Round 2: Pacquiao scores a knockdown

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 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 EDITORS’ PICK View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, knocks down Jessie Vargas during their WBO welterweight title boxing match, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. APChallenger Manny Pacquiao put the champion Jessie Vargas on the mat for the first time with around 30 seconds left in the second round.Pacquiao’s left cross landed directly to the chin of Vargas to score the knockdown as the challenger started to find his offensive groove.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Round 1: Vargas starts things off against Pacquiao PH among economies most vulnerable to virus BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 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 underwaylast_img read more

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Harden, Rockets beat Jazz to improve to 4-1 at home

first_imgMOST READ “I knew where he was going to be,” Harden said of the pass. “That’s the kind of chemistry we’re trying to build, to knowing where guys are going to be at so everything works easy and it’s fluent.”Eric Gordon added 20 points and fellow reserve Nene added a season-high 16 as the Rockets won for the third time in their last four games and improved to 4-1 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentRockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Capela is growing more comfortable and confident on the floor every game.“He had a monster game, and I don’t think he did anything that he can’t keep repeating,” D’Antoni said. “As long as he runs the floor and screens and rolls, we have guys that will find him.” We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK The Rockets took advantage of Utah’s smaller lineup by outscoring Utah 52-46 in the paint and shying away from the 3-point line a little more than usual. Houston entered the game leading the league with 13.7 3-pointers made and 36.5 3-pointers attempted per game (37.4 percent), but made 12 of 32 against Utah.“I think we were flat on both ends in the first half,” Gobert said. “We did not attack them on the offensive end and had too many mistakes on the defensive end.”Houston led 55-44 at the half and maintained the 11-point lead through the third quarter, entering the fourth with an 81-70 lead.TIP-INSJazz: Lyles started in place of veteran Boris Diaw (rest) ahead of the team’s trip to Denver on Sunday, Utah’s fourth back-to-back of the season. … Derrick Favors missed his second straight game with a left knee bone contusion, while George Hill (sprained right thumb) missed his seventh straight game.Rockets: Backup PF Montrezl Harrell was out with a left calf contusion. … Harden passed Robert Reid (8,823 points) for seventh on the franchise’s career scoring list. … Patrick Beverley had five points, six assists and three steals.REVENGE REMATCHCapela recalled playing against Gobert in France and being overwhelmed by his talent as a 16-year-old just getting into basketball. Gobert, 24, is two years older than Capela, 22, who got a late start at the sport. The two conversed in French throughout Saturday’s game, with Gobert even sending Capela a friendly warning at one point.“He told me to never try to dunk on him again,” Capela said with a grin. “I just told him, ‘Next time I go to dunk, just get out of the way.’”MAD MAX Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH The injury-plagued Jazz dropped their third straight game following a 6-2 start to November. Besides Gordon Hayward, the four other Jazz starters had a combined seven years of NBA experience.Rodney Hood led Utah with 25 points and Trey Lyles had 21. Rudy Gobert added 12 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks.Harden shook defender Dante Exum and buried a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining to give Houston an 11-point lead and put away the game for good.Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Harden is “doing everything,” and seems to be a great match with D’Antoni.“Clearly, he has taken it upon himself to help them execute the way coach D’Antoni wants,” Snyder said. “They are very, very good.”ADVERTISEMENT Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports As part of the ongoing celebration of the franchise’s 50th season, the Rockets honored former shooting guard Vernon Maxwell after the third quarter with a video tribute. Maxwell, who played on both of Houston’s championship seasons in 1993-94 and 1994-95, was given a standing ovation following the video.ZERO TURNOVERSHarden became the first Rockets player since Sleepy Floyd in Orlando on April 8, 1990, to have at least 30 points, 10 assists and zero turnovers. Prior to Saturday, the last Rocket to record at least 10 assists without a turnover was Jeremy Lin at Golden State on Feb. 2, 2013.UP NEXTJazz: Travel to Detroit on Monday night.Rockets: Visit Denver on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Investigation into Russian doping still splits sports world 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 James Harden. Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — With the Utah Jazz attempting a late comeback, James Harden casually tossed an alley-oop to Clint Capela from just inside the halfcourt line for a thunderous dunk.Harden had 31 points and 10 assists, and Capela scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 111-102 victory over the Jazz on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View commentslast_img read more

