Online mapping tool tracks land-use changes down to the farm

first_imgConservation Solutions, Deforestation, Deforestation Alert System, Forests, Governance, Mapping, Monitoring, Rainforests, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Saving Rainforests, Sensors, Technology, Tropical Forests, Wildtech The online mapping platform MapHubs stores maps and spatial data and makes them available to user groups for viewing, analyzing, and sharing with stakeholders.Users purchase a portal on the platform that allows the group to combine various public and private data sets in one secure place, produce maps, customize how the portal presents information, and receive support when needed.Groups have used the platform to identify deforestation from oil palm and cacao plantations and generate products such as time-lapse videos to show how regional deforestation can shift and expand. Online mapping platform MapHubs has recently launched a new service, MapHubs Forest, which combines automated forest change visualization and alerts with tools for making maps online, analyzing spatial data, producing reports and storing information in a secure online portal.The “hubs” of MapHubs are mini websites, or portals, that a company or other user group purchases for a project or specific topic, such as monitoring a national park in Côte d’Ivoire or land-use change around a set of oil palm concessions in Liberia. The group can use its portal, basically a customizable online space on the MapHubs platform, to upload, store and access information; create projects; assemble data; and produce data reports and maps.West African forest in Ghana’s Kakum National Park. Image by George PowellThe new forest reporting service allows the group to access forest change data and automated weekly GLAD alerts of tree cover loss, generated by the University of Maryland, directly from its portal and in combination with other spatial data sets. Companies or property owners can monitor tree cover at a scale of an individual farm, plantation, or project, and produce interactive maps of forest status.This capacity would also help watchdogs, commodity traders, and investors verify that a company’s local suppliers are meeting international obligations, MapHubs founder and CEO Leo Bottrill told Mongabay-Wildtech.“If companies are going to make good on their zero deforestation commitments,” Bottrill said, “they’re going to have to map and monitor at the farm level. If they don’t get to grips with their supply chains, they’re going to find themselves blocked from the European Union marketplace” due to the potentially high carbon emissions associated with oil palm and other industrial agricultural production.Assessing land-use change around oil palm and cocoa productionAs an example, MapHubs recently partnered with Feronia, a palm oil producer in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to monitor its concessions and provide maps as evidence of compliance toward its commitment to zero deforestation.The company’s portal offers stakeholders access to the company’s land-use data, nearby logging concessions, REDD+ projects, protected areas, and other plantations, social investments such as health clinics and schools, and infrastructure, including roads.A screenshot of an interactive map on Feronia’s MapHubs portal shows the company’s Lokutu concession in Democratic Republic of Congo with GLAD 30-meter forest loss alerts and vector polygon data, including the concession boundary, overlaid on a Sentinel satellite base image. Image courtesy of MapHubs / Feronia.Through its portal, Feronia and its stakeholders receive regular reports on deforestation within its three concessions. It first used freely available Sentinel-2 satellite images to establish a baseline map of forest inside each concession.The recently added GLAD deforestation alerts indicate where, when, and how much forest is lost within the forested areas of each concession. MapHubs verifies Feronia’s alerts with the most recent Sentinel imagery. It sends Feronia a forest report each month so the company can identify the areas being cleared and respond appropriately. Feronia creates maps and makes them publicly available.“MapHubs helps us identify degradation hotspots around Feronia’s concessions and make maps to communicate landscape concerns to our investors,” Hugues Ekani, Feronia’s director of social and environmental responsibility, said in a statement.The U.S. nonprofit Mighty Earth and MapHubs team have also assembled multiple map layers — including tree cover, tree cover loss, protected areas, roads, and settlements — from a variety of sources to assess the scale of deforestation in Côte d’Ivoire due to cocoa production.The project quantified annual forest loss between 2001 and 2014 using a tree cover baseline map and areas designated as tree cover loss, both produced by the University of Maryland’s Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) lab. The MapHubs team aims to provide support when needed; in this case, it helped to recreate and check government maps of deforestation going back to 1990.It then overlaid the tree cover map with a map layer of national protected areas and verified forest loss within Peko and Scio National Parks using high-resolution nano satellite imagery donated by satellite-imaging firm Planet. They traced features from DigitalGlobe’s premium high-resolution base map now available on OpenStreetMap to map roads and settlements inside the park, which confirmed that encroaching cocoa growers were driving deforestation.Map from Mighty Earth’s MapHubs portal of tree cover loss within the Scio National Park and surrounding natural areas, including chimpanzee habitat, in Côte d’Ivoire. Image by Mighty Earth.Mighty Earth stored and managed the more than 50 map layers and 25 interactive maps for this project on the MapHubs platform, which lets users such as Mighty Earth find its information by keyword and group it by project, campaign, location, or other category.