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first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Gavina: Mahindra took a ‘big step forward’ in loss to SMB Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos each played for almost 40 minutes, while Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter spent more time on the floor than usual.But it was the logical thing to do for Austria as Fajardo clicked against Mahindra’s small frontline. The reigning three-time MVP exploited every mismatch inside the paint and wound up with 28 points and 15 rebounds, his last eight points coming in the final three minutes when the Beermen tried to weather the Floodbuster’s finishing kick.Those extended minutes also allowed Santos to reach a pair of milestones in one night. He became the 14th player in league history to grab 3,000 defensive rebounds and shares the accolade with Asi Taulava among active players.Playing his 500th game, Santos also moved up 10th in the all-time shot-block list after swatting away six Mahindra shots to up his total to 631.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Trailing most of the way, the Beermen finally caught up with the Floodbusters and controlled the game late in the fourth, but the outcome was still in doubt until after Alex Mallari’s desperation three at the buzzer rimmed out. Joseph Eriobu and Mallari were brilliant during Mahindra’s final run but still couldn’t help the Floodbusters from dropping to 0-4.“Mahindra is a team you cannot underestimate because they’re looking for a win,” said Austria. The Floodbusters defeated the Beermen a couple of times in their import-laced match-ups last season.Meanwhile, La Salle’s Jeron Teng and San Beda’s Davon Potts, after leading their collegiate squads to championships, lead the list of applicants for the 2016 PBA D-League Draft.The bluechip wingers banner the 128-man pool—113 locals and 15 half Filipinos—on Dec. 20 at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netStarting the season loaded with expectations, powerhouse San Miguel Beer is still far from the optimum shape that it wants to be in.“We’re lucky to win this game,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, relieved but certainly dissatisfied with the Beermen’s come-from-behind 94-91 win over the lowly Mahindra Floodbuster in the PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ADVERTISEMENT “Next time, we cannot afford [playing] like this.”Austria’s frustration was quite understandable despite San Miguel’s third win in four games that gave them a share of the lead with Rain or Shine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThey’re the back-to-back defending champions and they were, after all, up against a team that had lost its first three games by an average of 18 points.“We came from behind the last three games. Maybe because of the distractions and probably because of the lack of rest of some of the players,” said Austria. Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:31Taiwan 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 MOST READ Senators to proceed with review of VFA View commentslast_img read more

‘Rebellious’ Boybits tells young players: Put the team ahead of yourself

first_img“I was really the one destroying the chemistry of the team,” Victoria told Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live omni-platform sports talk show. Boybits was referring to the part of his career where he forced Pop Cola to trade him because he wasn’t getting along with coach Norman Black.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“Coming from RFM, those were low days of my career. Around 1996 to 1997, coach Norman and I weren’t getting along. I was a rebel,” he said.Now wiser, with barely visible pepper streaks marking the side of his hair, Victoria, who analyzes PBA games on radio, urges young players not to fall into being too self-absorbed. View comments Boybits Victoria talks to #SportsIQ.Boybits Victoria was one refreshing dose of honesty Thursday evening.The many-time PBA champion addressed one of the more controversial stretches of his career by admitting to being at fault, before giving advice to players on the importance of keeping one’s ego in check.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Senators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PH sees tough duel vs Singapore for 5th spot Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “They should really think more about the team than themselves,” he said, adding that players should take care of their money and save up for retirement.The former PBA Rookie of the Year has enough tided over from his career and augments his savings by working as a sales head for Victoria Sports Center, the country’s biggest one-stop shop for athletes.“It has facilities for almost every sport, basketball, volleyball, futsal, fencing, you name it. It’s all there,” he added.Victoria’s rebellious ways forced the trade, but it turned out to be a blessing. He was shipped to a loaded San Miguel squad, where he was no longer the star or even a starter.Victoria played backup to Olsen Racela at the point.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes He recalled coach Jong Uichico calling him one early morning and said: “‘We got you because we believe you can help San Miguel dominate. This is your job, this is your role. I followed their instructions and never regretted anything.”He also remembered being blown away by coach Ron Jacobs in his first practice with the team.“We in the second unit were watching from the sidelines and I was messing around with Mike Mustre. Coach Ron was at the farthest end of the court and later on, approached me and told me exactly what I was saying. I don’t know if he’s a lip-reader or a magician, but he told me, ‘you better listen to Jong.’ Starting then, I no longer messed around.”Watching the live broadcast through Inquirer’s social media platforms, Uichico was all praise for Victoria.“Boybits is one of the best starting point guards the PBA has produced. With his ego cast aside, he accepted his role as Olsen’s dependable back up and played the role superbly. He was instrumental in the Beermen’s championships.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

Ronda Rousey gets $3 million guaranteed payday at UFC 207

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Steph Curry sneakers raise $43,157 for Oakland fire victims Senators to proceed with review of VFA Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Ronda Rousey returns to reclaim her title belt at UFC 207Rousey (12-1) hadn’t fought since losing her title and her unbeaten record to Holly Holm in November 2015, but her 13-month absence didn’t diminish her star power with the UFC’s brass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliThe $3 million guarantee matches Conor McGregor’s guaranteed payday earlier this year as the biggest disclosed check in UFC history. Rousey and McGregor also typically make millions more in undisclosed bonuses and pay-per-view revenue shares.Rousey got the payday despite refusing to promote her comeback fight, making almost no media appearances to boost pay-per-view sales. CBB Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption01:31Taiwan 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 Ronda Rousey, right, and Amanda Nunes face off for photographers during an event for UFC 207, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Las Vegas. Rousey is scheduled to fight Nunes in a mixed martial arts women’s bantamweight championship bout Saturday in Las Vegas. APLAS VEGAS, United States — Ronda Rousey is getting one of the biggest guaranteed paydays in UFC history for her comeback fight.Rousey will make a guaranteed $3 million for her bantamweight title fight against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Friday night, the Nevada Athletic Commission says.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