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French Grand Prix back on F1 calendar from 2018

first_imgWe are young The world’s oldest grand prix was first held in 1906 but was dropped from the calendar in 2008 because of financial issues.The Paul Ricard circuit, also known as Le Castellet, last hosted the French GP in 1990. The race was organized at Magny-Cours from 1991-2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliEstrosi said French officials have sealed a five-year deal with F1 organizers. Financial terms were not disclosed.“Losing the grand prix was a true scar for our country,” Estrosi said at the Automobile Club de France. “I can today make the firm and definitive announcement that the Grand Prix de France will return at the Paul Ricard circuit as soon as the 2018 summer.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. According to Estrosi, the track shareholders have invested 80 million euros ($85.6 million) since 2002 to renovate the Paul Ricard, which is regularly used by F1 teams for test sessions.“It is the circuit which has invested the most in Europe over the past few years to adapt to international standards,” Estrosi said, adding that he expects the race to generate about €65 million ($69.6 million) of indirect revenues for the region, and to help create about 500 jobs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes President of the Provence-Aplpes-Cote d’Azur region in France Christian Estrosi gestures as he speaks during a media conference in Paris, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The French grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence. (Photo by MICHEL EULER/AP)PARIS — The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence.Christian Estrosi, the head of the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region, said Monday that the race will be organized at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Senators to proceed with review of VFA Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town UP’s Desiderio, Manuel could be added to Gilas poolcenter_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 MOST READ View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise The announcement came just days after the German Grand Prix was dropped from the 2017 calendar.Estrosi paid tribute to the late driver Jules Bianchi, who died last year following a long battle to recover from major head injuries sustained at the Japanese GP in October 2014.“I’m dedicating this big return to my friend Jules,” Estrosi said. “My thoughts are with his family.”Jean Todt, the president of motorsports’ world governing body, said the return of the French GP is an “enormous satisfaction” for FIA.“This is big news for France and its capacity to host major international events,” Todt said in a pre-recorded message. “Le Castellet has been modernized and has all the required qualities to organize this event.”ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to viruslast_img read more

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Pacquiao-Horn down under?

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Fear and panic can do more harm than the coronavirus, says Singapore PM We are young Ramirez to NSAs: Justify your bets WITH DUE RESPECT: Trump acquitted without trial 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 EDITORS’ PICK “Bob has given us a figure for Pacquiao’s fee to fight Jeff Horn,” Dean Lonergan, Horn’s promoter, told couriermail.com.au yesterday.“While it’s a substantial amount of money we believe that with the right sponsorships we can make Pacquiao-Horn happen in Brisbane and I believe Jeff can beat Pacquiao,” added Lonergan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSGreg Slaughter takes a break from basketball as Ginebra contract expiresSPORTSWe are youngPacquiao, according to his adviser Mike Koncz, wants a $20-million guarantee from Arum to battle Crawford, the WBO light welterweight champion, in late April.Horn (16-0-1, 11 knockouts) is the No. 2 contender to Pacquiao’s crown. If Manny Pacquiao can’t forge a fight with Terence Crawford and other big names, he may end up fighting in Australia for the same amount of money.The camp of Jeff Horn has initiated talks with Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, regarding the WBO welterweight champion’s purse.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia’s zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Fr. Suarez vindicated but ‘this isn’t the end,’ says his bishop protector Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia’s zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions View commentslast_img read more

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‘Boom and bust’ cycle of deep-sea trawling unsustainable, study finds

