Invasive plants a fast-growing threat to India’s rhinos

first_imgAnimals, Archive, Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Featured, Invasive Species, Mammals, One-horned Rhinos, Plants, Protected Areas, Rhinos, Wildlife Article published by Isabel Esterman In 2018, biologists observed the invasive plant Parthenium, known locally as congress grass, establishing itself in grasslands of India’s Pobitora National Park.Invasive species threaten protected areas in Assam state, and herbivores like the greater one-horned rhinos that live within them, by crowding out the native plants animals rely on for food.Each of Assam state’s four rhino reserves currently faces threats from invasive plants including Parthenium, Mimosa, Mikania and water hyacinth.Experts are contemplating the use of several strategies to tackle invasive plants, including manual removal and the introduction of biological control agents such as the Mexican beetle that feeds on Parthenium. On a gloomy afternoon in May 2018, conservation biologist Bibhab Talukdar was visiting Pobitora National Park in India’s Assam state. As he rode an elephant into the grasslands at the core of the park he was met with an alarming sight: a luxuriant growth of a low, bushy herb with small green leaves and creamy white flowers. Locally known as congress grass, this plant, Parthenium hysterophorus, is native to the Americas and an alien species in India.Talukdar, the chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Asian Rhino Specialist Group and CEO of the NGO Aaranyak, says he was worried because Parthenium is a highly invasive plant with a history of damaging local ecosystems in more than 20 countries around the world. Australia is the prime example, with vast swaths of native rangelands and summer crops under pressure from the weed.If its spread in Pobitora isn’t checked in time, Talukdar says he believes Parthenium could spell trouble for the park’s 102 greater one-horned rhinoceroses (Rhinoceros unicornis) by smothering the native species they feed on.Parthenium can be seen growing vigorously in the grassland areas inside Pobitora National Park. Conservationists are worried the invasive weed will crowd out native fodder plants. Image courtesy of Bibhab Talukdar.It’s not clear how and when exactly Parthenium arrived in India. The popular theory is that the seeds arrived in the 1950s, piggybacking on consignments of grains imported as part of a U.S. government food-assistance program. The weed was first reported growing on trash heaps in 1956 in Pune, in the state of Maharashtra.Although Parthenium was first spotted in Assam in the 1980s, it had not previously been reported in the core areas of Pobitora. Nine years ago, when Talukdar visited the park as part of a team of researchers that studied the status and distribution of invasive plants in the rhino habitat, such Parthenium growths weren’t observed. “Its arrival in the park seems to be recent,” he says.Silent stranglersParthenium is just the latest addition to half a dozen invasive plants colonizing rhino ranges across Assam, the Indian state that harbors more than two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhino population in four protected areas.According to a 2011 article in the journal Pachyderm, the already established invasive plants in Assam’s rhino ranges are Mimosa invisa, Mikania micrantha (the “mile-a-minute” vine), Chromolaena odorata (Siam weed) and Ipomoea carnea (pink morning glory). All were identified in India’s Fifth National Report on Biological Diversity in 2014 as invasive plant species responsible for harming local ecosystems.A Chromolaena infested area in Manas National Park. Chromolaena is replacing native vegetation in the park. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya for Mongabay.“You’ve got to add Parthenium, Eicchronia carssipes [water hyacinth] and Lantana camara to the list,” says Iswar Chandra Barua, a professor of agronomy at Assam Agricultural University in Assam’s Jorhat district.Barua, who has been studying the dynamics of phytoinvasion in Assam for over a decade now, says all four of Assam’s rhino reserves — the national parks of Kaziranga, Orang, Pobitora and Manas — are currently reeling under attack from these invasive plants.Each presents a unique danger, Barua says. Siam weed and water hyacinth are “driver species,” capable of decimating native plants without any assistance from accompanying environmental change; Parthenium and Mimosa possess tremendously high competitive ability, known as allelopathy, which inhibits the growth of indigenous plants in areas colonized by these weeds; Ipomoea stems form thick mats that block natural water flows, making it  the most troublesome aquatic weed after water hyacinth, which is notorious for clogging water bodies; Lantana exudes poison from its roots, killing off native flora; Mikania produces around 40,000 seeds every year and colonizes forest areas at a very rapid pace by choking and smothering grasses and tree saplings.“Hundreds of indigenous plants, including the rhino’s favorite fodder species, are under direct pressure from these invasives,” Barua says.An Indian muntjac, also called barking deer, is seen grazing in an area inside Orang National Park where Chromolaena has started to infest. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya for Mongabay.Different parks, different problemsIn Kaziranga National Park, home to 2,413 rhinos per the 2018 census, Mimosa can be seen overrunning natural grasslands in several ranges. However, the situation has improved since the early 2000s, when the problem was more acute. Barua credits the natural floods that have hit the park in recent years. “During the annual flood, the entire park remains inundated for days and sometimes weeks. This works somewhat as a natural check on the growth of Mimosa,” he says.However, a potential threat lurking on the park’s doorstep is Ludwigia peruviana (Peruvian water primrose). A 2017 study led by Barua found that this semi-aquatic weed has damaged already around 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of marshland plant communities in Karbi Anglong district, where part of Kaziranga is located. He says Ludwigia will likely infest Kaziranga marshlands if no measures are taken to check its spread. “Kaziranga National Park is located pretty close to Ludwigia-infested areas. As such it could just be a matter of time for the weed to sneak into the park’s marshlands. If we don’t step up vigil now, it could be all over inside Kaziranga in a couple years.” Mimosa plants in  Orang National Park. The plant is believed to be responsible for a decline in the park’s wet alluvial grassland. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya for Mongabay.In Orang National Park, home to 101 rhinos, Mimosa appears to be the most severe current threat to the ecosystem. From 1987 to 2008, Orang saw its wet alluvial grassland shrink by 12.8 percent, and dry savanna grassland and degraded grassland increase by 9.25 percent and 6.51 percent respectively, mainly due to the impact of Mimosa, according to a 2011 study on land cover change in the park. Manas National Park is also experiencing a phytoinvasion, with Chromolaena and Mikania infesting large patches of forest. With a density of 9.4 to 15.1 plants per square meter, according to a 2004 survey, Chromolaena is overrunning areas of already-degraded vegetation along the southern border of the park, while Mikania is colonizing riverine grassland patches and forest edges.In Pobitora National Park, the biggest threat is Ipomoea, primarily a colonizer of grasslands. The spread of Ipomoea inside the park has sparked competition among indigenous grass species and the weed for space and nutrients. In addition, as Talukdar observed, Parthenium is an emerging challenge. Over the last year, the weed has been seen spreading alarmingly along the park’s grassland areas.Mikania plants in Orang National Park. Mikania has also been identified as a threat in Nepal’s Chitwan National Park, home to the world’s second largest population of greater one-horned rhinos. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya for Mongabay.Effects on rhinosRhinos are already suffering as Assam’s ecosystems are hit by these invasive plants. “First, they choke and smother native plants on which rhinos feed, leading to shrinkage of fodder in protected areas,” Talukdar says. “Second, when species such as Mimosa, which is thorny, take over grasslands, it becomes difficult for rhinos to graze, which pushes the animals to stray out of the safety of the park and thus makes them vulnerable to poaching.”Recognizing these threats, the New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019, signed by five Asian rhino range nations on 28 February at the Indian capital, has mandated research on invasive species threatening rhino reserves along with other habitat parameters.A 2015 report by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) holds invasive plants responsible for the increase in rhino straying incidents in Pobitora. The report says the rapid growth of invasive plants including Ipomoea, and the accompanying depletion of native fodder species in the park, has led to an increase in crop-raiding incidents by rhinos in villages on the park’s fringes.“Because the invasive weeds are choking out grasslands, rhinos are increasingly straying out to forage on crops in neighboring farmlands,” says Mukul Tamuly, the forest range officer at Pobitora.Moreover, some invasive plants contain toxic compounds that can harm rhinos and other herbivores that ingest them. “Lantana camara, for example, contains pentacyclic triterpenoids, a hepatotoxic compound known as lantadene. If rhinos feed on lantana leaves, it could inflict significant liver injuries on them,” Tamuly says.A greater one-horned rhinoceros in West Bengal state’s Jaldapara National Park. Invasive species including Mikania are also found in that state’s rhino reserves. Image by Udayan Dasgupta for MongabayFighting invasive weedsPlants that become successful invaders are fast-growing and highly adaptable to new environments. When they are transported to ecosystems where their natural predators are not present, such species can rapidly overrun indigenous plants.“Take, for instance, the case of Parthenium,” says D.J. Rajkhowa, a senior agronomist and joint director of the India Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Nagaland Center. “In alien environments such as that of India it is free from its natural enemies like the Mexican beetle, Zygogramma bicolorata, that feeds only on Parthenium leaves. It gives the weed a competitive edge and more resources to grow, reproduce, spread and eventually outcompete indigenous plant species.”Due to their higher phenotypic plasticity — the ability to develop differently in different environments — invasive plants can adapt to environmental fluctuations. This helps them spread and establish in new areas. Rajkhowa cites the example of Mikania, which is now seen growing in a range of habitats from terrestrial to littoral.Moreover, many invasive plants are cryptic in nature and have the ability to go undetected for years, or their damaging impacts are not immediately clear, making it difficult to control these species.Degraded forest patches such as this one in Orang National Park, are particularly prone to phytoinvasion. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya for Mongabay.Given these challenges, there are three methods to control invasive plants: mechanical removal; spraying chemicals; and using biological control agents.The mechanical removal method, which involves hand weeding, is the simplest way, but is labor-intensive, expensive and has to be repeated consistently. It is widely used in Assam’s rhino reserves, but has yielded little results. “We keep uprooting Mimosa plants at regular intervals, but they sprout up again at a very rapid speed,” says Chakrapani Rai, the forest range officer at Orang National Park. “We’ve also applied controlled burning. Even that’s turned out to be futile. The weed’s spread seems to be unstoppable.”Spraying chemicals is considered unviable in protected areas as it could have disastrous effects on wildlife and the ecosystem.The biological control method, a far more complicated process that entails releasing organisms that feed on the targeted species, is touted as a less dangerous and potentially effective method. India’s Project Directorate of Biological Control (PDBC), a government agency based in the city of Bengaluru, is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring the hazard-free introduction, handling and release of biological control agents.Attempts to use biological controls against Parthenium have achieved mixed results in India: the biocontrol agent for the plant, the Mexican beetle, has shown successful results in Bengaluru, but has failed in Delhi.Rajkhowa says the best way to deal with the problem is to develop a plan that combines all available methods. “In developing an integrated weed management plan, biological control should be the key component. Till suitable biocontrol agents are found, the emphasis should be on mechanical removing.”So far biological control agents haven’t been used in Assam. But Rajkhowa says he thinks it’s a strategy that should be considered. “Given the state’s moderate climatic conditions, it might just work.”Orang National Park located in northern Assam is home to 101 rhinos. Image by Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya for Mongabay.But the biocontrol method has its own risks: an organism introduced as a biocontrol agent to contain a particular invader may decimate other species as well, turning into an invader itself. The most infamous example of biocontrol going wrong is Australia’s cane toad catastrophe.  Cane toads were introduced in 1935 to control cane beetles in Queensland’s sugarcane crops. But in the span of a few decades they spread all over Australia, causing severe damage to local ecosystems.Assam Agricultural University’s Barua says he favors exploring other alternatives. While he, too, endorses the idea of an integrated weed management plan, he says such efforts should prioritize exploring ways to use invasive plants as raw materials for local industries.There has been some success on this front. Water hyacinth has been used to make an array of products such as mats and bags; the craft now employs about 3,500 local artisans in northeastern India. Silkworm rearers in Karbi Anglong have started using Mikania as a host plant for Eri silk, for want of the primary host plant, castor (Ricinus communis). Research shows there is also potential to commercially exploit Mikania to this end, which could in turn help control the weed. Bodo tribal weavers near Manas National Park are experimenting with using Chromolaena as a natural dye, while lantana is being used as a raw material for furniture — an initiative that has seen some success in controlling the weed.“If such initiatives find commercial footing,” Barua says, “they’ll not only contribute toward effective weed management but also boost local livelihoods.”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.center_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. 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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 overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Wiggins’ 40 points lead T-Wolves over Nuggets