“The first most useful thing [in using MapHubs] was helping pinpoint where I should go for my undercover investigation,” Etelle Higonnet, senior adviser at Mighty Earth, told Mongabay-Wildtech. “The second was being able to show the government authorities in time lapse videos how deforestation shifted and expanded, year by year. It was a game changer in our advocacy. Then I juxtaposed the deforestation maps with maps of rainfall loss to show how the two were connected, and it had an electrifying effect.”Even the combination of image products the MapHubs platform makes available could not rapidly differentiate between plantations of cacao versus those for rubber or coffee, Higonnet said. This limited her team’s ability to quickly determine which tree crop commodity was responsible for specific deforestation.Nevertheless, after several awareness-building campaigns, most of the cocoa industry has now pledged to largely end deforestation from cocoa production. Part of that pledge included a promise to set up a “joint monitoring mechanism” for Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, which would include deforestation alerts in real time for the whole industry. If this collaborative monitoring really happens, Higonnet said, then the MapHubs platform could enable a rapid response to deforestation for cocoa.Customizing online mapping MapHubs Forest is meant to allow users new to geographic information systems technology, or GIS, to access various public data sets, upload their own spatial data in several formats, and combine them in one secure online location.An image of the interactive map of POSCO Daewoo’s Bio Inti Agrindo oil palm concession in Indonesia, showing the various blocks within the concession boundary, remaining forest, and the areas land cleared in different years, overlaid on a Sentinel-2 satellite image. Image courtesy of MapHubs.A group can combine several data sets to generate a forest report, which presents remaining tree cover, annual tree cover loss between 2001 and 2016, and GLAD alerts of loss. Users can verify loss by uploading high-resolution imagery, if they have access to it, or by overlaying loss with Sentinel radar imagery.“Before MapHubs existed,” Bottrill said, “you would need to combine a GIS type of software system, you’d need to visit Global Forest Watch to view the alerts, you’d have to go to an imagery provider to find the images you need, you’d typically need a pretty highly trained GIS specialist, and possibly also a developer, someone who knows how to handle some aspects of coding, to pull this all together.”MapHubs Forest offers the features at three levels of service, with higher levels aimed at for-profit companies in natural resources industries that want to verify their supply chains and identify risks on the ground.All customers can access and manage up-to-date forest change information from optical satellite imagery — the same data available on Global Forest Watch — upload their own content, and make maps. They can encrypt project information and offer specific people access to it.MapHubs provides mid-level customers access to the most recent freely available radar imagery from the European Union’s Sentinel-1 satellite and/or the integration of the user’s high-resolution imagery, and sends automated monthly project-specific forest reports for one or multiple properties.The premium version of the platform offers companies or groups interested in monitoring multiple locations an automated monitoring and ranking of the areas of interest by deforestation totals. It also offers data from the Digital Globe high-resolution satellite imagery for a group’s area(s) of interest.Increasing transparency with cloud-based and on-the-ground monitoringMapHubs and other online mapping products may increase transparency of activity by private agricultural and resource extraction companies. “Our maps were pivotal in stopping the highest deforesting oil palm concession in Indonesia [POSCO Daewoo] from clearing any further forest and getting Boots — the largest drugstore company — to end their business relationship with the plantation owner,” Bottrill said.A MapHubs forest dashboard of one of POSCO Daewoo’s oil palm concessions in Indonesia showing a map and associated calculations of of tree cover loss, including clearing of intact forest landscapes (IFL). Image courtesy of MapHubs.As part of the group’s focus on farm-level monitoring, MapHubs is currently developing a smartphone app that will sync with MapHubs Forest, Bottrill said. “It is a mobile version of MapHubs that lets you create monitoring layers, download alerts, and imagery, etc.” The app will be free to download but users will need a MapHubs portal to use it. Users can also upload georeferenced photos or data collected using another mobile tool such as Forest Watcher or Open Data Kit into MapHubs.The mobile app and upload capacity offer users on the ground a method of assessing drivers of deforestation within a specific farm or plantation and incorporating social or other environmental information.