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FIFA will go ahead with a new 24-team Club World Cup starting in 2021, its President Gianni Infantino said on Friday, setting the world football governing body in conflict with Europe’s top clubs.Infantino, speaking at a news conference, said FIFA had made the decision at its council meeting on Friday.The competition, however, immediately faced a boycott from Europe’s leading clubs, which include the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United.The European Club Association (ECA), which represents 232 European clubs, including all the major teams, wrote a letter asking Infantino not to make a decision now and saying they would not take part in the 2021 tournament.Following Infantino’s announcement, a spokesperson for the ECA said: “ECA clubs will not participate in 2021 CWC and will assess participation in editions of the competition post-2024.”UEFA, European football’s governing body, later said it had a duty to protect the health of players and that its members of the FIFA Council had unanimously voted against the proposal.“UEFA shares ECA’s view that the International Match Calendar in 2021 does not provide any realistic option to stage a 24-team Club World Cup and that it should furthermore not be played at a time when players should have a well-deserved rest period,” it said in a statement.The tournament would be held instead of the Confederations Cup in June 2021. No host nation has been decided yet, Infantino said.“We went through a consultation process, spoke with everyone, some agree, others disagree, you have different views and positions,” said Infantino.“I am feeling very positive from the discussions and I am sure that at the end we will be very happy,” he said.“I understand the situation in Europe with stakeholders, the leagues, the clubs, small clubs, big clubs, the players’ union — it’s more complex than other countries in the world.“In football we are not waging war against each other — I am confident we can have a good and fruitful cooperation,” he added.Infantino said he believed a 48-team World Cup in 2022 in Qatar is “feasible”, adding that FIFA would continue to study the options.“If it happens — fantastic. If it doesn’t happen — fantastic also,” he said.No decision will be made on expanding that tournament, with possible additional host nations, until June, Infantino said.The FIFA Council also decided to use VAR video review technology at June’s Women’s World Cup in France. read more
Article published by Rhett Butler Other recent features and interviews with Jane Goodall at Mongabay:Scientists & conservationists say: Give Nobel Peace Prize to Jane GoodallAudio: Dr. Jane Goodall on being proven right about animals having personalities* The Jane Goodall Institute does not endorse close proximity or handling of wildlife in any form. Only experts and professionals in their field should do so, as interactions of this kind can be harmful for both wildlife and humans. Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, conservation players, Environment, Environmental Heroes, Featured, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Interviews 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 Primatologist Jane Goodall is arguably the world’s best known conservationist for her research on chimps and her efforts to raise awareness on environmental issues globally.On April 3rd, Jane turned 85 and was honored by the City of Los Angeles for her contributions to the planet. And actor Leonardo Dicaprio hosted a star-studded birthday dinner for her.For the occasion, Mongabay’s founder Rhett Butler interviewed Jane about some examples of why she remains optimistic for wildlife and wild places.Disclosure: Jane is a member of Mongabay’s advisory council. To honor Jane Goodall, the City of Los Angeles declared her 85th birthday, April 3, 2019, to be “Dr. Jane Goodall Day” and hosted a ceremony where the conservation icon talked about many things including her connection to the city. Her birthday was capped by a dinner gathering hosted by her friend, actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio.After her birthday, Jane, a Mongabay advisory board member, recounted in an interview a 1990s visit to L.A. where she won over of a room full of skeptical senior police officials with a chimpanzee call and provided an update on new initiatives via the Jane Goodall Institute, Roots and Shoots, and her recently-announced foundation.In recognition of Earth Day 2019 and the 85th birthday of the world’s most recognizable conservationist, below is an excerpt from the conversation between Jane and Mongabay founder Rhett Butler. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.Mongabay: What brought you to L.A.?Jane Goodall: As you know it was my birthday this week and the city of Los Angeles honored me by declaring April 3, 2019 is “Dr. Jane Goodall Day”.Mongabay: And Leonardo Dicaprio threw a nice 85th birthday dinner for you.Jane Goodall: Well, it was quite the experience for me too. Leo and I have become really good friends. He’s such a nice person. So genuine.Leo really does care and he really does know the animals. He’s just done a film on one of the most endangered animals in the world, the vaquita.He understands the issues, spreads the word, and brings people together. He’s a good guy.Mongabay: He also presented a $1.2 million donation towards your work.Jane Goodall: Leo is very committed. He is also generous.Mongabay: You recent launched the Jane Goodall Legacy Foundation. What is the aim of the foundation?Jane Goodall: The foundation is an endowment that aims to carry on my work after I’m gone. JGI and Roots and Shoots are doing wonderful work, but there’s still much to do to help young people become better stewards of the planet than we have been.Mongabay: It’s easy to get depressed with all the negative developments of late. You said one of the things that keeps you upbeat is the fact that young people are really embracing these issues and mobilizing. Are there other areas you see as being hopeful for conservation right now?Jane Goodall: Well, yes. I’m traveling around the world for three hundred days a year. I meet so many incredible people doing incredible things. Here in California, the condor was down to 12 birds a while back and was nearly written off as bound for extinction. But the population was over 150 the last time I looked. And similar recoveries are happening with many different animals around the world. I wrote a whole book on it. “Hope for Animals and Their World.”In addition, people like Leonardo DiCaprio are taking up these causes, which is important because many people listen to him. His fans love him and get behind what he supports.There are many incredible projects around the world that are helping nature recover in places we’ve destroyed and made ugly. These places won’t be exactly the same as when they were intact, but forests do grow again and animals can come back.One of the things that gives me the most hope is the human brain. We are just beginning to use our brains for good. For example, clean, green energy. Now if governments would just stop subsidizing the oil and gas industry, while taxing clean, green energy projects, large areas of the world could move off the grid.Mongabay: Are there any cities you would call out for taking positive steps?Jane Goodall: There are many examples among cities. Singapore, to name one, is doing quite a lot. It is trying to preserve its forests and create habitat on top of buildings. We have a terrific Roots and Shoots program which is working with the government on human-monkey conflict. Did you hear about the otters? The otters come into the city.Mongabay: Our Indonesia team has done some reporting on otters living in extremely polluted waterways in Jakarta.Jane Goodall: Nature can be amazingly adaptable and resilient. I was just reading yesterday about the horrible pollution in a city in India. It turns out that flamingos are able to thrive in the local river because of the algae growth resulting from all the human waste.Good news is important to spread because if it’s all bad news, everybody gives up and says, “Well, what’s the point?” My job is to go around giving people hope.Mongabay: Incidentally, we’re launching a new series on Mongabay soon that focuses on solutions beyond the tech solutions we cover via the WildTech section of the site.Jane Goodall: That’s very good. Those positive stories need more attention.I love Mongabay. I’m always telling everybody about it.Mongabay: It does seem like awareness is rising and that humanity’s circle of compassion is continuously expanding if one takes a long-term view. Over the past several thousand years, we’ve gone from caring only about our family, clan, or immediate community to caring about much broader groups of people to now caring about other species and the habitats that sustain them. Do you think your work with chimps helped accelerate this trend over the past half century?Jane Goodall: Well, awareness is growing, that’s for sure. More people are aware of environmental problems and more people understand that animals, like us, are sentient beings. More people understand how intelligent many animals actually are.When I went to Cambridge in 1962, it was taught that the difference between us and all other animals was one of kind. For me, it was really unbelievable to think this because chimps are so like us biologically. And then finally, the scientific community was forced to accept the fact that this young girl from England who hadn’t been to college was actually speaking the truth when she talked about tool-using and tool-making when they saw the National Geographic footage of the activity themselves. And so I attribute the chimps to helping me to break that horrible scientific arrogance that we were completely separate from the animal kingdom. Because we’re not.Once you accept that there isn’t a sharp line between us and chimps, then you’re forced to accept that because chimps were considered animals, that there isn’t a sharp line between us and other animals either.Mongabay: On the optimism theme, we recently did a Mongabay podcast with incoming U.N. Environment Program chief Inger Anderson. One of the things she said was women represent 3.5 billion conservation solutions. So I was curious as to whether you see the leadership role of women changing and growing in conservation and beyond.Jane Goodall: I haven’t done a specific study to find out exactly how fast that’s changing but it does seem that many women become leading conservationists. And speak out about environmental issues.Mongabay: Also on