Azkals fight for survival

first_imgAs fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise They will also be fighting for a place in the semifinals for the fourth straight tournament.“We’ve been making history quite often the past five or six years and we’re looking to do the same this time,” said skipper Phil Younghusband, noting that the Philippines also beat Indonesia—for the first time in 80 years—two years ago in the same tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“It’s the kind of games that you live for,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We look up to Thailand, but it’s obviously a game we have to win to get to the next level.”The tension is palpable within the Azkals camp, after they opened the tournament with back-to-back draws that has left the race for the second semifinal berth wide open. We are young AFF Suzuki Cup game between Philippines and Indonesia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE, BULACAN—For a team that has a penchant of pulling off historic feats in the AFF Suzuki Cup, the Philippines will have to put together an even bigger one tonight   at  Philippine Sports Stadium here against the standard bearer of Southeast Asian football.Not only are the Azkals gunning to end a 15-game winless spell spanning 44 years against defending champion Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH A draw or defeat for the Azkals will mean elimination if a winner emerges from the Singapore-Indonesia clash simultaneously held at Rizal Memorial Stadium.“Now we have a real final, a big goal,” said star midfielder Stephan Schrock.“They (Thais) are the best team in Southeast Asia so if we beat them—and we can beat them—we deserve to go to the semifinals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The clash against Thailand would have been for top spot in the group, had they finished off chances against Singapore and stayed organized defensively against Indonesia.“It’s disappointing, but it’s only because we have set high expectations,” said Younghusband.The Fifa (international football association) rankings see the Azkals as the region’s top side, but they remain the heavy underdogs against the Southeast Asian giants, who are expected to rest their stars having already clinched a semifinal berth.The Thais, who have beaten the Philippines six times in seven meetings in the tournament, can afford to drop points from the match set 8 p.m., but coach Kiatisuk Senamuang said he is in no mood to give the Azkals any favors.“Everyone here is a friend, but if you want to go with us next round, you have to beat us [tonight],” Senamuang jokingly told Dooley at the prematch press conference yesterday.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Aces tackle Road Warriors sans injured Abuevalast_img read more

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PBA: Globalport toys with Mahindra for first season opener win

first_imgNCAA volleyball: Lady Stags withstand Lady Knights Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Terrence Romeo waxed hot for Globalport with 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting, 4-of-6 from deep, that went with six assists.Stanley Pringle also finished in double-digit scoring with 16 points to go along eight rebounds and five assists.Mahindra’s new acquisition Alex Mallari led the Floodbusters with 17 points and nine rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Mahindra failed to establish any rhythm both in the defensive and offensive ends as the Batang Pier opened up the game on a 24-5 start.Globalport head coach Franz Pumaren, who is fresh of his UAAP Final Four exit with Adamson University, said he is with the team on a transition basis and he hopes he can have the same outcome as he did with the Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I’m here on a transition basis, management is hoping I can bring what I accomplished in the UAAP,” said Pumaren. “I’m here to help out, and have a good run here with Globalport.”Mahindra managed to cut Globalport’s lead to 26-16 early in the second quarter but the Batang Pier countered with a 12-2 sprint to take a 38-18 buffer. MOST READ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PBA IMAGESGlobalport dropped the anchor on a dazed Mahindra, 97-75, to open its campaign in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.It’s the first time in franchise history the Batang Pier won their season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments 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 Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908last_img read more

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New film shines light on cattle industry link to Amazon deforestation

