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Three companies end Ryan Lochte endorsement deals

first_imgSyneron-Candela, owner of Gentle Laser Hair Removal, released a statement saying the company wound end its partnership with the athlete, adding, “We hold our employees to high standards, and we expect the same of our business partners.”Earlier Monday, Ralph Lauren executives stated their company’s contract with Lochte was for the 2016 Rio Olympics only, and would not be renewed. “Ralph Lauren continues to sponsor the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team and the values that its athletes embody.”Speedo USA said in a separate statement that the company would donate $50,000 from Lochte’s endorsement fee to the charity Save The Children. “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for. We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience.”Lochte acknowledged it was his “immature behavior” that got him and three teammates into a mess that consumed the final days of the Olympics, in a portion of an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer that aired Saturday. Police have said the swimmers vandalized a bathroom after a night of partying and armed guards confronted them and asked them to pay for the damage.The Japanese mattress maker Airweave’s CEO, Motokuni Takaoka, said last week the firm would keep its partnership with Lochte.”Ryan Lochte has done absolutely irreparable damage to his reputation and marketability regardless of what the final investigation in Rio reveals about whether he embellished or lied, in addition to his reprehensible personal behavior as an ‘ugly American,'” Ray Katz, managing partner of ROI Sports Marketing Group and Columbia University professor, told FoxBusiness.com. Describing the incident in Rio, Lochte told NBC, “Whether you call it a robbery or whether you call it extortion or us just paying for the damages, we don’t know. All we know is that there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money.”But he admitted that he understood that he was being told that the Americans had to pay for the damage or the police would be called.At that point, Lauer said: “You’re striking a deal. Is that fair?””We just wanted to get out of there,” Lochte said, adding the swimmers were frightened.Lauer told Lochte that his story had morphed from one about “the mean streets or Rio” to a negotiated settlement to cover up dumb behavior.”That’s why I’m taking full responsibility for it, because I over-exaggerated the story,” Lochte said. “If I had never done that, we wouldn’t be in this mess.”Lochte also said he had lied in telling NBC interviewer Billy Bush the next day that a gun had been cocked and pointed at his forehead. He said he was still under the influence of alcohol when he talked to Bush.”I definitely had too much to drink that night and I was very intoxicated,” he said.Lochte, who dyed his hair white for the games and had it turn a light shade of green from the pool, had changed his hair back to its regular shade of brown for the interview, which was conducted in New York. As Brazilian police investigated his robbery claim, and eventually held his teammates for questioning while they sorted out his story, he had tweeted he intended to dye it back.He said he hoped to continue competitive swimming but acknowledged that it won’t be his decision about whether he’d be able to be part of the American team again. USA Swimming and the International Olympic Committee could issue sanctions.Lochte said he regretted how the incident had tarnished Rio and the last week of the Olympics. He also gave an interview to Brazil’s main broadcaster Globo on Saturday to apologize for his actions.”Brazil doesn’t deserve that,” he said to Globo. “I am sorry that my immaturity caused all this ruckus.” The Associated Press contributed to this report.last_img read more

K32, 000 prize money for softball club champs

first_imgThe original prize money for the championships was K22, 000 given by major sponsor, PNG Power.But this increased by another K10, 000 thanks to the support from State Enterprises Minister and Member for Hagen Open, William Duma.President of the PNG Softball Federation, Ralph Tarasomo this morning explained the break up of the prize money.First place: K7,000, Second place: K5,000, Third place: K2, 500 and Fourth place: K1, 500.He said the break up amount for the different placings is the same for both the men’s and women’s.last_img read more

POM and NCD to do battle in men’s final at basketball champs

first_imgNCD secured the first spot in the grand final after proving the better side defeating Daru 97-68 in the first semi-final.Port Moresby (1) on the other hand had the easiest of wins forfeiting Kupiano to book themselves into tonight’s grand final at 7:30pm.Daru and Kupiano will play for bronze.last_img

Corporate snooker comp will start

first_imgLamana 1 takes on new team DKS at the Q Club while another newcomer, Kasens, will face off with Magic Wizards at Laguna Hotel in the Premier Grade.The other Premier Grade game between PMMI and Lamana 2 will be played on Thursday evening at Q Club.On Tuesday night in the A Grade, Rapid Response Dragons play PMMI 2 at Q Club while Kasens and PMMI 1 will have a bye.For the B Grade, Rapid Response Dragons will lock horns with PMMI 2 at Q Club, Kasens will challenge BPNG Cannons at Laguna Hotel, while at Aviat Club Famagusta go head to head with PMMI 1 on Wednesday night.On Thursday in C Grade, HDI Dragons will go up against PMMI 2 at Q Club, Kasens face BPNG Cannons at Laguna Hotel and at Aviat Club, PMMI 1 take on PMMI 3.last_img read more

Lewas progress to T20 Global Qualifier

first_imgThis comes after their six wicket win over Samoa on the last day of the 2018 ICC Women’s World T20 – East Asia-Pacific Qualifier 2017.Samoa finished at 9/79 after knocks from captain Regina Lili’I (32) and Lelia Bourne (19).Despite losing four wickets for just seven runs, captain Pauke Siaka (19) and Brenda Tau (20) steered the Lewas home to victory in the 19th over. Summary ScoreSamoa 9/79 (20) Lili’I 32, Bourne 19, Oa 2/9 (4) defeated by PNG 4/82 (18.4) Jimmy 22, Tau 20*, Siaka 19*, Lili’I 2/9 (4).The 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier will be held later in 2017 or early 2018.Photo credit: International Cricket Councillast_img read more

