PH among economies most vulnerable to virus We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town 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 Kashima defender Shuto Yamamoto took Lucas Vazquez down in the box on the hour mark and Ronaldo levelled the score at 2-2 on the ensuing penalty kick.Ronaldo, who was named man of the match, won the Club World Cup for the third time adding to titles in 2014 with Madrid and in 2008 with Manchester United.Madrid captain Sergio Ramos returned to the starting lineup for Sunday’s final.The Spain international wasn’t fully fit for Thursday’s 2-0 semifinal win over Club America of Mexico and was almost sent off in the 90th minute when he took down Mu Kanazaki.Madrid is unbeaten in any competition since April 6, a stretch that has lasted 37 games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Real Madrid players celebrate on the podium after beating Kashima Antlers 4-2 to win the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (Photo by SHIZUO KAMBAYASHI/AP)YOKOHAMA, Japan — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick on Sunday as European champion Real Madrid claimed its second Club World Cup title by beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time.“This has been an unbelievable year for me and for the team,” Ronaldo said. “A few days ago, I won the Ballon d’Or so it has been a perfect year for me.”ADVERTISEMENT With the score at 2-2 after normal time, Ronaldo received a pass from Karim Benzema in the 98th minute and calmly fired under Kashima goalkeeper Hitoshi Sogahata to make it 3-2.The Portuguese star then sealed the win six minutes later with a left-footed shot to the roof of the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliEarlier, Benzema scored Madrid’s first goal in the ninth minute of the final, pouncing on a rebound off Luka Modric’s volley that was palmed away by Sogahata.Gaku Shibasaki equalized in the final minute of the first half and put his team ahead seven minutes after the break when he evaded three defenders on the edge of the box and fired a left-footed strike past a diving Keylor Navas. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Struggling Yap credits Simon’s defense in first game vs Star Kashima was the first Asian side to progress to the final. The J-League champions beat Auckland City, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Atletico Nacional to reach the final.European teams have been the most successful in the tournament, with nine titles.Atletico Nacional sealed third place earlier Sunday, beating Mexican side Club America 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.Substitute Miguel Borja converted the winning spot kick for the Copa Libertadores champion, after Osvaldo Martinez and Miguel Samudio had earlier missed for America.Nacional took an early lead after an own-goal in the sixth minute by America defender Samudio.Alejandro Guerra made it 2-0 in the 26th, steering home a cutback by Orlando Berrio, who was man of the match.Michael Arroyo started the comeback for America in the 38th, slamming home from close range after Samudio’s ball into the box.Substitute Oribe Peralta then made it 2-2 from the penalty spot in the 66th after Samudio had been fouled by Farid Diaz. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View comments
Article published by Mike Gaworecki Over the past decade, Norway has spent $3 billion to support efforts to keep forests standing in all of the world’s major rainforest countries, helping to elevate forest protection as a globally important cause (and climate solution) in the process.But it’s time to take stock of what’s worked and what hasn’t, in terms of both tropical forest protection in general and Norway’s particular role in facilitating forest conservation, and chart a new course forward — that’s the premise of a new report from Rainforest Foundation Norway titled “Saving the rainforest 2.0.”The report, released last week as hundreds of policymakers and conservationists met at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum hosted by Norway, identifies key barriers to stopping the destruction of the world’s forests and offers several recommendations for how the world can more successfully combat deforestation. Over the past decade, Norway has spent $3 billion to support efforts to keep forests standing in all of the world’s major rainforest countries, helping to elevate forest protection as a globally important cause (and climate solution) in the process.But it’s time to take stock of what’s worked and what hasn’t, in terms of both tropical forest protection in general and Norway’s particular role in facilitating forest conservation, and chart a new course forward — that’s the premise of a new report from Rainforest Foundation Norway titled “Saving the rainforest 2.0.”The report, released last week as hundreds of policymakers and conservationists met at the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum hosted by Norway, identifies key barriers to stopping the destruction of the world’s forests and offers several recommendations for how the world can more successfully combat deforestation.Incidentally, last week also saw the release of deforestation data from the University of Maryland in the U.S. that showed tropical countries lost 158,000 square kilometers (39 million acres) of tree cover in 2017. That’s the equivalent of deforesting an area the size of Bangladesh, marking the second highest annual rate of tree cover loss recorded since the dataset was first compiled in 2001, and it was primarily driven by land clearance for agriculture.