first_imgAgriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon Destruction, Amazon People, Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Cattle Ranching, Controversial, Corruption, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Featured, Forests, Green, Industrial Agriculture, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Saving The Amazon, Threats To The Amazon, Tropical Deforestation Article published by Glenn Scherer 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 Approximately one fifth of the Amazon rainforest has already been cut down, and nearly 80 percent of this deforestation is attributable to the cattle industry, says a new nearly hour-long documentary, “Grazing the Amazon.”Many ranchers are outspoken in their justification for deforestation, possibly because they feel safe from prosecution under Brazilian law because of the bancada ruralista, the powerful agribusiness lobby that has a huge influence in congress and on the Temer administration.One of the major problems driving deforestation is “cattle washing,” illicit techniques for raising cattle on newly deforested land by falsifying records, or shifting the cattle from illegal pasture to legal pasture, before sending them to slaughterhouses. Better recordkeeping could help to illuminate and limit this practice.Government and/or banking sanctions and incentives are also badly needed to motivate cattle ranchers to move away from deforestation, and to support already proven techniques for sustainable livestock production in the Brazilian Amazon. Documentary director, Marcio Isensee e Sá in action aboard an IBAMA environmental agency helicopter during a federal operation to crack down on illegal deforestation inside Jamanxim National Forest, Novo Progresso municipality, Pará state. Image by Bernardo Camara.“The cow is the worst environmental problem in the Amazon, and in the world,” says Greenpeace’s Paulo Adario, speaking out in a new documentary which this April won the One Hour prize at the Film Research and Sustainable Development” (FreDD) festival earlier this month.In his ground-breaking documentary, Grazing the Amazon, director Marcio Isensee e Sa alerts audiences to the fact that approximately one fifth of the Amazon has already been cut down, and attests that nearly 80 percent of this deforestation is attributable to the cattle industry. The film traces the history of the Amazon’s invasion by entrepreneurial ranchers, and examines the responsibility of all major actors in the supply chain, including livestock growers, slaughterhouses and government.Throughout the documentary, Amazonian ranchers operating in deforestation hotspots voice a recurring theme: a sense of entitled impunity which flies in the face of government land use restrictions and imposed environmental fines. According to analysts, ranchers’ flaunting of the law is largely facilitated by the bancada ruralista, the agribusiness lobby which has a huge influence on Brazilian politics — this powerful caucus includes just under half of all deputies in the lower house of congress, dominates policymaking by the Temer administration, and often panders to ranchers’ interests.In perhaps the most explosive revelation of the film, which documents this marriage between agribusiness and politics, former Minister for the Environment, José Sarney Filho, tells the filmmakers that he has advance knowledge of the impending Carne Fria (Cold Flesh) sting operation, which took place in March 2017, and saw huge meatpacking companies penalized for deforestation taking place within their supply chain.This interview takes place mere days before Sarney Filho released a video directed at key agricultural sector players, apologizing for the untimely nature of the federal operation, and claiming that he had not been warned in advance by Brazil’s environmental agency that the sting was going to take place.Cattle ranching long linked to deforestationThe documentary provides considerable historical background as to how ranching originally came to drive Amazon deforestation. Using interviews and archive footage, Sa shows how the Brazilian government began incentivizing occupation of the then largely untouched Amazon by entrepreneurs and ranchers in the 1960s, looking to colonize the land before foreigners did. Nationally funded roads were cut through the rainforest throughout the 1970s, and would-be ranchers were encouraged to transform public land into pasture. The incentive: if the ranchers did not deforest at least 50 percent of the property they were working, they were not awarded a land title by the government.Often, the tree cutting was accomplished by manual labor working in conditions analogous to slavery. One rancher tells how he and a neighbor coerced 200 men into felling trees on their parcel of land in 1994.“We rented a big shed, hired and set up a cook inside and gave plenty of cachaça [an alcoholic drink made from sugarcane] to these men. We went to every brothel, hotel and street corner and picked up men, paying their bills and leading them inside the shed. Two gunmen stayed at the front door and two at the back so no one could flee. Kind of held there against their will, right? We wouldn’t let them leave.”He tells how the police supported the operation, marching the captive men single file from the shack to a ferry so that they could not escape. Upon landing, they were force marched through 15 kilometers (9 miles) of forest and told to begin cutting down trees.