Cone headed to Boracay—for vacation, not for ‘Bora Cup’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 VakifBank holds off Bangkok Glass en route to WCWC semis Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals? PLAY LIST 03:49Will Ginebra’s Barangay be a huge factor in the PBA Finals?02:36PBA Philippine Cup Finals: Tough for the teams, exciting for the fans14:15Full interview with PBA coaches Norman Black, Tim Cone01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Fans have repeatedly made Ginebra the butt of jokes and subject of memes because of the squads repeated failures in the past. One of the recurring jokes is that Ginebra is the defending champions of the imaginary “Bora Cup,” the supposed destination for the teams which were eliminated through the course of the tournament.But on Wednesday, the ridicule met its end with Ginebra proudly hoisting the trophy and snapping its eight-year title drought.Cone won’t be the only one taking a break and reveling in the championship.“We had the dinner after the game, and I guess the players went clubbing after that,” Cone shared. “They asked me to go and I said, ‘Yeah, right. That should’ve been three hours ago.’”ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICKcenter_img Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Coach Tim Cone shared that he will spend a few days next week in the pearl white sand beaches of Aklan to unwind with his family.“We’ll go to Boracay for a couple of days,” he said on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBut he was quick to explain that he’s going there to celebrate his team’s triumph in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, and not for what fans have dubbed the “Bora Cup.”“This time, we’re not going there because we lost,” he said with a smile. MOST READ We are young Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Ginebra is also planning a fans’ day at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday noon, while the team will celebrate with San Miguel employees inside their compound on Monday.“When you win, you have to celebrate because when you celebrate, it reminds you how much you enjoy winning. So when you get to that situation again, you remember how much fun it was to win,” said the winningest coach in PBA history.But Cone is setting a deadline for all the hullabaloo.“At some point, you got to put it away, put the trophy in the lobby, and go back to work,” he said.Ginebra returns to the hardcourt on the second week of November in preparation for the 2017 season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It seems like someone from Ginebra is coming to Boracay after all.ADVERTISEMENT 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capaslast_img read more

Pumaren pushes Warriors to end UAAP Season on high note

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise UE was the first to get eliminated this season with a 2-9 record and three games left in their schedule. Adamson, University of the Philippines, and National U are battling for at least a playoff spot for the fourth seed.University of Santo Tomas still has a mathematical chance for a semifinal spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Warriors return to action against the Bulldogs on Saturday after a 10-day break and Pumaren is hoping not to see the same things from the last time they played.“There are some players who did not compete, some competed, but the guys na inaasahan ko were not able to deliver, they’ve been falling sa expectations,” said Pumaren last October 26 after the loss to La Salle. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus TNT looks to plug roster’s holes with rookie draft finds MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:13Robredo pushes back, asks what’s the real figure on drug war01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway “That is very disappointing.”Pumaren’s starters combined for a measly 13 points compared to the La Salle five who had 64.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East may be out of the Final Four contention, but head coach Derrick Pumaren wants his team to wrap UAAP Season 79 up on a high note.“We’ll still fight, go for the win, we’ve been taking it one game at a time, and hopefully the long break will clear their minds,” said Pumaren after their 95-66 loss to De La Salle. “I don’t want to pressure them but we still want to finish this season on a winning note.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capaslast_img read more

