Isaac-Henry Invitational an avenue for lifting STATHS

first_imgHomegrown talent Ayesha Champaigne, who stood out at the inaugural SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational last year and went on to win a heptathlon gold medal at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships, is St Andrew Technical High School’s (STATHS) reference point for attaining track and field excellence at both events this year.Champaigne has moved on to scholarship overseas, but STATHS’ current female team captain, Ophelia Hales, believes her charges will do well at their meet, while eyeing herself as a “girls long jump finalist and at least two boys medallists at Champs”.The SW Isaac-Henry Invitational, named after former STATHS Principal Stafford Wycliffe Isaac-Henry, has been approved as an ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships qualifier.It will get under way on Saturday February 20 inside the National Stadium and will cost spectators $300 to enter.The event was launched at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday where Ed Barnes was the chairman and STATHS’ current principal, Phillip Wilson, and other members of the school’s committee and sponsors spoke.PRESERVING A LEGACY”Our journey commences with the primary objective being the innovation and preservation of the legacy of our beloved SW Isaac-Henry,” said chairman of the SW Isaac-Henry Track and Field Invitational, Barrington Johnson.He added: “Our secondary objectives include enhanced visibility and prestige of STATHS… energising the track team and our track and field programme and definitely a platform to galvanise our alumni base.”Johnson stressed: “One special to me is to unearth the newest standout track personalities. Last year, our own Ayesha Champaigne was one such standout at our meet and she went on to become Champs’ top girl, so for this year we are on a similar mission.”New events added this year, in collaboration with the JAAA, include pole vault, in an attempt to enhance non-traditional events, plus the 200m for girls and boys in classes three and four.The event will have professional timing courtesy of Old Boy Leroy Cooke, who is employed to Western Union, one of the meet’s sponsors.Participants can register at and click on ENTRY FORM. The costs are Co-ed $11,000 (boys team), $7,000 (girls team) and $500 for unattached individuals.At the event, STATHS will honour former Olympian Michael Davis, who represented the country in Moscow in 1984.last_img read more