“Was this forced labor?” he asks, laughing. “Perhaps it was, but there really wasn’t an alternative. That was the reality of that world.”It wasn’t until the 1990s that environmental NGOs got wind of the alarming rates of deforestation taking place in the Amazon. In 2004, news that a forest area had been lost equivalent in size to Belgium resulted in international pressure being placed on slaughterhouses to stop buying meat from ranchers who had illegally deforested their land.In 2009, the three major Brazilian slaughterhouses operating in the Amazon — JBS, Marfrig and Minerva — signed zero-deforestation agreements with Greenpeace and the Brazilian government in which they vowed to only buy cattle from ranchers who had behaved within the law.Documentary director, Marcio Isensee e Sá filming illegal cattle pasture in Jamanxim National Forest, a protected area located in Novo Progresso municipality, Pará state. Image by Bernardo Camara.Cattle washingAccording to the Brazilian Forest Code, landowners in the Amazon can only legally cultivate 20 percent of their property; the rest must be preserved as native vegetation. However, in the historical context of governmental support for deforestation, along with current official lenience regarding enforcement of the law, many ranchers remain reluctant to comply with the forest code, seeing little benefit in it for them, and seeking loopholes by which they can transform their land from unprofitable forest to lucrative pastureland.Many interviewees in the film are strikingly candid concerning their self-interest. One rancher explains that it is simply much more profitable to raise cattle on land in the Amazon than it is to produce anything else: “I’ll never stop raising cattle. Never. As long as I’m still blinking my eyelids, I’ll keep struggling on,” he says. This man claims that his fellow ranchers find ways to keep on illegally selling livestock to slaughterhouses, even after being caught deforesting.One technique: continue fattening cattle on illegally deforested land, then transfer the stock to a friend’s legally cleared pasture just days before the animals go to the slaughterhouse, concealing their true origin. Or the ranchers may falsify records, putting portions of the land they own and graze under other family members’ names. These techniques are known collectively as “cattle-washing,” and are rife in the Brazilian Amazon, say experts.Recent research, published in January of this year, corroborates the stories told in the film, offering evidence that the zero-deforestation cattle agreements made with slaughterhouses are having little to no effect on ranchers’ behavior. The researchers cross-checked data compiled regarding the locations of cattle vaccinations, and found that hundreds of thousands of cattle continue to graze on areas in Southwest Pará state which were meant to be excluded from the beef supply chain, per the terms of slaughterhouse cattle agreements.A key problem: the lack of transparency in the nation’s beef supply chain. The major meat companies in Brazil operate through a complex supply chain; livestock owners are constantly buying, selling, and reselling cattle, moving them from ranch to ranch, which makes it exceedingly difficult to determine the origin of each head of cattle. While meat companies JBS, Marfrig and Minerva have achieved good oversight of their direct suppliers, they have little to no insight into their indirect suppliers — and that, say experts, is where the grand majority of cattle washing occurs.Smoke signals the use of fire, a primitive but effective tool used to clear away forest in Marcelândia, Mato Grosso. Image by Marcio Isensee.Sustainable beef offers hope for forestsNot all the news is bad for forests. The documentary strikes a hopeful tone when it focuses on sustainable cattle ranching, practiced by a few Amazonian landowners. One interviewee describes how he makes grazing on already degraded land fourteen times more efficient than that achieved by other ranchers: he divides up his land into quadrants, plants lots of grass everywhere, then rotates his cattle from one grassy segment to the next.“We wanted to include people [in the documentary] that are more progressive and are trying to do the right thing,” explained Paulo Barreto, a senior researcher at Imazon who worked on the documentary. “We knew that these people existed and it’s good to have them saying in their own words that we don’t need to deforest anymore.”The challenge faced by environmentalists: how to scale up these rarely practiced, but viable, sustainable ranching techniques.“These methods are pretty straightforward. However, they require some skill and lots of investment to work, which are both conditions that are rarely met by Amazonian farmers,” said Eduardo Pegurier, professor at PUC University in Rio de Janeiro, editor of the ((O)) eco news service in Brazil, and one of the co-creators of Grazing the AmazonGovernment laxness regarding cattle-driven deforestation, and a failure by the state to offer incentives to encourage sustainable ranching, are partly to blame. There are at present few promising initiatives aimed at improving pasture productivity, and at accurately monitoring the deforestation that occurs along the indirect and direct supply chain leading to slaughterhouses.One existing sustainability program is run by Pecsa, a ranch-management firm based in Mato Grosso state which helps farmers transform highly degraded land into productive pasture, thereby reducing new deforestation. Pecsa takes over ranches for between six to eight years, and has a record of making the properties it supervises roughly seven times more productive, while also tracking indirect and direct cattle suppliers. The firm, which currently manages 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres), receives external funding from The European Investment Fund, which means that contracting ranchers pay nothing for the service.