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New report examines drivers of rising Amazon deforestation on country-by-country basis

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A new report examines the “unchecked development” in the Amazon that has driven deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the world’s largest tropical forest.The main drivers of deforestation vary from country to country, according to the report, a collaborative effort by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Andes Amazon Fund.While the causes of Amazonian forest destruction vary, one thing that is common throughout the region is a lack of adequate resources for oversight and enforcement of environmental regulations. And “signs suggest this problem is only growing,” according to the report. A new report examines the “unchecked development” in the Amazon that has driven deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the world’s largest tropical forest.The main drivers of deforestation vary from country to country, according to the report, a collaborative effort by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Andes Amazon Fund. The Amazon River basin spans 2.6 million square miles across Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.“Over the last decade, deforestation rates have remained stubbornly high in Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia and are rising in Brazil after a previous sharp decline,” Enrique Ortiz, program director at the Andes Amazon Fund, writes in the introduction to the report. “All countries remain significantly behind on their commitments to reduce deforestation.”The report, titled “Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region,” relies mostly on satellite data from Amazon Conservation’s Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP) for its deforestation figures. The governments of each Amazonian country provide their own data on deforestation rates, but the levels of forest loss governments report are generally lower than MAAP’s data shows, “possibly due to less accurate monitoring or the use of different methodologies,” Ortiz notes.Graph from “Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region.”In Brazil, home to 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, conversion of forests to pastureland and plantations for production of agricultural commodities, especially soy, is the chief driver of deforestation. “Cattle ranching is the sector with the greatest impact on Amazon deforestation in Brazil,” writes Matt Piotrowski, a senior analyst at Climate Advisers and the report’s author. “Indeed, estimates suggest that 80% of deforestation throughout the entire Amazon stems from this industry, either directly or indirectly.”While soy production connected to deforestation is a bigger issue in the tropical savannah region of Brazil known as the Cerrado, soy is increasingly a threat to the Amazon, Piotrowski found. Brazil overtook the United States as the largest soy producer in the world in 2017-2018, and 13 percent of the country’s soy crop is produced in the Amazon.There are other important drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, as well: “Amid Brazil’s agricultural boom, infrastructure development — particularly of roads and railways — in connection with the increased production, transportation, export, and consumption of commodities has also led to more clearing of land, both directly and indirectly.”Though deforestation levels in the Brazilian Amazon are still historically low compared to their peak in the early 2000s, rates of forest loss in Brazil have been trending upwards in recent years and are expected to keep climbing. The trend began under President Dilma Roussef’s administration with the weakening of Brazil’s Forest Code in 2012, which removed deforestation restrictions, loosened the permitting process, and granted amnesty for illegal deforestation that occurred prior to 2008. Roussef’s successor, Michel Temer, further reduced protections for the environment and indigenous peoples by cutting the Ministry of the Environment’s budget and slashing funding for enforcement of laws designed to protect rainforests.“Many expect this increase in deforestation to accelerate under President Jair Bolsonaro, who is dismissive of climate change and relied heavily on the support of the bancada ruralista (the large bloc of legislators allied with agribusiness) during his campaign,” Piotrowski writes.Graph from “Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region.”Agricultural expansion is also a leading cause of increasing deforestation in Peru, though illegal logging and gold mining are also driving forest loss. Some 60 percent of the land is covered by Amazon rainforest in Peru, which has the highest rates of deforestation in the Andean Amazon. “A synthesis by MAAP estimates that approximately 250,000 hectares were deforested in Peru in 2018, a decline from the previous year but still the country’s fourth-highest annual total on record,” the report states.Small-scale coffee and cacao cultivation cause the bulk of forest loss driven by agriculture in the Peruvian Amazon, though palm oil production is responsible for “a small but rising share of deforestation.” An estimated 31,500 hectares of primary forest have been cleared for oil palm plantations in Peru since 2000, according to MAAP’s data.Graph from “Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region.”Conversion for agriculture, cattle ranching, and infrastructure are to blame for deforestation in Colombia, as well, but the chief culprit there is the power vacuum created in the aftermath of the country’s 2016 peace deal. Prior to the cessation of the conflict, vast areas of Colombia’s land were controlled by armed groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym, FARC), who kept deforestation in check at least partially to maintain forest cover and protect themselves from air raids. Post-ceasefire, however, the government did not provide effective environmental oversight in these remote forest areas even as paramilitaries, members of remaining guerrilla groups, and former FARC members rushed to colonize unoccupied lands and clear forests.