Calls for natural solution over man-made one in flood-ravaged rhino refuge

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 Kaziranga National Park in India, the global stronghold of the greater one-horned rhinoceros, has 144 artificial highlands built to help animals find refuge during the annual floods that hit the region.Experts say the artificial highlands are merely temporary solutions and won’t be beneficial over the long term.Some say the artificial highlands will lead to more erosion and siltation in the grasslands than occurs naturally. Moreover, only rhinos seem to be using the artificial highlands, while other animals tend to move toward natural highlands in neighboring hills.The real solution, some experts say, lies in keeping the migration routes that the animals follow to reach their natural highlands free of human settlements and commercial establishments. Last month, an image of a tiger fleeing from the floods that inundated much of Kaziranga National Park in the northeastern state of Assam in India went viral on social media. Other animals weren’t so lucky; the floods killed more than 200 animals, including 18 greater one-horned rhinos.Among the most telling images of the devastation the floods caused was that of a group of rhinos huddled on a patch of dry land in the submerged national park. Presumably exhausted, some of the animals were lying down, while one tried to clamber up from the surrounding water. There have been similar pictures of helpless animals standing atop highlands created inside the national park to offer relief during the annual floods.Kaziranga has 144 such artificial highlands. Thirty-three of them were sanctioned three years ago in the hope that that they would help bring down animal mortalities during the floods that hit Assam every year.But are these artificial highlands beneficial in the long run, both for the national park’s fragile ecosystem and the animals? Are they a long-term solution, given that Assam gets ravaged by floods every year, floods that often come in more than one wave? Environmentalists aren’t convinced.A female tiger fleeing the flooded Kaziranga National Park for the higher grounds of the Karbi Anglong hills took shelter in a store. Image by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)/Wildlife Trust of India (WTI).Pankaj Sharma, the divisional forest officer of Nameri National Park, also in Assam, said building artificial highlands isn’t a tenable solution. “Creating 33 artificial highlands, in addition to the existing 111, will lead to more erosion, more siltation in the grasslands,” Sharma told Mongabay India. “The grasslands of Kaziranga, its wetlands are a very important part of its ecology, on which multiple animal species are dependent, including the rhino.”Elaborating on his experience in Kaziranga, where he worked previously, Sharma said there was a time when grass grew up to a height of 12 feet, or nearly 4 meters, in the park. “Now that’s rare,” he said.At a conclave titled “Climate Change Threats on Wetland Ecosystem of Protected Areas and their Management,” organized by the Kaziranga Wildlife Society and the Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) earlier this year, scientists and other experts said that erosion, siltation and shallowing of wetlands have become the major threats to Kaziranga. Although the erosion in this case is river-related, Sharma said that the artificial highlands further increase this threat. “These artificial highlands may offer temporary relief, but their threat of siltation is more grave to the ecology,” he said.Floods are not the enemyKaziranga National Park stretches across 880 square kilometers (340 square miles) and has a core area of 430 square kilometers (166 square miles). The park is bounded by the Brahmaputra River to the north and the hills of Karbi Anglong to the south. In addition to being the world’s major stronghold of the greater one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), Kaziranga is home to several globally threatened species such as the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Indian elephant (Elephas maximus indicus), wild water buffalo (Bubalus arnee), gaur (Bos gaurus), sambar deer (Rusa unicolor), hog deer (Axis porcinus), and western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock). The annual floods put immense pressure on these animals. Article published by Shreya Dasgupta Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Green, One-horned Rhinos, Rhinos, Wildlife A one-horned rhino swims toward the highlands during the floods in Kaziranga National Park in July 2019. Video by Rohini Saikia.But ecologically, floods aren’t the villains. “On the contrary, floods are necessary for Kaziranga,” said former park director Satyendra Singh. “The waters wash away invasive weeds, revitalize the wetlands and replenish the grasslands on which animals, including the key species like rhinos, tigers and elephants are dependent on.”Floods are part of an ecological process, and animals possess a natural instinct to respond to this process by moving toward natural highlands, such as to the hills of Karbi Anglong, as the waters rise.“If you observe, the animals start moving towards the natural highland June onwards,” Sharma said. “The hog deer migrates in big numbers and elephants start moving towards the west.”However, hog deer are among the biggest casualties during the annual floods. Their seasonal migration occurs through specific routes, or animal corridors, which are increasingly being encroached upon by human settlements and commercial establishments that block the animals’ natural paths.A sustainable solution, experts say, lies in recovering these animal corridors and giving back to the wildlife full access to their natural highlands.