“We intend to expand in our region of Mato Grosso,” the firm’s creator, Laurent Micol, told Mongabay. “Once it reaches an adequate scale, we’ll be ready to replicate it elsewhere in the Amazon.”However, Barrreto warns, the success of such sustainability schemes rests heavily on a swift response from the market. Amazon deforestation is currently very profitable for cattle ranchers, and that needs to change if sustainable livestock raising is to have a chance.Many argue that in order to sever the link between deforestation and cattle, the government needs to put financial deforestation disincentives in place. Ranchers must either face substantial fines or prison terms for breaking the law, and be prevented from supplying to the national and global market when they deforest.Barreto believes that the government’s current lack of enforcement capacity, and its unwillingness to severely punish environmental offenders, indicates the need for a new approach. International and national beef producers, he says, should enforce strict rules regarding who slaughterhouses are buying from, and who they are funding.Recently deforested land in the Brazilian Amazon being used to raise cattle, Novo Progresso municipality, Pará state. Image by Marcio Isensee.Putting added state pressure on slaughterhousesMany environmental activists advocate for the application of increased legal pressure on slaughterhouses who buy beef from inside Legal Amazonia. They note that just 110 slaughterhouses are responsible for the processing of 93 percent of all cattle in the Brazilian Amazon. With state pressure, supply chain transparency could be increased among these meat processors, allowing them to trace all of the meat they purchase, including that coming from indirect suppliers, the source of most of the deforestation.At the moment, none of the three major slaughterhouses have such monitoring programs.Barreto emphasized the critical role that Brazil’s independent Federal Prosecutor Offices could play in investigating slaughterhouses and holding them accountable for failing to monitor their supply chains. In fact, many Amazonian federal prosecutors have recently called on slaughterhouses to submit supplier audits.Pará state became the first to release this type of detailed data last month. Meatpacking companies were asked to answer questions relating to the cattle they purchased in 2016 and, according to the data, more than 146,000 head of cattle were acquired from deforested land. JBS performed worst in comparison to other audited companies. The firm accounted for 84,420 head of cattle, 57 percent of livestock that had come from illegally deforested areas that year, and it received a 19 percent non-compliance score. The MasterBoi company raised the second highest livestock count on deforested land, at 28,231 head, with Frigol the third highest at 8,290 head, and Aliança the fourth highest at 7,530 head.In what is deemed a disappointing response by environmentalists, the Federal Prosecutors’ Office in Pará chose not to adopt sanctions against the slaughterhouses who performed badly in the cattle deforestation audits. According to Attorney General Daniel Azeredo, who has been at the helm of zero-deforestation agreements since 2009, it is now up to the market to reward the companies with the best audit results, something few experts expect to happen.The Mato Grosso state Prosecutors’ Office has yet to release the results of the livestock / deforestation audits it has received from slaughterhouses. The Attorney General of Mato Grosso told Mongabay that no date for the release of this data has been set, because prosecutors have been unable to overcome the slaughterhouses’ data protection policies.One of the cattle producers interviewed for Grazing the Amazon summarized the current situation: “The law is weak, it punishes nobody.”For now, with the government actively employing neither stick nor carrot, it seems little will happen to change the status quo, or to end illegal deforestation due to cattle ranching in the Amazon. It is conceivable, though analysts say unlikely, that the situation could change with October’s Brazilian elections.Cows grazing illegally on recently deforested rainforest land within Jamanxim National Forest, a federally protected area in the state of Pará, Brazil. Image by Marcio Isensee.Following the moneyBarreto believes that there are other things that could be done to solve the problem besides penalizing those who buy cattle fattened on newly deforested land. Banks have historically been major funders of big meat processing conglomerates in Brazil, and these financial institutions could bring pressure to bear on slaughterhouses with known connections to illegal deforestation within their supply chains.For example, Brazil’s gigantic national development bank, BNDES, has a 21 percent stake in JBS, and so could put economic pressure on the meatpacker. In fact, the government-run Norwegian Oil Fund, which invested $144,000 in JBS, came under fire earlier this month for failing to call into question proven deforestation in the meatpacking company’s supply chain.Perhaps as importantly, the public needs to be made aware of the alarming extent of rainforest destruction occurring at the hands of the cattle industry. Which is where Grazing the Amazon comes in, a film produced by ((O)) eco and Imazon, and sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). It offers invaluable insight into the environmental damage caused by ranchers, and provides a model for a sustainable and economically lucrative alternative.The ultimate practical solution is clear: academic researchers and environmentalists agree that there is already a wealth of degraded land in the Amazon which could be profitably utilized by cattle ranchers; there is simply no need to deforest further. All that is required is the will, the sanctions and the market incentives, to bring positive change into being.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.last_img read more