“I think we will see more platforms offering plantation level analysis because credible zero deforestation commitments depend upon it,” Bottrill said. “Some companies have invested in sustainability dashboards, which show certification commitments and perhaps mill level results, but ultimately, they will need to go further for full plantation-level disclosure.” Article published by Sue Palmintericenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Wildlife detectives link smuggled African elephant ivory to 3 major cartels

first_imgAnimals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Elephants, Endangered Species, Environment, Forests, Ivory, Ivory Trade, Mammals, Research, Wildlife, Wildlife Trade, Wildlife Trafficking Article published by Shreya Dasgupta By matching DNA from elephant tusks found in major illegal ivory shipments, and using information on the ports of origin of the shipments, researchers have pinpointed three major cartels that moved most of Africa’s large illegal ivory shipments between 2011 and 2014.These three cartels operated from Entebbe in Uganda, Mombasa in Kenya, and Lomé in Togo.The researchers hope that links established in the study will help tie ivory-trafficking kingpins to multiple large ivory seizures, and strengthen the case against them. Around 40,000 African elephants are illegally killed for their tusks every year. But catching ivory poachers, and successfully convicting them, has remained incredibly hard.In 2016, for instance, Kenyan businessman Feisal Mohamed Ali was found guilty of dealing in ivory worth $433,000, equivalent of killing at least 120 elephants, and sentenced to 20 years in prison. But a Kenyan judge recently acquitted Feisal based on trial irregularities, referring his case to a lower court for retrial. Feisal and his co-conspirators had been originally tried for only one ivory seizure, but the case against him could have been stronger had he been tied to multiple large ivory shipments that he’s suspected of being associated with.A new study has found a way to do that.By matching DNA from elephant tusks recovered from major illegal ivory shipments, and using information on the ports of origin of the shipments, Samuel Wasser, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington, U.S., and colleagues have pinpointed three major cartels that moved most of Africa’s large illegal ivory shipments between 2011 and 2014. These three cartels operated from Entebbe in Uganda, Mombasa in Kenya, and Lomé in Togo, the researchers report in the study published in Science Advances.“What we have realized is that the poachers are difficult to find because they operate in these large areas that they know really well, and even when they’re apprehended, they only have as much ivory as they can carry. And what they do is they sell their ivory to this pyramid of middlemen who move it up the crime chain to the ports where it’s consolidated and shipped in large volumes,” Wasser told reporters in a teleconference. “So the tools described in this new paper developed ways to link individual trafficking cartels to multiple shipments and to each other.”African elephants at watering hole, Okavango Delta, Botswana. Image by Art Wolfe/Art Wolfe Inc.Over the past decade, Wasser has pioneered the use of genetic methods to match ivory seizures to their points of origin. He started by collecting elephant dung across Africa, and used the DNA in the dung to create a genetic map of elephants across the African continent. This has been instrumental in mapping shipments: by matching DNA from unknown tusks in seized ivory to the DNA reference map of elephants, Wasser’s team has been able to determine the geographic origin of the seized ivory within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the poaching source. Using these methods, the team in 2015 showed that there were two major elephant poaching hotspots in Africa: a hub for forest elephant ivory that includes Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon and the Central African Republic, and a hub for savanna elephant ivory that includes Tanzania and Mozambique.During the course of their investigation, Wasser’s team observed that more than half the tusks in the large ivory seizures they sampled from shipments appeared to be unpaired — that is, only one of the two tusks from an individual elephant was present in a shipment, while its pair was in another one. They found that in every case they examined, the two shipments containing matching tusks passed through a common port, and were shipped close together in time. Moreover, there was high overlap in the geographic origin of tusks in the shipments.By linking the matching seizures to the shipments, the team was able to identify what they think are the three largest cartels that were involved in illegal ivory shipments between 2011 and 2014, a period when the illegal ivory trade was at its peak.