Daquioag lights up anew as Meralco downs TNT

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Read Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICKcenter_img PBA IMAGESEd Daquioag went off anew and towed Meralco to a 98-87 victory over TNT Friday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The rookie once again posted 23 points, 18 coming in the second half, to go with four assists to pull the Bolts to their second win in three games.ADVERTISEMENT TNT kept itself within striking distance going to the final five minutes, with Jayson Castro pulling the KaTropa within five, 87-82, with 3:43 to play.Hodge and Daquioag, however, would end that rally with a 6-0 blitz to put the game away.Castro scattered 23 points, seven assists, and three rebounds for TNT (2-2), while Kelly Williams got 19 markers and eight boards.The Scores:MERALCO 98 – Daquioag 23, Al-Hussaini 14, Hugnatan 11, Newsome 11, Nabong 10, Amer 9, Hodge 9, Caram 6, Yeo 4, Grey 1, Faundo 0, Chua 0.TNT 87 – Castro 23, Williams 19, De Ocampo 9, Pogoy 9, Reyes 9, Tautuaa 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 5, Rosario 4, Fonacier 3, Carey 0, Rosales 0.Quarters: 26-23, 45-45, 75-69, 98-87.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s a rookie, but he doesn’t play like a rookie. He’s a good kid,” remarked coach Norman Black.Cliff Hodge also poured all of his nine markers in the payoff period to stave off the KaTropa’s endgame rally. He also had eight boards and five assists in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I’d just like to applaud my players for their defense today. I thought it was extraordinary and exceptional with the way we played defense,” said Black.Rabeh Al-Hussaini also added 14 points and two rebounds, while Reynel Hugnatan and Chris Newsome got 11 markers apiece. Belo admits getting starstruck with Yap defending him Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Lakers coach Walton fined $15K for in-game outburst

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “I just felt like I needed to stand up for my guys,” Walton said on Monday night. “What happened on the floor wasn’t right. My only concern is our guys in the locker room and our team.“If I feel like something’s not right, I’m going to stand up for our guys.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Seven technical fouls called in the game — six of them against the Lakers.With 4:14 remaining in the first quarter, the ill-feeling spawned by the first Kings-Lakers meeting of the season re-emerged as Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins grabbed the arms of Lakers forward Julius Randle, causing him to fall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWalton, angry that no foul was called, strode to the center of the court and berated the officials as Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson tried to hold him back.Immediately after the game, Walton was unrepentant. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers gestures on the sideline in the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 28, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton has been fined $15,000 (14,280 euros) for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court promptly when he was tossed from Monday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.The NBA announced the fine on Wednesday, two days after Walton was slapped with a double technical foul in the first quarter of the 116-92 defeat in Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine 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 hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is expectant father We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Irving, Love return as James, Cavs beat Nets 116-108

first_img“Every shooter that comes here we tell them LeBron’s statement: If a guy’s not in your numbers, then you’re open,” Irving said. “So I know he’ll pretty much enjoy that.”Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points for the Nets, who have lost five straight.“We just tried to compete the whole game. We dug ourselves a hole,” rookie Caris LeVert said after scoring a season-high 19 points.Love missed a loss to Chicago on Wednesday and was limited in the previous game after suffering from food poisoning on New Year’s Day. Irving had sat out the last three with right hamstring tightness.Irving started 1 for 8 and Love was 1 for 7 as the Nets, who trailed by 46 during their loss at Cleveland on Dec. 23, led with under five minutes remaining in the second quarter. But James had 10 points in the final 3:09 as Cleveland took a 50-39 lead.ADVERTISEMENT James scored 36 points, carrying Cleveland while Irving and Love had slow starts in their return to the lineup in a 116-108 victory over the Brooklyn Nets.Irving added 32 points and Love had 17 points and 13 rebounds, but both shot poorly early as the Nets kept it competitive for 1 1/2 quarters. James helped the Cavs open a comfortable lead by halftime they enjoyed most of the rest of the way in the opener of a six-game trip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are young“Ky was a little rusty coming off a couple of games out and obviously Kev as well,” James said, “so I was just trying to see if I could push the tempo, get us into a good flow, get some early buckets in the second quarter and I was able to push the lead to a double-digit lead by halftime. So it worked well for us.”The Cavs were still working to finalize a trade with Atlanta to acquire Korver, which will add a premier perimeter shooter to their second unit. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Love then had 10 points in the Cavs’ 36-point third quarter and Irving heated up late as Cleveland broke it open again after the Nets trimmed a 24-point deficit to six in the fourth quarter.“I thought they were rusty but we did a good job of working them back in and they were able to finish the game,” Lue said.Irving finished 10 for 26 from the field with three 3-pointers. Love was 5 for 16.Tristan Thompson was 0 for 9 from the free throw line in the first half before finally making a pair with 4:27 left in the third quarter after the Nets fouled him intentionally. He finished 4 for 13.Though the trade with Atlanta wasn’t done yet, the Cavaliers did complete one with Portland. The Cavs re-acquired the 2018 first-round pick they had sent the Trail Blazers along with Anderson Varejao last February, in exchange for their 2017 first-rounder.Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who was an assistant in Atlanta, said the Cavaliers are making a great move to get Korver.“I think we all make a mistake if we just think Kyle’s a shooter,” Atkinson said. “I think he’s a better all-around player than people think. I think he’s a better defender than people think. Better passer. He’s just really great IQ and he’s going to help them in so many ways.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:44Gatchalian wants arrest for residents returning to Taal danger zones01:31Taiwan 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 hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHcenter_img Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine I could play on until I am 40, says Djokovic Brooklyn Nets’ Sean Kilpatrick (6) defends against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in New York. APNEW YORK, New York—Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were rusty and Kyle Korver is still not a Cavalier, so LeBron James needed to play a heavy role Friday.As usual, he was up to the task.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFA PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Where are they now?