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Timor-Leste: Q&A with a Maubere fisherman on reviving depleted fisheries

first_imgCommunities across Timor-Leste have traditionally depended on subsistence fishing, in addition to farming of crops and livestock, for their livelihoods. Commercial fishing in the fledgling Southeast Asian nation is still in anascent stage. Located in the heart of theCoral Triangle, Timor-Leste is now working toward developing a sustainable fisheries sector with support from international donors.The Timor-Leste government’s Strategic Development Plan (2011-2030) calls for an increase in fisheries productivity to enable diversification of the island nation’s oil-dependent economy. Local and national efforts have been underway to figure out how to sustainably tap the country’s fisheries and other valued marine resources.In one of the most interesting and successful local efforts, several communities across the country have been reviving the ancient customary law of tara bandu. Tara bandu is a means of regulating the use of natural resources common to Timor-Leste’s various indigenous tribes, who refer to themselves collectively as Maubere.In northern Timor-Leste, on the shore of the Wetar Strait, locally known as the Tasi Feto, the village of Biacou revived tara bandu in 2012 to protect and better manage its fisheries and coral reefs. The village’s tara bandu law designates several no-fishing zones, bans the destructive fishing techniques of bombing and poisoning, and prohibits the capture of certain marine species, such as sea turtles and corals.Six years have passed since Biacou established its tara bandu. To understand how the revitalized tradition has affected Biacou’s coastal fisheries and fisherfolk, Mongabay spoke to Fernando da Costa, a seasoned fisherman from the village.Fernando da Costa, a lifelong fisherman in the village of Biacou, Timor-Leste. Image courtesy of Fernando da Costa.Mongabay: How long have you been a fisherman and what made you decide to take up fishing as your occupation?Fernando da Costa: I’m 65 years old and I’ve been a fisherman since I was a little boy. You can say I’ve grown up on the Tasi Feto waters. My father was a fisherman and so was his father. Basically, I come from a fisherman’s family. So it was pretty natural that I chose fishing as my occupation. Timor-Leste was under siege until 1999 — that’s when the Indonesians left, leaving us in shambles. We had few livelihood [options] other than fishing, farming and livestock rearing. And I chose fishing, going by the family tradition.Walk us through the day-to-day life of a fisher in Biacou.Fishing activities mostly take place during early morning and late afternoon hours. That’s the best time to catch fish. I start off in my outrigger canoe before daybreak, sometimes with an assistant and sometimes alone. By the time I reach my fishing spot, it’s already morning. On any normal day, I operate for five to six hours and return to shore with the catch. In the afternoon, I sell a part of the catch in the village market and keep the rest for my family.For women fishers, it’s a bit different. They mostly focus their activities in the inter-tidal zone, collecting mollusks, crabs, small fish and varieties of seaweed. They can work at any time of the day, whenever it suits them.What is the general condition of the fish stock in Biacou? From your decades of experience fishing here, do you think the fish stock has been depleted over the years?In Timor-Leste, it is mostly the southern coast where fishing is significant. There is plenty of fish over there. You’ll also find big game fish like giant trevally, yellowfin tuna, Spanish mackerel and marlin. Commercial fishing has also [flourished] there in the recent years.But here in the northern coast in general and in my village in particular, what we do is small [artisanal] fishing. That is, we sell a part of our daily catch in the local market and consume the rest. For us there has always been enough fish for a steady catch. But, yes, over the years, the fish stock in this part of the Tasi Feto has [been] depleted. Like when, as a boy I accompanied my father in the fishing boat, the sea was literally teeming with fish, which is evidently no longer the case.Top map shows the island of Timor, shared by Timor-Leste to the east and Indonesia to the west. Map above shows the location of Suco Biacou on Timor-Leste. Maps courtesy of Google Maps.What are the tools you use for fishing? We have been fishing for generations and the tools we use for fishing are varied. Depending on the fishing ground, one could use handlines, gill nets, longlines and spear guns … plaited fish traps and stone enclosures that use tidal action.As for me, I mostly bank on gill nets and fishing rods.In Biacou, some fishers also practiced blast fishing and fish poisoning. But this has stopped since [the revival of] tara bandu in 2012.How has the law affected you and other fishers in the village?Tara bandu is an age-old sacred Maubere tradition. It teaches us the judicious use of natural resources.Tara bandu has affected the fisherfolk in a significant way. After the law designated no-fishing zones in the nearshore fisheries, the only viable option we were left with was to go [fishing] to the relatively deeper waters beyond the protected zones. This was something we didn’t do earlier and I was initially a bit scared. But gradually I got along. Now every fisherman in the village ventures to deeper waters for fishing.Do you think the establishment of the tara bandu law has pushed you and other fishers into the riskier business of fishing in deeper waters?Yes, that’s true. Given the traditional outrigger canoes we use, and the lack of safety measures in them, it’s pretty dangerous to move to the deeper seas. But the idea behind the establishment of no-fishing zones —replenishing the fish stock — is noble and [meant] to help the fishermen. So I’d like to believe that in the long run it will be really beneficial for us, the fisherfolk.With the tara bandu restrictions on fishing in place for the last six years, is there any noticeable change in the fish stock in the protected areas? There has yet to be an assessment of the change in the fish stock and in the health of the coral reefs and the fish since establishing tara bandu. That’s something we require urgently. Because we really need to know what results tara bandu rules have produced so far in these six years. We have already suggested to the village leaders overseeing tara bandu about the urgency of the assessment. I hope they’ll soon deliberate on the issue.From what I’ve observed, I can tell you that there’s been a significant positive change in the fish stock and fish health in the protected areas. I’ve often witnessed fish aggregating in large numbers in these areas.Fishing boats in Timor-Leste. Image by Jennifer King/WorldFish.Should the tara bandu regulations continue? AsI said, what is needed in earnest at this moment is an assessment of the fish stock. That will decide the future of the tara bandu regulations. We, the fishermen here, believe once the fish stock is rebuilt sufficiently, there should be a relaxation on fishing restrictions and the no-fishing zones have to be opened for fishing activities.How do you see the future of the fishing tradition in Biacou?Biacou has a long, sustainable fishing tradition and it will surely continue. We know how the ecosystem works. Like we know when a particular species breeds and therefore we refrain from harvesting them; we know when the proper time to fish is; we know the sacred spots where we should never fish.As long as this traditional knowledge is intact, the fish stocks and the traditional fisher communities are secure.A sea star in the waters of Timor-Leste. Image by Johannes Zielcke via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya is an independent journalist based in Assam, northeastern India. In addition to Mongabay, he has written for The Diplomat, Buzzfeed India, Scroll.in, Down To Earth, The NewsLens International, EarthIsland Journal and other publications.Editor’s note: This interview has been translated from Kemak and lightly edited for clarity and length.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Timor-Leste is trying to figure out how to sustainably tap its fisheries and other valued marine resources.In one of the most interesting and successful local efforts, several communities have been reviving the ancient customary law of tara bandu, a means of regulating the use of natural resources common to Timor-Leste’s Maubere indigenous tribes.Six years have passed since the village of Biacou established its tara bandu to protect and better manage its fisheries and coral reefs. To understand how the revitalized tradition has affected Biacou’s fisherfolk, Mongabay spoke to Fernando da Costa, a seasoned fisherman from the village.This is the second story in Mongabay’s three-part profile of the Maubere’s revival of tara bandu. Read the other stories in Mongabay’s three-part profile of the Maubere’s revival of tara bandu:Timor-Leste: Maubere tribes revive customary law to protect the oceanTimor-Leste: With sacrifice and ceremony, tribe sets eco rules Article published by Rebecca Kessler 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 Coastal Ecosystems, Community-based Conservation, Development, Environment, Fish, Fisheries, Fishing, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Human Rights, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Land Rights, Law Enforcement, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Overfishing last_img read more