“These three characteristics suggest that the same major trafficking cartel was actually responsible for shipping both of the shipments,” Wasser said. “The overlapping origin of the tusks in the matching seizures also suggested that these cartels were probably supporting the poaching operations on the ground. When you think about this, it costs about $25 for a bullet to kill an elephant and these poachers don’t have a lot of money. And so someone needs to be supporting them and the fact that all this ivory was being drawn out of the same locations suggests that that was indeed the case.”Samuel Wasser and his team do forensic analysis of a 4.6-ton ivory seizure in Singapore in 2015. The containers were being shipped from Mombasa, Kenya, to Vietnam. Image by Kate Brooks/The Last Animals.Wasser’s team was also able to establish links between the three cartels, suggesting the cartels could sometimes be working together across the continent. For example, the researchers found that a 6-ton ivory shipment — with 4 tons of savanna elephant ivory and 2 tons of forest elephant ivory — that was intercepted in Malaysia in 2012 had passed through both Mombasa and Togo ports. Genetic matching of tusks revealed that the Mombasa cartel had shipped savanna elephant ivory from East Africa, which was offloaded in Togo in West Africa. The Lomé cartel in Togo then added tusks from Central and West African forest elephants to the shipment, before the final export to China via Malaysia. The Malaysia seizure, in fact, included tusks with matches in two other seizures in Togo in 2013 and 2014.The researchers hope the links they’ve identified will help tie ivory-trafficking kingpins like Feisal and his co-conspirators to multiple large ivory seizures, and help strengthen the case against them.“It takes a long time to catch these guys, and Feisal is a great example,” Wasser said. “He was tried, the data that we provided was important to that case, but now he’s since appealed and been acquitted. But now because of the connections that we’ve continued to gather, we have the opportunity to build a much stronger case against him as well as his co-conspirators, all of whom were acquitted.”Strong DNA evidence also allows law enforcement officials to uncover some of the tricks that cartels use to mask their illegal activities. For instance, there may be two different names on two different shipments, and this may make one think that there’s not really a link between those two shipments, Wasser said. “But if you have strong evidence from the DNA linking these two shipments together, that allows you to explore deeper and see — are those names on those bills of landing really real. And so, that really helps you uncover those kinds of trickery.”Making the connection between multiple seizures is also useful for tracking financial links and transactions associated with the illegal shipments, said John Brown, a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “The connections through the DNA analysis have facilitated the financial investigations into these transactional criminal organizations which in the end will help us facilitate recuperating the assets that were illegally gained through this illegal activity,” he said.However, the success of the genetic matching and geographic origin assignment tools depends on the willingness of countries making large seizures to submit samples for DNA analysis as close as possible to the time of the seizure, the researchers say.In 2013, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) passed a decision urging countries making large ivory seizures to turn that ivory over for DNA testing for origin analysis to appropriate labs within 90 days of the seizure.“Almost no country complied with that directive,” Wasser said. “And since then, we’ve worked very hard to try to compel countries to provide these data on a more timely basis because we know that these poaching hotspots are few in number and slow to change. It means that if we get a recent ivory seizure, and we know where the majority of that ivory is coming from, chances are that’s where the ivory is going to continue to be poached. And that’s a good place to direct law enforcement.“The same thing happens with developing these links between these different cartels,” he added. “The sooner we start to get strong linkages, then the sooner that law enforcement can go in and really start to dig deeper and see where that leads.”Tusks from an ivory seizure in 2015 in Singapore sorted into pairs by the process developed by Wasser and his team. Image by Center for Conservation Biology/University of Washington.Citation:Wasser et al. 2018. Combating transnational organized crime by linking multiple large ivory seizures to the same dealer. Science Advances. Vol. 4(9), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat0625.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Pesticides could be painting black howler monkeys yellow in Costa Rica