“As a whole, artificial intervention [artificial highlands] to an ecological process is not useful,” Robin Sharma, a research officer at Kaziranga National Park, told Mongabay India. “The main way to help animals and save their lives is to free the natural corridors. Kaziranga and Karbi Anglong were once a part of the same landscape; the hills of Karbi Anglong were the natural highlands when [Kaziranga] was flooded. There were no interruptions in the corridor. There were no establishments, blocking these corridors. But now, where do these animals go? Ideally, artificial intervention should be as low as possible, but for temporary relief, these artificial highlands are providing relief.”Natural corridors rather than artificial highlandsAccording to Robin Sharma, nine identified animal corridors connect Kaziranga National Park to the animals’ natural highlands in the hills. Not only is increasing human encroachment blocking these natural paths, mining activities and stone quarries along the national park’s southern boundary and in the catchment areas in the Karbi Anglong hills have disrupted the animals’ natural refuge.In April this year, the Supreme Court banned all types of mining and related activities along Kaziranga’s southern boundary as well as in the catchment areas of the rivers that originate in the Karbi Anglong hill ranges and flow into the national park. This is a significant move, said Robin Sharma, considering how mining and quarrying activities were leading to “contamination of the water flowing down to Kaziranga,” which then affected wildlife and their habitat.Prerna Singh Bindra, a former member of India’s National Board for Wildlife and author of The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife Crisis, raised another critical issue affecting Kaziranga’s wildlife: National Highway 37 (NH-37), which cuts through the landscape between Kaziranga and the hills of Karbi Anglong. Every year, as the national park gets flooded and the animals try and escape, they are left with no choice but to take on the speeding traffic on NH-37 while crossing over to the highlands.This puts additional stress on the animals, and despite speed limits on the highway, there’s always a large number of animal causalities. According to a flood report by the forest department, 17 animals were killed by speeding vehicles along NH-37 in this year’s floods. Wildlife conservationists say they’re now worried about plans to widen NH-37 to accommodate rising traffic.“The important issue here that needs to be address[ed] on a priority basis is to conserve the corridor connecting Kaziranga to Karbi Anglong, which are the natural highlands,” Bindra said. “Plans to expand the National Highway 37 that cuts through this vital corridor must be shelved. The corridor is also choked by encroachments and expanding infrastructure, such as [tourist] resorts. There is extensive illegal mining [stone quarrying] in Karbi Anglong which must stop and Karbi Anglong must be protected. The passage for wildlife to these natural highlands must be cleared and be made safe.”Wildlife conservationist and activist Rohit Choudhury filed a plea with the National Green Tribunal against the widening of NH-37, on the grounds that the heavy traffic endangers the lives of animals. The tribunal, which is tasked with overseeing the speedy disposal of environmental cases, turned down the plea since the matter was already under consideration at the Supreme Court.Animals swim through floodwaters in an attempt to reach higher ground during the floods in Assam. Image by IFAW/WTI.So far, it’s been mostly the rhinos that seem to have taken advantage of the refuge provided by the artificial highlands inside Kaziranga during the floods, according to a park official. Most other animals, including elephants and hog deer, still prefer to migrate to the natural highlands in Karbi Anglong.Robin Sharma, however, said that the artificial highlands were a mitigation measure — “however unwilling we may be to the idea” — to deal with the impact of human activity on the animals’ natural passage. About 70 percent of the 111 existing artificial highlands, he said, were in a dilapidated condition. “The 33 new ones are built along the southern boundary of Kaziranga, in the east-west direction, in the direction of the water flow.”Pankaj Sharma said that “repairing the existing highlands, instead of building new ones” to provide a temporary solution, would have been ideal. Activist Rohit Choudhury agreed, adding that instead of diverting resources to create artificial refuge spots, the government should emphasize the clearing of animal corridors that connect to their natural refuge.In Kaziranga, officials say they’re working toward maintaining the sanctity of the animal corridors. “In some of the functional parts of these animal corridors, there have been houses and shops built. We would like to regularize the corridors,” Robin Sharma said.This story was first reported by Mongabay’s India team and published here on the Mongabay India site on Aug. 26, 2019.Banner image of a greater one-horned rhino in Kaziranga National Park, Assam state, by Udayan Dasgupta for Mongabay.last_img read more