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Batang Pier advance

first_imgMarcos 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 UAAP Volleyball Preview: Lady Bulldogs aim Finals breakthrough Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims “Right now, we just have to wait,” GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren said after getting a career-high 44 points from Romeo and 28 from Pringle that had the Batang Pier closing out the elimination round with a 6-5 record. “Hopefully, we can land in a best-of-three [series],” he went on. “It doesn’t matter to us if we are No. 3, 4, 5 or 6 [in the final rankings]. It will be hard if we end up seventh or eighth.”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 returnRomeo torched the Painters in the second and fourth quarters, tossing in 39 of his total, while Pringle dropped all but eight of his in the middle two quarters to form a two-sided battering the physical Rain or Shine defense didn’t have an answer to.It was the third straight defeat for the Painters, who, just two weeks ago, were looking very good in the race for the No. 2 spot but are now in danger of missing the playoffs altogether. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Barangay Ginebra formally advanced to the playoffs after scuttling NLEX, 90-80, in the nightcap. Like GlobalPort, the Gin Kings would need to await the results of the final playdate this Wednesday to know their ranking.Rain or Shine battles Alaska this Wednesday in a game that not only closes the elimination round but will also determine who will own the second twice-to-beat privilege, a race that’s  now down between the Aces and the Hotshots.The Hotshots clash with the Floodbuster also this Wednesday.Should Star win, it would have to hope that Rain or Shine  turns back Alaska for it is the Hotshots’ only route to second seeding.   ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort’s prolific backcourt of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle ridiculed the Rain or Shine defense all game on Sunday night and towed the Batang Pier to a 117-99 ripping of the Elasto Painters to seal a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Philippine Cup.After getting the job done on the floor, the league’s modern day version of the most lethal guard combination and the rest of the Batang Pier will now await the results of three more games at Cuneta Astrodome to know where they really stand.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taallast_img read more

