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Sri Lanka to put its biodiversity in the spotlight at global trade summit

first_imgSri Lanka hosts the latest CITES conference this May, where member states will consider proposals for protections for a wide range of species.The host country has proposed several endemic lizard species for inclusion in CITES Appendix I, including the Knuckles pygmy lizard (Cophotis dumbara), a critically endangered species.Organizers also hope to use the conference to highlight wildlife tourism in Sri Lanka, a key contributor to the island’s economy. Sri Lanka hopes to use a top global biodiversity trade summit it’s hosting in May to shine a global spotlight on the island’s unique biodiversity.The 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties (CoP18) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is scheduled to be held from May 23 to June 3 in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital.The Conference of Parties meeting will bring in nearly 4,000 delegates from 183 countries to discuss CITES international biodiversity trade policies, propose vital amendments, review action plans, and address implementation concerns, said John Amaratunge, the minister of tourism and wildlife conservation.“It’s a good opportunity to draw global attention to the island’s unique biodiversity and to contribute to the global discussion on biodiversity conservation and trade,” he told Mongabay. “Biodiversity is a key driver of Sri Lanka’s tourism sector with national parks being huge revenue spinners. Famed for elephants, leopards, birds and reptiles, there is renewed interest in Sri Lanka’s wildlife in the aftermath of war and the visitors are increasing in number, as there is complete access to protected areas now.”In October 2018, travel guide Lonely Planet listed Sri Lanka as the top destination for tourists in 2019, a decade after the end of a 26-year civil war.“The war did not affect protected areas in a big way during the years of violent conflict but some locations in the island’s north and east remained inaccessible for years. Now visitors can have access to all of them,” Amaratunge said.Sri Lanka is the first South Asian country to host a meeting of the World Wildlife Conference, as the CITES summit is popularly known.“We have a reputation for species conservation and for avoiding questionable biodiversity trade,” Samantha Gunasekera, director of the Colombo-based CITES CoP18 Secretariat, told Mongabay.Gunasekera said it was equally important to drum up support for the complete implementation of conservation-related domestic laws. “We look for full implementation of national regulations before the year ends, as per commitments made under the CITES Convention.”Sri Lanka gained international recognition in 2016 for its decision to destroy 359 African elephant tusks worth an estimated $2.2 million under CITES. The ivory stock, weighing more than 1,500 kilograms (3,300 pounds) was seized in 2012 by customs officials en route to Dubai from Kenya.Sri Lankan elephant. Image by Rhett Butler.Trading flora and fauna  The CITES meetings are generally held every three years, when trade rules relating to flora and fauna are reviewed and amendments are proposed for future conservation. CITES species listings have immense conservation implications, with those listed under Appendix I protected from commercial international trade, and species on Appendix II permitted for trade under specific conditions.The decision to list any species under CITES is contentious, and among the most regularly debated is the move to conserve elephants through restrictions on ivory trading — a major source of income for several African countries that continue to lobby for more relaxed regulations on the trade.Among the proposals slated for review during CoP18  is a combined proposal by Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Syria and Togo to have the elephant populations of Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa moved from Appendix II to Appendix I, seeking to make ivory trading by any single country improbable. Going the other way is Zambia, which has listed a proposal to have its elephant population shifted from Appendix I to Appendix II.A related but unusual proposal is Israel’s call to include in Appendix II the woolly mammoth — a species that went extinct more than 10,000 years ago but whose tusks continue to be dug up from the Siberian permafrost to feed demand for ivory in China.Namibia has also proposed shifting its white rhino population from Appendix I to Appendix II.Proposals need the support of two-thirds of the parties at the CITES conference to pass.Protecting endemic lizardsThe black-lipped lizard (Calotes nigrilabris) is an agamid species found only in Sri Lanka, and is now listed for enhanced protection.Another agamid lizard endemic to the island is Pethiyagoda’s crestless lizard (Calotes pethiyagodai), restricted to the Knuckles Mountain Range, which sits at elevations of 900 to 1,400 meters (3,000 to 4,600 feet) and is considered a unique biodiversity location. Another species native to the area and listed for further protection is the Knuckles pygmy lizard (Cophotis dumbara), classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as critically endangered due to rapid habitat loss and logging.The pygmy lizard (Cophotis ceylanica) is another endemic agamid species on the proposed list, along with lizards under the genus Ceratophora, whose males sport a horn on the snout.Female black-lipped lizard. Image by Sithijaparanagama via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)Sri Lanka has also submitted a joint proposal with the United States to protect tiger spiders, a genus of tarantulas native to Sri Lanka and India. India, too, is pushing for increased protection for specific species, with proposals on the Asian small-clawed otter, tokay gecko and Indian star tortoise.CoP18 will be the final CITES CoP meeting prior to the Beijing summit in 2020 under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which is expected to issue a new global biodiversity framework. Article published by dilrukshi Banner image of Sri Lankan elephants at Udawalawe National Park by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. 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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? 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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 Biodiversity, Cites, Endangered Species, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade last_img read more