“As long as deforestation and forest degradation is happening at alarming rates, it is obvious that we’re doing some things wrong,” Øyvind Eggen, executive director of Rainforest Foundation Norway, said in a statement accompanying the release of the new report. “The world needs new ideas, better policies and more efficient use of financial resources if we’re going to win this battle.”Though one of the top recommendations made in the report is for richer, developed countries to scale up international development aid as a means of increasing forest-climate finance, and for Norway in particular to commit to spending 4.5 billion Norwegian krone by 2021, the report lists several measures to protect rainforests that don’t require substantial new funding streams.For instance, many countries have already pledged to support companies in implementing Zero Deforestation Commitments by signing on to the New York Declaration on Forests. According to the report, governments can do this by ensuring that products that don’t contribute to the destruction of forests have improved market access while restricting the market share of products that do generate deforestation. Currently, according to the report, international aid that could potentially have negative impacts on forests is 3.5 times higher than the available funds that support forest conservation and forest restoration.“By using their purchasing power to buy only products from companies that do not aggravate tropical forest destruction, governments can help the most progressive companies substantially,” the report states. “Governments can also introduce import regulations and taxes to limit products that contribute to deforestation — and such measures could be introduced without requiring direct increases in public budgets.”Anders Haug Larsen, a policy adviser at Rainforest Foundation Norway who edited the report, reiterated to Mongabay that “Public procurement policies and import and tax regulations must ensure preference of no-deforestation products. One example is to make sure that biofuels based on palm oil and soy are not accepted, as long as they continue driving deforestation and increase greenhouse gas emissions.”Deforestation in the state of Pará, Brazil. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.The call for regulations to restrict biofuels from palm oil and soy is especially relevant for the European Union, Indonesia, and the aviation industry, according to the report, as they are expected to drive the greater part of demand for those biofuel feedstocks. Indeed, the EU recently announced that it would be phasing out palm oil from motor fuels by 2030, much later than its initial self-imposed deadline of 2021 — a move that Nils Hermann Ranum, head of the policy and campaign department at the Rainforest Foundation Norway, called “totally unacceptable.”In an article included in the report, Dr. Chris Malins, an expert in low carbon and clean fuels policy, notes that over the past two decades biofuels have come to be seen as a sustainable answer to the question of how we decarbonize the transport sector, in large part because it’s widely believed that the most effective course of action is to reduce fossil fuel use at all costs. But, Malins points out, when it comes to agriculture and land use, the best course of action might actually be to protect existing carbon stocks.“Unfortunately, when the biofuel is made from palm oil, the attempted cure accelerates the disease, by increasing rainforest deforestation and driving land-use change related greenhouse gas emissions,” Malins writes. “With the right regulatory action undertaken now to refocus and rescale biofuel policies, millions of hectares of threatened rainforests and peatlands could still be saved.”Recommendations for forest countriesMeanwhile, subsidy reform is one of the chief actions the report suggests that forest countries should take — and donor countries like Norway should make subsidy reform a requirement of any post-2020 bilateral agreements they sign with forest countries, the authors of the report argue. Reforming subsidies and policies to ensure that they are not helping drive deforestation would in turn support forest countries’ efforts to meet the goals of initiatives founded under the framework of the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program, or REDD+.The success of REDD+ has been limited, to some extent, by being framed as a way of paying people not to do something — in this case, cut down forests. But it’s important that forest protection be recognized as a “promising development option for mobilizing finance from the wider economy,” Larsen told Mongabay. “Subsidy reforms is an important part of this, and donor countries like Norway should facilitate these efforts through new bilateral agreements.”Charlie Parker, an independent land use consultant, writes in an article included in the report that “Countries where subsidy reform would benefit the REDD+ process are numerous. Indonesia, for example, now accounts for 53% of global production of palm oil, and has subsidies throughout the supply chain that directly and indirectly contribute to land-use change. These include credit subsidies, government guarantees, tax concessions, and a price floor on biofuels; unless these are reformed, it is difficult to see how Indonesia can meet its REDD+ targets.”Other recommendations for rainforest countries