Brook beaten by Spence Jr

first_imgBrook sunk to his knees with his swollen left eye causing obvious distress, and referee Howard Foster called a halt to confirm Spence Jr as the new IBF welterweight champion.Sheffield’s Brook had previously suffered a broken orbital bone in his middleweight defeat to Gennady Golovkin last September, but his other eye resulted in his demise against Spence Jr who was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards at the conclusion.The American challenger, a cool and composed character throughout the week despite being in enemy territory, began to quietly find a home for his trademark body shots from the opening bell.Brook’s counter left – a successful shot on multiple occasions, delivered over Spence Jr’s jab – was evidence that the Sheffield fighter retained his speed and reflexes upon his return to welterweight.Brook tried to bulldoze through his younger and less experienced foe, and sure enough, his trainer Dominic Ingle assured “he’s beginning to drain” after four rounds of tit-for-tat action.The champion appeared comfortable opposing a southpaw, as he has been on many occasions before, but Spence Jr proved a slick operator who justified the considerable hype generated from America. His punches to the body were never obvious but always present.Spence Jr needed to grit his teeth and persevere through a difficult sixth round when Brook turned up the heat, but the tables quickly turned.Straight left hands from the southpaw stance began to find Brook and, in the seventh, his left eye showed clear markings. The wound worsened swiftly.Brook needed the solace of the bell to the end of the ninth round as Spence Jr realised the IBF belt was within his grasp.Brook was then on the floor – a combination with a crunching punch to the mid-section from Spence Jr caused him to double-up in pain. His eye, by this point, looked appalling but he bravely roared on and, from the precipice of defeat, turned the round into a back-and-forth affair.But the injury was too severe and, with Spence Jr given an obvious target, it was causing more and more problems. Brook was blinking worryingly – an ominous reminder from his Golovkin fight – and he sunk to his knees before the referee saved him.last_img read more

Barras bowled out for 257

first_imgDogodo Bau (45), Lega Siaka, (41), Tony Ura (35) and Mahuru Dai (29) scored the bulk of the runs for the Barras, who were all bowled out inside 83 overs.Joel Logan was the top bowler for the NT Strike, taking 5/41 off his 18.1 overs bowled.NT Strike were left a 1/3 at stumps after Nic Cowling (1) was caught and bowled off the last ball of the day by Chad Soper.Day two of the match is underway.last_img

Cyprus take on Greece in penultimate qualifier

first_imgTHE Cypriot national team welcomes neighbours Greece to Nicosia on Saturday for the second from last game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.With just two games to go in Group H, Cyprus is in fourth place, three points behind Greece who lie just one point behind Bosnia and Herzegovina who, in turn, occupy the second qualifying position.In the last round of international games, Cyprus got off to a winning start under new manager Ran Ben Shimon with an impressive 3-2 turnaround against Bosnia. Yet an injury-time 1-0 defeat to Estonia means Cyprus’ chances of qualifying are slim to none.Greece, however, are still in with a very real chance, as a win on Saturday coupled with a loss for Bosnia against runaway group leaders Belgium in Sarajevo will see Michael Skibbe’s side enter the last game against lowly Gibraltar needing just a win to finish second.Greece striker Apostolos Vellios said that his side will be hoping for a favour from the Red Devils in their match against their nearest group rivals.“We expect and hope that Bosnia will lose points against Belgium,” the 25-year-old stated, though he added that, “first of all we are looking to win our matches”.Vellios continued: “The atmosphere within the squad is excellent. We are like a family with the new manager and that is evident on the pitch. We are going all out to win our two matches and, of course, we will wait to see what our rivals do, but we will focus on our own games”.The friendly relationship between Cyprus and Greece is well-known, but winger Andreas Avraam is disappointed with claims that his team will go easy on Greece to help them qualify.“We have our own pride and our own identity,” the AEL man told Astra 92.8. “It is a game that we want to win. We respect Greece, but we believe in ourselves”.“We are annoyed about what is being said because it suggests that we do not respect ourselves. We are going out for the win,” he insisted.Despite Cyprus’ slim chances of progressing to the World Cup, star striker Pieros Soteriou is not ready to give up on his team’s hopes just yet.“The spirit of the national team is very good. We are going out there to win on Saturday. The same way they (Greece) have a chance to qualify, so do we, and we will fight until the end,” said the FC Copenhagen centre-forward.“As long as we are still in it mathematically, we believe we can do it and get the result that we deserve,” he told Radio Proto.A big miss for Cyprus is the continued absence of Apoel winger Giorgos Efrem who continues his recovery from an injury picked up in his club’s Champions League qualifying campaign.The latest meeting came last year – a 2-0 home win for Greece courtesy of goals from Kostas Mitroglou and Petros Mandalos.Greece have won the last four encounters between the two nations, with Cyprus’ last success against their neighbours coming back in 2001, as a late goal from Ioakim Ioakim handed the islanders a memorable 1-2 win in Athens.Crowds at the GSP this qualifying campaign have been rather modest but the fact the interest on the island in Greek football could see a larger than usual turnout.last_img read more

Unbeaten Anorthosis and Apollon face off in mouthwatering clash

first_imgThe most intriguing game in round seven of the Cyprus football championship is the clash between table toppers Anorthosis and championship favourites Apollon at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca. Second-placed AEK and Omonia have tricky away games against Aris and Ermis Aradippou respectively while AEL are expected to pick up the three points at home to Pafos FC.Anorthosis, the team with the best defensive record so far (just two goals conceded), will be severely tested at their home ground by Apollon, who boast the most prolific forward line. They are also the only unbeaten teams in the league, setting up a mouthwatering clash.Anorthosis coach Ronny Levy will have to do without the suspended Daniel Pranic but otherwise all other players are at his disposal, giving the Israeli coach a pleasant headache as to which players will get the nod to start the game.Apollon have had a rather indifferent start to the season with two wins and two draws in their opening four games.However as they have shown in their European encounters, on their day, they are more than a match for any team.Their lethal forward line is what makes the Limassol team so entertaining to watch and it will be interesting to see how the home side’s mean defence will cope against the likes of Maglica, da Silva, Papoulis and Schembri.Former Anorthosis idol Nikola Martinez may play against his old team for the first time since leaving them a couple of years ago.AEK, who are going through a mini-crisis having failed to win in their last three games, travel to Limassol to play Aris.Aris though are in much bigger trouble as they have yet to win a game and are currently sitting at the foot of the table, level on points with Ethnikos Achnas and Ermis Aradippou.A draw suits no one and will be disastrous for both sides.The same can be said for the Ermis Aradippou – Omonia fixture with both sides expecting to have bagged more points at this stage of the season.However both sides need more time to gel after a host of close-season changes, including changes in managerial personnel.The minnows of Nicosia and first division new boys Olympiakos have just one defeat so far and they entertain the other newcomers Alki Oroklinis.In the final weekend game AEL are firm favourites to defeat Pafos FC and consolidate their position at the top of the table.Champions Apoel kicked off the weekend action on Friday night, beating Doxa Katokopias 2-0 at the GSP stadium, in a game brought forward by 24 hours due to the Nicosia side taking on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday night.Saturday: Anorthosis vs Apollon (6pm), Aris vs AEK (8pm)Sunday: Ermis vs Omonia (6pm), Olympiakos vs Alki (7pm), AEL vs Pafos FC (8pm)last_img read more

