation occurred due to tradeable commodities, mainly the extraction of minerals and fossil fuels.Nearly all of the demand for these goods came from just 10 countries, Garber said. Among the top importers of these goods are the United States, China, Japan and Switzerland; the U.S. and China were the destinations for 58 percent of these forest-risk exports.Garber called primates the “canary in the coal mine,” and the authors say the places where these primates live need to be protected for their sakes as well as our own.A chimpanzee in Uganda. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.“Primates and their habitats are a vital component of the world’s natural heritage and culture,” Alejandro Estrada, the study’s first author and a primatologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said in a statement. “[A]s our closest living biological relatives, nonhuman primates deserve our full attention, concern, and support for their conservation and survivorship.”Garber added, “It comes at a great cost to the environment and people living in these primate habitat countries who are still relatively poor, food insecure, they have income inequality, and there’s still political instability in these countries.”The authors say the international community needs to come together through a set of international agreements to overhaul how these products — which end up in supermarkets, gas stations and shops in consumer countries — are harvested, arguing that we must trade “green.”Image © 2019 Estrada et al.“What we mean by that is that the cost of a product needs to include the environmental cost of production,” Garber said, “and then those funds need to [be] put into an international fund that can be used to try to mitigate some of the problems.”Without such global action, the team writes, more species will continue to fall under the specter of the threat of extinction or be wiped out entirely.“We have a window of time to change our behavior, but that requires leadership and a set of people worldwide who can help direct this effort,” Garber said. “It cannot be done by any one country. It’s not the fault of any one country. But we need international agreements to move this forward.”Banner image of a ring-tailed lemur by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Citations:Estrada, A., Garber, P. A., & Chaudhary, A. (2019). Expanding global commodities trade and consumption place the world’s primates at risk of extinction. PeerJ, 7, e7068. doi:10.7717/peerj.7068Estrada, A., Garber, P. A., Rylands, A. B., Roos, C., Fernandez-Duque, E., Di Fiore, A., … & Rovero, F. (2017). Impending extinction crisis of the world’s primates: Why primates matter. Science advances, 3(1), e1600946. doi:10.1126/sciadv.1600946FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Inquirer 7 top UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 2