made in the report include the need to “prioritize securing land rights for indigenous and other forest-dependent communities, and support plans for the sustainable management of these areas,” as well as a call for forest country governments to “develop regulations and financial incentives for forest restoration.” Natural recovery and regeneration should be the priority of forest restoration efforts, and should be done with the full participation of local communities, per the report.The private sector has a role to play, as well, of course. Glenn Hurowitz, CEO of the NGO Mighty Earth, writes in a paper included in the report — and published here on Mongabay in full last week — that the forest conservation cause may now “depend on the very companies most responsible for environmental destruction” to be the solution. Hurowitz adds: “I suppose we’ve come to a pretty sorry pass if we’re depending in significant measure on these corporations to get us out of this mess. But it’s the pass we’re at, and there’s actually reason to hope that the same companies that got us into this mess can get us out.”Palm oil facility in Malaysia. Photo by Rhett butler.Hurowitz points to the success of the Brazilian Soy Moratorium at halting Amazonian deforestation for soy as a model that can be adopted in other ecosystems and for other commodities.Another key solution is to give more attention to protecting the most valuable and intact primary forests that the world still has standing, Larsen told Mongabay.“Prioritizing intact, primary forests has so far not been a key element for REDD+ in general, and also for Norway, but this is vital to sustain the ecosystem services that forests provide. To achieve this, all support for large-scale logging in intact and primary forests must end. Rainforest countries should develop land-use plans that protect the remaining primary and intact forests, and not allocate such forests to industrial scale logging. Donors like Norway should support such efforts and avoid supporting programs or projects that stimulates industrial scale logging in these areas.”‘Too much forest has been lost the last 10 years’Larsen said that Norway’s efforts over the past decade have been crucial to pushes “at the highest political levels” for world governments to recognize the need to conserve rainforests, which ultimately led to forest protection becoming a core component of the Paris Climate Agreement. He also said that Norway’s support helped make the Amazon Fund an important vehicle for reducing deforestation and helped raise awareness of the need to secure indigenous peoples’ rights as a key element of forest protection in most rainforest countries.Despite those successes, however, Larsen added that “far too much forest has been lost the last 10 years, so we are not where we should be. It’s obvious that Norway is not the main country to blame for that, but REDD+ — including Norway — had for a long time a too narrow focus on carbon accounting, preparing for a carbon market that never emerged.” He suggested that “focusing more on the importance of forest protection for lasting development and the broader social and environmental values could have generated more political will in rainforest countries to protect forests, which we believe is still a main barrier.”A recent report by Norway’s Office of the Auditor General had some sharp criticisms for the country’s International Forests and Climate Initiative (NICFI), one of the chief funders of REDD+ initiatives around the world. While Larsen said that he thinks it’s wrong to criticize Norway for the lack of other donors, as the Auditor General’s report did — “Such a critique should be directed at other countries,” Larsen said — he does agree that that lack of funding from other sources hampered results. “This is why we identify new sources and solutions, such as subsidy reforms and import restrictions on products that contribute to rainforest destruction,” he noted.“The Auditor General concludes, as we do, that changing political priorities in rainforest countries stops or delays measures and results,” Larsen said. For example, after deforestation rates declined in Brazil throughout the 2000s, tree cover loss has increased markedly in the country in recent years, due largely to farmers burning forested land for agricultural purposes. Mikaela Weisse, a research analyst at the World Resources Institute, said that people who clear land using fire are taking advantage of weak enforcement of laws that prohibit fires and deforestation, as well as the current administration’s efforts to roll back environmental protections. Larsen and the authors of the “Saving the rainforest 2.0” report suggest that in cases like these, where political winds have shifted, Norway prioritize support to projects that can help create and maintain political will to tackle the causes of deforestation.“The Norwegian contribution of 500 million USD a year is a lot compared to other such support, but small compared to the turnover of the industries that drive deforestation,” Larsen said. “Transforming agriculture practice in agriculture dependent countries is a major challenge, but the stakes are too high to not try our best. I think the Norwegian effort will maintain at high levels, at least until 2030, as promised by our current government. But I do expect some changes, at least after 2020 when most of the bilateral agreements end and Norway are in a position to include new solutions.”The Solimões River and Amazon rainforest. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Deforestation, Developing Countries, Development, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Forest Destruction, Forests, Palm Oil, Redd, Soy, Tropical Deforestation, Tropical Forests 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
Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing The final will be in Stockholm on May 24. The winner gains entry to the Champions League.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 Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (center back to camera) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic (second from right) and other teammates during a Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match between Saint Etienne and Manchester United at Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint Etienne, France, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Photo by LAURENT CIPRIANI/AP)NYON, Switzerland — The risk of fan violence looked high in the last 16 of the Europa League after Friday’s draw produced a volatile matchup between Manchester United and Rostov.Russian and English fans clashed in Marseille last year during the European Championship. United and Rostov are followed by firms of hardcore fans.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The draw also pitted Gent against Genk, only the second all-Belgian matchup in the history of UEFA competitions.French side Lyon will be up against Roma, and there will be an all-German showdown between Schalke and Borussia Moenchengladbach.Lyon advanced to the last 16 by thrashing AZ Alkmaar 11-2 over two legs, the second biggest aggregate in the competition’s history. Lyon and Roma met in the 2007 Champions League round of 16, when the Italian side prevailed 2-0 on aggregate.Also, it was: Celta Vigo vs. Krasnodar, APOEL vs. Anderlecht, Olympiacos vs. Besiktas and Copenhagen vs. Ajax.The first legs will be on March 9, and the return legs a week later.ADVERTISEMENT According to UEFA coefficients, Rostov is the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament but it finished second in the Russian league last season and beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage last November.United, the only remaining English club, is a three-time European champion but has never won the second-tier tournament.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 will be a nice experience, we will have the chance to play at Old Trafford,” said Rostov midfielder Andrei Prepelita. “They have top players and a top coach, but we’ve had good results and we beat Bayern. It is good to play the first leg at home and I hope the cold weather will be on our side.”United manager Jose Mourinho said it was a “bad draw in every aspect,” pointing to Rostov’s quality and the distance United needs to travel for the first leg on March 9. The two legs will be played either side of United’s FA Cup quarterfinal match at Chelsea on March 13. 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member San Miguel crushes Ginebra to draw first blood in PBA Finals Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test McLaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the third practice session for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. APSAKHIR, Bahrain — Fernando Alonso must already be counting down the days until the Indianapolis 500, given how frustrating Formula One has become for the Spaniard.The two-time F1 champion is making his IndyCar debut on May 28, and it probably can’t come soon enough.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Under race rules, drivers are allowed four engines per season before they incur penalty points, and this is already Alonso’s second one heading into the third of 20 races.Alonso — whose last win was four years ago in Spain — will actually need to start getting some points before having any to lose.His best chance would have been at the Monaco GP next month, where the tight, winding street circuit greatly reduces speed and overtaking, thus neutralizing some of the advantage the faster cars have.Alonso was fifth there last year, having started 10th on the grid, in McLaren’s best result of the season.But the ambitious Alonso, who has won 32 GP races, is skipping Monaco, which is on the same day as the Indy 500.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Alonso’s engine failed early into qualifying on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for the Bahrain Grand Prix, pushing him to 15th place on the grid for Sunday’s race.Neither Alonso nor his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne won a point in the first two races of the season. With the Belgian driver two places behind Alonso on the grid, that is unlikely to change here.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 will be a long, hot and difficult one for both our drivers,” McLaren’s race director Eric Boullier said. “But that’s the hand they’ve currently been dealt, and they’ll play it as best they can.”McLaren struggled all of last season after switching back to Honda engines, finishing sixth in the constructors’ championship and with no podium finishes for the once-dominant team. 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 More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Alonso had looked reasonably secure in the first part of qualifying, and was about to start the second part on Saturday — known as Q2 — when he climbed out of his car and called it quits.