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Who’s a good dog? The tennis ball retrievers at Brazil Open

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely The four-legged ball retrievers showed off their talents shortly before Joao Sousa of Portugal met Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the day’s first semifinal match.The dogs come from two Sao Paulo shelters and are available for adoption.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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Fan-friendly event kicks off Iditarod race across Alaska Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijingcenter_img Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Demoliner plays with a shelter dog specially trained as a ball-retriever during an exhibition event at the Brazil Open tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, March 4, 2017. Wearing blue bandanas around their necks, specially trained shelter dogs showed off their talents shortly before Joao Sousa of Portugal met Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the day’s first semifinal match. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SAO PAULO — Six shelter dogs looking to be adopted are playing fetch at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, giving tennis fans a demonstration of their ball-retrieving skills.Wearing blue bandanas around their necks, Cindy, Nanda, Blackie, Mia, Arlete and Ovelha are racing around the clay court of the Pinheiros Club on Saturday. They are chasing down the balls hit by Brazilian tennis players Marcelo Demoliner and Joao Zwetsch and bringing them back.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Adorador responds to Vicente’s challenge in UE win over Adamson

first_imgView comments On Sunday, Adorador did just that.Adorador led the Lady Warriors with 23 points in their four-set win over listless Adamson University, 25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18, to end their first round campaign at Mall of Asia Arena.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“Coach Francis berated me for not being able to play on a high level, and I used that as an inspiration because he just wanted me to be better and get out of my comfort zone,” said Adorador in Filipino as UE notched its first win after a 0-6 start.“He wanted a better Shaya Adorador,” she added. UE captain Shaya Adorador. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East head coach Francis Vicente issued his team captain Shaya Adorador a challenge, and that was to show the UAAP that she can roll with the best.“I hope she learns to become a better leader,” said Vicente. “She’s good but she doesn’t know it.”ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Inbee Park wins LPGA Singapore by 1 stroke with closing 64center_img LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely UE’s captain was averaging measly 9.5 points in her first six games and her 23-point output was her best performance this season by far.“I was getting ashamed because this wasn’t me, and I couldn’t live up to his expectations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal tieslast_img read more

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Bakers stretch streak to 5 games, beat Titans

first_imgWATCH: Conor McGregor impersonator sits down with Floyd Mayweather MOST READ 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The scores:CAFE FRANCE 92 – Ebondo 29, Desiderio 14, Arim 9, Casino 9, Calisaan 8, Faundo 6, Veron 5, Manlangit 4, Aquino 3, Baloria 3, Wamar 2, Guinitaran 0, Jeruta 0.AMA 83 – Tiongson 23, Teng 22, Olayon 9, Alabanza 8, Arambulo 8, Barua 8, Taganas 5, Baluyot 0, Bragais 0, Riley 0.Quarters: 28-19, 50-45, 67-68, 92-83.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 The victory extended Cafe France’s winning streak to five games as it now boasts 6-1 record, inching closer to nabbing one of the two outright semifinal seats.“The good thing here is we still have a hold on our destiny. We have to win our remaining games to hopefully land a spot in the top two,” said Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya.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 Bakers weathered a superb third quarter rally from the Titans and answered with an 8-2 spurt to open the fourth, establishing control while repelling AMA’s late fightbacksJuami Tiongson fired 23 points and six rebounds, while Jeron Teng had 22 markers, nine boards, and six assists for the Titans, who ended their elimination round campaign at 5-4. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing PBA IMAGESCafe France used a strong fourth quarter to down AMA Online Education, 92-83, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Rod Ebondo showed the way for the Bakers, towering over the competition with 29 points, 18 rebounds and six blocks while Paul Desiderio added 14 markers on 3-of-6 shooting from threes.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