Hamilton retakes F1 lead with ‘miracle’ victory in Germany

first_imgLewis Hamilton went from 14th to first to seize a “miracle” German Grand Prix victory for Mercedes on Sunday and retake the Formula One championship lead from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who crashed.Vettel, now 17 points behind the Briton after starting eight ahead, led from pole position until rain caused chaos in the closing laps, with the German sliding into the barriers in front of his home fans.Reigning world champion Hamilton took the chequered flag, for a record-equalling fourth German Grand Prix win, ahead of his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.It was the 66th win of his F1 career and minutes after the finish, the heavens opened with an array of thunder and lightning and a fierce downpour that would have stopped any race.“Miracles do happen, mate,” Hamilton’s race engineer Pete Bonnington told him over the radio after a slow-burner that turned into one of the great comebacks of the Briton’s already stellar career.Hamilton, who threw himself across the pitlane railings into the arms of his mechanics and also got a bear-hug from delighted Mercedes-Benz boss Dieter Zetsche, seemed about as stunned as anyone.Beaten by Vettel in his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone two weeks ago, where he went from pole to the back of the field and up to second, he had turned the tables completely.“Love conquers all,” he declared, a possible reference to a defiant message he had posted on Instagram after his car broke down in Saturday’s qualifying.“It’s obviously very, very difficult from that position and highly unlikely but you’ve always got to believe,” added the four times champion, who said a long prayer before the race started.“I really manifested my dream today.”For Vettel, it was simply a nightmare — the chance to make big gains slipping through his hands in an instant. He now has 171 points to Hamilton’s 188.He pummelled the steering wheel angrily after the car crumpled against the tyre wall, the lap 52 incident bringing out the safety car.Hamilton, who went from 14th to fifth in the space of the first 14 laps, had made his first set of soft tyres last for 42 laps but pitted before the rain came and went to ultrasofts.last_img read more

Record-breaking Anderson ends India’s resistance

first_imgEngland beat India by 118 runs in their final test despite defiant centuries from KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, as a series full of twists reached a compelling conclusion at the Oval on Tuesday.Chasing an improbable 464 for victory, India were eventually dismissed inside the last hour for 345, with James Anderson taking the final wicket – his 564th in test cricket, taking him past Australian great Glenn McGrath as the most successful fast bowler of all time.The 36-year-old Anderson received a standing ovation as he walked off with Alastair Cook, England’s most-capped player and record test run scorer who marked his 161st and final match on Monday with an emotional century.For most of the day, however, the story was of spirited Indian resistance that at one point gave them an outside chance of an unimaginable consolation victory, having gone into the fifth and final test 3-1 down.With India beginning the day on a precarious 58-3, a full day’s play looked unlikely for the sparse crowd.But shortly after tea they were motoring along at 325-5 with Rahul and Pant’s partnership worth 204.Opener Rahul, who had earlier shared a 118-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane, was eventually bowled for 149 by an Adil Rashid ‘wonder ball’ that pitched way outside leg stump before spinning back out of the rough and hitting off.The 20-year-old Pant lit up a murky day with a sensational maiden century to become the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a ton in England, striking three fours off one Ben Stokes over.He struck 19 boundaries, including four sixes in a fearless display of shot-making, but shortly after Rahul’s exit he holed out trying to smash Rashid out of the ground.With India’s tail exposed England took the new ball with 18 overs remaining but it was Sam Curran, not Anderson, who struck first having Ishant Sharma caught behind for five.Ravindra Jadeja was India’s last hope, but he nicked a ball off Curran into Bairstow’s clutches.Fittingly, it was left to Anderson to apply the finishing touch and he delivered a beauty to bowl Shami, knocking his middle stump flat.Anderson is now fourth on the all-time list of test wicket takers behind a trio of spinners; Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).last_img read more

Pacquiao makes the grade

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It might be an indication that Vargas got dehydrated as he tried to bring his weight down this week, a day before he dangles the World Boxing Organization crown against Pacquiao, who has a perennial problem that other boxers would like to have.READ: Pacquiao fights Jessie Vargas in bout that’s a tough sellSo as not to become malnourished during training camp, Pacquiao has to eat huge amount of food four times a day to bulk up a bit, perhaps 147 to 148 pounds on fight night, according to chief trainer Freddie Roach.Vargas, according to trainer Dewey Cooper, will likely climb to 154 pounds so as not to impede his speed and keep his power.While the protagonists in the headliner breezed through the weigh-in, those in the undercard seemed to have struggled in the battle of the bulge.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, and Jessie Vargas pose during a weigh-in, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a welterweight title bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS–When Manny Pacquiao stepped into the weighing scale, the predominantly Filipino crowd that came to watch the official weigh-in of The Legend vs The Champ at Encore Theater turned silent for a moment Friday afternoon.They waited anxiously, then applauded when it was announced that Pacquiao was just 144.8 pounds, well within the 147-pound limit of the welterweight division.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Pacquiao likes to give more than he receivesNonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire Jr. appeared pale as he weighed 121.8 pounds, slightly heavier that that of Magdaleno, who checked in at 121.25.After the weigh-in, Pacquiao proceeded to his suite at Wynn and started his weight-gaining binge by eating chicken kebab, bulalo and beef steak for breakfast.He had a lot to make up for as 144.8 was his second lightest since climbing to the welterweight division.READ: Pacquiao eager to reclaim WBO welterweight titlePacquiao only hit 143.5 when he fought against Chris Algieri, who weighed 143.6, in Macau two years ago.The weigh-in turned out to be a global affair as the boxers were plucked out from different parts of the world.Mexican Oscar Valdez will stake his clean slate (21-0, 18 KOs) and WBO feaherweight title against Japanese Hiroshige Osawa (30-3-4, 19 KOs) while Chinese pride Zou Shiming (8-1, 2 KOs) will dispute the vacant WBO fyweight crown against Thai Prasitak Phaprom (39-1-2, 24 KOs).Also represented were Brazil (Robson Conceicao), Russia (Alexander Besputin), and Panama (Azael Cosio). —Brought to you by: Café Puro MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK We are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise 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 Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Pacquiao gives away $1 million on tickets Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The champion, Jessie Vargas, checked-in next and was listed at 146.5.READ: Bradley: Vargas not on Pacquiao’s levelFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentIt was expected as Vargas towers over the 5-foot-6 Pacquiao by four inches.As soon as Vargas’ turn was over, an associate handed him a bottle of hydrating drink which he gulped down right away. View comments PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cerrado farm community fights for life against dam and eucalyptus growers