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation.ADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG La Salle’s Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe’s the diminutive anchor of La Salle’s defense and she’s proven she can dance with the big girls.Dawn Macandili once won the Finals MVP of the PSL All-Filipino Conference. Although a rare occurrence, she has shown that defense does win championships.Now that the UAAP has resumed, Macandili has continued her impressive form.READ: La Salle trips pesky UST for second straight winMacandili is averaging five digs per set, the second-best in the league behind University of the East’s Kathleen Arado, and posting an efficiency rating of 41.67 percent in receives, the third-best mark in the league.Patricia Rasmo of University of Santo Tomas and Arado are ranked higher than Macandili in terms of receives but the La Salle libero take the nod here by virtue of the Lady Spikers’ 2-0 start.7. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, opposite hitter)UP’s Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDiana Carlos was part of the vaunted rookie class University of the Philippines paraded in Season 78, teaming up with eventual top freshman Isa Molde, Maristela Layug, Angeli Basarte, and Justine Dorog.Early in Season 79, Carlos has been unleashed and the sophomore has become the 2-0 Lady Maroons’ leading scorer averaging 14.5 points.READ: La Salle, UP grab share of UAAP lead READ: UP blanks UE, stays unbeaten in UAAP Volleyball Estrañero has eased into her new role quite easily and her numbers back that up as she averaged 27.5 excellent sets per match in helping UP to a 2-0 record.5. Bea De Leon (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Ateneo’s Bea de Leon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBeing a middle blocker in the UAAP comes with the thought that you will always be compared to Jaja Santiago, but Ateneo’s Bea De Leon has managed to match up by virtue of her production and her intensity.Ateneo is now at 2-1 and that is thanks in large part to De Leon who has taken the mantle of being the Lady Eagles’ emotional leader.READ: Santiago, De Leon exchange praises after match De Leon went toe-to-toe with Santiago during their matchup and boy, was the Atenean junior one mean girl.Every time Santiago scored one for the Lady Bulldogs in the fourth set, De Leon was there to respond with a mean streak that can rival anybody’s.De Leon, for the past three games, has averaged 10.67 points, which is the sixth-best in the league, and 0.67 kill blocks per set.6. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero) WATCH: Get to know La Salle’s Kim Dy in 7 questions Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac towncenter_img The league’s seventh-best scorer is also it’s third best spiker.Carlos has a success rate of 37.29 percent and that clip is just behind NU’s Santiago and La Salle’s Baron.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES READ: Dy, La Salle still adjusting to reach top formDy has transformed herself into La Salle’s talisman and for the past two games she’s averaged 13.5 points as the Lady Spikers tacked on a 2-0 start. That statistical average isn’t much, but Dy makes up for it with her winning attitude and the willingness to carry on the swagger La Salle’s stars have always put on their shoulders.3. Jasmine Nabor (National University, setter)Jasmine Nabor has proven her worth as National University’s setter for the future when she won the Finals MVP in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference and it seems she has become the setter head coach Roger Gorayeb has been looking for.READ: NU pounces on Ateneo for 2nd straight winSantiago has finally reached her true potential as the deadliest collegiate volleyball player and it’s thanks to no small part to Nabor.NU’s duo led the Lady Bulldogs to a 3-0 start, the best in the league, and Nabor has averaged an unreal 42 excellent sets per game.4. Ayel Estrañero (University of the Philippines, setter)UP’s Ayel Estranero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShe wasn’t a setter initially but when University of the Philippines needed one, she happily took on the role and immediately became the engine that drives the Lady Maroons’ offense.From someone who usually gets up high to punch home some points, Estrañero is now the one setting up her teammates for scoring opportunities. MOST READ Her highest scoring output was against Ateneo when she scored 26 points en route to a four-set win.There really isn’t much to write about the greatness of Santiago, all one has to do is just watch—watch in awe.2. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)La Salle’s Kim Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a virtual toss up between Kim Kianna Dy and Mary Joy Baron but the former had to take this spot.Her quiet demeanor outside the court is replaced with a rampaging mean streak that is no stranger to the big stage. She won the Finals MVP honor when the Lady Spikers won the title from Ateneo in Season 78, and is expected to continue her fearless run this season.ADVERTISEMENT Here are INQUIRER’s top seven players for Week 2, which includes the opening weekend.1. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)NU’s Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s ever a player who rightfully deserves the no.1 spot, it has to be Jaja Santiago. It’s hard to think otherwise.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 returnSantiago has been NU’s driving force as it opened up the season on a three-game unbeaten streak with the towering middle blocker averaging 21 points per match.READ: NU sweeps Adamson, improves to 3-0 in UAAP volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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10th triple for James in Cavs revenge rout of Pistons

first_imgDuterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives past Detroit Pistons’ Tobias Harris (34) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in Cleveland. APLOS ANGELES, United States — LeBron James scored his 10th triple-double of the season as the Cleveland Cavaliers avenged an earlier loss to the Detroit Pistons with a 128-96 drubbing on Tuesday.James, 32, who has notched four triple-doubles in March alone, brought up his latest with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving led the scoring for the Cavs, who improved to 44-22. Irving was rested for the fourth quarter after helping Cleveland into a 34-point lead at the end of the third, the contest over.Iman Shumpert added 18 points and Richard Jefferson 16 on a night which also saw Lue hand game time to new signing Larry Sanders, who made a two-minute off the bench.“He said he had two minutes,” Lue said. “I really just wanted to introduce him to the crowd and have him get in, give him a chance to have a standing ovation. I thought it was good for him.”Sanders signed as a free agent on Monday, ending a two-year exile from the sport which he stepped away from in 2015 following multiple positive tests for marijuana.Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy wrote off the defeat as a bad day at the office.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Victory was sweet for Cleveland, who made up for a surprise 106-101 loss to the Pistons last week.Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was purring at James’s triple-double, the 52nd of his career over 14 seasons excluding the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“He hasn’t done anything different,” Lue said. “He’s almost averaging a triple-double. I think he’s averaging 26 (points), nine (assists), and eight (rebounds). That’s almost a triple-double every single night.“Now he just happens to be getting them on the same night, with rebounds and assists. But he’s played the same way, he’s been in a great rhythm these last couple months and playing well.” Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View comments “It was just a bad night,” Van Gundy said. “They were great, we were terrible. That is why you get a lopsided game.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 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 Hard part begins as volleyball officials name women’s, men’s pool ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’