As planned excise flops, Indonesia ponders how to give up plastic bags

first_img 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 Article published by Basten Gokkon The proliferation of free plastic shopping bags, coupled with a lack of recycling infrastructure and a general disregard for waste management have turned Indonesia into one of the major contributors to the global plastic waste crisis.The government has backed down from imposing an excise on plastic shopping bags, planned for this month, following opposition from manufacturers and the Industry Ministry.The plan is the second to fall through, after a pilot program to charge consumers for plastic bags was abandoned by retailers in 2016.Plastics producers say the main problem is the inadequate waste management system to deal with all the waste. JAKARTA — Suryadi, a cashier at a convenience store in Jakarta, says he prepares some 400 plastic bags every morning for the day’s shoppers. Sometimes he runs out before the end of the day and has to restock.“It’s quite rare to see someone bring their own shopping bag or decline a plastic bag, even if they’re only buying a deodorant stick,” Suryadi tells Mongabay.Not far from the store, hundreds of people flock to a traditional market for their groceries every day. The produce on offer ranges from onions and chili peppers to fish and meat — almost all of it packed in plastic bags.The bags are “more convenient,” says Endang, a vendor at the market. She can’t say how many she hands out daily, but notes that she bags nearly everything she sells.Plastic bags are handed out freely at stores and markets across Indonesia. The country ranks just behind China for the volume of plastic waste it dumps into the world’s oceans. Image by Sapariah Saturi/Mongabay-Indonesia.Plastic bags abound at stores, markets and malls throughout Indonesia — as well as in the country’s rivers, beaches and landfills. Consumers here went through 9.8 billion plastic bags in 2016 alone, according to the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, typically using them just once before discarding them. The practice has made Indonesia, a country of some 250 million people, the second-biggest contributor to the plastic trash crisis in the oceans, behind only China. It produces 3.22 million tonnes of mismanaged plastic waste every year, of which 1.29 million tonnes ends up in the sea.The problem has prompted calls from both within the country and around the world for the Indonesian government to take steps to curb the waste, particularly in the use of plastic shopping bags. The government responded by announcing earlier this year that it would impose an excise on plastic bags that would come into effect this month. The Finance Ministry, which proposed the plan, said it expected the move would both reduce consumption of plastic bags while also generating 500 billion rupiah ($34.5 million) in revenue.But the planned excise has failed to get off the ground, amid strong opposition from plastics manufacturers and their main backer in the government, the Industry Ministry. The Finance Ministry has backed down, promising to address to the issue again next year. Realistically, though, widespread acceptance of a plastic bag excise could take another two years, experts say.Plastic floating in the sea. Image by Ben Mierement/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (public domain).‘Not the solution’The failure of the excise mirrors that of a similar initiative by the government in 2016 to charge a 200 rupiah levy, or about 1 U.S. cent, on plastic shopping bags. The pilot program was rolled out in 23 cities, including Jakarta. In the three months that it ran, there was a 55 percent reduction in plastic waste, according to the Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement (GIDKP), an advocacy group. A separate assessment by the Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) found 40 percent of shoppers in Jakarta stopped using plastic bags.But participating retailers refused to continue beyond the trial period, saying that charging customers for the bags remained a controversial policy without a sound legal basis.This time around, the government hoped to avoid that problem by going with an excise on plastic producers instead of a levy targeting consumers. (The end result would have been the same, with the producers passing on the costs to consumers.) The Finance Ministry is authorized to impose an excise on any products considered harmful to the public or the environment and whose consumption therefore needs to be regulated, such as tobacco and alcohol.The proposal was welcomed by the environment ministry, which had led the earlier, failed, effort. It said the excise would spur the domestic plastics industry to switch to making bags made from biodegradable material, thereby contributing to an overall reduction in plastic waste.Plastics manufacturers, however, were far from convinced. “Imposing an excise on plastic bags will have a large impact on the plastics industry, including small and medium enterprises,” the Indonesian Olefin, Aromatic and Plastic Industry Association (Inaplas), said in a press release in March.It said the excise “is not the solution” toward a trash-free environment, but would instead be “a burden imposed on consumers that will ultimately be to the detriment of