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Green, Marine, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Oceans, Research, Wildlife Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Researchers have built a global picture of deep-sea fish catches from bottom trawling from 1950 to 2015.Deep-sea trawling can be extremely destructive for fish populations, while providing minimal economic benefits, the study found.Researchers also found that large quantities of fish caught in the deep sea go unreported. Fishing in the remote waters of the deep sea isn’t easy. But with technological advancements, fishing boats have pushed farther and deeper into the oceans, frequently using bottom trawl gear — giant fishing nets weighted down with metal attachments that drag along the seafloor — to scoop up huge amounts of fish from depths of up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet).Deep-sea trawling, however, can be extremely destructive for fish populations, while providing minimal economic benefits, researchers have found. Catches from deep-sea trawling are also grossly underreported, the researchers conclude in a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science.“Considering that the search for fishable resources, though partly ‘buffered’ by some recent regulatory positions … is progressively moving deeper and deeper, the picture that emerges from this study is definitely worrying,” Antonio Pusceddu, professor of ecology at the University of Cagliari, Italy, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay.Pacific sleeper shark. Image by NOAA.Bottom-trawling in the deep sea likely unsustainableBetween 1950 and 2015, bottom trawls caught about 25 million tons of 72 fish species at depths greater than 400 meters (1,310 feet), the researchers found. Many of these fisheries followed a “boom and bust” pattern, with fish harvests first thriving, then quickly crashing.This shows that deep-sea bottom-trawled fisheries are not sustainable, lead author Lissette Victorero, a doctoral student at the National Oceanography Centre, U.K., told Mongabay. “Most of them last only a decade or two. Additionally, this cycle is so rapid that the management and the scientific knowledge about the [target] species is lagging. Hence, the fishery is inappropriately regulated and the stock becomes rapidly over-exploited leading to a collapse,” she said.Past research has shown that in the deep sea, fish and other organisms tend to live longer, and grow and reproduce more slowly. This suggests that fisheries could rapidly and indiscriminately overexploit deep-sea species, the researchers say, without giving them sufficient time to bounce back.However, the overall catch from deep-sea bottom-trawled fisheries over the 65-year study period contributed to less than 0.5 percent of global fisheries.“Certain deep-sea fisheries, such as the orange roughy [Hoplostethus atlanticus] in New Zealand, are highly valuable for a very small number of companies, in this case maybe two or three,” said co-author Les Watling, professor of biology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. “But the environmental damage is extensive so we have to wonder whether those few companies should be allowed to benefit when the damage is so severe.”Orange roughy caught in a trawl from off New Zealand. Image by Claire Nouvian/Bloom Association.Deep-sea fish catch data hugely underreportedWhat is particularly alarming, the researchers say, is that large quantities of fish caught in the deep portions of the ocean go unreported.To arrive at their final estimates, the researchers combined information from two sources: marine fish landings officially reported by countries to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 1950 to 2015, and a set of estimates for unreported, bycatch and discarded catch data reconstructed by the Sea Around Us project, a research initiative at the University of British Columbia.The study found that the FAO database, which includes only what countries report to the organization, underreported deep-sea, bottom-trawled catch data by about 43 percent. The total fish catch for the study period, according to the FAO database, was 14 million tons. But when combined with the Sea Around Us dataset, the researchers arrived at an estimate of 25 million tons.One reason for this underreporting, Victorero said, is that trawlers end up catching everything in their way, including immature individuals that do not meet the desirable size requirements, or species that have no commercial value. But countries may be reporting only what was kept and landed at the dock, and not what was discarded. In fact, Victorero’s team estimated that deep-sea fisheries discarded some 6 million tons of fish during the study period.The official landings reported to the FAO also do not account for commercially valuable fish that may have been illegally caught outside of existing official quotas, Victorero said.Furthermore, during the earlier days of deep-sea fisheries, the FAO did not require the reporting of many deep-sea species. Without any set quotas, whenever new fisheries were found, there would be a “gold rush” for resources, Victorero said, particularly around seamounts and ridges where many deep-sea fish aggregate to feed and spawn.Imants G. Priede, professor emeritus at the University of Aberdeen, U.K., who was not part of the study, agreed that the underreporting of official data was alarming. “The study clearly shows that the industry has been based on successively depleting one resource after another leaving behind a barren sea floor which may take decades or centuries to recover,” he said.Summit of a seamount in the northwest Atlantic that has been fished with a bottom trawl. Image by NOAA/IFE/URI.Accuracy of fish catch datasetsThe study, however, cautions that even the Sea Around Us datasets might contain uncertainties, which may affect final estimates of unreported fish catch. “The method of estimating [unreported catches] can vary from country to country, so it is possible that the accuracy of the estimates will also vary according to country,” the researchers write in the paper.Divya Karnad, founder of InSeason Fish, an India-based sustainable seafood program, and consultant with the Bay of Bengal Intergovernmental Organization, FAO, illustrated some of the uncertainties using India as an example.The Sea Around Us project’s estimate for unreported catch from India’s small-scale fisheries is based on several assumptions and extrapolations, Karnad said, which is “not the same as having rigorously collected scientific data that allows us to quantify catch from a fishery.”Karnad, who was not involved in the study, added that while the list of deep-sea, bottom-trawled fish species compiled in the study is an important one, it seemed biased toward temperate and polar regions. “Tropical deep water species, such as Bramble sharks, which are landed from India’s deep water fisheries, [are] missing from the list,” she said.Despite the limitations, the researchers write that the FAO data combined with the Sea Around Us reconstructions constitute “the only data compilation available for estimating reported and unreported landings and discards for deep-sea fisheries.”Citation:Victorero, L. et al. (2018). Out of Sight, But Within Reach: A Global History of Bottom-Trawled Deep-Sea Fisheries From >400 m Depth. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00098center_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