first_imgMinnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, left, of Spain, congratulates forward Andrew Wiggins after he drew a foul while taking a shot against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER, COLORADO—With 90 seconds left, Ricky Rubio was about to step up to the stripe to shoot a technical foul on Nicola Jokic when Andrew Wiggins asked him for a favor.“Let me get this,” Wiggins pleaded.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite The Nuggets went cold 48 hours after blowing out Golden State behind an NBA record-tying 24 3-pointers on 40 tries. They made just 11 of 34 from long range this time and Jokic shot just 6 of 19 from the floor for 15 hard-earned points.“I just missed shots,” Jokic said. “The ball didn’t go in.”For any of the Nuggets, who missed a half dozen reverse layups and even a breakaway dunk. That embarrassment, by Gary Harris, who led Denver with 22 points, came during an 11-2 spurt spanning the third and fourth quarters that helped Minnesota take control.The Nuggets couldn’t match their sharpshooting or their energy they had 48 hours earlier when they walloped the Warriors 132-110 despite missing six players, including three starters.Those three – Danilo Gallinari (groin), Emmanuel Mudiay (back) and Kenneth Faried (ankle) – also sat out this game, along with sixth man Wilson Chandler, who missed his second straight game due to illness, and Darrell Arthur (sore knees).Mason Plumlee, acquired for Jusuf Nurkic on Sunday, made his Denver debut, starting alongside Jokic in the frontcourt. He had 11 points and nine rebounds but was gassed by game’s end.“I feel bad,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “First game and I played him 34 minutes. … But he’s going to get adjusted.”Plumlee could end up being a 27-game rental, but Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said he traded for him with designs beyond this season, a sentiment Plumlee appreciated: “It’s great to be wanted, more so than money or shots,” he said. “You want to be valued and you want to be part of something special.”Jokic was selected to replace injured Joel Embiid at the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday in New Orleans. Jokic is one of just five players averaging 16 points, 8.5 rebounds and four assists.“I’m just kind of perplexed why it took so long,” Malone said. “That would be my question. I don’t know if many people in the NBA office have been watching the Denver Nuggets play. But I’m happy that they (saw fit) to recognize” Denver’s second-year star. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pelicans’ Davis relishing chance to play All-Star host View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “All right,” Rubio replied. “Sure.”Wiggins sank the freebie for his 40th point that put an exclamation point on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 112-99 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.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 returnRubio’s unofficial sixth assist helped Wiggins post his second 40-point game in 24 hours, something only Kevin Love had accomplished in franchise history.“Good company,” said Wiggins, who topped 20 points for the 15th consecutive game. Karl-Anthony Towns added 24 points and 19 rebounds. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown “He was all over the boards and my shot was falling,” Wiggins said. “We played great defense tonight, too.”Towns’ double-double and Wiggins’ 40-point game on the heels of a 41-point performance in a loss to LeBron James and the Cavaliers helped the Timberwolves split the season series with the Nuggets, whom they’re chasing for the eighth playoff spot in the West.“We want that position,” Wiggins said. “We want to do something special this year. That kind of motivated us.”Before tip-off, Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau spoke about the danger of checking out mentally before the final game leading up to the All-Star break, saying, “mentally if you go on the break before the break comes, it’s a problem.”It wasn’t for Minnesota, which bounced back nicely from its 116-108 loss to Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leytelast_img read more