“The [Colombian] government estimated that deforestation increased by 44% in the year after the agreement,” per the report. “These criminal groups continue to occupy abandoned areas and engage in illegal activities, including crop cultivation for illegal drugs, illegal mining, land-grabbing, and unregulated agricultural expansion.” Some 247,000 hectares of forest were lost in the Colombian Amazon in 2018, the highest annual rate the country has ever experienced.Graph from “Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region.”Deforestation has risen sharply in Bolivia since 2001, in particular around Santa Cruz province in the south of the country. About two-thirds of the country’s total forest loss has occurred outside of the province, largely as a result of agribusiness activities like cattle ranching and soy production. Bolivia has one of the highest deforestation rates in the world, according to the report.Bolivia has adopted “the Mother Earth Law,” which is designed to give essential rights to nature and hold individuals and companies responsible for environmental degradation, but “conservation efforts are undermined by President Evo Morales’s strategy to encourage expansion of agribusiness and ‘food sovereignty,’” Piotrowski writes in the report. “From 2017 to 2025, the country expects to clear some 5.7 million hectares of rainforest to use as farmland.”Graph from “Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region.”The Ecuadorian Amazon only comprises about 2 percent of the total Amazon River basin, and deforestation rates there are lower than many other Amazonian countries. But, between 2001 and 2018, some 429,000 hectares of the Amazon were cleared in Ecuador. That makes the country responsible for nearly 10 percent of total deforestation in the Andean Amazon. Ecuador’s Orellana province, which lies in the northern Amazonian region of the country, is a hotspot of deforestation for agricultural development, while Morona Santiago province, to the south, has the country’s highest deforestation rate due to major road construction and resulting land colonization.Palm oil production is a chief driver of deforestation in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, MAAP’s data shows. Ecuador is the sixth-largest palm oil producer in the world and second-largest in Latin America behind only Colombia, but the government has already responded by introducing “measures to reduce deforestation related to palm oil production that could serve as a model for reducing environmental impacts of other commodities as well,” according to the report.Oil operations have had a “modest” impact on Ecuador’s Amazonian deforestation rates, as well, Piotrowski adds. “MAAP satellite data show that within Yasuní National Park, oil exploration and production has led to slightly more than 400 hectares of deforested land,” he writes. “Although this is a relatively small area, the [Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini oil field complex], a 3,800-square mile stretch of Amazonian rainforest, is one of the most biodiverse habitats in the world, home to more than 4,000 plant species and wildlife.”Graph from “Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region.”While the causes of Amazonian forest destruction vary, one thing that is common throughout the region is a lack of adequate resources for oversight and enforcement of environmental regulations. And “signs suggest this problem is only growing,” Ortiz writes in the report’s introduction.“In his first months in office, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, reduced the already strained budgets of national environmental and indigenous offices. In Colombia, the relinquishing of control by the [FARC] following the 2016 peace agreement with the government created a vacuum of governability now occupied by other illegal armed groups, resulting in land grabbing and significant deforestation. Weak governments and political instability in Ecuador and Peru have reduced capacity to halt deforestation and related expansion of illegal activities.”As Ortiz notes, the clearing and burning of forests worldwide is responsible for about 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. That means that protecting the Amazon, which holds 60 percent of the world’s remaining rainforests, is crucial to halting global warming. Every single Amazonian country signed the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, thereby endorsing the goal of keeping global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and pledged to reduce deforestation as part of their efforts to draw down emissions. “But current emissions data shows that these targets are far from being met as deforestation in the Amazon rises,” according to Ortiz.What’s more, rising emissions and changing climatic conditions could trigger further deforestation. “Forest loss leads to increasingly drier conditions that could result in forest fires on a massive scale,” Ortiz writes. “More worryingly, the Amazon may be approaching a ‘tipping point.’ The basin generates approximately half of its own rainfall by recycling moisture as air masses move from the Atlantic across the basin to the west. At some point, deforestation will likely reduce this moisture cycle to a point where it will no longer support rainforest ecosystems.”It’s possible we’re already nearing the precipice of this tipping point: “Current science indicates that the tipping point may be at 20-25% of deforestation in Amazonia — and some estimates already place deforestation to date at 20%.”The report recommends promoting sustainable agriculture and infrastructure programs, increasing forest protection monitoring and enforcement, expanding protected areas, and strengthening reforestation efforts as means of curbing the rising deforestation rates in the Amazon.Newly cleared section of Amazon forest. Photo by Rhett Butler.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. 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first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer NBA: Korver may be headed to Cavaliers—report Carey suffered the embarrassing meltdown during her number at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” held in New York’s Time Square.  Gianna Francesca CatolicoRELATED STORIESMariah Carey red-faced as mic malfunctions in New Year’s show‘Mortified’ Mariah Carey discusses ‘horrible New Year’s Eve’ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs was not the first NBA team to throw shade at the singer. The Indiana Pacers organized a “lip-sync cam” by filming fans chanting her song. Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books 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 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/tYsfmzSkwJ— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 4, 2017Following her lip-sync snafu last New Year’s Eve, Mariah Carey has been trolled again, this time by the San Antonio Spurs.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 returnDuring Wednesday’s match against the Toronto Raptors, the Spurs’ bubbly mascot, Coyote, trolled the chanteuse in a half-time show by mimicking her lip-sync performance. Clad in a sparkling suit similar to that worn by Carey, the Coyote sang her 1991 hit “Emotions” but failed to finish due to a technical problem. Out of frustration, the mascot stormed off the court.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Lady Tamaraws frustrate Lady Bulldogs