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Indonesian activists protest China-funded dam in orangutan habitat

first_imgBanner image: A male Tapanuli orangutan in the Batang Toru forest. Image by Tim Laman via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 4.0). Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored The Chinese government plans to fund a massive hydroelectric power dam in the Batang Toru ecosystem in North Sumatra, Indonesia, where the newly described Tapanuli orangutan lives.Activists staged a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta on May 8, coinciding with a state visit by Premier Li Keqiang, to condemn Beijing’s involvement in the project.In a letter submitted by the demonstrators to the embassy, they demanded China withdraw its support for the project due to the massive environmental threats posed by the endeavor. JAKARTA — Activists in Indonesia have called on the Chinese government to withdraw funding for a hydroelectric dam that threatens to fragment the only known habitat of the most endangered great ape on Earth.Representatives of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) staged a demonstration on May 8 outside the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta in protest at Beijing’s planned funding for the $1.6 billion project, which is part of China’s Belt and Road initiative.The protesters argued that the North Sumatra Hydro Energy project threatened the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis), a species described just last year but already perilously close to extinction with a population of fewer than 800 individuals. Over the course of three generations, the ape has lost 83 percent of its population as its habitat in the Batang Toru ecosystem has been fragmented.The protest coincided with a state visit to Indonesia by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, where he was welcomed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to discuss a slew of bilateral partnerships that have flourished since China introduced its Belt and Road initiative in 2013.Dana Prima Tarigan, the executive director of Walhi’s North Sumatra chapter, told reporters that the protest was meant to “convey our aspiration to save the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, where China is funding the development of a hydroelectric dam.”The protesters also sought to submit an open letter to the embassy in which they asked embassy officials to facilitate talks with Chinese investors and funders of the project in order to make them aware of the environmental and social risks posed by the project.“We believe that every foreign investment in our country, whether from China or elsewhere, shouldn’t contribute to the erosion of people’s livelihoods and more importantly to the extinction of a critically endangered species,” the letter read.The protesters, however, failed to meet with embassy staff and were removed from the premises by security officers because they did not have a permit to stage a protest.Demonstrators from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) hold a banner protesting China’s planned funding for the Batang Toru dam project in front of the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Hans Nicholas Jong for Mongabay.Habitat fragmentationThe planned hydropower plant was announced in 2012 and will be the largest on Sumatra once completed by 2022 as planned. The Indonesian government considers it a priority project under the Jokowi administration’s wider infrastructure-building push.The project will occupy 6.45 square kilometers (2.5 square miles) of land along the Batang Toru River in South Tapanuli district. It will involve the construction of a powerhouse, a substation, headrace and tailrace tunnels, a reservoir, spillway and related infrastructure, the installation of turbines, generators and transformers, and the laying of transmission lines.Major lenders have stayed away from the project, likely because of the potential environmental damage, with the World Bank backing off from funding the project.But this hasn’t slowed down Chinese developers. The state-owned Bank of China has pledged financing for the dam, while state-owned Chinese utility Sinohydro has signed on to handle the construction.The project would dramatically change 96 square kilometers (37 square miles), or about 8 percent, of the Tapanuli orangutans’ range in the next four years, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology. Long before the dam goes into operation, its construction would impact the orangutans’ habitat by carving through the forest to open up access roads and pathways for power lines. Such openings increase the odds that farmers will clear more land for agriculture or hunters will enter the area.