first_imgArticle published by Glenn Scherer A wealth of great rivers caused Brazil in recent years to pursue a frenzy of mega-dam construction in the Amazon and Cerrado, work that enthusiasts claimed would benefit Brazilians with cheap energy. Critics say otherwise, however, noting much of the power produced goes to large mining company operations.Analysts also point to completed projects, such as the Belo Monte, Teles Pires, Santo Antonio, Jirau and other dams, that have resulted in significant environmental harm, the displacement of rural indigenous and traditional populations, and to generating massive corruption.A case in point can be found in the small town of Formosa in Tocantins state. The building of the Estreito mega-dam, completed in 2008, flooded fields, pastures and homes. The most impacted half of the community was relocated by the consortium of companies that constructed the dam.The rest remained and were denied the social and economic benefits they’d been promised by either the government or the dam building consortium, which includes two mining giants, Alcoa and Vale, and Suez Energy and Camargo Corrêa Energia. Many Brazilian mega-dams were planned to offer energy to large mines. Aerial view of the Estreito dam on the Tocantins river. Formosa residents are still waiting to be given compensation promised them by the dam-building consortium and the government. Image by Cleber Magri licensed under a CC 4.0 license.This is the seventh in a series by journalist Anna Sophie Gross who traveled to the Brazilian states of Tocantins and Maranhão in Legal Amazonia for Mongabay to assess the impacts of agribusiness on the region’s environment and people.FORMOSA, Tocantins, Brazil – The tiny settlement, or rather, what remains of it, sits on the border between Maranhão and Tocantins state, and it is steeped in a history of conflict. Its sixty families, now diminished to 29, have fought the government, a consortium of mining and energy companies, and local eucalyptus plantations for more than a decade to keep the rights to a parcel of land that they can till and live upon.Founded in 2002 with a valid land deed, Formosa had roughly four good years in which to cultivate crops, rear livestock, put down roots and weave together a strong community fabric based upon friendship and mutual dependency.In 2007, the Formosa families were suddenly confronted with an existential threat to their homes and livelihoods.Despite great protest from people in the region and environmental activists, the Estreito hydroelectric dam was built on the Tocantins River, just 40 kilometers (25 miles) downstream from Formosa.Some speculate that the dam was built primarily to provide electricity to mining operations, though officially the energy is distributed to the national grid. Either way, its reservoir filled and flooded half of Formosa’s titled territory. In 2008, the year the dam went operational, thirty of the families were relocated by the consortium of mining companies that constructed the dam and profit from it to this day. Those whose homes were not directly flooded, but who lost farmland, remained.“We lost our friends, but we also lost access to water [and] to the areas we used to plant crops and to the river beach,” explained Maria Helena de Souza, the community’s leader.Before the dam, Formosa’s river beach had been a popular destination for local people who gathered there to swim and lounge on sunny days. That afforded the community with a business opportunity, selling fruit and snacks to the beachgoers. Local women would also pluck nuts from babaçu trees near the river shore and make oil, which they’d sell locally.The beach and all the babaçu were drowned by the dam’s reservoir, washing away two steady streams of income.Maria Helena de Souza, Formosa’s leader, looks out over the land that has been flooded by the Estreito dam: “We lost our friends, but we also lost access to water [and] to the areas we used to plant crops and to the river beach.” Image by Thomas Bauer.Babacu trees flooded in the Formosa community. Local women used to pluck nuts from babaçu trees near the river shore and make oil, which they’d sell locally. The babaçu trees were drowned by the dam’s reservoir, washing away a steady stream of community income. Image by Thomas Bauer.Unkept pledgesThe relocated were taken to new homes 150 kilometers (93 miles) away. Those that remained in Formosa were promised the same amenities that their departed friends had received – clean drinking water, proper sanitation, improved access roads. But it has been a decade since the dam became operational; nothing has materialized.The initial reparations agreement was made between the community and the Consortium of Hydroelectric Energy in Estreito (CESTE) – the coalition of energy companies that built the dam – and the federal National Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform (INCRA).“We received nothing, nothing, nothing. Not money, or the services they promised they would provide,” said de Souza. She pointed to a water pump that it took CESTE 5 years to install but which has never functioned.“They had the nerve to try to host an inauguration ceremony for the pump, but we wouldn’t let them celebrate something that doesn’t work,” she said. That was four years ago, and since then no one has come to repair the broken pump.The reason for the stalemate comes in the form of a disagreement over whose responsibility it is to provide Formosa with its guaranteed reparations. The superintendent of INCRA in Tocantins, Carlos Alberto da Costa, flatly denies INCRA’s accountability: “It is CESTE’s responsibility to supply all of these things,” he said. “It’s not our responsibility to make CESTE hold up their end of the agreement.”But CESTE told Mongabay a different story, stating that it did not have any responsibility for the promises made within the agreement. “We note that the implementation of the UHE ESTREITO [dam] occurred with absolute dialogue and respect for the community and government institutions,” CESTE representatives said.However, it seems likely that both government and consortium share in the responsibility. In the case of other Brazilian mega-dams, such as with Belo Monte on the Xingu River, it is the dam building consortium that is accountable for paying reparations, while it is the government’s responsibility under the law to make sure that happens.But at Formosa, the deadlock remains, and the community suffers on, mostly in silence and so far without legal recourse.A Formosa neighbor, 73 year-old eucalyptus farmer Ataide Vas do Santos, seen inside one of his plantations. “The eucalyptus hasn’t had any effect on communities around here,” he says. But Formosa residents tell a different story, of extreme water shortages due to the trees’ excessive water use and pesticide-contaminated streams. Image by Thomas Bauer.Enter the speculators The dam’s reservoir is just one of Formosa’s survival worries. Large eucalyptus plantations, “green deserts” devoid of biodiversity, and an egg farm, surround the community today.And there is no shortage of entrepreneurial representatives looking to buy up the settlement’s remaining land along the river to gain access to irrigation water. Many residents have received low purchase offers from agribusiness – tempting nonetheless for those whose subsistence livelihoods and sources of income have been deeply curtailed by the dam.