Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Vargas, Tolentino seek tro Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGood news for RC Cola-Army: It finally got its groove back.Bad news: Jaja Santiago will be back in action for Foton.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just when RC Cola-Army coach Kungfu Reyes felt they have turned the corner with a methodical straight-sets win over Cignal, the Lady Troopers run into the Tornadoes today in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Philsports Complex.“Jaja’s return would be such a big boost to Foton,” Reyes said of the Foton ace, who’s returning from a 12-day training in Japan with National University. “So we have to prepare ourselves and be ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBut Reyes said they welcome the bigger challenge in the 3 p.m. match, and judging from their 25-13, 25-15, 25-10 disposal of Cignal last Tuesday, they are up to the task.“That’s the Army team I used to know,” said Reyes. “While I’m glad that we’re gaining back our groove, we still have to work hard because the next few games will be very crucial.” We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Cignal and winless Generika clash in the battle of lowly clubs at 12:30 p.m. —Marc Anthony Reyes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ View comments
Gary Payton during the meet-and-greet at the NBA Store in Glorietta. Photo by Mark GiongcoNBA legend Gary Payton will meet and interact with avid fans in basketball hotbed Cebu where the fourth NBA Store in the Philippines opens on Thursday at Ayala Center.Payton, a one-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, arrived in Manila on Tuesday and had lengthy talk with the Filipino media at the flagship NBA Store at Glorietta 3 in Makati during the meet-and-greet in the evening.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND UAAP women’s basketball: Lady Falcons claim last semis spot Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes The store in Cebu is also the first in the Visayas region, bringing the NBA experience to more fans across the country.During his media availability, Payton was overwhelmed with the number of people who showed up to catch him in the flesh, ask for autographs and take selfies.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“A lot of these NBA fans have never seen me in person and now they got to see me in person and that’s great. I’m having fun coming in cities like this and seeing how popular I am and bringing a turnout like this—it’s great for me to do that,” said the 48-year-old Payton, who was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.Payton had a celebrated NBA career that lasted 17 years. He was a nine-time All-Star and 10-time All-Defensive Team member. Nicknamed “The Glove” for his defensive prowess, Payton is in town for the third time. He, along with former stars Chris Webber, Glen Rice and Mitch Richmond, played in front of Filipino fans during the NBA Asia Challenge in 2010 held at Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas
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 John Cannon Biodiversity, Birds, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate Role In Conservation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporations, Ecology, Environment, Fish, Fishing, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Ecosystems, Marine Mammals, Microplastics, Oceans, Plastic, Pollution, Sustainability, Water Pollution, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Solutions aimed at tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean need to focus on the design of plastic products, a group of researchers said at the ESOF18 conference in Toulouse, France.Some of the proposed solutions, such as those aimed at gathering plastic rubbish at sea with nets, are “concerning,” chemist Alexandra Ter Halle said, as they could also harm marine life.Though plastics themselves do pose significant dangers to marine life, plastic products can also help to limit our environmental footprint, marine biologist Richard Thompson said, so we should find ways to make them reusable and easily recyclable. TOULOUSE, France — Solving the problem of the growing amount of plastic in the ocean requires rethinking how we use and design plastic products, a group of scientists said at the European Open Science Forum (ESOF18) on July 10.To address the issue, we need to “properly consider the product’s life and its end of life right from the beginning, from the design stage,” said Richard Thompson, a marine biologist at the University of Plymouth in the U.K.Ocean cleanups, banning unnecessary single-use products, biodegradation, even recycling — none of these solutions alone will be enough to crack the problem, the researchers concluded. Interest has surged in tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean recently, but researchers have been studying the issue for years.Microplastic particles inside a perch larva. Image by Oona M. Lönnstedt via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).Thompson said that early on in his training in marine biology, he didn’t expect that “rubbish” would be a central focus of his work. But in his explorations of the world’s oceans, he found trash, especially plastics, everywhere, and in every size.“It’s very difficult to go anywhere in the world actually in a marine environment without finding items of rubbish,” Thompson said. He and his team published an early paper on microplastics in 2004 documenting bits of plastic they found in sand that were “smaller than the diameter of a human hair.”Since then, the research community has published hundreds of papers cataloging the potential harm that castaway garbage can pose to some 700 species of marine life, from entanglement in “ghost nets” to infiltrating the diets of zooplankton. But plastics are also valuable for applications such as healthcare, food storage and manufacturing.“They bring many benefits that could reduce our human footprint on the planet,” he said.The problem is that much of the plastic generated every year is produced with “an outdated and inefficient business model,” Thompson said, one that isn’t aimed at the circular use of plastics.Plastic that washed ashore after a storm in California. Image by Kevin Krejci via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).“Plastic in the sea is a symptom of a much wider problem about the rapid linear use of resource to waste,” Thompson said.Even though it’s where so much of the plastic ends up, “[we] all agree on the fact that the solution is not in the ocean,” said Jean-François Ghiglione, a microbiologist at the Oceanographic Observatory in Banyuls, France.Some of the proposed ideas have struck the researchers as wrong-headed. Collection initiatives using nets to collect trash from the sea are “a real concern,” said Alexandra Ter Halle, a chemist at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France. A project called Ocean Cleanup is planning to use “screens” attached to floating pipes up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to skim plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.“There is no way to separate the [marine] life from the plastic,” Ter Halle said. “Fishermen need authorization to go fishing at sea. But those cleaning initiatives, they don’t need any authorization to put those big nets at sea.”Ter Halle led the 7th Continent expedition in the North Atlantic in 2015. From the team’s surveys, she and her colleagues documented, for the first time, the presence of microscopic “nano-plastic” particles in the ocean. Their data is yet more evidence of how pervasive plastics are in the environment.Accumulated garbage on a beach on Msasani Bay in Tanzania. Image by Loranchet via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).Ghiglione has been investigating bacteria that could degrade plastic. For some, it seems to be a favorite food source.“They really love plastic,” he said.But are they plowing through the tons of rubbish in the ocean? “That’s not the case,” he said.Thompson returned to the idea that we need to think about the source of all this trash. Indeed, he said, getting rid of non-essential packaging and materials needs to happen. For example, on July 9, Starbucks announced it would stop providing plastic straws in its stores by 2020.“There are some plastics products that we didn’t need in the first place,” Thompson said. Going a step further than voluntary corporate commitments, he added, “I think we could have legislation to prohibit their use.”Plastic microfibers under a microscope. Image by M.Danny25 via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).But, he said, policy and legal changes aren’t possible for every type and use of plastic. And that proliferation of different forms of plastic, in many cases making their disposal too complex for the average person, is part of the problem, he said.We could be recycling a lot more plastic than we currently are, he said. Only about 10 percent of what’s produced gets cycled back into new products.“Why is it so low?” Thompson said.Again, it goes back to the forethought that must go into plastics before they’re produced, he said: “If they’re not being designed so that they can be recycled, we’re wasting our time.”Editor’s note: John Cannon received a fellowship from Nature Research to attend ESOF18. Nature Research had no editorial control over the selection of this story or its content.Banner image of a beach in Tanzania by Loranchet via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0).John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonCitationsGigault, J., Pedrono, B., Maxit, B., & Ter Halle, A. (2016). Marine plastic litter: the unanalyzed nano-fraction. Environmental Science: Nano, 3(2), 346-350.Thompson, R. C., Olsen, Y., Mitchell, R. P., Davis, A., Rowland, S. J., John, A. W., … & Russell, A. E. (2004). Lost at sea: where is all the plastic? Science, 304(5672), 838-838.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.