“More than 50 hectares [124 acres] of forest have been cleared [for the project] and each month, the forest clearing intensifies,” Walhi’s Dana said.While an 8 percent reduction in habitat might not seem significant, the ape’s remaining habitat is already compacted into a tiny area less than a tenth the size of Sydney, Australia.“If it proceeds, the dam will flood crucial parts of the ape’s habitat, while chopping up its remaining habitat with new roads and power lines,” Jatna Supriatna, an author of the new study and researcher at the University of Indonesia, said in a statement.Land cleared as a staging area for the building of a new hydroelectric dam. New orangutan species discovered in Batang Toru, North Sumatra. They are on the brink of extinction due to a hydropower dam project. Contact: Helen Buckland SOS. Picture: Andrew WalmsleyThe project also threatens to displace indigenous communities, who refuse to sell their lands at the prices the developers have offered. Last year, a protest by locals from three villages against the development of the dam turned violent.Activists are also alarmed over the project’s environmental impact assessment, known as the Amdal, which contains disturbing details on how the dam would wreak havoc on locals’ farms, according to Dana.“The dam will siphon river water for 18 hours, so around 1,200 hectares [2,965 acres] of farms on the riverbank will be dried for 18 hours,” he said. “And then during the next six hours, the sluice will be opened, flooding the farms.”Dana said this would threaten 100,000 people whose livelihoods are dependent on the farms and other resources provided by the Batang Toru ecosystem.There are also key omissions in the environmental impact assessment document, including the fact that the project site sits on top of a tectonic fissure.“The document doesn’t mention anything about risk of earthquakes, while under the project lies the Toru [fault],” Dana said. “Meanwhile, the project includes the digging of a tunnel, which will increase the risk of an earthquake. But this risk wasn’t studied. And other risks on the loss of livelihoods weren’t studied either.”Operations from a nearby gold mine, operated by PT Agincourt Resources, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed miner G-Resources Group Ltd., could exacerbate the environmental damage from the dam, Dana said. He noted that the Amdal document contained an agreement for PT Agincourt Resources to dump its waste through the dam. In 2012, the company temporarily stopped the operation of its Martabe gold mine following an ongoing dispute with local residents over the firm’s waste management.“Once the sluice gate is opened, the waste from PT Agincourt will be dumped,” Dana said. “We can see how dangerous it is for the river ecosystem and people living on the riverbank.”Map of the Batang Toru ecosystem, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis) in Sumatra.Lawsuit threatDana said Walhi might file a lawsuit against the dam developer if the project went through, on the basis of irregularities in the Amdal document.“We’ll go to the state administrative court to stop the permit if the financiers don’t cancel the project,” he said. “As I said before, the Amdal document doesn’t contain any assessment on the risk of earthquakes and the impact on people living on the riverbank.”While the central government has not made a decision on the future of the project, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has acknowledged the issues and vowed an assessment of the potential impact from the power plant project on the orangutan habitat.“It’s better for all parties to sit together to share information comprehensively,” Wiratno, the ministry’s director general for ecosystem and natural resource conservation, told reporters on Tuesday. “I’m ready to facilitate the meeting [between all stakeholders].”Previously, he said he’d see the impact of the project first before deciding on whether to allow it to proceed. Animals, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Deforestation, Endangered, Endangered Species, Energy, Environment, Forests, Indigenous Peoples, Infrastructure, New Species, Orangutans, Protected Areas, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