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Sergio Rojas Ortiz, leader of Costa Rica’s indigenous Bribri, slain by gunmen

first_imgConservation, Crime, Deforestation, Environment, Forests, Green, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Reserves, Indigenous Rights, Rainforest Destruction 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 Article published by Shreya Dasguptacenter_img Sergio Rojas Ortiz, leader of the Bribri indigenous people, was murdered at his home in the indigenous territory of Salitre in Costa Rica on the night of March 18.Rojas, who was a coordinator of the Frente Nacional de Pueblos Indígenas, or the National Front of Indigenous People (FRENAPI), was leading a movement to reclaim indigenous land from non-indigenous settlers — a fight that had resulted in numerous death threats to him and others in the past.In a statement, FRENAPI said it placed full responsibility for Rojas’s murder on the government of President Carlos Alvarado Quesada, and demanded “an immediate explanation of this latest incident of blood and violence against the Indigenous people of Costa Rica.” On the night of March 18, Sergio Rojas Ortiz, leader of the Bribri indigenous people, was murdered at his home in the indigenous territory of Salitre in Costa Rica.Rojas, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, was a coordinator of the Frente Nacional de Pueblos Indígenas, or the National Front of Indigenous People (FRENAPI), according to a press release by Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), a human rights organization. He was also the legal and political coordinator of the Bribri traditional council, and was leading a movement to reclaim indigenous land from non-indigenous settlers in the country — a fight that had resulted in numerous death threats to him and other members of his community in the past.In fact, hours before he was killed, Rojas had accompanied two members of his community to the public prosecutor’s office in the city of Buenos Aires to file a complaint about threats they had received from alleged land grabbers, according to local media. The prosecutor’s office, however, said Rojas was not the complainant and there was no evidence at present to link the complaint to his murder.In a statement, FRENAPI said it placed full responsibility for Rojas’s murder “on the Government of Carlos Alvarado Quesada,” and demanded “an immediate explanation of this latest incident of blood and violence against the Indigenous people of Costa Rica.”Indigenous land activist shot dead in Costa Rica https://t.co/iGYm51WxKl pic.twitter.com/mLcRstiiLz— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) March 19, 2019President Alvarado in turn described the day as “tragic for the Bribri people, for the indigenous peoples and for all of Costa Rica.” He also ordered authorities to provide protection to Rojas’s relatives, and “to find those responsible and clarify this fact as soon as possible.”According to FPP, Costa Rica’s indigenous population belongs to eight ethnic groups who live in 24 legally recognized indigenous territories as well as on lands not currently titled but traditionally occupied. Non-indigenous people have, however, taken over large parts of indigenous-occupied land, even those within legally titled indigenous territories. Moreover, while Costa Rica’s 1977 Indigenous Law prohibits the rent or sale of land within indigenous reserves by outsiders, many of the latter claim to have “legally bought” the land and have been farming there for a long time. Enforcement of the law is weak, resulting in violence against indigenous people.“Dozens of attacks and threats have occurred over the past years (burning of homes, gun and machete attacks, leaving families fleeing for safety), and yet no perpetrator has been held responsible,” FPP wrote in its statement March 19. “Just three days ago, groups of armed men gathered around a recently recuperated farm known as La Huaca in Salitre.”In 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) granted precautionary measures to the Bribri and Teribe people of Costa Rica because of increasing threats to their lives, ordering the Costa Rican government to “adopt any measures necessary to protect beneficiaries’ lives and personal integrity and to investigate the sources of the danger they faced, among other aspects.”In response to news of Rojas’s murder, the IAHCR issued a statement: “The IACHR urges the State to immediately take any measures necessary to protect the rights to life, personal integrity and safety of all other precautionary measure beneficiaries. The Costa Rican government has invited the IACHR to conduct a working visit to monitor these precautionary measures.”Banner image of a rainforest in Costa Rica by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.last_img read more