“It was already a hard race, but this makes it even harder,” the 35-year-old Alonso said. “We have to change the power unit and without the chance to calibrate the engine a bit we will probably not run the race with all the power available, which is already little.”Alonso’s engineers face a difficult task in getting the car in decent shape.“The first lap the engine gets will be the formation lap, so it won’t get any warm-up. We won’t get any laps to tune it, and we’ll probably therefore have an even tougher race than we’d expected,” Alonso said. “The guys in the garage work day and night to prepare the car, there are parts we keep changing, we keep testing the updates.“There’s hard work behind every weekend, but we don’t have a competitive power unit to fight at the front,” he added. “It’s not the ideal situation, but there’s nothing we can do just now.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Messi scores brace as Barca rebounds before Juve, Madrid games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government
Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ferrer, Wright join Gilas training “Honestly, I just want to help the team win no matter what happens. I trust my teammates and the reason why I rebound a lot is because I just want to find a way to contribute,” said the second-generation star.The 21-year-old churned out his best game to date on Thursday as he racked 10 points, 22 rebounds, and four blocks in the Titans’ game against Batangas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundHowever, those efforts went for naught as AMA absorbed its fourth straight defeat, a 95-76 loss to the Batangueños, to remain as the lone winless squad this conference.Paras couldn’t hide his disappointment following another setback as he noted that the Titans have been doing everything it could just to claim that elusive win. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “It’s frustrating for all of us. We give our all and do our best in defense and offense, but sometimes, that’s basketball. We don’t know what’s the problem because we do everything to get the win, but that’s not what’s happening for us,” he said.The 6-foot-4 slotman, though, acknowledges that there are still facets of his game that he needs to finetune to be of better help for AMA.“I’ve been averaging five fouls per game and I’d like to defend myself na I try my best to stop the ball. If I could lessen it, it would really help a lot,” he said. “Also, hopefully I can improve my three-point shots because everytime I’m on the outside, I need to make an adjustment, whether I hand-off the ball or pass it to someone. It would help if I can shoot the three.”And Paras wishes that his teammates can also pick up the slack if the Titans aspire to end their losing skid soon.“I hope I can inspire my teammates. If everybody does the same hustle, I’m sure, the deficits will go down and we’ll be able to get leads in the future,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Andre Paras. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndre Paras said that all he’s thinking about is helping AMA Online Education nab victories in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.Paras has been averaging 7.3 points, 18.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks in the three games he has suited up for coach Mark Herrera.ADVERTISEMENT Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit A dream fulfilled for Christian View comments
We’re just a week away from football’s biggest sporting spectacle and the most watched event in TV history, the FIFA World Cup. While everyone will be glued to their TV sets and devices to watch the stunning displays from June 14 to July 15, we’ve all had some memorable moments, and some that were completely heart-wrenching. This week, I’ll recap some of the most disappointing World Cup moments, purely based on what I’ve watched. This means, of course, no mention will be made of Maradona’s 1986 ‘Hand of God’ which was as controversial as his entire career; nor will you hear how England strangely lost the 1966 World Cup trophy which was later found, miraculously, by a wandering dog. Here are my three most disappointing World Cup moments which, mind you, start at 1994, when I first fell in love with football. Football is a matter of life or death for some people, just ask the Colombians! Colombia were one of the dark horses of the 1994 World Cup with an excellent run during qualifications. They had an amazing team that had lost only one match in 26 outings on their way to the World Cup. Colombia had historically beaten Argentina 5-0 in 1993. Many, including PelÈ had listed the team as one likely to win the 1994 title. Miraculously, the team failed to deliver at the 1994 World Cup and the final straw for Colombian fans was when their captain, Andres Escobar, scored an own goal against the USA. Sadly, Escobar was gunned down in Colombia a month later. Andres Escobar & Colombia Usually, having home advantage in the World Cup can go a far way. As far as to the trophy! This has actually happened on six previous occasions with Uruguay, Italy, England, Germany, Argentina, and France all winning the World Cup in front of their massive home crowds. Ironically, Brazil, the only country that can boast all of five World Cup titles, has actually never won on home soil. The year 2014 was their chance to do so, but with an injury to Neymar, many gave Germany the nod to win the semi-final encounter in front of a capacity 64,000 with included mostly Brazilians! While