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Inclusion to national pool added motivation for Meneses

first_imgShe was chosen as one of the players in the team that competed in the AVC Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship where the Philippines finished in seventh place out of 12 competing countries.READ: Arado eager to prove worth in national team poolMeneses, however, doesn’t think her time in the Asian tournament played a big part in the selection committee’s decision to include her in the pool.“I really didn’t expect that I would be included,” said Meneses, who joined other notable middle blockers Dindin Santiago, Aby Maraño, Maika Ortiz, and Mika Reyes. “And I don’t know if my time with the U23 was a factor.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next De Leon grateful to have difference-maker Morado as setter Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu 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 Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media “Of course if you ask any player, they’d always say that they really want to be a part of the national team because you’re representing your whole country,” said Meneses after her Golden Tigresses turned back Adamson, 25-12, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.READ: Valdez, Santiago lead PH volleyball nat’l team poolFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It really is inspiring when you represent your country because it makes you train harder than ever before.”But this stint is not her first crack at international play. UST’s Ria Meneses (Middle). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRia Meneses’ inclusion to the national team pool not only cemented her place as one the best in her position, it also served as another motivation for her to train harder.The University of Santo Tomas middle blocker was part of the 25-strong pool from which the line-ups for future tournaments will come from.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Espejo ‘hurt’ after not being included in national team pool