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Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Kyrie Irving scored 37 points while Kevin Love added 27 and James had 25 as the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series.After giving up a late lead and squeaking out the opener by just a point, James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and held on to win their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHowever, the defending champions, following a pattern that began late in the regular season, nearly gave away an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers crawled within four in the final minute before Cleveland closed it out at the foul line.Still, James came away encouraged. The Cavs are finding their groove. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government MOST READ The Cavs vowed they would play better after their near-disaster in Game 1 and they mostly backed up their talk, delivering the kind of performance that was routine last season but rare in 2017.In the third quarter, Cleveland took advantage of a mismatch underneath and pounded the ball inside to Love, who scored 10 straight and drew a charging foul on Lance Stephenson in a span of two minutes as the Cavs opened an 89-70 lead.Irving ended the period by draining a 3-pointer over Stephenson and the All-Star made sure Indiana’s antagonizing guard knew about it, yapping in his direction long after the horn sounded.“I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there,” McMillan said of his team’s third-quarter meltdown. “We lost our poise and wasn’t calm during that third quarter. And that was big.”The Pacers regrouped, ripped off 13 straight points and were within 113-109 when George hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left.Now, they’re heading home in a hole they still believe they can climb from.“We know what’s at stake,” C.J. Miles said. “We’re going to go out there, keep trying to give them hell, keep competing and we’ll get ourselves a win.”The other hitch for Cleveland was that starting guard J.R. Smith didn’t play in the second half because of a left hamstring injury. Iman Shumpert, who sat out the opener, replaced Smith and played 20 solid minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testcenter_img Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, right, drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND –— Blown big leads. Defensive breakdowns. Bad shots. None of it means anything to LeBron James.The only score that matters is 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Kenyans sweep Boston Marathon on a good day for US runners “We’re right there of what we know can become,” James said. “We’ll figure it out. I’d much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all. We’re right there on turning the switch on what we really can become.”James added 10 rebounds and seven assists while winning his 19th straight game in the first round. He did have eight of Cleveland’s 19 turnovers, miscues that allowed the Pacers to hang around.Game 3 is Thursday night at Indianapolis.Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for Indiana, which showed more fight, but now has a steep hill to climb to get back in the series. Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the postseason.Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and coach Nate McMillan said the starting guard will undergo X-rays.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ground broken for Jackie Robinson Museum after 10-year wait

first_imgEx-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead MOST READ Baseball has been concerned about the drop in African-American players — just 7.7 percent on opening-day rosters, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sportat the University of Central Florida, down from 18 percent in 1991. While there are three managers of color, down from 10 in 2009, and four general managers of color, the institute said people of color comprise 28 percent of central baseball’s professional staff“It’s important to remember that baseball has a tremendously diverse workforce. I think it’s probably a mistake to focus on any single group, and we have more diversity in the game today than we’ve ever had,” Manfred said. “Having said that, baseball has in place numerous programs designed to promote African-American participation and we feel that our partnership with the Jackie Robinson Foundation is an important part of that programmatic effort.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments The 18,500 square-foot space, which will include a 75-seat theater, originally was to open in 2009 or 2010 but was delayed when the Great Recession slowed fundraising.“The bottom fell out,” foundation president Della Britton Baeza said.Strada Education Network last month announced a $6.5 million gift to the foundation, which awards several dozen college scholarships annually.Sharon Robinson, now 67, said her mother’s wedding dress, currently in their Connecticut home, will be among the exhibits, which will portray her father’s role in the civil rights movement.“There will be a lot that kids, when you have a visual in addition to reading about something, I think they’ll understand the totality of the man and the importance of having a voice and using it,” Sharon Robinson said. “I think today is more complex. It is not just a black and white America. We have a great deal of work that needs to be done so that we really are an inclusive country.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 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 Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson speaks to reporters after a ceremonial ground breaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum. APNEW YORK — Ground was broken for the Jackie Robinson Museum after a 10-year wait — matching the length of the Hall of Famer’s barrier-breaking major league career.Rachel Robinson, the 94-year-old widow of the Brooklyn Dodgers star, attended the ceremony Thursday (Friday Manila time) in the SoHo section of Manhattan along with her daughter, Sharon, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and former National League President Len Coleman.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Raptors blow 25-point lead, but beat Bucks 92-89 “There are a lot of American heroes. I think Jackie Robinson is in a class by himself,” Manfred said, “and really it is impossible to do enough to recognize what he means and continues to mean to process of change.”About $23.5 million has been raised to build the museum, now scheduled to open in spring 2019 on the street level of an already-existing office building. The Jackie Robinson Foundation hopes to raise a total of $42 million — matching Robinson’s uniform number — to fund an endowment that will pay for the museum’s operations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Breaking ground allows us to show the country that we are for real,” Sharon Robinson said.Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 and died in 1972. Rachel Robinson started the Jackie Robinson Foundation a year later. Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