Indonesia’s development.”The plastics manufacturers also found a strong ally in the Industry Ministry, whose approval was necessary for the excise to go through.Nugroho Wahyu Widodo, a director at the Finance Ministry, said in early July that the Industry Ministry “is concerned that the excise could disrupt small and medium enterprises especially, which use a lot [of plastic bags], so it would be a [cost] burden.”Indonesia previously tried charging consumers a token fee for plastic shopping bags, but the plan was abandoned by retailers. Image by Anton Muhajir/Mongabay-Indonesia.Waste managementOn a per capita basis, Indonesia’s plastic consumption is dwarfed by that of other countries. The average Indonesian goes through some 17 kilograms (37 pounds) of plastic each year, compared to 35 kilograms (77 pounds) for Malaysians and 40 kilograms (88 pounds) for Thais. But it’s the size of the country’s population — the world’s fourth-biggest — that gives rise to the sheer amount of waste generated. Plastic consumption in 2017 may have increased to 21 kilograms (46 pounds) per person, according to Inaplas projections.Any effort to chip away at that number would thus have a significant impact on reducing the total plastic waste being generated. Nugroho said the Finance Ministry hadn’t abandoned the excise plan, and expected to bring it up again during budget discussions next year.But even that might be too soon, according to the GIDKP, the advocacy group.“This excise tax was to discourage the public’s tendency for single-use plastic bags,” Tiza Mafira, the group’s director, told Mongabay. However, she said, the government’s target for the plan was ambitious.“I wasn’t surprised that the plan couldn’t come into effect this month,” she said. “Considering the various stakeholders that must agree on the plan, I think it would take at least two years for it to be approved.”Inaplas says the problem isn’t the proliferation of plastic bags, but rather how to deal with the waste.“The main issue in terms of plastic waste is the ineffective waste management system and low awareness of [keeping the environment] clean, and not the material from which the bags are made,” the association said in its press release. To that end, it urged the government, industry and nonprofit organizations to support the development of a comprehensive and effective waste management infrastructure.A manta ray swims amid plastic pollution in Indonesian waters. Image by Elitza Germanov/Marine Megafauna Foundation.Long-term strategyAn increasing number of countries around the world are taxing plastic bags, while some are completely banning them. In Denmark, the use of plastic shopping bags has dropped by more than 40 percent since 1993, when it became the first country to impose such a tax. Ireland passed a similar measure in 2002, and has seen plastic bag use drop by 94 percent, as consumers switched to cloth bags.But an outright ban on plastic bags can bring problems of its own. In Rwanda, a nationwide prohibition enacted in 2008 has led to a flourishing black market for plastic bags, which are smuggled around like illicit drugs.In the case of Indonesia, Mafira suggested imposing stringent manufacturing standards on plastics manufacturers to ensure the bags in circulation were easily recyclable.“Most countries impose a thickness limit for plastic bags. The thinner the plastic, the more difficult it is to recycle,” she said, adding that many countries had banned polythene bags thinner than 20 microns, or 0.02 millimeters. In India the minimum thickness is 40 microns.Having thicker plastic bags available, Mafira said, would encourage people from using them more than once, and would improve the chances that they could be recycled. She also called for wider production of biodegradable plastic bags, which are typically more expensive to manufacture.But as with the failed excise, imposing these higher standards on producers would require approval from the Industry Ministry. Still, Mafira said both measures could be adopted eventually.“The key is to have higher standards for plastic bags available and impose an excise on them to reduce overconsumption by the public,” she said. “[Manufacturers] need to have a long-term strategy so they can adapt to consumers’ progressive preferences. People are becoming more aware of the harms of plastic waste,” she said.The Indonesian government plans to spend $1 billion over the next five years to reduce marine debris, much of it plastic waste. The goal is to cut it by 70 percent by 2025, according to the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs. And once again, it’s the Industry Ministry that will have “the biggest role in controlling plastics over the next five years,” according to Safri Burhanuddin, a senior official at the coordinating ministry.Back at the convenience store, Suryadi, the cashier, says he supports reducing the use of plastic shopping bags.“I guess we don’t actually need that many plastic bags, do we?” he says. “My grandmother used to have a woven bag for grocery shopping. We can go back to that.”Some plastic garbage on Kuta beach, one of the main destinations in Indonesia’s Bali island. Image by Luh De Suriyani/Mongabay-Indonesia.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Is Indonesia’s celebrated antigraft agency missing the corruption for the trees?