first_imgWhere did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I have no problem with the [Azkals] program,” he says. “Anyone with Filipino blood, wherever he comes from, should be given a chance to play for the country and help improve the level of football in the Philippines.”Although he already played nationally in junior tournaments at age 11, Bedia’s star began to rise when he was barely 17. In 1979 he powered Barotac Nuevo to the Andres Soriano Football Cup, the country’s national championship, at the expense of San Miguel Corp., a squad powered by several national players and mentored by national coach Juan Cutillas.“Colonel Pascual was there and immediately signed me up for the PAF squad, which also had many players from Barotac,” says Bedia, who won Mr. Football honors from the Philippine Sportswriters Association several times.Happy that the Philippines has risen to the No. 1 ranking in Southeast Asia, the humurous Bedia regularly comes back home to watch the Azkals play, donning tri-color wigs and caped with the national flag.During his trips here, he helps promote the sport by giving free clinics in his hometown and assisting former national teammate Rudy del Rosario hold the local tournament of the Homeless World Cup for kids. Three years ago, Bedia launched the Elmer Lacknet Bedia Football Academy in his Iloilo hometown.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beauties and the best Senators to proceed with review of VFA Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “It’s most satisfying to give something back to the sport that gave me a source of livelihood,” says Bedia, now 55. “I have a passion for helping kids learn and increase proficiency in the game. I believe it’s my calling. And that’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ to football.” —Ted S. MelendresSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:24Taal Volcano now on Alert Level 4, thousands evacuated00:50Trending 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 FUNDcenter_img EDITORS’ PICK ‘First Azkal’ Elmer Bedia with students of his football academy. ELBFOOTBALLACADEMY.WIX.COMElmer Bedia left his heart in the Philippines. When the country’s most-feared striker migrated to Brisbane, Australia, four months after the People Power revolt in February 1986, he left behind a national football team that was slowly climbing back from the depths of international football—pre-Azkals.Born in the football hotbed of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, in 1962, Bedia—“Lacknet” to friends—was the biggest name in the Philippine Air Force squad coached by Col. Lope Q. Pascual that won several National Football League and other titles in the 1980s. He played alongside Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, now president of the Philippine Football Federation; Ronnel Cajelo, Rodolfo Alicante and Edgar Berja.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Still 24 when he left to play professionally in Brisbane, he came back to don the national colors anew in the 1991 Manila Southeast Asian Games, making the crucial assist to strike partner Norman Fegidero for the goal that lifted the underdog PH team past powerhouse Malaysia, 1-0, before a roaring crowd of 25,000 at Rizal Memorial Stadium.“That was my most memorable moment with the national team,” says the frizzy-haired Bedia, who now coaches the junior team of Brisbane’s Olympic United FC, where two of his six children, Luck and Elmer Jr., played when they were teenagers. “Nothing’s more satisfying than helping your country win before thousands of your compatriots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThat RMS crowd in 1991 was easily the biggest to see a football match involving a PH team in decades—several thousands more than the number of fans that now come to see the Azkals play games at the ancient stadium.A stalwart of the Brisbane squad for nine years, Bedia considers himself the “first Azkal” to don the PH uniform. He says there’s nothing wrong with allowing overseas-based players with Filipino roots to play for the national team.last_img read more