“Our quality of life here’s gotten so bad, which means more and more people are thinking of selling out and moving on,” said de Souza. “It’s weakening us.”The village leader still dreams of a future where Formosa will regain its vibrancy and culture. She hopes that the community will someday be able to build a school to provide its young people with education and hope. She also yearns for a working water pump so residents no longer need to drink polluted river water.The Estreito dam and reservoir. Completed in 2008, the dam flooded fields, pastures and homes. The most impacted half of the Formosa community was relocated by the consortium of companies that constructed the dam, but the rest goes uncompensated for the reservoir’s flooding. Image by Thomas Bauer.How the dam came to beAnyone crossing the President Juscelino Kubistchek bridge over the Tocantins River six years ago would have seen a much more pastoral scene. Where once there was forest and a few scattered homes, now stands one of the biggest hydroelectric complexes in Brazil, generating 1,087 megawatts (MW).But the construction of the Estreito dam didn’t only change the look of the countryside. It also changed the character of the nearby city of Estreito, as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, a concert hall and other amenities sprang up to meet the demands of newly arrived construction workers, there to build the dam, transmission lines, roads and other infrastructure.It had all begun with a lengthy federal bidding process. Then, on July 12, 2002, Suez Energy, Camargo Corrêa Energia, Vale and Alcoa – two of the world’s mining giants – were awarded the lucrative hydroelectric project. The companies organized the CESTE consortium, which planned and constructed the Estreito Dam, and which operates and profits from it today.A railroad track, built for freight transport in 2010, cut straight through Formosa, causing further community disruption. Formosa leader Maria Helena de Souza stands on the trestle. Behind her are dead Babacu trees and drowned community lands: “Our quality of life here’s gotten so bad, which means more and more people are thinking of selling out and moving on. It’s weakening us.” Image by Thomas Bauer.A business-biased building process?Some commentators have identified troubling aspects to the construction on this, the biggest, high-impact energy project of its kind in Maranhão state.In a doctoral thesis, Adila Maria Taveira de Lima, of the Federal University of Tocantins, writes that the building process “was marked by the [consortium’s] rush to finish the work and obtain return on investment.” She adds that this haste resulted in “extreme government influence being used to expedite the work and put pressure on licensing bodies to issue licenses.” All consortiums awarded large federal infrastructure construction projects are compelled under the law to conduct socio-environmental impact assessments, which require the full participation and input of potentially impacted communities.However, de Lima says that CESTE’s negotiation meetings were barely participatory. Instead, the consortium cherry-picked supportive representatives from each group of impacted parties, rather than allowing the groups to self-select their own representatives. She concludes that final “decisions reached the affected communities without [residents] having the opportunity to make any significant changes.”According to another qualitative study conducted in 2012 by Amarildo Silva Araujo, also from Tocantins Federal University, local communities endured a wide range of negative impacts caused by the dam – among them, the death and displacement of thousands of animals, cost of living increases, as well as micro-climatic disturbances.The study author writes that all of his interviewees felt they were “significantly impacted by the establishment of the Estreito Hydroelectric Power Plant, and point out that none of the impacts were properly monitored by those in charge of construction.”Silva Araujo concludes that the environmental impact assessment carried out ahead of construction failed to adequately anticipate the social and environmental harm that the dam would cause, and that there were serious failures on CESTE’s part to uphold reparations commitments made to river-dwelling populations.Such failings, say critics, are a hallmark of Brazilian mega-dam projects, with similar accusations launched against the Belo Monte dam on the Xingu River, the Santo Antonio and Jirau dams on the Madeira River, a series of dams on the Teles Pires River, and others.CESTE presents a different picture, celebrating its positive impact in Maranhão. In a statement sent to Mongabay, the company said that the consortium invested more than $75 million reals  (US $20 million) in projects to improve social and health infrastructure in the region, and that 90 percent of its dealings with homeowners who were impacted by the dam were “conducted in a friendly manner.”The consortium also claims that the construction of the dam generated 10,000 jobs, albeit temporary ones. CESTE does admit that now that the dam is operational, the hydroelectric project employs just 300 personnel.An aerial view of the train track that cuts directly through Formosa and which is used to transport steel across Brazil. Image by Thomas Bauer.Damming the Cerrado to support miningA series of huge hydroelectric dams have already been built along the Parnaiba, Tocantins, and Estreito rivers in Maranhão – the Brazilian state with the second lowest GDP in the nation.Plans for six new dams on the Tocantins River, means that Maranhão is poised to become among the highest energy producing states in all of Brazil, ultimately generating 11.6 million MW, almost ten times the amount the state currently uses.Maranhão presently consumes just 1.5 million megawatts, including that generated by the Estreito dam. But according to Araujo’s research, almost two thirds of that amount is utilized by a single corporate enterprise – the Alumar Consortium, which refines and sells aluminum and is made up of three major transnational mining companies, Alcoa, South 32 and Alcan. It’s important to note that Alcoa is also one of the main companies in the CESTE consortium. The mining and processing of aluminum requires a tremendous amount of energy, so the proposed new dams seem intended to serve a potential massive increase in bauxite mining and aluminum processing.