first_imgView comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo superstar Marck Espejo admitted he was “hurt” when he wasn’t invited to take part in the tryouts the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas conducted for the national team pool.Subsequently, Espejo wasn’t included in the final pool the LVPI formed for future international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Inclusion to national pool added motivation for Meneses ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Espejo, though, said whoever made it to the lineup fully deserves the inclusion.READ: Sorry, LVPI tells Ateneo for missed invitesFEATURED 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“Of course I was hurt a little bit but the lineup’s there, the coach has changed, nothing’s constant,” said Espejo after leading the Blue Spikers over University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-21, in the UAAP Season 79 men’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.“Maybe the officials saw something in the players who are in the pool, and we’re all athletes here so let’s just give our all-out support for them because this is the Philippine volleyball team,” said Espejo. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely But the LVPI, after it was made public that players from Ateneo did not get invites to the tryouts, had extended its apologies and promised to hold separate screenings for Espejo and some members of the Lady Eagles.Jia Morado, Kat Tolentino, and Maddie Madayag were also given invitations to the special tryouts.Espejo, though still excluded from the pool, said he still wants to be part of the national team.“I still want to be part of the team, but I think it’s really not for me, and I think it was meant for the other players,” said Espejo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

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Vanguardia admits Phoenix still lack chemistry

first_img‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Losing its second straight blowout game with the latest a 134-109 humbling at the hands of TNT, Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia admits his team is still searching for chemistry.“Chemistry-wise, we’re still figuring out each other. And you saw it in this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, Vanguardia shared that he is still not pressing the panic button yet..“Whether it’s a one-point loss or a blowout, it’s still a loss. We’re going to go back on what we’re not doing better and a lot of those is on the defensive side. We’ll try to figure out what got us our 38-32 lead (in the second quarter), not that run that was telling. We’ll try to find the right combinations inside.”Phoenix eyes to bounce back against Ginebra on Saturday in Davao City.ADVERTISEMENT TNT whips Phoenix as import Amundson leaves The Fuel Masters lost hold of the game in the second quarter, where the KaTropa fired a telling 16-0 blast to grab a 48-38 advantage and never looked back.Things went downhill from there with Phoenix even staring at a 35-point lead, 122-87, at one point in the fourth quarter and allowed TNT to shoot 60 percent shooting from the field.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“Basketball is a make or miss game. We couldn’t make our shots and they were making their shots. We got left behind,” said Vanguardia.“That’s how strong TNT is. You blink and there goes your momentum, there goes your chance. We blinked on playing defense and we let them score on transition, open shots,” he said. Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

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Valdez, Creamline tackle Air Force; BaliPure seeks third straight win