the solutions front, one controversial issue that came up in a conversation with a guest at your birthday dinner was the use of genetic engineering to restore extinct species, akin to Jurassic Park-style opportunities like bringing back the woolly mammoth or a recently departed rhino sub-species, for example. Do you have an opinion on that?Jane Goodall: Well, I’m happy to talk about bringing back the woolly mammoth. Such an endeavor is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and we’ll be bringing back an Ice Age creature onto a warming planet. I think we should be spending that money trying to save the elephants that we have, instead of allocating scare resources to bring back long-dead species.Bringing back a recently extinct rhino, the dodo, or the passenger pigeon would make more sense if we can save enough habitat to bring these creatures back into. Habitat is really important.A Sumatran rhino in Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. ButlerMongabay: Are there examples of ‘good news’ conservation stories you want to call out right now?Jane Goodall: I was just recently in Sierra Leone, which was one of the chimp-range countries I visited in 1987 to find out what was going on with chimp conservation. That visit more than 30 years ago was important because that’s when I learned the plight of so many of the people living in and around the chimpanzee habitats who were suffering from crippling poverty, lack of good education, and lack of good health facilities. That’s when it really hit me: unless we help the people, there’s no point in trying to save the animals because it just wasn’t going to work.On that 1987 trip I met a wonderful man called Bala [Amarasekaran], who was an accountant. He and his wife had “rescued” two infant chimps from the market. Of course, we know now not to buy infant chimps or anything else from markets because you perpetuate the illegal animal trafficking, but at the time, he didn’t know that. His plan was to send them to the U.S. to a good zoo, but by then, CITES regulations had come in, so that was no longer an option. He asked me, “Jane, what shall I do?” We went out in the forest together where I said, sort of half-joking, “Bala, you better create a sanctuary.” Which he did together with his wife Sharmila!Ultimately, he was able to rescue many orphaned infant chimps confiscated by the government from the illegal bushmeat trade and from other causes. But then came that terrible, 10-year civil war. Almost all expats left during the war. Bala is Sri Lankan, so he could have left, but he stayed to care for the chimpanzees. To protect them from the fighting, he brought them into a huge enclosure. He had to do this because there was so much shooting — people were shooting animals to eat. But he got attacked in the media for “being cruel to the chimps”, when in fact he was doing everything possible during those desperate times to protect them. He kept them all safe and once the fighting ended, they were released back into the sanctuary.He continued to keep the chimps safe during the terrible Ebola outbreak several years ago. Again, he could have fled, but he stayed for the chimps. And then there was the awful mudslide in 2017 that killed 1,000 people, including some of his staff, due to people cutting down trees on steep slopes. He stayed through that as well. Now I think he’s got around 70-something chimps.This year I went back to Sierra Leone to visit Bala and his sanctuary [Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary]. I was absolutely amazed at what a wonderful sanctuary it has become—it’s been rated the best in Africa. He’s managed to make very good relations with government officials and now they are trying to promote environmental tourism to save some of the country’s beautiful forests. Sierra Leone still houses some of the most threatened forests in West Africa, including Guinean montane forest. The Sierra Leone government wants to save these places, and tourism is one way to provide livelihoods for local people some money and bring in foreign exchange. And so, because of all this, Bala managed to pin down the president, Julius Madaa Bio, for the occasion of my visit. The president gave me the Order of the Rokel, the country’s highest civilian honor, and we managed to get the president, the first lady, the minister of forestry and agriculture, and the minister for tourism to declare the protection of the environment and wildlife as a top priority on their political agendas. They also declared the chimpanzee to be the animal of Sierra Leone, which is thought to be home to 10 percent of the estimated 55,000 chimps in the wild. That means the chimp will be all over the place, including on bank notes. All that happened during just the four-day visit. It was magical!Screen capture of Jane Goodall with Wounda, a female chimp.