“There are studies which show that dams have been constructed to produce energy specifically for certain major industries,” said Dernival Ramos Junior, Professor of History, Society and Territory at the Federal University of Tocantins.He explained that the popular view that mega-dams bring economic development to the nation and benefits to the general population is a potent one with the Brazilian populace, but that it is “simply untrue.” He adds that, “The option to construct dams is political, and is very tied to the interests of big corporations.”According to CESTE’s website, the Estreito dam has “the capacity to supply energy to a city with four million inhabitants” which “represents more energy and development for Brazil and the region where the plant is located.”However, with Maranhão shooting for a ten million megawatt surplus of hydroelectric energy over what the state consumes, it is clear that much will be exported to other states, most of them richer and unperturbed by the social and environmental impacts that these mega-projects cause to rural populations in the Cerrado. It’s also clear that much of the exported electricity would likely benefit transnational mining companies like Alcoa, or giant Brazilian mining companies like Vale. The value of these big dams to the general public is less clear.Formosa residents prepare cassava flour, a staple in the Brazilian national diet, usually served alongside beans and meat. The coming of the dam, the reservoir, the eucalyptus plantations, and the railroad have all disrupted the farming community’s livelihoods and subsistence lifestyle. Image by Thomas Bauer.The future of hydraulic power in BrazilBrazil is a land famous for its great rivers, with eight percent of the world’s freshwater found there. So it’s logical for government, industry and agribusiness to want to harness this cheap and abundant source of energy.Brazil’s first dam was built in 1889 in Minas Gerais state, though the sudden proliferation of Brazilian hydroelectric dams can be traced to the policies of President Juscelino Kubitschek (1956-61), a proponent of post-World War II industrialization.An explosion in mega-dam construction arrived in recent years, also resulting in a significant socio-environmental backlash, which even halted construction in a few ultra-controversial cases, including the defeat – at least for now – of the 8,000 MW São Luiz do Tapajós dam on the Tapajós River in the Amazon basin in 2016.There have even been whisperings of an end to the contentious mega-dam construction craze, with a shift to medium and small dams (though even these can be dangerously ecologically disruptive), and to renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar.Philip Fearnside, a specialist in Amazonian dams, isn’t hopeful. “Dams are still very much the center piece of Brazil’s electricity generation plans,” he told Mongabay. Fearnside points out that, to date, none of the dams on the government’s ten-year plan have been de-listed, while two top officials who positioned themselves against hydroelectric megaprojects resigned abruptly earlier this year.Fearnside notes that Chinese state-owned companies have been buying up Brazilian dams and transmission lines, and are negotiating for the purchase of others. Chinese investment banks and construction companies are also active in promoting major Brazilian transportation infrastructure projects, including new industrial waterways that would require dams, railways and roads, that could soon bring Brazilian commodities more easily and cheaply to Asia.There are also a host of pending legislative proposals in Congress that could massively weaken environmental licensing, making dam construction significantly easier and cheaper in the future.Among the troubling bills now in the legislature is PLS 654/2015 which calls for the creation of a fast-tracked environmental license, which would take just eight months to obtain, for infrastructure projects of “strategic importance” to the government. The strategic importance label is sufficiently vague to be slapped on a host of projects.PL 447/2012, dubbed the “Corruption Bill” by critics, would prohibit the suspension or cancellation of infrastructure projects once they have already begun, and also restrict the power of oversight bodies, such as the Public Prosecutor’s Office and even the judiciary, from intervening in cases of malpractice.Newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office in January, has indicated his support for fast-tracking the infrastructure licensing process. Retired general Oswaldo Ferreira, in charge of infrastructure planning for Bolsonaro’s campaign, also recently suggested reopening feasibility studies for the São Luiz do Tapajós mega-dam, in Pará, and resuming analyses for proposed Amazon hydropower dams with large reservoirs. Ferreira favors wind and solar energy, but feels neither are sufficient to “keep the economy growing.”Fearnside is categorical about what he thinks needs to happen next. “Dam construction should be stopped and priority given to using less electricity,” he said. Then it is time for Brazil to shift its focus to wind and solar power. That’s a move that the residents of Formosa ­– feeling cheated out of hydropower’s promise – would almost surely applaud.Mongabay contributor Anna Sophie Gross was accompanied on her trip by Thomas Bauer, a photographer and filmmaker who has been documenting and supporting communities in the Cerrado and Amazon for over 20 years. He produced nearly all of the photos and videos for this series.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. 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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