New toads named from a Sumatran biodiversity trove that’s under threat

first_imgResearchers have recently described three new species of toads belonging to the Sigalegalephrynus genus of puppet toads living in the highlands of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island.The genus was first proposed in 2017 with the description of two species. Researchers believe there may be even more puppet toads left to discover.The discovery highlights the vast diversity of Sumatra’s herpetofauna, but also the immense threats the island’s wildlife faces, primarily from loss of habitat to deforestation and agriculture.The researchers say all of the newly described species should be listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. In 2017, a group of researchers working in Indonesia announced they had identified a new genus of tree-dwelling toads living in forests and caves on the mountaintops of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island.Their paper at the time identified two species belonging to what they described as the genus Sigalegalephrynus, or puppet toads, named after the Sigale-gale puppets used in local funerary traditions. Now, in a new paper published in October 2019, the team has described three additional species belonging to the genus, highlighting the stunning and largely underexplored diversity of reptiles and amphibians in Sumatra.“Sumatra is one of the islands of the world that harbor highest level of biodiversity and we are convinced that we barely scratched the surface of it,” said lead author Goutam Sarker, a herpetologist at the University of Texas at Arlington, in an email to Mongabay. “Very confidently, we can say there are many more new taxa awaiting discovery.”The research team conducted surveys between 2013 and 2016, funded by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. The team, which includes scientists from research institutes in Indonesia, the United States and Germany, spent 178 days in the field collecting samples. Conditions were often grueling; Sarker recalls falling backward off a “3.5-4 meter high” cliff, about 12 feet, during a nighttime survey in Aceh province. A backpack full of air-filled specimen bags cushioned his fall. “Otherwise, I would be dead,” Sarker recalls.But the work paid off.The five species identified as belonging to the genus Sigalegalephrynus were each found in a single habitat in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island. Image courtesy of Goutam Sarker.The team’s first batch of analyses, based on samples collected in 2013 and 2014, led to the proposal of the new genus and the description of two species in 2017: the Mandailing puppet toad (Sigalegalephrynus mandailinguensis) and Minangkabau puppet toad (S. minangkabauensi).Analysis of a second batch of samples, collected in 2015, resulted in the description of three new species: the Burning Mountain puppet toad (S. burnitelongensis), Gayo Lues puppet toad (S. gayoluesensis), and Harvey’s puppet toad (S. harveyi).The newly described toads are small (adults measure less than 40 millimeters, or 1.6 inches), have distinctly shaped finger pads and foot webbing, have unique mating calls, and live in trees and caves, setting them apart from other toad genera found in Sumatra. The known species within the genus exhibit clear genetic lineages, with the newly described Gayo Lues and Burning Mountain puppet toads forming a northern branch of the genus, and Harvey’s puppet toad joining the two previously described species in a southern branch.One of the distinguishing features of the proposed genus Sigalegalephrynus is its distinctive metacarpal tubercle, highlighted here. Image courtesy of Goutam Sarker.And the researchers believe there are more species yet to be identified. “I am very positive that new species of this genus will be discovered by other research groups soon,” Sarker says. In fact, he notes that based on a recent analysis, his team believes they may already have a sample of yet another species in their own collection.The newly-described Harvey’s puppet toad (S. harveyi). Its only known habitat is the montane cloudforest on the southeastern slopes of Mount Dempo in South Sumatra. Image by Eric N. Smith.Diversity under threatSarker says the researchers were “astonished” at the micro-endemic nature of the species they observed, meaning that each species appears to be restricted to a tiny, specific location.Historical geological events likely played a major role. Many studies have shown that when sea levels were higher, Sumatra’s lowland forests were underwater, transforming upland areas into isolated islands, Sarker says. “Also, maybe, since these are highland species they did not came down and interbreed when sea level dropped.”The extremely small range of each species means that they are highly vulnerable to any changes in their home environment. And today, that vulnerability is increasing as pressure rises on the ecosystem due to deforestation, agriculture — notably oil palm and coffee cultivation — and expanding human settlement.The Burning Mountain puppet toad (S. burnitelongensis), has been found only in forest patches near small streams and surrounded by coffee plantations at Mount Burni Telong, near the village of Rambune in Aceh province. Image by Eric N. Smith.In addition to describing the three new species, the team’s October paper also calls for all five member of the Sigalegalephrynus genus to be listed as endangered species by the IUCN. “I have no reservation to say that all these toads should be placed, at least,into the Endangered category if not Critically Endangered of the IUCN Red List,” Sarker says.“Sadly, almost 80-90% of Sumatra’s rainforests have been replaced with palm oil plantations,” says Michael Harvey, a herpetologist at Broward College in the U.S, and one of the recipients of the grant that funded the Sumatra survey work (and the namesake of Harvey’s puppet toad). “Discovery of these toads suggests that many more new reptiles and amphibians occur on Sumatra than previously thought. With current rates of deforestation, many of these animals will likely go extinct before they are discovered.”Banner image: The Gayo Lues puppet toad (S. gayoluesensis),  only known to live above Kenyaran Pantan Cuaca village in Aceh province’s Gayo Lues regency, by Eric N. Smith.Citation:Sarker, G. C., Wostl, E., Thammachoti, P., Sidik, I., Hamidy, A., Kurniawan, N., & Smith, E. N. (2019). New species, diversity, systematics, and conservation assessment of the puppet toads of Sumatra (Anura: Bufonidae: Sigalegalephrynus). Zootaxa, 4679(2), 365-391. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4679.2.9This article was updated to correct the height of the cliff researcher Goutam Sarker fell from.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. Article published by Isabel Esterman 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 Amphibians, Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Herps, New Species, Wildlife last_img read more

[Cyclisme] Blessé, Jempy Drucker met un terme à sa saison

first_imgMais ce samedi matin Jempy Drucker, qui souffre d’une grosse lacération au niveau du coude droit, s’est résolu à mette un terme à sa saison.Il ne participera donc pas aux championnats du monde sur route qui vont se dérouler à la fin du mois dans le Yorkshire. C’est le coureur réserve, à savoir Tom Wirtgen qui sera appelé (aux côtés de Bob Jungels, Ben Gastauer et Alex Kirsch, qui reste pour sa part toujours en lice sur cette Vuelta).Jempy Drucker (33 ans) va pouvoir se reposer, évacuer la frustration d’une saison 2019 difficile et se relancer. Car on l’a encore vu au cours de cette Vuelta, il reste un coureur précieux et apprécié.Denis Bastien Nouveau coup dur pour Jempy Drucker, victime d’une lourde chute vendredi sur le Tour d’Espagne. Pour le Luxembourgeois, la saison est tout simplement terminée.Sévèrement touché vendredi lors de la 19e étape de la Vuelta dans une chute massive ayant retardé plusieurs leaders dont le maillot rouge Primoz Roglic et le Colombien Miguel Angel Lopez, Jempy Drucker était parvenu à rallier l’arrivée.On le sait, ce n’est que lors des examens médicaux pratiqués dans un hôpital de Tolède qu’il a été décidé qu’il ne repartirait pas ce samedi pour la 20e et avant dernière étape. “J’en ai marre”, nous disait-il vendredi en soirée, en référence à sa terrible chute survenue début avril à Waregem dans A travers la Flandre (fracture de la 6e vertèbre cervicale). Il n’était revenu à la compétition que fin juillet et profitait jusqu’ici de cette Vuelta pour refaire du fond. Partagerlast_img read more