first_imgAgriculture, Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Forests, Mammals, Monkeys, Pesticides, Pollution, Primates, Rainforest Animals, Rainforests, Research, Tropical Forests, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by John Cannon Mantled howler monkeys in Costa Rica are starting to appear with patches of yellow fur on their usually black coats.A team of scientists believes that the dappled monkeys are consuming sulfur-containing pesticides along with the leaves they eat.Sulfur from the pesticide ends up in the monkeys’ pigmentation, resulting in splashes of yellow on their coats. Pesticide use on agricultural plantations may be shifting the color palette of howler monkey fur in Costa Rica, a team of scientists has found.Mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) are typically pretty understated in terms of color, often carrying a dark coat of fur with a few flecks of orange on their sides. But in just the past five years, more monkeys have been appearing with larger splashes of yellow fur.A male mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) at the Caña Blanca wildlife sanctuary on the Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Image by Steven G. Johnson via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).Since the early 2000s, scientists have been probing the genetics of primates in Costa Rica, including mantled howler monkeys. An early study revealed that these animals’ genes don’t vary very much, and all 205 monkeys in that study had the same genetic sequence, called a genotype, that codes for a fully dark coat.About five years ago, however, researchers began finding the peculiar yellow coloring. All told, the authors know of at least 21 individuals with it. At first, those splashes often just covered a small part of a monkey’s body, perhaps a hand or a section of the tail. But over time, researchers have noticed that more of the affected monkeys’ bodies are yellow. Some now have little black fur at all.A mantled howler monkey calling, in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Image by Arturo de Frias Marques via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0).The team’s hypothesis, reported online Oct. 31 in the journal Mammalian Biology, is that sulfur in pesticides used on banana, pineapple and oil palm plantations — frequently applied in copious amounts — could be triggering the effect. Indeed, most of the monkeys with yellow fur live near these operations, where they likely pick up sulfur-containing chemicals when they eat the leaves of nearby trees. The researchers believe the yellow-colored monkeys are making less of the dark pigment called eumelanin and more of a compound called pheomelanin, which contains sulfur and produces lighter-colored skin cells and hair follicles.They write that further research could bring the causes of this change into sharper focus, as well as the ramifications to the monkeys themselves. They share the forests of Costa Rica with six cat species that may hunt howler monkeys, and it remains to be seen whether the yellow patches might make them a more visible target.Banner image of a mantled howler monkey by Scott Robinson via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).Citations Galván, I., Jorge, A., Sánchez-Murillo, F., & Gutiérrez-Espeleta, G. (2018). A recent shift in the pigmentation phenotype of a wild Neotropical primate. Mammalian Biology.Zaldivar, M. E., Glander, K. E., Rocha, O., Aguilar, G., Vargas, E., Gutierrez‐Espeleta, G. A., & Sanchez, R. (2003). Genetic Variation of Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata) from Costa Rica. Biotropica, 35(3), 375-381.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.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Mike Tyson to train Chris Brown vs Soulja Boy in upcoming bout

first_imgSuper Bowl a tossup at legal sports books LATEST STORIES In an Instagram clip on Monday, Tyson announced that he will train the 27-year-old “Loyal” singer and teach him every single dirty trick to beat the “Crank That” hitmaker. “It’s official. I’m going to train Chris Brown. Gonna teach him every dirty trick in the book to knockout Soulja Boy,” the retired boxing champion said.READ: Floyd Mayweather to train rapper Soulja Boy vs Chris BrownRapper 50 Cent, who is betting $100,000 (P4.9 million) in favor of Brown, also blared on his Instagram page: “The show must go on Soulja, forget the chain, train.”The celebrity bout, which began after Soulja Boy was accused of liking and leaving a comment on Brown’s former fling Karrueche Tran’s Instagram photo, has heightened since the past few weeks. Also, Soulja Boy had posted selfies of him hanging out with Brown’s ex-girlfriend Nia Guzman and Brown’s daughter Royalty at Mayweather’s home.Soulja Boy, 26, is training under Mayweather’s camp, who is also promoting the fight.Although no exact date is provided for their match, Soulja Boy previously announced that the pay-per-view fight would be staged in March in Las Vegas.  Gianna Francesca CatolicoADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH vs Team SEA in ‘Ryder Cup’ duel MOST READ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT The upcoming square-off between Chris Brown and Soulja Boy has netted interest from boxing champions as Floyd Mayweather sides with Soulja Boy and Mike Tyson, bats for with Brown. 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round View comments Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:50Pacquiao lines up rematch to Mayweather after Broner bout01:40Filipinos 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 Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federerlast_img read more

Facing Star needs ‘absolute best’ from Alaska, says Compton