Elite lick wounds after tough OT loss to Floodbuster

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – It wasn’t the Christmas gift Blackwater was expecting on Sunday.Losing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Elite became the first team to lose to lowly Mahindra, 97-93, in overtime this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus UFC: White says ‘it’s just not right’ to book McGregor vs. Diaz 3 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFAcenter_img Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ “Christmas could’ve been good to us but all of us got down. It’s tough that we’re already within the win but still lost the game. In those situations, you just have to fight.”Dela Cruz said that the team will look at this defeat as a huge motivation for their playoff push once the action continues next year.“Even though the opponent is strong, we have to follow our gameplan and we must not lose our confidence.”Blackwater will next face defending champion San Miguel on January 6.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young And even the players were left speechless by the devastating defeat.“I don’t know what to say. It’s tough,” said Mac Belo before politely excusing himself from the media scrum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliArt dela Cruz, meanwhile, mustered enough courage and took responsibility for the meltdown, saying, “No excuses. I’ll take the blame.”The sophomore forward noted that Blackwater looked out of sync after taking a 79-64 lead with 7:50 to play in regulation, settling for ill-advised shots and letting Mahindra gain momentum which led to the collapse. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “We didn’t have the eagerness to win. Our shots were hurried and forced, and we didn’t follow our plays. We have to learn those experiences in endgame situations, and having a team that has a lot of rookies, we have to overcome those situations.”Despite the setback, the Elite is still in the playoff picture at solo fifth with a 4-3 card, but the loss extended the franchise’ horrible record in overtime games, which is now at 0-6 since entering the league in 2014.Blackwater also got dealt a pair of blackeyes after Dela Cruz and Kyle Pascual suffered shoulder injuries. The former, though, was still able to hang on and finish the game.“Actually, I didn’t want to play anymore but the team needed me. Coach told me to just play,” said dela Cruz, who was still clutching his left shoulder as he made his exit from Philippine Arena. “Kyle’s injury also helped Mahindra set the tone for that run that reached 17-2.”The Floodbuster finished the fourth on a 19-4 blast to tie the game at 83 before Alex Mallari took charge in overtime.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘The posterchild for entangled marine mammals around the globe:’ Q&A with author of ‘Vaquita’