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No reversal of PacHorn decision, says WBO

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn winPacquiao backed GABs request, saying he doesn’t want to see the sport die “because of unfair decision and officiating.”Horn won the fight through the judges’ scorecards, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, despite hitting less punches than Pacquiao, 182-92.There were also visible accidental headbutts from Horn, causing cuts to open on Pacquiao’s head, but only the WBC reprimands a one-point deduction for such actions, not the WBO.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For some players, 2 teams now mean 2 chances at NBA LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend READ: Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’“The discretion of a referee or judge cannot be reversed, except in a case of fraud or violation of laws, which is not the case in Pac vs Horn,” WBO body tweeted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Games and Amusement Board asked WBO for a thorough review of the fight due to “possible miscalls of the referee [Mark Nelson] where some deductions were not made and of the judges in their judging that have caused varying opinions in their objectivity.”GAB is asking for possible sanctions for the referee and the judges if warranted. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation 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)00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 LATEST STORIES Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)After calls for a review of the world welterweight title bout between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao, World Boxing Organization said that the controversial ending couldn’t be reversed.The sanctioning body said that a reversal is only possible if there was violation of any law or if fraud was evident in the fight. Both instances, though, weren’t found in the 12-round fight that Horn won via unanimous decision in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Reyes sees growth as Gilas survives Alaska in testy encounter

first_imgMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was only a tune-up game but there was no shortage of drama, with bodies crashing and elbows flying. Kiefer Ravena buried the game-winning triple with 28 seconds left in the testy encounter that saw Calvin Abueva and Fil-German Christian Standhardinger figure in a heated commotion late.And it was a kind of exhibition game Gilas, which leaves for Taipei on Friday for the Jones Cup, needed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Christian Standhardinger loves that. That’s the game he grew up playing and same with Mike Myers, it’s no problem with us,” said national team head coach Chot Reyes told reporters after his squad escaped with a 120-117 win at Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong City. “More than the testiness, it was a hard game. We know Alaska is a disciplined team and they press a lot and I’m just very happy that we’re able to withstand it,” said Reyes. Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tune up game between Alaska and Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Mark GiongcoGilas Pilipinas was looking for a fight and Alaska dragged the young Filipinos into a fiery, rough-and-tumble duel Saturday.The national team came out of its three-games-in-four days gauntlet unblemished but had to go through the wringer with close shaves against NLEX, Blackwater and a scrappy Alaska side.ADVERTISEMENT Mike Myers led Gilas with 17 points, 13 rebounds and four assists while Standhardinger just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.But despite sweeping its last three outings, Reyes thinks Gilas is still far from where it wants to be but has been a lot of progress.“We want to play tuneups because we want to test the stuff that we’re doing and also to figure what we need to work on some more and it’s quite definite in those three games we had a lot of unnecessary turnovers. Very simple passes that are going out of bounds and that’s really familiarity more than anything else,” Reyes said.“But like I’ve said, we need to go through this painful process in order for us to grow and I think we really grew in the last three games.”Gilas resumes practice on Monday. The team missed the services of big man Raymar Jose and playmaker Jio Jalalon, who are both dealing with an injured ankle.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LSU title parade draws massive crowds Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Salado powers Arellano past Mapua for 1st win LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs View commentslast_img read more