first_imgIn its successful case against Azmun Jafar, the district chief in Sumatra who presided over a similar scheme, the KPK used flyover and satellite imagery to view the damaged forestland from above, helping the agency come up with a reliable figure for state losses, said Lais Abid, another ICW researcher. But such methodologies are normally beyond the KPK’s resources, he added. In the Seruyan case, for example, a local activist who reported Darwan Ali to the KPK argued that the value of the timber that was logged as a result of the licensing scheme should be tallied up and considered as state losses. But while the KPK paid several visits to Seruyan, it never proceeded with charges against Darwan. Local activists said they had heard from the KPK that state losses were a sticking point.“The problem is when it comes to natural resources, it’s hard to prove state losses,” Lais said. “It’s much easier if they rob state coffers directly.”Tama Langkun, left, and Lais Abid, researchers with Indonesia Corruption Watch.What chance for change?Recent ongoing legal innovations may have implications for the KPK’s ability to take on and win plantation cases. In a case brought this year against then South Sulawesi governor Nur Alam, alleged to have corruptly issued nickel-mining licenses, the agency argued that the losses incurred by the state were not only fiscal, but also environmental. As ICW put it, “What was done by Nur Alam was not only detrimental to the state’s finances but also had an impact of long term environmental damage, lasting for generations.” KPK prosecutors argued that of the 4.3 trillion rupiah ($312 million) in state losses incurred by the mining operations, more than half could be attributed to environmental damage.But although the governor was jailed, the judges rejected the environmental argument, discounting it from their decision over his sentence. Moreover, Nur Alam filed his own suit against Basuki Wasis, an academic who testified on behalf of the KPK that the governor’s actions had harmed the environment. In hopes of securing a stricter sentence, the KPK has appealed the ruling against Nur Alam. The ultimate decision potentially holds great significance for the effort to tackle graft in the natural resource sector.Some observers have argued that the definition of state losses must be expanded to include harm to people. Indonesia’s agribusiness explosion has resulted in thousands of disputes over land between companies and communities, and deprived local people of natural resources they depend on for their livelihoods and culture. A recent study commissioned by the Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development, for example, examined several communities whose forests had been annexed by plantation firms, cutting them off from natural supplies of water and food. The study found that local residents were forced to pay an additional monthly cost of 3.48 million rupiah ($250) per household, a huge sum in rural Indonesia, to buy what they used to get for free.Rainforest cleared to make way for an oil palm plantation in Gunung Mas district, where district chief Hambit Bintih issued licenses to five companies set up by his campaign manager. Image by Sandy Watt for The Gecko Project.The KPK has carried out its own study on the “social cost of corruption,” according to Sulistyanto, head of the agency’s prevention department. “Hopefully, this can increase the fines and penalties,” he said in an interview. “It’s still a study, but we hope it can be constructed in law.”Indeed, the KPK has focused greater energy on preventing corruption in the plantation sector than on pursuing prosecutions. For example, the agency is pushing local governments to consolidate their licensing maps and hand them over to authorities in Jakarta. It is also working with the Ministry of Agriculture to create a database of every plantation company that documents their ownership. This is in line with a new regulation issued by President Joko Widodo in March, mandating that every company in the country must disclose at least one of its beneficial owners to the government within a year. “If we only focus on enforcement, we might make more arrests, but the opportunities for corruption will continue to exist,” Sulistyanto said. “The systems and regulations must be improved.”In a bid to improve governance around licensing, the KPK has instigated a massive review of permits held by plantation companies across the country. A similar program in the mining sector has already resulted in the revocation of hundreds of permits. Whether any plantation licenses will be similarly annulled remains to be seen.Yet the KPK’s work as a watchdog may yet have a significant impact. At present, the total area licensed out to plantation firms contains some 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) of undeveloped forestland and carbon-rich peat soil, an area nearly as large as West Virginia. Whether this natural wealth will be preserved or wiped out is an open question. Our investigations found that corruption has played a role in licenses being issued, but also in what happens once companies hold rights to land. Compliance with environmental legislation has been weak, companies have been effective in pushing people off their land, and communities have found little recourse where they have resisted.The ability of companies to operate in such a regulatory vacuum is likely due in large part to the undue influence they hold over politicians. The KPK’s watchdog role, especially if supported by investigations by the media and NGOs, may yet have a chilling effect on the ability of companies to operate with impunity across the vast areas of unexploited rainforest.A forest canopy in the heart of Borneo. Image by Sandy Watt for The Gecko Project.This is the second of three analyses to be published by The Gecko Project and Mongabay examining corruption in Indonesia, and the responses to it from government and civil society. The first article examined the connection between corrupt licensing practices and regional elections. The final article will explore civil society interventions to combat similar practices in other countries, including India, Chile and the U.S. The articles are part of our broader Indonesia for Sale series.Read the first two investigations in the series, “The Palm Oil Fiefdom” and “Ghosts in the Machine.”Banner: Petrus Asuy, a Dayak man from Muara Tae village in eastern Borneo, where a local indigenous community is involved in conflicts over land with several oil palm companies. Photo by Philip Jacobson/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission is perhaps the most trusted institution in a country plagued with graft. But the KPK, as it is known, has prosecuted only a handful of cases in the plantation sector.Corruption in the plantation sector is a principal underlying cause of Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis. Our analysis found a range of obstacles preventing the KPK from taking action against corrupt politicians and the unscrupulous companies engaging in large-scale land deals.This article is part of the Indonesia for Sale series, produced through a collaboration between Mongabay and The Gecko Project, an initiative of the London-based investigations house Earthsight. In 2005, an Indonesian election commissioner named Mulyana Kusumah visited a hotel room in Jakarta to hand over 150 million rupiah, then worth more than $15,000, in cash to an official from the state audit board. Mulyana hoped to smooth over a discrepancy auditors had found in the tender process for ballot boxes. But the auditor was wearing a wire, while investigators from the nation’s antigraft agency, the KPK, lay in wait. After arresting Mulyana, a KPK team swept the election commission’s offices and found a treasure trove of documents and computer files that would allow them to piece together billions of rupiah in kickbacks, resulting in a spate of high-level convictions.The case served notice that an agency founded just two years prior had arrived with a splash. “Almost every day, the newspaper and television [journalists] wrote about the KPK,” Ary Nugroho, an early KPK adviser, said some years later. “The expectations of the people became bigger and bigger after that case.”The KPK was established in 2003, half a decade after the fall of the dictator Suharto. Its first leaders built the agency from scratch, and after a few short years, wrote Gabriel Kuris, deputy director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity​ at Columbia Law School in New York​, “they had built one of the world’s most effective anti-corruption agencies.” Since then, the number of cases brought by the KPK has grown rapidly, with dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businesspeople jailed for graft every year.At the same time, the KPK has prosecuted only a handful of cases involving the plantation sector. Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, is home to a huge number of palm estates so enormous they are often the size of small cities. Timber and sugarcane plantations are also prevalent. The plantations are typically run by large conglomerates whose operations must be approved by local politicians. The sector is known to be riddled with corruption, having exploded in a fragile moment during the nation’s transition to democracy. For the KPK, some big wins against plantation firms in the mid-2000s have given way to a trickle of cases in the past few years.There is a growing realization that the corrupt allocation of land to plantation firms is a main underlying cause of Indonesia’s deforestation and land-rights crisis. Backroom deals with politicians allow companies to clear rainforests and peat swamps that might otherwise be protected, and to seize land from indigenous and other rural communities, while also channeling dark money into elections. With the stakes so high, then, why has the KPK prosecuted so few of these cases?The main KPK building in Jakarta is designed to match the red and white of Indonesia’s flag. Image by Everyone Sinks Starco/Flickr.A promising startThe KPK’s first foray into the plantation sector came in 2007, when it exposed a scheme masterminded by Martias Fangiono, owner of multinational timber firm Surya Dumai, and Suwarna Abdul Fatah, then governor of East Kalimantan province in Indonesian Borneo. Martias’s firm was running out of raw materials for its mills following a nationwide crackdown on illegal logging. Claiming it would establish oil palm plantations, the firm obtained licenses from Suwarna to clear a vast area of rainforest in Borneo. The governor also allowed the firm to avoid providing a bank guarantee to cover the expected taxes from the timber revenue.Martias’s firm felled almost 700,000 cubic meters of timber, but the land was never planted. Both he and Suwarna were convicted and imprisoned, with Martias ordered to pay 346 billion rupiah, then equivalent to around $35 million.Not long after, the KPK launched the first of what would become a string of cases in Riau province, on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra, with prosecutions against a governor and several district chiefs. It began with charges against Azmun Jafar, a district chief who had issued timber plantation licenses to seven shell companies set up by his cronies and family members. After receiving the licenses, these individuals quickly flipped the companies to genuine plantation firms, including to an arm of the APRIL Group, one of Asia’s biggest paper producers. The firms on the other end of the scheme proceeded to log the forest in their concessions for a hefty profit. The courts decided it had cost the state 1.2 trillion rupiah, then equivalent to $121 million, in losses from timber revenues and taxes.Greenpeace activists protest in front of the KPK building in Jakarta in 2009, calling for the arrest of government officials over permits handed out in Riau province. Azmun Jafar, a district chief, is depicted as a prison inmate. Image courtesy of Greenpeace/Flickr.After the victories in East Kalimantan and Riau, however, the attention given by the KPK to the plantation sector declined dramatically. The Gecko Project and Mongabay were able to identify just two more cases, in 2014 and 2015, in which politicians were convicted in connection with oil palm projects. The cases involved businesspeople bribing a district chief and a governor, respectively, to ease the licensing process for plantations. And yet, despite the minuscule number of prosecutions, plantations have proliferated in jurisdictions run by demonstrably corrupt politicians. The destruction of rainforests and allegations of land grabbing have been quick to follow.Obstacles to prosecution in law and practiceViewed in isolation, the notion that the KPK would decline to put resources toward investigating plantation firms seems implausible. But the agency has its hands full, with corruption endemic to virtually every level of government and every sector of the economy in Indonesia. Since 2005, the KPK has received an average of more than 7,000 reports of graft per year. Half of these complaints include credible evidence it can follow up on. But while the number of cases it prosecutes has increased considerably, from 45 in 2011 to 110 in 2016, this represents only a fraction of the credible reports it receives.The KPK “has so few investigators, [it] has to choose the easiest cases,” Tama Langkun, a researcher with Indonesia Corruption Watch, an NGO based in Jakarta, said in an interview. “It can’t spare the energy and time to take on [many of the more] challenging cases we flag up.”The KPK also has a limited appetite for taking on challenging cases that might jeopardize its success rate. The agency has a perfect record of winning the cases it prosecutes (on appeal, if not at the first attempt), secured partly by pursuing cases in which the evidence is irrefutable, such as when a suspect has been caught red-handed in the act of bribery. The agency also finds itself periodically under political attack from rival institutions, particularly the police. This further drains its resources, while also entrenching the need to win cases, as any loss in court could potentially be used to support allegations of overreach from its detractors.A further obstacle is the law itself. The 2002 Corruption Law stipulates that if a suspect has not been caught delivering or accepting a bribe, the agency must show that the allegedly corrupt act resulted in “state losses.” This criterion is easiest to fulfill where officials have stolen from state budgets or engaged in procurement scams, cases that incur obvious fiscal losses. Of the 110 cases the KPK prosecuted in 2016, the largest share, around a quarter, involved politicians siphoning money from state budgets. Cases where this has taken place in the education and health sectors are a priority. They represent 20 percent and 5 percent of the state budget, respectively, with huge sums to be made through corruption, and egregious consequences where it occurs. Our analysis of KPK annual reports suggests that such cases, along with the bribery of judges and court officials, make up the vast majority of the agency’s prosecutions.By contrast, corruption in the plantation sector often involves more complex schemes, where a tidy figure for “state losses” is not always easy to calculate. The model that The Gecko Project and Mongabay have investigated over the past 18 months entails the use of shell companies and proxy owners as vehicles for selling plantation licenses to major firms. One politician, Darwan Ali, then the head of Seruyan district in Borneo, issued permits to 18 companies set up by his relatives and cronies, who quickly flipped them on to major firms. Another politician, Hambit Bintih, the then head of Gunung Mas district on the same island, gave licenses to five companies formed by his campaign manager as he was preparing to launch an expensive re-election campaign. 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 Article published by mongabayauthor Anonymous Companies, Corporate Environmental Transgressors, Corruption, Environment, Environmental Law, Environmental Policy, Forestry, Forests, Illegal Logging, Land Grabbing, Law Enforcement, Logging, Palm Oil, Plantations, Rainforests, Transparency, Tropical Forests last_img read more

