Azkals feel heat

first_imgAFF Suzuki Cup match between Philippines and Singapore at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERBocaue, Bulacan— Faced with the difficult task of taking points from the two teams that have impressed in the tournament so far, the Philippines remains upbeat it can still survive the AFF Suzuki Cup’s Group of Death here.The scoreless draw against 10-man Singapore before a sparse crowd at Philippine Sports Stadium Saturday night just cranked up the pressure on the Azkals, who face a mountain to climb in their last two matches in Group A starting with Indonesia Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 MOST READ Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportscenter_img As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise The Azkals were left frustrated by a combination of some stout Singapore defending, stellar goalkeeping and incessant time-wasting by the Lions, who played with a man disadvantage for almost an hour after Hafiz Sujad was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Younghusband.Lacking cutting edge in the final third, the Azkals found it difficult to break down the Lions, who were content to soak up the pressure to salvage the point.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley did tinker his lineup in the second half in a bid to maximize the advantage, but Pika Minegishi and Stephan Schrock wasted good chances.The lack of goals once again put Dooley’s decision to place Younghusband in a defensive midfield role under the microscope. Misagh Bahadoran started but he was also starved of service. The Azkals’ top scorer the past two years was largely invisible in the match before he was subbed off early in the second half.The German-American mentor defended his ploy, stressing that the team is able to maximize Younghusband’s quality on the ball and playmaking in his current position.ADVERTISEMENT All Stars play for a cause The Merah Putih showed their pedigree even in the 2-4 loss to Thailand on opening day, and the Azkals could see their hopes of qualifying to a fourth straight semifinals vanish if they misfire once more.The Azkals have never won against the Thais, whom they face Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We always said we want to be at six points when we face Thailand,” said Azkals captain Phil Younghusband, whose team is level with Singapore with one point.“It’s not happening now, but we’re still confident we can advance. We have the quality in the team, but we have to play better, work harder and convert our chances.” “It’s his best position right now and he stood out against Singapore,” said Dooley.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Illegal logging persists in Borneo orangutan habitat despite government ban