Tall and old or dense and young: Which kind of forest is better for the climate?

first_imgArticle published by Morgan Erickson-Davis carbon, Carbon Sequestration, Climate Change, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Global Warming, Global Warming Mitigation, Green, Logging, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Research, Temperate Forests, Tropical Forests Paul Koberstein and Jessica Applegate are editors of Cascadia Times, an environmental journal based in Portland, Oregon. Scientists say reforestation and better forest management can provide 18 percent of climate change mitigation through 2030. But studies appear to be divided about whether it’s better to prioritize the conservation of old forests or the replanting of young ones.A closer look, however, reconciles these two viewpoints. While young forests tend to absorb more carbon overall because trees can be crowded together when they’re small, a tree’s carbon absorption rate accelerates as it ages. This means that forests comprised of tall, old trees – like the temperate rainforests of North America’s Pacific coast – are some of the planet’s biggest carbon storehouses.But when forests are logged, their immense stores of carbon are quickly released. A study found the logging of forests in the U.S. state of Oregon emitted 33 million tons of CO2 – almost as much as the world’s dirtiest coal plant.Researchers are calling on industry to help buffer climate change by doubling tree harvest rotations to 80 years, and urge government agencies managing forests to impose their own harvest restrictions. In 2007, Richard Branson, the British business magnate, offered a $25 million prize to anyone who can invent a device capable of removing significant volumes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.Andy Kerr, a noted Oregon environmentalist, drew a picture of a tree and sent it in. After all, a tree performs the job of sucking carbon out of the air far better than any technology yet devised by humans. But Kerr didn’t win, foiled by contest rules specifying the winner must be the inventor of such a device, and it’s certain neither Kerr nor anyone else invented the tree. An artificial tree might win if it could perform the implausible feat of inhaling CO2.Kerr’s idea, however, was rooted more in the climate benefits provided by an entire forest rather than just a single tree. These benefits can be enormous, according to “Natural Climate Solutions,” a paper published in 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The paper asserts better management of forests, wetlands and farmland can provide 37 percent of the cost-effective climate mitigation needed through 2030. Forests alone can provide 18 percent of the mitigation, according to a statement published last year by the Climate and Land Alliance and signed by an international group of 40 scientists.“The ‘natural technology’ of forests is currently the only proven means of removing and storing atmospheric CO2 at a scale that can meaningfully contribute to achieving carbon balance,” the 40 scientists said. “The world’s forests contain more carbon than exploitable oil, gas, and coal deposits, hence avoiding forest carbon emissions is just as urgent as halting fossil fuel use.”The Amazon Rainforest is one of the world’s most important carbon sinks.Last year, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned we have only until 2030 to act if we hope to limit global warming to moderate levels.Forests cool the atmosphere by inhaling CO2 through the process of photosynthesis and storing or sequestering it in roots, trunks, branches, needles and leaves. Half a tree’s weight is carbon. Although every backyard vegetable garden absorbs some amount of carbon, a rainforest takes in exponentially more. For this reason, rainforests and other large terrestrial ecosystems made up of dense vegetation are known as “carbon sinks.”Kerr lives at the edge of a temperate rainforest straddling the west coast of North America from the redwoods of Northern California into Alaska, the largest contiguous temperate rainforest in the world. Few ecosystems anywhere match its capacity to absorb and store carbon. Trees in the temperate rainforest, among the tallest in the world, live for 800 years or more.The expansive Amazon tropical rainforest of South America is one of the world’s largest carbon sinks. But on a per-acre basis, the Amazon is not nearly as efficient at absorbing carbon as the coastal temperate rainforest. The Douglas fir forests of Oregon and the hemlock and cedar forests of Alaska store about twice as much carbon per acre as the Amazon. The giant redwoods of Northern California, which store seven times as much, are regarded as the most carbon dense forests in the world.The temperate rainforest is a “carbon storage powerhouse,” says John Talberth of the Portland, Ore.-based advocacy group Center for a Sustainable Economy (CSE). “If allowed to mature, Pacific Northwest forests can capture and store more carbon than almost any terrestrial ecosystem on Earth.”Pound-for-pound, North America’s temperate rainforests – like this one on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington – beat tropical rainforests when it comes to carbon storage.The problem is most mature trees in the rainforest have been cut down and young ones are not allowed to mature. Outside conservation areas like national parks and wilderness, ancient groves are converted to industrial tree farms by the timber industry.After cutting down every old growth tree it can get its hands on, the industry typically plants a young sapling in its place. The saplings grow for about 40 years on average until the next harvest. Then the cycle repeats again and again.This business model might be good for timber industry profits, but what does it do to the climate?Sara Duncan, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Forest Industry Council, a lobbying group, claims this business model is good for both profits and the climate. She says old growth trees store a lot of carbon, but like everything else, old growth trees eventually die. If they aren’t harvested and converted into wood products, they will fall down in a windstorm, burn up in a wildfire or meet their fate some other way. Eventually they will release all their stored carbon content back to the atmosphere.The industry’s solution to the climate crisis is to log the trees, truck them to the mill, and store the carbon in 2-by-4s, plywood boards and toilet paper. Eventually, however, the carbon in these products will still return to the atmosphere one day.But is there a more climate-friendly way to manage our forests? Can we get more climate mitigation from a forest if we don’t cut it down every 40 years? The science suggests we can.In 2014, a study published in Nature by a team an international team of researchers led Nathan Stephenson, a forest ecologist with the United States Geographical Survey, found that a typical tree’s growth continues to accelerate throughout its lifetime, which in the coastal temperate rainforest can be 800 years of more.Stephenson and his team compiled growth measurements of 673,046 trees belonging to 403 tree species from tropical, subtropical and temperate regions across six continents. They found that the growth rate for most species “increased continuously” as they aged.“This finding contradicts the usual assumption that tree growth eventually declines as trees get older and bigger,” Stephenson says. “It also means that big, old trees are better at absorbing carbon from the atmosphere than has been commonly assumed.”This giant cedar sucked in a lot of carbon during its 1,000-year life. Photo by Morgan Erickson-Davis.But the science, as usual, is muddy. As Mongabay reported in February, a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2019 by Thomas Pugh of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research in the UK found young forests sequester more carbon per year than old-growth forests.“These findings upend conventional wisdom that old-growth tropical rainforests are the planet’s biggest carbon sinks,” Pugh’s study said. It defined old-growth forests as any stand over 140 years of age.It would appear the two studies contradict each other. But both scientists say they are consistent.“The difference is that Stephenson et al. looked at biomass of individual trees, whereas our study looks at biomass of whole stands of trees,” Pugh said in an email. “Whilst a single tree might continue to pile on more and more biomass, there will be less of such trees in a stand, simply because of their size and as tree stands age, gaps tend to appear due to tree mortality.”“So, our conclusion is actually that young forests are responsible for more of the terrestrial carbon sink than old growth forests,” Pugh said.“Both things are true,” Stephenson said in an email. “Individual tree mass growth rate increases with tree size, but old forests usually absorb carbon more slowly than young forests.”However, the relative growth rates of young and old trees do not tell the entire story.“Older forests store a lot more carbon than young forests and much of it is returned to the atmosphere quickly when harvested and planted with young trees,” says Beverly Law, a professor of global change biology at Oregon State University.By the time it becomes a desk, table or 2-by-4, a log will lose about 70 percent of its carbon, according to Dominick DellaSala, director of the GEOS Institute, an environmental think tank based in Oregon.About 45 percent of the carbon is left on the forest floor, said DellaSala, a member of the Oregon Global Warming Commission Task Force on Forest Carbon. “This includes decomposition of root wads, branches, and tops remaining on site and a little soil carbon. Logging takes nearly half the carbon and puts it into the atmosphere within years.”Trees that fall naturally release their carbon gradually over decades as they decompose.Another 25 percent is lost during manufacturing, he said. And as the finished wood products decay over time, he said, they emit even more.And that doesn’t include carbon emitted by chainsaws, logging trucks and lathes. In 2018, Law led a team of researchers who quantified these and all other carbon emissions as logs move from forest to sawmill. Their paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said logging operations in Oregon contribute an average of 33 million tons of CO2 to the air. This equates to almost as much as the world’s dirtiest coal plant, Taichung Coal Plant in Taiwan, which emits about 36 million tons per year.Moreover, the climate impacts of logging are even greater if you factor in a harvested log’s lost future growth opportunities, Law says. Although her paper makes no attempt to quantify a logged tree’s foregone climate mitigation potential, she acknowledges it could be significant.Law called on the industry to help buffer climate change by doubling harvest rotations to 80 years and urged government agencies managing forests to impose their own harvest restrictions. These and other actions could increase the amount of carbon absorbed by Oregon forests by 56 percent by the year 2100, as well as improve water quality and biodiversity, her paper said. She is conducting a similar analysis for forests in California and Washington.Even after the wood is converted into a wood product, the carbon will likely return to the atmosphere sooner than people might think, Law said.“Old growth trees in the coastal temperate rainforest can sequester carbon for hundreds of years,” she said, “which is much longer than is expected for buildings that are generally assumed to outlive their usefulness or be replaced within several decades.”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 overSponsored Feedback: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