Royals’ Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

first_imgBen&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Yordano wowed scouts with an electrifying fastball, the best they had seen in years, and a confident demeanor that bordered on brash and arrogant. And both of those traits served him well as he rocketed to the major leagues, helped the Royals win a long-awaited World Series championship in 2015, and became one of the most popular players in a city that embraced baseball one again.Ventura, whose nickname “Ace” fit so perfectly, died Sunday in a car crash on a stretch of highway near the town of San Adrian in his native Dominican Republic. He was 25.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“Our team and our organization is hurting deeply,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “It’s certainly something that puts everything into strong perspective, and challenges us all to never grow tired or weary or cease to do what is right, and loving others. Nobody is guaranteed tomorrow.“We loved Yordano,” Moore said. “We loved his heart, we loved who he was as a teammate, a friend. He was somebody that challenged us all and made us better and I’m going to miss him.” View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely NBA: Warriors shake off sleep to pummel Magic Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo said Ventura died on a stretch of highway 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital. Mateo did not say whether Ventura was driving.He’s the second young star pitcher to die in past four months. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was 24 when he was killed along with two other men in a boating accident near Miami Beach in late September.Also Sunday, former major league infielder Andy Marte died in a separate car accident in the Dominican Republic. Metropolitan traffic authorities said he died about 95 miles north of the capital.“I was traveling to the airport this morning and I got a phone call wanting to know if I’d heard about Yordano, and I thought they meant Marte,” Moore said. “My first thought was, ‘Were they together?’“Then shortly afterwards, I got a call from Major League Baseball confirming this tragedy.”ADVERTISEMENT DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The Dominican Republic has the second-highest traffic-related death rate in the world — officials there believe alcohol, speed and a blatant disregard for traffic laws is to blame. Oscar Taveras, Jose Oliva, Rufino Linares and Jose Uribe are among players who have died in crashes in the country.It wasn’t known whether Ventura had been drinking or speeding at the time of his accident.Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, a fellow Dominican whom Ventura called his hero, posted pictures of Ventura and Marte on Twitter and said, “Guys, the only way we can pay tribute to you, is by reflecting on the adjustments we all have to make in this game called life.”Moore speaks frequently with Latin American players about dangers of returning home, including driving on the perilous roads.“I’m more intentional about it to the point where it probably goes in one ear and out the other,” Moore said, “but we’re constantly discussing these things.”The Royals lowered flags at Kauffman Stadium to half-staff Sunday, and displayed Ventura’s photograph on the large, crown-shaped scoreboard in centerfield of the empty ballpark. Fans were leaving flowers, hats and other mementos within hours of learning of his death.Royals teammates learned the news in a text chain and took to Twitter to share their sorrow.“I love you my brother. I’m in disbelief and don’t know what to say,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said.Third baseman Mike Moustakas also expressed disbelief, tweeting: “I love you Ace. I don’t know what to say other than I’m going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.”Ventura will be buried Tuesday in the Dominican Republic. Moore, manager Ned Yost and other members of the Royals are planning to attend. Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims FILE – In this Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, that Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte both have died in separate traffic accidents. APKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic.It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his life.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ventura wound up pitching his entire career for the Royals, going 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA.Born June 3, 1991, in Samana, Dominican Republic, Ventura was a true rags-to-riches story. He quit school at 14 and was laboring on a construction crew to support his family when he heard about a tryout, which led to a spot in the Royals’ academy located on his picturesque island home.Still, the odds were long that Ventura would ever make it to the big leagues. Very few players from the Dominican academies reached the pinnacle of the sport.But over time, Ventura was able to harness one of the most electric fastballs that scouts had seen in years, and his headstrong and confident nature was essential to his rapid rise. He made his debut to great fanfare in 2013, allowing just one run again Cleveland in a sign of things to come.He eventually became a cornerstone of a youth movement that included young stars such as Hosmer and Moustakas, one that carried the Royals first to respectability, then to the top of the American League.He was 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 2014, his first full season in the big leagues, and helped the Royals reach the World Series for the first time in nearly three decades. Then he helped to lead them back to the Fall Classic in 2015, this time completing the job on a crisp night in New York.“He always had a zest for life, an innocence about the game, a freshness, a fearlessness,” Moore said, his voice cracking. “He was a very compassionate human being, loved to compete, no doubt challenged us, but that made us better. Nobody could ever doubt how much he cared about his teammates, how much he cared about the fans, and how much he loved to compete and to pitch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before his start in Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, Ventura paid tribute to Taveras, his close friend and countryman who had been killed days earlier in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura wrote “RIP O.T #18” on his hat and also wrote messages on his glove, cleats and the mound before shutting out San Francisco for seven innings in a win.“If he was still here, I would for sure be talking to him, and Oscar would be very happy for me,” Ventura said afterward. “Oscar was a very humble guy and very likable, and I’m going to miss him a lot.”Ventura signed a $23 million, five-year deal with the Royals shortly before he started on opening day in 2015. He then helped them bounce back from their loss to the Giants in Game 7 by returning to the World Series and beating the New York Mets in five games for their first crown since 1985.The right-hander went 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA last season, and his fiery demeanor was never more evident than when he hit Orioles star Manny Machado with a fastball to trigger a brawl. Ventura was suspended nine games for the pitch, though it was cut to eight on appeal.In a surreal coincidence, the 33-year-old Marte played his final game in the big leagues for Arizona on Aug. 6, 2014. Ventura started that game for Kansas City.“Today is a very sad day for our entire game and particularly for the many loyal fans in the Dominican Republic, the home of both Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.Said players’ union head Tony Clark: “It’s never easy to lose a member of our fraternity, and there are no words to describe the feeling of losing two young men in the prime of their lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends, teammates and fans throughout the United States and Latin America.”Moore said he spoke to Miami general manager Mike Hill early Sunday, in part because Moore admired the grace and heart in which the Marlins organization dealt with Fernandez’s death.It wasn’t certain whether Fernandez was driving the boat when it crashed on Sept. 25. He had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08, according to autopsy reports released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office.“That was one of the first things that came to mind when I began to figure out how we were going to process this,” Moore said. “Mike was able to provide some insight. Just give me some comfort, really.”last_img read more