first_imgIllegal logging continues inside an orangutan habitat in Borneo that the Indonesian government had decreed off-limits last year, an investigation by Greenpeace has found.The group reported at least six logging camps in the concession held by a timber company, but noted that it was unclear whether the company itself, PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa (MPK), was engaged in the illegal logging.This is the second time Greenpeace has found indications of commercial exploitation in the area since the government ordered PT MPK to halt its operations last year. JAKARTA — At least six illegal logging camps have sprung up in a peat forest in Indonesian Borneo that the government had declared off-limits last year, a Greenpeace investigation has revealed.The environmental group’s probe in March this year found the camps inside a concession held by timber company PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa (MPK), in the Ketapang district of West Kalimantan province.The concession itself covers 484 square kilometers (187 square miles) of land, or 85 percent of the Sungai Putri landscape, home to an estimated 950 to 1,200 critically endangered Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) and one of the last pristine coastal peat swamp forests remaining on the island of Borneo.A pooling area for processed wood, which also serves as one of at least six camps for illegal loggers inside PT MPK’s concession in Sungai Putri, Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Sawn timber piled up inside the PT MPK concession in Sungai Putri, Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Greenpeace said logging was taking place at night, including in locations where orangutan nests were found, and ending just before dawn as trucks arrived to transport the woodpiles to nearby sawmills and furniture shops.“This is a major embarrassment for the Indonesian government, which has consistently promised to protect Sungai Putri,” Greenpeace campaigner Ratri Kusumohartono said in a statement.In March 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry ordered PT MPK to cease its operations in the area because they violated a moratorium on peatland development. Photos emerged of a huge canal the company had dug to drain the forest in preparation for what it called a trial plantation as well as for transporting felled logs to a sawmill.Large-scale drainage of Indonesia’s vast peat swamps, in particular by palm oil and pulpwood companies, has left the land highly combustible, exacerbating annual fires that are usually sparked for slash-and-burn clearing activities.The Greenpeace exposé is the second investigation that has revealed continued commercial exploitation of the Sungai Putri forest in defiance of the government order for a halt to such activities. In November last year, the NGO published photos that showed an extensive canal full of water, alongside excavators and pulpwood tree seedlings being planted.“The government cannot let this stand — it must uphold the law and ensure the full and permanent protection of this beautiful and important forest,” Ratri said.Greenpeace noted it was unclear whether PT MPK was carrying out the logging or if other parties were taking advantage of roads built by the company to further encroach on the forest and orangutan habitat.PT MPK, linked to a Chinese investment firm, obtained permits in 2008 from the government to log the area. Logging activities are strongly supported by the provincial government as a means of boosting investment in the region. PT MPK did not immediately respond to Mongabay’s requests for comment on Greenpeace’s latest findings.The canal through the peat swamp forest in Sungai Putri allegedly dug by PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa. Image courtesy of International Animal Rescue.Global Forest Watch Commodities map showing PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa’s concession in Sungai Putri, including the concession area and peat depth. Image courtesy of World Resources Institute.“Habitat destruction forces orangutans to enter neighboring plantations and farms looking for food and this frequently leads to conflict with humans,” Karmele Llano Sanchez, program director of International Animal Rescue in Indonesia, said in the statement.“Sungai Putri is home to one of the largest populations in the world and we are at a critical point for the Bornean orangutan, without forests like this they can’t survive,” she added.Sungai Putri hosts “one of the largest unprotected [orangutan] populations in the whole of Indonesia,” according to a 2016 joint report by the Borneo Nature Foundation and International Animal Rescue. Ratri said the survival of the species “relies on creating wildlife havens and protecting the existing ones” like Sungai Putri.“It is time for the Indonesian government to ensure the full protection of Sungai Putri, its environment and wildlife,” she said.Pooling area for processed wood and a camp for illegal loggers inside the PT MPK concession in Sungai Putri, Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.Wood ready to be collected by illegal loggers inside PT MPK’s concession in Sungai Putri, Ketapang, West Kalimantan. Image courtesy of Greenpeace.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. 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 Animals, Borneo Orangutan, Community Forests, Deforestation, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forest Loss, Forestry, Forests, Habitat, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Illegal Logging, Logging, Orangutans, Peatlands, Rainforest Animals, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforest Logging, Rainforests, Threats To Rainforests, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests, Wildlife center_img Article published by Basten Gokkonlast_img read more