A global coral reef monitoring system is coming soon

first_imgCoral reef conservation efforts will soon get a major boost with a global monitoring system that will detect physical changes in coral cover at high resolution on a daily basis.The satellite-based system will enable researchers, policy makers, and environmentalists to track severe bleaching events, reef dynamiting, and coastal development in near-real time.The system will leverage Planet’s daily high resolution satellite imagery, running the data through cloud computing-based algorithms to map reefs and chart changes over time. Coral reef conservation efforts will soon get a major boost with a global monitoring system that will detect physical changes in coral cover at high resolution on a daily basis, enabling researchers, policy makers, and environmentalists to track severe bleaching events, reef dynamiting, and coastal development in near-real time. The satellite-based system — which is the product of a partnership between Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, Planet, Carnegie Institution of Science, University of Queensland, and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology — will launch at five pilot sites this fall, before rolling out globally in 2020.“This system could be a game-changer for coral reef conservation,” Carnegie scientist Greg Asner, told Mongabay. “It will be the first large-scale monitoring system that can detect where reefs are changing thereby enabling direct action to mitigate losses.”Planet satellite image of reef off Moorea Island in Tahiti.The world’s coral reefs have been hard hit by a combination of rising sea temperatures, which trigger bleaching; coastal development that damages reefs directly and indirectly; unsustainable fishing practices, including overexploitation of key species and fish bombing; and run-off and sedimentation from agriculture, aquaculture, deforestation, and other forms of land use. Ocean acidification is another looming danger, threatening to undermine the very structural basis of reefs. Given the importance of coral reef ecosystems in supporting local livelihoods through fishing and tourism, mitigating coastal erosion, and housing up to a quarter of ocean biodiversity, there are deep concerns about these trends. But current systems for monitoring coral health are spotty, usually based on scuba or aircraft surveys — which are limited in extent — or blunt proxy data like sea surface temperatures, which don’t account for differences in resilience among coral communities.The new system will change that by combining technology with field survey data. The system will leverage Planet’s daily high resolution satellite imagery, running the data through cloud computing-based artificial intelligence (AI) that corrects for “distortions from the atmosphere, sun glint, materials in the water column and surface waves” and then applies algorithms from ocean researchers at the University of Queensland’s Remote Sensing Research Center to classify the reefs. Carnegie will then apply a change detection algorithm to the data, giving the system its the monitoring capability. Asner said the system will retain pixel history, eventually enabling researchers to potentially monitor changes over time, including coral recovery after bleaching events.Four representations of Heron Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The upper left shows the 2010 dataset from the United Nations Environment Program’s World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC). The upper right shows the partnership’s benthic data overlaid on UNEP-WCMC’s map. The lower left shows shows the partnership’s benthic data overlaid on a satellite image from Planet. The lower right show’s the Planet satellite image.In the first year, the project will produce an initial mosaic of coral reef sites globally and do validation at five sites: Heron Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Moorea in French Polynesia, Belize’s Lighthouse Reef, Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay, and Karimunjawa, off the Indonesian island of Java. The initiative chose these sites because they “represent a variety of reef types and status from across the globe and where field verification data are readily available”, according to a statement from Paul Allen Philanthropies. The project will also develop a community engagement plan to work with researchers, conservationists, policymakers, and others to implement and share findings from the initiative. After that first phase, the initiative will scale the mapping from specific sites to entire regions and deploy the AI-based alert system. By the end of 2020, the project aims to scale the mapping from regions to the entire world, potentially enabling the first high resolution global reef monitoring system, rivaling what Global Forest Watch is doing for the planet’s forests and Global Fishing Watch endeavors to do for fishing on the high seas.Planet satellite image of Heron Island. “We need to know what is occurring in this hidden world of shallow coral reefs if we have any hope to save them,” said Art Min, vice president of impact for Paul Allen Philanthropies, in a statement. “Coral reefs cover less than 1 percent of the ocean surface and yet nearly 1 billion people and 25 percent of all marine life depend on them.”Planet satellite image of coral off Belize’s Lighthouse Reef. Taken March 28, 2018.Andrew Zolli, vice president for global impact initiatives at Planet, said the initiative could usher in a new era for coral reef managers and conservationists.“Seeing change is the first step in taking responsibility for it,” Zolli stated in a press release. “By putting the most complete, up-to-date picture of the world’s corals in the hands of scientists, conservationists, and communities, we hope to accelerate action on the coral crisis before it’s too late.” Article published by Rhett Butler Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Biodiversity, Climate Change And Coral Reefs, Conservation Technology, Coral Bleaching, Coral Reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Oceans, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Wildtech center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Singapore proposes total ivory ban, calls for public feedback