New monkey discovered on “island” amid deforestation in Brazil

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Cryptic Species, Forests, Mammals, Monkeys, New Species, Primates, Species Discovery, Tropical Forests, Wildlife Article published by Rhett Butler DNA analysis has revealed a “new” species in the transition forest between the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado woodland in Brazil.Writing in Primate Conservation, a team of scientists analyzed the traits of a group of titi monkeys rediscovered in 2011 in the Chapada dos Parecis.They determined that the monkeys are sufficiently distinct from the closely related ashy black titi to be classified as a separate species.They dubbed the primate Plecturocebus parecis after the name of the plateau. DNA analysis has revealed a “new” species of monkey that only survives today because its habitat is difficult to access and therefore hasn’t been converted for large-scale agriculture, reports New Scientist.Writing in Primate Conservation, a team of scientists analyzed the traits of a group of titi monkeys rediscovered in 2011 in the Chapada dos Parecis, a plateau in southern Rondônia and western Mato Grosso that lies in the “Arc of Deforestation”, an area where vast swathes of forest have been cleared for cattle ranching and mechanized soy farms. They determined that the monkeys in this area are sufficiently distinct from the closely related ashy black titi to be classified as a separate species.They dubbed the primate Plecturocebus parecis after the name of the plateau.Plectrocebus parecis from the forest reserve of the UHE Rondon II hydroelectric plant. Photograph A by Alberto Caldeiras; photographs B, C and D by Manoel Pinheiro, and photographs E and F by Fabiano Mattos.While Plecturocebus parecis lives in an area of high deforestation, its habitat — transition forest between the wet Amazon rainforest and the drier Cerrado woodland — lies with within Juruena National Park and indigenous territories. The steep sides of plateau have also afforded protection by making its habitat unappealing for large-scale deforestation that has happened elsewhere in the region. For these reasons, the researchers recommended listing Plecturocebus parecis as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.Plecturocebus parecis is the third new monkey species described in Brazil this year.Results of the species delimitation analysis. From Gusmão et al 2019.Plecturocebus parecis (left) and the closely related Plecturocebus cinerascens (right). Illustration courtesy of Stephen D. Nash.CitationAlmério Câmara Gusmão, Mariluce Rezende Messias, Jeferson Costa Carneiro, Horacio Schneider, Thiago Bento de Alencar, Armando Muniz Calouro, Júlio Cesar Dalponte, Fabio de Souza Mattos, Stephen F. Ferrari, Gerson Buss, Renata Bocorny de Azevedo, Eduardo Marques Santos Júnior, Stephen D. Nash, Anthony B. Rylands, and Adrian A. Barnett. 2019. A New Species of Titi Monkey, Plecturocebus Byrne et al., 2016 (Primates, Pitheciidae), from Southwestern Amazonia, Brazil. Primate Conservation. 33; S. 1-15.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

