Month: February 2020

Arum: Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch likely

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first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH (L-R): CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe, WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum pose during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Pacquiao will face each other in a unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI / AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKIHOLLYWOOD—It wasn’t just eye contact between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at ringside, after all.Mayweather, the flamboyant American who retired as unbeaten champion, gave his former ring rival the thumbs up after Pacquiao’s dominant conquest of Jessie Vargas on Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT “He (Mayweather) was having eye contact (with Pacquiao),” said Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser. “Yeah, because even after the fight, when Manny stood in that corner and and put his hands up for his fans, he looked at Floyd and Floyd gave him the thumbs up. i saw it.”That little gesture could be a sign of bigger things to come as Mayweather had announced that he’s contemplating on returning to the ring he ruled with Pacquiao several years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentCoincidentally, promoter Bob Arum told ESPN on Monday that Pacquiao will definitely fight in the spring and there’s a 75 percent chance that he’d be facing Mayweather in a rematch.Pacquiao and Mayweather tangled in a super blockbuster in May 2015, with the American beating the eighth-division world champion, who suffered a rotator cuff tear on his right shoulder in the course of the bout,  by unanimous decision. View comments MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img Nowhere near what a Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch will generate, of course.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His injury completely healed, Pacquiao staged a virtuoso performance to wrest Vargas’ World Boxing Organization welterweight crown.With his similarly lopsided victory over Tim Bradley last April 9 factored in, Pacquiao was put back on top of the pound-for-pound rankings by some boxing evaluating bodies.On Monday, Pacquiao told a small group of foreign and Filipino reporters at his Wynn suite jokingly said that he’s probably in the top 50 of the pound-for-pound list.Among those cited by Pacquiao as top pound-for-pound contenders are Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenco.Apart from Mayweather, Koncz said he is also considering Adrien Broner for Pacquiao’s next assignment because the fight will sell.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Manny Pacquiao signs new deal with Chinese sportswear brand Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

NLEX upsets TNT for much-needed win

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first_imgWhere did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PBA IMAGESNLEX averted disaster and delivered a homely victory for head coach Yeng Guiao with a 110-98 shocker over TNT in the PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga.The Road Warriors snapped a disastrous five-game losing streak and improved to 2-5 while the KaTropa saw its own two-game winning run stopped and slipped to 4-3 joining Phoenix in the third seed.ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes NLEX was holding off TNT comfortably in the early parts of the fourth quarter resting on a 93-87 lead courtesy of Sean Anthony’s layup.Jayson Castro, however, took over and capped off the KaTropa’s 7-0 run to give TNT a 94-93 lead at the 6:13 mark of the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThe Road Warriors would then retaliate and give Guiao, a native of Pampanga and was once the province Representative in the Philippine Congress, a show in the form of a 13-2 run that put them at 106-96 with 2:04 left in the game.Guiao said it was a welcome relief for them to take one against the title-contending KaTropa. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img We are young View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Beermen still have a lot to improve, says Fajardo “It was a big relief to win after a five-game losing streak and it’s more special because we beat a title contender,” said Guiao. “But it’s just one win for us, it’s a long way for us but it’s a good start for the New Year.”Carlo Lastimosa had a game-high 22 points to lead the Road Warriors while Anthony had a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double.Eric Camson came off the bench to pitch in 12 points for NLEX while Kevin Alas had a dozen points also.Jayson Castro put up 17 points, seven assists, and five rebounds while Kris Rosales and Moala Tautuaa had 15 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughterlast_img read more