Lee to the rescue as Star nips Ginebra, grabs 1-0 lead

first_imgView comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “Paul Lee and Marc Pingris, both of them have big hearts,” Victolero said.Pingris, undoubtedly the heart and soul of Star, did it all as he finished with nine points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks, including huge stops in the final minute as he contested Japeth Aguilar’s jumper and came up with the game-sealing rebound.Mark Barroca, meanwhile, unloaded 17 markers, four boards, and two dimes.Star broke off from a 71-all deadlock in the final 4:28 and forced Ginebra to commit numerous turnovers in the clutch, none bigger than LA Tenorio losing the ball with 15.7 ticks to play.The Gin Kings turned the ball over 24 times, which led to 18 points for Star.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member PBA IMAGESPaul Lee buried a floater late in the game to deliver Star to a 78-74 victory over Barangay Ginebra Thursday night in Game 1 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Lee spun past two Ginebra’s defender to ice the final score and Star’s defense held on from there as the Hotshots took a 1-0 lead in their race-to-four showdown against the Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Juniors Archers clinch semis berth 15 Taal towns now under total lockdowncenter_img Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 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 Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s all about team effort and team defense,” said Star coach Chito Victolero, whose wards notched their sixth straight win overall in the tournament. “But we needed that mental toughness to win this game.”Star shoots for a 2-0 lead in Game 2 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“You cannot out-coach [Ginebra] coach Tim [Cone], but I told my players that they have to help me. I’m very happy because we got [Game 1], but we have so much respect for coach Tim that we know we have to work harder. It’s a good start for us, but we can’t celebrate because it’s only Game 1,”Victolero also praised veteran Marc Pingris, who held his own defensively against the Kings. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member The win is the Star’s seventh straight but it paled in comparison to the team’s dominant stretch, where the Hotshots beat their last six opponents by an average margin of 27.0 points.The Hotshots had to fight back from a 10-point deficit, 35-25, with 7:02 remaining in the second quarter, before clamping down on defense and zeroing-in on the Gin Kings’ perimeter game to cut the lead to just one, 38-37, at halftime.Chris Ellis led Ginebra with 12 points on a surprising 3-of-4 shooting from three, while Tenorio and Jervy Cruz got 10 markers each.Japeth Aguilar was limited to just 11 points and six rebounds after pouring a career-high 32 points in the two team’s Christmas Day duel.The Scores:STAR 78 – Lee 18, Barroca 17, Pingris 9, Sangalang 8, Maliksi 7, Jalalon 6, Reavis 5, Melton 5, Dela Rosa 2, Ramos 1, Brondial 0.GINEBRA 74 – Ellis 12, Aguilar 11, Cruz 10, Mercado 10, Tenorio 8, Thompson 7, Ferrer 7, Marcelo 5, Mariano 4.Quarters: 19-14, 38-37, 60-58, 78-74.last_img read more

Barroca surprise top vote-getter in PBA All-Stars

first_imgPBA IMAGESMark Barroca came out of nowhere and emerged as the top vote-getter in fan voting for the upcoming 2017 PBA All-Stars.The Zamboanga City native drew 32,793 ballots from the in-venue and online voting to lead the Mindanao PBA All-Star squad against Gilas Pilipinas at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro on April 26.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Maroon Booters book UAAP Final 4 spot 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 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Barroca will be joined by Scottie Thompson (18,641), PJ Simon (16,486), Rafi Reavis (10,043), and Cyrus Baguio (9,396) in the starting lineup for coach Chito Victolero.Star teammate Marc Pingris maintained his appeal to the masses, leading the starters for the Luzon PBA All-Stars with 11,079 votes.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 returnHe will be joined by Calvin Abueva (11,538), Japeth Aguilar (11,159), Paul Lee (8,163), and Jayson Castro (6,627) in the Luzon first five for coach Leo Austria at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena on April 28.Former teammate and now-Rain or Shine stalwart James Yap also emerged as the lead vote-getter for the Visayas PBA All-Stars with 18,612 votes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebucenter_img The former two-time PBA Most Valuable Player will pair up with reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo (18,042), Terrence Romeo (15,069), Joe Devance (10,758), and Jeff Chan (9,419) in the Visayan cast under coach Tim Cone on April 30 at Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