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Karen indigenous communities in Myanmar have officially launched the Salween Peace Park

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 Last month, indigenous Karen communities, the Salween Peace Park Committee, and the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) officially launched the Salween Peace Park in the Mutraw District of Myanmar’s Kayin State.A three-day event in mid-December 2018 that featured traditional Karen ceremonies and performances was held to mark the ratification of Salween Peace Park’s charter, which was developed by Karen communities to embody their “aspirations for genuine peace and self-determination, environmental integrity and cultural preservation,” according to a statement.The Salween Peace Park encompasses 5,485 square kilometers (nearly 1.4 million acres) of the Salween River Basin, including more than 340 villages, 139 demarcated Kaw, 27 community forests, four forest reserves, and three wildlife sanctuaries. Last month, indigenous Karen communities, the Salween Peace Park Committee, and the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN) officially launched the Salween Peace Park in the Mutraw District of Myanmar’s Kayin State.A three-day event in mid-December 2018 that featured traditional Karen ceremonies and performances was held to mark the ratification of Salween Peace Park’s charter, which was developed by Karen communities to embody their “aspirations for genuine peace and self-determination, environmental integrity and cultural preservation,” according to a statement.The event also included a memorial service for indigenous leader and environmental activist Saw O Moo, a fierce advocate for the Salween Peace Park who was killed by members of the Myanmar military last year.The launch event for the Salween Peace Park featured traditional Karen ceremonies and performances as well as discussions about Karen culture and sustainable livelihoods. Photo Credit: KESAN.The Salween Peace Park is the result of several decades’-worth of grassroots efforts such as the establishment of community forests, the enforcement of fish conservation zones, and the demarcation of “Kaw,” or traditional indigenous lands. The park initiative was spearheaded by local communities, Karen civil society groups, and Mutraw District leaders in order to protect these community-based efforts as well as “to demonstrate what truly good governance could be and provide a people-centered alternative to top-down, militarized development,” according to a brief on the Salween Peace Park Charter circulated by KESAN. In particular, the park was created as an alternative to allowing the construction of hydroelectric dams and mining in the Salween River Basin.“The Salween Peace Park initiative works for the purpose of bringing peace, freedom and security to the area,” Padoh Ten Der, chairman of Mutraw District, said in a statement. “This is the land of Mutraw Indigenous Karen people. To preserve and protect our existing ancestral land, environment and culture, we established the Salween Peace Park initiative.”The Salween Peace Park encompasses 5,485 square kilometers (nearly 1.4 million acres) of the Salween River Basin, including more than 340 villages, 139 demarcated Kaw, 27 community forests, four forest reserves, and three wildlife sanctuaries.The Salween River, also known as the Thanlwin River and the Nu River, is important to the cultures and livelihoods of a number of indigenous and ethnic groups in China, Myanmar, and Thailand. Though the region has been subject to decades of conflict between Karen peoples and the Myanmar military, the Salween River Basin in Kayin State is considered one of the most biodiverse areas in the Asia-Pacific region, harboring species from the Asiatic black bear and the sun bear to the eastern hoolock gibbon and the Sunda pangolin.A growing body of research has consistently shown that recognizing the claims of indigenous peoples to their traditional territories is one of the most effective ways to protect forests and biodiversity. A 2018 study found that indigenous peoples either own, use, or manage some 38 million square kilometers (nearly 9.4 billion acres) — more than one-fourth of the world’s land surface — and that two-thirds of that land is in a “natural” state, which means there are twice as many unspoiled areas in those indigenous-controlled territories as can be found on other lands.The Salween River forms the boundary between Myanmar and Thailand. Myanmar is on the left bank. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.CITATION• Garnett, S. T. et al. (2018). A spatial overview of the global importance of Indigenous lands for conservation. Nature Sustainability. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0100-6 Article published by Mike Gaworeckicenter_img Community Forests, Community-based Conservation, Conflict, Conservation, Environment, Forests, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Indigenous Rights, Parks, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Social Conflict, Tropical Forests last_img read more