many tipped Germany to win, nobody expected a massacre! Germany first scored in the 11th minute, then went on to hit the back of the net with rapid succession in the 23th, 24th, 26th, and 29th minute. The onslaught continued as Germany scored all of seven goals in 79 minutes. The humiliation was already sealed by the time Oscar pulled one back for Brazil in the 90th. As a Brazil fan, it was heart-wrenching! Sadly, it wasn’t the worst moment I’d experienced watching the World Cup. That’s reserved for the 1998 World Cup Final! It was 1998, and the world’s biggest football sensation was Brazil’s Ronaldo de Lima and Brazil were into the World Cup final against France, a country that had never won a title. Ronaldo had already experienced a World Cup final when Brazil won in 1994, as he was a part of that squad at just 17 years old. By France 1998, the 21-year-old was already a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year. In the final against France, something inexplicable happened. Ronaldo, and Brazil, looked disoriented and made their worst showing all tournament. France went on to win the match 3-0 and lifted the Jules Rimmet Trophy in front of a capacity home crowd. But football fans were left flabbergasted as to how a Brazilian team, that had made such a remarkable run to the final had such a lacklustre final. One still wonders what happened to Ronaldo and Brazil in 1998. Some said that he had an epileptic fit minutes before the final and thus the team was disoriented. Others suggest that even though he was unwell, he was forced to take to the pitch anyway. None of these reports have ever been confirmed. Whatever happened remains one of the biggest mysteries in World Cup history and certainly my most disappointing moment. Hopefully, all goes well in 2018 for Brazil! One Love. – Tanya Lee is a marketer, author and sports publicist. Brazil lose to France, 1998 Germany whip Brazil 7-1
Today’s games – 3 p.m.: Reno vs Portmore United – Prison Oval – 7 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Complex – 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Humble Lion – Royal Lakes (St Catherine) – 7 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Mona Bowl At the end of today’s start of the second round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Harbour View and, specifically, coach Ricardo Gardner, will be hoping that they are in better standing. Currently, the former champions and one of the standard-bearers in the 12-team league, sit in 11th position, a point below Montego Bay United and Reno FC – the teams within striking distance. A point against Tivoli Gardens should see them climb out of the relegation zone if the games of their nearest rivals play true to form. Portmore United are expected to get the better of Reno away while home comforts should see Arnett Gardens stop Montego Bay United. “We are upbeat. We have one more training session this evening and will finalise our preparations. “We are coming off three very good results, and I think it could be better, but there are a lot of positives to take from them,” Gardner said ahead of today’s game against the tough Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Stadium. Among the positives would have been the return to fitness and action of Peter Lee Vassell and Deshane Beckford, who have added punch to their attack. The all-round play of the team has also seen improvement, according to Gardner. “I think we are beginning to understand our functions and how they serve the team, and this is important to the end product,” Gardener said. This improvement he expects to continue even against today’s tough opponents. – 8:35 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Cavalier – Drax Hall Sports Complex (St Ann) DIFFICULT PLACE Tomorrow’s game “Tivoli Gardens is always a difficult place to go to, especially based on what they have and how they are playing, but we are confident in ourselves,” said Gardner, who is sweating about the fitness of midfielder Kemar Bennett and defender Christopher Harvey. As far as Tivoli Gardens are concerned, they, too, have their issues to sort out as fifth place is not where they think they belong, and coach Omar Edwards has made his dissatisfaction clear to the players to give more. “We want to start maximising on home advantage,” Edwards declared. “We want to start the second round on a positive note. Since this season, we have not done as well as we are supposed to. In order to win the league, we have to be consistent, concentrate for 90 minutes, and have to ensure that we maintain a solid defensive unit. “Harbour View are a decent unit, even though they are not doing so well right now, and we have taken that into consideration as well,” added the man who has rejuvenated the Tivoli Gardens unit. Edwards has also challenged his players to give the supporters something to cheer about. “We are asking the players not just to turn up, but turn up with their ‘A’ game, and give the spectators something to smile about and something that will see them going home satisfied,” stated Edwards. Like Harbour View, Tivoli Gardens could be without key players as captain Barrington Price will miss the game due to an accumulation of cards, and the veteran Jermaine Johnson is nursing an injury. At Royal Lakes, Dunbeholden will be hoping to have a better day against Humble Lion than they did last week when they lost in added time to leaders Portmore United. Another loss could see them lose more ground to the rest of the pack.