All action Bolt wins sixth AOY award – Ethiopia’s Ayana takes female prize

first_img Feeling ambivalent MONTE CARLO, Monaco: He’s all about action. In fact, track and field’s biggest showman sees a bit of Hollywood tough guy Jason Statham, in himself, and as he capped another all-conquering season with a record sixth IAAF Male Athlete of the Year (AOY) award, Usain Bolt showed whether the stage is a track or an actual stage, he is just as entertaining. Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana won the female Athlete of the Year award after a season that saw her winning Olympic gold in the 10,000m in a world record 29:17.45 to erase a 23-year-old mark, and bronze, plus the Diamond Race title in the 5000m. With next year’s farewell season looking more and more like one of Marvel’s after-credit scenes, Bolt’s triple gold-medal haul at the Olympic Games in Rio and last night’s AOY nod at the Salle des Etoiles could be considered the perfect ending to his last full season, his latest in what has been a medal and record-filled career. “I would definitely be a great action guy,” Bolt laughed when asked by the presenter if his new I am Bolt film meant a career in front of the lenses after he retires. “The next Jason Bourne. More like Jason Statham, I’m not a Bond type of guy. He is too slick.” It was a light tone in a rebranded and restyled IAAF Athletics Awards, which brought a departure from the heavy note of reform after a year of chaos, which have hung over the IAAF’s most important weekend in recent times. The exchange was one of the moments that exemplifies the sport’s biggest personality, one whose box office pull will no doubt, leave a void. Bolt, who told The Gleaner that he will be paying close attention to see who takes over the ‘poster boy’ tag once he exits stage left, also paid homage to fellow male AOY finalists Wayde van Niekerk, who won Olympic 400m in a blistering 43.03 world record, and Mo Farah, the Olympic 10,000m and 5,000m champion. “This award is very important to me. The fact it was voted on by the fans is very special. I have worked hard over the years to accomplish big things, so, for me, it’s a great feeling,” said Bolt, who was sporting a smart dark suit, burgundy tie and brown shoes. “You always have to respect all the nominees, they have proven that they are great in their own respect, in their own fields. “It’s a great feeling. I have proven to the world that I am one of my the best athletes in the world. It’s a great thing to accomplish and to end the season in a bang. I feel good about that,” Bolt added. Van Niekerk admitted to feeling ambivalent about the experience, accepting that it’s the beginning of the end for an athlete who he has looked up to while being motivated to push even harder in the future. “It’s sad seeing an amazing athlete like Bolt being on the verge of retiring, someone who I have found so much inspiration and motivation from, but, at the same time, it has given me so much confidence to go out there and put myself forward and be the future,” van Niekerk told The Gleaner. Bolt’s other AOY awards were presented in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Elaine Thompson, who was many person’s favourite going into the evening after her 100m and 200m double at the Olympics, was looking to become the third Jamaican to win the female AOY award after Merlene Ottey in 1990 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (2013), but was nonetheless pleased to have been considered. Vowed to make a return to the ceremony. “I have to give God thanks for a wonderful season. To be nominated for the IAAF female Athlete of the Year award is a great honour and even though I didn’t win tonight, I am happy for the season. I am happy for Almaz, I congratulated her on her season and I hope she will continue to do great, and I will continue to work hard,” Thompson said. Thompson also helped Jamaica to its 4x100m silver in Rio, win bronze at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and went unbeaten in the 100m. Poland’s Olympic champion and world record holder in the hammer throw, Anita Wlodarczyk, was the other finalist. Harry Marra, who coaches Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder Ashton Eaton and wife Brianne Theisen-Eaton – Olympic bronze medal winner in the heptathlon, was presented with the Coaching Achievement award. Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse, 200m silver and 100m bronze medallist from Rio, and Belgian heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam were the male and female Rising Star recipients. Tegla Loroupe won the inaugural President’s Award for her work in the creation of the first Refugee Olympic team, with Greece’s Polyxeni Argeitaki receiving the Women in Athletics award for her efforts towards developing and encouraging greater female participation in the sport.last_img read more