first_imgThe three-week break may have been a welcome respite, but coach Alex Compton is hoping it wouldn’t ruin his team’s momentum from the tailend of 2016.ADVERTISEMENT That’s the same effort Compton against Star on Wednesday.“I don’t know if you’ve looked at the stats, but (Star) has been the best offensive team in the league right now. They have so many weapons. They’re shooting the ball so well,” he said.The Hotshots lead the league in field goal percentage (46.4-percent), three-points (38.9-percent), third infree throw shooting (72.5-percent), and are fourth in scoring (95.3 points) so far this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, enough to keep the American mentor on his toes going into this crucial tiff at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“You have to worry about guys driving to the basket. You have to worry about Aldrech (Ramos), Paul (Lee), and guys shooting the three like Allein (Maliksi) and PJ (Simon). You got to worry about Jio (Jalalon), Mark (Barroca) and Paul off the ball screen creating for other guys. You got to worry about (Marc) Pingris and Ian (Sangalang) posting up,” he said. “I don’t really see an offensive weakness on their side, so that really requires the absolute best – and you can’t stop it all at once, so you got to have to prioritize and pick, and hope that you can make some rotations as some guys getting some shots.”All Compton is wants the Aces to sustain their hot streak, with Sonny Thoss set to make his season debut in the tiff.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ “The feeling is like the preseason again, but it’s not,” he said on Tuesday afternoon after the team’s practice at Gatorade Hoops Center in Shaw. “I hope we’re sharp because there’s only five games left.”The Aces last played on December 23, losing to TNT, 109-100.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 returnThough sitting at the middle of the pack at 3-3, Compton sees no reason for Alaska to feel discouraged, especially after how the Aces fought in their last two games against Ginebra and TNT.“Our defensive intensity was good against Ginebra. It was actually pretty good against TNT because our guys were battling. TNT just shot the lights out so I don’t feel like we lost it. I felt we got outplayed and outshot by TNT, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort,” he said. “I hope and I think our effort will still be there,” he said. “We’ll just have to continue with sort of what we’ve been doing: a little bit of small ball and a whole lot of energy, and a few prayers in there won’t hurt either.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 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 Santos marvels at Beermen’s chemistrylast_img read more

In nearly 3 years on job, Phil Jackson hasn’t fixed Knicks

first_imgNew York Knicks President Phil Jackson speaks with the media att Madison Square Garden training center on July 8, 2016 in Tarrytown, New York. AFP PHOTO / Bryan R. SmithNEW YORK—Carmelo Anthony had a half-season of clues about what Phil Jackson thought of him, and now it was his turn to evaluate his boss.Anthony had trumpeted his trust in Jackson when he re-signed in 2014 and reaffirmed it months later, even as Jackson continued trading away key players from the best team Anthony ever played on in New York.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Hall of Fame finalist Tracy McGrady told reporters this weekend he couldn’t remain quiet the way Anthony has.“I’m not going to let you disrespect (me) in the public’s eye like that,” McGrady said. “You’re not going to be sending subliminal messages about me like that and I don’t respond to that. I don’t operate like that. I’m just not going to do it. And then you hide and don’t do any media? You leave everything for me to talk about? Nah, that’s not cool.”Jackson retains the support of Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, who said in a recent ESPN Radio interview that he would not fire Jackson during the two-plus years that remain on his contract. (Both sides have an option to terminate the deal after this season).Dolan didn’t even express much disappointment in the results, even though the Knicks had their worst season ever in Jackson’s first season and are 72-149 since the start of 2014-15.“He was the best guy we thought we could find to run the New York Knicks,” Dolan said.Maybe if he’d been hiring Jackson to coach, as Jackson’s 11 championships are a record for coaches. But there were questions about how he would do as an executive with no experience, and the answers haven’t been good.He fired Mike Woodson and replaced him with first-time coach Derek Fisher, who lasted just 1 1/2 years. Starters Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton were traded in one deal, and J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert went in another early the next season. They were all mainstays on the Knicks team that won 54 games and reached the second round of the playoffs not even two years before Jackson was hired in March 2014.Now all that’s left is Anthony, and it certainly seems Jackson wants him gone, too. He would have to find a workable deal, hard enough given the 32-year-old Anthony’s salary and age, then get him to waive the no-trade clause he gave Anthony when he re-signed him.If not, maybe Jackson himself would leave this summer – though Dolan said he had no indication that was the 71-year-old Jackson’s plan. But he insists he can’t coach for health reasons and doesn’t appear to enjoy scouting and dealing with agents, essential parts of his job.He must be disheartened that the work he put into this team hasn’t paid off. Jackson hired Jeff Hornacek to open up the offense after two years of his favored triangle, traded for Derrick Rose, and signed free agents Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings. None has sparked a turnaround, and drafting Kristaps Porzingis remains Jackson’s only inarguable success. Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Maybe Jackson can swing a trade to fix things before Thursday’s deadline.Or maybe he’ll just never fix the Knicks.If Jackson is planning anything, it remains a mystery. He hasn’t spoken to reporters covering the Knicks since his preseason press conference in September – backtracking from his vow to be accessible when he took the job – and isn’t expected to before the deadline. He has made only three postings on Twitter all season.Yet he’s still made plenty of noise.He angered LeBron James by referring to his friends and business partners as a “posse” in an ESPN story. And he upset some of the league’s other power players with his actions toward Anthony – which could prove damaging when trying to lure free agents. Jackson has either appeared to endorse or refused to distance himself from articles criticizing his best player and has largely cut off communication between them – after saying when he was hired that he planned to focus on “how players are treated” and “the kind of culture that’s built.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awardscenter_img ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Manny Pacquiao ‘in negotiations’ to fight Amir Khan Reminded of that recently and asked if he still trusted Jackson, Anthony stopped well short.“I trust the process,” he said, mimicking Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.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 process isn’t going well for Jackson in New York.The Knicks are 23-34, 12th in the Eastern Conference and on pace to miss the playoffs for the third time in Jackson’s three full seasons as president of basketball operations. He’s made his relationship with Anthony worse and hasn’t made the Knicks better, and a guy who could do little wrong as a coach just can’t get it right as an executive. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Jackson played on the last championship Knicks team in 1973 and said when he was hired what it would mean to build another winner here.“It would be a capstone on the remarkable career that I’ve had,” Jackson said.There’s still time for that.But these days, Anthony probably isn’t the only one who no longer trusts in Jackson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Miller confident of chances in Xterra Danao

first_imgMiller is native of Lapu-Lapu City, part of Cebu’s Metropolitan Area, and being a local has its advantages in terms of dealing with the extreme heat and familiarity with the terrain — something that foreign competitors are concerned over.“My advantage is that I’m used to this kind of weather. I’m used to this kind of heat,” Miller told INQUIRER.net.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 returnMiller, considered one of the country’s top pro triathletes, will be up against the world’s best in Xterra with defending champion Bradley Weiss, Sam Osborne and Ben Allen tipped to rule the race.But despite facing high caliber competition, Miller still likes his chances of landing a spot in the podium. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely “I’m confident because I know I trained and prepared really hard for this,” he said.The race features a 1.5 kilometer swim that starts and ends at Coco Palms beach resort, 40 km bike and 10 km run that had Weiss bracing for a “really, really tough” course.Weiss is ranked No. 1 in the race after ruling Xterra Albay two years ago.Danao is located 50 kilometers north of Cebu City. The temperature is expected to reach as high as 35 degrees around 11 a.m. on race day but organizers of the event said the heat will “feel like 42 degrees.”Xterra Danao attracted 223 participants overall from 15 countries all over the world.ADVERTISEMENT De Jesus, La Salle ‘lucky’ to have passed UST trial in Final Four DANAO, Cebu — Joseph Miller’s greatest edge is also his competitors’ biggest fear on the eve of the Xterra Series here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

Knicks center Noah undergoes right shoulder surgery