Possible vaquita death accompanies announcement that only 10 are left

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first_imgThe environmental organization Sea Shepherd said it found a dead vaquita in a gillnet on March 12.One day later, scientists from the group CIRVA announced that around 10 — as many as 22 or as few as six — vaquitas survive in the Gulf of California.Despite a ban on gillnets used catch totoaba, a fish prized for its swim bladders used in traditional Chinese medicine, vaquita numbers have continued to decline. On March 13, scientists announced that around 10 vaquitas (Phocoena sinus) are left on Earth, just as the environmental group Sea Shepherd said it had found one of the porpoises that had drowned in a gillnet that was probably set to catch a totoaba fish.“If there were any reservations about totoaba gillnets being a great danger for vaquitas and other cetaceans, despite ample proof in the past, this event should definitely leave no room for doubt,” Locky Maclean, director of marine operations for Sea Shepherd, said in a statement from the organization. Sea Shepherd is currently using genetic testing of tissue samples to confirm that the decomposed carcass they found is that of a vaquita.Video courtesy of Sea Shepherd.Vaquitas live only in the upper parts of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, and they’re the world’s smallest member of the order of animals called cetaceans that includes whales, dolphins and other porpoises. They’re also the most endangered: A scientific group called the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, known by its Spanish acronym CIRVA, announced March 13 that between six and 22 vaquitas remain.A lucrative fishery for totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi) has taken a toll on vaquita numbers. Totoaba swim bladders, or maws, fetch high prices in Chinese markets for their use in traditional medicine. The intense pressure on the totoaba that results has also made the fish a critically endangered species, according to the IUCN, and the gillnets intended to catch it (as well as other animals like shrimp) have also snagged vaquitas in devastating numbers.In spite of their conclusions, CIRVA’s scientists say they still believe vaquitas can recover, as they’re still having calves. But experts also admit that the animal faces long odds.A vaquita in the northern Gulf of California. Image by Paula Olson/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).“There is only the tiniest sliver of hope remaining for the vaquita,” Kate O’Connell, a marine wildlife consultant with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), said in a statement. “Mexico must act decisively to ensure that all gillnet fishing is brought to an end throughout the Upper Gulf [of California].”In 2016, the Mexican government outlawed the use of gillnets for most fisheries in the upper Gulf of California. Many scientists and conservationists applauded the move. But criticism has surfaced as vaquita numbers continue to plunge — a sign to some that the authorities haven’t done enough to hold fishers accountable.“One of Earth’s most incredible creatures is about to be wiped off the planet forever,” Sarah Uhlemann, an attorney and the international program director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in the AWI statement. “Mexico has only made paper promises to protect these porpoises from deadly nets, without enforcement on the water.”Fishers with an illegal haul of totoaba. Image courtesy of Elephant Action League.Andrea Crosta, the executive director of the wildlife crime investigation group Elephant Action League (EAL), wrote in a recent commentary for Mongabay that efforts in the U.S. to ban seafood caught with gillnets in Mexico “with the intent of forcing the Mexican government to save the vaquita” may have been counterproductive, catalyzing the rise of an illicit shrimp fishery. And while the ban on gillnets is critical to saving the vaquita, he said, it doesn’t tackle an essential part of what continues to sustain their decline — the illegal totoaba fishery.“There is very little focus and funding for the most important part of the problem, the trafficking networks and middlemen driving the trade,” Crosta said. “The only activities that can truly move the needle are investigation and intelligence collection.”Scientists believe that no more than 22 vaquitas still live in the Sea of Cortez. Image by Paula Olson/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).EAL’s Operation Fake Gold in 2018 identified cartels in Mexico that buy totoaba from poachers and then sell them to Chinese traders.Clare Perry, ocean campaign leader for the Environmental Investigation Agency, agreed that the cartels need to be stopped. Perry’s organization released a report in 2016 detailing the methods that crime syndicates use to get maws to market.“The organized criminal networks trafficking totoaba swim bladders from Mexico to China are responsible for the illegal fishing nets driving the vaquita to extinction,” Perry said in the statement from AWI. “Unless Mexico gets serious about enforcement and works with China and key transit countries to dismantle those networks, there is no hope for the remaining vaquita.”Banner image of a vaquita by Paula Olson/NOAA via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain). Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly interpreted the position of EAL director Andrea Crosta on the gillnet ban in the vaquita’s range. Crosta supports the gillnet ban, and the text has been updated with this clarification..CitationsFindley, L. (2010). Totoaba macdonaldi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T22003A9346099. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T22003A9346099.en. Downloaded on 17 March 2019.Rojas-Bracho, L. & Taylor, B.L. (2017). Phocoena sinus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species2017: e.T17028A50370296. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-2.RLTS.T17028A50370296.en. Downloaded on 17 March 2019.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by John Cannon Animal Behavior, Animals, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Conservation, Critically Endangered Species, Ecosystems, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Activism, Environmental Politics, Extinction, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, In-situ Conservation, Iucn, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Crisis, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Protected Areas, Oceans, Overfishing, Poaching, Protected Areas, Saving Species From Extinction, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Traditional Medicine, trafficking, Water, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overlast_img read more