Cool runnings too as Malaysia, Singapore take up Winter Olympics challenge

first_imgLiukin steps down as US women’s gymnastics team coordinatorPutin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at OlympicsSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It is the latest sign of an unlikely, yet growing, interest in ice and snow sports in a winterless, steamy region, where temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in most places.A major milestone for winter sports in the region came last year when they featured for the first time at the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, with ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating making their debuts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it was not without problems — puddles formed on the hockey rink during matches, slowing down the puck and forcing marshals with squeegees to dash onto the ice to mop up the water.Figure skater Julian Yee, who will represent Malaysia at next month’s Games, is typical of athletes from the region who have had to overcome a lack of facilities, limited official support and public skepticism to pursue their dreams. When growing up, the only places he could find to practice were a handful of small, crowded rinks in the shopping malls scattered around the capital Kuala Lumpur.Figure skating on the tiny rinks was “like trying to get an A380 (world’s biggest airliner) to land on a very small runway”, the 20-year-old told AFP.But he persevered and began training in the morning and evening when the rinks were less crowded.“I skated two times a day, six days — sometimes six-and-a-half days — a week,” he said.‘Are you mad?’ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Eze’s triple-double powers Perpetual over JRU Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic PLAY LIST 01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES There were no official programs or funding for figure skating so Yee’s parents had to spend huge amounts of their own money on his training.They also sent him to train abroad during school holidays, in China and South Korea.“People said: ‘Are you mad? You’re sacrificing all this money,’” his mother Irene Cheow told AFP. “We’re looked at differently now.”Yee’s efforts paid off and he won gold at last year’s Southeast Asian Games, and came eighth in the 2017 Asian Winter Games. His crowning glory was qualification for Pyeongchang, alongside Malaysian skier Jeffrey Webb.Speed skater Cheyenne Goh has faced similar challenges in neighboring Singapore, where even a modest cold snap can set the population shivering.This month a freak monsoon surge sent the mercury plummeting to almost 21 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) — chilly by Singapore standards — sending people rushing to the shops to buy scarves and winter jackets.But unlike her compatriots, Goh got a taste for a cold climate after moving to Canada aged four, where she developed a love of winter sports.The 18-year-old initially took up ice hockey, a staple of Canadian life, before discovering short-track speed skating while watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.As well as qualifying for the Olympics, she has represented Singapore at the Asian Winter Games and won two silver medals and a bronze at last year’s SEA Games.No winter to speak of Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Goh, who is taking a year off after high school and splits her time between Singapore and Canada, insisted her success was not unusual.“It’s not all that strange that I’m representing a country with no winter to speak of at a winter sport,” she told AFP after a recent training session in the city-state.She is modest about her chances of matching the success of swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won Singapore’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio in 2016.But supporters hope her participation in the women’s 1,500 meters category will encourage more Singaporeans to take up winter sports.“After Joseph Schooling’s gold medal, many more became keen on swimming — and we are hoping that the same happens to us,” said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong.The Malaysian and Singaporean athletes join a small group of Southeast Asians heading to Pyeongchang, including several from Thailand and the Philippines.No matter how well he does, Malaysian skater Yee said his qualification had already shown that athletes from the tropics can prove the doubters wrong.“It really does show that many things are possible,” he said. “Even without winter in Malaysia, we can still be there.” ABRELATED STORIES:North, South Korea share the ice in figure skating Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Malaysia’s Julian Zhi Jie Yee. Image: Christof Stache / AFPIn tropical Malaysia and Singapore, Winter Olympics medals are rarer than snowflakes — but a dedicated group of athletes are hoping to change that as they make their countries’ debut Games appearances.A Singaporean speed skater, as well as a figure skater and skier from Malaysia will compete in the Games, a huge achievement for countries better known for palm-fringed beaches and year-round heat than winter sports.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Garcia disappointed as Rain or Shine fails to capitalize on frontcourt edge