first_imgReluctant at first, the former ABL Most Valuable Player did himself well in the Coffee Lovers’ debut in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.While he said he was no “Living Legend,” Avenido’s came out like one as he carried Gamboa Coffee mix, drilling the go-ahead freebies with 3.1 seconds remaining while also thwarting Robby Celiz’ potential game-winner late to secure the pulsating 85-84 win over Zark’s Burger on Thursday.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 groundBut more than anything, the 6-foot-2 forward said that all he did was to give confidence to his players as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled itself out of a 13-point hole in the first half.“I saw that our morale was down, so I just tried to lift our morale. I just thought that when I come in, I will show them that I’ll give my all,” he said, as he finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the victory. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Leo Avenido. PBA IMAGESThrust to the job of a playing coach for Gamboa Coffee Mix, Leo Avenido admitted that he’s still feeling his way in his new role.“I’m not Jawo (Robert Jaworski),” the 38-year-old said. “This is hard, but it’s the task that was given so I have to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Avenido, though, reminded his fellow Coffee Lovers to not shy away from sharing their insights to him as the squad seeks to make noise this conference.“I told them I’m just a coach on paper, but we’re all coaches here and I’m open for suggestions on the plays they think could help us win. That’s how I wanted when I’m playing and that’s the same idea I’m applying here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Kobe Paras plans to try out for Gilas More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

10 questions with Woman Grandmaster Qiyu Zhou

first_imgOnce in a while, we get the chance to spend time with a young person who truly inspires us to be and do more. One such young lady is 17-year-old Qiyu Zhou, the reigning Canadian Women’s Chess Champion. She also holds the titles of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and FIDE Master (FM). Qiyu arrives in Jamaica this week to participate in the first-ever Jamaica International Chess Festival to be held in Kingston from Oct 13-15. While here, Qiyu, along with three other International Youth Grandmasters, will visit schools, give a motivational talk, and play against local youth in the grand finale Chess tournament. We had a chat with Qiyu as she prepares to come to Jamaica. Of all the chess titles you have won, which is your most memorable and why? The World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa when I won the gold medal in 2014, for sure, was my most memorable one. It was quite, literally, a dream come true because I’ve had that goal since I was about five. Just the feeling of being on the stage and standing on the podium with a gold medal – it’s a pretty good feeling. What is it about chess that you love? I really like the competitiveness factor of chess. I am a very competitive person, and I need somewhere to put all this energy. I think chess is perfect for this because I can direct my attention when I want to. My passion for chess lies in all the things that chess brings to me. It’s a lot about the outside factors of the game – the friends I’ve made and the number of opportunities it has given me. I’ve been able to travel to so many places, and if I didn’t play chess, I would never have gone to South Africa or Iran or half of these countries that I have been to. How do you prepare for a chess match, and what do you do to keep your focus when playing? I usually look over my opponents’ games and then think about what I’m going to do. But outside of chess, I do a lot of exercise and eat well. I eat a lot, actually. And I sleep considerably more during chess tournaments than I do during regular school time. When I’m playing, I keep thinking, “I really want to win this”, so my mind is on the game. It’s sometimes really difficult to keep your focus because the games last a long time. So I drink a lot of water and I walk a lot. I wonder around the halls. It helps to keep my mind fresh. Do you prefer to play long or short games? I like to play all types of chess. I don’t really have a preference. It really depends on the occasion. With friends, of course, I prefer to play Blitz Chess, but in tournaments, I would rather play long games. I don’t play Blitz or Rapid Chess tournaments very often. Were you surprised by your invitation to Jamaica, and what are you most looking forward to about your visit? Yeah! I was very, very excited! I’m very excited to see the country. It’s my first time in the Caribbean, and from what I’ve heard, the place is amazing, and, of course, it’s warm there. And just the whole Caribbean mindset. So, it’s going to be a really neat experience. I’m most looking forward to being able to experience the culture of Jamaica. As a youth champion, how do you hope to inspire the children you will meet in Jamaica? I’m very excited to be able to give speeches and to teach the local youth about chess and show them what it means to play chess. I really want to encourage them to chase their dreams. It doesn’t have to be as a world chess champion, but to give them the idea that if they want to do something, they can do it if they put in the effort and put their minds to it and really focus – to give their lives purpose. Many may argue that competitive chess is not a sport. Do you agree or disagree with this and why? I’ve debated this topic with many people, but for me, chess is a sport because I’m playing this game to win! I want to win. I want to be the best at what I do. I put a lot of energy into it and I try hard. So just as any runner would have a strategy on how to run his race, I have to approach chess in the same way. Chess is surprisingly very tiring. In a previous interview you mentioned that you wanted to be an ambassador. If you were to become one today, what world issue would you seek to address? I really want to address the disparity between the rich and poor. I’ve travelled a lot and seen a lot of different aspects of the world. For example, in South Africa, I was staying in a very fancy hotel on the coast with beautiful beaches, and then there were quite a few beggars there as well. It was a very stark contrast to my own circumstances. So I want to address what causes these problems. I want to do something that matters. Qiyu wants to study economics and, hopefully, follow her dreams of attending Harvard University after high school. She dreams of making a real difference in the world, living by her personal motto: “If you try really hard, and if you work for it, you’ll probably get there.” For more information about Qiyu Zhou and the Jamaica International Chess Festival, please visit www.jamaicachessfestival.com.last_img read more