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption BaliPure, which is gunning for a third straight win, tests Pocari Sweat at 6:30 p.m.BaliPure downed Power Smashers, 17-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, Tuesday for its second win in a row. BaliPure also won over Air Force in the opener.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 returnBut the league is expected to get tougher when imports start to see action this weekend.The reinforcements were sidelined the past game days as they had yet to obtain their International Transfer Certificates required before playing in the local league. Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Well-rested Amer unmindful of Meralco’s long breakscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Alyssa Valdez will try to bounce back from a disappointing comeback as Creamline takes on Air Force Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.Creamline dropped its tournament opener against Perlas Volleyball and should have its hands full in the 4 p.m. duel against Air Force, which scored a thrilling 26-24, 25-21, 23-25, 19-25, 15-13 victory over Perlas.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte 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 For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Rooney is set to be a substitute for United on Wednesday in the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm, a role which the club’s captain and record scorer has become increasingly accustomed to this season. Depending on the situation in the match, he might not even come on.That’s how it’s been for most of this season, watching from afar at a club where he was once the main man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundTalk about United’s key players ahead of a final that means so much to the English club, and many would say Marcus Rashford or Paul Pogba or Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Few would say Rooney. PVL: Power Smashers stay in outright semis hunt Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney warms up ahead of the UEFA Europa League semi-final, second-leg football match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, England — Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant teammates and with fireworks exploding around him.Still, it wouldn’t be quite the end he would have envisioned after 13 years at the English club.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April That’s the reason why this game might be his last for United despite having two years left on his contract, why he has been linked for much of the past few months with a return to former club Everton, a move to MLS in the United States, or a short spell in the Chinese league.United is moving on under Jose Mourinho and Rooney is being left behind. Speculation grows that James Rodriguez will be moving to Old Trafford from Real Madrid, adding to the list of attackers who will be ahead of Rooney in the pecking order next season.There was a symbolic moment Sunday on the final day of the Premier League season. Rooney was one of the few senior players picked for a virtually meaningless match against Crystal Palace — Mourinho rested most of his Europa League starters — and he was replaced in the final minutes by 16-year-old attacking midfielder Angel Gomes, who became the first player born this millennium to play in the Premier League.Rooney applauded all corners of Old Trafford and walked off with his head down. Was he saying goodbye to the stadium he has played at since 2004, when — at 18 — he made a spectacular debut by scoring a hat trick in a Champions League game against Fenerbahce?Since then, he has racked up 253 goals for United to surpass Bobby Charlton’s longstanding club record. He is also England’s record scorer with 53 goals, again overtaking Charlton.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ He has won the Premier League title five times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup three times and the Champions League once. That last trophy came in 2008 when he was part of the famous frontline containing Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.Rooney is no longer the force of old, unable to influence matches in the same way or tear around the field harassing opponents. Games can pass him by and there is the fear that, after 15 years in the spotlight of the soccer world, he is simply burnt out.In his last appearance at a news conference, prior to the second leg of the Europa League semifinals against Celta Vigo, Rooney said his priority at this stage of his career was to “play football.” When asked if that meant at United, he added: “Of course.”He will end this season likely having started 25 of United’s 64 games. Often, he was an unused substitute.Mourinho said he would not sell Rooney against his wishes, so it is for the player to decide if Wednesday is the last time he dons a United jersey.Whether he actually makes it onto the field remains to be seen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

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Sumalinog brings veteran smarts to Cignal

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Oping Sumalinog. PBA IMAGESLearning from the likes of Jayson Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo, Oping Sumalinog wants to impart the knowledge he gained in the two years he spent with TNT KaTropa in his stint with Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“It was a huge learning experience for me even though I was just a practice player there for two years,” he said in Filipino. “Not many people see me work every day, but I take my job personally and I really love basketball. Day-in and day-out, that’s what I do, so as much as possible, I really wanted to learn from veterans like Jayson.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead On Thursday, Sumalinog showed that he’s more than just a defensive stopper, going 3-of-3 from beyond the arc to lead the Hawkeyes with 15 points in their 89-63 win over Tanduay.“He’s been practicing his three-point shots,” said coach Boyet Fernandez of the former Ateneo Blue Eagle. “Oping always comes in early to take some extra shots. I’m happy that he made his shots today. Oping is one of my stoppers so if gets those points, it’s just a plus for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAs an ex-pro, all the 6-foot-2 Sumalinog wants is to display his veteran know-hows with Cignal, noting that his leadership is one of the reasons why Fernandez signed him up for the conference.“I want to contribute, especially I’m one of the veterans here. I also want to show leadership to the younger teammates I have who are eyeing to be drafted. I want to share to them what I learned in the PBA,” he said. Roach doesn’t mind who Pacquiao faces next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle That’s why Sumalinog didn’t hesitate to take responsibility for the Hawkeyes’ 86-84 loss to Flying V last Thursday, where the squad lost hold of an eight-point lead in the last four minutes.“I own what happened to us against Flying V. I felt I didn’t contribute as much which is why we lost. I look at it as a wake-up call because this is a D-League and there’s a lot of good players and teams here. We can’t take anyone for granted,” he said.With Cignal back on the winning track, Sumalinog is optimistic that this good run will continue in the games to come, which in turn, could help the younger players boost their draft stocks while also pushing the veterans to get closer to another crack in the PBA.“I’m grabbing every opportunity that I get. I know different players have different stories. There are players who go to the path that I took, who became practice players to PBA teams. I know it’s an unconventional path, but I learned there that you really have to work hard for everything. You need to have the patience. I know my time will come, so hopefully, we’ll be able to sustain the way we play,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Mavs, Nowitzki agree on 2-year, $10 million deal