first_img“Even when we had a tuneup game against Columbian, we already knew that they improved a lot,” he said. “They have guards that can really score and can create for their shooters, and now they have an import who can score and can be aggressive on the boards. So I expect a lot from Columbian now. They’re not the same team like when they came in the league.”Unfortunately, winning its first three games haunted Rain or Shine as its brimming confidence level got the better of them in this game.“Today, I felt that our players weren’t in the right frame of mind. They’re probably thinking that since we beat three strong teams, we can relax against Columbian,” he said.That, Garcia thinks, should serve as a lesson as he reminded the Elasto Painters to be on the top of their game regardless of who their opponents are.“Right now, you have to respect everybody. You can’t go in the game thinking you’re going to win right away. You have to work hard for it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “We always lose to them,” said Garcia, harking back to the Elasto Painters’ stunning 94-98 defeat to then-Kia in the Philippine Cup“I’m just frustrated with our guards that we couldn’t exploit our strength which is on the inside. That’s why I told the players that it’s unfortunate because we had a big lineup that can play inside against Columbian. That was the plan, to go inside,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRain or Shine was able to impose its presence down low, winning the battle of the boards, 65-52, but failed to stop import Bailey John Fields, who tore the frontline to shreds on his way to 34 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.Garcia, though, argued that the Elasto Painters know how capable this Dyip crew is this conference. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rain or Shine defenders try to thwart Columbian import John Fields. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia could only scratch his head as his side once again fell to Columbian, 96-104 on Wednesday.Garcia was disappointed with his team’s failure to execute their gameplan to take advantage of their height advantage, leading to their first loss this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Rain or Shine turns its attention to defending champion San Miguel on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kings center, WNBA great headed to Manila for Jr. NBA Philippines Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Resilient F1 champion Lewis Hamilton revels in adversity

first_img“I feel like I drove the best I can remember driving,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of races, and there have been a lot of other great ones. But this one I didn’t make any mistakes, I was really proud of it.”If he needed any further motivation, then the German fans at the Hockenheimring inadvertently gave him some.“There was a lot of negativity before the race … and when I came here, there was a lot of booing,” Hamilton said. “The weird thing is that I was really happy about it.”Hamilton certainly silenced his Hockenheimring hecklers in style.He also regained control of the title race, moving 17 points ahead of Vettel heading to Hungary’s Hungaroring on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “It’s very reminiscent of how I started out. The kart that I had was really, really old, owned by five different families,” Hamilton recalled. “My dad spent a little bit of money to shave it down and re-spray it … and made it as brand new as it could be. But it was still, he would call it, a four-poster bed.“But I’d always start at the back and I’d have to wriggle through the more experienced (drivers) and faster cars,” added the 33-year-old Hamilton, fondly remembering his formative racing years. “That’s where I learned to do it, that’s what I was best at doing.”Few backed Hamilton to succeed in Germany, especially after a hydraulic failure hampered his qualifying session.Furthermore, archrival Sebastian Vettel was on pole position in a supremely quick Ferrari and gunning to extend his championship lead.But Hamilton won, with a little help from Vettel’s sudden crash on a sodden circuit , and described his performance as possibly his best.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments In the past two races, he has finished first and second after being way down on the grid. He won Sunday’s rain-hit German Grand Prix after starting from 14th . In the previous race, he was bumped off the track on the first lap but rose from last to second at the British GP with another superbly skilled and resilient drive.“When you’re up against adversity … it’s always a chance to show what you can do and driving from the back is so much more fun,” Hamilton said. “You never know how far you can go. Sometimes you are able to go the distance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Hamilton’s love of fighting from the back is somewhat ironic, considering he is F1’s record holder with 76 pole positions — eight more than Michael Schumacher.But carving through the field gives him a form of pure energy, rekindling the joy from his cash-strapped youth competing in go-karts. LATEST STORIES Gin Kings back in PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates on the podium after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)HOCKENHEIM, Germany — There is something about adversity that brings out the best in Lewis Hamilton.Even though he has won four Formula One titles, and 66 races, Hamilton draws huge motivation from being against the odds.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