*Mongabay: On the issue of chimpanzees, one of the most moving videos I’ve ever seen is you with a chimp named Wounda at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre. Could you describe how that encounter felt?Jane Goodall: Wounda’s backstory is pretty amazing. “Wounda” means “close to death” in the local language. When she came in as a very small infant she was badly wounded from the bullets that killed her mother. Rebecca [Atencia], Tchimpounga’s veterinarian, brought her back to life. And then when Wounda was an adolescent, she got really, really sick and was again near death, not breathing. Rebecca saved her again by giving her what I believe was the first chimpanzee blood-to-blood transfusion. So Wounda’s name is very appropriate.I had not met Wounda until the day of her release on the island as I hadn’t been to the sanctuary often. I did talk to her on the boat as we went out to the island though. I thought, “She’s with people she knows but she must be feeling worried. ‘What’s going to happen to me now?’”When we opened the cage, she went first to Rebecca, whom she knew. And Rebecca petted her. And then, she’s sitting up there on the crate. Having been with me, she looks around and it’s almost as though, if you watched it, she does a double-take. She looks past me. Looks back. And then, that amazing embrace! Not a quick, normal embrace like a chimp but it just went on and on. And there was a little kiss, if you watch closely. She kisses my arm. And we were all teary. It was extraordinary.Screen capture of Jane Goodall with Wounda, a female chimp.*Screen capture of Jane Goodall with Wounda, a female chimp.*Mongabay: Are there any updates on Wounda?Jane Goodall: Yes, she’s still on the island. The chimps on the islands aren’t absolutely in the wild – they still get food supplements. So, it’s very easy for the staff there to visit and keep track of the chimps’ health. If there’s a sick chimp, the staff can do something about it. We know Wounda is now the top-ranking female of the group of 30. At the moment, she’s able to dominate the adult males but I don’t think that will last very long. But anyhow, all our females are on birth control because we’ve got 165 and it’s very expensive to keep them. And still babies coming in. The females have birth control implants but in all these years, one implant went wrong: that was Wounda. Two-and-a-half years ago, I was on the island when she had her first baby. There were no complications: mother and child doing fine. The baby is called Hope. read more
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Now that may be too much to ask of Bangkok’s 3BB Nakornnont club, which is spending a fortune—reportedly to the tune of $5,000 (about P250,000) a month—to pay for Valdez’s services as an import in the Thailand League. The season’s first tournament got going last Jan. 15.To her credit, though, the former Ateneo superstar has expressed delight in playing for the national team anew, telling Cayco she will skip the initial phase of the tryouts on Jan. 28 to 30 at Arellano Gym in Manila but expects to join the candidates in Cebu and Davao in February.For a team sport that’s most anticipated by fans next only to basketball, the selection criteria may be a bit harsh on Valdez as well as the stars of Philippine Superliga and Shakey’s V-League, the country’s two major leagues. But Cayco says the LVPI has a vision to follow and that’s something hinged on concrete results, rather than social media hits.Cayco says they will go this time for a younger bunch of players in a team that will have height as one of its strengths. “Of course, we need players with experience and who won’t be intimidated facing Thai players,” he explains. “But, generally, we are forming a new team built around young players.”For sure, the 6-foot-5 Jaja and 6-foot-3 Dindin will be a force on any Philippine team. Jaja is only 21 while Dindin, who took a hiatus in the sport to give birth to her first child, is only 25.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I will not pass up the chance to represent the Philippines,” Santiago tells volleyball portal volleyverse.com. “But I will make sure I train very hard.”The country’s finest players are all expected to join the three-day Arellano tryouts, although many of them are coy on their chances of making it to the final lineup. SEA Games veterans Maraño, Daquis and Lazaro, as well as Superliga stars Fajardo, Reyes, Pineda, Galang and Pablo are high on the list of candidates.“As much as possible, we need height and talent,” says Vicente, who also coaches the University of the East women’s squad in the UAAP and Generika in the Superliga. “[They] will face tall players. Height has to be the main consideration. Plus [the candidates] have to show up in the tryouts.“They have to realize that they are not carrying their clubs or schools anymore; it’s the Philippines they are representing this time.”The country placed fourth two years ago in the Singapore Southeast Asian Games and Vicente’s main task now is to steer the team to the podium in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31.Yet the Philippines is not just preparing for the SEA Games this year. LVPI is also hosting the Asian Seniors Women’s Championships in August. The plan is to select six veterans, six rookies and four reserves to form an 18-player pool.“Basically, we need two teams, and we need to build a core,” says Cayco. “We need a pool from which we can get the players for those two international tournaments.”Says Vicente: “If we are still not satisfied with what we see, we will still have another set of tryouts in Manila.”As it is, everyone has to fight for her spot on the team. No one’s a cinch unless she’s tall and young and handy. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES So hangs on; Wei closes in You’re in if you’ve got game, not just fame. And oh, if you can come to the tryout, girl.The requirements may be straightforward but the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) is bent on sticking by them as it tries to pick players for the women’s national team seeing action in two tournaments, including the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 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 Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments “We do not pick depending on the popularity of the players or their past achievements,” says LVPI acting president Peter Cayco. “What we are looking for is their commitment and energy and the time they are willing to devote to training for the national team.”The usual suspects are expected at the tryouts: Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aby Maraño, Rachel Anne Daquis, Denden Lazaro, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Bang Pineda, Ara Galang and Myla Pablo.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 returnAlyssa Valdez definitely has got game, but the country’s most recognizable volleybelle is out on a limb. She needs to convince her team in Thailand, where she now plays, to let her go back home so she could attend the selection process for the national team.“She (Valdez) should come,” says national women’s team head coach Francis Vicente, also Valdez’s former coach in the University of Santo Tomas high school team that also included the Santiago sisters and Fajardo. “I mean, she’s not dealing with strangers (other candidate players). We know each other from way back.” read more
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It turned out to be a huge confidence-booster for Raqraquin and the Lady Red Spikers after they showed they can take the Lady Chiefs to the distance in Finals game 1 on Friday.“This was a huge help in our confidence, even though we lost,” said Raqraquin. “We saw that we shouldn’t be scared of Arellano because we know we can dominate and we showed that in the third set and we were also able to contain them in then fourth”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 folk“I told my teammates that they shouldn’t be afraid of Arellano, and told them to look at whoever is in front of them. ‘Look at them, would you allow yourself to be beaten? Would you let yourself be intimidated? Fight them.’”San Beda lit up in the third set with a commanding 11-2 run to take a 21-12 lead off Nieza Viray’s through-the-block kill. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES 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 MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano San Beda Lady Red Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was a loss to remember for San Beda, but not for the negative reasons.The Lady Red Spikers suffered a five-set loss to defending champion Arellano University in the title round of the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament, 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, but captain Cesca Raqraquin said the setback shouldn’t be taken at face value.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Magnolia frustrates GlobalPort to halt two-game skid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This sudden surge in the middle set gave the Lady Red Spikers the confidence boost they needed in the fourth set, but unfortunately the Lady Chiefs had them by the throat come the fifth period.“I think we got really tired come the fifth set, and I also take the blame for it,” said Raqraquin, who had a game-high 21 points. “I was preparing myself for those hard serves but they [Lady Chiefs] would instead go for a short serve.”Although San Beda ultimately fizzled in the fifth, Raqraquin said that it’s only the first game and they still have a chance to force a rubber match.“We shouldn’t be saddened by this loss, it’s still not over,” said Raqraquin. “We still have a chance on the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT read more
2018 is here and Guyanese at home and abroad are extremely hopeful that things here will take a turn for the positive as the Government and all stakeholders put their backs to the wheels of industry in order to secure a better life for every citizen.In order for the country to climb out of the slums of political divisiveness, a deliberate and more genuine effort must be made on the part of President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to meet more often and dialogue about issues that are extremely important to the overall socioeconomic well-being of the country.They must also agree on a tripartite process that would be undertaken to discuss the critical issue of building political unity and trust amongst the coalition parties and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). This would be a very good undertaking for both of these erudite leaders. It would also signal the turning of a new page and the birth of a commitment to rid Guyana of all forms of avoidable political gridlock and turmoil.Additionally, such a move would be welcomed by all Guyanese and seen as a demonstration that 2018 can be the year when the old and entrenched political architecture, which has kept this country divided, racially and socially, collapses. These leaders can then work