EU demand siphons illicit timber from Ukraine, investigation finds

first_imgAnimals, boreal forests, Certification, Conservation, Corruption, Deforestation, Economics, Environment, Forest Stewardship Council, Forestry, Forests, Illegal Logging, Illegal Timber Trade, Logging, Mammals, Pulp And Paper, Sustainability, Sustainable Forest Management, Temperate Forests, Timber, Timber Laws, timber trade, Trees, Wildlife Article published by John Cannon Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Corrupt management of Ukraine’s timber sector is supplying the EU with large amounts of wood from the country’s dense forests.The London-based investigative nonprofit Earthsight found evidence that forestry officials have taken bribes to supply major European firms with Ukrainian wood that may have been harvested illegally.Earthsight argues that EU-based companies are not carrying out the due diligence that the EU Timber Regulation requires when buying from “high-risk” sources of timber. Lax due diligence by European companies is driving the illegal harvest of timber in Ukraine, one of the largest suppliers to the continent, according to a report published July 14.“It’s a huge source of high-risk timber coming into the EU,” said Sam Lawson, who directs the London-based investigative non-profit Earthsight.Ukraine holds some of Europe’s largest tracts of unspoiled forests. But those forests, home to brown bears (Ursus arctos arctos), wolves (Canis lupus lupus), and bison (Bison bonasus), also supply more “high-risk timber” to the EU than all countries in the tropics combined, Lawson said. Earthsight carried out a two-year probe into the country’s timber sector, digging through court documents and customs records, interviewing industry staff and government officials, and conducting on-the-ground and under cover investigations.Video © Earthsight.The effort uncovered evidence of corruption on the part of government-run “state forestry enterprises” and department heads in Ukraine. They also traced the tendrils of that corruption to large sawmills, suppliers and retailers in the EU — companies that Earthsight says are falling short of their responsibility to verify that the wood they buy comes from trees cut down in accordance with the law. That means that a significant proportion of the wood found in products around the continent come from illegally harvested sources, Lawson told Mongabay.“It gets used in absolutely everything,” he said. “You can barely look around you without seeing something that could have Ukrainian wood in it.”The timber industry is a huge source of income for the country, bringing in around $1.7 billion every year, roughly 2 percent of Ukraine’s 2016 gross domestic product. But the Earthsight team uncovered evidence of substantial corruption and questionable management of this economically vital resource, extending from the dense forests of western Ukraine on up through the supply chain.An Earthsight-funded study revealed that more than two-thirds of the trees harvested in 2017 were cut down because managers took advantage of a loophole designed to stop the spread of disease. In many cases, forest managers liberally applied this method of “sanitary felling” to clear away more trees than needed to be cut down simply for health reasons, Lawson said.“It’s a common form of malpractice in other parts of the ex-Soviet world,” he said. Trees felled under this pretext account for between 38 and 44 percent of total production and exports — a harvest that Earthsight contends should be considered “unjustified” and “illegal.”A researcher in a “state forestry enterprise” in Zakarpattia, Ukraine. Image © Earthsight.In response to problems within the timber industry, Ukrainian officials banned the export of unprocessed timber in 2015.“If you have a lot of corruption in your logging sector driven by overseas demand,” Lawson said, “then a log export ban is a sensitive thing to do to try and provide some breathing space within which to reform the industry.”In effect, the ban gives a country like Ukraine control over processing facilities, where inspectors can verify the origins of the raw materials coming in, he added.But data from EU customs offices “show that they’re importing huge volumes of logs into Europe that are supposedly banned from export in Ukraine,” Lawson said. And the team found that much of the wood was finding its way into EU countries tagged as fuelwood.Lawson said European authorities were putting pressure on Ukraine to allow round log exports again, using the argument that EU-based companies didn’t have access to enough information that would “persuade” them to stop importing Ukrainian timber.“Why do you have to persuade the importers to comply with the law?” Lawson said. The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), a set of laws that went into effect in 2013, mandates that companies check the sources of the wood from high-risk sources that they import.“The EUTR is a law,” he added. “It’s not a voluntary thing.”Wood at a sawmill in Lviv, Ukraine. Image © Earthsight.Earthsight turned up evidence of millions of dollars of graft wending its way through the industry. Several key figures in the timber industry appear to have profited personally from corrupt management. In 2017, Roman Cherevaty, the director of a regional forestry board in the Carpathian Mountains, was arrested by police in a sting operation as he tried to bribe officials with payments of $10,000 a month to overlook illegal logging practices.Viktor Sivets, the former head of the national forestry department, has been investigated for taking perhaps 30 million euros ($35.1 million) in bribes at the expense of Ukraine’s forests.“The reason that Sivets was able to run that corrupt scheme was that he was basically able to order individual logging enterprises under his management to sell logs to these overseas buyers at specific prices,” Lawson said. “That was what gave him the power to extract bribes.”Sivets was also an associate of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, himself accused of running a broadreaching syndicate during his term that may have cost Ukraine $100 billion.Until the 2015 log export ban, Holzindustrie Schweighofer, an Austrian timber processor, had been the leading purchaser of Ukrainian wood. The Earthsight team pointed to filings by Ukrainian prosecutors showing that Schweighofer and several other importers had paid a total of 13 million Euros ($15.2 million) for “marketing” services to Sivets and his wife through “letterbox” companies based in U.K. that often consist of little more than a mailing address. In other cases, these companies were registered in places known for shrouding owners’ identities in secrecy, such as Panama and Belize.A clear-cut site near Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. Image © Earthsight.“As it is our principle to only act within the framework of every national and international law relevant for our company, we of course strongly reject these allegations,” Thomas Huemer, a spokesman for Schweighofer, said in an email to Mongabay. Huemer added that it was company policy “not to do any business with convicted offenders in the areas of corruption and illegal felling.”Schweighofer and one of the world’s largest panel-making companies, Austria-based EGGER, also received timber that was suspected of having been sold at reduced prices to companies registered in “secrecy jurisdictions” like Belize or Panama, according to Earthsight’s investigation.A spokesperson for EGGER told Mongabay in an email that part of the company’s approach to sustainability involved using wood “from forest thinning [and] hygienic activities as raw materials in the production process, and applying very strict wood procurement policies to ensure control of the wood origin.” Egger did not respond directly to a question about whether sanitary felling was considered a “hygienic” activity.An FSC-certified forest in Zakarpattia in the Ukrainian Carpathians. Image © Earthsight.“Reducing the risks of illegality of wood is EGGER’s highest concern and we will also take further steps of investigation specifically for the wood from Ukraine,” the spokesperson said. “We also count on the support of local authorities and European institutions for a strict law to ensure control of the wood origin.”Lawson said some companies had come to rely on certification by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Ukraine to verify that the sources of their timber were legal.“Rather than doing meaningful due diligence as the law requires, they’re buying FSC wood instead, which is failing to fulfill the spirit of what that law is supposed to achieve,” Lawson said.He said the substitution of FSC standards for companies’ own due diligence could be seen as “undermining” the EUTR’s impact, especially given the volume of wood that Ukraine supplies to the rest of the continent.“Your roof, your floor, your table, the newspaper you are holding, all might well be made from Ukrainian wood,” Lawson said in a statement. “And if it is, there is a good chance it was cut or traded illegally, abetted by high-level corruption.”Banner image of railway cars with timber © Earthsight.John Cannon is a Mongabay staff writer based in the Middle East. Find him on Twitter: @johnccannonEditor’s note: Mongabay has an ongoing collaboration with Earthsight on the Indonesia for Sale series.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