Cambodian “bat man” bolsters the fight against dengue fever

first_imgRising temperatures due to climate change allow mosquitoes carrying deadly malaria and dengue fever to live in new parts of the world that were previously uninhabitable, placing over half the world’s population at risk.Creating artificial roosts for bats to “farm” their guano can improve soil quality, providing a natural fertilizer while reducing insect numbers, and possibly disease burdens. Meet Heng Kim Seng, Cambodia’s bat man. In a few years, he went from rice to riches all because of bats.Under the Khmer Rouge, he hauled human waste to make the rice grow, and now he sells bat feces or “guano” as a natural fertilizer, a thriving business that could even save lives.It all started one night, back in his home village in eastern Pursat province, where he returned after the regime fell. At dusk, Seng watched bats by the thousands streaming out of palm trees and struck upon an idea.“I thought, bats are good animals … their feces make good fertilizer for all types of plants,” the grandfather recalled. “So, I came up with the idea to build artificial roosts by putting palm leaves at the top of the palm trees,” he explained.Seng started “farming” bats for their guano in 1982, and he’s never looked back.Now he can sweep up 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of guano from beneath his trees every day, which nets him around $10. Buyers know where Seng lives; he owns a bat signal, a large illuminated bat sign on the front of his house.Farmers come from as far as 500 kilometers (310 miles) away to buy up guano by the sack to fertilize their crops, including the green-skinned oranges that are famously from Pursat province.The profits allowed him to put all seven of his children through school, and some through university, a rarity in rural Cambodia.At the same time, the guano he’s farming is helping the planet, allowing farmers to combat the effects of drought, extreme rainfall and other climate change-related impacts. The guano, or “black gold,” as it’s sometimes known, may even have saved lives, by possibly reducing the impacts of climate change on human health.“This year, the rainfall is not stable like before,” says Sophea Chinn, head of the Ministry of Environment’s Biodiversity & Ecosystem Assessment Office. “Some areas have a lot of rain, which causes a lot of flooding.” In other areas, crippling drought took hold. “There is almost no water at all,” making cultivation all but impossible.These unexpected extremes can spell disaster for agriculture and livelihoods, says Sothearen Thi from Cambodia’s Forestry Administration’s Wildlife and Biodiversity Department. “If there’s too much rain, there will be soil erosion,” washing away farmers’ hard work and food.last_img read more

BGL Ligue : votez pour le joueur du mois d’avril

first_img Tom Siebenaler (Differdange)  • 10.5%

Partager Mickaël Jager : quatre buts en cinq matches. Et un Strassen qui réussit une incroyable série. Chaque mois, Le Quotidien vous invite à élire le meilleur joueur de BGL Ligue parmi trois prétendants sélectionnés par la rédaction. Vous avez jusqu’au vendredi 3 mai pour choisir entre Tom Siebenaler (Differdange), Moussa Seydi (Fola) ou Mickaël Jager (Strassen).Tom Siebenaler : le roc défensif d’un Differdange qui a signé un magnifique 15 sur 15 en avril.Moussa Seydi : une grosse production avec l’équipe eschoise, avec notamment quatre buts. Mickaël Jager (Strassen)  • 7.3%center_img This poll has been closed.Qui a été le meilleur joueur du mois d’avril, selon vous? read more

Djokovic beats del Potro to reach Italian Open semifinals

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Late run completes TNT rally past struggling Alaska Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Argentina’s Juan Martín del Potro during a quarter finals match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Friday, May 19, 2017. (Photo by GREGORIO BORGIA / AP)ROME — Four-time champion Novak Djokovic picked up right where he left off in a rain-delayed Italian Open quarterfinal against Juan Martin del Potro, closing out a 6-1, 6-4 win Saturday to set up a semifinal later against Dominic Thiem.Djokovic was leading 6-1, 1-2 before heavy rain Friday night caused the conclusion of the match to be postponed by a day.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In clearer conditions at the Foro Italico, Djokovic held serve when the match resumed and then got the decisive break in the next game with a drop-shot winner.Djokovic waved his arms to get the crowd behind him as the set wore on, dictating play from near the baseline while del Potro stood further back retrieving balls in the corners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundIn the other semifinal, 16th-seeded Alexander Zverev was playing big-serving John Isner.In the women’s tournament, fourth-ranked Simona Halep advanced to the final and extended her clay-court winning streak to 10 matches with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Kiki Bertens. MOST READ After dropping five set points while serving for the opening set at 5-4, Halep started knocking her head with her finger as if saying, “Wake up.” After getting broken in that game she held at love in her next service game to end the set.Halep then cruised past her 20th-ranked Dutch opponent amid intermittent rain.Bertens committed 31 unforced errors to Halep’s nine.Halep is looking for back-to-back clay-court titles after taking the title in Madrid last weekend.The Romanian will face either Garbine Muguruza or Elina Svitolina in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The injuries pile up, and the Warriors’ reign ends