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Folayang learning from stablemates’ mistakes vs Ting

first_img‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “I am twice motivated in this upcoming fight. I want my daughter to see in the future that I didn’t just win the title, but I defended it successfully,” Folayang said on Tuesday. “When I look at her, it’s like I have an antidote for all the fatigue from training.”READ: Folayang to defend ONE title vs Ting in ManilaFEATURED 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 Baguio-based Folayang won the lightweight title against Shinya Aoki last November in Singapore, and wants nothing but to show his compatriots that his conquest is not one-off as he makes his first defense against Kiwi-Malaysian Ev Ting.“Winning the belt is one of the highlights of my career, and maintaining it is one of the bigger challenges. I treat this fight as a very important one,” he said. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely However, Folayang knows that he’s up for a tough challenge against Ting, who has beaten his fellow Team Lakay stablemates Honorio Banario and Edward Kelly. And he has closely studied those previous fights as to not make the same mistakes.”READ: Folayang: Fightingest“Edward had a strong start when he fought Ev Ting. Honorio, meanwhile, changed his gameplan quickly. So for me, I want to stick to my gameplan and not make any rush decisions. Those are the mistakes I don’t want to commit. I also don’t want to feel overconfident because I know how hungry a fighter is if they want to be a champion,” he said.“He has already beaten a lot of Filipinos before. But I know for myself, I’ll approach him differently and not make the same mistake the others did before.”ADVERTISEMENT Mangahas upbeat about Racal’s chances in finals Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Eduard Folayang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFighting in the country for the first time since December 2014, ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang is more than excited to hit the cage in front of his  countrymen in ONE: Kings of Destiny on April 21 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old striker has a more personal motivation to emerge as the victor with the birth of his first child Yeshuareigns.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR LATEST STORIES Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Warriors GM Myers confident Kerr will return to full health

first_imgView comments Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “We want him healthy for the rest of his life,” Kevin Durant said. “That’s what our main concern is. We’re not trying to get him healthy just so he can coach us in the playoffs. We want him healthy so he can live an everyday life as normal as he can.”This is heart-wrenching for Myers. He and Kerr are close friends who talk every day, and not just about basketball. He supported Kerr when the reigning Coach of the Year had to miss the initial 43 games last season, including an NBA record 24-0 start.“It’s so hard to separate that part from the Warriors basketball team,” Myers said, “because in any other profession it’s private and there’s not everyone in the community asking about it and you’re just concerned about that individual specifically. In this case it takes on a different life when it’s public and you’re just worried about someone as a human being, not as the Warriors coach, but as a friend.”For now, top assistant Mike Brown is leading the way with an experienced coaching staff and veteran team as the Warriors wait to learn their next opponent – the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah – after sweeping Portland in four games.Brown and Kerr are in constant communication, including after the Jazz took a 3-2 series lead with a win Tuesday night. Brown is prepared to coach the Warriors into the second round until Kerr is able to return.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this April 7, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, center, speaks during NBA basketball practice in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors return to the practice court following a day off after their first-round sweep of Portland, with coach Kerr’s health status still unclear. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA—Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and return to the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries.It just might not be right away.ADVERTISEMENT “Steve’s going to be a part of this process all the time,” said Brown, who has coached the Cavaliers and Lakers and survived a frightening kitchen fire last year.”Really, almost before I do anything I’m going to consult with him. The only time I won’t consult with him is probably during the game, at least I don’t want the NBA to know I’ve got a little chip right here (in neck) that I can communicate with him in in-game situations. We’ll keep that among us.”Because Kerr is so great about sharing the workload and taking all ideas and insights into account, the Warriors are in position to push forward during his absence – however long it might be.“Steve sets such a solid foundation that it can withstand his stepping away in the interim,” Myers said. “It’s a testament to his leadership and his culture that he never made it about him. He made it about the players and the rest of the staff and set that template. And that’s what makes it sustainable, really. When you build a culture around one person, you risk more, I think, but when you share responsibility, when you share blame, you share credit, you share all of it, one person can step away and hopefully return and you can keep going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks “Look, what he’s facing is fixable,” Myers told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s just finding the issue and solving it. So I think that’s how you have to differentiate what he’s going through with somebody else. Some things are not fixable in life. Some things that confront people don’t have solutions. There is a solution here. We just need to discover it, and we will. I’m confident we will.”The 51-year-old Kerr plans to be examined at Stanford this week and is away from the team until he feels well enough to return. He didn’t coach the NBA-best Warriors in Games 3 and 4 at Portland this past week while dealing with headaches, nausea and discomfort in his neck.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“It’s not easy, but it’s not insurmountable. This one, we will overcome it. And those aren’t just words, that’s the truth. I wouldn’t put a time on it but that’s how I feel,” Myers said. “Certain diagnoses you are forced to accept entirely and know that there isn’t a solution. There is a solution for this, we’ve just got to find it.”The Warriors have been inundated with emails from strangers offering names of doctors, experts, ideas and advice on how to help Kerr, who is beloved as not only a coach but as an outspoken person committed to important and wide-ranging issues. 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