Alab Pilipinas signs ‘proven winner’ Ravena

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Before the Dubai tournament, Parks suited up for the Texas Legends in the NBA Developmental League.After losing in their first two meetings, Alab Pilipinas tries to snap out of its slump against the Saigon Heat on Sunday at CIS Arena in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST sends NU reeling to third straight loss Photo from fiba.comAlab Pilipinas is getting a huge boost late in the ASEAN Basketball League season with the addition of amateur star Kiefer Ravena.Head coach Mac Cuan welcomed Ravena’s acquisition especially amid Alab Pilipinas’ two-game losing skid.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES With Ravena’s addition, Alab gets another potent offensive option in the backcourt aside from Ray Parks.“It is big for the team because we have another play maker,” Cuan told INQUIRER.net in a text message. “It will help Ray Parks, because now the defense can’t just focus on him and it will free him up on the offense.”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“Plus, he’s is a proven winner.”But Alab Pilipinas will have to wait a few weeks before they could utilize the former UAAP MVP with Ravena still recovering from a hand injury he suffered in Mighty Sports’ stint in Dubai. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments 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 respitecenter_img China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

San Miguel extinguishes Phoenix for 2nd straight win

first_imgNo regrets for Corpuz, Racal after giving it all in finale Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo paced San Miguel with 22 and eight rebounds while Charles Rhodes had a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.Arwind Santos also had his double-double as he finished with 11 points and 10 boards while Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot had 15 and 14 points, respectively.Jameel McKay led Phoenix with 21 points and 16 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ June Mar Fajardo against Phoenix defenders. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel seems to have found the groove early in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup after dumping Phoenix, 110-88, for its second straight win Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen now possess a 2-0 card while the Fuel Masters slipped to 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments After finishing the opening period with a slim 24-23 lead, San Miguel caught fire and started the second quarter on a 15-0 run capped by a Marcio Lassiter 3 to gain control of the game for good. Beermen head coach Leo Austria, who is often criticized for his players’ heavy minutes, had the opportunity to play his bench for much of the game, thanks to their early lead.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“We need to have a good start so I can rotate the players properly,” said Austria. “The bench have been working hard in practice lately.”Bench players Keith Agovida and Rashawn McCarthy suited up in the early stages of the game while seldom-used big man Arnold Van Opstal got to close the match for the Beermen.last_img read more