first_imgMotorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bernadeth Pons and Jerrili Malabanan also finished in double figures for FEU with 18 and 10 points, respectively.Jaja Santiago had 20 points to lead NU.FEU brought the fight to NU with the Lady Tamaraws scoring 57 spikes while the Lady Bulldogs mustered just 36.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University sent National University reeling to a second straight defeat with a 25-20, 25-13, 22-25, 25-20 win Saturday in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.Substitute Kyla Negrito finished things off for the Lady Tamaraws with a drop ball to cap off their 6-1 scoring spurt in the fourth set that sealed the back-to-back victories.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beermen look to silence the crowd anew in Game 2 MOST READ LATEST STORIES FEU improved to 3-2, after falling to 1-2 early in the season, while the Lady Bulldogs continued to slip with a 3-2 card.Lady Tamaraws head coach Shaq Delos Santos had an unorthodox way of preparing for NU, benching Toni Rose Basas in their previous game against University of the East.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“Her benching served two purposes because one it was a disciplinary action and the other, we hid her from NU’s scouting reports for our game,” said Delos Santos. “Hopefully she becomes consistent with her scoring.”It seems Delos Santos gamble paid off as Basas finished with a game-high 20 points, a huge improvement from her 7.5 points average. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View commentslast_img read more

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Kevin Durant progressing in rehab, no timetable for return

first_imgChina counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “We know what he brings to the table every night,” Stephen Curry said at shootaround earlier in the day. “He had only missed one game up until his injury, so different rotations, a couple different play calls that we don’t run now because they’re catered to kind of just getting him to a scoring spot. For the most part our identity it is what it is and it’s always been that way.”Durant has been watching games from his couch and yelling at the TV on occasion. He sets daily goals in his recovery, such as last week’s chore of straightening out his leg to gain range of motion. Strengthening will come along slowly, too.Seeing his teammates and being at Oracle Arena on Wednesday night was a nice boost, because “I didn’t feel like an NBA player this last week.”“Mentally I’m good, I’m in a good place,” he said. “I’m not playing right now, which is tough because I love to play, but I’m getting better day by day and I’ll be out there as soon as I’m ready to play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Durant isn’t putting a timetable on when he could be healthy.“I’m not even thinking about that right now. I know that’s what everybody wants to know or are wondering,” he said. “Whenever my body tells me I’ll be ready to play, that’s when I’ll be ready to play. I’m not really thinking too far down the line, I’m just worried about having a great day today and I look forward to having a good one tomorrow.”Durant was leading the team in scoring and rebounding with 25.3 points and 8.2 boards along with 4.8 assists in his first season with Golden State.“I think everybody is touching base with him hoping that his spirits are good, and they seem to be,” Kerr said. “Really in the grand scheme of things, as I told him, six weeks goes by pretty quick. He’s got a long life ahead of him. It’d be great if we could get him back the last week of the regular season or so. We’ll just have to wait and see.”The Warriors, who began the night at 52-11 and with the NBA’s best record, spent the early stretch of the season adjusting to Durant’s big presence on both ends — and now they are figuring out how to keep in a groove without him.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant answers questions during a news conference prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant is riding a stationary bike as part of his rehabilitation from the injured knee and leg and doing well, yet Golden State coach Steve Kerr said it still could be close to a month before the superstar forward is re-evaluated to determine his status.Durant returned to the Bay Area from the Warriors’ East Coast road trip after getting hurt in a loss at Washington. He hyperextended his knee early in the 112-108 defeat Feb. 28 and later underwent an MRI exam, which revealed a Grade 2 — or moderate — sprain in the knee as well as a bruised tibia.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions “It could have been a lot worse,” Durant said, noting he briefly received a diagnosis it was far more serious. “I hurt my knee. A lot of guys go through this throughout a season, a lot of injuries. It’s nothing for anybody to be concerned about. I got a boo boo playing basketball. It is what it is, man. So I’m OK. My spirits are good, my family’s good, I’m doing what I love to do every single day.”Kerr checked in by text message regularly with Durant, then spoke to him by phone Tuesday once the team returned to Oakland. The Warriors were only home briefly, however, playing Wednesday night against Boston before heading back out of town for games at Minnesota on Friday and at San Antonio on Saturday.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“I just talked to him, he was on the bike breaking a sweat,” Kerr said before the game. “He says he feels good. It’s only been I guess less than a week, so not really anything to report because it’s a good month before re-evaluate. So, he’s doing as well as possible.”Last week, the team said Durant would be re-evaluated four weeks after the injury, so if he were fully healthy then it would leave about two weeks remaining in the regular season. Kerr’s timeline Wednesday made it sound like it could be for the final week before the playoffs if all goes smoothly in Durant’s recovery. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 View comments Cavs’ Bogut won’t need surgery on broken left leglast_img read more