Perilous Journey and Human Security to Fortress Europe

first_imgUnder increasing pressure from ‘globalization’, traditional boundaries that once signify territorial demarcation among nations continue to vanish as weaker states and their populations succumb to political, social and economic upheavals in Europe. As a result, we continue to witness movement of people in search of ‘Human security’, i.e, people are migrating out of fear of waking up and getting hit by stray bullets, losing one’s job, not having enough to eat or drink, fear of being raped, alienated or discriminated on the basis of ethnicity, religious belief, social status or afraid of being exploited because of lack of education.In an effort to protect and collectively safeguard their citizens’ interest against these global upheavals, most Western countries engaged into various treaties in order to achieve integration, collective security and economic expansion. Meanwhile, similar amalgamation is taking place in less developed and developing region, albeit, relative variation and minimal emphasis on issues that could protect citizen’s welfare and collective security. In Liberia, the lack of human security manifested by poverty, the absence of health care, poor living conditions, alienation on the basis of social and ethnic backgrounds and youth unemployment, can lead to movement of people in all shapes and forms: whether as migrants, guest workers or refugees, in search of Human security. “Whenever people lack human security, they seek it anywhere,” noted one scholar.Troubled by the growing waves of refugees and migrant crisis confronting the EU, a Liberian Peace-building and research organization decided to critically examine the nexus between local excitement for European soccer and the possibility of idled youth embarking on ‘dangerous journey’ to fortress Europe for ‘human Security’.This Liberian NGO has been thinking on the migration problem evident by the effort to gauge youth perspectives on the migration issue confronting Europe and other Western nations. Platform for Dialogue and Peace in Liberia is a peace building organization that uses participatory action research methodology in the country to constructively identify fault lines and root causes to societal problems before making relevant contributions to building sustainable peace. It could be recalled that this organization recently conducted a study of framework for assessing resilience and it is now looking at the nexus between human security and migration. The current focus is on video club goers to determine the level of interest the youth have in Europe, with key interest in what could possibly make them travel to Europe or the West, particularly as they watch EU soccer amid news of migrant crisis that have permeated Europe through various foreign news outlets. On one of my usual routines around the city for random information for our news stories, I bumped into P4DP researchers and was impressed with their effort to mitigate unplanned migration. A brief chat with the team leader, Alphonso Woiwor, demonstrates the depth and seriousness this organization attaches to problem concerning youth and society. Initial empirical findings are not only captivating but very critical for the development of robust youth program for the nation. For example, unlike other African countries where youth embark on hazardous journeys for greener pastures, P4DP study shows that in the nine communities across Monrovia where the survey is being conducted, many youth are poised on doing manual and casual labor jobs to sustain their families, such as working on commission with a local mineral sellers, water depot and selling of dry goods including cassava, toothpaste, slippers, cosmetics, vegetables, etc., than taking dangerous journey to Europe. While the ‘dangerous journey’ phenomena is yet to hit Liberian youthful population, some of the youth, especially in ELWA, intoned that they are not better than their colleagues who are braving the storm to cross the Sahara Desert and theMediterranean Sea. Through my interaction with the research team, it seems that even though many of our youth may not have the means to travel in large number like the North African counterparts, there is a strong omen that when opportunity avails itself, example human traffickers luring vulnerable young people to pay money for greener pastures, as we have seen in recent times, with the Liberian girls that were trafficked to Lebanon, these young people could do likewise.According to P4DP’s team, many of the respondents they engaged are saying that though they may not be in the position to travel to Europe in their numbers for now, by watching these European games and seeing developed infrastructures, such as basic social services, educational and business opportunities, and programs that empower youth – such as sport, especially football which they argued does not require one to have a PhD before you can play to make money – they see life better out there than here. Many references were made of several top European players that make money without acquiring PhD. Other respondents spoken to said though they are made to sell dried goods in the streets, but they are regularly harassed by police officers who at times seize their goods including money as well.I am informed that the survey population of 22 persons is in the age group of 18-34 years of age and a wider research could be conducted soon.Sincerely, such undertaking is laudable and worth promoting, if our country is to avoid what we are seeing in other countries. No doubt, targeted training with constructive engagement with society organization like P4DP is essential to ensure sustainable peace and stability in Liberia and the Sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No review of ExxonMobil contract – President Granger