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2 PH Gilas teams loom

first_imgThe proximity and overlapping schedules of the Fiba Asia Cup and the Southeast Asian Games might force the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to form two Gilas Pilipinas teams.SBP executive director Sonny Barrios raised this possibility once the Asia Cup on Aug. 15 to 27 pushes through as scheduled and runs in conflict with the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31.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 DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Maroons Gunning for UAAP Season 80 Final four finish Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “We’re waiting for the response of Fiba Asia,” said Barrios.The Gilas Cadet will have PBA rookies Mac Belo, Jio Jalalon, Mike Tolomia and Kevin Ferrer, among others.They also formed the core of the gold-medal winning squad with Kiefer Ravena and naturalized center Marcus Douthit during the 2015 Singapore Games.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 returnFilipino have been SEA Games champions since 1989. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ View commentslast_img read more

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NU uses big 3rd quarter, rallies past Arellano

first_imgThis eventually became the Bulldog’s foundation to hold off the Chiefs in the final period.Bulldogs head coach Jamike Jarin said they had to exceed the energy of Arellano if ever they want to come back and take the victory.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 ground“We decided that we need to up the energy because Arellano comes with a lot of energy and we had to match that energy,” said Jarin as his team improved to 2-1 in Group B. “It was evident in the third quarter that we got that energy and we got the lead.”Matt Salem led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Issa Gaye had 11 points and nine boards. FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University launched an offensive onslaught n the third quarter to shock Arellano University, 82-79, in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Bulldogs were down, 53-37, in the third quarter when they eventually went into overdrive and got loose to the tune of a 26-5 run to take a 63-58 lead to finish the period.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Thai swingman Ananti not satisfied with team’s win over Malaysia Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRcenter_img View comments LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Lervin Flores had 15 points and 14 boards to lead the 0-2 Chiefs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

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Reyes, Valdez headline PH volleyball team roster

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMika Reyes and Alyssa Valdez lead the 12-woman lineup that will represent the Philippines in future international tournaments as announced by Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. Wednesday.Reyes and Valdez met in the UAAP volleyball five straight times while representing De La Salle and Ateneo, respectively, but will now don the same tricolor of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April READ: Valdez’ full focus now on national teamPerennial national team member Jovelyn Gonzaga, who played in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, is also in the lineup with PSL-F2 Manila teammates Aby Maraño, Ces Molina, Kim Fajardo, and Jaja Santiago.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 groundGenevieve Casugod, who played in the 2017 AVC Women’s Club Championship, will join Reyes as the team’s middle blockers while Valdez’ collegiate partner Denden Lazaro will be team’s libero.READ: SEA Games high priority for PH women’s volleyball team Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ University of Santo Tomas icons Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Maika Ortiz round up the lineup.Rachel Daquis, who captained PSL-F2 Manila in the Worlds, was named as a reserve together with libero Dawn Macandili.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ HS coach Castillo replaces Gorayeb as NU head coach 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 Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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