Augusta stunner: DJ withdraws from Masters with back injury

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town The world’s No. 1-ranked player was forced to withdraw from the Masters on Thursday (Friday Manila time) because of a lower back injury suffered less than 24 hours earlier in a freak fall at the home he was renting for the week.“I want to play,” Johnson said. “I just can’t swing.”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 returnHe certainly tried, arriving at the club about two hours before he was scheduled to tee off in the final group of the opening round with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker.Johnson took some easy swings on the practice range, headed back inside for additional treatment, and then broke out his longer irons and the driver to see how the back reacted. He was clearly in pain, rubbing the area several times and letting his caddie tee up the ball so he didn’t have bend over. After an extended conversation with his coach, Butch Harmon, Johnson started walking toward the first tee.His intention was to play.His back wouldn’t let him.“It sucks,” Johnson said. “I’m playing the best golf of my career. This is one of my favorite tournaments of the year. Then a freak accident happened (Wednesday) when I got back from the course. It sucks. It sucks really bad.”Johnson got as far as the putting green between the clubhouse and the first tee. After about a half-dozen putts, he pulled out an iron and took a few more half-hearted practice swings.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Walker and Watson headed toward the tee.Johnson went the opposite way.“I was doing everything I could to try to play,” he said. “Last night, it was ice, heat, ice. I was up pretty much all night trying to get it ready for today. I had it worked on all morning. Obviously, I can make some swings. But I can’t make my normal swing.”This Masters was over for Johnson before it even began, a stunning development that removed the favorite for the green jacket .“It’s disappointing, for sure, for everybody,” 2013 champion Adam Scott said. “To pull out of the Masters when you’re in the kind of form he’s in, it must be a very difficult decision to make. Hopefully he gets better quick.”Two-time major champion Jordan Spieth realized Johnson was out of the tournament when his name was removed from the scoreboard.“As a friend of his and somebody who’s played a lot of golf with him, I know this: It must really, really not be good in order for him not to tee it up,” Spieth said.The injury occurred after Johnson returned to his rental home from a morning practice session at Augusta National. On the way outside to move his car, and wearing socks but no shoes, he slipped on a short staircase.“It would have been better if it was full set of stairs. I would have slid all the way down,” Johnson said. “But there were only three steps. I landed on my left side. My left elbow is sore and bruised. My lower left back took the brunt of it.”He doesn’t think the injury is serious. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government In fact, if it had happened earlier in the week, he probably would’ve been able to play.“I feel like in two days, I’ll be fine,” Johnson said.He had been scheduled to attend the Golf Writers Association of America annual dinner Wednesday night to accept its award as male player of the year. Johnson was coming off a season in which he captured his first major at the U.S. Open , was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the first time, won the PGA Tour money title and captured the Vardon Trophy for the lowest adjusted scoring average.Freak injuries are not unprecedented in golf.Two years ago, Rory McIlroy was playing soccer when he ruptured ligaments in his ankle a few weeks before he was to defend his title in the British Open at St. Andrews as the No. 1 player in the world.Johnson missed the 2012 Masters, withdrawing two days before the start of the tournament, saying he had tweaked his back from pulling a jet ski out of the water. Golf.com cited an unnamed source two years later as saying Johnson had been suspended for a positive cocaine test. His management denied that he had been suspended.Since then, Johnson had gotten his life and his game in order.The 32-year-old American rose to No. 1 in the world rankings and became the first player in more than 40 years to enter the Masters on a three-tournament winning streak. Two of those titles were World Golf Championships, and his undefeated week at the Match Play made him the first player to capture all four of the WGCs.Johnson headed into the first major of 2017 accompanied by as much hype as perhaps anyone since Tiger Woods in his prime — “a freak of nature,” in the words of Rickie Fowler.“I’ve got a lot of confidence in my game right now, especially with the way I’ve been playing the last few tournaments,” Johnson said Tuesday. “But, you know, anything can happen.” NBA: Durant set to return on Saturday Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Just not what anyone expected.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Dustin Johnson talks with media after deciding not to play in the opening round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club. APAUGUSTA, Georgia — Dustin Johnson arrived at Augusta National on quite a roll, having won his last three tournaments.He never even took a shot at the first major of the year.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 respitelast_img read more

Serena Williams speaks out against Ilie Nastase

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2017, file photo, Serena Williams holds up a finger and her trophy after defeating her sister, Venus, in the women’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Serena Williams is briefly back at No. 1 in the WTA rankings, despite not having played a match since January, and with plans to take the rest of 2017 off because she is expecting a baby. Thanks to a calendar quirk, Williams moved up one spot from No. 2, swapping places with Angelique Kerber. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)BUCHAREST, Romania — Serena Williams has spoken out in response to suspended Fed Cup captain Ilie Nastase’s comments speculating about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting.The 23-time major champion wrote on Instagram on Monday: “It disappoints me to know we live in a society where people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and (my) unborn child.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shaq blames WWE for botched WrestleMania match with Big Show Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Nastase earned the nickname “Nasty” for his on-court outbursts and gamesmanship in his playing heyday in the 1970s. But it also described his game, which earned him two Grand Slam singles titles and more than 100 ATP titles. He’s a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Reactions in Romania to Nastase’s outburst have been mixed.George Cosac, the chairman of the Romanian Tennis Federation, defended Nastase by suggesting he was picked on by the British officials. Ion Tiriac, a businessman and Nastase’s old doubles partner, also stood by him, criticizing Konta for walking off the court.However, many Romanians were critical of Nastase on social media, saying he embarrassed himself and Romania.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 Williams is black. Her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is white.Williams also referred to Nastase’s “sexist comments against my peers” — a reference to his verbal abuse directed at British player Johanna Konta, British captain Anne Keothavong and the chair umpire during Fed Cup matches over the weekend. He was ejected from the Romania vs. Britain contest and provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation.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 returnWilliams said: “I humbly thank the ITF for any consideration given to all the facts in this case. They will have my full support.”She also wrote: “I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers- however there are a plethora more to go. This or anything else will not stop me from pouring love, light and positivity into everything that I do. I will continue to take a lead and stand up for what’s right.” MOST READ Nastase, for his part, was unrepentant, saying that he didn’t believe his remarks at a news conference Friday about Williams’ baby were racist.“I want to know what word I used is racist?” he said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Budapest, Hungary.He added that he is a friend of Williams.As for what happened during the matches against Britain, Nastase acknowledged: “Yes, I lost my temper.”But he called his punishment “crazy.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more