NU has to remove doubt in do-or-die Game 2, says Alinsunurin

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Celtics look like top seed; Warriors rested for surging Jazz Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I think Fauzi [Ismail] doubted himself because in that situation (where he had a spike against Rex) he was already in a spot for a kill,” said Alinsunurin. “But at least we’re able to keep things close, we weren’t blown away.”“I hope that we’ll do a better job in our next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “Every time we’re inside the court, we will have to work. If we have to bust our behinds for those points, we’ll bust our behinds.”NU displayed its grit in the fifth set when it tied the match at 13 after falling 13-8.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 returnDefending three-time MVP Marck Espejo, however, made sure the Blue Eagles kept their distance from the Bulldogs after firing a long-range down-the-line kill and Rex Intal eventually finished things off with a block.Alinsunurin said it was his team’s lack of fortitude in the latter stages of the match that doomed them against the defending champions. NU coach Dante Alinsunurin. CONTRIBUTED PHOTONational University has just one chance to make it right in the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball tournament, and its head coach Dante Alinsunurin knows how they can stave off another bitter loss to defending champions Ateneo.“I hope they don’t doubt themselves next game, because it seems they are asking themselves if they have a chance,” said Alinsunurin Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after losing to the Blue Eagles in five sets 25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-13 in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption View commentslast_img read more

PH clubs make semis

first_imgSINGAPORE—Enhancing the country’s growing reputation as a force in club football in the Asean region, Philippines Football League stalwarts Ceres-Negros and Global-Cebu on Wednesday night lined themselves up for a possible knockout stage duel in the AFC Cup.The Busmen put together a solid performance on enemy ground, hacking out a comprehensive 4-2 victory over Singapore-side Tampines Rovers to clinch top spot in Group G at Jalan Besar Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Global later joined Ceres in the Asean zonal semifinals after turning back Cambodian club Boeung Ket Angkor, 3-1, in Group F at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.The Filipino clubs could meet in the Asean zonal finals, which is equivalent to a place in the quarterfinals in the competition. For now, the Busmen are setting their sights on another upset against Malaysian champion Johor Dairul Tazim in the two-legged semifinals, while Global clashes with Home United, which topped Group H.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 returnThe Busmen travel to Johor for the first leg on May 17. Global battles Home United at RMS on May 16.Paul Mulders, Pika Minegishi and Daryl Roberts were on target for the Cebu side, which topped its group after winning five of its six matches. LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead 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 Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Rushing Seaba preparations Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spanish midfielder Bienvenido Marañon bagged a brace in the first 13 minutes, while compatriot Fernando Rodriguez and Japanese defender Kota Kawase were also on the scoresheet for the Busmen, who defied the odds to top the group that included powerhouse sides Hanoi FC and Felda United.“I think, before the competition nobody expected that we will qualify out of the group,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic. “I’m very proud of all the players for going all-out in the last two crucial games.”Just like Ceres, Global also scored early in the match, thanks to Paul Mulders, who has been rejuvenated since moving to the Dan Palami-owned club during the off season.“We didn’t play our best, but somehow we managed to get a result because the boys really worked hard,” said Palami.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Victolero, Star still positive despite another frustrating loss “We have been in negotiations for a while,” White told American sports broadcaster ESPN.“The negotiations went smooth. Floyd Mayweather surrounds himself with smart people and we got the deal done.”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 groundWhite said two would fight as boxers and it will take place at the T-Mobile Arena.The boxing format heavily favors the undefeated Mayweather who many consider to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Conor McGregor teases fans as he posts a photoshopped poster of him and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on his Twitter account. Photo from Conor McGregor’s Twitter account a tweet stating “THE FIGHT IS ON.” He also included photos of the two combatants.Promoter Dana White said the key to the fight was getting 40-year-old Mayweather to come out of retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte McGregor, 28, will be entering unknown territory as he has not stepped into a boxing ring since he was a teenager.White said they would wear 10 ounce boxing gloves and added that his MMA client McGregor is confident of victory.“He is absolutely, 100 percent positive he will win this fight. When two men step into the ring anything can happen,” White said. CBBADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo shrugs off frustrations after fouling out, vows to bounce back