first_imgLATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Noah will be banned for the first 12 games for which he is healthy to start next season. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dr. David Altchek performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, the team said.Noah, 32, averaged only 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season, his first campaign under a four-year contract worth $72 million.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 returnNoah has missed 89 games over the past two seasons, playing in only 29 last season for Chicago due to shoulder surgery while missing 36 games this season, having been sidelined since February following knee surgery.He had been expected to return in late March but was suspended 20 games for a positive doping test for a performance-enhancing substance, sitting out the first eight games of that ban to conclude this past season. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah runs down the court with an apparent injury to his left shoulder during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Nets won 105-102. AP PHOTONew York Knicks starting center Joakim Noah has undergone surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff, the NBA team announced Thursday morning.The Knicks did not establish a timetable for his return in posting the news on their Twitter feed, but Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek has said the expected rehabilitation process should last five months, which would see him recovered in time for 2017-18 pre-season training camp.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Austria hopes to end dry spell in Quezon as he leads Luzon All-stars Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ravena’s late three lifts Ateneo past La Salle

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena drained the huge go-ahead three from the left corner with 9.2 seconds to spare and Ateneo escaped with the thrilling 80-78 victory over La Salle in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Though the lengthy forward was unable to complete the four-point play, Matt Nieto secured the offensive board and drilled the insurance freebies with 7.1 ticks left as the Blue Eagles downed the famed Green Archers for their third win in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ravena 3 and a foul! #Filoil2017 pic.twitter.com/0dDcdtFeSX— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) June 11, 2017FEATURED 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 Change of culture priority for Tang; challenge is to get Blazers to respond “Good contributions from all over the team. It was a big shot by Thirdy,” said coach Tab Baldwin. “We don’t want to rely too much on big shots to win the game, but it’s good that we get one when we need it.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in The Cameroonian big man paced La Salle with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Aljun Melecio got 20 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:ATENEO 80 – Asistio 13, Mi. Nieto 10, Verano 10, Ravena 9, White 9, Black 6, Tio 5, Ikeh 5, Go 4, Mendoza 4, Ma. Nieto 2, Porter 2, Tolentino 1.LA SALLE 78 – Mbala 23, Melecio 20, Rivero 8, Santillan 7, Gonzales 7, Baltazar 6, Caracut 5, Tratter 1, Tero 1.Quarters: 22-18, 36-33, 53-51, 80-78. Ravena finished the game with nine points, none bigger that his lone three of the game, to go with five rebounds, and two blocks.Anton Asistio heated up for Ateneo as he went 4-of-5 threes to wound up with 13 markers.Mike Nieto missed out on a double-double with his 10 points and eight boards, Raffy Verano also got nine points, three assists, and two boards, and Jawuan White had nine markers and two rebounds in the win.It was a nip-and-tuck battle between the fierce foes, with the Blue Eagles losing grip of a 73-68 lead with 2:31 left to play.Ben Mbala willed La Salle back in the game and even put the green side ahead, 74-73 with a huge putback off Ricci Rivero’s fastbreak miss in the final 18.7 seconds. But the Green Archers had no answer for the flawless free throw shooting from the Blue Eagles as they fell to a 4-3 record in the preseason tourney.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

NBA: Clippers want to move out of Staples Center

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer The Los Angeles Clippers see action against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GETTY IMAGES/AFP FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Clippers announced Thursday they are considering leaving Staples Center arena which they have shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings since 1999.The Clippers reached an agreement with the city of Inglewood, California to look into building a new stadium in the suburbs, about 12 kilometers (eight miles) southwest of downtown Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “I have said from day one that we need to plan for the future. This agreement helps us do that by expanding our options,” said Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.“The prospect of a new state-of-the-art NBA arena would allow us greater latitude to influence our game schedule, particularly as it relates to weekend games.”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 groundBallmer said the Clippers hope to build a state of the art facility on 20 acres of land that would include an arena, training center and offices. It would be located across the street from the NFL Los Angeles Rams’ new stadium.But Ballmer said the Clippers would not be able to move before 2024, when their current lease with The Anschutz Corp. expires. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The former boss of the internet giant Microsoft bought the California franchise in 2014 for $2 billion and quickly said he wanted the Clippers to play in their own arena. The Clippers were eliminated in the first round of the 2017 NBA playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra gets its groove back Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreaklast_img read more