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Windies beat India to keep ODI series alive

first_imgNORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): West Indies stunned India by 11 runs in a bizarre low-scoring encounter here yesterday to snap their losing streak and haul themselves back into the five-match series.All but written off after struggling to an inadequate 189 for nine off their 50 overs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side bounced back spectacularly to bowl the tourists out for a shocking 178 with two balls remaining.At the heart of the effort was skipper Jason Holder, who snatched a career-best five for 27 while fellow fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed two for 46.Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 60 – his fourth consecutive score over fifty – while wicketkeeper MS Dhoni chimed in with 54, but none of the other batsmen showed any enterprise.Kyle Hope and Evin Lewis had earlier both top-scored with 35 in a 57-run opening stand, while Shai Hope made 25 and Roston Chase, 24.Seamers Umesh Yadav (3-36) and Hardik Pandya (3-40) hurt the innings with three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up two for 31.SLOW OPENING STANDThe opening stand was a slow one, requiring 87 balls, and Kyle Hope had struck four boundaries in a 63-ball knock when he holed out to deep cover off Pandya in the 18th over.His opening partner, Lewis, followed in the 22nd over after counting two fours and two sixes off 60 deliveries when he tugged Kuldeep to Virat Kohli at short mid-wicket at 80 for two.Shai Hope and Chase then added 41 for the third wicket in a promising stand before West Indies suffered a dramatic decline and lost six wickets for 63 runs.A string of soft dismissals followed. Holder (11) gloved a leg-side catch behind off Umesh in the 39th over, Rovman Powell top-edged a swing and was caught at point for two in Umesh’s next over before Jason Mohammed (20) picked out point with Pandya in the 42nd over.Tottering on 162 for seven, West Indies then scraped together 27 runs from the last 52 balls in a meek end to the innings.India started poorly in reply, losing three quick wickets to slump to 47 for three in the 13th over.Joseph struck when he had Dinesh Karthik caught at the wicket off a short ball for two, as West Indies took the initiative.Rahane and Dhoni then came together to halt the slide in a 54-run, fourth-wicket stand which saw India past the 100-run mark.Right-hander Rahane faced 91 balls and struck seven fours while Dhoni uncharacteristically hit a single four in a 114-stay at the crease.Rahane completed his 18th One-Day International (ODI) half-century in the 26th over before departing in the 31st over, caught at the wicket sweeping at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, and with with 15 runs added, off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed Kedar Jadjav for 10 to a catch at the wicket to leave India 116 for five in the 36th over.India needed 16 runs from the last 12 balls and seamer Kesrick Williams, in only his second ODI, bowled a superb penultimate over which cost just two runs and delivered the wicket of Dhoni – caught at long on by Joseph.And with India requiring 14 from the final over, Holder performed the final rites with the scalps of Umesh (0) and Mohammed Shami (1) to seal a sensational win.India lead the series 2-1 ahead of the final match at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Thursday.ScoreboardWEST INDIESE Lewis c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 35K Hope c Jadhav b Pandya 35+S Hope c wkp Dhoni b Pandya 25R Chase b Kuldeep Yadav 24J Mohammed c Jadeja b Pandya 20*J Holder c wkp Dhoni b Yadav 11R Powell c Jadeja b Yadav 2A Nurse c & b Yadav 4D Bishoo run out 15A Joseph not out 5K Williams not out 2Extras (lb1, w10) 11TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 189Fall of wickets: 1-57 (K Hope, 17.2 overs), 2-80 (Lewis, 21.5), 3-121 (Chase, 31.2), 4-136 (S Hope, 35), 5-154 (Holder, 38.1), 6-161 (Powell, 40.5), 7-162 (Mohammed, 41.2), 8-179 (Nurse, 47.2), 9-184 (Bishoo, 48.4)Bowling: Mohammed Shami 10-2-33-0, Umesh Yadav 10-1-36-3 (w6), Jadeja 10-0-48-0, Pandya 10-0-40-3 (w4), Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-31-2.INDIAA Rahane c wkp S Hope b Bishoo 60S Dhawan c Holder b Joseph 5*V Kohli c wkp S Hope b Holder 3D Karthik c wkp S Hope b Joseph 2+MS Dhoni c Joseph b Williams 5K Jadhav c wkp S Hope b Nurse 10H Pandya b Holder 20R Jadeja c Powell b Holder 11K Yadav not out 2U Yadav b Holder 0Mohammed Shami c Chase b Holder 1Extras (w 10) 10TOTAL (all out, 49.4 overs) 178Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Dhawan, 2.1 overs), 2-25 (Kohli, 6), 3-47 (Karthik, 12.4), 4-101 (Rahane, 30.5), 5-116 (Jadhav, 35.4), 6-159 (Pandya, 45.1), 7-173 (Jadeja, 47.3), 8-176 (Dhoni, 49), 9-176 (Yadav, 49.1), 10-178 (Mohammed Shami, 49.4)Bowling: Joseph 9-2-46-2 (w4), Holder 9.4-2-27-5 (w2), Williams 10-0-29-1 (w3), Bishoo 10-1-31-1, Nurse 10-0-29-1, Chase 1-0-16-0 (w1).Result: West Indies won by 11 runs.Series: India lead five-match series 2-1.Man-of-the-Match: Jason Holder.Toss: West Indies.Umpires: Chris Gaffaney, Joel Wilson; TV – Kumar Dharmasena.last_img read more