first_imgIt was a sad farewell to Oracle for so many reasons. The 2,070th and final game in that building that the Warriors called home for 47 seasons. The first game since Durant had surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles. The last loss of the season. The end of the quest for three straight championships. And if all that emotion wasn’t enough, now there’s fear for Thompson’s future.Thompson will be a free agent on June 30. The Warriors have said they want to keep him, and they likely still will. But if he has a major knee issue now that would be on top of the injury that will likely keep Durant — another probable free-agent-in-waiting, maybe the biggest domino that will fall this summer to start an expected player-movement bonanza — off the court for all of next season.The irony with Thompson’s injury is he doesn’t get hurt. Thompson one of the most durable players in the league. He strained a hamstring earlier in these finals and missed one game. He may have done a number on his knee on Thursday and was still lobbying to stay in the game.He was gone before the Raptors’ celebration. When the Warriors start play next season at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, there will be no banner to raise or rings to hand out. An era is over. A new one will have to begin.“I think everybody thinks it’s kind of the end of us,” Green said. “But that’s just not smart. We’re not done yet.” Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao MOST READ View comments — They won a staggering 399 times. That’s 100 more than second-place San Antonio has over the last five years.— They went to the NBA Finals five straight years, the second-longest streak in NBA history. Boston had a 10-year streak of finals trips, back when the NBA had eight and nine teams. The Warriors are dealing with a 30-team league.— They won three titles in that span. The only other franchises to get three or more rings in five years are San Antonio, Chicago, the Los Angeles Lakers (also done when the team was in Minneapolis), and Boston.“I could not be any luckier as a coach to be with these guys every day and to watch them compete,” Kerr said. “And, boy, do they compete.”Golden State still had a chance, even in the final seconds. Curry missed a 3-pointer with about 6 seconds left that would have given the Warriors the lead. The actual ending came several minutes later after long delays following a technical on Golden State for calling a time-out it didn’t have and then a long review of a foul on Toronto’s inbounds pass with less than a second left.The Raptors didn’t mind waiting.And for the Warriors, it just prolonged the inevitable.Thompson finished with 30 points, even missing the fourth quarter. Andre Iguodala scored 22 points, Curry had 21 and Green finished with 11 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists.It wasn’t enough.“We continued to fight,” Green said. The Golden State Warriors are champions no more.The reign ended Thursday night in the last game they’ll ever play at Oracle Arena, one where they entered without Kevin Durant and left without Klay Thompson. The roster depletion was just too taxing, even for warriors like the Warriors to bear, and they lost Game 6 of the NBA Finals 114-110 to the Toronto Raptors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“What I’ve witnessed as their coach over the last five years is just an incredible combination of talent and character and commitment to each other,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “This just doesn’t happen. A group of guys like this doesn’t come around together and do what they did over the last five years.”Toronto won the series 4-2, finishing it off a few minutes after Thompson used crutches to hobble out of Oracle and into perhaps an uncertain future. He got hurt in the third quarter, fouled on a dunk attempt and landing awkwardly on his left knee — which buckled in a manner that’s often a telltale sign of big trouble. He left the game, then limped out of the tunnel and returned to the court — drawing raucous cheers — so he could shoot his free throws, allowing him to possibly return after being evaluated. He made both shots, the Warriors then took a foul a few seconds later and Thompson retreated toward the locker room again. A few minutes later, the word came: Thompson was done for the night.The reign was done not long afterward.“It’s kind of hard to talk about,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “It’s a tough way to go out … but the story is not over yet.”In terms of winning, no team has ever had a five-year run like the one the Warriors put together since the hiring of Kerr in 2014.— They’ve won 77 percent of their games, including playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing King of the North: Kawhi Leonard wins Finals MVP Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green loses the ball during the second half against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — In the end, they were just battered and broken.And now, they’re beaten.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Philippine Azkals to face familiar foes in World Cup qualifying