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite The agreement is similar to the one the Mavs and Nowitzki reached last year, although for significantly less money. Last year’s contract was for two years and $50 million, and the club declined its option before free agency opened this year.The 39-year-old Nowitzki is no longer the primary option for the Mavericks, so a $5 million deal is more in line with his role on a roster that has become significantly younger since the start of last season. The $25 million salary from a year ago was as much about Dallas paying Nowitzki for his loyalty, which included taking less money to help acquire free agents through the years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Bryant retired following the 2015-16 season, his 20th with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the fifth player to spend at least 20 years in the NBA.Nowitzki doesn’t seem to have ruled out playing past the coming season. At the NBA awards show last week, he hinted as much during his acceptance speech for the teammate of the year award. LATEST STORIES Regardless of how much longer he plays, Nowitzki’s legacy is secure after leading the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 as the NBA Finals MVP. The 7-foot German is also the only foreign-born player with 30,000 career points, a milestone he reached last season.But Nowitzki wants to get back into playoff contention before he leaves after the Mavericks missed the postseason for just the second time in 17 seasons.Nowitzki was second to Harrison Barnes in scoring last season at 14.2 points per game and could drop further with Wesley Matthews going into the third year of his deal as the starting shooting guard.Dennis Smith, taken ninth overall in the draft, and Yogi Ferrell are two young point guards who will spend time running the pick-and-roll with Nowitzki and 23-year-old center Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent the Mavericks are expected to keep after trading for him at the deadline last season.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Paul Millsap bids farewell to Atlanta on Instagram Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos LSU title parade draws massive crowds Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs MOST READ Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates after scoring his 30,000 career point in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on March 7, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS, TEXAS—Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise.Nowitzki and the Mavericks have agreed on a two-year, $10 million contract that carries a team option in the second season, a person with knowledge of the deal said Thursday on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been announced.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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JN hails Jackie Bell KO teams’ commitment

first_imgJamaica National Bank will continue its commitment to the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) through JN Visa sponsorship of the Jackie Bell Knockout competition.”We have an ongoing commitment to the development of young people, so we will continue to sponsor the Jackie Bell competition,” Michael Collins, JN Bank sales development and training specialist, announced during the JN Visa-KSAFA Jackie Bell presentation ceremony at the Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston last Thursday night.”We have gotten favourable responses from the public as a result of our involvement with the Jackie Bell competition,” he added.Collins said the teams showed professionalism during the competition, which started last December and ended in April. He added that the officials and administrators were efficient in doing their jobs, so they are looking forward to what he describes as another great season.President of KSAFA Wayne Shaw expressed gratitude to the title sponsors and all the associate sponsors of the Jackie Bell competition, which was named in honour of the late Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell, who died during the World Cup in Mexico in 1986. The competition started in 1987.He also thanked the Bell family for their continued support of the top Corporate Area knockout competition, which saw 32 clubs participating.Tivoli Gardens, who defeated Cavalier SC 3-0 in the final on April 19 at Constant Spring Complex, walked away with the winning trophy and $400,000. Cavalier received $250,000 for second place, while Barbican earned $150,000 for third place, and Waterhouse received $100,000 for fourth place.Ryan Miller and St George’s College schoolboy star Alex Marshall were joint leading goalscorers with five goals apiece. Junior McGregor of Tivoli Gardens won the Most Valuable Player award; Cavalier copped the Fair Play Award; Tivoli’s Brian Rose was manager of the year; and Damion Gordon of Tivoli was coach of the year.last_img read more

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