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Chan carries Rain or Shine to thrilling comeback win

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NLEX’s key guys leave a lot to be desired after another loss 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 Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out With a chance to take the lead, JC Intal lost the ball on his way to the basket before Chan split his charities with 2.4 ticks left to seal the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine stared at a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter before Jeff Chan took over for a dramatic 96-94 win over Phoenix in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Chan unloaded 12 of his 24 points inside the final six minutes, including the game-winning three-point play with 7.7 seconds left that capped off the Elasto Painters’ comeback from as high as 17 points.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a good comeback win for the team. I told them that the game is not yet over when Phoenix was up big,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.“Jeff did not give up, our import did not give up. It’s our defense that did it and we made the big shots especially Jeff.”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 returnImport Shawn Taggart finished with 20 points, 17 rebounds and five assists for the Painters, who snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 4-2.Jameel McKay had 27 points, 18 rebounds and six assists for the Fuel Masters (2-4), who took a 71-54 buffer late in the third quarter. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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NBA: Leonard doesn’t think Pachulia injured him on purpose

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments “No. He was contesting the shot. The shot clock was coming down. I’ll have to see the play,” he said, as relayed by Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver.Pachulia, for his part, denied the allegations and addressed the criticism as “really stupid.”“I just did what I’m supposed to do: challenge the shot,” he told  reporters after the game. “I turned around and there was a call. I didn’t notice he was down until I turned back actually. I didn’t see what happened there,” he explained.Leonard’s status for Game 2 remains uncertain, as he is scheduled to undergo an MRI. JBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, California, Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP/Jeff Chiu)The Golden State Warriors completed one of the most spirited comebacks in recent memory, as they rallied from a 25-point deficit to take game one of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, 113-111 on Sunday (Monday in Manila).READ: Warriors rally to take Game 1 as Spurs lose LeonardADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Zaza took an extra step after Kawhi released the ballDirty as all hellpic.twitter.com/MJhNLAVn1h— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) May 14, 2017 Seaba U-16: Guadaña has triple-double, Batang Gilas routs Indonesia However, the win was marred by controversy, after the Dubs’ center Zaza Pachulia appeared to slide under the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard early in the third quarter, as he was in the process of landing after taking a jump shot.The two-time NBA All-Star stepped on Pachulia’s foot and re-aggravated his left ankle sprain injury, causing him to leave the game.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 ground Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle 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 His absence certainly turned the tides in favor of the home team, as they seized momentum and went on an 18-0 run.As expected, netizens were quick to lambast the Georgian enforcer and accused him of deliberately injuring the Spurs’ best player.But Leonard was quick to dismiss the claims, and said it was unintentional.“Did he step under it? Like on purpose?” the 25-year-old forward, who finished with 26 points and eight rebounds, asked reporters post-game.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ravena, Paras attend Gilas practice

first_imgMagnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas 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 Also showing up for the first time is Jeron Teng, who signified his intention to be a part of the pool on Saturday. The La Salle standout, though, sat on the sidelines due to flu.The three were coming off their stint with Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 which competed in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJoining the night’s sessions were Matthew Wright, Kevin Ferrer, Ed Daquioag, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Fonzo Gotladera, Almond Vosotros, Bobby Ray Parks, and Raymar Jose.TNT stand-in import Mike Myers also gave a hand in practice. Kiefer Ravena (left) and Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras joined Gilas Pilipinas training on a rainy Tuesday night at Meralco Gym.The two are the newest additions to the 16-man strong contingent.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ablaza carries Batangas to solo second place New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READcenter_img 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Cadets Mac Belo (meniscus) and Russel Escoto (ACL) also showed their support.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View commentslast_img read more

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