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian The Azkals have played China twice this year, losing both matches in the AFC Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi last January and in a friendly in Guangzhou last month.The Philippines is in Group A for the Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJoining @TheAzkalsPH in the group are:China PR Syria Maldives Guam pic.twitter.com/9oMcYWvJSV— The Philippine Football Federation (@philfootball) July 17, 2019 FILE — Philippine Azkals Photo by Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netMANILA, Philippines–A slew of familiar opponents stand in the way of the Philippines in its bid to advance the next round of the joint 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying starting in September.China, Maldives and Guam, which have played against the Azkals in recent years, landed in Group A together with powerhouse Syria and the Philippines during the draw held Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Benefits of township living ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division The last time the Azkals played the Maldives was in 2014 in the semifinals in the now-defunct AFC Challenge Cup in Male, where the Philippines prevailed, 3-2, in extra time.Guam lost all three matches of the Philippines in recent years. In contrast, Syria has won all of its three matches against the Philippines, but the last game between the two nations happened 18 years ago with the Syrians winning 5-1 in World Cup qualifying.The Azkals will be playing all of their home matches at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT Robert Bolick carries load for NorthPort to earn PBA Rookie of Month award Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptistscenter_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station View comments LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jhunriel Ramonal wins WBO Asia Pacific title, Loreto drops to Japanese foe

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES INQUIRER Sports Top 7 Stories of 2019: PH athletes deliver 1st SEA Games overall title in 14 years ‘People evacuated on their own’ The 30-year-old Ramonal (17-8-6) took his third straight win and extended his unbeaten run to five matches.Kuga (19-4-1), meanwhile, saw his three-fight winning streak get snapped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Rey Loreto, though, didn’t have the same fate after he fell in five rounds against Ginjiro Shigeoka in their bout for the WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight championship.Loreto (15-15) suffered his second defeat in four matches while the 20-year-old Shigeoka, who is nine years his junior, took his fifth win in as many matches. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxers Jhunriel Ramonal and Rey Loreto had different fates at the end of the decade when they fought for regional titles in Tokyo on Tuesday.Jhunriel Ramonal took just one round to dispatch of his Japanese opponent Yusaku Kuga to take the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super bantamweight title at Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT When Pops met Martin’s son Santino Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations View commentslast_img read more