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Birthday news: Salah to play in Egypt’s next World Cup match

first_imgST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP):Mohamed Salah celebrated his 26th birthday with a Chechen cake and the news that he will play in Egypt’s next World Cup match.A statement from the Egyptian football association gave no details about his fitness except that the Liverpool striker participated fully in training yesterday in Grozny, the team’s base in Russia’s Chechnya region.Salah injured his left shoulder in the Champions League final last month, putting his World Cup in doubt. He was an unused substitute in Egypt’s 1-0 loss to Uruguay on Friday his birthday.”(His) condition is so much better,” Egypt executive director Ihab Leheta said yesterday. “He was very upset after the Uruguay game. He thought he could have played and made a contribution.”Fans and Chechnya’s leadership tried to cheer him up, presenting Salah with a giant birthday cake.Salah smiled as he sang “Happy Birthday” with his teammates, team officials, and hotel staff, but the brief celebration was visibly subdued and not everyone joined in.”We could have celebrated more,” Leheta said, alluding to the loss to Uruguay.The brief celebration took place upon the team’s arrival back in their Grozny hotel after the flight from Yekaterinburg, where they played their opening match.A video clip showed a cake coated in the colours of the Egyptian and Chechnya flags sitting on a table in the team’s hotel lobby.Perched atop the cake was what appeared to be a replica of the golden boot won by Salah as the Premier League’s top scorer this season.Egypt face hosts Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday and then take on Saudi Arabia on June 25.last_img read more

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Cunningham hails growing recognition of karate

first_img HEIGHT DISADVANTAGE Female combined martial arts team leader Sheckema Cunningham of Future Leaders Karate, one of the stars of last year’s International Sports Karate Association United States Open, was pulled from Jamaica’s squad days before the team departed the island last week. Instead of defending her double gold won in Orlando last year, Cunningham will instead have to follow Jamaica’s progress at the biggest martial arts open in the world while she prepares for karate at the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC), July 25-27, in Barranquilla, Colombia. Should Cunningham finish among the top two in her division at the CAC Games, the 33-year-old will be an automatic qualifier for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, where she will have to medal in her bid for a historic qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Cunningham hopes to emulate fellow karateka Kenneth Edwards, who famously represented Jamaica in tae kwon do at the London 2012 Olympics. She has the pedigree, being the first Jamaican female to medal in sparring at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships, winning a bronze in New Zealand 2011. “If that happens, I would be very elated. It would be a dream come true for karate. We were trying for years to be recognised, as other sports are,” said Cunningham, who has been a martial artist for 20 years. Originally a karate practitioner, who was drafted into the female combined martial arts team by coach Jason McKay, Cunningham stands at 5′ 2″ and will fight in the -55 kilos category in Colombia. Though she normally fights lighter and is at risk of facing taller opponents, Cunningham said the height disadvantage has become par for the course. “At 5′ 2”, that’s always my problem. Whether I am fighting at 109lb or 110lb, I still face persons taller than I am. It’s very rare I go to a competition and persons in my division are shorter than I am. “If it’s so, that’s it. Subrina (Richards) is almost six feet, and we have her to deal with in local tournaments. I just go in there with the mindset that you train for this, so you’ve got to do it,” she said.last_img read more

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