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Smith injured his right foot in the semifinals series between TNT and Ginebra and only missed one game before returning to action.“I don’t think he’s even injured,” joked Fajardo. “We just need to rest and follow the game plan and bounce back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LSU title parade draws massive crowds 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel center June Mar Fajardo downplayed his premature exit from the court after he fouled out late in Game 4 of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series against TNT Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fajardo was in foul trouble early in the game, incurring two in the first quarter alone, and he eventually left the floor with 2:02 left after hitting TNT import Joshua Smith on a shot attempt.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoscenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES San Beda sticks with Noah, Tankoua for NCAA Season 93 “Fouling out? That’s part of the game,” said Fajardo after the Beermen lost to the KaTropa 102-97.In a game where that went testy to say the least, Fajardo admitted he was quite frustrated but he vowed to leave the loss behind and get to Game 5 with a more positive outlook.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’“I frustrated a little bit, but that’s just how it is,” said Fajardo who finished with 13 points and nine boards. “The game’s over, we just have to learn from it and bounce back in the next game.”Fajardo, who had difficulty matching up against the heftier Smith, even joked the TNT big man doesn’t seem to be injured. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastationlast_img read more

Bravo Windies return unsure

first_img The left-handed Bravo, the region’s premier Test batsman with an average of 40 from 49 Tests, was sorely missed during the recent three-Test series against Pakistan which West Indies lost 2-1, to hand the visitors their first-ever win on Caribbean soil in nearly six decades. Only last October, he made a superb hundred and a half century in the opening Test against Pakistan in Dubai, nearly helping West Indies to avoid defeat. His replacement in the recent Test series – 20-year-old Shimron Hetmyer – proved inadequate managing a paltry 96 runs from six innings. West Indies are set to play three Tests away to England starting in August and Browne said his panel would continue to focus on players who were available. “We can just work with the people that we have now as a selection panel and if and when Darren decides to come back, we will look at that,” the former Test wicketkeeper said. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): With the critical tour of England looming, chief selector Courtney Browne has said there is still no timetable for Darren Bravo’s return to the West Indies side. In fact, Browne told the Massy United Insurance Line and Length TV show that the responsibility was now on the 28-year Trinidadian to indicate his availability, with a solution to the impasse already on the table. “I’m not sure [when he will be available for selection again], as I have said many times,” Browne said. “There was some agreement between both parties (the West Indies Cricket Board [WICB] and Bravo), but I think the ball really is in Darren’s court now to determine that (availability).” Bravo and the WICB have been locked in an impasse ever since the player was sent home ahead of the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November for a controversial tweet in which he labelled WICB president Dave Cameron “a big idiot”. Last month, newly appointed WICB chief executive Johnny Grave said a deal had been struck with Bravo’s representatives, but that move stalled because of legal action the player initiated against the board. “I thought everything was agreed with his legal advisers,” the Englishman said recently. “We didn’t want this to play out publicly but yes, it is true, his attorney is asking for damages, and West Indies supporters deserve an explanation as to why he is not in the [West Indies] squad.” However, a week later, Bravo’s lawyers refuted Grave’s assertion, contending no agreement had been reached while stressing that the player remained committed to playing for West Indie, but “in an environment of mutual trust, confidence, and respect.” SORELY MISSEDlast_img read more