…for pelf and powerAt the Labour Day get-together – which was billed as a “love fest” because the two Labour factions would be marching to the National Park hand in hand after decades – Prime Minister Nagamootoo struck a discordant note. Even as he swayed like Michael Jackson breathlessly crooning “We are the world”, his upraised hands clutching the labourites’ belting out “Solidarity Forever”, he just couldn’t help himself.Komal Chand, his old comrade from his PPP days, reminded Nagamootoo – who was representing Prezzie, so he had more outriders than usual – that he and his Government had abandoned the “collective bargaining” approach that any self-respecting working-class Government utilises with the trade union movement. Chand also reminded him how Wales’d been closed and its workers thrown into the streets without even a “sorry” from the Minister of Agriculture. Nagamootoo allowed all that to roll off his back.However, when Lincoln Lewis made the same point about “collective bargaining”, Nagamootoo snidely carped that Lewis was stuck like a broken record and was senile. “I know he had been doing that speech for the past 20 years, so the day has come that he rocks to the motion…” Well! But what was it about Lewis’ delivery that drew this low, mean retort?Well, Lewis placed his “collective bargaining” call within the context of how the APNU/AFC regime in general – and Nagamootoo in particular – had shafted Government workers on their promised “significant” salary increase. Lewis mocked the notion that Ministers – he didn’t call Nagamootoo’s name!! – had to get a 50% increase not to succumb to “corruption”. While Government workers got zilch!“Give Government workers 50% and we ain’t gon tek no bribe,” Lewis shouted as he stared meaningfully at Nagamootoo. Well, Brother Bob did say “who the cap fit, let them wear it!” And man did Nagamootoo pull on that cap of “salary as bribe” real quick! The truth of the matter is Nagamootoo has stopped saying the things he’d been preaching for the last 20 years, not because he’s had an epiphany and seen the light. The sordid truth is he’s succumbed to the monthly .7M salary, the SUVs and the AC’d big house – not to mention jetting off into the blue yonder at the drop of the aforementioned cap!Nothing’s changed about the “working class” Nagamootoo had written and spoke about when he was in the PPP with Dr Jagan. What has changed is Nagamootoo – who won’t even speak up when he’s been neutered.Someone said maybe he’s gotten to like Larwah. But it wasn’t Lewis – it was an old comrade from back in the day!…over crime alarmReacting to concerns that citizens are scared witless about crime, the Police said it’s all a tempest in a teacup. “Don’t worry, be happy…crime’s down” they assured all and sundry. Well, “all and sundry” just aren’t buying it. Even the PSC – not known recently for any radical anti-government stance – immediately fired off a missive to Prezzie demanding he’d better intervene with this latest police resort to statistics.This has become a regular routine with these younger officers who went to UG where they imbibed the mantra, “if you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullsh*t”!! Hey… why the heck compare last year’s first-quarter’s crime rates with this year’s? Do those numbers compare the INTENSITY of the new crimes? Do those numbers tell about the BRAZENNESS of armed gunmen attacking a casino smack next to a police station?Was a prison riot that claimed SEVENTEEN lives and left 1000 seething hardened convicts and remand prisoners in the centre of our capital city, in those figures?Please Mr Police statistician…go take a hike.…over Indian ArrivalThe way your Eyewitness sees it…if folks other than Indian-Guyanese wanted to observe their “arrival day”, they’d have asked for it, nuh?Why not follow TT and bow to the inevitable?