Eid message from CIOG President

first_imgAllahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa elaaha Illal laa, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lil laa hil Hamd. Allah is the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest!Allah is the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest, and there is no God but Allah (SWT). Allah is the Greatest! Allah is the Greatest, and to Him belong all Praises.My dear brothers and sisters – I greet you with the universal greetings of Islam.Assalamu-O-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahe Wabarakatuhu. May the Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah (SWT) be with you.On this auspicious occasion, the end of the holy month of Ramadan, I extend on behalf of myself, family, and the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana, to all Guyanese, and especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, Eid Mubarak!! Eid Mubarak!! Eid Mubarak!!On this day of Eid-ul-Fitr, we join with Muslims worldwide to congratulate each other with greetings of Eid Mubarak. The holy month of Ramadan was a month of great sacrifice, during which we intensified our devotion to Allah (SWT) by fasting from dawn to sunset, while remaining in the remembrance of Allah (SWT) and being in a state of goodwill by giving charity to the poor, needy and the vulnerable, by feeding those suffering from hunger, and the increase of prayers to compliment the compulsory five-daily prayers. We perform these actions knowing that by the promise of Allah SWT we will obtain taqwa, or God consciousness, and at our journey’s end, obtain His paradise.The obligation of fasting in the month of Ramadaan for the believers, men and women who are sane and healthy, is a clear message to mankind that unrestricted indulgence in fulfilling the desires of one’s base or animal self has to be curbed for some time, to give an upliftment to one’s spiritual self. The objective of fasting, as described in the Holy Quran, is “so that you may guard against evil”.During the auspicious month of Ramadan, a fasting person abstains from food, drink and sexual relations from dawn until sunset, in obedience to the command of his Creator, Allah.The month is a training period whereby the believer’s trait of God-consciousness is nurtured. Even though he may be in place of total privacy and seclusion on the hottest day of the year, he does not submit to the temptation of sipping even a few drops of water, for he is convinced that he cannot evade the sight of the All-Observing Almighty.If the spirit of fasting were to become a reality in the society of Muslims who have observed the fasts of Ramadaan and advanced in his piety, then mankind would see a society in which every person becomes the guardian of the respect, honour, property and possessions of others; a society in which the needy, the poor, the destitute and the under-privileged are taken care of; a society in which honesty, chastity, nobility, kindness, compassion, mercy and forgiveness shine forth like the midday sun; a society in which no harm is caused to any human or animal without a just reason; and a society in which material progress does not bring about a moral collapse.Man is a created being, and only divine guidance can solve his problems. The reality is clear: The heavy arm of the law on its own; just legislation; the imposition of fines and jail sentences cannot, and will not, solve problems that face mankind. The only sure deterrent to crimes of all kinds is firm conviction and belief in our Creator Allah, a life hereafter, and a day of judgement wherein complete justice will be meted out. These are long-term solutions and solutions that were proven to give the best results and create the best societies on the face of the earth.Eid-ul- Fitr signifies the end of this fasting period, and is a day of joy and thanksgiving; but despite being a day of celebration, the day commences with an additional prayer after sunrise, reminding the believers that the objective of fasting must be fully borne in mind even after Ramadan.While conveying to the Muslim community best wishes for a happy Eid, I make a humble appeal to every Muslim brother and sister to keep the spirit of fasting alive. Let obedience of Allah Ta’ala shine forth from this day forward. Let the rest of mankind observe the effect that fasting has in changing the outlook of a believing Muslim.Let the world observe a community free from all sins, crime and vice; and let us be an example which is worthy of emulation and of others accepting Islam. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the guidance to resolve that we shall make the Quran and Sunnah our guiding lights, and practise Islam as much as possible.On this Blessed day, we thank Allah (SWT) that, in our country of Guyana, we as Muslims can coexist in harmony with peoples of all faiths. We live in harmony with our brothers and sisters of the Christian and Hindu communities, and our views and representation are reflected in the Government of the day. We work closely with our Government to ensure our contributions are felt in the development of our country.Let us lead by example, and join with all of them in our country who have similar beliefs to try our best to wipe out corruption and crime at all levels of society; violence against women; rape; sexual molestation of children; alcohol abuse, suicide and racial discrimination. We have been trained and fortified in Ramadan, now is the time to put the lessons we have learnt into practice.It is only the people with strong faith and a high level of Taqwaa (God consciousness) who would be able to take up these challenges.It is only these people who can turn the society back to the path of righteousness. This was the reason we had to be trained in Ramadan. The whole world is calling on us to do this work.May Allah (SWT) help us all to work for the establishment of peace, justice, and high moral values in our country and the world at large.May Allah (SWT) bless us all, and may He continue to guide us.Eid Mubarak! Eid Mubarak! Eid Mubarak!President of CIOG,Al Hajj ShahabudeenAhmad (ag)last_img read more

Bowl fight for Kenya 7s after false start

first_img0Shares0000WELLINGTON, New Zealand February 3 – Kenya brought to life the first day of the Wellington sevens today but came crashing after losing their two follow up matches in Pool D.The team welcomed back star player Collins Injera, who scored the decisive try with a minute to play and went on to beat Australia 35-10 in their opening match These were Injera’s 125th and 126th tries victory against Australia while Sidney Ashioya also scored twice before Humphrey Kayange completed the victory. Its was an exemplary performance by the boys and went further to cement the fact that calling back the experienced players was not in vain.In the second match it was not rosy at all as Kenya went down to France 26-17.France went up with guns blazing taking a 5-0 lead by the second minute through Vincent Danieu.Kenya’s Oscar Ouma did not let the scores settle for to long after responding with a try two minutes later.Tipping the scales was Danieu who added his second giving the French a 12-5 lead at half time.In the second half Injera was at it and took Kenya’s score to 10-12 but shortly the French re-instated their 7 point advantage.The French from the on ran with it and settled for 26-17 final score.Canada’s Nanyak Dala scored a late try to condemn Kenya in their last group game winning it 21-14.Oscar Ouma kicked for Kenya crossing over for a 7-0 lead then Asego converted to which the Canadians through Conor Trainor to cancel the lead. With a minute to go, Nanyak sidestepped Captain Sidney Ashioya to score under the posts and condemn Kenya to finish in second spot in Pool D below Canada and above France and Australia.Kenya now faces Scotland in the Bowl quarter final tomorrow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more