NU strengthens UAAP Final Four bid, downs UE

first_imgJaja Santiago (3) of National University celebrates with her teammates during their game against University of the East. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STNational University bolstered its Final Four bid after dispatching of University of the East, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 6-4, tying idle University of Santo Tomas in the third and fourth spots while the Lady Warriors slid to a woeful 1-9 slate.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t want to be super positive that we can still get the higher seeds, we just have to accept the truth, accept the fact that it will be tough to get to the No.2 seed. Santiago was dominant against the Lady Warriors as she led NU with 23 points, 20 off spikes, while Jorelle Singh and Risa Sato combined for 27.NU’s constant offense bombarded UE with 52 scoring spikes as compared to the latter’s 31. Shaya Adorador had 16 points to lead UE.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Thai Sor Rungvisai stuns Gonzales for super flyweight title MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Middle blocker Jaja Santiago scored the Lady Bulldogs’ last three points despite being stationed in the back row.NU head coach Roger Gorayeb chose not to field in a libero in the final set that forced Santiago to be positioned in unfamiliar territory. 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 returnGorayeb, whose team now holds a stable position in the standings, said they have to settle for either the third or fourth seeds with Ateneo (9-1) and La Salle (7-2) taking solid footholds on the top two positions.“We’re still in contention for the Final Four, but this is the time when everything’s on the line,” said Gorayeb. “No one can bring down Ateneo and La Salle in the top two.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View commentslast_img read more

Balanced Hawks hold off Wizards, tie series 2-all

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) works against Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris (5) in the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 24, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Paul Millsap bounced back from a sluggish start to score 19 points, Dwight Howard had his best game of the postseason and the Atlanta Hawks pulled away from the Washington Wizards 111-101 Monday night to even the opening-round playoff series at 2-all.Howard, who was a non-factor through the first three games, had a double-double by halftime and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home 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 Gavina calls out Mallari anew: ‘Sometimes he’s a detriment’center_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ The Hawks got double-figure scoring from seven players, including huge contributions off the bench from Kent Bazemore and Jose Calderon.Bradley Beal scored 32 points, bouncing back from a dismal performance in Game 3, and John Wall had another stellar performance with 22 points and 10 assists.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 returnBut those two, as good as they were, couldn’t match a more balanced approach by the Hawks.Now, a series marked by ill feelings that went so far as Markieff Morris calling Millsap “a crybaby” is down to a best-of-three. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Washington. Schroder ended up with 18 points after going scoreless in the first half, spending most of it on the bench after picking up three quick fouls.The Wizards avoided the dismal start that essentially ruined their hopes in Game 3 before the first quarter was done.With Beal finally knocking down some jumpers, Washington shot nearly 58 percent in the opening period and built a 35-28 lead.Schroder’s foul troubles put the burden on Calderon, who responded brilliantly. Of course, it helped that Howard finally made an appearance in the series.Having taken only 15 shots and scored 18 points in the first three games, he carried the load with Millsap struggling in the first half and Schroder watching from the bench. The enigmatic center had thunderous dunks on back-to-back possessions that really got the home crowd into the game.Bazemore also played a huge role in the first-half turnaround, scoring 10 points to go along with five assists and even playing the point for a couple of minutes to give Calderon a rest.TIP-INSWizards: Otto Porter Jr. was able to play after leaving Game 3 with a strained neck. He scored 13 points. … Bojan Bogdanovic was the only other Washington player in double figures, also with 13 points. … Kelly Oubre Jr. picked up three fouls in five minutes during the first half. … Marcin Gortat had 18 rebounds.Hawks: Howard has scored at least 10 points in 80 career playoff games. … The Hawks averaged 62 points in the first half of the two games at Philips Arena. … With 11 points, Taurean Prince became the first Hawks rookie to reach double-figures in his first four playoff games since Pete Maravich did it in five straight in 1971. … Among those in the crowd: Hall of Famer Julius Erving, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and at least three members of the Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments LATEST STORIES Bazemore scored 16 points and doled out seven assists, while the 35-year-old Calderon, picked up on waivers late in the regular season, chipped in with 10 points and five assists.Calderon came up with a huge play as the Hawks began to stretch their lead. Leading a fast break after a Wizards turnover, he passed off to Tim Hardaway Jr. on the wing for a drive to the hoop.Hardaway’s shot spun out, but the 6-foot-3 Calderon tipped it in for an 89-81 lead. The Spaniard pumped his fist and took off back the other way, screaming in delight.Millsap and Dennis Schroder stretched the margin on back-to-back possessions.Millsap grabbed an offensive rebound and managed to get the shot off while falling on his backside. The ball dropped in and he added the free throw for a 3-point play. Schroder followed with a 3-pointer, giving the Hawks a 103-93 lead with 4½ minutes to go.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more