…and BurnhamPressie, in his role as Leader of the PNC, along with his General Secretary, Basil Williams; other stalwarts of the party; and, most interestingly, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, vowed to continue the legacy of the Founder-Leader of the PNC, Forbes Burnham. It was the 32nd anniversary of the death of the man.So, the question arises as to what exactly is that “legacy” that’s gonna be unfolding. Well, politically, there’s the “Declaration of Sophia” by Burnham in 1974. This created a political system in which the PNC was declared “paramount” over the state. If there are some today who’re quibbling about the Executive favouring its “perceptions” of the Constitution over the opinion of the Judiciary, they should ponder this: under the “paramountcy of the party”, the PNC flag flew over the Court of Appeal!!On the legacy of “democracy”, there was also the routine rigging of elections in 1968, 1973, 1980 and 1985 — so the other political parties, like PPP and WPA — were so much window dressing. Is this what we’re to expect in 2010?On the economy, about which the speakers all extolled Burnham’s moves to “remove poverty”, what are the facts?In 1989 the McIntyre Report announced that, from being one of the more developed countries in the Caribbean, we were now just above Haiti in the rankings. The entire country was living in general poverty, with Guyana classified as a “Highly Indebted Poor Country”.By 1992 the UN-conducted Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) showed 43.2% of the populace living below “moderate” poverty, and 28.7% were in “extreme” poverty! And this was AFTER Desmond Hoyte worked for FIVE YEARS to undo Burnham’s economic follies!With the way the present lot’s handling the economy, they’re already well on their way to fulfil the legacy of Burnham in this area!But what was most troubling about the speeches extolling Burnham’s “greatness” was that no one even mentioned the circumstance under which he’d assumed office. It was described (most kindly) as a “coup on the cheap” executed by the CIA for just US.5M. But its cost to the Guyanese nation was much more expensive — a virtual civil war between the two major ethnic groups that left 176 dead, communities split, and a massive ethnic cleansing from the Bauxite mining villages that were soon designated as a “town” and named after Burnham – Linden.Hey! What the heck?But one thing your Eyewitness won’t disagree with is the claim that Burnham removed “inequality” from Guyana. He certainly did THAT by the time he died in 1985. He made all of us EQUALLY poverty stricken!!…and GuySuCo’s employment costsThe Government’s complaining about GuySuCo’s employment’s costs outstripping revenues. Well, Duh!! What’d they expect when they officially close Wales Estate, produce NO sugar, and then have to pay 1,700 workers severance pay?? And simultaneously shut down Skeldon factory, because they didn’t fix some boilers and obviously don’t produce any sugar – but have to pay the workers. But that’s not all. They go out and hire ten geriatrics — average age 80 years!! — and pay each of them over $1million a month to be “Interim Managers” in their Central Staff at Head Office! The mega salaries of the latter, such as marketing etc, are lumped in “employments costs”. When GuySuCo complains about this, it pretends it’s all for the 17,000 field and factory workers.They don’t let on: some 300 Central Staff rake in about 1/3 of what 17,000 estate workers earn!!But we all know what this narrative is all about, don’t we? Sugar workers must learn that the wages of not supporting the PNC is being on the breadlines!!…Broadcasting LicensesThe Muckraker complained their boss wasn’t “given” a broadcasting licence because Jagdeo didn’t follow the law in his allocation of the spectrum. But it’s OK now for Nagamootoo to break the law to now take away licences and award one to him!
Satiricus dreaded going over to the Back Street Bar. It wasn’t that he’d found religion or anything and became scared of “demon rum”; he just knew he’d be getting some good “tantalizing” from the fellas. “And why not?” he mused ruefully. Hadn’t he been promising them all month that something big was going to happen this Valentine’s Day from the KFC?“OK…OK…fellas,” said Satiricus, who’d decided a good offence was better than a weak defence. “The Valentine Day announcement from my KFC leaders didn’t come out the way I was told.”“Really? Na worry Sato,” said Bungi, who knew his friend very well. “Jus’ tell abee wha’ happen, na?’“Well, like I told you chaps, Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat told us this will be their last stand,” said Satiricus. “They had drawn a line in the sand with the Pee-an’-See: no more pushing around.”“Abee know da,” said Cappo impatiently. “So wha’ happen dat dem ben’ ova and leh de Pee-an’-See pee pan de line?”“From what I heard through the grapevine,” said Satiricus. “Nagga Man tell everybody he was satisfied with the perks. He didn’t want to make any waves.”“I always figured Nagga Man would do that. No backbone!” said Hari. “Maybe they’ll insert one in the US?”“But wha’ ‘bout Rum Jhaat?” asked Bungi. “He na guh get wan fat penshan fuh throw back like “Nagga Man.”“Budday, he’s so scared of Grain Ja, as soon as the man said there’s no reason to change the agreement, he said, ‘Yes sir!’” admitted Satiricus.“Well, me nah even aks ‘bout Trat Man,” said Cappo. “He done sell out since ‘e bin get Speakah wuk!”“Suh wha’ yuh guh do, Sato?” asked Bungi. “Yuh guh still suppo’t de KFC?”“Well fellas, I still have hope, you know!” said Satiricus.“Hope in what?” demanded Hari.“Well, Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat now see how scampish the Pee-an’-See people are,” replied Satiricus. “Their eyes are clean.”“And wha’ dem guh do diff’rent?” demanded Bungi.“They’ll work from within!” said Satiricus. “To change the Pee-an’-See.”His friends all shook their heads in resignation.