towards putting a feasible mechanism in place that leads to consensus building and compromise in the Parliament, especially as the coalition prepares to heighten its legislative bid to secure constitutional reform.Secondly, the Government must push itself to work much harder to deliver on tangible forms of stimuli that can breathe life into Guyana’s dying economy. If this is done, then the economy will move and business will boom until the Government pursues more medium and long-term incentives that could boost domestic growth and attract both regional and Foreign Direct Investments. This means that a coherent and realistic policy must be adumbrated following a period of consultation with financial stakeholders on what else can be done to add buoyance to the economy. In other words, the Government has to put its political and economic pet peeves aside and dialogue with the Private Sector agencies which understand how to maximise profits and cut losses without losing out on the benefits of pursuing ‘value added’ incentives.And with the massive announcements made in 2017 about the discovery of large amounts of oil and gas here, more must be done to safeguard Guyana’s patrimony. We can ill afford to leave negotiations with big companies with “peanuts” as we saw with the badly-negotiated ExxonMobil deal. Guyana must leave the room after pushing for the best possible terms and agreement. We cannot short sell ourselves in order to attract investments. We must learn from all that happened with that particular matter, and the Government must strive in the future to be more honest, open and transparent in its undertakings or we will sink deeper into economic hardship and be lured into oil corruption.Thirdly, 2018 can be the year when the security forces unveil a pragmatic strategy for dealing with the rising levels of crime and criminality. The Force appears to still be in ‘reactive’ mode. It has to understand that if more effort is spent rolling out initiatives to prevent crime, like the community projects it is undertaking, then its job will be much easier. While having access to more resources, both human and capital, are important in the scheme of things, building internal capacity and professionalism as well as fighting systemic corruption is of greater importance when attempting to boost public safety and security. This year, those at the helm of the security sector must strive to boost the morale of serving ranks in order to maximise their productivity.Fourthly, as Guyanese celebrate 2018, no one must lose focus of the external threats to Guyana’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Venezuela seems intent on dragging out the border controversy, but hopefully it climaxes with a decision by the United Nations Secretary General to end the Good Offices Process and transfer the matter to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. We must unite and rally around the Government which is doing all that is necessary to prepare itself for the process. We must demonstrate that we will not give up a blade of grass nor cede any part of our country to any outside force. The Opposition and Government are on the right page. They must work together this year to ensure that Guyana emerges victorious.Finally, all citizens owe it to their fore-parents to work together to improve the well-being of their fellow countrymen. As opposed to focusing on our ethnic differences and the other things that separate us, we must strive in 2018 to focus more on the things that unite us with the view of achieving higher levels of social cohesion, morality and political as well as religious tolerance. read more
LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian They will have to face these teams in a murderous stretch starting Aug. 23 to cap their first-round campaign, but with a complete roster.While the Blazers are set to cash in on a long respite, the Chiefs are hoping to check a two-game slide that saw them plummeting to the bottom of the standings in the company of Mapua and Emilio Aguinaldo at 1-5.Both the Cardinals and Generals will go at each other’s throats prior to the CSB-Arellano skirmish at 2 p.m. in an effort to change their fortunes.Made up mostly of former Mapua Robins from the junior ranks, the Cardinals finally got the monkey off their backs with a breakthrough win over the Chiefs last Saturday.The Generals, on the other end, are raring to taste victory again since they caught the Lyceum Pirates flat-footed more than a month ago.ADVERTISEMENT Hard-nosed post defender Justin Gutang, who sat on the sidelines during their come-from-behind victory against San Sebastian, will suit up after recovering from a strained left knee.Rugged forward Mark Sangco, Senagalese center Clement Leutcheu and Yankee Haruna will see action after bouts with injuries and illnesses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 4-0 Blazers, aiming to earn a share of the lead with defending champion San Beda, took advantage of the long break after the league canceled their last three games due to inclement weather.Seeking to establish their finest start since 1998, the Blazers would have played against the Red Lions, Letran and Jose Rizal on those days. View comments MOST READ With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 College of St. Benilde came out unblemished early in its elimination round schedule even with players going down with injuries.The Blazers’ full potential can be seen Tuesday when they play with a healthy lineup for the first time in Season 95 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament against Arellano at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two matches decide third-ranked team read more