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) has proposed a total ban on the sale and purchase of all forms of elephant ivory products in Singapore.Display of elephant ivory in public would also be banned, except when used for educational purposes, such as in museums or zoos.AVA has opened its proposal to public comments until Dec. 27 this year. The Singapore government has proposed a complete ban on the domestic trade of elephant ivory in the country.The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), the agency responsible for safeguarding animal and plant health in Singapore, announced Nov. 28 that the proposed ban, under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act, would completely prohibit local businesses and individuals from selling or buying all forms of elephant ivory products in Singapore. Display of elephant ivory in public would also be banned, except when used for educational purposes, such as in museums or zoos. The proposal does not list any other exceptions. AVA has opened its proposal to public comments until Dec. 27 this year.International trade in elephant ivory is banned — Asian elephants were placed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1975, while African elephants were added to the list in 1989, prohibiting all global trade in the species and their products. But the ban does not extend to domestic trade. Singapore, while a party to CITES, allows domestic sale and purchase of ivory that’s been proved to have been imported or acquired prior to the elephant species being placed in Appendix I of CITES. The proposed ban aims to put a complete stop to this local trade.The proposal also plans to give stakeholders a three-year grace period during which they can decide what they want to do with their existing stocks of elephant ivory products. “Local businesses and individuals who own ivory can consider keeping, donating, or destroying the ivory,” the AVA said.African elephants in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Image by Rhett A. Butler.In recent years, some of the world’s major ivory markets, including China, Hong Kong and the U.K., have either enforced or announced domestic ivory bans. Singapore’s proposed total ban on domestic ivory trade is a step in the right direction, conservation groups say.“This is welcome news after China implemented its domestic ban on ivory sales earlier this year and recently upheld its 25-year ban on rhino horn and tiger parts,” Peter Knights, CEO of WildAid, a U.S.-based environmental NGO, said in a statement. “With Singapore joining the global community in prohibiting ivory sales and thus doing its part to help alleviate the poaching crisis, Japan remains the last major ivory market that allows legal sales.”Despite the international ban on ivory trade, elephant poaching for the illegal ivory trade continues unabated. Every year, an estimated 40,000 African elephants are killed by poachers to meet demand for ivory, mostly from East and Southeast Asia. Some have argued that the legal domestic trade keeps ivory demand alive, creating a cover for illegal trafficking.The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement that Singapore’s proposed ban “makes no exceptions in the closure of the domestic ivory trade, placing it ahead of similar bans around the world.” But the group added that the ban could be made more “robust and stringent” with the inclusion of measures such as ensuring that retailers declare their inventories immediately, and suspending the issuance of import and export licenses for pre-CITES ivory. This would “ensure that the ban will not lead to stockpiling of new ivory or increased supply or demand in other countries,” WWF said.The group also recommended increasing penalties for illegal wildlife and ivory traders, increasing inter-agency cooperation within Singapore, and reducing the grace period to one year instead of three.Banner image of African elephants by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. 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 overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Environmental Crime, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Ivory, Ivory Trade, Mammals, Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking last_img read more

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, March 22, 2019

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 Conservation, Environment, Weekly environmental news update There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsPollution from the Brazilian city of Manaus has found its way into the Amazon, scientists say (SciDev.Net).The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah has asked that the construction of two dam projects for drinking water be fast-tracked (Malay Mail).Investigators suspect that wood imported by a company in the U.S. may have been illegally cut in Central African rainforests (KVAL News).Protected areas in East Africa are holding back the tide of agricultural conversion (SciDev.Net).Restoring forests requires long-term monitoring that goes beyond just replanting them (Undark).Cutting down rainforest for “sustainable” energy development isn’t acceptable, says a Malaysian minister (Malay Mail).Other newsBig banks invested $1.9 trillion in fossil fuels in the three years after the Paris climate accord (Fast Company).The ban on ivory in China hasn’t stamped out the illegal trade within the country’s borders (The Diplomat).A dead whale washed up in the Philippines with 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic in its digestive tract (The New York Times).A recent study finds that seeding the atmosphere with sulfur dioxide could be a safe way to cool the Earth (The Guardian)……While the U.S. and Saudi Arabia block a U.N. resolution supporting more research into such geoengineering solutions (E&E News).A court rules that land leases for oil and gas issued during the Obama presidency were illegal because they didn’t assess the projects’ impact on the climate (The New York Times).A research project aims to find out if deep-sea mining is hurting the ocean environment (Nature).“Wingspan” is a new, “scientifically accurate” game for birdwatchers (Smithsonian).Scientists around the world support the children striking for action on climate change (Nature).Bees’ honey could tell researchers if there’s lead pollution in the air (The New York Times).Scientists warn that the collapse of the natural world, and the services it provides, could be a bigger calamity than climate change (Huffington Post).Whales living off the northeastern U.S. coast are burdened with heavy metals, and researchers aren’t sure why (Hakai Magazine).A new nature documentary, narrated by Sir David Attenborough and exploring the pressures on “our planet,” premieres on Netflix on April 5 (WWF).Banner image of a humpback whale in the Gulf of Maine by John C. 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