first_imgJust over one week after Presidential Adviser on Petroleum, Dr Jan Mangal said Government can review and renegotiate the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with ExxonMobil, President David Granger on Monday said Cabinet does not intend to do such at this time. He noted that the PSA is currently engaging the attention of Cabinet and a decision would be made.“The contract is an agreement between two parties and these things have to be portrayed carefully. There is no prospect at the said time that it is the intention of Cabinet to review it (the contract) but as I said, it is before Cabinet,” Granger said as he spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony of acting Justice of Appeal, Rafiq Turhan Khan.But Dr Mangal told reporters on the sidelines of an oil and gas forum at the University of Guyana last Wednesday that when situations change and one party to a contract is dissatisfied with the contract it has with another, then amendments can be made. He was at the time referring to the oil contract between Guyana and ExxonMobil, criticising the low royalty, tax exemption and large concession given to the US oil company.Under the renegotiated agreement, Guyana receives two per cent royalty on earnings from ExxonMobil’s oil sales while the US oil giant would not be required to pay taxes on its share of the profits and according to the President’s Petroleum Adviser, that is low compared to global standards. He also raised concerns about the system used to negotiate that agreement and also the expertise of the persons doing the negotiating.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall called the President’s statement an abomination and a slap in the face of the Guyanese people. He noted that the PSA is the most important contract entered into by any Government since Independence and called for the immediate review of the agreement since there are several analysis of the agreement that supports that view.“It is pellucid to any sensible Government that this contract was a badly negotiated contract… any government that has the people’s interest at heart would want to ensure that Guyana’s interest and the people’s interest are paramount and if that contract does not make those interests paramount then a government would want to have that contract rectified,” Nandlall said in a invited comment.“This Government seems to be acting in the best interest of ExxonMobil and not Guyana and everything they have said and done thereafter is supportive of that posture. Therefore, the President’s latest disclosure confirms and corroborates that posture,” he added.He further stated that the contract is riddled with illegalities and contravenes certain sections of the law.Based on the 1999 agreement and the new 2017 deal, ExxonMobil is controlling the entire Stabroek Block of about 600 blocks or 10 times more than what Guyana’s laws allow. However, the oil and gas expert noted that allocating such a huge chunk is contrary to international best practice and creates unfair competition. Additionally, since the controversial statements were made, the Government has since indicated that Dr Mangal is not authorised to speak on behalf of the President and Cabinet.last_img read more

EPA on national sensitisation campaign

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to ensure all regulatory entities are authorised under the Act.Senior Environmental Officer of the EPA, Candacy ThompsonThe Agency is currently working with other regulatory bodies, which include the Central Housing and Planning Authority, Regional Democratic Councils and the Tourism Authority which are all empowered to grant the necessary permits to businesses which have to be renewed.Some hotels and resort operators may not be able to renew their registrations because these regulatory entities have not been authorised to do so by the EPA.Senior Environmental Officer of the EPA, Candacy Thompson, said those who are reluctant to get their necessary documentations, as stipulated under the EPA Act, will be taken to court.However, because the judicial system is crowded and the lack of knowledge on the need for authorisation, the EPA is currently on a sensitisation programme countrywide.“Our goal ultimately is not to take everybody to court. Our goal is to ensure that you do what you’re suppose to do but of course for those who are not compliant we will have to do enforcement,” Thompson said.The Agency, as it moves in the direction of enforcement is currently trying to ensure that the entities are fully aware of the required regulations.“We are empowered under the Environmental Protection Act to enforce against defaulters in certain practices. However, we have recognised that given the dynamics of Guyana’s environment the work of the Environmental Protection Agency needs to be more visible. In most cases we would have found that some persons do not want to get into an orderly system but we have also found that some persons are genuinely not aware that they need an environmental authorisation to operate,” Thompson explained.Currently workshops are being held with hotel operators and managers of resorts. This is one of several initiatives being taken by the EPA since its restructuring in 2017.The EPA seeks to have all entities sync with the Green State Development Strategy. As such, several areas of intervention have been implemented. These include the issuing of environmental authorisations which are required under the Environmental Protection Act.Some of those entities are hotels and resorts.On Monday, the EPA began its first in a series of engagements in those two entities in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). The workshop was held at the Regional Democratic Council’s Boardroom at Vrymens Erven, New Amsterdam. A similar engaged is planned for Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). The EPA has planned similar engagements for all 10 administrative regions so that operators can be aware of the need to be authorised by the EPA.Thompson said the EPA is hoping that those which are not authorised will initiate the process and complete it and those that are authorised are adhering to their permit conditions.“So that when we move towards enforcement, we don’t have much of the issues whereby persons say that we’re never aware that they required environmental authorisation.”Meanwhile, focus is also being placed on other sectors based on complaints and levels of environmental risk. Among those sectors are forestry, gas stations, spray painting and mechanical operation facilities.Thompson says the ultimate goal is to ensure that entities are authorised because with authorisation comes specific permit conditions which will enable them to embrace Guyana’s green developmental past.last_img read more