The schools are closed indefinitely; civil servants on a compulsory 30-day leave; communities ordered quarantined; and citizens are mandated to stay away from entertainment centers. In addition to all of these, the Liberian government has pledged US$5 million to fight the Ebola scourge; and the President has cancelled her trip to Washington, D.C. for President Obama’s African Summit.These are not only sweeping but also extraordinary measures, compared to the actions the other nations affected by Ebola have so taken to fight this deadly disease. It was only on Friday that Sierra Leone declared a state of Emergency, several days after Liberia’s.Announcing these drastic, stringent measures in her Address to the Nation last Wednesday evening, President Ellen Johnson said the Ebola virus is spreading rapidly through the country killing more and more people.The strategy of the Anti-Ebola Task Force, which she chairs, she said, is “to care for the afflicted with the goal of “no new cases.”But O the Liberian people! Despite all of these moves, the Liberian people are still acting foolishly, recklessly, irresponsibly and dangerously. Barely three days ago in Neezo, very near the densely populated Paynesville Red Light area, a woman, suspected of the Ebola virus, was rushed to the hospital and died in the taxi en route. Her accompanying relatives brought her back to the house in Neezo and hurriedly buried her. When health workers were alerted, they rushed to the home and asked for the body to be properly disposed of according to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare(MOH) regulations. But the family refused to surrender the body. The health workers left in disappointment, vowing not to return. That same night two other family members of the same household were found dead in separate rooms. When the Health workers failed to show up for the two bodies, the neighbors set up road blocks demanding the turn of the health workers to properly bury the bodies.The same thing happened in another part of the country that very week when, following the Ebola deaths of several persons, an NGO ambulance went to retrieve the bodies and were not only turned back, but the ambulance was overturned and its windshield smashed.In the wake of this terrible emergency throughout the country, the government is trying to play its role, but if the people do not cooperate, the epidemic will spread out of control and the lives of ALL the people will be in jeopardy.Most unfortunately, though, the government has itself to blame for this crisis of confidence. Today’s lead story about the government’s total mishandling of Ebola bodies, including burying them in shallow graves and on the banks of rivers and streams used by thousands of Liberians for drinking, bathing and cooking water speaks volumes of the Liberian government’s ineptitude bordering on down right wickedness.How does a government bury such dangerously infectious bodies on private property?The President and her Ministers of Health and Social Welfare have some very serious questions to answer this morning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
The project was chosen in consultation with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, and is valued at $125,000. “I’m always pleased when we see firsthand how well we can work together with local governments to deliver what’s important to our communities,” says Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. “This will greatly increase pedestrian safety in the area.” Having those lights is expected to increase safety for pedestrians crossing the highway to get to the Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre and Art Fraser Memorial Park.- Advertisement – Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of September.
email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police did not know as of Thursday what led up to the attack, Salazar said. She said one of the attackers was seen going through the victim’s pockets, but police were unable to immediately determine if a robbery occurred. The two assailants were last seen running north on Pickering Avenue. They were described as two Latino men in their late teens to early 20s. One was 6 feet tall and wore all black clothing. The other man had curly hair and wore a gray T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information was asked to call Whittier police at (562) 945-8250. WHITTIER – Police on Thursday were looking for two men who stabbed a transient three times in the chest Wednesday night. The attack happened shortly after 9 p.m. in the 6200 block of Pickering Avenue, police said. The 47-year-old victim also suffered contusions because he was hit several times in the head, according to Officer Diana Salazar, public information officer with the Whittier Police Department. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. He was expected to survive and was in stable condition. read more