Tony Becca | A time to shine

first_img Adams emphasised the point that this season will again be played on the return format, and, therefore, the players should up their production to match the opportunity of playing more matches. Back in the days of one round of matches when players used to appear in only four matches, the good batsmen used to score 500 and more runs per season, hit two or three centuries per season, and averaged anywhere from 80 to 100 runs per season. The pitches were good back then, and so were the bowlers – especially fast bowlers like Winston Davis, Courtney Walsh, Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Uton Dowe, Colin Croft, Sylvester Clarke, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Anthony Gray, Wayne Daniel, Vanburn Holder, Ian Bishop, Patrick Patterson, Anthony Merrick, and George Ferris. Adams is asking the batsmen to go beyond reeling off a few good strokes, and having one or two good innings, and he is also asking the bowlers – especially the fast bowlers – to push themselves beyond the token few overs at the start of an innings, or when, and if, the second new-ball arrives. Adams’ plea is one for West Indies cricket. West Indies cricket needs batsmen who can bat, batsmen who can bat for long periods, batsmen who can bat ‘until the cows come home’, and batsmen who can make big scores, and more than once at that. West Indies cricket also needs bowlers – spin bowlers and fast bowlers, but mostly fast bowlers – those who, perhaps, with the stamina and skill, are able to bowl for long spells, as Wes Hall did for a day (rain-affected) at Lord’s in 1963. The plea goes out not only to the likes of Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope, and Roston Chase, but to Kieron Powell, Jermaine Blackwood, Kyle Hope, Jason Mohammed, and Evin Lewis; also to others like Chadwick Walton, Shimron Hetmeyer, Sunil Ambris, Brandon King, Rajindra Chandrika, Andre McCarthy, Yanic Carriah, Jahmar Hamilton, Tangerine Chanderpaul, Anthony Alleyne, John Campbell, Fabian Allen, Iasiah Raja, and Paul Palmer, and all the other young, promising batsmen in the region. It also goes out to the young bowlers, and especially the young fast bowlers, to the likes of Alzaari Joseph, Ronsford Beaton, Oshane Thomas, Odean Smith, Reynard Leveridge, Delorn Johnson, Keon Joseph, and Marquino Mindley. Now is the time for young players to step up to the plate. The selectors are watching, or they should be watching. The regional four-day tournament gets going on Thursday, and for the next three months or so, it will be cricket and more cricket as the six first-class teams, playing return matches for a total of 10 matches each, vie for supremacy. The first round of matches – defending champions Guyana Jaguars hosting Jamaica Scorpions; Barbados Pride entertaining Trinidad and Tobago Red Force; and Windward Island Volcanoes at home to Leeward Island Hurricanes – should be close and exciting. The matches should be close and exciting if only because of the cricket organisers’ movement of players around, the move to split the sovereign territories into franchises, and the hope for better cricket following this move. As the teams begin battle, however, the main hope is that the pitches will be good and that the standard of play will be refreshingly good and generally of a high standard. A few weeks ago, the Windies director of cricket, the former West Indies captain Jimmy Adams, came out pleading, and in the plea, he called for the cricketers, especially the younger ones, to come out fighting, to stamp their class on the competition, and to show the quality they possess. And Adams should know what it means to show everybody and all concerned how good a cricketer one is by performing in the regional competition. As a schoolboy at Jamaica College, he was not looked upon as someone special, and as a young man representing Kingston Club and Jamaica, he was not looked upon as someone special until he made runs, and more runs, in the regional competition. Adams went on to become Jamaica’s captain, the West Indies captain, coach of Jamaica, coach of Kent, and now he is the director of cricket in the West Indies. As Ralston Otto, and others, found out, it does not follow that making runs will get anyone into the West Indies team. On the contrary, however, it is hardly likely, despite the promise one may display and what may have happened a few times, that anyone, or someone, will get into the West Indies team without making runs, and plenty of them, or otherwise performing. UP PRODUCTIONlast_img read more