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Earlier this year, Mongabay reported that there might be as few as 12 vaquita left in the world, down from 30 in 2017.The vaquita population has been driven to the brink of extinction by the illegal trade in swim bladders from a fish called totoaba, which are highly sought after by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, though they have no scientifically proven health benefits. Despite a ban that is currently in place, gillnets are used to catch totoaba in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California — and they also ensnare vaquita, causing them to drown.Author Brooke Bessesen traveled to the Upper Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), the vaquita’s only known range, to speak with local townspeople, fishermen, scientists, and activists in order to tell the tale of the small porpoise whose future is very much in doubt. The result is her new book, Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, released last month by Island Press.Mexico made a two-year ban on gillnets in the Upper Gulf permanent last year, but that has not reversed the drastic downward trend in the vaquita population as the criminal cartels who have taken over the totoaba swim bladder trade have altogether disregarded the ban. A last-ditch effort to capture all of the remaining vaquita and breed them in captivity was also launched last year, and Bessesen was there at the time — which makes for a particularly dramatic point in the vaquita’s story, as the effort was ultimately halted after a breeding-age female died from complications related to being held in captivity.Mongabay spoke with Bessesen about what drew her into telling the vaquita’s story, what it was like to actually see a vaquita in the wild, and whether or not she came away from the experience with any hope that the diminutive marine mammal known as “the panda of the sea” might ultimately survive.Vaquita illustration by Greenpeace Mexico.Mongabay: What first drew you to research and write about the vaquita’s plight?Brooke Bessesen: The idea of writing a book came after attending a lecture by vaquita scientist Lorenzo Rojas in 2010. There were only about 200 of the remarkable porpoises left at that time, and the main threat to the species was commercial gillnets, especially for shrimp exports to the United States. A few years later, the totoaba trade exploded. By the time I started writing in 2016, Mexico was spending millions of dollars trying to enforce a gillnet ban with cartels running a swim-bladder smuggling operation to China. As soon as I began researching this story, I was drawn into a vortex of intrigue and urgency.In the course of your on-site research, did you discover anything that was particularly surprising or that you hadn’t expected going into the situation?BB: On my very first day in San Felipe, a female vaquita was found dead on the beach (a sad and gruesome introduction to the topic of entanglement). After the initial shock, one of the scientists said, “Well, there’s one good thing about dead vaquitas.” I thought, what that could possibly be? He told me, “Their bodies are evidence. Proof that they exist.” Turns out, many people in the Baja region believe vaquita to be a mythical animal. An unexpected hurdle for vaquita conservation: How do we save a species that isn’t even acknowledged?Did you actually get to see a vaquita in the wild? What was that experience like?BB: Given the vaquita’s elusive nature and low numbers, I honestly expected to write a whole book without ever seeing my subject. It was a total surprise when we spotted two vaquitas from a panga while exchanging underwater acoustic monitoring devices. Despite every effort, I still find it impossible to describe the experience. I can easily cite the time of day (6:05am) and who I was with (three fishermen contractors), but there are simply no words for the profound sense of connectedness the sighting provoked in me. I often wonder if those two vaquitas are still alive.Artist Leo Gonzales painted a vaquita mural on his house in El Golfo de Santa Clara to raise awareness of the small porpoises’s plight. Photo by Brooke Bessesen.As you detail in your book, criminal syndicates are very much involved in the illegal trade in totoaba maws that is driving the vaquita extinct. Did you ever feel unsafe being in the area and asking questions?BB: I never felt any immediate threat, but with so many interviewees asking to have their names withheld, and with boat burnings and cartel shootings making news, my nerves were always prickling. Any real concern, however, is for vaquitas and their advocates living and working in the Upper Gulf. While honest fishermen are struggling to feed their families, criminal poachers are brazenly working in broad daylight with no fear of imprisonment. Indeed, when an alleged cartel leader and totoaba trafficker was recently arrested with weapons and drugs in his possession for the murder and attempted-murder of two law enforcement officials, he was released within a week for “deficiencies in due process.” Until crime and corruption are eradicated, there is risk to anyone who might ask questions.You traveled to the Sea of Cortez to investigate firsthand. Do any of your experiences or any of the conversations you had with people in the region stick out in your mind?BB: In the gendered language of Spanish, vaquita is feminine — la vaquita. This leads native speakers to refer to the species as “she.” Although it was strange to my ear at first, I was always charmed by this grammatical form, and after many conversations, I found myself adopting the style and even allowing it to influence my writing voice. Vaquita is dying. Will we help her?You were there for the attempt conservationists made at capturing all of the surviving vaquita in order to breed them in captivity. What was it like to witness such a desperate attempt to save the species fail?Gillnets. Photo by Brooke Bissesen.BB: The emotional tension was palpable, even though I was not on the boats. I am utterly heartbroken by the suffering of the two vaquitas who were captured. A few groups opposed the effort and their concern for the risks were justified. But the consensus was that it had to be attempted so there could be no questions later about the viability of captivity as a rescue measure. I think of the conservation biologists and veterinarians — people who have dedicated their lives, their entire careers, to the protection of vaquita. They were pushed to this extreme measure and I know it was agonizing for them. To watch all their effort, and whatever hope it held, end in such sadness was almost unbearable. Everyone must now refocus and unify efforts to save the vaquitas still alive in the Upper Gulf.Do you think, ultimately, there’s any hope for the vaquita? And even if not, do you think there are any hopeful lessons to be drawn from the vaquita’s story as told in your book? What were some of the more inspiring things you witnessed while researching this book?BB: As long as there are vaquitas, there is hope. We must kindle that hope — it fuels our resolve to save this charming little porpoise. Indeed, the most inspiring moments of my research were touched by human compassion. Despite all the obstacles, people still care enough to help. Social scientists strive to understand the struggles of the local people and support them to live better. Biologists keep collecting and sharing data, trusting us to open our eyes and act. Conservationists design new fishing gear and inspire fishermen to embrace sustainable practices. Activists patrol the waters, day and night, to protect the last living vaquitas. Watching all this, I have renewed faith that, together, we can drive change. That is hope. As a biologist named Sara once told me, “In the end, we are fighting for life.”Even if the vaquita doesn’t make it, what do you hope your book can achieve?BB: Although Vaquita focuses on this enigmatic porpoise, it also widens the lens for other at-risk species. I was confident the story would captivate readers who care about the environment. But delving into the dangers of cartels and corruption, the urgent need for U.S.- and Mexican-government action, and the mysteries of the elusive vaquita, I began to realize it would also attract readers who are drawn to more provocative content, who might otherwise overlook a book about endangered species. Vaquita is not an isolated case. She is the posterchild for entangled marine mammals around the globe. So, on the big scale, that’s what I hope the book does — I hope it brings everyone into the conversation, so we can figure out how to do things better. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredcenter_img Animals, Conservation, Environment, Fishing, Gillnets, Illegal Fishing, Illegal Trade, Interviews, Mammals, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Mammals, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Trade last_img read more